Bosnian director: Movie’s human-rights focus resonates now

first_imgSARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic says she is used to improvising. And she says that came in handy this year while finishing a film during the pandemic. Zbanic’s latest film — “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — has no promotional budget but does have Oscar buzz as a possible nominee for best international film. Zbanic will know next week whether the movie made the shortlist of 15 international films. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is based on true events from Bosnia’s 1992-95 inter-ethnic war. It took the writer-director more than a decade to put together and create. Post-production had to be done remotely across Europe. Zbanic thinks the movie’s focus on human rights resonates even more because of the pandemic.last_img

Which Disney Channel Original Movie Should Come to Broadway?

first_img The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s been a week of flashbacks at HQ: we revealed your top 10 Gypsy Roses for the tuner’s 57th anniversary, Cats is coming back to Broadway with a glam Grizabella and we recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole with the 2016 Tony nominees. This Memorial Day weekend, Disney Channel is throwing it back with a mega-marathon of their cinematic gems. That’s right, DCOM enthusiasts: faves like The Cheetah Girls, Smart House and of course, High School Musical will hit the small screen once more. Though High School Musical has been adapted for the stage, a concert tour and even an ice show, we would love to see HSM bop to the top on the Main Stem. That’s not the end of our Great White Way wish list—what about a Broadway debut for Hillary Duff in a Cadet Kelly stage adaptation? Or a Kim Possible musical? (Fun fact: Christy Carlson Romano, who voiced the cartoon crime-fighter, is a Broadway alum.) So which Disney Channel Original Movies should take the stage? Call us, beep us if you wanna reach us, and take a peek at Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip’s top 10 to get started!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Comments Photos courtesy of Disneylast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 2

first_imgBallston Spa baseball had winning qualitiesCongratulations to the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.New York State Class A champions, a No. 1 state ranking and 30th in the country. Certainly a history-making season.Not only were they a hard working and talented group of players, there were three factors that can’t be measured by statistics that this team possessed.The first was dedication. Each player was dedicated to baseball. They practiced hard each day and during the off-season. The second was team chemistry. Their coach, Curtis Nobles, set the tone. He often referred to his team as “ his family, his brothers.” The players were constantly encouraging one another.Third, and most important in my mind, is the fact that they had fun. The atmosphere, fostered by the coach, was fantastic. The team had music playing in the dugout, a rally “hobby horse,” and a WWF replica belt given to a player after each game. They even had a jumpy-jump for the young children during one game.We sometimes lose sight of the fact that these players are still high school students and their high school years should include having fun, not being put under constant pressure of winning. With the right training, atmosphere and chemistry, winning will be achieved. Ballston Spa proved that. Kudos to Coach Nobles and the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.Paul FoxSchenectadyIsrael letter writer should rethink viewsThe June 22 letter from Saratoga regarding the unnecessary existence of Israel had some interesting details, but made little sense.First, Israel’s main Western ally, the United States, does not support its continued existence because of guilt over the Holocaust. Any such guilt should lie in Europe.Rather, I think that our government, with the exception of a few members of Congress, supports Israel’s continued existence because it is a democracy, a survivor among tyrannies and terrorism.To suggest that the disappearance of Israel would be good for the Middle East is so ludicrous that, at first, I thought the letter from Saratoga was a hoax.I do give credit to The Gazette for printing a wide range of letters, and I’m fairly sure that its readers are smart enough not to be swayed by the extremism expressed in certain letters printed on its opinion page.Roger ShefferSchenectadyLadies golf tourney deserved coverageYour recent article, supplied by the New York Times Service, highlighted the many efforts being made to familiarize the public with the outstanding golfers on the LPGA tour. What I found truly ironic was The Gazette’s complete lack of reporting on the Women’s PGA Championship final round held the previous Sunday. As expected, Monday morning there was a big article on Chez Reavie’s well-deserved win in Hartford, but not one single word about the ladies major tournament in Minnesota. Not one single word. Is it any wonder the tour suffers from lack of recognition?Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPrioritize humans over animals in NYWe face a lot of problems in upstate New York.We have local nursing homes neglecting their elderly residents. We have families leaving our state in search of stable employment, lower taxes and higher morals.We devalue the dignity of human life through extreme abortion expansion. Our legislators should devote their time and attention to solving these problems.But instead, what do the Democrats choose to focus on? Banning cat declawing.Democrats pushed the Cat Declaw Ban through the state Assembly and Senate while the Republican-sponsored bill, Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sits dormant in committee never to see the light of day.Our Democratic majority needs to get its priorities straight. The Democrats waste our time and resources focusing on temporary animal discomfort, when they should focus on eliminating human suffering.Human lives are more important than cat claws.Our Democratic majority has turned New York state into the laughingstock of the nation. Instead of leading other states by example, other states look at New York as an example of what not to do.Our friends in other parts of the country think we’ve lost our minds. We must change the leadership in Albany before we continue to prioritize animals over humans and before all good families leave.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Lakers to finally make Andre Ingram’s NBA dream come true

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Andre Ingram spent more than six years playing in the very building where the Lakers practiced. He would often arrive for work as players such as Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and, later, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, departed for the day. Basketball’s biggest stage was right there, but always out of reach.The development league’s career leader in 3-pointers, Ingram could finally make his NBA debut this week, 11 years after his professional career began. The Lakers plan to sign the career minor leaguer to a contract for the final two games of the regular season, sources told the Southern California News Group.Ingram, 32, has played 10 seasons in the development league since graduating from American University in 2007, including four seasons with the defunct Utah Flash. He has made a record 713 3-pointers while shooting 46.1 percent from beyond the arc.With Ingram, Ball and Kyle Kuzma all sidelined by injuries, the Lakers were eager to bolster their depth for their last two games, and also have the benefit of delivering an unanticipated late-season, feel-good story. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIngram averaged 9.1 points per game for the South Bay Lakers this season, helping them to the G-League’s Western Conference finals, where the team, coached by Coby Karl, lost to the Austin Toros.Ingram has appeared in 384 career games in the development league since making his debut in 2007 with the defunct Utah Flash. He has played for the team now known as the South Bay Lakers since 2012, playing in 186 games for the franchise’s affiliate.The Lakers have leaned heavily on players who spent time with the South Bay Lakers this season, including two-way players Alex Caruso, Gary Payton II and Vander Blue, as well as forward Travis Wear.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more