That meteor falls just a little too close for comfort in this incredible clip. Captured in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Credit to '@JoshuaKayne'.
That meteor falls just a little too close for comfort in this incredible clip. Captured in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Credit to '@JoshuaKayne'.
Dutch voters head to the polls next week in the first major test of a European government's coronavirus policies in 2021, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte on course to win a fourth term in office.
Leon Gast, the director of the Oscar-winning documentary “When We Were Kings,” about Muhammad Ali’s iconic “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match, has died. He was 85. Gast died on Monday at his home in Woodstock, NY following a long illness, according to the Woodstock Film Festival, of which Gast was a member of the advisory board. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Academy Award-winning documentarian Leon Gast,” the festival tweeted. “Leon passed away peacefully this morning at his home. A longtime resident of Woodstock, Leon was one of the festival’s earliest friends and supporters. He will be missed dearly.” Also Read: Mark Wilson, '60s TV Magician Known for 'Magic Land of Allakazam,' Dies at 91 Gast was in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 attempting to tell a story about a music festival happening in the country before he turned his attention to the fight in which Ali won back the heavyweight title from George Foreman. He would spend over two decades working to complete the film, pivoting instead to documentaries on The Grateful Dead and the Hell’s Angels in order to get the funding to finish it. Part of the trouble was that he had to comb through a mountain of footage and ultimately got funding from his former lawyer David Sonenberg before finally debuting it at Sundance in 1996. “When We Were Kings” won the Special Jury Prize from the festival and would go on to win the Oscar and an Independent Spirit Award that year and has since been held up as one of the greatest sports documentaries ever made. Some of Leon Gast’s other films include “Smash His Camera,” a film about paparazzi photographer Ron Galella, as well as “Manny” about another boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, that debuted in 2014. Gast is survived by his wife, Geri. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Academy Award-winning documentarian Leon Gast. Leon passed away peacefully this morning at his home. A longtime resident of Woodstock, Leon was one of the festival's earliest friends and supporters. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/dNvWRCzM4i — Woodstock Film Festival (@woodstockfilm) March 9, 2021 Read original story Leon Gast, Oscar-Winning Director of Muhammad Ali Doc ‘When We Were Kings,’ Dies at 85 At TheWrap
Women in Film, Los Angeles (WIF), an advocacy organization for women’s screen careers, has added six members to its 2021 Board of Directors, the organization announced Monday. The new group includes Niija Kuykendall, executive vice president of production at Warner Bros. Pictures; Michelle Lee, director of domestic programming at AppleTV+; film and television producer Monica Levinson (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”); producer Chris Nee, whose production company Laughing Wild is focused on nurturing talent with diverse points of view; Shivani Rawat, founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures; and Ida Ziniti, co-head of the Motion Picture Literary Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In making the announcement, board president Amy Baer, CEO of Gidden Media, said, “Each of these impressive women is uniquely expert, whether as an executive producer, creator, or agent. Their diverse skill sets will help us to continue championing the advancement of women across all facets of the screen industries.” Also Read: Women Directed Record 16% of Top-Grossing 2020 Films, Report Shows In her statement, Baer also thanked outgoing board members Stephanie Allain, Orly Anderson, Adriana Alberghetti, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Keri Putnam, all of whom have completed their terms. WIF executive director Kirsten Schaffer added, “As we continue to adapt our organization to the changing needs of our community, especially in what has become a ‘new normal’ for life and work during a sustained crisis, we are proud to have a 2021 Board of Directors who are committed to our mission of creating an industry where equity is a priority for success. We are also continuing our commitment to leading by example, with balanced representation of women if color and members of the LGBTQ+ community among our board and staff.” Women in Film, Los Angeles was founded in 1973 to advance careers for women working in the screen industries, providing pipeline programs and advocating for gender parity through research, education and media campaigns. Membership is open to all screen industry professionals. Read original story Women In Film, Los Angeles Adds 6 New Board Members At TheWrap
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Efforts are underway to set up a national body to register genuine “Datuk” titleholders and root out bogus ones, The Star reported today. The newspaper cited president...
Prescott got off to a sensational start last season before suffering a gruesome injury in Week 5, fracturing and dislocating his right ankle. The 27-year-old, who was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, is expected to be fully recovered by the start of next season. "When your little brother gets the call," Prescott's brother Tad posted on Twitter with a photo of the two men hugging.
