Dear Helena Bonham Carter,
We love you. We loved you in the '90s, and still remember everything you taught us in Fight Club. We loved you in that one Tim Burton movie you did – just kidding. We loved you in the many, many, many Tim Burton movies you did...though nobody haunts our dreams like your Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The truth is, from The King’s Speech to Les Misérables, we’ve loved you in pretty much everything. And as we mentally prepare to watch your undoubtedly amazing performance as Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming Burton and Taylor television movie, we celebrate just a handful of your best on-screen moments. Because we love you HBC. We absolutely love you.
Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry Potter Series
Seriously? Could anyone else pull off that laugh? We think not.
Marla, Fight Club
Although our favorite line is a little too R-rated to actually share (it involved some mention of grade school and…er…sexual experiences therein), we all know and remember how awesome HBC was as Marla Singer.
Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
It’s okay -- you know you want to be Mrs. Lovett for Halloween this year. There simply is nothing more frightening than a woman who decides to make people pies for a living.
Queen Elizabeth, The King’s Speech
Only a brilliant thespian could take on the role of Mrs. Lovett, and then move on to play Queen Elizabeth in the Academy Award winner for Best Picture of the Year, The King’s Speech. Carter was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her amazing performance.
Red Queen, Alice In Wonderland
Almost unrecognizable at first, Carter’s turn as the Red Queen in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland was just…dope. People may have had mixed feelings about the adaptation, but few of us could get this image of the pinch-faced, screeching, evil Queen out of our heads. Plus…those eyebrows!
Obviously we have to start with this line, spoken by Randall to Monroe before the title crawl: "I could have gone to Governor Affleck in California." This is the future, people — after being snubbed for Best Director at the 2013 Academy Awards, Hollywood icon Ben Affleck hunkered down, preparing for the inevitable blackout. And when it came? He was READY. Harnessing his network of powerful friends, like Matt Damon and Alan Arkin, and putting his creative goodwill to work, Affleck quickly gained in strength. And even the people who would oppose him — I mean they were just rooting for the guy, you know? Good for him finding another career that really suited him.
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But enough about Affleck, who won't be a featured character until at least the halfway point of Season 2. Last night's installment, "Ghosts," sent our ragtag group of rebels in multiple directions as they realized the need to TAKE THE FIGHT TO MONROE, or whatever tag next year's promos decide to run with. Lovers/fighters Miles and Nora hit Virginia to try and recruit one of Miles' old militia colleagues. On the home front, Rachel finally divulged a bit about the origins of the Blackout as their base* was infiltrated by her old boss, Randall.
*Echo Base. The Empire Strikes Back. Come on!
The part of Virginia we visited last night seemed like it had its s**t together! Very Woodbury on The Walking Dead vibe, minus the not-so-secretly psychopathic town leader. Hell, there were hand-painted signs everywhere and nerds to yell "hey, Shakespeare!" at while you're strolling the street. Even a library, which is where Miles found his buddy, Jim Hudson. Now, you don't expect to see Malik Yoba ("Yul Brenner" in the classic Cool Runnings) just hanging around stupid books, but this was his cover — "Henry Beamus." And Henry Beamus was married. Why any woman would believe that "Henry Beamus" could be a real name/person I have no idea, but "Henry" had nevertheless found happiness — something he'd prefer for Miles to not blow up (figuratively or literally, as is often the case on Revolution.
Within moments, Miles learned that he'd accidentally led a group of militia to the town and well shoot, man we're probably gonna have to sword fight our way out of this! Hats off to the choreography team who puts these together. Where the gun battles on this show often devolve into confusing sprays of bullets, each sword fight has felt fast, vicious, and logical. The only time I truly believe Miles as the "ultimate badass" we're constantly told he is? When they guy's got a sword in his hand, taking on a squad of militia.
Miles, Nora and Jim of course emerged victorious…but not without Jim's wife discovering his true identify (when he stabbed some guy to death in front of her, oops), and leaving him. "You ruined my life, Miles. Again." But by some combination of Miles' endless rogue charm and the realization that there was nothing else left for him in town, Jim decided to saddle up. Good choice, pal! Loads of sword fighting adventures ahead with quips aplenty from your old buddy, Miles.
Because the worst thing in the world would be to slow down for ten minutes and give us a walk-and-talk of the rebel camp or learn anything about our characters, Charlie's group came under almost immediate attack. How? THOSE DAMN PENDANTS. Turns out they can be accessed remotely, specifically accessed by Randall — who used the two in Rachel's possession to track her whereabouts. Why? Because Rachel was not merely a scientist, like she was on LOST, but a high-ranking developer of whatever "weapon" it was that may have (definitely) triggered the Blackout in the first place. She was working with her husband at the Department of Defense. Randall was her boss. Most of which spilled out of Rachel and into the ears of Charlie and Aaron while they evaded (and of course eventually escaped) the attacking militia. Once upon a time Randall was probably a decent guy. But the death of his soldier son, stationed in Kabul, reinforced his desire to "get the weapon built" and finally, in a still mysterious scene, order the it be executed. What is the weapon, exactly? What was its aim? 42 being a limited number of minutes in which to tell all this story, we got only hints. "There's this place," Rachel finally relented to Aaron. "It's called The Tower." And roll your eyes, snark it up (I sure do) but hey — there are worse shows to emulate than LOST. There are certainly storytelling lessons Revolution could still take to heart.
