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MOVIE REVIEW: We see if horror-comedy ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ provides creature comforts

Lisa Frankenstein is Juno writer Diablo Cody’s first movie script in six years – and her take on the Mary Shelley Gothic classic is exactly what you would expect it to be. Described as a “coming of rage love story”, Kathryn Newton stars as Lisa , a teenager who accidentally resurrects Cole Sprouse’s Creature . In only her second time behind the camera for a full-feature flick, director Zelda Williams treats us to colourful, often neon, visuals and a late 80s setting packed with big hair, terrific tunes and, erm, dismembered body parts. The tone is very similar to the Cody-scripted Jennifer’s Body and, like that 2009 film, Lisa Frankenstein gets stuck in the middle of its horror-comedy trappings. It’s rarely either hilarious or terrifying and, as a result, never really gets out of third gear. The true aces up the flick’s sleeves are Newton and Sprouse. The former defies her social misfit status to earn our admiration and sympathy and the latter proves a dab hand at physical comedy and saying much without uttering a word – unless grunts count. There’s more to Liza Soberano’s initially vacuous Taffy than meets the eye, Carla Gugino’s Janet is the scariest thing in the movie and Joe Chrest ( Dale ) basically regurgitates his role from Stranger Things . Williams doesn’t go all-out with the blood and guts, although there are a couple of cool kills, and clever use of a sun bed, and you get the sense she is more comfortable with comedic moments like Lisa choosing outfits for the Creature and the need to obtain a particular human organ to consummate their relationship. Similar, but slightly superior to, 2013’s Warm Bodies , Lisa Frankenstein has a lot of fun ideas, and a laudable leading duo, however it doesn’t electrify enough – and lacks the scares and gore to be classed as hefty horror and the giggles to rate as cracking comedy. ● What are your favourite alternative movie takes on classic literature? Pop me an email at ian.bunting@reachplc.com and I will pass on your comments – and any movie or TV show recommendations you have – to your fellow readers. Martha Bell got in touch to say: “The Mr & Mrs Smith TV show on Amazon Prime Video is really good. “I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but it’s better than the movie.” ● Lisa Frankenstein is showing in cinemas now. *Don’t miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here. And did you know Lanarkshire Live had its own app? Download yours for free here.

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Cross River Man Treks To Abuja In Celebration Of Senator's Feats

A prominent youth leader in Cross River North Senatorial District, Aruku Monkom who embarked on 474.9km long trek from the state in honour of Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe arrived at Abuja on Saturday after five days. The young man who flagged off his marathon walk at Federal Government College, Obudu on March 19 arrived Abuja at about 11.45 am and was welcomed by the lawmaker and other supporters. “I trekked day and night, and thank God I was able to make it here after, and embarked on the long walk as my only way to appreciate the quality representation our Distinguished Senator has given the Cross River North in the Senate. “But I did video of myself in every popular location on my way down here starting from the Federal Government College, Obudu, down to Makurdi, Akwanga, keffi, Mararaba and finally Abuja,” Monkom said. Richard who is the Coordinator, PDP Youth Movement in Cross River told journalists that he was in Abuja to present an award to Jarigbe and to encourage him to continue with his good work for the zone. “I have only met Distinguished Senator once and this is my first time coming closer to him, and embarking on the long walk was the only way I felt I could honour him for standing with our people.” According to him, the lawmaker has become a model for everyone in the society due to his standout legislative performance which is basically on human capital and infrastructural development in the zone. Receiving the youth in his house, the lawmaker commended him for his amazing show of solidarity. Jarigbe who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, said the action by Monkom will spur him more to work for his people.

