Dog the Bounty Hunter Proposes to Friend Moon Angell on ‘Dr. Oz Show’

Walking down the aisle? Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman proposed to his friend Moon Angell just seven months after the death of his wife, Beth Chapman.

The reality star, 66, popped the question to Angell, 53, during an interview on the February 3 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, which was recorded last week.

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Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and Moon Angell Courtesy of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman/Instagram

“I am a lot happier with her around,” Dog tearfully says in a sneak peek of the episode. “Moon Angell, will you marry me?”

Although the preview cuts off before it shows Angell’s response, she teased her answer via Instagram on Wednesday, January 29. One fan commented on her account “R u and [Dog] engaged ???” to which she replied, “he asked … make sure you watch Oz.”

A marriage proposal?

Airs 2/3. pic.twitter.com/kUsE7zBPRQ

— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) January 29, 2020

However, a source confirmed to Us Weekly that Dog, who became extremely emotional during the interview, did not give Angell a ring and that the pair are not engaged.

Over the past few weeks, Dog and Angell have sparked speculation that they are dating. The Dog’s Most Wanted star further fueled the rumors when he posted a picture with Angell on his Instagram on January 5. Angell served as Beth’s administrative assistant for more than 20 years.

Dog’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, has openly criticized her father’s relationship with Angell on social media. Lyssa, 32, alleged on January 7 that Angell had previously dated one of Dog’s sons, but did not identify which one.

“If someone who met your family by dating your brother, tried to date your father after your step- mom died what would you do?” Lyssa tweeted at the time. “If you went to your mothers closet and saw she moved all her clothes and replaced them with her own, what would you do? #ItsNotWhenOrWhyItsWho.”

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Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and Moon Angell Dr Oz

She added, “My dad is a GROWN ASS MAN. His money. His dynasty. But you can guarantee that my name is not going down in history as a person who supported this.”

Dog told Radar earlier this month that he and Angell are just friends and that she has been his support system in the wake of his wife’s death. Beth died in June 2019 in Honolulu after a two-year battle with throat and lung cancer. She was 51 years old.

“She [Angell] has just been so good to me. I’ll get really emotional and find myself getting into a dark hole and she will tell me to suck it up,” he explained in an interview on January 7. “So it’s been good having her by my side.”

The reality TV personality told Us in August 2019 that although he’s open to dating, he has no plans to marry again.

“There will never be another Mrs. Dog,” Dog said at the time. “We both said, ‘If I die, you can have a man. 10 [men], I don’t care. But don’t marry one.’ … And she said, ‘Don’t take my name off your chest, Dog. Do not get married.’ … Don’t worry, I will not get married.”

He added, “I have to have the companionship. I don’t do single s–t.”

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Fern Britton announces split from This Morning husband Phil Vickery | Entertainment Daily

Fern Britton has split from her husband Phil Vickery, the presenter has revealed on social media.

The 62-year-old television presenter has announced she is ending her 20-year marriage to her husband and celebrity chef Phil, but has insisted the pair will “always share a great friendship”.

On Twitter, Fern wrote: “After more than 20 happy years together, Phil and I have decided to go our separate ways.

“We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children.

“We would appreciate it if our privacy is respected at this time.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support. (sic)”

Fern and Phil have 18-year-old daughter Winnie together, while the Ready Steady Cook presenter also has twins Harry and Jack,

26, and Grace, 23, with former husband Clive Jones.

The couple tied the knot 20 years ago in 2000, after Fern had split from Clive in the same year following a 12-year marriage.

They met on This Morning when Fern hosted the show alongside Philip Schofield – who now hosts with Holly Willoughby – and the star previously said she never thought she would find love again as a mother of three children.

Speaking previously about the start of their romance, Fern said: “The boys were four; Grace hadn’t even started toddling.

“I remember thinking at the time that nobody was going to take a 40-something woman with three kids.

“Then, one day at work, someone said, ‘Phil Vickery fancies you.’ And I went, ‘Remind me – which one is he?’

“Eventually, I kidnapped him, put him and his dirty washing – he was single at the time – in my car and drove him home.

“The next day, he baked me his irresistible gooseberry crumble.”

Fern described Phil as her “life’s great love”.

She added: “He is my life’s great love, a really amazing husband, partner, friend.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first person to get 200 million followers on Instagram

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first person to reach 200 million followers on Instagram.

The Portuguese star now has 27 more followers than the next most-followed person on the site, musician Ariana Grande.

In 2018, he passed Selena Gomez to become the most followed person on Instagram – Gomez herself has since been overtaken by Grande and actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Ronaldo was also named as the highest celebrity earner on Instagram in July 2019.

He pockets about £784,000 anytime he makes a post on the social media site.

The player had made 2,606 posts as at July 23, 2019 to his page, a number which has risen to 2,754 as at January 29, 2020.

And it’s not just the odd “thank you” post after games for the Juventus forward as we usually see with other sports stars.

Ronaldo spices up his account with pictures from photo shoots, shots of him working out, of him on vacation and particularly with his family.

Ronaldo’s most recent post was a video celebrating his 200m followers

His charity work is also one part of his life on full display on the page.

The popularity of his account is prime advertising ground for brands who will now have to fork out close to £800,000 for every promotional post.

This amount has risen by about £200,000 since last year due to the steady growth of the page and the staying power of Cristiano himself.

Despite leaving then-European Champions Real Madrid, the player had a successful campaign with Italian giants Juventus last year, winning the Serie A title and being named the best player of the division.

He has already scored 10 goals this season for the club.

Ariana Grande and Dwayne Johnson trail Ronaldo with while Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner round out the Top 4.

Full Top 10

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – 200 million
  2. Ariana Grande – 173 million
  3. Dwayne Johnson – 170 million
  4. Selena Gomez – 167 million
  5. Kylie Jenner – 159 million
  6. Kim Kardashian – 158 million
  7. Lionel Messi – 141 million
  8. Beyonce – 139 million
  9. Neymar – 132 million
  10. Justin Bieber – 126 million

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‘Star Trek’ And ‘Facts Of Life’ Actress Marj Dusay Dies At 83

  • On Tuesday, January 28, actress Marj Dusay died at the age of 83. 
  • She was best known for her roles in soap operas, ‘Star Trek,’ and ‘The Facts of Life.’
  • Her former television daughter Lisa Whelchel shared a tribute on Instagram. 

Actress Marj Dusay died on Tuesday at the age of 83. She had a long career which included working on five daytime soap operas, appearing in The Facts of Life, The Odd Couple, and Star Trek.

She was born Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney on February 20, 1936, in Kansas. In her early career, she was a model in New York. Later, she moved to Los Angeles and became a member of The Session, an improvisational comedy troupe formed by Rob Reiner.

Marj Dusay passed away at 83 years old

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‘Star Trek’ / NBC

She made her debut on-screen in the movie Clambake with Elvis Presley in 1967. Later she appeared as Blair’s (Lisa Whelchel) mother on The Facts of Life and appeared in The Odd Couple, MacArthur, and Star Trek. You may remember her in Star Trek as the alien who removes Spock’s brain.

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Marj Dusay / Facebook

Marj also appeared on five daytime soap operas including Days of Our Lives, Capitol, Santa Barbara, All My Children, and The Guiding light.

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‘The Facts of Life’ / Instagram

Lisa Whelchel posted a tribute on Instagram to her television mother. She wrote, “Just heard about the passing of Marj Dusay who played Blair’s mom, Monica Warner. She was absolutely perfect for the part, a seasoned actress and a delightful woman. It was a privilege to call her Facts of Life family.?”

She is survived by her two children.

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’90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way’ couple Tiffany and Ronald separate – National | Globalnews.ca

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way couple Tiffany and Ronald Smith have decided to call it quits less than seven months after welcoming their daughter, Carley Rose.

Tiffany shared the news Tuesday on Instagram and thanked her fans for following their relationship.

“Unfortunately, I have to announce that Ronald and I will be separating,” Tiffany said. “I wanted to be the first to let you know rather than hiding it and putting on a facade for social media.

“Thank you guys for following our story we really love each other but some things are just irreparable. We both deserve much better than what we can offer at the moment. Lots of love from us,” Tiffany posted on her Instagram Stories.

According to E! News, Ronald wrote his own statement on his Instagram Story before deleting it.

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“Thank you for following our story but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. I’ll be filing for divorce in [South Africa] since she isn’t even registered in USA as married. Talk about adultery,” he wrote, according to the outlet.

Tiffany added to her Instagram Story following Ronald’s post, appearing to address his “adultery” comment and referring to her husband as “a toxic person.”

“When a toxic person can no longer manipulate you they will try to manipulate the way others see you. Truer words have never been spoken,” Tiffany wrote.

“I wish nothing but good things for Ronald but I won’t waste one more second being taken for granted and being unhappy.

“I never cheated that is what I’m assuming is an attempt at trying to make me seem like the cause of the separation but I want you all to know I really don’t like putting all of this on social media,” she added. “But obviously I know our relationship is very public and I owe this to all of you.”

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Tiffany said that “this is all I will share for now.”

“He can continue to lash out and say all the negative things he wants about me. All I did was love him too much and try to [sic] hard to make things work,” she concluded.

The pair welcomed their daughter Carley Rose in July of last year.

Tiffany and Ronald met when she was on a trip to South Africa. She moved there to be with him and planned to bring her son, Daniel, with her.

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NTAs: Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn wins Best Serial Drama Performance | Entertainment Daily

There was tough competition for the Best Serial Drama Performance Award at the NTAs.

Katie McGlynn, from Coronation Street, was up against EastEnders’ Danny Dyer, Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and Hollyoaks’ Gregory Finnegan.

Katie’s character Sinead Osborne moved soap fans to tears as she died after being diagnosed with cancer in heart-wrenching scenes last year.

Danny’s Mick Carter, always popular with viewers, has faced a battle with panic attacks and wife Linda’s worsening alcoholism.

Danny Miller has been at his angst-ridden Aaron Dingle best as he dealt with husband Robert Sugden being sent down and disowning him.

And Gregory Finnegan has made baddie James Nightingale loveable as he struggles with the murder of partner Harry.

Viewers voted for Katie, who took to the stage and delivered a beautiful speech, thanking her late grandad for taking her to acting classes.

The actress choked back tears as she dedicated her award to women currently living with cervical cancer and their families.

The win was certainly popular with viewers, who flocked to offer congratulations on Twitter,

So glad to see Katie McGlynn win an award. #NTAs

— ((( Vashti bat Daf Yomi ))) (@chasetherain) January 28, 2020

So happy @KatiexMcGlynn won, she was absolutely brilliant in Sinead’s storyline, utterly heartbreaking

So glad she won, very well played, had me a right mess during the storyline, but so true to life

I do enjoy the #NTAs Not surprised that Katie McGlynn won, she thoroughly deserves that award. Personally, I couldn’t watch her final scenes had to turn off half way through. Too close to home. Well done @KatiexMcGlynn

— Sir Dean Hurrell ™ (@Dean_Hurrell) January 28, 2020

Couldn’t be happier seeing @KatiexMcGlynn win that award! Thoroughly deserved. What a beautiful person inside & out! Congratulations Katie #Corrie #NTAs

— Charlotte Morris (@CharlMoz2k8) January 28, 2020

Some viewers thought she over-egged her moment on stage with a long speech (well, we all would, surely?)…

Actually thought Katie McGlynn was never gonna leave the stage! #NTAs

— Sam B (@moonkiwielmo) January 28, 2020

Katie’s speech was so long they’ve had to cancel News at Ten. #NTAs

— Paul Lang (@rudemrlang) January 28, 2020

Jesus christ wrap it up Katie….#NTAs

I remember life before Katie Mcglynn’s speech, seems soo long ago now #NTAs

The year is 2055. Cars can fly, DFS still have a sale on, and Katie McGlynn is still making her speech at the National TV Awards #NTAs

— JD (@Jonny_Dodds) January 28, 2020

Harsh judgment, considering all the incredible work she put into the storyline.

Celebs seem determined to have their say tonight, as Ruth Jones carried on delivering her thank yous after accepting the Image award for Gavin & Stacey.

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Meghan updates: Thomas Markle brands Prince Harry ‘insecure’ and thinks he’s ‘mothered’ by her | Entertainment Daily

Thomas Markle has not been shy when it comes to voicing his opinion on his daughter, Meghan Markle, and her husband, Prince Harry.

Thomas, 75, appeared on Good Morning Britain earlier this week (Monday 27 January 2020) to slam the pair.

And now the estranged father is at it again when he appears on an American chatshow, where he calls Harry ‘very insecure’.

The Daily Mail reports that Thomas is set to appear on a TMZ special – Harry & Meghan: The Royals In Crisis – which will air on the Fox network on Wednesday night (29 January 2020).

In preview clips, an emotional Thomas speaks about his relationship with his daughter and son-in-law, as well as his grandchild, Archie.

“I think that Harry is a very insecure man and I think that’s being shifted on to my daughter,” he says in the clip.

“I think she winds up mothering him.”

He continues: “I hope that they stay together, love each other and take care of their child – my grandchild – and even if I never see them again I wish them the very best.

“I still love them. I hope that someday we do get back together, but I’m 75 so there isn’t a lot of time.”

Piers is also set to appear in the documentary (Credit: Fox)

The special is also set to feature Piers Morgan, a fierce critic of the couple, as well as Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Phil, Mark Cuban and Lisa Vanderpump.

TV host Ryan says about the couple: “I think that the Kardashian family has built extreme interest in their lives. Obviously there’s massive interest in Harry and Meghan.

“I know the Kardashians made a pact with the family when they started out on this journey to be open and honest and show the good the bad and the tough to the public.

“Whether Harry and Meghan want to do that, need to do that or have decided to do that remains to be seen.”

Meghan and her father haven’t spoke since the eve of her wedding (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Thomas has not spoken to his daughter since the eve of her wedding to Harry, and has now reportedly agreed to potentially testify against her in court.

Meghan has sued The Mail On Sunday for publishing a personal letter to her father in August 2018.

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Emilio Estevez Returns As Coach Bombay In Mighty Ducks Series

According to a tweet from Disney+ Updates Emilio Estevez will be reprising his role as Gordon Bombay in ‘The Mighty Ducks’ series. Estevez was part of what made the movies so memorable and now he will be taking a lead role in the show. The show is to be ten episodes long and run exclusively on Disney Plus.

Emilio Estevez will reprise his role as Gordon Bombay in #DisneyPlus’ ‘THE MIGHTY DUCKS’ series! pic.twitter.com/FBEdg0BUVH

— Disney+ Updates (@moredisneyplus) January 28, 2020

Since he is coming back as Coach Bombay we know that he is going to play a major role in this new series. The Illuminerdy also confirms that he will play a major role. We announced the series revival last year in November when the logline was put up.

“After getting kicked off the junior division Mighty Ducks team, a 13-year-old boy and his mom decide to start their own team, finding players, a coach, and a place to play.”

So what it seems like is maybe Coach Bombay retired and was brought back into the fold when the 13 year old’s mom brings him back into it. I mean, that would be the obvious route anyway. What is certain is that it will be one of the highlights of content we’re looking forward to and it’s going to be exciting how this all plays out.

Most likely we’re going to see a lot more of the original cast of the movies as they have been gathering together a lot more lately. Probably catching up and getting ready for some cameos.

What do you think of this awesome news? Tell us in the comments!

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Breaking Bad Star RJ Mitte Wants Spin-Off With Walt Jr. As New Drug Kingpin

Breaking Bad Star RJ Mitte Wants Spin-Off With Walt Jr As New Drug KingpinPA/Netflix

Following the success of Breaking Bad, RJ Mitte – aka Walter White Jr. – wants to continue his on-screen dad’s legacy and get his very own Breaking Bad spin-off show. 

The hit series – which concluded in 2013 – has since spawned its own movie, El Camino, which was released on Netflix last October with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as the film’s protagonist. But now RJ Mitte wants his own spin-off.

Indeed, Mitte has supposedly already pitched his idea to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

Breaking Bad Star RJ Mitte Wants Spin-Off With Walt Jr As New Drug KingpinPA images

Speaking to The Sun, the 27-year-old actor said:

He is his father’s son in a way of his actions and his moralities of what he’s going to do would be right for his family.

I think for us it would be a very hard life after what Heisenberg did to his family and I think that stigma would carry.

But I would like to see Walt Jr. being a gangster.

El Camino was viewed more than 25 million times within a week of its debut, so it’s evident that six years on from the Breaking Bad finale, people are hungry for more.

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Two years after the hit series ended, a prequel spin-off based on Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman was released, named Better Call Saul.

In the Netflix series, we see Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) start his career a small-time attorney and go through a series of trials and tragedies as he transforms into his  criminal lawyer alter ego, Saul Goodman.

As with Breaking Bad, both Better Call Saul and El Camino received rave reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes awarding all three shows more than 90%. Better Call Saul receiving the highest of three with an impressive 97%.

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Both successful spin-offs were written by Vince Gilligan, so Mitte has obviously gone to the right person to discuss a future Walter White Jr. series. If Gilligan decides to give it the green light, it’s likely be a huge hit.

In the meantime, season five of Better Call Saul is dropping on Netflix next month, and fans are super excited to see what antics the lawyer gets up to next.

Before season five has even aired, AMC announced it had renewed Better Call Saul for a further season.

Showrunner and Executive Producer Peter Gould said:

From day one of Better Call Saul my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true.

We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing.

Better Call Saul will be available to stream on Netflix from February 24. 

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Lethal Weapon 5 Confirmed With Mel Gibson And Danny Glover Returning

The Lethal Weapon franchise seems not to be dead. Honestly, after Lethal Weapon 4 and everything that happened with Mel Gibson, I thought Lethal Weapon 5 might never happen.

That said, it sounds like Lethal Weapon 5 might be going ahead and I’m kind of interested to see what might happen.

It’s not just coming back, but it’s also been revealed that Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and the director Richard Donner will all be returning.

This was all revealed by the film’s producer, Dan Lin, who was talking during a recent Roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter.

He was there to discuss his current film, The Two Popes, which is up for Oscars this year.

However, he started to talk about the final Lethal Weapon movie and here’s what he had to say when he was asked about Lethal Weapon 5 and whether it was still happening or not.

We’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie. And Dick Donner’s coming back.

The original cast is coming back. And it’s just amazing.

The story itself is very personal to him. Mel and Danny are ready to go, so it’s about the script.

So, it sounds like it’s full steam ahead on Lethal Weapon 5 which has also been confirmed to be the last movie in the franchise.

Lethal Weapon 5 is happening, which is surprising

Lethal Weapon 5 is happening

Lethal Weapon 5 is happening – Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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They’re currently working on the script and it seems like it’s pretty much ready to go.

This means that Gibson and Glover will be returning as Riggs and Murtaugh which is pretty exciting.

It does seem as though the movie might have been put on hold after everything that happened with Mel Gibson.

However, it seems as though Hollywood’s forgiven the actor for everything that happened (not so sure about that myself).

Bad Boys For Life’s recent success might also have something to do with the fact that Lethal Weapon 5 is back on the table.

What do you think about this? Are you looking forward to a Lethal Weapon 5?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Every Studio Ghibli film – ranked! | Film | The Guardian

21. Porco Rosso (1992)

The first of Hayao Miyazaki’s aviation-themed films, it remains unclear why its pilot character is a pig (unfortunately, a sexist one). Set against the rising Italian fascist regime, this chirpy animation has an oddly noticeable gangster-film influence. After absconding from the RAF, Porco Rosso transforms back into a human, literally and metaphorically.

