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Chris Hemsworth at 10 Times Higher Risk of Getting Alzheimer’s

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Chris Hemsworth 8 to 10 Times at Higher Risk of Getting Alzheimer's

Chris Hemsworth, a Hollywood superstar, has announced that he will be “taking time off” after promoting his new Disney+ series, Limitless.

Following the filming of an episode on death for his new docuseries, the Thor star told Vanity Fair that he realized he needed to slow things down.

Hemsworth cited his children, India, 10, and twins Sasha and Tristan, 8, whom he shares with his wife, Elsa Pataky, as the driving force behind his decision.

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“Doing a death episode and facing your own mortality made me go, ‘Oh God, I’m not ready to go yet,’” he explained. “I’d like to sit and be in this space with more stillness and gratitude.

Then you start talking about kids and family, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, they’re getting older, they’re growing up, and I keep slapping another movie on top of another movie.’ Before you know it, they’re 18 and out of the house, and I’ve missed the window.”

He went on, “It sparked an interest in me to take some time off. And, since we finished the show, I’ve been finishing the tasks I was already assigned. When I finish this tour this week, I’m going home and taking some time off to simplify. Spend time with my children and my wife.”

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Hemsworth told Vanity Fair that he’s felt like he’s been “in a sprint for 10 years, and all these moments that were dream scenarios would fly by” for the better part of a decade.

He added that there have been numerous occasions when he has “I should have taken a step back and said, ‘Wow, this is incredible,” but instead, “I was inundated with other kinds of requests and asks and was pulled in different directions.” [I] wasn’t taking in what was right in front of me.”

Chris Hemsworth agreed to take a genetic test while filming Limitless

Chris Hemsworth agreed to take a genetic test while filming Limitless.

The test revealed that his risk of developing Alzheimer’s is eight to ten times higher than the general population.

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That’s because Chris Hemsworth has two copies of APOE4 (the apolipoprotein E gene), one from his mother and one from his father.

Hemsworth admitted in a confessional after learning the show’s results that “the idea that I won’t be able to remember the life I’ve experienced, or my wife, or my kids, is probably my biggest fear.”

And there are some realities to face, such as his grandfather battling Alzheimer’s.

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“I haven’t seen him in a few years, but my other family members have, and he’s quite joyful and gives you a big hug some days,” Hemsworth told Vanity Fair. “But my mother claims he’s just a nice guy.

I’m not sure he remembers much anymore, and he slips in and out of Dutch, his native language, so he’ll be talking Dutch and English, then a mash-up, and possibly some new words.”

Source: Vanity Fair, VOR News

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Danny Masterson Rape Case Ends in Mistrial After Jury Deadlock

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A judge declared a mistrial in the rape trial of “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson on Wednesday after jurors deadlocked following the monthlong trial in which the Church of Scientology played a supporting role.

Prosecutors allege that Masterson raped three women, including a former girlfriend, in his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003 and that the church kept them quiet for years. Masterson, 46, pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer stated that all acts were consensual.

“I find the jurors hopelessly deadlocked,” Judge Charlaine Olmedo declared after the jury foreman stated that the court could do nothing to move them closer to a unanimous decision. She scheduled a retrial in Los Angeles Superior Court for March.

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Olmedo had ordered jurors to take Thanksgiving week off and continue deliberating after they said they couldn’t reach an agreement on Nov. 18. A jury of six women and six men resumed deliberations on Monday after two jurors were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the break.

According to the foreman, the jury voted seven times on Tuesday and Wednesday without deciding on any of the three counts. Two jurors supported conviction on the first count, four on the second count, and five on the third count.

As a result, prosecutors and the three women who said they were seeking long-overdue justice and gave emotional and graphic testimony over several days suffered a significant setback.

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“Masterson has evaded criminal accountability for his deplorable acts,” two of the alleged victims in the case said in a statement. However, we are determined to continue our fight for justice.”

Danny Masterson Rape Case Ends in Mistrial After Jury Deadlock

At the time, all three women were church members, and Danny Masterson is still one.

Two of the women and one of their husbands are suing Masterson, the Church of Scientology, its leader, David Miscavige, and others for allegedly stalking, harassing, and intimidating them after they attempted to expose Masterson.

Masterson walked out of the courtroom with his wife, actress and model Bijou Phillips, without speaking to reporters. Members of his showbiz family, his sisters-in-law, actor Mackenzie Phillips, singer and actress Chynna Phillips, and her husband, actor William Baldwin, accompanied him to court for several days.

