“A White Man’s Guide To Rikers Island”

‘A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island’
by ROBERT MASSIMI a day ago in REVIEW
Enjoying Our Privilege.

A White Man’s Guide To Rikers Island is an informative play about the jail itself, from what it is like to be incarcerated there to the history of the prison. Based on a true story, we learn about playwright Richard Roy and his life. Roy is played by a fine actor, Connor Chase Stewart. Roy grew up in Sparta, New Jersey, and had many opportunities in his life. He went from boxing to acting, both very easily and very fast. He was enjoying success, acting in Shakespeare In The Park while doing Guiding Light during the day.

Richard Roy’s life changed when he hit a young motorcyclist one evening. After the young man died, Roy was committed for one year to Rikers Island. The play’s crux is about the time he did there and how it changed his life. Actor Connor Stewart takes us through the ins and the outs of what befalls anyone who enters those four walls. Since Rikers Island is 92 percent Black and Hispanic, Roy stands out as a minority.

The play at first shows us how Roy went from being the majority on the outside, to being a minority on the inside. Richard Roy and co-writer Eric Webb at first do a really good job of showing the audience just what that role reversal must feel like. It also shows us Roy’s fear, and how his life changes in a day.

The story here is a good one; however, the white privilege cliches and anecdotes gets a bit old by the end of the show. Writer Roy makes it seem that working hard and doing well is a crime, which is something I just can’t fathom. Some of the points that Roy makes about people awaiting trial is true, but also true is that Roy’s family could afford bail. Roy did time for committing a crime. Being white did not help him in being convicted. The way O.J.Simpson made bail, so did Roy (only Roy got convicted).

With the exception of “get whitey,” this was an enjoyable show. Both informative and well acted, the show had exceptional lighting and was equally deftly directed. A White Man’s Guide To Rikers Island was a fast paced, quick 90 minutes without an intermission. The play, however got a little preachy after the first sixty minutes. It went from fact based, with a little humor, to very liberal-based and less accurate and informative.

In a simple set, the lighting pin pointed the many qualities of the acting, and freed up the direction to clear the way for Stewart to move about and let the audience feel his every nuance of this scared, broken person. Roy himself was present in the first five and last five minutes of this play. In his short stint, he too resonated in his role of how he views his life and what happened to him due to this fatal accident.

In what is generally a good show in an intimate theater, A White Man’s Guide To Rikers Island is, in general, a well performed play, and one to be seen. Roy shows us the many sides of his life—his good upbringing, his athleticism, how he was able to act next to Denzel Washington and act during the day on a soap opera. We also see his party side, his wild side and what that one fatal night led to. The audience embraces how one mistake could cause the destruction of not only the deceased, but the destruction of Roy’s life as well.

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Robert Massimi.

In what was a wonderful concert last night at MPAC in Morristown, N.J.; Ambrosia played for two hours accompanied by great artists as, John Ford Coley, Denny Laine of The Moody Blues, looking Glass and Peter Beckett of Player and The Little River Band.

The concert featured Ambrosia on stage for the entire evening with special guests coming on to sing songs of the Yacht Rock Genre. Ambrosia is from the South Bay of Los Angeles, and their style of music is different than most of the California sounds from the past. Steeped in progressive music, Ambrosia gave us a different kind of sound, which covered the gamut of musical styles that intrigued bands like The Allan Parsons Project.

Ambrosia, in its brief recording history garnered five Grammy Nominations, as well as five Hit Singles. Ambrosia still has three original members, it has since added ace guitarist Doug Jackson, the very talented Mary Harris on keyboards, and Ken Stacy on vocals and acoustic guitar. The band has never been “tighter” musically, and has enjoyed a great resurgence along America as they tour throughout 2019.

Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass and a New Jersey native was the first to perform last night. Laurie’s voice was as good as ever, as he belted out three songs, ending with a sensational rendition of “Brandy.” Laurie proved once again last evening what a sensational guitarist he is, effortlessly, his cord structure brought his songs to the forefront, and was a standout during his too short time on stage.

John Ford Coley was warm and invigorating to the audience. He joked about his old age, his time touring, and he too was magnificent as he peeled through songs like “We Never Have To Say Goodbye Again” and “Really Love To See You Tonight.” A consummate professional, Coley has been wowing audiences since the 70s.

Denny Laine of The Moody Blues churned out a Beatles song, “Magical Mystery Tour” and Wings, “Band On The Run.” This was a change up from the Yacht Rock experience, however, Laine used to perform with Wings, so it made sense that he would play at least one Wings song. A rock and roll hall of fame member, Laine showed off his skills as a guitarist and vocalist.

