Russian foreign minister criticizes RSF’s trustworthy journalism work

first_img Help by sharing this information November 28, 2018 – Updated on November 29, 2018 Russian foreign minister criticizes RSF’s trustworthy journalism work The three drafting groups currently formulating the standards are comprised solely of participants who are linked to journalism. A group of new technology experts, the Technical Task Force, is charged with proposing concrete methods for implementing the various criteria. Facebook is also participating in the initiative. The stakeholders group consists of all the other participants, including online platforms and advertisers. Sergueï Lavrov à Paris le 27 novembre. Crédit : FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s criticism of the Journalism Trust Initiative at a time when the defence of trustworthy journalism – meaning journalism that is free, independent and rigorous – is a major challenge for democratic societies and humankind as a whole. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Internet June 2, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Internet News Receive email alerts Читать на русском / Read in RussianLavrov criticized the Journalism Trust Initiative – which RSF launched in April – at the press conference that he gave jointly with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a visit to Paris yesterday. “In general, we follow with alarm a number of initiatives that are – not covertly, but publicly – being implemented in the West, including in Europe, initiatives generated by the well-known organization Reporters Without Borders, whose idea is to develop certain journalism trust indicators, white-lists, and so on,” Lavrov said.Possibly alluding to other initiatives, Lavrov added: “The fact that governments in Europe are beginning to support this leads us to the unpleasant conclusion that we are talking of various kinds of political censorship. We would not like to see attempts to moderate international news content on the basis of unilateral political criteria.”Launched jointly in April by RSF, Agence France-Presse, the European Broadcasting Union and the Global Editors Network, the Journalism Trust Initiative is a designed to be a self-regulatory mechanism that provides positive incentives for all kinds of media, regardless of their status, that practice the best kinds of journalism.The initial aim is to create an agreed set of indicators for measuring transparency of media ownership, editorial independence, implementation of journalistic methods and respect for journalistic ethics. These standards are being formulated in a joint process carried out under the aegis of the European Centre of Standardization (CEN).RSF and its partners are asking online platforms, advertisers and others to provide concrete advantages to media outlets that meet these standards – advantages that include preferential treatment by search engine and distribution algorithms leading to better visibility, reach and advertising sales.“Sergei Lavrov’s completely unfounded criticism of the initiative launched by RSF reflects a form of mistrust of independent and rigorous journalism that respects ethical standards,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“We point out that the Journalism Trust Initiative aims to create a trusted third party mechanism in which neither governments, platforms nor, obviously, RSF and its partners will get to differentiate between media outlets. Our project is founded on ideals of transparency, independence, implementation of verification methods and respect for professional ethics, and it uses transparent and non-discriminatory mechanisms. It makes no sense to talk of political bias.”After the JTI project plan’s unanimous adoption on 23 May, nearly 70 organizations met in Paris on 4-5 October to work on the project content. Participants in the process include radio and TV broadcasters such as Radio Télévision Suisse, RTL Group, the German public broadcaster ARD, Radio Canada, the BBC, France Télévision and TV5 Monde; print media such as Gazeta Wyborzca and Der Tagesspiegel; and such news agencies as AFP, EFE, DPA, and TT News.The participants also include regulatory bodies such as CSA and AGCOM, NGOs that defend press freedom and journalism (Article 19, International Press Institute, Free Press Unlimited and Internews), the Swiss press council, consumer organizations such as ANEC, the Guardian and Thomson foundations and digital experts such as Jeff Jarvis, a professor at the Craig Newmark school of journalism in New York and Scott Yates of the Certified Content Coalition (CableLabs). Russian media outlets have also expressed interest in participating. May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Newslast_img read more

String Cheese Incident Releases Stunning Watercolor Video For “My One And Only” Featuring Bonnie Paine

