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- I'm ushered into a hotel room in Manhattan to test out the Vive. The windows are covered with a dark shade and all of the reflective surfaces were covered, too.
- J.B. McRee, HTC's senior manager of product marketing, explains that the final consumer version of the HTC Vive won't require you to turn the lights off or cover all your reflective surfaces; they simply did this to ensure a stable VR experience for all the demos throughout the day.
- I don the Vive headset and McRee throws some headphones over my ears. I'm suddenly standing in a white room with a ring of applications for games and demos floating around me.
- McRee holds two symmetrical controllers, and I can see them in my white environment, just floating in the air. I instinctively grab them, and I can hold them now. The two symmetrical hand controllers are now wireless (they were wired when the Vive was introduced in March). Both controllers have small touch-sensitive pads, and triggers on the back.
- The demo starts, and I'm suddenly standing on an underwater shipwreck on the ocean floor. Fish are swimming around me, and I see the shadow of a manta ray cross the boat. I look up and see a small school of manta rays swim by. I turn around again and see a giant blue whale approach the ship and slow down, just to greet me. We have a small staring contest. I'm pretty sure I win because the whale swims away.
- The next demo begins. Suddenly, I'm in a colorful Italian kitchen. I see a cutting board, a rolling pin, a full stove, and tons of ingredients in front of me: mushrooms, tomatoes, sriracha, and more. In the background, I see instructions to make some kind of tomato stew. So I use the trigger on my hand controllers to grab the ingredients and throw them in the pot. I'm dropping some supplies occasionally, but all in good fun. I need one more mushroom, so I open the fridge and get one. Turning around in that tiny kitchen made me feel like I was actually a chef in a restaurant, not just playing a game.
- Next, I try a painting application. The environment actually looks like our hotel room, but very dark, so as to highlight the activity. A flower appears in front of me and I start using my hand controllers to paint: The right controller is my brush, and the left controller is my palette. I use the "brush" to point to the color I want on the palette, and begin painting. I draw a bunch of squiggly circles, but then I look around my drawing only to realize it's in 3D, not 2D. What looked like a simple 2D ball now actually looks like a spiral strand of DNA. I've never painted in 3D before, so this felt like an entirely novel experience.
- Finally, I'm dropped into a familiar setting: The scientific testing grounds of Aperture Labs, home to Valve's "Portal" series, one of my favorite games. I walk around a small white and beige room, which looks like an office for a scientist or tinkerer. I'm asked to flip switches, open drawers, and fix a broken down robot. At one point, the walls of the room fall away and I'm standing in the center of a giant factory. It was awe-inspiring.
- HTC and Valve are aiming to release the Vive before year's end. That said, it's not certain if only pre-orders will be available by that time, or if the companies intend to ship the first batch of products out to customers before the start of 2016. We will learn more in October at an HTC event, apparently.
- As McRee previously told me, lights and reflective surfaces won't be much of an issue for the final consumer release. HTC and Valve are taking into account that most people's living rooms also have tables and counters, as well as televisions, so they're building in smart ways for Vive users to navigate those spaces safely without bumping into furniture, or even stepping on a cat.
- Vive content (games, demos, and more) will be available through the Valve VR store, but considering many developers for Facebook-owned Oculus Rift will also want to build applications for the HTC Vive, it's likely there will be other ways to download virtual reality content.
- Many brands have reached out to HTC to start building applications for Vive. All the big car companies, including Mercedes, want to use the Vive to create immersive virtual reality experiences for their customers, but plenty of other huge companies, like Nike and Coca-Cola, are also getting involved early.
- HTC and Valve will soon announce the PC requirements for the Vive, but both companies want to offer this experience to as many people as possible. So as HTC and Valve work on lessening the requirements for Vive to work — it's mainly about having a capable graphics processor — Gattis insists Vive will work on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac.
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Paramount has released footage of Tom Cruise hanging out of a plane. The behind-the-scenes footage is from the fifth installment of the $2 billion Mission Impossible series.
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday made a veiled condemnation of comedian Bill Cosby.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Obama said that though he wouldn't weigh in specifically on Cosby because of pending legal matters, he criticized Cosby's admission that he gave a woman who he wanted to have sex with a sedative.
"If you give a woman or a man for that matter without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape," Obama said. "This country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."
Pressure has been building in the last few months for Obama to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President George W. Bush bestowed on Cosby in 2002. Antisexual violence advocacy groups have been circulating a petition to push Obama to remove Cosby from the list of honorees. The medal is the highest civilian honor that an American can achieve.
