Victoria Hamilton: ‘Women can now carry shows without faces full of Botox’

She donned a specially modified swimsuit to play the Queen Mother in The Crown. Now shes a spy-busting gay senator in Deep State and revelling in its love story Shortly before Im due to interview her in a hotel room, I run into Victoria Hamilton in the loo. I wouldnt have recognised her from The Crown, in which she plays the Queen Mother, even though she swears they did nothing to her appearance except make her wear a swimsuit that had tits built into my stomach. Then theyd take all my makeup off and put a grey wig on my head. I would have recognised her from Deep State, because Id only just watched an episode: a hot, gory spy …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

‘Mmmm, it was electrifying! Natalia Osipova on finding her perfect partner

As the explosively powerful dancer makes the leap into film, she talks about feeling bloodied and bruised by her latest work and how loving her dogs helps her perform Natalia Osipova was standing in a queue at Moscow airport recently, waiting for her flight back to London, when she overheard a woman mention her name. She was talking about the show, says Osipova, who had just finished performing The Mother, a contemporary dance drama. The woman said, She could have danced another classical ballet. Why is she spending her time on this? Osipova sighs. I felt quite vulnerable. Why am I not understood? Some of her fans might not be ready to accompany the Russian ballerina on her odyssey into …

What We Do In the Shadows review the undead prove dead funny

This seductive blood-sucking comedy about the everyday struggles of a gang of vampire housemates in New York is silly, deadpan and full of killer gags Television loves a good vampire, but for some reason, the eternal torment of immortal parasitic killers tends to lend itself more to melodrama than humour. From The Vampire Diaries, bloodsucking fiends are usually much less funny than they are in the wonderful and charismatic new comedy What We Do In the Shadows. The series is based on the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Saturday Night Live finale: Baldwin-Trump sings Queen and panics Pence

The finale fitted the season: some good ideas, Kate McKinnon shining, an impassioned message let down by a previous misstep The season finale opens with a message from Alec Baldwins Trump. Hes excited for summer, when hell get to indulge in activities he never has time for, such as golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gina. After bragging about the economy, he goes into a rendition of Queens Dont Stop Me Now, changing the lyrics from thats why they call me Mr Fahrenheit to thats why they call me Mr Bad Advice. Hes joined by his inner circle, including the first lady (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kanye West (Chris Redd) and …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

How The Big Bang Theory came to rely on over familiar chemistry

Once the geeks got the girls the shows family-friendly comedy was smothered in cosiness Whats the greatest sweeping gender generalisation you can think of? For men, that intelligence equates to social ineptitude? For women, that blond equals dumb? Its amazing that Sheldon Cooper PhD, borderline obsessive-compulsive and utterly lacking in people skills, obviously thanks to his gargantuan IQ. There is physicist Leonard Hofstadter PhD, a self-aware nerd, therefore better with people and less awkward with the ladies. He was only allowed to move in with Sheldon after signing the Roommate Agreement (Roommates must notify each other 12 hours in advance if they wish to have a house guest. If Sheldon turns into a zombie, Leonard cannot kill him.). Round their …

Ramy review sharp comedy series examines Muslim American life

Comedian Ramy Youssef navigates a life between two different cultures in a sensitive, funny and occasionally ingenious show I dont know what Im doing, man, says Ramy, the alter-ego of 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, to a stony kebab shop owner, also an elder at his north New Jersey mosque. Ramy is confused, recently jobless, stinging from a date with a Muslim woman that he botched by locking her into a chaste, wife-and-mother focused stereotype. He admires his parents immigrants from Egypt and Palestine and their unshakable faith in God; he has sex before marriage and will likely try mushrooms someday. And I believe in God. I really do, man theres too many signs, he reaches for words as the elder …

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: ‘The most narcissistic personality of the year’

Late-night hosts dissected the presidents narcissism, Deutsche Bank loans, and reparations for the descendants of slaves Jimmy Kimmel: Melanias campaign hasnt kicked in After another tumultuous week of news is the Mueller report dropping? Whos running in 2020? Jimmy Kimmel turned to the most reliable source of Trump drama: Twitter. On Wednesday morning, Trump called the Republican strategist George Conway, the husband of his adviser Kellyanne, a whackjob, a stone-cold loser and the husband from hell. I guess Melanias Be Best campaign hasnt quite started to kick in, Kimmel mused, in reference to the first ladys program to end cyberbullying. George Conway fired back on Thursday, calling Trump the worst kind of dumb among other tweets that at this point …

Too many choices: should Netflix make more interactive stories?

After the success of Black Mirrors Bandersnatch, the streaming platform has revealed ambitions to use the decision-making dynamic for future projects Bandersnatch was many things. It was a Black Mirror episode. It was the first seamless, mainstream choose-your-own-adventure TV show. Its possibly how Benedict Cumberbatch pronounces his own surname after a heavy blow to the head. One thing it was not, however, was a one-off. True, Charlie Brooker might have ruled out making any more branching episodes of Black Mirror, Mumbai Bantams Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80s and 90s, sci-fi overwhelms the list: theres Space and Beyond, Inside UFO 54-40, Prisoner of the Ant People, War With the Evil Power Master, War With the Mutant Spider Ants. …

I was at the Lorena Bobbitt trial 25 years later it still makes me wince

The 90s case of the woman who cut off her husbands penis has been brought vividly to life by an Amazon series. But what was most shocking was the culture clash between the sexes The chocolate penises lingered in the memory. I didnt need a television show to remind me of those. The zoo outside the Virginia courthouse, packed with satellite trucks, local entrepreneurs hawking what we didnt yet call merch (including that phallic confectionery), protestors, campaigners, sympathisers, rubberneckers and assorted hangers-on I remembered that, too. And the snow on the ground, the winter cold that was still there, somewhere in the recesses of my mind. But the more arcane details of the Lorena Bobbitt case, the personalities of the …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …