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3 mind blowing movie theories

<p>Nothing beats the thrill of watching a brilliant movie for the first time. But you can come close to recapturing that magic if you’re willing to watch that familiar film from a different perspective.</p> <p>Many movies leave unanswered questions – and the occasional gaping plot hole – and it’s up to the audience to fill in the blanks. Often, the movie theories that fans come up with to explain a weak plot point or curious bit of character development are more imaginative than the filmmakers themselves claim to have intended. Nevertheless, these theories are based on hints – however subtle – that keen audiences have picked up on, viewing after viewing.</p> <p>Check out these mind-blowing movie theories, and get ready to re-watch your favourite flicks with fresh eyes.</p> <p><strong>1. “James Bond” is actually a code name</strong></p> <p>Fans of the James Bond film franchise may have noticed that even as the decades pass and the technology changes, Bond himself is forever young and ready for action. Some have attributed this to the production teams updating the character to keep him relevant, while others have a more cunning explanation. Have you ever considered that ‘James Bond’ is merely a code name for various 007 agents? This would certainly explain why the man never seems to age, and why he isn’t shy about introducing himself with the iconic “Bond … James Bond” in the presence of potential foes.  </p> <p><strong>2. Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord</strong></p> <p>Jar Jar Binks is probably the most hated character of the Star Wars prequels, and this theory gives us a reason to hate him even more.</p> <p>Some have suggested the gullible, dim-witted and clumsy character is in fact an evil Sith Lord, pulling the strings in the background to help Senator Palpatine become emperor.</p> <p>Where’s the proof, you ask? Well, his prowess on the battlefield and ability to escape Episode 1: The Phantom Menace unscathed is one piece of evidence. More insidiously, however, is the fact that in many scenes, Jar Jar appears to be mouthing the words other characters are saying and using subtle hand gestures – suggesting he may be using the Force to manipulate those around him. What’s more, Jar Jar is also the one who urges the senate to give Palpatine supreme power later on in the series.</p> <p>Still not convinced? You might recall Yoda is portrayed as an old, naïve and somewhat silly character when he’s first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, but we quickly learn that despite appearances, he’s a wise and powerful Jedi knight …</p> <p><strong>3. The Hunger Games takes place in a parallel universe</strong></p> <p>Reddit user TheMartianManhunter developed a theory that argues that the popular book and film series takes place in an alternative universe where Britain won the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. According to this version of history, Britain defeated the Americans and struck fear into the hearts of the 13 colonies by destroying one – District 13. To continue demoralising the remaining colonies, the British developed the Hunger Games. They also established the Capitol and installed a ruthless governor (President Snow) to oversee the colonies.</p> <p><em>Written by James Jackson. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/3-mind-blowing-movie-theories"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/3-mind-blowing-movie-theories"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward become grandparents for the first time!

<p>Bryan Brown, 71, and Rachel Ward, 61, are now proud grandparents to a beautiful baby boy named Zan Neathway Gooding.</p> <p>Their daughter Matilda Brown welcomed her first child with fiancé and former <em>My Kitchen Rules </em>star Scott Gooding on Wednesday.</p> <p>The new mum took to Instagram to share some sweet snaps of the little bub in his grandparents’ arms, as they lovingly looked down on the bundle of joy.</p> <p>In one photo, Bryan looked positively smitten as he gazed lovingly at the newborn sleeping in his arms.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxgcTA6ldJ2/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxgcTA6ldJ2/" target="_blank">Zan had the pleasure of listening to Bryan’s best jokes for the first time today - it was a brief visit</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/scottgoodingproject/" target="_blank"> SCOTT GOODING</a> (@scottgoodingproject) on May 15, 2019 at 7:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Matilda shared another photo, this time of her mother Rachel, holding her grandson while sitting in the hospital room.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxoAgdRgKm-/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxoAgdRgKm-/" target="_blank">Crushing on my boys ❤️</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/matilda.m.brown/" target="_blank"> Matilda Brown</a> (@matilda.m.brown) on May 18, 2019 at 6:08pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 32-year-old revealed that her parents were by her side during the entire birthing process, writing: “On the night I went into labour, dad was supposed to drop mum at the hospital (mum was my doola) and then wait in the waiting room.</p> <p>“But he ended up coming into the room and stayed for the entire birth.”</p> <p>She continued saying: “When I was pushing Zan out at the end, dad was stroking my head and mum was cheering me on, crying, saying, ‘Come on, Till! He’s so close!’</p> <p>“[It was] pretty special that both my parents got to be with me through such a monumental time in my life.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwyvHESlei9/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwyvHESlei9/" target="_blank">Last few days just me and tiddles before Zan muscles in. 👶🏼 💪🏼 @matilda.m.brown</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/scottgoodingproject/" target="_blank"> SCOTT GOODING</a> (@scottgoodingproject) on Apr 28, 2019 at 1:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The <em>Offspring </em>star is experiencing motherhood for the first time, with Scott right by her side.</p> <p>“Scott was amazing, never left my side, and is totally besotted,” she said on social media.</p> <p>The actress went on to explain that “labouring and birthing is the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced in my life”, however, “worth every second to finally meet my son.”</p>

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Gaming through the ages: Why older Australians are embracing video games

