Michael Bond, Paddington Bear creator, dies

[ad_1] Bond died at home on Tuesday following a short illness, his publisher HarperCollins announced Wednesday in a statement on Facebook, calling him a "giant of children's literature." Bond was born in Berkshire, England in 1926 and began writing in 1945, after serving in World War II.He was working as a cameraman for the BBC when he came up with the idea of a small toy bear that he named after Paddington Station in London, near where he was living at the time. Bond's first book, "A Bear Called Paddington," was published in 1958, and follows the adventures of a...

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MORNING MINUTE: Kris Jenner Give Me A Break!

[ad_1] Your browser does not support iframes. 06/28/17 – Comedian Chris Paul runs through the day’s hottest topics including the latest on Trump, Bill Cosby and the Kardashians. Like BlackAmericaWeb.com on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Sign Up For Our Newsletter! Close Thank you for subscribing! Please be sure to open and click your first newsletter so we can confirm your subscription. ...

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Netflix’s ‘Okja’ trips on odd tone, over-cooked message

[ad_1] Weaving together an animal-rights message as well as cautionary warnings about corporate greed, the movie becomes an awkward hybrid blending old-fashioned movies like "Babe" or "The Black Stallion" with the surrealism of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil." However admirable the intentions, the tone is seriously overcooked.The satire is played so broadly as to overwhelm most of the international cast in this production from South Korean co-writer/director Bong Joon Ho ("Snowpiercer"). That includes marquee names Tilda Swinton as the ruthless Lucy Mirando, whose company is looking to turn all that sausage into green; and Jake Gyllenhaal as Dr. Johnny Wilcox, an equally...

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Actor Michael Nyqvist dies – CNN.com

[ad_1] Story highlightsThe actor died after battle with lung cancerNyqvist starred in the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" moviesThe actor "passed away quietly surrounded by family," Alissa Feldman told CNN on behalf of Nyqvist's family and representatives. "Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him," she said. "His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him." Nyqvist played Mikael Blomkvist in the 2009 Swedish films "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played With Fire," and...

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China makes its military more visible in Hong Kong

[ad_1] Story highlightsPLA garrison in Hong Kong to take on combat rather than symbolic role, military leaders sayChinese aircraft carrier may soon make port call in Hong KongIts presence was largely symbolic and People's Liberation Army troops were rarely seen outside their main barracks in Hong Kong's Central district or other smaller facilities across the territory.But, 20 years after the handover, the Chinese military garrison here is taking on a more active role, according to a recent article in a Communist Party journal, with the PLA conducting drills and war games in the territory.The article comes amid speculation that Beijing...

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Philippines: Jail time proposed for unenthusiastic anthem singers

[ad_1] The country's House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring members of the public to sing the country's national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, "with fervor" whenever it is played publicly. Those who are convicted of violating the proposed law could face public censure, fines between $1,000 to $2,000 and up to a year in prison. The measure did not define how it would qualify whether or not a citizen sang the anthem with enough fervor. All students at public and private schools would be required to memorize the anthemIt should be played in accordance with its original composition, a 2/4...

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Woman delays flight by throwing ‘lucky’ coins into engine

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