Contagion Trailer Confirms Fear That Gwyneth Paltrow Will Cause Your Death

On July 14, 2011, in Celeb, by nadia

You always had a lurking suspicion that Gwyneth Paltrow would somehow be the death of you, though before today you assumed it would be the result of terminal eye rolling induced by a DVD of Country Strong , rather an unstoppable outbreak of the bird flu. Either way, now you can see your fear play out in real time in the new Contagion trailer , which has Paltrow turning up the sweaty jaundice as the first victim of a global pandemic that the CDC must race to contain. So basically it looks like Outbreak , but with an Academy Award-winning actress instead of a little escaped monkey.

You always had a lurking suspicion that Gwyneth Paltrow would somehow be the death of you, though before today you assumed it would be the result of terminal eye rolling induced by a DVD of Country Strong, rather an unstoppable outbreak of the bird flu. Either way, now you can see your fear play out in real time in the new Contagion trailer, which has Paltrow turning up the sweaty jaundice as the first victim of a global pandemic that the CDC must race to contain. So basically it looks like Outbreak, but with an Academy Award-winning actress instead of a little escaped monkey.

Costarring Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, the thriller is currently scheduled for release September 9 of this year. Of course, it’s not fair to place all the blame on a diseased Paltrow. As Jude puts it in the trailer, “No one has to weaponize the bird flu. The birds are doing that.” So really the film seems more like The Happening, but with pigeons instead of tress. We warned you: whatever you do, do not let your eyes start rolling. There’s not telling if they can ever be stopped!

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Report: Rihanna And Matt Kemp Are Dating Again

On February 17, 2011, in Celeb, by nadia

Rihanna and Matt Kemp broke up in December after dating for most of 2010. But as anyone who reads Jane Austen or watches Jersey Shore knows, nothing is permanent when it comes to matters of love, and Bossip reports that RiRi and Kemp are secretly dating once again . The speculation that their flame is rekindled is the result of an interview Kemp gave to 710ESPN where he spoke about his relationship with Rihanna in the present tense

Rihanna and Matt Kemp broke up in December after dating for most of 2010. But as anyone who reads Jane Austen or watches Jersey Shore knows, nothing is permanent when it comes to matters of love, and Bossip reports that RiRi and Kemp are secretly dating once again.

The speculation that their flame is rekindled is the result of an interview Kemp gave to 710ESPN where he spoke about his relationship with Rihanna in the present tense. He said “Ri is a great person, a great motivator, somebody that I love dearly and she helps me to become a better person. My personal relationship has nothing to do with what I do on the field.” We listened to the interview with Kemp and it’s pretty hard to tell if he was just putting a positive spin on the past, or if it was an intentional choice of verb tense, but we’re a sucker for a happy ending and wouldn’t be upset to hear that these two kids were giving it another go.

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UK Sought to Facilitate Bomber’s Release – Wall Street Journal

On February 7, 2011, in Latest News, by nadia

By ALISTAIR MACDONALD A new report Monday concludes that the former British government, seeking to protect the country’s commercial interests in Libya, made it policy to facilitate the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber from a Scottish prison. The report, and accompanying documents, confirm previous indications that the U.K. , in a variety of ways, sought to secure a prisoner-transfer agreement between the U.K

By ALISTAIR MACDONALD

A new report Monday concludes that the former British government, seeking to protect the country’s commercial interests in Libya, made it policy to facilitate the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber from a Scottish prison.

The report, and accompanying documents, confirm previous indications that the U.K. , in a variety of ways, sought to secure a prisoner-transfer agreement between the U.K. and Libya that could lead to the release of convicted bomber Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi.

However, Mr. Megrahi’s controversial release from a Scottish prison 17 months ago wasn’t the result of the prisoner-transfer agreement. Instead, Scotland granted him a so-called “compassionate release” on the grounds that he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had roughly three months to live. The new papers shed little new light on Scotland’s reasons for granting the compassionate release.

Mr. Megrahi, who remains alive in Libya more than two years after being diagnosed, is the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Monday’s documents were released after U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron promised the U.S. that Britain’s most senior civil servant, Gus O’ Donnell, would review all government papers relating to the release of the Lockerbie bomber. That promise came last July amid a backlash against British oil giant BP PLC in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Like a trove of documents released by Scotland in 2009, Monday’s papers show a U.K. government worried about preserving future commercial contacts with Libya. The papers underscore lobbying efforts made by BP to protect the company’s exploration contracts with Libya.

Sir Gus concludes that as soon as the government became aware that Mr. Megrahi had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, U.K. interests would be damaged if he were to die in a British jail.

“Policy was therefore progressively developed that (the British government) should do all it could… to facilitate an appeal by the Libyans to the Scottish government for Mr. Megrahi’s transfer,” Sir Gus said in conclusions to the release. “Such an approach was understood across all relevant government departments.”

Sir Gus, though, also said that documents showed the U.K. government didn’t put any pressure on Scotland to release Mr. Megrahi and that BP didn’t lobby the Scottish government.

“Although it is likely that the Scottish government was aware of this desire, there is no record that it was communicated or that U.K. interests played a part in Mr. Megrahi’s release by the Scottish government,” he said in the document.

Indeed, the documents show that Jack Straw, the then foreign secretary, believed that attempts to influence Scotland would be counterproductive. The Edinburgh government is currently run by a coalition led by the Scottish National Party, whose eventual aim is to cede Scotland from the U.K.. Though the U.K. government retains control over foreign affairs, the Scottish government controls a number of internal matters, including the administration of justice, under a “devolved” constitutional arrangement.

Scotland maintains that Mr. Megrahi was released purely on compassionate grounds. It says that the three-month prognosis delivered in a final medical report in August 2009, which paved the way for Mr. Megrahi’s release, was the result of a proper medical analysis. The full medical records relating to Mr. Megrahi’s cancer haven’t been released.

Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported that there was no evidence that any of the specialists involved in the care of Mr. Megrahi’s cancer signed off on the three-month prognosis. The paper also reported that Scotland released Mr. Megrahi as he was about to begin chemotherapy, a sign that he had more than three months to live, according to prostate-cancer experts.

Monday’s documents left out any information relating to Mr. Megrahi’s physical health, including treatment and medical prognosis and the Scottish government has always refused to divulge such papers themselves.

Write to Alistair MacDonald at alistair.macdonald@wsj.com

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