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He's back! Billion-dollar actor returns to the big screen after two decades

<p>After a decades-long hiatus, Rick Moranis will be returning to acting for the live-action version of the Disney classic "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids".</p> <p>Moranis became one of the most in-demand comic actors of the 1980s and 1990s after blowing up on the Canadian sketch series SCTV. He went on to star in 1984’s “Ghostbusters” and its 1989 sequel, Mel Brooks’ 1987 “Star Wars” spoof “Spaceballs,” the 1978 cinematic version of the stage musical "Little Shop of Horrors", Ron Howard’s 1989 ensemble dramedy “Parenthood,” and the 1994 live-action “The Flintstones” remake.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fb5xdHrrJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fb5xdHrrJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by E! News (@enews)</a> on Feb 12, 2020 at 7:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Altogether, his films have earned an incredible $1 billion at the domestic box office, not adjusting for inflation.</p> <p>Since 1997, however, Moranis has worked sporadically, doing voice-over work (2003’s “Brother Bear,” a 2018 episode of “The Goldbergs”) as well as a couple comedy albums, after stepping away from acting to raise his children in the wake of his wife’s death from cancer. </p> <p>In this, his triumphant return, the sequel to the 1989 blockbuster "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" will see Moranis return to his role as Wayne Szalinski - the bizarre and quirky scientist who accidentally shrunk his children, along with his neighbour's kids, then went on to accidentally make his toddler enormous in 1992’s "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid". He eventually came back in 1997 for the sequel "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves!" – one of Moranis’ last major works on camera.<br /><br />In the new movie, "Shrunk", Josh Gad will play Szalinski’s son, who will go on to unsurprisingly shrink his family.<br /><br />The original director, Joe Johnston, is returning to make the sequel, with Todd Rosenberg writing the script.</p>

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Birds of Prey renamed after flopping at the box office

<p>Margot Robbie’s <em>Birds of Prey </em>has been renamed after a disappointing opening weekend in the cinemas.</p> <p>Warner Bros. has changed the film’s name from <em><span>Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) </span></em><span>to <em>Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey</em>, less than a week after its debut.</span></p> <p><span>A studio representative told <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/11/21132868/harley-quinn-birds-of-prey-name-change-seo-warner-bros-opening-weekend-trailers?utm_campaign=theverge&amp;utm_content=chorus&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter"><em>The Verge</em></a> the name change is part of an effort to make it easier for moviegoers to find the flick. </span></p> <p><span>While the R-rated film opened at number one at the US box office, it only grossed US$33 million, coming short of the studio’s US$45 million projection. Industry expectations were around US$50 to US$55 million.</span></p> <p><span>The opening for <em>Birds of Prey</em> is the lowest so far for a DC Comics title, overtaking <em>Shazam!</em>’s record of US$53.5 million.</span></p> <p><span>In Australia, the film also earned <a href="https://mumbrella.com.au/birds-of-prey-flies-straight-to-the-top-of-the-australian-box-office-taking-almost-4m-in-its-first-weekend-616648">the top spot at the box office</a>, taking in $3.85 million across 528 screens on its first weekend.</span></p> <p><span>Directed by Cathy Yan, <em>Birds of Prey </em>depicts the story of Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie) who finds herself becoming allies with Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) after her breakup with the Joker.</span></p>

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Samantha Armytage slams journalist for “menacing” and “rubbish” report

<p>Samantha Armytage has strongly denied claims that she’s “absolutely miffed” that she missed out on hosting this year’s Academy Awards.</p> <p>Her new colleague Sonia Kruger was given the honour to cover the glamorous event, with<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph’s</em><span> </span>Annette Sharp reporting on Friday that Sam was finding the decision “hard to accept”.</p> <p>The 43-year-old took to Instagram to share her true thoughts on the matter, as she dubbed the story as “menacing”, “mean” and “rubbish” and insisted that she was thrilled for Sonia.</p> <p>She wrote: “There’s a very odd woman who works for the Sunday papers. Her name is Annette Sharp and she’s been obsessed with me for 8+ years in a kind of creepy, nasty, menacing, mean way.</p> <p>“I don’t know her from a bar of soap, but she seems a dreadful bit of gear. She is certainly no friend to women and most worrying for someone in her position, she simply makes stuff up.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8VokaYHb-9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B8VokaYHb-9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">There’s a very odd woman who works for one of the Sunday papers. Her name is Annette Sharp (above) &amp; she’s been obsessed with me for 8+ years in a kind of creepy, nasty, menacing, mean way. I don’t know her from a bar of soap, but she seems a dreadful bit of gear. She is certainly no friend to women &amp; most worrying for someone in her position, she simply makes stuff up. Today she wrote some more crap about me (&amp; @soniakruger who I like a lot, admire immensely, welcome back to 7 with open arms &amp; who does a FAR better job covering a red carpet than me!) I usually rise above her rubbish (as I was raised to do with bullies) but this year I’ve decided to call out her bullsh*t. Weekly, if necessary. I thank her for saying I’m glowing this year. I am. My life is happy at work and outside it. Which is more than I can say for her, it seems. And I ask her to refrain from calling me Sammy. That’s only for my friends. If you don’t like my peaches Annette, don’t shake my tree. I write this for all the girls (&amp; boys!) out there, to stand up to bullies &amp; bullsh*t artists in 2020. I’ll see you all bright &amp; early tomorrow @sunriseon7 , when @kochie_online &amp; I will be joined by the Uber-glam @soniakruger for the Oscars 🎉</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/sam_armytage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Samantha Armytage ⭐️</a> (@sam_armytage) on Feb 8, 2020 at 11:38pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Today she wrote some more crap about me and @soniakruger who I like a lot, admire immensely, welcome back to 7 with open arms and who does a FAR better job covering a red carpet than me!</p> <p>“I usually rise above her rubbish (as I was raised to do with bullies) but this year I’ve decided to call out her bulls**t. Weekly, if necessary.”</p> <p>The<em><span> </span>Sunrise</em><span> </span>host continued: “I ask her to refrain from calling me Sammy. That’s only for my friends. If you don’t like my peaches Annette, don’t shake my tree.”</p> <p>Samantha concluded: “I write this for the girls (and boys!) out there, to stand up to bullies and bull***t artists in 2020.”</p> <p>The post came shortly after it was announced that the official telecast rights for the Academy Awards have gone to Channel Seven this year.</p> <p>It was originally believed that Armytage would be covering the event, but on Friday,<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em><span> </span>reported that the opportunity went to Sonia, and then claimed the morning show host was bothered because she missed out.</p> <p>“Sammy said to be absolutely miffed network execs are now putting their promo power into their prime-time investment Kruger, possibly at Armytage’s expense,” read the article.</p> <p>The paper said that Samantha will be, “hosting from Seven’s Sydney studio and crossing live to the uber-glamorous Kruger on the red carpet at the 92nd Oscars Awards ceremony.”</p> <p>It then claimed that, “By next month, Kruger will be all over Seven, which can’t be easy for Armytage to accept.”</p>

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Is possessing pornography permitted in prison?

