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Cannes-Bound Marion Cotillard Documentary Travels to Key Territories; Teaser Unveiled (EXCLUSIVE)...
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Paris-based banner Indie Sales has closed deals in key markets for Flore Vasseur’s environment-themed documentary “Bigger Than Us” which is produced by Oscar-winning actress and activist Marion Cotillard. It will world premiere at Cannes as part of an ephemeral selection of films about the environment. The event documentary has been acquired for Australia & New […]......
‘Handmaid’s Tale': Joseph Fiennes on June’s ‘Big Bite-Back’ and Fred’s Fate...
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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 4 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”) After four seasons of raping, abusing and generally torturing June Osbourne (Elisabeth Moss) and inflicting pain and suffering on other handmaids and citizens of Gilead, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) finally met his end on Wednesday’s Season 4 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The death was a long time coming and a well-earned scene, which saw June lead a pack of former handmaids who are now refugees in Canada as they let Fred loose in the wilderness on the border to Gilead, just as he was supposed to be handed back over to his home country and tried for his crimes. “I always kind of always knew it was coming. And I’m sure the audience might feel the same, that it was about time that we got some sense of justice,” Fiennes told TheWrap. “Although this justice is a real complicated, sort of paradoxical one, because sadly, June, who is so changed by the horror of her abuse in Gilead, has lost her higher self. And I love that she’s aware of that and doesn’t know how to stem the rage. Whilst on the one hand we applaud that, on the other hand, we see a lot of people assisting in Fred’s death. That’s a hard one, morally, and a wonderful, complex conversation about just how dangerous abuse is and how it begets more abuse.” Throughout the finale, June went back and forth about her decision to actually kill Fred rather than allow the justice system to punish him on her behalf, ultimately deciding to pull the metaphorical trigger in the last few moments of the episode. June makes it clear she can’t just let him go; it’s not about Fred dying, but how he dies, that matters to her. She wants him to be afraid, running through the woods as she was when she was first captured and separated from her daughter, Hannah. And she wants to be the one to string his decapitated, lifeless body up on a wall, as she’s seen in Gilead. “That’s really the crux of the point of this attack on Fred. It’s less about taking the oxygen out of him. It’s more about the fear that he travels through en route to his final moments,” Fiennes said. “I love that moment before, where June shows how she’s aware that she wants to murder him, just put him on the f—ing wall. And how that doesn’t speak to the higher, spiritual self. I love that she’s at that crossroads and she’s struggling with the pain of seeing her character cross this line. But I think that’s a really important touch to this — that although she is lost and a changed person, she is aware of what she’s about to do. I love that consciousness behind it. But ultimately, I think it’s about the fear, about putting someone through the years of the pain and horror that that they’ve been through. Even if that means being carried in the van with a neck choke and shackled and not knowing where he’s going and in the woods and the gun and the whistle — all of that macabre theater is actually all about, in many ways, getting him to feel what it was when she first landed in Gilead.” Before June ends Fred’s life, she takes a moment to rip out his tongue with her own teeth, a symbolic move to get back at Fred for all the times he sexually abused and raped her while she was unable to fight back. “The big bite-back, as I call it,” Fiennes said, in reference to the scene where Moss’ June literally bit off as much of Fred as she could chew. “There’s that scene where they’re at Jezebel’s and sort of this nasty, lascivious character that is Fred, the way that he would sort of caress and touch and bite around her neck and ear and how that makes her skin crawl. I just thought it was wonderful to have that at the front to be reminded of this character. So we don’t lose sight of the horror of this predator. I love that monologue she has, ‘Don’t bite. Don’t bite.’ It snaps back and all plays back to that moment.” When it came to shooting the rest of the scene, which was filmed in the pitch-black woods in Canada, Fiennes said he wanted to do “everything” himself, even though he had a “wonderful” stunt guy who was more than capable of taking that on for him. “I really wanted to feel the panic, the fear,” he said. “It was 3 o’clock in the morning. It was minus whatever degrees. And being chased — especially when you do it several times and you’re out of breath and it’s very muddy and cold and my feet got wet up to the knees — you feel those elements and you literally feel the fear. Twenty people, athletic people, running after you with torches and you can barely see. And it’s hard to navigate the route. So all of that slipping up and running as fast as I could, it really was pretty genuine, that fear. I just didn’t want to get caught because I just thought maybe we would all fall on top of each other and somebody would break an ankle. So I just kept running. But what I wanted to do in the scene was just have one moment just to lock eyes for a second with June and almost to say, ‘Please do this. Please, I want this now.’ I think there’s a part where — we don’t need to linger or go into Fred’s mind at all — but a beat that just might suggest for me, not for the audience, but for me, ‘I deserve this, do it. Because I’m a repeat offender.'” June made sure to send word to Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) that her husband had met his end — in the form of a single finger mailed to the commander’s pregnant wife, who is imprisoned in Canada and waiting for what she thinks will be his triumphant return after being pardoned for his crimes in Geneva. So what does that mean for Serena’s future, as “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been renewed for a fifth season? “Of course, there’s Serena, just in the five-star holding cell, just looking for better internet service and a lovely home for Fred,” Fiennes said. “And then, wham, finger. I think there’ll be a kind of a quiet acknowledgment to June, in terms of paying back a debt. But she is firmly on her own there and not protected.”......
