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5 things you never knew about Grace Kelly

<p><strong>1. Charmed childhood</strong></p> <p>Grace Kelly was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth, when she was entered the world in Philadelphia on 12 November 1929. Her father, John Brendan Kelly, Sr, was arguably the greatest American rower of his generation, winning three Olympic gold medals and 126 consecutive single skull victories. Her mother, Margaret Katherine Majer, was also an athletic type, teaching physical education and later becoming the first female coach of women’s sport at Penn State University. Rather than following her parents’ lead, Grace became interested in acting at a young age and worked as a theatre actress and model in New York before cracking into Hollywood.</p> <p><strong>2. The Hitchcock connection</strong></p> <p>“There are many leading women,” Alfred Hitchcock is quoted as saying. “But Grace Kelly is a leading lady.” While her early work garnered interest, it wasn’t until Kelly teamed up with director extraordinaire Alfred Hitchcock that her career was turned up a notch – or ten! First came Dial M for Murder and Rear Window, both released in 1954 and the latter of which heralded international fame and recognition for the young actress. “Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema,” she said. “It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.”</p> <p><strong>3. Brief but illustrious film career</strong></p> <p>After a string of TV appearances, Kelly made her film debut as a 22-year-old in Fourteen Hours (1951). Her breakthrough role came the following year when she starred alongside Cary Grant in High Noon before her star-status was cemented in 1953’s Mogambo (with Clark Gable). In 1954 she could be seen in a number of films; Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Country Girl, Green Fire and The Bridge at Toko-Ri. In 1955 she starred in To Catch A Thief, while her final two films were made in 1956 – The Swan with Alec Guinness and High Society with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra – when she retired from the business abruptly and entirely.</p> <p><strong>4. Academy award winner</strong></p> <p>Despite her brilliant ‘Hitchcock’ performances, Grace Kelly won her first and only Best Actress Academy Award for the 1955 film The Country Girl, in which she starred alongside Bing Crosby. Additionally, Grace won three Golden Globes and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; not bad for a woman who stuck around Hollywood for only a handful of years.</p> <p><strong>5. We can lick the back of her head! (Kind of)</strong></p> <p>Kelly enjoys the title of first actress to have her likeness printed on a postal stamp, when a number of limited edition stamps were circulated in 1993 – 11 years after her death.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/15-things-you-never-knew-about-grace-kelly/page/6"><em>Wyza</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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“You are my hero!”: Diane Keaton stuns fellow A-list celebs with her iconic style

<p>There’s a new fashion influencer in town and she’s one that you may not have expected.</p> <p>Diane Keaton, who is known for her quirky outfits as well as her acting skills, has made a serious style statement over the weekend which has gotten the tick of approval from her A-lister friends.</p> <p>Opting for a black turtleneck, bowler hat, sunglasses and large, flared jeans, Keaton shared her daring outfit to her 857,000 Instagram followers.</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/BwPdyFfFkqA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" 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/BwPdyFfFkqA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank">REGARDING THESE PANTS: THIS IS SERIOUSLY TRUE. I WORE THEM ON THE PLANE. I WORE THEM IN THE HOTEL DUPONT.  I WORE THEM IN THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM. I WORE THEM ON A LONG WALK THROUGH THE WILMINGTON STREETS. I’M WEARING THEM ON THE TRAIN TO NYC. I’VE NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.</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/diane_keaton/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank"> Diane Keaton</a> (@diane_keaton) on Apr 14, 2019 at 8:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“REGARDING THESE PANTS,” wrote Keaton, who famously uses all caps for her Instagram captions.</p> <p>“I WORE THEM ON THE PLANE. I WORE THEM IN THE HOTEL DUPONT. I WORE THEM IN THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM. I WORE THEM ON A LONG WALK THROUGH THE WILMINGTON STREETS. I’M WEARING THEM ON THE TRAIN TO NYC. I’VE NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.”</p> <p>And shortly after, the 73-year-old’s Hollywood friends all came together to compliment the Academy Award winning actress.</p> <p>“WHO MAKES THEM?” asked Gwyneth Paltrow.</p> <p>“You are my hero!” commented Tracee Ellis Ross.</p> <p>“Uh … they’re great because YOU’RE wearing them,” said Lisa Kudrow.</p> <p>Keaton’s co-star in the 2018 film<span> </span><em>Book Club</em><span> </span>Mary Steenburgen, also chimed in, reminding her friend that she left out one crucial detail.</p> <p>“Girl, you left out that you wore them to dinner with me, Candice and Jane DAYS ago!”</p> <p>What do you think of Diane Keaton’s quirky style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The awkward moment between Prince William and Emma Thompson

