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Marcia Gay Harden schools the men in Nat Geo’s ‘Barkskins’

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Marcia Gay Harden schools the men in Nat Geo's 'Barkskins'

Marcia Gay Harden had some interpretive freedom regarding Mathilde, the strong-willed innkeeper she plays in “Barkskins,” Nat Geo’s new historical drama set in 1690s New France.

The Monday-night series, co-starring David Thewlis (“Big Mouth,” “Fargo”), is based on Annie Proulx’s 2016 novel and is set in Wobik, a small settlement in what’s now the Canadian province of Quebec. It tracks the battles between the French and English to establish dominance over the rugged, sparsely inhabited territory — with Jesuit priests trying to convert the indigenous population and King Louis of France sending indentured young women to populate the region.

But Proulx’s novel did not include a character named Mathilde.

“The first part of [the book’s] 1690s period focuses on the men and their journey. The women came in later,” Harden, 60, tells The Post. “You really didn’t meet an innkeeper. When I started talking to [series creator] Elwood Reid about it, he said, ‘When you said you wanted to get down and dirty with Mathilde that was enough for me.’ When you first meet her she’s kind of this tough lady but you don’t yet realize she’s vying for power in the same way as the men.”

David Thewlis in "Barkskins."
David Thewlis in “Barkskins.”National Geographic/Peter H. Stranks

Harden, 59, says Mathilde was originally envisioned as a much younger character. “I knew they were writing it for someone who would have child-bearing abilities, and when you cast me that’s not going to happen,” she says. “So that changed a lot and opened up a whole world of excitement, of what [Mathilde’s] power source is if she’s not pumping out babies — which is what all the other women were there to do.

“If her man dies and she doesn’t want to give the inn back … if she wants to keep it and expand her power and be a voice in the village … she ends up being a ‘Mother Courage’ figure to the young girls,” she says, “because if you’re not a working woman you’re a woman domestic owned by a man.

“That’s the underbelly I really loved.”

The eight-episode series was shot on location about 40 miles outside of Quebec City. “[Set designer] Isabelle Guay constructed this amazing set with fantastic costumes,” Harden says. “It wasn’t hard to imagine what it was like because you were there, with the forest encroaching on you and these gorgeous streams. It just brought to light what the conditions were [in 1690] — man against nature and, for the natives living there, man with nature.”

Aneurin Barnard and Zahn McClarnon in "Barkskins."
Aneurin Barnard and Zahn McClarnon in “Barkskins.”National Geographic/Peter H. Stranks

In that vein, “Barkskins” also shines a light on how the indigenous Iroquois and Wyandotte nations were treated by the French and English.

“There’s a lot to catch up on and a lot of history in this series,” Harden says. “This idea of, what do you give up morally to get ahead in life? What is the Hudson’s Bay company asking of its men? What are the Iroquois doing and who are they answering to? What are the Wyandotte Indians giving up in their constant journey for good and generosity toward the English and French?

“There’s a wavering moral compass for the ‘haves’ than those who end up being the ‘have-nots,’” she says. “They end up with nothing because they were thrown under the bus by others looking to get ahead.”

“Barkskins,” which premiered Monday night, will air back-to-back episodes over the next three weeks. Each episode will be available on Hulu the following day.

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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What Time Will Friends Start Streaming ?

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What Time Will Friends Start Streaming ?

The last few months have been tough for Friends fans as they’ve been left wandering the streaming landscape, wondering where they can watch Friends and how to watch Friends. The show left Netflix, it’s streaming home for years, and vanished… except for people with cable, or the DVD or Blu-ray sets, or the money to drop on owning digital copies of the show. But still, Friends has been a streaming staple for years, and its absence has been felt!

But your wandering days are almost over, and Friends will soon be streaming again. But where can you stream Friends? Here’s what you need to know, and which new streaming service you’ll need to get! Hint: it’s not Netflix or Hulu, but you probably knew that already.

Will Friends be on HBO Max? Is Friends on HBO Max?

Friends will indeed be on HBO Max. The show is at the center of the streaming service’s major debut, and rightfully so. Friends

is a big deal, and HBO Max knows it!

Is Friends on HBO MAX Yet? When will Friends be on HBO Max?

Friends is on HBO Max and it will be on HBO Max right when the service launches on May 27.

What time will Friends be on HBO Max?

As Friends is part of the initial HBO Max lineup, you can expect to start streaming Friends again on HBO Max early on Wednesday morning. As with any launch of a new platform, it may take some time for various devices (laptops, phones, smart TVs, etc) to get up and running, but you should be able to start streaming by 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET at the very latest.

