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Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.

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July 4th is a special date for many across America, because it is a time to celebrate the United States’ independence from Great Britain in 1776. Usually, families across the nation celebrate with BBQ’s, celebrations and other formal events. However, July 4th is also unfortunately a day that can result in severe accidents and tragedy due to irresponsible actions.

Fireworks

The most common danger to the health of people who celebrate Independence Day are fireworks. Usually, fireworks are a public display administered by licensed professionals. However, too many overzealous people seek to make displays of their own domestically. Thousands of people per year require medical attention due to firework-related injuries and are the result of not knowing the full safety precautions one must take.

First, you must check to see if fireworks are legal in your location and if a permit is required to administer them. If so, fireworks must never be put into a container and must not be held by children. In addition, fireworks should never be lit indoors or flammable objects. The most common way people can get injured is by holding the fireworks with your hands.

Badly Cooked Food

With outdoor BBQ’s also come the risk of having food being undercooked. The primary concerns with food safety, especially when cooking outdoors, is undercooking meat and spreading germs and bacteria to surrounding food and materials.

If meat does not get cooked thoroughly, food poisoning and salmonella could potentially follow. While certain meat such as lamb or beef can be eaten rare if the outside is cooked well. Other meat choices such as sausage and chicken is only safe to eat if there is no pink in the middle and is hot in the center. A thermometer can help verify this information.

Drinking

With any festive occasion may also alcohol and the temptation to drink. While you can drink responsibly and have a great time with loved ones, drinking excess alcohol can lead to one becoming drunk. This can predispose to making unwise decisions such as driving.

If you plan to drink and could potentially become drunk, plan for someone you trust to bring you home. If you know of a friend that may do so, make proper transportation arrangements to prevent a potential tragedy.

Public Swimming

Other events may be taken place in public locals and areas near a body of water. While there are ample opportunities to take great photos and enjoy a good evening across crisp waters, swimming into lakes can potentially lead to drowning or coming into contact with foreign materials that can cause illness.

If the celebration is being held domestically and a traditional pool is used, refrain from engaging in activity that can cause one to drown or get injured such as dunking others and diving.

July 4th is a great day to celebrate freedom with loved ones, but it is also important to stay safe. Follow these tips to ensure a danger-free day.

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In nearly all issues of art magazines, there is usually an article or two about an artist’s success story or an upcoming artist who narrates their journey through the world of art.

Sadly, it is usually the case the almost each of these artists seems to have received some discouragement from pursuing art at one time or another in their lives. No matter the level of talent or enthusiasm the young artist exhibited, there was always one or more people, sometimes even an art teacher, parent, counselor, who vehemently discouraged any idea of becoming an artist whenever they became of age.

Why Does This Happen?

Sometimes, even if children have artistic parents, they usually get discouraged from even the thought of becoming an artist. Children are so thoroughly dissuaded from the arts such that even after years of college struggles in choosing a major, they never even consider art as an option.

However, it is not clear why many non-artists (and even artists) are quick at discouraging someone that it is impossible to do art for a living, and it is a sure path to poverty and anguish.

Even though it is a difficult path, there are also numerous other paths in life that are difficult. For instance, being a doctor is not a piece of cake. Medical school is very difficult. It requires many years, costs an arm and a foot, and leaves the student stressed up due to a huge debt burden. Moreover, this does not even take into account the internship done after graduating. However, parents never discourage their children from becoming doctors.

The reason is that they believe, being a doctor is a guarantee for employment and a lump sum salary. On the contrary, they imagine that all artists are poor and that art is for those who never made it academically. Statistically speaking, more doctors earn better than artists. There are also doctors who struggle financially, and there are artists who are doing quite well.

Are There Some Parents Who Discourage White-Collar Careers?

There are very few to no parents who ever discourage their children from becoming doctors, lawyers, pilots, engineers, etc. They find it a source of pride for parents whenever their children partake in such courses. However, having y0our son or daughter grow up to become an artist is a fact to be ashamed of.

Some students graduate from college with degrees in “prestigious” traditional colleges. Nevertheless, after a few months, or even years they come to an epiphany that a particular career just not just cut it for them. They undergo much frustration as they try to find something they can enjoy.

It reaches a point whereby they finally quit their jobs and pursue their artistic passions. Most parents normally respond with shock and deep concern for their children. Even art teachers are not left out of this too. They usually believe that someone who takes art as a career can either become a teacher or a starving artist.

Every day we constantly witness success stories of artists who managed to make it to a certain extent despite all odds whether it is in still life, landscape, portrait art, etc. what’s more, they are earning considerably well while still undertaking jobs they are passionate about.

Fortunately, some parents understand and support whatever their child aspires to become. They will even facilitate the process by:

  • Availing the requisite material
  • Facilitating networking
  • Giving information about relevant educational events

This is the right action to take as a parent. They should emphasize the importance of passion and effort in whatever one does. This is a surefire way of attaining success in any endeavor. Even when you want to become good at writing an essay, you need to put in the requisite effort and continuously practice until you perfect your writing aptitude.

Any time someone reads a story about a successful artist who made it despite all odds, they should contemplate how life would have been if they gave up the pursuit. There are also numerous other potential artists out there who listened to discouragements given by parents, teachers, peers, and others. Right now they are working unhappily in some dead-end jobs they seriously hate. The world has been denied their art, whereas they have been denied their dreams. This makes them live a life of utter dissatisfaction.

Therefore, it is important to allow children to discover their natural strengths and work on them. By discouraging them, you might end up destroying a dream.

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Summer of 2019 is loaded with potential Box Office ‘breakers’.