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Steven Gerrard makes emotional admission over Liverpool return after Anfield appearance

Steven Gerrard has confessed that he doesn’t know how many more times he’ll get to wear a Liverpool shirt at Anfield after his latest game. Gerrard was part of the Liverpool Legends team that beat Ajax 4-2 in an exciting charity match for the LFC Foundation, with nearly 60,000 fans watching at Anfield. It was a special day, with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson realising his dream of managing the Reds and Fernando Torres scoring in front of the Kop once more. It was also a big day for Gerrard, even though he didn’t score. The 43-year-old said he’s starting to wonder how much longer he’ll be able to put on his boots and play on the Anfield pitch. When asked if he enjoys the games more as he gets older, he told Liverpool’s official website: “Yeah, because I know I’m only going to play in front of this crowd another couple of times maybe. That’s if I stay off the carbs and stay off the beers! “I was just looking round at the end thinking to myself, ‘This is going to [happen] less and less so just savour every moment.’ It was brilliant.”, reports Liverpool.com. Gerrard also explained why he likes taking part, saying: “There’s three things. You want to come and play with your mates again. You obviously want to come for the cause, to help raise as much money. “But the opportunity to play in front of these fans again, that’s the buzz. I was on the flight, I was like a big kid coming over. Six-and-a-half-hour flight, I couldn’t wait to get here. That’s what it’s all about.” Gerrard’s presence was also driven by a desire to play under former England manager Eriksson for one last time, following his terminal cancer diagnosis. “It’s all for a good cause, we’ve got to remember why we’re here we’re here for a good cause.,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of money raised today going to go to some fantastic causes. “Sven being here today was very special; as soon as I knew he was going to be the gaffer today, I couldn’t wait to come and play for him one more time.” Join our new WhatsApp community and receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

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Horrific truth of free range eggs laid bare – and the reality is heartbreaking

Inside these cramped farm sheds, thousands of hens live in darkness, laying egg after egg next to bin bags full of dead birds. Many of the hens are bloodied and bald, having plucked out their own feathers due to stress. Few have access to fresh water and some are even missing their feet. It is a vision that would horrify the 70% of us who only buy free-range eggs after hearing horror stories about the cruel living conditions of caged birds. Consumers pay more for free-range produce because they believe the birds are well cared for and happy hens produce better, more nutritious eggs. But these images show the heartbreaking reality at three leading free-range egg producers, which supply most major supermarkets and hold RSPCA Assured accreditation. Animal Justice Project, which obtained the footage, launched its probe as all major UK retailers have pledged to exclusively sell cage-free eggs by 2025. To be classed as free-range, rules state that hens must have continuous daytime access to outdoor space. But Animal Justice Project claims that far from roaming freely, “these hens were trapped within overcrowded sheds with their basic needs neglected”. The rules also state that farms can house up to 2,500 birds per hectare. But the organisation says that in reality, that means up to 16,000 hens can be crammed into a shed. That equates to nine hens per square metre – or the equivalent of putting 14 people in a one-bedroom flat. As a result of the Animal Justice Project probe, the RSPCA suspended the three farms from its assurance scheme, pending an investigation, saying it was “extremely concerned” by the “upsetting” footage. Tayana Simons, of Animal Justice Project, said: “Despite the glossy ad campaigns promoting ‘cage-free’ eggs, the reality is far from humane. What our investigation uncovered is a stark reminder labels can be deceiving and behind the façade of ‘cage-free’ lies a world of suffering for millions of hens. “It’s time for consumers to demand transparency and accountability.” Distressing scenes of overcrowding and neglect were filmed at a farm run by Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs. Bags of deceased birds were caught on camera, with injured hens living among the decaying bodies and unable to reach food or water. At another farm which supplies RSPCA Assured Sheriffs Woods Eggs to Stonegate, whose brands include Burford Brown Eggs and Clarence Court, the Animal Justice Project said it found “evidence of cannibalism” and proof popholes – which let birds go outside – remained unopened on three different days. The investigator also said the smell of ammonia from poultry manure at the site, home to 21,500 hens, was so strong it “burned” their eyes. Filming also took place at three farms that supply LJ Fairburn & Son under the Fairburn branding, where “numerous dead birds, injured and collapsed hens, blocked nesting boxes and four consecutive days of denied outdoor access” was discovered. Veterinary professor Andrew Knight, who saw the footage, said: “Multiple serious health problems were evident, without any signs of veterinary care. These included hens with prolapsed or infected cloacas, missing feet, hens collapsed, moribund with neurological disorders and exhibiting seizures. “Many also showed severe feather loss, consistent with a barren environment leaving limited opportunity to move or exercise natural behaviours. This results in chronic stress, which can result in feather pecking – with subordinate birds sometimes unable to escape. This causes suffering and can lead to the death of attacked birds.” Stonegate said: “The care and welfare of our flocks are of the utmost importance and we take allegations of mistreatment seriously. On receiving the footage, we suspended Sheriffs Woods Eggs pending our own investigation and the investigation of qualified independent veterinarians. We have also insisted the farm refer the matter to their local authority.” Andrew Opie, British Retail Consortium Director of Food & Sustainability, said: “Our members take their responsibilities to animal welfare very seriously. They have strict processes and will thoroughly investigate any evidence of non-conformity.” RSPCA Assured said: “This footage is understandably upsetting and we suspended all three farms whilst we urgently launched an investigation. We have lifted the suspension of one farm as we are satisfied they have fully addressed any welfare issues shown. “A second farm had no birds when we visited. We will carry out an unannounced visit once it has been re-stocked with hens. The third farm is still under investigation and as such we are unable to comment. Welfare concerns on RSPCA Assured certified farms are rare and millions more animals are having a better life thanks to the charity.” All three egg producers were contacted for comment.

