Cloud 9: Djokovic wins 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam title
Cloud 9: Djokovic wins 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam title
Wales wing Louis Rees-Zammit's try-scoring exploits and poster-boy looks are winning him fans far and wide, with even coach Wayne Pivac's stepchildren among the Gloucester flyer's legion of admirers.
President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies, indicating a break from the Trump administration’s go-it-alone approach. Tai dodged questions on two politically sensitive questions — whether the Biden administration would drop President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum and whether it would revive former President Barack Obama's Asia-Pacific trade deal that was jettisoned by Trump.
Thierry Henry cited family reasons for his decision to step down as head coach of CF Montreal, the organization announced Thursday morning. The move also comes amid multiple media outlets reporting that Henry had interviewed for the vacant position at Bournemouth. "It is with a heavy heart that I've decided to take this decision," Henry said in a club statement.
A live-action “G.I. Joe” TV series is in the works at Amazon, Variety has confirmed. The series will be a standalone story centered around “G.I. Joe” undercover operative, Lady Jaye, with the series also connecting to the larger “G.I. Joe” universe. The series hails from Paramount Television Studios, eOne, and Skydance Television. Erik Oleson created the […]
Fnatic have now reasserted themselves as the top dogs of Southeast Asia, topping the league with six wins and a 13-4 game record to secure a direct seed to the Major playoffs.
In “Cherry,” Tom Holland sports a buzzcut, dead eyes, and a skeevy complexion. In a look-at-my-badass-self reversal from the effusive heroics of the “Spider-Man” films, he plays an Iraq War veteran turned opioid addict turned heroin addict turned bank robber, and he looks zoned-out and strung-out, like Eminem as a fallen Eagle Scout. He gets […]
Television commercials have long been one of the media industry’s surest bets — so much so that advertisers around the world dumped a whopping $149 billion on them in 2020, according to estimates from Magna, the large media-buying firm. But Pepsi recently decided to take a gamble on something else. On Valentine’s Day, the soda […]
Some of the roles that attract rising young performers wanting to be taken seriously as adult actors include a) traumatized combat veteran, b) suffering drug addict, and c) desperate bank robber, and “Cherry” gives Tom Holland the opportunity to play d) all of the above. As a showcase for Holland, “Cherry” absolutely offers the chance to stretch and expand his talents to places that the “Spider-Man” franchise would never allow. Beyond that, however, this is a distressingly familiar tale of trauma and addiction that often plays like a cover version of older, better movies about war and drugs. Fraternal filmmakers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, coming off the worldwide success of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” obviously have the clout to write their own ticket, and they’ve opted to move in the opposite direction, making a film about life-sized human beings in everyday distress. Still, this adaptation of Nico Walker’s novel (written by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg) takes a cursory approach to the big issues it seeks to explore. Holland’s character very pointedly has no name, but he doesn’t have much else, either. Watch Video: 'Cherry' Trailer: Tom Holland Breaks Bad and Shows His Dark Side in Russo Brothers' Latest In flashbacks, we meet our troubled hero at the age of 18, going to college and falling for classmate Emily (Ciara Bravo, “A Teacher”). They’re seemingly happy, until she suddenly announces she’s transferring to a school in Montreal; distraught, the young man joins the Army, and it’s too late to get out of his commitment when Emily changes her mind and stays. (We get a few hints regarding her emotional wounds, but like so much in “Cherry,” this angle is underexplored.) They get married before he’s deployed to Iraq (it’s just after 9/11), and after grueling basic training, he sees his first combat as a medic. It’s destructive to his psyche, particularly after his best friend dies right in front of him. (Points to the film for making the aftermath of this horrifying incident visible on screen rather than being discreetly implied.) Tour of duty accomplished, he returns home to receive the medal of valor, but is physically and psychologically damaged, a situation briefly remedied by an inattentive VA doctor’s prescription of oxycontin, which