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High-Rise; London Has Fallen; The Witch; Truth; Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story); Fox and His Friends; Chinese Roulette; Brahman Naman – review

16 July 2016 10:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the current climate, Jg Ballard’s tall story seems horribly relevant, while a 17th-century horror is scarier still

It is peculiarly timely that both High-Rise (Studiocanal, 15) and London Has Fallen (Lionsgate, 15) hit shelves tomorrow: for better and (mostly) worse, these are films for the addled, overcast mood of mid-Brexit Britain. Not that the former, Ben Wheatley’s lacquered yet brutalist adaptation of Jg Ballard’s 1975 novel, is overtly a film of its moment. Elaborately decked out in concrete and shag carpeting, this clattering study of a glistening tower block collapsing under the weight of its social iniquities and inequalities plays as both an end-of-days fantasy and a water-damaged period piece.

It evokes the 1970s and its mildewed economic turmoil right down to a concluding (and overly on-the-nose) quote from a brink-of-power Margaret Thatcher at the close. Watching it last autumn, I found High-Rise both formally imposing and politically safe: a calculated vision of chaos, »

- Guy Lodge

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As a New Female Prime Minister Enters 10 Downing Street, See the Last Time Two Women Ruled the Kingdom

13 July 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's a fierce female flashback! On Wednesday, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron officially left 10 Downing Street for the last time (he resigned his post in the wake of the Brexit vote last month), and the house is welcoming a new prime minister, Theresa May. She officially took over the job today after meeting with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter.May's rise to the top is resulting in many comparisons to Margaret Thatcher, the first-ever woman to hold the country's highest political office, and who was, »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Britain's New Prime Minister Theresa May Prepares for Her First Meeting with Queen Elizabeth as David Cameron Exits

13 July 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

David Cameron joked that his schedule on Wednesday was "remarkably light" as he took his final Prime Minister Questions before he tenders his resignation to Queen Elizabeth and hands the reins over to the next prime minister, Theresa May. Addressing the House of Commons for the last time as prime minister, Cameron quipped, "Other than one meeting this afternoon with Her Majesty the Queen, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light." Cameron added that he would miss "the roar of the crowd and the barbs from the opposition" but promised he would be "willing on" his »

- Tierney McAfee and Erin Hill

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Theresa May to Angela Merkel: Meet the World’s Most Powerful Female Political Leaders (Photos)

11 July 2016 6:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Theresa May Prime Minister of the U.K. May was automatically appointed prime minister on Monday following the withdrawal of opponent Andrea Leadsome. Former prime minister David Cameron announced that he would formally resign by Wednesday. May will be responsible for leading negotiations with the European Union after Britain voted to leave the union. Along with Margaret Thatcher, May is Britain’s second female prime minister. She will formally be appointed by Queen Elizabeth II. Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany Merkel has been leading Germany since 2005 and the Christian Democratic Union of Germany since 2000. A former research scientist, Merkel is also the first female chancellor. »

- J. Clara Chan

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String of Quitters Leaves British Prime Minister's Race to One Woman

11 July 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Theresa May is set to become the second female prime minister of Great Britain - following in the footsteps of "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher a quarter of a century ago. May, 59, is certain to inherit the UK's top job following the surprise decision of leadership rival Andrea Leadsom to pull out of the two-way contest to become the Conservative Party chief on Monday. Leadsom's decision leaves May as the only candidate left standing to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister - arguably the most unwanted political office in the world right now. Since the British public voted to leave »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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The Job in Politics No One Wants? String of Quitters Leaves British Prime Minister's Race to One Woman

11 July 2016 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Theresa May is set to become the second female prime minister of Great Britain - following in the footsteps of "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher a quarter of a century ago. May, 59, is certain to inherit the UK's top job following the surprise decision of leadership rival Andrea Leadsom to pull out of the two-way contest to become the Conservative Party chief on Monday. Leadsom's decision leaves May as the only candidate left standing to succeed David Cameron as British prime minister - arguably the most unwanted political office in the world right now. Since the British public voted to leave »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet the Two Women Campaigning to Lead Britain After Brexit

