Jude Law Joins Captain Marvel

Hollywood star Jude Law has joined the cast of the upcoming film, “Captain Marvel”.

The 44-year-old has signed on to play the male lead in the film, alongside Brie Larson who will star in the title role.

Captain Marvel will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will follow Carol Danvers, whose DNA is combined with that of an alien Kree warrior, named Mar-Vell.

As a result, Danvers gains superpowers, including super-strength and the ability to fly, and becomes superheroine Captain Marvel.

Law is set to play Dr. Walter Lawson, which is the name that Kree alien Mar-Vell takes when he arrives on earth. According to reports, the role was first offered to Keanu Reeves, but he turned it down.

Captain Marvel was originally meant to appear in the Avengers: Age of Ultron script, but she was removed. The writers didn’t want to introduce her without first establishing her backstory.

Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury in the film, and Ben Mendelsohn has signed on to play the villain, for directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Captain Marvel is set for release in March 2019.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

There are few things as good as a delectable, melt-in-your-mouth cheesecake. But who has the time to spend hours preparing and baking?

That’s why no-bake cheesecakes have become so popular – they’re just as delicious, but take much less time and effort to make.

Try out this recipe for yoghurt cheesecake which needs no baking, and should only take you 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

200 g digestive biscuits
75 ml melted butter
25 ml gelatine
40 ml cold water
Zest and juice of 1 orange
145 ml castor sugar
500 ml double cream
500 ml thick Greek yoghurt
30 ml orange blossom water, optional (available at delis)
A handful of unsalted, shelled pistachio nuts
60 ml honey

Method:

1. Line the sides of a 23 cm springform cake tin with cling wrap – this makes it easier to remove the cheesecake once it has set.

2. Chop the digestive biscuits in a food processor or place them in a thick plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the butter and mix thoroughly. Lightly press this mixture onto the bottom of the cake tin, but do not press too firmly. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the top layer.

3. Mix gelatine with the cold water in a glass bowl, and leave it to stand until the jelly has set.

4. Heat the orange zest, juice and castor sugar in a small saucepan, and stir over a moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the jelly until it has dissolved, and then leave to cool.

5. Whisk the double cream and yoghurt, then add the orange blossom water and orange and jelly mixture, then mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture onto the prepared crust in the cake tin and refrigerate until set.

6. Carefully loosen the edge of the springform tin, and remove the cling wrap. Place the cheesecake on a serving platter and sprinkle pistachio nuts on top. Lightly drizzle the honey on top, and serve.

Image: Yoghurt no-bake cheesecake [online image] (2017) sourced on 27 November 2017 https://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/1301/c5bfbab32d674dadaf52d5401f03bde6.jpg

Pistorius Gets Longer Sentence

Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has had his sentence lengthened to 13 years and five months.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, announced their decision on Friday morning.

The world-renowned athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The 31-year-old fired four shots through the bathroom door, and has maintained since his arrest that he believed that an intruder was in the cubicle.

In a move that outraged women’s rights groups, North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, and initially sentenced him to just five years.

He was released and placed under house arrest after 10 months behind bars.

After the State appealed, the SCA replaced Pistorius’ conviction with murder and Judge Masipa handed down a six-year sentence.

This year, the state appealed Judge Masipa’s sentence, arguing that it was too lenient for murder.

According to SCA Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti, Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years. The sentence has been amended accordingly but the court took into account the time that the paralympian has already served.

Death Threats over Bollywood Film

The row over a Bollywood film based on a 16th century epic poem has turned ugly.

“Padmavati” tells the story of a fictional 14th century Hindu queen belonging to the high Rajput caste.

In the poem, Padmavati is a virtuous woman, who chooses to commit suicide on her husband’s funeral pyre.

She does this to protect her honour from the invading Muslim emperor, Alauddin Khilji, who killed her husband.

Padmavati is deified and recognised as a symbol of female honour among Rajputs even today.

Rajput caste organisation, Shri Rajput Karni Sena, has been up in arms about the film. They are furious about a rumoured dream sequence love scene between the queen and the invading Muslim ruler, as well as a scene where Padmavati has her midriff exposed.

Despite the fact that the film’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has denied that this scene exists, the Karni Sena have threatened violence if the film is released.

Raj K. Purohit, a senior member of India’s ruling party (BJP), called for the film to be banned, while Central Board of Film Certification member Arjun Gupta said that Bhansali should be put on trial for treason.

Suraj Pal Amu, another senior BJP member, called for the beheading of actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the virtuous queen in the film.

Earlier this morning, a dead body was found hanging in Nahargarh Fort, with a sentence scribbled on wall nearby, stating in Hindi, “Padmavati ka virodh” (in opposition to Padmavati). The writing also included a warning: “We don’t just burn effigies, we hang them.”

Indian police said that it’s not clear at this stage who the person is or how they died.

Image: Padmavati poster [online image] (2017) sourced on 24 November 2017 from https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/47/Padmavati_Poster.jpg

Atalanta Thrash Everton

Everton succumbed to Atalanta in a humiliating 5-1 home defeat in a Europa League group stage match on Thursday.

The Toffees, who were already out of the competition, were embarrassed in front of their home crowd by the Italian side.

The loss leaves Everton at the bottom of Group E with just one point from five games.

Everton have faced management upheaval this season.

Manager Ronald Koeman was sacked in October, and was replaced by a temporary caretaker, David Unsworth, until a permanent replacement could be found.

