This guy has been waiting his whole life for this storm. EPIC! Credit: @alexisfeltz
This guy has been waiting his whole life for this storm. EPIC! Credit: @alexisfeltz
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%.
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.
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
The 10 shortlisted films in the Oscars Best Animated Short category include four from major U.S. studios (two Pixar, one DreamWorks Animation and one Netflix) and a number of international entries. The category also contains a couple of straightforward commercial shorts designed to amuse and charm, and a few experimental ones that at times border on the surreal. These 10 will be narrowed down to five with the nomination voting from March 5-10. This is the second in TheWrap’s guide to the shortlisted films in all three shorts categories. Read the guide to the shortlisted short documentaries here. Also Read: A Guide to Oscar's Shortlisted Documentary Shorts, From the Holocaust to Sophia Loren “Burrow” (Pixar) “Burrow” Director: Madeline Sharafian The first of two Pixar films on the shortlist is a guided tour of all the things that live underground, courtesy of a rabbit who is looking for his own home. To the strains of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” the bewildered and intimidated bunny encounters bugs, badgers and a whole menagerie of burrowing rodents — and since it’s Pixar, it’s impeccably made and thoroughly charming. Will it feel substantial enough to voters? Perhaps not, but it’s hard to argue with Pixar’s track record in the category, or with the appeal of good old-fashioned craftsmanship to many voters. Plus, it has a message of tolerance, which may feel needed after the last few years. Also Read: Pedro Almodóvar and Pixar's First Gay Hero Story Make Oscar Shortlists for Short Films “Genius Loci” (Kazak Productions) “Genius Loci” Director: Adrien Merigeau This adventurous French short takes the classical Roman phrase “genius loci,” the protective spirit of a location, and transplants it in a modern city whose chaotic life turns into a surreal and transformative force. The artistic style is often spare and striking, with lots of white space in the frame, but the short’s 16 minutes are filled with verbal and visual non sequiturs and surreal shifts: blown papers turn into dogs, a woman bursts into flames, an apple suddenly becomes a telephone and so on. Merigeau, best known for his work at Cartoon Saloon on Oscar-nominated films like “The Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea,” emerges as a distinctive stylist in his first work as a director in almost a decade. The story he’s telling can be awfully opaque and more than a little confusing, but he delivers haunting opacity and delicious confusion. “If Anything Happens I Love You” (Netflix) “If Anything Happens I Love You” Directors: Michael Govier and Will McCormack Netflix’s lone film on the shortlist is also one of the most striking and impactful films in the race, and one of a few contenders that grapple with big issues in the short form. Starting with black and white line drawings of a married couple whose relationship has obviously been grievously tested, it slowly comes into focus as a portrait of life in the aftermath of tragic and shocking loss. Like a few of this year’s feature films — “Land,” “Pieces of a Woman,” “Pretty Young Woman” — “If Anything Happens” explores grief and the seeming impossibility of recovery; it’s lovely and evocative for a while, and then turns very, very dark. The film, which counts Laura Dern as an executive producer, has prompted a trending hashtag on TikTok, and led to videos of people filming their reaction to watching it. (Usually, it seems, that reaction involves tears.) There probably aren’t a lot of Oscar voters hanging out on TikTok, but it’ll probably get to them wherever they are, too. Also Read: Which of the Oscars' Special 2020 Rules Are Here to Stay? “Kapaemahu” (Kanaka Pakipika) “Kapaemahu” Directors: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson “Kapaemanu” takes an ancient Hawaiian folk tale that had been passed down orally for centuries and uses it to explore gender identity as well as history. The eight-minute film tells the story of four mahu, third-gender individuals who are both male and female, who came to Hawaii from Tahiti 700 years ago with great healing powers. (Kapaemahu was the leader’s name.) The film, one of the shortest of the semi-finalists, is a vividly rendered folk tale, but one whose exploration of gender identity also feels timely rather than simply mythic. Among this year’s shortlisted films. Pixar’s “Out” has gotten more attention for its handling of LGBTQ issues, probably because it’s from Disney, but “Kapaemahu” puts those issues in an intriguing context. Plus it’ll send you to the internet to see if those four boulders left by the mahu really are sitting on Waikiki Beach. “Opera” (Beasts and Natives Alike) “Opera” Director: Erick Oh Erick Oh, who has worked on animated films that included the Oscar winners “Inside Out” (feature) and “Piper” (short), as well as nominated shorts “The Dam Keeper,” “Lou” and “Sanjay’s Super Team,” has made a nine-minute film that is as much an art installation as a short film – it’s ideal for settings where it can run continuously, allowing viewers to come in and leave at any point. It is set in a giant pyramid of sorts, with small, minutely detailed figures engaging in a myriad of activities that together add up to a complex portrait of a stratified society. There are no zooms or cuts; the film starts near the top of the pyramid, pans slowly to the bottom, then pans back up to the top, while everything from wars to banquets unfolds for the sharp-eyed viewer. “Opera” is the kind of work that is best seen in as large a format as possible, and one that rewards repeat viewing where you can seek out and follow particular narratives. Those are not, perhaps, the circumstances you