What Queer Eye’s Antoni Was Thinking During Those Kate, Pete Makeout Pics

Things were a lot different from his view! Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski couldn’t hold back his laughter as he addressed the photos that went viral earlier this month of him sitting next to Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale making out at a hockey game.

“I just want to say, just to finally clarify. There were two hockey players going at it, basically beating the hell out of each other, and I was genuinely concerned,” the reality star, 35, told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday, March 20, after asked about the apprehensive look he had on his face while the comedian, 25, and the Widow actress, 45, played “tonsil hockey.”

Porowski continued: “We chatted the entire game! [Kate] is very funny, witty [and] charming AF.”

Despite actually knowing what was actually happening in the moment, Porowski was the butt of dozens of jokes and memes posted shortly after photos of the trio at the New York Rangers game began to surface. In the photos, Davidson and Beckinsale can be seen intimately locking lips as the Canada native appeared to be less than impressed.

The Serendipity star, for her part, got in on the fun, responding to one meme that labeled her as “Me,” the Big Time Adolescence actor as “Guys with problems from childhood who I can ‘fix’” and Porowski as “Wholesome guys with good-paying jobs who text back and have no baggage.”

Beckinsale chimed in: “Antoni is gay, if that helps clarify at all #queereye.”

Though Porowski has only been on hand to witness one of Beckinsale and Davidson’s PDA packed outings, the rumored pair — who first sparked romance speculation in January after flirting at multiple Golden Globes parties ― have been spotted getting cozy on many occasions.

The night prior to their day date at Madison Square Garden, Beckinsale accompanied Davidson to a Saturday Night Live afterparty, where they left hand in hand. More recently, the duo were spotted locking lips in the backseat of a taxi in West Hollywood on Monday, March 18.

“Kate is so into Pete and has been telling all her friends about him,” a source told Us Weekly in February. “They have great chemistry, and she loves hanging out with him whenever they get the chance to. She has such a fun, young, loving personality and is happy with him.”

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Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 was reportedly saved by off-duty pilot day before deadly crash in Indonesia

Ethiopian official reports ‘clear similarity’ between deadly Boeing jet crashes

The flight control system on the Boeing 737 Max 8 is being eyed in Ethiopia crash investigation; Doug McKelway reports on the details.

The day before a brand new Lion Air jet crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Indonesia's capital city last fall – likely due to an equipment malfunction – an off-duty pilot reportedly helped save the aircraft when it began to dive.

The extra pilot was on the flight from Bali to Jakarta and was seated in the cockpit jumpseat when the crew of the Boeing 737 Max 8 struggled for control of the aircraft, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

During the flight, the jet displayed unusual variations in altitude and airspeed in its first several minutes, Reuters previously reported. Some of those variations included an 875-foot drop over 27 seconds when the plane would typically be ascending, before stabilizing and flying on to Jakarta.

As the jetliner was in a dive, the extra pilot figured out what was wrong and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system to save the aircraft, two people familiar with Indonesia's investigation told Bloomberg.

ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES CRASH DATA SHOWS 'CLEAR SIMILARITIES' WITH LION AIR ACCIDENT, TRANSPORT MINISTER SAYS

The crew was told to cut power to the motor causing the plane's nose to dive down, which is part of a checklist that all pilots are required to memorize, according to Bloomberg.

Boeing 737 Max jets are grounded at Sky Harbor International Airport, Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Phoenix.
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Hours later with a different crew on board, the same aircraft crashed into the Java Sea after takeoff, killing all 189 aboard.

Officials investigating the Lion Air crash previously said they were looking into the plane’s anti-stall system, which was engaged and repeatedly pushing down the aircraft’s nose prior to it crashing into the sea. The Indonesia safety committee report also said the plane had had multiple failures on previous flights and hadn’t been properly repaired.

“All the data and information that we have on the flight and the aircraft have been submitted to the Indonesian NTSC. We can’t provide additional comment at this stage due to the ongoing investigation on the accident,” Lion Air spokesman Danang Prihantoro told Bloomberg.

