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    Ever since the first “The Matrix” movie was released 21 years ago, there has been much speculation about the potential meanings of the film. “That was the original intention, but the world was not quite ready” at the time, said Wachowski, who came out as transsexual along with her sister Lana, the other co-director, after the films’ premiere. “I’m glad it came out,” he said in a report posted on the Netflix Film Club YouTube channel. The Matrix hit screens in 1999, when Lilly Wachowski says that “the corporate world was not ready” for an allegory, a story that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning about trans people. But the director assures that the films were always “significant”...
    Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to meet with the prosecutor investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, though the Obama-era spy chief has been told he is not a target of the probe, according to reports. NBC News reported this week that John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, asked to interview Brennan as part of his investigation. A source familiar with the matter told NBC that Brennan agreed to be interviewed, and the two sides are working out a time to meet. According to NPR, Brennan has been told that he is not a target of Durham’s investigation, which began in March 2019, as the special counsel’s probe was winding down. Attorney General William Barr tapped Durham...
    In an unfortunate incident, an accident claimed the lives of three technicians on the set of director Shankar’s Indian 2 in February. The unfortunate incident left everyone saddened and the film’s lead star Kamal Haasan as well as the film’s production house condoled the incident and had promised financial aid for the families of those injured and died due to the accident. Now, the producers of the film, director Shankar and actor Kamal Haasan issued check to the families who were affected due to the accident. The film’s director, actor and producer came forward to 1 cr each to the families of four who lost their lives in the crane accident. Indian 2 Shooting Accident: 3 Die After Crane Crashes At...
    Not many might remember that director Abhishek Kapoor, known for making Rock On!! and Kedarnath, has begun his innings in Bollywood as an actor. As you really might not be recalling that, it isn’t really a successful innings for him at that. The nephew of actor Jeetendra, and therefore cousin of Ekta and Tusshar Kapoor, Abhishek Kapoor, known among his social circles as Gattu, had acted in a film called Uff! Yeh Mohabbat, opposite Twinkle Khanna. Farah Khan’s TBT Post Will Make Twinkle Khanna and Abhishek Kapoor Say ‘Uff!’ (View Pic). When the acting career didn’t reap benefits, Abhishek Kapoor focussed his energies behind the camera and we got a couple of gems like Rock On!! and Kai Po Che....
    By Chris Prentice and Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A co-director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Steven Peikin, will leave the agency Aug. 14, the top U.S. financial markets regulator said on Wednesday. Peikin is leaving the SEC after more than three years in the role. Co-director Stephanie Avakian will remain in charge of the agency's enforcement operations, the SEC said in a statement. The SEC did not say what Peikin would be doing next. Peikin declined to comment beyond his official statement provided by the SEC. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton praised the work of the two co-directors. "Their investor-first efforts have resulted in thousands of actions that have righted wrongs and, more importantly, both returned illicit...
    New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI): Theatre doyen, legendary drama teacher and connoisseur of the arts Ebrahim Alkazi died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, his son said. He was 94. Alkazi, who was the longest-serving director of the National School of Drama and mentored generations of actors, produced plays such as Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq and Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug. He is survived by his son Feisal Alkazi and his daughter Amal Allana, both well-known theatre directors. Saroj Khan Dies At 71: When The Choreographer Played Irrfan Khan’s Mother in Naseeruddin Shah’s Directorial Debut.  “Dad died this evening at 2.45 pm after a massive heart attack. He was admitted to the Escorts hospital the day before yesterday,” his son Feisal told PTI....
    "Sausage Party." Sony Seth Rogen and his writing/producing partner Evan Goldberg will be working with "Call Me by Your Name" director Luca Guadagnino. The movie will be about the infamous Hollywood figure Scotty Bowers. Rogen and Goldberg told Insider that the team-up happened when Guadagnino called them out of the blue and said he wanted to work with them because he loved their movie "Sausage Party." "Sausage Party" is a 2016 animated R-rated comedy that Rogen and Goldberg produced and were cowriters on. Rogen also voiced one of the characters. "He thought we were the perfect guys to write the movie," Rogen said of their conversation with Guadagnino. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In an unexpected...
    Patrick Stewart went on to play the role 7 times. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/20th Century Fox "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner told The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Jackson once auditioned for the role of Charles Xavier, AKA Professor X in the 2000 movie. Schuler Donner told The Hollywood Reporter: "I said to him, 'Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?' And Michael said, 'Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.'" Jackson met with "X-Men" director Bryan Singer in 1999, where he gave a 60-minute presentation complete with the short film "Ghosts," in which Jackson played a 60-something-year-old man. Singer was known for his problematic on-set behaviour and was later accused of sexual abuse. Visit Insider's homepage...
    Marc Maron has revealed his director girlfriend Lynn Shelton died of acute myeloid leukemia that caused her organs to fail.  Shelton, who directed hit shows including Mad Men, GLOW and Little Fires Everywhere, died May 16 at the age of just 54. Her death stunned the entertainment world and her cause of death was initially reported as 'a blood disorder'.  However, in a heart-wrenching interview with The New York Times on Friday, Maron, 56, details the days leading up to Shelton's passing, saying she came down with a sore throat just over a week before her death.  'She had swollen glands in her throat on a Friday [May 8]. She went and got the Covid test immediately and it came...
    Harvard Global Health Institute Director Dr. Ashish Jha told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Friday that he believes the U.S. has "more days ahead of us than behind us" in the fight against coronavirus, comparing it to "the top of the fourth" inning of a nine-inning baseball game. "If we think of this pandemic as having begun in January of this year and coming to an end when a large proportion of the American population has been vaccinated, I'm guessing [it ends] sometime around June or July of next year," Jha told host Bill Hemmer. "That's about 18 months ... " he added before deploying the baseball analogy. "I'm really hoping we don't get into extra innings." FAUCI SUGGESTS GOGGLES, EYE SHIELD FOR...
    (Photo by Adam Schultz / Biden for President) “Oh I didn’t know we were gonna get a comedian in here!” said Kendall Corley, the South Carolina state director for Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign. The whole Zoom chat laughed after I had clowned several of them for their choice in sports teams, questionable zoom backgrounds, and of course, low key profiles. I was talking to a group of Black male staffers and advisors, the unknown, the unrecognized, the “Hidden Figures” of the Biden campaign.  A group that may just be the last line of defense between winning the election against Trump, and America falling off a cliff into fascism.  Read More: Symone Sanders on how Black voters can combat voter...
    London (CNN)Alan Parker, the celebrated British director whose credits include adored musicals "Fame," "Evita" and "Bugsy Malone" and gritty crime dramas "Mississippi Burning" and "Midnight Express," has died aged 76, the British Film Institute said in a statement on behalf of his family.Parker's extensive filmography also boasted hits including "The Commitments," "Fame," "Birdy," "Angel Heart" and "Angela's Ashes."The filmmaker, himself a two-time Oscar nominee, scored a glut of other accolades for his work; his feature films have won 19 BAFTA awards, 10 Golden Globes and 10 Oscars, according to the BFI. He died on Friday after a lengthy illness, according to their statement. He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his five children, and seven grandchildren."Alan Parker was a...
    By Jill Lawless | Associated Press LONDON — Filmmaker Alan Parker, one of Britain’s most successful directors whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said. Parker’s diverse body of work includes “Fame,” Mississippi Burning, “The Commitments and “Angela’s Ashes.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards and 19 British Academy Film Awards. In a statement, the family said Parker died Friday in London after a long illness. Parker was born in London in in 1944 and, like many other aspiring British directors including Ridley Scott, began his career in advertising. He moved into television with critically acclaimed 1974 drama “The Evacuees,” which won an international Emmy Award. The next year he...
    Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker, a towering figure in the UK industry, passed away this morning following a lengthy illness, the British Film Institute has confirmed. Two-time Oscar nominee Parker was best known for directing classic films including “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” “Mississippi Burning” and “The Commitments,” as well as big-budget Madonna movie “Evita.” Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK film industry and a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He was the founding Chairman of the UK Film Council in 2000, (a position he held for five years), Parker implemented a vision to put the UK film industry on a new road to creative and commercial success. Prior to that he was Chairman of the BFI. ...
    LEGENDARY film directer SirAlan Parker has died aged 76. The Hollywood legend directed films including Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express and Evita. 5The Hollywood legend has died aged 76Credit: Rii Schroer - The Times 5Scott Baio (L), Parker and Florrie Dugger on the set of Bugsy MaloneCredit: Rex Features A statement from a spokeswoman sent on behalf of the family, said Sir Alan had died on Friday morning "following a lengthy illness". Film director David Puttnam paid tribute to Sir Alan, saying: "Alan was my oldest and closest friend, I was always in awe of his talent. "My life and those of many others who loved and respected him will never be the same again." Director Nick Murphy described Sir...
    LONDON -- British filmmaker Alan Parker, whose movies included "Bugsy Malone," "Midnight Express" and "Evita," has died at 76.A statement from the director's family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness.Parker was one of Britain's most successful directors, whose diverse body of work includes "Fame," Mississippi Burning, "The Commitments and "Angela's Ashes." Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards at 19 British Academy Film Awards.Parker also championed Britain's film industry, serving as the chairman of the British Film Institute and the U.K. Film Council. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.Fellow director David Puttnam said Parker "was my oldest and closest friend - I was always in awe of his talent. My life, and those...
    LONDON (AP) — British filmmaker Alan Parker, whose movies included “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express” and “Evita,” has died at 76. A statement from the director’s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness. Parker was one of Britain’s most successful directors, whose diverse body of work includes “Fame,” Mississippi Burning, “The Commitments and “Angela’s Ashes.” Together his movies won 10 Academy Awards at 19 British Academy Film Awards. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    The pinnacle of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention admitted on Friday that he was not knowledgeable forward of time concerning the change in reporting on coronavirus information from hospitals. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) probed Dr. Robert Redfield about when he realized of the order from the Trump administration earlier this month requiring hospitals to bypass the CDC and as a substitute report the knowledge on coronavirus sufferers on to a central database in Washington. “We weren’t straight concerned within the closing choice however what I can say is the CDC then and now continues to have entry to all information,” Redfield responded. “There’s no restriction of any of the information.” He additionally mentioned he didn’t talk about...
    The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted on Friday that he was not informed ahead of time about the change in reporting on coronavirus data from hospitals. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) probed Dr. Robert Redfield about when he learned of the order from the Trump administration earlier this month requiring hospitals to bypass the CDC and instead report the information on coronavirus patients directly to a central database in Washington. “We weren’t directly involved in the final decision but what I can say is the CDC then and now continues to have access to all data,” Redfield responded. “There’s no restriction of any of the data.” He also said he didn’t discuss the decision with Vice...
    THOMAS MULLER'S wife, Lisa, has shared a heartwarming video of their three-legged dog running after losing a limb to cancer. The German dressage rider, 30, posted the sweet video of pet pooch, Micky, bounding around the garden. 4Lisa Muller shared a sweet video of her three-legged dog running after recovering from bone cancer 4Lisa and Thomas Muller are both animal lovers and even own a horse stable But the scene was made all the more tear-jerking after Lisa revealed Micky had recovered from life-threatening bone cancer. She captioned the sweet clip: "From one second to the next Micky went very lame, we went straight to the X-ray clinic. "Then the shock message: BONE CANCER. "Then fear and wait for the...
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Director of Public Prosecutions, David Leung, has resigned, citing differences with the city's Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. (Reporting By James Pomfret, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's director of public prosecutions, David Leung, has resigned from his post, Cable TV reported on Friday. It gave no reason for his decision. (Reporting By Carol Mang; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    In her “Homecoming” film — which documented her epic Coachella takeover as the first African-American woman to headline the festival in 2018 — Beyoncé sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known as the black national anthem. see also Beyoncés trailer for Black is King teases much more than a visual album Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell and Jay-Z among featured... And no doubt, Bey has used her voice — and vision — to lift up other black culture creators along with her. She’s doing it again with “Black Is King,” her new visual album — a companion to her African-inspired “The Lion King: The Gift” LP from last summer — which premieres Friday on Disney+....
    CDC Director Robert Redfield says that youth are likelier to be negatively impacted by suicides, drugs, and influenza than if they were exposed to COVID-19. What are the details? Redfield made the remarks during a Buck Institute webinar livestream on July 14. During the discussion, Redfield — a proponent of reopening U.S. schools amid the coronavirus pandemic — said that there is a very low coronavirus risk for children who do not have pre-existing conditions. He also said that people should be more concerned about suicides and drug overdoses among youth, as their numbers are "far greater" when compared to COVID-19 deaths in youth. "But there has been another cost that we've seen, particularly in high...
    Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, whose mysterious death is being investigated, was a director in two companies along with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik. This clearly shows the convergence of business interests between Sushant and his girlfriend and her bother. Some of the allegations now being made by Sushant’s family members, who have filed a case of abetment to suicide against Rhea and others, may well find resonance in the business dealings between the two actors who were in a relationship. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Family Lawyer Dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s Claims That Movie Mafias Were Involved in His Suicide, Says She Was Not in Touch with Sushant’s Father Investigators will now start examining the size, scope and magnitude...
