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The Madness of King George

It’s great when a fancy costume picture really has something to say — Alan Bennett’s crazy tale of a king’s episode of mental illness becomes a highly entertaining comedy of errors, but with serious personal and political ramifications. Nigel Hawthorne is exceptionally good as the sovereign whose brain has de-railed; Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett and Amanda Donohoe variously try to help him — or steal his crown.

The Madness of King George


Olive Films

1994 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Anthony Calf, John Wood, Robert Swann, Peter Woodthorpe.

Cinematography: Andrew Dunn

Film Editor: Tariq Anwar

Production Design: Ken Adam

Written by Alan Bennett from his play

Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Every few years the
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New Featurette For ‘The Crown’ Season Two: ‘Evolution Of The Crown’

Netflix has debuted a new featurette for their upcoming second season of The Crown, the multi-million-dollar series focusing on the British monarchy.

The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined
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Helen Mirren Wants To Play Donald Trump: ‘I’ve Almost Got The Hair!’

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Helen Mirren has played an astounding array of characters onscreen, some of them portrayals of actual people, ranging from right-wing gossip maven Hedda Hopper in “Trumbo” to her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”. But if she had it her way, the former “Prime Suspect” star would love to play the 45th […]
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Two Harry Potter Stars Were Honored by the Queen This Week

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Two Harry Potter Stars Were Honored by the Queen This Week
Harry Potter fans will definitely recognize two familiar faces who met the Queen this week. Actresses Julie Walters, who played Molly Weasley, and Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) both visited Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to take part in their investiture ceremony. Julie Walters was made a dame (leading us all to question why it took until 2017 for such a national treasure to get the honor) while McCrory was awarded an OBE for her services to drama. RelatedLittlefinger Isn't in Westeros Anymore - He's Making Waves on Peaky Blinders The Peaky Blinders star was accompanied by her husband, Damien Lewis, who looked very excited to be there to see his wife pick up such an honor. The pair posed outside the palace, and Helen also giggled with the newly appointed Dame Julie as they showed off their medals. In an interview at the event, Helen divulged what happened inside, explaining that she'd
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus screens as part of the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 5 at 1 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Click Here for ticket information. It also screens there on Sunday, November 12 at 9:15 Pm. Click Here for ticket information for that day.

From across the pond comes a pitch black comedy set amongst the veddy, veddy upper classes. Proving that Larry David doesn’t have a monopoly in the Us as an ill-tempered cranky curmudgeon, celebrated actor/ writer Stephen Fry gives us a most unlikely screen hero, middle-aged failed poet, reviled theatre critic, and “boozehound” Ted Wallace. He’s played with swaggering bravado by Roger Allam, an actor known for his deep baritone, who has amassed a long list of supporting roles (The Queen, The Book Thief) and now proves that he’s more than ready for a leading role. After being canned from
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy for The Crown seasons 3 and 4

It looks like Netflix’s The Crown will get quite a shake-up in its future seasons. Come Season 3, Claire Foy will no longer portray Queen Elizabeth II, but will be replaced in the role by Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman.

The change is to better portray the key characters as they age, something series creator Peter Morgan had always planned. Each season does cover nearly a decade in the life of the Queen, with Season 1 covering 1947 – 1955 and Season 2 covering 1957 – 1963. Based on this, Matt Smith will also be replaced eventually in the role of Prince Phillip.

Colman has also starred in The Lobster, Hot Fuzz and AMC’s miniseries The Night Manager, based on the John le Carre novel. She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role and was also nominated for an Emmy. She will be seen next in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express.
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Helen Mirren to Receive the Chaplin Award

Mirren in “The Hundred-Foot Journey

Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Olivier, and Tony Award-winner Helen Mirren is set to add yet another trophy to her well-used mantle. The “Eye in the Sky” star will receive The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award, a press release has announced. The gala, set to be held April 30, 2018 at the Lincoln Center, will feature movie and interview clips with Mirren, whose career spans over 50 years.

According to the release, the event “will be attended by a host of notable presenters,” so it seems likely that some of Mirren’s co-stars and directors will be reflecting on her incredible body of work and her famous sense of humor.

Mirren’s career kicked off in 1967, when she began acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her many credits in film, TV, and the stage include “The Queen,” “Prime Suspect,” and “The Audience.”

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.”

Previous Chaplin Award honorees include Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, and Meryl Streep.

