That Leaked Video Is Likely to Hurt A Dog’s Purpose at the Box Office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marketers would describe “A Dog’s Purpose” as a film with “four-quadrant” appeal, meaning it’s likely to draw moviegoers of both genders, young and old. Based on a bestselling book and told from a dog’s perspective, it’s a feel-good story for animal lovers of all kinds.
Which is why a video leaked last week of a frightened dog apparently forced into rushing water during the making of the film is so damaging to its opening box-office prospects this weekend : It alienates, even offends, its very audience.
“Sometimes a controversy can help you, but this isn’t one of those cases,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of “As far as videos that can come out for your film, this is definitely not the one you want if you’re the filmmakers, right before the movie opens.”
Since the video surfaced Jan. 18 on and quickly went viral, fallout has been extensive, including:
— People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of “A Dog’s Purpos..

Watch Taylor Swift and Zayn’s New Music Video For I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

At long last, Taylor Swift is back. That is, the pop star and R&B singer Zayn finally released the video for their new jam “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” off the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, which the duo surprise-dropped in December. In true Swift-ian fashion, it’s a stylized and narratively dramatic video to match the sultry tune. She’s been teasing it on Twitter and Instagram for weeks.
This marks Swift’s return to video; her last release was for “Out of the Woods” more than a year ago, from her 1989 album. The notoriously consistent musician has laid low in recent months, contributing writing credits to a number of songs for other artists, but otherwise keeping out of the limelight.
Coming soon… #idontwannaliveforever#fiftyshadesdarker
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 25, 2017
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Girl Scout’s no-nonsense sales pitch goes viral

The reading of a young Girl Scout’s email to one of her father’s “very rich” friends captured the attention of Mike Rowe and millions of viewers on Facebook.
Charlotte McCourt is a Girl Scout whose father Sean works on a podcast with Mike Rowe, who you may best know from Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.”
Charlotte’s dad had mentioned that one of his friends from high school was “very rich.” Less than an hour later, he noticed an email in his Sent folder, not one that he had sent, but one that his daughter sent to his rich friend.
WNEP reports Upon discovering the email and seeing its hilarious contents, he shared the email with Mike Rowe who read it in its entirety in a video on his Facebook page.
If you know a Girl Scout, you know that when cookie season comes around they can be quite the salespeople, but none quite as honest, and effective as young Charlotte.
Her email begins, “I’ve been informed that you’d like to purchase several cookie boxes for our troops serving overseas.” ..

President Trump to speak with Vladimir Putin on Saturday

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to speak on the phone Saturday in their first conversation since Trump took office, an administration official told CNN.
Trump has vowed to have better relations with Russia than his predecessor.
This month, he suggested he would lift sanctions imposed by the Obama administration if the Kremlin helps the US battle terrorists.
In his new year’s message, Putin congratulated Trump and expressed hope their two countries would be able to “take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level.”
“Major global and regional challenges that our countries have confronted in recent years clearly confirm that Russia-US relations are an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world,” Putin said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week called for the “re-establishment of normal relations” between Russia and the United States under the Trump administration.
“Following ..

North Carolina mother charged after toddler tests positive for cocaine

BURLINGTON, N.C. – A North Carolina mother has been charged after her 2-year-old daughter tested positive for cocaine, according to the Burlington Times-News.
Tammara Gail Overman
Tammara Gail Overman, 32, of Burlington, faces a charge of felony intentional child abuse causing serious physical injury after being arrested Wednesday.
The toddler was also suffering from a severe, untreated rash on her groin, according to the paper.
The arrest comes after a monthlong investigation by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have not said how the child consumed the drug.
Overman was jailed in Alamance County under a $25,000 bond and had a court date on Thursday.
Two other suspects who shared the same house were charged with misdemeanor child neglect in connection to the investigation, the paper reported.
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Photo appears to show shark dangerously close to surfing boy

Eden Hasson, 10, surfs near what is believed to be a shark at Samurai Beach in Port Stephens, Australia. James Cook University shark researcher Andrew Chin says the photographed shark is possibly a small great white.
You can almost hear the “Jaws” music while looking at the photo.
Chris Hasson’s 10-year-old son Eden was surfing Tuesday when a shark appeared lurking beneath the wave, a moment Hasson caught on camera.
“It was a chance encounter, a one in a million photo,” Hasson said.
Hasson and some others were on the beach at Samurai Beach in the Australian town of Port Stephens. As he was taking pictures, he saw something out of the corner of his eye as his son was about to ride a wave.
Hasson then took a series of shots, and when he went back to look at them, sure enough he saw the shark.
“I was very concerned,” he said, so he called to his son and the other surfers to come ashore.
Then he showed them the shot, which they loved.
“Everyone was high-fiving after they saw the ph..

Henrico firefighter reassigned after being arrested for rioting in DC

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A Henrico County firefighter has been reassigned after being arrested for rioting in Washington DC on inauguration day.
Court documents state Rosa Roncales was a part on an anarchist group who disrupted inauguration events by smashing windows and setting things on fire.
Roncales was charged with felony rioting in connection to the incidents that caused in excess of $100,000, according to court documents.
The documents say officers with the Metropolitan Police Department were monitoring a planned assembly of individuals that were known to be associated with an anarchist group.
Rosa Roncales
They said they had prior knowledge of the group’s intent to disrupt Inauguration-related activities in part because of social media posting.
Police say many members of the group, estimated to be in excess of 300 people, were carrying anarchist flags, wearing black clothing, and black bandanas and masks.
Documents say members of the group were also carrying weapons like a ..

Summer hoops in NYC: Former NBAers to play in 16-team league

Can the Gotham Ballers beat the Knicks? Former Knick Al Harrington won’t go that far, but thinks the new Champions Basketball League product will serve as summer itch for NBA-starved fans. The concept of the upstart 16-team semi-pro league to debut in July has changed over the past year. Instead of dawning as an over-30…
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