'Godzilla': Eight Easter Eggs You Have To See

For the movie's second trailer, "Godzilla" delivered another moody look into a world overrun with gigantic monsters without giving too much away.

While I appreciate saving some of the surprise for theaters, some of the teased are just too maddeningly intriguing to leave a mystery. That's why I've broken down some of the key frames from the trailer to unlock their secrets.

Okay, so we're getting the messy stuff out of the way first. First order of business, here's this gross. Something pretty nasty happened to this thing, which was apparently radioactive at one time. The claw marks on the side suggest that a monster has been in the area and could be responsible for whatever is coating the outside. I'll leave it at that.

Now, let's move on to this egg sack missile thing. Here's a missile that looks like it's attached to an egg sack. Are there mini Godzillas on the way? Doesn't that sound dangerously close to a plot line of the 1998 Roland Emmerich "Godzilla"? Let's not think too much about that and move on.

Well, since we're on the topic of monster anatomy, here's the rib cage of something very big. Are we looking at the remains of long-dead Godzilla food? Seems pretty likely. 

While the trailer didn't feature a ton of good looks at Godzilla, it made up for it by teasing at least two different kinds of kaiju. I can't say that there's definitely a flying monster in "Godzilla," but there's a flying monster in "Godzilla." Don't believe me?

Oh, are those wings? Sure looks like there's a flying monster in "Godzilla," huh? Perhaps it's our old friend Rodan.

This still is less clear. What we have here is a foot that doesn't belong to Godzilla, and without a wider look at the beast, I can't say for sure whether it's the winged monster. We could be looking at two kaiju that aren't Godzilla and an enormous amount of restraint on the part of WB's marketing team.

Just how big is this version of Godzilla? The poster from last week showed him towering over San Francisco, and after a few glimpses in the trailer, that representation seems more and more accurate.

FYI, this is the Statue of Liberty from New York, New York in Las Vegas. Godzilla or another kaiju makes it far inland, but not that far.


Neo Samsung Galaxy Y ( GT - S5312 ) , Galaxy Variants Cheapest

Samsung would be a great name many reasons to choose a device made ​​by Korean vendors use this as a phone . Realizing this , Samsung also seems to try to provide a lot of enhancements for all levels of user segments .
The newest Handphone Samsung smartphones even bring to class beginner who just wants to try the Android system with a relatively very affordable price for a branded Android smartphone via Y Neo also known as Pocket Neo in several other countries . Then how is it worth to be owned cell phone ?
Small , chubby and plastic makes the phone look like a toy cell phone , kid , though of course not .
Looks red thread on Neo Y design that connects to the design of the Galaxy series later present as S4 , S4 Mini , Mega Core and others . Only the home button on the side of the face appear larger due to the effect of the proportion between the size of the keys and the body of the phone ..
Flanking the home button , there are 2 buttons are capacitive menu and back in the bottom of the screen . While the power / lock and volume control located on the side bersebrangan , right and left edges of the phone body .
MicroUSB port that serves as a gateway connecting the charger and the data kebel toward computers were placed in the lower side audio port jacks inhabit the upper side . thats it and this is harga handphone samsung

20 years later, Intersport still cashing in on Nancy Kerrigan clip

Charlie Besser is still getting more than he bargained for from Jan. 6, 1994.

That was the day a production team for his Chicago-based sports and entertainment company, Intersport, was tagging along with figure skating gold medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan during a practice session at Detroit's Cobo Arena to gather some extra footage for a TV special it was putting together for ABC Sports.

What it got would immediately become one of the most infamous images in Olympic history.

Intersport's cameraman was the only one rolling when Ms. Kerrigan was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a police baton, capturing the moments of the skater on the ground and receiving medical attention.

The exclusive video's value was obvious, and Mr. Besser acted swiftly.

He told the producers to embed the Intersport logo on the clip. Then he picked up the phone, triggering what would become a bidding war for the five to 10 minutes of footage.

After calling outlets like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight to establish a fair asking price, Mr. Besser chose to give first rights to ABC News for about 60 percent of the value of other bids, since the assignment had come from ABC in the first place.

But that was only the start of what has become a continuing source of revenue for the company. It is still getting requests to license the footage 20 years later.

"When Tonya Harding gets married, we get calls. When Nancy Kerrigan gets married, we get calls. When somebody has a baby or gets divorced in that group, we get calls," said Mr. Besser, who founded Intersport in 1985. "It's kind of crazy, but it just keeps going."

Intersport has netted seven figures in revenue over the years from licensing the video clip hundreds of times on TV and the Web.

More than a dozen requests rolled in over the months leading up to the current Olympic Games in Sochi. ESPN and NBC Sports both licensed the footage for recent documentaries on the incident.

Fees vary, depending on how an outlet wants to use the video, but typically start at between $10,000 and $15,000 per use, or $250 per second, for using it over a one-year period.


That's a relative drop in the bucket for a company whose annual revenue is north of $100 million, but Intersport has vigilantly protected the video, as social media has expanded.

"It is constant checking and supervision," said Mr. Besser, adding that Intersport has had to make some calls to unlicensed users but has never sued anybody over it. "Everybody knows who owns it now, so there are very few excuses."

Today, Intersport is known primarily for staging and selling sponsorships for sporting events like the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby, and the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships during the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Most recently, it added the Hockey City Classic, an outdoor college hockey event that debuted at Soldier Field last year and that the company intends to bring back to Chicago in 2015.

Those large events, combined with nearly 1,500 smaller ones each year, make up about half of its business. The company also runs a sports sponsorship consulting service and a growing online entertainment news hub, CelebTV.com.

But two decades after the fact, the Kerrigan video still shows up on the Intersport ledger, and the company continues to be crafty in making sure user licenses expire short of key anniversary dates, a move to keep fresh requests coming in.

All currently active licenses, for example, expire before the 25th anniversary of the incident, when Mr. Besser says Intersport will "do the ultimate digging back into the story" through a documentary "and then put it to rest forever."

Or maybe, he says with a smile, just until the next round of requests start pouring in at the 30-year mark.


Amber Alert Issued After Carjacking, Kidnapping in Oakland

Amber Alert Issued

After a 13-year-old girl was apparently taken during a carjacking in Oakland Tuesday afternoon, police requested a statewide Amber Alert.

The child abduction occurred at 12:40 p.m. in Oakland, where a 35-year-old man was being sought, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man was possibly driving a 2001 red Infiniti QX4 SUV, with California license plate number 6JFM648.

“The vehicle and child were taken during a carjacking and the suspect is armed with a knife,” CHP stated.

The girl was described only as a black 13-year-old.

In a news release, the Oakland Police Department stated that officers were called to the scene of a Safeway parking lot after a man was seen entering a vehicle and forcing the driver to drive away. A child was “reportedly seen in the rear seat,” the news release stated.

Anyone who sees the girl or the kidnapper was asked to call Oakland police at 510-238-3641 or to call 911.


Whitney Houston Casket Photo Mystery Unsolved After Two Years

Whitney Houston’s tragic death two years ago this month on the eve of the Grammy Awards, turned into a major tabloid scandal when a photo of her lying in her casket was published. So far the mystery of who took it remains unsolved.
Some called the photo of Houston, decked out in her favorite purple dress and a reported $500,000 in jewelry, “beautiful.”

But The National Enquirer, which has a long sordid history of publishing photos of deceased celebrities, was widely condemned.

A Washington Post blogger declared that “a line had been crossed.” Other outlets called the move morbid and tasteless.

Houston’s mother Cissy and daughter Bobbi Kristina were outraged. “Their heart broken all over again,” a source said at the time.

But the tabloid has been down this road before. It infamously ran a similar photo of Elvis Presley in his coffin after he died of a drug overdose in 1977.

One thing is certain, it was almost impossible to avert your eyes. The tabloid reportedly paid as much as $500,000 for the image. But the question remains: Who took it?

Speculation ranged from a close family member or funeral home employee, to even her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis.

The funeral home’s owner told The Los Angeles Times today (Feb. 23) the photo was unauthorized and had nothing to do with the funeral home where the singer’s body was prepared.

Bobby Brown’s sister Tina was considered an early suspect because the same issue contains an in-depth interview with her, for which she was probably paid. A source told TheImproper at the time that Brown did not go to the private viewing.

Davis’s named surfaced only because he attended the service and had access to the room before family members gathered to pay their last respects.

But Raffles van Exel, a mystery “celebrity consultant,” who was part of Whitney’s Grammy entourage ultimately became the chief suspect.

He cast suspicion on himself after he told a Dutch publication he removed items from Houston’s room after her body was found. “The room had to be emptied. Someone had to do it,” van Exel said.

A month later, a Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J., claimed he saw van Exel take the photo of Houston in her casket, according to Forbes.

Exel has never admitted nor denied taking the photo.


Happy Birthday, Jennifer Aniston! 15 Times We Fell in Love With You on Friends

It's Jennifer Aniston's birthday!
Isn't that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic?!
We're not here to talk about how incredibly fantastic Jen looks on her 45th birthday (but come on, she totally does!), or about the fact that she's currently sporting a gorgeous rock on that finger. She's America's sweetheart and we think that every day should celebrate how incredible and wonderful Jennifer is. However, since we don't want to look like full-on stalkers, we're just going to pack all of our Aniston admiration into this one article and then get the rest of our Friends fix on Tumblr later.
SCOOP: Matt LeBlanc on Friends' 10-year anniversary and Jennifer Aniston's wedding!

And of course, we all know Rachel Green. She started off the series as a rain-drenched, spoiled brat in a wedding gown but quickly stole our hearts and made us fall in love with her charm.

Now that we have your attention, let's take a look back at all the many times we fell head-over-heels for Rachel. Remember…
1. When she showed us that it's okay to get a little crazy sometimes when it involves boys
2. When she showed us how to rock even the most hideous of outfits
3. When she helped us realize that it's okay it we're not athletic
4. When she taught us how deal with that one neat-freak friend
5. When she showed us that being a parent could still be fun
6. When she taught us to always stand up for ourselves, not matter how much it hurts
7. When she taught us the difference between men and women
8. When she helped us realize that sometimes it's okay to let your hormones take over
9. When she showed us how to look great at an awkward party
10. When she taught us that making up new words can be fun
11. When she showed us the best way to intercept an important message
12. When she gave us the perfect excuse to get out of any situation
13. When she taught us how to tell someone off in public
14. When she showed us what our main priority should always be
15. When she made us realize that one day, we will all find our lobster

So happy birthday, Rachel!—Uh, we mean Jennifer...we love you!


Emilia Clarke voted Most Desirable Woman of 2014

Emilia Clarke — Mother of Dragons and Cyborg-Killing Messiahs — has been voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen.com, following a rigid electoral process that saw more than 1 million votes.
Clarke is joined in the list of Top 99 Most Desirable Women in the world by her Game of Thrones co-stars Oona Chaplin (Talisa Stark) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The Top Five also includes Emma Watson (#5) and Jennifer Lawrence (#4), the stars at the center of two of the hugest movie franchises ever, but they’re both edged out by unofficial Internet girlfriend Alison Brie (at #2) and that-girl-from-Blurred-Lines Emily Ratajkowski (at #3.)
In other news, Beyoncé is not in the top 10, which strongly implies that an epidemic of blindness broke out among the voters. And Robin Wright (#95) is just two places behind her daughter Dylan Penn (#93). Pause to imagine Robin Wright and Dylan Penn having their daily phone check-in:
Robin Wright: Dylanator! How’s life?
Dylan Penn: Mama Rob! Life is rad. I’m dating Steve McQueen’s grandson! How’s biz?
Robin Wright: Baby doll, biz is rockin’. I got a little show dropping this Friday, you might’ve heard of it…House of Cards?
Dylan Penn: Heard of it? I’m like BFFles with the stone-cold hottie who won a Golden Globe for that show.
Robin Wright: Haha!
Dylan Penn: Haha!
Robin Wright: Oh yo, hold up, B-Foster just tweeted me a link to some website. Most Desirable Women?
Dylan Penn: Oh yeah, I was gonna ask about that. Did you see the list?
Robin Wright: …
Dylan Penn: Mom?
Robin Wright: You’re dead to me.


A Return to the Good Old Days for Liverpool

LONDON — Not since 1990 has Liverpool’s stadium been known as Fortress Anfield. The stadium has barely changed since then, and the 44,000 fans who feed off hope are still there every match day.

But now, with a side too young to have witnessed the days and nights when Liverpool regularly stormed European soccer, there is reason to believe that the good times can come again.

On Saturday, Liverpool knocked Arsenal off the top of the Premier League.

It was a sacking rather than a mere victory. The Liverpool coach, Brendan Rodgers, had asked his side for intensity, great vigor and relentless attacking and not to let Arsenal settle into its own serene passing rhythm.

The start was as overwhelming as the rains that keep battering England. Four times within the first 20 minutes, Liverpool had penetrated Arsenal’s defenses, and the eventual 5-1 final score was almost a reprieve for Arsenal’s overwhelmed defense.

The key was youth and exuberance, aided and abetted by some woefully slow, surprisingly negligent Arsenal defending. The first two goals, following a free kick and a corner kick, were both scored by Martin Skrtel, the big, powerful Slovak who is built for defending. The next two, still within the opening 20 minutes, were finished off by fleet-footed English players, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. And shortly after halftime, young Sterling outran the Arsenal central defense yet again to make it five goals.

Arsenal was simply blown away. The attacks abated before the storm did, but that was more because Liverpool seemed satisfied with its own supremacy. Many on this Liverpool team — along with many of the supporters in the stadium — were not even born the last time the red tide was in such flow.

Sterling is just 19, and Liverpool’s last English championship was in 1990.

Philippe Coutinho, the architect of so many of Liverpool’s moves, is a 21-year-old from Rio de Janeiro whose slight built is outweighed by his sleight-of-foot passes.

Yet, even in the English game, which is still more physical than most around the world, this young Brazilian stands out. He is barely 5-foot-7, but what does physical stature matter when the brain, the eye and the feet can turn midfield into a goal-scoring opportunity at a single stroke? Coutinho’s pass for the Sturridge goal was struck — no, caressed — from the halfway line. It divided Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, the big German and the swift Frenchman who have been quite effective this season in Arsenal’s defense.

And Sturridge, a Chelsea reject, was so fleet of foot, and so sure of his finish with the left foot, that the Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny might as well have stayed in London and not made the journey north for this encounter.

Poor Szczesny. He is having his best season, and he pulled off a magnificent two-handed save to prevent a cunning free kick by Luis Suárez from entering the top corner of his net.

However, before Christmas, Arsenal conceded six goals in a loss to Manchester City, just down the road from Liverpool, and now it was giving up five.

The consolation of a penalty goal for Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta came too late, and it was far too little to paper over the cracks for Arsenal’s nondefense.

“Congratulations to Liverpool,” the Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said in his televised postgame press conference. “They played very well, but the performance from us was not acceptable.

“It raises some questions. We were caught many times, and we were a bit naïve defensively. Every acceleration from Liverpool seemed deadly for us. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Indeed they must, because next Sunday the teams meet again in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup, at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

This is how February has become for the Gunners of North London. They have to work out how to counter Liverpool’s quicksilver counterattacks within a week, but before that Arsenal meets Manchester United in a league match on Wednesday. And a week after that, Arsenal hosts Bayern Munich, the European champion, in the Champions League.

The defensive instability could not have come at a worse time, and Arsenal’s own stylish attacking game has been disrupted by injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, and to a loss of form, an apparent tiring both mentally and physically, by Mesut Ozil.

Ozil’s physical stamina was often questioned by Coach José Mourinho, who substituted the playmaker before most games ended last season when both were employed by Real Madrid.

Both have moved on to England, Ozil to a faster and physically more demanding league, and Mourinho back to Chelsea. And it is Chelsea, despite Mourinho’s insistence that it cannot win the Premier League this season, that is now in the top spot.

After mastering Manchester City last Monday, Chelsea devoured Newcastle United 3-0 in London on Saturday. Eden Hazard, the Belgian who can do no wrong on a soccer field at the moment, scored all three and took home the match ball.

Swift, superbly balanced, and single-minded, Hazard is one of the Belgians tipped by many to excel at the World Cup in Brazil.

Right now, the tournament seems a world away. Hazard, just 23, is Chelsea’s star by a distance. He revives memories of the way that the Dutch winger, Arjen Robben, danced his way to match-defining performances during Mourinho’s first spell in charge of Chelsea.

Maybe Robben had more tricks. But when Hazard cuts in from his wing, his finish comes with such calm deadliness. The Belgian is, in short, everything that Mourinho wants — a game winner who buys in to his work ethic.


Five things we learned from Vin Diesel doing some terrible dancing to Katy Perry and Beyonce

Vin Diesel is not Sasha Fierce no matter what anyone told him previously and he should absolutely keep his tongue firmly planted in cheek from now on

When you think of Vin Diesel you don't usually think Beyonce tribute act - but apparently he does.

The musclebound star of the Fast and Furious films received some good news and so decided - as all action stars do - that the best way to celebrate was to put on some Katy Perry and Sasha Fierce and dance around his living room. Oh and record it, for the world.

Here are the five things we learned from the action star's video.

1. Pointing and spinning your arm at speed does not count as dancing - no matter what Victoria Beckham's time in the Spice Girls taught us
You're an international movie star, we get it - but that still doesn't make POINTING dancing. It just doesn't. What it actually looks like is that you've spotted a bit of dust and you're trying to telekinetically move it.

2. Vin Diesel must have a spine of steel
All that crouching, hunching and bobbing would put lesser mortals in need of an osteopath. Just watching it has given us a twinge.

3. There's nothing more disturbing than a grown man flicking his tongue out. NOTHING. Even if that grown man is Vin Diesel
Why? WHY? Yes the bobbing and the 'dancing' is a little bit embarrassing but the tongue flicking just takes it to another level. Unless one has scales, one should never flick a tongue. And even then it should be avoided and left for dire emergencies or when having to pronounce some extreme 'ess' sounds.

4. Vin Diesel is not Beyonce
As much as he sways to Drunk in Love, claps (loosely) to the beat and 'oh oh OHs' his way through one of Queen Bey's hits, he's still essentially just a massive muscle dude dancing around his living room.

5. We have Riddick being number one to thank for this Riddick video
So let that be a lesson to the DVD buying public - if you stop buying his DVDs we'll all lose the ability to experience these videos.


Malema placed under provisional sequestration

Pretoria - The sequestration of EFF leader Julius Malema's estate will be to the advantage of his creditors, the High Court in Pretoria ruled on Monday.

Judge Bill Prinsloo said the Insolvency Act made specific provision that the SA Revenue Service (Sars) could institute sequestration proceedings against a person for their tax debt. He ordered that Malema be provisionally sequestrated.

"I am satisfied that the applicant [Sars] has established the requirements for the grant of a provisional sequestration," Prinsloo said in his judgment.

A draft order was signed and made an order of court. Reading the order into the record Prinsloo said: "The estate of the respondent [Malema] is placed in provisional sequestration."

Malema and anyone else who did not want the order to be made final had until 10am on May 26 to give reasons as to why this should not happen.

Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokoena said the sequestration was costly and unnecessary.

"We find it very academic... It was totally unnecessary and a waste of the taxpayers' money. Today, a sequestration runs into millions of rands, depending on the legal team you are choosing."

He said a final sequestration order would affect Malema's political career, as he would not be allowed to serve as a Member of Parliament.

According to court documents, Malema owed R16 million plus interest after failing to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010. In 2010 Sars contacted Malema about his failure to submit tax returns. It took Malema 18 months, after many attempts by Sars, to file his outstanding returns. Malema also failed to register the Ratanang Trust for tax purposes, and Sars had to do this on his behalf. Sars attached some of Malema's property to recoup the taxes he owed.

Earlier on Monday, Malema's legal team brought an application asking for the sequestration matter to be postponed because he wanted to have an admission of liability, which he signed last year during negotiations with Sars, set aside. He wanted the matter postponed pending the finalisation of his corruption case.

Prinsloo dismissed the application and went directly into reading his judgment on the sequestration matter.

He said Malema's lawyers arriving with an application for postponement was nothing but a "delaying tactic and abuse of the system". Prinsloo said the court should not tolerate this.

Sars opposed the application for a postponement, also accusing Malema's legal team of trying to delay the matter.


Discovery Networks UK ups Dinnage to MD

Susanna Dinnage (pictured) has been upped at Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, moving into the role of executive VP and managing director, effective immediately.

Previously the senior VP and general manager of Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, she was a key player in the launch of female-skewing channel TLC in the UK.

In her new role, she will continue to be responsible for 11 channel brands within Discovery’s portfolio, including Discovery Channel, Quest, ID and Animal Planet.

Dinnage has been with Discovery since 2009, and prior to that worked with the launch team for UK network Channel 5 and its digital channels. She also has held various roles at Viacom’s MTV and VH1 channels.

“Susanna is an exceptional TV executive who has a unique ability to understand and build channel brands and is a champion of the needs of viewers across different genres and demographics,” said Dee Forbes, president and MD of Discovery Networks Western Europe.

“During the last year she has successfully launched TLC and has celebrated substantial growth across our channels and I am delighted to be able to announce this much-deserved promotion.”


