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    (CNN)Three men who served decades in prison for the arson murder of a New York City subway clerk, a murder that resembled a scene from the 1995 movie "Money Train," have had their convictions overturned.Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said on Friday that he would move to vacate the convictions of James Irons, Thomas Malik and Vincent Ellerbe for the 1995 murder of token booth clerk Harry Kaufman, who was 50 years old at the time. Following an investigation, the DA said there were "problematic identifications and false and contradictory confessions" involved in the case. Gonzalez said that on November 26, 1995, at about 1:40 a.m. inside a Brooklyn subway station, two men approached the token booth where Kaufman was working. One of the men poured gasoline from a clear plastic soda bottle into the coin slot, then he or his accomplice lit a book of matches, igniting the gasoline and causing the token booth to explode.Kaufman was "blown out of the booth" and suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body. He died of his injuries two...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Seven years ago, Moisés Kaufman was approached to direct the Broadway musical “Paradise Square” and, after reading it, he immediately said yes. “I did this show because it spoke to me,” the Venezuelan theater director and playwright says. “So much of my work occurs at the intersection of the personal and the political. I like to look at history through the eyes of the other, through the eye of the person that doesn’t get to tell their story.” Now “Paradise Square” — about unity and racism in New York’s notorious Five Points neighborhood, where Irish immigrants and Black Americans jostled to survive in the years before the Civil War — is nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, best lead actress for Joaquina Kalukango, and best featured actor for both Sidney DuPont and A.J. Shively. During a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kaufman, himself an immigrant based in New York City, reflected on immigration and the roots of American divisions. “Immigration is a great fallacy, because you never leave the country...
    Renowned Hollywood talent manager George Shapiro, who has represented stars ranging from Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, has died. Deadline first reported about Shapiro's death on Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 91 of natural causes, but no specifics about his cause of death were revealed. Shapiro is arguably best known for serving as the executive producer for Seinfeld. He remained close with comedian Jerry Seinfeld even after the show ended, TMZ reports, and he wound up producing a number of standup specials for Seinfeld - even appearing in the 2002 documentary Comedian in which Seinfeld tries to return to comedy. He is also remembered for his close, personal relationship with actor Andy Kaufman - their relationship was even dramatized in 1999's Man on the Moon, in which Jim Carrey played the renowned actor and Danny DeVito played George. Shapiro is survived by his wife, Melody, his children and his many grandchildren.  George Shapiro, a Hollywood talent manager who represented Jerry Seinfeld and Andy Kaufman, has died at his home in Beverly Hills at the age...
    (CNN)Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in Manhattan — arguably the most nation's most prominent department store — is under fresh assault from Amazon, which reportedly wants to advertise on the massive billboard adjacent to the store.And Macy's (M) is fighting back, going to court to argue the company would be "irreparably damaged" by such an ad from its deep pocketed online rival, and claiming it has had the rights for nearly 60 years to stop any other retailer from advertising on the sign.Pedestrians pass in front of Macy's Inc. flagship department store earlier this year. Macy's is suing to stop Amazon from advertising on this billboard.Both Macy's storefront and the billboard are prominently featured in TV coverage of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The store itself was the setting of the classic 1947 movie "Miracle on 34th Street," along with its 1994 remake. And the billboard is seen annually by millions of New York residents, commuters and tourists who pass through Herald Square, according to the suit, where the store has been located since 1902. (Macy's was founded...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently seized two shipments of dozens of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in Pittsburgh. After it was revealed Wednesday that 70 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards were headed to an address in Beaver County, restaurants that require the shot still say they are not worried. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Man Gets 15 To 30 Years In 2015 Murder Leo. a public house in Pittsburgh was one of the first to require proof of vaccination and an ID before you’re allowed to eat there. The North Side eatery said they are not too concerned about people lying on their vaccination status. They believe the patrons will be honest. READ MORE: Teen Arrested In Homewood South Shooting That Injured 4 But the market for buying fake vaccine cards has skyrocketed since President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, which is why Acting U.S. Attorney General Steve Kaufman said officials are ready to take action if necessary. “We’re interested in any type of those counterfeit documents. We’ll investigate and we’ll prosecute if warranted,” Kaufman said. U.S. Customs says...