But which summer films will lead the pack with regards to box office success? Avengers: Endgame is the fasted movie to gross over $2 Billion in history. It’s also on the verge of beating out Avatar as the top-grossing movie of all time. For the sake of making this article truly about the summer box office, we are excluding Endgame as it was released on April 26th, which is by no means, ‘summer’, even though some are including it because its success will hold it in theatres well into the summer months.

Top sites like bovada will have lines on this matter, so we’ll look to them for guidance on our predictions.

On the Marquee

OK, even though the official start of summer is June 21st, we’ll include any movie released after June 1st. June is basically what we consider summer, despite what official northern hemisphere dates say.

Our Expected Top Movies in the Box Office:

June 7th – Dark Phoenix

June 24 – Toy Story 4 & Child’s Play

July 5th – Spider-Man: Far from Home

July 19th – The Lion King

July 25th -Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Aug 2nd -Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Let’s go backward.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood +1400

Although this may end up being one of the best movies this summer, that doesn’t mean it is going to outgross certain other that have a particular type of draw … eg.  less awesome plot, structure, and well-written dialogue and more explosions. This flick has the makings to be phenomenal. With Leo, Brad, and Margot the characters are bound to be amazing. That said, It probably won’t gross more than 50 million dollars in its opening weekend.

Dark Phoenix +1400

Sansa Stark (sorry Sophie Turner) as Jean Grey? This is going to be pretty cool. However, the film lacks the hype surrounding other summertime X-men releases. So it’s doubtful that it will break the 90 million mark in its opening weekend. Like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it shares the longest odds of the bunch to have the most profitable opening weekend.

Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw +800

It’s not the Fast and the Furious, but the Fast and the Furious ‘Presents’ … Just adding that word will help it to earn less than its actual non-spin-off counterparts. Sure it has Statham and Johnson … but it will be lucky to pass the 100 million mark in its first couple of days.

Toy Story 4 +500

Wait … Toy Story 4 has better odds than a Fast and Furious production? Yes. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the fourth installment of Toy Story go well north of 100 million on opening weekend. Toy Story 3 did better than both the original and sequel combined, so this franchise seems to be getting better as it progresses.

Alongside Toy Story, Child’s Play is opening, which provides no real competition. Although the Child’s Play reboot may be a fun horror flick, it shouldn’t gross more than 40 million upon opening and being of a totally different genre, is no real threat to the Tom Hanks classic.

Spider-Man: Far from Home +400

The fact that this is a living, breathing part of the Avengers saga with latest Spider-Man getting his own time in the spotlight, will help this film bring home the bacon. This installment should far surpass its other Marvel sibling, Dark Phoenix and push past the 150 million dollar mark.

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The Lion King will rule the box office. It is, after all, the Lion King children since the early ’90s have loved this ‘instant-classic’ Disney cartoon and now they are doing it more in CGI/film fashion. Apparently, this will be a scene for scene re-adaptation that closely follows the original. Everything about this production, from its release date to the hands involved in its making screams winner, winner, chicken dinner. 200 million dollar opening weekend? Probably with some change to spare.

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Game Of Thrones returned for its 8th and final season on April 15 after a near two-year absence.

HBO aired episode one simultaneously in the US and UK.

Secrets were revealed and families reunited as the battle for the Iron Throne intensified, with the ‘undead’ army inching ever closer.

According to Variety , the Game of Thrones writers have done something new this time around: “Hitting the accelerator and delivering major plot developments, hurriedly, in its home stretch.”

One of the most eagerly-anticipated TV moments of the decade is expected to have drawn a huge audience.

HBO said last month that 81 million people watched the trailer across all online platforms (including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook) in just 24 hours.

Game of Thrones return lit up social media again on the premiere day.

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Many of the stars stepped out on April 12 for a screening in Belfast, where large parts of the series were filmed.

Maisie Williams, who has played Arya Stark since she was a teenager, was there and she told the Observer she has no intention of chasing more fame than she already has, once the show wraps up at the end of the series.

The first episode of Game of Thrones, starring Maisie Williams, Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, as well as Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister, had a running time of 54 minutes which is, apparently, the shortest of the whopping big-sounding eighth season.

The third installment is set to be the longest, running to 82 minutes.

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From Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein, the world has been rocked by sexual harassment allegations and revelations. And while there’s no telling whether there are more shocks to come, what’s very clear is that we still have a lot of work to do as a society to make the workplace and the world in general a safer place for everyone. Through the experiences of others there are so many lessons we can learn about missteps we’ve made and how we can correct them. Here are top lessons we can learn from the #MeToo campaign.

Victims Risk Their Reputations When They Come Forward

Whether we want to admit it or not, the things people who are brave enough to share on the workplace abuse they experienced or the fraud in the companies face is what keeps so many silent. They are humiliated, shunned and even harassed. In the case of sexual harassment, people tend to blame the victim and try to discredit them by any means necessary. This means that before the perpetrator can even face justice, the victim or witness is put through the ringer for just telling the truth. It’s so important than the men and woman who come forward in order to have protection and support of people around them. According to JF Melton Law, “Whistleblowers take great risks, so getting a reward for that risk is key. It is imperative that they have whistleblower protection to ensure a) the largest reward possible is given and b) the whistleblower is protected under the law.”

When Power Goes Unchecked, Bad Things Happen

The one thing stories like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and R. Kelly all have in common is abusers being able to get away with what they do for decades. Because these people rise to the upper echelons of society, people often turn a blind eye to their deeds, or the ones that see are threatened into silence. These unfortunately repeats the cycle of abuse, and emboldens the abuser. We have to be able to ask questions of the men and women we put up on pedestals, and take them to task when they do something wrong. If we repeatedly turn a blind eye, all that does is make them feel invincible and double down on the abuse.

