- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now18 hrs ago
Reporters sometimes face a dilemma: Witnessing events in their communities, they are tasked to report what they see, for their viewers and readers, without crossing any lines of involvement. But sometimes, on a human level, that is just not possible.
On Friday, in Tampa, Fla., local TV reporter Cameron Polom became a part of the story he was covering — the disappearance of 10-year-old Paul Ezekiel Fagan. He had been last seen the afternoon before, playing in his grandmother's yard. Paul's grandmother, Hazel Epps, who has custody of the boy and with whom he lives, called the authorities at 8 p.m. after unsuccessfully searching for him on her own. Officers scoured the neighborhood late into the rainy night and early morning looking for the boy.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now1 day ago
For reporters who interview actors about upcoming movies in which they're appearing, it always helps to see the film in question. Failing that, you can always do some quick online research. Those steps would have saved KWGN Denver's Chris Parente the embarrassment he experienced while interviewing the stars of "The Skeleton Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.
The , like many entertainment interviews, began easily enough, with the actors describing the plot of the film. Then, the interview took a turn for the awkward when Parente asked Wiig if she had any advice for actors about appearing in nude scenes. The problem with the question? Wiig doesn't appear nude in "The Skeleton Twins."
Luckily for viewers, and for Parente himself, seasoned comedians Hader and Wiig made light of the errant question by talking about other scenarios that the film doesn't contain, like how Hader actually appears naked and upside down throughout the film and how the movie takes place on Mars.
The clip, which has become a viral hit, has more than 861,000 views on YouTube, with some fans even forgiving Parente's lapse in research.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now4 days ago
This week the country learned that hell hath no fury like a One Direction fan scorned. The gang over at "The Daily Show" has the joy of being on the receiving end of the rage, emotion, and outcry of the very protective fan base.What outlandish attack on character or verbal assault could be at the center of this wave of social media backlash? Glad you asked.On Tuesday, the show's mock news correspondent Jessica Williams delivered a report about the new war in Syria, which involves airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group. She mentioned the quickly multiplying terrorist groups in the Middle East, including a terrorist "supergroup" that sent "Directioners" over the edge. Williams joked, "Just as you were talking, a new terrorist group just formed, with one member each from ISIS, al-Nusra, al-Qaida, Hamas, One Direction, and the Zetas drug cartel."
- Emily Scharnhorst at Trending Now4 days ago
With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of you have already at least glanced at costume ideas. And if you're a fan of the Disney movie "Frozen" and also a grownup who likes dressing in sexy Halloween costumes, look no further. Here are this season's sexy "Frozen"-inspired Halloween costumes. Of course, they are not made by Disney — hence the "inspired" part — but instead are by costume-maker Yandy. There's the Ice Girl costume, the Norwegian Maiden costume, the Blue Snow Maiden, and even a costume called the Funny Snowman. We think the only thing funny about this one is that it is most likely replicating this character, Olaf the snowman:
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
A new video is giving a rare glimpse of the terrifying life inside Raqqa, Syria. The area was overtaken nearly 18 months ago by the Islamic State militant group (also known as ISIL and ISIS). The video originally aired this week on the French TV channel France 2. The video portrays a society of forced prayers, a ban on music and entertainment, and mandatory niqabs (restrictive full coverings) for women. A brave Syrian female student shot the undercover video, which shows men and women carrying weapons in the busy streets, even near children. At one point in the video, a man pulls up to the camerawoman in a car and chastises her about her too-transparent veil. He tells her, "God loves covered women." The video was shot in February and April of this year. Its purpose was to expose the conditions under which Syrian women now live, and also to tell the story of 150 French women who have moved to the area to marry jihadists or join their extremist husbands fighting there, to care for orphans and support the cause. In one scene, French women speak to their loved ones via Skype in the women-only section of an Internet café. One woman says, "I'm not going back, mama.… You have to get it through your head that I am not returning."