Wayne Rooney, who left Manchester United for Everton during the transfer window, has given Unsworth a ringing endorsement, despite their loss.

He said: “Since David Unsworth has come in, there has been a great atmosphere amongst the players, some positive results and the players are enjoying day-to-day training.”

The 32-year-old forward has also called on upper management to make a swift decision and to end the club’s managerial uncertainty.

Unsworth, who has expressed interest in making his temporary role permanent, voiced his disappointment at the loss. “When you put on the shirt you have to play with pride and effort and they didn’t do that,” Unsworth said.

Image: Wayne Rooney during Everton vs Atalanta [online image] (2017) sourced on 24 November 2017 from https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/67/590x/Everton-star-Wayne-Rooney-883648.jpg

Mugabe Resigns

After 37 years as president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has resigned, marking the end of an era.

Zimbabwe was gripped by fear and uncertainty this week after the military stormed the capital, Harare, on Sunday.

The military insisted that they were not taking over, but rather they were there to protect the president, and to ensure a smooth transition of power.

Mugabe resisted mounting pressure to resign throughout the week, even after being voted out as leader of his own party, ZANU-PF.

The 93-year-old’s surprise announcement abruptly halted the impeachment hearing that had begun against him on Tuesday.

In a letter which was read out by the speaker of parliament, Mugabe said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power, and that his decision was voluntary.

Throughout Zimbabwe, people took to the streets in jubilation, to celebrate by dancing, singing, honking car horns and waving flags.

Activist and political candidate Vimbaishe Musvaburi broke down in tears of joy, saying: “We are tired of this man, we are so glad he’s gone. We don’t want him anymore and yes, today, it’s victory.”

ZANU-PF says former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will return to Zimbabwe today, and will take over the reins of the country.

Cristiano Sets New Record

Cristiano Ronaldo has continued his excellent Champions League season by setting a new record.

The 32-year-old star scored two goals for Real Madrid against Apoel on Tuesday night, helping his club to demolish the other side 6-0.

The two strikes have brought the Portuguese international’s total for the 2017/18 European campaign to eight goals, in five group stage matches.

Overall, he has now scored a whopping 18 Champions League goals in 2017, breaking his own record of 16 from 2015.

This record was previously held by Barca’s Lionel Messi, who scored 13 Champions League goals in 2012.

The record comes as good news for the star, who has had a difficult season, suffering his worst ever start to a La Liga campaign.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised Ronaldo, and his teammate Karim Benzema. He said: “We knew it was going to happen, that their goals would come. Now they have to keep working like this.”

Chrissy Teigen Pregnant

Chrissy Teigen is expecting her second child with her husband, musician John Legend.

The 31-year-old supermodel made the announcement in an adorable Instagram video post on Tuesday. In the video, Teigen’s one-year-old daughter, Luna, can be seen feeling her mother’s stomach, and saying the word, “baby”.

According to a source close to the couple: “They have been planning for this for a long time. Chrissy is really excited to finally share the news.”

Teigen has been open about her fertility issues and her struggle to conceive.

Baby Luna was conceived using in vitro fertilisation (IVF), leading many of those commenting on Teigen’s Instagram post to wonder whether their new child was conceived the same way.

Teigen and Legend celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary on 14 September this year, and brought baby Luna on tour with them for part of Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour.

4 Minimalist Ideas You Can Try Today

Minimalism is the latest lifestyle craze that people of all walks of life all over the world are trying.

A minimalist lifestyle involves living more simply, by clearing out the clutter and getting rid of things that you don’t need.

It’s been recommended by celebrities, like Robert Pattinson and Steve Jobs, and there are those that believe that clearing out clutter can decrease stress and increase productivity.

Here are four ideas tips you can use to follow a minimalist lifestyle:

1. Make a list of things you don’t need. If you haven’t used something in over a year, then it’s just taking up extra space.

Try to let some of these items go.

2. Declare a clutter-free zone. Choose an area, such as your nightstand, your desk, or a kitchen counter, and keep it free of mess.

If you enjoy that clean, clear environment, try to expand the zone a little bit more each day.

3. Simplify your food usage. Don’t buy food you don’t need and eat your perishables before they go bad.

Make smaller portions so that prepared food doesn’t go to waste, but make the most of leftovers when you do make too much.

4. Get rid of duplicates. How many pairs of black work shoes do you really need?

Take stock of the items in your home and your cupboard, and think about which are necessities, and try get rid of those which aren’t.

Griezmann Booed off Pitch

It’s been a difficult season for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who was recently booed off the pitch by his team’s own fans.

On Saturday, after failing to score in seven previous appearances, the pressure was on Griezmann to find the net, as Atletico went up against Real Madrid.

Unfortunately, Griezmann failed to score, and was pulled off in the 76th minute of the match. As he walked off the pitch, scores of Atletico’s own fans booed him.

According to reports, the 26-year-old forward has fallen out of favour with fans because he has been linked with repeatedly wanting to leave the club.

Griezmann was set to move to Manchester United during the summer transfer window, until it was blocked by a transfer ban placed on Atletico.

This season, Griezmann has been heavily linked to a move to Barca.

The French international has had his worst campaign so far in his four seasons with Atletico, who are in fourth place and 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Los Colchoneros are also on the verge of their earliest exit from the Champions League since 2009.

In a move that might placate fans, Griezmann recently announced that he is happy at Atletico, and that he has no plans to move this January.

“I’m happy with my choice, even if I’ve gone seven games without scoring. It will come back”, he said.