• Denzel Washington, about to end a run on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, is in talks to star in a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Washington would once again work with Antoine Fuqua, who directed his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day and the upcoming film The Equalizer. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt had previously been eyed for the project with drafts of the script written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and most recently John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY
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The MPAA has had a change of heart, and we have James Bond to thank.
The Motion Picture Association of American originally gave the new Stephen Frears-directed film Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, an R rating because more than one “harsher, sexually-derived word” was used as an expletive in the film. The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, argued the rating should be changed to PG-13 based on the subject matter and context.
“We felt the MPAA had made the wrong decision in handing the film, which has no violence or lewd material and the bare minimum of adult language, an ‘R’ rating,” said Frears. “I am overjoyed they’ve changed their ruling in order to give families like mine an opportunity to see this film together. Now we can let the whole world see it.”
Dench and Coogan made videos parodying Dench’s iconic James Bond character M, to get the rating changed. Coogan, who also co-wrote the film, was on hand at the MPAA hearing in Los Angeles today to speak on the film’s behalf.
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The MPAA ratings war over Philomena, the upcoming Judi Dench movie that was tagged with an R-rating for profanity, is heating up. The Oscar-winning actress and co-star Steve Coogan are plotting some double-O shenanigans to put pressure on the movie organization to lighten up and assign them a more box-office-friendly PG-13 rating. It’s a complex and convoluted plan that also might involve killing Adam Sandler.
Click below for the James Bond-inspired video from The Weinstein Company that posted on Funny Or Die:
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Who says the British are snobby?
Judi Dench certainly isn’t in this exclusive clip from her upcoming film Philomena, about a woman looking for the child she gave up for adoption 50 years prior and the journalist who tries to help her find him. In the clip, Dench’s character tries to make a movie selection in her hotel room. Turns out, she’s a Martin Lawrence fan with a sense of humor.
Check out the clip below:
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Dame Judi Dench is a revered Oscar-winning actress, but the kids all know her as M, James Bond’s crusty boss who died a good death in last year’s Skyfall. So what better way to promote her buzzy Oscar-hopeful performance in Philomena than resurrecting M for a special mission?
“Just when you thought I was dead,” non-M M says to the camera in the new marketing gimmick for The Weinstein Company’s movie. “I have an important mission for you… Are you familiar with M.P.A.A?” READ FULL STORY
In Philomena, Steve Coogan’s Martin trades political journalism for human-interest storytelling to help Judi Dench’s title character find the son she put up for adoption decades prior. The quest leads the unlikely duo to America, where it seems they find her long-lost son.
The film, directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity), was a People’s Choice Award runner-up at this month’s Toronto International Festival. Get a sneak peek in the just-released trailer below:
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It was in GoldenEye that Dame Judi Dench first ripped into the “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” that is James Bond, telling the suave superspy, “If you think for one moment I don’t have the balls to send a man out to die, your instincts are dead wrong!”
Back then, it was Pierce Brosnan — not Daniel Craig — who was smirking beneath M’s withering glare, but 18 years later, she delivered on that threat in Skyfall. Stepping into the field after six previous Bond adventures that limited her to cold disapproval from behind a desk, M’s promotion into the heart of the latest story, which featured Javier Bardem as a rogue ex double-0 agent committed to exacting vengeance upon his former boss, raised the stakes for the characters and made Skyfall one of the most popular Bond movies ever. It’s already grossed more than a billion worldwide, nearly equaling the two previous Daniel Craig 007 adventures combined.
In the end, Dench proved to be the most fascinating and important Bond Girl of them all, not only proving herself his equal is every way, but bringing colors out of his “blunt instrument” of a secret agent that no bikini-clad babe ever could. Skyfall arrives on video next Tuesday, and Dench and Craig discuss their special relationship in an exclusive Blu-ray extra below. READ FULL STORY
Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' director John Madden on filming in India
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden, dunks seven veteran British actors — Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, and Celia Imrie — into the hot, steamy inner sanctum of India, playing retirees who take up residence at an old hotel more dilapidated than originally advertised. Madden tells EW about the experience filming in and outside the Indian cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, from the heat on set to the difficulty of getting sound and the right shots as crowds flocked around the cast and crew.
For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverage. READ FULL STORY
Prize Fighter: Oscar buzz for older actresses Field, Mirren, Dench reflect importance of female storytelling
Hollywood may be filled with talented younger actresses, their fresh skin and high cheekbones readymade for lovingly placed close-ups and leggy magazine covers. But this year’s early Oscar race for best actress has the spotlight shining on a handful of older contenders — from Sally Field in Lincoln to Helen Mirren in Hitchcock and Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — their veteran faces etched with experience, beauty, and perhaps a bit of wisdom.
“Older actors, especially women actors, have always been incredibly important to storytelling on the big screen,” Elizabeth Daley, dean of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, told EW. “The characters they play are often what ground the story, and these actors are so good at what they do that their performances also elevate the films. So I would argue that every year there are films that feature good or great performances by older women. And years like this one, when many of them are being considered for awards, force us to publicly acknowledge their importance in compelling storytelling.”
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