first_imgString Cheese Incident just premiered the music video for “My One And Only” via Creators/Vice. The song is off of String Cheese’s latest album, Believe, which was released last month, and also features the Bonnie Paine from Colorado’s Elephant Revival in addition to Cheese’s resident keyboard wizard Kyle Hollingsworth on vocals. The new video for “My One And Only” is a digital mixed-media project combining video, illustration, and digital animation created by Solar Cabin. The end project is gorgeous to take in, perfectly complementing the ethereal nature of the song with its whimsical watercolor-inspired imagery.The String Cheese Incident Spread Love In New “Believe” Album [Review/Stream]In the premiere on Creators, artist Jason Denton of Solar Cabin gives some insight into the creation of the music video: “We initially interpreted the song as an expression of the longing a person feels when they are on the road for an extended time. . . . While experiencing the beauty and wonder of the larger world, you can never quite shake that longing for home and the loved ones you miss.”This statement echoes Hollingsworth’s own account of the intention behind “My One And Only, as he told Relix in an interview last month,”I love [Bonnie’s] voice. I think it’s so unique and I wanted to showcase her vocals. When I got together with her, I didn’t really have the lyrics done. So I hit her up and she was like, “Sure I’ll help you write lyrics as well.” So we got together, and she came up with the chorus and I started working on some of the verses. We talked about being on the road a lot and missing our loved ones back home. So we worked out the melodies and went through it together, and she improvised the whole last half of the song.”String Cheese Incident Shares Two Pro-Shot Videos Of Intimate Boulder ShowsYou can watch the final result of the collaboration between String Cheese Incident, Bonnie Paine, and Solar Cabin in the breathtaking video of “My One And Only” below.last_img read more

For Dunga, the Possibility of Ronaldo Playing For The National Team Looks Distant

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 i think ronaldo is the best player ever to have had played for brazil , ronaldo should always have his spot reserved in the national team , he is a must have striker , you can never mess up having ronaLdo on your final list , the problem is that dunga does not want a team of stars like ronaldo and ronaldinho . to my understanding ronaldo has given brazil the best days , it is up to history to remember him as the best player that ever touched the ball , his awards and achievements already surpassed everybody including pele . dunga you have a great personality in soccer .you have to live ronaldo play in this team .wan i see ronaldo i see same thing spacal .for me ronaldo is the captin of the team and hi will make as 6 stars on the shert .a lot of teams tray to stady him but it is for noting he stil scores gols .and wan we lost wit francs it was an offsed .the taem is very good that you perfhormed but tere is same thing mising not adriano not ronaldiho. but ronaldo that can score from every angle in attak.dunga plsssssss let ronaldo play i wish i see ronaldo play he is the beast atteker ever i sen and let ronaldo score agen for as and for you.ronaldo you are the best and do the best Hi Dunga,im from Malta i wish that you ll see this comment. Ronaldo is not a legend cos he s story is not ended right here,and in my opinion you have to play him and give him the number 9 again for the last World Cup. Ronaldo is gonna sure bring back an other star on our Gold Brasilian shirt. And there he ll becomes a legend. Ronaldo does very nice goals and if you ll play him again im sure he ll do fantastic and wonderful goals. And pleassssse leave him play for the last World Cup and we ll be happy to see him score again. Ronaldo i wish that your dream comes true as i know its you re wish too and i know that you can do it. Cos you have a strong faith to do your wish. YOU RE THE BEST RONALDO! SHOW THEM THE FOOTBALL!!! What happened, Dunga? So much history, a brilliant career and run that Ronaldo can’t be kept out of the World Cup. He could be useful to Brazil. hey sir I hope you read this. Sir Dunga you are a very respected man as you have won the world cup for Brasil and you were the captain . I am sohail of 10 years of age I know this is your last year of coaching so won’t you want the beat sqad. Think about how it used to be, World Cup=Brasil= Trophy= Ronaldo, ronaldinio, Carlos. Pleas for me and thewhole world include Ronaldo if not Ronaldinio sir maybe you made the biggest mistake of your life by not adding the players. You should have rethought this b4 the worldcup……..now its too late! brazil is nothing with out ronaldinho the magican and the king of football he is my best player and iam feeling very sad that this fantastic player will not share iam with brazil till die but i like ronaldinho since he make me love football and meaning of football viva brasil viava ac milan The coach of the Brazilian soccer team, Dunga, left Brazilian striker Ronaldo, of the popular São Paulo Corinthians, with almost no chance to compete in the 2010 South African World Cup, claiming that he does not want to repeat “old mistakes.” During an event in São Paulo to announce the finalists for the prizes for ‘crack’ players in the 2009 Brazilian Championship, Dunga stood firm when asked by the press about the chances of giving the ‘Phenomenon’ Ronaldo (33 years old) a try-out before the World Cup, nearly ruling out the possibility. “There are some players who don’t need to be given a try-out, but I’m going to ask you something. Don’t give the fans unfounded expectations, and don’t try to get me to make the same old mistakes,” Dunga declared. Brazil will play its first friendly match of the year heading into the World Cup on March 3, against a still-undetermined opponent, and many fans and journalists have thought that Ronaldo might have a chance, after having displayed moments of brilliance in the Brazilian tournament. Nevertheless, his physical condition is also not the best, and so Dunga referred indirectly to the 2006 Cup, where Brazil arrived under the leadership of coach Carlos Parreira as the team most favored to win, with Ronaldo the subject of controversy and above his ideal weight. The star-studded team was eliminated in the quarterfinals. ‘R9’, a two-time world-champion striker (1994, 2002) and the holder of the World Cup record for most goals scored, made a triumphant return to soccer in 2009 after fourteen months of inactivity due to a serious knee injury suffered while playing for Italian team AC Milan. He won the São Paulo championship and the Brazil Cup and scored 23 goals in 37 games. Dunga took over Parreira’s spot in August 2006 and developed a new profile for the team, leaving out traditionally renowned players, Ronaldo among them. He now has men he trusts on offense, like center forward Luis Fabiano (Seville, Spain) and Robinho (Manchester City, England). “Playing for the Brazilian team is no longer only a technical question; rather, it’s a question of commitment. This isn’t just my demand, but also that of the group. In order to join, it’s necessary to be committed and competitive,” Dunga said. Recently, Ronaldo said that “I’m sure that if I have a great first half of the season, I have a chance to be called.”last_img read more

