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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
12:00 pm - Twitter Fan Page!!
emmafannic Hey Emma Fans!

Emma has a brand new fan page on Twitter!! Anyone interested in following, it's @TeamEmThompson :-)
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Monday, April 4th, 2011
5:15 am - Emma takes a dive
doctorjohndove
http://www.borneodream.com/blog/actress-emma-thompson-family-learn-to-dive-with-borneo-dream.html

Actress Emma Thompson & Family Learn to Dive with Borneo Dream

Posted on April 2, 2011 by admin

 

Emma Thompson & Family Learn to Dive

Emma Thompson & Family Learn to Dive

Actress Emma Thompson & Family Learn to Dive with Borneo Dream in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

This week we helped actress Emma Thompson and her daughter, Gaia, learn to dive in the tropical waters of the South China Sea. They completed the PADI Open Water Diver course with the Borneo Dream team in the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu, KK, Sabah.

Diving with Borneo Dream

Diving with Borneo Dream

Not forgetting her lovely, dashing husband Greg Wise (who Billy’s mum fancies ;) who came leisure diving with Emma and Gaia as part of their family holiday. Together they enjoyed five days of scuba diving and saw so much marine life – Turtles, Seahorse, Moray Eels, Lobsters, Cuttle Fish, schooling Barracuda, Yellow Snapper, Blue Spotted Rays, Nudibranches and not forgetting Nemo!

Emma shared the following feedback with us:-

“The sheer fun, extreme excitement and elated camaraderie of the Borneo Dream team almost disguise the expertise, top-class instruction & faultless safety standards. Thus, my daughter (11) and I (51!) became open water divers with ease and a joy I imagine is unparalleled. We will be a) eternally grateful and b) Back. All true and meant with the utmost sincerity. See you soon guys. Much love, Emma, Greg & Gaia”

Gaia finds Nemo!

Gaia finds Nemo!

The Borneo Dream team had a lot of fun with them, made new scuba diving friends, and we hope they will enjoy many happy diving days together in the future :) . We look forward to seeing them again in the future when they next visit Kota Kinabalu, KK, Sabah.

If you fancy scuba diving with Borneo Dream during your holiday in Sabah, Malaysia then just contact the Borneo Dream team.


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Saturday, October 9th, 2010
4:43 pm - "The Song of Lunch"

yazizzle33
I don't know if you guys have heard, but Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman have been reunited in "The Song of Lunch." Apparently, it aired on BBC2 on the 8th of October. I didn't get a chance to catch it because I'm in America, but I hope someone did! Here's the article I saw, as well as the imdb page.

www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/30/bbc-alan-rickman-emma-thompson

www.imdb.com/title/tt1686812/

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Friday, August 20th, 2010
5:05 pm - Emma & Maggie at the NMcP2 Premiere
doctorjohndove http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1304100/Emma-Thompson-holds-young-star-Nanny-McPhee-premiere-New-York.html

Battle of the LBDs: Emma holds her own against young co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal at New York Nanny McPhee premiere


By Andrea Magrath
Last updated at 2:59 PM on 18th August 2010

With a co-star almost two decades younger than her, Emma Thompson was in danger of being overshadowed on the red carpet for the New York premiere of the Nanny McPhee sequel.

But Emma, 51, ensured this did not happen, turning up in a knock-out little black dress. The sparkling number made clear who the star of the film was, and as she cuddled up to 32-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal, she more than held her own.

The pair, who are close friends, giggled their way up the red carpet and posed for photographers with their arms around each other.

 
 
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Attend 'Nanny McPhee Returns' NY Premiere.

Red carpet competition: Emma Thompson (right) held her own against co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal in their Little Black Dresses at the Nanny McPhee premiere

Maggie chose a slightly more revealing LBD, which she paired with nude heels, while Emma donned some silve peep-toe shoes to match her sparkly version.

In a recent interview, Emma revealed that she wrote Maggie's character, the frazzled Miss Green, with the young actress in mind after meeting her as a new mother. 'I was in the process of writing it,' she told USA Today. 'And then I met Maggie, who was a new mum and, at that time, slightly kind of ... just trying to survive.'
They bonded immediately and the film's director Susanna White describes their friendship as 'very close. Emma has huge affection for Maggie and admires her as an actress and really sees her as a friend.'

 
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Attend 'Nanny McPhee Returns' NY Premiere. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Attend 'Nanny McPhee Returns' NY Premiere.
 

Stylish: Emma, 51, made sure she wasn't overshadowed by 32-year-old Maggie

 

 
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson Attend 'Nanny McPhee Returns' NY Premiere.

BFFs: The pair are great friends outside of work; Emma described working with Maggie as 'bliss'

Miss Gyllenhaal, sister of Brokeback Mountain star Jake, has said in the past that she wanted to be Emma Thompson when she grew up, and was there to see her accept her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month.

