(TMU) – It’s quite amazing how one can be transported back in time instantly when you come across some old photographs of yourself and the 70s, 80s and 90s were exciting times. Street photographer Chris Porsz captured hundreds of candid photos of interesting characters while walking the streets of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, Britain.
Forty years later, Porsz managed to track down some of those characters by publishing the pictures in local and national papers and on his website. His aim was to recreate the photographs he took so long ago, resulting in 135 reunions, mission accomplished!
Where possible, Porsz took the new photographs in the same locations as the first ones although, naturally, many of those locations had changed as much as the subjects in the photos had. Porsz captured people from all walks of life. Sweethearts, friends, siblings, punks, teenagers, shoppers, traders and policemen, to name a few The photographs have all been put into a book titled ‘Reunions’, with writer Jo Riley telling the story of the subjects in the photos. Below is a selection from the book.
You can buy ‘Reunions’ through Porsz’s website.
Dog And Tina (1985 And 2015)
Railway Kiss (1980 And 2009)
Five Boys Running (1987 And 2016)
Pink Mohican (1985 And 2016)
Sisters (1980 And 2013)
Good Friends (1980 And 2015)
Metal Mickey (1980 And 2016)
Jewellery Assistant (1990 And 2015)
Friends (1982 And 2011)
David Harvey And Tim Goodman (1980 And 2010)
County School Girls (1979 And 2016)
Pin Badges (1970 And 2013)
Ice Creams (1981 And 2015)
Tasbir’s First Job (1982 And 2016)
Before And After 40 Years
Eating Chips (1983 And 2016)
Flute Player (1986 And 2015)
The Weeknd’s New Music Video Leaves Fans Shook With ‘Plastic Surgery Disaster’ Look
The Weeknd has unveiled his new look for the new year, and it’s leaving some fans in shock.
The 30-year-old singer’s new music video for the song, “Save Your Tears,” depicts the artist in the throes of what can only be described as an all-out plastic surgery disaster.
In the video, which dropped on Tuesday to promote his “After Hours” album, The Weeknd sings “But then you saw me, caught you by surprise,” while sporting a shaved-down and crooked nose, bloated cheeks, grotesquely puffed-out lips, surgical scars and a host of other features.
The video has already garnered over 1 million views on YouTube on the same day it was released.
However, some viewers were left in shock by the hideous new look of the typically handsome young artist, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye.
“Why does The Weeknd look like that in the Save Your Tears music video!?! I don’t like it,” one fan tweeted, while another cited the lyrics to his 2018 song “Can’t Feel My Face,” joking, “i bet he really cant feel his face now.”
Other user on Twitter joked that he could portray the Batman villain The Joker – a strange twist for an artist dubbed The Dark Knight – while others drew apt comparisons to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who underwent a number of cosmetic surgeries in the years leading up to his death.
However, it’s more likely that the music video is a simple continuation of the body horror saga of his past music videos, which were steeped in dark and gory imarery.
In the video for “Heartless,” the Weeknd can be seen tripping and partying in Vegas. In “Blinding Lights,” the artist then gets bloodied up. “In Your Eyes” features the singer getting decapitated, but he is subsequently reanimated in the video for “Too Late,” where his head is attached to another man’s body.
The Weeknd’s face has also been covered in bandages and bruised in recent public performances, lending credence to speculation that the Starboy’s new look is the result of too many sessions under the knife.
The latest visuals are the likely result of some combination of prosthetics and CGI.
The artist recently told TMRW magazine that he is taking inspiration for his new work both from the Black Lives Matter movement and the coronavirus outbreak, which forced him to cancel his planned tour to promote his hit album, “After Hours.”
“I have been more inspired and creative during the pandemic than I might normally be while on the road,” the artist revealed.
“The pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the tensions of the election have mostly created a sense of gratitude for what I have and closeness with the people near me,” he added.
Continuing, he explained that his iconoclastic vocal style was largely inspired by the Ethiopian artist he grew up listening to, which he combined with other musical styles he began listening to while he developed as an artist.
“The older I got, I was exposed to more music, and my voice became a chameleon going into different characters with each album,” he continued. “By following my own path and breaking industry norms, it seems to be influencing others.”
In Strange Casting Choice, Creed Singer Scott Stapp to Portray Frank Sinatra in New Film
2020 has been a rare year, indeed. The year has seen a global pandemic, massive protests, unrest, natural disasters, and no shortage of unfortunate events. With the country winding to a close, it would be naïve for anyone to believe that all of this craziness will suddenly grind to a halt when the clock hits midnight on New Year’s Eve and we shift to the 2021 calendar.
And as if to prove that 2020 could be one of the most unsettling years in living memory, it’s just been announced that Creed singer Scott Stapp will be playing Frank Sinatra in a biopic about Ronald Reagan.
Yes, that’s right, Stapp – who’s been described as a “marble-mouthed baritone” – will be portraying the legendary crooner, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, in a historical drama.
