THEY are gangster-film icons who have joined forces for The Irishman, in what the critics are calling "the ultimate mobster movie". Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, with a combined age of 231, make up the Hollywood holy trinity in the Netflix film — directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese. It is a film of epic proportions: 12 years in the making and a bum-numbing three-and-a-half hours long. And at £110million, so big that most studios refused to make it. It was down to streaming service Netflix to fork out for the story about real-life mobster assassin Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Last night De Niro, 76, Pacino, 79, and director Scorsese, 76, were on the red carpet at The Irishman’s London premiere. The film is based on 2003 book, I Heard You Paint Houses, written by Sheeran’s lawyer Charles Brandt.Among other murderous tales, it recounts Sheeran’s role in the suspected killing of corrupt US union boss Jimmy Hoffa, played by Pacino. … [Read more...] about The Irishman is out in cinemas today and it may be the mob’s greatest HIT after £112m splurge and 12 years in the making
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If Britain’s politicians believed in defending democracy, there would not be an election on Thursday. Our leaders would have held back until laws controlling propaganda and foreign subversion were in place. They haven’t waited, because they don’t want to protect the integrity of the ballot. With wolfish smiles, they have welcomed the opportunities for spreading fake news that the web has brought them. As the paper was going to press, the final online advertising blitz had begun. Full Fact, the campaign group that fights the necessary battle to keep public life clean, was monitoring online adverts from the Conservatives saying that the cost of a Corbyn government will be £1.2tn – a figure based on assumptions that are dubious to the point of fatuity – and promising to recruit 50,000 new nurses – a straight lie. Labour was claiming that a Tory trade deal with the US would increase NHS costs by £500m a week – a statement that is as good … [Read more...] about Brace yourself, the flood of lies in this election is about to become a torrent
Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people. But in other countries, where there are few, if any, checks on the state's powers, a potential dictatorship of data is already on the horizon. The grey, drab former headquarters of the Stasi - East Germany's Security Service - is famous for its miles of paper files. Those files recorded the detailed information kept on the citizens of the former Communist state, drawn from a wealth of human informers and bugging devices. Parts of the former office complex are now a museum open to the public, but in one corridor normally closed to the public there is a jumble of dated-looking equipment - a primitive computer looking more like a spin-dryer for clothes and old magnetic discs the size of a football, which held a fraction of what you can now fit on a USB stick. This is all that remains of the Stasi's dreams of what computers could do for them. "I think … [Read more...] about Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?
Jennifer Hawkins officially retired after 12 years as the face of Myer, on Thursday. And despite launching a multimillion-dollar career after winning Miss Universe in 2004, the 34-year-old said she's never considered herself to be model material. 'I've never really treated myself as, or seen myself, as a model,' she told to The Daily Telegraph. 'I don't see myself as a model': Jennifer Hawkins humbly reflects on her multimillion-dollar career... as she officially steps down as the face of Myer She said the glamorous persona portrayed in the media is far from who she really is 'as a person'. 'People know me that way. That's how I've dealt with it, which means I can live my life normally, away from it,' she said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It left a really bad taste in my mouth': Bachelorette Ali... 'She's too old': The Bachelorette's Ali Oetjen is slammed by... 'I've got three Logies and you're unemployed!' Gogglebox... 'I just wanted to do … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t see myself as a model’: Jennifer Hawkins humbly reflects on her multimillion-dollar career… as she officially steps down as the face of Myer
CANCER and trees... I know, sounds crazy. All sorts of things are said to 'protect against' cancer, turmeric, apples, fish... the list goes on. But you probably never gave a thought to the tree growing outside your window, in your garden or local park? I didn't either, really. Until I got diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. Now when it comes to cancer, it turns out some trees - yew trees for example - actually can help treat the disease. A chemical in the trees' needles, known as taxanes, are used to help make the chemo drug Taxotere, which is used to treat lung, prostate and some advanced breast cancers.But that's not the only way they can help. Tree hugging can help If like me you are living with cancer and are going through the daily grind of gruelling treatment, a little tree hugging action really can help. It turns out this is a scientific thing. Studies have shown patients recover faster when they can see trees from their hospital windows. And it doesn't only apply to cancer … [Read more...] about Cancer has turned me into a tree hugger and it’s worked wonders for my mental health