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Ellen’s surprise confession

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she will end her talk show after almost 20 years on air. </p> <p>The 64-year-old announced in May last year that she would end her show after her reputation took a hit following reports of pay reduction, racism and intimidation toward crew members.  </p> <p>On Thursday, she surprised guests that that would be the last episode to air before sharing how different her first episode was 19 years ago until today. </p> <p>“Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different," she said.</p> <p>"When we started this show, I couldn't say 'gay' on the show. I was not allowed to say 'gay.' I said it at home a lot. 'What are we having for gay breakfast?'"</p> <p>"We couldn't say 'gay.' I couldn't say 'we,' because that implied that I was with someone.</p> <p>"I sure couldn't say 'wife,' and that's because it wasn't legal for gay people to get married, and now I say 'wife' all the time.</p> <p>"Twenty-five years ago, they cancelled my sitcom because they didn't want a lesbian to be in primetime once a week. I said, 'Okay, then I'll be on daytime every day. How about that?'"</p> <p>Ellen then asked her DJ, Stephen Boss aka tWitch, for one final dance where the pair boogied in between the audience to Best of My Love by The Emotions. </p> <p>The host was also joined by Friends star Jennifer Aniston, singer Billie Eilish and Pink who shared memories from their first show. </p> <p>Ellen then ended the show by thanking her camera crew and audience saying that she hoped she inspired them through her shows.</p> <p>"If I've done anything in the past 19 years, I hope I've inspired you to be yourself. Your true, authentic self,” she said.</p> <p>“And if someone is brave enough to tell you who they are, be brave enough to support them, even if you don't understand. They're showing you who they are and that is the biggest gift anybody can ever give you. </p> <p>“And by opening your heart and your mind, you're gonna be that much more compassionate. And compassion is what makes the world a better place. </p> <p>“Thank you so much for being on this journey with me. I feel the love and I send it back to you. Bye."</p> <p><em>Image: YouTube</em></p>

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Kylie's emotional walk down memory lane

<p>Kylie Minogue said it was like "stepping back in time" when she returned to the set of Neighbours to reprise her iconic role of Charlene Robinson.</p> <p>The queen of pop spoke about her decision to return for the Australian soap's final season and said it just made sense to revisit that part of her life now.</p> <p>"For so long I was like 'well maybe, hmm, I don't know if that makes any sense,'" Kylie said.</p> <p>"But I'm still in touch with Jason (Donovan) and Guy (Pearce) and Jason said 'this could be a nice opportunity to buckle the buckle' as an ex-boyfriend of mine used to say, or to circle the circle and say thankyou."</p> <p>Kylie said it was emotional driving back into "Ramsay Street" and all the memories came flooding back for her.</p> <p>"Firstly where has all that time gone? Secondly everything looks exactly the same. Thirdly, Scott, Charlene, Jayne, Harold, it all just came flooding back.</p> <p>"There was a lot of talking about memories and going back in time."</p> <p>Kylie played Charlene Robinson from 1986 to 1988 and the role catapulted her onto the international stage and in the 34 years since she left the show, Kylie has continued to star on TV and in film and has had hit after hit top the music charts.</p> <p>"It's crazy. I didn't know I would have this impact on people's lives for a long time. It's amazing and very touching."</p> <p>One of Kylie's many number ones is dance hit 'Can't Get You Outta My Head' which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a remix by DJ Peggie Gou.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Prince Harry stars in comedy skit to promote "green" travel venture

<p>Prince Harry has flexed his acting muscles as he stars in a comedy skit promoting his new "green" travel venture in New Zealand. </p> <p>The Duke of Sussex's eco-tourism venture Travalyst, which he founded in 2019, has launched a new initiative to rate holidayers on their environmental credentials. </p> <p>Travellers will also be able to choose their hotel based on how "green" the hotels and resorts are. </p> <p>In the hilarious ad promoting the new move, Prince Harry is seen jogging through a park, wearing a t-shirt that says "Girl Dad", in honour of his daughter Lilibet. </p> <p>The clip also features New Zealand actors Rhys Darby, Dave Fane and Rena Owen.</p> <p>In the video, Harry is accosted by Darby, who plays a "rating agent", who accuses him of littering on a beach in Auckland during his and Meghan's royal tour in October 2018. </p> <p>Darby explains that the country is trialling a system in which holiday destinations rate their visitors, giving Harry three stars out of five.</p> <p>He gives the royal a positive review for only using one out of 12 provided towels, buying honey from local vendors and turning off the tap when he brushed his teeth.</p> <p>When asked about his experience in the country, Harry says, "It was an incredible time. We had an amazing time in New Zealand. It's beautiful".</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex made the announcement on Māori Television's Te Ao with Moana on Monday night.</p> <p>Harry told viewers he had always felt a deep connection and respect towards the Maori people.</p> <p>"Tena Koutou katoa. I've been to Aotearoa a number of times throughout my life and I've always felt a deep connection and respect towards the Māori people who make me feel so welcome every time," Harry said.</p> <p>You can check out the video below. </p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V_sUwhZhTTY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credits: Travalyst</em></p>

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“You’re twins!”: Kate Middleton look-alike goes viral

<p dir="ltr">An Australian woman has gone viral on social media, thanks to her eerie resemblance to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brittany Dixon, an artist from Queensland, took to TikTok with a series of side-by-side photos of herself and the Duchess after a deluge of fans urged her to answer Netflix’s recent casting call for Middleton lookalikes for <em>The Crown</em>’s upcoming season, per the <em><a href="https://nypost.com/2022/05/02/kate-middletons-twin-applies-to-play-her-in-the-crown/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Post</a></em>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4c7445aa-7fff-9b6a-4b92-87b7b9fee909">“Okay you are all bullying me into actually doing this,” she captioned <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@brittanydixonart/video/7091536687943257345?_t=8RycV3L7Mcd&amp;_r=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the clip</a>, which came as a response to another user who tagged her in a clip from Monica Riviera, the casting director for <em>The Crown</em>.</span></p> <p><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/middle2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: TikTok</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“We’re looking for a young Kate Middleton, 18 years old, to play her in Netflix’s series <em>The Crown</em>,” Riviera said in the clip, which included a screenshot of the role’s requirements.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other users on the social media platform quickly flooded Dixon’s comments, insisting she’d be a shoo-in for the role.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I know exactly who you’re applying for no backstory needed - you’re twins!” one supporter said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you, her identical twin, [do] not get the part … I give up,” another joked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Please remember me when you’re rich and famous on ‘The Crown’ @Netflix,” a third wrote.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-27fbe912-7fff-d767-c9c3-ef1b48e32656"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">With all of this support, Dixon created a follow-up video confirming she did apply for the part.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/middle1.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: TikTok</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“They just wanted a selfie, some general information and a 30-second video of me talking about something I love - obviously I talked about painting,” she explained in <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@brittanydixonart/video/7092218076527168770?_t=8RycbFx3TeE&amp;_r=1https://www.tiktok.com/@brittanydixonart/video/7092218076527168770?_t=8RycbFx3TeE&amp;_r=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the clip</a>, which has since garnered over 612,000 views.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So we’ll see how it goes. We’ll see if [the Netflix casting directors] even see it,” she added, thanking her followers for encouraging her to do it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thanks guys for being so nice.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Back to painting.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e8108066-7fff-ed94-a842-956386788027"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: TikTok</em></p>