Federal prosecutors investigating development of Boeing 737 Max 8 after deadly crashes

A grand jury subpoena has reportedly been issued to someone involved in the jet’s development; Doug McKelway reports from Washington.

The new information comes as investigators are trying to piece together what caused Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to crash earlier this month just minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people, including eight Americans, aboard.

The French civil aviation investigation bureau, BEA, said Monday that black box data from the Ethiopian Airlines flight showed "clear similarities" to the Lion Air crash. Ethiopian authorities asked BEA for help in extracting and interpreting the crashed plane's black boxes because Ethiopia does not have the necessary expertise and technology.

INFIGHTING HAMPERS ANALYSIS OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FLIGHT RECORDERS, SOURCE SAYS

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration previously said satellite-based tracking data showed that the movements of the Ethiopian Airlines flight were similar to those of the Lion Air plane. In both incidents, the planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration last Wednesday announced Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 models were being temporarily grounded in the U.S. "as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the [Ethiopia crash] site and analyzed."

U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October.
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The U.S. joined several other countries in grounding the aircraft following the deadly crash.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing's 737 Max jets, including how the company was regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A federal grand jury in Washington sent a subpoena to someone involved in the plane's development seeking emails, messages and other communications, the person briefed on the matter told the AP.

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Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the inspector general said Monday they could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any inquiries, while the FAA would not comment.

"Boeing does not respond to or comment on questions concerning legal matters, whether internal, litigation or governmental inquiries," Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers told the AP in an email.

Is the Boeing Max series too sophisticated for some airlines?

After two crashes of Boeing Max jets, aviation analyst Mike Boyd says we can’t rule out the fact that not everyone may be qualified to fly or service the planes.

The company late Monday issued an open letter from its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community.

Muilenburg did not refer to the reports of the Justice Department probe, but stressed Boeing is taking actions to ensure its 737 Max jets are safe, including a software update and offer related pilot training for the 737 Max to "address concerns" that arose in the aftermath of October's Lion Air crash. The planes' new flight-control software — which automatically pushes the plane's nose down when a single sensor detects the nose is pointed too high, indicating the possibility the aircraft could stall – is suspected of playing a role in the crashes.

Fox News' Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘One Day At A Time’ Was Canceled By Netflix & Twitter Is Now In Mourning

Today isn’t a good day for fans of One Day At A Time. On Thursday, March 14, Netflix officially announced that One Day At A Time has been canceled, and will not be renewed for Season 4. Netflix announced the news on social media, and Twitter reacted to the One Day At A Time cancellation with sadness, anger, and a lot of GIFs.

"We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season," Netflix tweeted. "The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season."

The news followed a push by fans on Twitter to keep the reboot of the ’70s sitcom alive, but ultimately, it didn’t work. In a series of tweets, Netflix thanked creator Norman Lear, the cast, and the show’s executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce "for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way."

Netflix ended this sad note with a message to fans who found a kinship with this Cuban-American family. "And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT," Netflix tweeted, "please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."

Still, fans were sad to hear that the show they loved would not be returning for another season.

More to come…

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Felicity Huffman was desperate to get her daughter into college

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman was desperate in real life to see her older daughter go to college.

The award-winning actress made no secret of her academic aspirations for daughter Sofia Grace Macy, tweeting a photo of herself and “Shameless” star husband William H. Macy walking hand-in-hand along a tree-lined campus quad in December 2017.

“Visiting colleges with our 17 year old. Makes me nostalgic . . . WHILE ITS HAPPENING!” she wrote.

But behind the scenes, Huffman, 56, was secretly scheming with a crooked college counselor, William “Rick” Singer, to illegally boost Sofia’s score on the crucial SAT exams by 400 points, according to the feds.

Singer, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, began cooperating with authorities in late September and helped them gather evidence, including against Huffman, according to court papers.

Huffman was among 33 wealthy parents charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a pair of related scams to cheat on college-entrance exams and corruptly recruit student athletes.

Others accused of paying to illegally inflate their kids’ test scores include Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of the white-shoe law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Gregory and Marcia Abbott, whose daughter received a perfect 800 on the math SAT and 710 on the literature portion despite actually scoring in the “mid-600s,” court papers say.

