Clint Eastwood Is Making Another Patriotic Movie

Director has chosen to dedicate himself to telling the stories of real-life American heroes — here’s what he’s up to next

Actor and director Clint Eastwood will be turning 87 years old this year, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. Not a bit. Fresh off directing the 2016 box office hit “Sully,” Eastwood is now setting his sights on “The 15:17 to Paris,” a movie that will continue the “Dirty Harry” star’s trend of highlighting red-blooded American heroes.

Based on the book “The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes,” the film will focus on the story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone, the three men who thwarted a terrorist attack after an ISIS member boarded a train headed to Paris in August 2015.

The three men had collective experience in martial arts, the Air Force, and National Guard — and managed to subdue the terrorist and prevent what likely would have been the deaths of hundreds of people.

The script for the film, written by Dorothy Blyskalbut, is reportedly complete; but there is no word yet on filming dates or casting.

Eastwood’s last two movies have focused on dissecting the heroic deeds of American men, such as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger, of the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” fame.

“American Sniper,” the movie about Chris Kyle, and “Sully,” the movie about Sullenberger, did phenomenally well at the box office and earned high praise from critics.

While a typical producer might take the story of Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos and make some second-rate, half-true action thriller out of it, Eastwood is all but guaranteed to create another thoughtful, exciting masterpiece centered around a gripping event but also looking into the positives and negatives of a heroic deed’s aftermath. Aside from the book rights, the deal apparently includes the rights to the three men’s lives.

The film will not mark Eastwood’s first encounter with his three main subjects. He presented them with the “Hero Award” at the 2016 Guy’s Choice Awards. Skarlatos later told People, “I’ve seen all of his movies growing up. Actually meeting him in person, having him give us the award …  Then we talked with him for like 10 minutes afterwards. It was one of the coolest experiences that has happened to us so far.”

 

Did Clint Eastwood Get ‘Tragic News’ Over His Latest Movie?

A dubious web site claimed that the director received ‘heavy insults” over the film, but failed to provide any evidence.

In March 2017, the web site ENH News reported, with no supporting evidence, that director Clint Eastwood had received “terribly tragic news”, making reference to “heavy insults” because of the subject matter of his next project:

This previous week, the well known director announced that his next movie will be dedicated to being courageous in the face of the radical Islamic terrorism. Even now, he comes by heavy insults due to his decision to concentrate his controversial movie on the terror attack that happened on a French Train back in August 2015.

The article does not disclose what the “tragic news” was, beyond a vague mention of insults that Eastwood may or may not have actually received.

The movie itself is real. Eastwood is slated to direct an adaptation of the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes, which recounts an actual incident — the attack that was foiled by U.S. National Guard member Anthony Sadler and U.S. Air Force servicemen Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, along with an unidentified French national.

But ENH News offers no corroboration for either of its claims, and a disclaimer on the site argues that is under no obligation to do so:

everynewshere has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, everynewshere does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful.

No release date has been announced for the film.

STUNNER! CHUCK NORRIS ‘FORCED’ INTO SOMETHING!

Martial arts pro, tough-guy icon among tough guys, admits it

 

Longtime martial-arts champion, television and movie star and WND columnist Chuck Norris has a tough-guy reputation among tough guys.

Muscle man Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Belgian-born actor, was filmed doing the spits between two moving trucks, in a commercial for the vehicles.

So Norris, whose list of movies continues to expand with his most recent appearance, in “Expendables 2,” took the stunt to a whole new level, “doing” the splits between the wings of two jets for a Christmas promotion.

One of the Chuck Norris “facts” notes that when he does a pushup, he doesn’t push himself up; he pushes the Earth down. And he was supposed to be put on Mt. Rushmore, but its granite wasn’t tough enough for his beard.

You get the idea.

So what could possibly “force” him into anything?

The move to introduce his legend to a new generation, those who live on their iPhones and iPads.