We Have to Separate Talent From Character

If there’s anything we need to learn as a society it’s that an artistic genius or talented person can still be an abuser, and no matter how talented they are, they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. In fact, the men and women we look up to as role models have to hold themselves to a higher standard. They should be examples of respect, good character and integrity, not people we let get away with anything and everything. If they decide to display horrible behavior, harassing people and destroying their lives, we as a society have to speak out against that and stop putting money in their pockets. We need to stop treating famous and powerful people as gods who can move through society with no accountability or responsibility for their negative actions.

We Need to Have More Conversations

Whether it’s at work, at universities or even in the privacy of our own homes, we have to have conversations about harassment and abuses of power. Many victims struggle to come forward because they either think they did something to ask for the abuse, or they don’t think what happened to them was an abuse of power. If we were to have more open conversation about the spectrum of abuse and how it manifests in behavior, we could raise the standards of how we treat each other. We would make it so much easier for victims to use their voices. In a lot of companies, employees have had to discuss what sexual harassment looks like and this awareness actually makes the workplace safer. We need to extend that to the whole society.

The #MeToo movement lifted the lid on so many abuses and though it wasn’t always perfect, it forced us to start having the necessary conversations that make our world safer for everyone else. When we work for companies, our safety is their responsibility, and just as our employers expect want to be sure that we have integrity when they hire us, we expect the same from them. We expect to be safe from abuse and harassment, to be treated with respect at all the time, and for any incidents of abuse to be dealt with accordingly, not swept under the rug.

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Do you have what it takes to make it in Hollywood?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need stunning good looks and a voice that melts steel. There are plenty of ways to achieve professional prominence in the film business. Only a relative handful require on-camera work.

Film production is a viable career path in Hollywood — always has been, always will be. If you see yourself in these five traits, there’s a good chance you have what it takes (in theory) to make it as a producer.

1. Excellent Communication Skills

Successful film producers are usually above-average communicators, at minimum. To aspirants who know their communication skills need work, Deep Patel recommends practicing nonverbal communication skills and ditching reliance on visual aids in presentations. Nonverbal cues, in particular, have incredible potential: simple tweaks to one’s posture and hand movements can dramatically increase assumed credibility.

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2. Self-motivation (Internal Motivation)

High-achieving producers are internally motivated. They’re able to manage complex projects, like this blockbuster film co-financed by David Mimran’s Mimran Schur Pictures, because they’re driven to succeed — not because a boss or board demands it (though good executives are mindful of board dynamics as well).

3. Formidable Organization

Great leaders, including top film producers, are almost invariably well organized. If you lack a formal system of personal organization, now’s the time to implement one. Efficiency expert Erica Murphy runs down a host of organizing tips from top executives, noting such gems as “make lists all day long” and “take physical notes.” Most producers have plenty of organizational help from executive assistants and other support staffers, but truly effective organization starts (and stops) at the top.

4. Ability to Work Well With Others

Successful executives are nothing if not collegial. Even if the buck stops with you, you need to get along well with your underlings, or you’re quickly going to find yourself struggling to retain talent. Executives also need to work well with their bosses — the investors and studio executives who hold their projects’ future in hand.

5. Ability to Take Criticism

A corollary to working well with others: the ability to take criticism. Some producers have hard-earned reputations for taking no guff, but legitimate criticism is sometimes warranted. What separates merely good producers from the greats is to recognize situations that do require adjustment, and to make those adjustments with minimal fuss.

Your Star Turn Awaits

Most film producers aren’t as widely known as the actors with whom they share title billing. Those who do achieve household name status often do so for the wrong reasons.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t pursue the sort of prominence you have every reason to expect you can earn as a successful, well-regarded film producer. For internally motivated personalities willing to tough out criticism and see the glass half full, being known for putting together a hit film is far preferable to merely appearing on camera in it.

Your star turn awaits — even if it’s not quite what you expected when you first set out to make it in this business.

Luke Perry, best known as Dylan from Beverly Hills, 90210, has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.

Luke Perry’s publicist said the actor died surrounded by his family and friends.

The actor rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale.

Luke Perry was taken to hospital on February 27 in LA, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

His children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement.

The statement said: “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning.”

The family has not provided additional details at this time.

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On February 27, media reported that paramedics had been called to Luke Perry’s home in Sherman Oaks.

Luke Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on February 27, though it was not clear whether Luke Perry planned to make any guest appearances.

Former 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty – who played Luke Perry’s love interest on the show – told Entertainment Tonight on March 3 in an emotional interview that she had been in touch with him after his stroke.

She said: “I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”

Luke Perry also starred in TV show Oz, as well as movies including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.

Luke Perry’s most recent role was on the hit TV teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father.

The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint has died at the age of 49.

Known for his fluorescent spiked hair and high-octane performances, Keith Flint sang lead vocals on both the band’s No 1 singles, Breathe and Firestarter.

Keith Flint was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex, on March 4.

The Prodigy, who were due to tour the US in May, confirmed Keith Flint’s death in a statement, remembering him as a “true pioneer, innovator and legend”.

In a post on The Prodigy’s official Instagram account, bandmate Liam Howlett added: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.

“I’m shell-shocked… angry, confused and heartbroken.”

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Born Keith Charles Flint on September 17, 1969, the singer had an unhappy childhood in Braintree, Essex, feuding with his parents, who split when he was young.

Following the success of Fat of the Land, the Prodigy faltered.

While remaining part of the band, Keith Flint did not feature on their 2004 album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, on which vocal duties were handled by Liam and Noel Gallagher and actress Juliette Lewis, among others.

During this period, Keith Flint said he had had depression and formed a worrying dependence on prescription drugs.

The singer decided to get clean after meeting Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai, giving up drugs, cigarettes and alcohol around the time of their marriage, in 2006.

Three years later, the band regrouped and returned to their classic sound, on the album Invaders Must Die.

The first single, Omen, was a major success, and the band returned to festival stages and stadiums around the world.

