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Editors Guild Cuts Second-Quarter Dues by 50 Percent

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The Motion Picture Editors Guild will waive 50 percent of second-quarter 2020 dues for active members, its board unanimously agreed during a virtual meeting held last weekend amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Local 700 board also voted to absorb the $7 processing fee for those who pay by credit card. “We will continue to evaluate the need for relief for union dues for future billing cycles,” wrote MPEG president Alan Heim and national executive director Cathy Repola in a letter to members.

“We will closely monitor the financial impact the pandemic is having on our members and on Guild resources. We are prepared to make non-essential cost-cutting measures in spending and weigh utilizing some of our reserves if necessary. Your health and welfare are our top priorities,” they added.

The Editors Guild is among the largest of IATSE’s 13 Locals. In all, IATSE estimated that at least 120,000 members have lost jobs since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Originally posted 2020-04-09 00:47:24.

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Drakeo The Ruler – “GTA VI” & “Backflip Or Sumn”

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A couple of years ago, Drakeo The Ruler looked like the future of West Coast rap. Drakeo had made a huge impact on the LA underground with his weird, sidelong half-muttered flow and with his cutting sense of gallows humor. Right now, though, Drakeo is in jail, awaiting trial for murder — a crime for which he’d already been acquitted. (The critic and journalist has done great work tracking the Drakeo case, an on going and infuriating story.) In recent months, people like Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown have helped keep Drakeo’s name front-and-center, rapping on remixes of his songs. But now Drakeo has found a new way to release music: Over the jail phone.

Next week, Drakeo will release the new mixtape Thank You For Using GTL, 18 tracks of raps from prison. Drakeo used GTL, the telecommunications system for his jail, and worked with producer JoogSzn to record these tracks. Today, he’s shared two tracks, “GTA VI” and “Backflip Or Sumn,” that’ll appear on the tape.

On those two songs, Drakeo’s voice is distorted, but he’s able to actually rap on-beat, something that almost never happens when imprisoned rappers phone in verses. The two tracks actually work as songs, and they show that Drakeo’s charisma is still intact. I especially like the bit at the end of “GTA VI” where he clowns his fellow prisoners. Listen to both songs below.

Thank You For Using GTL is out 6/5.

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Are ‘The Kissing Booth’ Stars Joey King & Jacob Elordi Still Together?

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“I’m a fan of how it resonated with the world and it resonated with me,” King said about the original film.

She continued, “So going back, and doing that, and making the sacrifice, obviously, what everyone is thinking about. I’m not outwardly addressing, but what I’m kinda on the sly addressing, making those sacrifices was totally worth it.”

So while King and Elordi might not be on the greatest of terms, it looks like they were mature enough to put their personal lives aside to work on “The Kissing Booth 2.”

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7 Colouring Books To Help Ease Anxiety During Lockdown & Beyond

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It’s easy, especially during times of stress, to look back lovingly at the days of yore, back when you were a kid with not a care in the world save for a grazed knee or being assigned a Spice Girl you didn’t want to be. No offence Emma Bunton, but WHY did I get Baby EVERY time? One of childhood’s greatest pleasures is cracking open a fresh pack of felt tips and trying to stay in the lines. Luckily, there are plenty of colouring books for adults to be enjoyed, and I’ve listed some of my favourite below. Because there’s nothing more relaxing than an hour or two spent with your newly-sharpened coloured pencils.

We all know colouring is fun, but did you know there’s evidence out there to suggest it’s beneficial for your mental health too? For example, one 2017 study undertaken by researchers in New Zealand found that there were noted therapeutic benefits for adults who engaged in colouring. “Colouring participants showed significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety,” the authors wrote. “We conclude that daily colouring can improve some negative psychological outcomes and that it may provide an effective, inexpensive, and highly accessible self-help tool.”

Right now it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, meaning its a great time to find some activities that help reduce your anxiety levels and improve your mood. And considering the whole world is stuck in lockdown due to COVID-19, finding moments of joy is more important than ever. Here is a list of colouring books that you might find to be a simple, relaxing, and enjoyable way of doing just that.

1. The Colouring Sessions

Music giants Sony launched this special and unique collection of much-beloved album covers to be coloured in by music lovers and fans alike. This collection includes classic album sleeves from artists including Foo Fighters, Little Mix, Elvis, and Carole King, all of which are free to download and print from their website. So get your colouring kit out and blast the tunes to really get the creative juices flowing.

2. ‘Secret Garden’

Secret Garden, created by Joanna Basford, is a treat for the eyes and stretches your mind more than other colouring books might. As a part of the process, readers must find nine special symbols hidden in the book in order to “unlock” the castle gate at the end.

3. ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book’

Intricately illustrated by Emma Farrarons, The Mindfulness Colouring Book is filled with swirly, beautiful, elegant drawings to help you twirl away the stresses and practice a bit of mindfulness. Now what’s better than that?

4. ‘F*ckity F*ck F*ck F*ck’

Colourful both in terms of both language and content, F*ckity F*ck F*ck F*ck incorporate two of the most joyous stress busters of all: swearing and colouring. Here the two concepts are married here in a stunning fusion of creativity and expletives.

5. ‘Dream Cities’

Of all times to be able to whisk yourself off into a colourful world of imaginary cities drawn by Rosie Goodwin, now is it. Think whirly swirly imagery, cute cityscapes, and happy seaside scenes.

6. ‘Harry Potter Colouring Book’

Attention all Potterheads, this colouring book is as incredible as it sounds. Illustrated to a super high level, this book can immerse you in all things Potter and contains intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter movies. Here you’ll find pages filled with magical creatures as well as iconic scenes from the films, from the Sorting Ceremony to the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort, as well as items such as The Quibbler, Quidditch World Cup posters, and the Triwizard Cup.

7. ‘Geometric Mandalas’

An ideal way to help order a disorderly mind and declutter your thoughts, this delightfully organised set of 50 mandalas (geometric configurations of symbols) is ready and waiting for you to colour in.

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