Sunday, May 11, 2014

Manchester City Wins Premier League Title

Manchester City Wins Premier League Title

Manchester City Wins Premier League Title

Posted: 11 May 2014 10:17 AM PDT

(MANCHESTER, England) — Manchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons with a 2-0 victory over West Ham on goals by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany.

Two years ago, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Sunday’s victory, however, meant Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless, and City finished two points above the Merseyside club.

As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded the Etihad Stadium field, setting off blue flares.

City spent just 15 days in first place during a season when the lead changed hands 25 times. But Manuel Pellegrini’s club surged to the top when it mattered most.

Neighbors Crashes Spider-Man’s Box Office Party

Posted: 11 May 2014 09:28 AM PDT

Neighbors surprised industry experts this weekend by scooping up $51.1 million and taking the top spot at the box office.

The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, was not only expected to lose out to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but industry analysts predicted the film would only make around $35 million in its debut weekend, USA Today reports. The Spidey sequel came in second with an estimated $37.2 million on the weekend.

(MORE: REVIEW: Neighbors, When the Outrageous Becomes the Cliché)

Neighbors continues a frat house comedy legacy that Universal introduced with National Lampoon’s Animal House,” said Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak, a firm that analyzes the entertainment industry and provided Sunday’s preliminary estimates. “R-rated comedy is a powerful draw.”

Don’t forget the adorable babies, too.

(MORE: The Amazing Spider-Man 2's Box Office Won't Amaze Marvel)

[USA Today]

1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Sacramento Park Shooting

Posted: 11 May 2014 09:10 AM PDT

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Police say gunmen have opened fire at a baby’s birthday party in a Sacramentopark, killing one man and injuring six other people, including a child.

It happened about 5 p.m. Saturday at Peregrine Park in northern Sacramento.

Officer Doug Morse tells the Sacramento Bee ( ) that attackers walked up and opened fire, then fled in a car.

A man in his 20s died at the scene. Police say he’s believed to be a gang member but his name hasn’t been released.

Morse says six other people — including a 7-year-old child — received non-life threatening injuries.

The group had gathered to celebrate the birthday of a year-old child.

Police say the attack appears to be gang-related.

Here’s a Cruise Ship Playing ‘Seven Nation Army’ on Its Horns

Posted: 11 May 2014 08:37 AM PDT

The White Stripes’ most recognizable tune got a nautical remix on Friday as the MSC Magnifica celebrated its “harbour birthday.” Instead of blasting Britney Spears to ward off Somali pirates, perhaps cargo ships could learn a lesson here and start playing this surprisingly ominous-sounding cover to stay safe in dangerous waters.

100-Year-Olds Moms Share Insights On What It Means to Be a Mother

Posted: 11 May 2014 08:25 AM PDT

This Mother’s Day, why not take some advice from three women who’ve been moms for a very, very long time?

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the holiday, Mashable sat down with three centenarians to discuss what motherhood means to them. The women reflect on the great parts of being a mom along with the hardest parts — like raising children during wartime.

“When you see your kid go away, and then you see the papers with the casualties,” Sadie Adler says. “It was shattering.”

Adler also offered the following advice to today’s parents: “Listen to your children and treat them as a grown-up.”

All The Stats You Need To Know About Your Mom On Facebook

Posted: 11 May 2014 08:18 AM PDT

In honor of Mother’s Day, the data science team at Facebook decided to forego the stereotypic gift of flowers and give users something far more unique: Statistics about the moms of Facebook. Here’s what you need to know about the moms that like your status updates (but who also really wish you’d take less photos with red party cups):

There are 27 million U.S. women who identify as mothers on Facebook. Their age breakdown is as follows:


The average mother’s age on Facebook is 47. The average age of women who said they had a baby since last Mother’s Day, however, is 30.