Their most recent album, No Tourists, went to No 1 in November 2018.

The singer was also a keen motorcyclist and had his own team – Team Traction Control – which has won four Isle Of Man TT races.

Keith Flint had recently wrapped up a tour with The Prodigy in Australia and was due to join them in the US in May.

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Here’s a complete list of all the winning and nominated stars and films at this year’s Academy Awards.

Best picture

  • Winner: Green Book
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice

Best actress

  • Winner: Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best actor

  • Winner: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best supporting actress

  • Winner: Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Marina de Tavira – Roma
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best supporting actor

  • Winner: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
  • Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best director

  • Winner: Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay – Vice
  • Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Best original screenplay

  • Winner: Green Book – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly
  • The Favourite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • First Reformed – Paul Schrader
  • Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
  • Vice – Adam McKay

Best adapted screenplay

  • Winner: BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born – Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Best animated feature

  • Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best foreign language film

  • Winner: Roma – Mexico
  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Best documentary feature

  • Winner: Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RBG

Best original song

  • Winner: Shallow (A Star Is Born) – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • All The Stars (Black Panther) – Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar, Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
  • I’ll Fight (RGB) – Diane Warren
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns) – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) – David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Best original score

  • Winner: Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Best production design

  • Winner: Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart
  • The Favourite – Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton
  • First Man – Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas
  • Mary Poppins Returns – John Myhre and Gordon Sim
  • Roma – Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez

Best costume design

  • Winner: Black Panther – Ruth E Carter
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Best cinematography

  • Winner: Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
  • Cold War – Lukasz Zal
  • The Favourite – Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel
  • A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Best visual effects

  • Winner: First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and JD Schwalm
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E Butler and David Shirk
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • Winner: Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney
  • Border – Goran Lundstrom and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks

Best sound editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody – John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • Black Panther – Benjamin A Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • First Man – Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma – Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay

Best sound mixing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • Black Panther – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A Montano, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H Ellis
  • Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia
  • A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow

Best film editing

  • Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman
  • BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown
  • The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • Green Book – Patrick J Don Vito
  • Vice – Hank Corwin

Best animated short

  • Winner: Bao
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Best documentary short

  • Winner: Period. End of Sentence.
  • Black Sheep
  • End Game
  • Lifeboat
  • A Night at the Garden

Best live action short

  • Winner: Skin
  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother

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Green Book sprang a surprise by winning the award for best picture at this year’s ceremony in Los Angeles.

Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar for best actress for her role in The Favourite and charmed viewers with a funny and tearful speech.

Green Book won three awards in total, including best picture, which had been expected to go to Netflix’s Roma.

Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards in total with four, while Roma and Black Panther also won three each.

Olivia Colman, who started out as a sidekick in TV sitcoms like Peep Show, was in shock when her name was called.

Glenn Close had been the firm favorite for her role in The Wife – and now has the unenviable record of seven nominations without a win.

Olivia Colman is the first British actress to win the prize since Kate Winslet in 2009.

The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorized biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer.

It was later reported that Rami Malek, 37, fell off the stage after the ceremony concluded and had to be helped into a seat by security staff.

He was reportedly attended to by paramedics, though he made no reference to the incident later when he spoke to reporters backstage.

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Mahershala Ali won his second best supporting actor Oscar in three years. He won for Moonlight in 2017 and has now won for playing jazz pianist Don Shirley in Green Book.

Green Book tells the story of Don Shirley’s tour to the racially segregated US Deep South in the 1960s, but its chances had been thought to have been dented by a series of controversies.

Meanwhile, a tearful Regina King won best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, from what was her first Oscar nomination.

Richard E Grant, Rachel Weisz and Christian Bale lost out on the acting awards.

However, Mark Ronson shared the best song award with Lady Gaga, among others.

Paul Lambert and Tristan Myles shared the prize for best visual effects with two American colleagues for creating the rocket-rattling effects on First Man, about the first Moon landing.

Key crew members on Bohemian Rhapsody won the two sound awards.

The Oscars failed to find a main host this year after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out following a row about old homophobic tweets.

Instead of having the traditional opening monologue, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler appeared to introduce the show as well as presenting the first award.

“We are not your hosts this year but if we had hosted, it probably would have gone like this,” Tina Fey said – before the trio launched into a sketch poking fun at some of the nominees, which is one of the host’s usual jobs.

The ceremony continued to rely on a procession of stars presenting individual awards.

However, it didn’t obviously suffer from the lack of an overarching host, and it helped the event move along.

Queen, fronted by singer Adam Lambert, had opened the ceremony with a bombastic medley of We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions as A-listers waved and clapped along in their seats.

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Amazon Studios has been sued by Woody Allen for breaching their contract after the company refused to distribute his most recent movie, A Rainy Day in New York.

Woody Allen, 83, is seeking more than $68 million in damages, alleging Amazon Studios backed out of a multi-picture deal without cause.

Amazon released two of Woody Allen’s films and also distributed his TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes.

According to a lawsuit filed on February 7 in New York, Woody Allen claims Amazon backed out of the deal in June 2018 because of an old accusation that the director had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.

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The legal action said Amazon knew about “a 25-year old, baseless” allegation when it entered into deals with Woody Allen and that it “does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract”.

A Rainy Day in New York was shot in 2017 with a cast including Jude Law, Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet.

A number of the movie’s cast members have since distanced themselves from the project, with Timothée Chalamet announcing in 2018 he would give his salary to charity.

In 2018, Jude Law told Vanity Fair it was “a terrible shame” the film had been shelved and that he would “have to consider carefully” before ever working with Woody Allen again.

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For the first time in 30 years, the 2019 Oscars ceremony will be held without an official host after Kevin Hart’s withdrawal.

The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.

