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These films made 1997 a great year for cinema


When we look back to the ’90s, we’re reminded of all the great cinema that was being made – classic movies that still feel relevant today and the characters we still find ourselves relating to too. 1997 was a particularly great year for cinema, as some of the most innovative and groundbreaking films were released during this time. Directors and producers have pushed the boundaries in terms of storytelling, special effects and film editing, in addition to the rise of some of today’s most promising actors such as Oscar-winning actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

One of the greatest things about movies is that they have the ability to inspire us and give people hope. A great movie leaves an impression on us that will make us think about it long after we leave the cinema. Movies such as Titanic, good hunting, and As good as it gets just do that. Here are some of the best movies released in 1997 that prove what a great year it was for cinema.

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9 Donnie Brasco


Al Pacino and Johnny Depp give great performances as they star in crime/drama Donnie Brasco. Both of these actors are legends and some of the most talented people in the business. they’ve gained such fame over the years that audiences will watch a movie just because it’s there. Director Mike Newell has done a brilliant job telling the story of an undercover FBI agent (Depp) who works his way into a relationship with a hitman (Pacino) in an attempt to get information about the New York mob families he infiltrated.

8 LA Confidential


LA Confidential is the story of three Los Angeles police officers, each with their own agenda, who come together to solve a murder that took place in the 1950s. Each of the characters’ individual pasts plays into how they solve cases and define the people they are. Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, James Cormwell and Danny DeVito star in the Curtis Hanson crime film. With a 99% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes and nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, it’s safe to say this movie was a massive hit. Of the nine Oscar nominations he received, LA Confidential won two in the categories of Best Supporting Actress (for Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

7 Jackie Brown


In 1997, iconic filmmaker and director Quentin Tarantino released his third film Jackie Brown with Pam Grier. Tarantino is definitely one of a kind in the film world, known for his stylistic choices, use of violence and comedy, and extended dialogue. Some say the director’s films are so unique that they exist in their own universe in which Tarantino can rewrite history. Grier gave a great performance in crime/drama, but despite the reception Jackie Brown was, it didn’t land any Oscar nominations, resulting in what some consider one of the biggest Oscar snubs in Best Actress category history.


5 As good as it gets

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Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt play an angry writer with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a single mother working as a waitress at a local New York restaurant, respectively. These two characters, Melvin Udall (Nicholson) and Carol Connelly (Hunt), embark on an unlikely journey despite their rocky start. Nicholson and Hunt’s on-screen chemistry is fantastic, which helped them both win Oscars that year for Best Actor and Best Actress. As good as it gets is a great movie and a must see.

4 Liar Liar


The 1990s marked the height of the career of comedian and actor Jim Carrey. With the release of films such as The mask, batman forever, Man on the Moon, Stupid and even dumber, Ace Ventura, The Truman Show, and of course Liar Liar, Carrey consistently did a great job. The Tom Shadyac-directed comedy/adventure follows a successful lawyer who can only tell the truth for 24 hours on the day his career-changing case must be won.

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3 Goodwill hunting


Matt Damon stars in and co-wrote the screenplay for the gorgeous drama/romance Goodwill hunting alongside fellow actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck. Everything about this film is remarkable: from the acting to the screenplay, through the direction and the soundtrack, it stands out as one of the best films of the 90s. Goodwill hunting was nominated for eight Oscars in 1998, eventually winning two, the first in the Best Supporting Actor category for Robin Williams’ career performance as therapist Sean Maguire, and the second for Best Original Screenplay which was the first Oscar for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

2 The full Monty


The full Monty is a great movie, but unique from the others on this list due to the fact that it’s one of the few comedies, at this point, to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. The film follows two men desperate to make money to pay off missed child support payments and their idea of ​​doing a male striptease. Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape and Tom Wilkinson star in this hilarious movie.

1 Titanic


When you think of an epic film, you think of James Cameron Titanic. This jaw-dropping romance/drama is iconic and will forever go down as one of the most successful films ever made. The level of authenticity and precision that has gone into the making of Titanic is amazing, whether it’s making sure every detail of the ship was accurate or getting to the bottom of the ocean to capture footage of the wreckage. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play ill-fated lovers Jack and Rose, two of their most iconic roles to date. Their performances propelled the two to stardom and are still referenced more than 20 years after the film’s release.

Cameron is an incredible filmmaker and broke new ground in the film world in terms of cinematography, special effects and film editing in Titanic. The film was nominated for 13 Oscars, winning ten, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

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On display this week: “Frederick Douglas: in five speeches” and award ceremony


Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies coming to television this week, February 21-27. Details and times are subject to change.

THE END OF THE GAME 10 p.m. on NBC. An FBI agent (Ryan Michelle Bathe) and a mysterious criminal mastermind (Morena Baccarin) clash materially and verbally in this new thriller series. The plot revolves around a series of major bank robberies in New York. Expect Fireworks: ‘Fast and Furious’ director Justin Lin is an executive producer on the show and directed Monday night’s first episode.

FANNIE LOU HAMER’S AMERICA: A SPECIAL CROPTED IN AMERICA 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This feature documentary special looks at influential civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. The program shows Hamer’s legacy as an advocate for suffrage and women’s rights and explains how she went from working as a tenant farmer in Mississippi to organizing grassroots campaigns.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: IN FIVE SPEECH (2022) 9 p.m. on HBO. David W. Blight’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” is the basis for this new documentary, which includes commentary from Blight and researcher Henry Louis Gates Jr. who talks about the crucial place of the abolitionist in American history. . But the documentary also leverages its own medium, highlighting the power of Douglass’s words: It features five actors — Jeffrey Wright, Nicole Beharie, Colman Domingo, Jonathan Majors and Denzel Whitaker – interpreting words from five Douglass speeches from several different decades. A sixth actor, André Holland, narrates.

ARE THEY NOT HOLY BODIES (2013) 5:15 p.m. on Showtime 2. Filmmaker David Lowery had proven himself a skilled director of moody dramas last year when he released the Arthurian romance ‘The Green Knight’. Lowery’s reputation is partly due to this dark quasi-western. In it, Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck play Bob and Ruth, a couple involved in a shooting. The fight results in one death and a sheriff’s deputy (Ben Foster) is injured. Bob goes to jail and Ruth gives birth to their daughter. Later, Bob escapes and returns to Ruth. But he is wanted and things get complicated.

QUEEN & SLIM (2019) 7:35 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on FXM. The outlaw romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (above) and Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim” feature couples whose lives are transformed, quickly, by violence. The story of Queen and Slim (played by Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya) opens with an awkward first date that leads to a deadly encounter with an aggressive white cop (Sturgill Simpson). They become fugitives on the run, and “Queen & Slim” turns into a road movie and a love story. What lingers, writes AO Scott in his review for The Times, “are tensions of anger, ardour, grief and sweetness, and the silent wonderment of witnessing the birth of a legend”.

FREE GUYS (2021) 8 p.m. on HBO. This action-comedy was a box office hit during the time of the pandemic. Now, it can be a Saturday night home watch diversion. A sugary sci-fi adventure with hints of “The Truman Show” and “The Matrix” (but filtered by the director of “Night at the Museum”), “Free Guy” features Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a Everyman who learns that he is a secondary character in a video game. When he meets a gamer named Millie (Jodie Comer), Guy is drawn into a mission to stop the CEO of the studio that created the game (Taika Waititi) from committing evil acts. The film is “perky if predictable,” wrote Maya Phillips in her review for The Times.

53RD ANNUAL NAACP IMAGE AWARDS 8 p.m. on BET. One of the joys of the NAACP’s annual Image Awards show is that it allows for confrontations that you don’t see at the Oscars, Emmys, or Grammys. The ceremony recognizes movies, TV shows and music. Some of the categories for this year’s edition are fairly typical: Halle Berry, Andra Day, Jennifer Hudson, Tessa Thompson and Zendaya are all up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, while “Encanto”, “Luca”, ” Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Sing 2” and “Vivo” will compete for Best Animated Feature. But other categories break genre boundaries: Artist of the Year nominees include Jennifer Hudson , Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Regina King and Tiffany Haddish.

28TH ANNUAL KERNING ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT. Lady Gaga was one of the snubbed surprises at the Oscars this year, but she’ll be up for a Best Actress statuette at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (for her role in ‘House of Gucci’), alongside Jessica Chastain ( “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”) and Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”). Best Performance in a Film Award will be a competition between Javier Bardem (“Being the Ricardos”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”), Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick…Boom!”), Will Smith (” King Richard”) and Denzel Washington (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”). And on the TV side, ensembles from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Morning Show,” “Squid Game,” “Succession,” and “Yellowstone” will compete for Best Cast.

SUPER PUMP 10 p.m. on Showtime. The first season of this new Showtime anthology series is based on “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” a 2019 nonfiction book by New York Times tech journalist Mike Isaac that chronicles the rise of the company transport. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber who served as the company’s chief executive from 2010 to 2017, when he stepped down after the company’s troubling traits – including a workplace culture that fueled sexual harassment and discrimination – surfaced. The show’s cast also includes Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishé, and Uma Thurman.

Jana Escudero: what happened to the TV chef and what is his return to gastronomy all about?


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I’m talking to Jana while she’s in Madrid (she must be back in Lima by now and will be reading this from home) and she feels the same as usual. the Chief with the constant smile and the precise words; the same one who became famous serving fettuccini a la huancaína with chunks of juicy loin – one of the great successes of the fair mixed– and a superb Toblerone cheesecake that will live forever in the memory and palate of many. Jana, 47, blonde, petite, doll-faced, agile mind. A cookbook brought her back.

