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When the soccer World Cup came to the United States in 1994, there was plenty of skepticism. Could a sport featuring low-scoring games played out by unfamiliar foreign stars capture the imagination of parochial American fans? As it turned out, the answer was yes: The World Cup helped kick-start a soccer boom in the United States, and opened a valuable new market for a global sport.

It’s a long way off, but rugby officials are hoping for something similar after awarding the 2031 men’s and 2033 women’s Rugby World Cups to the United States on Thursday. The 2031 tournament will be the first men’s Rugby World Cup held anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. (The women’s event was held in Canada in 2006.)

Because rugby’s reach is more geographically limited — only a handful of nations play it at an elite level, and only four have won its biggest championship — the Rugby World Cup does not reach the viewership heights enjoyed by soccer’s World Cup and the Olympics. But the men’s event is one of a handful of international competitions that can plausibly make the claim to being the third largest sporting event in the world. Rugby officials acknowledged Thursday, in announcing the hosts of five future tournaments, that they were looking to expand the sport’s profile and reach.

“Today, we have approved three exceptional Rugby World Cup host nations — England, Australia and U.S.A. — providing unprecedented certainty and an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate the growth and impact of rugby globally,” the World Rugby chairman, Bill Beaumont, said after the schedule of events was approved by the World Rugby Council at its annual meeting in Dublin. “It is great for rugby, for fans and for the host nations.”

The World Cups awarded to the United States were among five finalized on Thursday. All of the championships that will take place before the event comes to America have been handed to traditional powerhouses: France in 2023 and Australia in 2027 for the men, and New Zealand in 2022, England in 2025 and Australia in 2029 for the women. The World Cups in England and Australia were approved at the same time as the United States bids on Thursday.

Rugby officials also said they had committed to forging relationships with the national governing body in each host country. The goal, Beaumont said, was “long-term, sustainable development, including in the U.S.A. and across the women’s game.”

While the United States men have played in previous editions of the Rugby World Cup, they are typically up against it when facing the sport’s major powers. The Americans have qualified for the last six World Cups but posted only a 2-21 record in them. In the team’s most recent international match, in October, it lost to New Zealand, a three-time World Cup champion, 104-14.

The U.S. women’s team has fared better on the field, winning the inaugural World Cup in 1991, and finishing fourth in the most recent tournament in 2017.

Yet rugby has always struggled to find a footing in the crowded American sports landscape, already loaded with professional and college games in sports far more familiar to American fans. Increasingly, international events have intrigued those fans, but soccer games and Formula One races remains a few steps ahead of rugby.

With their own eyes on the large and lucrative American market, cricket officials have made a similar move, naming the U.S. a co-host of the 2024 Twenty20 men’s World Cup along with the West Indies.

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By: Victor Mather
Title: U.S. Picked as Host of Rugby World Cup
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2022/05/12/sports/rugby/rugby-world-cup-us.html
Published Date: Thu, 12 May 2022 11:11:53 +0000

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Selma Blair Walks Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane

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Selma Blair Walks 2024 Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane
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Selma Blair ditched her cane at the 2024 Fashion Trust Awards.

Blair, 51, walked the Tuesday, April 9, red carpet without her cane for the first time since her multiple sclerosis remission in 2021. The actress looked ethereal in a double-breasted blazer dress featuring white and silver buttons and large pockets. She accessorized with a shell necklace finished with a gold pendant, a shimmery clutch, a chunky ring and black and silver pumps.

For glam, Blair donned smokey eyeshadow, filled-in eyebrows, pink lips and rosy cheeks. She slicked her blonde hair back at the roots and wore it down.

Blair previously brought her cane to the red carpet at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month. For the party, she rocked a peachy midi dress featuring a cutout over her chest and black bra. She teamed the A-line frock with her black cane and sparkly heels.

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Blair’s makeup consisted of dark eyeliner and pink lips. She pushed her locks to the side as she smiled for the camera.

Selma Blair Walks 2024 Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane
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Through the years, Blair has been candid about using a cane. In April 2023, she opened up to Vogue about her “emotional and physical attachment” to the walking device.

“I settle in my voice and body as soon as I hold [it],” she told the publication. “I know it adds to visibility. So many younger people have started publicly embracing their sticks more. I do think representation matters. If I can help remove stigma or over-curiosity in a crowd for someone else, then that’s great.”

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In November 2023, she shared a health update at the 2023 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

“My health is good,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been in remission since I had a bone marrow transplant to stop the progression of the MS, that had been, for really many, many years, burning.”

