A dodgy holiday drink made me go blind

“I just thought they were joking so I got up to turn the light on. “That’s when I started to panic because that’s when I realised it was on and I just couldn’t see anything.” Listen to Hannah’s story in Newsbeat on Radio 1 or 1Xtra at 12:45 and 5:45pm Image copyright Hannah Powell Image caption Hannah says the methanol poisoning gave her stomach cramps and made her feel sick Hospital tests confirmed that Hannah had methanol poisoning. She’d been served unregulated vodka which had been mixed with the toxic substance in a bar. Her friends – who had also drunk the same – were ill with stomach cramps and sickness but had no lasting effects. “Apparently mafia gangs make …

Trump’s outrageous effort to undermine his investigators

(CNN)How many will be corrupted, plead guilty, endure convictions, or be sent to prison before the legal and political systems end the slow-motion national tragedy that is the Trump administration? Cohen has pleaded guilty to crimes committed in the payoff made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to prevent her from alleging an affair with Trump during the 2016 election campaign. Trump denies the affair. Not declared as a campaign contribution, this payment was reimbursed by the President. Cohen’s role reflected his intense loyalty to Trump and his status as a man who was long trusted with Trump secrets. Although, according to the Times, it is “unclear” what Whitaker did after Trump made this request, the reporting appears to contradict …

30 Perfect Low-Cost Cosplay Recreations Of Celebrity Looks By Thai Model (New Pics)

The 22-year-old Thai delicacy designer began her parody career in an attempt to promote her own plus-size clothing shop. “Originally, I wanted to be an inspiration for plus-size women. I wanted to show that even I could put together an outfit and look beautiful. So in the beginning, the looks that I created were everyday wear, and it escalated from that,” she told Coconuts Bangkok in an interview. From heroes to elegant stars, scroll down below to take a bite out of some couture and cosplay looks from Sine and don’t forget to upvote your favs! #1 Aquaman Lord of the Sea VS Market #2 Hela No matter what look Sine recreates, she is always unapologetically herself, with the goal of …

Michael B. Jordan makes us all look lazy

(CNN)It’s late November and Michael B. Jordan is preparing to head overseas. He leaves on Thanksgiving for an international leg of press for his film “Creed II.” His travels were going to take him to places like London and Africa. Then his schedule had him diving into award season here in the states. March, he said, would bring a breather.

Jussie Smollett’s career awaits outcome of his case

(CNN)When Jussie Smollett released his debut album “Sum of My Music” last year, he was riding high. Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation have told CNN that Chicago police believe Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the alleged assault. Police sources: New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated attack In a statement from his attorneys issued Saturday, Smollett denied playing a role in the attack. “As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” the statement read. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role …

Bloomberg won’t decide on 2020 until March at the earliest

(CNN)Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not decide on whether to run for president in 2020 until March at the earliest, according to a person familiar with his planning. Bloomberg is encouraged by the outcome of the midterm elections. His PAC supported 24 candidates, and 21 one of them won. That’s proof that Bloomberg could have a meaningful impact from the outside, said a person familiar with his thinking. If Bloomberg doesn’t run, he’ll throw the full force of his financial weight behind a data-driven outside operation to help defeat Trump. This venture, which doesn’t have a budget but could spend at least $500 million, will also buy traditional advertising, according to a person familiar with the plan. A …

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ leads box office bombs in slowest Presidents Day weekend in nearly 20 years

20th Century Fox said Sunday that the James Cameron-produced film earned an estimated $27.8 million over the weekend against a reported $170 million budget, which includes cost-saving tax incentives and rebates. It’s made $36.5 million total since its debut Thursday. KEVIN SMITH SAYS ‘JAY AND SILENT BOB’ SEQUEL TO BEGIN FILMING SOON Robert Rodriguez directed the future-set film starring Rosa Salazar as a cyborg with no memory of her past. Critics were mixed on the results, and it’s become just the latest pricey and ambitious non-Star Wars, non-Marvel or DC sci-fi film to do less-than-stellar business at the box office, the last being the Peter Jackson-produced “Mortal Engines.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP It is quite a …

She used to scrub toilets for $9 an hour. Now her book about it is a best-seller

(CNN)Five years ago, Stephanie Land was slumped over on her hands and knees scrubbing a bathtub. The single mom was a semester away from graduating college and pregnant with a second child. Her memoir about her years cleaning houses, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” debuted two weeks ago at #3 on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list. The book is an illuminating window into the mundane, low-paid service work that much of America never notices or chooses to ignore. And now, after years of grueling poverty, its sudden success is changing Land’s life. She was on a plane last month when her book made The New York Times’ list. “As soon as I …

