Kristin Scott Thomas ‘proud’ of Four Weddings and a Funeral

Kristin Scott Thomas is proud to have starred in classic movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral.The actress played Fiona in Richard Curtis’ hit 1994 romantic comedy alongside Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, and John Hannah, and she is overjoyed that t…

Kristin Scott Thomas is proud to have starred in classic movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The actress played Fiona in Richard Curtis’ hit 1994 romantic comedy alongside Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, and John Hannah, and she is overjoyed that the movie is still being enjoyed by audiences decades later.

“I’ve made some films – Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park – that kind of lurk around for decades, and that’s something to be proud of,” Kristin told InStyle, before adding that there are some movies she’s ashamed of, but she will never reveal which ones.

“It’s been a mixture of luck and instinct that has allowed me to do some pretty good projects,” she shared. “And, actually, the past few years have been really interesting career-wise too, starting with The Party, which was a sort of political comedy, and then Darkest Hour, and then Fleabag.”

And Kristin insisted that the roles she’s offered now she’s in her 50s are much better than when she was younger.

“I would say that I’ve hit a sweet spot. Fortunately, as I have got older, the work has got better,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin revealed that she was “frustrated” with her career as an actress for a long time.

“I felt that being an actress wasn’t particularly useful, and I felt frustrated by it. I would think, ‘What’s the point of doing this all?’ But I’m beginning to see the point now,” she stated, noting that movies can positively affect audiences, which in turn, gives her acting career meaning.

“When you realise that the work we do in the theatre or in the movies can have an influence on the way people behave with each other and how people think about things, even in a small way, that gives you purpose,” the 59-year-old added.

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Bad Boys for Life getting early digital release

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-…

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-grossing movie so far, having made $419 million (£356 million) at the worldwide box office.

However, its cinema run has been cut short due to movie theatres being forced to close in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, so executives at Sony Pictures have decided to release it on video-on-demand early.

The movie, which served as a sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II, will be available digitally from 31 March, 74 days after its cinema release, and on Blu-Ray and DVD on 21 April.

Most theatrical releases are usually not available for home entertainment for 90 days after debuting in cinemas. However, this has changed significantly as a result of the crisis, with films such as Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma, which were all showing in cinemas when the closures happened, now being available to watch at home.

In addition to Bad Boys for Life, it was announced on Monday that British comedy Military Wives would be heading to “premium video-on-demand” platforms for a limited time from 27 March.

“The cinematic experience is key to our industry, and exhibitors continue to be our integral partners and allies. With cinemas closed nationwide due to the current climate, we want to continue to make Military Wives available to consumers,” Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, said in a statement.

The movie, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, was released in cinemas on 6 March.

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Kristin Scott Thomas is relieved her first film flopped

Kristin Scott Thomas is glad her first film, Under the Cherry Moon, was a flop back in the 1980s.The 59-year-old British star revealed in an interview with U.S. InStyle that she was relieved the musical, in which she starred alongside Prince, who was m…

Kristin Scott Thomas is glad her first film, Under the Cherry Moon, was a flop back in the 1980s.

The 59-year-old British star revealed in an interview with U.S. InStyle that she was relieved the musical, in which she starred alongside Prince, who was making his directorial debut, was a huge flop in 1986.

“I’m so glad that my success happened little by little and that my first film was a failure. It was an enormous turkey; it was terrible,” she laughed. “It was also completely surreal because Prince and I were absolute children – we were in our 20s.”

The Four Weddings and a Funeral actress was glad to have to start all over again in Hollywood, and counts her failures as valuable experience.

“I started from the bottom, worked up, and practiced until I was ready to have a big role,” she explained. “In the current culture you see so many people rise to stardom really quickly and then run out of steam. I was lucky to be able to get experience and make some bum films.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin admitted being raised as a Roman Catholic when she was younger made her think that the word ambition was “almost sinful”, and until she made The English Patient in 1996, she “stifled” her desire to be an actress.

“That may sound crazy, but it’s true,” Kristin shared, as she revealed that nowadays, she concentrates on juggling her busy career with family life. “These days my principal ambition is to get satisfaction and excitement and nourishment from work and also leave enough space for a fulfilling family life.”

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Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘It’s really fun to dress up’

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite de…

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.

Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite designers in a new interview with InStyle magazine, Kristin noted that she’s a big fan of high fashion.