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The proceedings took place amid a flurry of #MeToo-related cases on both coasts, including Harvey Weinstein’s trial in Los Angeles, just down the hall from Masterson’s. In New York, Kevin Spacey won a sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by actor Anthony Rapp, and in a civil case there, a jury ordered director and screenwriter Paul Haggis to pay $10 million.

But, as with the Haggis trial, the specter of Scientology overshadowed the #MeToo implications, despite the judge’s insistence that the church not become a de facto defendant.

According to Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller, the church attempted to silence the women, which is why the case took two decades to reach trial.

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Danny Masterson Rape Case Ends in Mistrial After Jury Deadlock

Masterson’s lawyer, Philip Cohen, claims the church was mentioned 700 times during the trial and claims it became an excuse for the prosecution’s failure to build a credible case against Masterson, a prominent Scientologist.

According to Karin Pouw, a church spokesperson, Mueller misrepresented church doctrine and beliefs, and Jane Does make false claims about Scientology.

“There is absolutely no truth to any of the testimony that the church harassed or stalked the Jane Does,” Pouw said.

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Cohen stated that he would file a motion to dismiss the case based on the jury’s decision. He stated that jurors provided additional beneficial insights after the mistrial ruling, but he refused to discuss what they told him.

“As a lawyer, you always wonder if what you’re doing in court every day is making any inroads… with the jury,” Cohen explained. “We made inroads.”

The district attorney’s office expressed disappointment with the outcome and said it would consider its next steps. It praised the women for “stepping forward bravely and recounting their harrowing experiences.”

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Jurors were led out of the courtroom without speaking to reporters.

Masterson did not appear in court. Cohen did not present any defense testimony, instead focusing on inconsistencies in the accounts of the three accusers, whom he claimed changed their stories over time and spoke with each other before going to the police.

During closing arguments, Cohen stated, “The key to this case was not when they reported it.” “That’s what they said when it was reported, what they said after reporting it. And what they said in court.”

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Masterson, according to Mueller, was a man “for whom ‘no’ never meant ‘no.’”

Danny Masterson Rape Case Ends in Mistrial After Jury Deadlock

Masterson allegedly served two women drinks, causing them to become woozy or pass out before being violently raped. One woman said she thought she would die as Masterson covered her face with a pillow.

An ex-girlfriend claimed she awoke to find Masterson having sex with her against her will. According to the defense, her claims were undermined because she later had sex with him after they split up.

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Cohen told jurors that if they believed Masterson “actually and reasonably believed” the women consented to have sex, they could acquit him.

Mueller countered that no one would believe the acts described were consensual, reminding jurors that one woman told him “no,” pulled his hair, and tried to get out from under him repeatedly.

Mueller warned jurors not to be swayed by defense speculation and said contradictions in the victims’ testimony were signs of authenticity rather than scripted accounts.

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The charges stem from when Masterson was at the pinnacle of his career, starring as Steven Hyde on Fox’s “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006. The show, which made Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Topher Grace stars, is getting a Netflix reboot with “That ’90s Show.”

Masterson re-joined Kutcher on the Netflix comedy “The Ranch” but was fired when an LAPD investigation was revealed in December 2017.

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Prince and Princess of Wales Arrive in US, Meghan Markle Outed in New Book

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On Wednesday, the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in the United States for the first time in eight years. Their arrival comes as Meghan Markle is outed as a “merciless opportunist” in a new book.

Their arrival comes days after Prince William’s godmother, who was also the late Queen Elizabeth‘s lady-in-waiting, resigned after making racist and “unacceptable” remarks to a Black visitor at Buckingham Palace.

However, the start of the visit was overshadowed by the resignation and apology of 83-year-old Lady Susan Hussey, one of William’s six godmothers, following racism claims from William’s brother Harry and mixed-race sister-in-law, Meghan.

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“Racism has no place in our society,” the royal couple’s spokesman told reporters in Boston.

“These comments were unacceptable, and it is appropriate that the individual resigned with immediate effect.”

William was not involved in the decision but “believes it is the correct course of action,” according to the spokesman.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker greeted the heir to the British throne and Kate as they stepped off the plane.

They were then scheduled to meet at Boston City Hall with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, US Climate Envoy John Kerry, and America’s Ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy.

