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Fifty Shades movie cast, Although the illusive Christian Grey (or anyone for that matter) has yet to be cast for the movie adaptation of “50 Shades of Grey,” the film has a release date, which will be Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 for North America.
Focus Features is releasing the film domestically, while Universal Pictures will handle the international release, with dates
Washington earthquake, A Washington earthquake has shocked locals but has left no serious damage on Wednesday night.
The 4.3 magnitude tremor shook various parts of Washington state on Wednesday night. The quake struck at about 7.45 p.m. local time and was located 25.9 miles west-northwest of Entiat and 33 miles northwest of Wenatchee.
According to the US Geological Society (USGS) the earthquake struck at a depth of 6.33 miles.
Various reports were made on social media sites by local residents saying that they had felt the earthquake. Commenters from Leavenworth described the earthquake as feeling like “our house was being bulldozed.”
Various residents have described that their homes shook, and that cuts and plates rattled as the earthquake struck.
The 4.3 quake was described by the USGS as causing “light shaking” and in the immediate aftermath no damage had been reported in the state.
Just a day earlier a 3.0 earthquake had struck Oklahoma, and Wednesday’s Washington quake was felt even as far away as Olympia to Kent, Issaquah and Mount Vernon.
On Earthquake-Report.com various residents across Washington state posted comments describing what they felt. Descriptions varied from “felt small movement” to “loud rumbling, shaking house.”
One user called Chelan posted: “We felt the floor shaking below our feet, but it only lasted between 30-45 seconds.”
Jessica Alba Hilary Tische Necklace Push Present
Jessica Alba Hilary Tische Necklace Push Present, Jessica Alba’s husband bought her a necklace to celebrate the arrival of their second child. The ‘Little Fockers’ star gave birth to daughter Haven last August and not only did she get a new baby but she also got an expensive piece of jewelry from spouse Cash Warren.
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Things have gotten so heated, the popular online betting website Paddy Power has even concocted a list of the top 27 actresses likely to snag the sweet-and-innocent role of Anastasia Steele! Former “Gilmore Girls” starlet Alexis Bledel leads the pack by a landslide… her odds to star as Christian Grey’s kinky onscreen lover are currently 4/1. Hot on Bledel’s trail are four other Hollywood sweethearts – Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Amanda Seyfriend, and Mila Kunis. Check out the full list below and fans can vote for their OWN top Miss Steele favorite in Mstars’ newest “Fifty Shades” casting poll!
Here’s the official Paddy Power list, posted on June 28:
Who will play Ana Steele? Singles Only. Applies to the actor that plays the main role of Ana Steele in the first official movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Must go on cinema release in UK or USA before the end of 2017. Others on request.
Alexis Biedel: 4/1
Mila Kunis: 10/1
Felicity Jones: 10/1
Emilia Clarke: 10/1
Amanda Seyfried: 10/1
Alexandra Daddario: 12/1
Katie Cassidy: 12/1
Elizabeth Olsen: 12/1
Emily Rossum: 12/1
Lucy Hale: 16/1
Lily Collins: 16/1
Shailene Woodley: 20/1
Kristen Stewart: 20/1
Rooney Mara: 20/1
Vanessa Hudgens: 20/1
Emma Watson: 25/1
Selena Gomez: 25/1
Jennifer Lawrence: 25/1
Blake Lively: 33/1
Zooey Deschanel: 40/1
Carey Mulligan: 40/1
Scarlett Johansson: 40/1
Lindsay Lohan: 66/1
Miley Cyrus: 66/1
Antonia Campbell Hughes: 66/1
Saoirse Ronan: 80/1
Some rather odd suggestions make the list… Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, really? While others (including Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley) have been associated with the role of Anastasia Steele for months. What do fans think of the top 27 Miss Steele contenders?
Of course, 31-year-old Bledel snags the no 1 spot. A spokesman for Paddy Power said, “We’ve seen a ton of money on Alexis Bledel and its clear punters fancy her for the role… We’ll be facing a spanking payout if she’s tied down for the role.”
Online betting mastermind William Hill gave Bledel even better odds at 2/1. According to Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly, “Alexis has not been averse to flashing a bit of flesh in ‘Mad Men’ and ultimately, that will be a prerequisite to playing Ms. Steele… She also has the acting clout to star in what will be the biggest book adaptation since the ‘Harry Potter’ films.”
Hey, this is all coming from the mouths of “professionals,” so it has to mean something! Out of the top 5 Anastasia Steele favorites, which beauty do Mstars fans think deserves the role of Christian Grey’s S&M-inspired lover?
Apparently so, as evidenced by billboards popping up around LA, including on the side of the Staples Center itself. The billboards plead with Dwight to “Stay” and include the Twitter hashtag #STAYD12, to promote the begging to continue on Twitter as well.
