Ben Davis

23 Feb 19
Color My World (charly's blog)

In my previous article (The 2019 NBA All-Star Extravaganza: Who You Got?), I predicted Team Lebron to beat Team Giannis by a score of 175 – 167. The final score was 178 – 164. Boy, how close is that?

22 Feb 19
MovieBabble

Hello again! I hope you are all enjoying this series about films shot in all the 50 states! (I mean, if you aren’t, why are you still reading?) We’re back today with part 3! We have a great variety of films, so none of you should leave disappointed! Last time, we went from Hawaii to […]

22 Feb 19
New Zealand

Luke 8:17 (KJV) For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Saturn Worship – be sure to check out the videos below Guy Williams nothing more than a wannabe comedian – absolute Pervert

22 Feb 19
B+ Movie Blog

This went from a joke I made in a review once to something I do every year. I love doing this article. It got tough for a year when I forgot to work on it and had to scramble to do it in like, a week, but now that I moved it from top of January […]

22 Feb 19
The Fan Voted Chart

DISCLAIMER: These are only the results.  I only share these with everyone so they can see how the voting went and how many points each song is earning.  The chart will be revealed Sunday.  You can see the Hit 100 here or the entire chart here. PLEASE READ: The results each week determine how many […]

22 Feb 19
I, Beckerman, not Robot

Part III – And Away We Go: The First IUP Contract (1999-2002) In the summer and fall of 1997, we began a series of outreach efforts with various Pennsylvania universities.  Other than IUP, none (and I include our land grant university Penn State in that none) were interested in partnering with us on this initiative.  On October […]

22 Feb 19
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

CHICAGO (AP) — The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman’s noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The story showed where […]

