Alitas Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters

first_imgAlita: Battle Angel is packed with cutting-edge visual effects, which means everybody involved had to be on top of their game — and that goes for the actors too, according to Christoph Waltz.Oscar-winning actor Waltz plays a cybernetics expert who nurtures a young cyborg in Iron City, a dystopian future metropolis ruled over by a distant elite floating high above in the sky. It’s an action-packed sci-fi extravaganza laced with political themes about inequality. Filmmakers Waltz trained as an actor in Vienna and New York in the 1970s, studying method acting with legendary teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. According to Waltz, Strasberg admitted teaching acting was a way of making money, and so Waltz doesn’t romanticise thespian techniques — especially when there’s thousands of dollars at stake during a shoot. With hundreds of technicians and crews standing by, Waltz emphasises that actors have to be focused and prepared.Alita was developed by legendary director James Cameron, who Waltz calls the éminence grise of sci-fi action. But Cameron was busy with the planned Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez took over. Waltz describes how the pair complemented each other with their different styles.Alita: Battle Angel is released in the UK on 6 February and the US on 14 February.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  3:46 Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… Post a comment TV and Movies 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Fitbit Versa 2 could be coming next month

first_img See It Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See It Comment The first Versa’s battery lasts between three and four days, but only seven hours while playing music. The Versa comes in black and peach versions, while the Lite comes in white, lilac, marina blue, mulberry and charcoal. The Versa sequel will be available Sept. 15, the report said. Fitbit said in an emailed statement it doesn’t have news to share just yet. “We appreciate the interest and excitement around new Fitbit products,” the spokesperson said. “We are constantly working on new devices to help people live healthier lives.” Originally published Aug. 15, 2:04 p.m. PT. Update, 3:25 p.m.: Adds statement from Fitbit. 52 Photos 3:45 More on fitness trackers $199 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… Now playing: Watch this: See it $169 Fitbit’s new lineup: Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2 How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $159 11 tips and tricks for your new Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker?center_img Share your voice Mobile Wearable Tech Walmart Abt Electronics Fitbit Versa News • Fitbit Versa Lite and Inspire HR cost $160 or less CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 1 The Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier in 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET Update, Aug. 28: The Fitbit Versa 2 did indeed launch. Original story follows.The Fitbit Versa 2 is reportedly launching next month and could include features like Alexa voice commands, more than four days of battery life, music storage and Fitbit Pay capabilities. Citing leaked marketing for the rumored next-gen fitness tracker, Android Central reported Wednesday that the gadget will also come with a microphone and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. The first Fitbit Versa was priced at $199 and came out in April 2018, while the budget-edition Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier this year for $160. The two fitness trackers are now priced at just $170 and $130, respectively. Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money $169 Dell Tags Fitbit Alexalast_img read more

Medical Marijuana Patients In Texas Worry About Shortage Of Registered Doctors

first_img Share RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOCompassionate Cultivation, the second medical marijuana dispensary in Texas, is set to open in early 2018.Cannabidiol oil, which is derived from the marijuana plant, will be available by prescription for the first time in Texas early next year.The 2015 law that set up Texas’ medical marijuana program allowed the state to license three marijuana businesses. So far the state’s approved two. One dispensary near Schulenburg and another, named Compassionate Cultivation, near Manchaca, just south of Austin.CBD advocates celebrated this week during Compassionate Cultivation’s dedication ceremony, but some of them are worried there aren’t enough Texas physicians willing to prescribe this low-THC cannabis oil as medicine.You have to take a two-lane country road to get to Compassionate Cultivation’s dispensary. It sits in the back of an industrial park —the last stop past a string of a white aluminum-siding buildings. It’s the type of business you wouldn’t notice unless you were actively searching for it.Credit Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio 1 of 2Morris Denton of Compassionate Cultivation.Past the front doors, the dispensary’s consultation room resembles a doctor’s waiting room. CEO Morris Denton said, starting in January, patients will be able to find out how their CBD medication works or the strain being recommended by their doctor.“We’ll have therapists on staff here to help provide counseling to patients as they come in; we’ll have different forms of medication that’s available; we’ll utilize a couple of different strains and couple products per strain to create the right medication that will have the best impact on that patient,” Denton said.A few security doors away, in back of the building is the Compassionate Cultivation’s grow lab — a series of sanitized rooms, where rows and rows of marijuana plants are grown under controlled lights and fans. This is also where the company extracts CBD oil, the only legal element of the plant in Texas.Outside, before the dedication ceremony starts, about two dozen people mingle and eat BBQ. They don’t look like who you’d think would show up to celebrate a cannabis business’ opening. Like Terri Carrieker, a mom from Austin.“About five years ago we became felons in the state of Texas, a conservative Christian mom like me, right? But we had friends that had a relative in a ‘legal state.’ He had a dispense-grow license and he actually made products for us,” Carrieker said.Carrieker’s 15-year-old daughter Catherine was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy at 3 years old. It is the one condition the state will allow doctors to prescribe CBD oil for.Carrieker said her daughter can have as many as six to eight seizures in a night. But, when they began giving Catherine illegal cannabis oil brought in from Colorado, she was seizure-free for days.That was enough to convince Carrieker to add her daughter to the state’s CBD oil registry and find a doctor willing to prescribe it as soon as possible.Dr. Karen Keough is one of those Texas neurologists who treats epilepsy and is willing to prescribe CBD oil to patients.“I can tell you that if you that if you do ‘epilepsy’ for a living, the patients are asking you about it every day. Every neurologist is getting this conversation about this every day and they have been for years,” Keough said. “II think everyone has a level of awareness of it, but there’s a different level of comfort with it.”According to the state, only seven of Texas’s estimated 400 neurologists have signed up as registered CBD oil prescribers.While CBD oil is legal in Texas, it is not at the federal level because it is derived from the same plant that produces THC, the substance in marijuana that gets you high.Because of that, Koeugh said many Texas doctors still fear they could lose their federal license to prescribe medications if they prescribe the oil.“From my perspective the alternative is what happens in other states where the doctors say, ‘You have an eligible condition, now go across the street and ask the guy in the cannabis shop what to take and how to take it.’ If no one is after that guy across the street, why would they come after me,” Keough said.Keough believes more doctors will register with the state once Texas dispensaries start selling the oil in early 2018.CREDIT RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOA rendition of the completed Compassionate Cultivation dispensary.Terri Carrieker is just ecstatic her doctor was willing to make it available for her daughter.Fighting back tears, Carrieker said, “It’s very emotional to think that finally in our own state, you know — without being able to worry about legal issues — we might be able to give our daughter what she needs.”The owners of Compassionate Cultivation estimate they will produce their first batch of oil from the marijuana plants they’re growing in either January or early February.Ryan Poppe can be reached at rpoppe@tpr.org or on Twitter @RyanPoppe1last_img read more

Elijah Cummings Hosts 18th Annual Job Fair

first_imgU.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is hosting his 18th Annual Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13 at the Fifth Regiment Armory, located at 219, 29th Division St. in Baltimore. The fair will feature various employment sectors and apprenticeship training programslast_img

