EN4 News Movie and TV Round-up

Liam Mackay and Olivia Hill round up this week’s entertainment news. Topics include the Oscars and the latest movie releases.

For more discussion on the Oscars, check out our Oscars reflection podcast here.

You can also check out Michaella Wheatley’s review of Fighting with my Family, or Olivia Hill’s review of Netflix’s Paddleton.

Entertainment weekly round-up

Olivia Hill takes you through this week’s entertainment news including the latest movie releases.

 

You can check out the full trailers for the films discussed in this video below:

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Toy Story 4

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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This bearded lady is the future of drag

“Hello, my name is Mystika Glamoor, and I’m everything you want me to be, darling.”

Gender is dead and people are living for it. The drag community in Edinburgh is rapidly growing and drag queens are being requested left and right.

The latest news in the Edinburgh drag scene is that the gender-bender queen, Mystika Glamoor, now has her very own show called ‘Glamoor! Kweer Kabaret’ at ‘The Street’ bar.

When Mystika isn’t living for the applause in crazy wigs, he is an artist, film director, and painter who goes by the name of Oskar Kirk Hansen. The half British, half Danish entertainer was born in Thailand, spent most of his teenage years in Italy and studied in Denmark.

Now, Mystika has finally made a home for himself after moving around the world. After just a year of doing drag, he was performing at said bar when he was asked: “Do you want this to be your home, and perform here once a month,” to which he replied: “I´ll do it once a week”.

From now on, he will take to the stage every Monday, and present you with a unique collection of performers. Bearded ladies, biological woman, burlesque dancers and performers who don’t fit into any categories, will not only make you laugh and cry hysterically, but also encourage you to think.

“I want to spread my influence around the world, and when you look like this, you are going to get a reaction,” Mystika said. “Even if that I just someone screaming faggot at you from across the room, or a drunken straight girl saying she loves me.”

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Mystika Glamoor/ Oskar Kirk Hansen hosting The Kweer Kabaret at The Street

Last night Mystika entered the stage wearing a cotton-candy-pink wig and holding a vintage microphone, “Hello, fellow heterosexuals.”

A screaming crowd, consisting of drag queens, drag kings, boys who like boys, girls who like girls, transgender men and woman, and — of course — the ever-so-loud straight girls, greeted him with laughter.

At ‘Glamoor! Kweer Kabaret’, bearded ladies, biological woman, burlesque dancers and performers who don’t fit into any categories, will make you laugh and cry hysterically, but will also encourage you to think.

One of the first things you might notice about Mystika is that he has a beard. He likes to explore the different dimensions of femininity and masculinity.

“My makeup is very thick and very theatrical in some ways,” Mystika explained. “I did try some prettier looks, but after seeing other drag queens dealing with people hitting on them, I decided that I don’t want that.

“Looking like this is giving me that extra confidence because I don’t have to conform to a certain beauty standard.”

Drag queens can suit every taste, from camp and crass to high fashion. Some look like Barbie, while others might give you a fright from their obscure look.

The thing about drag is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but at the same time, it’s deeply rooted in politics and it’s subversive. That might be why the art form is so captivating. They are not only entertaining a crowd, but the queens are also on a mission to humanise drag, fight for equality and challenge gay stereotypes.

“I hope people understand that it is an art form and that it’s political. It’s one of the most political art forms because it’s saying: ‘Hey! I don’t have to be the way you think I have to be’.”

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Rayna Destruction/ Jordan Phillps performing on the stage of Kweer Kabaret

Most people think that drag queens are just men who dress in women’s clothing and act like ladies. That’s not always the case, and definitely not in Mystika’s: “I think the conception we have about masculinity and femininity are not exactly dead, but they are not all that is out there.

“I identify mostly as a man, but I can identify as a woman sometimes too. I can turn into a woman, a trash monster or anything I want to be.

“In a way, I feel that labels are limiting and that people saying you have to pick one or the other, is ignorant and just wants to put you in a box.”

It’s at shows like the Kweer Kabaret that people — who usually feel like outcasts – can finally fit in. Here you can wear what you want, love whom you love and be who you are – or who you want to be for that matter.

“The main thing about drag is showing that in the end, it´s not all that serious. If I can be myself dressed like this, then you can accept yourself for who you are.

“I’m here to show you that you can be different and that it’s okay. We should show people that there is more out there, whether you are straight, gay, just coming out, or deeply homophobic.”

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Home crowd at the Hydro: Kevin Bridges Review

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Fans gathered at the SSE Hydro for the 14th night of Kevin Bridge’s sell-out tour. Credit to Guy Percival.

“That’s my sermon for the Sunday crowd!”–mild Kevin Bridges spoilers to follow. 

I recently went to see Clydebank comic Kevin Bridges on night 14 of his 19 sold out dates in a row at the SSE Hydro as part of his Brand New tour.

Selling out the nations biggest venue, 19 nights in a row is an achievement enough, but beyond that – after 3 sell-out UK tours – Kevin Bridges is still really funny.

In his warm Glaswegian brand of observational comedy, Bridges tackled a range of topics from Brexit and Trump to social media addiction and simply ordering Chinese food. Playing to his home crowd, he related international events to the sketchier of characters everyone in Glasgow, or Scotland for that matter, will know all too well.

None of this is to say that Bridges only goes for the topical, or dances around the fact that he is by this point a household name. Refreshingly, he talks a lot about the fame and fortune he has enjoyed, and how inconspicuous it makes him when trying to do things as simple as go for coffee in Glasgow’s West End.

