The actress tells us the musical numbers she couldn’t live without
Carol Harrison is the writer, director, producer and star of All or Nothing – The Mod Musical which opened this week at the Arts Theatre where it runs until 11 March.
We caught up with Carol and asked her: “If you were stranded on a desert island which five showtunes could you not live without?”
1. “America” from West Side Story
This is my favourite musical! The music is totally unbelievable and I love two attitudes of the song. When you see it with the choreography, it’s the complete package.
2. “My Funny Valentine” from Pal Joey
An incredible song. I love Pal Joey. I need a musical to have a great story and I love romantic triangles. I saw myself as Kim Novak when I was younger and then as I got older, I saw myself as Ava Gardner. The song stands out whether in a musical or in the charts.
3. “As Long As He Needs Me” from Oliver!
I relate to Nancy more than any other character in a musical. When I first went up for the part in theatre, they said I was too young and when I went up for the TV version, I was too old… at 23! I remember Paul O’Grady singing this to me when I split with my partner because he said I was like Nancy. That made me laugh and cry at the same time.
4. “Adelaide’s Lament” from Guys and Dolls
I so want to play Adelaide as I adore how she seems to be a funny, dumb blonde but she certainly isn’t dumb! I love playing comedy and making people laugh as well as drama.
5. “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret
Sally Bowles is so heart-wrenching when she sings this. She’s so vulnerable but such a fighter. She just truly hopes that one day things will turn out alright for her. It’s beautiful.
The American star almost replaced George Lazenby as 007 in 1971
John Gavin, a Hollywood veteran who appeared in classic films Psycho and Spartacus, has died aged 86.
The American actor who once served as US ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning (9 February) after a battle with leukaemia.
Gavin – real name John Anthony Golenor – enjoyed a high profile in Hollywood following his debut lead role in Douglas Sirk film A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), a melodrama revered for its depiction of Germans towards the end of WWII made just 14 years after it ended. Gavin starred in Imitation of Life a year later alongside Lana Turner and Sandra Dee.
He followed that up with a role in Alfred Hitchock’s horror Classic Psycho, in which he played Sam Loomis, the boyfriend of Janet Leigh’s doomed Marion Crane, and Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning epic Spartacus as Julius Caesar opposite Kirk Douglas’ titular slave.
After roles in Midnight Lace, Romanoff and Juliet and Back Street, Gavin jumped to TV roles including Western series Destry before almost signing on to play James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever(1971) following George Lazenby’s departure. The role eventually returned to Sean Connery.
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He later served as Screen Actors Guild president between the years of 1971 and 1973 and, having served under Reagan as US ambassador to Mexico, considered running for the Senate in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, actress Constance Towers, two children and two step-children.
She’s never been afraid to make a statement on the red carpet.
And even though the temperatures were close to freezing, Cardi B was sure to make an impression at Maxim’s pre Super Bowl party Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
At the VIP event the Bodack Yellow rapper, 25, turned heads in a shiny blue coat-dress while joined by her besotted fiance Offset, of the rap trio Migos.
Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, offered up a hint of her generous chest and toned stems where the double breasted coat-dress parted.
Her hourglass figure was emphasized with a slick belt cinching her already slim center.
The Love & Hip Hop: New York alum’s edges were perfectly laid into delicate waves around her face while the retired exotic dancer pulled her hair up into a long ponytail secured with a plait.
She teamed her cobalt coat with bold Balenciaga logo boots on foot.
Date night! At the VIP event the Bodack Yellow rapper was joined by her besotted fiance Offset, of the rap trio Migos
Show off! Cardi, real name Belcalis Almanzar, offered up a hint of her generous chest and toned stems where the trench coat-dress parted
Edge of glory! The Love & Hip Hop: New York alum’s edges were perfectly laid into delicate waves around her face
Cardi glammed up her look with a subtle smokey eye and a sharp silver manicure.
The Finesse rhymestress continued to dazzle with a chunky chain necklace, diamond hoop earrings and several sizable rocks on her finger, including her $500k carat engagement ring from rapper Offset of Migos.
The Bad And Boujee rapper was right by is other half at the event.
Offset, who’s birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, donned a stylish coat with dark blue and white fur around the collar and sleeves.