And the affection appears to be mutual. Emma said of working with Maggie: 'It’s bliss. As you can imagine, it’s much easier than working with someone you’re not trusting and you don’t like (laughs) which can sometimes happen. Maggie was so fantastic with the kids. She really did mother them. The girls were in floods of tears when she left on her last day. It was so touching.

Speaking at a press conference for the film this week, the outspoken star said: 'Look, however much I like his acting, I’m not going to be casting Russell Crowe in a Nanny McPhee movie. Do you know what I mean?'

 
Actress Emma Thompson and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal attend the Meet The Filmmakers:

'Immediate bond': The pair, pictured at the film's press conference this week, seem to be in constant fits of giggles when they are together

 

 

The Oscar winner alluded to some tension with film studio Universal after she was made to change the film's original name Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (its name for the UK release) to Nanny McPhee returns. When quizzed on the name change the actress revealed: 'The Americans felt that that might be misconstrued by some people because the big bang could refer to something other than, for instance, an explosion. I don’t want to go into it farther. I’m sure you can extrapolate the necessary information. So it went to Nanny McPhee Returns which I think has its own pleasant ring. It’s a bit boring but never mind. I don’t mind.'

 Actress Emma Thompson receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, CA. USA.

Supportive: Maggie, who has said she 'wants to be Emma Thompson' when she grows up, spoke at Emma star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Other cultural differences had to be amended for the US release of the film, which comes five months after it premiered in the UK.
Emma told the LA press conference:  ' there are certain words like “syrup” for the syrup situation, that I call “treacle” in my country. Treacle is such a great word but I had to change it to “syrup” because the Americans, I was told, would not know what “treacle” was. So I cowtowed to that one. Sometimes there will be words or things that people will say that I have to change and I refuse.'

 
The pair starred together in Nanny McPhee

'Frazzled': Thompson wrote the part of Miss Green after meeting Maggie when she was a 'new mum... just trying to survive'


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Friday, August 13th, 2010
1:03 pm - Emma on the Late Late Show

gnat_b
Emma was a guest last night on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.



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Monday, August 9th, 2010
10:54 pm - New Article at AfterEllen.com

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You guys!
Awesome post of awesome over at AfterEllen.com with news about Emma:

"Emma Thompson gets naked, talks smack about Audrey Hepburn":
www.afterellen.com/people/2010/08/emma-thompson-gets-naked-talks-smack-about-audrey-hepburn

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Saturday, August 7th, 2010
11:53 pm

jlk_lumberjack
[001-011] Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson
[012-022] House MD 2x07 Hunting
[023-030] House MD 2x10 Failure To Communicate


HERE

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Friday, August 6th, 2010
3:41 pm - Up close to Emma as she leaves her Star Presentation

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
12:42 pm - Five Things Emma Knows
doctorjohndove

Emma Thompson: The older you get, the more effort you have to make with your clothes

 

18th June 2010

 
Words of wisdom: Emma Thompson

Words of wisdom: Emma Thompson

FIVE THINGS I KNOW...

1.  The older you get, the more effort you have to make with your clothes.

When I was younger, I'd go everywhere in jeans and a T-shirt, but now I'm older I think it's time to glam up when I go out in public. In the old days, when Noel Coward and Gertie Lawrence did plays, they would get dressed up afterwards just to leave the theatre. That's very generous  -  it's giving the public a performance on top of a performance.
 

2.  I like acting, but I can also live without it.

Making movies is such a huge commitment of time and then, afterwards, you have to go out and bang the drum for publicity. And I'm going to avoid doing theatre until my daughter is older because theatre hours are just impossible. You don't see your children and you're always exhausted and grumpy. Writing is quiet, and no one asks me to put anything on my face or my body. If I didn't have writing I would probably have to perform somehow, but these days I write much more than I act.
 

3.  Life is made up of moments.

There's a wonderful poem by Borges, which he wrote when he was an old man, called Instantes, in which he says, 'If I were able to live my life anew I'd...' and then he goes into this long list, swim more rivers, go on more carousels, eat more ice-cream and so on. I always read it out when I go to speak to young people, because I think it's so important. Don't be too eager to achieve the next thing. Remember to enjoy this moment. 

 

4.  Books are incredibly therapeutic.

I've always been a voracious reader. When I was a young girl, I would get so absorbed in books that people used to come up to me and literally shout in my ear and I'd be so far gone inside the book that I wouldn't even hear them. I can't quite read like that any more  -  because it's just not possible when you're a mum  -  but generally speaking, I always have a few books on the go at any time.
 

5.  You just have to get on with life and do it.

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk once said about writing that 'Inspiration is the act of drawing the chair up to the writing table', and I think that's very true. There's no point complaining or fussing and fudging about anything or thinking, 'Oh, Lord, how am I going to do this?'
 