Facebook also looked at the average percent of moms on Facebook across the U.S. Wyoming, West Virginia, Iowa, South Dakota and Idaho have the highest percent of moms, while New York, California, Virginia, Hawaii and New Jersey have the lowest:


Facebook also knows that the baby bird often leaves the nest — this graph shows that the distance between women who declares themselves as mothers and their children increases as children grow older:


The highest upward move typically occurs when children reach college age or are finding their first jobs in their 20s. Things stabilize in their 30s and ramp up again in their 40s. “Maybe this time it’s mom who’s moving as she reaches retirement age?" Facebook’s Carlos Diuk speculates in a blog post about the data.

Marco Rubio: I’m Ready to Run for President

Posted: 11 May 2014 07:47 AM PDT

Marco Rubio says he is ready to become the President of the United States.

"I think that's true for multiple other people that would want to run,” Florida’s junior senator told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on The Week Sunday. “I mean, I'll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don't realize, I've served now in public office for the better part of 14 years. Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there, and I think we're very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria."

Rubio was once considered to be a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, but his poll numbers have been slipping as of late. He told Karl he’s not paying much attention to those polls ("It's probably the TIME cover jinx, just like the Sports Illustrated jinx," he joked, in reference to TIME’s February 2013 cover story on the senator).

During the interview, Rubio also said he did not believe humans have contributed to global climate change and that he would give Hillary Clinton an “F” grade for her job as Secretary of State. Rubio added that if he decided to run for president, he would not simultaneously seek re-election as a Florida senator.

"I believe that if you want to be president of the United States, you run for president," Rubio said, in a thinly-veiled dig at Republican rival Rand Paul. Republican lawmakers in Paul’s home state of Kentucky recently unsuccessfully tried to pass a bill that would have let Paul run for the presidency and re-election in the Senate. "You don't run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn't work out,” Rubio added.


Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama Deliver a Special Passive-Aggressive Mother’s Day Address On SNL

Posted: 11 May 2014 07:26 AM PDT

To kick off Saturday night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, Michelle Obama (played by Sasheer Zamata) and Hillary Clinton (played by Vanessa Bayer) came together to deliver a Mother’s Day message.

“You know, both of us have been called so many things,” Clinton says. “It’s nice to have one day where the first thing that we’re called is mom.”

The women seem to be in good spirits, but soon their address devolves into a sort of tense proxy war of quietly calculated insults.

“What Barack and I are really proud of are giving the gift of health care to 8 million Americans,” Obama says. “You know, which is funny, because I tried to give them that gift 16 years ago, so it’s more like a regift,” Clinton responds, prompting Obama to shoot back, “But we actually delivered it.”

They continue their address by acknowledging the challenges of being a working mother. Clinton, however, thinks she knows just a bit more about this, since she spent years crisscrossing the globe dealing with humanitarian crises. “You know, but I suppose it’s also tough to make a chubby kid eat an apple.”

Arkansas Will Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

Posted: 11 May 2014 07:12 AM PDT

Arkansas lawyers are preparing to appeal a judge’s decision to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage, the Associated Press reports.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza Saturday that he would appeal Piazza’s Friday decision to the state Supreme Court.

In his ruling overturning the state’s 2004 amendment voted in by a wide margin of Arkansas voters, Piazza called it “an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality.” Because Piazza did not issue a stay along with his ruling, Arkansas’ 75 county clerks had to decide for themselves whether to grant marriage licenses this weekend amid confusion over the ruling. Arkansas’ Carroll County, believed to be the only county which issued same-sex marriage licenses this weekend, issued 15 such permits as of Sunday morning.

“The court didn’t give us any time to get the kinks worked out,” said Chris Villines, the executive director of the Association of Arkansas Countries, of Piazza’s ruling.


Rosemary’s Baby: Zoe Saldana Talks the Mother of All Mother’s Day Horror Stories

Posted: 11 May 2014 07:00 AM PDT

A movie about a young married woman who gets impregnated by Satan and gives birth to a monster baby after her husband makes a (literal) deal with the devil doesn’t exactly seem like prime Mother’s Day programming. More unlikely still is the fact that it stars Zoe Saldana, who grew up terrified of movies about demons and exorcisms yet is now bringing the graphic, two-part re-telling of Rosemary’s Baby to living rooms across the country.

