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Queen Elizabeth Gave a Speech In the ‘Spirit of Unity’ Ahead of Meghan’s Interview With Oprah

With only a few hours to go until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey airs, Queen Elizabeth II broadcast a speech of her own.

In honor of Commonwealth Day—which happened to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last public event before stepping down last year—the Queen aired an address to honor the “spirit of unity” across the U.K. in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Instead of the typical Commonwealth Day service, which usually takes place at Westminster Abbey, the royal family participated in a BBC special that included the Queen’s speech. According to People, Prince William and Kate Middleton were also featured in the broadcast, speaking to frontline workers and volunteers across the Commonwealth. 

“Over the coming week, as we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other,” Queen Elizabeth began her pre-recorded speech on March 7. “Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment, and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services in their communities.”

“The need to maintain greater physical distance or to live and work largely in isolation, has, for many people across the Commonwealth, been an unusual experience,” she continued. “In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating via innovative technology—which has been new to some of us.”

Before concluding her speech, the Queen added, “I hope we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community.”

You can watch the full address, below:


The Best Horror Movies Streaming On Shudder – March 2021

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As a die-hard fan of horror movies, I am constantly scrolling through all the top tier streaming services in search of my next good scare. However, I can honestly say that most of the flicks streaming on Shudder come through for me more often than most.

Since it was first launched by AMC Networks in 2015, Shudder (which you can subscribe to now right here) has acquired a bit of a reputation as the premier streaming platform for the best in all things monstrous, maniacal, and macabre from both the small and big screen. The price (about $6 a month) is pretty decent, too, especially for the Golden Age classics, cult favorite essentials, and underrated gems in its catalog. In fact, some of its own exclusive content has achieved acclaim that some Netflix original horror movies have only dreamed about.

That Time Paul Bettany Punched Tom Hanks So Hard That He Farted While Filming A Scene

During the film, Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu pay a visit to Langdon’s friend, Sir Leigh Teabing, an expert on the Holy Grail. During their visit, Silas breaks into the house and punches Langdon. Paul Bettany recently recalled shooting that scene from The Da Vinci Code and remembers the set being incredibly quiet at the time. With this, everyone was all ears when Tom Hanks let out a fart due to Bettany’s punch:

Before the Meghan Markle Special, Watch Oprah’s 1996 Interview With Sarah Ferguson

Today is March 7 and you know what that means: the highly anticipated interview between Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry airs on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

Ahead of the two-hour, tell-all chat, you should probably watch this interview that Winfrey conducted with Sarah Ferguson about the reality of marrying into the Royal Family, palace life, and the British press.

Ferguson was married to Prince Andrew from 1986-1996 and is the mother of Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. She first spoke with Winfrey in ’96 and opened up about the “cruelty” she faced at the hands of the British press, a subject Markle and Prince Harry are all too familiar with.

“I must explain that the British press at the moment is completely and utterly cruel and abusive and so invasive,” she said in the interview, per People, also saying, “it is very cruel and very painful when you are going to try and find the feelings within to be on such a public stage.” 

The Duchess of York, who also goes by “Fergie,” also touched on the high expectations of life as a member of the Royal Family. “You didn’t marry the fairytale, you married a man,” she told Winfrey. “You fell in love and married a man, and then you have to come to terms with the fairytale. Now it’s not a fairy tale, it’s real-life—well, they think it’s real-life over there.” 

For her part, Meghan Markle revealed in a recent clip from the CBS special that she feels “liberating” to finally be able to share her experience. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” Markle said in another preview. “And if that comes with risk of losing things, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”


The Coming 2 America Scene That Choreographer Wishes Wasn’t Cut Down In The Final Film

Spoilers for Coming 2 America lie ahead, so tread lightly.

After over 30 years of waiting, Coming 2 America finally arrived this past week, and it managed to give fans just about anything they could have asked for. Not only did the Eddie Murphy-led reunite the original cast, but director Craig Brewer was also able to give fans a burst of nostalgia while adding some fresh elemens. Amid everything fans love about the first film, viewers really enjoy the incredible dance sequences choreographed by Paula Abdul and, for the sequel, legendary choreographer Fatima Robinson carried on that proud tradition with some impressive numbers of her own. While Robinson is pleased with her work on the film, there is one scene she wishes hadn’t been cut down in the editing room.

Disney’s Raya And The Last Dragon Surprisingly Underperformed At The Box Office

The trade report additionally says that Raya And The Last Dragon premiered in 24 other countries this past weekend, and that thus far the film has made $26.2 million globally. Given that Walt Disney Animation Studios releases typically have reported budgets north of $150 million, the box office numbers would suggest that the release has a long way to go before it breaks even – but, again, we don’t yet know how much money the movie made from those $30 charges on Disney+.

WandaVision Fans Have Mixed Feelings About That Evan Peters Reveal

Warning: This article contains spoilers for all nine episodes of WandaVision, as well as some Marvel movies. Also, episode nine of WandaVision has a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene. If you finished the episode but forgot to stick around for those, go back and watch!

In many ways, WandaVision functioned like no other Marvel project before it, and exactly like one in others. On one hand, the show undoubtedly gained traction week by week with the help of fans sharing theories and Easter Eggs, or delighting over clever MCU tie-ins and casting choices. Look, Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) mastered the magic trick from Ant-Man! How will this tie in with Dr. Strange 2, which we know will include the Scarlet Witch? You get the idea.

On the other, WandaVision was never supposed to be a simple introduction to Phase 4 of the MCU. Above all else, WV was a thoughtful exploration of grief as Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) avoided processing the death of her soulmate Vision (Paul Bettany) in Avengers: Infinity War by accidentally enslaving the small town of Westview and casting the citizens in her own little sitcom.

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Jumping decades week to week, this storytelling model was unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Marvel and gave escapism through television a whole new meaning. And yet, WandaVision largely abandoned this fascinating vehicle in favor of a somewhat typical MCU fight scene for its big finale. All of these things can be true. 

This is why it’s fair to feel frustrated by the WandaVision finale even if you loved it. No, WandaVision never promised to introduce the Multiverse or villains like Mephisto, but it’s also not true that fans were pulling these theories out of absolutely nowhere. The biggest example of this, and the reveal that caused the most frustration online, was the decision to cast Evan Peters as fake Pietro Maximoff, only to discover that he was really just Agatha/Agnes’ (Kathryn Hahn) husband Ralph Bohner the whole time.

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The Lovely Way Dwayne Johnson Paid Tribute To His Father During Awards Acceptance Speech

In a lot of ways, we wouldn’t have the same beloved Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson we know today without his father and namesake, Rocky Johnson. He was a champion wrestler before his son and trained his son to follow in his footsteps as a WWE wrestler. While this family/work relationship may indeed be a source of the “complicated” relationship the younger Johnson speaks of, he is spot on about his father’s trailblazer title. Johnson senior was the first black wrestling champion in WWE history, along with his wrestling partner Tony Atlas, and the two paved the way for more inclusivity in the wrestling community.

Zack Snyder Shares Flash-Centric Snyder Cut Footage, And Now I’m Just Ready For The Flash Movie

The path to Zack Snyder’s Justice League has nearly reached its end, as the highly anticipated director’s cut is set to arrive in less than two weeks time. With this, Warner Bros. and Snyder are doing everything they can to get fans hyped during the final stretch. This includes releasing tons of new footage, with some of it specifically highlighting certain characters. The most recent clip puts the focus on Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash. The footage shows off the Scarlet Speedster in action and now has me pumped for his upcoming solo film.