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Prince Harry's Book "Spare" Half Price as People Tire of the Sussex's Whining

Prince Harry’s new book Spare has yet to be released, but its price has already been reduced to bargain bin prices on Amazon and Waterstones in the UK. His shocking book is on its way to the bargain bin before it even hits the shelves.

Some small bookshops are refusing to stock the Duke of Sussex’s memoir Spare, fearing that no one will buy it at its full price of £28 ($33.00).

Spare, described as “raw, unflinchingly honest,” and “full of revelation” by the 38-year-old Duke, will be released on January 10.

“I don’t think I’ll be stocking it, and I haven’t yet had any requests to order it,” Phil Davies of Pigeon Books in Southsea, Hants, told trade magazine The Bookseller.

“I’m assuming it’ll be another title that stores like Smiths and Waterstones will heavily discount from the start, so it’s really not worth our time to compete.”

Duke is said to be “contractually obligated” to use his celebrity to promote the book ahead of its release.

Spare was described by publisher Transworld as “a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

Its release follows Prince Harry and Meghan, 41, criticizing the Royal Family in their six-part Netflix series.

Prince Harry's Book "Spare" Half Price as People Tire of the Sussex's Whining

Prince Harry Plays the Victim

In advance snippets, Harry told Britain’s ITV that the royal household had cast him and Meghan as “villains” with “absolutely no willingness to reconcile.” He called the palace’s refusal to defend him and Meghan from attacks a “betrayal” in an interview with CBS.

Officials at the Palace have refused to comment on any of Meghan and Harry’s allegations.

Since their divorce from the royal family in 2020, Harry and Meghan have begun a new life as charity campaigners and media personalities in the United States.

Harry has expressed a desire for reconciliation with his brother and father, King Charles III after Queen Elizabeth II died in September at the age of 96.

The book’s scathing revelations will almost certainly make that more difficult.

Meanwhile, according to a British royal expert based in Washington, the royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are losing support from the American public due to their “relentless attacks on the Royal Family.”

Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy expert and Royal Family fan, praised Prince William and Kate’s recent visit to America, but believes Americans are turning against Harry and Meghan.

He predicted that the American people would turn against Meghan and Harry. They will be popular among the left-liberal elite, but increasingly unpopular among ordinary Americans. They will be isolated in the United States and will be as unpopular here as they are in the United Kingdom.”

People Tired of the Sussex’s Victim Narrative

The American public is growing tired of the “narcissistic narrative” surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family and the subsequent fallout.

According to Sandro Monetti, a journalist working in the US, Meghan and Prince Harry are “starting to get nervous” about the couple’s “longevity in Hollywood,” and many British ex-pats living in the US share this sentiment.

Mr. Monetti went on to say that the Netflix series was “one-sided” and that the American audience was “tired” of Harry and Meghan’s whining.

“I can see how the Palace might be concerned that the US is only getting one side of the story,” he said.

“Will this be what defines Harry and Meghan now? The same old debates. People will be fascinated if you give them something new. They will look elsewhere if you keep repeating the same old material.

“We now await the Harry book on January 10 to see if it will be another rehash or if it will be new material.”

Harry and Meghan discussed a variety of issues and grievances they had with royal life. The Prince spoke about how, from a young age, he struggled with life in the spotlight and under media scrutiny.

The couple discussed the shocking threats they have received, Meghan’s struggles adjusting to royal life, and the breakdown of their relationships.

Prince Harry's Book "Spare" Half Price as People Tire of the Sussex's Whining

Meghan Tops Ranker’s Online Poll

The couple’s ability to win glitzy humanitarian awards and command the loyalty of their Sussex Squad fans on social media has clearly made them tiresome to a large segment of the US public.

Meghan and Prince Harry are ranked first and second in Ranker’s online poll of “Celebrities You’re Sick of in 2022.”

Meghan received 23,600 votes out of a total of 415,900 votes cast, while Harry received 20,967. The poll will remain open until the New Year, though a Ranker spokesperson expects interest to wane after January 1.

Ranker voters also appear to want to hear less from some of the Sussexes’ celebrity friends. Oprah Winfrey, Meghan and Harry’s Montecito neighbor and blockbuster-interview confessor, was ranked third, with late-night talk-show host James Corden ranking fifth and Ellen DeGeneres ranking sixth.

In some ways, it’s perplexing that the Duchess and Duke of Sussex are at the top of the list, given that others in the top ten have been arguably more divisive and, in one case, even harmful. Amber Heard was ranked fourth, Chrissy Teigen was ranked eighth, and Kanye West and his reality star ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, were ranked ninth and tenth, respectively.

