Earlier this year, the Kellan Lutz vehicle The Legend of Hercules thudded into theaters with 3 percent positive reviews and an $18.8 million gross on a $70 million budget. Let's hope that The Legend of Hercules was a failure of execution and not concept, because the second blockbuster take on the storied demigod is slated to hit theaters this summer.
The first teaser for Brett Ratner's Hercules reintroduces the hero to audiences with a grandiose monologue. "No matter how far you go, man cannot escape his fate," says the voiceover. "Are you a murderer? Are you a mercenary who turns his back on the innocent? We believe in you. We have faith in you. Remember the deeds you have performed. The labors you have accomplished. Are you only the legend, or are you the truth behind the legend?"
Hercules would look like yet another second-rate 300 knockoff if not for one thing: The presence of the unfailingly charismatic Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the title role. Unfortunately, this teaser doesn't give us much to go on: A bunch of action shots and the sure-to-be-endlessly-quoted capper, "I. AM. HERCULEEEEEEEEES!"
Will this blockbuster take revitalize the legendary hero on the big screen? We'll find out when Hercules hits theaters in July. --Scott Meslow
During Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced that the Aug. 6 broadcast will be his last.
Stewart waited until the end of the episode to make his announcement, and while he didn't give any details about what will happen on that final show, he did remind viewers that there is a contest underway to give a fan the opportunity to attend his last taping, Variety reports. Stewart did not say when new host Trevor Noah's first show will air. Catherine Garcia
On Tuesday, prosecutors in Italy arrested the Tunisian captain and a Syrian crew member of the boat that capsized over the weekend, sending as many as 900 migrants to a watery grave. Both men were charged with abetting illegal immigration, and the captain was slapped with multiple charges of reckless homicide. Some of the 27 survivors told prosecutors that hundreds of fellow migrants were locked below deck, unable to escape when the boat keeled over.
On Monday, European Union officials had an emergency meeting to address the growing number of migrant boats from North Africa, and the resulting glut of maritime tragedies. This latest disaster off Libya's coast was "a game-changer," Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "If Europe doesn't work together history will judge it very badly." EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss how best to address the migration problem.
LL Cool J warned Jimmy Fallon multiple times on Monday's The Tonight Show that he can't draw, and it wasn't a case of someone downplaying their talents: LL Cool J really can't draw. During another celebrity edition of Pictionary, LL and Rose Byrne faced off against Fallon and Big Sean, who were surprisingly in sync with each other. LL tried his hardest when it was his turn, but his doodle of a tattoo was so bad — not to mention accidentally obscene — that Byrne was left speechless. Watch the video below. —Catherine Garcia
Late Monday, Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The voluntary recall follows a partial recall and the closure of an Oklahoma facility earlier in the month.
"We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe," said CEO Paul Kruse in a statement.
The recall affects retailers in 23 states and international markets. Blue Bell, a family-owned creamery that has been making ice cream for 108 years, says it will return to market after it tracks down the source of the listeria and tests all its products for the bacteria. Peter Weber
More than 5 million hens at an Iowa commercial laying facility will be euthanized, following the discovery of bird flu on the premises, officials said.
In a statement, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said that the facility has been quarantined, and the birds will be "humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease." Since December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says almost 8 million cases of bird flu have been found in 13 states, with more than 7 million having been confirmed this month. This is the second outbreak in Iowa, CNN reports; the first happened at a turkey facility in Buena Vista County. Catherine Garcia
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese's electric orange hue will soon be a thing of the past: Starting next January, the company will no longer sell its original version with artificial preservatives and colors, instead using paprika, annatto, and turmeric to give the dish its tint.
The change comes as consumers continue to shy away from processed foods, and while Kraft was willing to adapt, they had to make sure the taste wasn't altered. "We weren't ready to change the product until we were confident that Kraft Macaroni & Cheese tastes like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese," the company said. Kraft already has one product on the market, Kraft Mac & Cheese Boxed Shapes, without artificial flavors, preservatives, or synthetic colors, and plans to roll out additional preservative-free macaroni and cheese varieties later in 2016. Catherine Garcia
William Shatner has come up with what he says is a surefire way to save California from its drought: Build a pipeline from rain-drenched Seattle to the Golden State.
"I want $30 billion...to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline," he told Yahoo. "How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground — because if it leaks, you're irrigating." The actor plans to launch a Kickstarter in an attempt to raise the billions of dollars necessary to make the pipeline a reality, and believes he's doing a public service by at least bringing awareness to the drought. "If I don't make $30 billion, I'll give it to a politician who says, 'I'll build it,'" he said.
This isn't the first time a pipeline has been proposed to help California with water. Several decades ago, state water officials discussed securing water from the Pacific Northwest, but that plan never came to fruition. In 1977 and 1990, Los Angeles Supervisor Kenneth Hahn discussed digging aqueducts to carry water from the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest and the Snake River in Idaho, but those states weren't interested — in a 1990 letter to Hahn, Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt wrote, "I have the distinct impression that you are trying to steal my water." Catherine Garcia