Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Don’t get caught out this Christmas – make sure you know the airline hand luggage rules – The Sun

IF you're heading on holiday this festive season, be careful not to get caught out when travelling with hand luggage.

We explain all of the cabin baggage rules and restrictions for each airline in the UK, as well as how much they cost.

What can you take on board as hand luggage?

British Airways

When flying BA, you can bring up to two bags with you into the cabin – so long as they don't weight more than 23kg each.

One should be a small handbag or laptop-sized bag, and no larger than 40cm x 30cm x 15cm.

The other bag can be a bit bigger, with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

EasyJet

EasyJet only allows one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including handles and wheels.

While this means you cannot take a second bag such as a handbag onto the flight, easyJet also have the best weight restriction – with the suitcase having no limit.

The airline recently introduced new AR technology on their app to allow you to measure your hand luggage before heading to the airport to prevent being charged.

Ryanair

Last year, the budget airline introduced a new hand luggage charge. and is one of the few airlines which don't allow a cabin-sized bag for free.

Ryanair customers now have to pay for priority boarding in order to take a suitcase measuring 55cm x 40cm x 20cm into the cabin, costing £6 at the time of booking, or £8 if you add it on later.

The only baggage that customers can now take onto the plane for free is a small handbag or a laptop.

The maximum dimension for this item will be 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. If your bag is too big then you will have to pay an extra £25 fee to put it into the hold.

TUI

Passengers travelling with TUI can take one piece of hand luggage with dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, weighing no more than 10kg.

Handbags or duty free shopping must also fit into this.

Jet2

Jet2 tickets include one piece of hand-luggage, with a maximum 10kg weight and a size limit of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.

Provided it's something you can carry on board, you're also allowed to bring a small handbag, laptop bag or any duty-free purchases into the cabin.

Flybe

Flybe passengers can bring two cabin bags, one case or bag with a maximum size of 55cm x 35cm x 20cm and one additional handbag or laptop case.

The combined weights of both bags can't exceed 10kg.

Virgin Atlantic

Passengers flying with Virgin can bring one piece of hand luggage with them, provided it's no heavier than 10kg and no bigger than 56cm x 36cm x 23cm.

You can also carry one piece of sports equipment as part of your standard baggage allowance.

If you struggle to pack everything into your suitcase, there are some clever tricks and hacks to fitting it all in.

Pill boxes for jewellery and rolling everything can make a big difference to packing lightly.

Sharing bags is advised for Brits who check in their suitcases, in case one of them goes missing before a holiday.

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The 15 Best Film Performances By Actors in 2019

There was a moment in film history when male actors adhered to the traditional expectations of stardom: Masculine swagger, overconfidence, chiseled good lucks that dare not reveal a sensitive side. Based on this year’s greatest performances, that time is gone for good. Many of the best male lead performances of the year revealed fragile, insecure characters grappling with the changing world around them, even if many of them came from movie stars.

This time last year, there were a lot of famous actors in the spotlight. The world was swooning over Bradley Cooper’s tragic rock star Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born” while Rami Malek overcame the controversies of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to become an Oscar frontrunner. At the same time, cinephiles celebrated one of Ethan Hawke’s greatest performances in “First Reformed” and Steven Yeun’s progression into a major acting talent with Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning.”

This time around, the highlights of the year strike a similar balance: Setting aside the breakouts and supporting roles, the best leading men onscreen this year either pushed their familiar talents in fresh directions, or took the glimmer of talent visible from previous work and transformed it into a higher plane of creative expression. These are the 15 best film performances by actors in 2019.

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Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

“Pain and Glory”

In “Pain and Glory,” Banderas plays filmmaker Salvador Mallo, who medicates his depression and an aching back with a potent cocktail of painkillers, alcohol, and heroin as he looks back on the story of his life in film. Banderas has never given a performance like this: intimate, subtle, emotional, sensitive, responsive. Pedro Almodóvar considered two backup actors because he wasn’t sure his old friend was right for the role. Banderas proved he was.

