Women in Minsk, Belarus, rallied in solidarity with imprisoned journalists on March 8, International Women’s Day, following the release of a report detailing the number of women arrested for political reasons in the country since the start of 2020.Footage shared by Nasha Nivan shows demonstrators, dressed in black with tape X’s on their face masks and holding white flowers, in a line on Pobediteley Avenue.According to a report released March 7 by the Viasna Human Rights Centre, at least 141 cases have been launched against women for political reasons since the start of 2020. At least 49 are under arrest or serving prison sentences, among them Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Daria Chultsova of Belsat TV.According to local media, the initiators of the action said, "Today we are in black to remind about the humiliation and suppression of our votes. But it will not always be so!” Credit: NN.BY / Nasha Niva via Storyful
Milan Skriniar scored the only goal as Inter Milan pulled six points clear in Serie A with a 1-0 win over Atalanta on Monday.
A second-half goal from defender Milan Skriniar was enough to earn Inter Milan a 1-0 win over Atalanta on Monday, with the victory sending Antonio Conte's side six points clear at the top of the Serie A standings. The league leaders looked nervy in the first half, and had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to thank for making a fine save to prevent Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata giving the visitors the lead. Nine minutes after the interval Skriniar pounced on a loose ball from a corner to fire Inter in front, with Conte's side digging in defensively late on to see out the victory.
Chelsea strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Premier League as Kai Havertz inspired a vital 2-0 win over Everton, while West Ham boosted their surprise top four challenge with a 2-0 victory against Leeds on Monday.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has been smashing records practically since it was first released late in November of 2019 — and on Monday it broke what might be the most momentous one of all: It became the first song to spend a full year in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. That dwarfs […]
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer to investigate allegations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed female aides. Joon Kim, who was the acting U.S. Attorney in Manhattan for parts of 2017 and 2018, will join the employment lawyer Anne Clark, in conducting the probe, the attorney general's office said. James said the pair are “independent, legal experts who have decades of experience conducting investigations and fighting to uphold the rule of law.”
Grammy-winning mastering engineer Emily Lazar has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of women audio engineers and producers working in music today. Dubbed “We Are Moving the Needle,” the foundation’s advisory “soundboard” includes such luminaries as Brandi Carlile, Maggie Rogers, HAIM, Linda Perry, Liz Phair and Sara Quinn of Tegan and Sara. […]
Hundreds of people gathered Monday outside the fortified courthouse for the first day of the trial of a former police officer charged in George Floyd's death, with chants of “No justice, no peace!” and speakers imploring the jurors to “do the right thing.” Many in the crowd carried banners, some reading “Justice for George Floyd” and “Convict Killer Cops." As the judge and attorneys convened high above in an 18th-floor courtroom — with jury selection almost immediately stalling over the state's effort to add a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin — organizer DJ Hooker lamented the concrete barriers, chain-link fencing, barbed wire and razor wire that has gone up around the courthouse, along with National Guard troops and police standing guard behind.
Kamala Harris is due to make her United Nations debut as U.S. vice president next week when she addresses an annual United Nations meeting on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Harris will speak at the virtual 65th Commission on the Status of Women on March 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday, adding Washington would also join a U.N. "Group of Friends for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls." Under former U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, the United States led a push at the United Nations against the promotion of women's sexual and reproductive rights and health because it sees that as code for abortion.
The first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived in New York City on March 5, with the Javits Center open 24/7 for vaccination distribution.Footage taken by Major Michael O’Hagan shows Daniel ‘Chuck’ Vilandre receiving the facility’s first Johnson & Johnson vaccine.New York Gov Andrew Cuomo announced on March 8 that the Javits Center performed “best in the nation” from Saturday, March 6, through Monday, March 8, with 13,431 doses administered over a 24-hour period on Saturday and Sunday, and 13,713 doses over a 24-hour period on Sunday and Monday.As of Monday, March 8, a total of 5,640,706 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in New York state, officials said. Credit: DVIDS/Maj. Michael O’Hagan via Storyful
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A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned the graft convictions against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, clearing the way for the left-wing leader to run in the 2022 presidential election.
Serie A club Crotone on Monday hit out at racist remarks aimed at their Algeria winger Adam Ounas.