5 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Forget "stuffy old Britain." Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union on June 23, the country has resembled a modern day Game of Thrones - with all three leading members of the Brexit campaign firmly pushed aside as the campaign to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron heats up. First to go was wild-haired Brexit poster-boy Boris Johnson, who sensationally quit the race on Thurdsay amid claims that he was backstabbed by fellow Brexit front man, Justice Minister Michael Gove. On Monday, right wing political leader Nigel Farage - who did more than anyone to push Britain to the »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom: Meet The Two Women Campaigning To Lead Britain After Brexit

5 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Forget "stuffy old Britain." Since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union on June 23, the country has resembled a modern day Game of Thrones - with all three leading members of the Brexit campaign firmly pushed aside as the campaign to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron heats up. First to go was wild-haired Brexit poster-boy Boris Johnson, who sensationally quit the race on Thurdsay amid claims that he was backstabbed by fellow Brexit front man, Justice Minister Michael Gove. On Monday, right wing political leader Nigel Farage - who did more than anyone to push Britain to the »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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5 Things to Know About Britain's Potential Future Prime Minister Theresa May

1 July 2016 1:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Will the United Kingdom soon have its second female Prime Minister? That's the big question hanging in the London air following another crazy political week that has seen hot Prime Minister favorite Boris Johnson quit the race. The new contender for the title? Theresa May, 59, Member of Parliament for the sleepy rural constituency of Maidenhead in Royal Berkshire - and just about the toughest, most no-nonsense politician in Britain. "I know I'm not a showy politician," May said at her campaign launch on Thursday. "I don't tour the television studios. I don't gossip about people over lunch. I don't go drinking in Parliament's bars. »

- Philip Boucher, @philipboucher

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Meryl Streep Could Land Record 20th Oscar Nomination for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

14 June 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As an actress, Meryl Streep has been lauded for never hitting a false note. But by warbling off key as a opera-loving socialite in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the star is likely to land a record 20th Oscar nomination. At the very least, she will be a contender for next year’s Academy Awards — and a lock for a Golden Globe nomination in the best musical/comedy category.

Florence Foster Jenkins” doesn’t hit theaters until Aug. 12. But Paramount Pictures  is trying to build early buzz for the film, which screened early on Monday night at a Peggy Siegal event. Tastemakers in attendance included Barbara Walters, Rufus Wainwright, Carol Kane and host Renee Fleming.

The last time Streep played a character who performed at Carnegie Hall was in 1999’s “Music of the Heart,” as a Harlem school music conductor. Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t as skilled onstage. She’s a wealthy patron of the arts who moonlights as a faulty opera singer, giving her final performance at the landmark Manhattan concert venue. But the running joke of the dramedy directed by Stephen Frears is that Florence doesn’t know how bad her voice really is.

Another actress may have turned the part into a thin parody. But Streep, who has embodied no shortage of real-life people from Margaret Thatcher to Donald Trump, finds new ways to bring Florence to life. Her interpretation comes across like Julia Child meets Susan Boyle, even if Florence doesn’t have the natural talent either of those women. Streep not only studied with a dialect coach to perfect the terrible singing (a hysterical feat that will certainly appeal to actors in the Academy branch), she wears a 40-pound rubber prosthetic for the role.

“It was sort of interesting at the end of the day to take it off,” Streep said at a post-screening Q&A moderated by Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. “I’ve done this before — to wear a different body, it helps you sympathize with the person. It changes the way you move. It gives you the character, and I was suddenly in the body of my grandmother.”

Streep is always celebrated for her dramatic parts, but she’s under-appreciated as a comedienne (despite her Oscar nod in 1990’s “Postcards from the Edge”). She got rare mixed reviews in dark comedies like 1989’s “She-Devil” and 1992’s “Death Becomes Her.” But one of her best recent performances was in 2009’s “It’s Complicated,” as a divorcee having an affair with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin). It didn’t earn awards attention, because Streep received an Oscar nomination that year instead for portraying Julia Child in Nora Ephron’s “Julie and Julia” (a soufflé of an impersonation also grounded in comedic touches).

