Disney’s “Lion King” Remake Breaks Box Office Records on Opening Weekend

first_imgDisney dominated at the movie theater this weekend.The company’s remake of “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, raked in a record-breaking $185 million at the North American box office, and an early global total of $531 million.That earns the movie the position of biggest domestic launch ever for a PG film, and the ninth biggest launch for any movie. It also tops the final “Harry Potter” movie, which took in $169.2 million during its opening weekend, for a July title.Overseas, “The Lion King” earned a $269.4 million this weekend, largely the result of a strong showing in Russia, Australia, and the entire Latin America region.The overall foreign total of $346 includes $97.5 million from China, where it actually debuted early last weekend.Although the film opened to lukewarm reviews, ticket buyers awarded it an “A” on CinemaScore.The movie’s star-studded voice cast features Donald Glover serving as the voice of Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other characters from the 1994 original. In addition, James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.Favreau is also known for directing Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book.”last_img read more

Local men accused of forcing alligator to drink beer

first_imgTwo Florida men are facing felony charges for allegedly trying to get a captured alligator drunk.Timothy Kepke, 27, of Hobe Sound and Noah Osborne, 22, of Stuart were arrested Oct. 3 and charged with unlawfully taking an alligator.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) reportedly received a complaint in August about Kepke holding an alligator.An alleged video showed Kepke antagonizing the alligator to bite his arm by forcibly feeding it beer, and the reptile reacting in an aggressive manner.Martin County Officers say they went to the suspect’s home on Sept. 17, who identified himself as the person in the video.Kepke told officers Osborne caught the reptile with his bare hands in Palm City on Aug. 26 but later released the gator alive.Kepke also told officers he had had a couple of beers but wasn’t drunk when the incident happened.He listed a female witness who reportedly confirmed the events to police, adding that she believed the alligator bit Kepke because of his actions.The two suspects were taken to the Martin County Jail, where they were later released on bond.last_img read more

T&T retain Regional U-17 title after tropical storm Don ruins final round

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago retained their Regional Under-17 title after all three final-round matches were abandoned because of heavy rain from the passage of tropical storm Don here yesterday.The hosts ended on 19.8 points with Barbados second on 16 and Windward Islands third on 14.7. Leeward Islands finished narrowly ahead of Guyana (13.3) with 13.4 while Jamaica were bottom on 1.3 after sustaining four defeats in their five matches.Playing at the National Cricket Centre, T&T limited Leewards to 214 all out off 47.3 overs, before the rains arrived and ruined any chance of a reply.Demari Benta, batting at number seven, top-scored with 47 while opener Uri Smith got 27 and captain Elroy Francis, 26.There were two key partnerships during the innings with Smith adding 48 for the first wicket with Shaquan Pemberton (24) and Francis and Paul Miller (18) posting another 44 for the fifth wicket.When Leewards slumped from 128 for four to 148 for seven, Benta then shepherded the innings, striking seven fours in a 60-ball knock.Off-spinner Avinash Mahabirsingh was the best bowler with three for 48 from his 10 overs.At Gilbert Park, Barbados dismissed Guyana for 149 off their 50 overs before rain also prevented them from starting their reply.Opener Sachin Singh top-scored with 29 while Kevin Christian and Kevlon Anderson both chipped in with 25.Anderson and Singh put on 41 for the third wicket before Christian and Ashmead Nedd (23) added 35 for the fifth wicket but Guyana lost their last six wickets for just 23 runs.Fast bowler Matthew Forde led the Barbados attack with four 34 while fellow new-ball seamer Ramon Simmonds claimed three for 44.In the other game at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, opener Kirk McKenzie struck a stroke-filled 81 off 60 balls as Jamaica reached 186 for seven off 48 overs against Windward Islands before the game was abandoned.McKenzie counted 14 fours and two sixes, dominating a 53-run third-wicket stand with Geordae Seymour (9) and a 44-run, third-wicket partnership with Jerome Johnson who was unbeaten on a patient 40.Off-spinner Garvin Serieux was the leading bowler with three for 33.last_img read more