Banderas struggled with his return to acting with his mentor after 22 years with 2011 psychothriller “The Skin I Live In.” Nonetheless he eagerly took on “Pain and Glory,” playing the aging Spanish auteur who gave him a career launchpad with ’80s films like “Labyrinth of Passion” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” He stayed away from imitating the director, but he’s there in the spiky hair, the ways he protects his back, the replica of his home in Madrid, and even some of his own clothes. For one key scene, the director surprised Banderas and co-star Leonardo Sbaraglia — playing former lovers who have not seen each other for years — by telling them to go for a deep kiss so erotic that it arouses them both. Banderas steered away from his quiver of movie star tools, instead leaning into the fragility he took away from surviving a mild heart attack two years ago. He threw himself into his director’s hands, and the results are magical. —AT

Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”

At the center of the percussive, bone-rattling, intense race car movie “Ford v Ferrari” are two yin and yang friends and collaborators who need each other. James Mangold’s tight, taut, and emotional entertainment puts moviegoers inside the real-life drama behind race car driver-turned-designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and gifted, tightly-wound driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they build a radical, new, tough and fast race car (the GT-40) for Henry Ford II, all in order to beat Enzo Ferrari’s racers at the brutal 24-hour Le Mans race in 1966. Oscar winners Damon and Bale play opposite sides of the same coin: Shelby is the Texas showman who can deal with the suits but lives through his friend, who can’t compromise in his quest for the perfect lap. He stays true to himself. Mangold, who worked with Bale on “3:10 to Yuma,” felt the role was close in many ways to Bale, who is a family man. He came to set full of ideas and energy, inspiring his co-stars.

“Ford v Ferrari”

The quiet scenes between Miles and his young son (Noah Jupe) center the movie and buttress all the race scenes to come. “Ford v Ferrari” braids the intimate moments with the action; caring for Miles makes you root for him as he drives, talking himself through the speeding curves of the Le Man endurance test. Bale modeled his accent on the West Birmingham neighborhood in the UK where Miles grew up, and carried a wadded list of sayings from the area to toss off in the car. They weren’t in the script. The outcome of the Le Mans race in the movie is true — there are plenty of photos of it. Bale’s creativity, masculinity, and rebellious spirit drive the movie, and make audiences cry. —AT

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

“Marriage Story”

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By the time “Marriage Story” hit Netflix, the hype surrounding Adam Driver’s rendition of the Stephen Sondheim number “Being Alive” had already reached the stratosphere. And yes, that late third-act performance, when Driver’s experimental theater director Charlie takes the mic at classic upscale New York eatery the Knickerbocker, certainly showcases much about his talent — a capacity to seem both reserved and animated at once, simmering with emotions and still somehow boxed-in. By then, however, Driver has already delivered his finest performance to date, as the character winds his way through the tumultuous dissolution of his marriage and comes to the conclusion that it’s pretty much his fault.

Driver gives Charlie a prickly obstinance in the movie’s earlier scenes, as he grapples with the decision by his wife Nicole (Scarlett Johannson) to end their relationship and seek custody of their child. But the actor conveys a subtle evolution from scene to scene, as Charlie’s impractical resolve gives way to the fragile being beneath the surface, and his simmering frustrations erupt in a brawl for the ages that concludes with the grown man collapsing into tears. When Charlie finally loses his cool, Driver unleashes a kind of brutal intensity that might even jangle Kylo Ren’s nerves. The actor has always excelled at projecting a passive-aggressive armor, but “Marriage Story” deepens that potential by injecting it with a naturalistic polish. After three previous collaborations with Baumbach, the actor-director chemistry couldn’t be more clearly defined, as “Marriage Story” taps into every facet of Driver’s creative strengths to amplify them in a whole new way. He’s a revelation. —EK

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

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Over a nearly three-decade career, DiCaprio has never come close in the slightest to facing the kind of irrelevance that looms over Rick Dalton’s fading Hollywood stardom. But how perfectly he captures that feeling of desperation in Quentin Tarantino’s love-letter to an industry gone by. Rick vacillates between vanity and self-pity as he mulls an offer to revive his career by starring in spaghetti Westerns while pouring himself into a bit part as a villain in a new TV series. So many great scenes follow: Rick’s ritual of rehearsing his lines while lounging on a raft in his pool; his conversation about acting as craft with eight-year-old Trudy Styler (Julia Butters); adding his commentary while watching an episode of another show in which he plays a villain, “FBI,” with his stuntman Cliff (Brad Pitt); accosting a group of hippies, blender in hand, who’ve driven up his private drive. Because of DiCaprio’s total lack of irony in playing this faded TV star, you come to invest in him so much — it’s as committed and sincere as any performance he’s given. DiCaprio leaves such a mark that he leaves you even thinking that Rick is a good actor. And he didn’t even need to eat bison liver to do it. —CB

