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Vin Diesel Sends Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Some Friendly Birthday Wishes

Vin Diesel Sends Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Some Friendly Birthday Wishes
It looks like Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have managed to let bygones be bygones.

Two weeks after their latest action epic, The Fate of the Furious, shattered worldwide box office records, Diesel took the opportunity to share some love with his co-star on Johnson's 45th birthday.

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Diesel, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the beloved Fast and Furious franchise, took to Instagram on Tuesday to post a smiling snapshot of himself and Johnson, who stars as his rival and frenemy Luke Hobbs.

"To look back at what we have accomplished. Shoulder to shoulder, against impossible odds. Proud..." Diesel, 49, captioned the pic. "Happy Birthday Hobbs…"

After production on the eighth installment in the blockbuster franchise wrapped last summer, rumors began to swirl claiming there was some on-set animosity between Johnson and Diesel, and the former professional wrestler posted a lengthy message on Instagram
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Got a Special Birthday Wish from His Daughter Jasmine

  • PEOPLE.com
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Got a Special Birthday Wish from His Daughter Jasmine
Happy birthday, Dwayne Johnson!

The 45-year-old planned on celebrating his big day with an early start at the gym, but not before being stopped by his 1-year-old daughter, Jasmine.

The star took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of her sitting on his lap right before he left the house, writing, “Was puttin’ on my shoes to get ready to hit the gym before I go to work.”

“This lil’ mama surprised me by runnin’ into my arms and yelling ‘Daaaahdeeeeee’ which in my mind clearly means, Happy birthday daddy!” he continued. “You’re the coolest daddy on the
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Watch The Suffragette Discussion At The Academy With Director Sarah Gavron, Writer Abi Morgan And Producer Alison Owen

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After winning the Best Actress Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep came backstage for the standard Q&A with the press. As she stood there with her Oscar statuette, I asked her:

Q. For young girls today, young women watching the Oscars, what advice would you give to them if they are thinking about going into filmmaking or acting?

A. Or anything.

Q. Or anything?

A. Or anything. Never give up. Don’t give up, don’t give up. I mean, many girls around the world live in circumstances that are unimaginably difficult. And it’s not, you know, show business is a golf game compared to the way most kids grow up in the world. But I would say never give up.

Inspired by true events, Suffragette movingly explores the passion and
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‘Suffragette’ Writer Didn’t Set Out to Make a Feminist Film

‘Suffragette’ Writer Didn’t Set Out to Make a Feminist Film
As detailed in this week’s column, 2015 is a strong year for female-driven narratives on the big screen, particularly films making noise in the Oscar race. One of those films is “Suffragette,” written, produced and directed by women, with a story about voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a project years in the making with Emmy-winning writer and playwright Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Hour”) crafting the little-known history into dramatic form on the page.

Morgan recently talked to Variety about the state of female empowerment in the industry, the hurdles “Suffragette” and other movies like it face every time the number crunchers get involved and the fact that she didn’t set out to specifically make a feminist film.

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So I’m sure you’re dealing with this line of questioning a lot lately, but I wanted to pick your brain
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Literary Origins of the Supermen

  • SoundOnSight
Here is the first installment of “Comics Mythos”, a semi-regular column about the literary and mythological roots of comic book characters (mostly superheroes). This article will look at the powerhouses of comics, or the “supermen”. (After the Big Blue Boy Scout, not Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Ubermensch”.)

In the world of superheroes, it seems that feats of physical strength and acrobatic prowess are possibly the most prevalent demonstration of super powers. One must wonder if such physical powers are a product of the time in which these comics were originally produced – the 1930s for DC’s iconic Superman and 1941 for Marvel’s super soldier, Captain America – or does this sort of hero have roots that extend deeper into literary history. Obviously, mythology is full of heroes who have superhuman strength, stamina, and agility with Thor and Hercules being the most famous in the world of comics for their huge roles in
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Digging into the miners' strike

The director's new film is an elegy for pit workers, while up in the north-east the theme of this year's Av is 'extraction'. Together they explore the legacy of a hammer blow to workers' power

