German drama – Cake Maker Sat, 22 Jan 2022 01:50:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 German drama – Cake Maker 32 32 FilmRise Obtains FAST Rights to Canadian Series “Kim’s Convenience” Sat, 22 Jan 2022 00:24:38 +0000

“Kim’s Convenience”

Stephanie Prange

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has acquired the ad-supported digital multi-territory linear rights (FAST) to the critically acclaimed Canadian comedy series “Kim’s Convenience” from the company. Canadian company Thunderbird Entertainment.

The deal gives FilmRise exclusive FAST (free to air supported by advertising) rights to all five seasons of the series, which it will program on its existing FAST channels and enable the creation of dedicated marathon FAST channels of the series across the United States. , Latin America, German-speaking Europe, French-speaking Europe, Italy and Spain. FilmRise plans to bring the series to FAST linear streaming channels on IMDb TV, Pluto, The Roku Channel, Samsung TV+, and the FilmRise Streaming Network, among others.

Originally airing on CBC from 2016, the series made its international debut on Netflix in 2018.

Based on the award-winning play of the same name by Ins Choi, “Kim’s Convenience” depicts the Korean-Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Over its five seasons, the series has won several Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Comedy Series, Foreign Drama of the Year at the Seoul International Drama Awards (2019), Members’ Choice Series Ensemble Award for Best Cast at Toronto 2017. ACTRA Awards (Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists).

The comedy stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (“The Mandalorian”), Andrew Phung (“Run the Burbs”) Andrea Bang (“A Million Little Things”), Jean Yoon (“The Voyeurs”), Simu Liu (Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), and Nicole Power, who stars in “Strays,” which is the spin-off series from “Kim’s Convenience” that premiered in September 2021 on CBC.

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“As the FilmRise streaming network continues to grow, our approach to acquiring programs featuring unique stories from people from diverse backgrounds also grows,” said Max Einhorn, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-productions for FilmRise. , in a press release. “‘Kim’s Convenience’ has had a huge impact on a wide range of viewers, and we’re thrilled to bring this culturally relevant series to streaming audiences around the world for free.”

“Kim’s charming characters and beloved stories have brought love and laughter to the hearts of many over her five seasons,” said Richard Goldsmith, President, Global Distribution and Consumer Products, Thunderbird Entertainment, in a press release. “Through our partnership with FilmRise, we are thrilled that new international audiences will have the opportunity to connect and enjoy the heartwarming and hilarious experiences of the Kim family.”

]]> Ozark Actress Julia Garner Opens Up About Her Craft and Her Love of Fashion Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000

This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, the fashion leader on the best in style, beauty, design, travel and the arts. Go to and follow @harpersbazaarsg on Instagram; harpersbazaarsingapore on Facebook. The January 2022 issue is now available on newsstands.

SINGAPORE – American actress Julia Garner is used to doing a lot of things simultaneously.

In addition to sitting for magazine covers and apartment hunting, the 27-year-old just wrapped filming two Netflix series: the fourth and final season of crime drama Ozark (2017 to 2022) and the highly anticipated miniseries produced by Shonda Rhimes, Inventing Anne.

In Ozark, out Jan. 21, Garner reprises her Emmy-winning role as hot-headed rioter Ruth Langmore, a member of a crime family. She won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020.

Inventing Anna, a true story based on a viral New York Magazine article, is set to premiere February 11. banks and Manhattan’s wealthy elite in its wake between 2013 and 2017.

To say Garner lends a magnetism to intense, unconventional roles is an understatement. But is it intentional?

“I look at the scripts and I think it’s not complex enough. When it’s complex, there are more things to do,” she says over the phone from New York.

Our hour-long conversation is interrupted intermittently by the snoring of Biz, the English bulldog she owns with her husband Mark Foster, lead singer of indie pop band Foster The People. Garner apologizes on Biz’s behalf.

Filming both roles at the same time during a pandemic, pre-vaccine, and with two complicated accents that are worlds apart – Langmore speaks in a deep South American drag while Sorokin does British English with American musicality and sprinklings of German and Russian inclination – was difficult, admits Garner.

“It was a moment I will remember forever because it was so hard. I didn’t even have time to think about how crazy it was,” she says.

She credits her Ozark co-star and mentor, veteran actress Laura Linney, for helping her through the intense double filming schedules.

Linney had shared a simple piece of advice with her that she now follows: “It’s one bite at a time, take it hour by hour.”

It was a coping mechanism Linney learned in the early 2003s while filming the 2003 movies Love Actually and Mystic River at the same time shuttling between two countries.

For Garner, preparing for the role in Inventing Anna involved meticulous study of the magazine article on which the show is based and reviewing the limited but valuable footage acquired by powerful creator and producer Rhimes – some of which was taken during the first weeks of Sorokin. in prison.

German Films reveals its talent for the Face to Face campaign Tue, 18 Jan 2022 09:00:00 +0000

German Films, an agency that promotes German cinema worldwide, has announced the talent that will be featured in its 7th annual Face to Face With German Films campaign. The high profile platform aims to bring international visibility to the wealth of groundbreaking talent working in film and television in Germany, and to shape the future of the industry.

