‘Game time’ for UK Eurovision hopeful

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it’s about time we had a decent song As the final nears, UK Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice talks betting odds, boxing gloves… and why he’s “sick” of Brexit. The last few months have been “a whirlwind of emotions” for Michael Rice, the 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool who was chosen in February to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. His promotional duties have taken him from Spain and the Netherlands to Croatia and Russia, with a brief visit to Israel to film the “postcard” video that will precede his performance on Saturday. His hectic schedule has whisked him from The Graham Norton Show …

‘Avengers: Endgame’ wins third weekend in a row as ‘Detective Pikachu’ takes No. 2

New York (CNN Business)“Avengers: Endgame” won the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row. The Disney and Marvel film brought in an estimated $63.1 million in North America this weekend. The superhero film, which shattered box office records with a $1.2 billion global opening last month, is the second-highest grossing film of all time. Only 2009’s “Avatar” has made more at the global box office. “Endgame” has made $2.4 billion globally. It was the fastest film in history to make $2 billion. That includes $724 million domestically, which makes “Endgame” the third highest-grossing film in North American history. Hollywood looks to end out May with a strong slate of films. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” “Aladdin,” …

Joan Bakewell’s career of ‘failure and recovery’

“And they said, ‘Oh, Joan, that’s such a good idea. The trouble is, Richard Curtis has just arrived with The Vicar of Dibley.” The Dawn French series, which revolved around a female vicar arriving in a small English village, was hugely popular when it launched in 1994 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s greatest sitcoms. “So every time I see Richard Curtis now, I always say, ‘You destroyed my career,’” Dame Joan laughs. Nonetheless, her career in broadcasting has been illustrious enough to be recognised by the British Academy, placing the 86-year-old in fine company. Kate Adie, Jon Snow and Joanna Lumley are among the broadcasters who have received the Fellowship in recent years. Dame Joan: Life …

Stacey Abrams Urges Hollywood Not To Boycott Georgia Over Abortion Ban

Stacey Abrams on Thursday urged “heartbeat” abortion law, calling on them instead to fight the bill by supporting local organizations. Members of the entertainment industry have In 2018, 455 movie and television productions filmed in Georgia, Some actors and producers have pledged not to work in the state in protest of the bill  But several producers are now choosing to keep their productions in Georgia, while pledging to contribute to groups that are fighting the abortion law, like the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Abrams advised those considering a boycott to instead “invest in the work on the ground” by contributing to the ACLU, reproductive health organizations or her own voting rights organization, Fair Fight Georgia — in order …

The Harvard law professor representing Harvey Weinstein is being removed as a faculty dean

(CNN)A Harvard University law professor who faced criticism on campus for representing Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault trial is being relieved of his position as faculty dean of an undergraduate house. “Over the last few weeks, students and staff have continued to communicate concerns about the climate in Winthrop House to the college. The concerns expressed have been serious and numerous,” Khurana wrote. “This decision in no way lessens my gratitude to them for their contributions to the college.” Sullivan made waves on campus in January when he decided to represent Weinstein, the former movie mogul whose downfall helped launch the #MeToo movement. Sullivan and Robinson reacted to the decision in a statement to CNN: “We are surprised and …

Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they hope to reopen as a luxury hotel. The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017. The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, the Sunday Times says. It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts. Brothers David and Simon Reuben – who made their fortune in property, carpets and scrap metal – are in second place on the …

Mike Pence Tells Evangelical Grads They Will Face Discrimination For Being Christian

During a commencement speech at Virginia’s Liberty University on Saturday, the vice president encouraged the Class of 2019 to “be ready” to face opposition because they live in a time when “it’s become acceptable and even fashionable to ridicule and even discriminate against people of faith.”  “You’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture,” he added. United Kingdom governments that suggest Christians are the world’s most persecuted group. He also mentioned recent attacks against houses of worship ― including the deadly attacks on Christian churches in Sri Lanka and on three …

It Looks Like Hollywood Is Fine With Mel Gibson’s Comeback

Mel Gibson’s comeback, despite his domestic violence against his then-girlfriend, and history of sexist comments. no stranger to controversy himself ― in a new movie, “Rothchild,” which will begin filming this September in New York. Deadline first reported the project Monday. It’s a satire about wealthy New Yorkers that executives will be selling to international distributors at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins in France this week. Gibson has two other movies being sold at the glitzy and esteemed festival: “Fatman,” a comedy in which he will play Santa Claus, and “Force of Nature,” an action heist movie.  received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for his 2016 movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” which was also nominated for Best Picture ― marking a …