Mar.08 -- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel discusses Microsoft Corp's email software hack and her support for a roll-back of net neutrality rules. She also talks about the efforts to close the digital divide and the possibility of hers becoming the first female chair of the FCC. Rosenworcel speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
Mar.08 -- Jacquelline Fuller, president of Google.org, discusses the organization's latest 'Impact Challenge,' which will grant $25 million to global nonprofits and social organizations that are creating programs to advance economic empowerment for women and girls. She speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
Mar.08 -- Aicha Evans, CEO of Zoox Inc, discusses working under Amazon.com Inc. and the progress of their self-driving, electric shuttles. She also shares her experience working in a predominately white male industry. Evans speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
More than 20 Teen Vogue staffers sent a letter to Condé Nast management to rebuke the recent hiring of Alexi McCammond as the magazine’s new editor in chief in light of her “past racist and homophobic tweets,” according to a statement shared Monday on social media. “As more than 20 members of the staff of Teen Vogue, we’ve built our outlet’s reputation as a voice for justice and change–we take immense pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment. That’s why we have written a letter to management at Condé Nast about the recent hire of Alexi McCammond as our new editor-in-chief in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets,” the staff members said in a statement on Monday. “We’ve heard the concerns of our readers, and we stand with you. In a moment of historically high anti-Asian violence and amid the on-going struggles of the LGBTQ community, we as the staff of Teen Vogue fully reject those sentiments. We are hopeful that an internal conversation will prove fruitful in maintaining the integrity granted to us by our audience.” A representative for Teen Vogue and Condé Nast did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Over the weekend, some of McCammond’s past tweets — in which she mocked and shared racist commentary about Asian people in 2011 — began circulating on Instagram after Diana Tsui, the editorial director of The Infatuation and a former editor at The Cut, created a post compiling screenshots of McCammond’s past tweets and calling out Condé Nast’s decision to hire her. Also Read: Alexi McCammond Named Teen Vogue Editor in Chief “Now googling how to not wake up with swollen, asian eyes…” McCammond wrote in one of the past tweets. “Give me a 2/10 on my chem problem, cross out all of my work and don’t explain what i did wrong…thanks a lot stupid asian T.A. you’re great,” she wrote in another. In 2019, when McCammond’s anti-Asian tweets last resurfaced, McCammond apologized for her “past insensitive tweets.” “I am deeply sorry to anyone I offended. I have since deleted those tweets as they do not reflect my views or who I am today,” she said at the time. Still, Tsui’s Instagram post caught the attention of a number of journalists and industry figures, including actress Olivia Munn, fashion bloggers Susie Lau (a.k.a. Susie Bubble) and Bryan Grey Yambao (a.k.a. Bryan Boy), New York magazine’s Jerry Saltz and celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh. “I’m tired of big media organizations pretending to give a damn about diversity and inclusion. And this especially is a slap in the face given what’s happened to Asian Americans in the past year,” Tsui wrote in the caption to her post. Read original story Teen Vogue Staff Rebuke New EIC Alexi McCammond Over Past Anti-Asian Tweets At TheWrap
MEGHAN MARKLE, WIFE OF BRITAIN'S PRINCE HARRY] "...not only was I not being protected, but they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family. But they weren't willing, to tell the truth, to protect me and my husband."The Prince Harry and Meghan sit-down tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday on the American CBS TV network turned out to be a ratings blockbuster.Some 17.1 million Americans watched the bombshell two-hour interview, the broadcaster said on Monday, making it the biggest audience for any entertainment special since last year's Academy Awards.The news sent shares of parent company ViacomCBS to an all-time high.In the first public interview since Prince Harry and his wife stepped back from the British royal family a year ago, there were accusations of racism towards Meghan, a former American actress who is of mixed race... and claims Buckingham Palace failed to protect the couple from attacks in the UK press. The situation had become so intense - a teary-eyed Meghan confessed to Winfrey - that it drove her to suicidal thoughts.[MEGHAN MARKLE, WIFE OF BRITAIN'S PRINCE HARRY] "I just didn't want to be alive anymore."The no-holds-barred discussion of the royals also revealed a rift between Harry, his father Prince Charles and his brother Prince William.The interview set off a media frenzy in the British press and across social media.The hashag #HarryandMeghanonOprah was among the top five trending topics worldwide on Twitter during and after the broadcast.And the craze is not likely to die down as the full interview is aired in Britain Monday night.Buckingham Palace has yet to release an official statement.
