Swedish king, 40 years on throne, invites everyone to dance

Updated 22 September 2013
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Swedish king, 40 years on throne, invites everyone to dance

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrated 40 years as monarch Sunday in true Scandinavian egalitarian style by inviting everyone to come and dance at the royal palace.
“I invite everybody to a music and dance party in the inner courtyard of the royal palace,” the 67-year-old said according to national Swedish radio.
“And everybody is welcome. Bring your dancing shoes. Cheers!“
The king showed the way by asking his spouse for the past 37 years, German-born Queen Silvia, up for a dance on a huge plastic floor laid out on the cobbled courtyard.
Carl XVI Gustaf, whose father died in an airplane accident in 1947, succeeded his grandfather Gustav VI Adolf in 1973.
In an interview with the national broadcaster prepared for the anniversary, the king was asked how much longer he intended to stay in the job.
“I can’t answer that. It will be determined by my health gradually. But I think it’s very exciting because there is so much happening in the world around us,” he said.
A survey of 1,000 Swedes published by the Social Democrat-leaning newspaper Aftonbladet in January showed 60 percent supporting Carl XVI Gustaf relinquishing his duties to his oldest daughter, 36-year-old Victoria.


Ali called Marvel about ‘Blade’ after ‘Green Book’ win

Updated 21 July 2019
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Ali called Marvel about ‘Blade’ after ‘Green Book’ win

  • After winning his second Academy Award for “Green Book” earlier this year, Ali set up a meeting with the superhero studio
  • Within 10 minutes, Ali asked what was happening with “Blade” and said he wanted to play him

SAN DIEGO: Mahershala Ali made the first move with Marvel Studios and “Blade.” Comic-Con audiences learned on Saturday night that Ali would be playing the Marvel Comics character in a reboot.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says right after winning his second Academy Award for “Green Book” earlier this year, Ali set up a meeting with the superhero studio.
Within 10 minutes, Ali asked what was happening with “Blade” and said he wanted to play him.
Wesley Snipes played the half-vampire in three films for New Line Cinema and in a recent cameo in “What We Do in the Shadows.”
Although there were rumors that Snipes would return over the years, nothing had officially progressed with the property on the big screen since the rights reverted to Marvel Studios in 2012.