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In a reshuffling of Snap’s content group, the Snapchat owner has promoted Ben Schwerin to the newly expanded role as SVP, content and partnerships. And in another executive change, chief strategy officer Jared Grusd — the former HuffPost CEO who joined Snap more than two years ago — is shifting into an advisory role at […]
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s plan to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19.
Alex Salmond's appearance in front of an inquiry during which he was expected to level serious allegations against Nicola Sturgeon has been thrown into doubt after he demanded a guarantee he would not be prosecuted. Levy & McRae, the former First Minister's solicitors, wrote to the Holyrood committee conducting the inquiry warning that their client could leave himself open to prosecution if he mentioned evidence disclosed to him as part of his defence in his criminal trial. They said this meant he could not tell the committee the "whole truth", leaving himself open to a perjury charge as witnesses to the inquiry give evidence under oath. In their letter, they said that Mr Salmond is “currently unable to discharge in full” his responsibility to offer evidence under oath “without fear of prosecution”. The former First Minister had requested “binding assurances” from Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, Scotland's most senior law official, that he would not be prosecuted if he gave evidence. But it is understood the Crown Office believes there to be no legal basis for any assurances of immunity from prosecution for Mr Salmond’s appearance before the committee. Mr Salmond has already made a written submission to the committee in which he accused Ms Sturgeon of breaching the ministerial code of conduct, a resignation issue, and described her account of a key meeting with him at her home as "simply untrue."
Criminal investigations and the ability of employers to carry out vital background checks may have been compromised after hundreds of thousands of criminal records were deleted from the Police National Computer (PNC). Home Office officials are urgently trying to assess the impact of the catastrophic IT blunder as they attempt to retrieve the lost data. The information was accidentally deleted last week as a result of human error and relates to suspects who have been investigated but not convicted of any offence. Vital DNA and fingerprint evidence taken when a suspect is arrested is also thought to have been lost during the data purge. Lawyers warned that without such vital information, police investigations into serious offences, such sexual and violent crimes, could be severely compromised. Harriet Wistrich of the Centre for Women’s Justice, said the blunder could especially have implications for sex abuse inquiries. She said: “It is very worrying because investigations into sexual offences often rely on information about the suspect’s past behaviour as well as DNA and other evidence” The loss of the PNC data could also have implications for assessments carried out on people applying for certain jobs. Enhanced background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides a vital safeguard against people who might be seeking to use their employment to target children and vulnerable adults. The checks were introduced after it emerged that Soham killer, Ian Huntley, had been able to get a job as a school caretaker despite having previously been investigated by police for a number of offences. It is believed that up to 400,000 records may have been affected but it is not yet clear how many of those have been deleted or whether the information can be recovered in full. Kit Malthouse, the policing minister, said the problem was down to human error and had occurred during routine maintenance to the PNC database. He said: “We’ve already put a stop to the problem so it cannot reoccur, and we are working very closely and quickly with policing partners and within the Home Office to try and recover the data and asses the full extent of the problem.” Mr Malthouse also said it was not clear whether any live criminal investigations may have been impacted by the data loss. He said: “We have put in place contingency measures to allow the police to continue with their investigations that rely on the PNC, or indeed to rerun checks when do recover the data.”
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In his final days as secretary of state, he's issuing orders that have caused international consternation and tweeting up a storm on his official and personal accounts to cement his legacy as a prime promoter of President Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine. With a potential eye on a 2024 presidential run, Pompeo has doubled down on his support for Trump, even as other Cabinet members have resigned or stayed out of sight in the aftermath of the Capitol violence. While the House debated Trump's role in encouraging the riot, Pompeo sent a tweet promoting Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
If there is a last-gasp winner in Liverpool's seismic Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, one set of fans will be hugging on their sofas in front of the TV but the goalscorer will be under orders to celebrate alone. The sight of players huddling after goals has drawn criticism in Britain, with the rest of the population asked to adhere to strict COVID-19 distancing rules during the pandemic. Clubs were reminded of Premier League guidelines this week including that handshakes, high-fives and hugging should be avoided and chief executive Richard Masters stressed on Friday that players must follow the rules.
