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  • Hollywood & Highland to Remove Elephant Statues Commemorating Racist Legacy of D.W. Griffith August 1, 2021
    The white fiberglass elephant statues at the Hollywood & Highland shopping center are being removed in a rejection of filmmaker D.W. Griffith’s racist legacy. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new owners of the famous center where the Academy Awards are typically held are removing the elephant statues and “all of the faux Mesopotamian […] […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • In ‘Stillwater,’ Matt Damon Finds the Humanity in a Trumper. Would You Expect Anything Less From Matt Damon? (Column) August 1, 2021
    As an actor, Matt Damon has always had two sides: the light and the dark, the noble and the furtive, the boyishly winning and the ominously coldhearted. Early in his career, when he was that cute kid with the shiny hair and the big grin, he played characters who had a troubled layer or two, […]
    Owen Gleiberman
  • Jay Pickett, ‘Port Charles’ and ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 60 August 1, 2021
    Jay Pickett, an actor and producer known for his roles on “Port Charles” and “General Hospital,” died Friday on the set of his upcoming film, “Treasure Valley.” He was 60. The official Facebook page of the film — in which Pickett starred and served as a producer and writer — announced Pickett’s death on Sunday, […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Philipp Yuryev’s ‘The Whaler Boy’ Wins Top Prize at Transilvania Film Festival August 1, 2021
    Philipp Yuryev’s “The Whaler Boy,” which took home the Venice Days award at last year’s Venice Film Festival, won the top prize at the Transilvania Film Festival on Saturday. The jury praised the Russian director’s feature debut, an offbeat story of a teenage whale hunter on the Bering Strait who sets out to meet a […]
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  • ‘Jungle Cruise’ Docks With $34 Million in Theaters, $30 Million on Disney Plus August 1, 2021
    “Jungle Cruise” completed its first voyage with $34.2 million in theatrical ticket sales and another $30 million on Disney Plus, leading the competition in North America. The Disney film, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson, debuted slightly ahead of expectations despite concerns the Delta variant would keep family crowds at home. At the international bo […]
    Rebecca Rubin
  • Transilvania Film Fest Launches Drama Room to Bolster Region’s Growing TV Biz August 1, 2021
    As it celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, the Transilvania Intl. Film Festival looked to keep pace with the rapidly evolving – and colliding – worlds of film and television with the launch of a new sidebar and industry strand dedicated to high-end TV series. For the first time TIFF unspooled a sidebar featuring eight […]
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  • DaBaby Dropped From Lollapalooza Lineup Following Homophobic Comments August 1, 2021
    DaBaby is no longer performing at Lollapalooza. Following the rapper’s homophobic remarks at Rolling Loud on July 25, the Chicago festival has removed DaBaby from their Sunday lineup. A statement tweeted from Lollapalooza’s official Twitter account reads: “Lollapalooza was founded on diversity inclusivity, respect and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no […]
    Ellise Shafer
  • Star Trek Captain Alex Kurtzman Extends TV Pact With CBS Studios to 2026 August 1, 2021
    Alex Kurtzman, the prolific producer who pilots the Star Trek franchise for CBS Studios and Paramount Plus, has extended his exclusive overall TV deal with the ViacomCBS units through 2026. Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner will expand under the new agreement to add an executive to help manage its growing slate of series. Longtime Kurtzman partner […] […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • As MTV Turns 40, It’s Time to Embrace the Generation That Grew Up With It (Column) August 1, 2021
    MTV turns 40 on Sunday, and it hardly looks its age. Well, that’s because it hardly looks like, well, anything anymore. At least that’s the depressing state of the linear MTV channel, which in recent years has become 95% reruns of “Ridiculousness,” along with a handful of runs of 20-year-old movies (“Joe Dirt”) and limited […]
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  • Clarence McDonald, Keyboard Player and Producer for James Taylor, the Emotions and Others, Dies at 75 August 1, 2021
    Clarence “Mac” McDonald, a keyboard player, producer, songwriter and arranger who worked with artists including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and the Emotions, died in Las Vegas July 21 from complications related to cancer, his friends and family reported. He was 76. During a 50-year-plus career in the music business, McDonald had as among […] […]
    Chris Willman

