Nicklaus: Tiger faces 'very hard' return to golf

Nicklaus: Tiger faces 'very hard' return to golf

The unauthorized Hook prequel about Rufio is surprisingly moving

We know Peter Pan’s story, but now, it’s time to learn Rufio’s.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign led by Hook star Dante Basco, which raised $68,790, the other Lost Boys leader has gotten the unofficial prequel treatment in Bangarang.
Directed and co-written by Jonah Feingold, the short film follows young Roofus (Sheaden Gabriel) before his arrival in Neverland as he deals with bullies and his impending entrance into the foster care system.
“You’re a dreamer,” says the school’s principal, played by Bangarang executive producer and original Rufio, Basco. “I had one thing going for me. I had me one thing that would keep me up when life was down. A single memory I held tight and kept close to my heart. A happy one. Something to believe in.”
Among the surprises in the short film are the appearance of Fringe alum Jasika Nicole and Roofus’ friend singing R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Released in 1991, Steven Spielberg’s Hook centered on an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) who returned to Neverland to rescue his kids, who were kidnapped by Captain Hook. Also starring Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, and Maggie Smith, the film grossed $300 million at the box office.

India and America: A love affair

Indians share their fondness for US music, culture, fast food - and President Donald Trump.

Nats fan's obituary takes 1 last zing at bullpen

Nats fan's obituary takes 1 last zing at bullpen

Martin Shkreli fraud trial opens in New York

The former pharmaceutical chief denies operating a Ponzi-like scheme that cheated investors.

Trump and Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger US-India ties

Trump and Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger US-India tiesHugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring ...

Miami's Popcorn Frights Festival to screen The Endless, Sequence Break, Super Dark Times

Florida’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival announced on Monday its second wave of programming, which includes directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s mind-bender The Endless; the Cronenbergian and Chase Williamson-starring Sequence Break; and the much-tipped coming-of-age tale, Super Dark Times.
Other films screening at the event include the slasher film Tragedy Girls and the deranged caper movie 68 Kill, whose cast is topped by Matthew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds. The festival will also host the U.S. premiere of the Lauren Holly-starring horror-comedy Dead Shack and the North American premiere of The Hatred, which comes from Halloween franchise producer, Malek Akkad.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival program as it offers something exciting for every horror lover,” said the festival’s co-directors, Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman, in a statement. “These films brilliantly showcase the breadth and quality of genre work being produced worldwide and serve as a great reminder that the genre form is both thriving and continuously evolving.”
You can learn more about the festival at the event’s official website.

China, Canada Vow Not To Conduct Cyberattacks On Private Sector

New submitter tychoS writes from a report via Reuters: China and Canada have signed an agreement vowing not to conduct state-sponsored cyberattacks against each other aimed at stealing trade secrets or other confidential business information. The new agreement was reached during talks between Canada's national security and intelligence adviser, Daniel Jean, and senior communist party official Wang Yongqing, a statement dated June 22 on the Canadian government's website showed. "This is something that three or four years ago (Beijing) would not even have entertained in the conversation," an unnamed Canadian government official told the Globe and Mail, which first reported the agreement.

In pictures: The empty railways of America

Photographer John Sanderson captures the quiet moments between passing trains.

Serena fires back in response to McEnroe

Serena fires back in response to McEnroe

PopPolitics: ‘The Force’ Author Don Winslow on the ‘Insanity’ of Trump’s Return to a War on Drugs (Listen)

Don Winslow’s new epic novel “The Force” centers on NYPD detective sergeant Denny Malone, who leads an elite unit, waging a war on drugs, gangs and guns. Malone is both effective and corrupt, the kind of figure that raises moral questions of when the ends justify the means. Fox already has snatched up the rights... Read more »

How I slept next to a lion

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions in Africa.

‘Tremors’ TV Reboot Starring Kevin Bacon Moving Forward at Syfy

Syfy is eyeing a television reboot of the movie “Tremors” with Kevin Bacon set to reprise his original role, Variety has learned. The cable network has picked up a pilot for the potential series, based on the 1990 film. In addition to starring, Bacon will also serve as an executive producer. The TV series would pick up... Read more »

Alec Baldwin Confirms He Will Return to ‘SNL’ as Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin isn’t putting away the blonde wig and orange bronzer just yet. The actor confirmed he will return to “Saturday Night Live” with his revered Donald Trump impression in the fall. “Yeah, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” he told CNN. His busy schedule will keep his parody... Read more »

Colin Trevorrow Responds to Negative ‘Book of Henry’ Reviews: ‘I Do Stand by the Movie’

“Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow, whose latest, “The Book of Henry,” hit theaters last weekend, addressed the scathing reviews that the drama has received, calling it “hugely disappointing.” “It’s a little heartbreaking, without getting too personal,” he told the Empire Podcast. “It came to us as a bit of a shock because we had screened... Read more »

Trump Team Bullies Disney's Hall of Presidents

Vice: Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents -- closed for renovations since January 2017 in order to add a new Donald Trump robot -- was originally scheduled to reopen with its new president in time for summer. ... Disney assumed that the transition from Obamabot to Trumpbot would be smooth and seamless. "We've already prepared a bust of President-elect Trump to go into our Hall of the Presidents at Disney World," said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a call with Wall Street analysts last November. But instead, according to a source close to Magic Kingdom management, the Trump communications team has been combative and obstinate, upsetting an established process that three prior presidential administrations found amenable.

