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Hollywood Director Believes Son Responsible For Santa Barbara Shooting

Hollywood Director Believes Son Responsible For Santa Barbara Shooting


Hollywood Director Believes Son Responsible For Santa Barbara Shooting

Posted: 24 May 2014 12:06 PM PDT

A Hollywood director and his family believe their son is responsible for a mass shooting that left the shooter and six others dead near a Santa Barbara, California university Friday, the director’s attorney said Saturday. Another 7 people were injured in the shooting.

Alan Shifman, the attorney for The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodgers, said Rodgers was interviewed by the police Saturday. Shifman also said the family recently called police regarding their son after finding videos he posted to YouTube “regarding suicide and the killing of people.”

Shifman said Rodgers’ 22-year-old son was seeing multiple therapists, according to ABC.

Police have not publicly identified the shooter, but they believe a YouTube video titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution” is connected to the crime. In the video, a young man promises to have "his revenge against humanity" — including women who he says did not find him attractive — after suffering through "an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires."

[AP]

Turkish Drama ‘Winter Sleep’ Wins Palme d’Or

Posted: 24 May 2014 11:19 AM PDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Turkish drama “Winter Sleep” has won the Palme d’Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year.” A coal mine fire in Turkey recently killed 301 workers.

Running more than three hours, “Winter Sleep” is about a family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish hills and their strained relationship with their village tenants.

Bennett Miller won the award for best director. His wrestling drama “Foxcatcher” stars Channing Tatum and Steve Carell.

Best actor went to Timothy Spall who stars as British painter J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner.” Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in the Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Officially Married

Posted: 24 May 2014 10:59 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian, 33, and Kanye West, 36, got married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, on Saturday after almost a week-long celebration in Paris, PEOPLE reports.

Rich Wilkerson Jr., a pastor from North Miami, performed at the wedding, which counted many of the Kardashian family members and their celebrity friends as guests.

According to one guest PEOPLE spoke to, West “was the typical nervous groom, swigging obsessively from a bottle of water and shifting his weight from one foot to the other.”

“It was funny how nervous he was,” the source said. “He clearly knew the gravity of what he was about to do. This morning he was all smiles, but as it got closer, you could see that the nerves were kicking in.”

As rumors suggested, pop siren Lana Del Rey performed three songs at the lavish pre-wedding festivities in Paris, E! reports. But the couple chose to have the special ceremony take place in Florence because their daughter, North West, was conceived there.

[PEOPLE]

Miley Cyrus Gets Restraining Order Against Fan

Posted: 24 May 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Great pop songs often feel like they speak directly to us, although not quite like this. Miley Cyrus was granted a temporary restraining order on Friday against a man who believes the pop singer was communicating with him through her music.

24-year-old Devon Meek was arrested in Sierra Vista, Ariz., earlier this month outside of a property he believed Cyrus owned. Court documents do not elaborate on the location, the Associated Press reports.

Meek, who is currently in a psychiatric hospital, told officers to shoot him in the head if he was unable to meet Cyrus. According to a sworn statement from detective Rosibel Smith, Meek “will not stop seeking Ms. Cyrus” until she “accepts him or he dies.”

A hearing scheduled will for June 16 will determine whether to extend the order for three more years.

[ABC]

US Pulls Out From Military Exercises in Thailand

Posted: 24 May 2014 10:29 AM PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has canceled ongoing military exercises with Thailand as a result of the military coup in the Southeast Asian country.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says the U.S. has had a long and productive military relationship with Thailand. But Kirby says U.S. law and “our own democratic principles” require the U.S. to reconsider those military ties.

There were 700 U.S. troops participating in the annual naval exercises, which include sailors, marines, ships and aircraft.

Kirby says the Pentagon is also canceling the June visit of U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Harry Harris to Thailand and is withdrawing the invitation to the commander general of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to visit U.S. Pacific Command in June.

The U.S. is urging Thai military to end the coup.

Climber Falls 70 Feet Into Crevasse, Shoots Video of Escape

Posted: 24 May 2014 10:07 AM PDT

Professor John All fell 70 feet into an icy crevasse as he was hiking a Himalayan mountain. He had a broken arm, broken ribs, and was all by himself. It’s a story that feels like the premise to the survival drama 127 Hours – and indeed, All recorded every harrowing moment with his video camera.

“By taking the video, I was asserting to myself that I was going to get out so I could show it to my friends and family. Because I knew it was the type of thing that, you know, again, no one ever survives,” All said in an interview.

