Steve Dayan Wins Big In Teamsters Local 399 Election

EXCLUSIVE: Teamsters Local 399 secretary-treasurer Steve Dayan has won re-election by a landslide, defeating challenger Mitch Masoner by a vote of 1,407-341. Dayan’s slate of running mates also trounced Masoner’s, 1,275-246.
It was a heated and on at least one occasion violent election, with one of Dayan’s supporters allegedly punching one of Masoner’s supporters in the face. Masoner said he cancelled a rally and fundraiser last month “due to the threat of potential…

‘Christine’ Review: Rebecca Hall Gives Commanding Performance as Suicidal TV Reporter

Unlocking the puzzle of suicide is the dramatic engine fueling “Christine,” Antonio Campos’s darkly probing character study of Christine Chubbuck, a Sarasota, Fla., newscaster who made national headlines when she shot herself in the head on live television. Slowly pulling the strands of a fraying psyche as Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall) deals with thwarted ambition, convulsive moods and crushing loneliness, this is exquisitely made downer porn, girded by a strong cast.

But while “Christine” the movie may leave you in a coldly analytical space about sad people — even its dollops of humor have a chilliness — Christine the woman stays with you, thanks to a career-best performance from Hall that’s stark, thoughtful, and mesmerizing. She transforms the highbrow, zoo-like wallow of her surroundings into something resolutely human and heartbreaking.

If you didn’t know who Chubbuck was and how her story would end, you’d have a pretty good idea from “Christine” that life was a pretty difficult thicket for this smart misfit to navigate. As we first get to know her, though, she’s awkward yet dogged, an idealistic local reporter eager to fight her ratings-obsessed boss Michael (Tracy Letts) over keeping her civics-minded “Suncoast Digest” segment a place for pieces that matter, like zoning controversies.

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She practices her interview technique (on an imaginary President Nixon no less), and pointedly asks a friendly colleague (Maria Dizzia, “While We’re Young”) if she nods too sympathetically. In her spare time, Christine even performs puppet shows for sick hospital kids. Though she’s a stiff presence on and off camera, and isn’t good at shielding discomfort in her face or gait, there’s an attractive grit to the intelligence that drives her career hopes.

Privately, however, Christine suffers from an ever-growing self-doubt, fed by her mother’s (J. Smith-Cameron, “Margaret”) subtle criticism and romantic success, and by Christine’s workplace crush on ex-jock anchorman George (Michael C. Hall). It doesn’t help that Michael’s push for juicier, “if it bleeds it leads” stories exacerbates her clashes with him, while the station owner (John Cullum, “Northern Exposure”) threatens to pull the plug even as he’s poaching talent for the Baltimore market.

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Campos is part of the filmmaking collective that brought us “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (directed by “Christine” producer Sean Durkin) and “Simon Killer” (Campos’s last film), movies marked by an unsentimental darkness. “Christine” is no exception, and their fixed gaze on so damaged a soul isn’t for everybody. Campos and screenwriter Craig Shilowich are exacting clinicians, careful to a fault in constructing their downhill maze so that one woman’s troublesome mental health is the focus, even as external factors like casual sexism, changing media mores, and increasingly bewildered colleagues do their part as well.

The smoke-filled, clubby air of a 1970s news station in turmoil and the choked, sullen-teen nature of Chubbuck’s home life are effectively realized through Scott Kuzio’s production design and Joe Anderson’s cinematography, which recall the shadowy, grainy pall of era-specific Sidney Lumet and Alan J. Pakula dramas. The acting adds just the right color, from Letts’s patrician contempt to Michael C. Hall‘s patronizingly flirty tone.

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The movie is Rebecca Hall‘s, though, and it’s a satisfyingly imaginative answer to this year’s other Christine Chubbuck indie, “Kate Plays Christine,” a non-fiction/fiction hybrid that asks if an actor can ever really embody a real person’s narrative. When she’s not suggesting the weight of the world in a crinkled mouth or furrowing brow, Hall is calibrating Chubbuck’s internal disquiet in movingly odd gestures: interrupting a happy couple in a restaurant as if they were specimens worth interviewing, or wandering a work party like a lost child. When she implores her boss to let her report the human side of the catastrophe coverage he so desires, what’s wrenchingly implicit in Hall’s eyes is that human misery is a given she knows all too well; it’s an understanding that the world lacks, that she needs to investigate to save herself.

