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Margot Robbie Recalls the Fight for Final Line of ‘Barbie’

Margot Robbie Recalls the Fight for Final Line of ‘Barbie’

For Margot Robbie and filmmaker Greta Gerwig, deciding on the final line of Barbie was a battle with some of their partners. During the annual Producers Guild of America breakfast, Robbie was asked about any creative guardrails put in place by toy company Mattel over what Barbie could or could not say and do in the Warner Bros. feature. She started by recalling questions executives had over the script, including what it meant when Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu’s versions of Ken say they are going to “beach each other off.” “’When they beach each other off, what does that mean?’ We were like, ‘What do you think that means?’” Robbie said to laughs from the crowd, before touching on the final line of the movie, “I’m here to see my gynecologist.”  Continued Robbie: “Or it could be something like ending the movie on the gynecologist line, which we were fighting for, for days before we picture-locked. That was still a fight. It was just picking the hills to die on, I suppose, but always …

Where freedom meets repression: Australian academics tread a fine line over ties to Iran | Iran

Where freedom meets repression: Australian academics tread a fine line over ties to Iran | Iran

In April 2023 the Iranian government was in the midst of a brutal crackdown. Weeks earlier, thousands had been on the streets, protesting against the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old detained for an alleged violation of the country’s strict dress codes for women. That month, with hundreds of Iranians who had taken part in the demonstrations dead or in jail, and the regime ramping up its repressive tactics, the Australian foreign minister wrote to more than 30 university vice-chancellors and presidents. In the letter, Penny Wong outlined the government’s concern over the human rights situation in Iran and asked the university leaders to pause joint work with Iranian institutions. “I urge you to join with the Government to put on hold existing cooperation with Iranian entities, including … universities, and to refrain from any proposed new engagement,” Wong wrote. The request was not made in a vacuum. In recent years, as conflict has spread and global tensions escalated, governments across the world have expressed alarm at the proliferation of academic research with …

‘A total, total disaster’: Galloway and Danczuk line up for Rochdale push | Byelections

‘A total, total disaster’: Galloway and Danczuk line up for Rochdale push | Byelections

Every day at 10am George Galloway rallies his troops at a Suzuki showroom just outside Rochdale town centre. In one room, boxes of leaflets are piled high against second-hand cars. In another, he takes his campaign to the airwaves. Earlier this week when MPs raised fears for their safety amid the increasingly fraught votes on Gaza, Galloway told thousands of supporters online that the names of Keir Starmer’s team were “dripping in blood”. From the Suzuki boardroom where, according to activists, he broadcasts his twice-weekly online polemics, he said Labour’s motion had been proposed by “the Labour fiends of Israel, not friends” and “the worst scoundrels and criminals in the international community at this time”. With less than a week to go until the vote described as “the most radioactive byelection in living memory”, Galloway, the veteran agitator, is the bookies’ favourite to win. “I stand on the brink of an historic byelection victory which will shake the walls of Westminster, which will change history,” he bellowed with characteristic understatement this week. Galloway, 69, has …

Watch this humanoid robot work on NIO’s EV assembly line [video]

Watch this humanoid robot work on NIO’s EV assembly line [video]

Photo: UBTECH In a next-level automation move, Chinese EV maker NIO (NYSE: NIO) is piloting humanoid robots on its EV assembly line at one of its factories. NIO manufactures EVs at its two factories in Hefei, the largest city in Anhui Province, in eastern China. Shenzhen-based UBTECH ROBOTICS, listed on Hong Kong’s stock exchange, built the Walker S robot working on NIO’s assembly line. The company says it’s the first time the Walker S has been used on an EV assembly line. The Walker S carried out quality inspections of headlight covers, door locks, and seat belts. It also attached NIO EV logos (photo above). NIO hasn’t said anything publicly about its humanoid robot pilot, but UBTECH is all in for deploying robots on EV assembly lines to boost productivity. The robot maker asserts on its website that “the future of humans lies in human-robot coexistence.” Walker S isn’t listed on UBTECH’s website, but its Walker humanoid robot is 57 inches (145 cm) tall and weighs 170 pounds (77 kg). Walker uses lithium iron phosphate …

‘Too early’ to say when North Wales Main Line will be electrified, says minister | UK News

‘Too early’ to say when North Wales Main Line will be electrified, says minister | UK News