Reports had suggested the ABC Entertainment was struggling to fill the role – one of the toughest in US show business.

In December, Kevin Hart pulled out of hosting this year’s ceremony following a controversy over old homophobic tweets.

The comedian said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was “sorry he had hurt people”.

The Oscars host usually delivers an opening monologue as well as being responsible for many of the ceremony’s memorable comedic moments.

As well as the main host, the ceremony also usually enlists an array of movie stars to present the individual statuettes.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said this year’s ceremony on February 24 in Los Angeles would “just have presenters host the Oscars”.

The decision was taken after Kevin Hart’s withdrawal, she said.

Karey Burke added that “the mystery” hanging about this year’s event “has been compelling”, proving that viewers were keen to watch it.

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A number of Academy Awards ceremonies have had no host. The last time, in 1989, proved highly controversial, not least due to an opening number featuring Rob Lowe and an actress dressed as Disney’s Snow White.

A group of leading Hollywood figures wrote an open letter after the ceremony, calling the telecast “an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry”.

The Walt Disney Company also filed a legal action against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, accusing the organization of copyright infringement.

The role of anchoring the Oscars has thrown up problems for a number of hosts since then. The Hollywood Reporter has described it as “the least wanted job in Hollywood”.

The controversy about Kevin Hart’s tweets and the choice not to replace him with a single host follows a difficult few years for the Academy.

The 2017 ceremony was rocked by the so-called “Envelopegate” scandal, in which La La Land was wrongly named best picture instead of the actual winner Moonlight.

Plans to introduce a popular film award category were shelved last year following widespread criticism.

The Academy has also been stung by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, prompted by the all-white line-ups in the four categories for acting in 2015 and 2016.

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Detainment, the British film recreating events around the notorious murder of two-year-old James Bulger, will be allowed to compete at the Oscars, the awards’ organizers say.

James Bulger’s mother, Denise Fergus, had called for the movie to be withdrawn, after it was nominated in the best live action short category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it takes Denise Fergus’s concerns “very seriously” but maintains a “neutral role” in the voting process.

It said academy members applied their “own judgment” on the film’s merits.

James Bulger was a month short of his third birthday when he was abducted by two 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, at the Strand shopping center in Bootle, Merseyside, the UK, in 1993.

Detainment, directed by Vincent Lambe, recreates the police interviews with James’ killers, by using transcripts from the original tapes played in court during their trial.

Denise Fergus had said she was haunted by some of the imagery in the movie and called on the academy to remove it from next month’s ceremony or for Vincent Lambe to withdraw it.

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In statement the academy said it “offers its deepest condolences to Ms. Fergus and her family. We are deeply moved and saddened by the loss that they have endured, and we take their concerns very seriously.”

The statement added: “Following longstanding foundational principles established to maintain the integrity of the awards, the Academy does not in any way influence the voting process.

“Detainment was voted on by Academy members. When making their choices, each individual applies their own judgment regarding the films’ creative, artistic and technical merits.

“We understand that this will not alleviate the pain experienced by the family; however we hope it clarifies the Academy’s neutral role in the voting process.”

An online petition calling on Detainment to be dropped from the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24 has attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

However, Vincent Lambe has refused to withdraw his work, saying: “I think it would defeat the purpose of making the film.”

He said he did not mean any disrespect by not consulting Denise Fergus or her family but maintained: “The film was made in the interest of understanding why it happened in order to prevent something similar happening again in the future.”

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who were convicted of murder after a 17-day trial at Preston Crown Court in November 1993, have since been released from detention and given new identities.

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This year’s Oscar nominations have been announced in Los Angeles.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s Academy Awards nominations:

Best picture

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born
  • Vice

Best actor

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best supporting actor

  • Mahershala Ali – Green Book
  • Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
  • Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best supporting actress

  • Amy Adams – Vice
  • Marina de Tavira – Roma
  • Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone – The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best director

  • Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
  • Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay – Vice
  • Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Best adapted screenplay

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best original screenplay

  • The Favourite
  • First Reformed
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best foreign language film

  • Capernaum – Lebanon
  • Cold War – Poland
  • Never Look Away – Germany
  • Roma – Mexico
  • Shoplifters – Japan

Best original song

  • All The Stars – Black Panther
  • I’ll Fight – RGB
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Shallow – A Star Is Born
  • When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best original score

  • BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
  • Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Best animated feature

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best documentary feature

  • Free Solo
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RBG

Best cinematography

  • Cold War
  • The Favourite
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Best costume design

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
  • Black Panther – Ruth E Carter
  • The Favourite – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Vice

Best production design

  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma

Best visual effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best film editing

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Vice

Best sound editing

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma

Best sound mixing

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born

Best animated short

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bao
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Best live action short

  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother
  • Skin

Best documentary short

  • Black Sheep
  • End Game
  • Lifeboat
  • A Night at the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence.

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The Favourite and Roma lead this year’s Oscar race, with 10 nominations each.

The other contenders include A Star Is Born and Vice with 8 nominations each, followed by Black Panther with seven.

The Marvel blockbuster is the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for best picture.

The Favourite actress Olivia Colman is among the acting nominees, alongside her co-star Rachel Weisz and Christian Balefor Vice.

Olivia Colman’s strongest competition in the best actress category is likely to come from Glenn Close, who is odds-on favorite to win her first Academy Award for The Wifeafter six previous nominations, according to bookmakers.

Yalitza Aparicio is nominated for her first screen role, as the Mexican maid in Roma. The Netflix film has also given the media-services provider its first ever best picture nomination.

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The best actress category also includes Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born.

Lady Gaga’s co-star Bradley Cooper is nominated in the best actor category, but he missed out on a nod for best director.

The frontrunners for the best actor award are two men who earned acclaim for portraying real-life public figures.

