President Obama and VP Biden won’t visit colleges that mishandle sexual assaults

President Obama and other high-ranking officials of the administration announced that they won’t be visiting colleges whose leaders they consider “insufficiently serious” when it comes to sexual assault on campus.

Besides the President and the First Lady, the decision to boycott educational institutions that fail to address campus-based sexual assaults has been joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, as well as a number of prominent Cabinet members.

This information comes from Washington Post’s Sunday report, which cites officials close to both the President and the VP.

According to the Post, Mr. Biden urged the federal government to “take away their money“ from colleges that do not reform their insufficient policy regarding incidents involving sexual assaults against male, female and transgender students.

In addition to that announcement by the VP, Mr. Biden told the Washington Post that the matter of campus sexual assaults has been under his consideration since his first term in the White House, back in 2008.

More specifically, the VP stated that he asked President Obama to raise awareness about the issue and requested a staff that would study gun violence against women.

The Vice President talked about Mr. Obama’s response to the idea. “He said,Okay.He knew how strongly I felt about it. He always thought it was an awful abuse of power. But as his daughters grew, he became more explicitly focused on it,

Mr. Biden further added that over time the President had significantly shifted his focus and efforts on minimizing the issue at hand.

Furthermore, this joint-decision comes in the wake of the Stanford campus sexual assault scandal, where a male student engaged in illegal sexual contact with an unconscious female student.

Controversy about the matter sparked due to the judge’s six-month sentence verdict, despite the perpetrator being convicted of three counts of sexual assault.

Vice President Biden mentioned in an open letter to the Stanford victim. “It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.

Via: The Washington Times

Some Moments To Be Remembered From The 2014 CMA Awards

The 2014 CMA Awards night held and live telecast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday was amazing and unforgettable as it was expected to be. The hosts, celebrities, audiences and also the viewers had a great time spent with the Awards ceremony.

The hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood did a great job in cheering up their guests and celebrities together with also warming up the whole atmosphere. They seemed to miss not a single chance of poking fun. None, from Renee Zellweger to Kaci Hickox could escape from their grip for whom the hosts sang, “Quarantine,” to the tune of “Jolene.” (Sample lyric: “Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine, quarantine/What part of stay inside don’t you understand?”). The hosts even did not forget to throw some political comments as well on Taylor Swift shifting to the pop genre also adding that they were suffering from “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.” This particular disorder is being explained by Paisley as a disease that President Obama doesn’t care about.

Speaking about an another thing about the hosts, especially about the female host Carrie is her frequent flaunt of a baby bump! Although the host went through many costume changes during the awards show, but the tiny baby bump could be very well seen which even got mentioned by her co-host Paisley as well. He seemed to beg her to tell whether she is expecting a boy or a girl.

Guests also got to enjoy a night full of great music performed by Miranda Lambert together with newcomer Meghan Trainor. The ace singer performed twice in the event and bagged three awards as well.
Next, the CMA Awards night showed repeating history for the second time when it honored Vince Gill with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence. This is for the second time in history that a singer is being awarded with this honor. While accepting the honor, Gill forwarded his homage to Waugh calling him “a gentlemen’s gentleman.”

“Interstellar”: A Movie You Can Call Full of Adventure or Melodrama

“Interstellar,” the latest release in the box office directed by Christopher Nolan is a hugely starred blockbuster movie that has right since its release, been able to garner much of the business and response from audiences. A science fiction in type, the movie has, however, in some contexts gone far beyond what is needed and sometimes just the very adventurous for one to handle.

Starring big names like Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, etc., audiences is being tried to be impressed right through the big casting. Furthermore, there are extraordinary actions, sonic booming sound delivery, artistic perfection a story revolving Earth. The very concept of the movie is exceptional and is brilliantly executed as well. There are moments of genuine awe and majesty in the movie, which Nolan as the director has perfectly blended.

