Th 93rd Academy Awards this year has the highest proportion of non-white acting nominations. But what other Oscar records do you know? Test your cinematic knowledge in our UK colleagues' Oscars quiz!
Th 93rd Academy Awards this year has the highest proportion of non-white acting nominations. But what other Oscar records do you know? Test your cinematic knowledge in our UK colleagues' Oscars quiz!
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According to science, one out of every four Americans develop insomnia every year. Fortunately, 75 percent of them recover, 21 percent experience poor sleeping with bouts of acute insomnia, while the remaining six percent develop chronic insomnia, meaning they struggle to sleep for at least three nights a week for more than three months. Those who struggle with sleep disorders may attempt to treat the condition in a variety of ways, ranging from calming bedtime rituals and hot tea before bed to taking natural or prescription sleeping aids. Now, a new study has determined that one of the most popular treatment methods is ineffective for those dealing with chronic insomnia. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this special report: I'm a Doctor and Warn You Never Take This Supplement.Sleep Medications Don't Help Chronic Insomnia, Study FindsAccording to research published Tuesday in BMJ Open, while prescription sleep medications can help women who experience acute insomnia, it won't help the chronic version. "Whether caused by stress, illness, medications, or other factors, poor sleep is very common," senior author Michael Perlis, Ph.D., an associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program, explained in a press release. "These findings reveal new insights about the paths that acute insomnia takes and can inform interventions that target poor sleep and help people recover sustained sufficient sleep."Researchers pored through two years of data from almost 700 middle-age women, focusing on their sleep habits. They determined that Ambien, Lunesta and other anti-anxiety meds—all of which can be helpful in the short-term (up to six months)— aren't any more effective to help women sleep than taking nothing at all. "Sleep disturbances are common and increasing in prevalence. The use of sleep medications has grown, and they are often used over a long period, despite the relative lack of evidence from [randomised controlled trials]," the study authors concluded.They added that while the drugs may work well in some people with sleep disturbances over several years, the findings of this study should "give pause for thought to prescribing clinicians and patients thinking about taking prescription meds for sleep disturbances in middle age."RELATED: 5 Ways to Prevent Dementia, Says Dr. Sanjay GuptaThe Right Amount of Sleep Per NightAdults need 7 or more hours of sleep per night for the best health and wellbeing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Short sleep duration is defined as less than 7 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. So practice good sleep hygiene, and to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
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Trevor Noah to Israel: ‘When you have this much power, what is your responsibility?’Late-night hosts discuss the surge in violence between Israel and Palestine, a scandalous report about Trump’s Secret Service and Jeff Bezos’s super-yacht Trevor Noah on the perennial, lopsided conflict between Israel and Palestine: ‘I’m not trying to answer the question, nor do I think I’m smart enough to solve it.’ Photograph: Youtube
Tina Turner and Jay-Z feature among the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, the organization announced Wednesday.
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NBC and CBS tie atop Tuesday, when ABC’s “Pooch Perfect” put its tail between its legs “The Voice” was a welcome addition to NBC’s Tuesday lineup, but the singing competition did not do enough to shake off CBS. ABC tied with Telemundo again, and Fox matched up with Univision — airing “Prodigal Son” one day after announcing its cancellation didn’t work out. Fox’s “The Resident” at 8 p.m. fared a bit better, posting a 0.5 rating/3 share in the advertiser-sought adults 18-49 demographic. The medical drama drew 2.9 million total viewers. At 9, “Prodigal Son” got a 0.4/2 and 1.9 million total viewers. CBS finished No. 1 in total viewers last night. CBS and NBC tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.6/4. CBS was first in total viewers with 7.3 million, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. NBC was second with a primetime average of 4.5 million total viewers. For CBS, “NCIS” at 8 posted a 0.6/5 and 8.6 million total viewers. At 9, “FBI” had a 0.6/4 and 7.4 million total viewers. “FBI: Most Wanted” at 10 got a 0.5/4 and 5.7 million total viewers. For NBC, “The Voice” at 8 received a 0.6/4 and 5.5 million total...Read original story Canceled ‘Prodigal Son’ Places Fox in Ratings Tie With Univision At TheWrap
