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Posted: 22 Apr 2018 07:18 AM PDT

HANDELSMAN; EASING MARIJUANA LAWS; CHUCK SCHUMER; DEMOCRATS; TRUMP

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Night Eats the World’

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 05:28 AM PDT

Based on Pit Agarmen’s novel (a form in which this story doubtlessly worked better), Dominique Rocher‘s feature debut “The Night Eats the World” focuses on an isolated guy’s boredom and loneliness after an outbreak of the flesh-eating undead leaves him trapped in a Parisian apartment building. The very definition of a well-made movie that nonetheless really needn’t have been made at all, Rocher’s entry into the canon will attract a few zombie completists, but provide little fun for the average genre buff and underwhelming reward for art-house audiences.

At the start, Sam (talented Norwegian thesp Anders Danielsen Lie, star of Joachim Trier’s “Oslo, August 31st”) shows up at his ex-girlfriend’s door, a grudging errand — evidently it was not a happy parting — made more unpleasant by the discovery that she and her new boyfriend are hosting a crowded party. Wanting only to retrieve some personal possessions she’d accidentally taken with her, he retreats to a back office room and locks the door. Upon finding the stuff he’s after, he improbably — given his agitated, annoyed mood — falls asleep in an armchair. When he wakes up, he discovers the rest of the apartment has been trashed, its walls spattered with blood.

After an alarming brief encounter with the now-undead hosts and a survey of the street outside, Sam quickly grasps the situation (apparently he’s seen the same movies we have) and barricades himself in for a long haul as quite possibly the last non-cannibalistic human left in Paris. The non-living population is fast-moving and ravenous. Fortunately for him, they’re also too stupid to break down a locked door or climb up to a second-floor balcony. Raiding other flats for weapons and supplies, he soon has control of the entire building, but inevitably struggles to keep himself amused. As do we.

“Night” is polished and lively in its assembly, particularly as far as DP Jordane Chouzenoux and editor Isabelle Manquillet’s contributions go. Still, they can only do so much to camouflage the fact that there isn’t much going on here. Sam nearly gets himself killed trying to lure a stray cat off the street; he settles instead for the very one-sided companionship of an old man (Denis Lavant) turned zombie who gawps at him from his elevator-shaft cage.

Eventually he gets some real company in the form of another not-yet-zombified survivor (exiled Iranian thesp Golshifteh Farahani). But we don’t find out much about her and, less explicably, over 90 minutes’ course, we find out very little about Sam. What was his life like “before”? Who does he miss? What did he “do”? Perhaps he was a musician — although a few scenes in which Lie pounds a handy drum set or “plays” household items (like empty wine bottles) seem less an expression of character than a demonstration of an actor’s skill set, as well as a somewhat gratuitous distraction from the general plotlessness.

There’s an action climax, more or less. But by then, we hardly care, and the fade out doesn’t provide any fresh reason to. Many zombie films have been worse-made than this one — most of them, really — yet whether they aimed for terror, muscular action, comedy, or simply gore, at least they aimed somewhere. This relatively “realistic,” first-person solo perspective fails to be fundamentally interesting because, despite its capable star, he’s given no defined character to play. Nor is that blank slate’s humanity underlined or complicated by notable narrative invention, let alone any profound existential dimensions.

Even within the fairly small number of movies about a lone (or nearly-alone) survivor facing some endless apocalyptic or purgatorial non-future, “Night” is short on ideas. Another recent literary adaptation, “The Wall” from Austrian novelist Marlen Haushofer’s bestseller, eked far more from a similarly isolated premise, to name just one example. That film felt like an enigmatic parable. “The Night Eats the World” just feels like several rudderless months stuck in a building with a guy who probably wasn’t all that fascinating before zombies struck, and isn’t any more so now. There isn’t much entertainment or other value in sensing the novelty of the situation wear thin, just as he does.

Professionally accomplished on all levels — no matter that it might have made a better 20-minute short — “Night” has already been released in France. The version screening at Tribeca is English-language, with the performers evidently speaking their limited dialogue in takes separate from those used in the French release, as opposed to being dubbed for international distribution.

