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Yankees’ Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar on neck

Yankees’ Michael Pineda ejected for pine tar on neck

The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees.General manager Brian Cashman was "embarrassed."Manager Joe Girardi called it "poor judgment."And Pineda was "sad" and vowed not to do it again.The Yankees' right-hander was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.The previous time, Pineda said he used "dirt" on his right palm to get a better grip in cold weather in a 4-1 win over Boston on April 10 in New York.This time, he said he decided to put pine tar on the right side of his neck after allowing two runs in the first inning on another chilly night so he could use it to grip the ball."I'll learn from this mistake," a downcast Pineda said. "It won't happen again."He was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found the substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest."When it's that obvious, something has got to be said," Farrell said. "Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past."Davis said he found pine tar and Pineda gave no explanation as he left the mound.Cashman said that in a similar situation, "I would want my manager to do what John Farrell did."He said the issue was discussed with Pineda after the game on April 10 and again after he was ejected. Now he expects Pineda to be suspended."He did what he did, but we're also responsible that somehow he got out of our dugout and was on the field in that manner," Cashman said. "That never should have happened."Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits.Another photo taken in the second showed a shiny horizontal substance on his upper neck below his right ear. After Pineda struck out the first two batters and had a 1-2 count on Grady Sizemore, Farrell talked to Davis. The umpire went to the mound, looked at the ball then touched the substance on Pineda's neck with his right index finger. Then he gestured with that same finger, indicating Pineda's ejection."He had a hard time gripping the baseball. Unknown to us, he put it on and went out there," Girardi said. "It's a young kid. I don't think he's trying to do anything, cheat. I think he's just trying to go out there and compete."Rule 8.02(b) says a pitcher shall not "have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. For such infraction of this section the penalty shall be immediate ejection from the game. In addition, the pitcher shall be suspended automatically.""We will talk to the umpires tomorrow and review their report before taking any action," Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said.In recent suspensions of pitchers for pine tar, Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels' Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis' Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players' association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction.In Pineda's previous start against the Red Sox, Farrell didn't see a photograph of Pineda's hand until the fourth inning; when Pineda came out to warm up for the fifth, his hand was clean.On Wednesday, with the game time temperature at 50 degrees, Sizemore started the first with a triple and scored on Dustin Pedroia's single. With one out, Mike Napoli singled Pedroia to third. After Mike Carp flied to left, A.J. Pierzynski singled up the middle, scoring Pedroia.After Pineda's ejection, David Phelps came in and completed the strikeout of Sizemore.John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation."There is such a thing as too many strikes if you're hitting the white part of the plate," Lackey said. "I was fortunate enough tonight to be hitting the corners more times than not."Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Screenwriter Sued for Making Henry James Adaptation Too Personal

Screenwriter Sued for Making Henry James Adaptation Too Personal

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New Joss Whedon film released online for $5 US

New Joss Whedon film released online for $5 US

Joss Whedon releases In Your Eyes for $5 digital download In Your Eyes released on Vimeo On Demand, InYourEyesMovie.comThe Associated Press Posted: Apr 21, 2014 12:06 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014 12:21 PM ETJoss Whedon's $5 film 1:13Related StoriesFrom The Avengers, Joss Whedon turns to Shakespeare Joss Whedon to direct Avengers sequel Dr. Horrible heads to TV screens Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 US digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance In Your Eyes at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon says the film will immediately be released online via Vimeo On Demand and InYourEyesMovie.com.Starrings Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David, the film was written and produced by Whedon and directed by Brin Hill.The release will be the second film release for Whedon's "micro studio" Bellwether Productions, following last year's adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.Whedon has experimented previously with digital releases. His 2008 miniseries Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was among the first high-profile web series. He is currently working on the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron to be released next year.The low-cost digital release follows similar initiatives that have seen creators take on distribution themselves, notably after hit comedian and show creator Louis C.K. found success with his digital concert film Live at the Beacon Theater in 2011. So far, the strategy has worked largely for creative individuals, teams or projects that already have amassed a significant fanbase or following.On mobile? Watch Joss Whedon's announcement here.A Special Announcement from Bellwether Pictures on Vimeo. Report TypoSend Feedback
Marwan Hage retires a Hamilton Ticat

Marwan Hage retires a Hamilton Ticat

After a decade in the Canadian Football League, Hamilton Tiger-Cats centre Marwan Hage is hanging up his cleats."I am incredibly thankful to have the chance to play 10 years in the Canadian Football League,” said Hage. “My career has provided me with a lifetime full of memories and relationships that I will cherish for the rest of my life."“I look forward to beginning another exciting chapter of my life while continuing to work with the Hamilton community.”Hage made the announcement at the Sheraton Monday, leaving the Ottawa Redblacks without the veteran presence they thought they would have when they scooped up his rights in December’s CFL Expansion Draft.A Lebanon native who grew up in Montreal, Hage was Hamilton’s third-round draft pick in 2004, and will expected to retire as a Ticat, in a city where he’s fondly referred to as “The Sultan.”In his playing career, Hage was a two-time East Division All-Star, and a CFL All-Star in 2010, the same year he was named the East's top offensive lineman.Off the field, his charity “Hage’s Heroes” has brought more than 5,000 underprivileged youth to Tiger-Cat games since 2007, as well as helping out in food and toy drives around the holidays. Those efforts were recognized by the CFL when Hage was given the Tom Pate award for excellence in the community in 2009.“Marwan has been a true professional and an exceptional representative of the Tiger-Cats since his arrival in Hamilton,” added Ticats CEO Scott Mitchell. “He has been a tremendous presence on the field, in the locker room and in our community. We look forward to working with Marwan for years to come and congratulate him on an outstanding playing career.”He won’t be leaving football entirely – Hage remains with the CFL Player’s Association’s executive staff as one of three vice presidents.
Oscar Winner Paolo Sorrentino to Make TV Series About Fictional American Pope

Oscar Winner Paolo Sorrentino to Make TV Series About Fictional American Pope

Link: With the working title "The Young Pope," the eight-episode series will focus on invented scandals and intrigue behind the Vatican walls.read more
Archie Andrews dies in conclusion of Life with Archie series

Archie Andrews dies in conclusion of Life with Archie series

Riverdale's teen everyman Archie Andrews, the comic world's good-hearted small-town hero, will sacrifice his own life to save a friend at the conclusion of the series Life with Archie.The shocking news about the iconic pop culture character was announced Tuesday by Archie Comics publisher Jon Goldwater.Archie Andrews will die in Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the 'flash-forward' series exploring the character's life after high school and college. The issue will be released in July 2014. (Courtesy Archie Comics)Archie will die in July's Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the "flash-forward" series exploring the character's life after high school and college."We've been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie's life as an adult had to also show his final moment, Goldwater said in a statement."This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It's the biggest story we've ever done, and we're supremely proud of it."The subsequent issue (#37) will jump forward a year and look at how the rest of the Riverdale crew — including his love interests Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, best friend Jughead Jones and friend/nemesis Reggie Mantle — dealt with his death.In recent years, Archie Comics has branched out into more contemporary story lines, including those involving its first gay characters, and nontraditional spinoff series.For instance, the publisher teamed up with TV's high school music show Glee for a crossover project, called on controversial Girls creator Lena Dunham to pen a four-issue story and waded into the horror comic genre with the series Afterlife with Archie, which features the Riverdale gang encountering things like zombies, other undead creatures and magical incantations.
News Briefs: Everyone Watched Game of Thrones

News Briefs: Everyone Watched Game of Thrones

Headingall men must watchTitleNews Briefs: Everyone Watched Game of ThronesBy Tim SurettestaffAn hour ago8 Comments0 0WINTER IS COMING, BUT HUGE RATINGS ARE ALREADY HERE... OMG everyone loves Game of Thrones and they should! Season 4 debuted last night and I reviewed it here with all types of complimentary verbiage, but the news today is that the first episode of Season 4 was the most-watched HBO program since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos (11.9 million viewers watched that cut to black). About 6.6 million viewers watched "Two Swords," a 50-percent increase from last year's premiere, making it the biggest audience for Game of Thrones to date. Following Game of Thrones was the series premiere of Silicon Valley, the new comedy from Mike Judge, which had an audience of almost 2 million. It's awesome, and you should drop what you're doing (unless you're holding a baby) and watch it right now because it's free on YouTube. Veep's third-season premiere, which Cory reviewed, drew 955,000 viewers after Silicon Valley. [Variety]BUSINESS TIME... Netflix has announced the Season 2 premiere date for Derek, Ricky Gervais' comedy about a simple man who works in a retirement home. The six-episode second season will begin streaming on Netflix as soon as the calendar turns to May 30. In the UK, the series will air on Channel 4 starting April 23. [Netflix via press release]... Fox has ordered the game show Boom! (don't forget the tone-setting exclamation mark) to series, I'm guessing to fill out its summer of "fun." The series is based on an Israeli format, as all new shows are these days, in which contestants "defuse" "bombs" by partaking in trivia. Multiple choice answers will be tied to various wires coming out of bombs, and players will cut the wire that corresponds to what they think the right answer is. Cut the correct wire and the cash prize balloons up and it's on to the next bomb, cut the wrong wire and everyone dies. Or maybe the contestant just loses their chance at the prize, Fox is still tinkering with the show. [Fox via press release]... Barbara Walters will make her final scheduled television appearance on Friday, May 16, when she says goodbye to her job as co-host of ABC's The View. To celebrate the television personality, The View will honor her during her final week and ABC will air a two-hour special recounting Walters' career from 9pm-11pm on May 16. [ABC via press release]... Only celebrities can save us from cooking to death on our increasingly warming rock! Showtime's documentary series Years of Living Dangerously follows stars as they get first-person accounts of the alleged damage the Earth is taking from climate change (if the Earth really is getting warmer then why are my feet so cold, EH SCIENTISTS?). And now you can watch the first episode for free on YouTube, Showtime On Demand, and Showtime Anytime (the network's version of HBOGO). [Showtime via press release]... Food Network has renewed Beat Bobby Flay for a 26-episode second season. Unfortunately, the title is slightly deceiving and it's actually a cooking show. [Variety]... The Americans is well known for its authentic kickass '80s soundtrack, but the FX series is going to try something a little more contemporary. Sort of. The Who's Pete Townshend has composed an original song called "It Must Be Done" for the April 30 episode of the spy drama. [FX via press release]CASTING ROUNDUP... Samuel L. Jackson will be back on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before the season ends. Just barely before the season ends! Jackson, who played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury in the Marvel movies, will reprise his role in the season finale. Details of his appearance aren't known, because Marvel kills secret spillers. [Vulture]... The Pink Power Ranger is getting involved in some Covert Affairs. Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint) will join USA's Covert Affairs on a recurring basis for the spy drama's fifth season when it returns this summer. She'll play Hayley, an investigator with the National Counter Terrorism Center who gets tangled up with Auggie. [USA via press release]
MLK Biopic ‘Selma’ Casts Coretta Scott King (Exclusive)

MLK Biopic ‘Selma’ Casts Coretta Scott King (Exclusive)

Watch Video Solomon Northup Descendents: Washington, D.C. "Initially it was very had for me to watch, because knowing that someone who had had a hand in creating me who had went through so much," says Leonard Holton, J.R. (4th great grandson). "There were points in the movie I couldn't watch, it felt like I was Solomon, it felt like it was me." RelatedFull Coverage of the Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Winner John Ridley on the 'Beauty of Solomon Northup's Memoirs' MORE VIDEOS
Veep Season 3 Premiere Review: The Worst Wingman

Veep Season 3 Premiere Review: The Worst Wingman

Headinghitting the campaign trailTitleVeep Season 3 Premiere Review: The Worst WingmanBy Cory Barkerstaff57 minutes ago1 Comment0 0Veep S03E01: "Some New Beginnings"We didn't devote much coverage to Veep's second season around these parts, but during that time, Armando Iannucci's political satire grew into one of the best comedies on television. While Season 1 had its moments, Season 2 found another groove as Selena Meyer became a little less of a joke and the rest of the cast experienced some disappointment and made poor choices, too. Veep never lost sight of its political focus, but it figured out how to poke at the whole system as opposed to just a few people within that system, and it's been pretty great ever since. The improvements came to a head in the Season 2 finale, where indecision in the Oval Office convinced Selena and the team that she'd have a chance to run for president, then convinced them they wouldn't, but then ultimately convinced them they would. Hey, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert don't call the process "Indecision [Insert Year Here]" for nothing, right?The Season 3 premiere, "Some New Beginnings," picked up two months after the still-secret news that POTUS would not seek reelection, which was just enough time for Selena to hustle into position for a campaign without the satisfaction of announcing her intentions. She (well, Dan) took the obvious contemporary politician route and penned a memoir with a title that tries to be deep but makes no sense—Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey—and the premiere found her stuck in the middle of a book tour in Iowa in hopes of drumming up some caucus support. Veep loves to illustrate how boring and soul-sucking the political machine can be, and Selena's time at the book tour showcased it well, with plenty of weird people, dumb questions, and the like. And of course it didn't help that Gary wasn't around to assist, that Selena wasn't remotely interested in being there, and that she's kind of not a people person (future president!). Whatever ultimately happens, I'm hopeful that Veep will indeed allow Selena to run for president, because I can't stop imagining how awesome (read: uncomfortable) it would be to see her out in the world, kissing babies.Meanwhile, the rest of the team spent the episode at Mike's wedding to a reporter played by Kathy Najimy. They were all surprisingly enthusiastic! Gary managed everyone's experience as if he were still standing beside Selena, Dan and Amy bickered over who Selena might choose for her campaign manager, and Jonah showed up to act like creepy douche and plug his gossip and entertainment blog, White House Wingman. By the way, I checked to see whether White House Wingman was a real site, and it's not! For shame, HBO. You'll spend a ton of money on Game of Thrones transmedia content, but you won't give me a few fake gossip blog posts in Jonah's voice? Boo.But as things tend to go on Veep, a news leak sent everyone into a tizzy, and ramped up the comedy a bit. A probable campaign announcement from the Secretary of Defense forced Selena and Ben to attend the crummy funeral of a dead politician they didn't really care about just so they could hunt down their desired campaign manager, while Dan and Amy were forced to run damage control once Jonah took a photo of the staff "scrambling" for his blog. By the way, Jonah took the photo with his iPad mini. If that's not an indictment of his true character, I don't know what is. Don't be that person.Veep's brand of comedy is rarely gut-busting—it's generally quieter and character-based—and with this being a season premiere, the show seemed more interested in getting the story moving than in delivering a slew of jokes. Selena encountered a former presidential candidate at the funeral who was destroyed in 49 of the 50 states, and listening to him depressingly explain his misery served up the uncomfortable humor that Veep does so well. Similarly charming was Dan and Amy's back-up phone debate, which culminated with her pulling one out from between her legs and underneath her dress. She can also text behind her back! As Dan noted, she's the Jimi Hendrix of texting.The best part of the episode, though? Jonah getting fired. Veep has realized that it's funnier when multiple people make really stupid decisions, in "Some New Beginnings," that was readily apparent as the villainous Jonah focused too much on his stupid blog instead of doing his job for POTUS. Dan smartly used Jonah's cocksure attitude against him, resulting in one heck of a scene where Gary Cole's Kent laid into Jonah and then fired him. Jonah didn't take it so well; he threatened to announced the White House's wifi password to the world! That's high stakes. There's no doubt that Jonah will be back—heck, it's possible that he'll be hanging around more now that he's untethered from the Oval Office—but watching him get canned is about as satisfying as Veep gets.By the end of the half-hour, Jonah's mistake had forced the president to finally make his announcement, which means Selena can soon make hers. So really we have Jonah to thank for both a tremendous comedic moment and for kicking off the season's campaign storyline. If Veep is as successful with the pay-off as it's been with the lead-up, we're in for a quite a treat over the next nine weeks.SUE'S NOTES– Not much Sue in this episode. That's such a bummer. She's the third most important in the world!– It was nice to see Mike (somewhat) happy for an episode. You have to guess that this marriage, like all the rest, will fail, but Matt Walsh displayed a fun chemistry with Najimy. It'll be great when she stabs in him in the back for some stupid reason and he starts crying about the boat again.– I appreciate Selena eked out a bit of a win with her really strong eulogy at the funeral, only for her to attempt to deliver the same speech, almost word-for-word, during a call into Mike's wedding. She's not entirely incompetent, she just pushes her luck too far, too often. Funny how the eulogy for a dead man basically worked as a celebration of Mike's life, though.– Some of the brief jokes I enjoyed in this episode: Selena unzipping her dress after immediately escaping to the hotel room; Gary crying during his speech at the wedding because Selena was calling him and he knew he couldn't answer; Gary immediately calling Selena back only for her to ignore it (Tony Hale is the best); Ben revealing all the White House gossip to the Iowa assistant in a speech meant to keep a lid on the secrets; and Ben taking a weird amount of time to forge Selena's signature in one of her books.– Isiah Whitlock Jr. sighting! Playing a political figure no less. What would it take to get a nice, long "sheeeeeeeeee-it" this season?– We won't be covering Veep week to week, but if you haven't been watching the show, you should start. It's really, really great.What'd you think of Veep's Season 3 premiere? Does Selena actually have a chance on the campaign trail?
Photobooth mystery man: 445 selfies, but no one knows who he is

