Morrison fails to read the room as sport shows he’s playing out of his league
After decades of the right using racism to wedge the left, professional sports players have now wedged the right between past and future.For Morrison, January 26 was meant to be an opportunity to rally his team with a few big opening hits against out-of-touch lefties before settling down for the longer innings of the political year. Instead, he’s been on defence, in response to the cultural evolution of Australia’s most national sport — cricket.
Cathy Yan wishes she had "more control" over 'Birds of Prey'. © Bang Showbiz Cathy Yan
The 38-year-old director helmed the DC Extended Universe movie and confessed that she wanted to have more of a say over the final cut of the film.
Cathy said: "I would have loved to have more control over the edit of ('Birds of Prey'). But that's just kind of how it is.
"I don't know if there's a Cathy Yan cut out there, but I think for any filmmaker, all of us are in it because we want to express ourselves as wholly as possible. And to match what you ultimately see on screen with what's in our head."
Gallery: 10 fascinating facts about the Bridgerton cast (BANG Showbiz)
Hundreds of pelicans found dead in Senegal World Heritage site
At least 750 pelicans found dead in Djoudj bird sanctuary near border with Mauritania, Senegal’s parks director says.Rangers found the pelicans on January 23 in the Djoudj bird sanctuary, a remote pocket of wetland near the border with Mauritania and a resting place for birds that cross the Sahara Desert into West Africa each year.
Diamond of the first water
In just over a month since it first premiered, ‘Bridgerton’ has become Netflix’s “biggest series ever”. The Regency-era period drama quickly had fans hooked with its orchestral versions of pop songs and extravagant ball gowns. It’s safe to say that most of us at home are eagerly waiting for the second series to drop. So, for those fans that need more ‘Bridgerton’ in their lives, we reveal 10 facts you might not have known about the cast...
Regé-Jean Page’s portrayal of Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings has had many a viewer drooling. The marriage-averse duke first partners with Daphne Bridgerton to keep matchmakers at bay, but we soon see more develop out of their ruse. In an interview with Glamour, Phoebe was asked if her co-star had any bad habits that would have given him an off-putting stench during their intimate scenes together. She said: “He smells really, really nice. He never, ever had bad breath, and he doesn’t smoke or anything like that.” Before the 25-year-old actress added: “We both drink a lot of coffee, so sometimes we both smell like that, which was fine. He’s unscented in a good way.” While, she also explained that she thinks Page was perfectly cast in the role of Simon Basset. She said: “He’s very polite and gentlemanly and all things that Simon is."
Phoebe Dynevor plays Regency-era debutante Daphne Bridgerton, who is the diamond of the London season after Queen Charlotte regards her as “flawless.” However, after her older brother Anthony interferes in her love life, she partners with the handsome Duke of Hastings to trick London’s high society. This meant that Dynevor had a number of racy scenes with her co-star Regé-Jean Page who plays the duke. However, the actress has revealed that it was actually her character’s very awkward solo scene that was the “hardest” to film. She spoke to Glamour, about the said scene, which was far to risqué to mention on here! She said: “ It's a difficult thing to rehearse, which means you don't. You just do it. That's saying something because there were a lot of difficult scenes to shoot. You feel very vulnerable in those scenes."
Adjoa Andoh plays Lady Danbury, a surrogate mother to Simon Basset and a commanding for in the London society scene. Fierce, formidable and frank, Lady Danbury has proven to be a fan favourite. Just like her character, Andoh has revealed that she too can ride a horse. The actress grew up in the Cotswolds, in the south-west of England, where she “rode horses all the time.”
Ruby Barker’s character, Marina Thompson finds herself in a complicated situation and with the added pressures of London’s high society, has to navigate herself out of it. It seems that just like her character Marina, Barker has a big heart and is a proud animal lover. The actress has an adorable pet cat named Mr. Morse, who has made several appearances on her Instagram. Maybe she should make him his own Instagram account because he’s sure proved popular with her followers.
