TIME celebrities

Fans Want Beyoncé and Jay Z to Make a Real Movie Out of Spoof Trailer

Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit.
Lucas Jackson—Reuters Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City

More than 1,000 fans have signed a petition calling on the celebrity couple to turn a spoof trailer featuring Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Penn into a real movie, stressing that it would sell millions of tickets

Pressure is growing on Jay Z and Beyoncé to turn the short promotional film they released on Sunday into a real movie.

More than 1,000 fans have signed a petition at change.org calling for the celebrity couple to make a full-length version of a video produced to promote their joint summer tour. The clip feels like an action-packed movie trailer and features such Hollywood icons as Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sean Penn.

“We, the BeyHive and JAY Z fans would love for our two favorite artists to actually make a full length movie based off of the trailer,” the fans write in the lead-up to the petition, stressing that it would “sell millions.”

Beyoncé and Jay Z, who are featured in the short film shooting guns and running from the cops, launch their On the Run tour in Florida next month.

TIME 2016 Election

GOP: Hillary Clinton’s Health and Age Are ‘Fair Game’

Former U.S. Clinton smiles during a lengthy ovation for her at the start of an event on empowering woman and girls, at the World Bank in Washington
Jonathan Ernst—Reuters Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles during a lengthy ovation for her at the start of an event on empowering woman and girls, at the World Bank in Washington May 14, 2014.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has challenged Democratic Party accusations that comments regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s age and health are "pathetic," saying any potential 2016 candidate should be prepared for such attacks

Debating the age and health of Hillary Clinton is “fair game” if she decides to run for President, a leading Republican said Sunday.

“What I do know is that the issue is going to come up as it does for any person running for President,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told NBC’s Meet the Press. “It was fair game for Ronald Reagan. It was fair game for John McCain.”

Priebus was responding to an outcry over recent comments by Republican political consultant Karl Rove regarding the former Secretary of State’s well-being.

But any candidate running for office should be prepared for these kinds of attacks and be thick-skinned enough to handle them, he stressed.

“I don’t think there’s a graceful way to bring up age, health and fitness for a candidate who wants to be President of the United States,” Priebus said.

If Clinton decides to run for President in 2016, she will be 69 years old on Election Day that November. Defeated candidate McCain was 72 on Election Day in 2008, while Reagan was 69 when he took office in 1981.

TIME Music

Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson Rule the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Justin Timberlake wowed viewers with a remote performance and took home seven awards during the show, which gave Robin Thicke four honors and named Katy Perry the top female artist, but a dancing hologram of the late Michael Jackson also stole the night

With seven awards, Justin Timberlake was the evening’s main winner, but not showing up was one of the biggest trends at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Several of the evening’s top stars, Timberlake included, performed remotely and accepted awards via video. But despite not actually being there, Mr. Jessica Biel was suitably gushing after collecting his myriad gongs.

“All the other finalists, Miley, Imagine Dragons, Bruno, Katy, I love you guys, it’s not a competition, but if it is, I won!” said Timberlake via video from overseas. “I want to thank everybody on earth, everybody on earth, except, except Donald Sterling.”

But a hologram of the late, great Michael Jackson arguably stole the show, performing alongside a crew of backup dancers to a number from his posthumous album Xscape.

“We tried to do as best we could what we thought Michael would have loved, and those of us who knew Michael really well, we had a good perspective on it,” L.A. Reid, CEO of the record label that released the King of Pop’s last album, told the Associated Press.

Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, who won top female artist, also made remote performances, while Robin Thicke, who collected four awards, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert were among the onstage stars.

TIME Colombia

31 Children Die in Colombian Bus Inferno

The charred remains of a bus, in which children died in, is seen in Fundacion, northern Colombia, on May 18, 2014
Reuters The charred remains of a bus, in which children died in, is seen in Fundacion, northern Colombia, on May 18, 2014

A bus that was returning from a religious service in Fundación, near the historic city of Cartagena, on Sunday erupted in flames and caused 31 children and an adult to burn to death, and another 24 kids to be injured

Thirty-one children and one adult burned to death and another 24 youngsters were injured after a bus caught fire in northern Colombia.

The vehicle was returning from a religious service in the town of Fundación, near the historic city of Cartagena, when it erupted in flames around noon on Sunday, the local mayor, Luz Stella Duran, told reporters.

Most of the victims were between 1 and 8 years old, and many of the survivors are battling horrific injuries in hospitals in the area of nearby Santa Marta.

“The injured have second- and third-degree burns, and many are still in a critical condition,” Cesar Uruena, working for the Red Cross, told Agence France-Presse.

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to Fundación on Sunday, where he promised that the authorities would cover all medical and funeral expenses faced by the families.

“The entire country is in mourning for the death of these children,” said Santos, who is currently in the midst of a bitter election campaign ahead of May 25 national polls.

The police initially blamed the blaze on a mechanical problem. Nevertheless, furious locals quickly besieged the home of the driver, who vanished shortly after the incident.

One witness told CNN affiliate Caracol that the driver had left the children to put gasoline into the vehicle’s tank.

TIME Transportation

Feds Probe Near-Collision Between Two Passenger Jets Over Hawaii

Federal agencies are reportedly looking into what caused two passenger aircraft to nearly collide over Hawaii on April 25, with the FAA saying a United Airlines Boeing 757 took evasive action to avoid a U.S. Airways Boeing 757 about 200 miles northeast of Kona

Federal authorities are reviewing what may have been a near miss between two passenger planes flying to and from Hawaii last month.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Pacific Division are both probing the April 25 incident, ABC News reports. The FAA said a United Airlines Boeing 757 took evasive action to avoid a U.S. Airways Boeing 757 about 200 miles northeast of Kona. A team of investigators arrived in Honolulu on Thursday to piece together what happened.

