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Holocaust Survivor is Named ‘Texan of the Year’ – – Breaking Israel News01.03.20

If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land thatHashemyour God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman.Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs Deuteronomy 15:7-8 (The Israel Bible)

Holocaust survivor Max Glauben, a longtime Dallas resident, was named 2019 Texan of the Year. Source: Screenshot.

(December 31, 2019/JNS)Max Glauben, a longtime Dallas resident and Holocaust survivor, was declared the 2019 Texan of the Year by The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.

Glauben, 91, and his family survived the Warsaw Ghetto only to be taken to the Majdanek concentration camp, where his mother, father and younger brother died. By 1943, he was orphaned, and in the two years since his familys killing, he was a prisoner at five concentration camps: Majdanek, Budzyn, Mielec, Wieliczka and Flossenburg.

Glauben, who last name in German means believe, has shared his experiences during the Holocaust at many speaking engagements over the last 40 years, sometimes even two or three events per day, including at United Nations in New York City.

And every summer for the past 14 years, he has led a group of teens on March of the Livinga tour of Holocaust sites, including the place where his family members died.He was in the U.S. Army for two years, served in the Korean War and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He helped create the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and earlier this year was one of the first Holocaust survivors filmed for a program called Dimensions in Testimony, sponsored by the Shoah Foundation created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg to record testimonies from Holocaust survivors.

Theres a word in the Torahshalom. It means an Edenic reality under Gods benevolent reign where swords become plowshares, hate gives way to brotherhood, and upstanders guard the rights of the other, wrote The Dallas Morning News.

Perhaps shalom is why a man can endure Europes darkest atrocities and emerge as Texas brightest light. Perhaps shalom is why a man who still carries a tattoo that marked him for destruction can put his mark of good-natured tolerance on so many other lives. Perhaps shalom is why generations of young Texans will learn the value of justice and fairness in a Dallas museum. In an age of division, in a time of suspicion and in a culture where we worship the newest, emptiest viral bling, perhaps the wrinkled, smiling wisdom of shalom can show us a better way.

Shalom marks the kind of world Glauben is working to create. And for that, Max Glauben is the 2019 Texan of the Year.

And although Holocaust survivors like Glauben seemed to have finally found a happy ending to their unimaginable experiences, others are not so fortunate.

But you can help

Thats because many survivors suffer from physical and mental ailments like dementia. And although dementia is a terrible condition to have, for Holocaust Survivors its much worse.

Most people dont realize that aside from short-term memory loss, the dementia of Holocaust survivors is a very different experience than that of regular patients.

Thats because when a survivor suffers dementia, the horrors of the Holocaust are fresh in their minds as if they are still reliving it to this day!

According to Shoshana Lichtman from the organization Melabev, these survivors not only have nightmares about their horrible past, but many of them also daydream about it on a daily basis as well.

Lichtman recalls one survivor who enjoys writing. But no matter what she writes about, her memories keep going back to the ghettos in Warsaw, where she spent her youth.

What you can do

Although there is no actual cure to this unique type of dementia, there are ways to contain it.

Shoshana Lichtman from Melabev breaks it down into two separate treatments.

One is to let them vent.

These Holocaust survivors have a lot of pent up trauma from their experience. Therefore, its important that they just let it out and get it off of their chest. Melabev provides an open ear encouraging them to say whats on their mind. The organization is there for them, enabling the survivors to get everything off thir chest either by either writing or just by talking.

Some of them are unable to talk and therefore opt for art therapy.

The other way to treat Holocaust Dementia is by keeping the survivors busy with fun and engaging activities.

These activities keep their minds occupied preventing them from reliving their horrid past. They include:

All of these activities give the survivors a much-needed sense of purpose in their final years on this earth explains Lichtman.

This is your unique opportunity to show them that the nations are no longer their enemies. Donating today is the least you can do to help these people restore some iota of faith in the nations. But dont take our word for it, just see what is written in the Book of Deuteronomy:

If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land thatHashemyour God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman.Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs (Deuteronomy 15:7-8)

This is your chance to open your hand from the comfort of your home. Let these poor survivors know that many among the nations have changed.

Donate to this incredible organization today.

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The Best Theater Of 2019: Broadway And Beyond – Forbes01.03.20

Larry Owens and company in 'A Strange Loop'

Its been a weird, watery year on the Rialto. Broadways hit-or-miss output over the last twelve months seemed to reflect the distorted nature of our national discourse. If the stage is meant to hold a mirror up to reality, attending the theater in 2019 indeed felt like playing Russian Roulette in a busted-up funhouse.

Marquee shows, in development for a decade, set premature closing dates and hemorrhaged money - unless they were Moulin Rouge! or To Kill a Mockingbird. Meanwhile, uncompromising underdogs broke box office records - that is, when they didnt crash and burn. Some producers even managed to have a foot in both worlds; the Beetlejuice team brought necromancy back in a big way, rescuing their D.O.A. show and turning it into one of the falls biggest hits...until they ran afoul of Broadways own grim reaper.

The industry at large is undergoing a long, slow market correction. Since 2015, Broadway has broken its own box office record each year. Then came 2019: depressed grosses, an unusually large number of premature closures, and investor losses tallying well over $100 million. According to numbers provided by the Broadway League, box office receipts shrank by about 4% in 2019, a difference of $67 million.

What do we make of that? Honestly, not much. (At least not in the way of ominous trends and portent; $67 million is still a tidy sum to leave on the table). While mavens do love reading tea leaves, Broadway is reliant on fresh content as much as old hits, and this years crop just didnt wow buyers. It also came on the heels of a historic parade of megahits like Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Hello, Dolly! and Bruce Springsteens residency, which amped sales past reasonable expectations.

With its liberal patina, high cost barrier, and the sheer amount of flawed content up for consumption, Broadways most direct national corollary may be the Democratic primary field. Just as Democratic voters seem unable to rally behind a single candidate, so too did creative teams struggle to produce coherent visions in 2019. For every satisfying whole, there appeared half a dozen others with stand-out elements but no binding spine. Other critics have noted this disparity, and found more consummate satisfaction, as I did, in the wilder world of Off-Broadway theater.

(This may be where the metaphor falls apart - I dont know where Off Broadway fits into the Democratic debate. One wants to suggest the unregulated fringe of Tulsi Gabbard and Marianne Williamson, but the best of Off Broadway is, you know worthwhile.)

2019 was also a weird one for me as a journalist, at least when it comes to a year-end roundup. Turns out pursuing a Masters on nights and weekends cuts into ones time at the theater, so I missed several of the years most ballyhooed productions, which occupy spots on many other Best Of lists. And as always, I omit from mine any production in which I have a financial stake. (Sorry, The Inheritance you know I love you, boo).

Also of note: two of my favorite 2019 Broadway productions were on my list last year, when I saw them downtown, so I wont include them here but that doesnt mean they arent stellar. Slave Play and What The Constitution Means to Me managed to transmute radical passion into mainstream cred (not to mention box office gold).

If they are any indication, perhaps theres still hope for those voters, er, audience members looking for the full package. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are my thoughts on the bestbang for your theatrical buck.

Karen Kandel, Ismenia Mendes, Quincy Tyler Bernstine in 'Marys Seacole'

Fairview and Marys Seacole

A double whammy from one of the best writers in the biz. Jackie Sibblies Drury won the Pulitzer for Fairview, an extraordinary, subversive exploration of race and appropriation in America. But Marys Seacole is, if anything, even more moving: a phantasmagoric look at domestic and emotional labor through the centuries, and the women especially those of color responsible for it all. One of few playwrights to whose shows I will buy tickets sight unseen.

Derren Brown: Secret

Maybe the sole Broadway show here that defies description, if only to keep the mind-blowing surprises unspoiled. You really do have to be there. Catch it before it closes this weekend.

A Strange Loop

Where does one even begin? At once impossibly solipsistic and wonderfully accessible, this musical about one lone black gay boy who chose to turn his back on the Lord (written by said boy, about his experience writing said musical) is unlike anything that graced New York this year. The scores intricacy and lyricism call to mind Sondheims best, but Michael R. Jackson is in a league of his own when it comes to challenging power structures, whether they be Broadway producers or Tyler Perry.

Jeb Kreager, John Zdrojeski, and Zo Winters in 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning'

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

If the theater industry is the Democratic Primary, Will Arberys Heroes of the Fourth Turning is the candidate many feel is missing: one that grapples, uncompromising, with the most virulent elements of the far-right and shows that humanizing your demons doesnt mean ceding victory to them. Bracing, terrifying, satisfying.


Hannah Gadsby has autism. We know this because she tells us over and over during Douglas, a fab follow-up to her sensational Nanette. The show is omni-faceted: a dizzying deconstruction of boundaries, categories, and expectations, fueled by anger at those who maintain them. A favorite target is the anti-vaxx movement, and its claim that vaccines cause autism. I happened to be seated beside a person who, it became clear, was an anti-vaxxer, and did not realize what shed signed up for. The tension in the room as Gadsby took the movement to task was the most delicious sensation I experienced all year.

Danny Burstein in 'Moulin Rouge!' on Broadway

Moulin Rouge!

I love me a titular exclamation point, even if it creates a nightmare for copy editors. I also love me a show that delivers on Broadways glitziest promise: consummate, dazzling spectacle. The 10-minute opening number alone is worth the price of admission. Also, Tam Mutu, who plays the villainous Duke, is so damn good that youll likely find yourself rooting against the heroes - and loving it.


Another exclamation point! And in service of an entirely different brand of enthusiasm. While Moulin Rouge! delivers big mainstream pizzazz, Oklahoma! offers the equally necessarily evisceration thereof. Director Daniel Fish took a classic piece of Americana and, without altering a single lyric, used it to expose the dark underbelly of our nations history. At once a celebration of community and an excoriation of tribalism, it set a new standard for revivals.

Alfie Fuller and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy in MCC Theater's BLKS


Aziza Barness playwriting debut is funny, humane, sexy, and unapologetic in its love for its characters. To paraphrase one of them, it's queer, black as f**k, and magically surreal. With its productions of BLKS, The Light, School Girls, and others, MCC Theater is doing real work to change what New York theater is "supposed" to be, and for whom.

Individual Standouts

Much of the excitement this season came in bursts: standout performances, great scores, beautiful lyrics not always at the same time. Adrienne Warren is the reason to see the Tina Turner bio-musical. Adam Driver and Marisa Tomei both towered over solid revivals of Burn This and The Rose Tattoo. Julie White was immaculate as a traumatized clown in the divisive Gary, upstaged only by a fabulous kickline of undead penises. (Yes, really). The Wrong Man had one of the decades best scores in search of a book to match it. And Jagged Little Pill is great fun, but Lauren Pattens You Oughta Know is such an ecstatic high point that the rest of the show feels like a launch pad designed to spring her right into her first Tony.

