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    A letter by Edward VIII revealing how he helped his brother George VI have an affair with the original Australian 'good-looking Sheila' has been unearthed 103 years later. The then Prince of Wales persuaded Lord Loughborough to play a round of golf with him so his brother 'Bertie' could be alone with his wife Lady Sheila Loughborough. It took place when the two princes visited the Loughborough's residence in Winchester, Hampshire, in 1919. At the time Edward was in a relationship with his married lover Freda Dudley Ward and 'Bertie' was said to be infatuated with her Australian friend Shelia. In the letter, Edward told Dudley Ward he 'lured Loughie away' to 'give Sheilie a chance of being alone with Bertie'. The then Prince of Wales (right) persuaded Lord Loughborough (centre) to play a round of golf with him so his brother 'Bertie' (left) could be alone with his wife Lady Sheila Loughborough At the time Edward was in a relationship with his married lover Freda Dudley Ward and 'Bertie' was said to be infatuated with her Australian friend Shelia...
    THE Jackson 5 were a family band formed and managed by patriarch Joe Jackson from 1964 till 1989. The band was inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and served as a springboard for Michael Jackson’s success as an independent artist.  2Janet Jackson on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty Why was Janet Jackson not in the Jackson 5?    Janet Jackson, the youngest of Joe’s ten children, was born in 1966. Her father had begun organizing his older children into musical acts two years prior. The original group, consisting of five of Janet's six brothers, signed a record deal in 1967, when Janet was just an infant. Janet later proved to be an incredibly talented singer and performer in her own right. She released 11 studio albums, starting with an eponymous album in 1982 and concluding with Unbreakable in 2015.  In a career that spanned nearly four decades, Janet has sold about 100 million records, ranked 9th all-time in sales by a female artist. She was inducted into the...
    More than five decades after the first Peanuts special hit TV screens, fans are mourning the tragic loss of Peter Robbins, who was the original voice of Charlie Brown.  The actor's family confirmed on Tuesday night that he died by suicide last week at age 65. Peter began his career at seven years old and voiced the beloved Peanuts character in six different specials, a TV documentary, and one movie, including the holiday classics A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The former child star, who suffered from bipolar disorder, became troubled later in life; in 2015, he was sentenced to five years in prison for making criminal threats against several people. More than five decades after the first Peanuts special hit TV screens, fans are mourning the loss off Peter Robbins, who was the original voice of Charlie Brown and passed away last week He was released in 2019 and managed to turn his life around - speaking out about his mental health issues and receiving professional treatment for addictions to drugs, alcohol, and sex. His...
    China has radically edited the original ending of the cult classic film Fight Club to comply with the country's restrictive censorship rules.   A version of David Fincher's 1999 film, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, was made available in China on streaming platform Tencent Video over the weekend. But much to the dismay of fans in China, Fight Club had been radically edited so as to transform the anarchist, anti-capitalist message that made the film a global hit.  Instead of multiple buildings exploding, as in the original ending, the authorities win in the new censored version.  China has some of the world's most restrictive censorship rules with authorities only approving a handful of foreign films for release each year - sometimes with major cuts.    A version of David Fincher's 1999 film, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, was made available in China on streaming platform Tencent Video over the weekend RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Student, 20, who repeatedly raped girl, 12, he met on Tinder... Missile crisis II? Kremlin reveals Putin has discussed......
    Christmas has come early this year. Legendary and Warner Bros. are teaming up to make a sequel for the holiday classic, "A Christmas Story." On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the two companies have closed in a deal for Peter Billingsley, the former child star from the 1983 movie that will allow him to also produce. According to the outlet, the follow-up, titled "A Christmas Story Christmas," is intended for streaming platform HBO Max. It will be directed by Clay Kaytis, who previously did 2018’s "The Christmas Chronicles" for Netflix. The film also has a script by Nick Schenk, who worked on two Clint Eastwood films, 2008’s "Gran Torino" and 2018’s "The Mule." ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’ STAR ZACK WARD SHARES HIS FAVORITE FACTS ABOUT FILMING THE HOLIDAY CLASSIC Peter Billingsley sits on Santa's lap in a scene from the film 'A Christmas Story', 1983.  (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images) Billingsley will produce with Vince Vaughn via their Wild West Picture Show Productions. The 50-year-old has since made his mark working behind the scenes as a producer. He previously served...
    Days after blocking the advancement of vital voting rights legislation and corrupting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Republican politicians are advancing their undemocratic agenda by advocating for the creation of “election police.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking for $5.7 million to create an Office of Election Crimes and Security. In Georgia, former senator and gubernatorial candidate David Purdue promises a new Election Law Enforcement Division. Other Republicans pushing Trump’s Big Lie are sure to follow. They aren’t breaking new ground, but joining a long tradition of dressing up efforts to suppress and intimidate Black voters as somehow protecting the integrity of our American democracy. A tipping point of the 1960s voting rights movement was the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and voting rights activists marching from Selma, Alabama, to the state’s capital were infamously attacked on what’s come to be known as “Bloody Sunday” by Southern police led by Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor, the president of the Alabama Public Service Commission. Americans nationwide saw for...
