NEW YORK — Never mind the critics. "Bohemian Rhapsody," starring Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in U.S. and Canada, and another $72.5 million internationally, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was well beyond expectations, which had pegged the film closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. "Rhapsody" currently holds only a 60 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But audiences rushed to theaters to see the widely praised performance by Malek, the "Mr. Robot" star, and to hear Queen's foot-stomping anthems like "We are the Champions," ″Another One Bites the Dust" and the operatic title song. The movie, which Bryan Singer directed before being replaced by Dexter Fletcher, at times has an almost concert-like feel, including a lengthy re-creation of the band's 1985 Live Aid performance. Singer admitted that he and Malek initially … [Read more...] about “Bohemian Rhapsody” tops box office in spite of mixed reviews
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Golden Girls, Scarborough Spa, Friday January 25 at 7.30pm Three of the UK’s national treasures – musical theatre star Maria Friedman, soprano Lesley Garrett and actor Bonnie Langford – have joined forces for the first time to record am album and hit the road for a UK Headline Tour entitled Golden Girls. The Golden Girls tour will take the three women to music venues around the country including Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall on Friday January 25.Golden Girls will be released on Decca Records next month and will feature a repertoire hand-picked by the three women, capturing their timeless vocals and infectious personalities. A complete soundtrack to their lives, each track is a celebration of their journey as women – the nostalgia, the joy, the highs, the lows, and the excitement for what is still to come.With more than 130 years of collective experience, more than 50 stage shows between them and more than 32 albums, these ladies are legends of the stage … [Read more...] about Three of UK’s national treasures at Scarborough in New Year
Dan Hummel has lived, mostly alone, in his rugged West Cork sanctuary for 46 years. On a recent visit, Brian Keane gets an insight into his life.“I’ve always been into locations. Places have guided my life more than people, family, or friends,” Dan Hummel’s American accent is as laid-back as the man. “Maybe that’s why I find myself in West Cork, mostly alone for 46 years, on this stretch of rock jutting into the Atlantic.”Once, the raw beauty of the place brought Dan the greatest peace. Now, at 78 years old, it can leave him anxious. “One time I was hacking bamboo with a scythe and buried the blade about four inches into my leg. I missed the artery but the blood was spraying everywhere. "It was a long crawl to my home where I tied a shirt around it before hobbling the 700m to my bike. Then I cycled 17 miles to the hospital. Don’t think I have that in me anymore. "These days my balance isn’t so good. … [Read more...] about Higherland Dan: The American living in West Cork sanctuary for almost 50 years
It was June 1978 when Hilary received her final letter from her brother John. “He used to write to me on his travels,” she tells me, 40 years later. “They were getting the boat ready and he was going on his final trip before coming home.” John Dawson Dewhirst was 26 years old, and had spent the year after graduating from his degree (a bachelor of education with English from Loughborough University, which he’d attended on a scholarship) travelling round southeast Asia. He’d always been adventurous, says Hilary, “and outdoorsy. He loved writing – poetry, fictional stuff – he had a very unusual, quirky style.” He was known by friends to be sensitive, gentle and thoughtful. Much later, family members would find out that he was described by the person who ordered his murder as “a polite young man”. John set out to Japan and worked briefly as a teacher, and then a contract employee – “a headline … [Read more...] about From Newcastle and New Zealand to the Killing Fields of Cambodia
Coming back to work after Christmas is always difficult but the annoying office phrases certainly don't help matters. After you've wished your colleagues a 'Happy New Year' for the 13th time of the morning, you can start to feel a bit exasperated.However, New Years pleasantries aren't half as infuriating as the office buzz words and phrases that definitely should be left behind in 2017.We may only be two days into the new year but Kit Out My Office have already revealed what the most irritating office phrase of 2018 is.People asking you to 'think outside the box' was named as the most annoying phrase, just ahead of 'hit the ground running' and 'do more with less'.'Can I borrow you for a second' and 'amazeballs' completed the infuriating top five.Gareth Jones, who carried out the survey for Kit Out My Office, said: "The modern working life is fast-paced, and as such we strive to deliver information in a clear and concise manner."The downside of this is it is a breeding ground for … [Read more...] about Is this ALREADY the most irritating phrase heard in Lancashire offices in 2018?