Barcelona Messi, Dembele train ahead of El Clasico as Ronaldo remains isolated Matt Dorman 01:53 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Ousmane Dembélé Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Barcelona have received a welcome training ground boost ahead of an eagerly-anticipated La Liga encounter, in contrast to arch-rivals Real Madrid Ousmane Dembele and a fit-again Gerard Deulofeu joined Lionel Messi in Barcelona training on Thursday as the La Liga leaders continued preparations for El Clasico.Ernesto Valverde has already confirmed France winger Dembele will not be risked on Saturday, but his involvement is an encouraging sign of his return from a hamstring injury.Training footage released by Barca painted a different picture to the scenes at their bitter rivals, where Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to join his team-mates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The star forward, who is reported to have picked up a calf problem in the Club World Cup final, was confined to light work away from the main squad for the second day in succession. See #Messi and co. get ready for #ElClásico during Thursday’s training session pic.twitter.com/8h1ydo0vke — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 21, 2017 Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says they must be prepared for whatever forward line Zinedine Zidane fields at the Santiago Bernabeu.”The two teams facing each other are perhaps the best in LaLiga and the world,” the German told El Pais.”We already know who we will have up front, and we must be aware of their attack, and of all of them.”But [we must stick to] our way of playing, that’s how we usually have the best chance of winning.”
Lily Tomlin, the 2017 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient, has added another title to her list of accolades – children’s literacy advocate.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online (storylineonline.net), sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, has released its newest video featuring the five-time Emmy Award winning actress, producer, and singer reading Hey, That’s My Monster, written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.Video: Hey That’s My Monster read by Lily TomlinStoryline Online streams free videos featuring acclaimed actors including Kevin Costner, Allison Janney, Christian Slater, Ed O’Neill and Mary Steenburgen reading children’s books alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. With over 12 million views every month, Storyline Online has brought the love of reading to hundreds of millions of children, and is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. Each video comes with supplemental curriculum for both home and school, aimed at strengthening verbal, written and comprehension skills in children grades K-5th grades.The sequel to Scholastic Book Club Selection I Need My Monster, Hey, That’s My Monster tells the story of Ethan and Emma – two young siblings who bond over their experience dealing with the world of monsters residing under their beds. The Storyline Online video library also includes Noll’s original I Need My Monster, read by 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno, with almost 8 million views.“We are incredibly grateful to Lily Tomlin for donating her time and talent to Storyline Online. Her reading of this colorful book is going to be watched by millions of children in classrooms and homes all over the world,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Lily’s love of story and character shines through when you watch her bring these children and monsters to life though her animated voicing and narration. We just added one of the most talented performers of our time to the Storyline Online library and we couldn’t be more excited to release this video just in time for the SAG Awards.”At the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29, Lily Tomlin will become the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, which honors acclaimed performers for encouraging the exemplary values of the acting profession. With Hey, That’s My Monster, Lily joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Rita Moreno, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White and James Earl Jones on Storyline Online’s growing list of readers. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is the benefiting charity of the annual SAG Awards. Proceeds from the annual show and auction series support the Foundation’s programs including Storyline Online.To watch Lily Tomlin read Hey, That’s My Monster and to view all of the Storyline Online videos, visit storylineonline.net. Several new videos will be released in 2017.
In a film career spanning over 15 years, Priyanka Chopra has essayed diverse roles and paved her way into Hollywood like no other Indian actress has. Now she says it’s her dream to play a man and she is eyeing Broadway too.At an interactive session titled “Challenging the Status Quo and Forging New Paths” organised jointly by ‘FICCI Ladies Organisation’ (FLO) and ‘Yes bank’, Priyanka spoke strongly about how her “Quantico” character Alex Parrish was unapologetic for choices – something that all women need to be. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Alex to me is an unapologetic modern female who lives life on her terms. She is extremely flawed, she’s not perfect, she’s a loner, she doesn’t like people, she only uses people… So, she’s basically playing a man, which is awesome, because girls don’t get to play that… And I was like ‘Yes, we get to turn the tables’,” Priyanka said.”It’s my dream to be able to play a man… That’s the next thing I want to do,” added the actress, who also expressed a desire to do Broadway as she loves watching theatrical productions when she is in New York. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Pinky Reddy, President, FICCI Ladies Organisation said, “As a part of its activities, FLO brings together women achievers for interactive sessions, beating the odds, walking the pathways of courage and playing the role of inspirational role model for women around the globe,””An immensely passionate and fearless woman Priyanka Chopra is a real life hero and a winner in the journey of life. FLO salutes her indomitable spirit and unsurpassable courage,” she added.The session was moderated by the eminent journalist Vir Sanghvi.