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22 сентября, 22:09

You Won’t Believe Who Angelina Jolie Brought to Her Movie Premiere

A lot has changed in Angelina Jolie's life since her high-profile split from Brad Pitt, including her relationship with the person she brought to her "First They Killed My Father" premiere.

22 сентября, 19:44

Original supermodels assemble for catwalk tribute to Gianni Versace

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace’s Milan showOf everything Gianni Versace gave to popular culture – he invented the celebrity front row, the metal mesh cocktail dress and arguably the career of Elizabeth Hurley, who might never have found fame were it not for That Dress – the supermodel is his greatest legacy. So it was a fitting tribute that a supermodel reunion was the centrepiece of the Versace show staged to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder.Versace invented the supermodel, plucking a few chosen models from the runway ranks and elevating them to a higher strata of glamour. Other models remained humble clothes horses, but this elite became goddesses. Versace, who was already conjuring the imagery of classical goddesses with his becomingly draped dresses, created the perfect women to wear them. Continue reading...

22 сентября, 13:00

Shame on Harvard for welcoming Sean Spicer – but spurning Chelsea Manning | Francine Prose

Its time to withdraw support from the university after it invited Sean Spicer and Corey Lewandowski, but rescinded a fellowship for Chelsea ManningI graduated from Harvard in 1968. (Officially, my diploma was from Radcliffe, the now disbanded women’s college, but all of our classes were at Harvard.) That year, Harvard’s graduation speaker was the shah of Iran, and many of us wore black armbands and boycotted the ceremony to protest against the oppressive Iranian government’s human rights violations.In 1993, I returned for our 25th reunion. The graduation speaker was Colin Powell, the defense secretary, who had supported the Clinton administration’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on openly gay members of the military. And my class (along with the rest of the audience) gave him a standing ovation. Continue reading...

21 сентября, 17:09

Jerry Seinfeld Again Says There Will Be No ‘Seinfeld’ Reboot

As Jerry Seinfeld moves to Netflix and releases a new stand-up special, he's once again assuring fans that there will never be a  'Seinfeld' reboot.

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21 сентября, 12:05

The Psychology Behind the New iPhone’s Four-Digit Price

Apple made headlines by announcing that the price for its new iPhone X (a fancy term for 10) will range from $999 to $1,149. These prices are commanding attention because they are significantly higher than the base prices of the two other iPhone models that were also announced, the 8 ($699) and the 8 Plus ($799). The X’s price is also noteworthy because it approaches, and breaches, the key threshold of $1,000. Boosting prices into four-digit territory crosses an important psychological barrier for consumers. Why did Apple push the limits of pricing on the highly anticipated device? A key reason involves using a premium price to set an expectation of excellence in consumers’ minds. This is a pricing strategy similar to the one successfully implemented by the Eagles. The popular Southern California band, whose album Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 is the second highest-selling album of all time, had broken up in 1980. After a 14-year hiatus, the band reunited to release a new album and embark on a worldwide tour. What differentiated this tour, from a pricing perspective, is that the Eagles were the first major rock band to break the $100 ceiling of concert prices by selling tickets above that critical threshold. As a lifelong fan of the band — their hit song “Hotel California” seemed to play every 15 minutes on the radio when I was growing up in Cincinnati — $100+ tickets made sense to me. The band’s timeless hits and lengthy absence from the music scene was fueling strong demand. Going back to the demand and supply fundamentals of Economics 101, this results in higher prices. To confirm my intuition, I called Irving Azoff, a well-respected personal manager in the music industry and the mastermind of this pricing strategy for the Eagles, his longtime client. Azoff said the Eagles’ pricing wasn’t just about matching supply and demand — it was a statement of quality. “We used price to make a statement to fans that they are seeing the greatest American rock-and-roll band, not a washed-up reunion band,” Azoff recalls. What a fascinating use of price. The Eagles expanded the scope of pricing beyond just capturing value, to setting a belief of excellence in consumers’ minds. Of course, once the expectation was set, they had to deliver on their promise. With a three-hour, hit-filled concert that earned glowing critical reviews and propelled their concerts to top-grossing status in 1995, the Eagles more than delivered on their pledge. Apple shares the band’s aspiration of setting an expectation of unrivaled greatness in consumers’ minds. In announcing the release of the iPhone X, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, unabashedly declared, “It is the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” Bold marketing words are nice, but consumers are bombarded with, and often let down by, bubbly claims. As a result, we cynically filter the validity of these pitches. Setting a premium price is more of a concrete look-you-in-the-eye pledge: “It’s going to cost you, but believe me, it’s worth it.” In my view, Apple missed the opportunity to further use price to psychologically convey confidence. Specifically, it should have avoided the “end in 9” game for the iPhone X. Prices that end in 9 are typically coded by consumers as being much cheaper than the next number, ending in zero (99 cents versus $1.00, $99 versus $100, $999 versus $1,000). If the iPhone X is as revolutionary as Cook claims, he should have the confidence to say “We are not playing games — the price is $1,000.” Pricing is far more than a strategy to equate demand with supply; it has many nuances. And, as was the case with the Eagles, so far it appears that Apple’s pricing strategy is working. The media is buzzing about the X’s high price. Gene Munster, a leading Apple analyst, has predicted that 30% – 40% of Apple’s customers are willing to pay $999 for the new iPhone. Now the waiting game begins to see if media and customer reviews will match expectations, and enable Apple to maintain its rock-star status.