<p>Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson was recently on <em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em> and shared some details about what happened whilst she was being awarded her damehood from Prince William.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Becoming a Dame was nothing compared to the honor I awarded Emma Thompson. <a href="https://t.co/DtMTMRNEh8">pic.twitter.com/DtMTMRNEh8</a></p> — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/1116814002401660928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 12, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>As it turns out, Prince William had pinned the dame pins in a bit of an awkward position.</p> <p>Thompson re-enacted the moment with DeGeneres to explain just how awkward it was.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Congratulations to Dame Emma Thompson! Today at Buckingham Palace, the actor received her Damehood from The Duke for services to Drama. <a href="https://t.co/1gSfaawBii">pic.twitter.com/1gSfaawBii</a></p> — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1060200145969733632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>"He placed it right there,” Thompson explained through laughter.</p> <p>"And it's a little bit of a nipple moment and you go, 'Gosh, I wasn't expecting that.'"</p> <p>Thompson, 59, also joked about how she was “pretty low slung these days”, so when Prince William placed the two pins on her, it hurt “both times”.</p> <p>Naturally, being hurt generates a reaction to the pain. However, Thompson revealed that she made an “inappropriate” noise in the palace.</p> <p>"I made a very loud and inappropriate noise in Buckingham Palace," she admitted.</p> <p>The joy of receiving a damehood couldn’t be overlooked though, as Thompson was thrilled to receive it.</p> <p>It’s not the first time Thompson has had an awkward run-in with Prince William.</p> <p>When she received her honorary title last November, she shared a joke with the Prince. She told the Associated Press:</p> <p>“I love Prince William. I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other,” she explained.</p> <p>“I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No, don’t!'"</p>

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10 rainy day movies that will warm your heart

<p>There can be nothing better than curling up on the couch and becoming immersed in a fantasy world. Here we look at some of the classic movies that will warm your heart on a rainy day. </p> <p><strong>1. Gone with the Wind</strong></p> <p>Set in the deep south during the American civil war, this 1939 classic is a much-loved favourite. Pop the corn, pull up a comfy chair and prepare to be mesmerised for four hours as Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) battle it out in the name of love.</p> <p><strong>2. On Golden Pond</strong></p> <p>Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn star in this 1981 award-winning drama about two elderly grandparents who unexpectedly have their teenage grandson stay with them for the summer holidays</p> <p><strong>3. Terms of Endearment</strong></p> <p>When widow Aurora Greenway finds herself alone after her daughter marries and moves interstate, she reluctantly takes up with her new neighbour, a womanising drinker who thinks he's God's gift.</p> <p><strong>4. The Notebook</strong></p> <p>The story of Allie and Noah is a tale of young love, painful loss, dedication and promises. A modern day classic romance, this is a perfect movie to snuggle-down with on any lazy afternoon.</p> <p><strong>5. Babe</strong></p> <p>When Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet, Christmas dinner springs to mind. But the relationship between pig and farmer takes a turn that has Mrs Hoggett and and the local community questioning his sanity. A delightful family classic that was filmed in New South Wales.</p> <p><strong>6. Forrest Gump</strong></p> <p>This film chronicles the life of Forrest Gump, a lovely, slow-witted man who seems to be at the centre of many influential moments in history. His phrase, “life is like a box of chocolates” became a catchphrase in the nineties.</p> <p><strong>7. When Harry Met Sally</strong></p> <p>When Harry and Sally where at college, they didn’t get along. Then after years of not seeing each other they suddenly meet again and become close friends...and more. An hilarious romantic comedy!</p> <p><strong>8. As Good As It Gets</strong></p> <p>The lives of a grumpy bachelor; a single-mother and a battered artist mesh to form caring friendships and a reluctant romance.</p> <p><strong>9. Little Miss Sunshine</strong></p> <p>The Hoover family set off on a road trip so seven-year-old dance queen wannabe, Olivia can compete in a prestigious competition. It's a riotous ride.</p> <p><strong>10. The Miracle Worker</strong></p> <p>This is the true story of Helen Keller, who becomes blind, deaf and mute after contracting an illness as a toddler. When her parents seek help, teacher Annie Sullivan is brought into their lives. Her patience, love and dedication changes everything.     </p> <p>These 10 great movies will have you forgetting about the rain in no time! What's your favourite? Leave a comment below. </p> <p><em>Written by Jennifer Morris. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/10-rainy-day-movies-that-will-warm-your-heart.aspx"><em>Wyza</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Why we love black and white films

