How Well Do The Queen and Camilla Actually Get Along?

Prince Charles’s wife has been known in three different incarnations. As a young woman she was Camilla Shand, the popular debutante girlfriend of the 23-year-old prince, who went on to marry her ex-boyfriend Andrew Parker-Bowles. She was Camilla Parker-Bowles for 32 years, a wife and mother, and later the reviled mistress of her former beau Prince Charles. Now, for the past 12 years, she has been The Duchess of Cornwall; married at last to her prince, she has become a valued and well-loved member of the royal family. But how has her relationship with the queen changed over the years?

As a young woman, she had a warm relationship with the queen. Camilla’s husband Andrew was the Queen Mother’s godson, and the couple were often guests at Buckingham Palace. However, when Camilla and Charles started their affair and the queen heard about it, she was said to believe the way they had gone about it was irresponsible, and Camilla was banned from the palace. After Charles and Diana separated in 1992, the prince and Camilla were discreet in the continuation of their relationship, but with encouragement from the queen in 1997 they were about to go public — when Diana tragically died.

Over the next few years, as the family mended and focused on the future, Charles and Camilla quietly continued their romance. The queen believed they should go public rather than it seeming like they were hiding away, so they formalized their relationship by attending Camilla’s sister’s 50th birthday party together in 1999. Three years later, relations between the two women continued to improve as the queen included Camilla in her Golden Jubilee celebrations, and she then gave Charles and Camilla permission to marry in 2005. At their wedding reception she gave a warm and fond speech where she said, «My son is home and dry with the woman he loves.»

In the 12 years since then, it has become clear that the queen values Camilla as a good match for her son and as a stable, resilient, and well-liked member of the family. As always, when it comes to the queen, actions speak louder than words — and there was no stronger show of her feelings toward her daughter-in-law than when she asked Camilla to sit beside her in her carriage at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The queen has also awarded Camilla two important honors: The Royal Family Order and the Grand Cross of the Victorian Order, both of which symbolize a very personal seal of approval from Her Majesty.

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Actually, Trump Is NOT Under Investigation, His Lawyer Insists

A fun activity when following the ever-unraveling Trump administration is watching the president’s associates struggle to maintain their story lines despite their master’s tweets. Today, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit to insist that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction…

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If ‘The Mummy’ Actually IS Tom Cruise’s Worst Movie, It Certainly Won’t Be His Only Bad One

The reviews are starting to pour in for the latest iteration of The Mummy, in theaters later this week. And so far they are… not good. Certainly not the reaction Universal must have been hoping for, considering they have hung their entire «Dark Universe» franchise on this movie as a foundation. We will be offering up our own take on the film later this week, tackling the important questions like «Is it worth watching?» and «Is it better than the Brendan Fraser one?» (IS ANYTHING BETTER THAN THAT MOVIE, I THINK NOT). Personally, I haven’t seen this latest version yet so I can’t really confirm or refute any of the reviews I’ve read so far. But one hot take did give me pause: IndieWire’s David Ehrlich and his confident assertion that The Mummy is «the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made» — a sentiment that is repeated in the title of his review.

I can’t say for sure that he’s wrong, because as I mentioned I haven’t yet seen this movie. Furthermore, I haven’t seen every movie Tom Cruise has ever been in. C’mon — did anyone actually watch Knight and Day? But one thing I know for sure is that Tom Cruise has been in at least one other truly godawful movie: 2005’s War of the Worlds.

I realize not everyone agrees with me. War of the Worlds is a Steven Spielberg movie with a respectable score of 73 on Metacritic. Other Tom Cruise vehicles have far worse average ratings (even Edge of Tomorrow only nets out with a rating of 71). And yet. AND YET. No other Tom Cruise movie I’ve seen has made me as viscerally angry as this one. I was so angry that I somehow managed to scrub my memory of all details regarding the plot, the visuals, or any other aspect of the movie. All I was left with were some weird flashes of apocalyptic mayhem and the certainty that whatever actually DID happen in the film, none of it was worth it.

So, in the effort of being vaguely journalistic, I did some research to refresh my memory. Read some reviews, looked up the plot synopsis, even checked how it compares to the original H.G. Wells story. Because War of the Worlds, much like The Mummy, is an iteration of something that has been adapted several times before in different ways. And in doing so, I managed to dredge up some actual reasoning behind my seemingly irrational response. So, spoiler alert for a 12-year-old movie based on a book that’s over a hundred years old:

That. Fucking. Ending.

Look, I get that aliens getting killed by Earth microbes is the actual ending of the original story, and really I don’t mind it as a device. It’s clever, it’s faithful, and it allows the invasion to be terrifying without requiring the human population to somehow rise up and defeat the aliens. An unimaginably large threat beaten by an unimaginably small detail — there is symmetry to that. But it didn’t fit THIS movie, which was somehow a post-9/11 allegory for terror and the ways humanity deals with fear and loss of control. So the film, which took pleasure in ratcheting up the tension for its entire runtime, ended in a whimper without any catharsis. Humans were powerless and meaningless.

