Savvy recently hired screenwriter Justin Lader to pen Battle of the Billionaires, the true story of a reclusive billionaire taking on his diabolical neighbor, and partnered with Stampede Ventures to option rights to screenwriter Ward Parry’s original spy thriller Mr. Croup. … [Read more...] about ‘Wind River’ Outfit Savvy Media Options Driverless Cars Story ‘Driven’, Which Profiles Former Google Engineer Pardoned By Trump
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“When I saw my nieces and sister-in-law, I could not control myself,” Waheeda’s uncle and now guardian, Sherif Khan, recalls, breaking into sobs at the memory. “I thought that my heart would explode, but human beings have tough hearts.” The March 9th, 2019, attack was carried out by U.S. air support, the American-led NATO mission would later confirm, and had been called in by Afghan forces in an operation against the Taliban. But more than a year later, Khan has not received answers from the U.S. military as to why the home of his brother, the only doctor in the village, was targeted. He says the U.S.-led mission, Resolute Support, has made no recognition of his loss. “We Afghans are very kind and compassionate people. Our hearts are full of mercy,” he says. “But no one has come.” … [Read more...] about America’s Longest War Takes a Deadly New Turn
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"I know there is a lot of news floating around about the guest list and the ceremonies, but the families of Varun and Natasha will be leaving for Alibag on January 22. The young couple will tie the knot on January 24," the source further told the news agency. … [Read more...] about Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s Wedding To Have A Restricted Guest List Owing To COVID-19 Pandemic?
Nearly 20 years ago, construction of the highway started with optimism and promise. In late 2002, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hired the Louis Berger Group (LBG), a New Jersey-based engineering company, to handle the project; with an end-of-2003 deadline set by the White House, the expected cost was $300 million. But the highway’s path through hard, ambush-ready badlands pushed engineers and hundreds of road workers to the limit, and made them easy targets. In a three-month period in late 2003, a Turkish LBG subcontractor was kidnapped, another was shot, and two Indian road workers were abducted; two American road superintendents survived an attack near Kandahar in which one was shot in the head. A total of 40 people died during Highway 1 construction in 2003, according to Andrew Natsios, a former USAID administrator. “We paid for the highway not just in dollars and cents, but in blood,” he writes in a history of the project. “The … [Read more...] about Highway to Hell: A Trip Down Afghanistan’s Deadliest Road