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Lords Set To Strengthen UK’s “Not Fit For Purpose” International Data Protections

Lords Set To Strengthen UK’s “Not Fit For Purpose” International Data Protections

Many apps used in the UK are owned by international companies (Alamy) 4 min read31 min Peers have warned that it would be a “mistake” for the government not to put stronger protections in place on the international transfer of data, with one former minister claiming current regulations are “not fit for purpose”. The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday afternoon, with a group of peers putting forward a number of amendments in an attempt to implement further protections for the transfer of data from the UK.  With the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary both warning that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, parliamentarians are looking for ways to push the government to prioritise protecting digital rights internationally. One amendment to the bill, laid by Lord James Bethell, Lord Timothy Kirkhope, and Lord Tim Clement-Jones, seeks to prevent the UK from transferring data to countries which have “no credible means to enforce data subject rights or obtain legal remedies”. …

Cannes Critics’ Week 2024 Lineup

Cannes Critics’ Week 2024 Lineup

The Cannes Critics’ Week, the parallel film festival sidebar organized by the French film critics’ union, has unveiled its 2024 selection. The psychological thriller Ghost Trail, the first feature from acclaimed French shorts director Jonathan Millet, will open the 2024 sidebar. Adam Bessa (star of 2022’s Un Certain Regard winner Harka) plays the lead in the manhunt drama about a man pursuing his former torturer, using only his sensory memories to guide him. The competition lineup includes Brazilian drama Baby from director Marcelo Caetano, a portrait of a young outsider growing up in São Paulo; Constance Tsang’s Blue Sun Palace, which looks at the lives of Chinese immigrants in Queens; and the Egyptian/French/Danish/Qatari/Saudi Arabian drama The Brink of Dreams about a group of girls from the disenfranchised Christian Copts who defy tradition and set up an all-female street theater troupe. Baby Cannes Critics Week Other competition titles include Antoine Chevrollier’s Block Pass, which dives into France’s rural motocross culture; the neo-noir drama Locust, from Taiwanese director KEFF; Leonardo Van Dijl’s Julie Keeps Quiet, about a …

Boy and the Heron Sails to M in China, Godzilla x Kong Hits 0M

Boy and the Heron Sails to $94M in China, Godzilla x Kong Hits $110M

Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning anime The Boy and the Heron floated to an easy second-weekend win at China’s theatrical box office, earning $12.8 million from Friday to Sunday, according to data from Artisan Gateway. The Studio Ghibli blockbuster has now earned $93.8 million in China, with local ticketing app Maoyan projecting that it will soon sail past the $100 million mark. Miyazaki has previously suggested that The Boy and the Heron will be his last feature — but the 82-year-old anime legend has publicly retired twice before, only to eventually return to his drawing table. In any case, Studio Ghibli will continue to be a presence at China’s multiplexes. The fabled company has been steadily rereleasing Miyazaki’s back catalog over recent years. Next up is Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), scheduled for wide release in the country on April 30. Jack Ma’s Alibaba Pictures is also at work on creating an immersive Studio Ghibli exhibition in Shanghai.  Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong: The New Empire continued stomping its way to strong earnings in The Boy and …

Sarah Snook, ‘Stranger Things’ Play

Sarah Snook, ‘Stranger Things’ Play

Nicole Scherzinger, Succession star Sarah Snook, Game of Thrones and Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss, a revival of the musical Sunset Boulevard and the play Stranger Things: The First Shadow were among the winners at the 2024 Olivier Awards, which celebrate achievements in London theater. The ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in the British capital was hosted by Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham. The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard, which has starred Scherzinger as Norma Desmond and is set to come to Broadway this year, won the best musical revival award, the best actress honor for the former Pussycat Dolls singer and five other honors after also leading the nominations with 11. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, a prequel to the Netflix hit series, which has hinted at its Broadway ambitions, won the best new entertainment or comedy play award, as well as the Olivier for best set design. Dear England, a play by James Graham about the English national soccer team’s manager Gareth Southgate, received nine nominations and won two awards. The best …

Mark Lee and Peter Yu win awards at Ho Chi Minh International Film Festival

Mark Lee and Peter Yu win awards at Ho Chi Minh International Film Festival

It was a breakout character for the Mandarin-speaking veteran actor. “For so many years, I tried to change my style or play a new character. People have always known me to play the ah beng or gangster,” said Lee. The Mandarin and Hokkien language film was set in 1980s Singapore and required Lee to speak Hokkien. “I was so happy when the director told me I would be speaking entirely in Hokkien in the movie!” Still, he conceded that there was homework to be done. “The Hokkien spoken then and now are different, so I had to do some research.” In the same interview, Chang said that the heart-warming film had three layers: The father-daughter relationship; the friendship between Lee’s character, Loke, and Yu’s character, Tan; and “the community that Loke and Tan operate in”. “There is a very complicated white lie running through the movie. And sometimes in life, we have no choice. In order not to hurt somebody, we have to make up a beautiful lie to help the other party’s life go on,” …

