Barbie unveils new body types

The body types are meant to appeal to a wider demographic as Mattel frets over falling sales.

Barbie is trying to get with the times, this time by offering different body types including “tall” and “curvy.”

In the past, Barbie has been a one size fits all doll, which was fine during the peak of its popularity in the latter half of the 20th century, but as the public has gotten more diverse, so have tastes in dolls. Now, Mattel is offering a number of different versions to counter criticisms that the company holds up an unrealistic body image for girls, according to a New York Times report.

In addition, the new body types of curvy, tall, and petite will also come with different skin tones, hair styles, and eye colors.

Mattel has been struggling with plummeting sales for Barbie, its iconic brand, and is trying to make the doll more relevant. Mattel is trying to draw from a wider demographic than it has in the past.

The efforts to do so began last year when Mattel unveiled more skin tones and facial structures for its Fashionistas line.

But the writing may be on the wall for the company. Barbie has been around for 57 years and sales have continued to dive year after year. Third-quarter sales in 2015 were down 14 percent from the same period last year.

Barbie may be past its due date, with kids increasingly turning to electronics and games and away from traditional toys like dolls.

Mattel has been taking a stab at the electronics market, creating “Hello Barbie,” an interactive talking doll.

Mattel has been working on marketing too, creating an “Imagine the Possibilities” ad that shows little girls picturing themselves in various professions.

Joseph Fiennes selected to play Michael Jackson in comedy

Fiennes was just as surprised to play the black American pop star in the upcoming comedy.

As Hollywood remains embroiled in a controversy about a lack of minority nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards, another firestorm is erupting in the entertainment industry over race: the decision to cast a white man as Michael Jackson in a half-hour comedy on Sky Arts.

That man is Joseph Fiennes, the younger brother of actor Ralph Fiennes and the star of Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love. Fiennes is 100 percent white. He’s not even American.

As it turns out, Fiennes was just as surprised to play the black American pop star in the upcoming comedy, “Elizabeth, Michael, & Marlon,” which tells the strange real-life tale of how Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlon Brando went on a road trip together to flee New York after the 9/11 attacks, according to a CBS News report.

But Fiennes agreed to take the part, noting that Jackson’s skin tone at that stage of his life was unmistakable. Jackson had vitiligo, a skin condition that results in a loss of pigmentation, and thus despite being black, he appeared white because the disease was so advanced.

Some criticized the move, noting that plenty of black actors in Hollywood would be happy to play the role. And some note that Jackson himself wouldn’t have liked to have been played by a white person, saying in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey that he didn’t want a white child playing him in a Pepsi commercial because he was proud to be a black American. However, it appears production will go on with Fiennes in that role anyway.

Kendall Jenner stalker found not guilty

The man accused of stalking Kendall Jenner was found not guilty on Monday.

The man accused of stalking Kendall Jenner was found not guilty on Monday.

The man, Shavaughn McKenzie, who at one point had snuck through the large security gate at the home of Jenner last August and knocked on her car window with her inside, was not convicted of stalking via the split decision of a Los Angeles jury. Jenner was described as terrified by the experience.

“I was terrified,” recalled the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star. “I was literally traumatized.”

Lawyers for McKenzie defended his actions, saying that the man was delusional but not at all a threat for violence.

“He’s harmless. He’s very reserved,” said June Osavio, the mother of McKenzie, to the Daily News outside of the court room. “I just want the best for him. I hope I can take him back with me. I hope he’ll get the treatment he needs.”

Although he was acquitted of stalking, McKenzie was found guilty of trespassing and will face up to six months in a county jail for his conviction. He has spent 72 already in custody awaiting trial. It is believed that McKenzie will get double credit for the 72 days because of the fact that his crime was a misdemeanor and non violent. According to a lawyer for McKenzie, he should be up for release by the time he is scheduled to actually be sentenced on Nov. 10.

“It was all pretty clear. We were in agreement he had mental issues and needs treatment,” said juror, Miracle Jackson, aged 20, to The Daily News.

Suge Knight says Dr. Dre tried to have him killed twice

Music mogul, Marion “Suge” Knight, is suing Dr. Dre for trying to get him murdered for money.

Music mogul, Marion “Suge” Knight, is suing Dr. Dre for trying to get him murdered for money.

