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UK Covid live: Boris Johnson had birthday party at No 10 during 2020 lockdown, report claims

Latest updates: ITV News reports that prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, organised gathering for him in Cabinet OfficeMinister resigns in protest at handling of fraudulent Covid loansI don’t trust PM not to leak interview with Sue Gray, says CummingsJohnson orders inquiry into Nusrat Ghani ‘Muslimness’ sacking claimsCoronavirus – latest global updatesThe national insurance increase is partly a tax rise for individuals but partly a tax rise for businesses too, because employees’ and employers...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Tax, National Insurance, Conservatives, UK News, Tax and spending, Labour, Economic policy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Metropolitan Police, David Davis, Islamophobia, Brexit


British politician says she was sacked as a minister in Boris Johnson's government because she was a Muslim

Conservative Party MP Nusrat Ghani addresses members of the Uighur community and human rights activists demonstrating outside the Houses of Parliament in London, United Kingdom on April 22, 2021.David Cliff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Nusrat Ghani was removed from her role as transport minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in 2020 She said she was told people in Boris Johnson's government were "uncomfortable with her Muslimness," The Sunday Times reported. The Conservative Party has been pr...
Tags: Politics, Trends, Conservative, News UK, Muslim, Denmark, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Conservative Party, Downing Street, Sunday Times, Islamophobia, Cabinet, Spencer, Nusrat Ghani, Boris


Xbox CEO Phil Spencer On Reviving Old Activision Games

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: With its $68.7 billion acquisition of mammoth embattled video game publisher Activision Blizzard, Microsoft will be taking on a lot. It will be absorbing a company criticized by its employees for its workplace culture, one that is embroiled in lawsuits alleging gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment. Microsoft will also be taking on game development studios that have inched closer to unionization over the past several month...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Tech, Sony, Nintendo, Tony Hawk, Bob, The Washington Post, Activision Blizzard, Spencer, Phil Spencer, Activision Blizzard Microsoft, Duty World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard Spencer, Chrome Amazon


Oscars: How Kristen Stewart Could Still Win Best Actress for ‘Spencer’

Can Kristen Stewart still win best actress for “Spencer” at the Oscars? That’s the burning question following her shocking snub by the Screen Actors Guild. For her portrayal as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s fable about the tragic royal, the 31-year old actor has led the tally in critics’ prizes. On the circuit, since “Spencer” […]
Tags: Awards, Diana, Oscars, Kristen Stewart, Columns, Spencer, Pablo Larrain, Awards Circuit




Boris Johnson to 'purge' whips office in bid to cling onto power, sources say

UK Prime Minister Boris JohnsonChristopher Furlong/Getty Images Johnson expected to make changes to his whips office — MPs who enforce discipline — sources said. MPs described an erratic operation that harmed relations between Downing Street and backbenchers. One former minister described the expected changes as "the last few breaths... being gasped." Boris Johnson is expected to "purge" his whips office as part of last-ditch efforts to reset his relationship with his MPs and save his career,...
Tags: Politics, UK, Trends, Labour, News UK, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Downing Street, Owen Paterson, Nadine Dorries, Spencer, Jake Berry, Wragg, William Wragg, Mark Spencer


Why Won't People Let Former Disney/Teen Idols Grow Up?

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything.)It's always fascinating to me when something comes out and the reviews are immediately polarizing. As a life-long fan of both Josh Peck and Hilary Duff, I really wanted to see the new spin-off series "How I Met Your Father," in which they both star. I did my typical perusal of entertainment critic Twitter reactions to see how people were feeling, and regardless of positive or n...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Television, Movies, Disney, Robert Pattinson, Selena Gomez, Heath Ledger, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Bella Thorne, Kristen Stewart, Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld


Microsoft's $68.7 billion Activision acquisition is crucial for the company to expand its 'metaverse' plans — here's what that means

Microsoft's CEO of Xbox, Phil Spencer, who led the talks to buy Activision.Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP On Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to buy "Call of Duty" publisher Activision for nearly $70 billion in cash. It's the most expensive video game acquisition of all time. Beyond intellectual property and talent, Microsoft said the acquisition "will provide building blocks for the metaverse." Of the many reasons that Microsoft is willing to lavish nearly $70 billion on the purchase of...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Blizzard, Ben Thompson, Stratechery, Xbox, M&a, Acquisition, Activision Blizzard, Activision


