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‘We Can Be Heroes’ Brittany & Isaiah Russell Tease Sequel That Will ‘Show How The Kids Got Powers’

After its major success on Netflix, ‘We Can Be Heroes’ is getting a sequel! Mother-son acting duo Brittany Perry-Russell and Isaiah Russell-Bailey spoke to HL about what to expect!

We Can Be Heroes saw kids saving the day as their superhero parents were overtaken by alien invaders. The Netflix movie starring Priyanka Chopra and Christian Slater such a success that a sequel to the film was announced just days later, surprising even the cast! “We were jumping up and down!” Brittany Perry-Russell, who stars as Red Lightning Fury in the movie, told HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. Her son, Isaiah Russell-Bailey who plays Rewind in We Can Be Heroes echoed his mom’s excitement.

“It going to dive more into the characters that didn’t get to show too much. I think what Robert [Rodriguez] is going to do is first show you how each kid got their powers from their parents,” Brittany continued. “It’ll be more of a backstory, but that really is all we know. Robert is still working on it, but there will definitely be a sequel!” In We Can Be Heroes, Brittany’s Red Lightning Fury doesn’t show off her powers, so we’re excited to find out what her back story could be. “I keep trying to ask Robert and he said I’m not going to know until I get the script!” she laughed. “I think it should definitely be something to do with lightning though. I do love the aspect of being a Black family full of ninjas and Robert always outside of the box, so either way I’d love to do more fighting scenes this time around.”

Isaiah is a pro at fighting scenes, which he actually performed himself in the movie! “When I got the movie I was like, ‘hey, maybe I can show them everything I know how to do,’” he said about his training in tricks and fight choreography. “They were ready for us to train for two weeks once we got to Austin to film, so we spent time training on harnesses and fighting — Robert had no idea I could do this on my own.”

It’s no surprise that Isaiah excelled at parkour and choreography, as his mom has worked for years as a choreographer and dancer for some of the biggest pop stars in the world like Rihanna, Katy Perry and Meghan Trainor. It was a tour with Janelle Monáe that actually pushed both Brittany and Isaiah to expand their careers. “She’s just a jack of all trades and that really was something we were both inspired by and I think that gave me a sense of peace,” Brittany said. “At that time, we were both around her a lot and she was just great, always telling us to give things a try.”

While you anxiously await the sequel to We Can Be Heroes, we highly recommend watching Brittany and Isaiah on TikTok! 

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Sports USA

Russell Westbrook’s breakup with James Harden not off to great start

Life away from James Harden hasn’t included any wins yet for Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook’s Wizards are off to an 0-4 start after Tuesday night’s dispiriting 115-107 home loss to the woeful Bulls.

Westbrook forced his way out of Houston this offseason, amid frustrations with his role as Harden’s running mate and with how the team catered to Harden.

“When adversity hits, it’s a true measurement of who you are as a man,” Westbrook told reporters after the game. “To have a little adversity early on, that’s okay. Stick to your principles, stick to what you know, continue to lead and stay positive and that’s something that I’m going to continue to emphasize to our guys. It’s a long season and we’re going to figure it out.”

The Wizards were a trendy pick in the Eastern Conference after Westbrook was sent to the Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a first-round pick. Westbrook sat out the second game in back-to-back matchups with the Magic last week, but has recorded a triple-double in each of the three games he has played in.

The former MVP was seen looking dejected on the bench after the defeat to Chicago, then posted an inspirational quote on Instagram from Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” Westbrook wrote.

Harden and the Rockets are also winless, starting their season with losses to the Blazers and Nuggets after their opener was postponed because too many players were sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

Wall was one of those players and has yet to make his Houston debut after looking healthy in the preseason. Wall had not played in two years after undergoing heel surgery to remove bone spurs and subsequently rupturing his Achilles during a fall at home in January of 2019.

Harden also wants to be dealt away from the Rockets with the Nets and 76ers among possible trade destinations.

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Technology US

No, NFL player Russell Okung is not being paid in Bitcoin

“Panthers’ Russell Okung Becomes First NFL Player to Be Paid in Bitcoin,” the headline proclaimed — and soon, ones just like it started sprouting up across the web, with sports publications, tech publications, and mainstream media outlets alike jumping to tell how the Carolina Panthers offensive lineman finally fulfilled his spoken desire to get paid in cryptocurrency.