‘Firewatch’ Developer Joins Creators of ‘Half-Life,’ Steam

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 04:58 AM PDT

Valve Corporation, the company behind gaming store and platform Steam as well as franchises as diverse as “Portal,” “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive,” and “Half-Life,” is now also home to “Firewatch” developer Campo Santo, according to a blog post on Campo Santo’s official site this weekend.

“The twelve of us at Campo Santo have agreed to join Valve, where we will maintain our jobs as video game developers and continue production on our current project, ‘In the Valley of Gods,'” according to the Saturday evening post. The group goes on to write that they found in Valve a company that shares their values and that the deal is an obvious match.

Campo Santo, which was formed in 2013 by Sean Vanaman, Jake Rodkin, Nels Anderson, and Olly Moss, will continue work on “In the Valley of Gods,” now as a Valve game, as well as continuing its support of “Firewatch” and producing its website “The Quarterly Review.” Besides developing “In the Valley of Gods,” Campo Santo is also working on porting “Firewatch” to the Nintendo Switch. “Firewatch,” which has players take on the role of a lone fire lookout stationed in the Shoeshone National Forest, is also currently in development as an action film that is being financed by Good Universe. Joseph Drake has signed on as producer.

The acquisition of Campo Santo comes at a time when Valve founder Gabe Newell has expressed interest in the company reigniting its game development. Recently Valve unveiled “Artifact,” a digital collectible card game based on its MOBA title “Dota 2.” At the time, Newell told press gathered for the unveiling that “we’re back to making and shipping games.”

You can read the full note below:

SAN FRANCISCO-LOS ANGELES-LONDON-SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN ENGLAND–The twelve of us at Campo Santo have agreed to join Valve, where we will maintain our jobs as video game developers and continue production on our current project, In the Valley of Gods.

If you’re the type of person who gives two flips about this news, we can elaborate a little bit on this big decision. First, we really like making video games. Furthermore, and perhaps more accurately, we really like making and producing entertainment. From the day-to-day production of our last game, Firewatch, to the way we run the company, make merchandise, meet players at expos and shows, send out a quarterly literary journal, throw open-to-the-public game demos in the middle of an artificial forest–all of it is geared towards surprising, delighting, and entertaining the customers who have shared in our success.

In Valve we found a group of folks who, to their core, feel the same way about the work that they do (this, you may be surprised to learn, doesn’t happen every day). In us, they found a group with unique experience and valuable, diverse perspectives. It quickly became an obvious match.

Second, while visiting IGN’s headquarters in early 2015 to talk about Firewatch, we came across an undelivered 2011 Game of the Year Award for Portal 2. It happened to be engraved on an unopened bottle of champagne. Never ones to pass up free alcohol, we stole it and drank it to celebrate the launch of Firewatch a year later. So in some sense, this is a return home for us. Well, for that bottle of champagne.

Third, and last, we had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.

Yes, we’re still making In the Valley of Gods (as a Valve game!); yes, we’ll still support Firewatch; and yes, we’ll still produce The Quarterly Review and our regular blog content. Thanks so much for your interest in our games and we’ll see you in Washington. Cheers.

–Campo Santo

Gwyneth Paltrow felt like a failure

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 01:00 AM PDT

Gwyneth Paltrow felt like a “failure” when she got a divorce.

The ‘Mortdecai’ star was married to Chris Martin until 2016 and when they decided to go their separate ways after 13 years of marriage, she admits she felt like she had failed.

She said: “I’m actually the only one in my life who got divorced. This used to feel like a failure – it took me a while to reframe that divorce isn’t a failure. In the past, I’ve been in relationships with men who had intimacy issues, so I could be, like, ‘I’m fine, I’m ready to do this,’ and let myself think he’s the one with the problem. In a way, some of the relationships were designed to keep me out of intimacy.

