It's maybe not seem like it, but here's perhaps the biggest news of the week: Some of the biggest world power countries agreed to work toward a temporary cease-fire in Syria within a week. The deal appears to be a compromise between the U.S. and Russian governments. International Syria Support Group managed to come to an agreement that will allow humanitarian aid and supplies to make it into Syrian communities beginning this week. However, foreign ministers have not been able to agree on a lasting cease-fire, leaving the most pivotal step toward peace talks unresolved. The countries'"cessation of hostilities" is only committed on paper which has some diplomats worrying that it will fall through. But, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the agreement saying it was a request made by Syrian opposition:
"They wanted it called and defined as a cessation of hostilities. That is very much in line with their thinking and their hopes. The real test is whether or not all the parties honor those commitments and implement them."
While the cease-fire is only temporary as of now, the agreement is a monumental step forward in negotiating peace in Syria. More than 250,000 people have been killed and 13.5 million displaced during the civil war in Syria. The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front. Discuss
You may have heard that Cameron Crowe, who wrote and directed Almost Famous and Jerry McGuire, is making his television debut with Showtime's first original series, Roadies. The first trailer for the show looks promising, which isn't surprising given the fact that J.J. Abrams is producing it. And, the cast includes an impressive list of talented actors including Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino (Sin City, Watchmen), Imogen Poots (V for Vendetta, She's Funny That Way), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, The Big Short), and even features Luis Guzmán as a guest-star. The show is about the music world seen through the eyes of the unsung heroes of a backstage crew that makes a show happen. You can expect the first season of Roadies in June. Discuss
Police have confirmed that two teens were shot and killed this morning in an "isolated incident" at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona. The shooting occurred at a covered patio near the school's main building just before 8 a.m. The school has since been placed on lockdown. A spokesperson said investigators want to assure parents that their "children are safe." She added that this is not an active shooter situation, and that officials are not necessarily looking for a suspect. The victims are two 15-year-old females, whose names remain unavailable to news sources. Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh is calling the shooting "a horrible tragedy" and said that city officials are following the developments. Glendale Union High School District posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
Independence High School was put on lock down this morning due to a police investigation. Police have secured the campus. There is no active shooter on campus. The investigation is ongoing. The campus remains on lock down and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the campus until the police have lifted the lock down and ensured the safety of the school. Parents will be notified as soon as it is safe for students to be picked up from campus. We will actively communicate with parents as more information is available.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said via Twitter, "Our prayers are with the students, educators & families at Independence High School & all the first responders on the scene." Discuss
Kristen Wiig dressing up as someone she knows almost nothing about has become somewhat of a holiday in the world of late night. Remember that time Kristen Wiig visited Jimmy Fallon as Michael Jordan? Or the time she came as Harry Styles. Or, better yet, the time she did an entire interview as Khaleesi? Well, here she is again, hilariously mimicking NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning. So, grab your favorite pre-game meal, french fries and toast, and enjoy. Discuss
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose … even after 10 years. The cast of the beloved TV adaptation of Friday Night Lights will be reuniting for a special, one-night event later this summer. In case you needed an excuse to travel to Austin, the June 10 reunion will be hosted in correlation with the ATX Festival, and will feature a fan pep rally, “Texas eats,” tailgating, live music and a screening of a classic FNL episode. The official list of participants hasn't been announced yet, but as Buzzfeed notes, show stars Katherine Willis, Taylor Kitsch, Adrianne Palicki, Derek Phillips and Louanne Stephens have attended the festival in the past. Discuss
Yesterday, at Kanye West’s “Yeezy Season 3” fashion show/listening party for his new album The Life of Pablo, the hip-hop star made the surprise announcement that he was releasing a look at the video game he’s been working on. Called Only One—like the name of his 2014 single—the game is apparently based on his mother’s 2007 death—and her journey to heaven. Though there weren't too many details available (like a release date or a platform), the concept is that players help guide Donda West "to the highest gates of heaven by holding her to the light.” You can see the trailer below: Discuss