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Celebrity items that fetched top dollar at auctions

<p>Bob Dylan’s guitar, which he used on his first electric tour in 1966, recently sold at auction for an eye-watering US$490,000!</p> <p>The 1965 Fender Telecaster had also been used by other musicians like Eric Clapton and George Harrison.</p> <p>That’s certainly not the first time celebrity memorabilia have sold for a huge chunk of change.</p> <p>Check out these other instances:</p> <p><strong>1. Russell Crowe’s movie memorabilia (US$2.8 million)</strong></p> <p>The Gladiator star held an auction dubbed “The Art of Divorce” in Sydney last April to sell 227 of his personal valuables and movie memorabilia.</p> <p>Among the items that sold were a leather jockstrap he wore in Cinderella Man, an antique violin he learned how to play for the movie Master and Commander, and his director’s chair from American Gangster.</p> <p>The auction netted the actor an impressive US$2.8 million.</p> <p>Not bad for an afternoon’s work.</p> <p><strong>2. JK Rowling’s chair (US$394,000)</strong></p> <p>The chair that author JK Rowling sat on when she worked on the first two Harry Potter novels sold for US$394,000 in 2016.</p> <p>According to a note that Rowling sent to the new owner, this was the comfiest of four mismatched chairs she had been given when she lived in a council flat in Edinburgh, which was why it became the chair of choice in front of her typewriter.</p> <p><strong>3. Albert Einstein’s notes (US$1.8 million)</strong></p> <p>The Nobel Prize-winning physicist had given a courier two handwritten notes in 1922 in lieu of a tip when he was staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.</p> <p>Those two notes sold for a whopping US$1.8 million in October last year.</p> <p>One of the notes reads: “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.”</p> <p>Very practical - but expensive - advice indeed.</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/celebrity-items-fetched-top-dollar-auction">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Salma Hayek embraces ageing by proudly showing off her grey hair

<p>It’s easy to want to conceal our own ‘flaws’ or what we consider a problem. For some, grey hair is an issue. However, Salma Hayek is choosing to embrace her natural beauty, and has no problem ageing gracefully.</p> <p>The 52-year-old actress took to social media to celebrate an issue many in Hollywood are not comfortable talking about. In a smiling selfie, Hayek proudly lets her curly black hair with “white” strands frame her face. </p> <p>“#Proud of my white hair,” the mother of one shared to Instagram in English and Spanish.</p> <p>Supporters of the award-winning actress flocked to the post's comments section to commend her for her positive take on ageing.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btb0vvNFROR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Btb0vvNFROR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#proud of my white hair. Orgullosa de mis canas. #hair</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/salmahayek/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Salma Hayek Pinault</a> (@salmahayek) on Feb 3, 2019 at 1:29pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Wisdom baby!!! Who said white hair means anything negative anyways,” one Instagram user wrote.</p> <p>“… You look great with your salt and pepper hair! I am doing the same thing, no more colouring my hair and I haven’t in three years now,” another wrote.</p> <p>Some followers even commended Hayek by sharing they were inspired enough to think the same.</p> <p>“True beauty, I’ll follow your lead,” the Instagrammer wrote.</p> <p>This is not the first time the 52-year-old has addressed her positive ageing outlook on life.</p> <p>“I don’t want to spend what’s left of my youth pretending I’m younger and then not enjoying life,” she explained <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/fashion/salma-hayek-beauty-regimen.html">to New York Times in 2017.</a></p> <p>How old were you when you first started getting grey hair? Have you embraced your natural colour? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker's son is all grown up!

<p>Matthew Broderick decided on spending some quality time with his family before he heads off for his West End debut.</p> <p>The 56-year-old actor was spotted enjoying a courtside game for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday with his doppelganger son.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823266/matt.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/214128f8c0de4c0ca837d8ece34d3f78" /></p> <p>Opting for a pair of red corduroy slacks, the<span> </span><em>Ferris Bueller’s Day Off</em><span> </span>star was in high spirits as he watched his hometown team play.</p> <p>Accessorising his look with a pair of simple black frames, Broderick chose to keep his hair slicked towards the side.</p> <p>16-year-old James Wilkie looked all grown up as he sat next to his father with a huge smile plastered across his face.</p> <p>Wearing a black turtleneck with grey jeans, the father-and-son duo sat with<span> </span><em>The Daily Show</em><span> </span>host Trevor Noah who seemed to be just as excited about watching a game of basketball. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7823274/matt12.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb21b54a56944980b2fc468f604c77a2" /></p> <p><span>Matthew and 53-year-old Sarah Jessica are also parents to nine-year-old twins, Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick.</span></p> <p>Can you believe Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker's son is 16 years old already? </p>

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The 10 favourite movies voted by you