Unfortunately, the headline isn’t true. “Not accurate,” an NFL spokesperson tells me, adding that “his people are converting some of the money into bitcoin” after he gets paid in US dollars, just like every other NFL player.

Okung’s own team, the Carolina Panthers, also confirmed to The Verge that teams pay their players in US dollars.

By that standard, anyone can get their salary “paid in bitcoin” anytime they want: just go buy some bitcoin with your salary after it arrives, which is probably what the company that Okung is pumping — Zap — is hoping you’ll do when you see he’s repping it online.

It’s not clear why Okung chose this particular startup to convert his paycheck (it does accept direct deposit), or why he’s tweeted fourteen times this afternoon encouraging his followers to hop on board the bitcoin and Zap train.

He doesn’t disclose any kind of relationship with Zap on Twitter, although Zap founder Jack Mallers does call him a “friend.” (Mallers didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.)

But even if Okung doesn’t have a deal of some sort with Zap, he would have some financial incentive simply by being a bitcoin investor — the more people get excited enough to buy gobs of bitcoin, the higher the price and the more his stake is worth. (Okung converted half of his $13 million salary to bitcoin, according to the Coindesk report.)

To generate that kind of excitement, it helps to have headlines like “First NFL player to be paid in Bitcoin” spread around the web. It certainly sounds more intriguing than “NFL player decides to spend 50 percent of his salary on Bitcoin,” right? It’ll be interesting to see if any of those headlines change overnight.

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Jennifer Russell: Personality of the Year 2020 for Acadie Nouvelle

L’Acadie Nouvelle polled members of its newsroom to find out which personality had marked the year 2020. The vast majority of them nominated New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, Jennifer Russell. Here is his portrait, after nine months of fighting the pandemic.

Either Mrs. Russell is humble or she is valiant. Or maybe both at the same time.

After almost a year of working seven days a week and 12 hours a day, enjoying rare hours of relaxation, having to neglect her musical practice, she only admits being a little tired at times. And she is quick to point out that her team is in the same condition.

“There are times when you have to work harder than others,” she observes. But thanks to the vaccine, we say to ourselves that there may be an end to this pandemic – I hope so, my fingers crossed – and this boosted our energy, because there is light at the end of the tunnel. ”

The official still admits having lived through difficult times.

It has certainly won the hearts of a large part of New Brunswickers. They were 87% in April to say they are satisfied with its performance, according to a Narrative Research poll of 975 people.

They were still 69% of the same opinion in September, according to a Logit Group poll of 1,230 Canadians that surveyed New Brunswickers’ level of satisfaction with the provincial government.

A young girl from the Miramichi area, Addie Silliker, even dressed up as Jennifer Russell for Halloween. The anecdote makes her burst out laughing, who has two children.

The chief medical officer, however, saw complaints from the population in the grip of health measures, for example those of people being prohibited from crossing provincial borders.

“As a family doctor, we deal with individual situations, but in public health, we must protect the population. And knowing about problems without being able to respond to them is really painful, “she says.

However, the scientist assures that she was confined to prescribing solutions to the government, such as physical distancing and wearing a mask, based on research conducted in Canada.

“It’s the government that makes the decisions,” she said.

Russell argues, however, that politics were absent from decisions, in order to gain the confidence of the people and avoid divisions and confusion.

This paradox is at least partially resolved by the existence of an all-party committee bringing together the political opposition with the Progressive Conservative Party.

Praises of the Liberals

Two Liberal Party MPs praise the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“She has shown exemplary leadership and knowledge. She was also able to communicate to the public in both official languages, ”applauds Interim Leader of the Liberals, Roger Melanson.

The member for Dieppe says that Ms. Russell also provided clear explanations to the members of the all-party committee using scientific facts and not emotionally, even though the population was making sacrifices.

“She is very firm, because it is still a very complex situation, but she is also very human and very respectful,” said Mr. Melanson.

He further notices that she has worked very hard and that he has even been concerned about her health.

Kent-Sud elected official Benoît Bourque also spoke of his experience working with Ms. Russell when he was Minister of Health for 14 months in Brian Gallant’s government.

“The pandemic has shown New Brunswickers the great qualities of this person, which I noticed three years ago,” he explains.