Rami Malek won rave reviews for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, while Christian Bale transformed into former Vice-President Dick Cheney with the help of prosthetics in Vice.

Richard E. Grant has received his first ever Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor for his role in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

Rachel Weisz is up for best supporting actress, 13 years after she won the same award for The Constant Gardener.

The actress will face competition this time from Emma Stone, who played her rival in The Favourite, as well as Roma‘s Marina de Tavira, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King and Amy Adams for Vice.

Films with the most nominations:

  • 10 – The Favourite, Roma
  • 8 – A Star Is Born, Vice
  • 7 – Black Panther
  • 6 – BlacKkKlansman
  • 5 – Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book
  • 4 – First Man, Mary Poppins Returns

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Earlier it was not easy to get a perfect picture but nowadays it has become simple because of numerous photo editing applications. Today, photographs are incomplete without editing. The reason is when we capture any photograph whether it is from the high-quality camera or low quality, the picture still will have some issues in it like scratches, blemishes or unwanted element so photo editing becomes necessary these days. There are a number of photo editing apps which offers you a lot of editing features and makes your picture more beautiful. But editing is done only by a person who knows editing techniques. Some of the basic editing tips are mentioned below:

•    Cropping of images: This feature is the most used and common in every editing app. Many a times, we click picture and see some unwanted element in the picture that distracts the attention of people seeing the photo. So if you want to remove that unwanted part from your photograph then elect the crop tool from editing menu and select the area which you want to remove. It is easy as it sounds.

•    Clean the lenses: Always remember before you start clicking the pictures you must clean the sensor of the camera if there is any dust or other particles because if you capture your pictures with dirty lenses your photographs will come out dull and gloomy which will not look good anymore. For removing these particles from the images choose healing brush from the editing menu.

•    Rise the level of saturation: Well if you want your pictures to be more colorful then editing apps give you the best options for this. If you want to add different colors to your photographs then you just have to choose the saturation option from your editing menu and you can adjust the level of saturation according to the needs of your photographs.

•    Sharpen your images: Well this feature totally depends upon on which screen you want to see your image. If you want to see your image on your mobile phone then there is no need to sharpen up your image but if you wants to appear it on the screen or to take print out of it then you must use this feature as it will make your picture more clear and attractive.

•    Change your image into black and white: Black and white is an awesome option in some cases. As some photographs look more attractive and beautiful if it is being converted from a colorful picture to mono picture. But remember you should not remove highlights and shadows from the picture if you do so your pictures will look dull.

•    Contrasting: If you want to contrast your image then you must choose the picture and adjust the levels according to your needs. Contrasting your image will make your image for more attractive. All you must remember is to brighten the highlights and darken the shadows.

Once you complete your editing save your image and also rename it to the different folder. So these are the simple tips you must follow while editing. If you are looking for any good editing app, photo app retouchme.com will make you look picture perfect.

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Kevin Hart has decided to quit as host of the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

The actor said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was “sorry he had hurt people”.

The choice of Kevin Hart for host was only announced on December 4.

However, tweets from a decade ago emerged of anti-gay slurs, sparking calls for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to drop him.

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Kevin Hart had said hosting the Oscars was “a goal on my list for a long time”.

In a tweet on December 6, the actor said he had chosen to step down” because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists”.

He said: “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Comments Kevin Hart made during a comedy routine in 2010 have been put under the spotlight in recent days.

“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear,” the actor told the audience.

“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, be happy. Do what you want to do.

“But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”

In 2015, by which time Kevin Hart’sprofile had risen significantly, the actor addressed the comments in an interview with Rolling Stone.

He said: “I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.

“I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can.”

When Kevin Hart revealed he would bethe Oscars host earlier this week, he said it was the “opportunity of alifetime for me as a comedian” and that his mother was “smiling fromear to ear right now”.

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The death of actor Verne Troyer has been ruled a suicide by a coroner in Los Angeles.

The Austin Powers actor, best known for playing Mini-Me in the series, died in April at the age of 49.

Verne Troyer, who was 2ft 8in tall, also played Griphook in the first Harry Potter movie.

Following an autopsy and further tests, the Los Angeles County Coroner said the actor died from the effects of alcohol, and ruled his death was a suicide.

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Verne Troyer had been open about his alcoholism and was treated for alcohol addiction in 2017.

The actor wrote a post to fans on Facebook that said “while it’s not always been an easy fight, I’m willing to continue my fight day by day”.

Verne Troyer appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK in 2009 and in a number of reality TV shows.

He also made regular appearances on Celebrity Juice and starred in Keith Lemon’s feature-length movie, Keith Lemon: The Film.

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Spanish opera legend Montserrat Caballé has died aged 85.

Her duet with Freddie Mercury became the signature song of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

According to news agency Efe, Montserrat Caballé had been suffering from health complaints for some time and was admitted to hospital in Barcelona last month.

With a 50-year career, Montserrat Caballé had stints with the Basel Opera and Bremen Opera before her international breakthrough in 1965 in Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Montserrat Caballé went on to perform with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera and Vienna State Opera, appearing opposite the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.

The song Barcelona was first released in 1987 and later became an anthem for the city’s 1992 Olympics, the year after Freddie Mercury died. She sang at the opening ceremony with Placido Domingo and José Carreras.

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Montserrat Caballé was born in Barcelona, and at the age of nine was accepted for training at the city’s Conservatori Liceu.

She graduated in 1953, and went to Italy, where she sang some minor roles.

Montserrat Caballé’s career advanced rapidly after a successful appearance as Mimi in La Bohème at the Basel Opera. In 1965 she made a triumphant debut in the US, taking over the title role – at short notice – of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Carnegie Hall.

The singer’s performance brought widespread praise for the beauty of her voice and her dramatic interpretation, and established her as an international star.