Amber Gray in Best Musical winner 'Hadestown'

Also Excellent

A quick rundown of some other shows that moved me throughout the year, and are surely featured in the top spots of other 'Best Of' lists:

Hadestown: Sumptuous and poignant, with some of the best performances on a Broadway stage. (And that very much includes the Tall Chorus Guy.)

True West: A terrific revival of a claustrophobic fraternal duel. Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke balanced Sam Shepards innate menace with deep, necessary humor.

Freestyle Love Supreme: By nature difficult to pin down, as its improvised fully each night. But the talent involved especially standout Utkarsh Ambudkar is unimpeachable.

Choir Boy: Never have I been more upset that a show did not make a cast recording. The play is great, but the score by Jason Michael Webb is truly astonishing.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Lee Seymour is also a co-producer of The Inheritance on Broadway.

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Review of the Year 2019, Part 1: New projects, community spirit and celebrations – Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News01.03.20


- THE year was off to a generous start as a team of British divers - including several from Somerset - have been decorated for their part in the dramatic rescue of a boys football team stranded in a cave in Thailand.

The divers were among those named in the New Year Honours List, alongside a host of worthy Somerset names.

Joshua Bratchley was made an MBE, as was Lance Corporal Connor Roe, who hails from Axbridge. And Christopher Jewell, from Cheddar, and Jason Mallinson were given the Queens Gallantry Medal for exemplary acts of bravery.

Expat Vern Unsworth was also made an MBE.

Reacting to the announcement, Mr Unsworth said: This was a team effort and Im very honoured to have been recognised, particularly as you dont engage in a major rescue expecting this outcome.

For me, after saving the boys, this is the icing on the cake.

- TRIBUTES were paid to popular caravanner described as a true gent who was willing to help anyone.

Paul Edwards, 50, who was an active member of Brean Seasonal Caravanners (BSC), died suddenly at his home in Brynmawr in Wales on December 30.

After his death, Martin Mills, chairman of BSC, said: Paul was a true gent who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

He was one of the first to join BSC and was friendly and popular not just among the Diamond Farm caravan owners but Brean as a whole.

- A FATHER whose son nearly drowned after he left him unattended in a toddler swimming pool so he could go on a flume has was spared jail.

The man, who could not be named for legal reasons, was charged with causing unnecessary suffering of a child under 16 following the incident, in August 2018.

When sentencing the man, Judge David Ticehurst, said: This must have been any parents nightmare.

Judge Ticehurst sentenced the man to an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered 250 of public money be given to Mrs Harding and Emma Aims. He was also ordered to pay 250 in costs.


- TRUSTEES of a community hall in Highbridge have revealed their plans to transform it into a community hub for residents.

The groups 1.5million plan would see the Morland Community Hall in Pearce Drive torn down and replaced with an eco friendly, energy efficient building equipped with modern facilities.

Roger Keen, chairman of the halls trustees, said the building was only meant to be a temporary fixture in the town and it needed to be redeveloped as it had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Speaking after the plans were announced, Mr Keen said: We have looked at the costs of maintaining the hall and making repairs to it but we decided that knocking it down and introducing a new, modern building would be the best option for the Highbridge community.

- THE owners of a Somerset hotel thanked two men, staff and the emergency services for their help after a fire broke out in the bar.

Luke Sturman and Melanie Carr, owners of The Oak House Hotel, in Axbridge, said they could not thank the fire service and local community enough for their help after a candle caught fire to a picture and artificial flowers in the hotels bar area.

Luke said: The really fortunate thing in this incident was that Simon, the manager at the Lamb Inn and a gentleman delivering newspapers heard our alarms and came to the front of the hotel and were met by our duty supervisor, who was evacuating guests.

Their action in tackling the fire selflessly stopped the fire spreading further until the fire service arrived.

We will be eternally grateful to them for this.

- FORMER Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge, Michael Clarke, urged young people to stay safe on the roads after he claimed he had seen a number of children cycling with no lights on around Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.

Cllr Clarke, who is an avid cyclist, said he was concerned newsagents are not checking young peoples bikes to ensure they have the correct safety gear before they go on their paper rounds and said Somerset County Council needed to launch more campaigns to educate young people on road safety.


- A POPULAR Burnham-on-Sea jewellers shut up shop after more than 30 years in business.

Chris J Francis Gold & Silversmiths was based in Bridgwater in the 1980s and 90s before moving to Burnham-on-Sea, where they were based for 20 years.

Traditional jeweller Chris Francis, who is from Bridgwater, was retiring but said he and his wife Cheryl had enjoyed a fantastic 35 years in business.

Chris said: The business has changed a lot over the years but I am just glad we were able to enjoy 35 years in retail, meeting and speaking to people, before online shopping takes over.

- HIGH speed winds and rainy weather failed to dampen the spirits of volunteers who took part in a special beach clean to celebrate the Friends of Berrow Beachs first anniversary.

On March 9, around 30 volunteers took part in the groups third beach clean of the year and recovered sacks full of plastic debris and items including a gas canister and a lightbulb.

The clean-up was a special event for the group as they were celebrating their first anniversary and the groups founders thanked volunteers for their ongoing support and hard work.

Nigel Hoy, one of the groups founders, said: We are really pleased with how much of an impact this group has had on members of the public and would like to thank all of our volunteers who get involved in our beach cleans

- A DEVICE to measure the speed of passing vehicles bought by three parish councils recorded motorists travelling at up to 90mph along a Somerset road.

Burnham Without Parish Council, Mark Parish Council and East Huntspill Parish Council teamed up to buy the 3,000 speed indication device (SID) last year following complaints from residents that vehicles are travelling too fast through Mark Causeway towards Watchfield.

The SID recorded the number of vehicles and speed of traffic in different locations across the three parishes in the first few months of 2019 and the councils said they hoped it would encourage people to reduce their speed.


- HEARTLESS vandals left 10-year-old Ivy Meager feeling disheartened after they pulled down and burned several of her homemade dog poo bag dispensers.

The youngster hit the headlines earlier this year after she was seen putting dog poo bag dispensers made out of plastic bottles at different spots around Burnham and Highbridge in a bid to tackle dog fouling.

The ten year old inspired Burnham and Highbridge Town Council to install dog poo bag dispensers in the two towns and said she had no plans to stop making the dispensers following the incidents.

-A MAN who drove his car at a woman and her two-year-old son and then fled the scene and crashed into a parked car was jailed for 16 months.

Jacob Monaghan, 29, of Stretton Close, Bridgwater, admitted that in July 2018 he breached his suspended sentence after he drove his car dangerously towards a woman and her son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Highbridge and damaged a parked car after he fled the scene.

Judge David Ticehurst sentenced Monaghan to16 months in jail, disqualified him from driving for two years and ordered him to pay 107 in costs.

- THERE was drama in Burnham-on-Sea as emergency services worked together to rescue a horse stuck in the mud.

HM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a horse and its rider stuck on the beach in Burnham-on-Sea.

The rider did not appear to be injured but the horse was stuck and the tide was set to rise.

Rescue units at the scene included Burnham-On-Sea RNLI, Burnham and Weston- super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Teams and BARB Hovercraft. Firefighters also joined to help rescue the horse.

The teams rescued the horse by using strops, lines, manpower, and a winch from the RNLI tractor.


- A CLUB was left devastated but has said it would rebuild after Storm Hannah destroyed their clubhouse causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Brean Land Yachting Clubs wooden clubhouse was blown apart as winds reaching speeds of up to 70mph from Storm Hannah hit Somerset.

The clubs shocked members worked to salvage items from the clubhouse but Derek George, chairman of Brean Land

Yachting Club, said it would cost thousands to rebuild the structure.

- THE Conservatives managed to cling on to power at Sedgemoor District Council to become the only Tory-controlled district council in Somerset.

While Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset and Mendip councils all went to the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives at Sedgemoor fought off opposition to keep a majority of eight seats.

Labour made a couple of gains to make it to 12 seats overall, although the biggest shock saw Mick Lerry, the Labour leader on Sedgemoor District Council, lose his seat by a margin of just 10 votes.

- CANCER survivor Sam Scott opened a new tattoo shop in the heart of Highbridge.

Sam, who had been tattooing for more than ten years, had spent five months transforming a derelict shop in Church Street into Coping Studios and said he was inspired to open the store by his passion for art and a lack of business in Highbridge.


- POPULAR Burnham-on-Sea newsagent G W Hurley celebrated its 100th year in business with a party.

The newsagent, in Burnhams High Street, was originally opened as a bric-abrac shop in 1919 by Colin Morris grandmother, Florence Hurley, who later turned it into a newsagents after being approached by a publisher.

Speaking in June, Colin said: I cant believe we have been here for 100 years, its amazing that we have lasted this long.

- COUNCILLOR Andy Brewer was appointed as the new Mayor of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge.

Cllr Brewer had been a town councillor for five years and said he was passionate about supporting local community groups.

He appointed his deputies as Cllr Peter Clayton, chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and Cllr Nick Tolley and said he was looking forward to meeting community groups from across the two towns and is keen to encourage young people to get more involved in their community.

- MORE than 100 people packed into Burnham-on-Sea RNLIs base to see the crews new Atlantic 85 lifeboat officially named.

Allison Reshad officially named the boat and handed it over to Burnham-on-Sea RNLI.

The boat was funded by avid sailor Brian Sigley, Allisons uncle, who sadly died and left the money for the boat in his will.

The Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian was delivered to Burnham-on-Sea in February and joined the stations smaller B Class lifeboat.

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21 new B.C. craft breweries to watch out for in 2020 – Vancouver Is Awesome01.03.20

Theres no shortage of new breweries in the works all over British Columbia. Heres a look at some of the ones were keeping an eye on for in 2020.

Chilliwack (spring 2020) Agassiz couple Megan McDonald and Kris Schmidt are bringing their take on modern craft styles with a heavy focus on sours to the newly redeveloped Five Corners neighbourhood of downtown Chilliwack.

Port McNeill (2020) Craft beer is coming to the North Island as three local homebrewing brothers plan to convert the former Shell gas station into the regions first brewery using the brewhouse from the now defunct Forbidden Brewing in Courtenay.

Salmo (early 2020) This 126-seat craft brewery is being built in a former bank/church, with seating right in the former vault. Live music, full kitchen and six taps of traditional craft and Belgian-style abbey ales.

Chilliwack (early 2020) Downtown Chilliwack is suddenly the place to be for awesome craft beer, with Field Houses second location set to join Flashback and Bricklayer. Housed in a historic brick building, it will feature a 125-seat tasting room, an outdoor patio, full kitchen and its own dedicated brewhouse.

Grand Forks (summer 2020) You know the craft beer revolution has been fought and won when eve Grand Forks is getting into the act. This new craft brewery and tasting room is set to open downtown on Market Avenue any month now.

Victoria (spring 2020) Work is progressing at Victorias most hotly anticipated craft brewery, a collaboration between the people behind Steel & Oak and The Drake Eatery. Word is there will be a rooftop patio in time for summer.

Hornby Island (2020) This aspiring nanobrewery is already contract brewing out of Small Block Brewing in Duncan and hopes to open a modest brick-and-mortar on its namesake island in 2020.

Victoria (early 2020) The owners of the Yates Taphouse are behind this 300-seat neighbourhood brewpub in the new Hudson District development thats currently being held up by permitting delays.

Kelowna (early 2020) Kettle River Brewings former brewer Brad Tomlinson is opening his own metal-themed brewery right next door and its gonna friggin rip.

West Kelowna (early 2020) Test batches are already being brewed at this new West Kelowna brewery that plans to highlight the bounty of Okanagan fruit in its beers.

Langley (spring 2020) This farm-to-glass brewery is growing all its own ingredients on-site, and will even be malting its own barley.

Victoria (2020/2021) Yet another victim of the City of Victorias red tape nightmare. This massive 12,000-sq.-ft. facility planned for Vic Wests Dockside Green development will include a brewery, distillery, pizzeria, rooftop bistro and even an art gallery. Itll be amazing, if the city ever gets around to approving it.

Hope (early 2020) The thirsty denizens of Hope are no doubt anxiously awaiting the arrival of the towns first craft brewery, which will give travellers another reason to visitother than filling up their gas tank.

Penticton (summer 2020) Construction has begun at Pentictons soon-to-be newest brewery, brought to you by the good folks behind Yellow Dog Brewing. Neighbourhood will be one of the few purpose-built breweries and tasting rooms in the province. Beers are already being contracted brewed around the corner at Bad Tattoo Brewing.

Port Coquitlam (early 2020) The former mayor of Port Coquitlam is partnering with the owners of Orrange Kitchen + Bar to bring a brewery and barbecue joint to downtown PoCo.

Nanoose (spring 2020) This farm-based brewery and restaurant has been navigating all manner of bureaucratic red tape hell for the past year, but it looks like its brewery application has been approved, so expect a new for this beloved local

Kelowna (summer 2020) Unfortunately construction delays have pushed back the opening of Shorline, located across from Gyro Beach on the groundfloor of the massive new Shore development. Expect seating for close to 100 people in its tasting room, with another 100 on its expansive patio.

North Vancouver (2020?) The award-winning contract brand got its start at Callister and is currently based out of Container Brewing. Word on the street is that a brick-and-mortar brewery is on the way, with North Vancouver as the likely destination.

North Vancouver (2020?) Named after Lynn Valleys original moniker, Shaketown is coming to Lower Lonsdale and features the great David Varga (formerly of 33 Acres Brewing) at the helm. More great news for the North Shore.

Qualicum Beach (2020?) This craft brewery will be the centerpiece of the new East Village development in downtown Qualicum Beach.

Burns Lake (spring 2020) Not to be confused with Minnesotas Ursa Minor Brewing, this tiny farmhouse brewery is located 60 km south of Burns Lake on Ootsa Lake, roughly in the middle of nowhere, and will be growing many of the ingredients it uses in its beers.

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The most gripping Coast stories of 2019: PART THREE – Sunshine Coast Daily01.03.20

March 1

SUNSHINE Coast man Brendon Johnsson was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars in Bali for possession of cocaine.

The sentence was less than the eight years demanded by prosecutors but just over the mandatory five years for possession of more than five grams of a class one narcotic.

Johnsson was convicted of possessing 11.6 grams of the drug.



March 2

TWO months after 21-year-old Chris Brace was hit by a car, he remained in hospital fighting for life. In the early hours of January 6, he was walking home from a mate's place on Aerodrome Rd, when he was struck by a passing car.

He suffered critical injuries and would have died if the motorist behind the wheel had not stopped and called emergency services.

His heartbroken father Dave said his son initially had spent 17 days in the intensive care unit and needed a "miracle" to make it.

21-year-old Caloundra man Chris Brace in a Brisbane hospital fighting for his life after a horrible accident on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore in January.

March 4

CAMERON Toy was on the Coast for a boys' weekend but left the region as a hero after saving a teenage girl who was minutes away from certain death.

Mr Toy was walking on the popular Noosa National Park trail en route to Hells Gate when he saw a girl, who he believes was attempting to get a selfie, swept off her feet and out of sight.

Without a second's thought for his own safety, Mr Toy braved the high seas and came to the girl's aid.

He remained with the girl, who had sustained "horrific-looking" lacerations, until Surf Life Saving Queensland authorities and paramedics could assist.

March 5

TWO fishermen and a dog had a lucky escape after a massive wave sent them "beyond recovery" at the Noosa bar crossing.

A video posted by Fishing Noosa shows the tinnie heading out to sea through rough surf.

"They were almost out when a couple of waves stood up right out back," Fishing Noosa said.

"A smallish one set them up and a boomer took them beyond recovery point."

The footage shows the boat being blasted into the air, and then disappearing behind the huge swell.

The men are then seen floating alongside the overturned boat while drifting back to shore.

No one was hurt in the incident, and strong currents pushed the boat and its passengers on to the North Shore about 15 minutes later.

March 6

WHAT was meant to be a visit to see relatives in the United States turned into a nightmare for a Sunshine Coast woman after she was detained at Honolulu Airport on Oahu and then locked in a federal maximum security prison for two days before being returned to Australia.

March 7

A HORSE trainer was found not guilty of serious animal cruelty following a three-day trial in Maroochydore District Court. The jury returned the verdict in the case of David Ronald Gafa in the early evening of March 6. Mr Gafa's charges stemmed from the way a two-and-a-half-month-old foal named Bonny was treated at a veterinarian's Valdora property on November 18, 2016.

March 8

THE firm dealing with the liquidation of Rebl Corp's subsidiaries revealed how many staff were left without jobs after a shock closure the week prior. Rebl Corp, which included Media Rebl, Digital Rebl and Business Rebl, helped businesses "create and deliver engaging videos, social media content, digital marketing solutions, and extensive business systems".

Rebl Corp closed the doors of its Nicklin Way premises on February 28 and Digital Rebl and Media Rebl were put into liquidation under the care of Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants the next day.

Worrells' liquidator, Dan Hammond, said "40-odd staff" were terminated prior to his appointment.

March 9

KOALAS face extinction and southeast Queensland is on course for a Darling River-style ecosystem collapse until a halt is called to development, according to a leading academic.

Dr Frank Carrick, a University of Queensland Honorary Professor and one of Australia's leading koala experts, said the idea development could go on the way it had without limit was nonsense.

His concerns come as new data showed the SEQ region would grow by another two million people during the next 25 years.

March 11

ONE Nation's Fairfax candidate Paul Henselin launched an attack on Ted O'Brien over funding for the Buderim Men's Shed.

Mr Henselin called on Mr O'Brien to "please explain" claims he personally secured over a million dollars in Federal Government funding for the community group.

The attack was launched after Mr O'Brien erected a sign at the Men's Shed which said he'd delivered over $1 million for the organisation.

But Mr O'Brien, the LNP Member for Fairfax, refused to get into a slanging match, acknowledging the advocacy of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who he said had even announced the federal funding without him.

March 12

"KINKY sex" between a 48-year-old man and 19-year-old man was said to be at the centre of a deprivation of liberty case in Noosa bushland over the weekend of March 9 and 10.

The older man, his 16-year-old daughter and an unrelated 19-year-old man are all co-accused of holding the victim against his will and repeatedly assaulting him at an Eenie Creek, Noosaville camp site for two days until he escaped early on Sunday.

The trio appeared separately before the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on March 11, each charged with deprivation of liberty and assaults occasioning bodily harm.

March 13

THE girls were just toddlers, no older than three, when they were allegedly subjected to harrowing sexual abuse at the hands of their parents.

The details of the alleged crimes are of the most horrific and unforgiving nature - so horrific, we refuse to publish them.

It is not often, if ever, we choose to withhold accusations from court proceedings.

The trial of the couple - who can't be named to protect the identities of their respective children - started yesterday in Maroochydore District Court where the pair pleaded not guilty to a string of sexual abuse charges.

March 14

A POLICE investigation has been launched after a teacher allegedly struck a student twice in the head at a prominent Sunshine Coast high school on March 12.

The Year 9 student, who declined to be named, attends Kawana Waters State College and claims he was "punched" by the teacher on the school oval.

A source close to the student told the Daily that the student sustained swelling and bruising to his face and jaw in the alleged assault.

March 15

A MAN shot in the head at close range is lucky to be alive and his brother charged with attempted murder after an altercation at a Sunshine Coast property.

Mark Spencer, 36, was charged with more than 20 offences including the shooting of his 42-year-old brother in the mouth through the windscreen of a car on February 2. Sunshine Coast District CIB officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said it was a "matter of luck" the man had survived after being shot with a .22 rifle at a Curramore property.

March 16

LETTING her daughters ditch school was an easy decision for Jenny Oakley, who said it was time for them to stand up and ask the questions instead of answering them.

The proud mum-of-three was one of hundreds of parents, grandparents and family supporting students who walked out of class to strike for action against climate change.

The Sunshine Coast Schools Strike for Climate Change event at Peregian Beach linked with tens of thousands of students globally who used their voices to demand politicians take them, and the Earth, seriously.

Gympie State High School student and St Patrick's College student Shellie Joseph and Echo Hunter-Demecs.

March 18

HUNDREDS braved the rain in a candlelit vigil for the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attack at Christchurch.

The Stand Together for Christchurch event was held so people in the community could stand "united as one"to pay their respects to the 50 lives lost.

More than 200 people gathered at the top of Alexandra Headland under "crying skies" to remember the fallen and stand behind the Muslim community.

Vigil for the Christchurch Massacre.

March 19

A BIKIE with a violent, drug-riddled past was jailed after he repeatedly threatened two sisters who identified him as the driver in a police pursuit.

The "1%" tattoo behind Aaron Ryan's right ear was clear from the Maroochydore District Court dock as he pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice via a string of Facebook messages to one sister, and voicemails to the other.

The "1%" is often associated with outlaw gangs, and Ryan's Facebook intro states "Saturdrah MC", an outlaw motorcycle club whose Sydney chapter was shut down in January 2016.

The court yesterday heard police tried to intercept an unlicensed Ryan as he drove the two sisters, aged 28 and 29, following an evening out.

Ryan sped off and let the pair out when they pleaded with him to stop.

March 20

DRUG culture was the leading factor of "consistent" weapon crimes, according to a Sunshine Coast lawyer, in the wake of multiple horrific stabbings that have left people lucky to be alive. Smith Criminal Law senior solicitor Ben Rynderman represented a client "almost daily" for possessing a weapon, saying the offenders were often mixed up in a drug scene.