Talents selected this year are documentary writer-director Sarah Noa Bozenhardt (“Among Us Women”), actress-producer-writer Sara Fazilat (“Nico”), actor-director Jerry Hoffmann (“Shahada” ), editor Julia Kovalenko (“System Crasher”), writer-director Matthias Luthardt (“Pingpong”), cinematographer and director Zamarin Wahdat (“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) “) and actress Anne Zander (“For Jojo”).

After spotlighting well-known actors, writers and directors such as Saskia Rosendahl (“Lore”), Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”, “Homeland”), Burhan Qurbani (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and Jonas Nay (“Deutschland 83, 86 & 89”) in its first five years, the Face to Face with German Films – Last Year’s Filmmakers campaign has broadened its reach to include various disciplines to showcase the diversity of talent at through this collaborative profession.

This year, Face to Face with German Films – The Filmmakers pursues this goal, representing a cross section of the many creative faces of German cinema and focusing on personalities with very different biographies, artistic approaches, influences and perspectives.

Simone Baumann, Managing Director of German Films, said: “We are delighted to honor these seven talented filmmakers as ambassadors for our Face to Face 2022 campaign. personal. They represent the drive to innovate, be inclusive and push boundaries that is apparent in film and television in Germany.

Aspiring documentary filmmaker and writer Sarah Noa Bozenhardt examined socio-political issues of femininity in her work and found inspiration in the relationships and experiences she had as a child in her second homeland of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her credits include “Medanit” and “Heimfahrt”, and her first feature documentary “Among Us Women” had its world premiere at DOK Leipzig in October 2021, where it received a special mention in the international competition.

Actor, producer and screenwriter Sara Fazilat has been on the rise since being selected for the Berlinale Talents program in 2017. Her credits include ‘The Fox’, ‘Check Check’, ‘The Heist’ and ‘Louise’, the Cannes selection ‘Revolvo’ and ‘Jiyan’ . “Nico,” a film about how a racist attack changes the life of a young woman that Fazilat produced, starred in and helped write, screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, between others, and earned her several awards, including the Max Ophüls Award (Best Young Actress). We can then see her in Ali Abbasi’s latest film, winner of a Certain Regard at Cannes, “Holy Spider”.

Actor and director jerry hoffman got her leading role in Burhan Qurbani’s “Shahada.” In addition to his film and television work, he has performed extensively on stage, including as a member of the ensemble at the Maxim Gorky Theater Berlin. Her credits include lead roles in ‘Heil’, ‘Abikalypse’ and ‘Needle Park Baby’. As a director, his short films “Mall” and “90%” have screened at festivals and won international awards, and “I Am”, an arthouse sci-fi thriller, qualified for the 2022 Oscars and screened at the Max Ophüls Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. He can next be seen in the Netflix series “A Submarine Story”.

movie editor Julia Kovalenko was born in Russia and moved to Germany as a child. In addition to several award-winning short films such as “The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl” by Clemens Roth and “I Am” by Jerry Hoffmann, she has worked on numerous television productions and feature films. She collaborated with editor Stephan Bechinger on “System Crasher,” Germany’s entry for the 92nd Academy Awards and winner of the German Film Award for Best Editing. His next project is “Dark Satellites”, a collaboration with editor Kaya Inan and director Thomas Stuber which is scheduled for theatrical release in Germany in 2022.

Courtesy of German Films

Screenwriter and Director Matthias Luthardt captured international attention with his debut coming-of-age drama “Pingpong,” which had its world premiere at Critics’ Week in Cannes. Several feature films and documentaries followed, including “Memory”, “Cinékino” and “Autumn 1929 – Shadows Above Babylon”. His latest directorial effort is the Franco-German World War I co-production “The Fox,” starring Luise Aschenbrenner, Christa Théret and Leonard Kunz.

Filmmaker and director Zamarin Wahdat was born in Kabul and grew up in Hamburg. As a student, she was scouted by director Carol Dysinger and invited to work as a visual designer and translator on “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”, which won the Oscar for Best short documentary in 2020. Shortly after, Wahdat made her directorial debut, “Bambirak”, a short film about the daily racism experienced by people with an immigrant background in Germany, which won the award for best international short film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. She is currently working on a feature film. – feature film adaptation of “Bambirak” in addition to other short film projects and a documentary on activist Sarah Mardini.

Actor and performer Anne ZanderThe credits of include the series “Tatort – Borowski Und Der Fluch Der Weißen Möwe”, the feature film “Fenster Blau” and the short film “Office”. As a deaf person, Zander still experiences intersectionality in her everyday life and therefore is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the German film and media industries. This year, Zander can be seen in two major productions: she plays her first leading role in the ZDF television series “Du Sollst Hören”, alongside Claudia Michelsen and Kai Wiesinger, and in the Netflix Original film “For Jojo”, directed by Barbara. Otto.

The selected talent and Baumann will meet members of the international media at the Berlin Film Festival next month.

