Ghana’s fake US embassy shut down after a decade

From it, criminals from Ghana and Turkey issued authentic visas which had been obtained fraudulently. The sham embassy flew a US flag and had a picture of President Barack Obama on the wall. A fake US embassy has been operating from a run-down building in Accra, the capital of Ghana, western Africa, for a decade.

Last Tango in Paris director’s rape scene confession triggers outrage

Outrage has erupted over director Bernardo Bertolucci’s admission the infamous rape scene from Last Tango in Paris was sprung on the teenage actress without any warning. Then she hated me for all her life.”
Among the outrage his comments have caused, there have been calls to have all copies of the film destroyed. “I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set, because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script. Thankfully, there was just one take.”
Last Tango in Paris shocked audiences with its graphic sexual depictions. but at the time I didn’t know that,” Schneider said in 2007. “During the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. The actress died from cancer in 2011 and in the video, which was filmed in 2013, Bertolucci says he feels guilty over the way he and Brando treated her. In the scene, 19-year-old Maria Schneider is pinned down by 48-year-old Marlon Brando, armed with a stick of butter, on a living room floor. I felt humiliated and, to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and Bertolucci. Anna Kendrick pointed out that Schneider told media about the truth behind the scene several years ago. The sex isn’t real, but the teenager said she felt “humiliated” and “a little raped” afterwards. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologise. “I feel guilty but I do not regret,” Bertolucci says in the video. Jessica Chastain, Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham and Chris Evans are among the Hollywood celebrities expressing disgust and horror over the filmmaker’s confession of assaulting the teenager because he “wanted her reaction as a girl, not as an actress”. In newly discovered footage, director Bernardo Bertolucci admits he did not consult Schneider about the scene nor gain her consent, in order to make her reaction appear more authentic. I didn’t want Maria to act her humiliation, her rage – I wanted Maria to feel, not to act. For years after its release, Schneider struggled with drug addiction and depression. “To make movies sometimes, to obtain something, we have to be completely free.

SNL mocks Donald Trump’s Twitter addiction, Trump tweets his anger

After bashing the show, Mr Trump made six tweets about punishing American businesses who build factories in other countries, and called an effort to recount votes in three states a “scam to raise money”. “I’ve just retweeted the best tweet,” he tells co-star Kate McKinnon, acting as Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Mr Trump’s complaint was retweeted by none other than Baldwin himself, who said he’d stop once Mr Trump released his tax returns. “I mean wow, what a great, smart tweet.”
His advisors try to keep him on topic, but he soon whips out an air horn to announce “another great retweet”. He took to Twitter to call the show “unwatchable” and “totally biased”. In a sketch aired on Saturday night (US time), Mr Trump – played by Alec Baldwin – is supposed to be paying attention during a security briefing, but is distracted by what’s happening on Twitter. Baldwin’s unflattering portrayal is wearing thin for the real Mr Trump, who has – not for the first time – lashed out at the show. In recent months he has tweeted his displeasure with the show’s direction a number of times, his election to the most powerful role on the planet having seemingly no effect on Baldwin’s ability to get under his skin. US President-elect Donald Trump has reacted to a Saturday Night Live sketch about how he can’t stop tweeting, by tweeting. Before he became the butt of its jokes, it was only a year ago Mr Trump actually hosted Saturday Night Live.

New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer blasts off

The official full trailer for the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The film sees the return of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill the Star-Lord, along with Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and others for another cosmic adventure. “Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 movie is here – and the Guardians are bringing the action. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos,” the description reads. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”
The trailer shows everything which made the first movie popular – action, adventures, humour, amazing special effects, and colourful characters. “The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. It also stars Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot, who’s back for more mayhem. And after this taste, it will be a long five months for fans to wait until the full movie hits cinemas.

Little Mix coming to New Zealand in 2017

Girl group Little Mix are coming to New Zealand for the first time next year. Little Mix first formed in 2011 during the eighth series of the X Factor UK. From there they have gone from strength to strength, with four chart-topping albums and sell-out concerts around the world. They went on to become the first group to ever win X Factor. The girls are bringing The Glory Days Tour to Auckland’s Vector Arena for one night only on July 30. Fans can expect songs from their brand new, top 10 album Glory Days, including the cheeky lead single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, as well as their mega hits ‘Hair’, ‘Change Your Life’ and ‘Secret Love Song’. Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson all auditioned as individual artists, and were placed together in a later round. The girls say they can’t wait to meet all of their Kiwi fans. Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday, December 12 on livenation.co.nz.