<p>Over the past decade, <a href="https://theconversation.com/i-want-to-play-videogames-when-i-grow-up-and-so-should-you-5670">stereotypes</a> that video games were a popular medium intended only for youths have been eroded. It is clear that video games are also a popular medium for adults.</p> <p>The rapid growth of ever-older audiences playing games on mobile phones and on consoles has been brought about by <a href="https://theconversation.com/everyones-invited-so-why-arent-more-of-us-gaming-6026">easier and more intuitive</a> user interfaces, repeated stories about the <a href="http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/september2013/09162013training.htm">health benefits of play</a> for older players as well as demography.</p> <p>The average age of Australians who play video games is now 33 years. They play for an hour-and-a-half, and between three and four times a day. Video games are played by 49% of those over 50 years of age and 39% of those over 65: primarily, they say, to keep their mind active.</p> <p>These are the latest results from a series of studies I have conducted since 2005 for the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association. The report entitled <a href="http://www.igea.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Digital-Australia-2016-DA16-Final.pdf">Digital Australia 2016</a>is the sixth iteration of empirical studies about demographics, self-report behaviours and attitudes around digital games.</p> <p>The current research is based on 1,274 households and 3,398 individuals of all ages living in those households. Adult participants responded to 80 questions about themselves and on behalf of all members of their households. Participants were drawn from an online national sample using the Nielsen <a href="https://www.yourvoice.com.au/">Your Voice</a> panel in May.</p> <p><strong>Mapping age and game play</strong></p> <p>In the current study, <a href="http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/1200.0.55.006main+features62014,%20Version%201.7">age bands</a> used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics were mapped onto player status. The operational definition of a player was any person in the household, self or participant-reported, for whom the answer was simply “yes” to “Do you…” and “Does [household member]… play computer or video games on any device including a PC, console, handheld, social network, mobile phone or tablet computer?”</p> <p>The result reveals that 68% of the Australian population plays, although the proportion varies by age group. Predictably, 91% of children aged five to 14 play. However, the proportion of older adults aged 65 and over who play is as great as young children between ages of one and four.</p> <p>Women and girls play for 75 minutes a day on average, while men and boys play for 100 minutes on average. Casual play is nearly identical for females and males at 25 minutes a day. However, males spend considerably more time on in-depth play than females: 75 minutes a day compared with 50 minutes on average. Playing is heaviest in the late teens and early twenties.</p> <p>Adapting a model of motivations for media use called <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2002-00742-020">uses and gratifications</a>, survey participants responded to questions about why they play. Naturally, having fun and filling in time to alleviate boredom top the uses and gratifications list of most players.</p> <p>However, drilling down by age group produces a compelling if simple finding: for those aged 50 years and over, fun is replaced by <a href="https://theconversation.com/game-on-can-video-games-make-your-brain-level-up-25530">keeping the mind active</a> as the main reason for playing.</p> <p>Participants were also asked to nominate whether “positive ageing” benefits might be realised by older Australians playing video games: 76% said they felt video games could increase mental stimulation, 61% said they may help fight dementia, 55% said they could help maintain social connections.</p> <p>When asked about general health benefits of game play, participants nominated improved thinking skills first, followed by coordination and dexterity. <a href="https://theconversation.com/brain-training-apps-just-make-you-better-at-playing-games-22301">Despite limited evidence</a> for games improving thinking skills in short-term studies, longitudinal evidence will likely emerge in coming years as big data from many “brain games” comes to light.</p> <p>Results of this survey research are limited. Nevertheless, I believe they suggest games are transforming as a medium. While games will continue to be played for entertainment by players of all ages, they will increasingly serve other purposes.</p> <p>Interest continues to grow for the potential of games to <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-reevaluate-value-of-video-games-20141130-11jw0i.html">reinvigorate education</a>, <a href="https://workplaceohs.com.au/workplace-training/whs-ohs-training-plan/analysis/game-on-future-of-safety-training-is-digital#.VbD_2ngapcU">enhance workplace training</a>, and <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/arts/blog/Daniel-Golding/videogames-politics-Escape-From-Woomera-130901/">stimulate social and political conversation</a>.</p> <p><strong>Living longer, playing smarter</strong></p> <p>I see games changing most in response to an ageing population. <a href="https://theconversation.com/ageing-isnt-fixed-we-can-manipulate-it-to-live-longer-31808">We live longer</a> on average today than at any other time in human history. According to the <a href="http://goo.gl/TlnKgx">ABS</a>, the median age of Australians today is 37 years, and a third of Australians are aged 50 years or more – extraordinary as it sounds, 33% of Australians are over the age of 50.</p> <p>Within 20 years, the median age will be 39 years on mid-band predictions from the ABS. By 2035, 20% of the population will be 65 years or older and nearly 40% will aged 50 years or older.</p> <p>As Treasury’s 2015 <a href="http://www.treasury.gov.au/PublicationsAndMedia/Publications/2015/2015-Intergenerational-Report">Intergenerational Report</a> argues, working life will be extended in coming years because human life has been extended dramatically in the past century.</p> <p>However, the <a href="https://theconversation.com/inclusion-vital-for-a-healthy-ageing-population-5969">skills needed and the inclusion required</a> for older workers will centre on knowledge worker literacies, including those of interactive digital media. I believe <a href="https://theconversation.com/older-people-may-be-better-learners-than-we-think-34534">older adults are up to the challenge</a>.</p> <p>Longevity is a result of innovation and technology: for people and for media. The <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/games-industry-hopes-to-push-right-buttons-with-politicians/story-e6frgakx-1227440485049">review of funding and the Australian games development industry</a> championed by Senator Scott Ludlam is propitious in this regard.</p> <p>Why shouldn’t Australia lead the charge on designing more games for more audiences and to innovate particularly around serious games for our seriously ageing population?</p> <p><em>Written by Jeffrey E. Brand. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/gaming-through-the-ages-older-australians-are-embracing-video-games-44899"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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Why Doris Day's grandson was "cut off" from seeing her

<p>Doris Day’s grandson has revealed that he was prevented from seeing his grandmother in the final years of her life by her manager.</p> <p>Ryan Melcher, the only child of Day’s late son Terry Melcher, wrote in a statement that he found out about the iconic actress’s passing through social media.</p> <p>Doris died on Monday at the age of 97 from pneumonia.</p> <p>Melcher, who works as a real estate agent, shared that he had “not been allowed to see my grandmother for quite some time” due to his parents’ divorce.</p> <p>After his father’s death in 2004 from melanoma, Ryan was invited to a dinner with Doris. However, according to him, Doris' new manager intervened before the meeting took place.</p> <p>“I was asked by this man: 'Why do you want to see Doris?' I was shocked not only at the question, but also that it was coming from someone who was a stranger and outsider,” Ryan wrote.</p> <p>“I just responded, 'Um... She is my grandmother!'</p> <p>“He replied, 'I’m afraid you aren’t going to be able to see your grandmother,' citing the divorce between my parents as his excuse.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxdpfN1AEYn/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxdpfN1AEYn/" target="_blank">A post shared by Ryan Melcher (@ryan_melcher_properties)</a> on May 14, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Ryan continued, “Looking back, I should have said more; should have drove to her home and not let a stranger come between us, but unfortunately the tall fences and 24-hour guard under her new business manager’s direction prevented me taking a stand and reconnecting with my family. She had been so happy to talk to me and we were both excited for our upcoming dinner together just a week before, and this man was clearly manipulating the situation.”</p> <p>He said he would continue to look back on his memories with her fondly, as he spent a lot of time with her in his childhood. </p> <p>“I would go to her home every day after school and those are memories I will always cherish,” he wrote. “She instilled a drive and confidence that I will carry with me the rest of my life.”</p> <p>In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said that the actress died at her home in California “surrounded by a few close friends”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">With heavy hearts, we share the news that Doris Day passed away peacefully this morning at her home in Carmel, Calif. She was 97. More info: <a href="https://t.co/P1UuOhL69m">https://t.co/P1UuOhL69m</a> <a href="https://t.co/JDQf4XaG8I">pic.twitter.com/JDQf4XaG8I</a></p> — DDAF (@DDAF_org) <a href="https://twitter.com/DDAF_org/status/1127941728340664320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2019</a></blockquote>

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Please rewind: A final farewell to the VCR

<p>I grew up with video cassette recorders (VCRs). I still remember rushing off to the the video store to hire the latest movie, hoping that there was at least one copy still on the shelf that didn’t have the “Sorry I’m Out” tag placed in the cover.</p> <p>In 2001, despite the emergence of DVDs, the portfolio for my undergraduate degree application was sent on VHS. That’s all they accepted.</p> <p>I still have a cupboard full of VHS tapes: films I purchased as well as my own video work. But now, viewing these tapes will become far more difficult.</p> <p>The last manufacturer of video cassette recorders (VCRs), the Funai Corporation of Japan, has stated that it will <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36857370">stop manufacturing</a> at the end of July. Yes July 2016. You could be forgiven for thinking that the manufacturing of VCRs had already ceased.</p> <p>Funai cites the decline in VCR sales and the difficulty in finding the required parts to manufacture them. That said, 750,000 units were sold worldwide in 2015, although that pales compared to Funai’s sales of <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/07/vcr-vhs-production-ends/">15 million per year</a> when the VCR’s popularity peaked.</p> <p>The end of VCRs comes only a year after news that Sony would stop the <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-end-of-sonys-betamax-video-tape-but-the-format-wars-continue-in-a-digital-world-50589">manufacturing of Betamax</a>, a tape format that had a long battle with VHS.</p> <p>While recording television on magnetic tape might seem primitive by today’s digital standards, we should acknowledge that the humble video cassette recorder had a tremendous impact on both the media industry and how we consume media.</p> <p>Moreover, there are some striking parallels between the impact of VCRs a few decades ago and the impact of digital technologies, like on-demand video and TV catch-up services, today.</p> <p><strong>Rewind</strong></p> <p>The first tape recorder is <a href="http://www.ampex.com/news/history.html?start=30">reported</a> to have been developed by Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Company in 1956: the Ampex VRX-1000. Later this same year CBS in the US broadcast the first delayed program using the Ampex Mark IV.</p> <p>Prior to tape recording technology, most television programs were broadcast live with no recording or archiving. Film was used for some events and broadcasts, but it was expensive. This fundamentally changed the approach of television stations, enabling them to record shows, and also to archive and re-broadcast them as repeats.</p> <p>However, VCRs also shook up the entertainment industry in other ways. Actors and writers <a href="https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lc8vAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=1Y0DAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=5630%2C870934">went on strike</a> in 1985 over the percentage paid to them for work released on video.</p> <p>VCRs were also blamed for reducing movie theatre attendance and putting a damper on box-office takings over the 1985 summer season.</p> <p>Between the popularity of television and the rise of the VCR, movie theatres even experimented with <a href="https://entertainment-industry.knoji.com/3d-movies-of-the-1980s/">primitive 3D</a> to lure audiences into the cinema. <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/report-year-saved-3d-67808">Sound familiar</a>?</p> <p>Piracy also became an issue in the 1980s, with the VCR enabling individuals to record television shows and movies, or copy them for wider distribution or sale.</p> <p><strong>Australia embraces the VCR</strong></p> <p>In 1981, only <a href="http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/2f762f95845417aeca25706c00834efa/a1b5d7636e6719f7ca2570ec00753522!OpenDocument">3% of Australian households</a> (or 150,000 homes) had a VCR. That number rose quickly, and by 1993 80% of Australian households (4.5 million homes) had a VCR.</p> <p>One reason for the rapid uptake was the dramatic drop in price of VCR technology. In 1976, the average price of a VCR was A$4,684 (A$8,838 in today’s dollars). By 1993, the average price was less than 10% of the 1976 price, at A$446 (A$842 in today’s money).</p> <p>The number of movies available also skyrocketed, from a measly two films in 1978 to 33,000 titles in 1993.</p> <p>The uptake of VCRs began to slow by 1995. Over the next five years, VCR ownership rose only 6% to 87% of households. However, many households at this time had more than one VCR, peaking at 23% by 2000.</p> <p>The first major blow to VHS was the introduction of DVDs. In the period from 2001 to 2004, the percentage of households with one VCR declined to 86%. Over the same period, the percent of <a href="https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/fact-finders/video-and-online/audiences/in-the-archive/vcr-and-dvd-player-penetration">Australian metropolitan homes</a> with a DVD player rose from 12% to 62%.</p> <p>Interestingly, SBS claimed that its audience figures were higher than they appeared due to individuals taping programs and <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Australian_Television_Culture.html?id=iipCZXrKfpkC">passing them around</a> to others who couldn’t get the SBS broadcast signal.</p> <p>This raised concerns about how to accurately track ratings associated with this type of viewing. It’s an <a href="https://theconversation.com/television-is-changing-and-viewer-metrics-need-to-change-with-it-41758">argument being repeated</a> today when it comes to video-on-demand and TV catch-up services.</p> <p><strong>Ghosting</strong></p> <p>Today if you place a VCR in front of the younger generation, you will more than likely get a result like these:</p> <p>But it’s worth remembering that VCRs helped to fundamentally change the way we create and consume media. They gave us a hint of what it’s like to be unshackled from broadcast timetables, allowed us to fast-forward through advertisements, enabled some to pirate and distribute movies, and started to chip into the dominance of the movie theatre.</p> <p>In fact, many of the issues that are pertinent today to video-on-demand and TV catch-up are echoed by the issues presented by VCRs.</p> <p>Note: this article has been edited to clarify the distinction between tape recording technology and VCRs, which is one version of the technology.</p> <p><em>Written by Marc C-Scott. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://theconversation.com/please-rewind-a-final-farewell-to-the-vcr-63050"><em>The Conversation</em></a><em>.</em></p>