The royal couple’s first trip abroad since William, 40, became heir to the throne in September, when his father succeeded Queen Elizabeth II to become King Charles III.

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They last visited the United States in 2014, when they visited New York and Washington and attended a White House reception with then-President Barack Obama and his deputy, Joe Biden.

According to the White House, Biden will meet with the royal couple on Friday.

“Kate and I are overjoyed to be back in America,” William said shortly after arriving.

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It’s also their first trip to the United States since Harry and Meghan abruptly left the royal family in early 2020. There has been no announcement of a meeting between the estranged brothers.

The visit will conclude with a star-studded ceremony for William’s Earthshot Prize initiative to combat climate change on Friday evening.

The awards ceremony, dubbed “William’s Superbowl moment” by royal insiders, is now in its second year and awards five innovators pound sterling 1 million (US$1.2 million).

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Several celebrities are set to perform at Boston’s MGM Music Hall, including Billie Eilish and Annie Lennox, sisters Chloe x Halle, and actor Rami Malek.

They will also visit charities working with disadvantaged youth and a laboratory specializing in green technologies.

Meghan Markle Outed in New Book

New book Outs Meghan Markle as “Merciless Opportunist.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s story began as a fairytale romance. However, it devolved into heated debates and family feuds somewhere along the way.

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Tom Bower’s New Book Revenge delves into the gruesome details.

He, too, believes he knows who is to blame. Although the book’s full title is Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors, Markle is the true subject of the book.

Markle’s beginnings did not foreshadow the international drama that was to follow. She was born in 1981 in Los Angeles to Thomas Markle, 37, and Doria, 24. Thomas was a white TV lighting director. Doria was Black, a free spirit attempting to make a name for herself as a designer.

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The marriage ended in divorce. But Thomas adored his new daughter, whom he referred to as “his whole life, his little princess,” according to Tom Jr, his son from a previous marriage.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s story began as a fairytale romance. However, it devolved into heated debates and family feuds somewhere along the way.

When Doria started traveling for her fashion business, Thomas took full custody. Meghan was nine years old.

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She was already used to being in the spotlight. “Meghan was videoed sitting on a red blanket, wearing a gold crown at a friend’s birthday party,” Bower writes.

“She had been influenced after watching a tape of Princess Diana’s fairytale wedding and directed the other girls to bow and intone to her ‘Your Royal Highness.’”

Her father catered to her need for attention by paying for acting classes, ballet classes, and lighting for her school plays. He also paid for her college education – $45,000 per year to study drama at Northwestern – and assisted her in getting her place and a used car after graduation. He even covered the cost of the gas.

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Father corrected Meghan’s Story.

Years later, he was astounded when Markle delivered speeches to working-class college students, claiming to understand their financial difficulties. “I’m sorry,” her father told the press, “but that is completely false.” “I paid her tuition in full, and I have the bank statements to prove it.”

Markle went on a slew of Hollywood auditions after graduating from college. Few were successful. She was one of the Deals or No Deal hosts.

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Working Actress is an anonymous blog where she complains about having to “kiss actors with smelly breath.” She fell in love with and married a young producer.

Bower refers to marriage as a “starter marriage.” However, Markle had already landed a role on Suits. As her profile grew, she began pursuing endorsement deals and speaking engagements. She also began to drift away from her father and her past. Friends who attempted to maintain contact noticed a shift.

“The tone of her voice, her mannerisms, and the way she laughed no longer seemed real to me,” one said. “It was like a light went out.”

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With the success of Suits, she landed some Canadian TV commercials, including one for a Christian charity. Then, in the summer of 2016, during a Suits junket in London, Markle met a fashion publicist who was a childhood friend of Harry’s.

According to Bower, Markle asked the publicist if she could set up the actress with the prince.

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The honeymoon period with the media was brief.

A meeting was eventually set up at a private London club. The woman wasn’t surprised when Markle breathlessly told her agent. “I could see where she was coming from,” the agent explained. “Her desire to marry a prince was even documented in one of her old blogs.”

The date went well, and Markle and Harry began seeing each other regularly. The Sunday Express broke the news four months after the couple’s first date. “The British media was ecstatic,” writes Bower. ‘He’s happier than he’s been in many years,’ according to The Times.”

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British tabloids began looking into Markle’s American ancestors. The reporting grew snobbish, even racist. According to the press, her father lived in a run-down Hollywood apartment. They claimed her mother was from the ghetto. They referred to Markle’s estranged half-sister as “a social climber with a soft spot for gingers.”

