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NPR’s Scott Simon recommends Da 5 Bloods as one film to watch this Memorial Day.

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NPR’s Scott Simon recommends Da 5 Bloods as one film to watch this Memorial Day.

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We are grateful this Memorial Day weekend for those many who have fallen in service to the country which, even with the changes it needs to make, so many enjoy today.

I know our family, and perhaps yours, will see one or more venerated films that resonate with a holiday that, after all, is about more than sales on websites. I’ve chosen just three of my favorites here:

Da 5 Bloods is Spike Lee’s 2020 film that follows five friends who shed blood, sweat and tears together during the Vietnam War and return, after 50 years, to bring home the body of a fallen friend, and perhaps a treasure buried with him. But is the treasure true riches, just reparations, or a curse?

We interviewed one of the stars, Delroy Lindo, who says, “I hope there is an enhanced recognition of, as a result of seeing this film, is these men, their contributions, their courage and their love of America, and their love of country in context of the presentation of their humanity.”


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His character wears a MAGA hat for much of the film, and Lindo says he grew to feel what it means to the man he was portraying, which is what an actor has to do.

The Best Years of Our Lives (based on MacKinlay Kantor’s 1945 novella) is William Wyler’s powerful and poignant 1946 film, winner of multiple Oscars. If you’re not in tears within a few minutes, as three veterans return home from World War II and fly over their old hometown, consult a specialist.

Harold Russell won and deserves a lot of attention for his performance as a veteran who lost his hands in battle. But note the strong and subtle performances, too, of Fredric March as the middle-aged enlisted man who returns to his life as a bank vice president (“Everybody’s going to try and rehabilitate me,” he worries) and Myrna Loy as his wife, who has kept the family together.


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Wyler’s film is central in Mark Harris’ 2014 book, Five Came Back, and lucid about the human costs of war, even to those lucky enough to survive. (Look for the scene in which a mother and father read the citation their son received for a medal.)

And finally, 1949’s Twelve O’ Clock High is set among American aircrews flying out of war-time England. It is a brave film that captures breakdowns among some of its most heroic figures. Gregory Peck is terrific, of course, but see Dean Jagger, wordless and eloquent, as the veteran in the opening scene who returns to his old airfield, now a place for cows to graze, and remembers more than he perhaps wanted.


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We are grateful for the sacrifices of so many. We hope you have a fine holiday weekend.

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Ram Charan reveals RC15 release date

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It is known that Mega power star Ram Charan has joined the sets of his upcoming film RC15, which is progressing at the brisk pace under the direction of Shankar who is known for helming 2.0.  Kabir Singh fame Kiara Advani is on the board to play the female lead. The upcoming film marks their second collaboration after Vinaya Vidheya  Rama. Recently during  the media interaction, Ram Charan spoek about Shankar and RC15 release plan.

Rangathalam and Dhruva fame Ram Charan said, “We are planning to release RC15 in theatres in February 2023.: About Shankar, Charan said that it had been a dream come true to work with Shankar sir.  Charan also confirmed that it is a political drama.

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The yet to be titled  Pan Indian film also has Jayaram, Anjali, Sunil, Naveen Chandra, Rahman, Srikanth and others in important roles. Thirunavukarasu is handling the cinematography, while Thaman is onboard for the film’s music. RC15 is produced by Dil Raju under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations.

Meanwhile Ram Charan is looking forward to the grand release of RRR. The project is helmed by SS Rajamouli and has Jr NTR in the lead role.  DVV Danayya’ production venture will hit the screens worldwide on 7th January 2022.

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Higher risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation among children with poorly controlled asthma, says study

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Children with poorly controlled asthma infected with Covid-19 are more likely to require hospitalisation than children with well-controlled asthma or those without asthma, according to a new study. The study, carried out between March 2020 and July 2021, is the first of its kind investigating Covid-19 hospitalisation among 5 to 17-year-olds living in Scotland.

The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal, suggest that current UK recommendations to offer Covid-19 vaccination to all 12 to 17-year-olds should now be expanded to include children with poorly controlled asthma aged 5 and older — including an estimated 109,488 in the UK.

The authors said that prioritising this group of children for Covid-19 vaccination has important implications for vaccine delivery worldwide by reducing the risk of infection, associated illness and, consequently, the need for children to have time off school. However, the overall risk of children with asthma becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 is low, with 1 in 380 children with poorly controlled asthma in the study hospitalised with Covid-19.

