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Fitch, S&P downgrade Argentina's credit rating on rising uncertainty


Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina’s peso ended a tumultuous week Friday having shed 20 percent in its value against the US dollar as both Fitch and S&P cut the South American country’s long-term credit rating, citing increased uncertainty and a rising risk of default.

The peso gained 2.75 percent to trade at 58.12 to the dollar on Friday, after several days of freefall were halted Thursday following a joint appeal for calm by President Mauricio Macri and his center-left rival Alberto Fernandez.

But the outlook remains uncertain after markets went into turmoil following Macri’s crushing defeat by the populist Fernandez in nationwide primary polls on Sunday.

“The Argentine peso has stabilized over the past few trading days but the collapse earlier this week has made a sovereign debt default highly likely,” said analysts Capital Economics in a note.

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded the crisis-hit government’s credit rating two notches to “CCC” from “B.” Standard & Poor’s dropped it a single grade from “B” to “B-.”

“The pronounced turbulence of the financial market, with a significant depreciation of the Argentine peso and a rise in interest rates… has significantly weakened the already vulnerable financial profile,” added S&P.

“The downgrade of Argentina’s ratings reflects elevated policy uncertainty… a severe tightening of financing conditions and an expected deterioration in the macroeconomic environment that increase the likelihood of a sovereign default or restructuring of some kind,” Fitch said in its announcement.
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Superhero Movies You Never Got To See

Superhero Movies You Never Got To See



Superhero Movies You Never Got To See It's kind of hard to get your head around today, but there was a time when the idea of a big-budget superhero movie raking in the big bucks at the box office was downright laughable in the minds of Hollywood executives. Successes like Richard Donner's 1978 classic Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton's landmark 1989 flick Batman were pretty much seen as flukes; comic books were for kids, the logic went, so big-screen adaptations were a gamble at best.

But before Marvel Studios was formed and promptly bet every last one of their chips on a shared universe involving what were then C-list characters, there were a few brave souls who tried to buck the prevailing logic and bring the colorful figures of their childhoods to the screen. Even after 2000's X-Men and 2002's Spider-Man established the blueprint for the modern superhero genre, some struggled to work from that blueprint, and comic book-based movies experienced a ton of growing pains in trying to figure out exactly what the genre could be, and what kind of stories could be told.

Here are the projects that talented filmmakers — and, well, some not-so-talented — tried and failed to get off the ground well before superhero cinema came to dominate pop culture. These are the early attempts at mining properties that may be seen as guaranteed moneymakers today, but were viewed as mere kid stuff not so very long ago.

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Wonder Woman starring Sandra Bullock:


There's a long history of attempts to tell the story of Princess Diana of Themiscyra on the big screen, but until 2017, they had always failed to launch. The reason for this can probably be summed up in two words: Lynda Carter.

Sam Raimi's Thor:


Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series may look a little quaint by today's standards, but when the first film dropped in 2002, it seemed like a minor miracle that somebody — anybody — had not only made a big-budget film featuring the wall-crawler, but a pretty damn good one.

John Singleton's Luke Cage starring Idris Elba:


The erstwhile Power Man wasn't the first black hero in comics, or even in Marvel lore (Black Panther and the Falcon both preceded him), but Luke Cage immediately earned a high profile by virtue of a colorful costume, a formidable power set, and an awesome catchphrase ("Sweet Christmas!").

Venom starring Topher Grace:



As well-received as Sam Raimi's first two Spider-Man films were, that is exactly how well-received 2007's Spider-Man 3… wasn't. While it had its moments — Thomas Haden Church's Sandman was a definite highlight — it also suffered from villain bloat, a convoluted script, and Emo Peter Parker.



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Federer stunned in straight sets by Rublev at Cincinnati

Federer stunned in straight sets by Rublev at Cincinnati


Cincinnati (AFP) - Roger Federer crashed to a third-round defeat in a first-time meeting with Andrey Rublev, who posted a 6-3, 6-4 upset on Thursday at the ATP Cincinnati Masters.