Billboard reports that the upcoming drama Reagan, which will star Dennis Quaid as the 40th President of the United States, has cast the alternative rock singer to play the late lone-time leader of the Rat Pack.
The casting choice is curious, given that Stapp is well known for his exaggerated and over-the-top “yarling” singing style (also known as “Hunger Dunger Dang”), which consists of a exaggerated version of the nasal baritone drone originally introduced by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.
Stapp himself seems aware of the irony, telling Billboard, “Sinatra in performance mode was an exercise in restraint. He had this steely, stylish swagger and his sheer presence commanded a room. I was excited to join the cast and blown away by the on-set attention to detail, style, and overall production.”
According to the magazine, it won’t be a major role, but the film does contain a scene where Reagan visits the Cocoanut Grove, a once-famous nightclub in the Boston region that was once popular among Hollywood celebs in the 1930s.
The scene where Stapp will step up on stage and croon takes place when Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild, a position he held between 1947 and 1951, and again in 1959.
Again, it’s a very curious casting choice, as the 47-year-old rock star hardly resembles a young Sinatra. Perhaps the studio plans to digitally alter Stapp’s voice and face so that he more closely resembles the Sultan of Swoon? Your guess is as good as ours.
Stapp has had a bit of a rough time in recent years after his career spiraled out of control due to drug and alcohol abuse, a struggle with bipolar disorder, and an eventual psychotic breakdown in 2014. Since then, he appears to be on a road to recovery and has even opened up about the fact that even his own kids tease him about his singing on songs like “With Arms Wide Open.”
Reagan is set to drop in 2021, and will also star Penelope Ann Miller as Nancy Reagan.
“We are honored to have Scott in Reagan,” director Sean McNamara said. “Scott’s known for big, high energy performances so it was a thrill to see him shift gears to embody Sinatra’s contained charisma.”
Sean Connery, the legendary Scottish actor who defined an era, dies at 90
Sean Connery, the beloved Scottish actor who was seen as a sex symbol well into his 70s and endeared himself to global audiences as the first actor to portray British super-spy James Bond in cinema, has died at the age of 90, it was announced Saturday morning.
Connery is survived by his wife Micheline Roquebrune and his sons, Jason and Stephane. According to Jason, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas after having been “unwell for some time.”
Connery, whose career spanned five decades, will be remembered for his epic roles including the starring role in 007 films Goldfinger, From Russsia With Love, and Diamonds Are Forever, as well as his outstanding supporting roles in The Highlander, The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Rock and other classics.
Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930, in Edinburgh, Scotland to truck driver Joseph and cleaner Effie. His early jobs included being a milkman, a coffin polisher, and a nude model for artists before finding his career on the stages of London and later in feature films.
The celebrated actor’s awards and plaudits are almost too numerous to list here, and are as wide-ranging as his own background.
Connery won his first and only Oscar for his memorable role in 1988’s The Untouchables, where he portrayed the tough-as-nails Chicago cop Jimmy Malone. The belated recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elicited a humorous and punchy acceptance speech from the actor, who was already seen as a venerable elder thespian.
“Patience truly is a virtue,” Connery joked.
“In winning this award, it creates a certain dilemma because I had decided that if I had the good fortune to win, that I would give it to my wife, who deserves it. But, this evening, I discovered backstage that they’re worth $15,000 — now I am not so sure,” he added. “Micheline, I am only kidding. It’s yours.”
Connery also received the Kennedy Center Honor, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was also hailed as “The Greatest Living Scot” by Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald, while People Magazine not only named him the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1989 but “Sexiest Man of the Century” a decade later.
At the height of his fame, Connery is said to have despised the attention he received for portraying the world’s most recognizable secret agent, which began in 1962.
He twice quit the role of James Bond, once while making You Only Live Twice in 1967 and again after starring in Never Say Never Again in 1983.
However, he is still widely seen as synonymous with the iconic role.
“Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more,” said Daniel Craig, the current actor portraying 007, who added that Connery was “one of the true greats of cinema.”
“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster,” Craig added. “He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
The actor lived out his last days in a very low-profile fashion, spending his time in a gated community in New Providence in the Bahamas, where much of the Bond film Thunderball had been filmed. He spent his years there free of the annoyances that accompanied dealing with those he derided as “idiots” in the movie industry. He spent his time preoccupied by a truly Scottish passion: golf.
In a statement to the BBC, Connery’s son said that his father had enjoyed visits from much of his family in the Bahamas prior to his death.
“We are all working at understanding this huge event as it only happened so recently, even though my dad has been unwell for some time,” Jason Connery said. “A sad day for all who knew and loved my dad and a sad loss for all people around the world who enjoyed the wonderful gift he had as an actor.”
According to his publicist, Nancy Seltzer, his family will hold a private ceremony that will be followed by a memorial due to be held once the ongoing pandemic has ended.
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