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“Ignore Harry Potter”- Kenneth Branagh tells Artemis Fowl’s kid actors

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Disney’s Artemis Fowl is coming out just in time for the holidays, directed by world famous Kenneth Branagh. He has worked long and hard on this project, which is an adaptation of author Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl’s children series.

Branagh, being an all-inclusive director – who works intensely with his young cast of child actors and teaches them skills they are unlikely to learn elsewhere – gave the best advice to his young actors. The advice was to “ignore Harry Potter”.

It is very easy for an actor, especially when young, to get caught up in what they think ‘may be expected’ of them. But the director wanted his actors, mostly relative newcomers, to have fun, be themselves and not get worked up.

How does Kenneth Branagh put his actors at ease?

Nerves can be difficult, but the important thing in a film that is aimed at young people is to be young. Be yourselves, get caught up in the amounts, be in the here and the now, and ignore the pressure, is what Branagh tells his young lot.

Harry Potter had such a huge impact on the young and teen audiences, and adults, that it is obvious for people to compare the Artemis Fowl adaptation to the Harry Potter adaptation. Will it be as good? Will it be as magical?  Will there be sequels?

“Ignore it all,” says Branagh.

The young child artistes in Artemis Fowl have apparently done a sterling job. No actor can act alone. They work with a director, and in this case, the kids are extremely lucky to have Kenneth Branagh. He is more than delighted with his choice of young actors for his film, and says that the kids he is working with are exactly as he had hoped they would be.

Ferdia Shaw is Artemis Fowl and Branagh could not be happier.

“We wanted to find someone, if we could, who was Irish, because we’re trying to allow that to be a distinctive flavour here,” he said about Shaw. “And then we needed to find somebody who was not going to be overwhelmed or intimidated, who could see it for the beautiful opportunity it is and the fun that it is… He had the combination of that.”

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Meghan Markle’s Letter Reveals a Broken Strong Lady

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Handwriting experts analysed the letter sent by Meghan Markle to her separated father to unveil her character, and claimed that the Duchess of Sussex is a “narcissistic showman” left “anxious and vulnerable” by her family conflict.

Since getting married to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has never publicly talked about the relation with her father. On the other hand, her father Thomas Markle, 74, has been doing the opposite.

However, five of Markle’s best friends have come up to speak anonymously the truth about the father-daughter relation.

As per their statement to the People magazine, the Duchess of Sussex had sent a letter after her wedding accusing father Thomas Markle of breaking her heart “into million pieces” by giving press interviews and attacking her husband Prince Harry by fabricating stories.

The explosive five-page letter sent in August last year, is claimed as “highly-stylised” by one of the leading handwriting experts Emma Bache. She highlighted that the “slow handwriting” suggests that the Duchess was “ultra cautious” but also a “showman and a narcissist”.

Bache said, “This is not a spontaneous or intellectually creative woman but a consummate performer and strategist.”

“There is enormous emotion as well as energy but she is both self aware and self orientated.” she added.

Markle’s friends said that the letter was reportedly a plea to her father to stop speaking to the press and “victimising” her.

She had written, “Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimising me through the media so we can repair our relationship.”

The group has also reported that Markle had reached out to her father when he staged paparazzi photos. They said that both Markle and Prince Harry still wanted Thomas to attend their wedding.

However, Thomas, who suffered two heart attacks days before he was set to walk Meghan down the aisle, didn’t show up at the Royal wedding. Since then, he has been giving interviews, which Meghan has claimed as ‘fabricated’, marring the reputation of his daughter and the Royal family.

While Thomas had earlier reported that he was shunned by his daughter and Prince Harry, Meghan’s friends have claimed his statement’s as false.

“Tom wouldn’t take her calls, wouldn’t take Harry’s calls,” the pals said.

Despite a heartfelt plea from his daughter, Thomas Markle gave an unexpected public rebuttal. He asked Meghan Markle if she and Prince Harry would pose with him for a photo “for the whole world to see”.

Since her wedding, Markle has gone through several situations that have depicted the side that portrays her as one of the strongest women. While the relationship with her father has revealed an extremely emotional side of her, it has also unveiled how strongly she has been managing the situation that has been breaking her from the inside.

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15th Glasgow Film Festival to Focus on Coming of Age Genre

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The Glasgow Film Festival has something new up its sleeve this year, and it is certainly going to be impressive. Focusing on an interesting genre, the 15th annual festival will open and close with two coming of age stories that were set in the 1990s.

Scheduled to open on February 20, the festival will begin with a UK premiere of Mid90s. The film is a directorial debut of actor Jonah Hill.

The festival will end on March 3, with a film based on similar genre. It is an adaptation from a play Beats, written by Kieran Hurley, which was originally performed in Edinburgh.

The story is set in 1994 Livingston, when the law attempted to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture.

In recent years, the Glasgow Film Festival has expanded its attendances from 6,000 at its first outing in 2005 to over 40,000.

The previous events have marked the presence of popular faces, including Karen Gillan, Richard Gere, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Peter Capaldi and Gemma Arterton.

This year, the festival is expected to attract even greater audience, with a grand premier of Mid90s. The organisers have defined it as a coming-of-age comedy-drama, of the 1990s’ Los Angeles.

The story is written and directed by Jonah Hill. It follows the protagonist, a young teenage boy, who falls in with a group of older teen skateboarders. The film features Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston.

Besides, the closing film of the Glasgow Film Festival adaptation of Beats is based on the popular stage show by Kieran Hurley. It debuted at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2012.

The movie version is set in 1994, when the Criminal Justice Bill attempted to curb Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement. The executive producer of the film is the award-winning director Steven Soderbergh.

This story of friendship and rebellion marks the debut of graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald. It also included an original soundtrack from Scottish DJ, JD Twitch.

More details on the full Glasgow Film Festival programme will be announced on January 23.

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Georgia Toffolo Mocked and Accused by Vile Trolls for ‘Plasticine’ Face

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Reality television series Made in Chelsea star and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Season 17th’s winner, Georgia Toffolo, has faced multiple hateful comments by vile trolls posted on her first Instagram post of the year.

Apparently, Toff enjoyed a boozy New Year’s Eve and posted a smiley selfie the next day, saying that she would begin her year with a detox.

She posted a picture on Instagram, where she could be seen on her bed post the New Year celebrations. Georgia Toffolo captioned the picture: “Going into this year fresh faced and excited for a BIG detox. Is it just me or is this hangover a real lingerer?”

The 24-year-old reality star did not expect her post to be trolled by people accusing her of undergoing a cosmetic surgery and how ‘messed up her face’ looks. A number of commentators also accused her of not knowing the difference between a detox and botox.

The trolling started with one of her followers asking, “What’s happened to your face? Looks like you’re made if plasticine? STOP!”

This led to others also comment on her looks and accuse her of turning ‘her face into plasticine’. Some also said that she had ‘ruined her natural looks’ through surgery.

One of the hundreds of comments read: “Oh please don’t tell me you’ve put plastic your face????? Nooooooo your far too young.”

While the other read: “Toff you are so lovely- you really don’t need to mess with your face.”

Another fan, who was terribly horrified, commented: “You use to be beautiful [sad face emoji] so much botox and now you are a mess.”

While a number of commentators bemoaned over the picture posted by Georgia Toffolo, a few also spoke in her favour and praised her. One of the followers asked her to carry on being herself and wrote: “Your such a happy person, always smiling & full of joy! Your happiness is contagious [sic].”

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