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The Golden Globes banquet was cancelled after stars made clear they would stay away in support of the Writers Guild of America strike, and the Oscars may face the same dilemma come Feb

by on jul.29, 2019, under Uncategorized

“Oh, we get two of them,” Ethan Coen said when he and his brother were presented with their trophies.

The Coens were only the second two-person team to win the Directors Guild honor, following Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for 1961′s “West Side Story.”

“Ethan and I have a bookshelf in our office where we keep various plaques and such that we’ve gotten over the years that we call our ‘ego corner,’” Joel Coen said.

When brother Ethan is having a bad day, he goes over with Windex and silver polish and “spit-shines his medals for an hour or two,” Joel said. “It makes him feel better.

“This is a really big one, in every respect. It’s going to keep him busy.”

As with Martin Scorsese, who as last year’s winner for “The Departed” presented the award to the Coens, the Directors Guild winner almost always goes on to win the same prize at the Oscars.

The fate of the Oscars remains uncertain, though. Writers, who have been on strike for nearly three months, have refused to work on some major awards shows, among them the Golden Globes, whose ceremony was scrapped for lack of stars.

The Coens’ former cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld, also was a guild winner. Sonnenfeld, whose films include the “Men in Black” series, won a small-screen prize, receiving the award for television comedy for directing an episode of “Pushing Daisies.”

“Mad Men” earned the TV drama honor for Alan Taylor, while Yves Simoneau won the TV movie award for “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

Other TV winners included Glenn P. Weiss for musical variety for “The 61st Annual Tony Awards”; Bertram Van Munster for reality programming for “The Amazing Race”; Paul Hoen for children’s programs for “Jump In”; and Larry Carpenter for daytime serials for “One Life to Live.”

Asger Leth won the documentary honor for “Ghosts of Cite Soleil,” his portrait of two brothers who are gang leaders in a notorious Haitian slum.

Unlike other major honors, such as Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, the DGA ceremony is untelevised, making it a more laid-back gathering of Hollywood’s elite and shielding it from some of the attention the industry’s labor strife has brought to other ceremonies.

The Golden Globes banquet was cancelled after stars made clear they would stay away in support of the Writers Guild of America strike, and the Oscars may face the same dilemma come Feb. 24.

Still, the writers’ strike did cast a pall over the directors’ big night, even though their guild last week negotiated a new contract after just days of meetings with producers. A fair number of Directors Guild members also belong to the writers union, whose strike has shut down TV shows and postponed movies, throwing thousands in the entertainment industry out of work.

Hal Holbrook, nominated for the supporting-actor Oscar for Directors Guild nominee Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” said before the Directors Guild awards that the “strike is becoming really dangerous. They’re losing their homes.”

Many in Hollywood hope the Directors Guild deal will help resuscitate talks between writers and producers, whose negotiations broke down Dec. 7, a month after guild members walked off the job.

Director Julian Schnabel (an Academy Award nominee for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) said, “If there is an Oscar thing and there is no picket line to walk across and if it happens, 카지노사이트 I will come. It depends what happens. I believe the powers-that-be need to share a little bit.”

Amy Ryan, nominated for best supporting actress for “Gone Baby Gone,” said of the strike, “I hope it ends, but more I hope the writers get their due. I think that at the end of the day it’s more important than a party. But I really hope it works out because I would really like to go to the party. I really want to go to the party!”

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His coming-of-age dramedy had been expected to be picked up for distribution during the festival, but was not

by on jul.28, 2019, under Uncategorized

“Frozen River,” a film about a struggling single mother in upstate New York who teams with a Mohawk woman to smuggle people across the Canadian border, is the first feature from director-writer Courtney Hunt. She adapted it from her own 2004 short of the same name.

“Trouble the Water,” about the survival of a New Orleans couple through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, earned the grand jury award in the U.S. documentary competition at the festival, the nation’s top showcase for independent film.

“We had two world premieres this week,” Lessin said.

William H. Macy hosted the awards ceremony Saturday night, opening with an off-color monologue that incorporated the titles of many films at the fest, from “Downloading Nancy” to “Flow: For Love of Water.”

“The Wackness,” starring a loose and lively Ben Kingsley as a psychiatrist who trades therapy for marijuana, won the audience award for favorite U.S. drama as chosen by balloting among Sundance movie-goers.

“Part of what this is about is making a relationship with an audience, not necessarily making a relationship with a studio or agents or whatever,” writer-director Jonathan Levine said dryly. His coming-of-age dramedy had been expected to be picked up for distribution during the festival, but was not.

Sony Pictures Classics purchased “Frozen River,” trade papers reported, for under $1 million. Juror Quentin Tarantino described the film, starring Melissa Leo and Misty Upham, as “a wonderful depiction of poverty in America.”

“It took my breath away and then somewhere around the last hour, it put my heart in a vise and proceeded to twist that vise until the last frame,” Tarantino said.