The worst things he’s done for movie roles Sun, 16 Jan 2022 16:50:00 +0000

Many of the worst things Nicholas Cage did for movie roles shows just how ready the veteran performer is to commit to a role. To date, the Front/Off The actor has starred in over 100 movies, ranging from comedy to action to drama. Even though his famous uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola, flatly refused to give him his first acting gig to avoid the appearance of nepotism, Cage started landing roles in 1981 and has since proven himself to be what some regard as one of the most underrated actors of this generation. During his prolific acting career, he developed a unique performance style that makes him all the more legendary.


The many bad movies on Nic Cage’s resume still don’t negate the overwhelming number of classics to his name. He played the lead role Ben Gates in the national treasure movies, with national treasure upcoming TV series on Disney+ and news of a national treasure 3 being under construction. Other notable works by Cage include Moonstruck, Con Air, Adaptation, Honeymoon in Vegas, and much more. Recently, there’s been a resurgence of Cage embracing his weird side. There’s 2018’s jaw-dropping psychedelic horror Mandy, the apocalyptic and sci-fi adaptation of HP Lovecraft Color out of space, and the critically acclaimed drama Pork. There is also no evidence that his upward progress will plateau in the near future. From April 22, he will star in one of the most anticipated films of 2022, The unbearable weight of massive talent, which features Nicolas Cage playing himself alongside The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as billionaire super fan Javi Gutierrez.

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In interviews, Nicolas Cage has described his method of acting style as “NOTnew shaman. This style is influenced by German expressionism and Japanese kabuki theater, and was designed by Cage’s experimental approach to acting method. His acting style is polarizing, with some disliking his overacting and others praising his expressive performances.Having worked with Nicolas Cage for the 1990s The heart that is in Desert, director David Lynch described Cage as “American actor jazz musician.” Part of his New Shamanic approach is to do pretty extreme things for his roles. Here are the worst things Nicolas Cage has done to get into his movie performances.

Eating live cockroaches

Nicolas Cage about to eat a live cockroach in Vampire's Kiss

Unless the method of Nic Cage acting like Dracula in the next Renfield pushes the boundaries further, not much can beat what he did for the 1988s Vampire kiss. Playing a literary agent who believes he has become a vampire after a night of passion, the character of Cage descends into a mental spiral of increasing intensity. Originally, the film’s director only wanted Cage to eat raw eggs for the scene. However, in typical Nicolas Cage fashion, he wanted something more extreme. According to the story, Cage actually asked to eat a live bat for the scene, which may or may not have been inspired by the infamous 1982 Ozzy Osbourne incident. to eating bats, Cage instead settled down with a cockroach. He had to reluctantly swallow three cockroaches to get the stage.

Having hot yogurt poured on her toes

Nic Cage yelling at his secretary in Vampire's Kiss.

As one of Nic Cage’s best horror movies, the meme goldmine that vampire kiss became has more stories on set to tell. In addition to the previously mentioned cockroach scene, Cage requested that hot yogurt be poured over his toes so he could express more passion during the love scene with Jennifer Beals. cage considers vampire kiss being the playground that helped develop his New Shamanic method, which explains his entertaining and over-the-top performance in the film. While Cage’s early lopsided performance style began to shine the previous year with his roles in Raising Arizona and Dreamer, vampire kiss This is where his wide-eyed overdrive came into full bloom.

Extract teeth without anesthesia

One of his most infamous acting tales includes pulling his teeth without anesthesia for the 1984 Vietnam War drama. Birdy. Next to Full Metal Jacket Matthew Modine, Cage wanted to pull teeth without any numbing agents to get a better sense of the Vietnam War soldier’s experience. According to Cage, these were actually baby teeth that he was planning to get extracted anyway. Both birdie and Cage’s performance received critical acclaim.

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Keep his head wrapped in bandages for five weeks

Continue to push its method by acting to birdie, Cage kept his head wrapped in bandages for five straight weeks. Cage was so devoted to this stunt that he even slept in it. His character wears bandages following a bomb blast, which also influenced the decision to pull Cage’s teeth. He received humiliating treatment from onlookers during this time, and his face was covered in painful acne and ingrown hairs after the bandages were removed. birdie enhanced Cage’s aptitude for critically acclaimed dramatic roles, something Nicolas Cage’s poor film shattered Pork proved once again in recent years.

Fight with a poisonous snake

Nicolas Cage and Tye Sherridan standing by a creek at Joe.

For his role in the 2013s Joe, Nicolas Cage wrestles with a dangerously poisonous snake in one scene. In Joe, Cage protects 15-year-old Gary, played by Tye Sheridan (X-Men, Ready Player One) from his violent and alcoholic father. Cage’s surprising choice to wrestle with a venomous, big-fanged cottonmouth was meant to add more weight to the fear he had to portray in the scene. Cage strangely claimed that wrestling with a poisonous snake relaxed him.