Colombia's Farc has completed disarmament, UN says

The transfer of the rebels' personal weapons was a key condition in last year's peace agreement.

Jared Leto Partners With Omni Magazine for Production Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

Jared Leto is partnering with Omni magazine in a deal to produce original content, Variety has learned exclusively Jerrick Media and Leto’s Paradox made the announcement Monday. The companies did not disclose any specific projects. Omni was a science and science fiction magazine published in the US and the UK between 1978 and 1995. It contained... Read more »

'Infarm' Startup Wants To Put a Farm In Every Grocery Store

Infarm, a 40-plus person startup based in Berlin, imagines a future where every grocery store has its own farm packed with herbs, vegetables and fruit. "The plants themselves are being monitored by multiple sensors and fed by an internet-controlled irrigation and nutrition system," reports TechCrunch. "Growing out from the center, the basil is at ascending stages of its life, with the most outer positioned ready for you, the customer, to harvest." From the report: The concept might not be entirely new -- Japan has been an early pioneer in vertical farming, where the lack of space for farming and very high demand from a large population has encouraged innovation -- but what potentially sets Infarm apart, including from other startups, is the modular approach and go-to-market strategy it is taking. This means that the company can do vertical farming on a small but infinitely expandable scale, and is seeing Infarm place farms not in offsite warehouses but in customer-facing city locations, such as grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and schools, enabling the end-customer to actually pick the produce themselves. In contrast, the Infarm system is chemical pesticide-free and can prioritize food grown for taste, color and nutritional value rather than shelf life or its ability to sustain mass production.

3 CNN staffers are out over retracted Russia investigation story

3 CNN staffers are out over retracted Russia investigation storyA CNN reporter and two editors have resigned over a story the news network retracted days...

Hellboy reboot director says R-rating will allow him to 'take off the cuffs'

Hellboy reboot director Neil Marshall has said that his film’s likely R-rating will help him “take off the cuffs” when it comes to adapting writer-artist Mike Mignola’s original comics. The two previous films to feature the character, Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 movie, Hellboy, and the same director’s 2008 sequel, Hellboy: The Golden Army, were both rated PG-13.
“We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off,” Marshall told fellow filmmaker Mick Garris on the most recent episode of the latter’s podcast, Post Mortem. “It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main . And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
Marshall also said that he planned on using practical effects whenever possible on the movie, which will star David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the titular superhero.

Google Home Is 6 Times More Likely To Answer Your Question Than Amazon Alexa

According to software developed by New York-based 360i, Google Home is six times more likely to answer your question than Amazon Alexa -- its biggest competitor. Adweek reports: It's relatively surprising, considering that RBC Capital Markets projects Alexa will drive $10 billion of revenue to Amazon by 2020 -- not to mention the artificial intelligence-based system currently owns 70 percent of the voice market. 360i's proprietary software asked both devices 3,000 questions to come to the figure.

SNL: Alec Baldwin will return as Donald Trump in season 43

Alec Baldwin, you’re not fired.
After previously saying he wouldn’t keep portraying Donald Trump for “much longer,” the 30 Rock alum has now declared he will be back in the wig and suit for season 43 of Saturday Night Live.
“Yeah, we’re going to fit that in,” he told CNN. “I think people have enjoyed it.” According to CNN, Baldwin’s other commitments will mean a little less of his Trump impersonation, with fans getting “a couple celery sticks” instead of a “whole meal.”
Reps for the actor had no comment when contacted by EW. NBC did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Since debuting as the then-presidential candidate in the season 42 premiere, Baldwin has earned critical acclaim for his impression of Trump. Despite the success, in a March interview with Extra, the actor didn’t seem to be on board for the long-term.

Brazil's Michel Temer charged with corruption

The charges follow a recording in which Mr Temer appears to encourage the payment of hush money.

Bank Loaned Kushner $275M Month Before Election

One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner's real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January. The October deal illustrates the extent to which Kushner was balancing roles as a top adviser to Trump and a real estate company executive. After the election, Kushner juggled duties for the Trump transition team and his corporation as he prepared to move to the White House.

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