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Rutger Hauer Blade Runner actor died aged 75

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who portrayed “Roy Batty” in 1982’s Blade Runner Science fiction film has died at the age of 75.

According to the actor’s website rutgerhauer.org, Rutger Hauer passed away peacefully at his Dutch home on Friday 19 Jul 2019 after a short illness.

Rutger Hauer’s funeral was held on Wednesday.

Rutger Hauer was born on 23 January 1944 in Breukelen, near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands during World War II while his home country was under German Occupation.

“I was born in the middle of the war.” Rutger Hauer explained in an interview. “and I think for that reason I have deep roots in pacifism.”

“I once owned a gun, but the thought of using it so appalled me that I threw it away. I am very strong, but the only thing I could kill is a fly”.

Rutger Hauer performance in 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner was the actor’s most famous role, in which he delivered the famous monologue line “Like tears in rain”.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” as he tells Rick Deckard portrayed by actor Harrison Ford in Blade Runner.

Rutger Hauer also starred in other shows and films such as Ladyhawke, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batman Begins.

 

Coin Young Master Wong Ching Kit given suspended sentence

Wong Ching Kit, the man who orchestrated the “Money can fall from the sky” stunt last year December has admitted to assisting his company’s new cryptocurrency in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.

Wong Ching Kit who is also known as the 幣少爺 (Bì shàoyé) “Coin Young Master” and the owner of Facebook page Epoch Cryptocurrency.

According to a report by South China Morning Post, “Magistrate Leung Siu-ling sentenced the businessman ‘Wong Ching Kit’ to 10 days’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.”

According to wikipedia, “a suspended sentence is a legal term for a judge’s delaying of a defendant’s serving of a sentence after they have been found guilty, in order to allow the defendant to perform a period of probation.”

Magistrate Leung Siu-ling said that Wong Ching Kit’s promotional stunt “was not ideal” and “could easily have turned ugly when there were up to 300 people on site”.

Wong Ching Kit’s defence lawyer had appealed for a fine as punishment, saying that his Wong did not know his action would “cause an obstruction”, however Magistrate Leung Siu-ling considered fines was unsuitable since Wong Ching Kit “was not a man of clear record.”

Wong Ching Kit has also been accused and arrested for fraud after investors launched a suit against him earlier this year for selling ‘mining machines’ investors as part of a failed “File Cash Coin” cryptocurrency venture.

Avengers Endgame beat Avatar as worldwide highest gross film

Time to step aside Avatar, you have been replaced! Marvel’s Avengers Endgame beat Avatar and takes the place of worldwide highest gross film!

According to Deadline.com, Marvel’s boss Kevin Feige made an official announcement on Saturday at studio’s Comic-Con panel that “Avengers: Endgame is clicking past Avatar‘s $2.7897 billion global box office this weekend to become the biggest film of all time.”

According to Box Office Mojo website, the worldwide gross for both films are Avatar at $2,789,700,000 and Avengers Endgame at $2,790,216,193 at the time of writing this article.

Screencapture – Box Office Mojo All Time Box Office worldwide grosses 22 Jul 2019
Screencapture – Box Office Mojo All Time Box Office worldwide grosses 22 Jul 2019

Previously last month, Kevin Feige announced that Avengers Endgame will be re-released on 28 Jun 2019 with additional deleted scene that will show after the credits of the movie.

The deleted scene turned out to be the additional scene of Professor Hulk rescuing civilians form the burning building.

Perhaps this was enough of a boost to help Avengers Endgame take the worldwide gross record which Avatar has held for 10 years since the year 2009.

Kyoto Animation arson suspect identified as Shinji Aoba

Japan’s Kyoto Fushimi police have identified the 41 year old arson suspect as Shinji Aoba (青葉真司), who had set fire to Kyoto Animation Studio yesterday Thursday morning on 18 Jul 2019.

According to a report from NHK, Shinji Aoba is a resident of Saitama City, near Tokyo.

The fire at Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio had claimed at least 33 lives. Around 70 staff were inside the building when it was set on fire.  At least 36 other people have been injured and hospitalized.

The Kyoto Animation studio “did not have any sprinklers or indoor hydrants installed” according to a report from Reuters.

A Kyoto Fire Department official said the studio was not legally required by the fire code because the building was classified as an “office”, it was not required to have such equipment.

According to a report from The New York Times, a neighbor of the Studio said he saw women jumping from the building’s second floor. “They were so badly burned that blood was coming from their noses, and all of their clothes but their underwear were gone.”

