Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover temporarily barred from leaving UK

Marked-up novel used in landmark 1960 obscenity trial sold to overseas buyer last year A copy of Lady Chatterleys Lover used by a judge at the books landmark 1960 obscenity trial, with all the rude bits carefully and dutifully marked up by his wife, has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK. The arts minister, Michael Ellis, has placed an export bar on a copy of the DH Lawrence novel taken in to court by Sir Laurence Byrne. The government now hopes a UK-based buyer will be able to match the 56,250 asking price. The decision was made on the advice of a committee of experts chaired by Sir Hayden Phillips, who said the copy was a witness to one …

Blow up: how half a tonne of cocaine transformed the life of an island

The long read: In 2001, a smugglers yacht washed up in the Azores and disgorged its contents. The island of So Miguel was quickly flooded with high-grade cocaine and nearly 20 years on, it is still feeling the effects Around midday on 6 June 2001, locals from Pilar da Bretanha, a parish on the northwestern tip of the Atlantic island So Miguel, saw a white yacht, about 40 feet long, drifting aimlessly near the areas sheer cliffs. None of the villagers had ever seen a boat of this size floating so close to that part of the coast, where the sea was shallow, the tides strong and the rocks razor-sharp. They supposed it was an amateur sailor who had got …

Doris Day, celebrated actor and singer, dies aged 97

The star of a string of successful film musicals was also known for her work as an animal welfare activist Doris Day, the actor, singer and animal welfare activist, has died at the age of 97. tweeting that Day will has taken a piece of the sun with her and Tony Bennett tweeted Elaine Paige. Rest in Peace the great & inimitable Doris Day. The last star of the Hollywood Golden Age. Well bid you farewell by the Light of The Silvery Moon, but you will always be Young at Heart to us forever. On Instagram, Sarah Jessica Parker shared a tribute, tweeted that she was the Worlds Sweetheart and beloved by all. So sad to hear of Doris Day …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!

From Mad Men to The Crown, the actor is used to big exits. As new disaster drama Chernobyl launches, he talks about cover-ups, climate change shame and his hellraising dad Richard Jared Harris says that if only he had played Lane Pryce as he was meant to, he would have probably lasted the duration of The Crown was inevitably done for by a coronary thrombosis. In his latest TV drama, The Terror, about the Royal Navys treacherous 19th-century trip into the unknown, are three of the great contemporary TV dramas. And Chernobyl looks like its going to be another. A tense, beautifully written five-parter about Greta Thunberg has addressed EU politicians in Brussels. Its awful that its being left to …

Anjelica Huston defends Woody Allen and Roman Polanski

Actor says she would work with Allen again in a second and that Polanski had paid his price for his behaviour Actor Woody Allen, and expressed sympathy for other controversial entertainment industry figures including Jeffrey Tambor. Crimes and Misdemeanors. Huston said she would work with him in again in a second, noting that two states investigated him, and neither of them prosecuted him. #MeToo campaign. Huston joins another in which she was a key figure having been present in her then boyfriend Jack Nicholsons house where the abuse occurred. (Huston was arrested the following day for cocaine possession.) Huston said Polanskis behaviour was part of a whole playboy movement at the time, and that approaching underage girls was de rigueur …

Tunisia invokes sharia law in bid to shut down LGBT rights group

Judicial harassment and rise in arrests under anti-sodomy law add to climate of tension and fear One of the Arab worlds most visible advocacy groups defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is facing closure following legal threats by the government. infamous article 534 criminalises unnatural sexual acts but some level of activism is tolerated. The Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou Leila has a Muslim and openly gay frontman, and Helem, community centre operates openly, although it is not officially registered.