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All grown up! Julia Roberts’ husband shares rare family photo of their kids

<p>Julia Roberts is very private about her home life, but fans have received a glimpse into her world thanks to a sweet snap shared by her husband, Danny Moder.</p> <p>The Mother’s Day tribute was posted to Instagram on Monday, with Moder sharing a photo of himself, Roberts and the three children they share – twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 14, and Henry, 11.</p> <p>The caption reads, “That pretty mama in the middle. We love you so much.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxYOJmKApwR/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BxYOJmKApwR/" target="_blank">That pretty mama in the middle. We love you so much.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/modermoder/" target="_blank"> modermoder</a> (@modermoder) on May 12, 2019 at 2:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Roberts and Moder wed in 2002, but Roberts shared on the Goop podcast what it was like when she met Moder on the set of <em>The Mexican</em> back in 2000.</p> <p>“That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way … He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favourite human,” she gushed.</p> <p>“I’m more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we’re so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other’s company.”</p> <p>Roberts and Moder married in an intimate July 4th ceremony at her ranch in New Mexico in 2002, and shared in 2003 with<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/a27465049/julia-roberts-husband-kids-rare-family-photo/" target="_blank"> Oprah</a> that meeting Moder changed her life.</p> <p>"I think it's not so much that I'm happier now than ever; it's that I'm more content. I'm in the harbor of my life," she said.</p> <p>"A huge part of it is my marriage. My husband, Danny, has really shined the light for me. Because of being married, I've met people and experienced all these little things that have nurtured my life – not so much changed it, just nurtured it in a way that's astounding."</p> <p>The last photo that was shared of the Roberts’ and Moder clan was back in 2017 when they accidentally bumped into each other at a surf shop when Roberts and Moder were supposed to be on a romantic birthday weekend.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Baz5y3-AR26/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Baz5y3-AR26/" target="_blank">No Lovers birthday weekend is complete without a surprise bumping into your kids in a surf shop. 50 is better with 5. This is the road to the tavern...where there is promise and joy. Love you.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/modermoder/" target="_blank"> modermoder</a> (@modermoder) on Oct 28, 2017 at 4:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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The truth about Doris Day's four tumultuous marriages

<div> <div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>On screen, Doris Day was known as America's sweetheart, the wholesome girl-next-door who always found love. However, her real-life romances had been less than stellar.</p> <p>Over her 97-year long life, Day endured four difficult marriages. These are the men with whom Day shared her life.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 1: Al Jorden (March 1941-February 8, 1943)</strong></p> <p>Day first met the musician at the age of 16. The couple tied the knot in 1941 and had Day’s only son, Terry Paul. The marriage lasted only two years as Jorden proved to be physically abusive, beating her even throughout her pregnancy. </p> <p>“What had represented to me as love emerged as jealousy – a pathologic jealousy that was destined to make a nightmare out of the next few years of my life,” admitted Day. </p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/doris-day-autobiography-biggest-bombshells/" target="_blank"><em>People</em></a> reported that Jorden was finally kicked out of the actress’s house in 1943, and committed suicide in 1967.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 2: George Weidler (March 30, 1946-May 31, 1949)</strong></p> <p>Day’s second marriage was with another musician, namely saxophonist George Weidler. While Weidler was not violent, he reportedly did not get along with Day’s son, Terry Paul. According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/the-dark-days-of-doris-day-the-girl-next-door-had-a-dark-side-behind-her-squeaky-clean-public-image-6874760.html" target="_blank">Evening Standard</a>, he was also cheating on her, and was convinced that her continued success as a performer would continue to drive them apart.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 3: Marty Melcher (April 3, 1951-April 20, 1968)</strong></p> <p>Day’s longest marriage was with film producer Martin Melcher, whom she wed on her birthday in 1951. Melcher was also her manager after she claimed her original one, Al Levy, became “obsessed” with her.</p> <p>Day initially believed that Melcher was the one she was looking for. </p> <p>“I seemed to have found the solid, serene life I had been seeking,” she said, claiming she had been charmed by “this man who had slept with me, adopted my son, managed my career and business life".</p> <p>However, after Melcher’s death in 1968, Day found out that he and his business partner Jerome Rosenthal had squandered all her money, left her with serious debt and committed her to TV appearances that she did not feel well enough to do. </p> <p>After a long battle in the courts against Rosenthal, Day was awarded <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/world/doris-day-legendary-actress-singer-dead-at-97/0bc59d07-0821-472f-894f-0602367584f9" target="_blank">US$22.8 million</a> for the mishandling of her and Melcher’s assets.</p> <p><strong>Husband no. 4: Barry Comden (April 14, 1976-April 2, 1982)</strong></p> <p>The Hollywood legend’s last union was with a waiter at her favourite restaurant, who was 12 years her junior. They divorced years later, with Day saying they were “just incompatible”.</p> <p>In 1996, Comden told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2009-jun-02-me-barry-comden2-story.html" target="_blank"><em>London Sunday Mail</em></a> that his ex-wife preferred the company of her dogs. </p> <p>“She had 14 dogs, and the final straw was when I was kicked out of bed to make way for Tiger, a poodle,” he said.</p> <p>Both Comden and Day never remarried until their deaths in 2009 and 2019 respectively.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to Doris Day: “She was a true star”

<p><span>One of the most recognisable and beloved stars of the 20th century, Doris Day, has died at age 97.</span></p> <p>Day passed away on late Monday Australian Time at her home in California and was surrounded by close friends. This was confirmed by the Doris Day Animal Foundation in a statement.</p> <p>“Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,” the statement read.</p> <p>The foundation has also said that Day has requested “no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker”.</p> <p>The singer and actress starred in movie dramas, musicals and romantic comedies and it was this range of films that made her one of the biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s.</p> <p>Paul McCartney, a friend, called Day: “A true star in more ways than one”.</p> <p>“She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with,” he said in a statement.</p> <p>“I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh as well as the many great songs and movies she gave us. God bless Doris.”</p> <p>Her 1976 tell-all book <em>Doris Day: Her Own Story</em> chronicled her life story, which included money troubles and three failed marriages.</p> <p>“I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America’s Virgin, and all that, so I’m afraid it’s going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together,” she wrote.</p> <p>Day never won an Academy Award for her work in film but was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.</p>

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Notting Hill: The one line Julia Roberts “hated” saying

<p>20 years ago, the world became captivated by the love story between ordinary book store owner Will Thacker and Hollywood superstar Anna Scott in <em>Notting Hill</em>.</p> <p>No one knew the movie would garner the immense amount of success that it did when it was released in June 1999.</p> <p>Earning a massive $516 million at the box office globally, the movie starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts is one of the most iconic love stories of all time.</p> <p>It isn’t easy to find a British rom-com that compares to Richard Curtis’ charming script – he’s also the mastermind behind <em>Love Actually</em>, <em>Four Weddings and a Funeral</em> and many more – but believe it or not, there’s a line in the film that Roberts regrets saying.</p> <p>The dialogue is said when Anna and William are in bed and the actress opens up about the cons of fame, and how her love life has been affected by her super stardom.</p> <p>Anna: “Rita Hayworth used to say, ‘They go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me’.”</p> <p>William: “Who’s Gilda?”</p> <p>Anna: “Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn’t like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?”</p> <p>William: “You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been.”</p> <p>Despite the scene causing heart eyes all around the globe, Roberts wasn’t so keen.</p> <p>“I hate to say anything negative about what Richard wrote because he’s a genius, but I hated saying that line (about Hayworth),” she later told <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a>.</p> <p>“To me, it was nails on a chalkboard. I don’t really believe any of that.”</p> <p>However, the movie still holds a special place in the 51-year-old’s heart, even after she nearly turned down the part.</p> <p>“When I sat to read the script, I did not have any great expectations,” she admitted to <a href="https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/"><em>The Birmingham Post</em></a> shortly after the film’s release.</p> <p>“I had been given a brief synopsis and it sounded unappealing. But when I read it, from the very start with her going into the bookshop and she seems very mysterious and there is this guy having all these troubles and they leave and collide and she is at his house and she kisses him, I thought, ‘Jesus Christ, this is great’, I was completely sucked in.”</p>

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Steve Martin and Martin Short reveal the secret to their 35-year-long friendship

<p>They’re two of the funniest men in showbusiness and now, they’re making their way Down under to commence their highly-anticipated comedy tour.</p> <p>Sitting down with<em> 60 Minutes</em> reporter Liz Hayes, Steve Martin and Martin Short gave a sneak peak on what the audience can expect when attending their hilarious show.</p> <p>The comedy legends candidly spoke about their success and how they’ve kept their 35-year-long friendship as strong as ever.</p> <p>The show is not only a nod to their outrageous comedy movies, but it will also feature famous stand-up and sketch routines.</p> <p>After crossing paths on the set of <em>Three Amigos</em> in 1986, the pair become inseparable as they went on to make countless films together such as, <em>The Father of the Bride</em> and its sequel.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Would <a href="https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SteveMartinToGo</a> and Martin Short ever make another Father of the Bride sequel? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/60Mins?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#60Mins</a> <a href="https://t.co/4Gacc8W0zU">pic.twitter.com/4Gacc8W0zU</a></p> — 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) <a href="https://twitter.com/60Mins/status/1122468782478217216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 April 2019</a></blockquote> <p>For them, the secret to their friendship is simple: Laughter.</p> <p>“If you’re people like us, if the other person makes you laugh, I think that’s important,” said Martin Short.</p> <p>The duo considers their working relationship to resemble a marriage and choose to apply the philosophy to their friendship.</p> <p>“I think decency is very important. That's very important in a marriage,” Short says.</p> <p>“But I wouldn't want, for example, my wife to be like we do, banter back and forth all day. I think it would get kind of tiring.</p> <p>“But for some reason, with Marty it gets tiring, but I don't fall asleep.”</p> <p>And despite being in the game for so long, the two aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.</p> <p>With a world tour in the works and a new Netflix deal, the funny friends are only going one way – and that’s up.</p> <p>“That’s why we’re doing it because we love doing it. Because we have other options,” Martin tells Hayes.</p> <p>“I'm actually quite happy with where I am now. 73. A happy life. Still working, it's still fun.”</p>

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Celine Dion's grand entrance in shimmering showstopping number at Met Gala

<p>She took to the stage for eight years in Las Vegas, and now, Celine Dion has proven that she is still the ultimate performer.</p> <p>The 51-year-old stepped out for the Met Gala in a shimmering number, which according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.eonline.com/au" target="_blank"><em>E!</em></a>, weighed a heavy 10 kilograms.</p> <p>The <em>My Heart Will Go On</em> singer opted for the Oscar de la Renta gown which was covered top-to-bottom in sequins, champagne-coloured tassels and all-round extravagance.</p> <p>She then finished off her look with a pair of T-strap shoes, chandelier earrings and dazzling rings.</p> <p>The Grammy-winner went for a dramatic makeup look with smokey eyeliner and bright gold eyeshadow.</p> <p>She kept the rest of her face quite neutral, opting for a nude lip.</p> <p>The Met Gala is an annual fashion event where those invited are asked to stick to a particular theme. This year, attendees were told the look of the evening was Camp: Notes on Fashion.</p> <p>Camp is defined as over-the-top extravagance, which seems obvious after scrolling through the looks on the Met carpet.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.eonline.com/au" target="_blank"><em>E!</em></a>, Celine said that she was grateful for the team that brought her look together.</p> <p>“My look tonight is Oscar de la Renta....Everybody who was part of it put their hearts into it. It was to try to make it something magical. I don't want to take it off! I'm gonna to go to bed in it tonight.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the best red carpet looks from this year's Met Gala.</p>

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Nicole Kidman's secret turmoil: “I spent my whole life trying to get pregnant”

<p>Nicole Kidman, 51, has gotten refreshingly candid in a new interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/aww" target="_blank">Australian Women’s Weekly</a> about her relationship and what life was like before she had met her husband, Keith Urban, also 51.</p> <p>Kidman revealed that before she met her now-husband, she had spent most of her life desperately trying to fall pregnant.</p> <p>“I had spent my whole life trying to get pregnant,” she explained.</p> <p>She has also admitted that she was itching to meet the person who she was going to spend the rest of her life with, and so was Urban.</p> <p>“We both were desperate to find that person [to have children with],” she said.</p> <p>“We'd also reached that place of going, 'Gosh, I wonder if it's ever going to happen.'</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-jgmTluAz/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-jgmTluAz/" target="_blank">Date night at the ACMs!!!! - KU #ACMawards</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/keithurban/" target="_blank"> Keith Urban</a> (@keithurban) on Apr 7, 2019 at 7:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The pair have been married for 13 years and have two daughters together – Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, 8.</p> <p>Kidman recently opened up to <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/parents/nicole-kidman-daughters-no-phone-social-media-boundaries-vanity-fair/" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a> about her unpopular parenting techniques, which includes not letting the girls have an Instagram account.</p> <p>“They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram.”</p> <p>“I try to keep some sort of boundaries," the actress shared. </p> <p>In the same interview, the Aussie star also revealed some information about the children she had adopted in her 11-year marriage with Tom Cruise – Isabella, 26, and Connor, 24.</p> <p>“Bella lives just outside London,” Kidman revealed. She also spoke about the link that Isabella has to the UK.</p> <p>“You know, she really feels more English. We lived there for<span> </span><em>Eyes Wide Shut</em>,<span> </span><em>Mission Impossible</em> and<span> </span><em>The Portrait of a Lady</em>. They both had English accents when they were little.”</p>

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Ashton Kutcher set to testify in serial killer trial