His starting point was the restaurant he kept for years in a tap, owned by his grandfather, located on Colonial Avenue (the name was enough and stuck: El Grifo), where he began to sell simple snacks and ended up orchestrating one of the most representative spaces of what was the culinary boom of the first decade of 2000. Fusion cuisine, cozy, with technical, Peruvian and signature touches. That hasn’t changed.

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At that time, there were few women in the field who were dedicated to professional cooking, beyond confectionery; least even those who ran restaurants. Escudero and Marilú Madueño (Huaca Pucllana) stand out from this generation, but it will take several years for there to be more representative female faces.

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Oatmeal and yogurt pancakes. “they remind me of breakfasts with my grandparents, those fabulous buffets,” jana writes in the book. Photo: Jimena Agois.

For Jana, the last half was a break; a sort of silence that left many wondering what had become of her. “I recorded a show for two years,” she confirms to me from Spain, about her facet as a cook on television. “What happens is they’ve done it over and over again, and people always associate me with that. I would love to come back to TV, but things have changed a lot now,” he said. her on her foray into a cable channel, a window that brought her closer to many audiences.

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The pandemic ended up changing the fates of Jana and El Grifo (the Jockey’s original location and headquarters closed), but it paved the way for fresher new things. “I started sharing recipes on my social networks, with videos that I record myself, with my mobile phone”, admits the chef who has just launched her first recipe book. Histoires de cuisine is a collection classified according to your desires (the dessert part is called “Broken Hearts”, to name just one of the headings) where the best of their repertoire, from yesterday and today, are brought together.

At the same time, Jana cooks a small brand of food, with one or two homemade snacks that will soon be on the market. The best remains to be served.

Salmon with guacamole, a version that takes 20 minutes and is made in the 'air fryer' or air fryer.  Photo: Jimena Agois.
Salmon with guacamole, a version that takes 20 minutes and is made in the ‘air fryer’ or air fryer. Photo: Jimena Agois.

The book: “Cooking Stories”

“Cooking Stories” It is on sale in the Tottus supermarket chain. It has nearly a hundred recipes classified according to the occasion. all sprinkled with comments, memories and advice from Jana herself. the book includes basic slides and photos from his family album. Price: S/49.90.


Recipe for preparing alfajores with manjarblanco at home
Recipe for preparing alfajores with manjarblanco at home


10 Movie Franchises That Got Better With More Sequels


Long-running movie franchises have developed loyal fanbases over the years. These fans will follow their favorite series, whether the last entry succeeded or not. There are quite a few franchises that have gotten progressively worse with each addition, which has sparked some suspicion among fans when new sequels are released.

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Of course, there are also movie franchises that have continually improved with each sequel. Whether through deeper character exploration or an evolution of the franchise’s premise, these franchises continue to entice and impress fans with additional entries.

ten The Mission: Impossible franchise has grown bigger with each sequel

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise stars in the huge hit Impossible mission franchise, which has released six films since its first theatrical release in 1996 and has more in the pipeline. The Spy Thriller Impossible mission The series quickly became known for its jaw-dropping stunts. These stunts were largely done by Cruise, and they got bigger with each sequel.

Each sequel added deeper layers to the secret government organization and its missions. New episodes continue to wow fans with bigger, more death-defying stunts that have left fans patiently waiting for new entries in the series.

9 Star Wars continued to expand the universe with more sequels

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The first entry in the hit star wars franchise was theatrically released in 1977 with Episode IV: A New Hopean interim chapter in what would become the long-running Skywalker saga. star wars released a fan-favorite original trilogy that was later followed by the Prequel Trilogy. The Prequel Trilogy created a new generation of fans.

The Sequel Trilogy took place later in the storyline. It featured the return of favorite characters and the introduction of new characters that took the franchise in a different direction to gain a new wave of fans. Several spin-offs have further explored the star wars universe that continues to wow fans and expand on the original Skywalker saga.

8 The Alien franchise gets deeper and more developed with each sequel

Xenomorphs attack the ship in Alien Covenant

Many fans would say that the Extraterrestrial the franchise reached its peak after 1986 Aliens. However, the franchise continued for decades and further explored the titular alien threat while innovating with sequels like 2012’s. Prometheus.

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The origins of dangerous xenomorphs have been explored while expanding the future corporate-controlled society. Improvements in special effects technology over the years have made aliens even more terrifying, which has continued to drive the Extraterrestrial series. Extraterrestrial seems to have no end in the foreseeable future.

7 The Harry Potter Franchise Aged With The Heroic Golden Trio

Harry Potter Golden Trio

JK Rowling’s fan-favorite book series was adapted for the big screen in 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Philosopher’s Stone launched the Harry Potter franchise, which followed the Golden Trio as they progressed through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter initially aimed at a younger audience but was suitable for the whole family. As the Harry Potter as the series progressed and audiences grew older alongside the Golden Trio, the films dealt with darker themes. The wizarding world has been plunged into a dark war that has forced the students to fight for their survival in an action-packed film finale. the Harry Potter The franchise is very popular with fans.

6 James Bond stars in a series of films that continue to adapt to the times

There are a few films in James Bond’s long-running series of action-packed spy thrillers that some fans might not want to remember. However, the ongoing nature of James Bond and his ability to adapt to the times while maintaining his classic character has made the series a continued success with each new iteration.

Different generations have their favorite version of the character. Modern versions of James Bond have reached new levels of success, helping to rekindle interest in a series that has enthralled fans since 1962. Dr. No.

5 X-Men Franchise United Fans From Different Eras With New Sequels

Past and future mutants in X Men Days of Future Past

Another franchise with trilogies that spanned different eras was live-action x-men franchise, which first came out in 2000 with a unique take on Marvel’s mutants. x-men reached new heights with the first sequel in 2003 with X2: X-Men Unitedalthough each new sequel has presented something new and unique for fans.

2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past combined past and future to lean more on previous stories while trying to resolve timeline issues. While the franchise had a few missteps and ended on a low note with 2019 dark phoenix, the fan base always looked forward to each new entry to see what was next for the X-Men.

4 The Star Trek franchise has impressed fans for years despite some hiccups

Different eras of the Star Trek movie ranch

Although it may be debatable to include star trek, which has had as many hits as misses over the years, there’s no denying the longevity and growing quality of the star trek franchise as it evolves.

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The feature film continuity of the original series seemed to come out one big movie with all the other sequels, which was reproduced by The next generationit’s cast of characters. Advances in cinematic technology have made the reboot franchise a visual success despite some fan complaints. Although it ultimately ended in less impressive entries in the long run star trek franchise.

3 The MCU Is Filled With Successful Franchises That Leave Fans Wanting More

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe was launched in 2008 with the adaptation of Marvel’s Iron Man, who first teased the live debut of The Avengers. This led to the continued development of a shared universe of blockbuster movies that built the Infinity Saga storyline.

With each new phase of the MCU, the franchise has introduced new heroes and villains to tell a massive story that has captivated fans for over a decade. The climax of the Infinity Saga left fans wanting more from the MCU, proving the success of the various franchises that make up the shared universe.

2 Freddy Krueger continued to improve in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise

While it’s safe to say that all subsequent sequels to the acclaimed horror series have failed to wow fans, there’s no denying that freddieFreddy Krueger continued to improve with each sequel. The character has found his groove, then crossed it with his signature bladed gauntlet.

Krueger’s original nightmare menace has slowly morphed throughout the franchise into a darkly comedic and creative villain. Krueger loved toying with his victims in increasingly inventive death scenarios that made the character a huge hit even if the sequels sometimes fell flat.

1 The Fast and Furious saga has evolved beyond the original fast-paced racing premise

The Fast and Hobbs family in Fast and Furious 6

The first trilogy of fast furious franchise focused on a group of street racers who orchestrated high-risk burglaries while being investigated by plainclothes police. The franchise then evolved into an action-packed spy thriller that reimagined high-precision pilots as global outlaws before they became high-tech government agents.

The franchise has released eight sequels since The fast and the furious released in theaters in 2001. The characters have gone beyond the original series to star in the many theatrical spinoffs of the hit franchise.

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Video Shows Pro-Russian Politician Beaten And Lashed On Ukrainian TV


Video captured by Ukrainian television on Friday shows the heated moment a journalist punched a pro-Russian politician during a panel discussion about escalating tensions in the region.

Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov rose from his seat and punched Nestor Shufrych, a parliamentary deputy from the pro-Russian Opposition Platform–For Life party, during an argument over Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Live footage of the incident showed Butusov slapping Shufrych in the face and putting him in a headlock. The two proceeded to fall to the ground and fight on stage for nearly a minute as others tried to intervene.

The fight broke out during a talk show on Ukraina TV, which featured other high-profile politicians, including former Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and former president Petro Poroshenko.

The discussion became tense when Shufrych refused to answer questions condemning Putin after being asked if the Russian leader was a “murderer and a criminal”.

“Let the Ukrainian authorities deal with it,” Shufrych replied.

Poroshenko then mocked Shufrych for his comment, saying, “There’s a Russian agent here in the studio,” before Butusov provoked the physical altercation. After the fight, Shufrych reportedly returned to the stage with a bloody face and mocked Butusov for “scratching like a girl”.

Video from Ukrainian television shows a journalist punching a pro-Russian politician in the face as tensions continue to rise in the region. Above, Ukrainian troops patrol the town of Novoluhanske in eastern Ukraine.

The incident came amid growing fears that Russia is planning an imminent invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks, Russia has mustered up to 190,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.

President Joe Biden said on Friday he was “convinced” that Putin had made the decision to start a war in the region and that Russian troops could invade the country in the coming days. The United States also believes that Russia has carried out widespread cyberattacks against Ukrainian banks and the country’s defense ministry.

Russia has repeatedly denied any plan of attack, but weeks of diplomatic negotiations between Western nations have failed to ease tensions along the border. Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine have launched evacuations from the country and called for widespread militarization.

Vice President Kamala Harris warned on Saturday that Moscow will face “unprecedented economic costs” if the country chooses to attack.

“We will impose far-reaching financial sanctions and export controls. We will target Russia’s financial institutions and key industries. And we will target those who are complicit and those who aid and abet this unprovoked invasion,” he said. she said at a security conference in Munich. , Germany.

“Make no mistake, the imposition of these drastic and coordinated measures will inflict great damage on those who must be held accountable,” the vice president added.

READERS’ PERSPECTIVE: Indiana Senate Approves Usury | Opinion

Usury is an old world term for making illegal or immoral loans that enrich the lender by profiting from the misfortune of the poor. It’s considered a sin and a forbidden practice in the Old Testament Bible, but usury is the only word to describe SB352 which was passed by the Senate on February 2. in this bill, I’m afraid it will hurt a lot of people. Existing moderate-to-low-income homeowners could risk losing their homes due to high-cost debt options made legal in this bill, while others seeking home ownership, stability and at independence may be denied this opportunity due to the financial impact of using this type. dangerous credit.

5B352 enables an expansion of high-cost loans that target vulnerable, moderate or low-income borrowers at a time when many Hoosiers are struggling to find economic stability after the devastating effects of the pandemic.

As a result, many lost jobs, stayed home to watch the kids, depleted savings, and fell behind on rent or mortgages. Now subprime and payday lenders want to come to the rescue, but not without pumping up their bottom line.

The loans offered by these subprime lenders carry exorbitant interest rates. Under this bill, if a homeowner needs to replace a water heater for $1,600, they could get a same-day loan, regardless of their credit history and with little documentation. Quick and easy money to get – great, right? However, buried in the fine print, it says it needs to be paid off in 6 months with a monthly payment of $512.59 for a total cost of $3,075.52.

In the end, the borrower pays an additional $1,475.52 in interest and finance charges. For most, if they didn’t have $1,600 for the initial need, they certainly won’t have nearly double that in 6 months. This industry is happy to “help” them again, but this time by deferring that amount, charging more interest and fees, and creating a debt trap that can become unavoidable.

Habitat for Humanity mortgage payments, including property taxes and home insurance, here in Elkhart County average $500 per month with a 0% interest rate. In the previous example, the extra monthly payment to replace a water heater will be more than their mortgage payment. Our landlords, in this scenario, could not pay this debt and their mortgage. This type of cyclical debt threatens the housing security of low-income homeowners and renters, especially as they face new inflationary pressures for many daily living expenses.

Proponents of this bill believe that these families need this expanded access to credit. But if this access causes increased damage and may lead to them losing their homes, how can anyone believe that this is the best way to help?

If lawmakers want to increase home ownership, provide more secure and decent affordable housing, and really help those who are likely to be targeted by this new predatory lending, I suggest considering subsidized lending options below the market rate for emergency housing repairs or maintenance, more job training for higher-paying jobs, expanded access to subsidized childcare to enable stable employment, more efficient access to benefits government or other support services that could lift people out of poverty. Our elected officials should seek to encourage struggling Hoosiers to earn more, rather than encouraging them to take on more debt. Worst of all, 5B352 protects predatory lenders from prosecution under Indiana’s Criminal Loan Act. If they need protection from criminal prosecution, what does that tell you? This bill, quite simply, allows for usury by allowing these lenders to be exempt from our existing loan sharking laws.

Habitat for Humanity exists to provide strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. Our vision is that everyone in our community has a decent place to live. For over 35 years, we’ve worked to bring people together to create hope through homeownership. 5B352 threatens housing security, will exacerbate the affordable housing crisis, and replace hope with despair for those trapped in “easy” debt. The way to financially help struggling moderate and low income people in Elkhart County, many of whom are seniors, veterans, single parents or minority families, is not to give them a loan. with an exorbitant amount of interest. Please call your Indiana House representative and ask them to vote NO at 5B 352.

Greg Conrad, President and Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County Inc.

“ESPN, y’all need to start showing more Grizzlies games on national television!” : Ja Morant, while drinking shots of tequila in a limo, calls out ESPN for not showing his team love


Ja Morant saw it on Instagram Live on the way to All-Star weekend and called ESPN for not having more Grizzlies games.

It would be difficult to predict the sudden upward trajectory of the Memphis Grizzlies this NBA 2022 season. Ja Morant paved the way for the Grizz throughout the season, being named an All-Star starter while also being the most important vocal leader in the NBA. ‘team.

With the Grizzlies owning the 3rd best record in the Western Conference and the Utah Jazz slipping down the standings, Morant and his team are sure to cement themselves more in that spot after All-Star weekend.

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However, with ASG around the corner and All-Star weekend happening right now, Ja Morant seems to be living it before he even reaches Cleveland. Safe to say worrying about regular season standings isn’t something the 1st time All-Star is only too fond of this weekend because it’s clear he’s here to have a good time.

Ja Morant calls out ESPN for not hosting more Grizzlies games.

On the way to All-Star weekend in the limo, Ja Morant took to Instagram Live and hilariously called out ESPN for not showing enough love to the Memphis Grizzlies and his alma mater, Murray State. In doing so, he swallowed shots of tequila because why not, first All-Star Game on the horizon, let the man live a little.

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What’s utterly despicable is the fact that perhaps the most fun team in the league was only “gifted” with 7 nationally televised games on ESPN before the season. January 26and saw them replace the Grizzlies-Spurs with the Heat-Knicks, giving the Grizz one less game on national television.

Heat-Knicks were a dud as it was a blowout while Ja Morant on the same night, dropped 41 points and made it clear he left because the Grizzlies were taken off national television.

5 Ivan Reitman movies you need to watch


Ivan Reitman’s death was a blow. The 75-year-old director, screenwriter and producer was one of the names attached to many films that millions of people grew up with and to see him die so suddenly was quite shocking.

As a child, my family watched ghost hunters and David practically on a loop every Friday night. We quote both films ad infinitum. In fact, I could probably close my eyes and watch either movie in my head without missing a beat. I don’t remember seeing ghost hunters for the first time – I was way too young – but my parents saw it after hearing a few guys talking about this “funny ghost movie” a few weeks after it came out. I watched it endlessly throughout my youth. When I stayed home sick from school, I plugged in our little TV and VCR in my bedroom, relaxed, and watched Bill Murray and the gang take down a ghost. It’s still one of my all-time favorites.

David, on the other hand, was one of those movies that my family stumbled upon primarily because we were Sigourney Weaver fans. To this day, everyone in the cast – including Kevin Kline, Kevin Dunn, Frank Langella, Charles Grodin and Ving Rhames – goes by the nickname “that Dave person” in my eyes – with the exception of Ben Kingsley, who will forever be Cosmo’s Sneakers. I swear I’ve seen this movie a thousand times…even thinking about it brings a wave of 90s nostalgia – a Friday night in the middle of summer with the family, a bucket of popcorn and David.

Thank you Ivan Reitman for all the joy you have brought me and my family over the years. We will miss you. In case you’re looking for some of the best works of the man, here are my five favorite films directed by Ivan Reitman.

Kindergarten Cop (1990)

I missed kindergarten cop when it came out in 1990, but I saw the picture plenty of times at school. For some reason, for a good four or five years, the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy was my elementary teachers’ go-to movie when they needed some time off before a vacation or a lazy Friday. Naturally, the film’s decidedly intense action and suggestive content – it received a PG-13 rating – wouldn’t fly in today’s market, but nobody seemed too bothered at the time.

Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed goofy comedy for its overtly silly way. Outside of James Cameron, Reitman has probably had the most success exploiting Arnold’s endless charisma, as seen in Twins, kindergarten copand the underrated Junior.

If you haven’t seen kindergarten cop in a moment and really want to feel old – well, at least those of you who grew up with the movie – put it up and watch knowing that the youngsters in the movie are all close to 40 today. Ouch!

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Twins (1988)

Now I remember seeing Twins at the cinema with my parents, my sister and my grandmother. I vividly remember every scene with Kelly Preston capturing my very young attention. I’ve only returned to acting sporadically over the years, including on a recent viewing a few months ago where I was surprised to discover how much the film stuck in my subconscious. I could remember a number of scenes in great detail, including the moment Danny DeVito crawls up to Chloe Webb amidst a bouquet of flowers.

Surprisingly, Twins is holding up very well today. Arnold and DeVito make a perfect comedic combo; and the story, while a bit silly in the way it tries to shoehorn into action to give its big star a reason to flex its muscles, is still surprisingly heartwarming.

Now, in parallel, I actually think Junior is the best film of the three Arnold-Reitman teams, but for nostalgia, kindergarten cop and Twins deserve a nod.

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Stripes (1981)

The stripes look great Caddyshack in that it doesn’t always work, especially in its second half, but when it hits… man, it hits hard. With a gaming cast that includes Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Warrant Oats, Sean Young, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold and, apparently, Bill Paxton (not really!), Grooves is one of those movies that has a lot of bits (including this one) that you end up quoting long after the credits. It’s not always perfect, but as a carefree exercise in comedy, you can’t get much better.

David (1993)

I’ve shared my thoughts on Reitman’s classic romantic/political comedy before, but in case you’ve never seen the movie, let me repeat: David is an absolute classic that functions as light-hearted comedy, clever political satire, and surprisingly thoughtful drama. Kevin Kline is brilliant as Dave, an ordinary man tasked with posing as the President of the United States, while Sigourney Weaver, fresh off the hook Alien 3 and Ridley Scott 1492: Conquest of Paradise, is perfect as the embittered First Lady, who slowly begins to admire this bizarre clone of her husband. Ving Rhames nearly got away with the movie as Dave’s lovable security guard, while Charles Grodin, Kevin Dunn and Frank Langella are stellar in supporting roles.

On top of that, you get a sharp screenplay by Gary Ross and a score by James Newton Howard that delivers just the right note of whimsy to the proceedings.

For some reason we’re not talking about David almost enough. Apart from ghost huntersit’s easily Reitman’s strongest film and one of the best high-concept comedies you’ll ever see.

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Ghostbusters (1984)

After all these years, ghost hunters remains perhaps the greatest example of a successful big-budget comedy. Somehow, Reitman turned a silly Dan Aykroyd idea into one of the most entertaining movies of our time, filled with great visual effects that still hold up to this day, wicked humor, of a solid concept fantastic enough to dazzle, but grounded enough to relate to; and an incredible cast of young rising stars – Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Dan Aykroyd – who each fill their roles to perfection.

Reitman keeps the movie on a steady pace and builds to an awesome climax that’s as scary as it is hilarious. Seriously, nothing sticks out ghost hunters.

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Nigerian fintech startup Earnipay secures $4m seed round to scale access to earned wages solution

Nigerian fintech start-up Earnipay, which provides flexible and on-demand wage access to employees, has closed a US$4 million funding round to expand its offering.

Founded by Nonso Onwuzulike last year, To earn integrates with employer payroll and human resources systems to enable on-demand financing allowing employees instant access to their earned wages, interest-free.

Its solution helps organizations improve employee engagement and productivity by relieving the financial stress caused by eliminating the need for a payday advance or predatory payday loans with interest rates. The startup officially launched operations last month, having been in development and beta testing since September, and has already served more than 20 businesses, outsourcing companies and HR solution providers in Nigeria.

Its US$4 million seed round is led by Canaan, with participation from XYZ Ventures, Village Global, Musha Ventures, Ventures Platform, Voltron Capital and Paystack CEO Shola Akinlade. Earnipay will use this investment to accelerate the development of its technology platform serving large enterprise employers. It plans to offer its pay-on-demand solution to 200,000 employees by the end of 2022.

“Financial worries are the number one cause of workplace distractions. The monthly pay cycle means employees are often unable to pay day-to-day expenses, cover emergencies, or take advantage of immediate financial opportunities. As a result, they are exposed to predatory payday loans and get stuck in endless debt cycles with unrealistic repayment periods and high interest rates,” Onwuzulike said.

“Earnipay exists to solve this problem and provide an ethical alternative to instant access to pay while helping employers improve employee engagement and retention at zero cost to their business. The future of pay is here. demand, and we’re thrilled to be pioneering this incredible solution in Africa. I’m thrilled to be working with a group of highly respected investors who understand the need for a platform like Earnipay to drive better access to wages and, above all, to improve the financial well-being of income earners in Africa.

Canaan partner Brendan Dickinson said access to earned wages is growing rapidly in many markets and is a “natural fit” in Africa.

“Earnipay quickly established itself with a product designed specifically for payroll behaviors in this region, and early adoption by employers is very strong. Nonso has built one of the strongest teams we have encountered on any continent, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with them,” he said.

The movie Sir Christopher Lee regretted losing


Before his death, Lee revealed he was up for the role of Dr. Rumack in the 1980 parody film “Airplane!” Rumack was portrayed by Leslie Nielsen in the surreal comedy film. Rumack was the voice of reason, especially for Ted (Robert Hays), but always delivered his ideas in the most monotonous voice. His deadpan nature is the main reason Nielsen’s character is one of the film’s most memorable, as his dedication to serious acting added to the overall absurdity.

In a 2005 interview with Total Film, Lee explained that he was asked to appear in “Airplane!” at the same time he was working with Steven Spielberg on “1941”. His colleagues warned him to avoid the film, which Lee described as a “big mistake” on his part. He expressed similar sentiments to the BBC in 2006, calling the decision his biggest regret.

“Plane!” was a commercial success, grossing over $83 million worldwide upon release (via Box Office Mojo). It’s easy to imagine someone with an inherently intimidating nature like Lee portraying a serious character like Dr. Rumack. It would have been a perfect role for him to combine his villainous talent with a film rooted in comedy rather than action, drama, or horror.

10 Best Overall Female TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now


Over the past few decades, female-centric shows have flourished, allowing a more feminine perspective to be shared and told to audiences. Many of these shows shaped their viewers and changed the perspectives society saw on women of all ages and backgrounds.

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From Daddy’s Girls for Orange is the new black, female-centric shows have made it their mission to be unique and captivating. These shows shine a light on everything from parenting, relationships, work and everything in between. They are both relevant and attractive. The best part about it all is that it can be streamed anywhere, anytime.


Orange is the New Black — Netflix

Orange is the new black played an incredible set of new faces and a new premise of a women’s prison show. It centered on the main character, Piper Chapman, as she faced a crime she committed years ago and was forced to go to jail. There, she meets all kinds of women in this gritty Netflix series. The show itself has become a pop culture phenomenon with many of the show’s stars exploding into doing amazing things.

The show dealt with a host of serious issues and topics, from LGBTQ+ rights to violence in the prison system. The show touched on a lot and still managed to focus on a strong female character that people can relate to for years to come.

Sex and the City – HBO Max

The main characters of SatC posing in a bed

This series is one of the best known to date. And with the new revival, everyone has the show on their minds. sex and the city took a chance and delved into women’s issues and sexuality, which was once off-limits, especially on television.

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Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda have become so iconic that other shows have referenced them. He was ahead of his time when it came to removing any opinion that society had placed on women and women of any age. Together, the group created a good dynamic by discussing their life and what was going on between them.

Charmed — Netflix

The Halliwell sisters side by side in Charmed

Charm centered around three sisters who learn that they are very powerful witches. Throughout the series, the characters find themselves in dramatic and whimsical stories as they grow and learn from each other and themselves. The show dealt with more than supernatural beings, but it also questioned humanity and fate.

Charm was very popular during its run, which allowed for a modern reboot. just like sex and the city, the female characters were multi-dimensional and intelligent, and each character brought something special to the series. And there were a lot of life lessons to learn about charm. They fought literal demons every episode while trying to balance careers and relationships.

Pretty Little Liars – HBO Max

The liars finally in the den of A in Pretty Little Liars

This popular series followed the lives of four high school girls constantly facing blackmail and emotional turmoil. Pretty little Liars exhibited powerful friendships and self-esteem. The characters grew as the series progressed and led to an influential fanbase.

There were stories that PLL fans found it relatable and engaging. It’s no wonder it sparked a reboot and two spin-offs. It was one of the best-known teen dramas that paved the way for an abundance of mystery-based teen dramas.


The main characters of the sitcom Girlfriends

girlfriends followed the lives of four determined black women as they dealt with relationships and careers. This sitcom was very successful and lasted for 8 seasons. The characters were lovable and relatable, which makes them iconic in their own right. Despite their differing views, the women supported and held each other accountable and gave fans insight into healthy friendships.

The series shed light not only on female friendships, but also on eccentric women who were more than they seemed.

Big Little Lies – HBO Max

Big Little Lies Cast walking down the street

The series featured big name actresses like Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. It was short-lived but sustained a sufficient fanbase. For fans of detective stories and black humor, big little lies managed to portray a group of mothers doing whatever they can to stay afloat in their town.

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It had the perfect amount of drama and intrigue. It also portrays strong female personalities and strong friendships despite what they go through over the course of the series.


This series followed the lives of a group of women trying to thrive in the 1980s. Pose centered around the gritty side of New York at that time and prom culture. Fans loved this series so much because of its realistic depictions. It was able to portray women of color and also be one of the best LGBTQ+ shows of the past two years.

The storylines of the show captivated so many viewers and kept them interested. The fact that this series was able to provide positive representation is worth noting after a long history of negative representation or none at all.

The Golden Girls — Hulu

Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche and Rose together at the table in The Golden Girls

This series is one of the most successful and notable sitcoms featuring an all-female cast. It’s both timeless and hilarious. The characters are iconic in their rights with each one-liner or storyline. This series supported the concept of women of a certain age being successful or living their best lives.

Although the show was made over thirty years ago, The golden girls was ahead of its time. He also had some very underrated moments throughout that fans can always rethink or relive when rewatching.

The Yellow Vests — Showtime

Yellowjackets episode 10 featured casting

yellow jackets is one of the newer shows that features an all-female ensemble cast. It has what few other shows don’t. It manages to show two time periods with the same characters. Viewers can compare and contrast these characters and see first hand how much they have changed over time or not.

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It also provides fans of the series with strong-minded women who are forced to survive in the best way they know how, and let everyone know what happens next, even if the future is here. to be examined.

Desperate Housewives — Amazon Prime Video

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This 2004 television series followed the lives of four housewives who embark on numerous journeys around their small town. It had many heartfelt moments while being as dramatic as it gets. And although Desperate Housewives was primarily a soap opera, it had many underrated funny moments and quotes.

These housewives have had to deal with upsetting events, divorces, careers and murders. They have managed to support their home and hold on despite everything that has happened in their lives. Friendships alone are admirable because they highlighted the positive aspects of female friendships and independent mindsets that women possess.

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FC Barcelona – Napoli: where to watch the Europa League game on TV and live online today


the Barcelona begins its journey European League receive the Naples at Camp Nou in the shock corresponding to the round of 16 European League. those from Xavi Hernandez they fell short of the draw against Espanyol in the Catalan derby and now they will be looking to lick their wounds against the Italian side. The Neapolitans occupy third place in the A seriesare only 2 points from the lead and arrive at the right time to try to take advantage of this bad season that the Catalans are experiencing.