Jimmy Fails, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” is Jimmy Fails’ story, and it’s easy to see how, in retrospect, it would have been a mistake to bring in an actor with more experience to anchor it. Where a thespian with “greater range” might be looking for a more concrete plot motivation, there’s a purity of purpose and matter-of-fact cadence that Fails’ brings to his quixotic pursuit to regain (and maintain) his family home, and ultimately his city, at the heart of what makes the film work. It’s a deeply felt performance, one in which you can feel Fails, alongside his co-creator Joe Talbot, almost directing the film. The rhythms of the supporting cast are attuned to Fails’ delivery, the whimsical beauty of Adam Newport-Berra’s photography of the city is the lens through which our hero sees it, the melancholic undertone is written on his face with gut-wrenching reaction shots. The painful story of “urban renewal” is given a personal history through “Last Black Man,” which makes a smart choice by not putting a filter between its beating heart and the audience. —CO

Song Kang-Ho, “Parasite”

“Parasite”

The most raw and electrifying moments in a Song Kang-ho performance tend to be found in the transitional states between emotions, or in the liminal spaces where they’re layered on top of each other — when happiness melts into horror, or duty is salted with revenge — which helps to explain why the world’s most elastic filmmaker can hardly make a movie without him.

“Parasite” is Song’s fourth genre-bending collaboration with Bong Joon Ho, but none of their extraordinary previous efforts (“Memories of Murder,” “The Host,” and “Snowpiercer”) have been quite so dependent on the actor’s capacity to occupy several different spaces at once, nor so informed by his character’s unstable self-conflict. Song plays Kim Ki-taek, the patriarch of a poor Seoul family whose fortunes start to change when, one by one, they each scheme their way into being employed by the nouveau riche family who lives up the hill. The violent tragicomedy that erupts from there boasts as deep an ensemble as any (and every) movie Bong has ever made, but Song is the story’s broken heart. —DE

George Mackay, “1917”

“1917”

If Sam Mendes’ ambitious single-take war epic is destined to make any single player a star, it’s George MacKay, who has long been the best thing in a number of far smaller films (from the otherwise dismal “Ophelia” to the underseen “Marrowbone”). War-weary Lance Corporal Schofield is the most adult role the British actor has played yet, but one that relies on his puppy-dog eyes to further sell the great horror of WWI and the many young men it stole from the world. Initially resistant to the insane mission he and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are assigned at the start of the film — one gets the sense from both scripted hints and MacKay’s own wondrous physical performance that he’s undertaken such crazy ideas before, and knows how they tend to end — his Schofield is soon pushed into even greater service than Blake. If baby-faced Blake is the film’s heart, it’s MacKay who emerges as its brave and fractured soul. MacKay might be our next great leading man, but his work in “1917” makes the solid argument that he’s already arrived at that rarefied level. —KE

Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite Is My Name”

“Dolemite Is My Name”

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There are certain stars who, when they walk onto the screen, bring a presence and familiarity that goes beyond whatever the role. Eddie Murphy has been hiding that shoot-from-hip, rated-R devious charm that made his a star from us for years now via kids movies and the role-within-a-role of “Bowfinger.” It’s not simply nice to have him back in “Dolemite,” and to see he still very much has “it,” but to witness how he uses that star power to bring to life the audacious spirit of Rudy Ray Moore. It’s a performance packed with love and reverence, not only for Murphy’s old friend Moore, but for creative endeavors as a whole. With the help of Ruth Carter’s costumes, Murphy inhabits Moore’s character by developing his own performance persona. It’s a biopic that doesn’t need the tragic left-hand turn to explore the danger of success, and instead celebrates — largely through Murphy/Moore turning his spotlight on the supporting cast, especially Da’Vine Joy Randolph — by revealing the beautiful performative talent in people who don’t expect to be stars. —CO

Matthew McConaughey, “The Beach Bum”

“The Beach Bum”

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Of course it’s not the kind of role that would ever get awards recognition, but in a better world it would be: Matthew McConaughey’s “Moondog” doesn’t have any particular goals he’s trying to pursue, no real obstacles he aims to overcome, no “importance” to history or interest in social change; in fact, there’s very little transformation required from McConaughey himself to play him. But this suntanned poet soaking up life in Miami and the Florida Keys in all its surreal glory is more than just a character: he’s a walking worldview, a repudiation of the Type-A personality made flesh, a prophet of letting life happen to you rather than always being in the driver’s seat.