Read more: http://www.dailymai l.co.uk/femail/ article-1287596/ Emma-Thompson- The-older- effort-make- clothes.html? ito=feeds- newsxml#ixzz0rIe QD2nm
 

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12:40 pm - Emma's Cause Celeb
doctorjohndove

Cause celeb: Emma Thompson fights against sex trafficking

 

For some stars, charity work may be more about self-promotion than charity. For others, it's a matter of passion and philanthropy
By Andrew Johnson Sunday, 20 June 2010

When not wearing bonnets in period dramas, Emma Thompson spends much of her time in the murky real world of refugee rights

To audiences around the world, Emma Thompson is that very English character actress who tends to pop up as the sensible one in costume dramas such as Sense and Sensibility or big-budget Hollywood productions such as Nanny McPhee.
But her latest theatrical foray is a far cry from roles such as Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day. It centres on the horror and abuse of the international sex trade.
The Oscar-winning actress will return to the Edinburgh Fringe – where she started her career – later this year as executive producer of Fair Trade, a play based on verbatim accounts of prostitutes tricked into coming to London. It will be staged by the tiny Shatterbox Theatre Company. She became involved after meeting the show's writers, Anna Holbeck and Shelley Davenport, through the human rights group the Helen Bamber Foundation.
"So many people think they just come here to make money, that they're just on the make, and it couldn't be more different," she said. "Sex trafficking is a hugely important subject, and I believe we need as much art as we can get to help people understand what's going on."
Thompson, 51, is a patron of the Refugee Council and has spent many years campaigning for immigrants' rights – she has informally adopted a 16-year-old Rwandan refugee and successfully fought against his deportation. She also works with the Helen Bamber Foundation, which provides support to survivors of torture. "It's all the little efforts that produce a shift in consciousness, " she said. "And what's more, to do nothing is unthinkable. "
She is just one of many celebrities who have forged long-lasting links with particular causes, putting her in a celebrity-charity category that audiences can accept, according to the PR agent Mark Borkowski.
There are three categories, he says: the Geldolfs or Bonos, who make a big noise about their charity work; those who give huge amounts of money without seeking publicity; and those such as Thompson and Elton John who pick a cause and use their profile to campaign for it over many years.
"There's always a delicate balance between the 'charidee' aspect that's often lampooned and the quiet donations," Mr Borkowski said. "The happy medium is a bit of both. Elton John has a hot-ticket charity that raises huge amounts of money as he tickles the ivories. Emma Thompson is using her celebrity without selling herself down the river, where the audience totally accepts the passion of the celebrity."
Not everyone is as enamoured with celebrity charity work. The TV pesenter Piers Morgan said: "I feel uncomfortable sometimes about the motives. I regard anything Madonna does with deep cynicism."

Emma Thompson and human rights
When not wearing bonnets in period dramas, Thompson spends much of her time in the murky real world of refugee rights. She is a patron of the Refugee Council and has unofficially adopted a Rwandan teenager.

Richard Gere and Tibet
The Buddhist founded the Gere Foundation in 1991, which has given millions of pounds to the Tibetan community in exile, the Dalai Lama and Aids research.

Oprah Winfrey and education
She has spent £30m of her fortune establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Joanna Lumley and Gurkhas
Gurkhas think the actress is absolutely fabulous for helping them to win the right to settle in the UK last year.

Sir Paul McCartney and animal welfare
The former Beatle has a ticket to talk about anything he wants, and uses it to persuade people to eat less meat.

Jo Brand and mental health
The former psychiatric nurse is an advocate for mental health issues and won the Mental Health Trust Award in 2008.

Ruby Wax and mental health
Wax, who suffers from mental illness, has written books and made TV shows to address the stigma surrounding the issue.

Stephen Fry and bipolar disorder
Fry suffers from the condition and isn't afraid to talk about it. He was Mind's Champion of the Year in 2007.

Elton John and Aids
The singer may have more art than Sotheby's and enough flowers to fill Kew Gardens, but his Aids Foundation has raised £150m since 1993.

Emma Watson and Fair Trade
Hermione in the Harry Potter films may say she doesn't like the limelight, but that's not stopped her from using it to launch Fair Trade clothing for the ethical company People Tree.