<p>According to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27419739">some estimates</a>, around three quarters of men (76%) and over one-third of women (41%) regularly view pornographic material.</p> <p>However, there remains one place where consumption of porn is strictly prohibited: prison.</p> <p>Pornography is currently banned across <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/prisons-we-attend/">Australian prisons</a>, but there are many who believe that allowing the material could go someway towards easing tensions and aggression behind bars.</p> <p><strong>Pornography as Contraband</strong></p> <p>All prisons across Australia have a long list of items consider contraband, for which hefty penalties apply.</p> <p>In NSW <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/dont-visit-a-prison-before-reading-this/">a range of items are banned</a> including drugs, alcohol, tobacco, syringes, mobile phones, computers and various other goods.</p> <p>The NSW Justice <a href="https://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Corrective%20Services/families-handbook_chapter%202.pdf">Families Handbook</a> explains that pornographic magazines are not allowed to be possessed in prison, nor brought in or sent to inmates.</p> <p>A maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $2,200 applies to those who deliver or bring illegal items into prisons, or who attempt to smuggle items out of prisons.</p> <p>Visitors caught trying to bring illegal items into prisons can also be banned from visiting their loved ones for up to two years.</p> <p>Watching pornography online via a contraband phone also carrier a serious risk.</p> <p>Any inmate found in possession or a mobile phone, or any part of a mobile phone, including a SIM card or charger, faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $5,500 under <a href="http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/soa1988189/s27da.html">section 27DA of the Summary Offences Act 1988</a>.</p> <p><strong>A Question of Human Rights?</strong></p> <p>As surprising as it sounds, the question of prisoner access to pornography has been subject to a number of legal challenges internationally.</p> <p>In 2001, UK serial killer Dennis Nilsen sought to challenge a decision of the Prison Governor denying him access to Vulcan, a gay porn magazine as well as a number of other LGBT publications, through an application to the European Court of Human Rights.</p> <p>The claim was made on the basis of two Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights:</p> <ul> <li>Article 3 which protects against inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners; and</li> <li>Article 14 which protects against discrimination.</li> </ul> <p>Nilsen’s application was refused by a single judge concluded that his lawyers had failed to establish that a breach of human rights had occurred or that the prohibition on pornography was applied in a discriminatory way.</p> <p>The idea that Nilsen was successful in his bid has become something of a ‘human rights myth’, widely reported in the media by those critical of human rights courts. However, Nilsen failed at the very first hurdle and was denied access to pornographic material. He died in 2018.</p> <p>The quest for access to pornography certainly isn’t limited to the UK.</p> <p>Last year, an Iowan judge <a href="https://www.courthousenews.com/iowa-inmates-granted-access-to-nudity-not-porn/">partially upheld</a> a claim by a number of inmates that a broadly worded prison porn ban infringed upon their First Amendment rights under the US Constitution.</p> <p>The judge didn’t set aside the ban in its entirety, but did allow for ‘non-sexually explicit depictions of nudity’ to be accessed by prisoners.</p> <p>This has followed a series of failed attempts by prisoners in other US states to fight prison porn bans, which claims recently rejected in Connecticut and Michigan.</p> <p><strong>The case for porn in prisons</strong></p> <p>There is a case to be made for prisoners to have access to pornography.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://theconversation.com/give-prisoners-internet-access-for-a-safer-and-more-humane-community-68543">2016 article</a> advocating for inmates to be given access to the internet, Dean of Swinburne Law School Professors Dan Hunter and Mirko Bagaric responded to concerns that inmates would use access pornography over the internet by remarking:</p> <p><em>Prisoners in some jurisdictions already have (limited) conjugal visits. Logically, and emotively, if prisoners can have sex, it is illogical to deny them the capacity to watch sex.</em></p> <p>Indeed, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/bjbmga/australian-prisoners-talk-about-their-secret-porn-collections">anecdotal</a> reports suggests that a thriving underground market of contraband pornography already exists in Australian prisons. This calls into question any claimed ‘success’ of current policies.</p> <p>Access to pornography by inmates is allowed in some parts of the world. For example, inmates in Antwerp have access to the internet in their cells via a system called <a href="https://www.ebo-enterprises.com/prisoncloud">PrisonCloud</a>, which allows adults films to be purchased and streamed.</p> <p>The system allows for officials to control of the kind of adult content inmates are permitted to access.</p> <p>And there is research to suggest that providing access to pornography could reduce aggression and even the <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/sexual-assault-in-prison/">sexual assaults within prison</a>.</p> <p>Indeed, recognising that inmates have the same needs and desires as members of the general population, and accommodating for those needs, could leave them feeling less stigmatised, alienated and suppressed, and ultimately promote rehabilitation.</p> <p><em>Written by Jarryd Bartle. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/is-possessing-pornography-permitted-in-prison/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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The stars that were considered for the Titanic

<p><span>It is difficult to imagine the 1997 classic <em>Titanic </em>without Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. However, they were not the only actors considered by director James Cameron to portray fictional ill-fated lovers Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater.</span></p> <p><span>Before getting Winslet onboard, the production team was reportedly interested in casting Claire Danes as Rose. Speaking on <a href="https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/claire-danes-says-she-turned-down-role-of-rose-in-titanic.html"><em>Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard</em></a> in late January, Danes said she turned down the role because she “wasn’t ready” for the fame that the big-budget flick was going to afford her.</span></p> <p><span>“I had just made this romantic epic with Leo in Mexico City, which is where they were going to shoot <em>Titanic</em>,” Danes said, referring to Baz Luhrmann-directed 1996 film <em>Romeo + Juliet</em>. </span></p> <p><span>“It was going to propel me to something I knew I didn’t have the resources to cope with. I knew I had to do a lot of foundation-building.”</span></p> <p><span>In another interview with British <a href="https://www.mythirtyspot.com/claire-danes-covers-british-gq-why-she-turned-down-titanic/"><em>GQ</em></a>, Danes also said it felt “redundant” to star in another romance with DiCaprio in such a short span of time.</span></p> <p><span>Other <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20100328230602/http:/www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,290182_3,00.html">actresses that were considered for the character</a> were Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Anwar, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, and Winona Ryder among others.</span></p> <p><span>A <a href="http://www.notstarring.com/movies/titanic">wide range of male actors</a> was also considered for the role of Jack, including Christian Bale, Macaulay Culkin, Chris O’Donnell, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt. In 2017, Winslet revealed that she auditioned for her part with Matthew McConaughey.</span></p> <p><span>“I auditioned with Matthew, which was completely fantastic,” Winslet said on <em>Late Show With Stephen Colbert</em>. “It just wouldn’t have been the whole, Jack and Rose, Kate and Leo thing.”</span></p>

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Duchess Kate wows in white and gold frock at BAFTAS

<p>Duchess Kate has wowed in a recycled white and gold Alexander McQueen gown with eye-catching shoes as she and Prince William attended the BAFTA award ceremony as guests of honour.</p> <p>All of the attendees were urged to “dress sustainable” and rewear vintage or older pieces, which is advice the Duchess of Cambridge took on board. She first wore the gorgeous dress for a state dinner during a visit to Malaysia in 2012. </p> <p>The royal couple attended the awards ceremony for the fourth year in a row, as the Duke of Cambridge was presenting an award.</p> <p>Prince William presented the Fellowship award to Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy at the event and also reflected his time as BAFTA president, joking that he doesn’t know if he should be “proud or slightly alarmed” that how many winners over the last decade have “portrayed members of my own family”. </p> <p>Prince William has been president of BAFTA for the last ten years.</p> <p>He also touched on the “frustration” felt by many due to the lack of diversity at the BAFTAS.</p> <p>William said: “Both here in the UK and in many other countries across the world we are lucky to have incredible film-makers, actors, producers, directors and technicians - men and women from all backgrounds and ethnicities enriching our lives through film.</p> <p>“Yet in 2020, and not for the first time in the last few years, we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and in the awards process - that simply cannot be right in this day and age.”</p> <p>He continued: “I know that both Pippa (Harris), chair of Bafta and Amanda (Berry), Bafta CEO, share that frustration and continue to work tirelessly to ensure that creative talent is discovered and supported.</p> <p>“Bafta take this issue seriously, and following this year's nominations, have launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process to build on their existing work and ensure that opportunities are available to everyone.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the stunning pictures of the dynamic duo on the night.</p>

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The top five Australian crime films