Photobooth mystery man: 445 selfies, but no one knows who he is

At an art museum in New Jersey, haunting self-portraits taken decades ago are a mystery to photo historians.LISTEN: Photobooth Mystery Man The collection of 445 selfies — all featuring the same man — is entitled Four Hundred and Forty-Five Portraits of a Man. The photographs were purchased at an auction in New York and put on display at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.The catch? Nobody has any clue who the man is.According to Donna Gustafson, the curator of the exhibition, the mystery man appears to be in his 30s in the earliest photographs, and likely in his mid-60s in the last portraits."He's always dressed as if he's going to work. He's wearing business attire: a white button shirt and a tie, or a bow tie, and very often he's wearing a jacket. So he looks like a travelling salesman, basically," Gustafson told Carol Off, host of CBC's As It Happens."I think that people are fascinated by something that seems to be very ordinary and then sort of takes a leap into the extraordinary — the fact that we have 445 photos of this same man, and we know nothing about him or where they came from. We don't even know how they came to be for sale at the auction in New York," said Gustafson.Two theoriesThe portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies.The fact that they all appear to be taken in a Photomatic has spawned two prominent theories about the man and how the photos came to be, Gustafson said."One theory is that he owned a photo shop, so he would take a photo every so often to ensure the machine was working. The second is that perhaps he was a sort of travelling salesman who sold these kind of machines, so he would take photos of himself to demonstrate the machine."Shortly after the collection went on display in New Jersey, museum officials got word from a collector in Michigan that other photos of the man existed and were purchased at an auction in that state. In some of those photographs, the man appears with children.Gustafson is confident that eventually the man's identity will surface, and that perhaps there are hundreds more photographs in existence."The odds are pretty good, I think. I'm expecting that someone is going to tell us who he is and eventually tell us his whole story."
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