TIME Australia

Tourist Rescued Thanks to SOS Message in Sand

He wandered through the bush and got lost

A British man trying to take a shortcut through the bush back to his camp soon found himself lost in Jardine National Park in north Queensland, Australia, and was only rescued after he wrote for help in the sand.

The man, Geoff Keys, wrote on his blog that he realized he was lost after going for a long swim. “And here is where I made one of the stupidest decisions ever. Instead of turning round and swimming back upstream I decided to take to the bush and cut across to the track. It was nearly dark. I had no shoes. What was I thinking of? Well, I was convinced the track was nearby and walking back would have been easier than swimming. So I took a bearing off the setting sun and the rising moon and headed north, back the way I’d come.”

After he continued to wander lost into the night, Keys realized that he would have stop for the night. After the sun rose, Keys heard the sound of a distant helicopter and sent out an SOS message, writing “HELP 2807” in the sand. The helicopter, which had been searching for him after his friends reported him missing, spotted his sign and Keys was rescued.

Keys also wrote on his blog, “It’s safe to say that I’m very grateful to everyone involved in my rescue. Their skill and professionalism is incredible. I feel stupid but lucky,” before reassuring his friends and family that he wouldn’t try a similar shortcut again.


TIME celebrities

Taylor Swift Brings Matt LeBlanc, Chris Rock and Mary J. Blige On-Stage in Los Angeles

"Please welcome to the stage..."

The list of celebrities who have been welcomed to the stage by Taylor Swift got a little bit longer on Saturday night.

As part of her “1989” tour’s second Los Angeles performance, the 25-year-old pop star performed a duet with R&B singer Mary J. Blige, where the two sang Blige’s 2001 hit, “Family Affair.” Blige is just the latest singer to make an appearance on Swift’s stage, as the “Bad Blood” singer continues to surprise audiences with celebrity guest after celebrity guest.

Here’s footage of Swift and Blige’s performance:

It wasn’t just Blige who made an appearance on Saturday. Swift also brought male model Sean O’Pry, Friends actor Matt LeBlanc, comedian Chris Rock and Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba up on stage with her.



Death Toll Expected to Rise to 20 After British Air Show Crash

Emergency services and crash investigation officers continue to work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton
Luke MacGregor—Reuters Emergency services and crash investigation officers continue to work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, U.K., Aug. 24, 2015.

The exact number of fatalies is still unknown after a fighter jet crashed into a busy highway when an air show display went wrong

Authorities are expecting the death toll to rise to around 20 after a Hawker Hunter fighter jet taking part in a British airshow, near Brighton, crashed into a busy main road and burst into flames.

The initial death toll reported on Saturday was reported to be seven people with more than a dozen others injured. On Monday, the BBC reported that at least 11 people are believed to be dead, but authorities are expecting to recover more bodies after the jet is removed from the crash site. In addition to vehicles on the road, Sussex Police’s assistant chief constable, Steve Barry, told the BBC that there were many cyclists and onlookers along the busy stretch of road where the jet crashed, which has made determining an exact number difficult.

Barry told the BBC, “The number of highly likely dead remains at 11, but may rise. However, we do not expect that figure to be greater than 20, probably fewer.”

An onlooker told the BBC that the crash took place just after the jet pilot had began his demonstration. “He’d gone up into a loop and as he was coming out of the loop I just thought, you’re too low, you’re too low, pull up,” Stephen Jones told the BBC. “And he flew straight into the ground either on or very close to the A27, which runs past the airport.”

A crane is expected to remove the jet wreckage from the highway.


TIME Music

Watch the Oxford Union’s Mash-Up Invitation to Taylor Swift

It features more famous people than a Taylor Swift concert

The Oxford Union has issued and invitation to singer Taylor Swift — using her own words.

The Oxford University student debating society created a video mash-up of past prominent speakers — including Malala, Stephen Fry, Psy and Morgan Freeman — whose speeches are edited to recreate Swift’s song “Shake It Off.” Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, who recently asked to join Swift’s “squad” of famous friends, also appear. The video was offered up as an invitation to the pop star to give her own lecture.

