James Schwab, the San Francisco spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), resigned on Monday, blaming what he called repeated false statements coming from officials in the Trump administration. ICE Acting Director Thomas Honam and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recently said that more than 800 people were able to evade federal officials because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted a warning that ICE was about to conduct an operation. Schwab says that’s just not true, and he was upset that the administration wouldn’t make a correction. “I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I asked them to change the information. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.” Honam told Fox News in late February that “over 800 significant public safety … [Read more...] about ICE Spox Quits Over Trump Admin’s ‘Misleading Facts’
Rango was named best animated feature, and won three additional competition categories for writing, editing and character design, at the 39th annual Annie Awards, Saturday at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) also spread its love, with Jennifer Yuh Nelson earning the best direction award for Kung Fu Panda 2, which won a second Annie for production design. The Adventures of Tintin also collected a pair Annies, for music and animated effects. PHOTOS: It's a Zoo This Season: 23 Awards Contenders Featuring Animals Additionally, the Annies recognized feature films Arthur Christmas, Rio, Rise of the Planet Of the Apes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Winnie the Pooh, which each earned an Annie trophy. Gore Verbinski-directed Rango--which also collected a new "member's favorite" award selected by the entire membership--and Kung Fu Panda 2 are both nominated for the Oscar for best animated film. Composer John Williams — who … [Read more...] about ‘Rango’ Wins Annie Award for Best Animated Feature
David Bowie has released a video accompanying the James Murphy remix of “Love Is Lost”.Scroll down to watch it.The 10-minute video was the video premiered during last night’s Mercury Music Prize ceremony at London’s Roundhouse.The origins of the video were disclosed in a post on David Bowie’s website:“Last week David Bowie had an idea. His new single, ‘Love Is Lost’, was to be released this week and a video clip was needed. “Eschewing both celebrity guests and splashy production, Bowie picked up his domestic camera from home, rescued a couple of puppets from his legendary archive and wrote, shot and edited the entire video over this last weekend in the darkened corridor of his office in Manhattan, New York. “With his assistant Jimmy King on camera and best friend Coco Schwab handling everything from continuity to sandwiches they worked through the evenings finishing on Monday morning, sending it out to the rest of the … [Read more...] about David Bowie unveils new video for ‘Love Is Lost’ plus four new songs
When Brit producer Christopher Granier Deferre told us that he was turning his hand to directing, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the set of his first short, Beast, even if it was on a sunny Saturday. That’s our dedication to the film industry (and a free lunch) folks!And it was well worth the trip to Putney, if only to witness two acting dynasties literally wrestling each other to the floor, in the form of Jack Fox (son of James/ nephew of Edward/brother in law to half of the UK entertainment industry) and Edmund Kingsley (son of acting legend Ben) as they play flatmates whose relationship takes a sinister turn when one of them reveals he has killed a girl…Add to the equation the fact that Granier Deferre’s dad is the late award-winning French director Pierre Granier Deferre, and you’ve got enough material for a psychology PHD. “We are basically three people standing in our fathers’ shadows,” the BIFA-nominated producer … [Read more...] about Sexy Beast
As to how it all happened, that's a formula creator Gary Scott Thompson (along with fellow executive producers Matt Pyken and Kim Newton) is still puzzling out, though he believes the show's success has as much to do with the wacky allure of Vegas itself."We're really a true dramedy," he explains. "A lot of shows say they're dramedies but they aren't. Because even when the worst thing possible is happening, the other story line will be hysterically funny. The idea from the beginning has been that, much like Las Vegas, no matter what happens, the fun always goes on."Katherine Pope, president of Universal Media Studios, says that "Las Vegas" has "a very tricky tone: sexy and funny and soapy and serious." But what brings fans back week after week is that viewers like spending time in Vegas with these particular characters. "The goal for the show always was 'fun' and 'wish-fulfillment,' but I think what Gary has done over the years is reinforce the familial aspect -- that these people … [Read more...] about ‘Las Vegas’ a ratings winner for NBC
The Mini Microcinema, in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district, is perhaps the country’s only corporate-backed experimental microcinema. At least until today, when it has its final event in the subsidized pop-up location it has inhabited this summer. Screenings, at least for most citizens, have been held on the second floor of the former Globe Furniture building at 1805 Elm Street, a gorgeous structure that dates back to the 1890s. It sits across the street from Ohio’s oldest continually operating market. The first floor serves as a gallery and gathering space; adorned with old movie chairs, its white walls are covered with well-manicured posters for various programs that The Mini, as its supporters call it, has hosted in its inaugural season.Over-the-Rhine, with the largest collection of Italianate architecture anywhere in America save Greenwich Village, has recently become a neighborhood of shiny boutiques and fancy restaurant-laden streets. The Globe … [Read more...] about Microcinema Blues: What Happens When Corporations Sponsor Experimental Cinema?