20. My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999)

Though lacking the stunning visuals of Studio Ghibli’s best-known films, this portrait of a suburban family compensates with comedy. Episodic sketches of quotidian drama, in newspaper comic-strip style, are punctuated by lines of Bashō’s poetry. An adaptation of the manga series Nono-Chan, this was Studio Ghibli’s first entirely digital work.

19. Only Yesterday (1991)

Isao Takahata directs this leisurely, meditative account of a woman nearing 30, experiencing pressure to get married. She takes leave from work and heads to the countryside, accompanied by the memory of her cringe-worthy 10-year-old self and an east-European-inspired soundtrack. Most of the action unfolds as the credits roll.

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18. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

A film directed by Miyazaki’s son, Gorō, this study of port town Yokohama in the wake of the Korean war twists into a strange adolescent love story. In memory of her ship captain father, a girl raises flags visible from the harbour, unwittingly attracting the attention of her classmate.

17. Arrietty (2010)

A homage to The Borrowers, this is Studio Ghibli’s version of the celebrated story of tiny people who “borrow” things. Its animators delight in minuscule detail: a cup brimming with a single drop of tea, wallpaper made of leaves. Featuring the voice of Saoirse Ronan, this is as heart-warming as Mary Norton’s original.

16. Pom Poko (1994)

A tragicomedy on sweeping urban expansion, blind to the lives of other species and spirits. Riled by humans destroying their forest, a group of tanuki (racoon dogs) revolt. They relearn the ancient Buddhist art of shapeshifting in attempts to sabotage construction work. Despite its humour, the reality of this film strikes hard.

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15. When Marnie Was There (2014)

Studio Ghibli’s most recent film to date, this follows a troubled teenager sent to stay with her foster mother’s relatives. Bewitched by a local salt-marsh mansion, she pays nightly visits to the ghost of the girl who lived there. An eerie film with an ending neatly wrapped up.

14. Ocean Waves (1993)

A quietly revelatory narrative of a student realising his feelings for his ex-classmate as he glimpses her on a train platform. Produced by younger staff, this film is a deviation from the full-blown fantasy Studio Ghibli is known for. Instead, this is a subtle and honest film about self-recognition.

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13. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

With its origin in one of Japan’s oldest manuscripts, the mythical life of Princess Kaguya (voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz for its English language dub) is illustrated in elegant, understated strokes of watercolour. Haunting artistically and musically, the princess’s feelings of relegation and harassment in a man’s world feel raw and, at moments, untethered in Isao Takahata’s final film.

12. The Wind Rises (2013)

The second of Studio Ghibli’s aviation-themed films, this is the animation house at peak visual prowess. “Ghibli” was the nickname of a second world war Italian aircraft; its moustachioed designer Caproni appears in the dreams of engineer Jiro Horikoshi in this poignant animation, which captures the preciousness of life.

11. The Cat Returns (2002)

One of Studio Ghibli’s most bizarre premises for a film (and that’s from the creators of Porco Rosso). Schoolgirl Haru is abducted by a herd of cats and coerced into marriage with a royal feline. A sequel of sorts to Whisper of the Heart, this is a cat owner’s fever dream.

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10. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Set in a spore-infested future swarming with immense insects, this is the story of a young princess destined to return the world to its habitable state. A psychedelic sci-fi slash fantasy-adventure influenced by Isaac Asimov and Tolkien, while also reminiscent of Star Wars. Produced before Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985, Miyazaki here sets down environmental concerns that become a staple of his later work. This earned the film a recommendation from WWF.

9. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

John Denver’s saccharine Country Roads is this film’s opening number, the sentimentality of which is steered into an uplifting and startling romance. A lesson that we should always follow cats on the train, Shizuku (voiced by Brittany Snow) finds a reverie-inducing world of antiques, violin-makers and cat figurines to contrast her humdrum (but sensitively depicted) Tokyo home life. As love is kindled between Shizuku and the antique seller’s son, she becomes determined to work on her talents and ambitions.

8. Ponyo (2008)

Vaguely based on The Little Mermaid: when a reckless fish spirit dashes away from home she is saved from the sea by a young boy. Ensuing feelings make her yearn to be human, hurling the natural balance of the world off-kilter. Although its child protagonists are far too young to promise to love each other, this whimsical marine animation, featuring Cate Blanchett as the radiant and ginormous Goddess of Mercy, is one of Studio Ghibli’s best.

7. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

Gorō Miyazaki’s directorial debut. He bore the huge burden of following up his father’s legacy while simultaneously being the first to adapt Ursula K Le Guin’s Earthsea series, an adaptation that she later disowned due to its departure from her books. While the film may lack the complexity of Le Guin’s narratives, this is a chilling representation of lurking corruption, plaguing the society of a fantastical world as a young prince flees the swelling shadow in his soul.

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6. Spirited Away (2001)

The stuff of childhood nightmares. After her parents turn into pigs, Chihiro is trapped in the spirit world. Forced to work in warty Yubaba’s bathhouse until she can free her parents, the young girl navigates the spirit world, a place both tranquil and terrifying. The result of Hayao Miyazaki’s mission to create a feisty heroine for young female viewers, this is one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest triumphs.

5. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

In Studio Ghibli’s first official film, conflicting forces tussle over the treasures of a floating island. The legendary root of western and eastern civilisation, Laputa’s evil heir Muska (Mark Hamill) returns to seize power. His plans are foiled by a young girl and a robot that, while at first appearing sinister, tends to the island’s flora and fauna. Miyazaki confessed that the village in this film channelled the Welsh mining towns with which he became familiar on his travels.

4. My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Emblematic of the Ghibli franchise, the snoozing woodland spirit Totoro has permeated global culture. In this simple story, two young girls are left to fend for themselves while their father is working and their mother is in hospital. The cuddly Totoro is on hand during emergencies, rescuing the children from the rain and summoning a smirking cat-shaped bus.

3. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Based on Eiko Kadono’s acclaimed novel about a teenage witch, this is the story of 13-year-old Kiki (voiced by Kirsten Dunst), who clambers on to her broom and goes in search of a new town in which to settle. Kiki struggles to find her footing in the developing world but ingeniously fashions her own delivery service for a bakery. An exuberant film about an enterprising young woman; a shame that the tragic loss of her sassy cat’s voice is underplayed.

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2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Poor Sophie (voice acted by Emily Mortimer and Jean Simmons) bears the brunt of several magical feuds in this fantastical animation, cursed to appear as an old woman. She finds employment as housekeeper for a narcissistic wizard and becomes embroiled in his resistance of a war stirring between kingdoms. (This, apprently, was Miyazaki’s filmic response to the Iraq conflict). A potent, affecting story of inner identity and beauty, loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.

1. Princess Mononoke (1997)

Speaking strongly to our present climate crisis, this monumental animation centres around a stand-off between iron manufacturers and ancient forest spirits. Further afield from the conflict, Prince Ashitaka is cursed by a raging boar spirit and forced to voyage to Irontown, there encountering ferocious Princess Mononoke. Miyazaki manages to create nuanced characters on both sides of the battle; the resounding message, as in many of his films, is to cultivate a caring and symbiotic relationship between humanity and nature.

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Get Over Here And Watch The First Trailer For The Animated Mortal Kombat Movie

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, things are looking up right now. Between a live-action movie coming in 2021, Joker DLC coming to Mortal Kombat 11, and the upcoming animated movie–Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge–it’s a great time to be a fan of this long-running, ultra-violent franchise.

The upcoming animated movie will be released sometime this spring on Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally, and yes, it will be rated-R. The first Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge trailer has arrived, which IGN had the scoop, and you can check it out below.

From the looks of the trailer, the film will follow the life of Hanzo Hasashi, the ninja who would eventually become Scorpion and would seek revenge on the man that killed him, Sub-Zero. In addition to that, we’ll get to see the Mortal Kombat tournament, where fighters from both Earthrealm and Outworld fight each other to protect their worlds.

The upcoming movie features an extensive cast, which some names that you probably know, including a perfectly cast Johnny Cage. Check out the full list below.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge cast:

  • Joel McHale as Johnny Cage
  • Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade
  • Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Hanzo Hasashi
  • Steve Blum as Sub-Zero
  • Jordan Rodrigues as Lui Kang
  • Robin Atkin Downes as Kano
  • Artt Butler as Shang Tsung
  • Darin De Paul as Quan Chi
  • David B. Mitchell as Raiden
  • Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro
  • Grey Griffin as Kitana

This animated film isn’t the only Mortal Kombat movie in the works. There is a live-action one from Warner Bros. on the way, which is shooting in southern Australia. Many members of the cast have already been revealed, including Kano, Sonya, Sub-Zero, Lui Kang, and Jax. The live-action Mortal Kombat movie will arrive in March 2021, roughly a year after Scorpion’s Revenge.

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Singer Joy Villa Shows up at the Grammy Awards in a ‘Trump 2020’ Dress: ‘Impeached and Re-Elected’

Singer-songwriter Joy Villa is voicing her support for “HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVE POWER” as she showed up to the Grammy Awards in a dress that expresses support of President Donald Trump.

Sharing that she “holds dear” to her heart “American exceptionalism lifting up integrity, free speech, family values and our beautiful freedom of religion,” Villa wrote on Instagram, “Thank God for [Donald Trump]!”

The singer and political activist continued, “The first president in USA history to be impeached and re-elected by us, the American people!”

Using the opportunity to share her support of the president, Villa took off a cover on the red carpet to show off a bright colored red dress that reads “Trump 2020” on the front and “Impeached & re-elected” on the back. She also held a small purse with the traditional symbol of the Republican Party, an elephant.

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HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVE POWER! Brought to you by myself and my collaborators @viral_pac and #AmericaAgainstHollywood! pic.twitter.com/I9DvhnEhNc

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 27, 2020

Our president @realDonaldTrump will be the first ever to be impeached and re-elected!
Fabulous couture Miss America gown by @Desidesigns #Trump2020 #joytribe #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7DEcE0GiQw

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 26, 2020

In response to KRRL radio station’s criticism of her outfit — awarding her the ” worst dressed” at the Grammy Awards — Villa responded, “I always stay winning.”