The movie starts with showing a former test pilot named Cooper (played by McConaughey) who lives with his two kids and father-in-law (John Lithgow). The world outside is shown rapidly drying up and leading to agricultural collapse. With agriculture being ruined all over, there is huge scarcity of food and this leads to relying on technological innovation and space exploration in order to revive the farming system in the world and make food available for living.

Viewers can find Coop is mourning over the pathetic condition of the earth and saying at a point of time, “We used to look up at the sky and wonder about our place in the stars. Now, we just look down and wonder about our place in the dirt.”

And then comes the change when Coop and his beloved daughter Murphy (played by Mackenzie Foy) happened to discover a mysterious code. This code led them to some other mysterious coordinates that are found out in the countryside. Later, viewers could see Coop been involved in a top-secret, deadly mission of finding a habitable planet outside the solar system. Coop and three other astronomers accompanying him on the mission, honest to their mission and to their fellow earth dwellers could be seen even willing to risk their lives as well in order to save humanity.

Hence, the story of the “Intersteller” surely is appealing and new but what goes over the head is the melodrama it incorporates .

Miley and Rihanna in a Battle of Show Off at amfAR Gala Auction

The amfAR Gala Auction in Los Angeles on Wednesday night was a night for the celebrities to gather for a good cause and do great charities. But for two of the singing divas of Hollywood, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, it was more like an event to show off as much as possible, be it their b**bs or their money power!

Both, Miley and Rihanna were seen attending the night in their barely body covering and lots-of-front revealing dresses. Although the pictures of the duo show both of them enjoying each others’ company and having a great time together, but the real thing may be the other way round. One can easily smell their race of being the highest charity maker when it came to bid for the rare items available in the event. However, whatever the singers are up to and whether it was merely taken as a charity or a money splashing battle, their charity is going to do good for the HIV/AIDS patients in their treatment.

Rihanna and Miley both seemed to waste not a minute in open-handed bidding for things and ended up splashing hundreds of thousands. It all started with Rihanna spilling a $35k on Harry Winston diamond link earrings and then a further $100k on an Elizabeth Taylor photo at the Eden Roc by Willy Rizzo, signed by the artist. Later, she also made a donation of $200k.

In Miley’s turn, she was found spending a whopping $500,000 in total of which $300,000 was spent on a Ryan McGinley photograph and another $200,000 to the AIDS charity. She definitely remained the biggest hole maker in her pocket and also seemed to be pretty excited and happy to have visited the event. She later on posted on Instagram saying, “We dem boy$$$$. I had fun tonight wit all deeeeez weirdos! hopefully we made history tonight and WHEN the time comes there IS a cure for Hiv/aids I am so happy to know we had something to with that! I send all the best vibes over to the brilliant people at #amfAR and thank you for such a fun event! Couldn’t be a better way to celebrate the announcement of being #maccosmetics #2015 #vivaglam giiiiiiirl#sharonstoneisabadasshustler (sic)”

Among other A-list celebrities present at the event, Justin Timberlake was also one.

Former Cream Guitarist Jack Bruce Passes Away

Jack Bruce, the bass guitarist of the legendary 1960s group Cream who was best known with his two other partners, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker passed away due to liver disease at his home in Suffolk.

Known as an evergreen charming guitarist famous for his legendary 1960s group Cream, Bruce’s death is mourned by the whole of the music world. With his death, Bruce, 71, leaves behind his wife, children and grandchildren along with thousands of other fans.

Confirming the news of Bruce’s death, his family stated, “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Jack Bruce’s team Cream was a hugely popular musical team at a time which had won the world’s first ever platinum disc for their LP Wheels Of Fire. They were proud sellers of 35 million albums in just over two years. But the team split in November 1968 when they were touching the zenith of success. It was Jack Bruce who felt that he can do better justice to his ideals by rediscovering his musical and social roots.

Some of the famous songs of Cream were mostly written and sang by Bruce only which includes I Feel Free, White Room, Politician and Sunshine Of Your Love etc. today his songs are being sang by many popular artists like Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald and so on.