The MP describes a good coworker ready to compromise and with common sense, as well as a serious person at work and pleasant on the outside.

“She has a sense of proportion and balance,” he insists. It takes into account the perspectives of different stakeholders and satisfies the majority of people, which is not given to everyone. “

Transparency in question

Mr. Bourque believes Ms. Russell needs to keep certain aspects of the decision-making process regarding the fight against COVID-19 secret.

The professor of health services management at the University of Moncton, Stéphanie Collin had also called for more transparency from the government in October.

“I do not know exactly, about transparency,” says only the chief medical officer.

Perhaps this is the reason for his long exclamation of indecision following a question about the significance of his nomination as Personality of the Year: is it a symbol of the victory of science over opinion ?

“Medicine is a part of science and part of art,” says the singer who is also a singer. It is not science as a whole that decides. With a population in a pandemic, it’s collaboration and communication to translate science in an understandable, transparent and informed way. “

Modest, brave … What if first and foremost, Mrs. Russell was a good soldier?

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Mercedes errors cost George Russell moment of glory as Perez wins chaotic Sakhir GP

Sergio Perez after winning the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain
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Dubai: Chaos reigned as Sergio Perez was the eventual winner of the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. The Racing Point driver — without a seat in Formula One next season — claimed victory amid one of the most dramatic races on the smallest circuit this campign.

Young George Russell — the Williams rookie who was standing in for COVID-19-stricken world champion Lewis Hamilton — suffered a series of terrible calls by the Mercedes team as he was on the brink of his first ever F1 points, let alone a GP victory.

As if 2020 had not delivered enough in a season that was at risk of not happening at all, it served up an absolute classic in the second of the back-to-back races in Bahrain.

Russell’s last-minute call-up from Williams to step in for the stricken Hamilton had already lit up the practice and qualifying sessions as he outpaced his seasoned new teammate Valtteri Bottas on Friday and then qualified second ahead of two of the world’s most promising drivers — Max Verstappen in the Red Bull and Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari.

He was nailed on for victory after taking the lead from Bottas on Lap 1 as Leclerc took out Verstappen in a dramatic opening lap. Tradgedy struck as the race neared its ending as Mercedes threw a spanner in the works with a ludicrous error, mixing up Russell’s and Bottas’ hard and soft tyres during a needless safety-car pit-stop with the Silver Arrows cruising to victory.

The chaos that ensued — with Russell wearing different coloured and illegal tyres — meant he had to pit again and the lead was lost.

Astoundingly, the young Briton looked very much the man to step into Hamilton’s shoes as he once again got ahead of Bottas and was chasing down race leader Perez when he suffered a puncture.

Such is his tenacity, he got out there and finished ninth for his first points in F1 as Perez edged Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll on the podium. Bottas finished down in eight as he also suffered from a terrible Mercedes management job.

“I am speechless,” said a tearful Perez after his first GP win. “I hope I am not dreaming because I dream for so many years being in this moment. Ten years it took me. I don’t know what to say. After the first lap race it was gone. It was all about not giving up.”

While his future is still up in the air as Racing Point change their line-up next season, Perez added: “It [the win] gives me a bit more peace with myself. What happens is not so much in my hands. I want to keep going. If I am not on the grid next year I will be back in 2022.”

An emotion Russell said: “I can’t really put it into words at the minute. It wasn’t a nice feeling. I have had races where victory was taken away but twice … I just couldn’t believe it. I gave it everything I had. I was managing the race at the start and felt confident and comfortable. We had the muddle up and put us on the back foot. I think I could have still caught Sergio. Gutted but incredibly proud and happy to have had the opportunity.”

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Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand blast ‘illiberal far left’ for patronizing conservatives

Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand blast the ‘illiberal far left’ and Hollywood stars who ‘condescend and patronize’ Americans who voted for Donald Trump

  • McConaughey and Brand hit out at the far left during a podcast discussion
  • Brand blasted liberals who were dismissive of working-class conservatives
  • McConaughey concurred, claiming members of the ‘illiberal left’ were arrogant and patronized 50 percent of voters
  • The Texas-born actor also stated that many in Hollywood were in denial about President Trump’s 2016 victory
  • McConaughey made headlines last month when he refused to rule out a run for Texas Governor, saying politics is currently ‘a broken state of business’

Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand have lashed out at liberals who ‘condescend and patronize’ conservatives. 

