Strange as it may seem, the Oscar for Best International Feature tends to go to movies that are universal rather than geographically specific. Last year’s winner Drive My Car spoke more about mankind’s default setting to loneliness than it did about the specifics of relationship dynamics in modern Japan, just as the Danish drunks in 2021’s Another Round got hammered in a way that was relatable to boozers in every country from Albania to Zambia. Maybe the Academy feels that real life is better left to docs, but a 2015 win for the harrowing Second World War drama Son of Saul suggests that the door is always open. And after a year that saw the whole world reeling from Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this might be one of those years that addresses the fact. Clearly, the abrupt nature of Putin’s surprise maneuver on February 24 caught many unawares, especially in an industry that can be slow to react. Maryna Er Gorbach, however, had begun work on her film Klondike — … [Read more...] about Look Back In Anger: Will Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Set The Agenda For This Year’s International Oscar Race?
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Getty Brittney Griner is finally home ... the WNBA star touched down on U.S. soil early Friday morning -- after officials successfully negotiated her release from Russian custody on Thursday. The 32-year-old was spotted getting off a private jet in San Antonio ... at around 5:40 AM ET. AP She appeared to be wearing the same outfit -- a red jacket and dark-colored pants -- that she wore when she crossed paths with Viktor Bout in the UAE after the U.S. agreed to trade the arms dealer to Russia in exchange for the basketball player. TASS White House National Security Council Communications Coordinator John Kirby told TODAY after Griner's arrival that those who traveled with her said she was in "very, very good spirits." White House National Security Council Communications Coordinator John Kirby discusses the possibility of Paul Whelan’s release and Brittney Griner’s current condition: “She was in very, very good spirits when she got … [Read more...] about Brittney Griner Touches Down In U.S. After Release From Russia
SplashNews.com A pair of NBA legends showed big love for Brittney Griner after her release from Russia on Thursday -- Dwyane Wade opted to use fashion to make his statement, while Steph Curry made his in an emotional speech. Wade showed up the Rams vs. Raiders game at SoFi Stadium in L.A. rockin' a Griner tee ... and he displayed it proudly throughout the contest. The shirt featured Griner in her Phoenix Mercury #42 jersey ... with the words, "We Are BG" printed on it as well. The 3-time champ made sure his social media followers knew he had the WNBA star's back ... sharing a bathroom selfie with the Griner gear on full display. Getty Brittney Griner Touches Down In U.S. After Release From Russia Curry, meanwhile, glowed about Griner's return while delivering a speech at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards in San Francisco. "We are glad she's home, we're glad she's reunited with her family," … [Read more...] about Dwyane Wade Hits Rams Game In Brittney Griner Shirt, Steph Curry Shows Love Too
Markus Dohle , the chief executive of Penguin Random House has announced his resignation after the world’s largest trade book publisher failed in its bid to acquire Simon & Schuster. The Department of Justice sued to block the $2.2 billion deal and the publishers, owned by Bertelsmann and Paramount Global , went to court. They failed to convince the judge in the civil antitrust lawsuit, who ruled against the merger. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the effect of the proposed merger would be to substantially lessen competition in the market for U.S. publishing rights to anticipated top-selling books. Stephen King appeared as a star witness for the DOJ, saying “consolidation is bad for competition.” The business has consolidated so much that now it’s about publishers being deferential to rival bidders — a gentlemanly “After you. No, after you,” King quipped The parties did not appeal. Paramount gets a $200 million breakup fee. CEO … [Read more...] about Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle Resigns After Failed Simon & Schuster Deal
EXCLUSIVE : The BBC ’s decision to include two transgender activists on a list celebrating successful women has proved divisive among journalists at the UK broadcaster. The 100 Women project was established in 2013 to celebrate the achievements of women from all walks of life. Transgender women have featured in the past, but questions have grown about their inclusion as the BBC has made impartiality its top priority under Tim Davie, the director-general. The 2022 list features two trans women who have helped further the cause of trans rights. Erika Hilton was thrown out onto the streets by her conservative family but became the first Black trans woman to be elected to Brazil’s National Congress. Efrat Tilma was the first trans woman to volunteer for the Israeli police. Hilton and Tilma’s presence was noted by readers, some of whom hijacked a conversation started by the 100 Women Twitter account to complain about the list. Their inclusion also angered some BBC … [Read more...] about A BBC List Celebrating Successful Women Has Stoked Staff Unrest Over Trans Coverage