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27 September 2016

After 18 Years Of Near-Silence, Warren Beatty Opens Up In This Month's Issue Of AARP The Magazine

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Warren Beatty on AARP The Magazine October/November 2016 Cover Issue
AARP The Magazine October/November 2016 Cover Issue (PRNewsFoto/AARP)
For much of the past two decades, Warren Beatty has kept himself out of the public eye. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Beatty gives us a peek into what he's been doing these past years, and opens up about nearly every aspect of his life — from his humble beginnings to his reputation as a sex symbol on and off screen to his enduring marriage to Annette Bening.
The stories Beatty tells reveal the man he is today: a Hollywood playboy transformed into a dedicated family man...who's now re-entering the limelight as co-star, director, producer, and writer of the new romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply, in which he plays Howard Hughes
Though Beatty and Hughes never met, some similarities are striking. Like Hughes, Beatty has charm, curiosity, and a self-confessed control-freak nature. And, like Hughes, Beatty met with success at a young age.
Beatty's success began with his first film role in 1961 when he co-starred with Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass. He's been a movie star ever since. Forty years in the movie industry have granted him the status of legend, with lead roles in such classics as Bonnie and ClydeShampoo, Dick Tracy, and Bugsy, and writer-actor-director credits for RedsHeaven Can Waitand Bulworth
Beatty may have left the limelight for a time, but as this interview shows, his star power hasn't dimmed. 
The following are excerpts from the October/November issue of the AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Warren Beatty, available in homes starting October 1st and available online now at aarp.org/magazine.

On his dating history in Hollywood
He insists there is wild hyperbole in his reputation as a man-slut and disputes the mathematics of the 12,775 women one of his biographers, Peter Biskind, has claimed for him. "Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people," he says, not without a certain amount of glee. "That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition."
So let's say for the sake of argument it wasn't 12,775. Let's say it was a few hundred…and why is it nobody seems mad at him…everyone wants to know the secret of bedding half of Hollywood and not having them want you dead. 
Beatty just blinks at me innocently, with a kind of guileless sincerity. "Look, I never misled anyone," he says. "And…and I'm a nice guy."
On maintaining an illusion of beauty and success in Hollywood
"You're participating in a profession that, for obvious reasons, needs to heighten elements of sexuality," especially "if you delay marriage for a long time."
He had often been involved with his leading ladies, but this was not the case when he worked with Bening in Bugsy. "During the making of the movie, there was no suggestion as to a future relationship," Beatty says. "I mean, there was in my head, but otherwise, no.
When filming started, he told her, "You don't have to worry about me." And she said, "Well, I didn't ask."
On his marriage of 24 years to Annette Bening
He sees a clear demarcation in his life – BA and AA, Before Annette and After Annette... "I waited a long time to be married," he continues. "When you don't get married until you're 54…well, as Arthur Miller said, 'it comes with the territory.'" He refers to a line in the playwright's Death of a Salesman. "A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory."
Annette Bening on her husband, Warren Beatty
"There's always a part of what he's doing that's private," Bening says, "but we talk a lot about everything. Some people pay lip service to listening to others and they're really not listening. He does. He loves actors, and while he's shooting he's always interested in what people are saying. He's a terrific audience."
Annette Bening on having Beatty around the house
After having him at home for almost two decades, it must have been difficult to have him focused on something other than their family. "Are you kidding?" she says, laughing. "I was like, 'I am ready to kill you. Just make the movie, please, please, please.' But like other people at his level of talent, he does it when he's ready. And no one's saying anything made a difference, including me."
His thoughts on becoming an actor
Beatty insists that for a long time, "I resisted knowing I was interested in acting. I guess the word you'd use would be 'shy.' I preferred sports."
On his film making process
"I have often compared making a movie to vomiting," Beatty says. "I don't like to vomit. But there are times I think, Maybe I'll just feel better if I go ahead and throw upSo then I make the movie."
On a Dick Tracy sequel
"I liked the original very much, and it was very profitable," he says. "Jeffrey Katzenberg once asked me to do a sequel. At the time, I thought sequels were beneath me. Now I realize how far below sequels I am."
On being a famous father
Being an older father doesn't seem to be an issue for him. Being a famous father does: "It's a burden to be the child of not only one famous parent, but two."
Beatty on the idea of living on through his children
"DNA becomes more relevant as we get older," he says. His four children – Stephen, 24 (who has cofounded Vetch, a poetry journal for transgender writers); Benjamin 22, an actor; Isabel, 19; and Ella, 16 – are "by far the best thing that happened to me."
"I always knew I wanted to have children," Beatty says. "I wanted to do it well, and I wanted to do it with someone who felt the same way."
Beatty on hobbies
"You know you're old when you're asked, 'do you have hobbies?'" he says, smiling. "No. It's a luxury to spend time with your family. And I was always mulling projects."     
Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy (1990)
Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy (1990)

About AARP The Magazine 
With nearly 36 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. 

AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. 
AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. 
Learn more at aarp.org/magazine. Twitter: twitter.com/AARP

About AARP 
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. 
With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of ColumbiaPuerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. 
As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin

AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. .

SOURCE: AARP


26 September 2016

5 Types Of Monster Roommates You'll Probably Have

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Living with other people can be fun. Having someone to come home to at the end of the day, sharing the housework and, perhaps more importantly, the rent with is something a lot of young and single people enjoy. 

But it can also be a nightmare. Sometimes you find yourself in a house full of strangers and sometimes friends you thought you knew before turn out horrible to live with. 

Here are the 5 types of monster roommates you’ll probably have at some point in your life.


25 September 2016

Donald Trump, The Flag, And The True Meaning Of Patriotism

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Donald Trump
What most news reports don’t talk about is the good stuff. The old adage that “It’s not news when a dog bites a man, but it is news when a man bites a dog” is alive and well. The only thing that’s really changed is that we now have news on demand and the internet allows citizens to act as reporters.

Let's take a brief look at what it means to be patriotic, and let's use a sampling of news reports -- both mainstream and homegrown -- to ask some hard questions.


First up, here's an Illinois woman who says vandals cut down her flag. She says those who act out destructively to push their own agenda are "animals" whose actions threaten our freedom of speech. It's a "sick society," she says, when people have to be afraid to stand up for what they believe.


Here are some of the comments the video collected on YouTube. Which do you think express patriotic views? Is it those who would allow the lady to stand behind the candidate of her choice? Or do the ones who claim they have the right to destroy your property in the name of morality express the more patriotic view?
(License: Image author owned) 
And a couple of more...
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Which is the Patriot - Is it the One Who Flies the Flag or the One Who Removes It?
A dictionary definition of "patriotism" goes like this:
Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one's own nation, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects (Wikipedia).
On first blush, it would appear both the flag flyer and the flag destroyer are patriots -- since both are acting from an "emotional attachment."

That would open the gate a little wide, though. Emotions lead to murders, rapes, and rages daily... and none of those seem patriotic.

How about the etymology of the word, where did we get the idea of "patriotic" in the first place?

Here's the origin of "patriotic," according to the Online Etymology Dictionary:
1650s, "of one's own country," from French patriotique or directly from Late Latin patrioticus, from Greek patriotikos, from patriotes...
The raw definition doesn't help a whole lot, perhaps, but both do point back to "patriotism" as being passionate about ones country, as being in support of the virtues the country symbolizes.

For the United States of America, the primary virtue is FREEDOM.

Which is proclaiming freedom, then? Is it the one who raises an American flag along with a flag supporting her choice for president?

Or is it the one who takes a saw and fells the pole, flags and all?

Aren't both free to do as they wish?

A couple of quotes come to mind:
"My freedom to swing ends where your nose begins," (Abraham Lincoln and others).
And another, that may express the root of genuine American patriotism:
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it (Evelyn Beatrice Hall).
Here's a look at a local news media story that brings patriotism to a level that may bring tears to some and give others reason to mock.

Let's turn now to a big news story about patrotism.
Professional football player, Colin Kaepernick says "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Kaepernick's decision adds an even deeper layer to a discussion of patriotism, one that is reminiscent of remarks made by a U.S. Senator in 1872.

Should one stand by his country no matter what?

A toast proposed by noted American Naval officer, Stephen Decatur, Jr., was popular at the time. At a party, Decatur held a glass high and proclaimed, "Our country – In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong."

In popular usage, the quote "went viral," but it was rendered, "My country, right or wrong!" At first glance, that may seem to be a rallying cry for "true patriots."