eventually turns both him and Emily into self-described “dope fiends.” Also Read: No, Tom Holland's 'Cherry' Poster Is Not Supposed to Look That Bad That’s when the bank-robbing starts, both to afford their fixes and stay in the good graces of a preppy-dressing dealer known only as “Pills & Coke” (Jack Reynor). As the film lurches toward the climax of its 140-minute running time, it becomes uncomfortably apparent that the filmmakers are less interested in addiction as a source of drama, character, or commentary, and more as a chance to gawk at tragedy. “Cherry” does acknowledge that the military-industrial complex feeds on young men and women who lack other economic opportunities, and then fails to take proper care of them after they’re been scarred by combat, but that’s the only piece of contextualization the film has to offer. And since our nameless hero and Emily exist in a void with few friends or family members — each has parents that are seen once — we’re left with one line in Holland’s reams and reams of narration about how their addiction has destroyed their personal relationships. Also Read: Tom Holland Announces the Real 'Spider-Man 3' Title After a Bunch of Fakes More frustrating is the Russo’s stylized Pop filmmaking style, self-consciously jittery throughout, turning genuinely human scaled issues into sensational bursts of energy. The war sequences and drug-abuse scenes allow Newton Thomas Sigel’s camera to glide all over creation, and that dizzying visual sense might have carried some meaning and emotional impact if left alone elsewhere. This, however, is not the case, and what works during emotionally frenzied moments (owing a debt to films like “Apocalypse Now” and “Trainspotting”) proves distracting everywhere else. Holland and Bravo (and, in his few scenes, Reynor) make the most of the opportunities being laid out before them. These are characters pushed to the edge, but the actors know when to pull back and maintain a sense of tragic scale, even when they’re engaged in extreme behavior. Smaller moments land as well: Holland’s phone-call home from Iraq after his friend’s death, in particular, features a full-bodied grief that’s tough and powerful to witness. These moments of emotional honesty aren’t enough to give “Cherry” the resonance that these situations deserve. From its facile depiction of the role of incarceration in the rehab process — addiction is a health issue that we keep mistakenly treating as a criminal issue — to the under-writing of the characters, what should be a harrowing drama instead comes off as an anti-drug pamphlet. “Cherry” opens in select theaters Feb. 26 and on AppleTV+ March 12. Read original story ‘Cherry’ Film Review: Tom Holland Addiction Drama Unfolds in an All-Too-Familiar Way At TheWrap
It sounds like a punchline, but it’s true: Jane Fonda has so many awards, they once broke a shelf. It was during her marriage to Ted Turner; prior to that she never really had her accolades, which include two Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, seven Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy Award, on display. But then […]
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are headed for divorce, according to a detailed report by The Athletic on Thursday. Wilson could command up to three first-round picks, per multiple reports, and the 32-year-old has three years left on a four-year, $140 million deal he signed in April 2019. The Athletic reported the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints all have a level of interest in Wilson.
Texas state legislators on Thursday started digging into the causes of deadly power blackouts that left millions shivering in the dark as frigid temperatures caught its grid operator and utilities ill-prepared for skyrocketing power demand. "The entire energy sector failed Texas," said NRG Energy Inc Chief Executive Mauricio Gutierrez, who testified at the hearing. The biggest failure was the state's natural gas system, said Curtis Morgan, CEO of Vistra Corp , adding that without better ties between gas producers, pipelines and power plants, the state could face future cold weather outages.
The pandemic has battered the industry, with many cinemas forced to close, restrict screenings or ban sales of snacks, while major studios move releases straight to home streaming platforms, dealing another blow to the box office. As Hollywood waits for cinemas - a core part of the movie value chain - to reopen, many studios have delayed hotly-anticipated blockbusters, such as James Bond's "No Time to Die". For Kinepolis, which operates over 100 cinemas across Europe and North America, that brought its first annual loss in at least 13 years, with sales down 68%.