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“Turn the cameras off!”: Trump storms out on Piers Morgan

<p>Former US President Donald Trump has erupted at Piers Morgan before storming off the set of an interview that touched on the “stolen” US presidential election.</p> <p>After Morgan lay the blame for last year’s deadly riots at the Capitol squarely at Trump’s feet – largely for his refusal to concede that he had lost the 2020 presidential election – Trump had had enough, and began screaming that Morgan was “dishonest” and “a fool”, before demanding that the shocked TV crew “turn the cameras off!”</p> <p>Trump appears to have been deeply angered by a slew of barbs that Morgan has directed towards him during his time at the White House, despite being friends for at least 15 years. But in this instance, the pair appeared to clash heavily even before the interview had gotten underway – but while the cameras were rolling. </p> <p>Morgan detailed the behind-the-scenes incident to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/donald-trump-piers-morgan-interview-former-president-explodes-at-disloyal-fool/news-story/35a81812a4d93cb3751a60957fcaa424" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a>, saying that Trump stared at him with “undisguised fury” and was “almost foaming at the mouth”.</p> <p>At one point, the Trump hissed at Morgan: “What the f**k is this?”</p> <p>You’re not real. You’re a fake.” To which Piers replied: “No, I’m just brutally honest.”</p> <p>Morgan revealed further details from the encounter:</p> <p>“Normally, he’d greet me with a cheery smile and the words ‘How’s my champ?’ because I was his first Celebrity Apprentice on the series that made him a TV superstar. But this time, there were no such welcoming niceties.</p> <p>“He was staring at me across his desk with undisguised fury, clutching the document entitled ‘Piers Morgan Comments About President Trump’. “What the f**k IS this?” he snarled. Then he began slowly reading out some of the quotes. “Trump’s a supreme narcissist….” Pause. “His pathetic antics in the past few weeks since losing the election in November have been utterly contemptible.” Pause. “Trump’s now too dangerous, he’s morphed into a monster that I no longer recognise as someone I considered to be a friend and thought I knew.”</p> <p>“Each time he paused, he peered over the document at me, with mounting rage in his eyes.</p> <p>“I’d never seen him so livid or felt so uncomfortable in his presence as I did right now in his office.</p> <p>“He was almost foaming at the mouth and kept shaking his head slowly and menacingly at me, like Don Corleone when he felt he’d been disrespected.”</p> <p>Morgan then went on to detail the moment Trump truly took issue with his questions: </p> <p>“Things took a dramatic downward turn when I finally brought up his refusal to accept defeat in 2020 and the appalling scenes on January 6.</p> <p>“I told him I believe he lost the supposedly “rigged, stolen” election, I repeatedly pointed out his failure to produce any evidence of the widespread voter fraud he insists occurred to rob him of his presidency, and I blamed his refusal to admit defeat for the deadly riots at the Capitol.</p> <p>“Then you’re a fool!” he sneered. “And you haven’t studied!...”</p> <p>“Now abandoning any pretence at cordiality, Trump ranted that he was far more honest than me, and again sneered that I wasn’t ‘real’ before haranguing me for exceeding our 20 minutes which was particularly disingenuous given that during all our previous interviews, he’d invariably decided exactly how long he wanted to keep talking.</p> <p>“Incensed Trump tried to end things by declaring “That’s it!” before I reminded him that we hadn’t discussed his hole-in-one, which he then sat down again and did – briefly – before abruptly jumping to his feet, looking hateful, and barking at the shocked crew: “Turn the cameras off!”</p> <p>“Then he turned on his heels, and sloped angrily off through a side door, loudly muttering “So dishonest…”</p> <p>The world exclusive interview is due to air in Australia as the launch piece for Morgan’s new show <em>Piers Uncensored</em> on Sky News on Tuesday night at 9pm AEST.</p> <p><em>Image: Piers Uncensored</em></p>

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Neighbours star launches new political career

<p>Former <em>Neighbours</em> actor Madeleine West has shared an unusual career move. </p> <p>The mother-of-six recently launched a political campaign, that will see her run in the 2023 NSW state election for her local seat of Ballina as an independent. </p> <p>Madeleine kicked off her campaign with an appearance on <em>The Project</em> to explain what prompted such a radical change. </p> <p>“I’m running for state, so let's not confuse the issue; it is not about the federal campaign, but I believe that politics is for the people and it’s about being the voice of the people,” she said.</p> <p>Ms West raised concern over “a huge disconnect between the haves and have-nots” in the exclusive seat of Ballina, which encompasses the Byron Bay Area.</p> <p>“My area is beautiful, we see it on Instagram and everyone celebrates it as a tourist destination, but the reality is the people serving the coffees and cleaning up the Airbnbs can’t afford to live in the Shire any more,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m lucky to have a national platform, yes, but I think that makes me uniquely qualified to bring a spotlight on local issues because what we’ve been through realistically is a microcosm that the rest of Australia can expect to experience,” Ms West said.</p> <p>Madeleine West became a household name over 20 years ago when she started playing Dee Bliss on <em>Neighbours</em>. </p> <p>She played the role for three years, before coming back for another three year stint in 2017. </p> <p>More recently, the 41-year-old has taken an active role in reforestation projects, while also helping in flood clean up efforts. </p> <p>She said being a politician came down to being accountable and genuinely caring about the community – including the “community” of Australia. </p> <div id="indie-campaign-gjlHkw5w3ytYFCUrwpez-0" data-campaign-name="NCA NATIONAL Politics Newsletter OneClick SignUp" data-campaign-indie="newsletter-signup" data-jira="TSN-40" data-from="1628604000000" data-to="1885298400000"></div> <p>“I’ve been agitating for change for a very long time in a lot of different philanthropic spheres and now I want to be the change that I want to see,” she said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Ten / Instagram</em></p>