Commemorating the music icon, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi tweeted, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Jack Bruce, a major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer. He was a hero to so many.” Similar many other famous names of the music world are there who have paid tribute to the legend and recalls the great works of the singer cum bassist.

Arrival of the Second Baby of William and Kate Confirmed in April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their second baby and as announced by the royal couple, the baby is to arrive in April. Finally, after so many buzzes and rumors about the royal baby, people can now be assured that Prince George is soon to get a sibling to play with.

As stated by a Kensington Palace statement, the Duchess, due to her pregnancy these days, is suffering from morning sickness and is slowly recovering from it with days passing. It was seen that during her first pregnancy with Prince George as well the Duchess had acute morning sickness.

Amid her sickness and uneasiness, the Duchess and the Duke are, however, also getting ready to welcome the Singapore President Tony Tan as the guest is scheduled to visit England for a four-day state visit this week. What else, the Duchess is scheduled to attend another event called the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award ceremony as well.

The above mentioned are just a few of the unavoidable commitments of the Duchess as due to her morning sickness and uneasiness owing to pregnancy, she has already cancelled quite many of the social engagements and invitations. It is since September when her second pregnancy was announced; Kate has been taking care of her health.

Robert Downey Jr May Star the Third “Captain America” Film

Captain America movie series fans may get a chance to get a different treat this time in the form of Robert Downey Jr. rumors are that Downey is to star as the Iron Man in the third Captain America film and this indeed is a news to cheer up for the actor’s fans.

Although this has not yet been confirmed or announced by the Marvel franchise, yet the buzz is that the actor is currently in talks with the production house for its next movie of the series. Deadline reports that Downey is to co-star with another known face of the film series, Chris Evans. However, Marvel has signaled that another film of the series is in the making by teasing the 2015 return of the Civil War series.

Robert Downey Jr. who has already proved his acting skills and great performance in movie like The Judge starring opposite Robert Duvall, is an eligible name not only for the Captain America 3 but also for the Iron Man 4.

For the time being, as quite much time is there for the Captain America 3 to be released, which is scheduled to be May 2016, it is hoped that in the coming time the final name will soon come into the limelight. The upcoming movie is to be directed by the filmmaking brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo.

“The Equalizer” Movie Debuts with an income of $35 Million

Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer”, the recently released thriller has broken records with an income of $35 million. Whether it is the star power that the movie is casted with or the great actions packed into it; a debut income of the aforesaid movie is a record in itself.

The movie released in the last weekend was and has been a box office hit and has proved to be the third best debut movie for the lead actor of the movie Washington. Before this, “Safe House” in 2012 with $40.1 million and “American Gangster” in 2007 with $43.6 million were record breaking movies of the star. Washington plays the role of a former commando in the Sony-Columbia Pictures movie and shows living a quiet life in Boston. The story of the movie proceeds, then when a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) disappears and it takes him to meet and jump into a battle with the Russian mafia.

Washington, an actor with fast proceeding towards his 67th birthday this December, has done a remarkable job in the movie like in some of his other Hollywood movies with memorable roles.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, sates about Washington, “He’s the very model of box-office consistency. I can’t think of another star that’s this consistent, that remains this rock solid over the course of three decades.”

This was the second time that Washington had paired with the director Antoine Fuqua for this movie and before this, the duo was seen together in 2001’s “Training Day.” Washington delivered an astonishing performance in the movie for which he deservingly bagged the Oscar for best actor. Now the good news for the fans of this pair is that a sequel to “The Equalizer” is already in development.

Speaking about the sequel, Rory Bruer, the head of distribution for Sony says, “We feel like we have a real opportunity with a sequel and a possible franchise with this film.”

Derrick Levasseur declared winner of Big Brother 16

Big Brother 16, the CBS reality show, which has now been the TV show with simply thousands of permanent viewers, has finished for this season and the end of the show finally brings out a winner.