“Now, for the first time, I feel I’m in an adult relationship that is sometimes uncomfortable, because he sort of demands a certain level of intimacy and communication that I haven’t been held to before. What came up in the first couple of years of our relationship was how incapable I was in this realm, how I feared intimacy and communication. What typically characterises inspiring relationships?”

And Gwyneth – who is now engaged to television writer Brad Falchuk – looks up to lots of couples in her life and is “inspired” by their long-lasting relationships.

She added to The Sunday Times’ Style magazine: “There are a lot of couples in my life who I look up to. All of my friends from high school who married their boyfriends from college are still solid. Two gay male couples are in long-lasting relationships that are very inspiring to me. The other day I was at a birthday party with one of the couples and they were laughing and high-fiving. They’ve been married a long time and I thought, that’s – they’re – amazing.”

Mel B wants movie about her life

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 01:00 AM PDT

Mel B is planning a movie about her life.

The Spice Girls star is reportedly keen to see her life played out on the big screen and wants to create a “documentary-style film” about her career so far.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “The idea is for a documentary-style film, rather than a Hollywood number. She will also talk about her bandmates. So it will be interesting to see how casting directors get on with finding actresses to play all five of the girls.”

Meanwhile, Mel – who was involved in a very public court case with her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte – is also working on a new autobiography and wants to “set the record straight” with the book, which is titled ‘Brutally Honest’, after “keeping silent for a decade”.

She said: “I have kept silent for a decade, but after a very public court case, I want to set the record straight … This book will show that abuse can happen to anyone. It is important that my three girls, who I raise as a single mother, know how to break the chain of abuse – along with any other woman who reads this book.”

Mel tragically lost her father Martin last year and says his death gave her the “clarity and strength” to get her life “on the right track”.

In an emotional post on Instagram, she wrote: “The pain of loosing my daddy is beyond anyone could ever understand, but in the mist of all my raw emotions and pain of his passing he gave me the clarity and strength to set my life on the right track. And I’m sooo thankful of this awakening from march 4th when he died I now live in my truth to correct with no shame the life every girl/daddy’s girl should live, and that’s a life with no fear or disrespect. But a life with ONLY love and respect and honesty. Dad I love you but I would give anything just to talk you one last time just so you know how much I truly love you and for you to know I’m now living THAT life and no matter what anyone says or anyone does I will ALWAYS and forever only live this way. So I hope you forgive me for my mistakes and trust in me that my eyes are now wide open. I want to do you proud from here on.(sic)”

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black celebrate with baby shower

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 01:00 AM PDT

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black celebrated their baby’s impending arrival with a surprise baby shower.

The couple – who are expecting a baby boy via a surrogate – marked the occasion with an impromptu party on Saturday (21.04.18) where the adorned gold glasses, which had the words ‘Oh baby’ written on them.

The cocktails were served in baby bottles and they celebrated with friends whilst wearing ‘Daddy to be’ sashes.

Dustin captioned a picture of the pair: “DADS to be. #BabyShower! (sic)”

Meanwhile, Dustin was forced to hit back after he was told “two blokes can’t bring a baby up”, insisting there are “different kinds of families out there in the world” and praised his “strong mother” for raising him single handedly.

When one listener told him, “I don’t think two blokes can bring a baby up, you need the mother there”, he responded: “There’s all different kinds of families out there in the world and for many many different reasons, some more tragic than others. Children are raised by single parents all the time, and those children, I’d like to claim myself as one who was raised by a single mother for some difficult reasons. I think I had a very strong mother who raised me incredibly well and I think, you know. Will it be important that our son meet women in his life? Absolutely, absolutely and that will be there, it would be wrong to deprive a child of that and frankly bizarre and probably impossible.”

Women wonder whether to call out male friends for sexism

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:01 AM PDT

Dear Amy: I am lucky enough to have found a group of people who share the same deep love and support for an international sports team. We meet up to watch the games, but we also enjoy each other’s company and see each other outside of match day.