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Prince Charles’ letters to paedophile Jimmy Savile exposed

<p dir="ltr">Letters exchanged between Prince Charles and paedophile Jimmy Savile are being exposed in a Netflix documentary.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Charles would occasionally get in contact with the disgraced former BBC presenter, who used his role, charity and hospital work as a cover for his heinous predatory behaviour</p> <p dir="ltr">Savile was 84 when he died in 2011 and was only exposed as a paedophile after dying with many victims coming forward sharing their stories.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the new documentary, <em>Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story</em>, the letters exchanged by Prince Charles and Saville between 1986 and 2006 have been exposed.</p> <p dir="ltr">The letters reveal that Charles regularly wrote to Savile for advice - described as a “handbook” for the royals.</p> <p dir="ltr">One of the first letters dated January 14, 1987, came from Charles, reading: “Perhaps I am wrong, but you are the bloke who knows what’s going on.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What I really need is a list of suggestions from you. I so want to get to parts of the country that others don’t get to reach.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Another letter written by the Prince of Wales in the '90s shows him praising Savile for understanding the public.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You are so good at understanding what makes people operate. Can you cast an eye over this draft and let me know how we can best appeal to people on this score?" it read.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following Savile’s help, Charles once again penned another letter thanking him for his help.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It really was extremely good of you to take the trouble to put together those splendid notes and they provided me with considerable food for thought. With renewed and heartfelt thanks. Yours ever, Charles."</p> <p dir="ltr">Charles sent another letter following the devastating Lockerbie bombing, when a passenger flight operated by Pan Am exploded over the Scottish city on December 21, 1988.</p> <p dir="ltr">All 259 people on board were killed including 11 people on the ground.</p> <p dir="ltr">Savile suggested that “an incident room” with “several independent phone lines” should be set up following the bombing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I attach a copy of my memo on disasters which incorporates your points and which I showed to my father. He showed it to HM [Her Majesty],” Charles wrote in the letter.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Tributes flow for Seinfeld actress Estelle Harris

<p dir="ltr">Estelle Harris, best known for playing George Costanza’s mother in <em>Seinfeld </em>and voicing <em>Toy Story</em>’s Mrs Potato Head, has died at 93 years old.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her son Glenn broke the news of her passing, telling <em><a href="https://deadline.com/2022/04/estelle-harris-dead-seinfelds-estelle-costanza-was-93-1234993091/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deadline</a></em> she died at her home in Palm Desert, California on Saturday night.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6.25pm,” Glenn told the outlet.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humour, empathy and love were practically unrivalled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It is believed the actress died of natural causes, days before her 94th birthday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tributes have flowed for Harris online, with fans, co-stars and even the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, sharing dedications to her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One of my favourite people has passed - my tv mama, Estelle Harris,” Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza, tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“RIP Estelle Harris. I love you,” fellow <em>Seinfeld </em>star Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted, along with the hashtag ‘serenity now’ in reference to an episode of Seinfeld.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-18865b73-7fff-eb76-9d65-410a2ecc4fc8">“The best mom in the business. Rest in peace, Estelle Harris,” the page for Seinfeld shared.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Let the words of Estelle Harris from her hospital bed in her first Seinfeld live forever.</p> <p>"Why can't you do *that* for a living?! You'd be very successful at it. Thousands of people could come and watch you. You could fill Madison Square Garden. YOU COULD BE A BIG STAR!" -OS</p> <p>— Lyndon Baines Johnson (@lyndonbajohnson) <a href="https://twitter.com/lyndonbajohnson/status/1510765129763373059?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Some fans pointed out that she would be reuniting with the men behind both her Seinfeld and Toy Story husbands.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-667fab9a-7fff-1a50-97c5-2def84cae0a1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Last night, I read that actress and comedienne Estelle Harris passed away. Because I knew her mostly for her role as Mrs Potato Head in the <em>Toy Story</em> films, that gave me an opportunity to honour her and the late Don Rickles, Mr Potato Head’s voice,” one fan wrote, sharing their artwork of the Potato Heads holding hands and walking towards the light.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">"Reunited Potato Heads"</p> <p>Last night, I read that actress and comedienne Estelle Harris passed away. Because I know her mostly for her role as Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story films, that gave me an opportunity to honor her and the late Don Rickles, Mr. Potato Head's voice. <a href="https://t.co/AFZtngDEFS">pic.twitter.com/AFZtngDEFS</a></p> <p>— Isaac Vargas (@AnimationFan15) <a href="https://twitter.com/AnimationFan15/status/1510711022750879744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 3, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“The Costanzas are reunited,” another wrote, along with a photo of Harris and Jerry Stiller, who played Mr Costanza and passed away in 2020.</p> <p dir="ltr">Harris, who is survived by her three children, three grandsons, and a great-grandson, had plenty of credits to her name, including <em>Star Trek: Voyager</em>, <em>The Wild Thornberrys</em> and Disney’s <em>Hercules</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1c70c14a-7fff-3171-e709-9dcf912c0363"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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A very special episode

<p>We all know what we should do. We should eat well and exercise. But then there’s ice cream and alcohol and the couch …</p> <p>But what if watching TV could actually <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLzXfghGfTg">be good for you</a> — if your favourite TV show could inspire and support you to be healthier?</p> <p>In 2012, on <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225901/">90210</a> (a reboot of the 90s’ <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098749/">Beverly Hills, 90210</a>), 18-year-old Erin Silver (Jessica Stroup) was confronted with the choice to test for BRCA gene mutations. Her mother died from breast cancer, and if Erin had a mutation she was at elevated risk of cancer herself.</p> <p>The show’s creators worked with <a href="https://hollywoodhealthandsociety.org/">Hollywood, Health & Society</a>, an organisation established to provide the entertainment industry with expert information on health, safety and security.</p> <div data-id="17"> </div> <p>In getting the health information right, 90210 was able to tell a compelling and dramatic story while engaging viewers with their own health.</p> <p>After the show aired, a study found 12% of female viewers <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6084479/">reported</a> scheduling a doctor’s appointment to discuss their breast cancer risk, 13% talked about the BRCA gene with a woman they knew and 17% searched for more information about breast cancer online.</p> <p>Many non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers can be can be <a href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/burden-of-disease/abds-impact-and-causes-of-illness-death-2011/contents/highlights">prevented by modifying behaviour</a> such as tobacco use, dietary habits and physical activity. But the rise of such diseases shows current methods of health communication are <a href="https://ourworldindata.org/burden-of-disease">inadequate</a>.</p> <p>Television can not only provide you health information, but can also motivate you to do what’s good for you.</p> <h2>Entertainment can harm</h2> <p>Entertainment that canvases health issues can lead to misinformation. This can be really harmful.</p> <p>Mental illness is commonly <a href="https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1036&context=honorsprojects">misrepresented</a> in films and on television, contributing to <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2011.560787">stigma</a> which can have a profoundly negative impact of the <a href="https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23032675/">well-being of people living with mental illness</a>.</p> <p>A particularly sobering example was seen after the release of <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837492/">13 Reasons Why</a>, a Netflix series about the aftermath of a suicide. In the month following the first season release in 2017, the suicide rates in Americans between the ages of 10 and 17 <a href="https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(19)30288-6/fulltext?rss=yes">increased 28.9%</a> and remained elevated for a further two months.</p> <p>13 Reasons Why was <a href="https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/netflix-needs-to-conform-to-australian-standards-for-streaming-of-13-reasons-why-20170828-gy5kmi.html">criticised</a> for overlooking media guidelines against stories promoting simplistic explanations of suicidal behaviour or depicting suicide as a means of <a href="https://www.jaacap.org/article/S0890-8567(19)30288-6/fulltext?rss=yes">accomplishing a goal</a>.</p> <p>If the series had followed best practice guidelines in telling this story, the outcomes may not have been so devastating.</p> <h2>The positive power of narrative</h2> <p>But entertainment can also have a powerful positive impact on health.</p> <p>In 2001, Hollywood, Health & Society worked with <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092325/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">The Bold and the Beautiful</a> on a story where Antonio Dominguez (Paulo Benedeti) learned he was HIV positive. An HIV/AIDS hotline was presented at the conclusion of the episode, and <a href="https://learcenter.org/pdf/BBHotline.pdf">calls increased dramatically</a>.</p> <p>In 2006, the organisation worked with <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433309/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Numbers</a> on an episode where Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) changes his position on organ donation, telling his family he would like to be a donor.</p> <p>After the episode aired, audiences were found to be more likely to <a href="https://hollywoodhealthandsociety.org/sites/default/files/for-public-health-professionals/research-and-evaluation/cases_1_08.pdf">register as organ donors</a> and <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1460-2466.2008.01408.x">encourage others</a>.</p> <h2>Confidence in the truth</h2> <p>In decision making, we naturally give greater weight to narrative evidence than statistical evidence. This is increased in situations of high emotional engagement such as <a href="https://econpapers.repec.org/article/eeejobhdp/v_3a160_3ay_3a2020_3ai_3ac_3ap_3a51-67.htm">related to health</a>.</p> <p>By embedding health storylines in popular narratives we can reach audiences where they are. But the spread of contested health information has led to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494502/">growing public scepticism</a>.</p> <p>It is important to present accurate information in a way that is responsible and adheres to best practice to build audience confidence.</p> <p>While Hollywood, Health & Society does important work in providing information to the entertainment industry, viewers don’t know if this content is trustworthy, and there is no method to ensure stories are told in the most impactful way.</p> <p>If we had a widely used methodology to guide the development of entertainment produced in partnership between the entertainment industry, health and science experts and consumers to promote health, we could make a big difference.</p> <p>Scripted television and movies could be the next big thing in health promotion. But we need artists, health experts and audiences working together.</p> <h2>Creating a road map</h2> <p>We lack a pathway for health experts, health bodies and people with lived experience to create stories to promote health.</p> <p>My research team is working on identifying the characteristics of entertainment which can successfully influence health behaviours. This could be having characters key audiences can identify with, and having those characters engage in healthy behaviours related to their well-being.</p> <p>We are establishing a consortium of policy makers, health experts, entertainment industry professionals and audiences to guide the production of entertainment-driven content to promote health.</p> <p>Television episodes and films produced following this method will be certified as scientifically accurate. When you watch it, you will know the information delivered is trustworthy.</p> <p>It will be produced using the best knowledge about how to support people to take charge of their health. It will impact attitudes and behaviours that can improve health.</p> <p>And in this, television will improve lives.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/a-very-special-episode-how-tv-shows-can-be-powerful-tools-for-public-health-154373">The Conversation</a>.</p>

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Warnie's memorial service is today: What you need to know

<p>Almost a month on from the sudden death of cricketer Shane Warne, the Spin King will be honoured with a celebration in the heart of Melbourne at the MCG, in front of fans and family alike.</p> <p>Those closest to Warne farewelled him at a private service earlier this month and those wishing to pay their respects can now watch or attend a state memorial service today.</p> <p><strong>When and where is the service?</strong><br />The service will be at the MCG, home to some of Warne's greatest cricketing triumphs.<br />The gates of the MCG are due to open at 5:30 pm for a 7 pm start, and the state memorial service is scheduled to run for about two hours.</p> <p>A stage will be set up on the grounds of the MCG and upwards of 40,000 people are expected to fill the stadium's stands. The service will feature performances, tributes and reflections recognising Warne's big personality and charisma as well as his enormous contributions to Australian sport.</p> <p><strong>Who will be attending?</strong><br />A long and impressive list of high-profile people will take part in the service, but not everyone will appear in person. Some guests and performers will appear either via live video links or pre-recorded segments.</p> <p>Musical entertainment will be a huge part of the service. Performers are expected from those Warne counted among his friends including Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran. Local acts will include Anthony Callea and musician Jon Stevens, slated to perform covers of "bangers" that were among Warne's favourites, including songs by INXS and Noiseworks. Kylie and Dannii Minogue will also be part of the proceedings, but it's unclear whether or not they will perform.</p> <p>The biggest names in cricket in Australia and overseas will take part, including Wasim Akram, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Clarke, Stephen Fleming, Merv Hughes, Nasser Hussain, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Glenn McGrath and Mark Taylor.</p> <p>AFL great Dermott Brereton and Aaron Hamill, a long-time close friend of Warne, will take part, as will actors Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Other prominent people making appearances are golfer Greg Norman, surfer Kelly Slater and comedian Andy Lee.</p> <p>The people most important to Warne, his immediate family, will also speak as part of the evening's proceedings. His three children, Brooke, Jackson and Summer, his father Keith and brother Jason are due to appear on stage.</p> <p><strong>Can I still get a ticket?</strong><br />More than 50,000 tickets have already been nabbed, but another 10,000 spots were released through the MCG website on Wednesday.</p> <p>Tickets to the event are free and in recognition of Warne's contributions to the game, his family requested that fans come along to the memorial dressed in their cricket gear.</p> <p><strong>How can I watch it?</strong><br />Eddie McGuire, who will MC the event, said all free-to-air TV channels will be broadcasting the service, there will be radio channels airing it as well, and there will be multiple places to live stream the proceedings online. Coverage will begin on ABC News Channel and on iview from 6:30 pm AEDT, with the memorial broadcast live on ABC Local Radio (except SA and Perth metro) and ABC Sport Digital.</p>

