‘Malcolm & Marie’ director reveals origins of buzzy film

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The global pandemic was not about to stop filmmaker Sam Levinson without a fight, literally. The creator of HBO’s “Euphoria” found his hit series shuttered so he pivoted to writing and directing “Malcolm & Marie,” a film about an epic lovers’ quarrel starring John David Washington and Zendaya. Set in a luxury California beach house, Washington’s Malcolm, an up-and-coming director, and Zendaya’s Marie, an out-of-work actress, have returned after a party where his film has premiered to rapturous applause. But he forgot to thank Marie and that leads to an outpouring of simmering grievances. “Malcolm & Marie” debuts on Netflix on Friday.last_img

Majority of US firms in Hong Kong concerned about security law: Amcham

first_imgThe Amcham survey, published on Monday and to which 183 or 15 percent of its members responded on July 6-9, showed 36.6 percent of respondents were “somewhat” concerned and 51 percent were “extremely concerned” about the legislation.More than two-thirds of the respondents were more concerned than a month ago, when the full details of the law, which came into force just before the anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, were unveiled.The legislation, which sees a Chinese intelligence agency openly operating in the city for the first time and gives police and mainland agents broad powers beyond the scrutiny of courts, raises a broad spectrum of worries for US companies.Some 65 percent were concerned about the “ambiguity in its scope and enforcement” and roughly 61 percent were concerned about the independence of Hong Kong’s judicial system. A majority of United States companies in Hong Kong surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) are concerned about the sweeping new national security law in the global financial hub, with a third looking to move assets or business longer-term.The legislation, which punishes secession subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, has further strained relations between the United States and China.Read also: Over 600,000 Hong Kongers cast ‘protest’ vote against new security laws About half were concerned about the city’s status as a global finance centre and the erosion of the high degree of autonomy it was promised 23 years ago.Read also: ‘We’re next’: Hong Kong security law sends chills through TaiwanOther major concerns cited were data security, talent drain and retaliatory measures by other governments. The prospect of extraditions to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, was considered a “game changer” by about 46 percent, with 17 percent saying it wasn’t.About 49 percent said the law would have a negative impact on their business, while some 13 percent said it would have a positive impact. Some 30 percent considered moving capital, assets or business out of Hong Kong in the medium-to-long term, while 5 percent said they consider doing so in the short-term.More than half of the respondents said they felt less safe about living and working in Hong Kong. Also about half said they personally considered leaving the city.Topics :last_img read more

A beach house with a difference

first_img15 North Shore, Twin WatersUpstairs, the second floor features two more bedrooms along with a bathroom, study and a rumpus room with built-in cabinetry opening to a deck.On the top level is another study, along with the main bedroom that includes a walk-in wardrobe, a private timber deck with a rooftop viewing platform, and an ensuite with a spa bath that has views over the ocean. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersOther features of the residence include established lawns, airconditioning, ceiling fans, a fully fitted and keypad-locked wine cellar and a double garage with internal access, loft storage space and a work room.Floor coverings are a mix of sandstone to the lower level and timber to the middle and upper levels, with sandstone also featuring in the bathrooms. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersIF a seachange is in order, check out the features in this spacious oceanfront house that took out a Housing Industry Australia Queensland award.Spread over three levels, the home has large covered outdoor areas overlook either the resort-style 18 metre lap pool, protected coastal sand dunes or the ocean and Mudjimba Island. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersThe open-plan living spaces were designed to allow abundant natural light with the use of extensive voids, high ceilings and generous amounts of glass. On the first level the kitchen, dining and living space are set off by a water feature and fireplace and connect to the terrace – and the pool beyond – via bi-fold doors.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe kitchen has marble benchtops, an induction cooktop, two-pac cabinetry and a corner pantry, with the level also including a laundry, bedroom with an ensuite, a retreat area and separate access via a timber deck. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersAgent Liz Hope of North Shore Realty Sunshine Coast said the house’s prime location meant potential buyers could be dipping their toes into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean within minutes.“This beachfront residence also provides easy access to pristine Mudjimba beach, the Maroochy River, coastal walking and bike paths, plus the championship Twin Waters Golf Course is only a short drive away,” Ms Hope said.last_img read more

Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final fixed for April 1st

first_imgThe match at Thomond Park will kick off at 5.45pm.Leinster’s last eight encounter in the competition is on the same day.Their clash with Wasps at the Aviva Stadium is due to get underway at 3.15pm. If Munster win against the French side they’ll be away to either Glasgow or Saracens in the semi-finals while a win for Leinster will mean a trip to France to face either Clermont or Toulon.last_img