Not that little happens in Harmony Korine’s latest Floridian masterpiece: a lot happens that Moondog has to deal with, including an unexpected inheritance, an even more unexpected literary prize, and Martin Lawrence’s bloodily hilarious encounter with a shark. McConaughey greets all these developments in this Coppertone-drenched picaresque pretty much the same way each time, his mouth slightly agape, his shoulders bobbing like he’s about to fall off a balance beam, a spacey laugh erupting from his throat. He’s full circle to David Wooderson in “Dazed and Confused” but without even a hint of that character’s latent menace or vanity: Moondog is the Platonic ideal of a McConaughey character. —CB

Andre Holland, “High Flying Bird”

“High Flying Bird”

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The Steven Soderbergh-directed sports drama provided a long-overdue leading man opportunity for the under-used and uber-talented Andre Holland, who delivers a dynamic performance. Holland got his big break playing a supporting character in Soderbergh’s Cinemax television series “The Knick,” but in “High Flying Bird,” it’s entirely his show, and he takes full advantage of it. It’s a George Clooney-esque “Ocean’s 11” performance, imbuing his character with a similar kind of cunning charm. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s turbocharged, dialogue-heavy script gives the film’s talented cast, led by Holland as a slick, fast-talking agent, plenty to chew on. Holland typically plays fairly restrained characters, so this was an exciting changeup for him, and he looks like he’s having the time of his life being decisive and fierce in the least pretentious way. He’s clearly in control of every moment, delivering a layered performance with near-perfect beats. Audiences rarely get to see him unleashed like this, and it’s quite a spectacle to behold. It demands repeat viewings and shows why he is already considered one of the best actors of his generation. —TO

Robert Pattinson, “High Life”

“High Life”

As tightly coiled and hidden a performance as you’ll find this year, Robert Pattinson still burns with intensity as Monte, an inmate given a life sentence working aboard a prison ship in deep space. Claire Denis directs each shot with such a high level of precision, in her framings, the blocking of the actors, and their highly-controlled performances, that the feeling is one of airlessness and claustrophobia — a suffocating vibe perfectly suited to both a submarine-style space odyssey and prison story. Pattinson is on Denis’ chilly wavelength: We get to know him mostly via his isolation from other characters (he refuses to be touched) and the obsessive sameness of his daily routine, including shot after shot of Monte’s meticulous shaving ritual (with a sharp edge in place of an actual razor). This is a character who defines himself by being remote, and yet his soulful arc puts him on the path toward being a caregiver — something Pattinson conveys entirely through Monte’s commitment to process and routine, and the variations that inevitably occur. Where it all ends up is like a more mysterious version of “Interstellar,” but also a far more emotional one. —CB

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

“Joker”

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Love it or hate it, “Joker” has instigated more debate than any other movie released this year. Nevertheless, it’s hard to imagine Todd Phillips’ gritty supervillain origin story generating so much attention without the nightmarish performance at its center. As Arthur Fleck, the brooding Gotham dweller coping with a hodgepodge of mental illnesses and career setbacks, Phoenix channels some of his best performances in recent memory — from “The Master” to “You Were Never Really Here” — to become a man defined by the dark forces consuming him from every direction.

Alternately subdued and flamboyant, horrific and hilarious, Phoenix bathes Fleck in contradictions that define the movie’s unsettling tone; more than that, he gives his entire body over to the role with a singular kind of commitment rarely seen in American cinema. His spindly frame suggests a creature of German Expressionism wandering into 1980’s urban milieu, struggling to make sense of the world around him and eventually giving up. Watching “Joker,” one can’t deny the sense that Phoenix has done more than tackle an overexposed comic-book character with aplomb; he’s reinventing the Joker from the ground up. The actor has managed to inhabit the Joker’s psyche, dragging a pop culture figure down to Earth and making him seem real. It’s a transgressive achievement that turns this controversial movie into an acting showcase for the ages. —EK

Brad Pitt, “Ad Astra”

“Ad Astra”

“Ad Astra” begins with Brad Pitt’s Major Roy McBride enjoying some very special “me” time in his happy place high above the Earth. In his own quiet way, he’s as much a parody of masculinity as Tyler Durden; the perfect hero for a movie that’s less tormented by the vastness of space than it by the smallness of man. Pitt understands the part in his bones, and delivers a performance that weaponizes passivity into a lethal form of self-defense. The actor is a vacuum unto himself, and he wears the kind of empty and contented expression that would make Tyler Durden want to punch him in his perfect face. And then Roy falls to Earth. A massive and mysterious electrical surge causes the antenna to go haywire, and everyone standing on it is sent tumbling down (thankfully, with a parachute). It’s a perfect microcosm for the film to come: The further Roy travels into outer space, the closer he plummets to home. Even when seen through Pitt’s eyes, the action seems like it’s happening to someone else. Every part of Roy’s journey erases itself — every stride he takes in his father’s footsteps moves him further away from becoming his own man. —DE

Ashton Sanders, “Native Son”

“Native Son”

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Aston Sanders single-handedly carries Rashid Johnson’s film in every scene. The movie tasks him with steering a modern version of literary anti-hero Bigger Thomas through some very complex and disturbing terrain. As a hero in Richard Wright’s provocative 1939 novel, Bigger is too abstract for his own good. But Johnson’s script, with Sanders, in the role, do plenty of the heavy lifting to try and fill him in.

