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The determination of Voyager’s exit has been in dispute in part due to a lack of knowledge about the exact structure of the solar system at its outer reaches. But the evidence now shows that Voyager has passed the boundary of the heliosphere, the local region where the influence of the Sun is dominant.
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Protesting the Ferguson Grand Jury
Nov. 25, 2014
After weeks of rising tensions, the announcement Monday evening that a Ferguson grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown caused immediate outrage among demonstrators. Here’s a look at Monday’s violence and its aftermath.
Authorities report more than a dozen buildings were set on fire overnight while numerous others were damaged and looted. Two police vehicles were also destroyed, numerous cars were set ablaze in a Ferguson dealership.
Police arrested at least 61 people during a running battle with protesters who hurled bottles and epithets. Hospitals report treating at least 16 people for various injuries.
Demonstrators, police, and news media fill the street outside the Ferguson Police headquarters in anticipation of the grand jury verdict.
Demonstrators react angrily as the grand jury verdict is announced.
Police hold back protesters.
A line of protesters raise their hands in front of police.
A line of police in riot gear faces off against demonstrators.
A police officer points his weapon at protesters.
Tear gas spreads among police officers.
Police lights illuminate the growing cloud of smoke.
Tear gas and smoke fills the air along a major street.
A mob of protesters attack a St. Louis County Police vehicle.
Protesters push over a police vehicle.
Police run past a county police vehicle set ablaze.
Firefighters battle a blaze that has consumed a Little Ceasar’s restaurant.
More buildings on fire.
A storage facility goes up in flames.
Meda gather outside another building set ablaze.
Looters move through a private business.
Looters flow out of a store.
A looter emerges from the smoke-filled interior of a Walgreens store.
A man runs through the smashed windows of a looted store with stolen property.
A protester walks out of a vandalized store.
Police line the street below a holiday decoration.
Missouri state troopers form a line outside the Ferguson Police Department.
Police detain a protester
Fellow protesters hold back a young woman as she taunts police.
Demonstrators flee tear gas.
Protesters flee as tear gas canisters impact on the street nearby.
Demonstrators raise their hands in the iconic “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose.
A protester waves an American flag upside down, a traditional symbol of distress.
Police take cover behind a police vehicle outside Ferguson Police headquarters.
Police advance on the crowds of protesters.
Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks listen to coverage of the verdict in a car painting with protest slogans.
A demonstrator uses a liquid to treat the effects of tear gas.
A journalist injured by thrown rocks.
A protester blocks traffic.
A protester stands in the street as a cloud of tear gas approaches.
THE DAY AFTER: A fireman surveys a collapsed building destroyed by fires.
As dawn broke, the extent of the propery damage became evident.
Police survey the damage.
Local shop owners clean up the extensive damage.
Burned-out cars sit on a dealership lot.
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Today in History: Elián González
Nov. 24, 2014
NOVEMBER 25, 1999: Elián González is rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Florida after the boat he had journeyed on sank, killing ten others includes his mother. González would become the flashpoint in an international custody battle between his families in Cuba and Florida and federal authorities who would later seize the youth in an armed raid. González was returned to Cuba in 2000.
1947: Hollywood studios agree to enforce a blacklist against the “Hollywood 10” (pictured) and other filmmakers who were accused of Communist sympathies by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Though Eugene McCarthy’s HUAC would soon be shuttered, the blacklist continues for several decades, with some of those targeted working under assumed names.
1783: General George Washington enters New York City to a hero’s welcome as British soldiers depart their last military deployment in America, marking a symbolic end to the Revolutionary War. Washington would be inaugurated in New York City in 1789 as the nation’s first president, and the city would serve as the nation’s capital until 1790.
NOVEMBER 24, 1971: A man calling himself D.B. Cooper hijacks a Northwest Orient Airlines 727, forcing the plane to land in Seattle where authorities meet his demands for $200,000 and four parachutes. After freeing most of the passengers, the plane heads towards Mexico, but somewhere enroute Cooper leaps from the plane into a violent thunderstorm and an uncertain fate.
1963: Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots and kills accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Charged with murder, Ruby would plead grief over President Kennedy’s death overwhelmed him, but conspiracy theorists speculated he silenced Oswald to protect a larger conspiracy. Ruby’s conviction was overturned, but he dies in 1967 while awaiting a retrial.
1859: Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is published in England, laying out the naturalist’s theories of natural selection and evolution that would create a revolution in biology and the life sciences. Based in part on Darwin’s studies in the Galapagos Islands while traveling on HMS Beagle, the book expanded on theories first expounded by Alfred Wallace and others.
NOVEMBER 21, 1980: An estimated 83 million people tune in to find out “Who Shot J.R.” on the popular primetime drama Dallas. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the scheming, womanizing villain of a sprawling Texas family made rich by oil and cattle, had been shot at the end of the previous season, and the identity of his attacker — when so many wanted him dead — had riveted the nation.
1985: Jonathan Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, is arrested on charges of passing classified information to Israel. Pollard’s conviction on charges of espionage and his life sentence would become a sore point in relations between the U.S. and Israel over the years, and efforts to reduce or commute his sentence continue to this day.
1976: The gritty boxing drama Rocky premieres in New York, telling the tale of a small-time Philadelphia mob enforcer (Sylvester Stallone) who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. Penned by Stallone, the film’s energy and earnestness strike a chord with audiences, reaping box-office gold and an Oscar for best picture.
1916: The HMHS Britannic, sister ship of Titanic, sinks in the Aegean Sea after being crippled by a mysterious explosion. The 50,000-ton luxury liner, originally named Gigantic, had served as a hospital ship during WWI. Thanks to hull upgrades and a larger complement of lifeboats, both mandated after the demise of Titanic, only 30 passengers are killed while more than 1,000 are rescued.
NOVEMBER 20, 1945: The trial of 24 former Nazi leaders indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity begins in Nuremberg, Germany. The unprecedented international tribunal meets in 216 sessions over ten months, hearing detailed testimony and dealing with sometimes obstinate defendants. In October 1946, 22 verdicts are handed down, including twelve death sentences.
1910: Francisco Madero publishes his Plan de San Luis Potosi, a call for revolution in Mexico against the oligarchical rule of Porfirio Díaz. Madero had run for president against Diaz, who had Madero arrested before staging a mock election. Though initially unsuccessful, the Mexican Revolution grows quickly, installing Madero as president the following spring.
NOVEMBER 19, 1959: The Ford Motor Company cancels production of the Edsel after a year of disappointing sales and some $350 million in losses. Whether because of it’s odd name, design, reliability, or overhyped marketing, consumers never embraced the ill-fated vehicle. Just over 118,000 were produced, and the name “Edsel” went on to become a metonym for failure.
1969: Four months after the first moon landing, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean make a pinpoint landing on the Ocean of Storms within walking distance of the Surveyor 3 probe. The mission had begun with a near abort after the Saturn V rocket was struck by lightning shortly after launch, but quick thinking by mission control and Bean kept the mission flying.
1942: Red Army General Georgi Zhukov launches Operation Uranus, a massive counteroffensive to push the Germany Army out of Stalingrad that would turn the tide of the war in Russia’s favor. Zhukov’s 500,000 troops and 900 tanks quickly encircled the invading German Sixth Army. Ordered not to surrender by Hitler, General Friedrich Paulus finally capitulates on January 31.
1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the new Soldiers’ National Cemetery, framing the struggle of the Civil War as a fight to preserve the nation’s founding principles. Some 7,500 Union and Confederate soldiers had fallen in the bloody and pivotal three-day Civil War battle that turned back General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the north.
NOVEMBER 18, 1928: Steamboat Willie premieres, the first cartoon with fully synchronized sound and the formal debut of Mickey Mouse, who would go on to power an animation empire for directors Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Disney had been inspired by the sound innovation of The Jazz Singer, and the toon’s title was a parody of the Buster Keaton silent feature Steamboat Bill Jr.
1978: Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass suicide at the Jonestown compound in Guyana. The previous day he had ordered the murder of a visiting California congressman sent to investigate reports of harsh conditions. Willingly and at gunpoint, 909 people ingest a fatal cocktail; a third of the victims are children.
1890: The armored cruiser U.S.S. Maine launches. Sent to Havana in January 1989 to protect American interests in Cuba, the Maine was sunk by a massive explosion on February 15, killing 260 of her crew. News reports blamed the colonial Spanish government and whipped up a war fever with the rallying cry “Remember the Maine”; war broke out two months later.
1883: At precisely noon, all North American railroad companies switch to Standard Railway Time to better schedule and control rail operations across the nation’s vast expanse. Many cities quickly begin using one of the five local time “zones,” and manage to function without federal intervention until Standard Time (and Daylight Savings) is enacted into law in 1918.
1861: Abolitionist author Julia Ward Howe composes new lyrics to the marching song “John Brown’s Body” after watching a review of Union troops in Washington, D.C. Howe’s stirring lyrics for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” linked the Civil War struggle to God’s divine judgment, and the music would become a common part of many political events through the years.
NOVEMBER 17, 1968: NBC switches away from the final minute of a hotly contested football game between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets to air the children’s film Heidi, causing viewers nationwide to miss the Raiders scoring two touchdowns in nine seconds in a come-from-behind win. After howls of public outrage, NBC changes its contracts to avoid a repeat of the Heidi Bowl.”
1869: The Suez Canal in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas opens to shipping after a decade of construction. Further improvements to deep and widen the canal would make it one of the world’s most heavily traveled shipping lanes, but the waterway would also become a geopolitical flashpoint on the front lines of the larger Arab-Israeli conflict.
NOVEMBER 14, 1851: Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick is first published in New York. Melville based his mythic tale of Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale on a real-life incident involving the whaling ship Essex. Though it is now considered a classic, the novel was not well received initially, and Melville abandoned writing in 1865.
1970: A plane carrying most of the Marshall University football team, coaches, and more than two dozen boosters crashes, killing all on board and devastating the West Virginia college community. Brought in to rebuild the Thundering Herd program, coach Jack Lengyel gets permission from the NCAA to play freshman students, fielding a team that wins two games the next season.
1965: American and North Vietnamese forces fight their first major battle in the Ia Drang Valley. The pitched three-day fight sees some of the first heavy use of helicopters by the U.S. Fifth and Seventh Cavalry regiments to provide mobility and close air support, a tactic that would gain wide use during the conflict. More than 500 U.S. soldiers are wounded in the battle and 305 killed.
NOVEMBER 13, 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., honoring servicemen killed or missing in the conflict. Architect Maya Lin’s minimal design — a V-shaped black granite wall inscribed with more than 58,000 names — initially lacked the typical heroic sculptures and was controversial at the time, but was soon embraced by veterans and the public.
1927: The Holland Tunnel opens to the public after seven years of construction, running under the Hudson River connecting Canal Street in Manhattan with 12th and 14th Streets in New Jersey. The twin-tube roadway solved the intractable problem of ventilating long underground tunnels by using 84 powerful fans capable of completely replacing the inside air every 90 seconds.
NOVEMBER 12, 1954: The immigration reception center on Ellis Island closes its doors after five decades of operation as the “Gateway to America.” The nation’s busiest arrival terminal for more than five decades, Ellis Island processed some 17 million new Americans through 1943. The island joined nearby Liberty Island as a Park Service attraction in 1965.
NOVEMBER 11, 1918: The guns of the “Great War” go silent on the Western front as the belligerents mark an armistice that takes effect “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Soon thereafter Armistice Day becomes a national holiday in many countries that had fought in the war, commemorating the 20 million who died during the conflict.
1921: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery, commemorating the sacrifices of those who had fought in WWI. The white marble sarcophagus includes six wreaths representing the major campaigns of the war, and is inscribed with the words: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
NOVEMBER 10, 1775: The Continental Congress passes a resolution calling for the raising of two battalions of Marines to serve with the recently formed Navy; the date becomes the formal birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Marines go on to fight with distinction in every one of America’s wars, from the halls of Monteczuma to the shores of Tripoli and beyond.