 

Winter Sleep: Can a Three-Hour-Plus Prize-Winner Be Just Pretty Good?

Posted: 24 May 2014 09:36 AM PDT

The second day of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, a three hour, sixteen-minute Turkish film was the hot ticket — so hot that, despite begging, jostling and running a quarter-mile obstacle course to get past the guards, neither Mary Corliss nor I could gain admittance to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep.

By the time we finally caught up with it at a closing-day screening today, the Anatolian talkathon had garnered a sheaf of raves (“a cat’s whisker away from being a masterpiece” —Nikola Grozdanovic, Way Too Indie) and a few derisive dismissals (“Yak yak yak yak yak” —Gavin Smith, Film Comment). This afternoon it snagged the FIPRESCI Critics Prize for best film in the Cannes competition, and no one at tonight’s closing ceremony would be astonished if it took one of the top awards, possibly the Palme d’Or, which last year went to the three-hour La vie d’Adèle, aka Blue Is the Warmest Color.

(READ: When Cannes Got the Hots for Blue Is the Warmest Color)

So, after all that urgent chatter, how is Winter Sleep? Pretty good. It’s true that an extra-long movie can spur passionate cinephiles to extremes: they fall in love with it or furiously denounce it. Forty years ago, when Jacques Rivette set up a nonstop screening of his 13-hour Out One for a group of critics and friends, the attendees emerged to smother the French director in compliments. Rivette’s dry explanation for all the raves: “La durée.” Which translates as “They’re congratulating themselves for having sat through it.”

Still, any film of any length can be approached and appreciated in moderation. Given that the title virtually encourages viewers to nap during the proceedings, Winter Sleep is no chore to sit through. Most of its characters are complex and compelling, and the actors’ faces, craggy or lustrous, reward fascinated study. The movie indulges one frustrating narrative trope in too many Cannes contenders: the unexplained disappearance of a major figure more than halfway through the story, as with the Kristen Stewart character in Clouds of Sils Maria and the lawyer friend in Leviathan. But as austere soap opera or probing character study, Winter Sleep validates the viewer’s attention, if not its nearly 200-min. running time — make that ambling time.

(READ: The Corlisses’ reviews of Clouds of Sils Maria and Leviathan)

Nestled high in picturesque Cappadocia, the Turkish alpine region where homes are built into volcanic peaks, the Hotel Othello is open all year for tourists. Its owner-manager, Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), also has properties around the village, and his employees have recently manhandled the surly tenant Ismail (Nejat Isler) who is long overdue in his rent. One winter morning Ismail’s young son Ilyas (Emirhan Doruktutan) throws a rock at the window of a truck carrying Aydin, and a simmering dispute erupts with Ismail. Aydin returns to the hotel, which he runs with the help of his lovely young wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen) and divorced sister Necla (Demet Akbag). The restless Nihal has busied herself with a school charity involving the local teacher Levent (Nadir Sarabacak), and this stirs Aydin’s ire, though not quite of the Othello variety.

Shakespeare does get quoted (Hamlet’s “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all”), but the apter literary touchstone here is Chekhov — the shifting vectors of love and animosity in a land locked in the past — and the cinematic reference is Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre of troubled souls spitting out their anxieties. Even Bergman in Winter Light or Scenes from a Marriage didn’t produce dialogues as intricate and exhausting as the ones between Aydin and his sister or Aydin and his wife. These conversations may last for 15 or 20 mins.; they build, brick by resentful brick, as the each woman spills out her guts while hardly raising her voice. When Nihal calls Aydin “an unbearable man,” she is delivering not an operatic aria but a coroner’s report.

(READ: Corliss on Why Ingmar Bergman Mattered)

And Aydin, a former actor who hopes to write a history of Turkish theater, doesn’t give her the satisfaction of a ferocious footlights retort. It’s as if he doesn’t take her arguments seriously enough to be wounded by them. Nor does Ceylan take evident sides in these wrangles. “The awful thing about life,” says Jean Renoir in his 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game, “is that everyone has his reasons.” Winter Sleep portrays all its characters in their full complexity, complacency or contempt.

The rock that shatters the truck window is the movie’s only obvious act of violence. And there’s a moment toward the end — a man with a gun in a shooting party attended by his perceived rival — that blessedly does not conform to melodrama. But other late scenes do dip into cliché. You will not be disappointed if you suspect that, when Nahil and Ismail are in a small room with a pile of Turkish liras and a fireplace, the money will find the flames. And the final moments contain the film’s only voiceover narration, which makes numbingly explicit what the eloquent faces of the actors reveal on the screen. That’s the last 15 minutes: an empty gesture followed by too explicit emotion.

