Thursday, 31 December 2015
Carrie Fisher strikes back at critic who told her to quit or be judged on her looks
Star Wars actor Carrie Fisher has returned fire after a New York Post critic told her to quit acting if she did not want to be judged on her looks.
In a much-criticised column, Kyle Smith said on Wednesday that Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, was a public figure who had “made millions off being pretty”. Responding to her comments earlier this week on Twitter, in which the actor and writer hit out at social media trolls who have criticised her appearance in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, Smith said the 59-year-old “could have spent the last 40 years teaching kindergarten” if she did not want people talking about her.
Fisher swiftly retaliated, tweeting: “OK, I quit acting,” NOW, can I not like being judged for my looks? Tell me what to do and who to be, oh wise New York post columnist. You GENIUS.”
The actor also addressed Smith’s suggestion that her writing career – Fisher is known for the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, her screenplay for the critically acclaimed film of the same name and the nonfiction book Wishful Drinking – would not have taken off without Star Wars.
“Mr Smith doubts I’d have any success as a writer without Star Wars,” she tweeted. “Peddling doubt about my looks and comments wasn’t enough, now he goes for my writing.”
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Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Report: Kevin Steele leaving for Auburn
Update, 2:28 p.m.: per this tweet from AL.com's Brandon Marcello, Auburn feels they have a deal.At least one discussion with a source expects Steele to leave. Will update when I have more information.
New York Knicks forward Cleanthony Early shot in early-morning attack
New York Knicks small forward Cleanthony Early was held up at gunpoint and shot in the right leg during an early-morning attack in Queens on Wednesday.
Early, 24, who had played 29 seconds in the Knicks’ 108-96 victory over the Pistons earlier that night, was shot in his right leg while traveling in an Uber car, detectives said. The attack took place at about 4am after Early left a strip club in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens.According to the New York Daily News, Early, 24, was surrounded by four to six people wearing ski masks and robbed of his items and jewelry – including a gold necklace and gold caps on his teeth, sources said. Early was taken to Elmhurst hospital in stable condition, and was later being transported to another hospital. His injury does not appear to be life-threatening.
“We are aware of what occurred with Cleanthony Early this morning and are relieved that he is not in a life-threatening situation,” the Knicks said in a statement. “We ill not comment any further until we receive more information.”
Early, who grew up in the Bronx, is in his second season with the Knicks. He was drafted in 2014 after attending Wichita State.
The theft comes about 10 days after Knicks forward Derrick Williams was robbed of $617,000 in jewelry from his home. He had taken home two women from a Manhattan club. Police are still looking for suspects.
Williams has declined to comment on the theft, but the case raised questions about whether NBA players should have a curfew like other professional sports. In April, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed following a late-night argument on the street near a Manhattan nightclub.
Knicks coach Derek Fisher was asked about the policy at a news conference after Williams was robbed.
“I don’t really have to get into our policies of what you can and can’t do,” he told reporters last week. “We don’t have a curfew like in the NFL or other sports do on certain nights. It’s an unfortunate incident.”
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Bill Cosby drugged young woman and sexually assaulted her as she lay 'frozen and paralysed', says affidavit
Bill Cosby drugged young woman and sexually assaulted her as she lay 'frozen and paralysed', says affidavit
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Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Tamir Rice New York City Protest: Protesters Rally At Washington Square Park For Cleveland Boy
Waving signs that read “White Silence is Violence,” protesters filed through the streets of lower Manhattan and across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to decry an Ohio grand jury's decision Monday to not indict the white police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. With a police detail in tow, the “NYC Rises Up 4 Tamir” demonstration, while peaceful, illustrated the complex relationship between law enforcement officers and the groups increasingly reluctant to trust them following several high-profile cases of police brutality against minorities in the last year.
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Prince of Basketball' spent 24 years with Harlem Globetrotters
Long before athletes tweeted, and in-your-face dunks and tackles could be shared by millions instantly, Meadowlark Lemon became one of the most popular sports personalities in the world.
