'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' review: Trump's America gets caught with its pants down
We’ll zip up the matter of Rudy Giuliani’s pants in a minute. First, though, let’s pretend the new “Borat” movie has people talking about anything else.It goes by the droll, broken-English title of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Sacha Baron Cohen’s most useful satiric creation — the exuberantly bigoted idiot journalist from Kazakhstan first introduced on Cohen’s “Da Ali G Show,” then given his own, wonderful, hit-and-run 2006 feature — captures intermittent flashes of lightning in his return to an America even more alarming than the gun-toting Dogpatch of the second Bush term, as depicted in th...
Television Q&A: Why was 'Stumptown' canceled?
You have questions. I have some answers — but I’m giving Tyra Banks a break this week.Q: Can you provide any more information about the cancellation of “Stumptown”? It was renewed, then suddenly canceled. All I can find is it was about scheduling issues. I enjoyed the show and thought the ratings were good.A: Several shows that were expected back this season were canceled as a result of the pandemic, and this ABC series with Cobie Smulders was one of them. According to Lesley Goldberg of the Hollywood Reporter, the series was getting an overhaul for its second season, but that was not going as...
Tribune News Service
Trump has struggled with seniors in Florida; can he make up the difference with Hispanic voters?
MIAMI — The most recent visits to Florida by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence illustrate the reliance of the Republican ticket on two voting blocs seemingly headed in opposite political directions this election: seniors and Latinos.Last week, Pence stumped in Miami-Dade County with Hispanic voters who, compared to four years ago, have shown a greater willingness to bubble in Trump’s name on the ballot. Trump promised seniors in Fort Myers last week that a COVID-19 vaccine would be available first to seniors, who appear to be pulling back from the president amid the pandemic...
On Gardening: Jazz Hands loropetalums like music in the garden
If I could paraphrase some lyrics from the musical Chicago it would be “Come on, why don’t we paint the garden, with all those Jazz.” That is what I feel every time I see Jazz Hands Variegated loropetalum. This award-winning shrub simply puts a song in your spirit and will add that artist’s touch to the garden.The first time I saw Jazz Hands Variegated without knowing what it was, I thought that it was a beautiful new snowbush. Snowbush, known botanically as Breynia disticha, is native to the Western Pacific Islands and tropical hardy to zones 10-11. If you are a tropical plant nut you know th...
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This teacher uses the didgeridoo to help kids get through online classes, one breath at a time
SEATTLE — Beth Anderson, a mother of two, suddenly found herself back in middle school music class this fall.When school started, her sixth grade daughter Catelyn sat by her side while they learned and worked at the kitchen table. For the most part, Beth, an administrator at Seattle Colleges, tuned middle school out.But she couldn’t tune out Cuauhtemoc Escobedo, a 30-year Seattle Public Schools (SPS) veteran who teaches music and band at Eckstein Middle School. Through his virtual classroom, the tone of his voice, one that Beth said makes you sit down and listen, caught her ear. And “now I’m p...
The Seattle Times
My worst moment: 'Suits' and 'The Right Stuff' star Patrick J. Adams on the sting of getting fired
The story of the first group of NASA astronauts is the basis for “The Right Stuff,” which began as a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, then as a 1983 movie and now as a TV series from National Geographic that’s streaming on Disney+.“I loved the book,” said Patrick J. Adams, who stars as John Glenn. “My father, who’s a journalist, he gave me the book at a young age and it was really formative to me, not just because it was about the space program and these remarkable guys, but also just because Tom Wolfe is such a brilliant writer and his insight and his sense of humor and his ability to get at the heart...
Election holds future of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance
SAN DIEGO — Among the many policies that will be on the ballot Nov. 3 is what will happen to the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.The Trump administration has tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which began under the Obama administration. For the past four years, Trump officials have argued that the program is illegal and should be stopped.DACA has so far survived only through court intervention. Even after the Supreme Court issued a decision in June that it should be fully restored because it wa...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
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
'Over The Moon' star, director thrilled to make major Netflix movie based on Chinese legend
The chance to star in a major movie based on a Chinese legend like Netflix’s “Over The Moon” left actress Cathy Ang, well, over the moon.The animated film sees Ang voice a young girl named Fei Fei who builds a rocket ship to travel to space and meet the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e.Ang, who has Chinese Filipina heritage, remembers learning about Chang’e as a kid growing up in Cupertino, California, and is thrilled to introduce a new twist on the story to a large audience.“I was just very excited to be able to share such a part of my heritage and tradition through a mainstream media platform,”...
New York Daily News
Two congresswomen created social media buzz when they played 'Among Us' on Twitch
In one of the more fascinating moments in gaming, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., were trying to find murderous imposters on a spaceship. They weren’t alone. The two congresswomen were joined by popular streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo and Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker as they all played hit social deduction game “Among Us” on Twitch. For the uninitiated, think of it as a murder-mystery dinner party played on computers and without four-course meal.The experience was surreal to say the least as the lawmakers took to Twitch in order to encourag...
The Mercury News