1975: The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior during a heavy storm with the loss of all 29 crewmen. Fitzgerald was the largest and fastest freighter on the Great Lakes, but high waves and a failed radar doomed the vessel, though the exact cause of her demise remains unclear. The tragedy was immortalized in a popular ballad by Gordon Lightfoot.
1969: The children’s program Sesame Street debuts on the National Educational Television network (later renamed PBS). The groundbreaking series uses live actors and puppets (dubbed “Muppets”) to teach basic academic skills, socialization, and self-esteem. Muppet characters such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch become famous in their own right.
1871: After an extensive search in the jungles of Africa, British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley discovers the long-missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika. According to legend, Stanley calmly asks: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” — but whether the famous phrase was actually uttered is disputed by some historians.
NOVEMBER 7, 1957: The Gaither Report, a survey of American defense readiness, concludes that the U.S. has fallen well behind the Soviet Union, giving birth to the “missile gap” meme, and recommends sharp increases in defense spending. Among the report’s recommendation were that more fallout shelters should be built to cope with a possible war with Russia.
1991: Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson announces he will retire from basketball after testing positive for the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Johnson’s announcement helps to raise awareness of the disease at a time when it was seen as a problem exclusive to gay men, and his later work as a spokesman showed that the diagnosis was no longer a death sentence.
1940: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state suffers a spectacular and catastrophic collapse. At 2,800 feet in length, the bridge was one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, but was quickly dubbed “Galloping Gertie” because of its tendency to sway in high winds, an effect amplified by its design. The sole casualty of the collapse was a cocker spaniel trapped in a car.
OCTOBER 6, 1917: Bolshevik revolutionaries led by Vladimir Lenin launch a coup d’etat against the Russian provisional government in Petrograd and establish the world’s first Marxist state. Lenin quickly sets about nationalizing industries and redistributing land, but is soon consumed in a bloody civil war against czarist forces. In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formally established.
1977: The Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia gives way after days of heavy rains, sending a torrent of water crashing into the nearby Toccoa Falls Bible College, killing 39 people. First built in 1899, the dam had been repeatedly built up but never properly inspected or maintained. The disaster sparks a federal program to improve private dam safety guidelines.
1789: Baltimore priest John Carroll is appointed the young nation’s first Catholic bishop. Carroll had served with Benjamin Franklin in a delegation seeking French-Canadian support during the Revolutionary War, and his work to build institutions for training native-born priests would later include the the Baltimore cathedral and the founding of Georgetown university.
NOVEMBER 5, 1605: The Gunpowder Plot is foiled when Guy Fawkes is discovered with explosives underneath the Parliament building. Under torture Fawkes admits to being part of a Catholic conspiracy against England’s Protestant government and is sentenced to death. While Guy Fawkes Day celebrates his failure, Fawkes’ masked visage would later become a symbol of anarchic resistance.
1775: In his general orders for the day, General George Washington condemns the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day among his troops as he struggled to win French-Canadian Catholics to the patriot cause. Washington deemed the festivities — which feature the burning of the pope and Fawkes in effigy to commemorate the foiled Gunpowder Plot — as “insulting their religion.”
2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan goes on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 personnel and wounding more than 30 as he yells “Allahu Akbar.” Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was repeatedly promoted despite evident radical inclinations, and even after his 2013 conviction for murder the Obama administration persisted in deeming the assault “workplace violence.”
NOVEMBER 4, 1979: Iranian students seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 hostages. President Jimmy Carter orders an embargo of Iranian oil and severs diplomatic ties, but after an ill-fated rescue mission fails disastrously, Carter’s presidency falters. The hostages are finally freed after 444 days on the same day President Ronald Reagan is inaugurated.
1995: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is fatally shot in Tel Aviv by a far-right Jewish law student concerned he was giving the county up to its Arab enemies. Rabin had fought in both the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and the Six-Day War of 1967, and in his second tenure as prime minister had negotiated a peace with the Palestinians that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize shared with Yasir Arafat.
1956: Soviet tanks and troops crush protests in Hungary that had agitated for a withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact, killing and wounding thousands in vicious street fighting and driving nearly a quarter million people from the country. The strong-arm tactics by Soviet leader Nikitia Kruschev, who had promised a retreat from Stalinist repressions, shocks the West.
1922: English archeologist Howard Carter discovers the entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, a long-sought site that had eluded investigators for decades. Upon entering the 3,000-year-old tomb, near the resting place of King Ramses VI, Carter finds it to be in remarkably good condition and containing thousands of artifacts, including a solid-gold sarcophagus.
NOVEMBER 3, 1969: President Richard Nixon delivers his “Silent Majority” speech, laying out a plan to wind down American involvement in the Vietnam conflict and requesting the support of those Americans who had not joined public demonstrations against the war. The White House receives tens of thousands of letters and telegrams in support.
1957: The Soviet Union launches a dog named Laika aboard the Sputnik 2 satellite in an early test of the effects of space travel. A three-year-old female stray, Laika had undergone training to endure the cramped quarters of the capsule for as long as possible but was destined to die in orbit because the technology to safely return the craft had not yet been invented.
Odell Beckham's Catch
Nov. 24, 2014
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. set the sports world on fire on Sunday with an amazing one-handed catch for a touchdown, a nab that seemed destined for hall of fame status. Here’s a look at fan reaction on Twitter to Odell’s fabulous football feat.
Images of Beckham’s catch from every conceivable angle flew across the Internet,. and the fact that the Giants ended up losing to the Cowboys became almost an afterthought.
(Image via Sifiso Mazibuko, @SifisoMazibuko)
“Things could’ve been different, Cubbies” (Rob Miller, @robmillertime)
“Y’all couldn’t wait huh…” (Trell, @CantrellPicou)
(Image via Terez Owens, @TerezOwens)
“One catch. Many takes on a meme.” (Fancred, Fancred)
“This is why I have photoshop. Odell Beckham Jr.” (Mike Johnston, @MikeyJ_MMA)
“Nobody puts Beckham in a Corner” (, @korkedbats)
“The one ring. ‘One does not simply walk into Mordor and try pass interference, biatch’” (Scott Watson, @scottymwatson)
“If Odell Beckham Jr. was in Free Willy” (SportsNation, @SportsNation)
“This is getting out of control” (elff, @pacpampower23)
“Y’all need to chill bruh” (Numon, @iNumonicDevice)
(Image via Twitter)
(Image via Twitter)
“How to catch like Odell Beckham Jr.” (Joe, @BartolosCologne)
“Odell Beckham with the Catch of the Year!” (NFL Memes, @NFLMemez)
“And Odell Beckham’s Wikipedia page has already been updated as a result of that catch” (Rev, @Rev215)
“Odell Beckham looking like the square root of X on that catch.” (Conor Dewey, @ThanManCD)
(Image via JR, @BoltzJG)
“Odell Beckham Jr. for president” (Jason, @no_chill_jason)
(Image via Me Gusta, @megusta7660)
“Beckham’s TD catch” (Patty G, @podonella)
“Odell Beckham NASA Frog Meme please share” (Michael and 9 others, @KatzM)
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“Going to cry again now” (The Broadway Hat, @TheBroadwayHat)
“I’m so sorry for this I just had to” (Prime la Edge, @MattGoodwin_)
“This lady’s melon” (Just Trent, @AustinTrent4)
“Congrats, Odell. But what’s the big deal” (Sam Ponder, @sam_ponder)
FAN REACTIONS: Many fans tweeted friendly jokes at their own amazement at Odell's catch. (Image via jake ellsworth, @jake_ellsworth7)
“AB’s reaction to Odell Beckham’s catch” (Cole Peterson, @colepeterson21)
“Watches Odell Beckham’s Catch” (NFL Reactions, @nflreaction)
“When I saw that Odell Beckham catch” (Ryan Turner Sturm, @SideburnySturmy)
“When I see Odell Beckham Jr’s catch” (El Jefe, @BrokeHomieSiku)
“Watching Odell Beckham’s catch like” (Matt Dougan, @DouganMC)
“Me after seeing Beckham’s catch.” (hoodtrilla, @hoodtrilla)
“*Watches Odel Beckham’s catch*” (NFL Reactions, @nflreactions)
“Me when I saw beckham catch that ball” (batson, @batson24)
“When I seen Obdell Beckham Jr.’s catch” (El Jefe, @BrokeHomieSiku)
“Me and @c_coshow when we saw that catch by Beckham Jr.” (Eric Randall, @erandall20)
“Me after seeing Beckham’s catch” (noodtrilla, @hoodtrilla)
“That catch by Beckham jr” (Eric Randall, @erandall20)
“Me after seeing Beckham’s catch” (hoodtrilla, @hoodtrilla)
“Odell Beckham one hand catch…” (Ron, @410_ron12)
“Eli Manning’s reaction to that Odell Beckham catch” (#BeatDallas (8-3), @TheWhiteEmoji)
American Music Awards Red Carpet
Nov. 24, 2014
The American Music Awards brought out the stars of rock, pop, and Hollywood in Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate the year’s top tunes. Here’s a look at some fashion highlights from the red carpet. Pictured, singer Taylor Swift belts out a tune during the show.
Singer Rita Ora gets a little help with her flowing yellow Zac Posen gown.
Jennifer Lopez poses for a few pictures.
Singer Jordin Sparks awaits her turn in front of the paparazzi.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie shows some shoulder.
The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira modeled a green Naeem Khan dress.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg ham it up for the cameras.
Omnipresent celebs Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian do what they do best.
Jhene Aiko
Dianna Agron
Elizabeth Banks
Garcelle Beauvais
Kate Beckinsale wore Kaufman Franco.
Becky G.
Mary J. Blige
Lauren Cohan wore Blumarine.
Noah Cyrus
Fergie wore Halston Heritage.
Selena Gomez wore Armani Prive.
Gigi Hadid wore Prabal Gurung.
Lucy Hale
Julianne Hough
Jessie J.
Kendall Jenner (in Yugal Azrouel), Khloe Kardashian (in Versace), and Kylie Jenner (in Alexandre Vauthier)
Kira Kazantsev
Heidi Klum wore Versace.
Jennifer Lopez
Bailee Madison wore Walter Mendez.
Danica McKellar
Nicki Minaj wore Alexander Wang.
Olivia Munn wore Lanvin.
Rita Ora wore Zac Posen.
Lele Pons
Giuliana Rancic wore Alex Perry.
Taylor Schilling
Taryn Southern
Jordin Sparks wore Halston Heritage.
Carly Steel
Morgan Stewart
Taylor Swift
Katy Tiz wore Ashley Michaelson.
Meghan Trainor wore Ted Baker London.
Zendaya wore Georgine.
Charli XCX wore Vivienne Westwood.
Movie Preview: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Nov. 21, 2014
Katniss Everdeen and her big big bad bow are back in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I, the first of two films based on the third book in Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young-adult series. Here’s a spoiler-free look at the new film, and some early reviews.
Mockingjay — Part I picks up the story of Everdeen, who survived two deadly tournaments known as the “Hunger Games” and finds herself a reluctant symbol of a mass rebellion against the rulers of a fictional nation named Panem.
The first The Hunger Games film introduced the world of the novels, where the rulers of Panem stage annual gladiator-style games using children from the districts that once rebelled against the central government. Katniss fights in the games and prevails alongside fellow citizen Peeta Mellark.
In Catching Fire, Katniss and Mellark are forced to show their allegiance to the Capitol as rumors of a rebellion begin to grow. Katniss is then sent to fight in the Quarter Quell, a new combat against other previous Hunger Games champions. But the Quell is shattered and Katniss and other tributes escape to join the rebellion.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) prevailed against the odds in the 74th Hunger Games and found unlikely allies in the Quarter Quell, and she now stands as a figure of defiance against President Snow in the growing rebellion against the Capitol.
Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) won the 74th Hunger Games alongside Everdeen but has since been kept a virtual prisoner and manipulated by President Snow.
President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) is the tyrannical and manipulative ruler of Panem with an affinity for white roses.
Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) is Katniss’s best friend from her youth in District 12, and is now a soldier in the rebellion.
Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) is a former Hunger Games champion who has helped Katniss but may now have become unreliable.
Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) was born in the Capitol and served as a representative for District 12, but is now part of the rebellion.
Cressida (Natalie Dormer) is another former Capitol highborn who has fled to join the rebellion.
Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) is a former Hunger Games champion who escaped the Quarter Quell with Katniss and has sought refuge with the rebellion.
Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) was the Head Gamemaker who organized the Hunger Games until be conspired against President Snow and helped Katniss and other tributes escape the Quarter Quell; he is now one of the leaders of the rebellion.
President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) leads the Rebellion against the Capitol from the claustrophobic undergound confines of District 13.
President Coin wants Katniss to be the literal face of the rebellion and sends her into a war zone to star in propaganda and recruitment videos. But Katniss still worries about Peeta, even as she reconnects with Gale, and is suspicious of Coin’s motives.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Director Francis Lawrence (standing) surveys one of the District 13 sets.
A crewmember works with Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence.
Lawrence (no relation to star Jennifer) talks with Donald Sutherland on the set of President Coin's Capitol palace.
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Early reviews for Mockingjay — Part 1 have been lukewarm, with most giving major props to star Jennifer Lawrence while lamenting the loss of the signature combat set pieces that drove the first two films. Here’s a survey of some major reviewers.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: "Lawrence, who's been nominated for three Oscars and won once (for Silver Linings Playbook), maintains her tight hold on the fierce character of Katniss, a rebel by instinct who insists, always, on being defiantly her own person."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times: “In her struggle to keep herself alive along with her other love interest, the insufferably dull Peeta (Josh Hutcherson, still miscast!), Katniss personalizes — humanizes — the fight. That humanity is crucial to her evolution as a classic charismatic revolutionary hero. She’s the one who embodies, articulates and justifies the battle and breaks collective chains.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “(D)irector Francis Lawrence … delivers the dazzle without sacrificing the smarts. The suspense is killer. Ditto the thrill of the hunt. The film uses the extra time to, of all things, develop characters and give this dystopian fable a human scale.”
Amy Nicholson, Village Voice: “Katniss keeps the film human — here, even when elevated to an icon, she looks away embarrassed when the District 13 crowd applauds her latest ad. Jennifer Lawrence can say more with a chagrined side-eye than most actresses could with a page-long speech.”
Todd McCarty, Hollywood Reporter: “Unfortunately, Mockingjay — Part 1 has all the personality of an industrial film. There's not a drop of insolence, insubordination or insurrection running through its veins; it feels like a manufactured product through and through, ironic and sad given its revolutionary theme.”
Justin Chang, Variety: “Unsubtly resonant, at times quite rousing and somewhat unsatisfying by design, this penultimate series entry is a tale of mass uprising and media manipulation that itself evinces no hint of a rebellious streak or subversive spirit.”
The Taxman Cometh
Nov. 20, 2014
Firebrand activist and MSNBC talk-show host Al Sharpton is in hot water with the IRS over $4.5 million in unpaid taxes. The jet-setting Sharpton thus finds himself in the company of some other famous faces who have tangled with the taxman over the years. Here’s a look.
Wesley Snipes: Snipes felt the sharp blade of the Treasury Department when he argued his income was immune from taxation because the 16th Amendment had not been properly ratified. The IRS thought otherwise, demolishing what they deemed a conspiracy to evade paying $7 million in taxes and got Snipes sent to prison for three years in 2010.
Lauryn Hill: The Fugees singer was sentenced in 2013 to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million in earnings. Hill claimed she was unable to pay her taxes during a hiatus from the music industry, and later blamed historical racism for killing her softly with tax liens.
Nicolas Cage: The star of Wicker Man didn’t bring the same intensity to scrutinizing his tax returns as he did his eclectic film roles, revealing in 2010 that he owed $14 million in back taxes, which he blamed on a former business manager. Facing a lien on his extensive real-estate holdings, Cage was forced to sell four tony homes in New Orleans, L.A., and Las Vegas, and a castle(!) in Germany.