From King Arthur to Brexit Britain

Sir Patrick – the Shakespearean titan of the British stage in the 60s, 70s and 80s – found global fame as Jean-Luc Picard in Star-Trek: The Next Generation, before going on to play Professor X in the X-Men franchise. Image copyright Fox Image caption The action revolves around Louis, Angus Imrie and Dean Chaumoo “He nearly died on that movie – there was a huge scaling tower up against the castle tower that fell over and hit him on the head, but he was wearing a silver helmet that saved his life.” Of course, health and safety weren’t what they are now. “Now, heads would roll as Nicol’s nearly did!” Sir Patrick jokes. Neither of Cornish’s Merlins go in for …

From tea girl to Oscars red carpet

Image copyright John Warhurst Image caption Joanna Lumley “photo-bombed” Nina, second from right, during the Baftas The 47-year-old had every reason to be hopeful. Bohemian Rhapsody – about Queen’s Freddie Mercury – has been a box office hit and on the receiving end of critical plaudits. She sat silently in disbelief as the good news was confirmed, then sent a text message to her co-nominee John Warhurst. “We really didn’t expect it – it’s usually films with heavy special effects and action movies that get nominated in the [sound editing] category. Image copyright 20th Century Fox Image caption Nina was a sound supervisor for Bohemian Rhapsody, which starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury Nina started out in sound engineering as …

Crackdown on young celebs in gambling ads

CAP says care must be taken that gambling ads do not appear in the children’s section of websites – such as the young supporters’ pages of a football club. The Advertising Standards Authority will enforce the rules, although it does not have the power to issue fines. The new standards follow a review conducted by CAP of the evidence of the impact of advertising on children, which was last carried out five years ago. The review included the results of previous complaints to the ASA on adverts deemed to be appealing to children. This included: Bookmaker Coral’s “Lucky Wizard” game, which featured an animated wizard William Hill promotion which appeared within a Mario Kart app Gambling website featuring animated fairy …

Bafta win for farmer who gave herd away

Image copyright Jay Wilde Image caption Jay Wilde gave his herd to a sanctuary to spare them “a terrifying death” at the slaughterhouse The 15-minute film, which won the grand prize at the 2018 Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival, covers Mr Wilde’s struggles with his conscience and the beef farming industry. Report End of Twitter post by @BradleyNookFarm The farmer, who had joked he did not feel “like Bafta material”, said it felt unreal, but he had been “fairly confident” the film would be victorious despite the other entries being “so good”. “It’s very surreal because I’ve led an isolated life on this farm,” he said. “Alex [Lockwood] filmed this isolation and the desperation I was feeling and to some …

Film Academy clarifies controversial plans to remove certain categories from Oscars broadcast

The officers then went on to break down how these presentations will work: – All 24 Award categories are presented on stage in the Dolby Theatre, and included in the broadcast. – Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short – were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out. – The four winning speeches will be included in the broadcast. – In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020. – This change …

The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar

Image copyright John Warhurst Image caption Joanna Lumley “photo-bombed” Nina, second from right, during the Baftas The 47-year-old had every reason to be hopeful. Bohemian Rhapsody – about Queen’s Freddie Mercury – has been a box office hit and on the receiving end of critical plaudits. Image copyright 20th Century Fox Image caption Nina was a sound supervisor for Bohemian Rhapsody, which starred Rami Malekat as Freddie Mercury Nina started out in sound engineering as a “tea girl” at Pinewood Studios in south Buckinghamshire more than 25 years ago. She later moved to the cutting room, learning about post-production before spending time mastering her digital skills. This led to her taking on increasingly senior sound-editing roles on films including Interview …

Meet The Favourite’s Bafta-winning working mums

Image Copyright BAFTA BAFTA Report Report Felton, who thanked her three children in her speech, tells BBC News that different expectations are placed on men and women in the workplace. Image copyright Fox Searchlight Image caption Queen Anne’s rabbits were a key feature in her bedroom “But historically, you were the top man out there doing your job, and you’d just come home for your dinner.” Crombie, who has two children, says she never wants people working on her sets to “apologise about their personal life”. “If there’s a crisis with a child, the worst thing is when I feel like someone can’t tell me that”, she says. “Something I think is really important to say is that families are …