March 28, 2010 5:00am EST
The Nanny McPhee star divorced the actor in 1995, and was so affected by the break up she didn't even want to change her clothes.
But Thompson insists concentrating on penning 1995's Sense and Sensibility helped her overcome her depression, and she went on to marry actor Greg Wise.
She says, "Work saved me, and then Greg. He picked up the pieces. I was acting on stage in Me and My Girl. It was so bad that I got to the stage I wasn't really changing my clothes at home. I remember that Ken had this black cashmere dressing gown and when he was not at home I simply wore it. It was a time when I couldn't even answer the phone, yet I would go out every night to perform in the theatre and cheerfully sing the Lambeth Walk.
"To help myself, the only thing I could do was to write, but I had to crawl to the computer. Writing Sense and Sensibility saved me form going under in a very nasty way."
March 26, 2010 7:00am EST
"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.
March 26, 2010 3:46am EST
Emma Thompson has told the BBC that Carey Mulligan will play Eliza Doolittle in the remake of My Fair Lady that Thompson wrote.
Thompson made the remarks at the premiere of her latest movie, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, and said the Henry Higgins role has yet to be cast, although Hugh Grant has been rumored as a possibility.
Thompson said she would "love (Grant) to do it", but added nothing had been confirmed yet.
When asked whether it was true that Mulligan had been cast in the musical movie, Thompson said: "I think Carey is set to play it, yes."
Mulligan, however, speaking to Collider, had this to say: "Oh, that's nice. Well, that's hugely flattering and that would be great. I really don't know, at this point, what's happening with that. That's lovely that Emma said that. That's really nice. But, I honestly don’t know."
March 24, 2010 5:00am EST
Finance workers have been embroiled in controversy in recent months after it was revealed some firms handed out huge bonuses to their top staff, despite vowing to slash payouts during the worldwide financial crisis.
The trio of Brit stars have lent their support to the 'Not complicated. Just brilliant' campaign, which is calling for banks to pay an extra tax on transactions between other financial institutions that can then be passed on to the country's public services.
Nighy has starred in a short online film - directed by Richard Curtis - calling for the tax, while Thompson and Miller have donned 'Robin Hood' masks to promote the cause.
Alfie star Miller says, "A tiny 0.05 per cent tax on bankers could raise billions for public services and tackle poverty and climate change at home and abroad - small change for the banks can mean big changes for the world."
March 08, 2010 4:00am EST
The Nanny McPhee star was shocked when her 10-year-old daughter Gaia urged her to dye her locks darker because she shouldn't have fair hair when she's 50.
But Thomson is adamant she won't heed the youngster's advice until she turns 60, when she will opt for a more mature look.
The actress reveals, "She says, 'It's got to go'. I say, 'Look Gaia, I am only 50, I will get rid of it when I am a bit older' and she says, 'You are too old for blonde hair, Mum.' So when I am about 60 I will just shave my hair off and go salt and pepper. You can't have blonde hair at the age of 60."
February 12, 2010 8:02am EST
Though Garry Marshall hasn’t made a decent flick since 1990’s Pretty Woman he still apparently wields a not inconsiderable amount of clout in Hollywood. What else could explain the all-star ensemble of actors who gathered for Valentine’s Day? Among the major names found probing the turgid depths of the nearly 80-year-old director’s insipid rom-com are Julia Roberts Anne Hathaway Ashton Kutcher Jessica Alba Jamie Foxx Jessica Biel Taylor Lautner and various other prominent actors who either owe favors to Marshall or whose incriminating photos he holds in his possession.
A slice-of-life tale unfolding in Los Angeles over the course of a single Valentine’s Day the film chronicles the romantic adventures of a diverse cast of characters at various stages of relationships and encompassing virtually every conceivable demographic category. Their ages backgrounds and perspectives often dramatically differ but they each share one trait in common: Almost without exception they are all ceaselessly painfully disastrously unfunny.
Some temper their dishumor with a dose of the annoying like Kutcher whose dopey florist Marshall unwisely chose to anchor Valentine’s Day’s story around. Others add a dash of the preposterous like Roberts dressed in military fatigues in a laughable attempt to play a U.S. Army Captain on leave from the front. Still others add cloying sentiment to the mix like Bryce Robinson’s lovelorn 10-year-old whose grandparents played by Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo ply him with nostalgic romantic tips pre-fabricated for maximum inter-generational cuteness. Whatever your preferred method of cinematic torture may be you’ll undoubtedly encounter it in this film.