                      by Adam Mill  The Associated Press reported in August that Robert Reeder, a Maryland man, pleaded guilty to “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.” He argued for leniency because, “he is a registered Democrat who wasn’t a supporter of former President Donald Trump.” So why did he join the incursion into the Capitol building? Because, he says, he was an “accidental tourist” with nothing better to do. But an online group that calls itself Sedition Hunters recently tweeted a picture it says shows that same “accidental tourist” attacking a police officer. Curiously, the “accidental tourist,” who didn’t support Donald Trump, happened to be wearing a red “MAGA”-style hat. His attorney argued in court, “Mr. Reeder is not politically active, is not and has never been a member of any right-wing or anti-government or extremist group and has, unfortunately, been publicly grouped with many others (whose) views he abhors.” The story reminds one of John Sullivan, a Black Lives Matter activist who infiltrated the January 6 incursion to encourage violence, bully police officers, and...
    With Peter Dinklage and Elijah Wood topping the credits, the reboot of The Toxic Avenger has already finished filming. Superhero cinema has become the genre par excellence. There is no year that does not have a premiere of the theme, indeed, there is no season of the year that does not have a production of Marvel or DC. In addition, it is not only that they are produced, but that the reception they have, revolutionizing the box office, makes companies feel the obligation to continue creating. However, in 1984 things were not like that. For this reason, many films related to that world were independent and did not have a large budget. The Toxic Avenger It wasn’t even based on a comic, so it had everything but money. Thus, with a low economic injection, Lloyd Kaufman Y Michael Herz, created one of the most bizarre feature films of the 20th century, telling the story of a deformed man who dispensed justice with his own hands. Despite not looking like a very promising story, the film had some success, being...
    Los Angeles (CNN)Twelve years ago, Ava Kaufman was fighting for her life. Now, thanks to a donor heart and successful organ transplant, she's alive -- and saving others. "My life changed on a dime," said Kaufman, who was a professional dancer and black belt in taekwondo when an autoimmune disease went undiagnosed and wiped out her muscular system. She ultimately ended up on life support in intensive care with organ failure."I went from living this big life to not knowing how I was going to survive."In what she calls a series of small miracles, Kaufman was given a second chance at life. On her birthday in 2009, she received a new heart and was put in a medically induced coma for two months. When she was brought out of the coma, she thought she was dying and promised God if she could live to raise her young daughter, she would do everything she could to give back. Read MoreToday, Kaufman is doing just that. After volunteering in Los Angeles hospitals and mentoring other transplant patients, Kaufman started the non-profit, Ava's...
    Joyce Kaufman said Wednesday that Breitbart News Editor in Chief Alex Marlow’s Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption confirms Andrew Breitbart’s maxim that citizen journalism is the only means through which integrity can be restored to a corrupt news media industry. “I think all the time, what is Andrew Breitbart — sitting up in heaven — thinking, as he sees the fruition of what he said was going to be the only hope for journalism: citizen journalists,” Kaufman said during a conversation with Marlow on her eponymous radio show. “They’re the only ones giving us real information. They go to riots and they report live. … You have Nicholas Wade, you have all these people who are doing intensive investigative journalism, now, and the general public doesn’t have a chance to see that. Unless they’re tied into conservative media, they may never know all of these stories.” Kaufman lauded Breaking the News‘s foundation of original investigations and reporting on news media corruption and conflicts of interest. She said, “[Alex Marlow] has got a new book out which...
    MESQUITE,Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Law enforcement officials gave a shout out to K-9 Zek for capturing and pulling a burglary suspect out of the woods. Who’s a good boy? (credit: Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office) Kaufman County Sheriff’s deputies and K-9 Zek were called by the Mesquite Police department for help on a burglary in progress. Before arriving to the call location, officers captured one suspect but another suspect fled the location on foot. Upon arriving to the location, a Mesquite Police officer told Zek’s handler which way he went. READ MORE: Running Out Of Space: Dallas Animal Services At Highest Capacity Since Pandemic Began K-9 Zek was deployed, and the track was on. He started his track where the suspect was last seen then took a turn heading west towards a wooded tree line. K-9 Zek began a slow search to get better view through the tree line then he took a hard turn east and began to bark notifying the deputy the suspect was in sight. READ MORE: Texas Permitless Carry Bill On Way To Gov. Greg Abbotts Desk The deputy...
