According to Germany’s government commissioner on anti-Semitism, Jews in his country should stop wearing kippahs (skullcaps) in public lest they incur the wrath of anti-Semites. Quoted in an interview published on Saturday by the Funke regional press group, Felix Klein, whose job was created in 2018, stated, “I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere, all the time, in Germany.” Klein posited that “the lifting of inhibitions and the uncouthness which is on the rise in society” had contributed to the soaring rise in anti-Semitism, commenting, “The internet and social media have largely contributed to this, but so have constant attacks against our culture of remembrance.” Klein added he had “changed his mind compared to previously.” The Guardian notes, “Antisemitic hate crimes rose by 20% in Germany last year, according to interior ministry data, which blamed nine out of ten cases on the extreme right. There were 62 … [Read more...] about German Government Tells Jews: Don’t Look Like Jews
Cliff Richard has admitted speculation about his sexuality hurt his family – but insists gay rumours “don’t matter” to him. The 73-year-old singer spoke only of female relationships in his 2008 autobiography My Life, My Way, but said he had never found “the right time” to get married in a revealing new interview. Speaking on Australian TV show A Current Affair he tackled the questions surrounding his private life. Asked if the gossip about his sexual orientation hurt him, the chart-topping star replied: “No. It did when I was young. It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? “It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends. Most people have gay friends. If I was gay would it make any difference? Would you not come to my concerts because I was gay? I hope not.” Rumours about Cliff’s private life have dogged him for decades. A relationship he has with John McElynn, a former priest who looks after … [Read more...] about Cliff Richard: People saying I was gay hurt my family when I was young – but it doesn’t matter now
If you could enter into the mindset of one of the great established American film-makers of our age – into the movies they make, and the personal creative vortex they emerge from – who would you chose? Would it be mechanical David Fincher, the Kubrickian 80-takes man, once accused of using actors like mere “hues” in his palette? Would it be the inscrutable Paul Thomas Anderson, daring you to love his increasingly fractured movies? Or the mind of on-set screamer David O Russell, whose work exhibits, movie by movie, an extreme waxing and waning of directorial surehandedness? I’d choose the quiet life, and the organic and artisanal work of Richard Linklater, who’s well profiled by fellow Austin scene-maker Louis Black in Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny. The film weaves a neat cat’s cradle of narrative back and forth across Linklater’s career, starting on the set of his newest film Everybody Wants Some!! (sequel of sorts to his third … [Read more...] about Richard Linklater: American cinema’s last true maverick?
Boney has joined Today as part of a major shake-up for the troubled Channel 9 breakfast show, the former Triple J newsreader filling Wilkins’ spot on the Today panel as he moves to a more focused role on sister program Today Extra. Since the announcement, all parties have insisted it’s a harmonious reshuffle — but a “joke” from Wilkins during this morning’s episode seemed to suggest tension. Boney was covering the red carpet at the opening of the Australian Open 2019, a star-studded affair with guests including her new colleague Wilkins. Brooke Boney’s (at left) first gig — interviewing Richard Wilkins. Picture: AAPSource:AAP “This is my first red carpet event. Can you give me some advice?” Boney asked her new co-worker. “Yeah, don’t stuff it up or it could be your last,” he told her — before adding a “Just kidding!” Boney’s reaction suggests perhaps the joke didn’t land: … [Read more...] about New Today reporter Brooke Boney’s awkward Richard Wilkins run-in
Photo: Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Photo: Courtesy Of Warner Bros. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Courtesy Of Warner Bros. The Big Lie of ‘Richard Jewell’ (Column) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For a man who was so enraged at the administration of Barack Obama that he spent his 2012 Republican Convention speech lecturing an empty chair, Clint Eastwood has made a number of conventional, level-headed — one might even say liberal — political dramas. Films like “Invictus” and “J. Edgar” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” But “Richard Jewell” isn’t one of those. It’s a movie by Clint the chair ranter. Not that it looks like one. In “Richard … [Read more...] about The Big Lie of ‘Richard Jewell’ (Column)