NASA’s ‘Hidden Figures’ Put Forward for Congressional Gold Medal

U.S. lawmakers have plotted a trajectory towards bestowing the nation’s highest civilian award to four of NASA’s “Hidden Figures” — African American women whose roles as human “computers” helped to open outer space to astronauts in the early 1960s.
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Prosecutors in the Paul Manafort trial are evoking a world of swaggering fraud, concealed millions and personal betrayal that allegedly festered in the lives of two big-time political operatives at President Donald Trump’s side for crucial moments of his 2016 general election campaign.


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‘Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker’ on Switch Has Hidden ‘Odyssey’ Levels

Heed our advice and make some [mush]room in your life for the Switch gem that needs to be unearthed, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. It’s the criminally-underplayed WiiU puzzler from 2014 that’s been reborn as a perfect fit for the best handheld machine going. These are the indisputable facts of the matter. Consider yourself toad.

What we have here is a perfect collection of commute-killing, bite-sized adventures – you’ll enter mini diorama worlds as the titular tracker and then do your best to loot and scoot. Slight complication: the good Captain cannot jump due to an over-encumbered backpack (trust us, a kleptomaniac playing Skyrim would have a lighter load). You’re just gonna need to make smart use of elevator platforms that can be shifted via the touch-screen. Meanwhile, butt-stomp self-defence has been replaced with turnip throwing.

Turnip for What?

Nintendo Switch owners who persevere will be rewarded with our subject of the day: four post-credits bonus levels, themed on the system-selling modern classic that is Super Mario Odyssey. Our aim is to give you a short introduction of each level here – a tourist’s guide if you will. We’ll not deprive you of the joy of sniffing out the Super Gems. That said, each entry is going to mention the “special requirement” challenge that the game reveals after you finish the level once (which is an annoying way of doing things, Nintendo).

Pro tip: don’t want to slog through the entire game to get to these bonus levels? You can insta-unlock them using the Wedding Bowser, Wedding Peach, or Wedding Mario Amiibo.


Captain Toad is about to turnip the heat on this Goomba

Secret of the Inverted Pyramid

This level, based on the Sand Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey, is all about Bullet Bills, ice cavern sub-levels and hidden passageways that are subtly chiseled into those elevator blocks. Classic Mario mechanics are very much in vogue here, like moving platforms and bricks that can be “nudged” with your pointer for free coins. We’d also recommend you rip up a turnip and keep it handy. There are slightly-off-map items that may only be acquired with a skilful vegetable lob.

What’s the coolest thing about the Pyramid level? The way it fools you into thinking you’re free. Once yanked, an exit lever cleverly shifts the entire level (think: geometry and time of day both). Hindered by the darkness of night, you’ll need to dig into the bowels of the level and run an absolute gauntlet of Bullet Bills before snagging the green Power Moon for victory.

Special requirement for red stamp completion: find the Gold Mushroom.


Toad ditches the cart and trips gracefully towards victory

Mine Cart Cascade Crusade

Every once in a while Treasure Tracker will throw a mine cart level at you. Basically, you’re dropped into first-person view as your little bucket shuffles along on a linear pathway (it’s literally an on-rails experience). This level based on the Cascade Kingdom is no different – you hitch a ride past triceratops fossils and do your very best to concuss enemies with pinged turnips.

There are no real curveballs (curve-turnips?) to this level. Expect to dutifully snipe Para-Biddybuds as they swoop in at you while you’re doing your best to line up POW blocks for maximum coinage. You should also keep your eye out for shootable terrain that can cause avalanche paths into collectibles.

Special requirement for red stamp completion: Collect 320 coins.


Captain Toad, on the prowl for Super Gems and an uptown girl, probably.

Uptown, Downtown

Uptown, Downtown is rooted in the Metro Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey, specifically New Donk City. You’ve got a multi-level mini version of the city to scarper through and the forecast for today is a 100% chance of showers from hammers, bro (because Hammer Bros).

This is the biggest offering of the bunch and easily the pick of the level litter. Girder platforming antics (with a dash of cat-and-mouse with MC Hammer) shall give way to sewer jaunts as you’re being stalked by Piranha Creepers. We’re not sure what’s better: the moment where you turn tables on your harassers with a Super Pickaxe power-up or just the sultry sound of the New Donk City theme tune.

Special requirement for red stamp completion: Defeat all enemies.


Background: A quartet of Toads. Foreground: a giant bird's butt.

Cookatiel’s Sizzling Sprint

Last but not least, this bonus level feast is rounded off with a well-packed snack from the Luncheon Kingdom. You’re on the back-foot right away, however, thanks to a rising tide of purple stuff and the constant annoyance that is Cookatiel. It’s an amateur avian chef who wants nothing more than to offer you a side order of regurgitated spiny melons (extra freshly regurgitated). Yum!

To make matters even more sticky, you’ll start the level with the multi-Toad power-up active. Slaloming yourself and three clone minions through melon mortars, plus an array of nasty traps, isn’t easy. Unfortunately, if you want to nab the 100% red rubber stamp, nothing but perfection will do. Four Toads need to cross that finish line alive. Best of luck with that…

Special requirement for red stamp completion: Clear course with four characters.

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Melania Trump’s controversial decision to wear a Zara jacket emblazoned with the words, “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” as she boarded her plane to Texas captured the attention of the nation, with many critiquing her for being “tone deaf” to the real-life consequences of the political policies of her husband’s administration.

This isn’t the first time that Melania’s fashion choices have stirred up controversy, and Stephen Colbert thinks that’s no coincidence. In a segment on his show on Tuesday, Colbert interviewed “FLOTUS” as portrayed by Laura Benanti, during which “Melania” denied that her jacket intentionally sent a “callous message,” while wearing a t-shirt that read “Believe My Clothing” and a “F the Kids” baseball cap.

“I’m starting to think your clothes are a purposeful distraction from the heartbreaking images we’ve seen from the detention centers,” Colbert said before fake Melania showed him a spangled scarf that read “Murder All the Penguins” that she planned to sport to the next global warming summit.

