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Judge Rejects GOP Effort to Throw Out 127,000 Houston Votes

(HOUSTON) — A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.

The lawsuit was brought by conservative Texas activists who have railed against expanded voting access in Harris County, where a record 1.4 million early votes have already been cast. The county is the nation’s third largest and a crucial battleground in Texas, where President Donald Trump and Republicans are bracing for the closest election in decades on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to hear arguments on the brink of Election Day drew concern from voting rights activists, and came after the Texas Supreme Court rejected a nearly identical challenge over the weekend.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit by conservative GOP activists who have filed a battery of court challenges over moves to expand

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Palm Springs Cancels 2021 Festival But Will Keep Its Film Awards Gala Date



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The Palm Springs International Film Festival Society said Monday that it has canceled its 32nd annual Palm Springs Film Festival that had most recently been scheduled for February 25-March 8, 2021. The organizers did say that the fest’s annual Film Awards gala will still take place as planned.

Unlike the virtual or hybrid events like those undertaken by other fests on the circuit this year adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers here opted for a full cancel and and try again in 2022. That means PSIFF’s strong lineup of international features that traditionally are vying for Oscar nominations around that time of year won’t get that platform in 2021.

The society said its Palm Springs ShortFest remains scheduled for June 22-28, 2021.

“As we reach the end of the year, it is clear that we will not

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Tye Sheridan, Tom Hardy, Pete Davidson, Bill Skarsgard to Star in Vietnam War Movie ‘The Things They Carried’

Tye Sheridan, Tom Hardy, Pete Davidson, Bill Skarsgard, Stephan James, Moises Arias, Ashton Sanders and Angus Cloud have all joined the cast of “The Things They Carried,” a Vietnam war movie and ensemble film that will be directed by Rupert Sanders and is based on the collection of short stories from Tim O’Brien’s 1990 book.

“The Things They Carried” will be presented to buyers at the American Film Market, and production is expected to begin on the film in early 2021 in Thailand.

The film is an ensemble project without a true lead, and it’s based on O’Brien’s stories of a platoon of soldiers during Vietnam and their experience on the front lines. Scott B. Smith, who wrote “A Simple Plan,” adapted O’Brien’s book.  Here’s the full synopsis:

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Several Injured After Gunfire in Vienna, Austria: Police

VIENNA — The Austria Press Agency reported Monday that the country’s top security official says several people have been injured in an attack in the capital Vienna and there may be fatalities.

APA quoted Karl Nehammer as saying that authorities believe there were several attackers involved and that it was still ongoing. It earlier cited Nehammer’s office saying that one attacker was killed and another could be on the run.

Vienna police urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport in the city. Police said trams and buses weren’t stopping and urged social media users not to post videos of the ongoing police operation, so as not to endanger officers.

“There are several injured persons,” police tweeted. “We are on site with all available forces. Please avoid all public squares in the city.”

Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place

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Ashley Ware Jenkins and Daphne Lee Perform ‘Rise Up’ In Response To Breonna Taylor’s Death

Ashley Ware Jenkins (THE LION KING) and Daphne Lee (DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM) provide beautiful vocals and graceful pointework for a powerful message.

VIDEO: Ashley Ware Jenkins and Daphne Lee Perform 'Rise Up' In Response To Breonna Taylor's Death

Darkness RISING Project is a 501 (c3) composed of singers and musicians from the Black Broadway community whose purpose is to help those in the Black community begin conversations about mental health, raise awareness, and erase the negative stigma of mental health issues. Founding Executive Director Carlita Victoria said: “Our hope is to lift up their stories and illuminate police violence against Black women and girls. Unfortunately, Breonna Taylor’s story is similar to many of the unheard names. The #SayHerName campaign provides awareness to these stories, and provides support to these families.

