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My Top 5 Showtunes: Carol Harrison

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.

Kate Middleton in fashion dilemma as pregnant Duchess of Cambridge decides whether to wear black to BAFTAs in support of Time’s Up initiative, breaking royal etiquette and style rules

Kate Middleton may not wear all-black to the BAFTAs for royal etiquette rules

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William will be attending the BAFTAs on February 18.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte‘s mother attended the red carpet event last year, where the 37-year-old dressed in a off-the-shoulder black floral gown.

However, this year’s BAFTAs is different, with movie and TV stars being encouraged to wear all black on the red carpet to show support for the Time’s Up initiative.

Similar to the 2018 Golden Globe awards, celebrities will walk the carpet in dark colours, to both protest against sexual harassment and support victims of abuse.

 Kate Middleton may not wear all-black to the BAFTAs for royal etiquette rules

But will Kate Middleton be wearing black?

Meghan Markle‘s soon to be sister-in-law has found herself in a fashion dilemma, whether to show support for the cause or not.

John Gavin dead: Psycho and Spartacus actor who almost became Bond dies aged 86

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 LaceRomanoff 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.

Cardi B commands attention in shiny sapphire-colored coat-dress while at Maxim Super Bowl party with fiance Offset of Migos

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

A ‘blind date’ between two Californian artists reveals surprising shared sensibilities

Israelis Sue New Zealanders Over Lorde Boycott

Lorde attends the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018 in New York City.

An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday it is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lorde to 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.

Tom Hardy finally gets tattoo after he lost a bet with Leonardo DiCaprio

Tom Hardy is a man of his word, it would seem.

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).

Hardy revealed the details of the bet in an interview with Esquire magazine.

“He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything,’” Hardy told Esquire in 2016. “Ha! I was like, ‘O.K., I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.’”

We can now see the fruits of his inking thanks to a bartender in San Francisco, who posted a pic of himself and the actor after bumping into him on the street.

Last year, Hardy told Vanity Fair that had the bet been the other way around, DiCaprio would not have gone through with it.

“F**ker,” he joked. “He would never get a tattoo if he lost that bet! It was just one-way. I’m covered in sh*t tattoos anyway, so it doesn’t make any difference to me.

“If I got a big bold ‘Leo’ right across my thigh or across my face. It’s just that, isn’t it? You bet a tattoo, you lose. That’s what happens.”

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

By ALEX MICHAEL FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

 

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 

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.

Nailing youth crime through creativity

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.

To find out more or get involve AAK email: hello@artagainstknives.com.

Exposure made the following promo, celebrating the great work of Art Against Knives.

Our thanks to John Lyon’s Charity for making this project possible.

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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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ADOLF HITLER 1926 TAX RETURN CAN BE YOURS

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 infamous autobiography, “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.

The seller wants at least $125k.