To really drive the message home, fake Melania showed off a new jacket which read: “How Many More Monstrous Acts Do I Have to Support Before People Finally Start Seeing Me as Complicit In All This?”

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The Scoop on All The Hidden Cameos and Cut Credit Scenes in ‘Deadpool 2’ – Spoilers!

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They are the mad geniuses behind both Deadpool and Deadpool 2, and while many will hail co-writers and producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as the real heroes of Deadpool, they'd like you to consider them the villains instead. Well, at least that's how they…

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The hidden details in ‘A Quiet Place’ that answer your lingering questions

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Tread lightly, because spoilers for the ending of A Quiet Place are afoot.

The new horror movie making noise at the box office and wowing critics is also leaving audiences speechless. And part of the success of John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place can be attributed to its subtle approach to worldbuilding, leaving many details about its post-apocalyptic setting unsaid (literally).

Like most of the best horror films (The Witch, The Babadook, Alien, Get Out, The Shining), A Quiet Place deliberately avoids being explicit about the exact nature of its premise and rules — which leaves a lot to interpretation. Instead, the movie artfully establishes facts about the world, its fall, and the monsters causing it through tiny details and hints that you could’ve easily missed. Read more…

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The Hidden Error L’Engle Left in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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Re-reading A Wrinkle in Time the other day for the first time since childhood, I came on a bit of garbled ancient Greek.

Audiences for the new Disney adaptation of the book will remember a character, Mrs Who, who speaks almost entirely in quotations. While Mindy Kaling, who plays Mrs Who in the new movie, quotes only in English, the character in the book quotes in many languages and then gives the English for what she’s just said, before identifying the author. She quotes Pascal in French, Dante in Italian, Cervantes in Spanish, Goethe in German, and Seneca and Horace in Latin.

And on page 59 of the new Square Fish edition—the one with the Disney cover that Macmillan put out in time to coordinate with the movie’s release—Mrs Who quotes some words in Greek that she attributes to Euripides and then translates.

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Here are the 2 biggest ‘hidden’ expenses when selling a home

When you decide to put your home up for sale, it’s easy to envision a smooth process where the new buyer immediately falls in love with the place and you simply wait on the closing date — and big pay day. But a new analysis sheds light on some unexpected costs associated with a home sale.

Homes listing site Zillow teamed with Thumbtack to look at the “hidden” or “surprise” costs connected to selling a home and found that the average tally is $ 18,342.

Selling a home? Here are the 2 biggest surprise expenses

When the companies calculated the costs of several surprise expenses most commonly incurred by people looking to ditch their homes they found that the vast majority of them (61%) are first-time sellers. The data also showed that home sellers spent more time prepping their homes than it will spend on the market.

“Even in the hottest housing markets in the country, selling a home takes time and costs money,” Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow’s chief marketing officer, said in a news release. “From decluttering and staging to pre-inspections, agents and homeowners often spend months behind the scenes prepping a home – well before it’s listed on the market.”

If you’ve ever been involved in a home sale before, you know that there are myriad costs associated with it — such as title insurance fees and points that go to the loan companies — but Zillow and Thumbtack didn’t count either of those in their analysis. So what are the two biggies?

These 2 expenses cost more than you think

Closing costs: Although they vary depending on the market, a median-valued home in the United States averaged $ 13,357 in closing costs, the report says. These costs are typically driven by real estate transfer tax rates, values and commissions, which are customarily shared by the buyer’s and seller’s  agents.

Prep work: Bringing your residence up to snuff can cost a pretty penny as well. The analysis indicated that sellers spend an average of $ 4,985 to hire professional help. The basic projects include painting, staging, house and carpet cleaning, lawn care and gardening, and area moving costs. Depending on your locale, the pay for many of these jobs varies widely as well.

Wacksman with Zillow says that home sellers would do themselves a favor by researching how much they need to spend to get their residences in decent shape. The homework you do beforehand has a direct bearing on the home’s sale price.

“If you’re planning to sell this year, try to take some time to research what costs you may be responsible for and how they could affect your profit or even budget for your next house,” he’s quoted as saying.

Money expert Clark Howard has some sage advice for homeowners looking to put their houses up for sale.

“Selling your home yourself is more than just getting a ‘HOME FOR SALE’ sign in the yard,” he writes. “You need to have a sales plan. And be smart about it: Even if you’re trying to cut the commission out, always put ‘Agents Protected’ on your sign.”

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Blink and You’ll Miss ‘Em: 5 Movie References Hidden in ‘Ready Player One’

Ready Player One is chock-full of pop culture references. Crammed with them. Filled to the gills. Some are pretty obvious, with the Back to the Future DeLorean front and centre throughout the movie. Atari game Adventure playing a big part in the film’s plot. And a pretty famous horror movie is revisited for an extended sequence. That we won’t spoil here.

But others are harder to find. Brief nods to the classics in the background of scenes. Or understated references to less obvious titles. So the following are five of the best — and least obvious — Easter Eggs that we spotted during an early watch of the film.

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1. ‘The Last Action Hero’


Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Action Hero.

During the first ‘Quest’ in Ready Player One, competitors participate in a street race through an ever-shifting city landscape. Where they drive past a movie theatre that’s showing Jack Slater III. Which is an in-joke based on an in-joke. As Jack Slater was the fictional movie star that Arnold Schwarzenegger played in The Last Action Hero. It’s also fitting that this reference occurs moments after the Jurassic Park T-Rex cameos, as the summer of 1993 saw The Last Action Hero pitted against Jurassic Park at the box office. With the dinosaurs victorious.

2. ‘Cocktail’


Tom Cruise in Cocktail.

Keep your eyes peeled during Parzival’s visit to Aech’s workshop, as there are references all over the place. Most of them focussed on sci-fi flicks like The Iron Giant and Silent Running. But there are a couple of more random nods to the 1980s in his den. Including a ‘Save Ferris’ sticker from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But our favourite is a neon ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ sign. Which is what Bryan Brown plans to call his bar in the 1988 Tom Cruise flick Cocktail. He fails to make that dream a reality, but Cruise’s character opens his own ‘Cocktail and Dreams’ at the end of the movie. Where he both pours, and reigns.

