For the last four hours, the only thing that has been keeping you going is the Dry Martini that’s fixed at the pinnacle of your brain, emitting brilliant rays of healing light like the Holy Grail in a 14th-century Italian painting. And now, finally, whatever it was that was grinding through your patience like Laurence Olivier with a dental drill is behind you and the only thing in front of you is the bartender, and she’s taking your order. “Gin Martini, please, up with a twist. Dry, but not too dry.” The anticipation is making the ridges and grooves of your cerebrum switch places, but now she’s back and there’s the little napkin and aahhhh, the drink’s down on it and—hold on, is a Dry Martini supposed to be pink? Has to be a trick of the light, has to be. But no, no, no, no, no, no. You’ve taken that first, crucial sip, the sacred one, the one philosophers call “the temporal scimitar” for the way it severs … [Read more...] about When Is a Martini No Longer a Martini?
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Frank Capra Jr., the son of "It's A Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra who followed his father into the movie business and help build the largest television and movie studio on the East Coast, has died. He was 73. Capra Jr. died Wednesday night at a hospital in Philadelphia, said Bill Vassar, the executive vice president of Wilmington-based EUE/Screen Gems Studios, of which Capra was president. Vassar said Capra died following a long fight with prostate cancer, which had spread over the past several months. "With his Hollywood pedigree and extensive experience as a producer, Frank was the perfect ambassador to Hollywood," Chris Cooney, chief operating officer of EUE Screen Gems LTD, said in a statement. "He will be missed as a friend and a colleague." Under Capra's leadership, EUE/Screen Gems' credits include several major motion pictures, including "28 Days," "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Domestic Disturbance," "Black Knight" and "A Walk to … [Read more...] about Studio Head Frank Capra Jr., Son of Director Frank Capra, Dies
From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, complete the weekly lawn, bush and tree services on a home owned by Opendoor Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 in Katy, TX. Opendoor has spent over $11 million in the Houston region on outside contractors who repair and maintain homes since it launched in Houston roughly a year ago. less From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, complete the weekly lawn, bush and tree services on a home owned by Opendoor Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 in Katy, ... more Photo: Michael Wyke / Contributor Photo: Michael Wyke / Contributor Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, … [Read more...] about Houston leads the nation in iBuyers market share growth
close Video From mocking Trump behind his back to nations not paying their fair share, is NATO worth our time anymore? Senior Director for the Center for the National Interest Harry Kazianis weighs in on the current state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Superpowers matter – especially when there is only one. So whenever there are big doings in the U.S., it ripples around the world. Fast. Impeaching the U.S. president is definitely a big deal. So how will the ripples rising from this political drama affect the rest of the world? No Transatlantic Tussle The House impeachment hearings were in full frenzy while President Trump met with NATO leaders in London. Yet what happened in the hearing seemed to have a negligible effect on transatlantic relations. KEN STARR: IT'S 'SCANDALOUS' TO PROCEED WITH IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS WHILE TRUMP IS ABROAD Trump left the meeting early without a closing news conference. That seemed to put folk’s nose out of … [Read more...] about James Carafano: How is Trump impeachment affecting America around world?