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Salt Lake City Bids for 2nd Olympics in Changed Climate

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics.  Two decades later, the script has flipped.  …

With ‘Bumblebee,’ John Cena Finds His Stride in Hollywood

John Cena doesn’t believe in ego. How could he when he’s used to tens of thousands of WWE fans chanting “John Cena sucks” every time he walks out to the ring?   It’s a philosophy that’s helped him survive both the demands of professional wrestling, where he was never supposed to be a success, and …

RSF: Violence Against Journalists Hits Unprecedented Levels

The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately reflects a hatred of the media in many areas of society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday. At least 63 professional journalists around the world were killed doing their jobs in 2018, RSF …

Emily Blunt’s Terrifying Moment As the New Mary Poppins

She takes on a beloved movie character and dances with penguins, but what really terrified British actress Emily Blunt was descending slowly from the clouds as the new Mary Poppins. More than 50 years after it first charmed audiences worldwide, Blunt stars in the sequel “Mary Poppins Returns” as the magical English nanny with a …

Rediscovering Truth: African Storytellers Tap Into Rich Tradition

Why don’t chickens fly? When did the moon learn to be kind?  Those and other mysteries were unravelled by dozens of African storytellers in Nairobi on Saturday, helping keep alive oral traditions increasingly under threat in the internet and smartphone age. “To have that storyteller in front of you with an audience being able to …

‘Roma,’ ‘Burning’ Among Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

A number of Oscar hopefuls just got one step closer to a nomination with Monday’s reveal of nine Academy Awards shortlists, including best foreign language film where Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Lee Chang-dong’s thriller “Burning” are among nine films in consideration.   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced shortlists for …

Jeff Bridges to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Golden Globes

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award at January’s Golden Globes ceremony for his wide range of work, from Western “True Grit” to comedy “The Big Lebowski,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said on Monday. Bridges will be honored by the HFPA with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an annual accolade given …

CBS Fires CEO Leslie Moonves and Denies $120M Severance

CBS said on Monday it has fired Leslie Moonves for cause and has denied a $120 million severance package as it girds for a likely legal battle with its former chief executive who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault that allegedly took place before and after he joined the company. The decision to …

Country Band Alabama Mark 50 Years with New Tour

Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease.   The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound …

Everything You Need for Christmas

At more than one hectare under one roof, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland promotes itself as the largest Christmas store in the world. Erika Celeste visited the store in Frankenmuth, Michigan for a tour through the eyes of some of its smallest customers, children! …