This weekend, composer John Powell says goodbye to a friend. With How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters, Powell is closing his decade-long partnership with Toothless the Night Fury, the loveable dragon audiences met in 2010 and who helped the composer earn an Oscar nomination for original score. The Hidden World picks up with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) trying to find the dragons a new home and save them from overpopulation. With the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, Powell appreciated that writer/director Dean Deblois talked in non-musical terms. “The easiest thing for a composer is to talk about what the characters are trying to achieve, and focus on the language of story,” Powell tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same regard, Dean is only interested in how the emotion of the music strikes him, not whether it’s the strings or brass that achieves it.” The conclusion of trilogy has Powell in a reflective mood, and in a … [Read more...] about ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Composer Says Goodbye to the Trilogy
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Helena Andrews-Dyer, The Washington Post Published 12:02 pm CST, Thursday, February 7, 2019 Mo'Nique inside the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where she just started a residency - and became the first black female comedian to do so. The actress and comedian recently called for a boycott of Netflix, but her issues with the Hollywood firmament go back years. less Mo'Nique inside the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where she just started a residency - and became the first black female comedian to do so. The actress and comedian recently called for a boycott of ... more Photo: Washington Post Photo By Marvin Joseph Photo: Washington Post Photo By Marvin Joseph Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Mo'Nique inside the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where she just … [Read more...] about Mo’Nique went from Oscar winner to Hollywood pariah
Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut Associated Press Published 8:15 AM EST Feb 4, 2019 Washington – Just how financially secure you feel depends on your age, your race, your education and – perhaps not surprisingly – your income. A new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that college graduates feel far more confident than high school graduates that they could afford an emergency $1,000 expense. People ages 18 to 29 are more optimistic about finding a good job than those in their 60s are. But Americans in their 60s are more confident than adults under 30 are about affording credit card and other expenses. Most white Americans say they can manage their housing costs; blacks and Hispanics are far less confident that they can keep up. The poll’s findings reflect the sharp demographic divides in the U.S. economy. The nation’s prosperity since the Great Recession ended nearly a decade ago has benefited some groups of … [Read more...] about Poll: How financial security varies by age, income
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 12:26 PM EST Jan 23, 2019 It’s worse than I thought. I thought new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was going to be meatloaf. But it turns out general manager Bob Quinn wants him to be an everything bagel. You know. That’s a bagel. With everything. That tastes exactly like nothing. "It’s going to be a little bit of a mix of everything,” Quinn said in a radio interview Monday, “and that’s something what really kind of led us to Darrell in the end.” It’s hard to know exactly what Quinn is saying because he deferred further comment about Bevell to coach Matt Patricia, who declined comment to the Free Press and other Detroit reporters at the Senior Bowl. Maybe Quinn actually means “everything.” Maybe he means some of “everything” sometimes. He might be trying to avoid tipping his hand about a new scheme. But I can tell you this about NFL offenses. … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions want Darrell Bevell to do ‘everything’; can he?
By Hayley Munguia | [email protected] | Long Beach Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: January 3, 2019 at 7:03 pm | UPDATED: January 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm A Long Beach homeless shelter known as Project Achieve that’s been operating in the city’s Magnolia District since 2005 can now become a 24-hour operation, after the Planning Commission approved the move at its Thursday, Jan. 3, meeting. While commenting on his own vote, Commissioner Andy Perez said that he was “very humbled” to allow for the Catholic Charities-run shelter to implement the change. “This is pretty emotional for me,” he said, after hearing testimonies about the impact that Catholic Charities has had on its clients’ lives. One of those stories came from David Arroyo, who said he was homeless from 2007 to 2012. Through a Catholic Charities program, he was able to get a job and find his own apartment. He now does his own ministry work. “I’m a survival story,” he said. … [Read more...] about Long Beach homeless shelter gets the OK to operate 24 hours a day