‘Downton Abbey’ releases first movie trailer

"Downton Abbey" is heading to the big screen! On Friday, the studio behind the long-awaited film released a minute-long teaser showing what fans can expect when the Crawley family and their staff make their return on Sept. 20, 2019. Though Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and others are set to reprise their roles from the … Continue reading “‘Downton Abbey’ releases first movie trailer”

"Downton Abbey" is heading to the big screen!

On Friday, the studio behind the long-awaited film released a minute-long teaser showing what fans can expect when the Crawley family and their staff make their return on Sept. 20, 2019.

Though Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and others are set to reprise their roles from the beloved British drama, none of them are seen in the quick teaser. Dan Stevens, who previously hinted that he may return for the movie, is also not listed as part of the announced cast.

'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Hints That He Might Be Returning for the Movie

Set to an eerie, building soundtrack, the teaser shows servants at the residence, an excited crowd of onlookers, horses marching in, and a man on a motorcycle entering the sprawling estate. The teaser ends by ensuring fans that a full trailer is coming soon.

After finishing airing its six seasons in 2016 in the U.S., a feature film was long since rumored. The movie wasn't confirmed, however, until July of this year, when the show's Twitter account tweeted out the news.

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Is Officially Happening!

Prior to the confirmation, ET caught up with Bonneville and Dockery, who both loved the idea of reprising their roles.

"We’re all still friends, and I look back on Downton with enormous affection," Bonneville told ET last August. "I do think there’s a lot of good will towards the notion of doing a movie, and it would be nice to think we could give it one last hurrah.”

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Dockery agreed later that year, saying she would "love" to do a movie. "I really do hope it happens," she added.

Christian Bale says Trump thought he was Bruce Wayne when he met him while filming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Christian Bale recalled the one time he met President Trump in 2011 and how the future commander in chief thought he was the fictional DC Comics character Bruce Wayne, whose secret identity is Batman.

Bale, 44, told Variety that Trump was a “tall gentleman” when he met him on the set of the “The Dark Knight Rises.” The crew was filming at Trump Tower at the time.


“I met him one time, we were filming ‘Batman’ in Trump Tower and he said, ‘Come up to the office, it’s up there,’” the “Vice” actor recalled.

When asked if he went, Bale said he did.

“I think he thought I was Bruce Wayne because I was dressed as Bruce Wayne so he talked to me like I was Bruce Wayne and I just went along with it really,” he continued. “It was quite entertaining. I had no idea at the time that he would think about running for president, you know?”


When asked later on who should play Trump in a movie, Bale did not answer. The Academy Award-winning actor also did not elaborate on what he and Trump spoke about.

Director Christopher Nolan used Trump’s International Hotel and Tower Chicago in the “The Dark Knight” before using Trump Tower in New York City in “The Dark Knight Rises,” AV Club reported.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

‘Love Actually’ script writer reveals film secrets

"Love Actually" fans rejoice because the five biggest questions you’ve always had about the movie have finally been answered.

It’s been 15 years since the iconic Christmas film was released and now, after all this time, script editor (and director Richard Curtis’ girlfriend) Emma Freud has finally put us out of our misery by setting the record straight about the movie’s mysteries.

In an exclusive chat with news.com.au, Ms. Freud responded to the most popular fan theories, revealed which scene she fought to cut from the film and even picked which actors she’d like to cast in Love Actually if it were being made in 2018.

Q. Let’s start with the fan theories. Some people believe Annie, the prime minister’s chief of staff, pushed David and Natalie together. She was the one who picked the supposedly “random sample” of Christmas cards for the PM to read, one of which was from Natalie confessing her love for him. Perhaps Annie noticed David hadn’t been as happy since Natalie was “redistributed” and decided to play Cupid?

A. Wow, I love that! I’ve never heard that or even thought of it. I was the one who wrote the post-it saying, “A random sample,” so I always thought it was me who chose that particular Christmas card (laughs).

That was certainly not in Richard’s mind but I think he’ll want to agree with it because that idea does make a lot of sense.

You’re absolutely right. If he’s only going to get 20 Christmas cards and only one of them is private and romantic, somebody must have had a bit of a say in that.