    The Hobbit star Martin Freeman has attacked fellow actor Jim Carrey over his on-set behavior on the 1999 movie Man on the Moon, in which Carrey played the late comedian Andy Kaufman. In an interview on the “Off Menu” podcast, Martin Freeman criticized the great lengths that Jim Carrey took to embody Andy Kaufman, including staying in character in between takes. Carrey’s behavior on the movie was explored in the Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The documentary showed how Carrey blurred the line between Kaufman and himself to such an extent that it frustrated director Milos Forman and his other colleagues. “I’m genuinely sure Jim Carrey is lovely and smart person” Freeman said. “But it was the most self-aggrandizing, selfish fucking narcissistic bullocks I’ve ever seen. And the idea that anything in our culture would celebrate that or support it is deranged.” He added: “You’re not supposed to become the fucking character because you’re supposed to be open to stuff that happens in real life because someone at some point is going to say ‘Cut’ and there’s no point...
    Southfield (CBS Detroit) – A special “Michigan Matters” episode airing this Sunday (7:30 am on CBS 62) highlights the power of the human spirit and overcoming long odds as Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with  Concordia University Football Coach Roscoe Cummings and Motivational Speaker Raun Kaufman. Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain, with Roscoe Cummings, Coach of Concordia University Football Team “Coach Roscoe” as he’s known at the Ann Arbor-college, was  born with open spina bifida as his family told he’d live only hours. He’s overcome much – including many surgeries – as he talks about. He’s written a book “God Spoke to Me”  just published about his life and the power of faith. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming? Coach Roscoe Cummings on crutches while he coaches the Concordia University Football Team (Courtesy of Roscoe Cummings) Then, Raun Kaufman’s parents were told he when he was a toddler he had severe autism, an IQ less than 30, and would likely end up in an institution. So, how did he become an Ivy League graduate, best selling...
    ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Coleman Cohen, 88, war veteran, of 81 Arlington Ave., one of the last survivors of the 13th Regiment of the Civil War, died yesterday of pneumonia at his home after a short illness. He was past commander of L.N. Hamilton Post, 152 G.A.R., and was one of the organizers of John Eiseman Camp, 79, Sons of Union Veterans. He was born in Prussia and resided in East New York for 46 years. He enlisted in the 13th Regiment in 1861 and rose to the rank of captain. He saw action in a number of engagements and was wounded at Bull Run. After the war he was attached to Co. K of the Eighth Regiment, National Guard. He was for many years in the hat business and retired a year ago. He was a member of Yorkville Lodge, 69 F.S. of I.; Tyrian Lodge, F. & A.M., and the Kings County Memorial and Executive Committee of the G.A.R.” *** ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Two American wartime atom...
    Lloyd Kaufman was shocked at how easy it was to convince Stan Lee of anything. By the tail end of the 1960s, Lee had become a cult icon as the face of Marvel Comics over the course of the decade. He was written of lovingly in trendy media outlets like The Village Voice and New York magazine. He regularly spoke to auditoriums full of rapt college students. He hadn’t quite assumed the look, speaking style, or place in mainstream culture that he eventually came to be known for, but his voice and face were ubiquitous if you were a Marvelhead — and Kaufman was very much one of those. He’d just graduated from Yale (“The only thing I learned there, aside from drugs and a smattering of Chinese Studies, which was my major, were comic books,” he says) and wanted to make it in motion pictures. So when he had the wild idea to combine his interests and see if Lee would do a movie with him, he looked up Marvel in the phone book and rolled the dice....
    Disney chairman Bob Iger; James Costos, a close friend of Barack Obama with ties to Hollywood; and Ted Kaufman, Joe Biden's loyal aide, are emerging as the front runners for the coveted position of U.S. ambassador to London. The appointment is the most prestigious in the president - and the Senate's - gift: the ambassador lives in the 35-bedroom Winfield House, in Regent's Park. Its 12-acre garden is second only to the Queen's at Buckingham Palace and has room for Marine One to land, while inside glittering reception rooms make an invitation from the ambassador a prize on London's social scene. Not that there is a shortage of invitations for the ambassador: the most glamorous of all when he or she presents their credentials at Buckingham Palace, riding there in a carriage and wearing a top hat and tails. Given its benefits, the ambassadorship has been used by presidents of both parties as the ultimate reward to supporters for their loyalty or their fundraising - preferably both. Now Biden is facing a three-way contest at the top of the list...