Much of the cheating was allegedly performed by Harvard grad Mark Riddell, who at the time was director of college entrance-exam preparation at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Riddell, 36, would take SAT or ACT exams in place of the kids, give them the answers they needed while proctoring their exams, or review and correct wrong answers after the kids turned in their tests, the feds charge.

In many cases, the kids were unaware the cheating was going on, according to Boston US Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Riddell, who allegedly got $10,000 from Singer for each crooked test, began cooperating with the feds last month and is scheduled to plead guilty to conspiracy charges on April 12, according to court records.

Parents who took part in the test-taking scam typically paid Singer $15,000 to $75,000 per test, with the money funneled through Singer’s IRS-approved charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation of Newport Beach, Calif.

As part of the racket, the parents got letters from the foundation that let them claim the payoffs as deductions against their income taxes, according to Lelling.

In Huffman’s case, she and Macy allegedly met with Singer in their Los Angeles home, where Singer explained how he could hire someone to proctor Sofia’s SAT “and secretly correct her answers afterward,” court papers charge.

During the summer of 2017, Huffman and Singer allegedly exchanged a series of emails discussing how Huffman could get “100 percent extra time” for her daughters to take the SAT, with Huffman writing “Hurray! She got it,” on Oct. 16, 2017, when the extra time was approved for Sofia.

The plan appeared to collapse the next day, court papers say, when Huffman got an email from Sofia’s high school counselor, who said the teen would have to take the test at the school instead of a testing center that the feds say Singer controlled.

“Ruh ro! Looks like [my daughter’s high school] wants to provide own proctor,” Huffman wrote.

But Huffman and Singer later agreed to tell the counselor that Sofia would take the test on a weekend — “so that she would not miss any school” — and had the location switched to a test center in West Hollywood, court papers say.

There, Riddell “purported to proctor” Sofia’s exam, and when it was graded, she got a score of 1420, according to the feds.

That was “an improvement over approximately 400 points over her PSAT, taken without [Riddell] one year earlier,” the feds claimed.

Court papers don’t detail how Riddell allegedly improved the results or whether Sofia was in on the alleged scam.

Huffman was arrested without incident Tuesday morning and was scheduled to appear in court in Los Angeles, where reports said Macy was waiting in a show of support.

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My teen son was stabbed in an unprovoked attack and now my personal tragedy is your national emergency

Alison Cope's son Joshua Ribera, 18, died when he was stabbed through the heart outside a Birmingham nightclub six years ago.

She has campaigned tirelessly since his senseless killing but feels the situation is worse than ever because politicians aren't taking the crisis seriously – despite all their grandstanding and empty promises.

Alison says kids are now more scared of being stabbed than being blown up by terrorists – but that terrorism is political and so is prioritised.

And damningly, she says lawmakers don't care about the issue as they "get to go home to their nice lives".

In a cruel twist of fate,  Alison's son Joshua -a rising grime MC who wrote songs about his love of his mum and grandmother –  died at a fundraising event to honour a young man who had been stabbed to death one year earlier. His killer, Armani Mitchell, also just an 18-year-old boy, attacked Joshua due to jealousy over a girl.

“If you took every person who has been killed in the last few years by knife crime, and put them in Wembley stadium and blew them up with a bomb, can you imagine what the Government’s reaction would be?" Alison says. "That’s what knife crime is: terrorism on our streets."


“Knife crime needs to be declared as a national state of emergency. The country is living in a heightened state of terror – if you ask kids if they’re more scared of being stabbed or blown up, they’ll say stabbed.

“But terrorism is political, so that’s prioritised. Politics is killing our children. When it comes to knife crime, what we have seen is all words and no action."

'Politics is killing our children'

Alison’s nightmare is being lived by more and more families as reports of knife crime – and the number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales – are the highest they've ever been .



Mitchel, Joshua's killer, is currently serving a life sentence for murder with a minimum of 18 years behind bars.

Since the attack Alison has dedicated her life to teaching children in schools across the country about the consequences knife crime has on families and communities.