Q. There’s a theory that Daniel (played by Liam Neeson) is in love with Karen (played by Emma Thompson). What evidence is there, you ask? When Daniel’s wife dies, he turns to Karen for support. And when he bumps into Claudia Schiffer after the school concert and she introduces herself as Carol, Daniel mistakenly calls her Karen when he says he’d like to see her again.

A. No, that was genuinely a mistake by Richard who had forgotten that Emma Thompson’s character was called Karen. He just wanted it to be awkward for Liam in front of Claudia Schiffer and it was genuinely a coincidence.

You know when they eat breakfast cereal in the kitchen together? Liam plays that scene without any romantic spark.

It would have been quite a neat storyline though. (Laughs.)

Q. You’ve said before that Rowan Atkinson’s character, Rufus, was originally going to be an angel in the movie. Well, some fans have speculated that Mia (played by Heike Makatsch) is meant to represent the Devil. Is that true?

A. No, she didn’t represent anything, although I can see why they’d think that because she does wear those little devil horns at the party.

I truly hate Mia … She’s a piece of work, isn’t she? But no, she was never meant to represent anything; she just is a bad girl.

The actress, on the other hand, was a wonderful girl and played it so beautifully. But that storyline hurts me.

Q. Another big question fans have about the movie is what would have happened if Peter (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) had answered the door instead of Juliet (played by Keira Knightley) when Mark (Andrew Lincoln) rocked up on their doorstep with his romantic cue cards?

A. Maybe he would have given him the CD player as a Christmas gift and hidden the cards behind his back. But that’s a very good question.

Q. And why didn’t the Prime Minister simply look up Natalie’s (played by Martine McCutcheon) address rather than going door to door? Surely he could have found out where she lived pretty easily?

A. That’s also a good question. (Laughs.) I don’t know!

Hugh knocking on doors was my favorite scene so knowing the address would have f—-d that up, wouldn’t it?

I stood in for the dancing children when we shot Hugh’s lines on the doorstep, so when you see him talking to the kids, he was actually talking to me on my knees.

But also, and I’m making this up, when you are Prime Minister and everything is done for you, his ability to manage and process his own life would have been so diminished by the fact he was surrounded by staff who were in charge of every single thing that he had to do. And now he has this big secret so he has to sort it out himself and can’t say to a member of staff, “Find her address,” without it looking suspicious.

Q. There are so many amazing scenes in the movie but was there one, in particular, that was more special to film than the others?

A. I experienced what was effectively an acting masterclass when we filmed the scene where Emma Thompson listens to the Joni Mitchell CD in her bedroom and cries.

We shot that in a real house rather than on a set so it felt very intimate and the bedroom wasn’t very big. I sat by the door on the ground and watched her do seven takes of that scene — every single one was as brilliant as the one we chose. In between each take she snapped straight back into being Emma Thompson and chatting normally. And then as soon as the camera was rolling she transformed in a second into a woman at the absolute lowest point of her marriage.

She cried on every single take and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was one of those moments where admiration turns into a profound respect for someone who has honed their skills to that level and can, on cue, produce emotion which has so much integrity that it can move an audience to tears.

Q. On the flip side, was there a scene that you didn’t enjoy seeing filmed?

A. There are some scenes that I still find painful because I tried to cut them from the original script and still wish I’d fought harder. The scene where Colin is seen through the window of the American girls’ apartment was one I battled and lost, and it still makes me wince.

Q. If you were to make "Love Actually" in 2018, which actors would you like to cast in the main roles?

A. Well lots of them would be the same — Hugh was a surprisingly young Prime Minister but would be searingly realistic now. And there will never be a better Karen than Emma (Thompson), even when she’s 90. But I know Richard (Curtis) would cast either Saoirse Ronan or Lily James as the young bride (played by Keira Knightley). And definitely Asim Chaudhry as Colin Frissell.

This article originally appeared on news.com.au.

Sondra Locke, frequent co-star in Clint Eastwood films, dead at 74

LOS ANGELES – Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were promptly notified at the time, but her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it Thursday. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to come to light.

Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood — whom she dated for 13 years — starting with the Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie "Sudden Impact" in 1983.

Born Sandra Louise Smith — she would later take on a stepfather's last name and take on the stage name Sondra — Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 to be cast opposite leading man Alan Arkin in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

She would win raves for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both awards went to Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby."

She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales," which he both directed and starred in.

Sondra Locke and Clint Eastwood made six films together. They settled a highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996. (Associated Press)

Her career would mirror his for the next several years. The pair's hit films also included the 1978 street-fighting and orangutan comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" and its 1980 sequel "Any Which Way You Can."

Locke also played singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 TV biopic, and directed the 1986 film "Ratboy," which flopped in the U.S. but was popular with critics in Europe.

In 1989, Locke's charmed life came to an end as Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a home she thought had been a gift from Eastwood.

She sued Eastwood for palimony then later sued him for fraud saying a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996.

The following year she released her memoir, titled "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey," which also detailed the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first bout with breast cancer.

She told the AP at the time that the title, a play on one of Eastwood's films, was "applicable to the story."

"I try to cover the good years as well as the bad and the ugly," Locke said. "Also, that in even the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot that will make you a better person."

Locke had married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death. She described their relationship to the AP in 1997 as just good friends. A phone number listed in Anderson's name rang without being picked up.

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ poster mocks Mormons, petition says

An online petition is calling for the removal of a "Once Upon a Deadpool" poster, saying it's "a form of religious discrimination" against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

More than 35,000 people have signed the petition on Change.org as of Thursday morning. The petition said the poster, which resembles "The Second Coming," a painting by Harry Anderson, was "copied from the original picture."

"We ask that the picture be not used or posted in any manner," the petition stated.


The poster depicts the main character Deadpool, played by actor Ryan Reynolds, as Jesus coming back to Earth.

"Yule believe in miracles," a caption on the poster states.


"The Second Coming" painting is often hung in LDS meetinghouses.

Patrick Mason, the chair of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University, told FOX 13 the painting is "an important part of LDS religious belief."


"A movie character which is all about crude humor and satire and sarcasm. They would see it being as precisely the opposite of the kind of characters and virtues that Jesus embodies," Mason told FOX 13.

A request for comment from 21st Century Fox was not immediately returned.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Aaron Sorkin, Sacha Baron Cohen’s film ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ halted: report

The long-awaited release of the “Trial of the Chicago 7” appears to be dead in the water.

According to Variety, pre-production of the film —  which focused on the infamous 1969 trial surrounding seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy following the 1968 Democratic National Convention — has been shut down ahead of its February 2019 start date.

The outlet reports Amblin Entertainment, the production company behind the period drama, will remain on as a producer should the movie — directed by Aaron Sorkin — get the green-light down the road.

Meanwhile, Amblin is re-grouping while they give Sorkin, 57, time to focus on his stage play “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Reps for Sorkin and Amblin did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

“Aaron just adapted ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ which is premiering on Broadway this Thursday. He is currently evaluating his schedule and commitments to determine the best time and way to make ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7.’ Amblin remains involved as a producer,” Amblin told Variety in a statement on Wednesday.

While this isn’t the first hiccup Amblin and Sorkin have had while trying to get the film into production, many big names have already been slated to star as the studio had already hired Sacha Baron Cohen, Jonathan Majors and Eddie Redmayne. Other names that have surfaced for possible roles are Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It has been more than a decade since talks of developing the “Trial of the Chicago 7” began, and at this point in time, it is unclear when the project will get off the ground.

Amblin CEO Steven Spielberg and Paul Greengrass were previously tapped to direct the film.

‘Mary Poppins’ film secrets you probably haven’t heard

Far from being practically perfect in every way, Julie Andrews once put a bumper sticker on her car which said: “Mary Poppins Is A Junkie.”

It was a jokey, failed bid to banish the sugary-sweet reputation she had been stuck with because of the role — but if she had actually told the truth behind the classic movie, she might have succeeded.

The actress shocked the children in the film with her swearing and by smoking on set — while co-star Dick Van Dyke was an alcoholic who struggled with suicidal thoughts even as he danced around singing "Chim Chim Cher-ee."

Meanwhile, the writer of the original Poppins novels was at war with the film’s producer Walt Disney, obsessed with the occult, dogged by claims of racism and accused of ruining the life of her adoptive son.