The seven-time Cincinnati champion, who turned 38 last week, was unable to make an impression as he played only his second match since losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.

“I struggled on my serve early on. Got broken the first service games, and there you have it,” Federer said. “That sort of set the tone for the match maybe a little bit.

“But the combination was tough: he was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive. I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly, but sometimes can’t rely on that serve to the one-two punch.”

Rublev, a 21-year-old Russian qualifier who missed months last season with injury, was shell-shocked at his win over the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

“It’s an amazing feeling when you play such a legend as Roger,” he said. “At least 99 percent of the crowd was supporting him.

“Today I was just trying to do my best. I told myself I need to play every point to the end. No matter what the situation, I kept fighting.”

Third seed Federer went down to the world number 70 in barely an hour, losing for only the 10th time here after winning 47 matches.


“He was super clean,” Federer said. “Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

The Swiss will now head into the US Open later this month with just two matches on hard courts under his belt.

Rublev earned his second top-five win in a month after beating Dominic Thiem in Hamburg on his way to the final.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet ousted Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8⁄6), 6-3 while Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka reached his second quarter-final of the season by defeating Australia’s Alex de Minaur 7-5, 6-4.

The 77th-ranked Nishioka, who shocked compatriot Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, will next face either France’s Adrian Mannarino or Belgian 16th seed David Goffin for a place in the semi-finals.

Nishioka, 23, advanced in 82 minutes, never facing a break point while twice breaking the Australian’s serve.

- Barty eyes No. 1 return -

Women’s top seed Ashleigh Barty held off Anett Kontaveit as the Estonian served for victory before the top seed scraped a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 triumph into the WTA event quarter-finals.

The win keeps the Australian in the chase for a possible return to the WTA number one ranking, which she lost to Naomi Osaka on the eve of this US Open build-up event.

Barty needs to reach Sunday’s final in order to regain the ranking summit.

“It was a little bit scrappy at times today but proud of the way we were able to fight and hang in there right until the end,” said the reigning Roland Garros champion.

“Ultimately that was the most important part about today was to try to hang in there as best that I can, fight right until the end and try and make a match of it... Read More
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Lightof My Life Trailer: Casey Affleck Directs Himself in Post

Lightof My Life Trailer: Casey Affleck Directs Himself in Post


For his long-awaited followup to his controversial feature directorial debut, “I’m Still Here,” Casey Affleck picked a bit of a strange premise to tackle: a post-apocalyptic drama about a world without women. The actor and filmmaker settled two lawsuits in 2010 accusing him of sexual harassment and other forms of misconduct during the making of “I’m Still Here.” Despite the lawsuits being settled, Affleck has faced scrutiny over his behavior in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-harassment movements. 

When he debuted his latest film, “Light of My Life,” at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, he hit back at queries regarding its genesis. “It’s not. I wrote this movie and made this movie before all of those things became part of the conversation,” Affleck said at the film’s festival press conference about the film being a response to his personal history. “I hope people keep their minds open and be responsible and measured in their reactions. And people can talk for themselves. It’s not something I can control.” 

One thing to talk about in purely cinematic terms: Affleck’s apparent affection for other post-apocalyptic and survivalist dramas that hinge on the relationship between parent and child, like “The Road” and “Leave No Trace.” Both films appear to have influenced “Light of My Life,” which follows Affleck as a father attempting to hide his daughter after a plague kills the rest of the world’s female population.


Per the film’s (relatively obtuse) synopsis: “Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world’s population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.” The film also stars Tom Bower and Elisabeth Moss, who appears in flashbacks as Affleck’s character’s wife.
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Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw


Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015's Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they've tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever--and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown's Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw's sister--these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. 

Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: David Leitch
Written By: Chris Morgan
In Theaters: Aug 2, 2019 Wide Studio: Universal Pictures

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First Look At Bruce Wayne Revealed In New Titans

Titans Season 2 Reveals First Look At Bruce Wayne And Deathstroke


The first trailer for Titans Season 2 has dropped, and the younger DC heroes are back and are looking as good as they've ever been. Of course, that's not what many may be the most excited about upon viewing this trailer as it features the first look at Iain Glen's Bruce Wayne and Deathstroke. Who would've thought 2019 would bring us two old Bruce Wayne's in live-action?
It's truly a blessed time for DC television, as those two characters are just some of the iconic characters to appear in this new trailer. Check it out, and be on the look out for new looks for some heroes we love, Superboy, Krypto, and Donna Troy (aka Wonder Girl) in addition to The Dark Knight and the fearsome Deathstroke.

  In the words of Robin, "Titans are back, bitches." The crew is looking good after their inaugural season, and seems to be finding more and more people to bring into their adventures. There's fighting, a proclamation that there are no sidekicks in the Titans, and an exciting feeling that all of this will make much more sense when new episodes debut on DC Universe Friday, September 6. ...read more cinemablend
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Asia markets fall sharply, extending global losses



Hong Kong (AFP) - Asian markets slumped in morning trade Tuesday, tracking global losses after Wall Street suffered its worst sell-off of the year as investors fretted over the US-China trade war.

A sharp fall in the Chinese yuan’s value against the dollar – breaching the 7.0 level seen as a key threshold by investors – prompted US President Donald Trump to formally designate Beijing as a currency manipulator.

Tensions have escalated since Trump last week vowed to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods from September 1, which would subject virtually all of the $660 billion in annual merchandise trade between the world’s two top economies to punitive duties.

On Monday, the yuan dropped to its lowest level to the dollar since August 2010, fuelling speculation that Beijing was devaluing its currency to support exporters and offset Trump’s latest threat to hit $300 billion in Chinese goods with 10 percent tariffs.

The slide in the yuan’s value drew sharp criticism from Trump who called it “a major violation which will greatly weaken China over time”.

The US leader has repeatedly accused China of currency manipulation – charges Beijing has long denied.

Beijing’s prior policy on the yuan had been to purchase foreign currencies, in part to avoid triggering capital outflows, but analysts said further weakening was likely.

“Continued yuan depreciation should be expected, albeit at a staggered pace,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

“Currency wars are taking centre stage,” he warned, adding that “Beijing is likely to tolerate further weakness and we could see another 5% before the end of the year.”

Beijing has vowed to hit back if Washington goes ahead with its latest threat and late Monday Chinese state media reported that firms in the country have stopped buying US farm produce.

Multiple rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs between the two countries have hammered trade, fanning fears for the health of the global economy.

- Grim outlook -

On Wall Street on Monday, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 2.9 percent in the worst session of the year, while the broad-based S&P 500 slumped 3.0 percent and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 3.5 percent.

The outlook remained grim in Asia on Tuesday, when Tokyo opened nearly three percent lower before recovering to end the morning two percent down.

Hong Kong stocks recovered slightly after opening sharply lower, going into the break 0.71 percent down.

Shanghai and Sydney shed 2.6 percent. Manila and Wellington were also down around two percent.

Although Chinese and US negotiators are set to reconvene in Washington in early September for another round of talks after last week’s discussions in Shanghai, investors are not expecting a reprieve in the near future, analysts said.

“China is gearing up for a long trade battle with the US”, said Rodrigo Catril, senior strategist at National Australia Bank... Read More
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Top 10 Most Beautiful Girls In India

Top 10 Most Beautiful Girls In India

Who run the world? Girls! Don’t you agree? Beauty lies in enhancing what you have and letting yourself shine through! It’s definitely not flawless; it shines even through your flaws. These girls have achieved so much at such young ages, and that is definitely something to acknowledge. We have compiled a list of the 30 most beautiful girls in India, who have either made it BIG or are working their way through to success with their talent and charm. So here we go!

1. Alia Bhatt


Date of Birth: March 15, 1993
Place of Birth: Mumbai
Height: 1.6 m
Profession: Actress

The beautiful Alia Bhatt is one among the current young and fresh faces in Bollywood. She has shown her incredible acting skills with her performance in movies like Udta Punjab and Highway. She is also the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and belongs to a family of artistes. She describes herself as an animal lover and supports PETA.