The actors made the comments during a discussion about politics on Brand’s Luminary podcast, Under The Skin, which was released earlier this week. 

Brand, 45, began by asking McConaughey, 50, whether he had noticed a ‘condemnation and criticism of ordinary working people’ by those on the left.  

‘[There is] a kind of offhandedness, like, “Oh, they’re dumb, they’re voting for Brexit, they’re voting for Trump.” I don’t like it, and I don’t like to hear it,’ Brand stated. 

McConaughey replied: ‘There are a lot [of people] on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize, and are arrogant towards the other 50 percent’. 

The actor then went on to criticize some of his Hollywood peers for refusing to accept the results of the 2016 election.  

‘I’m sure you saw it in our industry when Trump was voted in four years ago, they were in denial that was real. Some of them were in absolute denial,’ McConaughey told Brand. 

The actors made the comments during a discussion about politics on Brand's Luminary podcast, Under The Skin, which was released earlier this week

Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand have lashed out at liberals who ‘condescend and patronize’ conservatives

He then insinuated that it was therefore hypocritical of those same people to now be telling Republicans to passively accept the results of the 2020 election. 

‘[Now] it looks like Biden’s our guy. Now you’ve got the right that’s in denial, cause their side has fake news. And I understand, they’ve been fed fake news. No one knows what the hell to believe, right? So they’re putting down their last bastion of defense,’ he stated. 

McConaughey – who describes himself as a liberal – was born and raised in conservative Texas, and told Brand that he believes in the power of meeting in the middle. 

He claimed that both the left and the right have retreated too far into their own corners, saying: ‘I almost feel like it’s a move to say, “Let’s get aggressively centric. I dare you”‘.

McConaughey - who describes himself as a liberal - was born and raised in conservative Texas, and told Brand that he believes in the power of meeting in the middle

McConaughey – who describes himself as a liberal – was born and raised in conservative Texas, and told Brand that he believes in the power of meeting in the middle

It’s not the first time McConaughey has spoken about politics. 

Last month, the Interstellar star made headlines after saying he has ‘not ruled out’ a run for Texas Governor. 

Speaking on the conservative Hugh Hewitt Show McConaughey said: ‘I don’t know. I mean, that wouldn’t be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me. 

‘I would say this. Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now. And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested.’

McConaughey further stated that he believes American politics needs to ‘stabilize’ after the 2020 Presidential election before it can move forward.

‘I want to get behind personal values to rebind our social contracts with each other as Americans, as people again,’ he said.

‘No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, we have broken those social contracts.

‘We don’t trust each other, and that leads to us not trust in ourselves, which if that becomes, if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy.’

Last month, the Interstellar star made headlines after saying he has 'not ruled out' a run for Texas Governor

Last month, the Interstellar star made headlines after saying he has ‘not ruled out’ a run for Texas Governor

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I’m A Celeb’s Russell Watson forced to take extreme measures daily to stay alive

Russell Watson is still living with the effects of two terrifying brain tumour scares.

The much-loved opera singer, who is currently entertaining the nation on I’m A Celebrity, feared he wasn’t going to wake up after the second horrifying ordeal.

Russell had been planning his fifth album in 2006 when an aggressive tumour was found growing on his pituitary gland.

A second benign growth was found almost a year to the day later, along with bleeding on his brain, prompting emergency surgery and a course of radiotherapy to combat the tumour.

The musical theatre star has opened up about his traumatic experiences to his fellow campmates in the castle.

And 14 years on, Russell still has to take extreme measures on a daily basis to stay alive.

I’m A Celebrity 2020’s Russell Watson celebrated his birthday in camp

Russell was forced to take a “cocktail of drugs” ever day – and feared he would die in his sleep.

While Russell is still affected by his illness, he has insisted he will never let it define him.

“I still have to take specific medication every day, because my body doesn’t naturally produce hormones, so I have to inject them,” he told Best magazine in 2018.

“Initially it was a minefield, because I was taking this whole cocktail of drugs to stay alive. It used to get me down. I would get very depressed. I’d go to bed at night but wouldn’t be able to get to sleep – I’d panic because I thought I would die if I fell asleep,” he went on.