<p>Any photography app worth its hashtags features a black and white mode. It’s as much a part of the tech shebang as filters. In this hyper saturated mega-pixeled era, it seems we just can’t get away from the eternal beauty that is black, white and the grayscale between. It is simultaneously austere and flattering. Totes arty as the millennials might say.</p> <p>Many of us, of course, can remember when black and white wasn’t a choice. Like national service, short back and sides and the poetry of John Laws, it was pretty much mandatory. Especially if you wanted to catch the latest goings on at Number 96.</p> <p>But where the format really shone was film. Every few years, some hip director who is inordinately fond of the word “zeitgeist” rediscovers the sheer monochromatic magnificence of the medium. And we get titles such as The Artist and Nebraska as a result.</p> <p>But you know what? The rest of them can keep their CGI and digital cameras that can pick up every pore on Angelina Jolie’s nose.</p> <p>Black and white gave generations of screen goddesses the ethereal allure necessary for the title. It flattered and cajoled like a teenage boy working up to ask the prettiest girl in school to the prom.</p> <p>Twelve-feet tall and in a flickering beam, Ava, Marilyn, Joan and Bette didn’t look like people you saw on the streets of Adelaide or Melbourne. And that was precisely the point. Call me a misty-eyed nostalgic but I prefer my Katharine as a Hepburn not a Heigl and Bacall over Beyonce.</p> <p>Lest you write this reminiscence off as a priapic stroll down mammary lane, let’s get to the likes of Cary and Cagney. Black and white was ideal for portraying men who saw the world in precisely these terms. Enigmas in dinner jackets with flinty faces, and hearts that would never be broken again. Even if it meant a lifetime of last drinks and loneliness.</p> <p>If this all sounds rather romantic, no apologies are made. That was the point. Because when you stepped out into the Technicolour sunshine of Australian daylight, you blinked to not only accustomise your eyes to the light but the fact that you were no longer beside Charles Foster Kane’s bed as he breathed his enigmatic last.</p> <p>Of course, the technology exists to colourise pretty much any film you care to mention but this Pantone migration has not taken place. Want to know why? No one wants to see the hues of Rick’s Café Americain, let alone its proprietor. It’s better than fine as is.</p> <p>From a craft perspective, the filmmakers simply did not have the luxury of a rainbow to create a sense of foreboding or fantasy. What they had at their disposal was light and shadow, perspective and dimension. Not to mention the European expressionist grounding that gave rise to an American artform as idiosyncratic as jazz: film noir.</p> <p>Aesthetics aside, black and white films also throw down a visual challenge to the viewer; they make you recalibrate the image and subliminally add the colour yourself.</p> <p>Or not. You have the option.</p> <p>It is as much a cinema of inference as exposition. Take the shower scene in Psycho as an example. Do you think the infamous shot of Janet Leigh’s blood gurgling into the shower drain would be any more chilling if it was red instead of grey? We say no.</p> <p>What director Alfred Hitchcock asks viewers to bring to party is the finishing touches, the custom viridian spoutings of their nightmares. The original plasma screen if you will.</p> <p>So, roll on black and white, roll on. Down in front and pass the Jaffas.</p> <p>What are your memories of black and white films? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Written by David Smiedt. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/lifestyle/in-praise-of/in-praise-of-black-and-white-films.aspx"><em>Wyza</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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So in love! Nicole Kidman shines on the red carpet with Keith Urban

