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17 celebrities who have spoken out against Marvel movies and the MCU

17 celebrities who have spoken out against Marvel movies and the MCU

[ad_1] Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free For more than a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been dominating Hollywood like nothing else. The franchise, which now spans more than 30 films and over a dozen TV series, has featured many of the biggest names in cinema, including Natalie Portman, Samuel L Jackson and Florence Pugh. Among viewers and professionals, however, the franchise remains polarising. Many filmmakers and actors have condemned the MCU and its role in the recent superhero craze, which has restricted broader opportunities for original blockbusters. Most famously, Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker Martin Scorsese compared the franchise to “theme park” attractions in 2019. His comments were met with outrage from the Marvel fanbase. In recent years, however, the number of celebrities to have spoken out against Marvel movies has grown, with directors, actors and others complaining about the franchise’s dominance. Sometimes, dissent even arises from Marvel stars themselves, including Anthony Hopkins, …

Revolutionary brain implant translates a person’s brain signals into spoken words

Revolutionary brain implant translates a person’s brain signals into spoken words

[ad_1] Jonathan Viventi holds an ultrathin film implant that brings more electrodes into the brain to better gather neural signals. (CREDIT: Chris Hildreth) A revolutionary partnership among Duke University‘s neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, and engineers has yielded an extraordinary speech implant. This innovative device translates the brain signals of individuals into audible speech with remarkable precision. Published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, this new technology holds the promise of enabling individuals suffering from neurological disorders, such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and locked-in syndrome, to regain the ability to communicate through a cutting-edge brain-computer interface. The current landscape for communication aids available to those with debilitating motor disorders is marked by significant limitations. Gregory Cogan, Ph.D., a professor of neurology at Duke University’s School of Medicine and one of the leading researchers behind this project, underscores the challenges faced by these individuals. He states, “There are many patients who suffer from debilitating motor disorders…that can impair their ability to speak. But the current tools available to allow them to communicate are generally very slow and cumbersome.” …

Boarding school matrons and the ‘abuse that is hardly ever spoken of’ | Child protection

Boarding school matrons and the ‘abuse that is hardly ever spoken of’ | Child protection

[ad_1] There were muted cheers among other boarding school survivors this week after Charles Spencer spoke of the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of an assistant matron. “It’s an incredibly helpful revelation because this specific sort of abuse is hardly ever spoken of,” said Jon Bird, head of knowledge and insight at the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. “Many will have experienced similar abuse at the hands of their school matrons but never spoken about it because it’s so difficult for anyone, men in particular, to talk about sexual abuse if the perpetrator is a woman,” he added. Bird said he thought it was unusual for a matron to sexually abuse boys: “I think it was quite rare compared to the much more common abuse by male teachers,” he said. “But it did happen and it was appalling in its own, unique way,” because boys were torn away from mothers at such a young age, he added. Sarah, who attended boarding school in the early 1970s, said the matron used to …

Boarding school matrons and the ‘abuse that is hardly ever spoken of’

Boarding school matrons and the ‘abuse that is hardly ever spoken of’

[ad_1] Earl Spencer has recounted the sexual abuse an assistant matron subjected him to.Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock There were muted cheers among other boarding school survivors this week after Charles Spencer spoke of the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of an assistant matron. “It’s an incredibly helpful revelation because this specific sort of abuse is hardly ever spoken of,” said Jon Bird, head of knowledge and insight at the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. “Many will have experienced similar abuse at the hands of their school matrons but never spoken about it because it’s so difficult for anyone, men in particular, to talk about sexual abuse if the perpetrator is a woman,” he added. Bird said he thought it was unusual for a matron to sexually abuse boys: “I think it was quite rare compared to the much more common abuse by male teachers,” he said. “But it did happen and it was appalling in its own, unique way,” because boys were torn away from mothers at such a young age, he …

Map shows the second most spoken language in each English county | UK | News

Map shows the second most spoken language in each English county | UK | News

[ad_1] An incredible map shows the second-most spoken language in every borough in England. There are over 300 languages spoken in London alone and according to the Office for National Statistics, for 4.1 million people in the UK, English is not their first language. These are in addition to the languages native to the UK such as Scots, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Cornish. The most spoken non-native language is Polish with almost 550,000 speakers. The largest concentration of Polish speakers is in west London, Slough, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds. And it is the most commonly spoken non-native language in the majority of England’s boroughs according to the 2021 census from the Office for National Statistics. Romanian was the second most spoken by borough with 472,000 people speaking it and is most popular in Penrith, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Northampton and more. The southeastern European language has jumped ten places in the last ten years on the list of the most common languages in the UK. Punjabi comes in third with over 270,000 speakers and can …

Top top 10 most spoken languages in the UK as German doesn’t even make the list | UK | News

Top top 10 most spoken languages in the UK as German doesn’t even make the list | UK | News

[ad_1] The UK is a cultural and linguistic melting pot, with people from across the world moving to our island. There are more than 300 languages spoken in London alone and according to the Office of National Statistics, for 4.1 million people in the UK, English is not their first language. These are in addition to the languages native to the UK such as Scots, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Cornish. The most spoken non-native language is Polish with almost 550,000 speakers. The largest concentration of Polish speakers is in west London, Slough, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds. Punjabi comes in second with more than 270,000 speakers. It is the most common Indian language in the UK, which is home to one of the largest Punjabi communities in the world. And in third is Urdu, with almost 270,000 speakers. It is the second most common Indian language in the UK with most speakers in Scotland, the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds. Making up the rest of the top five are Bengali and Gujarati. Indian languages …

The Youths Have Spoken: Wallets Are Lame. Go Digital.

The Youths Have Spoken: Wallets Are Lame. Go Digital.

[ad_1] To a growing number of youths, a wallet stuffed with cash and cards is as unfashionable as the millennial tuck, no-show socks and skinny jeans. To the cool kids, carrying only a smartphone is the way. Iykyk — that’s “if you know, you know,” for those who don’t know. I, Brian Chen, a graying 39-year-old tech columnist, am not one of those in the know. It’s unfathomable to me to part with my wallet, which holds crucial items like my driver’s license. So in an effort to be hip again, I recruited my 23-year-old colleague Yiwen Lu to ask the young ones how they live like this, and then I took the jump myself. In ditching my physical wallet, I am joining youths like Ruby Hegab, a 19-year-old student in Fremont, Calif. As soon as she got her first credit card last year, she said, she went all-in on using her iPhone to pay for groceries, parking meters and restaurant meals, and for carrying insurance cards. “If a store doesn’t accept Tap to Pay, …

The people have spoken: Abercrombie’s wide-leg trousers really are that good – and there’s so much more

The people have spoken: Abercrombie’s wide-leg trousers really are that good – and there’s so much more

[ad_1] I was a teenager in the 00s, and that means was once synonymous with logo hoodies and grainy Facebook photos of friends posing outside the London store with topless men (if you know you know). Thankfully things have changed dramatically, and along with a new CEO, the label has had a total rebrand. It now stocks a collection of some of the best staple pieces I’ve ever tried (seriously) in an impressively inclusive range of sizes. From the Tik-Tok trending Strappy Plunge Corset Maxi Dress to the jeans, Abercrombie is all over social media for the right reasons and popular pieces come and go at the speed of light. Most recently, I can’t seem to escape the , with reviews claiming they’re the perfect wide-leg style, so I had to find out for myself.  I headed into the new store on Carnaby Street in London, and my totally honest mini review? It’s small and stock is seriously limited. So if you’re nowhere near the capital, no problem, ordering online is probably your best bet …

Third Labour politician ‘spoken to’ amid anti-Semitism row

Third Labour politician ‘spoken to’ amid anti-Semitism row

[ad_1] A third Labour politician who attended the meeting at the heart of an anti-Semitism row has been “spoken to” by party officials as they investigate what happened. Graham Jones and Azhar Ali, two Labour parliamentary candidates, were suspended from the party this week over controversial comments made at a Lancashire community meeting. Now, on Thursday morning, it has emerged that Munsif Dad, a Labour councillor in Hyndburn, has also been talked to by Labour Party figures about his attendance. It is understood the conversation with Mr Dad was about ascertaining what happened at the gathering rather than any specific comments he himself made. A Labour source confirmed to The Telegraph that Mr Dad has been “spoken to” about the event. It is understood he has not received any formal disciplinary action. Some critics have called for any Labour politician in attendance who did not challenge or report Mr Jones and Mr Ali’s comments at the time to face punishment. Labour headquarters is now understood to be confident that just three Labour politicians attended the …