British astronaut Tim Peake hopes to return to space with first all-UK mission to International Space Station | Science & Tech News

British astronaut Tim Peake hopes to return to space with first all-UK mission to International Space Station | Science & Tech News

British astronaut Tim Peake hopes to take an all-British crew to the International Space Station (ISS), he has revealed to Sky’s FYI children’s news show. “Possibly as early as next year, we’re taking four astronauts back [to the ISS] to do lots of science and lots of education outreach,” he said. The 52-year-old became the first Briton to complete a spacewalk outside the ISS in 2016 and is one of only two astronauts Britain has ever sent to space. “We’re hoping to announce the whole crew in June this year,” he told FYI. Asked if he would be part of that mission, Major Peake replied: “Well, I very much hope so.” Major Peake announced his decision to retire from being a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut in January last year. The UK Space Agency signed an agreement with Axiom Space in October, which could lead to the first all-UK mission to space. More on International Space Station Image: British astronaut Tim Peake gives a thumbs-up before the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M in 2015. File pic: …

Jonathan Glazer Directs Scarlett Johansson in Prada Ad

Jonathan Glazer Directs Scarlett Johansson in Prada Ad

Audiences finally have a follow-up to Jonathan Glazer‘s Under the Skin, kinda. The Oscar-winning filmmaker has teamed up once again with Under the Skin star Scarlett Johansson for an ad to promote Italian fashion house Prada‘s Galleria bag collection. The ad, which dropped on Wednesday, features Johansson struggling to recite lines from Shakespeare, including famous passages from Anthony and Cleopatra and Macbeth. The ad, which was shot in New York with Italian creative director Ferdinando Verderi, is Glazer’s first video work since he won an Oscar for best international film at the 2024 Academy Awards for his harrowing feature The Zone of Interest. The British director’s acceptance speech at the ceremony caused some controversy after it was wildly taken out of context and misquoted. Though he has only made four features so far, Glazer is a somewhat prolific ad director and has helmed famous campaigns for the likes of Guinness, Sony and Apple. Glazer and Johansson’s sci-fi film Under the Skin, released on April 4, 2013, was a huge critical success and regularly featured in …

Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law | Israel-Gaza war

Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law | Israel-Gaza war

Three former supreme court justices, including the court’s former president Lady Hale, are among more than 600 lawyers, academics and retired senior judges warning that the UK government is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel. In a letter to the prime minister, the signatories, who also include former court of appeal judges and more than 60 KCs, say that the present situation in Gaza is “catastrophic” and that given the international court of justice (ICJ) finding that there is a plausible risk of genocide being committed, the UK is legally obliged to act to prevent it. The 17-page letter, which also amounts to a legal opinion, was sent on Wednesday evening and says: “While we welcome the increasingly robust calls by your government for a cessation of fighting and the unobstructed entry to Gaza of humanitarian assistance, simultaneously to continue (to take two striking examples) the sale of weapons and weapons systems to Israel and to maintain threats of suspending UK aid to Unwra falls significantly short of your government’s obligations under international …

Labour Calls For Suspense Of Israel Arms Sales If A “Clear Risk” Of International Law Breach

Labour Calls For Suspense Of Israel Arms Sales If A “Clear Risk” Of International Law Breach

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories. 02nd Apr, 2024. Palestinians inspect the damage at al-Shifa Hospital complex, following a two-week military operation by the Israeli army in Gaza City. (alamy) 4 min read2 hr Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy has called on foreign secretary David Cameron to publish the government’s legal advice on Israel’s actions in Gaza and suspend UK arms sales to Israel if there is a “clear risk” it is violating international law in Gaza. In a statement on Wednesday following the killing of British aid workers by the Israeli military on Monday night, Lammy accused Cameron of “going silent” on what legal advice Government has received on Israel’s attacks in Gaza.  Lammy also said Labour’s “deepest sympathies go out to the families of the three heroic Brits who put their lives on the line to get Palestinian civilians the aid they desperately need”, adding “Israel must face serious consequences” for their killings. On Monday night, the Israeli military killed seven people working for charity World Central Kitchen in Gaza in airstrikes, three of whom were British nationals. …

International Space Station Trash May Have Hit This Florida House

International Space Station Trash May Have Hit This Florida House

A few weeks ago, something from the heavens came crashing through the roof of Alejandro Otero’s home, and NASA is on the case. In all likelihood, this nearly 2-pound object came from the International Space Station. Otero said it tore through the roof and both floors of his two-story house in Naples, Florida. Otero wasn’t home at the time, but his son was there. A Nest home security camera captured the sound of the crash at 2:34 pm local time (19:34 UTC) on March 8. That’s an important piece of information because it is a close match for the time—2:29 pm EST (19:29 UTC)—that US Space Command recorded the reentry of a piece of space debris from the space station. At that time, the object was on a path over the Gulf of Mexico, heading toward southwest Florida. This space junk consisted of depleted batteries from the ISS, attached to a cargo pallet that was originally supposed to come back to Earth in a controlled manner. But a series of delays meant this cargo pallet …