Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Andrew Garfield's Grandmother Thought He'd Go to Clown College

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Andrew Garfield, 2017 OscarsAndrew Garfield has certainly proven he has a silly side. Just check out the interview I did with him back in December and you'll know what I'm talking about. Well, now...
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Inside Bob Harper's Recovery: How The Biggest Loser Star Is Reevaluating His Future After Surprise Heart Attack

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Bob HarperIf you were searching for a Hollywood star who was fit, strong and healthy, Bob Harper was your guy. Whether training contestants on The Biggest Loser, breaking a sweat to his fitness...
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‘Ghost’ photobombs selfie

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Mercedes set pace again in F1 testing as Lewis Hamilton praises new cars

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Giles Richards in Barcelona
• Familiar story unfolds as Mercedes look dominant once more in Barcelona
• Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sets fastest time as McLaren struggle

New rules and a reset for the sport was the plan for Formula One in 2017 but by the end of day two of testing in Barcelona, the time sheets were telling what will, for many, be a worryingly familiar story.

Mercedes, unstoppable for the past three years and largely in a different league to their competitors were quickest once again in the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton setting the fastest time. Although it was ultimately beaten by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the warmer temperatures of the afternoon, the Finn did so while Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas proceeded to complete a full, trouble-free, race-length simulation, a remarkable achievement on only the second day of testing in newly developed machinery.

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Harvard president explicitly criticizes Trump: 'This administration seems unpredictable in many ways'

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Via Business Insider by ajackson@businessinsider.com (Abby Jackson)
Harvard President Drew Faust explicitly criticized President Donald Trump in a media roundtable at Bloomberg News on Tuesday.
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Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool future to be reviewed in summer with exit likely

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Andy Hunter
• Jürgen Klopp says decision will be made at end of season
• Striker has started five Premier League games for Liverpool this term

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge's future at Liverpool will be reviewed at the end of the season, with the striker likely to be a high-profile departure from Anfield.

Sturridge missed Liverpool's lamentable 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday through illness and was exempt from Klopp's criticism of the team's sixth loss in 12 matches in all competitions this year. "We all play for our future, myself included," the Liverpool manager said at the King Power Stadium.

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Pep Guardiola comments move Joe Hart closer to Manchester City exit

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Jamie Jackson

• Catalan professes himself 'so happy' with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero
• Manchester City manager says 'we will talk about it at the end of the season'

Pep Guardiola has hinted that Joe Hart's Manchester City career may be over after stating he is "so happy" with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero as goalkeepers.

Related: Manchester City's Pep Guardiola must use his head over Joe Hart | Daniel Taylor

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The Riddle of the Sphinx: how the Guardian's cryptic crossword found its way on to Inside No 9

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Alan Connor

Today's cryptic was from a new setter … and the BBC's horror comedy series might provide some clues to their identity

If you solved today's Guardian cryptic (and if you haven't, do so right away), you might have noticed a new setter's name, and a setter with an especially devious style.

If you watched this evening's episode of BBC comedy Inside No 9, you might have lost your appetite. And if you haven't seen it yet, do so right away, because I'm afraid that the spoilers have already begun.

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MEPs revoke Marine Le Pen's immunity over violent Isis images

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

Committee waives protection, paving way for French prosecution of Front National leader after she tweeted pictures of killings

MEPs have voted to lift Marine Le Pen's parliamentary immunity to allow French prosecutors to take legal action against the far-right leader for tweeting gruesome images of killings by Islamic State militants.

Members of the European parliament's legal affairs committee voted on Tuesday by an overwhelming majority to waive Le Pen's immunity, after a request from the prosecutor of Nanterre in west Paris.

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Uber CEO caught on video arguing with driver about fares, adding to bad month

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco

The video obtained by Bloomberg News shows a driver in a heated exchange with Travis Kalanick, telling the Uber chief: 'I'm bankrupt because of you'

Another day, another embarrassing story about Uber.

