Watch: 'We stuck together' – Ocean's 8 stars talk about hit new heist film at European premiere

The all-female Ocean's 8 reboot has come out a clear winner at the box office this week after opening to an estimated $US41.5 million in its opening week figures in North America.

At the film's European premiere, actress Sandra Bullock, who plays group leader Debbie Ocean, said the group were determined to stick together.

"We stuck together, like, if we fail, we fail together, and if we succeed, we succeed together," Bullock said.

"Isn't it bizarre we feel surprised by the fact that a film with women that does well - people want to go see them? Good acting is good acting; a fun film is a fun film," actress Cate Blanchett, who plays partner in crime Lou, said.

The film exceeded weekend box office expectations with a franchise-best, topping 2001's Ocean's Eleven, 2004's Ocean's Twelve and 2007's Ocean's 13.

The strong audience turnout, including an increase in female moviegoers, is expected to see an increase in diversity in Hollywood.

Its success follows 2016's all-female outing, Ghostbusters, which topped the box office at $46 million following its opening weekend.

The female-led reboot stole the box-office crown from Solo: A Star Wars Story at the US box office over the weekend. Source: Associated Press



Watch: Meet the breakout te reo music stars Maimoa Music as they drop hot new single

How many pop hits can you name that are sung entirely in Māori?

Moana and the Moahunters were the trailblazers, but more recently Maimoa Music had a breakout hit with their song Wairua.

It stayed on the charts for weeks and the video has over 5.9 million views.

Seven Sharp’s Tamati Rimene-Sproat found out what motivates the group to stay true to Te Reo Māori in the video above.

Maimoa Music were one of the breakout bands of 2017 with their song Wairua. Source: Seven Sharp

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'We haven't given up hope' - orca whale declared dead but US feds refuse to stop search

Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty, and a scientist who tracks the animals declared her dead — though federal authorities said they'd keep looking.

The grim news means scientists believe just 74 whales remain in a group that has failed to reproduce successfully in the past three years. The orcas have struggled with pollution, boat noise and, most severely, a dearth of their preferred prey, chinook salmon, because of dams, habitat loss and overfishing.

"We're watching a population marching toward extinction," said Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research. "Unless we do something about salmon recovery, we're just not going to have these whales in the future."

The whales are in such bad shape that experts prepared last-ditch efforts to save the emaciated nearly 4-year-old known as J50. A sharpshooting veterinarian fired an antibiotic-filled dart into her, crews dropped live salmon in front of her to try to get her to eat, and scientists even mulled capturing her so they could diagnose and treat her.

J50 has not been seen since last Friday. As teams scrambled to find her today, she failed to appear with her pod once again, despite favorable sighting conditions. Balcomb, who tracks the whales for the US government, declared her dead late this afternoon.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman for NOAA Fisheries, said the agency gives great weight to Balcomb's assessment of the whales, given his long experience monitoring them. But, he said the US and Canadian governments plan to continue searching Friday on the chance she's still alive.

"We want to make the most of it to make sure that if J50 is there, we haven't missed her," Milstein said. "We haven't given up hope."

Crews in a US Coast Guard helicopter, 10 vessels, whale watch crews and other resources on both sides of the border were involved in the search. Authorities also alerted a network of people who respond when marine mammals wash ashore.

Whale experts feared the orca was dead earlier this month when J50 lagged behind her family and went missing. But she later turned up and was seen with her family.

The distinctive black-and-white orcas, known as southern resident killer whales, have struggled since they were listed as an endangered species in the US and Canada well over a decade ago.

The orcas' numbers are now at their lowest in more than three decades.

Another whale in the same pod, known as J35, triggered international sympathy this summer when she kept the body of her dead calf afloat in waters for more than two weeks.

The message, the Center for Whale Research said in a website post, is that extinction is looming "while the humans convene task forces and conference calls that result in nothing, or worse than nothing, diverting attention and resources from solving the underlying ecological problems."

Scientist began to be concerned about J50 in July. Teams dropped live salmon from a boat as J50 and her pod swam behind — a test to see whether fish could be used as a means of delivering medication.

Drone images taken earlier this month showed J50 much thinner than she was last year. Her mother, J16, has also declined in condition in the past month.

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Orca whale. Source: Getty

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Watch: Do you agree with older viewer that this Old El Paso advert is 'horrifying' and promotes violence?

An advert for Old El Paso tortillas has drawn criticism from an older viewer who labelled the Danny Trejo fronted commercial as "very disturbing" and "horrifying".

Trejo is known for portraying tough guy characters on film and screen, in the Old El Paso advert he pulls a tablecloth from a dinner table and says "amigos, it's time to ditch the dull dinners".

His demeanour has led to a complaint being put forward to the Advertising Standards Authority by a 70-year-old who wants the advert removed from air.

An advert featuring has been described as "menacing", "horrifying" and "very disturbing" in a complaint to the (ASA).

"It appears to me that had the man been home in a setting he may have been on drugs e.g. methamphetamine," the complaint says.

"It doesn't promote community standards for dining together; rather it suggests it could be a violent occasion to be avoided.

"It promotes violence, undue aggression, and menacing or horrifying elements likely to disturb and may encourage anti-social behaviour."

"As a 70-year-old I found it very disturbing."

After looking at the complaint the ASA ruled that the advert relies on humour and no one else in the commercial is concerned with the actions of Trejo's character.

The ASA concluded the ad was unlikely to support or encourage unacceptable violence or cause serious or widespread offence.

Therefore, the Chair ruled there were no grounds for the complaint to proceed. 


Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon defeated in race to be New York's first female governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term in US.

Mr Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before today's primary.

The longtime political activist and former "Sex and the City" star thanked her supporters Thursday at a primary night party in Brooklyn. She says the "blue wave is real" and is coming for Republicans and "Democrats who act like them."

Ms Nixon says her campaign reflects an insurgent movement of liberals challenging establishment incumbents.

Seven Sharp sat down with Nixon, known to many as Miranda Hobbes. Source: Seven Sharp

She noted that while many people dismissed her challenge, Mr Cuomo took her seriously, as evidenced by the millions he spent on his campaign.

Mr Cuomo's campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor's work to push back against President Donald Trump.

His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people. Ms Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack "sleazy."

Mr Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November's general election.

FILE - In this combination of file photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2018, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in New York on July 18, 2018. Democratic primary voters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 13 will settle the primary battle between two-term Cuomo and liberal challenger Nixon. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday Pool, and Evan Agostini/Invision, File)
Governor Andrew Cuomo defeats activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. Source: Associated Press