Therein lies the force that is Angelina Jolie. She walks the line between hateful and fragile in a way that no other actress in recent memory could. She is believable when out of her hurt and righteous wrath she summons up the force of all the hatred on Earth to condemn an innocent baby. She is equally credible when the cracks in her fierce persona begin to break.I dare you not to cry at the moment of her betrayal when she lets out a guttural howl that still rings in my ears and causes gooseflesh on my arms a full week after I saw it on the big screen.Was this a plot rip-off of Wicked? Yup.Does Disney rake in profits by exploiting the gaps in storytelling from the story they told us? Absolutely.Is it one of those rare films aimed at children that resonates with parents long after their children have moved on?Unfortunately for Jenifer sympathizers, the answer is a resounding yes. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Maleficent is the movie that will make all Jenifer Aniston fans forgive the indomitable Angelina Jolie and nod in agreement with the perpetually-bearded Brad Pitt: he chose the right woman after all.It is a film that, like the Broadway smash hit Wicked, tells the other side of a well-known story. You think you know the tale of Sleeping Beauty by heart? Well, that’s just adorable, says the same Hollywood that brought you the Disney-fied version of Sleeping Beauty. Disney doesn’t care: “What do you know, movie-watcher? What? Do you get all of your information from…us?”Apparently Maleficent makes up for all the misleading clues set up for us by the original in 1959. In essence, it’s a double whammy for Disney.Brilliant.But what is also brilliant is this finely wrought film, whose special effects usher us into a magical world where faeries fly and cavort, and know nothing of the evil greedy ways of mankind. And like every single Disney film before it, pure sweet innocence is ripe for a fall.Enter said man.The man to come in and ruin everything is Stefan, played first by Michael Higgins and later by Sharlto Copley, an orphan (of course; see above: Disney) who wanders bravely into the magical forest and falls in love with a young Maleficent, a good faerie with white-feathered wings. What follows is the foundation from which the rest of the story builds: a brutal betrayal, a transition from love to hate, innocence lost and evil gained. It is the back-story to Sleeping Beauty, in which the audience sees the evil witch put a curse on Stefan’s royal daughter, the infant Aurora, to make her fall into a death-like sleep once she turns 16.What makes Maleficent so compelling isn’t just the twist on the storytelling’s viewpoint, but that we also see it through the eyes of Aurora, who grows up under the care of three hopeless faeries—and the ever-watchful Maleficent, who tries with all of her heart to live up to her reputation as “evil.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jordy Mercer’s single up the middle off Germen Gonzalez drove home Andrew McCutchen with two outs in the 11th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates past the New York Mets 3-2 on Friday night.McCutchen led off with a walk, stole second and then easily beat the throw home from center fielder Juan Lagares to end the Mets’ four-game winning streak.Vin Mazzaro (5-2) retired all three batters he faced to earn the victory. Starling Marte had two of Pittsburgh’s six hits, and Pedro Alvarez added his 24th home run.Mets All-Star David Wright had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He had an RBI-single but also flied out with two runners on to end the New York 10th. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his third homer of the season.Gonzalez (0-1) got only two outs in his first inning in the majors and took the loss. Jordy Mercer (10) singles off New York Mets relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen (71) to drive in Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen from second with the walk-off game-winning run during the 11th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Friday, July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Perhaps growing weary of seeing opposing teams take what they felt were liberties against some of their star players, the Sharks on Wednesday claimed tough guy forward Micheal Haley off of waivers from the Florida Panthers.Haley, who played in the Sharks organization from 2014-2017, was placed on waivers Tuesday after he had three goals and 30 penalty minutes in 24 games this season with the Panthers.A …
Magnatune, a small and eclectic online record label, just releasedits first iPhone app. As far as we know, this is the first time that a record label has released an iPhone app that allows its users to play every song of every artist on its label for free and as often as they want. The only restriction on the app is that every song is followed by a short announcement with the name of the artist and title of the song.Magnatune Magnatune has always done things differently. It was one of the first online music services to allow its customers to choose how much they wanted to pay for an album. From its inception, the service never featured DRM’ed music and always offered its albums in alternative formats like WAV, OGG, FLAC and AAC. On its website, Magnatune offers a commercial-free streaming plan starting at $5/month (users can choose to pay more) and a download membership that starts at $10 a month.Sadly, the first version of the iPhone app doesn’t support these membership options, but according to Magnatune’s announcement, the next version will allow paying members to stream announcement-free music. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement frederic lardinois Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#news#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces FeaturesThe app itself is pretty straightforward. You can browse Magnatune’s catalog by artist, album and genre. One neat feature of the app is that it remembers where you left off when you turn the app off – or when you get a call – and prompts you to return to that song when you start the app again.ShoppingThe Magnatune store allows users to buy songs right from their phones. Most of Magnatune’s artists are featured in the iTunes store, and the app simply takes users to the iTunes app to buy the song. This, though, also means that potential buyers can’t choose how much they want to pay for an album.Record Labels on the iPhoneAnother label that has also released an iPhone app recently is Ghostly International. This app (iTunes link) features only a selection of Ghostly’s catalog, however.We have talked a lot about how bands and artists have started to look at iPhone apps as replacements of traditional albums. Hopefully, more music labels will now also follow Magnatune’s lead and release their own apps. With built-in purchasing and music discovery, this is a logical extension of the app-as-album trend – but then, the major music labels aren’t exactly known for being logical.
