China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green tickets the leading carbon emitter. It generates 60% of its electricity from coal-fired power and coal consumption and carbon emissions have risen for two years in a row after a plateau between 2014 and 2016. Emissions are expected to rise …

Israeli TV show puts wall between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews

This is the reality that currently exists in Israel, says the creator of Autonomies War rages in the heart of the Middle East. Jerusalem is captured. Concrete walls go up, and a deep distrust spreads across the holy land. The well-worn tale is used as the backdrop to multiple Israeli television dramas. Yet for one show, it is not Arabs and Jews who are doing the fighting, but Jews and Jews. Currently touring film festivals across the world, the six-part series Autonomies envisions a clash between secular Jews and the deeply religious ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, Jews. In this vision, set in the near future, civil war has cut the land into two countries. The coastal State of Israel is nonreligious, …

The Spy review Sacha Baron Cohen goes undercover in middling Mossad drama

The star of Borat and Bruno goes straight as an Israeli spy in a plodding period espionage saga that mainly manages to remind viewers of better, smarter shows Its a long way from Grimsby to Tel Aviv. But The Brothers Grimsby, he played alcoholic buffoon and putative Grimbarian Nobby, who, despite being disguised as Liam Gallagher, managed to assist his MI6 officer brother to foil a eugenicist plot to rid the world of the working classes. But only after the pair, ostensibly hilariously, were obliged to hide in an elephants vagina. Three years later, Baron Cohen stars in The Spy, Netflixs new six-part series written and directed by Gideon Raff, who was responsible for went deep cover for Mossad in …

‘Incel’ violence is horrific, but Joker is complex, and doesn’t take sides

Alarmist reactions to the rightwing film starring Joaquin Phoenix as a needy, dangerous wannabe star comic overlook its subtler points Tincel culture, or involuntary celibates men who see themselves as losers and beta males who women dont want to sleep with. Angry, misogynistic and feeling entitled to sex and attention, incels have been prone to real-world violence, as with the Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (obsessed by Betsy), he becomes romantically intrigued by Sophie (Zazie Beetz), a pretty girl he barely knows, his fantasies go into overdrive. Yet romance and sex, or lack of these, is not a major factor in Jokers move towards violence; he never expresses any particular malice toward Sophie. Rather, Arthur is driven by a ( …

British musicians and baby daughter killed in Swiss plane crash

Jonathan and Hannah Goldstein and baby were in light aircraft thought to be flying to Italy Two leading British musicians and their baby daughter have been killed in a plane crash in the Swiss Alps. The award-winning composer Jonathan Goldstein, his wife, Hannah, a prominent saxophonist, and seven-month-old Saskia were believed to have been on their way to Italy when the plane they were travelling in crashed at the weekend. A family spokesman said: We are all devastated by the news of Jonathan, Hannah and Saskias deaths. We loved them all so very much. They were so happy together and we will miss them terribly. We would ask the media to respect the familys privacy at this extremely difficult time. …

Trump seems to think he’s an emperor but we are not entertained | Lloyd Green

Commodus was mad and, at least the way Russell Crowe told it, it took a heroic gladiator to bring him down. America has the polls Hail the imperial cult: ancient Rome is reborn on the Potomac. This week, Donald Trump ascribed to himself the roles of Chosen One, a first for an American president but definitely not for an emperor. Then, to immediately start looking for an alternative to China. The president cited no authority for his directive, but then again it looks like Trump thinks the law and he are one and the same and that Article II of the constitution is a limitless font of power, Congress and the courts be damned. To quote him: Then I have …

Theatre and #MeToo: ‘There’s a new anger in women’s stories’

The Weinstein scandal has inspired several new plays ranging from sharp satire to crass comedy. As the mogul heads to trial, we gauge theatres response Katie Arnstein tells a story of a day at drama school when a tutor told her to perform her graduation show in a bra because Im a blonde with a big chest. It is one of several experiences that informed Arnsteins solo show #MeToo numerous allegations of rape and sexual assault levelled at Harvey Weinstein since 2017. (Allegations he continues to deny in the run-up to his trial in September.) I was inspired by the strength shown by people who have called out abuse in the acting industry, Arnstein says. This play is my version …

Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing

Vivek Oberoi movie will tell true story of reprisals after February attack in which 40 Indian troops were killed Bollywood is to make a movie based on the true story of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The 26 February attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan Original Article : HERE ;

The Farewell’s Lulu Wang: I would love it if white men were asked the same questions as me

In making her second feature, the film-maker refused to pander to US or Chinese audiences and perfectly captured the Chinese diaspora Changchun, the capital of Chinas north-eastern Jilin province, has a name that translates to long spring. According to folklore, the name was bestowed by an emperor in recognition of its temperate summer. So mild and pleasant was the city at that time of year that it felt as though spring could stretch on endlessly, without ever morphing into the sticky humidity that beset the rest of the country. Its easy to imagine idyllic summers there and Lulu Wang recalls her own with glee. My grandmother had a house with a garden where we would catch dragonflies in the yard, …

Sportsman who bit head off live chicken faces legal action

Brigitte Bardot foundation says video of Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde is sickening Animal rights campaigners say they will sue a sporting champion for animal cruelty after he was filmed biting the head off a live cockerel during a dinner with friends. The Brigitte Bardot foundation said the actions of the Basque pelota player Bixente Larralde were shocking and sickening. In the brief video apparently made in June, a smiling Larralde is seen sitting at a table with several wine bottles and a cockerel. Larralde grabs the bird and, as it struggles, bites off its head, which he then spits out. Daniel Raposo from the BB foundation said the organisations lawyers had been instructed to sue. We must absolutely highlight …

India set to withdraw Kashmir’s special status and split it in two

Move to split disputed state follows security crackdown and detention of politicians India is set to withdraw the special status of the disputed territory of Kashmir and split the state in two, in a move likely to face major resistance in the Muslim-majority state and escalate tensions with Pakistan. The proposal, which has been advocated by Hindu nationalists for decades, is the most radical change any government has suggested for Kashmirs status since the region was granted autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947. Quick guide Kashmir Show Hide Who controls Kashmir? The region in the foothills of the Himalayas has been under dispute sinceextreme forcein 2016, locals have made up a growing share of …

Ferguson: five years on from the police shooting of Michael Brown

The fatal shooting on 9 August 2014 was followed by months of protests. Five years on, the legacy of that shooting of a black teenager by a white officer depends on who you talk to. Photographs by Jeff Roberson/AP. Co-written by Jeff Roberson and Jim Salter. People affected by the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and those who have sought change in the aftermath acknowledge his death and the upheaval that followed changed race relations in Ferguson and beyond for ever. Here are some of their stories. Michael Brown Sr In 2014, Williams and Brown were both 18 and knew each other, though not well. Williams took to the streets of Pulliam recognizes that more than 50 years after …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my work. I blurted out that I wasnt American, that I was born in Canada, almost like a confession. I felt I had to tell them. They just looked at me quizzically, laughed and started speaking in German. I have no …

Bruce Lee’s daughter hits out at father’s portrayal in Tarantino film

Shannon Lee says that actor depicting Lee was directed to be a caricature in Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Bruce Lees daughter, Shannon, has hit out at the portrayal of her father in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantinos new film set in the late 1960s film industry, saying it was disheartening and uncomfortable. 2019 TV show Warrior, based on one of her fathers unmade projects. Lee added: What Im interested in is raising the consciousness of who Bruce Lee was as a human being and how he lived his life. All of that was flushed down the toilet in this portrayal, and made my father into this arrogant punching bag.

Kyoto Animation studio fire: at least 25 dead after arson attack in Japan

Dozens more injured after man threw liquid and set fire to building, police say An arson attack on an anime studio in Japan has left at least 33 people dead and dozens injured in Japans worst mass murder in nearly two decades. The perpetrator, who was also injured and has been taken into police custody, walked into the 1st Studio building of Kyoto Animation in Fujimi ward, Kyoto, at about 10.30am. He poured what is suspected to be petrol in multiple areas of the building before igniting it. July 18, 2019 Kyoto Animation Kyoto Animation, known as KyoAni, was founded in 1981 by Yoko Hatta, an anime producer. Her husband, Hideaki, serves as the companys president. KyoAni has produced popular …