<p>Australian cinema has a long history of producing raw and brutal films. And none more so, than those that explore criminal conduct. It could even be said that the outlaw defines the zeitgeist of our colonial times.</p> <p>Perhaps part of the fascination stems from the fact that when the British stormed in to begin their occupation of this land 230 years ago, the cargo they were carrying was made up of convicts.</p> <p>The occupiers were set to turn the area known today as Sydney into a vast prison camp. Indeed, some of the acts perpetrated on Antipodean screens might be seen as a reflection of the inhumanity inflicted upon the continent’s First Nations peoples.</p> <p>So, let’s take a look at five standout lawbreaker films that have left their undeniable mark on the Australian motion picture industry.</p> <p><strong>5. Stone</strong></p> <p>Released in 1974, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072209/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2">Stone</a> follows a Sydney police detective of the same name, as he goes undercover with outlaw motorcycle gang the Gravediggers. Stone poses as a bikie, while he investigates who’s been knocking off members of the gang.</p> <p>The movie is a series of strung together scenes that portray the denim-clad, Satanist renegades brawling with a rival gang, racing Kawasaki bikes, and smoking pot. However, all the while, these suburban bandits are actually wreaking havoc on the streets of Sydney’s lower North Shore.</p> <p>But, despite their well-to-do surroundings, the Gravediggers are living by their own outcast code. As gang leader, the Undertaker, tells the undercover detective, “All law is based on violence. Any cat that breaks the law gets clobbered. Only difference is our law only applies to us.”</p> <p>And Stone learns this the hard way. After the bikie gang capture the gunman who’s been killing their members, the undercover cop prevents them from finishing him off.</p> <p>So, to thank Stone for getting in their way, the gang members breakdown the policeman’s front door and beat him senseless in the final scene.</p> <p><strong>4. Chopper</strong></p> <p>Uncle Chop Chop is everybody’s favourite homicidal maniac. The 2000 cinema classic <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221073/?ref_=nv_sr_3">Chopper</a> tracks the life of Melbourne’s notorious standover man Mark Brandon Read, who once bragged that he’d killed 19 people, but was only ever charged with one murder, which he was ultimately acquitted of.</p> <p>The film opens in the gloomy 1978 H Division of Pentridge prison, where Chopper knifes Keithy George in the neck, his best mate Jimmy stabs the thug repeatedly in front, and then, Read gets his ears hacked off in a successful attempt to get transferred out of the gaol.</p> <p>But, throughout these brutalities, Chopper’s sense of humour pervades the violent incidents. And this habit of laughing in the face of horror is nowhere better revealed than in his relationship with long-time associate Neville Bartos, played with great bravado by Vince Colosimo.</p> <p>Chopper shot Bartos before he was put inside. And on release, Read encounters him in a nightclub, where Bartos tells him he has no ill feelings, as he’s “flying” after the “crime compo” kicked in.</p> <p>But, Chopper can’t handle the niceties. And in a paranoid moment, he unloads his gun into the air above the crowd in the club.</p> <p>After he suspects Bartos has been sleeping with his girlfriend, Chopper pays him visit and demands some of the profits from his speed dealing. But, Bartos refuses. So, “the normal guy who likes a bit of torture” shoots Bartos in the hip, and then graciously drives him to the hospital to get patched up.</p> <p><strong>3. Ghosts of the Civil Dead</strong></p> <p>One of Australian cinema’s most disturbing films, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095217/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt">Ghosts of the Civil Dead</a> is a gruelling piece that takes the viewer through the slow drip of prison life. The scenes take place within Central Industrial Prison, a “new generation” correctional facility isolated in the outback.</p> <p>The film opens with text displayed on a computer monitor that reveals the maximum security facility, which is designed to house society’s most violent and unmanageable inmates, has been in perpetual lockdown for the past 37 months, due to an outbreak of violence.</p> <p>And what transpires next is an account of the events that led up to the lockdown.</p> <p>Director John Hillcoat’s 1988 debut film is a damning critique of the privatisation of prisons, as well as the dehumanising effect correctional institutions have on inmates, who, rather than being rehabilitated, are further criminalised during their incarceration.</p> <p>As the patchwork narrative unfolds, it becomes apparent that the prison system is designed to provoke the inmates and the guards into greater acts of violence, so that a committee evaluating the prison can recommend that another profitable “super maximum” security facility be built.</p> <p>“You are creating a lot of angry men is what you are doing. And one day, those men are going to get out,” Ruben, one of the inmates, ominously warns an official inspecting the prison. “And that day, those people out there are going to pay for what you’re doing in here.”</p> <p><strong>2. Animal Kingdom</strong></p> <p>The opening credits of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313092/?ref_=nv_sr_2">Animal Kingdom</a> are a slideshow of black and white armed hold-up photos that set the menacing tone for the film that’s going to take the audience through the unsettling world of a Melbourne crime family.</p> <p>The 2010 criminal drama, that received accolades around the globe, was based on a 1991 <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/true-crime-six-unsolved-australian-murders-part-2/">true crime</a> incident that involved the murder of two Victoria police officers. The story begins when Joshua “J” Cody’s mother overdoses, and the teenager calls on the help of his grandmother, Smurf.</p> <p>The 17-year-old then finds himself living in the midst of the criminal Cody family, who are largely financed via armed robberies. However, of late, the armed hold-up squad are cracking down, and officers murder family friend and key member of the stick-up crew, Baz, in a car park.</p> <p>Pope, J’s uncle, wants to exact revenge on the police force. So, he and his two brothers set up an ambush in a suburban street that draws two random young officers to investigate an abandoned car parked in the middle of the road. And when they arrive, the Cody brothers shoot them point-blank.</p> <p>Played by Ben Mendelsohn, Pope is one of the most chilling characters in Australian film. The subsequent police investigation into the murders causes him to begin removing any loose ends that might lead to his conviction. And as the suspense grows, the story unfolds towards a sinister end.</p> <p><strong>1. Mad Max</strong></p> <p>Directed by George Miller, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079501/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Mad Max</a> is a milestone in Australian cinema. The 1979 classic led to a series of sequels, but what makes the original so significant is that it’s set in the not-too-distant future, where the violence and disorder seem just around the corner.</p> <p>Max Rockatansky, a young Mel Gibson, is a member of the outback highway police, known as the Main Force Patrol (MFP). And of late, an outlaw motorcycle gang, led by the Toecutter and Bubba Zanetti, are terrorising the local population.</p> <p>In this dystopian world, the rule of law is failing, which is signified by MFP headquarters, which is a series of dilapidated buildings. Above the front gate is a sign that reads “Halls of Justice,” and some of the lettering is beginning to slip out of place.</p> <p>A further sign that the system is falling apart, is when Max and his fellow officer Goose bring in one of the bikies for an alleged rape. But, when the offender, Johnny the Boy, goes to trial, the witnesses don’t show, and the federal court closes the case, and lets the offender roam free.</p> <p>After Goose falls foul of the bikie gang, Max no longer sees the point in enforcing the law and ceases to do so. But, after the outlaw bikies run down and kill his wife and child, Max returns to the Halls of Justice to mete out his own brand of law and exact revenge on the transgressors.</p> <p><em>Written by Paul Gregoire. Republished with permission of </em><a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/the-top-five-australian-crime-films/"><em>Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</em></a></p>

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Bong Joon-ho: The secret of the man behind Parasite

<p>For film enthusiasts around the world, there is no reason for Bong Joon-ho not to celebrate. His hit thriller <em>Parasite </em>has continued to break records – with honours from the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards – and is now a top contender for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.</p> <p>But the man himself said he is just doing what he can to “survive”.</p> <p>In an interview with <span><a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/01/oscar-special-2020-bong-joon-ho"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a></span>, Bong said he struggled with anxiety.</p> <p>“I don’t think people around me can feel it, but I do have a lot of anxiety,” he said, mentioning his fear over appearing on <em>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</em>.</p> <p>“[Sometimes] I feel like a baseball player who’s forced to go up on the mound.”</p> <p>The <em>Okja </em>director and co-writer said movies saved his life.</p> <p>“A psychiatrist actually told me that I have severe anxiety, and I have severe compulsive tendencies to the point where it would be impossible for me to have a social life,” he said. “But thanks to filmmaking, I’ve been able to survive.”</p> <p>When asked whether he would take on a big studio film or a superhero franchise to reduce his anxiety, Bong rejected the idea with a laugh. “It would make me much, much, much more anxious. If I do something like that, I think I will suffocate to death,” the 50-year-old said.</p> <p>“For me to feel safe, I have to start the project, build everything up, one by one, and see it to the complete finish. I really admire directors who can easily do superhero movies and big-budget films.”</p> <p>The director is currently in talks to make a six-hour for HBO limited series of <em>Parasite</em>. “I just couldn’t include all those ideas in the two-hour running time of the film, so they’re all stored in my iPad and my goal with this limited series is to create a six-hour-long film,” Bong told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman.</p> <p>The estimated release date for the limited series is yet to be announced.</p>

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What changes you can expect from Prince Charles when he becomes king

