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COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days. While that is still cause for concern, they have plummeted 85% from a peak of more than a quarter-million cases per day in early January. Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, said that vaccinations have been crucial even as the nation struggles to reach herd immunity.
The 38-year-old former England captain took charge of the team in 2018 after they were granted a licence to play in the second-tier Championship. Stoney guided United to immediate promotion to the WSL and successive fourth-placed finishes in the top flight. "It has been an honour to lead the women's team at this great club and this has been an incredibly tough decision," Stoney said in a statement.
(Reuters) -The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it supported Japanese measures to counter COVID-19 and was confident the Tokyo Olympics would be a "historic" event, despite wide public opposition. With less than three months to go before the Games begin on July 23, Japan is battling a surge in coronavirus infections. A majority of its population wants the Olympics cancelled or postponed for a second time, according to several polls, with about 70% of the 10,500 athletes -- about 7,800 -- already qualified for the Games.
Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Jordan Hicks has the team's permission to seek a trade with first-round pick Zaven Collins training to start at the position. Collins was a pass rusher at Tulsa but is being groomed to be the first-team linebacker in the middle of the Cardinals' defense this season. That puts Hicks in a backup role.
Colton Underwood didn’t plan on ever telling the world that he was gay. After all, he’d starred as “The Bachelor” in 2019 to scout for a wife on national television, searching for love among 30 aspiring brides-to-be. The television personality was convinced he’d spend his entire life pretending to be a straight man — pushed […]
“As a child, when I first heard the words Underground Railroad, I saw Black people on trains, underground,” Jenkins tells TheWrap Barry Jenkins makes his TV debut Friday with the launch of Amazon Prime Video’s “The Underground Railroad,” his adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel of the same name about 19th century slaves who use the Underground Railroad in their pursuit of freedom from a Georgia plantation. And as it is in the historical fiction novel, a network of secret routes and safe houses that were used to help slaves escape to freedom is made into an actual, literal, incredibly fantastical railroad on the limited series. For “If Beale Street Could Talk” director Jenkins, this track-and-train interpretation of the historical system harkens back to his initial reaction to the concept as a child. “I attempted to adapt [Whitehead’s] first novel, ‘The Intuitionist,’ which is about elevator inspectors – but it creates this whole mystical, almost like Jedi kind of world out of elevator inspectors and an official stand-in for New York,” the “Moonlight” filmmaker told TheWrap. “I just thought he was just a really brilliant writer. And as a child, when I first heard the words Underground Railroad, I saw Black people on trains, underground. I just, I believed it was real. There was something very powerful about that. And so when I first heard that Colson had written a book titled ‘The Underground Railroad,’ I knew there was going to be something about the conceit of it that was unexpected. And then when I read it, those suspicions were confirmed. I thought, ‘Oh, here goes that feeling again. I have to find a way to adapt this book.'” While the power of the literal Underground Railroad is a feeling shared by conductor Jenkins and his stars, each of the leading cast members has their own personal understanding of its significance, based on how it impacts their characters. “What I really appreciate about the fantastical take on it is that it encouraged you to see and experience the story in a different way to what we’re used to, and when it comes to the story of the enslaved Black body,” Thuso Mbedu, who plays runaway slave Cora, told TheWrap. “And I think it allowed for the way that Barry shot it, where it feels so beautiful, but umbrellaing the brutality that came with the context, or the within the circumstance, in which the story is set. Seeing the literal underground railroad that people can confidently say wasn’t a thing encourages one to think beyond what they think they know because it makes you think. And it’s something that one of the characters says, Caesar asks Fletcher, ‘Who built all of this?’ and then Fletcher says, ‘Who built anything in this country?’ So it makes you think about that. Even in their journey of creating their own freedom, the Black body had to endure a whole lot of blood, pain, sweat and tears and a whole lot of effort went into it.” Cora escapes her prison on a Georgia plantation with Caesar (played by Aaron Pierre) a slave who came from Virginia and knows how to read and write and what a better — but not perfect — world looks like, and encourages Cora to leave with him in the first place. “What that fantasy element of the literal railroad does, I think it’s a really beautiful idea and concept and a really powerful one,” Pierre said. “And I think, you know, this series already has ample urgency. But I think that the fact that they need to board trains, adds to that urgency, adds a different layer of urgency to the story.” “Good Place” alum William Jackson Harper took on the role of born-free Black man and Underground Railroad conductor Royal, a change of pace for the comedic actor. “There is something about him that is quiet and confident and it comes from a place of being able to just live by your own code and his role as a conductor, which is something that in that world, was not not afforded to Black people in the South and, honestly, pretty much anywhere,” Harper said. “But I think what him and his role in the railroad represents are possibilities of what life as a free person is like. And the hope for that future.” For Joel Edgerton, who plays the part of slave catcher Ridgeway, who is obsessed with bringing Cora and Caesar back to their owner, he focuses in particular on how the Underground Railroad becomes larger and more intricate the further the escaped slaves get on their journey. “The Underground Railroad made real in Colson’s book is, in my mind, like a rendering of a moving towards power,” Edgerton said. “And through the show, we see these