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Thursday, June 10th, 2010
6:28 pm

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+46 BSG, House, Lisa Edelstein (+wallpaper), Lady Gaga, Marion Cotillard, Alan Rickman,
Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, The English Patient (KST + Ralph Fiennes),
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Trio)



The rest H E R E @ withoutwax_a
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Friday, May 21st, 2010
5:34 pm - A few hours left on current EBAY charity signed items for ME/CFS research

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One day left on Signed Items on EBAY charity auction until May 21st including:

Blue blouse worn by Vicky Entwhistle in Coronation Street.
Aaron Pritchett signed Big Wheel CD
Emma Thompson (Harry Potter)
Henry Cavill (The Tudors)
Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous)
Katie McGrath (Merlin)
Katherine Jenkins (Singer)
Camille Coduri signed trading card (Doctor WHO)
Esther Anderson (Home and Away)
David Attenborough (presenter)
Kaiya Jones (Neighbours)
Jane Hall unsigned (Neighbours)
Fletcher O'Leary unsigned (Neighbours)
Kirsty McCabe (GMTV)
Andrew Castle (GMTV)
Lewis Holtby (Schalke 04 footballer)
Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04 footballer)
Cheryl Fergison (Eastenders)
Alan Fletcher (RARE signed photo)
Timmy Mallett preprint (presenter)



All profits from this auction are going to top quality biomedical research including a large share to the Whittemore Peterson Institute http://www.wpinstitute.org and ME Research UK http://www.meresearch.org.uk

Information and photos can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: http://wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/05/wamcare-auction-of-celebrity-signed.html

The blog will be updated again with the next items due to be auctioned once this auction has finished.

Information about the auction and how to use EBAY and Paypal can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: http://wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/02/wamcare-auction-of-celebrity-signed.html

Most of the celebrity signed items can be found on our newly updated website here http://www.wamcare.org/auction.html

You can also find out more information about ME/CFS and why research is essential on our website.

The link EBAY shop is here: http://shop.ebay.co.uk/wamcare/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686


Please spread the word! Thank you!



Laura Dunks – President and fundraising of WAMCARE
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
2:44 pm - Emma Thompson on Hollywood's obsession with skinny starlets
doctorjohndove http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1266523/Put-weight-girls-Emma-Thompson-Hollywoods-obsession-skinny-starlets.html

'Put some weight on girls!' Emma Thompson on Hollywood's obsession with skinny starlets

By Emma Thompson 17th April 2010

 

Emma Thompson

Militant: When Emma Thompson was at university, she shaved her head, wore dungarees, glasses and looked like John Lennon

What sort of mother lets her ten-year-old daughter wear high heels? You might be surprised to discover that Emma Thompson - actress, ardent feminist and about as principled as they come. The revelation comes as something of a shock. She's been chatting away about her relationship with Gaia - conceived via IVF - and it's all lovely, if predictable stuff.  At first she talks a little earnestly about her approach to motherhood, explaining that boundaries are important. 'With Gaia, I make sure that the boundaries are reasonable.

'I only fight the battles I really think have to be fought. Some of the battles I will lose on purpose, so that she gets a sense of power over her own existence.'

A lovely theory, but in practice it has meant her principles being trampled underfoot, almost literally.

'One of the battles I have let her win is allowing her to have a pair of high heels,' she confesses, apologetically, well aware that Emma Thompson is the last woman on earth you'd expect to allow a pre-teen to totter about in heels. 'I thought, you know, I am not going to push this. I can't walk in high heels, but actually I would like her to be able to walk in heels because they look nice. And she loves them. I loved them when I was little. If I had been allowed to have high heels I would have been so happy, but no. So she has a little pair of high heels.'

Where does that one fit into feminist theory, then? In her university days, Emma was about as strident as they come. She says that she 'became quite militant, shaved my head, wore dungarees and glasses and looked like John Lennon'.

That was then. Has motherhood, erm, added another dimension to her feminist thinking? She laughs, and comes out with a line that only Emma is capable of uttering.

'No, I think motherhood blows your whole inner world out and up and over and inside out. I think you might as well swallow a hand grenade. That's what motherhood is like.'

Even though she is a mother first, Emma also leads a rather glamorous showbiz life - although she somehow manages to make even this seem mundane.

 
Emma Thompson

Liberal: Ardent feminist Emma lets her daughter Gaia, 10, wear high heels

Take the fact that she shares a driver with Kate Moss. Some people would boast about it. She points out that the press are forever disappointed because she is snapped in the back of the car and not Moss.
'Because of her, the paparazzi know the driver's car, and so when he's driving me around they'll sometimes follow us and I'll get out and they'll go, "Oh". It's just fantastic. It makes me laugh so much every time. I say, "No, let me get out, let me get out!" I just want to see their faces drop.'
That she's not Kate Moss is something she's keen to emphasise in another regard too. Her disdain for the film industry's obsession with turning every young actress into a size zero is legendary.