2. Anushka Sharma


Date of Birth: May 1, 1988
Place of Birth: Ayodhya
Height: 1.75 m
Profession: Actress, producer, model

The bubbly actress is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in India. She was raised in Bangalore. She made her acting debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the YRF blockbuster Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Some of her other famous works include NH10, PK, Band Baaja Baaraat and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil among others. She also supports various causes and charities, including animal rights and gender equality. She also owns the production company ‘Clean Slate Films’. She is one among the most successful and beautiful girls in the Indian film industry.

3. Manushi Chhillar


Date of birth: May 14, 1997
Place of birth: Sonipat, India
Height: 1.75 m
Profession: Model

The winner of ‘Miss World 2017’ title,Manushi Chillar is more than just a pretty face. The 20-year old medical student from Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College is a model, a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and has also dipped her toes in Dramatics by attending the National School of Drama. Her win in the prestigious pageant makes her the sixth Indian woman to win the Miss World title.

4. Kriti Sanon


Date of Birth: July 27, 1990
Place of Birth: New Delhi
Height: 1.73 m
Profession: Model, actress

This pretty lass made her screen debut in the Telugu psychological thriller 1 Nenokkadine opposite Mahesh. Kriti started her Bollywood innings with Heropanti for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She has also starred in the romantic comedy Dilwale opposite Varun Dhawan. She is also the endorser of brands like Titan watches – Raga, Parachute, American Swan and others. The young, talented starlet has one of the prettiest smiles in the industry!

5. Disha Patani


Date of Birth: July 27, 1995
Place of Birth: Bareilly
Height: 1.7 m
Profession: Actress

Disha Patani has charmed us all with her gorgeous smile. She first appeared in a Cadbury ad in 2015 which made her quite popular. She starred in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and made her acting debut, receiving a whole lot of appreciation and fame.

6. Urvashi Rautela


Date of Birth: February 25, 1994
Place of Birth: Kotdwar
Height: 1.73 m
Profession: Actress, model

Urvashi was crowned Miss Diva – 2015 and represented India at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. She made her Bollywood debut with the film Singh Saab the Great which was followed by Sanam re and Kaabil.

7. Tamannah


Date of Birth: December 21, 1989
Place of Birth: Mumbai
Height: 1.68 m
Profession: Actress, dancer, model

The beautiful actress is one of the most famous actresses in the South besides being one of the highest-paid. She has done nearly 50 films in three different languages. Some of her famous works include the recent blockbuster Baahubali, Racha, Rebel, Happy days among others. She has also won the Asianet Film Award for Most Popular Tamil Actress.

8. Parineeti Chopra


Date of Birth: October 22, 1988
Place of Birth: Ambala
Height: 1.67 m
Profession: Actress

Initially, Parineeti aspired to make a career in investment banking. However, things chalked out quite differently for her. She made her acting debut in the film Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She also received a National Film Award for her performance in the movie Ishaqzaade. In addition to acting, she is active in charity work and supports various causes.

9. Rakul Preet Singh


Date of Birth: October 10, 1990
Place of Birth: New Delhi
Height: 1.73 m
Profession: Actress, Model

She started her modeling career while she was still in college. During this time, she also made her acting debut in the Kannada film Gilli. She predominantly works in Telugu films and has appeared in recent movies like Sarranoidu and Dhruva. She has established herself as one of the most sought-after actresses in the Telugu film industry.

10. Yami Gautam


Date of Birth: November 28, 1988
Place of Birth: Bilaspur
Height: 1.65 m
Profession: Model, actress

This ‘Fair and Lovely’ girl made her Bollywood debut with the film Vicky Donor. She has also appeared in movies like Action Jackson, Badlapur, Kaabil and Sanam Re. She also won the IIFA and Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut in 2013.

These young girls have done a fabulous job in making their mark and establishing themselves. Success is never an overnight feat. It involves passion, determination, and brains. Some of these sensational Indian beauties have gained recognition not only in the country but internationally too!
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