It came with the introduction of the “Nonstop Chuck Norris” mobile game, which features exclusive Chuck Norris facts, a chance to “Help Chuck Save the Multiverse,” “Power-Up the Chuck” and “How Far Can you Get?”

“I consider it an extreme honor that my legacy has continued and reached a whole new generation of young people … and it’s forced me into their tech world,” he told WND by email.

After all, an early movie on which he worked, “The Wrecking Crew,” was done in 1969, which is just about when 8-track tape players were in their ascendance.

He’s subsequently built legions of fans among the cassette-tape generation, the CD generation, and then the iPod generation. Or VHS, DVD and Netflix, for video.

The new game is available online for download in IOS and Android formats, and can be obtained through Google Play and the App Store.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to his foundation, KickStartKids.org, which works to install values and a sense of responsibility in kids.

He explains, for the game project, he had to “step in to get some things done.”

It then shows techies wondering, “He wants selfie sticks as weapons?”

When the technician approaches Norris with, “Mr. Norris, I don’t think…” one look turns the comment into, “Right away, sir.”

In an announcement about the game, he noted it’s been years since he first was in films, and now for the first time (he’s 77) he’s the star of his own mobile game.

He discussed the project with Klaas Kersting, of flaregames, the company behind the work.

Kersting explained the game fits Norris – “as the action literally never stops, even when the player turns off their iPhone.”

Built in are references and components from his career with “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Missing in Action” and “Way of the Dragon.”

“Many younger people in particular still love to read about your superhuman feats so including these facts was always at the forefront of our minds,” Kersting explained. “As players progress in the game, they’ll collect fun facts about you. And because we want fans to feel involved, we even invited fans — before launch — to submit their own facts to be considered for inclusion in the game. After all, making a great videogame is all about listening to and interacting with your players.”

WND reported only weeks ago the state of Texas had granted him a special honor.

The state Senate passed a resolution commending him for his life’s work and extending “best wishes” as an “expression of esteem.”

The resolution commends Norris “on his many achievements and extend to him best wishes for continued success in all his endeavors; and, be it further resolved, that a copy of this Resolution be prepared for him as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.”

The local ABC affiliate immediately chimed in with a list of Chuck Norris “facts,” the beyond-belief statements that have taken the Web by a storm.

They include:

  • Chuck Norris has a diary. It’s called the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Chuck Norris doesn’t cheat death. He wins fair and square.
  • Chuck Norris once went to Mars. That’s why there are no signs of life.
  • Chuck Norris’ tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

Actually, Norris has played down the idea that he’s a superhero.

“I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman,” he said at one point. “I realize that now, but I didn’t always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.”

Chuck Norris laments resurgence of sugary drinks

Notes doctor is still out on cause and effect

As revealed by new data released a few months ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the promising trend over the last two decade of Americans abandoning sugary drinks seems to be stalling out. The new data show it has nearly flat-lined since 2009. In 2003, for example, children on average consumed about 220 calories per day from such drinks. It has settled at about 145 calories a day from 2011-2014.

In 2010, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans estimated that 4 to 8-year-old boys and girls need 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day if they are sedentary, and 1,400 to 1,600 calories daily if they’re moderately active. Though this may look like progress, guidelines recommend that no more than 10 percent of a person’s daily calories should come from any form of added sugar covering all foods and beverages consumed. Add to this the fact that approximately one-third of all children in the United States are either overweight or obese and you have a troubling trend.

Meanwhile, regulation of the marketing of these beverages to young people seems to be missing in action. According to a report from Science in the Public Interest, in 2013, beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise such drinks, many of them directed at young people. According to a Federal Trade Commission report, youth consumption of carbonated beverages increases by almost 10 percent with every 100 additional television ads viewed.

And while these ads continue to blast away, concern about the health consequences of overindulging in not only sugary drinks, but their diet drink counterparts, continues to trickle in. A new study published by the American Heart Association suggests that people in their study who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage a day had almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia than those who drank sugar-sweetened beverages.

