As US moviegoers and politicians see Gary Oldman as Britains wartime PM, more critical and more British views of the great man are likely to be in short supply
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Winston Churchill arrived on the big screen on Wednesday in a new film, Darkest Hour, which is already generating Oscar buzz for its lead actor, Gary Oldman.
The movie had another reason for high hopes as it opened in New York and Los Angeles before going nationwide in the US next month: Americans enduring admiration for the British wartime prime minister.
In the year of Trump and the doubts a lot of Americans have about the whole concept of leadership, Churchill is about to get an extra boost, said Andrew Roberts, a British historian whose biography of Churchill will be published next year.
Its having a leader whom everyone admires and looks up to and is working towards a goal that everyone needs. It does remind people that kind of uncomplicated, unequivocal leadership can be out there.
Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is set in May 1940 as Churchill, just days after reaching No 10, faces an existential crisis: accept a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fight on against seemingly impossible odds. The prime minister has to overcome scepticism from the king, his own party including Lord Halifax (Stephen Dillane) and the public.
This period has been a source of fascination for the US, which overcame initial reluctance to join the war under Franklin Roosevelt. Today, Churchill is commemorated in numerous busts and statues and a US navy destroyer is named after him. On his first full day in the White House, Donald Trump returned a now infamous bust of Churchill to the Oval Office. He subsequently told Theresa May: Its a great honor to have Winston Churchill back.
Roberts recalled that he generally finds the Churchill scene in the US more vibrant than that in the UK: he already has 19 speaking engagements, ranging from Oklahoma to Oregon to Wisconsin, for his tour to support what he reckons will be the 1,010th biography of Churchill. Washingtons Folger Shakespeare Library is planning an exhibition on how Churchill was influenced by Shakespeare, he noted, adding: Its a brilliant idea in Britain we should have three or four of those.
Americans are generally unburdened by the multiple critiques of Churchill that have arisen in the UK in recent years, Roberts argued.
Historians have pointed to his resistance to giving women the right to vote in the 1900s; his decision to send troops in to quell riots in Tonypandy, Wales, in 1910-11; his role in the Siege of Sidney Street in London in 1911; his disastrous military campaign in Gallipoli in 1915; and his imperialistic views on race, notably India.
These register less in the US, Roberts said, because the narrative of the second world war leader is still dominant. Similarly, you and I probably think of Roosevelt as one of the great American presidents but if you go to America, you hear people raising concerns over how he funded the New Deal and other things.
Oldman, 59, joins a long line actors who have portrayed Churchill on TV and film, with varying success. They include Simon Ward in Young Winston, Robert Hardy in Winston Churchill: the Wilderness Years, Richard Burton and Albert Finney in different versions of The Gathering Storm, Brendan Gleeson in Into the Storm, John Lithgow in The Crown, Michael Gambon in Churchills Secret and Brian Cox in Churchill, which failed to make a mark in the US this year.
Michael Bishop, executive director of the International Churchill Society, has seen Darkest Hour several times and rates it highly.
Once Upon a Time in America divides audiences on its historical context
This story contains spoilers.
Based on the trailer and cheesy posters, it’s clear that Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, is set in 1969 Los Angeles and deals with the Manson Family murders. The fact that Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie) is a main character in the film is a big enough hint that Tarantino is going to end on the tragic events that led to her death while 8 months pregnant. Tate’s murder (as well as the murders of her friends, who were at her home at the time) became a national story and is well known by most people with even a vague knowledge of Charles Manson, who directed leaders of his cult to kill everyone in Tate’s home on the infamous Cielo Drive.
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The New Lion King Posters Show Actors Facing Off Their Characters And It Looks Badass
“25 years after its initial release, The Lion King movie still remains the highest-earning G-rated movie of all time. However, following the success of The Jungle Book remake, Disney has taken on a challenge to reboot the all-time classic too. Will the new photorealistic computer-animated movie beat the traditionally animated one? Only time will tell. But there’s not much time left to find out since the premiere is just around the corner.
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The new Lion King movie directed by Jon Favreau will hit theaters on the 19th of July. Just in time for that, Disney released striking photos of the cast posing face-to-face with their characters.
Do you already know who will voice your favorite characters in The Lion King remake?”
50 days before the release of The Lion King movie, Disney shared posters introducing the main characters and the voices behind them. People were surprised to know that American actor, comedian, and performer Donald Glover will star as the main character Simba. The Beyhive started buzzing after it was announced that Nala will be voiced by famous singer Beyoncé.
Nala with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Donald Glover with Simba
Zazu, Pumbaa, and Timon with John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner
Chiwetel Ejiofor with Scar
Eric André, Florence Kasumba, and Keegan-Michael Key with hyenas Azizi, Shenzi, and Kamari
Alfre Woodard with Sarabi
Nala and Simba with Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary
James Earl Jones will once again voice Mufasa, the King of the Pride Lands and the father of Simba.
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Spice Girls to become superheroes in animated movie
All five original band members are set to lend their voices to a film that will feature original singles and new songs
“An animated Spice Girls movie is in the works at Paramount. The film will feature the voices of all five members of the original band and a plot in which the quintet become superheroes.
It will be produced by 90s music mogul Simon Fuller, and written by Karen McCullah and Kiwi Smith, whose credits include The House Bunny and Legally Blonde. A director is not yet attached.”