Thelma Adams: Let’s start with the meat of this movie: the mother-daughter relationship…
Emma Thompson: My character, the mother, has suppressed a lot of her natural instincts to fulfill her responsibilities as queen, like many women, not all of them royals. We can understand why Elinor behaves as she does. She doesn’t really listen, and she doesn’t pay the right kind of attention to her daughter. She doesn’t see that Merida’s rebellion comes from being asked to do what the mother was asked. Elinor just sees the rebellion. And that resonates for mothers raising teenagers, not just queens and princesses, because often we’re not paying our daughters the right kind of attention. As a mother, you have to be quite forensic: You need to listen to your daughter and pick out the critical information.
TA: What clues does this dynamic offer for modern parents?
ET: Listen in the right way. Spend time quietly with your children. You don’t have to be solving problems all the time. Check in with them regularly so they know you’re there, but telling them what to do doesn’t cut it.
TA: Any more advice to share — since I also have a spunky 13-year-old daughter?
ET: I got a good bit of advice from a friend of mine. When his daughter slammed her door, he removed the door altogether and hid it. He took the door for two weeks. At the end of two weeks without the door, his daughter promised not to slam it. My friend put the door back and they lived happily ever after.
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Beautiful Creatures – Trailer # 2
First look at Emma as Mary Poppins!
The 53-year-old actress wore her hair in tight curls and carried a white beaded clutch bag for the filming.
She was seen arriving at what appeared to be the premiere of Mary Poppins in a sleek black vintage vehicle.
Emma is taking on the role of Travers, who wrote the book on which the musical Mary Poppins is based, while Walt Disney is being played by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks.
Walt Disney, the founder of the animated studio, spent 14 years trying to persuade Travers to allow him to make a film of her children’s story.
Mary Poppins went to become one of the studios’ most beloved films and starred Julie Andrews in her Hollywood debut as the magical nanny.
Dick Van Dyke played a one man band who befriends Poppins and the children under her charges.
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Disneyland Shuts Down for Emma Thompson
For the first time in over ten years Disneyland will wall off parts of the park to film Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks on November 6 and 7, according to Examiner.com. This is quite a task with tens of thousands of guests arriving to the park on a daily basis.
The resort doesn’t just shut down for anyone … Saving Mr. Banks chronicles Mr. Walter E. Disney himself and his efforts to persuade author P.L. Travers to bring the famous nanny Mary Poppins she created from the page to the screen.
Travers, an Australian writer who emigrated to England, will be played by Thompson starring opposite Hanks as Disney.
The blockades are necessary with the period film being set in 1961, six years after the park opened. But, it won’t get in the way of anyone’s fun, the parts sectioned off will be accessible part of the day which will be communicated to guests when they arrive.
5 Questions for Emma Thompson
1. Why set your story in Scotland?
I was at my home in Scotland (when she got the request from Potter’s publisher), and, as anyone who has visited knows, when you are there, it’s difficult to imagine yourself being anywhere else.
2. Is Peter’s enduring appeal the words or pictures?
‘The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Emma Thompson is inspired by the Beatrix Potter classics.(Photo: Handout)
I daresay when you are very little indeed, the pictures are the draw, combined with the soothing voice of a parent or a loved one reading words like soporific. Later, the words themselves start to exercise a strange fascination.
3. Is Peter a role model?
He’s more anti-authoritarian than anything else, and I for one can’t get too worked up about the theft of lettuce.
4. Your story’s theme?
Accidental adventure can really broaden your horizons.
5. Another book?
I am embarked upon An Even Further Tale — I love that title — which occurs in Potter’s beloved Lake District and features a person called William, whom I met at Yew Tree Farm, Potter’s first farm, and whose exact nature I cannot yet reveal.
Beautiful Creatures – First Trailer
Emma book signing – photos
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Peter Rabbit ‘made me write book’
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has said Peter Rabbit asked her to follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter and write a story about his adventures.
Thompson was at the Scotland Street School museum in Glasgow, which is staging an exhibition dedicated to the famous bunny.
She read from her latest book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit.
It is the first authorised sequel to Beatrix Potter’s original story, published 110 years ago.
The Nanny McPhee star said: “I don’t think I would have dreamt of stepping into Potter’s footsteps unless I was asked the way I was asked – by Peter Rabbit.
The first Peter Rabbit tale was written in 1902
“I got a box with Tartan on it and inside there was a couple of half-eaten radishes and a little letter.
“It said he’d heard I was bit cheeky, that he was getting on in years, and he wanted another outing.”
Thompson, who has won Oscars as an actress and a screenwriter, said she was “so entranced” she said “ok”.
The mischievous character of Peter Rabbit first ventured into Mr McGregor’s garden in 1902.
The new book takes Peter to the Highlands where he meets Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative.
Thompson said Potter was very attached to Scotland and spent her summers in Perthshire.
The actress also spends lots of time in Scotland, where her mother comes from, and where she herself retains a home.
Thompson said: “I thought Peter’s never been to Scotland and Mr and Mrs McGregor could well be Scottish.
“I thought he ought to have an adventure up north, so I did.”
Primary Colors – Screencaptures, posters and stills
I’ve added to the Everything Emma Thompson Gallery with the screencaps from Primary Colors, her 1998 movie.
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Emma nominated for a Primetime Emmy
We’re pretty sure that ABC never intended for Missing to be a “mini” series, but Judd is no doubt happy to have her second career nominiaton, even if she earned it by way of cancelation. Britton is now a three-time nominee, though Kidman and Moore are new to the Emmy game (and also look likely to be the two favorites in the category). The only previous Emmy winner in the bunch is Emma Thompson, nominated for what sounds like a Sesame Street segment but is actually an episode of Masterpiece.