Though she's "colour-blind" with casting, she doesn't think Elba's the man for the job.
The role of James Bond in any upcoming movies based on the secret service spy is something that's been hotly rumoured to be any number of actors, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner amongst those at the front of the pack. Of course, there's every chance that Daniel Craig could make his return for yet another outing as 007, but previous comments he's made - such as his preference to slitting his wrist than play Bond again - would suggest he's done with the character.
Joanna Lumley doesn't think Idris Elba should be Bond
Now, Elba has been rumoured to take on the role for quite some time. Back in 2015 however, controversy was struck up by author Anthony Horowitz - who has written several Bond novels in his time - when he suggested Elba was "too street" to play Bond. He later apologised for his "poor" choice of words.
'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' stylist wanted Edina Monsoon to have four camel toes - where the material around the crotch rises in an unflattering way into every crevice.
'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' stylist wanted Edina Monsoon's to have four camel toes.
The costume designer Rebecca Hale has admitted she wanted Edina's (Jennifer Saunders) character to have a ''fourth camel hoof'' caused by an ill-fitting pair of trousers that are hitched up too high they gather around the crotch area, but decided against the idea because she wanted to ''tone down'' her eccentric fashion sense.
Speaking to Fashionista.com about her wardrobe choices for the comedy duo, she said: ''And the trousers will always have a camel hoof.
The two grandmothers say they were just enjoying the film when a cinema manager asked them to leave.
Two grandmothers, who describe themselves as the real-life Eddie and Patsy, have claimed they were thrown out of a screening of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie for laughing too much. Cindy Amass and Jacqueline Cox told The Mirror that staff at Islington’s Vue cinema told them to "laugh on the inside” or get out.
Two women say they were ejected from Ab Fab: The Movie for laughing too much.
"The film is so funny, obviously that's why we went,” Cindy said. "I had a heart attack and Jacqui's daughter bought us the tickets, as I'm like her aunt and she wanted to do a nice thing for me. I hadn't been out for over a year and I was really looking forward to it. It was an early showing at 6pm so there wasn't many people in the cinema.”
Edina and Patsy can crack open the bolly, as the ‘Ab Fab’ movie scores at the UK box office.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie brought in the big numbers at the UK box office over its opening weekend, taking £4.02 million. The numbers mean the film has managed the biggest U.K. opening of any British film since the last Bond outing, Spectre back in October.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has taken £4.02 million in its opening weekend.
Speaking about the film’s success, Cameron Saunders, UK Managing Director, Twentieth Century Fox, said: “We are thrilled that audiences have embraced Edina and Patsy’s big screen debut - it is a testament to Jennifer, Joanna and the talented team behind the film who really are absolutely fabulous.”
Nearly 25 years after the sitcom debuted, Edina and Patsy arrive on the big screen to continue their drunken antics, although without the usual enthusiastic laugh-track everything feels eerily muted. Thankfully, there's still a lot of fun to be had, including well-aimed jabs at celebrity culture. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are still hilarious in their signature roles. And it's hard to get too worried about the limp plot when every scene is packed with amusing cameo appearances.
With her PR agency fading and her money spent on expanding her home, Edina (Saunders) discovers that her credit cards are "broken" and her champagne fridge is empty. So she and her pal Patsy (Lumley) set out to make some cash. After failing to sell her memoirs, Edina sets out to woo Kate Moss as a client. But this goes spectacularly wrong when Kate ends up falling off a balcony into the Thames. Now under investigation, Eddie and Pats flee to the South of France to find Patsy's wealthy ex (Barry Humphreys). They're chased by a detective (Robert Webb), who's the boyfriend of Edina's daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha), whose teen daughter (Indeharna Donaldson-Holness) has run off with them.
Written by Saunders, the script is very loose, bouncing around without much focus before a series of impatient, nonsensical conclusions. Basically, it's little more than a flimsy framework that includes brief scenes for series regulars (including Jane Horrock's airhead assistant, June Whitfield's dotty mum, Celia Imrie's rival PR and Kathy Burke's bulldog editor), plus a few new characters like Chris Colfer's stylist. All of these people have their moments, but never quite emerge as much more than comedy sketch figures. On the other hand, the big-screen format allows Saunders and Lumley to give Edina and Patsy a bit of surprising emotional depth amid the usual slapstick nuttiness.
