Three PTI MPAs ‘who sold votes’ expected to join PPP

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‘Jurassic World 2’ creature designer Neal Scanlan takes us on a dinosaur tour

“I seem to be living lots of dreams recently,” says Neal Scanlan, sitting in his office at London’s Pinewood Studios. The special effects artist, who won an Oscar in 1995 for his work on “Babe,” recently completed work on “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” while simultaneously creating creatures…

Helmet on burqa: Teacher rides motorbike for kilometres to reach school in DG Khan

Mahjabeen Bibi on her motorbike. Photo: Geo NewsDG KHAN: With a helmet over her burqa, Mahjabeen Bibi is all set to ride her motorbike to a distance of 27 kilometres from her house in Tonsa tehsil all the way to the foot of Koh Suleiman, where she…

Overturned FedEx truck blocks Metro Gold Line tracks in Pasadena; lanes closed on 210 Freeway

A FedEx truck traveling on the 210 Freeway crossed into a median and toppled onto Metro Gold Line tracks in Pasadena early Thursday, authorities said. The crash occurred around 1:20 a.m. near the Lake Avenue exit, according to the California Highway Patrol. All but two westbound lanes of the freeway…

Philippines closes Boracay to tourists for six months

A general view shows an empty beach on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 26, 2018. Photo: AFP The Philippines shuttered its most famous holiday island Boracay to tourists on Thursday for a six-month clean-up, which the government has…

Kids welcome: 7 family-friendly movies to see this summer

With the long summer break just around the corner, parents are officially on the hunt for kid-centered fare that will keep the little ones entertained and air-conditioned. And “Incredibles 2” is hardly the only family-friendly film hitting the multiplex. There are other sequels and even other Disney…

7 sci-fi films to see this summer

In addition to big-budget tent poles like “Deadpool 2” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” summer has become synonymous with science fiction films thanks to hits like “E.T.” and “Alien.” This summer’s crop of sci-fi hopefuls include the star-studded “Hotel Artemis” as well as a very special release…

After 14 long years, ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up with its family of suburban superheroes

Brad Bird stood in front of a full orchestra on the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage on the Sony Pictures lot, his leg bouncing to the beat, a big grin on his face. At a recent scoring session for Pixar Animation Studios’ superhero sequel “Incredibles 2,” the film’s writer-director watched as…

Critics’ Picks: 10 films to see this summer

For every big-budget studio summer hit, summer has also become a haven for smaller releases and art house picks that counterprogram to the crowds not waiting in line for the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Sorry, “Infinity War”). Los Angeles Times critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang…

Overrated/Underrated, Summer sneaks: ‘Infinity War’ without end, and two reasons to see ‘Deadpool 2’

UNDERRATED The supporting cast of ‘Deadpool 2’: Violent and vulgar, the first “Deadpool” felt a little like watching a stand-up comic who keeps stopping his set to remind you how edgy his material is. The second (May 18) isn’t likely to deviate from the bro-friendly formula, but there’s reason…

Summer movie survey: Four indie debuts worth watching out for

The Sundance Film Festival has been a launching pad for countless filmmakers over the years, from Steven Soderbergh and Nicole Holofcener to Ryan Coogler and Quentin Tarantino. Similarly bright futures may await four first-time filmmakers from the 2018 edition, whose notable debuts will make their…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Fred Rogers documentaries hail soft voices behind powerful messages

She adorns her judicial robes with fashionable collars, including a special, embellished ruffle she wears on days she dissents from the decisions being handed down. He was known for changing from a coat to a cardigan sweater, a signal to the children watching his television show that he was there…

With ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ Awkwafina is the summer’s comedy secret weapon

Queens native Awkwafina (a.k.a. Nora Lum) is everywhere these days as she charges her way through a banner year. This summer she lights up the multiplex with a slot on Sandra Bullock’s squad of all-female thieves in heist sequel “Ocean’s 8” (June 8) followed by a breakout turn in the…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge takes a walk on the droid side in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was one of those people who had never seen a “Star Wars” movie. So when the British actress-producer was asked to read for the role of a droid in “Solo,” the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film, she wasn’t entirely sure what a droid even was. “I was like,…

