TIME Airlines

Massive Flight Cancellations as Air France Pilots Go on Strike

An Air France Airbus A330 aircraft takes off at Charles-de-Gaulle airport
An Air France aircraft takes off at Charles de Gaulle Airport, near Paris, on Sept. 14, 2014 Christian Hartmann—Reuters

Pilots are protesting cost-cutting measures

A weeklong workers strike that began Monday has caused Air France to cancel over half of all its flights, as pilots protest cost-cutting measures.

Six out of 10 flights were canceled, Reuters reports, with similar cancellations expected in the days to come. Pilots are striking to protest the airline’s expansion of its low-cost operations.

Air France announced last week a plan to move much of its operations in Europe to the company’s cheaper subsidiary, Transavia, and base some flights out of foreign countries to save approximately $1.3 billion, the Associated Press reports. Pilots claim the airline is moving jobs outside of France in order to pursue cheaper taxes and cheaper labor.

Another, briefer pilots strike was planned for the German airline Lufthansa but was ultimately called off. Many European carriers have been forced to restructure and adjust their business models as they face competition from cheaper rivals.

[Reuters]

TIME movies

I Know What You Did Last Summer Reboot in the Works

I Know What You Did Last Summer
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The slasher story returns

I know what you did in 1997 — and you’ll get a chance to do it all over again soon.

Sony Pictures is reportedly rebooting its 16-year-old horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Ryan Phillippe, Deadline reports.

Mike Flanagan, who co-wrote and directed the recent horror flick Oculus, is writing and producing the film along with partner Jeff Howard. Neal Moritz, an original producer for the film, is also on board.

The movie, which spawned a sequel the following year, will once again be an adaptation of Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel, about a group of friends who are hunted by a murderer after covering up a deadly car accident.

[Deadline]

TIME Companies

Microsoft to Preview Windows 9 on Sept. 30

Just when you thought big tech announcements were over for the month

Microsoft is expected to unveil new features of its next Windows operating system at an event later this month, according to invites sent out today.

A Sept. 30 event in San Francisco led by executives Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson will discuss the future of the software and highlight new investments, the Verge reports. An early “Windows Technical Preview” will also become available for businesses and developers to test out.

Leaked screenshots of a preview of the operating system show off an upgraded Start menu among other changes. Other new features will be provided to users of the technical preview over the coming months as the company readies an as-yet-unspecified release.

[Verge]

TIME Television

Lea Michele Will ‘Let It Go’ on Glee’s Final Season

The cold never bothered Glee anyway.

Lea Michele will sing “Let It Go,” the hit song from Disney’s Frozen, during the final season of the Fox program, Entertainment Weekly confirms after the actress hinted at the performance on Twitter Friday night.

It’s a fitting choice considering Idina Menzel, the song’s original singer, played the mother of Michele’s character on the show.

The performance will also be the second time in the next few months that a piece of the hit animated movie will come to television. Once Upon a Time, which airs on the Disney-owned ABC, will feature a Frozen storyline starring Georgina Haig as Elsa in its upcoming fourth season — though producers warn not to expect any musical numbers.

[EW]

TIME celebrity

Receipt With 20-Cent Tip from Eagles Running Back Is Blowing Up on eBay

Bidding had surpassed $80,000 as of 3 p.m. ET on Monday

A receipt from the Philadelphia restaurant PYT featuring a 20-cent tip (on a $61.56 bill) from Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy is now going for more than $80,000 on eBay, the restaurant confirmed to TIME.

Last week, McCoy said he left the unusually small tip because the waiter was “being rude and disrespectful.” Now, the current owner of the receipt is trying to turn the stiffing into a force for good by giving the money back to the restaurant.

The user behind the auction says the money from the final bid will be given as a massive tip to all the restaurant’s employees to thank them “for their hard work and dedication.”

“The only thing we would like to ask on your end is for the winner to write a personalized note or card to the PYT staff, which we give to the staff along with the winning bid/tip,” the description reads.

According to a manager at the restaurant that TIME spoke with, the restaurant’s owner gave the receipt to a friend before it wound up on eBay.

McCoy signed a $45 million, five-year contract back in 2012.

TIME Music

Watch Beyoncé and Jay Z Go Out With a Bang Bang in Short Film

A classy black-and-white clip drops ahead of their concert special

Did you forget that Beyoncé and Jay Z are premiering their On the Run Tour concert special on HBO this Saturday? Of course you didn’t — you’ve probably been rewatching that Instagram recording of Jay Z from this weekend trying to figure out if Bey is indeed “pregnant with another one.”

But if you somehow forgot to mark Sept. 20 on your calendar like you did with B’Day, music’s foremost power couple is here to get you absolutely pumped with Bang Bang, the first part of a short film that’s equal parts classy French cinéma and classic Western. Now, when can we get a two-hour HBO special of just Bey staring longingly at Jay Z over diner food?

TIME Television

Mindy Kaling: I Wish Every Actress Could Shoot a Sex Scene With Chris Messina

Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling Paul A. Hebert—Invision/AP

Yes, Kaling has read your weird Mindy Project fanfiction — and she loved it

Fox’s The Mindy Project returns for its third season on Sept. 16, which means America is back to getting regular doses of television’s most entertaining ob-gyn: Dr. Mindy Lahiri, who’s giving her relationship with on-again-off-again office flame Danny Castellano (Chris Messina) another go. TIME caught up with Mindy Kaling to talk about the new season’s sex scenes, Beyoncé-inspired erotic fanfiction and her favorite bloody TV shows.

TIME: What can you tease about the new season?