<p>The following ten movies were selected as classics by you, the reader. Do you think you have seen them all?</p> <p><strong>1. Casablanca</strong></p> <p>"I came to it late but it brings the magic ingredients of two stars in their early prime - Bergman and Bogart- plus the sound track and that song - As Time Goes By - and, underlying it all, the timeless message about state sponsored oppression."</p> <p>Hindmarsh</p> <p><strong>2. To Kill a Mockingbird</strong></p> <p>"A classic movie seen and experiences through the eyes of scout about the justice her father dealt out through the troubled times."</p> <p>Buckley</p> <p><strong>3. Like Water for Chocolate</strong></p> <p>"It's fresh, rich, layered... and very re-watchable!"</p> <p>Ribbons</p> <p><strong>4. Gone With The Wind</strong></p> <p>"I really enjoyed watching it, twice at cinema and then on DVD. It got my attention every time. An absolute classic film filled with excitement, love and adventure."</p> <p>Charlesworth</p> <p><strong>5. Rebecca</strong></p> <p>"A dark, gothic story shining with strong characters, twisting plots and haunting images."</p> <p>Caine</p> <p><strong>6. Grease</strong></p> <p>"Grease is a classic and great to sing along to! Feel good movie!"</p> <p>Potter</p> <p><strong>7. The Sound of Music</strong></p> <p>"It's simply a feel good, beautiful family movie. I've loved it since I was a little girl and so do my children and grandchildren. Timeless."</p> <p>Waird</p> <p><strong>8. Out Of Africa</strong></p> <p>"For the poignancy, truth, sheer beauty and human dignity. I could watch it anytime and feel lifted to a higher place."</p> <p>Crumlin</p> <p><strong>9. My Left Foot</strong></p> <p>"It was brilliantly acted by Daniel Day-Lewis. Absolutely convincing performance!"</p> <p>Sciuto</p> <p><strong>10. Finding Nemo</strong></p> <p>"I am 71 years of maturity and my favourite film is Finding Nemo.</p> <p>"It brings home the story of The Great Barrier Reef. Now the whole world knows of our beautiful Wonder of the World.</p> <p>"It has created interest of children of all ages, worldwide.</p> <p>"Now, maybe those young children knowing about Nemo and the other reef fish and other reef animals, will grow up with the knowledge that they are the future of helping to save our Great Barrier Reef.</p> <p>"The Reef is on my doorstep, I love the reef and I hope more people will become aware of what is needed to preserve the Great Barrier Reef for the next generation and those generations to follow."</p> <p>J.Hay</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/10-favourite-movies-voted-you">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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8 classic movie car chases that still have you on the edge of your seat

<p>These high-octane flicks certainly aren't what you'd call cerebral, but they boast the best car chases in film history.</p> <p><strong>1. Bullitt</strong></p> <p>1968’s<em> Bullitt </em>makes just about everyone’s list of great car chases. This titular cop was destined to be actor Steve McQueen’s most iconic role, and the heart-stopping chase through the busy streets of San Francisco remains one of the most amazing pieces of vehicular choreography ever captured on film.</p> <p><strong>2. Smokey and the Bandit</strong></p> <p>This is the film that made the Pontiac TransAm famous and influenced a generation of drivers worldwide. Who could forget those classic chases in the iconic TransAm and the fun of watching Burt Reynolds outrun the clueless cops?</p> <p><strong>3. Mad Max</strong></p> <p>This frightening yet fun look at a dystopian future has some of the most amazing car chases and explosions you’ll find on Blu-Ray. It’s also notable for the fact that it features a very young Mel Gibson, who has only 16 lines of dialogue throughout the entire movie, including (twice!), “I only came for the gasoline.”</p> <p><strong>4. Ronin</strong></p> <p>This classic film finds star Robert DeNiro and company speeding through the busy streets of Paris at speeds approaching 100 mph. Throw in top-notch performances from the cast, a compelling storyline, and plenty of great shots of the City of Light, and you’ve got the perfect flick for a (not-so-quiet) night in.</p> <p><strong>5. The French Connection</strong></p> <p><em>The French Connection</em> is one of the most iconic movies of its time, renowned for its great performances (Gene Hackman won an Academy Award for Best Actor) and incredible storytelling. What many film buffs forget, however, is that this classic flick also includes one of the most incredible car chases ever put to film. Audiences seeing the film for the first time gasped when they saw that Pontiac TransAm go under the elevated train tracks—a stunt that impresses to this day.</p> <p><strong>6. Gone in 60 Seconds</strong></p> <p>Modern audiences may be more familiar with the remake starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, but classic car fans tend to prefer the 1974 version. The thrilling chase through the streets of Long Beach is one of the most exciting in film history.</p> <p><strong>7. To Live and Die in LA</strong></p> <p>Los Angeles is known for its incredible car culture, so it is only fitting this iconic movie makes the list. Not only does the movie include a classic car chase but it provides some of the most remarkable cityscapes ever caught on film.</p> <p><strong>8. The Blues Brothers</strong></p> <p>You might not equate a film about Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s <em>Blues Brothers</em> with car chases, but there are plenty to go around in this iconic movie. The scene at the mall is a fan favourite even decades after the film’s 1980 release.</p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/8-classic-movie-car-chases-still-have-you-edge-your-seat">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Why Kevin Bacon is “super, super jealous” of his wife Kyra Sedgwick

<p>Footloose star Kevin Bacon honoured his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick on Saturday at an award show with a comedic and heartwarming speech.</p> <p>In his speech for Sedgwick at the Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Awards, the 60-year-old had a few funny words to welcome her on stage.</p> <p>“She got this boatload of awards and nominations. I know this because I was super, super jealous of that,” the actor said. “I’m hoping that’ll happen for me someday.”</p> <p>The 53-year-old actress upon accepting her award told her husband he was the love of her life.</p> <p>The lovely couple have been married for over 30 years, tying the knot on September 4, 1988. Both actors met on the set of Lanford Wilson’s play <em>Lemon Sky</em>.</p> <p>The couple have had a famous long Hollywood love affair ever since.</p> <p>“I had no great role models in terms of healthy marriages,” Sedgwick <a href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/inspirational-stories/interviews/a18820/kyra-sedgwick-interview-the-closer/">explained to <em>Good Housekeeping</em></a>, elaborating on her venture capitalist dad and educator mother’s split when she was three.</p> <p>“But I knew in my heart and soul that he was the right person.</p> <p>“It was the unquestionable truth of mine. I’ve never had anything like that before or after.”</p> <p>The couple share two children together, Travis, 29, and Sosie who is 26 – both taking after their parents as actors.</p> <p>Both Bacon and Sedgwick have been making headlines for their "fairytale" relationship since it’s beginning.</p> <p>"People say it's this fairytale thing," Sedgwick told to <a href="https://www.redbookmag.com/life/interviews/a13662/kyra-sedgwick-kevin-bacon-the-closer-interview/"><em>Redbook</em></a>.</p> <p>“But it's life. We just love each other a lot."</p>

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Must-see movies: Top 5 movies for the grandkids

