Lethal Bizzle teaches Dame Judi Dench how to rap…no, really!

As if we didn’t know this already, I am now thoroughly convinced that there is nothing Dame Judi Dench cannot do or won’t try. The 82-year-old actress whose unforgettable performances on screen, stage and television over the decades have made her a national treasure can now add rapping to her CV after a brief rapping tutorial from […]

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A Dame and a Sir unveil tribute to Sir John Gielgud

Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen have unveiled a blue plaque commemorating the London home of stage and screen star Sir John Gielgud. The English Heritage plaque at number 16 Cowley Street in Westminster marks the brown brick Georgian townhouse where Sir John lived for 31 years, from May 1945 to February 1976. Started in […]

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Almost legal, ‘The Full Monty’ turns 20!

Recently, someone told me that when you start trying to remember any kind of anniversary of a favorite movie, the standard rule is you come up with a number as to how long ago you think it premiered and then add five years to the total and, generally, you will be correct at that point. […]

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PBS’ Arthur heads to ‘Fountain Abbey’ on Jan 26

I know, we’ve written (and, probably, overwritten) how you can tell when a series such as Downton Abbey instantly becomes a part of pop-culture. If it makes it to the mind palaces of such icons as Saturday Night Live  or Jimmy Fallon, whose Downton Sixby spoofs were priceless, then you know you have something. With […]

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Happy 80th – Dame Maggie Smith!

Fresh on the heels of one of the all-time greats of the acting world (Dame Judi Dench) turning 80 earlier this month on December 9, we now have the brilliant opportunity to celebrate another ‘Dame’ as she turns 80 today – Dame Maggie Smith. Although she has achieved worldwide recognition from her portrayal of Professor Minerva […]

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'Philomena' with Judi Dench & Steve Coogan: A first glimpse

It’s Oscar time…. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play ‘unlikely friends’ in Philomena, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for a lost son. Coogan, in a complete 180 degree departure from his recent alter ego film release of Alpha Papa: Alan Partridge, also produced and co-wrote the film […]

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Let the XXX Olympiad Games begin – Monty Python style

Seems a bit more appropriate this year given that the XXX Olympiad Summer Games get going in full swing today in London that we take a step back and honor those events that, unfortunately, won’t make it to telly yet again this year. Much like the News and Documentary Emmy categories never get their day […]

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