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Nov. 25/98 (A)


................................................................. From: Save Address Block Sender Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:33:05 EDT To: ivanovbabe@hotmail.com Subject: Re: Re: Joe bit (?)/August Tatler Reply Reply All Forward Delete Previous Next Close Hi Lynn, <> Aaahhh! I think I have lost that on too. :( For whatever reason, all I could find was the Joe part. If I come across the rest of it, I will send that too. CATE ON JOSEPH (excerpts) Like Ralph, Joseph's incredibly beautiful to look at. He's great at winding people up while keeping a deadpan expression. During the filming of Elizabeth he'd tell me crazy things that had supposedly happened with a straight face - and I'd believe him. We laughed our way through the bed scene. The whole idea of Elizabeth being a virgin queen is got rid of very quickly ... we see Elizabeth and her lover Dudley together - there's much moving of drapes around a four-poster bed. I suppose love scenes are never easy, but we had some fun with this one. Between takes, Joseph would keep me amused with some story- telling - all of which was completely untrue, of course - while remaining in character. We were filming at Shepperton Studios, which has a bar where lots of the film crews meet up at lunchtime. Joseph had gone striding through them one day, by mistake, still dressed in his doublet and hose, getting loud wolf whistles. He said: "That's one of the most difficult scenes I've ever had to do." But I think he must have quite liked being dressed up like a peacock, since he's now playing Shakespeare [co-starring with Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love]. He did say that men's clothes today are boring by comparison.> I think every member of the Fiennes family - there are five brothers and two sisters - must have been brought up to appreciate the joy of literature and art. They're all creative thinkers and enjoy outdoor life. They seem very close and support each other all the time, which is always great to see. However their parents raised them, I think they must have done something right. The brothers are great looking, gifted and fun. What more could you ask for? JOSEPH ON CATE 'She's a real phenomenon. Dynamic, tender, passionate and full of pathos.' --------- Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 01:12:41 EDT From: PHowell741@aol.com Subject: [Fiennes-Fans] Joe at Royal Court in October Geez, I seem to be on the Joe beat these days (looking for Ralph stuff, I swear ;). Found this in an article in the 8/21 Evening Standard. . . Joe on stage at the Royal Court this October (I really should think about moving -- anyone need a nanny? ;-). . . =A0 Lock, stock and two of London's likeliest lads by Alison Roberts Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (18) Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Stratham, Vinnie Jones. Dir: Guy Ritchie. UK. 1998. 115mins.=A0 Nick Moran is late for lunch because he was out with "Jase" (Jason Flemyng) the previous evening and now he can't find his wallet. I don't know about Nick, but when I lose my purse I can usually blame it upon a very, very good night before. Still, there's no trace of a hangover when he turns up. Instead, Moran offers a laddish smile and switches his mouth to overdrive. "If people want to know about me," he says, "they can go and watch the film. Or they can take me out, give me a couple of hours, a few glasses, and I'll rattle on like a bastard." The movie to which Moran refers is Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. So far, several critics have expressed unlimited admiration for this stylish gangland caper. But comparisons with The Long Good Friday or Trainspotting are misleading: Lock Stock is good because it's a "romp", set in a kind of comedy East End populated by curiously authentic characters, with some decent one-liners and a sufficiently twisted plot. The audience cruises through it. Clear enough? Meanwhile, Moran can be seen at the Royal Court in October, starring alongside Joseph Fiennes in a Nick Grosso play called A Real Classy Affair. After several movie offers, he's decided to do the artistic thing. First, though, there's the "glitter-ing" London premiere of Lock Stock. "You know who's coming, don't you?" asks Moran. Nope. "Everyone!" he says. The gods are beaming on Nick Moran, and he knows it. That's the only mention of the play, but to find whole article, go to: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/index.html Paula ------ From: PHowell741@aol.com Save Address Block Sender Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 00:06:34 EDT To: ivanovbabe@HotMail.com Subject: Joseph Attachment Enclosed! Reply Reply All Forward Delete Previous Next Close Hey there! Here's all the Joseph things I could find in my files. You probably have most of them, but just in case... Oh, and I'm sending that pic of his (ex?) girlfriend Sara from when she was on Dr. Who, just in case you were curious (like me ;-). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the Canoe site, 8/15 Cate B. on Elizabeth... Elizabeth I real faction By BRUCE KIRKLAND -- Toronto Sun The star of Elizabeth, the sex-filled saga of how Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne in 1558, says the movie is historically inaccurate -- and she is unapologetic. "It is not at all historically accurate," Cate Blanchett, the red-haired Australian who is being touted as one of the world's fastest rising movie stars, was saying in an interview. "I hope people won't be going for a history lesson, although I personally love history." Elizabeth made its debut at the Toronto filmfest Sunday and will open in theatres this fall. "In this particular creation, it doesn't really matter what is true," Blanchett says of Shekhar Kapur's movie, which thrusts young Elizabeth into a torrid love affair with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. It is a romp that threatens her throne and her life. "What matters is that it is an enormously interesting thing to explore." If historical nitpickers attack Elizabeth for the poetic licence it takes, then Blanchett is dismissive. "It's faction. It's a docudrama. It was never Shekhar's intention to be historically accurate. If you are going to criticize someone on what they never intended to do, then it is kind of pointless, really." Blanchett breezed through Toronto on a whirlwind visit feeling jet-lagged. She arrived on the weekend from Naples, and returned yesterday to Palermo, where she continues shooting The Talented Mr. Ripley with co-star Matt Damon for director Anthony Minghella (of The English Patient fame.) "It's a good way to see Italy," she says. "Elizabeth was a good way to see England." And she recently shot Pushing Tin in the Toronto region. But Blanchett admits she doesn't really see any of the places where she works, because of the work. "I'm being flip. You're always working or waiting." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There's a review of Elizabeth on the Venice Film Festival web site, but it's in Italian. But they do have a big b&w pic of Cate and Joe. Couldn't find a direct link for it, but if you go to http://www.comune.lucca.it/venezia/film/elenco_fr.htm and find the link (under September 8) for Elizabeth, it will take you to the review and link for a bigger version of the pic on that page. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the 9/13 N.Y. Times Looking Ahead: Awaiting Kubrick, Malick, 'Mail'... Compiled By MICHELE WILLENS PAUL SCHRADER Director I've been hearing a great deal of buzz about "Shakespeare in Love," which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, Ralph's brother. I have seen about 15 minutes of it and I can honestly say the buzz was right. It's a tricky thing, costume comedy, but if you get the tone right, it sails. And since this is written by Tom Stoppard, it seems to sail. He's funny and he's brilliant. It's also directed by John Madden, who did "Mrs. Brown," so he knows his way around this territory too. I like Gwyneth Paltrow. I like her mother and I like her, the intelligent gamin types. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hey, everyone: Miramax's site has a page up for SiL, with one still and two clips available to download. Here's the URL: http://www.miramax.com:8888/mm_front/owa/mp.entryPoint?action=0&midStr=742 Release date listed is Dec. 4th in NY and LA, which means the Dec. 25th rumor we've been hearing is probably a Top 10 markets or possibly nationwide date. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CATE ON JOSEPH Like Ralph, Joseph's incredibly beautiful to look at. He's great at winding people up while keeping a deadpan expression. During the filming of Elizabeth he'd tell me crazy things that had supposedly happened with a straight face - and I'd believe him. We laughed our way through the bed scene. The whole idea of Elizabeth being a virgin queen is got rid of very quickly ... we see Elizabeth and her lover Dudley together - there's much moving of drapes around a four-poster bed. I suppose love scenes are never easy, but we had some fun with this one. Between takes, Joseph would keep me amused with some story- telling - all ofwhich was completely untrue, of course - while remaining in character. We were filming at Shepperton Studios, which has a bar where lots of the film crews meet up at lunchtime. Joseph had gone striding through them one day, by mistake, still dressed in his doublet and hose, getting loud wolf whistles. He said: "That's one of the most difficult scenes I've ever had to do." But I think he must have quite liked being dressed up like a peacock, since he's now playing Shakespeare [co-starring with Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love]. He did say that men's clothes today are boring by comparison. I think every member of the Fiennes family - there are five brothers and two sisters - must have been brought up to appreciate the joy of literature and art. They're all creative thinkers and enjoy outdoor life. They seem very close and support each other all the time, which is always great to see. However their parents raised them, I think they must have done something right. The brothers are great looking, gifted and fun. What more could you ask for? JOSEPH ON CATE 'She's a real phenomenon. Dynamic, tender, passionate and full of pathos.' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thursday January 8 8:37 AM EST Fiennes Frere Joins 'Shakespeare' Cast By Adam Dawtrey LONDON (Variety) - Joseph Fiennes, younger brother of Ralph, is set to star opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Miramax Films' romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love." Set in the late 16th century, the long-developing picture depicts William Shakespeare writing a play that turns out to be Romeo and Juliet, while a parallel love story develops in his own life. Judi Dench, who played Queen Victoria in "Mrs. Brown," is likely to take the role of Queen Elizabeth I. Shooting will begin March 2 with John Madden (Mrs. Brown) directing from a script by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. Joseph Fiennes is widely tipped among U.K. industryites to follow in his brother's footsteps as a major international star, and 1998 is expected to be his breakthrough year. He has three pictures set for release this year: "Martha -- Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence" and "St. Ives," both from Miramax, and Working Title's "Elizabeth." The budget for "Shakespeare in Love" is believed to be north of $20 million, especially after a rumored $9 million in costs from the project's previous home at Columbia TriStar are taken into account. Columbia TriStar was on the verge of principal photography back in 1993 with Daniel Day-Lewis and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, but the casting fell apart and the project went into turnaround. Roberts and then-director Ed Zwick had "pay-or-play" deals, meaning they would be paid regardless of whether the project proceeded. Miramax has had Paltrow lined up for the female lead for some time, but a persistent problem in nailing down a young British thesp to play the Bard himself was one reason it has taken so long to get the project into production. In fact, the delay has put pressure on Paltrow's schedule, and the start of principal photography has been brought forward from the end of March so that she can move on to her next commitment in May. Reuters/Variety ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Daily Variety February 5, 1998 Thursday BY: MONICA ROMAN NEW YORK --- Judi Dench, who starred as Queen Victoria in Miramax's "Mrs. Brown," will return to royalty playing Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love," which John Madden is helming for Miramax. Also finalizing their deals to join the cast of "Shakespeare," which begins lensing next month in London, are Colin Firth, who played a cuckold in "The English Patient," and Geoffrey Rush, who won a best actor Oscar last year for his portrayal of Australian pianist David Helfgott in Fine Line's "Shine." Joseph Fiennes, younger brother of Ralph, and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Great Expectations") topline the $ 20 million romantic comedy set in the late 16th century (Daily Variety, Jan. 8). Written by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, pic finds William Shakespeare writing a play that turns out to be "Romeo and Juliet" while a parallel love story develops in his own life. David Parfitt, Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Norman and Miramax co- chairman Harvey Weinstein are producing. Handling exec producing chores are DonnabGigliotti and Miramax co-chairman Bob Weinstein, Miramax production co-prexy Meryl Poster and Miramax production veepee Julie Goldstein. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Australian/Melbourne newspaper] "Sunday Magazine" - Sunday Herald Sun January 11, 1998 [Only segments mentioning RF/JF are noted] Blanchett met her famous co-star in London when she visited writer/director Kathryn Bigelow, who had been working with Fiennes on another project. A gangly man in a fez, braces and a waistcoat answered the door announcing he was Kathryn's personal assistant. Blanchett took a moment to recognise her co-star before they fell about laughing. "We couldn't actually speak because we were both just giggling," she says. She fields the inevitable question with good humor. "I would want to know what it was like to work with Ralph Fiennes, too," she says with a broad smile. "He's really very sweet. He often catches you off-guard. He's a very probing actor and will keep miming until you find the right way." For his part, Fiennes seems impressed, telling one interviewer Blanchett was "a wonderful actress" and saying she had "a great sense of truth, a warmth, a wonderful sense of humor and is self-deprecating". Coincidentally, Blanchett has been working with Ralph's brother Joseph in her next film, Elizabeth I, due for release later this year. "I'm working my way through the Fiennes family," she quips. "He's a wonderful actor, too, but he's completely different to Ralph. I think we mentioned Ralph once." [END] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From an interview with Ben Affleck on TNT's Rough Cut site... Big Ben Ben Affleck interviewed by Rough Cut's Andy Jones Tell us about Shakespeare in Love. It's written by Tom Stoppard, first of all, so, it's like, you know that you're getting someone who's extremely smart, well-proven, you know, with the intelligence and the wit of a fine and venerated playwright who's sort of deigned to write a screenplay. In a lot of ways, this is my favorite thing he's ever written. I've seen a rough