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Find a movie with our weekly list of classic movies, cult movies, film festivals, and more, showing online or playing at a movie theater near you.

“The ballad of Gregorio Cortez”
The “What is a western?” The series continues with this 1982 factual drama starring Edward James Olmos as a Mexican-American farmer who accidentally kills a law enforcement official in Texas at the turn of the last century. Gustavo Arellano of The Times presents the film; a Q&A with producer Moctesuma Esparza follows. Presented in 35 mm. Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, LA 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Included with admission to the museum ($ 6 to $ 14); reservations recommended. (323) 667-2000.

“The black pirate”
Douglas Fairbanks stars this captivating 1926 silent era swashbuckler presented with live organ accompaniment. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo. 2:30 p.m. on September 19. $ 20.

“Blue velvet”
Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell and Laura Dern star in the 35th anniversary screenings of David Lynch’s ravishing and nightmarish 1986 neo-noir fable about dark acts in small American towns. The Frida Cinema, Calle Cuatro Plaza, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. 7:30 p.m. from September 17 to 19. $ 10.50.

“Citizen Kane”
Orson Welles directs and stars as megalomaniac media mogul Charles Foster Kane in the 80th anniversary screenings of this iconic 1941 black-and-white drama co-written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz. TCM Big Screen Classics, various local theaters (see website). 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 $ 15.

The found images festival
This traveling celebration of weird and wacky clips from VHS tapes discovered at thrift stores, estate sales, and more, returns with a whole new show. The Lodge Room, 104 N. Ave. 56, Highland Park. 9 p.m. on September 18. $ 18.

“The General” with “Supercop”
Hold on to your hats. This double bill combines Buster Keaton’s 1926 silent comedy about an engineer trying to get his stolen train back with Jackie Chan’s stunt-filled 1993 action comedy set in Hong Kong. American Film Library at the Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. on September 18. $ 8, $ 13.

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert”
The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s score to accompany a screening of this 2009 entry in the fantasy film franchise based on the novels by JK Rowling. Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman are the stars. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 7:30 p.m., September 17. $ 23 to $ 224.

Hola Film Festival in Mexico
This showcase of feature films from our southern neighbor returns for its 13th edition. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St., Downtown LA and Regal Cinemas LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown LA Various show times, September 17-25. $ 13 to $ 50; pass, $ 220.

HollyShorts Film Festival
This showcase of Oscar-qualifying shorts from around the world is back with a hybrid in-person / online format. TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; other places in the region. Varied hours, Sept. 23-Oct. 1. Check the website for prices.

Karrabing Film Collective
The struggles of Australia’s indigenous people are examined in a series of intimately personal experimental films that can be viewed in person or online. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Downtown LA 8:30 pm September 22; also October 27, November 22. $ 3, $ 5.

“The last temptation of Christ”
Willem Dafoe is Galileo’s Man in director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader’s powerful 1988 adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis’ controversial novel. Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey and David Bowie also star, and Peter Gabriel provides the haunting score. Presented in 35mm. Secret Movie Club Theater, 1917 Bay St., 2nd Floor, Downtown LA at 8 p.m. on September 18. $ 16, $ 19.

Los Angeles Asia-Pacific Film Festival
This showcase of Oscar qualifying feature films, documentaries and shorts also returns as a hybrid event. Regal Cinemas LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown LA; Aratani Theater, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, Downtown LA; Japanese American National Museum, 111 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, Downtown LA Various exhibit hours, Sep 23-Oct. 2. $ 15, $ 20; some free and paid programs.

“Monsters Inc.”
John Goodman and Billy Crystal lend their voices to the 2001 Pixar animated comedy about Things That Happen at Night. Street cinema, Verdugo Park, 1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale. 5.30 p.m. September 18. $ 6- $ 23; 5 years and under, free; advance purchase recommended.

” The hunter’s night “
Robert Mitchum plays deranged preacher with money and murder in his head in the dark and visually stunning fable of director Charles Laughton from 1955. Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish are also on the bill. Presented in 35mm. American Film Library at Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 1:30 p.m. on September 19. $ 8, $ 13.

“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”
Criminals hijack a New York subway train and hold its passengers for a million dollar ransom in director Joseph Sargent’s 1974 crackerjack thriller starring Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Presented in 35mm. American Film Library at Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 10:22 a.m. Sept. 7 p.m. Sept. 23 $ 8, $ 13.

“The wicker man” and “The wicker man”
A month-long series of classic movies with their remakes continues and includes Robin Hardy’s disturbing horror fable of 1973 starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee with the laughable version of Neil LaBute in 2006 starring Nicolas Cage. Brain Dead Studios at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., LA 7 and 9:30 p.m. on September 19. $ 12; advance purchase required.

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Welcome the unexpected in Studio Ghibli’s new film, “Earwig and the Witch” Wed, 15 Sep 2021 04:10:08 +0000


Innovators in Japan develop new technologies to fight coronavirus


Ghibli’s latest animated feature film, Earwig and the witch released in theaters in Japan on August 27.

