Netflix is picking up Martin Scorsese’s next major mob movie. The film, The Irishman, was originally set to be produced by Paramount Pictures, but in light of Chairman Brad Grey leaving the production company, Paramount is not in a place to take on a project like Scorsese’s.
According to IndieWire, a source close to the project said, “Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants.”
What’s the big risk? Netflix has yet to confirm anything, but we do know that Robert De Niro will be starring in the feature film and made to look like he’s 30 years old again, the same age the actor was in his first Scorsese film Mean Streets. The Irishman will be De Niro and Scorsese ninth project together. Discuss
A new study has reported that the United States will have the lowest life span of the industrialized countries surveyed.
The World Health Organization and Imperial College London analyzed 35 industrialized countries and found that South Korean women are on track to have the highest life expectancy by 2030 and will be the first to have an expectancy over 90.
Meanwhile, the U.S. women are predicted to have a life span of 83 and men of 79—the lowest of the "rich" countries, according to the study.
Life expectancies across the board are projected to increase, and the gap between men's expectancy and women's is expected to close. One of the study leaders to the BBC that it is because men's and women's lifestyles are becoming more similar, so the life span gap will eventually shrink.
"[Society in the US is] very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected—it is the only country without universal health insurance," Majid Ezzati told BBC. "And it is the first country that has stopped growing taller, which shows something about early life nutrition."
People living longer has implications for the way the country plans for social security and retirement benefits for the elderly.
Ezzati emphasized that these findings are based on the country's current trajectory, so a medical breakthrough could significantly change this prediction. Discuss
Earlier this week, vandals destroyed more than 170 headstones at a Jewish cemetery outside St. Louis. The vandalism comes as dozens of Jewish community centers around the country receive threats of violence as a part of a disturbing rise of anti-Semitism.
However, in St. Louis, one group is making a statement and standing with the Jewish community: Muslim activists.
Two prominent Muslim activists in the area launched a crowdfunding campaign to repair the damaged graves, explaining on the page,
Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.
So far, the “Muslims United to Repair Jewish Cemetery” campaign has already raised more than $62,000.
They aren’t alone in their campaign to fight religious violence in America. The Council on American Islamic Relations is now offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help identify those responsible for making the bomb threats. Discuss
Egypt's branch of the Islamic State released a video Monday promising to continue attacking Christians there.
In December a suicide bomber attacked a Christian church, killing 28 and injuring dozens more. The 20-minute video features footage of that attack, saying it was "only the beginning." The narrator also says that Coptic Christians are ISIS' "favorite prey."
The video shows Christian leaders talking about how unsafe conditions have become—asking for protection for Christians, who are only 10 percent of the population, or speaking about Muslims derogatorily. The narrator also calls Christians "infidels" and says that they are no longer part of the class of people who get state protection.
According to ABC News, in just the last month, three Christians were killed in drive-by shootings. Discuss
A new clip from the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Shack has been released, and things get emotional.
The film—which is based on a novel by William Paul Young—tells the story of a grieving father who meets God in the form of three individuals who represent members of the trinity.
The clip appears to be from the same scene as another recently-released trailer where Sam Worthington’s character discusses what it’s like to lose a child during a conversation with God, portrayed by Octavia Spencer
The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian.
It stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), as well as, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in yet-to-be-revealed roles. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also pictured.