3. ‘Back to the Future’


Donald Fullilove as Goldie Wilson in Back to the Future.

There are Back to the Future references everywhere in Ready Player One. From Parzival driving the aforementioned DeLorean and Art3mis calling him McFly to director Robert Zemeckis getting name-checked a couple of times. But blink and you’ll miss our favourite hat-tip. When Parzival is prepping for his trip to The Distracted Globe, and trying on a variety of outfits — including Buckeroo Banzai’s threads and Michael Jackson’s Thriller suit — there’s a poster above the mirror. That features a familiar face below the words ‘Re-Elect Mayor Goldie Wilson.’ Goldie Wilson being the busboy whom Marty encourages to run for mayor in BTTF.

4. ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s thumb in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

During the concluding battle on Planet Doom, a character — whose identity we won’t spoil here — sinks into a fiery river of lava. But before said character disappears, they stick a single thumb in the air. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when teaching him to be more human, John Connor shows the T-800 the thumbs-up signal. Following the concluding battle with his terminating nemesis, the T-800 self-terminates by lowering himself into a vat of molten steel. Sticking a single thumb in the air before he disappears.

5. Citizen Kane


The mystery at the core of Citizen Kane.

Ready Player One is obsessed with pop culture of the 1980s. So it comes as something of a surprise that an Orson Welles movie from 1941 gets referenced. But Citizen Kane — one of the greatest movies of all-time — does indeed receive a mention. We’ll dance around the exact details of the scene as it comes at the very end of the film. When one character refers to another as ‘Rosebud.’ That name was the mystery at the heart of Citizen Kane, with a reporter investigating why it was the last word uttered by elderly newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane before he died. At the end of the movie, he discovers it was the name of the sled eight-year-old Kane was playing on the last time he was happy. And in Ready Player One, the mention of Rosebud has similar emotional resonance.

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The Internet Thinks Taylor Swift’s Video Is Loaded With Hidden References to Joe Alwyn

As soon as Taylor Swift released the video for “Delicate” her fans started watching the video very closely. Swift has been very quiet about her out-of-the-spotlight relationship with Joe Alwyn, however, old habits die hard, and after years of documenting her relationships in her songs, fans think she may have included a nod—or even several nods—to Alwyn in her new video. Eagle-eyed fans were quick to point them out sharing their theories online and hoping that Swift will confirm them.

For starters, did Swift spell out Alwyn’s first name, Y-M-C-A style? Some fans are convinced of it:

That’s not the only secret shout-out to Swift’s hiking buddy that fans are seeing in the video, either. They think the fact that Swift dances in front of a store called “Joe’s Deli” is not a mere coincidence, but a concerted effort to say a subtle hello to her friend.

One fan thinks Alwyn handed Swift a magical note in the video:

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What Is ‘Hidden City Ticketing’ and Should You Take Advantage of It?

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There are a lot of things to take into account when you are booking a flight, and it’s important to consider how you can save money. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting on a plane and jet-setting to some new locale. Unfortunately, the ticket buying process can be one of the more chaotic and stressful parts of the vacation process.

Luckily, there are loads of tips these days you can use to help you save money when booking your flights to go away. For instance, things like booking your flight on a Sunday, setting price alerts, and using frequent flier miles are just a few of the great ways of making savings. But there is another way you might not be familiar with – hidden city ticketing.

What is it?

Open your ears and your mind, because we’re about to drop some knowledge on you. Hidden city ticketing is one of the most effective ways of saving money that nobody knows about. It’s perfectly legal and very simple to do. It’s basically where you book a flight to a destination, but actually get off at the layover city (the place you really intend to visit). This is a sneaky, and frankly, awesome, way of getting to a city without having to pay as much.

Why you should do it

Now you know about hidden city ticketing why would you not do it?! You can save a lot of money by using this method, and there are so many excellent advantages. In fact, by using this approach, you will be shocked by how much money you’re going to save. There are even websites out there dedicated to hidden city ticketing so you can do this much more easily. But, before making a habit of it, you should know that there are drawbacks.

Drawbacks

Hidden city ticketing has a lot of positives, but there are also drawbacks as well, and you need to be aware of these. For one thing, regular hidden city ticketing can drive up airfares, not to mention inconveniencing other customers. Another of the major drawbacks is the fact that you won’t be able to check luggage when you use hidden city ticketing. And you will also have to be aware that there are potential re-routing issues as well.

Be discreet

While it’s not essentially illegal, hidden city ticketing is something that airlines are cracking down on. Many of them have regulations in their small print that make hidden city ticketing a violation, and if they catch you, the can punish you by making you pay the full fare, or barring you from the plane. So, if you are going to engage in hidden city ticketing, you need to make sure you do so discreetly.

As you can see, hidden city ticketing is one of the best ways of reducing your airfares, and saving stress in the process. However, there are a lot of drawbacks to taking this path, and there are negatives if you’re going to do this. Just make sure you are careful, and that you do as much as you can to be discreet about it.

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The hidden spot of Central America – traveling in Nicaragua

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Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, on the cusp of South America, is the Central American island of Nicaragua. This is a part of the world that is frequently visited, but it’s only the major nations that generally get a look in. In fact, you probably don’t know of anyone who has traveled to Nicaragua or is planning to travel there, and that’s a shame because this is a pretty amazing place.

But, everyone else’s loss becomes your gain, because there is a load of fantastic reasons to visit Nicaragua right now. This hidden spot of Central America is one that is still relatively unblemished by excessive tourism, and that’s what makes it the ideal place to head to right now! If you want to uncover the charm of this Central American gem, we suggest you check out these awesome things to do when you visit the best-kept secret in the Americas.

Go surfing in San Juan del Sur

It might surprise you to learn that Nicaragua is actually one of the best countries in the world for surfing. In fact, the famed San Juan del Sur beaches have some of the best waves in the world and are hugely popular with surfers. Not only are the beaches stunning, but they also give a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the best surfing opportunities in the world. You can even hire a board and have a lesson, and there are plenty of cheap bars and cool hostels here as well.

Ometepe Island

This stunning island was formed by two joined volcanoes and is a place of great aesthetic beauty. There is so much you can do here, including hiking, kayaking, and cycling, not to mention the fact that the place is full of healthy eating opportunities as well. Volcano hikes will set you back just $ 20USD and are well worthwhile, but they will take a while, so leave plenty of time. There are also some cool monkeys here that are really fascinating and mischievous, and give you something else to enjoy as well.

New Leon

If you are a culture vulture, and you prefer to stay in the more urbanized areas, a visit to New Leon will go down a treat. This used to be the capital of Nicaragua up until the mid-1850s when it was replaced with Managua. Leon is the cultural and intellectual hub of the country, with the National University based there, not to mention loads of museums, art galleries, and churches. A true highlight of any trip to Nicaragua, this is a city full of vibrant culture, and a tremendous food scene to go with it.

Visit the Stone Man

It’s always good to have new experiences, especially ones that are specific to the place you’re visiting. One of the great things you can do as a tourist in Nicaragua is to visit the Stone Man. This guy, Alberto Gutierrez, has been carving symbols and animals into stone for decades – he claimed it started as a message from God to help him kick alcoholism. Alberto will take you into his home and show you his stunning works free of charge – though we’d recommend giving him a donation.

These are just some of the amazing highlights of Nicaragua, and we hope you can see the appeal. This is one of the finest countries in the world to visit, and still a well-kept secret from much of the world. There is a lot natural, scenic beauty here, as well as plenty of interest to keep you occupied. Nicaragua could well become your new favorite vacation destination – discover her today.

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When you think of the word paradise, your mind probably doesn’t immediately spring to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and why would it?! You most likely think of a small island in Greece or a golden beach on the coast of Spain. But, this is where you could be going wrong, because, in many ways, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the hidden paradise of Europe, and it’s been right under our noses all this time.

Nestled on the Balkan peninsula, Bosnia is a country full of a rich and varied history, and certainly one of the more interesting European nations because we don’t know much about it. Even more seasoned travelers would probably pass this proud nation right by, and may not even realize it exists in the first place. But, this gem is definitely one of the best-kept secrets in Europe, and a place you need to put at the top of your travel list, thanks to these hidden treasures.

Trebinje

Welcome to one of the best-kept secrets in the country – Trebinje is the southernmost town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s not very well-known, and most people wouldn’t be able to pick it out on a map. It’s a small but important town and is situated only 28km from the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. You should check out Trebinje properly by taking a walk to Arhangel Mihailo Church, a striking new church offering some exquisite views over the town, and the steep surrounding hills. There’s also the Trebišnjica River, which is home to the iconic Arslanagic Bridge – well worth a look if you’re a tourist.

Mostar

You might have heard of Mostar – it’s arguably the most culturally significant city in the entire country and a place you need to head to during your time here. It oozes charm and sophistication and is home to the UNESCO landmark the Stari Most. This is the old bridge in Mostar that is a stunning piece of Balkan Islamic architectures and has extreme cultural significance. Originally built in the 15000s, it was destroyed in the war and then rebuilt as an enduring emblem of unity for a nation so long divided.

Sarajevo

Okay, so it’s not so much a secret, as it is the capital city, but you can’t visit without a trip to Sarajevo. For some people it’s more famous for the U2 and Pavarotti song Miss Sarajevo, but, it’s also a hugely important city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most interesting capitals we’ve visited. A broken city still recovering from a history of war, Sarajevo is in the process of healing itself. Check out the Tunnel of Hope, and the abandoned infrastructure from the 1986 Winter Olympics. Because of the number of synagogues and Orthodox churches here, Sarajevo is often called the Jerusalem of Europe – a walking tour of the city is definitely recommended.

So, now you’ve discovered some of the greatest secrets of this mysterious and beguiling country. And now you can see just what it is that makes Bosnia and Herzegovina one of the best-kept secrets, and most appealing destinations, in Europe. If you’re looking to expand your experiences, and get some more stamps in your passport, make sure you book a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina as soon as you can.

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When you visit Scotland, you are likely to visit Edinburgh or Glasgow, and although both of these cities are fantastic, you might be missing out on the hidden mystic Scottish island of Iona. Only 6km long, this island is small but perfectly formed and has contributed a whole lot to the world, despite being tiny (or as the Scots would say ‘wee’!). Read on to discover more about the hidden Scottish gem of Iona.

Where is Iona?

You will find this tiny island just off the west coast of Scotland, only 2km from the coast of the island of Mull. There are less than 200 residents on the island, although tourism is booming and every year, around 130,000 visitors come to visit!

History

For such a small island, Iona certainly has a vast history. After being exiled from Ireland, Saint Columba founded his monastery on this island alongside twelve of his followers and, since then, Iona has been known as the ‘cradle of Christianity.’ For many visitors to the island, the religious history of the island is a big draw as they see it as a spiritual retreat or want to visit to the Benedictine Abbey which was founded on the island in 1203. There are also over 50 Kings of Scotland, Ireland, France and Norway that are buried on the island which is another reason that makes Iona very popular for visiting.

Nature

If the historical side of things doesn’t interest you, there are plenty of other things to see on this 6km long island. The nature is particularly beautiful here, particularly when you get off the shores. Offshore you can see the second largest fish in the world, the basking shark, and if you are lucky you will also spot a dolphin and even a rare sunfish! That is in addition to otters and puffins to name just a few. If you walk around the island, you will see orchids, sea holly, and various wildflowers, and if you look to the sky, you will see a huge variety of birds too including great northern divers and corncrake.

Activities

The island might be small, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get bored! Iona has a unique golf course that is free and makes use of the natural short grass and wildflower meadows, and there are many sheltered, beautiful beaches to enjoy. Walks are very much encouraged on this stunning island, or perhaps a bike ride if that is more your style. You will notice that there are very few cars on the island and it really adds to the peaceful feeling.