Unlike his several previous blockbuster animated films, such as My neighbor Totoro (1988) and Abducted as if by magic (2001), with this new film production company, Studio Ghibli is embarking on a whole new way of telling the story.

Earwig and the witch is created using 3D computer graphics for the first time. The Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Before spoke to the film’s director, Goro Miyazaki (54), to find out more.

In the story, Aya (Earwig in the English version), a 10-year-old girl, is adopted by a witch and forced to do housework. At first, she isn’t keen on the idea because she had been promised that she would be taught magic, and she sees no sign of it. At this point, Aya rebels and defends herself.

“Aya is a good child,” Goro Miyazaki laughs. “But she’s not a typical Ghibli-style heroine.”

The story is loosely based on a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, an English writer who also wrote the story of Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), another Ghibli film.

But unlike the previous anime, this story begins and ends with a burlesque scene in the witch’s house.

As Goro Miyazaki explained, “I thought it would be more interesting to create something focusing on the characters rather than relying on the storyline, like in previous animated films.”

Noting that this work is reminiscent of some original animated films, except that it uses the latest 3D animation technology, Miyazaki added, “I thought we might have a chance to be successful there.”

Director Goro Miyazaki (photo by Ken Ishii)

Enter the world of his father

Goro is the eldest son of Hayao Miyazaki, 80, who has directed and created many Studio Ghibli masterpieces. Goro had stayed away from his father’s cinematic world, instead designing parks and other facilities as a landscape architect, until he was asked to build the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. Once it is finished, he becomes its director.

Then Studio Ghibli was faced with a problem: Hayao Miyazaki expressed his willingness to retire, but the Studio wanted to see more animated films in order to make the museum a success.

Goro, who was producing the film Tales of Earthsea (2006), gave Studio Ghibli food for thought, and recommended it as a successor.

But the father was furious. “I will not defend a director with amateur tastes,” he said. The father and son did not speak to each other for three years thereafter.

A workaholic, Hayao Miyazaki rarely came home at night when Goro was a child, so the two rarely had an argument during the son’s formative years. Yet when Goro entered Studio Ghibli, the master director was ruthlessly strict.

In the end, however, the father relented. Tales of Earthsea (2006), he nods and lets Goro make this third film, Earwig and the witch, handing over the original script and telling his son, “Do whatever you want.”

What is earwig’s message?

Aya (Earwig) isn’t a typical Studio Ghibli character, so what was Goro Miyazaki trying to convey through her?

“With declining birth rates, I think children today must feel suffocated to live in an environment where they are surrounded by adults. I wanted to explore how they see their world, what they want to be and how they can get there, ”the director said.

The typical Studio Ghibli character is clean, decent and beautiful. Aya isn’t one of them, but that’s what makes her interesting, suggests young Miyazaki.

Earwig and the witch released in Japan from August 27. The film lasts one hour and 22 minutes.


Goro Miyazaki was born in Tokyo in 1967. Choosing not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he worked as a landscaper after graduating from Shinshu University. He was director of the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, from 2001 to 2005, before joining Studio Ghibli as an animated film director.

His Studio Ghibli films include Tales of Earthsea (2006), From up there on Poppy Hill (2011) and the television series Ronja, the thief’s daughter (NHK BS Premium, 2014).

He is also designing a new Ghibli Park, scheduled to open in Aichi Prefecture in 2022.


(Click on here read the article in Japanese)

Author: Ken Ishii

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An anxious person tries to be cold Fri, 10 Sep 2021 15:34:56 +0000

Eventually it was obsessed with my neighbor getting boring – trying to plan a dinner with someone who found reservations “restrictive” and watching friends walk away as I complained, once again, about his cancellation.

I stopped leaving my light on all night, slept well, found a therapist, and opened up to the possibility of meeting someone else.

That someone was Henry, a friend of a friend I met at a movie screening. He had freckles all over his face and a wide, unconscious smile. He was British, like me, but the similarities ended there. He was obsessed with the outdoors, loved to cook, and drank moderately.

On the other hand, I envisioned a trip to Central Park on a hike, had my meals (sushi, cupcakes, pre-cut fruit) at the deli and was not moderate in anything.

I loved her instantly, but I didn’t fantasize about marrying her.

For one of our first dates, Henry made reservations at three restaurants and let me choose which one to go to. On another, we saw a documentary on the harms of salmon farming. In the months that followed, we met once or twice a week to eat, go to the theater or see an exhibition. There was no waiting for him, no will-he-won’t-come.

I used to take someone down like a gunshot, but with Henry I sipped. He surprised me with his juggling skills (he had been taught as a child to help with his dyslexia) and spoke about his role as a peacekeeper between his older brother and younger sister. He later told me about his friend who was killed in a hit and run during their freshman year of college, the shock and grief of it.

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Skipping infections in Singapore; Top 650,000 US Deaths: Virus Update Wed, 08 Sep 2021 01:20:02 +0000

(Bloomberg) – Singapore authorities are not ruling out reimposing pandemic restrictions after Covid-19 infections peak in a year. The Philippines has backed down on easing borders in the capital region, as Malaysia prepares to reopen cinemas.

The death toll has exceeded 650,000 in the United States, reaching three-quarters of adults with at least one dose of the vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson’s shot reduced the risk of infection by about half in a trial of South African health workers. The study, which found the vast majority of breakthrough infections to be mild, included several weeks of a third wave of infections.

Israel is showing the world how the assessment of progress against the virus is evolving. Although the country has become a pandemic hotspot, the number of severe cases appears to have peaked.

Key developments

Global Tracker: cases exceed 221.8 million; deaths exceed 4.58 million Vaccine Tracker: more than 5.56 billion doses administered Covid wave in Israel shows the world what’s coming hits 75% of adults with at least one dose of vaccine Covid is a regional pandemic in the States United: Johns Hopkins (Video) How Delta Strengthens Covid Boost Case: QuickTake

Victoria in Australia to lift regional lockdown (10:35 a.m. HK)

The Australian state of Victoria will end its lockdown of all regional areas outside Melbourne except one council area with a high number of cases, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday during a press conference.

The lockdown will end for all parts of the Victoria area except the Grand Shepparton. Regions will have relaxed movement restrictions with sites also allowed to open with number caps. Schools will also reopen.

Vietnam May Relax Some Travel Restrictions (10:32 HK)

Vietnam’s health ministry is considering easing travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated on a trial basis in some unspecified southern localities, the government website reported.

Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City is planning green cards for vaccinated residents and will ease social distancing restrictions for those partially and fully vaccinated, Tuoi Tre reported, citing the city’s mayor.

IMF Approves $ 600 Million Loan to Tanzania (9:02 a.m. HK)

The International Monetary Fund has approved nearly $ 600 million in emergency loans for Tanzania’s health system and economic recovery efforts as the country battles the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The fund’s board approved a total of $ 567 million in funds – $ 189 million under the Quick Credit Facility and $ 378 million under the Quick Finance Instrument. The resources will help cover the country’s “urgent balance-of-payments needs” resulting from the virus, the IMF said.

South Korea to Switch to ‘Living with the Virus’ (7.45am HK)

The head of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said the country would be ready by the end of October to move from suppressing Covid-19 to managing it while leading a normal life, Yonhap reported on Tuesday. .

KDCA commissioner Jeong Eun-kyeong told lawmakers in a parliamentary session that the KDCA aims to complete the job of fully immunizing 90% of the elderly and 80% of adults by the end of October.

Indonesia clears J&J, CanSino Shots (7:41 a.m. HK)

The government has issued an emergency use authorization for the Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by CanSino Biologics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Bisnis Indonesia reported, citing the food and drug regulator. Both injections will be given to people 18 years of age and older.

Japan plans to expand viral emergencies (7:34 a.m. HK)

The Japanese government is making arrangements to extend the state of emergency in areas like Tokyo until the end of September, the Asahi newspaper reported, citing several unidentified officials. Emergencies are scheduled to expire on September 12.

Japan May Approve Glaxo’s Covid Drug (7:26 a.m. HK)

Japan’s health ministry plans to hold an expert meeting later this month to decide whether or not to approve the Covid-19 Sotrovimab antibody from GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Vir Biotechnology Inc., broadcaster NHK reported, citing an unidentified person.

If approved, it will be the second drug that can be used to treat patients with mild symptoms in Japan.

Vietnam Extends Loan Repayment Times (7:15 a.m. HK)

Vietnam’s central bank has ordered commercial banks to continue delaying payments on certain loans until June 30, 2022, in order to help businesses affected by the pandemic, the State Bank of Vietnam said.

The central bank has also asked lenders to exempt or reduce interest payments on certain loans until June 2022.

The infection rate in the United States has been grossly underestimated (3:57 a.m. HK)

The actual number of infections in the United States at the end of 2020 was over 100 million, just under a third of the population and well over the 20 million previously reported, according to a study cited by the National Institutes of Health . Many cases have gone undetected due to the limited number of tests and asymptomatic infections at the start of the pandemic.

The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University, used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the number of people who tested positive for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which indicates past infections. The researchers calculated that only 11% of all cases were confirmed with a positive test result in March 2020.

Biden to Offer $ 600 Relief Packages to Meatpacking and Farm Workers (3:07 HK)

The Biden administration plans to distribute one-time pandemic relief payments of $ 600 to U.S. meat-packing and farm workers.

The move expands an agricultural assistance program that so far has mainly benefited farm owners to include a low-income, largely immigrant food chain workforce. The plan sets aside up to $ 700 million for aid, which will be distributed through state agencies, tribal entities and nonprofit groups.

Venezuela receives first vaccines from WHO (1:46 p.m. NY)

Venezuela received 693,600 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech Ltd., the first shipment purchased through Covax. The shots were due to arrive before August, but had been delayed for undisclosed reasons. The country is expected to receive a total of 12 million doses under the program sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Myanmar seeks 24 million doses by November (1:25 p.m. NY)

The Burmese junta has said it wants to receive 10 million doses each in September and October and 4 million in November. The country aimed to immunize half of its population by the end of the year.

Boris Johnson Raises Taxes to Offset Covid Costs (1:17 p.m. NY)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the insurance payroll tax will increase by 1.25 percentage points from next year to help save the National Health Service from arrears generated during the pandemic. A tax on dividends will also increase by 1.25 percentage points.

All working adults, including those who have reached retirement age, will face higher levies, which are expected to generate 36 billion pounds ($ 50 billion) over the next three years. The House of Commons is expected to vote on the tax package on Wednesday.

Separately, around 80% of people aged 16 and over have been vaccinated with both doses in Britain. About 89% received a dose. More than half of 16 and 17 year olds in England have received their first vaccine.

US hits 75% mark for adult immunization (12:43 p.m., NY)

Three-quarters of American adults have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. The country hit the 70% threshold in early August, four weeks beyond President Joe Biden’s target.

The spread of the delta variant has caused a new wave of infections in the United States in the past month and accelerated vaccinations. But the reluctance of many Americans has left the nation far behind many other countries for inoculation. Biden plans to tackle efforts to curb the pandemic on Thursday.

J&J Shot Halves Healthcare Worker Infections (11:59 a.m. NY)

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine reduced the risk of infection by about half, according to a trial of nearly half a million health workers in South Africa. The vast majority of breakthrough infections were mild, the study co-lead said, citing unpublished data.

The Sisonke study included several weeks in which South Africa was going through a third wave of coronavirus infections, stimulated by the delta variant.

Philippines backtrack on easing (7:37 a.m. NY)

Authorities in the Philippines have postponed easing restrictions on public movement in the capital region, maintaining current restrictions potentially until September 15, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

Metro Manila, an area that accounts for about a third of the Philippine economy, will remain under the second most stringent movement restrictions. Restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery, while beauty salons and spas are closed.

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lex Pina, Creator of ‘Money Heist’: ‘The viewer experience is much better when things go wrong’ | United States Fri, 03 Sep 2021 07:18:00 +0000

Triumph before final destruction. This is how we can summarize the discourse and feelings conveyed by Álex Pina during his moving return to “the scene of the crime”. He speaks to EL PAÍS from the sets of Money theft, located in the Madrid town of Tres Cantos, before they were destroyed forever once the fifth and final season of the worldwide hit show ended.

The production – famous for its thieves who wear Salvador Dalí masks, claim an anti-system spirit and are named after cities around the world – began life over two seasons on Spain’s Antena 3 network and sees the criminal gang attacking the Spanish currency. In a cross-cut version, the show found a worldwide audience in 2017 thanks to Netflix, and the plot evolved in subsequent episodes into an assault on the Bank of Spain – with hostages included.

[Warning: Spoilers ahead]

Actors (lr) Jaime Llorente, Belén Cuesta and Úrsula Corberó in a scene from the fifth season.TAMARA ARRANZ / NETFLIX / EFE

“The show works better when consumed compulsively than when interrupted,” says Pina, speaking in July about how she can now be binged on the popular streaming service. “The commercials and the week-to-week wait take away that anxiety created by the time passing on the show, which means you don’t get caught up in it as much. What else, Money theft works very quickly. The experience for the viewer is much more intense when consumed compulsively, and much more addictive of course.

But there is something else there, something that they gradually discovered – a result, perhaps, of the power of Netflix around the world. First, the actors of the series – called La Casa de Papel in its original version – noticed that their subscribers on social networks have increased exponentially. Second, they couldn’t shoot outdoors in the cities (for this last part in Copenhagen) without attracting a crowd of admirers. Then came the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which saw the city covered in footage from the show, and later the appearance of protesters from around the world wearing the distinctive red jumpsuit and Dalí masks worn by the characters. during demonstrations.

The virtues and excesses of the show are further exacerbated in this fifth season, more violent than ever. Pina admits he and his team went for the war genre for the final episodes, which Netflix will release in two sets of five episodes: one available starting today, September 3, and the other in December. . “We are a country with a major inferiority complex with fiction,” he argues. “Money theft is crazy because these guys could never be locked inside the Bank of Spain because they would eliminate them, but you have to do something that has other components, with its own internal rules, which must be coherent, and not with reality, which is contemptible from the point of view of fiction. And when you do, they say to you, “Where are you going with this? Well, gentlemen, we have Marvel, which has been the most watched thing in theaters for 10 years and just keeps getting bigger.