Swedish filmmaker Jens Jonsson’s “King of Ping Pong,” about two at-odds brothers who uncover their family history over spring break, earned the jury and cinematography prizes in the world cinema dramatic competition.

The world cinema jury and audience awards for documentary went to “Man on Wire,” British director James Marsh’s retelling of French artist Philippe Petit’s daring – and illegal – 1974 wire-walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

“Fields of Fuel,” activist-filmmaker Josh Tickell’s call to break the U.S. from dependence on oil, earned the U.S. audience award for documentaries. Tickell said he made it over 10 years.

Director Amin Matalqa’s “Captain Abu Raed,” which Sundance said was the first feature film from Jordan in 50 years, won the world cinema audience award.

“This is a dream,” a breathless Matalqa said at the ceremony.

Alex Rivera and David Riker won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award for “Sleep Dealer.” Rivera, also the director, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for ideas and issues in science and technology.

The U.S. dramatic jury, which included Marcia Gay Harden, Diego Luna and Sandra Oh, presented a special jury prize for work by an ensemble cast to “Choke.” Actors in the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel include Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston.

Among other Sundance honors:

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The prevalence of peanut allergies specifically rose more than three-fold to 1.4 percent of children in 2010, from 0.4 percent in 1997, according to a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

by on jul.28, 2019, under Uncategorized

New guidelines turning conventional wisdom on its head may help prevent life-threatening peanut allergies in future generations of children.

The guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), published today, call for introducing peanuts early into the diets of infants in order to reduce the risk they will go on to develop that allergy.

“This update to the peanut guidelines offers a lot of promise,” allergist Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a statement. “Peanut allergy has literally become an epidemic in recent years, and now we have a clear roadmap to prevent many new cases moving forward.”

According to a 2013 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

The prevalence of peanut allergies specifically rose more than three-fold to 1.4 percent of children in 2010, from 0.4 percent in 1997, according to a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The advocacy group Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) says food allergies result in 200,000 emergency room visits each year. Outside of the hospital, food allergies are the leading cause of anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that disrupts breathing and causes a sudden drop in blood pressure.

“Peanut allergy can be fatal, is usually lifelong and has no cure. Considering a dramatic increase in prevalence of peanut allergy over the past decades, affecting estimated 1-2 percent of infants and young children in the U.S., there is a dire need for prevention,” said Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, an associate professor of pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a researcher at the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Food Allergy Institute.

The new guidelines define high, moderate and low-risk infants for developing peanut allergy, and how to proceed with introduction based on that risk.

An infant is considered high risk of developing peanut allergy if they also have severe eczema and/or an egg allergy. These children should be introduced to peanut-containing foods as early as age 4-6 months if they have already started solid foods, after consulting with a specialist to determine if it is safe to do so. 

“If your child is determined to be high risk, the new guidelines recommend evaluation by an allergy specialist, which may involve peanut allergy testing, followed by trying peanut for the first time in the specialist’s office,” allergist Matthew Greenhawt, ACAAI Food Allergy Committee chair, and a co-author of the guidelines, said in a statement. “If a child is tested and found to have peanut sensitization, meaning they have a positive allergy test to peanut, from that positive test alone we still don’t know if they’re truly allergic. Peanut allergy is only diagnosed if there is both a positive test and a history of developing symptoms after eating peanut-containing foods.” 

Having a peanut sensitivity doesn’t mean an infant has a peanut allergy, the authors stress. In fact, a recent study confirmed, “infants sensitized to peanuts showed the most benefit from early introduction of peanut-containing foods,” Greenhawt said.

Infants with a positive peanut skin test have small amounts of peanut fed to them the first time in the specialist’s office. From there, the family can decide with their doctor whether to proceed with giving the child peanut products or to completely avoid them.

Children considered moderate risk – those with mild to moderate eczema who have already started solid foods – do not need an evaluation, the recommendations state. These infants can have peanut-containing foods introduced at home by their parents starting around 6 months of age. Parents should consult with their child’s pediatrician if they have any questions about how to proceed.

Children with no eczema or egg allergy are considered low risk and can be introduced to peanut-containing foods according to the family’s preference, also around 6 months.

The new guidelines are based off the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study, first published in 2015 and considered to be groundbreaking by the medical community. Prior to that study, allergists recommended that young infants avoid consuming peanuts to prevent allergies. But the results of the LEAP study showed that early introduction of peanuts dramatically decreased the risk of developing a peanut allergy by 70 to 80 percent.

Nowak-Wegrzyn acknowledges that the new method may be anxiety-producing for worried parents, but emphasizes that it will play a key role in prevention.

“The stakes are too high,” she told CBS News. “We cannot cure peanut allergies once it’s there, so if there’s a chance to prevent it, it’s like Benjamin Franklin said, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’”

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