This isn’t the singer’s first time wearing controversial dresses to award shows, as she previously wore a dress that had the “Make America Great Again” slogan. She has also worn a “build the wall” slogan on her dress. Additionally, she wore a pro-life dress to the premiere of the “Unplanned” movie.

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Kylie Jenner reveals she knew pilot and flew on chopper that crashed killing Kobe Bryant | Daily Mail Online

Kylie Jenner took to social media to send her prayers to the families of those lost in the deadly helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.

The 22-year-old revealed a personal connection to the tragedy in her Instagram post, sharing with her followers that she used to fly on the same helicopter and knew the pilot personally.

Jenner had actually rented the same chopper as a treat for her niece Dream’s third birthday back in November.

Grieving: Kylie Jenner took to social media to share her personal connection to the Kobe Bryant tragedy and revealed that she used to fly on the same helicopter with the same pilot who also perished in the crash

Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash. 

‘Rest in peace .. and prayers to these families,’ she wrote below the images. 

‘I still can’t believe this. that was the helicopter i would fly on from time to time with that pilot, Ara. he was such a nice man.’

She added: ‘hold your loves ones close [heart emoji]’

Tragic: Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash

In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter as a birthday gift for her niece Dream, the daughter of Rob Kardashian.

Several shots of the three-year-old were shared on social media from inside the aircraft, as well as ones outside which showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76 – the same that crashed on Sunday. 

Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed, killing all on board. 

History: In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter which crashed on Sunday, killing all on board, as a birthday treat for brother Rob Kardashian’s daughter

Learning more: A shots of the three-year-old showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76

Conditions were not suitable for flying, according to Los Angeles police who grounded their own choppers due to heavy fog.

The pilot was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his ability to see terrain below him. 

On the flight with the Bryant’s and the pilot was John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester.

The accident: Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed

In tribute: Jenner was one of many who shared tributes on Sunday to the late basketball player and his daughter

On Sunday, Kylie shared a tribute post to Kobe and Gianna writing: ‘At loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family.’

Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection.

The makeup mogul pulled out all the stops for the new line in honor of her daughter, who is about to turn two in February.

Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday.

Business: Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection

Epic! Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday

So sweet! Stormi appeared entranced by the ethereal decorations

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots. ‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots.

‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️,’ she went on.

Kylie created an ethereal butterfly garden for the party for pint sized guests with custom butterfly chairs lined up at tables under mossy arches.

The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday. 

Bespoke: Like all of Kylie’s parties, the event came with custom swag

More to come! The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday

Sensational: Kylie is now worth a billion dollars thanks to the success of her cosmetics line

Kylie Jenner reveals she knew pilot and flew on chopper that crashed killing Kobe Bryant

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Joy Villa’s ‘Trump 2020’ Gown Steals the Show at Grammys

Singer and actress Joy Villa continued her streak of wearing pro-Trump outfits to the Grammys on Sunday night with a gown predicting the president’s re-election.

The dress said on the front, “Trump 2020,” while on the back it read “impeached & re-elected.”

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Our president @realDonaldTrump will be the first ever to be impeached and re-elected!
Fabulous couture Miss America gown by @Desidesigns #Trump2020 #joytribe #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7DEcE0GiQw

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 26, 2020

The dress was designed by Desi Allinger, who was also behind Villa’s 2019 border-wall-inspired outfit, USA Today reported.

In an Instagram post, Villa wrote, “As an artist I use my voice for what my heart holds dear: American exceptionalism lifting up integrity, free speech, family values and our beautiful freedom of religion. Thank God for @realdonaldtrump!”

Now @Joy_Villa should win an award for best dressed.
Trump 2020
Impeached & Re-Elected
Bravo ??? Joy!!!!❤️?? pic.twitter.com/evxSFuOV0m

— Pepper ?????? (@Pepper66904190) January 27, 2020

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The 28-year-old singer told The Hollywood Reporter before the Grammy Awards that she believes President Donald Trump’s impeachment to be a “total sham.”

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“He’s going to be the first president in history to be impeached and re-elected,” she said.

Asked whether she shared her plans with Trump before the show, Villa responded, “He’ll be surprised. I just told Ivanka and the White House that I’m going to wear something to be supportive. I don’t let anyone know the message beforehand.”

The artist’s outfit last year included a “Make America Great Again” handbag.

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“BUILD THE WALL” – Joy Villa wears VERY unusual border wall dress and MAGA handbag in vote of support to Donald Trump https://t.co/HgqCNafwJT pic.twitter.com/FA3gpsYXWB

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) February 11, 2019

In 2017, Villa wore a dress that had the Trump campaign MAGA slogan plastered on the front.

Gotta love it: Joy Villa’s “Make America Great Again / Trump” dress to Grammys | https://t.co/rIHdROXRMw pic.twitter.com/sVvwG4AN6u

— Steve Tobak (@SteveTobak) February 13, 2017

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In a 2019 interview, the singer said she appreciates the job Trump is doing for the country.

“Unemployment is down,” Villa told The Hollywood Reporter, according to USA Today. “I am totally for President Trump, and it’s only been one year. I can’t wait for the next seven years!”

Regarding her outfits, she explained, “It’s an opportunity to show the world who I am on the red carpet, which to me is the same as a stage. I approach it as a show. I want to ‘wow’ people.”

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“My heroes on the red carpet have always been Cher, Madonna, the wild ones; the worst dressed. Or Lady Gaga with the meat dress. Who even talks about the best dressed? No one even remembers who was best-dressed last year!”

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Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas, challenges Prince Harry to ‘duel’ with him

Meghan Markle’s estranged dad on Monday challenged Prince Harry to “man up” and finally meet him — saying he would be “happy to duel” with his “candy ass” and “whipped” royal son-in-law.

“Man up and fly down and see me,” Thomas Markle, 75, told “Good Morning Britain” during one of a series of extraordinary interviews he hopes will reach the royal couple after their “embarrassing” Megxit.

“I’d be happy to duel with Harry anytime,” Markle also told The Sun newspaper from his home in Mexico.

“One round in the chamber. Cocked. Ten steps, turn and fire. That’d settle the score.

“The way he’s been acting, I think he’d crouch on the ground before he gets to 10 steps. He’s a candy ass. He’s whipped,” Markle said of the royal son-in-law he has never met.

Despite his incredible challenge, Markle insists his explosive interviews are his “only shot” at getting through to his daughter, who has not spoken to him since he was a no-show at her May 2018 royal wedding.

“I’m at their mercy,” he told the morning TV show.

However, he bragged about being the key witness against his daughter in an upcoming court case — noting that it could prove to be the only way he could get in the same room as his estranged daughter and her husband.

“If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great. At least I’d finally get to see them!” Markle told the UK TV show.

Meghan Markle’s estranged dad opened up a trove of personal…

He insisted that he didn’t want a “face-off or a battle” — while bragging to The Sun that “everything will come out” about his daughter when he is a witness in her case against a British newspaper.

Still, he insisted, “If I saw her, I would say: ‘I’m sorry, I wish we could have sat down and worked this out.’

“I don’t like the idea of sides, of being in a battle with my daughter. I don’t like not being able to talk to her.”

Markle insisted he has written to the royals, as well as his ex-wife, Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, in doomed attempts to contact his daughter.

Even while hoping his interviews would reach his daughter, he still kept turning the screw, saying that her decision to quit the royal family was “embarrassing.”

“I think they’ve hurt the Queen, I think they’ve hurt the royals,” he told “Good Morning Britain.” “I’m a little embarrassed for them and I’m feeling very sorry for the Queen.”

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Thomas Markle ‘vows everything will come out’ in Meghan court battle | Entertainment Daily

Thomas Markle has reportedly vowed ‘everything will come out’ if he has to face daughter Meghan Markle in court.

According to The Sun, the 75-year-old is prepared to be a witness in his daughter’s legal battle with a UK newspaper over the publication of a letter she wrote to him.

Thomas passed the note onto the Mail on Sunday after extracts were published in a US mag, six months after it was delivered to his home in Rosarito, Mexico.

Warning a potential clash could prove “emotional”, Thomas is reported to be determined to speak out about “lies” that he alleges have been told about him.

On court: ‘It will be quite stunning’ (Credit: SplashNews.com)

He is reported to have told the tabloid: “When me and Meghan end up in a courtroom together, it will be quite stunning for everybody.”

Thomas insisted: “It will be emotional. I don’t know how we will both accept it.

“It would be the worst place to have to meet her and Harry – but it might come down to that because I will certainly testify against the things that have been said about me. The lies.”

However, during an interview on Good Morning Britain earlier today, Thomas – who has never met his son-in-law or baby grandson Archie in person – suggested he would be relieved to see Meghan again, even if it must be in court.

Thomas, who also told the tabloid he thinks the couple’s decision to ‘step back’ from royal duties is “the dumbest thing”, told GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan why he felt the need to get involved in the legal action.

He explained: “The letter was sent to me. It was described in People magazine by people called themselves as ‘friends of Meghan’ as a loving letter reaching out to me. The word ‘love’ never came into that letter except that one time when she said ‘her loving husband’.

“She never once in that letter asked about my health, how I felt or anything.

“So this letter that was sent to me… I reached out to the Daily Mail, they didn’t come to me. I said I wanted to publish as I wanted to get things straight that had been said about me.”

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Thomas continued: “At this point I really don’t know how I feel about it. All I know is I’m taking responsibility for something I’ve done, which was reaching out to the [newspaper].

“If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great – at least I finally get to see them.

“But I don’t want a face off or have a battle with them, that’s not what I’m looking for.”

In The Sun, however, Thomas’ tone was presented as much more strident as he called Harry “whipped” in a silly joke about facing the Duke in a duel and claimed Meghan has ‘turned into his mother’.