With the favorite contestants varying based on the likes and dislikes of audiences, finally it is Derrick Levasseur who makes it to beg the deal and carries home a bag full of $500,000! Although there were other favorite names in the housemates who showed great chances of taking away the title, but little did anybody knew as to who will make the last laugh. In fact, seconds before the final announcement of the winner; for some it was Victoria and for some it was Cody. However, Cody managed to come second and this made him too liable to win a prize money of $50,000.

Another award declared on the show was of the America’s Favorite Houseguest with $25,000 as the prize, and this was indeed a tough competition between housemates Zach, Nicole and Donny. After a total vote cast of 10 million for the favorite Houseguest, Julie Chen named the winner as Donny for whom it was more like a lot of love and respect of everyone and ended up nearly crying.

If the reason behind Derrick being the ultimate winner is to be speculated, then it must be added here that he well deserves it who played thoroughly with his mind and heart to finally make it to the crown. An undercover cop professionally, he seemed to be totally utilizing his skills over his housemates in confusing and manipulating them to a great extent. It was his amazing playing skills for which he remained without ever being nominated for the entire summer and could also convince fellow contestants that he is not the winning material. Well, this really worked well as he did not pose as a threat to anyone and hence, nobody thought of nominating him as well.

Kris Jenner Ready for Her Second Divorce

Kris Jenner and her husband, Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner are to part after a companionship of 22 long years as Kris is found to have filed the divorce petition mentioning the reason as irreconcilable differences between the two.

Kris was married to Bruce in the year 1992 following her divorce with her former husband, Robert Kardashian who is a Los Angeles lawyer. She and Robert parted in the year 1991 with whom she has three beautiful daughters known to everybody today as Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and a son called Rob. From her later marriage to Bruce as well she has two daughters, named Kendall and Kylie. However, as Kylie is only 17 at present, she seeks joint custody of Kylie Jenner in the divorce petition.

Bruce Jenner was a gold medal winner of the Montreal Olympics in men’s decathlon held in the year 1976. The relationship between two was not going smooth from quite a sometime now, which was also evident last on the reality show in which the focuses heavily on Kris Jenner’s daughters from the previous marriage.

Although this has not been made clear by the duo as to on what basis will they split their assets, this has been informed to the court that they have been living separately since June 1 of this year.

Whatever their issues are, Kris is up for her second divorce and still going strong!

‘The Theory of Everything’, Stephen Hawking’s Biopic Made Him Cry

The Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything” which world premiered in Toronto on Sunday, came out in as flying colors as it was expected of the film. The much-awaited film did not let anybody leave the theatre dry eyed, not even the man on whom it is made, Stephen Hawking.

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Hawking’s wife Jane Hawking have delivered tremendous performances in the film, a Production of the Focus Features. Equal applause must be credit to the director James Marsh as well who has done a great job in the casting, in the direction and execution. Later, the stars of the movie along with the director were seen garnering applauses from their audiences on stage.

The protagonist, Redmayne, playing Hawking in the film said, that the project is “one of the most extraordinary, terrifying and brilliantly inspiring experiences of my life.” He also stated how he spent six months only for the study of Hawking’s life and his personality. He also went through almost every interview footage of Hawking before he could actually meet the living legend. It was only five days before the shooting for the film begins, he could at last meet Stephen Hawking.

Humorous it is that the actor, on meeting Hawking, out of nervousness, said such things which did not actually impress Hawking much. On meeting him Redmayne, just to break the silence, said that both of them are Capricorns to which a straight-forward Hawking replied, “I’m an astronomer, not an astrologer.”

Hawking’s response after seeing the premier of the film has added a lot of weight and significance to ‘The Theory of Everything’. The physicist was so impressed on seeing the movie that he even gave the filmmakers the license to use his voice created through his speech synthesizer. He praised the movie just in two words and that are- “broadly true.”