Kevin Townsend, a passenger on the United flight, said the aircraft dived hundreds of feet without warning. “It was like being on an elevator dropping really quickly. You start to fall with gravity, not like in a fighter jet pressed up against your seat. It was like being in freefall,” he told ABC News.

He said that passengers were told by a flight attendant that the pilot had maneuvered to avoid an approaching aircraft in the same flight path.

United is looking into the incident with the NTSB. American Airlines, which owns U.S. Airways, said it is also working with authorities to try and establish what happened.


TIME Gadgets

The World’s Fastest Texter Is, You Guessed It, a Teen

Guinness World Records says a 17-year-old Brazilian teenager in New York City has become the world's fastest texter by typing a 26-word message perfectly in just 18.19 seconds, beating the previous champion's record of 18.44 seconds

A teenager from Brazil has emerged as the world’s fastest texter and now holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest typing of a text message on a touch-screen mobile.

The teenager, 17-year-old Marcel Fernandes Filho, had to text the following sentences and get both the spelling and punctuation right: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

He broke the record on a Samsung Galaxy S4 in New York City, and beating the previous world’s best of 18.44 seconds with an impressive 18.19 seconds, Guinness World Records reports.

Filho started perfecting his texting speed when he destroyed his computer in a fit of rage because the monitor was flickering. After that, he had to start using his iPhone for everything, CNET reports.

TIME celebrities

Emma Watson Will Graduate This Month (From Brown, Not Hogwarts)

Emma Watson
Paul Hackett—Reuters Emma Watson

The The 24-year-old Brit, who played Hermonie Granger in Harry Potter won't be receiving a degree in wizardry but in English literature at her graduation ceremony at Brown University on May 25

Emma Watson, better known as Hermione Granger to Harry Potter fans, will graduate from college this month.

The actress will be departing Brown University — one of the U.S.’s top schools — with a degree in English literature after attending a graduation ceremony on May 25, a spokesman from the university told the Associated Press.

The 24-year-old Brit, who spent part of her college career at Oxford, enrolled at Brown in 2009, but continued to work on several films while studying, most recently the biblical epic Noah.


TIME National Security

Climate Change Poses Growing National-Security Threat, Report Says

A new report published by the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board this week finds that climate change is a "catalyst for conflict" and a "threat multiplier," proving to be a growing threat not only to the environment but also U.S. national security

Climate change does not only threaten the environment but also U.S. national security, according to a new study.

Global warming presents the U.S. with several security threats and has led to conflicts over food and water because of droughts and extreme weather, says the report, which was written by a dozen retired American generals and published by the Center for Naval Analyses Military Advisory Board on Tuesday.

“Climate change can act as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and it presents significant national security challenges for the United States,” says the report, adding that problems will be felt “even in stable regions.”

The U.S. military should plan to help manage catastrophes and conflicts both domestically and internationally, it says, raising concerns regarding a wave of refugees fleeing rising sea levels.

“These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad, such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability and social tensions — conditions that can enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence,” the report states.

The authors of National Security and the Threat of Climate Change urge U.S. policymakers to act quickly. “The increasing risks from climate change should be addressed now because they will almost certainly get worse if we delay,” they say.

TIME Haiti

Shipwreck off Haiti May Be Columbus’ Long-Lost Flagship

Underwater explorers believe they have found the shipwreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria. The vessel sank in 1492, and its disappearance has remained a mystery for centuries

Divers may have found the wreckage of Christopher Columbus’ flagship off the northern coast of Haiti.

If the remains turn out to be the Italian explorer’s Santa Maria, the location of which has remained a mystery since it sank more than five centuries ago, it will prove one of the most monumental archaeological discoveries from the seabed of all time.

“It is the Mount Everest of shipwrecks for me,” Barry Clifford, the world-renowned underwater treasure hunter who found the wreck, told CNN.

Clifford believes the iconic vessel sank during a Caribbean storm in 1492, causing Columbus to return to Spain with just the two smaller ships of his expedition.

“Every single piece fits. Now, of course, we have to go through the whole archeological process, and we plan to do that within the next few months, but I feel very confident that we’ve discovered the site.”

Clifford is working with the Haitian government to preserve the remains.

TIME Civil Rights

Idaho’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Gay Marriage Idaho
Joe Jaszewski—AP Amber Beierle, left, and Rachael Robertson, photographed on Nov. 8, 2013, are one of the four couples who challenged Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said the ban established in 2006 denies gay couples their fundamental rights, adding Idaho to the list of states where bans have recently been ruled unconstitutional: Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Utah

Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Tuesday.

In the decision, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale stated that the law stigmatized homosexual couples and denied gay and lesbian couples a fundamental right, the Associated Press reports.

The ruling was made in response to a challenge to the ban made by four same-sex couples in a lawsuit late last year.

The governor of Idaho, C.L. “Butch” Otter, said that he would appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

“In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” he stated, according to AP.

“Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”

The ruling is the latest in a number of cases across the U.S., in which state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriages have been ruled unconstitutional. Judges have recently struck down bans on same-sex marriages in Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas and Utah.


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