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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston get flirty during ‘Fast Times’

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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston got down and dirty Thursday night — on Zoom.

During the star-studded charity “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” table read, Pitt played Brad Hamilton, the role originated by a young Judge Reinhold in the 1982 cult teen comedy, and Aniston took on the part of Linda, the girl a drooling Brad lusts after.

The former married couple, who’ve practically gone on tour since their warmhearted reunion at the SAG Awards in January, had to act out one of the most embarrassing scenes in the film.

You might recall when Brad takes an, ahem, private moment in his bathroom, or as narrator Morgan Freeman said with blunt authority: “Brad is j–king off.”

“Hi Brad, you know how cute I always thought you were,” Pitt’s ex, whom he divorced in 2005, said in his character’s fantasy. “You’re so sexy.” Unlike actress Phoebe Cates, Aniston did not go topless. But it was a fun bit that was surely negotiated by agents and publicists for weeks.

The event, held for a coronavirus charity called CORE, managed to hold onto about 40K viewers on Facebook for an hour, and was crammed with celebs: Shia LaBeouf, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Henry Golding, Dane Cook and the original film’s star Sean Penn were all on hand. A few of those freeloaders barely turned a page.

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Shia LaBeouf as lovable stoner Jeff Spicoli.Facebook

LaBeouf was best as lovable stoner Jeff Spicoli, the role that made Penn famous. While the rest of the actors lounged in their expensive homes glued to scripts, LaBeouf was mostly off-book, sitting in the driver’s seat of his parked car while wearing a tank top and smoking what appeared to be a joint. Method acting, or a normal night at home, Shia?

Roberts also charmed as Stacy, the Jennifer Jason Leigh role, with an easygoing naiveté and that same big ‘ol smile that hasn’t dulled a watt.

“Fast Times” was released during more freewheeling times, and the script sure ain’t PC. Roberts and Aniston — a best actress in a drama nominee at Sunday’s 2020 Emmy Awards for “The Morning Show” — performed the iconic carrot scene, which involves a graphic demonstration in the cafeteria. It scandalized poor Freeman.

“She takes out a carrot stick and eases it down her throat,” he said, before muttering, “Holy cow!”

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Clockwise from top left: John Legend, Matthew McConaughey, Pitt and Sean Penn, who originated the role of Spicoli.Facebook

Cute though the event was — and clocking in under an hour it didn’t even make it through the entire script — ever since Zoomtertainment took off during the pandemic, virtual shows have become less and less live. This is an annoying trend. Indeed, while the night was advertised as live, it was all pre-taped. Without honest spontaneity, these events can fall flat. After a few minutes Thursday, blandness ensued.

But there was one delightful consequence of having A-listers act from their living rooms: bad Wi-Fi. It was warmly reassuring to know that celebs have to deal, not with a pricey concierge web service, but the same crummy internet providers you and I hate. Roberts and McConaughey, who appropriately played ladies man Mike Damone, were blurry on and off for much of the night.

That was great. This was, after all, a table read of a script based on writer Cameron Crowe’s actual experience enrolling in — and spying on — a California high school. The brilliant Crowe knows that reality is more relatable — and funnier.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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