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Emma Thompson Blasts Hollywood's 'Evil' Obsession

Says actresses face pressure not to eat

(Newser) - "It's evil." That's how Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson sums up the pressure on actresses to lose weight. While appearing on a Swedish talk show last week, Thompson described how she'd almost quit work on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited because producers asked another actress—the film... More »

Why You Should Probably Avoid A Walk in the Woods

Robert Redford, Nick Nolte play travel companions in critic-splitting flick

(Newser) - An impressive cast including Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson can't save A Walk in the Woods , a new flick based on Bill Bryson's travel memoir of the same name. It's a trip better left untaken, according to most critics. (It's just below the 50%... More »

Climate Marchers Cram NYC Streets

Similar events held in London, Australia

(Newser) - Demonstrators are making their way through Manhattan's streets as part of a series of global marches over climate change. Thousands filled the streets today near Columbus Circle and Broadway, including actors Mark Ruffalo and Evangeline Lilly. Other cities held similar marches. In London, organizers said 40,000 took part,... More »

31 Celebrity Atheists

Daniel Radcliffe, Keira Knightley, and other stars who don't believe in God

(Newser) - Not all celebrities are thanking God when they practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. CNN rounds up 31 famous atheists:
  • Daniel Radcliffe: "I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like
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Actresses Launch No-Surgery League

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Rachel Weisz not going under the knife

(Newser) - Get ready for wrinkles. That's the word from 35-year-old actress Kate Winslet, who, along with pals Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz, is taking a vow against plastic surgery and Botox. They've even launched the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League. "It goes against my morals, the way my parents... More »

Audrey Hepburn 'Can't Really Act': Emma Thompson

And she's 'fantastically twee,' to boot

(Newser) - Audrey Hepburn seems to be beloved by everyone…except, apparently, Emma Thompson. Thompson, who is writing the screenplay for a remake of the Hepburn-starring My Fair Lady, says she is “thrilled” to be redoing the movie since she’s “not hugely fond” of the original. “I find... More »

Mom Charged With Failure to Save Child From Beau

Daughter, 4, died with 80 bruises, fractured skull

(Newser) - In a rare court action a Houston mom is facing prosecution for failure to protect her 4-year-old daughter from the vicious lover charged in the girl's death. Emma Thompson had some 80 bruises, a severed pancreas and a fractured skull when she died last year. Her mom's boyfriend faces trial... More »

Emma Thompson Drops Support of Polanski

Web petitioners change actress' mind about case

(Newser) - Who says a blog can’t change anything? Not the folks at Shakesville , who assembled a petition opposing actress Emma Thompson’s decision to sign a petition of her own opposing Roman Polanksi’s arrest. Somehow, one member of the community finagled a meeting with Thompson, presented the document…and... More »

Do-Gooder Celebs Can Aid —and Irritate

Emma Thompson on the conflicts of charitable stars

(Newser) - These days every celebrity is a do-gooder, but for Emma Thompson, using star power to fight disease or injustice can be not only "stunningly effective" but "also profoundly off-putting." In a column for the Times of London, the actor and screenwriter describes the tension between charity and... More »

Emma Thompson, Others Try to Foil Heathrow Plans

Group opposed to plan aims to drag project into legal quicksand

(Newser) - A high-profile coalition led by Greenpeace has purchased a soccer field-sized piece of land intended to become part of a new runway for London’s Heathrow airport, the Times reports. The group intends to parcel out the land to thousands of individual owners, dragging out any attempt to buy it... More »

Right Church, Wrong Pew

For 10 doubly stellar Oscar hopefuls, category was correct but film wasn't

(Newser) - Oscar nominees have often delivered more than one award-worthy performance in a single category in the same year. Sometimes, Tariq Khan tells the LA Times, the academy picks the wrong one. On the eve of this year's nominations, he lists his top 10 mistakes.
  1. Catherine Keener, Capote, Best Supporting Actress
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