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Mike Tyson, one of the most indisputably filmable subjects in the world, is getting a biopic about his life written by Boardwalk Empire's Terrence Winter, and today word got out that Jamie Foxx will play the lead. At his peak, Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world—which makes a pretty interesting movie by itself—but his ugly and frequently violent downfall is likely to be just as if not more compelling to filmmakers. Little is known about the movie at this point, although past rumors have indicated that Martin Scorsese would be involved ... Discuss

 

The long-awaited, very complicated film adaptation of Into the Woods is finally hitting theaters this Christmas, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Chris Pine and current Hollywood it-girl Anna Kendrick. For a few years now, with movies like Jack the Giant Slayer and Maleficent, Disney has been trying to cash in on a nostalgic love of fairy tales. It hasn't exactly worked yet, but Into the Woods—a musical mashup of Brothers Grimm tales based on a 1986 Stephen Sondheim musical—has a built-in fan base and a secret weapon in Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall, so it might reverse the trend. Here's the trailer ... Discuss

 

While giving a speech in Kansas City, President Obama had an interesting exchange with a heckler yesterday. About three minutes into his speech, a woman began shouting from an upper balcony. Before she was removed by security, the president asked, “I'm sorry, what are you hollering about?” allowing the woman to yell back, “'Jesus is the God of Israel. He is fully God.” As she was being escorted out by police, President Obama responded, “'I believe in God. Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.” And of course, with that, he finally bridged the gap—once and for all—between himself and his conservative religious critics ... Discuss

 

Officials in Liberia are asking for international help as the worst ebola outbreak in recorded history continues to grow. According to the World Health Organization, so far, at least 672 have been killed by the virus in Liberia and neighboring countries. The nation’s president issued a statement saying that officials are prepared to take dramatic steps to stem the spread of the deadly illness: They’ve closed schools, instituted a 30-day leave for many government employees, shut down markets and may soon even quarantine entire communities. Some humanitarian officials, like Mike Noyes of Action Aid UK, have criticized the approach of mass-quarantine calling “enforced isolation” a “medieval approach” in an interview with Reuters.

The country’s information minister told the news agency that their government is in dire need of additional international assistance: “We need the support of the international community now more than ever. We desperately need all the help we can get” ... Discuss

 

Before you start making your weekend dinner plans, you may want to read this story. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their latest “Xtreme Eating Awards,” outlining the worst restaurant meals in America based on the amount of sodium, sugar, fat and calories found on menu items. The campaign is part of an effort to raise awareness about public health—specifically the consequences of eating out and not being aware of the nutritional information. A Red Robin Gourmet Burger meal consisting of a “Monster-sized” A.1. Peppercorn gourmet burger, Bottomless steak fries and a Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake took home the top spot with 3,540 calories, followed closely by Joe’s Crab Shack’s “The Big ‘Hook’ Up Platter” with 3,280.

Though the other restaurants with items on the list—including The Cheesecake Factory, Famous Dave’s, Maggiano’s, BJ’s and Chevy’s—didn’t break the 3,000 calorie mark, they all either exceeded or came close to exceeding the daily recommended calories for an adult. As the Chicago Tribune notes, in the future, restaurants with more than 20 locations may be required to list calories for each item on the menu. Until then eat Paunch Burger at your own risk ... Discuss

 

A 19-year-old engineering student has just one-upped every backyard jungle gym ever created. His Minotaur roller coaster—which he constructed by hand—is 92 feet long, and was built around a fully functioning swing set. Thanks a lot David Chesney for making our childhood tire-swings now seem so lame. You can check out more images of his creation on the suburban coaster’s Facebook page ... Discuss