Obama didn't say whether he was considering revoking the honor, as there's no precedent for rescinding the medal of freedom.
Though he has never been charged with a crime, more than 30 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault.
Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that Cosby admitted under oath to giving Quaaludes, a sedative, to a woman that he wanted to have sex with.
Every August, without exception, a new "Madden" video game arrives. It's been this way for over 20 years.
But it almost wasn't.
"Making football into a franchise coming out every year was something nobody wanted," Electronic Arts co-founder and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers told game website Polygon in a recent interview. At the time – the late 1980s – the concept of making sports games into sequelized franchises was unheard of.
"Everybody thought it was impossible. If you turn back time, there was zero percent of people who were market researchable who thought there should be a second 'John Madden Football,'" Gordon said.
EA was only convinced to annualize "Madden" by a fantasy football game, played on paper cards, named "Strat-O-Matic."
"These guys would stay up all night and open their new [Strat-O-Matic] cards. We looked at each other and said, it’s a new season, there’s new players and new rules. We’d buy it. And so we built it," Gordon explained to Polygon.
That decision flew in the face of market research, which not only told EA that branding the game with John Madden's name wasn't worthwhile, but that making the game into an annual franchise with regular sequels wouldn't work. "All the market research said, no, you can’t sequel sports games. The retailers like Toys 'R Us said, ‘We won’t even buy it from you. All you’re going to do is obsolete our old game.’ They said, ‘What, you’re going to make us return this stuff? It’s selling fine.’”
Of course we all know how that story ended: The annual release of "Madden" is an event both for dedicated game players and more casual folks as well. "Madden," alongside "FIFA," is one of EA's crown jewels, one of its most important franchises, and assuredly EA's most well-known franchise here in the United States.
"Madden 16" – the next game in the franchise – arrives, as usual, this August for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. And yes, there will be another next year.
Lena Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner and production partner Jenni Konner announced Tuesday that they're launching a weekly email newsletter for smart young women called Lenny.
Lenny, which you can sign up for now but will start arriving in inboxes in September, will feature a mix of personal essays and articles about politics, fashion and entertainment, all from a contemporary feminist perspective.
The newsletter will be headed up by former Jezebel and Slate editor Jessica Grose, with additional contributions from associate editor Laia Garcia and editor-at-large Doreen St. Felix.
In addition to staff contributions, Lenny will feature writing from Dunham's celebrity friends and its audience, according to BuzzFeed, which notes that Dunham and Konner are financing the newsletter together to start.
Grose envisions Lenny as "Rookie's big sister," she told BuzzFeed, or "Goop meets Grantland."
“We love Goop,” Dunham told BuzzFeed. “Jenni and I have always been obsessed with Goop. We feel strongly that even if some of it is aspirational, it’s aspirations like ‘I want to know how to take care of my body and souffle something.’”
And like Gwyneth Paltrow's newsletter, Lenny will eventually be both a website and a newsletter, but there won't be a comments section on the website, BuzzFeed says.
Dunham and Konner say on the Lenny sign-up page that in their newsletter, "there's no such thing as too much information."
The Girls star has also been teasing the project on Instagram, captioning a photo last week of Garcia and St. Felix with "working on something secret after hours" and one from yesterday of Konner with a note about "a surprise coming tomorrow."
Following a failed coup attempt on the Indonesian government by the Indonesian Communist Party in 1965, a horrific purge of Communists from the sovereign state was conducted that included the formation of death squads that conducted mass killings of men, women, and children.
Often that included squads killing their neighbors or those they knew. Estimates put the death toll at 1 million.
At the request of victims’ families, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer has been confronting the now elderly death-squad members since 2003. However, since the failed coup, a generation of Indonesians have been taught that the killings were warranted, and the death-squad members have been regarded as heroes.
This led to Oppenheimer making the Oscar-nominated 2012 film “The Act of Killing.” To expose the atrocities committed within a nation where those in power deemed it lawful, Oppenheimer gained the trust of some of the most high-ranking members of the death squads and persuaded them to reenact their killings in the style of Hollywood genres, like a black-and-white film noir or musical number.
“It was like wandering into Germany 40 years after the Holocaust if the Nazis had won,” Oppenheimer told Business Insider of the experience.
The result is powerfully effective. The film’s main character, death squad leader Anwar Congo, though seemingly proud to do the reenactments, even bringing his grandchildren to watch the footage Oppenheimer shot, by the end of the film is riddled with guilt.
In the final scene, while Congo tries to describe to Oppenheimer on camera how he killed one of his victims, he begins to get sick. The film ends with Congo unable to talk and dry-heaving as he walks off camera.