<p>Nicole Kidman joined her husband, Keith Urban, on the red carpet on Sunday as he arrived at the 2019 American Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.</p> <p>The award-winning actress linked arms with the country music star as they posed for cameras looking more in love than ever.</p> <p>The celebrity couple, both 51, looked smitten in their glamorous outfits for the big night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.</p> <p>Kidman opted for a backless black and silver dress with dainty detailing and long sleeves.</p> <p>Never one to shy away from a magnificently bold outfit, the actress went for a low cut, cleavage-baring front.</p> <p>To pair with the glamorous ACM Awards outfit, she accessorised with black and silver heels, a chic pony tail and a dramatic smokey eye.</p> <p>Urban went with a patterned black and navy tuxedo suit along with a black crew-neck top and black lace-up shoes.</p> <p>Always happy to show off their love for the cameras, the couple, who have been married since 2006, and share two children together, are not ones to hide their affections.</p> <p>Primarily residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Kidman opened up to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/nicole-kidman-was-so-deep-in-her-destroyer-role-that-keith-urban-wanted-it-over-as-soon-as-possible/news-story/d6ddc03194cff42124d8c97b7a6ac70e" target="_blank">BW magazine</a> recently about being able to lead a “very normal life” there with her family.</p> <p>“We say it over and over again and people always go, ‘Oh yeah right’. But we really do,” she explained.</p> <p>“We work hard for it and protect it.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Nicole and Keith’s bold red carpet looks at the American Country Music Awards. </p>

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"What a woman!" Jane Fonda graces the cover of Vogue at 81

<p>It’s no easy feat for just about any woman to grace the cover of one of the world’s most famous fashion magazines – but Jane Fonda has done just that at the age of 81.</p> <p>The actress has become the cover star for <a href="https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/jane-fonda-on-ageing"><em>British Vogue</em></a>’s May issue, a special edition targeted at women over 50.</p> <p>Fonda told the magazine she is proud of her age. “I like being over the hill because I’ve discovered there’s a whole new landscape,” she said. “I’m fond of age. I’m glad I’ve lived this long.”</p> <p>Fonda’s appearance on the cover has received some rave reviews from fans.</p> <p>“What a woman!” one commented on the picture on the magazine’s Instagram page.</p> <p>“Jane is amazing! Such an example of an extraordinary woman!” another wrote.</p> <p>One added, “It’s so nice to see a legend on the front of a beautiful magazine.”</p> <p>The Grace and Frankie star admitted that being in her 80s came with a lot of health struggles, including skin cancer and osteoporosis.</p> <p>“I’ve had a lot of cancer,” she said, describing her cancer diagnosis today as “an ongoing process”.</p> <p>“I was a sun-worshipper. When I have a day off, I frequently go to my skin doctor and have things cut off me by a surgeon.”</p> <p>She also recalled the moment when she attended the 2016 Golden Globe Awards in a high-necked, ruffly Yves Saint Laurent Couture dress.</p> <p>“I get out of the car and I have the strange white dress with all the ruffles? That’s because I’d just had a mastectomy and I had to cover my bandages.”</p> <p>However, she said she was grateful for the opportunity to get to this age. “I didn’t think I’d ever, ever live this long – or feel that I’m whole or getting whole,” she said. “I feel very intentional about realising that it’s up to me how this last part of my life goes.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see pictures from Fonda’s magazine photoshoot.</p>

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A detailed look at the monsters of Jurassic World

<p><strong>Philosophers and blockbusters</strong></p> <p>There are at least three reasons why philosophers take an interest in hugely popular cultural products such Hollywood blockbuster action movies. First is a kind of (non-objectionable) opportunism. At least some of these movies, etc., grapple with philosophical issues: usually moral issues, but sometimes metaphysical and epistemological ones, such as those relating to personal identity or to the problems of appearance versus reality. If these are brought to public attention in very popular forms, it provides an opportunity for philosophers to discuss - and perhaps clarify - them. There’s nothing wrong with that: the exercise may be enjoyable, and even educational, all round, though the various discussions that follow may not tell us much about the actual merits of the movie (book, video game, or whatever) that acted as the springboard.</p> <p>Second, there might be more to the exercise than mere opportunism. If certain moral, metaphysical, and other philosophical ideas are being popularised, philosophers may well be qualified to discuss the merits of those ideas, whether to support them, to counter them, or to say something about them that is more nuanced and complex. Here, the creators of a movie such as Jurassic World are being treated as participants in an ongoing philosophical conversation. The movie is not used merely as a springboard; rather, its particular take on the issues is sought out, revealed, and perhaps endorsed or disputed (or some combination of these).</p> <p>Third, we may be interested, in a more general way, in how artworks and cultural products engage with philosophical ideas. In that sense, our interests as philosophers may overlap with those of literary and cultural theorists, although we bring different training to the inquiry. For example, I am interested in the way Jurassic World conveys attitudes to technology, not merely as a springboard to discuss those attitudes, and not merely to discuss those particular attitudes on their merits - I am also interested in it as an example of how cultural products generally, movies in particular, and science fiction blockbusters even more specifically, represent technology. Perhaps there is something of general interest to say about this, and a new movie with such popular appeal might tend to confirm or undermine what we think we know.</p> <p>In practice, we may be interested in all three of these aspects and perhaps others that don’t immediately come to mind. If I review Jurassic World, say, <a href="http://metamagician3000.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/jurassic-world-review.html">as I did briefly on my personal blog</a>, I will tend to run these levels together to an extent. Still, philosophers might have something to say that is a bit different from what you’d expect from a conventional film critic (that said, philosophers often have rather broad educational backgrounds, including in cultural criticism; conversely, I’m sure that many film critics have studied philosophy to some extent or other - we don’t live in entirely separate intellectual silos).</p> <p><strong>The Jurassic formula</strong></p> <p>The Jurassic Park franchise has achieved immense commercial success, though the second and third movies were never as popular as the original Jurassic Park in 1993. Jurassic World is breaking box office records on a daily basis, most recently, as I write, the record for <a href="http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/grossbydays.htm?days=7&amp;p=.htm">box office takings in the US domestic market in its first seven days</a> of release. Something has clicked with the public, not only in the US but throughout the world.</p> <p>Part of that has to do with the fact that these movies are just plain fun - scary enough to make kids, or even adults, jump out of their seats, but not too confrontational to rule them out as family entertainment. They are expertly directed, employ impressive special effects (brought up to date in the latest movie - alas, the 1993 effects are looking a bit dated by now), and use charismatic actors such as Chris Pratt.</p> <p>There is also a morality play element, often highlighting the characters’ attitudes to technology. Many characters are killed swiftly - they are pretty much treated as dino fodder - but elaborate, and often humiliating, deaths are given to the characters who appear most venal or blinded by pride. (Perhaps the most humiliating death of all is given to the lawyer, Donald Gennaro, in the first movie.) Other characters are shown as having moral weaknesses, but they are punished (by their terrifying encounters with the rampaging dinosaurs) and ultimately redeemed. All of this is no doubt emotionally satisfying to a popular audience.</p> <p>Thus, the dinosaurs are not portrayed simply as “bad guys” or monsters. To a large extent, they are more like instruments of fate, or something like karma, inflicting rewards and punishments. It is fair to say that the real monsters of Jurassic World and its predecessors are the human beings who exploit genetic technology in ways that are portrayed to us as greedy, vain, and irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>Attitudes to technology</strong></p> <p>The genetic technology used to reconstruct dinosaurs from fossilised DNA is fairly consistently portrayed as evil - the whole exercise in recreating the dinosaurs from ancient genetic material has something monstrous about it, or so the movies would lead us to believe. But there is an ambiguity here, a certain instability of attitude, because the dinosaurs themselves are not only dangerous and terrifying. Some of them are relatively harmless, and they are shown variously as fun, exciting, alluring, even sublime. This kind of allure associated with products of technology is almost inevitable in feature movies with a technophobic element (a point that I owe to the critic J.P. Telotte). After all, we, as moviegoers, are much like the audience of the Jurassic World theme park: we expect to be impressed and awed by the dinosaurs, not just scared by them.</p> <p>This is a common feature in Hollywood’s science-fiction blockbusters. Even in the movies of the Terminator franchise, the original Terminator - a futuristic killing machine in human form, portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger - has its alluring aspects. A similar machine, also portrayed by Schwarzenegger, became a hero in the second movie of the franchise, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Terminators are scary and nasty, as we are shown, but they are cool.</p> <p>We can see this element handled with a certain knowingness in Jurassic World, where the scary new dinosaur, Indominus rex, is not an attempt at recreating a beast from the Mesozoic Era, but has been genetically engineered as a theme park attraction that will be even more impressive than the likes of Tyrannosaurus rex. In the event, Indominus rex is depicted as an almost demonic creature, and it is notable for killing other dinosaurs for sport (recalling perhaps, the human big game hunters of the second movie in the series). At the same time, we are reminded that all of the dinosaurs created by advanced genetic science are, in more ways than one, unnatural. Not only are they products of human design and creation: they have been brought about in ways that make them imperfect (in some ways more dangerous) copies of the original animals that they mimic.</p> <p>Still, the Indominus rex is even more - perhaps triply? - unnatural, with its deliberate “improvements”. To rub in the point, its enhanced abilities include extraordinary levels of stealth and cunning, as well as the cruelty that was asked for in its specifications.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>Hollywood science-fiction blockbusters can often seem like works of anti-science fiction, expressing distrust of science and technology. Indeed, this can be seen in much science fiction in other media, going back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written nearly two hundred years ago.</p> <p>But technology is also seen as impressive and attractive - and perhaps as simply inevitable - whatever dangers it brings to societies and individuals, and however much it may be misused in the service of vices such as greed and pride. This ambivalence continues in much contemporary science fiction with cyberpunk or dystopian emphases. Themes of danger, irresponsibility, and dehumanization are prevalent, but the result is often, for better or worse, also shown as something cool (and this may be exploited in publicity and merchandising).</p> <p>The technophobic/technophilic ambivalence is especially prominent in many Hollywood productions, where moral lessons - valuable or otherwise - play a secondary role to SFX magic and sheer spectacle.</p> <p><em>Written by Russell Blackford. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/the-monsters-of-jurassic-world-43594"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Why it’s time Hollywood lets go of ageist stereotypes