underground railroad in physical form start to become bigger, better designed, bigger infrastructure. And there’s something symbolic about that metaphor becoming a kind of a symbolism, a symbol for power and growth and a moving towards something larger. And I thought that that aspect, along with the fact that Cora gets to experience things other than pain through the show, she gets certain episodes which are all about the abundance of her experiencing love and letting go and trusting again and having romance and finding joy, which becomes special. So there were things that I got to discover by reading the book and various expansions in the screenplay that opened up avenues that weren’t just about that heaviness, which I was happy to know and happy to be a part of.” “The Underground Railroad” launches Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Read original story Barry Jenkins and ‘Underground Railroad’ Stars on Significance of Show’s Literal, ‘Fantastical’ Railroad At TheWrap
Her firefighter struggles to save a young witness from very bad gangsters and a blazing inferno Every student who’s ever taken a creative writing course has heard the phrases “man versus man” and “man versus nature,” but one imagines filmmaker Taylor Sheridan circling them both in his notebook and jotting, “YES. THIS.” in the margin. His work as writer and/or director of films like “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River,” as well as the TV show “Yellowstone,” often sets his characters against nature, both in the compositional and confrontational sense. Sheridan’s very much in his wheelhouse in “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” a tale of a firefighter seeking redemption, a sheriff and his wife fighting for survival, and a young witness trying to elude his captors, and all of them coping with a massive forest fire in Big Sky country. The stakes are high and the danger is always imminent in this straightforward thriller; it never bends the rules of the genre, but it certainly delivers on what it promises. Angelina Jolie stars as Hannah, a hard-partying Montana forest-fire-fighter whose just-one-of-the-guys demeanor hides the fact that she’s haunted by a mission gone wrong, where the wind changed direction and lives were lost despite her best efforts. The only person to see through the façade to her vulnerability is local sheriff Ethan (Jon Bernthal). Meanwhile, in Florida, coolly efficient assassins Jack (Aiden Gillen) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult) blow up a DA’s house and make it look like an accident. Forensic accountant Mr. Casserly (Jake Weber, “Midway”) realizes he’s going to be the killers’ next target, so he takes off with son Connor (Finn Little, “Reckoning”) to hide out with Ethan and his wife Allison (Medina Senghore, “Happy!”), who’s six-months pregnant. The bad guys figure out the Casserlys’ plan and catch up to them, leaving a now-orphaned Connor to run off into the Montana woods to find help. Connor and Hannah have to cope with the forces of nature — a lightning strike takes out all the radios and other electronic equipment in her fire observation tower, so they can’t call for help — and everyone in this bucolic area of Montana must gear up for battle with the evil interlopers, who aren’t above torturing Allison (who’s not going to be easily victimized by anyone) or even setting the forest on fire in their quest for young Connor. (Jack and Patrick’s even scarier boss is played by Tyler Perry in one intense scene, adding to the filmmaker’s gallery of scene-stealing appearances in other directors’ movies.) The script by Sheridan and Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt (based on Koryta’s novel) skillfully lays out the characters and relationships before sending everyone into fight-or-flight mode against a night sky that’s become more and more filled with ashes. (One does wonder why none of Hannah’s many fellow firefighters, introduced early in the film, immediately show up when the fire starts raging.) Cinematographer Ben Richardson (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Mare of Easttown”) puts in a lot of effort to create context for the action, both in the expansive overhead shots of the forest but also right up close, whether it’s a shoot-out next to Ethan’s cabin or a panicked Connor fending for himself before encountering Hannah. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” allows for character development in both word and deed, and the cast achieves as much through their physical presences as through the acting. Jolie never doesn’t look like a movie star, but she’s still convincing as a rough-and-tumble ranger, and Senghore’s seeming proficiency with survival tactics make her a worthy opponent to Gillen and Hoult, whose villains are all the more unsettling due to their lack of sweaty overplaying. As Connor, Little spends much of the movie being traumatized, but he’s equally believable whether he’s in serious danger or having a brief bonding moment with one of the sympathetic older characters. There are a lot of crises going on here, but Sheridan and company have created a roster of characters with the skills to survive — and more importantly, with the kind of depth and humanity that makes viewers care whether or not they do. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” opens in US theaters and on HBO Max May 14. Read original story ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Film Review: Angelina Jolie Finds Redemption in Rescue At TheWrap
Filmmaker takes over for Simon Kilmurry, who held the role since 2015 The International Documentary Association (IDA) has named filmmaker Richard Ray Perez as its executive director, taking over for the outgoing Simon Kilmurry. Kilmurry announced in November he would be stepping down in mid-2021 after serving with the IDA since 2015. Perez will take over the role immediately. “Rick” Perez is a documentary filmmaker known for the films “Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election” and “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was named one of 20 essential films to capture the Latinx experience as part of a New York Times feature. He’s also a nonfiction film strategist focused on the convergence of storytelling, thought leadership and themes vital to contemporary societies. Perez most recently served as the director of acquisitions and distribution strategies at GBH | WORLD Channel, where he curated and acquired documentary film projects for the platform’s three original series. Prior to his position at WORLD