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Peter Pan is one of our all time favourite Disney movies, but it looks like the classic has some major competition as the story will be reinvented in The Lost Girls.

The film adaption of Laurie Fox’s novel sounds incredible, especially because of the stellar cast involved. Emma Thompson, Ellen Burstyn Gaia Wise will play the leads in this dark version of Peter Pan.

So what is The Lost Girls all about?

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In The Lost Girls, Peter Pan is painted as the villain. The boy who never wants to grow up isn’t the charming character we grew up with in this adaption. The Darling girls are all struggling after their adventures with Peter.

Their view of men has been tainted by Peter Pan and they’re desperate to escape the hold he has on them.

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Deadline reports, “Like her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and her mother Jane (Emma Thompson), Wendy must escape Pan’s hold on her and the promises he desperately wants her to keep. As her daughter Berry (Gaia Wise) comes into Peter’s orbit, Wendy must fight to save her relationship with her daughter while reconciling her legacy.”

Peter will be shown in a completely different light in this movie and we honestly can’t wait to see it. He will be transformed from a charismatic, adventurous character to a selfish and manipulative villain in The Lost Girls.

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This corrupted fairytale is going to be one of the greatest movies, especially with queen, Emma Thompson involved. There’s no word on a release date yet but watch this space.

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Emma Thompson has written a Christmas movie inspired by the music of George Michael and it is everything we needed and more.

Universal has released the joyous trailer for Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding and it has mended our cold, miserable hearts.

The festive flick is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The film follows Kate as she harrumphs around London, ‘a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop.’

Tom arrives into her life during the most wonderful time of the year, but Kate can’t help but think he is too good to be true. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He eventually encourages Kate to open up about her past and she reveals she nearly died when she was younger.

She confesses, “I'm just scared all the time. They just expect me to be normal and get on with life.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wham, Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Christmas in London- it really is the perfect recipe for a Christmas movie.

Last Christmas will be released in November 2019

You can watch the full trailer below:

 

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"Why would a woman want to work for him?"

The legend that is Emma Thompson has written to the producers of her latest film Luck explaining why she refuses to work with John Lasseter, who Skydance Media have hired despite allegations of sexual misconduct.

The letter was shared with the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, and makes plain Thompson’s extreme discomfort with Lasseter being tied to her new project.

Lasseter left Pixar last year following multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour and misconduct, and his new employment raises ethical questions.

The veteran actress emphasises that Lasseter’s admitting to “inappropriate hugging” and “other missteps” was insufficient remorse to offer him such a prestigious second chance

According to her, he realised the error of his ways or because it was politic and beneficial for him to do so, not because he has grown as a person.

She asks should women not be the ones to decide whether they want to work with him;

“If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave ‘professionally’?”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Thompson expresses her sadness that she has to quit the project, as she has huge admiration and respect for the film's director, but needs to stand up for the sake of her daughter's generation.

“I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year,” she writes.

“But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out- like me- do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.

She continues; “It feels very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr. Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate in which people with the kind of power that you have can reasonably be expected to step up to the plate."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“If a man has made women at his companies feel undervalued and disrespected for decades, why should the women at his new company think that any respect he shows them is anything other than an act that he’s required to perform by his coach, his therapist, and his employment agreement?” the Nanny McPhee actress wrote.

“The message seems to be, ‘I am learning to feel respect for women so please be patient while I work on it. It’s not easy.’” Lasseter has a reputation for turning Pixar into a boys club.

She also pointed out the unfair situation of Skydance Media workers who feel discomfort about working with him.

“How much money are the employees at Skydance being paid to GIVE him that second chance?” Thompson wrote, noting that he presumably profited from his Pixar settlement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“If John Lasseter started his own company, then every employee would have been given the opportunity to choose whether or not to give him a second chance. But any Skydance employees who don’t want to give him a second chance have to stay and be uncomfortable or lose their jobs. Shouldn’t it be John Lasseter who has to lose HIS job if the employees don’t want to give him a second chance?”