<p><strong>The once and future king</strong></p> <p>Unlike his mother, who unexpectedly became queen at just 25 years old when her father, King George VI, died suddenly, 71-year-old Prince Charles has spent his entire life in preparation to wear the crown. He’s the longest waiting heir apparent and will be the oldest British monarch to ever take the throne – and it’s still uncertain when that will happen. Although Queen Elizabeth II is 93 years old and the <a href="https://www.royal.uk/her-majesty-the-queen">longest-reigning</a> British monarch ever, longevity runs in her family: her father may have died young, but her mother lived to the age of 101. But with recent <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/01/world/europe/prince-charles-andrew-queen.html">reports</a> asserting Prince Charles is now taking charge of the monarchy more than ever, could he become king sooner than expected? We explore the different scenarios that may play out when the beloved Queen dies – or maybe even before.</p> <p><strong>The Queen may still be alive when Prince Charles becomes king</strong></p> <p>Rumours have been swirling in the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4785166/Is-Queen-preparing-abdicate.html">British press</a> that as the Queen becomes older, she may pass the crown to her son, who’s fully prepared to take on all the responsibilities of the monarchy while she is still alive. This would be called a ‘regency’. But, there are many reasons <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/13-reasons-queen-elizabeth-ii-will-never-give-up-the-throne">Queen Elizabeth will never give up the throne</a>.</p> <p>“I think it is unlikely that the Queen will officially retire, or that the Prince of Wales will formally assume the title of regent,” says Carolyn Harris, PhD, historian and author of <em>Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting</em>. “In a radio broadcast on her 21st birthday, she vowed to devote her whole life, whether it was long or short, to the service of her people.”</p> <p>Although <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11">comparison</a> has been made to other older European monarchs who have abdicated in recent years, Harris points out they were sworn into office through secular installation ceremonies rather than the Queen’s religious coronation ceremony in 1953, which contained sacred oaths. Even practically speaking, “the Queen is sovereign of 16 Commonwealth realms, and not all of them have a formal provision for a regency,” Harris says. “A regency might complicate the appointment of new Governors General in some of the Commonwealth realms.”</p> <p><strong>If the Queen is incapacitated, Prince Charles will become regent</strong></p> <p>But in the event that the Queen cannot actually act as queen, such as in the case of severe illness of mind or body, a regency with Prince Charles as Regent would be formed. According to the <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/monarchy-church-and-state/accession-and-coronation/planning-next-accession-and-coronation#Q11">Constitution Unit</a> of the University of London’s (UCL) School of Public Policy, medical evidence is required, and three people out of the following have to agree to declare the sovereign is incapacitated: the Queen’s consort (her husband, Prince Philip), the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chief Justice, and the Master of the Rolls.</p> <p>But, this isn’t the most probable scenario. Instead, what will likely happen as the Queen ages is, “The Queen will retain her title and certain royal duties, while her son the Prince of Wales assumes a greater number of her public engagements and increased decision-making power behind the scenes,” Harris says. “The Prince of Wales already undertakes overseas travel to the Commonwealth on the Queen’s behalf, and in the coming years, he will assume more of the Queen’s duties in the United Kingdom.”</p> <p><strong>Upon Queen Elizabeth’s death, Prince Charles will immediately become king</strong></p> <p>So, in all probability, the Queen will retain the crown until she passes. Here’s <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/drama/16-things-will-happen-once-queen-elizabeth-ii-dies">what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies</a>: At the moment of her death, Prince Charles will become king. An ‘<a href="https://www.royal.uk/accession">Accession Council</a>’, consisting of the group of advisors to the sovereign known as the Privy Council, will convene at St James’s Palace, London, to formally recognise the transition and to proclaim Charles as the monarch. The King will then take an <a href="https://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/privy-council/the-accession-council/">oath</a> to, interestingly enough, preserve the <a href="https://www.royal.uk/queens-relationship-churches-england-and-scotland-and-other-faiths">Church of Scotland</a> (this is because the sovereign is only the head of the Church of England, not the Presbyterian Church of Scotland). Parliament will then be recalled for its members to take oaths of allegiance.</p> <p><em>Written by Tina Donvito. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/15-foods-you-should-never-keep-in-your-pantry?slide=allhttps://www.readersdigest.com.au/food-home-garden/15-foods-you-should-never-keep-in-your-pantry?slide=all"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a><span><em> </em></span></p>

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Is it legal to film people with a smart phone?

<p>In today’s digital world, pretty much everyone has a smart phone with filming capability.</p> <p>Recordings can also be made available for public viewing on the internet within seconds.</p> <p>But is it legal to film people with a smart phone?</p> <p>The answer depends on where the filming takes place, the circumstances, and for what purpose.</p> <p><strong>Using your smart phone to film from a public space</strong></p> <p>If you see someone or something that interests you in a public space, it is generally legal to film it using your smart phone.</p> <p>You do not need consent from that person, or any council. A public space is an area that is open and accessible to everyone, like a park, playing field, the footpath or a public beach.</p> <p>It is important to note though that you can find yourself in legal trouble if you are filming in an offensive manner in a public space.</p> <p>For example, taking pictures of people in their bathing suits at the beach.</p> <p><strong>The film must also only be used for a personal purpose.</strong></p> <p>If you intend to publish it on the internet for a commercial purpose, then even though it is legal to record, it is illegal to publish it unless permission is obtained from the subject and any landowner (including council).</p> <p>Commercial uses include anything that is used to sell goods or services. It does not have to be related to profit or income, a commercial purpose can also include adding to or creating a business reputation.</p> <p>You can also use your smart phone to film a police officer without their consent, as long as the filming is not hindering them from doing their job.</p> <p>Such footage often captures behaviour by police that is worthy of criticism. See our previous blog <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/is-it-legal-to-film-police-in-nsw/">post</a> for more information on whether it is legal to film police officers in NSW.</p> <p><strong>Using your smart phone to film in a private space</strong></p> <p>If you are on private property, it is only legal to film using your smart phone if the owner permits. They can ask you to stop filming and evict you.</p> <p><strong>If you don’t comply, you can be liable for trespass.</strong></p> <p>Your actions could even amount to assault if the owner of the property feels in any way threatened or intimidated by your non-compliance.</p> <p>Now, if you have been removed from their property and the incident taking place is still visible from a public space, such as a footpath, technically you can take out your smart phone and film it from that space regardless of their consent.</p> <p>However, this behaviour can be seen as stalking or harassment, and you may still get a tap on the shoulder by police.</p> <p><strong>Remember filming means audio too</strong></p> <p>It’s important to be aware that filming also generally captures audio.</p> <p>So if what you are filming on that private property (even if you are filming it from a public space) is a private conversation between two people, it is illegal to record the discussion without their consent (s11 Surveillance Devices Act 2007 (NSW).</p> <p>This area of law is complex though, because you can capture a conversation on film to the extent that it can be heard in public.</p> <p>If the people involved in the conversation don’t want it to be heard, they ought to talk quietly or discuss the matter behind closed doors.</p> <p>If the behaviour of the people was to such an extent as to suggest they were having a private conversation, however, then prying into that and filming it is illegal.</p> <p><strong>Using your smart phone to film someone acting in a private manner</strong></p> <p>Using your smart phone to film someone acting in a private manner can be a criminal offence, punishable by a jail term, unless you have the subject’s permission.</p> <p><strong>This is regardless of whether the film is for personal or commercial use.</strong></p> <p>In NSW, it is a criminal offence to film a person’s private parts, or to film a person engaged in a private act such as undressing, showering or sex, without the person’s knowledge and consent.</p> <p>Using your smartphone to film any form of indecent act involving a child can be considered child abuse material, or an aggravated act of indecency.</p> <p>Such acts are entirely prohibited – consent is irrelevant.</p> <p>It can also be against the law to publish any footage of someone engaged in a private act online, or send it someone else.</p> <p>In summary, when you take out your smart phone to film, first consider if you are in a private or public space.</p> <p>If private – generally that requires permission. If public, then think about the purpose of the recording.</p> <p>Personal use doesn’t always require consent, but anything that is intended to be used commercially does.</p> <p><em>Written by Ugur Nedim. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/is-it-legal-to-film-people-with-a-smart-phone/">Sydney Criminal Lawyers.</a> </em></p>

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Parasite: The global rise of South Korean film

<p>The international success of <em>Parasite</em>, the black comedy thriller by Bong Joon-ho, has been rather spectacular. It started with a slew of early season awards, including the prestigious <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/may/25/bong-joon-hos-parasite-wins-palme-dor-at-cannes-film-festival">Palme d'Or</a> (by unanimous vote) at Cannes. It has now won <a href="https://variety.com/2020/film/asia/korea-celebrates-parasite-golden-globes-win-1203457949/">Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the Golden Globes</a>, multiple <a href="http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/ee-british-academy-film-awards-nominees-winners-2020">nominations at the Baftas</a>, and <a href="https://oscar.go.com/news/nominations/oscar-nominations-2020-list-nominees-by-category">six Oscar nominations</a>, including in some of the most distinguished categories (film, director and screen play).</p> <p>If it wins an Oscar, it would be the first Korean film to do so and a testament to the rising popularity and success of the Korean film industry internationally.</p> <p><a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/859817/south-korea-movie-export-value/">The estimated export value</a> of the Korean film industry in 2018 was US$41.6 million (£32 million). South Korea is the <a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190530000661">fifth leading film market</a> by gross box office revenue after the US, China, Japan and the UK.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/isOGD_7hNIY?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Rooted in the 90s</strong></p> <p>South Korea has come a long way since the damaging effects of <a href="https://www.history.com/news/japan-colonization-korea">Japanese occupation</a> (1910 to 1945) and the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Korean-War">Korean War</a>, which ended with a ceasefire agreement in 1953. Experiencing monumental growth between 1960 and 1990, the country became one of the <a href="https://www.economist.com/special-report/2019/12/05/after-half-a-century-of-success-the-asian-tigers-must-reinvent-themselves">Four Asian Tigers</a> and is now the continent’s fourth largest economy.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1HRTy26s4hw?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>In the late 80s, as Korea emerged from a period of censorship, <a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/1225545?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents">restrictions</a> that had previously limited the influx of foreign films were lifted. This led to an increased appetite for Hollywood blockbusters and a decline in Korean cinema. To protect the country’s arts industries and counter the effects of the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Asian-financial-crisis">Asian economic crisis of the late 90s</a>, the government mounted several policies with a strong focus on promoting Korean culture abroad.</p> <p>Central to this was the <a href="https://wipolex.wipo.int/en/text/441192">Framework Act on the Promotion of Cultural Industries in 1999</a>, which said:</p> <blockquote> <p>The purpose of this Act is to lay the groundwork for the development of cultural industries and enhance the competitiveness thereof, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of national cultural life and development of the national economy, by providing for matters necessary for supporting and fostering cultural industries.</p> </blockquote> <p>As a result, <a href="https://martinroll.com/resources/articles/asia/korean-wave-hallyu-the-rise-of-koreas-cultural-economy-pop-culture/">South Korean culture has grown globally</a> in recent years. <a href="https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/2/16/16915672/what-is-kpop-history-explained">K-pop</a>, K-drama, K-beauty, and K-cuisine have all found new international audiences, initially in China and later in wider Asia and the west.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xwWgp1bqVwE?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>The “<a href="https://www.inverse.com/article/13916-the-korean-new-wave-and-the-anxieties-of-south-korean-cinema">Korean New Wave”</a>, the international fascination with Korean entertainment and film industry, began in the <a href="http://kultscene.com/introduction-to-the-korean-new-wave-of-cinema/">1990s</a>. This phenomenon, known as <a href="http://www.korea.net/AboutKorea/Culture-and-the-Arts/Hallyu">Hallyu</a>, centres around the work of directors <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0661791/">Park Chan-wook</a> (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, The Handmaiden), <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0094435/">Bong Joon-ho</a> (Memories of Murder, Host, Okja and Parasite) and <a href="https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0453518/">Kim Jee-woon</a> (A Tale of Two Sisters and I saw the Devil).</p> <p><strong>Distinctly Korean</strong></p> <p>Korean cinema is <a href="https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;id=vYSgpD1yWQ4C&amp;oi=fnd&amp;pg=PR7&amp;dq=korean+cinema&amp;ots=Jr0EGwPX4V&amp;sig=GkUhIuE6ALUYbsGgi6qWKghSZgw&amp;redir_esc=y#v=onepage&amp;q=korean%20cinema&amp;f=false">deeply embedded in the Korean experience</a>, eschewing Hollywoodisation and producing an oeuvre that makes a Korean film distinctive to international audiences. Korean society has a reverence for tradition and at once extraordinarily modern, and its cinema embodies these qualities proudly.</p> <p>Korean cinema has become known for often exploring the dark side of human experience. The films can be unsettling, often mixing dark humour with elements of extreme violence, sumptuous cinematography and high production values. Many of them feature passionate revenge stories (<em>Oldboy</em>, 2003, or <em>I Saw The Devil</em>, 2010), captivating crime investigations (<em>Memories of Murder</em>, 2004), or unusual friendships (<em>Joint Security Area</em>, 2000, or <em>The Handmaiden</em>, 2016).</p> <p>Not shying away from controversial topics or challenging its audience, Korean films dare to tread in places western films are sometimes scared of. It is not surprising, then, that they have attracted the attention of a wider public and the admiration of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino – who has compared Joon-ho to <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/quentin-tarantino-koreas-bong-joon-647767">Steven Spielberg in his prime</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w4UUGIIZxFU?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span class="caption">The <em>Oldboy</em> official trailer.</span></p> <p>Parasite has amassed a <a href="https://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/eng/news/news.jsp?pageIndex=1&amp;blbdComCd=601006&amp;seq=5300&amp;mode=VIEW&amp;returnUrl=&amp;searchKeyword=">box office revenue</a> of US$137 million (£105 million) globally, and <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbean/2020/01/07/box-office-bong-joon-hosparasite-positioned-for-big-pre-oscars-run/#44b52aa4c182">is set to rake in more with this slew of awards and nominations</a>. Exceeding everybody’s <a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/parasite-bong-joon-ho-success-next-movies-marvel-netflix-1203408123/">expectations</a>, this subversive anti-capitalist film is winning over both critics and <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/business/media/parasite-movie-studio-neon.html">audiences</a>. So much so, there is already a rumoured <a href="https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/bong-joon-hos-parasite-tv-show-expanded-film-not-remake.html">HBO series spin-off</a> in the works.</p> <p>Parasite’s accomplishments come off the back of Joon-ho’s previous <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/movies/review-okja-bong-joon-ho.html">critical success with the 2017 ecological fantasy Okja</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/bafta/status/965374939061735425?lang=en">Park Chan-wook’s 2018 film <em>Handmaiden</em></a> (the first Korean film to be nominated for and win a Bafta) and <a href="https://www.gq.com/story/burning-oscar-snub">Lee Chang-dong’s 2018 film <em>Burning</em></a> (the first Korean film to make it to shortlist for best foreign film at the Oscars). If this momentum is anything to go by, the “Korean Wave” is only set to get bigger.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Get through the scary movie with your grandkids

