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Thursday “The Late Late Show” debuted a new take on soap operas, “The Bold and the Lyrical,” with all the surprisingly apt words coming from Kanye West lyrics. Biel, Cranston, Giovanni Ribisi, and Corden delivered lines like, “How can I be so reckless?” and, “Oh, she's a gold digger, way over town,” to a goofy plot involving a wedding.
In what has become one of the more riveting narratives in Hollywood, Ben Affleck has once again made headlines by announcing that he will not be directing The Batman solo film for DC after all. Variety broke the news on Monday, citing sources who say Affleck made the decision based on what he thought would be best for the film, as opposed to a reaction to the disappointing box office returns of Live By Night . “There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck said in a statement regarding the decision. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.” Warner Bros. chimed in with a statement of its own, adding that it "fully supports Ben Affleck's decision" and will work with him to find a new director to "bring a standalone Batman picture to life." For the time being, sources say that
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Miss P, a 15 inch Beagle, who won the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog ShowOrganizers of the Westminster Dog Show are making room for a potentially controversial addition to this year's festivities: Cats. About 40 feline breeds are set to appear at an event affiliated with Westminster the weekend before the dog show itself. The event, "Meet the Breeds," gives the public a chance to talk with purebred breeders and connect with the animals.
Lady Gaga's Halftime Show will reportedly use ‘hundreds of drones'The commercials and the event's Half Time show are the other huge draws. According to sources who spoke with CNN, this is the first time that drones have been incorporated into a Half Time show. The use of the drones had to be cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration, as it has established a “No Drone Zone” in a 34.5 mile radius around the stadium starting today and ending on Midnight on Sunday.
Cocaine with a street value of more than £50 million (59 million euros, $62 million) washes up on two beaches in EnglandCocaine with a street value of more than £50 million (59 million euros, $62 million) washed up on two beaches in England, British officials tasked with disrupting organised crime announced Friday. The drugs -- 360 kilos (794 pounds) -- were in holdalls found at Hopton-on-Sea on Thursday and Caister-on-Sea on Friday, villages on either side of Great Yarmouth, a major port, in Norfolk, the National Crime Agency said.
Whether or not you've seen any of the Ring horror movies, I'll briefly remind you what they're all about — well if you've seen one, you probably still remember. There's a video going around that will kill you a few
Organizers of the Westminster Dog Show are making room for a potentially controversial addition to this year's festivities: cats. About 40 feline breeds are set to appear at an event affiliated with Westminster the weekend before the dog show itself. The event, "Meet the Breeds," gives the public a chance to talk with purebred breeders and connect with the animals.
Mother's Ruin bar in Cape Town stocks 144 varieties of gin from around the globePiling in for after-work drinks, around two dozen people pore over the menu at Mother's Ruin, a speciality gin bar in Cape Town, where homegrown varieties are making a mark on the global scene. The menu is a daunting tome of 144 gins from around the globe, over 20 of them South African and steeped in the flavours of the country's unique coastal mountains. "Those are very popular -- all the foreigners that come in here want to see what gins South Africa has to offer," says part owner Will Pretorius, whose current favourite is A Mari, a variety from Cape Town distilled with seawater.
LED light bulbs are a smart upgrade whether or not they're ‘smart'Lighting my home is something I only ever think about fleetingly — usually while replacing a blown-out halogen bulb — but this past week I discovered LED light bulbs and, well, I'm sorry I'm so late to this cool party. Flexibility: You can choose how wide a beam of light your LEDs will produce.
2017 is going to be another banner year for virtual reality, with a continued torrent of new content flowing into the mainstream and a steady setting of the table for a “breakout” year for the industry in 2018. That's according to Robert Nashak, COO of LA-based VR game developer Survios, which in recent weeks announced it's raised $50 million in new financing. As a testament to its commercial potential, as well as a hint about what's to come, that new funding included an investment from a major film studio, MGM. Nashak's assessment about the industry is based in part on what his own company plans to do. As companies likes Google and Samsung continue to pour money into building VR-capable hardware, there's an increasing need for content to consume on those devices -- which is where Survios wants to step in. Among other things, Nashak said the company plans to use its new funding to expand an in-house game publishing platform, in addition to adding thirty party titles to its slate of games and expanding distribution internationally. And he expects other companies to increasingly step up in a similar way. “In 2017, you're going to see a lot more content, and a lot better content,” said Nashak, Survios employee number 6. “I think 2018 is probably the breakout year, where we start to see a huge expansion in the installed base.” He's not alone. The Game Developers Conference released its “State of the Game Industry” report in recent days, and according to its poll of more than 4,500 developers who've attended the conference sometime in the last three years, developers are increasingly hot on VR. So much so that, at least according to the poll, more of them are apparently currently developing titles for VR headsets than for the Xbox One. Since many people still don't have access to the advanced hardware they'll need to enjoy a VR experience, arcades could be the way to go -- for now -- for some of those gamers to have that experience. Sort of like the early days of gaming, before home consoles proliferated and became affordable. Nashak in an interview with BGR acknowledged that reality. Then days later Survios announced, well, an international VR arcade experience. The company unveiled an arcade-optimized version of Survios' best-selling sci-fi combat game “Raw Data,” which will be able to be played in VR arcade entertainment venues around the globe. A Survios spokesman said the arcade build is available for interested operators after being in beta at select arcades up to this point. McKay Christensen, co-founder and CEO of arcade network VR Junkies, praised “Raw Data” as a “fantastic title” with the latest news proving that Survios is a “sophisticated publisher with respect to arcade operators' needs.” “Until the price points come down to a more reasonable level, I think most people will be experiencing VR in arcades for now,” Nashak said. “It's like if you look at the ways, like, Atari marketed itself in the early days -- it was like, we're bringing the arcade into your house.” The “Raw Data” game itself was a quick smash hit for the company. It told Fast Company that a month after it went on sale in July last year, it had already hit $1 million in sales. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8phhKZn4DuM The secret? Story and immersion. “What's special about Survios is I think, honestly, we really double down on the culture,” Nashak said. “A singularity of vision and purpose. We're not all over the map. We have a very clear idea of what VR should do and can do.” MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber is joining Survios' board as a result of the recent funding announcement. That's all a preface to what comes next -- making and supporting great games and great game-makers, Nashak says, along with working to build up Survios as a premier VR company. Really, the ambitions are right there in the name. Survios comes from the English prefix “sur” -- implying “above and beyond” -- and the Greek word for life and reality. So, beyond reality. “In the short term, we continue doubling down on ‘Raw Data' and making it greater and greater and expanding our portfolio,” Nashak said. “Long-term growth is around publishing and doing our own stuff. Becoming a dominant player in VR. That's our goal.”