Oxford Union tweeted the video, along with an invitation, out on Wednesday:

The union’s president, Charles Vaughan, told The Independent that they hadn’t been able to book Swift because of her busy touring schedule and were hoping to attract her attention with the video.

So far, however, there’s been no word from Swift.

TIME Thailand

Explosion Rocks Central Bangkok

A policeman photographs debris from an explosion in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. A large explosion rocked a central Bangkok intersection during the evening rush hour, killing at least three people and injuring 25 others, police said. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mark Baker—AP A policeman photographs debris from an explosion in central Bangkok, Thailand, on Aug. 17, 2015.

The blast occured in the middle of the Thai capital

An explosion rocked a shrine in central Bangkok on Monday.

The blast took place at the religious Erawan Shrine in the downtown district of the Thai capital. A correspondent for the BBC, who was at the scene, reported that the blast appeared to have left people both dead and injured, and had caused much damage. Early local news sources reported that at least 16 people had been killed and 20 injured.

At least two bombs were found at the explosion scene and at least one had detonated, a spokesman for Thailand’s ruling junta said, according to the Associated Press. The first bomb was found in the shine compound and the other was discovered farther away.

The BBC also reported that a “crater” had appeared at the site of the explosion.

The area where the explosion took place has been the location of several political demonstrations, according to the AP. The Erawan Shrine is a popular tourist landmark.

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Lena Dunham Previews Her Lenny Newsletter with Chat About Sandra Bland

2015 Film Society Of Lincoln Center Summer Talks With Judd Apatow And Lena Dunham
Mike Pont—WireImage Lena Dunham attends the 2015 Film Society of Lincoln Center Summer Talks with Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham at Walter Reade Theater in New York City on July 13, 2015.

Subscribers get a taste of the Girls' creator's newsletter

Lena Dunham and Girls showrunner Jenni Konner have been touting their newsletter Lenny on social media for some time. But while they’ve garnered a lot of interest in the project — which will cover topics such as “feminism, style, health, politics, friendship and everything else,” beginning in autumn 2015 — it’s been unclear what the newsletter would actually include.

Until now.

On Monday, Lenny subscribers received a “special preview” of the newsletter entitled “Sandra Bland’s Legacy.” The message features illustrations by Nathalie Ramirez and a Q&A between Dunham and Chenai Okammor, a colleague and friend of Sandra Bland, who was arrested and later died while in police custody in July. Before her death, Bland had worked with Okammor to build a website, called Woman4Woman, that was meant to connect and empower women. (The website was launched Monday.)

Throughout the conversation between Dunham and Okammor, the two women discuss Bland, the circumstances of her arrest and death, and the concept of women connecting and learning from one another. Okammor also shares memories about Bland and explains why their website was so important to her:

Sandy said to me, “I’m 28 and I’m just now beginning to identify what I stand for. I do know that when something is wrong, it bothers me so much that I take it to heart.” When she started working on this project I asked her what she wanted to accomplish with it. She said, “I want to be able to share my story with young women out there.” Because she still thought she was alone in her quirkiness.

She also discusses Bland’s death, comparing the treatment the young woman faced at the hands of police in Texas with Okammor’s own past in Zimbabwe. “And you know it’s always the women who hold up the country in times of war,” Okammor says. “It’s the women who hold up anything or everything. That’s why we’re doing this.”

TIME Crime

Morgan Freeman Mourns His Granddaughter After She Was Stabbed in New York

62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Kevin Winter—Getty Images Actor Morgan Freeman and granddaughter E'Dena Hines arrive to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California.

The 33-year-old actress was pronounced dead on Sunday

E’dena Hines, the granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman by marriage, was stabbed and killed in New York.

The 33-year-old actress — who appeared in Freeman’s film 5 Flights Up in 2014 — was found in the street outside her apartment with more than a dozen stab wounds to her body early on Sunday morning, according to police. Hines was taken to Harlem Hospital, reports the Washington Post, where she was pronounced dead. Standing over her at the scene of the stabbing was a 30-year-old man, identified as Lamar Davenport by the Associated Press, who police took into custody and later charged with second-degree murder.

