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Disabled by alcohol – Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

Disabled by alcohol – Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honour of his friend “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve – the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist. But while Williams, who committed suicide in 2014, never got the chance to play the part, his interest in cartoonist John Callahan helped bring the story to the screen, in a biopic competing for the top prize at the Berlin…

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London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion?

London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion? Last year, Kelly Knox became one of the first disabled models to feature at London Fashion Week. Together with BBC Radio 5 live, here Kelly investigates why people with disabilities find it so hard to make it in the fashion industry… I was born without my left forearm. All my life I’ve known that my body may be ‘missing’ a bit, but my soul is whole, all-powerful and limitless. I never considered myself disabled until I started modelling. In 2008, I beat…

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Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault

Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault The producer of Golden Globe-winning film My Week With Marilyn has accused embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of physically attacking him. David Parfitt said Weinstein was “in a fury” about a test screening of the film doing so well with the audience as he wasn’t happy with the final cut. “He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff,” Parfitt told a Channel 4 documentary. “It was very scary. He was just furious the film in…

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Muse: 'The guitar is no longer a lead instrument'

Muse: 'The guitar is no longer a lead instrument' The days of rock gods posing heroically with a Fender Stratocaster are over, says Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. “The guitar has become a textural instrument rather than a lead instrument,” he told the BBC. “And I think that’s probably a good thing. “What’s exciting about this period of music is you can mix classical with hip-hop and rock in the same song. “As a rock band you’re slightly one foot in the past, playing instruments like guitar, bass and drums.” Muse…

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Little Mix singer criticised for wearing dreads

Little Mix singer criticised for wearing dreads Some social media users are demanding Little Mix member Jesy Nelson delete an Instagram post of herself wearing her hair in dreadlocks. The 26-year-old singer unveiled her new hairstyle on Monday evening, but some followers on the platform suggested the picture was offensive to black people. Nelson was accused of “cultural appropriation” and there were calls for her to apologise. The post has also received over 191,000 likes and many positive comments. Among the fierce debate in response to the picture, Instagram poster…

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Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance

Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance It’s fair to say Fergie’s jazzy, slowed-down version of the Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game wasn’t a hit with everyone . And now the US singer has apologised for her performance. The singer told TMZ: “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.” She added: “I love this country and honestly tried…

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Fashion firms dither over instant shopping on the catwalk

Fashion firms dither over instant shopping on the catwalk PARIS (Reuters) – Fashion labels may be falling over themselves to court young, smartphone-wielding shoppers, but there’s one millennial-inspired trend that is only catching on slowly: catwalk shows where clothes are available to buy instantly rather than months later. The timing of product drops is becoming an experimental battlefield for luxury goods companies juggling a constant demand for novelty and the lengthy manufacturing cycles needed to make sumptuous fabrics or hand-stitched handbags. Britain’s Mulberry is the latest label to usher in…

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Lorde isn't here for unsolicited acne advice

Lorde isn't here for unsolicited acne advice Lorde has told fans who suffer from acne: “I feel your pain”. The singer posted an Instagram story about the unhelpful things people say to people who, like her, have the skin condition. “Acne sucks. You know what also sucks?” she asked in the video, before mocking the advice she’s been given over the years. The 21-year-old said she wants people to stop suggesting that moisturising will get rid of the problem. “When you’ve had acne for years and years and years, done…

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25 things you absolutely need to know about Top Gear's 25th series

25 things you absolutely need to know about Top Gear's 25th series The new series of Top Gear begins on Sunday with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris returning to host. It’s the second season of the BBC Two car show to be fronted by the trio, and the 25th since the programme was re-launched in 2002. We went along to the press launch, watched a few preview clips and interviewed LeBlanc, Reid and Harris. (The Stig was there too but didn’t have much to say.) Here are 25…

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10 David Brents – and more on the way…

10 David Brents – and more on the way… It’s conquered Europe, crossed the Atlantic and spawned a big-screen movie spin-off. Now The Office is to have another new branch – in India. Wernham Hogg will become Wilkins Chawla in the latest international version of Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary sitcom. Gervais, who co-wrote and starred in the original BBC television version, said he was “hoping for big ratings” for the show’s first Asian incarnation. “I’m always excited and flattered to see remakes of my work,” he commented. The Office remade for…

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