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    While the world-renowned film director is said to be “in good spirits,” his condition means he will give fewer interviews

    Lars von Trier, the 66-year-old Danish film director who made a name for himself internationally with movies such as ‘Antichrist’, ‘Melancholia’, ‘Nymphomaniac Vols. I and II’, and ‘Dogville’, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Zentropa, a production company co-founded by the director, broke the news on Monday.

    In its statement, Zentropa said that von Trier is “in good spirits and is being treated for his symptoms.” He is also said to be hopeful that he will be able to conclude Riget Exodus, the third season of his horror television series ‘Riget’, known in English-speaking countries as ‘The Kingdom’. The work is expected to debut on August 31 at the Venice Film Festival.

    Von Trier’s condition will, however, affect his availability for interviews, which he will give only “to a limited extent until the premiere later in the year,” the press release read..

    Activists rather than minorities are enforcing a sense of victimhood, Terry Gilliam says

    Monty Python veteran and award-winning director Terry Gilliam lashed out against cancel culture in an interview with The Times published on Friday, blaming “activists” among theater staff for sinking his production of ‘Into the Woods’ for London’s Old Vic theater last year.

    “They are totally closed-minded,” he complained, referring to the staff who lobbied the Old Vic’s management to cancel his take on the Stephen Sondheim musical over comments the director had made on transgender issues and the #MeToo movement.

    “[They think] there is only one truth and one way of looking at the world. Well, ‘f*** you!’ is my answer to them,” he said.

    Back in November, the Old Vic scrapped ‘Into the Woods’, offering no explanation amid what the Times called a “staff uprising.” The row was reportedly triggered after Gilliam urged his followers on Facebook to watch ‘The Closer’, a Netflix special by US comedi..

    A Los Angeles court has upheld an arbitration ruling in favor of House of Cards producers after the company accused the actor of sexual misconduct

    Kevin Spacey has lost his appeal to overturn a $31 million arbitration award to the producers of the House of Cards TV show after a judge ordered him to pay the full amount on Wednesday.

    The actor was originally ordered to pay the sum in November following allegations of sexual misconduct involving several young crew members working on the TV show.

    Spacey, who played Frank Underwood, was kicked off the series during its sixth season after he was accused of “systematically preying upon, sexually harassing, and groping young men that he had worked with throughout his career on film, television, and theatre projects,” as stated in the original court filings from MCR.

    Following MRC’s investigation into the allegations, in October 2020 an arbitrator awarded the company $29.5 million in damages and $1.5 million in costs and fees, and this amo..

    Uri Geller suggests aliens might intervene if his “mind power” fails to stop a nuclear war

    Television personality Uri Geller has issued a “warning” to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Scotland will be protected from Moscow’s nuclear warheads by his psychic force field. He also suggested that space aliens might intervene to save the world from the atomic war which Russia was supposedly planning.

    Referring to “rumors and reports” that Russia was “seriously considering” using atomic weapons against the West, Geller tweeted out an open letter to Putin on Tuesday from Israel, vowing to “use every last molecule of my Mind Power to prevent you from launching a nuclear attack!”

    Geller urged everyone in the world to “stop what you are doing right now – and just take five seconds out of your day to visualize a radiant, energetic force field – like a dazzling, golden shield in the sky – that will deflect and turn back any nuclear warheads that Putin attempts to deploy!”

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    Nichelle Nichols, known for playing Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the hit sci-fi TV series has passed away at 89

    Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the 1960s Star Trek TV series, passed away in New Mexico on Saturday night, her son Kyle Johnson announced via social media. Nichols was the first African American woman to have a leading role on television.

    Writing on Instagram on Sunday, Johnson said “I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.”

    Nichols’ death was also confirmed by her agent. She is said to have succumbed to natural causes, seven years after suffering a stroke.

    Nichols was considered to be one of the most groundbreaking actresses of the 1960s, after she joined the cast of Star Trek in 1966 as communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura – the first figure of authority portrayed by a black actress on American TV. In 1968, she and Star Trek’s William Shatner became the first interracia..

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    Beijing has warned that so-called independence movements in Taiwan won’t lead to “anything good”

    Taiwan belongs to China and the issue is a strictly internal one, Beijing’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe insisted on Tuesday in a video address to the Moscow international security conference.

    He noted that separatist movements on the island promoting the so-called “independence of Taiwan” will “end badly” and that any attempts to assist them from abroad will “not lead to anything good.”

    Wei reiterated Beijing’s condemnation of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit to Taipei, which the defense minister called a “complete farce” and a serious affront to the “political foundation of Sino-American relations.”

    China has launched a series of unprecedented drills around Taiwan since Pelosi ignored warnings from Beijing and visited Taipei to meet with the island’s leadership earlier this month.

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    Two scheduled tests of the Minuteman III ballistic missile were hindered by tensions with Russia and China

    The US Air Force test-launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over the South Pacific on Tuesday. Described by the Pentagon as a demonstration of the “lethality and effectiveness” of America’s nuclear weapons, the test had previously been delayed due to ongoing tensions with Russia and China.

    The missile, which is capable of carrying a 350-kiloton W-78 nuclear warhead, blasted off from Vandenberg Space Force in California shortly after midnight. After a 4,200-mile (6,700-km) journey across the Pacific Ocean, its re-entry vehicle – which in this case carried conventional explosives rather than an atomic warhead – detonated and hit the water near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

    Tuesday’s test took place at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions between the US and rival nuclear powers Russia and China. Washington is engaged in what ..

    Estonian city leader says she won’t run for parliament when MPs target war memorials

    The government of Estonia voted on Tuesday to remove several Soviet-era war memorials in Ida-Viru County, including an historic T-34 tank in the provincial capital Narva. In protest the local mayor announced that she would not run in parliamentary elections next year.

    Katri Raik blasted the abruptness of the decision, which was taken over the head of her administration.

    “At the moment I can’t imagine myself sitting in the same chamber as those people, who took this decision in the way they did,” the city official told national public broadcaster ERR.

    The situation may change in the coming months, she added, but at the moment her only thoughts are about serving her city, she said. Estonia is scheduled to elect a new parliament in March 2023.

    The T-34 tank memorial has been a flash point between Estonia’s nationalistic government and the Russian community in Narva. For many officials in Tallinn, So..

    Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba says he is often asked by some of his counterparts how much longer Kiev can hold on

    Several countries in the West are waiting for Kiev to surrender and think their problems will immediately solve themselves, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in an interview published on Tuesday.

    “I often get asked in interviews and while speaking to other foreign ministers: how long will you last? That’s instead of asking what else could be done to help us defeat Putin in the shortest time possible,” Kuleba said, noting that such questions suggest that everyone “is waiting for us to fall and for their problems to disappear on their own.”

    The foreign minister went on to suggest that some Western countries are ready to accept Ukraine’s surrender in the ongoing military conflict with Russia and have it concede some of its territories – something Kiev has repeatedly insisted it would never agree to.

    Last week, Mikhail Podolyak, an aide to President Zelensky,..