 
NANNY MCPHEE

Emma for PM: The actress, who starred in the sequel to Nanny Mcphee this year, 

Two years ago she went ballistic when she heard it had been suggested that a young actress on the set of Brideshead Revisited lose a stone in weight. Did she really threaten to quit? 'Absolutely! I would have broken my contract and taken the story to the press. I am a bit of a fundamentalist about all that size zero stuff - I would have made a big, fat fuss. That was no joke. I would have walked off the set.'
Ask what can be done about such attitudes and she doesn't shrug, like most actresses of her calibre would.
'Put on weight and say F*** off,' she retorts. 'Demand bigger sizes. Go into places where you can't get a 38D bra and say, "I want a 38D bra and give me one. If you can't, I am never coming here again."' 
If ever there was a battle to be had, in a bra shop or anywhere else, you would really want to have Emma Thompson by your side. She has always been a natural leader. Indeed, her mother, fellow actress Phyllida Law, and sister, Sophie, also an actress, both say that Emma really should be prime minister. Given that there is a vacancy at the moment, it's really hard to disagree. 
 


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2:35 pm - Greg Wise tells how he and Emma Thompson coped with IVF
doctorjohndove http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/body_and_soul/article7112105.ece
From Times Online May 1, 2010
 
Greg Wise tells how he and Emma Thompson coped with IVF

‘Fertility cuts to the root of yourself as a being’

Greg Wise, actor, in his garden in West Hampstead, London
 
 
 
 

Standing outside Greg Wise’s house, I suspect I’ve been given the wrong address. A faded, hand-written note says that if there’s no answer, try the house opposite (where, it turns out later, his mother-in-law lives). You ring the buzzer and Wise flings open the front door. Before you know it, he’s making you a cup of tea and his wife, Emma Thompson, is admiring your shoes.

Wise is waxing lyrical on two of his favourite subjects: his vegetable garden and fatherhood. “I was 33 when Gaia turned up. There’s the fear before that it’ll be the end of your life. You think: ‘I’ll never be able to go out and dance all night.’ Then you think: ‘I’ve never gone out and danced all night so I’m not going to miss it’.”

He and Thompson have been open about the fact that Gaia (who is now 10), was conceived via IVF, and about the heartbreak of their subsequent failed attempts. Wise says the whole IVF process was horrible “because you’re filling your partner full of drugs all the time”.

They were, he adds, “fantastically fortunate” that their first cycle produced Gaia. “But you do think: ‘God, it would have been so much nicer had you not had to go through all of that. Your fertility cuts to the root of yourself as a being, especially as a woman. You have the potential of producing life and if there’s a glitch ... I think even now there still are a lot [of people] who] think that you’re not a whole woman.”

He also realised that, as a man, he was only a small “and not terribly important” part of the process. And after that first successful cycle, they both had high expectations, perhaps too high, of conceiving again. Both he and Thompson were raised in two-child families, so that seemed like the norm to them and what they wanted for their own baby. “You have the idea that two kids make a family and one kid doesn’t, and so you have another go.”

But after two more gruelling cycles of treatment, they reluctantly conceded defeat. Although he was only 33, Thompson was 40 and they were told that there was little point. “There is a huge drop-off in the potential of conception once the woman hits 40. It just plummets and you have be pragmatic and say, well, there’s no point enduring this physical and emotional brutality if the numbers are stacked against you so heavily. And we have a beautiful baby. But it was hard.” The couple have also taken into their family a former Rwandan child soldier, Tindyebwa Agaba, whom they met in 2003 at a Refugee Council party. To make his life easier, they prefer not to talk about him.

They first saw their baby, under a microscope, when she was eight cells old. “Now we’ve got this thumping great ten-year-old. From there to the birth it’s all growing inside the woman. It’s unbelievable.”

How was the birth?   “Loud.”

Eighteen hours later, his daughter was in a papoose around her father’s neck while he ate schnitzel in a Jewish restaurant. “I took her out for lunch. Which was rather good. Just the two of us.”

She was 7 when Nanny McPhee came out and realised that, as he puts it, a lot of other people have a relationship with her mum. “It’s hard for a little one to try to get her head around that idea. Now she’s discovering that there is a certain cachet involved as well, so that’s something she’s going to have to understand herself.”

It sounds as if she shouldn’t have too much trouble: in March they took her to the premiere of the second Nanny McPhee film. While Wise, who finds the showbiz side of things embarrassing, was skulking in the background, trying to protect her and hoping that no one would talk to him, “she escaped and did an interview with GMTV!”

He’s a hands-on dad, perhaps helped by fewer of the sort of acting roles that he tends to be offered — period drama, mainly — being available, because fewer of those productions are being made. He doesn’t think the BBC will ever again be able to make something such as Cranford because it can’t afford it; the licence fee, he thinks, is spread too thinly over all the corporation’s digital channels.

Wise is the executive producer on a film for the BBC, a rather marvellous-sounding version of a 50-minute narrative poem called The Song of Lunch. He does a bit of this and a bit of that: makes a documentary, writes the odd script, some producing here, some acting there. He likes the insecurity of not knowing what’s going to come up.

Before he turned to acting, he spent three years training as an architect. He designed their kitchen (free-standing, lots of wood) and has a big workshop at their house in Scotland, where he built a bar in a barn. This (Scotland, not the bar in the barn) is where he, Thompson and Gaia spend as much time as possible, usually three months of the year.