Hall is so committed and good, she manages to telegram Chubbuck’s most dire choice with the merest change in demeanor, affecting a performed calmness on her secret big day that’s almost eerie. Though Campos’s laser-like focus on Chubbuck as a woman on the verge can sometimes give “Christine” the air of a horror movie — the way he occasionally films Hall, you half expect doors to slam shut telekinetically — he shows welcome restraint depicting his protagonist’s final act, and Hall wisely plays it like a dimming light hastening its extinguishing, rather than as a nut eager for her sensationalized sendoff.

In Chubbuck’s last words to an unsuspecting world before pulling out that gun, she told viewers she was bringing them an “attempted” suicide. Ever the reporter, she had to use that word if, technically, she didn’t truly know the outcome. But it’s also a perfect descriptor for the portrayal Hall memorably lays out, of a life Christine Chubbuck only ever felt she’d attempted, not fulfilled.

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Amazon Launches Unlimited On-Demand Streaming Music Service

Amazon launched its unlimited streaming on-demand music service on Wednesday, which offers a catalog of tens of millions of songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations.

Prime members can pay $7.99 a month or $79 per year for Amazon Music Unlimited. Non-Prime members will need to cough up another two bucks per month. There’s also an exclusive “for Echo” option that drops the cost to $3.99 every 30 days.

Additionally, a Family plan is coming later this year to the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria, Amazon said. That one will allow up to six family members simultaneous access to the service for $14.99/month of $149/year.

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“Amazon Music Unlimited brings real value to the millions of people who are already Prime members, with a choice of subscribing for only $7.99 a month or even $79 per year,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, said in a media release. “Plus, customers are going to love Amazon Music’s all-new app for iOS, Android and desktop.”

“And if you want a sense of the future of voice-controlled music, go ahead and ask Alexa for a free Music Unlimited trial, and play around on your Echo,” he continued. “If you don’t know the name of a song but know a few lyrics, if you want to hear songs from a specific decade, or even if you’re looking for music to match your mood, just ask.”

The redesigned Amazon Music app is available on Fire devices, iOS, Android, Web, PC and Mac.

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Kim Kardashian Robbery Halloween Costume Shelved After Backlash

A Kim Kardashian robbery Halloween costume has been shelved by an online retailer after the company faced swift backlash on social media for selling apparel that would make customers resemble a bound and gagged version of the reality TV star.

Due to the extensive out-lash we have decided to remove the “Parisian Heist” costume from our website. We are sorry if it offended anyone.

— COSTUMEISH (@costumeish) October 11, 2016

People outraged at the costume called it “distasteful” and “insulting,” adding that the robbery is “not something to joke about.”

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A Kim Kardashian themed Parisian robbery Halloween costume, quite possibly the most distasteful and awful thing I’ve seen today. #thatsnotok

— Sophie (@ClassicOyster) October 11, 2016

There’s a Kim Kardashian robbery victim Halloween costume – who in their right mind would buy something so pathetic and insulting

— Becca Ellen (@beccaellendt) October 11, 2016

Someone made a ‘Kim Kardashian robbery victim’ costume for Halloween, I’d like to die and leave this planet for good, now.

— – ̗̀ metronome ̖́- (@mechromanced) October 11, 2016

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The photo of the costume featured someone who looks like the reality star, gagged and with her hands tied. According to Costumeish, the outfit cost $69.99 and came with a “white short sexy robe, long black wig, ‘$4 million dollar ring,’ large sunglasses, fake gag and 2’ of rope.”

“This Halloween it’s all about the #Hallomeme and who better than America’s goddess of all things glamorous ‘Parisian Heist Robbery Victim Costume?’” the explanation on the site read before it was removed, according to US Weekly. “She has devoted her life to promoting American decadence, youth and hedonism but all that flashy living caught up with her one night in Paris when armed men bound her, stole her jewelry and her peace of mind. This Halloween have some fun with pop culture and dress just like the Queen of Social media.”

According to reports, Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her rented apartment in Paris on Oct. 3. The thieves stole millions of dollars in goods from Kardashian, including jewelry.

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On Tuesday, Kardashian sued MediaTakeOut for reporting she might have staged the robbery.

The reality TV star slapped the website with a libel lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming that the site published reports “fraught with unsupported allegations” under “patently false and misleading headlines.”

Costumeish has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. but told Fox411 prior to taking down the costume that the company had “no intentions of taking it down and it has been selling well.”

