Emma Watson-inspired campus group looks to make change for women on a local level | Culture

With so many philanthropic opportunities at Western, it can be difficult to choose just one, but a new student initiative hopes to get your attention.

HeForShe Western is based on actor Emma Watson’s United Nations initiative. Fourth-year medical science student Danielle Perro says her inspiration for founding the group stems from personal experience.

“I noticed that when discussing gender equality on campus, male voices were often lacking,” Perro says. “However, it wasn’t until I took a women’s studies course last year that I truly understood, or began to understand, the intersectionality of gendered issues and the underrepresentation of men in the conversation.”

According to HeForShe Western vice-president of events, Kirsten Bloomfield, the group will be partnering with clubs like the Black Students’ Association, Spectrum and the Women’s Issues Network to establish safe and productive spaces for discussion and advocacy around gender equality.

The club plans to begin by hosting their first annual Period Project, a drive to provide feminine hygiene products, toiletries and other personal care items to homeless women in London.

“In partnership with Rotholme Women’s Shelter and the USC, we hope to provide 150 care packages to local women in need,” Bloomfield says.

On top of local initiatives, HeForShe Western is planning an end-of-year charity gala in support of a global “women-run gender equality initiative.”

At its heart, the club seeks to get people talking, create visible change and to encourage empathy and inclusivity.

“HeforShe Western will hopefully become a space where we can explore the unique perspectives and challenges of more than one type of woman: queer women, women of colour, women in science, disabled women, religious women and homeless women,” Bloomfield says.

By viewing gender inequality as a human issue, the group aspires to attract students from all walks of life.

Perro and Bloomfield’s passion for the HeForShe movement is emblematic of how students can become part of real world change and an outlet like HeForShe Western is one way to take social justice a step outside the classroom.

To learn more about HeForShe Western, students are encouraged to visit the group’s booth at Taylor Library Main Floor from Sept. 19 to 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hey look, it’s Emma Watson! Oh wait, is it really her? Kari Lewis, her look-alike, has the answer- The New Indian Express

It was sometime around 2002. The movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had just hit the screens. Kari Lewis was a regular teenager in Indianapolis then; one who had no idea who Harry Potter even was. Let’s go ahead and state the obvious, she probably didn’t know who Emma Watson, the then budding child actor, was either.


So, where were we? Oh yes, 2002. One day, Kari had to run an errand at the local post office. There, she saw a couple of young girls pointing at her and smiling excitedly. “Oh my god, it’s Hermione!” they said. But who is Hermione? She quickly got home and looked her up online. And boy oh boy! Was that a mirror or a monitor she was looking at? Because the resemblance was uncanny!


Wow girl: Kari, who is totally loving the doppelganger role is now an Instagram star with more than 18k followers


Since then, Kari closely followed Emma Watson and her work. 15 years have passed since then and today, this 28-year-old mother of a little girl works in a movie store in Indianapolis. “I have had plenty of people doing a double-take, but I haven’t had anyone confuse me for Emma. Although, one of my customers nearly told me that I didn’t belong in the movie store and that I should be out making movies. He said, ‘I almost thought you were Emma. I was about to ask why you weren’t out making Harry Potter films?’,” says Kari.


Kari, who is totally loving the doppelganger role is now an Instagram star with more than 18k followers. You must have probably seen her dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast for her daughter Madison’s princess party. And who else can rock that perfect Hermione look in a Gryffindor robe apart from Emma? Kari, of course!


I have had plenty of people doing a double-take, but I haven’t had anyone confuse me for Emma. Although, one of my customers nearly told me that I didn’t belong in the movie store and that I should be out making movies. He said, ‘I almost thought you were Emma. I was about to ask why you weren’t out making Harry Potter films?

Kari Lewis, Emma Watson’s look-alike


Honestly, she thinks the celebrity status is a bit huge. But she cannot complain. “It’s a bit overwhelming at times, but it’s also pretty cool. I honestly don’t think I’m that interesting of a person, but I’ve gained some lovely followers who have been super awesome to me and I genuinely appreciate the love,” she says.


For someone who used to be a circus clown, cosplaying comes naturally to her. “My latest hobby is cosplaying; I’m just getting started,” she says. ” I’ve had people at Indy Comic Con and Indy Pop Con, who have really enjoyed my Hermione/Belle cosplays, tell me that I look so much like Emma.” But looking like the star isn’t enough for her. Kari dreams of acting in a film someday too. “It has been a childhood dream of mine to do a film. I’ve just done small acting gigs, nothing big,” she humbly says.


Despite the similarity, Kari hasn’t ever met Emma. But if she does, what would she tell her? “I’d want to tell her that I think she’s doing an amazing job with her activism and growing up under the spotlight. She seems to be handling the fame quite well and I admire her willpower in everything she does.” Emma Watson truly is an inspiration on and off the screen.

Livia Firth invites you to the Sustainable Textile School 2017 in Chemnitz

Thank you for your warm words and the encouragement, Livia Firth!

Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco-Age, an agency that has been advising fashion and jewelry brands on sustainability since 2009. Its customers include industry leaders such as Chopard and Gucci.

With the Green Carpet Challenge, Livia Firth is campaigning for sustainable fashion on the red carpet. Meanwhile, many stars such as Emma Watson and Keira Knightley are following suit, proving that VIP events and a sense of responsibility for regional and long-lasting fashion production are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Together with her husband, Hollywood actor Colin Firth, she was awarded the Honorary Prize of the German Sustainability Award in 2014 as a model for social and ecological commitment.

Emma Watson mistook ‘It’ cast for ‘Stranger Things’ kids

The cast of supernatural horror flick “It” was starstruck to meet Emma Watson, despite experiencing a case of mistaken identity.

In a People interview, Chosen Jacobs shared the time when they took a photo with the British actress at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May 2017.

“When we were sitting at the table we were fanboy- and [fan]girling a little bit,” said the 15-year-old actor.

They approached her and he narrates that Watson was gracious. “Emma said something sweet and British and she let us take a photo with her,” related Jacobs.

Finn Wolfhard jumped in at this point. “To be fair, I love you Emma but I think she thought that you guys were the ‘Stranger Things’ kids.”

Wolfhard stars as main character Mike Wheeler in the Netflix sci-fi drama.

The rest of the cast which included Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff concurred.

Both casts include kids ages 13 to 15, and similar hairstyles for some members.


Wyatt Oleff, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, and Jack Dylan Grazer. Image: Instagram/@chosenjacobs

Stranger Things

The “Stranger Things” season two cast. Top, L-R: Gaten Materrazo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp. Bottom, L-R: Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Millie Bobby Brown. Image: Instagram/@milliebobbybrown

“Maybe she was told you were the Stranger Things kids,” suggested the interviewer.

“That’s what it said in her Instagram post and she edited it really quickly. She was like, ‘with these beautiful ‘Stranger Things’ kids,” Wolfhard said.

The caption has since been updated to “So nice meeting the gang!”

Good save, Emma.

Surely she’ll recognize them soon: on its United States opening weekend, the horror film made a killing with $117.2 million, the biggest box office opening for September, according to Time.

The film is based on the Stephen King novel about seven children terrorized by a being named “It”. Niña V. Guno/JB


Stephen King on ‘It’ movie adaptation: ‘I was not prepared how good it was’

Creators, cast of ‘Stranger Things’ debut season 2 trailer

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How Mick Fryer-Kelsey’s career as a film extra went into hyper-speed – appearing in Star Wars and working with Emma Watson – Latest Suffolk and Essex News

PUBLISHED: 10:18 03 September 2017

Actor Mick Fryer-Kelsey.  Picture : SARAH LUCY BROWN

Actor Mick Fryer-Kelsey. Picture : SARAH LUCY BROWN

We often come across people we recognise but, no matter how hard we try, just cannot place.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey is one of those people, yet he’s probably been in your living room more times than you can count.

The 70-year-old, from Elmstead Market, works as an extra on film and TV sets and has been in close to a thousand projects, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to an appearance in a Pot Noodle advert.

“It wasn’t something I planned,” Mick, who is joiner by trade, said.

“As a joiner, there was a lady looking for someone to do some work.

“She said, ‘Mick, you’ve got such a character face – have you ever thought about being in the movies?’

“I thought what would be doing in the movies? I never thought about it and hadn’t even done a school play.”

He decided to give it a try, and got a job as a bell-ringer on the set of Midsomer Murders.

Some 17 years later, Mick has plenty of stories to tell, memories of Pinewood Studios, and more bookings coming his way.