“Given all the abuse that’s been heaped on women who have come forward to make accusations against powerful men, do we really think that no settlements means that there was no harassment or no hostile work environment?” Thompson wrote.

“Are we supposed to feel comforted that women who feel that their careers were derailed by working for Lasseter DIDN’T receive money?” she said, reminding us that his accusers never received any compensation if the claims were true.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Clearly, Thompson is deeply unhappy about having to quit a perfectly great film over the actions of a production company, a powerful man and his enablers.

However, she writes that she is unable to continue with the company: “I can only do what feels right during these difficult times of transition and collective consciousness raising.”

We always had mad respect for Emma, but now she's a genuine women's rights goddess to us. Slay, queen.

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ODEON and Pigsback.com have partnered up yet again to bring another classic film to the big screen.

On Thursday, December 20 at 6.30pm, ODEON Cinemas Nationwide will screen the iconic Christmas classic, Love Actually.  

With a star-studded ensemble cast of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and the late Alan Rickman – this is a Christmas favourite for all the family and one you do not want to miss!

For only €15, this package deal includes a cinema ticket, popcorn combo (medium combo with a dispensed soft drink or bottle of water) and one small tub of ice cream. A saving of €9.25! – Tickets are limited so get booking at Pigsback.com

Love Actually hit the silver screen in November 2003, and gained immediate critical acclaim and huge box office success. This unique romantic comedy has become a festive favourite with many turning to it every Christmas to mark the season.

Paul Wren, Commercial Manager for ODEON cinemas said, “After screening previous cult classics in partnership with Pigsback.com, Love Actually was the natural choice to mark the festive season. With so many memorable scenes and quotes – this film deserves another Christmas run. We are delighted to give guests the opportunity to share the magic of this festive favourite on the big screen at ODEON.”

What better way to get into the festive spirit than seeing Hugh Grant shimmy around No.10 Downing Street.

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Emma Thompson wrote a sexual care guide for her daughter to navigate potentially dangerous and uncomfortable situations.

Her 18-year-old daughter Gaia read an excerpt from the guide on popular comedy podcast My Dad Made a Porno.

Emma began the guide by condemning the word ‘sex’, saying that it’s “a shiz word”.

“It’s all s’s and x’s and sounds like a snake, not in a good way, and is hard and sibilant on the ear, and used to make me feel slightly queasy even just hearing it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“For the purpose of these early writings, I’m going to choose another word. In fact, I’m going to make one up. Shavoom.”

Her casual tone suggests to her now 18-year-old daughter Gaia that there should be nothing taboo about sex.

It is an open conversation that can be discussed between mother and daughter at any time. #goals

“There are certain feelings to look out for, and in this patch of life, the really crucial feeling is the icky sense of unease we get when there is shavoomy stuff floating around that we are not comfortable with,” Gaia continued to read.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“If anyone does anything, says anything, implies anything, shows anything, suggests anything that makes you feel ick, move away, get away, say no thank you, or even just no without the thank you, walk away because ick is an unbelievably useful emotion. Ick means no.”

Emma wrote the guide for her daughter when she was 10-years-old, so that she could learn about consent at an early age.

She went on to describe pornography as the “Kingdom of Ick”. She warned it was available everywhere and gave young people the wrong idea of what sex is like.

Emma told her daughter that sex is not an act separate from your heart, but one that is deeply intertwined with it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When the mind, the heart, and the centre of shavoom are connected, then you are safe. Safe to make a decision about how you are going to act.”

It is important that Gaia knows the line between what she wants and what society tells her she should want.

And it has become a message all too relevant in the midst of the #metoo movement.

We love Emma's take on sex and how open she is with her daughter about it. If only all mums were like this…

 

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Look, I know it is only September, but I can’t help but feel excited about Christmas. Is it too early? Maybe… Do I care? Nope.

