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Re: Random Coaxial

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:49 pm

I just finished watching the entire season of Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events on Netflix. This series is a lot of fun. Patrick Warburton does a fantastic job narrating (as Lemony Snicket) and Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious as Count Olaf. The show has already been renewed for season 2. Good stuff!
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Re: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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From Steven Spielberg and Jim Carrey to Sacha Baron Cohen and Mike Myers, many have tried to remake the 1947 classic about an adventure-prone daydreamer. But Stiller finally cracked the code and delivered a family-friendly, $90 million epic, opening Christmas Day.
Pamela McClintock wrote:In the spring of 2003, then-Paramount vice chairman John Goldwyn sat down at the Hotel Bel-Air with his boss, Sherry Lansing, Jim Carrey and Steven Spielberg to discuss Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Spielberg was interested in directing Carrey in the film, but the conversation took a turn when Carrey brought up The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a remake of the 1947 movie that John Goldwyn's grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, had produced. Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John's father, recently had wrested the rights back from New Line and was looking for a new studio home. "Before I could answer," recalls Goldwyn, "Steven said that if Jim was starring, he'd direct."!
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:36 pm



This looks kinda good actually.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:21 pm

Tyrone_Shoelaces wrote:
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Tyrone_Shoelaces wrote:Louis C.K.'s "Horace and Pete" is on Hulu now. I'm only a couple episodes into it but it sure is something. If you get the chance I highly recommend listening to C.K.'s most recent appearance on the WTF Podcast where he talks about the process of creating the show.


Wait is it free on Hulu? Did I spent U.S. dollars on that crap when I coulda VPNd in for free a couple months later???


Uh, yes?


I've been watching it too. It's a weird little depressing comedy that almost feels like a stage play. It should be completely unwatchable but is in fact strangely addictive. The acting is fantastic too, especially Alan Alda and Jessica Lange.
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Re: 'Duck Dynasty'

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TheBaxter wrote:i preferred the Penthouse Channel version anyway: Fuck Dynasty

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Re: Random Coaxial

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:38 pm

Ribbons wrote:I just watched the first couple episodes of The Good Place on Hulu, that's kind of fun. There are mini-ethics lessons in each episode (like legit philosophical tracts, not just "being bad is bad"), which is interesting. It's from the Parks & Rec. team, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you felt about that show. But anything with Ted Danson AND Kristen Bell is at least watchable. And I already know that "bullshirt" is going to be one of those things that I start saying ironically but end up saying all the time.


I don't know if anybody else here watches The Good Place, but the season finale aired last week and had a twist that genuinely shocked me, as much as it's possible for any twist to be shocking anymore. It literally changed the premise of the show.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:45 am

Ribbons wrote:I don't know if anybody else here watches The Good Place, but the season finale aired last week and had a twist that genuinely shocked me, as much as it's possible for any twist to be shocking anymore. It literally changed the premise of the show.



I don't, but I read about the last episode. I have a question though:

So if she's in hell the whole time, and the "torture" part of hell is that you think you're actually in The Good Place but you find out you're not, then you're doomed to repeat this cycle right? But the Devil wipes your memory before restarting the cycle (you living thru it all again). If your memory is wiped before it happens again, then is it really torturous? You'll go thru the whole thing again thinking you're in heaven, only to find out at the end you're not,then you forget all about it and start over. Doesn't seem that devilish to me.Of course, having not watched a second of the show I may be missing something.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:25 am

What happened was, the torture aspect of hell (or "The Bad Place") didn't work the way they thought it would. The characters who were meant to torture each other for thousands of years ended up bonding. So the architect of The Bad Place wiped their memory in order to start over and tweak some things that would hopefully prevent the bonding from happening again.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheBaxter on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:54 am

Ribbons wrote:What happened was, the torture aspect of hell (or "The Bad Place") didn't work the way they thought it would. The characters who were meant to torture each other for thousands of years ended up bonding. So the architect of The Bad Place wiped their memory in order to start over and tweak some things that would hopefully prevent the bonding from happening again.


OMG, i just realized something!

is the Zone the Bad Place?
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:31 pm

TheBaxter wrote:
Ribbons wrote:What happened was, the torture aspect of hell (or "The Bad Place") didn't work the way they thought it would. The characters who were meant to torture each other for thousands of years ended up bonding. So the architect of The Bad Place wiped their memory in order to start over and tweak some things that would hopefully prevent the bonding from happening again.