Rachel Nichols Horror Gets North America Deal; Telefilm Canada Exec Launches Consultancy; Utopia Boards ‘We Intend To Cause Havoc’ — Global Briefs...
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Gravitas Demigod Deal EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to director Miles Doleac’s Demigod starring Rachel Nichols (Continuum). The movie the story of a woman (Nichols) who travels with her husband (Yohance Myles) to Germany’s Black Forest upon learning that her huntsman grandfather has died and left her all his worldly possessions. Upon arrival, […]......
The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters...
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Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 599,769; Tuesday, 599,945; Wednesday, 600,285. About half the U.S. adult population remains unvaccinated. Want to help someone in the United States locate COVID-19 vaccine doses nearby? Search vaccines.gov, or text a ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 for information.Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is set to kickstart the reconciliation process today, paving the way for Senate Democrats to pass a massive infrastructure package without Republican support as bipartisan negotiations sputter. Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that he will convene a meeting today with all 11 Democratic members of the Senate Budget Committee to start the process of passing a budget resolution, kicking off the formal steps needed to move toward the reconciliation tool that would allow President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE’s spending and tax proposals to pass with 50 rather than 60 votes. Schumer added that the move would allow lawmakers to approve elements of Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan and $1.8 trillion American Families Plan with simple majority votes after the August recess. “As you know, a budget resolution will outline how we go forward and includes issues that are affecting, that are part of reconciliation,” he said (The Hill). Earlier in the day, White House officials told House Democrats that they were giving a bipartisan group of 10 senators another seven to 10 days to reach an agreement. If no deal is struck, officials indicated that they would gauge the progress of talks and decide whether to hit the gas on the reconciliation process. “They're giving it a week or 10 days more, and that's about it,” Rep. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthWhite House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure On The Money: House Democrats line up .5T in spending without budget | GOP takes aim at IRS | House Democrat mulls wealth tax House Democrats to kick off .5 trillion spending process without budget MORE (D-Ky.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, said as he emerged from the meeting. “And then we move along with reconciliation — for everything” (The Hill). The Associated Press: Impatient Democrats prepare to go it alone on infrastructure. The New York Times: Democrats vow to push their own infrastructure plan as talks drag on. The latest steps and chatter come amid stumbles for the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan laid out by the group of senators, with most of the trouble this week coming from the left. While the group tries to sell the package, progressive lawmakers have panned the blueprint, arguing that it does far too little to merit consideration. “I’m confident that there’s only one deal that’s out there, and that’s one deal that covers all the pieces we need in infrastructure. There’s no half a deal or a quarter of a deal that I can support, and I think I have a lot of Democratic colleagues who feel the same,” said Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC On The Money: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday | Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC MORE (D-Mass.) before a Tuesday caucus meeting (The Hill). Sens. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Progressives threaten to block bipartisan infrastructure proposal MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Progressives threaten to block bipartisan infrastructure proposal Youth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein MORE (D-Ore.) signaled they would not support any scaled-down bipartisan infrastructure deal that does not earn the support of the entirety of the Democratic caucus to also move a larger bill under budget reconciliation and that the details of the bigger package are spelled out in advance (The Hill). Alexander Bolton and Mike Lillis, The Hill: Democratic patience runs out on bipartisan talks. The Associated Press: White House: Markets showing little worry about inflation. The Hill: Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic. > Committee threats: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businesses Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Calif.) called