Italian author Carlo Collodi’s 1883 book “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” as most everyone knows, is about a wooden puppet that yearns to be a real boy. Director Matteo Garrone’s new Italian-language adaptation of the beloved story (starring Federico Ielapi as Pinocchio and Roberto Benigni as Geppetto) faced the exact opposite challenge. Eschewing digital effects in favor of practical makeup magic, Garrone’s task was how to turn the 8-year-old Ielapi, along with nearly two dozen other human actors, into an elaborate array of storybook creatures, keeping true to Collodi’s original vision. And not only a wooden puppet, but also a cricket, an owl, a dog, a gorilla, a snail — and, yes, even a philosophical tuna fish, who Pinocchio meets in the belly of a giant sea monster. Garrone turned to the British prosthetics maestro Mark Coulier. An industry veteran for three decades, Coulier began his career creating creatures for horror films like Clive Barker’s “Nightbreed,” and his many achievements include turning Ralph Fiennes into Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” series, plus twin Oscars wins for aging Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” and Tilda Swinton in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Also Read: Roberto Benigni's 'Pinocchio' Acquired by Roadside Attractions “When I first went to Matteo’s office, he had a little storyboard that he’d done when he was 10 years old of Pinocchio,” Coulier told TheWrap. “He wanted the story to be rooted in Italy, and particularly in the poor, rural Tuscany area. And to be as faithful to the book as possible. We looked at the Enrico Mazzanti drawings in the book and sort of drew our own versions of those.” Garrone wanted his “Pinocchio” to be rooted in tactile, practical effects, which was a godsend to Coulier. “Matteo is very performance-driven and that is very reassuring. If he can achieve something in the camera, he’d much prefer that,” Coulier said. Also Read: 'Mank,' 'Hillbilly Elegy' Land on Oscars Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist, 'Mulan' and 'Tenet' Lead VFX His work on “Pinocchio” has been shortlisted in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category at this year’s Oscars. Nominations will be revealed March 15. Coulier spoke to TheWrap from inside his workshop-like office at Coulier Creatures FX near St. Albans in England, where he has half a dozen projects in various stages of development. He walked us through his extraordinary work on five characters from the new film. Pinocchio (played by Federico Ielapi) The texture of Pinocchio’s “skin” looks strikingly lumber-like. “It’s actually silicone rubber, so it’s like soft skin,” Coulier said. “We made the pieces very soft because we needed the movement around the eyes. You can pretty easily achieve what people perceive to be wood, but it looks fake. It looks like cartoon wood. I wanted this to look real, so we analyzed real wood grain. But the makeup team also worked to retain that friendly and innocent nature that Pinocchio needs. The character’s limbs and his neck were originally going to be rendered digitally. “But Matteo realized we could get the whole things as a prosthetic, and he preferred that,” Coulier said. Pinocchio also meets a gang of fellow wooden characters in a traveling puppet theater. “We were able to go a bit stronger on the wood because those characters had been puppets longer and they are more cracked and textured,” Coulier said. “We could exploit certain levels of crudity in the sculpture. That was helpful because we still wanted Pinocchio to stand out.” The young actor Federico Ielapi , now 10, was 8 when the film was made. Also Read: 40 Actors Made Unrecognizable in Prosthetic Makeup: From Eddie Murphy to Colin Farrell (Photos) “He was very patient, such an incredible and intuitive actor, but still a kid,” Coulier said. “And this was a 50 days shoot, so we tried to get the makeup application done in two hours. The hands and legs extended the time to two and half hours or nearly three, depending how restless Federico was.” Coulier continued: “If you’ve ever ever done a 20-minute makeup job on a kid for Halloween, you’ll understand how difficult it is to keep a child at that age still. Federico is a little bundle of energy, which is what makes him such a phenomenal actor, but it’s like sticking makeup on a restless puppy.” The Tuna (played by Maurizio Lombardi) “Yes that’s a prosthetic head on an actor,” Coulier raved. “Matteo had always said, ‘Ah, I wanna do a tuna fish makeup.’ I thought that sounded quite impossible. I kept saying to my team, ‘Oh, that will end up as a digital creation.’ But Matteo was really insistent. He wanted it to sit with all the other characters who converse with Pinocchio.” The actor Maurizio Lombardi is recognizable to American audiences from roles on HBO’s “The New Pope” and SundanceTV’s “The Name of the Rose.” “Lombardi is such a great actor and once we got his head cast made, we realized that, proportion-wise, we could actually pull this off,” Coulier said. “It was a huge makeup. We had a big foam head piece and a silicone makeup on the front. Then we added the body and a tail flopping around. The front half is all makeup.” The Tuna’s body does involve a small degree of digital work, but Coulier said the combination of makeup and CGI is reminiscent of the famous He Who Must Not Be Named. “When we did the makeup for Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, only his nose was removed digitally,” Coulier said. “The rest of it is practical makeup. We blocked his eyebrows out and we painted veins. But the combination works beautifully because the human eye dean’t really pick up the effect. The practical and the digital merge into a very believable character.” The Snail (played by Maria Pia Timo) “We took a full body scan of Maria,” Coulier recalled. “We did a face cast, head cast, hands cast. We scanned her body and then printed a 3D miniature version of her. Then we built a miniature of the entire