Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame reaches $2bn milestone

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame is continuing its unprecedented box office run, assembling another $US145 million ($A206 million) at the domestic box office during its second weekend in theatres.

Avengers: Endgame now stands as the second-biggest movie of all time with $US2.188 billion ($A3.1 billion) worldwide.

The Marvel juggernaut became the fastest film to gross $US2 billion globally, reaching that benchmark in just 11 days.

It took Avatar, the previous record-holder for fastest film to $US2 billion, 47 days to reach that milestone.

Avengers: Endgame has now generated $US619 million at the domestic box office and $US1.56 billion internationally.

In North America, Avengers: Endgame dipped 59 per cent from its opening weekend. That wasn’t enough to secure the biggest second weekend of all time, a record still held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $US149 million.

However, it passed Avengers: Infinity War ($US114 million) to hold the second-biggest weekend ever. Only six films have ever surpassed $US100 million in their second weekends.

Repeat viewings from comic-book enthusiasts, as well as premium formats like Imax and 3D, have helped box office receipts reach extraordinary heights.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces court over US extradition

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has appeared in a London court for the second time in two days, to face an extradition from the US.

Assange once again appealed for Australian diplomatic protection, and vowed to formally contest the extradition.

The United States want to bring Assange to the country to face charges of conspiring to commit computer intrusion with former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning back in 2010.

Assange said via video link in court that he would not surrender himself to extradition for ‘doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people’.

He’s currently serving a 50 week sentence in Belmarsh prison, one of Britain’s most high profile prisons.

The Wikileaks Editor in Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters outside the Westminster Magistrates Court, that he spends 23 hours a day in his cell in ‘appalling’ conditions.

Assange will return to court on May 30, with the extradition case to officially begin on June 12.


Obamas reveal slew of programs for Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company has unveiled a wide-ranging slate of programming it will supply to Netflix, including a period drama set in the fashion world and a biopic about Frederick Douglass.

The series, documentaries and films will be released on the streaming service over the next several years, according to a statement from Higher Ground Productions, a company established by the former president and first lady last year.

The slate includes a drama called Bloom, a series set in the post-World War II fashion world in New York City, which explores barriers faced by women and people of colour.

It will be written and executive produced by Oscar-winning Thelma and Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri.

A series for preschoolers called Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food”, the statement said.

During her time as first lady, Michelle Obama advocated for healthy eating habits for children.

Another project is a non-fiction series based on the Michael Lewis book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy about “the unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation”.

The Lewis book was critical of the US administration’s transition from Obama to President Donald Trump.

The company also is adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight about the celebrated abolitionist.

“We believe each of these productions won’t just entertain but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Obama said in the statement.

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The world globe at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Tougher safety regulations in place for theme parks across the state

Tougher safety regulations for theme parks and rides come into place across the state, following the Dreamworld ride tragedy of 2016.

The new regulations come before the release of the findings of the coronial inquest into the tragedy, so they could be amended in future.

Though from today, major inspections of rides by qualified engineers will be required every 10 years.

Ride operators will also have to undergo improved training.

Major amusement parks will have to follow the new Safety Case and Licensing System, which officially comes into place today.

Inspections, maintenance and operator details will also have to be properly documented going forward.

Some of the new requirements have a two year transition period.

The changes come after the tragic deaths of four people at Dreamworld back in October 2016.

Surf legend Sunny Garcia fighting for life in hospital

Former world surfing champ Sunny Garcia is in a critical condition in a US Hospital.

The World Surf League confirmed on Tuesday that Garcia was currently in ICU.

It’s understood the 49-year-old was found unconscious at his home in Oregon before being rushed to hospital.

Exact circumstances surrounding the incident remain unclear.

In a statement, WSL said its “prayers are with him and his loved ones at this deeply challenging time.”

Garcia made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 1986, quickly making his mark on the world tour.

Described as one of the most ferocious and competitive surfers on the tour, Garcia was a regular feature for almost two decades.

14 years after his professional debut, Garcia finally claimed the World Title in 2000.

He also has six Triple Crowns to his name.

In 2014, Garcia opened up about his battle with depression in a cry for help on social media.

“Waking up feeling like you’re ready to take on the world, then a couple of hours later, feeling down on life and wondering what’s wrong with you. Well, I know I’m not alone and I’m not sure what’s wrong with me because I have no reason to feel the way I do and it’s been happening for about two years.”

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Doesn’t matter what kind of mental illness you suffer from, we all suffer in silence and deal with it best we can and most people that don’t suffer can’t understand the pain and frustration that we go through:( I have a incredible life surrounded by people that love and care for me, and I get to travel to beautiful places to surf and meet different people from all over the world but I can tell you when I get down that none of that matters. I just feel like nothing or anyone can help me at the particular time so I just keep sharing my feelings hoping that it helps any of you out there that suffers from anything and encourage you to reach out and talk to others like yourself because this life can really be beautiful. If we all just talk and let it out so others see that it’s ok to share and we are not alone in this suffering:) spent the morning curled in my dark closet feeling like I just didn’t want to be here anymore but I know that this shitty feeling will leave and my day will get better and I hope you all know that your days will get better as well. you just need to find what gets you through those moments in life🙏🏽 hope you all have a great day. Also thank you to everyone that has reached out and shared with me on my page I really appreciate all the love and support

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