on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.) to boot Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology McCarthy: Pelosi should remove Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust MORE (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her recent comments about Israel and warned that if the GOP retakes the House in the 2022 midterms, it will move ahead with a vote to do so. “I will promise you this,” McCarthy said. “If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view. That is not productive, and that is not right” (Politico). Omar was condemned by Republicans and Democrats for her tweet regarding Hamas, the Taliban, the U.S. and Israel last week. Pelosi said on Friday that no further action would be taken against Omar for her tweet since she issued a follow-up statement to clarify her position (The Hill). Bloomberg News: Lina Khan confirmed to the Federal Trade Commission in victory for Big Tech’s critics. Biden immediately named her as chairwoman. The Hill: Tech privacy practices under scrutiny after DOJ subpoenas. > The House Oversight and Reform Committee would like to hear from former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC Biden's no-drama White House chief MORE (pictured below), who is also a former House member from North Carolina. The committee on Tuesday disclosed emails that it says show former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE’s pressure on the Justice Department to step in to overturn the 2020 election, including a legal brief Trump sought to file with the Supreme Court. Among information flagged by the committee: five instances when Meadows emailed top Justice colleagues about internet conspiracy theories about alleged voting irregularities for which there was no supporting evidence. "Pure insanity," Richard Donoghue, who was the acting deputy attorney general, wrote to then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in response to Meadows's email at the time promoting a purported conspiracy involving Italy (NBC News). Jordain Carney, The Hill: Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas. The Hill: The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Like a House bill, the Senate version attracted bipartisan support. The Washington Post: 21 House Republicans vote against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6. LEADING THE DAYADMINISTRATION: Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Overnight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE, a meeting arranged at Biden’s invitation, is the showstopper at the end of a long week in Europe for Biden. It takes place amid a tonnage of international analysis and conjecture, as well as practice sessions and pomp configured for a stately Geneva mansion. Each president will spin their conversations during solo press conferences following their discussions today, and Biden will fly back to the White House to focus anew on rescuing his domestic agenda. CNN: Biden’s meeting with Putin carries historic echoes. The Associated Press: What do Biden and Putin each want out of today’s summit? For this summit, Putin, 68, is emerging from a coronavirus cocoon of sorts. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid contracting COVID-19 and has not publicly traveled abroad since early last year, preferring to host foreign leaders in Moscow or Sochi and holding most of his meetings with government ministers and regional governors over videoconference (The Guardian). He was reportedly vaccinated in March but still insists those with whom he meets or comes near must first undergo two-week quarantines. Top business representatives, regional governors, his pilots and medical staff, volunteers at an economic conference, and even World War II veterans have shut themselves away in order to meet the Kremlin leader, The Guardian reports. Biden has done no such thing, and the physical distance between the two leaders and their body language will be a diplomatic story unto itself. > Trade frictions between the United States and the European Union (EU) eased on Tuesday with an agreement to eliminate a long-running dispute about government subsidies for America’s Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, but other Trump-era tariffs remain in place and are under negotiation. Biden met with EU leaders before flying to Switzerland and meeting there with Swiss President Guy Parmelin (pictured below) (The Washington Post). > Federal lands: A federal district court judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide temporary injunction on the Biden administration’s pause on oil and gas leases on federal lands (The Hill). > U.S. ambassadors: Following months of deliberations, Biden on Tuesday announced his first slate of political ambassadors, naming five political allies and donors, as well as four career foreign service officers. So far, Biden has announced a total of 18 ambassadors, with 13 hailing from the career ranks. The list, as noted by Axios: ambassador nominee to Israel, Tom Nides, a former deputy secretary of State; Mexico, former Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.); NATO ambassador, Julie Smith, a longtime Biden aide and foreign policy expert; Costa Rica, Cynthia Telles, a prominent Latina donor and professor at UCLA; ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (The Hill). Career foreign service nominees: Julie Chung for Sri Lanka, Sharon Cromer for Gambia, Troy Damian Fitrell to Guinea and Marc Ostfield to Paraguay. > White House domestic terror plan: The National Security Council on Tuesday released a strategy to combat domestic terrorism, a threat that U.S. intelligence agencies have warned is on the rise this year (The Associated Press). The blueprint calls on the government to upgrade analysis of domestic terrorism and improve the information that is shared among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Administration officials said the Justice Department had also implemented a new system to “methodically track” such cases within the FBI. The Justice Department is also evaluating whether the administration should recommend Congress pass a specific domestic terrorism law, which does not currently exist. In the absence of such a statute, the department relies on other laws to prosecute ideologically motivated violence by people who have no international ties. The Hill’s Niall Stanage writes that Biden’s domestic terror plan is filled with unsurprising, common sense proposals that provide little in the way of a preventative road map to the radicalization and polarization in domestic politics that factual news and information dissemination, election cycles and law enforcement have not subdued. > Immigration: The administration wants to address the immigration backlog in the courts, where more than 1.3 million people are waiting to have their cases decided. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced earlier this month that it was giving its attorneys more discretion to drop cases. It’s a reversal of a Trump-era push to widely seek deportation, instead directing the agency’s lawyers to weigh how long someone had been in the country and their ties to the community along with other humanitarian factors (The Hill). More administration news: The Government Accountability Office ruled that the Biden administration’s freeze on federal funds for construction of the border wall is legal (The Hill). … The White House will host a July Fourth “independence from the virus” bash for first responders, essential workers, and military service members and their families on the South Lawn amid fireworks over the National Mall. More than 1,000 guests are expected (The Associated Press).IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKESPOLITICS: Ahead of the June 22 Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, progressives are coalescing around civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley in an attempt to blunt the momentum of a string of centrist candidates. Wiley, a former lawyer for Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Memo: New York City mayoral race is harbinger for politics of crime Adams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll New York City to host 'Hometown Heroes' ticker tape parade July 7 MORE (D), spent months fighting for the liberal mantle in an eight-candidate primary field and snagged the influential backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback MORE (D-N.Y.) (The Hill). At the national level, progressives and activists are being courted by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Nevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary DNC chair on Manchin and voting rights: 'Do what Americans want' MORE, whose internal outreach has surprised and impressed some of the party's loudest critics on the left. For the first time in years, liberals within the DNC infrastructure say they are feeling appreciated by their party's top brass (The Hill). In the Republican Party, everyone with ambition for higher office, it seems, wants to be an influencer. Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRNC's McDaniel launches podcast highlighting Republicans outside of Washington Pompeo launches political group ahead of possible White House bid Sunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus MORE on Tuesday launched a political group ahead of what many believe will be a White House bid in 2024 if Trump sits it out (Politico and The Hill). A staunch Trump backer while at the same time promoting his bona fides, Pompeo says he wants to help midterm candidates in 2022, and he is stepping out in public with a honed script about the GOP’s future. Pompeo this month will appear at Republican National Committee’s summer donor retreat in Dana Point, Calif., according to Politico (former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 Virginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election MORE is touting his appearance there, too). In July, Pompeo is scheduled to speak at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., as part of a series on the future of the Republican Party. He is also expected to host an upcoming event for Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Five years after the Pulse nightclub massacre the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues MORE (R-Fla.), who is up for reelection next year. Meanwhile, Republican primary candidates are scouring social media and appeals to the grassroots to figure out what kind of midterm messaging is most effective (and also most injurious), reports The Hill’s Reid Wilson. One technique: Did a candidate tweet, write or say anything critical about Trump? Anything other than total loyalty can be used to persuade primary voters that a candidate is out of touch with their hero, and the hero himself is watching. A source with direct knowledge tells Wilson that Trump was made aware of past negative comments from Pat McCrory and Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC Trump endorses Rep. Ted Budd for Senate in North Carolina MORE before he decided to endorse Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE in North Carolina’s Senate GOP primary. More politics: Political recall campaigns are like snowballs picking up momentum as they roll through the country at a faster pace, with plenty of voter anger behind them (The Hill). … In Pennsylvania’s open-seat Senate contest next year, Democratic Rep. Madeleine DeanMadeleine DeanDemocrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe Pennsylvania Rep. Madeleine Dean won't run for Senate Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over MORE says she is not a candidate and will focus her energies in the House (The Philadelphia Inquirer). … Trump later this month will visit the U.S. southern border with Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott as a way to criticize the immigration policies of the Biden administration and Democrats (The Hill). ***** CORONAVIRUS: The European Union is set to allow individuals from the U.S. to travel into any of its 27 member countries for non-essential purposes for the first time since last March. The U.S. and five other nations (Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan) are expected to be added to the list of approved countries later today (Reuters). The change is likely to take effect in the coming days. > Restrictions: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoPuerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback New York hits 70 percent vaccination goal, lifts COVID-19 restrictions Hundreds of people given expired vaccine doses in Times Square MORE (D) announced on Tuesday that the state has reached its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults, and has now lifted all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including capacity restrictions and social-distancing rules for vaccinated residents. “We’re no longer just surviving. … We can get back to living,” Cuomo said. “The fact is that New York was the victim of COVID. On the facts, what New York has done is extraordinary.” However, unvaccinated individuals still need to practice social distancing and wear masks, with schools still having to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (The Wall Street Journal). The Wall Street Journal: Regeneron’s antibody drug cuts risk of death in some COVID-19 patients. > Mandates: In Pennsylvania, the state House’s Labor and Industry Committee advanced legislation that would bar employers from mandating that workers receive vaccines, including one against COVID-19. All Republicans voted for the measure, while all Democrats voted against it (The Associated Press). The Associated Press: Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency declaration formally ends. In Arizona, Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyDucey issues executive order against ASU mask policy Beyond California, a record year for recalls On The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP MORE (R) formally blocked Arizona State University (ASU) from implementing a plan to require unvaccinated students to wear masks and undergo COVID-19 testing. Ducey signed an order on Tuesday blocking the state’s three public universities and community colleges from requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, submit vaccination documents, be tested or wear masks. ASU argued that Ducey misinterpreted the school’s directive. “We’re allowing freedom of choice,” ASU President Michael Crow said. “So we expect vaccinations, but if you don’t get vaccinated, then you’ve got to follow CDC guidelines for institutions of higher education, which are quite clear” (The Associated Press). The Associated Press: Massachusetts offers $1 million prizes, scholarships for vaccinated. Los Angeles Times: More evidence suggests the coronavirus was circulating in this country by Christmas 2019.The Morning Report is created by journalists Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver. We