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Camilla Parker Bowles was accused of making people feel uncomfortable when she took too prominent a role in a service to commemorate Diana, Princess of Wales, according to resurfaced reports.

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The Old Guard movie review: Charlize Theron’s Netflix film is what action movies should be – NEWS.com.au

The Old Guard is what an action movie should be

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The world is not in want of an action movie, but it is in want of great action movies. The Old Guard is one of those rare creatures, often whispered about, but rarely seen.Starring Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthias Schoenaerts, The Old Guard is a movie that combines exhilarating action set pieces with emotional character beats – something you can invest in and care about, not just a series of booms, bangs and gunfire.
Theron stars as Andy, the leader of a group of immortal warriors who have spent centuries – in Andy’s case, millennia – fighting the good fight but feeling they’re making little difference in world that is only more fractured and pessimistic.
Lethal with an axe, she and her compatriots Booker (Schoenaerts), Joe (Marwan Kenzari) and Nicky (Luca Marinelli) cannot die – well, they can die, but they don’t know when the last bullet through the heart will be their last which gives them more meaning and purpose than you’d expect for immortals.
Anyone who watched the final season of The Good Place can attest to that.
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After a year apart, the four reunite only for two things to happen. The first is they become the prey for a snivelly pharmaceutical boss, Merrick (Harry Melling), who must be modelled on old mate Martin Shkreli, looking to unlock the secret of their eternal DNA.
And the second is they can sense a new member in their ranks, the first in 200 years, whose human death has “awakened” her immortal self. That newbie is Niles Freedman (KiKi Layne), a US army soldier stationed in the Middle East.
How The Old Guard, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and adapted from comic books by Greg Rucka, excels where so many fail is through the balance of action with the demands of the rest of the story. If there’s a shoot ’em up, it serves a story purpose, and furthers the character arcs.
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Too many action movies think they can skate by with endless set pieces that do little other than to show off the skills of its stuntspeople, and how fast an editor can cut between shots so you never need to know that it’s not really the named actors running at that fence.
That tendency to be overly propulsive – and overusing wires, CGI – means so many action movies are laughably uninteresting. You can’t follow a series of blurs.
In The Old Guard, the action sequences are grounded, relying on well-choreographed, gritty, close-quarter hand-to-hand combat in wide shots that tell a coherent and cohesive story of a fight, even when there are multiple players in the tableau.
Theron has form after the likes of Atomic Blonde and Mad Max: Fury Road, so you can see that it’s actually her throwing and taking the punches, which makes it that much more engaging for an audience.
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The pharmaceutical boss subplot isn’t particularly interesting, but it serves as a device in which The Old Guard creates jeopardy for Andy and her crew, leading to them asking more questions about their purpose, their contributions and their unit.
It’s that relatable character work in a movie that’s so high-concept which fuels The Old Guard.
That and the performances – none of the actors play their characters as if they’re in a high-concept movie, they just play them as they’re your neighbours who just happen to be immortal and deadly in combat.
The Old Guard is a great film, not just as a Charlize Theron vehicle, but one that gives you exactly what you want from an action movie.
Rating: 4/5
The Old Guard is on Netflix from Friday, July 10 at 5pm AEST
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Jessica Simpson celebrates the end of her 30s by slipping into 14-year-old jeans – 9TheFIX

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Jessica Simpson is celebrating the end of her 30s in the best way possible.
On Thursday (US Time), Simpson, 39, slipped into a pair of old vintage jeans that had been sitting in her closet for 14 years.
“I have kept these throwback True Religion jeans in my closet for 14 yrs (I’m not exaggerating!),” Simpson wrote on Instagram, with a photo of her wearing her old pair of denim jeans while posing in front of a mirror.
“I figured that since I’m in the final hours of my 30s I’d give them another try, and hello 40, so nice to meet you,” she added.
Two weeks ago, Simpson shared another sizzling snap of her posing in a cowboy hat, mesh wrap and bikini in the buildup to her 40th birthday.
“YEE-HAW to my final days in my 30’s,” the mum-of-three captioned the pic on June 27.
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Last month, Simpson’s personal trainer Harley Pasternak indicated that the singer had lost 100 lbs (approx. 45kg) by walking 14,000 steps a day.
Pasternak confirmed she “tipped the scales at 240 lbs (108 kgs)” after giving birth to her third child Birdie Mae in March 2019. “We had our work cut out for us and perhaps more so on this baby than the others,” Pasternak told E! News.
Together they worked on creating a plan that would be sustainable for the singer.
“It had to be more than just getting back from her baby weight, but how do I keep whatever I am doing now forever,” he said. “That’s why we are not a big fan of doing any extreme diet or radical forms of exercise.”

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Greyhound movie review: Streaming Tom Hanks film would’ve played better in a cinema – NEWS.com.au

Streaming Tom Hanks movie Greyhound should’ve been played in a cinema

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Theres no getting around it, Greyhound should be seen in a cinema.And it was originally meant to be.
The Tom Hanks World War II epic is a tight, disciplined war movie with some tense battle sequences, moving along at a propulsive pace. But it’s also meant to be seen on a big screen with the killer sound system of a theatre experience.
It’s no wonder Tom Hanks described, with almost alarming honesty (well, alarming to his “overlords at Apple”), the move from theatrical release to streaming was “absolute heartbreak”.
It’s a personal film for Hanks – he wrote the screenplay, adapted from the C.S. Forester book, The Good Shepherd.
Hanks plays a navy captain in command of a convoy of ships crossing the Atlantic from the US to the UK during World War II. The “Greyhound” in the title is the call-sign of his ship, which has been tasked with keeping the convoy (supply ships with goods and soldiers) safe from German U-boats.
It’s a simple premise and over its 90-minutes run time, Hanks’ Captain Ernest Krause must battle aggressive attacks from a Nazi “wolfpack” which taunts him over the radio, playing into Krause’s already manifesting self-doubt.
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Greyhound is adept at portraying the tension of sustained attacks over two days, always on edge wondering where the next torpedo is coming from, and where every little decision has consequences.
Hanks is great – he has that authoritative, comforting demeanour anytime he puts on a uniform – while the supporting cast which includes Karl Glusman, Rob Morgan and Stephen Graham don’t have much to do.
Greyhound was to be released into cinemas last month until the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans. With an ever-moving schedule and nowhere for it to land, its original distributor, Sony, looked around and took Apple’s offer to buy it for $US70 million.
Greyhound cost $US50 million to make and hadn’t really spent any money on marketing yet, so everyone was coming out ahead. And Apple got to spruik a high-profile Tom Hanks movie that’s exclusive to its subscription streaming service.
Apple isn’t the bad guy here, it’s doing what it thinks is good for its customers, and Greyhound might actually reach a bigger audience on the platform than if it was dumped into cinemas at some point against a slew of competing movies that have all been yanked around.
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But was it the right thing for the experience of watching Greyhound? No.
This is a movie that would have greatly benefited from being seen in a cinema, where it would’ve been more immersive and gripping.
For one thing, the movie takes place entirely at sea, on a cold, steel ship surging through a blue-grey ocean, sometimes under the cover of darkness, with rare bursts of orange flames as German U-boats are sunk.
Greyhound’s colour palette alone would’ve looked better in higher definition in a dark room, and you certainly miss the granular details of some scenes.
This a movie where the visuals, sound design and even its semi-claustrophobic atmosphere was made for a different experience to the one it will ultimately provide.
There is a suspenseful sequence in which this hefty ship must pivot quickly and specifically to dodge two torpedoes coming at it from different angles that would’ve played incredibly well on the big screen.
If you can, if you have a 70-inch 4K TV, or know someone who does, watch Greyhound on that. It’s your best bet.
Rating: 3/5
Greyhound is available to stream on Apple TV+ now
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