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Stars unite in film to kick off 2019’s Stand Up to Cancer

first_img“When I was 16 my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She and our family experienced first-hand the devastation it can cause. That’s why I wanted to create this film for Stand Up To Cancer, to show that those who fundraise for life-saving cancer research are every bit as relentless, unforgiving and unpredictable as the disease itself. It is thanks to research that she is still alive today.” Melanie May | 7 October 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 A host of actors including Martin Freeman, Celia Imrie, Tom Felton, Noel Clarke, Neil Morrisey, Nina Sosanya and Adrian Scarborough have joined forces in a short film for Stand Up To Cancer, shot by Ridley Scott Associates.Marking the return of the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, the film depicts the stars channelling the unpredictable behaviours of cancer to beat it at its own game. Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Celebrity Fundraising ideas The Stand Up to Cancer film, set to launch in cinemas from 11 October, opens with Martin Freeman swotting up on fundraising ideas late into the night. The camera then cuts from one celebrity to the next, showing Celia Imrie remembering a lost loved one, Joe Dempsie and Nina Sosanya pummelling boxing pads, Tom Felton scaling a climbing wall, Noel Clarke smashing a world record, Neil Morrissey break dancing and Adrian Scarborough dressed head to toe as a carrot, all to raise funds for cancer research. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Martin Freeman said:“Stand Up To Cancer is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the tireless work that is being carried out by scientists across the UK every day. Research is the key to making progress, and the sooner we fund more research, the sooner we can find better treatments and cures. No one should have to go through the pain cancer brings.”The film’s creator and director, Ridley Scott Associate Juriaan Booij said: Advertisement  270 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  269 total views,  2 views today Stars unite in film to kick off 2019’s Stand Up to Cancer [youtube height=”450″width=”800″][/youtube]last_img read more


Lending his eye to the visions of others

first_imgWhat did you do this summer? It’s been a common refrain across campus in recent days.The answer for countless students and faculty is that they traveled or just relaxed over the past few months. But many also incorporated work into their schedules, including the chair of Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Robb Moss, who devoted some of his downtime to helping filmmakers realize their dreams.For the past 12 years Moss has headed west in June to the Sundance Institute, a Provo, Utah-based nonprofit that supports independent storytellers in theater and film. The institute, founded by actor-director Robert Redford, is also the umbrella organization for the popular Sundance Film Festival, a launching pad for everything from indie favorites to feature-length documentaries to mainstream blockbusters. Over the course of eight days, Moss and fellow directors and editors from the United States and around the world gather at the institute to act as creative advisers on a range of documentary projects.This summer, Moss, an accomplished filmmaker who has six documentaries to his credit, worked on four movies whose subject matter was as varied as it was profound: a transgender man in Turkey; military conflict in the Congo; the deadly world of prostitution in Seattle; and the devastation caused by a massive mud flow in Indonesia.Moss sees his role as helping emerging as well as established directors, editors, and producers assess what they think they’ve done with their projects, figure out where they want to go, and determine what still needs work. It can be a delicate dialogue, with “complex, intimate kinds of conversations.”“These are projects that people have poured their lives into,” said Moss in an interview in his Carpenter Center office. “They have to trust us, and we have to earn that trust.”Much of his work involves “seeing the possibility” in a film’s rough cut. He likened his contributions to that of a trained artist. A casual observer sees a rock, said Moss, but a sculptor can see “the shape and promise of the rock.” Similarly, he said, the professional editors who collaborate on the projects have “an exquisite way of mining films for pieces that can make the most meaning.”The work unfolds in trailers brought in specifically for the week, temporary offices that double as sound and editing booths and mimic the workspaces typically found on film sets. They are light on frills, said Moss, “just about going in and getting your work done.” The days are long, the work intense; discussions and debates often carry over into the evening hours at a local bar.Redford checks in during the week. Moss calls him “really smart” and credits his vision for helping expand the reach of documentary film. “This would not happen without his original idea.”According to Moss, about 100 films have passed through the institute’s labs since he started taking part in 2004. Many have gone on to critical acclaim, most recently “Forever Pure,” which tracks the events surrounding an Israeli soccer club’s acquisition of two Muslim players. The film has captured several awards and will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. For Moss, the number of good films coming through the institute’s doors is significant. “It starts to create an impression in the field,” he said. “A community starts to grow and work starts to affect other work.”Key to that work is the director-editor dynamic, Moss noted. The best editors bring their own sensibility to a project, he said, while remaining true to a director’s vision. As an example he mentioned his first editor, Karen Schmeer, who worked on his 2003 documentary “The Same River Twice” while she was also cutting Errol Morris’ Academy Award-winning “The Fog of War.” Moss lauded her “magical powers,” and said her editing “could not be more expressive of a director’s character and aspiration.”Moss considers his summer work, like the work he does at Harvard helping develop future generations of storytellers, critical at a time when serious print journalism faces increasing financial constraints and “politics is mediated through Twitter and we have more and more virtual encounters with the world.”Documentary film, said Moss, is “a kind of exacting way for us to connect with each other,” and a way to “get at parts of the world we would never have a chance to otherwise.”last_img read more