19 сентября, 22:01

‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Wells Adams Reveals Getting Proposed to and Why He’s Not ‘The Bachelor’

Wells Adams was the bartender everyone loved to talk to on 'Bachelor in Paradise'. Here's why he's not interested in being the star of 'The Bachelor'.

19 сентября, 12:00

Leeds looking forward to cup reunion with Burnley’s Chris Wood

• Striker left Elland Road for Turf Moor in £15m summer move• New Zealander was Leeds’ leading scorer with 30 goals last seasonWith Romelu Lukaku scoring against Everton and Wayne Rooney receiving a generous ovation from fans of Manchester United, this week has already seen two top-flight strikers make notable returns to their former clubs and it promises to bring a third, as Burnley’s Chris Wood prepares to face Leeds United, the club he left 29 days ago, in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.It is a little over three months since Wood was named Leeds’s player of the year. In all he scored 30 goals last season, earning a reputation as one of the most feared forwards outside the Premier League and a summer move for a fee of around £15m. Continue reading...

12 сентября, 15:31

The March on Russia review – dreams turn to despair in David Storey's family reunion

Orange Tree, Richmond In this revival of Storey’s 1989 play, set during the Thatcher era, a poignant celebration subtly turns into a state-of-the-nation drama There could no better tribute to David Storey, who died in March, than to revive this neglected play from 1989. It is both a poignant family drama and a portrait of a world that, with the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the consequences of a decade of Thatcherism at home, is witnessing the extinction of utopian dreams. But Storey was more of a poet than an ideologue, and Alice Hamilton’s production neatly captures the play’s delicate shifts of mood. As in his earlier play, In Celebration, Storey finds drama in an uneasy family reunion. Continue reading...

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29 июня, 08:00

The best films of 2017 so far

La La Land and The Love Witch wove magic, Moonlight and Lion wrung out tears, while Get Out and Lady Macbeth got nasty. Plus, there were striking debuts, returns to form by seasoned directors and reunions for the Trainspotting roguesMore on the best of 2017 so far: Video games | TV Continue reading...

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27 июня, 14:00

Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis | Mary O’Hara

The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK requires a radical and fast rethink of drugs policyDr Daniel Ciccarone, a San Franciso-based public health researcher and physician told me of a recent encounter which, despite 17 years in the field, left him stunned. “I talked to a [heroin] user in West Virginia. Nice guy. Manages to keep his habit and keep his job. He’s 10 years out of high school. He’s 29. He went to his high school reunion. I kid you not – half of his high school class is gone. Died. It was mostly [opioid] pills and heroin.”Ciccarone is on the frontline of efforts to understand and combat the US’s rapidly escalating opioid crisis and he makes no bones about the scale and impact of what he says is an unprecedented public health emergency. “We are moving beyond an epidemic. I would call it a crisis,” he says. Continue reading...

27 июня, 12:25

How to Live Like You’re Rich, Even When You’re Not

Dreaming of a Champagne lifestyle on a beer budget? We’ve rounded up some surprisingly affordable ways for the less wealthy to live like they're rich.

26 июня, 14:33

Monday's Morning Email: Senate Health Care Bill Finds Opposition On Both Sides Of Aisle