While the film itself doesn’t always hold together, Sanders’ emotionally rich performance helps keep it engaging throughout He makes Bigger’s rough situation into a relatable one, as the audience feels his anxiety, dread, and exasperation with the world around him. The way the actor is able to tell much of the character’s story through facial expressions and subtle mannerisms, carrying himself with a certain authoritative swagger — despite such a slender and even feeble physique — is spellbinding to watch. Sanders turns Wright’s novel into a singular portrait of why he’s such a tremendous onscreen talent. It’s a performance from the young “Moonlight” breakout that, much like what he did in that Oscar-winning film, lingers long after the credits roll. —TO

Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”

“Uncut Gems”

Adam Sandler has embodied many obnoxious, self-absorbed figures over the years, but with “Uncut Gems,” he plays the most contemptible character in a 30-year career. Directors Joshua and Benny Safdie’s followup to “Good Time” is on that same wavelength — abrasive, deranged, driven by an insuppressible blur of movement and noise. It’s also a riveting high-wire act, pairing cosmic visuals with the gritty energy of a dark psychological thriller and sudden bursts of frantic comedy, and it’s the first movie to truly commune with Sandler’s performative strengths since “Punch-Drunk Love.”

Take the frenetic saga of Howard Ratner — a fast-talking jeweler always chasing the next big score — add some lowbrow punchlines, and “Uncut Gems” might have worked just fine as one of those late-nineties Happy Madison yukfests, sandwiched somewhere in “The Waterboy” and “Big Daddy.” Instead, it upgrades the Sandler persona to a more credible milieu, intensifying his most assaultive characteristics even as it gives him room to find some measure of soul. Sandler has always excelled at making us sympathize with reprobates, but the movies often struggles to keep up. “Uncut Gems” gets at the essence of the genius that’s been hiding in plain sight all along. —EK

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A Thorough Investigation of All the Ups and Downs in Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's Relationship

In a world where celeb couples break up faster than you can say “maybe just don’t get married,” Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have always been pretty damn solid. These two met in 2007 and—aside from one brief split—have been together for over a decade. Or, in layman’s terms, 137 months more than Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Sadly, Justin and Jessica are kinda going through it right now due to Justin’s low-key “cheating scandal” (note: no actual cheating happened—just hand-holding), so let’s catch up with a brief timeline of their relationship, yes?

Circa 2007

So, apparently Justin and Jessica met at a random birthday party in 2007 and just connected. “We met and got talking,” Justin revealed during a press conference back in 2012. “Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said ‘yes,’ and so I called her.”

Here’s Jessica talking about the fated day, saying, “We really technically met and had a conversation when I was invited to a birthday party that Justin was throwing for a friend of his.”

Psst: At the time, a source told People, “She’s the coolest chick ever. He wants to be with her all the time. He’s ready to be serious.” Cuuuuute.

March 2011

Jessica and Justin briefly split up, and their rep confirmed the news to People, saying “Addressing the media speculation regarding Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s relationship, we are confirming that they mutually have decided to part ways. The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.”

December 2011

Justin and Jessica get engaged! It goes down in Jackson, Wyoming, and a source tells Us Weekly that “Justin knows how much she loves snowboarding and the mountains, so it was the perfect place.” Apparently, fans think the proposal inspired this song:

Here are some lyricssssssss:

October 19, 2012

Jessica and Justin exchange vows in Italy and Jessica wears a gorgeous pink dress. She describes the wedding as a “total fantasy experience,” and apparently Justin serenades her as she walked down the aisle.

January 31, 2015

Jessica and Justin announce that they’re expecting a baby!!!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/yiWvACydvT/

Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I'm getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN'T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets

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April 8, 2015

The couple’s son Silas Randall Timberlake is born. Here’s his grand debut!

https://www.instagram.com/p/1rRoAsydrG/

The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR

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June 18, 2017

Justin shares a bunch of cute (and pretty rare) photos of his family life in celebration of Father’s Day. They seem so happy, I can’t!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVfjvkjByKZ/

These 2 angels… The greatest gift I've ever known. And, the reason I won't EVER STOP! Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there! Hope you are enjoying! #Howearlyistooearlyforafathersdaybeer

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October 20, 2017

Jessica shares this insanely cute message to Justin, and melts everyone’s heart in the process. Even mine which has been frozen since 2016.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BadUgWvFqo0/

My tender heart is yours, now until forever.