When it comes to Meghan Markle, Newsweek royal correspondent Jack Royston wrote this week that the American former TV actress appears to have the sympathy of the American public. Royston, who is known for his positive coverage of the Sussexes, stated that Meghan has been the subject of increasingly critical coverage in the United States media, which may explain why she ranks so high among weary Ranker voters.

Earlier this month, a chief media analyst at the usually Sussex-friendly Variety magazine blasted the couple for their Netflix series and offered reasons why some members of the public might be sick of them, Royston added.

“It’s not that Harry and Meghan don’t have a compelling story to tell; the prejudice they faced from the royal family and the British press was appalling,” wrote Andrew Wallenstein.

“However, repeating the story has diminishing returns,” he continued. “At some point, even the dimmest of minds among their fans is going to tire of their ‘Oh, woe is us’ routine as they play the victim card again and again.

That’s a tone-deaf message to send from their posh Montecito estate at a time of global economic uncertainty.”

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2024: Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

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Bridgit Mendler, known for appearing on Good Luck Charlie and other Disney productions, is venturing into new territory: space.

Disney has effectively launched the careers of major stars such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. However, one former child actor who starred on the network is pursuing a different venture: a space corporation.

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Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Bridgit, a 31-year-old singer and actor best known for her role as Teddy Duncan on the Disney Channel original series Good Luck Charlie, announced this week on X (formerly Twitter) that she is venturing into uncharted territory by launching Northwood Space, a California-based satellite data startup.

Bridgit will lead the company as CEO, while her husband, Gryphon Cleverly, whom she married in 2019, will serve as chief technical officer. “Expect the unexpected!” she posted on X, reacting to a CNBC reporter who broke the story.

According to Ari Eisenstat, the space programme director for the upcoming Texas Eclipse Festival, Bridgit’s venture into science “is a great example of space moving from the domain of governments to becoming accessible to everyone”. Eisenstadt adds that we should all look to “younger generations to see diverse entrepreneurs create social, economic, and environmental impact in the space community”.

According to Bridgit’s post on X, investors have already provided $6.3 million (£4.9 million) in preliminary funding for the startup to create “a data highway between Earth and space.” Mendler said, “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but that’s the fun part.”

While it may come as a surprise to her followers, Mendler has always had interests beyond performing. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 and began working at the MIT Media Lab in 2017. She enrolled in the graduate programme in 2018 and will begin her doctorate in philosophy at MIT in 2020. The next year, Mendler enrolled at Harvard Law School.

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Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Then, Mendler told CNBC that the seed of the Northwood idea was planted while she was in New Hampshire during the COVID-19 lockdown. “While everyone else was preparing their sourdough starts, we created antennae from whatever we could find at Home Depot. For me, the ground side is important because it brings the effects of space closer to people. However, it wasn’t until she started working at the Federal Communications Commission in 2022 that she understood her new path: she told CNBC it was when she “completely fell in love with space law”.

Mendler’s big news has her admirers excited to follow up, and her X announcement currently has over 23,000 likes. Northwood Space, which plans to mass-produce massive terrestrial antennas that connect to satellites in space, says: “The one-lane rickety road for space data needs to adapt to a ten-lane highway routing continuous traffic across the globe.”And, as a woman in science who changed careers to pursue her ambition, Mendler is likely to inspire other women to make timely career changes.

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Bridgit Mendler, A Former Disney Actor Turned Space Startup CEO, Is Reaching For The Stars

Laurie Bardon Syphard, an environmental science educator, says she’s impressed by Mendler’s credentials and is already excited about her new business. “My gut is telling me that she is going to go really far with this career in science and technology,” she adds, adding that the young scientist’s Disney admirers would most certainly keep an eye on her, especially given space is “one of the areas that just is exciting and inspires people”.

Mendler’s followers appear to agree and have taken to X to celebrate her continuous success. One fan wrote, “She’s Barbie. Like 12 different careers. Singer/songwriter, actor, Harvard PhD in law, MIT PHD student, startup CEO.”

SOURCE – (BBC)

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2024 OSCARS: Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s Oscars

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NEW YORK — After a winter of award events, including the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys, the granddaddy of them all, the Academy Awards, is just around the horizon. The 96th Academy Awards may be a coronation for “Oppenheimer,” which leads with 13 nominations, but other films, including “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Poor Things,” are also in the running.

Here’s what you should know about this year’s show:

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When are the Oscars?

The Oscars will be on Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. EDT, one hour earlier than normal, and will be live on ABC. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This is an early reminder to set your clocks – the first day of daylight saving time in the United States.

Are the Oscars livestreamed?
You can access the show on ABC.com and the ABC app with a cable subscription. You may also watch on Hulu Live, YouTube, AT&T, and FuboTV.

Who is hosting the Oscars?
Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the ceremony last year, will serve as emcee for the fourth time. That matches him with fellow four-timers Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon, leaving Kimmel trailing only Johnny Carson (five), Billy Crystal (nine), and Bob Hope (eleven) among Oscar hosts. “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,” Kimmel told the audience.

