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Helen Mirren talks ageism in Hollywood

<p>Ageism in the media is far from a new concept. With many actresses speaking up about the unfair advantage those who are younger receive when it comes to obtaining coveted roles and opportunities. But while the topic is important to touch on, us mere mortals may find it hard to relate to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.</p> <p>It’s been a point of discussion for a few years now, with starlets coming out and voicing their concerns over pay disparities compared to their male counterparts. And while it’s unfair, human nature is a fickle thing, where we tend to sympathise with those we can relate to.</p> <p>Actress and legend, Helen Mirren is known to be intelligent and eloquent, so when she raised her voice against the disadvantage’s women face on and off screen, you know that her argument would raise some valid points.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://variety.com/2016/film/news/helen-mirren-fast-8-women-hollywod-pay-gap-1201884251/">Variety</a></em> magazine for their “<em>Power of Women</em>” issue, the 73-year-old said that ageism in Hollywood isn’t just about what happens on-screen, but also what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling.</p> <p>When <em>The Queen</em> star was asked about how she views the changing landscape of women in media, she said: “I have witnessed such a huge change. The biggest change for me, and the best change, is to see women on the set, in the crew. It wasn’t that long ago I saw my first female electrician. And to me, that’s really exciting. That’s a really big change, because that was such a macho, male world.”</p> <p>Women have made a huge impact on the film industry, but despite their contribution, they are some of the most underrepresented. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (2015-16), only 9% of directors were women at the time of the study.</p> <p>That percentage is exactly the same figure as 1998.</p> <p>Here’s to hoping that number increases in the coming years.</p> <p>Do you agree with Helen Mirren’s sentiments? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Dame Twiggy! 60s icon accepts new title at Buckingham Palace

<p>53 years after Twiggy was named “the face of 1966” by UK newspaper The Daily Express, she has just been made a Dame of the British Empire.</p> <p>The 69-year-old was awarded the prestigious title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Lesley Lawson – <a href="https://twitter.com/Twiggy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Twiggy</a> - was awarded a Damehood by The Prince of Wales.<br /><br />Model, Designer, Singer and Actress, Twiggy received her Honour for services to Fashion, to the Arts and to charity. <a href="https://t.co/rEMs8qk3NT">pic.twitter.com/rEMs8qk3NT</a></p> — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1106191580489232386?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Twiggy was given the award on Thursday. She was dressed in a cream Stella McCartney silk ensemble and couldn’t contain her excitement about receiving the award. She was validated, as she was told it was “about time you got this, we’re all thrilled for you”.</p> <p>Twiggy was accompanied by her husband, Leigh Lawson, daughter Carly Witney and Lawson’s son Jason.</p> <p>In a formal statement about being made Dame, Twiggy was thrilled.</p> <p>‘’I’m a very proud Brit, I feel I’m an ambassador for Britain, I always have, because I think it’s the best country in the world.”</p> <p>“I travel the world all the time and I’m known throughout the world and, you know, being British is one of my things.”</p> <p>Twiggy went on to have a successful acting career after her modelling days came to an end.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Twiggy receiving the significant title.</p>

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George and Amal Clooney bring their A-list glamour to Buckingham Palace

<p>After attending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May last year, George and Amal Clooney have truly found their place amongst the royal family.</p> <p>The Hollywood star and human rights lawyer put on a stunning display as they attended a black-tie event held at Buckingham Palace, hosted by none other than Prince Charles himself.</p> <p>The dinner on Tuesday was to celebrate the achievements of The Prince’s Trust.</p> <p>Amal dazzled in a white caped gown as she and her husband chatted with donors, supporters and ambassadors of the Prince’s Trust International.</p> <p>Founded in 1976 by Prince Charles, The Prince’s Trust is an organisation that provides support to young people who are facing unemployment, mental health issues and homelessness.</p> <p>To date, the foundation has helped 870,000 young people since its establishment in 1976 and issues support to over 100 more each day, with three in four of these young people moving into work, training or education.</p> <p>The Clooneys, who live in the UK, have established a close relationship with the monarch over the last year, with Amal co-hosting Duchess Meghan’s extravagant baby shower in New York.</p> <p>George and Amal were joined by many affluent celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Luke Evans, who all came together to support the royal charity.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Amal's incredible white caped gown.</p>

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Inside Bruce Willis’ $13.9 million dollar LA home

<p>Bruce Willis has just purchased his latest home in Brentwood Los Angeles with his wife, Emma Heming.</p> <p>This prime real estate does not come cheap though, the purchase price being a hefty AUD$13.9 million for Willis and Heming.</p> <p>But with the high price comes all the luxury features, with seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a number of stunning entertainment spaces.</p> <p>The brand-new sparkling mansion is one of the most sought after neighbourhoods to live in, a personal favourite for celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford.</p> <p>The property, spanning over 13,000 square feet, is not just impressive in size but for what it offers as well.</p> <p>The kitchen has marble splashbacks and bespoke cabinets, with two large islands placed strategically to optimise its usefulness.</p> <p>The home features a movie theatre, gym, spa suite fitted with a dry sauna and an indoor plunge pool, so you will never get bored in the expansive real estate.</p> <p>The outside of the property is just as impressive, featuring a spacious outdoor area with marble-paved loggia that runs through the backyard, with a tile-accented zero-edge spa and a waterfall pool.</p> <p>That’s not all though – the stunning backyard also features a light and airy entertaining space.</p> <p>The couple also own properties in Turks and Caicos.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the gorgeous property.</p> <p> </p>

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Only at the movies: Home truths about cinema ticket pricing

<p>Already Australians pay a relatively high fee to see films on the big screen. <a href="http://cinemacities.com/">A global analysis</a> of the price of cinema tickets relative to GDP has found Australia’s most affordable city for seeing movies is Brisbane (ranked 31st in the world) with most other Australian cities hovering around the mid-50s (Melbourne, 52; Adelaide, 53; Perth, 54; Sydney, 55).</p> <p>The justification put forward by the exhibition industry for ticket price increases essentially boils down to three key factors, the last two of which are connected:</p> <p>1. Higher labour costs involved in operating a cinema in Australia compared to other countries</p> <p>2. The impact of illegal downloading </p> <p>3. Lower attendance</p> <p>Each of these arguments bears closer scrutiny.</p> <p><strong>Higher labour costs</strong></p> <p>The argument that Australia’s comparatively higher labour costs are influencing ticket prices is made by Graham Burke from Village Roadshow, <a href="http://www.techly.com.au/2014/04/23/will-20-tickets-anything-curb-movie-piracy/">who points out</a> that:</p> <p>“In Australia we pay approximately $23 an hour for our people; in America, where we operate cinemas, it’s $8 an hour.”</p> <p>But are we seriously to believe that the recent reduction to skeletal staffing at most mainstream movie theatres is somehow cause for increases in ticket prices? It’s true that in the US many people are paid very low wages; but these wage differentials are not new, so why are they now being mounted as a case for inflating movie ticket prices?</p> <p><strong>Illegal downloading</strong></p> <p>We then come to the vexed issue of piracy. Benjamin Zeccola of Palace Cinemas <a href="http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/cinema-chief-defends-20-tickets-saying-illegal-downloads-hurts-industry-20140411-36hdm.html">directly links downloading and file sharing</a> to the need for increased ticket prices.</p> <p>Certainly, the ease at which the latest titles can be downloaded and viewed online is bearing on the industry and contributing to diminished box office returns. But it’s not a straightforward equation.</p> <p>In terms of quantifying the cost of piracy the industry cites figures from the <a href="http://www.screenassociation.com.au/uploads/reports/IPSOS_Economic_Consequences_of_Movie_Piracy_-_Australia.pdf">commissioned report by Ipos and Oxford Economics</a> that estimates piracy costs the Australian economy A$1.37 billion in revenue and that 6,100 jobs are lost from movie theft.</p> <p>But as <a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/jordi-mckenzie-104303/profile_bio">Jordi McKenzie</a> and W.D. Wallis found in their empirical <a href="http://melbourneinstitute.com/downloads/seminars/2013/130214_McKenzie.pdf">investigation into the impact of file sharing</a> on film revenues in Australia, over the course of 2010 and 2011, the effect illegal downloading had on revenues was actually far less than claimed.</p> <p>Furthermore, as the ABC’s <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2014/04/08/3980980.htm">Nick Ross pointed out</a> earlier this month, there is some evidence to suggest that illegal downloading often contributes positively to a film’s (or television series’) fortunes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/">Avatar</a> (2009), which is one of the most successful films at the box office in recent years, also tops the list as the most pirated film of all time, with in excess of 21 million downloads according to <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-movies-of-all-time-111012/?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter">Torrent Freak</a>.</p> <p><strong>Low attendance</strong></p> <p>Certainly attendance figures from the most recent <a href="http://www.ibisworld.com.au/industry/default.aspx?indid=636">IBISWorld Report on Cinemas in Australia</a> reveal that less people opt for a night out at the movies than previously. Between 2012 and 2013 cinema admissions in Australia fell by 0.7% to around 85.3 million.</p> <p>Over this same time the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) estimated that <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/film/box-office-takings-not-a-pretty-picture/story-e6frg8pf-1226807145683">box office takings had fallen by 2.3% to $1.1 billion</a>. Yet despite these falls, key operators have managed to return <a href="http://www.villageroadshow.com.au/upload/Document/Annual_Report_2013_InterPDF_All.pdf">healthy profits</a> through increased ticket pricing, especially in relation to “premium” screenings such as 3D movies, which are charged to consumers at a higher rate.</p> <p>Simply blaming piracy for low cinema attendances ignores the multitude of factors that contribute to piracy as well as the multitude of reasons that prompt cinema attendance in the first place, and assumes that the sole motivation for going to the cinema is the film itself (content consumption).</p> <p>But this is not borne out by the evidence which suggests instead that movie audience motivation is highly differentiated and is becoming increasingly so. A 2012 <a href="http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/getmedia/4972fa65-caa5-4235-86be-1800e4a2815b/rpt_whatto">survey by Screen Australia</a> found that, when asked to identify the single most important reason for attending a cinema, “socialising” topped the list, followed by “tagged along with others”.</p> <p>And although “cinema ambience” was further down the list of factors it was mentioned by more than 60% of respondents. This also underscores the importance of food and beverage offerings (rather than just ticket sales) to cinema sustainability.</p> <p>By elevating the impact that piracy has on cinema attendance, other factors that also contribute to lower attendance and diminishing revenues are being ignored at the industry’s longer-term peril.</p> <p>As many insiders suggest, piracy is also a response to the consumer’s desire for immediate access, as well as a growing perception that much screen based content, including film, is more enjoyable when viewed in the comfort of one’s own home.</p> <p>As such, the increasing size and affordability of large television screens in the home can also help explain why less people are going to the cinema.</p> <p>Holding on to old business models and failing to recognise the needs and expectations of today’s content consumer is a fraught path. Digitalisation is here to stay.</p> <p>The technology that makes piracy possible equally represents part of the changed landscape in which the film industry now operates. Rather than bemoaning piracy and ramping up rhetoric in support of harsher penalties the industry needs to be more open to changing its distribution model.</p> <p>In terms of exhibition it needs to take stock and look at how it can offer a superior or distinguishable experience to attract audiences, and particularly younger audiences back into the cinema.</p> <p>Raising ticket prices is certainly not the solution the industry, or its patrons, deserve.</p> <p><em>Written by Bronwyn Coate and Deb Verhoeven. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/only-at-the-movies-home-truths-about-cinema-ticket-pricing-25820">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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We now know Prince George’s favourite movie

<p>According to Prince William, Prince George has a new favourite movie.</p> <p>Prince William shared this information during an official visit to CineMagic, which is in Northern Ireland. CineMagic is a charity that supports young aspiring filmmakers to discuss a range of social issues and challenges.</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/BubmE-ylNhr/?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="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/BubmE-ylNhr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Cinemagic embraces the magic of film and television to inspire, motivate and educate — bringing young people together and use film as a vehicle to discuss a range of social issues and challenges affecting young people from all walks of life. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined activities at Cinemagic’s workshops to see the full range of training they provide. #RoyalVisitNI #Ballymena #NorthernIreland</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/kensingtonroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kensington Palace</a> (@kensingtonroyal) on Feb 28, 2019 at 7:52am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It was at this event that Prince William met a young boy, who presented the Prince with a paper dragon that they had made together.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/02/28/prince-william-reveals-prince-georges-favorite-movie/3020657002/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em></a>, Prince William then revealed that Prince George’s new favourite film is <em>How To Train Your Dragon</em>, a film about a young Viking who dreams of hunting dragons, but befriends one in the process.</p> <p>As Prince George grows older, it’s clear his taste in movies will change, as he has appeared to move on from <em>The Lion King</em>, which was his favourite film in 2017.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.etonline.com/prince-william-reveals-son-george-loves-lion-king-which-makes-sense-hes-basically-simba-89379" target="_blank"><em>E! Online</em></a>, Prince William confirmed this by saying:</p> <p>"He quite likes<span> </span><em>The Lion King</em>. We’ve watched that a few times. He tends to watch quite a lot of movies."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">We should employ this kid <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SkyNews</a> ...he got <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrinceWilliam?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrinceWilliam</a> to reveal that <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/princegeorge?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#princegeorge</a> likes to watch the Lion King <a href="https://t.co/bzdVhwqa1I">pic.twitter.com/bzdVhwqa1I</a></p> — Rhiannon Mills (@SkyRhiannon) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyRhiannon/status/919931792513224704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 16, 2017</a></blockquote> <p>Despite Prince William being a senior member of the royal family and the future King of England, it’s clear he’s a hands-on parent.</p> <p>What is your grandkids favourite movie? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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The must-see movies you cannot miss

<p>March is the month for movies. With so many great releases, it’s impossible to not visit the cinema at least once. Whether you enjoy action, or prefer something for the entire family, this month there’s a movie for you.</p> <p>Here are our top picks:</p> <p><strong>1. Captain Marvel – March 6</strong></p> <p>It’s taken exactly 20 films and 10 years to finally get to <em>Captain Marvel</em>, and now that she’s here, fans won’t be disappointed. Starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, <em>Captain Marvel</em> is for all the Marvel fans who have been eagerly waiting for his film to hit the big screen.</p> <p><strong>2. Dumbo – March 28</strong></p> <p>With Disney remaking every animated classic, <em>Dumbo</em> is the latest in the series to be released. The big-eared elephant has come to life in this emotional fairy-tale, with the live-action making you cry just as much as you did when you first watched the animated movie.</p> <p><strong>3. A Dog’s Way Home – March 6</strong></p> <p>Dogs are a man’s best friend, so this movie is sure to pull on your heart strings. Perfect for the whole family, <em>A Dog’s Way Home </em>is a tale of a young puppy’s journey to reunite herself with her owner. Capturing the heart of many strangers along the way, this movie is perfect for animal lovers.</p> <p><strong>4. Destroyer – March 21</strong></p> <p>Her performance in <em>Destroyer</em> earnt her a Golden Globe nomination and accolades from critics around the world. Undergoing a complete makeunder, Nicole Kidman really captures the essence of a detective consumed by guilt.</p> <p>Will you be going to the cinema to watch any of these movies? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Meryl Streep becomes a grandma at 69! Lookalike daughter gives birth

<p>Meryl Streep is officially a grandmother!</p> <p>The 69-year-old actress’ oldest daughter, Mamie Gummer, 35, has confirmed that she’s welcomed a baby boy into the world with her fiancé Mehar Sethi, 36. This has been confirmed by <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/parents/meryl-streep-grandma-mamie-gummer-welcomes-first-child/" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a>.</p> <p>Gummer shared the screen with Streep in <em>Ricki and the Flash</em> whereas Sethi is a producer. The couple got engaged in August 2018, with Sethi confirming this by posting a sweet Instagram post of Gummer, with the caption “My fiancé”.</p> <p>Gummer is the oldest daughter of Meryl Streep and her husband sculptor Don Gummer. They also have three other children, Henry, 39, Grace, 32 and Louisa, 27.</p> <p>Although this is the first time that Streep gets to be a grandmother in real life, she’s had a bit of practice in her onscreen role in the second season of <em>Big Little Lies</em>. Streep is set to star as Mary Louise Wright, grandmother to Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) sons in the second season.</p> <p>Streep spoke about her excitement about becoming a grandmother to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/glenda-jackson-and-meryl-streep-nearly-tear-everyone-apart" target="_blank"><em>Interview</em></a>.  </p> <p>"I’ve been working like mad for quite a while, so I’m getting ready for my first grandchild.</p> <p>“My daughter’s having a baby in February, so I’m going to go out and ruin her life. I specialise in unsolicited advice."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Meryl Streep and her lookalike daughter Mamie Gummer.</p> <p>Do you remember the first time you became a grandparent? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Emma Thompson’s powerful open letter: “Why I quit”