“Theresa May has said she doesn’t believe there’s a link with reducing police and knife crime – but I believe our politicians are ignorantly detaching themselves from the situation, because they haven’t been directly affected themselves."

 



“I have spoken to thousands and thousands of children in the UK – and they are scared – but what are our politicians doing?

“While the Government have given some funding for useless campaigns, the problem is not being targeted at the root.

“For example, the Home Office campaign, #knifefree, made no difference.

"Campaigners, including myself, told officials it wouldn’t work but they did it anyway – because political campaigns like this are simply a token to make them look like they’re trying.

"But did they really believe a 14-year-old boy living in an environment of poverty – in a struggling family and with no support or sign of police – is going to ride their bike past a poster saying ‘#knifefree’ and think: ‘Oh yes, that poster tells me to drop my knife, so I best do it.’


“If it was that easy to solve a problem with a slogan, there would be no issues with drugs, alcohol, teenage pregnancies or people smoking. It would be ideal if it did work, because it would solve the world’s problems!

“I’ve personally, as well as with groups of campaigners, tried guiding politicians on effective ways to help, but they’re not interested in listening.

“I’ve had no support from the government, even though I’ve dedicated the past five years to helping young people against knife crime. I had meetings with the Home Office to say how they could improve the situation, but it was ignored.

“Funding needs to be put into speakers going into schools to communicate with these youngsters, we need more support workers and more police."

'Our politicians just stand on a box – then go home to their nice lives'

Following May's comments that the rise in knife crime and the cut in policing had "no direct correlation" Met Police commissioner, Cressida Dick, hit back agreeing with Alison.

Speaking to LBC Radio the top police office said there is "some link" between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime.

It comes after two 17-year-olds were killed in separate stabbings in London and Greater Manchester at the weekend.

Ms Dick told the talkshow the deaths show "how big of a challenge this is" and that it is not a London-only issue.

But Alison says a more direct approach is needed rather than endless talks.

“I speak to children on a personal level, and get through to them by asking them to imagine their families being torn apart, and imagine their mum being heartbroken at losing her child, " she adds.

“I’m exhausted, but I get up and do it all again the next day, all around the country, to target the problem at the core and help these youngsters.

“Whereas our politicians are just standing on a box, saying what they’ve got to say and then going home to their nice lives. They aren’t living it directly, so they can detach themselves."

 

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Theresa Lockhart was murdered by husband who confessed in suicide note


Theresa Lockhart was murdered by her husband Christopher, who later confessed in a sucide note. Investigation Discovery’s See No Evil examines this tragic case.

Theresa, 44, went missing on May 18, 2017, and was never seen alive again.

The high school teacher was initially thought to have left the home she shared with her husband Christopher at around 10 p.m. Theresa was reported missing the next day, when she failed to turn up for work.

Theresa’s car was found several miles from her home, but there was no sign of the popular educator.

Police soon mounted an intensive search, with many members of the close-nit community and school getting involved.

However, they had little luck and nobody she knew had heard anything from her since the disappearance.

By July Detectives began to suspect that Christopher might have something to do with his wife disappearance. He’d not been particularly helpful with the search and had failed on several occasions to provide them with the information they were looking for.

He’d also singularly failed to ever chase them on up on how the investigation was progressing, something they viewed as unusual.

In October of the same year there was a dramatic breakthrough in the case, when Christopher committed suicide and left a note confessing to the murder.

He described how the pair had argued and how he’d snapped and then murdered his wife. He explained that the next day he’d buried the body in a shallow grave in the Allegan Game Area.

Christopher also said in his note that he regretted killing Theresa and that he hoped her relatives would forgive him.

Theresa’s body was found using a map Christopher had drawn and an examination of her body revealed she’d probably been strangled to death.

Theresa’s sister posted on Facebook at the time saying: “My heart is breaking that a special life has been taken away but we now have closure as to what and when. Chris did one good deed before he died and that was to tell us where we could find Theresa.”

See No Evil – The Lady Vanishes airs at 9:00 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.

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‘I was a long shot that wouldn’t get up’: Ben Mendelsohn on making it in Hollywood

Should you ever be in Los Angeles, the city where movie stars are simply part of the native fauna, you might be lucky enough to catch sight of Ben Mendelsohn behind the wheel of a car. The expatriate Australian actor, who long ago motored around Sydney in a gold Monaro that he would publicly profess his love for, likes to go driving as a way of putting his thoughts in perspective. An engine, pedals, endless boulevards, clarity.

"I literally drive around sometimes and just smile to myself about what has happened," says Mendelsohn, an actor whose second chance has seen him become an integral element in Hollywood's hit-making equation. "There were a lot of years where there was a very real sense that I was a long shot that wouldn't get up. I almost took my money off myself."

After building a steady relationship with Hollywood, Ben Mendelsohn is never going to be a long shot again. Credit:Brendan Esposito

The actor is in Atlanta, Georgia, where he's just finished his day's work on The Outsider, a television adaptation of the 2018 Stephen King novel about a murder investigation that gets unhinged by the supernatural. Mendelsohn plays a police detective, with the HBO production due to be aired in 2020. Since he terrified audiences in the 2010 Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, where the dead eyes of his armed robber had the gravitational pull of a black hole, Mendelsohn has worked constantly. He's never going to be that long shot again.

Amidst a selection of independent films, Mendelsohn has covered every corner of the blockbuster map. He was a boardroom sacrificial pawn in Christopher Nolan's final Batman epic, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, the obsessive force behind the construction of the Death Star in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Steven Spielberg's tech titan villain in 2018's Ready Player One, and now he's an alien leader intent on conquering Earth in Marvel's new superhero epic, Captain Marvel.

"For me, the Marvel universe is something I've sat back and watched with a bit of awe really at the power of it all," Mendelsohn says. "They've had an incredible decade of making these blockbuster films. There are some of them that I think are fantastic."

Mendelsohn in full prosthetics as Talos in Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel revolves around Brie Larson's title character, a former US Air Force pilot named Carol Danvers whose life is transformed when she acquires the powers of an advanced alien race – superhuman strength and the ability to fly are two of them – and joins their intergalactic military service. Set in 1995 (hopefully Hole make the soundtrack), it's the arrival of the shape-shifting Skrulls, led by Mendelsohn in serious prosthetics as their leader Talos, that loops the plot back to Earth and Samuel L. Jackson's Marvel fixture, Nick Fury.

The movie is the 21st entry in the 11 years long and running Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing a female superhero to hopefully disrupt the studio's conventions in the same way that Black Panther's Afrocentric lineage did.

For Mendelsohn it marks the point where he stopped creatively feeling like a "very fortunate dinner guest" and started believing he's contributing to the cooking, in part because he previously worked with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on their down at heel 2015 drama Mississippi Grind.

Whether through good experiences or bad – and the 49-year-old has certainly experienced both – Mendelsohn is deeply committed to the value of collaborators on a film set. "Working with people who know what they're doing," is his biggest qualifier for how a shoot might go. The actor went back into the comic book archives to research Talos and the Skrulls, who first appeared on the page of a Fantastic Four comic book in 1961, but it was the thoughts of his directors and the circumstances in front of the camera that wielded the biggest influence.

"I started out with a lot of ideas and notes before I read where we landed and then you get to what you've got to do in the story and the scenes," Mendelsohn says. "Then Ryan and Anna say, 'We'd like you to do it like this' and you go 'OK, yeah', and you hope that that combination of the instincts of the people doing this are on song."

Mendelsohn (middle) on the set of Captain Marvel with directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

Sometimes it appears as if Mendelsohn, who can project on the screen a cruel malignancy and unhinged ambition and yet give it recognisable human dimension, has replaced Christopher Walken and John Malkovich as Hollywood's first choice for every major villain role. Mendelsohn is aware that the sneer that seizes his expressive face is a multiplex staple, but part of his artistry is to distinguish his antagonists: Rogue One's Director Krennick, who took a reporting structure complaint to Darth Vader, had a focus that was crushing and yet delusional, while his Sheriff of Nottingham in last year's Robin Hood reboot had a theatrical flourish.

"It's fantastic to do these films and to be the bad guy is an incredible pleasure and honour. But you want to make sure each role hopefully has its own merits," Mendelsohn says. "I do think it's perfectly valid to start watching and go, 'There he is, the bad guy, la la la,' because if people enjoy the movie it's all good. But for people that want more, the idea that they're going to get it matters to me."

Part of Mendelsohn's filmmaking philosophy was instilled in him by his formative years on Australian sets. He was born in Melbourne, one of three sons to a registered nurse mother and medical researcher father, but by the age of 14 he'd stopped his formal schooling to pursue acting, starting out on television shows such as 1985's The Henderson Kids, alongside Nadine Garner and Kylie Minogue, before his 1987 movie breakthrough as a small town larrikin in John Duigan's celebrated coming-of-age drama The Year My Voice Broke.

Mendelsohn with Claudia Karvan in The Big Steal.

"If you come from the background of Australian film, you're very aware of the crew being their own team and their own machine and you can't work against them," Mendelsohn says. "You've got to be able to work with them, to match their rhythm. If you get brought up in that environment the mood matters on set."

Mendelsohn's awareness of power and how it can be used and misused, honed through four decades and being inside – and during the middle of his career, close to outside – the movie business, meant he was aware of the inequality that would explode into the #MeToo movement following the 2017 sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and shocked by the specifics.

"You can have both of those reactions," Mendelsohn says. "You can be aware what is considered business as usual for some while at the same time being pretty bothered by some of the particulars."

"We're in a time where a lot of voices that weren't heard are being heard and lines are being redrawn and newly emphasised. I also think we're in a time where from the person who makes the coffee to the second in charge of everything is able to say, 'Hey, listen, can we cut that out? Can we not do this?' in terms of a behaviour or a vibe. And that's a good thing. Where it settles and how it settles is not close to being done. We're in a significant cultural change."

The first time I interviewed Mendelsohn was in 1996, when he was starring in the film adaptation of Louis Nowra's play Cosi alongside Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, David Wenham, and Jacki Weaver. We met at the back of a Paddington shop the magazine's photographer was using and then, as now, he smoked, was full of praise for his collaborators and wouldn't allow personal boundaries to be crossed. Coverage of his private life, Mendelsohn noted, was "inconsequential and not fit for publication".

Mendelsohn with Jackie Weaver in Animal Kingdom.Credit:Courtesy Madman Entertainment

Mendelsohn was tough on himself and could be tough on others if they didn't know their job. He would get a reputation for prickliness that persisted through the years around the turn of the century, when he was mostly unemployed and caught up in what he now calls "excessive hedonism", and through a comeback that began on television series such as Love My Way before Animal Kingdom hit.

Those ups and downs, which he negotiated in public with a laconic self-awareness, have given Mendelsohn a unique place in Australian public life. He is the wayward family member made good and the awards show regular who still wears thongs on set. The phrase "Full Mendo", celebrating his cigarette balanced on lip, jaundiced screen persona, is now part of the national vernacular.

"I lived through a lot of years there where I was a part of the furniture in Australia. I was an old armchair people were thinking of throwing out but just hadn't got around to it yet," Mendelsohn says. "But I'm still surprised by it all. I spent a long time deep under the radar and I just want to give people something to be proud of."

All successful actors are grateful for their success, but Mendelsohn's gratitude – tinged with surprise and pride – is genuine. The first time he ventured to Los Angeles early in his career, his grandfather, "part of the World War II generation", told him to be, "a good ambassador for this country." Despite the counter-intuitive answers and the wary sharpness that can flick on in an instant, Mendelsohn still takes exhortations like that seriously.

It's why the actor, who was married for four years with a daughter to the British author Emma Forrest before their divorce in 2016, doesn't like to speak publicly about Australian politics, even though he follows it closely. Mendelsohn worries it's too easy to come across as being "substance-free" with political opinions, and that it could distract audiences from a performance if they associate him with his beliefs.

The partisanship he will discuss, with happiness and despair, is his love of the Melbourne Storm. The rugby league franchise have long been Mendelsohn's team, and he sighs with deep resignation when their 21-6 defeat to Sydney Roosters in last season's grand-final comes up. The only time he swears is when describing how after his final game Storm great Billy Slater was booed by opposition fans.