And with that his persona has changed, he’s not really Clydebank anymore, he’s Byres Road. Years of success and a change of environment haven’t stopped Bridges from picking apart the human condition in his signature style, both as he sees it in Glasgow’s people and in world events. If anything, I’d say he’s getting better.

Despite going on his 14th night, there was still a buzz and sense of excitement in the crowd, and that is not something I’d expect Bridges to lose anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

Cuba comes calling

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Bartender makes rum cocktails

The Rum Festival returns to Edinburgh to share some drinks, some music, some food, and some more drinks.

The UK’s first ever travelling rum festival has returned to the capital for another weekend of rum filled goodness. As promised, they offered rum enthusiasts two evenings of live music, free sampling, great cocktails and Mexican food.

This year is the second time The Rum Festival has been held in Edinburgh, with last year’s event taking place at the Assembly Rooms. Lucy Douglas, events manager and founder of the festival, explained why she was keen to return to Scotland.

“People love and understand distilling in Scotland because of the whisky culture. They understand products and are open to trying new things – and for us, people trying new rum is what we are all about. It’s great because people are interested and they embrace what we do.”

To spice things up the team decided to move the festival down to the Biscuit Factory in Leith. Although they had an amazing time at the Assembly Rooms, Lucy says the venue was “too clean and very proper” and this year they wanted to find somewhere “a bit cooler and a bit more Cuban”.

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Steel drum band entertains the guests

An impressive selection of 109 rums were on show this year, with 15 different suppliers offering their expert knowledge, advice and tastings. One bar offered a variety of rum and mixers, whilst at another you could find a range of cocktails all made by an enthusiastic and talented team. The live music was typically Caribbean, only adding to the fun mood of the night.

The whole idea of The Rum Festival was born when Lucy realised there were not many places outside of central London where she could drink a variety of new and exciting rums. She decided this must change and in February last year she launched the UK’s first travelling rum festival.

With the recent surge popularity in gin and beer festivals, Lucy’s team of “rum’uns” are keeping up with the new trend. At the same time, they are offering their own original vibe, giving rum experts and novices alike an opportunity to get tasting in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

By Iona Young

The Darkest Hour @ 12pm

Cameron Storer is joined by our entertainment reporter Alex Heron to discuss Joe Wright’s latest blockbuster The Darkest Hour.

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Should you go and see this thrilling adaptation? Storer and Heron have the answer.

Gary Oldman portrays one of the most infamous leaders in WWII | Image Focus Features

Oprah Winfrey for President?

Her Golden Globes speech touching upon black and female empowerment went viral so far as to spark hopes of a 2020 presidential bid.

When asked if she would run for president, her partner Stedman Graham said she would “absolutely do it.” 

Oprah has said she would be interested

President Trump responded quickly to the idea: 

Oprah Winfrey has long been celebrated as a strong female role model, hosting her talk show for nearly three decades . She was accepting the lifetime achievement award when she made the speech.

She praised those who have stepped forward with their stories of sexual harassment and promised that ‘a new day is on the horizon’ for women everywhere.

Men should be ‘free to hit on women’, Catherine Deneuve declares

French actress Catherine Deneuve has denounced social media movement #MeToo and states that men have the right to hit on women.

The actress warns that trends like these lead to a new puritanism in an open letter; signed by Deneuve and 100 other acclaimed writers, actresses, and academics. It comes soon after the Harvey Weinstein scandal in 2017, where he was accused of sexually assaulting numerous women.

The letter, published in newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday, presents the argument that openly ‘shaming’ men is not supporting women. As well as stating that hashtags like #MeToo and #Balancetonporc (Call out your pig) have gone too far.

They claim: “Instead of helping women, this frenzy to send these (male chauvinist) ‘pigs’ to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty – religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries.”

“As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power, takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality.”

Collectively they acknowledge: “Rape is a crime. But trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not – and nor is being gentlemanly a chauvinist attack.”

People have been flocking to #MeToo to share their experience of sexual harassment and has been a key detail in exposing sexual abuse. Deneuve has spoken out on social media before about the hashtag, saying: “I don’t think it is the right method to change things, it is excessive.”

Communications and Administration Assistant of Scotland’s feminist organisation Engender, Maxine Blane gave her opinion on Deneuve’s remarks.

She said: “Statements like these are damaging and miss the point almost spectacularly. The point is that women have the right to feel safe and respected in their work environments, and these rights need to be enforced and protected. The slew of harassment, microaggressions, and abuse highlighted by the #MeToo movement indicates that this is manifestly not the case for women all over the world.”

The organisation is in support of the #MeToo movement, seeing it as a leap forward for equality by bringing the abuses to light.

“Since its inception a decade ago, the #MeToo movement has gained traction and has provided an arena to amplify women’s voices on pervasive issues of sexual harassment and abuse.  While it is not women’s jobs to highlight and combat these issues, it is undeniable that initiatives like #MeToo and others can be a powerful tool to raise awareness.

“The long-term effects of the #MeToo movement are not yet evident, but initiatives like the recently launched Times Up legal fund indicate that the movement has provided essential momentum for projects and initiatives that will improve women’s lives and further the feminist cause.”

Entertainment Podcast @ 4pm

Today EN4News discusses the effects of the sexual allegations on Kevin Spacey’s career.

Cameron Storer is joined by Jamie McDonald and Jamie Taylor as they discuss their views and opinions on how damaging the allegations could be on Spacey and our society.

Source: Rolling Stone

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