As the news spread of Hines’ death, Freeman — whose first wife was Hines’ grandmother — mourned.

“The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer,” Freeman said in a statement. “Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”

The actor also posted a message to Facebook, thanking people for their support and condolences:

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TIME movies

Guy Ritchie Cracks the Spy Genre with The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The British director injects his personal flavor into this stylish reboot

Ever since 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels burst onto the scene, followed by Snatch two years later, the G.R.F. (Guy Ritchie Film) has been instantly recognizable for rapid-fire banter, slick suits, a vinyl collector’s soundtrack and action sequences that are as winking as they are heart-pounding. (Not to mention: flat out cool.) But ask the British director what defines a G.R.F. and you get a blunt answer: “It’s impossible.” Still, his new movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., definitely is one.

Both an origin story and a reimagining of the 1960s television series, Ritchie’s U.N.C.L.E. sees CIA agent Napoleon Solo (played by Henry Cavill) grudgingly team up with KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (played by Armie Hammer) to stop a mysterious international criminal organization.

Having reinvented the British crime caper, Ritchie now applies his idiosyncratic eye to the spy genre. He tells TIME how he did it:

Set your heroes apart. The current 007 and Bourne franchises celebrate tortured antiheroes who are eager to throw down. In U.N.C.L.E., Ritchie — who also co-wrote the script — instead focused on the “tone and charm” of Solo, a rakish, lovable rogue, and Kuryakin, whose tough exterior doesn’t quite mask his heart of gold. What’s more, Alicia Vikander, who stars as German mechanic Gaby Teller — a character who’d be branded a Bond Girl if this were a different sort of spy film — is given a fully fleshed out role, which is always refreshing in an action movie.

Go glam. Ritchie kept the plot rooted in the “golden age of the spy thriller genre” — the height of the Cold War. He filled the screen with sleek cars and gorgeous European backdrops, “getting rid of as much of the chaff of the ’60s without losing any of the character.” His characters are also impeccably dressed, a detail that’s winkingly high-lighted in a scene where Solo and Kuryakin get into a hilariously heated argument about women’s fashion.

Add a swinging soundtrack. The film’s cool look is complemented by another Ritchie staple: cool sounds. “The ‘60s is when music started becoming very exciting,” he says of the mix of sultry Italian numbers and smash pop hits that amp up the film’s energy.

Be cheeky. Ritchie’s most distinctive trademark? The wisecrack. U.N.C.L.E. is rife with them, along with clever asides and plenty of physical humor. Though Vikander praises Ritchie’s dab hand at injecting “a lot of wit and irony” into the script, a good deal of the humor was improvised by the actors with the director’s encouragement. The agents’ boss Waverly (played by Hugh Grant) sums of a series of Kuryakin’s gaffes thusly: “For a special agent, you aren’t having a very special day, are you?”

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TIME Television

John Oliver Skewers Donald Trump After the GOP Debate

The host of 'Last Week Tonight' is already tired of Trump

If you’re exasperated with the amount of focus being heaped on Donald Trump in the wake of the televised Republican debate, you’re not alone. John Oliver is also unimpressed.

The host of Last Week Tonight skewered Trump and the debate, which he likened to “the worst season ever of Dancing with the Stars.” Oliver also bemoaned the media fascination with Trump, pointing out that “the main headlines the next day were nothing to do with the battle between the candidates onstage but between Donald Trump and moderator Megyn Kelly, which culminated in this.”

Those headlines continued over the weekend, high-lighting Trump’s post-debate comments about Kelly: “She starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions and, you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her, wherever.”

“Whoa,her ‘wherever!’” joked Oliver on Sunday. “You can only imagine how talented a lover Donald Trump must be. ‘I’m just gonna put my thingamajig in your wherever and I’m going to waggle it! I’m going to waggle it around.’”

However, the late-night host seemed to find solace in the fact that the GOP debate and the Trump media-hoopla would have little to do with the election, saying, “The 2016 election will not depend on this because it’s 457 days away. There will be actual babies born on Election Day 2016 whose parents haven’t even met yet. So everyone pace yourselves.”

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