    Joshua Jackson will have big shoes to fill when he takes on an iconic role in an upcoming series.   The actor, 43, will play the lead role in the Fatal Attraction television series based on the 1987 film of the same name that starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. Jackson will play opposite Masters Of Sex actress Lizzy Caplan whose involvement with the series has been known for months.   A big role: Joshua Jackson will play the lead role in the Fatal Attraction television series based on the 1987 film of the same name (pictured 2021) More daunting than playing alongside Caplan may be the challenge of living up to the original performer's legacy.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kristin Cavallari shows off her fit figure in a strappy... Kathy Hilton is dressed down in jeans for a change as she... Secrets from the Playboy Mansion: Holly Madison says it was... Chrisley slim down EXCLUSIVE! Todd, 52, has lost 13lbs and... Share this article Share Jackson will play Dan Gallagher in...
    THE Hills: New Beginnings has been canceled by MTV after just two seasons as the show continued to get "poor ratings." The axing comes after Mischa Barton was let go following claims she was too "boring" for viewers. 4The Hills: New Beginnings has been canceled by MTVCredit: MTV 4The cast included actress Mischa Barton who was let go after just one season for being too 'boring'Credit: Getty According to Deadline, MTV will not be moving forward with a third season for the series as it has failed to reach the success that the original The Hills achieved. While the network did not reveal a reason behind the axing, the low ratings were perhaps a motivation behind the decision. The Hills: New Beginnings focused on the same group of friends from the original series, which made stars of various people including Brody Jenner, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, and Kristin Cavallari. The show's cancelation also comes after The O.C. alum Mischa was not asked to return following her appearance on the first season of the revival. Previously, a source told...
    THE DAILY NEWSLETTER – MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022 MEDIA WINNER: Mehdi Hasan MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan offered a statement of “love and support” on his eponymous show Sunday evening to the Jewish community in the wake of the Texas synagogue hostage attack, and it’s a must-watch segment. More detailed coverage of Saturday’s events is below in the A-Block, but the key facts are that a 44-year-old British man named Malik Faisal Akram took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue, eventually being killed by police Saturday evening. All four hostages escaped unharmed. “What happened yesterday was an outrage,” Hasan said. “Synagogues shouldn’t be places where Jewish-American worshipers have to be afraid. Synagogues shouldn’t be places that require armed guards.” “All of us have a role to play in pushing back against the anti-Semitic tropes and bigoted rhetoric that inevitably fuel anti-Jewish violence and hate crimes,” he declared, before unequivocally expressing his love and support for the members of the synagogue and all his Jewish viewers. It was a powerful message, given additional gravitas due to Hasan’s position as one of...
    Sources have released the first live photos of the new flagship smartphone Oppo Find X5 Pro, which will be the best model in the new line. This includes the Oppo Find X5 and Find X5 Lite, and the presentation will take place in March of this year. Photos posted on the Chinese website show the front and back of the device while it is on. Images do not show the top and bottom of the phone, so it is not clear what solution was used for the front camera. The model number CPH2305 shown in the photo states that this is the universal version of the smartphone, which was previously found in the databases of various controllers. The Oppo Find X5 Pro gets a display with curved edges. On the back of the device is a custom shaped camera module powered by Mauritius. Oppo and Hasselblad branding is in the bottom right corner of the back of the phone. Last year, OnePlus teamed up with Hasselblad to develop the OnePlus 9 camera. OnePlus merged with Oppo in mid-2021. As a...
    It feels like every other week we have a sequel or reboot. This holds true again today. This is technically the fifth film in the Scream franchise and the last one was released in 2011. The series started in 1996! If you’re a fan of the film you’ll know it’s actually horror-comedy. My girlfriend may disagree. She HATES horror movies and anything with gore. She was a trooper though! I did promise to leave if at any time she wanted to go. SHOCKINGLY she liked it more than me! So the question should be mentioned, is this another cash grab? Another film just meant to tug on nostalgic heartstrings and get you in the seats or would we be reinventing the wheel? Onto the film. We open 25 years after the original murders by Billy Loomis and Stu Macher that started the “ghostface” killer and the murders that happened for years to come. We see one of the main characters Tara (Ortega) texting on her phone and making food. This is similar to how the original film started with Drew...
    People of ancient Mesopotamia created a super-strength hybrid animal by crossing domestic donkeys with wild asses, a new genome sequencing study reveals.  Researchers in Paris have studied genomes from equid skeletons found at a 4,500-year-old burial site at Umm el-Marra in northern Syria.   Results suggest the skeletons once belonged to a domesticated hybrid animal called a 'kunga' – a cross between female donkeys and male Syrian wild asses – and therefore provide the earliest known evidence of hybrid animal breeding.  Humans didn't ride on top of kungas, according to the experts; rather, the animals were likely used to transport goods and equipment and pull chariots in battle. The size and speed of kungas made these hybrid animals a better option than asses for the towing of four-wheeled war wagons.  Kungas were produced by societies in Mesopotamia – the historical region of Western Asia – 500 years before the arrival of domesticated horses in the region.     It's already known that sumerians – people of southern Mesopotamia – had been using equid-drawn four-wheeled war wagons on the battlefield for centuries, as evidenced by...