    The Trump administration was too slow to admit that coronavirus imported from Europe was a major threat to the US, the director of the largest US health agency has finally said after months of denial.  'The introduction from Europe happened before we realized what was happening,' said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Robert Redfield said in a Tuesday ABC News interview.  'By the time we realized (the) Europe threat and shut down travel to Europe, there was probably already two or three weeks of 60,000 people coming back every day from Europe. 'That's where the large seeding came in the United States.'  The Trump administration banned travel to the US from Europe on March 13, more than...
    Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not shoot a movie and enter it in a film festival? Yes, it’s as easy as that. At least, that’s the idea behind the Berkeley 48 Hour Summer Shorts Movie Jam, which is returning for its 10th year with a “Quarantine Edition.” Here’s how it works. The event starts 5 p.m. Friday, July 31, when filmmakers check in at the Summer Shorts festival website to learn the three “secret ingredients” that need to be included in each film. Artists then have until 6 p.m. Sunday to write, shoot and edit a 5-10-minute film and upload it to the website. Prospective filmmakers must register by 4 p.m. July 31 at the event website,...
    Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday he only became aware of a recent presidential directive excluding undocumented immigrants from the census's congressional representation calculations “when it was posted on the web.” Dillingham reportedly said he wasn't involved in the planning of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden hits Trump's 'law and order' message: He's trying to 'scare the devil' out of people Pelosi bashes Barr after testimony: 'He was like a blob' and 'henchman' for Trump Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances MORE's executive order last week blocking undocumented immigrants from being counted in the 2020 census for the purpose of allocating House seats. The order, which was swiftly met with multiple legal challenges,...
    Toshihiro Nagoshi the charismatic and colourful character at the rear of the Yakuza collection, has spoken at duration about his appreciation for the just lately released PS4 exceptional, Ghost of Tsushima. In spite of being established on the Japanese island of the similar identify, Ghost of Tsushima was created by Bellevue-based mostly studio Sucker Punch, and Nagoshi thinks that Westerners occasionally have a knack for satisfying Japanese audiences. As aspect of a SEGA livestream (translated by Kotaku), Nagoshi reported “Foreigners who tickle the extravagant of Japanese people extra than Japanese men and women are… relatively wonderful, no?” In fact, Ghost of Tsushima has been one thing of a blockbuster in Japan, the place it nearly promptly topped the program charts...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City is launching the #GetCountedNYC Census Week of Action to mobilize all households to respond to the census, which has just a 54% self-response rate as of July 27.From July 27 - August 2, NYC Census 2020 are planning a week of activities citywide to mobilize New Yorkers to self-respond to the 2020 Census. 500 New Yorkers have already signed up to volunteer.Over 150 volunteers will hold in-person census outreach events across the five boroughs in transit hubs, parks, playgrounds, small business corridors, and other key public areas in areas with historically low self-response rates on Wednesday, July 29. Teams will be equipped with PPE.The Census Week of Action is timed to significantly increase...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A grieving mother whose 56-year-old son was killed outside a charter school in South Los Angeles is speaking out after filing a wrongful death lawsuit.Family says the school's executive director and security guard put him a chokehold and that is why he died."He did nothing to deserve this," said Carol Jefferson about her son, Levert Jefferson.On Dec. 10, 2019, his family and attorney's say Levert was running along the sidewalk next to the Center for Advanced Learning on South Central Avenue. It was around 7:30 a.m.Levert, according to his family, was in need of medical attention.They allege that's when the school's executive director and security guard used a Taser to subdue him."They placed him in a...
    BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Social distancing is putting a lot of distance between wedding receptions for caterers and independent restaurant owners who bank on busy calendars. They say they face extinction if lawmakers don’t provide them stimulus money, like they did for the airline industry in April. The ballroom has been empty since mid-March at the Coral House in Baldwin. More than 500 events have been canceled or postponed, and the future is still in limbo. “People are scared of it. This room holds almost 500 people, so if you put 50 people in this room, it just gets lost and it’s not really a party,” said Butch Yamali, president of the Dover Group. At the historic Garden City Hotel,...
    During a Buck Institute Webinar streamed on July 14, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield promoted the general reopening of schools, highlighting the low coronavirus risk for children without preexisting conditions and the unfortunate spike in suicides and drug overdoses, which Redfield said are “far greater” in number than COVID-linked deaths in the young. “It’s not risk of school openings versus public health. It’s public health versus public health,” asserted Redfield. “I’m of the point of view, and I weigh that equation as an individual that has 11 grandchildren that the greater risk is actually to the nation to keep these schools closed,” he continued. Redfield said that over 7 million children get mental health services...
    Smaller colleges don’t plan on making a decision on the college football season until the powerhouse programs do. According to Pete Thamel, a Group of Five athletic director told him that the G5 schools will wait for the Power Five teams to make a decision on what to do during the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “I think that the G5, even though we may not like it, we’re comfortable in understanding where the power is. A part of that is the guarantee game situation,” the unnamed athletic director said. A G5 AD tells @yahoosports that those leagues are going to sit tight until Power 5 leagues make decisions on the season....
    Tower of God director Takashi Sano put together a Rick and Morty anime short with the help of Telecom Animation Film. Rick and Morty vs. Genocider is an eight-minute short that chronicles Morty’s journey to Japan to seek out his grandpa. While the art style in it isn’t what you’d typically associate with anime, it’s unique and certainly different from what we’re used to, while keeping in the Rick and Morty style. Both of the Japanese dub voice actors for Rick and Morty reprised their roles for the short. While Morty’s voice actor, Keisuke Chiba, is mainly known for his role as Morty, Rick’s voice actor, Youhei Tadano has appeared in many different series, like Brand New Animal and Megalobox....
    Famous Bollywood action director Parvez Khan died of cardiac arrest on Monday (July 27 ) morning. He was 55. The action director was a well-known name in the industry circle and had previously worked in movies like Andhadhun, Johnny Gaddaar and Bullett Raja. He was cremated in the evening at Hanuman Nagar cemetery in Kandivali. Saroj Khan No More: Twitterati Mourns the Tragic Demise of Bollywood’s Ace Choreographer. While confirming the news of his demise, Parvez’s longtime assistant Nishant Khan in his interaction with Indian Express said, “He was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead. He was completely fine and healthy. Last night, he felt chest pain. He would often tell people that one has to go through pain in...
    After a long suspension of the tennis season, the WTA had planned to resume the Tour with the Palermo Open. Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep was initially supposed to play the event. But now, she has decided to opt-out of it. Simona Halep Pulls Out of Palermo Open As you can see in the tweet, Simona Halep has pulled out of the Palermo Open. Her participation was already in doubt due to the recent decision by the Italian Government to quarantine people from Romania. In light of this, many people might not be surprised by this decision. However, the Tournament Director of the Palermo Open said they were trying to give Halep an exemption from the rule. But since...
    Shekhar Kapur has been actively involved in the dialogue that has opened up about nepotism ever since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The director has spoken at length about late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suffering. Recently, the director took to Twitter to comment on the nepotism debate giving examples of Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Kapur insisted on the point that its about introducing ‘new talent’ because that is what drives the industry. Shekhar Kapur Intends To Make Paani As Tribute To Sushant Singh Rajput But With This Condition. In his recent take on nepotism, the director wrote, “Raj Kapoor took his son in a film. Gave us amazing Rishi Kapoor. Dev Anand gave his brother a break. Gave...
    (CNN)The first official tennis tournament to be staged during the coronavirus pandemic lost its top attraction when Simona Halep pulled out Sunday in a move that frustrated organizers. Follow @cnnsport The reigning Wimbledon champion -- one of tennis' most popular players -- tweeted that she would be skipping the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy that starts August 3 due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases in her native Romania and worries about international air travel. According to the World Heath Organization, there were 413 confirmed cases recorded on July 14 in Romania but the number has surpassed 1,000 on both July 24 and 25. Overall the country has recorded more than 42,000 cases and 2,150 deaths. "Given the recent...
    The Snyder Cut of Justice League is making its way to HBO Max next year, and it will be an entirely different experience than the one fans were treated to in 2017. Coinciding with the virtual San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, a Justice Con was held by fans and director Zack Snyder sat down to discuss what can be expected when the movie is finally debuted next year. The panel discussion, which is available to watch in full on YouTube, ran for almost an hour, and Snyder dove into just about everything. One major takeaway for the evening: the Snyder Cut will not use any of Joss Whedon’s footage. The Avengers director took over Justice League after Snyder had to...
    The counterintelligence chief for the federal warning issued a stark warning about foreign interference for the upcoming 2020 election, echoing similar sentiments from presidential candidate Joe BIden.  Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, shared that the adversaries had already begun trying to compromise communications between campaigns.    'Today, we see our adversaries seeking to compromise the private communications of U.S. political campaigns, candidates and other political targets,' he said, ABC News. Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, issued the stark warning on Friday Evanina noted the actions of China, Russia and Iran but noted that 'other nation-states and non-state actors could also do harm to our electoral process' 'Our...
    A Singaporean man pleaded guilty Friday to charges of spying on behalf of the Chinese government amid a crackdown on what officials describe as widespread Chinese espionage. Jun Wei Yeo worked as an unregistered agent of the Chinese government from 2015 until 2019, Axios reported Friday, citing a statement from prosecutors. Yeo’s guilty plea comes amid a Department of Justice initiative designed to flesh out intellectual property theft in the U.S. and instances of Chinese espionage. “At the direction of Chinese intelligence operatives, the defendant targeted U.S. government employees and an Army officer to obtain information for the government of China,” Alan Kohler, Jr., assistant director for the FBI’s counterintelligence division, said in a statement, according to Axios. “Mr. Yeo...
    SAN ANTONIO – A panel of San Antonio city officials and local hospital leaders will host a virtual panel discussion Friday afternoon to answer some of the community’s questions regarding COVID-19. The “Facts, Myths, and Reality of COVID-19” panel will take place at 2 p.m. and will be livestreamed in this article. If you don’t see a livestream around that time, check back again soon or refresh the article. Medical professionals who are helping spearhead coronavirus efforts in San Antonio hospitals are also expected to take part in the conversation.According to a press release from San Antonio city officials, panelists will discuss: What to do right after testing positive for COVID-19 How to properly care for yourself or a family...
    Federal Agents in Portland Barred From Detaining Journalists Coronavirus updates: Health experts call for country to shut down again; Fauci says he wouldnt eat inside a restaurant because of COVID-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci throws out first pitch ahead of Nationals vs. Yankees on MLB Opening Day The first person to take the mound for the 2020 MLB season was not a professional baseball player, but Dr. Anthony Fauci. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was tasked with throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park for the Nationals' game against the New York Yankees on Thursday to open the MLB season. © Provided by CBS Sports Jul 23, 2020; Washington, DC, USA; National Institute...
    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to reignite their pursuit for a director of football. The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward first looked at the position two years ago to help the Red Devils on the transfer front. 3Ed Woodward has reignited his search for Manchester United's first-ever director of footballCredit: PA:Press Association United legends Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra had discussions over the potential role and gave the 48-year-old their views on how they believed things could be improved. Ex-PSG chief Antero Henrique and Red Bull's head of sport Ralf Rangnick were also sounded out. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news But it was thought Old Trafford bosses cooled their interest in finding someone for the role earlier this year. It...
    VIDEO2:5102:51U.N. Women director on Covid 19's 'shadow pandemic' of violenceThe CNBC Conversation The executive director of U.N. Women told CNBC that the Covid-19 crisis has significantly "set women back" through challenges including job losses and creating a worrying "shadow pandemic" of violence.  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who heads up the unit dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women as well as being under-secretary-general of the United Nations, said that every pandemic has a gender dimension and many women are facing a much harder time because of the impact of the global response to the virus. "One of the worrying factors ... is the shadow pandemic of the violence against women. Because in order to protect people from infection, people have...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The director of the Free Library of Philadelphia has resigned after 12 years at the helm. It comes after allegations of inequality from African American staffers. “We called on this last year, it was time for a change,” said Philadelphia Councilmember Cindy Bass. Bass grew tired of the excuses. Last week, she and a few other councilmembers had a phone meeting with Siobhan Reardon, the director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, to address years of concerns of racial inequality in the workplace and what councils called “a lack of action from Reardon.” “Essentially, she hadn’t done anything because she needed the last few years to really get an understanding of the issue of racism, which I...
    Wisconsin Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez painted a dark picture for fans in a Thursday message. In a message released to the Wisconsin faithful spread out across the world, Alvarez said the Badgers stand to lose “more than $100 million” in revenue because of coronavirus and that the “financial crisis threatens” Wisconsin’s “ability to sustain the success we’ve celebrated.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can read the full message below. “The experience we love as Badgers and the legacy of our extraordinary athletic department is at risk. “We will have two choices: remain at the head of the class or fall behind.” A message from Coach Alvarez pic.twitter.com/CRYkKzKlfj — Wisconsin Badgers ????...
    A top school official says very few schools will open 100%, as Trumps insists: The federal government is not the nations school board Salary cap issue may delay training camps? Ghost of Tsushima Art Director Says Yes, You Can Play Entire Game in Kurosawa Mode © TheWrap Ghost of Tsushima Kurosawa Mode If you're already deep into the new PS4 game "Ghost of Tsushima" and you haven't toggled on Kurosawa Mode, the optional black and white filter that makes everything resemble the samurai films of Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, do so immediately. But any new players should know that Kurosawa Mode is available in "Ghost of Tsushima" right out of the box. And if you're a crazy enough film...
    The Chicks Natalie Maines Jokes Shed Make Out with George W. Bush Now in Comparison to Trump AP sources: Blue Jays to play in Pittsburgh if Pa. approves Hollywoods Diversity Struggle: Only 15% of Studio Films in Last 5 Years Directed by Filmmakers of Color © TheWrap While blockbusters like "Black Panther" and "Crazy Rich Asians" have made headlines in recent years as flag-bearers for the push for diversity in Hollywood, studio films with nonwhite directors remain the exception rather than the rule. For the last five years, only 68 of the films given a wide release by Hollywood's six major studios — just 15% — were directed by a person of color, according to a study by TheWrap....
    The city of St. Paul has named a new director for its Department of Planning and Economic Development. Nicolle Goodman comes from Oklahoma, where she was vice president of operations and redevelopment programs for the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, a nonprofit contracted by the city to “manage economic development entities, programs and projects.” Nicolle Goodman was named July 21, 2020, to serve as director of St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department (City of St. Paul) In the role, Goodman helped manage a city project aimed at creating inclusive growth and wealth in underserved communities, which encompasses a planned development expected to yield $1 billion in economic impact and nearly 7,000 new jobs, St. Paul Mayor Melvin...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has proposed appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a partially open hearing on worldwide threats in early August. But he suggested that the majority of the hearing, including a traditional question and answer session, take place behind closed doors. In a letter sent Tuesday to the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Ratcliffe offered to, alongside other intelligence community leaders, deliver a public, prepared statement, but to subsequently take questions from senators in a closed session during the week of August 3rd. He cited the intelligence community's "collective concern about the exchange of information that is inherently classified" as grounds for the arrangement.   "During the open session," Ratcliffe wrote, "the IC could...
    The Senate confirmed Russel Vought as head of the White Home Workplace of Administration and Finances, with a 51-45 vote alongside get together strains. President Trump nominated Vought to the place in March. He has been answerable for the workplace since January 2019 when the previous director, Mick Mulvaney, was named because the White Home chief of employees. Mulvaney in March was tapped as US particular envoy for Northern Eire, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) grew to become chief of employees. In February 2018, he was confirmed because the deputy director of the OMB after Vice President Mike Pence forged the vote breaking a 49-49 tie. Within the vote Monday, Democrats opposed Vought, 44, due to his function in...
    The Senate on Monday confirmed Russell Vought to serve as the director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. The Senate voted 51-45 to confirm the nomination. The director leads the president's budget office. Vought has been leading the OMB since January 2019 in an acting role after the former director of the office, Mick Mulvaney, was tapped to be the White House chief of staff. US BUDGET DEFICIT SURGES TO RECORD-HIGH OF $864B IN JUNE AFTER CORONAVIRUS SPENDING In March, Trump announced Mulvaney would be reassigned as the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would transition to his chief of staff position. A well-known fiscal hawk, Vought has been one of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Multiple department employees filed complaints about Tom Chan, the acting director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), last year. But the agency won’t release copies of documents that could detail the nature of those complaints to the public. Chan served as acting director since March of last year. He was replaced July 9 when IDES appointed a new director. But just a month before the leadership change, CBS 2 asked the agency for documents about Chan, who at the time of the request oversaw an agency criticized for how it responded to the surge in unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to CBS 2, IDES Chief General Counsel, Kevin Lovellette, confirmed there were multiple complainants....
    SCIOTO — Scioto County Developmental Disabilities has a new Director of Early Childhood Services. Erica Wallace, who took over the position on July 1, has worked as a Developmental Specialist and for SCDD for several years has moved into the job, which is based at the Carousel Center. Wallace worked with retired director Tammy Nelson for nearly a year to transition into the position. Early Childhood Services encompasses Early Intervention for babies and children living in Scioto County who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. “I want to thank the staff and give them my full appreciation for being so flexible and being willing to step outside their comfort zone and serve families during this time,” Wallace said. “I’m excited...
              Dr. Manny Sethi continues to beat the drum for Bill Hagerty’s connections to Common Core State Standards, but how much, if any, was the former ambassador to Japan entangled with the controversial learning scheme? Sethi aired an ad attacking Hagerty for “making millions” off Common Core. The ad is available here. The Tennessee Star this past week has asked both campaigns about that claim. When asked by email Sunday about the claim, Hagerty’s campaign simply referred back to a statement they had made to The Star that ran in a story Friday. Hagerty campaign spokeswoman Abigail Sigler addressed the ad in an email Thursday. The Tennessee Star specifically asked Sigler about Sethi’s...
    PARTY animal Rita Ora enjoyed a wild night on the town with pals including a hunky businessman before they piled back to hers at 3.45am yesterday. The singer, 29, and friends including tycoon Faton Gashi dined out on Saturday afternoon before parting ways. 5Rita Ora on a night out with hunky businessman Faton GashiCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA / WILL/MARK/DAN 5Rita, Faton and her group headed back to hers to partyCredit: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA / WILL/MARK/DAN They reunited for a drinking session with more friends, before Rita and all her group headed to hers to party. Sources close to the singer insist she is in a serious relationship with music video director Romain Gavras, 39. They have been an...
    Savannah Rychcik July 19, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, is suggesting some states failed to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines upon reopening. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Collins was asked why the United States is doing so poorly compared to the rest of the world in combating the coronavirus. Collins acknowledged the nation did a “good job” in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut with bringing cases down. He went on to explain how the rest of the nation did not follow CDC recommendations and are now experiencing the repercussions. “Meanwhile the rest of the country, perhaps imagining this was just a New York...
    The director of the National Institutes of Health said that he has not been asked to reconsider Dr. Anthony Fauci's role within the agency. Dr. Francis Collins said that Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is not being considered for a demotion or termination from his position, despite President Trump's public criticisms over Fauci's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Collins said firing Fauci would be "unimaginable." "Nobody has asked me to do that, and I find that concept unimaginable," he said. Collins said that he does not even consider himself to be Fauci's boss. Instead, he said Fauci's career lies in the hands of Dr. Christine Grady, head of the...
    Children of color will be disproportionately affected by school reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic if  additional resources are not in place, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Richard Besser said Sunday.  “If we’re not intentional about making sure that doesn't happen it will happen,” Besser, the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a pediatrician,  said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”  Besser said death rates for Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans “far surpasses their proportion of the population.” .@RWJF's @DrRichBesser on #COVID19's crippling impact on #BIPOC children as they aim to return to in-person learning this fall:"Without additional resources we will see children of color, black and brown children, disproportionately affected." pic.twitter.com/Vjv41AR7r8— Face The...
    Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu has shared a throwback “quarantine post” featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and director Sujoy Ghosh from the sets of their film “Badla”. Taapsee took to her verified account on Instagram, where she shared a picture of herself along with Big B and Ghosh. In the image, Amitabh is seen reading, while Taapsee and the film’s director are looking at the paper the thespian is holding. Taapsee Pannu Takes a Sly Dig at Kangana Ranaut Calling Her a B Grade Actress, Here’s What She Said Giving the caption a quirky spin, Taapsee wrote: “Me looking at how much of the scene is left for the day. Mr. Bachchan continues to rehearse non stop. Sujoy is thinking of where...
    Barcelona, ​​Jul 19 (EFE) .- The director of Civil Protection of the Generalitat, Isabel Ferrer, has asked citizens for self-responsibility to stop the pandemic because, she has assured, “there are scary images”, in relation to the large influx of people on the beaches without masks and without keeping the safety distance. In statements to channel 3/24, Ferrer regretted yesterday’s images of full beaches, which in the case of Barcelona led the city council to close five of them, despite the Generalitat’s call to leave the house as little as possible, although has remarked that the majority of citizens respect the recommendations. In addition to the beaches, the images that Ferrer did not like at all are those of the more...
    With a clutch of Oscars, film director Oliver Stone is a giant of his generation. Last week in the first part of our serialisation of his autobiography, he told how he turned his time as a soldier in Vietnam into one of the greatest war movies.  Here, in our final edited extract, he reveals his private agonies behind the celebrity Hollywood facade.  Joining the greats: Stone receiving his Oscar for Midnight Express from screen legend Lauren Bacall in 1979 It all began with a cryptic note from the headmaster of my tough Pennsylvania boarding school. ‘Your father called,’ it said. ‘I’d like to see you at 2.30 today.’ Why would my father call? Something to do with my mother?...
    Attorney General William Barr appointed several dozen new immigration judges on Friday. One of the newly-commissioned judges most recently served as the research director for a group which the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “hate group” for having had ties to “white supremacy” and even to a “eugenicist organization.” The judge, Matthew J. O’Brien, was officially named to his new position in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) in June — but was just formally inducted into the largest ever corps of immigration judges along with 45 others. O’Brien’s biography notes a decade-plus-long stint in federal service. He previously worked under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in largely...
    MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi hometown of the late Jimmie Rodgers needs to invest in his legacy or risk losing mementos that tell the story of “The Father of Country Music," a foundation director says. Jimmie Rodgers Foundation President Lee Thornton told Lauderdale County supervisors on Thursday that a Rodgers museum needs a permanent home and a director who can procure grants and coordinate a music festival, the Meridian Star reported. “We’re kind of continuing to ignore and neglect, probably, our single most important and popular attraction to our area,” Thornton said. He said people from Bristol, Tennessee have reached out to the city of Meridian multiple times “to try to take everything of Jimmie Rodgers up there, where...
    On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins stated that if one of the coronavirus vaccine trials is successful, “tens of millions of doses” will be available by the end of the year, and that he believes by the end of the year “we will have a vaccine…that looks like it’s working” and that everyone will have access to one by the spring. Collins said that because of the use of “at-risk manufacturing,” “we will have, if one of these trials shows success, tens of millions of doses of that vaccine ready to go, by the end of 2020, the end of this calendar year. That’s never been done at this speed before....
    The former executive director of a Los Angeles charter school operator on Friday agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $3.1 million in school funds that she spent on her personal use, including Disney cruises and theme park admissions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Janis Bucknor, 52, who formerly ran the for-profit Community Preparatory Academy, pleaded guilty to criminal theft and tax fraud in an agreement with federal prosecutors filed in U.S. District Court, authorities said. CPA’s charter schools in Carson and South Los Angeles closed in 2019 after the Los Angeles Unified School District decided not to renew the company’s charter. Bucknor, a resident of Baldwin Hills, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison...
    Director Abhishek Sharma, whose previous film was the ill-fated The Zoya Issue, has reported that the film’s dismal box workplace functionality could be blamed on the good results of Aspiration Lady and Chhichhore. “The Zoya Issue could not do nicely at the box-workplace since of two very superior movies had been by now in the theatres with our film,” the filmmaker explained to Navbharat Situations. “Sushant Singh Rajput’s film Chhichhore and Ayushmann Khurrana’s Desire Lady experienced by now introduced a week previously and had been doing incredibly nicely. In such a situation, our movie was not a choice for the viewers and they did not want to spend funds to observe The Zoya Element.” Starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha...
    From directing music videos to making blockbusters, F Gary Gray has had a successful career in Hollywood so far. Yup, his last film, Men in Black: International, the spinoff of the MIB films starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, was a dud. But he also directed a huge blockbuster, The Fate of The Furious, the eighth film in the Fast & Furious franchise. On July 17, 2020, the director is turning 51. Here’s us wishing the filmmaker Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, and many hits in the future. Men in Black: International Movie Review: A Humdrum Reboot That Relies Too Much on Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth’s Ragnarok Magic. Speaking more about the films he made, after a...
    Fifteen women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and verbal abuse that they say were levied by a handful of executives on Washington’s NFL team for more than a decade, according to a Thursday report by The Washington Post. Through interviews with the 15 women and other former and current employees, the Post details in its report an alleged culture of harassment and verbal abuse by former executives, including Larry Michael, senior vice president of content and team play-by-play broadcaster; Alex Santos, director of pro personnel, Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel; Dennis Greene, president of business operations; and Mitch Gershman, chief operating officer. All five executives are no longer with the team. Greene left...