So this critic would say of Winter Sleep: It’s good, just not that good. Not Palme d’Or good.

9 Slimming Smoothie Recipes

Posted: 24 May 2014 09:08 AM PDT

Sip up and slim down. Quick and easy to prepare, these smoothie recipes are packed with refreshing fruits and MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids)—the Flat Belly Diet powerhouse ingredient that specifically targets belly fat. These 10 filling, creamy smoothies are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.

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Mango Smoothie Surprise

SERVINGS: 1

¼ c mango cubes

¼ c mashed ripe avocado (MUFA)

½ c mango juice

¼ c fat-free vanilla yogurt

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1 Tbsp sugar

6 ice cubes

COMBINE all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with sliced mango or strawberry, if desired, and serve.

NUTRITION (per serving) 298 cal, 5 g pro, 55 g carb, 5 g fiber, 47 g sugar, 9 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 54 mg sodium

More from Prevention: 29 Awesome Avocado Recipes

Blueberry Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim milk

1 c frozen unsweetened blueberries

1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA)

COMBINE milk and blueberries in blender, and blend for 1 minute. Transfer to glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 273 cal, 9 g pro, 29 g carb, 4 g fiber, 24 g sugar, 14.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 103 mg sodium

 

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

½ c fat-free milk

½ c fat-free plain yogurt

2 Tbsp creamy natural unsalted peanut butter (MUFA)

¼ very ripe banana

1 Tbsp honey

4 ice cubes

COMBINE ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.

NUTRITION (per serving) 366 cal, 18 g pro, 40 g carb, 3 g fiber, 32 g sugar, 16.5 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 151 mg sodium

 

Vanilla Yogurt and Blueberry Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim or soy milk

6 oz (80-calorie) vanilla yogurt

1 c fresh blueberries

Handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp flaxseed oil (MUFA)

COMBINE milk, yogurt, and fresh blueberries plus ice (or frozen blueberries) in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 443 cal, 18 g pro, 63 g carb, 4 g fiber, 57 g sugar, 14.5 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 221 mg sodium

 

Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

½ c skim or soy milk

6 oz (80-calorie) vanilla yogurt

¼ c chocolate chips (MUFA)

1 c fresh raspberries

Handful of ice OR 1 cup frozen raspberries

COMBINE ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and eat with a spoon.

NUTRITION (per serving) 462 cal, 16 g pro, 77 g carb, 10 g fiber, 64 g sugar, 13.5 g fat, 7.5 g sat fat, 174 mg sodium

More from Prevention: Flat Belly Chocolate Desserts

 

Peach Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim milk

1 c frozen unsweetened peaches

2 tsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA)

PLACE milk and frozen, unsweetened peaches in blender and blend for 1 minute. Transfer to glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 213 cal, 9 g pro, 26 g carb, 2 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 9 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 103 mg sodium

 

Lemon-Orange Citrus Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim or soy milk

6 oz (80-calorie) lemon yogurt

1 med orange peeled, cleaned, and sliced into sections

Handful of ice

1 Tbsp flaxseed oil (MUFA)

COMBINE milk, yogurt, orange, and ice in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, transfer to a glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 420 cal, 18 g pro, 57 g carb, 3 g fiber, 54 g sugar, 14 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 219 mg sodium

 

 

Pineapple Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim milk

4 oz canned pineapple tidbits in juice

Handful of ice

1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA)

PLACE milk, canned pineapple in blender, add of ice, and whip for 1 minute. Transfer to glass and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 271 cal, 9 g pro, 30 g carb, 1 g fiber, 29 g sugar, 14 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 104 mg sodium

 

Strawberry Smoothie

SERVINGS: 1

1 c skim milk

1 c frozen, unsweetened strawberries

2 tsp cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil (MUFA)

COMBINE skim milk and strawberries in blender. Blend, transfer to glass, and stir in flaxseed oil.

NUTRITION (per serving) 216 cal, 9 g pro, 26 g carb, 3 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 9.5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 106 mg sodium

More from Prevention: 25 Delicious Detox Smoothies

This article originally appeared on Prevention.com

Tennis Forecast: A Funky French Open

Posted: 24 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

What to make of this year’s French Open, which starts on Sunday? Call it confounding, call it confusing, call it delightfully compelling.