This time, the filmmaker follows Adi, an Indonesian from a small village whose brother was killed by the death squads, as he confronts the members responsible for the killing.
To successfully film these “confrontations,” as Oppenheimer described them to Business Insider, he said the making of “The Act of Killing” was crucial.
"We could not shoot 'The Look of Silence' until I became kind of untouchable by the local authorities by having made 'The Act of Killing,'" Oppenheimer explained.
In the early 2000s, Oppenheimer tried to make a film about Adi’s family and other victims of the killings. But soon he realized that he and the families were in danger, as the authorities were watching them. That led to Oppenheimer’s journey to film the perpetrators instead and gain their trust.
Though “The Act of Killing” had not been released in theaters yet when Oppenheimer began shooting “The Look of Silence,” the ability to go to the killers in Adi’s village and tell them he had just filmed a movie that featured the highest-raking members of the death squads was enough to keep him protected.
“They would not dare to physically attack me,” said Oppenheimer. “It was as if you went to a small town in American and you said you were with the president of vice president, they would hesitate to beat you up or call the police.”
“The Look of Silence” is even more chilling than “The Act of Killing” because of the inclusion of a victim’s family. Adi and his mother and father often see the killers of his brother, Ramli, as they live in the same village. But that doesn’t stop the killers from boasting to Oppenheimer what they did. Even taking him to where they killed Ramli and hundreds more.
Oppenheimer showed Adi the footage he shot of the killers and even filmed him watching it.
Then it was time for Adi to confront the killers. To make it possible for this to happen, Oppenheimer told the killers he was bringing along Adi, who is an optometrist by trade, for his follow-up interviews with them and that in appreciation for cooperating he would test their eyes and give them as many pair of glasses they desired free of charge. But Oppenheimer also told the death squad members that Adi had a personal history with the killings.
This led to incredible exchanges between a calm and calculated Adi and the killers.
Oppenheimer called one particular meeting, between Adi and killer Inong “the most important thing I’ve learned doing these films” as it showed “the human capacity for evil depends entirely on our ability to lie to ourselves.”
Oppenheimer tracked down Inong and learned he was one of Ramli’s killers. Oppenheimer even filmed Inong describe in detail how Ramli was murdered, footage that Adi would later watch.
While getting his eyes tested by Adi, Inong begins to brag about the killings.
"It was almost like the stories were dangling in the air to both impress and frighten Adi,” said Oppenheimer. “He said ‘Everyone in my community is afraid of me,’ and you understand through these stories he’s telling that he wants to keep people afraid. He’s talking with these test lenses on and he kind of looks like a demon.
"When I saw this I moved the camera right on Inong’s face. Twitching as he waited for the response to his awful, unthinkable stories."
However, Inong was caught off guard by Adi’s counter, as he questions the killer’s actions and what right he had to kill innocent people.
In this exclusive clip given to Business Insider, you can see how tense the encounter got:
“All the perpetrators are human and they therefore know the difference between right and wrong,” said Oppenheimer. “So they need an excuse, and cling to it forever after they commit the crime. I think that’s why Inong gets so angry at Adi. He’s trying to protect the lie because without it he’s not sure how he’ll live with himself.”
Oppenheimer said when he wrapped filming this scene Inong was upset with him.
“He said to me, ‘How dare you bring a communist to my house!’” Oppenheimer said. “For tactical reasons I tried to calm things down as best I could so Adi and I didn’t leave and suddenly are pursued by the police.”
Harrison Ford surprised everyone by showing up at a 'Star Wars' panel for the first time since his accident.
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New York (AFP) - Harper Lee's second novel flew out of stores Tuesday in one of the most eagerly anticipated book releases in modern publishing history and half a century after her masterpiece "To Kill a Mockingbird" hit the shelves.
In Lee's hometown of Monroeville in Alabama, where the 89-year-old lives in strict privacy at a nursing home, queues stretched out of bookshop doors to snap up copies of "Go Set a Watchman," and some stores in the United States and London opened at midnight for the occasion.
The Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe in Monroeville, which is selling special editions with embossed title pages, laid on a 12:00 am launch party before reopening their doors to brisk morning trade.
"We have so much going on right now and so many customers, we've got people out the door," said one woman who answered the telephone, too busy to give more details.
Bookshops courting die-hard Lee fans celebrated the big moment by laying on readings, talks and "Mockingbird" film screenings.
Lee's only previous novel is considered a 20th Century classic that defined racial injustice in the Depression-era South of the United States and became standard reading in classrooms across the world.
