Italian forest rangers on the hunt of ‘escape genius’ bear

Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an escape genius after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods. Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena. An order for its capture was issued by the president of Trentino, Maurizio Fugatti, more than a month ago after deeming the animal to be a risk to humans after it was seen close to …

Sarah Jessica Parker reports ‘countless’ cases of on-set harassment

Sex and the City star comments on NPR about impact of #MeToo and reveals harassment by a big movie star Sarah Jessica Parker has spoken about countless incidents of men behaving inappropriately on film and TV productions, including one with a big movie star that was only resolved after her agent threatened she would walk off the set. on the NPR Original Article : HERE ;

Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring’

Allen says at Spanish press conference to launch production on his new film, starring Christoph Waltz, that hell probably die on set Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. I never think of retiring. Its not just something that has occurred to me,his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro. It stars Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya, and is informally known as Rifkins Festival though is still officially called Woody Allen Summer Project 2019. Allen said: My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on …

Ross Perot: billionaire who ran for president dies aged 89

Perot, who founded the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems, challenged George HW Bush and Bill Clinton as an independent in 1992 Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire who lived a picaresque life and twice ran for president as an independent, has died. He was 89. Among Republicans, historians and followers of US politics the world over, debate will forever rage about whether Perot cost George HW Bush the presidency in 1992, when he took 19% of the vote and Bill Clinton won the White House. On Tuesday, one commentator chose to call him a wiry Texas gadfly. The Dallas News seeking the nomination of the Reform close control of EDS employees appearance and behaviour. Beards and moustaches were banned …

Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film

Canadas largest cinema chain criticized for screening Unplanned, which is said to promote falsehoods about reproductive health Abortion rights defenders in Canada have accused the countrys largest cinema chain of hiding behind freedom of expression laws in order to screen made a decision based on money, not freedom of speech by choosing to screen Unplanned. ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur said: The movie theatres who are agreeing to show this film under the guise of free speech are publicly legitimizing anti-choice views. She told the Guardian: Why does much of civil society seem to think its still OK to allow public challenges of womens rights in the name of free speech? That would never be tolerated if it, for example, …

Toy Story 2 casting couch ‘blooper’ deleted by Disney after #MeToo movement

Now removed scene features Stinky Pete behaving in an inappropriate way with Barbie dolls A fake blooper scene from Toy Story 2 featuring a casting couch scenario has been quietly deleted by Disney from the latest home releases of the animated film. A running gag in Pixars films are the faux outtakes that play alongside the closing credits, depicting the animated characters making mistakes, pulling pranks on each other, fudging their lines or speaking directly to camera as if they were real actors. The outtakes regularly make fun of Hollywood and the film industry more broadly. The now deleted scene from the 1999 film featured the character Stinky Pete the Prospector, a small, rotund, bearded toy, caught chatting salaciously to …

Keanu Reeves supports Rome cinema collective attacked by far right

Actors and directors, from Richard Gere to Spike Lee, condemn violence that targeted Cinema America Hollywood names including Willem Dafoe and issued a message of support on its Facebook page after four people were attacked following a showing of the First Reformed. The message reads in Italian: It is unacceptable that there is still someone that thinks they can impose their view through the use of violence We cant accept a wound of this kind, inflicted not only to the world of art and cinema but to the whole world. The letter was also signed by the directors Spike Lee, Reports in the Italian media suggest that at least one of the men accused of perpetrating the attack on 16 …

Montpellier melts under a 45C high as Europe hit by record heatwave

The south of France is like August in Death Valley, officials say, but lessons have been learnt from the deadly summer of 2003 Where shall we put it? asked Luc Gomel, the director of Montpellier zoo. Right on the front gate, to make sure the joggers see it, came the reply from the reception desk. They always complain if bits of the park are shut. Gomel, sweat patches already blotting his armpits in the early morning heat, pinned the red notice to the gatepost. It warned that, because Montpellier was both on red alert for a heatwave and rated as a severe wildfire risk, special measures had been put in place at the zoo. The city, in the Hrault region …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Meet generation Greta: young climate activists around the world

Theyre too young to vote, but schoolchildren across the globe are taking matters into their own hands In May, for the second time this year, more than 1.5 million young people in more than 125 countries walked out of schools, colleges and universities in we have only 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Still, most governments are not doing enough to stay within these limits as set out by the Climate Outreach, explains: Climate change is the most politically divisive issue in America, more so than gun control and abortion. But young people have the social freedom to say it like it is. a climate denier heading our government that is two steps backwards from …

Two whales flown from Shanghai aquarium to sanctuary in Iceland

Female 12-year-old beluga whales Little Grey and Little White arrive at Klettsvik Bay Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium have arrived in Iceland to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity. Little Grey and Little White, two 12-year-old female belugas, left behind their previous lives entertaining visitors at the Changfeng Ocean World and were flown across the globe in specially tailored containers. Little White and Little Grey perform during a show at Ocean World, Shanghai. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA The whales, which each weigh about 900kg and are four metres long, will continue their epic journey by truck and ferry to the …

Schoolgirls for sale: why Tokyo struggles to stop the ‘JK business’

The persistent practice of paying underage girls for sex-related services, known in Japan as the JK business, has seen charities step in where police have come up short On a humid Wednesday night the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyos most famous red light district, hum with people. Some are tourists, here to gawp and take selfies, but others are customers. Adverts for clubs flash and sing and girls dressed as maids hold signs offering deals for local bars. In a grubby shopfront a perky cartoon featuring a cute Mr Men-style creature offers part-time work. The ad, which has an alarmingly catchy jingle, doesnt specify what the work is, but it doesnt need to: the answer is all around us on the …

Romanian immigrant elected German mayor after anti-AfD alliance

Actors and directors called on Grlitz voters to not succumb to far-right partys hate and enmity A 51-year-old immigrant has been elected mayor of a town in eastern Germany after beating a candidate from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in a campaign that drew international attention. Octavian Ursu, a classical musician who came to Germany from Romania in 1990s, stood for Chancellor Angela Merkels centre-right Christian Democratic Union party, receiving 55.1% of the vote in Sundays election in Goerlitz. Preliminary returns showed his AfD opponent, Sebastian Wippel, an ex-policeman received 44.9%. Actors, directors and others who made films on location in Goerlitz had called on residents to vote against Wippel. The petition urged voters not to succumb to …

Dioramas of death: cleaner recreates rooms where people died alone

Miyu Kojima creates scenes based on rooms she has cleaned after solitary deaths It was at a trade show for the funeral industry that Miyu Kojima had what might seem at first like a macabre idea. Kojima, 27, works for To-Do Company, a cleaning firm that specialises in the apartments of the recently deceased. Many of their jobs involve kodokushi (solitary deaths), where people die alone and are not found for days, a phenomenon that has recently gripped the Japanese imagination. The company was advertising its services at the trade show by displaying photos of the rooms theyd cleaned. But the photos are gruesome to look at, Kojima said. I felt they lacked respect for the deceased and for their …

Dancing at sunrise: life in Mexico’s land of the artists a cartoon

In Aguascalientes, creativity bubbles up like hot water from its springs, says Ernesto Sin Ernesto Sin is a Mexican comic book artist and illustrator who also works in film and videogames. His work can be found on website If youre an illustrator or graphic artist with an idea for cities@theguardian.com Follow Guardian Cities on Facebook and our best stories or sign up for our Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …