Johnny Galecki: Big Bang Theory star's house burns down

Johnny Galecki: Big Bang Theory star's house burns down

The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki has said he is “relieved no-one has been hurt” in a fire which burned down his house. The actor’s large ranch was engulfed by a bush fire in San Luis Obispo, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Galecki’s representative told Variety the actor was not at the property at the time of the 1,200-acre fire. The spokesman added Galecki had not yet seen the damage, but would visit…

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9 stars who turned down great film roles

9 stars who turned down great film roles

John Lithgow as The Joker? It’s not as crackpot as it appears, as the star of The Crown was once in the frame to play the comic book supervillain. Correction: The lanky 71-year-old was actually tapped to play Batman’s cackling nemesis TWICE – first in a Joe Dante movie that never got made, and again in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster. “My worst audition was for Tim Burton for Batman,” Lithgow revealed ahead of this year’s…

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Rime Devs, Pirates Spar Over Whether Denuvo DRM Slows Down the Game

Rime Devs, Pirates Spar Over Whether Denuvo DRM Slows Down the Game

There’s always been a tug-of-war between pirates, developers, and the purveyors of various DRM solutions. Over the years, we’ve seen a variety of DRM schemes come and go, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Over the last few years, one system, Denuvo, has developed a reputation for being difficult to crack. At one point pirates thought the system might be uncrackable, and while that’s since proven untrue, Denuvo is still used by some games for at…

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Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced. Prince Philip, who turns 96 in June, made the decision himself and the Queen supported him, a spokesman said. “I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down”, one man told him at a royal lunch on Thursday. “Well, I can’t stand up much,” the duke quipped. The duke will attend already scheduled engagements between…

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US Navy cracks down on sharing of intimate photographs

US Navy cracks down on sharing of intimate photographs

The US Navy has issued new rules forbidding personnel from sharing intimate photographs without consent. They ban the sharing of images when “the person depicted had a reasonable expectation of privacy” or “without legal justification or excuse”. It follows the discovery that some marines were sharing photos of women in a private Facebook group. Service personnel found to be violating the regulations will be dealt with by military courts. The interim order, which was signed…

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Shia LaBeouf film Man Down makes £7 in opening weekend

Shia LaBeouf film Man Down makes £7 in opening weekend

Shia LaBeouf’s latest film hasn’t exactly set the UK box office on fire. War movie Man Down, which also stars Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara, made £7 on its opening weekend. Or – to put it another way – the film sold one adult ticket. To put that into perspective, Beauty and the Beast took a further £6.75m over the weekend. Why so low? Well, to be fair, it did only open in…

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Syria 'chemical attack' down to Assad, US says

Syria 'chemical attack' down to Assad, US says

Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House says it is “confident” Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind an apparent chemical attack that killed at least 58 people in north-west Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating survivors, medics and activists said. Syria’s army denied the government had…

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