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BBC Death in Paradise star teases ‘double exit’ for Neville Parker and Florence in new romance twist

Death in Paradise star Joséphine Jobert has hinted her character has unfinished romantic business with Ralf Little’s Neville Parker. Last week, BBC viewers were crushed when Neville departed the fictional island of Saint Marie – filmed on Guadeloupe – without reuniting with returning detective sergeant Florence Cassell. Neville had previously declared his feelings for Florence but was turned down and subsequently decided to set off on an adventure of his own. An exclusive first look at Sunday’s upcoming episode shows Neville and Florence will get the chance to reunite when the detective is brought back to the island for a new murder case. Mirror exclusively revealed Ralf will get an exit that satisfies long-standing fans of the BBC drama and now Florence star Joséphine has teased a potential romantic reunion between the two crime-solvers. Speaking on how Florence feels when she sees Neville, Joséphine said: “I think a mixture of things. When she left, it was difficult for her because he confessed his feelings, but she didn’t reciprocate them and told him she liked him as a friend. But she was happy to see him again and she’s had time to think. She’s missed him, more than she thought she would…” Joséphine went on to reveal that Florence is a very “honest” character” and therefore if she realises she has feelings for Neville, could the pair end up leaving the island together? The actress continued: “I know her very well, she’s an honest character and is very true to herself. “She doesn’t like just to please people. She’s good at her job, a loving friend, colleague, and person. She’s like a friend to me now. If she was a real person, we’d definitely be friends!” Death in Paradise recently celebrated its 100th episode and Joséphine admitted consistency is one of the reasons for the show’s success. She said: “Nothing has changed, they have found a good rhythm. It’s not violent, it’s funny, it’s for the family, in fact it’s for everybody – men, women, older and younger people. “I have received pictures of people watching the show with their cats and their grandmothers. It’s so funny. Its essence has remained, but they have added different ingredients to each episode to make it more interesting.” It comes after the news Ralf has quit the BBC drama after five years. One show source said: “Ralf has been brilliant in the role and he’s given it a good long run. Fans are sure to be sad to see him go but they’ll also be happy for Neville.” The series, which launched in 2011, has already been commissioned for a 14th run and will also return for a Christmas special this year, which is set to film over the coming months. Follow Mirror Celebs on TikTok, Snapchat , Instagram , Twitter , Facebook , YouTube and Threads