The last person to perform last evening was Player’s Peter Beckett. Like all the others before him, he performed three songs, his anthem “Baby Come Back,” brought the house down. Beckett, from Liverpool, England, talked about his life in music and how recording “Baby Come Back” in a garage in Los Angeles changed his life forever. He went on to help create the Little River Band, as well as play and write songs for Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, and many, many more. His talents also went further, he has written many songs for movies such as St. Elmo’s Fire and Frankie and Johnny to name just two.

The MPAC’s “Rock The Yacht” was a whirlwind of great songs from yesteryear, many fun songs that consumed the FM airways in the 70s. Elliot Lurie’s version of “Dancing In The Moonlight” made the aging audience remember just how popular this song was when it first came out. Ambrosia, too, brought back the early 80s great with “Your The Biggest Part Of Me,” “How Much I Feel” and “Your The Only Woman.”

The MPAC, which continues to have fantastic artists at this beautiful venue had a surefire winner last evening. As breezy as the music itself, this new “Yacht Rock” genre is like a fine chardonnay with a nice crisp breeze as you sail away into the gallows of yesterday. MPAC was the perfect sight for this kind of concert, a smooth easy peaceful feeling as we watched these legends perform not only their songs, but songs from other great artists that until now, have been long forgotten.

MPAC will host again this year’s American in October, as well as Joan Jett. MPAC also has great works for children, as well as plays and musicals in the up coming 2019-2020 season. A spectacular venue for any kind of performance, the MPAC continues on as a leader in live performance in New Jersey.

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The death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein behind bars should trigger “system-wide self-reflection” on how prisoners are treated. The Metropolitan Correctional Center “is sort of like an American gulag for people who have not been convicted of anything,” Epstein lawyer Marc Fernich said.

Epstein had at least some dirt on some high-powered people like Bill Clinton and he could very well be dead because he was going to talk.

And another person currently jailed for giving the American public information the United States government desperately wanted to keep secret, is Julian Assange. His health is failing and the highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein in a U.S. maximum-security prison is another strong reason not to extradite Assange into one.

Epstein’s death has gotten his lawyer to speak out about the conditions in American prisons, likening them to the gulags of the Soviet Union. MCC is “institutionally ill-equipped” to deal with someone like Epstein who wouldn’t last long in general population but who isn’t a hardened criminal, Fernich explained to RT. “This is one of the toughest pre-trial detention facilities in the country. And the conditions are inhumane.” Epstein, he insists, was “presumed innocent,” despite his 2008 conviction for soliciting underage prostitutes – part of a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal the fallout from which culminated in this year’s sex trafficking charges – and should not have been confined in such “barbaric” conditions.

But there is every reason to fear Assange is already in danger, in Belmarsh maximum-security prison, where he is currently incarcerated. Assange did the unthinkable. He exposed the government for what it really is: a corrupt authoritarian entity that firmly believes it has the right to enslave everyone else. Pressenza wrote: “The Establishment has conspired to reduce his ability to defend himself in court. I am not convinced it is not conspiring to destroy him.”

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Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him.
I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.

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John Pilger has been attempting to alert the public to what several governments are attempting to do to Assange for the crime of publishing the truth.

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Visiting Julian #Assange in prison I glimpsed his barbaric treatment. Isolated, denied proper exercise, access to the library, a laptop, he cannot prepare his defence. He is even denied calls to his US lawyers. His UK lawyer wrote to the governor on 4 June. Silence. How lawless.

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Truth is treason in the empire of lies. Deaths like Epstein’s had the benefit of at least waking up some of the public to the lies and deception by the propaganda outlets also known as the mainstream media. They are desperately trying to silence anyone who questions the establishment’s official narrative. But even Fernich himself is “skeptical” about the medical examiner’s conclusion that Epstein committed suicide. “It would not surprise me… to learn of anything that might have happened to Jeffrey Epstein,” he says, adding that Epstein’s mysterious death will be the subject of discussion for decades. Similarly, the mainstream media has blood on their hands when it comes to Assange, according to another tweet by Pilger.

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Watch this revelation by Mark Davis, the award-winning journalist and lawyer, a crucial witness to the Guardian’s and NY Times’ betrayal of Julian #Assange who faces extradition for what they did, too. Note their silence as #Assange fights for his life.https://www.dropbox.com/s/bovuj6jo4pw8ykj/Davis%20assange%20small.mov?dl=0

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repr sleepr
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Comment ID: 4008842
August 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm
Forgive me if I don’t feel any sympathy for that dirt bag.

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What exactly do you think he did?
says:
Comment ID: 4008884
August 21, 2019 at 9:46 am
What exactly do you think he did? He isn’t even an American and never swore an oath to our country – unlike that rat b32t3rd Snowden.

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Kevin2
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Comment ID: 4008955
August 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm
“unlike that rat b32t3rd Snowden.”