<p>If you're taking care of your grandchildren, we don't blame you if you're starting to run out of ideas on how to keep them entertained. </p> <p>Trips to the cinema have always been a great idea to fill in hours, plus the kids love a day out. We've picked out the top five kids movies - sit back, relax and enjoy the show!</p> <p><strong>1. House of Magic</strong><br /><br />Seeking shelter from a storm, an abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by a retired magician. Lawrence the magician shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of gizmos, capable of whipping up breakfast while singing and dancing. <br /><br /><strong>2. Boxtrolls</strong><br /><br />Based on the book series 'Here be Monsters' by Alan Snow, Box Trolls is centred around a young boy trying to figure out who he is and what he wants to be. <br /><br /><strong>3. Beauty and the Beast</strong><br /><br />The classic Beauty and the Beast is always a favourite for young and old. The story is centred around Belle, a bright young woman who rescues her father after he is trapped by a Beast. With the help of the castle's singing and dancing staff, she sees beneath the Beast's hard and tempremental exterior and discovers his gentle heart.  <br /><br /><strong>4. Planes: Fire and Rescue<br /></strong><br />Planes: Fire and Rescue is a new comedy adventure all about second chances, team effort and what it takes to become a true hero.  When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.  <br /><br /><strong>5. The Maze Runner</strong> <br /><br />The Maze Runner is predominately aimed at older kids. The story revolved around Thomas, a young boy who wakes up in a huge maze, unsure of how he got there. He is surrounded by other boys and together they try to find a way out, and struggle to escape. </p> <p><em>Written by Tahlia Pritchard. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/must-see-movies-top-5-movies-for-the-grand-kids.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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The scariest movies of all time

<p><strong>1. It (2017)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: Well... clowns. The latest adaptation of Stephen King's frightful page-turner that debued in September quickly surpassed The Exorcist for highest-grossing R-rated scary movie ever.</p> <p>What the critics say: Even before movie reviews dropped, critic <a href="https://twitter.com/haleighfoutch/status/901289130558017536">Halleigh Fatouch of Collider tweeted "It's scary as sh--</a>." Skarsgard nails Pennywise, she added. “Beyond killer clowns, It also delves into the grief &amp; anger kids feel when they realize those who should love &amp; protect them do the opposite. These are themes in King’s stories that filmmakers often ignore. But the best adaptations figure out they’re the most vital part.”—Anthony Breznican, <a href="http://ew.com/movies/2017/08/26/it-movie-reactions-stephen-king/">EW</a>. This one's definitely not for children, folks.</p> <p><strong>2. The Exorcist (1973)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: Terrible, terrible things come out of a little girl's mouth (which happens to be attached to a spinning head, thanks to a demonic possession). Audiences were so affected by this fearsome film that some theaters even provided <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/11/08/127-hours-audience-fainting-and-more-dangerous-movies.html">"Exorcist barf bags."</a></p> <p>What the critics say: "The climactic sequences assault the senses and the intellect with pure cinematic terror. "—<a href="http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117790769?refcatid=31">Variety</a></p> <p><strong>3. The Shining (1980)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: Jack Nicholson is seriously freaky as crazed novelist Jack Torrance, who [spoiler alert] tries to chop his family to little bits after a particularly stressful winter.</p> <p>What the critics say: "Scaring the viewer is easy... What is harder is to accentuate the horrifying aspects of things that are familiar... Kubrick isn't out for screams, but he manages to make his movie thoroughly unnerving by keeping the horror so close to home."—Janet Maslin, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/library/film/060880kubrick-shining.html">The New York Times</a></p> <p><strong>4. Halloween (1978)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: This John Carpenter original is a cold, bloody slasher flick that cuts to the bone; and it's not afraid to take itself seriously.</p> <p>What the critics say: "A visceral experience – we aren't seeing the movie, we're having it happen to us. It's frightening."—Roger Ebert, <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19791031/REVIEWS/40823003/1023">Chicago Sun-Times</a></p> <p><strong>5. Poltergeist (1982)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: Things aren't what they seem in Poltergeist: A static TV screen releases evil spirits, invisible beings rearrange furniture, and houses move through dimensions, which might make shadows seem a bit menacing as you settle into bed after watching.</p> <p>What the critics say: "...a marvelously spooky ghost story that may possibly scare the wits out of very small children and offend those parents who believe that kids should be protected from their own, sometimes savage imaginations."—Vincent Canby, <a href="http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=EE05E7DF173BE573BC4C53DFB0668389699EDE">The New York Times</a></p> <p><strong>6. The Evil Dead (1981)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: It's so packed with evil that even the trees rip hapless teenagers apart in this pre-Spider-Man flick from director Sam Raimi, which has enough murder and supernatural mayhem to warrant an NC-17 rating.</p> <p>What the critics say: "Sam Raimi directed this 1983 horror feature fresh out of film school, and his anything-for-an-effect enthusiasm pays off ... The film is ferociously kinetic and full of visual surprises."—Pat Graham, <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-evil-dead/Film?oid=1736507">Chicago Reader</a></p> <p><strong>7. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: This recent movie lampoons horror conventions while packing in some thrills of its own – a hulking family of zombies is mostly meant to be funny, but they're sort of disturbing.</p> <p>What the critics say: "It is by turns moderately horrifying and wickedly funny, offering more nods and winks than a narcoleptic on jury duty."—Christopher Orr, <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/04/the-cabin-in-the-woods-disembowels-the-slasher-film/255810/">The Atlantic</a></p> <p><strong>8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: Adolescence is tough enough without worrying about razor-armed Freddy Krueger killing hormonal teens in their sleep.</p> <p>What the critics say: "Tailor made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas – something that is a rarity in this genre."—James Berardinelli, <a href="http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=993">ReelViews</a></p> <p><strong>9. The Birds (1963)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: You'll never quite look at ravens the same way after seeing them descend upon a group of schoolchildren as if they were mealworms.</p> <p>What the critics say: "Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense."—Kim Newman, <a href="http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=16934">Empire</a></p> <p><strong>10. Alien (1979)</strong></p> <p>One of the scariest movies because: The suspense mounts until it's nearly unbearable, and then, finally [spoiler alert!], a bizarre creature rips through a man's chest. After that, the real horror begins.</p> <p>What the critics say: "Even with its horrifying villain and scenes of bloody excess, Alien endures as a superior piece of filmmaking, with a pace that's like watching an art film."—Peter Hartlaub, <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Few-surprises-in-an-impressively-streamlined-2569341.php">San Francisco Chronicle</a></p> <p><em>Written by Damon Beres. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/scariest-movies-all-time">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Oprah Winfrey reveals her greatest joy: "They’re the daughters I did not have"

<p>Oprah Winfrey is incredibly proud of her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa that she founded. The students at the school even affectionately refer to the legendary TV star as ‘Mom O’.</p> <p>The school opened in 2007 and has been Winfrey’s greatest joy ever since. As the school is a boarding school with fantastic facilities, the opportunities that students are given there are second to none. </p> <p>Ninety per cent of the students enrol in universities like Harvard and Oxford, which is remarkable in a country where 20 per cent of students attend university.</p> <p>“They are my greatest, deepest joy,” says Winfrey.</p> <p>“When the girls started calling me Mom O, I did not want their mothers or their legal guardians to think that I was stepping in and trying to take over the role their mom holds in their lives,” she explained.</p> <p>“I’m very much aware of who I am and what my role is for them.”</p> <p>Winfrey sees a part of herself in the students that go through the school. After all, they’ve grown up in deep poverty and Winfrey went through the same experience when she was growing up in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era.</p> <p>“[The girls] have been in the heart and heat of poverty. Poverty itself is a traumatic event, just trying to be able to have food on your table every day.</p> <p>“Most girls have lost one or another really close relative, sometimes both mother and father.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823009/oprah-winfrey-school.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/47c7a53e404f459cb9bb54717eaa7a76" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The girls celebrating their 7th graduation at Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls</em></p> <p>As Winfrey reflects on all she’s been able to accomplish with the school, she’s come to a unique understanding about her place in their lives.</p> <p>“They’re the daughters I did not have,” Winfrey says.</p> <p>“I never thought that that mothering instinct was something for me. I like babies, but I like them like, ‘Hi baby, OK, now go over there.’ I like children when they can actually speak to me and tell what is the problem.</p> <p>“This is how having children was supposed to manifest for me." </p>

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John Travolta opens up about son’s death: “I don’t know if I would have made it through”

<p>John Travolta has credited Scientology for helping him cope with his son’s death.</p> <p>In a new interview with <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/inside-john-travolta-kelly-prestons-life-at-home-with-2-kids/"><em>Us Magazine</em></a>, Travolta said the church guided him through “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life”.</p> <p>Travolta’s late son Jett died in 2009 at the age of 16 after having a seizure and hitting his head in the bathroom during a family Christmas vacation in the Bahamas.</p> <p>“The church never left our side for two years,” said Travolta. “I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support. Our church is the number one thing that keeps us grounded.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.49609375px;" src="/media/7823017/gettyimages-958889504.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9dced2652c7b491fb6a4106c83a44e1f" /></p> <p>The 64-year-old actor also added that his daughter Ella, 18, and son Benjamin, 8, are the priority for both himself and wife Kelly Preston. </p> <p>“Our children keep our interest in life very high,” said Travolta. “Their future is very important to us.”</p> <p>He revealed that both children are looking into a career in acting. </p> <p>“They’re smart kids and they do well because they’re encouraged to apply what they learn,” said Travolta.</p> <p>“Ella is making a living as an actress. We’re very proud of her. She’s old-school elegant and gifted in the arts.”</p> <p>Travolta's wife of 27 years Preston said their marriage is not without its challenges, but the pair were “just right together” from the beginning.</p> <p>“We picked the right people and [keep] it honest and … [check] in with each other,” said Preston. “A relationship doesn't just happen. You have to work at it. You've got to keep it fun, and that's what we do.”</p>

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Inside Bruce Willis’ $19 million New York mansion

<p>Bruce Willis and his family are parting ways with their luxury New York estate, as the <em>Die Hard</em> actor recently put his mega mansion up for sale for $19 million dollars according to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/bruce-willis-asks-12-95-million-for-new-york-country-retreat-11547740913" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em></a>.</p> <p>Willis, 63, and wife Emma told the publication that they are letting their Bedford Corners home go “to return to the West coast and make [their] home there".</p> <p>“The only reason we are giving it up is because we are so far form our California family, which is why we have decided to return to the West Coast and make our home there,” the couple said in a statement.</p> <p>“Our youngest daughter Mabel said last week that she wishes we could put lots of balloons on our house, like they did in the movie <em>Up</em> and send it to the West Coast. I agree, that would be perfect,” said Willis. </p> <p>According to their listing agent Ann Cutbill Lenane of Douglas Elliman, the pair also own an apartment in Manhattan, where the family regularly stay.</p> <p>Willis originally purchased the property for $18 million in 2014.</p> <p>The home is crafted with a rustic exterior, and also features an additional three guest cottages.</p> <p>With high ceilings and large windows, the estate offers an abundance of natural light.</p> <p>The enormous property comes with five spacious bedrooms and the kitchen comes packed with state-of-the-art appliances.</p> <p>There is also a playroom for children, a media centre/theatre and a temperature controlled wine cellar.</p> <p>The outdoor area includes a pool and tennis court.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to sneak a peek inside Bruce Willis’ mega mansion in New York.</p>

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15 reasons we will always love Lauren Bacall