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I had a conversation on Thursday with a friend from the Academy who began by saying, “Happy New Year.” Then she stopped and wondered, “Can you even say that this year? It still feels like 2020. Like it’s December 45th.” When it comes to the Oscars, in a way, it is. In order to give studios more time to release films during the pandemic, the Academy extended the eligibility period from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28 — which means, as far as the Oscars are concerned, that 2020 will be a year with 14 months, a year that won’t be over for another six and a half weeks. Also, 2021 will be a year with only 10 months. But we’ll worry about that later. In a normal year, the Golden Globes would already have happened, the SAG Awards would be looming, Oscar nominations would arrive any day now and we’d pretty much know who the front runners for awards are, because most of them would already have won a lot of stuff. But this year, with theaters still closed and awards shows going virtual, the only groups that have stuck to the calendar year to give out awards have been the critics’ groups. For the most part, they have gone for “Nomadland,” though not with the kind of unanimity that might turn voters’ heads. (And when the L.A. Film Critics decided that the best film of the year was “Small Axe,” a five-film miniseries, they were showing absolutely no interest in turning voters’ heads, unless you’re talking about Emmy voters.) Also Read: In a Weird Oscars Race, 2020 Is Forcing Voters to Redefine What a Movie Is So as we ease into 2021, or 2020 the Sequel, or whatever this is, who are the favorites in the Best Picture race? For the most part, they seem to be the ones we’ve been eyeing for a couple of months now, though it’s hard to have any degree of certainty in this strangest of years. Safest Bets “Nomadland” (Searchlight) “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) Of all the films in the Oscar race, these are the consensus Nos. 1 and 2. Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is earthy but lyrical and speaks to feelings of economic anxiety; Aaron Sorkin’s “Chicago 7” is wordy and driving, with a depiction of a fractured time 50 years ago that feels like our fractured time today. If you ask me what’s going to win Best Picture on April 25, I’d say it’ll be one of these — though which one will change depending on my mood. Prospects Look Good “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) “One Night in Miami” (Amazon) “Minari” (A24) “The Father” (Sony Classics) “Mank” (Netflix) “News of the World” (Universal) Most of these will probably be nominated, but a couple of them may fall out. David Fincher’s “Mank” felt like a sure thing when I first saw it, but the number of voters interested in a smart and stylish deep dive into the writing of “Citizen Kane” and the politics of Hollywood in the 1930s may be a bit more limited than I thought; “News of the World” is the kind of stirring big studio movie that for the most part is conspicuously missing from the race this year, but those type of movies are reduced more when you take away their big screens than, say, fearsomely performance-driven pieces like “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The Father.” “One Night in Miami” and “Minari” are somewhere in between, with terrific ensemble acting and assured filmmaking. Also Read: Meet Helena Zengel, Tom Hanks' Scene-Stealing 'News of the World' Co-Star Indies With Clout “Promising Young Woman” (Focus) “Sound of Metal” (Amazon) In a normal year, we might be looking at these to deliver acting nominations for Carey Mulligan and Riz Ahmed, respectively, but not much else; in this awards season, they have become serious Best Picture contenders. Given the #MeToo era, the film about a woman targeting predatory men may have an edge over the one about a heavy-metal drummer losing his hearing. On the Bubble “Soul” (Pixar) “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix) The two Pixar movies to land Best Picture nominations, “Up” and “Toy Story 3,” both did so in years in which the category was guaranteed 10 nominations. Since it went to a variable number, no animated film has landed a nomination — and while the lack of studio product will give a boost to a film as affecting and as intelligent as “Soul,” there’s still the feeling that voters have another category, Best Animated Feature, where they can recognize it. As for “Da 5 Bloods,” Spike Lee’s drama may be hampered because it came out more than seven months ago and didn’t have the impact of his “BlacKkKlansman,” though it’ll no doubt be helped by the attention drawn by Delroy Lindo and Chadwick Boseman’s performances. Also Read: 'Soul' Film Review: Pixar Gets Existential in Dizzying Animated Film Longer Shots “Tenet” (Warner Bros.) “The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) “First Cow” (A24) “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus) “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) “Tenet” will need voters who want to reward Christopher Nolan for daring to go back into movie theaters. “First Cow” and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” will need voters to feel passionate about two of the quietest indies that could ever be nominated in the category. “The Midnight Sky” will depend on love for George Clooney, which isn’t a bad position to be in. And “Borat” is a real long shot, but it’ll get a boost every time Rudy Giuliani does something (else) stupid. Newcomers “Malcolm & Marie” (Netflix) “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) “The Mauritanian” (STX) “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu) These four late-breaking films all have a shot at acting nominations; the question is whether plaudits for John David Washington and Zendaya (“Malcolm & Marie”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”) and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) will translate into appreciation for the films themselves. Of the four, “Malcolm & Marie” has the best shot; parts of it may make the climactic Adam Driver/Scarlett Johansson argument from “Marriage Story” look like a tea party, but the fact that Sam Levinson and the cast pulled off this two-person feature inside a house during a pandemic will win it lots of points, as will the inevitable groans of recognition from anybody who’s ever argued with a partner. There are other films in the running — hell, the Academy Screening Room for voters has now topped 170 Best Picture contenders, including “Bad Boys for Life” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” And with the Oscars documentary and international races already setting new records for the most entries ever, this field is bound to get much bigger, too — at least until the Academy’s 2020 finally comes to an end a few weeks from now, on December 90th. Read original story As Oscar Race Drags Into 2021, Who Are the Front Runners for Best Picture? At TheWrap
As politicians and clinicians alike proclaim we are in the hardest haul of the pandemic, and tearful tales from intensive care wards are the stuff of every news broadcast, is the NHS on the brink of collapse? Is the risk of running out of intensive care beds, as Boris Johnson warned this week, “very substantial”? Clearly, the pressure caused by the new strain, B-117, is great. Across the country, Tier 4 restrictions, which kept the old version of the virus under control, saw a tenfold increase in variant cases every three weeks. That explains the abrupt halt in the decline of UK cases after October and November’s second peak. In other comparable countries such as France and Italy, 2020 shows two clear, smooth arcs of hospital admissions – spring and autumn, up and down. Not here. Here the autumn downturn was rudely interrupted then radically reversed. On December 2, three weeks after the November 11 peak of 1,711, daily admissions were down to 1,262. But the next day they started climbing again, up to 1,337. A month later there were 3,351 daily Covid admissions. Even so, on that day, January 3, NHS England reported that of its 90,872 general beds, only 79,301 were occupied, with patients suffering all manner of ailments, including Covid, leaving 11,571 – or 12.7 per cent – of beds available.
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“Walker,” a reboot of Chuck Norris’ iconic series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” was ordered straight to series at The CW last January. And in the year since the Jared Padalecki-led procedural was picked up, the conversation surrounding on-screen portrayals of law enforcement have become increasingly critical amid Black Lives Matter protests in response to the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others. The current environment made “Walker” creator Anna Fricke and her writers “wary” to continue on with a show about law enforcement, especially as they were sorting it out in a Zoom writers’ room due to the pandemic, but they ultimately saw it as an opportunity to do something different. “I actually feel very fortunate that we are being forced to have these conversations and it’s been an educational year,” Fricke told reporters during the “Walker” panel at The CW’s virtual press day Friday. “Given all the events that have been happening in the world, me, the writers, the cast I think initially were wary of the position we were in telling this story. And now I feel very grateful, because I think we actually have a platform to explore the story correctly and to be thoughtful. And we have really been given a chance to examine things and hopefully be telling this story in a responsible way. So we, as a show, are really trying to lean into these topics and learn from these topics and explore the lives of these characters in a very deep way.” Also Read: 2021-22 TV Season: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered - So Far (Updating) “Walker” stars Padalecki as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Lindsey Morgan, who plays Walker’s partner, Micki, says the world “drastically” changing while the cast was waiting to shoot the show as an unexpected “blessing.” “Because suddenly a show about law enforcement in a very divided state such as Texas means so much more now in our world today than it would have pre-2020,” Morgan said during the panel. “So just from my position and the character I play, a big obstacle and learning challenge that I face daily, is where do I fit as a Mexican woman in a majority Caucasian law enforcement team in a state that is, for the history of it, been majority conservative, and not caring too much about marginalized communities and immigrants. So I love that my character is placed in a position of these two worlds and these two kind of warring communities, but hoping to be a liaison and hoping that we can tell a story of tolerance and a story from two perspectives.” She continued: “And also not a story saying which side is right, but this is where we are and this is who we are, and what are we going to do about it next? And hopefully our story that we’re portraying on television can inspire others in their lives and bring more tolerance and understanding to both sides of the coin and different perspectives of all the people in our world and in America… It’s become so much more than what it was before all this. Also Read: 9 New Winter Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers, From 