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ANGOLA, La. (AP) — A man who spent nearly 26 years on death row in Louisiana walked free of prison Tuesday, hours after a judge approved the state's motion to vacate the man's murder conviction in the 1983 killing of a jeweler.
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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My Life As A Retail Worker
After veteran reporter Joseph Williams lost his job, he could only find employment in a sporting-goods store. In a personal essay, he recalls how he struggled in a kind of hell that millions of Americans return to day after day.
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Special Report: How China's official bank card is used to smuggle money
MACAU (Reuters) - Growing numbers of Chinese are using the country's state-backed bankcards to illegally spirit billions of dollars abroad, a Reuters examination has found.
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It’s not just about who gets to don the tux.
How do you build a perfect Bond movie?
More than five decades, six actors, and 23 films later, Agent 007, Bond, James Bond, remains one of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. But despite the 23 tries, there still is no perfect Bond film — some may stand out, but no one movie has hit all the beats that make a Bond film tick. That's where this list comes in. There are seven elements that truly "make" a Bond film:
– The Title Track
– The Bond Girl
– The Villain
– The Car
– The Gadgets
– The Exotic Location
– James Bond himself
Cherry-picking from the entire series, this list assembles the Perfect Bond Film: a movie with premium ingredients that would be sure to please even the most discerning of Agent 007's fans.
Who sings the title track?
It's not just the martini and the tux that matter when it comes to a Bond film. The title track has always been an intrinsic part of the series, and choosing the right act to record the theme is a way to get the film off on the right foot. A bevy of the world's most talented musical artists have lent their vocal talents to the Bond series, from Tina Turner to Nancy Sinatra, Madonna to Paul McCartney, Carly Simon to Duran Duran. But if you're looking for an artist to single the title track for the perfect Bond film, two names stand out: Dame Shirley Bassey and Adele. Bassey has sung three title tracks, for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. Her work for the first set the standard for all Bond themes to come. Then there is Adele, who is the first artist to win an Oscar for a Bond theme for her work on Skyfall. Either way, you can't go wrong.
The Verdict: Dame Shirley Bassey, because she did it first — and then again, and again.
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Who is the Bond Girl?
This might be the hardest choice in assembling the Perfect James Bond Film. A long list of incredibly talented women have tackled the tall task of playing a Bond Girl onscreen — some to more success than others — and there are no hard-and-fast rules as to what makes an awesome Bond Girl. Having said that, the better Bond Girls — from the iconic Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder to Eva Green as Vesper Lynd — have always been a blend of beautiful and badass. A Bond Girl shouldn't be a damsel in distress to be saved by James Bond, but his equal.
The Verdict: Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova (a.k.a Agent XXX) is in many way Bond's superior in The Spy Who Loved Me — heck, she even promised to kill 007 after their mission was finished — and thus edges out many other deserving woman for the role of Bond Girl in the Perfect Bond Film.
The Backup: Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore from Goldfinger would be an inspired backup choice — she's an accomplished pilot and Bond's foil for much of the film.
Who plays the Bond Villain?
A Bond villain can transcend their film and become iconic. Who can forget Oddjob and his steel-rimmed hat, Jaws and his deadly grin, Scaramanga and his golden gun, or more recently, Raoul Silva and his awful haircut? Played correctly, and an actor can redefine a legendary role — but if you overdo it, you run the risk of camp. You want a larger-than-life villain, not one that inspires laughs.
The Verdict: Donald Pleasance as Ernst Stavro Blofeld is an iconic Bond megalomaniac, from the scarred eye and the white cat, to the plans for world domination and the volcanic lair. His understated menace is perfection, and is more than up to the task of taking on Agent 007 in his toughest mission yet.
The Backup: Why not go for an outside-the-box choice and choose Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp from Goldeneye? She's sexy, psychotic, and electrifies the screen in every scene she is in.
Everything you know about carrots is wrong.
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Goonies never say die, but they do say cheese!
The Goonies, released in 1985, will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.
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When I was a kid, we had a recorded copy of The Goonies that I would play nonstop. Here was a movie where kids, not that much older than me, were having the adventure of a lifetime setting off — and setting up — booby traps, running from crooks, and searching for the legendary treasure of pirate One-Eyed Willy. Needless to say, I was hooked.
And what wasn't to be hooked about? The Goonies was not only directed by the great Richard Donner (The Omen, Lethal Weapon) but it was also written by Chris Colombus, who would go on to direct his own classics like Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire. Oh, and it was based off a story created by the film's executive producer, Steven Spielberg.
So it was with much pleasure that I was able to chat via email with Mark Marshall, who just so happened to be Spielberg's personal assistant at the time that The Goonies was shot. According to Marshall — who is now a post-production supervisor — he visited the Astoria, Ore., set after meeting Donner during casting, and convinced him to let him visit the set while on his vacation. However, Marshall ending up staying for the entire duration of the location shoot (which lasted about three weeks) and received a credit in the film as "2nd Unit Production Office Assistant," which he later learned was a "reward for believing in the film, courtesy of Steven, Kathy Kennedy, and Frank Marshall," all of whom were founding members of Amblin Entertainment.
Courtesy of Mark Marshall
Sharing yourself with strangers can be a powerful thing.
PostSecret is an online community where people share their innermost thoughts, fears and perversions anonymously. Typically, the secrets are shared as postcards, but people have begun to read theirs aloud.
The confessions can be funny, like one in which a young girl reveals that she has masturbated pretty much everywhere, including her church and school.
Or they can be sad, like one in which a woman admits that she actually didn't receive that final text from a suicidal friend after all.
But above all, the secrets are inspiring. They allow us to revel in the fact that, even though we are different or have defects, like this young man with a heart problem, we are unique.
Plus family photobombs with Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm, Bronies will not be reined in by anyone’s judgments, and SXSW fashion.
"Is it gonna be hard in 2 years when you're no longer president and people will stop letting you win at basketball?"
- Zach Galifianakis (Legend) interviews Barack Obama (President of the United States) - [Variety]
Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon take the celeb-photobomb craze to the top of the Empire State building. - [HelloGiggles]
BRONY UPDATE: People keep questioning their masculinity, but these fanboys still refuse to be reined in. - [Wired]
'60s-inspired looks dominate the runway in this refreshing Fall 2014 trend report. - [DuJour]
Different countries, languages, travel purposes…same habits.
The Guy With A Guitar
Sitting on the backrest of the couch, plucking those sweet guitar strings...
He and his friend would drink shots every morning and never really stop.
The Gap Year Student
A year away from school to explore the world? Everyone trying to cram a country in two weeks annual leave is insanely jealous of these “students.”
The Wannabe Local
He’s been in this country so long that he’s speaking the language, dressing like a local and explaining why their customs are better!
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Admit it – you’ve always wanted to see how Yeezy would look as a cartoon. That’s why Bernard Rollins is your new favorite artist.
Rollins began drawing hip-hop artists for fun, and to help keep his Instagram followers entertained between projects.
Growing up in Frederick, Maryland, Rollins drew all of his friends and neighbors as characters from The Simpsons.
Eventually, New York rapper Action Bronson took notice.
"Action Bronson really liked his Simpsons character! I posted it on my IG before bed one night and woke up the next day to a ton of notifications, not knowing that he had reposted it," Rollins told BuzzFeed.
After illustrating one of Action Bronson's lines, the rapper reached out to Rollins.
"He liked that enough to reach out to me via Instagram direct message about doing more. I'm really living out my dreams right now. I'm really looking forward to working with him and he seems super excited about it so stay tuned for that," Rollins said.
From North America to the Middle East, here are some of the coolest pictures of international borders. Check out the full thread by Quora that this list was inspired by.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Haiti, on the left, has limited deforestation laws, compared to the Dominican Republic on the right.
