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الجمعة، 31 يوليو، 2015

Body found in Hudson River may be boyfriend of Annie Lennox' daughter, sheriff says

Authorities say a man's body found in the Hudson River matches the description of a kayaker who's been missing since an accident over the weekend.
Dutchess County Sheriff's Capt. John Watterson says Monday that the body found just after noon near the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club appears to be 32-year-old Ian Jones, but an official identification hasn't been made. An autopsy is planned Tuesday.
Watterson says Jones and his girlfriend, Tali Fruchtmann, 22, started kayaking early Saturday morning. Fruchtmann is the daughter of singer Annie Lennox.
The kayak overturned near the historic Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, 75 miles north of New York City. Neither paddler was wearing a life jacket.
Police say Fruchtmann was picked up by passers-by on a boat after being separated from Jones in the water.

Los Angeles to propose $4.1B budget for 2024 Olympics if picked as candidate city

If the city of Los Angeles becomes the U.S. candidate for the 2024 Olympics after Boston's recent drop from contention, the organizers' proposed budget for the Summer Games would be $4.1 billion plus a $400 million contingency, a senior adviser to Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.
The sum includes $200 million to cover city expenses, Jeff Millman said.
The city's projection anticipates revenues far in excess of $4.5 billion and a significant profit, Millman said.
The budget would not come from city funding, but would instead come to the Los Angeles organizing committee from such sources as broadcast revenue, sponsorships and tickets.
Boston had proposed a budget under $5 billion -- considered frugal for the Olympics -- but still struggled to sell the public on the idea it wouldn't need major public funding to host the games.
When its candidacy flamed out late last month, Los Angeles' prospects to host a third Olympics were revived.
U.S. Olympic leaders have since contacted Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games. The USOC now faces a Sept. 15 International Olympic Committee deadline to enter a bid.
Los Angeles, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, is widely viewed as the likely choice because its many existing venues would help keep costs low.
The proposal the city put together before losing out to Boston incorporated many of the area's most famous sites: the Rose Bowl, Santa Monica beach, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood sign.
The centerpiece would be an expanded Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the rare venue in the United States whose field was designed to be ringed by a running track.
That and the other key venues have already been built, minimizing the need for public funding for new facilities. Also, by 2024, there's a good chance an NFL team or teams will have built at least one stadium that could be up and running.
International Olympic Committee members at a recent meeting said they would still welcome a strong candidate from the U.S.

الخميس، 30 يوليو، 2015

John Stamos celebrates birthday with 'Fuller House' cast


This is what your 50s looks like when you're John Stamos.
Stamos -- who turns 52 on Aug. 19 -- celebrated his birthday over the weekend with a full house of his beloved co-stars. 
His on-screen wife, Lori Loughlin, hosted a birthday BBQ at her pool and all the "Fuller House" favorites were in attendance. Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure and Dave Coulier showed up to celebrate, and the cast has never looked more comfortable together in the Instagram pics they posted.
"I'm not sayin who but someone in this picture pee'd in the pool. @dcoulier," Stamos hilariously captioned a selfie of him, Saget and Coulier, aka Danny, Jesse and Joey.

الأربعاء، 29 يوليو، 2015

Howard Stern says Jimmy Kimmel officiated Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's wedding


Howard Stern has revealed details about the secret wedding between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, including that Jimmy Kimmel officiated.
Stern was a guest at the Los Angeles ceremony last Wednesday that Aniston and Theroux disguised as a birthday bash for Theroux. Stern said on his radio show Monday that he knew beforehand that it was a wedding because the couple asked him to give a speech.
But Stern said the affair was extremely secretive and that guests had to hand over their phones. He said Kimmel did "a beautiful job" officiating, and that Sia performed.
Other guests, he said, included Ellen DeGeneres, Whitney Cummings and Orlando Bloom.
The marriage is the second for 46-year-old Aniston, who divorced from Brad Pitt in 2005, and the first for 44-year-old Theroux.

