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Labour will be putting "two fingers up to voters" if it refuses to back a Brexit trade deal, Sir Keir Starmer has been warned, as a prominent Remainer MP said they would vote for it. Amid splits at the top of the party on whether to withhold support for an agreement, shadow business minister Lucy Powell suggested Labour would struggle to win back voters in “Red Wall” seats if it attempted to abstain. Arguing that a “skinny deal” could be “built on” in future, Ms Powell added that it was better than no deal - which she said would be a “catastrophe” - and was therefore “quite hard for us to oppose”. Echoing her concerns, Chris Bryant MP, a staunch Europhile, revealed he intended to back the deal and urged his colleagues to do the same. Writing for The Telegraph, the former foreign minister said that even if Boris Johnson failed to strike the “comprehensive deal we were promised” the alternative of no trade deal would be “even worse.” While Sir Keir has hinted he intends to back a deal, Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, is said to be one of several shadow cabinet ministers who believe Labour should abstain to avoid being blamed for any economic fallout. Other sceptics include shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow justice secretary David Lammy, both prominent remainers, as well as shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray. On Friday evening Lord Kinnock, the former Labour leader, also waded into the row, telling peers that backing the deal would be politically "lethal" for the party. "We must abstain and explain that this is the rational course when faced with a damaging ‘yes’ and a disastrous ‘no’,” he wrote in a private Whatsapp group. However, Ms Powell, who helped lead a review into last year’s crushing election defeat, argued that it was better to be “strong” than refusing to take a position either way. “It’s not just about Brexit, although Brexit was a big symbolic expression of Labour losing touch with its traditional voter base,” she told Huffington Post. “And we can’t keep putting two fingers up to people if we want them to vote for us again and support us and be part of the agenda that we want for the future.” According to Labour insiders, Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, and Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, are also in favour of a deal. Mr Bryant, the MP for Rhondda in Wales, warned that a no deal exit would lead to tariffs on Welsh lamb that would make the meat unaffordable in the EU, where half is sold at present. He also voiced alarm about the security implications of leaving without a deal, adding: “If the Prime Minister does what I expect him to do, namely negotiate some kind of minimalist trade deal with the EU at the very last minute – I expect I will vote for it and I would encourage all my Labour colleagues to do the same.” enior Labour source told The Telegraph a final position was likely to be hammered out over the next few days, adding that the party would need to have come to “collective decision” either before or soon after any deal is struck. Allies of Sir Keir allies have also been frustrated by leaks suggesting the shadow cabinet is divided and are determined to prevent a repeat of the public rows that plagued Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. They believe they are an attempt by advocates of an abstention to bounce Sir Keir into sitting on the fence. While they insist no position has been reached, they have warned that there will be no room for dissent on the frontbench once a decision has been taken. However, a number of shadow cabinet figures believe that proponents of a deal have become too preoccupied on the Red Wall rather than focussing on the issues that will define the next four years. One source told The Telegraph that some in the party appeared to be trying to “refight the last election” rather than thinking of the “bigger picture.”
Last week, on Thanksgiving, I offered a list of 10 things I was thankful for this awards season. But obviously, you can’t tell the story of this awards season — or this year — with only nice thoughts and gratitude.After all, it’s a year without movie theaters to a large degree. A year without film festivals the way we know them. A year in which the big studios will for the most part be skipping the Oscar race and waiting for a time when they can actually make money from ticket sales, or from whatever other distribution mechanism they come up with. A year of canceled shows and virtual shows and way too much Zoom.So to go with the 10 things I’m thankful for, here are five things that worry me about this season. All of them are trivial, of course, compared to worries about the spread of COVID-19 or the fallout from people refusing to accept the election results. But they’re real.I’ve also suggested some solutions, none of which are likely to work.Also Read: 10 Things to Be Thankful for in This Weird, Messy Awards Season (Including Netflix)1\. Problem: Voters will never be able to see most of the movies the way they should be seen. I saw Paul Greengrass’ “News of the World” this week, and apart from really liking it — I’m a sucker for majestic, elegiac Westerns, and this one is a beauty — I kept wishing that I could have been watching it on a big screen, not on my television monitor. But COVID has made that almost impossible, which means that Universal’s theatrical release notwithstanding, the vast majority of the voters who see it will do so on their TV or computer.And “News of the World” is far from the only film whose stunning production values will take a hit when the movie is robbed of a theatrical screening. Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” of course, demands to be seen on a big screen, which is why it was released in whatever theaters were open back in the summer, and is only getting around to a digital release this month. So does George Clooney’s “The Midnight Sky,” which is part outer-space epic and part survival story set in the Arctic.You could say that many other top contenders really deserve to be seen full-size, too, from “Nomadland” and “Mank” to documentaries like “Notturno” and “Fireball.” It’s troubling that for most voters in the U.S., concentrated as they are in New York and Los Angeles, watching movies the way they should be watched just isn’t an option this year.Solution: Um, maybe everybody should get deluxe home theaters for Christmas?Also Read: 'Tenet' to Debut on Disc, Digital Platforms in December2\. Problem: We may have already seen almost all the big contenders. Twenty weeks before last year’s Oscars — which is to say, mid September 2019 — we had seen six of the nine eventual Best Picture nominees, and 13 of the 20 acting nominees. But there were a number of significant movies yet to screen, including “The Irishman,” “1917,” “Little Women,” “Bombshell,” “Knives Out” and “Richard Jewell.” Though the pieces were falling into place, it still felt relatively early in the season.This year, while the Oscars aren’t taking place until late April, it feels as if we’re further along in the season — and even though films can qualify by receiving theatrical releases up to Feb. 28, it seems that most of the biggest contenders have already been unveiled, to the press and industry if not to the public. Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” could be a player and is just starting to screen, along with Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and there’s talk of some other potential dark horses, including the legal drama “The Mauritanian” (try not to be confused with “The Mandalorian”) and the February Netflix release “Malcolm & Marie,” with Zendaya and John David Washington.But really, the list of what’s likely to be in contention for the most part is settled: “Nomadland,” “Mank,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “News of the World,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Minari,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “One Night in Miami,” “The Father,” “Soul” and a handful of others. There are lots of good movies on that list, and lots of good ones not on it — but if that’s the bulk of the real contenders, the year could end up feeling as skimpy as we’d been fearing all along.Solution: With Sundance taking place (largely virtually) at the end of January and Oscar qualifying extending to the end of February, a film or a couple of films could take Sundance by storm, schedule an immediate qualifying run, ride that burst of momentum to Oscar nominations and invigorate the race.Also Read: Chadwick Boseman Is on Track to Make Oscar History3\. Problem: In-person awards shows are a huge question mark. This week, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences bit the bullet and committed to virtual versions of 2021’s Daytime, Sports, News and Tech Emmy ceremonies, which will take place between June and October. And the Sundance Film Festival announced a format that will take place largely online, plus nationwide live events whose details will remain very much TBD until we know what COVID restrictions will look like in late January.(Judging by the current progress of the virus and the likely scarcity of any vaccine, those live events look to be very restricted in nature.)Meanwhile, the Producers Guild Awards has committed to a virtual show for its March 24 ceremony, and other awards bodies are aware that they will likely have to follow suit, even if they’re holding out hope that in-person ceremonies might be possible.And yes, you can ignore the highly dubious and spectacularly premature report in another trade that the Academy has committed to an in-person show. They may hope desperately for an in-person show, but they’re not dumb enough to make a statement committing to one in the biggest week ever for COVID infections in Los Angeles.The fact is, we don’t know if there will be a single awards show for the foreseeable future with a live, in-person audience. For the moment, such an event seems unlikely. And as the Primetime Emmys showed in September, you can try really, really hard to make a virtual ceremony entertaining, and sometimes you can even succeed, at least a little. But a virtual show will never have the energy of an in-person show.At this point, unless that vaccine starts kicking COVID’s butt, we’re almost guaranteed a string of flat awards shows, up to and perhaps including the Oscars.Solution: Go, vaccine, go!4\. Problem: Voter fatigue could be a killer. As of early December, there were slightly more than 100 films in the members-only Academy Screening Room devoted to the Best Picture category. Of those, I would say that two, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Da 5 Bloods,” are likely Best Picture nominees. Another four or five are possibilities. And the rest, while many of them are fine indies worthy of attention, will probably not really be contenders.Meanwhile, the screenings that normally litter the calendar this time of year can’t happen, and the usual deluge of DVD screeners that show up around Thanksgiving and into December has been a trickle. (Interestingly enough, the companies that have been most active in sending screener DVDs to Academy voters are the two big streaming companies, Netflix and Amazon.)If Oscar voters have lots of films to watch, but 95% of them aren’t movies they’re likely to vote for, the danger of them being worn out and apathetic by the time voting rolls around is a real one. Remember, screeners over the holidays is a Hollywood tradition — so even if we’re earlier in awards season than we usually are at this time of year, the breaks from work are still coming in late November and between Christmas and New Years. Companies are taking a risk if they don’t take advantage of the calendar.Solution: Voters should get adventurous and embrace the indies to which they have access, as I suggested last week.5\. Problem: Viewer fatigue could be a real killer, too. The Academy and ABC know that the 93rd Academy Awards will probably get terrible ratings; that’s just the nature of this year, and of awards shows in recent years. But there’s a bigger worry with this elongated season, which has to do with the nature of awards season