What about the Friends reunion on HBO Max?

The reunion was meant to hit HBO Max at launch was placed on hold back in March due to coronavirus. But don’t worry—HBO still plans to get the gang back together again for some reminiscing! The latest plan is to film sometime this summer, by the end of summer at the latest. And don’t expect this to be done via Zoom or something, either. HBO has said that they want to get the cast together in a physical space again, preferably one with a live studio audience. The cast was even giving away tickets!

Whether or not that will be possible due to social distancing, well, that remains to be seen. That’s why they hope to get it filmed in the next few months, but that could still change depending on where this pandemic is heading. But in the meantime, you’ll be able to stream all 10 seasons on HBO Max when it launches on May 27.

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Bigg Boss 13’s Shehnaaz Gill Fears That She Will Be Forgotten by Fans Once The New Season Airs, Says ‘The Craze Is Rather Short-Lived’

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Bigg Boss 13’s Shehnaaz Gill Fears That She Will Be Forgotten by Fans Once The New Season Airs, Says ‘The Craze Is Rather Short-Lived’

Shehnaaz Gill (Photo Credits: Instagram)

sShehnaaz Gill grabbed a lot of limelight, thanks to her stint on the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 13. Her bindass, chirpy and crazy antics was loved by fans and in no time she ruled the hearts of many. Not to miss, she also played the tricky game quite well and that’s the reason she became the second runner-up of the season. Post the reality series, Gill has been entertaining her fans as she was seen in a wedding based show titled Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and also did a few music videos. Now, in an interaction with Pinkvilla, the Punjab Ki Katrina Kaif opened up on what type of work she wants to do ahead in her career and also added what fears her the most. Keh Gayi Sorry: Shehnaaz Gill and Jassie Gill’s Heartbreaking Melody Gets a Thumbs Up From Fans (Read Tweets). 

Shehnaaz in the chat said how she wants people to see more beyond the crazy girl they saw on BB 13. She said, “People think Shehnaaz can only act crazy and she just knows things like Gidda. However, I want people to see the other side of me, and I want to show them that I can do a lot of things, I am an actress and I can play various kind of roles. I want to try everything so that people feel that there are so many things she can do. I want people to know that I am multi-talented and there is beyond the Shehnaaz they have seen inside the Bigg Boss

house and there is a lot that she can do.” Eid 2020: Shehnaaz Gill Approved Outfits That You Can Flaunt While Celebrating Eid al-Fitr With Family (View Pics).

She further expressed her fear about how fame is shortlived and one day she will be vanished from the minds of her fans. “People might forget me, the new Bigg Boss might come soon because the craze is rather short-lived and so, I wanted to work. None the less, it is okay and if people find me talented and remember me, I will get work if people think I am fit for it and if I have good luck. If I like something, I will definitely do it, but if I don’t like it, money is not what matters to me, but the good work that counts. I think on the spot and that is how my decisions are taken, and I don’t have any plan,” she added. Keh Gayi Sorry: Shehnaaz Gill and Jassie Gill Play Heart-Broken Lovers In The Song, Promise to Release Their Break-Up Ballad’s Music Video After Lockdown (Watch Video).

Well, all we would say is that Shehnaaz really poured her thoughts well in the interaction. Meanwhile, on the work front, she was last seen in a music video alongside Jassie Gill which was titled as ‘Keh Gai Sorry‘. Stay tuned to LatestLY!

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Rudy Giuliani interviews alleged mistress Maria Ryan on radio show

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Rudy Giuliani interviews alleged mistress Maria Ryan on radio show

Rudy Giuliani is pulling out the big guns to hype hydroxychloroquine — his alleged mistress, to be precise.

Beltway insiders were amused to hear the former NYC mayor interview Maria Ryan — the woman with whom Giuliani denied having an affair after ex-wife Judy claimed they were still married when Ryan and Giuliani got together — as a medical expert on his radio show, “Uncovering the Truth.”

The insiders also noted with some glee that he framed her as a medical expert and kept calling her “doctor” — even though her doctorate is in hospital administration and came from an online university that shut down after a failed attempt to become accredited, according to reports.

The pair didn’t mention their off-air relationship during the Memorial Day chat, in which they claimed that hydroxychloroquine is broadly safe and effective to fight COVID-19.

“It’s pretty sad to see Rudy’s decline from ‘America’s mayor’ to hawking snake oil cures on a radio show that no one listens to,” said a DC insider. “At this rate, he’s going to be touting drinking bleach as a coronavirus cure on late-night infomercials before too long.”

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