find in Oscar voting, but the film’s utter singularity may still make it stand out. “Out” (Pixar) “Out” Director: Steven Clay Hunter If you take it out of context, this Pixar short sounds like a typical major-studio cartoon: A young man finds a dog collar in a moment of stress, jokingly puts it on and says he wishes he were a dog because then he wouldn’t have any troubles … and voila, he’s suddenly in his dog’s body and his dog is in his. But context is everything, because the guy in “Out” is stressed at trying to tell his parents that he’s gay. As the first Disney or Pixar movie with a gay central character, it even prompted a petition asking the company to take it off Disney+. That will be enough to make the film a potential pick simply on the basis of its themes, and Pixar’s typically high craftsmanship and track record will help as well. “The Snail and the Whale” (Magic Light Pictures) “The Snail and the Whale” Directors: Max Lang and Daniel Shaddon This is the epic on the shortlist — at 26 minutes it’s the longest shortlisted film by 10 minutes, and one that takes a spectacular ocean voyage around the world, both on and below the water’s surface. Based on the 2003 children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, it’s a vivid travelogue about, you guessed it, a snail and a whale; the snail wants to get away from his boring life on a rock, so he finds an accommodating whale to give him a global vacation complete with spectacular sights and perils galore. The film, from the company that produced the Oscar-nominated “The Gruffalo” and “Revolting Rhymes,” has a formidable voice cast: Sally Hawkins as the snail, Rob Brydon as the whale and no less than the late Diana Rigg as the narrator, whose dulcet tones navigate through a thicket of rhymes. And that’s apt, since when it comes to Oscar nominations, the scale of “The Snail and the Whale” may tell the tale. “To Gerard” (DreamWorks Animation) “To Gerard” Director: Taylor Meacham DreamWorks Animation launched a short-film program recently and landed on the shortlist in 2018 with two films, “Bilby” and “Bird Karma” — but neither film advanced, so the company is still looking for its first nomination in the category. “To Gerard” is full of whimsy and charm, following the encounter between a man who sorts mail but dreams of becoming a magician and a young girl who develops her own dreams over the course of the film’s seven minutes. You can see the film’s payoff coming a mile (or at least a few minutes) away, but “To Gerard” sets out to be amusing and sweet and delivers on that. Oscar voters typically go for shorts that feel a bit heftier than this one, but sentiment has taken some other films a long way in this race. “Traces” (Les Films du Nord) “Traces” Directors: Sophie Tavert Macian and Hugo Frassetto In some ways one of the simplest shorts but also one of the boldest and most adventurous visually, “Traces” takes its cue from cave paintings as it tells the story of a prehistoric tribe of hunters who paint pictures of their prey on the walls around them. The continually morphing black-and-white drawings give the film a distinctive and dramatic style, as the action becomes violent and a little surreal. “Traces” creates a tale in which humans are both predators and prey, and in which there’s a disturbing amount of brutality and a distinct lack of mercy. But it also pays tribute to the art and form of storytelling itself, which could help it communicate to a voting body of storytellers. “Yes-People” (CAOZ hf) “Yes-People” Director: Gisli Darri Halldorsson This Icelandic film sets itself a pretty simple challenge — to fill a movie with a group of people doing different things over the course of a day while limiting the dialogue to the word yes. So that’s what happens for eight minutes: People get up, eat breakfast, wash the dishes, go to school, have sex and listen to the neighbors having sex, all the while saying nothing but tonal variations on yes. (Actually, they say “já,” pronounced “yow,” since the movie is in Icelandic.) There’s not a lot to the film beyond the premise, but it collects a colorful cast of characters and finds plenty to do with that single syllable. And beyond the novelty of the one-word dialogue, it’s an amusing look at humanity in all of its variations (apart from the verbal ones). 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ABC’s “For Life” had some life with its Season 2 finale — but really, just some. The 50 Cent-produced drama added some viewers from last week’s episode and stayed flat in the key ratings demo. NBC aired all reruns of its “One Chicago” shows on Wednesday, giving everyone else a chance. ABC and Fox tied NBC atop adults 18-49, but NBC finished first in total viewers. Also Read: Ratings: Supersized 'Superman & Lois' Debut Lifts The CW to Most-Watched Tuesday in 2 Years NBC, ABC and Fox tied for first in ratings, each with a 0.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Fox had a 4 share, NBC and ABC got 3s. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 3.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second with 2.8 million and Fox was fourth with 2.495 million. For ABC, “The Goldbergs” at 8 got a 0.6/4 and 3.7 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” had a 0.6/4 and 3.1 million viewers. “The Conners” at 9 received a 0.6/4 and 3.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “Call Your Mother” drew a 0.5/3 and 2.8 million viewers. “For Life” at 10 managed a 0.3/2 and 1.7 million viewers, stead in...Read original story Ratings: ‘For Life’ Finds a Little More Life With Season 2 Finale At TheWrap
The Netherlands' parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first European country to make such a statement. "A genocide on the Uighur minority is occurring in China," the motion said, stopping short of directly saying that the country's government was responsible. Canada passed a resolution labeling China's treatment of the Uighurs genocide earlier this week.