Continue reading: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Review
Everyone's a fan of Ab Fab including Benedict Cumberbatch!
After running for six seasons over 21 years, from 1992 to 2013, the classic British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous arrives on the big screen in a flurry of champagne and cameos. Originally a short sketch on the French & Saunders show, the enduring characters have had a rather patchy ride, with some episodes funnier than others.
It was a year and a half ago that writer-star Jennifer Saunders was challenged by Dawn French to make the movie. "We were doing our New Year's show on Radio 2", Saunders says, "And Dawn said, 'What are you doing in the next year?' I said, 'I'm going to write the Ab Fab film.' She said, 'Alright. And if you don't, you have to pay me ten thousand pounds!' And I said, 'Okay.' It was the greatest incentive I ever had. I probably wouldn't have done it without that bet."
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Wanted To Be In Absolutely Fabulous
The reviews are in for Lumley and Saunders' Ab Fab film.
The title 'Absolutely Fabulous' has turned out to be a bit of an over-statement for this movie according to the latest reviews, but generally it has wound up to be an enjoyable affair for fans of the TV show; quite a feat given that the majority of the cast aren't actually actors.
Absolutely Fabulous or absolutely vacuous?
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are back as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone in 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'. There's no denying that this duo is no less entertaining than they originally were in the television series, but the same can't be said for the other stars of the show. According to the Metro, the comedy was 'dampened by giving too much screen time to famous people who struggle to play themselves convincingly', while the Guardian agreed that it 'becomes less funny with every syllable that Stella [McCartney] is allowed to say' and described Kate Moss' performance as 'uncompromisingly wooden'.
Continue reading: Has 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' Lived Up To Its Name?
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley at the premiere of their new film 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' held at the Odeon Leicester Square. The pair play the much loved characters of Patsy and Eddy. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016
Joanna Lumley at Global Radio in central London. Joanna is currently promoting the new Absolutely Fabulous movie - United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th June 2016
Kylie has covered Bob Dylan’s ‘This Wheel's On Fire’ for the upcoming comedy.
The upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie has just got a lot more fabulous, as Kylie Minogue has revealed she’ll be singing the film’s theme tune. Kylie will cover Bob Dylan’s 'This Wheel’s On Fire' for the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on July 1st.
The Ab Fab movie hits cinemas on July 1st.
But for eager fans Kylie’s cover is already available to pre-order on download. ‘This Wheel's On Fire’ has always been the show’s theme and was covered by Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson for the sitcom.
This could be the pair's biggest failing yet.
Yes, sweetie darling, the new trailer for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' directed by Mandie Fletcher is finally here with some brilliant one-liners, and Edina and Patsy's biggest crisis yet. Let's hope they have enough champagne and cigarettes to get them through this fiasco.
The stars turn out in droves for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'
Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders return as the shameless fashion followers we loved in the original TV series, Patsy and Edina respectively, along with Julia Sawalha as Edina's strait-laced grown-up daughter Saffron.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley on screen in this new comedy film that has been adapted from the television series Absolutely Fabulous. The film sees the characters of Edina and Patsy continuing to live their lavish London lifestyle partying and drinking until at one party they find themselves involved in a major incident involving the model Kate Moss. This leaves the pair being pursued by the paparazzi relentlessly and caught up in a media storm that surrounds this scandal.
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At age 71, Martin Scorsese proves with this riotous romp that he's one of the most energetic, audacious filmmakers working in America at the moment. And with his long-time 74-year-old editor Thelma Schoonmaker, he has created one of the most entertaining cautionary tales in recent memory. Not only does it highlight an unruly period in banking history, but it has a lot to say about where we are now.