His credentials so far include three Harry Potter films, Stardust, Eastenders, My Cousin Rachel, Children of Men, Cranford, The Simpsons, and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Recalling one anecdote, he said: “I went to do a TV series called Ballet Shoes about three young girls who are adopted and develop different talents.

“One of them becomes a young actress and she gets to do Alice in Wonderland, and my agent booked me as The Mad Hatter.

“I working alongside this young girl and we had a great time. It was Emma Watson. We became quite good friends.

“Later, when I was doing Harry Potter we were filming in the tavern – The Three Broomsticks – and the three wizards came in and the director picked on me to have an action through the set, where I was going up the stairs a bit tiddly.

“While they reset, I came down the stairs and waited at the bottom. I’d been in so many films that year and told not to shave, that by the time I got to Harry Potter I had a big wizard-y beard.

“Emma just kept looking at me giving me that ‘I know you’ face. I thought, do I talk to her, do I say something? I can’t just blurt it out, but she’s going to think I’m ignorant, so I just leant over and said ‘how’s Alice?’.

“She said ‘I know you now, Mick! I knew your face,’ and I chatted with her and Daniel and Rupert.”

As well as leaving his mark on one of the biggest films of all time, Mick has also been immortalised as a Lego character, thanks to his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

There, he played a space pirate called Oskus Stooratt, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz, and got to know director J.J. Abrams.

“I’m an unlockable character in the video game,” Mick, who lives in Elmstead Market, said.

“I didn’t know anything about it. To be Lego, well, I just wish my wife was here because she would’ve loved it. My husband is Lego.

“When we were filming, a group of us were taken to another studio and scanned. The lady in charge said it was for the video game and we just thought, ‘yeah OK, right.’”

Since then, thousands have played it, including his own family.

Mick has also been given substantial speaking parts in his work, although not everything always makes the cut.

In Star Wars, he spent time filming an improvised scene about his stolen spaceship, and was chosen to play the wizard priest for the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Mick said: “We spent ages filming and we rehearsed the wedding and I read part of the books – I’ve never read them but I read that part – and it was a big scene.

“The priest does the wedding and he has a squeaky voice and waves his wand and they wanted me to play him. But then it was all cut.”

Perhaps Mick’s biggest fan though, is his 11-year-old granddaughter Sally Alford, who has already done her own film work.

“When she was born I held her in my arms and she was blonde, blue-eyed and very cute,” he said.

“I phoned one of my guys and asked for the top agent for children and straightaway she was on Miss Austen Regrets.”

Sally has also been involved in Missing Children: Lorraine Kelly Investigates.

Together, the pair have quite the portfolio and it only looks set to get bigger.

Watch this space.

Round Hill Jamaica, with guests including Emma Watson

Continuing the Mail on Sunday’s series on the world’s hippest hotels and the celebrities who frequent them, Sarah Turner visits Round Hill, Jamaica.

Prince Harry and Meghan stayed in March when Harry’s friends Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young were married there in Jamaica.

Read on for the low-down… 

When this gated corner of Jamaica first opened for business in 1952, celebrities were quick to colonise it

When this gated corner of Jamaica first opened for business in 1952, celebrities were quick to colonise it

When this gated corner of Jamaica first opened for business in 1952, celebrities were quick to colonise it

Star quality: Emma Watson, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, John F. Kennedy, Emma Thompson, Paul McCartney, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable.

Vital statistics: When this gated corner of Jamaica first opened for business in 1952, celebrities were quick to colonise it. John F. Kennedy and Jackie honeymooned in Villa 10 and he wrote his inauguration speech at Villa 25 (owned by Fred Astaire’s sister), while Oscar Hammerstein penned The Sound Of Music at the home he owned, Villa 12. 

Other early guests included Bing Crosby and Clark Gable. More than 60 years later, the 27 villas – some owned by celebrities and most available to rent – still have a steady stream of privacy-searching guests. 

Paul McCartney has brought his family here since the 1970s, and recent visitors include Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. They come for the relaxed vibe and the old-school architecture – all whitewashed buildings with lawns and seclusion.

