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So showbiz, darling! Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Filming

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is set to feature a wide array of celebrity cameos.

 

And Joanna Lumley, 69, and Jennifer Saunders, 57, were back on set in London last week as they filmed red carpet scenes for the highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of the popular sitcom.

 

The dynamic duo, who play boozy best friends Patsy Stone and Edina Monsoon, were joined by a host of brand new famous faces including Krankies star Janette Tough as they shot the star-studded party scenes, no doubt arranged by the master of PR herself, Edina.

 

Joanna went hand-in-hand with Scottish comedienne Janette, who is famed for playing Wee Jimmy Krankie and has previously popped up in the sitcom, as well as making appearances on French And Saunders.

 

Clad in costume as flamboyant magazine editor Patsy, Joanna looked the picture of glamour in a sheer red lace dress paired with a leather jacket for a rock ‘n’ roll edge.

 

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Gallery Update: EW Scans

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Gwendoline Christie Is The Female Action Hero We’ve Been Waiting For

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With roles in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 and  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gwendoline Christie is well on her way to becoming one of 2015’s biggest box office draws. Even better, she’s going to do it while playing two strong female characters: Commander Lyme, a former District 2 winner of the Hunger Games and Captain Phasma, a member of the First Order, which has become known as the evil new version of the Empire. Christie, known for playing Game of Thrones warrior Brienne of Tarth, has made a career out of playing women that are as strong, if not stronger, than the men she’s been sent to destroy. Even better, Christie has quickly become an unapologetic action hero for women and young girls who truly believe that anything boys can do, girls can do better.

 

Christie has only eight acting credits to her name since 2007, but she’s quickly become the go-to woman for sci fi/fantasy directors who are looking for someone who doesn’t mind getting a little rough. Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that the  character of Phasma was specifically created with her in mind. “I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously,” Abrams said. “We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”

 

And that’s the power of Christie. There is no role that is too small for the statuesque British actress. She’s a force — no pun intended — to be reckoned with. The former gymnast, who turned to acting after hurting her back, seems like a natural with a sword or taking on big burly men. You believe that she would have no problem laying these guys out — and, up until now, all of her foes have been men. A lot of that power comes from her androgynous nature on screen, something that’s pretty revolutionary for female action heroes and that we haven’t seen much of since Brigitte Nielsen or Grace Jones. Christie told V Magazine that when you are  nearly six 6 feet tall when you’re 14 years old, you need to decide what you’re going to do with that power.

 

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Gallery Update: Magazines Galore!

The special EW edition and V Magazine scans aren’t out yet but there are plenty more magazines featuring Mockingjay Part 2 and Star Wars in them. Thanks to Lora @ Daisy Ridley Source for her contributions!


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Star Wars Covers Entertainment Weekly With An Exclusive Inside Look at The Force Awakens

Let’s say you fired a beam of light into the sky at the exact moment J.J. Abrams said yes to directing the launch of a new Star Wars trilogy. As of right now, it would still be traveling through the vast emptiness of space, more than a year from the nearest star to our own.

 

When you think about it that way, the makers of The Force Awakens were moving a lot faster than lightspeed.

 

In that same three-year period, Abrams and his cast and crew ventured through unfathomable timespace to an entirely different galaxy – and back again. They bring with them the start of a new saga that pretty much our entire pop-culture- consuming planet is awaiting.

 

The good news: It’s almost here. The bad news? As Yoda says, “Patience you must have.”

 
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“I wish I could say to you, ‘Oh, but of course, the entire thing was designed specifically for me,’” says Gwendoline Christie. “If only that were true — if only!” It turns out, Captain Phasma was tailored just for her. The chrome-plated trooper originated as a design for Kylo Ren, but then J.J. Abrams was inspired to create a new character. “I just thought it would be really cool if we could find someone to play the part who was female, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones; Gwendoline is in that show, [The Force Awakens casting director] Nina Gold casts it, she knew Gwendoline, obviously,” he says. “We were very lucky to get to have her in the movie. She’s not in many scenes, but her presence is powerfully felt when she’s there.”

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THE PASSION OF THE CHRISTIE


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IN THE GRAND CULTURAL LINEAGE OF GRACE JONES, BRIGITTE NIELSEN, AND TILDA SWINTON, GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE IS REORDERING SOCIETY’S VIEW OF ANDROGYNOUS, POWERFUL GLAMOUR. AS THE TOWERING BRITISH TALENT SCALES THE SUMMIT OF HOLLYWOOD WITH THIS WINTER’S STAR WARS AND THE HUNGER GAMES—AND CONTINUES HER BELOVED REIGN ON HBO’S GAME OF THRONES—SHE KICKS BACK TO TAKE IN THE LONG VIEW OF A RISE LESS ORDINARY

 

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When she was a student at Drama Centre London, Gwendoline Christie told the school administrator, Maggie Wilkinson, a tiny white lie. By way of induction, it’s customary for first-year students to help with the production of graduating third-year shows. When she was handed a wrench and told to disassemble a stage, Christie thought, I can’t do that, I’m wearing a Sonia Rykiel jumper. She told Maggie instead that she was a dab hand at filing. As an actor, Christie is living proof that in the most curious acts, magic lies. And so it goes.

 

The following Christmas, Ms. Wilkinson recalled Christie’s administrative admission and asked if she would like a job for the holidays. The fabulous British character actor Simon Callow had asked if there was a student who would catalog his 4,000-strong compact disc collection. “Mainly classical,” notes Christie now. “Quite esoteric.”

 

Over an early lunch of smoked salmon and avocado at the Downton-ish central London restaurant, the Delaunay, she explains it was Callow who showed her a way to be an actor of integrity and ambition. “He was a very, very strong figure at the forefront of my development into adulthood.” She pauses. “Which came late.” Another pause. “Which might not have happened yet.” She laughs. She is wearing a vintage longer-than-floor-length Hussein Chalayan black shift, “so that I can be my own lady-in-waiting, holding my train,” and “a simple Chanel pump” (not simple at all, as she admirably shows by placing her right foot on the table).

 

Christie went on to work for Callow on and off for years, through the downtime of her early career—researching and collating materials for his memoir and walking his two beloved boxer dogs across Hampstead Heath. Callow is one of the grandees of British theater, probably still best known to populist audiences for his funeral in Four Weddings and… “He gave me a key to the house and said, ‘Make yourself at home, I trust you.’ To show someone who is struggling such kindness, to say, ‘Child, never give up,’ for nearly eight years? He did it without regard for how it would reflect on him. He’s unselfish and a big part of why I had the confidence to inhabit who I am. Because he was one of the first, maybe the first British actor to be openly homosexual at the start of his career and be unapologetic about it all. I miss him. You can’t replicate that kind of artistic patronage.”

 

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Gwendoline Christie isn’t being told ‘no’ anymore

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Gwendoline Christie has various ways of putting off questions about Captain Phasma, the villainous Stormtrooper leader she plays in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and, sitting down for a chat during a recent visit to L.A. from her native England, she gave them all a workout.

 

There was the apologetic approach. (“I’m so sorry — this is where I’m going to frustrate you.”) There was mock indignation. (“You can’t ask me any of these questions, and I’m almost appalled that you have!”) There was the vague threat of what could happen if she were to spill any “Star Wars” secrets. (“Something bad would happen to me — and you.”)

 

Christie, 37, is accustomed to withholding plot details, having starred for the last three years as the fan-favorite warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” But with roles in not one but two of the most highly anticipated films of the holiday season — she’s in the final installment in the “Hunger Games” franchise, opening Nov. 20, as well as “The Force Awakens,” in theaters Dec. 18 — she finds herself sitting on a pile of spoilers like never before.

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