1:13 Now playing: Watch this: Comment Apart from that, though, the cast is rounded out by familiar faces injecting energy into even the smallest parts. Michael McKean manages to find pathos under a wildly veering Scottish accent, Jon Hamm brings glossy-eyed cynicism to the blandly self-righteous angel Gabriel and Mireille Enos gleefully vamps it up as one of the four motorcyclists of the apocalypse. But most of all there are Sheen and Tennant, bouncing Pratchett and Gaiman’s words off each other beautifully.Irreverent and cheekily amoral, Good Omens can be slow in places, but two divine central performances make it a heavenly good time. It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel Prime. In Amazon Prime Video’s apocalyptic new miniseries Good Omens, it may be the end of days, but David Tennant and Michael Sheen vamp it up like there’s no tomorrow. Enlarge ImageGood Omens’ release date is May 31 on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Good Omens is streaming on Amazon now. The six-episode miniseries, based on a 1990 comic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is adapted by Gaiman in accordance with Pratchett’s final wishes.An irreverent tale of angelic intrigue in which Sheen and Tennant are servants of heaven and hell minding their own business on Earth during a celestial cold war. Devilishly funny in places while cozily meandering in others, the series earns its wings thanks to their heavenly double act.Sheen’s prim seraphim and Tennant’s debauched devil are mobilized to bring about the apocalypse when the Antichrist is born in contemporary England — except an admin error by satanic nuns delivers the bringer of darkness to the wrong family. Now who knows if the world will end on time?Angel and demon join forces as a motley collection of angels, devils and witches seek out the erstwhile Antichrist. Highlights of the freewheeling comedy that follows include surreal animated asides about angels dancing on the head of a pin, a witch hurrying along her own burning and the sight of Tennant just generally striding about like he owns the place.As the show romps through human history from the Garden of Eden to the swinging ’60s, the former Doctor Who steals the show as slinky demon Crowley. A snake-hipped combination of Bill Nighy and Keith Richards, Tennant offers serpentine oomph whether he’s sinking into the depths of demonic despair, engulfed by flame or dressing up as a Mary Poppins-style nanny — practically perfidious in every way. 1 50 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies Good Omens brings the End Times to SXSW 2:20 2019 TV shows you can’t miss The voiceover is just one of the things that makes the show feel kind of slow. The music and editing and a few narrative choices contribute to a general lack of urgency: Considering the show is literally counting down to the end of the world, it’s bizarre there’s so little sense of impending doom.The main problem is that we’re way ahead of the characters in their quest. We know where the Antichrist is, which makes the other characters’ investigations and revelations feel a bit circuitious. And when we do reach the end of the countdown, it’s a bit of an Antichrist anticlimax.It doesn’t help that a limp Jack Whitehall and blank Adria Arjona have zero chemistry in what should be a sizzling pairing of witchfinder and witch. This louche Lucifer has adapted well to the modern world, crashing mobile networks and diverting motorways into the shape of demonic sigils, and he begins to think armageddon might not be such a great idea after all. Sheen’s nervy angel Aziraphale shares Crowley’s concerns: He loves sushi and rare books and can’t understand why heaven is so keen to go to war. Sheen’s Aziraphale is a less showy part than Tennant’s Crowley, but the unfailingly decent angel is the gentle heart of the story. Enlarge ImageSheen and Tennant have fun in a succession of divine period costumes. Chris Raphael Pratchett and Gaiman’s 1990 novel mirrored the images of its much-loved authors in the lead characters of gentle Aziraphale and black-clad Crowley and in its cheery turn of phrase underpinned with a streak of jet-black humor. With the average goth’s favorite scribe Gaiman writing the TV adaptation, you expect it to lean toward a darker tone. But if anything, it could be darker. While blackly comic in places, Amazon’s Good Omens feels downright cuddly compared with, say, the outrageous treatment of similar metaphysical subjects in Preacher. A love of language shines through the masterful writing of both Gaiman and Pratchett. Unfortunately, the TV adaptation clings to the book’s text, translating it into a clunky and intrusive voiceover. Look, I’ve loved the novel and its delightful wordplay from the moment I first read it as a teenager. But television is a visual medium, and the wordplay-based jokes that can only be done in a voiceover, as amusing as they are, don’t make up for the constant interruption by momentum-killing explanation. Tags 2:20 Originally published May 20. Now playing: Watch this: Amazon’s Good Omens cast talks bad bosses and bureaucracy Amazon Prime Amazon TV show reviews Amazon’s Good Omens cast talks bad bosses and bureaucracy Now playing: Watch this:
