Joanna Lumley - The Queen, accompanied by other senior Royals and the Sultan of Brunei, attend the Gurkha 200 Pageant at the Royal Hospital Chelsea at Royal Hospital Chelsea - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th June 2015
If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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With preparation well underway for his latest Broadway show, director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) heads to New York to begin casting. While there, he has a one-night-stand with a young starlet named Izzy (Imogen Poots). He is then shocked to discover her attending his audition the next day, where she performs alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and performs so well that he has to give her the part. As if that wasn't enough, Abertson's leading man (Rhys Ifans) knows about the affair, and also is in love with Delta. And if THAT wasn't enough, Izzy's therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), has fallen in love with the show's playwright Josh (Will Forte), who in turn has fallen in love with Izzy. All that remains, is to find out if the play with succeed with so many forces acing against it.
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At age 71, Martin Scorsese proves with this riotous romp that he's one of the most energetic, audacious filmmakers working in America at the moment. And with his long-time 74-year-old editor Thelma Schoonmaker, he has created one of the most entertaining cautionary tales in recent memory. Not only does it highlight an unruly period in banking history, but it has a lot to say about where we are now.
This is the true story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who was 21 when he got his first job on Wall Street in the rough-and-tumble 1980s. Thanks to his illicit deals, he was a multi-millionaire within five years, tutored by a jaded veteran (McConaughey) and assisted by an enthusiastic novice (Hill). Along the way, he also swaps for a much more glamorous wife (Robbie), whose British aunt (Lumley) becomes part of his scam to stash his cash with a shady Swiss banker (Dujardin). But with an FBI agent (Chandler) on his trail, Jordan suspects that the high life can't go on forever.
At just under three hours long, the film sometimes feels like it is wallowing in the excessive sex and drugs along with these Wall Street criminals. But there's a jagged undercurrent to everything: all of this hedonism may look like fun, but someone is paying the price. The film is an often thrilling series of set-pieces that roll out in waves of comedy, tragedy and farce as these people play on the edge of an abyss. And it's great to see scenes play out in real time, with deep conversations, riotous comedy riffs and characters who are full of conflicting layers.
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It's a wild ride of drinking, drugs, debauchery and deception when the ambitious Jordan Belfort decides that he wants to be one of the rich kids. Starting out his stockbroker business in a small office with a handful of employees, his aims are simple; target only the richest people in the country. It isn't long before Belfort and his team find themselves with more money than they know what to do with and begin to live their lives manically high off the success. However, Belfort hasn't exactly been making what you'd call an honest living and pretty soon the secrets of his fraudulent profits and money laundering draws attention from the authorities. And not only that, his disregard for others' sufferings means he's got a lot more to lose than his beloved business.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a gritty white-collar crime drama based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a former stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for his fraudulent activity in 1998 and subsequently wrote two memoirs entitled 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Catching the Wolf of Wall Street'. The new movie has been directed by the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') and written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules').
Jordan Belfort started out his stockbroker business in a tiny office with a small group of people and had the intention of targeting only the richest people in America as their clientele. With such a small percentage of individuals lined up as hopeful patrons, their dreams of immense fortune and a life of luxury seemed embarrassingly unlikely. However, pretty soon the company starts to ooze more money than they can handle and it's parties, alcohol and women all round. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear to everyone that what Belfort was doing to earn his fortune is not entirely legal and he risks his freedom and his wealthy lifestyle when the FBI get involved.
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a white-collar crime drama based on the two memoirs by the real Belfort, who was jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent offences including money laundering. The autobiographies have since been translated into 18 different languages and now the Oscar winning Martin Scorsese ('Shutter Island', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed') directs the screen adaptation which has been written by multi-Primetime Emmy winning writer Terence Winter ('The Sopranos', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Brooklyn Rules'). The movie is set to be release on January 17th 2014.
