Why ‘Fast & Furious’ is bigger than Bond and Star Wars

Did I imagine that, with $532 million, the picture just edged ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ debut? – a little thing called Fast and Furious 7. The first film, released in 2001, did very nicely indeed without threatening the launch of any new empires. The seventh part (its box office, admittedly, boosted by the sad death of star Paul Walker) took $1.5 billion on its way to becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. I did not. This year’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – another big hit in China – took an eye-watering 91 per cent abroad. What? The Force Awakens may be the biggest film ever in the US, but it was nowhere near being even the biggest 2015 release in China. “The Fate of the Furious’ $100.2 million launch is a far cry from Furious 7’s $147.2 million bow. US comedies very definitely do not. You may as well invite Star Wars to “eye the exit ramp”. FF8 got halfway to $1 billion in just three days. The supposedly all-conquering Star Wars: The Force Awakens grabbed just 54 -per cent out here in non-America. It’s currently bigger than James Bond and he’s been around for 50 years. The most successful US film of that year was – wait for it, wait for it! Is it possible that the US trade papers have still to get their heads around the international nature of the box-office business? Here’s the statistic that really matters. Fast & Furious 7 grabbed $430 million. Get used to it. Others fared very well indeed. But this is still akin to suggesting that the last Ed Sheeran album was a failure because only eight places in the top 10 were occupied by songs culled from its grooves (or wherever songs are housed these days). Some sequels fared well. That title went to a domestic action-comedy Monster Hunt. But astonishingly, a large part of the argument was economic. Hang on. The “overseas” opening (that’s to say everywhere apart from the US and Canada) is an astonishing 36 per cent ahead of its closest historical rival. Its final total will probably not reach that of its predecessor. The domestic figures are a near irrelevancy when attempting to assess the new film’s overall financial accomplishments. In 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy accumulated 56 per cent of its takings outside North America. “Here’s the thing, domestically, …

Prince kept opioids in aspirin bottles to hide addiction

At the time of Prince’s death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound in Minnesota were strewn with “a sizeable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles and others issued in the name of a close aide, according to newly released court documents related to the investigation into the accidental opioid overdose that killed the musician last year. It’s never gonna be unlocked.” Among the drugs seized were 20 1/2 white pills labelled “Watson 853,” a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, that were found in an Aleve bottle. New York Times “Kirk has a vault,” he said. They noted in court records that those who were present at the home that morning “provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements.” The warrants, dating from April to September of last year, show investigators tracking to what extent Johnson had helped Prince conceal his drug habit, at one point applying for a search warrant for Johnson’s cellphone records. Ruth Martinez, the board’s executive director, said Minnesota state law “says you have to write a prescription for the person for whom it is intended. His lawyer, William Mauzy, said he believes Andrew is exempt from criminal liability as a result of Minnesota’s Good Samaritan law, which protects a 911 caller and the overdose victim from prosecution for drug possession. Conners, took issue with the assertion that her client had acknowledged prescribing oxycodone for Mr Johnson that was actually intended for Prince. “Right here. Dr Michael T. That prescription was filled on the same day that Prince’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after the singer overdosed during a flight home after a concert in Atlanta. Mr Johnson told hospital staff at the time that Prince “may have taken Percocet,” an opioid, containing oxycodone on the plane, according to one application for a search warrant. In several instances, Mr Johnson, who had unrestricted access to Paisley Park, told the investigators that he had limited knowledge of Prince’s dependence on painkillers. Prince was found dead in the elevator of his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21st, 2016, by Mr Johnson and others after he ingested the fatal amount of fentanyl, which is often used to manufacture counterfeit pills that are sold on the black market as oxycodone and other pain relievers. Investigators later found that the pills …

