Visitors keep Venice afloat, but locals say they are slowly killing the city's distinctive culture. Venice is locked in a love-hate relationship with its tourists. The hordes of foreign visitors that flood into the picturesque Italian port city — an estimated 30 million each and every year — are the lifeblood of the Venetian economy, financing everything from hotels, restaurants and bars to the city's craft and souvenir shops and its iconic gondoliers. But the combination of low-cost flights, Airbnbs and flotillas of giant cruise ships, is “killing Venice,” according to Marco Gasparinetti, 55, a spokesman for Gruppo 25 Aprile, an advocacy group representing 2,000 citizens of the city. He notes that tourists outnumber residents in Venice 140 to 1, with peak days seeing cruise ships dropping upward of 44,000 onto the city's narrow, cobbled streets. “When I was a child we could play football in the streets. The air quality was amazing,” says … [Read more...] about How the Battle Over Tourism Is Dividing Venice
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Avenue 5, we are go for launch. One day after its Sunday night veteran Silicon Valley wrapped its run, HBO said today that its new comedy from Veep creator Armando Iannucci starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad will lift off at 10 p.m. Sunday, January 19. Created and co-written by Iannucci, Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong. Laurie is Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship with luxury amenities including gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway, and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they might or might not be equipped for the … [Read more...] about ‘Avenue 5’ Premiere Date: HBO Sets January Liftoff For Hugh Laurie-Josh Gad Space Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci
"The U.S. should be the world leader in environmental control, but now it has decided to go the other way," the Rolling Stones star said at the Italian film festival. The Venice Film Festival ended with a bang of star power in the form of Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland, who journeyed to the Lido on Saturday to promote the closing film from director Giuseppe Capotondi, The Burnt Orange Heresy. The two stars quickly turned political when they were asked to comment on a peaceful demonstration that overtook the red carpet in front of Venice's main venue, the Palazzo del Cinema, earlier in the day. Hundreds of activists took to the festival to protest climate change, anti-immigration policies and Venice's cruise ship problem. "I'm absolutely behind that," said Jagger unequivocally of the protest. "I'm glad they're doing that because they're the ones who are going to inherit the planet." Jagger blasted Trump for pulling out of the Paris Agreement. "We are in a very difficult situation at … [Read more...] about Venice: Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland Condemn Trump, Boris Johnson for “Ruining the World”
We shouldn’t be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism. We’ve reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox. The Russians call this situation a sobaka na sene, a dog on the hay. Asleep in the manger, the dog itself won’t eat the hay. But it won’t let you eat it either. We’ve got to get the dog off the hay. For much of the past year and a half, the Social Network has been everywhere … [Read more...] about Can We Be Saved From Facebook?
When Rick Grimes first rode onto our TV sets on Halloween night in 2010, Don Draper was still mistreating women and drinking like a fish on Mad Men. Walter White was running a drug empire in Albuquerque; Nucky Thompson was ruling Atlantic City like a tyrant; and Dexter Morgan was murdering his way through Miami’s criminal underworld and on his way to becoming the most mocked lumberjack in television history. Then along came handsome English actor Andrew Lincoln, playing a small-town Georgia sheriff’s deputy, with a spiffy-looking cowboy hat and relatable goals. He just wanted to kill zombies and protect his loved ones. Who couldn’t root for that? Now, Rick is gone: impaled by a rebar, blown up by dynamite, then whisked away on a mysterious helicopter at the end of last night’s episode. Immediately after the closing credits, AMC announced that Lincoln will be starring in a series of movies set in the TWD universe, continuing the character’s story. … [Read more...] about ‘The Walking Dead’ Says Goodbye to Its Hero — and An Era of TV