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here. HEALTH CARE VOTE POSSIBLE THIS WEEK Despite growing opposition. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is one of the holdouts who made the rounds Sunday decrying the Senate’s iteration of the bill. [HuffPost] BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY STRIKES DEAL TO PROP UP HER MINORITY GOVERNMENT The support of a small Northern Irish Protestant party would allow May to pass legislation in the 650-seat parliament and stay in power as she attempts to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union. [Reuters] ABOUT THAT $285 MILLION LOAN JARED KUSHNER SETTLED One month before Election Day. [WaPo] TAKATA HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY The manufacturer still faces tens of billions of dollars in “costs and liabilities resulting from almost a decade of recalls and lawsuits” over its faulty airbags. [Reuters] THOSE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY RETIREMENT RUMORS Ramped up after the reunion of a batch of his former law clerks was moved up to this year. [HuffPost] BERNIE AND JANE SANDERS HAVE HIRED LAWYERS Amidst an FBI bank fraud investigation related to a multimillion-dollar loan for the now-defunct liberal arts college Jane previously led. [HuffPost] ‘IN TOWNS ALREADY HIT BY STEEL MILL CLOSINGS, A NEW CASUALTY: RETAIL JOBS’ “Thousands of workers face unemployment as retailers struggle to adapt to online shopping. But even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.” [NYT] WHAT’S BREWING DID YOU MISS THE BET AWARDS LAST NIGHT? Michelle Obama made quite the speech in honor of Chance the Rapper. Check out all the winners, along with our favorites from the red carpet. [HuffPost] ‘WONDER WOMAN’ IS OFFICIALLY THE TOP-GROSSING ACTION FILM DIRECTED BY A WOMAN After a $652.9 million haul worldwide. [HuffPost] THINGS WE DID ‘BEFORE THE INTERNET’ “Before the Internet, you could laze around on a park bench in Chicago reading some Dean Koontz, and that would be a legit thing to do and no one would ever know you had done it unless you told them.” [The New Yorker] CONGRATS TO ERIN ANDREWS The sportscaster married former NHL player Jarret Stoll Saturday. [HuffPost] THE ACA-TRIO IS ALMOST COMPLETE We finally have a trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3.” [HuffPost] BEFORE YOU GO President Donald Trump is the first president in over two decades tonot host a Ramadan dinner. What happens when you watch 18 hours of Fox News. The Ohio governor’s website is one of many hacked Sunday. Happy Monday: Here’s a video of Chuck Schumer busting a move. These Pixar writers can’t agree over this heartbreaking story about Andy’s dad in “Toy Story.” Tim Tebow is getting a minor league promotion. Prince Harry doubled down on his claims that he “wanted out” of the royal family. All of the best Pride march photos from the weekend. Tennis great John McEnroe stirred up some online furor over these comments about where Serena Williams would rank on the men’s circuit. Today’s New York Times crossword honors the release of “Harry Potter” 20 years ago. As usual, this year’s “World’s Ugliest Dog” is the cutest. John Oliver went after anti-vaxxers on his show last night. What do you think about having wifi in national parks? -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

26 июня, 14:05

These Former Stars Couldn’t Revive Their Careers

These 25 celebrities were pretty hot at the top of their careers. But they lost it along the way and tried to make a comeback. Sadly, they failed.

26 июня, 09:03

The Most Ridiculous Ways People Apply for a Job in Today’s Economy

Are you looking for a new job? Here are some crazy ways job applicants stood out from the pack. Some of these actually worked.

26 июня, 02:05

Kennedy stays quiet on whether he'll retire at end of Supreme Court term

Anthony Kennedy is keeping the country guessing for at least one more day about whether he will step down after the Supreme Court's term ends on Monday, which would give President Donald Trump the opportunity to nominate a second justice to the bench. The 80-year-old justice sparked a flood of speculation that he was set to announce his retirement when he moved up by a year a long-scheduled reunion of his former clerks. But he made no announcement about his future at the event, held this weekend at the court, one attendee said. The legal site Above the Law quoted Kennedy as joking at the reunion that he had an announcement that had been the subject of speculation: "The bar will remain open after the end of the formal program.”White House counsel Don McGahn told the president recently that he anticipated Kennedy would step down, leading Trump to expect a retirement announcement, a senior White House aide said.Kennedy, who was appointed to the court by Republican President Ronald Reagan, has long been the swing vote on a court otherwise divided between four conservative and four liberal votes, so his exit could lead to major shifts in how the court decides cases. Trump’s first Supreme Court nomination — he tapped Neil Gorsuch, a former Kennedy clerk, to replace the late Antonin Scalia in February — was a political boon for the White House, and many Trump aides have hoped he'd be afforded another pick. Justices often announce their retirement near the end of the Supreme Court’s term. Monday is the final day of this term, and the justices are expected to announce several high-profile decisions, including action on Trump's travel ban. Kennedy could still announce his retirement that day. Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Sunday declined to comment to ABC’s “This Week” on any conversations Kennedy may have had with the president, saying: "I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we're paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions."