Director X brings blaxploitation classic ‘Super Fly’ into 2018

In a nondescript room on the mammoth Sony Pictures lot, music video veteran-turned-filmmaker Director X edits a semi-finalized version of the upcoming “Superfly” remake, chicken salad in hand. The film, which will be screened before a small audience of friends and family the following day, is undergoing…

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ and ‘Book Club’ cater to audiences usually neglected during the summer

The films on the list of wannabe blockbusters opening this summer have one thing in common: They’re aimed primarily at young men. From new installments in Marvel comic book franchises to flashy action pictures led by stars like Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson and Denzel Washington, every movie hopes…

Chills and thrills: 7 scary movies to see this summer

“A Quiet Place” stunned audiences and industry insiders alike when it opened in April to rave reviews and $50 million in ticket sales. Now a slew of summer films are hoping to scare up — sorry not sorry — similar responses from moviegoers. Will “The Purge” franchise continue to show…

They bring the action and the charm, but who makes the franchise — the stars or the characters?

Do A-listers still carry movies to box office success? Or is it the franchise that matters more? “Deadpool 2” and “Jurassic World” will be huge, but would they be just as big with different actors in the lead? Would any other Ryan Reynolds or Chris Pratt movie do as well?

A look at women directors at the summer box office the year after Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’

Over the last year, women have seemingly gained ground in Hollywood with female directors leading the charge. But according to Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, “it is very easy to be misled by a few high-profile cases.” “We see…

2018 complete summer movies list

May 4 After Auschwitz Documentary directed by Jon Kean. Passion River Films Alex & the List Romantic comedy with Patrick Fugit, Jennifer Morrison, Karen Gillan. Gravitas Ventures American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs Documentary directed by Yale Strom. First Run Features …

‘Breakthrough’ in mosquito-packed drones to combat Zika in Brazil

Representational image. Photo: ReutersMillions of sterile mosquitoes will be released from drones over parts of Brazil to combat the Zika virus, after successful field tests were hailed as a ‘breakthrough’ by the United Nations.Once freed, the…

Khawaja Asif degraded sanctity of vote: Imran

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Essential California: Suspected Golden State Killer caught

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, April 26, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Authorities have arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., who is suspected of being one of California’s most prolific serial killers…

Mycenaean palaces not destroyed by quake but by violence, new evidence shows

Debris and bodies crushed under fallen walls had led archaeologists to think Mycenaean civilization was brought down by quake. Can’t be, geophysical study reports

You need strong not smooth arms on a sports field, Sana Mir slams objectification of women

Photo: AFPFormer captain of Pakistan women’s cricket team Sana Mir has slammed advertisements promoting body shaming and the objectification of women.In a post dedicated to “all young girls out there who aspire to take up sportsâ€�, Mir said,…

Amish meets Laura Ashley with a bit of Hasidic chic in this trendy fashion brand

An Orthodox Jewish ex-attorney who gets her inspiration from her aunt in Pardes Hannah is the woman behind Batsheva, a much-lauded New York line of dresses

TCM Classic Film Festival brings beloved titles and rarities to devoted movie lovers

At most major film festivals, fans preview hot upcoming releases and sit in on a Q&A or two. At the TCM Classic Film Festival, the movies are old but the passion is current. Just ask the folks who run it. “Fans have taken the attitude that this is a serious…

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

The summer movie season will kick off early this weekend with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the third installment in Disney and Marvel Studios’ sprawling “Avengers” saga that may push the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights. The superhero release is expected to easily conquer the weekend box office,…

How Elliot Rodger went from misfit mass murderer to ‘saint’ for group of misogynists — and suspected Toronto killer

Elliot Rodger saw himself as a catch. The lonely, troubled 22-year-old, who called himself a “supreme gentleman,” seethed about his virginity and took to the internet to spew venom about attractive women who he believed had unfairly rejected him, and about men who were more successful at dating. …

The Exide plant in Vernon closed 3 years ago. The vast majority of lead-contaminated properties remain uncleaned

Lupe Perez knows the soil outside her Boyle Heights apartment is contaminated with lead. But it’s not easy keeping her 3-year-old daughter away from a yard riddled with the brain-damaging poison. “I try to tell her not to touch the dirt or play with the dirt, but, I mean, she’s…