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Dwayne Johnson: Final Cut Of 'Furious 7' Is 'Great'

Dwayne Johnson has seen "Furious 7," and given it his seal of approval.

Access Hollywood's Billy Bush spoke with the actor on the Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday, and asked about the highly-anticipated "Fast & Furious" installment.

"Everything is good for 'Fast & Furious,'" Dwayne told Billy. "I saw the movie. [It's] great."


And The Rock is pleased with his other upcoming action movie, "San Andreas," as well.

"Everything's great for 'San Andreas' – I wrapped that yesterday, shot a little bit today," he said. "It's gonna be incredible."


"Furious 7" hits theaters on April 3, while "San Andreas" is set for theatrical release on May 29.
-- Erin O'Sullivan

Read more at http://www.accesshollywood.com/dwayne-johnson-final-cut-of-furious-7-is-great_article

Mystery tunnel found near Pan Am Games venue

The mystery tunnel

By Sarah Bridge, John Lancaster, CBC News
National security officials have been notified that an underground tunnel was discovered near a venue for this summer's Pan Am Games in Toronto, CBC News has learned.  

The details of the tunnelThe tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto's Rexall Centre and York University's Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2.5 metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced.

Sources told CBC News that the tunnel has now been filled in by authorities.

A Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee reportedly found the tunnel while walking near the TRCA headquarters at 5 Shoreham Dr. in mid-January. The employee, who was carrying out day-to-day activities, noticed a piece of corrugated steel in the woods and when it was lifted, the tunnel could be seen about three metres down.

The TRCA told CBC News on Monday that it is aware of a police investigation.

Details of the mystery tunnel have been brought to the attention of national security authorities. (CBC graphic)

Authorities have essentially ruled out the possibility that the tunnel was going to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow-op, according to sources. It likely took weeks if not longer to dig, and the earth excavated from the tunnel appears to have been removed from the site to help avoid detection.

Toronto police have refused to comment on the mystery tunnel, but are expected to hold a press conference about it Tuesday.

Tennis Canada, which operates in the Rexall Centre, is co-operating with the police investigation, a spokesperson said.

The Rexall Centre, Canada's national tennis facility, is set to be a tennis venue for this summer's Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games.

CBC News has learned that investigators visited the Tennis Canada site a few weeks ago and spoke with grounds crew at that time. While investigators were on site, there was also a police presence in the woods nearby.

The tunnel, marked above with a red circle, is adjacent to the Rexall Centre, Canada's national tennis facility. (CBC)

The former assistant director of intelligence at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said the discovery raises some important questions.

"First and foremost is the question around the context of the tunnel — where it is positioned? How deep was it? How accessible was it? And what sort of things could be sent through that tunnel, being people or material," Ray Boisvert said.

Hole in fence
A hole in this fence, which has since been fixed, led to the mystery tunnel. (John Lancaster/CBC)

Boisvert said that the tunnel's proximity to the Rexall Centre could be a concern for those involved in security for the Games.

"I would think that they would want to have some level of assurance that this was not targeting the games or targeting any other facility around there," he said.

"I would want to be able to have some sense that we know what the purpose of that particular tunnel was and who was likely — if not who, precisely — was behind it."

The Ontario Provincial Police, which is leading the Integrated Security Unit for the games, told CBC News that it was unable to comment on the tunnel, as it was "a matter for York University and the Toronto Police Service."

No one has come forward to claim the digging tools and generator found in the tunnel or offer any explanation for its existence.

CBC News has confirmed employees at several area gas stations were asked if anyone had been filling up gas cans recently that may have been used to power the generator.

So far, no suspects have been identified.

If you have any information on this, or any other story you would like investigated, please contact CBC Toronto’s investigative unit: sarah.bridge@cbc.ca and john.lancaster@cbc.ca

Glacier ice: The world’s new luxury ice cube?

 Glacier ice: The world’s new luxury ice cube?
An image of the Svartisen glacier taken from Svaice's website. Photo: Svaice

Imagine you’re lounging in a Dubai sky bar and you get served a vodka martini filtered through thousand-year-old ice mined from a glacier in the far north of Norway. This is the idea behind Norwegian start-up Svaice.
"Our product is 100 per cent natural, more than a thousand years old, and very luxurious," the company boasts on its website. "We guarantee goosebumps and a memorable moment for those who can find it." 

It’s not a long-term business plan, however, as within less than a hundred years the glacier is projected to have melted away. 

Svaice this week announced that it had won a 250,000 kroner grant from Nordland county council and a state forestry company to set up a pilot excavation operation on the Svartisen glacier. 

Geir L. Olsen, the company’s founder, has already travelled to Dubai to market the idea and claims to have received a positive response.

“Ice from the glacier is compact and thaws slowly,” Olsen told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. “Meanwhile, it’s very clean and has a good taste. This means that you do not noticeably dilute the drink.” 

Per Swensen, mayor of the nearby Meløy municipality, is a keen supporter, hoping that the project will bring much-needed jobs. 

“Imagine being able to drop a more than 1000-year-old ice cube into your glass. It undoubtedly sounds quite exclusive,” he told NRK. 

Svartisen is mainland Norway’s second largest glacier, spanning some 369 square kilometres. But its thickness has halved in many places since the millennium. 

Nina Jensen, Secretary General of WWF in Norway said she could not understand why such a project was getting public support. 

“It seems very strange that the government should provide support to mine Svartisen when we know that it is shrinking because of climate change,” she said. “I do not think it is right to create short-term jobs by eating up the last parts of a glacier which is about to disappear.” 

Svaice claims that it will only mine ice at a part of the glacier where it is soon to become melt water anyway, meaning will not be accelerating the glacier's disappearance.  Even at full production of 3,600 cubic metres a year, it claims, the amount of ice mined would, if melted, only provide 54 seconds of power at the hydroelectric plant fed by the glacier. 

"The amount of ice that we are going to take out is literally just a cup of water in the ocean," claims the company's website

Nordland County’s press release said Svaice envisaged marketing the ice to high-end bars and restaurants worldwide, as well as to the cruise industry. 

The company has already bought a set of buildings from a bankrupt Norwegian solar power company, which it aims to turn into a factory. 

Stan Lee Draws Spider-Man For 8-Year Old Boy With Autism

Stan Lee Draws Spider-Man

Stan Lee is best known for his writing skills, not his artistic skills. However, that fact didn’t stop the Marvel Comics legend from drawing Spider-Man for an eight-year-old autistic boy, who is a big fan of the character.

According to the New York Times, one of Stan Lee’s neighbors approached him about drawing a Spider-Man picture for eight-year-old Jamel, after reading an article about him. Jamel has autism, and he didn’t speak until he was in preschool. Jamel recently celebrated his eighth birthday with a huge Spider-Man party.

“This was a unique experience,” explained Lee. “Corky [Lee's neighbor] called me and said there was a little boy. She wanted a sketch, so I did one.”

Lee also quipped, “I’m not known as an artist, which is lucky for the world.”

Lee’s neighbor then mailed the sketch to a New York Times reporter, who delivered the framed sketch to Jamel in his family’s East Harlem apartment.

NASCAR Suspends Driver Kurt Busch Indefinitely

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In a story that is breaking now, NASCAR has suspended Stewart-Haas racing driver Kurt Busch indefinitely, “for actions detrimental to stock car racing.”

This comes in the wake of a restraining order granted to Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patty Driscoll, on Monday. The other shoe dropped this afternoon when Kent County, Delaware, court commissioner David Jones released a written opinion on the matter in which he stated:
 
“It is more likely than not that on Sept. 26, 2014, (Busch) committed an act of abuse against (Driscoll) by manually strangling (Driscoll) with his left hand on her throat while placing his right hand against her chin and face, causing her head to forcefully strike the interior wall of (Busch’s) motor home, thereby recklessly causing physical injury to (Driscoll).
 
The September incident allegedly took place in Busch’s motorhome at Dover International Speedway.
At this time, there’s no statement from Busch or Stewart-Haas Racing, though the team is said to have a contingency plan in place for Sunday’s Daytona 500. 

 In the court proceedings leading up to Driscoll being granted the order of protection, Busch famously made news when he claimed, under oath, that Driscoll was a trained assassin.

Done deal: Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2

Floyd Mayweather is the pound-for-pound king. (AP)Kevin Iole
LAS VEGAS – After years of frustration and disappointment, following many starts and stops, perhaps the most talked about boxing match in history is finally a reality.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced Friday that he's agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight bout May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. It's a bout the public has been calling for since late 2009 and pits the two finest boxers of their generation in a historic event.

"I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done," said Mayweather. "Giving the fans what they want to see is always my main focus. This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2. I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won't be successful. He will be number 48."

The bout is expected to set numerous records, including purse size, live paid gate and pay-per-view sales. The cost of the pay-per-view has yet to be determined and won't be until there are deals with the distributors.

Formal details on the agreement have yet to be announced, but it's expected that Mayweather will have a 60-40 split advantage on revenues, with Mayweather making at least $120 million and Pacquiao, who signed the contract for the bout Thursday, earning $80 million.

"Floyd should enjoy being the A-side while he can," Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, said. "Because on May 2, Manny is going to put him on his backside."

The two nearly came to terms around the Christmas holidays in 2009, a month after Pacquiao stopped Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand. It fell apart, though, when Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum balked at Mayweather's demand for drug testing run by the United States Anti-Doping Agency during training camp.

There were numerous attempts over the last five years to reignite the talks. In 2011, then-HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg tried to act as a mediator between Mayweather adviser Al Haymon and Arum, but that didn't come to fruition.

In 2012, Mayweather, who was in Las Vegas, called Pacquiao, who was at his home in the Philippines, and offered him a guaranteed $40 million but with no pay-per-view upside. Pacquiao declined that offer.