This comes after two serious stabbings in a matter of days, one where a teenager was left in an induced coma from multiple stab wounds to his chest and arms.

March 21

COMMUNITY consultation was due to begin on proposed new flight paths as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.

The new runway will be able to be used in two modes, dependent on wind conditions.

Airservices Australia had been tasked by council to finalise the flight paths and had put the proposed paths out for community feedback.

March 22

TRIBUTES are flowing for a popular Mooloolaba pilot who was killed in a tragic helicopter crash in remote South Australia.

Kieran Brown, 45, died in the crash, and was believed to be laying cables at the Carrapateena Mine near Woomera when disaster struck.

Mr Brown was the sole occupant in the aircraft - a Europcopter AS350 - but several of his colleagues witnessed the crash.

Kieran Brown, 45-year-old pilot from Mooloolaba, died in a helicopter crash, near Woomera in South Australia, 60 kilometres west of Woomera.

March 23

DOROTHY and Russel Summerfield's Golden Beach home suffered $100,000 damage when a young, inexperienced driver sped off the road, and knocked down two trees and their garage.

The Lamerough Pde couple were in their home at the time and grateful nobody was seriously injured or killed.

The Summerfields said the problem was not unique to their street, and wanted their experience to remind drivers that the speed limit in built-up areas was 50km/h unless otherwise signed.

March 25

AT FIRST glance REIQ's latest report painted a rosy picture for the Sunshine Coast's property market, but a real estate principal put the organisation on notice for playing down the real story.

John Stamp, of Belle Property in Noosa, Coolum and Maroochydore, said he spat out his Saturday morning porridge reading the Queensland Market Monitor report. He demanded a meeting with REIQ to discuss the report's findings.

The report noted that over the year ending December last year, Noosa posted an annual median house price growth of 11.7 per cent, but a deeper read showed the median house price actually dropped 8.2 per cent in the last quarter to $680,000.

March 26

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Finding common ground in a near-future nightmare – The Age12.31.19

Indeed, the darkest threads of the story are not big bangs, but little notes which underscore how much is compromised in a world where corporate power, financial disparity, resource shortages and dramatic climate shifts have taken their toll.

In this world, power outages mean more than overhead fans which slow to a stop, or television screens which blink off, but rather complete city shutdowns in which everything falls quiet and the rustle of the trees suddenly takes on a menacing feel. Here, human movement between resource-dead regions and overbuilt capital cities is near-overwhelming, and drones patrol the streets, scanning faces to distinguish between residents and visitors; that is, those who have permission, and those who do not.

Like most narratives in this genre, the material itself comes a little overcooked. In the hands of lesser actors it might all unravel. But Froggatt and Lyons give an emotional complexity to Eadie and Lloyd that quickly draws you into the heart of their pain. Lyons, in particular, is an actor of great nuance. And Herriman, one of Australia's most gifted talents, tears himself apart as a soldier, broken on the battlefield, who has returned to civilian life with his own shattered self barely put back together.

The Commons is a slow play. Earle Dresner's cinematography is rich and compelling, as is Tim Ferrier's production design, which captures sharply the fractured, near-future world. The story unfurls calmly, almost clinically, but smartly stays tight on the human notes - Eadie's fertility, Ben's sanity without losing its way in the political and social themes.

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Horror film "The Crazies" (1973) was remade in 2010, starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, and Danielle Panabaker.

The movie centered on a town in which the inhabitants mysteriously became infected and carried out horrific acts, from shooting innocent people to setting homes on fire.

The remake was praised by critics, earning a score of 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In 2010, Tim Burton directed a live-action remake of Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" that starred Mia Wasikowska as the titular character and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.

The original animated Disney movie was released in 1951.

The remake, which centered on Alice returning to Wonderland, also starred Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen.

Sam Worthington starred as demigod Perseus in a remake of the 1981 movie "Clash of the Titans."

Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Gemma Arterton also starred in the 2010 movie, which earned a critics score of 27% and a fan rating of 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Iconic 1984 horror movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was remade in 2010 starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.

The remake starred Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and Kellan Lutz.

Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, and Regina Hall starred in the 2010 remake of "Death at a Funeral."

The original movie was released in 2007, directed by Frank Oz. "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage appeared in both movies.

Russell Crowe starred as the titular character of a 2010 "Robin Hood" remake.

Cate Blanchett and Oscar Isaac also starred in the movie.

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan teamed up for a remake of "The Karate Kid," which hit theaters in 2010.

Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita starred in the original 1984 film of the same name, which had two sequels.

Spring breakers feared for their lives in a 2010 remake of "Piranha" (1978), titled "Piranha 3D."

The remake starred Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, Ving James, and Jerry O'Connell.

Chlo Grace Moretz and "X-Men's" Kodi Smit-McPhee starred in a 2010 remake of "Let the Right One In," titled "Let Me In."

The original movie was released in 2008.

The remake, which was directed and written by Matt Reeves, was praised by fans and critics. "Let Me In" earned a critics score of 88% and an audience rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie starred in 2010's "The Tourist," a remake of the 2005 French film "Anthony Zimmer."

Critics and audiences weren't big fans of the remake, but it nabbed three Golden Globe nominations.

Amber Heard and Odette Annable starred in a 2010 remake of "And Soon the Darkness."

The original thriller film was released in 1971.

Hailee Steinfeld's breakout role was in the 2010 film "True Grit."

The original movie of the same name was released in 1969 and starred John Wayne and Kim Darby.

Both films were praised by viewers, and Steinfeld received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Mattie Ross.

Jack Black starred in 2010's "Gulliver's Travels," one of many film adaptations based on Jonathan Swift's 18th century novel of the same name.

The film also starred Emily Blunt and Jason Segel.

In 2011, Jason Statham starred as Arthur in a remake of "The Mechanic."

The role was previously played by Charles Bronson in a 1972 film of the same name.

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender starred in a 2011 film adaption of Charlotte Bronte's novel "Jane Eyre."

Previous adaptions of "Jane Eyre" were released in the '30s, '40s, '70s, and '90s.

Cult classic "Fright Night," released in 1985, was remade in 2011.

In the 2010s version, late actor Anton Yelchin portrayed Charley Brewster and Colin Farrell played Jerry, his next-door neighbor who was a vampire.

James Marsden and Kate Bosworth starred in a 2011 remake of "Straw Dogs."

The original film was released in 1971, starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton starred in a 2011 remake of "The Thing."

Similar to the 1982 version directed by John Carpenter, the more recent film centered on researchers who encountered an alien.

Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig starred in a 2011 film adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

In 2009, Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist starred in another version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Logan Lerman and Orlando Bloom starred in a 2011 movie adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers."

Dumas' novel also served as inspiration for four other "Three Musketeers" films that were released in 1921, 1948, 1973, and 1993.

After wrapping up his run as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe starred in the 2012 horror "The Woman in Black."

In 1989, Adrian Rawlins starred in a made-for-TV film of the same name. Both versions were based on a novel written by Susan Hill.

2008 coming-of-age French movie "LOL (Laughing Out Loud)" was remade in 2012, starring Miley Cyrus.

Demi Moore and "Twilight's" Ashley Greene also starred in the remake.

In 2012, Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale starred in a remake of "Total Recall."

Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in 1990's "Total Recall." Both action films were based on a short story from Philip K. Dick, titled, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale."

Karl Urban starred in a remake of the 1995 movie "Judge Dredd," titled "Dredd 3D."

The original movie starred Sylvester Stallone as the titular character.

Keira Knightley and Jude Law starred in a 2012 movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina."

The movie won an Oscar for best achievement in costume design.

1984's "Red Dawn" was remade in 2012, starring Chris Hemsworth.

The original action film starred Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson.

Leonardo DiCaprio starred as millionaire Jay Gatsby in a 2013 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

The movie got a critics score of 48% and an audience rating of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth played star-crossed lovers in a 2013 film based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

The story has been retold in plenty of films over the years. Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version, which starred Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, won two Oscars and was nominated for best picture.

Stephen King's "Carrie" inspired yet another remake in 2013, starring Chlo Grace Moretz as the titular character.

The horror film also starred Julianne Moore and Ansel Elgort.

Jeremy Irvine starred as Pip in a 2013 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel "Great Expectations."

Four other films based on the book were previously released in 1947, 1974, 1998, and 1999.

Long before appearing in the "Avengers" films together, Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen starred in a 2013 remake of "Oldboy."

The Spike Lee-directed film also starred fellow MCU actors Samuel L. Jackson and Pom Klementieff.

The original "Oldboy" was released in 2003 and directed by Chan-wook Park.

James Thurber's short story, titled "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," served as the inspiration for a 2013 film of the same name.

Ben Stiller starred as the titular role. Danny Kaye portrayed the same character in a film released in 1947.

Quvenzhan Wallis took on the iconic role of Annie in a 2014 retelling of the classic story.

The film was based on the '70s Broadway musical of the same name and earned two Golden Globe nominations.

"Flatliners" was released in 1990 and a reboot hit theaters in 2017, starring Ellen Page.

Like the original film, the most recent "Flatliners" movie centered on med school friends who pushed boundaries so they could experience death.

Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux voiced the main pups in Disney's live-action remake of "Lady and the Tramp.

The film was released on the new streaming service called Disney Plus in November 2019. The animated "Lady and the Tramp" movie came out in 1955.

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The Notable Films Of 2020: CF – Dark Horizons12.30.19

The second volume of Dark Horizons annual film preview guide is here and tackles everything from a classic comedy sequel to a truly ambitious sci-fi epic.

Theres also Marvels most interesting effort this year, a spy thriller through the female focus, a quirky tale about journalism, a high minded sci-fi exploring gender lines, a Spider-Man star breaking the mold, the return of the current Hercule Poirot, and several unnecessary remakes though one at least is trying something different.

Thats not all though as theres the return of a beloved indie female director, a widely celebrated African-American filmmaker, and a famously shunned male studio helmer. Theres also a horror sequel that shakes up its formula, a car espionage sequel which probably wont, a beloved Austen classic turned farce, and a spiritual sequel about a horror icon.

Heres a look at the big films that begin with C, D, E & F to release in 2020:

Call of the WildA new $82 million adaptation of the famed Jack London novel, this adventure tale blends computer-animated dogs and animals with live-action humans to tell its story about a St. Bernard/Scotch Collie cross dog named Buck and John Thornton (Harrison Ford), a prospector searching for gold in the unforgiving Yukon at the end of the 19th century. The film was shot in California, both on location and on sound stages with dogsled racing sequences done digitally. One of the last big Fox projects produced before the Disney absorption, the Mouse House kept the film under wraps until a recent trailer and the very obviously CG Buck raised obvious questions as to why they didnt try live-action. Chris Sanders (The Croods) is directing from a script by Michael Green (Logan), while Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy and Bradley Whitford co-star.

CandymanBernard Roses original 1990s urban horror tale Candyman is a genuine classic, under the skin creepy in a way others of the period simply arent whilst also being able to explore interesting themes such as the impact of mass gentrification and how horror can be birthed from racism, inequality and social and economic neglect. Now comes this project which it has been made clear is NOT a remake or reboot, but rather a spiritual sequel to the first film and one that returns to the original films setting. Jordan Peele, who has had such success with his own social and politically tinged thrillers like Get Out and Us, is an understandable fit even if only in a producing capacity while the underseen Little Woods director Nia DaCosta is an excellent choice. Tony Todd is back, joined by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonnah Paris here in a film which will hopefully reinvent the tale and frighten the hell out of the kids of the current generation.

The Card CounterIts unclear if Paul Schrader will have this feature ready in time for awards consideration in 2020, it hasnt even begun shooting yet, but with the astonishing success of First Reformed there are a lot of eyes on Schraders follow-up. Adding to the heat is Oscar Isaac who is in the prime of his acting career and manhood it seems, the Star Wars star able to jump between any type of project, is celebrated for his successes and often comes out of his occasional dud unscathed. Here he plays a gambler and former serviceman sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Targeting filming in early 2020, heres hoping itll be ready and will continue Schraders resurgence.

Chaos WalkingYoung adult fiction adaptations have often struggled since Twilight, and this take on Patrick Ness work comes armed with a high concept thats hard to explain. The dystopian novel is set on a dangerous planet in the far future in which all women have been killed by a germ and all remaining living male creatures can hear one anothers thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. Tom Holland stars as a young man forced to flee his town with his loyal dog who comes upon a strange sight: a girl (Daisy Ridley). The complexity and difficult to convey premise is well suited for Charlie Kaufman who adapted the initial draft of the script though it has since been polished a few times by numerous names from Lindsey Beer to John Lee Hancock. Director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) helms the film which has many concerned following reports of poor test screenings leading to extensive reshoots and some major delays. With a costly $115 million budget, Lionsgate still hasnt set a date or released any major marketing materials as yet.

CherryThis seems to be the year actor Tom Holland wants you to know hes done playing teenagers and kids. The 23-year-old actor apparently gets his ass out in Chaos Walking, and here he re-teams with his Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo for a true story crime drama based on an acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel. Holland plays U.S. army medic Nico Walker, a man suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour of duty in Iraq. To handle it he becomes addicted to opioids and begins robbing banks. This marks a change of scene for both Holland and the Russos who have also managed to snag the likes of Bill Skarsgard and Jack Reynor in the mix. Intriguingly timed, the film could be released around years end right around the time Walker himself is scheduled to be released from prison.

Coming 2 AmericaA flood of classic 1980s and 1990s films are finally getting follow-ups in 2020, and few are more anticipated than this sequel to Eddie Murphys most iconic comedy. Following their great success with Dolemite is my Name on Netflix, filmmaker Craig Brewer and Murphy reunite for this new take which sees Murphys Prince Akeem learning he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Much of the original cast is back including Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones among others. At the same time, there are some brilliant new additions including Wesley Snipes as an Idi Amin-style villain, Leslie Jones as the mother of Akeems son, Tracy Morgan and more. While theres concern over the film trying for a PG-13 rating as opposed to the R of the original, the first wasnt particularly risque beyond some coarse language. Hopefully, itll prove as well-reviewed as Dolemite.

Come AwayOne of two re-imaginings of J.M. Barries Peter Pan to hit in 2020, the other being Benh Zeitlins more grungy yet fantastical Wendy, this one blends the story with Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland and depicts Alice and Peter as siblings trying to help their parents overcome the death of their eldest son. The film is garnering a lot of attention for its helmer, Brenda Chapman, the first woman to direct a major studio animated feature with 1998s The Prince of Egypt and the first to win an Oscar for Best animated feature with Brave. This, however, is a live-action tale with newcomers in the key roles and the impressive likes of Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Anna Chancellor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine and Derek Jacobi in supporting parts. The film is one of the more high profile mainstream entries at this years Sundance Film Festival.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do ItThis mark the third full entry in The Conjuring universe and eighth overall film in the surprise mega horror franchise. The franchises shepherd James Wan, who directed the first two movies, returns only as producer here with The Curse of La Llorona helmer Michael Chaves directing the new chapter in the story of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). The new film isnt another haunted house tale, rather this time its more of a courtroom drama as a fight for the soul of a young boy then leads to legal case marking the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. The two previous main films have so far been far better than any of the spin-offs, so heres hoping this maintains that standard even without Wan at the helm.

The CraftFor a generation of young women, 1996s supernatural thriller The Craft is a celebrated classic. While not a great film by any means, its still a well-cast tale of a new girl who falls in with a clique of megalomaniacal witches at a Catholic high school. Blumhouse has decided to reinvent the property for the 21st century, bringing in a female director with the solid choice of mumblecore helmer Zoe Lister-Jones and casting it up with some fresh-faced mostly unknowns like Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon and Lovie Simone. The hope is those involved will opt for a remake thats quite different and goes beyond a mere retread as its a tale that could still work today.

Da 5 BloodsComing off his biggest critical and commercial hit in years with BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee teams with Netflix for his next feature outing which looks at the Vietnam war through the perspective of four African-American veterans returning to the country on a personal mission to find the remains of their fallen squad leader and the treasure left with it. So begins a battle against man and nature to reach the site, all while confronting the lasting ravages of the Vietnam War. Lee will likely to take savage satirical swipes at U.S. politics and military action in foreign countries especially the large-scale atrocities that changed the Indochinese region forever. Chadwick Boseman, Clarke Peters, Giancarlo Esposito, Delroy Lindo and Paul Walter Hauser co-star in the film which sounds like one of the films Netflix will push for awards consideration in 2020.

Death on the NileKenneth Branaghs second go-around as star and helmer of a lavish Agatha Christie adaptation takes on one of the Queen of Mysterys best Hercule Poirot stories one which doesnt rely on a gimmicky murder as the previous film did, but rather a genuinely clever tale filled with some wonderfully colorful suspects. This time out Poirot is cruising down the River Nile on a steamboat when an heiress (Gal Gadot) is murdered and anyone on board could be the killer. Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Rose Leslie co-star this time in a film that will have a hard time following the even more star-studded Peter Ustinov-led 1978 adaptation which remains one of the best screen Christies to date (and one of this writers most seminal films).

Deep WaterNo-one is more closely identified with the erotic thriller genre than Adrian Lyne. Though theres been the move into other genres like the original Jacobs Ladder and Flashdance, the handful of films Lyne has directed are known for being socially topical tales of often explicit intimacy including 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, the Lolita remake, and Unfaithful. Nearly twenty years on since his last film, he returns with this feature based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol) and adapted by Zach Helm and Sam Levinson. Ben Affleck stars as a well-to-do husband who allows his wife (Ana de Armas) to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce. He soon becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers. With a superb supporting cast including Finn Wittrock, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi and Rachel Blanchard, itll be interesting to see if Lynes work will once again crossover into the cultural zeitgeist.

The Devil All The TimeThe Sinner creator and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos helms this adaptation of Donald Ray Pollocks novel about a group of bizarre and mentally disturbed characters and how their lives unfold from the end of World War II to the 1960s in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia. Amongst them are Robert Pattinson as a spider-handling preacher, Tom Holland as a young man with violent tendencies, Sebastian Stan as a corrupt sheriff, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, and the young mans war veteran father offering blood sacrifices to cure his sick wife. Mia Wasikowska, Haley Bennett, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgard and Mia Goth also star in this very Flannery OConner-esque sounding bit of Southern (or rather mid-west) Gothic fiction and could prove a critical hit for Netflix who will probably screen it at a festival first before a late in the year release.

DhakaChris Hemsworth and hia Avengers helmers Joe and Anthony Russo come to Netflix with all three producing and the Aussie hunk starring in this gritty US-Indian action thriller co-production which Joe wrote. David Harbour, Derek Luke and numerous Indian actors co-star in the story with Hemsworth playing the wonderfully named mercenary Tyler Rake who is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a Bangladeshi businessman. Shot partly in India and mostly in Thailand, stuntman Sam Hargrave makes his feature directing debut on the film which isnt to be confused with the other Russo brothers-produced Iraq set Mosul which has already played at festivals. Netflix is still keeping this under wraps and hasnt set a date as yet.

DolittleBoasting a massive $175 million budget and hit by reports of production problems, the long-delayed new take on the Doctor Dolittle story arrives in cinemas in January with a whole lot of baggage. Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan helmed the project during the main shoot, a scribe and filmmaker with little experience with VFX-heavy features. Poor test screenings reportedly led to some major reshoots and retooling of the film in post with the comedy elements beefed up. Director Jonathan Liebesman and writer Chris McKay are reportedly the ones who helped salvage the troubled issue, though that hasnt been commented on by the studio as yet. What we do know is that Robert Downey Jr. stars in the title role of an eccentric veterinarian who can speak to animals and sets sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure for an ailing Queen Victoria. Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent co-star on-screen while Rami Malek, Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Jon Cena, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani and more lend their voices.

Dont Worry DarlingMaking the jump to directing proved a smart move for Olivia Wilde, the actress comedy debut feature Booksmart launching this year to rave reviews and so a lot of interest is there right off the bat for this second feature from her which jumps over to the thriller genre. Z-Grade movie duo Shane and Carey Van Dyke penned the original script which Wilde and her Booksmart co-writer Katie Silberman have rewritten and will produce alongside Roy Lee (IT). Wilde will also star in the film which centers on a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath. New Line picked up the property after a fierce bidding war and filming is expected to take place shortly itll be tight but this could make it for the end of 2020.

DoormanMidnight Meat Train director Ryuhei Kitamura helms this action thriller in which current Batwoman star Ruby Rose plays a Marine who returns from combat looking to heal from the traumatic events she witnessed and becomes the doorman at a labyrinthine, historic New York apartment building. When a gang of thieves plot to snatch precious art hidden in the buildings walls, she becomes all that stands between the crooks and the lives of the residents. Theres an eclectic global cast on hand including the Australian Rose along with French actor Jean Reno, U.K. actor Rupert Evans, Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, U.S. actor Julian Feder, Japanese actor Hideaki Ito and Danish actor David Sakurai. Hopefully, itll be trashy fun.