Cheaper than a cheap thing on sale at ‘Cheap R Us’, it still looks the part.
Boeing had been working to strengthen engine covers on the 777 for about two years before last weekend's scare on a United Airlines flight, according to a report Thursday.
Several prominent economists think inflation is a growing concern for the US economy. There are signs that investors in the $20 trillion US Treasury market agree with them. Fixed-income investors are hyperaware of any increase in prices for goods and services because it eats into their returns, and they tend to demand higher yields (and therefore lower bond prices) when they’re worried about inflation.
New York prosecutors investigating former president Donald Trump's finances have finally received his tax returns following a marathon legal battle, a spokesman said Thursday.
Syria's health minister said on Thursday it had received COVID-19 vaccination doses from a "friendly country" and healthcare workers would start receiving inoculations next week. Hassan Ghabash's comments, carried by state news agency SANA, did not specify which country provided the vaccines or how many doses had arrived. Health officials had said Syria was engaged with Russia and China on vaccines but no bilateral deals have been announced yet.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred from a Moscow jail to an unknown location, his aides said Thursday, suggesting he may be beginning a prison sentence condemned as politically motivated.
Private equity's ownership of nursing homes led to 160,000 additional life-years lost between 2004 and 2016.
Thierry Henry has stepped down from his role as coach of CF Montreal for family reasons, the Major League Soccer outfit announced on Thursday.
A waterfall in Yosemite National Park glowed bright orange on February 21 as it was lit up by the setting sun.Depending on weather conditions, the “Firefall” phenomenon occurs annually for a number of days in February. The light of the sunset hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to give the waterfall the appearance of molten lava.There must also be enough melting snow to feed Horsetail Fall for it to light up, according to yosemitefirefall.com.The National Park Service required visitors to make a reservation to watch this year’s event due to COVID-19 restrictions. Credit: Emilie Hofferber via Storyful
Lady Gaga is offering a $500,000 reward after her two dogs were stolen in a violent robbery on Wednesday night, a source confirmed to Variety. A representative from the Los Angeles Police Department told Variety that a man was shot during a robbery around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday night using a semi-automatic handgun. The victim was then […]
As Pfizer-BioNTech began shipping out its Covid-19 vaccinations in the US in December, pharmacists administering the jabs noticed something peculiar: Each vial of vaccine, labeled to hold five doses, contained a little extra fluid—enough, in fact, for a sixth dose. After getting clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration, the companies decided that this extra dose would count toward their dose commitments, meaning they could manufacture and ship fewer vials. There’s just one problem: Getting that sixth dose out of the vials often requires syringes that are in short supply.
Black history, to me, means my Mississippi mother was right after all. She often told me that “Any room you walk into, assume you belong there.” Ironically, I’m not sure my mother– a domestic, sharecropper, and factory worker for much of her life– ever fully realized that feeling for herself. However, she certainly believed that […]
Italian fashion house Prada reworked wardrobe classics for its fall line at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, with designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons saying they were inspired by the idea of change and transformation. In a video shared online as part of a virtual Milan Fashion Week, models strutted in layered outfits in an array of prints and colours as part of the autumn/winter 2021-2022 collection. Prada and Simons, who joined the brand as co-creative director last year, presented tight jacquard-knit bodysuits in mixed prints, which were made to appear as second skin.
Footage from Myanmar showed local residents demonstrating against the appointment of a military council administrator for their ward, before police fired to disperse the protesters. It was not immediately clear whether the rounds were live or not.Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army seized power and detained civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership after the military complained of fraud in a November election.Earlier, police blocked the gates of Yangon's main university campus, stopping hundreds of students inside from coming out to demonstrate.Facebook said that due to the risks evident from the "deadly violence" seen since the coup it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms.