August 18, 2010 7:15am EST
"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.
August 18, 2010 5:00am EST
The Oscar-winner wants young Gaia, her daughter with husband Greg Wise, to take an extended vacation when she finishes primary school next year (11) ahead of the start of her secondary education.
Thompson recently revealed, "I'm going to give her a little break from education and show her the world a bit and take a break myself. I just thought it was really good timing between those two schools to have a bit of a break."
But her plans have sparked outrage among campaigners in her native Britain, who are convinced Gaia will struggle to catch up with her peers if she takes a year out.
Margaret Morrissey, a spokesperson for education campaign group Parents Outloud, tells London's Evening Standard, "She might see the world and have a fantastic experience, but she'll miss an awful lot in a year and will be way behind her peers. A child might not ever properly catch up after a break that long."
August 18, 2010 5:00am EST
"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.
August 17, 2010 10:50pm EST
Animated films may come to dominate the family-film genre but they’ll never entirely edge out their live-action counterparts -- not so long as there exist characters like Nanny McPhee whose charms could never be properly rendered in a computer. After a half-decade away from the big screen Emma Thompson’s magical governess is back to take on a new batch of recalcitrant children in Nanny McPhee Returns. She's gotten better with age.
The second chapter of the Nanny McPhee saga which marks a definitive improvement over the first sends the unsightly taskmaster to the English countryside where Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) the mother of three rambunctious tots (Oscar Steer Asa Butterfield and Lil Woods) has been left alone to raise her unruly brood and manage the family farm while her husband is away at war. (Though it’s never specifically mentioned the film is presumed to take place during World War II.) Harried but capable Isabel’s tenuous grip on her unfortunate situation begins to loosen when a pair of privileged London cousins (Eros Vlahos and Rosie Taylor-Ritson) and a shady indebted brother-in-law (Rhys Ifans) arrive to wreak fresh havoc in her already chaotic existence. On the verge of losing control of both her farm and her family she opens the door to find Nanny McPhee’s wart-covered visage staring back at her and not a moment too soon.
Though for the most part a breezy and whimsical fable Nanny McPhee Returns is unafraid to scatter a few dramatic bombshells amid its mix of lighthearted fantasy and practical life lessons trusting correctly that its youthful audience can handle a few bleak bumps en route to its happy ending. The biggest revelation of the film aside from director Susanna White and screenwriter/star Thompson’s bawdy comedic sensibilities (one of the film’s less pleasant lessons: kids never tire of scatological humor) is the proficiency of its child actors so often the weak link in even the best family fare. It’s their winning performances along with that of the always excellent Gyllenhaal that help make Nanny McPhee Returns not just an entertaining experience but an endearing one as well.
August 17, 2010 10:15am EST
"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.
August 17, 2010 10:15am EST
"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.
August 17, 2010 6:06am EST
Emma Thompson Knows Nanny McPhee Is Ugly: Late Last Night
Most of our Late Night crew was busy holed up in their bomb shelters last night after hearing George Clooney and Angelina Jolie were planning to play Sinatra and Monroe in an upcoming movie, so we only have Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to chat about this morning.
Jon Stewart talked about a major controversy that’s going on right now in NYC, which is the development of a mosque near Ground Zero. President Obama voiced his support of the build on the stance of our country’s firm beliefs in religious freedom, but then he kind of said something else that possibly, might have, maybe, a little bit could be considered a contradictory statement.
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Emma Thompson talked about her new movie, Nanny McPhee Returns. After weaving in and out of a few accents, she explained why Nanny McPhee is so horrible looking, and it’s because Mary Poppins was so pretty that it was deceptive, because English people really look like mushrooms.
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And Stephen Colbert pointed out now that same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico and Canada, we look like the party poopers who refuse to wear boas around our necks and don't want to indulge in any of the complimentary puff pastries.
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August 17, 2010 5:00am EST
The Oscar-winner is mum to Gaia, her daughter with husband Greg Wise, and the youngster is due to finish primary school and begin secondary education next year (11).
But Thompson wants to give Gaia a break before she begins her next step of schooling and is preparing to take her on an extended vacation to broaden her horizons.
She says, "Gaia finishes her little (primary) school next year, but I'm going to give her a little break from education and show her the world a bit and take a break myself. I just thought it was really good timing between those two schools to have a bit of a break."
And when asked where they will go, Thompson replies, "I really don't know... I've never been to India... But I really don't know yet. There's lots to look at."
August 16, 2010 10:15am EST
"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).
August 16, 2010 5:00am EST
The Nanny McPhee star has been approached by Potter publishers to help reintroduce the stories to a new generation of kids to coincide with its landmark anniversary next year (11).
In an interview with late night U.S. TV host Craig Ferguson, she reveals, "I had a lovely little job offer. You know, Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, he is 110 next year and they asked me to write a new story about Peter Rabbit, so I'm going to take him to Scotland."
Author Potter first introduced the popular animal character to readers in 1902 with The Tale of Peter Rabbit. He subsequently appeared in five more installments between 1904 and 1912.