Doctors, Medical Workers Support Anti-Police Brutality Protests in Times Square
Every night since April, New Yorkers have praised essential workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cheering outside their apartment windows. On Tuesday, doctors used this nightly applause to join anti-police brutality protesters in Times Square, the New York Times reports.
Following their 7 p.m. cheers, doctors and other medical workers began chanting “How do you spell racist? N.Y.P.D.!” surrounded by hundreds of protesters.
“We are members of a community that is being applauded every day at 7 — there are advertisements here in Times Square thanking us,” Dr. Hillary Dueñas, a resident physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, said. “We think it is more appropriate to use our voice to applaud people who are protesting right now.”
“The coronavirus pandemic has made clear that there have always been inequities in the community,” she continued. “There has been a hugely disproportionate burden of death and disease among marginalized communities and communities of color.”
Tuesday was the second evening of the new citywide curfew ordered by Mayor Bill de Blasio, which currently takes effect at 8 p.m. local time and lasts until 5 a.m. The order marks the first curfew imposed on New York City’s residents since 1943, when a white NYPD officer shot a black U.S. Army soldier, inciting riots in Harlem when citizens thought the soldier had died from his wounds.
“In 1943, the dissemination of a piece of mistaken, incendiary information spread like wildfire and blew up the community,” Jacob Morris, director of the Harlem Historical Society, told Rolling Stone. “Which means that the tinder was there, the fuel was there. In this particular case today, there was no misinformation. We saw it. I guess that’s the contrast. We actually saw them kill this guy with our own eyes.”
Wes Anderson’s ‘French Dispatch,’ Steve McQueen Movies Among Cannes 2020 Lineup
Wes Anderson’s star-packed “The French Dispatch,” Steve McQueen’s “Mangrove” and “Lover’s Rock,” Francois Ozon’s “Summer 85,” Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers” and Maiwenn’s “DNA” are among the 56 movies which will receive a Cannes 2020 label as part of the festival’s eclectic Official Selection.
Due to the health crisis, the roster was announced on Wednesday evening by Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux and president Pierre Lescure during a TV interview that aired on Canal Plus, instead of the traditional press conference.
As many other titles on this lineup, these three films were initially tipped for the festival before it canceled its physical edition in April and sticked with the French Riviera-set fest for various reasons, ranging from loyalty to distribution/marketing strategy.
Although there won’t be a physical festival, the selected movies will get the opportunity to get world premieres in the real world thanks to alliances forged between Cannes and other festivals, notably Toronto and San Sebastian which have accepted to consider labeled films for competitive sections. But in the absence of a virtual Cannes festival, there won’t be a jury, meaning that no Palme d’Or will be delivered this year.
On Tuesday, Fremaux sent out a letter giving out some key figures about this year’s roster and said the selection committee had received a record 2,067 features for consideration in spite of the health crisis and subsequent cancelation of the physical edition. Fremaux also said feature debuts are comprising 26.7% of the selection with 15 pics. The lineup also includes 16 films directed by women, two more than last year.
More to come…
What We Want From the Justice League Snyder Cut (Podcast)
The nerd nightmare is over: the badgering has paid off, and the Snyder Cut of the DC Extended Universe’s Justice League will be released as an HBO Max exclusive sometime in 2021.
In the latest Low Key Podcast, we talk about what it all means, and what we want from the Snyder Cut. You can listen on Spotify or right here by clicking the arrow:
The corporate overlords have bowed to the overbeating might of tweets and petitions to remake the underwhelming November 2017 release into Zack Snyder’s intended glory. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, the remake will be released as either a four-hour epic film or a six-episode miniseries with enhanced CGI, new character designs, and additional scenes to flesh out the story. This is the sort of thing that would normally only happen in a comic book and yet here we are.
So how did this happen? A group of executives from HBO, Warner Brothers, and DC decided to move forward with the project after viewing an unfinished version of the Snyder Cut back in early February 2020. This cut was based on post production work by Snyder that was unfinished when the director had to step away because of a family tragedy. The film was later completed by Joss Whedon and, understandably, had some mixed issues with tone and plot that audiences didn’t enjoy.
Despite grossing $658 million worldwide, it is considered a missed opportunity by avid comic book fans, casual viewers and business people alike. The Snyder Cut could alleviate some of the issues around Justice League and become a huge part of HBO Max’s arsenal as the streaming wars continue to heat up.
This episode of the Low Key pod features special guest Mr. Sam P of the Sam Said It podcast (please check him out!) and follow us on Instagram.
1:00: Sam Returns!
1:42: Wearing a mask during COVID-19 pandemic in Texas and Tennessee
5:00: Timeline of Justice League and the Snyder Cut
8:30: Why did audiences not gravitate to the Justice League theatrical release?
11:15: Limitations of the current DCEU compared to the CW Arrowverse
15:22: The problem with creating the Snyder Cut and the R-rated Batman v. Superman.
18:10: Why is the Snyder Cut happening?
21:50: Superman’s insane power level in Justice League
24:00: How the DCEU attempted to mimic MCU’s apocalyptic prophecy and hero relationships.
30:20: DCEU standalone films work better than the team movie.
33:36: “Marvel doesn’t make superhero movies”
38:18: DCEU and latest Star Wars trilogy had no plan
41:20: Should fan criticism lead to massive changes for a franchise’s direction? (listen to this episode of the Movie Maker podcast to hear from the director about changes to Sonic the Hedgehog based on fan feedback)
44:36: Examples of screenings leading to a different final cut.
46:45: Changes to other mediums after a final release (video games, music, etc.)
48:06: Is a four-hour Snyder cut too long?
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