Film-maker Bill Morrison is feeling a little rueful. "Striking was once an effective means of leveraging power. Today's striking worker may feel fortunate to wake up and still have a job." He's reflecting on his film The Miners' Hymns, a collaboration with Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson, which trawls through hundreds of hours of archival footage of mines in the north-east of England to fashion an elegy for the workers, brass bands, local communities and unions that sustained the region throughout much of the 20th century. This month there will be many articles, radio programmes and TV documentaries marking the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the miners' strike: few will be as beautiful or as
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Rebecca Ferguson confirms new single 'Shoulder to Shoulder' - listen

Rebecca Ferguson confirms new single 'Shoulder to Shoulder' - listen
Rebecca Ferguson has announced the title of her next single. The singer will release 'Shoulder to Shoulder' on December 16 as the latest cut from her debut album Heaven. "I wanted to make the listener think about love and relationships," Ferguson said of the song. "So many times we lose track of what's important in love, and I've written about the classic dysfunctional relationship where you have two people in love, they just don't know (more)
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Rebecca Ferguson – review

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

A ticket price of £42 to see an untested 2010 X Factor runner-up? Amazingly, that's what is being charged for a seat in the stalls at Rebecca Ferguson's first major London show. Unjustified as it seems – by contrast, it's just £26 to see 2010 winner Matt Cardle, who is also touring now – it suggests the Liverpool-born singer is being marketed as a luxury product. Clearly, Simon Cowell's Syco label would like her to be filed alongside, say, Sade rather than cheap and cheerful Little Mix – to emphasise her classicism, the gig even begins with the sound of a needle crackling on a vinyl record.

Ferguson's main attributes are her sweet disposition and an elegant, vintage-soul voice; mixed together, though, they produce an austere one-hour set that shows her to be still finding her way as a live performer. She has quite a bit going for her: despite
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Rebecca Ferguson debuts new track 'Shoulder To Shoulder' - video

Rebecca Ferguson debuts new track 'Shoulder To Shoulder' - video
Rebecca Ferguson has debuted a new track. The singer performed an acoustic rendition of 'Shoulder To Shoulder', which is expected to feature on her debut album Heaven. The X Factor finalist performed the song during a visit to radio station Wave 105 FM in support of her first single 'Nothing's Real But Love'. The star has teamed up with a collection of songwriters including Eg White and Steven James Brown to co-write her entire debut. Ferguson found herself at the centre of a £1 (more)
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Ken Taylor obituary

Screenwriter who created wonderful parts for women, as in his TV adaptation of Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown

The screenwriter Ken Taylor, who has died aged 88, had his first radio play broadcast in 1941. Anyone who has enjoyed drama in the intervening 70 years will have been touched by his work for radio, television, film and stage, which included a Bafta-nominated adaptation of Mary Wesley's The Camomile Lawn for Channel 4 (1992), the 1983 BBC version of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, a 1975 adaptation of Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means and the 1964 teleplay The Devil and John Brown, for which he won the Writers' Guild award. Perhaps his biggest success was The Jewel in the Crown, the 1984 Granada television mini-series based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott, which earned him an Emmy nomination and the writer of the year award from the Royal Television Society.

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Bob Fingerman Releases New Zombie Novel Pariah

  • Dread Central
Praise for Bob Fingerman's new zombie novel Pariah has been plentiful so we thought we'd make sure our readers are aware that it's now available from Tor Books in both hardcover and paperback. Read on for more details.

Luminaries such as Mike Mignola, Robert Kirkman, and Brian Keene, respectively, have commented on Pariah as follows:

“The thinking man’s zombie novel.”

“If you’re thinking: ‘Not another zombie novel,’ this is definitely the book for you. Bob Fingerman’s Pariah is a testament to the versatility of zombie fiction. It is, quite simply, a work that will remind you why you fell in love with the genre in the first place.”

“If you think there are no original twists left in the zombie genre, think again. With Pariah, Bob Fingerman crafts an exciting, fresh take on it, breathing much-needed new life into the undead. Pariah is a clever, compelling read.
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