Kolkata: Making the city clean and green will be the main thrust of Kolkata Municipal Corporation under the new Mayor Firhad Hakim.Clearing accumulated water in shorter times and supply of drinking water to some dry pockets that still exist in the city, will also be given priority. As the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Hakim has taken several steps to implement Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s mission of “Clean and Green City.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReplacing the old garbage vats in Kolkata and the districts, modern compactors have been installed. The Municipal Affairs department has given funds to all the civic bodies in the state to install them. Comprehensive plans have been undertaken to clean the religious places of Tarakeshwar and Tarapith and to do the same, development boards have been set up. Over a decade ago, vast areas surrounding Tarakeshwar and Tarapith temples were full of dirt and filth. The devotees used to throw flowers and the pond behind the Tarakeshwar Temple was not cleaned for several decades. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBecause of Hakim’s efforts, the surrounding areas of the temples have now been given a new look. Hakim’s biggest achievement as the Urban Development minister is New Town. When the Left Front government left Bengal in 2011, nobody thought that an Eco Park, now a star tourist attraction, could be built in the city. The entire New Town area used to look like a desert. Hakim, with the help of his finest officers, has been able to change the scenario and now New Town is one of the best planned townships in the country, with all modern facilities in place. Several steps have been taken to curb pollution in the area and battery-operated public buses and cycle-sharing schemes have been introduced for the same. There are pockets in Kolkata, particularly in Tollygunge and Jadavpur, where drinking water scarcity still persists. Hakim has decided to address the problem and it is hoped that the issue will be a matter of the past soon. Though waterlogging is no longer a major issue in Kolkata as the time taken by the accumulated water to recede has come down significantly. The old waterlogging pockets like Amherst Street, vast areas surrounding Rabindra Sadan and Akashbani Bhavan do not exist now. But there are pockets like Silpara, Sarsuna and Behala where the problem of waterlogging is still a major issue. Civic officials feel that Hakim, being a hard taskmaster, will expedite the work to complete the unfinished projects.
Kolkata: TMC MLA from Noapara Sunil Singh, along with 16 councillors — 15 from TMC and one from Congress — joined the BJP in the presence of party general secretary and West Bengal in charge Kailash Vijayvargiya and senior leader Mukul Roy in New Delhi Monday.Sunil Singh won from Noapara seat on a TMC ticket during an Assembly bypoll in 2018. He is a relative of Arjun Singh, who has already jumped ship to BJP from TMC, and is learnt to have played a role in Sunil’s defection. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “The BJP has emerged as a strong player in Bengal politics and is the first preference for those who want peace and development in the state,” Vijayvargiya said. Roy, once the second-in-command in the TMC after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said 10 legislators from various parties had joined the BJP so far. A large number of TMC councillors from various civic bodies have defected to the BJP following the party’s impressive performance in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Reacting to the development, Hakim said, “The loyalists of Arjun Singh are resorting to goondagiri and threatening our councillors at gunpoint. If someone betrays us then we can’t do anything. We have to get rid of these betrayers. Sunil came to me recently and said he wouldn’t leave the party. Now, he has joined BJP. What can we do? People elected him because he belonged to TMC. Now, he has changed the party and by doing so he betrayed the trust of those who elected him. Those who have no ideology indulge in such kind of politics.” In a bid to arrest the trend, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is all set to hold a meeting with them on Tuesday. “Once someone becomes a public representative, he belongs to no party. We will try to strengthen the civic bodies. Our party chief will hold a meeting with them Tuesday to discuss ways to reach out to the people more effectively,” Hakim added. According to state BJP leaders, five MLAs — Congress’s Dulal Chandra Bar (Bagda) and Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya (Bishnupur), TMC’s Subrangshu Roy (Bijpur) and Sunil Singh (Noapara) CPM’s Debendra Roy (Hemtabad) — have joined the BJP after Lok Sabha polls. In the 2016 state election, the TMC had won 211 out of 294 seats. Congress came second with 44 seats, closely followed by Left Front with 32 seats. BJP won only 3 seats. (With inputs from Indian Express)