Senator Carl Schurz, however, took issue with that position. Speaking from the floor of the Senate, he made a remark that reflects what I believe to be the essence of patriotism:
'My country, right or wrong.' In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic. My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.

American Flag
Events that stir our patriotism create huge demands for more flags. This one, courtesy of The Flagmakers (License: Image author owned)
The United States of America constitute a floating platform of freedom on a globe marked by forced silence and external control.

Everyone who enters the country is quartered on a raft where individual rights are championed, but not at the expense of others. We're not here to guarantee success, but to create the environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

From the beginning, some took liberty to mean a release of responsibility. The opposite is true. Freedom for all requires and depends upon every individual contributing to the effort. We are a free country, but not a free ride. We are a country where right laws are upheld and wrong actions are stopped. Without law, there is no freedom.

No individual is above the law, and every law should uphold the Constitution. Without law, there is anarchy. When every man does what he wishes, no man, no woman, no child is safe.

When protestors smash windows and burn buildings, they aren't helping a cause, they are adding to the problem. They are attempting to achieve right ends by the wrong methods. 

The USA isn't a perfect boat. There's much work to be done.But to drill holes in the bottom, to set fire to the gunwales, to attempt to silence those who love the ship and want to see it stay afloat... that is treason.

You have the right to raise a flagpole with the flag of your choice, you have the right to sit or stand when the anthem is played, you have the right to run for office and to vote for the candidate you deem best.

True patriotism is to work together to build the country, to correct her errors, and to ensure every person's right to the blessings this country affords.
Use that freedom to build the boat, not to sink it. Use that freedom to respect others, not to belittle them. Use that freedom to truly KEEP America great. For she is.

About Today's Contributor
Don Sturgill writes about health of body, mind, and spirit. Find out more about the Roadturn philosophy on Roadturn.com, or contact Don via Twitter @DonSturgill.



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24 September 2016

Rihanna Appointed Global Ambassador To Champion Education

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Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, with Rihanna and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Chair and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, announce partnership with Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation where she will serve as the Global Ambassador for Education. (PRNewsFoto/Clara Lionel Foundation,Global)
Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world's poorest countries can get a quality education.  Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and international advocacy group Global Citizen.
The partnership will advocate for the rights of the over quarter of a billion children and young people who are not in school today and an estimated 330 million who are in school but not learning.  
Operating across more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education, the partnership will prioritize the poorest and most vulnerable, including girls and children affected by conflict and crisis.

23 September 2016

Indie Sci-Fi '2307: WINTER'S DREAM' Wins in Los Angeles and Gears Up for NY Festival Premiere

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2307: WINTER'S DREAM, starring Paul Sidhu (right) as Bishop and Arielle Holmes (left) as Kix (PRNewsFoto/ULTRAMEDIA)
The post apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, 2307: WINTER'S DREAM, written and directed by Joey Curtis, writer of the Academy Award Nominated BLUE VALENTINE, received the LA INDIE Film Festival's 2016 award for Best Direction at the festival's closing ceremony Sunday night. Curtis, who was in attendance with the film's producer, Robert Beaumont, thanked Beaumont as his long time collaborator and close friend. 
The SoCal native also credited the talented cast and crew, particularly the film's star Paul Sidhu, and the festival for hosting the sold out LA screening.

20 September 2016

We Should Remember HG Wells For His Social Predictions, Not Just His Scientific Ones

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By Simon John James, Durham University

No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His writing can be seen to have predicted the aeroplane, the tank, space travel, the atomic bomb, satellite television and the worldwide web. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the moon and human beings with the powers of gods.

This is what he is generally remembered for today, 150 years after his birth. Yet for all these successes, the futuristic prophecy on which Wells’s heart was most set – the establishment of a world state – remains unfulfilled. He envisioned a Utopian government which would ensure that every individual would be as well educated as possible (especially in science), have work which would satisfy them, and the freedom to enjoy their private life.

His interests in society and technology were closely entwined. Wells’s political vision was closely associated with the fantastic transport technologies that Wells is famous for: from the time machine to the Martian tripods to the moving walkways and aircraft in When the Sleeper Wakes. In Anticipations (1900), Wells prophesied the “abolition of distance” by real-life technologies such as the railway. He stressed that since the inhabitants of different nations could now travel towards each other more quickly and easily, it was all the more important for them to do so peacefully rather than belligerently.

