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Queen Elizabeth Neglects to Mention President Trump’s Planned Visit — Does That Mean It’s Off?

21 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

President Trump‘s planned trip to the U.K. to meet the British royal family is approaching in October, but Queen Elizabeth made no mention of the state visit during a speech on Wednesday, fueling further speculation that it may be canceled.

In her speech at the opening of Parliament, the Queen did not address Trump’s visit, despite outlining the government’s plans for the next two years, including a state visit from the king and queen of Spain next month.

Trump’s visit — announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May shortly after the president’s inauguration — has stoked controversy in Britain, »

- Tierney McAfee

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When did Paxman go from supreme interviewer to shouty interrupter? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

30 May 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

I used to idolise ‘Paxo’, with his dogged pursuit of slippery interviewees. But his treatment of May and Corbyn was cringey and disrespectful to viewers

Sorry to interrupt whatever you were doing, but I am talking now and I will talk over you. Is basically Jeremy Paxman’s entire interviewing style.

What we witnessed during last night’s “Battle for Number 10”, apart from the introduction of a new hero, the man who muttered “bollocks, that’s bollocks” when Theresa May claimed to be putting more money into the NHS, was the death knell of a once dominant interview style.

He talked over Theresa May making a mistake, missing the chance to pick up on it

Related: Theresa May’s authority slips as she bores Britain with empty answers | Owen Jones

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- Hannah Jane Parkinson

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Get Out review

14 March 2017 3:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Jordan Peele's directorial debut arrives in the UK, and deserves every bit of its success to date. Here's our review...

After an Oscars season throughout which the question of race in cinema was never far from commentators’ lips, up steps the unlikely figure of a horror-comedy to smash the Us box office with a hotter take than the rest. Get Out, Jordan Peele’s feature debut, somehow manages to be that rarest of things – an unpredictable horror film, and a gleefully sharp satire all at once. Gone are horror’s default targets: young girls aren’t punished for promiscuity or men for scepticism. Get Out doesn’t read like an attack, but more a good-natured entreaty for earnest white liberals to have a word with themselves.

It has a point. We’re pretty lame. There is a tendency among the white intelligentsia to congratulate ourselves on our progressive credentials: »

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