Martin Scorsese has admitted that his retirement from filmmaking is imminent, conceding that he only has a “couple more” movies left in him.
Scorsese made these comments at the Marrakech film festival, before confirming that Leonardo DiCaprio, who he worked with on The Wolf of Wall Street, has resuscitated his directing desire.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have now worked on five films together, which includes the upcoming Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed and Shutter Island. Their latest effort is expected to feature prominently in the awards season over the next few months.
Scorsese, who is acting as the jury president at the event in the Moroccan city, stated, “I have the desire to make many films, but as of now, I’m 71 and there’s only a couple more left if I get to make them.”
The 71-year-old then began to reminisce about his origins as a director, noting, “I miss the time when I had the desire to experiment and try different kinds of films, I miss that time, but that’s done, it’s over.”
He then explained that he has now entered a new phase of his career, explaining, “There is obligation as you get older, you have family. I’ve been very lucky in the last 10 years or so to have found projects that combine the desire [and fulfil] the obligation to my family and the financiers.”
Scorsese also admitted that originally working with Leonardo DiCaprio proved to be troublesome, because of the actor’s popularity after James Cameron’s Titanic.
“When I did Gangs of New York and The Aviator, people kept asking me, ‘Is he an actor?,’” he remarked.
He went on to add, “I said yes. I saw What’s Eating Gilbert’s Grape, [and] the film he did with [Robert] de Niro, This Boy’s Life before Titanic. So there’s a stigma there which people still refer to.
Scorsese the confirmed that working alongside the 39-year-old had reinvigorated his passion for the medium, exclaiming, “But we found that he regenerated my enthusiasm for making films. Mainly because, as you get older, it gets physically difficult and also the business especially – the financial issues. You’re responsible for a lot of money, if you get it. It’s all pressure, but can you do it? His enthusiasm and excitement really kept me going, for another five pictures now.”
What’s your favorite Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio film? Do you think their creative relationship has proved to be more fruitful than Scorsese’s with DeNiro?
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Ellen DeGeneres lashed out at Star magazine for claiming that her marriage to Portia de Rossi is falling apart.
The tabloid claimed that de Rossi became fed up with DeGeneres’ crush on Pamela Anderson. The rag also claimed that Anderson is all “Ellen talks about these days” and that it has “become a real issue for Portia.” The magazine also called DeGeneres a “jealous control freak” and said de Rossi was tired of her insecurities.
On Tuesday’s episode of Ellen, DeGeneres mocked the magazine for claiming that her marriage is in trouble. SHe said she usually doesn’t pay attention to tabloids, but just happened to see the Star issue while she was at the hair salon.
“I don’t want to say which one it was, but the cover says ‘Number 1 For Celebrity News,’ and obviously they would not lie about that,” she said.
She went on to say that she thought it was “sweet” that they were honoring her and de Rossi, until she read the headline, “Ellen & Portia Marriage Crumbles.” Needless to say, she was shocked by the claim.
“I was like, ‘Oh, what happened, they seemed so happy,’” she said. “And I was like, ‘Oh wait, I’m Ellen, I should know if that’s happening.’”
DeGeneres said she opened the magazine to read the article, but the page had been torn out. She never found out what the tabloid said was tearing her marriage apart.
“There’s not one ounce of truth to any of it. I’m very happily married,” she said. “In fact, the only thing we ever argue about is who loves who more.”
She added, “I know they have to fill a magazine every issues, every week but I don’t know how they can print lies like that.”
DeGeneres also joked that the sources are quoted as a “good friend,” which she said is ridiculous because good friends don’t run to tabloids.
“If they want to make it more believable they should at least say ‘Portia and Ellen’s marriage crumbles,’ according to a terrible, terrible friend,” she said.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were married on August 16, 2008 at their home in Los Angeles. There were 19 guests in attendance, including their mothers. In 2010, de Rossi filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
Marie Avgeropoulos and Taylor Lautner still haven’t confirmed their relationship, but the two young stars were spotted together again this week bonding over their love of Jay Z.
The two actors, who met this summer on the set of the movie Tracers and reportedly started a relationship, were spotted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles holding hands and hugging. It isn’t the first time the two were seen engaged in some PDA. They were seen sharing a meal in Hollywood just before Thanksgiving, and on July 29 were seen holding hands in New York City’s Soho district.
“They held hands during the meal and were very affectionate, laughing and having a good time,” a source told Us Weekly of the summer meeting. “They were very cute together.”
The two were in New York for filming of Tracers, which is a story about a bike messenger (Lautner) wanted by the mafia. He finds Nikki (Avgeropoulos), who helps him escape into the world of street gymnastics known as parkour.
Marie has been acting since 2009, with roles in the movies 50/50 and I Love You, Beth Cooper. She is set to become a series regular on The 100, a post-apocalyptic drama on The CW Television Network.
Marie Avgeropoulos may not be the only woman in Taylor Lautner’s life right now. He has dated high school sweetheart Sara Hicks on and off for the past seven years.
Taylor Lautner has also made it a habit of dating his co-stars. Before the reported relationship with Marie Avgeropoulos, he had a brief relationship with singer Taylor Swift after meeting her on the set of the 2010 movie Valentine’s Day. He also dated Lily Collins for close to a year after the two met on the set of the 2011 movie Abduction.
It’s 1:30 A.M. in the coastal North Carolina city of Wilmington. The skies are cloudy and it’s a cool 72-degrees the morning after Halloween when the call comes over the radio: a vehicle has blown through a DWI checkpoint at Market Street and 15th.
Units are in pursuit.
The chase heads out of Downtown, past a cemetery, a church, a park and an airport, leading to the corner of North 23rd Street and Castle Hayne Road.
This is where you make your move.
With the vehicle heading through the intersection, you t-bone it, hop out of your cruiser as the suspect raises his hands in surrender, and shove your K-9 partner in the open car window to maul the driver.
Sounds reasonable, right?
It was a reasonable decision for officer Stafford Brister of the Wilmington Police Department to make in the moment, apparently, as he boosted his German Shepherd, Kaas, into the vehicle, resulting in injuries to the suspect’s face and neck.
“Right when I was raising my hands, the dog came through the window and bam, I got teeth inside my shoulder,” said the suspect, Johnnie Williams, via Wilmington NBC-affiliate WECT.
The first WECT report of the incident says, “Upon being stopped, Williams refused to come out of the vehicle, so the K-9 unit was used to get him out of the vehicle.”
The dash-cam video footage of the stop seems somewhat at odds with that description.
Mind you, other descriptions of the event include the fact that, when running through the checkpoint, Williams nearly hit authorities. Described as a “habitual felon,” he also ran several stop signs during the course of the pursuit and rammed a police vehicle to continue his would-be escape.
But still, shoving a German Shepherd through an open window of a crashed car, the driver of which has his hands raised in surrender?
Officer Brister wasn’t the only one who found that to be the proper course of action: a grand jury cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing in the incident.
“I believed it was a close enough legal question that the community should decide whether the use of force was reasonable and I would not rule as a matter of law that it was,” said District Attorney Ben David.
Brister is still on paid administrative leave pending the results of an ongoing internal police investigation; Kaas is with currently with another partner. Wiliams, however, was charged with speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
What do you think of the police dog being shoved through the car window? Is this an example of excessive force by the Wilmington Police Department’s K-9 unit?
Demi Lovato may be only 21 but in some ways it seems she has already had much life experience.
In an interview with Kit Hoover, who spoke to Lovato from the X Factor set, the young star revealed a lot about herself personally as she spoke candidly about her life. She spoke out about her addiction to cocaine and the effect it had on her life:
I’m very, very good at manipulating people and that was something that I did in my disease, I would manipulate everyone around me. There were times I would just continue to lie, so that everything looked OK on the outside.
Demi went on to reveal a lot more shocking information about herself. She even said that she would smuggle cocaine onto flights she took as she couldn’t go more than 30 minutes without a fix:
Something I’ve never talked about before, but with my drug use I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs. I couldn’t go without 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes,” she revealed. “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there. I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it. That’s how difficult it got and that was even with somebody [with me], I had a sober companion, somebody who was watching me 24/7 and living with me [and] I was able to hide it from them as well.
The shock revelations went a step further when Demi Lovato admitted to Kit that she used to fill a Sprite bottle with vodka at 9 am:
I was going to the airport and I had a Sprite bottle just filled with vodka and it was just nine in the morning and I was throwing up in the car and this was just to get on a plane to go back to LA to the sober living house that I was staying at…I had all the help in the world, but I didn’t want it. When I hit that moment I was like, it’s no longer fun when you’re doing it alone. I’ve really never talked about this stuff before… I don’t know if I should be sharing this.
As far as most people are concerned it’s very brave of the young star to reveal all this personal information. The question is, does Demi Lovato realize what effect her disclosures may have when less than scrupulous media outlets put their spin on her comments.