We’ve established a group text that covers a range of topics. The makeup of the group is predominantly male. Occasionally, some casually misogynist language — one might call it “locker room talk” — will slip into a conversation. At first, it was gently commented on, but of course no one wants to be a killjoy, so now it just sort of … happens.

I’ve spoken with the other women in the group, and everyone’s pretty uncomfortable with how these occurrences derail the conversation of an otherwise great space. None of the men involved ever speaks to the women in the group in remotely similar fashion face-to-face.

We don’t want to be harpies; we just don’t want to be reminded that the majority of people — even one’s we’re friends with — still see our presence in a group as the exception to the rule. Do you have any advice on how to address these momentary lapses in conversation judgment without making too many waves?

— Not Just One-of-the-Guys

Dear Not Just: You have two options here. For option one I would like to paraphrase therapist-turned-Oscar-nominated-writer Emily V. Gordon: In a 2014 article written for The Toast, she stated that the word “inappropriate” is almost magic. In her experience, when she told someone that their behavior was inappropriate, the behavior would stop. This worked on the young and the old, in public and in private.

I can speak from experience here. She’s right.

The next time you see this type of behavior, go for something simple and direct. Getting a text that says “guys, that language is inappropriate” will correct this mortifying lapse in judgment, and having it in the text chain will serve as a reminder of what this group text is for.

If Gordon’s method doesn’t work, then it’s time to try option two: The Battering-Ram. You call out this sexist behavior for what it is … sexism. It’s hard, but it gets results. This is not being a “harpy,” but offering an honest reaction to friends.

Dear Amy: If you were writing love letters to someone in anticipation of one day giving the letters to him, all the while suspecting that your roommate (his ex) would find them through snooping, would you continue to write said letters?

If there were any chance that someone other than him would get their greasy mitts on these letters, would you continue?

This guy doesn’t even know that I love him!

Should I let him go? Try to move on? There are a couple of other cuties out there, but this guy is special.

What do you think?

— Caller No. 9

Dear Caller No. 9: You write like you’re living in a romantic comedy with this (typical) plot: Your crush will find one of your letters at the precisely perfect time, rush to your side and declare that it’s you — it’s always been you, of course! And it’s raining. (And he’s interrupted a wedding to run through the rain, for some undefined reason.)

If life followed movie plots, no one would actually get married because of all the objections raised at the church, every “nice girl” would be a florist or a bookshop owner and we’d all live in giant apartments. But real life doesn’t work like it does in the movies.

There’s nothing wrong with writing letters to a person that you like, but if you really do want to be with him, then you will have to tell him, not be sneaky or wait around for him to take a hint. Obsessing in the background is ever-so-slightly creepy. This is complicated by the fact that your roommate is his ex; you will have to decide if you can risk these relationships.

Equally important: if you don’t want your roommate to see the letters that you are writing to her ex-boyfriend, then don’t leave them somewhere where she can find them.

Dear Amy: “Pregnant, But Still Able” insisted on sitting on the floor at her office, rather than accept a chair offered by a male colleague. Thank you for pointing out that it is rude to refuse a kindness.

I actually agree with you — for once!

— Faithful Reader

Dear Reader: We’re at a tough point, culturally, where polite men are being slammed for their politeness. This, too, shall pass.

(You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: askamy@amydickinson.com. Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.)

