When President Joe Biden took the podium on the afternoon of Dec. 21 to address the country amid the massive surge in Covid-19 cases from the highly transmissible Omicron variant, he promised to give it to us straight. But despite providing additional details and updates to his Covid-19 action plan , and making a World War II-era plea to unvaccinated individuals (“Honest to God, I believe it’s your patriotic duty [to get vaccinated]”), he didn’t deliver. Taking great pains to avoid mixed messaging on the effectiveness of the existing vaccines — which, to be clear, are extremely effective in preventing severe illness and death — Biden stressed that “we should all be concerned about Omicron, but not panicked.” He noted that because the variant spreads so easily , some fully vaccinated (and boosted) people will experience breakthrough Covid infections — “potentially in high numbers” — but that they have “much less reason to worry.” It was almost as if he was … [Read more...] about Vaccinated Isn’t Enough: Omicron Carries the Risk of Long Covid
Pilgrims on a long journey
After they won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019 for their thrilling Free Solo , directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin went underground—in a manner of speaking. They tunneled into the true-life story of kids trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for their filmmaking follow up, The Rescue , a documentary that has put the married couple back in contention for an Oscar nomination. Free Solo posed enormous cinematic challenges—capturing every angle of climber Alex Honnold’s daring ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan rock face without aid of ropes. But if anything, The Rescue presented even greater obstacles. “So often in documentaries you come across people with tons of footage and no story,” Vasarhelyi says. “We had a great story and no footage. Period.” A team of amateur cave divers from Britain and Australia assembled in 2018 to try to save the stranded children—members of a youth soccer club—and their coach. But very little of … [Read more...] about Compelling International Stories Make Pitch for Best Documentary Feature Oscars
Kollywood actor Dhanush and director Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth announced their separation on January 17 leaving many heartbroken. Though the reason behind their split was not revealed, the duo in their similar statements stressed that they have decided to part ways as a couple so as to take time to understand each other as individuals for the better. The duo decided to part ways after 18 years of marriage. With many still debating over the divorce announcement on the internet, what has caught the attention of fans is Rajinikanth's reaction to their shocking decision. According to reports, Dhanush-Aishwaryaa's decision has badly affected Rajinikanth. Claiming that the stalwart has been urging his daughter to mend her marriage with the Maaran actor, a source close to Rajini was quoted as saying by Subhash K Jha (Wion) as, "Rajini Sir has taken his daughter's break up very badly. He keeps insisting that the separation is temporary. He has been urging his daughter to mend … [Read more...] about Rajinikanth Not Happy With Dhanush-Aishwaryaa’s Split, Urging Daughter To Mend Marriage
Ahead of the release of Mahaan - one of the most anticipated movies of the year, the creators shared a first look poster of popular actor Bobby Simha's character ' Sathyavan', from the movie. Vikram-Starrer Mahaan is directed by Karthik Subbaraj and produced by Lalit Kumar under the banner of Seven Screen Studio, and stars Dhruv Vikram, Bobby Simha and Simran in pivotal roles. Mahaan will premiere worldwide exclusively on Prime Video starting February 10 and will also be available in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. In Kannada, the film will be titled Maha Purusha. Simha as SATHYAVAN in #Mahaan #MahaanOnPrime @actorsimha @7screenstudio @PrimeVideoIN #Sathyavan pic.twitter.com/nFcMccxI6G — karthik subbaraj (@karthiksubbaraj) January 27, 2022 Vikram And Dhruv Vikram Starrer Mahaan To Release On February 10 On Amazon Prime Video Rajinikanth Not Happy With Dhanush-Aishwaryaa's Split, Urging Daughter To Mend Marriage … [Read more...] about Mahaan: First Look Poster Of Bobby Simha As Sathyavan Out!
Hailed as the National Crush of India, Rashmika Mandanna managed to leave a lasting impact even in a de-glam role like Srivalli from the mega-blockbuster Pushpa: The Rise. Her song 'Saami Saami' went on to become a national sensation and has even been trending across all social media platforms. It had clocked over ten million views in less than 24 hours of its release. Expressing gratitude, Rashmika Mandanna said, "The amount of love I have received for my song 'Saami Saami' is overwhelming. I would like to thank all my fans for making the song so successful and loving me in it. I had a great time shooting for Saami and I remember rehearsing for it for long hours to give my best to the peppy number. In the past few days, I've been seeing so many of you doing the hook step on social media, which takes me back to the shooting days of Pushpa . All the love I have received from people all over the world just makes the song super special and memorable!" … [Read more...] about Pushpa’s ‘Saami Saami’ Becomes Mass Sensation, Rashmika Mandanna Has THIS To Say!