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“Our deepest sympathy to the family and nobody deserves to go [through] what she did,” the company’s previous statement read. “We are not mocking her, however, Halloween reflects pop culture and celebrities are no different.”

See more Twitter reactions below.

Who decided to make a costume out of @KimKardashian‘s robbery? I don’t even like her and know that’s still not something to joke about

— Alecia (@aIeciaa) October 11, 2016

That Kim Kardashian robbery costume is TRASH.

— thicky ricardo. ???????? (@_Bran_don) October 11, 2016

apparently there’s a kim kardashian robbery halloween costume. that’s fucking disgusting.

— sam (@sambrayne_) October 8, 2016

People in this country are vulgar and disgusting! many of you may not like Kim K, but this is totally not funny!

— jackie (@jackie0506) October 11, 2016

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Baseball on Yom Kippur: The Annual Jewish Challenge (Guest Blog)

As the Washington Nationals attempt to clinch their baseball playoff series against the Los Angeles Dodgers today, another drama is being played out among the owners and fans. The challenge is the annual fall dilemma for those of the Jewish persuasion, deciding whether to observe our holiest day of Yom Kippur or whether to watch or attend a baseball game featuring our favorite team.

One only has to look up the lore about two Jewish baseball players who faced the choice of religion versus being a key to their team’s winning. In 1934, young home run slugger Hank Greenberg (pictured), who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in New York City, chose to go to the synagogue instead of the stadium on Yom Kippur during a pennant race. When he entered, the whole congregation stood up in support of his decision. Even though the Detroit Tigers needed his power and lost that day, Greenberg decided to honor his parents, and the city embraced his decision.

Edgar Guest wrote a poem in the Detroit Free Press: “We shall miss him on the infield and shall miss him at the bat / But he’s true to his religion — and I honor him for that!’”

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Greenberg’s action was even more significant because it occurred in the city that was a hotbed of domestic anti-Semitism. This hall of famer’s story has been the standard for Jewish baseball players and fans for over 80 years.

Children of Jewish families growing up in Detroit annually heard about how Hank Greenberg did not play on Yom Kippur. Our father would tell my brother and me the story religiously on the holiest day to the point that we figured Hank Greenberg was part of Kol Nidre services. (No wonder I spent 13 years making sure a film on Greenberg came to the screen. )

The other famous story of a Jewish baseball player not playing on Yom Kippur, of course, belongs to the Dodgers’ hall of fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, who took a similar stand 31 years after Greenberg did. In 1965, Koufax was scheduled to pitch on Yom Kippur during the World Series, and he also declined his rotation position for religious reasons. This was after the Dodgers relocated from Brooklyn, and Koufax became even more popular among Jewish fans for his decision. Although as a pitcher Koufax could play another day, he is also mentioned with Greenberg as the two major stars who have confronted this dilemma.

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As today’s game at Dodger Stadium continues into the evening, Jewish fans will be speculating if Joc Pederson, whose mother is Jewish, will be playing or not. There are no Jewish players on the Nationals.

There are, however, Jewish owners who I would predict are struggling whether to attend or spend the whole game at the stadium. Two of the Dodgers owners, Stan Kasten and Peter Guber, are Jewish. Maybe Katsen is conferring with Koufax today, since the hall of fame pitcher remains affiliated with the Dodgers.

The newer and exiting Washington Nationals are owned by developer Ted Lerner, who grew up selling magazines to raise funds for bleacher seats to watch the Senators play at Griffith Stadium in D.C. Lerner, who usually does not attend games on Friday nights during the regular season, probably will not be at the stadium today. But we will be praying for him to go on and get a World Series ring at age 91.

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Then, tonight, as Yom Kippur begins, the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs will face off. If retired baseball player Al Rosen, who was GM of the Giants from 1985 until 1992 and died in 2015, were alive today, I’m sure he would have some good advice for Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ amazing general manager, who previously turned around that other long-lamented squad, the Boston Red Sox.

Years ago, Rosen was the general manager of the Yankees and chose to attend the game on Yom Kippur. An angry fan wrote him a letter, saying that he saw Rosen on television at the stadium and criticized the Jewish GM for being there. Rosen told me that he angrily wrote back a letter to the judgmental fan: “Why were you watching television on Yom Kippur?”

