TIME celebrities

Christian Bale to George Clooney: ‘Stop Whining’ About Privacy

"It’s like, come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives"

Exodus star Christian Bale, who went on an infamous angry rant on a movie set in 2009, had some blunt words for celebrities who make a big deal about wanting to maintain their privacy: “Just shut up.”

The Oscar-winning Welsh star said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal magazine that hearing other actors (like George Clooney) complain about the paparazzi and gossip magazines is simply “boring.” That’s not to say Bale doesn’t care about his privacy — the former Dark Knight leading man is known for being extremely tight-lipped about his children’s names and his marriage. As Bale tells it, he just doesn’t talk about what he doesn’t want to talk about.

Read the exchange — Bale only does Q&As — below:

AG: Speaking of George Clooney, I was just seeing all those pictures of him and his new wife being photographed in that boat in Venice, and it occurred to me that I had no idea what your wife, Sibi, looks like.

CB: I feel I should have as much privacy as anyone else.

AG: But I’ve heard Clooney railing about tabloids and privacy too.

CB: I know, but it’s boring, isn’t it? You know what I mean? It doesn’t matter that he talks about it. It’s like, come on, guys, just shut up. Just get on with it and live your lives and stop whining about it. I prefer not to whine about it.

[WSJ]

TIME Ferguson

Ferguson Mayor: No Severance Package for Darren Wilson

The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown had been on administrative leave since the shooting

The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown did not receive a severance package for resigning, the mayor of Ferguson, Mo., announced Sunday.

According to Mayor James Knowles, 28-year-old Darren Wilson will not receive benefits or further pay following his Saturday resignation, the Associated Press reports.

Wilson’s lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, said Wilson resigned following threats against the police department of the St. Louis suburb.

Last Monday, a grand jury announced its decision to not indict Wilson for killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown during an Aug. 9 incident that sparked days of protests across the U.S. Wilson had been on administrative leave since then.

Brown’s family said Wilson’s resignation was not surprising.

“It was always believed that the police officer would do what was in his best interest, both personally and professionally,” said Benjamin Crump, an attorney speaking for Brown’s family. “We didn’t believe that he would be able to be effective for the Ferguson community nor the Ferguson Police Department because of the tragic circumstances that claimed the life of Michael Brown Jr.”

[Huffington Post]

TIME Retail

Black Friday Spending Drops 11%

Shoppers Inside The Westfield San Francisco Centre On Black Friday
A man takes a break from shopping inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Black Friday in San Francisco, Nov. 28, 2014. David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images

Spending this four-day weekend is expected to fall from $57.4 billion to $50.9 billion

Black Friday is starting to lose its luster.

A survey of shoppers from a national retail trade group shows that fewer people are shopping on the Black Friday weekend that historically marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, the Associated Press reports.

The number of people shopping in stores and online this weekend was 133.7 million, a 5.2% drop from last year, according to a National Retail Federation survey of 4,631 consumers.

The total amount of spending for the weekend is expected to fall from $57.4 billion to $50.9 billion, an 11% decline from last year. Per-person spending is expected to hit $380.95 for the weekend, a 6.4% drop from last year’s $407.02.

[AP]

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Watch a GoPro Camera Go Through Dangerous Radiation

A PhD student sends a camera through an industrial radiator

What effect do lethal levels of radiation have on film?

One PhD student with some free time decided to find out by enclosing a GoPro in a 1/4″ lead box and sending it through an electron beam irradiator, according to Digg.

Visible in the clip are calcite samples that start to glow as they pass through the beam, but the most interesting part of the video isn’t what the camera sees, but what happens to the actual camera itself — look for a crackling burst of fuzzy, blue-colored scrambled footage around the 1-minute mark.

[Digg]

TIME New York

Couple Says ‘I Do’ on New York Subway Car

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Sami Suni—Getty Images

"A lot of the good times have taken place on the train"

Subways riders in New York City are used to being interrupted with announcements, but they’re rarely as romantic as what happened on the N train Friday.

Tatyana Sandler, 25, and Hector Irakliotis, 26, tied the knot as the N train crossed the Manhattan Bridge, the New York Daily News reports.

Irakliotis boarded the train first with his groomsmen, inviting other passengers to stay but to please move to the other side of the car. His groomsmen decorated the seats and poles with ribbons before Sandler, in a white wedding dress, boarded the train with her maid of honor.

While the best man played John Mayer’s “City Love” from an iPhone, Sandler walked down “the aisle.” The couple chose the unconventional location because, like many New York residents, they spent so much time traveling on it during their relationship.

“We’ve been through a lot. Good times, bad times, and a lot of the good times have taken place on the train,” Irakliotis said. “Confessions of love, reconciliations, goofy, ridiculous conversations — the whole spectrum. In New York, you spend so much time on the train, we thought why not?”