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Predictions for the Oscars 2022 best picture

<p>There were some extraordinary films released in 2021: Ninja Thyberg’s <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8550054/">Pleasure</a>, an electric neon romp through the porn world, Ildikó Enyedi’s period epic, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8205028/">The Story of My Wife</a>, Paul Verhoeven’s nun-film, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6823148/">Benedetta</a>.</p> <p>It should come as no surprise that this is not reflected in the Oscar nominees for Best Picture.</p> <h2>Dune: Best Picture?</h2> <p>A pulpy science-fiction narrative, not that far removed from an L. Ron Hubbard work, it seems strange to suggest that <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160419/">Dune is 2021’s “Best Picture”</a>. It isn’t – but it is my choice for the Oscar, out of a ho-hum bunch of nominees.</p> <p>Denis Villeneuve’s latest film is certainly the most cinematic of the selection, and it works exceptionally well at a formal level. It’s a striking, hypnotic work – and totally coherent (unlike the previous <a href="https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/dune-2021-vs-dune-1984-the-differences/">Lynch/Smithee version!</a>) – a realisation of Herbert’s world both surreal and appropriately full of dread.</p> <p>The whole thing is anchored by the excellent production design of Patrice Vermette: desert planet Arakis seems ominously sparse, its weathered concrete monoliths straight from a deranged modernist’s dream. The sound design is also first rate (as is Hans Zimmer’s score, perfect as usual), and the combination of the surreal images and intense sounds creates a wholly immersive cinematic experience.</p> <p>Villeneuve effectively converts Herbert’s convoluted narrative of the power machinations of the Atreides, Harkonnen, etc. into a staggeringly clear – and relatively short, these days, for this kind of thing – genre film.</p> <p>Angsty heartthrob Timothée Chalamet, as main character Paul Atreides, has neither the presence or chops to carry an epic fantasy film like this, and, thankfully, he doesn’t have to – Josh Brolin and Jason Mamoa are suitably brutal, Oscar Isaac brings an air of stately gravity to the role of Duke Leto Atreides, father of Paul (though they look pretty close in age!), and Rebecca Ferguson, as Lady Jessica Atreides, does the mother-witch thing with a humane and slightly off-kilter bent, reminding one of a more benevolent Lady Macbeth.</p> <p>Villeneuve is a powerhouse director, one of the more interesting working in mainstream film today, and Dune plays well as a trashy fantasy film. That being said, it is only Part I of two, so we’ll see how the second part holds up now most of the compelling characters have been killed.</p> <h2>The Power of the Dog: Worst Picture?</h2> <p>At the opposite end of the list is another genre film, Jane Campion’s <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10293406/">The Power of the Dog</a>. Made for Netflix, Campion’s Western has received wide acclaim and has been film of the year on multiple lists. It’s hard to see why.</p> <p>Campion has made some good films in the past – <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107822/">The Piano</a> is a deliciously silly bodice ripper in the clothing of a serious film, and deserved its accolades (naked Harvey Keitel alone would warrant the acclaim!). The Power of the Dog, in contrast, is strained and tiresome, a long epic without an interesting story, meaningful panoramic cinematography (though I watched it on a TV screen, maybe it would have appeared spectacular in the cinema) or anything significant and original to say about its topic of interest: the American West and the Western genre.</p> <p>Its one point – revealing the <a href="https://offscreen.com/view/homosexuality_western">homoerotic impulses</a> often underpinning the masculine bravado of Western cowboy narratives – has been made numerous times before, with Westerns, American and otherwise, frequently making a similar statement since at least the 1940s, in films that are more dynamic, look better, and don’t suffer from the air of self-importance surrounding this one.</p> <p>Jesse Plemons is a good actor, but he’s wasted in a fairly thankless part; Kirsten Dunst seems lost, struggling to convince us as a hapless alcoholic woman trapped in a thankless man’s world; and Benedict Cumberbatch, in the lead part, gives a typically commanding but unnuanced performance, playing Phil Burbank with stagy gusto.</p> <p>While Australian Kody Smit-McPhee is fine as Peter Gordon, the point is that all of the characters are caricatures – unoriginal inversions of genre archetypes – and, in a serious film in which not much happens – that is, in a film that is supposed to be buoyed by emotional authenticity and emotional realism – this is fatal.</p> <p>That being said, it will not surprise me if this wins the Oscar for Best Picture.</p> <h2>And… the rest</h2> <p>Campion’s film is the weakest of the nominees; there are some others that are quite good.</p> <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/comedies-in-serious-clothing-an-introduction-to-the-films-of-paul-thomas-anderson-174608">Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza</a> is a madcap LA teen romp, a 1970’s picaresque nostalgia film featuring stellar newcomers Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in the lead roles.</p> <p>It’s long and unwieldy, and would not be to everyone’s taste, but has the advantage of actually capturing an original, albeit fractured and fractious, vision of the world. Unlike some of P.T. Anderson’s other recent films, it is surprisingly good-natured.</p> <p><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7740496/">Nightmare Alley</a>, directed by Guillermo del Toro, also offers solid genre fare. It’s a remake of Edmund Goulding’s (considerably better) <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039661/">film-noir of the same name from 1947</a>, and follows the rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist who begins his trade in the circus before becoming a popular nightclub act. Like most of del Toro’s films, it is dripping in period and genre nostalgia, but this adds to, rather than detracts from, the colour, here.</p> <p><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11286314/">Don’t Look Up</a> is the global warming equivalent of Barry Levinson’s 1990s satire, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120885/">Wag the Dog</a>, and, like Wag the Dog, it is, at times, a little too clever for its own good.</p> <p>It comes across as irritatingly pontificating in places, with Jonah Hill’s characterisation as a Presidential son (a la Trump’s family) heavy-handedly hammering home its point. But – like all of Adam Mackay’s films – it’s well made and funny, a media-literate romp satirising (or maybe just demonstrating) life in the social media age.</p> <p>The rest of the nominees are watchable if unspectacular films, including the Irish nostalgia film <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12789558/">Belfast</a>, the coming of age drama <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10366460/">CODA</a>, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9620288/">King Richard </a>a biopic about the struggle of the Williams family to make it in the tennis world, <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14039582/">Drive My Car</a> a beautifully shot version of the eponymous Murakami story, and Spielberg’s latest, an un-engaging remake of <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3581652/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1">West Side Story</a>.</p> <p>Which movie will win? Dune? The Power of the Dog? King Richard? In any case, I can guarantee it won’t be the best picture of 2021.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on<a href="https://theconversation.com/from-dune-to-the-power-of-the-dog-our-predictions-for-the-oscars-2022-best-picture-179660"> The Conversation</a>.</p>