Iona is a secluded island where it is difficult to be stressed. The pace of life is slow and chilled out, and it lends itself to walking through wildlife, watching beautiful sunsets and soaking up the history. It might not be the first place you think to visit in and around Scotland, but once you have been, you are likely to want to return again and again to experience the magic of this secret, hidden Scottish gem.

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HARI SREENIVASAN: But first: The de facto capital of the Islamic State, Raqqa, in Syria fell yesterday to U.S.-backed forces.

However, the largest city the militants once held was Mosul in Iraq. They were ousted from it in July after a brutal 10-month-long fight that killed thousands.

Now a new major task: finding and destroying the ISIS mines, booby-traps and bombs that litter the city.

Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Iraq.

MARCIA BIGGS, Special Correspondent: It was once a center of learning for over 6,000 students of technology, agriculture, and medicine.

Today, Mosul Technical Institute’s classrooms are burnt to the ground, laboratories reduced to rubble, and books charred and shredded. It’s one of the city’s five universities ravaged by the Islamic State and the battle to oust it.

Now that the battle is over, a new danger looms, the trail of land mines and booby-traps left by ISIS.

So this is the wire, and this is where it was buried.

CHRISTIAN, Team Leader, Janus Global Operations: Yes, they would cut the asphalt, and then they lay the wire in and put the main charge here.

MARCIA BIGGS: We spent the day with Christian, a team leader from Janus Global, a security and risk management firm hired by the U.S. government to sweep and clear major areas of unexploded ordnance and mines.

He’s not allowed to show his face or use his last name, for security reasons.

CHRISTIAN: There’s actually two more on that road before we get to the target building that have to be excavated and/or rendered safe.

MARCIA BIGGS: So, the first building you have to clear, you have got to get rid of the IEDs on the road to that building?

CHRISTIAN: Yes.

MARCIA BIGGS: It’s a long process.

CHRISTIAN: It is, but that’s what makes it interesting.

MARCIA BIGGS: The United States has sunk $ 30 million this year into clearing former ISIS territories all over Northern Iraq. Under this program, Janus has already cleared 727 buildings, removing 3,000 IEDs, which they say ISIS was producing on assembly lines at an industrial scale.

But State Department officials and experts say the number of unexploded ordnance in Mosul itself is unprecedented.

What’s your first line of attack, in terms of trying to clear Mosul?

CHRISTIAN: Our priority is more the community, rather than the individual, you know, infrastructure. You have got schools, power, sewer, water, so that the area can accept people back into it. And then, once this stabilization phase is over, we can move into the individual homes, so that they can be safer.

MARCIA BIGGS: Clearing Mosul is a process that they say could take years, even decades. So Janus is training local Iraqis to do the job, sending them out as a front-line search team, then investigating and removing any suspicious items themselves.

CHRISTIAN: We’re not going to be here the whole time, so when we — it’s our time to leave, they will have the capacity built from us, and the mentoring we have done, so that they can do it on their own.

MARCIA BIGGS: How are they doing?

CHRISTIAN: They’re — a lot of them are very apt to learn. They’re quick. They’re smart.

MARCIA BIGGS: Fawzi al Nabdi is the team leader for the Iraqi local partner. He’s cleared mines all over Iraq for the last six years.

CHRISTIAN: What you got?

FAWZI AL NABDI, Team Leader, Al Fahad Company (through interpreter): We are ready for this, because it’s my job and I love it. The Americans are here to complete our work and to help us. They have greater experience than we do. If we find any mines, we have to stop and they will investigate it and make a plan to remove it.

MARCIA BIGGS: But he says Mosul is the biggest project he has ever seen, and we’re told it could take at least a month to just get the campus cleared of mines. Only then can they start cleaning it up, so that students can resume classes, this itself a huge task.

ISIS fighters closed the university back in 2014, and used it as a military base. As coalition forces pounded ISIS targets, this seat of higher learning became a battleground.

Ghassan Alubaidy is the institute’s dean.

GHASSAN ALUBAIDY, Dean, Mosul Technical Institute (through interpreter): ISIS used our university to manufacture mines and bombs. For this reason, it was the target of airstrikes in the beginning. They struck the institute nine times, and they struck our workshops, too. Now we can’t use them.

MARCIA BIGGS: The former commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, recently listed 81 locations where bombs were dropped, but had not yet exploded.

Facilities used to make weapons were often on the list of high-value targets for the coalition. So now those places are twice as likely to contain dangerous items.

So, this was once a workshop for electrical engineering students. You can still see the lab tables here. It was hit by an airstrike in 2015. Afterwards, members of the university staff found bomb-making instructions among the rubble. This was likely an ISIS bomb-making factory, and judging by the crater, a high-value target.

Despite the damage, Dean Alubaidy says he will hold classes this fall in alternate buildings, until the campus is ready. He’s expecting registration to be in the thousands, students who lost three years of education during the fighting and don’t want to lose another one.

GHASSAN ALUBAIDY (through interpreter): On our Facebook pages, we found a great number of students posting that they were full of encouragement to come back. For us, it was unbelievable. We couldn’t imagine it, to see how many students wanted to start again, how they were dreaming of the first day of classes, when they could sit in front of teachers again and start to live their lives again.

MARCIA BIGGS: Next door, Mosul University has already started classes. Students even volunteered to help in the cleanup.

But across the river, West Mosul was the site of ISIS’ last stand and bore the brunt of the battle. It’s densely packed Old City, with its flattened buildings, is a challenge for mine-sweeping.

FAWZI AL-NABDI (through interpreter): Most of the homes here were full of mines. And just here in front of us, a man with two kids came back to his home, and when he opened the door, the bomb killed him and his kids.

MARCIA BIGGS: Ahmed Younes fled back in early July with only the clothes on his back. Residents have been virtually banned from returning to his neighborhood on the outskirts of the Old City, but Ahmed said he got special permission, in order to retrieve some personal items.

AHMED YOUNES, Local Resident (through interpreter): We came on our own. We got permission to come, but they are not responsible if anything happens to us.

MARCIA BIGGS: Right now, there is no plan to begin clearing the Old City or even to determine how many mines there are. It is still out of bounds to anyone but the Iraqi security forces.

So the Janus team is focusing on progress in the rest of the city, building by building, bomb by bomb.

CHRISTIAN: Whoever made this device had a set goal. And to allow him to win, people get hurt. So you kind of compete against him to be better than him to take it out before it can do any harm.

MARCIA BIGGS: So, you feel like you’re winning the battle against ISIS?

CHRISTIAN: Yes, one IED at a time.

MARCIA BIGGS: For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Marcia Biggs in Mosul, Iraq.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Tune in later.

Frontline’s latest film, “Mosul,” was on the ground filming the fight as it unfolded street by street and house by house. That’s tonight on PBS.

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The hidden secrets of Brazil

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Brazil is, in many ways, the jewel of South America. An enormous, sprawling country, full of staggering natural beauty, vibrant culture, and an interesting history – did you know the Portuguese colonized Brazil? It’s also one of the top destinations in the world, and somewhere that is proving very popular with tourists. With much of the Amazon located in the country, there are experiences to be had here that are so unique they can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.

Brazil is stuffed full of unique experiences and wonderful secrets, and it’s essential to try to make sure you make the most of them. If you want to travel to this far-flung corner of the world, you want to have an experience that’s unforgettable. Join us now on a journey of discovery, as we uncover some of the greatest secrets Brazil has to offer.

Pedra da Gávea – Rio De Janeiro

This majestic monolith in Rio is one of the hidden secrets in the city, and one of the best places to chill out and relax. Seeing Brazil from a new angle is a great way of ensuring you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sitting at 842 meters above sea level, Pedra da Gávea really has to be seen to be believed. The views you will get from this monolith are beyond words, and you can reach it with a hike through the stunning Tijuca Forest.

Pantanal Wetlands – Mato Grosso do Sul

The Pantanal Wetlands extend across Mato Grosso, and some other countries as well, but, they are one of the true hidden treasures of Brazil. Here there is stunning natural beauty and the incredible wetlands burst with life and vibrancy. You name it, you’ll find it here – emerald forests, bronze sandbanks, sprawling pastures, and tropical savannahs. A World Heritage site since 2000, the Pantanal is one of the truly beautiful parts of this stunning country. Book your trip there now, and get up close and personal with the wild Brazil!

Viaduct Petrobras – São Sebastião

Well, this is just one of the most awesome and unusual things we’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing up close and personal. Viaduct Petrobras is an area of elevated road smack bang in the middle of the Brazilian jungle! How on Earth did it get there, and why was it there?! There are so many questions to be asked about this, but, it’s also something to simply marvel at silently, and get some pictures of. This is one of those things that looks so out of place you could almost be in another world.

There is so much beauty and elegance in Brazil – she truly is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You are probably aware of some of the well-known attractions here, such as Christ the Redeemer, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. But, we feel like it’s the hidden secrets of places that make them such a wonder and a delight. And Brazil has so many secrets to uncover and discover; we hope you manage to make the most of them as much as you can.

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Isle of man’s hidden secrets

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The Isle of Man is a magical, beautiful island nestled in the Irish Sea, and situated between Great Britain and Ireland. The island is a popular tourist destination, and a place with its feet firmly in British and Gaelic folklore. That’s not to mention the fact that the island contains some of the most spectacular wildlife and natural beauty in all the British Isles. This obscure and fascinating place might just be the best place you’ve never heard of.

The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin as it is also known) is one of the must-see places in the British Isles and a place unlike any you’ve ever encountered before. This place is exactly like stepping into the middle of a fairytale, complete with friendly locals, amazing beauty, and some incredible secrets as well. We’re going to look at some of the best-hidden secrets the Isle of Man has to offer, and things you simply must check out today.

Magnetic Hill

There’s nothing like a bit of magic to spice up a wet weekend. So, when you visit the Isle of Man, make sure you head to Magnetic Hill and drive down until you find a place with the markers. Then you need to stop, place your car in neutral with the handbrake off, and prepare to be amazed. Your car will actually begin rolling back up the hill at a pretty decent speed, as if by magic. Of course, it’s really just an optical illusion, but it’s still a cool experience and adds to the magic and mythology of the Isle of Man.

Old Fairy Bridge

The Isle of Man is one of the only places in the world where they still believe in the existence of fairies. In fact, as far as the locals are concerned, there are many supernatural forces at work in this place. If you want to experience some of the magic for yourself, we would recommend a trip to the Old Fairy Bridge. The bridge is located over Middle River and is popular with tourists who visit the area. The Fairy Bridge that most people know is the one on the A5, but this is actually pretty recent. The one that bridges Middle River, near Kewaigue, is the real Fairy Bridge.

Wild Wallabies

When you first lay eyes on the wild wallabies here, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re actually in Australia! But, there are, in fact, wild wallabies roaming free all across the Isle of Man. This has been the case since the ‘60s, and they are generally found in the North of the island. So, if you want to have a day that is packed with natural beauty, and you want to enjoy spotting some of these majestic creatures, head to the north of the island, and spend the day spotting wallabies.

Camera Obscura

There may still be a few of these around the world, but this one, found on Douglas Head, has an incredible 11 lenses! It was constructed in 1892 and played a big role in the Isle of Man tourist boom at the time. The wonderfully intricate design of the mirrors and lenses provide an exceptional view of Douglas. The best thing is that the camera obscura is still in working order today, and, when the flag flies, it means it’s open for the public.

These are just a small selection of the secrets and opportunities that await you on the Isle of Man. It’s the perfect place to go for that once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with excitement, adventure, and a large helping of folklore thrown in too.

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When you think of the Mediterranean, your first thought is probably towards countries like Greece, Italy or Cyprus. But, you have to consider other areas as well, and one of the great hidden gems of the Med is Malta. This archipelago lies between Italy and the coast of North Africa and is becoming a much more popular vacation choice for people these days. Malta is not seen as a mainstream option for a lot of people but is certainly the hidden gem of the Mediterranean.

