John Oliver Continues Quest to Bring Down FIFA by Buying Ad on Trinidadian TV to Address Jack Warner

“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver continued his quest to slay the beasts at FIFA on Tuesday night by purchasing a block of airtime on Trinidad’s TV6. He used the four-plus minute block of time to address disgraced ex-vice president of the world soccer governing body Jack Warner and personally ask him to follow through with his threats to release documents that might prove FIFA President Sepp Blatter was complicit in widespread corruption at the organization.

“Because here’s my argument: why the hell not?” Oliver appealed to Warner, who was one of 14 people indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of racketeering, bribery and money laundering. “It’s not like you’re already not potentially in a lot of trouble. Seriously, I’ve been looking through the indictment and good luck with that…”

Warner, a former FIFA vice president and ex-head of CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has been accused of accepting a $10 million bribe in exchange for his support for South Africa in the voting for the 2010 World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Warner’s also been accused of taking $750,000 of funds donated by FIFA and the Korean Football Association to the Haiti earthquake relief fund.

But last week, Warner went on Trinidadian TV to declare he had an “avalanche” of evidence that would link other FIFA heads, including Blatter, to the corruption scheme. Called “Jack Warner: The Gloves Are Off,” Warner announced in the five-minute program that he would “no longer keep secrets for [FIFA] who actively seek to destroy the country.”

Warner’s ad came out two days after Blatter announced he would resign as head of the organization after being elected to a fifth term on May 29.

“[I]f you turn on FIFA, don’t underestimate how much people might be willing to forgive,” Oliver said on Tuesday, addressing Warner. “And if one day you end up in jail and you’re staring up at the ceiling wouldn’t you feel better to know that you took down some people with you? It’s like they say, snitches get smooches. That’s what they say. That’s the phrase. So please, release the documents, Mr. Warner.

“For once in your life, Mr. Warner, don’t think about yourself. Think about everyone else,” Oliver said.

Microsoft Drops the Price of the Xbox One and Introduces a 1TB Console

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If you’ve been eyeing an Xbox One, Microsoft just made it a little harder to talk yourself out of splurging on one.

The company announced Tuesday that it’s dropping the price of the 500 gigabite Xbox One to $349, which had previously been advertised as a “promotional” price drop from $399. Now, Microsoft will offer a new 1 terabyte model—that’s double the storage of the old standard model—for $399 instead, the company said in a blog post.

The Xbox is still locked in a battle with Sony’s PlayStation to control the console world, and this is a clear play to appeal to hardcore gamers. As gaming guide Kotaku and others have reported, Sony is, in fact, expected to release a 1 TB version of the PlayStation soon.

Microsoft also had some more news on its growing efforts to mix Xbox and PC gaming; a major feature of its upcoming operating system is that users can stream games from their console to their computer. To that end, Microsoft also announced it will sell a $25 adapter that will allow players to use their wireless controllers with their current computers.

The company has redesigned the controller to allow players to plug their gaming headsets into the controller, which gives them the option to control settings such as the volume of their microphone or the game’s audio while they play. Microsoft has also improved the quality of the sound that comes through the controller.

The new controller doesn’t mean, however, that you have to buy all new headsets or other accessories. “All existing controller accessories will work with the updated controller,“ the company said.

Prolific British Actor Christopher Lee Dies at Age 93

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LONDON, England — Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at age 93.

Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two “Star Wars” prequels.

But for many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British “Hammer Horror” thrillers churned out in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular around the world.

He railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles — including Sherlock Holmes and the founder of Pakistan — secured his place in film history.

“I didn’t have dreams of being a romantic leading man,“ Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. “But I dreamed of being a character actor, which I am.“

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London on Thursday issued a statement confirming that Lee died June 7. Lee’s agent said his family declined to comment or provide more details.

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in London on May 27, 1922. His father was a British army officer who had served in the Boer War and his mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano. His parents separated when he was young, and his mother later remarried Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Lee attended Wellington College, an elite boarding school, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II. Poor eyesight prevented him from becoming a pilot, and he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa and Italy.

After the war, the 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Lee was signed to a contract with Britain’s Rank studio, and spent the next decade playing minor roles in a series of formulaic pictures. He also appeared briefly in Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1948 along with his future Hammer co-star, Peter Cushing.

He launched his horror career in 1957, starring as the monster in Hammer’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.“ In 1958, Lee made his first appearance as the famous vampire in “Dracula,“ opposite Cushing’s Van Helsing.

Film critic Matthew Sweet said Lee brought a sensuality to the role that fit with the newly permissive times. While Bela Lugosi, the definitive 1930s Dracula, “postures and glides, Lee is rough and muscular,“ Sweet wrote in 2007.

“Lee’s performance convinced a generation of scholars that Dracula was a book about sex, and not about vampires,“ Sweet said.

Lee went on to play the Transylvanian vampire in sequels including “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,“ ‘'Dracula Has Risen From the Grave,“ ‘'Taste the Blood of Dracula,“ ‘'Scars of Dracula” and “Dracula A.D. 1972” — an ill-advised attempt to update the series to 1970s London.

Lee was wary of being typecast, and later said the studio practically blackmailed him into continuing to appear.

He held out for eight years after the first Dracula film before appearing in “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,“ in which he stars but has no lines.

In 2006, Lee told the BBC that his reaction to reading the script for the film was, “I’m not saying any of these lines. It’s impossible. They’re ridiculous.“

“That’s why I don’t speak in the film,“ he said.

During this period, Lee played non-vampiric roles in Hammer’s “The Devil Rides Out,“ ‘'The Mummy,“ ‘'Rasputin, the Mad Monk” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,“ and starred as mustachioed master criminal Fu Manchu in a series of low-budget thrillers. His last film for Hammer was “To the Devil a Daughter” in 1976.

Starting in the 1970s, Lee tried to shake off the Hammer mantle. He played the villain in “The Man With the Golden Gun” and appeared in non-Hammer horror films. The most distinguished was 1973’s “The Wicker Man,“ a cult classic in which Lee played the lord of a Scottish pagan community troubled by the appearance of an inquisitive police officer.

Lee appeared in so many movies that he acknowledged he couldn’t remember them all.

“And certainly some of them you want to forget,“ he said in 2002.

An energetic man who listed his hobbies in “Who’s Who” as “travel, opera, golf, cricket,“ Lee never retired. His career flourished late in life, with roles in some of the best-loved of film franchises. He also branched out into music, and released a heavy metal album to mark his 92nd birthday just last year.

Eva Juel Hammerich, a producer in Copenhagen, Denmark, who was expecting to film with Lee later this year, said she was shocked at the loss.

“Honestly we don’t know what to do,“ she said. “You can find another person to interpret a role but it will be done in a different way.“

The actor became Sir Christopher Lee when he was knighted in October 2009, receiving the honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Lee said at that time that “although I’ve played a lot of bad guys, there’s more scope than being the man in the white hat.“

Lee also appeared in several films by Tim Burton, including “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,“ and was proud of his turn as Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in “Jinnah.“

Lee felt his gift for comedy was under-appreciated. He was proud to have hosted the popular U.S. sketch show “Saturday Night Live” in 1978 and told the BBC that his greatest regret was turning down the part that went to Leslie Nielsen in the slapstick comedy “Airplane.“

“A lot of people, including the casting directors, have no idea that when I lived in America half of the films I did were comedies,“ he said in 2006. “They have no idea that I hosted ‘Saturday Night Live.‘ They don’t seem to be interested.“

Lee married Birgit Kroencke in 1961. Their daughter, Christina, was born in 1963.

Movie Review: ‘Results’

Indie writer-director Andrew Bujalski’s great talent is calling attention to the inherent ridiculousness of everyday life. In “Results,” which follows personal trainers at a boutique gym, each bouncy fitness class and cheesy affirmation adds gentle humor to a movie that’s a delight to watch, especially when it’s casually observing its characters going about their days.

Guy Pearce plays Trevor, the amiable, muscular owner of the Power 4 Life gym in Austin. Trevor has a sign tacked up on the wall of his office that reads “110%,” and he believes wholeheartedly in the power of positive thinking. He’s convinced that dreaming of a newer, bigger facility means the universe will turn his fantasy into the real thing. Otherwise, he seems pretty content. That is, except for one thorn in his side — his hotheaded employee, Kat (Cobie Smulders). She’s good at her job, but occasionally takes things too far, like when she stalks and berates a client for sneaking a cupcake.

Their tenuous peace is disrupted by the arrival of new client Danny (Kevin Corrigan, perfectly cast), a doughy stoner who has just inherited a huge pile of money and, after a divorce, arrives at the doorstep of Power 4 Life. Danny is eccentric to the max, often awkward and sometimes creepy. When Trevor asks the walk-in what his fitness goals are, Danny thinks for a moment before responding, “I want to be able to take a punch without falling down or puking.”

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Kat takes the job, but it turns out that Danny may be less interested in doing lunges than ogling her derrière while she demonstrates proper squat technique.

Until now, Bujalski has been a fringe filmmaker, who makes Sundance-ready mumblecore movies. His last feature was “Computer Chess,” a low-key black-and-white chronicle of a tournament where nerds try to outsmart machines. And just as he lovingly portrayed geeks and their humorous tics, Bujalski finds comedy in the gym rat world without ridiculing his ripped characters.

The movie, which is by far Bujalski’s most mainstream offering, turns somewhat unexpectedly into a romantic comedy. The love story that emerges is sweet, but also surprisingly less exciting than the everyday stuff: seeing Kat meet with a new client, watching Trevor film a cut-rate promotional video and witnessing him lead a pretty lonely after-hours existence that’s not unlike Danny’s.

The run-of-the-mill scenes are so entertaining thanks in large part to the expertly chosen cast, including a cameo from Anthony Michael Hall as Trevor’s Russian fitness idol. (Hall is starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to Dolph Lundgren, which works well for this particular role.) It’s nice to see Pearce, who is a powerful dramatic actor, doing lighter fare, and it’s even more exciting to see what Smulders can do now that she’s freed up from “How I Met Your Mother.”

“Results” is a smooth transition for Bujalski from the fringes to more commercial work. It’s heartening that he didn’t give up his calling-card observational humor to do it.

★ ★ ★

R. Contains strong language, sexual situations and drug use. 105 minutes.

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