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“The heart of that bloke was so big”: Ed Sheeran remembers Shane Warne

<p dir="ltr">Ed Sheeran has paid tribute to his friend Shane Warne with a few classic Warnie memories, almost two weeks since he was found dead.</p> <p dir="ltr">The legendary cricketer, 52, died of natural causes on March 4 in a luxury villa on the Thailand holiday island of Koh Samui.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to The Project, the British musician fondly recalled the moment they met in 2014, at Warnie’s Club 23 in Melbourne which closed down in 2019.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ed Sheeran is coming back to Australia and he reveals to us why playing the MCG is top of his bucket list. For all the details on Ed’s huge Mathematics tour head to our website. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/uG2X6km92X">pic.twitter.com/uG2X6km92X</a></p> <p>— The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1504013507901243394?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 16, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“We met in 2014, when I was doing the Logies. He was staying at the hotel next to me, and do you remember he had that club at Crown?” Ed began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He took me and my friends there, and that was like the first time I'd hung out with him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then - mate, he used to do some really amazing things. I've got some friends that are huge into cricket, and he just offered one day like, ‘Do you want me to take them to the nets at Lord's [in London]?’</p> <p dir="ltr">“You guys know - the heart of that bloke was so big, and he's just such a lovely person inside and out. There's so many stories like that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The following year, Ed was on his first Australian tour for Shape of You when he met up with Warnie again. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He took me in the nets at the MCG. He was bowling against my dad, and my dad was doing the hits and everything,” he recalled.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Then I sort of whispered to him, ‘Give him one proper Shane Warne ball’ - man, they fly don't they! They really fly.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Shane Warne's <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/health/caring/warnie-s-family-make-special-request-for-stadium-name-change" target="_blank" rel="noopener">memorial service</a> is due to be held at the MCG on March 30th.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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The movie-geek’s guide to New York City

