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A Royal Night Out Review


Although it takes a breezy, sometimes silly approach to a fragment of a true story, this British period film has enough charm to keep audiences entertained, thanks to its lively cast and ambitious recreation of historical events. Director Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) may be largely fictionalising what happened to real people on VE Day 70 years ago, but he certainly knows how to have some fun at the same time. And the film has some intriguing things to say about how the world has changed since then.

Victory in Europe was declared on May 8th 1945, and the streets of London filled with disorderly celebrations. Watching all of this from within Buckingham Palace, the teen princesses Elizabeth and Margaret (Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley) are desperate to get out there and mingle with the crowd. Their parents, King George VI and Queen Elzabeth (Rupert Everett and Emily Watson), reluctantly agree to let them leave with two military escorts (Jack Laskey and Jack Gordon). But they soon lose their chaperones in the party atmosphere in The Ritz. The ditzy Margaret heads off into the night visiting a string of parties, while Elizabeth tries to track her down, assisted by a helpful stranger, airman Jack (Jack Reynor), an anti-royalist who has no idea who this young woman actually is.

First of all, it's intriguing to remember that in 1945 people in the streets wouldn't have recognised the princesses, especially since they had essentially been locked out of view for the previous seven years. This is inconceivable now, as is the idea of revellers filling the streets celebrating victory in a war, because no generation since has had a war end on a remotely positive note. These kinds of themes add subtext to what is otherwise a frothy romp punctuated by moments of silly slapstick. Jarrold recreates the evening beautifully on-screen, with a real sense of the club-lined streets of Mayfair, the drug dens of Soho, the flag-waving crowds going wild in Trafalgar Square, and the bombed-out city returning to life.

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Rupert Everett On Why He Won't Attend Awards Ceremonies

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British actor Rupert Everett has opened up about his long-standing decision to refuse to attend awards ceremonies. The star, famous for his roles in My Best Friend’s Wedding, An Ideal Husband and the Shrek movies, is apparently still “bitter” about losing out at the Olivier Awards two years ago.

In 2013, Everett was nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious ceremony for his depiction of Oscar Wilde in the play ‘The Judas Kiss’, and was considered the favourite to win the prize. However, on the night he was beaten by Luke Treadaway for his role in ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, and it was this that made him decide to stay away.

Rupert EverettRupert Everett at a charity fashion event earlier in 2015

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LFW: Fashion For Relief

Rupert Everett - LFW: Fashion For Relief charity fashion show - rehearsal - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th February 2015

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Working Title pre-BAFTA VIP brunch

Rupert Everett - Working Title pre-BAFTA VIP brunch at Chiltern Firehouse at Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Chain of Hope's 2014 Gala Ball - Arrivals

Rupert Everett - Chain of Hope's 2014 Gala Ball at the Grosvenor House hotel - Arrivals at Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 21st November 2014

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Skylight Press Night at Wyndham's Theatre

Rupert Everett - Celebrities attend Skylight Press Night at Wyndham's Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 18th June 2014

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Neil Patrick Harris And 9 Other Actors Who Donned Drag For Roles

Neil Patrick Harris Jared Leto John Travolta Michael J Fox Johnny Depp Eddie Murphy Marlon Wayans Rupert Everett Tony Curtis Jack Lemmon

So, Neil Patrick Harris basically won the Tonys 2014 (the whole thing) with his performance of "Sugar Daddy" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris has been making headlines as the lead in the Broadway show since he joined the cast earlier this year. He’s not the first actor to don drag for a role, these other actors have all dressed up like the fairer sex for performances in the past.

Actors Who Dressed In Drag Neil Patrick Harris has received rave reviews for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The original drag pair, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon

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George Michael's album launch for 'Symphonica'

Rupert Everett - George Michael's album launch for 'Symphonica' held at Hamilton's Gallery - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th March 2014

'Justin and the Knights of Valour' Attempts To Break A Crowded Marketplace [Trailer + Pictures]

Freddie Highmore Saoirse Ronan Mark Strong Antonio Banderas Olivia Williams Charles Dance Julie Walters Alfred Molina Rupert Everett Tamsin Egerton David Walliams

It’s been a pretty solid year for animated features so far; Wreck it Ralph, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University all performed solidly with the critics and in the box office. But it hasn’t been all plain sailing – films like Turbo and Escape From Planet Earth haven’t gone down too well.

Justin and the Knights of ValourCan Justin, voiced by Highmore, learn the ways of the Knight?

There was a time when all animated films were basically the best films ever: Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Toy Story(s), Up – but now there seems to be room for some pretty average efforts. Striking up some cute characters with big eyes, pitting them against a baddie and creating a weird little fella for comic relief just doesn’t cut it anymore.

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Cameron Diaz Is Miss Hannigan In Will Smith and Jay Z's 'Annie'

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Sony have confirmed Cameron Diaz will be starring in Will Smith and Jay Z's musical re-envisioning of the hit Broadway musical Annie. Diaz has landed the role of Miss Hannigan, the cruel manager of the orphanage Annie initially lives in. Sandra Bullock was previously linked to the role and was involved in talks with Annie producers. However, it has been confirmed Diaz has the part.

Annie, initially a comic strip, was turned into a musical, opened on Broadway in 1977. The musical was turned into a film just five years later (1982). Carol Burnett played Miss Hannigan in this version, although her performance was slated by critics (as was the film in general which is still considered one of the worst in film history).  

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Cameron Diaz at the 2013 Met Gala, New York

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Hysteria Review


There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century London, but this silly farce isn't it. Instead, this is a comical romp that just happens to be set against the birth of the most popular sex toy in history. It's nicely assembled, with a strong cast, but the tone is so goofy that it never breaks the surface.

It's the late 1880s when young doctor Mortimer (Dancy) takes a job in London with Dalrymple (Pryce), who specialises in treating hysteria, considered a serious medical condition at the time, even though it seems to only afflict women whose husbands are neglecting them socially and sexually. As Mortimer courts Dalrymple's placid younger daughter (Jones), lining himself to take over the practice one day, it's the feisty older daughter (Gyllenhaal) who continually challenges his worldview. And as he treats his patients, Mortimer works with his friend Edmund (Everett) to create a mechanical vibrating device that has an immediate effect on his patients.

Everything in this story is played broadly, as if it's frightfully hilarious to talk about sex in such a straightforward way. But this prudish approach only trivialises everything about the story, from the premise to the characters themselves. And it doesn't help that the script never gives any of these people more than one or two key personality traits. The actors do what they can with them, adding moments of effective drama and comedy while hinting at the serious themes underneath the story. But it's so silly that we never really care about anything that happens.

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Rupert Everett Sparks Backlash From Gay Rights Campaigners

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Rupert Everett’s comments in an interview with The Sunday Times have caused offense, as he made some controversial musings on homosexual parenting. The 53-year-old actor played a gay father opposite Madonna in 2000 film The Next Best Thing.

"I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion,” explained Everett. "I'm not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don't feel like I'm part of any 'community'. The only community I belong to is humanity and we've got too many children on the planet, so it's good not to have more." Whilst there are surely worse things than two loving parents - no parents perhaps? – Everett’s comments were candid and frank, and the fact that he himself is gay hasn’t appeased those offended by his comments. "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself,” said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay rights group ‘Stonewall’. "There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop."

Everett also said that his Mother "still wishes I had a wife and kids," and added: "She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her." Sara Everett, 77, was also interviewed in the same article. "In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that. I'd like him to have a pretty wife. I'd like him to have children. He's so good with children. He'd make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I've told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn't get angry with me. He just smiles."

Wild Target Review

This lively British remake of the 1993 French film is an enjoyable if ultimately too-silly romp. But the solid cast at least makes it watchable, even when the plot takes a series of deeply contrived turns.

Victor (Nighy) is an efficient hitman who lives a quiet life that's more than a little obsessive-compulsive. He's been in the business since he was a child, inheriting the job from his late father, and now his mother (Atkins) is pushing him to have a son of his own. His next job is for an art dealer (Everett) who has been double-crossed by con artist Rose (Blunt), but Victor is taken by her breezily shameless methods. He's also interrupted by Tony (Grint), a rootless young guy who shows some skill with a gun.

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Stardust Review

The tremendously enchanting Stardust runs on a double dose of star power.

Traditional Hollywood stars are stockpiled in the cast. Michelle Pfeiffer, so villainous in Hairspray, leads a trio of selfish witch sisters. Robert De Niro captains a motley crew aboard a magical pirate ship. Peter O'Toole gets five quality minutes as the dying leader of a storybook kingdom. Sir Ian McKellen even narrates the affair.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Review

A Midsummer Night's Dream is hardly Shakespeare's best work. Memorable only for the role of the impish Robin "Puck" Goodfellow (Tucci, here), Midsummer is a rambling and disjointed play that tries to blend plotlines involving unrequited love, fellows putting on a play, and of course, fairies. Does this blend very well? Not really, and Midsummer has always felt totally out of whack to me. Of course, if you want to see Calista Flockhart rolling in the mud and Kevin Kline turned into a donkey, well, whatever floats your boat.
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