Published in 1960, "To Kill a Mockingbird" was translated into more than 40 languages and adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck.
The literary world was upended when HarperCollins announced in February that it was publishing a second novel, seemingly discovered from Lee's safe-deposit box in still-unclear circumstances.
Lee wrote the manuscript in the late 1950s, but her then-editor suggested she recast the book from the childhood perspective of Scout, which in turn became "Mockingbird."
Pre-orders turned "Watchman" into an overnight number one bestseller at online retailer Amazon, and publisher HarperCollins has ordered a first print run of two million copies.
But many Lee fans have been hurt, embarrassed and even angered that Scout's adored father Atticus has turned into a bigot, a fall from grace for one of America's most loved literary heroes.
In New York, relatively few took advantage of the special 7:00 am opening time at Barnes and Noble's flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
Mekdad Muthana, a 25-year-old Yemeni student living and working in the United States, said he was passionate about books and originally read "Mockingbird" in high school.
"I would do anything to support writers and great books like this one so I decided to be here early," he said. "It's a part of the history of this country -- racism, segregation."
Mikayla Webber, 20, from Tennessee, said "Mockingbird" is her favorite book and dismissed the poor reviews about its sequel.
"I think that it will still be really good, one of those you have to re-read over and over," she told AFP. "I hope she will release another one, that would be awesome."
Reviews have been charitable at best, scathing at worst.
While some critics emphasize the merit in plotting Lee's development as a writer, others, such as National Public Radio, dismissed it as a "troubling confusion of a novel."
Diane Roberts, an English professor at Florida State University who specializes in Southern culture, told AFP that "Watchman" is nowhere near as polished as "Mockingbird," but still has "wonderful bits."
"Atticus Finch turns out to be a product of his time," she said, adding the latest book reflected Lee's anger toward 1950s bigotry.
"Its responding to what's happening in the civil rights movement. This was terrifying to people in the South, even to good white people in the South, progressive white people," she said.
"I can just feel millions of libraries go, 'oh boy how do we explain this one to the kids'."
Some fans have been left hoping there may also be a third book, as hinted by Lee's lawyer in the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
Rumors have also refused to die that Lee, who suffered a stroke and is hard of hearing, may have been manipulated into releasing the book.
Friends and acquittances insist she is still a woman who knows her own mind.
Mary McDonagh Murphy, a filmmaker whose program about Lee aired recently on PBS, told AFP that they had briefly communicated by writing down notes when they met last month.
"Don't be silly, of course I did," Murphy quoted Lee as saying when asked if she ever thought she would see "Watchman" published.
The hype is real.
I just tried HTC's virtual reality headset Vive, and I'm certain we're on the precipice of a major change in computing. This is going to change the world as we know it. Really.
The HTC Vive was born out of a partnership with Valve, one of the most important gaming companies in the industry: Valve runs the Steam store, which is the biggest distribution platform for online games, and the company is also famous for making several critically-acclaimed games, including the "Half-Life" series. HTC, of course, makes consumer technology products, including the gorgeous HTC One smartphone line.
So when Valve and HTC introduced the Vive at Mobile World Congress in early March, the response wasn't just "good." It was overwhelmingly positive. Just look at these headlines from around the web at the time:
Having just experienced the HTC Vive first-hand, I can tell you that the device truly lives up to its expectations, and then some. And this was just an early version of the headset. The final version launches later this year.
Here's a quick rundown of what I experienced:
Following my demo, I had a chance to sit down with Jeff Gattis, HTC's executive director for marketing and emerging devices. I had tons of questions about my experience, and how HTC and Valve hope to get this product into people's homes. Here's a brief synopsis of what I learned:
The biggest takeaway from my talk with Gattis, however, was that Vive's potential is almost limitless.
Virtual reality experiences, or the ability to transport a person to any place at any time to experience anything you could dream of, have tons of applications in almost every major industry you can think of.
Kids love visuals, and with virtual reality, you can take them on a field trip without ever leaving the classroom. You can also teach them things like animals, biology, and history, just by taking them to those places in virtual settings.
Games are a popular application for virtual reality, but imagine being able to sit courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game without needing to visit the Staples Center. Imagine being able to watch a live concert, in perfect 3D, without needing to stand in a mob of people.
Doctors, researchers, and patients can learn more about the human body, particularly with regards to conditions and treatments, to improve internal practices and patient care. Plus, spending time in virtual reality I imagine is extremely therapeutic; for a period of time, you forget you're in the real world, and that immersion is helpful as a means of distraction.