Sadly, this could again be another weak year for actresses in the movies. The two heavyweight Oscar contenders of the year so far (“Manchester by the Sea” and “A Birth of a Nation”) center on male protagonists. Even if “Florence Foster Jenkins” performs modestly at the box office, it could coast into the Oscars race. It feels similar in tone to Frears’ 2005 London period piece “Miss Henderson Presents.” That picture went on to garner an Academy Award nomination for its leading lady Judi Dench.

On Monday night, Streep didn’t sit through the entire film. But when she arrived at the theater, she was horrified that the volume was too high, and quickly had it fixed. “I can’t be everywhere,” she said, with a dramatic sigh.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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'Little Hillary' Dances: Immigrant Father of Girl in Hillary Clinton's Viral Photo Says It's The American Dream - 'My Girl Can Grow Up to Be President'

8 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Before she celebrated her history-making moment as the first female presidential nominee for a major political party at a rally in Brooklyn, New York, Hillary Clinton shared a photo with an inspiring message for young girls: you can be anything you want. To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you. -H pic.twitter.com/jq7fKlfwGV— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016 The little girl in the viral photo is 18-month-old Hillary Makubikwa and, as the image of her dancing with Clinton spread over social media Tuesday night and Wednesday »

- Stephanie Petit and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

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Meryl Streep Dressed as Donald Trump Is the Best Thing You'll See All Day: See the Hilarious Photo!

7 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

O.M.G. From Julia Child and Margaret Thatcher to the Queen, Meryl Streep is known for transforming herself into any character. And on Monday, she took on what might be her most delicious role yet - Donald Trump - and the result is downright amazing. Streep, 66, took the stage dressed as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee alongside onetime Mamma Mia! costar Christine Baranski (who was dressed as Hillary Clinton) at the annual Shakespeare in the Park Public Theater Gala event in New York City. The three-time Oscar-winning actress donned Trump's signature hairstyle, an orange tan and a fat suit for her performance. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Why Donald Trump "Couldn't Even Clean the Cape" of Ronald Reagan (Q&A)

1 June 2016 3:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has been very outspoken in his opposition to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, even going so far as to declare in an interview in February, "I'm not going to pay for that f—ing wall." Fox, who served from 2000 to 2006, talked with The Hollywood Reporter about the danger a Trump presidency would pose, how Mexico could become the next Cuba and why Hillary Clinton is like Margaret Thatcher. Foreign leaders don't often weigh in on foreign elections, but you have spoke a lot about Trump. Why? The presidency of the United States is big,

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- Andy Lewis

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Cannes Winner Ken Loach’s Producer Rebecca O’Brien on Their 30-Year Film Partnership

1 June 2016 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Friday sees the release in the U.K. of a documentary celebrating the 50-year career of British director Ken Loach, whose 80th birthday is this month and whose social-realist drama “I, Daniel Blake” recently won Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety spoke to Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films about the director’s work, their filmmaking partnership spanning almost 30 years, and the impact that winning the Palme d’Or could have on “I, Daniel Blake.”

Loach has had 13 films in competition at Cannes, all but one of them produced by O’Brien, starting with 1990’s Jury Prize winner “Hidden Agenda” and including 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” When O’Brien first started to work with Loach in 1987, he was finding it almost impossible to attract backing for his feature films and documentaries as his radical left-wing perspective fell out »

- Leo Barraclough

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Film Review: ‘Bobby Sands: 66 Days’

19 May 2016 10:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A terminal hunger strike that caught the world’s attention — and arguably helped shift the struggle for Irish independence away from terroristic violence — is recapped in “Bobby Sands: 66 Days.” Veteran documentarian Brendan J. Bryne’s feature does an excellent job contextualizing this famous chapter for viewers not already steeped in modern Irish history. He also accentuates the drama of events to create what many may find a more engrossing (as well as complexly balanced) treatment than Steve McQueen’s 2008 “Hunger,” which had Michael Fassbender as Sands. It should prove a viable niche theatrical release in select territories, with slightly wider home-format exposure to follow.