“There are tree houses and death slides and kayaks and rivers, and you can just go out in the wild,” he says, his face lighting up.

It all sounds quite tomboy-ish for a little girl. “Yes, but luckily that’s mitigated by the fact that, like her mother, she’s got a shoe fetish. She can be the feminine urbanite here, and the tearaway up north.”

For Wise, becoming a father meant that he had to grow up, but it was losing both his parents in the space of 13 months last year that brought him up short. “Becoming an orphan is the big one. You realise you’re next in line.”

On the plus side, he’s still only 44, and fit and healthy enough to climb mountains, chop wood, cycle with his daughter uphill to school and all the other things he wants to. He gave up smoking two years ago because he started to hate himself. “When you think: ‘God, you’re not having another fag? That’s just pathetic’ — that’s when you have to stop.”

And despite — or perhaps because of — being absurdly handsome, he has never succumbed to the tyranny of the gym, the teeth bleaching and looks-obsession of many actors. “Once you do that, you’re unable to play a period role. You’re too buff. You look too big and healthy and your teeth are too nice.” And Wise doesn’t have time for that sort of nonsense. He’s a busy man, with work to do and a vegetable patch to tend to. His lettuces need him.

IVF The facts

In the UK, 40,000 couples a year have IVF treatment, compared with 7,000 in 1990.

Of the babies born each year in the UK, 5 per cent are through IVF.

The NHS aims to offer childless women aged 23-39 one IVF cycle.

About 25 per cent of women who have one cycle of IVF treatment become pregnant.

A single cycle of IVF treatment costs about £5,000.

Less than 2.2 per cent of women over 43 who undergo IVF treatment are successful.


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Thursday, March 18th, 2010
5:36 pm - new Emma interviews/articles
doctorjohndove
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article7060899.ece
From The Sunday Times  March 14, 2010
Emma Thompson: Things will have to change around here
As she reprises her role of Nanny McPhee, the Oscar-winning actress shares her outspoken views on childcare, families and Hollywood
Emma Thompson at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association press conference for the movie "Last Chance Harvey" held in Los Angeles, California on November 9, 2008.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-interviews/2010/03/12/nanny-mcphee-is-a-timeless-character-says-star-of-the-film-emma-thompson-86908-22105466/

Nanny McPhee is a timeless character, says star of the film Emma Thompson

Mar 12 2010 Rick Fulton

EMMA THOMPSON made a big splash in her new Nanny McPhee film - diving into a pond to perform as a synchronised swimming PIGLET.

http://thefilmstage.com/2010/03/15/carey-mulligan-to-begin-production-in-emma-thompsons-effie/
'Effie, a film based on the relationship between Victorian poet and artist, John Ruskin and his unfortunate wife Effie Gray will go into production next month. The film is written by Emma Thompson who will also play Lady Eastlake, and the Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan will be in the starring role of Gray.'

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Monday, February 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm - Meet Emma in London
doctorjohndove

Meet Emma Thompson

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

WATERSTONE'S PICCADILLY
Saturday, 6 March 2010, 12:00PM

The award winning actress, screenwriter & author will be signing copies of her new book 'Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang'. Emma Thompson will sign a maximum of 3 copies per person of 'Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang' only, no merchandise. Access to the queue is on a first come first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. All details subject to change

Further details:0207 851 2400

Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling. If you are unable to attend an event. we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact the host shop for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications. All signings (unless otherwise stated) operate on a first come first served basis, so early arrival is often recommended.


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4:19 pm - Emma Thompson: Life in Pictures
doctorjohndove

She's one of our finest actresses  -  and her life has been as dramatic as her work. Here, the Sense And Sensibility star tells her story...
 

Emma Thompson as a child (right) with her mother, actress Phyllida Law, and younger sister Sophie

Happy: Emma Thompson as a child (right) with her mother, actress Phyllida Law, and sister Sophie

1966: I grew up in London with my parents, Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law, both actors, and my younger sister, Sophie. It was very happy. We were encouraged to be calm and tender, and were taught manners.

When I was seven I had my tonsils out, after which I was given a box of sweets, which I wasn't usually allowed. For some reason our nanny ate them. I was so upset, I took my sister and we ran away from home.

We went around the corner and ate sandwiches behind a tree. It was the naughtiest thing I ever did.

1979: I studied English at Cambridge. I was rather quiet socially  -  when I was a young woman, I was not a great joiner of things.

I identified quite strongly with outsiders, with people who were left out instead of included, which is strange because I ended up being in a job in which I am given quite a lot of attention.

1982: My father died when I was in my early 20s, and Mum, Sophie and I are very close  -  my father's death threw us all together.

