The volcano lies just 40 kilometres west of Reykjavik
The volcano lies just 40 kilometres west of Reykjavik
The first death in the “Mortal Kombat” reboot occurs less than three minutes in, which is actually pretty coy. This is a movie, after all, based on a video game where the point is bloody violence. It may come as no surprise that “Mortal Kombat” swaggers when it comes to hand-to-hand combat: The effects are impressive, from the flips and slashes to the sound of blood gushing and the clunk of metal through bone.
Good news for Hawks fans after Trae Young's scary ankle injury at Madison Square Garden.
British consumer sentiment rose to its highest since the start of the COVID pandemic this month as the economy reopened partially, a closely watched survey showed on Friday, but the increase was smaller than economists had expected. The GfK Consumer Confidence Index increased to -15 in April from -16 in March, its highest since a survey conducted in early March last year, before the country went into lockdown. "The pandemic has hit household finances hard and, on the road ahead, we will still see concerns over new variants, rising inflation and the debt overhang," Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said.
London's Royal Albert Hall, the O2 concert space and dozens of venues and events organisations backed a COVID-19 certification scheme to help reopen the economy ahead of the results of a government consultation. Britain's government is examining the role that certifying the COVID-free status of people attending shows and other events could play in its plans to lift most pandemic restrictions by June 21. On Friday, groups including gig organisers and indoor sports venues published a letter supporting the use of such a scheme.
COVID-19 infections in adults of all ages fell by 65% after a first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine in UK research, which scientists said showed the real-world impact of the nation's immunisation campaign against the pandemic. Crucially, the research was conducted at a time when a new and more infectious variant of the coronavirus, called B1.1.7, was dominant in Britain, but still found vaccination was just as effective in elderly people and those with underlying health conditions as it was in the young and healthy. "These real-world findings are extremely promising," health minister James Bethell said in a statement as the data were published.
Red-hot striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored an 11th goal in his last eight games in all competitions as Leicester City poured more misery on woeful West Bromwich Albion with an emphatic 3-0 Premier League win at the King Power Stadium on Thursday. Jamie Vardy and Jonny Evans were also on target for the home side, who stayed third on 59 points from 32 games, four clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and West Ham United and on course for Champions League qualification. Second-bottom West Brom look as though they will be playing Championship football next season having been unable to make up ground on those above of them.
Eight investment banks, including JPMorgan and Credit Suisse, made the list of the top 25 best-paying companies, as did seven tech firms including Salesforce and Facebook.
The U.K’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the British Film Institute (BFI) have formally launched an export booster fund to replace the European tap that ran dry with Brexit. Grants disbursed from Creative Europe’s MEDIA program were worth an average of €18.5 million ($22.2 million) a year to the cultural and […]
The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a hate crimes bill to combat violence against Asian Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rare bipartisan vote in the evenly divided chamber was 94 to 1 with Republican Senator Josh Hawley the only no vote. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the vote at a news conference Thursday. “This legislation sends a dual message to our Asian American community - we will not tolerate violence and bigotry against you. And to those who perpetrate the violence and bigotry, we're going to pursue you to the fullest extent of the law.” Reports of violence against Asian Americans have spiked since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.Activists and police said anti-Asian sentiment was fed by comments from former President Donald Trump blaming the pandemic on China using terms such as “kung flu.”.[DONALD TRUMP, JUNE 23, 2020] "I can name Kung Flu, I can name..."The bill, authored by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Grace Meng who are both Asian-American, designates a Justice Department employee to expedite a review of hate crimes reported to police during the COVID-19 pandemic.It also provides guidance for local law enforcement agencies to report hate crimes, expand public education campaigns and combat discriminatory language in describing the pandemic.The measure must now pass the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a clear majority.President Joe Biden has also called for its passage.
More than 60 central banks have announced central bank digital currency projects since 2014.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona crushed Getafe 5-2 on Thursday to stay in the hunt for the La Liga title. Messi gave Barca an early lead with the help of a pin-point pass from Sergio Busquets but Getafe pulled level with an own goal by Clement Lenglet. The visitors then conceded a calamitous own goal when Sofian Chakla's backpass deceived keeper David Soria and trickled over the line.
