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Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann Embrace Girl Power at ‘The Other Woman’ Premiere

Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann Embrace Girl Power at ‘The Other Woman’ Premiere

Image mf.gifLink: Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj and Judd Apatow also graced the premiere with their presence.read more

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Cannes: ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ Star Adele Exarchopoulos Set To Return To Croisette

Image 2_autumns_3_winters.jpgLink – The actress stars alongside Reda Kateb in “Que Vive” directed by Marianne Tardideu which will unspool in L’Acid, a sidebar of mostly French indie titles which runs in parallel during the Cannes Film Festival.read more

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Long bans for Lance Armstrong’s former staff linked to doping

Long bans for Lance Armstrong’s former staff linked to doping

Image TheSkeletonTwins.jpgLance Armstrong’s former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Tuesday.Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement.Armstrong’s tarnished legacy
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The trio all worked for Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a change of sponsors in 2005, and opted for arbitration when the charges were originally levelled against them in June 2012.”The evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,” said the statement.”Similarly, Dr. Celaya and Mr. Marti were part of, or at least allowed themselves to be used as instruments of, that conspiracy.”American Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping in 2012, finally admitting his use of banned substances in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.
”There is clearly something wrong with a system that allows only six individuals to be punished as retribution for the sins of an era.’- Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong’s former cycling team manager
Two other doctors connected to the team, Spaniard Luis Garcia del Moral and Italian Michele Ferrari, were handed lifetime bans from professional sport by USADA in July 2012.USADA’s 2012 report said the USPS team had run “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen”.Belgian Bruyneel is a former professional cyclist who was team manager for all of Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005.’Used as scapegoats’Often described as Armstrong’s right-hand man, Bruyneel enjoyed further success with Astana in 2008-09 before moving to run the RadioShack team, a position he resigned from when USADA published its report into Armstrong’s doping.”I do not dispute that there are certain elements of my career that I wish had been different, nor do I dispute that doping was a fact of life in the peloton for a considerable period of time,” the 49-year-old said in a statement on his website.”However, a very small minority of us has been used as scapegoats for an entire generation. There is clearly something wrong with a system that allows only six individuals to be punished as retribution for the sins of an era.”Bruyneel, who did not give evidence in the arbitration hearings in London in December, said he continued to dispute USADA’s jurisdiction over him and might still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Pedro Celaya was USPS doctor from 1997-99 before being replaced by fellow Spaniard Del Moral. He returned to the team in 2004.”The panel found that Dr. Celaya possessed and administered doping products, including EPO, blood transfusions, and cortisone,” the statement said.Spaniard Marti, who also refused to testify in front of the three-member arbitration panel, was a trainer for the team from 1999 to 2007 before going on to work under Bruyneel at Astana.He was accused by USADA of delivering banned substances “including EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and cortisone” from Valencia to riders around the world and assisting with the use of them.The AAA panel “confirmed that” USADA had the authority to bring the cases because it had discovered the violations, USADA’s statement said.

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Tribeca: Chris Messina Talks ‘Grueling’ Juggle of Directing ‘Alex of Venice’ and Filming ‘Mindy Project’

Tribeca: Chris Messina Talks ‘Grueling’ Juggle of Directing ‘Alex of Venice’ and Filming ‘Mindy Project’

Image chris_messina.jpgRead the article – Messina’s Fox co-stars Mindy Kaling and Ed Weeks attended the premiere of his directorial debut, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson and Derek Luke.read more

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South Korean Cinemas Empty Out Following Massive Shipwreck

Image TheGrandBudapestHotel.jpgOriginal source: Theater admissions drop 30 percent as the Asian country tunes into news coverage of a ferry disaster that has left hundreds missing, though “The Grand Budapest” Hotel remains strong in the box office.read more

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Jeonju Film Fest to Proceed Solemnly as South Korea Mourns Shipwreck

Image jeonju_film_festival_a_p.jpgVisit link: The top indie/arthouse event won’t be rolling out the red carpet as the Asian country remains shocked by a shipwreck that has left hundreds of schoolchildren missing.read more

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Boston Marathon begins under tight security 1 year after bombing

Boston Marathon begins under tight security 1 year after bombing

The 118th Boston Marathon began this morning amid a large police presence that greeted runners and spectators who filtered in Monday morning, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260.ON MOBILE? Watch Security briefing LIVE
A moment of silence was observed and America the Beautiful was played over a loudspeaker before the race began for mobility-impaired marathoners.The first entrants crossed the starting line at 8:50 a.m. Monday in the mobility-impaired division. The elite men and women runners were starting later in the morning.Despite heightened security, the mood was festive at the fine line on Boylston Street. Spontaneous applause broke out as a group of Boston police officers walked near the site of last year’s twin bombing and children danced as the Rolling Stones’ song Start Me Up blared over the loudspeakers.About 36,000 runners have registered for the race — the second-largest field in its history — many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event.”I can’t imagine the number of emotions that are going to be there,” said Katie O’Donnell, who was running the marathon last year and made it 41 kilometres before she was stopped about a kilometre from the finish line when the twin bombs exploded. “I think I’m going to start crying at the starting line and I’m not sure I’ll stop until I cross the finish line.”One year after the Boston Marathon bombings
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The most obvious change for the 118th edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon was the heavy security presence. State and local police officers were everywhere Monday, even on the rooftops of some buildings.A bus dropping off runners had the words “Boston Strong” on the electronic sign at the front that usually posts the bus’s destination. A banner posted on a commercial building in Hopkinton read: “You are Boston Strong. You Earned This.”Spectators coming to the start line had to pass through police checkpoints.
‘It was very difficult to be happy. People were injured and children died. If I’m going to win again, I hope I can be happier and to show people, like I was supposed to last year.​’- Rita Jeptoo, winner of last year’s woman’s race
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick spoke Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation about the increased police presence.However, he said organizers didn’t want the race run “through a militarized zone,” so organizers “struck that balance” with the police presence.Authorities say two brothers — ethnic Chechens who lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia — planned and orchestrated the twin bombings near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Authorities said the bombs were made from pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other shrapnel that were concealed in backpacks.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting a trial in which he faces a possible death sentence. Prosecutors say the brothers also killed MIT police officer Sean Collier several days after the bombings in an attempt to steal his gun.Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the police shootout.More than 100 security camerasRunners attending the event Monday had to use clear plastic bags for their belongings, and fans hoping to watch near the finish line were encouraged to leave strollers and backpacks behind. More than 100 cameras have been installed along the route in Boston, and 50 or so “observation points” will be set up around the finish line “to monitor the crowd,” the Boston Athletic Association said.Patrick said there have been no specific threats against the race or the city for the Massachusetts holiday of Patriots’ Day.About 36,000 runners are registered to run this year’s Boston Marathon – one year after two bombs killed 3 people and wounded more than 260 others at the annual race. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)”We’re not taking that as a sign to sort of stand down,” he said. “We’re very prepared, and we’re assuring people as much as we can that it’ll be a fun day and a safe one.”Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, who crossed the finish line on Boylston Street about three hours before the explosions, will return to defend their championships. Desisa returned to Boston last fall to donate his first-place medal to the city as a gesture of support.Tinged with sadnessJeptoo, who also won the race in 2006, said she is hoping for a third victory — and one she can enjoy.”It was very difficult to be happy. People were injured and children died,” she said of last year’s marathon. “If I’m going to win again, I hope I can be happier and to show people, like I was supposed to last year.”Even as runners focused on the exhilaration of crossing the finish line, the festive atmosphere was inevitably tinged with sorrow a day ahead of the race as they picked up last-minute supplies.Marathon runners were blessed at an emotional church service that celebrated Easter and remembered the victims, while heightened security measures, including bag checks, were in place at marathon events.For years, state and local officials conducted a “tabletop exercise” before the Boston Marathon, a meeting that allows them to study a map of the 42-km course from Hopkinton to Boston’s Copley Square and plan for emergencies that could arise during the race.So many new people needed to attend the session this year that they moved it from the state’s emergency bunker in Framingham to the a convention centre in the city. The crowd grew from what usually is about 100 to more than 450, according to Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk, who is in charge of organizing the race.”Whether you have a small group or a big group, the spirit is the same,” he said this month in an interview at the athletic association’s office, about two blocks from the finish line. “And that is: How do we get our event done well?”

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Vinyl fans snap up LPs for $1 at mass record sale in Edmonton

Vinyl fans snap up LPs for $1 at mass record sale in Edmonton

Image vinyl-record-sale.pngBlustery winter weather couldn’t keep vinyl aficionados from lining up outside a garage in east Edmonton Friday morning.More than 10,000 LPs from the collections of four city deejays were on offer at the Super Mega Records Garage Sale — all for the retro price of $1 apiece.”These records are deeply grooved in your brain,” said Ava Karvonen.​”I’m having some fun, bring[ing] back some memories. Random picks — bring them back home and see what they are.”Karvonen’s in-laws once owned The Roost, a well-known gay club in Edmonton that closed down in 2007. The club sold its vast collection of vinyl to collector Yuri Wuensch, who was trying to unload some of those albums at Friday’s garage sale in the Ottewell neighbourhood.Former Edmonton gay bar to be new home for border cops
Yuri Wuensch is only too happy to sell some of his massive vinyl collection. (CBC)​”I really, really love room in my basement,” he said. “I would love to have that back, so I’m anxious to sell them.”Wuensch is a record collector but also works as a deejay, and has spent years amassing his colection.”For a record collector and deejay, I’ve managed to pull out some great records for myself,” Wuensch said. “Now, I’m looking to share the rest with Edmonton.”And one never knows what might be found among all that vinyl. Amanda Ficht picked up an album of disco songs by Bryan Adams. Who knew?”I love Bryan Adams, and I love disco,” she said. “It’s nice to get a good record for really cheap.”The garage sale continues through Saturday and Sunday.

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Bryan Singer Accusations Affect Marketing Plans for Next ‘X-Men,’ ‘Black Box’

Bryan Singer Accusations Affect Marketing Plans for Next ‘X-Men,’ ‘Black Box’

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Beijing Film Fest Brings Out Chinese, Hollywood Stars (Photos)

Image mf.gifOriginal source: Alfonso Cuaron, Oliver Stone, and Hayden Christensen walk the red carpet, while Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing, John Woo, and Zhang Yimou show their support for the Chinese capital’s top film industry event.

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