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‘Dancing With the Stars’ End Ends In Another Shocking, ‘Confusing’ Elimination — See Who Get Sent Home! – Entertainment Tonight

November 4th, 2019

‘Dancing With the Stars’ End Ends In Another Shocking, ‘Confusing’ Elimination — See Who Get Sent Home! | Entertainment Tonight

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Martin Scorsese clarifies criticism of Marvel movies but refuses to back down – The A.V. Club

November 4th, 2019

It may feel like we’ve been hearing about this for years, but it was only a month ago that Martin Scorsese shocked the world by declaring that he wasn’t especially interested in Marvel movies, saying they were more like theme park rides than proper cinema. Based on the sheer volume of the backlash, though, you would’ve thought his totally fine opinion—which has absolutely no impact on anyone’s life whatsoever—had somehow killed the beloved childhood dog of literally everyone on the planet. Everyone got mad (because whether or not people like Marvel movies is the most important issue of our time) and then, mercifully, it all seemed to die down.

Until tonight. For some inexplicable reason, Scorsese has decided to resurrect this certified Dumb Controversy in the New York Times op-ed section (also home to the most highly regarded pieces about the benefits of coddling fascists) with an essay featuring the catchy title “I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain.” And explain he does! The crux of the piece is that Scorsese wants to clarify that he doesn’t hate Marvel movies and that he doesn’t intend to insult them or the people who like them, he just doesn’t like them because he doesn’t think they live up to the high standards of the art form that he loves so much.

Scorsese admits that he probably would’ve liked Marvel movies just fine if he were younger, but he grew up in the age when movies fought to be treated with the same legitimacy as books and music, and so he remembers when movies were about “confronting the unexpected on the screen” and “enlarging the sense of what was possible in the art form.” He concedes that Alfred Hitchcock movies were sort of the MCU equivalent of his day, and though he loved them and still loves them, they “were also like theme parks in a way.” That being said, he believes that it’s not the “thrills and the shocks” that made those movies so good, but the art that went into making them—for example, he highlights the “painful emotions” that drive North By Northwest and the “absolute lostness” of Cary Grant’s character over the “stunning” set pieces.

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Marvel movies, as he sees it, don’t meet that level of art because there’s no risk to them. There’s no “revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional danger” because they’re all meticulously designed to meet “a specific set of demands.” This wouldn’t really be a problem, though, if not for the fact that Marvel movies are now unavoidable. “In many places around this country and around the world,” he says, “franchise films are now your primary choice if you want to see something on the big screen,” but he doesn’t think it’s a “matter of supply and demand.” Instead, he thinks of it as a “chicken-and-egg issue,” which is to say that people only want to see Marvel movies because that’s all there is, but that’s all there is because it’s all people want to see.

Scorsese goes into the history of Hollywood and the competing motivations between the artistic side and the business side, and he also makes a point to repeatedly note that the people making these franchise movies are often very talented and creative, it’s just that the things they’re making are part of a soulless machine that can only create the same things over and over again.

He makes a strong case that’s hard to argue with, even for people who like Marvel movies and believe that the efforts required to make The Avengers and Endgame happen were masterful in their own right, but let’s all be honest here: Nothing he could ever possibly say will sway anyone from one side of this “argument” to the other. So maybe we could all just agree to cut this shit out and accept that it’s totally fine to like Marvel movies and it’s equally fine to think they’re bad. (Just kidding, we should keep arguing about this until we all die.)

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Google brings Android Auto to phone screens via Play Store – PhoneArena

November 4th, 2019

Gunmen kill Mormon family, including kids, near U.S.-Mexico border: Relatives – Global News

November 4th, 2019

Gunmen have killed up to nine members of a U.S. Mormon family, believed to be mainly children, in the latest massacre to afflict Mexico, family members said.

The victims belonged to the LeBaron family from a breakaway Mormon community that settled in the hills and plains of northern Mexico decades ago.

Two relatives Alex and Julian LeBaron told Reuters nine people had died, though a government source only confirmed five.

Family members also told CNN that nine people had been killed.

READ MORE: Retired Canadian found slain at his Mexico residence

It was unclear what motivated the killings, which took place on Monday on a dirt road between Chihuahua and Sonora states, both bordering the United States.

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A video posted on social media showed the charred and smoking remains of a vehicle riddled with bullet holes that was apparently carrying the victims when the attack happened.

“This is for the record,” says a male voice in an American accent, off camera, choking up with emotion.

“Nita and four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up.”

1:44Surrey woman shot in Mexico

Surrey woman shot in Mexico

Reuters could not independently verify the video.

Mexico has been hit by a wave of attacks in recent weeks, shocking even for a country inured to a decade of drug war violence. The most notable incident was a military-style cartel assault that forced the government to release a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in October.

Given U.S. citizens were killed on Monday, the incident may increase pressure from Washington on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rein in armed groups. There was no immediate indication of who was behind the attack.

‘We don’t know who did it’

Chihuahua and Sonora state governments issued a joint statement saying an investigation had been launched and that some people were presumed dead and others missing.

The statement noted additional federal and local security forces were being sent into the area near the border between the two Mexican states, but did not provide further details.

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Julian LeBaron described the incident as a “massacre,” saying some family members were burnt alive. In a text message, he said other injured members of the family were being transported to Phoenix, Arizona for treatment.

He said four boys, two girls and three women were killed.

“We don’t know why, though they had received indirect threats. We don’t know who did it,” he said.

Several children who fled the attack were lost for hours in the countryside before being found, Julian LeBaron added.

2:13At least 25 killed in suspected arson attack on bar in Mexico

At least 25 killed in suspected arson attack on bar in Mexico

“My cousin was murdered with her children in the truck,” Alex LeBaron said, adding he believed nine people died.

In 2010, two members of the Chihuahua Mormon community, including one from the LeBaron family, were killed in apparent revenge after security forces tracked drug gang members. The Mormons had suffered widespread kidnappings before that.

Mormons of Germanic origin settled in northern Mexico in the 1920s from the United States. The group broke away from the mainstream Mormon church when it abandoned polygamous marriages.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau, who traveled to Sonora earlier on Monday for unrelated work meetings, said he was following the incident closely.

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“The security of our co-nationals is our great priority,” he said on Twitter.

The U.S. embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for more information after hours.

In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed the family had become “caught between two vicious drug cartels, who were shooting at each other.”

He continued, saying the U.S. stands “ready, willing & able to get involved,” to help Mexico in “cleaning out these monsters.”

“This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” Trump wrote. “We merely await a call from your great new president!”

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-With files from Global News

© 2019 Reuters

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Week #8 Elimination – Dancing with the Stars – Dancing With The Stars

November 4th, 2019

Martin Scorsese explains Marvel movies aren’t cinema comment – CNET

November 4th, 2019
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Martin Scorsese attends The Irishman red carpet during the 14th Rome Film Festival in Rome, Italy.

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Martin Scorsese’s comments on Marvel movies not qualifying as cinema were met with the ire of Marvel fans, directors and actors. A month later, the legendary director of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull has followed up that succinct appraisal with an in-depth opinion piece on where he was coming from.

“Some people seem to have seized on the last part of my answer as insulting, or as evidence of hatred for Marvel on my part,” Scorsese wrote in the piece, published in the New York Times on Monday.

Scorsese explained that Marvel movies simply aren’t to his personal taste and that he was inspired by different types of movies growing up.

He said his beef with Marvel movies is to do with their apparent formulaic nature and lack of risk. “That’s the nature of modern film franchises: market-researched, audience-tested, vetted, modified, revetted and remodified until they’re ready for consumption.”

The dominance of franchise films in theaters, Scorsese argued, has led to the minimized presence of auteurs. The filmmaker suffered a lack of interest from studios with his latest movie The Irishman, which took funding from Netflix to support its extensive use of de-aging CGI, and received only a limited release in theaters.

Scorsese’s comments about Marvel came up during a press conference when he was promoting The Irishman in early October. “Theaters have become amusement parks,” he said. “It’s not cinema, it’s something else.”

While Scorsese’s comments were met with disappointment from MCU directors Joss Whedon and James Gunn as well as Disney CEO Bob Iger, fellow directing legend Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather) emphatically supported the criticism.

Read Scorsese’s entire piece at the New York Times.

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B.C. police watchdog recommends charges against officers involved in crash with stolen pickup – CBC.ca

November 4th, 2019

British Columbia’s police watchdog has filed a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for consideration of charges against officers involved in a crash in Kamloops last December.

The Independent Investigations Office says the RCMP reported on Dec. 8, 2018, that a crash occurred between an unmarked police car and a stolen pickup truck at around 12:30 a.m.

The office says the RCMP indicated at the time that previous attempts to stop the truck had been unsuccessful and during the arrest, the driver suffered injuries.

The office conducted an investigation and chief civilian director Ron MacDonald says in a news release Monday that reasonable grounds exist to believe that officers committed offences.

The IIO is a civilian police oversight agency responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm involving police officers, whether they are on or off duty.

