Movies The Exception

‘The Exception’ (previously known as The Kaiser’s Last Kiss) will have its world premiere in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off on September 8 and ends on September 18.

Holland 1940. The Nazis are rampaging through Europe. The British have retreated from Dunkirk. The last German Kaiser, now an old man, has been living in exile in a big old house in the Dutch countryside for 25 years, chopping logs and reading PG Wodehouse. Into this world comes a young German officer, sent to stop the old man from defecting to England. Add a beautiful and mysterious Dutch maid and a British spy and the stage is set for a gripping spy thriller and love story.

Appearances

THE STAGE – Lily James, Lara Pulver and Matt Lucas are set to appear in a gala celebrating 40 years of the National Youth Music Theatre.

James, Lucas and Pulver, who all took part in NYMT, will be joined by fellow alumni including performers Toby Jones, Gina Beck and Ben Barnes, as well as composer Jason Robert Brown.

The gala, which will take place on October 30 at London’s Adelphi Theatre, will feature NYMT members from past and present.

Called Encore, the evening will include performances celebrating NYMT’s 40 years, which have seen the youth company premiere 50 new musical theatre works.

NYMT founder and former artistic director Jeremy James Taylor said: “40 years have raced by. It’s been a rollercoaster rise – but they say time flies when you’re having fun.”

The show will be directed by Taylor and Michael Jibson.

Interviews

COUNTRY & TOWN HOUSE – Lily James has had a pretty big year. We will all remember her as Natasha Rostova in the BBC adaption of War & Peace earlier this year. But most recently she’s been in London playing Juliet in the Kenneth Branagh production of Romeo & Juliet. And now she returns as the new face of the burberry fragrance, My Burberry.

As the new face of My Burberry, Lily James replaces the likes of Kate Moss and Cara Delevinge. “I’m so delighted to have worked with the very lovely and clever Lily James on our new My Burberry campaign,” said Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer, Christopher Bailey. “I have admired her work for quite some time and was bowled over by her wonderful charm and her warmth when we met so it was a treat to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this shoot together,” reports British Vogue.

Beauty regime
I religiously cleanse, tone and moisturise every night without fail! I really take time to remove all traces of make-up.

Favourite scent
Chloé, which I’ve worn forever as it was the first scent my dad bought me because I was christened Chloe.

Beauty treat
Indulge in a facemask. Nubo does this amazing ice glow one. Your skin feels so alive after!

Hair care
I used to be awful and just cut my hair myself with the kitchen scissors. Now I guess I must have grown up a bit because I go to Daniel Hersheson, who is great.

Favourite beauty brand
I just went to the BAFTAs(2013) with Lancôme and I love their make-up. I also love M.A.C matt lipsticks.

Beauty travel essential?
I love my Aspinal brush roll kit as it has all the make-up brushes you need and fits neatly into any travel bag.

Make up bag essentials
Chanel foundation Vitalumiere, Lancôme mascara and Sisley powder.

What can’t you live without?
My Sisley lip balm to hydrate and my Liz Earle Cream Blush in Peony.

Appearances

Lily was spotted at the Men’s Final of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on July 10, 2016 in London, England. Many thanks to my friend Emily for some of the pictures.

GALLERY LINKS
Public Appearances > 2016 > Wimbledon Championships – Men’s Final
Romeo and Juliet Theatre Videos

Here’s a clip of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company asking a group of teenagers to tell the story of “Romeo and Juliet” in their own words. This is what they had to say…

Photoshoots

Added in the gallery, a couple of new outtakes from the photoshoot Lily did for The Hollywood Reporter last year while promoting Cinderella!

Also updated some old sessions with the HQs, enjoy :)


GALLERY LINKS
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 043
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 007
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 008
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 009
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 010
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 015
Romeo and Juliet Theatre

BROADWAY – Annoyed that you can’t get to the West End to see Cinderella film stars Richard Madden, Lily James and Derek Jacobi in Romeo and Juliet? Never fear, Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s interpretation of the Bard’s classic, set in 1950s Italy, will broadcast to more than 1,200 movie theaters worldwide live from the Garrick Theatre on July 7. “I really think it’s so exciting to see Shakespeare on film and to watch plays displaced from their original setting into a new medium,” said James in a statement. “I can’t wait!” The production is scheduled to play through August 13.

Interviews

ELLE SOUTH AFRICA – Based on the novel by Russian author Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace is a story of three young people set against the epic backdrop of Russia’s wars with Napoleon. Ahead of its premier in South Africa this Sunday, 26 June on BBC First (DStv channel 119), we catch up with the Hollywood heroine on playing the beloved literary character Natasha Rostov.

What was it like to be asked to be in War and Peace which is such an iconic masterpiece? Was it an extra weight on your shoulders or a job just like any other?
It’s been a unique job; very special. But when I was asked to audition for it I had never read the book. I knew it was a big deal but I wasn’t too aware of it. I didn’t know the plot and I hadn’t seen any adaptations of it. But when I began reading the book I fell in love with Natasha. And I read the scripts too and realised then what a responsibility it was in playing her and I did feel a huge weight, a sort of pressure, then. But the director, Tom Harper, was really good. He was directing this epic story and he directed out of sequence, so one minute I was 14 and then I was 13, and we were filming in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia and yet he was so relaxed. I never saw him shout. He kept a sense of joy and humour about it all, which I think is really important even when you are doing very heavy, sad stuff. And the great actors in the cast helped. Everyone was so brilliant. Paul Dano is just so incredible as Pierre.

Andrew Davies describes Natasha as the most romantic character in literature. Do you agree and what makes her so romantic?
I would completely agree. I think she is a crazy romantic! As a young girl she is in love with love and she doesn’t know what it is yet but she’s fascinated by it. In episode one she sees her brother Nikolai kiss Sonya and it’s like she can feel it but she doesn’t understand it. She loves to sing and I think she has learnt romance through music and dance. She is so passionate and she feels things really intensely and I love how she goes from such extremes, not only in her story and her journey, but from every moment. She goes from laughter to tears in an instance because she is so romantic. And I think her idea of what love is and what it should be is why she gets so lost along the way.

Was it daunting for you that Audrey Hepburn played the part of Natasha in a 1956 movie adaptation?
I love Audrey Hepburn. When I was at drama school I was so obsessed with her that I got the box set of her films. But I hadn’t seen her do War and Peace and I’m really glad because I don’t know how you can then try to do it yourself.

Did you manage to finish the lengthy book?
Yes. I loved it. I was cast early so I had a long time to read it. I was amazed at how easy it was to read. Whenever I got to the passages about Natasha, my heart soared. I just think she is so incredible. I wanted to capture all the different sides of her, even the things that aren’t very likeable on the page, such as her vanity. When we were filming, if there was a mirror in the room I would try to look at it because I love how Tolstoy said that when she looks in the mirror she thinks she is the most beautiful girl in the world.

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