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Incredible Hulk comes to the rescue of a fan at a comic convention

Incredible Hulk comes to the rescue of a fan at a comic convention

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Actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, best known for his role as The Incredible Hulk, played real-life superhero at the Fanboy Expo's Knoxville Comic Con in Tennessee last week, when he came to the aid of a man who was having a seizure. It started when a fan named Ted McAlister visited the actor's convention booth. While looking through pictures, he began leaning forward, Ferrigno recalled. "You could tell he was a little shy," Ferrigno told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "I thought he was trying to tell me something, and then I realised there's something wrong with the picture. And then he started to collapse and fall backwards. "I ran to grab him to make sure he wouldn't injure himself." According to the fan's father, Ferrigno jumped into action, clearing his booth and ...
Daniel Day-Lewis: Five of his best roles

Daniel Day-Lewis: Five of his best roles

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Three-time Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis stunned fans when he made the sudden announcement earlier this week that he is retiring from acting. The British actor will "no longer be working as an actor", his publicist had said on Tuesday (June 20) in a statement. "This is a private decision, and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." While the entertainment industry is saddened by his decision, fans can at least take comfort in his wide-ranging body of work. The revered 60-year-old, known for being a method actor, is the only performer to have three Best Actor Academy Awards to his name. He was also nominated in the same category for In The Name Of The Father (1993) and Gangs Of New York (2002). MY LEFT FOOT (1989) Director: Ji...
Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis retiring from acting

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Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday (June 20), ending a storied movie career that includes performances in Lincoln and Gangs Of New York. Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private. “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his publicist, Leslee Dart, said in a statement. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years.” The statement said there would be no further comment. He has one more movie in the works – Phantom Thread, which is set in London’s 1950s fashion world and is due to be released in December. Day-Lewis, who was born in Britain and holds dual Anglo-Irish citizenship,
Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

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  Dubai's quest to join world's fashion capitals gathers pace Dubai: The first steps towards developing a full-scale “Dubai Fashion Week” and then turning it into a fixture on the international fashion calendar are on. The suggestions put forward by an expert panel are now with the higher authorities for a possible go ahead. If it does so, Dubai then stands more than a good chance of creating — and sustaining — a high-profile event that would do a world of good to the emerging fashion and design industry here and in the region, according to a senior source. “A framework for a possible DFW has been suggested and hopefully it will see the light,” said Patrick Chalhoub, member of the Board of Directors at Dubai Design and Fashion Council. “There is already a Dub
John Avildsen, director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Karate Kid,’ dies at 81

John Avildsen, director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Karate Kid,’ dies at 81

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John G. Avildsen, who directed "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid" -- two dark-horse, underdog favourites that went on to become Hollywood franchises -- died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. "He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation. He was super talented and very driven and very stubborn and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit," Anthony Avildsen said. "Rocky" was a huge success. It won Oscars for best picture, director (Avildsen) and editing and was nominated for seven others. No less a Hollywood eminence than Frank Capra loved it, telling The New York Times in 1977, "When I saw it, I said, 'Boy, that's a picture I wish I had made.' " For his part, Avildsen said Capra -- who also champion...
Shania Twain accentuates the positive on new single, picks album release date

Shania Twain accentuates the positive on new single, picks album release date

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Shania Twain promises fans will hear more new music this summer, starting with her positively optimistic new single "Life's About to Get Good." The Timmins, Ont.-raised country star released the track online Thursday to coincide with the announcement that "Now" -- her first full-length album in nearly 15 years -- arrives on Sept. 29. "The day is finally here!!" the five-time Grammy Award winner posted across her social media accounts with the hashtag "SummerOfShania." Her label says other songs from the 16-track album will debut ahead of its release. "Now" marks the first time Twain has served as the sole songwriter and co-producer on all of the tracks. It follows an extended absence from making albums. Twain's most recent studio release was 2002's international smash...
DEWA’s summer power saving campaign

DEWA’s summer power saving campaign

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Set air conditioning to 24C, fix water leaks, and use energy efficient light bulbs, says utility body Dubai: The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is running a campaign to tell residents to save electricity and water this summer — the time of the year when usage soars. A graphic distributed by DEWA on social media channels gives five tips. The tips include instructions to switch to energy efficient light bulbs, fix water leaks, and to set your air conditioning to 24C. A DEWA team has been organising lectures and field visits to government organisations and departments, private companies, malls, and union centres. During the month of Ramadan, DEWA also organises events and workshops, in cooperation with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowment (GAIAE)
India: Man carries wife’s body on motorcycle

India: Man carries wife’s body on motorcycle

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission has sent a notice to Bihar government over reports of a man carrying his wife’s body on a motorcycle after allegedly being denied a mortuary van by a hospital in Purnia. Expressing its displeasure over the incident, the NHRC has observed it was “not the first” such instance which has come to its attention. “At several places across the country such shameful incidents have happened and the commission has also taken cognisance in some of these cases. It seems that authorities are lacking on their part in understanding the sensitivity involved in such situations,” the commission said on Monday. Taking suo Motu cognisance of a media report that authorities at the District Purnia Sadar Hospital, where she had died, “failed to
Snake bites man, man bites wife

Snake bites man, man bites wife

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                                     Says he loved her too much and didn’t want to be separated Patna: A man bitten by a venomous snake in Bihar bit his wife in the wrist as his last wish was to die together. The woman was saved by a doctor although the man died. The incident took place in Samastipur district, some 90km north of Patna, on Saturday. As per reports, Shankar Rai, a resident of Birsingpur village in the district, was asleep in his home on Saturday night when a deadly snake bit him. When he woke up in the morning, he found his condition worsening and suddenly turned emotional. Apparently realising that he won’t survive for long, he came rushing to his wife Amiri Devi and bit her hands saying he loved her very much and wanted to die together. Both fell uncon
Fraud at 8,848 metres: Are Everest ascents too easy to fake?

Fraud at 8,848 metres: Are Everest ascents too easy to fake?

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KATHMANDU Satyarup Siddhanta only discovered he was at the centre of an Everest fraud when he spotted news of a couple whose false claim to have scaled the world’s highest peak has set off a debate about how mountaineering feats are authenticated. The Indian couple had doctored his summit photo, superimposing their own faces to support their claim, and were awarded an official summit certificate from the Nepal authorities before other climbers raised doubts. Ascents of many of the world’s highest peaks are validated based largely on trust, a system that has until now worked within the close-knit community of high-altitude climbing. But as the numbers heading up Everest have boomed, many are questioning whether summits need to be validated more scientifically. Story didn’t