Iron Man, Ant Man and more take over Comic Con

Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over Comic Con in San Diego on Saturday (July 26).

In one of Comic Con’s most awaited presentations, Marvel superheroes of all kinds from Iron Man to Ant-Man took over the fan convention on Saturday, as leading actors revealed surprises to films that will showcase the characters.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012’s superhero ensemble, Avengers, brought out a star-studded panel that included Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). 

"This is the longest bench of talent I’ve ever been on," Downey said.

"I become a little less significant every time and that’s fine because they’re all just that damn good."

In 2012, Avengers became the fastest film to cross the $1 billion milestone at the global box office.

The sequel introduces Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision. James Spader will play villain Ultron.

Comic Con, an annual convention in San Diego that began as a gathering of comic book fans and a home to creative content for fringe and cult audiences, has become a top venue for movie studios to unveil blockbuster projects.

The audience at the Marvel showcase was shown a sneak peek that begins with the group of superheroes joking over drinks. The banter quickly turns to action-filled drama as the superheroes have to reunite to save people from Ultron.

Olsen, one of the two women on the panel for the film, said her character’s use of magic "ends up adding something epic to the fights, it’s a new element."

Spader said he enjoyed his turn as the villainous 8-foot ( 2.4-metre) tall robot Ultron, describing the experience as "startling and surprising and challenging and exciting."

Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios has become a dominant force at the box office with superhero films franchises such as Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Mavel is releasing Guardians of the Galaxy, about a rogue group of galactic heroes on Friday and the film is already drawing strong reviews from critics and word-of-mouth with fans.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was announced on Saturday’s panel as scheduled for release on July 28, 2017, and James Brolin was revealed to be super villain Thanos, entering the stage wearing Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.

Also presented was a first look at new film Ant-Man.

The hero is the alter-ego of electronics expert and sometime burglar Scott Lang, portrayed by Paul Rudd, who has the ability to shrink to the size of an insect.

Michael Douglas will play scientist Dr Henry Pym, who invents the ability for humans to change size, Corey Stoll will play villain Darren Cross, who was revealed to be Yellowjacket, and Evangeline Lilly was revealed to be Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

Fans were treated to a clip showing Rudd as Ant-Man, shrunk to the size of an insect and escaping on the back of a fly.

Source: AFP

Photos: Reuters and AFP

Raya tragedy: Family killed, 10-month-old girl orphaned in car crash

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A 10-month baby was orphaned when three members of a Malaysian  family were killed in a head on collision while on the way from Kedah to Terengganu for Hari Raya celebrations.

The car that baby Nur Umairah Uzma was in crashed into an oncoming express bus on the Malaysian East-West, near Grik, reported The Star, 

Her parents and three-year-old sister were killed in the crash which left the Proton Pesona​ car pinned under the bus in the 2.40am incident.​

Grik OCPD Supt Abdul Manab Baharum told The Star that the driver, Farizul Ahmad, 29, and his other daughter, Nur Fatiha Uzma, who was in a car seat in the front passenger seat, died on the spot.

Farizul's wife, Suraida Che Hashim, also 29, died shortly after incident, he said.

Nur Umairah Uzma is being treated at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, Perak, where she remains unconscious.

"The family were on their way from Kedah to Terengganu to celebrate Hari Raya at the time.

"It is believed that Farizul was attempting to overtake a vehicle in front of him but failed and crashed his car into the bus instead," said Supt Abdul Manab.

Source: The Star Online

Beyonce shares pics from beach getaway...with Jay Z?

Beyonce updates her Instagram with pictures of her beach getaway during her weekend break from the On The Run tour with husband Jay Z.
Beyonce updates her Instagram with pictures of her beach getaway during her weekend break from the On The Run tour with husband Jay Z.

They've been caught in the middle of swirling marriage breakdown rumours. 

But Beyonce, 32, took to Instagram to share her beautiful weekend getaway  with hubby Jay Z during a short break from her On The Run tour.

