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Harry Potter script makes record United Kingdom and USA sales
- August 14, 2016

It will be Yates' sixth directing gig in the wider Potter-verse, as he was also at the helm for the final four films. "He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done". As well as picking up the script book, fans arrived to the store dressed in their best witches and wizards outfits for a sorting ceremony, food feast, games and quiz. (more...)
Simone Biles Highlights Athletes, Live Coverage From Rio
- August 14, 2016

Romania, the London bronze medallists, failed to qualify a team. She's also affectionately called the "mother" to the team. HollywoodLifers , will you be watching the lovely ladies of the United States chase after gold in Rio? That may be the most impressive thing about this group. (more...)
Feds declare Zika emergency in Puerto Rico
- August 14, 2016

Gimenez has said previously that Miami-Dade County will spend almost $8 million fighting mosquitoes this year, almost four times more than budgeted. In announcing the declaration, the federal agency pointed to the dangers that the mosquito-borne virus poses to pregnant women. (more...)
Britain's biggest landowner, Duke of Westminster, dies aged 64
- August 14, 2016

Hugh Grosvenor is to become the next Duke of Westminster and Britain's youngest billionaire after his father Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died aged 64. "What I find so interesting about the UAE in particular is how they've risen to the challenge of becoming very global in their outlook and the way they're doing business", the duke said at the time . (more...)
Margot Robbie wants Harley Quinn, Joker spinoff movie
- August 14, 2016

If Marvel's superhero films are the movies to love, then DC's superhero films are the movies to hate . I don't, and I saw Suicide Squad! Are there problems with the plot? Yes. He also adds that his appearance in Suicide Squad was "collaborative", but ultimately, I would prefer if the collaboration didn't work both ways. (more...)
NBC's Rio Coverage Dims on Wednesday NBC's Rio Coverage Dims on Wednesday
- August 14, 2016

The problems began with Friday's opening ceremony, which was broadcast with a delay and interrupted with a series of pre-produced segments and interviews - meaning not all of the actual ceremony was shown. We're reluctant to criticize Olympics broadcasters for being "homers". "The Olympic Games, in this sense, has evolved into simply another audience-tested standardized television product". (more...)
Seth Rogen Pranks Grocery Store Shoppers With Talking Food For 'Sausage Party' Seth Rogen Pranks Grocery Store Shoppers With Talking Food For 'Sausage Party'
- August 14, 2016

It was produced by Megan Ellison, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Conrad Vernon . And it's packaged in animation cutesy enough for Pixar. Sausage Party brings grocery products to life inside a supermarket where every item of food dreams of being selected by a customer and bought to take home. (more...)
Michael Phelps misses out on 23rd Olympic gold at Rio 2016 Michael Phelps misses out on 23rd Olympic gold at Rio 2016
- August 14, 2016

A crowd of around 500 people were present at a live screening of Joseph Schooling's 100m butterfly finals at Anglo Chinese School (Independent). This race had a challenging field of competitors from all over the world. I swore in London I wasn't coming back and this is final. I'm in a better state of mind this time than I was four years ago. In tonight's race, he was faster by 0.58 seconds. (more...)
Stokes ruled out of Test series against Pakistan
- August 14, 2016

Pakistan had seen Sohail Khan, one of their two changes from the side beaten by 330 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford as England levelled the four-match series at 1-1, take a Test-best five for 96 on Wednesday. "All credit to those two guys at the top of the order for them, they played very well". It eventually took a communication break-up between the two batsmen for James Vince to run out Aslam. (more...)
White Sox put Garcia on disabled list with knee injury
- August 14, 2016

The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.08 and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. "With Frazier, he just caught too much of the plate", Yost said. But Sale would settle down, retiring 11 straight before issuing a two-out walk to Raul Mondesi in the bottom of the seventh. Abreu, whose parents joined him in the U.S.in 2014, said Dariel now has a five-year visa that will allow him to visit more often, and he thanked his agents for helping with the ... (more...)
Arianna Huffington leaves Huffington Post to focus on her new company Arianna Huffington leaves Huffington Post to focus on her new company
- August 14, 2016