On the men’s side, you’ve got one player, No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who has won eight of the last nine championships. Nadal has 13 career Grand Slams titles, leaving him just four short of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 17 (and one short of Pete Sampras’ tally of 14). Nadal reached the final of the Australian Open, but hampered by a bad back, he lost to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. Before Wawrinka’s victory, 34 of the prior 35 Grand Slams titles were won by one of four players — Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.

Welcome to the club, Stan.

Since then, Nadal — the subject of a feature story in this week’s TIME — has not really been himself. In March, he lost in the third round of the Indian Wells tournament in California; then Djokovic crushed him in the final in Miami. But these were hard-court contests. As usual, Nadal would right himself on clay, correct?

But in three of the four clay-court tournaments before the French Open, Nadal — gasp — lost. Most recently, Djokovic handled him fairly easily in the final in Rome. Nadal hasn’t lost three pre-French Open tournaments on clay since 2003, when he was 16 years old. And now Djokovic owns a four-match winning streak against Nadal. So Djokovic, the world No. 2, is the favorite, right?

But Nadal does have habit of winning the French Open almost every time he sets foot in Paris. See, confounding.

Last year, Nadal and Djokovic met in the semifinals, and they played a classic five-setter which Nadal won. If we’re lucky, they’ll meet in this year’s final, and we’ll truly learn about the state of Rafa’s game. No Roland Garros win, not good.

The draw did Nadal no favors. The two other players who beat Nadal on clay this year sit on his side of the bracket. Nicolas Almagro beat him in Barcelona; he’s a possible fourth round opponent for Nadal at the French. Another fellow Spaniard, David Ferrer, could meet Nadal in the quarters. Nadal beat Ferrer in last year’s French Open final; Ferrer defeated Nadal this year at the Monte Carlo tournament.

Andy Murray is on Nadal’s side of the draw too. Murray, however, has never won a clay court tournament. Wawrinka, who defeated Federer in the Monte Carlo final, is a possible semifinal opponent for Nadal. After winning the Aussie and starting the clay court season with the Monte Carlo victory, Wawrinka seemed ascendant. But he then lost his first match in Madrid — a clay tournament Nadal actually won this year — and Tommy Haas knocked Wawrinka out of Rome, in the round of 16.

Federer’s path to the semis — and a possible meeting with Djokovic — doesn’t seem that fraught. Federer turns 33 this summer, but is eager to win another Slam or two, to further distance himself from Nadal. Look out for Tomas Berdych, an potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer: the Czech has faced Federer just three times on clay, and lost each match. But he’s also beaten Federer two of the last three times they’ve met. Federer did defeat Berdych in the their last bout, the final of the Dubai tournament in early March.

“Ten years ago, I would maybe already become number one,” Berdych said during an interview at the Monte Carlo tournament. “But you know, not with these guys.” Tough luck, Tomas.

While the men’s game is blessed with the “Fab Four” and plenty of other top talents, the women’s game, right now, still mostly revolves around Serena Williams. The defending French Open champ cruised to the title in her last clay court tournament, in Rome last weekend. Serena could meet her sister Venus in the third round, and Maria Sharapova in the quarters.

On the other side of the draw Li Na — the world no. 2 and 2011 French Open winner, and subject of another TIME feature story — enters the tournament on a bit of a downswing. She lost in the quarters on clay in both Rome and Madrid. Serena seems at home in Paris, and is a comfortable pick to win the women’s title.

The same can’t be said for an eight-time Roland Garros champ. Indeed, an intriguing tennis summer has arrived.

Pope Calls for Peace in Syria During Historic Holy Land Trip

Posted: 24 May 2014 08:58 AM PDT

Pope Francis called for a peaceful end to Syria’s three-year-old civil war during a Saturday stop in Jordan on his first Holy Land trip as pope.

“This great goal urgently requires that a peaceful solution be found to the crisis in Syria, as well as a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he said alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah II in remarks that departed from the script, Reuters reports.

The pope also commended Abdullah for his efforts in seeking “lasting peace for the entire region.” Millions of Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan and other nearby countries during Syria’s civil war, which has killed more than 160,000 people so far.

Pope Francis also addressed the conflict during Friday mass at the International Stadium in Amman.

“Peace is not something which can be bought; it is a gift to be sought patiently and to be ‘crafted’ through the actions, great and small, of our everyday lives,” he said.”I also embrace with affection the many Christian refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq: please bring my greeting to your families and communities, and assure them of my closeness.”

Christians in the area hope Pope Francis’ visit will bring hope to the region’s declining Christian minority.

[Reuters]

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