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Tyga had better ante up A Lot of money he owes to his old biz partner, 'cause if he doesn't ... Sheriff John Brown could come knockin' for the dough ... now more than $2 mil. Tyga's former business associate, Chuon Guen Lee, just filed docs with L.A. County Superior Court asking a judge for an assist in collecting a $1.9 million judgment she won against him last year ... which has now ballooned to $2,148,411. You'll recall ... Tyga was »
- TMZ Staff
“Victoria & Abdul”
The trailer for “Victoria & Abdul” sees Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) tired of her royal duties and her life. She falls asleep at extravagant state dinners. She’s uninterested in the Prime Minister (Michael Gambon) and his “terribly depressing” briefings. And she sounds more weary than proud when she rattles off her accomplishments: “I’m 81 years of age and have almost a billion citizens. I’ve been in office 62 years, making me the longest-serving monarch in history.”
As Queen Victoria tells her servant turned new friend and confidant, Abdul (Ali Fazal), she doesn’t feel she has a purpose anymore. “No one really knows what it’s like to be queen,” she tearfully confesses. “Everyone I love has died and I just go on and on. What is the point?”
Luckily, the queen’s outlook seems to change as her trust in Abdul grows and their friendship deepens. Abdul — who comes to England from India to present the queen with a special coin and ends up staying on as her personal servant — introduces Queen Victoria to new languages, food, and culture. Soon enough, the monarch rediscovers her passion as a ruler. When her son questions her mental state and threatens to usurp the throne, the queen is back to her usual fiery self. “I am cantankerous, greedy, fat,” she emphasizes. “I am, perhaps, disagreeably attached to power. But I am anything but insane.”
“Victoria & Abdul” sees Dench reuniting with her “Philomena” and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” director Stephen Frears. The Oscar winner previously portrayed Queen Victoria in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown.” The John Madden pic saw Dench playing the monarch as a newly bereaved widow. Similar to “Victoria & Abdul,” the film depicted how a new friendship, with John Brown (Billy Connolly) in that case, helped alleviate her depression and get back to her job.
“Victoria & Abdul” hits theaters September 22.
Trailer Watch: The Queen Rediscovers Her Love of Life in “Victoria & Abdul” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Up until a few years ago, Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, was the longest reigning monarch. That is until Queen Elizabeth II, her great-great granddaughter surpassed her in September 2015. Elizabeth has been Queen since 1952.
With a reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, Victoria was the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history.
Focus Features has released the first poster and trailer for the upcoming Victoria & Abdul, from director Stephen Frears (The Queen,” “Philomena,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents”). The cast features Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar and Michael Gambon.
Many fans of the 1997’s Mrs. Brown wanted more of the story of a bereaved Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (Billy Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. »
- Michelle Hannett
What is going to happen?
It was about halfway through what felt like a long hour, that it hit me that Underground Season 2 Episode 9 is the penultimate installment of the season.
It was good, don’t get me wrong, but I did zone out a few times as I pondered the overall plot of the season and what has taken place.
Episode by episode, there have been fantastic moments. I can’t emphasize that enough. Looking back on the season with the sudden realization that it’s at the end mark, however, has me wondering just what have we gotten out of it all?
What have we been building up to? In the grand scale of things, the larger picture has been the buildup to the inevitable Civil War. On a smaller scale, what do we have? Rosalee finally reuniting with Ernestine? A Patty Cannon and Harriet Tubman face off? »
- Jasmine Blu
What and extraordinary hour of television! Well, technically it was an hour and eight minutes.
We were promised a landmark event, unlike anything we have experienced before, and Underground Season 2 Episode 6 did not disappoint.
There are not many words I can say to properly break down the installment and do it justice. It really is one of those events you have to experience for yourself.
Harriet has been the dark horse of the season. She commands your full and undivided attention every second she's onscreen, but she hasn't occupied as much of the screen as expected.
Apparently, that was because the show was building up to an entire episode dedicated to Harriet Tubman. It was everything one could possibly hope for and more.
It is an incredible risk having an entire hour of a season dedicated to a new character. It's even riskier when you think about how the hour played out. »
- Jasmine Blu
That was what you'd call a game changer.
There was so much to love and so much to hate (in the best possible way, of course) about Underground Season 2 Episode 5.
An hour that began with humor as a result of horror-stricken, hypocritical theater patrons after they realized they were being mocked by black people in whiteface, ended in unrest, uncertainty, and tragedy.
Whiteface was the name of this installment, and it came up quite often in various ways.
Cato had previously been accused of trying to blend in with the rest of society, which is predominately white, with his newfound wealth and his age-old arrogance. He has been flaunting his wealth but can't say he's the type to want to blend in with white people.
Cato waxed poetic about the best way to appeal to white people. He spoke of them as a collective entity, foreigners, who he spent his »
- Jasmine Blu
Sergei Eisenstein. Leni Riefenstahl. Michael Moore. Steve Bannon? At an event entitled “Alternative Facts: The Steve Bannon Reality Show” on the opening weekend of the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (Cph:dox), writer and host Lars Trier Mogensen argued that Trump’s chief strategist might just be the most influential filmmaker among these titans of polemical documentary. A year ago, that claim might have seemed far-fetched.
Back then, the young crowd now packed into the “Social Cinema,” a performance hall in festival’s new center Kunsthal Charlottenborg, had likely never heard of this alt-right auteur. Lounging on stylish sofas, they were willing to sit through nine tedious Bannon trailers and a two-hour analysis of populism and propaganda with a Princeton professor, political scientist Jan-Werner Müller, and artist Christian von Borries. Given Bannon’s disdain for factual integrity, it would be hard to claim that his 90-minute political screeds could even be called documentaries. »
- Paul Dallas
There is a poetic line that I recall reading somewhere not too long ago.
It was an intriguing line that came to mind while I was watching Underground Season 2 Episode 4. It was something to the effect of: "Did you raise hell? Or did hell raise you?"
In an hour that saw a theme of violence, and had Underground's resident "hell-raiser," Cato, at the forefront, it is an apt quote.
Once again, Underground provided us with more new and utterly fascinating characters. As the hour split most of its time between Cato and Elizabeth, we were introduced to Debbie and Lucas.
Both of whom brought with them enticing violence.
It wasn't solely about just violence.It was about resisting it and also, coming face to face with not just the good parts of you, but the bad and ugly as well.
Cato is the most self-aware character on the show. He knows who he is, »
- Jasmine Blu
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