Big Snake Regurgitating Live Rival Serpent Will Take You To A Dark Place

Snakes alive!

Viral video of a big snake regurgitating another serpent that?s still alive might be one of the creepiest, WTF reptile moments caught on camera. It?s seriously… eek!

Christopher Reynolds filmed the predator and its fully swallowed prey under some leaves in Newton, Texas, National Geographic reported Monday.

Reynolds guessed that his presence might have scared the black snake from fully digesting its meal, the magazine noted. He said it was the slithery victim?s ?super, ultra, lottery-lucky day.?

But for anyone who watches this, it might not be your lucky day if you?re about to eat.

In the YouTube video Reynolds posted Saturday, he wrote that he caught the spectacle while driving home from his mother?s with his wife, Nina. She suggested he film it.

?I am happy I did,? he said.

 h/t Digg


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Sofia Coppola Becomes Second Woman To Win Cannes Film Festival’s Directing Prize

Ending a 56-year gap, Sofia Coppola became the second woman to receive the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival as the gala wrapped up on Sunday.

Russian Yuliya Solntseva won for ?The Story of the Flaming Years? in 1961. Coppola was honored for ?The Beguiled,? a Southern Gothic horror that updates the 1971 Civil War drama starring Clint Eastwood. Three of the director?s previous features ? ?The Virgin Suicides,? ?Marie Antoinette? and ?The Bling Ring? ? also competed at Cannes.

?I was thrilled to get this movie made and it?s such an exciting start to be honored in Cannes,? Coppola said in a statement.

Along with praising ?my great team and cast,? she thanked Universal Studios and one of its speciality divisions, Focus Features, ?for their support of women-driven films.?

Nicole Kidman, a star of ?The Beguiled? and three other Cannes selections, received a special prize marking the French festival?s 70th anniversary.

The coveted Palme d?Or, one of filmmaking?s most lauded honors, went to ?The Square,? a surprising choice for a festival that typically favors intense dramas. ?The Square? is a farce about an art museum staging a radical exhibition that sparks a social crisis. 

Pedro Almódovar, the acclaimed director of ?Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown? and ?Talk to Her,? headed this year?s jury, which also included Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, South Korean director Park Chan-wook and Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.

Here?s the full list of winners. Many of the hits at Cannes factor into the Oscar race.

Palme d?Or: ?The Square,? a Swedish art-world satire directed by Ruben Östlund

Grand Prix: ?120 Beats Per Minute,? an AIDS drama directed by Robin Campillo

Jury Prize: ?Loveless,? a Russian missing-child drama directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Best Actress: Diane Kruger, ?In the Fade?

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, ?You Were Never Really Here?

Best Director: Sofia Coppola, ?The Beguiled? 

Best Screenplay: a tie between ?You Were Never Really Here? (written by Lynne Ramsay) and ?The Killing of a Sacred Deer? (written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou)

Camera d?Or, honoring the best debut feature: ?Jeune Femme,? directed by Léonor Sérraille 

Best Short Film: ?A Gentle Night,? directed by Qiu Yang

70th Anniversary Prize: Nicole Kidman, who starred in four Cannes titles (?The Beguiled,? ?The Killing of a Sacred Deer,? ?How to Talk to Girls at Parties? and ?Top of the Lake: China Girl?)

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Director John Scheinfeld On The Spiritual Journey Of Jazz Icon John Coltrane

In this week?s episode of ?Scheer Intelligence? Robert Scheer speaks with documentarian John Scheinfeld about his latest film, ?Chasing Trane? about jazz icon John Coltrane. The two also discuss Scheinfeld?s earlier film, ?The U.S. vs. John Lennon,? and Lennon?s political activism during the Vietnam War.

The conversation begins with a look at the parallels between Lennon and Coltrane. Noting that the two music legends ?overlapped in time,? Scheer tells Scheinfeld: ?What you capture in both stories is a search for integrity and rebellion.?

After delving into Lennon?s political activism during and after the Vietnam War, the two discuss Coltrane?s legacy. Scheinfeld notes that Coltrane was a ?practice nut? who would practice ?hours and hours every day.?

?Yes, jazz exists today, but it?s not the same thing,? Scheer says.

Scheinfeld explains Coltrane?s background and musical process, and the two agree that his music defied any genre.