<p><span>Two-time Oscar award winner Emma Thompson has acknowledged and explained why she refused to work with Pixar co-founder and former Walt Disney animation chief, John Lasseter, in an open letter to Skydance Media. </span></p> <p><span>Lasseter has previously been accused of sexual misconduct with female employees.</span></p> <p><span>Thompson quit the animated film project <em>Luck </em>last month after Skydance chief executive, David Ellison, hired Lasseter who was forced out of Disney just last year after owning up to “missteps” in his behaviour towards employees.</span></p> <p><span>In Thompson’s letter to Ellison, she wrote that she felt it was “very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate”.</span></p> <p><span>“If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave ‘professionally’?” she continued.</span></p> <p><span>“If a man has made women at his companies feel undervalued and disrespected for decades, why should the women at his new company think that any respect he shows them is anything other than an act that he’s required to perform by his coach, his therapist and his employment agreement?”</span></p> <p><span>Thompson also acknowledged the company would be paying Lasseter generously in the role he was given, “How much money are the employees at Skydance being paid to GIVE him that second chance?”</span></p> <p><span>She continued her letter saying even though she “regrets” having to quit the film since she desperately wanted to work with director Alessandro Carloni, she can “only do what feels right during these difficult times of transition and collective consciousness raising. I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies, whether they like it or not, is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out – like me – do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.”</span></p> <p><span>Thompson’s letter was first published by <em><a href="https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-mn-emma-thompson-john-lasseter-skydance-20190226-story.html">The Los Angeles Times </a></em>and was confirmed for authenticity by Thompson’s representative.</span></p> <p><span>Lasseter’s hiring stimulated backlash, voicing that he didn’t deserve a second chance so quickly. Time’s Up, a non-profit organisation formed to rise against sexual harassment and gender inequality, said his hiring “endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence”.</span></p> <p><span>Shortly after allegations against Harvey Weinstein emerged in 2017, Lasseter announced he was taking a six-month “sabbatical” from Disney and apologised “to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug” or any gesture that made them feel “disrespected or uncomfortable”.</span></p> <p><span>Disney revealed it was permanently cutting ties with Lasseter last June.</span></p> <p><span>When hired by Ellison, Lasseter said he had spent the last year in “deep reflection, learning how my actions unintentionally made colleagues uncomfortable, which I deeply regret and apologise for”</span><span> </span></p> <p><span>Ellison said Lasseter had been “forthright in taking ownership of his behaviour” and that he didn’t take the decision of hiring him lightly.</span></p> <p><span>What would you have done in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.</span></p>

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Inside Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito's 4-month marriage

<p>Years before the movie career of Bradley Cooper erupted and he sealed his fate as a Hollywood star, he was previously married to fellow actress Jennifer Esposito for just four months.</p> <p>Although the relationship between the two ended over 12 years ago, Esposito, now 45, commented on an Instagram picture of Cooper and Lady Gaga getting a little too close during their super-charged and intimate performance of <em>Shallow</em> from<em> A Star is Born</em>.</p> <p>The post by actor and comedian David Spade captioned the image, “Is there any chance these 2 aren’t ------?”</p> <p>The actress responded to the post, writing, “Ha.”</p> <p>The cheeky caption and humoured response had an adverse reaction from fans, who were curious as to why she chose to comment.</p> <p>Here’s a brief timeline of the short-lived relationship between the massive Hollywood actor and <em>NCIS</em> actress, Esposito.</p> <p><strong>The pair were not open about their relationship</strong></p> <p>Before the couple tied the knot in December 2006, Esposito refused to confirm if she was seeing Cooper in January of that year.</p> <p>When asked at the <em>InStyle</em> Golden Globes party if the pair were an item, she responded coyly, “I’m not answering that.”</p> <p>Just a few months after they were first spotted together, their relationship had moved to the next level and confirmation of their engagement hit the tabloids in October 2006.</p> <p><strong>Their relationship was short-lived</strong></p> <p>The couple's sweet wedding took place in the south of France in what was described as a small affair. And although both Cooper and Esposito are said to have enjoyed their time together, just four months later they announced their split.</p> <p>In 2011, Cooper was a guest on Howard Stern's radio show and touched on the failed relationship.</p> <p>"It was just something that happened. The good thing is, we both realized it […] Sometimes you just realize it," Cooper said, according to <em>Us Magazine</em>. "It just wasn't right. It's interesting […] things happen!"</p> <p><strong>She had a few interesting words for her “master manipulator ex”</strong></p> <p>Esposito released her first memoir titled <em>Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease – What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again</em> in 2014.</p> <p>In the book, she divulged into a failed relationship that “hit an all-time low,” without actually mentioning who the person she shared the relationship with was.</p> <p>“He was funny, smart cocky, arrogant and a master manipulator,” the actress wrote. “I didn’t necessarily find him that attractive, but I figured that I could enjoy his sense of humour and nonsense for a while.</p> <p>"I should have noticed the red flags from the beginning – actually, they were more like an entire marching band squad of red flags – but I ignored them because, honestly, I didn't think the relationship was really going to go anywhere," <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=2vodBQAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA81&amp;lpg=PA81&amp;dq=I+should+have+noticed+the+red+flags+from+the+beginning%E2%80%94actually,+they+were+more+like+an+entire+marching+band+squad+of+red+flags%E2%80%94but+I+ignored+them+because,+honestly,+I+didn%27t+think+the+relationship+was+really+going+to+go+anywhere,&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=SWV20KfnsP&amp;sig=ACfU3U2B6qXB4v5fD3lHZKBZsugCSwGIDg&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=2ahUKEwiFodCl69ngAhXNqYMKHcAbDbYQ6AEwAnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&amp;q=I%20should%20have%20noticed%20the%20red%20flags%20from%20the%20beginning%E2%80%94actually%2C%20they%20were%20more%20like%20an%20entire%20marching%20band%20squad%20of%20red%20flags%E2%80%94but%20I%20ignored%20them%20because%2C%20honestly%2C%20I%20didn't%20think%20the%20relationship%20was%20really%20going%20to%20go%20anywhere%2C&amp;f=false">she wrote</a>.</p> <p>She also added, “We had fun, but he also had a mean, cold side. His personality could flip on a dime.”</p> <p>Although there was speculation about Cooper being the “master manipulator,” the actress never confirmed this and even went as far to say she would not speak further on the matter in a statement.</p> <p>“This book is about my journey with celiac disease and only that,” she said at the time. “To refer to anything other than the subject at hand or to make this book about anything else is an insult to me and this disease that plagues so many.”</p> <p><strong>New relationships</strong></p> <p>Since their break up, both Cooper and Esposito have moved on and pursued other relationships. The actor has been dating model Irina Shayk since 2015 and they share a two-year-old daughter together, and in 2014 the actress married British model Louis Dowler, who famously dated Kate Winslet.</p> <p>Adding fuel to rumours that Lady Gaga and Cooper could be more than just friends, a representative for the <em>A Star is Born</em> actress confirmed she had split with her fiancé, Christian Carino.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see a few sweet photos of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Esposito while they were together in happier times during 2006 and 2007. </p> <p>Did you know about Bradley Cooper's short-lived marriage to Jennifer Esposito? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Hugh Jackman on raising his two kids: "I didn't want to be that kind of dad"