Recent picture posts by the US singer-songwriter tell a story contrary to recent reports that suggest the couple were having relationship struggles as several rumoured scandals surface.

The rumours came to light not long after the shocking elevator incident was leaked between Jay Z and sister-in-law Solange Knowles after the Met Gala event in May.

These pictures, however, show a very peaceful Beyonce as she captures the serenity of the beach in the background in her latest social media shots.

Check out Momma-B's cheeky post as she shows off some cleavage while laying flat on some surfboards.

Beyonce's weekend beach view as she sits on the pebbles and...ponders?

Perhaps, she was spending some alone time with her husband. Those man hands holding the cigar (a typical Jay Z trait) does look they belong to Bey's other half.

Is this another attempt at maintaining their united front for the cameras? 

Source: Instagram

Photos: Instagram

 

Raya greetings from DJs KC and Fiza O

Local DJs Fiza O with her husband KC and their newborn child

We met up with local Malay DJ power couple KC and Fiza O to talk about all things Hari Raya!

Last month, Fiza and KC — whose real names are Nur Hafiza Osman, 30 and Abdul Karim Sadali, 33 - became proud new parents to baby boy Isa Awsam!

In our little Raya chat, we found out that KC used to go visit strangers' houses with his friends when he was a young boy.

While KC said that he wanted to teach young Isa in his ways, mum Fiza was quick to say that she won't tolerate encourage such shenanigans.

We'll see in a couple of years ...

 

 

 

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Mentally-ill daughter kills mum

 A 74-year-old woman is believed to have been murdered by her own daughter, who beat and hacked her in the face during a fight in their home in Kuala Lumpur.

Police said the neighbours heard a quarrel between the elderly woman and her 45-year-old daughter at about 9am on Friday, reported The Star.

Later at 10.30am, a family member who came for a visit found the woman lying in a pool of blood in the Jalan Sentul shophouse.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said the police and ambulance were called to the scene by the attacker's sister, saying that her mother had been hacked in the face, reported Malaysian Digest. 

He said she died of blunt trauma to the head,

Found on mattress

“We found her lying on a mattress on the fourth floor of their shophouse with hack marks on the left side of her face. We believe that the suspect had used a kitchen knife.

“The body has been sent for post-mortem at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

“Her daughter will be remanded until Aug 1 to assist in investigations,” ACP Munusamy said, adding that the daughter was suffering from depression.

Unstable daughter

The victim had four other children, said her neighbours, but she lived alone and cared for her mentally unstable daughter.

“They worked at a lighting shop owned by the mother’s sister on the ground floor of the shophouse. The mother was a very nice woman. She would always greet and chat with us when we passed by,” a neighbour, who only wanted to be known as Kamala, told The Star.

“Her daughter is very quiet. She just keeps to herself. They would always quarrel at home. I don’t know what they fought about.

“I never expected that they would end up fighting until someone died,” she said.  

Source: Star, Malaysian Digest

Heartbroken victim's parents visit MH17 site

MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski's parents Angela and George made a heartbreaking visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014
MH17 victim Fatima Dyczynski's parents Angela and George made a heartbreaking visit to the crash site near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), in Donetsk region on July 26, 2014.

They had to see with with their own eyes to believe that their beloved daughter was gone.

An Australian couple who lost their daughter in downed Malaysian flight MH17 visited the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine on Saturday, the first relatives of victims to arrive at the scene.

 

Grief-stricken Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski’s 25-year-old daughter Fatima was one of 298 victims killed when the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight was shot down on July 17.

“She was full of life,” Rudhart-Dyczynski said about her only child at the site, explaining that she had insisted they be driven to the crash scene despite warning about fighting raging nearby.

She said they did not have enough money for the journey but received donations from neighbours.

Her daughter, who was studying for a master’s degree in aerospace engineering in Delft in The Netherlands, had wanted to be a pilot when she was a little girl, she said.