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Someone is giving extra thanks to the bike gods today! In an incredibly close call with death, a Russian cyclist found himself caught in the middle of a collision between a delivery truck and a car, but luckily he managed to walk away unharmed.
The incident occurred about 40 minutes south of Moscow's city center on Sept. 19. It was recorded on the city's CCTV cameras, which were installed for the "Safe City" surveillance project.
In the video, a man is riding his bike through a crosswalk when suddenly a delivery truck collides with a red car that was driving parallel with the biker. It appears that the delivery truck ignored the right of way and darted across the intersection, smashing into the red car. Debris from both vehicles flies, and the delivery truck tips, balances briefly on two wheels, and then quickly rolls over. Miraculously, the cyclist is not hit by the red car, which spins out of control, but he is knocked off his bike by the brush of the truck's front bumper as it is rolling over.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now6 days ago
Cats and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Meow Mix is banking on that concept. The brand's advertising team came up with a new way to appeal to the less-talked-about cat owners — cat guys. In a new YouTube video titled "Country Cat," J.R. Moore (aka country music singer Justin Moore) sings about what he loves to do when he gets home from a long day of hard work. Spoiler alert: It's playing with his cat. The 2-minute video will have you tapping your foot, especially to this line: "Listen to that purrin' the records are turnin'…" This is the second Meow Mix music video in its "It's Meow Time" campaign, which features remixed versions of its famous jingle. The first was a trippy, electronic dance music version released in August. Whether you love or hate the two new videos, the company has come a long way since its original 1970s jingle. Good luck getting this country tune out of your head. If you're feeling inspired, you should upload your own version at www.ItsMeowTime.com for a chance to win a trip to Hollywood for you and your cat. And be sure to look out for the next Meow Mix video release, which appears to have something to do with a hipster orchestra.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
Apple's announcement on Sept. 9 of the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was big. Really big. Huge even. You get the point. It seems like all anyone can talk about are the phone sizes, and that includes best friends Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, who appear in two new Apple commercials that were released on YouTube Monday night. In the first video, titled "Huge," the pair poke fun at the way everyone is obsessed with the size of the smartphones. If you can stop talking about the phones' sizes for a minute, you can watch the next Timberlake and Fallon collaboration, an ad titled "Cameras." This one is about the awesomeness of the phones' cameras, which feature slow motion and a new time-lapse setting. Both spots only feature Fallon and Timberlake's voices and hands, but still left us smiling. We didn't expect anything less from the funny duo, who have famously appeared in several sketches together, like their "Hashtags" bit on Fallon's "Tonight Show" and the "Wrappinville" musical skit on "Saturday Night Live." Fallon and Timberlake join a slew of other famous actors who have appeared in Apple commercials. Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Scorsese, and Zoey Deschanel are just a few of the celebrities who have lent their face and voice to the tech giant's ads.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now8 days ago
It's no secret that some professional football stars haven't exactly behaved like great role models recently, so it's refreshing to meet a young player who seems to be heading in the right direction. Apollos Hester is a wide receiver on the East View High School football team in Georgetown, Texas, where they take football pretty seriously. Hester's team was able to win Friday's game with an amazing comeback (the score was 42-41).
During his postgame interview with a sports reporter from TWC Austin, Lauren Mickler, Hester's words proved just as good as his moves on the field. The only question Mickler asked was "What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?" Hester responded with a motivational speech which included this quote: "Keep smiling, no matter what you're going through. If you fall down, just get up. If you can't get up, your friends are there to help you. Your momma's there, your daddy's there, God's there... hey, I'm there to help you up."
High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming CourtMia Fitzharris at Trending Now11 days ago
Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at Grand Prairie High School in north Texas tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court.
The truth is, she wasn't actually nominated, but the story doesn't end there. Her two friends Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, who were nominated, heard about the cruel prank and came up with a plan. They decided that if either of them won, the winner would give the crown to Lillian. "We promised each other, and we were like, 'No matter what, no backing down. If one of us wins, we're giving Lillian the crown,'" Martinez told NBCDFW.