Sergei Rakhlin , an entertainment reporter, screenwriter and longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association , died on January 21, the organization said. He was 78. Rakhlin was born in Gorky, Russia in 1943, playing several key roles during his time with the HFPA , including as an executive producer of their annual Golden Globes awards ceremony. “Sergei was a strong advocate for international filmmakers and long pressed for their recognition and inclusion in Hollywood. His passion for films from across the globe was only surpassed by his support of the HFPA,” said HFPA President Helen Hoehne. “Sergei had a very active role within the Association, and he always cheered on the successes of his HFPA colleagues. His intelligence and kindness endeared him to anyone who met him.” Prior to joining the embattled organization in 1996, Rakhlin worked as a General Producer, Artistic Director, and talk-show host at WMNB TV and Radio Station, Editor-in Chief of … [Read more...] about Sergei Rakhlin Dies: Longtime HFPA Member & Screenwriter Was 78
Every year the same question is asked about the Best Animated Feature category: can anyone beat Disney ? Walt Disney Studios, along with subsidiary Pixar, has won 14 Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category since the category began two decades ago, followed in a distant second by DreamWorks Animation ’s two wins. 26 animated features are eligible to be nominated this year, and with only five slots, who will make the final cut? Walt Disney Studios is coming on strong again with their competitors this year, including Pixar’s Luca . Enrico Casarosa makes his feature-length directorial debut with this coming-of-age story inspired by his childhood in Genoa, Italy. Although the theatrical release of the film was canned due to the ongoing pandemic, that didn’t hinder the film’s popularity. It tells the story of Luca Paguro (Jacob Tremblay), a young sea monster boy who has been living a sheltered life under the water while dreaming of seeing the human world. Upon meeting … [Read more...] about A Rough Sketch: In A Category Dominated By Disney, Can A Newcomer Take Home Its First Best Animated Feature Win?
The Jan. 6 committee has obtained a never-issued executive order from former President Donald Trump ordering the seizure of voting machines after the 2020 election, as well as a never-read speech on “national healing” dated 24 hours after the attack on the Capitol, Politico reported on Friday . Sidney Powell — the conspiracy theorist and former Trump lawyer who was subpoenaed by the committee earlier this week — had urged the former president to seize voting machines and appoint a special counsel to investigate the election during a December 2020 meeting in the Oval Office . The text of the executive order, dated two days before the meeting, had not been previously reported. It’s unclear who authored the order, but the fact that certain classified memoranda are referenced suggests the person or people behind it were able to access government secrets, a person with knowledge of the memoranda told Politico . Citing bogus conspiracy theories about voting machines and … [Read more...] about Trump Tried (and Failed) to Block Jan. 6 Committee From Obtaining Draft Executive Order About Seizing Voting Machines
On the morning of Sept. 27, 2021, Josh Hargis opened a private video-chat link for what the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee billed as an open dialogue about its newly implemented mandate. Everyone on Team USA would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by Nov. 1, unless they could obtain a medical exemption — or a religious one. The executive order to jump the scientific starting gun on the 2022 Winter Games was a harrowing decision, senior Olympic officials acknowledge, not least because they knew the anti-vaxxer crowd — emboldened by an emerging class of brazenly unvaccinated superstar athletes — would come at them with fake news. “From the start of the pandemic, we have made science-based, data-driven decisions,” the USOPC’s CEO wrote in a memo to all American athletes, which was attached to an invitation for the meeting and obtained by Rolling Stone . “There is strong support for this requirement from our community.” Among two-dozen or so … [Read more...] about ‘Get Vaccinated or Else’: The Anti-Vaxxers of the Winter Games Fought the Olympic Mandate. Did the Mandate Win?