?He seemed to always be learning and seeking the truth,? Scheinfeld says. ?I didn?t want to make a jazz film. In fact, I think the word ?jazz? appears in ?Chasing Trane? maybe five times. This is a journey film … it?s a portrait of this remarkable artist.?

Listen to the full conversation and listen to past editions of ?Scheer Intelligence? here.

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Jared Kushner Reportedly Discussed Setting Up Secret Communication Channel With Moscow

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump?s adviser and son-in-law, reportedly discussed opening a secret communication channel between the administration?s transition team and the Russian government, The Washington Post reported Friday.

According to the report, Kushner discussed that possibility with Russia?s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in December, before Trump?s inauguration. Specifically, Kushner reportedly asked about using Russia?s diplomatic facilities to secure the channel to avoid being monitored.

That suggestion surprised Kislyak, who is widely believed to be involved with Russia?s spying operations, according to the Post:

Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate ? a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team.

Read the full Washington Post report here.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February after he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak and then lied about it, also attended the meeting, as was reported in March

The White House didn?t immediately return a request for comment on the Post?s report.

The article comes one day after the Post reported that Kushner is under investigation as part of the FBI?s probe into whether Trump?s campaign team actively colluded with Russian officials to try to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Kushner is one of Trump?s most trusted advisers and has been tasked with myriad policy issues in the White House. He is married to Trump?s eldest daughter, Ivanka, and had spent his career as a real estate developer.

In March, it was revealed that Kushner had failed to disclose his meeting with Kislyak in December as well as a sit-down meeting with the head of a Russian state-owned bank on his security clearance forms for his White House post. Kushner has agreed to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss those meetings.

The White House has described both meetings as routine.

On Kushner?s talk with Kislyak, the White House said in March: ?The two spoke about potentially establishing a more open line of communication in the future. The meeting was similar to dozens of others that took place over the course of the campaign with representatives of other foreign countries. They have not reconnected since the initial meeting.?

The Post?s article about Kushner is just the latest in a string of reports about Trump associates? alleged ties to Russian officials.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Russian officials had discussed how to influence several Trump campaign officials, including Flynn and onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort. Both Flynn and Manafort are under FBI investigation for their ties to Russia. 

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump had allegedly asked his intelligence chiefs to publicly push back on the Russia investigation, a request they denied.

And last week, reports emerged that Trump allegedly asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February to stop his bureau?s investigation of Flynn. Trump fired Comey roughly three months later, citing ?this Russia thing? as part of why he decided to terminate the FBI director. 

Amid increased scrutiny and talk of impeachment, the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the Russia probe.

Trump and the White House, meanwhile, have denied any wrongdoing and have dismissed the Russia investigation as a ?witch hunt.? 

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is Having Trouble Accepting That ‘Baywatch’ Is A Bad Movie

When one of the biggest laughs in your movie revolves around the supposed hilarity of Zac Efron fondling a dead man?s scrotum, it?s probably a good move to check your outrage over its critical reception.

If you?ve somehow been able to remain ignorant to its relentless marketing campaign (seriously, how?), ?Baywatch? hits theaters Friday and critics are already savaging the movie with a 19 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Some have compared watching the reboot to sitting in a wet bathing suit for a prolonged period, while others have conceded it?s stupidly entertaining at best.

The movie?s star, Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson, however, is on a one man social media mission to convince the world that ?Baywatch? isn?t as bad as everyone?s saying it is. Cue the actor launching into an almost Trumpian tweetstorm on Thursday about how out of touch the media is with what the the public wants. 

He kicked it off by reminding us all of the ?extremely high scores? from fans. 

Then he posted a story about the critics score on Rotten Tomatoes rising from its 13 percent to a slightly less embarrassing 18 percent. 

?Yay positive upticks,? he tweeted. ?Fans LOVE the movie. Critics HATE it. What a glaring disconnect. People just want to laugh & have fun.?

Next he spent time praising some fans and critics who actually liked the movie with some choice retweets and knocks at those who laughed in the theater, but trash the film publicly. 

And to finish off, Johnson took one more jab at the ?Baywatch? naysayers, reminding everyone once again of just how differently the fans and the media feel about the movie. 

?Oh boy, critics had their venom & knives ready,? he wrote. ?Fans LOVE the movie. Huge positive scores. Big disconnect w/ critics & people.?

Considering the way things are headed, ?Baywatch? will likely get a sequel and Johnson will make the White House home within the decade, so maybe we should submit and take a bite of what The Rock is cooking.

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