22 Feb 19
IndieWire
If critics could influence the outcome of Sunday’s Oscar ceremony with the same precision that pundits predict it, two major possibilities would remain unchanged: “Roma” wins Best Picture, and Alfonso Cuarón takes Best Director. After that, the stories get a whole lot different. According to the 41 critics who voted in IndieWire’s annual survey of which films deserve Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards, the gulf between who will win and who should has never been greater — but the Spirit Awards nominees are all really worthwhile. The results in the Oscar categories should come as no surprise during one of the most wide-open awards seasons in recent memory. But it also points to a key distinction between critical favorites and Oscar darlings, which are subject to change. While the narratives around various categories have shifted many times over in the past few months, critics don’t work like that. Alfonso Cuarón on the set of “Roma” “Roma” was celebrated right out of the gate, topping IndieWire’s annual critics survey and many others. But the results of the latest poll show that one beloved movie only speaks to a fragment of the many highlights among this year’s nominees that critics have appreciated. In several major categories, the results differ greatly from conventional wisdom about the frontrunners. Viewed as a whole, the survey provides a map to which Oscar-nominated movies resonate most with critics. Critics were also asked to select the worthiest titles from the top categories at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up on the contenders from both awards shows, these picks should provide a handy guide to the best bets for weekend viewers. Critics agree that Best Supporting Actress frontrunner Regina King deserves that status for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” However, three out of the four Oscar performance categories deviate from the consensus choices among pundits predicting the likely outcomes. Bradley Cooper Rami Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury may have guaranteed him an Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but critics were far more keen on another musical performance, Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born,” for Best Actor. Likewise, Glenn Close has been a safe bet for Best Actress in “The Wife” over the last several months — but, like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the movie hasn’t exactly been a critical hit. Instead, the survey shows more enthusiasm for Olivia Colman as the domineering queen of “The Favourite.” And while pundits are confident that Mahershala Ali remains so treasured that his “Green Book” win for Best Supporting Actor is secure, far more critics voted for Richard E. Grant as the hard-drinking street urchin of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” That movie also garnered top support for Best Adapted Screenplay, beating out frontrunner Spike Lee and his “BlacKkKlansman” script. Meanwhile, Best Original Screenplay reflects the sheer complexity of that category, as soft frontrunner “The Favourite” tied with dark horse “First Reformed.” Of course, the Best Picture race isn’t the only opportunity to single out movies in their entirety, as both the Best Foreign-Language Film category and the Best Documentary category provide some alternatives. While critics agree that “Roma” should win in many of the categories where it’s predicted to do just that, they’d prefer to see the Academy spread the love for Best Foreign-Language Film, as “Cold War” received more support in that category. The Best Documentary race has seen “Free Solo” as a frontrunner ever since “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” was snubbed, but more critics would like to see Bing Liu’s personal, multi-year essay film “Minding the Gap” take the top prize. “Minding the Gap” Other notable digressions from Oscar predictions can be found throughout the below-the-line contenders, including support for “First Man” over “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the sound categories and a surge of support for imaginative Swedish fantasy-romance “Border” in Best Makeup and Hairstyling. “First Man” also found plenty of support for Best Visual Effects, coming out far ahead of popular blockbusters “Ready Player One” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” As for the Spirit Awards: Well, it’s a close call. While Oscar nominations tend to showcase a blend of critical favorites and commercial hits they despise —  looking at you, “Roma” versus “Bohemian Rhapsody” — the handpicked nominees for the Spirit Awards tend to resonate more widely with critics across the board. For Best Feature, Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” has a slight edge over “Eighth Grade,” beating out Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age crowdpleaser by a single vote. The Best Director category is a tie between two Oscar shutouts, with “Leave No Trace” director Debra Granik and “You Were Never Really Here” director Lynne Ramsay receiving the same number of votes. Finally, the Spirits’ Cassavetes Award category singles out movies made for under $500,000, which naturally separates them from even the cheapest Oscar contenders in this year’s race. While fewer critics chose to vote in this category, perhaps illustrating the lower number of them who have seen the movies in contention, a popular favorite did prevail: Jim Cummings’ bittersweet “Thunder Road,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW and went on to find success in a DIY self-distribution play, topped the category. Of course, while the Oscars may only award a handful of people on Sunday, critics have many different opinions. Head to the next page to browse the full list of finalists on every category, followed by a list of all critics who participated in this year’s survey. Best Picture 1. “Roma” (21) 2. “The Favourite” (13) 3. “BlackKklansman,” “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born” (2) 4. “Vice” (1) Best Director 1. Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (23) 2. Spike Lee, “BlackKklansman” (10) 3. Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favorite,” Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War” (4) Best Actor 1. Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” (18) 2. Christian Bale, “Vice” (9) 3. Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (8) 4. Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (4) 5. Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” (2) Best Actress 1. Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (14) 2. Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” (9) 3. Glenn Close, “The Wife,” Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (7) 4. Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born” (4) Best Supporting Actor 1. Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (26) 2. Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” (8) 3. Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” (5) 4. Adam Driver, “BlackKklansman” (2) Best Supporting Actress 1. Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (31) 2. Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (4) 3. Amy Adams, “Vice,” Marina de Tavira, “Roma,” Emma Stone, “The Favourite” Best Original Screenplay 1. “The Favourite,” “First Reformed” (17) 2. “Vice” (4) 3. “Roma” (2) 4. “Green Book” (1) Best Adapted Screenplay 1. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (20) 2. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (12) 3. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (5) 4. “BlackKklansman” (4) Best Animated Feature 1. “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” (31) 2. “Isle of Dogs” (6) 3. “Incredibles 2,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (2) Best Foreign-Language Film 1. “Cold War” (14) 2. “Roma,” “Shoplifters” (12) 3. “Capernaum” (2) 4. “Never Look Away” (1) Best Documentary 1. “Minding the Gap” (18) 2. “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” (10) 3. “Free Solo” (7) 4. “RGB” (4) Best Documentary — Short Subject 1. “A Night at the Garden” (14) 2. “Period. End of Sentence,” “Black Sheep” (6) 3. “End Game” (4) Best Live Action Short 1. “Marguerite” (16) 2. “Fauve” (6) 3. “Mother” (4) 4. “Skin” (3) Best Animated Short 1. “Bao” (17) 2. “Weekends” (6) 3. “Animal Behaviour,” “Late Afternoon” (2) 4. “One Small Step” (1) Best Original Score 1. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (32) 2. “BlackKklansman” (5) 3. “Isle of Dogs” (2) 4. “Black Panther,” “Mary Poppins Returns” (1) Best Original Song 1. “Shallow,” from “A Star Is Born” (25) 2. “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” (5) 3. “All the Stars,” from “Black Panther”; “I’ll Fight,” from “RGB” (4) 4. “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” from “Mary Poppins Returns” (1) Best Sound Editing 1. “First Man” (24) 2. “Roma” (9) 3. “A Quiet Place” (6) 4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2) Best Sound Mixing 1. “First Man” (17) 2. “Roma” (13) 3. “Black Panther” (4) 4. “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” (3) Best Production Design 1. “Black Panther” (19) 2. “The Favourite” (14) 3. “Roma” (6) 4. “First Man” (2) Best Cinematography 1. “Roma” (20) 2. “Cold War” (12) 3. “The Favourite” (8) 4. “A Star Is Born” (1) Best Makeup and Hairstyling 1. “Border” (18) 2. “Vice” (13) 3. “Mary, Queen of Scots” (9) Best Costume Design 1. “Black Panther” (27) 2. “The Favourite” (10) 3. “Mary Poppins Returns” (2) 4. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary, Queen of Scots” (1) Best Editing 1. “The Favourite” (23) 2. “BlackKklansman” (11) 3. “Vice” (4) 4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” (3) Best Visual Effects 1. “First Man” (25) 2. “Ready Player One” (9) 3. “Christopher Robin” (4) 4. “Avengers: Infinity War” (2) 5. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (1) Best Feature, Independent Spirit Awards 1. “If Beale Street Could Talk” (10) 2. “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” (9) 3. “Leave No Trace” (7) 4. “You Were Never Really Here” (5) Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards 1. Debra Granik, “Leave No Trace”; Lynne Ramsay, “You Were Never Really Here” (11) 2. Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (8) 3. Tamara Jenkins, “Private Life” (6) 4. Paul Schrader, “First Reformed” (4) Cassavetes Award, Independent Spirit Awards 1. “Thunder Road” (14) 2. “A Bread Factory” (7) 3. “En el Sépitomo Día” (5) 4. “Never Goin’ Back” (4) 5. “Socrates” (2) View the full list of participating critics on the next page. Thelma Adams Siddhant Adlakha Christian Blauvelt Zeba Blay Monica Castillo Jacqueline Coley Ben Croll David Ehrlich Kate Erbland Cynthia Fuchs Jon Frosch Candice Frederick Eric Kohn Erik Davis Jude Dry Caryn James Todd Gilchrist Karen Han Hunter Harris Peter Howell Tomris Laffly Richard Lawson Leonard Maltin Alicia Malone Todd McCarthy Sheila O’Malley Michael Nordine Christopher Llewellyn Reed Matt Patches Ray Pride Claudia Puig Tasha Robinson Eric D. Snider David Sims Johnny Szlauderbach Anne Thompson Aramide Tinubu Alison Willmore Stephen Whitty Emily Yoshida Stephanie Zacharek
22 Feb 19
Saints Wire

The inevitable was confirmed for the New Orleans Saints in a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN: they will not receive any compensatory picks in the 2019 NFL Draft

22 Feb 19

When: Feb 23-24th, 2019 Where: Wells Fargo Arena WATCH: Trackwrestling Here is a list of all the Iowa AAU State Champions from 1990-2018. Most early results only have an initial for the first name. We did as best as we could to fill in first names. If you know of anymore let us know and we […]

22 Feb 19

What makes a superhero? That is the question the new promo of Captain Marvel seems to be asking as it puts some of the existing Avengers and the newest addition to the class in the same video. In a video with the caption, “Some are built. Some are made. Some are born. On March 8, […]

22 Feb 19
WGEH

By SHARON COHEN and ALLEN G. BREEDAP National Writers CHICAGO (AP) – The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity – all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in […]

22 Feb 19
WGEH

By SHARON COHEN and ALLEN G. BREEDAP National Writers CHICAGO (AP) – The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity – all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in […]