Film box office is rattled by by ‘Snakes’

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgAfter a year of Internet hype, “Snakes on a Plane” apparently slid into the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend, with an estimated gross of $15.25 million, just enough to slither by defending champ “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” But the weekend total includes $1.4 million earned by Thursday night’s screenings of “Snakes,” which had a Friday through Sunday total of $13.9 million. That’s less than “Talladega” made in the three days so there’s some industry debate over which film is actually No. 1. The New Line Cinema release starring Samuel L. Jackson opened below expectations, considering how much attention rabid Internet fans and bloggers had brought to the film, an action-horror-thriller about an assassin aboard a flight who unleashes deadly snakes while flying over the Pacific Ocean. “I think the jury is still out as far as using the Internet to market movies,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. “For a movie that was hyped to this degree on the Internet, it seems disappointing. The bloggers enjoyed blogging about it more than they wanted to go see the movie.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Talladega,” the Will Ferrell comedy released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, took in an estimated $14.7 million, crossing the $100 million mark Thursday. The film has grossed $114.7 million in three weeks and had been the undisputed No. 1 the past two weekends. “It’s a picture that appeals to the whole country,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “It’s attracted everybody.” Continuing to perform strongly in its second weekend was “World Trade Center,” the Paramount Pictures drama about the rescue of two Port Authority officers trapped in the rubble of the twin towers. “WTC” took third place with estimated ticket sales of $10.8 million for a two-week total of $43 million. The Universal Pictures college comedy “Accepted” debuted in fourth place with estimated ticket sales of $10.1 million, just ahead of fifth-place “Step Up,” the Disney dance movie that opened surprisingly strong last weekend and took in an estimated $9.9 million. “Step” has a solid 10-day total of $39.4 million. The comedy “Little Miss Sunshine,” about a dysfunctional family on a road trip to a kiddie beauty pageant, made its debut in the top 10, taking seventh place after adding 538 theaters (691 total). “Sunshine,” which has been riding strong word of mouth buzz in limited release, grossed an estimated $5.7 million. The Fox Searchlight release has taken in $12.75 million to date and expands into more than 1,400 theaters Friday. “The regional openings were very strong throughout the weekend,” said Searchlight Chief Operating Officer Steve Gilula. “The momentum continues.” [email protected] (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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The Premier League club Jermain Defoe turned down to join Rangers

By on December 25, 2019

first_img 1 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion RANKED Latest football news BEST OF latest gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “But I spoke to Stevie and decided to come here, because it is a great opportunity for me.“When he got the job, it did make me think a little bit, and so far he is a natural.”Rangers are second in the Scottish Premiership due to Celtic’s superior goal difference. revealed Defoe will link up with former England team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is aiming to win Rangers a first top-flight title since 2011.When asked if Palace tried to sign him, the 36-year-old said: “There was interest, I had to weigh it all up, and I fancied something different to be honest, I fancied a different challenge.“It is a massive football club and I am coming into an environment where everyone is confident.“The Palace one was lingering for years – I know a lot of people down there, [coach] Mark Bright, a lot of the players.“It is obviously a fantastic football club, with a top manager [Roy Hodgson]. predicted whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update center_img REVEALED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Jermain Defore has revealed Crystal Palace wanted to sign him before he chose to join Rangers.The veteran Bournemouth striker penned an 18-month loan deal with the Scottish Premiership side earlier this month. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won SORRY Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Jermain Defoe had been used sparingly by Bournemouth this season last_img read more

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Former NFL Receiver Sam Hurd Gets 15 Years for

By on September 30, 2019

Photo by The Associated Press.Sam Hurd, once a promising receiver with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, was sentenced to 15 years in a federal  prison for drug trafficking that occurred during and after the 2011 NFL season.Prosecutors in Texas wanted U.S. District court judge Jorge A. Solis to sentence Hurd to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his involvement in cocaine and marijuana trafficking. But a remorseful, weeping Hurd asked for leniency, calling himself “the stupidest drug guy ever.”Hurd had prepared a statement to read, but instead offered an emotional explanation of his crimes, which included a meeting with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informant and undercover ICE special agent in a Chicago steak house in December 2011, where Hurd was given a kilo of cocaine.“My life is a train wreck because of the bad decisions I made,” he said, according to Sports Illustrated. “Everything I did was a result of my marijuana addiction… I was extremely stupid. I feel the pain I caused my wife, mother, father, sisters and brothers and my community.”Hurd asked Solis for a “second chance” and promised to “be an upstanding citizen and a loving husband and father.”The plea appears to have had at least some impact on Solis, who said he felt inclined to sentence Hurd to 27 years before pointing out that this was Hurd’s first offense and chopped his initial assessment nearly in half. The judge’s final ruling –  15 years, to be followed by five years of supervised release -caused an audible gasp from the gallery.It also helped Hurd that phone records suggested that he was not involved in dealing narcotics with his cousin Tyrone Chavful while Hurd was out on bond in San Antonio following his arrest in Chicago.According to S.I., Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay provided minimal evidence during the hearing and offered only brief cross examinations of Hurd’s character witnesses. Tromblay responded to claims that his office had tried to make an example of Hurd because of his NFL notoriety by saying, “This isn’t because he’s an NFL player–it’s because he’s a drug dealer. He [knew] exactly what he was doing.” read more