<p>As we age, we start to become more aware of how the world stigmatises the elderly – especially in the realm of movies. We’re told we’re technologically illiterate and we’re frail and tired. These negative stereotypes are almost always associated with those in the senior age bracket, and it seems that actors and actresses over 60 are forced to play these roles as there is hardly anything of substance on offer.</p> <p>According to a recent study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, ageism isn’t just insulting, but it’s also incredibly unhealthy.</p> <p>Researchers analysed 4,066 speaking roles in the top grossing movies for 2015. They then made the grim discovery that only 11% of the speaking roles went to actors aged over 60.</p> <p>What makes it even worse, is that half of these roles reinforced ageing stereotypes.</p> <p><strong>So what can we do to fight back?</strong></p> <p>Believe it or not, you have a lot more power than you assume. First things first, avoid any movies that show seniors in a negative light. Don’t give them your money and don’t take your grandchildren to watch them either. Also build awareness within yourself. When watching movies, pay attention to how the older character is portrayed.</p> <p>And if they’re treated as an afterthought, remind yourself that people our age are accomplishing phenomenal things. They’re going back to school, taking up dance classes, starting technology companies and more.</p> <p>We may be weak on the silver screen, but we’re powerful in real life.</p>

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Isabella Cruise's huge Scientology news: "It was exactly what I needed"

