I’ve known Altman for fifteen years. He goaded me unmercifully. At a preview screening of one of his movies, he handed me twenty bucks. When I laughed at the joke bribe, he shot me that evil twinkle that defined him at his happiest and told me that was ten bucks more than he offered Pauline Kael, the late critic who helped put him on the map with her rave review of a rough cut of Nashville in The New Yorker in 1975. There’s another thing about Altman: He hated it when you hated one of his movies. He’d pretend to shrug it off, but when he remembered any of the unkind words I wrote about Quintet, Health, A Wedding or Beyond Therapy, I’d get the infamous Altman glare. He felt most protective of his stunted children. … [Read more...] about Robert Altman: Legendary Director With a Rebel Spirit
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Mansfield, who grew up Baptist and has an 18-year-old daughter, converted to Islam when she married an immigrant from the Arab world, but they divorced three years ago, the family told the Free Press. They didn’t know the man’s name, where he was from, or why Mansfield might have gone to Syria. “She had a heart of gold, but she was weak minded,” said her grandmother, Carole Mansfield. “I think she could have been brain washed.” … [Read more...] about Flint, Michigan Woman Reportedly Killed While Fighting Alongside Syrian Rebels
In recent months Chief Executive Masayoshi Son has met other Elliott demands, from launching a 2.5 trillion yen ($23 billion) buyback - vital to propping up SoftBank’s share price - to increasing the number of outside directors including the board’s only woman. … [Read more...] about SoftBank governance reforms stop short of Vision Fund: sources
"Under war and blockade, this is a problem that burdens the citizens, and we call on the international community and humanitarian organizations of the United Nations to carry out their humanitarian duties in Yemen during this critical situation, especially towards mothers and children," he noted. … [Read more...] about Feature: Yemen’s children suffer from lack of medicine, aid cut
"Initially, they claimed they were afraid to go ahead with the move because they felt I was dead politically," said Olmert, referring to his graft probes and corruption charges that cast a cloud above his career. "Then they thought that maybe after the presidential elections in the US, they will be able to get a better deal...and finally there were a number of Israeli politicians who tried to convince Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas - ed.] not to engage in the initiative." And he never did, whereas the eruption of Operation Cast Lead in 2008, that was aimed at stopping the indiscriminate rocket fire emanating from Gaza, and that in the process of doing so claimed the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians, brought that peace process to a standstill from which it has never been able to recover. … [Read more...] about Multiple Offers, Little Acceptance: What Peace Deals Have Palestinians Rejected Throughout History?