Shinji Aoba had told police, “I did it!” when he was when he was detained. He admitted to have started the fire because he believed that Kyoto Animation studio had plagiarized his novel, media said on Friday.

Shinji Aoba is currently being treated at the hospital for severe burns. Investigators plan to question him when his condition improves.

Shinji Aoba did not work for Kyoto Animation. He had previously served time in prison for robbery of a convenience store east of Tokyo in 2012 and has been treated for mental illness.

At least 33 dead in Kyoto Animation fire arson attack

At least 33 people are dead and many more injured after a man set fire to Kyoto Animation studio in the nation’s worst mass murder in nearly two decades.

Kyoto Animation, a Japanese animation studio located in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan was set on fire on Thursday morning (18 Jul 2019) around 10:30 am local time.

Police said a 41 year old suspect had broke into the Kyoto Animation Studio screaming “Die!”, and was allegedly seen pouring gasoline and setting it on fire.

The arson suspect did not work for Kyoto Animation studio, however a witness told Japanese TV that the arson suspect was angry and shouted “They ripped me off.” when police questioned him why he set the studio on fire.

The suspect was injured and taken to the hospital to be treated, thus police was not able to question him.

Kyoto Animation, also known as KyoAni, was founded in 1981, and is popular for producing shows such as K-On! and is known for anime like ‘K-On!’ and ‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’.

According to a report from NHK, the head of the studio said that he had recently received some threatening emails.”They were addressed to our office and sales department and told us to “die”.” said the President of Kyoto Animation, Hideaki Hatta.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on tweeted expressing his condolences to all of the injured and wish them a speedy recovery.


Japan’s Prime Minster Shinzo Abe’s tweet Translated from Japanese by Microsoft

Today, in the arson murder spree in Kyoto, there are a lot of casualties, i.e. i’m speechless. I pray for the souls of those who have passed away. I would like to express my condolences to all of the injured and wish them a speedy recovery.


 

Anime fans all over have began to pour their grief out over the reason arson attack on Kyoto Animation mostly with the hashtag #PrayForKyoAni

FaceApp is trending again with age challenge hashtag becoming viral

Wondering how you would be in your twilight years? Stop wondering and check out FaceApp.

No, FaceApp is not a new application. In fact it has been around since 2017, and available on both iOS and Andriod.

According to FaceApp website, it states that FaceApp is number 1 free iPhone app in 95 countries in 2017!

It has been two years since FaceApp has been released but recently now in 2019, the App has gone viral once again.

The Artificial Intelligence based photo editing app has become a lot better with better effects.

Currently as of this writing, FaceApp is at the top of the Trending Apps list on Google Play Store.

FaceApp is at the top of the Trending Apps list on Google Play Store - Screencapture 17 Jul 2019
FaceApp is at the top of the Trending Apps list on Google Play Store – Screencapture 17 Jul 2019

According to FaceApp’s description, it has “the most advanced neural portrait editing technology” and the app allows users to “Improve your selfie or just have fun with gender swap, hair styling and other free amazing transformations.”

Some of the free filters you can play with are adding ‘Smiles’, adjust your Age to become older or younger , add ‘Beards’, change your ‘Hair colors’ or ‘Hair Styles’, add ‘Glasses’, change the ‘Background’ image, and many others.

In case you are wondering of what FaceApp can do, we can take a look at the examples that have filled social media platforms such as Twitter.

Tweets with the hashtag #AgeChallenge has started appearing of people and celebrities of how they would look like when they age.

Here we get to see how our beloved Spider-Man actor Tom Holland would look like in the future.

In case you are wondering how Gordon Ramsay would look like in future Master Chef shows, look no further!

Meet Lashana Lynch the new 007 in Bond 25

Meet Lashana Lynch the new 007, whose name has recently been the buzz of the media as it has been revealed she will be the new 007 in the next Bond movie.

Bond 25, the upcoming 25th installment of the spy film James Bond series, will be having Lashana Lynch taking over the 007 code name mantle from Daniel Craig.

According to a report from the Dailymail, it described it as a ‘popcorn-dropping moment’, “British star Lashana Lynch, will be given Bond’s licence to kill in the 25th movie in the franchise, currently being shot in Italy and the UK.”

Even though Lashana Lynch takes over the Double O Seven (007) code name, it doesn’t mean that she will be the new James Bond or Jamie Bond.

A movie insider said, “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.”

‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.