<p>Movie and TV star Ashton Kutcher could help put away an alleged serial killer accused of brutally murdering 10 women, including the actor’s girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin.</p> <p>The trial of accused murderer Michael Gargiulo will begin in Los Angeles this week and Kutcher has been called upon as one of the witnesses to take the stand. </p> <p>Kutcher will be recalling the night in 2001 when his then-girlfriend was stabbed to death in her home in the Hollywood Hills.</p> <p>In 2001, Kutcher was at the height of <em>Dude, Where’s My Car?</em> fame when he began dating Ellerin.</p> <p>Kutcher and Ellerin had plans to meet up later after he attended a party at a friend’s house to watch the Grammys. After the show was finished, Kutcher tried to call Ellerin twice, according to the statement he gave police.</p> <p>Kutcher had figured she was annoyed he didn’t invite her to his friend’s party, and he drove to her house to make peace. However, when he knocked on the door, there was no answer.</p> <p>All the lights were on in the house and his girlfriend’s car was in the driveway, so Kutcher peered in the window. He thought he saw red wine on the floor, so he assumed she had some drinks and gone to bed. Kutcher proceeded to go home.</p> <p>However, the next day, it was discovered that it was blood and not red wine. Ellerin had been stabbed 47 times and her body had been laying slumped out of view, left posed in a sexually suggestive position.</p> <p>Her killing was violent, brutal and, according to the coroner’s report, she had been stabbed so many times she was almost decapitated.</p> <p>Her flatmate found her the next morning.</p> <p>Gargiulo immediately became a suspect after Ellerin’s friends told police he had become obsessed with her when he moved in nearby.</p> <p>Ellerin had invited him to a few parties that were held within the house, despite her friends expressing their concern that he was fixated on her.</p> <p>It has been 20 years since her passing, and friends and family of Ellerin and the other victims are desperately hoping for justice. They want to see Gargiulo convicted and sentenced to a life behind bars.</p> <p>The trial begins on May 2 at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.</p>

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Why Netflix is under fire for this tragic walrus scene in David Attenborough’s Our Planet

<p>Netflix has come under fire after their controversial decision to air a mass walrus suicide in a David Attenborough documentary.</p> <p>The new nature series <em>Our Planet</em> left viewers covering their eyes as the disturbing scene played out on their screens.</p> <p>The scene features a group of walruses falling to their death from a steep cliff in the Bering Strait, resulting in a bloody death on the jagged rocks below.</p> <p>The film crew became the centre of an outcry after people said that footage of that nature should not have been shown in the episode.</p> <p>The documentary claimed that the confronting scene was the result of climate change, with Attenborough revealing that melting sea ice was what drove the animals off the cliff.</p> <p>“Walruses’ eyesight out of the water is poor, but they can sense the others down below; as they get hungry, they need to return to the sea,” he said.</p> <p>“In their desperation to do so, hundreds fall from heights they should never have scaled.”</p> <p>But many people accused drones and the crew for the tragic events that unfolded.</p> <p>Zoologist Susan Crockford put forth the theory that the walruses dying could be due to polar bears, as climate change causing the demise is an unlikely phenomenon.</p> <p>“The lie being told by Attenborough and the film crew is that 200-300 walruses fell during the time they were filming, while in fact they filmed only a few: polar bears were responsible for the majority of the carcasses shown on the beach below the cliff,” Ms Crockford wrote on her website.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qVJzQc9ELTE" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>“This is, of course, in addition to the bigger lie that lack of sea ice is to blame for walrus herds being onshore in the first place.”</p> <p>She slammed film crew for deceptive tactics, saying that they possibly edited out footage of polar bears chasing the walruses off the cliff.</p> <p>“The film crew have steadfastly refused to reveal precisely where and when they filmed the walrus deaths shown in this film in relation to the walrus deaths initiated by polar bears reported by <em>The Siberian Times </em>in the fall of 2017,” she said.</p> <p>But the producer of the show, Sophie Lanfear shut down claims on Twitter, saying “bears were not driving them off the cliffs” while filming.</p> <p>The shows crew has also been accused of scaring the animals with their filming equipment, but Ms Lanfear also refuted that claim.</p> <p>“When approaching the walruses, we made sure we were downwind of them and that we could not be seen,” she said.</p> <p>“We only stood up when it was safe to do so and when we weren’t at risk of scaring any walruses</p>

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5 hit movies with hilarious working titles

<p><strong>1. Titanic working title: Planet Ice</strong></p> <p>While making the second highest-­grossing movie of all time, James Cameron wanted to throw other film studios off of his trail.</p> <p>When he had to shoot a scene off the coast of Nova Scotia featuring lots of icebergs, keeping this, well, titanic secret ­became a bit more challenging.</p> <p>So, he claimed that his project was a science-fiction movie called ‘Planet Ice’.</p> <p><strong>2. Frozen working title: The Snow Queen</strong></p> <p>‘The Snow Queen’ was the original intended title of Disney’s 2013 blockbuster, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name.</p> <p>But the original plot of the film was going to follow the fairytale far more closely, with Elsa, the titular Snow Queen, as the villain, terrorising the kingdom with her ice powers.</p> <p>After years of production struggles, ­Disney executives gave the film’s script a major overhaul, changing Elsa to a good character terrified of powers she couldn’t control, and the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Frozen, was born.</p> <p><strong>3. The Avengers Working title: Group Hug</strong></p> <p>This epic on-screen team-up of several of Marvel’s biggest superheroes was a major-enough film to require a totally unrelated working title during production.</p> <p>Writer-director Joss Whedon’s unusual choice? ‘Group Hug’.</p> <p>Since the film takes several heroes, many of whom already had their own movies, and brings them together to save the world, this title seems appropriate. This is despite the fact the heroes don’t get along that well until the third act of the film. And Group Hug isn’t the only fun working title in the Marvel universe. Captain America: The First Avenger worked under the title ‘Frostbite’, which seems apt considering that the titular hero ends up frozen in ice at the end of the movie.</p> <p><strong>4. Alien working title: Star Beast</strong></p> <p>Is an alien by any other name still an alien?</p> <p>The 1979 Ridley Scott sci-fi/horror film was originally going to be called ‘Star Beast’, before the screenwriter realised that Alien might suit the film better because of how many times that word appeared in the screenplay.</p> <p><strong>5. Snakes on a Plane working title: Pacific Air Flight 121</strong></p> <p>This cult classic film was supposed to be called ‘Pacific Air Flight 121’.</p> <p>The producers picked Snakes on a Plane as a comically literal working title.</p> <p>The reason it became the real title? Samuel L. Jackson.</p> <p>The film’s star revealed that the wacky working title, which he’d thought was going to be the real one, was the only reason he’d taken the role.</p> <p><em>Written by Meghan Jones. This article first appeared in </em><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/5-hit-movies-hilarious-working-titles"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Nicole Kidman shares very rare update on daughter Bella with Tom Cruise