Iseman: Players deserve blame for Syracuse’s struggles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Doug Marrone can say what he wants. He can stand behind a podium at every press conference and preach that Syracuse’s struggles start with him and say that he needs to do a better job. He can take the blame and the spotlight off his players and bring it all onto himself.He’s the head coach; it’s his job to do that. That’s as far as it can go.Marrone is not the reason for the Orange’s disappointing start to the season. But when fans want to consider why Syracuse is playing poorly, why the players are turning the ball over so much, why the program as a whole can’t seem to move forward, they look to Marrone. They blame him. They say the team’s struggles are a reflection on him and that the players aren’t being held to a high enough level.But that’s all misdirected blame. Syracuse can be a winning program with Marrone at the helm. It already has. Syracuse played in a bowl game. Remember? The Pinstripe Bowl? Which came after a 7-5 season.This isn’t to say that Marrone should be absolved of all fault for this season’s struggles. But to say he’s the reason for Syracuse’s futility would be ignoring the Division-I football players that take the field every week with the task of playing at a high level. At some point, they’re the ones who need to shoulder some of the blame, as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach Marrone’s going to say what he wants to say,” center Macky MacPherson said. “Obviously I think it’s no secret that coach Marrone can’t go out there and play for us. Obviously, it has to start with us. It starts with me; I snap the ball and then Ryan goes from there. I think that’s something that we all know.”During his four years at Syracuse, Marrone has shown he’s a player’s coach. He’ll never criticize any of his players to the media. He’ll protect them and ensure they aren’t treated unfairly. It’s why he accepts the blame.It takes the pressure off the players and lets them focus on improving. That’s important considering they’re the ones on the field. The players are the ones who commit turnovers or make mental mistakes. It’s foolish to think Marrone ignores that in practice and doesn’t drill into their head how they’re supposed to play.Marrone is not glossing over any of his team’s mistakes. He even restructured his practice schedule to allow for more time to work on ball security.“We’ve worked on all the things that we can do from the standpoint of practice time,” Marrone said. “We spent the maximum amount of practice time on that, to a point where we’ve actually cut things out to work on it, emphasized it.”Marrone adjusted his practice schedule. Now the players have to adjust how they play on the field. He can’t do that for them.Wide receiver Alec Lemon said the team’s been focusing in on ball security since before the Orange’s bye week. So what happened when Syracuse committed four turnovers against Rutgers last Saturday?The players made the mistakes. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two ill-advised passes that were intercepted. Steve Rene fumbled on a punt return. Justin Pugh said he missed the assignment that caused the Orange’s field goal to be blocked and be returned for a Rutgers touchdown.Marrone wasn’t on the field. He didn’t commit any of them. The players know he’ll defend them, but they know the true responsibility is on their shoulders just as much.“It’s great because you know Coach has your back, because it’s not his fault,” Nassib said. “We shoulder the blame as players. It’s nice to know he’s got our back and he’s going to be with us in the long haul.”Turning the team around, starting Friday against Connecticut, will determine how much the players can raise their level of focus and limit their mistakes. All week long, Marrone emphasized it, and that’s the job of a coach. Now it’s each individual player to make sure they execute on the field.“It’s just raising the level of focus. I know personally I need to pick my game up, I have to play better. That’s really where we have to start,” offensive tackle Justin Pugh said. “If you play better individually, then you’re going to pick up everyone’s game around you, and that’s the approach I’m taking.”Marrone’s not the cause of these struggles, but because he’s the face of the team, he’s the one who takes the brunt of the criticism. And that’s certainly understandable since he is, indeed, the head coach.But this is not on Marrone.There is not much else he can do.“He put it on his shoulders,” MacPherson said. “But I think everyone knows we have a big part in it as well.” Comments Published on October 18, 2012 at 2:57 amlast_img read more