assembly of it. It's smart, it's funny, it's about Shakespeare as he's writing Romeo and Juliet, he gets writer's block and then he falls in love. And that's inspiring him to write the story. But at the same time, he's trying to kind of navigate the politics of trying to, like, get his movie made. He's not famous. Christopher Marlowe is the more famous playwright. He's living in his shadow. I play kind of the Tom Cruise of that day. I'm the big, famous star who he needs to have in his play. Except, I'm, unlike Tom Cruise, I'm a real pain in the ass. So, he doesn't really want to cast me as Romeo, but he needs me in the play. So, he tells me that he wants me to play Mercutio and I ask him what the play is called and he says "Uhm...the play is called Mercutio." And I'm like, "Oh, OK. I'll do it." It's brilliant. Geoffrey Rush plays the producer... Judi Dench plays Queen Elizabeth. Who's Shakespeare? Shakespeare is a kid who is so wonderful, named Joseph Fiennes, who's Ralph Fiennes' younger brother, who is just splendid. When you guys see this, he's like a revelation in this role. He makes Shakespeare sympathetic and he makes him likable, and plus, he's just one of the sweetest guys I've ever worked with. Just a decent, sweet, young man. And he's great in the movie. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright 1998 Associated Newspapers Ltd. DAILY MAIL (London) February 13, 1998 HEADLINE: Lost boy Joseph has the starry look of love BY: Baz Bamigboye THERE'S a most beautiful and honest moment in the new film comedy called Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel And Lawrence. It occurs when leading man Joseph Fiennes realises that he's in love with Monica Potter who plays Martha. Directed by Nick Hamm, it's an enchanting, very funny and romantic film that should be on screens now, for heaven's sake, but won't open until May 8. Fiennes has a lost boy look in this movie that I think most women will adore. His performance shows he has the right stuff to become a screen star. He plays one of three lifelong pals, with Rufus Sewell and Tom Hollander, who, in the space of 24 hours, all unwittingly meet the same young woman, Ms Potter, when she leaves Minneapolis for London. Writer Peter Morgan's observations on rivalry and betrayal among old friends is spot on. ----- UKAAS W/M Mailing List - http://members.tripod.com/~BASKERTON/indexpage.html This is a forwarded and edited message from the fiennes-fans mailing list. They post about Ralph Fiennes, and occasionally about his acting sibling, Joeseph Fiennes. Joe has two period films coming up, Shakespeare In Love", and "Elizabeth". ******************************************************************************* Quote/forward starts here... FYI, there's a very nice, albeit, B&W, pic of Joe, in costume as Shakespeare from SIL on page 11 of the Arts & Leisure section of tomorrow's (Sunday 09/27/98) New York Times. It's at least 5 inches square. The article is called "Hollywood Loves Writers (If They Suffer)" and there's only a small paragraph or two at the end about SIL. ******************************************************************************* I will try and get a copy of the NY Times, and if anything of interest is in the article, will transcribe and post it here. Please let us know if you come across any interesting articles or interviews, whatever! We like to keep as informed as possible. Thanks. Regards, Marie WebMaster ------ From: PHowell741@aol.com Save Address Block Sender Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998 03:55:05 EDT To: hipstar@hotmail.com, ivanovbabe@hotmail.com Subject: Elizabeth bits Attachment Enclosed! Reply Reply All Forward Delete Previous Next Close Hi gals, First off, Eveyln, thanks for the Elizabeth site -- very cool. :) Ok, Elizabeth opens this Friday in the UK and I've been debating whether to post reviews of it and other Joe movies to list -- I think for now I will just be posting the links to them, lest I be accused by some cranky list member(s) of turning it into the Joe Fiennes list. ;-). No, really, I figure with three movies and a play there's gonna be a lot of Joe stuff over the next few months so I thought it might be a good idea to limit my posts to articles and news (unless it's a really exceptional review -- then I may have to post ;). But I will send you guys anything everything, of course. ;-) This one is from the Times of London and it's almost identical to the review in Variety a couple weeks ago (there will probably be a longer review in the Times on Saturday -- lets hope he kinder to Joe ;). Sending the small color pic from the Times as well. October 1 1998 FILM NEW MOVIES: Geoff Brown kneels at the acting throne of Cate Blanchett, a very human Virgin Queen in Elizabeth Hoping to change the status of the Virgin Queen: Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) amuses Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) in Shekhar Kapur's excellent historical melodrama Ginger, scared, no-baby Spice Elizabeth Odeon West End, 15, 120 mins Tudor history gets a kick in the pants The time and place, we are reliably informed at the start, is England, ---- .................................................................





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