President Donald Trump will award the Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight with the National Medal of Arts, the White House announced on Sunday. In a statement, the White House confirmed that Jon Voight, who is one of Trump’s few prominent Hollywood supporters, will be honored at a ceremony later this week for his “exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters.”“Captivating audiences, he has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart,” the statement read. Voight, who won the Academy Award for best actor in 1978 for his role as veteran Luke Martin in Coming Home, is a fervent supporter of the president. Earlier this year, the star declared President Trump the “greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.” “Our country is stronger, safer and with more jobs, because our president has made his every move correct,” he said Voight, who is the father of actress Angelina Jolie. “Don’t be … [Read more...] about Trump to Award Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts
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I'M A Celebrity... Get Me Out Here! is back on ITV for series 19 and bosses have blown over £1.4 million to secure the star-studded line-up for us this year. But just how much is each celebrity being paid for their stint in the jungle? Plus, we have the latest odds from Ladbrokes on who is favourite to win. Who is in the I'm a Celebrity 2019 line-up and who will win? Ian Wright - 7/2 England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright is entering the jungle. The secret was let slip by last year's I'm A Celebrity winner Harry Redknapp during a guest appearance at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham where he revealed that Ian was reportedly being paid £1m for taking part. A fan in the audience tweeted Harry's blunder, saying: "Just got home from seeing @Redknapp in Nottingham. Interestingly, he let slip that Ian Wright has been paid £1m to appear on this year’s #ImACeleb." The fan later told The Metro how Harry spilt the news.He said: "He was asked why he went in the jungle and … [Read more...] about I’m A Celebrity 2019 cast line-up – latest odds on who will win and how much they’re paid
The first question, on entering the completed interior of the church of Sagrada Família, is: "Is it really there?" We have been so long accustomed to the idea that Barcelona's most famous landmark is a permanent ruin, unfinished and unfinishable, that it comes as a shock to find it is now keeping out the weather, for the first time in its 130 years of making. The canned ecstasy of the Hallelujah Chorus plays on the PA system and sunbeams pierce its forest of columns with such dazzle and precision that, you think, they must be digital. It is like walking into the Colosseum and finding it all there, with awnings, crowds, sand, blood, beasts, gladiators and thumb-turning emperor which, being clearly impossible, would most easily be explained as a video game in three dimensions. The second question is: "Is it really Gaudí?" The great Catalan architect famously adjusted his buildings as he went along, modifying details in response to unusual stones found in the quarry and forever … [Read more...] about Sagrada Familia: Gaudí’s cathedral is nearly done, but would he have liked it?
FILE PHOTO: The Airbnb logo is seen on a little mini pyramid under the glass Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris, France, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau LONDON (Reuters) - Short-term home rental company Airbnb Inc has joined the ranks of leading Olympic sponsors in a deal that will run from the Games next year in Tokyo until 2028 and is designed to help cut the costs associated with hosting the event. Airbnb said the partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would cover five Olympics and Paralympics over the next nine years. Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed. That period also covers the Summer Games in Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028, as well as the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 and one centered on Milan four years later. IOC President Thomas Bach said that the partnership would not replace the traditional Olympic village where athletes stay but would be based on a guarantee of accommodation for visitors, families of … [Read more...] about Airbnb teams up with the IOC to provide Games accommodation
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s flagship airline, Qantas, said on Monday it stood ready to offer legal assistance to a member of its flight crew named in a racism accusation by Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am on social media. FILE PHOTO: Will.i.am speaks at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers event in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Elizabeth Shafiroff The U.S. singer had taken a flight about 1-1/2-hours long to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, from northeastern Brisbane to play at a concert on Saturday, but was met by Australian federal police at the arrival gate. He said on Twitter he was racially targeted by an airline attendant, whom he identified by name, after failing to put away his laptop as the flight prepared to land, because he had put on noise-cancelling headphones to “make beats”. Qantas, which called the incident a “misunderstanding”, has requested the rapper to retract his … [Read more...] about Qantas urges rapper will.i.am to withdraw racism accusation against staffer
The Tiananmen PapersBuy it at a discount at BOL The sound of machine-gun fire woke me three days after the Beijing massacre, in my empty hotel on the Avenue of Everlasting Peace. Rolling out of bed, I saw through the window an army column that had just crossed the junction below. A gunner on the tail truck had fanned his machine gun, spraying a sparse crowd with fire. By the time I reached ground level, the army had disappeared and several bodies were being rushed away. All that remained was a satchel of books on an abandoned bike, some bloodstains and projectile holes, and two suitcases belonging to a man who had just walked up from the railway station. His friend urged me to note down that "he came from Qiqihar" in the north-east. This casual episode of military brutality, which I witnessed on the morning of June 7, 1989, dramatised in miniature the huge shock three nights earlier when much larger army units barrelled into Tiananmen Square, shooting down protesters and bystanders on … [Read more...] about Whispers of democracy