'Call Me Kat' to 'Call Your Mother' (Photos) Padalecki added that The CW’s “Walker” is “not simply a story of law enforcement,” though it’s obviously a central part of the story. “Walker is a Texas Ranger, as is Micki (Morgan), as is [Coby Bell’s character, Captain Larry James]. But our [show] is more a story of human experience,” the “Supernatural” alum said, “So we’re not just trying to simply say, law enforcement good, law enforcement bad, law enforcement in the middle… We get into the human experience and politics. And [Violet Brinson and Kaley Culley, who play Walker’s children, Stella and August] at their school and how the issue of race and the issue of how minorities are treated– Because let’s be honest, it’s not a law enforcement issue, it’s in politics, it’s in school, and so we’re trying to deal with these issues that are very real in 2020 and 2021. “You don’t have to be a police officer or know a police officer for this show to make a difference,” Padalecki said. “We deal with the issues that are real, right now, across many different mediums. So that’s what we’re setting out to do and I think we’re doing a great job of it so far and I can’t wait to see what Anna and the brilliant gang of writers are going to keep bringing our way.” “Walker” premieres Thursday at 8/7c on The CW. Read original story ‘Walker’ Creator Says Writers Were ‘Wary’ of Telling Law-Enforcement Story in Current Environment At TheWrap
A blizzard brought several inches of snow to Polk County, Iowa, and created hazardous travel conditions on January 14 and 15, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.Footage shared by NWS Des Moines senior meteorologist Rod Donavon late on January 14 shows deteriorating road conditions north of Polk City, he wrote in a caption.The Iowa Department of Transportation discouraged travel on some roads south and west of Des Moines as moderate snow and strong winds reduced visibility on Friday morning.NWS Des Moines reported continued snowfall and hazardous driving conditions in western Iowa as of early Friday afternoon. Credit: Rod Donavon via Storyful
Donald Trump’s approval rating has sunk to a record low of 29%, the worst rating of his entire presidency, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Friday. Over half of U.S. adults surveyed also said it would be better for the country if Trump was removed from office before his term expired on Jan. 20, and 68% of respondents said that Trump should not continue to be a major political figure “for many years to come,” the survey found. Regarding Trump’s role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, 52% of respondents said the president bears “a lot of responsibility” for the “violence and destruction committed by some of his supporters,” while 24% said he had no responsibility for their actions. Also Read: James Comey Says Trump's Lies Created Terrorists: 'This Is How Al-Qaida Radicalized' (Video) As for the outcome of the election, the survey — which was conducted from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12 — found that 34% of respondents incorrectly believed that Trump won the election, while 65% said Biden most likely “received the most votes cast by eligible voters in enough states to win the election” and 54% said he definitely received the most votes. Biden’s inauguration will take place next Wednesday. Trump, who said he will not attend the inauguration, is expected to leave the White House for Florida on Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. Read original story Trump Approval Rating Sinks to Record Low 29% At TheWrap
RSPCA have issued a warning to dog owners that thieves are pretending to be their officers in a bid to steal puppies. The warning came after a criminal posing as one of their charity workers tried to snatch a Golden Retriever puppy from the owner’s home. The animal charity has expressed concern about rising pet thefts throughout the pandemic as the demand and value for certain cat and dog breeds has skyrocketed. According to figures from the Pets4Homes website, based on around 150,000 online adverts, the average price being asked for puppies from March to September 2020 more than doubled. Labrador and Golden Retrievers are among the most popular breeds in the UK. The latest incident occurred on Wednesday when a new puppy owner received a knock on their door in the New Southgate area of north London. The man outside claimed to be from the RSPCA and asked to see the owner’s Golden Retriever puppy after hearing a complaint about a barking dog. Clare Dew, the animal charity’s Chief Inspector said: "Thankfully the dog owner was immediately suspicious of the man, who was wearing no uniform. "They secured the door with the security chain and refused to allow the man access to the puppy. "The man left the address and the puppy's owner contacted us. I checked to see if we had any officers in the area at the time and we didn't." Ms Dew described the incident as "extremely worrying" and urged pet owners to check the identity of officers who come to the home. Ms Dew added: "We would like to remind and reassure the public that our inspectors and rescue officers all wear branded uniforms and carry ID. "If one of our officers knocks on your door, please ask to see their ID and check their uniform for branding. Our staff wear navy blue uniforms with the RSPCA logo, as well as white shirts with black ties and black epaulets. "Most of our officers drive either white vans or fully branded, wrapped RSPCA vans. All staff vehicles in London feature large branding imagery so are also easy to spot." Ms Dew urged pet owners to report any incidents of suspected puppy snatchers posing as RSPCA workers to the charity and to the local police.