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January 7, 2018

Justin causes a lot of side eyes by using the #TIMESUP hashtag while talking about Jessica being hot. A true yikes moment, but at least he tried?!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdqlTgtBbYJ/

Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot! #TIMESUP #whywewearblack

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October 1, 2018

Jessica leaves a suuuuper flirty comment about Justin’s, uh, size on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoZq61Whxa2/

Brain, yes. That too. #CommentsByCelebs

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January 31, 2019

Jessica calls Justin the “man of my blue ocean dreams” in a truly lovely Instagram post for his birthday:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtUWUm5lPXk/

Since the days of embarrassing pink ruffled bikinis and underwater photo shoots, you have been infusing my life with so much joy and laughter that I blame YOU for my smile lines. 😊 But I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I wear them with pride knowing that I am the luckiest human around to have the honor of hearing your jokes, your words, your voice, every day of my life. Happy birthday to the man of my blue ocean dreams. I love you.

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March 3, 2019

A couple months later, Justin calls Jessica his “partner in this thing called life” and shares some cute throwbacks:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BukR1CbB8Jr/

My partner in this thang called life… you are the most wonderful human I have ever met. You make me smile, laugh, and love life more than I knew I could. I cherish every moment with you and can’t wait to spend so many more years doing the same… but, new. Happy Birthday, you GOD OF ALL SMOKE SHOWS!! Love, Your Huz

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October 26, 2019

I think we can all agree that Jessica and Justin completely nail couples Halloween costumes:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4GJVIPhUZZ/

This is what happens when you admit on TV that you don’t know any NSYNC songs and you’re married to @justintimberlake. Well played, husband, well played.

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November 23, 2019

The Sun publishes photos of Justin holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright in New Orleans. In a video from the incident, Alisha can be seen resting her hands on Justin’s knee—and an eyewitness says, “They were smiling and laughing. At one stage, he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg. Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”

Naturally, Twitter goes in:

Justin Timberlake is a cheater? pic.twitter.com/R8hZ932cW0

Britney Spears reading about Justin Timberlake getting caught on video cheating on his wife pic.twitter.com/nCTZKmMlgn

November 24, 2019

Alisha’s rep releases a statement to Us Weekly, saying “There is no validity to this speculation. They are working on a project together.”

December 5, 2019

Justin breaks his silence with a public apology. Read the whole thing in the ‘gram, but the main takeaway? “Let me be clear—nothing happened between me and my costar.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5q_HOth4qJ/

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That same day, a People magazine source says Jessica “believes he didn’t cheat on her” and added, “She will stand by him.” That just about brings us up to date, but here’s to hoping these two get through this rough patch!

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Quentin Tarantino: Is 'Kill Bill 3' Finally Going to Happen After All These Years?

From Batman Begins to Casino Royale, the 2000s was a great decade for action movies. Some of the most acclaimed action movies from this period were Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2. Fans have long awaited a third film in the series, and they may have their day. Here’s what Tarantino had to say about the prospect of Kill Bill: Volume 3.

‘Kill Bill’: Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece

The Kill Bill franchise is about a character initially only known as The Bride (played by Uma Thurman). She is part of a team of highly skilled assassins. Her boss, Bill (played by John Carradine), tries to murder her and she goes into a coma. Once she wakes up, she decides to track down and kill all of her former colleagues.

The two Kill Bill films worked together brilliantly. Kill Bill: Volume 2 is the rare sequel fans generally like just as much as the original. However, the film has a few – admittedly minor – loose ends.

Specifically, the fate of Elle Driver, played by Darryl Hannah, is not revealed. It’s left unclear if she survives the events of the films. A child is also left motherless early in the first film, and her struggles are not explored.

Could there be a sequel?

Many fans have wanted the film to have a sequel. Because it’s been over 15 years since the release of Kill Bill: Volume 2, many fans gave up hope. That’s all changed thanks to a pair of interviews Tarantino gave, according to People.

First, in July 2019, the director said “Me and Uma have talked about it recently, frankly, to tell you the truth. I have thought about it a little further. We were talking about it literally last week. If any of my movies were going to spring from my other movies, it would be a third Kill Bill.”

On Dec. 9, 2019, Tarantino was asked about the subject by Andy Cohen. He said “I just had dinner with Uma Thurman last night. We were at a really cool Japanese restaurant. I do have an idea of what I would do with [Kill Bill Vol. 3].”

What Will ‘Kill Bill: Volume 3’ Be About?

He continued “That was the whole thing, conquering the concept. What has happened to The Bride since then? And what do I want to do?”

He added “I didn’t just want to come up with some cockamamie adventure. [The character] doesn’t deserve that. The Bride has fought long and hard. I have an idea now that could be interesting. I still wouldn’t do it for a little bit. It would be at least three years from now. It is definitely in the cards.”

