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Top 5 Movies To Watch About The Royal Family

It seems like everything in the news these days is about The Royal Family. From the birth of baby Louis to the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Royals are everywhere. In case you haven’t had enough of them, or want to prepare yourself (and keep yourself awake) for the wedding tomorrow morning, here are a few movies you might want to consider watching.

Elizabeth – This 1998 film earned Kate Blanchett an Oscar nomination (something she’d earn again for the 2007 sequel), as it told the story of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Find out how she ascended to the throne, and the battles she had to fight to keep it. It’s a fascinating piece of history, and the film should have won Best Picture that year as it was far better than the film that won, Shakespeare in Love. 

The Queen – Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Oscar in 2006 for portraying Queen Elizabeth II, and it was well deserved. The film takes place in 1997, just after the death of Princess Diana, and shows how The Royal Family struggled with their reaction to it. It humanizes the Queen, something that has historically been hard to do considering her place and status in the world. 

The King’s Speech – Winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor, The King’s Speech is the story of King George VI’s ascension to the throne and his struggle with stuttering, and the speech therapist who helped him prepare for the biggest speech of his life.

The Young Victoria – Queen Victoria didn’t have the best of starts to her rule, as this 2009 film starring Emily Blunt shows. She did have her romance with Prince Albert to her hold her steady though. This little-known film helps you see how she got through it all. 

The Madness of King George – It’s well know that King George III went mad during his reign, and that his  lieutenants and Queen ran things in his stead from behind the scenes. This 1994 film is both touching and comedic as it shows how the rules were changed so that he could be kept in power and how those circling in to remove him were kept at bay.

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A Scarlett Johansson-Led Black Widow Solo Film May Finally Be Happening

Long before last year’s Wonder Woman solo-film, and definitely before next year’s Captain Marvel film, there was another female superhero that people were wanting to see hit the big screen in a solo film. Ever since Iron Man 2 debuted Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow back in 2010 fans have been wanting to see the character get her own solo film. So far though nothing has happened, with the character only appearing as part of another hero’s film (Iron Man, Captain America), or as one of the Avengers in the hit trilogy of films. All that seems to be about to change though.

While nothing has officially been announced, it’s now being reported that Marvel Studios has begun the process of finally giving Black Widow a solo film. According to Deadline they’ve even made a shortlist of directors to helm the film. At the top of that list is Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland who directed the films Lore and Belin Syndrome, as well as episodes of Australian TV series Bad Cop, Bad Cop and The Secret Life of Us. 

Not a lot is known about what Marvel films are coming out after Avengers 4, but it’s rumoured that the Marvel Universe will look a fair bit different afterwards. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios has said though that they planned on hiring a lot more female directors, and with the success of the female-led Wonder Woman it’s no surprise why. Although Captain Marvel is co-directed by a woman, Black Widow would be the first solo female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If indeed a Black Widow movie is finally happening, there is no doubt that Scarlett Johansson would be the star. It’s a shame though that Black Widow isn’t the first solo female superhero film in the Marvel Universe, considering she was the first female hero character to appear in the films. That of course would be Captain Marvel as well, which comes out early next year and stars Brie Larson. 

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Millie Bobby Brown Talks About Bullying During MTV Movie & TV Awards

Ever since Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown decided to delete her Twitter account due to online bullying, people have been wondering when the young star would make a comment on it. Last night during her acceptance speech for Best Performance for her role in Stranger Things she finally broke her silence, but not in the expected way, and not directly on the incident.

Brown didn’t make an appearance at the ceremony in person, but when she won her award a taped acceptance speech came on the air where she thanked her cast mates, as well as the creators of Stranger Thing. She then went on to talk about bullying. 

“Since I know there are many young people watching this — and even for the adults — they could probably use the reminder that I was taught. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” Brown said. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.”

For the past several months Brown had been bullied online by people using the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown. The reason behind is all is due to several images of her being altered to make it appear as if she were homophobic. The Hashtag started appearing in November, and recently started appearing once again. Enough was enough for Brown, and she decided that instead of putting up with it any longer she would delete her Twitter account altogether. It’s unknown if she will return to the social media giant, but for the time being she’s gone quiet.

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Tom Hanks Entertains Audience During A Medical Emergency

What’s more impressive, going for a night out to watch Tom Hanks perform Shakespeare, or watching Tom Hanks improvise Shakespeare to distract the audience from a medical emergency during the show? The latter is was happened last week during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, and it kept the audience distracted long enough for professionals to attend to the sick audience member.

Tom Hanks stars in the play along with his wife Rita Wilson, which in itself isn’t all that unusual since the pair have been involved with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles for over 26 years.  But in all that time it’s pretty fair to say that it is pretty unusual for an audience member to become so ill that the play needed to be halted temporarily. The person passed out, and paramedics had to come to treat them. During this time Hanks stepped up to keep the crowd who started to get restless and were looking to leave.

“No intermission brew for you!” Hanks said in character. The 61 year old was playing the comedic character Falstaff. He also started call people who tried to leave “scurvy rogues”. “An insult to all actors and to Shakespeare himself,” he added. He even brought an audience member up onto the stage to join in on the ad-libbing. You can see some of the performance in the video below.

In the end everything turned out fine, as the audience member regained consciousness before being taken to the hospital. The venue later stated that they were cleared and released from the hospital. 

Photo: Tom Hanks Instagram

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