“Nowadays, I feel as if each new day is a gift – that’s why I don’t look back anymore.”

Russell Watson and Family
Russell Watson with daughter Hannah, wife Louise and daughter Rebecca

Russell, who has been married to wife Louise Harris since August 2016, explained that even getting up in the morning was a time-consuming task.

“When I wake up in the morning, I have to inject myself, and then after an hour I can get up,” he added to Best.

“That’s my routine now, but I’ll never let that illness define me – I’ll never let it beat me.”

Russell told the Mirror in 2014 just how much he’s come to rely on his ‘cocktail of drugs’.

“I wouldn’t last more than 24 hours without my medication,” he said at the time.

Russell was supported by wife Louise

Russell bravely opened up on his experience at the start of his I’m A Celebrity journey.

The singer recalled the moment he ‘died’ – and explained the thought of his kids brought him back.

“The second one was the ‘one’, the first wasn’t life threatening, it was painful and I nearly lost my vision,” he said.

“The second one was holy s***, I went home, went to bed and didn’t wake up because of a haemorrhage. My assistant found me, called the paramedics and I knew I was in trouble because the paramedic kept saying ‘stay with us, stay with us’.

“We got to the hospital and they operated. One of the most emotional things after I came out of intensive care was this bloke came up to me and said ‘nice to see you’re doing well Mr Watson’ and I realised it was ‘stay with us, stay with us’.”

Russell Watson opened up to Giovanna Fletcher

When presenter Vernon Kay asked whether Russell had seen the light, he responded: “Big time.”

He explained: “I was in the MIR scanner and I could see this long strip of light, like when you’re a kid and you used to keep your bedroom door open.

“It was a light strip and I was thinking if I go to that door I’m out of here and the pain stops and I’m away.

“All I could think about was my children and slowly slowly whilst thinking about my children the clatter clatter of the MRI came back and I thought I’m going to beat this.”

*I’m A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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Russell Brand and Elton John share mental health battles with fellow male celebs


We have all found lockdown a struggle and the impact on the nation’s mental health is undeniable.

But when it comes to dealing with issues of anxiety, depression or stress, many men are still reluctant to get help or speak to people about their struggles.

Now a host of celebrities from Sir Elton John to Harry Kane have spoken out in MAN magazine, raising awareness of the stigma around mental health for International Men’s Day today.

Here some of the stars give their advice, answer questions about dealing with problems in life and how they’ve dealt with their most difficult moments…

Elton John expressed his support

Elton John

“You are not alone and you are loved. This has been an unprecedented year but I want you to know that it is okay to admit you are struggling and need some help. We need to talk about mental health to normalise the conversation, especially with men.

“I am thinking of you if you are struggling and hope you find healing love and support.”

Stephen Fry

“You’re not alone in your struggle, however much you may feel it now. Trust me when I say the day will come when you will hug yourself for winning the struggle and staying up and on your feet. Damn it’s hard, but damn it’s worth it.”

Harry Kane

“I want to encourage anyone suffering from mental health issues to seek the support they need. There’s no shame in it. We all need to ask for help sometimes.”

Comedian Romesh joined a host of male celebs

Romesh Ranganathan

“Many men still have issues opening up. But it’s getting better. Male suicide and other factors are becoming more known, and men are getting better at talking to each other. But, you need to ask somebody how they are twice.”

Jamie Redknapp

“It’s really important that as men we open up and talk to each other. There’s so much pressure on us all, especially now, so we have to take the time to talk, and to listen.”

Ian Poulter

“We all have highs and lows, it’s completely natural and part of life for everyone. It’s important to have a support network around you and to be brave enough to ask for help when you need it. We all need help at different points in our lives.”

Andy said the bravest thing you can do isn’t to bottle things or sweep them under the carpet – but it’s actually having the courage to ask for help

Andy Murray

Q. As an elite athlete you have to be mentally as well as physically strong. But what techniques or coping mechanisms do you rely on when feeling low away from the tennis court?

A. For me it’s really important to have regular contact with my family. I used to get really down about losses, whereas now I’m a little bit more measured in how I process my results. A quick FaceTime with my children usually does the trick. The last three years have been tough, different injuries and not being sure I would ever play tennis again – my family really helped me get through it.

Q. Is there any advice you can give to those who may be struggling with down days, and their overall mental health?

A. I know it’s a saying that gets used a lot, but it’s absolutely ok, not to be ok. Mental health is something we all need to take care of, it’s as important as our physical health and is the driving force behind our motivations so don’t be afraid to talk to someone you trust.

One thing I’ve found over the years is that it is completely normal to find things hard sometimes and that quite often the bravest thing you can do isn’t to bottle things or sweep them under the carpet – but it’s actually having the courage to ask for help.

Russell opened up about his own mental health experiences

Russell Brand

Q. The term ‘mental health’ sometimes gets a bad rap. What do you personally associate with it?

A. For me, mental health is the same as physical health – it’s something that has to be worked on. We live in a time where we are dominated by external influences, through our culture, not all of which are positive.

We are primarily targeted as consumers. From every direction we are being invited to turn to our lower instincts: fear, greed and lust. All of these ideas are unconsciously promoted. We’re divided through social media and belittled by advertising.

So, mental health is something we can no longer be unconscious about. I believe we are all on a spectrum of mental health, so it’s really about striking the right balance and finding a practical way to do that.

The comedian said he regularly feels sad and despairing, so can’t afford to be stigmatised

Q. Would you say your experience with mental health issues has supported you in your personal development?

Personal development and mental health are inseparable. I would say the primary thing that’s helped me is my 12-step program, which I worked around drugs, alcohol, sex and porn addiction. It moves me from a place of unconscious behaviours to awareness. It starts with admitting you have a problem around your behaviour with drugs, alcohol or eating, then you address it through the 12 steps, believing it’s possible to change, and consulting with people who have made that change.

Q. What would you say helps you to overcome the stigma attached to depression?

A. I suppose, with depression, it is the acknowledgment that it is okay to feel this way. I regularly feel sad and despairing, so I can’t afford to be stigmatised.

If I feel depressed about work, or feel depressed about other people’s feelings about me, or that I can’t cope, or that I’m not good enough, I turn to other people that are walking the same path as me – people that have more experience and less experience than me so we can share our experiences and learn from each other.

Russell spoke candidly about his drugs, alcohol, sex and porn addictions

Q. Mental health is not just a challenge for the sufferers but also for carers, friends, family members, partners of those suffering…

A. I try not to make my wife solely responsible for my mental wellbeing. Although we are partners in the raising of our children and our shared goals as a family, I know that I have a complex set of needs (as I imagine all people do), so I turn to other people.

Here are some places you can reach out to for support if you or someone in your life is struggling:

Samaritans: samaritans.org

Mental Health First Aid: mhfa.com.au

National Health Service: nhs.uk

British Association of Anger Management: angermanage.co.uk

Drink Aware: drinkaware.co.uk

Gamble Aware: begambleaware.org

Release: release.org.uk

Anxiety UK: anxietyuk.org.uk

Fathers4Justice: fathers-4-justice.org

Strongmen Charity: strongmen.org.uk

Work: Most companies have a designated first aider, and more are assigning mental health first aiders, counsellors, therapists, or psychologists that either visit on particular days or are employed.

Remember all your meetings are confidential.

Banks: The qualified staff at your bank can help if you are dealing with debt or financial pressure.

Ask for advice at your bank’s help desk, or visit the respective website of your bank for further advice.

Read this issue of MAN Magazine at: www.manmagazineuk.co.uk





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I’m A Celebrity: New arrivals Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall win 11 stars


They arrived at Gwrych Castle as latecomers during Wednesday’s episode much to the surprise of the original campmates.

And Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall, both 53, will no doubt prove a hit among their fellow celebs as they managed to bag 11 out of 12 stars during their first trial.

The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators.

Winner, winner! Russell Watson and Ruthie Henshall, both 53, will no doubt prove a hit among their fellow celebs as they managed to bag 11 out of 12 stars during their first trial

Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester’s costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial. 

Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal.  

The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars. 

Arrivals: Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester's costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial

Arrivals: Russell and Ruthie arrived on a horse and cart and were given jester’s costumers to entertain the celebrities who had arrived to watch the trial

Woo! The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators

Woo! The duo took part in the three part challenge, who were originally told they would all be taking part in the trial, but later discovered they were merely spectators

Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines.

The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star. 

Over the next few rounds Ruthie was covered in over 225kg of rotten tomatoes and Russell had to find the joke punchlines in barrels of slime, maggots, rotten vegetables and fish guts.

Fingers crossed: Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal

Fingers crossed: Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 45, explained that Ruthie and Russell would be vying for up to 12 stars to feed the camp their evening meal

Yuck! The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars

Yuck! The first part of the Trial was called Laughing Stocks and was worth 5 stars

Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point.

They got 4 out of 5 stars as they ran out of time on the 4th joke.

The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars. Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping.

In for it: Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines

In for it: Ruthie was in a stock and had to read the first part of a joke and Russell had to find the punchline hidden in a barrel using only his mouth – the barrel sadly also contained incorrect punchlines

Smashed it: The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star

Smashed it: The klaxon sounded and Ruthie was immediately covered in rotten tomatoes as she read the first part of the joke – Russell ducked his head into a barrel of slime and found the punchline straight away. Everyone cheered as they got the first star

Oops: Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point

Oops: Russell claimed he had chipped a tooth while diving into a barrel to receive the punchlines, while also getting a maggot stuck in his teeth at one point 

Gross: The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars

Gross: The Interval was called Eye Scream and worth 2 stars

No thanks: Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping

No thanks: Russell and Ruthie had to use their mouths to transfer 3 fish eyes from a large bowl into an ice cream tub and then crush a fish eye over the tub for the juice topping

They did it successfully and everyone cheered.

The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars.

Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was.

The songs were, Macarena, Single Ladies, Gangham Style, The Birdie Song and Proud Mary. All the celebrities guessed correctly winning 5 stars and having a dance along the way.

Ants in your pants! The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars

Ants in your pants! The final act was called Critters in Ya Knickers and worth 5 stars

Well done: Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was

Well done: Ruthie and Russell had to wear clear large trousers over their outfit which would be filled with crickets and cockroaches. Wearing head-phones they had to dance to iconic songs and their fellow campmates had to guess what the song was

Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell’s inaugural performance at their Trial. 

Following their triumph, she said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .’

Russell added: ‘I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming.’

Success! Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell's inaugural performance at their Trial

Success! Ruthie was delighted at her and Russell’s inaugural performance at their Trial

Ruthie added: ‘I’m so excited to get into the castle and really look forward to saying hello to everyone and getting to know them.’

Meanwhile, in the Living Quarters, some of the original campmates were talking about the impending new arrivals. 

‘I’ve got mixed emotions at the moment. It moves the dimensions. It moves the dynamics about slightly. Vernon added: ‘I would be genuinely upset if this dynamic changes.’

Winning: Following their triumph, she said: 'I'm absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .'

Winning: Following their triumph, she said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled we got 11 stars. That was a super duper throoper of a . . .’

Later Shane added: ‘There’s 10 of us now, we’ve been together four days. We know each other really well. We’re eating, sleeping, laughing, crying together and for another two people to come in you’re always frightened. It’s going to change the dynamics and we were kind of concerned about that.’

However, all was forgotten as Ruthie and Russell entered the camp. 

‘As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic’, said Ruthie.

Russell added: 'I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming'

Russell added: ‘I was just expecting one nasty thing but they kept coming and coming’

The two new campmates received a hero’s welcome as Russell laughed ‘chipped tooth and a bang on the head’ referring to his over-zealous efforts in the Trial. 

‘I was banging my head in the pot and I clipped it on the side’ he said laughing as he hugged Vernon.’

Ruthie commented: ‘There are so many different people from different walks of life that it’s like a smorgasbord of fabulous people.’

The new campmates were provided with two hammocks to sleep in but Giovanna gave Ruthie her bed.

Grateful: 'As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic', said Ruthie

Grateful: ‘As soon as Russell and I walked in, the welcome was just. it was wonderful, it was fantastic’, said Ruthie

‘We didn’t want to give you a hammock on the first night. They’re not easy’ explained Jordan.

Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. ‘I honestly can’t believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice’ he said.

‘It’s like going back to school. I’ve been camping once. I lasted a day, then I skiddadled out of there ‘said Ruthie. 

The dumb waiter soon delivered the camp dinner and Ruthie and Russell both went over to collect it for everyone, Russell read a scroll out that revealed they’d be having Oxtail. Giovanna, Vernon and Victoria cooked it for camp.