    WWE star Alexa Bliss shared a cute picture with her dog, Sir Stanley Storm, this week as the 'Goddess of WWE' takes on a new, creepier character on Raw. Bliss, whose real name is Alexis Kaufman, has the biggest Instagram account of any woman in the WWE with a stunning 5 million followers. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lexi Kaufman (@alexa_bliss_wwe_) The 29-year-old Ohio native has been a fan favorite since her debut on the main roster in July 2016. After splitting from tag team partner Nikki Cross this summer, Bliss joined forces with The Fiend after being possessed by him. It's a dark story line that led to the final 2020 episode of Raw ending in controversy. 13Bliss has joined forces with The Fiend and has taken a dark turn in feud against Orton (pictured)Credit: WWE.com 13The last Raw of 2020 ended with Orton threatening to throw a lit match on Bliss who was soaked in gasolineCredit: WWE As the show went off air, Orton threatened to throw a lit match on Bliss...
    Police/ Devaunte Hill and Caitlyn Kaufman Devaunte Hill is the suspect accused in the random shooting death of a nurse, Caitlyn Kaufman, on a Nashville, Tennessee, interstate. Kaufman died when the bullet pierced her vehicle and struck her as she drove to work on Interstate 440. “They did not know each other. He did not know Caitlyn,” Nashville police Detective Chris Dickerson said in a December 11 news conference, at which the arrest was announced. “It shocked Nashville,” Police Chief John Drake said of the shooting. Authorities were previously exploring whether the case of two Colorado men accused of randomly shooting at Florida motorists could be linked to Kaufman’s December 3 death. However, now they’ve named a different man as the suspect. “BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody for the murder of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman. MNPD SWAT members arrested him at 6:15 a.m. at his East Nashville apartment. He is being charged with criminal homicide,” Nashville police wrote on Twitter on the morning of December 11. BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody...
    Police/ Devaunte Hill and Caitlyn Kaufman Devaunte Hill is the suspect accused in the random shooting death of a nurse, Caitlyn Kaufman, on a Nashville, Tennessee, interstate. Kaufman died when the bullet pierced her vehicle and struck her as she drove to work on Interstate 440. “They did not know each other. He did not know Caitlyn,” Nashville police Detective Chris Dickerson said in a December 11 news conference, at which the arrest was announced. “It shocked Nashville,” Police Chief John Drake said of the shooting. Authorities were previously exploring whether the case of two Colorado men accused of randomly shooting at Florida motorists could be linked to Kaufman’s December 3 death. However, now they’ve named a different man as the suspect. “BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody for the murder of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman. MNPD SWAT members arrested him at 6:15 a.m. at his East Nashville apartment. He is being charged with criminal homicide,” Nashville police wrote on Twitter on the morning of December 11. BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody...
