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A tsunami warning was issued for large stretches of New Zealand’s northeast coastline on March 5 after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake — the third in the country that morning — struck the Kermadec Islands, about 600 miles northeast of the North Island.New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency warned residents in areas ranging from the Bay of Islands down to Tolaga Bay to “move immediately” to higher ground or “as far inland as possible.”Footage from Russell shows residents gathered atop Flagstaff Hill as sirens blared in the background.A tsunami warning was also issued in American Samoa, while Hawaii was placed under a tsunami watch. Credit: Flaxworx NZ via Storyful
The yield on the 10-year Treasury climbed back above 1.50% Thursday, prodded higher by comments by the Federal Reserve's chair, and it helped send stocks on Wall Street on another slide. The speed at which the yield has climbed has forced investors to re-examine how they value stocks, bonds and every other investment.
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Alexis Sanchez struck twice in the second half as Inter Milan beat Parma 2-1 to move six points clear at the top of Serie A on Thursday.
Forgotten man Alexis Sanchez scored twice to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Parma on Thursday, moving the Serie A leaders six points clear at the top of the standings. Both teams had chances to score in the first half, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic forced into a fine save by the hosts' Jasmin Kurtic, while Inter's Romelu Lukaku could not convert from a good position just before the interval. Antonio Conte's side showed their quality after the break as Sanchez latched on to a loose ball to score in the 54th minute and the Chilean forward added a second eight minutes later after brilliant work from Lukaku.
Imax’s quarterly revenue beat Wall Street’s expectations even as its losses were steeper than expected. The theater company reported revenues of $56 million, a 55% drop from the prior-year quarter’s revenues of $124.3 million. It also logged a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $21.2 million, or 36 cents per diluted share. That’s down […]
Etna which is Europe's tallest active volcano has been experiencing sporadic bursts of activity since erupting in late February.Many people living in the vicinity of the volcano have taken to social media to share spectacular footage of ash plumes and occasional lava fountains.Stefano Branca, head of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) in Catania recently said Etna's activity was similar to the more than 200 eruptions seen since 1998 and there was no risk for the people and cities around the mountain.
Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch believes the ratings hit that Fox News took after the November election is turning around and will continue to do so over the next four years while they play the role of the “loyal opposition” during Joe Biden’s presidency. “Going forward, if history is any lesson, the main beneficiary of the Trump administration, from a ratings points of view, was MSNBC,” Murdoch said during the Morgan Stanley conference Thursday. “MSNBC had the biggest lift, relative to where it was before to its peers, throughout the Trump administration. We think that that’s because they’re the loyal opposition. They called out the president when he needed to be called out. That’s what our job is now with the Biden administration, and you’ll see our ratings really improve from here and will do so for at least the next four years.” Also Read: Why Fox CEO Isn't Worried About Post-Election Fox News: 'Center-Right Is Where America's Politics Are' Murdoch says that Fox is “No. 1 again in primetime [viewers] and were sort of neck and neck with MSNBC in total-day viewers,” after recovering from a drop-off when Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. “Just while our audience was disappointed with the election results and taking a pause and we started to see that deep,” Murdoch said. “We saw our competitors in MSNBC and CNN have these big spikes with those news cycles. Well now we’ve seen, and as we projected, those spikes have now come back down to Earth. I think CNN, last week, had its worst share since the week before the election. And that happens with CNN a lot, what happens is that they still have a tremendous news brand and news viewers come to CNN that aren’t traditional news viewers, when there’s a big news story. So you can see that, particularly around the Washington, D.C. riots happened to be this big spike. That’s come back down to Earth.” More to come… Read original story Lachlan Murdoch Predicts Fox News Ratings Bump During Biden Presidency At TheWrap
U.S. President Joe Biden's refusal to offer upfront sanctions relief to Iran may have angered Tehran's clerical rulers but it has won some praise at home despite his failure so far to draw Iran into nuclear talks or deter attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. "Sensible," said Elliott Abrams, former President Donald Trump's special envoy for Iran, of Biden's unwillingness to give Tehran sanctions relief before any talks on both sides resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
A version of this story about “Nomadland” appears in the Oscar Nominations Preview issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. Cinematographer Joshua James Richards, an awards magnet for his gorgeous orangey work on “Nomandland,” has spent most of his career out in the real, rural world. His credits include three features with “Nomadland” director (and his partner in life), Chloé Zhao, all made in the American West or Midwest, where scorpions dance maniacally along the desert floor. (More on that below.) And sometimes, while working long days in cold, harsh conditions, even something as benign as a light source can be amusing. While filming “Nomadland,” Richards was operating the camera and filming Frances McDormand, playing the main character, Fern, as she rearranged items in the Ford van that is also her home. The scene required more glow, and he attached a tiny LED penlight to the camera. Richards glanced at Zhao, who was standing at the monitor beside filmmaker Joel Coen, McDormand’s husband. Pointing at the little penlight, the cinematographer laughed. “Look, Joel,” he said, “we’re pulling out all the stops on this film. No expense spared!” Also Read: Why Making 'Nomadland' Left Chloe Zhao 'Emotionally Drained' Richards’s sarcasm is buoyed by the fact that practically all of “Nomadland” was filmed using natural or existing light. It’s an ethos that Zhao and Richards have drawn from their previous features “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” and “The Rider.” Richards also shot Francis Lee’s 2017 drama “God’s Own Country.” (He’s a camera operator on Zhao’s upcoming Marvel superhero feature “Eternals,” due in November.) “Chloé was born and raised in Beijing and I’m from a fishing town called Penzance in the south of England,” Richards said. “We left our home countries and tried to make it as filmmakers. I was 200 grand in debt and had no backup plan. So in a way, I think that explained why we’re both fascinated by the American West. It stirs our imaginations. When it comes to the landscape, you feel it before you understand it.” The film follows about a year in Fern’s nomadic life on the road. Richards revealed that both he and Zhao, who moved to Colorado together after graduating from NYU, identified with the film’s protagonist. Also Read: 'Nomadland': How Frances McDormand Got Amazon to Agree to Shooting in a Real Warehouse “Chloé had been talking about alternative way of living, like in a van, for years,” he said. “Obsessively, actually. And the film ticks so many boxes for me too, just as it related to the idea of the human will. The image of this fragile women in the twilight of her life, who’s lost everything society says makes her who she is. Yes she continues to discover herself. I can relate to that.” As with her other films, Zhao hired mostly real-life people for the cast. Richards explained the importance of gaining the trust of nonprofessional actors. “We shoot with quite a wide angle lens and the camera is inches from your face,” he said. “So I’m trying to be invisible, but that’s only possible from the months previous, where they have gotten comfortable with me. It’s a testament to the environment Chloé creates.” That environment and Zhao’s intimate technique is most evident in a touching moment, when Fern is speaking to her friend Swankie, who opens up about a cancer diagnosis. The sad revelation then leads to a humane, unforgettable monologue from Swankie about the adventures she’s been privileged to experience in her life. It was filmed by Richards in a precisely framed and sustained close-up. Also Read: 'Nomadland' Film Review: Frances McDormand Hits the Road in Quiet, Lyrical Drama I told Richards that Swankie deserves an Oscar nomination for that scene. “I think so too, man,” he replied. You know, some people’s behavior changes when they’re being observed, so we wanted Swankie to feel like she was collaborating in a kind of community theater, rather getting the third degree from a filmmaker. It meant that she was able, even with a camera lens inches from her face, present the most accurate version of herself. It’s beautiful.” (Chloé Zhao, Joshua James Richards, and Frances McDormand while filming ‘Nomadland’) The filming of “Nomadland” took the crew to five different states, including the forests of Northern California, the Badlands of South Dakota and the Arizonan desert. Richards was having a beer one night with Derek Endres, a train hopper from Wisconsin who plays himself in the film, when the cinematographer lost a brief battle with an eight-legged arachnid. “Yeah, Derek was teaching me how to open a beer bottle with my teeth, and a scorpion got me right on the elbow,” he said with a self-deprecating laugh. “My arm swelled up all big for a few days and I was operating the camera in quite a lot of pain, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.” Richards also contracted “the Crud,” a flu-like illness which stands for Common Respiratory Unknown Disease. His symptoms included headache, sore throat, and “a cough that I just couldn’t shake,” he said. “I have so many great memories from working on ‘Nomadland,” but the Crud almost broke me.” In between coughing fits, Richards took advantage of magic hour, the golden time before sunset used by filmmakers for its cinematic beauty. But he has a unique perspective on magic hour’s meaning in the film. “It’s very pretty, of course, but it also represents the end of something. The film is about human dignity, seen through this fragile woman in the twilight of her life, who’s lost everything society says makes her who she is. So there were always specific reasons why we shot at that time. It wasn’t to make the movie pretty.” In that goal, Richards and Zhao found a kindred spirit in McDormand. Richards recalled his excitement when McDormand mentioned that she wanted to ground her character in film history. “Her short hair was a deliberate homage to ‘The Passion of Joan of Ark,’ the Carl Theodor Dreyer silent film. We talked about Buster Keaton and Chaplin too. She wears the same coat through the whole film. Fran wanted the coat a few sizes too big. The iconic in simplicity, just like Chaplin. This woman with a little bird-like haircut and a little lamp.” Though “Nomadland” is favored to reap Oscar nominations in many categories, Best Makeup and Hairstyling will not be one of them. “With Frances, there were no cosmetics allowed,” Richards said. “What she does is so delicate and Fern is so mysterious, and so you look at Fran as Fern and you can see the character written all over her face.” He added, “It’s an amazing view, man. Getting to explore the national park that is Frances McDormand’s face will remain one of the privileges of my career.” Read more from the Nominations Preview issue here. Read original story How ‘Nomadland’ Cinematographer Survived a Scorpion Bite and ‘The Crud’ to Shoot Oscar Favorite At TheWrap
Canadian prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a judge was not best-placed to decide whether national security and geopolitical concerns can be used to strike down the request by the United States to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Meng, 49, was arrested in December 2018 on a U.S. warrant accused of misleading HSBC about Huawei's business dealings in Iran, putting the bank at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. Prosecutors argued on Thursday that if Meng has become a bargaining chip in a trade war between the United States and China, as her lawyers have claimed, then Canada's minister of justice is the right person to decide that, not a judge.
Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with NACC Disaster Services and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to help rebuild her hometown of Houston, which has been devastated by Texas’ historic freeze, rolling blackouts and water shortages. The rapper will enlist the help of Fashion Nova, 300 Entertainment, Mielle Organics, Maroon 5, Revlon, The Coach Foundation, Dolce […]
President Biden speaks virtually to NASA’s Perseverance team after the rover successfully landed on Mars.
(Spoilers ahead for “Find Me,” the episode of “The Walking Dead” which debuted March 4 on AMC+) It’s always very interesting when we learn about stuff that went down during the six-year time skip we got on “The Walking Dead” after Rick blew up that bridge. It hasn’t happened often, but those few examples have given us some big character moments. And in “Find Me,” the second of six bonus episodes AMC has added to season 10 of “The Walking Dead,” we got another one. This time it comes thanks to the introduction of Leah (Lynn Collins), a woman that Daryl (Norman Reedus) met in the woods while he scoured the watershed for signs of Rick. Also Read: 'Walking Dead': Everything We Know About the Reapers Leah is a lot like Daryl. They’re both loners with trust issues. They’ve got trauma they’ve never really been able to move past. And they’re both comfortable hanging out in the woods. If Daryl is the sexy mountain man of “The Walking Dead,” then Leah feels like his sexy mountain lady counterpart. Except we know from the start that this pairing will be temporary, because Leah has not been on “The Walking Dead” before. And at the end of this episode we learn why: three months after Daryl started shacking up with Leah, they got in a fight. And then Leah disappeared. The fight was over Daryl’s obsession with finding Rick. Leah wanted him to give it up. It was years after Rick’s disappearance by that point — if he was gonna find anything, he would have by then. But he insisted on taking a multi-day expedition even so. Also Read: Will 'The Walking Dead' End Like the Comics Did? Leah was angry. She wanted him to give up the pointless search so he could actually live his life with her. But Daryl, being Daryl, has never been one to give up. So he left. And when he got back, Leah was gone, and he found signs of a struggle in their shack. This episode also featured a frame story. Daryl and Carol (Melissa McBride) visiting the shack in the present and talking about what happened with Leah. At the end, they have their own fight, and they part on bad terms. We know, of course, that Carol and Daryl will patch things up because AMC has already announced a “Walking Dead” spinoff about those characters. What we don’t know is if we’ll ever see Leah again. But given that Leah didn’t die in this episode, it seems like a good bet we’ll see her again at some point. Also Read: How 'The Walking Dead' Franchise Will Survive Long After AMC Kills Off Original Hit Series But maybe not on “The Walking Dead,” which will end after season 11. In my mind, Leah’s appearance in this episode is setting up that Carol and Daryl spinoff show. It’s tough to imagine what other purpose this character would serve here. Remember, this episode was produced after AMC laid down its plans to end the main show and spin Carol and Daryl off. We have to assume that each of these six bonus episodes for season 10 were added purposefully as part of that greater plan for the future of the franchise as we approach the end of the flagship series. There has to be some long term relevance with this episode beyond just this new rift in Daryl and Carol’s relationship. And also Lynn Collins, the actress who plays Leah, is somebody who typically doesn’t show up as a one-off character on a TV show. She’s the sort of actor that “The Walking Dead” loves to employ: not a superstar, but definitely somebody you’ve seen doing solid work in various places for a long time. She’s the sort of actor you’d expect to be a new regular, not just show up for a brief guest appearance one time. Whatever the case may be, if we hear from her again it won’t be for a while since AMC still has the jumbo-sized season 11 of “The Walking Dead” to produce. The Carol and Daryl show will come sometime after that — it’s currently slated for 2023. Read original story ‘Walking Dead': Did We Just Meet the First New Character From the Carol and Daryl Spinoff? At TheWrap
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the internet video platform will lift its suspension of Donald Trump only after it determines that “the risk of violence has decreased.” On Jan. 12, YouTube determined that Trump’s channel violated the site’s policy against inciting violence, resulting in a suspension of least seven days. YouTube’s strike against the ex-president’s […]
Frenchman Benoit Paire crashed out of the Argentina Open in disgrace on Thursday after he was docked a point for spitting, and then 'tanked' his final service game in a stormy second round clash against local favourite Francisco Cerundolo.
