By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic The new film by Oscar-nominated director Barry Jenkins plays right into the New York Film Festival’s style guide. If Beale Street Could Talk is a lushly created, gorgeously crafted work of art. At times the style outweighs the storyline, but most people looking for art films won’t care. The same can be said about a lot of the slate at the 56th annual New York Film Festival: Visually transporting but lacking in the consistently engaging storytelling that can add pep and momentum to what’s on view. If Beale Street Could Talk (***) There was something so fresh about Moonlight. The subject matter, cast, plotline, strong production elements and understated direction put it in a class all its own. Looking back on it, most viewers will remember the narrative first, distinct characters second and the behind the scenes production elements last. The opposite is true for this new endeavor by … [Read more...] about Art Films Dominate the 2018 New York Film Festival
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EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), after winning back-to-back ’16 polls at CPAC and a New Hampshire GOP conference, today takes on what could be a tough crowd – U.C. Berkeley – with a smart topic: the NSA and privacy. --From Paul’s text: “I don't know about you, but I'm worried. If the CIA is spying on Congress, who exactly can or will stop them? I look into the eyes of senators and I think I see real fear. Maybe it's just my imagination, but I think I perceive FEAR of an intelligence community drunk with power, unrepentant, and uninclined to relinquish power. I am honestly worried -- concerned about who is truly in charge of our government. Most of you have read the dystopian nightmares and maybe, like me, you doubted that it could ever happen in America.” Story Continued Below --All 380 seats are sold out for Paul’s 3:30 p.m. PT speech to the Berkeley Forum, in the Chevron Auditorium of International House. The appearance is part of … [Read more...] about RAND PAUL: Intelligence community ‘drunk with power’ — NEW OBAMA DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF worked for him in Springfield — POTUS FINAL 4 — CAPITAL NEW YORK expands — B’DAY: Jill Abramson, Kayla Cook
U.S. regulators on Friday warned a New York fertility doctor to stop marketing an experimental procedure that uses DNA from three people -- a mother, a father and an egg donor -- to avoid certain genetic diseases. The doctor, John Zhang, used the technique to help a Jordanian couple have a baby boy last year. It's a boy! First baby born with DNA from 3 parents According to the Food and Drug Administration, Zhang said his companies wouldn't use the technology in the U.S. again without permission, yet they continue to promote it. The procedure is not approved in the U.S., and Congress has barred the FDA from even reviewing proposals to conduct such experiments. A receptionist at Zhang's New Hope Fertility Clinic in New York said late Friday that no one was available to comment. Zhang heads the clinic and a related company, Darwin Life Inc. New Hope's website touts having achieved the "first live birth" using this technology, along with other advanced fertility treatments it … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New York doctor told to stop marketing 3-person IVF technique
Deciding when in life to have a baby is a very personal decision. And for more women these days, it appears to be a case of NEVER SAY NEVER. Our Cover Story is reported by Serena Altschul: When Ayala Donchin launched her baking business in 2009, she was hungry for success. She was working, she said, "Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, nonstop." And it paid off: In just four years, she says Evelyn's Kitchen grew to be a seven-figure business. Then in her early 40s, Donchin wanted to expand again -- in a different way. Altschul asked, "Why wait till your 40s to really try to have a baby?" "We just had other priorities," Donchin repied. "Work came first." But after several years and one miscarriage, Donchin gave up trying, convinced she had waited too long to have a baby. Then, in July of 2014: "I just just felt lethargic, and I didn't feel well, and I was sure that this was the first signs of menopause. I said this must be early-onset menopause at this point. And I Googled … [Read more...] about For first-time moms, 40 is the new 30
WASHINGTON— It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a bit of a mystery: What the $107 million was spent for and how much was left over — the excess, if any, to go to charity. It also raises a new round of questions about the influence of money in politics, this time for a president who promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington. Contribution records from Trump’s inaugural committee, released Wednesday by the Federal Election Commission, show the president who railed as a candidate against the corrupting influence of big-money donors was only too willing to accept top-dollar checks for his swearing-in festivities. Trump’s total take was about double the previous record set by Barack Obama, who collected $53 million in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Who were the top donors to Trump’s inauguration?