The line-up for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival has been announced, with 112 films set to be screened in Park City, Utah. Unlike many other film festivals on the circuit, Sundance has unveiled a competition slate where 53% of the films have been directed by women. “We’re always going for parity, but because of the way we program, we’re looking for the films before we are who made them, so that kind of comes in the fine-tuning of the program, and it’s always amazing when it comes out that way,” said director of programming Kim Yutani. “This year, it was completely organic. Different people are telling stories, and I think that is indicative of the time we are living in right now.” Highlights include Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy; Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook, Australian drama The Nightingale; and Velvet Buzzsaw, which sees Jake Gyllenhaal reunite … [Read more...] about Sundance film festival to showcase Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and documentaries on Weinstein and Ocasio-Cortez
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USA TODAY Published 5:15 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 We're editors Brett Molina and Mabinty Quarshie, here to bring you the news everyone's talking about today. But first, it's World Kindness Day and we couldn't pass up this opportunity to highlight how handmade blankets bring comforts to kids in the hospital. For Amazon, it's HQ2 times two Long Island City, N.Y. and National Landing, Va., are getting a new neighbor. Tech giant Amazon said it will build two new headquarters at the locations, promising to deliver 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in investment to each spot. Meanwhile, other cities are wondering what might have been, with critics suggesting Amazon's courtship of American cities (and Toronto) wasn't just a sham. Other highlights of Amazon's reveal: Amazon didn't pick your city? This might be why. Residents brace for Amazon's arrival. Never heard of National Landing before today? You're not alone. Trump is still fighting political flaps that arose during his … [Read more...] about Amazon announces HQ2, Trump blames Secret Service: Today’s news
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 12:43 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018 WASHINGTON – This year’s midterm elections could permanently change the face of American politics. There’s the previously unknown community organizer who knocked off a long-term incumbent. A little-known former state legislator who could become the nation’s first female African-American governor. A one-time Apache pilot and West Point grad challenging a long-term U.S. senator. And a Mennonite mom taking on an incumbent congressman. Experts attribute the new crop of candidates and political shifts to generational differences – with millennials flexing their political muscles – and widespread dissatisfaction with the election of President Donald Trump among Democrats. In the GOP, some candidates are taking new approaches, touting bipartisanship or highlighting differences from traditionally Republican themes, to try to ride out what could be a blue wave. Retired University of … [Read more...] about Midterms: Beto O’Rourke, Kim Reynolds and all the names you don’t know
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant families at the border and detain children apart from their parents spiraled into a humanitarian and political crisis Monday as the White House struggled to contain the growing public outcry. The situation has become a moral test for President Donald Trump and his administration. The president on Monday voiced defiance and continued to falsely blame congressional Democrats for what he decried as a "horrible and tough" situation. But Trump is empowered to immediately order border agents to stop separating families as a result of his "zero tolerance" enforcement policy. The president asserted that the parents illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with their children "could be murderers and thieves and so much else," echoing his incendiary remarks about immigrants at his campaign launch in 2015. And in a series of dark tweets, the president warned that undocumented immigrants could increase gang crime and usher in … [Read more...] about Trump defiant as crisis grows over family separation at the border
CAIRO, Ill. - There are not as many pickup basketball games these days. Not as many kids dribbling in the street after school. Not anymore, at least. Not since the town's two biggest public housing complexes closed a year ago. Except some afternoons still have a slow pulse, like on this Thursday in early April, with a handful of kids skipping around a skinny block on Cairo's northern end. In an hour or so, they would all be called in for dinner and leave skateboards and scooters and bicycles scattered on the sidewalk. The street would then fall quiet again, like the ones next to it and the ones across town and the ones weaving through the Elmwood and McBride housing complexes, where about 400 people used to live and now only a few dozen families remain. But first there was an important game of one-on-one basketball to play, as two little boys bounded toward baskets on each side of the block, focusing hard to keep the ball from striking the uneven pavement and bouncing out of reach. … [Read more...] about Ben Carson called this Illinois town a ‘dying community.’ Its people, and basketball, are hanging on.