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Helen Mirren Will Warm Your Heart, Add Two Lumps of Sugar and a Spot of the Milk of Your Own Happy Tears

By Courtney Enlow | Pajiba Love | May 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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A little boy with Down syndrome and terminal cancer wanted to have tea with the queen for his final wish. Denied, Helen Mirren stepped in and had tea with him in her full Queen garb and made his wish come true. It's awfully eye tingly in here, you guys. (Gawker)

If that doesn't get you, Sean Hackett's open letter to a bullied teen about the medicinal powers of film will. (Film School Rejects)

Mitch Hurwitz says the new "Arrested Development" season may have some continuity errors. No big deal--let's make it a drinking game. You can't let that vodka go bad, after all. (Vulture)

Coming out of nowhere to take the One Million Moms Ire-Baiting prize of the day (suck it, One Million Moms!) Archie's gay character has been drawn kissing a gentleman friend for an upcoming issue. (The Mary Sue)

Is that Nicole Kidman's husband, or a little boy in a suit? (GoFugYourself)

Before we say goodbye to "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" forever, let's take one last moment to appreciate Krysten Ritter's fine work on the sitcom. (WG)

This is a video of Anthony Weiner singing "If I Only Had a Brain." That was like a Mad Libs of WTF and it is real. (BuzzFeed)

Okay, I had completely forgotten about Witches until this list of non-Muppet Henson movies reminded me. And now I'm fetal in the corner. (Unreality)

Finally, Wolf Blitzer asks a tornado victim if she thanks the lord for her survival. She responses awesomely. (Videogum)



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  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'd much rather meet Helen Mirren.

  • Bodhi

    I'm an agnostic in Oklahoma (and a transplant from that bastion of open-mindedness South Carolina) & that clip warms my black little soul. My news feed is full of the "Jeebus saved me this I know" stuff & while I have zero problem with people believing in anything that they want, I find it presumptuous as hell for anyone to assume that everyone here is a Jesus junkie.

  • I don't know, I think 'If I Only Had a Brain' is a pretty appropriate theme song and fairly sums up Weiner's career so far.

  • googergieger

    Anyways the big news this week is the big Xbox One reveal. I have to tell you folks, it looks like they really stepped up their game with this one. Talk about advanced in every way possible. Mine already got the red ring of death. Now how am I supposed to watch tv?! Which is apparently, literally, all that effin thing does.

  • googergieger

    Oh really?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Effin entertainment system fanboys.

  • Fabius_Maximus
  • googergieger

    Isn't that the guy that to this day still won't admit Mass Effect 3 was a piece of shit?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    You know, he even had the gall to defend "The Phantom Menace". *gasp*

  • Mrcreosote

    "Pardon me, but would you like to blame the almighty Lord for this senseless storm that caused heartache and tragedy for so many?"
    Don't let the all powerful dude off quite so easily perhaps.

  • sjfromsj

    I'm kind of really obsessed with the Helen Mirren story. It might be that I'm really excited that corgis were involved.

  • Slash

    Yay, atheist chick ... we do exist in Jesusland.

  • Fuck Wolf Blitzer. And if that woman wasn't possibly already married I'd propose to her.

  • BWeaves

    I loved how her kid wouldn't give Wolf back his microphone.

  • I'm sorry, I just don't get the snark towards Blitzer in that clip. He's in freaking Oklahoma after a massive tragedy. He goes to interview someone after what, hours of hearing people express that very thought. He manages to stumble upon a woman who has not indicated in any way that she is an atheist before that moment. And folks are giving Blitzer shit because he couldn't read her mind and made a fairly innocuous assumption?

    I get that being religious isn't all that cool and all, but aren't we getting a bit ridiculous with this? I mean, Blitzer is an idiot a lot of times, but he seemed pretty cool with her objection and didn't pres the issue. So what did he do wrong?

    This doesn't trip my mockery alarm.

  • DominaNefret

    I think you are missing the point a bit. Why on earth should she have needed to indicate before that point that she is an atheist? Or anything other than a Christian.
    It has nothing to do with "being religious not being cool and all", that is utterly ridiculous. This is a respect issue. You can't assume that just because someone lives in a conservative red state that they believe in God, or are a Christian. Making assumptions about anyone's religious beliefs is something that should be avoided if you want to be a respectful person. The fact that it was in the wake of a tragedy and many people had been expressing their thanks to god isn't an excuse. You don't ask someone if they are thankful to god for something, you just don't.
    There are plenty of other ways that he could have worded the question without being disrespectful.
    "Can you tell us something you are thankful for at this moment?"

  • You can't assume that just because someone lives in a conservative red state that they believe in God, or are a Christian.