Luke Newton plays one of the Bridgerton brothers, the dashing and sweet Colin Bridgerton. After falling for Marina Thompson, the younger and more naïve Bridgerton son finds himself in the middle of an unexpected scandal. Thankfully, Newton is luckier in love than his character. The 23-year-old is dating stage actress Jade Louise Davies, and according to Instagram, the couple have been going strong since 2019.
Claudia Jessie plays Eloise Bridgerton, Daphne’s society-averse sister who makes it her mission to discover Lady Whistledown’s true identity. Eloise’s age is not explicitly stated in the series, but since we know that she is Daphne’s younger sister, viewers can assume that the character is a teenager. However, many people will be surprised to learn that Claudia is actually 31 in real life, making her 6 years older than Phoebe Dyvenor who plays her older sister.
Jonathan Bailey plays Anthony Bridgerton, who finds himself stuck between duty and passion after inheriting his late father’s Viscount title. Despite having good intentions in finding his sister an appropriate match, Bridgerton ends up meddling too much and drives the suitors away. In a recent interview with Sir Ian McKellen, he spoke about being gay in the entertainment industry, revealing that he’s experienced the most alarm about his sexual orientation from studio executives who are also gay. He told Attitude magazine: “The most conservative conversations I’ve had about me being honest about my sexuality in this day and age have come from gay men in the industry. 'Oh, no, you can’t come out. You shouldn’t really do that If you do that, you’re going to have to…’ They’re either people who work in publicity, or there’s also been casting directors who have put the call into my agent to say, ‘Just so that you know, the way that this is going to be sold is that it’s a gay story written by gay writers for gay actors.'"
Nicola Coughlan plays reluctant debutante Penelope Featherington, and she has admitted that she’s happy that her character’s weight is not her “defining characteristic.” “It's referenced, but it's not the defining characteristic of Penelope. The 33 year old told the Guardian: "I think that's what bothers me: we try and reduce women to the size of their body and there's so much more than that." Coughlan was furious when she was labelled “the big one” after season one of ‘Derry Girls’ aired. She said: “It was wild because I was size 10 filming series one and I got called 'the big one'! I was like, 'Are you serious?!' I'm not this gigantic sumo wrestler, and even if I were, would it matter? Would it be relevant?" When Nicola isn’t busy filming, she has been spotted out with other Hollywood A-listers, one of them being ‘Queer Eye’s’ Jonathan Van Ness. The pair became friends via social media and the actress even jetted off to LA last year to be Van Ness's date to Sir Elton John’s Oscar Party.
Cathy admits that her experience on 'Birds of Prey' – which starred Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as The Huntress and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary - has left her unsure about taking on a blockbuster in the future.
Canal +: here are the unreleased films broadcast on the channel in February 2021
© WARNER BROS. Canal +: here are the unreleased films broadcast on the channel in February 2021 Each month, Canal + offers a selection of unreleased films on television, between eight and twelve months after their theatrical release. Here are those that subscribers will be able to discover in February 2021. While the cinemas are still closed in France , television offers to discover new films in the warmth of your home.
Asked if the superhero flick will impact on her plans, she told The Playlist: "Yes and no.
"I never did ('Birds of Prey') in the first place so that I could say I did a big movie or blockbuster movie. I actually very much did it because I thought the script was interesting. And the fact that I got the chance to depict women, especially female superheroes, in a way that we haven't really seen before, like neither perfect nor weak, you know?
"I think it's (typically) either-or really. I enjoyed that challenge of being able to subvert the genre a little bit."
Cathy added: "I would never discount ever doing it again. I try not to think of whether I would do this type of movie or that type of movie again. Or whether I'd work with this studio or that.
"But more like, 'Is this story compelling?' And I'm also a writer/director. So, in that case, my big lesson is that I want to continue to do that and have a little bit more control over the story I'm telling."
‘Valuable treasure’: Gaza turns to quail as fishing goes belly up .
As the Israeli blockade continues to inflict hardship, Palestinians in Gaza are finding innovative sources of income.Ibrahim Abu Odeh, 34, from the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, is one of them. Refusing to lose hope even as unemployment reached nearly 50 percent, he started the first quail farm in the besieged coastal enclave.