December 12, 2013
Oscar winner Emma Thompson spends an afternoon in her London home with Parade, chatting about glamour, love, fame, and six months of bad-hair days. She appears in the new film Saving Mr. Banks, based on Walt Disney’s campaign to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (played by Thompson) to let him make a musical about her magical governess creation. In it, she stars for the first time with fellow Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who plays Walt Disney. Some excerpts from the story, below:
On her prim and proper 60s look in Saving Mr. Banks, which required her to get her hair permed:
“It was a nightmare! People would bleat in the streets as I went by. I didn’t have sex for six months!”
On working with Tom Hanks:
“… For a long time we’d looked for something to do together. [After reading the script] I rang Tom and said, ‘This is great, because it’s not a romance. It’s about a battle that they both win and lose. It’s perfect.’”
On her anger and depression when her first marriage, to Kenneth Branagh, ended in divorce:
“I don’t feel anger or depression about it now. I think we place a lot of pressure on ourselves and our relationships. … Yes, it was very painful, but it was also something that happens between people a lot. Sometimes things go wrong and it doesn’t last, and that seems to me perfectly reasonable.”
On her dowdy appearance when she first started acting:
“I marched onto the Johnny Carson show [doing publicity for Howards End] wearing a shapeless dress and flat shoes. I looked like a geography teacher. In my 20s, I eschewed everything overtly female. I didn’t have a handbag; I’d carry a plastic bag. … It’s only recently that I’ve even bothered with glamour because it seemed like a fun idea.”
On the importance of her costume while playing Sybill in the Harry Potter films:
“I had great fun doing Sybill. The genius of that costume—the wig and the glasses—I mean, Barack Obama could have played her. I did a silly voice, but really it was that costume.”
On why so many of her films touch on the subject of love:
“Partly because it’s one of the major areas in which women are allowed to take part. It’s not as if I’ve got the same kind of choices as Brad Pitt in filmmaking. But also because love is the only thing that matters. Not just romantic love … there’s affection, Eros, family love … It’s exactly what we’re designed to do.”
For more on Parade’s afternoon with Emma Thompson, see Sunday’s issue.
MTV today announced that pop sensation Miley Cyrus (Miley.MTV.com) has been selected by its Music and News teams as MTV’s Best Artist of 2013. Additionally, according to traffic data from music discovery site, Artists.MTV.com, Cyrus had the year’s most visited artist page, while her medley of “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke from the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” tops the list as the most watched video of 2013.
In addition, MTV’s 2013 “Best Of” lists will continue to roll out this week, including the Top 10 Best Movies on Wednesday, December 11, Best Songs on Thursday, December 12 and Best Movie Characters on Friday, December 13. To view all of MTV’s year-end content visit BestOf.MTV.com.
Miley Cyrus dominated both the charts and headlines this year with the release of the critically acclaimed #1 album, Bangerz, two #1 worldwide smash singles, “We Can’t Stop,” and “Wrecking Ball,” two jaw dropping performances during the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and “MTV EMA”, an original MTV documentary “Miley: The Movement,” as well as a memorable turn as a host and performer on Saturday Night Live.
She is only the third artist to receive the distinction of being named MTV’s Best Artist of the Year with past honorees including Katy Perry (2011) and One Direction (2012).
Several members of this year’s graduating class of MTV’s Artists to Watch, a biweekly campaign in which an artist and their music are showcased across all of MTV’s networks and screens, made the editorial lists. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who made history as the first artists to perform at all three MTV award show events in a single calendar year, were named #2 best artist of 2013, while New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde who scored a massive anti-hit with “Royals,” ranks as #9 on the list. In early 2014, MTV will announce this year’s Artist to Watch class.
The criteria for the editorial lists included album and single sales, touring, airplay, social media, Internet and overall impact.
MTV’s Best Artist of 2013:
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
3. Justin Timberlake
4. Kanye West
5. One Direction
6. Katy Perry
8. Bruno Mars
10. Lady Gaga
Artists.MTV.com’s Top Artists (ranked by overall fan visits)
1. Miley Cyrus
2. Lil Wayne
3. Taylor Swift
5. Justin Bieber
7. One Direction
8. Bruno Mars
9. Nicki Minaj
Artists.MTV Most Watched Music Videos (ranked by overall fan visits):
1. Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” Live from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
2. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
3. Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
4. T.I. feat Lil Wayne, “Wit Me”
5. ENUR feat Nicki Minaj, “I’m That Chick”
6. Justin Timberlake/NSYNC “Medley” Live from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
7. Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”
8. Taylor Swift, “Red” Live from the 2013 CMT Music Awards
9. Bruno Mars, “Treasure”
10. Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Live from 2012 MTV EMA.
Prince Harry should reach the South Pole by Friday afternoon.
After weeks on a 200-mile ice trek to benefit Wounded Warriors, Harry sees the finish quickly approaching and even joked about finishing on “Friday the 13th.”
“Second from last day, I think,” he said Wednesday during interviews. “Another 11 km to go, to setup camp. One more full day tomorrow and a half day on Friday and we’re going to the South Pole -- on Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, lucky for us.”
What began as a race with three teams turned into everyone joining forces just to reach the South Pole when conditions became worse than expected earlier this week. Everyone had about 27km left when Thursday’s trek began.
With snow storms that pushed temperatures to around -50C this week, Harry said the conditions have definitely taken their toll, but that everyone is pushing through.
“Not too bad. Wind has dropped now, which is quite nice,” he added. “And everyone is feeling a bit tired, but we’re slowly getting into the rhythm. We got into the rhythm and it’s almost finished.”
Since the entire trek is to help servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, Harry admitted earlier in the trip that he had “no excuses” but to finish.