Later Matthew Garber, who played the joyous young Michael Banks in the 1964 box-office smash, died tragically at the age of 21 after contracting hepatitis in India.

Despite it all, the 1964 film remains a beloved family favorite — and a sequel, "Mary Poppins Returns," opens on December 21 starring Emily Blunt as the carpet bag-toting nanny.

Karen Dotrice, now 63, who played young Jane Banks in the first film, is not surprised at its treasured status. She says that despite what went on backstage, the whole cast realized they were involved in something special.

She said: “We started to feel like one big family and that we were all making something fun together that felt really magical.”

But she still remembers her shock as an eight-year-old at seeing Julie Andrews, then 28, in full prim Edwardian nanny get-up — with a cigarette and exchanging blue language with the crew.

Karen added: “There was swearing. Julie Andrews was smoking on set. It was a very real 1960s set, I can tell you. They were polite around minors to begin with, but that soon ended.”

Dick Van Dyke has admitted that he was an alcoholic at the time playing chimney sweep Bert, and would turn up for shoots suffering from the night before.

The American, who has a cameo in the new film, said: “I would go to work with terrible hangovers, which if you’re dancing is really hard.”

Van Dyke, 37 at the time of filming and now 92, also revealed booze led him into dark bouts of depression, revealing: “I was in deep trouble, you get suicidal and think you just can’t go on.”

However, he does not blame booze for the most infamous part of his performance, the Cockney voice which still tops lists as the worst accent in the history of cinema.

For that, he blames, among others, Julie Andrews.

He once explained: “I was working with a cast of almost all Brits and neither Julie nor anyone else ever said, ‘You know, you ought to work on that accent’.”

Meanwhile, he was well aware that on the sidelines, PL Travers — the writer of the Poppins books — was not happy with the casting of either himself or his co-star.

He has said: “She hated Julie and she hated me.”

Dick Van Dyke in 2004. — AP

In fact — as described in the 2013 film about the making of the movie, "Saving Mr. Banks" — Pamela Travers hated pretty much everything to do with the adaptation, which went on to win five Oscars.

For 20 years she had sent Walt Disney packing every time he had tried to buy the rights to her stories — and when she finally gave in, she regretted it bitterly.

Her own Poppins character, who first appeared in a novel in 1934, was cold, intimidating and given to making pronouncements with “a superior sniff."

And yet here the nanny was, sweet, smiling, lovey-dovey and dancing with animated penguins. She saw it as an insult.

After the premiere, Travers told Walt Disney, “All the animation has to go,” not realizing it was too late. The mogul put her right, saying: “Pamela, the boat has sailed.”

Travers got her revenge by refusing him permission to make a sequel — even reportedly specifying in her will that “no Americans shall ever be granted permission to work on a Poppins project ever again."

She died in 1996 — and Disney is now behind the new film, with the approval of her estate.

Julie Andrews in 2004. — AP

Ironically, the movie was a passion for Walt and the books a passion for Travers for the same reason — troubled childhoods.

Actress Karen told The Sun: “PL Travers’ father was nasty to her. Walt Disney had a horrible relationship with his father.” The mogul saw the story as a fantasy about children transforming a cruel father — like his own — into a loving one.

As a result, he changed the character of Mr. Banks from the kindly one in the books to cold and distant.

And his painful memories of being an unhappy child — forced to get up at 4.30am to deliver newspapers in the snow — also made him determined to treat the child stars in Poppins well.

Karen recalled: “I learned the reason why Uncle Walt was so nice to me and my family is that he didn’t want another eight-year-old to have the s—-y experiences he’d had.”

Travers had seen the character of Mr. Banks as a chance to bring back the bank manager dad she had idolized but who had died of alcoholism when she was seven.

This image released by Disney shows Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in a scene from "Saving Mr. Banks." (Disney Interprises)

She was appalled that he was now being made into a villain.

Born Helen Goff in the wilds of Queensland in 1899, Travers moved to England aged 25.

And despite creating the quintessentially proper character of Mary Poppins, her life was very unconventional by the standards of the day.

She enjoyed romantic relationships with both men and women.

For ten years she lived with Madge Burnand, the daughter of the editor of Punch — who once took a photo of Travers cavorting topless on an Italian beach.