الثلاثاء، 28 يوليو، 2015

Uma Thurman lashes out at reporters outside of custody hearing


“Kill Bill” actress Uma Thurman unleashed her fury at reporters Monday, saying they should be banned from court after a hearing in her child-custody battle with her ex, hedge-fund executive Arpad “Arki” Busson.
“The press doesn’t belong in Family Court,” Thurman fumed, although she was actually in Manhattan Supreme Court, three blocks away from Manhattan Family Court.
“You should respect people’s privacy,” the Golden Globe nominee added after slipping on a pair of black sunglasses.
“Thank you. Goodbye,” she snapped, pointing toward the exit.
Busson, 52, hauled Thurman, 45, into court so he could spend more time with their 3-year-old daughter, Luna.
The London-based multimillionaire received permission from the judge to call into court on the telephone, while Thurman had to attend in person.
Thurman and her two lawyers met privately with Justice Matthew Cooper and Busson’s lawyers for about an hour.
They emerged from behind closed doors with a temporary settlement.
Justice Cooper praised the two sides for putting their daughter’s well-being ahead of their differences.
“I’m very pleased that we were able to resolve the immediate issue of parental access with the child and everybody has acted in a good, cooperative manner and certainly in a way where I’m struck by how concerned both sides were for the best interests of their daughter,” Cooper said from the bench.
The judge continued to compliment the “Pulp Fiction” star and her ex, who was on speaker phone.
“I commend Ms. Thurman and I commend Mr. Busson for flexibility, for being able to accommodate one another, but most of all being able to take their daughter’s needs first and foremost,” he said.
“The immediate issue before me has been resolved. We will meet again to work out an ultimate parenting plan,” he said.
The nature of the conflict was not clear, as legal documents involving child custody are sealed, although related court proceedings in both Manhattan Supreme and Manhattan Family courts are public.
Busson’s lawyer declined to comment.
Outside the courtroom, Thurman’s assistant apologized to the press, telling reporters that her boss is “very sensitive” about “personal matters” involving her children.
Thurman, who called off her engagement to Busson in 2014, also has two children with ex-husband Ethan Hawke.

الاثنين، 27 يوليو، 2015

Jennifer Lawrence visits kids at Montreal hospital


Jennifer Lawrence stepped away from the "X-Men: Apocalypse" set to pay a visit to a Montreal children's hospital over the weekend.
The 24-year-old Oscar winner was all smiles as she snapped photos with kids and staff members at Shriners Hospital for Children.
"A very special visitor stopped by our Canada hospital today," Shriners Hospital said on its Facebook page. "Jennifer Lawrence is in Montreal filming a new movie and she made time to visit some of our #ShrinersCanada kids and staff. Everyone had a great time!"


Lawrence is reprising her role as Mystique in the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" movie, which also star Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar Isaac. The sequel hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

الأحد، 26 يوليو، 2015

Melissa Benoist says it's hard work to be 'Supergirl'

It will be tights, flights and all kinda fights when "Supergirl" soars into National City this fall after keeping her identity and her super powers a secret for the 12 years she has been on planet Earth.
"In my everyday life, I've always been such a pacifist," says Melissa Benoist, who plays Kara Danvers aka Supergirl. "I grew up in a household full of women, and if you hit someone, it was a huge deal, even just a slap. The butt kicking is new. That's a new muscle I'm flexing, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I liked it."
CBS is taking a page from its sister CW network and entering the superhero programming competition with the fall series based on the DC Comics' character Kara Zor-El.
Benoist admits she wasn't a big comic book reader growing up, but she did enjoy sci-fi movies, including "Star Wars." Since being cast, she has rectified that and read lots of DC's The New 52 "Supergirl" series.
"When I told the producers that, they were like, "Well, this is our own universe. We're kind of creating this on our own.  Obviously, they're using a lot of the canon but I think they wanted me to really have a fresh take on it."
Benoist, who earlier this year married her "Glee" co-star Blake Jenner, has discovered that it's a long way from belting out a tune to taking down the bad guys. The physical challenges of "Supergirl" were initially daunting.
"I've had to train quite a bit," she tells FOX411. "I've been training since the pilot and before. It's challenging. It's tiring. It's a good thing, though. She's got to be really, really tough and strong to show girls and anyone that you can overcome the things that you're afraid of."
Being in shape is also essential when it comes to wiggling into her costume, which, while covering her, is still formfitting with lots of legs!
"I love that I grew up as a dancer so it feels like a leotard, a skirt and tights that I wore when I was a ballerina," she says. "What is impractical and sometimes painful is my costume has a corset. My cape is a corset, so sometimes when I'm on the wire that is constricting. Even so, I think I'm very lucky in terms of my suit, I know a lot of people have masks that sweat and don't breathe at all."
"Supergirl" will also delve into Kara's life when she is out of costume and wearing civvies, so she will have a personal life.
"[The producers tell me], 'Take away the fact that she fights aliens, what would this girl be like? What would her life look like?' We're definitely going to discover that. She has a lot of complicated relationships and things to explore. She's juggling everything."
"Supergirl" premieres on Monday, Oct. 26 on CBS.

