Daniel Craig is apparently done playing role of the world's most popular spy – James Bond. Although the film franchise reportedly offered the English actor $99 million to reprise his role in a couple of movies, he turned it down; even if he earned millions for the four films he starred.
According to the Daily Mail, MGM wanted him to stay, owing to the fact that with him as 007, the franchise somewhat enjoyed success. The report also said that the film studio even pitched to him the inclusion of endorsements, co-producer credits, and even profit shares. Well, those are more than enough for other actors to immediately sign and embrace.
Craig may actually have turned his back from the most successful spy film franchise in history in as early as last year when he said in one of his interviews that he would rather slash his wrists instead of playing the character for another time after Spectre. more >>
World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is believed to be in rocky terms with uncle and trainer Peter Fury.
According to a report by Edward Chaykovsky for Boxing Scene, the rift between the two men happened during camp after the elder Fury was said to have been "fed up" when his nephew was dropped during a sparring session.
For his part, the 27-year-old boxer has admitted to be lacking in motivation for his upcoming July 9 rematchagainst former long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena in England, according to BBC. more >>
Pope Francis decried greedy business practices and prosperity gospel preachers during a mass at the Vatican Thursday morning.
During his homily at Casa Santa Maria, one of the Vatican's chapels, the pontiff excoriated business owners who don't provide healthcare coverage for their employees because they don't want to deal with the extra expense.
Specifically, Francis pointed to employers who seek to profit off of their employees without offering any benefits in return, such as pension plans or healthcare. more >>
Leicester City is still on a high after winning the club's first ever top level football championship and the media attention they got after the Cinderella-like story. While the team is currently in Bangkok for an extended celebration in their owners' home country, vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha can't help himself but get excited about the immediate future.
Beefing Up the Lineup
A Reuters report quoted the vice-chairman as saying that they intend to get three or four players to compete in the Champions League, although he didn't elaborate on how much money they're willing to spend in order to beef up the lineup ahead of better competition and more games. more >>
Atheist author and biologist Richard Dawkins has slammed what he called an "insult" regarding the rumor that late atheist Christopher Hitchens contemplated converting to Christianity before his death.
"Insulting a dead hero who now can't defend himself: I suppose they think that's OK if you're lying for Jesus," Dawkins wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday, and linked to an article written by Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, who sought to dismiss the suggestion.
Larry Alex Taunton, the founder and executive director of The Fixed Point Foundation, is accused of claiming in his book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, released back in April, that Hitchens had contemplated accepting Jesus at the end of his life. But Taunton denies that he ever made such a claim in an interview with CP. more >>
Middleweight boxer Chris Eubank Jr. decided to give it another try with Matchroom Boxing after reportedly signing a new deal with the same promotional company he left a year ago. The 26-year-old British fighter will make a ring return next month, June 25, on the Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale card.
The reigning British middleweight titleholder is a rising star in the sport, having won all but one of his 23 fights, with 17 of those wins on knockouts. He once held the WBA interim middleweight belt by defeating previously unbeaten fight Dmitry Chudinov in dramatic fashion, after stopping the Russian in the 12th and final round. He currently is ranked as the ninth best middleweight in the world by The Ring.
According to Bad Left Hook, Eubank Jr is elated to be back with the team that gave him his biggest career fights so far. "It's great to be back on the Matchroom team and I'm really looking forward to fighting again on Sky," he said. The promotional company's head man, Eddie Hearn, knows for a fact that the young fighter has so much potential in him. "He is fast becoming one of the biggest star attractions in the sport and I feel we have the perfect platform in Sky Sports to deliver him the huge fights," the veteran boxing promoter said. more >>