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Why Rami Malek’s Benjamin Is So Unique (And So Important)

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Rami Malek played a role in the blockbuster Twilight saga as Breaking Dawn- Part II’s Benjamin, but why is the character important in the series?

Rami Malek’s role in the Twilight saga as Breaking Dawn- Part II’s Benjamin is both unique and hugely important to the series. Before he was an Oscar winner and the upcoming Bond villain Safin, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot star Malek appeared briefly in the Twilight saga. The actor played the role of Benjamin, a key and intriguing character in the original series of paranormal romance novels by Stephenie Meyers.

However, as with many details of the franchise’s mythology, the unique importance of Malek’s character was largely lost in the truncated film adaptation. The viewer does get to briefly glimpse just what makes Benjamin so special among the cast of vampires seen throughout the films, but the story of his character is left largely unexplained. What is clear, however, is that he is different and his distinction is what marks him out as important.

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An Egyptian vampire, Benjamin is unique amongst the saga’s vampires for his ability to control the elements. Every vampire has a specific power in Meyers’ divisive reimagining of vampire lore, with both the villainous Volturi and each of the Cullen family having separate and distinct abilities like super strength, telepathy, and foresight. But Benjamin is the only character able to manipulate the elements where the rest of the series’ vampires can only manipulate humans and each other. His skill – which manifested when he was still human – doesn’t rely on mental manipulation, making him a vital asset for any of the many vampire clans, such as series villains Volturi or Benjamin’s handler Amun’s brood, who are attempting to gain or maintain dominance in the world of the Twilight saga.

As a result, Benjamin plays a small but pivotal role in the climax of the series – or would have if the climax actually happened. Infamously, the epic and surprisingly brutal twelve-minute battle sequence which ends Breaking Dawn Part II is actually only a premonition of what might happen, and it’s one that proves potent enough to scare the villainous Volturi coven away from any potential fighting. This change results in an unexpectedly low stake happy ending for the series, if not for the minor villain Marcus who is denied the death he deeply desires. But the controversial decision also saps a lot of importance from Benjamin’s place in Twilight lore.

As a phenomenally powerful but naive character who is hidden from the Volturi for fear of him being killed or controlled by the villainous coven, his presence at this battle is a high-risk maneuver. He’s needed by the heroic Cullens and the earthquake he causes is directly tied to their eventual bloody victory. But just by arriving in time to play a part in Breaking Dawn Part II‘s battle sequence ending (and insisting to his handler Amun that he refuses to leave), Benjamin risks capture and an unending lifetime serving the Volturi, a fate which Marcus has already proven is worse than death itself. It’s a moving moment for viewers to discover that a character who doesn’t know the central pair Edward and Bella would be willing to put his life on the line to protect them and their family. If only the film provided any of this context, in which case Malek’s Twilight performance could have had a lot more impact.

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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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