Shopping online isn't always easy, but trying on virtual clothes, or being able to see and manipulate a product in the virtual world could be a helpful tool for making purchase decisions.
Simulation is an important part of training, and military groups have long used virtual reality for things like flight and vehicle simulation, as well as battlefield training. As these tools improve, our soldiers will be better prepared for what's out there, and they won't need to spend money on using expensive physical tools to do so.
As Microsoft showed off in its HoloLens demo, being able to create and manipulate 3D objects in real-time — and potentially even print out those 3D objects from a nearby printer — could have massive implications for the maker community. With fewer barriers to creation, more people can design and construct systems large and small — it could even help engineers create houses, or new forms of transportation.
Right now, the Vive is more or less a solo experience. But Gattis said HTC is certainly looking into making the virtual reality experience a social one, where you can meet and chat with people in a virtual environment, even if those people are on the other side of the globe. Some companies have even created these kinds of applications: A company called AltspaceVR, for instance, once showed me how multiple people's avatars could interact with each other in real-time, exploring virtual spaces or even just watching YouTube videos together.
Many of these virtual experiences are in development right now, but after my brief 30-minute demo with HTC, I'm convinced of VR's limitless potential. It's immersive, it's functional, it's intuitive, and it's addictive. Taking off the Vive was, dare I say it, sad. My colleague Antonio Villas-Boas tried the Vive after I did, and his reaction upon taking off the headset summed up the experience perfectly: "Well, thanks for ruining reality for me!"
Mark Cuban launched his #SHARKTANKWITHMARK charitable campaign with this hilarious video parodying "Shark Tank" by replacing all of the judges with clones of himself. The video was launched in partnership with Prizeo to help raise money for Austin Street Center, a therapeutic homeless community in Dallas.
Those who contribute to the campaign have the chance to win an exclusive trip to LA to spend with Cuban on the set of Shark Tank.
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This isn't just any year for TV.
Diversity is rising. An Amazon series, "Transparent," is the drama front runner. Several Emmy darlings have ended their runs. And the TV Academy has put its foot down on the comedy vs. drama question.
All of those factors and more are contributing to a heated Emmy race.
Here are six burning questions Emmy voters will tackle in 2015:
1.) How will "Orange Is the New Black" fare in the drama category?
In recent years, the drama category has become the most competitive group for awards. So, many shows that seemed like dramas entered themselves in the easier comedy category. The TV Academy put an end to some of that when it ruled that one-hour shows had to enter the drama category. Petitions were filed for shows that felt they should still be recognized as comedies and "Orange Is the New Black's" was denied. Any one who has watched the series would agree the show should be honored, but will it still get the nomination as part of the tougher drama category?
2.) Will Jon Hamm finally get an Emmy for "Mad Men"?
With the recent end of "Mad Men." the huge critical and fan response to the series finale, and the viral reaction to the show's Coke commercial tie-in, isn't it time for Jon Hamm's excellent portrayal of Don Draper to be honored? Certainly, it's supposed to be an honor to just be nominated, but Jon Hamm's seven Emmy noms and zero wins is bordering on insulting. This may be the TV Academy's last chance to honor Hamm's in the iconic role.
3.) Can broadcast TV break back into the drama category?
The onslaught of cable and now Netflix and Amazon have become insurmountable challenges to broadcast TV's chances of winning an Emmy in the drama category since "24" won in 2006. Plus, not one broadcast series has been nominated in the drama category since "The Good Wife" in 2011. Yes, the category is competitive (see No. 1 above), but certainly this year broadcast may have a chance with "Empire," the most successful drama of the past year, or "The Good Wife" breaking back through. Otherwise, things are looking dire for broadcast dramas.
4.) Has Robin Wright finally earned her Emmy?
The third season of "House of Cards" has arguably been Robin Wright's time to shine as Claire Underwood "Hillary Clinton'd" herself from Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) shadow. Nominated twice already with no wins, this year is the perfect one to give her the gold. That said, history may not be on Wright's side. See No. 5 below.
5.) Will a black woman win the lead drama actress Emmy?
A black woman has never won the lead drama actress category. In 2013, Kerry Washington was the first to even be nominated in 18 years. Diversity is the word in TV right now and patience has truly been waning for this category to go to an African American actress. This year, we have three good chances in Washington, "How to Get Away With Murder's" Viola Davis, and "Empire's" Taraji P. Henson. Voters (and viewers) love a historic moment. Is this the year?
6.) Can Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually lose this year?
