Never fear, The Simpsons isn’t going away any time soon. According to Entertainment Weekly, the long-running animated series has just been renewed for another two years by Fox, meaning it will run at least through its 28th season. The Simpsons is far and away the longest running prime time show of all time ... Discuss
Recently, European countries have been facing a new kind of border crisis, as tens of thousands of migrants risk crossing the Mediterranean from Northern Africa to seek a better life in Europe. Over the weekend, Italian and French ships picked up more than 5,800 migrants attempting the trip in wooden and rubber boats. They also recovered the bodies of 10 migrants who had died during the trip. These are just a part of the estimated 35,000 migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year. More and more of them are losing their lives in the process. Just a few weeks ago, as many as 800 migrants drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. And authorities say more than 1,700 have died while making the journey this year. A large contributor to this are the networks of smugglers that people are using to make the journey, many of whom promise migrants safe passage and then force them onto packed, flimsy boats in order to increase profits. Some migrants are even beaten by the smugglers and forced to give up their money and passports.
European Union leaders have said they will increase funding for operations by Frontex, an EU border agency, to rescue migrants from smugglers, but some say they need to do more. “Search and rescue efforts must be more comprehensive and supported by the European Union and its member states,” the director of the International Organization for Migration in Italy told the BBC. “This is a humanitarian emergency that involves us all and responses to it must be more holistic" ... Discuss
Vanity Fair recently visited the set up JJ Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars sequel, and has just released a handful of photos from the cover shoot. There aren’t a ton of new images we already haven’t seen glimpses of in the trailers, but they do offer a cool look at Abrams’ Star Wars universe. Enjoy, and may the 4th be with you ... Discuss
The newest member of Britain’s royal family came into the world on Saturday, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (otherwise known as Will and Kate, the darlings of monarchy fanatics), just announced the name of their daughter Monday morning. The full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, but the “spare to the heir”—who is fourth in line to the throne after her big brother, Prince George—will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Will and Kate are covering all their bases with the name, which honors the new princess’ grandfather (Prince Charles) great-grandmother (Elizabeth II, the current queen of England), and grandmother (the beloved Princess Diana, who died in 1997). Welcome to the world, Princess Charlotte ... Discuss
Kanye West has decided to take a less religious approach to his new album—maybe. The hip-hop star tweeted this weekend, “I’m changing my album name to SWISH" though he also posted "I might change it again but that’s the name now.” In March, West announced that his follow-up to Yeezus would be titled So Help Me God, sending out the message accompanied by an emblem recognized as a Catholic symbol for the Virgin Mary. At this point, no release date has been announced ... Discuss
Two gunmen were shot and killed by police after they reportedly opened fire on an art exhibit showcasing cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, submitted as part of a contest. Many Muslims consider depictions of Muhammad blasphemous. According to the reports, two gunmen drove to the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" outside of Dallas and shot an unarmed security guard outside the event. Police returned fire, killing the shooters. The security guard, who was shot in the ankle, was treated and then released from the hospital. A bomb squad was also dispatched to the scene, though it is unclear if the suspects also had explosives.
Though police haven’t named the suspects or revealed a motive, event organizers drew comparisons to the shooting at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which two Islamic extremists killed 12 people after the publication released numerous cartoons of Muhammad. The president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Pam Geller, told CNN, “The Islamic jihadis are determined to suppress our freedom of speech violently. They struck in Paris and Copenhagen recently, and now in Texas.” Copenhagen has also been home to violent attacks linked to radical Islam. Before the attack, an individual who supports ISIS on social media tweeted that an attack would take place in Texas. Geller and controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders—who was a keynote speaker—have been criticized in the past for their openly anti-Islamic statements and views ... Discuss