He also accused them both of “cashing in” on the Sussex name and warned his daughter that fame does not last.

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The Stranger: All the Greater Manchester filming locations for new Netflix series – Manchester Evening News

There must be something about this cloudy, rainy but incredible city of ours – production crews are climbing over each other to use it as the backdrop to a string of binge-worthy TV series and cinema-worthy movies.

From hit BBC shows such as Peaky Blinders, to future Hollywood blockbusters including Spider-man spin-off Morbius, every director seems to want a slice of our surroundings to help bring their latest script to life.

While film crews setting up in the Northern Quarter have become fairly commonplace, American writer Harlan Coben can’t get enough of Greater Manchester as a whole – and has based his entire latest series here.

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After falling in love with the area while shooting for another Netflix thriller, Harlan couldn’t wait to return for his TV adaption of The Stranger, based on his book of the same name.

And no, it’s not just the city centre – he’s marked off places in Bolton, south Manchester, Eccles and Stockport.

“We filmed all across Manchester for the most part, as well as places around the city like Bolton,” he told the Manchester Evening News .

“It’s a great place to shoot TV. There is some really incredible architecture in the region that looks great on screen.”

The last time the New Jersey-born writer came across the pond and up our way was to film Netflix show Safe, based on another of his novels, and featuring Dexter star Michael C Hall.

“Even now I come to Manchester and I think, why does that look familiar?” said Harlan. “It’s because I’ve seen the location so many times in one of my series.

“The funny thing is, I usually bring the sunshine with me when I visit. Even though Manchester is supposed to be known for rain, I was keen in Safe to show a bright, idyllic setting that turns the dark, gritty expectation on its head.”

For The Stranger, Harlan was keen to work with the same production crew he did with Safe – and it just so happens that he didn’t have to travel very far to meet up with them.

Harlan reunited with Rochdale’s Nicola Shindler, who runs Red Production Company from MediaCity, and Hyde screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst, when he visited the country during filming.

“Nicola had been a reader of mine and for a long time she was helping me turn one of my books into a TV series, but unfortunately the book that she wanted to adapt was not available, so she chose Safe”, Harlan said.

“She introduced me to Danny and said he could be the right person to work with me. He has a similar vision to what I was aiming for, so we went from there.

“We all enjoyed working together so much that we came together again for The Stranger.”

The Stranger – starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones) and Anthony Stewart Head (Little Britain) – follows Adam Price, a man whose life comes crashing down around him after a shock revelation.

As well as established actors, Harlan and co brought in local talent for the series, including Leah Baskaran, Ross Grant, Misha Ade, Anthony Bacon and Anna Swan, who all hail from across Greater Manchester.

The psychological thriller is already being teased on Netflix despite the fact the film crew has only recently shouted ‘it’s a wrap’.

“The great thing about this is, the whole series goes onto Netflix, in full, worldwide,” said Harlan. “One day they press a button and 190 countries have access to your show.

“With Safe and The Stranger, they are novels on screen and I want people to consume them in the way they would a book. I know if I had to wait a week to continue reading a book I would be disappointed, so to make the series fully accessible fits in perfectly with that.

“If you thought Safe had a twist, wait until you watch The Stranger. That is one thing I pride myself on. There are a lot of twists and turns.”

While the story is based on his own novel, don’t expect the TV show to be a carbon copy of it.

Harlan said: “Books and TV are a different poison. I don’t like adaptations that are a slave to the book version. This is why I have chosen Manchester for a location, where the book might be set in New Jersey.

“Writing a book, I am everything – director, producer, scriptwriter, set manager, everything. Whereas when I work for TV, it’s all about collaboration. I create the characters and incredible actors and production workers put their spin on it, and it takes on a new life.”

Harlan Coben’s The Stranger is coming to Netflix soon and his book, Run Away, is out now.

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‘Joker’ isn’t Oscar-worthy, but it says the most about America in 2020

‘Joker’ doesn’t deserve best picture Oscar, but it’s a sympton of what ails 2020 America

Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press
Published 11:14 AM EST Jan 26, 2020

This year’s Oscar nominations missed the mark in many ways. They completely shut out women directors. They ignored a wide range of worthy performances by men and women of color.

And, in a puzzler right up there with “Shakespeare in Love” beating “Saving Private Ryan” for best picture in 1999, they showered the most nominations on “Joker.”

For those who haven’t seen this grim character study starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” is as polarizing as contemporary American politics. According to the months-long debate that has raged since early festival screenings, it’s either a brilliant twist on the DC Comics character’s origin story or a hollow revenge saga with pretensions of greatness.

I side with the latter view, which puts me in opposition to “Joker” believers like Variety’s Owen Gleiberman, who recently wrote in an Oscar-themed column that a “Joker” best picture victory would “play as a rebuke to the moralistic finger-wagging of the Twitter bubble.” A tip of the hat and wag of the finger to Gleiberman for reducing those of us who disagree with him to snowflakes.

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Niko Tavernise, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Yet while “Joker” raked in a whopping 11 nominations, it is unlikely to take home Oscar’s top honor February 9 during the ceremony that airs on ABC. 

The favorites of the moment are the technically dazzling “1917” and the quirky, nostalgic “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.” And buzz is growing that the most provocative nominee, director Bong Joon Ho’s class-warfare parable, “Parasite,” could score a surprise win, thus redeeming the #OscarsSoMale/White/OutofTouch vibe of this year.

Then again, conventional wisdom said in 2016 that Donald Trump would not be elected president. That is relevant because “Joker” is the movie that best captures the Trump political era in its refusal to seek middle ground.

More: The Oscars will have no host again for 2020 ceremony

More: 15 films that didn’t deserve the best picture Oscar – and the ones that should have won instead

The screenplay for “Joker” covers a snack pack of negative emotions that drive people apart: resentment, anger, self-pity and mockery. Like many aging, out-of-touch government figures, the story line thrives on the intellectual dishonesty of wanting to have it both ways.

The title character, a famous villain of the Batman universe, is presented here as a modern fantasy of victimhood. The misery of his life isn’t scrutinized to help explain his psyche or his actions. His suffering is pitched as an excuse for his behavior, which is pretty inexcusable, starting with — spoiler alert! — his gunning down of three obnoxious Wall Street types after they beat him up in a subway car.

Film ensemble: “Joker”
Niko Tavernise, Warner Bros. Pictures

It’s not surprising that the Academy Awards voting pool — still dominated by older white men despite efforts to increase representation and inclusion — was drawn to a story of a downtrodden white dude with multiple grievances. In a way, “Joker” was born of a gripe. Director and co-screenwriter Todd Phillips (himself a nominee), told Vanity Fair that he turned to drama because “woke culture” had made it impossible for him to keep doing comedies like his prior hits “Old School” and “The Hangover.” 

Such disgruntlement with, well, everything is reflected throughout the film. In “Joker,” rich people are horrible, social workers are useless, family ties equal pain, and empathy is non-existent. But what does this chaotic, visually dazzling exploration of one man’s bleak journey have to say about the human experience? In the end, not much. Its thesis statement boils down to the question posed by punching bag-turned-psycho killer Arthur Fleck, aka Joker: “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

Arthur is a street clown who only wants to bring joy to others. But he’s harassed by a groups of kids at his human-billboard job and judged unfairly by strangers for his uncontrolled laughter, which stems from a real-life condition that causes involuntary emotional reactions.

In 2020 terms, Fleck is trolled by everyone.

Mired in poverty, Arthur can’t rely on a medical safety net. Budget cuts are about to take away the treatment program that provides medication for his unnamed mental illness — a situation all too realistic for anyone with bad or no insurance.

If only Arthur’s declining mental health were treated as accurately. “Joker” has stirred controversy in the psychiatric community for the implied link between serious mental illness and violence. Although that stigma is perpetrated often by Hollywood, it isn’t backed up by actual statistics.

8. “Joker”: The R-rated villain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix was more of a thriller than a popcorn movie but still made superhero money: $333.5 million.
Niko Tavernise, AP

“Joker” is dotted with familiar Batman references to Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum (and there’s even a glimpse of young Bruce Wayne), but it doesn’t want to be another comic book movie. Instead, it strives to be a “Taxi Driver” for 2020. From the production design to the portrait of a loner driven to brutality, it is an homage to Martin Scorsese’s 1970s grittiness that doubles as an indictment of today’s uncaring, downright bullying society.

This could have been rich territory for an exploration of Fleck as an updated Travis Bickle, the disaffected, imbalanced cabbie of Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece. But the script by Phillips and Scott Silver veers in another direction, toward 1974’s “Death Wish,” which divvied up the world into dirt-bags, targets of mayhem, and, in Charles Bronson’s character, avenging angels.

Yeah, the ’70s had a deeply intolerant, downright scary side, much like today.

Fifty years ago, gritty dramas offered complex portraits of social alienation. The best of them — “Taxi Driver,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” Apocalypse Now,” “Five Easy Pieces” — speak as strongly now as they did back then. “Joker,” in contrast, takes what it admires about that genre and distills it to a grimy vision of miserable martyrdom. It gets the settings right, but it misses the complicated layers of meaning.

The one true thing about “Joker” is Joaquin Phoenix’s commitment to playing Arthur. He’s so good at accessing raw feelings that he can be difficult to watch. The performance has made Phoenix a virtual sure thing for the best actor Oscar. But his character’s journey amounts to a collection of gif-worthy moments for the age of online distraction.

Watch Arthur knock a time clock off the wall of his workplace and say, “Oh no, I forgot to punch out!” See Arthur’s inner demons surface as he dances in his underwear in the bathroom. Gawk as Arthur is surrounded by a crowd of men dressed as clowns, inspired by his example ready to tear the city apart with violence.