Travers later fell in love with the poet Francis McNamara, an Irishman who once informed the author: “Mary Poppins, with her cool, green core of sex, has me enthralled forever.”

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke (Reuters)

Single again by the age of 40, Travers adopted a baby boy called Camillus from a large, struggling family in Ireland.

What Camillus didn’t find out until he was 17 was that he had a twin brother, Anthony, who Travers had not wanted to care for despite his parents begging her to take them both.

On learning the truth he went off drinking with his sibling, a habit that was to develop into crippling alcoholism for both of them.

Camillus died in 2011 from the effects of his addiction.

The boys’ oldest brother, Joseph Hone, said: “I don’t think Travers was fit to bring up children.”

She had reportedly chosen Camillus as the twin for her on the advice of her astrologer — and later became more and more obsessed by the stars, the occult, and mysticism.

The popularity of Travers’ books faded over the years as racism in them became unacceptable — especially the shocking descriptions of black Americans.

In contrast, those involved in the film continue to thrive on their associations with the smash hit.

Julie Andrews, 83 — a stage star when she won the role — became a sensation, landing the "Best Actress" Oscar and her part in "The Sound Of Music." She is now a dame.

Dick Van Dyke overcame his demons and became one of the most familiar faces on US television.

Karen Dotrice continued acting until the age of 24, then decided: “I would rather just get married and become a mum and that was that.”

Tragically, Matthew Garber, who played her brother Michael, only made it to the age of 21.

Dick Van Dyke as Bert, Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Karen Dotrice as Jane Banks and Matthew Garber (1956 – 1977) as Michael Banks in the Disney musical "Mary Poppins," directed by Robert Stevenson, 1964.

Despite rumors that drugs played a part in contracting hepatitis that killed him after a trip to India, his family insisted it was caused by eating bad meat.

He and Karen were a perfect team, working on other films together as children.

She said: “We had a great childhood. We made three films together.

“I wish he was here to give these comments too.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

‘Vice’ star Christian Bale on ‘smart cookie’ Dick Cheney: ‘He doesn’t back down’

BEVERLY HILLS – Christian Bale opened up about his time putting on weight and getting into the mindset to play one of America’s most provocative vice presidents, Dick Cheney. He expressed admiration for the former George W. Bush administration member — and revealed that he ended up fatigued changing his body for the role.

As previously reported, Bale stars in the biopic “Vice,” which covers the life and career of Cheney, specifically reviewing his time as Bush’s vice president. He’s joined by Amy Adams playing Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as Bush and many others.

To prepare for the role, not only did Bale put on weight and shave his hair, but he also took a deep dive into Cheney’s personality.

Christian Bale, left, and Sibi Blazic arrive at the world premiere of "Vice" on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP)

“He was a wonderful family man — he’s a great dad, he’s an avid reader, he has a brain like a vice and he constantly reads history,” Bale told Fox News of Cheney at the premiere of “Vice" on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. ”He was very laid-back. He would have been very happy to be a lineman in Wyoming if he hadn’t met Lynne, who said to him, ‘No, that doesn’t cut it. You need some ambition.’ What would have been if they hadn’t met?”

However, when asked if he believes the real-life Cheney will find the movie enjoyable or irksome, Bale could only speculate.

“I think he’ll certainly find it entertaining, at the very least. I think he’s very thick-skinned — you know. He has no remorse or regrets about what he’s done — he always says, ‘I would do it again in a minute.’ He doesn’t back down — he doesn’t apologize about anything,” Bale said. “So, I think he’s a thick-skinned guy and I’d love to hear his thoughts. He’s a very intelligent individual, no matter what your thoughts are about him — he’s a smart cookie. So, I do hope so.”

Fans were struck when Bale first stepped out having put on weight to play Cheney in the film. As fans of the former “Dark Knight” star will note, he’s prone to completely adjusting his body to better play a character. However, after the Cheney transformation, the actor admitted that this may have been the last major body change for the star.

“Right. Yeah, I think I’m done — you know. Everything hurts,” he said with a laugh. “Everything hurts now. I’ve gotten really stout thinking if I can manage this again, and the answer is probably no.”

Brigitte Nielsen explains why she hid her pregnancy from ‘Creed II’ cast

The Amazon is ready for her close-up again.