Related: Uber CEO steps down from Trump advisory council after users boycott

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Newswire: Alien: Covenant ramps up excitement with egg

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Alien: Covenant has been teasing its premiere in dribs and drabs, so far offering up a trailer, a cast photo, a four-minute prologue clip, and 38 years' worth of Alien movies and ancillary merchandise. To further stoke that anticipation, here is an egg.

Debuting just before a second trailer hits on March 1, this new one-sheet for the Ridley Scott-directed film is stark and beautifully simple, like the egg from whence we all once emerged to eat a bunch of Marines. Most obviously, of course, it evokes the poster for 1979's original Alienthough that egg, which hatched an ominously glowing green haze, was relatively smoother and arguably more delicious. By contrast, this egg is noticeably lumpy, closed-off, and angry, more like the kind you'd encounter on Twitter. "HIDE," the text warns. Clearly, this is one bad egg.

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David Haye hoping his latest retirement schedule rethink can be his last

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Kevin Mitchell
• Haye had aimed to become world heavyweight champion and retire at 31
• The 36-year-old, who fights Tony Bellew on Saturday, now looks to quit at 38

David Haye has talked the required amount of trash to pump up pay-per-view sales for his fight with Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night but away from the cameras he has been more considered and sounds convincing when he says he should become a world champion again and be out of boxing within two years.

Related: David Haye tells Tony Bellew supporters: Your fighter will get drilled

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Rory McIlroy: I talked golf not politics during round with Donald Trump

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Ewan Murray in Mexico City
• World No 3 was shocked by criticism after playing president
• Ulsterman also 'had a great time' over lunch with Tiger Woods

Focus on Rory McIlroy's return after a seven-week absence from competitive golf and any impact on Masters preparations could wait. Inevitably, as he addressed the media before the WGC-Mexico Championship, deepest intrigue surrounded that McIlroy golf match with Donald Trump.

McIlroy, who defended himself in a strongly-worded statement on Friday, admitted surprise at the level of negative reaction to his acceptance of an invitation from the US president.

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Jess Varnish questions British Cycling’s reform promises amid report secrecy

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Sean Ingle
• Cyclist gagged from speaking out on report into sexism and bullying claims
• Document 'so heavily redacted I don't know what is going on,' says lawyer

Jess Varnish is increasingly questioning whether British Cycling is serious about reform after it gagged her from speaking about the details of its internal report into her allegations of sexism and bullying.

In December the 25-year-old raised the stakes in her battle with British Cycling by making a formal request to see the report – which cleared the former technical director Shane Sutton of eight of the nine charges against him – along with her performance data and every text and email message sent about her by staff.

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Newswire: DreamWorks is making a Trolls sequel

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Variety reports that DreamWorks is hard at dream work on a sequel to last year's Oscar-nominated candy colored cartoon comedy Trolls. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick will reprise their roles as Branch and Poppy, the adorable animated heroes who will presumably do everything in their tiny power to get the latest J.T.-penned ditty lodged firmly in your head by the time the movie hits theaters in 2020.

Trolls was a strong contender at the box office, more than doubling its $125 million budget. DreamWorks hasn't announced a creative team f or the sequel; Mike Mitchell, co-director of the first movie, was recently tapped by Warner Bros. to take over directing on the Lego Movie sequel. We also don't have an official name for the film, although we might suggest that the studio steer clear of Troll 2, because that one's already been done to perfection.

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Not the State of the Union

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Via Master Feed : The Atlantic by Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump will deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. In his speech, which is scheduled to begin shortly after 9 p.m., Trump is expected to discuss Obamacare repeal, his budget demands, and, potentially, immigration-reform legislation. In an interview on Fox and Friends, Trump said he would give himself a good grade for what his administration has achieved so far, but a "C or a C+" for messaging. The FBI said it is investigating last week's shooting of two Indian men in a Kansas bar as a hate crime. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said a manhunt is underway after two police officers were shot responding to a burglary.


Today on The Atlantic

  • Trump's First Month: "Trump promised to steamroll the Washington status quo, disrupting both Republicans and Democrats," writes Molly Ball. But so far, it appears Congress might be taming Trump.

  • Left Behind: A leaked draft of a Republican Obamacare replacement indicates that "millions of people in rural areas where it's already hardest to find doctors might no longer be able to afford health insurance in a few years." Here's how. (Vann R. Newkirk II)

  • The Right to Peaceful Assembly?: In the wake of large-scale protests around the country, Republican lawmakers have proposed legislation that targets certain protest tactics or seeks to increase penalties for illegal protests. Will these measures become law? (Matt Ford)

Follow stories throughout the day with our Politics & Policy portal.


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Madhusudhan Rao, center, and Parvatha Vardhini, center right wearing pink sari, perform rituals around the body of their son Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer who was killed in a shooting in a Kansas bar last week. Mahesh Kumar A. / AP


What We're Reading

Who Is Steve Beshear?: Democratic party officials say the former governor is responsible for the Affordable Care Act's great success in Kentucky. That, along with Beshear's "red-state credentials," makes him the best choice to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's address on Tuesday night. (Alex Roarty, McClatchy)

An Hour With RBG's Personal Trainer: How does the Supreme Court's oldest—"and perhaps the most liberal"—justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, stay fit? Follow along as Politico's Ben Schreckinger struggles through the 83-year-old's regular workout.

Two Worlds Colliding: Freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination appear to be at odds in U.S. legislatures and courts. While some conservatives argue for the right to oppose same-sex marriage, LGBT advocates argue this opposition fosters discrimination. Tom Gjelten discusses the heart of this debate and how it's unfolding. (NPR)

The Roundu p: The arrest of more than 680 people by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents was "a coordinated operation planned before Trump's inauguration, but carried out by agents confident they have a broadened mandate under the new president," argues Julia Preston. The action revealed the wide scope of Trump's immigration crackdown. (The Marshall Project)

Trump's Big Night: Republicans "are desperate for the president to step in and provide some measure of guidance" on their stagnant agenda when he addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday. Given Trump's history of contradicting traditional GOP platforms, will he say what the party wants to hear? (Abigail Tracy, Vanity Fair)


Vis ualized

99 Problems: Since 1935, the Gallup polling organization has asked Americans about the "most important problem" facing the country. These graphs show how the responses have changed over time. (Gregor Aisch and Alicia Parlapiano, The New York Times)


Question of the Week

President Trump is expected to introduce a federal-budget proposal next month that significantly increases defense spending, while slashing funds on most other programs, including cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and for foreign aid. If you were in charge of the country's budget, and you had extra funds to allocate wherever you wished, what agency or program would you prioritize—and why?

Send your answers to hello@theatlantic.com, and our favorites will be featured in Friday's Politics & Policy Daily.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Candice Norwood (@cjnorwoodwrites)

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‘Moonlight’ Expands to 1,500-Plus Theaters After Oscars Best Picture Win

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Via TheWrap by Beatrice Verhoeven

Following "Moonlight's" Best Picture win at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, A24 is expanding the film to 1,500-plus theaters this coming weekend.

The film has grossed an estimated $22 million since its debut in October, and played in 585 theaters last weekend where it saw a 9.3 percent increase in revenue. 1,500 theaters will be its biggest screen count to date. On the weekend of Jan. 27, following the film's eight Academy Award nominations, the film played in 1,104 theaters.

Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders and Alex R. Hibbert star in the film.

Also Read: Why 'Moonlight' Oscar Win Resonates Far Beyond Hollywood (Guest Blog)

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Chrissy Teigen keeps teasing John Legend about that awkward Oscars moment

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John Legend nearly won an Oscar this week, but as wife Chrissy Teigen continues to remind him, almost doesn't count.
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‘Spinal Tap’ Stars Blasted for ‘Absurdly’ Filed $400 Million Lawsuit

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Via TheWrap by Tim Kenneally

The 1984 film "This Is Spinal Tap" might be a beloved cult classic, but it was far from a blockbuster. At least that's the assertion in a new filing relating to the $400 million lawsuit revolving around the movie.

In papers filed Tuesday, Vivendi and Studiocanal say that "Spinal Tap" stars Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner should be dropped from the suit, because they lack the standing to file a claim.

While expressing "genuine admiration for the talents" of Shearer, et al, Tuesday's motion to dismiss claims that they don't "have any right to file this lawsuit, nor any basis to hurl its irresponsible and untrue accusations against defendants."

Also Read: 'Spinal Tap' Fraud Suit Balloons to $400 Million Claim; Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean Sign On

The suit claims that, under the contract for the film, only Spinal Tap Productions [STP] — also listed as a plaintiff — has the right to have records for the audit of records for the film, and it never did so.

"Had plaintiffs investigated their lawsuit before filing it … they would have learned that they have no basis on which to assert any claims concerning the calculation and payment of the 'Spinal Tap' participation," Tuesday's motion reads.

The motion also says that Shearer and his colleagues waived their right to sue, and that only STP has the right to sue.

Also Read: 'Spinal Tap' Star Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over Revenues From Movie

As for the $400 million payday that the suit is seeking, Tuesday's motion offers a "reality check" for Shearer and crew.

Vivendi and the other defendants "have not received anything close to the $400 million in contingent compensation that their complaint absurdly claims they should have received," the motion reads.

Also Read: Donald Trump With 'Spinal Tap' Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video)

"As a reality check on this lawsuit, even though  'Spinal Tap' has garnered affection in the United States, it has generated U.S. theatrical revenue of under $5 million," the motion states. "Revenue from other sources and territories has been similarly modest."

Shearer, who played Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls in the 1984 mockumentary, initially filed his lawsuit in October, asking for at least $125 million. Shearer claims that Vivendi, which eventually ended up with rights relating to the film, has engaged in "anti-competitive and unfair business practices," and "willfully concealed and manipulated years of accountings to retain monies due and owing to plaintiff."

Earlier this month, Guest, Rob Reiner and Michael McKean came aboard the suit, bringing the alleged damages up to "not less than $400 million."

February's amended complaint claimed that, "according to Vivendi, the four creators' share of total worldwide merchandising income between 1984 and 2013 was $81." Yes, just $81. Between 1989 and 2006 total income from music sales was just $98, the plaintiff also claimed. "Over the past three years, Vivendi has failed to provide accounting statements at all," the complaint read.

In addition to asking that Guest, Reiner and McKean be dismissed from the suit (and that Shearer be mostly dismissed from it), the Vivendi motion is asking that the fraud count be dropped altogether.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

Related stories from TheWrap:

'Spinal Tap' Fraud Suit Balloons to $400 Million Claim; Christopher Guest, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean Sign On

Donald Trump With 'Spinal Tap' Audio Goes Up to 11 (Video)

'Spinal Tap' Star Harry Shearer Files $125 Million Lawsuit Over Revenues From Movie

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City To Pay $885,000 To Family Whose Dog Was Killed By Police

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City officials in Hartford, Connecticut, have agreed to pay a family $885,000 to compensate them for a 2006 incident in which police fatally shot their dog in their yard.



The decision on Monday by Hartford's city council ended a lengthy back-and-forth legal battle over the shooting of a 3-year-old Saint Bernard named Seven.



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10 Beliefs About Money Holding You Back From Financial Success

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Via Huffington Post by Steve Siebold

Everyone has different money goals. Some people simply want to climb out of debt. Others will tell you they don't need to be rich, but just hope to not have to struggle to pay their bills. Then another group is always pushing for more no matter how much money they acquire.



Are you financially where you want to be? If you're not and you feel like you just can't seem to get it together, it could be that it's the thoughts and beliefs you have about money that are holding you back from achieving financial success and abundance. What goes on inside your head, even thoughts you're not always directly aware of, can influence your money-making potential.



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President thinks Obama's people are responsible for protests

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In an interview on "Fox and Friends," President Donald Trump claims that Obama's people could be behind the intelligence community leaks.
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Deported mom's kids prepare to face Trump

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Angel and Jacqueline Rayos-Garcia stood side by side outside the US Capitol on Tuesday.
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Starbucks Gets Roasted On Twitter Over Its New Italian Roastery

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