This wonderful country has so much to offer tourists, as it has a number of historic sites, supreme natural beauty, and the perfect climate for beaching. Malta is a fantastic place to visit if you want the combination of a beach vacation and a cultural tourist experience. We’re going to take a look at some of the things that make Malta such a hidden treasure for you to uncover.

It’s not too big

One of the worst things when traveling somewhere is if you get a place that’s huge. You might have a lot you want to do, but getting around to all the different places can be expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, Malta is actually pretty small – 122 square miles to be precise. The capital city, Valletta, is also the smallest capital in the European Union. The benefit of this is that it means you can get around much more easily and take in all of the beauty that Malta has to offer.

It’s glamorous

Malta brings much of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with it. You may not know, but there are a whole host of Hollywood blockbusters that were filmed here. Movies like Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, and Troy all had filming locations in Malta. There are also plenty of celebs that visit so you might wind up spotting a few stars while you’re here! Sidebar – make sure you head over the Anchor Bay and check out Sweethaven Village, a charming amusement park built in 1979, and the home of Popeye. It appeared in the film starring Robin Williams.

Amazing attractions

Malta has some of the best attractions in Europe, mainly due to the fact that it was under the rule of lots of different Empires. The Romans, and the Moors, in particular, laid roots here, and you can see from some of the stunning temples and fortresses that are prevalent throughout the country. For example, the Temple of Hagar Qim is one of the oldest and most impressive temples in the world, and predates the pyramids! Also, make sure you check out Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a Neolithic, subterranean collection of halls and burials chambers dating back to 4000 B.C., it’s out of this world.

Fantastic nightlife

If you’re looking for some incredible nightlife options, again, Malta is the place to be. There is a vibrant nightlife scene, and plenty of opportunities to go clubbing and hang out at bars. There are smaller parties, as well as big events at clubs like Plush. If you’re after something a little more authentic, you should check out the Maltese Festa that runs every weekend over the summer. It’s the perfect opportunity to drink lots of beer and enjoy some live entertainment. Wonderful.

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Those Emmys really make her outfit pop

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At Sunday’s Emmys, Hollywood’s boldest and brightest dressed up and hit the red carpet. We saw plenty of glam fashion statements and touching speeches but, of course, there were some surprise political moments as well. Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at her, Elisabeth Moss’s Emmys outfit had a secret message written on it. And no, it wasn’t on her stunning baby pink Prabal Gurung gown. The secret message Elisabeth wore was hidden in an unexpected place that’s inspiring us to pen our own words of protest next time we hit the town.

You’ll have to guess what the other shoe says…. our note to the patriarchy #teamresistance

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The message Elisabeth was wearing was actually written on the sole of her pink pumps.

While we only got to see that one pump said ‘off’, we can guess what the other one says. Coupled with a caption that says this was a note to the patriarchy – we’re even more sure of our hunch.

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Not only is this a pointed message, but it could also be a reference to Elisabeth’s character on The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. On the show, Elisabeth plays Offred, so the ‘off’ may be a witty call to her character. And since the show directly challenges the patriarchy as a system of oppression, we have even more reason to believe in this double-edged message.

We can’t deny that we love this whole outfit, but in our opinion, the shoes really make the statement.

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10 Secrets of Gianni Versace’s Miami Mansion: Hidden Passages, a 24-Karat Pool and A-List Regulars

When legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace purchased his Mediterranean-style villa, then the Amsterdam Palace apartment building, in Miami Beach in 1992, Ocean Drive was still an odd collection of small hotels, modeling agencies and senior citizens’ homes. By 1997, the year he was gunned down by serial killer Andrew Cunanan on the front steps of the remarkable home he’d spent a reported $ 33 million restoring, the oceanfront strip was a bonafide celebrity destination.

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Twenty years after Versace’s death — the anniversary of his murder is July 15 — the property, now the celebrity-favorite hotel The Villa Casa Casuarina,  and the fantastical scenes it’s witnessed still capture the public’s imagination.

The second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story anthology, Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History, premiering in 2018, tells the story of the designer’s life and death, and inevitably of his most famous home.

The show filmed “essential, central” scenes at the house-turned-hotel, says Casa Casuarina general manager Chauncey Copeland, who notes hundreds of visitors still come to pay tribute to Versace at the property’s gates every day. But it’s most alluring features, including the ten below, can be found only once you check in.

1. The 24-Karat Pool

The villa’s most over-the-top showpiece is without a doubt the mosaic swimming pool, which is just what its name implies: “It’s made up of thousands of tiles that were imported from Italy, and hundreds of them are 24-karat gold,” says Copeland. Following her 2005 VMA wins, Kelly Clarkson jumped into the golden pool fully clothed.

2. A Hidden Time Capsule 

It’s believed that the home’s original owner, Alden Freeman, hid a time capsule in the house when it was built in 1930. The item was never uncovered during Versace’s extensive renovation of the home in the 1990s, but, Copeland notes, it is thought to be hidden in the building’s cornerstone, which was left untouched during the remodel.

3. Hidden Passageways

The villa has several hidden passages that were used by Versace and his guests. The most famous connected his dressing room to one of his libraries. Most have been closed up since the hotel moved in and the library is now known as the G Lounge.

4. Famous Overnight Guests

Madonna, Elton John and Princess Diana were all friends of Versace and overnight guests at the villa. The fashion designer’s contemporaries like Diane von Furstenberg and Halston were also frequent visitors, says Copeland.

5. Celebrity Clientele

Today the property is a luxury hotel, The Villa Casa Casuarina, but the celebrities keep coming. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber, Drake, Sylvester Stalone and Lionel Richie are all fans.

6. All-Night Soirees

One unnamed A-list client — the hotel operates under a strict code of privacy — who stayed there for an extended period “would come back with an entourage from the club and then party all the way through to the next afternoon,” says Copeland. “That was one of the more lively times.”

7. Record Visitors

Outside of the hotel’s gates however, hundreds of tourists come daily to lay flowers on the infamous front steps and take photos of the house. “The Versace mansion is the third most photographed in the United States, behind Elvis’s Graceland and the White House,” Copeland notes.