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The documentary shorts on this year’s Oscar shortlist include one Oscar winning director (Ross Kaufmann of “What Will Sophia Loren Do?”) and the animated shorts include films made by Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. But the real heavy hitters are congregating in the Best Live Action Short category, which is an impressive collection of films with some unexpected star power. The 10 films on that category’s shortlist include one directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Tilda Swinton; another produced by three-time Oscar nominee Lawrence Bender and directed by two-time Emmy winner and “Daily Show” writer Travon Free; and another starring Oscar Isaac, who sports what ought to be an award-winning mustache. The 10 shortlisted films, which were selected from a qualifying list of 174 shorts, will be narrowed down to five nominees by members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch, with an assist from any members of the Directors Branch who want to participate in the voting. (This is the one shorts category in which members of that branch are also allowed to vote.) Also Read: Pedro Almodóvar and Pixar's First Gay Hero Story Make Oscar Shortlists for Short Films This is the third of TheWrap’s three looks at the shortlisted films in the shorts categories. The others: A Guide to the Oscars Shortlisted Documentary Shorts, From the Holocaust to Sophia Loren A Guide to the Oscars Shortlisted Animated Shorts, From Diana Rigg to Pixar’s First Gay Hero “Bittu” “Bittu” Director: Karishma Dube The only shortlisted film to qualify by winning one of this year’s Student Academy Awards, this drama from Indian-born NYU student Karishma Dube is also the roughest of the semifinalists. Set in a small mountain community in rural India, the film is based on a 2013 poisoning at a school; it follows an energetic and foul-mouthed young girl who creates problems at school, but whose misbehavior pales in comparison to a tragedy that befalls her classmates. Dube, whose 2018 short “Devi” was a finalists in TheWrap’s ShortList Film Festival that year, has created a film that starts out ragged and gritty, and threatens to test viewers’ patience with its spirited but unpleasant central character. But the film grows more controlled as it unfolds over 17 minutes, and by the end it is genuinely moving. “Da Yie” (Caviar Films) “Da Yie” Director: Anthony Nti This is another film that focuses on children in peril, a common theme in this category in recent years. “Da Yie” is set in rural Ghana, where two young kids, Matilda and Prince, are intrigued by a stranger who offers them a ride, buys them food and takes them to the beach before they realize that he has ulterior motives. The film takes place over the course of a day and is adept at creating a growing sense of unease and then dread as the kids realize they’re being pulled into a criminal underground. At 20 minutes in length, the film moves slowly but effectively; it’s beautifully shot to convey the loss of innocence as the day goes on, the shadows lengthen and the danger mounts. But it never yields to despair, and its two nonprofessional child actors, who are themselves named Matilda and Prince, deliver performances that are both buoyant and affecting. “Feeling Through” (Doug Roland Films) “Feeling Through” Director: Doug Roland A homeless teen goes from texting his friends to painstakingly tracing letters on the hand of a deaf and blind man he finds on a street corner in this drama based on an actual event in the life of writer-director Doug Roland. Executive produced by Marlee Matlin, it comes on the heels of the Sundance hit “CODA,” about a hearing girl in a deaf family, and is the first film starring an actor, Robert Tarango, who is both blind and deaf. The short may well get attention because of its landmark status in the portrayal of disability, but it is also an touching film with sensitive performances by Tarango and by Steven Prescod as Tereek, the teen who has a transformational late-night encounter with a man he initially takes to be another lost soul. Also Read: 'CODA' Film Review: Sundance's Biggest Hit Is a Heartfelt Crowd Pleaser “The Human Voice” (Sony Pictures Classics) “The Human Voice” Director: Pedro Almodóvar Is this the 800-pound gorilla of the shortlist? It’s certainly the best known of the films, and the one with a two-time Oscar winning director, Pedro Almodóvar; an Oscar-winning star, Tilda Swinton; a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Classics; and a premiere at the Venice Film Festival in the Out of Competition section for features, not the short films program. Almodóvar made the film, his first English-language production, during the pandemic, and based it on the same play by Jean Cocteau that also served as the inspiration for his 1988 breakthrough “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Swinton stars as a woman who wanders around an empty flat and awaits a call from her departed lover, with a side trip to the hardware store to buy an ax. It’s haunting, arty and stylish as you’d expect from Almodóvar — as Alonso Duralde wrote in his review for TheWrap, “it’s absolute Almodóvar through and through, from its production design and aesthetic shout-outs to its deep understanding of longing and heartbreak, viewed through the eyes (and the voice) of a hypnotic female lead.” Also