Sen Nathaniel Oaks Sentenced to 3 12 Years in Federal Prison

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and J.K. Schmid, Special to the AFROStorm clouds descended on Baltimore, Tuesday around 2 p.m. A black haze reached down to obscure the topmost floors of the World Trade Center. Lightning flashed and thunder louder than the trucks lumbering down Pratt Street. But the rain hadn’t come yet.A political career that spanned nearly four decades came to an ignominious end July 17 when former State Sen. Nathaniel “Nat” Oaks was sentenced to three and half years in federal prison for accepting bribes and obstructing justice. Upon his release, Oaks must also submit to three years of state supervision. It’s a grim forecast that will shadow Oaks, 71, almost into his 80s.Sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for bribery, former Sen. Nat Oaks went to Luna Del Sea Steak & Bistro for a meal with supporters. (Photo by J.K. Schmid)Oaks was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and to perform 80 hours of community service.Oaks has 60 days to report to Federal Correctional Institution-a prison of his own choosing. Before the worst comes, Oaks took shelter at Luna Del Sea Steak & Bistro, 300 Pratt St. on July 17.Tucked in the back, past the bar and the restaurant’s booths, in Luna’s banquet hall, Oaks broke bread with around 40 friends and supporters after his defeat in court.“Good people make mistakes,” said Anthony McCarthy, former media representative for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and former AFRO editor, told the AFRO. “Nathaniel Oaks still has a lot to contribute to the community. Those people who truly know him have already forgiven him and are ready to join him for the next chapter in his life.”The sentence comes after Oaks pleaded guilty to a series of federal charges, the result of an investigation that included wiretaps, business owners working as FBI informants and efforts by Oaks to tip off a target of the probe which resulted in additional charges.Charges from federal prosecutors depicted Oaks as a politician who was willing to sell influence in exchange for cash, and who attempted to stymie the investigation after he agreed to cooperate.In a series of meetings with a lobbyist, Oaks negotiated cash payments of $10,300 to assist a business working with the FBI to obtain a contract with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Oaks eventually wrote a letter on the company’s behalf and later introduced a bill that would have authorized a $250,000 bond to fund the project which netted him an additional $5,000 payment.After Oaks was indicted, he agreed to cooperate with the FBI and wear a wire. But, investigators caught the West Baltimore politician tipping off the intended target, which resulted in a superseding indictment and additional charges of obstructing justice. Oaks also reversed on his agreement to cooperate with the investigation.During sentencing WBAL-TV reported that Judge Richard Bennett said Oaks’ efforts to obstruct an ongoing investigation factored into his decision to impose a lengthier sentence.“To obstruct an FBI investigation is as serious as the underlying case,” Bennett said before handing down the sentence.The statutory minimum in these kinds of cases is 8-10 years. The defense asked for 18 months.“[Bennett] was still stuck on the one thing,” Larry Young, former Maryland State Senator and host of WOLB’s The Larry Young Morning Show, told the AFRO. “This judge wanted to send a signal to Nat Oaks: He should not have told the federal FBI he was going to cooperate and reverse himself. And he hung to that.”Rather than resign, Larry Young was expelled from the Maryland State Senate over ethics allegations in 1998. He was acquitted at trial.“To anyone in that courtroom, it was very clear that he was looking at that 18 months, but he put on the additional years because of that,” Young said.Young was one of 40 character witnesses to write a letter to Judge Bennett on behalf of Oaks.The sentence marks the end of a career that was forged in the Edmondson Village community of West Baltimore. Even early in his career Oaks was no stranger to controversy.First elected to the state legislator as a delegate to the 41st district in 1983, Oaks lost his seat in 1989 after he was accused of double billing the state for personal expenses.But, Oaks won the seat back in 1994, and served as a delegate until 2017 when Governor Larry Hogan appointed him to replace retiring State Sen. Lisa Gladden.Still, even facing charges, Oaks managed to weigh in on the most recent election.After a group of 41st district constituents won a court order to have him removed from the 2018 primary ballot, Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh successfully persuaded the Maryland Court of Appeals to keep him on it.The move prompted criticism that keeping Oaks on the ballot was an attempt to split Black votes in a contentious Senate race between former Del. Jill Carter and newcomer JD Merrill, who has ties to the former Gov. Martin O’Malley through marriage to his daughter Grace who also works for the Attorney General’s office.Carter ultimately prevailed, but Oaks still garnered roughly 1,000 votes in a race decided by roughly 2,000 votes.Young, the first Black chair of a standing committee, Environmental Matters, worked with Oaks in the Senate.“I tend to be a consensus builder, and moderate, Nat’s gung-ho, ‘let’s get it done now,’ and so, it was like, if you don’t want Nat Oaks on your ass, you’ve gotta talk to LY,” Young said. “The caucus is gonna miss him, because not everyone in that caucus has the ability to stand and tell the other folks this is wrong, this is unfair, and you’re gonna respect us. And that was him, Joan Carter Conway were two of the few that had kind of discipline and character about them, and that’s going to be missed, in that caucus.”Oaks came to the front of the restaurant to greet the AFRO but declined interview or comment.“The AFRO never writes anything good about me, so no thank you,” Oaks said.The rain came shortly thereafter.last_img read more

LocationBased VR Startup The Void to Open San Francisco Outpost

first_imgThe Void is coming to San Francisco: The location-based VR startup is getting ready to open a new outpost in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall on the city’s busy Market street this summer, Variety has learned. There’s no word on the exact launch date; The Void didn’t immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.The Void hasn’t officially announced the planned San Francisco location yet, but its future outpost near the Westfield food court already features posters teasing a summer launch.The Void is one of a number of startups operating ticketed VR experiences in malls and movie theaters around the world. The company currently operates 11 such locations, with VR centers in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Calif. and Toronto. It has announced plans to launch additional locations in Hollywood, New York, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The company has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab on a number of location-based VR experiences, including “Ralph Breaks VR” and “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.” In addition, it has also produced some original content in-house, like its horror-themed “Nicodemus” experience. All three were featured in posters at its future SF location.last_img read more

Dine in luxury this Valentines day

first_imgThis month is ideal for lavish dates with your partner as it calls for culinary delights curated by The Imperial. It is the time to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Make your moments special with Chef Veena Arora’s South- East Asian spread at The Spice Route or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies. Designed with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved on February 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Daniell’s Tavern offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while La Baguette – our French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. If you plan to indulge in authentic Italian San Gimignano- Tuscan Italian Restaurant is the place to be. The speciality is Crema di cannellini con mescolare funghi and verdure mozzarella ripiano con salsa pepe e mista lattuga which is best enjoyed with white wine.1911 restaurant, the all day dining restaurant will offer Pistachio crusted River sole fillets cauliflower puree and chive butter sauce, Bacon wrapped tenderloin steak with eggplant confit and Marsala jus Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf by chance you crave for sweets La baguette – French Patisserie of the Imperial has Red velvet cake, Strawberry tiramisu layered cake along with many other options.Daniell’s Tavern- Pan India restaurant will serve Memsahib’s Muse  (Narkel posto bora) – Shallow fried coconut and poppy seeds dumplings, a delight from East India and General’s Pride (Baadshahi aloo) –  Potatoes stuffed with dry nuts and aromatic Indian spices, golden baked in a clay oven.The Spice Route, San Gimignano and 1911: 7pm to 11:45pmDaniell’s Tavern: 6:30pm-11:45pmLa Baguette: 10am to 10pmlast_img read more

Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. All In One: Data protection and system maintenance are two important goals of Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2006. A dashboard-style interface makes sure that any computer user will feel comfortable with the program and not have to face a steep learning curve to get the most out it. The package includes Norton GoBack, a program that can roll your system back to before a problem installation or an unwanted program took its toll. Norton CleanUp helps you get rid of unwanted files, and Norton AntiVirus and a system optimization solution come bundled as well. SystemWorks 2006 costs under $70, and a Premier version with even more features is available for just under $100. Visit www.symantec.comfor more information.Flat Out Worth It: Flat-panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Case in point: Hewlett-Packard’s L1706. For $319, you get a clean, silver design with a wide 140-degree viewing angle, 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a range of tilt settings and a detachable base. There’s no pivot capability, but that’s to be expected in this price range. If you want, you can add an attachable USB speaker bar for $35. The three-year warranty with on-site service is a nice benefit that will help keep you working with mini-mal interruptions should anything happen. A 48-hour exchange is also available under the warranty. For more details, stop by www.hp.com.The Upper Hand: The Palm TX has just about everything you might need in a Palm-powered PDA, all for less than $300. Here’s the list: a high-resolution 320 x 480 color screen, 128MB memory, a 312MHz processor and an expansion card slot that can accommodate Multi-MediaCard, SD and SDIO formats. Best of all, it comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make it a truly flexible wireless device. The Palm TX weighs 5.25 ounces and includes the Documents to Go software suite. That lets you take your Excel, PowerPoint and Word files with you on the road. Some of the Mac functionality is a little limited, but Windows users can take full advantage of the many software features. Stop by www.palm.comfor complete details and an in-depth product tour of the TX. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read March 20, 2006 Listen Nowlast_img read more