"I love that team. I really love them," Mendelsohn says. "They were put there, they didn't grow there, and I love that they have an attitude about them and I love them because they're out of the limelight and they just do it again and again and again. They don't bask in media glory. They're not revered in a way that a bunch of other teams are, but they're the best team in the competition since they've joined it."

If you think about it, the same words apply to Ben Mendelsohn and Hollywood.

Captain Marvel opens on March 7.

The full Mendo

Ben Mendelsohn has been on Australian screen since the early years of Bob Hawke's prime ministership, meaning there are distinct eras to his work, profile, and reception. Here are five great movies from the many ages of Mendo.

THE BIG STEAL (1990): Mendelsohn's last performance as teenager was one of his best, playing an 18-year-old whose desperation to go out with his crush (Claudia Karvan) sees him suckered by a used car salesman (Steve Bisley), leading to a comic heist revenge scheme.

IDIOT BOX (1996): Filmmaker David Caesar gets at dead-end suburban blues with this jolting tale of best mates – Mendelsohn's Kev and Jeremy Sims' Mick – who believe they can solve their problems by robbing a bank. Notable also for Mendelsohn pulling off the tricky "Get a Dog Up Ya" T-shirt look.

BLACK AND WHITE (2002): Mendelsohn has been playing English kings recently, but back in 2002 he was young Adelaide newspaper proprietor Rupert Murdoch. It was a sharp supporting role in the real life story of Max Stuart, an Indigenous man wrongfully sentenced to death in 1959.

ANIMAL KINGDOM (2010): In a film suffused with dread, Mendelsohn's armed robber "Pope" Cody is terrifying not simply because of what he does, but the realisation that there's nothing he wouldn't do. The actor inhabits the role with startling, traumatic specificity.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016): With gaunt cheekbones and officious obsessiveness, Mendelsohn's driven, destructive Director Krennic is a new kind of villain for the Star Wars universe. And does he rock that cape.

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Was Princess Diana Going To Marry Her Lover Dodi Fayed?

Princess Diana passed away more than two decades ago but there are still so many questions today about her death and the man she was dating at the time.

There have been claims over the years that her relationship with Dodi Fayed was nothing more than a summer fling because she was trying to make her ex-lover jealous. Others though believe that she and Fayed would have eventually walked down the aisle if they hadn’t gotten in that horrific crash.

So was the princess going to marry the wealthy playboy or was she hoping to win back someone else’s heart? Here’s more on that and surprising thing that was discovered after their tragic deaths on Aug. 31, 1997.

The other man Diana loved

Although Diana will forever be linked to Fayed, there is another man who she referred to as the “love of her life.” In fact, some believe the only reason she was even in a relationship with Fayed was to get the attention of her ex, a Pakistani heart surgeon named Hasnat Khan.

The princess and Khan had a two-year affair that began in 1995 and by all accounts she had fallen hard for the doctor who she nicknamed “Mr. Wonderful.”

Khan was reportedly head over heels for her as well but chose to break things off because he didn’t want to be in the spotlight and worried that their romance would be leaked to the press. He ended their relationship just a few months before her death.

Diana was with Fayed to make Khan jealous?

After Khan, the princess moved on with Fayed but many have claimed that was only to make the heart surgeon jealous.

In her book, Diana in Search of Herself, author Sally Bedell Smith wrote that Diana’s friends said the photographs of her on Fayed’s family’s yacht were a message “meant for one reader, Hasnat Khan.”

The princess’ former butler, Paul Burrell, agreed and said that he believes she was still in love with Khan and had no intentions of getting serious with Fayed.

“This was only a 30-day relationship and the princess had just finished a long relationship with someone she cared deeply about,” Burrell explained. “She had met someone who was very caring and attentive and the Princess was enjoying it but marriage was never mentioned and certainly not engagement.”

Fayed bought Diana a ring

Fayed’s father, Mohammed Fayed, however, has always insisted that his son and the princess did plan to marry but that British royal family plotted and had her killed so she would not wed an Egyptian Muslim.

