The roof of this house was at one point a restaurant, a strong point, and a soccer field. Mikhail Bulgakov met his ‘Margarita’ here, and Vladimir Mayakovsky visited his fiancee. Russia’s first ‘skyscraper’, The Nirnsee House. “In 1913, when our house was built, it became one of the first Moscow buildings with a flat roof. At different times, this roof was the place for a popular restaurant, a dance floor, a movie theater,”says Gennadiy, a resident of the Nirnsee House. During the war, an anti-aircraft gun was installed and a sentry held watch – this roof was an ideal point for gunning and as a lookout.” The view from the roof of the Nirnsee House. Archive photo The roof of the Nirnsee House is probably the most discussed part of the building. But it’s famous for other reasons, not least because the building became to be known as ‘the first Russian skyscraper’. Although it wasn’t … [Read more...] about How the first skyscraper appeared in Tsarist Russia
Plot holes in movies
From the gatecrasher who killed a young dad after turning up to a house party - to the 'sophisticated' gang who stole BMWs and Audis as their owners slept, it has by no means been a quiet month in the region's courts. These are just some of the court cases our reporters have covered in April. An open, transparent criminal justice system is an important part of how our democracy works - so we make no apologies for devoting so much time and resources to letting you know what happens in our publicly-accountable courts. And we'll be back for more next month. The man who punched his girlfriend in face and bit her nose as 'tensions ran high' during wake A 'bully' brutally attacked his partner while 'tensions were running high' after a wake. Marcus Miller, 40, from Hulme, had been in an on-off relationship with the woman for 11 years, which was described as 'volatile'. The couple, who have a seven-year-old child together, had been at a wake at Burnage Social Club on March 1. Manchester Crown … [Read more...] about Locked up in April: Criminals put behind bars last month
CHARITY was the only thing on Louise Morecombe’s mind when she set up a group to help the homeless. But the married mum of five ended up finding love with one of the rough sleepers. She was as shocked as anyone when she fell for Stuart Jonas, 39, who was bedding down on the third floor of a Debenhams car park. The couple, who jokingly call themselves “Lady and the Tramp”, are now engaged. Louise, 35, from Swindon, Wilts says: “It was like a Disney movie, I’ve finally got my happy ending. “When I met Stuart on a freezing night in November sleeping in a car park, he was smelly and his filthy hair was matted. “You’d never think he would be the love of my life. I had always considered myself prim and proper. “But I cut his hair and helped him look for a job and, from there, love blossomed. Now we cannot wait to marry in the next couple of years.” Full-time mum Louise set up her group to help the homeless in 2017 as she searched … [Read more...] about I ditched my husband and found love with a homeless man who lived in a car park
Bohemian Rhapsody has had several scenes cut or edited for its China release to take out any reference to Freddie Mercury 's sexuality. The re-cut film comes in at three minutes less, with fans saying it felt a little disjointed in places. Homosexuality is not legal in China. At least ten scenes have been cut with many of the changes leaving plot holes. One of the scenes cut from Bohemian Rhapsody involves Mercury's then-girlfriend Mary Austin who tells him "you're gay" when they're in the flat. Mercury replies he thinks he's bisexual. The scene is key to understanding why Mercury and Austin break up and is actually based off the real-life conversation they had . Without the scene Bohemian Rhapsody fans were left confused in China as they were given no reason as to why the pair actually split. The scene isn't the only one to be cut either. According to Chinese film news site Moviebase the following scenes were cut: Mercury touching his crotch during a live performance shown on … [Read more...] about Mary Austin and Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody scene cut from film in China
TED Bundy was the unsuspecting serial killer who's gruesome crimes gripped America in the 70s. Now his crimes have been turned into a movie starring Zac Efon. When is Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile's UK release? The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019. The movie is yet to get a UK release date. We do know that it runs for one hour and 50 minutes. It is also likely to be given an 18 certificate. Who is in the cast of Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile? Zac Efron takes on the leading role of Ted Bundy. Talking about playing the disturbed killer he told Variety: "Initially, I had reservations about playing a serial killer. I’ve seen people make horror films like this before, and it seems like an aggressive play to separate yourself from a perceived image." Lily Collins as Elizabeth Kloepfer. The actress plays Ted's girlfriend who was in a relationship with him during his killing spree. Elizabeth already … [Read more...] about What’s the Ted Bundy film UK release and is he played by Zac Efron in Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile?