New on DVD: 'Misbehaviour' follows history-making 1970 Miss World contest
A feminist infiltration of a beauty pageant from several angles tops the new DVD releases for the week of Nov. 3.“Misbehaviour”: Sally Alexander (Keira Knightley), a “mature” University College London student and a mother, clashes with young feminist Jo Robinson (Jessie Buckley). But when Sally quickly discovers her seat at the academic table is more of a high chair (her words), she joins forces with Jo and the brand-new women’s liberation movement. Exhausted and angry with patriarchal standards equating physical attractiveness with a woman’s worth (not to mention self-worth), their target is ...
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Student lawsuits asking for COVID-19 refunds pile up against universities
SAN DIEGO — Hands-on learning. Face-to-face interactions. Study sessions in the student union. Workouts in the student gym.That’s what students said they signed up for — and were required to pay for — when they attended universities across the country last spring.But, they argue, it’s not what they got once the coronavirus drove them off campus. And now they want their money back.Class-action lawsuits calling for partial reimbursement of tuition and fees are continuing to amass nationwide — from Ivy League institutions to goliath state university systems to small private colleges — with potent...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden splash out $14.7m on farmhouse
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have spent $14.7 million on a farmhouse in Beverly Hills.The 48-year-old movie star and Benji, 41, have decided to spend an eye-watering sum on the seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom abode in the hills of west Los Angeles.Their spectacular new property sits on 1.68 acres of land and is surrounded by beautiful trees and rolling hills, according to Dirt.The house also features outdoor lounge beds, a small seating area and an outdoor barbecue area, as well as a laundry room with two washers and two dryers.Besides the laundry room is a home-cinema room that could easily doubl...
Bears will take earlier flight to L.A. for game against Rams, bracing for time change and increased COVID-19 obstacles
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears are headed back on the road for the fourth time this season, destined for California this weekend and readying for Monday night’s clash against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.But in contrast to the team’s “leave as late as possible” approach to previous trips to Detroit, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., the Bears will fly to Los Angeles on Saturday night and spend two nights in a hotel before the game.Coach Matt Nagy explained Friday afternoon that the goal in leaving earlier is to get players adjusted to the time difference — an understandable objective. Still, i...
In HBO's 'The Undoing,' Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant get away with murder
Few actors have been typecast as often as Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. She’s the ice princess. He’s Prince Charming.In “The Undoing,” a six-part whodunit premiering Sunday on HBO, neither star ignores those labels; they pounce on them.Kidman, who also served as an executive producer, plays Grace Fraser, a Manhattan therapist whose unflappable couch-side manner comforts her tony clients. Grant is Jonathan Fraser, a quick-witted doctor who makes Patch Adams look like Marcus Welby. The pair flirt and joke with each other so easily you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a romantic comedy.But HBO has n...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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No mail ballot for Trump: President to vote in person Saturday in FloridaMIAMI — President Donald Trump will vote in person as a Florida resident for the first time Saturday, according to a White House spokesman.“ President Trump plans to early vote on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida,” Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary, told the Miami Herald.The occasion appears as if it will be part of a “Trump the Vote” effort around the state to encourage in-person early voting by Republicans, based on events scheduled on his campaign website.Trump has voted by mail in the two elections th...
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Alaska Air Group reports $431 million loss as pandemic batters airlines
Alaska Air Group on Thursday reported a third-quarter net loss of $431 million, or $3.49 per share.A year ago, the Seattle-based parent company of Alaska Airlines and regional subsidiary Horizon Air made a profit of $322 million or $2.60 per share in the third quarter.The loss was higher than in the previous three months — the second quarter net loss was $214 million or $1.73 per share — due mainly to $440 million in restructuring charges and one-time write-offs.“We are gaining momentum as we climb our way out of this crisis,” said Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden. “Each of the last six months has b...
The Seattle Times
Tom Krasovic: Padres can learn from Fried's success, Braves' miscues vs. Dodgers
The Padres posting their first winning season in 10 years — and the plausible scenario that A.J. Preller’s program should contend for a spot in the next few World Series tournaments — has made October baseball more interesting even since the team’s loss to the Dodgers in the NL Divisional Series.For example, what can the Padres learn from the recent League Championship Series in which the Braves pushed the Dodgers to a seventh game?Viewing the World Series through a Padres lens is worthwhile, too.Several Dodgers stars are in their 20s, so the Padres have to figure out what it takes to overcome...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Commentary: US complicity in Mexican crimes: Who were Cienfuegos' allies and accessories in American government?
Mexico’s former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on Thursday in Los Angeles and will arrive soon in New York to face conspiracy, organized crime and money laundering charges at the same courthouse which has already convicted Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman and where former Mexican police chief Genaro Garcia Luna also stands trial.The symbolism is powerful. The DEA, the U.S. Department of Justice and the American judiciary apparently have embarked on a fearless crusade against the most vicious international drug traffickers and their powerful accomplices in the Mexican government. ...
New York Daily News
Movie review: Horror comedy 'Bad Hair' adds layers to race-based workplace discrimination tale
Whip-smart cultural criticism delivered in an appealing package is what writer-director Justin Simien does best, as he demonstrated in his first feature film, “Dear White People,” and the spinoff Netflix series of the same name. His second feature, “Bad Hair,” is winking social commentary as high-concept horror comedy, holding both a mirror to society, and offering an escape valve. Genre films have always served an important function as a place to traffic in topics that would otherwise be taboo, and Simien uses the opportunity to take aim at the white European beauty standards that dominate We...
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