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Trying to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine on the day that eligibility was expanded to new age groups in Washington state would be a familiar experience to anyone who’s tried to get a hot movie ticket, a cheap airfare or season tickets to Kraken hockey games. I’ve been through all of those trials, and my efforts to work through the online hiccups and fast-disappearing slots are likely to be replicated in the months ahead as efforts to quell the coronavirus pandemic continue to ramp up. Bottom line? Sharpen your searching skills, don’t wait for an invitation, and pursue… Read More
The incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is considering creating a White House position to focus on competition policy and issues relating to antitrust, two sources familiar with the situation said. The idea remains under consideration and the Biden White House may not ultimately move on this, one of the sources said. "It is yet to be determined if this will be more of a coordinator kind of a role or if this person will really sit at the White House," said one source.
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It wasn’t in the form of his usual drawings, but Jim Carrey made sure he paid tribute to Trump’s four-year presidency in a unique way. The actor posted a tweet on Tuesday that included a video of Trump making a speech on CNBC. The short video plays in slow motion, with no words and only unruly bagpipe music in the background. It includes Carrey throwing a paper towel roll at the television and manages to slyly mock the outgoing leader in just 25 seconds. “How do you spell relief?” asks a caption that plays over the video, before following up with the answer: “I spell it…GOODBYE!” pic.twitter.com/22fbeUUyeo — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 19, 2021 Carrey’s feelings toward Trump aren’t exactly a secret. But given how hard he throws that paper towel roll, we’re pretty sure he’s more than a little excited that as of tomorrow, Trump’s presidency will be over. Over the past four years, the actor-turned-artist has used his platform to spotlight his dislike of the 45th president by posting cartoons and drawings that depict Trump and his administration in not-so-flattering ways — from the mismanaged handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, to FOX News and their biased reporting, to mocking the pro-Trump rioters who recently stormed the Capitol. Also Read: Jim Carrey Needles Sen Kelly Loeffler Over COVID 'Blood Money' in New Cartoon While Carrey will probably continue making cartoons in the era of the new administration, let’s hope that (for as brilliant as the past four years of his work were), they’re a little more peaceful. And while we’re sure he never wants to draw anything relating to Trump again at this point, maybe we can look forward to a return of his famous drawings depending on what happens after Trump leaves the White House. Today is the last full day that Trump is in office. Tomorrow, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States. Read original story Jim Carrey Celebrates the End of Trump’s Presidency by Throwing Paper Towels at TV At TheWrap
Plans for a major West Coast liquified natural gas pipeline and export terminal hit a snag Tuesday with federal regulators after a years-long legal battle that has united tribes, environmentalists and a coalition of residents on Oregon's rural southern coast against the proposal. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that energy company Pembina could not move forward with the proposal without a key clean water permit from the state of Oregon. It had appealed to the commission over the state's clean water permit, arguing that Oregon had waived its authority to issue a clean water certification for the project and therefore its denial of the permit was irrelevant.
Vogue will publish a limited edition of its latest issue featuring a different photo of Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris after the original cover image sparked controversy, the magazine said Tuesday.
A magnificent long-range strike from Suso secured Sevilla a 2-1 victory at Alaves on Tuesday that sent them up to fourth in La Liga and within a point of Barcelona.
Earlier in the day, protesters rallied in Tunis, reviving the chant that rang a decade ago in a revolution that ushered in democracy: "The people want the fall of the regime." In Sidi Bouzid, where the 2011 revolution began, witnesses told Reuters that police fired gas to disperse protesters who were raising slogans against rulers and demanding an end to decades of marginalisation.
Frank Lampard criticised the attitude of some of his Chelsea players after admitting the Blues were easily beaten by the "better side" in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.
Peter J. Nygard and Louis Bacon were two of the world’s richest men, who also happened to be neighbors in a posh corner of the Bahamas. A bitter feud between the billionaire hedge fund operator and the Canadian fashion mogul, one that initally stemmed from a noise complaint, dominated headlines, and eventually led to Nygard’s […]
Bob Iger’s Disney pay dropped by more than half in 2020, when he and current CEO Bob Chapek both went without bonuses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Iger also forewent his salary for a time, Chapek took a 50% pay reduction. Don’t feel too badly for Iger — he still made more than $20 million. (About $21 million, to be more exact.) In 2019, however, Iger hauled in $47.5 million. Chapek tallied $14.2 million in 2020. We do not have 2019 data for the new head honcho. Also Read: Bob Iger to Forgo Disney Salary During Coronavirus Shutdown, CEO Bob Chapek Takes 50% Pay Cut Iger ended up making just under $1.6 million in salary for fiscal 2020, down from the $3 million earned in 2019. His reported stock awards declined from more than $10 million in 2019 to less than $7 million in 2020. Iger’s options awards figure was fairly flat year to year at approximately $9.6 million. The huge change came under the heading non-equity incentive plan compensation, which essentially means monetary bonus. In 2019, Iger hauled in $21.75 million dollars there. It was a goose egg in 2020. There really weren’t any other material changes for Iger, but he made another $1.8 million under the pension/deferred compensation heading, and $1.2 million in catch-all category “All Other Compensation.” More to come… Read original story Bob Iger’s Disney Pay More Than Halved in 2020 At TheWrap
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Prosecutors on Tuesday said three people affiliated with a far-right militia group conspired to breach the U.S. Capitol, the first time they have directly accused people of organizing the violent Jan. 6 uprising that left five people dead. Thomas Edward Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Virginia, whom investigators said has a leadership role in the Oath Keepers group, was named in a criminal complaint as having participated in the Capitol riots by President Donald Trump's supporters. His fellow members Jessica Watkins, 38, of Champaign County, Ohio, and Donovan Ray Crowl, also of Ohio, were also charged, and the three are accused of conspiring "to forcibly storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021," prosecutors said.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday that it has hired Fernando Garcia as Executive Vice President of Member Relations and Awards. He will oversee the processes for submissions, nominations, voting and balloting, and will report to COO Christine Simmons. In addition, Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s members and work with the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity. He will also work with the Branch Executive Committees to expand the diversity of Academy membership and to create more platforms for filmmakers around the world. A graduate of USC, Garcia got his start in marketing and publicity at DreamWorks working on the campaign for the Best Picture-winning “Gladiator” and the first film to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar, “Shrek.” He then joined Paramount as vice president of special projects & events, working on hits such as “Iron Man,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Star Trek,” and ‘Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” After leaving Paramount, Garcia started his own publicity firm, The Fernando Garcia Company, where his clients included Amazon Studios, Disney, NBC, New Regency and Prime Video. “Fernando is an innovative thinker with a deep passion for movies and a true appreciation for the people who make them,” said Simmons. “He joins the Academy’s leadership at a pivotal time, and we are confident he is just the person to lead our global membership forward and further the Academy’s mission to support, identify and champion talent in our filmmaking community.” “I’m so thrilled to be joining the Academy’s leadership team,” said Garcia. “I look forward to working with them to find new ways of bringing together the incredible individuals who create the films we all love, and to uplifting great filmmaking from all around the world.” Read original story Film Academy Names Fernando Garcia EVP of Member Relations At TheWrap
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Brazilian military flew medical personnel and 1,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine deep into the Amazon rainforest on Tuesday to start inoculating indigenous people against the coronavirus. Isabel Ticuna, 68, was the first to receive the vaccine in Umariaçu, a village of wooden houses on the banks of the Amazon River. "I was so worried, but this D-Day has arrived finally after so many deaths here and in the world," said Tarcis Marques Ticuna, the village medic.
Wall Street started the holiday-shortened week on an upswing on the eve of the Biden administration taking office, as investors anticipate another hefty dose of government stimulus for the economy. The Dow rose 116 points – its first gain in four sessions. The S&P 500 climbed 30. The Nasdaq jumped 198. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen told lawmakers in her confirmation hearing Tuesday that this economy needs a big stimulus package to offset the slump caused by health crisis. "Neither the president-elect nor I proposed this relief package without an appreciation for the country's debt burden. But right now, with interest rates at historic lows, the smartest thing we can do is act big. In the long run, I believe the benefits will far outweigh the costs, especially if we care about helping people who've been struggling for a very long time." Those were the words Wall Street wanted to hear, says Vespula Capital's Jeff Tomasulo. "So when we have this stimulus package coming up, you have to see the future and say to yourself, hey, people are obviously going to use that money to do both. They're going to invest, they're going to spend money. And on top of that, we have a vaccine that is starting to work, right. If you think six months out where we're going to have a lot of pent up people that want to travel and they're going to spend more money in the next five or six months, I think that's where you're seeing a little bit of a pop today." Wall Street also had to digest corporate earnings. Bank of America beat fourth-quarter profit forecasts. Goldman Sachs saw its quarterly profit more than double. But the big news of the day came after the close from Netflix. Faced with increased competition from Disney+ and a growing list of others, the streaming giant still trampled paid-subscriber forecasts. It took in 8.51 million new watchers last quarter – almost 2-1/2 million more than expected. Shares jumped after the results.
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In buses and trucks, Guatemala on Tuesday returned thousands of migrants to Honduras after police and soldiers halted their northward march to the United States, dashing their hopes of a better life there.