Biden’s enormous improvement over the last debate must have been a relief to his campaign staff, who were reportedly shaken after his previous poor showing, but… he didn’t do great. He spent a lot of time reminding people that he was Barack Obama’s vice president and taking credit for the administration’s accomplishments. (“Barack Obama knew exactly who I was. He had 10 lawyers do a background check on everything about me on civil rights and civil liberties, and he chose me, and he said it was the best decision he made.”) But Biden struggled to answer the criticisms of Obama’s record, particularly when it came to the issue of deportations. Biden’s worst moment of the night, though, came at the very end. He garbled the standard visit-my-website sign-off, mixing it with the number to donate to his campaign. It wasn’t a stutter or a gaffe, but a signal to voters that he might not be in peak condition, mental acuity-wise. … [Read more...] about Winners and Losers on Night 2 of the Second Democratic Debates
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The Guy Ritchie-helmed Aladdin is in 54 material markets this session, with Japan joining on June 7 in what looks to be a nicely teed-up date. All play so far is led by China with $18.7M which is also at the top of the local range we saw ahead of the opening. There, word of mouth and social scores helped the movie despite there being no star-studded premiere and a concern younger audiences might have less interest given the rest of the cast outside Smith does not have a big following in the market. Smith is a star there, though he hasn’t had a major film in the Middle Kingdom in several years. … [Read more...] about ‘Aladdin’ Rides To Princely $212M+ Global Bow; ‘Rocketman’ Blasts Off In UK – International Box Office
Defeated on that front, I sent an email to Larry Richmond, asking him to clarify the size and nature of TRO’s payments to Linda’s family. “It will take some time to review your letter,” he wrote back. “I hope to get back to you in due course.” Months passed, but nothing happened, so I appealed to Harold Leventhal, the grandfatherly figure who had once managed the Weavers’ affairs. “You’re in a void,” he said, sounding sympathetic. “All you can do is describe it, or you’ll never finish your story.” A wise man would have heeded his advice, but I plodded onward until someone took pity and provided me with a few key documents. Ambiguities remained, but at least I found out why the publishers and their cronies were so coy about making disclosures: it looked as if Linda’s family was receiving 12.5 percent of “Wimoweh” royalties, and around one percent of the much larger revenues generated by … [Read more...] about In the Jungle: Inside the Long, Hidden Genealogy of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’
Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson, This Is Us, American Housewife) is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (James Roday, A Million Little Things, Psych) and Gus (Dulé Hill, Suits, Psych) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever. … [Read more...] about Peacock Unveils Opening Slate Ahead Of July Launch: ‘Brave New World’ Among Originals
Yang Gangers’ phones were soon lighting up with a familiar number. Justin Williams, Yang 2020’s regional organizing director, had already been hired to help bring down vulnerable Republican Senator Susan Collins. “I was in the car, a little bit past Michigan, on my way to Maine,” Williams says. “Liam called and said, this guy is the real deal. Just talk to him. One call with Mike and I turned my car around and drove right to Kentucky to the farm and got to work.” Connor Murphy, Yang 2020’s national precinct captain director, had just gotten back home to Virginia—after one day running Yang’s Nevada operation, then shutting it down—when he got the summons. “I drove to Kentucky and met Mike and Lynn on the farm,” he says. “When I was heading there, I thought it was maybe a little quixotic. But within an hour, I decided this is the guy to beat Mitch McConnell.” … [Read more...] about Can the Yang Gang Take Out Mitch McConnell?