Cowell misses X Factor after ‘falling down stairs’

Simon Cowell has missed the first live show of this year’s X Factor after being treated in hospital following his reported fall down stairs at his London home.
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Tesla Misses Model 3 Production Goals

Tesla badly missed its goal of building 1,500 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, only managing 260, in the first sign that the production ramp-up for the new sedan isn’t going as smoothly as planned.
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What the Google Controversy Misses: The Business Case for Diversity

The memo written by a Google employee about gender diversity hit a raw nerve in an industry already beset by accusations of sexism and discrimination. Research, meanwhile, has established the business case for diversity.
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Nile Rodgers Hospitalized, Misses Concert in Toronto

Chic cofounder and Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers has been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment that caused him to miss a concert in Toronto Sunday night. “I’ve never missed one gig in my life… well, it’s been that way till now,” Rodgers tweeted Sunday night, adding, “The Dr. caught me trying to sneak out. … My… Read more »

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Apple CEO Cook’s 2016 Pay Lower as Tech Giant Misses Targets

Apple said Chief Executive Tim Cook and other top leaders received less total compensation in 2016 as the company missed its revenue and profit goals for the year.
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Apple CEO Cook’s 2016 Pay Lower as Tech Giant Misses Targets

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Tesla Narrowly Misses 80,000-Vehicle Sales Goal in 2016

Tesla’s fourth-quarter sales rose 27%—but not enough for the Silicon Valley auto maker to reach its goal of delivering at least 80,000 vehicles in 2016.
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Un-True Detective: HBO Noir Series Misses the Mark

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The Stars of True Detective Season Two: Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn

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Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in Season One of True Detective.

Although the second season of True Detective on HBO has a lot of the same names attached to it behind the camera, the new iteration of the title which just premiered bears scant resemblance to last year’s bravura bayou noir mini-series.

Season one was strikingly original — set in hazy, humid and swampy Louisiana — a venue unfamiliar to most Americans, it starred a Southern tag team so captivating that even if Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson had Confederate Stars and Bars license plates viewers still would have loved them. McConnaughey and Harrelson played incredibly intense, driven and seriously flawed police detectives and human beings. Awash in cheap bourbon, cheap women and even cheaper beer, their reprehensible self-destructive behavior was both pitiful and pitiable. And there is a difference between season one and season two. That McConaughey and Harrelson were on a crusade to find the creepy ritual killers of young girls made you root for them every step of the way. That you couldn’t see the plot twists coming made for riveting television. Season two has no such redemptive underpinnings.

In season two, the producers have also spared no expense to bring us a group of big Hollywood stars — probably too many and not the right ones. Where McConaughey and Harrelson were a believable couple, season two has four key characters seemingly only connected by the murder of someone we probably will never care about. In season one, rescuing virginal girls being flayed alive for a pseudo religion is something everyone can get behind. Punishing their captors and killers is something everyone can root for. In Season two we have a dead corrupt City Manager of a tiny industrial Southern California armpit. Why become emotionally invested in that?

Series Creator/Writer Nic Pizzolatto dishes out three troubled dissolute Southern California cops played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. Thrown into the mix is a quasi-legal casino owner and would be shtarker (tough criminal mastermind) played by Vince Vaughn. On paper, this should be a winning quartet, but the instruments are out of tune and the metaphorical musical score, i.e., the plot and the script is never going to make the Billboard Top 10.

Farrell, who was brilliant in the 2008 film In Bruges as a damaged neophyte incompetent hitman, is plunged in True Detective into the depths of self-despair and self destruction after selling his soul to Vaughn. Wallowing in Johnny Walker Blue Label, there’s nothing about his character that is remotely redeeming or worth rooting for. Farrell’s American accent just isn’t as interesting as when he speaks like a Brit or an Irishman.

McAdams is also asked to wallow in a self-loathing so palpable that it’s just shocking. The producers took the glam Queen Bee from Mean Girls and butched her out to an almost unrecognizable degree — and also to a non-credible level. She’s hard to believe in the role and is stretched well beyond her many talents. She can’t pull off the Charlize Theron mud-and-blood slathered tough trash role.