U.S. Border Patrol agents caught more than 4,500 migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, according to government figures shared with Reuters, a big single-day tally that comes amid growing fears that illegal entries could soar in the coming weeks. The figure is comparable to the daily average of arrests in May 2019, the peak of a major border surge that former President Donald Trump used to justify his broad immigration crackdown. The rising arrests underscore a growing challenge for President Joe Biden as his administration seeks to shift to a more humane immigration system, while also trying to avoid a surge that would overwhelm it.
The Television Academy has signed a deal with diversity consulting firm ReadySet to evaluate the organization’s inclusion and representation practices. The announcement comes as another awards-giving body, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (which oversees the Golden Globes), has come under fire for its lack of any Black members. In the case of the TV Academy, […]
Imax reported its fourth-quarter 2020 financials on Thursday, reporting a loss of $21.2 million although the company beat analysts’ revenue expectations due to strong performance in Asian markets. The company reported a loss of 21 cents per share. Wall Street had forecast a loss of 20 cents per share on $46.81 million in revenue, according to consensus estimate compiled by Yahoo Finance. Imax actually reported $56 million in revenue, which was a decline of nearly 55% from the same quarter in the year prior. The company also ended the year with $317 million in cash and equivalents, up from $305 million at the close of the third quarter. Despite North American theaters remaining closed, the company saw strong performances in China and Japan, where “local language releases recorded box office numbers at near pre-pandemic levels,” according to the report. Also Read: Imax Lost $47 Million in Q3 Two weeks ago, the corporation had its best-ever opening weekend for the Chinese New Year holiday, grossing $25 million with “Detective Chinatown 3.” It grew 45% over its record-breaking 2019. The company also credited the growth of its global network for its revenue, having installed 33 systems and signed 11 agreements in the fourth quarter for The Imax Experience. Last year, the quarter ended with $124.3 million in revenue and a profit of $18.2 million. Imax’s year revenue was $137 million, compared to 2019’s revenue of $395.7 million due to the impact of the pandemic. “As the world’s only global blockbuster entertainment platform, we are encouraged to see that audiences are eager to return to the movies where the virus is under control and they feel safe, and this promising trend is reflected in our consistent financial improvement since the start of the pandemic,” Imax CEO Richard L. Gelfond said in a statement. “Imax continues to lead the recovery of the movie industry in markets like China and Japan as audiences seek out The Imax Experience®, driving record-breaking performances among local language films, gaining market share, and growing our relationships with local exhibitors, studios, and filmmakers.” Also Read: Imax Furloughs 150 Employees Amid Drought of Big Studio Movies Gelfond continued, “Given strong demand for The Imax Experience in Asia, the extremely promising pipeline of Hollywood blockbusters, and the accelerating pace of vaccinations in North America and Europe, we remain confident and optimistic that the global film industry is poised for a strong and sustainable recovery in the second half of 2021.” In October, the struggling Imax furloughed 150 employees. The furloughs did not affect the company’s offices in China and Japan, where theaters had reopened and the box office had significantly recovered by then due to the government’s successful containment of COVID-19, which led the increased capacity in movie theaters. Read original story Imax Loses $21 Million in Q4 Despite Recovery of Asian Markets At TheWrap