The Verge fall movie preview, November 2018 

Every year, the shift into cooler weather comes alongside a shift into a cooler box office lineup: fewer billion-dollar blockbusters, fewer on-screen explosions, and a general trend toward less slashing, crashing action and more intense emotional action. The one thing that really heats up at the box office during the fall and winter season is the awards race: the last quarter of the year is a time for Oscar-bait projects and intense awards campaigning. We started The Verge’s four-part fall movie preview with a September 2018 roundup that covered films from The Predator to Assassination Nation. October 2018’s roundup kicks off prestige season in earnest with Damien Chazelle’s First Man but leaves room for the anti-hero comic book origin…

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson ‘super confident’ Coyotes are moving towards playoffs

Entering the final season of a six-year contract, 27-year-old Oliver Ekman-Larsson was lining up to be a sought-after UFA defenceman next summer. But instead of this developing into a storyline for the 2017-18 season, Ekman-Larsson signed an eight-year extension with Arizona on July 1, the first day he was eligible for a new contract.

The new contract, which kicks in next season, comes with an $8.25 million cap hit.

In the middle of his prime years, it wouldn’t have been shocking to see Ekman-Larsson consider other options. After all, the Coyotes have made the playoffs just twice in his career, and missed out the past six seasons.

And although Arizona finished at the bottom of the Western Conference standings in 2017-18 and 25 points out of the playoffs, there is a reason to believe they could surprise in 2018-19. It was one of the reasons Ekman-Larsson was happy to sign on so early.

“I’m very excited about our team,” Ekman-Larsson told last month. “Obviously, I looked around a little bit and looked at the options I had because I felt I needed to do my research so I could confidently say I made the right decision. It felt great to stay in Arizona.”

The Coyotes made a big splash in the summer months, trading Max Domi to Montreal for Alex Galchenyuk, who could be given another shot at his natural centre position. The Canadiens gave up on Galchenyuk down the middle, but his best NHL season came when he played at that position. They also signed UFA Michael Grabner, who is a top-10 even strength goal scorer over the past two seasons.

But the biggest reason for optimism is how much better the Coyotes played over the final three-plus months of last year. After starting the …read more



Is George Osborne’s Evening Standard coordinating lines to take with CCHQ?

Master of the universe: George Osborne delivers a speech.

London’s paper and the Conservatives have launched two remarkably similar campaigns in the same week.

The Evening Standard has been running a series this week: “the Khan Audit”, a comprehensive look at Sadiq Khan’s record as Mayor of London thus far. London’s only paper has looked at Khan’s impact on crime, transport, the environment and housing: and the conclusion to all of them is that he has done very little of note and in many cases has made the problem worse.

In a striking coincidence, Conservative Party activists have also been handing out leaflets on Sadiq Khan’s report card at Tube stations, focusing on – you guessed it – crime, transport, the environment and housing.

A spokesperson for the Standard described the suggestion of a link between the two campaigns as “laughable and entirely false”, with the four policy areas selected because they are “the key areas that people who live and work in London care most about. They are the primary responsibilities of the Mayor and what he is bound to be judged on.”

The timing of both campaigns is a little eccentric: a little late for Khan’s midterm – that was in May of this year – but still some distance from the next mayoral election in May 2020. For the London Conservatives, it is a big boon that their big message – that Sadiq Khan has done very little as Mayor of London – is being handed out free to Londoners just as they are also handing out that exact same message at Tube stations throughout the capital.

Khan will seek to blame the deficiencies in his record on the cuts devolved down to City Hall – the majority of which were signed off by George Osborne, now the Standard’s editor, when he was still …read more

Source:: New Statesman


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