TIME Television

This New Better Call Saul Song Will Get Stuck in Your Head

A music video for the highly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul was released Sunday. And if the country diddy performed by Junior Brown is any indication of what viewers can look forward to when the series premieres in February, Walter White’s go-to lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, will be just as sleazy as ever.

DUI? Better Call Saul. Vandalism? Better Call Saul. Theft, money troubles, “who you gonna call when they lock you down cold? Saul, Saul, you better call Saul.”

The catchy tune is the latest tease for the upcoming show, created by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan with help from the old staff, including writer Peter Gould. And for those wondering if there will be an appearance from Heisenberg, the new show is a prequel set back in 2002, before Walter White became America’s favorite drug lord.

 

TIME Companies

Redbox to End Instant Streaming Service

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Carlos Osorio—Toronto Star /Getty Images Redbox in Toronto, Canada on Aug. 26, 2014.

Was billed as Netflix competitor

The streaming service of the popular video kiosk Redbox is shutting down on Tuesday, the company said, a disappointing end for a service backers hoped would compete with Netflix.

In a online message to Redbox Instant customers, the company said it will only allow streaming until 11:59 p.m. P.T. on Tuesday. Information on refunds will be available by Oct. 10.

Redbox Instant was launched in 2013, powered by Verizon and the company behind Redbox, Outerwall Inc. The service was billed as a direct competitor to Netflix, offering access to thousands of titles for $6 a month, with an extra $2 charge if users wanted to rent up to 4 DVDs. But Redbox had a disappointing second quarter, Tech Times reports, which executives said in July was due to weak movie releases over the summer.

Redbox and Outerwall Inc said Saturday that the streaming service “had not been as successful as either partner hoped it would be.”

TIME justice

North Carolina Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Voting Rights Fight

Holder Announces DOJ Plan To Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law
Kris Connor—Getty Images U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a press conference announcing Department of Justice plans to sue North Carolina over Voter ID regulations at the Department of Justice on September 30, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

North Carolina's voting law is one of several tied up in the courts as Election Day draws near.

Attorneys for North Carolina and voting rights groups battling it out over the state’s 2013 voting law will have yet another hurdle to clear before it becomes clear if that law will or will not be in effect come early November’s elections.

Just days after the civil rights organizations challenging the law celebrated an appellate court decision to lessen its impact by allowing same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting during upcoming midterm elections, they now have until 5 p.m. ET Sunday to respond to the state’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court enjoin the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to block parts of the law.

In a petition filed late Thursday, North Carolina attorneys say the lower court’s decision, set to be in effect during a statewide general election for the first time this November, “represents a massive and unprecedented last-minute change” before the state’s early voting period starts Oct. 23. “North Carolina is not prepared for the changes and will not have enough time to implement them in an orderly manner,” the petition reads.

The Supreme Court filing is the latest legal barrage over North Carolina’s law, which voting rights advocates have called the most egregious to pass since the High Court struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act last year. Those advocates argue the law violates Section 2 of the act, which prohibits racially discriminatory voting practices. In a 2-1 ruling issued Oct.1, the Appellate court found there was merit in the Section 2 claims, noting there was enough potential that some minority voters would be impacted by the law to require that parts of the law be enjoined. During and after the election, the majority opinion reads, “there can be no do-over and no redress. The injury to these voters is real and completely irreparable if nothing is done to enjoin this law.”

The state says the decision was based on a “deeply flawed” interpretation of the Voting Rights Act, recalling a recent Supreme Court ruling to block a reversal of changes to Ohio’s early voting period. Given that Ohio precedent, there’s a likelihood that a Supreme Court ruling on the North Carolina case could be in the state’s favor — if the case makes it that high, which it potentially could.

North Carolina also says that candidates, organizations and political parties have been passing out voting information that reflected the changes brought on by the 2013 law. A decision to change the rules so close to the election, they say, “will result in even more confusion.”

The Advancement Project, which is the lead litigator in the case against the state, stands by the lower court’s interpretation of Section 2, saying in a statement “there are no grounds for the Supreme Court” to overturn the appellate court decision. “These measures are part of a calculated effort by politicians to manipulate the voting rules for partisan gain,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Penda Hair.