Researchers caution the study only shows an association with these diseases. It was designed as an observational study and does not prove that diet drinks actually cause stroke or dementia. At the very least, it suggests more research in the area is needed.

“Although we did not find an association between stroke or dementia and the consumption of sugary drinks, this certainly does not mean they are a healthy option,” said Matthew Pase, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and a senior fellow in the department of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. “We recommend that people drink water on a regular basis instead of sugary or artificially sweetened beverages,” he added.

Researchers used data on more than 4,000 people over 30, examining their brains with M.R.I. and measuring memory with psychological tests. All completed well-validated food frequency questionnaires.

It should also be pointed out that the American Beverage Association issued a statement taking exception with the study and its conclusions. It notes that the authors of the study acknowledge that their conclusions do not – and cannot – prove cause and effect.

Proof of cause and effect seems to be a major bone of contention in this back-and-forth between science and the beverage industry as various studies continue to make a connection between sugary drinks and numerous health conditions. Many of the latest studies seem to be zeroing in specifically on energy drinks. And, while the global energy drink market is forecast to reach $61 billion by 2021, the volume on concerns of health experts of the dangers energy drinks pose is beginning to be turned up.

The World Health Organization, for one, recently warned they “may pose danger to public health.” Children should not consume them, added the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the face of these recent statements and reports, the American Beverage Association has responded by saying it stands by the safety of energy drinks, indicating many of the ingredients they contain are also found in common foods and that have been rigorously studied for safety.

But what exactly are those ingredients, and how do they impact your body?

Most energy drinks typically contain loads of caffeine and added sugars, as well as vitamins (such as B vitamins) and legal stimulants such as guarana, a plant that grows in the Amazon. Guarana is mentioned in the NCAA’s 2016-17 banned drugs list.

Another common ingredient is taurine, an amino acid that’s naturally found in meat and fish. You’ll also often find L-carnitine, a substance in our bodies that helps turn fat into energy. Exactly how they impact your body is the subject of much of the current research. What is of concern is the vitamins, amino acids and herbals found in energy drinks are often found in higher concentrations than naturally in food or plants. It is known that doses of caffeine, as just one example, equal to or above 200 milligrams can be linked to caffeine intoxication. The Mayo Clinic currently recommends that healthy adults who choose to drink energy drinks should not exceed one can per day.

“Energy drinks not only have been shown to raise stress levels, increase heart rate, increase blood pressure, they’ve also been shown to make the blood a little bit thicker,” Dr. John Higgins, a sports cardiologist with McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston recently explained to CNN.

The possible interaction of caffeine with the other ingredients in energy drinks could impact the function of your arteries by inhibiting them from dilating properly, especially during exercise, Dr. Higgins added.

Their current popularity among young athletes looking for an extra energy boost is well established. Even though the National Federation of State High School Associations recommends they not be used for hydration prior to, during or after physical activity.

Something to think about until this thing about cause and effect is clearly resolved.

Sidney Crosby skates at Penguins practice facility

Mike Sullivan calls recovery from concussion a ‘day-to-day process’

 

Sidney Crosby participates in full-contact practice, status unclear for Game 5

Sidney Crosby participated in a full-contact Penguins’ practice Friday, and Coach Mike Sullivan said he is still day-to-day ahead of Game 5 in Washington. Crosby is working back from a concussion sustained on a hit by Matt Niskanen in Game 3 of the Capitals-Penguins series Monday.

“It’s the same as it was yesterday,” Sullivan said. “He’s day-to-day, he’s going through part of the process, he was in a full-contact practice today. We’ll see how he responds and we’ll go from there. But right now his status hasn’t changed at all, he’s day-to-day.”

Crosby spoke for the first time since sustaining the concussion four days ago, and said he felt good during the full-contact practice. He said it will be important to see how he responds Saturday morning, and that he isn’t ruling out being able to play that night.

“I feel good,” Crosby said when asked if he is experiencing any concussion symptoms. “Right now I’m just following what I’m told to do, and I feel good.”

“That’s a question for the doctors,” Crosby said when asked about the next step in his recovery. “I couldn’t even tell you right now what … you know, I tell them how I feel and they tell me what the next step is.”

The Penguins lead 3-1 in the series and have a chance to eliminate the Capitals in Washington Saturday. Crosby missed Game 4 on Wednesday, but skated Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

In Crosby’s absence Wednesday, the Penguins scratched out a 3-2 win. Crosby had four points in the first two games of the series (two goals and two assists) and led the NHL with 44 goals during the regular season. Friday Crosby took rushes with Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist at the start of practice, which was the line on which he was playing before exiting in Game 3. And while he didn’t absorb any hits, Crosby made contact with teammates during full-ice drills.

The Game 3 concussion was the fourth reported one of Crosby’s career. He missed 48 games with a concussion in 2010-11, 20 games in the first half of 2011-12, 40 more games in the back half of that season, and then six games at the start of this season after he was concussed during training camp. If he can’t play, Saturday would mark the 115th game he has missed in his career for concussion-related issues.

Crosby regularly skated during his past concussion recoveries, most notably during the 68 games he missed in the 2011 calendar year. That is why Crosby skating Thursday and Friday is not necessarily an indication of an immediate return.

“The nature of these things is that they are all very different,” Sullivan said Tuesday after he announced Crosby’s concussion. “Sometimes they come around quickly, other times they don’t.”

When asked Friday if Crosby’s recovery would be treated differently if it were the regular season and the games mattered less, Sullivan said “no” before adding that “the priority has always been on the health of our players first and foremost, and that will never change.”

Without Crosby Wednesday, Sullivan put Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel on his top line in Game 4. He also shuffled his forwards throughout the night, and the result was an opportunistic three goals on 18 shots on net.

Crosby, widely recognized as the best hockey player in the world, will provide a big lift as soon as he’s back in the lineup. It is still unclear when that will be, and if four straight days of skating will be a springboard to a return in the near future.

When asked about speculation he would be rushing back to the ice if he played Saturday, Crosby leaned on his history with head injuries.

“Well I think having gone through this, I’d like to think I’m pretty aware of my body to this point,” Crosby said. “I understand the importance of making sure you’re good before you come back. I have a lot of belief in our staff here that they’re going to do everything in their power to make sure I’m good when I come back and I trust them. I trust the process you have to go through, and whenever it’s time I’ll be ready.”

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Vegas is Already Taking Bets

Fans can already place bets on the outcome of a highly-anticipated bout between UFC star Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather – even though the fight has yet to be finalized or scheduled.

WestGate SuperBook, a Las Vegas-based legal sportsbook, has already taken more than 40 bets on the fight, ESPN Opens a New Window.reported on Thursday. To date, the wagers have totaled more than $10,000, with the majority of the money placed on McGregor. Mayweather is currently listed as the favorite in a potential match.

Since UFC President Dana White and representatives for McGregor and Mayweather have yet to reach terms on the bout, WestGate’s wager comes with two caveats. Bets will be refunded if the fight takes place as anything other than a traditional boxing match, or if it takes place after May 13, 2018, ESPN noted.

WestGate SuperBook did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.

White, McGregor and Mayweather have all expressed optimism that terms will eventually be reached for the bout, which would arguably be the most high-profile prize fight since Mayweather defeated rival Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.

“It’s an intriguing fight. It really is intriguing,” White told FOX Sports in April. “If you break the thing down and listen everybody has their opinions and I’m not saying who’s going to win or lose, but Floyd’s 40 years old. Conor’s 27 [years old]. Floyd has trouble with southpaws, Conor is a southpaw. Conor has knockout power in both hands and Floyd does not.”