<p><strong>1. New York Public Library </strong></p> <p>Housing more than 8-million artefacts and books, the magnificent main branch of the New York Public Library has been featured prominently in Ghostbusters, The Day After Tomorrow, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sex and the City: The Movie (really, Big?) and Spider-Man (oh, Uncle Ben).</p> <p>From there, make the short walk to Bryant Park for a burger at Shake Shack and a spin on the charming carousel in the summer or on the ice skating rink in the winter.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Patience and Fortitude, the Library Lions located at the library’s 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue entrance, are the big draw for shutterbugs. For a less predictable shot, head inside to snap the spectacularly ornate Rose Main Reading Room.</p> <p><strong>2. Time Square </strong></p> <p>Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, Date Night, Captain America, Big, Shaft (the original!), A Chorus Line, Vanilla Sky, Birdman… The list of movies shot in the neon-lit heart of New York City is endless.</p> <p>Times Square is at its brightest and most boisterous at night, but don’t go there hungry. En route, stop at West 51st Street and Broadway for a bite at Ellen’s Stardust Diner – featured in New Year’s Eve – where the showtunes-singing wait staff are part of the experience.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: For a panoramic view of the world’s most-visited tourist attraction, jostle for a spot on the stepped red roof of the TKTS discount booth just below 47th Street.</p> <p><strong>3. Radio City Music Hall</strong></p> <p>Fans of The Godfather will recognise this famed theatre as the spot Michael Corleone and Kay Adams learn about the assassination attempt on Don Corleone. Billed as the “Showplace of the Nation” when it opened in 1932, Radio City Music Hall continues to host hundreds of concerts and events each year. Don’t have a ticket? Get an insider’s view of the venue and meet one of the world-famous Rockettes during the guided one-hour Stage Door Tour.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: The marquee shoots best at night from the intersection of 6th Avenue and West 50th Street.</p> <p><strong>4. Hook and Ladder 8</strong></p> <p>Who you gonna call? You can’t help but hum the Ghostbusters theme song on your approach to the active FDNY firehouse used as Ghostbusters HQ in the 1984 comedy classic. For a photo op alongside like-minded fans, book an NYC TV and Movie bus tour with On Location Tours which makes a stop at this TriBeCa location.</p> <p>Grab a bite nearby at The Odeon, the legendary bistro featured in the film adaptation (and on the book cover) of Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Once you take the requisite photo of the firehouse exterior, look down: the station’s insignia – featuring the Ghostbusters logo – is painted directly on the sidewalk.</p> <p><strong>5. Empire State Building</strong></p> <p>The most iconic skyscraper in New York City (thanks, King Kong!), the Empire State Building has played a starring role in Elf and Sleepless in Seattle – though, sadly, the latter film’s emotional climax was filmed on a replica set. Head out early in the morning to avoid long line-ups for tickets, security and the elevator leading up to the famous open-air Observation Deck on the 86th floor.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: The only problem with the 360-degree view from the Empire State Building is that it doesn’t include the Empire State Building! For that, you’ll need to visit Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center 16 blocks north. You can save money and skip lines by purchasing a New York CityPASS to get access to both experiences.</p> <p><strong>6. The Unisphere</strong></p> <p>Although you saw it destroyed by a flying saucer in Men in Black, the real-life Unisphere stands tall in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The 12-storey stainless-steel globe was commissioned for the 1964 New York World’s Fair to celebrate the dawn of the space age and “Peace Through Understanding,” and shines like new thanks to recent restoration efforts.</p> <p>Baseball fans will want to visit nearby Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, while little ones will enjoy the Queens Zoo.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: If you’re visiting in the summer, a selfie with the reflecting pool and fountains is a must. In the off-season, when the pool is empty, stand underneath the globe for a unique angle.</p> <p><strong>7. Grand Central Terminal</strong></p> <p>A transportation hub for travellers and commuters since 1913, Grand Central Terminal has been the big screen backdrop for everything from chases (North by Northwest) and gun battles (Carlito’s Way) to alien invasions (The Avengers) and flash mobs (Friends with Benefits). To learn more about this Beaux Arts beauty, download the Grand Central Tour app ($5) for an official self-guided audio tour, then stop by the Magnolia Bakery location in the Lower Concourse for one of their deeply delicious cupcakes.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Watch the ebb and flow of the bustling main concourse from the east or west balconies or aim high for a photo of the arched windows and constellation-themed ceiling mural.</p> <p><strong>8. Rockefellar Centre</strong></p> <p>Conceived by John D. Rockefeller during the Depression as a “city within a city,” Rockefeller Center encompasses six square blocks of Midtown Manhattan. Several of the complex’s most popular attractions have made film appearances, including The Rainbow Room (Sleepless in Seattle), Top of the Rock (The Adjustment Bureau) and The Rink at Rockefeller Plaza (Elf, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York).</p> <p>After a day of sightseeing, relax with a cocktail at the stately Lotte Palace New York on Madison Avenue – its Tavern On 51 bar offers a cool Old New York vibe. The mansion-turned-hotel appears in the rom-coms 27 Dresses and Just My Luck.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: The stairs to the Center’s sunken plaza are the best spot to capture a shot of the massive gilded statue Prometheus, one of the most-photographed works of art in the city.</p> <p><strong>9. Central Park</strong></p> <p>Manhattan’s 341-hectare green space is one of the most popular filming locations in the world. Movie buffs will recognise Central Park’s bench-lined Mall from Kramer vs. Kramer and Maid in Manhattan, picturesque Bethesda Fountain as the site of the sing-along in Enchanted and Wollman Rink as the oh-so-romantic backdrop in Serendipity and Love Story.</p> <p>If a hot dog from a cart won’t do, nestled on the park’s west side is the world-famous Tavern on the Green. Featured in dozens of films including Wall Street, Beaches and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the restaurant is probably best known as the spot where poor Louis Tully bangs fruitlessly on the windows trying to escape a demon dog in Ghostbusters.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: All of it – but the balconies of the whimsical Belvedere Castle at the 79th Avenue Transverse offer particularly stunning views of the Great Lawn to the North and the Ramble to the south.</p> <p><strong>10. Charging Bull</strong></p> <p>Part tourist attraction, part talisman for New York Stock Exchange traders, artist Arturo Di Modica conceived Charging Bull as a symbol of strength and courage. Located at Bowling Green at the intersection of Broadway and Morris Street in Lower Manhattan, the statue has popped up in Hitch, Arthur (the remake) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.</p> <p>While you’re there, enjoy a Wall Street-inspired moment with a drink at the bar at CUT inside the luxurious Four Seasons New York Downtown on nearby Barclay Street. Afterwards, walk two blocks west to One World Trade Centre to marvel at the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Go very early in the morning or late at night to get a photo of Charging Bull and its controversial new companion, Fearless Girl, without throngs of tourists in the background.</p> <p><strong>11. Brooklyn Bridge</strong></p> <p>Sex and the City: The Movie fans will know this iconic landmark as the spot Miranda and Steve reunite after their separation. It’s also where Alvy professes his love for Annie in Annie Hall. The bridge has dedicated pedestrian and bike lanes (stick to yours!) and takes about 20 minutes to cross depending on the sight-seeing, photo-snapping crowds.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Taking a selfie from the Brooklyn-side arch ensures you capture some of Manhattan’s skyline. For a perfectly framed image of the bridge itself, head to the intersection of Front Street and Washington Street in Brooklyn.</p> <p><strong>12. The Statue of Liberty</strong></p> <p>The Statue of Liberty is one busy leading lady. Her film credits include X-Men, Titanic, On the Town, Splash and the shocking final scene in the original Planet of the Apes. You can admire her from the Staten Island Ferry (the service is free), but to get up close you’ll need to book the Statue Cruises Experience which includes admission to Liberty Island and Ellis Island National Immigration Museum: the point of entry for more than 12-million immigrants starting a new life in America.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Capture Lady Liberty in all her glory from the boat deck just before it docks at Liberty Island.</p> <p><strong>13. The American Museum of Natural History</strong></p> <p>The American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side saw a surge in visits with the release of Night at the Museum. Young film fans can explore the real exhibits behind the characters featured in the Museum movies including the Tyrannosaurus Rex (“Rexy”) in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and the Capuchin Monkey (“Dexter”) in the Hall of Primates.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: A photo of the façade and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is a must. Follow the line of kids heading to the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples for a selfie with the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) head.</p> <p><strong>14. Katz's Delicatessen </strong></p> <p>A fixture of Manhattan’s Lower East Side for more than 100 years, Katz’s Delicatessen entered film lore as the site of Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally. There’s even a sign affixed above the famous table that reads: “Where Harry Met Sally… Hope You Have What She Had. Enjoy!” (The last part is a nod to the line from the film – “I’ll have what she’s having!” – which was actually delivered on-screen by director Rob Reiner’s mother.) If you go, go hungry, be ready for a line-up, and order the pastrami sandwich. You’re welcome.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Choose between the movie moment sign inside or the deli’s marquee.</p> <p><strong>15. Guggenheim Museum </strong></p> <p>Boasting architecture as impressive as the collection it houses, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side is one of New York City’s most striking filming locations. The white exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright design can be spotted in Men in Black, Bye Bye Birdie and When in Rome, while the interior’s spiral main gallery is showcased in Annie (the remake) and, of course, Manhattan.</p> <p>After an afternoon of browsing the exhibits, hop in a cab for a quick ride south to Serendipity 3 on East 60th Street – the dessert destination for Jonathan and Sara in the rom-com Serendipity.</p> <p>Insta-worthy: Look up from the entrance level for a shot of the rotunda spiral and glass dome or take the elevator to Rotunda 6 to capture the lower levels. Note: Selfie sticks are not permitted in the museum.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/destinations/the-movie-geeks-guide-to-new-york-city-15-must-see-filming-locations?pages=1">Reader's Digest</a>.</p>

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Australia’s longest-running soap ends

<p dir="ltr">Hailed as one of Australia’s longest-running TV dramas, <em>Neighbours</em> will come to an end after 37 years on air. </p> <p dir="ltr">The TV soap that gave national sweethearts like Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce and Liam Hemsworth a name around the globe, ended its streak after failing to secure another UK broadcaster.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement on their social media, <em>Neighbours</em> announced the devastating news to fans. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The team thanked their loyal fans and promised to end the show on an “incredible high”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The news comes just weeks after Channel 5, the British production company that aired the show in the UK since 2008, announced it won’t do so anymore.</p> <p dir="ltr">The final episodes are expected to air in September 2022. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p> </p>

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Did the Simpsons predict Russia’s war on Ukraine?