Stay away from bats, even if they can’t fly, Australians warned

In 2014, rubbish collectors were kept busy after thousands of bat carcasses stank up a small town in Queensland, while the Australian RSPCA said as many as 100,000 may have died across the state. At least 16 people had to be treated after trying to help the survivors, reported ABC News. “In recent weeks we’ve seen those numbers increasing, which we expected due to the increasing temperatures.”
Instead, would-be amateur vets should call a wildlife officer. If a sick bat falls from the sky don’t try to help it back up, Queensland authorities have warned. “Sometimes flying foxes carry Lyssavirus, which is a very deadly disease,” Dr Heidi Carroll of the QH’s communicable diseases unit said on Friday. Temperatures in the Australian state have hit the high 30s in recent days, and bats suffering from heatstroke are plummeting to the ground. In previous years, heatwaves have not only knocked bats out of the sky, but left tens of thousands of the flying mammals dead. “We see over 200 cases per year where people have handled bats and need to call health officials. Queensland Health (QH) says at least two flying fox bats have succumbed so far, but if you find one, stay away.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams fights for dolphins

The rest are beaten to death. Arya Stark has a new addition to her list. If we stop buying tickets to dolphin shows, the demand for captive dolphins goes away,” she said on Twitter. The animals are herded together, and trapped. That’s what they explore daily. The best-looking ones are sold to aquariums and shows. No tank will be big enough. No tank will ever be deep enough, ever be exciting enough,” she said on Friday from Japan. “And with everyone doing their own little bit for what they believe in, hopefully together we can make the world a better place.” The small Japanese town of Taiji has become infamous for its dolphin hunt. Williams says she can’t stand by and let the dolphins suffer. The actress is the global ambassador for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project – and has joined with celebrities Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah to save the animals from capture, torture, and killing in Japan. “What goes in Taiji stems from supply and demand. “It was something that just struck a chord in my heart. “These animals travel the ocean. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is calling for an end to live dolphin shows. And I’m a firm believer that, if there is something that you really want to stand up and fight for, then you should,” she says.

The Last of Us: Part II announced with powerful trailer

For those unfamiliar with the original, it’s a post-apocalyptic survival game with “sky-high quality scripting and voice-acting” and “thrilling gameplay”. The Last of Us: Part II was unveiled at the PlayStation Experience event on Sunday morning (NZ time) in Anaheim, California. A sequel to The Last of Us has been announced with a powerful, four-minute trailer.

Latvia uses Rube Goldberg machine on Christmas tree

The machine used an eclectic range of devices, including balls, wheels, levers, a fan and a coffee maker. “On December 2 [we] planned to beat the record [currently held by Hungary, with 383 steps] with a 400-step long machine, which will culminate in the Town Hall Square spruce lighting up,” Riga city council promised. A Rube Goldberg machine is an apparatus that is deliberately made to do a task in the most complicated way, often involving a long, convoluted series of actions. This machine used 400 various parts and links to set in motion – a chain reaction that culminated in switching on the lights on the Christmas tree. The Latvian city of Riga has attempted to break the Guinness World record for the world’s largest Rube Goldberg machine. It took 10 minutes for the machine to finish its work, and the crowds cheered when the lights were successfully lit. Hundreds of people turned up to watch.

Ukulele festival: Thousands of young Kiwis strum their hearts out

Saturday’s festival is celebrating its 10th year, and with the instrument now more popular than ever there is new life in the old favourite. The sound of the strings rang out at the Vector Arena – a venue usually reserved for top rock stars and celebrity acts. The Kiwileles Orchestra is made up from schools across New Zealand, all learning songs from the same official songbook and coming together on Saturday for the big performance. As well as traditional Kiwi classics, they have mastering more modern tunes – Six60 was the surprise guest picking up the ukulele for the first time. There was a massive strum-fest in Auckland on Saturday. Two-thousand children from more than 100 schools played their ukuleles together at the 10th annual festival, and a top New Zealand band made a surprise appearance of their own. But today it was all about the children and their ukuleles. Not just 10 guitars but 2000 ukuleles.

Trolls review

Three stars. Ably assisted by some succulent animation set to the tune of Timberlake’s inspired soundtrack, Trolls proves far more mood-altering than initially anticipated.      Trolls
:: Director: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell
:: Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, James Corden, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rhys Darby, John Cleese, Jeffrey Tambor, Quvenzhané Wallis
:: Rating: G
:: Running Time: 92 minutes
:: Release Date: In cinemas now Poppy the happy little Troll princess could not have a care in the world. The music for the film is courtesy of Justin Timberlake, who also voices one of the lead characters. The toe-tapping tunes are a real highlight. But while her sidekick Branch seems a liability at first, he may prove more useful than he looks. Years have passed since her Troll family was ravaged by the nasty Bergens, and as far as she’s concerned, life is one long, happy, colourful party. The festive season is officially upon us, and the Trolls are here to bring the happy. In a banner year of outstanding top-notch family flicks, Trolls won’t make my most memorable list, but it’s perfectly timed to deliver some peace and happiness to festively frazzled parents of small rugrats everywhere. But Poppy’s bubble is soon to be popped, and off on a mission she goes to try and save her fellow Trolls – an unexpected sidekick in tow.

Is Banksy in Tauranga?

“We are not cleaning this off, absolutely not. “I think he is more of an artist to come all the way to New Zealand to recreate something he has already done so I definitely don’t think they are real but I think it’s cool that even something that’s not his actual art is creating a stir like this.”
But it’s suspiciously timed – as the southern hemisphere’s biggest collection of Banksy works is set to go on display in the local gallery. 
The collection will be displayed as part of Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival, which kicks off in March next year. “It’s the nature of street art, it has to be found and nobody knows where it comes from but it’s pretty cool,” she says. This is going to become part of Tauranga City, Tauranga and a little bit of unique for us. The anonymous British artist is well-known for his works such as these but there is no way of knowing if the Tauranga paintings are his or not. But it’s not what they show, but who might have put them there that’s got everyone talking. There’s a line of paint running down the main street of Tauranga that leads to the artworks. Street art similar to the works of Banksy has appeared on a Tauranga street, sparking speculation the international man of mystery himself may be in the country. Something people can come and check out,” says Tauranga City Council communications manager Aimee Driscoll. Kiwi artist Owen Dippie knows his stuff when it comes to street art, but reckons these latest instalments might be a bit of a set-up. There’s two children with a message, “big future, we love New Zealand”, and a man and woman in a deep embrace while checking their phones. Regardless, the Tauranga City Council’s in no rush to remove them.

Guns N’ Roses declare civil war on Donald Trump

Guns N’ Roses have made their feelings about Donald Trump’s election victory known at a concert in Mexico. It would seem Guns N’ Roses have little patience for his views. Mr Rose also changed the words to ‘Civil War’, singing “look at the fear that Trump is feeding”. Mr Trump began his election campaign with a string of insults about Mexicans, calling immigrants “rapists” and “criminals”. “Let’s bring up some people and give them a f***ing stick,” singer Axl Rose said in a video uploaded by TMZ. The ‘Paradise City’ hitmakers revealed a massive piñata at a show in Mexico City earlier this week, and invited fans on stage to beat it to pieces. He has promised to build a wall between the two countries. “Express yourselves however you feel.”
Fans first smashed the President-elect’s right leg, before moving onto his torso. 

Inside were Guns N’ Roses t-shirts.

Word of the Year: It’s fascism vs puppy

They’re surprisingly good at grammar,” it wrote in a blog post, noting that “flummadiddle” was also gaining ground. “There’s still time to look something else up.”

Mirriam-Webster didn’t say why “fascism” was in vogue, but there’s a good chance the US election has something to do with it, or perhaps the rise of the alt-right movement in the US and Europe. Following the tweet, “puppy” started catching up. “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. If fascism does ultimately triumph, it would cap off a year full of upsets and bad news from the pop culture world. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year,” the dictionary publisher posted on Twitter, with a plea to users. “There are many thousands of people that looked it up,” editor Peter Sokolowski told the New York Times. “We like puppies. Mirriam-Webster has warned if people don’t start looking up other words, it’ll be forced to declare this year’s Word of the Year as “fascism”. “To move the needle at this point, though, you really need a lot lookups of the same word.”

Mirriam-Webster approved of the new trend.