But I can’t really blame Tom Cruise for the ending. Everything else I hated can be pegged to his character, however. In the midst of the invasion, Tom Cruise plays a Tom Cruise-y divorced dad who isn’t very good at taking care of his kids, but you know he’s going to go on a journey and become a better father because their lives literally depend on him. And he’s basically still a failure! I remember yelling at the TV when he lets his son, played by Justin Chatwin, run off to join a battle at one point. When faced with a choice between his kids, he chose to let his son die to save his daughter. Which… would be fine, if it was a real consequence.

But the son doesn’t die. We don’t know how or why, but when Tom Cruise makes it to Boston to reunite his daughter with his ex-wife, HIS SON IS ALREADY THERE. Needless to say, I yelled at the screen again. And then apparently actively removed the experience of watching it from my brain.

So sure, maybe The Mummy will be the worst Tom Cruise movie ever. But it sure as shit isn’t his only bad one.


Usher’s Reason For Missing the One Love Manchester Concert Is Actually Really Sweet

Usher was among the list of esteemed musicians set to perform at Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert on Sunday, an event held to benefit and honor the victims of the bombing that occurred during Ariana’s Manchester show on May 22. Along with Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, and Pharrell Williams, Usher was scheduled to hit the stage between Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, but ended up being a no-show. Manchester native Liam Gallagher performed in his place, and disappointed fans soon took to Twitter to ask, «Usher, where art thou?»

The singer did tweet out a link to the One Love Manchester live stream, but his absence begged a few questions: Was he sick at home? Did his flight get canceled? Was he an actual usher helping guests to their seats? The real reason for his not being there is a lot more understandable. According to an Instagram posted on Monday, Usher said that he missed the concert because one of his sons was having his first day «at Camp Kudzu, one of the few summer camps for kids living with diabetes.» Aww. Read on for some fan reactions, as well as Usher’s explanation.

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Reddit Asks The Question: ‘Which Villain Actually Had a Point?’

You know what they say: One man’s hero is another man’s Brigadier General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris) in The Rock.

In other words, ‘Which Villain Actually Had a Point?’


Brigadier General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris) in The Rock.
He wants to give money to the families of Recon Marines who died on clandestine missions but who the government wouldn’t compensate.


Maleficent. I’m quoting here:
«In medieval culture, an event like a royal christening is not a private party; it’s the public social event of the year. To not invite any person of rank to such an event is a deadly insult. …The only way the King and Queen could possibly have gotten away with not inviting Maleficent was to not invite any of the fairies at all; inviting the other fairies and excluding her is explicitly taking sides in the conflict between the fairy factions.
Which means they made themselves her sworn enemies, and she responded by treating them as such from then on. If you actually get into analyzing the social dynamics of the scene, it’s very clear that Maleficent was willing to show mercy at first by giving the King and Queen a chance to apologize for their disrespect to her. She doesn’t curse Aurora until after she gives them that chance.»


Roy Batty. Blade Runner. The replicants were just trying to survive! They were created to be slaves, and despite what everyone CHOSE to believe, the replicants had complicated, human emotions and experiences. All they wanted was the chance to live a long, happy life. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Also, Roy’s final speech (especially the tears in rain line which was an improv), was incredibly moving.


Not quite what you meant, but I find the story of Medusa quite sad.
She was originally a beautiful woman. She was so beautiful that she catches the eye of Poseidon. Poseidon is a god and he gets what he wants. He wants her, so he rapes her in a temple to Athena. Athena, despite being the Goddess of Wisdom, is all «Well you should’ve known better than to get raped inside my temple. And she punishes Medusa by turning her into a gorgon.
So Medusa has now been raped and lost everything and she can’t even talk to anyone about it. Everyone that looks at her turns to stone and dies. So Medusa retreats and lives in solitude. Until a «hero» comes looking to kill her just for the fame. Then another «hero» and another. She spends years dodging men who would kill her because of her curse. Tormented because of a choice made for her. Until one day one of those «heroes» (Perseus) actually succeeds and murders her.
She wasn’t a villain with a point. She was a tragic story to warn girls about the perils of being too beautiful.


The giant in Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack is a thieving little shit who repeatedly breaks into the giant’s house and then murders him when he gets caught.


Jim Lahey. Sure, he might be a drunken shitbird, but all he wants as trailerpark supervisor is to make Sunnyvale a half-decent place to live. Instead, he is getting constantly fucked-over by nearly EVERYONE in the park.


The Wicked Witch. She just wanted her sister’s shoes. Glinda comes along, magics them onto Dorothy’s feet, and antagonizes the witch.


I would say Magneto. He always thought that humans would wipe mutants out, and to be fair, they tried to!


Scorpius from Farscape. Yeah, he’s a relentlessly amoral manipulative bastard and sometimes murderer… but the Scarrans he wants to defeat are every bit as bad and as dangerous as he says, possessing superior forces to the Peacekeepers and with an intent to enslave the entire galaxy. By that standard, Scorpius’ methods are extreme but maybe necessary.


Benny from the musical «RENT».
He just wanted his friends to get jobs and pay their rent like responsible adults. He even goes so far as to offer his two former roommates free rent and guaranteed jobs in their field. In New York City, which is not only I) one of the most expensive places to live in the world, but also II) one of the most saturated arts markets in the world.
All he asks in return is that they get Maureen to cancel her shitty performance art so that businessmen who own a property can develop it. But no: that would be selling out! Then his friends act like dicks at a café and shame him in front of his business colleagues. Then, to add insult to injury, Angel kills his dog. She kills his dog! And the protagonists just laugh it off.

Ultron. He probably spent five minutes on YouTube and decided that humanity had to go.


Mewtwo from the first Pokemon movie. He was created just to be a tool for destruction, and then eventually favors that our own actions decide who we are, and to not be judged on where we came from. Mewtwo just wanted to find his place in the world.


Red Hood/Jason Todd basically wanted two things: tighter control over Gotham’s criminal underworld (if you can’t destroy it, at least make sure you’re not trafficking people or selling drugs to kids) and the Joker’s head on a platter. Batman’s morals obligated him to interfere, but I honestly don’t think most of the audience really had a problem with either of those goals.


Tom from the Tom And Jerry cartoons. Mice are disease spreading freeloading vermin and he was just doing his job as a housecat. He often gave the mouse plenty of warning to vacate the premises.


Pretty much any villain from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Barbosa in the first movie wanted to break a curse so that he and his crew could actually feel stuff again.
Davy Jones wanted Jack Sparrow to pay his due instead of procrastinating and cheating him.
And in the latest movie, Salazar wants to kill Sparrow because he’s the reason Salazar’s crew is all cursed. Like Barbosa, he too wants to be human again.


Dr. Frankenfurter. He didn’t invite Janet and Brad into his house. He and his crew were just doin’ their thing when a couple prissy, judgmental 20-somethings broke into his home.


Barry Dylan on Archer.
Archer dropped him twice, abandoned him in space, blew him up, and sodomized his fiance.


Shere Khan in the live action Jungle Book.
«Don’t let that human in, his Dad set fire to my face».
Nobody listens.
«Don’t let that human in, he’ll set fire to the forest!»
Nobody listens.
Human sets fire to forest. Human kills Shere Khan with fire. Everyone is inexplicably happy that the endangered tiger died.


I am late, but Elmer Fudd. 1st encounter with Bugs Bunny ended with him being thrown into a lake and Bugs watched and laughed as he drowned. All Elmer wanted to do is nature photography .
His grudge is justified.


Ozymandias was right. In order to stop a world in the brink of nuclear war, tragedy needs to strike in order to unite all of man kind against a common enemy.
Millions died so that Billions would be saved.

Sylvester the cat. I hate that annoying Tweety bird! Same goes for Wile E. Coyote.


ACME is the real villain here peddling such low quality goods just because they have a monopoly on shipping their wares to the Sonoran desert.


Petr Knava
lives in London and plays music


The Story Behind Jason Momoa’s Sexy Eyebrow Scar Is Actually Really Scary

We could sit here all day and talk about how sexy Jason Momoa is (His muscles? Stop. His back? Get out. His large man presence? Done.) But we’re not going to do that, because as sure as the day is long, this too is a cold, hard fact. But what we are going to do is talk about his sexy as hell eyebrow scar (yep, the one that makes it look like he’s always kind of grinning at you while also giving off an evil villain vibe). While it’s easy to assume that a perfect and beautiful human like Jason was born with something so unique, he wasn’t, and the story behind it is actually quite scary.

In an 2011 interview with Access Hollywood, the Aquaman actor revealed he got the scar from a man he believed was taking part in a gang initiation. «It was crazy. A guy smashed a pint glass in my face. I got a little over 140 stitches in my face,» he said of the bar fight. «[Hair] just doesn’t grow there anymore.» He also joked that he married wife Lisa Bonet before it happened, so she had to embrace it. «I got my wife beforehand, so . . . if she doesn’t like it, too bad. She likes it.»

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Animal Kingdom on TNT at 9:00pm ET. Second season premiere. Perhaps this is unfair, but the whole «crime family organized under a strong pack mother» setup just makes me think of this as «Sons of Not Quite Anarchy, But a Lot of Mischief».

iZombie on The CW at 9:00pm ET.

The Americans on FX at 10:00pm ET. Fifth season finale. The next season will be only 10 episodes long and it will be the final season. But the writers have known that the sixth season would be the final one since last year, so they should have had the time to wrap up everything well, which is exciting! Not a lot of shows get that kind of lead time to plan out the end of the series, so good on FX for working that out.

Fear Factor on MTV at 10:00pm ET. Eighth season premiere. All the wonderful shows that have been cancelled and this thing keeps going. I know the reason is that it’s dirt cheap to film people doing gross things for money and good, scripted television tends to cost more, but I’m still disappointed in all of us somehow.

World of Dance on NBC at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is Jennifer Lopez’s new dance competition. That’s all.


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