Twenty-one Native American masks were purchased by a charity organization for $530,000. The masks were sold in a controversial auction at Paris’ auction house EVE. The Annenberg Foundation said they will return the sacred masks to the Hopi and Apache tribes.
Members of the Hopi tribe attempted to halt the auction by filing a civil case against the auction house. However, Judge Claire David said there were no legal grounds to stop the auction. She sympathized with the Hopi but ruled that the auction house legally obtained the artifacts.
The Hopi masks are close to 100 years old. Hopi leader Sam Tenakhongva said the artifacts hold “significant cultural and religious value.” The Hopi believe the masks contain the spirits of their ancestors and should be treated as “living beings.” He also said they need to be “properly cared for by those vested with the proper knowledge and responsibility.”
The sacred masks were most likely stolen from tribal land during the 20th century. Although the sale of Native American masks and artifacts is forbidden in the United States, the laws do not extend to Europe.
As reported by BBC, Tenakhongva applauds the Anneberg Foundation for stepping in. He hopes the situation will raise awareness about the unethical sale of sacred artifacts.
Attorneys for EVE defended the auction. They argue that forbidding the sale of artifacts could negatively impact museums by forcing them to return previously purchased collections.
Although the masks will be returned to the tribes, Hopi attorney Pierre Servan-Schreiber said it never should have happened, as “some things are too important” to sell. Unfortunately, Monday’s sale was not the first time sacred masks were auctioned.
In April, 70 Hopi masks were auctioned for more than $1 million. As reported by Wall Street Journal, April’s auction was held in Paris as well.
Despite their sacred nature, Native American masks and artifacts remain valuable to collectors. However, tribal leaders are attempting to raise awareness about the unethical sales.
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Kansas City sportscaster Jack Harry has vehemently denied changing the Kansas men’s basketball team’s nickname from Jayhawks to Gayhawks.
The broadcast audio is unclear, but to some viewers last Sunday night on the NBC affiliate, it sounded like Gayhawks, and apparently a strong Twitter firestorm followed. See embed above.
Harry is apparently known locally for not being shy about criticizing the team and for tweaking the team’s fans in the process. Harry co-hosts a weekly sports show on the station that airs after NBC Sunday Night Football in addition to his appearances on the stations’ evening news broadcasts.
KHSB, Channel 41, news director Carrie Hoffman expressed support for Jack Harry: “We believe he said Jayhawks. It’s open to interpretation. I think there are people who hear Jayhawk, I think there are people who hear ‘Gayhawk’ and I think there are people who hear variations of those. I stand behind Jack. I believe Jack. I understand what people think and I certainly am sorry if people are interpreting it any other way.”
The next day Harry, who reportedly is a Mizzou fan, addressed the Jayhawks vs. Gayhawks controversy. He said “During our 10 o’clock sports report last night, I was having a discussion with Frank Boal. We were talking about the Kansas Jayhawks. Somehow, someway, I don’t know what happened but it got out on the social media today that I used a derogatory term in talking about the Kansas Jayhawks. Believe me folks, I would never, ever go on the air–that’s not what I am all about. I’ve had my go-arounds with Jayhawks fans, but I would never say what I’ve been accused of… and I felt compelled to get that out today.”
Watch and listen to the video and draw your own conclusions about whether Jack Harry referred to the KU team as “Gayhawks.”
Peter Jackson has confirmed that he plans to direct the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin.
Peter Jackson confirmed his plans Wednesday.
“As soon as I’m free of ‘The Hobbit,’ I’ll be going back into doing ‘Tintin,’” he told Bad Taste. “It was held up by ‘The Hobbit,’ but we have every intention of doing another ‘Tintin’ movie and it’s just waiting on me to be done with these ‘Hobbit’ movies.”
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is scheduled for a December 13 release in the United States. The film follows Bilbo and his companions as they leave the Carrock after the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The third film, There and Back Again, will be released next year. All three films serve as a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
With There and Back Again coming out in 2014, it seems more likely that the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin will be released in theaters in 2016 than 2015. Producer Kathleen Kennedy said the sequel would be based on The Calculus Affair, while other rumors have cited Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun as the inspiration.
Steven Spielberg said of the sequel, “We have completed a story outline now. We have a writer on it. I’m just not declaring what it is. It will be more than one book, but no more than two.”
The Adventures of Tintin was released in 2011. The film grossed over $373 million at the box office, and was the first non-Pixar animated film to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. It is also the highest grossing film to be released by Nickelodeon Movies.