Ed Snowden informed the public that the NSA was grossly violating the 4th Amendment. Mass spying upon the US public is both a gross violation of the 4th Amendment and with it the more frightening facilitation of the tampering with democracy at both the grass roots level and through potential blackmail with the suborning of public officials including judges. One would be utterly naive to believe that some high moral standard precludes such behavior. Need I repeat “Jeffery Epstein”, “Lolita Island” and the “who’s who” of the powerful “entertained” there along with the not surprising demise, by violent means, of Mr Epstein while in Federal hands.

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Anonymous
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Comment ID: 4009013
August 22, 2019 at 5:06 am
I’d be very careful of what you post. Look twice before you cross the street.

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MAR
says:
Comment ID: 4009000
August 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm
Not a fan of Assange. Like Assange or not he told us how corrupt our own government is. How they violate our constitutional rights under the guise of national security. If he is extradited to the US he will be murdered in DOJ Custody, probably suicide in jail. We have the most corrupt, unconstitutional and illegal government since Hoover.

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Bill
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Comment ID: 4008892
August 21, 2019 at 10:17 am
RS – Why is Assange a dirt bag? He and others have exposed a lot of high level corruption, crimes, and agendas by TPTB. Don’t fool yourself, you mean nothing to them, they want you to believe he is a dirtbag. These same people despise you and consider you nothing more than a disposable managed resource.
They are primarily not driven by ideology (people with ideologies are mere tools for TPTB), but by lust for unbridled global power, control, and domination of resources.
Many individuals are now willing to kiss their chains for the privilege to ask for permission, or for the crumbs they get.
It isn’t just Assange being shut down, there are now efforts (by officialdom, “civil rights” organizations, NGOs, media, think tanks, and quasi-secret organizations) to shut down all voices who disagree with approved narratives. And we are already being tracked and cataloged like livestock in every phone call, every text, every email, every financial transaction, every interaction with officialdom, and everywhere we go.
Looks to me like you have been successfully propagandized.

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Anonymous
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Comment ID: 4008933
August 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm
What can we do for Julian Assange now? How can we help?

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He was talking about Epstein
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Comment ID: 4008959
August 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm
He was talking about Epstein

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Richard Rovet
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Comment ID: 4008984
August 21, 2019 at 6:41 pm
Agreed!!!

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David Levine
says:
Comment ID: 4008905
August 21, 2019 at 11:11 am
This isn’t about your feelings. It is about the rule of law. Everyone deserves the right to defend themselves in court. This is extra-judicial killing (murder) we expect from Venezuela, Soviet Union by powerful people (eg Clintons) trying to cover their own guilt. Innocent people (witnesses) are also imprisoned in this medieval torture chamber with the worst murderers and violent prisoners in order to force them to testi-lie to please corrupt and mean prosecutors who should be spending time as prisoners there themselves. Cyrus Vance is one of them.

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Anonymous
says:
Comment ID: 4008912
August 21, 2019 at 11:40 am
Try some critical thinking instead of parroting CiaNN programming.

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Anonymous
says:
Comment ID: 4008918
August 21, 2019 at 12:07 pm
You like being lied to by our own government? That or you are part of it. I don’t see how anybody can stick up for a corrupt deceitful government. All Asante did was expose them for whom they are and your basically calling Asante the traitor! I guess up is down, black is white and truth are lies in the world you live in.

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ron
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Comment ID: 4008921
August 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm
julian’s just mad ’cause they don’t let him smear doo-doo on the walls…

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Face Palm
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Comment ID: 4008923
August 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm
Dirt bag or not. You missed the point, in the US you are now guilty until proven innocent. The government can hold you as long as they like without bail simply by attaching “National Security Threat” to you because they don’t have to say why you are a threat just “it is a matter of national security yor honor” is all they have to say. You seem fine with this approach though. Just wait until it’s you behind bars; and don’t think you’ll never have this happen becasue you never do anything worng. There are plenty of people in jail who never did anything wrong.

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Anonymous
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Comment ID: 4009005
August 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm
REPEAL THE PATRIOT ACT NOW, AND THIS CEASES! That unconstitutional law was always designed for the domestic population

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HanRuan
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Comment ID: 4008927
August 21, 2019 at 12:46 pm
No, I don’t think we will.

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Anonymous
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Comment ID: 4008965
August 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm
repr sleepr

Assange exposed the truth which doesn’t sit well to those in power. Assange is the Free Press and as such is fully protected according to the US Supreme Court ruling New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971); but he must make to court alive. In it the opinion, written by Justice Hugo Black, clearly stated the intent of the most holy of holy First Amendment; “The Press is to serve the governed, not the governors”.
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Rock The Yacht
by ROBERT MASSIMI 22 minutes ago in 70S MUSIC
MPAC.

Robert Massimi.

In what was a wonderful concert last night at MPAC in Morristown, N.J.; Ambrosia played for two hours accompanied by great artists as, John Ford Coley, Denny Laine of The Moody Blues, looking Glass and Peter Beckett of Player and The Little River Band.