Ice age: The Finesse rhymestress dazzled with a chunky chain necklace, diamond hoop earrings and several sizable rocks on her finger, including her $500k carat engagement ring from rapper Offset of Migos
Brand brat! She teamed her cobalt coat with bold Balenciaga logo boots on foot
Fur real! Offset, who’s birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, donned a stylish coat with dark blue and white fur around the collar and sleeves
Beneath that, the Atlanta layered a green and blue striped sweater with a white polo, tight skinny jeans, and his most impressive chains.
February marks a year since the Bartier Cardi star first met her 26-year-old husband-to-be. The duo recently postponed their fall 2018 nuptials.
‘We’re really into our careers in our lives…We are really workaholics. It’s crazy,’ Cardi told E! News last Saturday at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy’s gala.
‘It’s not only about the wedding date. It’s not just one day. It’s gotta be a whole almost two weeks type of thing. We want a honeymoon. Do we even have time for that?’
Happy anniversary! February marks a year since the Bartier Cardi star first met her 26-year-old husband-to-be. The duo recently postponed their nuptials
‘I like to think of “Allen/Blunk” as a blind date,’ says curator Brooke Hodge of the new two-artist exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center she has organised, exploring the fleshly and fantastic works of Alma Allen and JB Blunk. The exhibition is the first in an ongoing series at the museum, bringing two artists from different generations into an imagined conversation through their work.
The two Californian artists never actually met, (Allen continues to work, recently relocating from Joshua Tree to Mexico City; Blunk passed away in 2002) yet the resonances between their practices are uncanny: corporeal curves, cheeky, prodding phallus shapes, curls of bronze, marble, ceramic and wood that make their materials look soft, malleable and sensual.
JB Blunk at work. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum
This natural affinity between the two artists is perhaps in part down to the fact that both preferred to work far from the madding crowds, with studios in remote locations, inspired by the natural colours and materials of their surroundings. For Blunk, it was the redwoods of Northern California, where he built a house in a nature reserve. Allen, meanwhile, worked out of a scintillating dome in the desert.
Not only did both artists dabble in furniture design, sculpture and homewares, but they both designed their own working and living spaces too, their environments in symbiosis with their practices. Documentation of this is included in the exhibition – alongside pieces borrowed from Blunk’s house in Inverness – considered his key work. In particular, portraits of both artists’ carefully-arranged, earthy-hued kitchens hint at more personal, connections between their lives and art.
Alma Allen in his former Joshua Tree studio. Photography: Lisa Eisner. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum
A shared interest is revealed not only through their aesthetic sense and tastes – but also in their purposeful playfulness. Blunk’s bulbous ‘Penis Stools’ pair perfectly with Allen’s bronze series, Not Yet Titled, carved visual puns alluding to everyday objects, domestic items—and genitals. It seems neither one took themselves too seriously.
They were both unafraid of experimenting with scale: outside the Architecture and Design Center at the museum are two more recent imposing stone sculptures by Allen. Equally, Blunk was as happy making jewellery as he was going monumental – in 1969 he created a work, ‘The Planet’, made entirely of one ring of redwood, 13ft in diameter. Quite a feat considering both artists are self-taught.
‘Mariah’s Chair’, carved in 1978, by JB Blunk. Photography: Lisa Eisner. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum
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Not Yet Titled, 2014, by Alma Allen. The exhibition features new work in bronze and stone made by Allen especially for the occasion as well as a number of his early pieces in wood, marble, and stone. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum
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Stool, by JB Blunk. The artist (1926–2002), who was based in Inverness, CA, began making work in 1962 and his practice encompassed ceramics and furniture and sculpture in redwood and cypress. Courtesy of Palm Springs Art Museum
An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday it is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lordeto cancel her performance in Israel in what appears to be the first lawsuit filed under a contentious Israeli anti-boycott law.
The 2011 law opens the door to civil lawsuits against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, including of lands it has occupied, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott. The law, which is part of Israel’s fight against a global movement calling for boycotts against the Jewish state, allows for courts to impose damages against defendants. Critics said the law would stifle free expression.
The two New Zealanders, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, penned an open letter to Lorde last year in which they urged her to “take a stand” and “join the artistic boycott of Israel.” The New Zealand singer-songwriter replied to a tweet of the letter saying “Noted! Been speaking (with) many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too.” She canceled her show days later.
The group, Shurat HaDin, claims the New Zealanders, one Jewish and one Palestinian, knew that their letter could trigger a boycott, making them open to a suit under the law. The group, which filed the lawsuit in a Jerusalem court on Tuesday, is suing on behalf of three Israeli would-be concertgoers for about $13,000 in damages.