8. Supernatural Visitors

While most stop to snap a photo in front of the facade, some visitors have a more haunting interest in the property. “You do get the occasional ghost hunter,” says Copeland. “We’ve had a few people coming in over the years and try to sense his spirit. For the most part, people still see it as a place celebrating his life more than his death.”

9. An In-House Artist

Recreations of Versace’s famous bed spreads and pillows were made and brought in for the filming of American Crime Story, but the hotel’s intricate wall art has been maintained for years by an artist on staff that works to keep up and carefully restore the many murals on the property.

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10. Ties to Christopher Columbus

The Mediterranean Revival home was modeled on one in the Dominican Republic owned by Diego Columbus, Christopher Columbus’s eldest son. That mysterious cornerstone was brought over from the original house.


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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – It’s bombs away at the multiplexes.

Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” suffered moribund national expansions. Their failures will lead to tens of millions of dollars in red ink for the studios that backed them. “Sleepless,” an action-thriller with Jamie Foxx, also suffered an underwhelming opening, getting lost in the onslaught of new releases.

“There’s almost an unprecedented number of films out there,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore. “It’s got to be somewhat daunting and overwhelming for moviegoers.”

Amidst the carnage, Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” retained its box office crown in its second weekend of wide release, earning $ 20.5 million for the weekend and a projected $ 25.3 million for the long weekend. That will push its total to $ 59.7 million. The historical drama about African-American NASA workers during the early days of the space program has been one of the biggest breakouts of awards season.

“Hidden Figures” faced stiff competition from Lionsgate’s “La La Land,” riding high after sweeping the Golden Globe Awards, and STX’s “The Bye Bye Man,” which earned $ 14.5 million and $ 13.4 million, respectively. “La La Land” is widely expected to dominate the Oscar nominations. The musical about lovestruck Angelenos should finish the four-day weekend with another $ 17.5 million in domestic receipts, which would bring its stateside total to more than $ 77 million.

“The Bye Bye Man’s” strong reception is welcome news for STX, which had expected the film to open to roughly $ 10 million. The horror movie about college students grappling with a deadly supernatural figure cost less than $ 8 million to produce. It should make $ 15 million over the four-day holiday. Studio executives said they weren’t afraid of the crush of new releases heading into the weekend, because they felt they were the only film targeted to younger females. STX also wanted to release the picture on Friday the 13th, a marketing hook for scary movies.

“We knew we were going to be able to get that core audience of females,” said Kevin Grayson, STX’s domestic distribution president. “Not only did they go on Friday, they continued to go all weekend.”

Heading into the weekend, most analysts expected CBS Films and Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day” to put up more of a fight. The drama about the Boston Marathon Bombing earned $ 12 million after moving from seven theaters to 3,120 locations. It could make $ 14.3 million over the four-day stretch. That’s below projections ― analysts expected the film to earn as much as $ 18 million. However, the studios believe that “Patriots Day” could benefit from enthusiastic word-of-mouth. Audiences gave the film a rare A+ CinemaScore.

“Monster Trucks’” failure seemed preordained. Last year, Paramount took a $ 115 million write-down on the film. “Monster Trucks’” reception justified that fiscal white-flag waving. It opened to a pallid $ 10.5 million and a projected $ 14.1 million over the holiday, a disastrous result given its $ 125 million budget.

“The movie works for the audience it’s intended to work for,” said Megan Colligan, Paramount’s marketing and distribution head. “It did really well in the midwest and south. It was over 50 percent kids. The balance was good between boys and girls…without a whole lot of competition, it will keep plugging along.”

Paramount has hit a rough patch. The studio was embroiled in a corporate power struggle that pitted the controlling Redstone family against Philippe Dauman, the former chairman of Paramount’s parent company Viacom. The Redstones ultimately prevailed, but the pressure is now on Paramount chief Brad Grey to prove he can deliver more hits. The studio scored with “Fences” and “Arrival,” but lost millions on the likes of “Allied,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” and “Ben-Hur.”

“Live by Night’s” troubles will hit Affleck hard. He directed, produced, and wrote the Dennis LeHane adaptation, and took a starring role as a charismatic rum runner. Warner Bros. is releasing the $ 65 million production. It earned a sallow $ 5.4 million and should end the four-day holiday with just over $ 6 million, which more or less leaves the gangster picture on the slab. Affleck should be on firmer commercial ground reprising his Dark Knight role in “Justice League” later this year.

Open Road’s “Sleepless” didn’t fare too well either, although it cost significantly less than “Live by Night” and “Monster Trucks.” The $ 30 million production stars Foxx as a morally compromised cop whose extracurricular activities endanger his son. It kicked off with a meager $ 8.5 million and should end the long weekend with $ 10.1 million in the till. The studio says that “Sleepless” will make its way into the black because Open Road covered its financial exposure by selling foreign distribution rights and through tax rebates.

“Given our economics, this $ 10 million opening on ‘Sleepless’ will certainly become profitable for Open Road,” said a spokeswoman.

Then there’s “Silence,” a decades-in-the-making religious drama. Scorsese struggled for years to cobble together the financing for this story about Jesuit priests who risk torture and death to spread the gospel in feudal Japan, but audiences seemed to have little appetite for his rumination on faith. “Silence” expanded from 51 theaters to 747 locations, earning just over $ 2 million for the long weekend. The $ 50 million film was financed independently. Paramount is distributing the picture.

“Marty Scorsese is one of the greatest living filmmakers,” said Colligan. “He’s earned the right to independently finance a movie and make the movie he wants to make. This is a complicated, beautiful film, one that movie critics have named the best of the year and one that will be taught in film schools for years. It needs to be judged on its merits.”

Holdovers “Sing” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” continued to show strength, with both films earning roughly $ 13.8 million. “Sing,” the latest collaboration between the “Despicable Me” team of Universal and Illumination, has earned $ 237.2 million stateside. “Rogue One” is now the top-grossing 2016 release with more than $ 500 million in receipts. It will cross the $ 1 billion mark at the global box office this week.

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