“Understanding which children with asthma are at increased risk of serious Covid-19 outcomes is critical to ongoing policy deliberations on vaccine prioritisation,” said lead author Professor Aziz Sheikh from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. “Our analysis provides the first national evidence of the risk of Covid-19 hospitalisations among school-aged children with markers of poorly controlled asthma.”

He added, “The key takeaway from this study is that keeping children’s asthma under control is critical as this greatly reduces the risk of Covid-19 hospitalisation. Vaccinating those with poorly controlled asthma offers an additional important layer of protection from serious Covid-19 outcomes.”

Asthma is one the most common long-term childhood conditions affecting an estimated 78 million 5 to 19-year-olds worldwide in 2019, with over 1 million children being treated for asthma in the UK alone. Despite evidence that adults with poorly controlled asthma are at greater risk of being more severely affected by Covid-19, there is a lack of research in children, and until now, there have been no population-based analyses.

At the request of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), researchers analysed data from the Scotland-wide Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II) reporting platform between March 1, 2020 and July 27,2021 to identify which children with asthma were at increased risk of severe COVID-19, leading to hospitalisation within 14 days of a positive real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PT-PCR) test, or death from any cause within 28 days after a positive test for SARS-CoV-2. EAVE II allows rapid analysis of data from routinely collected electronic health records and linked national databases for 5.4 million people (around 99% of the Scottish population).

In total, 752,867 children aged 5-17 years old were included in the analysis. Among 63,463 children (8.4%) with a diagnosis of asthma, 4,339 (6.8%) had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, and 67 (1.5%) of these were admitted to hospital with Covid-19. There were nine intensive care admissions or deaths in children with asthma, which prevented detailed evaluation of these most severe outcomes. Overall, 40,231 (5.8%) of children without asthma had a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, of whom 382 (0.9%) were hospitalised with Covid-19.

The study found that 5-17-year-olds with poorly controlled asthma (defined as being hospitalised with asthma within the past two years) were more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 (548 Covid-19 hospitalisations per 100,000 children), compared to children with well-controlled asthma (94 hospitalisations per 100,000 children), or without asthma (55 hospitalisations per 100,000 children). Based on these data, the researchers estimate that there were 9,124 children aged 5–17 years old with poorly controlled asthma in Scotland during the study period who might have benefited from Covid-19 vaccination, and approximately 109,488 children in the whole UK.

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‘9-1-1’ Season 5 Episode 10 Photos, Promo, Plot and Cast

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Fox’s 9-1-1 season five episode 10 has a holiday theme and will serve as the season’s winter finale. “Wrapped in Red” airs on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT.

Executive producers Angela Bassett and Peter Krause return to lead the cast as Athena Grant and Bobby Nash. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Maddie Kendall, Oliver Stark is Evan “Buck” Buckley, Aisha Hinds is Henrietta “Hen” Wilson, and Kenneth Choi is Howie “Chimney” Han. Ryan Guzman plays Eddie Diaz, Rockmond Dunbar is Michael Grant, Corinne Massiah is May Grant, Marcanthonee Jon Reis is Harry Grant, Gavin McHugh is Christopher Diaz, and John Harlan Kim plays Albert Han.

“Wrapped in Red” Plot: The members of the 118 are called to series of emergencies around Christmas Eve. Then, Eddie struggles with an emotional Christopher.

The Season 5 Plot, Courtesy of Fox:

The first responders race into action when a series of ransomware attacks target computer systems, air traffic control towers and hospitals. Then, a massive city-wide blackout causes havoc in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Athena deals with a family emergency, Maddie’s postpartum depression worsens, Eddie suffers a health scare and a new call center operator takes charge.

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Peter Krause and Angela Bassett in ‘9-1-1’ season 5 episode 10 (Photo by Jack Zeman © 2022 FOX Media LLC)
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Aisha Hinds and Oliver Stark in the “Wrapped In Red” episode (Photo by Jack Zeman © 2022 FOX Media LLC)
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Angela Bassett and Peter Krause in the “Wrapped In Red” episode (Photo by Jack Zeman © 2022 FOX Media LLC)
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Oliver Stark in season 5 episode 10 (Photo by Jack Zeman © 2022 FOX Media LLC)
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Peter Krause in season 5 episode 10 (Photo by Jack Zeman © 2022 FOX Media LLC)
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