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Hugh Grant was one of the biggest rom-com stars of the ’90s with box office hits like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.

Then in 2001, he played the lovable lothario Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’s Diary, signalling a move away from his good guy characters.

More recently, he’s earned multiple award nominations for his role in thriller mini-series The Undoing, opposite Nicole Kidman, and now plays a comedic villain in Guy Ritchie’s new movie, Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre – something he tells 9Honey Celebrity he relished in.

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“I did actually, yes,” the 61-year-old says over Zoom, about playing billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds in the action movie.

“Yes, in that same way that really in the last six or seven years I’ve been allowed to play more kind of off-beat, character roles.

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“I could almost say I enjoy my job now. It’s been fun,” he admits, hinting he didn’t enjoy being pigeonholed before that.

In a previous interview Grant admitted “Mr Nice Guy’s never been me”, telling Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine: “I do find that as I grow older I’m increasingly drawn to, and more comfortable in, revolting roles”.

Grant doesn’t expressly rule out a return to the Bridget Jones franchise either, when talking to 9Honey Celebrity, despite skipping the third film.

Hugh Grant in Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

The ending of 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby left the door open for the actor, and his character Daniel Cleaver, to make a comeback if a fourth film was ever made.

And recently author Helen Fielding confirmed in an interview with Radio Times that she was writing the next instalment of the movie franchise.

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Grant caused a stir among fans at the BAFTA Awards in 2020, when he quoted one of Cleaver’s famous lines to Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger as she walked off-stage after her BAFTA win.

But the actor wasn’t giving much away, telling 9Honey Celebrity: “If there is [a fourth movie], I don’t know about it.”

Scene from Bridget Jones' Diary

For now, fans can catch him back on the big screen in Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre — the action-packed dramedy (drama-comedy) also staring Jason Statham as special agent Orson Fortune and Aubrey Plaza as agent Sarah Fidel.

The spies recruit one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, Danny Francesco (played by Josh Hartnett), to go undercover and get information from Simmonds, to help Fortune thwart a deadly weapons deal.

Grant’s last flick, in 2019, was also a Guy Ritchie movie – The Gentleman.

He’s spent the last few years doing TV, including drama The Undoing and the satirical Netflix documentaries Death to 2020 and Death to 2021.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre is in cinemas around Australia on January 12.

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How to Backpack the Teton Crest Trail Without a Permit

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By Michael Lanza

So you just got the inspired idea to backpack the Teton Crest Trail and discovered you’re months late to reserve a backcountry permit. You’ve probably also learned that it’s possible to get a walk-in backcountry permit for Grand Teton National Park—but competition for those is high, especially for the camping zones along the TCT.

So you’re wondering: Is it possible to backpack the Teton Crest Trail without a permit? In a word, the answer is: yes. It’s somewhat complicated and not easy, but this story explains how to do that.

The Teton Crest Trail deservedly sees sky-high demand for backcountry permits. It’s unquestionably one of the 10 best backpacking trips in America, incredibly scenic virtually every step from start to finish, featuring high passes with sweeping vistas, endless meadows bursting with wildflowers, beautiful lakes, creeks, and waterfalls, a good chance of seeing wildlife like elk and moose—and some of the best campsites you will ever pitch a tent in.

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I’ve taken at least 20 trips in the Tetons and several on the Teton Crest Trail over the past three decades, including the 10 years I spent as Northwest Editor of Backpacker magazine and even longer running this blog.

See my story about my most-recent TCT trip, “A Wonderful Obsession: Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail,” which requires a paid subscription to

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The Download: artificial surf pools, and unfunny AI

This is today’s edition of The Download our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

The cost of building the perfect wave

For nearly as long as surfing has existed, surfers have been obsessed with the search for the perfect wave.

While this hunt has taken surfers from tropical coastlines to icebergs, these days that search may take place closer to home. That is, at least, the vision presented by developers and boosters in the growing industry of surf pools, spurred by advances in wave-­generating technology that have finally created artificial waves surfers actually want to ride.

But there’s a problem: some of these pools are in drought-ridden areas, and face fierce local opposition. At the core of these fights is a question that’s also at the heart of the sport: What is the cost of finding, or now creating, the perfect wave—and who will have to bear it? Read the full story.

—Eileen Guo

This story is from the forthcoming print issue of MIT Technology Review, which explores the theme of Play. It’s set to go live on Wednesday June 26, so if you don’t already, subscribe now to get a copy when it lands.

What happened when 20 comedians got AI to write their routines

AI is good at lots of things: spotting patterns in data, creating fantastical images, and condensing thousands of words into just a few paragraphs. But can it be a useful tool for writing comedy?

New research from Google DeepMind suggests that it can, but only to a very limited extent. It’s an intriguing finding that hints at the ways AI can—and cannot—assist with creative endeavors more generally. Read the full story.

—Rhiannon Williams

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Meta has paused plans to train AI on European user data
Data regulators rebuffed its claims it had “legitimate interests” in doing so. (Ars Technica)
Meta claims it sent more than two billion warning notifications. (TechCrunch)
How to opt out of Meta’s AI training. (MIT Technology Review)

2 AI assistants and chatbots can’t say who won the 2020 US election
And that’s a major problem as we get closer to the 2024 polls opening. (WP $)
Online conspiracy theorists are targeting political abuse researchers. (The Atlantic $)
Asking Meta AI how to disable it triggers some interesting conversations. (Insider $)
Meta says AI-generated election content is not happening at a “systemic level.” (MIT Technology Review)

3 A smartphone battery maker claims to have made a breakthrough
Japanese firm TDK says its new material could revolutionize its solid-state batteries. (FT $)
And it’s not just phones that could stand to benefit. (CNBC)
Meet the new batteries unlocking cheaper electric vehicles. (MIT Technology Review)

4 What should AI logos look like?
Simple, abstract and non-threatening, if these are anything to go by. (TechCrunch)

5 Radiopharmaceuticals fight cancer with molecular precision
Their accuracy can lead to fewer side effects for patients. (Knowable Magazine)

6 UK rail passengers’ emotions were assessed by AI cameras 
Major stations tested surveillance cameras designed to predict travelers’ emotions. (Wired $)
The movement to limit face recognition tech might finally get a win. (MIT Technology Review)

7 The James Webb Space Telescope has spotted dozens of new supernovae
Dating back to the early universe. (New Scientist $)

8 Rice farming in Vietnam has had a hi-tech makeover
Drones and AI systems are making the laborious work a bit simpler. (Hakai Magazine)
How one vineyard is using AI to improve its winemaking. (MIT Technology Review)

9 Meet the researchers working to cool down city parks
Using water misters, cool tubes, and other novel techniques. (Bloomberg $)
Here’s how much heat your body can take. (MIT Technology Review)

10 The latest generative AI viral trend? Pregnant male celebrities.
The stupider and weirder the image, the better. (Insider $)

Quote of the day

“It’s really easy to get people addicted to things like social media or mobile games. Learning is really hard.”

—Liz Nagler, senior director of product management at language app Duolingo, tells the Wall Street Journal it’s far trickier to get people to go back to the app every day than you might think.

The big story

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Steve Carell & Greg Kinnear Discuss the Art of Sound Editing at the Oscars

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Steve Carell and Greg Kinnear presenting Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman the Oscar for Sound Editing for “Letters from Iwo Jima” at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.

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