[NY Daily News]

TIME Crime

Boy Discovered Behind Fake Wall 4 Years After Reported Missing

The 13-year-old used text messages to contact his mom

A 13-year-old Georgia boy reported missing four years ago was reunited with his mother after police found him in a hidden garage compartment in his father’s home, police said.

The boy used a secret smartphone app to contact his mother via text, ABC News reports. Police visited the home and interviewed its occupants but left empty-handed until the boy sent a second message describing his exact location. He was discovered in an insulation area above the garage, behind a fake wall concealed by a linen closet.

“We opened the compartment where he was,” Clayton County Police Sgt. Joanna Southerland said. “I saw him and asked him to come forward, and he was horrified. He was frozen with fear.”

The boy was reported missing four years ago after visiting with his father, Gregory Jean. Jean and his girlfriend, Samantha Davis, and three other juveniles were arrested after police found the boy on Saturday.

[ABC]

TIME Italy

Italy Investigating 11 Deaths Possibly Linked to Flu Vaccine

The Italian Pharmaceutical Agency has yet to confirm a link

Italy is investigating the deaths of several people who took an influenza vaccine as the total death toll climbed to 11.

An additional eight fatalities possibly related to Novartis AG’s Fluad vaccine have been identified, Bloomberg reports. As a precaution, two batches of the drug were suspended after three people died within 48 hours of getting the shot.

“At the moment it’s not possible to confirm that there is a direct link between taking the vaccine and the reported deaths,” the Italian Pharmaceutical Agency said in a statement. “More complete information is necessary and a thorough analysis of the cases must be conducted.”

Novartis said Fluad, which was approved in 1997, has a “robust” history of safe usage and that there was “no causal relationship” found between the deaths and the vaccine.

[Bloomberg]

TIME movies

Annie and Other Sony Pictures Movies Leak Online

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A logo of Japan's Sony Corporation is displayed at its headquarters in Tokyo on May 14, 2014. Kazuhiro Nogi—AFP/Getty Images

Three of the four known movie leaks have not had theatrical releases yet

It’s a hard-knock life for Sony Pictures.

Following a hack last week, high-quality versions of four Sony Pictures films — Annie, Fury, Still Alice and Mr. Turner — leaked online, The Verge reports, though there is no confirmation that the leak of all the films came from the same breach. The studio’s email system was also still offline at the time of the report.

The DVD-quality film leaks are believed to be rips of DVD screeners typically provided by the studio for awards consideration and other kinds of promotion. With the exception of Fury, none of the movies have been released in theaters, though DVDs of Fury are not yet for sale, either.

Sony condemned the leak without elaborating on its source.

“The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” the studio said in a statement.

[The Verge]

TIME Ukraine

Watch Drone Footage Explore Chernobyl From Above for the First Time

The good news: brown bears are returning to the area

Areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 are still frozen in time, as haunting drone footage of the empty city of Pripyat reveals.

The scenes of rusted ferris wheels and abandoned buildings, shot by British filmmaker Danny Cooke for a CBS 60 Minutes segment that aired last week, mark the first time Chernobyl has been seen by air, The Guardian reports.

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been,” Cooke said. “There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”

Some things are changing in Chernobyl, however: Scientists have observed what they believe is the first evidence of brown bears in the area in more than a century.

Though researchers had previously suspected that the bears had returned, cameras set up in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone actually caught a bear on video, the BBC reports.

“There have been suggestions that they have existed there previously but, as far as we know, no-one has got photographic evidence of one being present on the Ukrainian side of the exclusion zone,” said Mike Wood of the University of Salford.

[The Guardian] [BBC]

TIME celebrities

Lars von Trier Worries He Can’t Make Movies Now That He’s Sober

"Melancholia" Photocall - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Director Lars Von Trier attends the "Melancholia" photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2011 in Cannes, France. Vittorio Zunino Celotto—Getty Images

The 58-year-old director said in a rare interview that most of his work was created under the influence

Danish director Lars von Trier touched on an age-old debate over whether self-destruction fuels creativity when he announced that he has sought treatment for drugs and alcohol addiction and is attending AA meetings, but isn’t sure what that means for his career in cinema.

In an interview with Danish newspaper Politiken, the 58-year-old filmmaker behind Melancholia, Dogville and Nymphomaniac said he used to drink a bottle of vodka a day in order to enter a “parallel world” where he could be creative, The Guardian reports.

Von Trier said that most of his films were written under the influence and that he worries he will produce only “sh-tty films” in sobriety.

“There is no creative expression of artistic value that has ever been produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug addicts,” he said. “Who the hell would bother with a Rolling Stones without booze or with a Jimi Hendrix without heroin?”

The conversation was von Trier’s first major interview since 2011, when he was declared a persona non-grata by Cannes Film Festival officials for expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler.

[The Guardian]

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