<p>Hugh Jackman could not be more excited to return to Australia as he is bringing his world tour to his home country.</p> <p>Speaking to Sylvia Jeffreys on <a rel="noopener" href="https://honey.nine.com.au/2019/02/26/17/35/a-current-affair-hugh-jackman-the-man-the-music-the-show-australia-tour" target="_blank"><em>A Current Affair</em></a>, Jackman expressed his excitement for his upcoming concert <em>The Man. The Music. The Show</em>., which is set for August dates in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.</p> <p>"The idea of coming back and doing this show again is completely thrilling to me," he said. "I'm probably never happier than doing this."</p> <p>The last time Jackman was on his native soil was two years ago, before his 2017 hit film <em>The Greatest Showman</em> came out. He said he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness miss the country “desperately”, especially since he has to travel often for his work.</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/BpmNmnoHWoC/?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="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/BpmNmnoHWoC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#datenight #mydebs</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/thehughjackman/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Hugh Jackman</a> (@thehughjackman) on Oct 31, 2018 at 5:13am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“As a parent, you face this decision early on of, 'Where are we going to base ourselves?'” Jackman said.</p> <p>“I didn't want to be that kind of dad who was always away, but we've been out of the country a lot, and a lot more than I would like, so it's a great excuse to get back.”</p> <p>The couple currently lives between Sydney and New York with their son Oscar, 18 and daughter Ava, 13.</p> <p>The 50-year-old father said, “If Deb and I have done anything right as parents, our kids are really proud Australians. They'll tell everyone they know, 'Oh, I'm Australian.' And I'm like, 'Yes!'”</p> <p>For his concert, Jackman will be performing songs from <em>The Greatest Showman</em> and <em>Les Miserables</em> as well as musical numbers from <em>The Boy from Oz</em> and other Broadway shows. The tour, which features Jackman’s co-star<span> </span><em>The Greatest Showman</em><span> </span>co-star Keala Settle, will also run in Europe and the US.</p> <p>"It feels like a privilege; I was really excited to basically give the year up for it," Jackman told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/musicals/it-was-looking-grim-how-hugh-jackman-s-greatest-showman-gamble-paid-off-20190226-p510cs.html" target="_blank"><em>Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> about the tour.</p> <p>"I'm at a point in my career where I don't worry about that stuff: momentum, trajectory or what people think. I really sort of march to the beat of my own drummer now, and I don't think I've always been like that."</p> <p>Are you keen to see Hugh Jackman in his new show <em>The Man. The Music. The Show</em>.? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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How to watch a scary movie with your grandchild