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  • Rare snow transforms Brazil into winter wonderland August 1, 2021
    Brazil may be known for beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests and temperate climate, but portions of the country looked more like a winter wonderland this week as snow made a rare appearance in the South American country. One of the strongest polar air masses so far this year intruded into southern Brazil earlier this week, according...
  • Wildfire situation in Northwest may worsen this week August 1, 2021
    The weather pattern is set to change multiple times across the Northwest during the first week of August, bringing some opportunities for rain, but also threatening more bad news for the wildfires in the area. For many across the Northwest, July was an especially dry month. Portland, Oregon, and Seattle each clocked in with only...
  • 70 years later, lightning strike survivor recalls tragic event August 1, 2021
    Despite a previous effort to have it removed, a simple monument of cement and stone sits in Darby Canyon near Driggs, Idaho, bearing the names of the five victims who were killed in the area from a lightning strike 70 years ago. Karma Rasband Lambert, now 84, had helped to build it back during 1951,...
  • Severe storms to kick off August for Northeast July 31, 2021
    Cooler and less humid conditions are settling in across the Northeast, while residents receive a brief respite as they pick up the pieces after tornadoes ravaged the mid-Atlantic on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, more storms are on the way to the region before the weekend is over. “A potent short wave of energy will sweep across...
  • Frenzy of tropical activity in Pacific could create rare weather phenomenon August 1, 2021
    A cluster of tropical activity has developed across the Pacific Ocean, as three features battle for dominance and hold the potential for a phenomenon called the Fujiwhara Effect to occur. “Tropical activity has picked up across the eastern Pacific,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Alex DaSilva. The three main areas of interest are Tropical Rainstorm 9-E, Hurr […]
  • Destructive western US monsoon to trigger new concerns July 30, 2021
    Already the 2021 North American monsoon season has gotten off to a tumultuous start. Not only has it been the busiest start to the season in years, the monsoon thunderstorms and their resultant flash flooding have turned deadly across the American Southwest. AccuWeather forecasters say that although the engine for the monsoon will continue to...
  • Dallas to sweat in 110-degree RealFeel heat July 30, 2021
    Records were broken across the High Plains on Wednesday as above-normal temperatures persisted throughout the region and into the south-central U.S. — but when will relief from the heat arrive? Not just yet, but soon, AccuWeather forecasters say. The sweltering pattern that’s been locked in across the middle of the nation will continue through the...
  • Another Olympic disruption? Brewing tropical system could target Japan July 30, 2021
    As Olympic officials try to handle the ongoing struggle with the heat in Tokyo, they will have to turn their attention to another potential trouble: a brewing tropical system. The storm could bring impacts to the Olympic Games early this week — and AccuWeather meteorologists warn this may not be the last tropical concern for...
  • Residents begin cleanup efforts following EF3 tornado in Philadelphia suburb July 30, 2021
    One day after a destructive tornado struck eastern Pennsylvania, causing the partial collapse of a car dealership and injuring several people inside, National Weather Service meteorologists confirmed that an EF3 tornado had torn through the area with peak winds of up to 140 mph. The most intense damage, the NWS office in Mount Holly, New...
  • 5 important things to know about this year's monsoon season July 29, 2021
    Too much of a good thing has proven deadly in the Southwest. With many areas in the region craving rainfall to bring long-needed drought relief, flash floods have answered that yearning at a steep, and in some cases, fatal price. The annual North American monsoon, which officially runs from June 15 to Sept. 30, is...

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  • Derecho Possible in the Upper Midwest Today
    Severe thunderstorms are expected to erupt late this afternoon in the upper Midwest and, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), they could organize into a single, large bowing line capable of widespread damaging winds called a derecho tonight. Last summer a very destructive derecho blitzed Iowa with wind gusts over 100 mph. SPC’s Day 1 […]
  • Southeasterners Perceive Tornado Risk Dangerously Different Than They Should, Especially at Night
    While a major winter storm last month was plastering the United States from Texas and New Mexico to New England with heavy snow and ice, volatile conditions in the Southeast (SE) spawned damaging and deadly tornadoes. One of these overnight Monday, February 16, tragically took the lives of 3 people and injured 10 in coastal […]
  • The 101st AMS Annual Meeting: Find Your (Virtual) Pathways of Major Themes
    We’re on the verge of the first ever all-virtual AMS Annual Meeting—yet another milestone in a time of milestones, but nonetheless our 101st Annual Meeting. And like all of the mega-gatherings AMS has held for the weather, water, and climate community in the past, this coming week (starting Sunday, January 10th), promises many opportunities to […]
  • AMS Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own (Virtual) Pathway. Part 5: Community Engagement
    As we mentioned in the first post in this series of potential “Virtual” Pathways through the rich AMS Annual Meeting program of parallel conferences, this year’s overarching theme is especially powerful: “Strengthening engagement with communities through our science and services.”  This is a statement of needs, accomplishments, and future priorities all in one. After the […]
  • AMS Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own (Virtual) Pathway. Part 4: Social Justice
    After a year of substantial social injustice-fueled upheavals, the 101st AMS Annual Meeting builds on social justice themes all week and you could make social justice the theme of you own virtual programming, picking and choosing your way through the sessions if you’re so inclined, right from the centerpiece Presidential Forum on Sunday, “Building a […]
  • Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own (Virtual) Pathway. Part 3: Pandemic Topics
    Often our Annual Meeting week feels like a chance to get away from some of the day-to-day issues of work to focus on exchanging scientific ideas with colleagues. This year, the AMS Annual Meeting is a virtual gathering, however, so there’s little chance any of us will escape entirely the everyday concerns of COVID-19 this […]
  • Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own (Virtual) Path- way. Part 2: Weather Extremes and Climate Change
    As we noted in the previous blog post, there are multiple ways to navigate an AMS Annual Meeting, even though we’re usually channeled into separate rooms devoted to parallel conferences, each focused on an area of specialization. But this year’s all-virtual conference, during the coming week, offers unusual prospects for hopping from conference to conference, […]
  • The 101st AMS Annual Meeting: Find Your (Virtual) Pathway of Major Themes
    We’re on the verge of the first ever all-virtual AMS Annual Meeting—yet another milestone in a time of milestones, but nonetheless our 101st Annual Meeting. And like all of the mega-gatherings AMS has held for the weather, water, and climate community in the past, this coming week (starting Sunday, January 10th), promises many opportunities to […]
  • Not Just in Their Heads: New Research Confirms Connection Between Weather and Chronic Pain
    Stormy weather increases pain. That fact is actually good news for people suffering from chronic pain whose complaints are often dismissed by family, their friends, and even their doctors. Speaking, and likely complaining, about the effect of weather on their pain for millennia, chronic pain sufferers finally have a large-scale scientific study to back up […]
  • An Anticipated Increase in Earth’s Strongest Storms
    A little more than two weeks ago, Supertyphoon Goni blasted ashore in the Philippines with top sustained winds of 195 mph, becoming the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone on record. It topped STY Haiyan’s 190 mph land strike just seven years ago. With Hurricane Iota in the Caribbean explosively intensifying 100 mph in under 24 hours […]


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