Montserrat Caballé’s career was dogged by ill health. In 1985, she spent three months in hospital with a brain tumor, and had treatment for heart trouble in 1993.

In 2015, Montserrat Caballé was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for tax fraud.

According to Spanish media, plans are being made for a funeral in Barcelona on October 8.

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French legend Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94 at one of his homes in the south east of France, a spokesman has confirmed.

The iconic singer and songwriter had a career lasting more than 80 years.

Charles Aznavour, born to Armenian immigrants, sold more than 180 million records and featured in over 60 films.

He was best known for his 1974 hit She and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. Charles Aznavour married three times and had six children.

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Charles Aznavour was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998.

He was born in Paris in 1924 to Armenian parents who fled the country’s genocide to begin a new life in the French capital.

Charles Aznavour’s lyrics drew on his own experiences of growing up in deprivation as an immigrant.

He was due to take on a seven-date tour across France and Switzerland, starting in November this year.

The singer had recently returned from a tour in Japan, having been forced to cancel concerts this summer due to a broken arm.

Charles Aznavour recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages and performed in 94 countries.

His song She was famously performed by Elvis Costello in the opening credits of Richard Curtis’ movie Notting Hill.

Dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, Charles Aznavour wrote his own songs on taboo subjects about marriage, gay and male expression of emotions.

His 1973 hit, What Makes a Man, was about a gay transvestite.

Still performing to packed stadiums well into his 90s, Charles Aznavour continued to write songs about his life, including his Swedish wife to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

As well as a singer, Charles Aznavour was a successful actor and played the lead in the 1960 film Shoot the Piano Player.

Charles Aznavour also appeared in the Oscar-winning The Tin Drum, playing a kindly Jewish toy seller.

He sang for presidents, popes and royal families and at a number of humanitarian events.

President Emmanuel Macron was a big fan of Charles Aznavour and sang many of his songs during karaoke nights with friends when he was a student, according to former classmates.

Charles Aznavour was heavily involved in charity work and founded an organization after the 1988 Armenian earthquake with friend Levon Sayan.

In 2009, Charles Aznavour was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland and he also became Armenia’s delegate to the UN in Geneva.

In this article, essay writers are going to mention 15 old school movies about real men and their decisive deeds in the name of good. To say shortly, we are going to speak about action movies. Here are 15 best action movies ranking based on opinions of our cheapest essay writing service specialists. Now, you’ll have things to watch while we write texts for you.

Rambo: First Blood (1982)

Unlike its simple patriotic sequels, the first “Rambo” movie is a tragic story of a warrior fighting against his own country. And it still has the anti-war idea as the main plot (like its source-book). If it wonders you, then you should definitely watch this movie.

Seven Samurai (1954)

Akira Kurosawa shows his humanistic philosophy through sword slashes and rivers of blood. He turned an old story about Ronin squad protecting the village from bandits into the ode to a disappearing valor: unlike their enemies, samurai do not use firearms.

El Mariachi (1992)

This debut movie by Robert Rodriguez was filmed with a group of amateur actors and the 7 thousand-dollar budget. The director earned them in a Texas clinic, taking part in laboratory experiments on an anti-cholesterol medicine. His later pictures were more popular, bigger, and more epic, but none of them has the original charm of this independent movie.

Commando (1985)

A retired policeman with a heart of gold and muscles of steel stands against a crazy dictator dreaming to hurt the USA and a retired policeman in person. As a result, this rivalry will become the basis of many cult action movies. But this tradition started with Commando, and you never had a childhood if didn’t watch this movie 400 times!

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

This movie by James Cameron became even a bigger breakthrough than the first part of a franchise thanks to unbelievable computer effects, a soundtrack recorded by Guns’n’Roses, epic dynamics, and black humor. It is one of the most famous roles by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bloodsport (1988)

A story of the American deserter who gains a victory over the Korean Muay Thai master on the tournament in Hong Kong literally flew around cinemas on all the continents. One of the most famous roles by Jean-Claude van Damme.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

A traditional bank robbery story of the American western movies turned into something bigger. Thanks to next gen tricks of Sam Peckinpah, it became a dark story about the violence being absurd and the anti-war pamphlet at the same time.

Police Story (1985)

Jackie Chan connected the warrior mastery of Bruce Lee and the comic talents of Buster Keaton. And a hapless policeman from Hong Kong he showed on cinema screens became liked by millions of people!

Dobermann (1997)

A pretending post-modern gangster action movie “Le Dobermann” was a French answer for Rodriguez and Tarantino. Evil-elegant bandits and crazy cops compete with each other is a senseless violence. Vincent Cassell and Monica Bellucci were able to play dramatic and truthful roles even in this comix movie.

Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Two policemen run around Los Angeles to catch the Yakuza leader while breaking bones and catching bandits with the help of Eastern martial arts. A wonderful duet of Brandon Lee and Dolph Lundgren.

Road House (1989)

Even a regular bar bouncer can challenge a criminal boss if the truth is on his side. The hero by Patrick Swayze proves this thesis to be right. The classic battle between good and evil presented in an original manner.

3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

The movie about gangsters who rob casinos in Elvis’s suits. Kevin Costner is especially good as the overwhelmingly bad gut and the final gunfire scene should be enlisted in a gunfire encyclopedia, if that book ever appears.

48 Hrs. (1982)

A tough cop and a lower hierarchy bandit join efforts to catch a fugitive in two days. To do that, they’ll need some brains, many bullets, and a Cadillac Sky Blue Convertible. The ideal police action movie from the director of “Red Heat” and the screenwriter of “Commando.”

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Probably, this movie was the beginning of a new subgenre: buddy cop action movies. A hero by Danny Glover goes through the midlife crisis, and a character of Mel Gibson struggles against suicidal thoughts and aggression attacks. The fate decided them to become partners, and their task is to deal with a huge narcotic syndicate.