Dancing On Ice: Ray Quinn Tops The Leaderboard In 80’s Week

In a 1980’s themed week, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean’s Bolero, which won them gold in 1984, Ray performed to Van Halen’s Jump. And Jump he did! His fast paced, action packed routine (which was actually full of jumps) wowed the judges and consequently earned himself an almost perfect score of 39.5.

The judges sang Ray’s praises, with Karen simply saying, “It was amazing.” Usually critical Jason Gardiner added, “You are blurring the lines between the professional and the celebrity. I forget you are on ice.”

Ashley commented, “You just kill it. I don’t think you could have a bad week because you go out every week and just kill it.”

Guest (and previous) judge for this week only Nicky was slightly more critical, saying, “It is a little scratchy and could be a little faster. It was a fantastic performance but not quite perfect for me yet.” Nicky scored Ray a 9.5, meaning he narrowly missed out on a perfect score.

However, Ray is still top of the leaderboard, with Hayley 3 points behind him in second place. Is there no beating him?!


Interflora and RHS draw fire from British growers over £195 bouquet

Interflora has been forced to drop claims that flowers in its £195 RHS-endorsed Valentine's Day 'Ultimate Love Bouquet' are British grown - after a backlash from British growers.

The florist tagged five of the 10 varieties - red chrysanthemums, red tulips, white hyancinth, ivy and myrtle - with British-grown Union Jack logos in its marketing after initially claiming 60 per cent of the bouquet was British-grown.

A Twitter spat erupted with several British growers suggesting many of the flowers were much more likely to have been imported.

Interflora had to ditch the claims when questioned because they "could not guarantee the source" of their flowers.

Grower Gill Hodgson of The Flower Farm in York said: "Interflora has really shot themselves in the foot by claiming their flowers are British-grown. And the RHS are the main British gardening organisation and they should be promoting British growers and not endorsing a product that appears to be predominantly imported. To see the RHS championing scentless flowers mass-produced in Holland is soul-destroying.

"There's a dearth of young growers and the RHS itself has a dedicated schools' division to encourage new entrants and yet on Valentine's Day - one of the peaks in the growers' year - they promote imported produce."

Interflora admits the red and pink roses, lilac, agapanthus and amaranth in the bouquet are imported.

Hodgson worked out the bouquet had covered an estimated 188,447 miles to reach the UK.

Covent Garden Flower Market British-grown specialist Pratley Flowers said: "It's the wrong time of year for red chrysanthes. There's none grown in the UK at the moment - you can only get Dutch." He added that myrtle and white hyacinths were only available from overseas too. Fellow flower dealers RG French and Sons and S Robert Allen agreed, as did six UK-wide florists contacted by Horticulture Week.

An Interflora representative said: "We've taken the British-grown icons off our website but the product is still for sale. The Union Jack flags were causing so much controversy and we can't guarantee the flowers will be British-grown."

Interflora has been forced to drop claims that flowers in its £195 RHS-endorsed Valentine's Day 'Ultimate Love Bouquet' are British grown - after a backlash from British growers.

The florist tagged five of the 10 varieties - red chrysanthemums, red tulips, white hyancinth, ivy and myrtle - with British-grown Union Jack logos in its marketing after initially claiming 60 per cent of the bouquet was British-grown.

A Twitter spat erupted with several British growers suggesting many of the flowers were much more likely to have been imported.

Interflora had to ditch the claims when questioned because they "could not guarantee the source" of their flowers.

Grower Gill Hodgson of The Flower Farm in York said: "Interflora has really shot themselves in the foot by claiming their flowers are British-grown. And the RHS are the main British gardening organisation and they should be promoting British growers and not endorsing a product that appears to be predominantly imported. To see the RHS championing scentless flowers mass-produced in Holland is soul-destroying.

"There's a dearth of young growers and the RHS itself has a dedicated schools' division to encourage new entrants and yet on Valentine's Day - one of the peaks in the growers' year - they promote imported produce."

Interflora admits the red and pink roses, lilac, agapanthus and amaranth in the bouquet are imported.

Hodgson worked out the bouquet had covered an estimated 188,447 miles to reach the UK.

Covent Garden Flower Market British-grown specialist Pratley Flowers said: "It's the wrong time of year for red chrysanthes. There's none grown in the UK at the moment - you can only get Dutch." He added that myrtle and white hyacinths were only available from overseas too. Fellow flower dealers RG French and Sons and S Robert Allen agreed, as did six UK-wide florists contacted by Horticulture Week.

An Interflora representative said: "We've taken the British-grown icons off our website but the product is still for sale. The Union Jack flags were causing so much controversy and we can't guarantee the flowers will be British-grown."

The RHS said: "The RHS is obviously extremely committed to supporting British horticulture and works with many organisations within the horticultural industry."

The Cut Flower Patch author Louise Curley said: "It's disappointing the RHS didn't take the opportunity to promote British flowers. We need to be looking at sourcing our flowers in a different way, just as we've done with food, sourcing locally-grown flowers and growing our own. Apart from the environmental cost, imported blooms mean we have lost touch with the seasons. I would much prefer a posy of primroses or scented narcissi for Valentine's Day than the ubiquitous red rose."

On Twitter, tweeters posted their anger about the £195 bunch. Wendy Shillam said: "I'd rather have a bunch of dandelions and a kiss." Caroline Turner said: "I'd rather have an egg cup full of snowdrops any day." Wendy Eagle said: "One snowdrop would mean so much more to me."


'One of those days' for Bode

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- With the most important two minutes and six seconds of his day complete, Bode Miller sat in the finish area of the Rosa Khutor downhill course and tried to process where it all went wrong.