It is “too early” to say when the North Wales Main Line will be electrified, a government minister has said. Mark Harper, the UK government’s transport secretary, said the project to electrify the line will involve “unprecedented investment” in the region. The Department for Transport says the £1bn investment in improvements to the line will be funded after plans to extend HS2 north of Birmingham were scrapped. Politics latest: Boost for speaker amid pressure over future There have previously been calls for Wales to get “up to £5bn” by re-designating the project as England-only. The UK government argues HS2 is a “national project” which benefits both countries, despite the line not entering Wales. Asked when the North Wales Main Line project will happen, Mr Harper said it is “too early” to give a timetable. He said he was “not going to pluck a figure out of the air”, adding: “I think people are very realistic.” The 126-mile route runs between Crewe, Warrington, Wrexham and Holyhead. At the port in Holyhead, ferry services run to and …

BBC Question Time: Minister Diverges From Government Line On Putin

BBC Question Time: Minister Diverges From Government Line On Putin

A junior home office minister diverged from the government’s official line on Russia’s president Vladimir Putin on Thursday night. Speaking on BBC Question Time, Tory MP Laura Farris said the UK and its allies need to “remove him from power” – a much stronger sentiment than Downing Street usually goes for with the authoritarian leader. Farris found herself in this muddle after she was asked just how effective the West’s sanctions against Russia really were. Host Fiona Bruce pointed out that the country’s economy grew faster than all the G7 economies in 2023 and is forecast to do the same in 2024, while Russian oil exports – which the West weaned itself off in response to the invasion of Ukraine – are near pre-war levels. Farris replied: “The Ukraine war is costing Putin heavily. “It’s costing him money, it’s costing him political capital, it’s costing him the support of Russian citizens, and we alone, can’t determine his future. “But collectively, with Nato, with the support of our allies, maintaining support for Ukraine, ultimately seeing them …

The 2024 SKIMS Swim Line Just Dropped: Shop Bikinis, One-Piece Swimsuits, Cover-Ups and More

The 2024 SKIMS Swim Line Just Dropped: Shop Bikinis, One-Piece Swimsuits, Cover-Ups and More

Forget Groundhog’s Day — the real proof that spring is coming soon is when our favorite brands start to drop their new swimwear collections. (Sorry, Punxsutawney Phil.) Case in point: SKIMS.  Kim Kardashian added swimwear to her shapewear and loungewear brand in 2022, and this year, SKIMS is coming in hot with another out-of-this-world swim collection. The mix-and-match pieces offered in over 10 colors give you nearly endless options to wear on spring break and beyond this year. Shop SKIMS Swim 2024 Made with fabrics that can be worn in and out of the water, there are over 25 pool and beach-ready styles in the new SKIMS Swim 2024 line. Each piece is available in a variety of colors and sizes XXS-4X to fit a wide range of body types. In typical SKIMS fashion, the collection includes varying shades of neutrals as well as punchy lime green and a Barbiecore pink. From trendy long-sleeved shrugs and cropped tees to classic ’80s-inspired one-pieces and itsy-bitsy bikinis, this drop has us counting down the days to swimsuit weather. As with all SKIMS launches, this collection is bound to …

live from the new front line following the fall of Avdiivka

live from the new front line following the fall of Avdiivka

Listen to Ukraine: the Latest, The Telegraph’s daily podcast, using the audio player at the top of this article or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app. War in Ukraine is reshaping our world. Every weekday The Telegraph’s top journalists analyse the invasion from all angles – military, humanitarian, political, economic, historical – and tell you what you need to know to stay updated. With over 70 million listens, our Ukraine: The Latest podcast is your go-to source for all the latest analysis, live reaction and correspondents reporting on the ground. We have been broadcasting ever since the full-scale invasion began. Ukraine: The Latest’s regular contributors are: David Knowles David is Head of Audio Development at The Telegraph, where he has worked for nearly three years. He has reported from across Ukraine during the full-scale invasion.  Dominic Nicholls Dom is Associate Editor (Defence) at The Telegraph, having joined in 2018. He previously served for 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and …

Cécred: Everything we know about Beyoncé’s new haircare line

Cécred: Everything we know about Beyoncé’s new haircare line

Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter Superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has launched her lifelong dream – a haircare line called Cécred – a play on the word ‘sacred’ using part of Queen Bey’s name. Inspired by growing up and helping out in her mother Tina Knowles’ salon, Cécred prioritises the needs of textured hair, and other hair types that lack strength and moisture. The foundation collection, which includes eight cruelty-free products that cleanse, condition and visibly repair, are infused with a signature Temple Oud fragrance. “The journey of creating Cécred has taken years, and I’m so proud to finally reveal what we’ve been working on,” said the 42-year-old Cécred founder and chairwoman Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. “As a Black founder, it was important to me to concentrate on where I saw the greatest need for healthy haircare and to place scientific innovation and product performance above all else. “My entire life and career, I’ve …