Following the formal announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, there was a second burst of positive press coverage.

A still-adoring Harry invited Markle to spend the weekend in the country with his friends. It went differently than planned. She was a mixed-race, liberal, feminist Yankee. They were white, wealthy, conservative British men who enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, drinking, and making politically incorrect jokes.

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Markle was irritated and let them know.

Harry’s friends quickly texted each other after the party ended. “Wait, what about HER?” “A complete nightmare.”

As previously stated, Harry proposed, and she accepted. Following the formal announcement, there was a second burst of positive press coverage.

However, the family remained cautious. Diana’s brother, Harry’s Uncle Charles, advised him not to rush. William, his older brother, advised him to “get to know the girl.” Harry didn’t pay attention.

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Meghan Markle’s mother was the only relative who attended her wedding. According to a spokesperson, her father was too ill to travel.

The wedding plans were carried out. The friction increased as well. Staff at the palace complained that Markle was rude and demanding. Her half-sister had already dubbed her “Princess Pushy.”

There were disagreements about the wedding menu, music, and guest list. A conversation with Markle’s soon-to-be-sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, reportedly ended in Kate’s tears as the two argued over the dress Kate’s 3-year-old was to wear.

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Throughout, Harry stood up for his fiancée. “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!” he exclaimed finally.

His grandmother, the Queen, then summoned him for a private meeting. “He was firmly put in his place,” according to the Times.

Over 17 million people watched the wedding. Attendees included George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams. Her mother was the only member of Markle’s family to attend.

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According to a spokesperson, her father was too ill to travel. The spokesperson did not say whether the father and daughter were still speaking.

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Markle Always Needed to be a Celebrity

The wedding itself went off without a hitch. But what happened next? Traditionally, the new bride would be expected to step back and play a supporting role at this point.

But Markle had always wanted to be a celebrity. She wanted to handle her publicity and pursue new charitable or commercial opportunities.

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“The Royal Family had embraced a media junkie determined to capitalize on her newfound celebrity,” Bower claims.

“She had never intended to give up her career and become a devoted family member.”

Journalists began comparing the two young royal couples, and the younger pair were found wanting. This only fueled Markle’s rage. “She despised the comparisons to uncomplaining Kate,” Bower observes. The gap between the two brothers widened.

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When Harry suggested they be more respectful of Meghan, William reacted angrily, citing her willful ignorance of protocol and rudeness to her staff. “Meghan’s behavior,” Bower reports, “was unacceptable to him.”

Harry was furious. Markle was heartbroken. There were dark days ahead, and she later admitted to having suicidal thoughts. In 2020, the couple decided that the only thing to do was to abandon everything. They would relinquish any role as “working royals,” Harry stated.

The couple has since relocated to California, where they focus on multi-media business ventures, a charitable foundation, and their two young children.

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What did they leave behind in England? Only bad feelings, Bower insists. He describes Markle as a “merciless opportunist.”

 

 

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Clarence Gilyard Who Starred in ‘Die Hard and Top Gun, Dies at 66

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Clarence Gilyard Jr., 66, was a popular supporting actor whose credits included the blockbuster films “Die Hard” and “Top Gun,” as well as the hit television series “Matlock” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” has died.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he taught stage and screen acting, announced his death this week on Twitter. Additional information was not immediately available on Tuesday.

“Professor Gilyard was a beacon of light and strength for everyone around him at UNLV,” said Heather Addison, the school’s film chair, in a statement. “Whenever we asked how he was, he would cheerfully exclaim, ‘Blessed!’ But we were truly blessed to be his colleagues and students for so many years.”

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Clarence Gilyard was born in Moses Lake, Washington. He had a successful acting career that began in the 1980s with roles in “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life,” and other shows. He then starred in two of the decade’s biggest films: “Top Gun,” in which he played Sundown, a radar intercept officer, and “Die Hard,” in which he played a villainous computer maven with one-liners like “You didn’t bring me along for my charming personality.”

In the 1990s, Gilyard portrayed law enforcement in “Matlock,” co-starring with Andy Griffith, and “Walker, Texas Ranger,” co-starring with Chuck Norris. His other credits include “The Karate Kid: Part II,” stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy,” and an appearance in a commercial for DieHard batteries alongside “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis.

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