As the new US administration weighs its extraterrestrial options, a key figure will be Rep. Don Beyer, the Virginia Democrat who will chair the space policy subcommittee in the US House of Representatives. Beyer, the only certified mechanic in Congress and a science-fiction buff, will be tasked with enacting the annual legislation that lays out NASA priorities. Quartz spoke to Beyer yesterday; our conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Fewer Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week. The Labor Department said Thursday initial applications for state unemployment benefits dropped to 730,000 from 841,000 the week before. That was a much steeper decline than economists had forecast. But claims could rise in the coming week after the huge storm that slammed the South and caused extended blackouts across Texas. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers this week the central bank will keep interest rates low and pump money into the economy to bolster employment. “The main thing that we can do is continue to support the economy, give it the support that it needs. We’re still 10 million jobs below the level of payroll jobs before the crisis. There is still a long way to go to full recovery.” But economists point to hopeful signs such as the sharp rebound in retail sales in January and President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion recovery package. That has prompted them to raise their growth forecasts for the first quarter.
Max Verstappen said Thursday he is not thinking about succeeding Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes as he gets ready to launch a bid to dethrone the all-conquering Formula One champion.
The World Cup winner, who joined Montreal ahead of the 2020 campaign, said the last year had proved difficult as the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic left him unable to see his children. "It is with a heavy heart that I've decided to take this decision," Henry, 43, said in a news release. Henry, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998 on home soil, took over a Montreal team that was fresh off a campaign of 12 wins, 17 losses and five draws had missed the MLS Cup Playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Australia passed a new law on Thursday that will force tech companies to pay news outlets for their content, a law that, if copied around the world, could have a dramatic impact on Facebook and Google’s businesses. The two tech giants had already been pushing back against Australia’s new law before it became official, with Facebook recently going as far as to block all Australians from sharing news on the platform. Facebook, after about a week, reversed its decision on Monday, after Australian lawmakers offered a few concessions to the company and Google, including giving the tech giants more time to negotiate with news outlets before disagreements are sent to an arbitrator. Arbitration will only be used as a “last resort” if a deal isn’t reached after a period of “good faith” negotiations, according to CNN. Australia’s new law also gave tech companies a bit more wiggle room, saying it “must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreements” with news outlets. Also Read: Facebook Pledges $1 Billion to News Outlets Over Next 3 Years “The code will ensure that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate, helping to sustain public interest journalism in Australia,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a statement. The new law will be reviewed a year from now by Australia’s treasury department. Even before it was finalized on Thursday, though, Google and Facebook have been proactively working to get ahead of it, with Google striking a deal with News Corp. earlier this month that’ll let it feature content from outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Financial Times. Facebook, meanwhile, came out on the offensive on Wednesday, with VP Nick Clegg saying the proposed law was “unworkable” if it didn’t include key amendments. “The events in Australia show the danger of camouflaging a bid for cash subsidies behind distortions about how the internet works,” Clegg said in a blog post. Also Read: The Growing Apple-Facebook Rivalry and 4 Other Surprises From Q4 Earnings Season Moving forward, it’ll be worth seeing if American politicians push for Facebook to compensate news outlets in the U.S. A bill similar to Australia’s law has been floating around for more than a year. The “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act,” introduced in the House in April 2019, would allow publishers to collectively negotiate with tech companies over their content. The bill has the support of the News Media Alliance and its roughly 2,000 member organizations, but to this point hasn’t gained momentum to get across the finish line. Millions of Americans rely on Facebook as a primary news source. A 2019 Pew survey found 43% of Americans get their news from Facebook. Read original story Facebook, Google Required to Pay for News Content by New Australian Law At TheWrap
An adorable toddler snowboarded like a pro on a ski trail in Glenwood, New York, on February 12 – with a little help from an instructor and a safety harness.Boston, New York, resident Erin Georger recorded footage of her 18-month-old daughter, Ellery, guided by a safety harness as she whizzes along on a snowboard.Speaking to Storyful, Erin said Ellery had been learning how to snowboard for two months.“She comes from a family that loves to snowboard, and she’s excited to keep up with her brothers on the hill,” Georger said. Credit: Erin Georger via Storyful
Premier League champions Liverpool said on Thursday they were "deeply saddened" by the death of goalkeeper Alisson Becker's father in Brazil.
Nominees for the 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Awards have been revealed. Recognizing the craft of music supervision in film, television, games, advertising and trailers, previous winners have included such top-of-their-field music supervisors as Mary Ramos (“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), Robin Urdang (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Kier Lehman (“Queen & […]