Barcelona – Napoli Europa League schedule

the game between FC Barcelona – Napoli from European League It will be played today, Thursday February 17, from 6:45 p.m., one hour less if you are in the Canary Islands.

Where to watch Barcelona v Napoli on TV and online

the Barcelona vs Napoli Today, it can be seen live on television on the channel Movistar Movistar Plus+ Champions League. You can also follow the Europa League match online for free through the OKDIARIO site, where we will tell you the result, the goals and the controversies live.

Who is the match referee?

The Romanian referee István Kovács will be in charge of refereeing the Barcelona – Napoli Europa League today. In the VAR will be the German referee Bastian Dankert.

Battle for ‘Lord of the Rings’ rights: Warner Bros. plays Tolkien Muscle


Warner Bros. claimed he still rules Middle-earth when it comes to the film rights to “The Lord of the Rings.”

The studio has publicly declared its control over film adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy trilogy amid industry rumors that a handful of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ rights are being bought by the owner of for a long time, the Saul Zaentz Co.

The Zaentz Co. and Warner Bros. are in the midst of a private mediation process to help resolve their differences over whether the studio has fulfilled its obligations to retain the license, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema took “LOTR” to new heights with the success of its Oscar-winning trilogy directed by Peter Jackson: “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), “The Two Towers” (2002) and “The Return of the King” (2003).

“New Line Cinema has retained the rights to theatrical films, both live-action and animated, for more than two decades now,” a Warner Bros. spokeswoman said. Variety. “We are currently in production on our animated film ‘The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim’ and can’t wait to bring audiences back to Middle-earth.”

Zaentz Co. representatives have been quietly holding pitch meetings in recent weeks to sell the portfolio of Tolkien rights that producer Saul Zaentz acquired in the late 1960s and 1970s. It’s no secret that Warner Bros. and Zaentz Co. have had acquisition discussions for the past decade, but have never come close to a deal.

Zaentz Co.’s holdings encompass the rights to exploit “LOTR” and “The Hobbit” properties in movies, video games, merchandising, live events and theme parks. It also includes limited matching rights should the Tolkien Estate decide to make films or other content based on two compilations of Tolkien’s writings which were published after his death in 1973: “The Silmarillion” and “The Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth”.

A representative for Zaentz Co. declined to comment.

Warner Bros. has held a long-term license to “LOTR” and “The Hobbit” since the late 1990s. The studio is said to be adamant that it has continually met its retention requirements by maintaining active development on the property. , exercising options in a timely manner and making periodic payments to Zaentz Co.

As if to back up this point, Warner Bros. earlier this week released key details of his plans for a “Lord of the Rings” animated film from New Line and Warner Bros. Animation whose release is now dated April 12, 2024.

Details of the licensing agreement between Warner Bros. and Zaentz Co. are not known, but these agreements often involve producers conducting some level of development and production activity on predetermined dates, among other terms. On February 15, Warner Bros. has released the first production image for “The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim”.

The project has a strong “LOTR” pedigree with Philippa Boyens, who was part of the Oscar-winning writing team for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, serving as executive producer. Phoebe Gittins, Boyens’ daughter, and her writing partner Arty Papageorgiou are writing the screenplay based on a screenplay by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews.

The “LOTR” world will also expand this fall when Amazon unveils its highly anticipated television series, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” This project was born out of an agreement between Tolkien’s estate and Amazon, as the transfer of rights from Zaentz Co. does not include television. New Line is also on board as the series producer.

The film rights to “LOTR” are the crown jewel in Zaentz Co.’s profile and are the main lure for any deal with a rival studio or IP-focused entity. The currently purchased portfolio also includes claims to Zaentz Co.’s large share of the profits from the trilogy which grossed over $1 billion worldwide on initial release.

The success of these films, unsurprisingly, has sparked a wave of rights battles and profit-sharing disputes over the past 20 years in various battles between Zaentz Co., Warner Bros., Tolkien’s estate and Jackson. Warner Bros. is also in business with Zaentz Co. as a distributor of its small but impressive film library, which includes such classics as 1975’s ‘Flight Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, 1984’s ‘Amadeus’ and ‘The English Patient” from 1996.

A source noted that the focus of the Berkeley, Calif.-based Zaentz Co. has changed over the years since longtime chairman Al Bendich, famed civil rights lawyer and associate of producer Saul Zaentz, died in 2015. Zaentz, a rock and jazz music mogul and film producer, died at age 92 in January 2014.

The timing of Zaentz Co.’s sale is hardly a surprise given the heat of the global content market for well-known properties. Titles with built-in global fandoms such as the works of Tolkien are more valuable than ever, which is surely why Zaentz Co. and its banker, ACF Investment Bank, mention the prospect of an opening to secure the film rights “LOTR “.

“Somebody say [Zaentz Co.] that it is a lottery ticket, and it is an effort to bid,” a source familiar with the matter said.

(Pictured: “The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim.”)

Inside the fight for banks to benefit their communities • Sacramento News & Review

As banks continue to merge, advocates are trying to ensure low-income communities won’t have to pay for it.

By Robin Urevich, Capital & Main

This story is produced by award-winning journalism association Capital & Main and co-published here with permission.

At a time when big banks are easily getting approval for profitable mergers, some California community groups say it’s not so fast. Dozens of them are seeking to block US Bank’s bid to acquire Union Bank unless the former earmarks $90 billion for charitable loans and donations to low-income areas and communities of color of State.

The $8 billion merger, announced Sept. 21, 2021, would create California’s fifth-largest bank, a $680 billion mega-corporation that would compete with giants like Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. How the Biden administration responds to the merger will be a test of whether the administration intends to consider bank consolidation rather than rubber-stamp it.

In a July 2021 executive order, President Biden called for a more critical approach to merger approvals, noting that “excessive consolidation increases costs for consumers, limits credit for small businesses, and hurts low-income communities.” “.

The merger would be a win for bank executives, but Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, executive director of the Oakland-based California Reinvestment Coalition, made up of local housing advocates and nonprofit development groups, is leading the opposition to the merger. ‘acquisition. According to Gonzalez-Brito, low-income communities have a lot to lose from this agreement.

So far, US Bank and Union Bank have each provided financing for affordable housing. Each lends to individuals and small businesses, donates to local charities and community lenders.

“Now the danger is that we will disappear. You end up with less than you started with and communities get less,” Gonzalez-Brito noted.

Much of the $90 billion package proposed by the CRC would go toward one of the state’s greatest needs: housing. The California Housing Partnership reports that 1.2 million low-income renters lack safe and affordable housing.

The California Reinvestment Coalition is calling for public merger hearings to be held in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. Among CRC’s proposals: special programs to boost home ownership among African Americans and small Native American businesses. Additionally, they are asking for smaller-scale opportunities for tenants like Maria Montes de Oca to own and manage their own buildings.

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In Oakland, just before Christmas 2021, Montes de Oca and a handful of neighbors were celebrating. Its landlord, who she said had doubled the rent for the past two years while refusing to eradicate mold or fix backed-up plumbing, had tentatively agreed to sell her building to the Oakland Community Land Trust.

“Now I can relax,” Montes de Oca said, as after a two-year rent strike, the land trust promises to keep the building affordable and make repairs, i.e. to say if the case passes.

Oakland Community Land Trust executive director Steve King said he expects to secure funding from the City of Oakland and nonprofit lenders to purchase the building from Montes de Oca.

CRC says the $90 billion benefits package would ensure low- and moderate-income communities of color get housing and small business financing opportunities and mitigate the potential damage of a consolidation.

But such agreements are not legally binding and enforcement can be difficult. “It’s usually a hard thing to do,” said Mike Calhoun, president of the Washington, DC-based Center for Responsible Lending. “They will say they will make X dollars in loans. It is often unclear whether this is beyond what they have done. How do you count eligible loans? »

In New York, Kathryn Franco, president of the Buffalo Niagara Reinvestment Coalition, said that to help enforce the agreements, her group tries to make sure the public is part of the process by “being really transparent with the information we have. have, [and] let community members know.

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The American bank, for its part, argues that its acquisition of Union Bank is in itself a benefit to the communities where it operates, and promises in its October 2021 merger filing to provide affordable and increased financial access, to “address systemic racism” and to support “sustainable environmental practices”. It is also noted in the merger application that both banks passed their latest Community Reinvestment Act exams with an “Outstanding” rating.

Under the Community Reinvestment Act, which aims to eliminate lending discrimination by banks, regulators periodically review each bank’s lending and community investment record, assigning ratings ranging from unsatisfactory to outstanding. But grade inflation is rampant, Gonzalez-Brito said, with 96% of banks passing their exams.

Banks often agree to community benefit agreements in order to weed out opposition and grease the shoes for mergers to proceed. The CRC secured 12 such deals by calling on regulators to deny bank mergers and acquisitions based on poor community reinvestment performance. But a $90 billion commitment from the U.S. bank would be the biggest in California yet.

Yet the whole process, from merger announcement to concessions made to community groups to eventual consolidation, is more akin to Kabuki theater than transparent regulatory scrutiny, because bank mergers – at least over the past 15 years – have been virtually guaranteed approval.

In 2019, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) removed all doubt by forcing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to publicly admit that since 2006 the Fed had approved 3,813 mergers and denied none.

But that can change. After President Biden issued his executive order last July, the DOJ and FDIC signaled that they would take a closer look at their merger approval rules.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, called on regulators to rein in the US Bank-Union Bank deal and other pending mergers that would create banks with more $100 billion in assets. until federal agencies draft new regulations.

Echoing the Reinvestment Coalition’s call for public merger hearings, Waters wrote in a December 2021 letter to federal regulators that evidence “has shown that bank consolidation is hurting small business lending, financial inclusion, financial stability and the rights of workers in financial institutions”.

In its opposition to the merger, the CRC drew attention to the US bank’s branch closures in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The group cited a study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition which showed that US Bank closed a quarter of its 643 California branches between 2017 and 2020. The CRC fears that the consolidation could lead to additional closings, which would encourage more people turning to high-cost check cashing and payday loans.

The bank’s lending record also shows that racial disparities persist for borrowers in California, despite its better CRA score.

In 2020, US Bank declined just 24% of loan applications from white areas, compared to 30% of applicants from predominantly African American neighborhoods and nearly 38% from predominantly Latino communities.

The data, derived from banking disclosures to federal regulators, also shows that in 2020, about 38% of Californians lived in majority-white communities, with roughly the same percentage in majority-Latino neighborhoods. But 56% of the bank’s loan applicants were white and only 16.1% were Latino.

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American bank spokesperson Jeff Shelman argued in an email to Capital & Main that the bank’s “loan underwriting and approval processes have been carefully designed with fair lending requirements in mind.” He pointed to $37 million in charitable donations and $1.3 billion in community development investments, such as a newly constructed 98-unit apartment building in San Bernardino County or a motel conversion to affordable housing in Anaheim. . Shelman didn’t say the bank wouldn’t be closing branches, but he said, “We won’t leave any community that Union Bank currently serves and we’re committed to keeping all front-line branch employees.”

But the CRC insists that the banks put their commitments in writing. Gonzalez-Brito said Bank of America officials had held at least two “listening sessions” with his group, but so far no real negotiations.

“I’m surprised how slowly they’re moving,” she says, adding that the community groups she works with are getting nervous.

Now, with more critical merger reviews on the horizon, groups like CRC and New York State’s Buffalo Niagara Reinvestment Coalition may have greater leverage, and banks may be willing to spend more. for the communities in order to consolidate.

“I hope there will be a real change in the way banks approach mergers,” said Kathryn Franco of the Buffalo coalition.

Copyright 2022 Capital & Main

Celebrity sighting: Danny Trejo spotted in Syracuse as new movies


“Machete” is in the center of New York.

Actor Danny Trejo was spotted at Blink Fitness Onondaga on Tuesday, working out as a new movie films locally. Trejo, wearing a Los Angeles Rams hat days after his favorite football team won the Super Bowl, posed for a photo with Syracuse gym director Brandon Anderson.

Anderson, who posted a photo of the celebrity encounter on Instagram, said Trejo told her he was in town shooting a movie.

Blink Fitness Onondaga manager Brandon Anderson, left, poses for a photo with actor Danny Trejo at the gym in Syracuse on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. (Instagram | @bmalibu145)

Liverpool-based American High is currently filming ‘The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge’, a holiday-themed sequel to 2020’s ‘The Binge’.

Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”), Skyler Gisondo (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), Dexter Darden (“Saved By the Bell”) and Eduardo Franco (“Booksmart”) starred in the first film. A casting hasn’t been officially announced for “The Binge 2,” but Darden and Franco were spotted filming Christmas party scenes in downtown Syracuse last week.

A casting call last month hinted at Trejo’s involvement in the sequel, seeking a “Danny Trejo lookalike” for an unspecified American High project. It is unclear if the role was for a Trejo stunt double or a backup.

Trejo, 77, has appeared in over 400 movies and TV shows, including “Machete”, “Machete Kills”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Heat”, “The Flash”, “Death Race 2″, ” Muppets Most Wanted”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Breaking Bad”, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, “Desperado”, “Modern Family”, “Con Air”, “Spy Kids” and the new series “Star Wars” “The Boba Fett Book.” He also owns several restaurants in Los Angeles, including Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Donuts, and recently published an autobiography, “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood.”

“The Binge,” shot in 2019, was the biggest film ever made in Syracuse with more than 2,000 extras and 50-60 local crew members. Scenes were filmed at Syracuse Studios (formerly AV Zogg Middle School in Liverpool), Onondaga Lake Parkway, Hanover Square, Carnegie Library, Clinton Square, Village Burger in Liverpool, a bridge in Van Buren and the Greater Syracuse Soundstage (formerly known as the name of the DeWitt nano film hub).

Jordan VanDina, who wrote the first “Binge” movie, will make his directorial debut with “The Binge 2.”

“For the foreseeable future, all alcohol and drug use will be prohibited, except for one glorious day known as The Binge,” reads the new film’s synopsis. “This year, that day miraculously comes at Christmas. Watch a holiday adventure like you’ve never seen before that includes magical storybooks, catchy songs, beautiful stop motion animation, and a Christmas saga that won’t be soon forgotten…and… Drugs ! Many of them! Happy Bingemas!

American High founder Jeremy Garelick, who directed the first “The Binge” film, will executive produce the sequel with Will Phelps, Ryan Bennett and Molle DeBartolo. Andrew Reyes will serve as executive producer on the project.

“The Binge 2: It’s a Wonderful Binge” is the first franchise from American High, which recently wrapped its 12th film in the Syracuse area in four years. Other American High titles include ‘Sex Appeal’, ‘Plan B’, ‘Big Time Adolescence’, ‘Looks That Kill’, ‘The Ultimate Playlist of Noise’, ‘Holly Slept Over’ and ‘Banana Spit’, as well that the next release “I Love My Dad”, “Sid is Dead”, “Love in Color” and “Empire Waist”.

A release date hasn’t been announced for “The Binge 2,” but given the holiday theme, it will likely release around Christmas on Hulu.


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Bel-Air on Peacock: cancelled? season 2? – canceled + renewed tv shows



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The Vulture of television watches the Bel-Air program on PeacockIs this wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood ready for this West Philadelphia teenager? To the Bel-Air Has the TV show been canceled or renewed for a second season on Peacock? The TV vulture watches all the latest news on cancellations and renewals, so this page is the perfect place to follow the status of Bel-Air, season two. Add it to your favorites or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember that the TV vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What is this TV show about?

Streaming on the Peacock subscription service, the Bel-Air The TV show is a reimagining of the 90s sitcom, The prince of Bel-Air. It stars Jabari Banks, Cassandra Freeman, Jimmy Akingbola, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Simone Joy Jones, Jordan L. Jones and Adrian Holmes. Set in modern-day America, the story follows the complicated journey of young Will Smith (Banks) from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. When a few guys (who weren’t doing any good) start causing trouble in his neighborhood, Will is sent to stay with his wealthy Aunt Viv (Freeman), Uncle Phil (Holmes) and cousins ​​Carlton (Sholotan), Hilary ( Jones), and Ashley (Akbar) in an affluent LA neighborhood for a fresh start.

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Unless they decide to publicize the hearing, it’s usually hard to predict whether Peacock will cancel or renew. Bel-Air for season two. In this case, we don’t have to wonder because the streaming service ordered two seasons upfront. I’ll keep my ears open and an eye out for news, and update this page with the latest developments. Subscribe to receive free alerts on Bel-Air news of cancellation or renewal.

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What do you think? Are you happy that the Bel-Air Has the TV show been renewed for a second season? How would you feel if Peacock canceled this TV series instead?

HBO Gives ‘Barry’ Season 3 Premiere Date


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barryHBO’s black comedy created by Alec Berg (Calm your enthusiasm) and Bill Hader (rail accident), will finally return on Sunday, April 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hader also stars in the series with Stephen Root (Office space), Sarah Goldberg (The dark knight rises), Anthony Carrigan (Gotham), and Henry Winkler (Night round).

According to THR. Season three of barry will air on HBO as well as stream on HBO Max.

Hader discussed the direction the show will take in the third season during the Television Critics Association’s virtual press session on Tuesday.

“Season three, more than anything, shows the ramifications of [Barry’s violence]said Hader, per THR. “Even more bad things happen. Mostly bad.

Berg also commented on what to expect in season three.

“What’s interesting: All the heartbreak in seasons one and two that Barry had to go through to turn the tables…it all comes back to his decision to become an actor. I really appreciate that everything that’s going on in the series is a consequence of Barry wanting a better life and every bit of that better life he’s trying to achieve has led to all this chaos,” Berg explained, per THR.

HBO has also released an official description of the upcoming season, THR reported, stating “Desperate to leave behind his violent past in favor of his newfound passion, Barry (Hader) attempts to disentangle himself from the world of contract killings and fully immerse himself in acting. But getting out is complicated. Although Barry has eliminated many of the external factors that drove him to violence, he quickly discovers that they weren’t the only forces at play. led to become a killer in the first place? In the third season, Barry and the other characters try to make the right choice.

barry garnered 30 Emmy nominations and six wins. The dark comedy’s six wins include awards for Hader, who won Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2018 and 2019, as well as Winkler, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Series comic in 2018.


Legendary producer Arthur Sarkissian joins Global Ascension


Los Angeles, Feb. 15 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After successfully releasing more than 20 blockbuster movies, including the hit Peak hour franchise over the past 30 years, Arthur Sarkissian joins forces with CEO DA Chan and President Joshua Macciello to launch rising new media and entertainment company, Global Ascension Studios LLC. Global Ascension Studios publishes live and animated versions for all media.

Sarkissian’s recent releases include worldwide hit, the stranger with Jackie Chan as well as The protected with Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Maggie Q. Sarkissian’s latest project Memory is published by OpenRoad with Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce and Monica Belucci. All three aforementioned films were directed by award-winning director, Martin Campbell.