His dazzling basketball skills and slapstick humor were a key attraction for perhaps the most famous basketball team ever, the Harlem Globetrotters. He became known as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," appearing before presidents and kings and portraying himself in television programs, movies and cartoons.
Lemon "just had a great joy," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Monday.
He died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 83. The cause of death was not known, said Brett Meister, a spokesman for the Globetrotters.
Meister said Lemon had been scheduled to fly from his Scottsdale home to Chicago to take part in taping an ESPN special as part of the Globetrotters' 90th anniversary tour.
Lemon spent 24 years with the Globetrotters, joining the team in 1954 and acting as ringleader and showman-in-chief during the team's heyday through the 1960s and '70s.
Lemon and the Trotters toured more than 100 countries, introducing the sport to millions who had never before seen a basketball thrown through a hoop and breaking down cultural and racial barriers along the way.
During Lemon's early days, the all-black Globetrotters' influence was no less in the United States. The team showcased the talents of African American players such as Reece "Goose" Tatum and dribbling wizard Marques Haynes at a time when the fledgling National Basketball Assn. was largely white and lacked the razzle-dazzle of America's first show-time team.
The Globetrotters played exhibition ball, mixing theater and sports. But they were also seriously competitive, especially in the early years. Their victory in 1948 over the Minneapolis Lakers helped put the NBA on the map.
Many have speculated that Lemon might have been a huge NBA star had the league been more welcoming to black players.
By the time Lemon departed the Globetrotters in 1978, the NBA was far more integrated, and a more aggressive athleticism was helping it gain worldwide popularity. Lemon's basketball chops would influence Michael Jordan and other greats.
The Globetrotters' street style was something that helped draw fans to their games.
Posted by Unknown at 03:27
R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead frontman dead at 70 Rock icon had been battling an extremely aggressive cancer
Rock icon had been battling an extremely aggressive cancer
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Sunday, 27 December 2015
Powerball numbers for Dec. 26; jackpot now at $300 million
LANSING, MI -- No one matched all six numbers for the Powerball drawing on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 allowing the new estimated jackpot total to reach $300 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
The Powerball Numbers (white) for Dec. 26: 27-40-44-59-65
The Red Powerball Power Number: 20
The Power Play Number: 2x
Powerball winners for Dec. 26:
No one matched 5 numbers (without the red Powerball number) which would have paid$1 million..
In Michigan, over 31,900 ticket holders won at least $4 each including 3 players that matched 4 white balls and the red Powerball for a $50,000 prize.
The new jackpot of $300 million is the third largest Powerball jackpot of 2015. The cash option is $184.2 million
In September, Julie Leach, of Three Rivers, Michigan won the game's $310.5 million jackpot. Earlier in February, three players from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas split a $564.1 million jackpot.
Powerball has been a lucrative game for Michigan players this year. Four players in the state have also won the game's $1 million prize. But the top jackpot hasn't been won since Nov. 4 when a winning ticket for a $144 million prize was sold in Tennessee .
Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
In other Michigan Lottery news:
• The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday, Dec 29. That jackpot is estimated at $117 million. The last time the top prize was won was when a $200 million jackpot was won on Nov.13 with a ticket purchased in Ohio.
• The winning Lotto 47 numbers for Dec. 26: 01-18-26-33-37-43. The next drawing is Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 7:29 p.m. with a jackpot of $3.3 million. Deadline 7:08 p.m.
• Tonight's Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $110,000. The drawing is at 7:29 p.m. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.
For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.
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BALTIMORE -- The Pittsburgh Steelers let more than Javorius Allen, Ryan Mallett and the Baltimore Ravens go on Sunday.
Their 20-17 loss at M&T Bank Stadiumcombined with the New York Jets' upset of the New England Patriots took away Pittsburgh's control of its postseason fate. They head into their Week 17 1 p.m. road kickoff against the Cleveland Browns needing both a win and a Jets loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Here's how the Steelers reacted to Sunday's greater loss:
Ben Roethlisberger, QB
"We don't have that right now. Like I said, we shot ourselves in the foot today. It's our fault, it's my fault. The only thing we can do now is play, win, watch and hope."