Duncan Garner: Why I’m voting against cannabis legalisation at the referendum

first_imgNewsHub 11 August 2020Family First Comment: “Our country has faced a huge upheaval this year – well, the whole world has – but worse could be yet to come. Perhaps economic chaos, which will be life-changing for many. I think this is a poor time for another social experiment on our streets when the evidence on the upside is flimsy at best and even the PM’s own departmental report fails to recommend legalising cannabis.I’m voting against.” OPINION: Just a new Government and a long process ahead where the cannabis Bill will still need to make its way through the lengthy process of Parliament, including a time-consuming select committee.Depending on who makes it back, any number of MPs could make changes to the legislation which you will have no power over.Justice Minister Andrew Little says he expects there may be changes to the proposed law given the public will have their say during the parliamentary process.Basically MPs this term couldn’t decide, disagreed or weren’t organised enough to put a simple solution in front of you.But what I know is you are not voting on a sure thing, you are voting on the next Government carrying on the work of the last.This Bill has barely passed the first hurdle.Now it’s up to you to either give it life or put it to sleep.Our country has faced a huge upheaval this year – well, the whole world has – but worse could be yet to come. Perhaps economic chaos, which will be life-changing for many.I think this is a poor time for another social experiment on our streets when the evidence on the upside is flimsy at best and even the PM’s own departmental report fails to recommend legalising cannabis.I’m voting against.Be careful what you wish for.Duncan Garner hosts The AM Show.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


Mario Gotze double sees Germany past Poland

first_imgGermany returned to the top of Group D after two goals from Mario Gotze helped them to a 3-1 win over Poland.The vital Group D victory came as a result of two early German goals. In that period, Germany had Poland on the ropes, and Thomas Muller opened the scoring with a tap-in after some swift passing, and it was two on 17 minutes when Mario Gotze beat Lukasz Fabianski at the near post.It seemed that would be the tone for the match, but Robert Lewandowski’s diving header showed that Poland could not be discounted from the match yet.In the second half, Germany again controlled the ball for most of the period, but still created relatively little. Gotze hit the post just before the hour mark with a curling shot around Fabiankski, but took another 25 minutes before he could make it three, tapping in after Fabianski blocked Muler’s shot from the edge of the box.From that moment, Poland knew that the game was lost, and the remaining nerves in the home side quickly dropped away.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Deebo Samuel injury update: 49ers offense takes a hit with WR’s broken foot

first_imgWon’t miss season but expect a stint on PUP.— David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) June 18, 2020Same fracture led to Trent Taylor’s surgery last preseason, then ensuing infections sidelined him all season. #49ers need Deebo to heal well for another Super Bowl run— Cam Inman (@CamInman) June 18, 2020According to Healthline, a Jones fracture is “a break between the base and shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone of (the) foot. This is the bone on the outside of the foot, which is connected to the pinkie toe. It’s the most common type of metatarsal fracture.” The site also claims the recovery time for surgery on a Jones fracture is seven weeks or fewer with weight being kept off the injured foot for up to six weeks.Based on a tweet from Samuel himself, it seems he expects to be back on the field in 10 weeks. In that case, he would return before the start of the season.10 weeks I’m back better than the deebo you seen before 🙏🏾— UnoCaptain‼️❌ (@19problemz) June 18, 2020The 49ers and all NFL teams are scheduled to report to training camp late next month, and the league plans to start the regular season on time (Sept. 10) despite coronavirus-related complications.MORE: Why Kyle Shanahan’s extension matters Samuel, who had a team-high five catches for 39 yards against Kansas City in February, also broke a Super Bowl record for rushing yards by a wide receiver with 53 on three carries.If Samuel has to miss an extended amount of regular-season time in 2020, it will be a big blow to an offense that often utilizes misdirection and play-action. The speedy Samuel is a big part of coach Kyle Shanahan’s game planning in that regard.The 49ers did draft Brandon Aiyuk, a similarly built wide receiver, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft in part to fill the void left by free-agent departure Emmanuel Sanders. Samuel’s injury suggests the Arizona State product might need to be a bigger part of San Francisco’s offense early in the season than initially expected. A player who might have won Super Bowl 54 MVP had the 49ers held off the Chiefs in the fourth quarter of that game could start the 2020 season on the shelf.Deebo Samuel, who as a rookie last season led all San Francisco wide receivers in receptions and receiving yards, suffered a broken foot — specifically, a Jones fracture — during a throwing session Tuesday in Nashville with his teammates, according to The 24-year-old had surgery on his foot Thursday.last_img read more