In today’s Movie News: Kang the Conqueror could be Marvel’s new big bad guy; The latest Anthony Hopkins performance may be the best of his life; an interview with the directors of Boys State; and the director of Cuties feels misrepresented. Plus: The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer promises a journey to meet the Jedi.
The Father: 82-year-old Anthony Hopkins, who will be honored today at the Toronto International Film Festival, is mesmerizing in The Father as a man battling dementia as his daughter (Olivia Colman, always excellent) contemplates his future. Here are my thoughts on the debut film from Florian Zeller, coming in December.
Boys State: One of my favorite writers and people, Eric Steuer, guest-hosts the latest MovieMaker Interviews podcast for a great talk with Boys State directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss about their documentary on a Texas mock-government program. They talk about what surprised them about young conservatives, how Richard Linklater’s Daxed and Confused influenced Boys State, and how they’re doing Girls State next. You can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:
Meet Kang: Da 5 Bloods star Jonathan Majors is joining Ant-Man 3 as Kang the Conqueror, a supervillain I could never get into in the comics because of his goofy outfit and tell-don’t-show name. (Let them discover you’re a conqueror.) Anyway, Kang could be the next big Marvel villain, as The Hollywood Reporter explains, due in part to his ties to The Fantastic Four, who were previously barred from the MCU by rights issues that Disney the Conqueror disintegrated by buying Fox. Kang’s arrival may also hint at the next generation of The Avengers.
Meanwhile, Over at DC: Jason Momoa backs up Ray Fisher, who says director Joss Whedon exhibited “abusive, unprofessional” behavior on the set of 2017’s Justice League, and that Warner Bros. executives allowed it. Momoa wrote on Instagram: “Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable.” Warner Bros. says it is investigating. Here’s his full statement:
Cuties Director: Maimouna Doucouré, who says she has received death threats over the film about a group of young girls who perform explicit dance routines, says the trouble started with Netflix’s poster for Cuties — and that she, like her critics, adamantly opposes sexualizing children. “The controversy started with that artwork,” Variety quotes her saying. “The most important [thing] is to watch the film and understand we have the same fight.” Here’s a quick summary the Cuties situation if you haven’t followed it.
‘She’s a Real Actress’: Noomi Rapace, star of the new film The Secrets We Keep, goes deep into her intense process and her career in the latest Hollywood Unscripted podcast, available on Apple, Spotify and Stitcher. She recalls working on an Icelandic film as a seven-year-old, in which the entire set demanded a break after a very long day. The director, she says, was furious. “I was sitting next to him, just like quiet and like didn’t dare to look at him. And he was like, ‘How old are you?’ I was like seven. He’s like, ‘She’s a real actress. She doesn’t complain. Look at her.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, this is what I got.’ I think from that moment, like he planted a seed in me and I was like, this is where I want to be.” Okay, but remember to heed your local child labor laws.
Journey to the Jedi: The Mandalorian himself succinctly explains what seems to be the plot of The Mandalorian Season 2 in this brand-new trailer: “You expect me to search the galaxy and deliver this creature to a race of enemy sorcerers.” The creature is, you guessed it, Baby Yoda. Also, at the 36-second mark it totally looks like the bantha is saying “Where.”
And Now: Yesterday’s Movie News Rundown.
A Whiskey Writer Names The Independent American Whiskeys He Loves Best
Christopher Osburn has spent the past fifteen years in search of “the best” — or at least his very favorite — sips of whisk(e)y on earth. In the process, he’s enjoyed more whisk(e)y drams than his doctor would dare feel comfortable with, traveled to over 20 countries testing local spirits, and visited more than fifty distilleries worldwide.
Sure, you can spend the rest of your life drinking whiskeys made by large brands and end up completely happy with your choices. We’re talking about the likes of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jameson, and Suntory (along with some of the slightly smaller brands). These behemoths all make enough whiskeys to keep your palate interested and engaged for decades to come.
But if you have more of an adventurous spirit or root for the underdog and you want to sip on something tuly unique, there are countless brands out there that don’t have parent companies or hedge fund investors. True independents — focused on perfecting their specific version of the grain-to-glass experience.
Below you’ll find the independent American whiskey expressions that I love best.