Paul Walker received a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the memorial service held by his family. Walker, a huge fan of mixed martial arts and UFC, was studying under instructor and mentor Ricardo ‘Franjinha’ Miller at the Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in California. He had already been awarded his brown belt before his death in a fatal car crash on November 30th.
Walker had been training with Miller since 2004. Many of the fight sequences involving Walker in the Fast and Furious series used a heavy amount of jiu-jitsu techniques. Jiu-jitsu is characterized by grappling instead of punching and kicking. According to Miller, Walker had asked him to help with the fight scenes in his movie Brick Mansions.
All manner of stories have surfaced about the life of Paul Walker after his death. Walker, who was only 40 at the time of his death, seemed to have lived a full life with lots of experiences.
Miller tells why he decided to award the black belt to his actor friend and student.
“As I reflect back on his life, I remember one of our first conversations. Sitting in our gis on the mat, Paul was like many white belts; he wanted to know about becoming a black belt. I told him that at Paragon we don’t give away black belts. I said that I didn’t care who he was, I was not giving him a ‘celebrity black belt.’ He loved that! He said that he knew that he was starting late (he was 31), but he was determined to become a black belt. He said ‘I will get my black belt, even if I need to get it in my coffin.’
Now in the wake of his death, I would like to reward Paul Walker the black belt that he wanted so much during his life.”
A Marine’s body that was shipped home from Greece last year was missing a heart, the man’s grieving family claims.
Brian LaLoup fatally shot himself during a party at the U.S. Embassy compound last year, and after a hospital in Athens performed an autopsy the man’s heart was removed for testing.
Officials say they aren’t sure what happened next or exactly how the Marine’s body was returned without the heart, but regardless LaLoup’s family is seeking retribution. They have amended a federal lawsuit and now are targeting the Greek government and the hospital in Athens that performed the autopsy.
The Marine’s parents, Craig and Beverly LaLoup, are already suing the U.S. Department of Defense over the remains of their 21-year-old son.
The LaLoups say the troubling incident didn’t end when their son’s body was shipped home. They claim authorities later did send a heart, but it did not belong to their son.
“This is his heart. This is his soul. This is what made Brian who he is,” Beverly LaLoup, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, told CBS News in an interview this week.
The family cannot sue the Defense Department for wrongful death, so are instead suing the government for emotional damages related to his missing heart.
Brian LaLoup had served in Afghanistan before being assigned to embassy detail in 2011. His family said he loved the Marines but was despondent about a failed romantic relationship at the time of his death. LaLoup told a Marine supervisor of his situation, but instead of getting help the supervisor suggested more drinks.
An intoxicated LaLoup then took a weapon from an unsecured storage area and shot himself.
Both the Department of Defense and the Greek government did not comment on what happened to the Marine’s body or where the heart ended up. The state-run Evangelismos General Hospital also refused comment.
Sons of Anarchy spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t watched the Season Six finale, what the heck are you doing here? You should be watching Sons of Anarchy instead!
Sons of Anarchy fans finally got their answers to how it was all going to go down between Doctor Tara and the Sons of Anarchy MC, but with the good doctor dead, was that the answer they wanted?
The latest episode of Sons of Anarchy, entitled “A Mother’s Work,” is done, despite the popular phrase associated with the title. And with it, is Jax Teller done? Tara’s death wasn’t the first big one in this season of Sons of Anarchy, and it wasn’t the last either. Clay Morrow, Galen O’Shea and San Joaquin Sheriff’s Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt have all met the reaper. Let’s take a look at how it went down.
This latest installment started off ominously enough, with Jax writing/narrating to his sons, Thomas and Abel, about all the things he’s done and the man he has become. He sees dark clouds on the horizon for what this day has in store and wanted to get it all down in advance of the storm to come (it’s total anarchy). He’s writing this from Opie’s grave, mind you, which of course is emblazoned with the Sons of Anarchy’s reaper logo.
Then we see a pure, white dove, symbol of peace, sitting in the road and minding its own business until being mowed down by Jax’s Harley.
It’s not subtle (most things aren’t on Sons of Anarchy): Jax and the MC are going to war.
The first order of business is finding Tara and the boys; not just for the club but for D.A. Patterson and the sheriff’s office. Juice and Bobby shadow her new lawyer, a good thing, seeing as she calls him to check out the wit-sec agreement before taking the deal. Meanwhile, the Mayans show up and want a meeting with August Marks about the power shift in Oakland. Alvarez wants Nero there too.
That’s a fun meeting.