Set imitating the Bank of Spain after the final filming of
Set imitating the Bank of Spain after the final filming of “Money Heist”.Andrea Comas

The “lyrical vision” of violence seen in other seasons, with the Italian revolutionary song Bella ciao as a theme, makes way for something more difficult this time around, a change that Pina advocates for. “We try to sublimate violence in aesthetic terms because it seems to us to be part of the vision of the show,” he explains. “A program has an editorial line, like a newspaper. There are things you can and cannot do.

Twenty-first century television fiction has undergone a revolution, as has the concept of what is allowed and what is not. Pina, who was behind other Spanish TV hits such as Los Serrano, Periodicals and Los men of Paco, knows what he’s talking about. Plots, for example. “Viewers have changed a lot. When we worked on TV in the 1990s and 2000s, there was a kind of guardian angel who protected the viewer, who knew that his protagonist was not going to be killed, and even if things turned out badly, everything went wrong. would go well in the end. But the experience for the viewer is much better when the going goes wrong. We killed [character] Nairobi, and now when someone has a gun pointed at their head, you say, ‘Jesus, they’re going to kill him!’ “

Additionally, the protagonists can be designed to be likable, although you can hate them too. “Ten years ago they were like, ‘The character has to be clean because if he’s a bastard, nobody’s going to want them in them.’ But now the villain’s perversion is very appealing, ”Pina confesses. He mainly refers to Berlin (Pedro Alonso), the homophobic, narcissistic, self-centered and cruel gang member, but who is also one of the audience’s favorite characters. He’s now vanished from the plot, but still comes back explosively in a few timely flashbacks. “We had a lot of fun with him,” Pina admits.

Signs of violence on the set of
Signs of violence on the set of “Money Heist”.Andrea Comas

In the first two episodes of the fifth season – which EL PAÍS was able to see before their release – jealousy, disagreements, egos, love and desire still exist between the gang members, all of which have been a vital part. of the success of the show. “What people want is to be entertained, and we’ve added an idiosyncrasy of Latin affectivity to a genre like The Perfect Heist, which was once very cold and mathematical. We created a hybrid that worked around the world, maybe because there was a demand for emotions, something that ran hotter, ”continues Pina.

“Checkmate, son of a bitch […] Your conviction is our salvation, ”says policewoman Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) to the mastermind behind the heists, Professor (Alvaro Morte), during the opening minutes of season five, as several of the characters are on the ropes.

There are few limits left for these characters, and it was noticeable within the team, admits Pina, who has clear red lines. “We were working on episode two in the middle of the pandemic, online, and I could see that we didn’t have the immediacy, that spark, and so we threw it all out to create an experimental episode, without fragmenting time. , and where there is even a different protagonist. And we did it like it was a season finale. But this is not the case. There are eight left.

Fans of the genre know that the perfect heist, classics such as The slaughter Where The asphalt jungle, to the most recent Heat, Robbery Where The city, never goes completely as planned. The first ending planned by Pina and her team ended up in the trash. We’ll have to wait and see what happens in Lisbon, Tokyo, Denver, Bogotá and co. when those 100 hours of flawed heists, which are already part of recent television history, finally come to an end.

english version by Simon Hunter.

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JoJo Siwa, Native of Nebraska, to Be Same-Sex Couple in “Dancing With Stars” | Television Fri, 27 Aug 2021 13:59:42 +0000

Host Tyra Banks told Siwa she was proud of the teenager and the show for making the pairing happen.

Nebraska native JoJo Siwa ready for Saturday reunion arena show

“I think it’s going to save lives,” Banks said. “I think it’s going to change lives, and it’s going to make a lot of noise, and the noise that needs to be made.”

Siwa said that when she was first approached, the show’s executives asked her if she wanted to be associated with a man or a woman. She has already reassured her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, that despite all the chemistry she has with her partner on the air, it’s completely platonic.

“She was like, ‘Love, you’re gonna be amazing,’” Siwa said. “She has been a constant support.”

Siwa first rose to prominence in a competitive dance show produced by Abby Lee Miller of “Dance Moms”.

“I just want to do really good,” she said, adding that she was already tanning every day.

“I was traumatized when I was a kid and took tanning sprays for dance competitions,” Siwa said.

FILE – Suni Lee reacts to her performance on uneven bars during the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials in the United States on June 25, 2021 in St. Louis. Lee also joins the cast will join the cast of “Dancing With The Stars” for the show’s upcoming 30th season. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, file)

Jeff Roberson

Lee won the all-around at the Tokyo Olympics, as well as a silver medal and a bronze medal. The 18-year-old from Minnesota will juggle Auburn University’s online classes while appearing on the Los Angeles-based show.

“I can express myself, which is what excites me, because in gymnastics you can’t really do that, especially when you train a lot and it’s just a very intense environment,” Lee said. “I am delighted to let go and have fun.”

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Sony Raises Big Screen Hopes with ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ at CinemaCon Tue, 24 Aug 2021 06:30:14 +0000

Frightened by the pandemic and streaming platforms, the struggling movie industry called in new “Ghostbusters” and “Spider-Man” movies as it vowed to strike back at a major business summit in Las Vegas Monday.