<p>Nicole Kidman has largely remained private about her adult children Isabella and Connor, but the Oscar-winning actress has shared a rare update on the two in a new interview.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/nicole-kidman-cover-story?utm_campaign=likeshopme&amp;client_service_id=31204&amp;utm_social_type=owned&amp;utm_brand=vf&amp;service_user_id=1.78e+16&amp;utm_content=instagram-bio-link&amp;utm_source=instagram&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;client_service_name=vanity%20fair&amp;supported_service_name=instagram_publishing&amp;verso=true">Vanity Fair</a>,</em><span> </span>the 51-year-old Oscar winner opened up about Isabella and Connor, whom she adopted with ex-husband Tom Cruise. 24-year-old Connor is living in Miami in the US and working in the music business, while 26-year-old Isabella recently tied the knot and launched a clothing line named BKC, short for Bella Kidman Cruise and is based in the UK. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7826249/bella-cruise.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/aa2ffa1a36364d82a6c305212fca0699" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bella Cruise in February 2016</em></p> <p>“Bella lives just outside London,” revealed Kidman. “You know, she really feels more English. We lived there for <em>Eyes Wide Shut,</em> <em>Mission Impossible</em> and <em>The Portrait of a Lady</em>. They both had English accents when they were little.”</p> <p>Kidman and Cruise were married from 1990 to 2001. She now lives with her husband Keith Urban and their daughters Sunday and Faith in Nashville, US.</p> <p>The Hollywood star said her conservative parenting style might make her “unpopular” with her younger children. </p> <p>“They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram,” she said . “I try to keep some sort of boundaries.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwmOk3bgy7O/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwmOk3bgy7O/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair)</a> on Apr 23, 2019 at 5:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The new magazine interview came ahead of the second season of Kidman’s mini series <em>Big Little Lies</em>, which is set to air on HBO next month.</p> <p>Kidman said she was surprised by how much she loved spending time with her co-stars, including Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.</p> <p>“Nicole and I talk about this often,” said Witherspoon. “I’d been in a show with maybe one other woman, but never five female leads.”</p> <p>Kidman shared the sentiment: “Look at the <em>Friends</em> cast, they spent all that time together – they’re different because there are no men in our equation. I mean, there are, but they’re not on the group chat, let’s put it that way.”</p>

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

<p>There’s a new fashion influencer in town and she’s one that you may not have expected.</p> <p>Diane Keaton, who is known for her quirky outfits as well as her acting skills, has made a serious style statement over the weekend which has gotten the tick of approval from her A-lister friends.</p> <p>Opting for a black turtleneck, bowler hat, sunglasses and large, flared jeans, Keaton shared her daring outfit to her 857,000 Instagram followers.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPdyFfFkqA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPdyFfFkqA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank">REGARDING THESE PANTS: THIS IS SERIOUSLY TRUE. I WORE THEM ON THE PLANE. I WORE THEM IN THE HOTEL DUPONT.  I WORE THEM IN THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM. I WORE THEM ON A LONG WALK THROUGH THE WILMINGTON STREETS. I’M WEARING THEM ON THE TRAIN TO NYC. I’VE NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/diane_keaton/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank"> Diane Keaton</a> (@diane_keaton) on Apr 14, 2019 at 8:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“REGARDING THESE PANTS,” wrote Keaton, who famously uses all caps for her Instagram captions.</p> <p>“I WORE THEM ON THE PLANE. I WORE THEM IN THE HOTEL DUPONT. I WORE THEM IN THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM. I WORE THEM ON A LONG WALK THROUGH THE WILMINGTON STREETS. I’M WEARING THEM ON THE TRAIN TO NYC. I’VE NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.”</p> <p>And shortly after, the 73-year-old’s Hollywood friends all came together to compliment the Academy Award winning actress.</p> <p>“WHO MAKES THEM?” asked Gwyneth Paltrow.</p> <p>“You are my hero!” commented Tracee Ellis Ross.</p> <p>“Uh … they’re great because YOU’RE wearing them,” said Lisa Kudrow.</p> <p>Keaton’s co-star in the 2018 film<span> </span><em>Book Club</em><span> </span>Mary Steenburgen, also chimed in, reminding her friend that she left out one crucial detail.</p> <p>“Girl, you left out that you wore them to dinner with me, Candice and Jane DAYS ago!”</p> <p>What do you think of Diane Keaton’s quirky style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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