We're in an era where many people are obsessed with fighting the signs of ageing - yet lips are often left out of the conversation. But their loss of volume loss and lines around the mouth are some of the earliest and most prominent signs of declining youth. Dr Rekha Tailor, a top non-surgical cosmetic specialist based in Surrey, has shared the eight everyday actions which can cause your mouth to wrinkle and age, after noticing an increase in patients looking to tackle the issue. And while some aren't easily avoidable, they could definitely be done less to maintain a plumper set of lips for longer. Despite being the preferred way for many women to consume their drinks to avoid lipstick smudging, the repetitive motion of sipping through a straw requires the lips to pucker up (stock photo) Pouting Made popular by Instagram and selfie-lovers, pouting comes as second nature for today's social-media savvy society. Yet repeated bouts of pouting will, over … [Read more...] about Revealed: The eight bad habits that are giving you lines around your mouth – including pouting and drinking through a straw (so, how many are YOU guilty of?)
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There are, says David Greig, two ways to stage Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: the Charlie Bucket way or the Willy Wonka way. Hopeful little Charlie is poor in resources but rich in imagination: his way would suit a modest production in the sort of subsidised theatres where Greig usually works. "You'd do it with four actors and a ribbon," says the playwright. "And it would be wonderful." But Greig is actually currently working on a high-profile production funded by Warner Bros and directed by Sam Mendes – who was also responsible for the Bond movie Skyfall, which took over £700m worldwide. "In the West End," says Greig with a smile, "you've got to do it the Willy Wonka way." Wonka is one of literature's great showmen: unconventional, brilliant, a little bit dangerous. His factory is an alternative universe in which fountains of chocolate flow from the ceiling, beings called Oompa-Loompas invent chewing gum flavoured like three-course meals, and … [Read more...] about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: David Greig on making a musical to rival Matilda
So Charlie, Willy Wonka, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, Veruca Salt and Augustus Gloop (the "great, big, greedy nincompoop") are about to arrive at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in a musical version of Roald Dahl's bestselling childrens' novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The tale of impoverished, chocolate-loving Charlie Bucket, whose miraculous acquisition of a precious golden ticket results in a tour of history's greatest ever chocolate factory, opens next week. Since the book's publication in 1964 (1967 in the UK) there have been two film versions (one in 1971 and another, by Tim Burton in 2005), a radio adaptation, two videogames, several other musicals and a light opera last year in the US, called The Golden Ticket. Dahl hated the 1971 film. He hated changes director Mel Stuart had made to Dahl's script, which he felt "weakened a lot of the bite". He hated the way it went for subtle, knowing, adult laughs instead of childlike revelry – and above all, he hated … [Read more...] about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: will it work as a musical?
Just prior to the October 2018 release of A Star Is Born, a senior writer at New York magazine’s The Cut website dropped a Twitter bombshell, placing herself directly in the target range of one of pop’s more demonic fan bases. You mess with Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters at your own peril. They didn’t earn their collective noun by playing nice. “L*dy G*ga,” she began, taking cautionary measures to outwit their search engines, “is proof that we, as a society, have to stop insufferable theatre kid nerds getting famous.” The responding abusive tirade of aggrieved Gaga worship turned swiftly into mob-handed online vigilantism. Another day, you might think, another social media firestorm. Yet as she readies herself for a rousing duet of her inescapable power-ballad Shallow – becoming once more the latter-day Stevie Nicks to Bradley Cooper’s icy-eyed, furry-chested Don Henley, in their sleek update of Leather and Lace – at the … [Read more...] about In the shallow: Lady Gaga and the rise of the Insufferable Theatre Kid
Pastor Joel Osteen said that God knew Houston could 'handle' the devastating Hurricane Harvey during his Sunday service - as he once again refused to apologize for refusing to open his multi-million church to flood victims. 'Quit being upset by something you can handle', the popular televangelist told his Texas congregation, just days after the hurricane ripped through the state, destroying homes and livelihoods. 'God never promised we would reach our destination without a battle and without disappointments and without things we don't understand,' he added. Sunday's service was back to business for Osteen who refused to address the scandal that has surrounded him and Lakewood Church after he failed to immediately open the doors of the Houston megachurch to shelter victims. The pastor was eventually shamed into opening the church after blistering criticism on social media. Instead, Osteen told his thousands of parishioners the hurricane had been … [Read more...] about ‘God knows Houston can handle this’: It’s back to business for Joel Osteen at his $100m megachurch after being shamed into providing shelter for evacuees and insists Hurricane Harvey was all part of God’s plan