CinemaCon – which typically sees Hollywood studios bringing glitzy stars and never-before-seen footage to a Las Vegas casino to woo theater bosses – didn’t take place at all last year as the pandemic shut down theaters in the whole world.

But with nearly 90% of domestic theaters now open, Sony Pictures has used its opening night presentation slot at Caesars Palace to set the tone for a comeback event that is determined to prove the future of the big screen. .

The bosses of the studio showed off a new trailer for his long-awaited superhero sequel “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, before previewing “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” – a very nostalgic sequel to the supernatural comedy classic. 1984 – in its entirety to a delighted crowd.

“Over the past 19 months, there has been a lot of pessimism,” said Josh Greenstein, president of Sony’s motion picture division.

“But we know that movie theaters and the indoor movie theater experience will triumph,” he added.

The presentation also included brief footage from “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt, and future superhero fares, including a sequel to “Venom” and “Morbius.”

Excerpts from Denzel Washington’s “A Journal for Jordan” and a film adaptation of the hit novel “Where the Crawdads Sing” produced by Reese Witherspoon were also released, before a longer “Spider-Man” trailer. does not show how the film will tie in with other popular films. Marvel characters, including “Doctor Strange” by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Attendees then settled in for “Ghostbusters: After Life,” presented by director Jason Reitman and father Ivan, who directed the original.

Plot details are under a strict embargo, but the film, which takes place nearly four decades after the first film, finds young descendants of the original’s wise ghoul hunters taking over the mantle – and a sack of vacuum back.

– ‘Not too bright’ –

CinemaCon is taking place despite fears over the Delta variant that have resulted in some pandemic restrictions being reimposed in Hollywood, California, and glitzy A-listers have largely stayed away from the Las Vegas event.

Organizers moved forward with Covid protocols in place, including proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for attendees.

While Disney is largely absent, other major traditional Hollywood studios showing their products this week include Warner, Universal and Paramount.

Each of these studios experimented in one form or another during the pandemic with the use of streaming platforms to launch their movies – an ever-growing concern for big-screen movie channels.

Sony, the only major Hollywood studio without its own streaming service, has garnered huge acclaim with its “commitment to preserving and protecting the exclusive cinema window” – referring to the traditional period in which films initially could not be shown only in cinemas.

“Watching movies simultaneously in theaters and at home is devastating to our collective industry,” Greenstein said.

Sony Films CEO Tom Rothman highlighted the recent theatrical success of “Free Guy,” a comedy from a rival studio owned by Disney.

While other recent releases have failed, “this movie did a good job, because, number one is great – and number two you can’t watch it at home on TV,” a- he declared.

“We’re not very bright in Hollywood, but we’re going to find out,” he added.

CinemaCon operates until Thursday.

amz / oh

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FirstFT: US uses commercial airlines to help evacuate Kabul airport Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:04:28 +0000

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The Pentagon said it had ordered U.S. civilian airlines to help move Afghan refugees out of U.S. bases in the Middle East, as Western forces struggled to evacuate locals a week after regaining control by the Taliban.

Lloyd Austin, U.S. Secretary of Defense, activated the Civilian Reserve Air Fleet to provide commercial aircraft in support of evacuation efforts from temporary shelters, allowing military aircraft to focus on flights to and from from Kabul International Airport.

U.S. carriers including American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta, United, Omni Air and Hawaiian Airlines will provide a combined total of 18 planes, the Pentagon said.

Thousands of Afghans eager to leave the country were still crowded around Kabul international airport yesterday, but were unable to enter the area controlled by US forces. A NATO official said at least 20 people had died in and around the airport in the past seven days.

  • What has changed in two decades? Since the Taliban lost control in 2001, fertility rates have plummeted, women’s education has increased, and cell phone subscriptions have skyrocketed. Here are 10 charts that show how living conditions have improved in Afghanistan.

“The female voices that have blossomed over the past 20 years have yet to be celebrated”, written Enuma Okoro. Follow the latest news on Afghanistan on

Five other articles in the news

1. The Swedish Prime Minister will resign in November Stefan Lofven has unexpectedly announced that he will step down in three months, causing political unrest ahead of next year’s elections. Lofven has faced two major crises in his seven years in power – the 2015 refugee flows and the Covid-19 pandemic, in which Sweden’s lack of a formal lockdown made it an outlier.

Stefan Lofven says he wants his party to be led by a new leader ahead of elections slated for September next year © Henrik Montgomery / TT / AFP / Getty

2. Merkel responds to Ukrainian concerns about Nord Stream 2 The pipeline, which will pump Russian gas to Western Europe through the Baltic Sea, is of particular concern to Kiev, which risks losing $ 2 billion in transit revenues if Moscow cuts off its supplies through Ukraine. “We are in favor of new sanctions if Russia uses this pipeline as a weapon,” the German chancellor told the Ukrainian president.