McGregor, who is known as one of UFC’s most charismatic figures, currently holds the organization’s lightweight championship. Mayweather, who retired from boxing in late 2015, has a career record of 49-0.

Kevin Lee: Floyd Mayweather wanted the Conor McGregor fight for June

Kevin Lee shares his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor and being selected as a training partner for Floyd.

After going 8-2 in the UFC, lightweight fighter Kevin Lee is finally starting to get some love from the promotion. His last fight in March was his first to make it off the prelims, and in June he’s set to headline UFC Fight Night 112 against Michael Chiesa. It also doesn’t hurt that his name got tossed around a lot surrounding the whole Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight on account of Floyd bringing him in to emulate Conor.

But Floyd’s plans for a training camp never came together as fight negotiations continue to drag while UFC president Dana White claims he’s waiting for the birth of Conor McGregor’s first child later in May. Lee talked about the situation on a new epsisode of Submission Radio (via Bloody Elbow):

“The fight was supposed to happen in June, which I would have been available to help him. But if they ain’t gonna fight until July, November, whenever they’re gonna fight, I don’t know, but If it interferes with my schedule, I’m putting them on the backburner. I’ll let them make their own cheese.”

“The only reason I was gonna do it was cause the money was nice, you know, the money, everything that comes with it, the notoriety and everything. But I’m gonna create that for myself. So when they put the fight off, I was like, okay, I’m gonna take this fight with Michael Chiesa. I’m not gonna sit around and wait, I’ll beat McGregor my damn self. I don’t need to help somebody else do it.”

Initially, Lee suggested Mayweather may not be able to knock McGregor out in a potential fight due to McGregor’s size advantage. But now he’s thinking Floyd will still manage to finish the UFC lightweight champion off due to the length of a boxing match.

“I think Mayweather would stop him in the later rounds. He (McGregor) would be exhausted,” Lee said. “He will be exhausted after a few rounds. It’s just that pace. That pace is different, it’s just a different sport. And people really don’t understand that because we also throw punches, but it’s just different. The rule set is different. Literally, everything is different. MMA would be different if you just said you can’t kick anymore or you can’t throw knees. MMA in itself would be totally different. So it’s just a different sport, it’s just a different type of body type that goes into it, it’s a different type of way of preparing the body. It’s just different.”

Whether Lee will end up helping Mayweather prepare for McGregor again once a deal is inevitably realized is unclear. But if Kevin is correct, Mayweather may not need too much help from a UFC fighter … he can just rely on McGregor being unable to last in the twelve round world of boxing.

LeBron James doesn’t recall hearing racist comments in Boston

Shortly after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, LeBron James was asked about Adam Jones and the events at Fenway Park earlier this week, when Jones said he was subjected to racial slurs during Monday night’s game.

“It’s a delicate situation. Racism we know exists,” said James.

The All-Star forward also spoke about his own experience of playing in Boston.

How long can ‘Super’ LeBron James mask Cavaliers’ crippling defensive weakness?

LeBron James stared up at the scoreboard in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, at a 25-point deficit, before retreating with his teammates to the locker room. The likelihood of the Cavaliers winning Game 3 of their first-round series against the Pacers was small — 1.2 percent, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Behind a turbocharged James, the Cavaliers mounted the largest halftime comeback in NBA postseason history, winning 119-114. The 32-year-old poured in a 41-point triple-double, scoring 28 second-half points. He either scored or assisted on 73 points, the highest single-game total of his playoff career, which consists of 203 games.

In total, LeBron finished the opening round with robust averages of 32.8 points, 9 assists, 9.8 rebounds and two blocks per contest. If that assist total seems high, it’s because it’s the most he’s ever averaged in an opening round playoff series. His averages in points and blocks are the second highest of his first-round playoff career, his average in rebounds the third highest.

So, why didn’t the Cavaliers blast the Pacers into oblivion in Round 1? Why was every game a slog? Simple: Cleveland’s defense has been terrible.