character.” Coulier and his team studied the shells of actual snails and insisted on accurate proportions. “Once we had a full body printout of the Maria done, then we scaled everything up full size,” Coulier said. “The snail trolly was snapped onto the actress through a vest, and then the fiberglass snail shell was lowered onto the trolly. So she did actually physically pull around this huge snail shell. Powering herself along and keeping her head still. It’s a wonderful effect.” Doctor Crow and Mastiff #1 (both played by Massimiliano Gallo) “Massimiliano plays the circus master as well, in addition to these two characters,” Coulier said. “With the bird characters, we didn’t want to cover them with huge feathers. We did a transition from very fine hair and then punched in some fur and then some feathers. From very fine to big thick long feathers at the back of the head.” Coulier also decided to only give the actors a top beak over their mouths. “That was so that the actors could talk and deliver lines,” Coulier said. “With a bottom beak it looks more puppet-like and less anthropomorphized human. And they are still convincing as birds. People don’t question where is the bottom beak.” With the Mastiff, Coulier said, “the character doesn’t speak too much, so we were just making the dog along the shape of the actor’s face. He’s pretty hangdog, so there’s not sure an emphasis on the range of expression.” Crucial to director Garrone was that the actors’ own eyes remained visible through the makeup. “We didn’t even think about contact lenses,” Coulier said. “So they were always unaltered eyes. I knew from past experiences that it would work. Audiences will look at a crow or a dog or a wooden puppet, and will read the real human eyes as normal.” Read original story How ‘Pinocchio’ Makeup Artists Turned an Actor Into a Tuna Fish – Yes, a Tuna Fish At TheWrap
Women across Mexico took to the streets on Monday to protest the crisis of violence they face on a daily basis, fueled by what they say is an out of touch government, and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's support for a politician accused of rape. According to public policy think tank Mexico Evalua, which analyzed government data, five million women were victims of sexual violence in the second half of 2020 in Mexico, including harassment, sexual abuse, attempted rape or rape, the vast majority of which did not get reported. The marches to mark International Women's Day were smaller in size than last year's demonstrations, likely because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Former 16-year major league relief pitcher Rheal Cormier died of cancer on Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced. Cormier pitched for five different teams but spent the most time -- six seasons -- with the Phillies. Cormier was drafted by the Cardinals in 1988 and spent his first four major league seasons in St. Louis.
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Scents that’ll make your day and space smell so good, you wouldn’t want to leave it. These independent homegrown candle brands won’t disappoint. The post 8 Malaysian-Made Candles That’ll Brighten Your Room appeared first on Zafigo.
The second of two defendants accused of using bogus transcripts and ghostwritten essays to help foreigners gain admission to U.S. colleges, allowing the applicants to fraudulently obtain student visas, has surrendered to federal authorities, prosecutors said. Yi Chen, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. The two Southern California men are accused in a scheme to get foreigners into colleges, which allowed them to fraudulently get visas to enter or remain in the United States, prosecutors said.
VIS, part of ViacomCBS Networks International, has struck a partnership to develop formats and shows with South Korea-based Something Special. The deal expands the corporation’s activities in Korea and the Asian TV markets. Founded at the end of 2019 by Hwang Jin Woo, former president of CJ ENM, and Kim In-soo, former head of formats […]
The HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament will return to Singapore's Sentosa Golf Club from 29 April to 2 May.
Mar.08 -- Brian Gu, vice chairman and president of XPeng Inc., discusses the Chinese electric-vehicle maker's financial results, strategy and outlook. Guangzhou-based Xpeng reported a narrowing loss in the fourth quarter and deliveries that beat its own expectations by 30%, a sign the startup is building a solid footing in the world’s largest market for cleaner cars. Gu speaks with Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watts on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."
The reopening of movie theaters in New York City and San Francisco this weekend, combined with the release of Disney’s animated film “Raya the Last Dragon,” has pushed the box office one step closer to normalcy. According to Box Office Mojo, overall domestic grosses for the weekend reached $24.1 million. In the year since theaters entered the pandemic shutdown, there have only been two weekends where overall totals reached or exceeded that amount: Labor Day weekend, where the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” pushed grosses to a pandemic-high $27 million; and Christmas weekend, when “Wonder Woman 1984” led the box office to $24.2 million. Here are some of the big takeaways for studios and cinemas from this weekend ticket sales: Also Read: 'Raya and the Last Dragon' Flies Low at Box Office With $8.6 Million Opening 1. Variety is returning to the box office charts Unlike “Tenet” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” which completely dominated the box office when they opened in a reduced number of theaters, “Raya and the Last Dragon” did not account for more than half of the weekend’s total gross. That’s partly because “Raya” opened to a disappointing $8.6 million — but three other films all crossed...Read original story 4 Things We Learned From NYC’s Movie Theater Reopenings This Weekend At TheWrap