Fact: Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline have joined the cast of the live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. They'll take on the roles of Mrs. Potts and Belle's father Maurice, respectively. They join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad in the Disney film.
Quote: "Working with Nichols was like going to an eclectic, unorthodox and highly original university. We would all get to wander about in the corridors and high ceilings of his mind, each making different discoveries according to our tastes and aptitudes. Then, later, we would find that those discoveries applied to the rest of our lives." Actress Emma Thompson recalls working with the late, great Mike Nichols, who passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest last week (19Nov14).
Fact: Emma Thompson is among the stars who have signed up to take part in a screenwriting lecture series in London. The actress/writer will be part of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and British Film Institute (Bfi) Screenwriters' Lecture Series along with James Schamus and Steven Knight.
Quote: "I just kept messing up the scene in so many different ways, as often as I could, because Pierce was such a good kisser and I didn't want the scene to end. When we finally got it right, Pierce turned to me and said, 'Have we been kissing all day?' And I said, rather sheepishly, 'Well yes, I rather think we have.'" Emma Thompson deliberately sabotaged kissing scenes with Pierce Brosnan on their new film The Love Punch.
Fact: Bosses of British high street retailer Marks & Spencer have revealed their latest advertising campaign featuring pop star Rita Ora, actress Emma Thompson, and former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox. The images for the campaign were taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Quote: "Gaia is still young and these years are very precious. I was very lucky because I got three good films in a row and I could then get home before Gaia started her next term at school, which I have to be there for. So I'm not going to be back on screen for a long time." British actress Emma Thompson is planning to take a long break from Hollywood to concentrate on motherhood.
Fact: British actress Emma Thompson made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (19Feb14) to partake in a game of charades with actor Bradley Cooper and country singer Tim Mcgraw.
Quote: "Yes, it was very painful, but it was also something that happens between people a lot. Sometimes things go wrong and it doesn't last, and that seems to me perfectly reasonable." Actress Emma Thompson on her painful marriage split from Kenneth Branagh in the mid-1990s. The couple ended its six-year marriage in 1995. Both stars remarried in 2003.
Quote: "It was a nightmare! People would bleat in the streets as I went by. I didn't have sex for six months!" Emma Thompson hated her permed look as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in new film Saving Mr. Banks.
Quote: "I had great fun doing Sybil. The genius of that costume - the wig and the glasses - I mean, Barack Obama could have played her. I did a silly voice, but really it was that costume." Emma Thompson loved playing Professor Sybil Trelawney in the Harry Potter films.
Quote: "I found little Mickey Mouse stickers, so I stuck them onto my boobs and I flashed everyone." Emma Thompson on how she relaxed on set while playing uptight Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.
Quote: "I did a musical for 15 months, during which I had to be incredibly cheerful, and after six months I was clinically depressed. Seriously. You have no life. Literally... you have the energy for the show. It's singing, it's dancing, neither of which I was properly trained in, so I was terrified anyway, and then you can't go out, you can't drink." Actress Emma Thompson doesn't have fond memories of her West End theatre stint in Me & My Girl in the mid 1980s.
Quote: "I didn't get much sex, I tell you, in those two months." Emma Thompson admits her husband Greg Wise didn't find her look as P.L. Travers that appealing while she shot new movie Saving Mr. Banks.
Quote: "My father married my mother (actress Phyllida Law), and my grandmother locked herself in the toilet for a couple of days because 'actress' was still synonymous with 'whore'." Emma Thompson on her mother's struggles as an actress in the 1950s.
Quote: "I've snogged (kissed) her and what I learned was, you have to use tongues even if you're not a lesbian... We had to do a snog. The angel gives her an orgasm in Angels in America. (Director) Mike Nichols can get anyone to do anything." Emma Thompson on kissing Meryl Streep.
Quote: "I would have said yes, I'd have loved to have played Doctor Who. Maybe women need their own kind of new time travelling person?" Actress Emma Thompson wants to be the first female Doctor Who.
Fact: Ben Stiller is to follow in Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock's cement footsteps when he is honoured outside Hollywood's fabled Chinese Theatre next month (03Dec13). The funnyman/actor will take part in a traditional handprint-footprint ceremony.
Quote: "She's a goth now. I spoke to her today and she decided she's going to be a Wiccan - a witch. So she's going to take a course in herbs. And I think she probably has her hands on hemlock. I think I will probably die a Socratean death at her hands quite soon... So if next time you see me, and I'm, well, dead, you'll know what happened." Emma Thompson fears her eight-year-old daughter will kill her with ill-advised spells.
Quote: "I’ve got the star of Eve Arden somewhere near me, James Cameron and Yehudi Menuhin. I think all of us who are still alive need to go to the Pig ’n' Whistle for a cocktail. I asked them to make me one and call the cocktail after me. I said, 'Make it very short, dry and gin-based.'" Emma Thompson is thrilled with the placement of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - outside British pub the Pig 'n' Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard.
Quote: "You've got this wig, which is quite hot... Then a mouth full of teeth... Then a fat suit which crushes your ribs, layers of skirts and jackets... I have to take everything off and get naked." British actress Emma Thompson had to strip off regularly while playing NANNY MCPHEE in order to keep cool.
Quote: "I always swap the cutlery around because I'm left-handed. At my home it's all reversed, so people say, 'Who laid this table?' because I put everything on the wrong side!" Guests at actress Emma Thompson's house are always confused when they sit down for a meal.
Quote: "Sean Penn is my number one - and I've told him. He acts with intelligence and commitment. He's the real deal." British actress Emma Thompson is yearning to work with her fellow Oscar winner.
Quote: "It sounds as though they're going to get it (the tumour) and he'll be okay. And that's what we all devoutly hope. He's clearly a very, very nice person... I just wish him well as soon as possible." Emma Thompson sends her best wishes to Michael Douglas, who is preparing to undergo treatment after doctors discovered a tumour in his throat.
Quote: "She'd spent so much time with them and mothered them that when Maggie left, they actually wept! I don't think their mothers appreciated that!" Emma Thompson admits the child actors featured in her new film NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS became quite attached to their movie mother, Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Quote: "I write my scripts longhand, that (Nanny MCPhee Returns) took me four years to write out properly." Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson prefers to handwrite her film scripts instead of typing them up on a computer.
Quote: "I was very moved about it (Hollywood Walk of Fame star) when they rang up about it. I couldn't really believe it because when you do a job and you do a film and somebody says, 'Oh, that's very good,' you think, 'OK, maybe it will be,' but the star thing they decide to give it to you at random and it's so iconic." Oscar winner Emma Thompson feels truly honoured to have received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Nanny MCPhee actress unveiled the monument earlier this month (Aug10).
Quote: "I bought him an archery set. I thought it would be nice. But I'd forgotten that whenever I give him anything with a blade, he hurts himself. He's 44 but that's practically 12 in my book. He cut himself badly and was bleeding profusely. I don't expect him to last much longer." Emma Thompson's present for her husband Greg Wise on their seventh wedding anniversary wasn't a great success.
Quote: "He can cook, wash up, clean, entertain children, understand maths homework, put up shelves, take them down and put them up elsewhere and repair the little holes left behind, drive sensibly but very fast on motorways, and get on with my mother." Emma Thompson gushes about husband Greg Wise.
Quote: "Emma and I are creatively married. It's an extraordinary feeling when we work together. I don't think I have ever done anything closer to myself than the work I do with her. Marriage should be this easy!" Dustin Hoffman on his working relationship with British actress Emma Thompson.
Quote: "At the end of the film I realised I had found an absolute soulmate in work and the most professional experience I will ever have in my life." Emma Thompson loved working with her Stranger Than Fiction co-star Dustin Hoffman again on new movie LAST CHANCE HARVEY.
Quote: "I'm not fiddling about with myself. We're in this awful youth-driven thing now where everybody needs to look 30 at 60. The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look great so everyone looks forward to it." British actress Emma Thompson, 50, refuses to have cosmetic surgery.
Quote: "She buys many of my clothes as she's grown tired of my student look. She says, 'I want you to look more presentable'." Actor Greg Wise admits his wife Emma Thompson wears - and buys - the trousers in their relationship.
Fact: Actress Emma Thompson and singer James Blunt are among the stars who have designed paper planes for U.K. charity Green Thing's Stay Grounded campaign, which aims to draw attention to environment issues. The fleet of flyers will be launched from the roof of London's Hospital Club on Thursday (29Jan09).
Quote: "It was all Kate Winslet's fault. (She said) 'I think he's got the hots for you.' (I said) 'Don't be ridiculous, I'm old enough to be his older sister." Emma Thompson reveals co-star Winslet played matchmaker between her and now-husband Greg Wise on the set of SENSE + SENSIBILITY.
Quote: "I worked for a week in Harrods and by the end of my first day, I wanted to kill myself. I hate department stores. They make me want to scream and destroy them." British actress Emma Thompson bitterly remembers one of her less glamorous jobs.
Quote: "I didn't see the original because I was a very young woman when that came out and I was a punk rocker. I was wandering about London with chains and black eye-shadow and not much interest in seeing it all." British actress Emma Thompson never saw the original 1981 TV version of her new movie BRIDESHEAD REVISITED.
Quote: "I'm only a poor actress, I can't afford this." British star Emma Thompson refused to pay $800,000 (GBP400,000) for a painting at a charity auction hosted by Hollywood star Will Smith at Nelson Mandela's birthday dinner on Wednesday night (25Jun08).
Quote: "I know how many people I've slept with. Sometimes I amuse myself - when I'm having difficulty sleeping I will go through it." Emma Thompson reveals her unorthodox way of tackling insomnia.
Fact: A star-studded crowd including Kate Moss, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson joined STELLA and MARY MCCARTNEY, Olivia Harrison and BARBARA ORBISON at Sir Paul McCartney's secret gig at a London nightclub last night (07Jun07).
Quote: "Do you really think I'm going to encourage people to smoke? Just look at me in the film. I'm sick." Actress Emma Thompson rubbishes the idea her chain-smoking character in new movie Stranger Than Fiction will encourage tobacco use.
Quote: "The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time." Emma Thompson hands out parenting advice.
Fact: <p>NANNY McPHEE star Emma Thompson was so impressed with the skills of her daughter GAIA's nanny, the actress hired her as her assistant. </p>
Quote: <p>"We taught her how to make cocktails. As soon as she could stand we said 'This is the shaker. This is the glass and this is the vodka.'" Actress Emma Thompson on how she makes life with six-year-old daughter GAIA more manageable. </p>
Quote: <p>"It's very hard to talk about Emma Thompson without making people vomit. She's an intellectual with enormous talent. She takes care of people on the film set, is a wonderful mother and is heavily involved in charity work." Actor Colin Firth admits his fellow screen star is too perfect for her own good. </p>