Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Freshman Congresswomen and meme queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Netflix. The streaming service said this week that it has snapped up ‘Knock Down the House,’ a Sundance award-winning documentary profiling the campaigns of four female progressive candidates, including Ocasio-Cortez, in the 2018 midterm election. The documentary raised money via a Kickstarter campaign last year and it grabbed the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, beating 121 other contenders to land the highest number of audience votes. That acclaim and the rising star of Ocasio-Cortez looks to have made the picture a hot commodity. Deadline reports that Netflix is spending $10 million to secure the film, a price that — if true — would make it the most expensive Sundance documentary …

Why do people take pictures at crash scenes?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Was taking pictures of those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire a “mindless” act? Dr Lasana Harris, an associate professor in experimental psychology at University College London, has researched the behaviour of people at emergency scenes. He has a theory on why people reach for their phones – it’s not so much what goes through their minds, it’s what doesn’t. “We live in a culture where [photography on phones] is what people do; it’s normative behaviour.” Dr Harris thinks the recording of the dead or the injured is accordingly “mindless” – people pull out their phones automatically, for scenes “good, bad or indifferent”. But can such actions be explained away so easily? Image copyright UK …

Obituary: Albert Finney

Albert Finney, who has died at the age of 82, came to prominence in the era of the “Angry Young Men”. It was a period that transformed the face of British theatre and cinema from the mid-1950s. He switched effortlessly between blustering roles, such as when he played Winston Churchill, and performances of great wit, charm and elegance. Powerfully built, he had the resonant voice beloved of earlier generations of stage actors. Daniel Craig leads Albert Finney tributes In pictures: Albert Finney’s life and career Actor Albert Finney dies aged 82 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Jones made Finney an international star Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scrooge proved he could sing as well as act The …

5 things to know for February 8: Politics, abortion law, Jeff Bezos, Frank Robinson

(CNN)If you’re thinking about doing the boiling water challenge, here’s a word of advice: Just don’t. It’s sending people to the hospital. 1. Politics Longest-serving congressman in US history dies at 92 2. Louisiana abortion law The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block a Louisiana abortion access law that was set to go into effect today. The state’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act requires a doctor have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed. Critics said there’s no medical justification for the law and it was just an attempt to restrict abortions. The ruling doesn’t stop the Supremes from taking up the case later, though, and possibly upholding the law. Chief Justice John Roberts …

The Office Edition Of The 10 Year Challenge Shows How The Actors Lives Have Changed

Well time flies, not only in our daily lives but on the TV screens as well. Remember when Pam and Jim found out that they’re expecting a baby? Well in few months time, that will be 10 years ago. How did they look back then? How do they look today? We compiled a series of pictures where we compare the cast of The Office and how they’ve changed in 10 years. And it’s not only the beards that have appeared. Some things have disappeared… Like that infamous golden haircut that Ryan used to rock 10 years ago.  John Krasinski has been up to way much more than lifting weights, wearing tank tops and growing a beard. Today John is not …

Woody Allen Sues Amazon For Dropping Film Deal After Sex Abuse Accusation Resurfaced

Woody Allen has filed a lawsuit against Amazon Studios claiming breach of contract for dropping a four-movie deal and The suit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, seeks $68 million in damages. It claims Amazon breached the contract without cause, though the company cited resurfaced accusations that Allen molested his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992. Dylan Farrow has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. Allen, 83, has steadfastly denied the allegations. powerful CBS television interview early last year amid the height of the Me Too movement. The movement has been fueled by sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry revealed in part by Farrow’s brother, According to the suit, Amazon …

Woman ‘wanted drugs trip on YouTube’

Image caption Jurors were asked if they watched Holby City, which stars Ms Fletcher-Michie’s father John Michie In later recordings on Mr Broughton’s phone, Ms Fletcher-Michie made incoherent high-pitched noises and grunts. A male voice told her: “Stop eating these thorns. You’re just going to cut your beautiful skin.” Recordings made after 21:00 BST on 10 September contained loud screams and images of blood-covered hands. The jury was shown an image from the phone of a person, thought to be Ms Fletcher-Michie, lying on the ground with her eyes closed at 23:24. She was found dead by security guards at 01:15 on what would have been her 25th birthday, the court previously heard. Prosecutors have claimed Mr Broughton failed to …

Artists Who Are Skipping The 61st Annual Grammys Betches

This Sunday is the 61st annual Grammys, otherwise known as white privilege in action “Music’s biggest night.” That’s a nice tagline, but this year especially, I’m not sure it’s true. That’s because some of the biggest stars in music won’t even be there. Umm, come again? While confirmed performers for the 61st annual Grammys include Cardi B, Travis Scott, and Shawn Mendes, the roster falls short of what you might expect. First of all, many of our favorite artists aren’t performing (and we’ll get to who in a minute). What’s worse, some of the most popular artists of the year got snubbed in the major categories, so they’re not even wasting their time to show up at all. Honestly, relatable. …

Holby star ‘begged to see dying daughter’

Giving evidence, the Holby City star wept as he described his efforts to persuade a member of security staff to let him in. He said he eventually convinced one attendant to take his phone, which had a location pin-drop sent to them by Mr Broughton, while they waited at the entrance. The couple waited up to 90 minutes before they heard their daughter’s body had been found, he said. Image caption Jurors were asked if they watched Holby City, which stars Ms Fletcher-Michie’s father John Michie In the witness box, Mr Michie described how he had later released a statement defending Mr Broughton, after newspapers reported that a murder investigation was under way. ‘Drama queen’ jibe “I believed him to …

Daily Crunch: Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 4. T-Mobile plans to offer à la carte media subscriptions, but no TV ‘skinny bundle’ The mobile operator’s strategy will focus on helping customers pick and choose which paid TV subscriptions they want to access — a move that very much sounds like T-Mobile is going the “Amazon Channels” route with its mobile streaming plans. 5. Woody Allen just sued Amazon for $68 million Woody Allen filed a $68 million suit with the Southern District of New York over a four-picture deal with Amazon. The suit arrives …

25 Awesome Teachers That Decorated Their Classroom Doors For Black History Month

#4 #5 From Ida Shuler: “All I do is think about how brave this little girl was, how this little girl managed to hold onto her dreams despite the challenges she faced! I use to be selling sugarless kool-aide and old halloween candy on Alexander St in Newark! Playing school in my best friends’s basement because teaching made me happy and it suppressed my reality temporarily…I would literally cry out to GOD… #6 #7 I decorated my classroom door at work for black history month and it turned out to be beautiful ❤️ my boss told me i couldn’t put it up because it was “too controversial and she didn’t wanna receive any backlash from it but i put it …

People Are Captivated By This Timelapse Of A Single Cell Becoming An Organism

The first stages of embryonic development are roughly the same for all animals, including humans. In the film, the viewers are invited to observe the very beginning of an animal’s life, a single cell transforming into a complex living organism with a beating heart and running bloodstream. ‘Becoming‘ has screened at more than 20 international film festivals, and even received the Award for best short documentary at the Innsbruck nature film festival 2018. Image credits: 

Albert Finney, five-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82

London (CNN)Albert Finney, the Oscar-nominated British actor best known for his roles in “Annie,” “Erin Brockovich” and “Tom Jones,” has died after a short illness, according to representatives of his family. Born in Salford, England, to a working-class family, Finney joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the age of 17, according to PA. He started out acting in the theater before making his film debut in “The Entertainer” in 1960, and starring in “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” the same year. The film, a snapshot of working-class life in Britain, known as one of the first “kitchen-sink” dramas, won Finney a BAFTA award for most promising newcomer in 1961. Two years later he became a major star …

What the Japanese know about eating that keeps them healthy and long lived

Have you ever wondered why so many Asians, the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese in particular seem to age well? Why so many of these folks are fit and healthy throughout their long lives? Sure, many Japanese who live stressful city lives might not fare as well as those who live in more rural areas, just like over here… yet even so, it always seems like they look younger than they truly are, doesn’t it? Recent studies have shown that the residents of Okinawa are some of the longest lived people on the planet. Not only do they live well past 100 with remarkable regularity… they don’t look like they’re that old either. On top of that, these long-lived Japanese …