    A 'dedicated' Tennessee nurse working on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic was shot and killed in her car as she drove to work on Thursday, police say.   Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, was on her way to her night shift at St Thomas West Hospital in Nashville on December 4 when her car was struck by gunfire around 6.30pm.  The ICU nurse managed to pull her grey Mazda CX5 SUV over to the side of the road on Interstate 440 west Police approached her car around 8.25pm after finding it on the hard shoulder and called for back-up.  Kaufman died of her injuries at the scene. It is not yet known why her car was targeted, and no arrests have been made.  Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, was an ICU nurse at St Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, where she cared for patients affected by Covid 19 during the global pandemic Police found Kaufman's car pulled over on the shoulder of Interstate 440 around 8.25pm on Thursday. She had died of gunshot injuries sustained whilst driving.  A police officer stopped...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden’s transition team didn’t wait for the verdict of the presidential race to get to work. Long before Biden was projected as the winner on Saturday, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been spearheading efforts to ensure that the former vice president could begin forming a government in anticipation of a win. Kaufman, a former Delaware senator, was appointed to fill Biden’s seat when he was elected vice president. He also served on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008 and helped draft an initiative that formalized the presidential transition process. Biden initially asked Kaufman in April to start work just in case on an interim transition, shortly after the former vice president secured the presidential bid at the end of the Democratic primary. Transition can be an intense process even under normal circumstances. But this time, before Saturday’s decision, the outcome of the elections entered a peculiar political limbo. Biden’s team was moving forward but couldn’t pin down everything that needed to be addressed; President Donald Trump alleged without proof that the...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden’s transition team didn’t wait for the verdict of the presidential race to get to work. Long before Biden was projected as the winner on Saturday, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been spearheading efforts to ensure that the former vice president could begin forming a government in anticipation of a win. Kaufman, a former Delaware senator, was appointed to fill Biden’s seat when he was elected vice president. He also served on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008 and helped draft an initiative that formalized the presidential transition process. Biden initially asked Kaufman in April to start work just in case on an interim transition, shortly after the former vice president secured the presidential bid at the end of the Democratic primary. Transition can be an intense process even under normal circumstances. But this time, before Saturday’s decision, the outcome of the elections entered a peculiar political limbo. Biden’s team was moving forward but couldn’t pin down everything that needed to be addressed; President Donald Trump alleged without proof that the...
    WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden’s transition team didn’t wait for the verdict of the presidential race to get to work. Long before Biden was projected as the winner on Saturday, longtime aide Ted Kaufman had been spearheading efforts to ensure that the former vice president could begin forming a government in anticipation of a win. Kaufman, a former Delaware senator, was appointed to fill Biden’s seat when he was elected vice president. He also served on Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008 and helped draft an initiative that formalized the presidential transition process. Biden initially asked Kaufman in April to start work just in case on an interim transition, shortly after the former vice president secured the presidential bid at the end of the Democratic primary. Transition can be an intense process even under normal circumstances. But this time, before Saturday’s decision, the outcome of the elections entered a peculiar political limbo. Biden’s team was moving forward but couldn’t pin down everything that needed to be addressed; President Donald Trump alleged without proof that the...
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: Back in April, when I began the “Kaufman’s Brooklyn” display, we were at the depth of the virus pandemic. Here we are six months later, and New York has had excellent success at reducing its infection rates, until some recent spikes in areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
    “The Bachelor” and its many spin-offs make for some highly entertaining reality TV, but it often begs the question, “How real is the hit ABC series?” Former contestants, like Catherine Giudici — who married “Bachelor” Sean Lowe — have said producers don’t make people do anything or act a certain way. “They can ask questions and maybe guide you in an answer, but you are completely your own person and responsible for what you say and do,” she once responded to a fan question. With the drama riding high on Clare Crawley’s current season of “The Bachelorette,” we’re taking a look at just how real the reality show really is, and while it’s not technically scripted, here are some ways the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” producers allegedly manipulate the contestants into getting the soundbites they want: Producers allegedly track contestants’ menstrual cycles Peter Weber and the contestantsABC According to Amy Kaufman’s tell-all “Bachelor Nation,” producers “have been known to keep track of when the women in the house are menstruating,” so they can interview the contestants during that time of the...
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: Back in April, when I began the “Kaufman’s Brooklyn” display, we were at the depth of the virus pandemic. Here we are six months later, and New York has had excellent success at reducing its infection rates, until some recent spikes in areas of Brooklyn and Queens.
    Sen. Kamala Harris’s dangerous evasion on China during her debate with Vice President Mike Pence avoided perhaps a most critical question, the answer to which could be determined by the outcome of this year’s election. Will China’s negligence in unleashing the coronavirus and mendacity in exploiting it catalyze a reckoning with the People’s Republic of China, comparable to the Czech Coup of 1948 that crystallized America’s successful long-term determination to contain the Soviet Union? Or will China ultimately emerge as the winner from the devastation it has inflicted on the world, because of a deficit of strategic and moral clarity within the United States and among our allies? On one hand, negative views of China have soared to a record high of 73 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center poll released in late July 2020. Chinese behavior during and since the coronavirus has also elicited strong negative reactions across the Indo-Pacific, especially in Japan, India, and Australia, where views of China’s ambitions and behavior already trended strongly in a negative direction. Even in Western Europe, long committed to engaging and conciliating rather than confronting China,...