Knight, a former executive at Death Row Records, alleges that billionaire producer, Dr. Dre, hired a hit man to kill him. Knight was shot seven times at a pre MTV VMA party that was being hosted by Chris Brown in 2014. Knight is suing for unspecified damages, punitive and otherwise, for a number of claims.

According to Knight, the man who shot him was caught on a number of the 37 cameras present at the event but was not arrested.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department questioned a man who was identified as “Damian” or “T Money” who claimed that Dr. Dre paid him to kill Knight. Knight also alleges that Dre paid a separate man, named Cle “Bone” Sloan, to finish the failed hit in January, 2015.

“The lawsuit gives the proper motivation or at least explains what happened to Suge in the past year and a half,” said Thaddeus Culpepper, a lawyer for Knight. “It sets the table for real discussion as to why he would just run people over. If the idea is that he was just a crazy man and ran some people because he’s Suge Knight, no, there was a reason and we think we set it out pretty well.”

“Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious prosecution insurance,” responded a lawyer for Dr. Dre.

Rumors swirl about ex wife of Scottie Pippen dating Future

The ex wife of NBA Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen, has been rumored to be dating rapper, Future.

The ex wife of NBA Hall of Famer, Scottie Pippen, has been rumored to be dating rapper, Future.

This week, Pippen delivered shocking news that he had decided to divorce Larsa Pippen, his wife of 19 years. Now there are rumors that the reason for the separation of the two was that Larsa had been dating Future during their relationship.

Pippen, now 51 years of age, played professional basketball for only one year longer than he was married to Larsa. His career included stops in Chicago, Portland, Houston and Finland and Sweden internationally. He filed for divorce on Tuesday in Florida. The two have four children together and Pippen has three children by previous relationships.

“After careful consideration and 19 years together, Larsa and Scottie have each filed for dissolution of their marriage,” said a spokesperson for Larsa. “Although they are no longer to be married, Larsa remains hopeful that she and Scottie will always do what is best for their four beautiful children and jointly raise them with love and respect. She would like to thank everyone for their understanding and kindly ask for privacy from the media during this difficult time of transition for her family.”

TMZ  was the first to report that Larsa and Future may have been dating while she was married to Pippen. Both Larsa and Future have denied these claims. Larsa told TMZ that despite recent pictures of she and Future appearing online, they were friends for a long period of time during her marriage. Future also denied the claims, saying that he would not violate a marriage.

John Boyega excited about Donald Glover getting role in next Star Wars film

John Boyega had words of encouragement for Donald Glover getting a role in a new Star Wars film.

John Boyega had words of encouragement for Donald Glover getting a role in a new Star Wars film.

Boyega starred as Finn in the 2015 Star Wars reboot and expressed excitement over another addition to the cast.

“Glover as lando! I’m PUMPED, ” wrote Boyega after news that Atlanta actor, writer, and director, Donald Glover, was given the role of Lando Calrisian in a new, yet to be titled, Han Solo centered Star Wars movie.

“[The new film features Lando] in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld—years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero inReturn of the Jedi,” reads an update on the Star Wars website.

The new Star Wars film is set to be released in 2018. Reports suggest that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have signed on to direct the film. E! News has reported that actor, Alden Ehrenreich, has been given the role of Han Solo in the new film. The Solo character was vaulted into iconic status by the portrayal of Harrison Ford in the original and latest Star Wars films.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” remarked Miller and Lord. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic Con for him forever.”

Justin Bieber asks fans to stop screaming at concert

Justin Bieber asked fans to quiet down during a recent concert in Birmingham, England.

Justin Bieber asked fans to quiet down during a recent concert in Birmingham, England.

This comes in the wake of Bieber, who has been a highly recognizable singer since his childhood, canceling signing sessions because of the pressure he was receiving in person from fans.

“Hey, guys, could you do me a favor?” said Bieber to the crowd during the Tuesday date of his Purpose World Tour. “Could you guys just relax? For, like, two seconds?… I get it, but I’m like two feet away from you, and I can hear you. I appreciate it, I appreciate all the love, it’s amazing, but can you show it in a different way?”