Market locks in historic rate cut

first_imgA historic rate cut next week is expected to spur on homeowners if passed on by financiers. Picture: Liam Kidston.A historic rate cut come Tuesday is expected to save thousands for some homeowners, with the market now locking in a fall to 1.25 per cent — and the potential for more to come.In the past week, the market has dramatically thrown itself behind a drop of 25 basis points, with ASX’s 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures June 2019 contract trading at 98.72 — which it said indicated “a 100 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 1.25 per cent at the next RBA Board meeting”.According to RateCity, the current lowest home loan rate – for one year fixed – was 2.99 per cent from Greater Bank, while the lowest variable rate was 3.29 per cent from Mortgage House. Potential rate cut savings on different loan amounts: Source: FinderFinder has been telling borrowers “if you don’t get the full rate cut, vote with your feet” by switching to a different mortgage.“A lower cash rate will spur even further competition within the market so it is the perfect time to weigh up your options as you have the bargaining power — the best value home loan rates right now start with a ‘3’.”Griffith University’s Mark Brimble and Noel Whittaker of the Queensland University of Technology were among the minority experts who believed the RBA would hold come Tuesday.“I am probably wrong but I think dropping would be a very bad policy — hope the bank realises that,” Mr Whittaker said. 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Mr Brimble said “bias is clearly to the easing, however the RBA may choose to wait for the new financial year for a range of reasons including the finalisation of the budget bills and how geo-political issues play out on the global stage and markets”.Nerida Conisbee of the REA Group was among those who’ve now switched to a decrease after holding out for a while.“I’ve gone against popular opinion and have held off calling a cut until now. I think this month will be it,” she said. “While there has been a lot of poor economic data coming out, it looked like the RBA were holding on to the low unemployment rate as a sign that things were about to improve. With the unemployment rate ticking up in April, I think this will be enough impetus to make a decision to cut.”center_img Jobs figures were among the reasons RBA was said to have held out last month – something it can’t really justify this month according to REA Group economist Nerida Conisbee. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.But he said the questions that needed answering were “how much will they cut by, and how many cuts will follow this one?”.Westpac expects three cuts by the end of the calendar year, a view that one in five Finder survey respondents (22 per cent) supported.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAccording to Finder analysis, just one rate cut passed on could save someone on a $500,000 home loan more than $900 a year.“This snowballs to an annual saving of more than $2,600 should the three cuts come to fruition, with a reduced average variable rate of 4.16 per cent.” Thousands of agents flock to the Coast Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Exchange Club of Alpena sponsoring Fourth of July decoration contest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Despite the Fourth of July parade in Alpena being canceled, there are still ways to celebrate. The Exchange Club of Alpena is sponsoring a decoration contest.This organization is aimed at serving their communities through patriotism. They’re also the longest existing national service club. Normally the organization would be passing out American flags at the parade, but not this year.President of the Exchange Club Shawn Ballor said that this contest is a way to celebrate our nation. “Come together as a country and show our solidarity for what makes our country work, all the people who have fought for us and all the people that kind of struggled through this difficult situation and continued to help keep our country rolling,” he said.All residents and businesses are welcome to participate. The Exchange Club wants people to pull out all the stops and display their red, white, and blue decorations in their windows, yards, and porches.One thing that they want to avoid is politics as this contest is meant to bring people together as Americans. “Keep it about our country so that it stays positive,” said Ballor. “We want to keep the negativity out of it and let everyone each other’s patriotism.”To enter the contest send an email containing your name address, and photo of your completed decorations to [email protected] Prizes will be awarded to the top three businesses and residents. The community will also select a People’s Choice Award via the Exchange Club of Alpena’s Facebook page. The picture with the most likes by July 3 will be the winner.The deadline to register is June 29. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Exchange Club of AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious Local residents enjoy a Sunday afternoon with loosened social distancing restrictionsNext Attorney General announces proposals for police reform in Michiganlast_img read more