    Of course you can. People do it all the time. Hell, I'm a godless heathen in Georgia of all places (aka an agnostic) and I get that kind of thoughtless yet well-meaning rhetoric on a regular basis. And I certainly have witnessed here on this site, in much more acerbic tones.

    True, it isn't right or fair to make those assumptions, but it also isn't all that ridiculous. Yeah, he could have worded it differently but people are acting like the guy was shoving the Bible down her throat and she's a hero for coughing it back up in his face. He goofed, she corrected him. No big deal.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Reporters shouldn't be assuming, is what it basically comes down to. Reporters shouldn't be applying their own narrative and then just looking for sound bites to fill it in. His is not egregious - but it is funny.

  • I don't think he's being unusually obnoxious, actually, but it is a dumb "question" of that too-common reporting style: I am going to talk about what I imagine might be the case, please confirm it and I'll call it an interview. You end up learning more about Wolf Blitzer (or X reporter) than the person the news is actually happening to.

    "I imagine you must still be in shock, seeing your entire neighborhood and all your earthly possessions scattered and destroyed like this, it must be just so sad to think about the people you've lost and the life you'll have to rebuild once the debris is cleared away. You must be so, so sad, and yet kind of grateful that you were lucky enough to survive. Is that about how you feel?"

    "... Yes."
    The End.

    Regardless of the subject, I'd love it if this tendency of the modern interviewer to stuff words in their subjects' mouths and blabber over them smugly were curtailed by more people cutting it off at the pass as this lady does here.

  • sunflowerseed

    I used to work as journalist before moving to greener, more ethical pastures. I agree with you fully but this is something you actually learn to do on the job. I'll explain why many see it as inevitable as long as there are stories like this one where the interest are the guys next door who fought an extreme situation and either won or were destroyed.

    Thinking up provoking questions and putting them out there in an interested, caring way so that you get exciting, profound answers is a very difficult job as could tell you anyone who has had to have a drink with a local bowling association because someone they love has grown in a family that has that freaking notion of having fun. Aaaanyway the point is, many people don't have interesting profound things to say and even if they do they are mostly not ready to express them in an eloquent but short way as to fit in a 90 seconds news feature. Especially if they are shocked to their core because a fucking tornado just blew off their porch. This could be helped if the questions are good enough or the lead-in between interviewer and interviewee was well done but in the modern working environment of the press you may just don't get the time for that kind of preparation. I'm not saying it's good journalism, it's certainly not, I'm just explaining how I think that practice got started in the first place.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    YES to this. Leading questions. This is not a courtroom, it's an interview, and so many interviewers clearly aren't interested in learning what the interviewee actually has to say - they are worried about filling dead air. Ann Curry's interviews drove me crazy for this very reason. "It must make you really sad your son was killed in a freak accident, doesn't it?"

    It's also a terrible question to ask, period. Are you thankful to God that you're alive, but everything's destroyed? Are you thankful to God that other people's kids died, but not yours?

  • Slash

    I agree. Being Jesusy is the default in Oklahoma. It was a fair assumption on his part. And she was cool about it, too. No need for anyone to get their underpants in a twist.

  • People getting their panties in a bunch over something accounts for 40% of the Internet's traffic. The other 60% being porn and people buying stuff off of Amazon.

  • DominaNefret

    Just looked it up, 4% of Oklahomans claim to be atheists. That number is likely to be higher in more populated areas, like Moore. So, likely more than 4 out of 100 people in the area affected don't believe in god. That isn't an insignificant number, by any means.

  • PDamian

    Love the Mirren story. Reminds me of Perlman/Hellboy and his Make-A-Wish adventure: http://www.pajiba.com/seriousl...

  • AudioSuede

    Presumptuous Wolf Blitzer, line one to Jesus.

  • googergieger

    Yeah sure, the Helen Mirren thing is awfully touching, and beautiful, and shows how wonderful people can be to strangers in need and such. But I think the bigger take away from that story, is how big a bitch the Queen is. No offense.

  • Ben

    She's an 87 yearold woman in failing health that got out of hospital in
    march? She's not well off and not going to be able to attend the meeting
    of the commonwealth heads of government this year either. I think it
    has less to do with her being a bitch and more to do with her, again,
    being 87 freaking years old.

    Cut her some slack, jeez.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    She wouldn't have needed to do much more than have tea with the kid, he wanted to come to Buckingham Palace. Isn't that where she lives? I don't really follow the royals and their multi-palatial homes.

  • googergieger

    Yeah! And airplane food is meant to just be something to hold you over until you arrive where you are going! Who cares if it stinks! Fucking jerks!

