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‘King’s Speech’ Third Go at Abdication Era Drama for Anthony Andrews

Anthony Andrews, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth with their Screen Actors Guild Actor statuettes

Anthony Andrews has been having a ball enjoying the accolades and awards raining down on “The King’s Speech,” which he terms “just extraordinary.  I changed plans to be a part of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were preceded by the Directors Guild’s — a tremendous achievement for Tom Hooper — and from that point on, the little Ferrari really took off.  It’s been a whirlwind, even though I’m only a tiny part of it,” says the esteemed British actor of “Brideshead Revisited” and myriad other acclaimed productions, who plays Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the Oscar favorite.  “We’ve had time to hook up again as a cast, and I’m happy to be back together.”

Andrews has a distinction from his cast mates, in that this is by no means the first time he’s visited the particular piece of history depicted in “The King’s Speech.”

“It’s weird, because I’ve done it three times now — first with Jane Seymour in ‘The Woman He Loved.’  She and I had the impossible task then, of recreating Edward and Mrs. Simpson.  It was a lovely made-for-television film and it had an entirely different slant, looking at the story as a romance, rather than as a political upset, though the abdication had to be in there, of course.”

Andrews played George VI himself in the British mini-series “Cambridge Spies,” about “the birth of the spy schools that grew up in Cambridge of the 1930s.”

And now, as Baldwin, who was determined to avoid war at any cost as Hitler was cranking up his military machine, Andrews found himself back in that time and space again.  “As in the play, (ital.) The King’s Speech (end ital.), the story is really about the relationship between two guys working to overcome a common problem.  It’s the strength of the relationship between these two”  — Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Andrews notes that one scene that got cut had the dignitaries of the day lining up to sign the new king’s accession papers, and figuratively sort of  placing their bets on whether the tongue-tied younger brother could make it.  “It was interesting, but something always has to go when you make a film, and it had to go.”  Perhaps it will show up as a special feature when the DVD comes out in April.

Andrews is now taking a little break from the revelry.  “I’m off back to the U.K. mid week.  I want to persuade my dog to think ‘I still have a master,’ to say nothing of my children.”  He jovially notes that his son and two daughters are all but grownup now, “but they still like to see Papa now and again.”

Art of Film is Ageless At Swanky, Star-Studded AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

Lori Loughlin


Lori Loughlin says she has no regrets about departing “90210” and is leaving the CW show “on the very best of terms.”  Lori, who’s been playing mom to Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds on the series since 2008, departs at season’s end as the show’s young cast of characters graduates from high school and heads off into college life.

“The CW has a demographic and they need to write to that demographic and I think the CW does that really well, you know?” she says.

“I think, for me, it’s time to creatively move on, because there’s not that much for me to do, and again, I understand and I have no hard feelings.”

Not that Loughlin’s character has lacked for drama through the years, with her own hot romances and a rivalry with Jennie Garth that heated up in Season 2.  Garth told us recently that she disliked the direction “90210” has been taking.  Loughlin says, “You know, I think it’s fine.  Jennie had a different attachment to the show.  ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ was her show for so many years, and she felt protective, almost motherly toward it.  Along comes the new incarnation, and I don’t think she was happy with what they were doing.  But for me, I had no attachment to the old version, so I was completely fine with it.  I also thought it was a whole different show.  Also, I think she had some issues with what they wanted to do with her character, and I understand that, because nobody knows that character better than Jennie.  So at times I think she felt like they were misrepresenting Kelly.”

As for what Loughlin will do next, the mother of 11 and 12-year-old daughters, and wife of designer Mossimo Giannulli says, “I’m going to take a moment and breathe before I jump back into anything.  I love television, but a series is a grind and so I just want to take a moment before I make any decisions.”

Robert Redford

MEANWHILE:  We caught up with Loughlin at this week’s 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the elegant event honoring the best of 2010 films appealing to mature moviegoers, put on by AARP at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Sally Field, Tony Bennett, Angela Lansbury, Larry Hagman, Jacqueline Bisset, Mickey Rooney and dozens of other names were there to celebrate honorees including Lifetime Achievement Award winner Robert Redford.  Winners on hand included “The King’s Speech” Best Actor Colin Firth; Best Actress Lesley Manville (“Another Year”); Best Supporting Actress Phylicia Rashad (“For Colored Girls”); Andy Garcia, picking up Best Comedy Film honors for his “City Island”; and Rob Reiner, receiving his theater seat statuette for the Best Intergenerational Film, his charming “Flipped.”  Rob congratulated the AARP for making their award look less like an electric chair than it used to.

AGELESS:  “The King’s Speech” screenwriter David Seidler admitted to the crowd that initially, it was assumed that the film “would be seen by nobody under 40.  It was basically made for this audience.  I didn’t quite buy into that, and I was delighted when we realized that a youthful audience was able to see and enjoy this film.  They understood the teasing.  They understood the bullying.  They understood being marginalized.  They understood bravery. And they understood the power of a supportive friendship.  What that means to me is that film is universal and it doesn’t make any difference what age you are” — a view supported by the fact the film has now surpassed the $150 million mark in box office grosses.

He added, “If you still have a brain you can still be a pain and make a contribution to the art and commerce of film…I would like to think we can view this and see ‘Toy Story 3’ and love it, and the audience that ‘Toy Story 3’ was made for can see this film and love it.”

Jane Seymour ABC photo

SAY WHAT?:  Jane Seymour, ravishing in a form-hugging red cocktail dress, made it clear she is squarely in “The King’s Speech” camp, telling us “I loved it in every possible way.  Since I played Wallis Simpson years ago, I sort of had an inside feeling for that particular movie.  I know what went on.”

Jane’s own latest effort, the current “Waiting for Forever” — she’s a producer on the film directed by husband James Keach, not a star — has met with mixed response.  “People are seeing it and loving it.  Some of the critics don’t get it.  One of them talked about it being about stalkers, and said it’s irresponsible to make a movie like that with what happened in Arizona.  I thought, ‘What in the world has that got to do with this movie?'” admitted Jane.  That is a strange take on the off-beat comedy in which Tom Sturridge plays a street performing juggler who wants to court the love of his life, “The O.C.’s” Rachel Bilson.  Jane’s feeling about that critic:  “Clearly, he saw another movie.  It’s wild.  But anyway, I’m very proud of it.”

Martin Landau

AND:  Martin Landau also told us he’s a fan of “The King’s Speech” and is impressed by “The Town” as well.  “Ben Affleck is a really good director,” noted Landau, the 82-year-old Oscar winner who still heads The Actors Studio’s West Coast branch — and keeps up a schedule demanding enough to daunt folks half his age.  Currently, “I’m doing Tim Burton’s new ‘Frankenweenie,’ his new animated feature.  And I’m doing ‘The Simpsons,'” added Landau, whose tender “Lovely, Still” love story with Ellen Burstyn is newly out on DVD this month. “Then there’s a script I’m reading now, a two-character road picture.  I like it, so I may do it.  A bunch of stuff is going on.  That’s better than not, right?”  Right.