Emma Watson is just one of the stars to have holidayed here

Emma Watson is just one of the stars to have holidayed here

Emma Watson is just one of the stars to have holidayed here

Location report: An 18th Century former plantation covering 100 acres that leads down to a secluded, crescent-shaped beach near Montego Bay. You’ll also find five tennis courts, while the original plantation house is now a spa with seven treatment rooms. There’s also a restaurant that doesn’t ignore its Caribbean setting – goat curry and jerk chicken are favourite dishes – and a beach bar.

Key attraction: Round Hill still has some famous owners, including Paul McCartney and Ralph Lauren, but the management won’t tell you if you’re staying in one of their houses. Each villa has its own housekeeper who will make your breakfast and provide high levels of low-key cosseting. Children may be welcomed now (and there’s a kids’ club for them) but it’s defiantly old-fashioned. People still dress for dinner, usually after a stint in the main bar where the walls are covered in pictures of Round Hill’s most famous guests.

In the news: Prince Harry and Meghan stayed in March when Harry’s friends Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young were married there in Jamaica.

Good enough for the rest of us? The villas dotted around the grounds can be eye-wateringly expensive (Villa 22A, which has three bedrooms, is the most affordable). For a couple, staying in Pineapple House is more reasonable. With just 36 rooms, this is Round Hill’s Ralph Lauren-designed colonial-style hotel close to the beach.


Getting there: A seven-night break with Inspiring Travel Company (inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk, 01244 355527) at Pineapple House starts at £2,249pp including return flights, private transfers and room-only accommodation. 

Emma Watson and more celebs’ privacy threatened as Instagram hackers sell contact details on dark web

Hackers are reportedly selling millions of Instagram users’ personal contact details, including those of celebrities, via a searchable database named Doxagram at just $10 (£7.7) a search. Multiple media outlets and a security firm have reported that the affected celebrity users range from Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke and Taylor Swift to the POTUS, David Beckham and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Earlier this week, Instagram disclosed that a bug in its API was exploited by hackers to obtain the phone numbers and email addresses of some of its “high-profile users”. The popular Facebook-owned social media network said they quickly fixed the bug and have been working with law enforcement on the matter.

However, it appears that the breach affected more than just a few high-profile accounts. The hackers launched a website with a searchable database to sell the email addresses and phone numbers of six million users that were scraped before the glitch was fixed for just $10 per enquiry via Bitcoin, Ars Technica reports.

“So far we’ve had 12 deposits totalling around $500,” the site operator told Ars on Friday (September 1) roughly six hours after website went live. “Not a horrible start.”

The person also provided Ars with a sample of 10,000 of the alleged records that the site and security researcher Troy Hunt “all but concluded is legitimate”. He also mentioned that he learned of Instagram’s API flaw in an IRC (internet relay chat) discussion, saying other people have probably exploited the bug as well.

Instagram co-founder and CTO Mike Krieger said in a blog post: “Although we cannot determine which specific accounts may have been impacted, we believe it was a low percentage of Instagram accounts.”

He noted that no passwords or other Instagram activity were revealed. “Protecting the community has been important at Instagram from day one, and we’re constantly working to make Instagram a safer place. We are very sorry this happened.”

The revelation comes after Selena Gomez’s Instagram account was hacked and multiple nude photos of her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber were posted.

The UK-based cybersecurity firm RepKnight found at least 500 A-list celebrities whose personal contact details have put up for sale on the dark web. The celebrities affected in the breach include Emma Watson, Emilia Clarke, Leonardo Di Caprio, Channing Tatum and Zac Efron.

Celebrity musicians whose contact details were also identified include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Victoria Beckham, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears.

Sports figures whose accounts have been compromised include Floyd Mayweather, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Paul Pogba, Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Tendulkar and India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli.

According to a list of 1,000 names sent to the Daily Beast, some of the political figures affected include the president of United States’ official account as well as White House director of social media Dan Scavino.

“While Instagram has now fixed the bug that lead to the leak, the cat is out of the bag now, and those affected will have to take extra care to maintain their privacy,” RepKnight cybersecurity analyst Patrick Martin wrote in a blog post. “As dark web specialists at RepKnight, we were able to track down the identities of some of those affected using our sophisticated monitoring tools.

“The attack just goes to show the growing threat of the dark web. If you’ve been hacked and someone’s posted your contact details on a site that Google cannot reach, you’re highly unlikely to ever understand the severity of that hack.