It was something he had learned long ago in his career: to not be defined by the time on a clock, to take a few minutes and absorb every inch of the task he had just completed, process what went right and what went wrong and move on before being bombarded with the opinions of everyone else. It is Miller who always controls his own emotions. No one else. And it was at this moment at the bottom of the hill -- with worldwide television cameras watching -- when the transformation from disappointment to acceptance was underway.

Miller began his day hopping out of bed a few minutes past 5 a.m., anticipating the opportunity that lay ahead. He had won two of the three downhill training sessions last week and eagerly waited for the race to begin. Some three hours before the sun would even rise, there was Miller, amped to the point that his wife, Morgan, said it seemed like he was already in the starting gate.

When the sun finally rose, the news outside was not good. A week of bluebird skiing conditions had given way to overcast skies and warmer temperatures, conditions that can challenge visibility. This is not ideal for a man who skis on the edge, a man who needs to see every bump and roll so he can steer through or around it.

At 11:45 a.m., Miller dropped in and the stadium was abuzz. He was the man many had come to see. After the first split time, Miller, who was the 15th skier to take the course, was ahead of leader Matthias Mayer by 0.27 seconds. Green flashed on the video board. By the next split, Miller's lead was 0.31 seconds.

But in the next section, Miller bumped into a gate. By the third split, his advantage dropped to 0.02. By the fourth, it was gone. He crossed the finish line in a time of 2:06.75, more than a half-second behind Mayer.

As he looked up at the video board and saw red, his head fell. He jammed his poles into the snow and leaned forward, staring at the ground in disbelief. He skied to the edge of the finish area and sat down, placing his head in his hands. After some 30 seconds, he propped himself up and made his way to the athlete's exit on the opposite end of the finish area. There, he just stopped.

Miller jammed his poles into the ground again and looked back up the hill, seemingly searching for answers. Where did he make a mistake? What could he have done differently? A trumpet quietly played in the distance. The only other sound was that of stunned silence. Eventually, Miller finished replaying the race in his head. He had his answer. He had done everything he could. Some 30 minutes later, his eyes covered by sunglasses with a blue USA ski cap pulled over his head, he explained.

"It's disappointing to not have a better result next to my name," said Miller, who finished eighth. "It's one of those days where it's hard to say where the time went. I skied really well. I was aggressive. I took a lot of risk. I made a couple small mistakes but not anything that would cost you a lot of time, and it's tough to just be missing it."

In a way, it all made perfect sense. In a sport where truly anything can happen on any given day, Miller has long been the ultimate who-knows-what-to-expect athlete. When expectations are absent, he can win. When the world expects greatness, he can disappoint. That's why the best skiers in the world are lucky to win 9 percent of their races. Bode will always be Bode. The recklessness that makes him great can also lead to mistakes. And he isn't going to change. Today, he pointed blame at the cloudy skies and Seattle-like weather, which he said made for a softer course and challenging visibility.

"The course just slowed down," he said. "It's one of the big challenges in ski racing. Sometimes it's not in your hands. When the visibility goes down, it affects me quite a bit. Guys who have a little bit better balance and initiation process in their turns, it doesn't faze them. I had to change a lot from the training runs today just not being able to see the snow."

Austria's Mayer, who won the race with a time of 2:06.23, agreed the conditions didn't do Miller any favors.

"In the last flat, there was a little bit of wet snow or soft snow, and I think a few hundredths of a second there really were the advantage," Mayer said.


Younger women outspoken about Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow

Sarah Seltzer grew up a fan of Woody Allen movies — her parents showed her "Sleeper," "Annie Hall," and "Everyone Says I Love You" once she was old enough to get the jokes. As a 31-year-old writer living in New York, she has admired Allen's more recent work, the bittersweet "Midnight in Paris," the meaty roles for women in "Blue Jasmine."
So when the New York Times website published an open letter from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow last week, alleging that the director sexually assaulted her at age 7, Seltzer was thrown. The first time Allen's relationship with Dylan made news, during his ugly custody battle with her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow, in the early 1990s, Seltzer was too young to understand the story. Now she was chilled by it.
"I found the letter deeply convincing and very sad," Seltzer said. "I felt very sorry for Dylan and for all the pain that she testified to in the letter. I sort of remember hearing stories about this when I was in elementary school, but it was a little over my head."
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Allen, who had kept mum all week, responded in a New York Times letter of his own which went online Friday night. "Of course, I did not molest Dylan," said the filmmaker, whose "Blue Jasmine" is up for three Academy Awards and first Broadway musical is a month from beginning previews. "No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing." 
Some of the most vocal and aggrieved reactions to Farrow's letter have often come from women under 40. These include 27-year-old "Girls" creator Lena Dunham, who called Farrow's words "courageous"; film director Miranda July, 39, who tweeted an excerpt of a 1976 People magazine interview in which Allen joked about sharing a love nest with 12-year-old girls; and 17-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, who engaged in a conversation with her Twitter followers about whether she could still watch Allen's movies.
"I've loved his movies and cited them over the years but I don't want to contribute any more to a culture that tells survivors of abuse that their voices do not matter," Gevinson tweeted.
It's predictable, perhaps, that the demographic most outwardly troubled by the renewed allegations is a group more likely to identify with 29-year-old Dylan Farrow than with her 78-year-old father.
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"It's not surprising that a new generation has found Woody Allen, cause he makes great movies," Allen biographer Eric Lax said. "For people 40 and above, they've already lived through this cycle 20 years ago. They made up their minds one way or another. But like the 20-year cicada, this thing has popped up again."
Many in Allen's younger female audience began to know him in the midst of his recent, late-career successes, a period in which he has cast appealing actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Rachel McAdams and Cate Blanchett and swoon-worthy leading men like Owen Wilson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Javier Bardem.
They're also a group more apt to be frank about sexual abuse. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, around 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. suffers some form of sexual molestation during childhood. While rape is an ancient issue, talking openly about it is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Women under 40 have grown up attending Take Back the Night rallies on their college campuses and reading blog entries about sexual abuse on websites like Buzzfeed and Jezebel; a post on Buzzfeed from this past week, a beginner's guide to rape culture, has been recommended on Facebook 31,000 times.
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"Sensibilities have changed," said Illinois writer Roxane Gay, 39, who penned a piece supportive of Dylan Farrow on Salon. "We're more inclined now to give the victim the benefit of the doubt. As a woman who's experienced sexual violence, I'm predisposed to believe the victim."
Many of the young women sharing their feelings about Dylan Farrow on social media aren't old enough to remember the first time the director's family drama erupted publicly, after Allen began dating Mia Farrow's 19-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, whom he later married. At that time an investigative team from the Yale-New Haven hospital said they found no evidence that Allen abused Dylan, and suggested that she had been coached, but a Connecticut judge awarded custody of Allen and Farrow's three children to Farrow.


Bob Costas’ Red Eye: The Real Reason His Face Is Swollen

They say NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is the face of the Olympics but he made fans a bit squeamish when he appeared on the Sochi Games round-up show on Feb. 6 with his eye nearly swollen shut!
We couldn’t help but do a double-take when we saw Bob Costas wearing a pair of Harry Potter-esque glasses during NBC’s premiere broadcast for the Sochi Winter Olympics. But it turns out the glasses were less of a fashion statement and more of a medical necessity for the usually sophisticated journalist.

Bob Costas’ Eye — His Swollen Face At The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
Talk about terrible timing! We can’t imagine going on television in front of millions of people with a terrible case of pink eye — but that’s exactly what Bob had to do!

When he kicked off NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Bob was forced to take a moment out of the broadcast to explain his swollen eye — and his uncharacteristic choice of eyewear.

“Bear with me for a moment as I spare my friends in the press office countless inquiries. I have no choice to go all ‘Peabody and Sherman’ on you for the next couple of nights since I woke up this morning with my left eye swollen shut and just about as red as the old Soviet flag,” Bob said at the beginning of NBC’s primetime coverage on Feb. 6, referring to the glasses he was forced to wear instead of his usual contact lenses.

We applaud Bob for his lack of vanity, but we’re not so sure we’d be as brave!


Winter Olympics 2014 schedule and results: It was a great morning for America

USA's Kotsenburg pulls upset, wins first Sochi gold

The night opened with the men's slopestyle semifinals. It looked like American Ryan Stassel would qualify for the final after a strong first run, but in the end, medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada came up with a huge second run to make his way through, pushing Stassel and others out of the final. McMorris joined USA's Sage Kotsenburg, Japan's Yuki Kadono and Great Britain's Billy Morgan in the final, along with eight other competitors who qualified on Thursday.

Once in the final, Kotsenburg made a huge statement with a 93.50 on his first run, basically the only clean run out of 12 initial tries. It got a little closer on the second go around, with several scores landing in the high 80s and low 90s, but ultimately nobody could catch Kotsenburg and he won America's first 2014 gold.

Women's hockey begins, America dominates

Yes, the score was only 3-1. But that's deceptive. The U.S. women's hockey team utterly dominated Finland on Saturday morning, peppering Finnish goalie Noora Raty with 43 shots. Without Raty, who's also an NCAA national champion with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the game would've been downright embarrassing for Finland.

Kelli Stack, Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight scored for the United States. Susanna Tapani helped Finland avoid a shutout, scoring with about five minutes left in the third period.

Norway takes the medal lead

The Norwegians are pretty good at cross-country skiing. Marit Bjoergen won gold in the ladies' skiathlon, an event that is 7.5 kilometers of classic skiing and 7.5 kilometers of skate skiing, with a time of 38.33.6. She held off Sweden's Charlotte Kalla by two seconds.

Heidi Weng, also of Norway, won bronze, bringing the Norwegian total medal count so far to three.

Records on the speed skating oval

The Dutch conquered the 5000m men's speed skating event, taking the top three spots and a new Olympic record. Sven Kramer's finish time of 6:10.76 won him gold and the all-time best in an Olympic race. Fellow countrymen Jan Blokhuisen and Jorrit Bergsma took silver and bronze, respectively.


Maria Sharapova helps light the Olympic flame

Tennis got some of the spotlight during the Sochi Olympic opening ceremony when Maria Sharapova came jogging into Fisht Olympic Stadium brandishing a huge smile and the Olympic torch. The Sochi native was one a group of six decorated Russian Olympians in the torch-lighting finale.

Sharapova, a silver medalist two years ago in London, joined a group that included two-time gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva (pole vaulter), three-time gold medalist Aleksandr Karelin (wrestling), gold medalist Alina Kabaeva (rhythmic gymnastics), and three-time gold medalists Irina Rodnina (figure skating) and Vladislav Tretyak (hockey). Rodina and Tretyak paired up for the final jog out of the stadium to light the cauldron for the official Olympic flame.

The first is Li, Ivanovic’s probable semi-final opponent, who has plenty of pedigree on these bright blue courts. Twice a finalist, Li has been playing with a fluidity and belief that shows that Carlos Rodriguez’s quiet calm and authority is hitting home. Granted, she owes her place in the quarters to a few missed centimetres, Lucie Safarova catching her on a wild day of 50 unforced errors amid the torrid heat. But her follow-up, dropping just two games to Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday, suggests Li has locked her head back in. She wants this title, there is no doubt.

Can Flavia Pennetta, Li’s equal in age, who is in her first Australian Open quarter-final, beg to differ? She does lead their head-to-head 2-1, but it seems unlikely.

The second is Azarenka, the defending champion here, who, for the third year in a row, knows she will not have to face Serena to win the title. Given the way she fell apart after the latest Williams’ win, at last year’s US Open, that has to be some fillip. And she has been playing well, too. Her return game in particular is on point, her movement good, and her demeanour focused. True, she has probably not been truly tested yet, and that is where Sloane Stephens has an opportunity when the pair meet on Monday. In a repeat of their controversial semi-final here last year, the sense is that Azarenka will try to shut Stephens down quickly. Whether the American can take it to her instead will prove crucial.

Friday Box Office: 'The Lego Movie' Opens With $17 Million

The much anticipated Lego Movie opened yesterday with a dynamite $17.14 million in its first day. That number includes about $400,000 from Thursday shows that started at 10:00pm. Why a kid-friendly, PG-rated animated feature didn’t open a little earlier on Thursday is perhaps a puzzle, but that just shows how odd it is that these Thursday sneak previews are now a completely expected and normal portion of the weekend box office. A better question is why a kid-friendly animated film that is sure to kill on afternoon matinees would bother with advance-night previews at all. I bring this up because it looks like, in such an era where Thursday previews can be a relevant and mathematically significant chuck of the weekend box office, The Lego Movie is going to make about 0.5% of its debut from Thursday grosses.
The comparison this weekend is either Madagascar 3, Monsters Vs. Aliens, or The Lorax. Monsters Vs. Aliens earned $16.5 million on Friday and ended the weekend with $59m. Madagascar 3 earned $20m on Friday and ended the weekend with $60m. Universal’s The Lorax, which I’ve been using as a comparison point for The Lego Movie for awhile, opened with $17.5m and ended the weekend with $70m, or a stunning 4.0x multiplier. The big question is whether it plays like the insanely kid-friendly The Lorax (which was arguably the least “playing to adults too” major animated feature in a long time and followed a months-long drought of kid-friendly films) or like a somewhat more anticipated Monsters Vs. Aliens or The Croods ($11m Friday/$43m weekend), or the “generic blockbuster” $20m Friday/$60m weekend debuts of Madgascar 3 and Kung Fu Panda. Long story short, each of these scenarios is good news for The Lego Movie.
In my day, “trouble” meant no press screenings. Now “trouble” means no press screenings and no Thursday night paid sneak previews. As such, it was a little unexpected that Weinstein Company’s Vampire Academy didn’t just forgo pre-release press screenings, but also Thursday night previews starting before midnight. The low-buzzed young-adult literary adaptation earned $1.43 million on its first day. The film should earn about $4m for the weekend, pretty terrible even by the standards set like the likes of The Host. I hate to say this, but the entire future of the female-centric fantasy-literature adaptation genre is basically in the hands of Divergent.
That’s it for today, as I’ll have time for holdover news (Ride Along will top $100 million today or tomorrow) when the weekend figures drop accordingly. For now, if you’ve seen The Lego Movie, sound off below. If you want to discuss spoilers, please label accordingly or I will edit or delete offending comments. Sorry, I’m a stickler for this kind of thing.


WATCH: Premier League live on NBC Sports Live Extra – Week 25

We have a bumper slate of action heading your way, as a full schedule of Premier League games takes place this weekend in England’s top-flight.

Life is great.

Kicking off the action is a monster clash between Liverpool and Arsenal live on USA at 7:45am ET on Saturday, as Brendan Rodgers‘ Reds aim to down the Gunners and make a late title charge. After that another title contender,Chelsea, is live on USA at 10am ET as they host Newcastle with Jose Mourinho hoping for a big home win.

Then on Saturday at 12:30pm ET on NBC, the massive South Wales derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City comes to you live from the Liberty Stadium as the Swans need a response after sacking manager Michael Laudrup and both teams are languishing at the wrong end of the table.


On Sunday the action continues thick and fast, as Tottenham host Everton live on USA at 8:30am ET, then Manchester United take on Fulham at Old Trafford, live on USA at 11am ET, with both teams desperate for points.  What a weekend we have in store across all of NBC’s platforms and even if you’re on the go, you won’t miss a thing.

What an incredible day of action we have to look forward to and you won’t miss a thing.

You can watch NBC Sports Network for our feature games and watch every single second of every single game live this season online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.

Via your TV you can watch the games live on Premier League Extra Time. Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming weekend. Enjoy.



7:45am ET: Liverpool vs. Arsenal – USA
10am ET: Chelsea vs. Newcastle United – USA
10am ET: Aston Villa vs. West Ham United – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Crystal Palace vs. West Brom  – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Norwich City vs. Manchester City – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Southampton vs. Stoke City – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Sunderland vs. Hull City – Premier League Extratime
12:30pm ET: Swansea City vs. Cardiff City – NBC


8:30am ET: Tottenham vs. Everton – USA
11am ET: Manchester United vs. Fulham – USA