Academy Drops 'territories' In Palestine Reference
In the Oscar nominations on Thursday, foreign language nominee "Omar" was described as being from "Palestine," a reference the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has carefully avoided in the past. "Omar," a drama set amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was directed by Hany Abu-Assad, whose thriller "Paradise Now" was also nominated in the foreign language category in 2005. After hearing the news of his latest nomination, Abu-Assad said Thursday that having the academy refer to his entry as being from Palestine was a step in the right direction.
Cognoa’s App Will Evaluate Children’s Risk For Autism From Videos And Other Data
There are life-changing technologies that are being developed at the intersection of health evaluation and diagnosis. For example, Neurotrack has developed a cognitive test to predict and diagnose the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. And a new startup, Cognoa, is launching to help evaluate children’s risk for Autism.
For 'Under The Dome,' 'a Season Of Transformation'
Life is only going to get more intense in CBS's summer series Under the Dome. Executive Producer Neal Baer said,"This is a season of transformation." "Last year was a season of secrets being revealed about our characters. Now, they really have to cope with the ramifications of what this all means, since it doesn't look like they're getting out any time soon."Dome, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, was the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years, averaging 15.1 million viewers, and performed strongly internationally.
States With Highest, Lowest Payday Loan Rates
Idaho, Nevada and Utah have among the nation's highest interest rates for payday loans, according to a new report. The study, released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts, found their rates are so high mainly because they're among only seven states that impose no legal limits on them. Idaho payday lenders charge an average 582% annual interest on their loans to lead the nation. Among states with storefront payday lenders, the lowest average interest charged is Colorado at 129%, which matches its legal limit. The next lowest are Oregon at 156% and Maine at 217%.
12 Killed In Attacks Across Iraq
Police said twelve people were killed and 39 others wounded in separate attacks across Iraq Sunday. Xinhua quoted a police source as saying, five people were killed and 15 injured when two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests tried to break into the Shiite college of Imam Kadhim in Ur district of Baghdad. Police said, In Iraq's Muthanna province, three people were killed and 20 others wounded when two car bombs went off near the provincial capital city of Samawa, some 270 km south of Baghdad.
Lea Michele Films Sexy New Music Video For ‘On My Way’
Lea Michele may or may not be a diva on the set of Glee, but she was all smiles over the weekend while she filmed the video for her newest single "On My Way." Wearing a variety of skimpy outfits and riding in a Mustang Convertible, Lea seemed thrilled to be working on her solo project as the FOX series approaches the end of its second-to-last season. "On My Way" is the second single from Lea's debut album Louder.
Beyoncé And Jay Z Give Us Lessons In Partying At Coachella
Beyoncé and Jay Z just might be the queen and king of Coachella! One week after Beyoncé stole the spotlight during a surprise duet with her sister, Solange, the husband and wife returned to the music festival this weekend, partying it up with pals Usher and Nas before and after Jay Z's performance with Pharrell. It was also a family affair, as the couple spent time with the Knowles family matriarch, Tina, and danced with Solange's son, Daniel Julez Smith.
Vanessa Hudgens & Boyfriend Austin Butler Head Back To Coachella For Weekend Two!
Apparently the first weekend of Coachella was just so good that some celebs had to go twice! Despite the performers staying the same, Vanessa Hudgens and her hunky boyfriend Austin Butler made their way back to Indio for the second weekend of festival-ing in a row! Clearly at home in this atmosphere, the 25-year-old actress went shoeless in the polo field as she made her way to the next performance.
Top Palestinian Cleric Says Israel Threw Stun Grenades Into Al Aqsa; Israel Denies
The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site. Israeli police denied the allegation, saying officers threw the non-lethal devices, which emit a loud noise, on a plaza outside the mosque after protesters threw rocks and firecrackers at them.
On Eve Of Marathon, Festivities And Tight Security
In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston. Marathon runners were blessed at an emotional church service that celebrated Easter and remembered the victims, while heightened security measures, including bag checks, were in place at marathon events. Still, there have been tense moments but 53 year-old Ricardo Corral of New York said,"We are not nervous, We know the police will be here to protect people."