3. England looks to China and Russia Boris Johnson wants to focus on a longer-term approach to the Afghan crisis and recognizes that after the US withdrawal, China and Russia are now important players in the region. As Chairman of the G7, the British Prime Minister will hold talks which will include evacuation arrangements for Western nationals and Afghan citizens.

4. UK rejects industry visa application for EU truck drivers Ministers rejected industry calls to allow migrants from the EU to fill the significant void in the UK labor market for truck drivers. However, the UK government is ready to consider increasing training for Britons wishing to become carriers.

5. Climate models predict more frequent extremes of heat Heat waves will become longer and more intense if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. The impact could be particularly evident in the southern hemisphere, according to new modeling.

  • Read more: Humanity is on the brink of disaster. But with creative thinking and collective will, there may still be time to avert disaster, writes Kim Stanley Robinson.

Series of maps showing the number of additional days the temperature exceeds 35 ° C above the 1981-2010 average using the CMIP6 model.  Based on the highest emissions scenario (RCP 8.5), many regions will experience an increase of more than 100 days of extreme heat

Coronavirus digest

  • AstraZeneca will seek regulatory approval for its cocktail of antibodies after a study showed the drug significantly reduced the risk of developing symptomatic Covid-19.

  • Cinemas are hoping for a recovery after an “existential” crisis on a list of blockbusters delayed by Covid, like the latest James Bond film.

  • Global equities recorded their worst week since June, with fears of a slowing economic recovery and an impending cut in US stimulus measures weighing heavily on sentiment.

FTSE All World Index Weekly Performance Column Chart (%) Showing Global Equities Suffer Worst Week Since June

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The day to come

Vaccines All 16 and 17 year olds must receive their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by today. Britain’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the date would give teens two weeks to boost their immunity before the start of the school year.

Kamala harris The US vice president arrived in Southeast Asia yesterday. Harris will meet with the President and Prime Minister of Singapore today and stop at Changi Naval Base. It will seek to strengthen relations with partners in a region dominated by China’s economic and political influence. (CNN)

What else do we read

Taiwanese ignore Chinese threat Over the past year, China has taken a more belligerent stance towards Taiwan, threatening to invade the territory if Taipei indefinitely refuses to submit. Patrols and military exercises have intensified, alarming the United States which has said that a Chinese attack on Taiwan could be launched within six years. But on the ground in Taiwan, there is no sign of panic.

How US payment groups got on the wrong side of India’s plans In India, 20 percent of the population does not have a bank account and only 3 percent have credit cards, creating huge opportunities for financial services. Indian policymakers have tried to make the economy less reliant on cash, but strict rules on data storage are faltering foreign companies in hopes of expanding in a fast-growing market.

Olympian Krystsina Tsimanouskaya recounts her escape After a dispute with Belarusian sports authorities, officials of the country’s repressive regime attempted to transport the 24-year-old sprinter on a plane returning from the Tokyo Olympics. Tsimanouskaya, helped by a translation app, fled Japan to seek refuge in Poland, where she now lives under 24-hour protection. Here’s what she told the FT about her escape.

“I was like, what should I do if I can’t find the police? Should I tear up my passport? Start running? ”She recalls.

High-profile rape allegations reignite China’s #MeToo movement An anti-harassment campaign faded until a pop star and a former director of Alibaba were publicly charged. But women’s rights activists have warned that the ruling Chinese Communist Party remains suspicious of mass feminist activism, which continues to suffer from censorship and nationalist attacks.

How Myanmar’s coup fueled an increase in drug trafficking Thai police have seized 1,000 kg of crystal methamphetamine as officials and analysts watch with concern on the rise in drug trafficking and addiction. They say the narcotics originated in neighboring Myanmar, which has turned into political chaos and civil conflict since the military takeover.

Tons column chart showing methamphetamine seizures on the rise in Southeast Asia

To travel

Five aqua-adventures Spotting jaguars in the Peruvian Amazon, heliskiing in Greenland, extreme fly fishing in Patagonia, or just chilling off Paxos: wherever you do, do it from a boat.

The boat

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Poland is still waiting. This is how other countries have solved the problem of vaccination Sun, 22 Aug 2021 11:23:30 +0000

It is impossible for the COVID-19 virus to rest. In almost all countries, infection rates are starting to rise dangerously. Fall can once again show the power of disease. Governments in many countries do not wait and offer mandatory vaccinations. Discussions on this subject are also taking place in Poland. In our country, teachers and medical personnel may be subject to compulsory vaccinations. However, no binding decision has been taken in this regard.

See also: Health Minister Adam Nidzelsky immediately suspends WP. “It’s time to speak the original language”

Paid exams, enter a certified restaurant

However, it is declining in many other countries. France has decided to introduce compulsory vaccinations. Until the new rules are announced, 40 percent have been vaccinated here. population. The government wants all healthcare workers to be vaccinated by September 15. Mandatory vaccinations will apply to anyone working in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, regardless of job. If they choose not to, they will not be paid.