    SCREAM is back with an all-new installment in the iconic franchise, and Friday's new release features a bunch of returning cast members, as well as a slew of fresh stars. With the 2022 slasher sequel now out in theaters, take a look at where the original 1996 cast – including Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox – is now, over two decades later. 9The original Scream movie came out in 1996Credit: Rex Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott) 9Credit: Dimension Films/Kobal/Shutterstock / Getty The Canadian actress, 48, made a name for herself as the main character, high school student Sidney, in the Scream franchise, which kicked off in 1996. Aside from the slasher series, which sees masked Ghostface killers terrorizing Sidney and all those around her, Neve also starred on the popular family drama Party of Five, from 1994 to 2000. Most recently, she worked on Netflix’s House of Cards as LeAnn Harvey and also starred in the Disney+ musical drama, Cloud, which came out last year. She’s been married and divorced twice – to Jeff Colt, from 1995 to 1998, and to...
    By Jake Coyle | Associated Press Ring. Ring. Twenty-six years after the original, “Scream” calls again. We’re now up to the fifth film in the franchise, but the first since 2011’s “Scream 4.” Enough time has passed that this one, titled simply “Scream,” bears no number, no caller ID. That’s presumably because this “Scream,” which features the original cast and introduces a new generation of callers and stabbers, is sequel and reboot in one. Or, as one character explicitly defines in “Scream,” a “requel.” Part of the charm of the original “Scream,” a glossy, couldn’t-be-more-’90s slasher, was its knowingness. Wes Craven’s film, written by Kevin Williamson, made a plaything of genre conventions by having the characters openly discuss horror tropes while also being bludgeoned by them. The bright idea of the new “Scream” is to double down on the meta. Here, the long-running “Stab” movies — the fictional stand-in for the “Scream” franchise — is mocked as cheeseball shlock. In the movie’s opening phone call, one that mirrors the call Drew Barrymore received in the original, Tara (Jenna Ortega) —...
    WHETHER YOU do your weekly shop in Aldi or you just pop in to have a look at the middle aisles full of random bargains, you’ve got to love the random things they have to offer.  Aldi are known for their bargain buy products and specifically their ‘inspired-by’ products. 5Beauty fan Goergia Baigrie spotted the new Aldi scents and couldn't believe how amazing they smeltCredit: TikTok/@georgiabaigrie And their latest dupe products are their new range of scented candles. If you’re a Yankee Candle fan, then this is one for you. Aldi have just launched a new range of Yankee Candle dupe candles and they have sent TikTok users wild. One TikToker spotted the new scents on her recent trip to Aldi and was left very impressed.  Beauty fan Georgia Baigrie is always looking for a bargain buy and recently shared her finds to her TikTok account.  Georgia spotted the Aldi candles and couldn’t believe how amazing they smelt, or how cheap they were.  Most read in LifestyleSHOCK MOVE Andrew sex assault accuser wants 'vindication' as Queen strips Duke of HRH...
    (CNN)Always meta in its nods to the genre's quirks, the latest "Scream" is so self-referential as to risk swallowing its own tail. Yet this quarter-century-later "requel" (a term specifically explained in the movie) turns out to be a great deal of fun, cleverly wedding familiar faces with new stars in what isn't exactly a remake or reboot but rather plays like a refresh.Horror has been one of the more reliable subgenres during the pandemic, but the current Omicron wave has complicated the calculus. Still, wherever people wind up seeing this designed-to-please slasher movie -- even if that's minus a crowd -- it should possess a healthy shelf life.Half the battle was won, in hindsight, during the casting, tapping Melissa Barrera ("In the Heights"), Jenna Ortega ("Stuck in the Middle") and Jack Quaid ("The Boys") for key roles among the younger contingent, while bringing back Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette in their original roles.The trick comes in replicating elements of the original by the late director Wes Craven (to whom the movie's dedicated) and writer Kevin Williamson -- a...
    The Banks' of Bel-Air appear both totally different and still very much the same as the original sitcom family in the newest trailer for Peacock's Fresh Prince reboot, Bel-Air. NBC dropped the first full trailer for the dramatic re-telling of the beloved television comedy on Monday which sees Jabari Banks take on the lead role as fish-out-of-water West Philadelphia teen Will Smith. Quite unlike the early 90s comedy, the trailer for Bel-Air sees Will Smith's reintroduction to his wealthy relatives after he is sent to live with them in an exclusive enclave of one-percenters following a scuffle with the law.  Fresh Prince: NBC dropped the first full trailer for Bel-Air, the dramatic retelling of the beloved 90s sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, on Monday The trailer marks the first time audiences get to see the revamped Banks family as Will arrives to his new 'kingdom'. He's greeted at the front door of a palatial Bel-Air estate by Geoffrey, the insanely handsome 'house manager'.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Will Smith wins Best Actor at the 2022 Golden Globes...
