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  • Woman who suffers from condition that causes saggy skin has become a body positive Instagram star

    Her neck might soon not be able to support the weight of her head.

  • Woman shocked as mum chooses her partner's daughter-in-law over her to be a bridesmaid at wedding

    She's so upset she's considering not attending her own mum's big day at all...

  • Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footage

    Wild footage from a Spirit Airlines flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota, shows apassenger who began smoking mid-flight, breaking one of the cardinal rules ofair travel

  • Amanda Eller, Missing Maui Yoga Instructor, Ate Berries and Drank From Waterfalls to Survive

    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Maui Police Department/FacebookAmanda Eller, the 35-year-old yoga instructor and physical therapist who went missing on a hike in a Maui forest on May 8, ate plants and berries and drank from the base of waterfalls to survive, her rescuers say. Hours after rescuers in a helicopter plucked Eller from a ravine, she said that she had to make the choice to stay alive while lost for 16 days in the forest.“There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose,” Eller said from her hospital bed on Saturday. “I chose life.”Eller also thanked the volunteers who tirelessly searched for her, the Maui community, and those who donated to help fund the search. “People that know me, that don't know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart," she said in a video posted on the Facebook page “Find Amanda.”Chris Berquist, a friend who was fired from a part-time job for not returning to work until he found Eller, told Maui Now that she was “alive and well” and, despite cuts to her legs and severe sun exposure, was “walking and healthy.”“We found her in a stream bed, she was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe,” Berquist told ABC News Radio. “She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries."She was last seen buying a Mother’s Day present on the surveillance video of a local shop on May 8. Eller’s family reported her missing when she did not answer calls after going hiking. Her white SUV was found in the Makawao Forest Reserve parking lot with her cellphone and wallet inside, prompting fears that she might have been abducted. Her friends and family offered a $50,000 reward for anyone who could provide information about her disappearance. More than 60 volunteers worked tirelessly to comb the area where she was thought to have hiked, but her family now said she slipped into a deep ravine between two waterfalls, slightly twisting her leg, and could not climb out. Rescuers had to be air-lifted in and out of the ravine to carry out the rescue.Eller’s father John told a local news channel that he had been “bawling like a baby” since hearing the news. He said that she was “mentally 100%” but that she had skin damage to her feet and legs from sun exposure. Another friend involved in her rescue, Javier Cantellops, a former Special Operations Airborne Ranger with the 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, told a local news station what it was like when they spotted her: “We all look to our right… and out of the woodwork, man, you see Amanda Eller, my friend, coming out, waving her hands,” he said. “It was unbelievable, dude.” Eller’s mother Julia said she had never given up hope on finding her daughter alive. “I felt in my heart she was alive,” she told KHON2. “I never gave up hope for a minute. Even though at times I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her if we just stayed with the program, stayed persistent and that we would eventually find her.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

  • If Netflix wants to keep growing, it has to keep making content like ‘Rim of the World’

    Screenwriter, producer, and director Drew Pearce once lamented to me that Hollywood has basically given up on the idea of making anything but blockbusters with insane budgets and then small art house films on the other end of the spectrum that tend to rake in plaudits come award season. The way he put it, these days "studios basically just make $5 million movies or $200 million movies."That's one reason why writers like Zack Stentz are increasingly falling thankfully into the open arms of Netflix, which on Friday debuted Stentz's new film Rim of the World about misfit kids at summer camp who team up to fight aliens. Stentz had actually cooked up the idea for the movie three years ago, putting his own spin on a Stand By Me kind of thing where a group of kids basically has an adventure while also just dealing with the excitement and wonder of being a kid and growing up. Add in some aliens, and you've got the makings of a solid family-friendly kids' adventure movie, right?Well, yeah, except for the fact that when Stentz first told his agents about the idea for Rim of the World, they tried to steer him away from it. As he recounts in a Wired interview, he was basically told this kind of movie's not getting made anymore, in an era dominated by a smattering of small features and the slew of lucrative epics like Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.As Stentz continues explaining the way Rim of the World came together, the lucky break he got was Stranger Things coming out of nowhere as a hit new Netflix series. "Suddenly," he told Wired, "everyone remembered how much they loved those '80s movies that Stranger Things was Frankenstein-monstered out of the pieces of." That was in 2017. A deal for his movie closed in 2018. "The crazy thing about Netflix," he goes on to say, "is when deals are closed, there aren't 10 more drafts with everyone giving notes. They're like, 'OK, go make it.'"Netflix gave the movie a 40-day production schedule and a decent-enough budget that, at least in Stentz's opinion, "when you see it, it doesn't look like TV."https://twitter.com/MuseZack/status/1131950238829178880?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EtweetAnd here's the thing about it. Nobody is under any illusions this is going to be The Movie of 2019. But that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve to get made or that a subset of moviegoers won't still find it plenty enjoyable -- especially moviegoers who aren't being as broadly served as they used to be. This is why in our report from a few days ago, we mentioned a just-released Morgan Stanley survey that found consumers generally think Netflix's original shows and movies are better than what HBO offers. Netflix is trying to score wins, yes, but also to serve as many people as people -- to actually "delight" all those people, is the company line you'll often hear out of Netflix.The streaming giant at the moment is trying to maintain as well as grow its reported base of 139 million global subscribers, a task that competitors like Apple and Disney want to make tougher for Netflix, with similar offerings of their own about to launch. All of which is to say, in case anyone needs to be reminded: The game has changed. But when you see something like what Netflix did in this case, it's not about the streaming service trying to displace Hollywood. It's just that -- well, nature abhors a vacuum, and so does the entertainment industry. Which is why for Netflix, the way forward partly involves ... among other things, trying what Hollywood can't, or won't. A strategy that's working pretty well so far.