France’s highest health authority has recommended that the country consider introducing a mandatory vaccine against the Covid-19 virus to the entire population. However, the government has not yet decided to do so, but has introduced other rules to mobilize adoption of the vaccine.

From August, when entering a cafe, restaurant, shopping mall, hospital or traveling by train, you will need to present a vaccination certificate, and from October you will have to pay for PCR tests at demand paid by the state. An exception will be tests ordered by a doctor.

Unvaccinated people have more difficulty

Medical staff must also be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hungary and the United Kingdom, as well as in Greece and Italy. Greece announced such guidelines shortly after France. Before the restrictions were in place, 41 percent were vaccinated here. population. In addition to compulsory vaccination for doctors and elderly caregivers, Greece has also decided to check vaccination certificates when entering closed rooms, including restaurants, nightclubs and concert halls.

It’s the same in Italy. There, in addition to vaccinating doctors, there is a similar obligation for teachers. In Italy, a vaccination certificate must also be presented before entering restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping malls, cinemas and theaters. Currently 71 percent. The Italians received at least one dose, 59 percent. He underwent a full cycle of vaccination.

Want to work, get vaccinated

At the end of June, Australia decided to introduce mandatory vaccinations for high-risk elderly care workers and quarantine workers. He also made vaccinations mandatory for Paralympians traveling to Tokyo, as unvaccinated team members can pose health risks.


The Moscow city government has ordered all public service employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Companies have had a month to ensure that at least 60 percent. Workers received their first doses, were fined or temporarily shut down.

Muscovites will no longer need to provide a QR code indicating they have been vaccinated or are immune to sit in cafes, restaurants and bars from July 19.

Want to work, get vaccinated

Follow-up of business by government decisions. More and more companies are deciding to introduce compulsory vaccinations for their employees. This can be seen in the example of the United States.


What decisions will be taken in Poland? The government is considering different scenarios. The situation is also monitored by the head of the sanitary inspection. – We are constantly analyzing the epidemiological situation in Poland and around the world. Various solutions are discussed, and there is an in-depth discussion with experts, including members of the medical board. All available scientific data indicates the role of preventive vaccines as a key factor in the face of the epidemic, which is why the circulation of vaccines is now of paramount importance, explains Jan Bodnar, spokesperson for the Health Inspectorate public.

It was announced there that the compulsory vaccination of medical personnel, and later also of federal administration employees and service providers, similar measures can now be seen in action.


Mandatory vaccinations have already been announced by companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Microsoft, Disney and Walmart. The latter company is the largest private employer in the United States, and the obligation will cover headquarters employees and executives traveling to the United States. Everyone who creates movies and series on Netflix should be vaccinated. Soon, similar restrictions could be imposed by other companies.

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Great Britain’s Olympians once again exceeded their weight Sun, 08 Aug 2021 23:03:00 +0000

Knockout GB

WE couldn’t be prouder of our Olympians.

They were knockout, and it was fitting that Lauren Price’s boxing masterclass won Team GB’s last gold medal at the Tokyo Games.


Lauren Price won Team GB’s last gold medal at the Tokyo GamesCredit: AP

Britain has once again struck above its weight.

Our fourth place on the medal table is all the more astonishing when you consider the comparative populations of the United States, China and Japan.

It’s really fighting against all odds.

There is something truly remarkable about the British sportsmanship.


Behind every medal hides a story of incredible dedication, countless hours of training, Herculean determination and absolute courage to overcome any obstacle, including sometimes fatal injuries.

As Boris Johnson said, they showed the best of this country. We salute them all.

And if you think they’re inspiring, wait and see our Paralympians.

Fright invoices

TOO many struggling families and takeovers are penalized by overvalued default tariffs for staying loyal to their greedy energy supplier.

Many face a double whammy in October when universal credit is cut and their fuel bills rise by £ 139 into the energy price cap that was supposed to protect them.

It’s not fair that only internet connoisseurs can keep the heat on by switching to more affordable energy.

Ministers must urgently present plans to automatically switch consumers to the cheapest tariffs in order to keep energy bills as low as possible.

Open united

THE refusal of universities to resume full face-to-face teaching in the fall will infuriate parents and young people.

Thousands of students who are discovering their A-level grades this week, after overcoming an unprecedented disruption in their learning, deserve better than to come away with “uni online”.

It is absurd that students can go to football matches, nightclubs and the cinema but not to amphitheatres.

It looks like another industry hooked on Covid measures, long after the justification, simply because it suits them.

alpaca apologies

ENVIRONMENT Secretary George Eustice’s stubbornness in refusing a stay of execution for Geronimo the alpaca looks bovine.

If Geronimo has tuberculosis, which now seems doubtful, what is the possible reason for not retesting him before carrying out the death penalty?

Or does Mr. Eustice not trust the tests?

Dominant Lauren Price wins boxing gold for Team GB with flawless performance on final day of Tokyo Olympics
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