The Queen’s Green Planet: the David Attenborough X Queen Elizabeth documentary that we all need to watch

The Queen’s Green Planet: the David Attenborough X Queen Elizabeth documentary that we all need to watch


If only to see the Queen’s banter…

Queen Elizabeth and Sir David Attenborough are national treasures – two 91-year-olds (born within a month of each other) who are beloved by the nation, and while high profile figures, are rarely seen in an interview format.

Introducing The Queen’s Green Planet.

Queen Elizabeth and David Attenborough are joining forces in a documentary, airing tonight, to discuss the Queen’s new project on sustainability – and it is a must-watch, if alone to witness the Queen’s hilarious sense of humour.

The unique documentary will see Sir David Attenborough join Queen Elizabeth II in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to informally explore the trees in her gardens, but also to discuss her new project, creating a global network of protected forests, spanning the 52 countries of the Commonwealth – or as it is known, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

And the film isn’t just limited to Sir David Attenborough and the Queen – also featuring members of the Royal Family involved in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, from Prince Harry planting trees in the Caribbean to Prince William and his family in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest while on tour.

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Here’s why you need to watch The Queen’s Green Planet

The cause is amazing:
The main focus of The Queen’s Green Planet is of course her ambitious new project, creating a protected canopy of trees which will be second in size only to the Amazon rainforest – the first big time environmental initiative that she has given her name to.

The Queen’s supposed dig at Donald Trump:
One of the teaser trailers for The Queen’s Green Planet went viral after it was suggested by royal fans that the monarch made a dig at Donald Trump, looking up as a helicopter noise above drowned out their conversation and turned to Attenborough to tell him, ‘It sounds like President Trump!’, before adding ‘or President Obama’.

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The Queen and David Attenborough’s friendship:
The Queen and David Attenborough have known each other for a long time, so their conversation flows easily and we get to see the Queen in a new, informal light. Even the documentary’s director, Jane Treays, spoke out about her relief at the ‘informality and delight’ shared between the Queen and David Attenborough, with the two laughing together throughout the ITV documentary. One particularly sweet moment between the two sees the Queen telling Sir David not to look at one particular sapling. ‘This one we won’t look at because it doesn’t seem to be doing very well,’ the Queen told him. ‘Somebody sat on it, I think, at the garden party’ – prompting Sir David to double up in laughter.

The Sundial anecdote:
‘Aha! A sundial neatly planted in the shade!’ David Attenborough can be heard telling the Queen as they walk through the Buckingham Palace gardens, to which she asks her off-screen gardener laughing, ‘Had we thought that it was planted in the shade? It wasn’t in the shade originally?’. She then went on to add, ‘Maybe we can move it?’ to which Sir David responds, ‘Depends if you want to tell the time or not!’ It has been reported that the sundial has now been moved.

Tune in to ITV tonight at 9pm to watch The Queen’s Green Planet.

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Harry Potter fans, this Battle of Hogwarts theory will blow your minds

Harry Potter fans, this Battle of Hogwarts theory will blow your minds


And we can’t believe we didn’t see it before….

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Even when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see in the Harry Potter films, it seems there is always more nuggets of Gringotts gold to be unearthed.

From this is he/isn’t he Harry Potter fan theory of Snape’s death, to the time JK Rowling revealed Harry Potter wasn’t actually the first Harry Potter, and the Draco Malfoy deleted scene that will change the way you see him forever, there’s always more to this complex wizarding world than we all first thought. The latest revelation that is blowing our minds is the tiny details in the battle of Hogwarts that you might have missed.

In the final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, we see the protagonist trio and the rest of Dumbledore’s Army show down against Voldemort and his band of Death Eaters and Dementors in what we know as the Battle of Hogwarts.

Obviously we remember Neville becoming the hero with the Gryffindor sword and McGonagall enchanting the statues and suits of armour to protect the school. But in the final fight scene have you ever noticed; while Harry, Ron and Hermione are running through the castle grounds they are dodging curses and explosions but these are what they encounter…

A giant creature tries to smash them, but they hide under a pipe. Mirroring the scene in The Philosopher’s Stone, when Harry and Ron rescue Hermione from a troll in the bathroom.

Then they run from Aragog’s spider offspring. Just like when Harry and Ron come up against the spiders in the forest for the first time in The Chamber of Secrets.

Following this, Hermione launches a spell at the evil werewolf Fenrir Greyback, who had just killed Lavender Brown. And we all know in The Prisoner of Azkaban, we find out that Professor Lupin is in fact a werewolf.

Next they come up against dementors. And although they appeared in the previous film, they were of course a huge antagonist in all movies including The Goblet of Fire. 

Then finally the Order all appear – Yep, that The Order of The Phoenix, to find Snape – aka The Half Blood Prince.

So ALL books and films are referenced in this short scene. Coincidence? We think not. Consider your mind officially blown.

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Zoe Saldana just explained how her race determines which film roles she can audition for

Zoe Saldana just explained how her race determines which film roles she can audition for


And it’s not OK.

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Zoe Saldana is one of the most influential women in Hollywood, starring in Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek.

But according to the sci fi star, her acting career has been an uphill battle, taking the moment to speak out about the challenges and discrimination she has faced this month.

The 39-year-old opened up in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan about how her first major film experience in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl left her feeling ‘a little bitter’ due to the ‘super elitist’ environment’, and this week she has elaborated even further.

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In a new interview with Porter, the star got real about discrimination, explaining how her skin colour actually held her back when she first got into acting.

‘Every time I read a script, even if it was a period piece, I read it thinking that I was going to go after the lead role,’ the actress explained. ‘It wasn’t until I would come across the introduction of a supporting ethnic role that I realized, “Oh.”’

She continued: ‘I wasn’t even allowed to try to get that main role, because “they want to go traditional on the part.” I would hang up on that conversation from my agents, thinking, “What about me is non-traditional”? It was a very hard pill to swallow.’

‘In my country, where I pledged allegiance every day since I was five, to be told when I’m out there trying to pursue my American dream that I was not a traditional American was very hurtful,’ she explained.

‘I will never accept that I am not a traditional anything. I come from where I come from, I can’t change that, and you come from where you come from. But if you tell me that where you come from is the only right place, and therefore I don’t fit that traditional mould, let’s just establish, very clearly, that you are the one who’s wrong. Because everything about me and where I come from is just as right.’

Yes, Zoe Saldana!

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Emily Blunt has finally opened up about playing the iconic Mary Poppins

Emily Blunt has finally opened up about playing the iconic Mary Poppins


We’re feeling nostalgic AF.

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Ever since it was announced that a Mary Poppins sequel was in the works, we have been counting down the days till its official release – with small updates over the past few months exciting us beyond belief.

While we still have a bit of a wait for Mary Poppins Returns to hit our screens, debuting at cinemas in December, Disney  chose the Oscars 2018 as its moment to release the film’s first official teaser trailer, and we already know that Emily Blunt is the Mary Poppins of our dreams.

Emily Blunt finally spoke out about playing the iconic role in a recent interview with People, and we’re more excited for the film than ever.

‘Really this is my version of her,’ Emily said about playing Poppins. ‘I did not watch the original during the process of making it. I had seen it as a kid but I didn’t watch the details of it all because I had to do my version of her.’

She continued: My perception of her in the books is that she is batty, eccentric, hilarious and incredibly rude and vain. I like that idea that she sweeps in and takes it all over and makes everything great.’

The upcoming film, starring Blunt as Mary Poppins, is based on P.L. Travers’ book series, with the plot following on from the 1964 Disney classic that we all know and love.

Mary Poppins Returns will take place 20 years later, following the story of a now-grown Michael Banks as he is reunited with his magical childhood nanny Mary Poppins who helps him to sort out his relationship with his own children.

The 35-year-old actress was confirmed as the iconic role in July last year, with Walt Disney Studios taking to Twitter to share a video of Emily Blunt in character, captioning it: ‘Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel, #MaryPoppinsReturns. The brand new film opens in theatres December 2018. #D23Expo’

The new film, directed by Rob Marshall, is set to be a big change from the original, promising an all-new soundtrack (no ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ for us) and boasting a star-studded cast.

Aside from Blunt, Colin Firth has also joined the project, set to play Bank president, William Weatherall Wilkins, and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda has been cast as Bert’s equivalent – a street lamp lighter called Jack – even Meryl Streep has been given a cameo. It’s just too much.

Bring on December 2018.

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Priyanka Chopra gets real about losing roles because of her skin colour

Priyanka Chopra gets real about losing roles because of her skin colour


‘She’s the wrong physicality’

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Priyanka Chopra is one of the most influential women in film, taking both Hollywood and Bollywood by storm, and starring in projects from Bajiro Mastani to 2017’s Baywatch remake.

But according to the 35-year-old star, her Hollywood acting career has not been without its challenges, discriminated against for not only the fact that she’s a woman, but also because she’s an Indian woman.

In a recent interview with InStyle, Priyanka opened up about the roles that she had lost out on because of her skin colour – yes racial discrimination is alive and well in Hollywood and it’s shocking.

‘It happened last year,’ Priyanka recalled. ‘I was out for a movie, and somebody [from the studio] called one of my agents and said, “She’s the wrong” — what word did they used?— “physicality.”’

She continued: ‘So in my defence as an actor, I’m like, “Do I need to be skinnier? Do I need to get in shape? Do I need to have abs?” Like, what does “wrong physicality” mean?’

Priyanka then explained how she was told the truth. ‘And then my agent broke it down for me. Like, “I think, Priy, they meant that they wanted someone who’s not brown.” It affected me.’

And even if you get the part, you will still face discrimination, with Priyanka explaining, ‘No one will say that a woman is getting paid less because she’s a woman of colour, but the numbers mostly end up reflecting that.’

‘It happens at the casting level. There are not enough meaty, strong lead roles for women where we don’t have to compromise on every level just to get the best job’, she explained. ‘I think one of the big steps is to first of all recognise it. I see a lot of people explaining why the pay gap exists. Producers have told me, “Well, when you have even the biggest actress in a movie, it still doesn’t make the returns that it would if you cast a guy.”’

Time’s up!

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