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‘The Fall Guy’ live show opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

‘The Fall Guy’ live show opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

[ad_1] When “The Fall Guy” star Ryan Gosling and director David Leitch recently made a surprise guest appearance at a new “Fall Guy”-themed live show at Universal Studios Hollywood, they riled up the audience as a funny story line unfolded about a director who pushes his team to do increasingly complicated stunts. Jet-Ski-type crafts flip, explosions send actors hurtling, and if you’re sitting near the front row, you might have a hot piece of flying rubber shrapnel fall by your knee. It’s all in good fun. “This is a live show based on a movie, based on a TV show, based on a stunt man,” is one of the show’s punchlines. “The Fall Guy Stuntacular Pre-Show,” which can be seen before the park’s popular “WaterWorld” show through May 19, was produced in partnership with 87North Productions, which was co-founded by Leitch, a former stuntman himself, and producer Kelly McCormick. The idea came to Leitch and his team during a tour of the theme park last year. A stunt performer flips during “The Fall Guy Stuntacular …

DWP review warning issued to people on State Pension, PIP and Universal Credit

DWP review warning issued to people on State Pension, PIP and Universal Credit

[ad_1] The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued an ominous review warning to people claiming a variety of payments from the Government. More than 20 million people across Great Britain are claiming State Pension or at least one benefit from the DWP to help with the additional costs of day-to-day living. But the UK Government has been clear it will crackdown on those exploiting the benefits system as they are ‘stealing from those who most need help’. The latest Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures indicate that fraud and error in the benefit system is falling after the UK Government restated its determination to drive levels down further and protect taxpayers’ money. The most-recent national statistics show that in the 2022/23 financial year, fraud and error rates fell to 3.6 per cent (£8.3 billion) from 4.0 per cent (£8.7 billion) – figures for 2023/24 are due to be published next month. During the 2024/25 financial year – which starts this weekend on April 6 – the DWP will measure a sample of …

Scientists developing universal donor blood to address global blood shortages

Scientists developing universal donor blood to address global blood shortages

[ad_1] Researchers have uncovered enzymes capable of stripping specific sugars from red blood cells, a crucial step towards the creation of universal donor blood. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) In a groundbreaking development, researchers from DTU and Lund University have uncovered enzymes capable of stripping specific sugars from red blood cells, a crucial step towards the creation of universal donor blood. The discovery, detailed in the esteemed scientific journal Nature Microbiology, marks a significant leap forward in transfusion medicine. Professor Maher Abou Hachem, leading the study at DTU, highlights the novelty of their findings: “For the first time, the new enzyme cocktails not only remove the well-described A and B antigens, but also extended variants previously not recognized as problematic for transfusion safety.” This breakthrough, achieved through a collaboration between DTU’s expertise in gut microbiota enzymes and Lund University’s proficiency in blood group research, holds promise for revolutionizing blood transfusion practices. The urgency for such advancements stems from the soaring demand for donor blood, driven by an aging population and an increase in blood-intensive medical procedures. Why …

Scientists Intrigued by Bacteria That Turns Any Blood Into Universal Donor Type

Scientists Intrigued by Bacteria That Turns Any Blood Into Universal Donor Type

[ad_1] A team of researchers claims to have found a common bacteria that can easily manipulate the enzymes present in blood supplies to turn it into a universal donor type. Such a process, if scaled up for clinical use, could have significant medical and societal consequences. Global blood supplies are in perennially short supply, particularly in low-income countries — a situation bound to become even more dire thanks to rapidly aging populations. Generally speaking, blood groups are determined by the presence of A and B antigens on red blood cells. Group O types don’t have either of these antigens. Health practitioners have to be extremely careful when it comes to blood types, since transfusing the wrong one could trigger the immune system to attack the new blood cells, which can be fatal. Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Lund University in Sweden, who’ve been investigating a solution, discovered that specific enzymes produced by common gut bacteria were able to remove both A and B antigens, potentially paving the way to ensure a …

