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Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

Entertainment
Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix is to play Batman's nemesis The Joker in a stand-alone film exploring the origins of the cackling comic book villain.Co-written and directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, the currently untitled film is set to begin shooting in New York this September.According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will be both "a gritty character study" and "a broader cautionary tale".Phoenix's other roles include Johnny Cash in 2005 biopic Walk the Line.The 43-year-old was recently seen playing Jesus in Mary Magdalene and as a troubled vigilante in You Were Never Really Here.Martin Scorsese is making a Joker movieIntroduced in the very first Batman comic in April 1940, The Joker is synonymous with green hair, lur...
Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana

Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana

World
Canadian lawmakers approved landmark legislation on Tuesday to fully legalize marijuana. The move will make Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes nationwide. Uruguay was the first to fully legalize the drug. Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was first introduced on April 13, 2017, in a bid to legalize and regulate the recreational use of weed. The bill passed in the House of Commons that November and then passed in the Senate on Tuesday night by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions. Medicinal use of the drug has been legal in Canada since 2001. The proposed legislation allows adults in Canada to legally possess and use up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, as well as cultivate up to four cannabis plants...
'A total disgrace': Anger as rail boss becomes CBE

'A total disgrace': Anger as rail boss becomes CBE

Business
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has been given a CBE, despite a terrible year for train users across much of the country. The honour, announced late on Friday, comes after the cancellation of 165 trains every day by Northern Rail until the end of July, including services in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and the Lake District.Earlier in the year train users saw the biggest rise in fares since 2013 and a number of train operators, including Southern, South Western and CrossCountry, have been affected by strikes.During his four years at the helm, there has been criticism of the number of operators missing punctuality targets, poor management and delays to modernisation schedules.He is due to retire this summer.News of the honour bestowed on Mr Carne was met with ang...
Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

World
June 7 (UPI) -- Aletta strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane -- the first of the Pacific hurricane season -- Thursday afternoon off the coast of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was located about 455 miles west-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It had 75-mph maximum sustained winds and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph, the NHC's 5 p.m. EDT update said. There were no watches or warnings in place. Forecasters expect the storm to make a turn toward the northwest over the weekend before a westerly turn Sunday or Monday. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday. The NHC said Aletta became a hurricane 19 days before the average date of the f...
Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

Mia Mottley becomes first female prime minister of Barbados

World
May 25 (UPI) -- A day after her party won all seats up for grabs in Barbados' general election, Mia Amor Mottley was sworn in Friday as the country's first female prime minister. Outgoing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conceded defeat in the election. Mottley, 52, leader of the Barbados Labour Party, is the country's eighth prime minister. She took the oath of office before Governor General Sandra Mason and was surrounded by family, friends and party supporters. The swearing-in came about eight hours after the BPL won all 30 parliamentary seats on the ballot Thursday. Following her party's victory, Mottley said she wanted to thank the voters for doing "what is best for Barbados." Mottley was also the first woman to be appointed the country's attorney general and minister of home affairs ...