It’s the late 1990s. James Dewitt Yancey — known as Jay Dee, and later as J Dilla — was already a well-known hip-hop beatmaker, working on records by A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, and The Pharcyde as part of a production collective called the Ummah, started by his mentor Q-Tip. But Yancey’s music was going through a bizarre transformation. The rhythms he was generating on his MPC drum machine had started to “limp,” fusing straight and swung grooves into a revolutionary new sonic language. Within a couple of years, Dilla’s digital broken beats would permeate hip-hop, R&B, and pop; and more important, be adopted by a generation of traditional musicians. Dilla, who died in 2006, has become an iconic figure in rap history. In the following excerpt from Dan Charnas’ excellent new book, Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm ( MacMillan, out Feb. 1 ), the author tells the story of how Jay Dee’s “Dilla … [Read more...] about How J Dilla Reinvented Rhythm
L ike wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, or ever, to a theater near you. Mostly, however, they come for the first-look factor — a chance to not only check out the Fall’s big releases before everyone else, but to get a bead on the Oscar race, with TIFF being the inaugural stop of 95-percent of serious awards-season contenders. Only there was a slight hiccup on the way to officially firing up the Oscar Prognosticator 3000 ™ this year. As numerous publications have reported, the Telluride … [Read more...] about Toronto Film Festival 2014: Oscarbait, Hard ‘Rock’ and the Paradise Garage
In the battle to protect their territory in the Amazon rainforest, the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people really only have one significant weapon in their arsenal: media attention. Without it, landgrabbers will keep penetrating further into their land in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. The Territory , which just made its world premiere at Sundance , ups the media attention on the Uru-eu-wau-wau and their struggle to a dramatically new level. Shot over a period of several years in collaboration with the Uru-eu-wau-wau, it explores not only what is at stake for the indigenous group but for humanity in general. “The Uru-eu-wau-wau indigenous territory is important for the whole planet,” says Neidinha Suruí, a defender of the Uru-eu-wau-wau who is one of the main characters in the documentary. “Because of its nature and biodiversity and because it’s fighting climate change… it’s super important.” There are fewer than 190 of the Uru-eu-wau-wau in existence. They are … [Read more...] about Sundance Doc ‘The Territory’ Shines Light On Alarming Deforestation Of “Protected” Land In Brazil’s Rainforest: “It’s A Nightmare”
The Motion Picture Sound Editors have revealed the nominees for the 2022 MPSE Golden Reel Awards , which celebrate sound artists in 17 categories spanning feature film, television, animation and other fields. The hardware will be handed out during the guild’s 69th annual ceremony, which will be held Sunday, March 13. See the full list of nominations below. “It’s been a fantastic year for sound, and we look forward to celebrating the incredible work sound editors have performed for movies, television, games, documentaries and other creative media last year,” said MPSE president Mark Lanza. “Building on the success of our first-ever virtual ceremony last year, we are planning an even more spectacular night of fun, surprises and great achievements in sound.” MPSE previously announced Ron Howard for the 2022 Filmmaker Award and Anthony “Chic” Ciccolini III for the 2022 Career Achievement Award . The Trial of the Chicago 7, Soul, The Queen’s Gambit and The … [Read more...] about Golden Reel Awards: Sound Editors Crank Up Nominations For 69th Annual Ceremony
With the Winter Olympics set to begin next week in Beijing, a U.S. State Department human rights report paints a chilling picture of censorship, violence against reporters, and the suppression of dissent during the last Olympic Games held there. Even the Olympic torch relay was censored at the Beijing summer games of 2008 when dissidents protesting China ’s occupation of Tibet were forcibly removed from the route by police, allegedly for their own protection. During the 2022 games, viewers from around the world will be seeing a sanitized version of life in the People’s Republic of China, but not nearly as scrubbed as the version that will be shown to the people of China. When the summer Olympics were held there in 2008, China’s Communist government tightened its grip on dissent and the free flow of information in the days leading up to and during the games. Foreign reporters were officially granted greater freedoms, but the government-controlled press wasn’t even allowed to … [Read more...] about U.S. State Dept. Report Details Censorship & Quashing Of Dissent During Last Olympic Games In China
If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. There’s a whole world of content out there waiting to be watched, but not everything can be easily viewed or accessed online, especially if you’re trying to watch something from a different country. That’s where a good VPN (Virtual Private Network) comes in. No matter which streaming service you subscribe to, a VPN lets you log in (legally) to other countries’ servers, opening up hundreds of new shows and movies for you to view and discover. But how does a VPN work and how do you get a VPN online? Here’s everything you need to know about streaming online using a VPN and how to find the best VPN for you. What is a VPN? A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, guards, protects, and hides your data whenever you’re online. With a VPN, you’ll be able to use the internet anonymously, while your personal information is protected and your … [Read more...] about RS Recommends: The Best VPN for Streaming Movies and Shows Online