Mindy Kaling: There’s something sexy and fun about all the new boyfriends coming in, but we found that with Mindy and Danny together, the show is actually so much more rated-R than before. It’s delightful for us, because we’re all kind of neurotic, slightly over-educated perverts. So that was great.

Their first sex scene looks awkward. What was it like to shoot?

A joy. Chris Messina is the most in-touch-with-his-body person of all time, and all he does is make you feel beautiful and confident. I’ve known him now for quite some time and we’re so comfortable with each other that I wasn’t self-conscious at all. I wish on every actress that they get to shoot a sex scene with Chris Messina, because it’s great fun.

Have you read any of the Mindy-Danny fanfiction that’s online?

A couple years ago I read something, and it was fantastic. I was like, “Okay, I better not read any more of this because I could be enjoying this too much.”

I found one that was both kind of X-rated and Beyoncé-inspired.

That’s wonderful. That could have been one of my staff.

You’re writing the follow-up to your first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Any tips for writer’s block?

For every nine hours that I’m “writing,” only one hour of it is productive time. So for me, I just make sure that I’ve put in the hours of procrastinating, Internet and wandering around my house, and then I’ll have one hour of actual productivity.

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is guesting on The Mindy Project. Will there be jokes about her fictional hospital?

There are none in the script yet, but I have obviously loved Shonda for such a long time, and she’s a fan of our show. Her character went to Dartmouth [where Kaling and Rhimes both studied], so it’s an organic way to bring her into the show to play herself. She’s being such a good sport about it. It’s a super funny cameo.

Have you learned anything weird about medicine from playing a doctor?

One thing I’ve noticed from going to my own OB-GYN is how everything is so streamlined in a way that we have to keep up with the technology on set. My own doctor, who’s in his 60s, is using his iPad, and everything’s portable and wireless in way that a lot of shows don’t keep up with. That was one thing we had to do.

The show pays homage to many rom-coms. What do you say to people who claim the genre is dead?

The romantic comedy is alive — it’s just not in the same places I think we’re used to finding them. I find them so much more on television, and television is so much more of a writer’s medium.

When it comes to television, are you a binge-watcher?

I can only marathon shows. I can’t just watch 21 minutes of it, I’ll need to watch nine episodes, so the Netflix model is great for me, because I love to watch an entire season in a day. Also for my schedule, that works best.

What shows are you into right now?

I’m waiting for The Walking Dead to return. I love Game of Thrones.

Those are pretty bloody. Are you squeamish?

I’m not squeamish about blood, except for hearing. I can’t hear stories about people getting their arm caught in the door or anything like that. If people tell me violent stories, I can’t listen to that. But I can watch it like a sociopath!

A version of this story also appears in the Sept. 22 issue of TIME, on stands now.

TIME viral

Dad Horrifies Baby Daughter By Shaving Beard During Game of Peekaboo

But not as horrified as some YouTube commenters

Childhood is nothing but one traumatic, disappointing revelation after another: learning that Santa Claus does not exist, finding out that the bus from Spice World is physically impossible and — as this little girl discovers — learning that your dad’s beard is the most magical thing about him.

A man thought it’d be funny to shave in between rounds of peekaboo, but his young daughter is either horrified at the strange man she does not recognize or she’s really, really not impressed with what’s under all that facial hair.

Just as entertaining as the video, however, is the comments section, which features a number of YouTube trolls trying to pick fights with users who don’t quite get the joke — like when “Berta Lovejoy” demands this father “stop being selfish and grow it back, set a good example to this girl [and] put her feelings before your own sexist agenda.”

TIME Crime

2 Men Dressed as Superheroes Fight Heckler in Times Square

Times Square Characters
A performer dressed as Spiderman poses with tourists in Times Square, July 28, 2014 in New York. Two costumed performers, dressed as Spiderman and Batman, were charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident with a heckler in Times Square, New York, Sept. 14, 2014. Seth Wenig—AP

Batman and Spider-Man teamed up take down the ultimate villain: a 23-year-old

It’s a scene straight out of a superhero blockbuster: Batman and Spider-Man got into a fight in New York City’s Times Square on Saturday night.

Or, rather, two men dressed as the caped crusader and your friendly neighborhood crime-fighter got into a fight … with a man heckling them at the popular tourist attraction, the New York Post reports.

Police say Abdel Elkahezai, a 35-year-old dressed as Spider-Man, and Jose Escalona-Martinez, a 41-year-old dressed as Batman, were arrested after getting into a brawl with 23-year-old Thomas Rorke, who allegedly provoked the costumed men with “sexually suggestive gestures” along with a friend.

The costumed men have been charged with misdemeanor assault. Rorke claims he was punched in the face several times and has visible injuries, Gothamist reports.

[New York Post]

TIME Education

Students Who Turn in Work at the Last Minute Get Worse Grades, Study Finds

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Turns out there's a cost to procrastinating

Procrastinators, you’ve been warned — a new study suggests that students who turn in homework at the last minute get worse grades.

Two professors at the Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom report that submitting assignments just before they’re due corresponded with, at worst, a five-percent drop in grades.

Researchers David Arnott and Scott Dacko looked at the final assignments from 504 first-year students and 273 third-year students in marketing classes in the U.K., where papers are graded by marks out of 100.

Of the 777 students involved, 86.1 percent waited until the last 24 hours to turn in work, earning an average score of 64.04, compared to early submitters’ average of 64.32 — roughly equivalent to a ‘B’ grade.

But the average score for the most part continued to drop by the hour, and those who turned in the assignment at the last minute had the lowest average grade of around 59, or around a C+.

The researchers, who presented the paper at the European Marketing Academy conference, hope their data could lead more schools to identify chronic procrastinators early, in hopes of intervening and providing support and resources for breaking the habit.

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