DeAngelo Williams, RB
"We got to come out and we got to first and foremost we got to win next week. We got the Cleveland Browns going into Cleveland, another hostile environment, AFC North foe. So we got to come in, we got to execute our game plan and we got to win that game first and foremost and let the chips fall where they may."
"We'll see how today finishes, and we'll go from there. That's all we can do."
Mike Mitchell, FS
"We got a job to do. We got to be professionals. We still may have a chance in it so we got to handle our next game."
Arthur Moats, OLB
"It's a bad position to be in where you're worried about somebody else, but we just got to take care of what we got to take care of. We got to beat Cleveland. So if it works out in our favor, great. If not, we still got to win."
Cameron Heyward, DE
"All we can do is tune everything out and go play a game. It sucks, but we made our bed for us. It's hard to look outside and say do this for us. I just hope we get another chance, but it disturbs me as a leader of this team. I didn't get the job done."
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Saturday, 26 December 2015
Latest news, USA Trends,News Hub: Virginia Tech sends Frank Beamer out with Independ...: Virginia Tech sends Frank Beamer out with Independence Bowl win Frank Beamer went out with an offensive explosion. In the final gam...
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Virginia Tech sends Frank Beamer out with Independence Bowl win
Frank Beamer went out with an offensive explosion.
In the final game of Beamer’s 29-season tenure as Virginia Tech head coach, the Hokies broke out for 598 yards of offense – a season high – in a 55-52 Independence Bowl win over Tulsa.
The Hokies scored five touchdowns on the ground, but were led by sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford, who had 12 catches for 227 yards – both career highs. Of Virginia Tech’s 55 points, 45 came in the first half as the Hokies jumped out to a 45-31 halftime lead. That 76 combined points between the two teams marks the largest point total in one half in bowl history.
Both defenses regained their footing in the second half and Tulsa made things interesting late. The Hokies’ lead, which was as big as 52-31 midway through the third, evaporated. A Dane Evans 36-yard touchdown pass to Keyarris Garrett with 3:47 to go cut the Hokies’ lead to 55-52.
On its ensuing possession, Virginia Tech was able to pick up one first down, but the much-maligned Tulsa defense eventually forced a punt, allowing the offense to regain possession from its own 20 with 2:00 to go.
The Golden Hurricane offense quickly moved to midfield, but a pair of Hokies seniors, Luther Maddy and Dadi Nicolas, registered two huge sacks to force a turnover on downs. The ball then went back into the hands of the Hokies offense, and quarterback Michael Brewer kneeled twice to seal the victory.
Both teams started the game off on fire offensively. Tulsa’s D’Angelo Brewer broke off a 48-yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the game. Three plays later, Virginia Tech’s Travon McMillian did the same, this time from 51 yards.
Tulsa’s Zack Langer was in the end zone less than a minute later, and sure enough, the Hokies needed just one play – a 75-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to Ford – to tie the game at 14 after just 3:18 of play.
A frenetic pace continued as the half progressed, but the Hokies were able to force a few Tulsa punts – one of which was returned 67 yards for a touchdown by Greg Stroman – and build a 45-31 halftime lead.
The Hokies slowed things down to start the second half. On the first possession of the third quarter, Tech crawled its way down the field. The Hokies went 81 yards in 15 plays, taking 7:22 off the clock in the process. The drive was capped off with a one-yard touchdown run by Trey Edmunds, extending the lead to a comfortable 52-31.
Aside from a 41-yard Joey Slye field goal, the VT offense went into cruise control mode the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Tulsa was able to slowly chip away at the lead. Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans (374 yards, 3 TDs) scored on a nine-yard run late in the third and threw touchdown passes to his two favorite targets – Joshua Atkinson (11 catches for 139 yards) and Keyarris Garrett (8 catches for 137 yards) – late in the fourth, but the Golden Hurricane could not quite spoil Beamer’s sendoff.