LeBron James refers to Kaepernick: ‘I stand with Nike’

first_imgNEW YORK — Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said he stands with Nike, a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.The basketball superstar — and new Los Angeles Laker — made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both his style and his philanthropy from Harlem’s Fashion Row. The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony that focused on diversity in the fashion world. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women’s sneaker designed by three female African-American designers and inspired by strong African-American women.In emotional remarks, James paid tribute to the three women in his life — his mother, wife and 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri.He noted how his mother had raised him alone, and given him “a sense of pride, a sense of strength, a sense of no worry.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Because of you, Gloria James, I’m able to be in a position today where I can give back and showcase why I believe African-American women are the most powerful women in the world.”The NBA star, who was wearing one of his favored shrunken-fit shorts suits by designer Thom Browne, called his daughter “my rock.”“People always told me if you ever have a girl, she’ll change you,” said James, who also has two sons. “I was like, nobody’s changing me, I’m a man.” But she did, he said.”Not only did she change me, she’s made me a better person,” James said. “A more dedicated person, a stronger person, I guess a more sensitive person.”Closing his remarks, he said he stood “for anybody who believes in change.” He added: “I stand with Nike, all day, every day.”Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, unveiled his first ad of the new campaign Monday. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” it said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The new endorsement deal has sparked vigorous debate, with some fans expressing displeasure over the apparel giant’s support of a player known for starting a wave of protests among NFL players against police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.Some angry fans were even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear — and posting the results on social media.But Kaepernick and his Nike campaign, which marks the 30th anniversary of Nike’s “Just Do It,” received plenty of support from the fashion world in attendance Tuesday.Bethann Hardison, an activist for diversity in fashion and a former supermodel who was also honored by Harlem’s Row, said she was happy with Nike’s move. “It’s such a divided situation in our world right now,” she said of the negative reaction by some fans. “But I’m such a huge, huge, wholehearted supporter of Colin that I’m very proud that someone understands what he’s done and (is giving) him some kudos.”Prominent African-American designer Tracy Reese said she loved the new Nike campaign.“It was tastefully done,” she said. “And really, this is the time to stand up for what you believe in. Colin Kaepernick has done that and I think that we need to follow his example and really go where the heart leads, instead of where everybody expects you to go.”Also honored at the ceremony were Harlem streetwear designer Dapper Dan and stylist Jason Rembert. A fashion show highlighted the work of designers Kimberly Goldson, Undra Duncan and Fe Noel, who together helped create the new shoe.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua had a nightmarish week in New York City

first_imgAndy F—ING RUIZ JR. #JoshuaRuiz pic.twitter.com/bjjNhWlbTD— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019Joshua refused to make excuses following his stunning loss, saluting Ruiz on being the better man Saturday night and vowing to come back sharper for their impending rematch.But the damage was done.What started with nothing but smiles and promise from Joshua in NYC earlier in the week, ended in scathing disappointment late Saturday night with any thoughts of an undisputed title fight between he and Wilder seemingly gone in a New York minute. On paper, it all seemed like the perfect script, with his megawatt smile showing the confidence and charisma needed to make this trip a resounding success.Join DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8But Anthony Joshua’s week in NYC turned out to be an absolute nightmare, which Andy Ruiz Jr. capped emphatically with a seventh-round TKO of the British fighter in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.There were telling signs that Joshua’s week in the Big Apple was getting progressively worse leading up to his monumental loss, too.On Tuesday, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder took to his social media accounts and announced a rematch with Luis Ortiz, with a date and venue to be named soon. Not only did “The Bronze Bomber” dash hopes of a fight with Joshua in 2019, but he immediately stole major thunder from AJ’s U.S. debut in the process.The conscious timing of Wilder’s announcement also put pressure on Joshua to name his next move in the midst of preparing for Ruiz. Right then and there, Joshua was being asked to look ahead of Ruiz — not an ideal situation.As a response to Wilder tabbing Ortiz as his next fight, Joshua, while speaking with Sky Sports on Thursday, named everyone from Kubrat Pulev to Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte as a possible next opponent following Ruiz.Also on Thursday, following their press conference face-off, Joshua inexplicably let Ruiz hold his belts. The gesture was seen as good sportsmanship, but little did AJ know that “The Destroyer” would snatch that hardware right off of him the hard way about 48 hours later.On Friday evening, Wilder made sure to continue to cast a shadow over Joshua’s U.S. debut by amending his announcement from earlier in the week by mentioning that his Ortiz rematch will be followed by a second fight with Tyson Fury. Wilder and Fury fought to a thrilling split-draw in December and were supposed to have the rematch earlier this spring, but the latter signing a deal with Top Rank momentarily foiled those plans.Wilder took a page right out of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s playbook in calculating the timing of these announcements to solar eclipse anything else going on in boxing — in this case, his rival Joshua’s U.S. debut.How much Wilder’s timed announcements played into Joshua’s mindset entering Saturday night’s fight against Ruiz is anybody’s guess, but the British boxer’s American debut couldn’t have gone much worse.After dropping Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua looked to be on his way to yet another stoppage victory and seventh defense of his titles. He nailed Ruiz with a straight right hand next, but sloppily let his guard down, as Ruiz hit the champ with a left hook to the temple that knocked off AJ’s equilibrium. Joshua tumbled to the canvas seconds later, and his legs were never the same. Joshua would taste the canvas one more time that round.Although he looked to possibly have his legs back by the fifth round, Ruiz used a barrage of punches in the seventh to drop Joshua for a third time, before closing in and scoring his fourth knockdown of the fight. Referee Michael Griffin asked Joshua if he’s ready to continue to box thereafter, but didn’t get the confident answer he was looking for, leading him to stop the fight to the shock of crowd and world, as Ruiz became the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. Anthony Joshua’s stateside debut at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night was supposed to mark the continuation of the unified world heavyweight champion further entrenching his international star power.He had already conquered his native England, drawing a British record of 90,000 raucous fans at Wembley Stadium to witness his career-defining 11th-round TKO of Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. So, what better place to start his U.S. conquest than the media capital of the world, New York City, in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and “The Mecca of Boxing?”last_img read more