<p>Lauren Bacall was a superstar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York on 16 September 1924. She is impossible to forget for her distinctive husky voice, sultry stare, and epic love affair with Humphrey Bogart. She passed away at the age of 89 on 12th August 2014 but we will always remember her style, talent and beauty.</p> <p><strong>1. To Have and Have Not, 1944</strong> <br />Lauren Bacall’s breakthrough performance in the 1944 Warner Bros picture, To Have and Have Not, is still acknowledged as one of the best film debuts in cinema history. The 19-year-old Bronx native was scouted by Warner bigwigs on the lookout for the next big female star. More specifically, they needed an actress who could match the magnetism – and insolence – of Humphrey Bogart. Bacall was perfect in her performance, and left Bogart astounded and smitten.</p> <p><strong>2. The ‘Look’</strong> <br />Seduction personified, Bacall coined ‘The Look’ during screen tests for To Have and Have Not. The alluring stare was achieved as the result of a shy tendency to press her chin to her chest. With almond-shaped eyes peeking through long lashes, she made an immediate impact.</p> <p><strong>3. Humphrey Bogart</strong> <br />The romance between Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall lasted a little over a decade, yet it remains as enduring as the films they starred in together. The Hollywood love story began while the pair filmed To Have and Have Not. At the time 45-year-old Bogart was married. Within two years he was divorced and had married Bacall, who was 25 years his junior. They had two children together and remained wed until his death in 1957. “I fairly often have thought how lucky I was. I knew everybody because I was married to Bogie, and that 25-year difference was the most fantastic thing for me to have in my life,” Lauren Bacall told Vanity Fair in 2011. </p> <p><strong>4. Enduring Icon</strong> <br />In 1995 Lauren Bacall was named Empire magazine’s sixth sexiest star in film history. Two years later Peoplelisted Bacall among their 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. This wasn't the first time her beauty was awarded. In 1942, she was named ‘Miss Greenwich Village’ and ‘Prettiest Usher’ of the 1942 theatre season.</p> <p><strong>5. Rat Pack Royalty</strong> <br />Bacall was one of the founding members of the Hollywood Rat Pack. She even coined the term ‘rat pack’ and was referred to as ‘den mother’ by fellow members Frank Sinatra, Swifty Lazar and, of course, her husband Humphrey Bogart.</p> <p><strong>6. An alluring muse</strong><br />Lauren Bacall was one of four Hollywood starlets (along with Veronica Lee, Rita Hayworth and Julie London) who inspired the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit.</p> <p><strong>7. Thoughts on Ageing</strong> <br />Bacall opted to age gracefully, and her musings on maturing are heart-warming: "I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.” - Lauren Bacall</p> <p><strong>8. Fearless Negotiator</strong> <br />Forcing Bacall’s hand was like forcing a concrete slab across the beach. Indeed, her refusal to star in the film Storm Chase saw her suspended an astounding seven times. An article from the Reading Eagle, published in 1949, stated, "Lauren Bacall has become a storm center at Warner Brothers studio because she refuses to appear in a picture by that name.” In response to her suspension she said, “This makes the fifth or sixth time Mr. Warner has suspended me. I told him he had a fine picture (in ‘Storm Center’), but I didn’t think the part was for me. I thought he understood me at that time. I guess he didn’t.”</p> <p><strong>9. Risqué roles</strong> <br />When many actresses are cast aside or relegated to grannie roles, Bacall relaunched her career when she featured in a number of provocative roles. She starred in Lars Von Trier’s cult classic Dogville (2003), followed by the 2005 thriller Birth.</p> <p><strong>10. Self Deprecating yet Stylish</strong> <br />Never afraid to laugh at herself, Bacall lent her voice to the hit animation series Family Guy. Additionally, the down-to-earth beauty played herself in a 2006 episode of The Sopranos, where she was mugged and stripped of her awards show goodie bag.</p> <p><strong>11. Stylish Dame</strong> <br />Lauren Bacall knew how to wear a tailored suit. Always elegant and seductive, her ‘come-hither’ gaze was just as mesmerising as both the masculine style suits and figure-hugging gowns she favoured.</p> <p><strong>12. Roses are Red</strong><br />Few things are sexier than a woman in a suit and a slick of bright red lipstick. No matter what she wore, red lipstick was a common accompaniment to Bacall’s overall look. Now that is classic style.</p> <p><strong>13. Presidential Pause</strong> <br />Marilyn wasn’t the only movie star who sang for a President. In an act of sassy seduction, the starlet sat atop a piano as U.S. Vice President Truman was playing. The event took place while Bacall was visiting Washington in 1945.</p> <p><strong>14. The Big Sleep, 1946</strong> <br />Bacall’s portrayal of the beguiling Vivian Rutledge set the tone for the rest of her career. Her unflappable charm makes this a film you can enjoy again and again.</p> <p>Glamarous as always - Lauren Bacall in 'The Big Sleep'</p> <p><strong>15. Key Largo, 1948</strong> <br />The usually seductive Bacall assumed a more demure, dutiful part in the steamy Florida thriller Key Largo. Sporting long skirts cinched at the waist with tight belts, it was the last on-screen collaboration between Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. </p> <p>What was your favourite Lauren Bacall character? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by Louise Smithers. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/15-reasons-we-will-always-love-lauren-bacall.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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Glenn Close denies women lose their sexuality after a certain age: It's a "great myth"

