Ryan Reynolds shows off his Deadpool costume from set of X-Men spin-off: ‘With great power, comes great irresponsibility’

The first real look at Ryan Reynolds' Merc With a Mouth is leaving geeks speechless. Reynolds posted a picture of himself in full-costumed glory as Deadpool Friday from the set of the X-Men franchise spin-off that’s as comic as it is comic book. “With great power, comes great irresponsibility,” the 38-year-old action star tweeted in a tongue-in-cheek riff off the classic Spider-Man line. He certainly looks the part of the popular katana-wielding, fast-healing, wise-cracking Marvel superhero. Fans will be able to see more when “Deadpool” hits theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. But Reynolds clearly couldn’t wait to show off his new duds as he’s busy reprising his role from the 2009 flick, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” That costume-free version didn’t exactly sit well with fans, and the tepid response to that movie combined with the box office disappointment of Reynold’s turn as the titular ring-bearer in 2011’s “Green Lantern” put a “Deadpool” spin-off in limbo. The project, though, gained new momentum when leaked test footage from "Deadpool" that was several years old hit the Internet and went viral last summer. Fox green-lit the movie in September as part of its ambitious plans to borrow a page from rival Marvel Studios and launch a larger X-Men cinematic universe. Reynolds confirmed he was onboard to reprise the role three months later. Continue Reading

Two men left critically injured in separate Brooklyn collisions

Two men were critically injured Sunday night in separate collisions in Brooklyn, police said. A 46-year-old man was riding a bicycle south on Driggs Ave. when he crashed into the back of an MTA bus at S. Fifth St. in Williamsburg around 8 p.m., police said. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition, police said. Three hours later, another man was hit by a car at Utica Ave. and Atlantic Ave. in Crown Heights, police said. That man, also unidentified, was rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest. The NYPD was investigating both crashes early Monday, police said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Cops hunt man who shouted homophobic slurs at men before Times Square attack

Cops are hunting a hateful suspect who spouted homophobic slurs at two men before attacking them in Times Square, police said Thursday. The assault started when the suspect spotted a 27-year-old man and a 32-year-old man walking near Broadway and W. 48th St. and started shouting at them on April 12 at about 2:30 a.m., authorities said. He then lashed out and assaulted the victims before fleeing, cops said. Both men refused medical attention. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are confidential. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

They’re alive! Brooklyn men backpacking near Mount Everest get out word they’re OK after earthquake, avalanche

A Brooklyn backpacker and his friend who went missing near Mount Everest after a massive earthquake hit the area are alive and well. Danny Cole, 39, a father of four from Crown Heights, and Mendy Losh, 38, originally from Crown Heights and now living in Los Angeles, are hunkering down in a tea house in the town of Lukla. “The whole glacier started swaying and causing many boulders to fall off the glacier wall,” Cole told the Daily News Monday. “We managed to take cover behind a large boulder.” PHOTOS- NEPALESE PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF EARTHQUAKE The friends were on a hiking trail that goes up to the Everest base camp when the 7.8-magnitutde quake that killed more than 4,000 people hit. After the earthquake, the men and their Sherpa guide continued trekking across the Cho La Pass, which links the villages of Dzongla and Thagnak. “In hindsight, that was a pretty dangerous thing to do,” Cole said. “But we were still unaware of the magnitude of what happened.” During the hike, the men ran into other backpackers who gave them some information. They reached a rest area with limited cell service early Monday morning. “The first thing I did was text my wife, which was the hardest part of not having contact,” Cole said. “I knew she would be worried sick. So once I was able to do that I felt much better. Just being in touch is amazing.” Their Brooklyn families are ecstatic. "Our lives were turned upside down yesterday," said Losh's brother-in-law Chaim Kay. "Thankfully we got the great news and everyone is on Cloud 9." Cole’s wife got a text from her husband at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. “It was pretty emotional,” said Elkie Cole, 37. “[He texted] that's he's safe and ok. He has food. He's in good shape.” Losh’s friend in California was also happy to hear he was ok. “We were really, really worried about him,” Continue Reading

UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma calls men’s college basketball ‘a joke’