<p>The cinemas and TV channels are filled with horror movies. But what should you do if you have a young child who wants to watch too?</p> <p>Many of us have a childhood memory of a <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5sjstb/whats_a_movie_that_traumatized_you_as_a_kid/">movie that gave us nightmares</a> and took us to a new level of fear. Maybe this happened by accident. Or maybe it happened because an adult guardian didn’t choose the right movie for your age.</p> <p>For me it was <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/">The Exorcist</a>. It was also the movie that frightened my mum when she was a youngster. She had warned me not to watch it. But I did. I then slept outside my parents’ room for months for fear of demonic possession.</p> <p>Parents often ask about the right age for “scary” movies. A useful resource is <a href="https://childrenandmedia.org.au/movie-reviews/">The Australian Council of Children and the Media</a>, which provides colour-coded age guides for movies rated by child development professionals.</p> <p>Let’s suppose, though, that you have made the decision to view a scary movie with your child. What are some good rules of thumb in managing this milestone in your child’s life?</p> <p><strong>Watch with a parent or a friend</strong></p> <p>Research into indirect experiences can help us understand what happens when a child watches a scary movie. Indirect fear experiences can involve <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18614263">watching someone else look afraid or hurt in a situation</a> or <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2882043/">verbal threats</a> (such as “the bogeyman with sharp teeth will come at midnight for children and eat them”).</p> <p>Children depend very much on indirect experiences for information about danger in the world. Scary movies are the perfect example of these experiences. Fortunately, research also shows that indirectly acquired fears can be reduced by two very powerful sources of information: parents and peers.</p> <p>In one of our recent studies, we showed that when we <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28531872">paired happy adult faces with a scary situation</a>, children showed greater fear reduction than if they experienced that situation on their own. This suggests that by modelling calm and unfazed behaviour, or potentially even expressing enjoyment about being scared during a movie (notice how people burst into laughter after a jump scare at theatres?), parents may help children be less fearful.</p> <p>There is also some evidence that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3189411/">discussions with friends can help reduce fear</a>. That said, it’s important to remember that children tend to become <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27585485">more similar to each other in threat evaluation after discussing a scary or ambiguous event with a close friend</a>. So it might be helpful to discuss a scary movie with a good friend who enjoys such movies and can help the child discuss their worries in a positive manner.</p> <p><strong>Get the facts</strong></p> <p>How a parent discusses the movie with their child is also important. Children do not have enough experience to understand the statistical probability of dangerous events occurring in the world depicted on screen. For example, after watching Jaws, a child might assume that shark attacks are frequent and occur on every beach.</p> <p>Children need help to contextualise the things they see in movies. One way of discussing shark fears after viewing Jaws might be to help your child investigate the <a href="https://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/exhibits/sharks/odds-of-a-shark-attack/">statistics around shark attacks</a> (the risk of being attacked is around 1 in 3.7 million) and to acquire facts about shark behaviours (such as that they generally do not hunt humans).</p> <p>These techniques are the basis of <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/in-practice/201301/cognitive-restructuring">cognitive restructuring</a>, which encourages fact-finding rather than catastrophic thoughts to inform our fears. It is also an evidence-based technique for managing excessive anxiety in children and adults.</p> <p><strong>Exposure therapy</strong></p> <p>If your child is distressed by a movie, a natural reaction is to prevent them watching it again. I had this unfortunate experience when my seven-year-old daughter accidentally viewed <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859/">Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children</a>, which featured a monster with knives for limbs who ate children’s eyeballs for recreation.</p> <p>My first instinct was to prevent my daughter watching the movie again. However, one of the most effective ways of reducing excessive and unrealistic fear is to confront it again and again until that fear diminishes into boredom. This is called <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-virtual-reality-spiders-are-helping-people-face-their-arachnophobia-73769">exposure therapy</a>.</p> <p>To that end, we subjected her and ourselves to the same movie repeatedly while modelling calm and some hilarity - until she was bored. We muted the sound and did silly voice-overs and fart noises for the monster. We drew pictures of him with a moustache and in a pair of undies. Thankfully, she no longer identifies this movie as one that traumatised her.</p> <p>This strategy is difficult to execute because it requires tolerating your child’s distress. In fact, <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/buy/2016-23260-001">it is a technique that is the least used by mental health professionals</a> because of this.</p> <p>However, when done well and with adequate support (you may need an experienced psychologist if you are not confident), it is one of the most effective techniques for reducing fear following a scary event like an accidental horror movie.</p> <p><strong>Fear is normal</strong></p> <p>Did I ever overcome my fear of The Exorcist? It took my mother checking my bed, laughing with me about the movie, and re-affirming that being scared is okay and normal for me to do so (well done mum!)</p> <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/you-cant-erase-bad-memories-but-you-can-learn-ways-to-cope-with-them-103161">Fear is a normal and adaptive human response</a>. Some people, including children, love being scared. There is evidence that <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30307264">volunteering to be scared can lead to a heightened sense of accomplishment</a> for some of us, because it provides us with a cognitive break from our daily stress and worries.</p> <p>Hopefully, you can help ensure that your child’s first scary movie experience is a memorable, enjoyable one.</p> <p><em>Written by Carol Newall. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/how-to-watch-a-scary-movie-with-your-child-105973">The Conversation.</a> </em></p>

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Watch these 5 movies if you LOVE cats

<p> </p> <p>2019’s offerings include <a href="https://theconversation.com/jojo-rabbit-hitler-humour-and-a-childs-eye-view-of-war-make-for-dark-satire-128622">Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit</a>, Ken Loach’s <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8359816/">Sorry We Missed You</a> and Cannes Film Festival hit <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8613070/">Portrait of a Lady on Fire</a>.</p> <p>Perhaps the strangest offering is <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5697572/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Cats</a>, the big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, itself based on T.S. Eliot’s cycle of poems.</p> <p>From the trailer, glimpses of a creepily transformed all-star cast (a sinisterly sibilant Judy Dench, Idris Elba and Taylor Swift to name but a few) and a darkly glamorous cat-fight vibe <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/19/cats-movie-trailer-internet-reacts-horror-demented-dream-ballet">raised more than a few hackles</a> – so much so, <a href="https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7qq43/the-cats-in-cats-movie-have-changed-after-the-creepy-trailer-everyone-hated">elements have been “subtly” reanimated</a>. Reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly negative.</p> <p>It remains to be seen whether Cats will land as deftly with film goers as it did in the theatre. But if nothing else, its release provides a timely reminder of how the big screen has gifted us many memorable feline performances.</p> <p>Here are five of the very best.</p> <p><strong>Keanu (2016)</strong></p> <p> “That’s the cutest cat I’ve ever seen!”</p> <p>No, it’s not a Disney movie or an internet meme; it’s a line that speaks for every adult male who crosses paths with the adorable tortoiseshell tabby kitten <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4139124/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Keanu</a>.</p> <p>We first meet this eponymous feline amid the corpse-strewn detritus of a meth lab that has been shot up by two hefty gangster assassins.</p> <p>Keanu’s escape to suburbia and subsequent kidnapping from his newly adopted human, the nerdy Rell (Jordan Peele) provides the catalyst for this delightfully idiotic <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9zy27apgI8">buddy/action movie spoof</a>.</p> <p>Director Peter Alencio and writers Peele and Alex Rubens milk full comedic value from vicious killers turned into cooing, kitten kissing softies – and bumbling middle-class cowards Rell and Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) into badass, kitten rescuing heroes.</p> <p>Viewers familiar with Peele’s <a href="https://theconversation.com/jordan-peeles-us-black-horror-movies-and-the-american-nightmare-114334">directorial work</a> will know he is no respecter of cuteness. Rest assured, a walk on the wild side only sees Keanu’s adorable qualities further enhanced by rocking a wicked black bandanna.</p> <p>In a dream sequence, his voice is provided by some actor called Reeves.</p> <p><strong>Alien (1979); Aliens (1986)</strong></p> <p>Those with an attentive eye for cats on screen and/or for what makes feminist icon Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) tick won’t be surprised to see the trouble-making ginger Jonesy from the first two films in the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Alien</a> franchise on this list.</p> <p>This (space) ship cat is no mere piece of fluff: he serves a significant plot function, raises tensions at key moments and importantly provides the first film’s only love interest.</p> <p>Rescuing the moggy complicates Ripley’s escape and reveals a tender, protective side to her steely nature. This is even more powerfully highlighted in the sequel Aliens, even if Jonesy himself only makes a brief early appearance: “and you, you little shithead, you’re staying here”.</p> <p><strong>Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1962)</strong></p> <p>This iconic adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel <a href="https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-films-featuring-cats">frequently tops</a> cat movie lists, but while I am more than happy to include Holly Golightly’s flatmate Cat, “poor slob without a name”, near the top of my list I must confess I’m no great fan of the film overall – a ham-fisted, sanitised Hollywood do-over.</p> <p>Capote, as is well known, <a href="http://www.today.com/id/27841277/ns/today-today_entertainment/t/capote-never-liked-hepburn-iconic-role/">was not keen</a> on the casting of Audrey Hepburn as drifter-turned-grifter Holly Golightly, apparently preferring Marilyn Monroe.</p> <p>Little is known of his view of the casting of Orangey – <a href="https://www.womansworld.com/posts/breakfast-at-tiffanys-cat-169893">an award-winning performer</a> – as Cat, but for mine this handsome fellow is a far better actor than George Peppard, the film’s wooden, (Hollywood confected) male lead.</p> <p>You don’t have to be a cat lover to know who Holly’s true soul mate is.</p> <p><strong>A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)</strong></p> <p>This adaptation of <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12394068-a-street-cat-named-bob">a best-selling book</a> tells the true story of a homeless, heroin addict, James Bowen, (Luke Treadaway) who finds love and redemption when he meets Bob, a doughy but lovable ginger who chooses him as his human.</p> <p>While James is busking or selling The Big Issue, Bob is perched on his shoulder and proves a magnet for punters. When Bob is injured in a fight, James takes on new responsibilities as provider and carer.</p> <p>After a young friend dies from an overdose, James decides to get clean and is helped by the presence of the watchful, patient Bob.</p> <p>Sure, it’s no <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Trainspotting</a>, but there’s enough grit, vomit and despair to avoid the overly sentimental and Bob – played by none other than the real Bob himself – is a delight, exuding an aura of streetwise empathy to a kindred spirit, and adding a dash of mischief, too.</p> <p><strong>Kedi (2016)</strong></p> <p>Turkish director Ceyda Torun’s <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4420704/">sublimely shot documentary</a> focuses on Istanbul’s many thousands of street cats and the humans whose turf they share, who tend them and take solace in their company without seeking to constrain their freedom.</p> <p>Torun skilfully intertwines the stories of several cats into the fabric of the places in which they (and, in some instances, their young) survive.</p> <p>She captures them wandering through street markets, cafés, artists’ studios, workshops and patches of wasteland. We watch them hunting, scavenging and charming their way around fishing boats, riverbanks, tips, kitchens and jetties. They nip in and out of the windows of cramped, ageing flats, through backyards, shops and crowded alleys.</p> <p>Kedi’s central message is that the centuries-long interdependence of human and feline – marked by easy tolerance, respect and not a little folklore and superstition – is a distinctive marker of Istanbul’s culture, one potentially under threat by the inexorable creep of high rise, urban redevelopment.</p> <p>It should be cherished and preserved as a civilised and civilising point of pride.</p> <p><em>Written by Deborah Hunn. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/the-5-best-films-for-cat-lovers-that-arent-the-movie-cats-128128">The Conversation.</a> </em></p> <p> </p>

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Disney movie princess? Duchess Meghan’s latest passion project

<p>The Duchess of Sussex has signed a new voiceover deal with Disney to benefit the wildlife conservation charity<span> </span><em>Elephants Without Borders.</em></p> <p>The new role, first reported by the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://go.redirectingat.com/?id=74968X1525087&amp;xs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Farticle%2Fvoiceover-deal-with-disney-hints-at-future-career-path-5sr0jmjvd&amp;sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.townandcountrymag.com%2Fsociety%2Ftradition%2Fa30486892%2Fmeghan-markle-disney-voiceover-deal%2F%3Fpre%3Dsociety%252Ftradition%252F%26prefix%3Da%26id%3D30486892%26del%3D%26variantId%3D%26post%3D%252Fmeghan-markle-disney-voiceover-deal" target="_blank">Times</a></em>, follows after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced their intentions to “carve out a progressive new role withing the institution of the royal family.”</p> <p>Not much information is known what the voiceover is for, but the Duchess, 38, reportedly recorded it before she left for her six-week holiday break in Canada with her husband, the Duke of Sussex and their 8-month-old son, Archie.</p> <p>It is believed Karey Burke, the president of ABC Entertainment hinted of the news last week during the Television Critics Association press tour.</p> <p>"We have an office waiting for them in the animation studios building should they be looking to produce television," she said. ABC is a division of The Walt Disney Company.</p> <p>It isn’t the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a run in with the childhood favourite conglomerate.</p> <p>Last year, Prince Harry and the Duchess attended European premiere of <em>The Lion King<span> </span></em>and even brushed shoulders with A-listers.</p> <p>Harry and Meg shared that at the time, Disney made a donation to their charity work in the environment and conservation space.</p> <p>It was also the premiere where the Sussexes had the opportunity to meet Jay Z and Beyoncé for the first time.</p> <p>"The baby, so beautiful," Beyoncé said, about Harry and Meghan's newborn Archie. "We love you guys."</p> <p>Jay Z even offered up some helpful parenting advice: "The best advice I can give you, always find time for yourself," he said.<span> </span></p>

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Frozen 2 becomes the highest-grossing animated film of all time

<p><em>Frozen 2 </em>has officially been crowned as the highest-grossing animated film in history, topping its predecessor <em>Frozen</em>.</p> <p>The sequel has amassed US$1.325 billion at the global box office in the first full week of January 2020, less than two months after its release. Nearly $450 million of that sum came from the US, while the biggest bounties made <span><a href="https://variety.com/2020/film/box-office/frozen-2-biggest-animated-movie-ever-disney-box-office-1203456758/">overseas</a></span> came from China ($118 million), Japan ($103.8 million), South Korea ($96.2 million) and the UK ($65 million). The earnings surpassed the records set by the original <em>Frozen </em>($1.28 billion) in 2013 and <em>The Incredibles 2 </em>($1.243 billion) in 2018. All three films are from Disney Animation/Pixar.</p> <p>In 2019, Disney became the first studio in the world to gross more than $10 billion at the global box office, thanks to high-performing titles such as <em>Avengers: Endgame</em> ($2.798 billion), <em>The Lion King</em> ($1.656 billion), <em>Captain Marvel</em> ($1.13 billion), <em>Toy Story 4</em> ($1.074 billion) and <em>Aladdin</em> ($1.051 billion). With <em>Frozen 2 </em>crossing the billion dollar mark, the studio is likely to see seven of its movies – including <em>Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker </em>– gross <span><a href="https://deadline.com/2019/12/disney-crosses-10-billion-worldwide-box-office-new-all-time-record-1202803824/">over $1 billion in a single calendar year</a></span>.</p>

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Jojo Rabbit: Hitler humour and a child's eye view of war make for dark satire