Read: 'The Human Voice' Film Review: Pedro Almodóvar and Tilda Swinton Speak Heartache Fluently “The Kicksled Choir” (Fjordic Film) “The Kicksled Choir” Director: Torfinn Iversen This Norwegian short is in some ways one of the lightest of the shortlisted films, although it uses that lightness to deal with issues of masculinity, violence and particularly immigration. It stars Benoni Brox Krane as Gabriel, a 10-year-old boy who yearns to join a local group of carolers who travel the countryside on kicksleds singing to raise money for local refugees, and Stig Henrik Hoff as his gruff father, who’s predisposed to mistrust the refugees and who brands the singers “the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” At first, Torfinn Iversen’s 18-minute film seems as if it will be a coming-of-age story of sorts, but Gabriel isn’t really the one who grows and changes. “The Kicksled Choir” is about a little boy and a strange choir, but it’s more about acceptance and compassion, which helps it turn into a sweet tearjerker of sorts. “The Letter Room” (Topic) “The Letter Room” Director: Elvira Lind There’s also a wry side to “The Letter Room,” in which Oscar Isaac and his very formidable mustache star in this film written and directed by Isaac’s wife, Elvira Lind. Isaac plays a sad-sack correctional officer who’s transferred to a job reading and censoring all the mail coming to prisoners — a job that expands his horizons and draws him into the life of a woman (Alia Shawkat) whose boyfriend is on death row. The film is a black comedy of sorts, and one that benefits from its leading man’s stillness and subtlety. But it’s also a sly meditation on human connection, and one that uses its dark humor in the service of a bit of heartache and some healing. Plus, Isaac’s brief and hapless moment on the basketball court at the very end of the movie is a nice punchline that you might miss if you’re not careful. “The Present” (Philistine Films) “The Present” Director: Farah Nabulsi First-time director Farah Nabulsi’s “The Present” is the only film to end up both on the Oscars’ shortlist and BAFTA’s “longlist” of 10 British shorts in the running for that award. It is a study in frustration and degradation, as a Palestinian man living in the West Bank tries to cross through a checkpoint to buy his wife a new refrigerator, only to be stymied and humiliated in front of his young daughter. Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri turns the main character, Yusef, into a relatable everyman, but the film is stolen by Maryam Kanj, the young actress who plays his daughter. “The Present” is both infuriating and heartbreaking, and it’s her gaze that delivers the knockout punch. “Two Distant Strangers” (Dirty Robber) “Two Distant Strangers” Director: Travon Free If “The Human Voice” is an obvious choice for the final five, “Two Distant Strangers” is the other film in this group that seems sure to be nominated. The film from “The Daily Show” writer and comic Travon Free starts with an idea that might seem gimmicky: A Black cartoonist falls into a “Groundhog Day”-style time loop, in which no matter what he does, every day ends with him being killed by a policeman. Taking a comic premise and dropping it into the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement and the discussion over police shootings of Black men and women could be an awkward fit if not done right, but Free’s film has a cumulative power that slowly replaces the inherent comedy with a growing horror. With Joey Bada$$ as the cartoonist who tries again and again to prevent the inevitable and Andrew Howard as the cop who stands in his way, the film takes a jokey sci-fi premise and turns it into a wrenching and potent story drawn from today’s headlines. “The Van” (Anima Pictures) “The Van” Director: Erenik Beqiri The most brutal of the shortlisted films and also the shortest at 15 minutes, “The Van” is about a young man who raises money to get out of Albania by engaging in bare-knuckle fights to the death inside a moving van; when it stops and the door is unlocked, whoever walks out the door is the winner. The film’s world of gangsters, smugglers and hustlers is vivid but hard to watch, though you rarely see much of the action inside the van itself (for which you can be thankful). “The Van” is grim and tough, an examination of family ties and generational divides. The twist that comes late in the film only takes a dark and disturbing film and makes it darker and more disturbing, but the live-action short category has seen plenty of dark and disturbing films lately. This one also has the pedigree of having premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. “White Eye” (Eroin Corp.) “White Eye” Director: Tomer Shushan A finalist at TheWrap’s ShortList Film Festival last August, “White Eye” is a virtuoso piece of filmmaking that takes place in one uninterrupted 20-minute take — without, Israeli director Tomer Shushan said, any cheats or hidden cuts. Inspired by an event from his own life, it follows a man who sees his stolen bicycle on the street; his quest to get it back impacts the lives of immigrants in a way he couldn’t have imagined. One of several shortlisted films that deals with refugees, immigrants and borders, “White Eye” finds its camera weaving in and out of narrow streets and tight hallways, but its narrative takes its share of turns, too. What starts as a straightforward quest to reclaim property ends up complicated rather than straightforward, which gives the film a welcome amount of nuance and uncertainty. Read original story A Guide to Oscars’ Shortlisted Live-Action Shorts – With Tilda Swinton, Oscar Isaac and Joey Bada$$ At TheWrap
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Creative Artists Agency has promoted 16 staffers to the agent and executive ranks at its annual company retreat, which kicked off Monday in a virtual setting, the agency announced. Norris Brooks, Simone Capers, Joella Dorenbaum, Mathilde Dumont, JB Fogel, Harry Fotopoulos, Faith France, Alex Gold, Chris Ibbs, Evan Kantor, Yesenia Martinez, Jasmin Nash, Maya Nelson, Corey Vann, Yale Wolman and Arya Zanganeh have been promoted to agent or executive. “We are proud to promote these wonderfully talented individuals who have worked tirelessly to get to where they are today,” chief innovation officer and CAA board member Michelle Kydd Lee said in a statement to theWrap. “They have each proven their ability to live out the values of CAA on a daily basis and continue to work with passion, unparalleled client service, and an exceptional commitment to the agency’s team-centered culture. They have each carved out an incredible career for themselves through their hard work and dedication, and we are so proud to be a part of this next phase of their journeys.” Also Read: CAA Appoints Jeffrey Freedman to Chief Administration Officer Los Angeles-based Dorenbaum, Dumont, Fogel, Fotopoulos, France, Wolman, and Zanganeh are now talent agents, roles in which they will work with the agency’s actor clients. Miami-based Capers and Nelson and New York-based Vann were upped to executive in the agency’s basketball division. Gold was promoted to agent of theater in New York, while Los Angeles-based Brooks and Martinez became Agents in CAA’s scripted television and commercial endorsements departments, respectively. Ibbs, Kantor and Nash have been elevated to Agents in CAA’s music department. Kantor is based in Nashville, Ibbs in London, and Nash in New York. These promotions come on the heels of the agency’s recently announced promotions of Motion Picture Literary Agents Bryant Barile, Albert Lee, and Stephanie Smalling. Read original story CAA Promotes 16 to Agency and Executive Ranks At TheWrap
Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima and actress Sophia Loren are honorees for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opening gala on Sept. 25, the new museum announced Monday. Co-chairs of the Gala are Academy Museum trustee and film and television producer Jason Blum; Academy governor and film director Ava DuVernay, and museum trustee and screenwriter, director and producer Ryan Murphy. Disney executive chairman Bob Iger and actors Annette Bening and Tom Hanks will be saluted at the event, the Academy said in a statement. Said museum director and president Bill Kramer in the statement: “It is such an honor to be able to recognize both Haile Gerima and Sophia Loren for their impactful and inspirational artistry and to acknowledge the incredible work of our Campaign Committee. We are deeply grateful to our gala co-chairs and our sponsors for the extraordinary leadership and support of this inaugural event.” Photo Credit: Joshua White/JW Pictures Academy Museum Foundation The museum finally opens to the public on Sept. 30, after years of delays and cost overruns. The most recent delays in the opening of the $482-million museum have been COVID-19-related. The museum postponed its planned Dec. 14 opening to April 30 due to COVID concerns and then again to April 30 for the same reason. Also Read: Academy Museum Opening Postponed (Again) To September Due to COVID-19 The honors to Gerima and Loren are the inaugural Vantage Award and the inaugural Visionary Award, respectively. The Vantage Award honors an artist or scholar who according to a statement honors “an artist or scholar who has helped to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema.” The Visionary Award honors “an artist or scholar whose extensive body of work has advanced the art of cinema.” Both awards are presented by Rolex, the presenting partner of the gala. Also Read: Sophia Loren's 'The Life Ahead,' Her First Film in a Decade, Acquired by Netflix Gerima’s lengthy filmography includes “Teza” (2008), winner of several international awards including Best Screenplay and Jury Award at the Venice Film Festival, and Footprints of Pan Africanism (2013). He recently completed the five-part documentary “Black Lions, Roman Wolves” and is currently producing the documentary “The Maroons of the United States” and “Yatoot Lij,” a drama set in Ethiopia. Loren’s most recent film is “The Life Ahead,” directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, her first feature film in a decade. In 1999, the American Film Institute included Loren on its list of the 25 biggest stars in cinema history. Read original story Academy Museum to Honor Haile Gerima, Sophia Loren at Long-Delayed Opening Gala At TheWrap
Tessa Blake has signed on to direct the untitled nun dramedy pilot at The CW, Variety has learned exclusively. The project centers on two millennial nuns: one a true believer and the other a new arrival who hasn’t taken her final vows. The two strangers become sisters on a spiritual – and spirited – journey to […]
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