Conference on Lewis Carroll attracts artists

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Doheny Memorial Library hosted “Lewis Carroll Outsiders,” an annual conference on the lasting influence of Lewis Carroll, mathematician and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on Saturday.Down the rabbit hole · Author Raul Contreras signs copies of his book, Alice’s Bloody Adventure in Wonderland at Doheny Memorial Library. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanAttendees of the event were greeted by a sculpture of distorted Alice in Wonderland characters when they entered the foyer of Doheny Library. Karen Mortillaro, sculptor and head of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s planning committee, created these sculptures for the event. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America puts on the daylong event.“For my work, this is a wedding of word to imagery. Most of Lewis Carroll is flat book illustration,” Mortillaro said. “So being sculptural is taking it off the page and making it three-dimensional.”The emphasis to bring something new to Alice was reiterated throughout the conference. Mortillaro said that the many different views of Carroll’s work was what made the author popular.“If you look at the people in attendance here, they are an eclectic group,” Mortillaro said. “Some have a love of the books, some the illustrations. If you asked each one you’d get a different answer.”The conference began with an “elevator pitch” session at 9:30 a.m., in which exhibitors of Alice merchandise pitched their Carrollian products, everything from animated Alice films to illustrations to biographies.Attendees came from as far as Sweden and Lithuania to hear panelists who ranged from video game designer American McGee to USC recipients of the Wonderland Award, an arts and scholarship award for college students in California.The first speaker of the day was Dan Bergevin, a publisher who created a collaborative illustrated version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He contacted artists through the portfolio website Behance and received 58 illustrations from 58 artists, only eight of which came from America. On a projector, he showed all the illustrations from the book. The styles ranged from gothic Alices to ’50s cartoon-style Alice characters.“I don’t think I could have pulled it off without Tim Burton’s movie to pull it along,” Bergevin said of how the movie brought interest to the project. “I don’t think [some of the artists] realized that the book and the movie are different things.”Bryan Talbot, writer and illustrator of the graphic novel Alice in Sunderland, joined the event via Skype from Sunderland, England. In a discussion moderated by USC professor Henry Jenkins, Talbot spoke of how John Tenniel’s classic illustrations of Carroll’s books influenced his work.“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Tenniel illustrations,” Talbot said.Talbot’s book deals with the history of Sunderland, where Carroll wrote “The Jabberwocky” and its influence on the author. His knowledge of Sunderland and England was immense.“[‘The Jabberwocky’] is very much based on northeastern legends,” Talbot said of the poem’s connection with Sunderland, which is located on the eastern coast of Britain.Christopher Tyler, a neuroscientist and investigator of the historical context of Alice in Wonderland, spoke after Talbot. He presented his book Parallel Alices: Alice through the Looking-Glass of Eleanor of Aquitaine, which discusses historical influences on Alice, rather than focusing on the Alices Carroll knew.“Lewis Carroll knew a lot of Alices,” Tyler said. “These are photographs of eight different Alices that he knew. This gives you a sampling of his own photographs and drawings.”In the afternoon, USC students Lindsey Jones, a graduate student in liberal studies, and Andrew Woodham, a doctoral candidate in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, presented their winning  projects. The two have each won the Wonderland Award twice. Because the two have won the award multiple times, they were introduced as the “King and Queen of Wonderland.”Woodham’s inspiration for Queen Victoria of Hearts, a Queen of Hearts composed of morbid playing cards, came from the theory that the Queen of Hearts was a satire of Queen Victoria, who was the reigning monarch for most of Carroll’s life. Woodham said he was also inspired by Carroll’s book on mathematics, An Elementary Treatise on Determinants.“The Wonderland Award lets us play around with things we wouldn’t in our ordinary endeavors,” Woodham said.Jones presented a scrapbook and a chess set based on Alice Chess, a 1953 variation of chess played with a mirror.McGee discussed his games American McGee’s Alice and its sequel Alice: Madness Returns.“My background was with games like Doom and Quake, which tended to focus mainly on violence,” McGee said. “Coming out of that I saw a lot of opportunity for storytelling.”Not everyone in the industry, however, saw game-making in the same light.“There was a quote within the industry: ‘Story within games is as useful as story within pornography.’ The first thing I wanted to do was prove that wrong,” McGee said.To prove the theory wrong, McGee honed in on Carroll.“I began to brainstorm,” McGee said. “I was driving here in California and a song was playing, and the word ‘wonder’ was featured. And somehow when the word ‘wonder’ hit my brain, it felt like an epiphany that Alice could become a game.”The event concluded with a tour of the Lewis Carroll Collection, a collection founded in 2000 with more than 3,000 rare documents relating to Carroll’s work.last_img read more

USC Admission Center extends deadline for students affected by fires

first_imgThe Center for Undergraduate Admission announced via Twitter Thursday that the application deadline to be considered for merit scholarships and certain programs has been extended from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8 for prospective students affected by the recent California wildfires.  The USC community has been dealing with the effects of severe wildfires since last Thursday. Forty-one percent of students in the class of 2022 have permanent residence in California. The Woolsey fire is threatening Thousand Oaks, a community 40 miles north of South Los Angeles. In Northern California, the Camp fire is the deadliest in state history with 63 fatalities confirmed and over 600 people still missing as of Thursday evening. The University of California and California State University systems announced earlier this week they are extending their deadlines for prospective students affected by the wildfires, along with waiving the application fee. Prospective students can apply for the extended deadline through a form available on the undergraduate admission page, which will verify applicants’ personal information and whether or not they are affected by the wildfires.Students must submit a complete application along with the extension request form by Dec. 8. If there are additional circumstances, prospective students can contact their respective admissions counselor prior to Dec. 1.last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Boston College

first_imgSyracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) heads on the road again to travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to face Boston College (3-3, 0-3) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Orange is coming off a big 31-17 upset win over then-No.17 Virginia Tech that earned the team national recognition. The Eagles had a bye last week but were most recently blown out by No. 4 Clemson.A win would put either team in prime position to get to six wins and go bowling. But Boston College is looking for its first ACC win in its last 12 tries, spanning this and last season. The last ACC team BC beat was Syracuse on Nov. 29, 2014Here’s what you need to know about the matchup:All-Time Series: Syracuse leads, 30-19.Last time they played: These two teams met in the final game of the 2015 season and the last game for Scott Shafer as head coach of the Orange. It took a 35-yard field goal from Cole Murphy as time expired, but SU pulled out a 20-17 win, snapping an eight-game losing streak. Shafer was lifted into the air and carried around the field by his players.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Boston College report: The Eagles are powered by their strong defense. BC gives up just 253 yards of offense per game, which is good for fourth in the nation, and just 149.7 passing yards, also fourth. Harold Landry, who averages just a little more than one sack per game, leads its defensive line. He’s forced four fumbles through six games this year — one of the best marks in the country.Quarterback Patrick Towles, a graduate transfer from Kentucky where he started for two years and threw for more than 5,000 yards, leads Boston College’s offense. The Eagles haven’t thrown the ball particularly well this year with just 160 yards through the air each game. Jon Hilliman, who is 6-feet tall and 220 pounds, will shoulder the brunt of the load on the ground.How Syracuse beats BC: Repeat last week. The Orange has a little big of a bigger margin for error, but it needs the offense to put up points against a highly ranked defense again and it needs the defense to not suffer a let down after its best game of the year. With Boston College’s lackluster offense, SU’s defense should fair well. It’ll come down to the ACC’s top-ranked passing offense and its top-ranked passing defense.Stat to Know:11 — Boston College has lost 11 ACC games in a row. Its last ACC win came against Syracuse in 2014.Player to Watch: Harold Landry, No. 7The defensive end will be tasked with disrupting Eric Dungey and Syracuse’s offense. He has the ability to get around the edge with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. His ability to strip the ball from players could be game-changing if he’s able to force a key turnover. Comments Published on October 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title