<p>Jojo Rabbit is not Disney Studios’ first foray into Hitler parody. In 1943, it produced <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L90smU0SOcQ">der Fuehrer’s Face</a> – an anti-Nazi film inside Donald Duck’s nightmares.</p> <p>Now, Disney is the Australian distributor of Jojo Rabbit, a story of a young boy whose imaginary friend (and buffoonish life coach) is Adolf Hitler.</p> <p>In this dark satire, from the Polynesian-Jewish-New Zealand director Taika Waititi who brought us <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4698684/">Hunt for the Wilderpeople</a>, Nazi Germany is in its waning days. The Germans have all but lost the second world war but 10-year-old Johannes “Jojo” Betzel (Roman Griffin Davis) believes he, and he alone, will be the Aryan hero to turn the tide.</p> <p>The boy’s imaginary friend, a hilariously incompetent Hitler (played by Waititi in blue contact lenses and the trademark moustache), cheers him on. When asked to kill a rabbit to get into the Hitler Youth, Jojo baulks, though he does almost manage to kill himself in a grenade stunt.</p> <p>“You’re still the bestest, most loyal little Nazi I’ve ever met,” the fantasy Fuhrer enthuses.</p> <p><strong>Through children’s eyes</strong></p> <p>Themes and images of children have often been central in films exploring WWII. Steven Spielberg famously used <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUJ187mkMq8">“the girl in red coat”</a> to create a powerfully moving symbol of innocence in <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/movies/article/2017/03/31/schindlers-list-one-most-visually-powerful-war-films-ever-made">Schindler’s List</a> (1993).</p> <p>Immediately after the war, a stream of films, including Roberto Rosselini’s <a href="https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1358-germany-year-zero-the-humanity-of-the-defeated%22%22">Germany Year Zero</a> (1948), Gerhard Lamprecht’s <a href="https://ecommerce.umass.edu/defa/film/6025">Somewhere in Berlin</a> (1946), and Fred Zinnemann’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu8h7OyX8-Y">The Search</a> (1948) looked at wartime trauma through injuries acquired by children.</p> <p>Like Jojo’s grenade mishap, their wounds were permanent.</p> <p>In war films, children’s perspectives don’t diminish the ghastliness of war. Quite the contrary. When war and its pervasive horror spills over from the battlefield and intrudes on their youth, viewers are appalled at its spread.</p> <p>Containing that disease of war, curing it even, is where Waititi’s takedown of fascist group-think truly begins.</p> <p>How will Jojo escape the brainwash army of Reichswehr propaganda parrots like Rebel Wilson’s Fräulein?</p> <p>There are several steps. The first one for Jojo is finding out his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in the attic.</p> <p>Scarlett Johansson gives an enchanting performance as a single mum who tries to keep the embers of humanity and love in Jojo’s heart alive as he gets lost in Nazi doctrines of vile anti-Semitism.</p> <p>Jojo starts falling for Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie), the hideaway in his attic, as her humanity – and his pre-pubescent hormones – triumph over fascist indoctrination. Through Jojo’s eyes, we see Elsa turn from monster into human as he comes back from the brink of fanatic hatred.</p> <p>Waititi hides that innocent, simple love story under slapstick and a ton of special effects. The latter don’t always work. And some of the jokes fall flat.</p> <p>But what works is the message that Jojo is both manipulated and self-manipulating. His Nazi hate is a cage of his own making, and Elsa is the key to unlocking it. She teaches him that empathy for those who we think are different from us is powerful.</p> <p><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VTqd4yNFuSw?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Irreverent or irresponsible?</strong></p> <p>Hitler comedies have a long history. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin released <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVLQ8lNd1Pk">The Great Dictator</a>. Mel Brooks created <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brkp2VhzdDI">The Producers</a> in 1968.</p> <p>German filmmakers Dani Levy (<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780568/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">My Führer – The Really Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler</a>, 2007) and David Wnendt (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylstybS6rqw&amp;list=PL-2fuUy0f-jOu3bV_Bj1Uh-SbTO8OCK1A&amp;index=2&amp;t=0s">Look Who’s Back</a>, 2015) strived to find the right balance between comedy and drama.</p> <p>Like Waititi, those filmmakers experienced how mining sombre Holocaust themes and hateful iconography for the ridiculous splits public reactions along extreme lines. The critics bemoaned that Levy committed only halfheartedly to a funny Hitler, making the film the worst thing a comedy can be: too harmless.</p> <p>Wnendt faced another issue. He intercut his film with hidden camera footage of Germans reacting to the lead actor dressed as Hitler. People thought this was too much realism.</p> <p>Waititi <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-09/jojo-rabbit-review-and-taika-waititi-on-making-comic-hitler/11721074">says</a> he didn’t look at these forerunners and didn’t do any research on Hitler. He looked to literature instead.</p> <p>Jojo Rabbit uses the masterful dramatic novel <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25641300-caging-skies?from_search=true&amp;qid=ev2DKS7scE&amp;rank=1">Caging Skies</a> by New Zealand-Belgian author Christine Leuens as source material. The book doesn’t have the same generous scoops of comedy and tragedy found in Ladislav Fuks’ <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/725311.Mr_Theodore_Mundstock">Mr. Theodore Mundstock</a>, or in <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18582851-the-nazi-and-the-barber">The Nazi and the Barber</a> by Edgar Hilsenrath.</p> <p>It’s all the more reason to recognise what Waititi has tried to accomplish. He had to negotiate between a book adaptation, Holocaust memory, and Hollywood.</p> <p>Commenting on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJSwD_17qjY">his motivation</a> for making the film, Watiti, whose mother is Jewish, said: “I just want people to be more tolerant and spread more love and less hate”.<em><!-- End of code. If you don't see any code above, please get new code from the Advanced tab after you click the republish button. The page counter does not collect any personal data. More info: http://theconversation.com/republishing-guidelines --></em></p> <p><em><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/benjamin-nickl-594248">Benjamin Nickl</a>, Lecturer in International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, <a href="http://theconversation.com/institutions/university-of-sydney-841">University of Sydney</a></em></p> <p><em>This article is republished from <a href="http://theconversation.com">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/jojo-rabbit-hitler-humour-and-a-childs-eye-view-of-war-make-for-dark-satire-128622">original article</a>.</em></p>

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Fans rejoice as Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta bring back their iconic Grease characters

<p>Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta have reunited in a blaze of glory for the Meet N Grease Movie Singalong in West Palm Beach, Florida.</p> <p>The pair reprised the iconic roles of Sandy and Danny and it’s the first time that the pair have been in costume since the movie was made more than 40 years ago.</p> <p>Newton-John announced the reveal on her Instagram.</p> <p>"First time in costume since we made the movie! So excited," she wrote.</p> <p>The singalong event featured a screening of the film where the audience was encouraged to dress up and sing along to the songs they know and love as well as an intimate Q&amp;A with Travolta and Newton-John.</p> <p>The pair donned their leather jackets while answering questions from the crowd. One fan asked how they had managed to stay in touch over the years, given the success of the film was more than 40 years ago.</p> <p>“Once you love someone, you don’t unlove them. You love them forever,” Travolta sweetly explained, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinraven/2019/12/16/thousands-of-fans-travel-to-see-john-travolta-and-olivia-newton-john-together-at-grease-events/#567ce89d312b" target="_blank">Forbes</a></em>.</p> <p>Fans also asked how many kids that Danny and Sandy would’ve had in the film. Travolta said that the pair would have had six kids, since he was from an era where people had a lot of children.</p> <p>However, Newton-John quickly put a stop to six children by saying “That’ll do. That’s enough.”</p> <p>During the evening, Travolta spoiled the crowd by singing a portion of “Sandy” while Newton John, not to be outdone, sung “Hopelessly Devoted To You” a cappella to the crowd.</p> <p>Later, Travolta was backed by leather jacket clad greasers to a performance of “Greased Lightning”.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the iconic duo in their costumes for the first time in 40 years.</p>

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Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Margot Robbie and Toni Collette in Oscars contention after SAG awards nod

<p>The Hollywood award season continues on and this year will once again acknowledge Australia’s A-listers, with Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe and Toni Collette nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards.</p> <p>The SAG Awards are one part of ceremonies that occur before the Oscars, and nominations provide a significant boost to actors' campaigns.</p> <p>Voters snubbed Kidman in the lead actress in a TV drama series category for her TV show<span> </span><em>Big Little Lies.</em></p> <p>It came as one of the biggest surprises on Wednesday during the SAG nomination ceremony.</p> <p>However, she received a supporting actress nod for her role in<span> </span><em>Bombshell</em>,<span> </span>a movie that centered on sexual harassment at US news channel<span> </span><em>Fox News.</em></p> <p>Kidman will go head to head with her <em>Bombshell</em> co-star Margot Robbie in the SAG category.</p> <p>The Australian actress is in the running for SAG’s top award along with Robbie and the rest of the<span> </span><em>Bombshell</em> cast, including Malcolm McDowell.</p> <p>McDowell played Rupert Murdoch in the film.</p> <p>Kidman also received a nomination with her <em>Big Little Lies</em> cast in the TV drama series ensemble category.</p> <p>New Zealand-born actor, Russell Crowe, has received a nod in the outstanding actor in a TV movie/limited series category for <em>The Loudest Voice</em>, which follows closely behind his Golden Globe nomination.</p> <p>The actor, who recently opened up about the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/heartbroken-russell-crowe-shows-bushfire-damage-to-multimillion-dollar-property" target="_blank">damage done to his multimillion-dollar property due to the NSW and QLD bushfires</a>, plays <em>Fox News</em> boss Roger Ailes.</p> <p>Toni Collette received a nomination in the outstanding actress TV movie/limited series category for her role in<span> </span><em>Unbelievable</em>.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Kidman was snubbed for a supporting actor nod for<span> </span><em>Bombshell </em>at the Golden Globe nominations but did receive a nod for<span> </span><em>Big Little Lies.</em></p> <p>Robbie, Crowe and Collette all received the same Globe nominations  as they did with SAG in the same categories.</p> <p>The SAG Award winners will be announced on January 19 in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see the Australian A-listers. </p>

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