Majority of sunscreens tested would flunk proposed FDA safety tests, report to say

(CNN)Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would not pass safety tests proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce next week. “Even though we’ve come up with similar results in our guide before, comparing it to the FDA’s actual proposed standards is really strong,” Leiba said. “So the fact that 60% of the market seemingly wouldn’t be considered safe and effective by the FDA is a huge deal.” The big deal of skin cancer Skin cancer strikes more Americans each year than all other cancers combined. Melanoma, the most deadly form, accounts for only 1% of all skin cancers, but most of the deaths, according to the American Cancer …

3 production companies say they won’t film in Georgia after abortion law signed

(CNN)Hollywood has been outspoken against a controversial Georgia abortion law, and now the heads of three production companies are saying they will not film in the state. Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Marvel’s biggest hits, “Black Panther.” Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor’s office announced last year. Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they’d stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia” as their new show “Lovecraft Country” begins …

Female Film Workers In Georgia Ask Hollywood Not To Boycott Over Anti-Abortion Law

Some women who work in film in petitionRepublican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill petition controversial “heartbeat bill,” The legislation, which faces , would make states in the country for women seeking an abortion. In response, several Hollywood filmmakers have said they wouldn’t workEd Helmsand . “But people aren’t seeing the larger picture — the positive influence the film industry has had on Georgia economically and politically,” she added. “We came really close to flipping the state purple in the last election. Pulling out of Georgia only abandons women of the state.” Georgia’s generous film and television tax incentives have attracted many big Hollywood productions, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise.   Days after …

8 things we learned at the Bafta TV Awards

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHighlights from the 2019 Bafta TV Awards Winning Eve might be a more appropriate title for the BBC’s hit drama after the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday. There were wins in some of the night’s biggest categories for Killing Eve, including best drama series and best actress for Jodie Comer. I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent were among the other winners in what has been a strong year for British television. “Just sitting [in the audience] watching these incredible programmes makes me realise that we really should… get a telly,” joked Jessica Hynes during her own acceptance speech for female comedy performance. Here are eight things we learned backstage at the …

Georgia senator says he’s not worried about his state losing film business over abortion ban

(CNN)After film productions have threatened to boycott Georgia over a controversial new abortion law, US Sen. David Perdue says he doesn’t think the bill will pose a risk to his state’s economy. Perdue is unmoved by the threat. “It’s ironic that several of these companies that are threatening to boycott have yet to do business in Georgia,” he said. “It just shows that rhetoric is more important than reality.” CNN reached out to Perdue’s office but his spokeswoman said there would be no comment on the record beyond the senator’s remarks in the interview. The Writers Guild of America has expressed concern about the law and the Motion Picture Association of America says it monitoring the situation to see if …

Asian Americans Speak Out Against Movie On Hiroshima That Stars Evan Rachel Wood

And people aren’t too happy, pointing out that white stars are not necessary to validate the stories of people of color.  Although the upcoming movie is not guilty of whitewashing ― as some have claimed ― sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen told HuffPost that what has been reported about the film exemplifies how “Hollywood cannot deal with U.S./Asia wars without co-opting Asian voices.” There are many other stories about Hiroshima that deserve to be told, Yuen said, particularly from the perspective of the victims and their families.  Instead, Yuen said she’d like to see the victims of the bomb at the center of the story. She added that is one tale that Hollywood has yet to tackle. Patty Hearst story through …

The strange death of Innes Ewart

Image caption Pat Ewart has spent 18 years seeking answers to her son’s death That point in time is forever frozen in Pat’s memory. Despite the passing of the years she rewinds every word and gesture of that early morning in flawless detail. “No,” she said. “You’re wrong.” Image caption Young Innes had grown up to be a computer programmer Pat wrote: “Innes. Pick up your phone. There’s been a mistake. A body’s been found and the police say it’s you. Where are you?” There was never to be a reply. Image caption A photo of the car park several years later when railing had been added on the top floor But the facts appeared to speak for themselves. Police …

Time To Watch HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Trailer — Tick-Tock!

HBO found a “Game”-changer? Watchmen.” A trailer (watch below) for creator The preview hints at a tense dystopia where time is of the essence. Men dressed in Rorschach masks lock and load, and the police are told that they were “just hibernating.” Director Zack Snyder’s 2009 “Watchmen” film version closely followed the 1986 DC Comics work and Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific