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(EW.com) — He’ll be back… if the script is right.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has given Hollywood agency CAA approval to discuss a potential new Terminator movie with studios, a source close to the star confirms to EW, but until Schwarzenegger sees a script and specifics about the project, he will not fully commit to it.

Director Justin Lin (who helmed this weekend’s “Fast Five”) is reportedly attached to direct the film, but it does not yet have a screenwriter.

The rights to the franchise were sold to hedge fund Pacificor last year in a deal worth $29.5 million after Halcyon Holding — which had acquired the franchise in 2007 — declared bankruptcy. Sony and Lionsgate had attempted to jointly bid for the property, but the bankruptcy judge awarded it to the Santa Barbara, California-based hedge fund management company instead.

The most recent film in the sci-fi franchise, 2009’s “Terminator Salvation,” grossed $371 million worldwide, but did not star Schwarzenegger (although his computer-generated likeness did make a brief cameo in the film’s final act). The former California governor’s last starring role was in 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (global gross: $433 million), and he continues to be strongly identified with the cybernetic assassin that helped propel him to superstardom.

EW reported exclusively last month that Schwarzenegger’s first post-governor gig would be the animated series “The Governator,” a play off of the title combining “governor” and “Terminator” that became synonymous with his tenure running California’s government before he even had the job. “When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool,” Schwarzenegger told EW last month.

With so many speculating over what live-action role he will take on first now that he’s left the governor’s mansion, it’s not a huge surprise that while the 63-year-old is done being governor, he may not quite be done being the terminator.

Bangkok Children’s Discovery Museum, Bangkok

Posted by arnon_k On April - 29 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

This museum gets kids excited and encourages them to ask questions about how the world works. Figure out how it all fits together, by looking at the parts and experimenting – that’s the idea. Fun in the science gallery includes creating your own giant bubble from inside. Try to understand the nature of illusion by entering a tunnel of mirrors. In the ‘life’ section, examine the processes of the mind and body – experiment with the human kinetic processes yourself and check out your heart rate by scaling an indoor bicycle. Now put your coordination skills to the test by hitting the button corresponding to each different action… This is education at its most fun!

(CNN) — A group on Facebook has created a page to try to link victims of Thursday’s tornadoes with photos, documents and other personal effects blown away in the storm.

The page, called “Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes,” lets members post photographs of things they’ve found, along with their e-mail addresses, in the hopes that items of value may be reunited with their owners.

The page was created Wednesday evening and, as of Thursday afternoon, had more than 19,000 “likes” and displayed more than 150 images of found items, including a child’s Raggedy Ann blanket; a Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, mortgage document; and an ultrasound image of a fetus.

The description of the page’s purpose is simple:

“Please post pictures or pictures of other items that were found as debris after the 4/27/2011 tornadoes,” it reads. “Please leave a brief description of how someone can find you if they identify pictures or items that belong to them.”

The missing items were presumably blown away by the storms that tore through Alabama and other Southeast states late Wednesday and early Thursday, killing more than 270 people and devastating entire towns and neighborhoods.
The page’s creator, Patty Bullion, said the inspiration for it came when the worst of Wednesday’s storm flew pastabout 10 miles from her home in northern Alabama.

“When it went over us, it literally just started raining pictures,” she said. “We got parts of Bibles, hymnals. … I just started saying, ‘There are parts of people’s lives falling out of the sky.’ ”

Bullion said that, as of Thursday afternoon, 13 documents had been identified and were on their way to their owners.

But the items posted to Facebook have another, less practical purpose. When viewed as a gallery, the images combine to create an oddly stirring testament to the power of the destructive storms and the lives they affected.

A group of young soldiers in desert camouflage poses for the camera in one photo. Another is a scratched and apparently rain-dotted shot of a beauty queen and her mother.

One signed yearbook page, apparently from the ’60s, shows a group of boys eyeing a female classmate. A snapshot of a shredded receipt from Smithville, Mississippi, was posted by a user in Franklin County, Alabama.
“You just know these are prized possessions to people,” said Bullion, who had planned to begin work at a local council on aging this week before getting delayed by the storms.

“If they’ve lost everything and could just get one picture back, I know that would mean a lot to me.”

Sometimes, the poignancy on the Facebook page is direct.

One photo shows a signed 1981 check for $29.40, made out to Farmer’s Supply Co. Then, in the photo’s comment section, this:

“This check belongs to my brother in law’s father. (The signer of the check) passed away in the tornado. I know it would mean alot to his son and wife to get that back.”

Another user’s raw emotions were apparent in her post about a photograph of a shredded receipt.

I am praying for (the person whose name was on the receipt),” she wrote. “I don’t know him but I am praying he is safe. I found this receipt in my front yard this morning. I live 58 miles away in Crestline in Birmingham.

“Alabamians are suffering and displaced and I pray that they find a way to put it all back together again. I don’t know if this is important for him, but it has affected me deeply.”

Anyone who has found valuable personal items in the aftermath of the tornadoes may also post photos or video of them to CNN iReport.

New TAT campaign urges environmental protection

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Thai and foreign tourists are being urged to help save the environment at tourist sites in Thailand as about 500 are endangered and need to be improved, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The TAT introduced a campaign yesterday called ”Travel with a New Heart for Sustainable Thailand” in a bid to encourage tourists to help look after tourist destinations and their environment.

The Department of Tourism reports about 400-500 sites are in ruins and are scheduled to be restored by 2015. Renovation of at least 200 sites will be finished by 2012.

The department found restoration is required because local administrative organisations at both tambon and provincial levels and the people living near the sites do not understand how to develop their attractions in a sustainable manner. At the same time, tourists remain ignorant of pollution.

The TAT believes the sustainability of Thai tourism depends mainly on the natural environment.

”Many attractions no longer draw tourists, such as Huay Kaew waterfall in Chiang Mai because it has run dry. We have to protect our environment for the next generation, or we will lose more than our tourism competitiveness in the future,” said Prakit Piriyakiat, a TAT deputy governor for marketing communications.

He said dilapidated tourist sites would eventually affect other sites and their environment.

The tourism industry needs to figure out how to balance generating big revenues with keeping the environment sustainable.

”We need to balance the costs of tourism and marketing schemes as we encourage the emerging domestic travel sector. We want people to appreciate the value of Thailand’s natural beauty,” said Mr Prakit.

The TAT has set aside a budget of 20 million baht budget to promote the campaign from 2011-13.