What films are nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Oscars?
The ten best-picture nominees are: “American Fiction,” “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Barbie,” “The Holdovers,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Maestro,” “Oppenheimer,” “Past Lives,” “Poor Things,” and “The Zone of Interest.”

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Who are the favourites?

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is the front-runner. Nolan, the best director favourite, is expected to win his first Oscar. The best actress category could be a close call between Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) and Emma Stone (“Poor Things”). If Gladstone wins, she will be the first Native American to win an Oscar. Best actor might also be a tight call between Cillian Murphy (“Oppenheimer”) and Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”). They would be first-time winners. Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Giamatti’s co-star, is the favourite to win Best supporting actress, while Robert Downey Jr. (“Oppenheimer”) is predicted to win Best Supporting Actor. Ryan Gosling is his closest competitor for “Barbie.”

What’s with the ‘Barbie’ snubs?
While “Barbie,” 2023’s largest box-office blockbuster, received eight nominations, much of the conversation has focused on the film’s lack of nominations. Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing, while Margot Robbie did not win best actress. Some have detected reflections of the misogyny spoofed in “Barbie,” while others have noted comedians’ traditionally poor reception at the Oscars. The nominations for “Barbie” include best-adapted screenplay (by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach), best supporting actress (America Ferrera), and two best song nominees: Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” and Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt’s “I’m Just Ken.”

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Are there any changes to this year’s Oscars?

Though prior Oscars have been marred by slaps, envelope snafus, and debates about which prizes are presented live during the ceremony, this year’s show promises to remain relatively unchanged. All of the awards will be broadcast live. The academy is introducing a new award for best casting, but the trophy will be handed in at the 2026 Oscars.

What else is there to look for?
Composer John Williams has been nominated for his record 49th best-score Oscar for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” and 54th overall. Godzilla is making his Oscar debut, with “Godzilla Minus One” nominated for outstanding visual effects. Two non-English language films are nominated for Best Picture for the first time: the German-language Auschwitz drama “The Zone of Interest” and the French courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall.”

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Beatles To Get A Fab 4 Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

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NEW YORK — The Beatles are receiving the big-screen biography treatment in not just one film but four, with each band member getting his spotlight – all directed by Sam Mendes.

For the first time, the Beatles, traditionally among the most stingy rights holders, are granting complete life and music rights to a film project. Sony Pictures revealed Monday a contract that may dwarf all previous music biopics, with the story of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr divided across four films.

The Mendes-conceived films are intended to be released theatrically in a unique manner, with the films coexisting or intersecting in theatres. Specific release plans will be communicated at a later date. Sony has set a release date of 2027.

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

McCartney, Starr, and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison have all approved the initiative through the band’s Apple Corps. Ltd. Sony Music Publishing has rights to the majority of Beatles’ songs.

“I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time, and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies,” Mendes stated in an e-mail.

Each film will be told from the perspective of one of the Beatles.

“We intend this to be a uniquely thrilling and epic cinematic experience: four films, told from four different perspectives, which tell a single story about the most celebrated band of all time,” stated Pippa Harris, the film’s producer. “To have The Beatles’ and Apple Corps’ blessing to do this is an immense privilege.”

The Beatles’ most well-known film appearances were during their early career. From 1964 to 1970, they appeared in five films, including “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) and the animated “Yellow Submarine” (1968). They have, of course, been the subject of numerous documentaries, most recently Peter Jackson’s 2021 “The Beatles: Get Back.”

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

The Beatles reunited in 2023 using artificial intelligence in the newly released song “Now and Then.” The track was made feasible by technology employed by Jackson on “Get Back,” it included a music video directed by the New Zealand director.

Attempts to dramatise the Beatles’ narrative have been intermittent and less effective. A 1979 biography titled “The Birth of the Beatles” was developed while Lennon was still alive, with the Beatles’ original drummer, Pete Best, serving as an adviser. The 1994 indie drama “Backbeat” followed Lennon’s connection with Stuart Sutcliffe before the Beatles became famous. Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed a teenage Lennon in the 2009 “Nowhere Boy” film.

However, music biopics have become a lucrative business in the last decade. Box-office successes like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman,” and “Elvis” have prompted Hollywood executives to seek the next jukebox blockbuster. Over Presidents Day weekend, “Bob Marley: One Love,” co-produced with the Marley estate, was the top-grossing film in theatres. A Michael Jackson biopic is currently under production.

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Beatles To Get A Fab Four Of Biopics, With A Movie Each For Paul, John, George And Ringo

“Theatrical film events today must be culturally significant. “Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and more,” said Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group.

The combination of Mendes’ crew “with the music and stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe,” Rothman added. “We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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