I am already embracing the holiday spirit and this latest movie news has my heart feeling full and festive.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clark and Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding are set to star in a Christmas film together written by none other than Emma Thompson.

The Hollywood goddess is no stranger to festive films, having starred in Love Actually in 2003. Emma’s portrayal of the heartbroken Karen is by far one of her best performances *listens to Joni Mitchell and sobs*

The Pride and Prejudice actress has penned the screenplay for upcoming Christmas flick Last Christmas, with the help of Bryony Kimmings.

The writer revealed the movie is based on the popular Wham! hit Last Christmas. The late George Michael even gave the movie his blessing before his untimely passing on Christmas Day 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will take over directing duties for the romantic comedy.

Lead actor Henry Golding couldn’t help but express his excitement about Last Christmas: “Finally I can start getting excited and share the news… @paulfeig and I will be back to business in London at the end of the year.”

It is believed filming will take place in London later this year, which unfortunately means it won’t be released in time for Christmas 2018.

I guess we’ll just have to stick with the classics for now. If anybody needs me I’ll be watching Home Alone for the 1000th time.

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Adam Sandler has been criticised following an “uncomfortable” interview on The Graham Norton Show this week, during which he repeatedly put touched British actress, Claire Foy.

Viewers of the show took to Twitter to express to express their discomfort after the US actor placed his hand on Claire's knee as he told an anecdote about a trip with his parents.

Despite the actress appearing to squirm at the first touch, Adam once again reached over to rest his hand on her knee for a number of seconds.

Emma Thompson, who was also a guest on the show, seemed to be quite aware of the fact that the actor was acting inappropriately and appeared to glare at him until he removed his hand.

According to The Independent, a spokesperson for the married father-of-four described his actions as “a friendly gesture” – but rather unsurprisingly, not everyone interpreted them this way.

However, despite heavey criticism, many viewers jumped to the actor's defence, insisting his actions were harmless. 

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The trailer for The Love Punch has been released and it looks like Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson have teamed up to make us all laugh out loud.

This is one to take your mum to, – she’ll love it and probably love Pierce too!

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It seems Meryl Streep is none too impressed by children’s movie legend Walt Disney.

Speaking at the National Board of Review Gala in New York last night, Meryl blasted Disney during a speech honouring star of Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson.

The movie, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, chronicles the making of Mary Poppins during the 1960’s and Disney’s difficulty dealing with the author P.L. Travers, played by Thompson.

According to reports, during her nine-minute tribute to Thompson, Streep branded  Disney a “gender bigot” and went on to say that Disney had “supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group”.

However, it wasn’t all negative (kind of…) and Meryl did speak highly of her friend Emma and her contribution to the movie world; “Emma thinks, ‘Is this helpful?’ Not, ‘Will it build my brand?’ Not, ‘Will it give me billions?’ Not, ‘Does this express me, me, me in my unique and fabulous itself into all eternity in every universe for all time?”

Hmm, something tell us it would be a terrible idea to mess with Meryl.

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Apparently, Colin Farrell feels pathetic for crying when he watched his latest flick Saving Mr. Banks. In our opinion, he has no reason to feel ashamed – it just makes us love him even more.

Colin spilled the beans when BBC’s Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw admitted that he had cried when he saw the film The extremely handsome actor blamed his emotions on Emma Thompson’s acting, saying: “[She] just rips you from one side of the room to the other emotionally; there’s something particularly raw about what she does in this.”

The dad-of-two, who has worked alongside huge stars like Tom Cruise, Jeff Bridges and Angelina Jolie, confesses that he wished he could have worked with Emma on set.

Unfortunately, the Castleknock born star never got the chance as he doesn’t actually share a scene with the British actress.

“I wish I had worked with Emma man, I wish. We had dinner together and hung out a little bit, she’s wicked. So funny, clever and kind. An amazing woman; I adore her.”

We’re sure the 54-year-old would have loved to work alongside Colin. We know we would.

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