Category:

UK-EU trade deal would avoid years of acrimony, says funds industry

LONDON (Reuters) – A trade deal between Britain and the European Union would help open the door to cross-border financial services from January and avoid years of acrimony, industry officials said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Financial services are not part of talks that continue this week in a bid to conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) before Britain’s access to the bloc under transition arrangements ends next month.

“It’s very important for the financial services industry that there is a deal, it will completely change the atmosphere,” Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, told an online event.

“If there were to be no deal, relations would be acrimonious for at least one or two years, and it would be very difficult to envisage any bridges to be built across the Channel,”

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Rapper Bad Bunny tests positive for coronavirus

Reggaeton artist Bad Bunny has tested positive for COVID-19, a representative for the rapper told CBS News on Monday. The news comes after the artist canceled his performance at the American Music Awards.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, wasn’t showing any major symptoms of the virus, according to his publicist, Sujeylee Solá. “As of today, he’s feeling OK,” Solá told CBS News on Monday. “Praying it remains that way.”

Bad Bunny was scheduled to perform his new single, “Dákiti,” with Puerto Rican artist Jhay Cortez in Los Angeles. Instead, Bad Bunny appeared virtually at the event Sunday to present singer Becky G with the award for Favorite Female Latin Artist. He also took home two awards for Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album for his latest record, “YHLQMDLG.”

Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny speaks on-screen for the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22, 2020,
Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Jaws Shark Goes on Display at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

A fiberglass replica of Bruce the shark from Jaws will greet visitors at the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it open its doors to the public in 2021. Weighing in at 1,208 pounds and measuring at 25 feet long, the 45-year-old shark was hoisted into its new home above the main escalator of the building where he’ll remain for the foreseeable future. Video footage of its installation has also been posted to YouTube, providing a good look at how the restored shark appears.

The last of its kind, this particular Bruce was not one of the prop sharks actually shown in Jaws. The three mechanical sharks used for the production of the iconic movie were destroyed after filming had completed as the studio hadn’t foreseen the movie’s tremendous success. Using the original mold, a fourth Bruce was crafted after Jaws turned out to be a blockbuster hit,

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

How Europeans Films and TV Shows Develop From Script to Screen

Creators and screenwriters from Europe discussed the importance of collaboration in filmmaking during a panel in the Variety Streaming Room.

Hosted by international features editor Leo Barraclough, the conversation, titled “Lost in Translation? Visual Story Development from Script to Screen,” included creators from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s Black Room and writers from the Face to Face program. Prop maker and modeler Simon Weisse, production designer Jacqueline Abrahams, and writers Jana Burbach and Hanno Hackfort took part in the panel.

Collaborative endeavors have seen an increase in European filmmaking, said Hackfort, since teams have begun to see that different departments — writers, designers, directors — often have ideas that aren’t limited to just the part of the film or television project they’re working on.

“This concept of showrunner becomes more and more important in Germany,” he said. “Then you’re not just a writer, but you can also work together

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

France’s Credit Agricole makes $875 million buyout offer for Italy’s Creval

PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) – France’s Credit Agricole offered to buy third-tier Italian lender Creval for 737 million euros ($875 million) on Monday, as a wave of consolidation sweeps Italy’s banking sector.

FILE PHOTO: A Credit Agricole sign is pictured on a building of the bank in Geneva November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

France’s No.2 bank had been considering expanding in Italy, its second biggest market, and both Creval and larger rival Banco BPM had been tipped as possible targets.

Credit Agricole Italia will pay 10.5 euros per Creval share, a 21.4% premium on Friday’s closing price. Shares in Creval jumped 23.7% slightly surpassing the offer’s price. Credit Agricole closed up 3.9%. Banco BPM declined 3.7%.

The buyout offer is expected to be launched by April and is subject to a two-thirds minimum acceptance threshold by Creval shareholders.

Intesa Sanpaolo’s surprise takeover of UBI earlier this year prompted rivals in Italy to

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Fans Pick Gary Barlow, Michael Buble & Sebastian Yatra for Best Spanglish Collab of 2020 (So Far)

Sebastian Yatra is on a winning streak this year, winning another Billboard fan poll.

