Movies

Discover the Historical Personalities Behind ‘Victoria and Abdul’

Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in Victoria and Abdul, the biographical drama showcasing the unexpected friendship of the Queen and her Indian servant. (Image courtesy of Focus Features © 2017)

Fans of the hit Masterpiece series Victoria will be thrilled to see their favorite British Queen later in life when the new movie Victoria and Abdul opens in theaters in the US on Friday, September 22nd.

Inspired by extraordinary true-life events, the script, based on Shrabani Basu’s book, reveals the unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria and Mohammad Hafiz Abdul Karim, a young Indian sent to England in 1887 to attend Her Majesty during her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Here for your edification and enjoyment is the run-down of the historical who’s who in the movie:

'Downton Abbey' Cast Members Reunite for ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars as Juliet Ashton in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. (Photo courtesy of Studiocanal ©2017)

While fans of Downton Abbey patiently await updates from creator/writer Julian Fellowes on his plans for a theatrical movie of the mega-hit Masterpiece historical drama, a new movie featuring four of its cast members has been filming in England and The Channel Islands. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, adapted from the international best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, is somewhat of a mini-reunion for Downton cast members. The World War II period drama will star Lily James as free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton and feature Jessica Brown Findlay as Elizabeth McKenna, Matthew Goode as Sidney Stark, and Penelope Wilton as Amelia Maugery.

‘The Full Monty' is 20 Years Old: Where is the Cast Now?

The cast of The Full Monty (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures/Channel Four Films)

Hard to believe but this week marks two decades since movie-going audiences were introduced to a group of unemployed misfits from Sheffield, England desperate to make a few quid. So bad are their prospects, in fact, that the impulsive idea to form a local Chippendale-esque troupe morphs into a reasonable money making idea.

In case you don't recognize it, this is the premise for British underdog comedy, The Full Monty. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the film's release this past August, we thought it might be fun to see what has happened in the careers of a sampling of its cast members.

Dunkirk On-Screen

2017's Dunkirk movie poster (Photo: Image courtesy of Warner Brothers and Syncopy)

The narrative of the Dunkirk evacuation has graced the big screen since the 1940s. Telly Visions takes a look at the cinematic history of this military rescue from Mrs. Miniver to Christopher Nolan's epic take on this historical event.

Music Films to Get You in the Glastonbury Mood

GlGlastonbury in lights in 2011 (Photo:By Flickr user jaswooduk, used under Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons)

The 2017 Glastonbury Festival is underway in Somerset in the Southwest of England. This five day event is a celebration of contemporary performing arts, but is particularly known for being a mecca for live music.

Of course most of us won’t be making the trip to this iconic festival. Whether it’s a lack of funds (I've read tickets are sold out anyhow) or an aversion to large crowds and mud, there are some films out there that bring the British live music experience directly to you. Hopefully one of the following selections can fill your Glastonbury void.

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