25 июня, 05:42

Retirement Rumors Ramp Up For Influential Supreme Court Justice

As the end of the Supreme Court term approaches, rumors of retirement have ramped up around Justice Anthony Kennedy, a pivotal judge who often bridges a gap on the bench between conservatives and liberals. The Associated Press and CNN reported Saturday on rumors swirling around the 80-year-old Kennedy’s retirement after the Supreme Court’s final week before the bench breaks for summer. Sources close to Kennedy told CNN that the justice has been “seriously considering” retirement after nearly 30 years of service, though it’s not clear when exactly Kennedy would hang up his robe. Both conservatives and liberals have been gearing up to fill Kennedy’s spot when he retires, CNN reported in May. This new round of speculation was sparked by a private reunion of Kennedy’s former clerks in Washington, D.C, according to the reports. The reunion date was moved up one year, AP reported, sparking talk among former clerks that it would be the last time they see Kennedy while he is on the bench. Orin Kerr, law professor at George Washington University and a former clerk of the senior justice, tweeted on Friday that they would likely know soon “if rumors of Kennedy’s retirement are accurate, which makes this post on time limits timely again.” Soon we'll know if rumors of Kennedy's retirement are accurate, which makes this post on time limits timely again. https://t.co/Qw1hFJWAvC pic.twitter.com/NHMgtC0Ejx— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) June 23, 2017 Kennedy, a conservative Republican, has become a breadwinner for the left by siding with liberal justices in pivotal Supreme Court decisions.  Appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1988, Kennedy has cast swing votes for groundbreaking issues including the legalization of same-sex marriage ― for which he wrote the majority opinion ― protecting abortion rights and race-based affirmative action. Kennedy’s retirement would create an opportunity for President Donald Trump to push the Supreme Court and its future rulings in favor of conservatives. Trump’s first pick for the court, Justice Neil Gorusch, was a clerk under Kennedy and this year filled the spot of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.  “As the court’s most important Justice ― at the center of the institution’s ideological balance ― Justice Kennedy’s ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion cannot be overstated,” Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, told CNN. “Replacing Justice Kennedy with a Trump nominee would almost certainly sound the death knell for Roe, just as candidate Trump promised during the 2016 campaign.” In April, Trump told the Washington Times that he would be using the same list of 21 potential Supreme Court nominees he released while campaigning for presidency if any vacancies opened up on the bench. When asked of Kennedy’s potential retirement by the newspaper, Trump said he didn’t want to talk about it. “I don’t know. I have a lot of respect for Justice Kennedy, but I just don’t know,” he said. “I don’t like talking about it. I’ve heard the same rumors that a lot of people have heard. And I have a lot of respect for that gentleman, a lot.” UPDATE: June 25 ― Politico reporter Eliana Johnson tweeted Sunday that there was no announcement of a pending Kennedy retirement at the clerk reunion. No Kennedy retirement announcement at clerk reunion, I'm told, leading to dimming WH hopes he'll step down this year.— Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) June 25, 2017 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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23 июня, 19:44

Headliner David Miliband fails to turn Ed's show into radio gold | John Crace

Miliband brothers’ long-distance reunion goes from Eve of Destruction to nuclear apocalypse – but otherwise escapes conflict Toilets and death metal had only been the warm-up acts during Ed Miliband’s week standing in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Now for the headliner: the reunion with his brother, David. Even if it was a reunion at 3,000 miles. No need after all for the horse’s head that Ed had brought into the studio specially that morning.“In a moment I’m going to be talking to my brother live from New York about the refugee crisis,” said Ed. “But first I’m going to play Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction. Ed smiled to himself. He felt sure David would appreciate the irony. Continue reading...

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23 июня, 13:47

Shark attacks threaten Reunion Island tourist trade

Shark attacks on surfers and swimmers around Reunion island have seriously affected local businesses.

19 июня, 12:10

EU Council prolongs sanctions against Crimea for one year

The European Union has prolonged for one year restrictions against Crimea and Sevastopol. The decision was made by the EU foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels, the EU’s press-service said. The sanctions were prolonged until June 23, 2018, TASS reports. The sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol were prolonged without a discussion.  The sanctions include prohibitions on imports of products originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU; investment in Crimea or Sevastopol, meaning that no Europeans nor EU-based companies can buy real estate or entities in Crimea, finance Crimean companies or supply related services; tourism services in Crimea or Sevastopol, in particular, European cruise ships cannot call at ports in the Crimean peninsula, except in case of emergency; exports of certain goods and technologies to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors and related to the prospection, exploration and production of oil, gas and mineral resources. Technical assistance, brokering, construction or engineering services related to infrastructure in these sectors must not be provided either. Read more: What’s life really like in Crimea 3 years after reunion with Russia?

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18 июня, 23:57

Pakistan captain hopes Champions Trophy win jogs a few memories at home

• Sarfraz Ahmed: Hopefully playing nations [now] come to Pakistan• Let’s hope this kick-starts momentum in Pakistan again, says Mickey ArthurPakistan produced a story for the ages as they defied all pre-tournament predictions and thrashed their much-fancied rivals, India, to win the Champions Trophy. With victory by 180 runs in the final, Sarfraz Ahmed lifted their first 50-over trophy since the 1992 World Cup.Ranked No8 in the world at the start of the tournament, Pakistan endured a harrowing defeat against the same opposition at Edgbaston a fortnight ago, and few could have envisaged they would be celebrating on the podium at the end of their reunion in the final, having posted 338 for four after losing the toss then bowling out Virat Kohli’s side for 158 in 30.3 overs. Continue reading...