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We don't want to have to think about our role in creating the individuals who commit violence. Amazingly, Joker asks us to.
Roar of triumph: Ben Stokes the sporting hero.
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Ben Stokes has gone from villain to national hero. His story provides hope for us all.
Moms leave their mark.
Psychology researchers are interested in what makes a hero. Turns out many mothers tick off those same boxes by fulfilling a range of needs for their offspring.
Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks and Ty King Wall in the Australian Ballet’s production of Spartacus.
When Spartacus and 70 or so of his comrades revolted and escaped from their gladiatorial school near Capua in 73 BC, everyone imagined the matter would soon be dealt with. But his rebellion has continued to inspire political movements.
Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama met French president Emmanuel Macron on May 22, 2018. He was officially given French citizenship soon after.
What is a hero? If President Macron really likes heroes, shouldn’t he revise his idea of what he calls “economic migrants”?
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead.
Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media
American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
Kiep Bac temple, Vietnam, where people worship the hero Saint Tran.
One of the many roles of Vietnam’s fascinating “cult of heroes” is to ensure government control over religious feeling, channeling it into nationalism.
The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
A mere celebrity poses on the red carpet.
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The 'cult of celebrity' is not as damaging to children as it may seem – but they do select their heroes and heroines from a fairly narrow world.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
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Film sagas like Star Wars transcend the screen, connecting viewers to their pasts, to one another and to the hero within.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are immortalised as political heroes, but both had personal issues that might have proved politically fatal today.
Every culture needs heroes. So when our political system becomes incapable of giving us any, where does that leave us?
The Red Baron with other members of his unit.
The idea of a war hero is still strong in the UK and in the other Allied countries. War memorials are a central feature of the regular commemoration services, Churchill is regularly rolled out in biographical…
In football’s biggest week, Franklin is football’s biggest story.
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It’s early in the fourth quarter and Lance “Buddy” Franklin is enjoying himself. Celebrating his 200th game against St Kilda at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) last month, the Sydney Swans forward has…