Channel, Perez was director of creative partnerships at Sundance Institute, where he developed, designed and led artist-based filmmaking programs. That included Stories of Change, a multimillion-dollar Sundance Institute partnership with the Skoll Foundation that supported the development and production of 46 documentary, fiction, virtual reality and episodic storytelling projects. He also designed and led the Institute’s Documentary Story and Edit Lab in Beijing, a program that advanced the work of independent filmmakers in China by providing creative mentorship and grants to lab participants. At Brave New Films, Perez executive produced two documentary series and directed a third. He also serves on the Brave New Films board of directors. “We are thrilled to welcome Rick into the IDA family. We strongly believe that Rick is uniquely qualified to lead the IDA through these continued extraordinary times where our voice in the field, as well as the depth of resources we offer to the documentary community as a whole, will matter even more,” IDA board president Brenda Robinson said in a statement. “We were all fortunate to have Simon Kilmurry with us during these past six very meaningful years, as his leadership has truly been transformative for the IDA. Simon has laid the groundwork for a solid foundation that all of us can continue to build upon. In that regard, he leaves a lasting legacy that truly changed the course of the IDA towards an even more promising future.” “I am excited and honored to lead the IDA at this pivotal moment where the work of nonfiction filmmakers is increasingly vital to the health and wellbeing of societies,” Perez said. “I look forward to leading a talented team to support and advocate for documentary filmmakers and engaging partners and collaborators across the field to foster a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable industry responsive to these times.” Read original story International Documentary Association Names Richard Ray Perez Executive Director At TheWrap
Scientists have recorded a rise in nuclear activity in the destroyed nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine since it was covered over in 2017, but the rise has levelled off and does not exceed safety standards, staff said on Wednesday. Staff at the plant said the rise in "neutron flux density", which if significant could indicate an uncontrolled nuclear reaction, did not pose a threat of such an event based on their mathematical models. "After the establishment of a new safe confinement which has been in the designed position for more than four years, an increase in the neutron flux density is actually observed," scientists at Ukraine's Institute For Safety Problems Of Nuclear Power Plants said in a statement.
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Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said on Wednesday he was hopeful Britain would include Greece on its "green list" of quarantine-free holiday destinations when the list is reviewed at the end of the month. Greece was kept off an initial list of just 12 countries and territories that Britain said travellers could visit from May 17 without having to quarantine on their return home. "I am moderately optimistic that in the next review, if not our whole country, at least our islands should be on the green list," Theocharis said on Greek state TV.
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“Ellen” has been embroiled in controversy since “toxic” workplace accusations were leveled against show last year Months after accusations of a “toxic” workplace were leveled at “The Ellen DeGeneres” show, host Ellen DeGeneres has decided to end the daytime talker next year, bringing its run to a close with Season 19. “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres, who is about to conclude Season 18 of “Ellen,” told The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. According to THR, DeGeneres told her staff about her decision to end the show on Tuesday. She plans to discuss the news in her monologue for Wednesday’s “Ellen” and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday’s show. Representatives for DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Ellen” studio Warner Bros. TV did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for additional comment Wednesday. The Daily Mail was first to report the news that DeGeneres would be ending her talk show in 2022, with a source telling the website, “She’s promised one more season after this one and will exit at the end of the 2021/2022 season – the 19th season of the show. The ratings have tanked and have been truly appalling this year and Ellen knows her time is up.” In her interview with THR, DeGeneres discussed the accusations leveled against the “Ellen” show last summer and how they “almost impacted the show.” “It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very,” DeGeneres said. “But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I see a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, “Okay, this is hilarious.” Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid.” DeGeneres added that “it broke my heart when I learned that people here had anything other than a fantastic experience — that people were hurt in any way” following the accusations and WarnerMedia’s subsequent investigation into “Ellen.” “I check in now as much as I can through Zoom to different departments and I make sure people know that if there’s ever a question or ever anything, they can come to me and I don’t know why that was never considered before,” DeGeneres told THR. “I’m not a scary person. I’m really easy to talk to. So, we’ve all learned from things that we didn’t realize — or I didn’t realize — were happening. I just want people to trust and know that I am who I appear to be.” More to come… Read original story Ellen DeGeneres to End Talk Show Next Year After 19 Seasons At TheWrap
Chauvin - the white former officer convicted in Minnesota state court of murdering Floyd, a Black man - is scheduled to be sentenced on multiple murder and manslaughter convictions on June 25. In a six-page ruling dated Tuesday, District Court Judge Peter Cahill found that prosecutors had proven Chauvin abused his position of trust and authority, treated Floyd with particular cruelty, committed the crime as a group and did so with children present, all aggravating factors.
Wolverine (WWW) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 5.26% and 0.52%, respectively, for the quarter ended March 2021. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?