The win gives the Hokies a 7-6 record for the season, continuing the program’s streak of consecutive winning seasons to 23. And Frank Beamer, in the 23rd bowl appearance of his storied career, walked off the field for the final time as a winner.
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Last year, Emily Broughton saw auditions were underway for the new Harry Potter film and the 10-year-old got excited. Broughton always wanted to be an actress.
"I'm a Harry Potter nut and there were some auditions for the "next Hermione", but I couldn't go because it was in London."
Instead, her mother signed her up to a talent agency so she could have more acting opportunities and be exposed to the industry.
That call has turned Broughton into a TV phenomenon, and not one that everybody appreciates.
A term later, she got a call to audition for a series of ads for Japanese car importer 2CheapCars.
"I auditioned for it and there was a second round. I had to go to their studio and got filmed a bit. [The audition] was basically like the adverts
Broughton got the part and before the Rugby World Cup kicked off, she filmed the first advertisement that had her cram long scripts into 15 second segments. She was told to shout it all.
It was a long day for Broughton, who left tired and with a sore throat - but she enjoyed every minute of it.
"I was really excited and I couldn't really believe I got my first job and was going to be on TV."
Although she talks at a normal speed and volume in real life, acting as TV's "shouty girl" wasn't too hard."I suppose it's not that difficult because I do shout a bit. Sometimes, my little sister goes out on the farm in the morning to catch some turkeys and mum asks me to go find her. So I go to the back of the hill and yell for her.
"So I get some practice."
There's been a bit of backlash from people who hate hearing her shout about cars for 15 seconds, but Broughton just shrugs it off. She was just doing what she was told, after all.
"She dealt with it amazingly," said her mum, Julia. "She did everything she was asked to do and was very professional about all of it.
"It was a bit surreal I suppose."Friends have all been very nice. But there was one guysaying she drove him nuts, which is fine and I understand that totally, but she just did what she was asked to do by the company and she did it very well."
While her mum wants to protect her, she doesn't shelter her away from the negative press.
"I've shown her all of it and we've had a laugh about it. She's not worried. They're entitled to their opinions. There are plenty of ads on TV that annoy me as well."
The family hope it will be the first of many acting opportunities for Broughton, whose dreams are bigger than a 15-second advert.
"Something to do with a big, action-packed movie or stage performance, like Les Miserables or a big musical like that, that would be really fun. I'm not very good at dancing, I'm okay at singing, but my thing is acting."
Broughton bought an iPad with her earnings, but will also donate $150 to a Scottish charity called Mary's Meals, which feeds school children in Africa, as well as $150 to the SPCA."I just like animals," she said.
INSIDE THE SHOUTING STRATEGY
Paul White, programme leader of advertising creativity at AUT, is no fan of shouty advertising but he can see why retailers do it.
"I'm one of those people who get rid of it as quick as you can," he said.
White draws a big distinction between the two shoutiest advertisements on TV right now, Hyundai's "Get Lost" campaign, which won Fair Go's worst ad award for 2015, and a series of 15 second unrelenting noise-fests from 2CheapCars.
Hyundai is completely different because there is an idea behind it, he said.
"It's a four wheel drive and the idea is 'Dad go somewhere where we'll be lost'. Even though the person is shouting that's completely coincidental."
In contrast 2CheapCars is a classic "hard retail" play, White said.
"It's saying 'We are the super retail people as far as cars go. If you expect Harvey Norman and the rest to shout at you we are in that category but we're shouting even louder - so we're really cheap.'
"They are quite happy to risk putting people off."
But such "cheap" advertising comes at a price.
"You have to spend heaps of money to make it work. Harvey Norman is at the top of advertising spend. It doesn't work any other way."
White said he imagines what 2CheapCars is doing is going hard for concentrated periods so TV viewers can't get away.
"That's not to suggest it's the best way to do it but it is a retail technique that's used a lot," White said.
White suggests it could be time for an alternative approach.
"Some might say if everybody else is shouting you might get heard more easily if you whisper, which would be my point of view."