Keeping a drunk actor in his trailer

Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas

For his highly praised role in the 1995s Leaving Las Vegas, Cage asked alcoholic actor and poet Tony Dingman to stay in his trailer to serve as his “drink coach.In the semi-biographical film based on John O’Brien’s novel, Cage plays screenwriter Ben Sanderson as he moves to Las Vegas to get drunk to death until he begins a relationship with a prostitute named Sera (Elisabeth Shue). At the suggestion of his cousin Roman Coppola, Cage brought Dingman to his trailer to study his alcoholism. According to Cage, Dingman would lie in a fetal position in his trailer with Cage playing bongos. Dingman would become poetic, inspiring Cage’s line,”You don’t have to kick the bar, you lean into the bar.” In addition to working with Dingman, Cage performed a few drunken scenes. His Leaving Las Vegas role won Cage the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Painting herself as a “voodoo icon” and sewing 1,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts into her costume

During a promotional interview for his 2011 film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Cage mentioned that he would arrive on set having painted his face white and black in a “Afro-Caribbean voodoo icon” to style and sew “Egyptian artifacts that were thousands of years old” in his suit. Much like the dedication and time that Cage put into his ghost rider abs, Nicolas Cage once again used his New Shamanic technique to step into his role to Spirit of revenge. His voodoo persona was meant to prepare his mindset to believe he was a being from another dimension, which is what his role as Johnny Blaze calls for. Upon arriving on set, Cage would then increase the character’s creepy aura by not speaking to anyone. Although the act does not harm oneself or endanger others, it can still be considered one of the worst things. Nicholas Cage did for movie roles – if not, at least the most bizarrely epic.

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It happened today – this day in history Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:01:00 +0000

1412: Birth of Joan of Arc.

1535: Henry VIII proclaims himself head of the Church of England.

1552: France signs a secret treaty with German Protestants.

1559: Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

1582: Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to Poland, losing access to the Baltic Sea.

1622: Birth of the French playwright Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) in Paris.

1752: Tobias Smollett accuses Henry Fielding of plagiarism.

1759: Opening of the British Museum at Montague House, London.

1785: creation of the string quartet opus 10 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

1797: The first top hat is worn by John Etherington of London.

1861: Ellisha Otis patents the steam elevator.

1895: Premiere of the ballet “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg.

1902: Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men to the walls of Riyadh and takes the city.

1911: The first experiments in bombing planes with explosives are carried out in San Francisco.

1915: Japan claims economic control of China.

1919: Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston, Massachusetts, when a storage tank bursts, drowning 21 people. On the same day, the pianist Ignace Paderewski becomes the first Prime Minister of Poland. Furthermore, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of Germany’s most prominent socialists, were tortured and murdered by the Freikorps.

1922: Arthur Griffith is elected President of the Irish Free State after the resignation of Eamon de Valera in opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

1934: During a robbery of the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, John Dillinger is shot several times but survives because he is wearing a bulletproof vest.

1943: The Pentagon, the largest office building in the world, is completed to house the US military.


1947: The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia) is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.

1951: U.S. Supreme Court rules that “clear and present danger” of incitement to riot is not protected speech and may be grounds for arrest. On the same day, Ilse Koch, also known as “The female dog of Buchenwald”, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a West German court.

1953: The East German authorities begin a purge of senior officials accused of conspiring against the state and spying for the imperialist powers.

1958: Northern Ireland beat Italy 2-1 in Belfast to qualify for the World Cup final.

1961: The Supremes sign a recording contract with Motown Records.

1964: Trombonist Jack Teagarden dies at the age of 58.

1970: Riots break out in the Ardoyne area of ​​Belfast. On the same day, Muammar Gaddafi was proclaimed prime minister of Libya.

1973: President Nixon orders a halt to US bombing in North Vietnam following peace talks in Paris.

1976: Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life for attempting to shoot US President Gerald Ford.

1977: On TV (Saturday)

09.00 Sailing on the plain
09.25 Saturday supersonic scene; The adventures of Hammy Hamster on the riverbank
-9.5 The Fantastic Four
10:30 a.m. Rover Scouts
11.00 – 12.00 Space 1999; Junior police five
12:25 p.m. Next Week’s Supersonic Saturday Stage News
12:30 p.m. Sports World
17.05 News
5:15 p.m. The puppet show
5:45 p.m. Celebrity Squares
6:30 p.m. larry grayson
19.00 New faces
Talent show presented by Derek Hobson
20.00 Rich man, poor man
9:45 p.m. Yes – Honestly
10:15 p.m. News
10:30 p.m. Aquarius
11:15 p.m. Ready when you are, Mr. McGill
BBC one
08:50 Mr men
09.05 Interior Exterior
09.30 Multicolor Exchange Shop
Presented by Noel Edmonds
12.13 Weather
12:15 p.m. Tribune
featuring international rugby union – England v Scotland from Twickenham for the Calcutta Cup
17.05 Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
5:30 p.m. News
5:40 p.m. Sports/Regional News
5:45 p.m. Jim’II Fix It
6:20 p.m. Doctor Who
The Face of Evil, Part 3, with Tom Baker
6:45 p.m. Movie: Hannibal Brooks (1969)
Oliver Reed as a prisoner of war seeking freedom with an elephant
8:25 p.m. Ronnie Corbett’s Saturday Special
with Danny La Rue and Little & large as guests
21.10 Starsky and Hutch
American detective series with David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser
10:00 p.m. News
22.10 Game of the day
Bob Wilson presents highlights from two of today’s games
23.10 Parkinson’s
With guests Esther Rantzen, Magnus Magnusson and Bernard Manning
2:25 p.m. Film: An American Romance (1944)
King Vidor drama about an immigrant who becomes a successful industrialist. With Brian Donlevy
4:25 p.m. Play outside
4:55 p.m. Dastardly and Muttley
17.05 Horizon
5:55 p.m. A taste of Brittany
6:20 p.m. News and Sports
6:30 p.m. Sight and sound in concert
Jess Roden introduced by John Peel
7:55 p.m. honeymoon in the sky
21.10 International Film: Adalen 31
11:00 p.m. News on 2
23.05 Network
11:35 p.m. Movie: Beyond the Forest (1949)
Drama with Bette Davis and Joseph Cotton

1978: The Dallas Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27-10 to win the Super Bowl.