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s adopted daughter Isabella Cruise has thanked the Church of Scientology for providing the missing piece in her life.</p> <p>Isabella is currently undergoing training to be an auditor and explained that she was “drowning in problems” before being able to qualify for the role.</p> <p>In a post published to an anti-Scientology blog called <a rel="noopener" href="https://tonyortega.org/2019/03/24/isabella_cruise-in-bizarre-scientology-promo-thanks-dad-tom-cruise/" target="_blank">The Underground Bunker</a>, Isabella reflects on her intensive training.</p> <p>“It turned out it was exactly what I needed,” Isabella wrote.</p> <p>“I dragged out the testing and correction, just made it through the drilling and then finally began my auditing adventure, and wow, I wasn’t prepared. This IS what I had been searching for. The missing piece.”</p> <p>As Isabella is now an auditor, this means that she is able to guide others through the process of being inducted into the church.</p> <p>This includes using a lie detector, which is referred to as an e-meter, to rid new members of negativity.</p> <p>Isabella is thrilled with her new position and encouraged others to join.</p> <p>“It’s a few meltdowns and running to the bathroom to have a mini episode, but it is worth everything because you will get through. This is a gift to yourself and so many others,” she explained.</p> <p>“It doesn’t matter if you aren’t going to be an auditor or aren’t going to join staff. If you are going to make it as a being for the long run you NEED this. That’s the truth.... So stop messing around and get going.”</p> <p>She also credits her father, Tom Cruise, her aunt Cass and other members of the church for helping her get through the tough times.</p> <p>“Thank you to my Dad for everything,” she wrote.</p> <p>"To Cass. To Tash. I would have drowned in my own problems if you hadn’t been there to sup me or get me through the preliminaries.”</p> <p>Isabella is the  daughter of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who they adopted in 1992.</p> <p>They also adopted her younger brother Connor three years later in 1995.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7825195/tom-cruise-family.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/584b0e6503f14ee593e9accfa4484e04" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Isabella Cruise in 1994</em></p> <p>Tony Ortega, who shared the email online, has said that this is a big deal for the Church of Scientology.</p> <p>He told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8711382/tom-cruises-daughter-drowning-problems-scientology-training-saved-her/" target="_blank"><em>Sun Online</em></a>: <span>“I have never seen a celeb (even a minor one) do a promo for 'training' – the work to become an auditor.</span></p> <p>“This not only shows that she's dedicated to the church, it reinforces that Tom is fully on board, and it suggests to rank-and-file members that the famous members are behind Scientology leader (David) Miscavige and they should be too.</p> <p>“Now that she's trained as an auditor, she'll be able to do the questioning involved in auditing, which means, she'll be helping others plumb the depths of their pasts to discover the secrets that are holding them back.”</p> <p>What do you think about the Church of Scientology? Let us know in the comments.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Helen Mirren talks ageism in Hollywood

<p>Ageism in the media is far from a new concept. With many actresses speaking up about the unfair advantage those who are younger receive when it comes to obtaining coveted roles and opportunities. But while the topic is important to touch on, us mere mortals may find it hard to relate to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.</p> <p>It’s been a point of discussion for a few years now, with starlets coming out and voicing their concerns over pay disparities compared to their male counterparts. And while it’s unfair, human nature is a fickle thing, where we tend to sympathise with those we can relate to.</p> <p>Actress and legend, Helen Mirren is known to be intelligent and eloquent, so when she raised her voice against the disadvantage’s women face on and off screen, you know that her argument would raise some valid points.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/news/helen-mirren-fast-8-women-hollywod-pay-gap-1201884251/">Variety</a></em> magazine for their “<em>Power of Women</em>” issue, the 73-year-old said that ageism in Hollywood isn’t just about what happens on-screen, but also what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling.</p> <p>When <em>The Queen</em> star was asked about how she views the changing landscape of women in media, she said: “I have witnessed such a huge change. The biggest change for me, and the best change, is to see women on the set, in the crew. It wasn’t that long ago I saw my first female electrician. And to me, that’s really exciting. That’s a really big change, because that was such a macho, male world.”</p> <p>Women have made a huge impact on the film industry, but despite their contribution, they are some of the most underrepresented. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (2015-16), only 9% of directors were women at the time of the study.</p> <p>That percentage is exactly the same figure as 1998.</p> <p>Here’s to hoping that number increases in the coming years.</p> <p>Do you agree with Helen Mirren’s sentiments? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Dame Twiggy! 60s icon accepts new title at Buckingham Palace

<p>53 years after Twiggy was named “the face of 1966” by UK newspaper The Daily Express, she has just been made a Dame of the British Empire.</p> <p>The 69-year-old was awarded the prestigious title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Lesley Lawson – <a href="https://twitter.com/Twiggy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Twiggy</a> - was awarded a Damehood by The Prince of Wales.<br /><br />Model, Designer, Singer and Actress, Twiggy received her Honour for services to Fashion, to the Arts and to charity. <a href="https://t.co/rEMs8qk3NT">pic.twitter.com/rEMs8qk3NT</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1106191580489232386?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Twiggy was given the award on Thursday. She was dressed in a cream Stella McCartney silk ensemble and couldn’t contain her excitement about receiving the award. She was validated, as she was told it was “about time you got this, we’re all thrilled for you”.</p> <p>Twiggy was accompanied by her husband, Leigh Lawson, daughter Carly Witney and Lawson’s son Jason.</p> <p>In a formal statement about being made Dame, Twiggy was thrilled.</p> <p>‘’I’m a very proud Brit, I feel I’m an ambassador for Britain, I always have, because I think it’s the best country in the world.”</p> <p>“I travel the world all the time and I’m known throughout the world and, you know, being British is one of my things.”</p> <p>Twiggy went on to have a successful acting career after her modelling days came to an end.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Twiggy receiving the significant title.</p>

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George and Amal Clooney bring their A-list glamour to Buckingham Palace

<p>After attending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May last year, George and Amal Clooney have truly found their place amongst the royal family.</p> <p>The Hollywood star and human rights lawyer put on a stunning display as they attended a black-tie event held at Buckingham Palace, hosted by none other than Prince Charles himself.</p> <p>The dinner on Tuesday was to celebrate the achievements of The Prince’s Trust.</p> <p>Amal dazzled in a white caped gown as she and her husband chatted with donors, supporters and ambassadors of the Prince’s Trust International.</p> <p>Founded in 1976 by Prince Charles, The Prince’s Trust is an organisation that provides support to young people who are facing unemployment, mental health issues and homelessness.</p> <p>To date, the foundation has helped 870,000 young people since its establishment in 1976 and issues support to over 100 more each day, with three in four of these young people moving into work, training or education.</p> <p>The Clooneys, who live in the UK, have established a close relationship with the monarch over the last year, with Amal co-hosting Duchess Meghan’s extravagant baby shower in New York.</p> <p>George and Amal were joined by many affluent celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Luke Evans, who all came together to support the royal charity.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Amal's incredible white caped gown.</p>

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Inside Bruce Willis’ $13.9 million dollar LA home

<p>Bruce Willis has just purchased his latest home in Brentwood Los Angeles with his wife, Emma Heming.</p> <p>This prime real estate does not come cheap though, the purchase price being a hefty AUD$13.9 million for Willis and Heming.</p> <p>But with the high price comes all the luxury features, with seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a number of stunning entertainment spaces.</p> <p>The brand-new sparkling mansion is one of the most sought after neighbourhoods to live in, a personal favourite for celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford.</p> <p>The property, spanning over 13,000 square feet, is not just impressive in size but for what it offers as well.</p> <p>The kitchen has marble splashbacks and bespoke cabinets, with two large islands placed strategically to optimise its usefulness.</p> <p>The home features a movie theatre, gym, spa suite fitted with a dry sauna and an indoor plunge pool, so you will never get bored in the expansive real estate.</p> <p>The outside of the property is just as impressive, featuring a spacious outdoor area with marble-paved loggia that runs through the backyard, with a tile-accented zero-edge spa and a waterfall pool.</p> <p>That’s not all though – the stunning backyard also features a light and airy entertaining space.</p> <p>The couple also own properties in Turks and Caicos.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the gorgeous property.</p> <p> </p>

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