OMG, i just realized something!

is the Zone the Bad Place?


:shock: Kirks is the devil!
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Peven on Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:13 pm

this actually looks like it is fun........ light, insubstantial, fun

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:54 pm

I am two episodes into Victoria on PBS. Not sure how I feel about this series yet. They have already made Lord Melbourne a dashing suitor, romantically linked to Victoria, which is historically incorrect. We shall see how the next few episodes play out.
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Re: Victoria on PBS

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Maui wrote:I am two episodes into Victoria on PBS. Not sure how I feel about this series yet. They have already made Lord Melbourne a dashing suitor, romantically linked to Victoria, which is historically incorrect. We shall see how the next few episodes play out.

I liked it, but it had too many rats.

Queen not amused by 'inaccuracies' in The Young Victoria 2009 film
The Queen has expressed her disapproval of historical inaccuracies in The Young Victoria and said some of the costumes were too German.
Alastair Jamieson wrote:The monarch made her comments after special screening of the drama, whose producers include Martin Scorsese and the Duchess of York.

Her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, has a cameo role in the film, which is currently No4 in the UK box office chart.

It tells the story of the young Queen Victoria and her romance with Prince Albert.

A source told the News of the World: "She thought the film had a lot of good points but she is a stickler for accuracy. She wasn't too impressed they had Albert diving in front of Victoria to take the bullet in an assassination attempt.

"It simply did not happen and Her Majesty questioned the need for such a dramatic inaccuracy. She also thought the uniforms worn by the British officers looked too Germanic."

The film stars Emily Blunt as Victoria, Rupert Friend as Albert and Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne while the script was devised by Gosford Park screenwriter Julian Fellowes.

He has already talked candidly about other inaccuracies in the film, saying such "trivial" matters do not distract many viewers. I think it's a lovely film," Mr Fellowes told the Telegraph's Mandrake column. "What does it matter? The question people ask themselves is: 'Is the movie good or is it not good?' That's the point. This is not something that will concern ordinary people."
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheBaxter on Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:03 pm

Peven wrote:this actually looks like it is fun........ light, insubstantial, fun



Powerless? if i want to watch a sitcom about the Democratic party, i'll just turn on MSNBC.
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Re: Victoria on PBS

Postby Maui on Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:15 pm

TheButcher wrote:
Maui wrote:I am two episodes into Victoria on PBS. Not sure how I feel about this series yet. They have already made Lord Melbourne a dashing suitor, romantically linked to Victoria, which is historically incorrect. We shall see how the next few episodes play out.

I liked it, but it had too many rats.


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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:14 am

Peven wrote:this actually looks like it is fun........ light, insubstantial, fun



If you're looking for good, light comedies, TBS came out of nowhere and started kicking ass all of a sudden. The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party are all really enjoyable.
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Re: Random Coaxial

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:59 pm

so sorry wrote:

This looks kinda good actually.


It is....quite good. I am only 3 episodes in but so far so good. I don't think I've every seen Olyphant in such a goofy role. He's really fun to watch.
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Re: NETFLIX's The Crown

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Maui wrote:
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Maui wrote:I watched the entire season of The Crown on Netflix. This is a top notch series with superb acting by Claire Foy, John Lithgow and Dr. Who (aka Matt Smith). The story line for Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend's ill-fated love affair is heartbreaking to watch. Can't wait for season 2.

Hans Zimmer - The Crown Main Title (2016)


Hans Zimmer brilliance.

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Fievel on Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:32 pm

Watched Legion last night.... awesome. I hope that it can continue with the same quality.
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Re: NETFLIX's The Crown

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheBaxter on Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:53 pm

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no no no no NO

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DO NOT WANT!!!!