Chalk this one up to nothing more than a PR ploy. It’s the Lakers’ way of being able to say they went “all out,” or even “all-in” if you prefer, on their star player when he eventually signs with a team outside of LA.
“Dwight is in the category of the great of the great,” Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak said in his “State of the Lakers” address. “He’s over his back injury and there’s no reason he can’t play seven, eight more years at that position. There’s no doubt in my mind if he does, he’s in the Hall of Fame. Those players are just hard to come by.”
Billboards and compliments are just not a serious attempt at keeping the big man in LA though. If the Lakers are serious about retaining Howard’s services, they need to fire head coach Mike D’Antoni and bring in a coach that will employ a system better suited to Dwight’s skills. That’s pretty much the only thing it will take to keep him in LA.
It’s no secret at all, Howard was not happy playing in D’Antoni’s system. He wasn’t getting enough touches, and will continue to not get the touches he wants so long as he is playing under D’Antoni.
Beyond that, Howard understands the history of the Lakers and sees the opportunity in front of him. It’s been a topic on sports talk radio practically non-stop that he enjoys living in Los Angeles and would like to find reasons to stay in LA, but not with D’Antoni as head coach.
Howard will never go on the record and state this as being a condition for his re-signing. He dreads the label of being a “coach killer,” especially with the label already having been attached to him once in Orlando with the firing of Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy was relieved of his duties after Howard said he was unhappy playing under him and may not continue with the Magic if Van Gundy remained the coach. Well, that’s all it took and the Magic got a new coach.
Howard denied after that he wanted Van Gundy let go, and his respect for his former coach has reportedly only grown since the two parted ways. They’re actually friends to this day and Van Gundy has defended Howard’s status as the top center in the league on multiple occasions.
The thing is, Van Gundy is right. Howard may not have lived up to the inflated expectations that were placed on him when he landed in Los Angeles, but he is one of the top centers, if not the top center in the league. He’s also a good defender, who’s skills are lost in D’Antoni’s never-defensive mindset.
D’Antoni is not a bad coach, and he did not do a bad job with the Lakers. He just didn’t show a willingness to adjust his coaching style to fit the team he was coaching, that includes finding better ways to utilize Howard and involve him more as one of the focal points of the offense.
It’s just not hard to see why Dwight may look elsewhere rather than sticking around to team up with Kobe Bryant for another season and bring another championship back to LA. The run-and-gun, guard-focused, perimeter shooting offense that D’Antoni employs just doesn’t quite suit the big-man’s skills.
Then there’s the laundry list of complaints from this ESPN piece:
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, part of the discussion between Howard and Kupchak centered around Howard’s frustration with D’Antoni — particularly how the center felt marginalized as the coach looked to Bryant and Steve Nash for leadership and suggestions and discounted Howard’s voice.
“We had to just sell out to whatever he wanted, whether we liked it or not,” Howard said of D’Antoni following his exit interview. “We had to do what was going to benefit the team, and being one of the leaders on the team, I had to make sure I kept the guys in line to what the coach wanted us to do.”
All indications are that Jim Buss won’t acknowledge that he made a mistake in hiring D’Antoni, meaning the head coach won’t be going anywhere. If that’s truly the case, then you have to believe that the Laker’s billboard and public begging campaign are simply meant to build up some good will with an already loyal fan base in the likely event that Dwight bolts town.
Kupchak and company can make a stronger offer than essentially any other team, leaving the door open for a reunion with Howard, but D’Antoni will need to adjust his coaching style to better accommodate his star big-man’s skill set if a long-term partnership between the two is ever going to work.
If that doesn’t happen, the Lakers can do all the public ego-stroking they like with Howard, it’ll still just result in further frustration and lead to another “Dwightmare” for the Lakers when he decides he wants out again. And trust me, with D’Antoni as the head coach, there will certainly be an “again.”
Yes, we can now take Chuck Norris Facts and turn them into Tim Tebow Facts, because the man himself, Chuck Norris, has given Tebow his seal of approval. Norris wrote a column in which he decried Tebow’s current unemployment and said that Tebow is a lot like Norris himself.
“Tebow is a player who rises to the occasion and delivers big in critical game moments,” Norris wrote. “He reminds me of myself when I used to compete in martial arts. I would spar with my black belts in class, and sometimes they would outscore me.
Yet in the tournaments, I would defeat them. My students used to ask me, ‘Why can we contend equally against you in class, but we can’t beat you in the tournaments?’ My answer was always the same, ‘When it counts, I rise to the occasion.’ The same is true of the former Heisman Trophy winner: When pressure mounts and the game is on the line, Tim’s turbo turns on!”
Truthfully, Norris should probably stick with the roundhouse kicks and leave the football analysis to others, because his analysis of Tebow leaves a lot to be desired. If it’s true that when it counts, Tebow (like Norris) rises to the occasion, how are we to explain Tebow’s last game as a starter? That was in the playoffs following the 2011 season, and Tebow went 9-for-26 for 136 yards as the Broncos lost to the Patriots, 45-10.
Norris refers to Tebow as the “ultimate clutch player,” but this NFL season, Tebow is probably going to be missing in action.
Blake griffin clippers future, The Los Angeles Lakers are unsure if they will be able to hang on to free-agent center Dwight Howard this offseason, but one option may be to trade him to the crosstown rival Clippers for another former No. 1 overall pick—All-Star power forward Blake Griffin.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein broke news of this development on Saturday, indicating that promising young point guard Eric Bledsoe would be part of the package in a sign-and-trade pitch by the Clippers once Howard hits the open market.
However, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports cites a source who says the Lakers will absolutely not do a deal involving Howard in the form of a sign-and-trade.
Howard went first overall to the Orlando Magic in 2004, and the Clippers chose Griffin at the top of the 2009 draft. The NBA landscape would be completely changed, especially with regard to professional hoops in the City of Angels.
Clippers stud point guard Chris Paul has discussed teaming up with Howard in the future, and with both being eligible for free agency this summer, it appears they could be united in light of this news.
Owner Donald Sterling essentially implied to the Los Angeles Times less than a month ago that Paul was a big factor in the franchise’s decision to fire head coach Vinny Del Negro.
That was in spite of the fact that Del Negro coached the Clippers to the organization’s best regular season ever with a record of 56-26.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni failed to lead his team to the playoffs, but by acquiring the services of the supremely athletic and strong Griffin, he would have an ideal power forward for his “Seven Seconds or Less” offense.
Bledsoe is also an intriguing piece to the puzzle, because he hasn’t gotten to prove himself fully in coming off the bench for Paul.
Whatever happens, this should be an interesting, all-in type of offseason for the traditionally conservative Clippers, and the Lakers seem keen on obtaining assets to make D’Antoni’s schemes work.
Kobe bryant retirement, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is going to retire soon, but not yet. Still recovering from a ruptured Achilles, the Black Mamba’s future has never been more in doubt. Not only are we unsure if he’ll be able to return to form, but we’re unsure of just how long he’ll be able to play.
This latest injury humanized Bryant in ways he never has been before. Is it possible that it has provided him with some perspective, the kind that would give him an exact idea of when he’s going to hang ‘em up?
Going on 35, Bryant wants it understood that he isn’t done. He seems surprised that the notion of his retirement being imminent is even being entertained.
Bryant hasn’t exactly been candid about what he plans to do in the future. Depending on his mood, he’s either retiring after next season or not until he’s 40. He himself doesn’t appear to know when he’ll walk away.
In this case, that’s a good thing.
Normally, Bryant’s talk of retirement triggers anxiety. That he admits it’s coming “soon” would usually send the Lakers faithful into a frenzy—but not now.
With him rehabilitating from such a serious injury, the NBA community should be grateful he’s prepared to stay the course. Nearly two decades into his career, it would be easy for him to admit he won’t play beyond next season.
Though he doesn’t make any guarantees that he’ll play past next year, one must assume that’s the plan. If “Vino still has work to do,” he cannot seriously believe he’ll get all of it done next season.
Los Angeles’ roster isn’t yet set in stone, nor will it be for quite some time. Even if Dwight Howard re-signs, the Lakers continue to have one eye on 2014 and all the free-agency splurging they’ll be able to do.
To call next season a transition year would be a bit harsh, but knowing what their plans are and that Bryant will only just be returning from his latest bout with mortality, it’s unlikely that next year serves as his swan song.
However, if the Lakers managed to procure a sixth ring for the Mamba, that has the potential to change things. As is always the case with Bryant, we just don’t know.
Seventeen years into his professional tenure, and he’s still impossible to figure out. For now, we”ll accept that. Embrace it, even. We’re just thrilled he’s prepared to play on.
Fregoli delusion serious brain injury, The Fregoli delusion, or the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. The syndrome may be related to a brain lesion and is often of a paranoid nature with the delusional person believing themselves persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise.
A person with the Fregoli delusion can also inaccurately replicate places, objects, and events. This disorder can be explained by “associative nodes.” The associative nodes serve as a biological link of information about other people with a particular familiar face (to the patient). This means that for any face that is similar to a recognizable face to the patient, the patient will recall that face as the person they know.
The Fregoli delusion is classed both as a monothematic delusion, since it only encompasses one delusional topic, and as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class of delusional beliefs that involves misidentifying people, places, or objects. Like Capgras delusion, psychiatrists believe it is related to a breakdown in normal face perception.
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