Sarkissian’s deep ties to talent at all levels of production, including actors, directors, writers, studios and streaming entities, will help Global Ascension Studios quickly become a Hollywood powerhouse. “We are very excited. Each project produced by Global will build on its own strengths to be both a commercial and critical success,” Sarkissian said happily.

Global Ascension Studios is teaming up with Wild7Films, 2B Films and Danny A. Abeckaser to produce the first film under the Global Ascension banner titled Gemini Lounge.

Regarding their upcoming film with 2B Films, Sarkissian said, “We are absolutely thrilled with our next project. Gemini Lounge! Danny is a very talented director and I look forward to working with him and his company, 2B Films.

“Global Ascension Studios is where talented filmmakers can come to tackle their most ambitious stories. I look forward to collaborating with each of our teams to break the mold of what a studio can and should be.” , said Global Ascension Studios CEO DA Chan.

“Having Arthur on our team is an absolute honor. He is by far one of the most talented producers in the world and we are fortunate to work with him. Working with the talented Danny A. Abeckaser and 2B Films on our first release is pure excitement for everyone here at Global,” said Joshua Macciello, President of Global Ascension Studios.

“I am very pleased to be working with legendary producer, Arthur Sarkissian and Global Ascension Studios,” said director Danny A. Abeckaser. “The entire Global team truly understands our vision and our passion for Gemini Lounge. Global Ascension Studios president Joshua Macciello and producer Kyle Stefanski worked tirelessly to get Gemini Lounge set to be Global Ascension Studio’s first film in production.


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Morgan Brookshire Business is launching truly innovative business financing solutions that will be available to all business owners in the United States and Canada.

NEW YORK, February 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Morgan Brookshire LLC has launched an innovative business finance solution that will be available to all business owners across United States and Canada. This will be done regardless of credit issues or any other hurdles where it will be easy to get the maximum amount and the rates will be some of the best you can get in the US and Canada today. The brains behind Morgan Brookshire are veterans of the cash advance and corporate finance industry. The merchant cash advance industry has become very competitive in recent years with the massive influx of lenders, both good and bad. There are also traditional sources like banks, but these have repeatedly failed to provide funds to small and medium business owners. Thanks to its innovative team of experts, Morgan Brookshire has now launched business finance solutions that will fully meet the needs of these merchants nationwide. This is something that was long overdue and traders will now have a reliable source of huge amounts at very attractive interest rates. There are traders who completely ignore the inner world of the credit industry and they will accept credit financing without even considering interest rates. They don’t need to go through all that today as many companies are willing to offer even higher amounts and now it is very easy to find cheaper rates. However, he will have to find an honest cash advance company that will offer him several financing options without hurting his credit. Small and medium business owners can now count on Morgan Brookshire for maximum financing with the lowest interest rates in the United States and Canada.

The firm has years of hands-on experience dealing with business owners all over the world. United States where he serves his clients with 100% integrity and professionalism. It is for this reason that underwriters at Morgan Brookshire will see something in an agreement that underwriters at other companies have not seen and judged. Apart from the huge amounts and lower rates, merchants who will consider these newly launched solutions will also benefit from a super fast turnaround time. All questions will be handled with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Morgan Brookshire is ranked as one of the best cash advance companies for regular merchants and those who are interested in this offer will have the opportunity to renew their advances again and again.

About this new launch, Morgan Brookshire LLC., management said, “Offering the maximum amount of funding with great rates to a merchant is very difficult. This requires years of experience in the business and a very deep understanding of business practices. They also added, “As a good lender you need to have a good idea of ​​the transaction.” They also went on to say that “At Morgan Brookshire we always place the same level of importance on all our transactions – large, small or even medium-sized. Our financing partners have a common goal of offering the maximum amounts with the lowest possible rate. for our traders. Business owners do not need to search for better rates for the deal. Morgan Brookshire truly means a one stop solution for all business financing needs.

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Will a “This Is Us” movie take place? The show creator weighed in


With This Is Us: The Final Season five episodes, the story of the Pearsons comes to an end. According to director Dan Fogelman, this has been the plan from the start; although the series was not planned beat for beat, six seasons was “the road map”. But now, facing the end of the series, perhaps Fogelman is considering a way to move things forward. So will be a It’s us movie happen? When asked, the showrunner didn’t say no.

At It’s us A panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fogelman was peppered with questions about the latest episodes. Reporters asked everything from whether Kevin was returning to a reboot of The Manny was planned all along (no, but they’d like to pretend it was) about how many more scenes take place in the future flash-forward. The answer to the latter is quite extensive, apparently, with broad hints of an entire episode set either in 2034 and Rebecca’s passing, or in the Adult Jack timeline in 2050.

But the big question was how did it feel at the end of the series. “I think it’s something we’re all dealing with right now,” Fogelman told the assembled reporters. “It’s getting a little more real right now. At the start of the season we were getting a lot of questions about it, but I don’t think it felt very real. And all of a sudden now I’m writing the final scripts. We’re getting there quickly.

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But Fogelman admitted he was open to the idea when asked if he might see the Pearsons again in a movie a few years later, much like Downton Abbey do.

“I’m not saying no to anything,” he said. “I’m very aware that a midlife crisis is right around the corner for me and whatever I do next, I’m going to hate about this show and these actors. So I’m saying no to nothing.”

However, he pointed out that (as Downtown) gathering the vast cast could be a tall order. “I suspect that when I want to redo something for It’s us with these guys, they’ll all be very busy winning awards and Emmys and Oscars,” Fogelman joked. “But of course,” he continued. “If we can find a movie down the road, I would love to get back with these guys and do it. I don’t know what it would be. By the end of this season, I think we’ll have told the full story, so I’m not sure. It’s like you’re making the movie about what would have happened if Jack had survived the fire or something, but I don’t know…”

Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin, chimed in, “Well, here’s your movie. You just wrote it!” Fogelman laughed, but then looked down at his phone. “The president of NBC is literally texting me right now, ‘Yes to the movie.

So maybe this won’t be the end of the Pearsons after all.

This Is Us: The Final Season returns with episode 6 on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Cheers invented the love story on television. It has never really been surpassed.


The history of television is littered with will-they, won’t-they. From Ross and Rachel on Friends to Issa and Lawrence on Unsafeapparently every TV show has a couple that get together, then break up, then get together, then break up.

Of course, they sometimes get together for good (see: Jim and Pam on Office), and of course, these relationships can eventually get a bit exhausting during their millionth iteration of the drama (uh, see: Ross and Rachel again). But will they, won’t they is a TV staple for a reason. We love to see people fall in love, and TV loves a story that goes on and on (and on).

For me, however, TV has never gotten past the original couple they don’t want – Sam Malone and Diane Chambers of Cheersthe NBC sitcom that aired from 1982 to 1993.

Before Cheers, it was rare for TV shows to develop romances throughout their runs. If, say, Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show was to marry his sweetheart, well, she would be his love essentially as long as she was on the show. There wasn’t a long period of courtesy or courtship. And most TV romances were between husband and wife.

Still, many TV fans liked to read an implied romance in some pairings. In the 1970s, for example, enough viewers thought there was a spark between the characters Mary Richards and Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show that the writers sent the two on a date in one of the show’s final episodes. They ended up laughing at the bad idea of ​​reuniting after an exploratory kiss, but a series acknowledging even an implied romance that its fans had read about on the show was unprecedented.

When Cheers began in 1982, co-creators Glen Charles, Les Charles and James Burrows explicitly wanted to build their series about people working and drinking in a Boston bar around the conflict between two would-be lovers, in the style of a goofy comedy 1940s. Sam was to be a lanky lummox of a former baseball player whose machismo lured countless women into his bed. Diane must have been a hyper-intelligent woman who outdid herself when it came to the heart. Sam needed to believe he could be a better person; Diane was to be less judgmental of those who had attended fewer graduate seminars than she had.

Brothers Charles and Burrows found lightning in a bottle when they cast Ted Danson and Shelley Long to play the characters as well. Both actors had worked here and there, but they weren’t household names. Still, they captured the essences of Sam and Diane with ease and boasted absolutely sizzling chemistry.

Even their acting styles complemented each other well. Danson is a gifted physical artist, and even when Sam is stuck behind the bar, he does something interesting with his hands for you to watch. Long is headier and more verbally adroit. The writers leaned into those impulses knowing that Danson could deliver a long speech and Long could take a fall when needed. The versatility of the two performers gave each episode of the series an unpredictable and electrifying quality.

At the heart of the series is the question at the heart of many great love stories: can these two people get better? And will one of them change enough to benefit the other person? Relationships are all about give and take, and neither Sam nor Diane were particularly good at giving up on anything.

The strength of this relationship is most evident in the show’s first two seasons, which are among the best seasons television has ever made. As Sam and Diane inevitably head towards reunion, and then just as inevitably towards breaking up, Cheers highlights how good they are together and how tragically unable they are to figure out how to maximize what works in their relationship. Whenever they come close to solving these core issues, one of them (usually Sam) does something to screw it up.

The rest of Cheers is also awesome. It lasted 11 years and never had a bad season (although the 10th disappoints at times). Plus, for a show of its time, it “holds up” better than most other ’80s shows, with a surprisingly progressive streak that never becomes the focus of the show. In his heart, Cheers It’s about building a place outside the politically fractured arguments of its time, but it never loses sight of the specter of an unchecked corporate America lurking just outside the bar. At some point, the bar itself becomes just one more cog in a huge company restaurant machine.

But the Sam and Diane spark has never been stronger than in those first two seasons. Of course, the two bounced back until Long left the show at the end of its fifth season. (Never fear, first time Cheers viewers: She returns in the finale.) And after Long left, the writers didn’t just try to replicate that dynamic with another woman to keep Sam flirting endlessly. They added the character of Rebecca, played by Kirstie Alley. Sam flirts with her, yes, but it rarely feels like the two will end up together. They just like to flirt and sometimes sleep together.

