Daisy Ridley: JJ Abrams warned me that Star Wars is a religion

She was working in a pub when she was cast in the franchise. Six years and three movies later, is the force still strong? Daisy Ridleys earliest childhood memory is of a party hosted by her parents at their family home in west London, when she was three, maybe four. She was surrounded by grownups, towering above her, when she abruptly and dramatically declared: Im shy! before running out of the room. My mum told me I did that, so maybe Im remembering half an imprint of someone elses memory, she says, laughing at the irony of both commanding attention from her audience and then immediately rejecting it. Its a trait that has somehow stuck. At 27, Ridley finds herself …

How Fox News drama Bombshell lets Megyn Kelly off the hook

Charlize Theron plays the conservative host in an Oscar-tipped new film about sexual misconduct but is it a fair portrayal? On a fateful Wednesday in December 2013, Megyn Kelly reached out to the children of America through her daytime cable news talk program The Kelly File with an urgent message: For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. It was an odd, racist stand for an adult woman to take, but hardly a career-ender; at her then home of Fox News, casual bigotry of this sort got an anchor little more than a glorified speeding ticket. Skip ahead to 2015, a pivotal time in Kellys rise through the TV ranks and the start of the window during …

After participating in Colin Kaepernick’s workout, wide receiver Jordan Veasy lands on an NFL team’s practice squad

(CNN)Jordan Veasy, one of the wide receivers who participated in Colin Kaepernick’s workout last month at a high school near Atlanta, has been signed by an NFL team. Ahead of Kaepernick’s workout, Veasy was in his hometown, roughly a two-hour drive from Atlanta, working out in hopes to get back into the NFL. “I was going to be in Gadsden running routes anyway,” Veasy told the Post. “Might as well run ’em in front of some scouts.” Veasy told the Post he believed that the Kaepernick workout aided him in landing a spot on the practice squad in Washington. “It helped,” Veasy said to the Post. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just …

The 50 greatest Christmas songs ranked!

From John Fahey, the Sonics and the Waitresses to Slade, Wizzard and Mariah Carey, we count down the best festive numbers 50. John Fahey The First Noel Tiring of the fact that no one wanted to buy albums of experimental American primitive guitar music, but they bought White Christmas every year, John Fahey recorded an album of Emmy the Great and the loudest, most raucous thing on their 2011 Christmas album this is a song that sounds joyous, but is really about the desire to escape, to anywhere that isnt cold. So long as its not alone. 47. Little Joey Farr RocknRoll Christmas Rocknroll and rockabilly are a treasure trove of Christmas novelty numbers (try Marlene Paulas I Want To …

Stephen Colbert: Trump ‘naming an alternate reality he wants to exist’

Late-night hosts decode another day of impeachment hearings in the House and testy moments on the Democratic campaign trail Stephen Colbert Its just over two weeks until Christmas, and already we got a little present ahead of time from the inspector general, said Stephen Colbert on Mondays Late Show. That would be a report from the justice department inspector generals office on the FBIs investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which debunked months of claims from Trump that the investigation was a political hit and concluded that the FBI had sufficient evidence to lawfully open the Russia investigation. End of story. Truth wins, Colbert said. This wasnt an overthrow of the government. This wasnt even an attempted overthrow …

Golden Globes list looks like ominous backlash

(CNN)The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and leading the pack are “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour Jimmy Hoffa epic, and “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach’s semi-autobiographical divorce drama (with five and six nominations, respectively). It’s also well worth noting that in a year when Netflix scored such an impressive yield of nominations for “The Irishman,” another electrifying work they produced, “When They See Us” — a work from Ava DuVernay that transformed how our society sees the plight of the Central Park Five — was completely shut out. And Regina King, who’s delivering one of the year’s best TV performances on HBO’s “Watchmen,” is also absent on the nominee lists, as is any mention of the critically-raved-about show. (This …

Nine ways to stitch America back together

(CNN)There is a slow-motion car crash quality to the destruction of democratic norms right now. But we can’t afford to simply fixate on our problems. We need to focus on finding solutions. Economics: Three ideas to strengthen the middle class There is political, as well as economic ballast in a strong middle class. And that is what defined America in the middle of the 20th century. But, for decades, the middle class has been squeezed with stagnant wages and lower social mobility. Small businesses have suffered while once proud and thriving Midwest cities have stagnated and declined, leading to huge disparities in regional economies. At the same time, the top one-hundredth of 1% has saw its share of wealth more …

Man who saved factory blast ‘lasses’ honoured

There were about 150 women and girls in the room when the explosion happened, at 22:27 as the night shift got under way. More stories from around Yorkshire With 35 dead and many more injured, men and women rushed into the room to try to bring the injured to safety. Image copyright AFP The explosion at Barnbow led to the single largest loss of life in the history of Leeds When World War One broke out, there was unprecedented demand for ammunition and three businessmen found the site for the factory It was built within three months and employed 17,000 workers, most of them women Three separate explosions happened at the factory, but the most serious was the one on …

Producer Offers To Pay With Exposure, Gets Some Unwanted Exposure Himself

But it seems that even though we’ve (mostly) moved beyond bartering, we’ve accelerated into the era of exposure. Yes, some people believe that promising someone attention is the same as giving them fair compensation. Bored Panda spoke with a representative of A producer wanted backup dancers who would work for exposure Image credits: “We are working hard to change the culture around working for exposure, experience, prestige and the promise of paid work in the future by educating new and aspiring freelancers. We highlight the impact it has on their career, show them how valuable they are and work on their self-worth. On the company side, we show them how paying freelancers fairly is better for their bottom line as …

What is the point of a clock tower?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower is the tallest freestanding clock tower in the UK The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham still serves its original purpose more than a century after it was built. Image copyright University of Birmingham Image caption The colour of the clock’s four faces can be changed to mark events such as St Patrick’s Day and Pride “It was an advertisement, it was a public relations exercise. I think the idea was as people walked by or came by on the train going into Birmingham, they would say ‘what’s that thing?’ “It still is visible for miles around and is an icon of the university. …

TikTok’s soft girls: could a hyper-cute aesthetic be a symbol of empowerment?

The soft girls vision of femininity can be seen as retrograde but theres more going on than simply blush and Bambi eyes Everyone knows the familiar high-school subcultures the populars, rebels and artsy weirdos who comprise the basic foundation of teen archetypes. Now new subcultural types distinctive enough to be intelligible to adults have emerged, in large part via trend superconductor the New York Times and the BuzzFeed quizzes, Urban Dictionary definitions in 2019. (The softboi also exists hes an emotionally exploitative lothario described r/softgirl, over Messenger. On TikTok, I see a lot of videos radiating soft-girl energy. That means, she says, hair clips, soft colors, mom jeans, glossy lips and overall just a dreamy vibe. You will find the …

Sorry, Timbers, this is not the way to aplogise to the missus | Barbara Ellen

Justin Timberlake, caught holding hands with another woman, leaps to Instagram to say sorry and slip in a plug for his new film How wonderfully modern that Justin Timberlake took to Instagram to apologise to his wife, Jessica Biel. After being snapped looking inebriated on a balcony, holding hands with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright, Timberlake began Original Article : HERE ;

A new Mulan live-action trailer is out and people seem excited. Except in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (CNN)A new trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of the movie “Mulan” is receiving positive reviews on social media, except in Hong Kong where protesters are calling for a boycott. The new trailer, released Thursday, covers the main elements of Mulan’s story: Mulan joins the army to save her father from being conscripted then faces down an invasion from the Hun army, led by Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan and renowned Chinese actress Gong Li as shape-shifting witch Xian Lang. But while the trailer generated excitement and nostalgia on social media, the response from Hong Kong protesters was strongly negative. Prominent pro-democracy activist Nathan Law retweeted a doctored image of the poster within hours of the trailer’s release, …

BBC pledges to improve disabled portrayal

Comedy Jerk, which follows a man who knows having cerebral palsy means he can get away with almost anything, will return for a new series. This disabled comedian is a Jerk Visual impairment no barrier to pantomime star ‘I never thought I’d be presenting’ Announcing the “concerted drive to go further on representation” in 2020, the BBC also said there would include better “incidental and integrated” representation in existing shows. Blind broadcaster and entrepreneur Amar Latif will join the line-up of Pilgrimage, and actress and comedian Liz Carr will delve into her family tree in Who Do You Think You Are? Disabled panellists will also appear on Celebrity Mastermind and Would I Lie To You? Analysis – Alex Taylor, BBC …

Biden, ‘The Irishman’ and the enduring power of aging white men

Washington (CNN)Joe Biden this week had a tense exchange with an audience member during an Iowa town hall who had asserted, among other things, that the former vice president is “too old” to helm the White House. The former, directed by Quentin Tarantino, charts a man’s shaggy journey as he comes to terms with the fact that he’s become a pop-cultural relic. And the latter, by Martin Scorsese, is a machismo-fueled gangster epic about how life wears you down. The two films are thoughtful reckonings with aging, specifically with the atrophying of a certain, narrow performance of manhood and the attendant anxieties of that decline. Both also shine a light on the rigorous reflection that often doesn’t happen in the …