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Everardo Gout directs the movie opening from Universal on July 2 What if the annual Purge didn’t stop at daybreak and instead continued its streak of murderous, lawless mayhem forever? That’s the premise of “The Forever Purge,” in which a sect of marauders conspire to make sure this year’s Purge has no end. “The Forever Purge” is the fifth and potentially final film in the horror franchise, which imagines an America in which crime has largely been eradicated by making all crime, including murder, legal for one day only. Over the years, the franchise has evolved from a simple home invasion movie to a social commentary and satire about elections and American politics. This latest entry aims to continue that streak. Everardo Gout, who has been a director on series including “Mars,” “The Terror” and “Snowpiercer,” is taking over directing duties on “The Forever Purge,” and the franchise’s original writer, James DeMonaco, is returning to write the script based on his characters. “The Forever Purge” picks up after the conclusion of the latest Purge, with all crime back to being illegal. But when an underground movement no longer satisfied with one annual night of anarchy and murder decides to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre, no one is safe. The film follows two families in Texas fighting back against a gang of killers as the rest of the country begins to spiral into chaos around them. Ana de la Reguera stars in the film alongside Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda and Will Patton. The film’s producers are Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, James DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier. Executive producers are Marcei A. Brown, Everardo Gout and Jeanette Volturno. “The Forever Purge” was originally meant to open in theaters last July but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Universal will now release the film in theaters on July 2, 2021. Check out the first trailer here and above. Read original story ‘The Forever Purge’ Trailer: Crime Never Ends in Horror Franchise’s 5th Film (Video) At TheWrap
Developing wrinkles is an unfortunate, but inevitable, side effect of aging. The good news is that there are some ways to slow or reduce their development, one of which is focusing on our diet.Before we get into the best foods to eat (and those to avoid) to fight wrinkles, we first have to understand what happens to our skin as we age that causes wrinkle development."As we age, our youthful complexion starts to fade and our collagen and elastin levels decrease. Additionally, free radical damage from the sun, pollutants, smoking, and alcohol can all contribute to fine lines and wrinkles," says Alexis Parcells, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon, owner of Parcells Plastic Surgery, and founder of SUNNIE Wrinkle Reducing Studio."Another key factor? Your diet. Yes, what you eat affects the overall look and tone of your skin, and that includes its youthfulness (or lack thereof)," she adds. (Related: 13 Foods That Make Your Skin Worse, According to Dermatologists)The good news is that there are steps you can take to slow skin aging, Parcells says, including shielding your skin from the sun with SPF 30, leading a smoke-free life, and limiting your wine intake, but "being mindful of what you ingest will also help prevent lines and wrinkles (as well as treat the ones that already exist)," says Parcells."There are a variety of foods that can help boost our immune system and that contain ingredients vital to our skin health," says Parcells.Some of the best foods to promote skin health and reduce wrinkle production include a group of foods that help to promote collagen production, most notably foods rich in vitamin C."Foods that are high in antioxidants and vitamins C, including leafy greens and berries, increase collagen production and help the skin heal or renew itself," says Parcells.Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body—accounting for up to 40% of all types of protein in the body. It's the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your body.Your body naturally makes its own collagen, but it requires the right building blocks to do so. Vitamin C is one of those building blocks that has been shown to enhance natural collagen production when taken as a supplement, as described in an Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine study. As Parcells notes, foods high in vitamin C include leafy greens, red bell peppers, strawberries, kiwi, and oranges.To reduce the appearance of wrinkles even more, you can take collagen supplements. This powdered supplement has been shown to help the body produce more collagen and reduce signs of wrinkles, according to a Skin Pharmacology and Physiology study.Parcells says you can optimize your skin's ability to fend off wrinkles by adding more than just vitamin C-rich foods to your diet."Foods high in healthy fats, such as avocados and fish, decrease our body's immune response, protect against free radical damage, and attract water to skin cells to reduce wrinkles," says Parcells.When possible, try to get your vitamin C from food sources, which should provide sufficient enough levels of this vitamin to support collagen production. If you opt for a pill, be wary of how much of it your taking. Read more: Dangerous Side Effects of Taking Too Much Vitamin C.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
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Her firefighter struggles to save a young witness from very bad gangsters and a blazing inferno Every student who’s ever taken a creative writing course has heard the phrases “man versus man” and “man versus nature,” but one imagines filmmaker Taylor Sheridan circling them both in his notebook and jotting, “YES. THIS.” in the margin. His work as writer and/or director of films like “Hell or High Water” and “Wind River,” as well as the TV show “Yellowstone,” often sets his characters against nature, both in the compositional and confrontational sense. Sheridan’s very much in his wheelhouse in “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” a tale of a firefighter seeking redemption, a sheriff and his wife fighting for survival, and a young witness trying to elude his captors, and all of them coping with a massive forest fire in Big Sky country. The stakes are high and the danger is always imminent in this straightforward thriller; it never bends the rules of the genre, but it certainly delivers on what it promises. Angelina Jolie stars as Hannah, a hard-partying Montana forest-fire-fighter whose just-one-of-the-guys demeanor hides the fact that she’s haunted by a mission gone wrong, where the wind changed direction and lives were lost despite her