DownhillOne of the oddest film greenlights of recent years, Fox Searchlight has decided to remake Ruben Ostlunds celebrated Swedish drama-comedy feature Force Majeure, and has done so with the unexpected pairing of Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The dark comedy deals with the wake of an avalanche during a ski vacation that throws a seemingly picture-perfect family into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate life, and how they truly feel about each other. The hiring of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Way Way Back) to direct and Succession creator Jesse Armstrong to pen the script suggests is a good sign, and Ferrells casting as the spineless and self-absorbed father is spot on, but its a wait on the reviews front for this one going by a recently released underwhelming trailer.

DreamlandArbitrage and Tyson writer/director Nicholas Jarecki helms this Traffic-esque take on the drug world, or more specifically the opioid epidemic of modern times. One story has a drug trafficker arranging a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S., one has an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction who tracks down the truth behind her sons involvement with narcotics, and one has a university professor battles unexpected revelations about his research employer a drug company with deep government influence. Armie Hammer, Gary Oldman, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Sam Worthington, Mia Kirshner and Kid Cudi co-star in the film which will likely try for a festival debut ahead of a release.

DrukThe long awaited re-teaming of Mads Mikkelsen and his The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg sounds like more of a comedy than their last pairing. Here, Mikkelsen plays a Norwegian high school teacher who believes that man is born with a blood alcohol level that is 0.5% too low. As a result, a group of his friends are inspired by the his theory and embark on a drinking experiment to maintain a constant alcohol impact in everyday life. The result is positive in the beginning, until it becomes clearer their daring has consequences. Maria Bonnevie, Thomas Bo Larsen and Susse Wold co-star in the $5 million Danish-language feature which Vinterberg has been discussing on and off for several years.

DuneThe legendary first novel in Frank Herberts Dune saga has had one film and one mini-series adaptation to date, both of which were noble failures and left the door open for hopefully this definitive take. The story of House Atreides and House Harkonnens vying for control of Arrakis is certainly far too rich and dense to do as a single film, which is why Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures are smartly approaching this as the first of a planned two-film adaptation. Celebrated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who has proven he can handle high minded sci-fi with Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, helms the new take which boasts one of the most remarkable casts assembled this century including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya and David Dastmalchian. Combined with a superb crew including cinematographer Greig Fraser and composer Hans Zimmer, this is at or near the very top of many peoples most anticipated films list of next year (myself included), and its taking the Star Wars mid-December release slot where it will hopefully succeed enough to give us the second film.

The Education of Fredrick FitzellDylan OBrien, Maika Monroe, Hannah Gross, Emory Cohen, and Keir Gilchrist lead the cast of Christopher MacBrides second film which is about a late 20s something going through an existential crisis as hes on the precipice of full-blown adulthood. A chance encounter with a man from his youth sees him unravel a long-hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has now followed him into adulthood. Past, present and future begin to intersect and parallel each other in this twisted tale which aims to surprise. Expect either a festival debut ahead of a quick streaming premiere.

EmmaJane Austens matchmaking comedy of manners in Georgian-Regency England gets a yet another adaptation with The Witch and Split breakout Anya Taylor-Joy taking on the role of the young woman who delights in making matches for others, even as her lack of experience and conviction leads her to some serious mistakes. Its a property that has been done plenty of times before, most notably in the 1990s with both the modern-set remake Clueless and the all too serious Gwyneth Paltrow version. This period take, which hails from photographer turned filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, seems to play up the comedy aspects of the story much more than the emotional pathos. Theres also a stellar supporting cast including Bill Nighy, Josh OConnor, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves and more. Could be fun.

Enola HolmesA young adult take on Sherlock Holmes, this time the focus shifts to a younger sister named Enola with Stranger Things alum Millie Bobby Brown taking on the title role of a character said to be just as smart as her older brother. Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin play Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes respectively the hunkiest version of the brothers to date. The pair are joined by Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour and Burn Gorman in this adaptation of the Nancy Springer book series which was shot in the UK earlier this year for Legendary Pictures. Boasting a script by Jack Thorne, and helmed by Harry Bradbeer, Warner Bros. Pictures will release the feature sometime in mid-late 2020.

Enter the Fat DragonA sort of remake of the 1978 cult classic of the same name, Donnie Yen takes on the title role this time out. He plays an exemplary Hong Kong Police Special Task Force agent who is dumped right before his wedding. Heartbroken, he indulges himself in food to relieve his pain until hes up to 300 pounds. Staying in his job, he is assigned to a case of escorting a criminal to Japan. Wong Jing helms and co-stars in the film which has also cast Sandra Ng, Niki Chow and Teresa Mo. Much of the film was shot in Japan and will start opening up across Asia late next month.

EternalsMarvel Studios big gamble for 2019 is this adaptation of one of its most cosmic and fantasy-fuelled titles as it deals with the titular race of immortal beings who have lived on Earth for millennia and have shaped its history and civilizations. The hiring of The Rider director Chloe Zhao is a major coup, as is the hugely international cast from Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, to the newly buffed up Kumail Nanjiani, to former Game of Thrones alums Richard Madden and Kit Harington along with some of the next generations rising talents like Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan and Brian Tyree Henry. Marvel is in an unassailable position at this point, and this should be a welcome test of just how much they can take risks with the megafranchise and maybe deliver something we genuinely havent seen before.

Everybodys Talking About JamieA film adaptation of the hit West End musical, the story follows a sixteen-year-old teenager as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen. Newcomer Max Harwood takes on the lead role, though the casting coup here is Richard E. Grant as Hugo, the drag queen attire shop owner who previously led a life as the famed drag queen Loco Chanelle. Sarah Lancashire and Laura Patel co-star in the film which was produced by Fox and thus will be released in October by Disney giving the Mouse House, often heavily criticised for its complete lack of LGBT representation, a film they can finally point to and claim they did.

The Eyes of Tammy FayeWhen it comes to TV evangelism, no-one will ever top the world-famous and infamous Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker. The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter helms the Fox Searchlight film which is a narrative remake of the 2000 documentary of the same name and one potentially going for awards consideration. The film will explore the deeply controversial couple through their rise and fall over the 1970s and 1980s. From humble beginnings with Jim as a Southern Baptist pastor to their creation of the largest religious broadcasting network, it all fell apart with Jim indicted, convicted, and imprisoned on numerous counts of fraud and conspiracy along with being the subject of a serious rape allegation. The late Tammy Faye herself proved far more interesting, a glamourpuss with moral views that diverged from many mainstream evangelists and a major acceptance of the LGBT community at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield play the Bakkers here with Cherry Jones, Vincent DOnofrio, Sam Jaeger in supporting roles.

FallingBeloved actor Viggo Mortensen makes his directing debut on this drama which wil have its world premiere at Sundance next month. The actor also penned and stars in the film in which he plays a conservative father who moves from his rural farm to live with his gay sons family in Los Angeles. Mortensen has said the project, shot for cheap, is a very personal one for him and was inspired by his thoughts in the wake of the passing of his parents. Borg vs. McEnroe breakout Sverrir Gudnason plays the gay son while Mortensen has managed to recruit an excellent supporting cast including Laura Linney, Lance Henriksen, Terry Chen, Hannah Gross, and in a potentially amusing cameo David Cronenberg as a proctologist.

False PositiveWhile plot specifics are under wraps, this horror comedy from A24 should be a welcome mix of the absurd and the terrifying along with being a welcome change of pace for Broad City breakout Ilana Glazer and comedy series director John Lee (Pee-wees Big Holiday, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle). Coming together super quick earlier this year, the film boasts a fairly eclectic cast including Pierce Brosnan, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Sophia Bush, Josh Hamilton and Glazer herself. Theres no telling what well see but whatever it is, it should be interesting.

Fantasy IslandClassic 1970s series Fantasy Island is not the kind of series that would work in the modern age with a straightforward adaptation, therefore the team at Blumhouse and Kick Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow have opted to approach this adaptation from a different angle playing up the horror thriller, sci-fi and darkly comic elements rather than the more feel good nature of the original. This means no Tattoo, while Mr. Roarke (played by Michael Pena in a welcome change of pace) is a sinister master of ceremonies figure who makes the secret dreams of the guests at his remote tropical resort come true turning their fantasies into nightmares. Along the way the guests, including the likes of Maggie Q, Ryan Hansen, Lucy Hale and Michael Rooker, have to solve the islands mystery in order to escape with their lives. A fun diversion but hopes arent high.

Fast And Furious 9The ninth and potentially second last entry in the main Fast and Furious series changes things up and should hopefully be a bit of a return to form after the bombastic nonsense of The Fate of the Furious. Franchise series scribe Chris Morgan is out as writer, those duties being handed over to Kin scribe Daniel Casey. Meanwhile, the franchises best director Justin Lin, who helmed the third through sixth films, makes a welcome return. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are out for this entry, with the likes of John Cena, Finn Cole, Michael Rooker and Cardi B filling in supporting roles along with returnees like Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Jordana Brewster. Plot specifics are entirely under wraps at this point.

The FatherOlivia Colman, Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots and Mark Gatiss lead the cast of this Sundance premiering film adaptation of French novelist and playwright Florian Zellers play Le Pere. Zeller himself is directing the feature in which Hopkins plays a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Colman). Yet such help has become essential, following Annes decision to move to Paris with her partner. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality. Could be one of the breakouts of this years Sundance, certainly it sounds like one of its most potential commercial hits.

FatherhoodMatt Logelins celebrated 2011 memoir Two Kisses For Maddy gets a film adaptation with this Kevin Hart-led family dramedy that will potentially deliver a chance to see Hart in a very different light. In the film, Logelin and his very young daughter Madeline move to India for two months after his wife and her mother Liz died suddenly the story deals with their experiences living in another country, along with Logelins struggles with solo parenting so early into his young daughters life. About a Boy and American Pie helmer Paul Weitz is adapting and directing the film which also stars Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, DeWanda Wise and Anthony Carrigan. Sony has already set an Easter debut for the film which should begin its marketing push very soon.

Fear StreetSurviving the Fox culling by the skin of its teeth, this is something of an interesting experiment in cinemas with a trilogy of films all set to be released within weeks of each other. The property is based on R. L. Stines Fear Street books which are set in a ficitional town of Shadyside, Ohio and aimed at older teens along with being markedly adult and more violent than Stines Goosebumps series. Leigh Janiak helms all three films from scripts by Kyle Killen with the three movies said to involve different time periods and include characters from different eras interacting including a lesbian teenage couple. The main action is set in 1994 as a group of teenagers find out that the terrifying events that have occurred in their town may be connected to each other and that they may be the next targets. At present, the plan is still to release the films one month apart starting in June.

First CowAcclaimed American quiet cinema director Kelly Reichardt follows up Certain Women with a new film adaptation of half of Jon Raymonds novel The Half Life, the author who penned the scripts for many of Reichardts other films including Night Moves, Old Joy, and Wendy and Lucy. Serving as one of the film films of the recently departed Rene Auberjonois, the new feature follows a cook and a Chinese refugee in Oregon Territory in the 1820s (before the time of Reichardts Meeks Cutoff) who set off on a wild journey together and form a bond in a story that explores tender masculine connection and how much that has been lost with time. Playing the Fall film festival circuit to solid reviews, A24 will release the film in cinemas in March.

