SNL spoofs Jordan Peeles movie Us with Discover Card parody ad

first_imgThose who haven’t seen Jordan Peele’s movie Us yet might want to steer away from a certain sketch that aired Saturday on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. There may be some spoilers in the spoof. Tags 2019 movies to geek out over The skit ends by flashing a Discover Card logo that blends with the movie’s symbol and the words “Discover: From the mind of Jordan Peele.”Us scared up a box office win in its debut weekend at the box office last week, but looks to be coming in second this week to Tum Burton’s remake of Dumbo. 77 Photos 77 Photos 0 In the skit, a parody of a Discover Card ad, cast member Ego Nwodim calls up the credit card company for some help with unauthorized characters. And let’s just say the person who answers the phone is unusually similar to Nwodim. Rabbits and scissors are also involved. And Kenan Thompson has a go at talking to his Discover card doppelganger.center_img Share your voice null Avengers: Endgame proves we should bring back the intermission Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Captain Marvel zooms past $900 million, but Us scares up box office crown 2019 movies to geek out over More on movies TV and Movieslast_img read more

Sylhet BCL unit dissolved

first_imgBCLSylhet district unit committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has been dissolved over the killing its activist Omar Miad, reports UNB.BCL central executive committee took the decision on Wednesday night, said a media release signed by its president Saifur Rahman Shoag and general secretary SM Jakir Hossain.Earlier on Monday, Miad, 22, was stabbed to death in a factional clash near Tilagarh area of the city.Miad’s father filed a case with Shahporan police station on Wednesday night accusing 15 leaders and activist of district unit BCL, including its general secretary Rayhan Chowdhury, activist Tofayel Ahmed, and his brother Fakhrul Islam.Meanwhile, police arrested Tofayel Ahmed and Fakhrul Islam.The BCL central executive committee also asked the post aspirants to submit their Curriculum Vitae to the responsible central leaders within 25 October for forming a new committee.last_img read more

UK angered Russia blaming Putin for poisoning spy

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May visits the city where former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent, in Salisbury, Britain on 15 March 2018. ReutersBritain provoked Russia’s wrath on Friday by directly implicating Vladimir Putin in the poisoning attack on an ex-double agent, with the Kremlin saying the claims were “shocking and unforgivable”.The war of words between Moscow and London over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy escalated as Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his government’s “quarrel” was with Putin rather than the Russian people.“We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War,” Johnson said in London.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded saying Johnson’s claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol.Linking Putin to the attack on Sergei Skripal, who moved to Britain in a 2010 spy swap, “is nothing but shocking and unforgivable behaviour from the point of view of diplomacy”, Peskov told Russian news agencies.The crisis has unravelled in the thick of Russia’s presidential campaign, with Putin expected to win a fourth Kremlin term on Sunday.In a rare joint statement, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and the United States on Thursday condemned the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia-both in a critical but stable condition in hospital-as an “assault on UK sovereignty”.They said there “no plausible alternative explanation” for the use of the Soviet-designed nerve agent other than Russian responsibility.Police officer Nick Bailey, who initially attended to the Skripals, was also in hospital in a critical state, though conscious, but his health has improved and he is now in a stable condition, England’s health service said Friday.Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, told Channel 4 television that Britain’s response to the attack was a “gross provocation”.He branded the British investigation “untransparent and secret”, adding that there was “no proof” that Skripal was gravely ill.Moscow opens probes -The Kremlin has vehemently denied it had a hand in the poisoning of its former spy in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.London’s key allies have closed ranks against Putin after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contacts, among other measures.On Friday, Russia said it could hit back at Britain at “any minute” with its own raft of punitive measures.The Kremlin has indicated it would expel British diplomats in a riposte to London’s move as well as adopt other measures that would “most suit Moscow’s interests”.“All the steps will be well thought out,” Peskov said.Meanwhile the Investigative Committee, which reports to Putin, opened a probe into the “attempted premeditated murder” of Skripal’s daughter, a Russian national, which it said had been “carried out in a way that was dangerous to the public”.At the same time a separate probe was opened into the mysterious death of Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian exile who was found dead at his London home this week.London’s Metropolitan Police later announced their own murder investigation, saying Glushkov had suffered compression of the neck.Scepticism in Russia -Putin has barely weighed in on the row, telling a BBC reporter this week: “Sort things out from your side and then we will discuss this with you.”Russia insists it had no motive to target Skripal with what Britain says was a highly potent Soviet-designed nerve agent called Novichok, in the first such attack in Europe since World War II.Skripal had taken his daughter, who was on a visit from Moscow, out for lunch before they both collapsed on a bench.Many Russians remain sceptical that the state was responsible and some analysts have not ruled out the involvement of ordinary criminals or rogue agents.The incident revived memories of the fate of Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident who died of Polonium radiation poisoning in a 2006 attack in Britain that London blamed on Moscow.EU president Donald Tusk said Friday that the bloc would discuss the attack at a Brussels summit next week, adding it would send a “clear message”.‘We don’t want Cold War’ -Vil Mirzayanov, a Soviet-era chemist who helped create Novichok but later revealed the existence of Moscow’s classified programme, said terrorists could not produce it.“To create its components one needs powerful labs and very experienced personnel which only exist in several countries,” the now US-based whistleblower told opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta.Britain on Friday said that it had invited the chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to take a sample of the poison for analysis, under Article 8 of the Chemical Weapons Convention.May warned more measures could follow against Russia, noting that the US-led NATO alliance and the UN Security Council had discussed the attack.NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing support for Britain’s stance.“We don’t want a new Cold War,” he told BBC radio.last_img

Cardinals Sweep Northwestern on Senior Day

first_img Arthur Albiero Interview Photo Gallery Story Links UofL vs Northwestern Results LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 16/8 ranked University of Louisville women and men’s swimming and diving team swept the visiting Wildcats of No. NR/23 ranked Northwestern on Senior Day Friday afternoon at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.  The Louisville women won 166-134 and the men rolled 200-100.”Senior Day is always bitter sweet to go through that emotion and then try to get up and swim fast, so it’s a little bit of a mixed bag,” said UofL head coach Arthur Albiero. “It’s a packed house to honor this group, and I think for us to get back to racing is the most important thing. It’s the second meet this semester and you could tell there’s still a few things we need to work on. We’re making progress in a lot of ways, but we have a long way to go. That’s the good news, we’ve got work to do.”The Cards were buoyed by winning all four relays and highlights included multiple event wins from Evgenii Somov (100-, 200-breast, 200 MR), Mariia Astashkina (100-, 200 breast 200 MR), Marcelo Acosta (1650, 500-free), and diver Daniel Pinto, who swept the 1M and 3M boards.Alina Kendzior (25.49), Mariia Astashkina (27.91), Mallory Comerford (23.63) and Arina Openysheva (22.77) opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:39.80. For the men, Mitchell Whyte (23.68), Evgenii Somov (23.49), Bartosz Piszczorowicz (21.63) and Andrej Barna (19.20) made it a relay sweep for the Cardinals in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.00.In the grueling 1650 freestyle, Sophie Cattermole won with an NCAA B cut time of 16:17.50.  For the men, senior Marcelo Acosta took top honors in the 1650 free with a season best time and NCAA B cut time of 15:01.61. Graham Barrett (15:16.25), T.C. Smith (15:23.11) and Hayden Curley (15:23.17) also earned NCAA B cut times in the 1650 free.Mallory Comerford picked up a victory for the Cardinals with a time of 1:48.77 in the 200 free. Diana Dunn finished second with a 1:49.99. For the men, Colton Paulson wins the 200 free with a 1:37.56, followed closely by Cardinal newcomer Bartosz Piszczorowicz with a 1:38.84.Alina Kendzior was second in the 100 back with a time of 54.18. Mitchell Whyte notched a win in the 100 back by a full second with a 49.0.The Louisville men got a win from Evgenii Somov in the 100 breast with a time of 55.0. Mariia Astashkina touched second in the 100 breast with a 1:03.01.Grace Oglesby and Alena Kraus posted another 1-2 finish for the Cards with times of 2:00.27 and 2:02.02 in the 200 fly. Jarrett Jones won the 200 fly with a 1:49.11. Daniel Sos was just behind in second with a 1:49.61.Avery Braunecker touched first in the 50 free with a 23.38. Casey Fanz was third in a time of 23.49. Senior Matyi Kovacs picked up a win in the 50 free with a time of 20.62.Michaela Sliney (290.55) and Brianna Price (270.98) finish 1-2 on the 1-meter, both NCAA Zone cuts. Daniel Pinto earned the top spot on the 3-meter with an NCAA Zone cut score of 342.38.Andrej Barna cruised in the 100 free when he won by more than a full second with a 44.06.Alina Kendzior touched second in the 200 back with a 1:57.98. Mitchell Whyte was into the wall second in the 200 back with a 1:48.45.Mariia Astashkina out-touched Northwestern in the 200 breast with a time of 2:14.89.  It was another 1-2 finish for the Cards. Evgenii Somov picked up the victory in the 200 breast with a 2:02.83, Michael Hampel was second with a 2:07.39.Arina Openysheva added another win for the Cardinals when she finished first in the 500 free with a 4:58.74, followed by teammate Alena Kraus, who was second with a 5:00.49. Marcelo Acosta picked up his second win of the day in the 500 free with a 4:30.08.Mallory Comerford took second in the 100 fly with a 55.67, followed by Nastja Govejsek in third with a 55.93.  Nick Albiero stopped the clock in time of 48.14 to win the 100 fly, followed by Nikkos Sofianidis in second with a 49.89Newcomer Maria Sumida took second in the 400 IM for the Cardinals with a time of 4:27.58 before Jarrett Jones won the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.58.Daniel Pinto made it a sweep on the boards with a win on the 1-meter in a score of 333.60.  Anika Holland placed second on the 3-meter with a season best score of 294.08.Braunecker (51.61), Openysheva (50.03), Kraus (51.95) and  Schultz (51.01) bring home a win in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:24.6. The team of Albiero (45.22) , Barna (43.16), Colton Paulson  (45.06) with an anchor from Sofianidis of 44.88. to close out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay in a time of 2:58.32. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Universal Games Launches Episodic Game App With Saved by the Bell Law