Kristen Stewart’s Turn in ‘Spencer’ Remains Oscar-Worthy, Despite SAG Snub

Hollywood insiders and movie fans are still scratching their heads over Kristen Stewart being shunned by the Screen Actors Guild last week for her ballyhooed performance as Princess Diana in “Spencer.” I too am totally mystified as to why one of the best performances of the year was ignored by Stewart’s actor peers. From the […]
Tags: Hollywood, Awards, Actors, Diana, Kristen Stewart, SAG Awards, Screen Actors Guild, Spencer, Stewart


/Film's Top 10 Movies Of 2021

A year isn't truly over until you've turned in your top 10 list. At least, that's the rule at /Film. And now, we can close the book on 2021.Last week, the /Film editorial staff published their personal top 10 favorite movies of 2021 lists, showcasing what left them bowled over from the year in cinema. And today, after some number-crunching and basic math, those lists have been merged to create an overall top 10 list for the entire site. One list to rule them all, really. Some personal favorites ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, America, Bradley Cooper, Dreamworks, Diana, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cumberbatch, Pixar, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Haim, Spielberg


Monopoly money: is Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard good for gaming?

The company’s bottomless appetite for buying new studios means the art of the deal is threatening the art – and heart – of the gameIn 2014, Microsoft bought Minecraft’s developer Mojang for what seemed, at the time, an eye-popping figure: $2.5bn (£1.8bn). It was the first in a series of bullish video-game studio acquisitions by the tech giant, whose games division has been led by executive Phil Spencer, a long-time advocate for video games within Microsoft and the wider business world, for the p...
Tags: Business, Games, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Culture, Computing, Xbox, Minecraft, Mojang, Bethesda, Spencer, Phil Spencer, ZeniMax, Starfield


‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ Canceled at MTV After Two Seasons

“The Hills: New Beginnings” will not be returning for a third season on MTV, Variety has confirmed. The reality TV reboot starred several key players from the original hit series, including Spencer and Heidi Pratt, Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Justin Bobby Brescia, Whitney Port, Frankie Delgado and Jason Wahler. Newcomers included Ashley Wahler, Jennifer Delgado and […]
Tags: News, Mtv, Spencer, The Hills: New Beginnings, MTV After Two Seasons, MTV Variety, Jason Wahler Newcomers, Ashley Wahler Jennifer Delgado


Read the email Microsoft Gaming's CEO sent staff about its $68 billion purchase of Activision

Microsoft Xbox head Phil SpencerGetty Images/Kevork Djansezian Phil Spencer, Microsoft Gaming's new CEO, wrote an email to staff about the company's $68 billion Activision deal. The exec, who was previously head of Xbox, called the deal "incredibly exciting." Spencer also said the deal will likely close later this year "pending regulatory approval." Microsoft announced plans to buy Activision, the gaming giant behind the popular "Call of Duty" franchise, for a whopping $68 billion on ...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Trends, Xbox, Activision Blizzard, Chris, Activision, Microsoft Xbox, Spencer, Phil, Bobby Kotick, Chris Capossela, Phil Spencer, Satya, Ben Gilbert




Microsoft Just Bought Activision Blizzard, The Gaming Equivalent Of Disney Buying Fox

Today brings a bombshell announcement to the media world, as Microsoft, the parent company of Xbox, has announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, the gaming company behind massive franchises such as "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty." Per Microsoft's announcement, this is set to be the largest acquisition in the company's history, valued at $68.7 billion. This makes the previous purchase they made of Bethesda ("Fallout") for $7.5 billion look like chump change. But this will reposition...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, News, Microsoft, Halo, Disney, Bloomberg, Fox, Xbox, Espn, Paramount, Cool Stuff, Activision Blizzard, Spencer


Peaky Blinders' Story Will Continue Into World War II And Beyond

If you thought you had a handle on where exactly in history that the Birmingham-set gangster series "Peaky Blinders" would finally call it quits, think again. This comes directly by order of the Peaky Blinders themselves -- or, rather, series creator Steven Knight. The "Locke" and "Spencer" writer has previously made his intentions known for the Cillian Murphy-led crime drama to come to an end upon the outset of World War II. So far, the series has documented Tommy Shelby's (Murphy) rise to the ...
Tags: London, Television, Movies, News, Britain, Peaky Blinders, Birmingham, Cillian Murphy, Spencer, Murphy, Shelby, Locke, Tommy, Knight, United States Britain, Steven Knight


Hot Cakes Selling Like Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Sales of the Series X and S of the Xbox variety have been wildly popular, a report says recently. The boss of Xbox discussed the commercial performance of the two consoles on a recent New York Times podcast. The Xbox Series X and S were released 14 months ago on November 10, 2020, and Spencer says that “at this point, we’ve sold more of this generation of Xboxes, which is Xbox Series X and S, than we had any previous version of Xboxes.” Tags: Games, Microsoft
Tags: Games, Microsoft, New York Times, Xbox, Spencer


This pink Marks & Spencer coat looks incredibly like Kate Middleton’s

Cast your mind back to the time the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a full pink...
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Is the US nearing its Covid peak? Experts warn against letting guard down

Cases seem to be subsiding in states with high vaccination rates, but observers are reluctant to make firm predictionsIn February 2021, Dr Craig Spencer wrote in a Medium post that he was as “eager as anyone to see the end of this pandemic. Thankfully, that may be in sight”.“Covid cases and hospitalizations are dropping,” wrote Spencer, director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “Vaccines are getting into arms. So, what happens ne...
Tags: New York, Science, US, US news, Craig Spencer, North Carolina, Spencer, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant, Global Health in Emergency Medicine


Why SAG’s Best Actress Snub May Have Done Kristen Stewart a Favor (Column)

In awards season, the word “snub” gets overused in a major way. A snub, in life, is a deliberate dis. The essence of it is that it’s personal. When an actor fails to make the cut of nominees for a movie award, to call that a snub is to make it sound like a conspiracy […]
Tags: Kristen Stewart, Columns, SAG Awards, Spencer


From ‘Spencer’ to ‘King Richard,’ Directors Dust Off the Past to Reveal Fresh Narratives

We live in a golden age of historical fiction, from Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” adapted for television by Barry Jenkins, to Mark Sullivan’s bestseller “Beneath a Scarlet Sky,” in development by Pascal Pictures, to Hilary Mantel’s novel “Wolf Hall,” adapted into a BAFTA-winning BBC limited series as well as a Broadway and West End […]
Tags: Bbc, Features, Broadway, BAFTA, Hilary Mantel, Richard, Directors, Spencer, Mark Sullivan, Pascal Pictures, Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins, King Richard, Being the Ricardos


As Covid-19 peak seems to near, experts warn against letting guard down

Hospitalizations and cases seem to be subsiding in states with high vaccination rates, but experts caution against celebrating too soonIn February 2021, Dr Craig Spencer wrote in a Medium post that he was as “eager as anyone to see the end of this pandemic. Thankfully, that may be in sight”.“Covid cases and hospitalizations are dropping,” wrote Spencer, director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “Vaccines are getting into arms. So...
Tags: New York, Science, US news, Craig Spencer, North Carolina, Spencer, Coronavirus, Omicron Variant, Global Health in Emergency Medicine


How Costume Designers From ‘Cruella’ to ‘Spencer’ Created Their Looks

The costume design race is a design dream, from the fantasy world of “Dune,” to 1970s London in “Cruella,” the iconic re-creation of legendary gowns in “Respect” and the power pants of Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos,” which help tell the story of a trailblazer. Designers such as Chanel collaborated for the psychological drama […]
Tags: London, Awards, Chanel, Spencer, Lucille Ball, Cruella, House of Gucci, CDGA


Ethan Anderton's Top 10 Movies Of 2021

The year 2021 was one of the worst of my adult life. On top of all the fresh hell that the world offered very single day, from insurrection to a pandemic that got worse (again), my incredible dad died unexpectedly at the end of January, and the entire year was filled with my family recovering in the aftermath. But others have had it far worse, and I've been fortunate enough to have at least some reprieve from the passing of 24 frames per second. Films, movies, cinema, whatever you want to call i...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Dornan, New York City, Los Angeles, Abbi Jacobson, Wes Anderson, Bradley Cooper, Timothy Spall, Guillermo Del Toro, Broadway, Dreamworks, Diana, Paul Thomas Anderson


FTSE 100 Live: Marks & Spencer pleased with festive sales, Tesco ups profits guidance - Evening Standard

FTSE 100 Live: Marks & Spencer pleased with festive sales, Tesco ups profits guidance   Evening Standard
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Charles Spencer's grandmother is Princess Diana's double in unearthed family photo at Althorp

Althorp House has long been in the Spencer family, and Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer,...
Tags: Diana, Charles, Spencer, Althorp, Charles Spencer, Althorp House


This animal print Marks & Spencer dress is going to be the dress of the season

Looking for your hero dress for the new season? Call off the search - we’ve found it!...
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Marks & Spencer: Midget Gems change name after academic's campaign

A Liverpool disability academic told M&S the word midget has its roots in Victorian freak shows.
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Marks & Spencer and Tesco enjoy strong Christmas - The Guardian

Marks & Spencer and Tesco enjoy strong Christmas   The Guardian
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Christmas sales soar for Marks & Spencer and Tesco

M&S's food business records its best-ever festive sales while Tesco boasted of 'exceptional' demand.
Tags: UK, News, Tesco, Spencer