TIME movies

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Reboot in Development by Fox

The 2003 film was a dud

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting another shot on the big screen.

As initially reported by the Tracking Board, 20th Century Fox will revisit Alan Moore’s 1999 comic-book series that was infamously adapted into the 2003 dud that starred Sean Connery as Alan Quatermain. The books combined the characters from several classic Victorian Age works of fiction into a tale of a group of, well, extraordinary literary figures—including Quatermain, Capt. Nemo, Mina Murray, Dr. Jekyll, and “The Invisible Man” Hawley Griffin.

The 2003 big-budget adaptation, which stands as the retired Connery’s last on-screen role, was conceived as a potential franchise, but it was panned by both critics and audiences, grossing just $66.5 million. Fox later planned a TV series, but the pilot was never ordered to series.

John Davis will produce the reboot through his Davis Entertainment banner.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.


Thieves Stole $50M in Tax Refunds Using IRS’s Online Tool

The hackers apparently used already-stolen identity information to send phony requests through the IRS's website.

TIME Switzerland

Switzerland Plans to Close Loopholes that Let International Sporting Organizations Be Above the Law

FIFA and other bodies are subject to the same laws as tiny village associations, which are protected by Swiss law

Switzerland is not a stranger to scandals – its banks have long been embroiled in money laundering and tax evasion. Now, the international football organization headquartered in this Alpine nation is in turmoil as well.

The arrest on Wednesday of seven FIFA officials on charges of corruption involving more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks has plunged the soccer’s controversial governing body into crisis.

Swiss police confiscated documents and electronic data after raiding FIFA’s Zurich headquarters on Wednesday as part of an on-going investigation into money laundering and fraud that came to light after the organization awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

As the detained officials are holed up in a luxury Zurich hotel awaiting extradition to the U.S to face criminal corruption charges, some politicians here claim that the abuses went unnoticed because the organization had not been sufficiently scrutinized. “FIFA likes being based in Switzerland because it enjoys very loose governmental and financial oversight,” right-wing parliamentarian, Roland Buechel, writes on his website.

However, it may soon become more difficult for sports organizations to engage in illegal activities. Last December, the parliament passed a law spearheaded by Buechel that would increase the government oversight of FIFA and other sporting bodies based in Switzerland, which have had little scrutiny.

Currently, FIFA, along with about 60 other Switzerland-based sporting bodies – including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) – operates under an “association” status, which means it is exempt from Swiss anti-corruption laws that govern all businesses. Or, as Buechel notes, “FIFA is organized like a small yodeling association in a mountain village. They should be structured like a proper company.”

Perhaps because of the lack of stricter oversight, other Switzerland-based sporting bodies had also been at times embroiled in controversy – in 1998, for instance, several IOC members were charged with taking bribes worth millions of dollars from the Salt Lake City Bid Committee. In 2009, FIFA’s sister organization, The Union of European Football Associations, was involved in a betting scandal, when it tried to influence the outcome of soccer games. And a couple of years ago, the International Cycling Federation faced heavy criticism in the wake of doping scandals like that of the former professional racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong.

The proposed law would designate top executives of sports organizations like FIFA’s Sepp Blatter or IOC’s head Thomas Bach as “politically exposed persons,” which means that their bank accounts would be carefully monitored for suspicious activities.

This legislation is scheduled to be debated in parliament next week, but, due to the notoriously slow nature of the country’s legislative process, may not be enacted until 2017.

In the meantime, Buechel and other lawmakers who are working on the new legislation are hoping that, from now on, the only kickbacks in the sports industry will happen on the soccer field.

TIME viral

Watch the Funniest Videos From the Charlie Charlie Challenge

So much screaming

The latest Internet craze is a game called the “Charlie Charlie Challenge” that uses two pencils balanced on a sheet of paper to summon an alleged Mexican demon. It’s become so popular that the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.8 million times — and the topic has recently spiked in search on Google.