We're quite a strong little triumvirate, and probably a little alarming to outsiders as we never stop screeching with laughter. My mum and sister are both very funny, but I still think you need the male principal in there.

 
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
 

Outsider: Emma in 1979 at Cambridge, left, and right, with her mother and sister after her father's death in 1982
 

1983: Joining the Cambridge Footlights changed my life. After graduating, we worked up in Manchester for years doing sketch comedy together. In fact, I originally thought I was going to be a comedian  -  useful training for serious acting. 

 

Sketch comedy: Joining the Cambridge Footlights was useful training for serious acting

Sketch comedy: Joining the Cambridge Footlights was useful training for serious acting

1989: I met my first husband, Kenneth Branagh, when we appeared together in the TV series, Fortunes Of War.

I fell in love with Ken because he was like my father, very funny, very witty, a self-made man from a working-class background who had taught himself to get on in life. He also has a beautiful voice  -  as did my Dad.

 
Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson
Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson
 

First love: Emma with first husband Kenneth Branagh on their wedding day in 1989, and right, in 1993 at the BAFTA awards - a period during which Ken was always working
 

1993: When Ken and I were married, he was always working and I was always saying, 'Let's have a life.' But he wouldn't stop.

In marriage, you should never just trundle along  -  that's when problems start. Remember to go out for dinner if you haven't seen each other all week, and make regular dates.

I've had my heart broken so many times and it's the most painful thing in the world, but you do get over it. 

Motherhood: Emma met Greg Wise on the set of Sense And Sensibility, and their daughter, Gaia, was born in 1999

Motherhood: Emma met Greg Wise on the set of Sense And Sensibility, and their daughter, Gaia, was born in 1999

1999: Ken and I split up in 1995. Not long after that, I met fellow actor Greg Wise on the set of Sense And Sensibility, and our daughter, Gaia, was born in 1999.

My goal is to be an ordinary mum, not one who spends so much time away working that, when she is with her child, their time together is so precious she can't relax. Why have a child at all in that case?

2003: Greg  -  whom I married when Gaia was four  -  is possibly the most decent person I've ever known. He's kind to everyone; kind to the roots of his being. Plus, we both like to go to bed early, which helps!

But there's a catch  -  Greg is astoundingly thrifty. If I buy anything, I lie about it, hide it, or stain/chip it slightly and claim it was 75p in a charity shop. I have managed to introduce three pairs of shoes, a handbag and a fedora, all by Donna Karan, using this ruse.

 

2003: I was very vocal in protesting against the Gulf War. I think there's a lot of emotional disconnection in the world these days, as well as a lot of cynicism in the media, and it worries me.

I think that anyone with any sort of voice has a duty to plug into what they think needs to be said, and say it. 

 
Emma Thompson and actor husband Greg Wise
Emma Thompson
 

Values: Emma married husband Greg in 2003; right, the actress was very vocal in her protest of the Gulf War
 

 

2005: I'm fascinated by power. I always think, 'What would I do if (like Tony Blair, who I met to promote an Aids charity) I was in charge? What decisions would I make? Which bits of me would bend under the strain?'

 
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
 

Power: With Tony Blair in 2005, while helping to promote an Aids charity; right, Emma was especially proud when adopted son Tindy graduated from Exeter University last year
 

2009: In 2003, we adopted a Rwandan refugee, then 16, called Tindyebwa Agaba. Tindy is very much a rural boy from a small community. He likes London, but he also loves to get away to the country  -  to go to a place where you can't have airs and graces.

We're very proud of him  -  and were especially proud when he graduated in politics from Exeter University.

2009: In the recent film An Education, I have a small part as the headmistress of secondary school. I only spent a day shooting it. I was playing the sort of role I am not often asked to play, which was a really sadistic, anti-Semitic woman. It was strange playing a character who is so bigoted, but I had a scarily good time doing it.

 

A scarlity good time: Emma as the headmistress in last year's hit film, An Education

A scarlity good time: Emma as the headmistress in last year's hit film, An Education

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1248424/Emma-Thompson-My-life-pictures.html

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Monday, February 15th, 2010
9:12 pm - Worldwide Association for ME/CFS Awareness and Research (WAMCARE) auction of celebrity signed items

redtoffee

The time has come to begin WAMCARE’s auction of celebrity signed photos and memorabilia. I will make a post in a short while, letting you all know which items will be the first to be auctioned. All items will be auctioned on EBAY a few at a time, and posted with good quality packaging from the UK to wherever you live, postage rates will depend on where you are located, and the nature of the item. All profits will go straight to top quality research into ME/CFS.

At the moment, our website is full and yet we still have many more quality items to auction. Therefore stay tuned for updates which will be added over the next few weeks, including a cast poster of popular Australian soap Home and Away signed by most of the cast, kindly arranged for us by actress Esther Anderson who has been very supportive to the cause.