Earlier this year Mirren gave the commencement address at Tulane University. The “Woman in Gold” actress has been outspoken about gender inequality in Hollywood, but as she revealed at the event, she initially shied away from identifying as a feminist. “ believed in the obvious: that women were as capable and as energetic and as inspiring as men, but to join a movement called feminism just seemed too didactic, too political for me,” she explained. But she eventually had a change of heart. “I have come to understand that feminism is not an abstract idea but it’s a necessity if we — and really by ‘we,’ I mean you guys — are to move us forward and not backward into ignorance and fearful jealousy,” she told the attendees. “So now, I am a declared feminist and I would encourage you to be the same.”

Mirren will next be seen in “The Leisure Seeker,” a road trip comedy that follows a couple’s journey in their Rv. The film hits theaters January 19, 2018.

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Mirren to receive Chaplin Award by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-10-15 07:06:51

Helen Mirren will receive Chaplin Award Photo: Giles Keyte British actress Helen Mirren is to be honoured at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala next April. The star, who won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen, will receive the annual honour from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

The 72-year-old, who received a BAFTA fellowship in 2014, joins previous winners of the award, including Robert De Niro, Bette Davis and Sidney Poitier, which was inaugurated in 1972, when Charlie Chaplin returned to the Us from exile to accept the commendation.

The society's board chairman Ann Tenenbaum said: “It is an honour and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award. From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.”

Executive director Lesli Klainberg added: “Ever since her debut
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“Judi Dench and Ali Faizal’s Superb Perfomances make Victoria & Abdul” – Subhash K Jha

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Victoria & Abdul

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,

Directed by Stephen Frears

There has been a lot of flak aimed at this enchanting film for its subversive look at colonial relationships.

For all those who refuse to take history’s lessons lightly, here is some unsolicited advice: get a laugh.

And I do mean, laugh. For, in spite of one very moving tearful moment, sunshine and smiles are the dominant forces in Stephen Frears’ look at the very strange yet extremely noble and dignified bonding between Queen Victoria and her young clerical Indian friend Kari,. who is sent to assuage her royal ego but is soon her closest confidante and only friend in a royal household teeming with opportunists and gold diggers.

This is not to say that Victoria & Abdul trivializes history or, as suggested by some revisionist reviewers, that it turns the relation between the conqueror and the conquered into a soppy soap opera.
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Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda Strut Their Stuff Down the Runway for Paris Fashion Week Show

Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda Strut Their Stuff Down the Runway for Paris Fashion Week Show
Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda came to Paris Fashion Week to strut their stuff!

On Sunday, Mirren and Fonda walked the runway at the L’Oréal Paris show — and the pair of 70-something beauties looked radiant as they shared the catwalk with models.

Mirren, 72, wore a Chaplin-esque buttoned coat and wide-legged grey checkered trousers and as she made her way down the runway, she playfully slung a walking stick over her shoulder. While Fonda, 79, was all dolled up in a long form-fitting tiger print dress from Balmain with a partially unzipped zipper detail in the back.

Other style stars who
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Film Review: History by Rote in Formulaic ‘Victoria and Abdul’

Chicago – There have been 155 TV/Movie depictions of Queen Victoria, who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. The “Victorian Era” continues to fascinate filmmakers, and who is perfect to portray Queen V. towards the end of her life? Get me Dame Judi Dench on the Skype!

Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is a story of a little known chapter of her later life… her unlikely relationship with a footman from India, Abdul Karim. In the film, it is hinted that the history of this friendship was destroyed for image purposes, but enough of the events were recorded to adapt into a film (from a book by Shrabani Basu). Veteran director Stephen Frears (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) applies his usual workmanlike approach to narrative, but nothing comes to life in the situation. No offense to the great Judi D., but the formula presented in the film almost seemed like a satire, with the elder actress of course
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Stephen Frears on Depicting an Intimate, Unusual Friendship in ‘Victoria & Abdul’

In 1887, a 24-year-old Indian man named Abdul Karim traveled from his home country to England, to be a servant for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Karim made such an impression on the monarch that she handpicked him to become her tutor in the ways of his home country, and even teach her Urdu. The two developed a close friendship that scandalized the Royal Household and would go on until the time of the Queen’s death in 1901. Karim’s story remained mostly unknown until the release of a book by Shrabani Basu which recounted his years in the Queen’s court. Basu’s book was used as the inspiration for Victoria & Abdul, a film by Stephen Frears. Speaking from the Toronto Film Festival, Frears expressed he wanted to tell the story because of its provocative elements and to show the Queen was “more interesting than those statues of her.” “She
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'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film

'Victoria and Abdul' Review: Judi Dench Is 'a Pleasure' in Shallow Royal Film
Since Dame Judi Dench is acting royalty she has no trouble playing the hell out of Queen Victoria in her last years on the throne of England. Even better, she lets her ingrained mischief remove any hints of sanctimony from the old girl. Sadly, Victoria & Abdul, directed by the usually scrappy Stephen Frears from a dutiful script by Lee Hall, only sets one place at the table. Abdul Karim (Bollywood star Ali Fazal), the lowly Indian Muslim clerk who's sent from Agra to England to present the Queen with a ceremonial coin,
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Victoria and Abdul review – rather fun in a royalist way

