Sophia Loren's first film in 11 years generating serious Oscar buzz
Sophia Loren might have a new man in her life soon — and his name is Oscar.The 86-year-old, silver-screen legend is generating serious awards buzz for her performance in “The Life Ahead,” her first major film role in 11 years.The Netflix feature, directed by her son Edoardo Ponti, has Loren playing Madame Rosa, a Holocaust survivor who befriends a Senegalese boy while raising children of prostitutes.Loren’s most recent cinematic role was in the 2009 Daniel Day-Lewis musical “Nine.”“In my career, I’ve worked with the biggest studios but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach a...
New York Daily News
Chicago jazz great Ira Sullivan dies at 89
CHICAGO — Sometimes it seemed as if Ira Sullivan could play anything that had a mouthpiece.Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, fluegelhorn, flute, alto flute — the man applied his comprehensive virtuosity and pervasive musicianship to all of them, switching from one to the next with seeming effortlessness, often during a single set.That he also was a bebop master who came of age in the era of Charlie Parker and shared a stage with him in 1955 added to Sullivan’s mystique. And though Sullivan, who grew up in Chicago, moved to Florida at the end of 1962 and lived there ever since, he alway...
Unlike US, Europe picks top judges with bipartisan approval to create ideologically balanced high courts
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 21 called on the Republican-controlled Senate not to confirm a new justice until the next president is in office.Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty ImagesDavid Orentlicher, University of Nevada, Las VegasFilling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court immediately sparked a bitter partisan fight.But choosing judges for the nation’s highest court doesn’t have to be so polarizing.In some European countries, judicial appointments are designed to ensure the court’s ideological balance, and the entire process, from nomination to confirmation, i...
The Moderate Voice
Smoke from California fires may have killed more than 1,000 people
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience.It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say.Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to 3,000 deaths in California that otherwise would not have occurred, according to an estimate by researchers at Stanford University. Those fatalities were among people age 65 and over, most of whom were livin...
The Mercury News
Trump Called Supporters ‘Disgusting People,’ Said ‘Maybe COVID Is Good Thing,’ Former Pence Adviser Olivia Troye Says
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence‘s former senior adviser Olivia Troye appeared in an ad and called President Donald Trump a “stonewalling, capricious leader” for having more concern for his own reelection than the current pandemic. She added that she will be voting for Democratic nominee Joe Biden instead.After leaving her post as Pence adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism, Troye shared stories of Trump’s dismissive attitude toward the administration’s efforts to contain the virus.She said, “It was shocking to see the president saying that the virus was a hoax, saying that e...
Commentary: Movies need more diversity
I love watching movies. All movies. Even movies in black and white that have all-white casts. And I love movies that have people who look like me, Black and LGBTQ, in them, too.Movies don’t have to have folks of my race/ethnicity as stars. I love “Crazy Rich Asians,” which came out in 2018. But I’d rather see a poorly executed movie with a diverse cast, in terms of gender and race/ethnicity, than one with mostly or only straight white people.And why isn’t blind casting more of a thing? Like in 2017, when Anthony Revolori from Guatemala was cast as a white character from the comic book, in “Spi...
Tribune News Service
Who Is Barbara Lagoa, Conservative Cuban-American Judge On Trump’s Supreme Court Shortlist?
President Donald Trump said he will “most likely” appoint a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Among those he is considering is Barbara Lagoa, a 52-year-old conservative, Cuban-American judge.Trump, who said he will release the name of his pick on Saturday, appointed Lagoa to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals last December.“She’s excellent. She’s Hispanic. She’s a terrific woman from everything I know,” Trump told Fox News on Monday. “I don’t know her. Florida. We love Florida,” indicating that he may be look...
FDA’s New Moves Can’t Allay Coronavirus Vaccine Fears
FDA’s New Moves Can’t Allay Vaccine Fears; Weaker Standards and Political Pressures Worry Many ExpertsQ2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreFDA's New Standards On Coronavirus VaccineWASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2020) - In an effort to repair its badly damaged reputation, and convince the public that they should take any vaccine it authorizes, the FDA is issuing new standards, but they probably will not convince either experts nor the public that it will be safe and effective, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.Even with the new additions, the emergency authorization s...
Bring Your Best Self to Work: What That Looks Like for Leaders
In Uncertain Times, Leaders MUST Bring Their Best Selves to Work. What That Means May Surprise You.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreWhen life is chaotic and precarious, leaders must* be calm, positive, and perpetually opento hearing and acting on the best ideas. To get there, says Ed Hess, we must rethinkeverything we once thought made us good at our role. He offers some (umm, unexpected)tips for achieving a far more impactful and influential way of leading.*Achieving Inner PeaceOakland, CA (September 2020) - Leaders, are you feeling the pressure? Of course you are. (After the p...
Fine Wine Market: US & Emerging Market Report
The fall season is among the most important months for wine. It marks the release of the most in-demand wines – including Opus One, Clos Apalta, Almaviva, Seña and Cheval des Andes – in breakout regions like Chile, Argentina, South Africa and the USA. In light of this, Cult Wines, the world’s leading fine wine investment company, just released its annual US & Emerging Market Report, which contains comparative market research, trends and patterns for high growth investment opportunities in these untapped regions.Cult Wines: US & Emerging Market ReportExecutive Summary2020 has proven to be a yea...