As The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg noted, the Cavaliers entered the postseason allowing 108 points per 100 possessions, the worst defensive rating of any LeBron-led team. It only got worse, with the Cavaliers allowing 111 to Indiana, a squarely middle-of-the-pack offensive unit.

According to defensive efficiency, it was the third worst playoff series of LeBron’s career.

The Cavaliers allowed one point per possession in the opening round, according to data provided by Synergy Sports, which ranks ninth among playoff teams. Just one team this postseason is allowing more points per possession to ballhandlers in pick-and-roll situations (1.075), continuing a trend that has plagued the Cavaliers all season. This is largely because Cleveland has no true rim protector and Kyrie Irving is one of the worst pick-and-roll defenders in the league, allowing 0.956 points per possession during the regular season and ranking in the 19th percentile among primary pick-and-roll defenders. He was — somehow — even worse in the opening round, surrendering 1.188 points per possession and ranking in the 12th percentile. Indiana point guard Jeff Teague easily and repeatedly gashed Irving’s high-screen-and-roll defensive coverage, easing into midrange jumpers and finding running mates racing toward the rim.

This is worrisome for Cleveland moving forward, considering Toronto, a team that led the entire league in points scored by pick-and-roll ballhandlers, potentially awaits in the second round.

Worth noting is, outside of Cleveland, Toronto is the deepest, most experienced remaining team in the Eastern Conference.

Additionally, while Cleveland was a top-half defense against jump shots throughout the regular season, only two teams this postseason are allowing more points per possession than the Cavaliers on those looks (1.04). Indiana was gift-wrapped 15.5 field goal attempts per contest where the primary defender was more than 6 feet away from the shooter — shots that NBA.com defines as wide open.

These defensive deficiencies are partially why in Game 3, LeBron played the final 14 minutes, 29 seconds without the help of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Despite the two all-stars riding the pine, Cleveland outscored Indiana by 18 in the game. Asking LeBron to shoulder the load on both ends of the floor — he leads all postseason players in minutes, has the second highest playoff usage rate and is defending 11.5 shots per game, the highest mark of any Cavalier — could produce a breaking point.

Irving and Love’s shortages weren’t exclusive to the defensive side of the floor, either. Both players’ averages in efficiency dropped in the opening round relative to the regular season. Irving’s true-shooting percentage spiked to 58 during the regular season, 0.3 percentage points shy of a career high. However, it dropped to 50 in the opening round, and he shot a putrid 21.9 percent from beyond the arc. Love, whose per-game scoring output dropped from 19 to 15.5, slashed his turnovers during the regular season to produce a turnover rate of 10.9 percent, right around his career average. In the opening round of the series, it spiked to 16.5 percent.

The addition of ball-hawking defenders like P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka has only bolstered the Raptors’ ability to smother opponents. Toronto generates 17.4 percent of its total points by forcing turnovers, a percentage that leads all active postseason teams. Dwane Casey’s club ranks no lower than third in points allowed per possession this postseason in overall defense, half-court defense, pick-and-roll ballhandler defense and isolation defense. In short, it won’t be any easier for Irving and Love to find a rhythm in the second round.

Defensively, it’ll be difficult for LeBron to continue carrying the burden of Irving, who ranks in the 10th percentile this postseason in overall defense as defined by points allowed per possession (1.25). Deron Williams, however, has been a serviceable backup, playing well in his place. Love has had his struggles, but still ranks in the top-half percentile of all postseason players in post-up and spot-up defense.

Cleveland’s eyes remain on another championship, but the defense must improve as the postseason progresses. This team might not be able to withstand another defensive performance like what unfolded in the opening round, considering that among the remaining Eastern Conference teams, Toronto, Washington, Milwaukee and Boston all ranked in the top 13 in offensive efficiency. As it often goes, though, much will depend on how far LeBron can carry this roster.