FonzoFilmmaker Josh Trank broke through with the great Chronicle and then crashed and burned with the disastrous production and release of the Fantastic Four reboot. Now he finally returns with this New Orleans-shot indie biopic of ruthless Chicago businessman, bootlegger and gangster Al Capone, one strong enough to attract Tom Hardy to the role. Boasting a soundtrack by El-P from Run The Jewels, the story deals with Capone, now in his late forties and following nearly a decade of imprisonment, who has to deal with dementia rotting his mind. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins soon creep into his everyday life. Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan also star in the story which should be surreal and could get quite dark. The project has seen some delays and Tranks behavior of late hasnt helped concern, but it should be interesting whatever the result.

The ForgivenHopefully ready in time for release around years end is The Guard, Calvary and War on Everyone director John Michael McDonaghs next feature which adapts the famed novel by Lawrence Osborne. The story follows the impact of a tragic but random accident on the lives of an English couple who are attending a decadent weekend party at a luxurious desert villa in Morocco. Ralph Fiennes will reunite with his Coriolanus co-star Jessica Chastain as the couple while Mark Strong, Caleb Landry Jones and Sad Taghmaoui co-star in the film which will shoot early 2020 on location in Morocco.

Free GuyThis high-concept comedy follows Ryan Reynolds as a mild-mannered bank teller who comes to the realisation that hes actually a background character in an Overwatch style video game and must rally to save his surroundings when it comes under danger. While it sounds like a spin on Wreck-It Ralph, Reynolds has been strongly praising the feature as the most fun hes ever had on a film far more so than even the Deadpool films. That might be in part due to Shawn Levy who returns after a five-year break from feature directing, or due to the cast which includes his old Green Lantern co-star Taika Waititi along with breakout stars like Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Joe Keery (Stranger Things), Lil Rel Howery (Rel). In any case, its a Summer action blockbuster with a strong budget and based on an original idea something all too rare these days. That it survived the Disney acquisition is also pretty notable.

The French DispatchIn an age when journalism seems to be a professional field in atrophy, along comes the one and only Wes Anderson to deliver a love letter to the field with his usual trademark style. Much like with Grand Budapest Hotel, the name of the game here seems to be a lavish and ambitious period piece this one set in a fictional 20th-century French city and follows the journalists working at an American newspapers small outpost in the country. Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeffery Wright, Elisabeth Moss and more co-star in the film which is likely to debut at Cannes and is one of the most anticipated films of next year by cinephiles everywhere.

The FurnaceThis Australian western marks Roderick Mackays feature debut and teams the likes of David Wenham, Baykali Ganambarr (The Nightingale) and Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek. Set in the 1890s West Australian gold rush, the film deals with the little known history of the Ghan cameleers. They were predominantly Muslim and Sikh men from India, Afghanistan and Persia who provided vital support to exploration, communications and settlement across the Nullarbor Plain and the harshest parts of the Australian Outback where the climate was far too rough for horses. In the story a young cameleer (Malek) forms a partnership with a bushman (Wenham) on the run with Crown gold and they must outwit zealous troopers in a race to reset the gold bars at a secret furnace. This is the kind of film that will target a festival release first before a local then international run.

ALSO COMING IN 2020Also coming is a part live-action/part-animated adaptation of the beloved Clifford the Big Red Dog book series, actor turned producer Justin Baldonis Clouds about a teen with bone cancer who ops to help others, the Dakota Johnson and Ice Cube-led LA music industry-themed ensemble romantic drama Covers, the prehistoric animated sequel The Croods 2.

Theres also Green Wells Dear Zoe about a teenage girl coming to terms with the death of her little sister, the Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan led The Dig about the excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938, the animated feature Dragon Rider based on the Cornelia Funke book, Euros Lyns Sundance drama Dream Horse in which Toni Collette plays a barmaid who recruits her husband (Damian Lewis) and a group of others to assist her in training a racehorse in the Welsh countryside, and the indie thriller Dont Tell a Soul in which two brothers (Fionn Whitehead, Jack Dylan Grazer) match wits with a guard (Rainn Wilson) trapped in a well.

Next comes the Michael Shannon and Nick Robinson-led disgruntled millenials turn to crime drama Echo Boomers, the crime drama The Empty Man about an ex-cop stumbling upon an occult group trying to summon a demon, the teen supernatural romancer Endless about a couple with one stuck in limbo, the Daniel Radcliffe-led Escape from Pretoria about two white South Africans working for the ANC who try a breakout of the notorious Pretoria Prison, the inevitable sequel to the surprise early 2019 hit Escape Room 2, and an adaptation of Carter Sickels 2012 novel The Evening Hour starring Lily Taylor.

Finally theres the Hilary Swank noir piece Fatale about a married man tricked into a murder scheme by a female police detective, Michael Polishs Force of Nature which sees Mel Gibson and Emile Hirsch star in the story of a hurricane heist and the cop that interferes with it, the war drama The Forgotten Battle from 2011s The Thing helmer Matthijs van Heijningen Jr, Rodrigo Garcias Four Good Days about a mother (Glenn Close) helping her daughter (Mila Kunis) through rehab, and the Thanksgiving-themed comedy Friendsgiving with Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings as sisters.


Volume 0-BA Quiet Place Part II, After Yang, All Day and A Night, Ammonite, An American Pickle, An Unquiet Life, Annette, Antebellum, Antlers, Army of the Dead, Artemis Fowl, Ava, Bad Boys for Life, Bad Hair, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Benedetta, Bergman Island, Bill and Ted Face the Music, BIOS, Birds of Prey, The Birthday Cake, Black Bear, The Black Hand, Black Widow, Blithe Spirit, Blonde, Bloodshot, Bobs Burgers: The Movie, Body Cam, Born to Be Murdered, Boss Level, Breaking News In Yuba County

Volume C-FCall of the Wild, Candyman, The Card Counter, Chaos Walking, Cherry, Come Away, Coming to America, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Craft, Da 5 Bloods, Death on the Nile, Deep Water, The Devil All the Time, Dhaka, Dolittle, Dont Worry Darling, Doorman, Downhill, Dreamland, Druk, Dune, The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, Emma, Enola Holmes, Enter the Fat Dragon, Eternals, Everybodys Talking About Jamie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Fast And Furious 9, The Father, Fatherhood, Fear Street, Falling, False Positive, Fantasy Island, First Cow, Fonzo, The Forgiven, Free Guy, The French Dispatch, The Furnace

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Avenged Sevenfold’s The Rev: Joe and Barbara Sullivan Remember Their Son Jimmy – Revolver Magazine12.28.19

This story was originally published in 2010.

Nobody knew Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan better than his parents, Barbara and Joe. They supported him as he grew from a toddler tapping on the coffee table into an inhuman drummer wowing audiences the world over; they were there as a 7-month-old kid who would reach into the fishbowl evolved into one of metal's most hilarious troublemakers. As Jimmy headed towards his teenage years, they met a kid named Brian, later known as guitarist Synyster Gates, who would jam with Jimmy in his bedroom; they knew howler M. Shadows when he was just Matt from the basketball team. They supported their son every step of the way.

But before all that, Barbara and Joe Sullivan bonded as a pair of college sweethearts at Los Angeles Catholic School Loyola Marymount. The couple took trips together to see artists like Donovan, Jethro Tull, and the Who. Shortly after getting married in 1974, they bought a roomy house in Huntington Beach, California, where the Sullivans raised three children and still reside today. On February 9, 1981, Jimmy was born to a father who spun classic-rock records and a mother who adored decorating the house for Halloween. "I remember he took his sweet time coming out," says Joe about Jimmy's first day on Earth. "He came out big and ready to rock."

Barbara recalls, "He was like that from the very beginning at two months old. He loved to bang on things. It would be the table; it would be his sister's head; it would be the bubble-bath bottles on the side of the tub. It was why we got him his first toy drum set to preserve my furniture." Revolver caught up with the still achingly proud parents about the days when "the Rev" was Jimmy, the class-clown middle child who terrified drum instructors, adored Metallica, and annoyed neighbors.

WHEN DID JIMMY'S INTEREST IN MUSIC START?BARBARA SULLIVAN He had a Fisher-Price record player and had some of Joe's rock songs that he liked. He liked to sing [Edwin Starr's] "War" because he could sing "Good God, y'all" and didn't get yelled at. [Laughs]

JOE SULLIVAN What I remember is that when you put on a record and loud rock music comes out, he was so consumed by the excitement of all that. You couldn't even see him smile because it was so intense. He just loved that stuff. He started playing music from that age on, which was, like, 4 years old. Once he discovered that, it was like a disease.

BARBARA Well, he played on a series of toy drum kits every year until he got his real drums at 13. He would beat them up. He was a completely uninhibited drum player. Most kids would give it a few taps but he just played! We tried to get him lessons when he was about 5 or 6 and the guy was petrified he would break his drums. He was hitting the rims too much and you couldn't control him. So we waited until he was about 10 to really give him lessons. It was a gift from God or whatever, but we hooked up with the right drum teacher Jeanette Wrate from Harbor College. She had him performing in a percussion ensemble called Looney Booms. They played on water bottles and brake drums that they found in the automobile junkyard. It was just wild. After Jimmy passed away, I had the group [Avenged Sevenfold] over and I showed them some of the Looney Booms footage and they all went, "Wowthis explains so much!" [Laughs]

WHEN DID HE FIRST DISCOVER HEAVY METAL?BARBARA From the get-go. [To Joe] How old was he when you took him to that Metallica concert? 10?

JOE I believe he was 12, but the only reason we went was because he was already listening to them. He was always in his room studying the music. From Metallica, he went to Pantera and Slayer, and so on. It just got faster. He was always writing and trying to play the songs himself. Dream Theater came a little later and he loved Suicidal Tendencies. We went to see Metallica play at an outdoor festival with Suicidal opening up and when Fight was just brand new. The band Candlebox also played, and I felt bad for them because everyone threw their shoes at them When Metallica went on, I had him up on my shoulders and he knew every song. It was a real highlight for us, because we got to share that moment. Suicidal Tendencies was more of an inspiration than anything else because Jimmy would practice all of their stuff. He later got into their offshoot, Infectious Grooves, and the more humorous, left-field kind of rock like Primus.

BARBARA I loved Primus. I remember Jimmy and I would listen to Primus going back and forth to his drum lessons. I actually took him and Brian to a Primus concert. [Laughs]

WHEN DID YOU FIRST MEET THE AVENGED SEVENFOLD GUYS?BARBARA Well, Matt and Brian knew Jimmy when they were 10-year-old kids. They played basketball together, hung out together, and got in trouble together.

