Boris Johnson has departed 10 Downing Street ahead of his weekly appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons.
Boris Johnson has departed 10 Downing Street ahead of his weekly appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Wednesday spoke with British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, and discussed the need for cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for a strong economic recovery, the Treasury said in a statement. "During the call, Secretary Yellen highlighted their shared priorities, including cooperating to end the pandemic and support a strong global recovery, fighting inequality, and forcefully addressing the threat of climate change," the Treasury said.
The Philadelphia Union announced the signing Wednesday of midfielder Jose Martinez to a new contract through the 2022 season, with club options for 2023 and 2024. The 26-year-old Venezuela native, nicknamed "El Brujo" ("The Wizard"), started all 14 games and notched two assists in his first MLS campaign in 2020. One of his assists came during a 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution in the Nov. 8 regular-season finale, a win that clinched the Supporters' Shield for the Union.
Turkish authorities detained 126 people suspected of ties to the Islamic State militant group in nationwide operations, state broadcaster TRT Haber said on Wednesday. Operations were carried out across 58 provinces to capture the suspects, whom TRT said were believed to be linked to Islamic State and financing the group. Authorities were still seeking 22 more suspects, it said.
Turin mayor Chiara Appendino was found guilty on Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a stampede during a screening of the 2017 Champions League soccer final that killed two people and injured hundreds. Three other officials and an events organiser were also convicted in the case, all receiving suspended 18-month prison terms. An estimated 30,000 people had been in San Carlo square watching the game between Real Madrid and Juventus on a giant screen when panic rippled through the crowd and there was a mass surge for the exits.
Shares of beleaguered movie theater chain AMC Entertainment soared on Wednesday, driven by a frenzied rescue effort by users on Reddit, TikTok and other social media platforms to buy the stock. AMC shares were up nearly 300% as the market opened Wednesday, with shares trading at $20.31 per share. That’s the highest the stock has […]
New Indie Slated to open in theaters right when the pandemic lockdowns started, and subsequently lost in the 2020 shuffle, Cannes award-winner “The Climb” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) is a smart comedy you might have missed. Co-writers Michael Angelo Covino (who also directed) and Kyle Marvin star as lifelong friends Mike and Kyle who may, as it turns out, be dragging each other down. A playful and occasionally ouch-y spin on the buddy comedy, this film may well be a calling card for two up-and-coming comic talents. Also available: Mel Gibson makes a very non-traditional Santa Claus in the dark holiday comedy “Fatman” (Saban/Paramount), but Walton Goggins steals the show as the hitman hired to dispatch St. Nick; Adam Brody stars as “The Kid Detective” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), whose boozy grown-up existence doesn’t quite reflect his youthful potential; “Synchronic” (Well Go USA Entertainment) stars Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan in a trippy (in more ways than one) sci-fi thriller; an indigenous teenager sets out to find her estranged mother in the acclaimed “Once Upon a River” (Film Movement). Also Read: 'Fatman' Film Review: Mel Gibson Is a Grizzled Santa in a Messy Genre Mash-Up New Foreign Acclaimed by critics aroud the globe, “Martin Eden” (Kino Lorber) adapts the Jack London novel about the political awakening of a young worker. Luca Marinelli won Best Actor at Venice for his performance in the title role, and the film even popped up on Barack Obama’s list of the best films of 2020. Blu-ray bonuses include a Lincoln Center Q&A and commentary from film scholar Dr. Giovanna De Luca. Also available: Burmese immigrants in Thailand face challenges and hardships in “The Road to Mandalay” (Film Movement); “Open Up to Me” (Corinth Films) follows a Finnish trans woman as she starts a new life — and pursues a potential new love — following gender confirmation surgery. New Doc One of 2020’s best — and certainly most harrowing — documentaries was David France’s “Welcome to Chechnya” (Music Box Films Home Entertainment), in which the Oscar-nominated filmmaker (“How to Survive a Plague”) closely follows LGBTQ+ people escaping harassment and murder in Chechnya in the hopes of making it to Europe. It’s a blistering portrait of discrimination and bigotry combined with the white-knuckle