In addition to challenging the pain threshold Valentine’s Day offers a test of endurance as well its story requiring over two hours to satisfy the narrative demands of its swollen cast. If you didn’t despise Hallmark’s ersatz holiday before you certainly will after enduring this Bataan Death March of rom-coms.
January 08, 2010 4:00am EST
The Dark Knight actress admits she has limited her workload since giving birth to Ramona in 2006 and marrying the child's father, Peter Sarsgaard, in May (09), in a bid to spend as little time away from her family.
But she learned to find a balance between her career and her home life after her Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang co-star Thompson insisted it was fine to "drop the ball" on occasion.
She tells USA Today, "When I was a newlywed, I had no nanny and I was working on (Crazy Heart) she said, 'You have to let yourself drop the ball. Human beings do that. If you don't some really important part of you won't survive'. I think about it all the time!
"When I got this script, I was in this state of wanting something for me, selfishly, after having sacrificed a lot of things. I felt really hungry - I felt like I'd spent two years mostly focused on my daughter, which was amazing. It changed everything in my life."
Gyllenhaal admits she isn't the perfect mother but she has learned to accept she can't get everything right: "I'm very protective, and I try to keep (Ramona) out of this Hollywood stuff. But I make mistakes. I have that tug of wanting things that feel good to me and trying to figure out in what ways I have to sacrifice and what ways she has to sacrifice. I haven't been perfect at that."
December 17, 2009 11:23am EST
Every few years Hugh Grant comes out of hiding to wince and stammer his way to a paycheck occasionally serving up a pleasant surprise like About a Boy but more often churning out forgettable rom-coms like Music and Lyrics and Two Weeks Notice. His latest film Did You Hear About the Morgans? a fish-out-of-water rom-com co-starring Preakness runner-up Sarah Jessica Parker belongs steadfastly in the latter category -- and it might just be the worst of the lot.
Bearing a perpetually pained expression Grant literally suffers through the film as Paul Morgan a Londoner-turned-Manhattanite whose marriage to Meryl (Parker) a posh high-achieving real-estate agent is set adrift after his recent infidelity. He’s keen on reconciliation; she’s firmly against it. So are we for that matter after witnessing a few minutes of their strained and utterly futile attempts at creating chemistry. But I digress...
Prospects for the Morgans’ marriage appear grim but their destinies abruptly align again when they unwittingly witness a murder of a high-level FBI informant. Fearing for the unhappy couples’ safety the government whisks Paul and Meryl away to a tiny rural town in Wyoming where they’re forced to live under the same roof deprived of the modern conveniences of their upscale New York lifestyle.
The Morgans eventually reunite of course but not before subjecting us to a truly torturous gauntlet of bland bits each involving a predictably disastrous experiment with horseback riding wood chopping cow milking or other stereotypically rural activity. Our suffering is occasionally mitigated by the periodic witty comment from Grant whose ability to deliver wry one-liners with expert precision is still very much intact. After Did You Hear About the Morgans? however his career may not be.
December 04, 2009 6:15am EST
"What a good idea. (Would I) give her a hard time? I expect so... It would be very nice - good idea." JAMES BOND star DAME JUDI DENCH sees EMMA THOMPSON as a perfect 007 baddie.
November 08, 2009 1:15pm EST
The Oscar-winner's 22-year-old son, Tindyebwa Agaba, a former Rwandan child soldier who she adopted in 2003, graduated from England's Exeter University in July (09) with a degree in politics.
He endured taunts from other students about his background, and Thompson was determined to address the institution in a bid to help move race relations forward.
She visited the university last week (begs02Nov09) and begged the staff and student population to help make a difference at a lecture on Thursday (05Nov09).
Thompson told the assembled crowd, "It's depressing when people think nothing is being done about it.
"Tindy had his experience and now we're having a big week of educational events to try and help it. Please understand you're already engaged, give yourself small goals. You must understand you have a staff who want this university to be the most humane, safe place it can be.
"You're not going to get hundreds of black students here overnight, but what you can do is make them more comfortable. Visitors are never the ones who come up with the solutions, it is up to you."