“When I saw it, I was like, are you kidding me? All this blood? All this sex? This is awesome,” Saldana says of the NBC miniseries, which begins Sunday night and concludes Thursday. A remake of Roman Polanski’s 1968 film it is not, however — the Avatar actresses stresses that she and director Agnieszka Holland set out to re-tell the original Ira Levin novel, not to remake the movie that helped make Mia Farrow a star.

To put their own spin the story, the two made a few changes. Though Saldana sports a short haircut (via a wig), she avoided recreating Farrow’s original iconic haircut (“This isn't a fashion campaign that we're doing, this is the telling of Rosemary,” she explains). Instead of taking place in New York, Holland set her adaptation in Paris, a city Saldana says has “a darkness because of its aesthetics and its history.” Most importantly, the two made sure that Rosemary Woodhouse was thoroughly a modern woman. Saldana says she drew from her own experiences as a newlywed to update the near-50-year-old character and fought to cast an actor her age (“That’s not a message I endorse — I don’t like old men”) for the role of husband Guy, an aspiring novelist who takes a job in Paris after she suffers a miscarriage.

“What I liked about this modern tell of it is that we were going to have a female director and a very opinionated New Yorker and artist,” she says. “I would need months of preparation to play a subservient woman. It's inconceivable to me!”

Saldana originally passed on the role, but was ultimately swayed by the opportunity to both work with Holland, of whom she says she’s a big fan, and to come on board as a producer through the production company she shares with her sisters. NBC proved persuasive, too — though a few scenes involving excessive gore and stray butt cheeks were left on the cutting room floor, the network made it clear they didn’t want to micromanage Holland’s vision, which leaves less to the imagination than Polanski’s film.

“That was already a risk that they were taking, so we knew that they were going to give us a certain amount of freedom,” Saldana says. “They were telling Agnieszka, just shoot how you would be shooting this, and then we'll pull back in the editing room.”

For an actress who has worked mostly in film, switching to television had its challenges. The primary issue was her schedule — Saldana committed to the role in early January and was shooting in Paris just a few weeks later. With little time to prep, she became an avid reader of parenting blogs about difficult pregnancies (if carrying the devil’s spawn could be considered “difficult”) and flew her acting coach to Paris (“I basically paid her half my salary”) to work on the scenes every morning and night before and after shooting. Though the pace was grueling, shooting wasn’t all black magic and the occult: a friend gave her a Saint Benito chain to protect her from evil and bad luck, but Saldana says constantly changing wigs, wearing prosthetic pregnancy bellies and eating chicken innards made out of disgusting corn-syrup concoctions made for a fun and lively set.

Television has its perks, too. With a four-hour miniseries instead of the usual 90-minute movie, Saldana says the cast could more thoroughly explore the complex relationships between the characters: the seductive appeal of the devil-worshipping couple next door, the Castavets (Carole Bouquet and Jason Isaacs); and Rosemary’s husband (Patrick J. Adams), who’s torn between providing for his wife and advancing his own career by making a dangerous pact with the neighbors. With television entering a new golden age of miniseries and anthology specials as well, it felt like the ideal time for Saldana to seek small-screen exposure.

“Television is creating amazing material right now,” she says. “You also have a lot of networks getting very savvy and understanding that, in order to get a good audience, they need to listen to their already loyal viewers, raise the bar on their material and give you something that is not only entertaining, but is also substantial and inspiring.”

That risk-taking is exactly why Saldana isn’t concerned about competing with the original. Though she suspects the miniseries has a few nods to the film — Holland enjoyed the tradition of having Polish filmmakers adapt the story — Saldana says the inevitability of the comparisons only made them feel liberated.

"Of course you're going to be a little afraid, but once you realize that, overall, every time you remake something or redo something or retell something, it's never going to be accepted by everybody, you just remove that pressure off the table,” Saldana says. “If you don’t like the new, just respect the fact that it was a bold decision, it took a great amount of wit and cajones, and go back to your classic. It’s okay! You’re not being disloyal. You’re just watching new things.”


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