<p>Glenn Close has revealed it’s a myth that women lose their sexuality as they get older.</p> <p>The 71-year-old star is a recipient of numerous awards, including three Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards.</p> <p>As Close told<span> </span><em>T</em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/21/glenn-close-the-wife-dont-lose-sexuality-as-get-older" target="_blank"><em>he Guardian</em>:</a> <span>“It’s one of the great myths that you lose your sexuality as you get older. One night last year, I was coming across town from the East Village to the West.</span></p> <p>“It was late on a Friday night and there were a lot of couples on the street. Pippy [her dog] and I were looking out of the car window and I could feel what all those couples were feeling.</p> <p>“I could feel their excitement, the sense of intimacy about to happen. It was extremely powerful.”</p> <p>As her new film <em>The Wife</em> – which Close won the Best Actress award at both the recent Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards – depicts a woman who is overshadowed by her Nobel Prize winning novelist husband, it’s fitting that the star has decided to be so open about women’s sexuality and age.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsvyGOJAUez/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsvyGOJAUez/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">And I was trying to be all serious!!! Jonathan Pryce at his subtly subversive best. He was an exquisite partner in THE WIFE. #thewife @thenobelprize #husbands @bafta #björnrunge</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/glennclose/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Real Glenn Close</a> (@glennclose) on Jan 17, 2019 at 10:59am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Close has also encouraged women to embrace themselves who are feeling uncomfortable in their own skin.</p> <p>“I feel as free and as creative, as sexual and as eager, as I ever have. And it’s ironic because I’m thinking: ‘How much time do I have left now?’</p> <p>“There are so many things I’m interested in doing. It’s one of those ironies, I suppose, that we sometimes start feeling comfortable in our own skin only late in our lives, but hopefully with enough time to benefit from it.”</p> <p>Have you felt more comfortable with yourself as you’ve gotten older? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Michelle Pfeiffer celebrates 25th wedding anniversary with sweet tribute

<p>Michelle Pfieffer is letting fans see her life through her own lens – sharing a heart-warming image of her and her husband, TV writer and producer David E. Kelley.</p> <p>Together they have a long list of career achievements – some of Pfieffer's major roles include hit movies <em>The Fabulous Baker Boys</em>, <em>Scarface </em>and<em> Dangerous Minds,</em> while Kelley is the mastermind behind such TV shows as <em>Picket Fences</em>, <em>Ally McBeal</em> and <em>The Practice</em>.</p> <p>The glowing actress took to Instagram to share a sweet image of her and Kelley, smiling ear to ear with a glass of wine captioning it: “My #SundayLove on our recent wedding anniversary – the luckiest girl in the room for 25 years.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3Rf8HB7Sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3Rf8HB7Sv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">My #SundayLove on our recent wedding anniversary - the luckiest girl in the room for 25 years.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michellepfeifferofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Pfeiffer</a> (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Jan 20, 2019 at 8:48am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Just recently the actress decided to share more of her life with fans, joining Instagram less than a week ago. Since then, she has amassed over 66,000 Instagram followers and counting.</p> <p>The couple share two children together, Claudia Rose, 25 and John Henry, 24.</p> <p>Kelley and Pfieffer said ‘I do’ in November 1993.</p> <p>What are your tips for a successful long-lasting marriage? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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How to stream all the best tv and movies at home

<p>An entertainment revolution is quietly taking place in living rooms all across Australia. Where once we were limited to four TV channels, and forced to trudge to the DVD shop to rent a movie, now we can watch what we want, when we want, wherever we want to watch it. It’s called “streaming” and it’s really easy to do, even if you’re a technological novice.</p> <p>Streaming is different from Pay TV such as Foxtel or Fetch TV in that it doesn’t require a special set-top box, and won’t tie you into an expensive long-term contract. Streaming can be done on a laptop, iPad, phone, or even a gaming console. All you have to do is log on to the streaming service’s website (see below) and sign up for a subscription.</p> <p>If you prefer to watch on a large screen, you can link your laptop, phone or tablet to your television using a cable adaptor, or even splash out on one of the new Smart TVs, which come with built-in streaming compatibility. There are so many choices available, there really is something to suit everyone.</p> <p><strong>What you’ll need</strong></p> <p>You’ll ideally want broadband speeds of at least 2 megabits per second. You’ll also need to make sure that you have a generous, or preferably unlimited, download allowance. Check with your internet provider to see what your limit is, and shop around to see if you can find a better deal – try comparison website www.youcompare.com.au which lists the different packages and prices. Some telcos, including Telstra and Optus, offer movie streaming as options in their monthly packages.</p> <p><strong>Choosing your hardware</strong></p> <p><strong>Laptop</strong></p> <p>If you’re using a laptop, you can either watch movies on the computer screen, or use an HDMI cable to connect the computer to your TV. You can buy HDMI cables at places like Harvey Norman, Officeworks or JB Hi-Fi for around $20.</p> <p>Once you’ve plugged it in, you need to change the display settings on your computer. On PCs, go to Control Panel, then Display, then select Change Display Settings. On a Mac, go to System Preferences, then Display, then Arrangement. When you have followed these steps, you can drag the browser window across using the mouse. Thankfully it isn’t as complicated as it sounds. YouTube has a number of helpful videos to guide you through these steps.</p> <p><strong>Phone or tablet</strong></p> <p>Streaming on a tablet or phone allows you to watch your favourite shows anywhere – even on the bus. Most streaming providers have an app that can be downloaded from their websites to make viewing even easier. Phones and tablets can also be linked to a TV screen for viewing at home: for iPhones and iPads, you need a Composite AV Cable, available from Apple stores for $59. For Android phones and tablets, you’ll need an HDMI cable with the appropriate port for your phone (the same as your charger). You can get these from most electrical retailers. Again, if you’re using a phone, don’t forget to make sure you have a high data limit, so you don’t get slapped with hefty charges.</p> <p><strong>Games console</strong></p> <p>If you have an Xbox or Playstation, it should already be able to connect to the internet, and you can use it in the same way to access online streaming.</p> <p><strong>Apple tv</strong></p> <p>Mac owners might want to consider buying this little box, which gives you access to Apple’s library of movies, TV shows, live sports and news (RRP $109).</p> <p><strong>Google Chromecast</strong></p> <p>This little “dongle” has a USB port that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your TV and allows you to connect your computer or Android phone to the screen wirelessly (RRP $55).</p> <p><strong>Smart tv</strong></p> <p>A new generation of televisions by Sony, Samsung, LG and others, come with internet browsing built in – although not all makes and models will be compatible with all streaming services available in Australia. If you are considering buying one, check the information on the streaming service’s website to make sure you choose a TV that’s compatible.</p> <p>So now you’ve got the kit, the next step is to decide which streaming service you want to sign up for – we’ve listed them below. They all offer free trials (of up to 30 days) and there are no contracts to tie you in. Plus, they’re much cheaper than a Foxtel subscription, so why stop at one?</p> <p><strong>Quickflix</strong></p> <p>Launched in 2003 as a postal DVD-rental service, Quickflix began streaming movies in 2011. It has a vast selection of new releases and classic television series available to stream.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.quickflix.com.au/" target="_blank">Quickflix</a><span> </span>Subscription: from $9.99 per month. </p> <p><strong>Netflix</strong></p> <p>The behemoth of the streaming world, this American service finally landed in to Australia in March 2015. Its TV shows include many popular “Netflix Original” series such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and its latest offering, Bloodline starring Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.netflix.com.au/" target="_blank">Netflix</a><span> </span>subscription: from $8.99 per month.</p> <p><strong>Stan</strong></p> <p>Jointly owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax, Stan was launched on Australia Day 2015. It has an extensive catalogue of shows, and is also commissioning original Australian drama for exclusive viewing on its service.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.stan.com.au/" target="_blank">Stan</a><span> </span>subscription: $10 per month.</p> <p><strong>ABC iView</strong></p> <p>A chance to catch up on free-to-air TV. Programs are usually available to view for 30 days after broadcast. There’s no subscription and you don’t need to sign up. All you need is an internet browser to log on to the ABC’s website, click on iVew and start watching.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.iview.abc.net.au/" target="_blank">ABC iView</a>: Free service.</p> <p><strong>SBS on demand</strong></p> <p>Like the ABC, this service has a library of recently broadcast programs and complete series available to view for a limited time, without subscription. It also has 600 movies, with an emphasis on international, art house and cult classics. Watch via an internet browser.<br /><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand" target="_blank">SBS on demand</a>: Free service.</p> <p>There are so many benefits to streaming that once you start you’ll wonder what took you so long. Forget fighting over the remote. Now everyone can watch their favourite shows, whenever suits them. What’s more, you can wave goodbye to annoying ad breaks and, even better, you won’t have to wait a week to watch the next episode of a show and find out what happens.</p> <p>Do you have any of these streaming services? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><em>Written by Ali Wright. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-stream-all-the-best-tv-and-movies-at-home.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Betty White turns 97! Here's her secret to a long life

