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Emma Thompson on new film role as late-night talk show host

Emma Thompson has recently been in the news, but for matters other than acting.

The two-time Oscar ..

Emma Thompson has recently been in the news, but for matters other than acting.

The two-time Oscar winner joined last month's Extinction Rebellion climate protest, adding her celebrity voice to the London sit-ins, the centrepiece of which was a pink tugboat.

She was immediately criticised for flying back from Los Angeles (a trip of over 5,400 miles (8690km)) to attend the event.

So does Thompson regret speaking out? Quite the contrary.

She tells Sky News: "I've stuck my head above the parapet since I was 19 and had s*** thrown at it since I was 19.

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Image: Thompson gestures as police surround the Extinction Rebellion pink tugboat in central London

"When it first happened, I was protesting the Gulf War at which point the press called me 'Saddam Hussein's best friend'. If you protest about anything, you have to be prepared for whatever slings and arrows."

The 60-year-old actress is currently playing the role of late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury – a character who is equally as fearless as Thompson herself.

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Unfortunately, this is a purely fictional scenario – in real life, there is no such thing.

Late-night US chat shows are a male-dominated affair, only briefly interrupted by Joan Rivers for a few years in the late '80s.

In the UK we don't tend to care for too much late-night chat full stop. And when we do (stand up Jonathan Ross and Graham Norton) it is again, a male-only gig.

Emma Thompson (L) and Mindy Kaling (R) promoting Late Night in Las Vegas in April
Image: Emma Thompson (L) and Mindy Kaling (R) promoting Late Night in Las Vegas in April

The late Caroline Aherne's creation, The Mrs Merton Show, is a close contender, but of course she had to fictionalise her 70-year-old female host to make her palatable for mainstream TV.

Even in the fictional world of her new movie Late Night, a woman at the helm of her own show is a hard pill to swallow, and Thompson's Newbury quickly finds herself fighting for her job.

An up-and-coming, and somewhat misogynistic male stand-up artist is lined up to take her role.

In the film, it is this crisis point which reignites Newbury's passion for her job and teaches her to play to her own strengths.

The character is, as she summarises, "an English woman who's never watched a Superhero movie".

To help her save her job, her all-male, all-white writing team is shaken up with the addition of "diversity hire" Molly, played by Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the film.

So what is the reality of being a woman over 50, working in Hollywood?

Quite simply, Thompson is clear she is not. A woman working in Hollywood, that is.

Actor and environmentalist Emma Thompson was at the Extinction Rebellion protest in Marble Arch.
Image: Thompson at the Extinction Rebellion protest in Marble Arch

"I've always lived in London… And I rarely work in Hollywood."

That aside, she admits she had a "real bald patch" in her 40s, where the only interesting roles she was offered were the ones she'd written herself.

"I got offered an awful lot of wives who were saying to their husbands, 'Don't go and do the brave thing, stay here with me'.

"So I said no to loads of that stuff. And I wasn't sex'cougar' – style roles. I wasn't ever going to get those. So, I was in between two stools.

"But once I turned 50, I started playing things like Robert Carlyle's serial killer mother who was 77. And I got that fantastic Saving Mr Banks."

She says the Disney role, playing Mary Poppins author P L Travers, was one of her favourite roles to date, alongside this one.

Both are strong women, who don't necessarily foster a smooth working relationship with their colleagues.

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Newbury is a woman who has reached the top of her game, but who is not an ally to her female colleagues down below.

So where does this propensity for women to hate other women come from? Or at the very least not go out of their way to help sisters in need?

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
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Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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