Nero confronts Jax about having Darby killed at the beginning of the season, and it seems the Latin gangs are having a little solidarity party. After the Sons of Anarchy members split from the super-awkward scene, the Mayans kill the One-Niners present, taking the guns and keeping the money, making it a bad day all around.
But wait, Tara’s been located. More fun encounters! She begs Jax not to hurt her in front of their sons, apparently forgetting who she’s married to: the Sons of Anarchy pres would never do that and proves it to her.
Patterson meets Tara at her motel room, with Jax present. He agrees to take the rap for the gun charges; in exchange, Tara gets to walk as does the rest of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club.
No one’s happy with this deal, least of all Bobby and Chibs. The problem is, no one can get a hold of Gemma. So when she confronts Tara at home, Gemma still thinks she made a deal.
It doesn’t end well. Or clean. Think “drowning in the sink” and “repeated stab wounds to the back of the head with a carving fork.”
Just like that, Tara is dead. But it doesn’t end there: Roosevelt hears the struggle and comes to investigate, sees Tara dead and Gemma in shock, and lays it out. Tara didn’t rat, Jax fell on his sword. but before he can call it in, Juice shoots him twice in the back, helps Gemma up and cleans up the scene. This is the welcome Jax finds when arriving to say goodbye to Tara before surrendering: a dead wife and a dead cop. Patterson shows up next to find the Sons of Anarchy president cradling his dead wife in the middle of a bloody crime scene.
Wonder what conclusion she’s going to draw?
This is what Sons of Anarchy fans get to ruminate on until Season Seven arrives.
What did you think of the Sons of Anarchy Season Six finale? How will the Sons of Anarchy MC fare under Bobby’s leadership?
An Iraq War veteran was allegedly shot and killed when he went to buy an iPad that he saw listed on Craigslist.
Indiana National Guard Sergeant First Class James Vester, 32, was simply trying to purchase the iPad from the suspects in a Craigslist transaction when he was according to police gunned down in this senseless, horrific crime. The iPad was to be a Christmas present for his parents.
Indianapolis police have charged two teenage brothers — who they traced via cell phone records — with murder and robbery. Police apparently believe the suspects, who are being held without bail in Marion County (Ind.) Jail, may be involved in other robberies in the area.
Vester, a father of a one-year-old son, had served in the Guard for 12 years, which included a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. He was alive when police arrived on the scene at an apartment complex parking lot ont he city’s west side: “[He] was bleeding from a bullet to chest when cops arrived, but managed to tell them that he was shot after meeting the men through Craigslist, according to a police report. A 9-mm. pistol was lying next to Vester, but it was not immediately clear if he owned the firearm. Two spent.45-caliber shells were also found at the scene, the police report shows.” He tragically died at a local hospital.
About Vester, a family friend said that “He wanted to be a good husband and father his entire life. Jim is one of those guys who is just a really genuinely good guy who loved being a dad.”
A highly respected mechanic in the Guard, Vester recently took a civilian job with the Guard in a similar capacity. He also was a member of the ceremonial unit for Guard funerals and special events.
A fundraising site has been set up for those who wish to help the sergeant’s wife Jamie and son Gavin.
On her Facebook page, Jamie Gavin wrote, in part, “Thank you to everyone who has been helping myself and Gavin out this past week, and for all of the help I know we are receiving in the future from family, friends, military, strangers, and the photography community… I am so happy his story has went viral worldwide so maybe people will think twice about trying to run a scam/robbery/murder through Craigslist or any other site. I want to focus on all of the good Jim brought to this world and not focus on the people who did this to him please… ”
Earlier this week, a newlywed couple were arrested for an alleged thrill-kill of a man they met on Craigslist.
The Ukraine riots continue after well-armed police withdrew from Kiev’s Independence Square, or Maidan. A court ruling announced Tuesday night found the protesters in violation of the law. Soon after police in riot gear began pushing on the entrenched anti-government demonstrators camped in the Ukraine capital.
Tuesday night police were seen tearing down barricades erected by protest groups. Clashes resulted and led to hundreds being injured. Soon after, concerns over the further consequences of a hard crackdown lead police to withdraw to the cheer of demonstrators. The Ukrainian government appeared to heed condemnation echoed by a number of Western leaders
Hundreds of thousands of protesters are still in the streets of Kiev, despite the cold weather. Those participating in the Ukraine riots object to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to shelve a trade agreement with the European Union. Instead, the government in Ukraine has turned to Russia for desperately needed economic assistance. This decision has upset a number of Ukrainians who have since demanded Yanukovych’s resignation.