People — mostly teens — have been sharing clips of their attempts to summon Charlie the demon by asking “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” and waiting to see if their pencil moves toward the words “yes” or “no” scrawled on the paper. The pencils often do move — likely thanks to gravity — which has led to tons of videos of people screaming in disbelief. Other people, however, have taken this challenge less seriously. Here are some of the funniest and most irreverent takes:

TIME Middle East

Palestinians Hope FIFA Corruption Scandal Won’t Affect Motion to Expel Israel

Israel rejects Palestinian charges of preventing freedom of movement for Palestinian players and not cracking down on racism

Palestinians hope that the United States and Switzerland’s investigations into corruption in FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, won’t obscure the Palestinian Football Association’s call to expel Israel from the body.

Xavier Abu Eid, an advisor to Jibril Rajoub, the delegate of the Palestinian Football Association, insisted the discussion of Israel’s violation of FIFA’s laws would not be derailed by the corruption investigation which saw seven senior officials arrested for extradition to the U.S. during a dawn raid on Wednesday at a Zurich hotel.

“The issue of Israeli violation against Palestinian football is part of the agenda. It will be discussed and decisions must be made,” said Abu Eid on Wednesday.

Rajoub has proposed a controversial motion to have Israel suspended, one that is scheduled to be debated on either Thursday or Friday when FIFA’s congress meets in Zurich. In order to pass, the motion would require the support of three-quarters of its 209 member federations. Rajoub’s main contention is that Israel violates FIFA bylaws by preventing freedom of movement for Palestinian soccer players, maintains five FIFA-registered teams in settlements located in the occupied West Bank, and has done nothing to crack down on anti-Arab racist epithets sometimes chanted by extremist fans at games in Israel. The Israel Football Association rejects the charges.

This is the third time that Rajoub had made a motion to eject Israel from FIFA; the other two times he was persuaded to back down by FIFA president Sepp Blatter. But despite Blatter’s visit here last week to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, this time Rajoub is not backing down, despite many “direct and indirect threats” he says he has received and what he describes as increasingly inappropriate treatment he receives from Israel.

“I have been treated in a humiliating way during the past four years. Come with me to the bridge and see how I am humiliated when I travel,” he says in an interview with TIME, speaking about his return from Jordan over the Allenby Bridge, a common land route for Palestinians traveling abroad. The border crossing is controlled by Israel, whom Rajoub also accuses of preventing his players from traveling freely in the Palestinian territories or going abroad, as well as barring players, coaches and training materials from being brought in from overseas.

Nasser Shiyoukhi—APHead of Palestinian football Association Jibril Rajoub speaks during a press conference in Ramallah in the West Bank on May 25, 2015.

Rajoub says that he has asked his Israeli counterpart to back him up on his requests, but to no avail. Israel Football Association President Ofer Eini has said that any restrictions faced by Palestinian footballers is a security matter that is beyond his power. Not good enough, says Rajoub.

“The Israeli team has chosen to be a tool for apartheid rather than for peace. Their football association is following the agenda of the extremist right-wing government now ruling in Israel,” Rajoub said at a press conference here Monday as he was preparing to leave for Switzerland. “We believe the Israeli association has to pay a price for systematically violating FIFA statutes. We would have expected the Israeli association to take our concerns seriously, and so they must be solved by the FIFA congress instead. If you don’t see a dramatic move,” he added, “you should see a suspension of the Israeli team by Thursday.”

Israeli officials say politics ought to be kept off the pitch. “The conflict is something that the United Nations and other bodies will deal with, it is not something FIFA should deal with,” says Shlomi Barzel, the spokesman for the Israel Football Association.

“If you want to take each one of Jibril Rajoub’s accusations, I don’t want to say he’s lying but to be polite, he’s twisting to the truth. For one, we’re not the only country in the world dealing with racism. In fact, our national team is a beautiful combination of Arab and Jewish players. This is part of a political agenda by the Palestinians, and football is just one part of it. I can’t say if there is going to be a solution, but we think a big majority of the members will support Israel staying in the association.”

It remains very unclear, however, as to whether Rajoub’s motion has a chance of passing. But he has succeeded in bringing some of the core complaints surrounding Israeli domination over Palestinian lives into the international arena as part of his campaign. Blatter says he opposed the motion because, as he put it, FIFA is the wrong address for political grievances. But he also noted in his visit here last week that he does not have the power to take the motion off the table or otherwise prevent the congress from passing it. In a statement, the organization indicated Tuesday it was looking at the question of whether Israel could actually be considered accountable for violating FIFA statutes.

“The FIFA president will report to the congress on this dossier later this week with the aim of providing a framework for strengthening the development of football in the region,” said the statement. “The executive underlined that a FIFA member association should not be suspended if it has not violated the FIFA statutes.”

TIME movies

San Andreas Was Reviewed By An Earthquake Expert

She reported some factual inaccuracies

The trailer for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new action flick may be literally groundbreaking, but it turns out that San Andreas isn’t entirely realistic. Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, known in some circles as the Earthquake Lady for her expertise in the field, went to the premiere and live-tweeted the entire movie — for science.

Jones used her scientific knowledge to fact-check the movie’s portrayal of The Big One and it appears that Hollywood has taken some liberties with the truth:

You can read all her tweets here, but the overall takeaway of Jones’s tweets is that while San Andreas is not exactly realistic, it is important to prepare for disasters. If you have an emergency plan, take a disaster training course, get a landline, learn to drop, cover and hold on, and create a post-disaster family communication strategy, you can be your own competent, sexy hero, and, hopefully, you won’t need The Rock to save you from an earthquake.

[H/T LAist]

TIME movies

Watch Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in the Trailer for The End of the Tour

"I treasure my regular guy-ness"

In the new trailer for James Ponsoldt’s film The End of the Tour, Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace discussing topics ranging from Die Hard to sadness to why he wears that bandana: “I know that it’s a security blanket for me whenever I’m kind of afraid my head is going to explode.”

There’s already talk of awards for Segel’s portrayal of Wallace. After the film premiered at Sundance, The Huffington Post wrote, “it’s early, but let’s prep Jason Segel’s Oscar campaign just to be safe.”

The film, which was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, follows Wallace on a road trip as he’s promoting Infinite Jest. He’s traveling with David Lipsky, played here by Jesse Eisenberg, who was reporting for Rolling Stone and would go on to publish his and Wallace’s conversations in the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.

Speaking to TIME about why the book was framed as a “straight transcript,” Lipsky said in 2010: “It seemed like the best thing was to say, Here’s what he was like to be with. Here’s what he was like to be with in a car and on an airplane. It seemed like the only way to write about him.”

The movie is due out July 31.

MONEY Sports

FIFA Officials Arrested for Corruption, Indicted by U.S. DOJ

The U.S. Justice Department indicted 14 people with ties to international soccer, including FIFA officials, on a long list of charges.


Here’s How Much Youtube Is Worth

Viral videos are big money

An analyst at Bank of America thinks your favorite place for cat videos is worth big money.

Analyst Justin Post wrote a note this week saying that YouTube, the popular video streaming site bought by Google in 2006, is worth about $70 billion on its own. That’s a higher value than all but 66 of the companies listed on the S&P 500, according to Bloomberg.

Post also thinks that YouTube could still grow, with a valuation of up to $90 billion possible—which would leave only 55 S&P 500 companies beating it.

The 2006 deal was for $1.65 billion.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME viral

Here’s Why People Are Freaking Out Over the Charlie Charlie Challenge

"Charlie, Charlie..."

Here’s a fun thing the kids are doing these days with school supplies: using pencils to call upon an alleged “Mexican demon” with the “Charlie Charlie Challenge,” the latest Internet fad.

The game is simple: draw a grid on a piece of paper with “yes” and “no” in the boxes, balance one pencil on top of another in the shape of a cross, and ask something along the lines of “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” or “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” Then watch as the pencil moves and proceed to scream, etc. For viral fun, film yourself doing this and share the result.

As is typical of memes, Charlie Charlie’s origins are murky. Mic traced the history of the game’s incarnations around the Internet back to 2008. Know Your Meme notes that a YouTube video titled “Jugando Charly Charlie,” which involves a slightly different pencil-related game, showed up in June 2014. According to the BBC, Twitter user @_kluh was an early adopter of the hashtag.

So why do the pencils move? The Independent credits the supernatural-seeming occurrence to “gravity, and the awkward positioning of some pencils.” So, no, it’s not some demon.

Here are some examples:

And here’s a Paula Deen edition:

And the Beyoncé edition:

"Charlie, Charlie, can we play?" #CharlieCharlie #Charlie #Beyonce

A photo posted by Hady ElHady (@hadyelhady) on

And the Zayn edition:

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