There is evidence that Fayed was going to ask for the princess’ hand in marriage.

Author Martyn Gregory noted that Fayed was going to propose to Diana the night of the crash and that he had been shopping for a ring at Repossi Jewelers. A ring bearing the inscription “Dis-moi Oui” (Tell me Yes) was recovered in his flat after their deaths as well as a receipt dated Aug. 30 1997, the day before the crash, for a “bague de fiançaille” (engagement ring).

Read more: Was Prince William Angry With His Mother, Princess Diana, After Her Tell-All Interview?

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Trump was ‘absolutely right’ in ending Vietnam summit talks, high ranking North Korea defector says

North Korean defector praises President Trump’s summit decision

SEOUL – He is one of the highest-ranking defectors from North Korea. In 2016, career diplomat for Pyongyang, Thae Yong-ho, left the No. 2 position at North Korea’s London embassy.

He defected to South Korea with his wife and two children. He said he could not return to his former homeland where people are forced to live like “modern slaves.”  He branded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “merciless.”

Still he does not live in the horrible past. Now in Seoul, amid constant armed guard and assassination threats, he watches closely, with professional prowess, what is happening with North Korea.

And that includes the just-wrapped Hanoi summit. The meeting involving President Trump and Kim broke up when the North demanded billions of dollars in sanction relief in return for the closing of just one nuclear facility.

“President Trump was absolutely right,” Thae told Fox News. “He cannot give up these sanctions unless Kim Jong Un promises even further denuclearization offers.”

Thae credits the UN-backed measures against North Korea as the “main reason” regime has held back on its nuclear and missile testing.

The former Pyongyang diplomat also believes the president caught the North Korean side by surprise in the Hanoi meeting when he noted other previously secret nuclear sites that the U.S. wanted dismantled.

“President Trump actually touched a kind of ‘fireball,’” Thae said, “(the existence of the facilities) is a very sensitive issue between America and North Korea.”

He added, “Trump ‘hid his card’.”

Thae actually called the first summit involving President Trump and Kim Jung Un in Singapore last June, which has been criticized for including overly broad declarations, “a great failure.”

But, he said, after hearing the tougher talk coming from the Trump side in Hanoi, “I have a little bit…of belief that maybe President Trump could make the very right decisions and directions.”

Still, this long-time North Korean diplomat has no illusions about Kim.  He has said he is only interested in his self-preservation. He told us he would “purge” his staffs just to stay in power.  And because of that, the nukes will remain.

“Nuclear weapons are the last resort which Kim Jong Un can rely on to continue his control of North Korea,” Thae said.

When asked if Kim would ever give them up Thae replied firmly “Not at all.”

Thae did say he’s positive about North Korea’s future. With more information and changes among the people he contends the current system – and its leader – can’t last. But he said all of that change could take as long as 20 years.

In the meantime, Thae said Kim’s nuclear menace has to be “contained.”

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DJ Ervin Holton was murdered by Omar Robinson and Patrick Hughes — See No Evil spotlights the case


The murder of DJ Ervin Holton by Omar Robinson and Patrick Hughes is spotlighted in the latest episode of See No Evil on Investigation Discovery.

On November 23, 2012, the 43-year-old was fatally shot while sitting outside on the porch of his home on 147 W. Saint Joseph Street in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Hughes was arrested in connection to Holton’s death after his cellmate at Northampton County Prison told police he admitted to murdering Holton because of his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Green.

Apparently, after ending her relationship with Hughes, Green started dating Holton and Hughes wasn’t too fond of it.

Hughes’ cellmate told police that Robinson was also involved in the murder, but he only did it because he owed Hughes money.

An investigation revealed that on the night of Holton’s murder, Hughes and Robinson were in a Honda Odyssey minivan.

Gunshot residue was found on the steering wheel and on the inside door handle, police said.


Hughes and Robinson denied killing Holton, but officials said cell phone records placed them at or near the scene of the crime. 

After a Northampton County jury deliberated for 24 hours, they found Hughes and Robinson guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

They were sentenced to life in prison. 

See No Evil — Run From The Scene airs at 9:00 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.

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