Rohan Sippy, who is the latest director to join the web world with Side Hero, believes the digital platform is fast emerging as the preferred destination for narrating interesting stories. Rohan says watching a film in cinema houses has become expensive and the industry is moving to the digital medium, which provides one the scope to be innovative with writing and performances. Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika Teaser Becomes The Greatest Dental-related Meme Of All Time! "The big spectacle films will continue to thrive at the box office but for so many genres, this (web) will be the destination. We are trying to make a connection between the content, the performer and the audience for long term. They are reacting to story and actors and not stars." Today with the availability of internet, there is no barrier to watching content from anywhere. For Indian makers, the challenge is that for grabbing the Indian eyeballs, they are competing with the west," he told PTI. … [Read more...] about Rohan Sippy: ‘Watching A Movie In The Theatres Is Becoming Expensive For The Audience’
First came the ratings records. Then came awards recognition for Paramount Network’s Yellowstone and Netflix’s Squid Game . Yellowstone , long overlooked by major awards, is having a breakthrough on the heels of its highly rated fourth season. Two weeks after Taylor Sheridan’s hit landed its first marquee nomination, for Ensemble in a Drama Series SAG Award, Yellowstone received a second, a PGA Award nomination for Best Episodic Drama. Korean drama Squid Game is having a similar dream run following its march into the Netflix records books as the streamer’s most watched series ever and its foray into pop culture as a global phenom. It has been breaking ground as the first non-English language TV series to land major US awards recognition. Following its strong showing at the SAG Awards nominations with four noms, including drama ensemble (and a Golden Globes win), Squid Game this morning became the first non-English language show to earn a PGA Award nomination, facing … [Read more...] about ‘Yellowstone’ & ‘Squid Game’ Continue Breakthrough Awards Run With PGA Nominations
EXCLUSIVE: NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal is booking theaters in Los Angeles this weekend for free screenings of The Queen of Basketball , in honor of Lusia “Lucy” Harris, the late subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary. Harris, who led Delta State University in Mississippi to three national championships in the 1970s and became the first woman ever officially drafted by an NBA team, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 66. Harris is the first woman to score in Olympic basketball competition – she was the leading scorer and rebounder on the silver medal-winning U.S. women’s squad at the Montreal Games in 1976 – and holds the distinction of being the first Black woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Fellow Hall of Fame center O’Neal serves as an executive producer of the short documentary directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ben Proudfoot . “I am extremely saddened at the sudden loss of the unsung legend and fearless trailblazer – Ms. Lucy … [Read more...] about Shaquille O’Neal Announces Free L.A.-Area Screenings Of ‘The Queen Of Basketball,’ In Honor Of Late Hoops Star
A day after Spotify chose Joe Rogan over Neil Young , SiriusXM has announced that it will relaunch its own limited-run Neil Young Radio Channel of the rock icon’s catalogue. But Young fans will have to act fast: The channel will return to SiriusXM’s Deep Tracks for seven days only, starting today, and for a month streaming on the SXM App. The service is offering a free 24-hour trial period. “When you have an opportunity to present an iconic artist still at the height of his creativity, you don’t hesitate to do it, again,” Steve Blatter, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM, said in a statement posted on the streaming service’s blog . “Outspoken, brave, and a true music icon, Neil Young is in a rare class of artists, and we are honored to collaborate with him to create a special audio experience for his fans.” According to the streaming service, Neil Young Radio, which initially launched in December for a limited time, includes … [Read more...] about SiriusXM Relaunches Neil Young Radio Limited Channel Following Spotify Removal
Editors note: Deadline’s Read the Screenplay series debuts and celebrates the scripts of films that will be factors in this year’s movie awards race. Since the birth of cinema, movies have adapted plays and books for source material. In recent years, comic books, video games and even podcasts have inspired feature films. Zola may be the first ever film adapted from a Twitter thread. A’Ziah King told the story in an infamous 2015 Twitter thread under her name @_zolamoon. She began, “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me and this b**** here fell out????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” Janicza Bravo ’s film adaptation recounts the story of how Stefani (Riley Keough) invited Zola (Taylour Paige) — both Detroit waitresses — to Florida for a dancing gig. Stefani’s pimp, X (Colman Domingo), actually tried to set the girls up for sex work. Drugs, violence and more shady characters ensued before Zola escaped that situation. Bravo wanted to turn the thread … [Read more...] about ‘Zola’: Read The Screenplay From Janicza Bravo And Jeremy O. Harris Ripped From The Twitterverse