After a two-week poll asking readers to vote for the best Spanglish collaboration of 2020 (so far), voters ultimately crowned “Elita” by Gary Barlow, Michael Buble and Yatra with more than 96 percent of the votes. Other collabs included Maluma and The Weeknd’s “Hawai (Remix),” Rosalia and Travis Scott’s “TKN,” and Jonas Brothers and Karol G’s “X.”

Released on Sept. 30, “Elita” is about witnessing the power of women. Its salsa-infused pop blend makes it an “exciting, sexy, and empowering” song, Bublé said on Twitter.

The collaboration was born in late 2019 when Barlow and Bublé were set to share credits. However, it was Bublé who suggested that his good friend and Colombian artist Yatra would be the perfect fit on the track. “Within an hour, we were all

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Black Narcissus Review: FX Series Stars Gemma Arterton and Diana Rigg

In retrospect, it may have been a mistake to watch the original Archers film production of “Black Narcissus” before screening the limited series “Black Narcissus,” produced for FX and BBC One. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 take on Rumer Godden’s novel is a cinematic landmark of its era, leaning on saturated colors, dramatic music cues and performances so pointed they threatened to draw blood. It’s dated but deliberate, tense and taut with simmering lust. This 2020 update, from writer Amanda Coe and director Charlotte Bruus Christensen, is careful to state that its primary source material is Godden’s book rather than the Archers’ film, and as such, should have more room to play with and develop the story. In practice, though, not even having three hourlong episodes versus a movie less than two hours long quite gives the series much of a personality of its own. Too much of FX’s

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Johnny Depp Poses from Behind Bars with Film Festival Award Weeks After Losing Libel Suit



a person wearing a costume: The Polish EnergaCamerimage film festival said that Johnny Depp is "one of the most versatile performers of modern cinema"


© Camerimage Festival/Twitter
The Polish EnergaCamerimage film festival said that Johnny Depp is “one of the most versatile performers of modern cinema”

Johnny Depp had one very interesting way of accepting a recent award.

On Saturday, the 57-year-old actor accepted an award from the Polish EnergaCamerimage film festival, where he posed for a photo behind bars to accept the acting honor.

The film festival, which is dedicated to “the art of cinematography and its creators,” per the event’s website, awarded the Pirates of the Caribbean star with the trophy for actor with unique visual sensitivity. His film, Minamata, closed the 28th edition of the event.

Posting to its respective Twitter account, the film festival shared an image of Depp smiling from behind bars, as he held onto his award in one hand. Depp did not collect the award in person due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and instead accepted

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

Amazon hires Pinkerton spies to monitor unionization efforts: report

  • Amazon has hired detectives with the infamous Pinkerton spy agency to monitor European workers’ labor union organizing efforts, per a Motherboard report.
  • The outlet obtained leaked documents from Amazon’s Global Security Operations Center, where data analysts can easily track workers’ union organizing activities down to the date, time, and location.
  • Pinkerton spies have a history of busting up unions: Their involvement in a steelworker strike in 1892 eventually led to states prohibiting the use of third-party security in labor disputes.
  • The Motherboard report highlights Amazon’s latest efforts to prevent its workers from unionizing — it has a long track record of being staunchly opposed to labor unions.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon is hiring detectives from the notorious Pinkerton agency to spy on warehouse workers and monitor them for labor unionization efforts, according to a Monday Motherboard report.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that Amazon

Read More
Posted On :
Category:

10 Most Vulnerable Moments in Shawn Mendes’ ‘In Wonder’ Documentary

1. “Everything’s about you”

While Mendes was heating up the stages worldwide, he was also developing a relationship with “Señorita” collaborator Camila Cabello. Tender moments of young love were weaved in throughout In Wonder, especially as the duo prepared for their steamy performance at the 2019 VMAs. “She was always there to look out for me as a human being,” Mendes said of his girlfriend and fellow singer. “She’s got my back, and I think that’s what your partner is for.”

“We were in New York and a song comes on the radio or something, and the fact comes up that it’s about her,” he recalled in perhaps one of the sweetest moments of the film, “And I’m like, ‘Yeah, it’s about you. Everything’s about you. They’ve always been about you.’ She goes, ‘What do you mean?’ I’m like, ‘They’re all about you. Like, every song I ever wrote.’

Read More
Posted On :