itself.Most years, viewers and Oscar-watchers are overwhelmed and worn down by the endless stream of awards shows by the time the Oscars roll around. Granted, that wasn’t exactly the case last year, when the earliest-ever Feb. 9 Oscars turned awards season into an exhausting and overwhelming sprint (and thankfully so, since COVID could have turned a usual late-February Oscars into a super-spreader event). But this time around, it could seem like an eternity before the April 25 Oscars arrive, particularly if the first two months of 2021 don’t unveil many real contenders.The problem with a very long season with nothing new to get interested in probably isn’t the usual awards fatigue — rather, it’s downright boredom, something that the pandemic only intensifies. Is anybody going to care, at all, about movie awards by early April? Maybe they will, but I’m scared that the Oscars may well take place in the face of monumental indifference.Solution: C’mon, it’s the Oscars! Feel free to ignore all the other awards shows, then start bingeing the nominated movies in mid April and get revved up for some delayed gratification.Read original story 5 Things to Worry About This Oscar Season, From Virtual Ceremonies to Awards Boredom At TheWrap
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The Black Eyed Peas, whose music spans hip hop to soul to pop-rap, is topping the charts with the former quartet's first album in two years, featuring Latin pop artists such as Shakira. "Translation" also has tracks created with other Latin stars like J. Balvin and Maluma in a genre whose growth has outpaced the overall U.S. music market. One track, "Girl Like Me," was recorded in 2008 by Shakira and Will.i.am but only released this week.
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Snowfall in the Great Smoky Mountains made for a picturesque drive through a “winter wonderland” in Townsend, Tennessee, on December 1.Footage posted to Facebook by the City of Townsend shows a drive through a snowy landscape. “Driving in a winter wonderland!” wrote the city on the post. “This is Laurel Creek Road this morning on the way to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”The National Weather Service had reported 11 inches of snow on Mount LeConte, near Townsend, on December 1. Credit: City of Townsend via Storyful
For many families, the holiday is an even bigger deal than Christmas Day.
States faced a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while hospitals were pushed to the breaking point — with the worst feared yet to come. The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Arizona on Friday reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day as the number of available intensive care unit beds fell below 10% statewide.
Lennon's account was a joint venture between TikTok, the Lennon Estate, and UMG in recognition of what would have been the performer's 80th birthday
DC Comics character Naomi could soon be coming to The CW thanks to Ava DuVernay and former "Arrow" writer and executive producer Jill Blankenship. DuVernay and Blankenship are attached to write and executive produce "Naomi." The potential series follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a […]
Welcome to my fifth annual “Fearless Five”: the five companies that made the boldest and most audacious entertainment-media-tech moves of the year. This doesn’t mean these companies ultimately will be the most successful. What it does mean is that they were the most fearless and made the biggest, boldest bets in 2020. Each can be […]
Speck, a cattle dog pup living in Yass, New South Wales, was reunited with her owner after a nearly 300 km trip to Sydney on Friday, December 4. Footage from the NSW Police Force shows the “silly little girl” reunited with her owner.Detective Inspector David El-Badawi said that police brought Speck to the Sydney police station after a member of the public reported a distressed dog left in a car. The dog wasn’t distressed, police said, but the owner of the car surrendered the dog, which she said she found “40 minutes outside of Yass.”Reports said Speck dug under a fence to escape, was found on the side of the road, and was taken to Sydney.This footage shows the heartfelt reunion between Speck and her owner. Credit: NSW Police Force via Storyful
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for renewed negotiations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region under a long-established international process after a ceasefire halted recent fighting there.
National correspondents Jericka Duncan and Adriana Diaz will take over as anchors of "CBS Weekend News," the ViacomCBS unit said Friday, setting in place a more formalized structure for the weekend evening-news broadcast after its logistics were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Diaz will anchor the Saturday broadcast from Chicago and Duncan will anchor Sundays […]
A suspect in a deadly 1982 attack at a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris arrived in France late Friday after being extradited from Norway, airport officials said.
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Twenty-six-year-old Diamonté Harper, better known as Saweetie, has taken the rap world by storm this year with her no-nonsense lyricism and breezy ’90s flow. “Tap In,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album “Pretty Bitch Music,” has garnered more than 90 million Spotify streams since its June release and spurred a viral TikTok dance […]
Stuart Hogg believes Scotland will go a long way to justifying all their time spent cooped up in camp if they can secure a first away win over Ireland in a decade with victory in Saturday's Autumn Nations Cup third-place play-off in Dublin.
Nissan said Friday that it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California's ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards. The announcement is another sign that a coalition of automakers backing the outgoing administration could fall apart. General Motors ended its support for the Trump administration's battle with California on emissions standards last week.