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Judi Dench Joins Star-Studded Cast of 'Cats' Movie Musical!

Judi Dench has joined the cast of the highly-anticipated Cats!

The 83-year-old Oscar-winning actress will be playing the role of Old Deuteronomy – who was played by a man in previous stage versions – the Jellicle leader “who by the end of the night will select a cat to be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer, an annual feline tradition,” Deadline reports.

Fun fact: Judi was originally set to play Grizabella in the original 1981 West End production of Cats, but had to drop out after snapping her Achilles’ tendon.

Judi joins a star-studded cast that also includes Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Idris Elba.

Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech and Les Miserables, is helming the movie.

Judi Dench Defends Her 'Good Friend' Kevin Spacey, Doesn't Approve of Cutting Him Out of Movies

Judi Dench is speaking out about her “good friend” Kevin Spacey and she says that she does not approve of him being cut out of the movie All the Money in the World.

The 83-year-old actress spoke during a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where she received a prestigious award, on Tuesday (September 25) in San Sebastian, Spain.

“I went to do The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey, and Kevin was an inestimable comfort and never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way,” Judi said about working with Spacey after her husband died. “He cheered me up and kept me going.”

Judi was asked about what she thinks of Kevin following the many sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

“I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that — whatever he has done — that you then start to cut him out of the films,” she said (via Variety). “Are we to do what happened when he was replaced [in All the Money in the World] with Christopher Plummer? Are we to do that throughout history? Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know….”

“I don’t know about the conditions of it, but nevertheless he is, and was, a most wonderful actor. I can’t imagine what he is doing now,” she said before adding, “And a good friend.”

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Disney Reveals Casting for 'Artemis Fowl' Movie Out in 2019 - See The Cast!

Disney has revealed the cast of the upcoming live-action film, Artemis Fowl!

The film, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the bestselling book series by Eoin Colfer, won’t hit theaters until August 9, 2019 – but now we know who’s in the movie!

The actor playing 12-year-old Artemis Fowl is an Irish newcomer named Ferdia Shaw, who will make his onscreen debut in the title role. He was picked out of 1200 candidates in an extensive search.

Josh Gad will play Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniacal dwarf who works for the fairies”and himself. Dame Judi Dench will play Commander Root, the steely leader of the fairy police force.

Lara McDonnell will play Captain Holly Short, the elf hero, while Nonso Anozie will play Butler, Artemis Fowl’s formidable bodyguard.

Here’s a plot summary: descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Production will begin early next year in the United Kingdom.

Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers Help Honor Judi Dench at Santa Barbara Film Fest

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers coupled up for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival!

The duo hit the red carpet at the event that was honoring Judi Dench on Thursday night (November 30) at Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, Calif.

They were also joined by Jeff Bridges, Susan Geston and Ali Fazal, who all posed for photos alongside Judi.

During the ceremony, Judi was honored with the Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film, which was presented to her by Armie.

“Three dudes and a Dame… thank you Dame Judi for asking me to present you with the Kirk Douglas Excellence in Film Award at the #santabarbarafilmfestival,” Armie wrote on his Instagram.

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Is There a 'Murder on the Orient Express' End Credits Scene?

If you’re seeing Murder on the Orient Express, we have the scoop on whether or not there’s anything extra after the credits.

The star-studded film does not feature a post-credits scene, so you can leave when the credits start to roll!

Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, and many more round out the cast for the film based on the classic Agatha Christie novel of the same name.

If you didn’t know, the leading role in the film, detective Hercule Poirot, is featured in a series of books by the late author. Perhaps we’ll get a sequel to the movie!

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