Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) creates a riveting portrait of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. And it's her amazing story and magnetic personality that holds the attention, rather than the way Guggenheim reorders her life to punch the emotional buttons. Malala is a genuinely inspirational figure who has spent her entire life trying to make the world a better place. And she's still only 18.
The film explores her childhood in Swat Valley, northern Pakistan, where she was named by her father Ziauddin after a 19th century Afghan heroine who led the Pashtun fighters against British interlopers and was shot in the process. As a school teacher, Ziauddin instilled in Malala a love of education, so when the Taliban began to close schools to girls, she began speaking out, first anonymously in a blog and then bravely expressing herself in public amid threats of violence. And the Taliban responded by trying to kill her. She was shot in the head, but survived and fled to England with her family, where she recovered and continues to travel the world speaking eloquently about issues relating to education and refugees.
In its fly-on-the-wall segments in England, the film reveals Malala to be a fairly typical teen, engaging in cheeky rivalry with her younger brothers Kushai and Atal, who tease her about her crush on Roger Federer. And she also has a very strong bond with her father and her mother Toor, who has a moving story of her own. Intercut with this are scenes of Malala meeting world leaders including Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, plus journalists like Jon Stewart. Clearly this young woman was a gifted speaker even before she was propelled onto the global stage, passionately discussing the right to education and the truth about her faith. "Islam teaches me humanity, equality and forgiveness," she says. "The Taliban aren't Muslims. They're not about faith, but power."
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Ricky Gervais has spoken out about the 80-year-old image in which Queen Elizabeth, then aged 7, was pictured doing a Nazi salute.
Ricky Gervais has defended Queen Elizabeth II after a British tabloid published photographs of the monarch doing a Nazi style salute in 1933, when she was seven years old. Gervais took to Twitter to criticise The Sun for not providing a context for the image, taken from a 17-second home video footage, and further emphasised the Queen’s young age when she was captured doing this now unacceptable gesture.
Ricky Gervais at the Netflix Screening of Derek at the Paley Center in New York.
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The actress is set to star as the Queen in the West End play.
Kristin Scott Thomas has finally received her long-awaited and very well-deserved Damehood from Queen Elizabeth II at at Buckingham Palace, ahead of her role as the monarch herself in West End stage drama 'The Audience' in which she will star in April.
Kristin Scott Thomas finally becomes a dame
The Academy Award nominated actress became Dame Kristin Scott Thomas for her services to drama this week, and revealed to the Queen herself upon her honour that she is set to play her in upcoming stage show 'The Audience'. 'She asked me what I was doing next, so I had to tell her and she said it would be quite a challenge', the 54-year-old told BBC reporters.
The Oscar winning actress opens her latest theatrical production on Broadway.
Dame Helen Mirren returns as Queen Elizabeth II as she brings her hit West End political play 'The Audience' over the pond to Broadway; and, without exaggeration, once again proves to be the most convincing queen ever seen on either stage or screen.
Helen Mirren at 'The Audience' opening after party (Credit: Jemal Countess at Getty Images Entertainment)
Helen Mirren has that kind of noble demeanour that commands respect on entering a room, never mind a stage or film set. So it's no wonder that she was selected to reprise her role as the current Queen of England in speculative political theatre drama 'The Audience' - a show which explores the monarchs varying relationships with different Prime Ministers, including the only female PM Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Winston Churchill and current PM David Cameron.
Pippa Middleton isn't the only member of her family to be mad about cycling as her sister Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is set to appear at the Tour de France opening ceremony.
Cycling is certainly the sport du jour and is gripping the nation with Britons out on their bikes enjoying the warmer weather and planning Tour de France parties. The Royal family have certainly caught the fever too and Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry will be attending the opening ceremony of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on 5th July.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will be at the start of the Tour de France.
The Royal trio, as Hello reports, will be at the starting line to lend their support to the 22 teams which are competing in the 2272 mile long cycling race. Although the teams are starting in Yorkshire, they will race through Belgium, Spain before finally finishing in Paris on 27th July.
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Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day Lewis are honoured on the Queen's Birthday Honours List, alongside fellow actor Maggie Smith who has been named a Companion of Honour.
The Queen's Birthday Honours List consists of 1149 people including Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis. Day- Lewis has received a knighthood and Jolie has been made an honorary dame. Whilst Maggie Smith has received another honour in addition to being a Dame, namely Companion of Honour.
Daniel Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor were mentioned in the List.
Day-Lewis has received a knighthood for his services to the performing arts and his long, successful and prolific career. In the statement, released alongside the list on Friday (13th June), Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor are mentioned in addition to his performances for which he received the awards: My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. The statement also mentioned his role in My Beautiful Launderette which "began a reputation for fully exploring his characters, engaging himself physically, psychologically and emotionally."
Sandra Bullock isn’t the first celeb to have crazed fans sneaking around her house
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock has just recently discovered how far some fans will go to come into contact with their idols as a man broke into her Beverly Hills home in the early hours on Tuesday. Since being arrested, the man who has been identified as Joshua Corbett who is aged 39 and resides in the San Fernando valley, Los Angeles.
A man broke into Bullock's Beverly Hills home while she was inside.
Despite the apparent exclusivity and subsequent security that Beverly Hills affords inhabitants, Bullock’s run-in with the obsessive fan proves that they will often go to ridiculous measures in order to gain recognition from the subject of their adoration. It also presents a worrying security concern as a lapse in mental health often fuels these celebrity obsessions. Most famously, John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on then President, Ronald Raegan, was seen by Hinckley as a way of courting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. But to have a fan invade one’s personal space and most intimate of dwellings is a unsettling notion for most people, never mind those of the celebrity calibre. Here are a selection of unfortunate celebs who’ve been subject to break-ins, robberies and warped fans who got a little too close for comfort.
The on-demand service plans a crowning new drama for its original collection.
Netflix has lined up a new £100 million dollar epic series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Entitled The Crown, the original programme concept will chart the British figurehead's six decades spent on the throne and will be inspired by Peter Morgan's play, The Audience. Morgan, who also directed 2006's Oscar-winning The Queen, will be teaming up with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry to make the new series.
Queen Elizabeth II Is The Inspiration For A New Netflix Epic Charting Six Decades Of Her Rule.
Helen Mirren famously played the monarch in the film and the play but it is currently unclear whether she will return to claim the role for the TV series. Instead, at least three other actors are reportedly being considered for the part.
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Celebrities gathered at the Royal Hospital Chelsea for a sneak preview of the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May). Amongst the guests were the Queen, Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Following a week of sultry temperate and – for Britain – near tropical climes, the celebrities were out en masse to take in the sights at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday (19th May).
Alan Titchmarsh standing outside his garden installation.
The annual flower show, which is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracted a vast array of famous faces. The Queen made her yearly visit to the show and found herself wandering through trenches, in a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. The ‘No Man’s Land’ garden, features a crater hole as a pond which acts as a stark reminder of the damage made to, not only the soldiers embroiled in the conflict, but the land on which they fought.
The actress received a special honour from the Queen today.
Angela Lansbury has today been bestowed with the honour of being made a dame by Queen Elizabeth in a special ceremony. The 88 year-old actress, who had previously been known as Angela Lansbury CBE, will now be known as a Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire after having received the very special honour at Windsor Castle in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions.
Angela Lansbury Was Today Made A Dame At A Windsor Castle Ceremony.
Dame Angela was joined by her son, his wife and her niece as she collected the award for her services to drama as well as charitable work and philanthropy. "It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion," she commented, via Sky News.
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Date of birth
21st April, 1928