TIME ebola

Howard University Students ‘Shocked’ By Possible Ebola Case

Howard University Monitoring Patient With Ebola-Like Symptoms
Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images Howard University Hospital has admitted a patient with Ebola-like symptoms according to a hospital spokesperson October 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Some students are skeptical, though others are 'freaking out'

Typically at the start of October, freshman students like Quencey Hickerson, 18, would be preparing for their first Howard University homecoming. But on Friday, Hickerson and her fellow students were preoccupied with news of a possible case of Ebola virus being treated at the Howard University Hospital, which lies on the southern end of the Washington, D.C. school’s campus.

Hickerson, who heard the news via social media, told TIME she was “shocked” by the news. “I didn’t expect [the virus] to spread so quickly,” Hickerson said.

Though the patient might not actually have Ebola and hospital officials say they have taken the necessary steps to isolate the patient, the virus’ potential spread was on the minds of many students at the historically black college.

“Campus is freaking out and this isn’t even confirmed,” said Blake Newby, 19, who also found out via social media. The sophomore student said the news of the possible case at Howard was a double whammy, as the first person to develop Ebola in the United States during the recent outbreak is being treated in her home state of Texas.

Howard University and its hospital have been reluctant to share further details about the case on Friday afternoon. In a statement, university spokesperson Dr. Kerry Ann Hamilton said the university would “provide periodic updates as information becomes available,” but the hospital is being careful to avoid running afoul of patient privacy laws.

For Newby, the university’s precaution was appreciated. “The second people see Ebola and Howard in the same sentence they assume it means there’s Ebola on Howard’s campus.” And that’s nowhere near accurate.

TIME

Rock the Vote Wants Young Voters to ‘Care Like Crazy’ About the Midterms

New $250,000 ad buy in key states features snarky ads targeting the young voters they want to hit the polls

Rock the Vote launched a $250,000 ad buy Thursday in five states where tight battles for statewide and national offices are playing out, including North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The ad grab is part of the organization’s efforts to get young voters to the polls this election season—part of its trademark mission to make doing one’s civic duty look cool. The organization has also been working to register over 1 million millennials to vote–often soliciting the help of celebrities including Miley Cyrus.

Though the ads are running in states with tight races, non-partisan organization says its less interested in the politics of the races and more keen on getting as many young people as possible to head to the polls. “We are looking at states with large populations of college students and making sure we’re getting as many young people out to vote as possible,” says Ashley Spillane, president of Rock the Vote.

The ads’ target audience is among the groups deemed least likely to vote this election cycle, but Spillane is hoping the snarky tone of the 30-second spots, scheduled to air online and on stations like Comedy Central until Election Day, captures the attention of those 18 to 25. Each ad feels a bit like a dare—challenging young people to vote by presenting characters that would make a Birkenstock-clad millennial flip their wig.

“These are not your typical political ads,” says Spillane. “Young people have tuned traditional political ads out. We’re trying to meet young people where they are and speak about the issues that they care about.”

The ads highlight issues young people care most about—including war, reproductive rights, and the environment—but do so in a way that might not resonate with a typical Midterm voter. (One ad features a reference to rapper Riff Raff—“Laws making it harder for Riff Raff to vote? Absolutely,” a polo-clad woman in a golf shop says.)

The ads are a part of a larger Rock the Vote campaign called “Care Like Crazy” set to encourage young voters to share the issues that make their blood boil and hopefully, push them to the polls come November.

TIME celebrities

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis Welcome Baby Girl

PEOPLE has confirmed the birth of the former That '70s Show co-stars' first child

Congratulations are in order for actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. PEOPLE confirmed Wednesday the two have welcomed a baby girl, the couple’s first child together.

The birth of their daughter is the latest big news for the former That ’70s Show co-stars, who in February announced their engagement, just one month before Kunis’ pregnancy was confirmed.

The baby is said to be “here and healthy” according to PEOPLE.

