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    Monty Norman, the UK songwriter who penned the famed melody, passed away at the age of 94

    British composer Monty Norman, who was best known for the iconic James Bond theme, died on Monday at the age of 94, according to a statement posted to his official website.

    “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness,” the release read.

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    007 producer spills beans on whether future James Bond will be ‘he’ or ‘she’

    Norman, born Monty Noserovitch, was hired by producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli in 1962 to write a theme for ‘Dr. No’, the first James Bond film. His composition, which he’d originally written for a proposed musical adaptation of the VS Naipaul novel ‘A House for Mr. Biswas’, has been used in all 25 films featuring the fictional British super-spy.

    While Norman wrote the Bond theme, producers hired another composer, John Barry, to rearrange it and deploy it in the scores of nearly a dozen more Bond films. Confusion in..

    Developers seem to be realizing that making players gamble for in-game essentials wins them no favors

    Gambling in video games may soon be going extinct as the video game industry shifts towards less predatory business models – and it’s not because the industry has grown tired of making money. It’s because newly introduced laws in China and the European Union have forced its hand.

    ‘Overwatch 2’, the upcoming first-person shooter from Activision Blizzard, will be the latest high-profile title to do away with pay-to-win game mechanics, which have been rendered illegal in some European Union countries – namely Belgium and the Netherlands. China, similarly, requires companies to be transparent about their games’ gambling systems, which come in the form of “loot boxes.” There’s a cap on how many of them customers can buy in a day, and they’re told exactly how many they need to purchase to gain certain rare items.

    In 2020, the UK’s National Health Service declared loot boxes a major con..

    Tony Sirico won multiple awards for his role as Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri in the hit mobster series

    Actor Tony Sirico, best known for his role in ‘The Sopranos’, has passed away at the age of 79, according to family members and colleagues.

    Though a cause was not disclosed, Sirico’s brother Robert confirmed his death on Thursday, announcing the news “with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories.”

    “The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement,” the statement continued.

    Launching his career in earnest in the 1970s, Sirico appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, often portraying gangsters on screen, including a brief appearance as wiseguy Tony Stacks in 1990’s ‘Goodfellas’.

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    ‘The Godfather’ star dies at 82

    He was best known for his role in ‘The Sopranos’, where he played a top henchman of protagonist Tony Sopran..

    At least one TV channel and a French politician have fallen victim to a crude joke by online trolls

    A French politician and a Greek TV channel have picked posts by internet trolls – spreading photos of renowned Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima and claiming he is the prime suspect in the assassination of Shinzo Abe – as a legitimate piece of news. Japan’s ex-PM was fatally wounded by a lone gunman, identified as 41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya, on Friday.

    Far-right politician Damien Rieu was apparently the first public figure to fall for the joke, as he reposted a Twitter message claiming the ex-PM was slain by “left-wing activist Samyuero Hydeo.” The message was accompanied by photos of Kojima.

    He also retweeted a tweet announcing that the killer was named “Samyuero Hydeo” 🤡 pic.twitter.com/PxdQdN5NrY
    — Nox Dawn 🐸 (@NoxDawn) July 8, 2022

    Rieu also delved into a thread started by French left-wing politician Clementine Autain to express her condolences to Japanese people, sharing ..

    Liberal critics are desperate for an excuse to cancel Chris Pratt. First it was his supposedly ‘homophobic church’, now it’s cultural appropriation

    Chris Pratt can’t escape the ire of the woke mob. The man can’t even praise God without being attacked for his Christian beliefs. And now, the ‘Jurassic World’ actor has come under fire for the sin of ‘cultural appropriation’ by voicing Mario in the upcoming ‘Super Mario Bros.’ animated movie.

    Some critics are slamming Pratt and the studio by raising ‘concerns’ over Italian representation. But is the anger directed towards Pratt based solely on cultural appropriation, or is it being used as another excuse to hate on the ‘problematic’ actor?

    “When people hear Chris Pratt’s performance, the criticism will evaporate, maybe not entirely,” Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said in an interview with Deadline. “People love to voice opinions, as they should. I’m not sure this is the smartest defense, but as a person who has Italian-American her..

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    Olaf Scholz spoke out against bloc-wide visa restrictions for all Russians, stressing that the Ukraine conflict is “Putin’s war”

    Germany will not back EU-wide visa restrictions for all Russians, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stated, arguing that the entire Russian population should not be held responsible for what he called “Putin’s war.” This comes as several other of the bloc’s member states have floated an effective travel ban.

    Speaking following a meeting with the leaders of the Nordic countries in Oslo on Monday, Scholz argued that “this is not the war of the Russian people.” The German chancellor went on to describe the conflict in Ukraine as “Putin’s war” and called on his colleagues to distinguish between Russia’s population as a whole and the country’s leadership.

    Scholz added that “there are a lot of people fleeing from Russia because they are disagreeing with the Russian regime,” pointing out that the EU should not make life any more difficult for these people by effectivel..

    Moscow has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporozhye facility, while Kiev and the EU blame Russia

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu held a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday regarding safety at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Russia, which controls the plant, has accused Ukraine of shelling the facility, while Ukraine and its Western backers insist the Russians are attacking territory that they themselves hold.

    Shoigu and Guterres discussed “conditions for the safe functioning of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,” a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense read.

    Located in the city of Energodar in southern Ukraine, the Zaporozhye facility is the largest nuclear plant in Europe. It has been under Russian control since the beginning of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine but has been subjected to a series of attacks in recent weeks.

    Russia has accused Ukraine of launching artillery and drone strikes on the facility, deno..

    Even if we survived the initial bombing, most of humanity would starve to death in the aftermath

    In the aftermath of a nuclear war between the US and Russia, over 5 billion people could starve to death as the ash and soot from burning cities entered the atmosphere and blocked out sunlight, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Food.

    While much of the current speculation about nuclear war focuses on the horrors of the bombing itself, this study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers University in the US, suggests that the real suffering would come in the years after the conflict, when the breakdown of supply chains and devastation of local infrastructure would be compounded by the effect of a nuclear winter on food crops.

    The cooling effect that would be created when the ash from a nuclear exchange entered the atmosphere would peak within a year or two, but the reduction in temperature would last for over a decade and would also involve reduced precipitation..

    The former president also suggested that agents could have planted evidence in his home

    Former US President Donald Trump said on Monday that FBI agents seized his passports during a raid on his home in Florida. Trump, who has condemned the raid as “political persecution,” also told Fox News that the agency could have planted “anything they want” during the search.

    Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by FBI agents last Monday. Acting on a broad search warrant personally authorized by Attorney General Merrick Garland, agents took around 20 boxes of items from the former president’s residence, with media reports suggesting that some of the boxes contained classified documents pertaining to nuclear weapons.

    In a post to his Truth Social platform on Monday, Trump said that the FBI “stole” his three passports, one of which was expired. “This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our country. Third World!,” he stated.

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