According to IMDb and Wikipedia, Lashana Lynch will be portraying the character “Nomi” and Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as “James Bond”.

Bond 25 will reportedly be Daniel Craig’s last outing as the iconic MI6 agent, James Bond, suggesting that the 007 code name mantle may pass onto Lashana Lynch as the end of the film.

Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s 5th film portraying as fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The list of films includes Casino Royale (2006) , Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015).

In case some people are wondering who Lashana Lynch is, she is the 32 year old actress who recently played as Air Force Maria Rambeau and best friend of Carol Danvers in this year’s Captain Marvel film.

Bond 25 is expected to be released next year April 2020, however still does not have an official title for the film.

35 year old man fell to his death in Singapore Ngee Ann City

A 35 year old man fell to his death on 14 Jul 2019 Sunday in Singapore’s Ngee Ann City, a shopping and commercial centre located on Orchard Road, Singapore.

Local Singapore Police said they were alerted to the case of unnatural death at about 2pm local time.

According to a news report by Singapore-based Chinese language Lianhe Zaobao, the 35 year old man fell 5 floors downwards, from the 3rd floor down to 2nd basement level of the shopping mall and was lying in a pool of blood.

The police said that the man was unconscious when he was being he was being taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The man later died of his injuries.

According to Channel News Asia report, the 35 year old man fell right outside Action City Plus, next to two customers.

An Action City Plus employee who was attending to two customers at the counter when the incident occurred, told the reporter that the 35 year old man’s hair grazed past one of the customer.

The Action City Plus employee also mentioned that the 35 year old man fell “sideways, head first”.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Major 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern indonesia

A major 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes eastern Indonesia off the remote Maluku islands on 14 Jul 2019, Sunday, sending panicked residents running into the streets but no tsunami warning was issued.

According to the US Geological Survey, the  earthquake struck about 165 km south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 pm local time (0928 GMT) at a depth of 10km.

“The earthquake was quite strong, sending residents to flee outside, they are panicking and many are now waiting on the roadside,” said the local disaster mitigation official named Mansur.

Officials were assessing the situation but there were no immediate reports of casualties, Mansur, he told AFP.

The province was also hit by a 6.9 magnitude tremor last week.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

Back in 26 Dec 2004, the coast of Sumatra was struck by a devastating 9.1-9.3 magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami (also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami). The resulting tsunami killed an estimated 227,898 people in 14 countries.

Cameron Boyce family breaks silence on actor’s death

Cameron Boyce family breaks silence on the actor’s recent death.

Victor Boyce, father of the american actor Cameron Boyce shared a photo on Instagram of his son just hours before his death.

“My son. Just hours before he was snatched from our lives. I miss him terribly. ” Victor Boyce wrote on his Instagram post.

He added: “I hope that no one ever has to feel the agony I’m feeling but no one is immune to tragedy. The outpouring of love and support our family continues to receive is so beautiful and appreciated. Thank you all for helping us through our worst possible situation.”

Maya Boyce, who is the Cameron Boyce’s sister and only sibling also took to Instagram and wrote that her brother was her best friend. “Yes. he died. Yes, I’m sad.”


Maya Boyce’s heartbreaking Tribute

Yes, he died. Yes, I’m Sad. 

Cameron was my best friend. He is someone I will always idolize. His smile could light up a room, unlike anyone else’s. 

He was perfect. 

He always said that if you have a voice, you have the privilege of using that voice for change, and he did not take that idea lightly. He understood his responsibility as someone so many kids would look up to.

Cameron always went out of his way to be giving and kind. 

He did more with his 20 years of life, than most people ever could with 100 years.

He was actively charitable. He traveled the world. He made creativity and art his life’s mission, and he encouraged others to do the same. 

Of course, I am devastated. I will be for the rest of my life. But what I’m holding onto, and what I encourage you to hold onto as well, is the memory of his endless optimism. 

He was sunlight wearing shoes. 

I can confidently say, he wants us to celebrate, grow, and persevere. 

Yes, he died. Yes, I’m sad. I’m also happy. And grateful. I was with him hours before he died. It was normal and fun. We said, “I love you.” He was happy.

I spent 17 years knowing what it was like to be loved by Cameron Boyce. That is the most beautiful gift I have ever received.


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Cameron Boyce has died in his sleep last Saturday on 06 Jul 2019 following a epileptic seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated for.

Cameron Boyce was known for his roles in films and television series such as Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2, Jessie and Descendants.

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