Smuggling SA into a blockbuster

first_imgSharlto Copley as arch villan Kruger in ‘Elysium’By Anne Taylor2 September 2013In an interview with Tymon Smith in the Sunday Times this weekend, actor Sharlto Copley confesses to smuggling an Afrikaans nursery rhyme into “a $100-million Hollywood popcorn film”.Copley plays the villian, Kruger, in Elysium, which is currently on circuit in South Africa. Directed by fellow South African Neill Blomkamp, Copley says the nursery rhyme scene “is the kind of scene where US audiences will all be terrified and South Africans will probably laugh or perhaps at least feel a perverse sense of pride that Neill and I smuggled it in there.”“I must say that I did get to sing an Afrikaans nursery rhyme in a $100-million Hollywood popcorn film – I won’t say which one – and I think South Africans should go and see the film for that reason alone. Do you know how difficult it was for us to pull that off? It may never happen again in our lifetime.”Copley starred as Wikus, the unlikely hero in Blomkamp’s 2010 Oscar-nominated film, District 9. “For me, at a deeper level,” Copley says, “Wikus represented what I and other white South Africans had done – doing the right thing morally and ethically for the country and giving up a position of the ultimate power with nuclear weapons.”This time around, he stars alongside Matt Damon to play the villian, Kruger. While he says he and Blomkamp joke that “we may be undoing all the goodwill we got for white South Africans around the world for through the Wikus character”, they chose the South African as it gave the role something new.“I also tried to give Kruger a kind of dark charisma and a twisted sense of humour, so hopefully people will see that and my friends from the South will forgive me that he had to be the villian in this one.”last_img read more

Geocaching country souvenir: Liechtenstein

first_img SharePrint RelatedFive new Geocaching country souvenirsDecember 4, 2017In “Community”Five new Geocaching country souvenirs for 2018December 10, 2018In “News”Welcome TB-Hotel Liechtenstein — Geocache of the WeekMarch 27, 2019In “Community” Nestled between Austria and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is 160 square kilometers (62 square miles) of beautiful countryside with an estimated population of 37,000. And while you may have seen images of picturesque Vaduz Castle, there are a few things you may not know about Liechtenstein: On Liechtenstein National Day, August 15th, the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein and his son invite residents of their tiny principality to enjoy a drink in the garden of Vaduz Castle, the princely ancestral residence.Liechtenstein’s national anthem, “Oben am jungen Rhein” (Up above the young Rhine), is sung to the same melody as “God Save the Queen.” Liechtenstein is the world’s leading manufacturer of false teeth, accounting for 20 percent of the total sales worldwide.Although Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest country in Europe, the geocaching community is very active. Here are three caches to visit when earning your shiny new Liechtenstein country souvenir:Alte Rheinbrücke Vaduz-SevelenTraditional | GC5N7H7 | by Astvaldur | D2/T1.5The last remaining wooden bridge to cross the Rhine in the Alps, the Alte Rheinbrücke Vaduz-Sevelen is 135m (443 feet) long and connects the Liechtenstein capital of Vaduz with the Swiss canton of St. Gallen. The cache is located on the Liechtenstein side of the bridge, but you might have to rely on your geosenses, as the bridge can interfere with your GPS signal.Welcome TB-Hotel LiechtensteinTraditional | GC6W3JC | by Die schwarze Wittwe | D2/T1.5If you drive to Liechtenstein from Switzerland, check in to this conveniently located TB hotel. Park your car, take a short stroll to the cache, and discover or trade trackables. The key and instructions on how to open the cache are behind the hotel. Pro-tip: It’s not the barn you’re looking for.FürstensteigMulti-cache | GC1WGCJ | by Lulch | D2/T4This Multi-cache is not for the faint of heart. You should be an experienced climber to attempt this cache, as the path gets very  close to the chasm in places. Make sure to take the occasional break to take in the scenery while you make your way to the top. The ascent covers a difference in altitude of 500m (1640 feet) and takes approximately one hour. Once you get to the top you will discover the cache and be greeted by a breathtaking view.We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 4th. If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cubs Stomp On The Mets, 6-1

first_imgCHICAGO — Jake Arrieta was impressed with Noah Syndergaard. He already knew all about Kris Bryant.Arrieta pitched eight sparkling innings, Bryant homered for the second straight day and the Chicago Cubs spoiled Syndergaard’s anticipated debut with a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets on May 12.Arrieta (4-3) had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed one run and three hits. The right-hander had dropped each of his last two starts.“We knew it was gonna be a tight game,” he said. “We were able to get some things going offensively later in the game.”Showing off his electric fastball and sharp curve, Syndergaard had moments where he looked ready to join Matt Harvey on top of a fearsome rotation for New York. But the 6-foot-6 right-hander faded in the sixth and was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.“They’ve got a lot of thunder in their lineup,” Syndergaard said. “But it instills a lot of confidence in me when I can go there throw five innings against them.”Arrieta also thought Syndergaard did quite well. “He was electric,” Arrieta said. “We kind of knew what we were up against and he came out strong.”Bryant had three hits, including his first major league triple. The slugger belted a lead-off shot against Hansel Robles in the eighth, sending a towering shot to the back of the bleachers in left.Bryant, another top prospect who made his major league debut on April 17, is hitting .303 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last nine games.“He’s extremely polished for his age,” Arrieta said. “He’s just a special talent and it’s fun to watch him play every day. I look forward to watching him grow.”The Mets said essentially the same thing about Syndergaard. The 6-foot-6 right-hander struck out six and walked four while throwing 103 pitches.“I was very impressed. I thought he threw the ball well,” New York Manager Terry Collins said. “Obviously, he’s got good stuff and I was certainly impressed with how he threw it.”Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which finished with 11 hits. Starlin Castro doubled twice and drove in a run.Kevin Plawecki drove in New York’s lone run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.The Cubs jumped in front in the sixth. Jorge Soler led off with a single and Castro followed with an RBI double to the left-field corner. Coghlan then drove a 2-1 pitch from Syndergaard (0-1) over the wall in right for his fourth homer.Syndergaard left after striking out Arrieta for the first out of the inning. But the Cubs added a fourth run on three walks and Miguel Montero’s infield single against Alex Torres.“The confidence that I can take away from this game is that I can pitch at this level and have some success,” Syndergaard said.(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more