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Irate non sequitur is a beautiful thing.

  • googergieger

    You see my original comment was a joke, and some rat that Michael Jackson wrote a song about completely didn't get it. And I don't know if you know this or not but back in the heyday of comedy(why not) comedians used to do bits about airplane food. So what I was doing was, you know, it's not important...

    Next time I'll just say woosh, times two.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I gave you an upvote, don't sass me boy.

  • PerpetualIntern

    That was my thought too.

  • Steph

    Totally agree. Way to show off how truly useless you are, woman.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Archie still exists? People still read/care about Archie?

    Heheheh. Wolf thought he was going for a sure thing. He'd probably had people thanking the Lord in front of him all day. Swing and a miss!

    btw, Weiner: no. I say no. I don't care if you are friends with Jon Stewart. I don't care that you are an intelligent, well-connected Democrat. I am really looking for a fairly normal, decent human being as a politician. I know it's possible. There are a lot of people out there and someone must fit the bill. And why do you pronounce your name Weener instead of Winer? Did you just give up as a child after being teased one too many times?

  • Batesian

    Archie Comics are actually doing well these days.

  • $27019454

    I need to pipe up for Archie. I am one of 6 kids who piled in a station wagon (wood paneled, yo) to drive the length of California to go camping FOR A MONTH (August) every summer. My parents bought a case of Arcxhie comics, which we passed around and traded and read for the ride, and for that month, basically. Now I am old and a parent of kids who go camping (not for a month). I buy a fuck load of Archies. I love them because they never graduate from high school (in the mainstream series), they date (not hookup) and go to the soda shoppe and have jobs and etc. My kids love them. They inject just enough social consciousness to make them current without being saturated with cell phones and bullshit. I love them.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aw, that's cool. I used to read Archie at my grandparents' farm. And Little Lulu, and - my fave - the Two-Gun Kid.

    I didn't really know there was a place for Archie in today's world, but you make an excellent case for it.

  • Batesian

    Rock on! I've always thought they were good stuff, just not my personal taste (I've always been more of a superheroes kinda guy).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    compared to....? (how it used to be doing?)

  • Batesian

    Basically. The whole industry tanked after the '90s speculation boom. So comic book companies in general have spent the past couple decades recovering from the crash, dealing with changes in the marketplace, and competition with other entertainment.

    Anyway, while I've never been into the Archie characters*, I've been impressed by their smart decisions recently.

    I'd say the uptick really started in 2010; signing with Random House for distribution resulted in solid growth. Plus they've explored different genres like horror (AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE -- seriously!) and superheroes (relaunching the Red Circle comics imprint). And events like introducing an openly gay character to Riverdale.

    Not to mention being aggressive in adopting digital delivery and licensing partnerships (crossover comics with Glee and KISS, for one). And a new Sabrina animated series, and novels for tweens based on their characters.

    *The only Archie comic I ever really got into was the crossover with The Punisher. It should not work, and yet it does. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

  • googergieger

    So you ain't too big a fan of Clinton either, I take it?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Clinton BROKE MY HEART.

    But I don't have a problem with people who have made mistakes, behaved inappropriately, even cheated the government. If they want to work for non-profits, if they want to start non-GMOs and give back in some way, Wonderful. I don't want them in office though.

    (and I'm not talking about being a dick or even cheating on your spouse. those are regrettable, but very different from sexual harassment)

  • googergieger

    So in your book, whipping it out in public is worse than using your celebrity to get your dick sucked while being married?

    Personally I'd have rather had GWB get his dick sucked and whip it out literally every day during his presidency and literally do nothing else, than what we got from him.

    Don't get me wrong, no one should ever sexually harass someone, but I mean, priorities...

  • lowercase_see

    Have you guys seen the Arrested Development drinking game? Not the as in official, just the as in should be.

    http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

    Pick a character. You are that character.

    Every time your character lies to the family, does something underhanded, attempts some kind of plotting/scheming, is, in general, a Bluth—everyone else drinks.

    On the off chance your character does something nice, redeeming or selfless—you finish your drink.

    The emergency room awaits.

  • simplysarah

    How could you forget about Witches?! Shame shame.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Thank you for the Helen Mirren story. It was indeed lovely. If I had a heart, it would be warm right now. As it is, my cardiac void pinches 14% less.

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  • BWeaves

    Not only was the Helen Mirren story great, but the link within that story was great. Apparently on another night there were a bunch of street drummers outside the theater and the audience couldn't hear the play. It was a gay pride parade. So Helen Mirren stormed outside in her full Queen attire and cursed them out and told them to shut up. As someone in that link commented, "It's the first time in history that a gay pride parade was out-Queened."

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