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The ‘Dark Night Rises’ actor says playing cop onscreen means something different following the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement to fight racial injustice.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has changed his attitude to playing police officers following the death of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The death of the unarmed Floyd, after an officer knelt on him during an arrest, and that of Breonna Taylor, who was shot during a no-knock alleged drugs raid, sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the world.

Gordon-Levitt, who played a police officer, Robin, in “The Dark Knight Rises“, as well as in new Netflix film “Project Power“, says he’s now much more ambivalent about portraying cops.

“It means something different to be playing a police officer now than it did in 2018,” he tells The Guardian. “But, on the other hand, it’s nothing new at all. These same exact tragedies have been happening my entire life.”

The star says he believes police should be held responsible for their actions, but also perhaps need to not be sent into situations where armed law enforcement isn’t needed.

“There are these situations when individuals in the police force do awful, terrible, unspeakable things that they need to be held responsible for, but maybe cops are assigned to handle too wide a variety of things,” he adds. “Maybe in a lot of cases it would make more sense for a social worker to show up instead of a guy with a gun.”

Explaining why he felt the need to address the issue, he continues, “I feel somewhat responsible to make my opinion clear now that I’m playing a police officer in a big movie that’s coming out.”

“Project Power” is available on Netflix now.

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Gary Barlow | Gary Barlow: Take That will be back in 2023

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Gary Barlow doesn’t think Take That will reconvene until 2023.

The ‘Patience’ group – which also includes Howard Donald and Mark Owen – are currently taking a “little chunk of time away” but they are keen to make new music, though the 49-year-old star doesn’t expect they’ll do much together until the release of ‘The Greatest Days’, a movie based on the band.

Asked about the possibility of a new Take That album, Gary said: “Everyone at the end of the last tour wanted to, but we’ve been on this treadmill of album/tour every two years for about 14 years an everyone really wanted a little chunk of time away.

“So, I’m trying to be respectful but I just can’t do that personally. “I like writing, producing, touring – so I need to do my own thing.

“But maybe in 2023, because we have this movie that’s being shot next year called ‘The Greatest Days’ and I’m hoping when it’s released we can kind of tour off the back of it.”

Gary – who has just released new solo LP ‘Music Played by Humans’ – joked the “best thing” about the movie will be the fact he won’t have to do anything more on screen than make a brief cameo.

Speaking to Heat magazine, he said: “Our stage show, ‘The Band’, was spotted by a film company about

a year ago. They’re going to shoot it in England and Italy next year so it’s properly coming. And the best thing is, I’m not in it. “I think we may get a cameo role somewhere near the end, but that will be it.”



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Kate Winslet | Kate Winslet questioned her method acting approach to Ammonite

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Kate Winslet believes she took method acting too far for her role in ‘Ammonite’.

The 45-year-old actress plays palaeontologist Mary Anning in the 1840s set romantic drama and revealed that she began living her life in isolation to get under the skin of her character.

Kate said: “I had to live a strange isolated life when I was playing her because when you are an actor they put you up in hotels and make it comfortable for you.

“I just knew I could not do really do that, because I had to do everything to be Mary and I got a bit method.”

The ‘Titanic’ star revealed that she questioned what she was doing as the cottage was so “isolated, cold and rattly”.

She told Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’: “It was so isolated, cold and rattly that when there was a big storm the waves would hit the windows of the house and the power would go down and I would lie there thinking, ‘Kate what are you doing?’ Just go to the hotel with everybody else.

“I would eat this weird soup, and walk around sketching things… it was ridiculous, actually.”

Kate stars in the movie opposite Saoirse Ronan who depicts Anning’s lesbian lover Charlotte Murchison and admits she was “proud” of the intimate scenes between the pair.

The Oscar-winning star said: “Saoirse and I choreographed the scene ourselves.

“It’s definitely not like eating a sandwich. I just think Saoirse and I, we just felt really safe. Francis (Lee, the director) was naturally very nervous. And I just said to him, ‘Listen, let us work it out.’ And we did. ‘We’ll start here. We’ll do this with the kissing, boobs, you go down there, then you do this, then you climb up here.’

“I mean, we marked out the beats of the scene so that we were anchored in something that just supported the narrative. I felt the proudest I’ve ever felt doing a love scene on ‘Ammonite’. And I felt by far the least self-conscious.”



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Amber Butchart | Clara Amfo and Amber Butchart host Audible Original podcast FASHIONED

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Clara Amfo and fashion historian Amber Butchart have launched the Audible Original podcast, ‘FASHIONED’.

The BBC Radio 1 DJ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant and author-and-broadcaster Amber “uncover the secret history of fashion, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century” over six episodes.

What’s more, they delve into the impact of fashion on everything from gender and class, to its influence on feminism, civil rights, and the environment.

Clara has shared some of her fashion muses and faux pas over the years, from having her hair braided to channel her inner Lauryn Hill in ‘Sister Act 2′ to cutting her jeans to look like 90s’ Beyonce when she was in Destiny’s Child.

The 36-year-old presenter recalled: “In my early years I looked to posters and actors as my fashion inspiration which resulted in what I now affectionately call a “high street casualty”, I started braiding my hair to look like Lauryn Hill in ‘Sister Act 2’ which was a triumph.

However cutting the tops of my jeans off to look like early Destiny’s Child Beyoncé, or wearing jeans from the skate shop that were so huge that my not fully developed hips couldn’t hold them up were not some of my finest moments!

“Over the years my style has naturally changed and now I look to classic 80s/90s icons like Sade, Neneh Cherry and Grace Jones, and more recently Janelle Monae and Solange for inspiration.

“This series explores how fashion has been developed over millennia by social movements and culture and maybe, you will look at your outfits differently after listening and knowing the history behind each piece.”

Amber – who presented BBC Four’s documentary series ‘A Stitch in Time’ – added: “My initial idea for this series was to combine my two passions, clothes and literature, so it’s been a real joy delving deep into the research over the centuries, and digging out so many of history’s style stories.

“Fashion plays such an important part in history, in terms of culture, politics and economics, as well as self-expression and identity. So it’s great to be able to share these stories!”

‘FASHIONED’ is available to download now, free for Audible members, or free to download with Audible’s 30-day trial: www.audible.co.uk



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