The women's comedy competition has been dominated by well-deserving figures like Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"), and "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who has won three years in a row). But, there's some new and returning stars that's certainly complicated the category. There's lots of buzz around "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez (who won the Golden Globe) and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's" Ellie Kemper. Comedy Central's Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer") is the talk of the town and may surprise us all.
But, don't count out some of the older guard out either; Lisa Kudrow ("The Comeback"), Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin ("Grace and Frankie") are also strong contenders. Plus, Emmy voters love celebrating its entertainment icons. This could be the category to watch this year.
Ever since the first trailer for "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" premiered, the one thing people can't stop talking about is that insane airplane stunt that Tom Cruise pulls off.
That stunt was not aided with CGI; Cruise was really hanging off the side of a plane.
A new behind-the-scenes video gives a closer look at how exactly they pulled this wild stunt off. He even had to pull the stunt off eight times in order to get it just right.
It took a lot of preparation, including putting something in Cruise's eyes. A Paramount spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider Cruise had to wear special contact lenses so he could keep his eyes open despite the wind pressure.
Here's Cruise getting strapped in and closed off:
Cruise said he "couldn't sleep the night before," but he doesn't look too scared.
The only thing keeping him attached to the plane was a rope and harness.
The stakes were high.
"If something went wrong, I can't get into the airplane until we land." Cruise said.
Here he is just as the plane is about to take off:
And here he is, dangling in the air with very little support:
"I'm feeling the force of the wind hit me and I'm actually scared s***less." Cruise said.
"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" opens in theaters on July 31.
You can watch the full behind-the-scenes video below:
Donald Trump claims he made over $213 million from NBC's "The Apprentice."
The figure was just one of the many disclosed when the real estate mogul filed his personal financial disclosure on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission — a mandatory disclosure for those running for the U.S. presidential office.
Here is what he disclosed about what he made as host and executive producer of "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice":
NBC/Universal renewed, at the upfronts this year, The Apprentice (for a 15th season), but Mr. Trump decided to turn them down in order to run for President of the United States. NBC was not happy. During the 14 seasons of The Apprentice, Mr. Trump was paid $213,606,575.
That would mean Trump made about $15,257,613 per season on the reality competition show.
An NBC representative told BI that no one was available to verify Trump's claim.
NBC and Trump's relationship has soured since he announced his presidential run in mid-June. As a result of controversial statements Trump made regarding Mexican immigration, NBC severed professional ties with him in late-June. It refused to air Sunday's Miss USA Pageant, which is partially owned by Trump and ended up being watched on Reelz by just 1.2 million viewers versus last year's 5.6 million at NBC.
Additionally, NBC said it will be moving forward with "Apprentice" without Trump.
According to Trump's financial disclosure, his net worth is more than $10 billion. At this time, Forbes lists Trump's net worth as $4.1 billion.
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One of the best moments of this year's San Diego Comic-Con didn't involve Hall H, Hollywood movies, or costumed superhumans, but an aging Congressman who marched alongside countless others during America's struggle for Civil Rights in the '60s — even in the face of brutal beatings and countless arrests.
Congressman John Lewis is the last living member of the "Big Six" of the Civil Rights movement's March on Washington — a group that included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in its members.
54 years ago today, I was beaten along w/ several Freedom Riders as we attempted to enter the Montgomery bus station. pic.twitter.com/M9voYdkBYV— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 20, 2015
The reason? His gripping, award-winning graphic novel trilogy "March," an autobiographical account of Lewis' life and how he became involved in the Civil Rights movement. Co-written by Lewis' assistant, Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell, two volumes have been released so far — and they bear the distinction of being the first comic book ever written by a sitting Congressman. Lewis — who cites a comic book about Dr. Martin Luther King as a big reason he became an activist — has been heavily involved in his book's promotion over the last two years because he doesn't see it merely as history, but a guide meant to inspire a new generation towards inciting real social change through nonviolent resistance. Hence, Comic-Con.
He even cosplayed as himself.
I had the opportunity to recreate what I wore on March 7, 1965 and march with some amazing young people. pic.twitter.com/0zjGj4jv86— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) July 12, 2015
“Game of Thrones” Season 6 will be filmed at new locations this year in Spain. One of the locations could be the place where a flashback scene may be filmed, and it's expected to confirm the fan theory R+L=J.
The identity of Jon Snow’s mother has always been a subject of debate among fans. Although Ned Stark (Sean Bean) has spoken about Jon’s mother, fans came out with a theory about the character based on Ned’s personality and what some of the other characters have said about the issue. The theory R+L =J states that Jon is the love child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.