Despite the extraordinary circumstances of 2020, TikTok has transformed the pop culture landscape in recent months. At its core, the application simply strives to inspire creativity and bring joy to users, said TikTok’s Vice President of Global Business Solutions Blake Chandlee. While this mission has not changed, Chandlee shared that he was personally struck by […]
While there’s not necessarily a lot of new information in “MLK/FBI,” about the U.S. government’s campaign of harrassment and spying on civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sam Pollard’s documentary hits hard nonetheless. Pollard (“Mr. Soul!”) weaves together the many facets of J. Edgar Hoover’s efforts to discredit King, and as we learn the timeline of these efforts, the film examines them in the context of the FBI’s constant selling of itself to the American public as unassailable good guys. Ultimately, the documentary tells a larger story of how dissent is punished in the United States, and how white power structures perpetually prop themselves up. (Welcome to 2021.) Pollard and his interview subjects, which include King confidants Andrew Young and Clarence Jones as well as controversial former FBI chief James Comey, walk us through the reams and reams of recently declassified bureau files detailing wiretaps, informants, and all the other ways the government both observed and attempted to disrupt King’s activism. (Comey refers to Hoover’s campaign against King as the bureau’s “darkest time,” which is saying something.) Watch Video: 'MLK/FBI' Director Risked Helping the FBI Tarnish Dr King's Legacy Because Story Was That Important At the same time, these interviews fill in the blanks those files don’t cover, from King’s personal anxiety over the potential revelations of his adulterous affairs to the way that even supportive media outlets turned on the reverend when he shifted his gaze from civil rights to issues like the Vietnam war and poverty in America. We don’t see any of those interview subjects, incidentally, until the very end of the film, which allows Pollard and editor Laura Tomaselli (“Surge”) to craft a dazzling visual collage. We get the expected news footage of King and Hoover, and screen-filling FBI paperwork (complete with scribbles and redactions), but “MLK/FBI” also reveals the bureau’s ongoing marketing campaign for itself, first through film and later on television. Also Read: 'Welcome to Chechnya' Wins Courage Under Fire Award From International Documentary Association From classroom films of young boys saying they want to grow up to be G-Men to movies with titles like “I Was a Communist for the FBI” to the 1960s hit series “The FBI,” Hoover was perpetually using the media to quell any potential scrutiny of his agency’s methods. As this film points out, however, Hoover was no rogue or renegade; the Kennedy brothers and LBJ might not always have approved of his methods, but the FBI’s harrassment of King – apparently based equally in racism and in Red-scare terror – got an implicit or explicit OK all the way up the chain of command. Also Read: 'Crip Camp' Lands 5 Nominations to Top IDA Documentary Awards “MLK/FBI” demonstrates documentary film’s ability to assemble and contextualize historical facts in a provocative and insightful way, and it’s a perfect launching pad for further exploration of the government’s assault on dissent and civil rights, not to mention the news and entertainment media’s acquiescence in being used as a propaganda arm. (CBS’s new “FBI” series, incidentally, is in the middle of its third season.) There’s never been a time when this documentary wouldn’t feel like part of the zeitgeist, but it feels particularly relevant right now. “MLK/FBI” opens in select theatres and VOD on January 15. Read original story ‘MLK/FBI’ Film Review: J. Edgar Hoover’s Victimization of Martin Luther King Tells Just Part of the Story At TheWrap
Wine, who is also known as Robert Kyagulanyi, showed Reuters around his compound, where several armed men were seen through a fence communicating via radios. "I thought I should inform the world that our lives are in danger and should anything happen to us, at least we have had the opportunity while still alive to expose everything that is being plotted on our lives," Wine said during a news conference from within his compound. A government spokesperson denied that Wine was under house arrest, saying that security had been deployed in the neighbourhood where Wine lives for his own protection. Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni took a commanding lead in Uganda's presidential election with almost half the votes counted on Friday though Wine, his main rival, said there had been widespread fraud. Wine's claims have not been independently verified by Reuters. The United States and European Union did not deploy teams of observers for this election, though the African Union and East African Community did.
A version of this story about Daniel Pemberton and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. At first, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was supposed to end with “Here Comes the Sun.” That was the initial plan by writer-director Aaron Sorkin, who figured the gentle, optimistic Beatles song would be a good way to conclude his film about the stormy protest movements of the late 1960s. “He wanted a note of positivity, a moment of light and hope at the end,” composer Daniel Pemberton said. “‘Here Comes the Sun’ is a beautiful song, but everyone’s got their own history with that song — and I just did (the Beatles-themed movie) ‘Yesterday’ the year before, so I was not in a massive rush to do ‘Here Comes the Sun’ again. That song is nice shorthand for positivity through a ’60s lens, but we wanted to see that moment for the first time and experience something new.” In place of the Beatles song, Pemberton wrote a new song, “Hear My Voice,” with British singer Celeste. Their goal was to take the themes of the film and distill them into a simple but powerful statement. Also Read: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' Film Review: Aaron Sorkin's Vital Drama Delivers Both Talk and Action “Protest all comes down to wanting your voice heard,” he said. “And the weirdest thing about the song is that after we finished it, the world around us was changing every week. It was only a few weeks later that the Black Lives Matter movement erupted. It felt like a big cultural shift, and this song we’d written was suddenly as relevant to today’s generation as it would be to 1968 and ’69.” The song not only ended the movie, it changed the score that Pemberton had written. Initially, that score had been built around four key moments that Sorkin had identified to Pemberton in their first meeting: the opening, the two main riot scenes and the ending. “He was like, ‘These are the four musical pillars of the film — everything is relying on these moments for the film to work as a whole.’ It’s not like underscore, or what I call ‘man walk into a door’ scenes, where a guy’s got an envelope and he’s got to get to the bank, nothing’s happening and you have 45 seconds to fill it up and make it seem exciting. No, these are key moments, and they’ve got to feel big and bold and strongly cinematic.” But once he had “Hear My Voice,” Pemberton said, the score subtly changed. “For me, the song is really key to the whole success of the score,” he said. “Everything moves toward that song – the whole score is constructed to end on that song. When I first wrote it, the melody got reversed-engineered into the whole score. So that by the time it comes at the end, you’ve had it hinted at a number of different places in the score, and that’s the moment it all comes together.” Also Read: Trent Reznor and More on Scoring a Movie During COVID: 'Like Trying to Be Intimate in Hazmat Suits' Celeste’s voice, he added, is crucial to the impact. “She opens the film and she ends the film. You get a wordless version of the song at the beginning and it ends with a full version, and she is like the voice of hope in the film. She brings it to the generation now, because she’s a contemporary artist, but I love the fact that she’s representing both the people in the film from ’68, ’69 and also the current generation who are going through similar things.” And while the new song doesn’t really sound anything like George Harrison’s gentle Beatles composition “Here Comes the Sun,” its thick opening chords, deliberate pace and air of prayerful calm are subtly reminiscent of some of the songs on Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album. That album came out shortly after he left the Beatles and a year after “Here Comes the Sun” was released, and was among the most healing rock ‘n’ roll music made in that turbulent time. “That is one of the best compliments I can get,” Pemberton said when the “All Things Must Pass” comparison was made. “That was one of my favorites. Put that in the piece!” Read more from the Race Begins issue here. Read original story Forget the Beatles: Daniel Pemberton Wrote a New Song for ‘Chicago 7’ Instead of the Fab Four At TheWrap