Actor, producer and activist Elliot Page has boarded 2022 Berlin Film Festival title Into My Name ( Nel Mio Nome ), directed by Italian filmmaker Nicolò Bassetti, as an executive producer. The film, which premieres in Berlin’s Panorama program, is a feature documentary telling a coming-of-age story of four friends who share important turning points in their lives and in their gender transitions. The project is rooted in director Bassetti’s own experience with the transition of his son Matteo. The protagonists of the doc are Nico, Leo, Andrea and Raff, a tight-knit group of friends in Bologna, Italy, all of whom start their gender journey from a female to a male identity at different times in their lives. It is produced by Bassetti’s company Nuovi Paesaggi Urbani and Lucia Nicolai and Marcello Paolillo’s Art of Panic. Support came from the Regione Emilia Romagna film production fund. There is no sales agent attached. Elliot Page said, “What stands out to me … [Read more...] about Elliot Page Boards Italian Gender Transition Doc ‘Into My Name’ As Executive Producer – Berlin
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In 25 months , the novel- coronavirus has infected 320 million people worldwide and killed 5.5 million of them. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have been worse. The latest Omicron variant is highly transmissible, but not as deadly for vaccinated people. The previous Delta variant is usually more severe, owing to its tendency to attack the lungs rather than stay in the throat like Omicron does. But mercifully, Delta doesn’t spread as fast as Omicron does. Now imagine a coronavirus that’s both deadly and highly transmissible. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility. To head off a potentially worse coronavirus pandemic, a University of Illinois at Chicago scientist named Changchuan Yin is looking for warning signs. Genetic hints of the plague to come. But experts warned his proposed system might be flawed, because it assumes coronaviruses will evolve in predictable ways. There are lots of coronaviruses out there in the animal kingdom; scientists … [Read more...] about Omicron Could Hold the Key to Identifying the Next Coronavirus Outbreak
TMZ.com Vic Mensa 's having a bad trip -- back from Africa, that is -- because U.S. Customs Agents have have him in custody for allegedly returning with a stash of mushrooms ... TMZ has learned. The rapper was taken into custody Saturday at Dulles International Airport outside D.C. ... where he'd just returned from Ghana. According to our law enforcement sources, Vic was pulled aside for a secondary search, and that's when agents found what they believe are shrooms. We're told the feds are still testing the substance they allegedly found to confirm it is what they think it is. Vic was booked for felony narcotics possession. Fun fact: Psilocybin (the scientific name for shrooms) remains a Schedule I substance under federal law -- although there's now a push in some states to legalize it ... and they've already been decriminalized in some communities. diasporaaffairs.Ghana Vic had been hanging in Ghana with Chance the … [Read more...] about Vic Mensa Arrested with Suspected Shrooms at Customs
In the mid-1970s when the horn sounded for a Delta State University Lady Statesmen’s basketball game, center Luisa “Lucy” Harris could not be stopped. “The pass comes into No. 45 in the lane, she spins to the basket, elevates. Score!” That scene was repeated over and over again as she led her team to three straight college national championships, earning tournament MVP each time. Not only that, when the Olympics finally added women’s basketball in 1976, she scored the first points in competition history, and led the U.S. women to the silver medal at the Montreal games. Harris “held the distinction of being the [Olympic] team’s leading scorer and leading rebounder,” notes the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where she is enshrined. “Lusia Harris-Stewart was big, relentless, and dominated the painted area like no woman before her.” Despite earning her place in the hoops hall, Harris’s incredible accomplishments have largely been forgotten—even the remarkable … [Read more...] about Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘The Queen Of Basketball’ Tells Story Of Forgotten GOAT Of Women’s Game: “She Was Absolutely Extraordinary”
F ROM JONESBORO, ARKANSAS, TO SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, the serial carnage in American schoolyards has generated the predictable outrage aimed at rap music and devil teenagers. Why are kids shooting each other, their parents and teachers? Americans always enjoy a lusty discussion of what’s wrong with the younger generation. Plus, it lets everyone avoid the politically explosive question of what’s wrong with the guns. While talk shows and right-wing preachers obsess about the moral depravity of youth culture, the usual political adversaries are lining up for yet another long-running congressional struggle over various gun-control measures. The National Rifle Association knows that people are upset by the spectacle of gun-toting students and hopes to soften its image with Charlton Heston as its new president. Meanwhile, Handgun Control Inc., the leading advocacy group of reformers, unveils a new grab bag of modest legislative ideas for reducing the bloodshed, such as mandatory trigger … [Read more...] about Will the Smart Gun Save Lives?
Wordle , the hit game of early 2022, is so popular that the creator of an entirely different game , also called Wordle !, is seeing a huge increase in business and is donating the proceeds of his app to charity. Steven Cravotta created an app he dubbed Wordle! when he was 18, however it has languished for the past five years. “I built an app called Wordle when I was 18 mostly for fun, to sharpen my coding skillz, and maybe make a quick buck,” Cravotta explained in a Twitter thread . “It didn’t quite take off like my previous app, Grid, did. So after a few months and ~100k total downloads, I stopped updating and promoting the app.” He went on to explain that for the past four years, his version of Wordle, a timer-based word game, has averaged one or two downloads per day. In the past week, that number has skyrocketed to nearly 200,000, thanks to the success of Josh Wardle’s popular word game. Cravotta tells Rolling Stone that initially he was perplexed by the increase … [Read more...] about Creator of Original Wordle App Donates Proceeds to Charity
Bade Acche Lagte Hain 2 actor Nakuul Mehta turned a year older today (January 17). On the special occasion, his wife Jankee shared a series of adorable unseen pictures and a heartfelt note on social media. On the occasion of Nakuul’s 39th birthday, Jankee took to her Instagram account and shared a bunch of cute pictures with their sob Sufi. She also wrote, “To my Invincible, Unstoppable, Trailblazer and the Best Dada Sufi could have asked for in the whole wide world. You are born to do only great things in this life, so go achieve them while Sufi and I stand by you, smile with you and love you through every single moment of it all. Happiest birthday baby @nakuulmehta” Check out the post below: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jankee Parekh Mehta (@jank_ee) As soon as Jankee made the birthday post, several TV celebs and industry friends dropped their heartfelt wishes for … [Read more...] about Nakuul Mehta’s Wife Jankee Pens Heartfelt Birthday Note For Him, Shares Cute Unseen Pics