Kitsch seems to have peaked dramatically as Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, nothing he’s done since evinces the same level of passion and pathos. His beefcake starring roles in John Carter (the Water World of its time) and Battleship in 2012 ran aground faster than a deep keeled yacht in three-foot waters. In True Detective he’s suffering (naturally) from the psychic after effects of military service and is also looking for ways to punish and even maybe even kill himself. Kitsch is so remote and introverted that even his steamy hot girlfriend can’t crack through, so why should the audience bother?

Finally, Vaughn, utterly likable and believable in such wonderful comedies as Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball and Old School, is as miscast in a “heavy” mob boss role as Tom Hanks would be if he were also asked to play a gangster. Vaughn is a terrific comedic actor because of his easy sardonic wit and everyman demeanor. Henry Fonda could convincingly play evil (and against type) in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West. Vaughn is no Henry Fonda, but then Fonda really couldn’t do comedy that well either and he didn’t try very often. In suppressing his natural likability, Vaughn becomes not just unlikable but also uninteresting.

Pizzolatto in situating season two in Southern California begs comparison with scads of other L.A.-based noir classics such as L.A. Confidential, Chinatown and Double Indemnity, to name but a few — and True Detective comes up short and wanting in comparison. Where season one nailed rural Louisiana, season two misses the mark in Southern California. Season two is the wrong story, with the wrong characters and the wrong actors playing against type unsuccessfully. Let’s hope that Pizzolatto wasn’t a one-hit wonder with season one.

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New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre on His ’90s Fashion Hits and Misses

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L to R: Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg

Prepare to let your younger self have a freak-out moment: we scored some chat-time with New Kids on the Block‘s Joey McIntyre! In advance of the group’s performance at the revamped The Forum in LA on Saturday (Nelly and TLC will be there too), McIntyre spoke to us about fashion trends he’s rocked and well, some that he regrets. Turns out, he has a lot to say about style, with the recent rise of so many ’90s fashion trends. Check out the interview here:

Glamour: What were your favorite ’90s trends to wear?

Joey McIntyre: There weren’t many of them actually…I’d say Timberland boots. After that, it got way too baggy for me. It was way too roomy for me in the ’90s.

Glamour: Anything you regretted?

JM: The big lumberjack plaid shirts were bad—that’s my biggest regret. It’s probably good Getty [red carpet and paparazzi photos] weren’t around as much back then.

Glamour: What ’90s trends did you especially like on the ladies?

JM: Overalls, like the oversized kind TLC wore. That was cute.

Glamour: So many ’90s trends have come back recently. Any you wish would stay away? What are you liking again?

JM: I’m not a big fan of the flannel…it’d be nice if that stayed in the ’90s. I’ve always been a fan of Calvin Klein underwear, and that’s nice it’s back. I’ve got a pair of the classic boxers on right now.

Calvin Klein’s totally back in a big way: they just signed Kendall Jenner and shot Justin Bieber in a steamy campaign that resulted in…death threats.

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Rockets win in OT after LeBron misses FTs

James Harden scored 33 points for Houston and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free throws with 4.2 seconds left in overtime, helping the Rockets hold on for a 105-103 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.
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Middle-Schooler Misses Game-Winning Shot Attempt In Brutal Fashion, Realizes Life Is One Long, Cruel Joke

Kids need to learn just how cruel and horrible life can be at some point, so why not during a middle-school basketball game?

Well, at the end of a hard-fought game with the Riley County Falcons on Monday, the Rock Creek Mustangs certainly learned that.

Down 26-25 with just seconds to go, the team of eighth-grade boys found themselves with one last chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The ball was inbounded and dribbled into the key as friends and family nervously watched on. The shot went up — a solid, high-quality, statistically justifiable shot, it should be noted — hit the back of the rim and then, well, it just sort of sat there until time expired.

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Looks like the referee technically calls a jump ball, but whatever.

There are a lot of things to think here, such as WHY? WHAT? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? THAT POOR KID! NOOOOOOO!! etc. But remember, life is full of random, hopeless moments. You shouldn’t waste your breath.

Supposedly, the kids were playing in the Kansas Mid-East eighth-grade boys basketball league. But really, couldn’t this be any basketball league in America?

The lesson, as always: Hide your kids away in the house at all times.
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