19 September 2016

Best-selling Children's Author Mo Willems to Match Donations to First Book Up to $50,000

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Author Mo Willems (PRNewsFoto/First Book)
Mo Willems, author and illustrator of the award-winning Elephant & Piggie books, and his wife Cher are matching up to $50,000 in new donations to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for children in need. 
Thanks to their support, individual contributions to First Book will bring twice as many books to schools and programs to fuel learning.

18 September 2016

Spirit Halloween Prepares For A Wicked Season

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Spirit Halloween Top Costumes for 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Spirit Halloween)
Vampires: sharpen your fangs; witches: grab your broomsticks; ghosts: bring your boo – the magical season of make believe is finally upon us. Spirit Halloween is officially open for the season. 
The experts in one-stop-shopping for an enchanting Halloween bring the largest variety of one-of-a-kind costumes to shoppers, ranging from buzz-worthy looks such as Pokémon, Presidential Candidates and Wonder Woman to new cult-favorites like Deadpool, Shimmer and Shine and PJ Masks.
"Spirit Halloween offers the most comprehensive selection of Halloween costumes, décor and accessories in the world," said Steven Silverstein, President and CEO, Spirit Halloween. "This year, we're thrilled to bring together a fun, diverse collection found only at Spirit Halloween stores nationwide or online, inspired by both time-tested favorites and trending topics, to ensure a fun and creepy time.  From 2016's global phenomenon, Pokémon, to powerful women, to the presidential candidates, our costumes truly transform our customers into any character they can dream up this Halloween."
Deadpool costume

17 September 2016

1000s of At-Risk Girls in Nigeria to Benefit From Technology Education Leveraging 3D Printing

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Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) is an international non-profit, citizen-sector organization inspiring the next generation of technology entrepreneurs and leaders who bring innovative solutions to their nations challenges. YTF announced at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting a Commitment to Action to train 6,000 out-of-school girls in Nigeria who are at risk of, or have survived, human trafficking in cutting-edge, in-demand technology skills. This digital skills training in 3D printing will occur at YTF digital hubs in Nigeria. This training focuses on the growing demand for 3D printing skills using human-centered innovation principles, a problem-based approach to designing and creating products. Girls who take this training will earn a trade certification, gain employment-ready skills and benefit from mentorship in employment and entrepreneurial settings. (PRNewsFoto/Youth for Technology Foundation)
The Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) announced at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting a Commitment to Action to train 6,000 out-of-school girls in Nigeria who are at risk of, or have survived, human trafficking in cutting-edge, in-demand technology skills.
This digital skills training in 3D printing will occur at YTF digital hubs in Nigeria. Training by YTF master trainers will incorporate female STEM professionals, industry experts and entrepreneurs as mentors. 
It will also incorporate partnerships with grassroots organizations that will provide training on sexual and reproductive health rights education, and local businesses that will provide apprenticeships for the girls. 

14 September 2016

On The 25th Of September, #PokemonGO Lures Will Be Shared At... Shared Space [#Westcliff]

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Pokemon Go Lure Party At Shared Space, Westcliff - Poster

Yes, you've read it right! Shared Space, the Christian charity shop in London Road, opposite the Palace Theatre (being, rather conveniently, a Pokéstop,) will host a Pokémon Go Lure Party for FOUR hours, giving a chance to the local Pokémon Go players to catch lots of Pokémons without having to walk all the way to Southend's High Street or Chalkwell Park to do the same, for once. 


(Obviously, Trainers who don't live in Westcliff are also very welcome to join us... The more, the merrier.)
It will start at 10:30 AM and finish at 14:30 PM, giving ample time for people to make the most of this opportunity. 
Not only they won't need to rush to the Pokéstop where the lure modules are released, but they will also be able to sit down while catching Pokémons (and restocking their devices with Pokéballs, potions, etc..), having a friendly chat with other Trainers and, if they want to, even have a drink (coffee, tea and orange squash will be available for a small charge.)
It might be a good idea to have some "lucky eggs" ready to use during that time, so that you can double the XPs you'll earn when you catch all those Pokemons... ;-)
And, of course, with two Pokégyms in five minutes walk from each side of the charity shop, there will be opportunities for the Trainers to use the potions they'll get from the Pokéstop if they are in full "Pokémood" ;-)

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