The cinematography is quite arresting. There are shots that film students will talk about for years, and if “Joker” wins something for its look, so be it. Yet, ultimately, it’s a style exercise that doesn’t ask anything of the audience. Like the algorithms that drive media content in our click-bait society, “Joker” floods you with cool scenes it knows you’ll like, not tough ethical dilemmas you’d prefer to ignore. 

Joaquin Phoenix dances down a stairway in New York’s Bronx borough in a scene from “Joker.” The set of outdoor steps not far from Yankee Stadium has become a tourist attraction.
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Over time, “Joker” may be remembered most for the sequence where Phoenix dances down those steep stairs in the Bronx to the tune of “Rock ‘N’ Roll (Part 2).”

The combination of actor, wardrobe, throbbing musical hook and freestyle choreography results in a 30-second clip that’s perfect for texting to a friend, when the latest breaking news drops that makes no sense whatsoever.

If there were an Oscar for best meme, “Joker” should win in a landslide.

Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or jhinds@freepress.com.

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Jack Nicholson pays tribute to Kobe Bryant in rare interview | Daily Mail Online

Jack Nicholson is devastated by the death of Kobe Bryant.

The 82-year-old actor is a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and admitted the tragic passing of the basketball icon, who died at age 41 in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other passengers in Calabasas, California on Sunday. 

‘My reaction is the same as almost all of LA,’ the Batman star told CBS Los Angeles

‘Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.’

A superfan: Jack Nicholson is devastated by the death of Kobe Bryant. The is a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and admitted the tragic passing of the basketball icon, who died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other passengers in Calabasas, California on Sunday

The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest actor recalled his first meeting with Kobe at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He joked: ‘I teased him the first time we met. I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him.’

Nicholson added, ‘He looked at me like I was crazy.’

The Oscar-winning star was a regular fixture courtside throughout Kobe’s 20-year stint with LA Lakers.

Cheering on his hero in May 2008: Jack also said, ‘I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event’

Always in front: And here the actor is seen clapping as his friend Lou Adler looks on; seen in May 2008

Jack often brought his 21-year-old son Duke as well as Lou Adler, who owned The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard.

The star admitted he’ll ‘miss’ the late sportsman forever. 

‘I sat right behind his jump shot on the left-hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in,’ he said.

‘We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him. He was just one of those touched people.’

Alwsys courtside: ‘My reaction is the same as almost all of LA,’ the Batman star told CBS Los Angeles . ‘Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. Here he is seen on January 7 with Umar Kamani, Tory Lanez

He brought family: Here the Hollywood vet is seen with his grandson Duke on January 7 

Nicholson is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. 

The star won two Best Actor Academy Awards: for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and another for As Good As It Gets. And he picked up a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Terms Of Endearment.

The New Jersey native is best known for the movies Chinatown (1974), The Shining (1980), and Batman (1989).

The last film he made was 2010’s How Do You Know with Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

In 2017 there was talk that Jack was going to star in the American version of the German film Toni Erdmann but the following year he dropped out, which seemed to signal his retirement in Hollywood.

Nicholson seldom gives interviews any longer.

A number of other stars have also paid tribute to Kobe – who had three other daughters with his wife Vanessa – on social media.

Leonardo DiCaprio posted on Twitter: ‘Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same.’

Movie man: Nicholson is best known for the movies Chinatown (1974), seen left, The Shining (1980), Batman (1989) and As Good As It Gets (1997), seen right

Justin Bieber shared a throwback photo of himself with the sportsman and wrote on Instagram: ‘It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!’

‘My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it,’ Kim Kardashian West posted.

And her husband, Kanye West, wrote: ‘Kobe, We love you brother. We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.’

Jennifer Lopez shared an older photo with Kobe and his wife since 2001, Vanessa. 

The Hustlers star said, ‘As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him… this is the truth that rings out the loudest… family is what matters the most.’ 

They had a bond: Jennifer Lopez shared an older photo with Kobe and his wife since 2001, Vanessa. She said, As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him… this is the truth that rings out the loudest… family is what matters the most’

Larger than life! Leonardo DiCaprio posted on Twitter: ‘Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same’

Chrissy Teigen added, ‘I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.’ She later remarked on how the Grammys was held inside the Staples Center, where he used to play with the Lakers. ‘Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.’ 

Demi Lovato also took to social media to talk about the late athlete. ‘This makes me so sad,’ she began. 

On Sunday evening Alicia Keys shared a touching tribute to Bryant and sang It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday with Boyz II Men.

A moment of silence was also asked for as his jerseys – 8 and 24 – were lit up on the wall of the Staples Center. 

Lizzo opened the awards show announcing ‘Tonight is for Kobe’ before launching into her hits Cuz I Love You and Truth Hurts. 

Bryant finished his career as an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA team, 12-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection, two time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP. 

With Kobe and his daughter: Demi Lovato also took to social media to talk about the late athlete. ‘This makes me so sad,’ she began

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Fans Are Sharing Kobe Bryant’s Moving Oscar-Winning Short Film ‘Dear Basketball’

The tragic news of the unexpected death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna shocked many people. The retired basketball star and his daughter were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, California. Kobe, who was 41, was not only a 5-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers legend but also an Oscar winner. Today, in tribute to the late basketball star, fans all over the world are sharing the short animation that won Kobe the prestigious award. Scroll down below to watch it.

Fans from all over the world are sharing late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s short film ‘Dear Basketball’

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The tragic loss of the 41-year-old purple and gold legend this Sunday inspired many to revisit Kobe’s acclaimed short animation “Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant.” Back in 2017, the world-renowned basketball player collaborated with animator Glen Keane on the film, which ended up winning an Oscar in 2018 in the Best Animated Short category.

The animated short was released in 2017 after a collaboration with a renowned animator called Glen Keane

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The short film ‘Dear Basketball’ is based on a poem that Kobe himself wrote back in 2015. In the film, the late LA Lakers legend describes his love for the game – starting from his dreams as a kid to a career that spanned over 20 years.

The film won Kobe Bryant an Oscar in 2018

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“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble – but I’m glad we get to do a little more than that,” Kobe said upon receiving his award.

The late basketball star was astonished over the win

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“What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that The Academy deemed ‘Dear Basketball’ worthy of contention,” Kobe then tweeted. “Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”

The retired NBA star and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California

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The NBA MVP was killed on Sunday when the helicopter he was flying in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on board and died along with seven other passengers.

Needless to say, people are devastated over the tragic loss of the legend

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[Sundance Review] Brandon Cronenberg’s Heady Sci-Fi Film ‘Possessor’ Brings the Gore

Like dad David Cronenberg, Brandon Cronenberg has a unique way of testing the boundaries of comfort and exploring the human mind and body in squeamish fashion. In his feature debut, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg declared himself a visionary director, one forging new ground in the genre space his father long ago abandoned. While his latest, Possessor, might belong in the same conversation as eXistenZ, Cronenberg once again proves himself as one to watch with a heady sci-fi film that brings serious levels of violence and gore.

Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent working for a secretive corporation that uses brain implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies and puppeteer them to commit assassinations at the company’s direction. When the deed is done, the agent signals the corporation to remove her consciousness from her host body just before she forces her host to self-terminate. Tasya is so effective at her job that she’s the corporation’s best agent, and a favorite of her boss, Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The more time she spends in other bodies, though, the more she seems to lose control over her mind. Repressed memories bubble to the surface, others seem to fade entirely, and identity becomes trickier to maintain. When she inhabits the body of her latest host, Colin (Christopher Abbot), his soul isn’t quite as willing to let her take over thanks to her weakened mental state, and the war over control threatens to obliterate them both.

From the opening scene that demonstrates the body-hopping assassination process, Cronenberg declares that he’s not messing around. A woman (Gabrielle Graham) sticks a metal rod electrode into her scalp, in graphic fashion. The wound squishes, and blood gushes forth. After a beat, she proceeds about her typical workday until she finds her target, and then slaughters him in a sadistically violent way. No deaths in this movie henceforth will be gentle; visceral horror is the brand of this complex and heady sci-fi thriller.

Riseborough has the unenviable task of tackling a character who, when we meet her, exists in a state of confusion. Tasya’s fight for her identity, and holding tight to it as it’s slipping away, is the root of her journey. On the one hand, that makes her inaccessible to get to know who she is, but on the other, that’s the entire intriguing point. Abbott has the most exciting role to play as a man inhabited by two very different minds in Inception-level consciousness. Once Tasya enters Colin’s mind, Abbott primarily plays both characters. At first, it’s as though Colin is grappling with a new sickness or the dawning realization that something is seriously amiss with his body. As it progresses, he’s playing a much more in control Tasya, and it’s mind-bending.

Matching the glorious gore and insanely intricate character/actor work is the slick production. Cold, slick sci-fi meets a Grand Guignol aesthetic, and it’s stunning. Gorgeous cinematography by Karim Hussain (AntiviralWe Are Still Here), fantastic practical effects by special effects designer Dan Martin (Color Out of Space), and Rupert Lazarus’s (eXistenZ) production design all contribute to an unsettling spectacle where warm flesh literally melts and sterile technology reigns supreme.

One of the toughest elements to pull off in a genre film is the grand finale, and Possessor more than delivers. Even if the internal battle for body supremacy and all the cerebral questions it raises gets confusing, it all culminates in one jaw-dropping conclusion that ensures the film gets under your skin.

Cronenberg’s sophomore effort is ambitious as hell, and it may not go quite as deep as the premise suggests. That the two leads are people we never get to know before we’re thrust into their struggles with self-identity, or that they’re not exactly great people to begin with, means that it might be tough for some to find a rooting interest. But for those that love cerebral thrillers with practical gore, wrapped up in a stimulating sci-fi package, this is a must. Possessor will leave you stoked for Cronenberg’s next effort.

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Billie Eilish is first woman to win all four major Grammys in one night

Billie Eilish couldn’t stop taking home Grammys, adding Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Record of the Year to her list of awards. 