best efforts. The only person to see through the façade to her vulnerability is local sheriff Ethan (Jon Bernthal). Meanwhile, in Florida, coolly efficient assassins Jack (Aiden Gillen) and Patrick (Nicholas Hoult) blow up a DA’s house and make it look like an accident. Forensic accountant Mr. Casserly (Jake Weber, “Midway”) realizes he’s going to be the killers’ next target, so he takes off with son Connor (Finn Little, “Reckoning”) to hide out with Ethan and his wife Allison (Medina Senghore, “Happy!”), who’s six-months pregnant. The bad guys figure out the Casserlys’ plan and catch up to them, leaving a now-orphaned Connor to run off into the Montana woods to find help. Connor and Hannah have to cope with the forces of nature — a lightning strike takes out all the radios and other electronic equipment in her fire observation tower, so they can’t call for help — and everyone in this bucolic area of Montana must gear up for battle with the evil interlopers, who aren’t above torturing Allison (who’s not going to be easily victimized by anyone) or even setting the forest on fire in their quest for young Connor. (Jack and Patrick’s even scarier boss is played by Tyler Perry in one intense scene, adding to the filmmaker’s gallery of scene-stealing appearances in other directors’ movies.) The script by Sheridan and Michael Koryta and Charles Leavitt (based on Koryta’s novel) skillfully lays out the characters and relationships before sending everyone into fight-or-flight mode against a night sky that’s become more and more filled with ashes. (One does wonder why none of Hannah’s many fellow firefighters, introduced early in the film, immediately show up when the fire starts raging.) Cinematographer Ben Richardson (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Mare of Easttown”) puts in a lot of effort to create context for the action, both in the expansive overhead shots of the forest but also right up close, whether it’s a shoot-out next to Ethan’s cabin or a panicked Connor fending for himself before encountering Hannah. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” allows for character development in both word and deed, and the cast achieves as much through their physical presences as through the acting. Jolie never doesn’t look like a movie star, but she’s still convincing as a rough-and-tumble ranger, and Senghore’s seeming proficiency with survival tactics make her a worthy opponent to Gillen and Hoult, whose villains are all the more unsettling due to their lack of sweaty overplaying. As Connor, Little spends much of the movie being traumatized, but he’s equally believable whether he’s in serious danger or having a brief bonding moment with one of the sympathetic older characters. There are a lot of crises going on here, but Sheridan and company have created a roster of characters with the skills to survive — and more importantly, with the kind of depth and humanity that makes viewers care whether or not they do. “Those Who Wish Me Dead” opens in US theaters and on HBO Max May 14. Read original story ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Film Review: Angelina Jolie Finds Redemption in Rescue At TheWrap
Filmmaker takes over for Simon Kilmurry, who held the role since 2015 The International Documentary Association (IDA) has named filmmaker Richard Ray Perez as its executive director, taking over for the outgoing Simon Kilmurry. Kilmurry announced in November he would be stepping down in mid-2021 after serving with the IDA since 2015. Perez will take over the role immediately. “Rick” Perez is a documentary filmmaker known for the films “Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election” and “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was named one of 20 essential films to capture the Latinx experience as part of a New York Times feature. He’s also a nonfiction film strategist focused on the convergence of storytelling, thought leadership and themes vital to contemporary societies. Perez most recently served as the director of acquisitions and distribution strategies at GBH | WORLD Channel, where he curated and acquired documentary film projects for the platform’s three original series. Prior to his position at WORLD Channel, Perez was director of creative partnerships at Sundance Institute, where he developed, designed and led artist-based filmmaking programs. That included Stories of Change, a multimillion-dollar Sundance Institute partnership with the Skoll Foundation that supported the development and production of 46 documentary, fiction, virtual reality and episodic storytelling projects. He also designed and led the Institute’s Documentary Story and Edit Lab in Beijing, a program that advanced the work of independent filmmakers in China by providing creative mentorship and grants to lab participants. At Brave New Films, Perez executive produced two documentary series and directed a third. He also serves on the Brave New Films board of directors. “We are thrilled to welcome Rick into the IDA family. We strongly believe that Rick is uniquely qualified to lead the IDA through these continued extraordinary times where our voice in the field, as well as the depth of resources we offer to the documentary community as a whole, will matter even more,” IDA board president Brenda Robinson said in a statement. “We were all fortunate to have Simon Kilmurry with us during these past six very meaningful years, as his leadership has truly been transformative for the IDA. Simon has laid the groundwork for a solid foundation that all of us can continue to build upon. In that regard, he leaves a lasting legacy that truly changed the course of the IDA towards an even more promising future.” “I am excited and honored to lead the IDA at this pivotal moment where the work of nonfiction filmmakers is increasingly vital to the health and wellbeing of societies,” Perez said. “I look forward to leading a talented team to support and advocate for documentary filmmakers and engaging partners and collaborators across the field to foster a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable industry responsive to these times.” Read original story International Documentary Association Names Richard Ray Perez Executive Director At TheWrap
“As a child, when I first heard the words Underground Railroad, I saw Black people on trains, underground,” Jenkins tells TheWrap Barry Jenkins makes his TV debut Friday with the launch of Amazon Prime Video’s “The Underground Railroad,” his adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel of the same name about 19th century slaves who use the Underground Railroad in their pursuit of freedom from a Georgia plantation. And as it is in the historical fiction novel, a network of secret routes and safe houses that were used to help slaves escape to freedom is made into an actual, literal, incredibly fantastical railroad on the limited series. For “If Beale Street Could Talk” director Jenkins, this track-and-train interpretation of the historical system harkens back to his initial reaction to the concept as a child. “I attempted to adapt [Whitehead’s] first novel, ‘The Intuitionist,’ which is about elevator inspectors – but it creates this whole mystical, almost like Jedi kind of world out of elevator inspectors and an official stand-in for New York,” the “Moonlight” filmmaker told TheWrap. “I just thought he was just a really brilliant writer. And as a child, when I first heard the words Underground Railroad, I saw Black people on trains, underground. I just, I believed it was real. There was something very powerful about that. And so when I first heard that Colson had written a book titled ‘The Underground Railroad,’ I knew there was going to be something about the conceit of it that was unexpected. And then when I read it, those suspicions were confirmed. I thought, ‘Oh, here goes that feeling again. I have to find a way to adapt this book.'” While the power of the literal Underground Railroad is a feeling shared by conductor Jenkins and his stars, each of the leading cast members has their own personal understanding of its significance, based on how it impacts their characters. “What I really appreciate about the fantastical take on it is that it encouraged you to see and experience the story in a different way to what we’re used to, and when it comes to the story of the enslaved Black body,” Thuso Mbedu, who plays runaway slave Cora, told TheWrap. “And I think it allowed for the way that Barry shot it, where it feels so beautiful, but umbrellaing the brutality that came with the context, or the within the circumstance, in which the story is set. Seeing the literal underground railroad that people can confidently say wasn’t a thing encourages one to think beyond what they think they know because it makes you think. And it’s something that one of the characters says, Caesar asks Fletcher, ‘Who built all of this?’ and then Fletcher says, ‘Who built anything in this country?’ So it makes you think about that. Even in their journey of creating their own freedom, the Black body had to endure a whole lot of blood, pain, sweat and tears and a whole lot of effort went into it.” Cora escapes her prison on a Georgia plantation with Caesar (played by Aaron Pierre) a slave who came from Virginia and knows how to read and write and what a better — but not perfect — world looks like, and encourages Cora to leave with him in the first place. “What that fantasy element of the literal railroad does, I think it’s a really beautiful idea and concept and a really powerful one,” Pierre said. “And I think, you know, this series already has ample urgency. But I think that the fact that they need to board trains, adds to that urgency, adds a different layer of urgency to the story.” “Good Place” alum William Jackson Harper took on the role of born-free Black man and Underground Railroad conductor Royal, a change of pace for the comedic actor. “There is something about him that is quiet and confident and it comes from a place of being able to just live by your own code and his role as a conductor, which is something that in that world, was not not afforded to Black people in the South and, honestly, pretty much anywhere,” Harper said. “But I think what him and his role in the railroad represents are possibilities of what life as a free person is like. And the hope for that future.” For Joel Edgerton, who plays the part of slave catcher Ridgeway, who is obsessed with bringing Cora and Caesar back to their owner, he focuses in particular on how the Underground Railroad becomes larger and more intricate the further the escaped slaves get on their journey. “The Underground Railroad made real in Colson’s book is, in my mind, like a rendering of a moving towards power,” Edgerton said. “And through the show, we see these underground railroad in physical form start to become bigger, better designed, bigger infrastructure. And there’s something symbolic about that metaphor becoming a kind of a symbolism, a symbol for power and growth and a moving towards something larger. And I thought that that aspect, along with the fact that Cora gets to experience things other than pain through the show, she gets certain episodes which are all about the abundance of her experiencing love and letting go and trusting again and having romance and finding joy, which becomes special. So there were things that I got to discover by reading the book and various expansions in the screenplay that opened up avenues that weren’t just about that heaviness, which I was happy to know and happy to be a part of.” “The Underground Railroad” launches Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Read original story Barry Jenkins and ‘Underground Railroad’ Stars on Significance of Show’s Literal, ‘Fantastical’ Railroad At TheWrap
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