Items we have at the moment can be found on the auction page of our website, here: http://www.wamcare.org/auction.html you can also find out more about ME/CFS here and why research is essential.

Items include:

·         DVDs for part 1 and part 2 of Merlin Season One signed by the 4 main cast members. Plus cast photos of the 4 main cast members.

·         A top worn by Vicky Entwhistle in Coronation Street.

·         A CD album signed by Katie Melua and 2 by Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett (the latter yet to be added to the website.)

·         Photos signed by bands and singers, tv presenters, actors, celebrity chefs and sports stars amongst others. Including: Jude Law, Helen Mirren, Matt Lucas and David Walliams from Little Britain, Sir Ian McKellan, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Stephen Fry, Daniel Craig, Sara Ramirez, Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant and many more on our website, and others yet to be included.

·         Cast signed and non-signed cast fan cards from cast members of the soaps EastEnders and Neighbours.

·         Poster signed by Home and Away cast, yet to be added to our website.

Most items are hand signed, although there are a few autopens and pre-prints, which are indicated as such. Quality of photos varies from HQ pictures, to computer prints of various qualities. Quality of all items will be indicated on EBAY as well as on our website, included any damage which has occurred during transport from the celebrity to us. Photos are provided on our website, and higher quality photos will be used on EBAY. Letters from the agents have been included on the website if they were present.

We at WAMCARE wish to express our gratitude to all the celebrities and their agencies that have contributed to this charity fundraising auction. We have received personal, encouraging letters of support from many wonderful people, which will soon be available for viewing in the supporters section of our website. We are moved and grateful that these busy celebs and their agents took the time to write to us and send us such terrific items.  We would like to thank them on behalf of the millions of people affected by ME/CFS worldwide for helping make possible WAMCARE's continuing mission to improve the lives of everyone affected by this devastating illness.

Thank you for all your support! Please spread the word about our auction, so that we can raise as much money as possible for ME/CFS research!

Laura Dunks – President and fundraising

Michelle Martin – Vice President, merchandise, website and newsletter editor.

 


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7:38 pm - Worldwide Association for ME/CFS Awareness and Research (WAMCARE) auction of celebrity signed items

redtoffee

The time has come to begin WAMCARE’s auction of celebrity signed photos and memorabilia. I will make a post in a short while, letting you all know which items will be the first to be auctioned. All items will be auctioned on EBAY a few at a time, and posted with good quality packaging from the UK to wherever you live, postage rates will depend on where you are located, and the nature of the item. All profits will go straight to top quality research into ME/CFS.

At the moment, our website is full and yet we still have many more quality items to auction. Therefore stay tuned for updates which will be added over the next few weeks, including a cast poster of popular Australian soap Home and Away signed by most of the cast, kindly arranged for us by actress Esther Anderson who has been very supportive to the cause.

Items we have at the moment can be found on the auction page of our website, here: http://www.wamcare.org/auction.html you can also find out more about ME/CFS here and why research is essential.

Items include:

·         DVDs for part 1 and part 2 of Merlin Season One signed by the 4 main cast members.

·         A top worn by Vicky Entwhistle in Coronation Street.

·         A CD album signed by Katie Melua and 2 by Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett (the latter yet to be added to the website.)

·         Photos signed by bands and singers, tv presenters, actors, celebrity chefs and sports stars amongst others. Including: Jude Law, Helen Mirren, Matt Lucas and David Walliams from Little Britain, Sir Ian McKellan, Susan Sarandon, Keira Knightley, Stephen Fry, Daniel Craig, Sara Ramirez, Dame Judi Dench, David Tennant and many more on our website, and others yet to be included.

·         Cast signed and non-signed cast fan cards from cast members of the soaps EastEnders and Neighbours.

·         Poster signed by Home and Away cast, yet to be added to our website.

Most items are hand signed, although there are a few autopens and pre-prints, which are indicated as such. Quality of photos varies from HQ pictures, to computer prints of various qualities. Quality of all items will be indicated on EBAY as well as on our website, included any damage which has occurred during transport from the celebrity to us. Photos are provided on our website, and higher quality photos will be used on EBAY. Letters from the agents have been included on the website if they were present.

We at WAMCARE wish to express our gratitude to all the celebrities and their agencies that have contributed to this charity fundraising auction. We have received personal, encouraging letters of support from many wonderful people, which will soon be available for viewing in the supporters section of our website. We are moved and grateful that these busy celebs and their agents took the time to write to us and send us such terrific items.  We would like to thank them on behalf of the millions of people affected by ME/CFS worldwide for helping make possible WAMCARE's continuing mission to improve the lives of everyone affected by this devastating illness.

Thank you for all your support! Please spread the word about our auction, so that we can raise as much money as possible for ME/CFS research!

Laura Dunks – President and fundraising

Michelle Martin – Vice President, merchandise, website and newsletter editor.

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