Singles Chart:

  1. Mull Of Kintyre – Wings
  2. Uptown Ranking Top – Althea and Donna
  3. Love is Wicked – Donna Summer
  4. It’s Heartache – Bonnie Tyler
  5. The Floral Dance – The Brighouse and Rastrick Marching Band
  6. Doesn’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue- Crystal Gayle
  7. How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
  8. New York Native – Odyssey
  9. Dance Dance Dance – Chic
  10. Let’s have a quiet night – David Soul
1978: Fleetwood Mac – Rumors

Ranking of albums:

  1. The Sound Of Bread: Their 20 Best Songs – Bread
  2. Disco Fever – Various Artists
  3. Rumors – Fleetwood Mac
  4. Footloose and Free Fantasy – Rod Stewart
  5. Greatest Hits – Donna Summer
  6. Greatest Hits Vol 2 – Elton John
  7. 20 Country Classics – Tammy Wynette
  8. Love Songs – The Beatles
  9. Out of the blue – ELO
  10. World News – Queen

1982: The Prime Minister’s son, Mark Thatcher, is found safe and sound after having disappeared in the Sahara for six days while taking part in the Paris-Dakar rally.

1984: Left-wing rebel Tony Benn wins the Labor Party nomination for the Chesterfield by-election.

1987: A policeman who mistakenly shot and paralyzed Cherry Groce, the innocent mother of the man they were looking for in Brixton, is cleared of all criminal charges.

1988: Sean MacBride, IRA chief of staff and founder of Amnesty International, dies aged 83.

1991: UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait (they don’t).

1992: Former Elton John bassist Dee Murray dies of a stroke aged 45.

1994: The Queen falls from her horse and breaks her wrist. The same day, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure.

1997: The Princess of Wales angers government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines. On the same day, the space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Mir space station.

1998: Australian schoolboy Ian Thorpe becomes the youngest man to become world swimming champion when he wins the 400m freestyle aged 15 years and 3 months in Perth. On the same day, Chicago blues singer and harmonica player Junior Wells (Amos Blakemore) dies at the age of 63.

2002: Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) is admitted to a psychiatric ward 24 hours after being accused by the police of firing a gun at staff in a London pub.

2005: An intense solar flare sends X-rays through the solar system.

2007: Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former head of Iraqi intelligence and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.

2009: Pilot Chesley Sullenberger lands on US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York. All passengers and crew survive.

2011: Football legend Nat Lofthouse dies aged 85.

2015: Record producer Kim Fowley dies of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California, aged 75.

2018: Singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries died suddenly while in London for a recording session. On the same day, fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were suspended from magazines including Vogue after allegations of sexual harassment. Also, US Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar and West Bromwich Albion legend Cyrille Regis, dies of a heart attack at the age of 59. Actor Peter Wyngarde (Cyril Goldbert) dies at 90.

2019: Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by parliament by 432 votes to 202, the biggest parliamentary defeat of her democratic era.

BIRTHDAYS: Princess Michael of Kent, 77; Pete Waterman, record producer/TV presenter, 75; Biff (Peter) Byford, singer, (Saxon) 71; Duke (Douglas) Erikson, guitarist (Garbage) 69; Peter Trewavas, bassist, (Marillion) 63; James Nesbitt, actor, 57; Regina King, actress/director, 51; Claudia Winkleman, TV presenter, 50; Mary Pierce, French tennis champion, 47; Edith Bowman, host, 47; Pitbull (Armando Pérez) rapper, 41; El Hadji Diouf, footballer, 41 years old; Jermaine Pennant, footballer, 39 years old.

]]> Joan Rosalie ‘Maman-Maman’ (Willnecker) Lowe | News, Sports, Jobs Thu, 13 Jan 2022 05:31:08 +0000 Jeanne Rosalie “Mummy mummy” (Willnecker) Lowe, 95, of Altoona, passed away peacefully Tuesday at Graystone Manor in Bellmeade. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late William Godfrey and Mary Elizabeth (Love) Willnecker.

She married Gerard David Lowe on November 29, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona. He predeceased her in death on May 12, 2020.

She is survived by five children: Kathleen Ann Gerwert, Joanne Elaine (William F.) DeFrancesco and Claudine Renee Ellick, all of Altoona, Donna Marie (Anthony J.) McFarr of Merritt Island, Florida, and Gerard James (Trisha L .) Lowe of Utahville; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Gérard; sisters, Patricia Ann Lowe, formerly of Chambersburg and Clara Louise Graupensperger, formerly of Lancaster; son-in-law, James B. Gerwert; and great-grandson, David James “DJ” Gerwert.

Jeanne grew up on “Dutch hill” and lived half a block from Prospect Pool on Second Avenue. She graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in 1944 and served as secretary at the Cal Griffith Agency, which at the time was a major law firm in the region.

She had been dating a childhood friend and neighbor for some time and vowed to await his return from Europe where he served in the military during WWII. A few years after her return, she and Gérard got married and settled in the same neighborhood where she had grown up. She did not work until soon after their marriage and, with the birth of her two and three daughters, decided to become a full-time housewife.

Joan loved bowling throughout her life and was part of many teams and was part of the German club UnterUns in Altoona. She also loved to read and shared countless romance novels with her sisters and friends. Later in life she caught the travel bug, and she and Gerard traveled to Hawaii and several times to Florida, where they eventually bought a winter home and became “Snow birds”. When travel became too difficult, she adopted more sedentary hobbies like watching drama and comedy on television and working on puzzles. In recent years, her favorite show has been about veterinarian Dr. Pol. Joan absolutely loved the Christmas holidays and few could beat her when it came to decorating. Every year, his home on Grant Avenue, then Dixie Lane in Greenwood, transformed into something that looked like Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole!

During this time, Joan was the powerful matriarch of the family. She solved problems, gave advice and was a shoulder to cry on. She was tough when she needed to be tough and soft when needed. She was revered, sometimes feared, but above all loved by all. A proud American, longtime devout Catholic, and loving wife and mother, she will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6 p.m. in the Stevens Memorial Chapel by Pastor John Leatherman. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Condolences can be presented on or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.

Apple TV + Hires Seasoned Producer as Creative Director for Germany | News Tue, 11 Jan 2022 09:26:05 +0000

Apple TV + has appointed seasoned producer Dr Franziska An der Gassen as Creative Executive for Germany, to Jay Hunt’s European team.

A producer with over two and a half decades of experience, Der Gassen has recently held a myriad of television and film roles Rat Pack Filmproduktion, the Munich label of German independent film and television giant Constantin Film.

The prolific creator has produced, developed and co-produced over 50 TV series and films, including socio-political TV dramas The placebo effect, characteristic Grumpy Olaf, Italian religious drama in two parts Married and romantic comedy A question of size.

She will report to Hunt, although the exact details of her responsibilities are under wraps. It’s not yet clear if der Gassen’s appointment fills the scripted executive role Broadcast revealed that Apple TV + was researching last year.

Her appointment is the most recent to emerge from European Creative Director Hunt, following the arrival of BBC factual chief Alison Kirkham in 2020 with more European nominations planned.

Apple TV + has compiled its list of originals from Europe. At the end of last year, Broadcast reported that Twofour was tied with Schitt Creek star Eugene Levy for his first Apple order, travel diary The reluctant traveler.

This completed a growing list of talented Apple TV + unscripted shows, including another travelogue. Long way to the top with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman; musical documents Watch the sound with Mark Ronson and Billie Eilish: The world is a little blurry; and documentaries to come The models and Number one on the call sheet with Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart, Datari Turner and Dan Cogan.

SVoD is also preparing dramas produced in the UK Slow horses and The Essex Serpent, both from See-Saw Films, Keshet Productions’ Suspicion, a remake of the Israeli smash False flag and the Anglo-French thriller from Ringside Studios Connection.

This story first appeared on Screen Broadcast’s sister site.

How the 2023 BMW iX M60 Brings the ‘M’ to the Electric Crossover Segment Fri, 07 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000

Imagine stopping at a red light next to a Bimmer with M badge. You get excited and roll down the window to hear the glorious rumble of its engine. But to your shock, you hear nothing! The light turns green and the M passes in front of you mortified. Sounds like an “ICE” nightmare, doesn’t it? Well, that’s somewhat true with the beefed-up BMW iX M60 – the very first electric M-badge crossover.

One thing is for sure, the iX M60 has despicable design language. We understand that switching to EV is more than a slap in the face of batteries and motors. But come on! Bmw must be gone hello with their new design language. It’s like they’re obsessed with beaver teeth! Critics aside, the iX M60 is another bold step for BMW as it is the start of electrified M performance among SUVs.

And on paper, it looks really breathtaking. 610 HP and 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds (that’s sports car territory) can put a big smile on your face, even in silence. Colossal torque figures make us forget the fact that this all-electric performance BMW weighs nearly 6,000 pounds. Currently, the iX M60 remains a unicorn and intact as its closest competitor is the Audi e-tron S which lacks 200 hp!

The 2023 BMW iX M60 is the prologue to the all-electric “M” Future crossover.

BMW’s Most Powerful Electric Crossover

Front third quarter view of the 2023 BMW iX M60 accelerating

Right off the bat, the 2023 BMW iX M60 is the German automaker’s most powerful electric crossover. Technically, it uses the same 111.5 kWh battery found in the top-of-the-line BMW iX, but has been given electrical supplements to produce 610 HP and a jaw-dropping 811 lb-ft of torque. It comes with standard all-wheel drive and an engine is attached to each axle.

BMW iX M60 2023 side kinematic view

This also gives the M silencer a 0-60 MPH time of just 3.6 seconds. For obvious reasons, top speed is capped at 155 MPH. The added pressure of performance robs it of range, with 280 miles on a full charge, as opposed to the estimated 300 miles promised by the standard iX.

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Adaptive air suspension promises magical dynamics

2023 BMW iX M60 rear quarter third view

It is the first M car to be based on BMW’s future-ready modular platform. While most of its underpinnings tie into the standard iX, driving dynamics is where the M60 comes into play. It includes a double wishbone front suspension and a 5-link rear axle. It also comes with standard M-treated twin-axle adaptive air suspension with electronic dampers. This translates into increased stability in the turns and confidence in a straight line.

2023 BMW iX M60 front view

Electric steering knobs on the rear wheels for inclusive handling characteristics. All of these electronically controlled gadgets make in-depth changes when changing driving modes for a more inclusive driving experience. You’ll feel the steering and suspension stiffen in Sport mode, and you’ll also doubt this Bimmer is an M with comfortable ride in Comfort mode.

The technical interior is unchanged from the standard iX

Interior dashboard view of the 2023 BMW iX M60

BMW did not glorify the interior with “M” goodies, and is mainly taken from the standard BMW iX. The subtle changes are limited to the upholstery options where you have five color choices – Moka, Black, Amido, and Castanea Chestnut.

2023 BMW iX M60 center console close-up view

The upholstery material can be chosen between SensaTex faux leather or perforated cowhide leather. High-end features are standard in the iX M60, with the instrument panel adorned with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a larger 12.9-inch infotainment screen stacked in a slab of continuous floating glass. It is highlighted with brushed aluminum accents and classic BMW end caps like the crystal shift knob and the Drive controller.

Third quarter view of the 2023 BMW iX M60 with the tailgate open

Ironically, we did not find any “M” badges in the interior press images. Technological features are a strong point for the 2023 iX M60 with the cabin benefiting from the BMW Live Cockpit Professional standard. It also contains BMW Natural Interaction which gives the driver voice and gesture commands for various functions. Heated and ventilated seats are also standard.

Related: Here’s How The BMW iX Stacks Up To The Tesla Model Y

M-Treatment makes her look cool but still has a beaver face

2023 BMW iX M60 third quarter front view

Yes, we are not a fan of the face of the BMW iX. But the M treatment tries to add some sportiness to the controversial design language. It comes with cooler 21-inch wheels set against the backdrop of blue painted M calipers. BMW offers seven vibrant exterior colors, including Alpine White, Dark Graphite, Phytonic Blue, Blue Ridge Mountain, Storm Bay, Oxide Gray and Aventurine Red.

Close-up view of the BMW iX M60 2023 M badge

But the coolest exterior treatment has to be the optional Titanium Bronze accent pack. Subtle inserts on the exterior are painted in this desirable shade, including the “M” logo. The addition of the optional 22 inch aero wheels with an exclusive titanium bronze design will surely add to its unique appeal. Everything else comes straight from the standard iX.

BMW iX M60 2023: price and launch date

2023 BMW iX M60 hd wallpaper third quarter front view

The 2022 BMW iX M60 has an MSRP of $ 105,000, making it BMW’s most expensive electric SUV. For tons of torque and some subtle M drama it puts on the table, this unicorn is surely worth the $ 21,800 premium over the standard AWD iX. The iX M60 will launch in the United States in June 2022.

Sources: Press.bmwgroup, com

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Films 2022: 41 Unmissable Blockbusters Part 1 (January-June) The Batman, Top Gun 2 and Elvis | Movies | Entertainment Mon, 03 Jan 2022 19:12:23 +0000


Licorice Pizza (January 1)
Paul Thomas Anderson directs this coming-of-age comedy-drama set in the San Fernando Valley of California in the 1970s.

Scream (January 14)
Aka Scream 5. Set 25 years after the events of the brutal murders of the first film, a new killer wears the Ghostface mask and begins targeting teenagers to uncover a small town’s murderous past.

Munich – The Edge of War (January 21 – Netflix)
Jeremy Irons plays Neville Chamberlain in an adaptation of Robert Harris’ novel, following the 1938 appeasement talks with Hitler.

Belfast (January 21)
Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film follows the life of a working-class family in the late 1960s in Northern Ireland.

Alley of Nightmares (January 21)
Guillermo del Toro’s latest thriller stars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett at a traveling carnival in 1940s New York.

Morbius (January 28)
Jared Leto plays the Living Vampire villain Spider-Man in Sony’s non-MCU spin-off similar to Tom Hardy’s Venom

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The Batman (March 4)
Matt Reeves directs Robert Pattinson’s incarnation of The Dark Knight as he takes on The Riddler and The Penguin with Catwoman.

Go Red (March 11)
Pixar’s latest sees a 13-year-old girl transform into a giant red panda whenever she gets too horny.

Downton Abbey: A New Era (March 18)
A sequel to the first film in the hit drama series takes the Crawley family to a mysterious French villa linked to Maggie Smith’s dowager.

The Lost City (March 25)
Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe star in a film about a popular adventure novelist who is forced by an eccentric billionaire to lead him to the lost treasure of an ancient city.