Land Transportation Authority to be Established

first_imgGovernment is moving to establish a Land Transportation Authority by the next fiscal year, in a bid to improve efficiencies in the transport sector.Addressing the opening of the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Minister of Transport, Works & Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, said that consistent with the objective of modernizing the land transportation sector, the Ministry is in the process of hiring a consultant to guide the establishment of the new authority.The new entity will result from the merger of the Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority. [RELATED: Local Contractors to Benefit from MIDP]The Minister pointed out that much of the policy framework for the land transportation service is dated and dispersed under varying pieces of legislation.Dr. Davies noted that one of the challenges being faced is indiscipline and bad behaviour on the roads, and pointed out that very few of the current systems collaborate or are linked, allowing some offending motorists to escape through the cracks.He informed that the consultant will be engaged during the second quarter of this fiscal year, leading to the Land Transportation Authority being established in the fiscal year 2014/15.The Minister also noted that the Road Traffic Act is in the final stages of a comprehensive review and will be taken to Parliament for a new Act to be passed during this Parliamentary year.[RELATED: Opening of Sectoral Debate Parliamentary Year 2013/2014]In the meantime, the Transport, Works and Housing Minister acknowledged the need for a fare adjustment, and noted that discussions are ongoing with representatives of the sector to address the issue.The Minster stated that representatives of the Ministry, whether members of the political directorate or officials, are always available to meet to discuss and resolve problems with representatives of the sector, but emphasized that such meetings must be in the context of mutual respect and order. “Indiscipline and coarseness must be eliminated from this vital sector of our economy and society,” he emphasized.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Xavier Dolan Orphan Black big winners at Canadian Screen Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re saying bye to characters every day and that’s just devastating.”Maslany won another trophy for another project on Sunday — best actress for the film “The Other Half.” That honour had her teary eyed as she thanked her “other half,” her boyfriend Tom Cullen, who’s also the film’s co-star/executive producer.Dolan’s French-language drama won six trophies, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and best cinematography. Organizers said Dolan was shooting in Paris and was unable to attend.The film, about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family, got a mixed reaction from critics when it screened at last May’s Cannes Film Festival. But it ended up winning the festival’s Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award. And last month, the film won three Cesar Awards — which are often nicknamed the “French Oscars” — including a best director nod for Dolan.Toronto-born “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel got playful with the crowd as he hosted the show from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.In a pre-taped opening bit, Mandel joked that he had created an Oscars-inspired montage of top nominees on his laptop, which turned out to include himself digitally inserted — badly — into the likes of “Vikings” and “Kim’s Convenience.”He also riffed on how the awards show doesn’t have a good nickname, although others have suggested the Screenies or the Candys, after the late Canadian actor John Candy.“I know other hosts have been talking about naming it, I want to name it. What is it for?” Mandel said, adding the awards honour the best in Canadian film, television and digital work.“So what is it? Screen, television, digital. This will go viral — it’s an STD.“How many of you are going to go home tonight with an STD?”Mandel often went into the audience to do improvised bits with guests including Dave Chappelle, who presented the Icon Award to the homegrown comedy brand Just for Laughs.“We should do something for Canada,” Mandel said as he distributed a card that he said he bought at Shoppers Drug Mart for Canada’s 150th birthday.“Maybe a surprise party. You know what — on June 30th, everybody park in Labrador and then we’ll surprise them.”Among the other big winners on the last of several nights of awards was the Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” which won four trophies, including best actor for Stephan James.“Nothing gives me more joy than to see young people coming up to me and tell me ‘Hey, you’re Jesse,“’ he said, noting he’s thrilled to introduce them to a story they haven’t seen before.“Eighty years later I bring this guy back to life and it’s been really the greatest honour of my career to portray him.”CraveTV’s smalltown show “Letterkenny” was a surprise winner in the best TV comedy series category. The series also won two trophies earlier in the week.Actress Tantoo Cardinal took home the Earle Grey Award, which honours actors for their body of work in Canadian television.And Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer accepted a lifetime achievement award — in self-deprecating style.“Quite obviously the awards committee used my name out of pity: ’You better give it to him now before he croaks,“’ he said. “And they’re absolutely right, I mean, I’m old. Dangerously old! I’m so old that when I was a baby the first word I uttered was in Latin.“I’ve spent almost 70 years making a fool of myself in this crazy, mad profession of ours and I’ve had the time of my life,” he continued.“By no means is this the end, the curtain has not yet fallen. It’s simply stuck.” Advertisement Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of the World” and Space’s human cloning series “Orphan Black” emerged Sunday as this year’s big Canadian Screen Awards winners.Including awards handed out earlier in the week, “Orphan Black” nabbed nine trophies. It won best dramatic series and best lead actress in a dramatic role for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple clones in the sci-fi show, all with different personalities and accents.“It’s been such an amazing journey, this show, for me. I’ve really grown up on it. It’s been a huge responsibility and a huge privilege and I’ve made a family on it that I’m going to miss so much,” she said backstage, referring to the show’s final upcoming season. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

People think female story is not high art Larson

first_imgLos Angeles: Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has said it is amusing to her that some people are not able to comprehend that her film has crossed over USD 1 billion mark at the global box office. The film, which feature Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first tentpole to be fronted by a woman. During an interview at the Women in the World conference in New York City, the 29-year-old actor said she initially felt the pressure to deliver when she started shooting for the project but believes the notion that women-fronted films cannot get good openings at the ticket window is “bogus”. “We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with a majority of women. It started with women filmmakers. “This weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies or are not important to storytelling or the female story is not high art, it’s bogus. I don’t want to for a second buy into it,” Larson said. The actor said she is “grateful” to have broken the “glass ceiling of normalising the concept that women can also make a billion dollars.” Larson is set to reprise her character in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is set to bow out on April 26.last_img read more