The woman hugged journalists present and thanked them for their work. The couple said they had come to see how the crash happened.

Her father wore a white T-shirt with a portrait of their daughter, who had been making her way to Australia to see her parents on the doomed flight.

“Fatima: We Love You", the T-shirt read.

The parents were overcome with emotion as they walked through the scorched earth and laid a large bouquet of flowers on part of the debris.

They had arrived on a minibus at the separatist-held zone, ignoring their government’s safety warnings, and said they reached the area thanks to a Ukrainian couple.

They came despite escalating fighting in and around rebel-held Donetsk on Saturday – a few dozen kilometres from the area, with missile fire heard in several parts of the city.

Dyczynski, a doctor, was quoted by Australian media earlier saying he was hoping to find their child alive.

He said she could have been flung out of the plane and had she still been strapped in her seat, this could have cushioned the impact of hitting the ground.

The MH17 tragedy has touched a nerve in Australia, which had 28 citizens and at least nine permanent residents aboard the flight.

The Dyczynskis first travelled to The Netherlands to provide medical and DNA samples to Dutch investigators examining human remains flown over from the site.

They then flew to Kiev and made their way to Donetsk and then on to the site without any armed escort.

Her father had told the newspaper The Australian that his hopes were raised by news reports that relatives who called the phones of loved ones on the flight had them answered by strangers.

“We go to the site where the aircraft was attacked,” he was quoted as saying. “We want to search for her.

“Nobody speaks about survivors and there must be a reason for it. There is some evidence there are survivors still,” he had said in vain hopes that their precious daughter had survived. -- AFP

 

 

 

Have you met the goofy Game of Thrones cast?

Forget their ever-so-serious nature while in character on set of the Game of Thrones. It's time to enjoy this blooper reel where the likes of Cersei Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Prince Oberyn and the Khaleesi are bound to make you laugh.

We've seen the bloodshed that comes in the cut-throat world of Westeros where the seven kingdoms are continuously suffering from violent dynastic struggles in the hit series Games of Throne..

All fiction, of course.

And it's time to unveil the truth. As it turns out, behind these famed names are a more goofy reality. 

Check out these seven funniest goofy realities of GOT characters in their bloopers video:

1. Bronn played by Jerome Flynn

Remember this "skilled and dangerous sellsword" who plays Tyrion's bodyguard? Does this look like a serious bodyguard to you? 

2. King Joffrey Baratheon played by Jack Gleeson

Remember the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms that everyone loved to hate? He doesn't look like such a bad bloke in real life, does he? 

3. Prince Oberyn portrayed by by Pedro Pascal

And nobody can forget the very serious Prince, known as the Red Viper of Dorne, who returns to King's Landing in search for revenge after his sister was murdered.

Forget revenge. He gets more than nervous when props on set get a little too close for comfort. 

4. Tyrion and Jamie Lannister played by Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

​Would Tyrion and Jamie ever walk into a 'courthouse', with their father seated on the throne, dancing and singing? Especially since Tyrion's death sentence was decided?

And... would Tyrion ever dance his way onto the stand? I don't think so. 

5. Tywin Lannister played by Charles Dance

Only the most serious, scariest and influential man in Westeros laughing while he sits on his throne? But nothing is ever funny to this man. 

Except... when he forgets his lines.

6. Arya Stark played by Maisie Williams

Always determined to be a good swordsman so that she can avenge her family, Arya Stark learns how to kill...until she loses her balance. 

7. Podrick Payne played by Daniel Portman

Just a case of Podrick needing to stretch his mouth in the midst of his squiring duties for Tyrion. 

Who would've thought? 

Source: YouTube

 

 

Monster solar storm just missed Earth in 2012

File photo of a coronal mass ejection which causes a solar storm. Earth had a lucky escape from a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm in 2012, physicists report.

Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a monster solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report.

“I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a Nasa Science online release.

“If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire.”

On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” Baker said.

Fortunately, the blast site of the CMEs was not directed at Earth. Had this event occurred a week earlier when the point of eruption was Earth-facing, the outcome could have been disastrous.

A CME double whammy of this potency striking Earth would probably cripple satellite communications and could severely damage the power grid. Nasa offers this sobering assessment:

Direct hit would have been catastrophic

“Analysts believe that a direct hit . . . could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. . . . According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed US$2 trillion (S$2.5 trillion) or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair.”

Steve Tracton of The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang put it this way in an overview of the risks of a severe solar storm: “The consequences could be devastating for commerce, transportation, agriculture and food stocks, fuel and water supplies, human health and medical facilities, national security, and daily life in general.”

Previous big storm that hit

Solar physicists compare the 2012 storm to the Carrington solar storm of September 1859, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington, who documented the event.

“In my view the July 2012 storm was in all respects at least as strong as the 1859 Carrington event,” Baker told Nasa. “The only difference is, it missed.”

During the Carrington event, the northern lights were seen as far south as Cuba and Hawaii, according to historical accounts. The solar eruption “caused global telegraph lines to spark, setting fire to some telegraph offices,” Nasa noted.

NASA said the July 2012 storm was particularly intense because a CME had travelled along the same path just days before the July 23 double whammy – clearing the way for maximum effect, like a snowplough.

“This double-CME traveled through a region of space that had been cleared out by yet another CME four days earlier,” Nasa said. “ As a result, the storm clouds were not decelerated as much as usual by their transit through the interplanetary medium.”

NASA said there is a 12 percent chance of a Carrington-type event on Earth in the next 10 years, according to Pete Riley of Predictive Science.

“Initially, I was quite surprised that the odds were so high, but the statistics appear to be correct,” Riley told Nasa.

“It is a sobering figure.” -- Washington Post

WWE star Daniel Bryan puts burglar in chokehold

WWE champ Daniel Bryan puts burglar in chokehold until police arrive at his home.

His WWE skills came into play at the right time. 

Former heavyweight champ, who is commonly known as Daniel Bryan in the wrestling community, took down a burglar in typical WWE style after he spotted two fleeing criminals run out of his home's rear door.

Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, caught one of the burglars and put him a "rear naked chokehold" until the police arrived late on Thursday (July 24), Mirror Online reported. 

The second suspect got away.

The 33-year-old former wrestling champ, who stands at 1.77m tall and weighs 95.2kg, had moved into his new home just 10 days earlier and was most concerned for his two-year-old French bulldog, Josie, when he realised that his home was intruded. 

The apprehended suspect was later identified as Cesar Sosa, 22. 

Danielson, who turned up with his wife Brie and dog Josie to a press conference, joked that the burglar was lucky that Brie didn't catch him because she would have done more damage.

He said it was an easy take-down: "He was very, very tired and it literally took zero effort to take him down...he put up very little resistance."

But even WWE champs feel bad. Danielson added that he felt "borderline ashamed" for taking matters into his own hands, and was glad that nothing bad happened.

Source: Mirror Online,YouTube

Photo: YouTube

First MH17 victim's body identified

Forensic experts have identified the first of 298 people killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine last week, the Dutch government said

“Today the first victim of the flight MH17 disaster was identified,” the justice ministry said in a statement  on Saturday. (Sunday Singapore time)

“It’s a Dutch citizen and the victim’s family and mayor of where they lived have been informed.”

The ministry did not publicly release the identity of the victim.

The Dutch are in charge of identifying all the victims from the July 17 disaster over rebel-held Ukraine, 193 of whom were Dutch.

“The team of 200 specialists is busy with the identification process, but warns that it can take months for all the victims to be identified,” the statement said.

Some bodies remain at the crash site but 227 coffins with the remains of people of 17 nationalities have already been flown back to the Netherlands for identification.

All remains have yet to be recovered from the crash site, with the Netherlands and Australia seeking a mandate to send troops to secure the area amid ongoing fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrianian forces. -- AFP

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