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Eliza Simmons students in for surprise thanks to GT Anglers and Lyme

By on September 17, 2019

first_img RED CROSS CALLING ON PROVO TO WALK WITH JILL Eliza Simons Primary reopens today Related Items:eliza simons primary school, GT anglers, GT fishing tournament, Olympic Construction, RFA Lyme bay Super surges in Grand Turk may be affecting sewer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Aug 2015 – The RFA Lyme Bay crew joined forces with the Grand Turk fishermen for a community project before leaving the country after a four day tour of duty in the TCI. In fact the Grand Turk Fishing Tournament Committee tells Magnetic Media that Lyme Bay, the Governor’s Office and Olympic Construction teamed up for a spruce up of the tuck shop and lunch area at the Eliza Simons Primary school in the Capital. When students get back to school on September 7, they will find there are new lunch benches under shaded trees. The GT Fishing Tournament committee purchased the materials in this phase one refurbishment project at Eliza Simons and expressed thanks to Lyme Bay, “who cheerfully undertook their work and left a lasting legacy of their all too brief time on Grand Turk.” RFA Lyme Bay was stationed in the TCI August 1-4th, 2015. Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Treasure Cay Marina Manager Hunts Down Stolen Boat

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PHOTO 1: SeaVee stolen boat being recovered Nassau Village Dec 3 (white hull)Police from Nassau’s Marine Unit tow the recovered 34-foot SeaVee from the car wreck yard found behind a church in Nassau Village. The boat was hunted down over a 10-day period by a friend of Cliff Bootle, Marina Manager at Treasure Cay, a member of The Association of Bahamas Marinas. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas,  December 5, 2016 –  A 34-foot SeaVee center console sport fishing boat, worth $140,000, stolen on Tuesday November 22 from Treasure Cay, Abaco, was recovered in Nassau, thanks to the prompt action and dedication of an Association of Bahamas Marinas member.On Sunday, December 4th, a second boat was stolen from a Treasure Cay canal residence. The 31-foot Jupiter was found in Baker’s Creek, with engines missing. Police are following up on leads concerning a car license plate.The hunt for the SeaVee, however, was a 10-day chase across two islands. Captain Cliff Bootle, Marina Manager of Treasure Cay Beach, Golf and Marina Resort, reported the SeaVee missing in the morning of Wednesday November 23rd. The hunt ended when a close friend of Bootle’s found it on Saturday December 3rd, partly covered by a tarp in a lot behind a Nassau Village church.The hunt was successful, says Bootle, due to the determination of his friend, social media posts—and a fortunate mistake by the thieves who set off a rescue beacon signal, picked up by the US Coast Guard. The sporty Boynton Beach vessel, called Desperado, was found stripped of its twin 250HP Yamaha four stroke engines but otherwise in good shape.When the boat, owned by a Georgia resident visitor, was discovered missing on Wednesday morning, Bootle started searching the Treasure Cay area and reported the boat to the police. He began calling his industry contacts and his sister spread the association’s alert on Facebook. Days later on Monday the 28th, the post caught the eye of a dock staff worker from a Nassau marina who had seen a matching boat being towed down Soldier Road by a black truck.Bootle summoned a close friend who, on Tuesday, began canvassing south Nassau. A lucky break came on Wednesday November 30th when the US Coast Guard picked up a signal from the boat’s rescue beacon, accidentally set off by the thieves. The Coast Guard picked up two signals: one in Nassau Village and another in Marshall Rd. Bootle’s friend focused on the Nassau Village signal. After days driving round, Bootle’s friend’s determination finally paid off. On Friday December 2nd, he spotted it in a Sequoia Road car wreck work yard, off Buttonwood Ave, behind the One Accord Pentecostal Ministries church. He thought it was the Desperado, but wasn’t sure. Captain Bootle caught an early morning flight from Treasure Cay and confirmed Desperado’s identity.To secure the vessel, Bootle summoned the marina association’s contacts at Nassau-based Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Marine Unit, through ASP Carlton Adderley. PC Jones ordered a wrecker and the boat was secured with armed guards and taken to the police compound for fingerprinting.  The engines that were seen on the boat along Soldier Rd on Monday the 28th, had gone. “Now we have to figure out who stole it. This time we were lucky,” said Bootle who attributes the good result to his determined friend, Facebook and the US Coast Guard.  “This is a case of doing everything possible to help a customer,” said Bootle. “We’ll move heaven and earth to recover any vessel from our marina.”On reflection, Bootle says the government must do something drastic to stop the thefts. It’s hurting the Abaco economy and reputation. “The police in the whole of Abaco only have one boat. It should have at least four, one for each area. The thieves know it’s hard to catch them. It’s an easy life and good living for them. We’ve tried to get government’s attention to make the penalties and bail conditions harsher, but the industry feels that the system is ineffective and not doing enough,” says Bootle. “Although thefts are down 50% from last year, it’s still a major problem,” said the captain. “The laws are way too light. These thieves are caught but the next day they’re on the streets again planning the next one. Giving these guys light bail is a serious problem. They should all be electronically monitored. But even that doesn’t work sometimes.”At the recovery scene, Pastor Preston Collins of the One Accord Pentecostal Ministries church, said he saw the boat being trailered into the yard behind his church, figuring it was innocently being bought for repairs. A witness saw the boat’s name: Desperado, Boynton Beach. “The engines were on at the time,” said Pastor Collins, “But now they’re gone. They also sanded off the name. You can see the white marks where the words were,” said Rev. Collins pointing to the hull. “The boat’s electronics and radar are still there,” said Bootle. “So, the thieves didn’t get everything.”The marinas association President, Stephen Kappeler, praised his manager Bootle for having the care and dedication to fly all the way to Nassau to make sure the boat was recovered personally and quickly. “This was superb case of going the extra mile to assist our marina customers. He didn’t have to go, but Cliff wanted to serve his owner-customer in the most safest way. He rushed to the plane with no concern for himself—no clothes, no toothbrush. He had to ask his family to put some clothes on the next plane. We’re proud of Cliff’s dedication and perseverance,” said Kappeler.“Our thanks also go out to ASP Adderley and his Nassau RBPF Marine Unit and other officers. They came to the crime scene and brought in armed support to protect it from any further loss,” added the marina association chief. “We hope the brazen thieves will be caught, appropriately punished and put out of action, behind bars—with strict terms or no bail.”Executive Director of the association, Bob Bower says: “Boat theft remains a major threat to boating yachting and fishing tourism in The Bahamas. For a real solution, this must receive attention from the highest levels.  In Abaco, the police need to be equipped with more than a single boat for responding or patrolling the entire Abaco chain, where the problem has been more severely felt,” he said. “An island chain of this length needs a minimum of four active police interceptors: one for Hope Town and Elbow Cay, one for Marsh Harbour, a third for Green Turtle, and one in reserve for repair. In fact, each habited major cay or settlement could use one. That would total about eight patrol craft. And all the police should be trained in boat seamanship and equipped for night interception with night vision and searchlights. Inter-island and inter-settlement communications could do with a major upgrade,” said Bower.The marinas association is trying to encourage all boat owners to do everything possible to secure their boats and engines. Boaters are urged to install tracking devices, alarms and engine and prop locks and dock owners and marinas are advised to employ bright lighting and video surveillance. “Nowadays, every boat and engine should have tracking devices. They’re increasingly affordable and easy to install,” Bower said.Bower, reflecting the opinion of his association’s membership, believes the penalties for boat theft need to be far more severe than they are at present. “The penalties are far too low”, he said. “The association has been asking government for seven years and more to address the boat theft problem. Police catch these life-criminals but easy bail terms let them out to steal their next boat. Bahamians and visitors—as well as the police—are tired of asking and the frustration of nothing getting done.” “A big, nationwide effort against boat theft needs to be organized,” summed the association’s director. “Every stakeholder needs to be present at the table, and a definite plan made and close follow-up. The police are overloaded and don’t have anywhere near adequate resources.”The Association of Bahamas Marinas is the united voice serving the Bahamas’ yachting, boating, sport fishing and marina industries. PHOTO 2: Jupiter Boat stolen recovered Bakers Creek (black hull)last_img read more

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Gladbachs boss talks before their next game

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first_imgFor Dieter Hecking the team’s current position is not “a moment” but is part of what they are working for in the BundesligaBorussia Monchengladbach is currently in the second position in the German Bundesliga with 20 points.The team has won six matches, drawing twice and losing two times.“I’m avoiding the use of the phrase “moment” regarding our position in the table,” he told reporters according to the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“If you’re at second place after ten games, then you’re second, and that has nothing to do with a moment.”“Of course things could easily change in four weeks time but we are currently second,” he added.“We shouldn’t take this for granted as the season doesn’t end after ten matches.”“However, I think the team deserves to be in second place. We now have the challenge of continuing to build on our start to the season on matchday eleven,” he explained.last_img read more

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