want to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. We invite you to share The Hill’s reporting and newsletters, and encourage others to SUBSCRIBE! OPINIONBiden may be walking into a Putin trap in Geneva, by Mark Gongloff, editor, Bloomberg Opinion. https://bloom.bg/3cIfzsi Why we need to vaccinate young children, too, by Leana S. Wen, contributing columnist, The Washington Post. https://wapo.st/2TYj0Vd WHERE AND WHENThe House meets at 10 a.m. The Senate meets at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of the nomination of Radhika Fox to be an assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Biden’s proposed fiscal 2022 budget, with testimony from Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday | Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden readies for Putin meeting Watch live: Harris, Yellen deliver remarks on aid to small businesses MORE. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee will hold a 2:15 p.m. oversight hearing about the U.S. Capitol Police on Jan. 6 during the Capitol siege, with testimony from Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton. The president is in Geneva to meet with Putin beginning at 1:35 p.m. local time and continuing for several expanded bilateral sessions. Biden will hold a solo press conference this evening after the U.S.-Russia discussions. He will depart Switzerland tonight to return to Washington. Vice President Harris, as part of her portfolio dealing with U.S. voting rights, will meet at the White House at 11:15 a.m. with members of the Texas state Senate and Texas state House who in May blocked passage of legislation affecting the voting process in the state. The Federal Reserve concludes a two-day meeting with the release of a policy statement at 2 p.m. and a press conference at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Chairman Jerome Powell. Second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden mission abroad: reward friends, constrain adversaries Kamala Harris gambles with history MORE travels to Memphis, Tenn., for two events this afternoon to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Hill.TV’s “Rising” program features news and interviews at http://thehill.com/hilltv or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. ET at Rising on YouTube. ELSEWHERE➔ MIDDLE EAST: Israeli planes bombed Gaza early Wednesday, just days after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was sworn in. Officials said the airstrikes were a response to incendiary balloons sent by the militant group Hamas into southern Israel from Gaza (The New York Times). ➔ CATHOLIC CHURCH: U.S. bishops are expected to debate beginning today at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops whether Catholic politicians should be denied communion based on their break with the church on abortion, a controversial issue that could affect Biden. The Vatican is cautioning American bishops about using communion as a political weapon (The Hill). “The concern in the Vatican is not to use access to the Eucharist as a political weapon,” Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest and ally of the pope, told The New York Times. ➔ TECH: FedEx has partnered with a robotics company to test a driverless delivery service in Houston. Fedex and Nuro, a robotics company, agreed on a multi-year contract to kick off a pilot program. Dave Ferguson, Nuro’s co-founder, said that the company’s goal is to help communities and ease the burden on FedEx employees (The Hill). … Southwest Airlines on Tuesday continued to experience technical glitches for a second day. The issues came after the airline dealt with an issue on Monday surrounding its weather data provider, which kept shutting down, making it unsafe for planes to fly. “We are aware of system issues and are working quickly to resolve [it.] We will share more info soon,” the airline tweeted on Tuesday (The Hill).THE CLOSERAnd finally … Kudos to The Washington Post’s Kevin Ambrose, a storm chaser, photographer and author who made sure he was in the right place at the right time during a furious Monday night downpour in Washington, D.C. “I checked both of my cameras, and they confirmed the lightning flash struck the tip of the Washington Monument. I captured a direct strike to the monument. I have not photographed a lightning strike at the Washington Monument since July of 2005,” he wrote. Read how he did it HERE and view some electrifying photos. Share on Twitter JW Video Type: CutdownPerson: Alexandria Ocasio-CortezElizabeth WarrenCharles SchumerBill de BlasioJaime HarrisonVladimir PutinKevin McCarthyMadeleine DeanNancy PelosiMark MeadowsDonald TrumpJeff MerkleyJanet YellenAndrew CuomoJohn YarmuthDoug EmhoffMark WalkerMarco RubioMike PompeoDoug DuceyMike PenceIlhan OmarJoe BidenEd MarkeyTed BuddMadeleine DeanExcluded from Just In: 0Video comments: Video comments......
‘The Queen’s Gambit': Behind the Scenes of the Climactic Chess Showdown...
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This story about The Queen’s Gambit first appeared in the Limited Series & TV Movies issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. The Set-Up: American chess whiz Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), rising like a phoenix from the ashes after battling lifelong drug and alcohol addiction, bucks up and heads to Russia for the match of her life. The tense showdown, which includes one dramatic adjournment, leads to (spoiler alert) her triumphant victory against Vasily Borgov (Marcin Dorociński) at the 1968 Moscow Invitational Chess Tournament. Four behind-the-scenes experts involved with writer-director Scott Frank’s blockbuster Netflix limited series spoke to TheWrap about shooting the heart-racing battle of wills. THE PRODUCTION DESIGN Uli Hanisch, production designer “This sequence looks a little different than the rest of the series. It’s very solemn and churchlike: lots of blacks, whites, grays. We had to illustrate visually that Beth was playing for dear life. There are no bright colors anymore, no more fun. “We shot in a turn-of-the-century state building in Berlin, with a lot of offices and this big space in the center. We had to shoot on the weekend, though, since it is actually a fully operational public building. The idea was to create something like a temple of chess, like a cathedral. And to situate everything so that the audience is sitting higher than the players. Everything is very, very serious, very stern, very intimidating. As the chess player, you are sitting in the middle of it and everybody’s watching you. We wanted to create this intimidating atmosphere.” THE COSTUME DESIGN Gabriele Binder, costume designer “Scott Frank said Beth’s attire in this scene should be effortless, like a dress she would wear to play at your kitchen table. Nothing super special—just elegant and simple, to give us the feeling that she’s really confident after learning about style through her travels, especially in Paris. It’s a warm color, meant to recall the very first scenes of the series with her mother. We bring back this color to her because she feels her mother is with her, and she’s at peace with everybody, and she knows she can win. “For the Russian players, they were supported by the government, of course, and they represent the state. So they had really good suits. Plus, the people outside were quite poor, but they made the best out of it and had their own style.” THE FILM EDITING Michelle Tesoro, editor “We had to visually establish that the stakes are higher for Beth. There is an international broadcast, and the BBC announcer is in the wings, the display boards and all the people watching inside and outside this grand hall. We basically go back to the playing of classic chess and recall the matches we saw in Las Vegas and Mexico City, in many ways. “The character of Luchenko (the penultimate player before Beth’s face-off with Borgov) is played by our line producer, Marcus Loges. Scott really loved his look. I cut to him a lot because I just loved him, he’s such a warm guy. Also, I was very surprised by the portrayal of Borgov. It’s not what I pictured reading the book. I pictured something like Gru from “Despicable Me”. When Marcin (Dorociński) came in to play him, I was like, ‘Wow, he’s kind of hot!’ And that makes (the scene) more intimidating. “I always go for tension, no matter what. Because if you don’t have tension, then people won’t stay to watch it. We always want to wonder whether she’s going to crack like she did before. We’ve seen her so many times in these major moments, so we just want her for once to do it.” THE MUSIC Carlos Rafael Rivera, composer “Scott Frank’s initial idea was to create a completely piano-based score. But as Beth’s character grew and moved into the world, we started adding things like flute and orchestral instruments. She’s now a fully developed character and so her world is fully orchestral. And when I got that final sequence, I cried. There was no music, but it was already working. “I worked quite chronologically, so that by the time this sequence came, the music came quickly because all the things had been approved. All the things had been assigned for different aspects of Beth’s character. I had a theme for Borgov. I had music for (another chess competitor) Benny. So you have this sort of convergence of different ideas that just laid themselves out and really helped flesh out the scene. “I didn’t even realize it was a sports film until I saw that scene in it. I’d read the novel, I read the screenplay. But when I saw that moment where she looks up at the ceiling (where Beth visualizes the match), I realized, I’m gonna need superhero music, because she is a superhero. It needs to be that big, almost over the top. “And if you pay attention to that scene, sound design also goes along for the ride. Once she looks up and starts seeing the gameplay (on the ceiling) without the use of pills, when the camera goes back down to her and she makes that first move, there is a sound of a whip. That’s the kind of stuff our sound designer (Wylie Stateman) does that really blows me away.” POSTSCRIPT: WHAT’S NEXT FOR BETH? TESORO: “I hope that she doesn’t fall into a pattern again. I think that maybe she goes out into the world just a little bit better than when we first met her.” RIVERA: “She’s a product of decisions that were made for her from the time she’s 8 years old, so there’s a lot that she has to work through and unpack. I would hope that she’s better for everything, and that she found comfort in her friends.” BINDER: “Life could be her chessboard, and she can win on the chessboard. So maybe she can also make it in life.” HANISCH: “When Beth wins the game against Borgov, he turns around and embraces and congratulates her. Even he loves her, you know? It’s a very important moment. She’s understanding that she’s truly welcomed in the world, and now she can embrace the world. She’s ready for it.” Read more from the Limited Series & TV Movies issue here Cynthia Erivo on the front cover of the June 15, 2021 issue of the EmmyWrap Limited Series & Movies magazine......
Hotel Rooms May Still Be Scarce at This Year’s Cannes Film Festival, but There Are Plenty of Yacht Berths...
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The annual Cannes Film Festival, canceled last year due to COVID and moved back from May to July 6-17 this year for the same reason, is causing massive rescheduling headaches for hotels and other businesses in the south of France. Uncertainties and angst surrounding international travel are expected to result in much smaller attendance than the record 12,527 people who flocked to the 2019 festival. And since the festival has shifted from May to the height of the summer high season, there’s a strain to find lodging — especially with the temporary closure of the iconic, 343-room Carlton Hotel in Cannes for renovation (until 2023). (Big spenders can still grab the last available single room at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in nearby Antibes for $2,152 a night, according to a recent listing on hotels.com.) But there’s a bright side to the scramble for accommodations: At least you don’t have to worry too much about finding dock space for yachts at the Port of Cannes or other nearby docking locations, according to Rolf Smith, sales broker for Northrop & Johnson, a global yacht broker with offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and elsewhere. Smith estimated that only a quarter of the usual dock space would be occupied during the festival, based on current bookings. “I would just say we are in a surreal position, it’s a fluid situation — it’s not going to be on the scale of what it was two years ago,” Smith told TheWrap. “It’s all going to be up to the travel restrictions. Could another (COVID) surge shut it down again? That’s the risk.” Yachts have been part of the Cannes mystique since the film festival began in September, 1946. In 2019, celebrity watchers such as the New York Post’s Page Six drooled over stars’ yachts as they began arriving in and around Cannes, including David Geffen’s $400-million, 454-foot megayacht the Rising Sun. A megayacht is defined as a recreational luxury over 260 feet in length; superyachts are a mere 78 feet and larger. Steven Spielberg’s The Seven Seas, which has also been spotted at Cannes during the past decade, qualifies as a megayacht at 282 feet. The InterContinental Carlton Cannes Geffen got himself into some hot water last year by posting on Instagram that he was “quarantining” on his yacht, “isolated in the Grenadines,” flaunting a social distancing choice that was not available for the average frontline worker. Although there is less competition for a good place to dock in Cannes and its glamorous environs, Smith said recent easing of pandemic travel restrictions in France has led to a surge in bookings in the last four or five weeks, so the most desirable yachts for lease are going fast. “We have over 350 yachts under yacht charter management, so the market is just slammed,” he said. Smith added those who own or lease luxury craft generally don’t ride the yacht to the location, but rather have someone pilot the craft to the desired location, and the owner or client travels by air to board the yacht and meet the crew that has already prepared the boat for the occupants. Under pandemic protocols, the crew remains on the yacht while designated crew members go ashore for necessary supplies. “If the owner is coming, he doesn’t want to get contaminated with his family,” Smith said. While many of travelers take private jets to Cannes, Smith said, they are still limited by COVID rules that may not permit entry into the country. For that reason, many Hollywood industry travelers who might already have their boats waiting for them in the Mediterranean for the summer in previous years have been docking their yachts in East and West Coast locations such as Maine, Oregon or the Bahamas. “This year, Katzenberg and those guys had their boats in down in Granada,” he said. One irony of the pandemic Cannes season is that festival travelers usually book top hotels and yachts as much as a year in advance, so they’re already making plans for Cannes 2022. “I have two clients who are booking for next year,” he said. “And those yachts, the good ones, are already starting to get booked up in advance.”......
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Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore Join Todd Haynes Drama ‘May December’...
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Oscar-winning actors Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore are set to headline a new drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes. “May December” will see the heavyweights pair for the story of a Hollywood actress (Portman) who travels to the picturesque coast of Maine to study the real-life woman (Moore) she’s set to play in a film. […]......
A deep learning approach for motion segment estimation for pipe leak detection robot...
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The trajectory motion of a robot can be a valuable information to estimate the localization of an autonomous robotic system, especially in a very dynamic but structurally-known environments like water pipes where the sensor readings are not reliable. The main focus of this research is to estimate the location of meso-scale robots using a deep-learning-based motion trajectory segment detection system from recorded sensory measurements while the robot travels through a pipe system. The idea is based on the classification of the motion measurements, acquired by inertial measurement unit (IMU), by exploiting the deep learning approach. Proposed idea and utilized methodology are explained in the related sections and it is observed that convolutional neural network approach is quite powerful to overcome the unreliability of IMU data.......