​LG Mobile boss in share buyback before G6 launchLG Electronics mobile boss Juno Cho has bought 2,000 company shares before the launch of the upcoming G6 smartphone as a vote of confidence.
​Blockchain Global scoops up Digital X's bitcoin liquidity deskDigital X has handed its liquidity desk responsibilities over to Blockchain Global.
2 states say allowing travel ban would 'unleash chaos again'Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would "unleash ...
Rex Tillerson wants a “seat at the table” for global climate talks. We have many questions.At this point, it's honestly hard to predict what the new Trump administration plans to do about the Paris climate accord — the core international treaty for dealing with global warming. During the campaign, Donald Trump kept insisting he'd withdraw from the Paris deal altogether. Except now his nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, sounds slightly more hesitant about pulling out.
Logo of Toshiba Corp is seen behind a traffic signal at its headquarters in Tokyo(Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will issue on Tuesday its first-ever warning that it may not be able to continue as a going concern, following massive nuclear-related losses, the Nikkei reported. The warning will be included in the earnings announcement for the nine months ended December, the Japanese business daily reported. Toshiba will writedown close to $6 billion after bruising cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear arm, turning investor attention to the company's efforts to fix that and other balance sheet headaches. ...
FILE PHOTO - A finished wind turbine complex is shown in southern WyomingBy Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals. The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields. The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity: a $3 billion project building transmission lines to deliver the power - one of a dozen similar power-line projects by other companies across the West.
Fritz, the new polar bear cub at Berlin's TierparkBerlin's Tierpark Zoo has christened Germany's new favorite polar bear cub 'Fritz'. The little cub, born on November 3, 2016, is particularly special given that he marks the first polar bear litter at
Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned in SeoulBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group said it will disband its corporate strategy office after a special prosecution probe ends, setting a timeline on a pledge to wind up a power center that has been criticized for its role in South Korea's graft scandal. The strategy office, comprising some 200 elite staff hand-picked from affiliates of the nation's top conglomerate, is the vehicle through which the founding Lee family makes key decisions such as restructuring and investments for new businesses, insiders and analysts say. It has been under intense scrutiny as the South Korean special prosecutor's office probed the smartphones-to-biopharmaceuticals business empire as part of a wider investigation into the scandal that threatens to permanently unseat President Park Geun-hye.
Cat–astrophe! Feral Cats Have Invaded Nearly 100% of AustraliaA new study finds that feral cats inhabit 99.8 percent of the continent's landmass, including 80 percent of the land that makes up its islands. Feral cats have long been recognized as a grave and widespread threat to vulnerable native wildlife — particularly in Australia, where species found nowhere else in the world are ill-equipped to deal with these invasive and deadly predators. European explorers first introduced cats to Australia in the 18th century.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies on his nomination to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington.By David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be signed once a new administrator is confirmed, two sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Wednesday. A senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA's Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say, said the sources, who asked not to be named. "It was just a heads-up to expect some executive orders, that's it," one of the sources said.
"This kind of shift changes everything," Sony exec Shawn Layden tells Glixel in a new interview about the state of PlayStation. "It has a huge impact." ...
Clash of Clans has been banned in Iran after a government committee received a report from psychologists suggesting the game encourages violence and "tribal conflict." ...
By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is satisfied with a U.S. appeals court ruling against a travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, a government spokesman said on Sunday. The ruling given late on Saturday denied a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately restore Trump's order, which a judge in Washington state had blocked on Friday. "It is a move in the right direction to solve the problems that it caused," the Iraqi spokesman, Saad al-Hadithi, told Reuters.
The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen behind trees at its headquarters in TokyoBy Makiko Yamazaki and Taro Fuse TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will on Tuesday detail a writedown of close to $6 billion after bruising cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear arm, turning investor attention to the Japanese group's efforts to fix that and other balance sheet headaches. Sources familiar with the matter say the final charge, to be detailed alongside quarterly earnings, will be as high as 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion), a sum which alone would wipe out the company's shareholder equity. Toshiba, which has seen its market value almost halve since the prospect of a writedown emerged in December, is also expected to outline the prospects for its nuclear arm and update investors on efforts to raise capital, including through the sale of a stake in its flagship memory chips business.