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'The Queen' out to lunch with The Queen - Variety 12/18/06


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  • 'The Queen' out to lunch with The Queen - Variety 12/18/06

    'Queen' team asked to lunch

    Film's principals invited to Royal lunch at Buckingham Palace


    Queen Elizabeth II

    By Adam Dawtrey
    December 18, 2006

    "The Queen" has tacitly received the royal seal of approval from Queen Elizabeth II herself, with members of the film's creative team receiving an invitation to lunch at Buckingham Palace early next year.

    Director Stephen Frears, writer Peter Morgan, producer Andy Harries and star Helen Mirren have been asked to set aside a date for the lunch by the Queen's private secretary, Robin Janvrin. (Janvrin is played by Roger Allam in the film.)

    It's unclear whether Queen Elizabeth II will be present to meet the makers of the film, which Miramax is distributing Stateside.

    "Queen" insiders understand the monarch has seen the film and that she was most definitely amused but admit they have no way of verifying that -- unless she turns up to lunch.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'The Queen' out to lunch with The Queen - Variety 12/18/06

    London critics favor 'Queen'

    Frears pic grabs seven nominations

    By Adam Dawtrey
    December 18, 2006

    British producer
    Paul Greengrass, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, "United 93"
    Al Clark, Ken Marshall, Rachel Robey, Paul Andrew Williams, "London to Brighton"
    Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood, Charles Steel, "The Last King of Scotland"
    Rebecca O'Brien, "The Wind that Shakes the Bar-ley"
    Graham King, "The Departed"

    British newcomer
    Andrea Arnold, writer/director, "Red Road"
    Paul Andrew Williams, writer/director/producer, "London to Brighton"
    Jodie Whittaker, actress, "Venus"
    Clare-Hope A****ey, actress, "Children of Men"
    Rebecca Hall, actress, "The Prestige"

    British actress in support
    Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada"
    Emma Thompson, "Stranger than Fiction"
    Juliet Stevenson, "Pierrepoint"
    Emily Watson, "The Proposition"
    Helen McCrory, "The Queen"

    British actor in support
    Eddie Marsan, "Pierrepoint"
    Michael Caine, "The Prestige"
    Bill Nighy, "Notes on a Scandal"
    Leslie Phillips, "Venus"
    Dominic Cooper, "The History Boys"

    British actress
    Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"
    Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
    Kate Winslet, "Little Children"
    Loraine Stanley, "London to Brighton"
    Kate Dickie, "Red Road"

    British actor
    Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat"
    Toby Jones, "Infamous"
    Timothy Spall, "Pierrepoint"
    James McAvoy, "The Last King of Scot-land"
    Christian Bale, "The Prestige"

    British director
    Andrea Arnold, "Red Road"
    Stephen Frears, "The Queen"
    Christopher Nolan, "The Prestige"
    Kevin Macdonald, "The Last King of Scotland"
    Ken Loach, "The Wind that Shakes the Barley"

    Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
    Penelope Cruz, "Volver"
    Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"
    Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
    Joan Allen, "The Upside of Anger"

    Jeff Daniels, "The Squid and the Whale"
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Ca-pote"
    Richard Griffiths, "The History Boys"
    David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
    Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

    Peter Morgan, "The Queen"
    Noah Baumbach, "The Squid and the Whale"
    Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"
    Dan Futterman, "Capote"
    Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"

    Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"
    Pedro Almodovar, "Volver"
    Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
    Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
    Alfonso Cuaron, "Children of Men"

    British Film (the Attenborough Award)
    "Children of Men"
    "The Queen"
    "Red Road"
    "The Last King of Scotland"
    "The Wind that Shakes the Barley"

    Film of the Year
    "The Departed"
    "Little Miss Sun-shine"
    "United 93"
    "The Queen"
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Re: 'The Queen' out to lunch with The Queen - Variety 12/18/06

      I find it incredible that Queen Elizabeth would be gracious enough to ask invite the film's producers to the palace! Although Helen Mirren did an amazing job of portraying the Queen, the topic was less than flattering. I applaud the Queen for being open minded if she does go ahead with the meeting.


      • #4
        Re: 'The Queen' out to lunch with The Queen - Variety 12/18/06

        it's great PR and the palace knows it. To have lunch with the producers adn star shows that she has no ill feelings and that will go over well with her subjects especially considering the subject matter of the film


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