Tarantino was also asked which of his characters he thinks about the most. Two were from the Kill Bill series: the Bride and Bill. The third was Aldo Raine, the World War II soldier played by Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds. The fourth was Hans Landa, the villain Christoph Waltz portrayed in the same film.

We have no information on the plot of the third Kill Bill film. There are several directions Tarantino could take with the film. If it’s anything like the director’s past work, it will satisfy audiences in unexpected ways.

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Woman suffers 'third

Woman, 21, suffers ‘third-degree burns’ and fears she will be scarred for life after spilling £1.50 Primark nail glue on her leggings

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Aaleyah Kent bought the adhesive from Primark in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • She claims she still has to dress the wounds six months after the accident
  • Primark has said that it never received any form of complaint from Aaleyah 

Aaleyah Kent, 21, bought the adhesive from Primark in Nuneaton, Warwickshire

A style-conscious young woman has claimed she suffered third-degree burns after spilling £1.50 nail glue on her leggings.

Aaleyah Kent bought the adhesive, which she had used before without incident, from Primark in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

But the 21-year-old claims that she was left screaming in agony after accidentally knocking the bottle of glue off her coffee table and on to her left leg.

She says that there was a plume of smoke as the adhesive burned through the fabric of her cotton leggings. 

Now, six months after the accident, she claims that she still has to dress the two wounds she was left with and fears she will be ‘scarred for life’.

She said: ‘When it happened I screamed the house down.

‘My left calf was sizzling and there was smoke everywhere. The material on the legging immediately melted away.

‘My leg started to blister instantly. The glue was burning and eating away at my skin. 

‘It was instant pain. 

‘I’ve got some on my hands before. It’s usually dried and can just be peeled off. It’s never burned like that.

‘I bought this particular bottle of glue in June, having just got back from holiday in Spain, as my nails looked atrocious. 

The 21-year-old claims that she was left screaming in agony after accidentally knocking the bottle of glue off her coffee table and on to her left leg which caused two burn injuries

Now, six months after the accident, she says that she still has to dress the wounds and now fears that she will be ‘scarred for life’

‘I was holding the bottle in my hand and as I went to put it down on the table it fell and spilled on to it, then on to my sofa and my left legging, which it burned straight through.

‘There were two patches, one big one which was about two inches by two inches and a smaller one about an inch long.

‘But it was strange, because it burned through some of material, yet another patch where it had spilled was fine and didn’t burn through.

‘It went all over the sofa and the sofa started smoking, too. There is now a big hard patch where it spilled.

‘I had to cut my leggings off, because they were sticking to the burn and then used a cold compress on the wound before bandaging it.’

Aaleyah said that the area had swelled to twice its usual size which left her in so much pain that she took the day off from her job as a complaint’s handler.

She added: ‘Then a few days later they opened up and started to pus. 

‘One of the burns was healing over but the larger one was an open wound. 

‘It started to bleed and pus, and was still really painful. It was like it was eating away at itself.

‘I was getting a shooting, burning pain, so I went to A&E.

‘The doctor told me I had second and third-degree burns. They dressed my leg properly and for a couple of months, I was returning to the doctors once a week to get the dressing redone.

‘Twice I have returned to the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton because the wound got infected. It went red and started to leak pus. 

‘My leg started to swell, too. It swelled to twice the size.’

Aaleyah said that the adhesive also spilled over the sofa, which started to smoke as well, before it left a hard patch on the fabric

Doctors at the hospital dressed the burns with a special copper lined dressing used to treat burn injuries.

Aaleyah said: ‘The doctors at the hospital did discuss whether I would need a skin graft but because the wound is on the surface and relatively small I don’t think I will have to.

‘I still wear a dressing because if I don’t it will stick to my clothing and I can’t wear jeans because I can feel the pressure on it.

‘I’m still having regular check-ups at the doctors, too, because it does not seem to be going away and I have a special silver and copper dressing which is meant to help with third-degree burns.

‘The chemicals have caused the glue to eat away at my skin.

‘And if I have a bath I have to stick my leg out so it doesn’t get wet because if it does it will go straight back to be infected, the doctors said.

‘The injury is in an awkward position because it’s on my calf so this is really difficult when trying to wash. 

‘I couldn’t expose it to the sun during the summer either because the wound was exposed and it would burn.’

Aaleyah said she complained to Primark by filling in an online form a few weeks after the incident but did not receive a response

Aaleyah said she complained to Primark by filling in an online form a few weeks after the incident but did not receive a response.

