Crisis In Crimea: A Guide To Major Players
Crisis In Crimea: A Guide To Major Players
Narcos Series Premiere Shows Legend Buried In Exposition
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The crisis in Ukraine, which began as a dispute over whether the country should accept financial help from Europe or Russia, spiraled into the ouster of a president and then the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Russia insists it’s only protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine. The United States has demanded a pullback and imposed sanctions. And diplomats have met repeatedly to talk it out. But the Crimean regional government deepened the drama this week by ordering a vote on whether the peninsula should stay part of Ukraine or become part of Russia.
The Netflix Original, Narcos, has premiered. Now that the series is out, fans will be greeted every episode by a stark warning about the dramatizing of the story. For one, despite utilizing the history of the emerging cocaine trade during the 1970's and 1980's, the show seeks to explore that environment rather than i'ts historical figures and milestones. Meaning the main characters are less important than the story being told, including Pablo Escobar, the icon of that time and trade. Instead, the show captures the cocaine trade's inception through the Colombian cowboys that brought it to be, and how the United States responded.
Anything can happen at the MTV Video Music Awards. With Miley Cyrus in charge of this year's show, executives are both titillated and frightened by that very prospect. In recent weeks, the 22-year-old host has worn barely-there outfits and used profane language in commercials and TV interviews. While that's fairly typical behavior for Cyrus, and the network knew full well what to expect when it hired the singer, MTV wisely decided to take the proper precautions. Executive producer and outgoing MTV president Van Toffler told Billboard Thursday. "We have [planned] a lot of wide camera shots and a lot of audience reaction shots. And we have a delay so we're prepared for her."
Though virtual reality has the video game verse caught up in excitement, other media companies are wasting no time developing content for the emerging consumer display devices. The Discover Channel recently launched, Discovery VR, a site and app suite decided to the virtual reality experience. Some of their early content includes swimming with sharks and freeboarding down Lombard street in San Francisco. Other notable Discovery content such as the Mythbusters, Survivorman, and Gold Rush will be adapted to VR. The app can be accessed through iTunes and Google Play stores. The content is best viewed on an Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, or Google's cardboard VR display but can also be viewed on 2D screens.
Four years after his death, the fascination with Steve Jobs continues, this time through the lens of Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney in his latest documentary for Magnolia Pictures, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.” Gibney said Thursday at an intimate screening of the film at Crosby Street Hotel,“He was a little bit like James Brown in the sense that he was a great performer, but also a pretty good band leader." “He understood that he had to have a lot of talented people around him who really designed and engineered the products. That wasn’t Steve’s thing. Steve’s thing was to sell the products and also tell great stories about them. I think over time we imagine that he was the grand inventor. He wasn’t that at all.”
Police said a stunt plane crashed on Friday while practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York, killing the pilot. Trooper Steven Nevel said the propeller-driven plane crashed at around 2pm at Stewart international airport in the Orange County town of New Windsor. The New York Air Show is scheduled to take place there this weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was an experimental aircraft owned by stunt pilot Andrew Wright, of Austin, Texas. Wright took a local reporter for a preview flight earlier on Friday. The pilot was the only person aboard the plane.
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