Koch Brothers war on climate science documentary

The following is a press release by The Real News Network about their new documentary on the Koch brothers’ war on climate science.

The Real News Network’s 30-minute documentary, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science”, reveals how Big Oil–particularly, the billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch–have…

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Belinda Carlisle's advice to ageing singers

Belinda Carlisle’s advice to ageing singers

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Remember Belinda Carlisle? She was a 1980s pop star, lead singer of all-girl band The Go-Go’s and a successful solo artist.

The Go-Go’s entered the pop charts back in 1981 with “Our Lips are Sealed,” and were hailed as the first female group to write songs and play their own instruments….

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Melbourne’s bands capture the city’s sleepy past

Melbourne is booming.

Constant streams of traffic, schoolchildren, tourists, people shopping, people walking dogs, people exercising and eating in cafes, bars and restaurants.

Melbourne is experiencing massive population growth — it topped four million recently — and is expected to reach five million in the next decade.

It is forecast to outgrow Sydney and…

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Is Naomi Watts the new Renee Zellweger?

A couple of years ago Renee Zellweger’s new face caused a sensation.

Why the fuss?

As most commentators noted it was because Renee just didn’t look like Zellweger anymore. She was a weird hybrid of her younger and older self.

Whoever transformed her face must have been influenced by Face Off  where, in order to catch…

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Why Greta Scacchi looks better than Helen Mirren

The critically acclaimed BBC series War and Peace is notable not only for its superb production values, performances and cinematic sweep but also for casting age appropriate actresses.
In particular, 56-year-old Greta Scacchi who plays the neurotic Rostov family matriarch.
Scacchi, once a Hollywood sex symbol, is rarely seen on screen these…

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Harrison Ford’s expert guide to avoiding career suicide

In a recent interview, Ford acknowledged that his long and successful acting career began with Han Solo, the space mercenary in Star Wars, and that  “I was basically not out of work again for about 40 years.”
Yet he wasn’t always so happy to be associated with the character.
In fact, he became…

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Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Eric Bana: Is it time to come home?

Dear Eric Bana,
A lot of Australian actors are doing well in Hollywood.
Sadly, you’re not one of them.
You could blame agents, co-stars, directors, scripts and publicists for your fate.
Or you could face an inconvenient truth: no-one likes your movies.
If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomatoes.
Tomatometer Rankings:
Troy 54%
Closed Circuit 43%
The Time Traveler’s Wife 38%
Deadfall 32%
Lucky You…

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Taylor Kitsch: What happened to your career?

Taylor Kitsch, what happened to your career? I’m disappointed.

You’ve failed to make the Hollywood A list.

You’re an attractive man and have that sullen, sensitive thing going that makes most women (and some men) swoon.

But you’ve made some bad choices and risk sliding from B list to C list and downhill from there.


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Deborra Lee-Furness: What's your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness: What’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?

Deborra Lee-Furness, what’s your secret with Hugh Jackman?
Most women have a hard time keeping hold of their famous husbands. The A-list actor and all round nice guy must attract every other actress, model and human being on the planet. With all that competition, what is it that keeps Hugh besotted?
Hillary Clinton said her husband…

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If your career’s going nowhere, Ben Mendelsohn, Noah Taylor and Kick Gurry will give you hope

Careers are temperamental things.
Ambition can easily turn to apathy when a promotion never eventuates, a pay rise is quickly spent, a co-worker gets all the credit, or you’re mired in routine.
The best option is to change course and try again. Until the same thing happens and your career once again hits the skids.

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How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

How to be as nice as Hugh Jackman

I have a colleague who teaches drama. She studied musical theater with Hugh Jackman at WAAPA and once went out to dinner with him.

She tells her students about this so often that they roll their eyes and play with their phones whenever she brings it up.

(I have another story, one about Russell…

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What I learned from Drew Barrymore

What I learned from Drew Barrymore

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Drew Barrymore said something so insightful that it resonated with me immediately.

She said that a simple feel good rom-com like Never been kissed, in which she starred and produced, was a successful film because:

She added that you can strive to be profound, but in the end it’s the simplest things…

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Why there’s nothing to hate about Jennifer Jason Leigh at 53

It seems like only yesterday that Jennifer Jason Leigh played 15-year-old Stacy Hamilton in the early 80s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Leigh was 19 but had such a youthful face she was cast as a much younger teen.

Yet, despite consistent and acclaimed movie performances she never catapulted into the A-list stratosphere. Then in the…

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How Carrie Fisher can body shame Hollywood

Dear Carrie,

Recently, I  wrote an article that expressed my concerns about the facelift/botox/rhinoplasty/lipsuction or whatever it was you used to hide the aging process in The Force Awakens.

Was I wrong to be concerned?

Perhaps it’s the Force that keeps you looking so young. But why does Mark Hamil look his age?…

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Yoda’s Top 5 casting tips for believable mid-life women in Star Wars 8

In a post that’s gone viral, Sue Bell ponders the youthfulness of Carrie Fisher’s face in The Force Awakens and wonders why aging is such a scary on-screen prospect. And we all know it’s an aging woman that scares us the most.

So Disney, be a good sport and let Carrie…

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The Force awakens but what happened to Carrie Fisher’s face?

Like most people on the planet I’ve just seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Thankfully, it’s much better than the prequels and in the hands of accomplished director J.J. Abrams, it sticks to the humor and lightheartedness of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Prior to its release, much of the publicity focused on…

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Are Sam and The Womp Deelite reincarnated?

I’ve been writing about reincarnated celebrities  for years now.
Celebrity reincarnation occurs when an actor/actress follows the same career trajectory as a former, usually dead, celebrity.
However, ideas, actions, fashion, politicians, songs, books and just about anything else — including music video clips — can reincarnate.

Music video reincarnation
Sam and The Womp is a…

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Does Rupert move like Jagger?

I was horrified to hear that Jerry Hall is engaged to Rupert Murdoch.
Why would a gorgeous 59-year-old former supermodel and ex-wife of Mick Jagger want to date an old man of 84?
Has she not read Hack Attack?

Hack Attack is journalist Nick Davis’ expose of the illegal phone hacking scandal within the…

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Even John McEnroe can’t believe this

In the words of tennis great John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious.”

Unfortunately, the world really is screwed if Trump gets into the White House.

Caligula made his horse a senator. America wants to elect an ass for President. pic.twitter.com/KiHy8Q8j0L— Sue Bell (@midlifexpress) September 7, 2015

Jesus Christ Super What?

Recently, I attended a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar staged by PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Group) in Burnie. The production was quite good for a city that most people have never heard of and care even less to visit.
But what was sad about this production, besides the casting of a middle aged,…

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