Venice Film Festival Director Asks other Leading Film Festivals to Cooperate

The leading film festivals of the world must learn to cooperate and be friendly with each other rather than fighting for popularity, this is stated by the director of another leading film festival of the world, the Venice Film festival, Alberto Barbera.

Barbera is disappointed with the unprofessional behavior if some film festivals and have thus been compelled to make such a statement. It is actually the Toronto film festival, which took place after Venice had concluded, found stealing some of the ideas from the Venice’s one. This upset the director who later stated, “I think it’s a silly move to start a war, a competition among festivals. We don’t need to compete among us. We’re here to do our jobs, which is for filmmakers to show good films, to help filmmakers to get access to the market and so on, no?”

Barbera is more interested in a friendly approach towards the staging of the film festivals and that could be found in his actions as well. As mentioned by him, he has met the heads of the leading film festivals like Berlin, Cannes and Toronto in their respective festivals and have also discussed about the need for co-operation.

However, he has expressed his grief over the matter that Hollywood no longer considers the film festivals as the best platform to launch their blockbuster films which has paled the importance of these film festivals.

He further says, “When you get one you feel lucky because…for most Hollywood films the studios don’t consider the festival as the first option to promote a film. The producers, they don’t like this idea of a war among festivals. They need to promote their films, they don’t need to be involved in a war.”

The Highest-Grossing Domestic Movie of 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy

Exceeding the records of the Marvel hero and a past fellow “Captain America” and taking the best advantage of being released during the US Labor Day weekend, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” has reached the pinnacle. The whopping $16.3 million business it has done only in the US and Canada is enough to announce it to be the highest-grossing domestic movie of 2014.

Released only on August 1, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” has fast secured the top position on the weekend charts and this has happened for the third time since its release. Apart from its earning only in the US and Canada, it has secured a total of $274.6 million and this has made it break all the records of the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” which earned $259.8 million.

The movie so liked and embraced by the viewers, stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana who plays the leaders of a group of warriors. Other attractions of the “Guardians” are the talking raccoon and a human-like tree. With an offbeat story and a set of wow factors, it has everything in it to pull more and more viewers towards the movie and that definitely has led it to such a rampant success.

Other contemporary movies of the “Guardians” are the Walt Disney production “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “If I Stay” and “As Above, So Below”. The Disney movie ranked second for the weekend with $11.8 million domestic earning, “If I Stay” secured the third rank with $9.3 million. The low budget horror flick “As Above, So Below” is at the fourth with $8.3 million.

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Ready To Rock the MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMA )are to get to a banging start with some of the sensational voices to hit the stage on the night. The noted names among the best attractions of the night are Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Jessie J., and Taylor Swift. With the announced names only of the singers, fans can very well assume the level of fun the music awards show is going to broadcast on Sunday from Inglewood, California.

It is said that Nicki Minaj will be performing on stage her hit song ‘Bang Bang’ and singers Ariana Grande and Jessie J. are to accompany her in banging the stage in real sense. With Nicki ready to release her latest album ‘The Pink Print’, expectations are that she may hum a few lines from her favorite numbers of the album too. The best part, it is the first time that the trio of Nicki, Ariana, and Jessie are to perform the Top 10 hit and this will enough to keep their fans awake for the whole night!

Ariana and Nicki will be seen delivering solo performances too on stage at the VMAs.

About Taylor Swift’s probable list of songs, guesses are that she may rock her fans with her new single number ‘Shake It Off.’

Speaking about the nominees for the music awards, Beyonce is a name that is ruling the top with nominations for awards in eight categories. Her video of the year for “Drunk in Love” is also in the race. Moreover, she will be receiving the Michael Jackson video vanguard award too on the award night. Other names in the nominations include Iggy Azalea, Eminem, etc.

Kim Accused Sibling Khloé of Living A “Double Life”

Upset with the recent things happening with younger sister Khloé following her divorce with Lamar Odom, Kim Kardashian finally accuses her to be leaving a double life and demanded answers in public. It was in the Sunday night’s episode of their family show ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ Kim pointed her fingers at Khloe and asked her to answer her questions.