The 18-year-old was recognized for some of her chart-topping songs from her debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?. She won five out of six awards she was nominated for, taking home wins in the four biggest categories.

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Christopher Cross was the first person to ever win all four awards back in 1981. Now, Eilish is the second person and first female to win all four major Grammys categories in one night.

Norah Jones came close in 2003, sweeping the four categories and taking home three out of the four awards herself. Songwriter Jesse Harris snagged the fourth by winning Song of the Year for her work on Jones’ “Don’t Know Why.”

This year, Eilish was nominated against Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalia and more for Best New Artist. 

“I feel like the fans deserve everything, I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight,” Eilish said. “I love all fandoms. Thank you to the fans, you make this worth it.” 

You can see a clip of her speech below. 

“I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight, because they are the only reason that any of us are here at all.” @billieeilish thanks the fans and her fellow nominees while accepting the award for best new artist https://t.co/voDTa3oOBF #Grammys pic.twitter.com/aFDdELJS0e

— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 27, 2020

Then, she and FINNEAS won Album of the Year, and she said she thought Ariana Grande “deserves this” more for her record thank u, next. Grande had the best reaction, which you can see below.

Billie Eilish says she thinks Ariana deserves the album of the year award and Ariana’s reaction is amazing #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/Zv320KmwKJ

— Chicks in the Office (@ChicksInTheOff) January 27, 2020

FINNEAS talked about how they wrote an album about tough issues like depression and climate change that wasn’t supposed to win a Grammy that was met with major applause by the audience. Check out that below.

Billie Eilish is now the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year at the #GRAMMYs, and her brother Finneas says “We didn’t make this album to win a Grammy. We didn’t think it would win anything” pic.twitter.com/LV5tmk91nr

— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020

After that, she won Record of the Year for “bad guy”. At that point, she and Finneas just said: “thank you”. You can see that below.

Billie Eilish won the #Grammys for “Record of the Year” with Bad Guy! Congrats @billieeilish ❤ pic.twitter.com/dOF70eESVM

— Grammys 2020 (@TheAwards2020) January 27, 2020

Additionally, Eilish won Song Of The Year alongside her brother Finneas for “bad guy”. You can see a clip of their speech below. 

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas react to winning Song of the Year at the #GRAMMYs, where Finneas won Producer of the Year earlier in the night pic.twitter.com/dRGK3ftUBD

— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020

Before their win, the pair brought the emotion during their debut Grammys performance of “when the party’s over” from Eilish’s chart-topping debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?.

FINNEAS played piano beautifully while Eilish belted out the track. They both wore matching glittery outfits that were pretty much everything. You can see a video of their performance below. 

No, we can’t just let it go. @billieeilish, this performance is ??? #UnexpectEverything pic.twitter.com/6XXvQtkV6M

— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 27, 2020

Check out the full list of Grammy Awards winners here

What do you think of Eilish’s big wins at her first-ever Grammy Awards? Sound off in the comments down below and let us know!

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Billie Eilish sweeps Grammy Awards with top four prizes – Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Teen sensation Billie Eilish swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday, winning all four top prizes – album, song, record of the year and best new artist – in a rare feat at the music industry’s highest honors.

62nd Grammy Awards – Photo Room– Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 – Billie Eilish poses backstage with her awards to include Song of the Year for “Bad Guy” , Best New Artist, and Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”. REUTERS/Monica Almeida

Eilish, an 18-year-old newcomer with a unique sound, won for her debut studio album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” while her hit single “Bad Guy” was named record of the year and song of the year. In all, she took home five awards.

She is only the second person, and the youngest, to win all four top Grammys on the same night.

Eilish, distinguished by her green hair and baggy clothes, recorded the album with her brother Finneas in the bedroom of their Los Angeles home. Finneas also won the Grammy for non classical producer of the year.

They seemed taken aback by their Grammy haul, which saw them triumph over established stars including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone.

“We didn’t make this album to win a Grammy. We wrote about depression and suicidal thoughts and environmental change,” Finneas said as the pair accepted the awards. “We stand up here confused and grateful.”

Asked backstage what she would do next, Eilish said, “Being in this moment is all I’m thinking about… I’m gonna do whatever I feel.”

The Grammy Awards show opened with a dedication to basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident earlier in the day and whose Los Angeles Lakers team has its home at the city’s Staples Center and Grammy venue.

“We are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Grammy host Alicia Keys. “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this.”

R&B star Lizzo won three of her eight nominations, while gay black country rapper Lil Nas X took two for his viral “Old Town Road” collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Lil Nas X, 20, wearing a cowboy hat and silver lure suit, and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus dazzled the house with a kitschy performance of their viral collaboration “Old Town Road,” with contributions from stars ranging from K-Pop band BTS to young yodeler Mason Ramsey.

“He told the world he was gay and overnight he became an inspiration and a role model for hundreds of young people around the world,” comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is also gay, said as she introduced Lil Nas X.

Grande performed a medley of hits from her break-up album “Thank u, Next,” including “7 Rings” and “Imagine” but won none of the five Grammys for which she was nominated.

Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, who was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighborhood last year, won two Grammys and was honored in a tribute by John Legend, DJ Khaled and rapper Meek Mill.

Blake Shelton and his fiancee Gwen Stefani held hands as they debuted their new romantic duet “Nobody But You,” while Camila Cabello sang her recent single “First Man” to her tearful father in the audience. Demi Lovato won a standing ovation in her first performance at a major awards show since a drugs overdose in 2018.

The Grammy winners are chosen by members of the Recording Academy, which is currently embroiled in a dispute over the departure of its new chief executive Deborah Dugan and her allegations of conflicts of interest in the nominations process. The Recording Academy has denied the allegations.

Additional reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing Daniel Wallis, Richard Pullin & Shri Navaratnam

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Thomas Markle says he’s embarrassed by Meghan’s decision to quit the Royal Family | Daily Mail Online

Thomas Markle today denied criticism of his daughter for quitting as a royal is laced with racism as he blasted Meghan and Harry’s ‘preaching’ on the environment before insisting he has not given up hope of a reconciliation – and urging the Duke of Sussex to ‘man up’ and meet him. 

The Duchess of Sussex‘s estranged father has spoken to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on ITV 1’s Good Morning Britain in his first live TV interview since she left Britain for Canada, calling the decision ’embarrassing’ and ‘hurtful’ to the Queen.

The Sussexes have received stinging criticism for their bombshell choice to resign as senior royals after just 20 months of marriage – but Mr Markle is sure this is not because his daughter is mixed-race.

Speaking from California he said: ‘I’m having trouble buying that. There’s never been a problem with Meghan in terms of her race. I think England is far more liberal than the US, I don’t think she is being bullied in anyway, or any shape, because of racism’. 

He added: ‘I think they’ve hurt the Queen. I think they’ve hurt the royals – and it just doesn’t work to be going to another country and serving England. It’s never going to work. I‘m a little embarrassed and feeling very sorry for the Queen’.   

Piers Morgan then asked if the couple’s use of private jets when urging the world to tackle climate change was hypocritical, Mr Markle said: ‘I think it is, if you are preaching to do that then you should be responsible. Take a note from your brother [William] and take public transportation’. 

The 75-year-old today revealed he now plans to do a major interview every month in the hope his daughter will ‘reach out’ to him.

Meghan’s mother Doria, Thomas’ ex-wife, was his last hope but has failed to respond to his letters, he said, adding: ‘We have had no conversations, so obviously she [Doria] is avoiding me or has been told to’.

And when asked what he would say to Meghan if she was watching the show this morning he said: ‘I would tell her: ‘I love you, let’s sit down and work this out’,’ and his message for Harry would be: ‘Man up and fly down and see me and we will talk’.    

It is not yet known if Thomas was paid for the GMB interview, but he is understood to have secured £7,500 to appear on the show in 2018 and is said to have earned five-figures from a bombshell 90-minute documentary on Britain’s Channel 5 last week. 

Thomas Markle has again reached out to Harry and Meghan and said he wants to see them – and meet Archie for the first time – on British breakfast TV today

The Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father has spoken to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid (left) on ITV 1’s Good Morning Britain in his first live TV interview since she leave Britain for Canada, calling their decision ’embarrassing’

Thomas Markle: What he said in wide-ranging first interview with GMB since Megxit

His message to Harry

Man up and fly down and see me and we will talk.  

I think Harry should have come to me at the beginning, he asked for her hand over the phone. I think a Royal who has a plane whenever he wants it, he could have asked for her hand in person. I feel he can still reach out to me, they are making this a big drama for the world everyday, it’s a family problem and should be solved as a family problem.

On his regular media interviews 

After this interview if I don’t hear from someone in 30 days then I will try again. I don’t want to sit in silence in my living room for the rest of my life waiting for someone to get back to me

On alleged racism towards Meghan  

I’m having trouble buying that, there has never been a problem in terms of race with Meghan at her school or in any place and I haven’t noticed it in England at all, I think England is far more liberal than the US when it comes to races, I don’t think she is being bullied in anyway, or any shape, because of racism.

Criticism of Harry and Meghan’s private jets and long-haul flying

I think it is just, if you are preaching to do that then you should be also as responsible as to what you are preaching. Take a note from your brother and take public transportation, it makes more sense.

On Sussexes quitting as senior royals 

As far as what they’ve decided to do is embarrassing. I think when they got married they married into royalty and they knew what they were getting g themselves into. That is Harry’s life and Meghan had a similar life and I think they have hurt the Queen and the Royals and it just doesn’t work to be going to another country and serving England is never going to work, I’m a little embarrassed for them and feeling sorry for the Queen. 

On his health and being estranged from Meghan 

My health is mixed, I suffer a lot of stress because of what’s going on, every day there is a new thing happening and the press shows up at my door. I am still very disappointed in what’s going on. Of course I love my daughter and grandson and I’m sure I would love Harry if I met him. This decision is very confusing, I don’t think anyone understands.  I’m still very disappointed as to what happened I think it’s a misunderstanding which should be worked out between two families. I’m not sure exactly how to approach this, I’ll always hope that we can come together at some point. Right now with what’s going on the break from the royals is going to cause far more problems. What I’m saying now will also cause problems. I’m disappointed I haven’t seen my grandson and I really miss my daughter.