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (April 1)
The SEGA video game character returns for another adventure alongside Jim Carrey’s Doctor Eggman and Idris Elba as Knuckles.

Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore (April 8)
The third Harry Potter prequel sees Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander face off against the evil wizard Grindelwald again, but with Johnny Depp having been recast as Mads Mikkelsen.

Operation Mincemeat (April 22)
Colin Firth plays the true story of how the Allies in WWII planned an assault on Fortress Europe, while trying to protect their invading force from entrenched German firepower.

Man from the North (April 22)
Robert Eggers’ latest stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe follow a Nordic prince seeking revenge for his father’s death in 10th century Iceland.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard teams up with Elizabeth Olsen’s scarlet witch in a Marvel multiverse epic.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
More than 30 years since the original release and Tom Cruise is back for Top Gun 2, in which the aviator finds himself training the son of the late Rooster. Val Kilmer will also reprise Maverick’s rival Iceman in the action drama.

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
Four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the dinosaurs roam the earth once again as Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard team up with Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum of Jurassic Park.


L’Éclair (June 17)
Chris Evans plays the fictional astronaut upon which the Buzz Lightyear action figure from Toy Story is based.

Elvis (June 24)
Baz Luhrmann directs the long-awaited biopic of Elvis Presley with Austin Butler as the King and Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

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Roundabout | What to leave behind and what to take until 2022 Sat, 01 Jan 2022 20:50:03 +0000

How do you send one year and welcome another at times like this? Of course, there is no way to do it but with hope. One of those messages came from a city artist, Kumar Varma, whose plays we grew up seeing since the days when we were learning to go to auditoriums in Chandigarh to watch the drama of life as than public.

Posting online a photo of German actress Hélène Weigel, the famous matriarch of Bertolt Brecht’s plays in a scene from Mother Courage, which was the lifeline in ancient times, he quotes the playwright:

“The new year has arrived.

The guards shout.

The thaw sets in. The dead remain.

Everywhere where life is not extinguished

He staggers to his feet again ‘

(Bertolt Brecht in ‘Mother courage and her children‘)

No, Varma does not run an online theater course from Thrisur in his home state Kerala, where he settled after teaching all his life in the Indian Theater Department at the University of Punjab. It is his way of wishing people crushed by calamities, both natural and man-made, a happy and peaceful entry into the New Year. Who better to say it than Mother Courage! This play by Brecht, although set in the 17th century of the 30 Years War, was aimed directly at denouncing fascism. Despite the mother’s courage, she sells her wares to soldiers and loses her three children to death. Even though she is crying, she has no choice but to continue with her cart. This is the approach of an artist playing with contradictions and yet suggesting a path where all is not lost.

“Words are not just words”

It was the city poet Kumar Vikal who said, words are not just words, there are people behind them, people dressed in clothes of various hues. In The Blind Matriarch, Namita Gokhale’s 2021 novel, Ritika and Satish, who live in a joint family, became an indicator of the two-year pandemic, ranging from political to personal. Written in the breezy style, which was also seen in her first novel Paro, she managed to revive the crisis of hard times: “Ritika’s smile sagged as she walked towards the kitchen. Their maid, Irina, who lived in the nearby slum, usually stayed to do the dishes, but there was no attendance today. “Kaf and Fiver,” she reported in the WhatsApp message. Ritika had correctly deciphered her message. “Cough and fever”. Irina was twelfth and mastered Hindi; it was his ambition to be fluent in English as well ”.

The blind matriarch thus becomes the symbol of a system which refused to open its eyes. Commenting on this, poet and critic K Satchidanandan states: “A multi-layered narrative woven around an extended family in an allegory of our existence as a nation with its vulnerabilities, hierarchies … and particular modes of crisis survival” .

However, it is the title of his previous novel, Things To Leave Behind, which demonstrates the struggle and heartbreak of what often appears to be an unfortunate masquerade, in addition to the burden of pure existence with the economy in decline. One cherishes the spirit of the greatest number by rising above the situation.

We take with us the sacrifices of many on the frontlines, the generosity of others who shared what little they had, the health workers who met their end saving others, the activists who courageously exercised the last rights of those who had no one, those who somehow tried to bring food to stranded workers, kids with glasses on their noses taking online courses with the grounds in mind of games and lost friends… as symbols of not lost faith. And let’s not forget, thoughts are on the determined girl who cycled hundreds of miles to bring her sick worker father to safety, as well as those who perished along the way and / or the farmers who died in the process. protesting in cold climates for their rights and those who have lived to see things change.

The return of a love poem

As the second year of the decade is born, we share a few lines of a poem Even Bricks Need Love by Nabina Das, who edited a beautiful and exhaustive volume of Witness: The Red River Dissent Poetry Book through the pandemic but quit writing poetry almost completely, except for a short streak, then longed for recovery since the start of this year:

A whole year of no love

A dream that I had last night is of you

A curtain that flies in the wind, it’s on the sea side

I taste the salt of your roots and you too are dying out

Your thirst with the aroma that I poured from my crevices

We’re talking about food we haven’t eaten and like too hot

From our mouths. Outside the city still waits like a hunter’s trap

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