first_imgNBCUniversal sees a potential $200 million-plus jackpot in adapting some of its old TV and movie franchises into an interactive storytelling game.The company’s Universal Games and Digital Platforms group on Thursday is launching a new, free-to-play mobile game, “Series: Your Story Universe” that lets players pick an avatar and play through different episodes of original stories in which they make choices that affect the narrative.It’s your chance to star in brand-new stories alongside the ’90s high-schoolers from “Saved by the Bell,” and a range of other characters from NBCUniversal’s TV and film catalog, including reality TV personality Lisa Vanderpump, the NYPD’s Olivia Benson and Fin Tutuola from “Law & Order: SVU,” and Xena, the famed warrior princess.Out of the gate, “Series” will include episodic series based on seven NBCU properties: “Vanderpump Rules,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Law & Order,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” The iOS and Android app also will include original stories, starting with rags-to-riches tale “Legacy & Love.” According to Heatherly, Universal Games decided to get into the storytelling game after seeing the success of other apps, including Episode Interactive’s “Episode” and Pixelberry Studios’ “Choices: Stories You Play,” both of which have generated over $200 million in revenue to date, according to research firm Sensor Tower. “Episode” has been downloaded by 139 million users, who have spent approximately $256 million so far in the game. “Choices” has approximately 63.5 million installs globally and has raked in around $231 million since launch, Sensor Tower estimates.“We looked at the portfolio of IP [intellectual property] we have at NBCUniversal, and we thought it made sense for us to build an app and to bring a lot of that together in one place,” Heatherly said.Heatherly also saw the results of NBCU’s deal to license “Pitch Perfect” for an Episodes series two years ago. “It’s reaching a demographic that isn’t what you would think of as your traditional gamer,” he said, noting that an estimated 60% of mobile game players are women.The “Series” app, which launched in a beta-test last fall, is free to download and play. Like other titles, users can opt to make in-game purchases (of “gems”) that can be used to accelerate a player’s pace through a story or buy bonus content. Individual purchases in the app may be 50 cents to $1 each, according to Heatherly.The app was developed by Endless Entertainment, an interactive storytelling company with offices in New York City and Oakland, Calif., which provides a platform that lets artists and writers iterate the branching narratives quickly. “That’s part of the magic trick of being able to deliver this content at high volume,” Heatherly said.“We’ve really had to put together, in a sense, a content factory to do this thing,” he added. “It’s almost like running a television network.”In selecting the initial lineup for “Series,” Heatherly and his team gravitated toward titles that skewed toward young audiences and had sizable online communities following them. The stories can’t be too character driven, he said, “because then there’s no place for you entering that world. But they’re not just one-note characters. Your choices are actually going to matter.” Universal Games provides more info on “Series” at seriesthegame.com. The “Series: Your Story Universe” app will be updated with new episodes each week, with additional shows also in the pipeline. The stories are adaptations, rather than retellings of the originals, said Chris Heatherly, EVP, Universal Games and Digital Platforms: “We tried very hard to not make you sit through the movie or show you’ve already seen.”The new game is the biggest initiative NBCU’s games group has ever undertaken. The Universal Games team’s big launch last year was “Jurassic World Alive,” an augmented-reality game tie-in with the movie. “That alone required a ton of work but, this is that times seven franchises,” he said.To promote the global launch of the game, Universal Games has enlisted talent from the shows tout the “Series” app in video spots. Mario Lopez, who starred as A.C. Slater in “Saved by the Bell,” invites fans to play the game while wearing his Bayside High letterman jacket, while Lisa Vanderpump, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval from Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” must make a critical decision to “whine or wine.” The promo videos will run online, and Bravo will feature the “Vanderpump” spot on-air.Lopez, who currently hosts syndicated entertainment show “Extra,” said he continues to be surprised that the ongoing fandom for “Saved by the Bell.” “It was a Saturday morning show for young kids,” Lopez told Variety. “It still kind of trips me out as to why it continues to resonate with people,” he said.The “Series” app take on “Saved by the Bell” is pretty true to the show, Lopez said, but “at the same time, there’s a little bit of tongue-in-cheek liberty taken with the characters.” He’s planning to talk about the game on his syndicated radio show and is likely to mention it on “Extra.”“It’s a very clever way for people who have an affinity for these shows get immersed in the world,” said Lopez. ‘Schooled’ Boss Breaks Down ‘Rent’ Episode and Plans to Tackle ‘Saved by the Bell’ Stay Longer, Save More at The Plaza New York Experience more and up to 25% off when you extend your stay at The Plaza and savor all that New York City has to offer. Ad by The Plaza NY See More AdChoicescenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Settle Into the Suburbs Popular on Variety Relatedlast_img read more

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