Jon is said to have been born in the Tower of Joy, where Rhaegar kept Lyanna after supposedly kidnapping her. According to a report by WatchersOnTheWall, the new filming location of Castillo de Zafra looks very similar to the Tower of Joy.
Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush also believes the new location will be used as the Tower of Joy for a scene in “Game of Thrones” Season 6. The characters Rhaegar and Lyanna have not been seen in any episodes that have aired so far, but have been repeatedly mentioned right from the first episode of the TV series.
The flashback scene that may be featured in the next season could be the birth of Jon Snow, during which Lyanna is said to have died. According to the books by George R.R. Martin, Lyanna had made her brother Ned promise something before her death, and the fans believe it to be the secret of Jon’s parentage.
Hayes points to a recent casting call for the role of a “legendary fighter,” who is known for being a “paragon of knighthood,” and speculates this to be Ser Arthur Dayne. In the books, Dayne was one of those guarding Lyanna at the Tower of Joy. Hayes also predicts that the inclusion of the flashback scene in “Game of Thrones” Season 6 will mean the return of Jon Snow eventually.
Caitlyn Jenner made her red carpet debut Wednesday at the ESPY Awards, where she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
After being presented the award by Abby Wambach, Jenner gave a lengthy speech, explaining "This transition has been harder on me than anything I could have imaged."
"Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect," she continued. "From that respect, comes a more compassionate community and more empathetic society and a better world for all of us... My plea to you is to make this your issue as well... we have come a long way but we have a lot of work to do."
"If there’s one thing I do know, it's the power of the spotlight," added Jenner. "Sometimes it gets overwhelming. But with attention comes responsibility, as a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say and what you do is absorbed by millions of people, especially young people. I know I’m clear with my responsibility going forward."
Jenner also personally thanked "my buddy Diane Sawyer," saying, "I am so proud to have you as a friend."
She continued: "I'd like to thank my family. My biggest fear of coming out is I didnt want to hurt anyone else, most of all my family and my kids. I am so grateful to have all of you in my life. And certainly but last but not least, my mother."
All of Jenner's children (minus Rob Kardashian) came out to show their support: Khloé, Kim, Kourtney, Burt, Brandon, Cassandra, and even Kaitlynn, Valerie and Michael. They all posted to social media:
The filing was a surprise to 50 Cent fans as The New York Times just described him as a man of "exceptional business instincts" and Forbes pegged his net worth at $155 million in May, thanks largely in part to a massive deal with Vitamin Water in 2007.
While the rapper's lawyer said"The filing allows Mr. Jackson to reorganize his financial affairs," many others believed it could be a protective move after 50 Cent was ordered on Friday to pay Lastonia Leviston $5 million as a result of a sex tape that he posted in 2009 allegedly as part of an attempt to stir the pot with rival rapper Rick Ross.
On Wednesday night, 50 Cent appeared on TBS' "Conan" to promote his new movie "Southpaw" and addressed this week's big news about his finances.
"Yeah, I need protection," 50 Cent explained to Conan. "You get a bullseye painted on your back when you’re successful, and it’s public, you become the ideal person for lawsuits."
Conan then noted that 50 Cent looked to be doing pretty well, and referenced the rapper's Instagram post joking about the bankruptcy, captioning the below, "Times are hard out here LMAO."
Watch the interview clip below:
Sydney (AFP) - Australia's "war on terrier" with Johnny Depp has taken another turn, with authorities saying Thursday the Hollywood star's wife faces charges over bringing their two dogs into the country.
The Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for biosecurity, said actress-model Amber Heard was served with a summons to answer charges on Tuesday for allegedly breaching quarantine laws.
"(This) action follows an incident where a biosecurity officer attended a Gold Coast property... and found two dogs alleged to be illegally imported," a department spokeswoman said.
Reports said the case was due to be heard in September in a Queensland state court, though it is not known whether Heard will appear in person.
Penalties for contravening the Quarantine Act range from fines to a maximum of 10 years in prison for the worst cases.
Terriers Pistol and Boo created a media storm earlier this year when they were discovered in Queensland, where Depp is filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", seemingly having bypassed the usual conditions for animals brought into Australia.
Dogs are subject to strict controls for biosecurity reasons, with a permit mandatory and a minimum 10-day stay in a quarantine facility on arrival required.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the animals put down unless they were removed, warning in May that: "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."
After the summons against Heard was issued, Joyce said that he was unable to comment on matters before a court hearing but the law was the same for everybody.
"You come into our nation, you have to abide (by) biosecurity protocols," he told reporters in Perth on Thursday.
Joyce said a rabies outbreak, a major fear from dog importation, would have widespread ramifications.
"It's not just the people on the streets that would be affected, if that got out into the general wild dog population in Australia, which is massive, it would have devastating effects," he said.
"It's also a pathogen that could make its way into the bat population, and how many towns do you know that have a bat colony smack bang, unfortunately, in the middle of town? We've got enough problems with them, let along if they became rabid."
Pistol and Boo returned to the United States in the days after their discovery in late May.
New York (AFP) - Famed toy emporium FAO Schwarz, a household name for its aisles crammed with games and pricey playthings, shuttered its doors, a casualty of New York's skyrocketing real estate prices.
Thousands of nostalgic New Yorkers and tourists hurried to make a final purchase at the Fifth Avenue store immortalized in films such as 1988's "Big," when Tom Hanks famously played a piano on its floor with his feet.
FAO Schwarz's owner Toys "R" Us announced in May that it would close the more than 100-year-old store due to "continuing rising cost of operating a retail location on Fifth Avenue in New York City."
But it maintains that the closure is not necessarily permanent -- FAO Schwarz could open at an unspecified date elsewhere in Manhattan, the company said.
Outside the store, families rushed to pose with its famous soldiers, dressed in red and black, who stand sentry at its doors.
"It is really sad," said Marcela Ramos, 34, who lives in the city and came with friends to mark the store's last day.
"Even though they are going to try to move to somewhere else, this will never be the same. This is it. This it the FAO Schwarz that everybody knows, it is close to Central Park, it is beautiful during Christmas," she said.
Much of the store's 43,000 square feet (4,000 square meters) of merchandise was on sale, with some aisles nearly empty.
Ramos said she had already purchased a mouse pad and magnet, but was still searching for a plush, stuffed animal to make her experience complete.
In addition to classics toys such as teddy bears, FAO Schwarz's stuffed animal aisle is renowned for variety: camels, elephants, lions, horses and spectacular giraffes.
Meanwhile, a nearby cashier tried to comfort despondent shoppers.
"We are not going out of business. We have opened and closed before," she said, but admitted that she does not know what will happen next -- neither where or when the store will reopen.
Near the entrance, a large, well-placed sign told passersby the same message -- that FAO Schwarz has moved several times since it first opened in Manhattan in 1870.
It reminded shoppers that it looked forward to welcoming them in the future at a new address.
German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz opened the first FAO Schwarz on Broadway under the name "Schwarz Brothers Importers."
A second store followed six years later, and the two eventually merged under the FAO Schwarz name at a location on New York's Union Square.
The Fifth Avenue store opened in its current location in 1986.
FAO Schwarz claims to be the oldest toy store in the United States. It was bought by Toys "R" Us in 2009.
If you didn't go to San Diego Comic-Con, you might've missed why "Deadpool" — 20th Century Fox's upcoming "X-Men" spinoff starring Ryan Reynolds — is such a big deal. While it'll be a few more weeks before footage is shown to people outside of the convention's crowded auditoriums, Fox just released a few new photos giving our best look at one of Marvel's weirdest heroes — along with some of the equally strange people he'll meet.
But first, a shot of Deadpool performing a variation on The People's Elbow.
Meet Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Played by Brianna Hildebrand, Ellie Phimister, aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead, is a pretty obscure character in X-Men comics who only appears briefly before dying in an attack on mutants. As such, she's pretty much a blank slate— although, given the uniform, she's definitely an X-Man and likely trying to hunt Deadpool down.
Fun fact: Co-creator Grant Morrison named her after this 1995 Monster Magnet song:
And Ajax, who will probably be on the hunt for Deadpool.
Otherwise known as simply Francis, the Ajax is an enforcer for the man responsible for creating Deadpool. Since Deadpool wants revenge on the guy who made him what he is, chances are they'll fight a bunch. Francis/Ajax will be played by Ed Skrein.
Here's a shot of Deadpool, just chillin'.
Look closely at his stereo and it's labeled Wade.
Here's a shot of him before his transformation, as Wade Wilson with love interest Vanessa.
Vanessa Carlysle (played by Morena Baccarin) is a huge part of the Deadpool comics as the mutant Copycat. We don't know much about the movie version of the character, other than that she's already involved with Wade before his transformation.
And one final mutant, Gina Carano's Angel Dust.
A mutant with the ability to trigger adrenaline rushes on demand, we don't really know what role Angel Dust plays in the grand scheme of things, except that she doesn't seem to like Wade's best friend Weasel (played by T.J. Miller).
"Deadpool" is scheduled to premiere in theaters on February 12, 2016.