Brigitte Nielsen, the statuesque Danish model now appearing in her ex-husband Sylvester Stallone's latest film “Creed II," became a mom for the fifth time this year at age 54 — and somehow she managed to keep her nearly eighth-month pregnancy under wraps as she suited up as ruthless bad girl Ludmilla Drago.

Nielsen spoke with Fox News about becoming a mother again, why she chose to hide her growing baby bump, as well as her early memories in Hollywood.

Fox News: How does it feel to become a mom again and star in ‘Creed II’ all within the same year?
Brigitte Nielsen: It all feels amazing. Like I’ve been telling people, 2018 is a new beginning for my private life. I have a gorgeous, healthy daughter. And I’m back. It was a small role because obviously, I was pregnant, so I couldn’t be shooting that much. But I’m in a great franchise, like ‘Creed II.’ And it’s wonderful to be playing Ludmilla. Who would have thought 30 years later Ludmilla would be back after "Rocky IV"? It felt so great to be back with Dolph [Lundgren].

Fox News: Is it true you were seven months pregnant while filming?
Nielsen: That is so true. That’s why it became the small role that it was. I was actually going into my eighth month, so it’s incredible we were able to pull it off. But we’re very happy with the outcome.

Fox News: How did you manage to hide your pregnancy?
Nielsen: I was hiding it because it was a high-risk pregnancy. So I wasn’t willing to tell anyone until I knew that no matter what happens, we were going to be OK. I didn’t even let the public know. I chose to do that until I was at least 27 weeks. … Prior to that, you just never know.

But you also have to remember, I’m six feet. Almost 6’1”. So a bump on me looks much less on me than a lady who’s 5’2” for example. So even when we were shooting, and I was wearing my first outfit, which was an ivory suit, no one could tell. Obviously, with the evening gown, it was trickier. But we had the right angles. And in black, you can get away with a lot of things. Us women, we know that. Wear black if there’s something you want to hide.

We managed to work it out. I was more concerned about how it would feel. We did have to fly out to Philadelphia twice. So being pregnant, I was concerned. But everything was great. It was incredibly emotional for me. Just to see half of the cast from ’85 was just beautiful.

Fox News: How did the cast respond to your pregnancy?
Nielsen: Well, they didn’t really receive the news. They just noticed. Dolph really noticed, but he just said congratulations in his trailer. But it was not really there to talk about. We are professionals in these big scenes with a lot of extras. So of course, those who noticed were very happy for me, but it was just about the work. We were not discussing private things. But Dolph was so happy for me.

Fox News: How was it working with Sylvester Stallone again?
Nielsen: It was perfectly fine. He’s a professional, I’m a professional. We kept it that way. And as you know, he’s the head of the American corner and I’m staying in my Russian corner. So it was perfect *laughs*.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen in 1986 (Getty)

Fox News: What was going through your mind when you first appeared on set?
Nielsen: It almost brought tears to my eyes. When I first walked in, I was going to have a word with Steven [Caple Jr.], our director. And we were dealing with 3-4,000 extras on the set. And of course Stallone was there, Dolph was there. So when I walked in, to my shock and amazement, 3,000 people stood up and cheered. It was such an overpowering moment. It was almost intimidating, but of course, incredibly joyful. It was beautiful… Just knowing I had little Frida in my tummy and yet I was here filming? I felt these big, powerful emotions. There are some moments that I would love to live again in the years to come.

Fox News: You kicked off your Hollywood career in 1984. What are some of your favorite memories that still stick out?
Nielsen: Oh my goodness, so many *laughs*. First of all, I had just had my first son. I was still breastfeeding when I got a phone call and learned Dino De Laurentiis had seen one of my magazine covers and wanted to cast me in 'Red Sonja.' I said, Well, I’m not an actress. I’ve never done this.' I was just told, ‘Fly in anyway. Somebody’s got to get the role.’

So I flew in. And to be honest, I don’t know what they saw in me, but they obviously saw something *laughs*. I was so emotional when I was told, ‘Here’s the contract, here’s the script.’ I remember saying, ‘I have to call my dad.’ That was my answer *laughs*. I was so green, I said I had to get the OK from my dad first. And that’s what I did. I took a leap of faith.

