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Posts Tagged ‘Queen Elizabeth II’

Ben Kingsley Expands Upon His Mother’s Profound Disapproval

ShutterstockBenKingsley2010In the spring of 2010, UK journalist Cole Moreton shared a rather startling interview with Sir Ben Kingsley. The actor, speaking in the pages of the Daily Mail not long after the death that year of his mother Anna Lyna Mary (nee Goodman) at age 96, candidly revealed her pathological inability to show affection for her children and give them any approval.

He pantomimed her dismissal of his British knighthood after it was awarded at Buckingham Palace in 2002. And this week, Kingsley went a little further, filling in the blanks of this unbelievable, ultimate slap. From the actor’s interview with Hollywood-based Filipino journalist Ruben Nepales:

Ben revealed a side story about becoming a knight. “Then [after the ceremony], my mother refused to acknowledge my knighthood, which I found bitterly hurtful. Life is all about balance, isn’t it? That wonderful woman (Queen Elizabeth II) had said, we accept you and love what you do, but my mother refused to acknowledge that it had taken place. She was embarrassed, bitter and jealous. That’s the whole story. I have never told it before.”

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Morgan To Tackle Tony Blair Again

morganp.jpgPeter Morgan — whose “Frost/Nixon” is not only filling theaters around the country but is in line for plenty in the statuette department (as in Golden Globes and Oscars) — is setting up his next politco project which looks to create (or re-create, as it were) the “Special Relationship” between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and departing U.S. President George Bush.

Variety reported on what will be the third film by Morgan about Blair. Previously, he had written “The Deal” about Blair’s stratospheric rise in British politics, followed by “The Queen” about the thorny relationship with Queen Elizabeth II.

Without trying to be too much like Oliver Stone, Morgan takes on Brit politics without the sledgehammer approach that Stone is so often fond of when it comes to things political.

Morgan will rely on actor Michael Sheen, who is gaining amazing fame as David Frost in “Frost/Nixon, to take on the Blair role. He played Blair in both earlier incarnates about the PM.

Bush is still a question mark. But Morgan, as he’s directing as well, could always at least approach Josh Brolin, who did stellar work as Bush in Stone’s “W.”

Maxim.com Names Queen Elizabeth II as #1 Available Rich Woman/Prince Philip Not Reached for Comment

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Maxim.com (which has NOTHING to do with Maxim magazine, according to the email pitch) has selected a group of rich women who aren’t paired off, and thus available to anyone.

And facts don’t stand in the way of the masterminds at Maxim.com:

#1 Queen Elizabeth II

Age: 80
Net Worth: $720 million
Source: Blueness of blood
Marital Status: So lonely
Key to her heart: At this point you’d pretty much have to be king of the universe. And British.
She’s not the richest person on this list, but landing the Queen of England would be the greatest single achievement in the history of male gold-digging ever. Let the teabagging begin.

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