"Mortal Kombat" star Ludi Lin talks Asian representation and the many Easter eggs in store for fans.
It was the gore as much as the gameplay that made the original “Mortal Kombat” such a success at the arcade, and while the 1995 New Line movie broke the curse on video game adaptations — following such bombs as “Street Fighter” and “Super Mario Bros.” earlier that decade — the film version did so […]
CG strips martial-arts choreography of its impact, but it does allow for hilarious geysers of fake blood Much has been made of the fact that 2021’s “Mortal Kombat,” the second feature-film adaptation of the popular video game, has an R rating — but strip away the exaggerated gore and the rough language, and you’re left with a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie with epic delusions. That’s not to say that this broad and silly spectacle doesn’t provide its share of goofy entertainment, but it may well not be the movie that fans of the game want it to be. (To clarify: I’ve never played the game or seen the 1995 version that starred Christophe Lambert.) Viewers interested in martial-arts action are bound to find the combat-with-a-C to be lackluster in that way that hand-to-hand fighting tends to be when it gets drowned out by digital effects. More likely to have fun with this latest “Mortal Kombat” are Sam Raimi enthusiasts who can appreciate the comedy in over-the-top geysers of fake blood, which the film unleashes with increasing regularity as the fights get more serious. Also Read: ‘Mortal Kombat': All Fatality, No Friendship in Trailer for Upcoming Reboot (Video) There’s been an ongoing conversation about the dramatic limitations of turning video games into motion pictures, and suffice it to say that screenwriters Dave Callaham (“Wonder Woman 1984”) and Greg Russo (adapting the game created by Ed Boon and John Tobias) haven’t cracked the code, serving up another movie in which characters are defined solely by their abilities and set off on a series of battles that lead up to a climactic skirmish. MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan, “Into the Badlands”) has a dragon-shaped birthmark that signifies he is the last surviving descendant of 17th century master ninja Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada, “Avengers: Endgame”), who was murdered by the evil Bo-Han (Joe Taslim, “The Raid”). (Bo-Han, still around in the 21st century and now hip to the importance of branding, has renamed himself Sub-Zero because of his abilities to create ice spontaneously. And since the game character is masked, alas, so too is the charismatic Taslim.) Also Read: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Star Mehcad Brooks on Why Now’s the ‘Perfect Time’ for Reboot (Video) Jax (Mehcad Brooks, “Supergirl”) and Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee, “The Meg”) have searched for Cole and others who bear the same mark because something-something tournament of champions, something-something the fate of the world. This involves getting Australian dirtbag Kano (Josh Lawson, “Superstore”) to take them to the temple of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano, “Thor: Ragnarok”), where Cole and Kano will discover their hidden powers and then fight and fight and fight. Having never played the game, I could still tell that the film is littered with Easter eggs, whether it’s characters loudly introducing themselves, periodic shouted admonitions to “Fight!” or the fact that Raiden can transport people from place to place with magical lightning in the way that characters appear in new levels during gameplay. Without any affection for this IP, however, my viewing of “Mortal Kombat” mostly wavered between ponderous set-up and giggly amusement. Also Read: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Drops Banging Remix of ‘Techno Syndrome’ Theme Song (Video) First-time director Simon McQuoid doesn’t demonstrate all that much finesse in the fighting scenes, often putting his camera too close to the action, or filming that action from awkward angles, or relying on CG (characters appear and reappear, or encase people’s arms in ice, or fly around on wings) so much that it saps the combat of any organic energy. Where he does excel is in the deaths, which are often so gruesome that they become a kind of Grand Guignol dark comedy. Whether it’s a bad guy’s head being crushed like a watermelon between two heroic fists, or the squishy results of Kung Lao (Max Huang) turning his weaponized hat into a buzzsaw, the kills in “Mortal Kombat” are so extravagantly bananas as to be hilarious. But is this meant to be comedy? Apart from the occasional one-liner — Cole observes that the titular clash is misspelled, and Kano is a raging ball of id — the film seems to want to take this nonsense deadly seriously. Even on a pure action-movie level, the violence is only interesting when it’s so over-the-top that it reaches the realm of satire. All of which is to say, I was entertained by “Mortal Kombat” more often than I wasn’t, but I can’t guarantee that I had the kind of good time that the filmmakers intended to create. “Mortal Kombat” premieres April 23 in theaters and on HBO Max. Read original story ‘Mortal Kombat’ Film Review: Silly Game Adaptation Is More ‘Evil Dead’ Than ‘Enter the Dragon’ At TheWrap