Judi Dench inhabits the role of Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’s latest revisionist offering

Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) goes for the grey pound once again with this well-meaning tale of the unlikely intergenerational friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench, regal as ever and clearly having a blast) and an Indian servant named Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Abdul is “the tallest man here” and so is shipped from Agra to England to present Her Majesty with a ceremonial coin in celebration of the golden jubilee. “I thought the tall one was terribly handsome,” says the Queen, and so Abdul is promoted from bearer of wobbling royal jellies (the symbolism isn’t lost on me) to her personal footman and, eventually, her “munshi” or spiritual guide.

Dench’s Victoria learns “Indian” (Urdu is deemed more queenly than “Hindustani”), while an enthusiastic Abdul teaches her about the joys of mangoes and the spiritual significance of carpets.
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Victoria & Abdul review

Dami Judi Dench reprises the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul. Here's our review...

Appreciating that every film is a risk to varying degrees, sometimes, you come across one that just seems like a safe bet on paper. Here’s one now. Victoria & Abdul sees Dame Judi Dench reprising the role of Queen Victoria, albeit this time near the end of the monarch’s life. Billy Elliot and War Horse screenwriter Lee Hall has penned the script, based on the book by Shrabani Basu. Philomena and The Queen director Stephen Frears takes the helm. And the story itself is a recently-ish discovered one, about an unlikely friendship that Queen Victoria struck up with a young Indian clerk by the name of Abdul Karim.

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What could possibly go wrong with that?
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Second Opinion – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Victoria and Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears.

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.


Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

There’s a lewd, cheeky streak to Stephen FrearsVictoria and Abdul, a prestige picture trying desperately to be something more. Jokes of bowel movements, racial insensitivities and weight issues interweave with political jargon and a relationship so saccharin, it’s recommended you bring an industrial vat of toothpaste. But director Frears’ has long understood how it is you bring both potty-mouthed humour and bear hugging heart and with Victoria and Abdul, he almost achieves once more.

Judi Dench returns 19 years since she last played Victoria, only this time she’s at her most crotchety. Now 81, “morbidly obese,” with “9 children, 40 grandchildren,” she finds friendship in Abdul (Ali Fazal), an Indian clerk
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Stephen Frears interview: Victoria And Abdul

Ben Mortimer Sep 14, 2017

Director Stephen Frears chat to us about British cinema, Victoria & Abdul, and directing Dame Judi Dench...

Arriving in cinemas tomorrow is Victoria & Abdul, a film that tells a previously little-known story of a friendship between Queen Victoria and a man called Abdul towards the end of her life. It's a thematic follow on from director John Madden's Mrs Brown, and this story is directed by Stephen Frears. He took some time out to chat to us abou tit...

You spent the whole day talking about the film. One of the things I’m sure you’ve been asked, and I apologise for asking it, but I think the answer may inform where the rest of this interview goes. There’s an obvious similarity, particularly with casting, to Mrs Brown.


What was it you felt you could do differently?

Didn’t think about it.

You completely
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Movie Review – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Victoria And Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.


Queen Victoria is in her declining years when she forms a close friendship with Abdul Karim, a clerk from Agra in India. As well as being her confidante, he becomes her advisor, teaching her about the Koran and to speak Urdu – much to the consternation of her courtiers and the Prince Of Wales.

Are we in the midst of Queen Victoria madness? As her younger self has her mettle tested as a monarch and a mother on Sunday night television, her final years come to the big screen this week, as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench.

It’s not, of course, the first time she’s played the monarch in her post-Albert years. In John Madden’s Mrs Brown (1997) she was shown forming an attachment to Billy Connolly’s John Brown,
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Venice 2017: Three Billboards, Victoria And Abdul, Lean On Pete and The Third Murder by Damon Wise

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Before the Best Picture predictions came along, the Venice Film Festival enjoyed an enviable run as a great place to start an actor’s awards campaign: the Lido is where Helen Mirren, Mickey Rourke and Colin Firth all had their first brush with vindication for The Queen, The Wrestler and A Single Man respectively. And although jury head Annette Bening arrived without her latest project – the likely Oscar/Bafta double-threat Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, which will go to Toronto instead – there were enough remarkable performances here to keep everyone guessing as to the likely recipients of the weekend’s awards.

Certainly, some of those performances could be found in one film: Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which
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