• Entertainment
    The Telegraph

    'I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this': why John Boyega is our most fearless actor

    Sometimes when critics especially enjoy a film, we’re asked to host a Q&A; screening, at which the film itself is followed by an on-stage discussion during which audience members can put questions to “the talent”. You get to watch actors play themselves – or at least, versions of themselves that can think of no better way to spend an evening than on the publicity circuit – and the gulf between their screenbound and flesh-and-blood selves is often striking. That said, I’ve met three whose blockbuster charisma was entirely undimmed in person, and who at the end of the talk have had the auditorium spellbound, hanging on their every word. One was Tom Hanks – well, duh. Another was Meryl Streep – ditto. And the third was John Boyega. It was at an opening night screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in central London, and the panel was crammed with big names and bigger personalities, from Harrison Ford to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. But Peckham-born Boyega stole the show. Just 25 years old at the time (he’s 28 now), he spoke in a way that made the whole room crane in, even though most of it had probably neither seen nor heard of him before that night. (Pre-Star Wars, his biggest credits were a stint on the London-set 24 miniseries, a handful of independent dramas and the cult alien invasion thriller Attack the Block.) He told stories about his life on set, and before and after, with the almost mathematically calculated bounce and cadence of a great stand-up comic, but with none of the emotional distance that kind of technique often entails. I suspect everyone in that room believed we were listening to the real him speaking, regardless of whether we actually were, or if it was just another, more invisible kind of performance.

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  • Celebrity
    People

    Alicia Silverstone Says She Has Been Taking Baths with Her Son, 9, While Self-Isolating

    Alicia Silverstone says taking baths feels "nourishing and comforting"

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  • U.S.
    The Independent

    Lewis Hamilton ‘completely overcome with rage’ as he says black people ‘should not have to feel as if they were born guilty’

    Lewis Hamilton has explained the feeling behind his passionate outburst over Formula One’s silence against racism, with the reigning world champion saying that he has been “completely overcome with rage” at the sight of George Floyd’s death in the United States and saying that people of Black, Asian and mixed ethnicity backgrounds should “not feel as though we were born guilty”.The six-time F1 world champion has taken a vocal stance against racism, having previously spoken of the sport’s white-male dominated industry given he is the only black driver to have competed, and this week he has broadened his outrage over racial inequality following the disturbing death of African-American Floyd.

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  • Politics
    Yahoo Finance Video

    If Biden went on vacation until day after election, 2020 results may not be different: Strategist

    Bradley Tusk of Tusk Ventures, joins Yahoo Finance's The First Trade to discuss mail-in voting, mobile voting, outlook for the 2020 presidential election and the role that social media currently plays in politics.

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  • U.S.
    Yahoo Sports

    She protested racism. The USOC reprimanded her. Now she wants an apology – and more

    Last year, the USOC reprimanded Gwen Berry for protesting racial inequality. Now, the USOC is condemning inequality, the same inequality they told her she couldn't protest.

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  • Politics
    Associated Press

    West Virginia governor says he welcomes all, except Obama

    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. The unprompted comment came during a coronavirus news conference in which the Republican governor took a phone call from President Donald Trump and sought to highlight his relationship with the commander-in-chief ahead of the coming primary election. “We should absolutely welcome all but, you know, maybe not Barack Obama,” he said, smiling.

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  • Lifestyle
    In The Know

    Woman considers divorce over new next-door neighbors: 'Am I being unreasonable?'

    Sometimes the people you live next to really challenge the sentiment of "Love thy neighbor" — but what if they're family?

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