Johnny Depp stars as a clever English art aficionado in the upcoming action-based comedy, Mortdecai. His character, Charlie Mortdecai is given an assignment to track down a stolen painting, that may contain clues to access a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Mortdecai to hit theaters January 23, 2015.
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Original cast members reprise their respective roles as Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye as Marvel Comics gears up for its next superhero hit. The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release next year on May 1.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants the United States to get with the times in regard to sports betting.
In an op-ed posted Thursday on the New York Times website, Silver pointed to Europe’s legal sports betting market and wrote that Congress “should adopt a federal framework that allows states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards.”
It’s the third time since taking over for former commissioner David Stern that Silver has spoken out about his support of legalized sports betting in the U.S. His latest remarks come one week before a federal judge will rule on New Jersey’s efforts to bring Las Vegas-style sports betting to its struggling casinos and race tracks.
The NBA and other major professional sports leagues, along with the NCAA, have sued New Jersey and asked for a permanent injunction to prevent the state from taking bets on sporting events.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) prohibits state-sponsored sports betting in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Nevada is the only state allowed to offer single-game wagering.
“Without a comprehensive federal solution, state measures such as New Jersey’s recent initiative will be both unlawful and bad public policy,” Silver wrote in the op-ed.
He added that sports betting is widespread and a thriving underground business, despite PASPA, but would like to see it “brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated.”
“Times have changed since PASPA was enacted,” Silver wrote. “Gambling has increasingly become a popular and accepted form of entertainment in the United States. Most states offer lotteries. Over half of them have legal casinos. Three have approved some form of Internet gambling, with others poised to follow.”
Silver emphasized the need for strict regulation to protect the integrity of the games, including “mandatory monitoring and reporting of unusual betting-line movements; a licensing protocol to ensure betting operators are legitimate; minimum-age verification measures; geo-blocking technology to ensure betting is available only where it is legal; mechanisms to identify and exclude people with gambling problems; and education about responsible gaming.”
The NBA signed an exclusive four-year deal with daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel this week, which gives the league equity in the company.
At the LA Motor Show later this month, in addition to the Cayenne GTS, Porsche will officially present the latest version of the 911 Carrera GTS, which is slated to go on sale before the end of the year.
This second-generation 911 Carrera GTS is offered in four versions (coupe or convertible, with and without all-wheel drive) and comes closer than the first to the track-going 911 GT3. With its 430hp engine, the sports car boasts 0 to 100km/h acceleration in just 4 seconds (4.2 seconds for the convertible) and a top speed of 300km/h.
The suspension has been lowered by 10mm and features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Customers can also take advantage of the Sport Chrono Package, which includes special dynamic engine mounts and other performance-focused features. Bi-xenon headlights and a special sports exhaust are also available.
In the US, the Carrera GTS Coupe will be priced starting at $115,195, and the Carrera GTS Cabriolet (convertible) at $127,095. The all-wheel drive models are priced starting at $121,895 and $133,795 respectively. The new sports cars are due to arrive at dealerships in late November, just after premiering at the Los Angeles Motor Show.