Since protests began several weeks ago, rioters have managed to occupy and hold Kiev’s City Hall building alongside Independence Square. As riot police began dispersing, the demonstrators cheered their victory. As of Wednesday, the damaged and dismantled make-shift barricades are returning to the protester camps.
Yanukovych, after meeting with EU and US representatives, publicly announced his invitation to discuss matters with the opposition. The Ukrainian president says he is appealing to “representatives of all political parties, priests, representatives of civil society” to join him in finding a peaceful solution. In the statement Yanukovych expressed his wish to avoid “confrontation and ultimatums.”
Though demonstration leaders have yet to respond to the offer, some say Tuesday night’s raid crossed a line. Vitaly Klitschko, a world boxing champion and opposition leader, says the crackdown, however brief, has “closed off the path to compromise.” He says it shows that Yanukovych does “not wish to talk to the people and only understands physical force.”
During Tuesday night’s crackdown rioters in Kiev’s City Hall sprayed riot police with water hoses to fend them off. At one point a Molotov cocktail was thrown from a window, hitting a police truck as police began pulling away.
The Ukraine riots continue Wednesday after police have fully withdrawn from their overnight assault on the protest camps in Kiev.
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The Victoria’s Secret $10 million Fantasy Bra was the talk of the annual Fashion Show on Tuesday after model Candice Swanepoel rocked the diamond and jewel-encrusted undergarment.
Swanepoel had the honor of wearing the Fantasy Bra at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the latest in a tradition of very pricey lingerie. In past fashion shows, equally expensive bras have been worn by other Angels including Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Adriana Lima, and Miranda Kerr.
Stylight noted the evolution of the Fantasy Bra:
“This piece of lingerie is the most anticipated piece and the talking point of each show, as its brilliant gemstones wow millions of viewers all over the world. In 1996 Claudia Schiffer debuted the fantasy bra, or what is now known as the million dollar bra. It’s getting more extravagant every year, as the jewelers create pieces from our wildest dreams.”
This year’s Fantasy Bra was designed by Mouawad and featured more than 4,000 precious gems carefully embedded into the 18-carat gold lining.
Swanepoel said just putting on the Fantasy Bra was a big to-do.
“I’ve never worn anything this pricey, and we have to put gloves on when we put it on… It’s kind of a big ordeal. she said. “The bra comes with two bodyguards and we have to handle it with a lot of care! They had to mold my body to be able to make [the bra], and I was really excited. I tried to imagine after they’d done the mold, how would they make it, how it would look. My imagination didn’t do it justice. My favorite part is this beautiful 52-carat pear-shaped ruby. Every part of it is exquisite.”
Anyone who wants to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show online and see the $10 million Fantasy Bra for themselves can click here.
The approach to San Francisco International Airport stressed the pilot of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed landed in July, according to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The 45-page document determines that the autopilot was disconnected and the autothrottle changed from “thrust” to “hold” when the plane was up 1,600 feet, and the pilot called out “manual flight.”
Three passengers died in the crash, as the plane approached San Francisco airport at 103 knots instead of the ideal 137 knots, causing it to hit the seawall, split into parts, and burst into flames.
The pilot in training told investigators he believed the autothrottle in the Boeing 777-200ER “was always working”, before the plane came in at a low altitude and speed, while attempting to land.
The report states two other pilots had warned the trainee, during a class in April that if the autothrottle goes to “hold”, it would not automatically re-engage in a descent.
“The ground school instructor stated that he provided this training because he had personally experienced, in flight, an unexpected activation of HOLD mode and thus the failure of the autothrottle to re-engage,” the report stated.
Pilot Lee Gang Guk told the NTSB that he found the approach to San Francisco International Airport “very stressful” and “difficult to perform” with such a large plane.
Guk was landing for the first time at San Francisco after spending just 33 hours flying the Boeing 777, although he had close to 10,000 hours of experience on other planes. Another one of the pilots, Lee Jeong Min, had spent 3,220 hours flying 777s.
The report states that when the NTSB asked the captain-in-training how confident he felt about his knowledge of the 777 autoflight system, he responded he didn’t feel so confident and needed to study more.
The NTSB released the report on Wednesday, at the beginning of an 11-hour hearing to look into the causes of the crash at San Francisco airport.
Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman, stated the hearing will not assign blame or make recommendations, but will look into how and why the crash in San Francisco happened.
“We meet to learn lessons,” Hersman said.
Boeing designed the 777 with low speed warnings that notifies pilots of problems with the autoflight system, starting with a yellow light with sound to a red light with continuous sound that says “airspeed low.”