Let's backtrack a minute to look at one of the more interesting snippets of the episode, and maybe the series thus far. Randall had found his target, Rachel, and as he lead her to their fleet of trucks he told her with as many specifics as can be given at this moment what he wanted to do with a renewed power source. "Let's make this a better world, by putting power in the hands of the few." He summarizes what human beings had done with power up until the Blackout. "We just used it to wage war and kill each other." And now, starting over…maybe we can make a better world? I don't agree with him — and we're not meant to — but there's a thoughtfulness here, a sense of what this Blackout has actually meant to people and structures, that until this point I don't think had been raised. I like helicopter explosions. I like bras (and this "family" show seems weirdly willing to help me out!). I like mythology, even when it's LOST-lite. But any show dealing with BIG QUESTIONS has to be prepared to explore what they actually mean. "Ghosts" felt like a good start in that direction.
What did you think? Excited to finally hear the origins of the Blackout next week? Or bracing yourself for the inevitable disappointment of finding out two God figures tripped over an earth-shaped light switch as they were playing chess, and are still stumbling around trying to flip it back? Man, that would be a wacky season finale.
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The British monarch, 86, stepped onboard the the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge with her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, her son and heir Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and his children Princes William and Harry to greet more than one million revellers who braved the wind and rain and lined the Embankment eager to catch a glimpse of the royal party.
Prince Charles' wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress and matching hat - were also onboard as the barge sailed down the Thames, leading the majestic flotilla through the heart of the British capital.
Prince William's in-laws followed on a steamer boat as Catherine's siblings James and Pippa Middleton beamed and waved to fans along the journey.
The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant was the largest public event in the four days of celebrations over the long weekend (02-05Jun) to mark The Queen's 60 years on the throne.
A star-studded outdoor concert is due to take place on the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Monday (04Jun12), with performances by the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John.
Stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and Lisa Marie Presley turned out to honor Michael Jackson as he was laid to rest in a private ceremony in California -- 10 weeks after his sudden death.
The King of Pop passed away at his Holmby Hills home on June 25, and a week later he was remembered with a family funeral and a star-studded public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It has taken over two months for the star's body to buried following a reported disagreement among his family over a suitable burial ground.
The Jackson clan eventually decided to inter the singer at the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park and on Thursday evening, the star's family and friends came together once more to pay their respects.
Jackson's family, including his mother Katherine and father Joe, his siblings, and his three children Prince Michael, Paris, and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket) were driven to the memorial park in a fleet of Rolls Royce limousines -- arriving over an hour late for the planned 7 p.m. (local time) start.
The star's close friends including Culkin and his girlfriend Mila Kunis, actor Chris Tucker, and Taylor attended the outdoor ceremony, which saw around 200 guests seated on white chairs on the lawns outside the crypt and signing a book of condolence for the fallen King of Pop.
Taylor was left devastated by her close friend's death and refused to attend his public memorial service because she didn't want to be part of the "whoopla," but agreed to attend the private ceremony on Thursday.
Jackson's ex-wife Presley also turned out to honor her late former husband.
Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight were both reportedly asked to sing at the tribute, ahead of Jackson's $30,000 gold casket being lowered into a concrete burial pit close to stars including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and his idol Walt Disney.
Security was tight at the service, with police setting up a wide perimeter around the park to stop fans getting anywhere near the private ceremony. Helicopters with thermal imaging devices also circled overhead to detect any unwanted intruders.
Two fans reportedly attempted to gatecrash the event in the hours leading up to the service, but they were swiftly apprehended by security guards and then removed by police, according to Sky News.
The family reportedly planned to hold a private celebration following the service at an Italian restaurant in Pasadena, California.
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Elizabeth Hurley and her longtime boyfriend Arun Nayar will wed in Rajastan, India's 18th century Devi Garh palace next February, according to new reports from Australia.
The couple is planning a rehearsal event at the venue for next month, according to an article in Sydney newspaper The Star Observer.
The paper claims the nuptials will involve camels and elephants, lavish feasts and "an exchange of vows at a specially constructed mandap (flower bedecked platform)."
A senior manager at the hotel claims Hurley's future mother-in-law, textiles millionaire Gunar Nayar, stayed in the presidential suite at the Devi Gahr to make preparations.
He says, "Everything has been shrouded in secrecy but the staff have all been briefed and we are having a series of meetings next week.
"Arun Nayar proposed to Liz at the poolside at Devi Garh on Nov. 4 last year and since then they have been intent on a wedding here."
Another manager has confirmed to the newspaper that Hurley plans to fly out three top chefs from London to create the wedding feast.
But there has already been a hiccup for Hurley's ambitious plans - Indian government officials have reportedly refused to give her clearance for a fleet of helicopters, which will shuttle celebrity guests from a local airport to the ceremony.
According to the report, guests like Sir Elton John, Victoria and David Beckham and Hurley's ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant will be staying at the nearby Lake Palace, which was the setting for the James Bond movie Octopussy.
Insiders claim Hurley is planning another smaller family wedding at the Barnsley Hotel in Gloucestershire, England.
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