Saudi Arabia fared far better on Sunday, when it escaped missile and drone attacks on its oil heartland with no serious damage, than 18 months ago when strikes forced it to temporarily shut its industry down. A Sept. 2019 strike hit two key plants with cruise missile and drones. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which is battling a Saudi-led coalition, claimed responsibility for Sunday's strike at an oil storage yard at Ras Tanura, site of a refinery and the world's biggest offshore oil loading facility, and a residential compound in Dhahran used by oil giant Saudi Aramco.
Fresh off her stint playing Diana, Princess of Wales, in Netflix’s period drama “The Crown,” Emma Corrin is gearing up to portray another high-society woman. The actor in talks to star in “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” a romance drama about the scandalous affair between star-crossed lovers. Based on D.H. Lawrence’s novel, the story follows the wealthy […]
Chelsea cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League as Kai Havertz finally delivered an influential display in their vital 2-0 win against top-four rivals Everton on Monday.
In its first weekend on Amazon Prime, Eddie Murphy’s “Coming 2 America” became the most-watched streaming film since movie theaters closed due to COVID-19 nearly a year ago, according to Amazon and Screen Engine/ASI. The sequel to the ’80s comedy about an African prince traveling to New York to find true love topped “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run,” which was originally set for theatrical release but instead became a launch title for the new Paramount+ streaming service. “Coming 2 America” was also initially set to be a Paramount theatrical release, but was sold to Amazon as part of a series of sales of Paramount films to various streaming services. Along with “Coming 2 America” and “Spongebob,” the top five most-watched streaming films of the weekend on Screen Engine’s charts were Netflix’s “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” and “I Care A Lot,” along with HBO Max’s “Tom & Jerry,” which was also released in theaters and has grossed just under $23 million in North America over the past 10 days. “Coming 2 America” has received mixed reviews since its release, receiving a 52% critics score and 48% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Craig Brewer directed from a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, with Murphy starring alongside Arsenio Hall, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Jermaine Fowler, Shari Headley and James Earl Jones. Read original story ‘Coming 2 America’ Draws Most Viewers for Streaming Film Launch of the Past Year, Ratings Firm Says At TheWrap
Sony Pictures Animation is developing a new movie about a pack of female K-Pop stars who slay evil spirits in between gigs. “K-Pop: Demon Hunters” is underway at the Oscar-winning studio behind “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse,” from directors Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans. Kang, whose credits include “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” is mounting the project […]
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would commemorate the country's more than 22,000 COVID-19 victims on Thursday and pay tribute to those fighting the virus. The government declared a "National Day of Observance" on March 11 inviting Canadians "to join together in honoring the memory of those we have lost, and the people they left behind," Trudeau said in a statement on Monday. Canada has finally got a second wave under control and many provinces are loosening health restrictions even as some experts warn a third wave - propelled by more contagious variants - may already be on the way.
New Zealand is unlikely to stop having Queen Elizabeth as its head of state anytime soon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, in comments following Oprah Winfrey's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan. Ardern was asked by a reporter if the interview, and the picture painted of the royal family, had given her pause around New Zealand's constitutional ties with the royals. A former British colony, New Zealand retains Queen Elizabeth as its constitutional monarch and head of state.
British journalist Emily Andrews contradicted Meghan Markle on Monday, tweeting that the duchess’ characterization of her royal press team from Sunday night’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was “not right.” “Meghan says the press team didn’t defend her when ‘things weren’t true.’ That is just not right. The press team with whom I interacted defended them again & again & again, told me things were wrong (so didn’t publish) & indeed tried to stop me when true,” wrote Andrews, who is the royal editor for the Mail on Sunday. She shared a clip from “CBS This Morning” that showed Markle detailing why she and Prince Harry moved away from the U.K. and stepped aside from their royal duties. Markle acknowledged that every member of the family has bad press, but because of her race and nationality, as well as the proliferation of social media, her treatment was different. Also Read: Prince Harry Calls Royal Life 'Toxic,' Says Charles 'Had to Make Peace With It' in New Oprah Interview Clip Speaking of the rest of the royal family, the duchess said, “You’ve also had a press team that goes on the record to defend you, especially when they know something’s not true. That didn’t happen for us.” In Sunday night’s blockbuster interview, the duke and duchess described their experiences in the royal family and with the British press. Markle said that at one point, she felt suicidal. Meghan says the press team didn’t defend her when “things weren’t true.” That is just not right. The press team with whom I interacted defended them again & again & again, told me things were wrong (so didn’t publish) & indeed tried to stop me when true. pic.twitter.com/u4bZ7MQn5i — Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) March 8, 2021 Read original story Meghan Markle’s Palace Team Did Shoot Down False Stories, Daily Mail Royals Editor Says At TheWrap
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Clothing exports are vital to Myanmar's economy, giving fashion companies producing in the country the leverage to do good after the coup.