Boehly adds to his wide-ranging investments, which include stakes in The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Guggenheim president Todd Boehly’s blank-check company announced Thursday it’s taking Vivid Seats public in a deal valuing the online ticket seller at $1.95 billion. Horizon Acquisition Corp., the special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, backed by Boehly’s Eldridge Industries, will provide $769 million in gross proceeds to Vivid Seats; that includes $225 million in a private investment from firms like Eldridge and Fidelity Management & Research. The deal comes after Vivid, like many other companies tied to live entertainment, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Vivid Seats’ sales dropped to $347 million, after bringing in about $2.3 billion in 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal. With vaccines continuing to rollout and some states loosening restrictions, Boehly looks to be betting on a full return for live sports, theater and concerts sooner rather than later. “We are pleased to bring Vivid Seats to the public markets,” Boehly said in a statement. “With its favorable mix of live events, and its growing list of strategic partners, Vivid Seats has built an impressive technology platform, as well as a substantial customer base. Vivid Seats is a scaled, growing and highly profitable marketplace that will be well positioned to drive continual long-term growth.” The deal also adds to Boehly’s eclectic business portfolio. Beyond co-owning the Dodgers, Boehly is chairman of MRC, which has investments in several media outlets, including Billboard, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Overall, Boehly has invested in more than 70 businesses, according to his Eldridge bio. Vivid is based in Chicago and was founded in 2001. The company has 12 million customers and offers tickets to approximately 200,000 events, according to a press release from the company on Thursday. On the other end, Horizon Acquisition Corp. raised $500 million when it went public last year, aiming to make a deal for a company in the financial services industry. Horizon trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HZAC. Read original story Dodgers Co-Owner Todd Boehly’s SPAC Will Take Vivid Seats Public in $2 Billion Deal At TheWrap
This central Asian wild horse species was once near extinctionNow these four Przewalski’s horses have a new home at the Prague Zoowhere they will be a part of a special breeding programto rebuild their numbers in the steppes of central Asia(SOUNDBITE) (Czech) PRAGUE ZOO DIRECTOR, MIROSLAV BOBEK, SAYING: "This whole project aims to recreate the steppe environment here with its original fauna and flora with the horses' help. For now, we have four mares in an area of almost 20 hectares. A stallion will come here too, when the situation stabilizes. And well, we expect that then we will also have some foals. But it will be one stud of Przewalski's horses that will live off what they can graze in this area."The zoo released the horses on a 50-acre plainwhile it rebuilds their permanent stable
KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — More Malaysians are unsure today as to who they wish to vote for if a general election is called soon, according to a survey by research outfit Invoke Malaysia. A little...
US showjumper Andrew Kocher was banned for 10 years by the International Equestrian Federation on Thursday for using electric spurs on horses, the US federation "unequivocally" supporting the punishment.
The U.S. Transportation Department is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump's bid to end California's ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the DOT, said Thursday it is proposing to withdraw a rule rule meant to stop states from setting their own requirements for greenhouse gases, zero emissions vehicles and fuel economy. The change, if approved after the agency takes public comments, would allow California and 15 states that follow its standards to set their own rules.
Pittsburgh Pirates rookie third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes aggravated a left wrist injury sustained on the opening weekend of the season. Todd Tomczyk, the team's director of sports medicine, said Hayes felt pain while swinging at a pitch on Wednesday as he prepared to return from the 10-day injured list. Hayes, 24, was injured during an at-bat on April 3 in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs in Chicago.