Read more at PEOPLE.com

TIME History

Archaeologists Believe They Found Dracula’s Dungeon

Circa 1450, Portrait of Vlad Tepes 'Vlad the Impaler'(c 1431-1476), from a painting in Castle Ambras in the Tyrol.
Stock Montage/Getty Images Circa 1450, portrait of Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, from a painting in Castle Ambras in the Tyrol

The dungeon believed to have held Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the blood-thirsty character, was recently discovered in Turkey

Archeologists in Turkey have reportedly made a spooky discovery, just in time for the start of Halloween season: the dungeon where the real-life basis for Count Dracula was held.

The cell where history’s Dracula, the Romanian prince Vlad III (nicknamed Vlad the Impaler for his gruesome tendency to impale his foes), was recently discovered during a restoration project, the Turkey-based Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Researchers are reportedly restoring the ancient Tokat Castle, where the Ottomans imprisoned the infamously cruel figure, in the mid 1400s. The team there evidently discovered a tunnel leading to two dungeons — one of which is likely to have housed Bad Old Vlad.

TIME

Sen. Gillibrand Speaks Out on Secret Service Director

Kirsten Gillibrand and Nancy Gibbs speak at the TIME and Real Simple's Women & Success event at the Park Hyatt on Oct. 1, 2014 in New York City.
Larry Busacca—Getty Images for Time Inc. Kirsten Gillibrand and Nancy Gibbs speak at the TIME and Real Simple's Women & Success event at the Park Hyatt on Oct. 1, 2014 in New York City.

'If someone resigns, it's always the woman'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she wasn’t surprised by the resignation of Julia Pierson, the first woman to head the Secret Service, who stepped down Wednesday after the public learned of a number of potential threats that slipped past the President’s security detail.

“Obviously there was a massive failure that needed to be taken responsibility for,” Gillibrand said Wednesday during an interview with TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the Women and Success event hosted by TIME and Real Simple. “But I do find that women are often eager to take responsibility for things… inevitably, if someone resigns, it’s always the woman.”

The junior Senator from New York has been speaking candidly about issues women face in the workplace and beyond since the release of her book, Off the Sidelines.

“I think for a lot of us, we feel deeply responsible for how our teams are run, how our businesses are run,” Gillibrand said.

Additional reporting by Eliana Dockterman and Charlotte Alter.

TIME Theater

Doctor Zhivago Is Heading to Broadway This Spring

Cast memaCast members perform during a media call for the Doctor Zhivago musical romance in Sydney on Feb. 17, 2011.
Greg Wood—AFP/Getty Images Cast members perform during a media call for the Doctor Zhivago musical romance in Sydney on Feb. 17, 2011.

Yuri not even gonna believe this new musical

A musical version of the romantic epic Doctor Zhivago is heading to Broadway in March, the Hollywood Reporter says. Preview performances of the show based on Russian author Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel, which spawned the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie, will begin on March 27, with the show set to open on April 21 at the Broadway Theatre.

The musical is being directed by Des McAnuff, a two-time Tony Award winner who has headed up productions including Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Who’s Tommy.

[THR]

TIME Crime

Michael Phelps Had Blood Alcohol Nearly Double Legal Limit

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Patrick Hamilton—AFP/Getty Images American swimmer Michael Phelps competes during the men's 4 x 100m individual medley final in Gold Coast, Australia, on Aug. 24, 2014

Phelps reportedly told an officer "that's not happening" when the Olympian was asked to stand on one leg

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly had a blood alcohol level nearly double the legal limit when he was pulled over by Maryland police on Tuesday. Phelps had a blood alcohol level of .14, the Baltimore Sun reports based on documents that paper obtained Wednesday. He was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Phelps reportedly failed two roadside sobriety tests before completely giving up on the third. “That’s not happening,” the 29-year-old is said to have told an officer who asked him to try standing on one leg.

Tuesday’s incident was the 22-time Olympic medalist’s second DUI. In 2004, Phelps pleaded guilty to driving drunk and served 18 months probation. Phelps released an apology in a series of tweets on Tuesday, saying in part “I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

[Baltimore Sun]

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