In response to the Black women and girls from ages 7 to 93 who have been killed by the police, Darkness RISING Project assembled a team to perform ‘Rise Up’, originally performed by Andra Day,

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Sacha Baron Cohen Explains How An Encounter With TSA Security Almost Cost The Film Its Scene With Mike Pence

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In Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Kazakh journalist persona gains access to some of the nation’s most powerful men. However, like the Rudy Giuliani scene, the film’s CPAC moment with Mike Pence nearly fell apart, Baron Cohen revealed on Monday.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 actor told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show that a security screening and encounter with the TSA at the conservative event nearly revealed his true identity. In the sequel, directed by Jason Woliner, the titular character dresses as President Donald Trump to deliver his daughter Tutar (Maria Bakalova) as a bride for Vice President Pence.

“I got into a different disguise, got past the CPAC security and the TSA were actually kind of “wanding” me…it went past my chest and it beeped and I was terrified,” Baron Cohen said to the talk show host.

The actor

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Kid Cudi and Mia Goth to Star in New Horror Movie From Director Ti West and A24

In what is certainly excellent news for fans of all involved, Kid Cudi has been tapped to co-star alongside Mia Goth in director Ti West’s new horror movie X.

The movie, described in a Deadline report on Monday as a “horror thriller” with plot details understandably being kept secret, marks a co-production between A24 and BRON Studios. West, whose credits include the retro-nodding 2009 classic The House of the Devil and the 2011 supernatural gem The Innkeepers, is handling both writing and directing duties as he has on a number of his projects.

Production is currently on track to kick off in early 2021, with Monday’s report adding that Jenna Ortega is in final talks to join Cudi and Goth in the cast. Cudi took to Twitter where he celebrated being cast in his “first horror movie,” noting with accuracy that West is “one of the illest dudes

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Delayed coronavirus relief could be devastating for US economy

  • Congress hasn’t passed another federal relief bill ahead of Election Day because of political gridlock.
  • It may have devastating consequences for millions of workers and small businesses.
  • Lawmakers could act during a lame-duck session after the election, but it’s unclear whether President Donald Trump would support a bill.
  • Millions of people could lose unemployment benefits absent more congressional action, and even more layoffs could happen in the battered travel and hospitality industries.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Congress has not passed another economic rescue package ahead of Election Day — and political gridlock threatens to delay federal aid for millions of people and small businesses, with potentially disastrous consequences.

The US is experiencing a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, with cases reaching record highs, according to a New York Times database. Colder weather will also move people indoors, limiting outdoor dining at restaurants and other activities.

“All signs

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THE RADIO PLAY Three-Night Online Event

Events will take place from November 9-11.

Infinite Variety Productions Announces Panelists For IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS: THE RADIO PLAY Three-Night Online Event

Infinite Variety Productions has announced panelists for their three-night In Their Footsteps: the Radio Play Online Launch event!

In honor of Veterans Day and to celebrate the launch of their new radio play, In Their Footsteps: The Radio Play, which follows the stories of five American women who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Infinite Variety Productions is hosting three evenings of readings of the play followed by panel discussions with people intimately connected to the war in different ways.

Audience members will have the opportunity, after watching the reading of the play, November 9-11, to hear pieces of these women’s stories and then to ask questions in a Zoom webinar Q+A format. Open discussion is encouraged. Signed copies of Nguya??n Phan Qua?? Mai’s newest book, The Mountains Sing, will also be available for purchase to audience members of the event.

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Cardi B officially calls off divorce amid reconcilation with Offset

Cardi B and Offset are working things out.

Cardi B and Offset are giving love another chance.

Cardi B is no longer filing for a divorce from her husband. According to People magazine, as of Monday, the case was closed “without prejudice” by a Fulton County, Georgia judge.

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Cardi’s twitter is no longer active but on October 15, the rapper sent out a tweet about her marriage.

“If I want to go to an extreme to teach a n— a f—ing lesson and f—ing file for divorce, I could do that,” she said. “It’s my life. I’m not getting no f—ing abuse.” She added, “If we work things out, we sit down and work things out and I tell a n— what I don’t like and what I want to change when he tells me

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