Unmukt Chand is lucky. The skipper of the India U-19 team has become a national phenomenon overnight after his team’s World Cup win in Townsville. This is in stark contrast to 2008. Despite trouncing South Africa in the World Cup final in Malaysia, the country’s U-19 squad led by an enthusiastic Virat Kohli did not make it to the front pages of national dailies.However, the world’s largest men’s magazine Men’s Health saw the potential in these young boys and picked out Kohli and Pradeep Sangwan for their first-ever fashion shoot.Says Kohli, who has comfortably slipped into the shoes of Team India’s go-to man and become the vice-captain of its ODI squad, “We were starstruck teenagers then(in 2008). Though I was a tad nervous, we thoroughly enjoyed the shoot. In hindsight, that episode with MH eased me into the limelight.”The accompanying story throws up the question: how does a simple boy from West Delhi take to the limelight? The answer: like a fish does to water.Kohli, who features on the cover of Men’s Health’s bi-annual 15-page Guide to Style section in the September 2012 issue, discusses how men can make small tweaks in their dressing to turn heads, without ever crossing the line of masculinity or audacity. “A fit body gives you confidence,” he says.”And there’s nothing more impressive than a great attitude, which you can wear on your sleeve. But you’ll have to remember the difference between being rude and being confident,” Kohli adds.Jamal Shaikh, the editorial director of Men’s Health, says, “This is Kohli’s third shoot with Men’s Health India in four years, though this is the first time he’s gracing the cover.advertisementWe’re a real man’s magazine, and Virat’s success story and sense of style are very achievable for the common Indian youngster. That’s what makes him an even bigger star in our eyes.”
After the high of the London Olympics brought about by our athletes, sadly the focus is back on Indian sports officialdom. It has returned to its most familiar state – officials squabbling over power and pulling out all stops to try and continue in office, even if one has outlived his term.Sports View by S. Kannan.The next two months will indeed be important for archery, boxing and the Indian Olympic Association, as they have to hold their elections.Given the tough stance taken by the sports ministry with regards to the guidelines and how those who have completed their tenures or are over 70 are ineligible to contest, it does become difficult for the seasoned administrators. But that doesn’t mean people like Suresh Kalmadi, Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Abhay Chautala, who are now ineligible to contest elections, will move away from the spotlight.It is well known that in the last two years, the sports ministry, first under MS Gill and now Ajay Maken, has played a proactive role in reining in the federations.Quite often, sports officials retort about how “the government infringes on their autonomy” and how they can do without sarkari support. The point is, despite corporate support for Indian sport growing gradually, the biggest spender for Olympic disciplines continues to be the government.At a time when India has won six medals at the Olympics, you can be sure that minus the government funding, these athletes would never have been able to do so well. From foreign exposure to training programmes and services of the best coaches, it has all come courtesy government spending.advertisementAnd even if you take a sport like boxing, where the men did not win a medal this time but Mary Kom did, they definitely need every rupee of the government’s support.Yet, when I talked to a few officials in these sports federations and the IOA, there are some who are ready to defy the government for their own self propagation.Suresh Kalmadi.While the sports ministry has been unable to push the sports development bill past the Union cabinet, let alone Parliament, it has nevertheless been able to ensure sports federations do fall in line as far as annual recognition and grant of funds is concerned.From archer Deepika Kumari to the clutch of new boxers who want to make it big, their federations rely on government largesse. So, for the sake of the athletes’ continuity in training, it is imperative that egoistic sports federation bosses step aside.A confrontation will not do anybody good as, in the end, the one who suffers is the athlete.We saw last year how the Badminton Association of India tried defying the sports ministry during its elections, but had to eventually fall in line.This time around, officials are looking at a new escape route. It is well known that as far as the sports ministry is concerned, their current guidelines harp on limited tenures and an age limit on the president, secretary and treasurer.The smarter ones have gone ahead and created fancy posts for themselves and the sports ministry has been unable to do anything about it. First, it was the late Harish Sharma who created the post of CEO for himself in the Basketball Federation of India. After that, the long-serving Baljeet Singh Sethi anointed himself as advisor in the National Rifle Association of India and virtually calls the shots even today.My nagging suspicion is that in the archery and boxing federation elections as well, we could see new posts being created so that those who fail the eligibility criteria can ‘beat’ the system. However, given the active roles played by people like Rahul Mehra, the day is not far off when almost every post in a national sports federation will come under the scanner.As regards the mother of all fights, the battle for supremacy in the Indian Olympic Association will be contested very keenly. It was interesting to read an item in newspapers that even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to send its observers for the IOA elections.At least here, nobody can say the IOC wants to interfere as observers only watch. And for those who think the IOC is being asked to send an observer to India by one officer-bearer in the IOA, it’s indeed interesting how things are shaping up!Now that the Delhi High Court has said the IOA elections must be held as per the sports ministry guidelines, it will be interesting to see what Suresh Kalmadi, its president, does. He is over the tenure limit but still has the clout to put up his own candidates for the IOA elections. Yet, given the dynamics of how IOA elections play out every four years, it would be foolish to completely rule out a role being played by [email protected]
Manchester City stormed to a 4-0 victory at London Stadium as West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini endured an unhappy reunion with his former employers.Pellegrini masterminded City’s 2013-14 Premier League title triumph and one of the heroes of that campaign, David Silva, opened the scoring in the 11th minute – the evergreen playmaker’s fourth in as many matches.Raheem Sterling, who Pellegrini made City’s record signing in 2015, scored the second and turned provider for Leroy Sane to put the game beyond the Hammers in the 34th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! West Ham enjoyed their share of chances and Michail Antonio struck the post after half-time, before Sane blasted past Aaron Cresswell’s best efforts on the line in the game’s final act.As in the 3-1 derby win over Manchester United last time out, Silva was on hand to find the breakthrough – deftly touching home Sterling’s deflected cross at the near post having fired an earlier chance into the side netting.West Ham had made an enterprising start but were left with a mountain to climb in the 19th minute, as Sane gained the yard of space he required around the outside of Pablo Zabaleta and crossed for Sterling to tap in.Keep us smiling like this, lads! pic.twitter.com/dYLkvXuftC— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 24, 2018The hosts continued to pose questions of Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of the champions’ defence, with Marko Arnautovic and Antonio forcing goalkeeper Ederson into action.Issa Diop made a superb last-ditch challenge to frustrate Sane but the Germany winger then left his centre-back partner Fabian Balbuena sprawled on his back as he coolly converted Sterling’s pass.Antonio’s profligacy remained a theme after the break when he powered past Fabian Delph but drilled against the base of the near post.Arnautovic hobbled off before the end with an apparent knee problem – arguably a far greater concern for West Ham than Sane clattering into the bottom corner in stoppage time.What does it mean? City threatening to crush the competitionLiverpool’s 3-0 win at Watford which means City’s lead at the summit remains a mere two points. But they look ominous in this mood and, for now, the chasing pack need to hang in there and wait for the champions’ level to drop. West Ham have only won one of their last six but comparable efforts in their forthcoming games will surely improve on that return.Silva’s purple patch continuesGiven his persistent brilliance since joining City from Valencia in 2010, suggesting Silva is playing the best football of his career is not a statement to make lightly. But the way he weaves silken threads through all the best work Pep Guardiola’s team produce – few players have ever felt so purpose-built for the Catalan’s approach – is truly something to behold. A relative weakness in front of goal has been a minor blot throughout Silva’s decorated career. He now has five in City’s past six matches and eight for the season.Masuaku must do betterWest Ham causing frequent discomfort for City, only to find themselves 3-0 down before the break, demonstrated how fine the margins are against the league leaders. Unfortunately for his tireless team-mates, the lackadaisical display left-back Arthur Masuaku turned in was a recipe for trouble. A moment’s hesitation allowed Sterling to nip in for number two, while life was far too easy for the England winger when it came to setting up Sane’s goal.Cresswell’s introduction at the break felt like a mercy substitution.Key Opta facts- Manchester City became the second non-London club to win six consecutive top-flight games in the capital after Portsmouth did so between 1950 and 1951. – West Ham have lost all four of their meetings with Man City at the London Stadium in all competitions, scoring just once and conceding 17. – Man City are only the second team to score 4+ goals in three consecutive Premier League away games against the same opponent, after Chelsea at Bolton (2009-2011).- Man City are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League games (W16 D3), conceding just eight goals in this run. – Manchester City’s David Silva has been involved in more goals against West Ham in all competitions than he has against any other opponent for the club (10 – 6 goals, 4 assists).What’s nextCity will look to avenge their only defeat of the season against Lyon in the Champions League on Tuesday. They entertain Bournemouth next weekend, when West Ham will target a return to winning ways at Newcastle United. read more
New Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has constituted a three member ad hoc committee to hold elections of Karate Federation of India after ruling that the tenure of the national sports federation has expired and poll process has been delayed. The move meant that the elections of the KFI proposed to be held on September 23 will not be accepted by the IOA, if at all it happens. The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Bhubaneshwar Kailta, who has earlier held important positions in the IOA. The other two members are IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav. “The tenure of office bearers of Karate Federation of India has already expired, so the validity of its office bearers and council members have become null and void. There has been delay in commencing the process of election and now serious doubts have been raised and allegations have been made, inter alia, on the issue of appointment of returning officer,” the IOA said. “In order to ensure the elections are conducted in a democratic manner as per the applicable guidelines, the IOA president has no other option but to constitute an ad hoc committee to ensure that free and fair elections are held within 120 days,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta wrote in the letter written to KFI president K R Thiagarajan. The IOA said that “complaints, including a complaint from the KFI president himself, raising objections on the validity of the process of elections to be held on September 23, 2018”.advertisement “There are also complaints of alleged violation of model election guidelines of National Sports Code.” The IOA said ad hoc committee will invite observer from the World Karate Federation for the elections. It asked the KFA to co-operate with the ad hoc committee in the election process. PTI PDS PDS ATKATK
The Sydney Mets have beaten Sun Coast in a thrilling game in the Men’s 20’s final at the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League in Port Macquarie.The game was intense up until the final siren, with both teams desperately trying to take hold of the game, with the Mets eventually winning 8-7.Tim Good opened the scoring in the 5th minute, putting the Mets in front 1-0.The Mets nearly made it 2-0 two minutes later, but their touchdown attempt was disallowed. This came back to haunt them as Sean Baldwin from Sunshine Coast scored to level the game.Sun Coast was in again just two minutes later, when Kelvin Jones scored from a great ball from Jason Schmidt, to put them into the lead for the first time in the game.Tim Good scored his second try in the 11th minute, but soon after got sent from the field as a forced interchange, and Baldwin scored his double in the corresponding set of six, giving Sun Coast the lead again. Macquire Tatola and captain Matthew Yiangou both scored for the Mets in the last five minutes of the first half, sending the Sydney team to the half time break with a 4-3 lead, despite several disallowed touchdowns against the Mets in the first half.Dave Shaw extended the Mets lead soon after the break, giving them a two touchdown advantage.Back to back tries to Sun Coast put the teams on level terms, with tries to Luke Mendham and Zach Stasser, but it wasn’t long before Shaw scored his second touchdown of the game, capitalising on some slow defence on the line. The Mets’ Luke Eisenhuth broke through the line of defence in the 7th minute, fooling Sun Coast defenders on his way, giving the Mets some breathing space.This didn’t last long, however, with Nathan Sullivan the recipient of a great cut out pass to close the gap for Sun Coast six minutes out from full time. The Mets had many opportunities to run away with the game in the second half, but numerous penalties for forward passes and over the mark calls gave Sun Coast plenty of good field position.Another penalty in good field position gave Sun Coast a great opportunity to level the scores, and that’s what they did when captain Tyson Brough led by example, scoring in the 18th minute to level the scores.The scores weren’t level for long, as Ben Antonio dived through the Sun Coast defensive line in the next set of six, to put the Mets back in front with one minute to go.Sun Coast were disallowed a try due to a forward pass in the dying seconds, handing the Mets an 8-7 win.
OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banegaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal could be about to miss out on a key transfer target.Reports in Spain and England had suggested the club wanted to sign Ever Banega to appease manager Unai Emery.The creative midfielder is seen as a key addition, especially with Aaron Ramsey on the way out of the club. Banega has played for Emery in the past.But Estadio Deportivo suggests that Sevilla are close to getting Banega to commit to a new contract.It would raise his release clause and commit the 30-year-old to the Spanish side for the next few years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say