The 33-year-old and the elder sister, Kim is unhappy with the recent ups and downs taking place in the life her younger sibling Khloé. It was only in the last December that Khloé filed for divorce from her husband Lamar following his disturbing news of having extra-marital affairs with multiple women and his cocaine addiction. After being parted with her husband, Khloé has been living a more independent life by being out at night and also making friends with new people whom her family is not aware of.

Kim also shows her disappointment by saying that it is her sisters with whom she first shares everything about her life and now her sister’s behavior of concealing things have hurt her. She even makes a direct statement to her sister by saying, “It’s kind of annoying that I have to find out all this information on the Internet instead of straight from Khloé. If anything, my sisters are the first people I tell all my business to, so it’s kind of weird that Khloé can be so secretive.”

To Kim’s direct question, “Khloé, I just want to know, why are you lying to me about this supposed boyfriend?” a disturbed and embarrassed Khloé answers “That’s ridiculous!”

According to a confirmation made by Khloé, she is at present dating a guy named French Montana, 29. The first view of the couple spending time together was caught in April while they were having a night out and then in June enjoying a safari tour in South Africa.

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’- A Movie About Taste with Tasteless Comedy

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, based on a novel, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a movie depicting an Indian family who after much search for a place to settle down finally finds a place in a tiny French village. The movie is about the family opening a restaurant and facing the hurdles coming their way from their neighboring competitors dealing with the same food business.

Actors like Helen Mirren and veteran Indian actor Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, etc., are the frequently appearing faces in the movie. The basic story of the movie revolves round the rivalry between the two families running the restaurants, showing a flash of violent racism. As expected, the Romeo and Juliet of the story are Manish Dayal, the son of Om Puri in the movie and Charlotte, the protégée of Helen Mirren; portraying an awkward romance.

Without much to expect from the movie and without any unpleasant surprise taking place, the “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a happy go lucky movie with a happy ending. The veteran actors have justified their roles by adding some funny part and the younger ones have added a little flavor of beauty and love.

As the movie is basing on food actually, as little bit of food-porn photography too can be spotted in it. But the food-porn in some places is witnessed to be going excessive with an extra dose of special-effects. The vegetables, other than looking farm-fresh and pastoral, seemed to be absurdly large and unreal. This, consequently, reminds one of the Del Monte ad where food pornography goes more than real.

What is missing in the movie, especially when it is based on foods, is the charm and sensuality of preparing food. So, the temptation of foods or the urge to cook food after watching a food based movie is definitely missing in this movie.

Devoid of any sex or bad language, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a family movie and can surely be chosen for having some family time together in the weekends.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’- deserves to be called a “Star Wars” successor

A movie with spaceships, jokes, gags, space dogfights, a prison break and action sequences; the “Guardians of the Galaxy” has everything to wow its audiences and to be called a spiritual successor to the “Star Wars” movie.

Under the production of Marvel, this is another greatly built movie with which can stand on the expectation of the movie goers to the fullest. Apart from the amazing trailers and the catchy marketing campaign, the story and over all delivery of the movie is worth all applauds, which possesses every quality of being called a “Star Wars” successor though it is actually not.

Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, appearing in the movie as Starlord at the start, Ronan the Accuser- the big bad in the flick, Gamora, Drax, the amazingly well-executed Rocket and Groot, etc., are some characters that kept the movie filled with action, humor and great moments. Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista are also found delivering good performances in it.

The interaction between the human and animated actors is awesome and the timing is worth a view. Rocket and Groot are two of the animated characters that gave some good natural moves with their natural speaking. The visual effect of the movie is commendable and so are the writing of the story and the performance deliveries.

Entertainment definitely is the primary goal of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ but together with that, it has succeeded in astonishing its audiences to the fullest without getting overwhelmed.

Director James Gunn has succeeded in finding the right balance between making the movie a quip and a visual gag. There is much to enjoy in this Hollywood movie this summer.