first_img Suman Ray WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US Last Updated: 16th September, 2019 21:32 IST Vinesh Phogat Eyes World Wrestling Championship Title Wrestler Vinesh Phogat to face some of the biggest names from the in the World Wrestling Championship as she hopes to earn the title of ‘World Champion’ 1 year ago Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland Open 11 months ago MC Mary Kom and PV Sindhu in line for top national civilian honours In her quest to become the first Indian woman wrestler to finish at the top podium at the World Wrestling Championships, Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat faces a path littered with some of the biggest names from the wrestling world as the women’s freestyle events get underway in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on September 16. It would need the marquee grappler to summon her very best as she returns to the elite competition a year after having pulled out due to elbow injury.Phogat- three-time gold winnerThe 25-year-old switched to 53kg from 50kg and despite some initial struggles, she has found her groove, as evident by her three gold medals at the Yasar Dagu, Poland Open and Spain Open. A bronze at the Asian Championships along with a couple of silver medals at the Dan Kolov and Medved International tournaments gave enough testimony to the fact that the star wrestler was beginning to find her comfort level even in her new weight category.READ: Wrestling TV: A new platform dedicated to Indian wrestlersVinesh Phogat to face familiar opponents For Vinesh to show that confidence and conviction, and earn a medal for India, she has to overcome some familiar opponents. In the qualifying rounds, the seventh seed faces Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattson and a win over her will fetch her a chance to compete against the two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan. If Vinesh can manage to overcome that hurdle, last year’s World Championships runner-up and top seed Sarah Hildebrandt will await in the quarter-finals. While Vinesh has got the better of both Mattson and Hildebrandt this season, Mukaida stopped her at the continental event in April.READ: Vinesh Phogat wins 3rd successive gold in 53kg in Poland OpenOther Indian women wrestlers at the tournamentIn 50kg, all Indian hopes will rest on the shoulders of the second seed Seema Bisla, who won gold at the Yasar Dogu 2019 Ranking Series tournament in July. The higher seeding doesn’t exempt her from facing a quality opponent as early as the opening round and she could possibly begin her campaign against three-time Olympic medallist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan. A win will put her in the way of either European Games bronze medallist Miglena Selishka or Yasar Dagu silver medallist Ekaterina Poleshchuk. Lalita Sehrawat, the former Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Asian Championships bronze medallist, will be representing India in 55kg. As the 12th seed, she kicks off her challenge against Mongolia’s Bat Ochir, the 13th seed. A win will set up a possible quarter-final showdown with America’s third seed Jacarra Winchester.In 72kg, sixth-seeded Komal Bhagwan Gole will be in contention for a berth in the quarter-finals when she faces off against Turkey’s accomplished Beste Altug. Should she manage a win there, she has a tough proposition in the next round as she will have to square off against the top seed Zhamila Bakbergenova of Kazakhstan.READ: MC Mary Kom and PV Sindhu in line for top national civilian honoursREAD: “Don’t break players morale”: Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat slam Haryana Government after cuts in Prize money WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Wrestling TV: A new platform dedicated to Indian wrestlerscenter_img COMMENT Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th September, 2019 20:18 IST 1 year ago “Don’t break players morale”: Wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat slam Haryana Government after cuts in Prize money 1 year ago Wrestler Vinesh Phogat ties the knot with Somvir Rathee, here are first pictures of the beautiful couple!last_img read more

Saracens claim European Champions Cup

first_imgPhoto: © epcrugby.com Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall says he’s really pleased with the way his side attacked Clermont to retain the European Champions Cup.The holders got a 28-17 victory over the French side in the final at Murrayfield to claim back-to-back titles.McCall says he’s very proud of his players’ spirit. Sarries are also in the running to win a third Premiership title in a row.last_img

Pellegrini blames congested Christmas fixture list for deepening injury crisis

first_imgManchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini has blamed the congested Christmas fixture list for deepening injury crisis. The Chilean expressed his disgust over ‘too many’ matches played in during the Christmas period and believes that it could take a toll on Manchester City, given the amount of injury the Citizens have suffered, in recent weeks.Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic are already facing lengthy lay-offs due to injury. Skipper Vincent Kompany and Edin Dzeko have also joined the injury list, in recent times. Dzeko, was injured in a pre-match training session, minutes before Manchester City’s clash against Leicester City. Pellegrini, pointed fingers at the club’s congested fixture list, as a reason for enduring so many injuries.“I think the players play too many games during the year, especially the players of big teams because when they have an international break they must continue for their national squad,” he said. “Last year I remember playing nine games in December and nine games in January, it is difficult for the players to keep the high pace because in the Premier League the intensity of every game is very high.“I understand Boxing Day is important for English football, but Boxing Day is on December 26, I don’t know why we have to play the 28th and 1st January. Maybe we could play Boxing Day and one game more on the 30th before the end of the year. So one of the reasons may be that they play too many games, especially at the end of the year. Maybe it can also be the pitches are too hard, and a bit of bad luck. It is difficult to know exactly.”With Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic out with injuries and teenage Pozo, not the answer to Manchester City’s goal scoring worries,as showcased against Leicester City, Pellegrini could turn to midfielder James Milner, for providing a makeshift Center Forward. ”Milner can be an option and I have always said he is a very useful player for the squad. Maybe at some moments he wants to play more but whenever he plays in different positions, Milner is important. “That is why we keep him here and it is important he renews his contract with our team. Because inside and outside the pitch he is important to us.”Meanwhile, Manchester City concluded business as usual against Leicester City, as they defeated the foxes 1-0. A customary Frank Lampard goal in the 40th minute swayed all three points to Manchester City’s kitty. Manchester City meanwhile maintained their gap of three points with league leaders Chelsea FC, who sit comfortably with 39 points.last_img read more