John Travolta: The IRS welcomed back $607,400 from Travolta in 2009, settling a dispute over $1.1 million in back taxes dating to 1993 which the agency argued the smooth-dancing actor had sought to lower via improper deductions involving an S corporation.
Val Kilmer: Iceman left the IRS out in the cold for a reported $498,165 in 2010, knocking heads with the IRS just a year after settling a previous $538,000 lien.
Chris Tucker: Tucker rose to stardom in Rush Hour, but he was in no hurry to pay Uncle Sam for five years, piling up an $11.5 million bill by 2010. Adding insult to self-inflicted injury, Georgia sent him a bill for more than $592,000 in unpaid 2007 state taxes.
Jaime Pressly: Two years after her show My Name Is Earl went off the air, Pressly kept tax agents busy in 2011 dealing with more than $637,000 in delinquent taxes to the IRS and the state of California.
Ozzie Osbourne: The heavy-metal frontman and reality-show paterfamilias was served with a bill for $1.7 million in 2011, which he and manager-wife Sharon claimed came as a surprise. Well-behaved Brit imports that they are, they paid the bill in full just three days later.
Marc Anthony: The singer otherwise known as Jennifer Lopez’s husband was hit with a $1.8 million bill in 2010 from the state of New York for back taxes and a federal lien for $1.6 million. Anthony’s tax troubles were an encore from his 2007 bill for $2.5 million for unpaid taxes going back four years.
Willie Nelson: Mommas, don’t let your sons grow up to be tax dodgers, or they might have to spend three years working off a $6 million shortfall (bargained down from $16.7 million). Nelson cut a record, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories, to help pay his bill.
Lionel Ritchie: Yes, it was Richie the IRS was looking for in 2012 to serve a bill for $1.1 million in unpaid taxes from 2010.
Dionne Warwick: California revenue agents didn't exactly show what friends are for when they reported in 2009 that Warwick owed them a cool $2.1 million, down from the $2.7 million she had owed just two years before. Warwick and other celebs were outed in the state's annual list of delinquent celebrities.
Ja Rule: Rapper Rule was sentenced to two years in prison in 2011 after failing to file tax returns for three years; Rule was already serving a two-year sentence on weapons charges at the time. Rule admitted he had actually not filed for five years, and was ordered to pay $1.1 million in taxes owed.
Sinbad: In 2009 the stand-up comic and actor topped California’s list of delinquent celebrity taxpayers with an outstanding bill for $2.5 million covering income over the previous decade.
Darryl Strawberry: The New York Mets outfielder pleaded guilty in 1995 to tax evasion and was sentenced to three months in prison and three more under house arrest for failing to report $350,000 earned from autograph shows and other promotional appearances over five years.
O.J. Simpson: The Juice admitted in a 1997 court hearing that he owed the IRS $700,000. Simpson put his infamous Brentwood home — the scene of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole — on the auction block that same year, but still faced a $33.5 million civil judgment from Nicole and Ron Goldman’s family.
Martha Stewart: The interior design guru had to pay $220,000 in back property taxes to New York in 2004, the same year she was convicted of insider trading and sentenced to a five-month term in federal prison.
Cliven Bundy: Bundy fought the law for twenty years over his right to graze cattle on federal land in Nevada before Uncle Sam decided to collect on more than $1 million in unpaid fees they claimed he owed after numerous court rulings. A tense stand-off ensued when federal agents arrived to impound his cattle.
Al Capone: The notorious Chicago crime boss ran a violent criminal empire for years, murdering dozens of rivals and raking in millions during Prohibition, but it was the long arm of the IRS — and five counts of tax evasion — that finally saw him sent to prison in 1931.
Paul Hogan: Not to be outdone down under, Australian actor Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) outlasted a five-year investigation into accusations he used a complex set of offshore trusts to hide some $40 million from Aussie tax collectors, who finally threw in the towel in 2010, unable to prove their case.
Timothy Geithner: During confirmation hearings in 2009 for his nomination as treasury secretary — that’s right, the nation’s chief money handler — it came to light that Geithner had failed to pay $35,000 in federal taxes while working at the International Monetary Fund, and was cited for additional erroneous expenses during a 2006 audit.
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