<p>Many of us have a childhood memory of a <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5sjstb/whats_a_movie_that_traumatized_you_as_a_kid/">movie that gave us nightmares</a> and took us to a new level of fear. Maybe this happened by accident. Or maybe it happened because an adult guardian didn’t choose the right movie for your age.</p> <p>For me it was <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/">The Exorcist</a>. It was also the movie that frightened my mum when she was a youngster. She had warned me not to watch it. But I did. I then slept outside my parents’ room for months for fear of demonic possession.</p> <p>Parents often ask about the right age for “scary” movies. A useful resource is <a href="https://childrenandmedia.org.au/movie-reviews/">The Australian Council of Children and the Media</a>, which provides colour-coded age guides for movies rated by child development professionals.</p> <p>Let’s suppose, though, that you have made the decision to view a scary movie with your child. What are some good rules of thumb in managing this milestone in your child’s life?</p> <p><strong>Watch with a parent or a friend</strong></p> <p>Research into indirect experiences can help us understand what happens when a child watches a scary movie. Indirect fear experiences can involve <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18614263">watching someone else look afraid or hurt in a situation</a> or <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2882043/">verbal threats</a> (such as “the bogeyman with sharp teeth will come at midnight for children and eat them”).</p> <p>Children depend very much on indirect experiences for information about danger in the world. Scary movies are the perfect example of these experiences. Fortunately, research also shows that indirectly acquired fears can be reduced by two very powerful sources of information: parents and peers.</p> <p>In one of our recent studies, we showed that when we <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28531872">paired happy adult faces with a scary situation</a>, children showed greater fear reduction than if they experienced that situation on their own. This suggests that by modelling calm and unfazed behaviour, or potentially even expressing enjoyment about being scared during a movie (notice how people burst into laughter after a jump scare at theatres?), parents may help children be less fearful.</p> <p>There is also some evidence that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3189411/">discussions with friends can help reduce fear</a>. That said, it’s important to remember that children tend to become <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27585485">more similar to each other in threat evaluation after discussing a scary or ambiguous event with a close friend</a>. So it might be helpful to discuss a scary movie with a good friend who enjoys such movies and can help the child discuss their worries in a positive manner.</p> <p><strong>Get the facts</strong></p> <p>How a parent discusses the movie with their child is also important. Children do not have enough experience to understand the statistical probability of dangerous events occurring in the world depicted on screen. For example, after watching Jaws, a child might assume that shark attacks are frequent and occur on every beach.</p> <p>Children need help to contextualise the things they see in movies. One way of discussing shark fears after viewing Jaws might be to help your child investigate the <a href="https://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/exhibits/sharks/odds-of-a-shark-attack/">statistics around shark attacks</a> (the risk of being attacked is around 1 in 3.7 million) and to acquire facts about shark behaviours (such as that they generally do not hunt humans).</p> <p>These techniques are the basis of <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-practice/201301/cognitive-restructuring">cognitive restructuring</a>, which encourages fact-finding rather than catastrophic thoughts to inform our fears. It is also an evidence-based technique for managing excessive anxiety in children and adults.</p> <p><strong>Exposure therapy</strong></p> <p>If your child is distressed by a movie, a natural reaction is to prevent them watching it again. I had this unfortunate experience when my seven-year-old daughter accidentally viewed <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859/">Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children</a>, which featured a monster with knives for limbs who ate children’s eyeballs for recreation.</p> <p>My first instinct was to prevent my daughter watching the movie again. However, one of the most effective ways of reducing excessive and unrealistic fear is to confront it again and again until that fear diminishes into boredom. This is called <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-virtual-reality-spiders-are-helping-people-face-their-arachnophobia-73769">exposure therapy</a>.</p> <p>To that end, we subjected her and ourselves to the same movie repeatedly while modelling calm and some hilarity - until she was bored. We muted the sound and did silly voice-overs and fart noises for the monster. We drew pictures of him with a moustache and in a pair of undies. Thankfully, she no longer identifies this movie as one that traumatised her.</p> <p>This strategy is difficult to execute because it requires tolerating your child’s distress. In fact, <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/buy/2016-23260-001">it is a technique that is the least used by mental health professionals</a> because of this.</p> <p>However, when done well and with adequate support (you may need an experienced psychologist if you are not confident), it is one of the most effective techniques for reducing fear following a scary event like an accidental horror movie.</p> <p><strong>Fear is normal</strong></p> <p>Did I ever overcome my fear of The Exorcist? It took my mother checking my bed, laughing with me about the movie, and re-affirming that being scared is okay and normal for me to do so (well done mum!)</p> <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/you-cant-erase-bad-memories-but-you-can-learn-ways-to-cope-with-them-103161">Fear is a normal and adaptive human response</a>. Some people, including children, love being scared. There is evidence that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30307264">volunteering to be scared can lead to a heightened sense of accomplishment</a> for some of us, because it provides us with a cognitive break from our daily stress and worries.</p> <p>Hopefully, you can help ensure that your child’s first scary movie experience is a memorable, enjoyable one.</p> <p><em>Written by Carol Newall. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-watch-a-scary-movie-with-your-child-105973">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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5 dark facts about the scandalous world of Old Hollywood