She added, “I am feeling really, really much stronger now and building stamina.”

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Title: Selma Blair Walks Fashion Trust Awards Red Carpet Without Her Cane
Sourced From: www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/selma-blair-walks-fashion-trust-awards-red-carpet-without-cane/
Published Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:13:06 +0000

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How Isla Fisher went from ’90s Aussie fame to making it in Hollywood

From playing a fashion-savvy journalist in Confessions of a Shopaholic to an ambitious magician in Now You See Me, Isla Fisher has become a name known across the world.

But before she made it big as a successful Hollywood star, the actress started her famed career right here on Australian soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about Isla Fisher’s early Aussie fame, how she broke onto the Hollywood scene, and what she’s up to in 2024.

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How did Isla Fisher get into acting?

After moving to Australia aged six, Fisher was nine when she landed her first on-screen gig in a TV commercial.

After working in commercials, the actress transitioned to television in her teens.

What was Isla Fisher’s first role?

Starting out in the Australian entertainment industry, Fisher was 17 when she landed a small role in the series Bay City.

Fisher revealed in an interview with The Age that she had tutors on set during the show.

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Not long after that, she had a three-episode part in the Nine Network series Paradise Beach in 1993.

But her big break on Aussie TV came a year later in 1994 when she debuted on the long-running soap series Home and Away as Shannon Reed.

Fisher was 18 when she started out on the show, and it was a role she would keep until 1997.

What was Isla Fisher’s big break

Fisher’s breakout role overseas would come a few years after she landed a small role as Mary Jane in the 2002 American film Scooby-Doo.

In 2005, Fisher broke onto the Hollywood scene in the comedy Wedding Crashers.

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The actress played Gloria, starring alongside major stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. 

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Speaking to The Age, Fisher revealed she requested to be switched out during a scene with Vaughn in which her character is naked.

“There was a moment when it did occur to me that there are probably a million actresses who are more than willing to do the role and to be nude for it,” she said.

“But I think you have to stand by what you believe in and it was important to me, so I asked for it.”

Speaking to E! News in 2024 about a potential sequel to her breakout film, Fisher admitted “there have been conversations where we were pretty close.”

“She’s such a fun character. It’s also so rare, as a woman, to be in a comedy where you get to make jokes and not just be the straight man.”

What other movies and TV shows has she been in?

Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

After her breakout role in Wedding Crashers, Fisher started to become a regular face in Hollywood.

A year later she starred in Wedding Daze opposite Jason Biggs, followed by roles in Hot Rod and Definitely, Maybe alongside Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds.

In 2009, Fisher would land one of the biggest roles of her career: Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Fisher played the titular shopaholic and aspiring fashion journalist Rebecca Bloomwood in the romantic comedy, in which Hugh Dancy was her love interest.

In the 2010s, the actress starred in Now You See Me, The Great Gatsby, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Bachelorette.

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In 2021, she appeared in the animated film Back to the Outback, speaking to 9Honey Celebrity about how she felt voicing a snake in the movie. 

“I was very excited. I’ve always wanted to play a creature and never thought I’d be cast as a snake,” she said.

What is Isla Fisher doing now?

Fisher is still acting as of 2024, more recently starring in the Stan series Wolf Like Me since 2022 and the 2023 comedy film Strays.

Additionally to acting, Fisher has authored several children’s books over the years as part of her Marge in Charge series.

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In 2022, she released her latest book Mazy the Movie Star.

In her personal life, the 48-year-old is a mum to three children: daughters, Olive, 16, and Elula, 13, and son Montgomery, eight, who she shares with ex Sacha Baron Cohen.

Isla Fisher’s net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, after her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen, Fisher has an estimated standalone net worth of $US80 million (approx. $122.7 million). 

Isla Fisher’s relationships

Fisher recently announced her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen in April 2024 after more than 20 years together.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.

“After a long tennis match lasting over twenty years, we are finally putting our racquets down,” the joint statement read.

They explained they had “jointly filed to end our marriage” in 2023.

The pair first met at a Sydney party in 2002. They tied the knot in 2010 and now share three children together.

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Title: How Isla Fisher went from ’90s Aussie fame to making it in Hollywood
Sourced From: celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/isla-fisher-career-movies-tv-shows-background-explained/f9325f34-7e9d-4a0a-9476-5c24468bff1c
Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 05:04:00 GMT

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In Memoriam: 75th Emmy Awards

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The 75th Emmy Awards, The War and Treaty, and Charlie Puth celebrate the lives and careers of colleagues who have passed away this year.

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Title: In Memoriam: 75th Emmy Awards
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