Leopold Bro’s Maryland-Style Rye
This is a seasonal release from Leopold Brothers and won’t be offered again until 2022. This pre-prohibition-style rye from the Colorado-based distillery is aged for two years in new charred American oak casks. Unlike its Pennsylvania-style counterpart with its rich oak and big notes of peppery spice, Maryland-style rye is much more mellow and fruit-driven.
This offering lives up its name with smooth, easy drinkability.
There’s a lot going on with this whiskey as you nose it. The first aromas that fill your nostrils are dried orange peel, cinnamon, and sweet cream. The first sip brings forth flavors of butterscotch, caramelized sugar, sweet vanilla, and just a hint of peppery spice. The finish is long, warming, and filled with toffee, cocoa, and a final flourish of white pepper.
If you can get your hands on a bottle of this seasonal release, make it last. Sip it slowly with a few ice cubes on a chilly fall evening.
Dry Fly Straight Washington Wheat Whiskey
In recent years, wheat whiskey has become fairly popular. One of the best is Dry Fly Washington Wheat. Made from 100% soft white wheat, it’s distilled two times before aging for 3 plus years in charred new American oak barrels.
The result is a very well–rounded, easy-drinking whiskey.
This whiskey deserves a nosing before sampling. Unlike a high-rye whiskey, the wheat gives the aromas of sweet cereal, charred oak, and caramel. The first sip yields sweet cream, sticky toffee, cooking spices, and honey. The finish is long, warming, and dry — with hints of toasted oak and just a whisper of pepper at the very end.
The reason I picked this whiskey is that it feels effortlessly velvety and smooth. There’s no reason to mix this highly drinkable whiskey into a cocktail.
Kings County Peated Bourbon
If you’re a fan of Scotch, you’re probably at least aware of the peat-smoked whiskies, specifically those from distilleries located on the island of Islay. But you might not know that it isn’t just Scotch that’s peat-smoked. One of the best American offerings comes from Kings County. This Peated Bourbon is made using peat-smoked malted barley. The result is a highly complex whiskey with sweetness from corn and smoke from peat.
Your first whiff of this whiskey will transport you to Scotland — making you think of the likes of Ardbeg and Bruichladdich. But behind the smoke, there’s also sweet caramel and rich vanilla. The first sip is a mixture of soothing smoke, butterscotch, and dried fruits. The finish is long, warming, and filled with more campfire smoke paired with sweet cream.
If you get your hands on a bottle of this special small-batch bourbon, you should enjoy it with a blanket on your lap in front of a bonfire on a cold fall night.
Stranahan’s Diamond Peak Colorado Whiskey
Part of the appeal of Stranahan’s Diamond Peak is the fact that from batch to batch, the flavors will be subtly different. Made from 100% Colorado barley and water and aged in charred, new American oak casks for four years, Diamond Peak also comes with its own shot glass. (The bottle ingeniously comes with a black metal 3-ounce cap — a clever little topper for a fantastic bottle.)
Your first sniff will deliver a ton of flavor notes. First comes hints of cinnamon and candied pecans before leading into sweet cream and butterscotch. The first sip drops notes of toasted oak, rich caramel, spicy chocolate, and brown sugar. The finish is long, warming, and full of velvety sweetness and fall spices.
Take a hike and bring a bottle with you. As soon you reach a lookout, take a seat, crack open the bottle and take a sip while you sit back and enjoy the view.
Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Straight Rye
It might seem like rye has only become popular in the last few years, but before prohibition, it was arguably the most popular whiskey. Of the pre-prohibition ryes, there were two very popular styles: Pennsylvania and Maryland. This one is a Pennsylvania rye. That means this rye, made from local grain and aged for at least four years, is spicier than its counterpart.
Like all rye whiskeys, this one deserves a nice nosing before taking a sip. If you do, you’ll be met with subtle spice, brown sugar, and creamy vanilla. The first sip will bring you white pepper, Christmas spices, rich caramel, dried cherries, and delicate floral notes. The finish is long, rich, and full of a pleasing kick of black pepper and butterscotch.
Unlike dad’s actual hat, you shouldn’t leave this whiskey laying around just anywhere. It’s a lovely fall dram and a fun one to share and taste with rye whiskey newbies.
Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon
It’s likely that you’ve never heard of Iron Smoke. This small-batch bourbon is made using locally sourced grains in limited batches. At first glance, it looks like well-made whiskey using a similar recipe to many other well-made whiskeys. The difference is Iron Smoke’s version is a four-grain bourbon with applewood smoked wheat. The result is a subtly smoky, sweet bourbon you’ll want to sip all autumn long.
The first aromas you’ll be met with when nosing this bourbon are sweet corn, rich caramel, and velvety vanilla. The first sip teases flavors of toasted marshmallow, subtle bonfire smoke, sweet cream, and brown sugar. The finish is long, dry, warming, and filled with a pleasing kiss of applewood smoke that will make you wish you had a plate of ribs to pair the dram with.
This truly unique expression might be the perfect bridge for peaty Scotch fans to get into the world of American bourbon. Enjoy it on the rocks and sip it slowly.
Naadei d’OD Chez Nous aurait bel et bien fréquenté l’un des joueurs des Canadiens de Montréal!
Naadei, l’une de nos candidates préférées d’OD Chez Nous fait déjà beaucoup jaser depuis son arrivée dans l’aventure, et ce, depuis le tout début lors du dévoilement des vidéos de présentation des candidats, alors qu’elle était la seule à ne pas mentionner son âge — selon les rumeurs et sa biographie sur HipHop Spirit, elle serait âgée de 34 ans.
Aujourd’hui, c’est une autre rumeur qui aurait mis son nom sur toutes les lèvres celle mentionnant qu’elle aurait fréquenté l’un des anciens joueurs des Canadiens de Montréal, PK Subban.
Et certaines traces de leur relation restent à ce jour visibles sur les réseaux sociaux.
Visit http://t.co/nzBW3D5W and show her some love!
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) February 5, 2013
Le 5 février 2013, Subban a partagé une vidéo de Naadei et Wyclef Jean en écrivant: « Check out this new video by the lovely #Naadei #YouGoGirl » (Allez voir cette nouvelle vidéo par l’adorable #Naadei). Le qualificatif d’« adorable » laisse croire que l’ex Canadien avait à ce moment des sentiments plutôt affectueux envers la jeune femme.
— NAADEI (@naadeiliones) March 17, 2013
En 2013 également, Naadei a aussi tweeté à propos de Subban, en disant: « Hold on… @PKSubban1 is shooting a CHOCOLATE commercial? And it’s NOT #MrBigs?? What’s going on here!?! » (Attendez… @PKSubban1 est en train de tourner une publicité de CHOCOLAT? Et ce n’est PAS #MrBigs!? Qu’est-ce qui se passe!?!), publication que Subban a ensuite retweeté.
Toutefois, la romance semble s’être dissipée peu après, au printemps, puisque le 8 avril 2013, Naadei a publié une photo de sa petite soeur dans son lit, qui tient un toutou de PK Subban, avec en descriptions: « So my Ex is sleeping with my sister now. Great.» (Donc mon ex dort avec ma soeur maintenant. Super.)
Il ne semblerait pas que les choses se soient terminées en mauvais termes par contre, puisque Subban est toujours abonné au compte Instagram personnel de Naadei (@naadeiliones).
Mélissa Bédard partage une adorable photo avec son mari
Saluuuuuuuuuut les amoureux!
Mélissa Bédard nous colle le plus grand des sourires au visage aujourd’hui alors qu’elle nous dévoile une adorable photo en compagnie de l’homme de sa vie. Eh oui, c’est via Instagram que la belle chanteuse a partagé un cliché rempli d’amour de son homme et elle, collés tendrement!
«Mon barbu d’amour ❤️ Simple et facile d’aimer cette petite bête tellement attentionnée. #love», dévoile-t-elle aux côtés de son mari Karl Fortier, qui lui donne un bisou sur la tête.
Mélissa ne chômera pas ce week-end! En effet, ce soir, elle sera l’invité de France Beaudoin, qui lui a préparé un gros party d’anniversaire sur le plateau d’En direct de l’univers.
Demain soir, parmi les festivités de la soirée animée par Véronique Cloutier, la chanteuse sera en prestation musique à la grande soirée des Prix Gémeaux! Ça promet!!!
Pssst! Mélissa fêtait ses 30 ans le 7 septembre dernier, découvrez 30 sublimes looks de la chanteuse pour l’occasion!
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