“This past January, I went to the Dior Haute Couture show, and seeing those beautiful clothes, there’s part of me that remains a sort of 12-year-old girl who thinks, ‘Gosh, I’d love to wear that dress.’ I can just imagine myself floating along, wearing it,” she shared. “And I cherish that part of me, because I think it’s really fun to dress up.”

However, Kristin tends to favour comfort over couture creations.

“I’m also just as happy in my Bella Freud boilersuit that I’m wearing now, which makes me look like a car mechanic. There is room for both – perhaps just not at the same time!” the 59-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin opened up about her daily skincare regime and confessed that her beauty mantra is to “maintain rather than repair”.

“Who knows, I may succumb to temptation, and if I do, good luck to me. But it’s not in the cards,” she explained, noting that beauty standards are very different in France, where she is based. “I think people’s idea of what is aesthetically acceptable changes. And it depends on what country you’re in too.

“In general, everybody wants to look healthy and happy. If you do, then that’s half the battle.”

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Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Lily James had panic attacks after filming Rebecca

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she h…

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.

The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she has opened up about how the character’s “difficult headspace” affected her mental health.

“I found it really hard to let go of the character. She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace,” Lily said during a BAFTA masterclass at the 2019 International Film Festival & Awards in Macao. “I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off.”

Lily also revealed that the film, directed by Ben Wheatley, will be “very different” from Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning adaptation, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and was released in 1940.

The story follows Mrs de. Winter as she begins married life with her husband Maxim, played by Armie Hammer, at his sprawling coastal family estate. However, oppressive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas, constantly berates the young woman, and she is forced to live in the shadow of Maxim’s dead first wife, Rebecca.

During the talk, Lily recalled her fond memories of working on TV series Downton Abbey and credited her former castmates – such as Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville – for helping her build her confidence.

“I learned to do screen acting in the most high-pressured environment – I felt like I couldn’t make a mistake. But on the other hand, it was the best opportunity I could ever have been given, it’s such an ensemble piece, so I was learning from the best straight away,” Lily explained. “I’ll be forever grateful for the job, we’re still a family.”

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Renee Zellweger triumphs at 2019 British Independent Film Awards

Renee Zellweger’s awards season run is off to a great start as she won the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday.The star claimed the honour for her lead role in Judy Garland biopic Judy, but she was not present at…

Renee Zellweger’s awards season run is off to a great start as she won the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday.

The star claimed the honour for her lead role in Judy Garland biopic Judy, but she was not present at the show, and the trophy was accepted on her behalf by the film’s producer, David Livingstone.

Backstage at the London event, David told WENN that Renee had skipped the ceremony to look after her sick dog Chester back home in Los Angeles.

It was also a big night for Syrian civil war film For Sama, which was named Best British Independent Film and Best Documentary, and earned Best Director for Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.

The Personal History of David Copperfield was the night’s top winner, earning five awards in total, including Best Screenplay for Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie.

Meanwhile, Kristin Scott Thomas was presented with the 2019 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best British Independent Film – For Sama

Best Director – Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, For Sama

Best Screenplay – Armando Iannucci, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Actress – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actress – Ruthxjiah Bellenea, The Last Tree

Best Actor – Josh O’Connor, Only You

Best Supporting Actor – Hugh Laurie, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Most Promising Newcomer – Sam Adewunmi, The Last Tree

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) – Harry Wootliff, Only You

Debut Screenwriter – Emma Jane Unsworth, Animals

Breakthrough Producer – Kate Byers and Linn Waite, Bait

The Discovery Award – Children of the Snow Land

Best Documentary – For Sama

Best British Short Film – Anna

Best International Independent Film – Parasite

Best Casting – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Cinematography – Beats

Best Costume Design – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Editing – For Sama

Best Effects – A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best Make Up & Hair Design – Judy

Best Music – Wild Rose

Best Production Design – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Sound – Beats

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film – Kristin Scott Thomas

The Special Jury Prize – Amanda Nevill

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Kristin Scott Thomas to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in Londo…

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in London on 1 December.

“To be recognised in memory of the great and unequalled Richard Harris is very special, and a true honour,” Thomas said in a statement to Variety. “I am proud beyond measure to be receiving this award and joining the ranks of many famously and undeniably brilliant and talented actors.”

The Richard Harris Award, named after the late Irish actor, has previously been presented to the likes of Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

“Kristin Scott Thomas has created many memorable characters in iconic British films,” said Harris’ son, Chernobyl star Jared Harris. “Whether she is making us laugh, cry or shake in our shoes, it is always in that inimitable Kristin Scott Thomas way. The Richard Harris Award at this year’s BIFAs is richly deserved.”

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star has received three BIFA nominations throughout her career, for her supporting roles in Easy Virtue, Nowhere Boy, and The Invisible Woman.

The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel, was revealed as the top contender when the nominations were read out at the end of October.

It landed 11 nominations, in categories such as Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Dev Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively. It will have close competition from Wild Rose, In Fabric, and The Souvenir.

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M.I.A. & Matt Smith to front new Burberry Christmas campaign

M.I.A., Matt Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas will be part of the upcoming 2018 holiday campaign for British fashion house Burberry. Photographer Juno Calypso, who is famous for her self-portraits, has directed and shot the ad campaign, which will launc…

M.I.A., Matt Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas will be part of the upcoming 2018 holiday campaign for British fashion house Burberry.

Photographer Juno Calypso, who is famous for her self-portraits, has directed and shot the ad campaign, which will launch on 13 November (18).

The Christmas ads will also feature supermodel Naomi Campbell and her mother Valerie Morris-Campbell.

Burberry’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci teased the campaign after his debut spring/summer 2019 show in September (18), revealing he was planning to create fashion for all ages.

“Why just offer one identity when you can really design for every age, for every culture and every different lifestyle?” he said.

The new campaign marks a return to Burberry for former Doctor Who star Smith, who appeared alongside Cara Delevingne for the fashion house’s 2017 winter ads, while past Christmas commercials have featured Lily James, Sienna Miller, Romeo Beckham, and James Corden.

Delevingne recently heaped praise on Burberry bosses, claiming they share her beliefs.

Cara made her breakthrough as a model when former chief creative officer Christopher Bailey cast her in the label’s spring/summer 2011 campaign, while she was working part-time in the office of fashion website ASOS.

She has since featured in numerous Burberry campaigns and walked in many catwalk shows – including Bailey’s final collection during London Fashion Week in February (18). And as the label has become more active in issues like equal rights and sustainability, Cara is more than happy to represent Burberry.

“They follow what my beliefs are,” the Suicide Squad star told Allure. “I don’t like to work with brands who I don’t have the same beliefs as, or share the kind of determination and drive and love, whether its equal rights or sustainability. It’s important for me to have a paralleled direction of where you’re going with a brand.”

Cara is currently the face of the style house’s new fragrance, Burberry Her.

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Julie de Libran taps famous friends to design Sonia Rykiel charity sweaters

Kirsten Dunst and Kristin Scott Thomas are among the stars helping Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran with her charity sweater project.To celebrate 50 years since late designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first store on Paris’ Left Bank, artistic director de L…

Kirsten Dunst and Kristin Scott Thomas are among the stars helping Sonia Rykiel’s Julie de Libran with her charity sweater project.

To celebrate 50 years since late designer Sonia Rykiel opened her first store on Paris’ Left Bank, artistic director de Libran is curating a whole year of special events and product launches, including the label’s first couture offering.

She’s also recruited some of her A-list friends to create pieces for her Generous Sweaters collection.

“To mark the anniversary of the house and of a year which changed the social landscape in France, it was important for me to create a platform for expression that was also an opportunity to give something back to society,” de Libran said, reports Vogue.com.

As well as actresses Kirsten and Kristin, models Liya Kebede and Langley Fox have also showed off their design skills, paying homage to designer Rykiel, who was labelled “Queen of the Knits” after finding fashion fame with her Poor Boy Sweater in the early ’60s, which was loved by Audrey Hepburn.

Fargo star Kirsten designed a black jumper decorated with red poppies, while Fox went for a rainbow design and Kebede used fabrics from label Lemlem, a brand set up to bring stability to women in her home country of Ethiopia.

The Lemlem Foundation, Le Refuge, which provides support to victims of homophobia and transphobia in France, and Planned Parenthood are among the charities that will benefit from sweater sales.

The collection was unveiled at the recent Sonia Rykiel couture presentation in Paris and will hit shelves in October.

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