السبت، 25 يوليو، 2015

Elvis' private nurse to release book on life around him and his family


A West Tennessee woman who was Elvis Presley's private nurse is releasing a book about her life around the music legend and his family.
Letetia Henley Kirk lived on the grounds of Graceland — Presley's longtime Memphis home — with her husband and two young daughters from 1972 to 1983 and often traveled with Presley on tour, The Jackson Sun reported.
Her self-published book, titled "Taking Care of Elvis -- Memories with Elvis as His Private Nurse and Friend," is a collection of short stories. It also includes dozens of previously unpublished photos.
"He was not only my patient but a good friend," said the 73-year-old Kirk, who planned to release the book Monday.
For nearly 40 years, she kept silent about her years with Presley. But Kirk said she changed her mind after a friend convinced her to attend an event during Elvis Week last August in Memphis.
She talked to many of the fans who descend on Graceland each year to 
"I realized how hungry the fans are for stories about what life was like during a normal day at Graceland," Kirk said. "They already know the stories about drugs and sex and life on the road. They want to know what Elvis was like at Graceland during his private time. That's what this book is, light-hearted stories of my memories and experiences with Elvis."
Kirk was hired at The Medical Group in Memphis where she worked for 40 years. She met Presley in 1968 when he came to the clinic for treatment of saddle sores from riding horses.
"We treated him after hours, and he saw Dr. Nick," Kirk said, referring to Dr. George Nichopoulos. "I was in the room assessing Elvis, and he was sitting in the corner talking to me with his head down.
"I walked over, lifted his chin and said, 'Elvis, if you talk to me, you look at me.'"
She thought she was in trouble when Nichopoulos called her to his office and, with a solemn look on his face, asked what she said to Presley. When she told the doctor, he grinned and said Presley liked her country ways.
She became Presley's regular nurse when he came to the clinic, and that led to her move to Graceland in 1972.
Kirk recalled working at the clinic on Aug. 16, 1977, when her husband called and told her to "get home quick." She jumped in her car and soon saw the ambulance as it raced Presley to the hospital. She drove through the front gate of Graceland and learned what happened.
"I was in total disbelief," Kirk said. "I never dreamed something like that would happen. I still get emotional about it, and the book was very hard to write because of that emotional journey."
But Kirk said the light-hearted stories in the book kept her spirit lifted, such as the ones about gifts she received from Presley, including how she turned down a black Cadillac.
"Elvis was extremely generous and just loved to make people happy," she said. "I was a very blessed country girl."

الجمعة، 24 يوليو، 2015

Google to be part of new holding company, 'Alphabet'

Google, which has been expanding far beyond its original business of Internet search advertising, is changing its operating structure by creating a new holding company called Alphabet.
The company says its new structure will give more independence to many of its wide-ranging and ambitious projects.
Under the plan announced Monday, Alphabet will be comprised of the core Google business — including Internet search, mapping and YouTube — along with newer businesses that will be managed separately, such as Google Fiber, Nest and the investment arm Google Ventures.
Google CEO Larry Page will become CEO of the new entity, with his co-founder Sergey Brin serving as president. Longtime Google executive Sundar Pichai, who has taken on increasingly important roles at the company in recent years, will be CEO of the core Google business.
The change may give investors a clearer picture of how much Google is spending on some of its newer ventures, like its effort to build a self-driving car, develop a glucose-sensing contact lens or install high-speed Internet fiber networks in a number of U.S. cities, said Colin Gillis, an investment analyst at BGC Partners.
But it may not signal much change in the current management structure, since Pichai has already been overseeing many of Google's core operations, Gillis said.
Google Inc. said its new chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, will hold the same title for both Google and Alphabet. Once the reorganization is complete, the company says its two existing classes of publicly traded stock will continue to trade on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbols "GOOG" and "GOOGL."
The Mountain View, California, company's stock was up about 5 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement Monday afternoon.Google, which has been expanding far beyond its original business of Internet search advertising, is changing its operating structure by creating a new holding company called Alphabet.
The company says its new structure will give more independence to many of its wide-ranging and ambitious projects.
Under the plan announced Monday, Alphabet will be comprised of the core Google business — including Internet search, mapping and YouTube — along with newer businesses that will be managed separately, such as Google Fiber, Nest and the investment arm Google Ventures.
Google CEO Larry Page will become CEO of the new entity, with his co-founder Sergey Brin serving as president. Longtime Google executive Sundar Pichai, who has taken on increasingly important roles at the company in recent years, will be CEO of the core Google business.
The change may give investors a clearer picture of how much Google is spending on some of its newer ventures, like its effort to build a self-driving car, develop a glucose-sensing contact lens or install high-speed Internet fiber networks in a number of U.S. cities, said Colin Gillis, an investment analyst at BGC Partners.
But it may not signal much change in the current management structure, since Pichai has already been overseeing many of Google's core operations, Gillis said.
Google Inc. said its new chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, will hold the same title for both Google and Alphabet. Once the reorganization is complete, the company says its two existing classes of publicly traded stock will continue to trade on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbols "GOOG" and "GOOGL."
The Mountain View, California, company's stock was up about 5 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement Monday afternoon.

Thailand bans Owen Wilson movie


Owen Wilson’s latest film, “No Escape,” has been banned in Thailand, where it was made.
Sources tell Page Six the movie, about an American family caught in a coup and trying to escape an unnamed Southeast Asian country, was allowed to shoot in Thailand only if the country was not identified on-screen.
“Precautions were taken, like signs that appeared in shots being turned upside-down,” sources said.
But when Thai officials saw the pic, they banned it from playing there anyway.

الخميس، 23 يوليو، 2015

Get ready: 8 new products Apple will release before 2015 is over


This has been a record-breaking year for Apple… and the company has only launched one major new product so far in 2015. Stop for a moment to think about how crazy that is. The new Apple Watch is barely a blip on the radar right now where Apple’s bottom line is concerned, but the company is still setting records with no other major launches.
Of course, all that is about to change, and Apple is gearing up for one of the busiest fall seasons in the company’s storied history. Apple fans can expect at least eight major launches squeezed into the remainder of 2015, and they’ll all fall within the span of just a few short months.
What exactly can we expect to see from Apple this fall? Let’s take a look.

iPhone 6s

First and foremost, Apple’s flagship iPhone will be refreshed next month. ThisiPhone 6s will be unveiled during a huge press conference on September 9th, and it’ll likely be released the following week on September 18th.
Want to learn about all of the coolest new features expected to be included in Apple’s refreshed iPhone? Check out the six most exciting new features coming to Apple’s iPhone 6s.

iPhone 6s Plus

Of course, the iPhone 6s isn’t the only new iPhone Apple fans have to look forward to in 2015. Apple’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus will also be replaced by its successor, the iPhone 6s Plus.
Just like the current 6 and 6 Plus duo, the iPhone 6s Plus is expected to be almost identical to the main iPhone 6s, but with a larger display.

iPad Air 3

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus alone might not be enough to top Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter last year, so Apple is also expected to launch a brand new iPad Air 3. Expect upgraded internals and not much else from Apple’s new flagship iPad tablet.

iPad mini 4

As thin as the iPad Air line is, it might still be too big for some users. Apple also reportedly plans to debut a new iPad mini 4 alongside the Air 3, and it should feature similarly upgraded internal components.

Apple TV

That’s right, the new and improved Apple TV we’ve all been waiting for will finally be released this fall, following its unveiling on September 9th. Expect more power, more memory, a new remote and support for third-party apps… finally.
Sadly, you shouldn’t expect Apple’s streaming “pay TV killer” to debut alongside the new Apple TV this year.

iOS 9

Moving from hardware to software, Apple will release iOS 9 just ahead of its new iPhones this fall. iOS 9 is a massive upgrade that is packed full of great new features and enhancements. Here are the five best new features in iOS 9, so you know what you have to look forward to.

OS X El Capitan

Don’t let the awful, awful name distract you from the fact that Apple’s upcoming new version of OS X is its best ever. Here’s some of what you have to look forward to.

4K iMac

Last but not least, Apple is reportedly planning to release its highest-resolution device ever in the form of a 4K Retina iMac. Here are some details on what you can expect.

Bonus: iPad Pro?

The jury is still out on whether Apple’s supersized iPad Pro will finally launch later this year or early next year. The presence of enhanced multitasking with multi-app view in iOS 9 is a great indication that the 12.9-inch iPad will debut soon, but some reports state that it won’t be released until sometime next year.

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