On seeing Meghan again, and meeting Harry and Archie for the first time

For me there is no other way to reach them. I will give an interview and wait for 30 days to get an answer back and that’s the only shot I have. I’ve spoken and sent letters to Doria to get to Meghan as well.

On watching the Royal wedding 

This was a few days after my [heart] procedure, I was very saddened that I couldn’t be there, I thought it was beautiful. I was honoured that Charles would walker her down the aisle and thankful but I wished it was me. I cried for a bit for that 

In another extraordinary TV interview, Mr Markle revealed:

Mr Markle has not spoken to his daughter since the eve of her wedding to Harry in May 2018, calling the couple’s decision to quit as senior royals the ‘dumbest thing’. 

He says his health has faltered since they became estranged and although he admits his media interviews will upset Meghan and Harry, he still hopes they will be reunited. 

He said: ‘I love my daughter, I’d love my grandson and I’m sure I’d love Harry if I met him.

‘I will always hope we can come together at some point – but the break from the royals is causing problems and what I’m saying will causing problems but I’m really disappointed at what is going on. I’m disappointed as a grandfather, that I’ve never met my grandson, and I miss my daughter’.

He added: ‘It’s silly it’s gone on for too long, I would like to make peace with Meghan and Harry. I am at their mercy, if they want to get in touch with me I’m sure it won’t be a problem’.

He said he is ’embarrassed’ by Harry and Meghan’s decision to  break ties with Harry’s family and flee the UK. 

Asked what he would say to people who are critical of him doing TV interviews, Mr Markle told Good Morning Britain: ‘I would tell them to try being in my position for a while and see what it’s like – have a family member ghost you and not speak to you, and see how you feel.

‘It’s something that stays with you 24/7 every day, and it never goes away.

‘It’s always on your mind. You wake up with it. You go to sleep with it. It’s very hard to deal with.’

Mr Markle said his message to the Duke of Sussex is: ‘Man up and fly down to see me. And we’ll talk.’

Asked what he would say to Meghan, he told Good Morning Britain: ‘I’d say I love you and let’s sit down and work this out. She was the closest thing to me for years and years and years, until she went off to college and even then.

‘This is ridiculous. We should get together.’

Asked about the possibility of meeting Meghan and Harry at court as part of her legal action against Associated Newspapers, owner of the Mail on Sunday, Mr Markle said: ‘If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great. At least I’d finally get to see them.’

He went on to say he did not want a ‘battle’. 

Mr Markle said he still feels that Harry could reach out to him now, adding: “This shouldn’t keep going on. I mean they are putting this… making this a big drama for the world every day is kind of ridiculous.

“It’s a family problem. It should be solved as a family problem.”

Mr Markle has claimed the duchess sent him only occasional “modest” financial gifts after landing a role in the hit TV series Suits, even though he was still paying off her college debts.   

Thomas Markle is angry with his daughter who has cut off all contact with her father since he missed the 2018 royal wedding

Mr Markle also called the Sussexes’ decision to step back from their duties and move to Canada the ‘dumbest thing’ and says Harry is ‘whipped’ and his daughter ‘has turned into his mother’

Thomas Markle vows ‘everything will come out’ if he is forced into High Court witness box by daughter Meghan 

Thomas Markle has warned that ‘everything will come out’ if he faces daughter Meghan in court.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing the Mail on Sunday – the sister paper of the Daily Mail – for publishing a personal letter she sent to him in August 2018.

Mr Markle has already agreed to be a witness and pledged to expose what he said were ‘lies’ about him. ‘It will be emotional. I don’t know how we will both accept it,’ he said.

‘It would be the worst place to have to meet her and Harry, but it might come down to that because I will certainly testify against the things that have been said about me. The lies.’ Labelling Prince Harry ‘whipped’, he went on to tell the Sun his daughter ‘had turned into [Harry’s] mother’.

However, he did admit it would be very difficult to testify against Meghan, 38, and reiterated he still loved her.

Tensions between the pair have been very fraught since he posed for staged photos in the run-up to her wedding.

He was then unable to attend the service as he suffered a heart attack at home in Rosarito, Mexico days before the ceremony in May 2018.

Meghan sent him the letter in the months after the wedding and allegedly accused him of breaking her heart by colluding with the paparazzi. Mr Markle then leaked part of the letter to the Mail on Sunday.

Meghan has accused the newspaper of breaching her privacy, her data protection rights and her copyright when it published extracts.

Thomas Markle last night warned that ‘everything will come out’ if he faces daughter Meghan in court.

The Duchess of Sussex is suing a newspaper for publishing a personal letter she sent to him in August 2018.

Mr Markle has already agreed to be a witness and pledged to expose what he said were ‘lies’ about him.

‘It will be emotional. I don’t know how we will both accept it,’ he said.

‘It would be the worst place to have to meet her and Harry – but it might come down to that because I will certainly testify against the things that have been said about me. The lies.’  

Labelling Prince Harry ‘whipped’, he also told The Sun last night his daughter ‘has turned into his mother’.

The two have not spoken since the fall out before the Royal wedding in 2018, with Mr Markle yet to meet Prince Harry or grandson Archie.

He revealed he had gone to the Mail on Sunday – the sister paper of the Daily Mail – about the infamous letter in order to defend himself from attacks from Meghan’s friends in People magazine.

Meghan, 38, has accused the newspaper of breaching her privacy, her data protection rights and her copyright when it published extracts.

The 75-year-old has already given lawyers previously unseen text messages that reveal the breakdown of the relationship between father and daughter.

Mr Markle added: ‘I’m tired of being lied about and not being defended.  This is my fault so I have to stand up for myself. It is a responsibility thing.’  

In the letter, Meghan allegedly accused her father of breaking her heart ‘into a million pieces’ and causing her to ‘crumble inside’ by colluding with a paparazzi photographer. 

Thomas Markle has shared his family album with Channel 5 including this picture of him bonding with Newborn Meghan as she changed her nappy after her birth in August 1981

Thomas holds his daughter, who he described as his pride and joy, saying he couldn’t put her down when he was home from work

Meghan sits up on her parents’ bed in another a new family photo shown on the Channel 5 documentary last week

Meghan is cuddled by her mother Doria on a sunny Californian day when she is around a year old in a previously unseen photo

Mr Markle, Doria and their daughter as she started her career and within a few years of this photo she would be earning $40,000 per episode of Suits

Queen and Prince Philip are seen for the first time since grandson Harry left for Canada 

The Queen was pictured driving through the Sandringham Estate – two days after she was forced to cancel a visit to the WI in Norfolk 

Prince Philip, 98, was seen not wearing a seat belt as he drove through the Sandringham Estate with his daughter Princess Anne 

The Queen and Prince Philip have been seen for the first time since Harry departed to Canada after Her Majesty was forced to pull out of the annual Women’s Institute visit while she recovered from a cold.  

Prince Harry travelled from London Heathrow to Vancouver on a BA plane to join Meghan and Archie on Monday, as the couple begin their new life since stepping down as senior royals.  

Her Majesty, 93, was pictured driving through the Sandringham Estate while Prince Philip, 98, who was seen not wearing a seat belt, accompanied his daughter Princess Anne as she drove through the Norfolk estate.  

The Queen was unable to attend a WI meeting on Thursday, which she goes to every year at West Newton village hall as part of her winter stay at Sandringham, after catching a cold.

Mr Markle, however, said the Sussexes had done ‘exactly what they told me I shouldn’t be doing’ by stepping back.

He added: ‘They are cashing in on the Sussex name. They’ve gone commercial. They should be just called Harry and Meghan now. Leaving the Royal Family is the dumbest thing they could have done. I don’t think they thought this out. It’s almost an abdication.

‘The only thing I can say is there are people who say she was reaching out to me and saying she loved me. Well the word ‘love’ is not there at all, in relation to me.’ 

Earlier this month half-sister Samantha revealed her father was ‘deeply hurt’ by the letter, telling the BBC: ‘If he is called, he will come.’ 

However, Mr Markle revealed it won’t be easy to testify due to the love he still holds for Meghan, but admitted it was his responsibility.

He said: ‘If I saw her, I would say: ‘I’m sorry, I wish we could have sat down and worked this out’. I don’t like the idea of sides, of being in a battle with my daughter. I don’t like not being able to talk to her.

‘But in a way I would be thrilled to meet her, wherever she shows up. Although that (a court) is not the ideal place. I love my daughter. I think I have made that clear to everybody.

‘It hurts we couldn’t find a way to make up. All I want to do is tell the truth.’

Today’s GMB interview with Mr Markle comes just a few days after he appeared in a bombshell documentary charting the relationship with his daughter.

The 75-year-old shared extraordinary unseen photos and films of his Duchess daughter for the Channel 5 film where he spoke of their loving and close relationship

He also described his pride after the birth of his daughter in August 1981 as he opened up to Britain’s Channel 5 in a film, watched by 1.2million people last week – just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex started their new life in Canada

Mr Markle says Meghan‘s childhood years were ‘the happiest of my life’ as he shared dozens of pictures of her key moments including on the day she entered the world and as father and daughter bonded while he changed her nappies in the following days.

There are also a string of happy photos of Meghan with her mother Doria Ragland, including at family Christmas parties and summer picnics near their home in California, before she moved in with Thomas as a teenager after the couple’s divorce. 

Mr Markle has also shared rare home video footage of Meghan’s first school productions where he says a star was born, her high school graduation and leaving for college.

An emotional Mr Markle also said he was ‘jealous’ and cried as he saw the Prince of Wales walking his daughter down the aisle and justified making the film to defend himself and rebut the ‘trashy things’ said about him.

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