“The screaming is just so obnoxious,” continued Bieber. “I get it, it’s been in our blood, it’s ingrained that you go to a concert and you scream and stuff. But, if we could just scream after the song – enjoy the song, you scream, it was awesome, it’s fun, and then… you take a chill pill for a second, and we just listen to me speak. ‘Cause I don’t feel like I’m being heard sometimes, and it gets a little frustrating. So if when I’m speaking, you guys could not speak at the top of your lungs, is that cool with you guys? Could we do that?”

“I recorded what Justin said about the screaming thing, he wasn’t being rude at all,” tweeted the poster of the video with the plea from Bieber.

Khloe Kardashian thinking boob job to be more like Kim

Khloe Kardashian is flirting with the idea of getting her breasts augmented.

Khloe Kardashian is flirting with the idea of getting her breasts augmented.

In an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that is set to air on Sunday, Khloe and sister, Kim, sift through different types of silicone breast insterts. Khloe tries a number of silicone inserts and Kim advises her on the shape and weight of different options. Khloe has long envied her sister for her naturally larger breasts.

“That’s all you’ve ever wanted is cleavage,” remarked Kim when seeing Khloe with the silicone inserts.

“I look like an Instagram whore,” joked Khloe to Kim. “Oh my God I’m finally you! Oh my God!”

Kim spoke about her natural breast size and suggested that Khloe did not necessarily need to augment her breasts.

“I mean Khloe looks beautiful no matter what, I love small boobs but I’ve always had big boobs,” said Kim. “I think Khloe doesn’t get how hard it is to work out when you really have big boobs bouncing around everywhere.”

Kim asserted that even if Khloe did get her breasts augmented, she should not go too big. Kim tried to warn Khloe about the disadvantages of having larger breasts. The two even worked out with a trainer while Khloe had the silicone inserts in her bra.

“I’ve always wanted cleavage in a sports bra!” exclaimed Khloe. “I love those girls at the gym that just got big ol’ boobs, and I never really had that so I’m diggin’ this whole cleavage in a sports bra thing.”

 

 

new way to cool off robotics

However, scientists are about to create a new subgroup in the form of sweating robotics.

Robotics have, come a long way. They have evolved so much that today, we have sub-branches such as soft robotics. However, scientists are about to create a new subgroup in the form of sweating robotics. Sweat is used as a cooling agent in mammals and as this new breed of robotics.

Kengoro is a robot created by the University of Tokyo with over 109 motors. This significant number of engines allow it to have great strength and ability to do press up for over 11 minutes. The amount of energy released during such activities would burn out a robot in less than five minutes.

But The group of scientists published that by using the water-based cooling system to use the heat from the robot to evaporate water, cooling was achieved. “We even fixed it with a face that changes emotions,” said lead scientist at Tokyo University. “We tried to make it as human as possible and at the same time make it just as secure.”

With the amount of motors running the robots the traditional robot cooling systems would not have worked. They would have added bulk is reducing the efficiency they are able to carry out these feats of strength that the sweating robot has displayed so far.

This Tokyo lab has had a history of creating human-like robots. They aim to make humanoids that are lifelike as possible. But this is difficult due to the need of a powerful energy source that would make locomotion of a two humanoid difficult due to imbalance.

The honey bee’s extinction reports greatly exaggerated

These fears had led the price of honey to spike almost to double its standard retail rate.

A few weeks ago reports were flying that honey bees were on the verge of extinction. However, these reports appear to fall. However, the Hawaiian bee is crouching closer to being classified to endangerment status.

The Hawaiian bee is a little known bee that is exclusively found on the island. The honey bee, on the other hand, is experiencing one of the highest population densities it has had since 2006. These fears had led the price of honey to spike almost to double its standard retail rate.

However, scientists are blaming the panic and unscrupulous businesses for the sudden rise in the commodity. The honey bee population is quite steady, and farmers have played a significant role in achieving this.

Farmers often split colonies into two or three small colonies and let them grow in numbers creating different colonies. They have also engineered ways of specifically breeding queen bees to start new colonies. Scientists predict that the number is set to grow even further rather than dropping as initially reported.

“Honey bees are not about to go extinct,” said Kim Kaplan, a researcher with the USDA. “It is the beekeepers who are in danger, facing unsustainable economic losses.” But the researcher did address some concern when it came to wild bees.

If they do get in trouble, there is no one who will help protect them. With the African bee and wildfires the biggest exterminators of the native bee, scientists are urging the government to create better protection measures.