<p>We all look back at Old Hollywood movies with a sense of fondness. What seemed like simpler times and glitz and glamour, Old Hollywood sparked a dream in all of us, an ideal lifestyle that we hoped to obtain.</p> <p>But behind the flashing lights and the black and white cameras, Old Hollywood was embroiled in scandal and controversy.</p> <p>Here are the top 5 darkest facts about tinsel town:</p> <p><strong>1. Judy Garland’s twisted past</strong></p> <p>Judy Garland was a household name. After starring in the classic musical, <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, the star shot to fame. But unfortunately, her downfall came as quickly as her success. Garland was surrounded by people who used her for their monetary benefit. Whether it was greedy film producers or her own mother, who was known to be a notorious stage mum, Garland had an upsetting life to say the least.</p> <p>One incident in particular was the most twisted of all, and it was the moment her mother and Hollywood executives forced Garland to get an abortion. A concept that was illegal at the time with those involved keeping the entire process hush.</p> <p><strong>2. </strong><strong>The rise and fall of Montgomery Clift</strong></p> <p>Montgomery Clift was one of Hollywood’s biggest names during his time – that is until May 12, 1956.</p> <p>A method actor who gave multiple Oscar-nominated performances, Clift starred in movies <em>From Here to Eternity</em>, <em>A Place in The Sun</em> and <em>The Search</em>. But it all came crashing down when Clift was involved in a car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel.</p> <p>Clift was forced to live a life of constant physical and mental pain, and soon became addicted to alcohol and painkillers. Many dubbed his life as “the longest suicide in Hollywood history”.</p> <p><strong>3. The curse of <em>The Misfits</em></strong></p> <p>One of Clift’s final films was <em>The Misfits</em>, a movie considered to carry a dark curse on anyone who associated with it. While it failed at the box office at the time, Rotten Tomatoes has</p> <p>since given the movie a 100 per cent rating.</p> <p>The film starred plenty of big names such as Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. But soon after the movie began production, people’s lives were thrown into a discourse.</p> <p>Monroe overdosed on set after her relationship with Miller ended. She died a year after the movie wrapped up. Gable died of a heart attack only a few short days after filming, and Clift was involved in the accident that destroyed his career.</p> <p>Five years after the movie finished filming, Clift was informed by a friend that it was airing on television, to which he refused to watch. It was that night that Clift was found dead due to a heart attack.</p> <p><strong>4. Frank Sinatra and his temperament</strong></p> <p>It’s no secret that Frank Sinatra was not particularly pleasant. Jazz wasn’t the only reason he was famous, as many knew him as the man who would spew obscenities at valets, reporters, wives and friends.</p> <p>But in one satisfying occasion involving Marlon Brando, Sinatra told the actor that his method acting was “crap” and gave him the nickname “Mumbles” for the way he spoke. But Brando didn’t take any of it, as during a filming of a musical Sinatra was starring in, Brando intentionally ruined scenes of Sinatra eating a cheesecake multiple times, forcing him to eat so much cake that he threw his plate on the ground and broke down screaming.</p> <p><strong>5. The master of misogyny</strong></p> <p>Alfred Hitchcock was known to be one of the greatest directors of his time. Directing multiple films that garnered high praise from critics and viewers alike. But his movie <em>The Birds</em>, starring Tippi Hedren, turned out to be a decision the actress would later regret.</p> <p>Hitchcock became so obsessed with Hedren that he would stalk her throughout the filming of the movie, keeping her isolated from the rest of the cast. When she spoke up against the mistreatment, Hitchcock sabotaged her career, and being Old Hollywood, there was nothing she could do about it.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to be transported back in time.</p> <p>Are you a fan of Old Hollywood movies? Which one is your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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