Jordan Belfort is a successful stockbroker, multi-millionaire and motivational speaker from New York who had enough money to throw anywhere he wanted. He was arrested and jailed in 1998 for a string of fraudulent activities surrounding stock market manipulation including money laundering and mob infiltration. He served 22 months in prison after being given a sentence of 4 years, famously refusing to cooperate during the case which exposed massive corruption on Wall Street. His crime was fuelled by his loved of alcohol, parties, women and, generally, the finer things in life including his luxury yacht which was originally built for Coco Chanel. He wrote two memoirs which were published in around 40 countries and have since been translated into 18 different languages.
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With a shiny Lifetime Achievement Award proudly atop her mantlepiece, Joanna Lumley has decide to give back even more by delivering some rather fabulous (you might even say absolutely fabulous) new about the big screen adaption of the hit comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.
Speaking behind the scenes at the NTAs Lumley, who plays Patsy - the drink-addled, chain smoking magazine editor, let us in on some of her future plans, which most definitely include her taking up her role as Patsy for any future Ab Fab projects, including the long awaited movie adaption. Although the idea of a musical film version of the show seemed quizzical to the veteran actress, she lamented that she'd be down for it no matter what, saying, "I'm obviously up for that. I'm obviously a very good singer," before adding, "Nobody's going to play Patsy when I'm alive! I do mean that, I do mean that darling, because it could get savage."
Lumley hasn't been all cheer and musicals of late though, and has heeded a very appropriate warning to 'laddish' women who are giving her over-the-top Patsy character a run for her money. Earlier this week, speaking to The Mirror, Lumley warned women of the dangers of the binge drinking culture gripping Britain at the moment, not just on their health but on their overall safety and how they are perceived. he admitted her own detest of the character she plays on the BBC show and discussed her despair at seeing hordes of scantily clad women being “sick in the gutter” across town and city centres at night. She issued this warning to the main offenders, saying: “Don’t look like trash, don’t get drunk, don’t be sick down your front, don’t break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad. It’s not me being a snob. It’s not me being an old woman talking to young women. It’s just standard practice for how our species should behave.”
After playing a debauched character in Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley is keen to ensure young girls don't put themselves at risk by emulating some of her on-screen behaviour.
"I promise you it is better to look after yourself properly, which means behave properly, be polite, be on time, dress properly - I don't mean dully - but don't be sick in the gutter at midnight in a silly dress with no money to get a taxi home, because somebody will take advantage of you, either they'll rape you, or they'll knock you on the head or they'll rob you," she explained to The Daily Mail.
"Don't look like trash, don't get drunk, don't be sick down your front, don't break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad."
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Joanna Lumley let us in on some frankly (absolutely) fabulous news today (Jan 25) when she revealed that the hit show Absolutely Fabulous is being made into a movie, and a musical one at that! Someone pass the champers!
Lumley, who plays the botox, cigarette, drink and drug addict Patsy Stone on the hit BBC comedy, told The Telegraph today that her co-star and the show's co-star/creator/writer Jennifer Saunders is currently hard at work on the script for the new film and it will be out in time for the Oscars in 2014 (and we're sure the film will be the one to beat when it comes to the awards).
Whilst the rumour that the hotly anticipated film adaption will be a musical remains just that, Lumley confirmed that she will be taking part in the production no matter what the outcome is. She said, "Although yesterday the press were saying it's a musical now! But whatever it is, I'll be there." Adding, "Nobody's going to play Patsy when I'm alive! I do mean that, I do mean that darling, because it could get savage, I'm still quite strong."
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Joanna Lumley, known mostly for her role as the hilariously loathsome narcissist Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, alongside Jennifer Saunders, was celebrated with a Special Recognition Award last night at the National Television Awards.
She was lauded by her lovely co-star, Saunders, as well as multi-award winning director Martin Scorsese who worked with Lumley last year on Wolf of Wall Street (set to be released this year) via a series of clips in which they praised her. David Cameron was also in that number, although as a supporter of the Green Party that may not be received by Lumley with quite the emotion of her friends.
In Wolf of Wall Street a co-star of hers is Leonardo Dicaprio, whom she is seen kissing in the movie - a clip of which was played at the awards. Despite Ab Fab being one of her most iconic roles, she has also cropped up in a huge number of other roles including James and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.