Aussie Oscar Nominations
Four Australians have been nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards, all within the fields of acting, editing and directing. Margot Robbie has had an amazing year so far with her nomination for actress in a leading role for I, Tonya. Editor Lee Smith was nominated for his work on the movie Dunkirk, while Derin Seale and Josh Lawson who directed, wrote and starred in The Eleven O’Clock are also Oscar contenders. Such a great year for Aussie talent!
New Crocodile Dundee Movie
Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home came out of nowhere as it debuted its trailer a few days ago. Starring beloved Aussie Chris Hemsworth, the story apparently revolves around Mick Dundee’s American son Brian — played by US comedian Danny McBride — as he travels from his comfortable life in the states to the Australian outback. Original Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan commented that it would hit screens by midyear. You can check out the trailer here, But according to The Brisbane Times, the teaser trailers are part of a Tourism Australia campaign in the lead up to a Super Bowl ad which will air on February 4. So the juries still out whether this will be a full feature film.
First Cloned Monkeys
Chinese scientists have successfully cloned a monkey using the same technique to clone Dolly the sheep more than two decades ago. The scientists used a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer to create two long-tailed macaques. The two female monkeys — eight weeks and six weeks old — were born at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai. They are both reportedly healthy and currently live in an incubator. Taking three years to perfect the procedure, the experiment could boost medical research into human diseases and could open the door to human cloning.
Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 175 years
The former USA Gymnastics physician pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in November, and is also serving a 60 year prison sentence for child pornography. After his sentencing, the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant. This marks the end of a seven-day hearing, in which scores of Nassar’s victims were able to face their abuser and tell him the damage he caused. In total, 156 victims sat under the harsh courtroom lighting and read their victim impact statements. In many cases, the abuse started when the girls were 12 or 13, and continued for several years.
Princess Eugenie’s Engagement
It looks like another royal wedding is just on the horizon with Princess Eugenie announcing her engagement to long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank this morning, only months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went public with their happy news. Both weddings will take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with Prince Harry and Meghan tying the knot on May 19 and Eugenie and Jack waiting until the northern autumn for their nuptials.