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: I’ll continue this week with a display similar to last week’s. Instead of focusing on a single theme for the whole week, each day has its own focus.
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: I’ll continue this week with a display similar to last week’s. Instead of focusing on a single theme for the whole week, each day has its own focus.
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: I’ll continue this week with a display similar to last week’s. Instead of focusing on a single theme for the whole week, each day has its own focus.
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: I’ve been displaying a lot of pictures each week for the past couple of months. This week will be no exception. But many weeks have not had much variety. Last week is certainly the best example of that: over 40 portraits of women, mostly from the same time period and with a similar look. (I hope you found interesting variety in the subtleties of their faces, bearings, expressions; that was my intent.)
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: My father took quite a lot of portraits of businessmen and officers of charities or other organizations in his post-war, Manhattan years. These were typically middle-aged white guys in business suits with blank expressions, looking “professional.” They were mostly used for photos in annual reports or institutional publications.
    A long-standing obsession with clowns has led Simón Wilches-Castro, a Colombian animator working on special projects at L.A.-based animation studio Titmouse, to some of the most rewarding credits in his rapidly-rising career, including Charlie Kaufman’s new critically acclaimed, narratively abstract Netflix film I’m Thinking of Ending Things. “Everybody is interested in scary clowns, but I think there’s a side to them that’s a little bit more tragic than scary because they have to pretend to be somebody that is happy all the time, when life is not always happy,” Wilches-Castro told The Daily Beast. Raised in the rural town of Popayán until violence pushed his family to move to the capital, Wilches-Castro studied visual arts in the early aughts and later taught himself Flash animation. Resourceful and politically minded, the artist found success at home with a self-produced, satirical animated web series titled The Little Tyrant (“El pequeño tirano”), which eventually earned him a scholarship in the United States to formally learn the craft. It was only once in Los Angeles that making a living in animation...
    Mark Kaufman and Ned Dorman each saw their 58-year streaks broken during this fan-less U.S. Open fortnight. Kaufman, a former Cornell tennis player, and Dorman have attended every year since 1962. They don’t know each other, but have something in common, along with more than a dozen other Open diehards. They all have seen their Open streaks of more than 40 years busted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Looking at the bright side, Kauffman said he has saved $36,000 — not including gas. In another moment, he became despondent, as it was the No. 1 family outing of his life. “It sucks,’’ Kaufman told The Post. “One of the annual things in your life. It’s like missing Thanksgiving. You go with the same friends — some who would fly in.’’ Kaufman, who just turned 70 and grew up blocks from Ebbets Field, turned into a tennis nut. When the Open moved from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows in 1978, he bought a box that seats six and paid $1,800. After two seat upgrades, Kaufman, a manufacturer of “terry towels,” renewed...
    Mark Kaufman and Ned Dorman each saw their 58-year streaks broken during this fan-less U.S. Open fortnight. Kaufman, a former Cornell tennis player, and Dorman have attended every year since 1962. They don’t know each other, but have something in common, along with more than a dozen other Open diehards. They all have seen their Open streaks of more than 40 years busted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Looking at the bright side, Kauffman said he has saved $36,000 — not including gas. In another moment, he became despondent, as it was the No. 1 family outing of his life. “It sucks,’’ Kaufman told The Post. “One of the annual things in your life. It’s like missing Thanksgiving. You go with the same friends — some who would fly in.’’ Kaufman, who just turned 70 and grew up blocks from Ebbets Field, turned into a tennis nut. When the Open moved from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows in 1978, he bought a box that seats six and paid $1,800. After two seat upgrades, Kaufman, a manufacturer of “terry towels,” renewed...
    More than the fancifully surreal narrative conceits around which his celebrated screenplays pivot, it’s despair that’s Charlie Kaufman’s true stock and trade. A melancholic air once again lingers over his latest, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a dazzling swirl of longing, regret, and grief that both faithfully adapts Iain Reid’s 2016 debut novel of the same name, and—in various flourishes, as well as its closing passages—takes flight into distinctly Kaufman-esque realms of sorrowful fantasy. Chilling, amusing, beguiling and arguably the writer/director’s finest to date, it’s the new leading candidate for best film of the year. Following Reid’s basic template, I’m Thinking of Ending Things (premiering Sept. 4 on Netflix) concerns a snowy winter road trip by a young woman (Jessie Buckley) and her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) to visit his parents’ rural farmhouse home. Buckley’s protagonist is alternately referred to in Kaufman’s script as Lucy, Yvonne, Louisa and Amy (or Ames, for short), and that confusion is a reflection of her own fundamental ignorance of self. Such identity fuzziness extends to her profession, which might be a quantum physicist, a...
    And now, your love-it-or-loathe-it movie of 2020. The film that will either have you dissecting the plot for hours with friends or make you storm off to your bedroom to tweet insults at Netflix’s social-media intern. It’s Charlie Kaufman’s latest, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things.” Kaufman, one of just a few star screenwriters in the biz, has long been Hollywood’s lovable whack job. Only in his warped worlds can a puppeteer take an office gig on a half-floor where a doorway leads him into John Malkovich’s brain (“Being John Malkovich”), or can a company offer a new therapy that erases specific painful experiences from your memory in (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). This new film is even stranger than that. When “Ending Things” is at its best, you wonder if the characters are figments of an unseen person’s imagination. At first, nothing is abnormal. We’re let inside a new relationship that, like millions before it, looks like it’s going to flame out early. A nameless young woman (Jessie Buckley) is picked up by her boyfriend of seven weeks, Jake...
    When the COVID-19 shutdown began, Laura Kaufman moved her studio into her Cold Spring living room, which she shares with her husband, an artist who teaches digital media at Marist, their young son and a dog. “It got crazy — comical, really,” she recalls, with the dog sleeping under her sculptures-in-progress. Kaufman was preparing for Tension Bridge, a solo exhibition of her work that opens on Aug. 30 at the Al Held Foundation in Boiceville and on Aug. 29 and 30 will be included in the Upstate Art Weekend. The event includes 23 arts organizations between Garrison and Hudson, including Magazzino Italian Art in Philipstown; Manitoga and The Ice House in Garrison; Mother Gallery, Dia:Beacon and Parts & Labor in Beacon; and the Storm King Art Center. The exhibit features Kaufman’s most recent sculptural work, which melds traditional basket weaving with steel. These types of novel combinations are familiar to Kaufman, whose interests include linguistics, science, materials and the communion of teacher and student in passing things down and around. “We are in this bridging-year between our pasts and our...
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    Charlie Kaufman has a lot on his mind. A lot about the mind, on his mind. He minds the mind, then mines the mind for stories about what goes on in our minds. He’s a mindful miner of mines, if you will. Kaufman took us inside the head of “MALKOVICH” in Being John Malkovich, let his stream of consciousness flow by writing himself into Adaptation, erased Jim Carrey’s memories in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, turned one man’s anxiety into an alternate universe in his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, then staged an existential puppet show with Anomalisa. Now he’s back with a brand new movie, and wouldn’t you know it, the action drops us right into the unspoken narration of our main character, who feels trapped in a struggling relationship. Produced by Netflix, i’m thinking of ending things loosely adapts Iain Reid’s bestselling novel. The tone, true to the book, is downright terrifying — which is more in the writer-director’s wheelhouse than he gets credit for. Before modern horror films like Hereditary preyed on our senses with mental...
    PRINCE Andrew was at Jeffrey Epstein's mansion when the billionaire pedophile raped a 17-year-old girl, a new bombshell lawsuit claims. Caroline Kaufman, now 26, has accused Epstein of raping her during a "modeling interview" in late 2010 after being "recruited" at a horse show aged 16, the lawsuit exclusively obtained by The Sun, states. 10 Caroline Kauffman, pictured as a teen, claims she was raped by EpsteinCredit: Caroline Kauffman/ Facebook In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Caroline told how the alleged assault left her "suicidal" and "living in darkness". It comes as Epstein's alleged pimp Ghislaine Maxwell - who Caroline accuses in the lawsuit of taking pictures of her naked - was arrested in New Hampshire. She was indicted on a string of horrific crimes and accused of procuring girls for Epstein, as well as taking part in some of the abuse herself. Then, during an extraordinary press conference, acting Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss urged Prince Andrew to come forward for interview, saying: "We would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk to us, we would like to...
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