The instructor pilot in the San Francisco crash testified that he heard the low speed warning, however the flying pilot says he did not hear it.
First officer Bong Dongwon, called out “sink rate” numerous times about one minute before the crash, to warn the flying and instructor pilots that the plane was descending at the wrong rate. Dongwon told investigators he noticed a “little late response” on the two pilots’ parts.
The voice recorder recovered from the plane, shows at 1.5 seconds before impact a crew member is heard suggesting they abort the San Francisco landing, but at that point it was too late.
Other issues being addressed at the hearing relate to the 16-year-old passenger who was thrown from the plane, covered in foam from fire extinguishers, and run over by a fire truck.
Investigators are also looking into emergency slides malfunction, after one didn’t deploy properly, pinning a flight attendant for a time, while others didn’t deploy at all.
Initially, investigators into the San Francisco crash suggested the Korean culture, which prevents subordinates from challenging superiors and could explain the relatively quiet cockpit, might have played a role in the accident.
18 North Face jackets worth about $2,000 were stolen from an Akron Dick’s sporting goods store on Sunday night. The would be hero store manager tried to stop the theft, got sprayed in the face with a can of mace.
According to Fox8 Cleveland, two women walked into the sporting goods store around 7pm on December 8th. They were doing what appeared to be normal Christmas shopping. Until the manager noticed something funny. According to the police report, the women had a big black and began shoving North Face jackets into the bag. In total, they fit 18 jackets into the bag. That must have been a big bag!
On their way out of the store, the store manager and other employees attempted to stop the two women. The women were asked to put the bag down. One of the women turned around, pulled out a can of mace and sprayed the store manager directly in the face. As the employees stood there shocked, the women darted for the door. Like a modern day Thelma and Louise, they hopped into a waiting 1990 maroon Toyota with a temporary license plate.
The holiday season always brings out the craziness in people. But police don’t think this was a case of holiday shopping madness. Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards believes the two women came in with a plan.
“Someone had a game plan. They knew exactly what they were gonna do, had their bags to put their merchandise in. They had a canister of mace. This wasn’t something that she thought of just all of a sudden, let me get the mace out. They knew what they were doing.”
The store manager is doing fine and did not need treatment. The car had not been recovered and no description of the suspects has been released. As of Wednesday, no arrests had been made in the case of the North Face jackets theft.
Robert Griffin III has been the starter for the Washington Redskins since he arrives as a highly touted rookie last season, but in Sunday’s game he reportedly won’t even be on the bench.
Sources close to the Redskins say that fellow second-year player Kirk Cousins is set to start Sunday when the Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons. It appears that Griffin won’t even be the backup, either. The team has reportedly told Griffin that he will be inactive while veteran Rex Grossman backs up Cousins.
Cousins was seen in practice taking snaps with the first team while Grossman worked with the No. 2 offense.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hinted at the possibility of shelving Robert Griffin III for the remaining three games of the season to maintain his health. Shanahan was criticized last seasons for continuing to play Griffin despite a noticeable limp.
Griffin struggled through the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, which he ultimately left after tearing his ACL.
Robert Griffin III has been through a brutal stretch of games, being sacked 24 times in the last five games.
Kirk Cousins was selected in the 2012 draft along with Griffin, taken in the fourth round. He played in three games last year, including a win over the Baltimore Ravens after Griffin went down with an injury.
Redskins players have been told Rex Grossman will backup Kirk Cousins on Sunday — and Robert Griffin III will be inactive.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 11, 2013
The decision to bench Robert Griffin III comes at a critical time for Mike Shanahan. He has one year and $7 million left on his contract, and has led the Redskins to double digit loss totals in three of his four years with the team.
Robert Griffin III has thrown for 3,203 yards this season, with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Chris Brown apparently doesn’t care what people say about him right now.
The troubled singer recently returned to rehab after getting booted from a different facility for his alleged violent behavior. Since the rumors and reports piled up at a rapid pace, Brown explained he really doesn’t care what folks are saying behind his back at the moment.
According to Mstarz, Chris Brown is ready and willing to start another chapter in his life. This reportedly includes ignoring what the “haters” are saying in the press and social media. Of course, his word choice is a bit more colorful than what you just read.
“He’s at the ‘I don’t give a f**k’ stage at this point. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks about him being in rehab. He’s learning how to trust and believe in himself and not caring about what others think,” one of the anonymous sources recently told Hollywood Life.
