After more than 24 hours of debate, the Senate voted in favor of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid package. The bill, because of the Senate’s changes , will now head back to the House for final passage and then on to the president to sign. On Saturday, the bill passed along party lines 50-49. Not one Republican supported the legislation that will deliver $1,400 in direct payments to most Americans, extend $300 per week supplemental unemployment insurance, and help fund federal covid programs for testing and vaccine distribution. It also includes a $3,600 one-year child tax credit. The Senate made last-minute changes to the House bill to appease centrist Democrats, such as lowering the maximum income allowed to qualify for stimulus checks. Now the checks will be phased out for individuals making $80,000 and couples making $160,000 instead of the House’s proposed $100,000 limit for individuals and $200,000 for couples. That means 12 million fewer adults will receive a … [Read more...] about Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill Without a Single Republican Vote
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Saturday AM Update: Updated with NYC B.O. data Even with three new wide releases at this weekend’s box office, and New York City finally reopening, numbers still aren’t at pre-pandemic levels, but there’s a lot of drama going on. Let’s start with Disney ’s theatrical day and date Disney+ release of animated pic Raya and the Last Dragon which looks to be leading the weekend with a studio-reported $2.5M Friday and an industry weekend estimate of $8.3M at 2,045 theaters. These numbers are slightly less than the $3M Friday and $9M-$10M we were hearing about, and they’re definitely less than the $14.1M that Warner Bros’ same day HBO Max release of Tom & Jerry posted last weekend. Raya ‘s opening weekend is also less than Croods: A New Age ‘s 3-day opening over its Thanksgiving stretch which posted $9.7M. And that’s definitely because Disney did not reach a deal with No. 3 chain Cinemark, as we first told you (thus, losing around 250 bookings), Harkins, and … [Read more...] about ‘Raya And The Last Dragon’ Debuting To $8M As Pic Hits Disney+ & NYC Reopens: Why The Industry Is Greatly Concerned
Without a doubt, Snoke is going to be a major player in Star Wars: The Last Jedi , and it's expected that he'll be vanquished in Star Wars 9 . But the mystery swirling around this character is deep and wide, and fans barely know anything about the guy. Today, a new rumor has surfaced that suggests his name actually means something, and is an acronym that hints at the true tale being told in these new Star Wars sequels . Yes, perhaps this sounds a little outlandish and could be nothing more than some flight of fancy dreamed up by a bored Internet troll. But it's interesting to consider none the less. Is Supreme Leader Snoke 's name really an acronym that extends and helps explain the mystery behind his appearance? Reputable Star Wars expert Mike Zeroh claims to have the facts. Even if his reporting is sometimes lofty and unsubstantiated. RELATED: Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy Is Still Happening Star Wars 8 recently underwent reshoots in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and … [Read more...] about True Meaning Behind Snoke’s Name Revealed in Star Wars 8?
Pepe Le Pew , the cartoon French skunk whose amorous attentions have chased generations of females, has been targeted by the New York Times . Columnist Charles M. Blow claims in a tweet today that the Looney Tunes character “added to rape culture.” “RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture. Let’s see. 1. He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger, repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will. 2. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her 3. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping.” It’s true … Penelope Pussycat was often in Pepe’s clutches. Looney Tunes has previously stopped featuring rifles in its updated portrayals of Elmer Fudd. Blow previously took on Dr. Seuss in an op-ed titled “Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias.” He argued that early exposure to negative imagery shapes perceptions. He mentioned Speedy Gonzales, the Mexican mouse cartoon, as one such negative. Naturally, there were mixed feelings on line about … [Read more...] about New York Times Columnist Raises A Stink About Looney Tunes’ Pepe Le Pew
Decades before Chloé Zhao won the Golden Globe for directing 'Nomadland,' John Ford's adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel earned Academy Awards for best director and best supporting actress (Jane Darwell). If Chloé Zhao manages to nab this year's directing Oscar for Nomadland , she won't be the first to win for a drama about down-on-their-luck itinerant workers making their way across the American West. John Ford was awarded the statuette in 1941 for his adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath , which sees the Joad family abandon the Oklahoma farm they lost to the Great Depression and Dust Bowl and head to California — a fabled promised land — in a broken-down 1926 Hudson Super Six sedan. Along the way, they are beset by all sorts of tragedy: the grandparents die, various relatives abandon them, they are stranded at a destitute work camp, and son Tom (Henry Fonda), who only recently got out of prison, accidentally kills a security guard, sending the family … [Read more...] about Oscars Flashback: ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and Its Depiction of Nomads Won in 1941