Anybody looking for a good laugh this April Fool's Day need only watch men's college basketball, according to Geno Auriemma. The UConn women's basketball coach dismissed the men's game as "a joke" during a media conference call Wednesday that was supposed to deal with his team's upcoming Final Four game against Maryland. But Auriemma saved his best quotes for a rant against what he considers to be the sorry state of men’s college hoops. "I don't coach it, I don't play it, so I don't understand all the ins and outs of it, but as a spectator -- forget that I'm a coach -- as a spectator, watching it, it's a joke," he said, via a transcript provided by ASAP Sports. What makes the game unbearable, according to Auriemma, is that "nobody can score." "There's only like 10 teams in the top 25 that play the kind of basketball that you like to watch. And every coach will tell you there's 90 million reasons for it. "They'll tell that it's because of great defense, great scouting, a lot of film work … Nonsense. Nonsense." While offense has become a priority in other sports, Auriemma believes college basketball is "so far behind the times" in this respect. "They've moved in the fences in baseball, they lowered the mound, they made the strike zone so that you need a straw to put through it. In the NFL, you touch a guy and it's a penalty. You hit the quarterback, you're out." And while the NCAA is expected to rake in an estimated $900 million in revenue from March Madness alone, Ariemma thinks that fans who pay their hard earned dollars to watch the games are suckers. "People have to decide: 'Do I want to pay 25 bucks, 30 bucks to go see a college scrum where everybody misses six of out every 10 shots they take, or do I want to go to a movie?'” “I've got to tell you, it's not entertaining from a fan's a standpoint. That's not Geno Auriemma, the basketball coach, talking. I'm just talking as a fan." Continue Reading

Top 5 ‘Mad Men’ music moments: Don Draper’s journey from ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ to ‘My Way’

“Mad Men” has been the story of Don Draper – and an integral part of telling his story has been through music. Some of the most important moments in Don’s life have been scored to '60s-era pop songs, charting his personal journey on the show. With the series taking place over the course of a single decade, the songs also illustrate that "the times they are a-changin'." Here’s a look back at the iconic character’s most memorable musical moments, in chronological order. Don returns to an empty home as Bob Dylan sings “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (“The Wheel,” Season 1, Episode 13) Don is forced to confront that the perfect family life he described in his masterful pitch to Kodak does not fit reality, as he is stricken to come home and realize that Betty and the kids have already departed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dylan’s portrait of a fractured relationship not only closes out the show’s first season on a melancholy note, but also foreshadows the eventual demise of Don and Betty’s marriage. Fun fact: Even though the season finale takes place in 1960, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” wasn’t released until 1963. Creator Matthew Weiner explained that the anachronism was on purpose due to the fact he wasn’t sure if the show would be renewed for a second season. “I didn’t know if the show would be picked up,” he told the New York Times in 2009. “I was saying: ‘Here’s this song. This is what’s coming.’” Megan serenades Don with “Zou Bisou Bisou” (“A Little Kiss,” Season 5, Episode 1) Megan’s birthday serenade is the moment Don realizes that life with the second Mrs. Draper will be very different from the Continue Reading

‘Mad Men’ beauty looks for season seven

Go mad for mod makeup. The final season of “Mad Men” picks up in 1969 and the leading ladies of the ad age drama rock retro-inspired makeup. Metallic eye shadow, bright pink pouts and fierce false eyelashes reflect a groovy scene. “In the later ’60s as liquid foundation became available, people were less powdered and went heavier on the eyes,” says Lana Horochowski, lead makeup artist for the AMC hit show. In honor of its final season, Birchbox has teamed up with AMC to create "Mad Men" inspired boxes filled with stellar beauty products. Channel your inner Joan with a killer cat eye, get the perfect shade of lipstick to leave on your cigarettes like Betty, get bold brows like Sally and show off a sexy smokey eye like Megan with these easy tips. Mod look: Megan Draper’s sexy smokey eye as seen on Jessica Pare 1. Apply creamy concealer on eyelids to allow shadow to stick. Apply Make Up Forever Golden Metallic shadow over entire lid up to the brow bone. 2. Take MAC Fluidline Gel Eyeliner in Blacktrack and trace top lash line from the inner corner to the outer. Smudge liner using a blending brush, cotton tip or your finger. 3. To apply fake lashes, dot DUO eyelash adhesive glue across lash line and dry. Paint glue on to the fake lash set and let it dry. Set lashes into place on eyelids. 4. Apply Diorshow mascara on top and bottom lashes. Mod look: Betty Draper’s pretty pink pout as seen on January Jones 1. Trace nude lip liner around lips. 2. Fill in lips with nude pencil to allow long-lasting look. 3. Apply Hour Glass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in the shade Fever Vibrant Fuchsia with a lipstick brush. Mod look: Sally Draper’s bold brows as seen on Kiernan Shipka 1. Place spoolie brush at brow line and brush brows up. 2. Using an Anastasia Berverly Hills Brow Powder Duo set (choose shade that best matches your Continue Reading

‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm accused of violent frat hazing while student at University of Texas in 1990, victim’s pants set on fire

Before he was a “Mad Man,” John Hamm was a very bad boy. The Emmy-nominated star, in a cruel fraternity hazing ritual, shoved a pledge’s face in the dirt, whacked the man with a paddle — and then lit the student’s jeans on fire, recently uncovered documents show. “He rears back and hits me left-handed, and he hit me right over my right kidney, I mean square over it,” Sigma Nu hopeful Mark Allen Sanders said in a lawsuit. “Good solid hit and that, that stood me right up.” The brutal hazing occurred in 1990 when the actor belonged to the fraternity’s chapter at the University of Texas, records from the school and court showed. Hamm participated in the pledge abuse “till the very end,” according to the Sanders lawsuit. The actor became “mad, I mean really mad” after Sanders flubbed his response after a demand to recite certain phrases about different brothers, the lawsuit charged. Hamm’s list reportedly included the phrases “MC Hammer,” “UT Football Punching Bag” and “Young Bobby.” The incident produced criminal charges against Hamm and four other fraternity members — and forced the disbanding of the Texas chapter. A spokesman for Hamm did not return a request for comment from The Associated Press, nor did a representative for “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner. It was the latest bad news for Hamm, who announced last month that he spent 30 days in a rehab for alcohol addiction. The paperwork in the hazing case was dug up by Star magazine. The actor plays boozy advertising executive Don Draper on the acclaimed “Mad Men.” There are just six episodes of the show remaining in its final season. Hamm, 44, faced a hazing charge and received a sentence where he was required to successfully Continue Reading

‘Military mistress’ who married 14 service men is stopped, released in Alabama despite alleged crime spree

An Oregon woman dubbed "the military mistress" for her marriages to 14 servicemen was stopped, but released by Alabama authorities Tuesday — despite being wanted for an alleged multistate crime spree. Bobbi Ann Finley, 39, and her latest husband, Zackerie House, 27, were spotted living in a stolen vehicle with a dog in Mobile County on Tuesday, officials told AL.com. The Mobile County Sheriff's Office seized the car but released the couple because they were not facing any local charges. The couple is wanted in three states — Oregon, Colorado and Oklahoma — for writing $13,500 in bad checks, officials said. Finley and House have continued the scam on the road, using a Wells Fargo bank account to purchase survival equipment, officials said. They were previously thought to be driving a stolen 2005 Cadillac Escalade. Officials did not immediately say if that was the car in which they were stopped Tuesday. House is the latest service member to get wrapped up in Finley's scheme, officials said. The Oregon woman has picked up military members across the U.S. and wiped out their bank accounts since 2004, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. Finley tricked the men, lying about her background and pretending to be the perfect wife, her exes told ABC in 2011. "She's a domestic terrorist," ex-husband Ben Giles said. "As a military member, we were sworn to protect this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. She is targeting military members. She's destroying their lives." The mother of nine was convicted of forging checks in 2007 and for theft in 2010. Authorities ask anyone with information about the couple to contact their local police department. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Original ‘X-Men’ character comes out as gay in comic books

A member of the X-Men is making history. One of the founding members of the popular team of Marvel superheroes will come out as gay in the comic book series. The surprise twist was revealed when pages from the All-New X-Men #40 leaked online prior to the issue's Wednesday release. Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey are the five original mutant superheroes who appear in the series, with one of them divulging he or she is gay after a conversation with a fellow X-Man. (Stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled.) In the comic's storyline, which follows time-traveling, younger versions of the X-Men, Jean Grey takes Iceman (aka Bobby Drake) aside to confront him about the inappropriate way he talks to female members of the team. Grey, whose superpowers include telepathy, tells him she knows he’s gay because she can read his thoughts. She also tells Iceman that she thinks he’s making the comments to overcompensate for his true feelings. Iceman eventually confesses the truth, but also wonder how it's possible that he’s gay when the older version of him is straight. The comic book’s writer Brian Michael Bendis released a statement about the twist after it was leaked, according to IGN. “There are thousands if not millions of stories of people who, for many different reasons, felt the need to hide their sexuality,” he said. “The X-Men, with the conceit of time travel, give us a fascinating platform in which to examine such personal journeys. This is just the first little chapter of a much larger story that will be told.” One person’s who on board with the twist is Shawn Ashmore, who portrays the superhero in the “X-Men” film franchise. “Congrats Bobby!” he tweetedabout the news. Continue Reading