WHAT WAS THE WORST TROUBLE THEY GOT INTO AS KIDS?JOE Well, I remember when we had the wake for Jimmy, we gathered the band and a lot of the friends from Huntington Beach who all told some stories. Matt told a story where we went, Are you kidding me? [Laughs] We knew Jimmy would sneak out of our house and my wife would catch him all the time to go to Matt's, which he wasn't allowed to do. The first night he went there, it was time to go to bed and Jimmy had one of those water-balloonlaunching guns or something. That led into them shooting lemons onto the neighbor's roof. Then they shot apples and then potatoes. The guy eventually found it was them, and he started banging on the door and Matt's dad goes, "It can't be them, they were asleep." When he went up to Matt's room, Jimmy ran out of the house. Matt's dad went, "He's not ever allowed back in this house!" [Laughs]

BARBARA It was so hard to discipline Jimmy because we'd all end up laughing. How do you effectively discipline a kid when you're laughing your head off?

JOE In school, they would send him to the office all the time because he was just too damn funny in class! It was hard to be a teacher, a parent or a coach to discipline him because we'd all start laughing.

BARBARA I remember when he was a little kid, and we would tell him, "That's not funny," and he would say, "But it's funny to me!" [Laughs]

JOE That was his classic line, even when he was only three years old. [Laughs] He was pretty obsessive, too, so when he discovered that he could climb trees, he just climbed trees. He would read his schoolbooks but on top of a tree. When he found out he could swing on them, he'd do it until he broke both of his arms. [Laughs] As soon as he discovered he could do something, he had to do it excessively.

BARBARA I heard from multiple people that if you thought you were having a good party, but when Jimmy walked in, now you had a party! [Laughs]

DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU THOUGHT, OH, WOW. OUR SON'S KIND OF FAMOUS?BARBARA I think the most exciting one for him and for me was the first time they played "Bat Country" on the radio. He called me, like, instantly, "Mom, we're on! We're on! You've gotta listen." To hear your son's band on the radio for the first time is really something I don't think for a second Jimmy took any of it for granted. Or felt like they "made it." It was always a work in progress to him. He was excited. He called, "Guess who I'm with?" He was always so excited to meet the guys in Metallica, to hang out with Axl Rose. All these people he had listened to growing up. It was exciting to him.

JOE It was always a wonderful next surprise, a wonderful next step.

BARBARA Jimmy had "Fiction" tattooed on his chest because he said, if anybody was following his life, they'd think it was fiction. It's too good to be true.

TATTOOS WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF HIS LOOK. WHEN DID HE GET HIS FIRST ONE?JOE Ha! Jimmy always dressed really differently. He'd go to high school with the blue shorts, orange and pink socks, a funky polka-dot hat on his head. He looked ridiculous. He went to Hollywood one time, and tourists were taking pictures of him. [Laughs] But he never had any tattoos. And we thought maybe that's his way of being different in the music industry not having any tattoos. I was kind of hoping he wouldn't have any tattoos. He went the longest time with no tattoos, and then one day he came home and on the one inner forearm, he had this tattoo of a coffin full of eggs and the Easter Bunny laying dead on top of it We were hoping he'd stay clean. Because once he comes home with one, one looks stupid. You gotta have a bunch of them Then I think he came home one day with these handcuffs on his neck.

BARBARA I think as parents, you're more concerned with, how are they gonna go out and get a full-time job somewhere with all those tats that they have to cover up? But at the point that he really started getting them there was a confidence there that he was gonna be in the music world the rest of his life, so it wasn't as jarring or disturbing to me as I thought it would be.

DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN PEOPLE STARTED CALLING HIM THE REV?BARBARA That was from the get-go. They started off with stage names instead of their real names. To me, it was more memorable when people started calling him Jimmy Sullivan.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO GO TO THE REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW AND ACCEPT HIS BEST DRUMMER AWARD?BARBARA It was a fabulous experience to see that side of Jimmy's life. We didn't go to that kind of stuff with the band. The parents don't do that. I can't thank Revolver enough for giving me that taste of Jimmy's life.

JOE Going to their shows, as parents, we all hang out way at the back, way up high somewhere. But everybody in that metal genre takes care of people.

BARBARA Yeah, that whole group with goth looks and tats and piercings, they are the nicest people. They really are.

JOE I remember we went to watch Jimmy play once. So there were a couple of bands that went on and Jimmy comes by, just materializes out of the crowd, to see if we're OK at the back. And I made some comment like, "Oh, these guys weren't that good." And he just kind of looks at me, took both shoulders in his hands, and said, "Dad. You never say anything bad about another band." It was like, slap my face, you idiot, I'm judging people and here he's not. That's just cool.

WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE FIRST AVENGED ALBUM WITHOUT HIM, NIGHTMARE? HE WROTE SOME OF IT, AND DREAM THEATER'S MIKE PORTNOY PLAYED DRUMS.JOE Well, it's dark. [Laughs] It's got a lot of his soul in it. The guys had a real difficult time recording it. He's just so present there. They'd been writing it for 10 hours a day for weeks and were just about ready to record when he died. But they said that they needed to do it.

BARBARA And we encouraged them, too The last two tracks on there, one of them ["Fiction"] is just cool because they managed to use some of the garage recording of Jimmy's voice. His last song, he was so proud of it. He played it for me. He called it his masterpiece.

JOE It's just grand Avenged Sevenfold music with lots of double bass, and thank you, Mike Portnoy, for being able to do it. He said, "I want to do this for you guys, because I wanna do it the way he would have done it. It's not gonna be about my ego."

BARBARA It's a good album. There's some darn good songs on there.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT JIMMY?JOE He was a great friend. It seemed like he'd go days without sleeping because there were friends to see.

BARBARA There are literally 30 guys to come up who genuinely look you in the eye and genuinely were his best friend. We had people telling us that he was the only person to visit them in prison. We had people from airlines calling us, saying they knew him because he took the time to talk to them since he flew so much.

JOE We're all blessed to have had him around. I think he lived 50 years worth in his 28. He did all he set out to do, and I guess he finished. He finished big.

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Three memories of cricket in 2019 – The Guardian12.27.19

1) The second Ashes Test: Archer to Smith (Aus 203-6)

It was one of the all-time great performances. Steve Smith scored 144 and 142 in his first Test back after the ban, his mastery of the art of batting complete: the contemptuous pushes and clips to rotate the strike; the boundaries striking a tattoo on the boundary boards as the acceleration towards a winning position inevitably came; the Bradmanesque stats stacking higher and higher. If you couldnt admire the skill some, unaccountably, still cant the will was undeniable. This is what greatness looks like.

It was all happening again at Lords, except that it wasnt. Sure, the numbers were clicking over but England had a weapon, albeit one that was curiously subdued until Jofra Archer started to bowl very fast at Smith and as every batsman in history has shown (even the man up on that lonely statistical summit) the world looks very different when a lump of leather and cork is released 20 yards away at 90mph+ with a licence to

Nobody was quite sure what had happened, but we could all see the outcome. You didnt need to look. You could hear the hush, sense the anxiety, feel your own heart beating too strongly. Smith wasnt just down, he was head down in the dirt and nobody chooses to be there. I had Isa Guha and Mitchell Johnson in my earpiece doing their jobs (brilliantly in the circumstances) but, for a long long time, since time really does stand still for onlookers, we waited.

Smith was standing up, the concern on the field and in the media centre eased and words came. Words such as concussion protocols and impact on the back of the head and hell have to go off, surely.

And (though this might not sit well with some) once we knew we were back in the world of cricket and not the world of nightmares, there also came a warm glow too after England had been roughed up on two successive tours in Australia, we had a little fire of our own.

The game has always demanded courage, sometimes to a reckless extent and Smith reminded us of that. And Archer reminded us that the bat should not, and would not, lord it over the ball all day, every day. Theyll got at it again soon dont miss it.

Jack Leach had battled back from remodelling his action, had a Test match 92 in his locker and was playing for his country. But theres something about a batsman in glasses, with the bald head shiny under the lid and essaying a homespun technique every club cricketer could recognise, that invites a patronising tone.

For all the quips, the giggles behind the hand and the readiness to press the oh well, it was good while it lasted button, this was a man of substance, batting with a man for whom once-in-a-lifetime innings arrived with bewildering frequency.

Ben Stokes had done the heavy lifting, his blitz of boundaries so tilting the world on its axis that everyone around him was making errors thats what pressure does, the other side of the carpe diem cliche. He wasnt just walking the high wire; he was turning somersaults the only man who couldnt see the drop.

But crickets one-man shows need two men and there was Jack Leach, asking for a moment while he polished his glasses and got his heart rate down to, what, 200 beats per minute? For an hour he had run hard, sometimes recklessly and blocked the straight ones and missed the wide ones. His 17th ball brought his one run, his notch in the scorebook, his pub quiz immortality as the scores were levelled.

Naturally, the next ball was pumped to the boundary and Stokes ensured he would be on the front pages as well as the back for the second time in a few weeks and the Australians did themselves credit (as they always do in such circumstances) by acknowledging their vanquisher with the outstretched hand and words of congratulation.

1* doesnt look like much but its a lot more than 0. Ask Jack Leach. Or Ben Stokes.

Dale Steyn was the preeminent fast bowler of the decade, genuinely quick, with the ability to move the ball in the air and off the seam and a ferocious sense of competition that drove him to 439 Test wickets and a case for being the most prolific RF or LF (as opposed to RFM or LFM) bowler of all-time.

The great South African retired in August and left a gap in the argument for the decade to come. His fellow countryman, Kagiso Rabada, has stated his credentials, so too Englands Bajan trident, Jofra Archer. Patrick Cummins of Australia probably leads the pretenders for now and one is never far away from a 16-year-old sensation from Pakistan (22 yards away in Brisbane for Cummins), but perhaps the true heir to Steyns crown grew up in the unlikely surroundings of the bowlers graveyard, Ahmedabad. Equally unlikely, where Steyns eyes would blaze and his blood almost burst through his veins with his fastbowlerness, Jasprit Bumrah smiles his beatific smile and seems permanently surprised at his brilliance.

And brilliance it is. Figures of 5-7 against the West Indies in August sent me scrurrying to YouTube and there was that dainty run before the explosively fast, unnaturally stiff armed delivery that no coach would ever teach (nor, these days, adjust). But there was something else too the strange other-worldliness that the very best in sports, in any area of life really, can conjure. How do you play this ball? Or this one? Or, especially, this one!

Fast bowling is a precarious profession. Youre never more than a stress fracture away from months out or a back strain away from a compromised action. So we should always treasure them while their lights burn brightest. And no light burns brighter than Jasprit Bumrahs or it will once hes back from injury.

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