<p>Six time Emmy award winner Betty White has nearly been around for an entire century. As the star has turned 97 recently, she shared with <a rel="noopener" href="https://parade.com/634316/samuelmurrian/betty-white-on-her-legacy-memories-and-her-recipe-for-living-a-long-happy-life/" target="_blank">Parade </a>her favourite memories and how she’s managed to live a long and happy life.</p> <p>“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.” White revealed.</p> <p>White’s life tips tend to focus on the positive side of life.</p> <p>“Enjoy life,” she says. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”</p> <p>As she’s had a lot of time to focus and reflect upon her life, there’s not a lot White tends to dwell on.</p> <p>“I don’t have time to miss much,” she says, “because I’m still working.”</p> <p>“I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking.”</p> <p>She also gave some straight-forward advice for the new-comers in the brutal world of show business.</p> <p>“Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared,” she says.</p> <p>“Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”</p> <p>Speaking of show business, she’s not worried about the entertainment industry’s fate either as a new generation of funny men and women break through the ranks.</p> <p>“I think the business is in pretty good shape; I don’t have to fix it.” She smiles. “I will, but I don’t have to.</p>

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5 movies that best depict life in older age

<p>There is nothing better than putting your feet up on a Saturday afternoon and watching a good movie. With so many films, it can be difficult to choose a movie that best suits you. To help out, we’ve put together a list of 5 movies that best reflect life after 50. From the humorous and hilarious, to the meaningful and challenging moments that come in this season of life, these movies are sure to entertain you. </p> <p><strong>The Notebook (2004)</strong> <br />This tale of love and loss based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel is a favourite for people of all ages. Told from the perspective of a war veteran, we soon realise that he is telling his ailing wife the story of how they met. This tale of young romance and a love that surpasses time, circumstance and health will resonate with you. </p> <p><strong>Meet The Fockers (2004)</strong><br />Everyone loves a good laugh, and this comedy starring Robert DeNiro as the eccentric father-in-law of Ben Stiller’s character, will have you in hysterics. Depicting the highs and lows that occur when two very different families combine, this film is filled with heart-warming and hilarious moments. </p> <p><strong>It’s Complicated (2009)</strong><br />Love does’t always run smoothly, and Meryl Streep’s performance as a divorcee who continually has flings with her ex is a hilarious crack-up. </p> <p><strong>Christmas With The Kranks (2004)</strong> <br />Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis reveal what life with an empty nest is like when they decide to ‘skip’ Christmas and go on a second honeymoon. Everything goes pear-shaped when their adult daughter decides to come home for the holidays, and we see them find the balance between enjoying retirement on their terms and caring for their daughter. </p> <p><strong>The Bucket List (2007)</strong> <br />Our retirement is the prime time of our life, so what happens when we throw caution to the wind and decide to live out our dreams? Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, this poignant story of two friends as they travel and fulfil their life's ambitions is sure to inspire you. </p> <p>So, shut the curtains, turn the lights off, fire up the popcorn, kick back and enjoy!</p> <p>What’s your favourite movie? Leave a comment below. </p> <p><em>Written by Jessica Morris. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/5-movies-that-best-depict-life-after-50.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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15 reasons why we love charismatic Cary Grant