Adrenaline (2006)

A crazy concentration of action, aggression, and madness pushed into 90 minutes of screen time. The most part of this time is devoted to the Jason Statham’s hero dealing with his enemies or overcoming difficulties. His main problem is a strange Chinese poison circulating in his veins and making him support the high level of adrenaline in blood.

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Iconic movie star Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.

According to Us Weekly, the wisecracking 1970s movie heartthrob and Oscar nominee passed away in a Florida hospital of a heart attack, attended by his family.

Burt Reynolds had undergone heart bypass surgery in 2010. Reynolds is survived by his son, Quinton.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, he died at the Jupiter Medical Center in Florida.

Burt Reynolds shot to fame in 1972’s Deliverance, and also starred in Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights and The Cannonball Run.

His career went into freefall in the 1980s and his finances were ravaged by failed investments in restaurants and a Florida football team.

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Burt Reynolds made a 1997 comeback with his role as a film director in Boogie Nights, which won him an Oscar nomination.

The veteran actor was married twice, firstly to British actress Judy Carne in 1963, but they divorced two years later amid accusations of her over-spending and his infidelity.

Burt Reynolds went on to marry actress Loni Anderson in 1988, but that also ended bitterly in 1993.

After the divorce from Judy Carne, Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy with $11 million in debts. In 2014, he was forced to sell many prized memorabilia, including his Golden Globe award.

However, when Vanity Fair journalist Ned Zeman asked him what he would have done differently, Burt Reynolds said: “I would have spent more money and had a lot more fun.”

As a young man, Burt Reynolds was a skilled football player, and it won him a scholarship to Florida State University.

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The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court has heard.

The inquest coincided with the day that would have been Dolores O’Riordan’s 47th birthday.

In a statement issued after the hearing, the band said: “Dolores will live on eternally in her music.”

Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly on January 15 at the age of 46, was found submerged in the bath in her room at a London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel.

She died as a result of a “tragic accident”, the coroner said.

The singer had no injuries or evidence of self harm, and had drunk an excessive amount of alcohol, expert witnesses said.

Dolores O’Riordan had been in the Park Lane Hilton hotel as part of a recording trip ahead of a 2018 tour.

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PC Natalie Smart, who attended the scene, told the inquest: “I saw Mrs. O’Riordan submerged in the bath with her nose and mouth fully under the water.”

The inquest heard that there were empty bottles in the room – five miniature bottles and a bottle of champagne – as well as containers of prescription drugs with a quantity of tablets in each container.

Toxicology tests showed only “therapeutic” amounts of medication in Dolores O’Riordan’s blood, but showed up 330mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – meaning she was more than four times over the 80mg legal limit for driving.

The inquest was attended by Dolores O’Riordan’s mother, brother and sister-in-law. She split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton, in 2014.

Dolores O’Riordan and Don Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together.

The inquest heard that Dolores O’Riordan checked into the hotel on January 14 and was in touch with room service at around midnight and phoned her mother at around 3AM.

The singer was later found unresponsive in the bathroom and confirmed dead at 9.16AM.

The inquest heard that Dolores O’Riordan had bipolar disorder but responded well to treatment.

The hearing was also told that Dolores O’Riordan went through periods of abstention and periods of excessive drinking.

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Prince’s family is suing the singer’s doctor, alleging he failed to properly treat the star for an opioid addiction.

According to ABC news, a lawsuit filed in Minnesota alleges that failures by Dr. Michael Schulenberg played a “substantial part” in the star’s death.

Prince Rogers Nelson died in 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, a powerful opioid.

Dr. Michael Schulenberg has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this year, prosecutors said no criminal charges would be brought over Prince’s death.

However, the family’s lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, alleges that Dr. Schulenberg’s actions had played a part.

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According to ABC, the lawsuit read: “He failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognizable opioid addiction, and further failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction.

“These departures from the standard of acceptable medical practice had a substantial part in bringing about Prince’s death.”

Prince’s family is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000.

Dr. Schulenberg’s lawyer said they intended to defend the case, the Associated Press reported.

Paul Peterson said in a statement: “We understand this situation has been difficult on everyone close to Mr. Nelson and his fans across the globe. Be that as it may, Dr. Schulenberg stands behind the care that Mr. Nelson received. We intend to defend this case.”

As well as Dr. Schulenberg, the lawsuit also names North Memorial Health Care, where the doctor worked, Walgreens stores, which dispenses medication, and UnityPoint Health.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, known for hits like Respect and Think, has passed away in Detroit at the age of 76.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and only announced last year when she was retiring from music.

The legendary singer won 18 Grammys, and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

Aretha Franklin gave her final performance in November 2017 at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In a statement, the singer’s family said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

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Aretha Franklin’s family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

Born in Memphis to a gospel singer/pianist and a celebrated Baptist preacher, Aretha Franklin was tutored from an early age by such gospel stars as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward.

Aretha Franklin struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.

After moving to Atlantic Records in 1966, the singer broke through, and released some of her most iconic songs like Respect soon after the switch.

By 1968 Aretha Franklin was renowned throughout America and Europe as “Lady Soul” – a symbol of black pride who appeared on the cover of Time and was given an award by Martin Luther King.

Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s death has poured in throughout on August 16 – as high-profile figures paid tribute to her musical legacy and commitment to US civil rights.

Mariah Carey paid tribute to the Queen of Soul on Twitter, calling her an inspiration, mentor and friend.

In the world of politics, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka tweeted tributes to the soul star.

Former President Barack Obama, whose inauguration Aretha Franklin performed at, released an emotive statement with his wife Michelle saying the legendary’s music “helped define the American Experience”.