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now, i will grant that there is probably no other topic more horrifying than the 2016 election, with the obvious exception of the next 4 years (give or take) of his presidency.
but i do not want to relive that election. i do not want to watch any tv show, movie, or other entertainment medium that forces me to relive that shit show. i love AHS, but if they are seriously going to do the next season about this election, i am going to have to skip it.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:14 pm



Anyone else looking forward to this? I know I am.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:30 pm

for anyone not watching 24: Legacy, i can sum it up for you in 5 words:

new lead, same ridiculous plotlines
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:28 am

TheBaxter wrote:for anyone not watching 24: Legacy, i can sum it up for you in 5 words:

new lead, same ridiculous plotlines


But does he have a Sack?????
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:10 pm

so sorry wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:for anyone not watching 24: Legacy, i can sum it up for you in 5 words:

new lead, same ridiculous plotlines


But does he have a Sack?????


you be the judge

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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:14 pm

Yup, that's a millenially-douchey version of the jack-sack all right!
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:29 am

I like that his gun is the same color as his sack. If that's not a phallic symbol I don't know what is.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:12 pm

I'm two episodes into Big Little Lies on HBO. So far so good.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Wolfpack on Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:36 pm

Watching Star Trek the Animated Series on Netflix. They promote recycling by using the same shots over and over again.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:23 pm

Maui wrote:I'm two episodes into Big Little Lies on HBO. So far so good.


Against my better judgement I watched most of the first episode and actually thought it was pretty good.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:34 pm

so sorry wrote:
Maui wrote:I'm two episodes into Big Little Lies on HBO. So far so good.


Against my better judgement I watched most of the first episode and actually thought it was pretty good.


It is pretty good, isn't it?

I like all the flashbacks and flash-forwards. It makes things more interesting. I have a feeling we won't find out who was murdered until the very end. I do have some theories though.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:28 pm

Maui wrote:I like all the flashbacks and flash-forwards. It makes things more interesting. I have a feeling we won't find out who was murdered until the very end. I do have some theories though.


Speculate away! I'm not watching the show currently but I read the book, and from what I can tell it's structured pretty much the same.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby so sorry on Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:39 am

Maui wrote:
so sorry wrote:
Maui wrote:I'm two episodes into Big Little Lies on HBO. So far so good.


Against my better judgement I watched most of the first episode and actually thought it was pretty good.


It is pretty good, isn't it?

I like all the flashbacks and flash-forwards. It makes things more interesting. I have a feeling we won't find out who was murdered until the very end. I do have some theories though.



Wait, it isn't know who was murdered? Again, I only watched 75% of the first episode, but I just assumed they were being coy about talking about the murder, which I assumed was Reese Witherspoon.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:28 pm

so sorry wrote:
Maui wrote:
so sorry wrote:
Maui wrote:I'm two episodes into Big Little Lies on HBO. So far so good.


Against my better judgement I watched most of the first episode and actually thought it was pretty good.


It is pretty good, isn't it?

I like all the flashbacks and flash-forwards. It makes things more interesting. I have a feeling we won't find out who was murdered until the very end. I do have some theories though.



Wait, it isn't know who was murdered? Again, I only watched 75% of the first episode, but I just assumed they were being coy about talking about the murder, which I assumed was Reese Witherspoon.


Me thinks that's too easy of an assumption to make but I've been known to be wrong before.

I need to watch more of this unfold but as of now I'm leaning towards the murdered victim being a male.

Episode 3 tonight! :twisted:
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Re: Taboo

Postby Maui on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:33 pm

Anyone watching this on FX?

I'm 5 episodes in and loving it. Mostly due to Tom Hardy. Ridley Scott is a producer if that gets you excited.
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Re: Taboo

Postby Fievel on Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:42 pm

Maui wrote:Anyone watching this on FX?

I'm 5 episodes in and loving it. Mostly due to Tom Hardy. Ridley Scott is a producer if that gets you excited.


I was intrigued when it was initially teased a year ago, but haven't watched it yet. It quickly fell into the "I'm sure I'd like it but can't seem to start watching" category. I hate when that happens. The Night Manager was in this category as well... still need to watch that, too.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:23 pm

Maui wrote:
so sorry wrote:Wait, it isn't know who was murdered? Again, I only watched 75% of the first episode, but I just assumed they were being coy about talking about the murder, which I assumed was Reese Witherspoon.


Me thinks that's too easy of an assumption to make but I've been known to be wrong before.

I need to watch more of this unfold but as of now I'm leaning towards the murdered victim being a male.


I don't want to be a big old douche and give away too much, but I will confirm that it is NOT Reese Witherspoon who dies.
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Re: Taboo

Postby Maui on Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:06 pm

Fievel wrote:
Maui wrote:Anyone watching this on FX?

I'm 5 episodes in and loving it. Mostly due to Tom Hardy. Ridley Scott is a producer if that gets you excited.


I was intrigued when it was initially teased a year ago, but haven't watched it yet. It quickly fell into the "I'm sure I'd like it but can't seem to start watching" category. I hate when that happens. The Night Manager was in this category as well... still need to watch that, too.


It's just been renewed for another season!
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:09 pm

Ribbons wrote:
Maui wrote:
so sorry wrote:Wait, it isn't know who was murdered? Again, I only watched 75% of the first episode, but I just assumed they were being coy about talking about the murder, which I assumed was Reese Witherspoon.


Me thinks that's too easy of an assumption to make but I've been known to be wrong before.

I need to watch more of this unfold but as of now I'm leaning towards the murdered victim being a male.


I don't want to be a big old douche and give away too much, but I will confirm that it is NOT Reese Witherspoon who dies.


I'm leaning towards either Reese's ex-husband OR Nicole's abusive husband but I just don't have enough clues yet.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:47 pm

I completed both season 1 and 2 of Narcos on Netflix. I haven't enjoyed a crime drama series like this in a very long time. I vaguely remember this story in the news back in the late 80s. Pablo Escobar, narco terrorist. Geez, he was evil. This is an excellent show. I really enjoyed how they injected life footage into the series.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:50 pm

So, I've watched the first 2 episodes of Iron Fist on Netflix. I'm a bit neutral at this point.
Anyone else seen any of the episodes?
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Ribbons on Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:53 pm

I've heard Iron Fist is crap, but because I'm invested in this whole Defenders thing I'm going to start watching it this weekend. I'm not looking forward to it.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Fievel on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:07 pm

Ribbons wrote:I've heard Iron Fist is crap, but because I'm invested in this whole Defenders thing I'm going to start watching it this weekend. I'm not looking forward to it.


Same! :lol:
I might start tomorrow, though. It's odd having this nagging feeling that I MUST watch something even though I know it will likely be shit.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby Maui on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:17 pm

Fievel wrote:
Ribbons wrote:I've heard Iron Fist is crap, but because I'm invested in this whole Defenders thing I'm going to start watching it this weekend. I'm not looking forward to it.


Same! :lol:
I might start tomorrow, though. It's odd having this nagging feeling that I MUST watch something even though I know it will likely be shit.


I am just finding the lead character very weak. This is kind of a problem, huh.
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Re: Random Coaxial

Postby TheButcher on Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:12 am

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Re: Netflix’s The Crown

Postby TheButcher on Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:03 pm

Maui wrote:I watched the entire season of The Crown on Netflix. This is a top notch series with superb acting by Claire Foy, John Lithgow and Dr. Who (aka Matt Smith). The story line for Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend's ill-fated love affair is heartbreaking to watch. Can't wait for season 2.

The Crown: Did Winston Churchill really burn the Sutherland portrait and hide his stroke?
IN Netflix’s The Crown, John Lithgow plays Winston Churchill as an angry and sickly Prime Minister, but what was he like in real life?
REISS SMITH wrote:Did Churchill really burn the Sutherland painting?

In episode nine, the Houses of Parliament commission a portrait by British modernist Graham Sutherland to present to Churchill on as an 80th birthday gift.

The beleaguered Prime Minister sits for several sessions with the artist and implores Sutherland to paint a flattering portrait representative of “the Prime Minister and everything that great office represents”.

After the two men bond over the loss of their children, Churchill unveils the portrait at Westminster Abbey. He is shocked by the frail depiction of himself and sarcastically declares it “a remarkable example of modern art”.

The octogenarian tells Sutherland that he will not accept the unflattering painting, which he labels a “betrayal of friendship and an unpatriotic cowardly assault by the individualistic left”.

The episode is mostly based on real events. In 1954, Churchill unveiled the portrait in Westminster Abbey using the exact same words uttered in the show.

In The Crown, Churchill's wife Clementine burned the offending artwork in the couple's garden.

In real life, Clementine originally claimed to have set fire to the massive painting herself. But while writing a biography of the Prime Minister’s wife, Sonia Purell discovered that she had asked secretary Grace Hamblin to do the dirty work for her.

Grace enlisted her “burly” brother to help her sneak the painting out of the Churchills' cellar in the dead of night and burned it on a bonfire several miles away.

The painting was supposed to hang in Westminster Abbey after Churchill’s death.

Sutherland called the Churchills’ actions “without question an act of vandalism” and the portrait has been described as a “lost masterpiece”.

Sketches from Sutherland’s sessions with Churchill are on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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Re: Netflix’s The Crown

Postby TheButcher on Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:03 pm

The Crown's John Lithgow: 'Churchill was often wrong – he spent his life overcoming mistakes'
Gabriel Tate wrote:At first glance, the very notion of John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is absurd. The American’s slender 6’4” frame, ovoid features and gentle demeanour are the very opposite of the squat, rotund British bulldog of lore. It’s a tribute both to the two-time Oscar nominee and some heroic work from costume, make-up and hair departments that The Crown, Netflix’s latest blockbuster, isn’t derailed by the disparity.

For although the focus of Peter Morgan’s drama is on Elizabeth and Philip, without Churchill there would have been no series at all. “As I discovered while I was writing [2006 film] The Queen, the dynamic is so electric when you have the elected power and the inherited power,” explains Morgan, “Churchill was 73 when Elizabeth became Queen in her mid-twenties. I thought, ‘That’s a relationship I would like to explore,’ and out of that came the idea that there was more to this than a single film; this could actually work as a television show.”

Lithgow, speaking at a press event in Paris, was as surprised as anyone to be approached. “I thought they’d got the wrong guy. I was intimidated by the role, but I wasn’t about to say no to it. Other people have often had more faith in me than I had in myself – I never thought I could pull off Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp, or Of Mice and Men’s Lennie as one of my first acting jobs. Churchill is so particular. He’s as different from the rest of the population of Britain as he is from me. He’s such a wonderful tangle of idiosyncracies and contradictions that an extremely unlikely piece of casting like this is an ingenious idea.”

Nonetheless, Lithgow was up against the weight of history and acting tradition in a way his co-stars were not. While perhaps only Helen Mirren has stuck in the memory as a non-parodic Elizabeth and it’s almost impossible to recall a definitive Philip, Churchill has been represented on film, with varying degrees of success, by actors ranging from Albert Finney and Robert Hardy to Michael Gambon and Richard Burton. “Finney was wonderful,” concedes Lithgow, “but his performance was liberating for me. I thought, ‘Fine, it’s not essential to be him, I just have to tell his story, to embody what he meant to all these people and how he affected them.’ My greatest ambition was to just make people temporarily forget about the actual Winston Churchill and accept this.”

He achieves this up to a point, without ever quite disappearing into the role. Nonetheless, his scowling, growling, glowering performance is considered rather than hammy, transcending mere impersonation in spite of the prominence of all the traditional Churchillian motifs – cigars, V-signs, sermons from the bathtub. Only among his intimates, such as George V (a profoundly touching performance from Jared Harris) or Harriet Walter’s weary, wise Clemmie, does this Churchill allow himself to display discretion and sensitivity.

The first series spans 1947-57, a fascinating decade in Churchill’s life. Returning to Downing Street in 1951, powers demonstrably waning, he is still able to reassert his own authority when the occasion calls for it. “Churchill faced his own diminishing capabilities and increasing irrelevance by maintaining the sense that he was the only one who could solve whatever problem was before him,” says Lithgow. “He was very often wrong, of course, but then he had spent so much of his life overcoming appalling mistakes, disasters and rejections.”

In the first two episodes alone, he prevails through sheer defiance on two key occasions: first, by stage-managing his own entrance to Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding and then foiling Anthony Eden’s (a spry Jeremy Northam) brewing cabinet revolt with a barnstorming radio address following the king’s death. But one association above all underpins The Crown.

“Churchill’s relationship with the queen follows a beautiful trajectory,” says Lithgow, “all tracked in these wonderful audience scenes. She’s this completely untutored queen who, arguably because of his instructions, gradually realises her role and sense of her own power, eventually coming to overrule and discipline him. His last audience with her in 1955 is extremely moving, when age and infirmity force him to step down [after a stroke].”

Now 71, Lithgow admits that the role gave him pause to consider the possibility that his own abilities may soon be in decline, although this relentlessly cheerful man isn’t cowed by the prospect. “I’m getting older, but better too. And the roles are getting better. I played Lear [at New York’s Delcorte Theatre] when I was just about old enough, while still having the strength and brain power to take the role. I’ve entered that particular sweet spot. Not completely enviable, I grant you, but to have the opportunity to play parts like Churchill makes me very proud.”

The first series of The Crown is available now on Netflix
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