In June, Huffington announced she was working on a new start-up but said her "primary focus" would remain her namesake site. Ms Huffington announced she will head up a new company called Thrive Global , a venture geared towards preventing "workplace burnout". (more...)
Rio 2016 Olympics: Joseph Schooling beats childhood hero Michael Phelps to gold
- August 14, 2016

I swore in London I wasn't coming back. "We're not going four more years, this is it", Phelps said . "This race means more to my family and my friends and those people who supported me". The fact that he has done so in such dramatic and impressive fashion should allow him to walk away without a second thought. Phelps, Cseh and Le Clos linked hands before mounting the podium to receive their silver medals. (more...)
Police, emergency rescuers respond to reported mall shooting
- August 14, 2016

A post on Twitter showed video of people flooding out of an exit at the mall. Additional video on Instagram captured a gunshot while people were dancing to music. Photos are emerging of at least one person being carried from the mall, although it is not clear if they are injured. At last check, officers say they did not have reports of any injuries. (more...)
Macy's to close 100 stores, locations not yet announced Macy's to close 100 stores, locations not yet announced
- August 14, 2016

By closing 100 stores... we're getting out in front of this". Macy's will shut about 100 full-line stores out of its portfolio of 728 locations . While the largest USA retailer is dialing back its physical presence, it's ramping up on e-commerce. They're also increasingly researching and buying online, and gravitating toward Amazon.com, which is bolstering its own fashion labels. (more...)
Hugh Grant thinks cheating is good for marriages Hugh Grant thinks cheating is good for marriages
- August 14, 2016

Grant in 1995 became the subject of one of Hollywood's biggest cheating scandals when he was cuaght with hooker Divine Brown in his auto on Sunset Boulevard. At this point, Grant tries to back track on the implications of his position as they reflect on his body of work, interrupting with, "And I don't think those two things are contradictory, you see". (more...)
Emergency declared in Mississippi flooding
- August 14, 2016

Doug Cain says more than 100 roads are flooded including portions of interstates. In Louisiana, all seven major roads into Greensburg, a city near Baton Rouge , were under water and the town cut off. Krautmann said one observer near Livingston reported 13.75 inches of rain from midnight to Friday morning. In Youngsville, about 10 miles south of Lafayette, the Louisiana National Guard went house to house to rescue residents stranded in waist-high water. (more...)
Younis shines as Pakistan put England on the ropes Younis shines as Pakistan put England on the ropes
- August 14, 2016

Hales, without a Test hundred to his name and for whom this game has been a far from happy one after having his match fee reduced by 15 per cent following a run-in with the third umpire, was suddenly faced with becoming England's hero instead of the villain. (more...)
Brendan Dassey, featured in 'Making a Murderer,' has conviction overturned
- August 14, 2016

Kratz told ABC News in January that the makers of the documentary left out some information on the case against Avery. "He's grateful and I think just trying to process and understand what's happening, as I think we all are". Brendan Dassey confessed to helping his uncle carry out the rape and murder of a 25-year-old woman in 2005 - when he was 16 - but his lawyers said his confession was coerced. (more...)
DiRado swims in women's 200-meter backstroke DiRado swims in women's 200-meter backstroke
- August 14, 2016

Ledecky was barely breathing hard. "I was absolutely fine with it", Franklin said of sitting out the finals. "I felt like David facing Goliath", concluded a clearly frustrated Missy Franklin in reference to how she was handily defeated in her favorite event. (more...)
The Mayor Of Cannes Has Banned Burkinis On The Riviera's Beaches
- August 14, 2016

Women wearing the controversial outfit at a beach in the city will first be asked to change their clothes or leave the area. "Yet again it's ordinary Muslims who pay for the actions of terrorists even though they had nothing to do with it", said Ben Mohamed. (more...)