A Labrador was rescued from a cliff in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area on March 5, with firefighters warning people not to attempt to help their four-legged friends if they do get stranded, instead telling them to call 911. The San Francisco Fire Department said the dog was rescued at Fort Funston, which the Parks Conservancy describes as having “200-foot-high sandy bluffs … where the winds blow reliably wildly.” Credit to 'SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDIA'.
“First Date,” an action comedy that premiered at this year’s Sundance in the film festival’s NEXT session, has been picked up by Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures. “First Date” is the feature debut of writers and directors Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp and stars breakout Tyson Brown, and Magnet is planning to release the film later this year. The film is about a shy teen whose eagerly anticipated first date with his longtime crush and girl-next-door is interrupted by a relentless series of mishaps and crimes, including being targeted by criminals, cops and a crazy cat lady. Also Read: Sundance Horror Film 'Censor' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures for Summer Release “First Date” also stars Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Samuel Ademola, Ryan Quinn Adams, Angela Barber, Dave Reimer, Jake Howard, Samantha Laurenti, Scott Noble, Leah Finity, Josh Fesler, and Brandon Kraus. USA Today included the film on its list of best movies at Sundance, writing, “If Quentin Tarantino made an indie teen comedy, it’d probably resemble this super fun film.” “We are extremely thrilled to be partnering with Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing for our release,” Crosby and Knapp said in a statement. “It’s a dream come true for us to be working with a company that truly fosters and supports independent filmmakers. Thank you so much, Eamonn and the whole crew- we can’t wait for audiences to see the movie!” Also Read: St. Vincent Meta-Documentary 'The Nowhere Inn' Acquired by IFC Films “Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp have managed the rare feat of bringing a fresh take to both the action and comedy genres,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “‘First Date’ is sure to be the first film of many for this talented duo.” Written and directed by Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp, ‘First Date’ is a Visit Films Production, produced by Crosby, Knapp, Brandon Kraus, Lucky McKee and Charles Horak. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden and by Ryan Kampe of Visit Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia has previously picked up out of this year’s Sundance the animated “Cryptozoo,” the horror film “Censor” and the documentary “A Glitch in the Matrix.” Read original story Sundance Action Comedy ‘First Date’ Picked Up by Magnet Releasing At TheWrap
The U.S. government on Monday sued the automobile device manufacturer EZ Lynk, accusing it of selling "defeat devices" to enable car and truck owners to disable their vehicles' emission controls at the push of a button. In a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice said the company's EZ Lynk System has enabled thousands of drivers to "delete" emissions controls from Ford, GMC and Chrysler trucks, among other vehicles.
FX has ordered a pilot based on the Octavia E. Butler novel “Kindred.” The pilot will be written and executive produced by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Courtney Lee-Mitchell, who acquired the rights to the novel in 2008, will also executive produce along with “The Americans” creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, as well as Darren Aronofsky via […]
FX has ordered a pilot adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction novel “Kindred.” The pilot is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins of “Watchmen.” Courtney Lee-Mitchell and Darren Aronofsky are also among the executive producers. Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields of “The Americans” are also executive producers. Ernestine Walker and Merrilee Heifetz are co-executive producers on the FX Productions pilot. The highly influential “Kindred” was first published in 1979. Lee-Mitchell got the rights in 2008 from Butler’s estate. Also Read: 'Pose' to End With Season 3 at FX FX’s adaptation of “Kindred” is centered on Dana, a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own, according to the Disney-owned cable channel. But, before she can get settled into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time to a nineteenth-century plantation with which she and her family are most surprisingly and intimately linked. An interracial romance threads through her past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront the secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind. “Since my first encounter with the novel nearly two decades ago, there have been few, if any, books and even fewer authors who have meant as much to me as ‘Kindred’ and Octavia Butler,” Jacobs-Jenkins said in a statement on Monday. “It has been the highlight and honor of my career thus far to try and finally bring this timeless story to life – and especially at FX, whose catalogue of bold, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge television has been an endless source of inspiration and delight.” Jacobs-Jenkins is repped by WME. Lee-Mitchell is repped by Nicole Compas of Ramo Law, and Aronofsky, Weisberg, Fields are repped by CAA. The Butler Estate is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House LLC. and Hillary Bibicoff of Holmes Weinberg. Also Read: Donald Glover Jumps From FX to Amazon in 8-Figure Overall Deal Butler, a renowned writer who received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, also penned best seller “Parable of the Sower.” She passed away on February 24, 2006. On Friday, NASA named the landing site of the Perseverance rover on Mars the Octavia E. Butler Landing. Read original story FX Orders Pilot Adaptation of Octavia E Butler’s 1979 Sci-Fi Novel ‘Kindred’ At TheWrap
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