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'Time for change': Encouraging working class actors to rise again

From Dame Julie Walters to David Morrissey, many top show business names have voiced concerns about a lack of working class actors. Now leading playwright Jim Cartwright is doing something to fix the problem. There is a “quiet revolution” taking place in acting, Cartwright says. And it is happening in a fitness studio above a charity shop on Chorley High Street in Lancashire. This is where Cartwright, whose plays include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Road, holds three drama classes every Sunday. On Saturdays, he takes over…

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Gaming 

Oculus Working With Qualcomm on Wireless Rift, Slashes Price in Half

A new report claims that Oculus is working with Qualcomm to design a headset that won’t require tethering to a PC or phone, and will sell for as little as $ 200. This standalone headset would be a huge step forward for the industry, and it couldn’t come at a better time for Oculus. Oculus may have first demonstrated the VR’s ability to generate community excitement, thanks to its fabulous Kickstarter debut. But the company has struggled over the last 12 months. Hardware shipments were delayed due to component shortages….

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Gaming 

Nintendo reportedly working on SNES Classic Edition console

Nintendo broke the hearts of many retro gaming fans last week when it announced the NES Classic Edition had been discontinued. It came as quite a shock, because not only was the NES Classic Edition extremely popular, it was in extraordinarily short supply constantly since it was launched late last year. Many people who wanted one were unable to find it, unless they wanted to pay huge markups to third-party sellers. A new report from Eurogamer claims discontinuing the NES Classic Edition was done with the intention of replacing it….

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Health 

Working in shifts may give you sleep problems

I started working a night shift six months ago, and I just can’t get enough sleep. I’m having a hard time staying asleep during the day. Most days, I get five hours of sleep or less. What can I do to get more sleep? I’m worried that lack of sleep is going to affect my health. Trying to sleep during the day rather than at night can be difficult. As you’ve found out, humans are naturally wired to be awake during the day and sleep at night. But there are…

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Gossip 

Afdlin Shauki is working on an international-scaled film

For the past year, award-winning director/actor Afdlin Shauki has been busy developing an international-scale film which tells the story of a Japanese-run POW camp in Sandakan, Sabah during World War II. National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) gave Afdlin the task of producing and directing a film on this historical subject where thousands of Australian and British prisoners perished. It has been said only six people survived from the 2,500 held captive at the camp. “The idea for the film was initiated by Finas,” said Afdlin in a phone interview…

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