Sands was 27 when he died on May 5, 1981 after refusing food for the titular 66 days. He was radicalized by the rise in Northern Ireland sectarian tension and violence during his youth, which had driven his own Catholic family from their home. At age 18 in 1972 he joined the Provisional Ira, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Box Office Democracy: “Captain America: Civil War”

10 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I hesitate a little sitting down to write a rave review of Captain America: Civil War because a year ago I wrote a rave review for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and when I rewatched that to make sure I was all set for this new installment I found it rather tedious. Are these, perhaps, movies that trick us into liking them with their big action scenes, clever dialogue, and sweeping scores— but only really play in a big theater with a bucket of popcorn? Are there no legs to these films? Will we be as embarrassed of them in 20 years as we are of Batman Returns now? The correct answer to these questions is a resounding “who cares?” It doesn’t matter if these are immortal treasures, the Casablancas or French Connections of our time, only that they’re fun to watch now and they are, perhaps the most fun this side of Fast & Furious, »

- Arthur Tebbel

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WONKchannel: the 'new Spitting image' is a nightmarish mess

10 May 2016 4:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A new online show from the Spitting Image team is so bad it’s like a series of placeholder demos. Isn’t it time we let animated satire die with dignity?

It might be time to stop looking for the next Spitting Image. In retrospect, it’s weird we ever even tried. Spitting Image was as singular as it was era-specific, managing to funnel a golden age of impressionists, a bracingly iconoclastic bunch of writers and a beautiful raft of puppets – the likes of which had never been seen before – into a satire that combined the highbrow and the lowbrow to phenomenal success.

Finding a replacement to something that unique is completely redundant – especially since not even Spitting Image could keep pace with itself. When many of its writers left in the early 90s, roughly coinciding with the loss of the show’s de facto lead character Margaret Thatcher, the »

- Stuart Heritage

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Star Wars Day: Should Fans Thank Margaret Thatcher for May 4 Holiday?

4 May 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

May 4th has become more powerful than the other days of the year could possibly imagine, thanks to its designation as Star Wars Day. The obvious pun #MayThe4thBeWithYou becomes an annual trending hashtag, but how did this holiday develop?

Apparently we can thank former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, or at least an ad released in her honor. (Don Draper, should we really thank you?)

The first Star Wars film, Episode IV, "A New Hope," was released in the U.S. on May 25, 1977. That's not quite May 4, so you can't credit the initial release for the holiday. However, two years after that, on May 4, 1979, Thatcher took office as prime minister, and that's where it all began.

Here's the history from the official Star Wars site:

One of the earliest known records of "May the 4th" used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he »

- Gina Carbone

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Happy Star Wars Day: How May the 4th Came to Be - Including Its Surprising Connection to Margaret Thatcher!

4 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Today is no ordinary day - today is Star Wars Day! Every year on May 4, Star Wars fans everywhere celebrate their love for the franchise by using a greeting straight from a galaxy far, far away: "May the fourth be with you." And while the term is simply a play on words deriving from the one of the saga's most famous phrases "May the Force be with you," it turns out, the Star Wars fandom weren't the first ones to coin the popular saying. Apparently, Star Wars fanatics have former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to thank for the tradition. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Happy Star Wars Day: How May the 4th Came to Be - Including Its Surprising Connection to Margaret Thatcher!

4 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Today is no ordinary day - today is Star Wars Day! Every year on May 4, Star Wars fans everywhere celebrate their love for the franchise by using a greeting straight from a galaxy far, far away: "May the fourth be with you." And while the term is simply a play on words deriving from the one of the saga's most famous phrases "May the Force be with you," it turns out, the Star Wars fandom weren't the first ones to coin the popular saying. Apparently, Star Wars fanatics have former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to thank for the tradition. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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