Anyway, I’m not sure what Epstein will decide to do, but I admire the man for his baseball knowledge and ability to build up teams for locals who suffer from not winning. Besides, who cannot love a man whose grandfather and great-uncle wrote my all-time favorite movie, “Casablanca.” To paraphrase his relatives, “You will always have Boston if your Cubs lose, Theo!”

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Just like my baseball-fan forefathers and foremothers, I have been racking my brain: what to do about attending services or going to a game as the playoffs were about to begin. Luckily for me, the synagogue that I attend has two services. I will be watching the showdown at 5 p.m. ET and attend later Kol Nidre services at Temple Sinai at 9 p.m.

Hopefully, this match will not go five hours like last night’s game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs and create a conflict for me. No doubt, Jewish fans in both of those cities are racking their brains in this annual Jewish challenge: baseball versus their religion. In the old days, transistors used to be hidden in the tallis (prayer shawl) bags for easy listening to the baseball scores outside the synagogues. Recording the games or checking one’s pocket iPhones are our modern day answer for following the games on the holiday.

This Yom Kippur quandary has also affected the highest court of the land. When I filmed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she explained that Greenberg’s “conscience” not to play in 1934 impacted on the court’s decision not to hold oral arguments on Yom Kippur. The court decided to spare Jewish lawyers this annual potential conflict.

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Wouldn’t it be grand if Major League Baseball could be inspired by the highest court of the land? As Rob Manfred has been such an outstanding Commissioner of Baseball, maybe he could be a mensch and cancel playing baseball on Yom Kippur in the future, thus wiping out this decades old conflict. We would all be so grateful. And I am sure all the players would welcome the 24-hour rest.

Aviva Kempner made “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” and is now filming a feature documentary on spy catcher Moe Berg. A DVD of her latest film, “Rosenwald,” with an additional disc of over three hours of extra material will be out in February.

Billy Bush Is Negotiating Exit From NBC and ‘Today’ (Report)

NBC’s “Today” show co-host Billy Bush is expected to exit the network following the controversy surrounding a decade-old tape that surfaced Friday of the TV personality making lewd sexual comments with Donald Trump, according to CNN.

“Billy Bush’s departure from NBC and the ‘Today’ show is a matter of when, not if,” CNN’s Brian Stelter reported, citing sources at the network.

The former “Access Hollywood” host is believed to be negotiating an exit from “Today,” which he joined earlier this year.

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An NBC spokesperson declined to comment.

Stelter said Bush was a rising star but “his star has collapsed” and even mentioned that a previously scheduled party for Bush with his “Today” colleagues has been canceled.

CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin’s response when hearing the news was, “This is huge.”

On Friday, The Washington Post published a video tape of Trump on a hot mic boasting to Bush about kissing, groping and having sex with women, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do anything  … I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” he said. “Grab ‘em by the p–y.”

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Bush is heard throughout the tape agreeing with Trump and even egging him on. Bush came forward to immediately apologize on Friday after the tape was leaked, saying he was “embarrassed and ashamed” of his behavior.

However, “Today” executive producer Noah Oppenheim sent a memo to his staff on Sunday that Bush would be suspended, “pending further review of this matter.”

The New York Post reported on Monday night that Bush bragged to colleagues about having a tape of Trump “being a real dog” while he was in Brazil covering the Rio Olympics for NBC. If Bush knew about the tapes and didn’t reveal such damaging information about the GOP presidential nominee to NBC News, it raises journalism ethical issues. The Post notes it could even be a violation of Bush’s contract with NBC.

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Prince’s Urn Is Shaped Like a Tiny Paisley Park (Video)

Prince has returned home again following his death in more ways than one.

Six months after the “Purple Rain” singer’s death, the first images of the urn containing his remains have emerged.

As totally befits the eccentric musician, the urn is a replica of his famous Paisley Park home.

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The scale model was designed by Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and nephew President Nelson, People reported. The musician’s relatives collaborated with urn designer Foreverence to create the mini Paisley Park, which is 14 inches high and 18 inches long.

The scale model is adorned with Prince’s symbol, purple and bejeweled.

The interior of the urn offers a replica of the Paisley Park atrium, with a miniature model of Prince’s purple piano and a dove-patterned tile floor.

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The urn is currently on display at the real Paisley Park, which was recently opened to the public as a museum commemorating the musician’s life.

Prince died at Paisley Park in April at age 57, of what was determined to be an overdose of the opioid Fentanyl. His death occurred just days after he was reportedly treated for an overdose of the opioid painkiller Percocet.

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