    Rob Carr/Getty Images The Washington Post published a bombshell report Thursday night detailing a slew of sexual harassment and verbal abuse claims against five male employees within Washington’s NFL franchise. The paper spoke with 15 former female employees and over 40 people for the story, many of whom described their accounts of harassment by specific members of the organization. Only one of the five accused men commented on the claims — which he denied — and owner Dan Snyder also did not provide a statement to the paper. The Post writes: Team owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests for an interview. Over the past week, as The Post presented detailed allegations and findings to the club, three team employees accused...
    Facebook/Alex Santos Alex Santos pictured on Facebook in August 2018. Alex Santos was the Washington NFL franchise’s former director of professional personnel. Santos was fired by the team alongside fellow front office member Richard Mann II in July 2020. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on July 16 that the Washington Post was preparing a story “that is expected to highlight the culture that is existed.” Schefter noted in his tweets that Santos, Mann II as well as play-by-play announcer Larry Michael had all left the organization. Mann II worked for Washington as the assistant director of pro personnel. The pair were fired on July 11, reports The Washington Post. The Post described the pair’s role as “coordinating advance...
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website that, up until yesterday, publicly displayed how many US hospital and ICU beds were occupied by coronavirus patients will now only show out-of-date information.  It comes after the Trump Administration instructed hospitals to send their COVID-19 directly to a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) database and said facilities should not send information to the CDC's portal.  CDC Director Robert Redfield said bluntly in a Wednesday statement that 'no one is taking access or data away from CDC.'  While the CDC may still have access to the data, now collected through the HHS Protect system, the public no longer does.  After a message briefly appeared on the CDC's hospitalization data...
    The announcement this week that golfing icon Tiger Woods would be the subject of a two-part HBO documentary series has provoked a backlash in the doc community due to a lack of above-the-line diversity on the project. The “Tiger” series is being co-helmed by Oscar-nominated “City Of Ghosts” and “A Private War” filmmaker Matthew Heineman and the Emmy-nominated Matthew Hamachek. The pair previously collaborated on “Cartel Land.” Alex Gibney is exec producing the show through his Jigsaw Productions, alongside HBO Sports. Heineman announced the project on his Facebook page on July 10, and the post quickly became the stage for a lively debate about the project’s lack of Black talent. Geeta Gandbhir, the Emmy-winning doc filmmaker, was first to make the...
    The announcement this week that golfing icon Tiger Woods would be the subject of a two-part HBO documentary series has provoked a backlash in the doc community due to a lack of above-the-line diversity on the project. The “Tiger” series is being co-helmed by Oscar-nominated “City Of Ghosts” and “A Private War” filmmaker Matthew Heineman and the Emmy-nominated Matthew Hamachek. The pair previously collaborated on “Cartel Land.” Alex Gibney is exec producing the show through his Jigsaw Productions, alongside HBO Sports. Heineman announced the project on his Facebook page on July 10, and the post quickly became the stage for a lively debate about the project’s lack of Black talent. Geeta Gandbhir, the Emmy-winning doc filmmaker, was first to make the...
    Famed director Cameron Crowe definitely got everyone’s attention when he shared the role Brad Pitt turned down in one of his movies. “I wept,” the 63-year-old director shared recently during his appearance on the Cadence13 podcast, “Origins” of the role the 56-year-old actor turned down in his classic 2000 movie, “Almost Famous.” The comments were noted by Uproxx in a piece published Wednesday. (RELATED: Report: Angelina Jolie Given Ultimatum Regarding Custody Of Her And Brad Pitt’s Kids) Brad Pitt, or BP 2.0, is experiencing a career renaissance and we are here for it . https://t.co/uZ8m7MPLHg — British Vogue (@BritishVogue) July 10, 2020 “I knew that [Brad Pitt] had never fully fallen in love with the character,” he added. “He...
    FILE — Remote Landover, Md., Redskin radio team of Sonny Jurgensen, Larry Michael and Sam Huff on Aug. 19, 2007. Here, Huff (near) looks at a replay monitor as Michael (R) and Jurgensen watch the action on the field. (Photo by Preston Keres/The The Washington Post via Getty Images) Larry Michael, the longtime radio voice of Washington’s NFL team, has announced his retirement on Wednesday. Michael took over for Frank Herzog in 2004, who had been the play-by-play voice for 23 years. Michael was a member of the front office, serving as its chief content officer and a senior vice president overseeing production of all video content for Redskins.com TV, as well as production of all the team’s broadcast network...
    FILE — Remote Landover, Md., Redskin radio team of Sonny Jurgensen, Larry Michael and Sam Huff on Aug. 19, 2007. Here, Huff (near) looks at a replay monitor as Michael (R) and Jurgensen watch the action on the field. (Photo by Preston Keres/The The Washington Post via Getty Images) Larry Michael, the longtime radio voice of Washington’s NFL team, has announced his retirement on Wednesday. Michael took over for Frank Herzog in 2004, who had been the play-by-play voice for 23 years. Michael was a member of the front office, serving as its chief content officer and a senior vice president overseeing production of all video content for Redskins.com TV, as well as production of all the team’s broadcast network...
    CDC director Robert Redfield says the current spike in COVID-19 infections in the South may have been caused by people from the Northeast traveling there for vacation and not due to states reopening too quickly.  Addressing the alarming surge in coronavirus cases, Redfield said on Tuesday that infections in Sun Belt states 'simultaneously kind of popped' in the second week of June after reopening in various phases.  Redfield compared it to the initial outbreak in the Northeast in March, which he says spread out to various states from epicenter New York.  'We tried to give states guidance on how to reopen safely. I think the guidance we put out was really sound,' he said in an interview with Dr Howard Bauchner of...
    After multiple false starts over the last 13 years, it appears that the Uncharted movie is finally about to start filming. The news comes from lead actor Tom Holland’s Instagram, where he posted a photo of a chair with the word “Nate” on the back and the caption, “Day one #Uncharted” Despite Holland’s implication that filming is underway, shooting hasn’t actually started just yet. But Tom did get a chair, so there’s progress. The original rights to the video game action-adventure series were optioned back in 2007 and the project has slowly been cycling through directors ever since. David O. Russell, director of The Fighter and Silver Lining’s Playbook, was attached to direct the film with Mark Wahlberg...
    Actor and director Kevin Connolly, known for his work on the HBO series Entourage, has been accused of raping a costume designer at a party in 2005. Gracie Cox, who was working in the film industry during the time, ran into Connolly at a wrap party in Manhattan arranged to celebrate his completion of The Gardener of Eden, according to the Daily Beast. Cox, who now works as a children’s therapist, said she is making her charges now because “I want it to be known that he is dangerous.” “We were at the party, and I don’t think I’d been there for more than an hour or so when Kevin approached me and asked if I’d go with him for a...