“Everyone is at risk of the dark web these days — not just A-list celebrities. At RepKnight we see thousands upon thousands of posts every day relating to corporate and consumer data appearing on the dark web for sale, with those affected none the wiser.”

IBTimes UK has reached out to RepKnight for more details.

Emma Watson named ‘the most inspiring celebrity’ by NCS

Featured in the image is actress Emma WatsonReuters/Mario Anzuoni

Emma Watson continues to be an amazing role model to her fans and feminists all over the world. In a recent survey made by ICM for the National Citizen Service, Watson was named “the most inspiring celebrity,” beating other famous stars such as Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Zayn Malik.

The survey found out that “feminist” is now the most popular term to describe women, garnering the majority vote of 29 percent. 1,000 teenagers were subjected to the survey, and many of the volunteers agreed that Watson is one of their most influential role models.

They said their admiration for Watson is rooted from her tireless work in using her fame to promote gender equality for women and her inspirational speeches against common societal discriminations such as sexism, racism and homophobia. One volunteer even said: “I find Emma Watson so inspirational … I’ve always looked up to her as someone who isn’t afraid to articulate her views … Feminism is so important to me.”

Watson, aside from playing Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, is known for her charitable acts and for being an outspoken activist towards feminism and gender equality, particularly her role in the HeforShe campaign, a solidarity initiative started by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

Regarding the result of the survey, Natasha Krizzie, NCS marketing director, said in a press release: “The rise of internet feminism and increasingly politically engaged youth has brought these issues to the forefront of the news agenda, and the “Emma Watson effect”: has done brilliant things for the cause.”

She added, “She inspires young people to never limit their expectations of what they can achieve on the basis on their gender. I am heartened by our findings, and I hope this increasing empowerment of young people continues.”

Although the majority of the girls who participated in the survey labeled themselves as “feminists,” the result is not the same for the boy respondents. In the survey, only five percent of the boys identify themselves as “feminists,” with many choosing other labels such as “gamer,” which got 39 percent of the votes, and “intellectual,” which garnered 25 percent.

Emma Watson reveals why she lost out on La La Land role

It’s the kind of role any young Hollywood actress might kneecap their competition for, and it scored Emma Stone an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role at last month’s Academy Awards.

But, as is now Hollywood lore, the singing-dancing role of Mia Dolan, La La Land‘s sad barista-and-aspiring actress, was originally intended for Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

Rumours had hinted at diva demands, with Page Six reporting the job fell through after Watson insisted on more money and the film’s rehearsals being upheaved from Los Angeles to London.

The truth, it seems, is decidedly less scandalous.

“It’s one of these frustrating things where sort of names get attached to projects very early on as a way to kind of build anticipation or excitement for something that’s coming before anything is really actually agreed or set in stone,” Watson explained during an interview with Entertainment Weekly on SiriusXM.

Despite the rumour-mongering, it turns out her bruising schedule on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was what got in the way.

“I knew I had horse training. I knew I had dancing. I knew I had three months of singing ahead of me, and I knew I had to be in London to really do that,” Watson said.

La La Land director Damien Chazelle had previously confirmed that Watson and Miles Teller (who he worked with on his breakthrough Whiplash) were originally supposed to take on the roles of Mia and Sebastian but that “neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out”.

Teller confirmed the fallout in an interview with Esquire last year, saying he received a call from studio Lionsgate telling him Chazelle “no longer thinks you’re creatively right for the project”, and that he texted the director back with a “What the f—, bro?”.

The role earned Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination for Best Actor last month, although the prize went to Casey Affleck for Manchester By The Sea.

Unlike Teller, Watson had remained mum on the missed opportunity until now.

“[Beauty and the Beast] wasn’t a movie I could just parachute into. I knew I had to do the work, and I had to be where I had to be. So scheduling conflict-wise, it just didn’t work out.

“I’m so thrilled that musicals are so celebrated at the moment… I thought the film was wonderful,” she added.

While her mantelpiece may be Oscars-free, Watson’s choice won’t hurt her employment prospects among studio execs.

Beauty and the Beast, which opens in cinemas next week, has already become the “fastest-selling family film in history” based on ticket pre-sales alone, and is on-track for a massive opening weekend take of over $US150 million ($199 million), Deadline reports.

The story Emma Watson reveals why she lost out on La La Land role first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.