suspense of getting through borders and airport checkpoints. Also available: “Minding the Gap” (The Criterion Collection) is a moving and powerful exploration of growing up and growing apart, as seen through the friendship of three skateboarders over the course of several years; narrated by Olivia Colman, the acclaimed “Nasrin” (Virgil/Kino Lorber) is a portrait of Iranian human-rights activist and political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh; the infamous guitarist from W.A.S.P. documents his rise, fall, and resurgence in Antoine de Montremy’s “Mean Man: The Story of Chris Holmes” (Cleopatra); Icarus Films Home Video reissues the hypnotic “Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith,” blending Smith’s underwater footage from the early 20th century with the music of Tindersticks. Journalists fight back against the Philipines’ oppressive regime in “A Thousand Cuts” (PBS); “The Changin’ Times of Ike White” (Kino Lorber) recounts the stranger-than-fiction saga of one of soul music’s most elusive figures; a pioneering female artist returns to the studio in “Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack” (Film Movement), from Oscar-winner Deborah Shaffer; in “Born to Be” (Kino Lorber), viewers are taken inside America’s first hospital center devoted to transgender medical care. Warhol superstar and trans pioneer Candy Darling’s life and career is celebrated in “Beautiful Darling” (Corinth Films); two women face trial to determine whether they were the “Assassins” (Greenwich/Kino Lorber) of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother in this riveting true-life tale; one-half of TV’s “Property Brothers” explores the future of energy in “Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip” (MPI); the new Blu-ray of the documentary “Mario Ruspoli, Prince of the Whales” (Metrograph/Kino Lorber) also includes restorations of eight of Ruspoli’s nature-doc shorts. Also Read: 'Welcome to Chechnya' Director on the Dangers of Filming LGBT Documentary New Grindhouse “The Craft: Legacy” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) proves that sequels (or rebootquels or legacyquels) can be worthwhile in the hands of creative filmmakers. Writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones (“Band Aid,” the upcoming “How It Ends”) clearly loves and reveres the original cult classic without needing the feel to repeat the beats, and the results are clever and surprising. This film and the “Black Christmas” remake indicate that Blumhouse is moving in the right direction when it comes to hiring women filmmakers; now the company just needs to do a better job promoting and platforming the finished product. Also available: The holidays may be over, but you don’t have to put away those “Toys of Terror” (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) just yet; 4K restorations of two sleaze-tastic 1960s Mexican features, “Batwoman” and “The Panther Women” (VCI Entertainment) share double billing on a new Blu-ray release; Ryan Guzman and Kyle Gallner play hoaxters who find themselves involved in a real exorcism in “The Cleansing Hour” (Shudder/RLJE); a gamer follows an Easter egg into an intergalactic prison in the action saga “Max Cloud” (Well Go USA Entertainment), starring Scott Adkins and featuring John Hannah, Tommy Flanagan, and Lashana Lynch. New Classic One of the most compellingly strange films to emerge from 1960s Hollywood was “The Swimmer” (Grindhouse Releasing), Frank and Eleanor Perry’s adaptation of the John Cheever story. Burt Lancaster stars as a suburbanite who decides to “swim” home across his neighbors’ pools, but over the course of the day, his well-crafted illusions about his life begin to evaporate. It’s an unsettling portrait of post-war American anomie; Burt Lancaster gives one of his greatest performances in a film that still possesses the power to shock. (The actor’s heroic demeanor has never been put to better, or more devastating, use.) Released a year before “Easy Rider” would change the American film landscape, it’s a movie that hints at the New Hollywood upheaval to come in the following decade. (And this beautiful new Deluxe Edition includes an additional CD with Marvin Hamlisch’s memorable score.) Also available: Richard Kelly’s “Southland Tales” (Arrow Video) was dismissed upon its original release but has since been reconsidered as a prescient look at American politics — make up your own mind with this new Blu-ray, which features the film’s 145-minute theatrical version as well as the 160-minute cut that premiered at Cannes; pour yourself the brew that is true from the vessel with the pestle, and enjoy Danny Kaye as “The Court Jester” (Paramount Presents); Abderrahmane Sissako’s 2006 festival hit “Bamako” (Icarus Films Home Video) returns to DVD, remastered in HD. The Criterion Collection’s Three Films by Luis Buñuel features a trio of masterpieces (“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” “The Phantom of Liberty,” “That Obscure Object of Desire”) from the legendary Spanish auteur; controversial 1930s exploitation documentary “Ingagi” (Something Weird/Kino Classics) makes its Blu-ray debut in a new 4K restoration; Park Chan-wook’s “JSA: Joint Security Area” (Arrow Video) follows an international team investigating a shooting at the border between North and South Korea; one of the best-kept cinema secrets of recent years is that the great Alan Rudolph (“Choose Me,” “The Moderns”) made a movie in 2017 — check it out, alongside one of his Oscar-nominated arthouse hits, on the new “Afterglow” / “Ray Meets Helen” (Moonstone Entertainment) double-feature disc. New TV The international cult anime series gets served up in a handsome box set with “Bartender”: 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Shout Factory), a two-disc set (complete with coasters and drink recipes) that includes all 11 episodes. In this adaptation of Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo’s popular manga series, Eden Hall is a quiet bar, but it’s run by a skilled mixologist who gives his clientele the advice they need to hear, just when they need it the most. It’s an ideal binge-watch when you’re staying cozy with an adult beverage. Also available: The legendary Glenda Jackson plays a grandmother with dementia who must nonetheless solve the mystery of her friend’s disappearance in “Elizabeth Is Missing” (PBS); humanity is doomed, but nothing stops the train in “Snowpiercer”: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment); “Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season” (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) continues to explore the lives and adventures of some of DC Comics’ strangest heroes. A serial-killer case hits a little too close to home for a Finnish investigator in the import “Bordertown”: Season 1 (Kino Lorber); “Spongebob Squarepants”: The Complete Twelfth Season (Nickelodeon/Paramount) sees the beloved animated icon still living in that pineapple under the sea; the new series “Scooby-Doo! And Guess Who?”: The Complete First Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) plays around with the old guest-celebrity trope from the 1970s “The New Scooby-Doo Movies,” only they keep the guest’s identity a secret; Jordan Peele is Serling up the joint again with “The Twilight Zone”: Season Two (CBS/Paramount). Read original story What’s New on DVD in January: ‘The Swimmer,’ ‘Martin Eden,’ ‘Welcome to Chechnya,’ and More At TheWrap
U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4 has rung in management structure changes as the organization prepares for its Future4 strategy that was revealed in November. In commissioning, all of Channel 4’s creative and editorial decision making across linear, streaming and social will be brought together under director of programs Ian Katz, who is now chief content […]
Welcome to “Just for Variety“… Nicole Kidman is in Australia spending time with her family, including husband Keith Urban, their two daughters and the Oscar winner’s 80-year-old mom, Janelle. The night before we talked, Kidman and the kids headed to Grandma’s to watch “Call of the Wild.” “She’s a good mama, and she makes me […]
In Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang’s appreciative and insightful review of Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round,” Chang notes “ ‘Another Round,’ while very much about addiction, isn’t really an addiction drama. It’s a male midlife-crisis comedy in which drinking to excess is less a cause than a symptom of Martin’s funk — and sometimes, […]
When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “You drop a fishing line in the open ocean, and often it’s sharks that are there first — whether or not they’re the primary target,” said Sandin, who works at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scientists have known for decades that individual shark species are declining, but a new study drawing on 57 global datasets underscores just how dramatically worldwide populations have collapsed in the past half century.
Kazakhs this year are very passionate about a film, and it does not feature Borat. “The Crying Steppe,” Kazakhstan’s entry for the international film Oscar and Golden Globes is supported by crowdfunding from the people. “It’s an important story,” says creative producer Eleanora Granata. Unfortunately, it’s also a story she fears many will not hear. […]
Overfishing has savaged populations of some sharks and rays by more than 70 percent in the last half-century, leaving a "gaping, growing hole" in ocean life, according to a new study.
One expert has called for people with schizophrenia to be 'immediately prioritised for vaccination'.
If there’s any silver lining to the pandemic for country star Brett Young, it’s that he’s spending a lot of unexpected time with his baby daughter, Presley Elizabeth. “I miss the road, but I wouldn’t trade a thing because I didn’t miss any of the firsts with our daughter. I saw her first steps. I […]
While King Kong and Lara Croft may be big-screen staples, the trailblazing Monsterverse titan and the cult-favorite, bow-and-arrow toting heroine of Legendary Entertainment and Square Enix’s respective franchises have never been adapted for a modern anime series — until now. Netflix and Legendary Television are expanding the globally famed universes of Legendary’s “Skull Island” and […]
Netflix and Legendary Television are teaming up on two more anime-style series, the two companies announced Wednesday. The first will be based on the “Skull Island” film franchise and the second will be an adaptation of Square Enix’s “Tomb Raider” series of video games. The two projects join the previously announced “Pacific Rim” spinoff series “The Black,” which is currently in production. “Skull Island” is described as a “new chapter” in the “Monsterverse” film franchise, which includes 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island” and the soon-to-be-released “Godzilla vs. Kong.” The new adventures series follows shipwrecked characters desperate to escape the most dangerous place on Earth — a mysterious island home to prehistoric monsters, including the greatest titan of them all, Kong. Also Read: Netflix Announces New Anime Projects Based on 'Pacific Rim,' 'Altered Carbon' Brian Duffield will serve as writer and executive producer on the series alongside Jacob Robinson of Tractor Pants. Powerhouse Animation, which produces “Castlevania” and “Blood of Zeus” for Netflix, will handle the animation. The “Tomb Raider” series will bring Lara Croft to the small screen, picking up after the events of the most recent video game trilogy. The project is unrelated to the ongoing film franchise starring Alicia Vikander, which recently tapped “Lovecraft Country’s” Misha Green to write and direct a new sequel. Tasha Huo will write and executive produce the Netflix series, alongside dj2 Entertainment founder and CEO Dmitri M. Johnson, Stephan Bugaj, Howard Bliss and Jacob Robinson. Read original story Legendary Sets ‘Skull Island,’ ‘Tomb Raider’ Anime Shows at Netflix At TheWrap
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If there’s a stunt or skill Geena Davis doesn’t know how to do, but needs to do, you can bet she’ll learn to do it quickly. At least, that’s the premise of the Oscar winner’s new reality TV series, “I Can By Friday,” which is in development at Whistle Studios and OpenGate Entertainment, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Starring Davis, “I Can By Friday,” chronicles Davis and her “can do” attitude as she re-creates stunts and tries out new talents, inspired by her experience on movie sets learning various new skills on the fly. The potential series — which does not yet have a network or streaming service attached but will soon be taken to market — is the first show in the works as a result of a newly signed first-look deal between Whistle Studios and OpenGate. Also Read: 17 Female US Presidents in Movies and TV, From Geena Davis to Gina Rodriguez (Photos) Under the pact, Team Whistle and OpenGate “will combine capabilities in production and distribution to spotlight diverse creators and content.” Whistle Studios will develop and distribute the content in partnership with OpenGate. Team Whistle is comprised of Whistle Studios, New Form, Vertical Networks and Tiny Horse. The company produces both scripted and unscripted entertainment, and is looking to take on additional longform projects in partnership with OpenGate, the largest curator of original concepts in the entertainment industry, specializing in incubating content libraries and talent while fostering diversity at all stages. OpenGate was founded by Mike Anderson and Jeff Hood, whose background in technology informs their approach to production. That involves leveraging data and analytics of their database of projects to identify new opportunities to create diverse content and spotlight creators and talent. Also Read: Here Are the Premiere Dates for Broadcast TV's New and Returning Midseason Shows (Updating) “Whistle Studios specializes in telling incredible stories featuring amazing personalities and producing the highest quality original series for streamers, networks, theatrical, cable and digital in a variety of formats,” Melanie Capacia Johnson, head of studio at Whistle Studios, said. “We are seeking content that is forward thinking and conscious of tomorrow’s culture and technologies and this partnership with OpenGate opens up a new path to spotlight creative, diverse concepts that otherwise might not have a chance to be told.” “It was our firm belief that with OpenGate we would find and allow a truly diverse set of voices to have their stories told,” Anderson, a co-founder, managing partner and producer with OpenGate, added. “By partnering with Team Whistle, we have the opportunity to bring the best of the best of the OpenGate portfolio to life. Team Whistle represents exactly the type of organization we had hoped to partner with to bring out the best in the productions that we have in our catalog.” Hood, Anderson’s fellow co-founder, managing partner and producer, said: “The demand for our services to curate projects has allowed us to create a slate of projects that are truly original, and poised for success. This relationship with Team Whistle will allow these really interesting and compelling stories the ability to come to life.” Team Whistle is repped by CAA. Read original story Geena Davis to Try Out New Skills in Reality Series for Whistle Studios, OpenGate (Exclusive) At TheWrap
Poet Amanda Gorman, the instant breakout star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will recite an original poem at the upcoming Super Bow LV. The National Football League made the announcement on Wednesday, revealing that Gorman will participate in the pregame ceremony ahead of the Feb. 7 game. Gorman’s poem will recognize three honorary Super Bowl […]
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said Covid-19 "will not obliterate humanity" but does serve as a historic wake-up call.