Click here to read the full article. Alena Lodkina’s first feature, “Strange Colours” (2017) took her deep into the Australian outback, to the rough-as-guts opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge, before bringing her to the Venice Film Festival, where the film premiered. It augured a distinctive new mood in Australian cinema – understated but keenly observed; a little sinister – as represented in recent editions of Rotterdam (David Easteal’s “The Plains”; James Vaughan’s “Friends & Strangers”) and Cannes (Thom Wright’s “The Stranger”). Her second feature, produced by Kate Laurie at Arenamedia and funded by Screen Australia , VicScreen, the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund, SBS, and Orange Entertainment, takes its bow at the 75th Locarno Film Festival . More from Variety Bubbles Project's Fulsome Production Slate Looks Towards a Brazilian Film Production Renaissance (EXCLUSIVE) Julie Lerat-Gersant's Teen Pregnancy Drama 'Little Ones' Sells … [Read more...] about Alena Lodkina on ‘Petrol,’ Shooting Melbourne, Taking Audiences Down a Rabbit Hole
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Emily Miller always wanted her wedding to have a storybook element. For her, that did not mean a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or a gown fit for a princess. It meant a celebration filled with books. She and her husband Alex Seher, 31, a product manager at a lighting manufacturer, had originally planned to marry in the spring of 2021 at a Baltimore library, and give their guests custom bookmarks as favors. But when they decided to postpone their wedding to March 26 because of the pandemic, they learned the library would not reopen in time. They soon booked another venue, the Engineers Club of Baltimore. The club had the “grandeur” of their original location, Ms. Miller, 30, said. But it lacked a key component: books. To make it more bookish, the couple staged what she called an “open book bar” during cocktail hour. Available for their 120 guests to take were copies of 22 fiction and nonfiction titles related to the city of Baltimore, where the couple has lived since … [Read more...] about Looking for a Wedding Favor? Try the Best-Seller List.
Photo: Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images I can’t be the only person who takes cues for my emotional well-being from Mr. Met. Yes, fine: Technically Mr. Met is incapable of showing emotion, given that his head is a baseball, and his face that has been stitched with the rictus grin of the eternally doomed. But you can still tell what he’s feeling. When the New York Mets , whom he has loyally supported despite the sort of sustained abuse you’d never allow anyone you love to suffer through, are losing — as has usually been happening during the 59 years of his existence — he looks sad, forlorn … lost. Occasionally, Mr. Met loses his temper. Spending one’s entire life as an avatar of such a beleaguered franchise is a crazy-making enterprise, after all. These days, though, Mr. Met is not hanging his head in shame. These days, Mr. Met, alongside Mrs. Met , is taking selfies on the field, playing the trumpet atop the dugout, and generally making it feel like life’s … [Read more...] about The Mets Are Having an Extremely Un-Mets Season
Jim Steinman, who died last year at 73 , left behind one of the most distinctive catalogs of music in history, filled with chart-topping hits written for the likes of Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion. With songs ranging from the restless (“ All Revved Up With No Place To Go ”) to the wrenching (“ For Crying Out Loud ”), Mr. Steinman spent decades establishing himself as a sophisticated songwriter with the spirit of a teenager. “As far as Jim was concerned, life was about being forever young, and lusting after this and yearning after that,” said David Sonenberg, Mr. Steinman’s longtime friend, manager and now the executor of his estate. “He was going to be 17 forever, and in some ways he was.” But perhaps nothing evokes Mr. Steinman’s legacy like the Connecticut house where he lived alone for some 20 years — a majestic museum of the self, attached to a quaint cottage in the woods of Ridgefield. He spent years expanding and reimagining the house, transforming it … [Read more...] about A Gothic Rock Cottage Fit for a Bat Out of Hell