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Raheem Sterling among footballers left furious by ex-Premier League chief’s ‘jail’ remark

Former Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has sparked fury by claiming Raheem Sterling, Max Aarons and three other black players would be in jail had it not been for football. The shocking remarks by the former Liverpool director of recruitment were made in an interview with a local newspaper ahead of his attempt to climb Mount Everest for charity next month. Webber is quoted as saying: “We want to help the guys who really need it, not the ones who are maybe privileged. I saw that with our young footballers. “Jonny Rowe wouldn’t mind me saying it but him, Abu Kamara, Max (Aarons), Jamal (Lewis), Raheem (Sterling) back in the day at Liverpool, where they come from it had to work out for them in football, because the alternative is potentially jail or something else.” Mirror Football understands all of the players named – including Sterling – are deeply offended by the comments, which were still available on the Pink ‘Un website at the time of writing. At least one of the players has made contact with Webber directly, requesting he explain himself. The families of some players are understood to be shocked and unhappy with his remarks. Webber has yet to respond to a request for comment. He was at Anfield for three years before becoming head of scouting at QPR in 2012. After spells at Wolves and Huddersfield, he left Norwich last summer following a six-year spell. Rowe, 20, is a winger at Norwich, and right-back Aarons made a £7million move to Bournemouth last August. Lewis, a left-back, is on loan at Watford after leaving Norwich for Newcastle in 2020. Kamara, 20, is a striker on loan at Portsmouth from Norwich whose youth academy he joined aged 10. Questions are also being asked about how the alleged remarks were allowed to go unchallenged in the interview. Troy Townsend, Head of Player Development at anti-racism watchdog Kick It Out, said: “Football or jail it is then? An absolute disgrace.” Join our new WhatsApp community and receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice.

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Vladimir Putin blames Ukraine for Moscow concert attack as death toll rises to ‘at least 133

The death toll of the Moscow concert massacre rose to at least 133 tonight as Russia pointed the finger at Ukraine. US intelligence has confirmed that Islamic State was responsible for Friday’s atrocity – but in a televised address President Vladimir Putin claimed Ukraine had helped the terrorists. He said: “All the perpetrators, organisers and those who ordered this crime will be justly and inevitably punished. “They tried to hide and moved towards Ukraine, where, according to preliminary data, a window was prepared for them from the Ukrainian side to cross the border.” Police have arrested 11 people, including four gunmen accused of launching the attack on Friday, which left 183 wounded. Pictures showed the burned-out shell of Crocus City Hall, 12 miles from the Kremlin, as workers combed the wreckage for bodies and mourners left flowers outside. According to Russian news site Baza, all four alleged gunmen are from ex-Soviet republic Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan. Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch has claimed responsibility for the slaughter in Russia’s capital. Terrorists wielding AKM assault rifles burst into the hall as fans gathered for a gig by Russian rock band Picnic. Footage appeared to show them shooting people at point-blank range, including some who were lying on the ground. The attackers then used explosives to set fire to the building, which can hold more than 6,000 people. The bloodbath, the deadliest in Russia in years, came days after despot Putin cemented his 25-year grip on power following a highly orchestrated electoral landslide – and as his war in Ukraine dragged into a third year. Russian officials immediately accused Ukraine but Kyiv’s foreign ministry said yesterday: “We categorically reject accusations of Ukraine’s alleged involvement.” It accused the Kremlin of using the atrocity to try to “further fuel anti-Ukrainian hysteria in Russia”. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky, posted on X: “Ukraine has never resorted to the use of terrorist methods. Everything in this war will be decided on the battlefield.” Earlier this month, the US embassy warned Russian authorities that ISIS extremists had “imminent plans to target large gatherings in Moscow”, including concerts. Other embassies repeated the alerts and Britain advised against travel to Russia. Three days before the attack, Putin dismissed the reports as a bid to “destabilise our society”, accusing Ukraine of switching to “terrorist tactics”.

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