The celebrities were all pleasantly surprised they enjoyed the Oxtail.

Shane decided to scare Jordan as he went to the toilet by throwing stones on the toilet roof as he was inside, he then jumped out at him. 

Welcome: Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. 'I honestly can't believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice' he said

Welcome: Victoria gave up her bed for Russell. ‘I honestly can’t believe how welcoming everyone was. It was really nice’ he said

Elsewhere in the episode, Vernon Kay, 44, suffered another name drop after he revealed his favourite was Tom Hanks, 64, as he spoke to Giovanna Fletcher. 

Vernon reminisced about meeting the movie star twice, gushing that Tom signed a Forrest Gump DVD for him and even remembered him at their second encounter years later, calling him a ‘good guy’.

Chatting about his presenting career, Vernon explained the first meeting was when he worked on T4 and Tom was promoting 2004 film The Polar Express.

Biggest fan: Vernon Kay reminisced about meeting his favourite celebrity Tom Hanks

Biggest fan: Vernon Kay reminisced about meeting his favourite celebrity Tom Hanks

Vernon said: ‘He was amazing. He was just the nicest fella.

‘I interviewed him for The Polar Express but he was so nice and at the end I said I know this is really unprofessional, is there any chance you can sign this DVD cover of Forrest Gump for me. 

‘And he’s like “no problem”. So he signed it to Vernon, good luck with the new gig, Tom Hanks.’

'The nicest fella': The presenter, 44, said that the movie star, 64, even recognised him when they met for a second time at a press event, calling him a 'good guy', years after their first encounter (Tom is pictured in 2016)

‘The nicest fella’: The presenter, 44, said that the movie star, 64, even recognised him when they met for a second time at a press event, calling him a ‘good guy’, years after their first encounter (Tom is pictured in 2016)

Vernon then went on to explain that he met the Hollywood star again on a press trip on Eurostar for The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006

The I’m A Celeb contestant said: ‘I’ll never forget it, I can see it now, Tom Hanks saw me and he just turned to Ron Howard [the film’s director] and he went “oh this is Vern, he’s alright he is”. 

‘I’m like, he remembered my name. And he just turned around and said “Vern, oh he’s a good guy!”‘ 

Second meet: The presenter also met the actor during a press event for film The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006 (Vernon is pictured at another event the same year)

Second meet: The presenter also met the actor during a press event for film The Da Vinci Code, which was released in 2006 (Vernon is pictured at another event the same year)



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Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn Reveal Why It Took 33 Years After ‘Overboard’ To Star In Another Movie Together


Longtime couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have opened up about why they’re making their first movie together in over 30 years.

Goldie Hawn, 74, and Kurt Russell, 69, have been together for more than three decades, but they haven’t starred in a movie together since 1987’s Overboard. Now, the longtime couple are headlining the Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles 2, and opened up about why it took them so long to act in the same project. “Material! Really, it’s about the material, and it just didn’t come along,” Goldie told The New York Times in a November 18 interview.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel opened up in a new interview. Image: AP Images

Kurt chimed in, “I thought we’d work together much sooner than this, but Goldie and I are pretty choosy. And generally, Goldie Hawn movies and movies that Kurt Russell is in are pretty different things … It’s not mandatory just because you live with someone, you love someone and you enjoy working together that you should do 10 or 15 movies together.”

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Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel in the 70s. Image: ©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

The sweet couple also revealed their first impressions of each other when they met on the set of a 1968 Disney musical. “I mean, he was way too young for me,” Goldie told CBS News earlier this week. “I was, like, dating older guys, right? I was what, 20?” Kurt then revealed he was just 15 years old at the time. “I didn’t even have a car. I didn’t have a license.”

When their paths crossed again 12 years later, Goldie was an Oscar winner and they were both recently divorced. “Matter of fact, when I met Goldie, I was at a time in my life and a period of my life where I was very definitely gonna put my worst foot forward when it came to any kind of a relationship,” he explained. “The first time I met her I was horribly hungover. You know, that’s not a good foot forward … I didn’t try to put my best foot forward, because it’s a hard thing to hold that up. You know, once you’ve done that, now you’ve established something – you’ve set a bar that you can’t stay with, you can’t keep.”



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