<p dir="ltr">Fans of the long-running cartoon sitcom claim it predicted the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine in an episode way back in 1998.</p> <p dir="ltr">A clip from the episode “Simpson Tide” shows a United Nations meeting between Russia and the United States that quickly turns into Russia announcing the return of the Soviet Union. Complete with hidden tanks, barbed-wired walls and even a zombified Lenin raising from the dead to declare he “must crush Capitalism”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Check out this clip from Twitter:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The Simpsons predicted the<br />Crisis of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Putin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Putin</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Russia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Russia</a>,<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ukraine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ukraine</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Donetsk?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Donetsk</a> and<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Luhansk?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Luhansk</a> way before it was cool 🤯😆<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RussiaUkraineCrisis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RussiaUkraineCrisis</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ukraina?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ukraina</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ukrainerussia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ukrainerussia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USA</a> <a href="https://t.co/Hqd2icRj6w">pic.twitter.com/Hqd2icRj6w</a></p> <p>— Genius Manushya (@GeniusManushya) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeniusManushya/status/1496003007313772547?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">While it is not an exact match for the war Russia is currently waging in Ukraine, it comes close enough for some fans to chalk it up as yet another Simpsons prediction.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At what point are we gonna make Matt Groening tell us how he does this?” one fan tweeted, referring to the show’s creator.</p> <p dir="ltr">“THE SIMPSONS ALWAYS PREDICTS EVERYTHING,” wrote another.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Pretty sure most world events were predicted by the Simpsons at some point,” said another.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes just weeks after another Simpsons prediction appeared to come true, this one from the show’s 2007 big screen outing, The Simpsons Movie.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the film, A-list actor Tom Hanks appears in animated form as a spokesman in an ad for the US government, with this memorable line during his brief cameo: “Hello, I’m Tom Hanks. The US government has lost its credibility so it’s borrowing some of mine.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Here we are, 15 years later, and Tom Hanks is working as a spokesman for the US government in real life, narrating a new White House video promoting the achievements of the Biden administration during its first year in office.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s the latest in a long line of alleged predictions the writers of The Simpsons have unwittingly made about future events.</p> <p dir="ltr">Images: The Simpsons (1998)</p>

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Missing actress found dead at just 43

<p dir="ltr">American actress Lindsey Erin Pearlman <a href="https://7news.com.au/travel/americas/actor-lindsey-pearlman-found-dead-in-la-after-being-reported-missing-several-days-ago-c-5763359" target="_blank" rel="noopener">has been found dead</a> days after she was reported missing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Los Angeles investigators called on the public to help find the 43-year-old after she was last seen at around noon on February 13.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her body was found on Friday morning when officers responded to a call for a death investigation in the Hollywood area, the Los Angeles Police Department said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner,” the department said in a <a href="https://www.lapdonline.org/newsroom/missing-43-year-old-female-nr22043ml/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a> on Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are also under investigation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Pearlman had roles in several TV shows, including <em>General Hospital</em>, <em>American Housewife</em>, <em>Chicago Justice</em> and the TV version of <em>The Purge</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">She also had extensive theatre experience in her hometown of Chicago.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-0e1dfea3-7fff-444f-eed5-e99cc06403bf"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Tributes to the actress have begun to flow online, including from fellow actors and others who worked with her.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Lindsey Pearlman was terrific on <a href="https://twitter.com/GeneralHospital?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GeneralHospital</a> and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. Our hearts go out to her family and friends. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GH?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GH</a></p> <p>— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/1494860860572852232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Lindsey Pearlman was terrific on @GeneralHospital and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. Our hearts go out to her family and friends,” Frank Valentini, an executive producer on <em>General Hospital</em>, wrote on Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I echo Frank’s sentiments. Very sad,” <em>General Hospital</em> actress Cassandra James wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4717d838-7fff-66fb-62fb-d031a6985a16"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“This is how I will remember Lindsey Pearlman. Effortlessly beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Unapologetic,” actress Lynn Chen tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is how I will remember Lindsey Pearlman. Effortlessly beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Unapologetic. She lit up every room. She listened intently on stage and off. She so loved animals. I am sorry to her family and all the communities who deeply adored her. <a href="https://t.co/iypa3ChBB5">pic.twitter.com/iypa3ChBB5</a></p> <p>— Lynn Chen 陳凌 (@MsLynnChen) <a href="https://twitter.com/MsLynnChen/status/1495037665015595009?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“She lit up every room. She listened intently on stage and off. She so loved animals. I am sorry to her family and all the communities who deeply adored her.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e04d93cb-7fff-7ddb-0b26-63aa37500666"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Santé d’Or, an animal rescue centre, also shared a tribute to Ms Pearlman, who had been a volunteer at the shelter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Unfortunately this isn’t the update we wanted to make. We were devastated to learn police found a body this morning that was later determined to be Lindsey Pearlman. We don’t have any information to share at the moment, but we wanted to thank everyone who did their part (1/2) <a href="https://t.co/qAkv62sHRt">pic.twitter.com/qAkv62sHRt</a></p> <p>— Santé D'Or (@SanteDOr) <a href="https://twitter.com/SanteDOr/status/1494838788501082112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Unfortunately this isn’t the update we wanted to make. We were devastated to learn police found a body this morning that was later determined to be Lindsey Pearlman,” the organisation wrote on Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We don’t have any information to share at the moment, but we wanted to thank everyone who did their part to help look for Lindsey. Please keep her family and loved ones in your thoughts and respect their privacy during this time.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-70ae9a76-7fff-95b2-18a2-39fd4f9afa15"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: IMDB</em></p>

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