She added: ‘I didn’t hear anything back but I didn’t pursue it any further because I thought it was my fault. 

‘There was a warning on the packaging saying that it was flammable and it was my error that caused it to fall. I should have been more careful.

‘But I also think the product must be very poor quality if it can do damage like that. I would never have expected that to happen and it has not happened with other nail glues.

‘The warning is at the bottom on the actual product after you read through other text, so perhaps they could make it clearer, especially as children use this product.

‘I just want people to be aware of how dangerous it can be, of the damage it can cause and to make sure they are really careful when using it.

‘I certainly didn’t imagine my injury would still look so bad six months after the accident. It’s really worrying. 

‘My doctor said it will never heal 100 per cent so I’m worried I will be scarred for life.’

A spokesman for Primark said the company had not received any form of complaint from Aaleyah but added: ‘We were very sorry to learn of this customer’s experience and ask her to get in touch with us so we can investigate her complaint.

‘We take the safety of our customers and the quality of our products very seriously. 

‘This nail glue complies fully with EU standards for safety, quality and product labelling.

‘The glue is made of two ingredients which are both commonly used in similar products sold by retailers across the high street. 

‘The ingredients are listed on the product packaging alongside the required warnings about skin contact.’ 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Lofty Chiltern's Holby City exit storyline explained as Lee Mead's final scenes air next week

FANS of Holby City will be saying goodbye to the character of Lofty Chiltern over the Christmas period.

Lofty, played by Lee Mead, will be exiting the soap after five years.

Who is Lee Mead?

Lee Mead was born in Southend on 14 July 1981.

Aside from Casualty and Holby City, he is best known for winning the title role in the 2007 West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through the BBC TV casting show Any Dream Will Do.

He has also spent time in theatre, performing in world-renown productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Aladdin.

Who is Lee Mead's character Lofty Chiltern?

Lofty Chiltern is a young nurse who first appeared in Casualty in 2014, before reprising his role in Holby City from 2017.

Although he is an excellent nurse and adept team player, his clumsiness often lands him in awkward situations.

Lofty originally appears as a staff nurse but is promoted to senior staff nurse in 2016.

He is very likeable and popular with the fans and they will be sorry to see him make his exit.

How will Lofty Chiltern exit Holby City?

The 38-year-old has already filmed his final scenes and his exit storyline is set to begin next week.

Lofty's final episode will air on December 17, when he comes to the conclusion that his relationship with Dom Copeland has come to an end.

The episode will also feature two very interesting crossovers from Casualty, as Max Walker and Robyn Miller, former ED friends of Lofty's, make an appearance for his swansong.

38-year-old Jamie David, who has featured in casualty since 2013, has reprised his role as Max for Lofty's exit story, whilst Robyn, played by Amanda Henderson, steps in her to help her friend by giving him some much-needed advice.

Where can fans watch Holby City?

Holby City continues TONIGHT, December 10 at 8pm on BBC One.

The show airs every Tuesday at 8pm on BBC One.

Viewers are able to catch up on BBC iPlayer.

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Kylian Mbappe wants assurances over PSG future as Real Madrid step up £342m transfer pursuit – The Sun

KYLIAN MBAPPE is reportedly holding off on signing a new Paris Saint-Germain contract until he can be sure the Ligue 1 side can deliver on his ambition.

Now in his third season in Paris, the French forward continues to be the object of ultimate desire for Real Madrid who would have to pay at least £342million to secure his services.

For now, PSG are refusing to contemplate any bids but the situation will soon become critical if they cannot secure a contract renewal.

Tied down to 2022, Mbappe is in early discussions to sign a three-year extension worth a net £21million per year, according to reports in France.

And yet Marca detail a number of obstacles that must be passed before he signs on the dotted line.

Mbappe, 20, sees himself no longer as a rising gem but as a bona fide world-leading superstar.

That means PSG must be able to help him win accolades such as the Ballon d'Or and Champions League.

In addition, he wants parity with Brazilian star Neymar who Les Parisiens broke the world transfer record to sign but has been outscored by Mbappe during their time in the French capital.

Keeping up with the player's massive potential has proved difficult for PSG and he was visibly unhappy when replaced late on in the recent wins over Nantes and Montpellier.

One club accustomed to dealing with the demands of these stars is Real Madrid.

A public charm offensive to sign Mbappe has been underway for months with Zinedine Zidane and Eden Hazard both speaking about his potential arrival.

With coach Zidane admitting to being "in love with him for a long time", Hazard stated that he would sign him instantly "if he could".

The key for PSG will be their performance in the Champions League with another early exit likely unleashing yet another summer crisis amongst their star forwards.

 

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