“This lawsuit is an effort to give real consequences to those who selectively target Israel and seek to impose an unjust and illegal boycott against the Jewish state,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the group’s head and a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “They must be held to compensate Israeli citizens for the moral and emotional injury and the indignity caused by their discriminatory actions.”
Darshan-Leitner said the law has not yet been tested in court because proving a link between a boycott and a call for one is difficult. She said in this case the connection is clear, claiming that the first time Lorde brought up her reservations on the Tel Aviv performance was after the pair’s letter and that the two women “took credit” for Lorde’s decision to cancel on social media and elsewhere.
Contacted on Twitter, Sachs said she was unaware of any lawsuit.
Darshan-Leitner said anyone can be sued under the law, regardless of their nationality, and that she hopes legal agreements between Israel and New Zealand will help enforce any court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs.
The 2011 law is one of a number of measures Israel has taken in recent years to combat an international grassroots movement advocating for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state.
The movement’s supporters say it is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. It has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel and includes thousands of volunteers around the world.
Israel says the campaign, with its call for a return of Palestinian refugees to land inside what is now Israel, goes beyond opposition to the West Bank occupation and masks a deeper aim of destroying the entire country.
Lorde announced late last year she was cancelling her Tel Aviv performance, scheduled for June 2018. She joined a number of other international stars canceling shows in Israel, although many have continued to perform despite pressure from activists.
Thanks to a pic of the Dunkirk star dropped on Instagram yesterday, it shows he has a new addition to his gallery of tatts.
Spied on his bicep is the legend ‘Leo Knows All’.
The words now branded onto his skin are thanks to a wager he lost with his Revenant co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, after the pair spent several months together in the frozen wastes of Canada filming the gruelling survival tale.
DiCaprio bet Hardy that he would be nominated for an Oscar for his performance, but Hardy was unconvinced of such an outcome.
The loser of the best would have to get a tattoo of the other’s choosing as punishment, and it appears that Hardy has now made good on his commitment (Hardy scooped a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the role in 2016, though he didn’t win the actual gong).
Fans were overjoyed when a surprise Crocodile Dundee sequel trailer dropped last week, before it became clear the movie was likely just a Super Bowl commercial.
But shortly after the film, starring US comedian Danny McBride and Australia’s Chris Hemsworth was confirmed as fake, news of a different lost sequel emerged.
On Monday, Australian comedians Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen revealed on their TOFOP podcast that they too had penned a sequel back in 2014.
The REAL Crocodile Dundee remake: Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen were planning a reboot starring Chris Hemsworth back in 2014 – four years before the spoof Super Bowl advert
What’s more, Wil – a stand-up comedian and host of ABC’s Gruen – reminded listeners that Chris Hemsworth was to star in their hypothetical reboot too.
‘We had one person we thought would be ideal for this role, which is Chris Hemsworth,’ Charlie said on Monday’s episode.
‘If you’re going to do an action version of Crocodile Dundee with the biggest actor in the right age group there’s no other choice.’
It was on the very same podcast that Wil and Charlie first came up with the idea for a fresh take on Paul Hogan’s beloved classic, back in 2014.
Not to be? Fans were overjoyed when a surprise Crocodile Dundee sequel trailer dropped last week, before it became clear the movie was likely just a Super Bowl commercial
‘I believed in it so much I wrote a three-page outline that I shared with people, when we struck up this idea I was so struck by it,’ Charlie announced this week.
‘Anyone I met I would tell about it and we had discussions about it, like we talked about how we’d approach Paul Hogan, it seemed such a no-brainer.’
Wil reminded listeners that their version was to be a darker take on Hogan’s light-hearted classic, citing drug-dealer-on-the-run film Pineapple Express as inspiration.
Great minds think alike! ‘We had one person we thought would be ideal for this role, which is Chris Hemsworth,’ Charlie said on Monday’s episode (Chris was set to star in the all-but-confirmed fake 2018 film too)
There’s no intention to kick up a stink over the forthcoming commercial either, he noted: ‘There’s nothing in my world or mind that they stole this idea.’
The supposedly fake film, titled Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home, was to revolve around Crocodile Dundee’s American-raised son, Bryan (McBride) returning to his father’s native Australian outback.
Last Wednesday, Chris promoted the apparent commercial by sharing a video from the project to Instagram.
‘No other choice’: ‘If you’re going to do an action version of Crocodile Dundee with the biggest actor in the right age group there’s no other choice’ he added
The Daily Telegraph quickly raised suspicions that the ad was nothing more than an expensive commercial for the NFL’s biggest game, which takes place February 4.
The publication pointed out a number of clues that indicate that the movie is a spoof marketing stunt, including the fact that the director Steve Rogers is actually an advertising executive.
Various media outlets have also speculated that the new Dundee is ‘probably fake,’ including Slash Film and Yahoo Movies.
Nope: The supposedly fake film, titled Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home, was to revolve around Crocodile Dundee’s American-raised son, Bryan (McBride) returning to his father’s native Australian outback
Abiona Boja visits Art Against Knives to hear about the valuable work they do with young people
Violence amongst young people seems to be an impossible task to deal with. Around 199 gangs (that we know of) operate in London, accounting for 20% of all violent crimes in the capital.
While youth crime in the UK is typically associated with young men, more young women are getting involved. This includes carrying knives for friends or boyfriends, based on the assumption they are less likely to be stopped by the police.
According to 2015/16 Youth Justice Statistics for England and Wales, females accounted for 14,900 arrests of young people (17% of the total).
However, a silver lining exists in the form of Art Against Knives (AAK), a local organisation tackling youth crime through creativity and fundraising events.
AAK kicked off in 2011 in response to the unprovoked stabbing of student Oliver Hemsley. An art exhibition was organised to raise money for his medical needs, and some of the biggest names in art, including Banksy, auctioned off work to support the cause.
The founder, Katy Dawe, started the movement believing that if more young people could express their feelings through creativity, less violent crime would occur.
Since then, AAK has developed a programme called In Our Hands to specifically target violence against women and girls. The programme consists of two community nail bars in Barnet, Dollis Dolls and Vales Nails.
AAK is not separate from the community, it is the community
“We embed specialist expertise into nail bars that are part of community life, allowing us to intervene early and significantly reduce the risks young women and girls face,” says Katy.
“We provide young women with the opportunity to learn nail skills, get their nails painted for free, socialise in a safe place, develop vital personal skills and access specialist support.”
The In Our Hands programme is open to everyone in the local area for free. In the last five years, it has helped over 500 vulnerable young women gain invaluable skills, and some have even qualified as nail technicians.
After my own visit to Vales Nails, I understand why so many young women choose to get involved.
The atmosphere was comforting, fun, friendly and felt more like a family than a social support group. All generations are represented, from the ripe young age of 84, right down to new-born babies.
AAK is not separate from the community, it is the community.
All young people deserve a life free from violence, full of creativity and surrounded by care
Isabel Chapman, specialist lead for violence against women at In Our Hands, believes part of the organisation’s success comes from the fact that “we get what it means to live in certain environments, certain neighbourhoods and certain situations, because AAK are from those communities.” These are places where violence is rife, and young people are most vulnerable.
AAK are all about sustainability and consistency, while still remaining current and on trend. “It’s all youth-led. We don’t do all the work for them, they tell us their ambitions and we support them however we can.” Isabel said. “If we can get young people to believe in themselves, hooked up with the right resources, confident enough to achieve whatever they desire, then we will support them.”
AAK aspires to expand even further. Since 2011 they’ve grown from a small grass roots movement, to a registered charity supporting over 1,000 young people.
I hope to see this organisation continue to flourish as their work is invaluable. And I hope they’ll always remain firm in their conviction that “all young people deserve a life free from violence, full of creativity and surrounded by care” — a powerful and inspiring ethos for all of us.
Abiona Boja is currently an A Level student studying English Lit, Sociology and History. She has taken part in a variety of project work for Exposure, and is particularly interested in politics and broadcast journalism. Abiona would like to go to Cambridge to study International Relations, and pursue a career as a news presenter.
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Two things people despise — Adolf Hitler and taxes — have merged for an online sale that’s expected to pull in six digits.
MomentsInTime.com — a site that sells rare, historical documents — is selling Hitler’s 1926 tax return. Yep, even Hitler paid the taxman.
According to the document, and excuse us if our German is a bit shaky, Hitler’s gross income, or “bruttoeinkünfte,” was about 2,487 Reichsmarks, the German currency back then. The Nazi leader had been recently released from prison and his infamousautobiography, “Mein Kampf,” was published only the year before, so he had some loot coming in.
It was about 4 Reichsmarks to the dollar back then, so 2,487 Reichsmarks equaled around 600 U.S. dollars. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but today that would’ve been around $7-$8k.
The document also has Hitler’s signature and home address at the time.