Mayweather jumped from HBO, which had him under an exclusive television contract for much of his career, to Showtime in 2013, which seemed to be the death knell for the fight.

Mayweather has fought four of the six fights on his record-breaking Showtime contract and didn't have an opponent out there who would have made the kind of show that would resonate with the public the way a Pacquiao fight would.

Pacquiao remains under an exclusive television deal with HBO, so that further complicated the attempts to match the fighters. Only once previously, in 2002 when Lennox Lewis (HBO) and Mike Tyson (Showtime) fought, have the two premium cable giants gotten together to do a pay-per-view.

This most recent talks began in November and were started by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, a longtime acquaintance of Arum's. Roach actually got them together by speaking to a friend of his who owns a Southern California pizza restaurant that Moonves frequents.

Moonves and Arum were joined in the talks by HBO CEO Richard Plepler. And while there were many false alarms along the way, they were able to get the deal done.

Arum told Yahoo Sports on Jan. 13 that Pacquiao had agreed to terms for the bout and that all that was required was for Mayweather to agree.

Manny Pacquiao is the highest-profile opponent remaining for Mayweather. (Getty)But because Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king and the sport's biggest pay-per-view attraction, had the upper hand and was dictating the terms, there was a lot of skepticism and back and forth. Several times, Mayweather went to social media to announce that no deal had been reached.

Mayweather and Pacquiao spoke face-to-face for the first time during these negotiations Jan. 27 at 
American Airlines Arena in Miami at a Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game. Pacquiao had served as a judge at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami two nights earlier, but because of bad weather on the East Coast, his flight to Los Angeles had been canceled.

Manny Pacquiao is the highest-profile opponent remaining for Mayweather. (Getty)

As a result, he went to the game to see the Heat because he’s friends with Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. Mayweather, who owns a home in Miami, also attended the game and walked over to speak to Pacquiao at halftime. 

Later, Mayweather went to Pacquiao's hotel room and they had further discussions.

That led to intense speculation of an announcement, but it took several more weeks before the deal could be consummated.

Roach told Yahoo Sports in January that he'd already gotten bleary-eyed from watching film of Mayweather and coming up with a plan.

"It's a huge challenge for Manny, no question, but I think it's a fight that he can win," Roach told Yahoo Sports.

The intrigue in the bout comes about because they are not only widely regarded as the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world but their styles are vastly different.

Mayweather is the brilliant tactician and one of the finest defensive fighters in the sport’s history. He has an innate sense of timing and can see punches coming that others can’t.

Pacquiao, a left-hander, is a powerhouse offensive fighter who has the speed and quickness to deal with Mayweather.

"I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years," said Pacquiao. "They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world."

Former world champion Timothy Bradley, who has gone 1-1 in two bouts with the Filipino congressman and cultural icon, told Yahoo Sports last year that Pacquiao is an extraordinarily hard puncher.

"He hits hard, man," Bradley said. "It's a whole different level. You feel it when he hits you."

The result is the kind of boxer vs. slugger match that has long intrigued boxing fans.

And five years after it first was talked about, it's finally a reality, and the endless debates over who would win will be settled in the ring.

Glen Campbell's Wife Opens Up About Why His Nomination Is So Important

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Glen Campbell has been lauded as a country music icon, but now, he's an Oscar nominee too.

The singer was honored with a Best Original Song nomination for "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," the track at the end of the documentary film "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me."

"It's just so wonderful to have Glen acknowledged like this. He's such a great entertainer, a great singer, and this song is him pouring his soul out about what he's going through," his wife, Kim, told ABC News. "It's a song that speaks to me. In my mind, it's like him saying, 'Don't worry about me.' It's sad, but it's also comforting."
Campbell, 71, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and now lives in a care facility. His wife said that these days, the singer is doing very well physically but cognitively, he's declined "quite a bit."
"He's lost most of his ability to communicate but he can say short phrases like, 'I love you.' He likes to strum on the guitar a bit, and he still prays -- God and his faith have always been important to him," she said. "He's got a heart of gratitude and a positive attitude. ... He's cheerful and content."

However, though she told him about the nomination, it doesn't seem like he understood what it meant.
"I think maybe if I put one in his hands [he would understand]," she said. "If he could just hold it. I hope it happens."

But whether he wins or loses, she's excited to attend the show with their daughter, Ashley, who also appears in the film, on his behalf and watch their old friend Tim McGraw take the stage to perform the song. 

However, for her, the night won't be about rubbing elbows with stars: She's also hoping that the nomination helps to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease.

"Our film and 'Still Alice' and others like that are starting a national conversation that needs to be had," she said. "Everywhere we go people come up to us and say when they watch the documentary, their story is being told."

Tim McGraw is scheduled to perform Glen Campbell song at the Oscars!
Concert photo's by Ray Tharaldson all rights reserved 2015