So I recommend Cheers in general. But I particularly recommend those first two seasons, both as a lesson in TV history and as one of the greatest examples of a romance TV has ever seen. You’ll know at every turn that it’s a really bad idea for Sam and Diane to get together, but you’ll never stop hoping they do anyway.

Cheers is available to stream on Hulu, peacockand Paramount+. For more recommendations from the world of culture, check out the A good thing archives.

Samsung’s new Galaxy TV ad is about user privacy


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Samsung's new Galaxy TV ad is about user privacy

We saw Apple uses television commercials to promote some of its iPhone’s privacy features. The ad Apple created last year for its App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature showed how a young man, using his iPhone to pay for coffee and carpool to a meeting at the bank, had his personal data collected by individuals representing third-party applications. Even buying an embarrassing anti-itch cream was duly noted by these apps.
“Choose who tracks your information,” read the tagline. And by pressing the button allowing him to use ATT to opt out of being tracked, all those third-party trackers disappeared.

In the shadow of last week’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup, Samsung released its own privacy video. Weighing in at 94 seconds, a little cut by the company’s obviously talented group of editors will bring this back to the usual 30/60 second window for television. A young girl notes that her life is on her phone and as she unlocks her handset with the under-screen fingerprint scanner, she says she doesn’t want to be tracked by sneaky apps that track her every move.

Samsung’s Privacy Dashboard reverses the “T” on who uses your camera, microphone and location data

With Samsung’s Privacy Dashboard, users know which apps are using their camera, microphone, and location data. Disabling the precise location toggle will allow apps to know your approximate, but not precise, location. Thanks to Samsung’s privacy features, our heroine can hide her exact location from a weather app or share it with a rideshare app, but only when she needs a ride.

And food delivery apps may be prompted to ask for the user’s address every time an order is placed, but not at any other time. Privacy is now in the hands of the user, which is why Samsung is calling the announcement “Samsung Privacy: You’re in control.” And at the end of the ad, the tagline appears: “Your privacy. Secure.”

While Apple and Samsung ran two different ads to promote privacy on their phones, the purpose of both is the same. By disrupting the tracking process used by apps and websites, user data will not be collected by third parties in order to send personalized online advertisements.

Not everyone is opposed to sharing their location data with trackers, as this often results in receiving special discounts at stores the user is near. And it could also make things easier when shopping for a particular product. As with much of life, the decision is yours.

We already know of Facebook Meta that Apple’s ATT opt-out program is expected to cost the company $10 billion in ad revenue this year. During the social media star’s latest conference call with investors and financial media, Meta CFO Dave Wehner said, “We believe the overall impact of iOS is a headwind for our business in 2022.” And that doesn’t include any lost revenue from privacy features found on Android handsets.

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Google’s tracker decisions are undoubtedly difficult for the company. On the one hand, he wants to present Android as an operating system that can prevent users from being tracked. But on the other hand, the Alphabet unit made $61.24 billion in advertising revenue in the fourth quarter, up 33% year on year. But even though the cost of getting the traffic needed to generate that amount of money increased by 28%, Google spent $2.96 billion more in the quarter on an annual basis to generate $15.04 billion. dollars in additional ad revenue over the three months.

And by the way, if you’re looking to turn off tracking on Android, turning off Location History won’t help. What you need to do is suspend Web and App activity. This will reduce your phone’s ability to provide relevant searches or recommendations across all apps and devices connected to your Google Account.

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To disable this setting, go to myactivity.google.com and click Web & App Activity. You will see the “Enable” button on the left and the “Disable” button on the right.

You can also stop personalized ads on an Android phone by going to Settings > Private life > Ads; tap Remove Advertising ID. This removes the unique advertising ID used to track you across third-party apps and websites.

The Boston SciFi Film Festival returns with an all-new hybrid format


“We see the virtual world as another theater, so we program it accordingly,” said festival director and founder Garen Daly. “You could literally go see something at 5 a.m. at the Somerville Theater and then come home and wake up at 4 a.m. and…watch something virtually.”

Films include ‘Jason and the Argonauts’, ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, ‘Beyond the Desert’ and ‘Karmalink’. the first science fiction movie made in Cambodia.

The Boston SciFi Film Festival & Marathon, which is the oldest genre festival in the United States, dates back to the Orson Welles Festival of Horror and Science Fiction in 1972, Daly said. In 1976, the festival rebranded to its current name and added its 24-hour film marathon.

“It’s an overkill view, with 800 of the closest friends you only meet once a year,” Daly said. “We have people who have known each other for 40 years and have only seen each other 40 times.”

Daly added that this year’s marathon, which will take place February 20 and 21, from noon to noon, will feature four 35 millimeter throws and one 70 millimeter throw. While he used to go the full 24 hours, Daly said, now, “I’m too old for that.”

Daly said the festival highlights a different topic each year and this year the focus is on film composers.

“We’re doing two panels this year, one with composers and one with female composers,” Daly said. The latter is a response to the lack of representation of female composers in cinema. According to a 2019 study by USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiativeonly 1.4% of composers out of 1,200 popular films from 2007 to 2018 were women.

Boston SciFi Film Festival & Marathon tickets start at $15 and are available at bostoncifi.com.

Sam Trottenberg can be contacted at [email protected]

Local extras flock to Columbiana for film shoot


COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) — Columbiana near the clock tower was blocked Saturday as a Christmas movie continued.

Hundreds of locals flocked to the tiny Buckeye State Hollywood to be extras in the film.

“I heard about it on the news that my mom texted me a link and I was like, ‘That sounds really cool,'” said Anna Larman, 15, of Niles.

Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias lined all the sidewalks to make the place perfect.

“I didn’t really know what backstage was like and how many people it actually takes to make things that seem simple take a lot longer than you imagine,” Larman said.

Larman says she wants to study film, making Saturday a hands-on learning experience.

“In the future, I want to go to art school to direct specifically,” Larman said.

While 8-year-old Brayden O’Dell from Howland is delighted to brag to his friends at school.

“I think all the cameras,” he said, when asked what was exciting about filming.

People came from all over the valley to be part of a magical little film.

“There’s a lot of negativity out there, so it’s just something fun and happy, that’s why I’m here, to support Columbiana as well,” Liberty Township resident Hermie Harper said.

They are excited to see each other on the big screen once the film is released.

“I think Columbiana is a beautiful town and it has such a cozy atmosphere, just like the Hallmark movies, so I think it’s a perfect place for that,” said New Middletown resident Gina Carbone.

Full List of 40 Movies and TV Shows Removed by Netflix in March


Netflix will remove 40 movies and TV shows from March 1 – see the full list. (Cloth)

Netflix UK has announced as announced that 40 TV shows and movies will be removed from the streaming platform next month.

The streaming giant has released a slew of new shows and movies for February with more to come in March.

But to make room for the new content, some shows are facing the axe.

Among them is the 1998 hit The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, with SWAT and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days also deleted.

Here is the list of content Netflix removed in March, including TV shows, Netflix originals, and movies.

(N* = Netflix Original)

40 TV Shows and Movies Removed by Netflix

  1. 21 Thunder (Season 1) N

  2. Akame ga Kill! (Season 1)

  3. Arctic Heart (2016)

  4. Big Stan (2007)

  5. BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry (2018)

  6. The Boy (2016)

  7. Cabin Girl (2011)

  8. The Challenge (Season 1)

  9. The Dictator (2012)

  10. Enchanted Ella (2004)

  11. Ghostbusters (1984)

  12. Guru Aur Bhole (Season 1)

  13. How to lose a guy in 10 days (2003)

  14. Kuch Bheege Alfaaz (2018)

  15. Loo Loo Kids: Johnny & Friends Musical Adventures (Season 1)

  16. Love is in the Air (Season 1)

  17. Never Back Down (2008)

  18. Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

  19. Nicky Deuce (2013)

  20. Nila (2016)

  21. No Good Deed (2014)

  22. Pants on Fire (2014)

  23. Paradise Liost (2006)

  24. Pop, Lock’n Roll (2017)

  25. Rebel Radio (2012)

  26. SWAT (2003)

  27. SWAT Firefight (2011)

  28. Sab Jholmaal Hai (Season 1)

  29. Saimdang, Color Memory (Season 1)

  30. Something Borrowed (2011)

  31. Steel Magnolias (1989)

  32. The Sum of All Fears (2002)

  33. Sylvanian Families (2019)

  34. Sylvanian Families Mini Episodes Clover (Season 1)

  35. Tiger (2016)

  36. The Truman Show (1998)

  37. Your Lie in April (Season 1)

  38. Aurora (2010)

  39. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

  40. Lil Peep: Everyone’s Everything (2019)

Anyone currently watching content to be removed from Netflix only has a few weeks to complete before being removed from the platform.

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Payday Loans Norwalk Connecticut

These loans usually have high interest rates as they do not involve any guarantor. As such, a Connecticut payday loan is a solution to many financial crises. But it is necessary to put in place a good management to avoid detrimental consequences to the borrower. Some of these features of a payday loan in Connecticut are similar to easy payday loans in Las Vegas.

You can decide if you can handle these conditions, or it can lead you directly to bigger financial problems. First, let’s clarify for all of us what a payday loan is. This loan is asset-based, which means you have to prove your ability to repay in case you don’t have money on the repayment date. To be more specific, American payday loans in Norwalk, Connecticut. You can request it even from home or from the restaurant. Simple, quick and very comfortable – a perfect solution for every Norwalk resident who needs it right now.