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Gary Oldman slays dragons to play Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

LOS ANGELES: Gary Oldman has played Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious and Pontius Pilate in his 35-year acting career, but he says taking on Britain’s Winston Churchill was by far the most daunting. Months of research, four hours for makeup and costumes every day, and capturing the famous voice of Britain’s wartime prime minister were just some of the challenges facing Oldman in the movie “Darkest Hour.” Stamina was another. “Churchill is arguably the greatest Briton who ever lived to many people and he has…

Unearthed essay on alien life reveals Churchill the scientist

LONDON: A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill shows Britain's wartime leader was uncannily prescient about the possibility of alien life on planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. The 11-page article was drafted on the eve of World War Two in 1939 and updated in the 1950s, decades before astronomers discovered the first extrasolar planets in the 1990s. Yet Churchill pinpointed issues dominating today's debate about extraterrestrial life, proving that the former prime minister "reasoned like a scientist",…