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The mastermind behind AMC’s period drama tells BuzzFeed what to expect from the final go-around with the ad men and women before the April 13 premiere.
Have you seen Natalie Portman’s alien tampon art?
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Check out 11 exclusive photos of Hargitay’s episode, which co-stars Alec Baldwin and airs on March 19 on NBC.
After 15 years of playing Detective (and now Sergeant) Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska Hargitay is finally stepping behind the camera. The actress is making her directorial debut with the March 19 episode, titled "Criminal Stories," which centers on the rape case of a young Muslim woman, which escalates to a hate crime.
"I'm thrilled to be directing," Hargitay said in a statement. "It's been a goal of mine for a long time, and it's quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot. I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way.'
Below, check out a slew of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the Hargitay-helmed episode, which features Alec Baldwin as a renowned newspaper reporter doing an investigative piece on the Special Victims Unit who thinks the crime is a hoax. "I've watched Alec on screen for so long have always been in awe of his talent," Hargitay added. "Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, and fierce commitment to his craft, honestly feels too good to be true."
Be our guest.
G is not the only letter in LGBTQ.
Explaining a gay relationship can already be daunting.
Comic by Lori (halfaleagueonward).
Let alone explaining the more complicated nuances about queerness.
Poly In Pictures comics by Cassian.
Or being trans.
Comic by Elias Ericson.
Or any number of deeply personal romantic alignments unfamiliar to most.
Comic by Noel Arthur Hempel.
Where should your taste buds actually live?
Sure, you could just stick with good ol' pancakes and eggs, but where's the fun in that? The world's breakfasts look SO GOOD.
I mean, come on.
We’re all adults now, right?
The Adventures of Pete and Pete
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Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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The Secret World of Alex Mack
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If you don’t make the model dance when shopping online, you’re doing it wrong.
This is what the internet is all about!
A celebration of the ladies who empower us from the small screen, both past and present. In no particular order.
Murphy Brown, Murphy Brown
Investigative journalist and news anchor Murphy Brown, played by Candice Bergen, has been fighting the patriarchy since the 1980s, proving her aptitude in a notorious boys' club. She's at the top of her game — smart and tough — and she was a pioneer in her pursuit of single motherhood.
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Dr. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling's Dr. Lahiri is a beacon of hope for those who are killing it in one aspect of life, but struggling in others. She's partner at her OB-GYN office but still kind of figuring out who she is and who she wants to be, but she's truthful in and proud of that journey. She's even willing to bear the unspoken secrets of womanhood — no shame in the maintenance of body hair.
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Run away to the circus.
This is the National Centre for Circus Arts, in East London.
It's been running for 25 years, and is housed in an old power station.
Students audition for two days to enter the school.
The school is the only place in the UK where it is possible to earn a BA (Hons) degree in Circus Arts. For their graduation ceremony, they leap through a flaming hoop. The fees for the BA Hons Degree in Circus Arts are currently set at £9,000 per year for 2014-15.
Students come from a mix of backgrounds.
For example, some come from a gymnastics background. Whereas others grew up in a circus family. The youngest student is two and half.
The centre has an impressive near-100% record for student employment post-graduation. 93% of all alumni from the National Centre for Circus Arts are still working in the industry three years after graduating. Companies who have employed recent graduates include the Royal Shakespeare Company, NoFit State, Cirque Du Soleil and The Roundhouse.
The centre is open to non-students too.
They put on corporate days or hen nights - for example, an experience day costs £69.
So obviously I had a go at everything.
I-94, I-20, F1, J1, OPT, H1B. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHEN WILL IT END?
Always being at least a little bit jet-lagged for the first week of classes.
Drinking legally* at home for years, but moving to the U.S. and suddenly being underage.
*Or at least easily.
Finding a friend with whom to go home for Thanksgiving...
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Or being literally alone on campus, while you scroll through everyone's family-and-food Instagrams.