Brigitte Nielsen seen poolside at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. (Getty)

I had a great time with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I remember I was told, ‘You’re going to be working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.’ I had no idea who he was. Dino was like, ‘The guy with the big muscles!’ I don’t like big muscles, so I was just like, ‘I don’t know who you’re talking about.’ But then I got to meet him and we had an amazing time. Acting just became my passion. And it has been ever since. Now, 35 years later, I’m ready to take that leap again.

Fox News: The film industry has been shaken by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Do you think it has gotten better for women?
Nielsen: Oh, I definitely think it was needed. Maybe because I’m European, but we just have to be careful how we tackle things. The #MeToo movement does stand for women that really, really need it. Cases that need to be heard with people involved that need to be punished. I feel at times that if we want equal rights, and we want to be heard and respected, we also have to wear the pants at the same time. You have to be careful.

A woman who accepts a meeting at 11 o’clock in the evening at a hotel? I don’t think she’s going to find a movie deal… You cannot do that because men don’t always think with the right part of the brain. You cannot get dressed up and go there because that’s not where you sign movie deals. However, there is a lot of men doing the wrong thing and I’m glad women are standing together. I’m glad we’re getting our word out there and becoming stronger, absolutely. But it just has to be done the right way.

Brigitte Nielsen standing in front of robots in a scene from the film "Cobra," 1986. — Getty

Fox News: How was it when you first started?
Nielsen: I started modeling in Italy when I was 16 and a half. I recall very much being a model and men on the street would whistle or go, ‘Wow, you’re beautiful.’ ‘You look amazing.’ ‘Nice body.’ I just remember feeling flattered. I never felt it was an insult. And I would still like that today. I’m 55. When someone says, ‘Wow, you look amazing. ‘You’re beautiful.’ ‘You’re sexy’ — I actually appreciate that. I find it hard to believe that some women would feel that’s sexual misconduct. I think it’s unfortunate. I mean, of course, leave it only as a compliment. Don’t overstep that boundary. But personally, I never felt offended by that.

And honestly, when men maybe took the better half of the coin, I have always been the one that said, ‘Don’t even go there.’ I have been able to stand up and speak for myself. I think as women, that’s what we have to teach each other. We have to stand our ground. We have to be able to say, ‘Don’t do it.’ But don’t invite yourself into situations that you can’t handle, that’s going to get ugly. Listen to what your gut tells you. And don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘Don’t do that. I don’t want to be a part of that.’

Fox News: What has kept you motivated to pursue acting?
Nielsen: That’s how I started. I have always been a big fan of Marvel. I started with ‘Red Sonja’ in 1984. … I’ve always wanted to continue my acting, but I spent many years out of it because I had four boys. They’re now grown-up now. But I did have a family to take care of, so I spent a lot of time in Europe. So when I was asked to appear in ‘Creed II,’ I just felt that this is time for my comeback.

Brigitte Nielsen today. — Valentina Socci

My 2018 has consisted of me moving back to Los Angeles and looking for a new agent. I want to be a part of the business again. America, as we all know, is the place to go for it. And even with my age, there are some great characters out there. I would love to be a villain in a James Bond film. I see myself being the head of the bad guys. And anything that has to do with Marvel, I see myself doing that.

There is excitement. I have a lot of meetings with people happening. But the most important thing is that I’m healthy. My private life is beautiful. My daughter is incredible. My sons over in Europe are fabulous. And I’m just excited about the business. I’m healthy and happy. I’m realistic, but I’m not afraid to approach my dreams. You just can’t give up. That’s the corner I’m in.

Fox News: What advice would you have given to your younger self about Hollywood?
Nielsen: Don’t be afraid to take chances. Follow your dreams, but also be realistic. Not everyone is going to make it in Hollywood. Have family and friends who can support you. And have a plan B. I have found with a lot of women, and even some men too, they come out here and don’t get the dream job. So they become so disappointed by Hollywood that it doesn’t go well. I think when you come here, don’t expect to win the lottery just because you’re in Hollywood… There’s a lot of young people trying to make it here, but not everyone is going to land the job of their dreams.

Brigitte Nielsen attends the "Creed II" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Nov. 14, 2018 in New York City. (Getty)

“Creed II” is currently in theaters.

