LeBron James may have been motivated by Chinese box office sales when he made the controversial decision to speak out against supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a former Hollywood exec says. The basketball legend sparked outrage on social media when he criticized Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for tweeting a pro-Hong Kong meme. On Monday James slammed Morey saying he was 'either misinformed or not really educated on the situation' in Hong Kong. But experts said Wednesday that James may have deliberately sided with China in its conflict with Hong Kong protesters as a way of securing the success of his upcoming film Space Jam 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1996 classic. Experts say LeBron James was motivated by China box office sales when he slammed Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters on Monday Not only is Lebron starring in the film, he's co-producing with … [Read more...] about LeBron James’ dreams of Chinese box office gold for Space Jam 2 may have driven his controversial decision to speak out against supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, ex-Hollywood exec says
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The Bros fan Amanda Bradshaw, 46, academic writer from Lowton, Lancashire I’ve been a Bros fan for more than 30 years. I’ve got every single release, including the original 1987 12in of I Owe You Nothing, which wasn’t a hit – I found it in the basement of Debenhams in Wigan a couple of years later and I cried. Every time they were on TV, I’d be ready with the remote control so I could record them, and I’d watch each appearance on a loop. Five years ago, I found out that Matt Goss was coming to do a signing at HMV in Manchester. For the week before, I was transported back to being a 15-year-old. I was so excited that I was finally going to meet him, I decided I was going to get his autograph and have it tattooed on. It would be on the back of my leg, so no one would see it, but I would know it was there. It would be a permanent memory. It was also poignant for me; when I first adored Bros, when I was 14 or 15, my mum and dad had just got divorced, and … [Read more...] about ‘I have a carpet Take That stood on’: meet the ultimate superfans
‘How to talk about it? That’s been a struggle from the start.” Jeff Edwards, 58, pauses and shifts his weight in the armchair. We’re sitting in the front room of his house in Aberfan where for the past hour Jeff has been describing for me some of the difficulties experienced by the village in trying to negotiate the ongoing tightrope between memorial and healing, between sharing and silence, in the wake of the disaster that befell them 50 years ago. “Personally I found speaking about it better for me,” he continues, “in terms of my recovery. But other people, well, they just cannot speak about it at all.” It was the last Friday before half term – 21 October 1966 – and, like hundreds of other children across Aberfan, Jeff set off for school that day looking forward to the holiday ahead of him. School would finish early, at midday, after which lay the promise of a whole week of playing with his friends in the orchards and farmed … [Read more...] about Aberfan 50 years on: how best to remember the tragedy?
Joker Verdict: Brutal but brilliant Rating: Judging by some of the more excitable reports about the release of this electrifying movie, you would expect it to come not just with an 18 certificate, rather than the 15 it carries, but also a public health warning. Certainly, it is dark, violent and disturbing enough for an 18, a triple-whammy that not everyone wants from a night out at the pictures. It is also superbly conceived, written, directed and acted. Moreover, for a film with a comic-book lineage, telling the story of how Batman's arch-enemy came into being, it is refreshingly free of computer-generated effects. Nor does Joaquin Phoenix, extraordinary in the title role, offer the standard caricature of super-villainy. Comic-book movies often do terrific business at the box-office without ever turning the heads of those who dish out awards. Joker has already confounded that tradition. It deservedly won the main gong, the Golden Lion, at last month's Venice … [Read more...] about We’ve had Jokers before, but this monstrously memorable creation does something the others couldn’t: BRIAN VINER reviews Joker
It has been a season to remember for the Women’s Big Bash League as the competition heads into its fourth finals series this weekend. With the state of men’s cricket in disarray and the BBL’s longer format leading to a slight downturn in crowd numbers and television ratings, the WBBL has taken the opportunity and run with it. TV ratings have been encouraging – a number of matches over Christmas have drawn viewer numbers of close to 300,000. Even matches shown only on pay television have drawn steady numbers of 50,000 per game. With the competition moving to a standalone format to be played from October to early December this year, these are promising signs for the future. This season has also marked the start of the two NSW teams – the Sixers and Thunder – charging entry fees at suburban grounds for WBBL matches. It was a fraught decision and the new direction taken could have gone either way, but Sixers general manager, Jodie Hawkins is certain it … [Read more...] about WBBL’s elite level product pays off in numbers