    THE FRESH Prince of Bel-Air is getting a refresh in 2022, with a dramatized take of the show hitting screens in February. Bel-Air sees former Fresh Prince, Will Smith, as an executive producer. 2A remake of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will hit screens in February 2022 How can I watch the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot? The reboot of Fresh Prince, simply entitled Bel-Air, hits television screens on Super Bowl Sunday: February 13, 2022. Airing exclusively on Peacock, the trailer for the upcoming series dropped on Monday, January 10, 2022. Throughout the three-minute preview, viewers get a first look at the dramatic remake of the beloved comedy series from the 1990s. "Set in modern-day America, Peacock’s new one-hour drama series Bel-Air imagines the beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through a new, dramatic take on Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air," the official plot synopsis states. "As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and...
    Drew Barrymore is catering to the wishes of her Scream fans and giving them a week to remember.  The 46-year-old actress surprised her fans with an iconic moment in a new promo video for Scream Week, where she is reunited with Ghostface - the main villain from the Wes Craven series.  In a recreation of the original 1996 slasher film, Barrymore answers a vintage cordless phone and hears Ghostface say: 'Hello Drew. Do you like scary movies?' She's back! Drew Barrymore, 46, surprised her fans with an iconic moment in a new promo video for Scream Week, where she is reunited with Scream's villain Ghostface Barrymore jokingly replies: 'Wait, do I know you?' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Playing chicken! Drew Barrymore shows off her silly side... Drew Barrymore says looking for love online 'makes me feel... Drew Barrymore recalls 1986 movie Babes In Toyland with... Drew Barrymore rocks bold WHITE mascara on the red carpet... Drew Barrymore opens up about being sober for the past two... Drew Barrymore...
    The Flying Blind, 737 Max Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, Associate to Peter Robison. Versions Doubleday, 336p., 26. Note 4/5 Limited offer. 1 € to 2 months without commitment At 6:20 a.m., the brand new Boeing 737 Max 8, with 189 passengers on board, departed from Jakarta Airport in Indonesia for an hour-long flight to Penang. Twelve minutes later, the plane, operated by Lion Air, flew at full speed, vertically, towards the sea. Did not survive. Five months later, a similar flight took off from Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia for Kenya. Six minutes later, it crashed to the ground, killing all 157 passengers on board. How to explain these accidents? Pilatage errors when Boeing tried to back it up immediately after two crashes? Or does the flaw in the design of the aircraft make the pilot helpless before the software can ignore the instructions? This second hypothesis was retained, which made all devices of this type immobile from 2019 onwards. 737 Max no. Most recently allowed the air to restart. ...
    It was one of the most popular phones in the early 2000s, and now the Nokia 6310 is back for the modern era as part of its retro series of reboots.   The latest revamp in the series, the new 6310 is priced at £60 ($80) and comes with a 2.8-inch screen, a 20-day battery life and the classic mobile game Snake. It also features bigger buttons, a zoomed-in menu and a durable polycarbonate shell that can 'take the knocks and bumps of everyday life'. One of my new year's resolutions is to dramatically cut the time I spend looking at my smartphone during my free time.  Over two weeks, the rebooted Nokia 6310 has provided a welcome relief from social media and annoying, intrusive apps – and it may just be the answer to a complete smartphone detox for 2022.  Scroll down for video  Nokia's revamped version of 6310 is 'the perfect tonic' for a yearning for nostalgia, according to the Finnish company  The new Nokia 6310 (right) is pictured next to the original 6310, which was released in 2001. Arguably the...
    JOE Millionaire was a popular unscripted series that followed the lives of 20 women who were sent to France for a romance with a man they believed was a millionaire but in reality, was a construction worker. Fans were first introduced to Evan Marriott in 2003 after he was named the first bachelor in the show. 2Evan Marriott starred on Joe Millionaire in 2003Credit: Getty Who was the original Joe Millionaire, Evan Marriott? Born July 15, 1974, Marriott, 47, is known as a reality television star who became a household name following season one of Joe Millionaire. After his television debut, he went on to star in multiple shows including She Spies, Miss Castaways and the Island Girls, See Jane Date, and Motocross Kids. However, nowadays Marriott keeps out of the spotlight and has returned to California where he continues his work in construction. Is Evan Marriott married? Fans of Joe Millionaire will remember that Marriott chose substitute teacher Zora Andrich at the end of season one and walked away with the $1million prize after...
    Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon agreed to return for the show’s woke reboot, …And Just Like That, as long as it was made more diverse. “It was a very hard decision. I really didn’t think I was going to do it — I was very reluctant,” Nixon told News Corp. “But the more I talked to Sarah Jessica, [writer-creator] Michael Patrick King, and Kristin [Davis], about the things that I couldn’t go back without — a real sea change in terms of the lack of diversity in the original series, they were on board.” Nixon has reprised her role as Miranda Hobbes in the new series, in which her character has been given woke modifications, this time, going through a sexual awakening and embarking on a same-sex fling. HBO’s woke Sex and the City reboot, however, is being slammed by mainstream TV critics who have concluded the new series’ embrace of wokeness is not a good thing. Some have found the show’s virtue signaling to be “exhausting,” while others said it “felt more self-serving than self-aware.” Nixon — who is a...
    Cynthia Nixon has taken a swipe at the original Sex And The City series, claiming it was 'tone deaf' on race and gender issues. In an interview with News Corp published by the Herald Sun, the 55-year-old also said that she was 'reluctant' to return for the new reboot, titled And Just Like That, unless the creators made it more diverse. 'But the more I talked to Sarah Jessica [Parker], [writer-creator] Michael Patrick King, and Kristin [Davis], about the things that I couldn’t go back without – a real sea change in terms of the lack of diversity in the original series, they were on board,' she said. Progressive: Cynthia Nixon has taken a swipe at the original Sex And The City series, claiming it was 'tone deaf' on race and gender issues as she defends the show's woke reboot She added: 'I’m very proud of the original series – despite it being occasionally tone deaf on race and gender.' In a previous interview with Elle UK last week, Nixon gushed about And Just Like That's 'breath-taking' new cast of non-white...
    A new adaptation of Jules Verne classic Around The World In 80 Days has been dismissed as 'woke nonsense' by furious BBC license payers.  The eight-part adaptation starring David Tennant as globetrotting Phileas Fogg launched on Boxing Day, but a series of socially conscious tweaks to the legendary tale left viewers choking on their turkey sandwiches.   Two notable departures from Verne's original 1872 text sees Passepartout, Fogg's loyal valet, played by a black actor - French star Ibrahim Koma - while Detective Fix also gets a modern-day makeover.  Traditionally a suspicious Scotland yard inspector, the male character is transformed into aspiring female journalist and full-time feminist Abigail ‘Fix’ Fortescue, played by French actress Leonie Benesch.  Not happy: A new adaptation of Jules Verne classic Around The World In 80 Days has been dismissed as 'woke' by furious BBC license payers But the fresh take didn't do down well with fans of the novel, and many were quick to air their grievances over the colour-blind casting on social media.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Myleene Klass shows off her...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News anchor Greg Hurst began Eyewitness News at 5 with the news that shocked so many on Christmas Day 1989: "We've lost one of baseball's most colorful characters. Former Yankees infielder and manager Billy Martin is dead at the age of 61. We best remember Martin for his antics on and off the field, kicking dirt on umpires, barroom brawls, and of course his brilliant strategy in 1977 when he and the Bronx Bombers won the World Series. But now we'll also remember the accident, the accident last night in which building Martin died."This is original coverage of Martin's death, just as it aired on Dec. 26, 1989, as well as our report on Martin's funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Dec. 29, in which the notables who attended included former President Richard M. Nixon - and countless fans who paid tribute in the street.You can watch this episode of "The Vault" here, but if you want to enjoy a better experience, you can stream it on your television set. Just make sure you add...
    NOT many people expected a film about a 10-year-old boy who battles two bumbling burglars to become a massive success and holiday staple, but a lot of it is due to the incredible cast. Released in 1990, Home Alone went on to bank $285.8million in the US and Canada, and another $190.9million in other countries against a budget of $18million, making for a huge profit. 10Released in 1990, Home Alone was a massive success and continues to be a holiday stapleCredit: Alamy 10The film has since spawned four sequels, however, it's the original that people continue viewing The classic film also launched a then unknown child actor, Macaulay Culkin, into one of the biggest stars in the world and helped his costars land even more roles. The movie's success led to another sequel starring Macaulay, and four more- albeit less successful- films with other lead actors. Now more than 30 years after the original's release, let's see what the cast is up to these day. MACAULAY CULKIN 10Macaulay Culkin became a household name after the film's released After Home Alone's...
    THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS (15) 148mins     ★★★☆☆ 4Another chapter to the story, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss back for another journey down the rabbit hol IT is 18 years since Neo and Trinity sacrificed their lives to return free will to humanity in the finale of The Matrix trilogy. But franchise co-creator Lana Wachowski still had a glitch to scratch. That is why she has added another chapter to the story, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss back for another journey down the rabbit hole. Without sister Lily this time, Wachowski teamed up with Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and screenwriter Aleksandar Hemon. They continue, in exciting fashion, the existential crises of man versus machine, Matrix versus reality and blue pill versus red pill. Legacy sequels, such as this, feel an inevitability in the current cinematic climate of remakes and reboots. Resurrections is very aware of that; Neo is back to living as Thomas Anderson, though now he is the award-winning designer of a Matrix video game released 20 years earlier. His therapist (Neil Patrick Harris) prescribes...
    Sex and the City stand-in Heather Kristin recalled Chris Noth's 'toxic' behavior on set of the original HBO show in an updated essay published on Thursday. Kristin, who says she stood in for Kristin Davis' character Charlotte for four seasons of the show, originally wrote about an 'alpha male actor' who was wildly offensive to female cast members in a viral essay published in February 2021.   Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of sexual assault against the star from two women who used the pseudonyms Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31. Trouble: Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter published allegations of sexual assault against Chris Noth from two women who used the pseudonyms Zoe, now 40, and Lily, now 31 Sex and the City stand-in Heather Kristin (far left with Kristin Davis) recalled Chris Noth's 'toxic' behavior on set of the original HBO show in an updated essay published on Thursday; seen on Instagram In the report, both accusers claim that Noth had sex with them from behind in front of a mirror, with the first attack allegedly...
    He directed and co-wrote the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot that reimagined the series with all-female leads. And Paul Feig was incensed on Wednesday when he apparently learned that his film — which ultimately lost money at the box office — had been left out of a new box set collecting the rest of the movies in the Ghostbusters franchise. The 59-year-old Freaks And Geeks creator tweeted that the studio's decision must have been a 'mistake' as he highlighted his film's connection to the rest of the Ghostbusters series.  Left out: Paul Feig, the director of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, lashed out at Sony on Tuesday after the studio announced plans for a Ghostbusters franchise box set that excludes his female-led film; seen in 2019 in London The newest entry in the series, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will be released on February 1, 2022, on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra-HD versions, while the Ghostbusters Ultimate Collection box set will be released on the same day. The set contains the first two Ghostbusters films from the 1980s, along with the latest sequel, but fans won't find the 2016...
    Yes. I know…ANOTHER SEQUEL. BUT IT’S THE MATRIX!!!!! If you haven’t seen these films let me give you a little back story. In 1999, The Matrix was released and with no exaggeration changed the way action films were made. We had slow-motion fighting. The special effects were ahead of their time and the allegories peppered throughout the trilogy were so deep that college courses and dissertations have been done time and time again. After the success of The Matrix in 1999 we were given two sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. A neat tidbit on the two sequels. Reloaded was released in 2003 and then SIX MONTHS LATER Revolutions was. I remember finishing The Matrix Reloaded and that it ended on a cliffhanger. I couldn’t wait for the conclusion. To be honest the sequels for me weren’t amazing but as a whole, the series was so important to myself and my friends and family. We would discuss the cliffhangers, the allegories, if he or she was alive or not. Cut to 2021. We have waited 18 years for...
    Beyonce and Jay-Z are one step closer to making Oscar history, with the musical power couple both landing on the 94th Academy Award short list. Beyonce, 40, and Jay-Z, 52, were both put on the Oscar short list of 15 contenders for Best Original Song on Tuesday, via Variety.  If they both become Oscar nominees, they will become the first husband and wife in Oscar history to compete against each other in the same category. Historic: Beyonce and Jay-Z are one step closer to making Oscar history, with the musical power couple both landing on the 94th Academy Award short list Oscar first: If they both become Oscar nominees, they will become the first husband and wife in Oscar history to compete against each other in the same category Beyonce is nominated for her song Be Alive from the Warner Bros. movie King Richard, starring Will Smith, which she wrote with songwriter Dixson. Her husband Jay-Z is nominated for his song Guns Go Bang from Netflix's The Harder They Fall, which he performs with Scott 'Kid Cudi' Mescudi and co-wrote with Mescudi...
    HOLLYWOOD -- "The Matrix Resurrections" marks the fourth film in this popular franchise. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reunited as Neo and Trinity...roles they first played in 1999...but last played back in 2003.This is a complicated movie to explain.The story is set in two very different worlds...one is everyday life... one is run by machines. So when it comes to this movie, Keanu says here's all you need to know!"The Matrix Resurrections' is ostensibly a fight for freedom. It's a love story. It's man with and versus machine," said Reeves.Moss says it is a complicated story."I mean, I think they all are, right? There's so many layers to the 'Matrix' films. And that's what makes it so fun to talk about after you've seen it, at least for me," said Moss."I think the films take you on a ride," said Reeves. "I mean, I think that it's you can take what you can absorb. And I think it takes care of the audience and it lets you just enjoy it however you want to enjoy it. Yeah, it's got...
    ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa -- The National Christmas Center might be the largest collection of Christmas artifacts in the world. The Center was the vision of James Morrison, also known as 'Santa Jr.' and the 'Keeper of Christmas.' He opened the original center in Paradise, Pa. It lasted nearly 20 years before closing in 2018 because of financial complications.Enter David Abel, the steward of Stone Gables Estate, who purchased the collection and has spent the last three years reimagining the National Christmas Center. The center reopened this year in a temporary location featuring many of the artifacts that were featured at the original location plus additions from David's collection and items from Executive Curator John Enterline.The space is designed as Abel's hometown of Columbia, Pa., from the 1940s with storefronts decorated for the holidays. You can walk around and see collections of Buyer's Choice dolls, the original Woolworths, toy train setups, toy soldiers and doll houses. It's meant to be a nostalgic experience.Not far away is a three-mile drive-through light display featuring a covered bridge, an active steam engine train and a...
    Thus, if Omicron is now the new ploy to return to March 2020-style government authoritarianism, shouldn’t governments downright ban the shots rather than promote and even mandate them? Fauci is predicting hospitals will be “overwhelmed” when Omicron becomes dominant. Mandating the shots, according to his misguided view of Omicron, is like requiring a blowtorch to “extinguish” a fire. In fact, Fauci even admitted earlier this week that South Africa, a country with a low vaccination rate, didn’t experience much critical illness from Omicron because of built immunity. Moreover, as everyone acknowledges this version of the virus spreads very quickly, the worst thing you could do now (if you believe Omicron must be avoided) is get a shot. Studies have shown the shots initially suppress your immune system for several weeks before ramping up antibodies. Therefore, by the time you would have the theoretical protection (which seems not to work for Omicron anyway), you likely would have gotten the virus anyway. A study published earlier this year by the Statens Serum Institut found that health care workers within seven days of...
    Moderna's Covid booster shot can increase a person's Omicron variant-fighting antibodies 20-fold, data revealed by the company on Wednesday show. The data shows that its initial two-dose vaccine series is far less effective against Omicron that it is against other virus strains - producing 37-fold less neutralizing antibodies against the new strain than it did against the organa, Wuhan virus strain. Two weeks after receiving a booster shot, a person's antibody levels grow 20-fold, though their Omicron fighting antibody levels after the additional shot are still half that of a person who has only received two shots has against the original strain. Moderna's booster shot in 50 micrograms - half the dosage of the first two vaccine shots. The company says it is working on gathering data for how a 100 microgram dose would fair against the new variant. The larger dosage would need additional approval from regulators to be used in the U.S.  It is promising data in the fight against the new Covid strain that has already been sequenced 241 times in 33 U.S. states and the District...
    The National Defense Authorization Act sailed through the Senate Wednesday on a bipartisan 89-10 vote, clearing its path to President Joe Biden’s desk. The annual defense bill, which Congress has passed for 61 years in a row, totaled $768 billion, $25 billion more the White House originally requested. It passed the House on Dec. 7 with 169 Democrats and 194 Republicans voting in favor and cleared a Senate filibuster Tuesday on an 86-13 vote. “Our nation faces an enormous range of security challenges, and it is more important than ever that we provide our military men and women the support they need to keep America safe,” said Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Jack Reed, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “To that end, this bill makes great progress.” While the compromised version of the bill found the overwhelming support of Congress, the negotiation process was rocky. The original version passed the House in September only to be stonewalled by Senate Republicans weeks later over what they alleged was a lack of amendment votes. As senior members of the House...
                 NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Lucas Hoge has released a new Christmas album, 12.25 that is not to be missed. He along with some help from friends, Jamie O’Neal and the Swon Brothers played a (mostly) Christmas show featuring new and traditional music at the renowned Listening Room. Despite everyone still trying to recover from the pandemic, in 2021 Hoge released his very popular Sunday Sessions record and continued working on his TV show Hoge Wild which airs on the Sportsman Channel. That is why I was a little surprised he had time to release a full-length Christmas album entitled 12.25. Hoge confessed, “I’m a huge Christmas nut. I’m not keeping it a secret anymore. I love the music, singing it, playing it, writing it. It’s one of my passions.” When the proclaimed producer Kent Wells volunteered to work on the album, Hoge knew it was time. Wells recommended he do a duet with O’Neal and they did “Let It Snow” which is one of the best versions of the song I have heard in a while. He also does...
    A DAD has taken on John Lewis with his own budget Christmas advert - for the THIRD year in a row. Mark Goodwin’s 2021 festive masterpiece features stop-motion, animated pianos dancing around the small shop he owns. 5Piano shop owner Mark Goodwin has created a Christmas advert to rival the John Lewis oneCredit: Triangle News 5Mark's advert cost £23, which is a fraction of the cost of the John Lewis ad, which was an estimated £5millionCredit: Triangle News 5The John Lewis ad tells the story of young boy Nathan who witnesses a UFO crash in a forest before he meets an alien called Skye who he teaches about ChristmasCredit: PA The 42-year-old, dad-of-two spent just £23 creating the video which shows Santa cutting it fine to pick up his order. But Mark - who runs Mark Goodwin Pianos - spent five nights creating the 25 seconds of animation of the moving pianos. He had to move them over 2,000 times to create the scene. However, his advert was just a fraction of the cost of John Lewis’ Unexpected Guest telly...
    One of the things that made 'The Golden Girls' an ageless, classic ​television show is that it showcased a group of women, living together and talking about basically anything and everything -- from sex and relationships to life and family. But most importantly, they were having lots of fun, and as a result, the audience had a lot of fun along with them. If only that were the case with the ​misguided, woke reboot of 'Sex in the City'. Let me preface what I am about to say next with this -- I am very sad to feel this way about the revival, aptly named 'And Just Like That...'. I am an old millennial -- 37 years old to be exact. The original HBO show hit its height of fame, popularity, and cultural relevance as I was coming into my formative years and during my time at Columbia University in New York City. Just not the same: The show was a true cultural phenomenon and for many reasons we should be forever grateful for the barriers that it broke regarding open...
    Elvis Presley wanted to be in it; so did Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty. But even without them, the 1961 film West Side Story remains the greatest screen musical ever, certainly when measured in Academy Awards. It won ten. Only three films, none of them musicals, have won more. Now, with Steven Spielberg's 'reimagined' version set to arrive in cinemas today, the original West Side Story, which came out in the U.S. 60 years ago, is getting more attention than it has for decades. Spielberg's film is a triumph and has been enthusiastically reviewed — described as 'relentlessly dazzling, swoonily beautiful' and his finest film in 20 years. But it can't eclipse the 1961 movie for behind-the-scenes gossip, glamour, guile and greed. The fictional gang battles between the Puerto Rican Sharks and the all-American Jets echoed the real-life tumult as the 1957 Broadway show was turned into a movie for the ages. The Original: Rita Moreno, pictured, now 89 and an executive producer of Spielberg's film, in which she also dazzles in a small but crucial supporting role, later admitted in...
    The highly-anticipated Sex and the City reboot is finally here. The first two episode of And Just Like That... premiered on Thursday, December 9, but unfortunately, they're getting mostly negative reviews - with one critic branding the new show a 'painful downer' and another calling it a total 'bummer.' The original show debuted back in 1998, and now, more than two decades later, HBO Max has dropped its spinoff series with original stars Sarah Jessica Parker returning as Carrie Bradshaw, Kristin Davis returning as Charlotte York, and Cynthia Nixon returning as Miranda Hobbes - and it has received a lot of negative feedback. The first and second episodes were packed with glamor and sass - however, they were also filled with loss and sadness. At the end of the first episode, Carrie is left shocked and heartbroken, when her husband Mr. Big dies from a sudden heart attack after participating in a Peloton class.  The highly-anticipated Sex and the City reboot is finally here. The first two episodes of And Just Like That... premiered on Thursday - and has quickly been panned...
    The Police have released a never-seen-before Christmas video for their number 1 hit song Don't Stand So Close To Me. From their third album Zenyatta Mondatta, the track topped the UK Singles chart in 1980. The original video saw the band - Sting, 70, Andy Summers, 78, and Stewart Copeland, 69 - perform in a school setting, dressed as scholars wearing mortarboards in some scenes, whereas the new film sees them playing in the snow. New material: The Police have released a never-seen-before Christmas video for their number 1 hit song Don't Stand So Close To Me The newly released video was filmed in the winter of 1980 in Grey Rock, Quebec, Canada and has been unearthed from the band's archives after 41 years. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Britney Spears isn't inviting ANY of her FAMILY to her... Beyonce and Jay-Z share rare PDA as they KISS in intimate... 'Music has helped me to heal me when no one else could':... Maya Jama teases a glimpse of her taut abs in a grey cropped... ...
    The famous musical, which tells us about the impossible love between two young men who joined rival gangs in New York in the 1950s, is an essential work of American cinema. Must watch absolutely before or after watching the remake of Steven Spielberg (Masterful) in cinema. A monumental film, in every sense of the word, hits theaters in France this Wednesday, December 8: adaptation Western story By Steven Spielberg. It is the first song by the famous director and is absolutely stunning with its XXL dances and stunning vintage costumes. Carried by two young faces from Hollywood (Ansel Elgard and Rachel Jeckler) it is a remake of a classic film of modern American cinema that follows the same plot of the film and immerses us again in the same setting. Original. “Legend of love developing in the aftermath of a 1957 rivalry between rival gangs in New York“, The summary of this new feature sums it up nicely. For those who have heard vaguely Western story, This is a great love story Romy Yo and Juliet, Thus moved...
    Actress Rita Moreno talks to Sandy Kenyon about appearing in Steven Spielberg's remake of "West Side Story," 60 years after her role in the original film. Moreno is the first and so far the only Latina to win an Academy Award for acting, and she would make Oscar history again if she is nominated next year for the new version of "West Side Story".The veteran star would be the oldest performer ever to get a nod.You can watch the episode here, but if you want to enjoy a better experience, did you know you can catch "The Sitdown with Sandy Kenyon" on your television set? Just make sure you add the ABC7NY app to your streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) to check out this and other episodes of this and other WABC-TV original streaming series.
    ANOTHER TWIST IN THE VARIANT ROLLER COASTER… BECKY QUICK, CNBC: Significant breaking news: Pfizer says 3 doses of its current Covid vaccine (2 original shots plus booster) provide as much protection vs Omicron as 2 shots provided against the original variant. Dow futures spike to up 140.  
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