Avengers: Endgame fever set to make it first $1bn film in under a week

The climax to the Marvel superhero series has broken pre-sale box office records and is on track to shatter many more If any movie is critic-proof, it is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 previous titles in the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008s Iron Man. Pre-sale records have already been destroyed by the cinematic colossus, with the film, which is released on Thursday, a fitting, satisfying and surprising final fling. Avengers: Endgame holds a 6% approval rating on Mashable: At both the screenings I attended, the audience reactions were so loud at certain points that entire lines of dialogue were swallowed up. Which is probably just fine with Marvel: all the more reason for fans to …

Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctioned Western companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica Tiananmen Square crackdown appears to have been an extraordinary and potentially very expensive mistake. China is currently Leicas biggest growth market, told the dating back years and taking in several award-winning short films in a similar vein to the most recent one. One of the ads directors told the tank man photo that came to define the Chinese protesters peaceful showdown with heavily armed authorities. This film is dedicated to those who lend …

Robert De Niro calls Donald Trump a ‘wannabe gangster’

Oscar-winning actor says US president has proven himself to be a total loser with no morals Robert De Niro has criticised Donald Trump again, calling the US president a total loser and wannabe gangster. The actor has been involved in a long-running dispute with Trump, saying fuck Trump at the Tony awards last year. Trump responded by saying De Niro was a very low IQ individual. During an appearance on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Friday, De Niro told the host he had tried giving Trump a chance. Thats what I said right after he was elected. Give him a chance. I give everybody the benefit of the doubt. This guy has proven himself to be a total …

Why is Donald Trump obsessed with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?

Is this supervillain the kind of role model we expect the US president to adopt? There are many superheroes an The Dark Knight Returns features a version of Superman who is in thrall to Ronald Reagan. In the film version of the Avengers in Marvel comics that was put together by George W Bush. With so many virtuous options available to him, it seems bizarre that Donald Trump has chosen the Batman supervillain Bane to cosy up to. Observers first noticed Trumps fascination with Christopher Nolans stole one of the villains lines for his 2017 inaugural speech. This week, which he reviewed positively on his YouTube channel on its release in 2012. But the more interesting question is why on …

How North Korea got away with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam

No one from the regime will stand trial over the death of Kim Jong-uns half-brother, leading to fears it will act again The morning of 13 February 2017 was like any other at Kuala Lumpurs hectic international airport terminal so it would have been easy to miss a lone North Korean man, clad in a blue polo shirt and jeans, heading to check into his flight to Macau. As he ambled past a column, a backpack slung over one shoulder, a woman approached him and wiped an oily substance on his face before disappearing, her unusual actions caught on CCTV. Moments later, another woman came from behind and covered his eyes with her hands. She then slid them down over …

Ukraine election: will voter anger propel TV comic to presidency?

Actor Vladimir Zelenskiy is tapping into the protest vote as favourite in Sundays vote Ukraine goes to the polls on Sunday with a comic who plays the president on his own TV show the favourite to become the next president in a protest vote against the countrys leaders. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor with no prior political experience, is Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not, says Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than the supper, which, as you can recall, turned out extremely well and was not at all a prelude to treachery and betrayal and zero people got nailed to a cross. Before the first bottle of wine had even been poured, however, there was great competition to see which particular snowflake of the mostly arch-Brexiter group could arrive in the most embarrassing manner. Duncan Smith rolled up dressed as a two-thirds-life crisis. Driving a classic Morgan sports …

Delhi Crime: Netflix drama takes on gang rape that shocked India

Series focuses on aftermath of crime that pushed government into changing sexual assault laws Two Delhi police officers drive along a dark highway to the home of an accused rapist, reflecting on the increasingly sadistic violence they are seeing in the Indian capital. Its simple, one tells the other. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the more the crimes. Delhi Crime, a Netflix miniseries debuting globally on Friday, reconstructs the police investigation into the notorious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh. The students killing triggered protests across India, reform of the countrys sexual assault laws and an ongoing reckoning about womens safety in the country. The appropriately moody drama dwells on the role that Indias …

From Serial to Bryan Singer: why Amy Berg is the documentarian to fear

She has tackled injustice and abuse in the film industry and the Catholic church. The Oscar-nominated director reveals why she is telling the shocking story hit podcast Serial failed to cover The Maryland court of appeals this month decision to grant Adnan Syed a new trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. The story of Syeds conviction in 2000 was brought to the worlds attention by the podcast was a phenomenon and an unprecedented hit. In 2017, the producers revealed that its episodes had been downloaded over 175m times. Its release coincided with the beginning of the appeals process for Syed, and the decision to deny him a new trial appears to have blindsided everyone involved. …