This is the true story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who was 21 when he got his first job on Wall Street in the rough-and-tumble 1980s. Thanks to his illicit deals, he was a multi-millionaire within five years, tutored by a jaded veteran (McConaughey) and assisted by an enthusiastic novice (Hill). Along the way, he also swaps for a much more glamorous wife (Robbie), whose British aunt (Lumley) becomes part of his scam to stash his cash with a shady Swiss banker (Dujardin). But with an FBI agent (Chandler) on his trail, Jordan suspects that the high life can't go on forever.
At just under three hours long, the film sometimes feels like it is wallowing in the excessive sex and drugs along with these Wall Street criminals. But there's a jagged undercurrent to everything: all of this hedonism may look like fun, but someone is paying the price. The film is an often thrilling series of set-pieces that roll out in waves of comedy, tragedy and farce as these people play on the edge of an abyss. And it's great to see scenes play out in real time, with deep conversations, riotous comedy riffs and characters who are full of conflicting layers.
Continue reading: The Wolf Of Wall Street Review
It's a wild ride of drinking, drugs, debauchery and deception when the ambitious Jordan Belfort decides that he wants to be one of the rich kids. Starting out his stockbroker business in a small office with a handful of employees, his aims are simple; target only the richest people in the country. It isn't long before Belfort and his team find themselves with more money than they know what to do with and begin to live their lives manically high off the success. However, Belfort hasn't exactly been making what you'd call an honest living and pretty soon the secrets of his fraudulent profits and money laundering draws attention from the authorities. And not only that, his disregard for others' sufferings means he's got a lot more to lose than his beloved business.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a gritty white-collar crime drama based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for his fraudulent activity in 1998 and subsequently wrote two memoirs entitled 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Catching the Wolf of Wall Street'. The new movie has been directed by the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') and written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules').
Jordan Belfort started out his stockbroker business in a tiny office with a small group of people and had the intention of targeting only the richest people in America as their clientele. With such a small percentage of individuals lined up as hopeful patrons, their dreams of immense fortune and a life of luxury seemed embarrassingly unlikely. However, pretty soon the company starts to ooze more money than they can handle and it's parties, alcohol and women all round. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear to everyone that what Belfort was doing to earn his fortune is not entirely legal and he risks his freedom and his wealthy lifestyle when the FBI get involved.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a white-collar crime drama based on the two memoirs by the real Belfort, who was jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent offences including money laundering. The autobiographies have since been translated into 18 different languages and now the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') directs the screen adaptation which has been written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules'). The movie is set to be release on January 17th 2014.
Jordan Belfort is a successful stockbroker, multi-millionaire and motivational speaker from New York who had enough money to throw anywhere he wanted. He was arrested and jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation including money laundering and mob infiltration. He served 22 months in prison after being given a sentence of 4 years, famously refusing to cooperate during the case which exposed massive corruption on Wall Street. His crime was fuelled by his loved of alcohol, parties, women and, generally, the finer things in life including his luxury yacht which was originally built for Coco Chanel. He wrote two memoirs which were published in around 40 countries and have since been translated into 18 different languages.
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Joanna Lumley let us in on some frankly (absolutely) fabulous news today (Jan 25) when she revealed that the hit show Absolutely Fabulous is being made into a movie, and a musical one at that! Someone pass the champers!
Lumley, who plays the botox, cigarette, drink and drug addict Patsy Stone on the hit BBC comedy, told The Telegraph today that her co-star and the show's co-star/creator/writer Jennifer Saunders is currently hard at work on the script for the new film and it will be out in time for the Oscars in 2014 (and we're sure the film will be the one to beat when it comes to the awards).
Whilst the rumour that the hotly anticipated film adaption will be a musical remains just that, Lumley confirmed that she will be taking part in the production no matter what the outcome is. She said, "Although yesterday the press were saying it's a musical now! But whatever it is, I'll be there." Adding, "Nobody's going to play Patsy when I'm alive! I do mean that, I do mean that darling, because it could get savage, I'm still quite strong."
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Joanna Lumley, known mostly for her role as the hilariously loathsome narcissist Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, alongside Jennifer Saunders, was celebrated with a Special Recognition Award last night at the National Television Awards.
She was lauded by her lovely co-star, Saunders, as well as multi-award winning director Martin Scorsese who worked with Lumley last year on Wolf of Wall Street (set to be released this year) via a series of clips in which they praised her. David Cameron was also in that number, although as a supporter of the Green Party that may not be received by Lumley with quite the emotion of her friends.
In Wolf of Wall Street a co-star of hers is Leonardo Dicaprio, whom she is seen kissing in the movie - a clip of which was played at the awards. Despite Ab Fab being one of her most iconic roles, she has also cropped up in a huge number of other roles including James and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Joanna Lumley Tuesday 30th November 2010 Launch of Duracell Mobile Smart Power Lab at 46th and 8th Avenue New York City, USA
Joanna Lumley Tuesday 5th January 2010 Cirque De Soleil - Varekai - gala opening night held at the Royal Albert Hall. London, England
At birth, the young Ella (Anne Hathaway) is cursed with a spell that destines her to be obedient. At the drop of a command, she is forced to stop what she is doing and obey orders. Growing up, Ella's curse brings its share of problems, but when an older Ella gains a new stepmother (Joanna Lumley) and two stepsisters, they use Ella's curse to get what they want. They instruct Ella to steal from the local market, hand over her mother's precious locket, and terminate her friendship with an old friend. The stepsisters also have their sights on the soon-to-be-king Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy), but he fancies Ella. Charmont's uncle, Prince Regent Edgar (Cary Elwes), secretly covets the throne so he can continue the strict governance established by Charmont's father.
Continue reading: Ella Enchanted Review
Trail certainly isn't historically unique in its use of archival footage to create a role for a passed-on movie star, but it's inarguably one of the ballsiest attempts at it. Sellers isn't some bit player (like Lawrence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow), he's the star. He's Inspector freakin' Clouseau, and he's in more than half of the running time of the film.
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Most film directors dream about making their "Citizen Kane," and while few would have the audacity to try to equal Orson Welles' cinematic masterpiece, Peter Bogdanovich has found a way to do the next best thing.
Where Welles borrowed famously from the life of William Randolph Hearst -- his ego, his powerful publishing empire and his scandals -- in creating the fictional Charles Foster Kane, Bogdanovich has commandeered an incessant rumor about an infamous and mysterious death aboard Hearst's yacht in 1924 and turned it into a foxy and spirited historical showbiz anecdote that lingers in your mind for weeks after seeing it.
"The Cat's Meow" is an ensemble piece packed with the best work of some under-appreciated actors including Edward Herrmann ("The Lost Boys," "Gilmore Girls") as an amusingly gruff Hearst whose paranoia has gotten the better of his nerves; Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous") as sardonic novelist and socialite Elinor Glyn; Jennifer Tilly ("Bound") as sycophantic but opportunistic gossip columnist Louella Parsons; Cary Elwes ("The Princess Bride") as once legendary, now down on his luck movie producer Thomas Ince; and a delightfully devilish yet wisely understated Eddie Izzard ("Shadow of the Vampire") as Charlie Chaplin. All these famous names were among the billionaire's onboard guests that fateful weekend.
Continue reading: The Cat's Meow Review
Following in the footsteps of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" cartoons, "The Princess Bride," "Ever After," "Shrek" and "A Knight's Tale" -- but never quite matching any of their wit or novelty -- "Ella Enchanted" is an amusingly self-aware fable of handsome princes, evil kings and one very plucky heroine caught up in a magic spell.
Aiming at the tween-ager crowd that made a hit of "The Princess Diaries," 2001's more modern twist on such girlish daydreams, light-hearted director Tommy O'Haver ("Get Over It," "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss") enlists "Diaries" charming star Anne Hathaway in the title role as a medieval teenager who was hexed at birth with an obedience spell by an irksome but well-meaning fairy (Vivica A. Fox, stuck in a mock-ghetto-fabulous stereotype).
Having grown up quite stubborn yet unable to resist any demand upon her, Ella manages to get through life keeping her curse on the QT until her widowed father brings home a wicked stepmother (Joanna Lumley) and two even worse and obnoxiously over-played step-sisters (Lucy Punch and Jennifer Higham), who quickly and cruelly figure out that they can make Ella their plaything.
Continue reading: Ella Enchanted Review
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