    Days after the White House provided news outlets with a statement going after the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top member of the White House’s own coronavirus task force, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one top Trump administration adviser has now actually penned an op-ed attacking Fauci. Peter Navarro, the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, wrote in USA Today Tuesday night that during the coronavirus crisis, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has been wrong several times. Navarro says, “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.” He goes after Fauci for fighting...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Tuesday named Pat Pitney interim president, a position she is expected to hold at least a year while a search for a permanent president is underway. Pitney is expected to take over Aug. 1, according to a system release. Michelle Rizk has been acting president. Rizk was named to that position last month, after Jim Johnsen resigned. Pitney is director of the Legislative Finance Division, which provides budget and revenue analyses for the Legislature. She was budget director under former Gov. Bill Walker and has a long history with the university system, including work as a vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university has faced...
    Kristin Makholm, who has been director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art for more than a decade, has been released from her position, according to a news release from the museum late Tuesday afternoon. Kristin Makholm Board chair Gregory Page said an interim director will be announced soon and the M will begin a national search for a new director. He declined to comment on reasons for Makholm’s departure. Makholm played a key role in the museum’s extensive remodeling and move to the Historic Pioneer Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul in 2018. When she started at the M in 2009, the museum did not have a permanent home. The first phase of the M’s facility on Robert Street...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE’s presidential campaign on Tuesday announced a second round of staff hires in Arizona as Democrats pour additional resources into The Grand Canyon State in an effort to turn it blue this fall. The campaign announced five new staffers for its team in the state, building on two top hires announced last last month. Democrats hoping to flip Arizona point to lagging poll numbers for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals...
    CDC director Robert Redfield said in a new interview Tuesday he’s concerned about the public health challenges the United States may be facing in the fall and winter. In the interview with Howard Bauchner (editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association), Redfield started out by emphasizing the importance of people wearing masks and repeating that if all Americans embraced masking more rigorously in the next few weeks they could get things more “under control.” Redfield commended the president and vice president for wearing masks and said they can help set the example, as he talked about the social distancing guidelines and how mask-wearing shouldn’t be political. He said it’s said to see “some of these public health...
    Inside Descendants Alum Sarah Jefferys Path to Becoming Your Next Favorite Pop Star 5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday Michelle Obamas brother, ex-basketball coach and GM Craig Robinson, named executive director of NABC Craig Robinson, an award-winning basketball coach, administrator and former player, will now move to a new role as the executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). © Casey Sapio, USA TODAY Sports Craig Robinson, shown in 2014, while coaching Oregon State. Likely known more as the brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama, Robinson succeeds Jim Haney who held the position for the past 29 years.  "When I took a look at the key responsibilities of the job, it's very...
    James Gunn wrote both of the live-action "Scooby-Doo" movies. Warner Bros. Pictures/Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn tweeted that he originally tried to make Velma gay in the 2002 live-action "Scooby-Doo" movie but Warner Bros. wouldn't let him. Gunn, who wrote the film and its 2004 sequel, tweeted: "In 2001 Velma was explicitly gay in my initial script."  "But the studio just kept watering it down and watering it down, becoming ambiguous (the version shot), then nothing (the released version), and finally having a boyfriend (the sequel)," Gunn wrote. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. James Gunn, who wrote the live-action 2002 "Scooby-Doo" movie and its 2004 sequel, said that...
    The Urvashi Rautela-starrer “Virgin Bhanupriya” is based on a real-life experience of the upcoming film’s director Ajay Lohan, claims Gautam Gulati, who play the male protagonist. The film revolves around a girl named Bhanupriya, played by Urvashi, who is trying her best to lose her virginity but she fails in every attempt. A priest tells her she will never succeed. What happens next is what the story is about. Virgin Bhanupriya Trailer: Urvashi Rautela Steps Into the Hilarious Givings and Misgivings of Being a Late Virgin in the 21st Century (Watch Video) ” ‘Virgin Bhanupriya’ is a story inspired by a personal experience and friends of our director Ajay. During the shoot, he used to sit with me and help...
    Tom Hanks in "Greyhound." Sony "Greyhound" director Aaron Schneider told Insider how the movie was made without any water. The movie uses a combination of CGI, photogrammetry, and gamer tech to make the ocean battles look real. That's impressive given the entire movie is based around a battle at sea. Schneider filmed on a partial piece of a destroyer built on a soundstage surrounded by a green screen. He also used a program often used in the gaming world called NVIDIA Wave Works which created an open ocean environment.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Gone are the days when movie productions would have to film on a large body of water to tell stories set out...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian institute developing one of the country's potential coronavirus vaccines hopes to start its final stage testing in a small section of the general public in mid-August, the RIA news agency cited the institute's director as saying on Monday. Globally, of 19 experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, only two are in final Phase III trials - one by China's Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. China's Sinovac Biotech is set to become the third later this month. Early results from the first small-scale human trial of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow has shown it to be safe for use, according to a separate RIA report on Sunday....
    Diego Maradona is planning to sue Netflix over a film from an Oscar-winning director which is set to be released on the streaming platform this year. Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla announced that the footballing icon is set to take on the streaming giant in the Italian courts. 3Diego Maradona doesn't want to be known as a 'cheat'Credit: Hulton Archive - Getty Maradona, 59, says he did not give Netflix permission to use his image for their upcoming film "The Hand of God", directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. Morla said in a statement he posted to Twitter: “Diego Maradona did not authorise the use of his image for this film. "With our colleagues in Italy we are now drawing...
    As coronavirus cases rise around the United States and the world, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pled for global unity. More than six months after the virus was first identified, the virus has continued to spread in many places, including the United States. “My friends, make no mistake: The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself,” Tedros said on July 9 at a speech in Switzerland.  “Rather, it’s the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels.” Experts saw the speech as a plea to leaders including President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who have both downplayed the virus. Bolsonaro announced that he had contracted coronavirus earlier in the...
    The four words “It’s not her anymore” are familiar, crushing reminders to anyone with a parent or grandparent in the grip of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In the haunted-house thriller “Relic,” first-time co-writer and director Natalie Erika James knows exactly when to put those words into play.It’s worth seeing in any case, if only to see a seriously skillful debut feature director breathe new life into a familiar Old Dark House scenario.Seventy-five miles west of Melbourne, Edna (Robyn Nevin, whose icy stare could make Billie Whitelaw and Christopher Lee turn and run) lives alone in a hou… Read More