Lawrence of Arabia may have been murdered by British secret service, new film suggests

A controversial new biopic about T.E. Lawrence suggests British secret service may have murdered the famous desert warrior.

The British army officer and archeologist, the desert warrior of Lawrence of Arabia fame who played a key role in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, died in a motorcycle accident in England in May 1935, at the age of 46.

In an email to FoxNews.com, Mark Griffin, who has written "Lawrence: After Arabia", explained that the biopic "covers the accident as both an accident or [a] possible assassination − about 10% of the film − so the viewer can make up their own mind."

“In my opinion – and I know this is a polarizing question – it could have been a conspiracy but I also believe it could have been an accident, hence covering why we show both aspects within the movie," he said.

Griffin told British newspaper the Daily Mirror last month that a “credible” explanation for the 1935 death is that the British intelligence apparatus assassinated Lawrence. British spies opposed Sir Winston Churchill’s plan to appoint Lawrence as the director of the espionage organization, Griffin claims.


Lawrence of Arabia, early 20th century. Artist: Unknown. Lawrence of Arabia, early 20th century. Thomas Edward Lawrence, (1888-1935), most famously known as Lawrence of Arabia, gained international renown for his role as a British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt of 1916 to 1918.  (Colorized black and white print. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images)

“There were many credible reasons someone might have wanted him dead. Zionists, the Secret Service and the establishment were all against him," he said.

“First, he continued to be involved in the Arab cause, and was in regular contact with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who was angry that the Allies hadn’t kept their promises on the Balfour Declaration about Jewish settlements in Palestine, and was talking of an Arab revolt.”

Lawrence obtained valuable experience in gathering intelligence during the British campaign against the Turks during the First World War.

The filmmaker went as far to claim that Lawrence was also linked to Oswald Mosley and the Blackshirts, an infamous fascist party in the U.K., and there is also speculation about the possibility of Lawrence meeting Hitler.

“He might have been infiltrating the [fascist] group so he could find out more about the Nazis and the threat of a Second World War, or he might have gone native," Griffin said.

British soldier, adventurer and author Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888 – 1935) known as Lawrence Of Arabia. He joined the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I and was instrumental in the conquest of Palestine (1918). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The problem with Griffin’s claims are the lack of any solid evidence. Leading Lawrence scholars such as Jeremy Wilson, the author of "Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T. E. Lawrence (1989)", said: “Countless fictions have built up around Lawrence’s life.”

Wilson, who died in April 2017, wrote that people who leveled false claims about Lawrence “wanted to make money by publishing a new and preferably sensational ‘revelation.’ That process is still going on.”

In his 2010 biography "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia", the prominent writer Michael Korda debunked the conspiracy theories about Lawrence’s death.

Griffin, whose film is expected to be released in 2020, told Fox News: “We view the film as the third in the trilogy following Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Dangerous Man (1996) and the focus by the media on the ‘conspiracy’ aspect within the film has been over-egged − due I think to the local interest in the story.”


David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, winning seven Oscars in 1963.

Griffin told FoxNews.com his film “is a biopic which focuses on the last year of TEL’s life including his PTSD, his treatment as a teenager, his friendships with [Thomas] Hardy, [Winston] Churchill, Lady Astor etc.”

Jacob Rosen, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and a top Lawrence expert, told FoxNews.com that Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, met with him [Lawrence] several times.

"He was very instrumental and I don’t think Zionists would have anything against him.”

Winston Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert has documented what he termed Lawrence’s “little known romance with Zionism,” including Lawrence’s comment prior to WWI on Jews in then-Palestine: “The sooner the Jews farm it the better: their colonies are bright spots in a desert.”

Rosen, who has the world’s largest collection of different foreign language versions of T.E. Lawrence’s biography Seven Pillars of Wisdom and has written and lectured on Lawrence, said Lawrence was “mentally exhausted” after he was released from his military service and he does not think he would have accepted an appointment to oversee the United Kingdom’s intelligence community.

“I am a diplomat and want to see the full picture,” Rosen said about the movie’s claims. “Let him present the evidence.”

Benjamin Weinthal reports on human rights in the Middle East and is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @BenWeinthal.