Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 6:30 AM EDT Mar 30, 2019 Every so often someone asks if Michigan should bring back the film incentives. They recall the impact and vibe the program gave the region for film and TV production, during the period when they were the most lucrative in the United States. The incentives were launched by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2008 to help an ailing state, capped by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011 and ended entirely in 2015. But with a new governor and legislature in place, might this be the time to reconsider the incentives in some form? Lots of folks, including “New Money” producer Kale Davidoff and “The Russian Five “ documentary director Joshua Riehl, both raised in Michigan, would love to see that happen. They say it would support the important artistic, creative industry that was catching on when the incentives ended. More: Mitch Albom: Red Wings' Russian Five still stunning to this … [Read more...] about A lot of people think it’s time to revive Michigan’s film incentives
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DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside a bustling brew pub here south of downtown, John Hickenlooper arrives to find a crowd of more than 100 voters buzzing about the latest applicant to join the strangest job-interviewing process on Earth. Bending his lanky, 6-foot, 1-inch frame to fit through the crowded doorway of the events room, all eyes on the White House hopeful, the celestial nature of his moment shatters with the pint glass meeting the concrete floor just a few feet away.Story Continued Below It spawns something of a Zapruder film debate: Some attendees say they saw Hickenlooper fumble the glass, others insist he bumped into the man who dropped it, while the candidate himself swears he had nothing to with the accident. Whatever the real explanation, it’s less compelling than what happens next. Hickenlooper instinctively kneels and … [Read more...] about John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press Published 4:00 am CST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Even the most eccentric passions of working-class England — long a favored reservoir of feel-good underdog tales — have seldom featured as much spandex as “Fighting With My Family.” Patrick “Rowdy Ricky Knight” Bevis (Nick Frost) and Julia “Sweet Saraya” Bevis (Lena Headey) are your average parents, raising a couple of tykes in Norwich, England, to stand up for themselves, work together, and, you know, maintain a firm choke hold. Collectively they worship at the altar of “Macho Man” Randy Savage; they believe in body slams the way other families preach a heathy breakfast. “Fighting With My Family,” the solo writing-directing debut of Stephen Merchant (“The Office”), is based on a true story and a colorful documentary. Saraya-Jade (Florence Pugh) and her older brother, Zak (Jack Lowden), have been bred by … [Read more...] about WWE dreams turn real in ‘Fighting with My Family’
Jake Coyle, Associated Press Published 12:04 AM EST Feb 14, 2019 Even the most eccentric passions of working-class England — long a favored reservoir of feel-good underdog tales — have seldom featured as much spandex as “Fighting with My Family.” Patrick (Rowdy Ricky Knight) Bevis (Nick Frost) and Julia (Sweet Saraya) Bevis (Lena Headey) are your average parents, raising a couple of tykes in Norwich, England, and teaching them to stand up for themselves, work together, and, you know, maintain a firm choke hold. They worship at the altar of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and they believe in body slams the way other families preach a healthy breakfast. “Fighting with My Family,” the solo writing-directing debut of Stephen Merchant (“The Office”), is based on a true story and a colorful documentary. Saraya-Jade (Florence Pugh) and her older brother, Zak (Jack Lowden), have been bred by their WWE-obsessed parents to leg-drop and … [Read more...] about A WWE dream is realized in ‘Fighting with My Family’
2020 Elections The senator's choice of Oakland, California, to launch her presidential campaign is full of personal and political symbolism. OAKLAND, Calif. — Elizabeth Warren released a New Year’s Eve video. Kirsten Gillibrand went on Stephen Colbert. Kamala Harris is going big.Story Continued Below On Sunday, the Democratic senator will launch her presidential campaign here with a speech to thousands of supporters that she hopes will lay down a marker to Democratic voters — and be looked back upon as a milestone moment in her career and the 2020 campaign. Taking a cue from Barack Obama, the Democratic senator wants to connect her personal biography with her broader reason for running. She chose Oakland as a way to tie her campaign to the place that informed her values — a diverse and progressive city once known for its militant activism that’s become a stronghold of the Trump rebellion. Oakland is where Harris was born and spent her formative years … [Read more...] about Harris picks hotbed of anti-Trump movement for campaign launch