MacDonald says the oversight agency has asked the prosecution service to consider charges of assault against one officer and charges related to Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act driving offences against all three officers.

In order to approve the charges, the office says the prosecution service must be satisfied that there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence and that the prosecution is in the public interest.

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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition launch date revealed, but US version is still MIA – PhoneArena

November 4th, 2019

Escalating strike could test Metro Vancouver’s dependence on public transit | Urbanized – Daily Hive

November 4th, 2019

The first labour action of Metro Vancouver’s bus and SeaBus workers in nearly two decades is now into its fourth day, and so far SeaBus services have been particularly affected, with dozens of sailings cancelled since the strike began on Friday.

Currently, labour action that directly affects the level of service provided is limited to a ban on overtime of TransLink’s Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) maintenance crews.

With bus services, a considerable amount of maintenance required by the bus fleet is performed during overtime hours. Without overtime, a growing number of buses that have not seen required maintenance will be unable to operate on the road, limiting CMBC’s ability to deliver scheduled services.

On SeaBus, the spate of sailing cancellations are due to the need to have an engineer onboard the ferry vessel at all times of operations. Each sailing that has been cancelled is therefore attributed to the ban on maintenance crew overtime.

While the union has for now ruled out escalating labour action to a complete service shutdown similar to the months-long strike of 2001, there is ample room for service conditions on both the buses and SeaBus to deteriorate to the point that they can no longer be relied upon, if the ongoing dispute becomes drawn out for weeks or even months.

And this could put Metro Vancouver’s recent dependence on getting around by public transit to the test.

Although the 2001 strike was certainly highly disruptive, far less people used transit at the time.

In 2000, a year before the strike, the entire transit system — buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and West Coast Express —  recorded 229.7 million boardings, including 176 million from buses and 5.5 million from SeaBus.

Then in 2001, when the strike occurred, ridership plummeted to 160.9 million boardings, with 112.3 million boardings on buses and 3.3 million boardings on SeaBus. SkyTrain remained fully operational during the dispute, and despite the lack of bus passengers being funnelled into the stations it only saw a relatively marginal decrease in ridership that year — 43.4 million boardings in 2001, down from 46.3 million boardings in 2000 and 43.6 million boardings in 1999.

Furthermore, the region only had a single SkyTrain line at the time, the Expo Line. The Millennium Line opened in January 2002, and the first iteration of the U-Pass program, initially just for UBC and SFU students, was launched in September 2003.

Metro Vancouver became far more intertwined with transit in 2010, with the region’s hosting of the Winter Olympics changing the region’s perception on using transit, coupled with the Canada Line’s first full year of operations. Regional systemwide transit ridership reached 347.2 million boardings in 2010, 354.7 million boardings in 2011, and 361.7 million boardings in 2012.

In 2018, systemwide ridership reached a new record of 437.4 million boardings, with 295.6 million boardings by bus, 6.6 million boardings on SeaBus, and 160 million boardings on SkyTrain. Compared to 2000, bus ridership and SkyTrain ridership in 2018 doubled and quadrupled, respectively.

With that said, accounting for the region’s growing population with over 500,000 more people living in the region today, the transit modal share has only seen some upticks.

According to TransLink’s latest Trip Diary findings, the region’s transit modal share — the proportion of people using transit to get around — went down from 12.4% in 2011 to 11.7% in 2017.

The modal share for transit in 1994 and 1999 was 10%, 2004 was 9%, and 2008 was 13%.

While the transit mode share has seen real ridership figure gains that are generally constant with population growth, but only fluctuations in modal share, the groups that use transit have diversified, with widespread use particularly amongst those who are students, other young people, and those work in the service sectors.

The shift has been extremely evident at the UBC campus over roughly the same period of the last two decades.

Since 1997, transit ridership at UBC has more than quadrupled, not just from the growth of the student/faculty and on-campus populations, but also a general real shift towards transit use, specifically after the 2002 introduction of the U-Pass. Over 81,000 trips are now made to the campus on average each weekday.

Automobile traffic (single-occupancy and carpool vehicles) to and from UBC decreased from 62,400 vehicles per day in fall 1997 to 56,700 vehicles per week day, even though the campus’ daytime population increased by 64% over this 20-year period.

The single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) share has fallen by 31% over the same period. The number of SOV trips only grew by 300 per average weekday, from 46,000 in fall 1997 to 46,300 in fall 2017.

For carpooling, these high-occupancy vehicle trips dropped from 36,100 in fall 1997 to 22,100 in fall 2017 — a mode share decrease from 34% to 14%.

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Meghan King Edmonds brands Jim ‘controlling’ and claims she’s ‘sick of the abuse’ in first interview – Daily Mail

November 4th, 2019

Meghan King Edmonds has branded her ex Jim ‘controlling’ in her first interview since the nanny scandal prompted him to file for divorce.   

Jim, 49, filed for divorce from Meghan, 35, a day after their five year wedding anniversary last month, and now the reality star has given insight into her troubled marriage with the MLB player in an interview with Us Weekly.  

Meghan insisted she was ‘sick of the abuse’ she had been subjected to as of late, claiming her husband had been insulting her ‘for a battery of made-up indiscretions’. 

She speaks: Meghan King Edmonds gave her first interview since her estranged husband Jim Edmonds filed for divorce nearly two weeks ago, on Monday with Us Weekly

She speaks: Meghan King Edmonds gave her first interview since her estranged husband Jim Edmonds filed for divorce nearly two weeks ago, on Monday with Us Weekly

She speaks: Meghan King Edmonds gave her first interview since her estranged husband Jim Edmonds filed for divorce nearly two weeks ago, on Monday with Us Weekly  

‘I have endured prolific controlling by Jim and it isn’t slowing down,’ she said. ‘Even when I make an unassuming post on Instagram, he hurls insults at me for a battery of made-up indiscretions. I’m sick of the abuse and I won’t engage anymore — and I don’t have to 

It has been a painful year for the couple, after it was revealed Jim had been engaging in a sexting relationship with another woman. The MLB star admitted he did have an inappropriate relationship with a woman outside his marriage, but insisted it never got physical. 

Amid the scandal, one of their twins was diagnosed with irreversible brain damage, and the couple rallied together as a family.  

‘I wanted to work things out really badly,’ she said of going forward after the scandal. ‘I had ignored his bad behavior and swept it under the rug for so long but after he sexted, it became impossible for me to continue to do so.’

Couldn't make it work: She explained 'I wanted to work things out really badly. I had ignored his bad behavior and swept it under the rug for so long but after he sexted, it became impossible for me to continue to do so,' she said referencing his sexting scandal that surfaced earlier this year

Couldn't make it work: She explained 'I wanted to work things out really badly. I had ignored his bad behavior and swept it under the rug for so long but after he sexted, it became impossible for me to continue to do so,' she said referencing his sexting scandal that surfaced earlier this year

Couldn’t make it work: She explained ‘I wanted to work things out really badly. I had ignored his bad behavior and swept it under the rug for so long but after he sexted, it became impossible for me to continue to do so,’ she said referencing his sexting scandal that surfaced earlier this year

‘Instead of taking accountability, becoming transparent and making sacrifices to heal the hurt he caused me,’ the  mother-of-three said. ‘He went the exact opposite direction and instead became a victim.’

Meghan and Jim share 17-month-old twins Hart and Hayes, and daughter Aspen who turns three next month; Jim also has four children from a previous marriage. 

The former Real Housewives of Orange County star said Jim hasn’t seen the kids since he left and it is their daughter who is noticing a shift. 

‘He hasn’t seen them since he left me — in no part due to any reluctance on my part — but hopefully, he will see them soon.’

Meghan explained: ‘In true toddler fashion, Aspen is especially concerned with her broken iPad (he reported it stolen so it’s wiped clean and unable to be reactivated except by the person who activated it originally which is Jim) and she can’t use it anymore but I kind of like that she has to make creative fun. The twins are unaware anything happened.’

Dad's gone: 'He hasn’t seen them since he left me — in no part due to any reluctance on my part — but hopefully, he will see them soon,' referencing their daughter Aspen, almost three, and 17-month-old sons Hayes and Hart

Dad's gone: 'He hasn’t seen them since he left me — in no part due to any reluctance on my part — but hopefully, he will see them soon,' referencing their daughter Aspen, almost three, and 17-month-old sons Hayes and Hart

Dad’s gone: ‘He hasn’t seen them since he left me — in no part due to any reluctance on my part — but hopefully, he will see them soon,’ referencing their daughter Aspen, almost three, and 17-month-old sons Hayes and Hart 

The star said she had to tell their daughter about the divorce, after Jim cleared out his closet. 

‘I don’t think it’s occurred to him that seeing his empty closet could scar our toddler,’ she said. 

‘I had to quickly come up with a way to tell Aspen we are getting divorced when Jim cleared out his closet the day after he told me he was leaving… Anyway, Jim hasn’t asked about how I told her or how she took the news.’ 

The divorce filing and their most recent separation came after Meghan privately accused her estranged husband of having an affair with their live in nanny. 

Both Jim and the Carly Wilson, 22, denied an affair and his daughter Hayley, also attacked Meghan on social media. 

Left on me: The 35-year-old said she had to tell their daughter about the divorce, after Jim cleared out his closed 'I don’t think it’s occurred to him that seeing his empty closet could scar our toddler'

Left on me: The 35-year-old said she had to tell their daughter about the divorce, after Jim cleared out his closed 'I don’t think it’s occurred to him that seeing his empty closet could scar our toddler'

Left on me: The 35-year-old said she had to tell their daughter about the divorce, after Jim cleared out his closed ‘I don’t think it’s occurred to him that seeing his empty closet could scar our toddler’ 

Jim denied the allegations, and referred to Wilson as a daughter to him. The description perplexed Meghan.   

‘I thought the point of a nanny is for them to act as if our children are her surrogate children while we are away,’ she said, ‘So his statement describing her as a daughter was confusing to me…I understand that to bring a nanny into our home is to embrace them as a member of our family in some ways, but the ‘daughter’ reference is still perplexing.’

She added: ‘My husband has seven children so I don’t understand why or how he’d see a hired childcare provider as an additional child. To call her a daughter flagrantly crosses the lines of a professional relationship with respectable boundaries.’

The former reality TV star did defend her private suspicions of a relationship and blamed the nanny, her husband and his daughter for blowing up that story. 

I was within bounds: On his alleged affair with their nanny, that he denied, calling her like a daughter she said 'My husband has seven children so I don’t understand why or how he’d see a hired childcare provider as an additional child. To call her a daughter flagrantly crosses the lines of a professional relationship with respectable boundaries.'

I was within bounds: On his alleged affair with their nanny, that he denied, calling her like a daughter she said 'My husband has seven children so I don’t understand why or how he’d see a hired childcare provider as an additional child. To call her a daughter flagrantly crosses the lines of a professional relationship with respectable boundaries.'

I was within bounds: On his alleged affair with their nanny, that he denied, calling her like a daughter she said ‘My husband has seven children so I don’t understand why or how he’d see a hired childcare provider as an additional child. To call her a daughter flagrantly crosses the lines of a professional relationship with respectable boundaries.’

‘I only ever privately alleged that Carly and my husband had an inappropriate relationship,’ Meghan said. ‘Also, is it kind to secretly hang out with your boss’ husband at a bar until 1:30 a.m. and then delete all texts between the two of you? Is that putting my children first?’ 

She was hurt by the young Edmonds comments since she and Hayley were close when her mom was alive, and she credits herself with being part of Hayley’s completion of high school. Jim’s first wife Lee Ann Horton died in 2015. 

‘This was just plain sad to me.,’ she said. ‘I enrolled Hayley in school in St. Louis and she lived with us, and when she wanted to move back to California, I moved back with her. She lived with me and I enrolled her in high school there.’

Meghan added: ‘Jimmy has said in the past that the only reason she has her diploma is due to my efforts.’ 

Child support: A fan recently commented on the father-of-seven's Instagram claiming Meghan 'will never have to worry about money.' To which he responded, 'Yes, she will,' she signed a prenup in 2014 but it does not cover child support

Child support: A fan recently commented on the father-of-seven's Instagram claiming Meghan 'will never have to worry about money.' To which he responded, 'Yes, she will,' she signed a prenup in 2014 but it does not cover child support

Child support: A fan recently commented on the father-of-seven’s Instagram claiming Meghan ‘will never have to worry about money.’ To which he responded, ‘Yes, she will,’ she signed a prenup in 2014 but it does not cover child support

A fan recently commented on the father-of-seven’s Instagram claiming Meghan ‘will never have to worry about money.’ To which he responded, ‘Yes, she will.’

Responding the claim, Meghan said ‘It saddens me that the father of my children would so hostilely and haughtily say I should be worried about money, even during a time of anger. I don’t see that as putting our children first which has and always will be my first priority.’

Though she signed a prenup back when they married in 2014, she explained ‘it doesn’t pertain to child support or custody.’

Jim filed for divorce after Meghan claimed he had an affair, a tiring time where he admitted to feeling ’embarrassed’ and ’emotionally exhausted’ due to the onslaught of accusations.

‘The last couple years have been rough on my wife and me for many reasons,’ he told People magazine. ‘Marriage is difficult but add three small children under three, two adolescent children, two adult children, building a house and two busy, hard-working spouses and the stress of living our lives in the public eye. 

 

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