Prince hid opioids in aspirin bottles, court papers show

New York Times In a statement, Schulenberg’s lawyer, Amy S. “Kirk has a vault,” he said. In at least one instance, Prince procured an opiate prescription in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s, according to investigators. Ms Conners has said that the physician has not been interviewed by investigators since the day Prince died. At the time of Prince’s death, his Paisley Park home and recording compound in Minnesota were strewn with “a sizeable amount” of narcotic painkillers for which he did not have prescriptions, including some hidden in over-the-counter vitamin and aspirin bottles and others issued in the name of a close aide, according to newly released court documents related to the investigation into the accidental opioid overdose that killed the musician last year. (The suitcase also contained lyrics for the song ‘U Got the Look,’ apparently in Prince’s handwriting, according to investigators.) In addition to Prince’s bedroom, pills were found throughout the residence, including in the laundry room, the police said. Dr Schulenberg has not been the subject of any disciplinary action, according to the records of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Notes from investigators say that 64 1/4 matching Watson 853 pills were also found in a Bayer bottle, and another 15 were discovered in a second-floor dressing room. There will be no further comment.” The Associated Press has reported that Mr Johnson has not been interviewed since hours after Prince’s death. Dr Michael T. Search warrants and affidavits from the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the continuing homicide investigation in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, were unsealed Monday. That’s reinforced by federal statutes.” She said the board does not comment on whether a doctor’s conduct is being reviewed. Andrew Kornfeld, who is not a doctor, told investigators that he had not planned on administering the drug until he had consulted with a physician authorized to prescribe it. On the day before the singer’s death, Mr Johnson said he went to a local Walgreens to pick up three prescriptions issued by Schulenberg for drugs often used to treat anxiety; according to the court papers, he said it “was the first time he had ever done something like that for Prince.” Among the additional evidence found at Paisley Park was a suitcase with a name tag for “Peter Bravestrong, ” an alias used by Prince, containing several …

Prince hid addiction with opioids in aspirin bottles, documents show

His lawyer, William Mauzy, said he believes Andrew is exempt from criminal liability as a result of Minnesota’s Good Samaritan law, which protects a 911 caller and the overdose victim from prosecution for drug possession. “The investigation remains active at this point,” said Jason Kamerud, chief deputy for the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. In a statement, Schulenberg’s lawyer, Amy S. The documents do not solve the mystery of where Prince got the powerful opioid fentanyl that killed him. Notes from investigators say that 64 1/4 matching Watson 853 pills were also found in a Bayer bottle, and another 15 were discovered in a second-floor dressing room. In at least one instance, Prince procured an opiate prescription in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s, according to investigators. Conners, took issue with the assertion that her client had acknowledged prescribing oxycodone for Mr Johnson that was actually intended for Prince. Dr Michael T. In several instances, Mr Johnson, who had unrestricted access to Paisley Park, told the investigators that he had limited knowledge of Prince’s dependence on painkillers. Schulenberg, who treated Prince for the hip pain in the weeks before his death and arrived at Paisley Park with test results that morning, told investigators that he had prescribed the singer oxycodone on April 14th, a week before the fatal overdose, “but put the prescription in Kirk Johnson’s name for Prince’s privacy,” according to a search warrant. Investigators have said they are most concerned with who obtained the fentanyl, and have yet to charge anyone in Prince’s death. Prince was found dead in the elevator of his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 21st, 2016, by Mr Johnson and others after he ingested the fatal amount of fentanyl, which is often used to manufacture counterfeit pills that are sold on the black market as oxycodone and other pain relievers. Dr Schulenberg has not been the subject of any disciplinary action, according to the records of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. That prescription was filled on the same day that Prince’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois after the singer overdosed during a flight home after a concert in Atlanta. They noted in court records that those who were present at the home that morning “provided inconsistent and, at times, contradictory statements.” The warrants, dating from April to September of last …

An alternative history of art of the last century

In a way the same holds true for As Above, So Below. The exhibition shuffles briskly and entertainingly through more than 100 years of spirituality in art, extending from the extraordinary paintings of Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint to new, barely completed contemporary pieces fresh out of the studio. ‘Are we going to let them burn us at the stake again?’ Jesse Jones’s bewitching art 17-year-old’s detailed portrait of brother wins Texaco art prize It’s a plausible aesthetic sentiment, but one also suspects that he might be having us on. Why are so many current art exhibitions fascinated by the occult? The artist was totally amenable to the installation being remade for one of the rooms at Imma. Also, they point out that in their survey the term spiritual is stretched to encompass not just conventional religious ideas but also various mystical and occult beliefs and practices. As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, Imma, Dublin ***** One of numerous highlights in As Above, So Below is the inclusion of one of Bruce Nauman’s first environmental sculptures, Natural Light, Blue Light Room, from 1971. While the transcendent impulse is there, Thorne and his co-curator, Rachel Thomas, are expressly agnostic on the question of its truth or falsehood. There’s an ambiguously transcendent note to the work’s matter-of-factness. As Nauman put it, you don’t know “what to focus on and even if you did, it would be hard to focus”. Co-curator Sam Thorne likens it to Nauman’s 1967 piece, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths. Simple, immersive and very effective, it sets a strip of ceiling-mounted blue neon lights against a strip of daylight at floor level. It is intentionally disorientating. Remarkably, working with the classic interactive video game Grand Theft Auto, Butler has recreated the film, shot for shot. In her remarkable career, the London-based, American-born artist Liliane Lijn has consistently pushed technological boundaries – often working directly with manufacturers in pursuit of particular materials – in making her beautiful kinetic poems, cone-shaped Koans and Linear Light Columns. In particular, the ritualised formalism of his biblical compositions and his highly stylised mode of representation find echoes in the work of af Klint, and the Swiss artist and healer Emma Kunz, and other artists. Based for much of her life in Cornwall (she died in 1988), she was a surrealist with an interest in the …

‘We cannot have an endless diet of Swan Lakes’

Youtube Ballet Ireland Booking: (01) 8819 613 / projectartscentre.ie Book early or pay more on the door! Tickets will cost €2 more if you book within 2 hours to showtime Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey Wednesday 3 May, 7.45pm Tickets £16, £14, £12 & £10  (Concessions £2 off each ticket price) Group Discount Available Booking: 028 9034 0202  / theatreatthemill.com Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Thurs 4 May Tickets: €20 / €16 conc Booking: 046 909 2300 /  solsticeartscentre.ie Civic Theatre, Tallaght Fri 5 – Sat 6 May, 8pm Tickets: €20 & €16 conc & €12 for under 12’s Booking: (01) 462 7477 / civictheatre.ie National Opera House, Wexford Sunday 7 May, 7pm Tickets: €25 / €20 conc / €15 child under 16 / €70 family ticket Booking: 053 912 2144 / nationaloperahouse.ie glór, Ennis Thurs 11 May, 7.30pm Tickets: €22 full / €20 con / 12.50 Child (16yr or under) / Family Ticket: €55 (2x Adult and 2x child) Booking: (065) 684 3103 / glor.ie Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick Friday 12 May, 8pm Tickets: €20 / €15 conc Booking:  (061) 953 400 / limetreetheatre.ie Everyman Theatre, Cork Sat 13 May, 8pm Tickets: €26 / € 23 conc Booking (021) 427 0022 / everymancork.com Town Hall Theatre, Galway Thurs 18 May, 8pm Tickets: €22* / €18* Box Office (091) 569 777 or book online tht.ie * Subject to THT Venue Development/Online Booking Charge Backstage Theatre, Longford Friday 19 May, 8pm Tickets: €18 / €16 conc / €14 Bookings: (043) 3347888 /  backstage.ie Draíocht, Blanchardstown Sat 20 May, 8pm Tickets: €20/ €16 conc, €12 (under 12s) Booking: 01 885 2622 / draiocht.ie Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Wed 24 May, 8pm Tickets: €22 / €20 conc. Ballet dancers don’t get to spend so much time discovering their individuality in movement terms, so I gave a lot of space for them to do that “Ballet dancers are like cats with highly tuned bodies and super quick brains,” Martin says. “Our goals for the future are first to increase our number of performances annually. Contemporary dancers have little option but to work with their individual physicality, and I love using that in my own work.  Family ticket €75 (4 people) Booking: (01) 272 4030 / mermaidartscentre.ie An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny Sat 27 May, 8pm Tickets: €20 / €15 conc. Then we will do that in tandem with presenting more contemporary work. “I’d say we are experiencing a sea change,” Connolly says, “and that the strategic plan has focused everyone 100 per cent. It’s …