Your favorite songs will return to TikTok as Universal settles royalty dispute

Your favorite songs will return to TikTok as Universal settles royalty dispute

[ad_1] Bloomberg/Getty Images TikTok and Universal Music Group have ended a three-month dispute, meaning songs from the world’s biggest music label will soon be available again on the social media platform. Also: TikTok launches a Notes app to beat Instagram at photo sharing… using text Trouble arose in February when UMG failed to reach an agreement with TikTok over two main issues: how TikTok handled royalties for its songs being used on the app and how TikTok controlled unauthorized AI reproduction of famous voices. TikTok countered and blamed UMG, saying the label put “their own greed above the interests of their artists and songwriters….TikTok has been able to reach ‘artist-first’ agreements with every other label and publisher.” As a result, UMG pulled its music from TikTok, which muted millions of videos. The list of removed songs includes titles from some of the biggest names in music, such as Taylor Swift, Drake, Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, U2, Coldplay, and more. The two parties have since come to an agreement that brings UMG music back …

Universal artists to return to TikTok as dispute comes to an end | Ents & Arts News

Universal artists to return to TikTok as dispute comes to an end | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Universal Music and TikTok have ended a dispute over royalties after the label pulled millions of songs from the social media platform. The new licensing agreement means songs by some of the biggest artists in the world, including Drake, Adele and Billie Eilish will return to the site for use within the next two weeks. TikTok, a short video app, is a valuable marketing and promotional tool for music stars. But in January, Universal claimed it paid artists and songwriters “a fraction” of the rate offered by similar social media platforms, and announced it was pulling its catalogue. Image: Billie Eilish is also among Universal’s artists. Pic: Reuters Universal is the biggest music label in the world and also looks after Taylor Swift – who allowed a selection of her songs to return to TikTok as she promoted her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, in April. Swift owns the copyrights to her recordings through her 2018 deal with Universal and can control where her songs are available, according to the Financial Times. The …

Brian Tyree Henry Joins Universal Musical Michel Gondry, Pharrell William

Brian Tyree Henry Joins Universal Musical Michel Gondry, Pharrell William

[ad_1] Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway, Bullet Train) is set to join Pharrell Williams and Michel Gondry’s untitled musical for Universal Pictures inspired by Williams’ formative years growing up in Virginia Beach in the 1970s. Henry, an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award nominee, has recent credits like Warner Brothers’ Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Causeway, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination, and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. He also co-starred in Atlanta as Alfred Miles and appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk as the character Daniel Carty. His upcoming projects include Amazon/MGM’s The Fire Inside, written by Barry Jenkins, and Paramount’s animated film Transformers One. Henry is also set to star in the Apple TV+ series Sinking Spring from director Ridley Scott. In live theater, Henry originated the role of The General in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, and in 2018 he returned to Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan’s Tony nominated play Lobby Hero. Henry boards a film that already has Kelvin Harrison Jr., Halle Bailey and Da’Vine Joy Randolph in a coming-of-age musical set in the summer …

A Labour landslide could make this the most disproportionate election since universal suffrage – time for electoral reform?

A Labour landslide could make this the most disproportionate election since universal suffrage – time for electoral reform?

[ad_1] Polls ahead of the UK election not only point towards defeat for the government, but a veritable trouncing. With some showing below 20% support, the Conservatives have never polled worse. Some multiple regression and post-stratification (MRP) polls, which enable seat-level analysis, suggest record margins of defeat. One has the Conservatives winning fewer than 100 of 650 seats in the House of Commons. Political scientists also point out that we might witness the largest two-party swing between elections ever recorded, the largest drop in support any party has ever experienced in a UK election and the lowest vote share for any major party. What is less discussed, if at all, is that if any of these outcomes should come to pass, we may well be looking at one of the most (if not the most) disproportionate election result ever produced since universal suffrage. A huge Labour majority is likely to come off the back of a disproportionately small number of votes. Follow the losers It is well understood that plurality voting systems like the UK’s …

Man arrested in fatal Metro stabbing near Universal City station

Man arrested in fatal Metro stabbing near Universal City station

[ad_1] A man was arrested Monday in the death of a woman who was fatally stabbed on a Metro train, Los Angeles police said. The passenger, a woman in her 50s whose name has not been released, was found stabbed at the throat at the Universal City station shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, according to Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Drake Madison. The station serves the B Line (formerly Red Line) trains that run from Union Station to North Hollywood. Police said 45-year-old Elliot Tramel Nowden of Los Angeles attacked the woman while she was on the train. When the train reached the Universal City station, she exited onto the platform. The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call at 4:59 a.m. from a passerby who reported seeing a “person down,” department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said. As firefighters were on their way, dispatchers received several other calls from people who said they believed the victim was bleeding, but none of the callers was willing to get close enough to confirm anything about her condition, Humphrey …