<p>From a turbulent childhood to an illustrious Hollywood career, Cary Grant is one of the best-known actors to have dominated screens during the Golden Age of cinema. In honour of the great man’ s birthday on 18th January 1904, we’ ve rounded up 15 fascinating facts you may not know about this debonair entertainer and highlighted a few of his best movies.</p> <p><strong>1. What’s in a name?</strong><span> </span><br />A lot, it seems, in the case of Sir Cary Grant. His birth certificate welcomes one Archibald Alexander Leach to Bristol, England, in 1904. After launching his career in Hollywood, industry bigwigs insisted he adopt a more star-friendly moniker, and in 1941 he legally changed his name to the elegant sounding Cary Grant.</p> <p><strong>2. His younger years</strong><span> </span><br />Grant’ s path to the US and stardom wasn’ t a smooth one. After losing his mother when he was only nine, Grant was expelled from school and left home aged 14 to join the Bob Pender Troupe, a band of travelling comedians comprised exclusively of young men. Soon after, the ensemble enjoyed a successful two-year stint touring America where Grant refined his acrobatic skills and vaudeville antics. He decided to stay in the good old U.S of A, and continued to work as a travelling performer and seat warmer at dinner parties. By 1927 he’ d met producer Arthur Hammerstein and had a few Broadway performances under his belt. He was well and truly on his way up!</p> <p><strong>3. The truth about his mother<br /></strong>Although his father told nine-year-old Cary Grant his mother had passed away, the truth was far more complicated. She had in fact been committed to a mental health facility, the Country Home for Mental Defectives, and Grant’s father quickly remarried and left his son in state care. Grant discovered the truth following his father’ s death 20 years later, after which he had his mother released and set up in her own home with sufficient care in Bristol. Grant visited his mother often and, incredibly, she lived another 40 years and died at the age of 93.</p> <p><strong>4. Marriages and mental health</strong><span> </span><br />“Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops,” says Cary Grant.<br />In stark contrast to the majority of the light-hearted, straight-laced comedic characters he portrayed, regular and intense bouts of depression plagued Grant’ s adult life. He notoriously struggled in his relationships with women (he was married five times) and in a desperate attempt to save his mental health Grant took part in around 100 LSD therapy sessions starting after the breakdown of his third marriage in 1963. He later credited the sessions with easing him back to health and even bequeathed his doctor with $10,000 at the conclusion of his therapy.</p> <p><strong>5. Was he or wasn’t he?</strong><br />“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me,” Cary Grant The relationship between Cary Grant and Randolph Scott has been well documented. It all began on the set of Hot Saturday (1932), and before long the pair were living together and hitting the Hollywood party scene (some speculate it was the gay Hollywood scene). He and Randolph lived together for 11 years before Grant embarked on one of his five marriages (after pressure from studio execs to ‘ settle down’ ). Indeed, it wasn't the first time Grant shared a residence with a man; he previously resided with the openly gay Hollywood designer Orry-Kelly.</p> <p><strong>6. Clever collaborator</strong><span> </span><br />Highly sought after and immensely talented, Cary Grant shared the screen with some of Hollywood’ s brightest stars, from James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Doris Day, to Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.</p> <p><strong>7. Hitchcock muse</strong><span> </span><br />Alfred Hitchcock once said that Cary Grant was, “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.”The infamous director cast Grant in four of his iconic films, Suspicion (1944), Notorious (1946), To Catch A Thief (1955) and North by Northwest (1959).</p> <p><strong>8. Dress up fun</strong><span> </span><br />In the obscure and kooky 1949 film, I Was a Male War Bride, Grant plays French officer, Captain Henri Rochard. After marrying his sweetheart, Lieut. Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan), he is forced to dress as a woman and attempt to enter America with other, legitimate, war brides. What ensues is hilarious; if you haven’ t seen it already, get the popcorn ready and prepare to be entertained!</p> <p><strong>9. Charade, 1963</strong><br />Directed by Stanley Donen, Charade is set in Paris and tells the story of stylish Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) and her acquaintance Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). After her husband is found dead, and a series of men begin following her, Joshua agrees to help Lampert, but not all is as it seems. The comedy-thriller serves up twists and turns and a brilliant performance by both Grant and Hepburn.</p> <p><strong>10. Alice In Wonderland, 1933</strong><span> </span><br />Cary Grant graced the silver screen in almost 80 films, and of the many highlights, his role as the Mock Turtle in the 1933 blockbuster, Alice In Wonderland, is one of our favourites.</p> <p><strong>11. An Affair to Remember, 1957</strong><br />Heralded as one of the greatest romantic films of all timeAn Affair to Remember had it all, including electric chemistry between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. They play star-crossed lovers promised to others (Grant’ s character is engaged and Kerr is a married woman), who nonetheless pursue a passionate affair. Heartfelt and authentic, Grant quickly became the man the average woman dreamed of having a sordid affair with.</p> <p><strong>12. Cary Grant the radio star</strong><span> </span><br />Not only did Cary Grant charm audiences with his good looks and acting prowess, but he also worked in radio for a number of years. From 1934 to 1955 he could be heard in over 70 radio performances in programs like Theatre of Romance, The LuxRadioTheatre and Suspense.</p> <p><strong>13. Generous gent</strong><br />Cary Grant was a magnanimous humanitarian who made significant contributions to War Relief Funds in America and the UK. In 1944 he gave his pay-check from the film Arsenic and Old Lace to the U.S War Relief Fund. The sum of 100,000 he donated at the time would be worth around $1.5 million today.<span> </span><br />This wasn’ t the first time Grant made such a donation. In 1940 the British War Relief Fund received the proceeds from his role in The Philadelphia Story, which also starred Katherine Hepburn. The gesture was so well received that King George VI awarded Grant a King’ s Medal of Service in the Cause of Freedom in 1947.</p> <p><strong>14. He almost accepted the role of James Bond<br /></strong>We would have loved to have seen Cary Grant as the suave, gun-totting 007, but he was concerned about committing to more than one film, and worried he was too old, at the age of 58, to play the role with the vigour it deserved. Sean Connery ultimately took the lead and became arguably the most loved Bond in the series’ history</p> <p><strong>15. A humble and philosophical soul</strong><span> </span><br />“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.</p> <p>What else do you think makes Cary Grant special? Comment down below.</p> <p><em>Written by Louise Smithers.</em><span> </span><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/15-reasons-why-we-love-the-charismatic-cary-grant.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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