Jurassic World Takes $511m in Record Opening Weekend!

The fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series has become the first film to take more than $500m at the box office on its opening weekend.
Jurassic World was the most popular screening in all 66 countries where it was released.
The film made $204.6m (£131.4m) in the US, according to the firm Exhibitor Relations.
It took $100m in China and $29.6m (£19m) in the UK and Ireland as part of the record global total of $511.8m.
The Universal Pictures release had the second-highest grossing opening weekend in the US.
The record is held by Marvel’s The Avengers, which took $207.4m in 2012.
Jurassic World was co-produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the series, and directed by Colin Trevorrow.
It stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations, told Variety.com: “People should call dinosaurs the original superheroes. They are just as big as Iron Man or Superman or Batman right now.”
Jurassic Park was a major worldwide success in 1993, taking more than $1bn globally.
It was followed by The Lost World: Jurassic Park four years later, and Jurassic Park III in 1993.
The third film got poor reviews and made far less than its predecessors.
Analysts say the success of the latest movie will vindicate the decision to reboot the franchise for a new generation of dinosaur fans.

Sri Lanka Badminton Faces Suspension!

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has warned that the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) will be suspended if they did not conduct their AGM and form an acceptable governance by 30th June 2015.

In a letter sent to Amal Dias and signed by Thomas Lund the General Secretary of BWF has expressed hope that the promised revisions of the Sri Lanka Sports Law will be presented latest by 30th June and this means that a process can be initiated to get the governance structure in Sri Lanka badminton brought up to date. If this does not happen the BWF will have no other option than to suspend SLBA.

There is an ongoing process between the IOC and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Sports to come up with the revised Sports Law latest by 30th June 2015. The BWF recommend that the amended Sports Law be reviewed before the AGM and new elections are planned.

The letter goes on to state that if the draft of the revised Sports Law is produced and acceptable by 30 June, BWF will ask SLBA to plan a meeting to update their governance structure. This includes to conduct a Special General Meeting (SGM) to make necessary revisions to the SLBA constitution and bring it in line with the BWF requirements.

The proposed changes must be sent to BWF before these are circulated to the membership leading up to the SGM.

BWF has also warned that if the Ministry of Sports fails to present an acceptable draft of the new Sports Law the BWF will initiate procedures to immediately suspend the SLBA until such time that an acceptable governance structure has been set up around the SLBA. This move is to protect the SLBA against any unacceptable government interference.

The delay to revise the Sports Law by the Ministry of Sports has become a bane to all sports associations in Sri Lanka. All world governing bodies of sports, mainly the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is standing firm regarding changes to the sports law in compliance to the stipulated rules. If this is not done the elections of all sports bodies in Sri Lanka will not be recognized and possibly face suspensions. All elections stand to gain null and void status by the IOC.

The election conducted by the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) is already not recognized by the IAAF who states that there is government interference. The recent visit by the former president of AASL Maj. Gen. (rtd) Palitha Fernando and secretary Prema Pinnawela to Wuhan, China met with officials from the IAAF who had confided that they only recognize Fernando and Pinnawela as the officials from Sri Lanka.

Even the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) election is not recognized by the world governing body FINA. The visit of Wasim Majid, a committee member of FINA and a Pakistani national, has said that FINA is not recognizing the newly elected office bearers of SLASU.

The election of SLASU is allegedly conducted at short notice and was known only to a few affiliated members.

Car Mart Launches Peugeot 508 Here!

Car Mart Limited launched the latest Peugeot 508 model to Sri Lanka at the Galadrai hotel on Tuesday amidst a large gathering of the corporate sector. Sri Lanka is the third Asian country to launch this model said, Asiff Shah Jehan, Sales Manager, Car Mart Limited. The cars will available in both Petrol and Diesel models. “ We are targeting the high end customers and also the corporate sector,” he said.

Happy Birthday – Courteney Cox!

American actress who became known as the obsessively neat Monica Geller on Friends, and later received a Golden Globe nomination for her role on ABC’s Cougar Town. She played the role of Gale Weathers in the horror movie series Scream and founded Coquette Productions.

After graduating from high school, she briefly studied architecture at Mount Vernon College before deciding to pursue a career in acting.

She appeared on a commercial for Tampax and became the first person to use the term “period” on TV.

She married David Arquette in 1999. They had a daughter named Coco in 2004 and divorced in 2013. She got engaged to Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid in 2014.

She worked with Jennifer Aniston on the highly successful TV sitcom Friends and received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996.

Fifa Film Flops at the Box Office!

A vanity film about the history of Fifa has flopped in the US, taking just $607 (£397) in its opening weekend.
United Passions was funded by about £17m of Fifa cash, and was completed before corruption charges were made against 14 of its officials in May.
Starring Tim Roth as Sepp Blatter, the hagiography of football’s governing body has had damning reviews.
The Village Voice called it “not merely ham-fisted, but pork-shouldered, bacon-wristed, and sausage-elbowed”.
The Guardian added that “as proof of corporate insanity it is a valuable case study.”
The movie’s budget was estimated at between $25m – $32m (£16- £21m), with Fifa said to have put up about three-quarters of the money.
It debuted in the States on Friday, on just 10 screens.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the FilmBar cinema in Phoenix reported takings of just $9, meaning only one person bought a ticket.
Its release came as Fifa faces an investigation into allegations of corruption during the bidding process to host the 2010 World Cup.
The US Department of Justice has indicted a total of 14 current and former Fifa officials and associates on charges of “rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted” corruption following a major inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
President Sepp Blatter stood down last week, although he faces no charges himself.
United Passions purports to present the history of Fifa through three leaders, and co-stars Sam Neill as Blatter’s predecessor, Joao Havelange, and Gerard Depardieu, who plays Fifa founder Jules Rimet.
Depardieu was the only actor who attended the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.