The insider continued, “The media put him on this untouchable pedestal when he first got into the music business. They made him this wholesome little teenage boy who was a great singer and dancer and even compared him to Michael Jackson. That’s cool and all, and he appreciated… all that publicity.”
The source also stated that Chris Brown never wanted his fans to view him as a role model, though this apparently comes with the territory. The individual also stated that the singer hasn’t had a proper chance to grow as a person, something he’s striving to do while spending some time in rehab.
Another Chris Brown-related rumor that’s making the rounds right now involves his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. The singer reportedly paid a visit to the rehabilitation facility where Brown is staying. However, it’s believed that Rihanna was simply checking up on the guy. In other words, don’t waste any time assuming the two are getting back together.
“[Chris] doesn’t think or even talk about Rihanna because she’s one of the negatives in his life. She as a person is not negative, but the events and situations that happened when they were together were extremely negative and stressful on Chris,” a completely different anonymous source reportedly said.
Rihanna’s friendly visit to the rehab facility remains unconfirmed as of this writing. In fact, Chris Brown’s comments regarding all the haters is apparently unsubstantiated as well. Treat all of this stuff as rumors until something official comes down the celebrity pipeline.
Are you still a fan of Chris Brown despite his recent problems?
It’s been more than a year since The Shield made their WWE debut, with the hounds of justice helping CM Punk retain his WWE Title at Survivor Series last November.
In the early going, the trio helped CM Punk out quite a bit, again interfering against Ryback at January’s Tables Ladders & Chairs match on RAW. This Sunday at TLC, the tables will be turned with all three members of The Shield turning their attention to CM Punk in a 3-on-1 handicap match.
Do CM Punk’s chances for survival at the TLC pay-per-view depend on his ability to fight this three-headed monster head-on? Perhaps a divide-and-conquer approach might offer CM Punk a different approach because when they’re on top of their game, The Shield represent one of the most destructive and cohesive tag-team forces in the history of the business. That’s when they’re on the same page, of course.
Heading into their match with CM Punk this Sunday, The Shield haven’t been the most cohesive of units. Remember when Dean Ambrose made mention of being the only member who was still a champion? Roman Reigns had quite a look to offer the de facto leader.
It’s one of many exasperated glances he’s gotten from Reigns and Seth Rollins lately, the most recent of which was the microphone thunder-stealing that went on during their presentation of the 2013 Slammy for Double Cross of the Year. Maybe Ambrose is getting a bit too big for his britches because while The Shield have always been about the unit, he’s doing a lot to make it all about himself. If CM Punk can find a way to exploit that dynamic at TLC, fans might see one of the hounds get a little dose of justice himself.
With rumors of his retirement swirling around backstage, pay-per-view could be offer fans one of CM Punk’s last great matches. While CM Punk fans never want to see that happen, he’s been performing while injured lately and his contract is up in 2013. And, of course, there’s always the cryptic manner in which CM Punk likes to operate.
How do you like CM Punk’s chances this Sunday at TLC? Can CM Punk pull off what has to be considered an upset victory over Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns?
Ian Ziering wasn’t too sure when he read the script for Sharknado, the campy summer Syfy movie that turned out to be a cult smash.
But the former Beverly Hills 90210 star said he was overruled by his wife for an important reason — they needed health insurance.
“I was really apprehensive, but as an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor’s Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance,” Ian told ABC News. “Halfway through the script, I said to my wife, ‘Honey, I don’t know about this.’ She didn’t miss a beat, she said, ‘Look, you’re going to have two babies [by] this spring, you need to go to work.’ ”
Without his wife’s pleading, Ian Ziering admitted he probably would have passed on Sharknado.
Ziering said he realized, “Wow, I am going to have to take one for the team’ and I probably would have passed on it. But now it’s not just me, I’m providing for a wife and two kids.”
The 49-year-old actor made the best out of it. He liked the scene where he got to chainsaw his way out of a shark’s stomach, for example.
But for Ian, all that really matters is his family — wife Erin Kristine Ludwig and his two daughters, 2-year-old Mia and 6-month-old Penna.
“I’m in New York right now, but my [older] daughter is in California, I use my cell phone to not only speak to her but to see her,” he said. “We Google hangouts, we Skype … I can take pictures throughout my day and send little messages to be served with breakfast, a picture of dad eating breakfast where ever I am.”
Sharknado ended up being a worthwhile gamble for Ian Ziering. The movie was wildly popular when it debuted this summer and made waves across social media. There is now reportedly a sequel in the works, and Ian is already signed on. That’s at least one more year he won’t have to worry about health insurance.