OMARR’S DAILY ASTROLOGICAL FORECAST, For release 04/22/18 for 04/22/18

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:01 AM PDT

BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Amber Heard was born in Austin, Texas on this date in 1986. This birthday gal’s film resume includes “Justice League,” “3 Days to Kill,” and “Drive Angry.” On the small screen, she’s appeared on episodes of “Californication,” “Criminal Minds,” and “The O.C.” Next up for Heard will be reprising her role as Mera in the DC Comics film universe in an upcoming blockbuster titled “Aquaman.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Tick all the boxes. In the week ahead, you may have plenty of energy at your disposal. If you are organized and prioritize your work, you can get what you want in record time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Embrace benevolent instincts. They make it easy to forgive those who have not been fair. In the week to come you will be able to achieve a compromise and create some good karma.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make intelligent choices. Your mind may be like a steel trap, so don’t let it get rusty. In the week ahead, achieve your goals through shrewd maneuvering and make your family happy too.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the week ahead, you may focus on moneymaking activities. You can’t relax and have fun until everything has a place and is in its place. You like to be prepared for every contingency.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The more you think, the more you develop links. In the week ahead, you might consider turning a hobby into an income producing project or invite friends to participate in a business venture.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Dreams and inspiration are a necessity, but relentless and continuous effort will bring you the greatest success. In the week to come avoid being overly influenced by someone’s vague promises.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Loosen up. In the upcoming week don’t treat family members with the same formality with which you treat business acquaintances. Use different guidelines for different groups of people.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the coming week you may have ample opportunities to spend more time doing the things you like to do, with the people you like. Your mind will be energized by provocative subjects.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Get the best bang for your buck. In the week ahead, you should be more savvy than usual about purchases, business deals and financial investments. Exercise thriftiness.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Run your life like a well-oiled machine. You have enormous drive and energy in the upcoming week. Spend time with friends or be part an active participant in group activities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There may be an opening to join a local group or organization in the week ahead. New contacts may enrich your life, but where your wallet is concerned be sure to read the fine print carefully.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There is safety in numbers. Peer pressure will keep you safe when a romantic fantasy tends to distract you from the facts. As this week unfolds focus on being careful with your money.

IF APRIL 22 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: New friends could enliven your life during the next four to six weeks. Whether you are a dog walker or a captain of industry you can make smart decisions about your finances in late June and early July. You can launch a successful business enterprise or find another way to become more independent. You may find that during July and August you are restless to escape routines and more willing to test the waters of something new and different. During September you may be susceptible to romantic overtures and a new hookup could pull the wool over your eyes. Accept beneficial advice or assistance from others in November and welcome helpful opportunities with open arms.

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Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:01 AM PDT

LATEST LINE

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 12:01 AM PDT

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             By J. McCarthy  

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Milwaukee is 5-2 against the spread its last 7 Sunday games. The home team is 4-1 against the spread the last 5 games in this series. The betting favorite is 4-1 against the last 5 in this series. Take Milwaukee -4 1/2 for another Best Bet winner.

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                 National League   PHILADELPHIA      5 1/2-6 1/2  (8)     Pittsburgh   ATLANTA             Even-6     (9)        NY Mets   MILWAUKEE             8-9      (9)          Miami   ST. LOUIS         6 1/2-7 1/2  (8)     Cincinnati   Chicago Cubs        Even-6     (10.5)    COLORADO   ARIZONA           7 1/2-8 1/2  (7.5)    San Diego   LA DODGERS        7 1/2-8 1/2  (8)     Washington                   American League   NY YANKEES           11-12     (8.5)      Toronto   Cleveland        10 1/2-11 1/2 (7.5)    BALTIMORE   DETROIT           6 1/2-7 1/2  (8.5)  Kansas City   TAMPA BAY         5 1/2-6 1/2  (8.5)    Minnesota   Houston           8 1/2-9 1/2  (8)  CHI WHITE SOX   Seattle             Even-6     (9.5)        TEXAS   Boston            5 1/2-6 1/2  (8.5)      OAKLAND                     Interleague   San Francisco       Even-6     (8.5)    LA ANGELS  

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                  NBA Playoffs           First Round-Best of Seven Series               Boston leads series 2-1   MILWAUKEE             4 1/2   (204)        Boston            Golden State leads series 3-0   Golden St             7       (203.5) SAN ANTONIO              Toronto leads series 2-1   Toronto               1 1/2   (218.5)  WASHINGTON              Indiana leads series 2-1   Cleveland             1       (205)       INDIANA  

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                   NHL Playoffs           First Round-Best of Seven Series              Pittsburgh leads series 3-2   Pittsburgh         Even-1/2    (6)   PHILADELPHIA              Nashville leads series 3-2   Nashville            1/2-1     (6)       COLORADO  

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               Home Team in CAPS  

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