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Legendary Film Critic Barry Norman Passes Away
By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
For movie lovers in the UK, the name 'Barry Norman' is synonymous with film reviews. He was the authority of reviews for over 20 years. He was not a brash, loud movie critic, and certainly wasn't trying to become a celebrity in his own right. He simply had a great love for his craft and a deep respect for filmmakers and actors alike. On 30th June, Mr Norman passed away in his sleep at the age of 83. His daughters Samantha and Emma said of their father,
"He had a great life, a wonderful marriage, and an enviable career... He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say."
To hold a stable career, especially in the spotlight, for over 20 years says a lot about his character and proof that you don't need fancy tricks or trends to stay 'current'. Here is a small tribute to Mr Norman, set to the theme tune of the Film Programme which he presented...
Why Robert Downey Jr. Keeps Playing 'Iron Man'
Hollywood is known for producing sequel after sequel in order to make easy money out of cinemagoers. In fact a lot of businesses nowadays will try and look for the 'easy money' route in such a fast-paced world. In contrast to this, Robert Downey Jr., one of the highest-paid and well-known actors around, shared why he keeps coming back to play the role of 'Iron Man'...
"It's this cyclical thing. I could have said when the first Avengers came out: 'It's never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop.' But to me it's always about people and opportunities, like the Russos, who I adore."
The 'Russos' he's referring to are Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who directed the latest Captain America: Civil War film. So take it from one of the most successful actors in Hollywood... it's always about people and opportunities.
You'll see this trait with every successful legend in any field - they get the right people around them - people they connect with, who they trust and respect. That trust is earned and takes a lot of effort, it doesn't come with ease!
Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez Unite To Support Women in Film
Michelle Rodriguez has been one of the main stars in the last 8 Fast and Furious films, one of the most successful franchises in recent decades. Yet recently Miss Rodriguez spoke out about the Fast and Furious films' representation of strong women. She said in a recent post,
"I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It's been a good ride & I'm grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years... One Love"
In an act of solidarity and clarification, co-star Vin Diesel got together with Miss Rodriguez to deliver the following message (click to play the video).
It's clear that both actors feel that the issue of having strong women in the films needs to be addressed, that this is a challenge they must take on - together. It also shows that when complacency can kill so many good ventures, there are always challenges. When we face reality and see the challenges we need to overcome, we can rise and be better. One of the greatest killers of a good film franchise is complacency...
And Finally, Spider-Man Gets His Brother & Co-Star... Into Ballet!
So you're the star in one of the year's biggest action movies, what do you do? Take your brother and co-star for a ballet lesson of course! Check out the new Spider-Man having a laugh with his brother and friend in the video below (click to play)...
If you could be any superhero, who would you be?
If you could be mentored by any legend in film or the Media, who would you choose?
We want to hear from as many aspiring media professionals as to who you want to learn from... so that you can! As part of the Learning From Legends Project, we will be organising events, networking opportunities and more for you. Leave a comment below or better yet email me directly here to tell me who you want to be mentored by and what you would want to learn from them!