Love Island: stars’ on-screen smoking angers health charity

Chloe Crowhurst, left, and Amber Davies smoke during a Love Island episode. Photograph: ITV The bedroom activities of Love Island’s glamorous contestants are providing many a watercooler moment in offices across the land. But their love of smoking is provoking an altogether different kind of debate. Amid growing concerns about the rise of smoking on screens and its influence on the young, the media regulator Ofcom has been asked by a leading health charity to investigate whether the show is in breach of strict codes governing lighting up on television. Action…

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Stars and Stripes staff on the best picture nominees

The spotlight is once again on Hollywood, the city of stars, and there’s much to love about the Academy’s favorite movies in 2016. Nine movies made the best picture cut this year, and the field is remarkably more diverse. The nominees include a science-fiction film, a neo-Western, a musical, a war movie about a conscientious objector and a true story about the African-American women who sent men to the moon. Refreshingly, the nominated actors cover a range of races and nationalities. The diverse array of this year’s fine movies provides…

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Naomi Campbell stars in Versace’s sexy, sporty, barnstormingly brilliant Milan Fashion Week show

There have been times, this week in Milan, when it has seemed as though designers want to make their clothes as hard to see as possible. Gucci had smoke and strange lighting that turned the universe of social media into a pink blur. Prada distanced its catwalk from the audience and concurrently ran a specially commissioned 20 minutes long feature film with clear art house aspirations starring Alison Williams (the chisel-jawed one from Girls) and Frieda Pinto. Leather jackets were amongst the standout Versace SS17 pieces The implicit message is…

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