The concert featured Ambrosia on stage for the entire evening with special guests coming on to sing songs of the Yacht Rock Genre. Ambrosia is from the South Bay of Los Angeles, and their style of music is different than most of the California sounds from the past. Steeped in progressive music, Ambrosia gave us a different kind of sound, which covered the gamut of musical styles that intrigued bands like The Allan Parsons Project.

Ambrosia, in its brief recording history garnered five Grammy Nominations, as well as five Hit Singles. Ambrosia still has three original members, it has since added ace guitarist Doug Jackson, the very talented Mary Harris on keyboards, and Ken Stacy on vocals and acoustic guitar. The band has never been “tighter” musically, and has enjoyed a great resurgence along America as they tour throughout 2019.

Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass and a New Jersey native was the first to perform last night. Laurie’s voice was as good as ever, as he belted out three songs, ending with a sensational rendition of “Brandy.” Laurie proved once again last evening what a sensational guitarist he is, effortlessly, his cord structure brought his songs to the forefront, and was a standout during his too short time on stage.

John Ford Coley was warm and invigorating to the audience. He joked about his old age, his time touring, and he too was magnificent as he peeled through songs like “We Never Have To Say Goodbye Again” and “Really Love To See You Tonight.” A consummate professional, Coley has been wowing audiences since the 70s.

Denny Laine of The Moody Blues churned out a Beatles song, “Magical Mystery Tour” and Wings, “Band On The Run.” This was a change up from the Yacht Rock experience, however, Laine used to perform with Wings, so it made sense that he would play at least one Wings song. A rock and roll hall of fame member, Laine showed off his skills as a guitarist and vocalist.

The last person to perform last evening was Player’s Peter Beckett. Like all the others before him, he performed three songs, his anthem “Baby Come Back,” brought the house down. Beckett, from Liverpool, England, talked about his life in music and how recording “Baby Come Back” in a garage in Los Angeles changed his life forever. He went on to help create the Little River Band, as well as play and write songs for Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, and many, many more. His talents also went further, he has written many songs for movies such as St. Elmo’s Fire and Frankie and Johnny to name just two.

The MPAC’s “Rock The Yacht” was a whirlwind of great songs from yesteryear, many fun songs that consumed the FM airways in the 70s. Elliot Lurie’s version of “Dancing In The Moonlight” made the aging audience remember just how popular this song was when it first came out. Ambrosia, too, brought back the early 80s great with “Your The Biggest Part Of Me,” “How Much I Feel” and “Your The Only Woman.”

The MPAC, which continues to have fantastic artists at this beautiful venue had a surefire winner last evening. As breezy as the music itself, this new “Yacht Rock” genre is like a fine chardonnay with a nice crisp breeze as you sail away into the gallows of yesterday. MPAC was the perfect sight for this kind of concert, a smooth easy peaceful feeling as we watched these legends perform not only their songs, but songs from other great artists that until now, have been long forgotten.

MPAC will host again this year’s American in October, as well as Joan Jett. MPAC also has great works for children, as well as plays and musicals in the up coming 2019-2020 season. A spectacular venue for any kind of performance, the MPAC continues on as a leader in live performance in New Jersey.

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LOS ANGELES — When Martin Scorsese signed with Netflix to make “The Irishman,” the star-studded epic scheduled to have its premiere on the opening night of the New York Film Festival next month, he put himself in the crossfire of the so-called streaming wars.

The film, which may represent Mr. Scorsese’s grandest statement yet on the intersection of organized crime and American politics, is expected to be a strong contender in the 2020 Oscar race. He took his $159 million movie, with Robert De Niro in the lead role, to Netflix after his home studio of recent years, Paramount Pictures, balked at the budget.

The full extent of the theatrical rollout remains up in the air. Where, exactly, moviegoers will be able to see “The Irishman” won’t be clear until the discussions between Netflix and select major theater chains end. They have been dragging on for months. The negotiations are just the latest chapter in the conflict between the film industry’s old guard and the tech-driven upstarts.

“The Irishman,” a throwback to the 1990s Scorsese hits “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” was announced more than a decade ago at Paramount, the studio where he made “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Silence.”

Mr. Scorsese struck the deal with Netflix in 2017, and filming started soon afterward. The film, which makes use of “de-aging” special effects to keep the actors looking the right ages in a saga that spans decades, is in the final stages of postproduction as the director works to get it done in time for its Sept. 27 festival premiere.

Martin Scorsese’s next movie, “The Irishman,” a decade-spanning epic starring Robert De Niro, is coming soon from Netflix.
In his ninth collaboration with Mr. Scorsese, Mr. De Niro plays the title character, Frank Sheeran, a hit man known as the Irishman who claimed he killed the Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has never been found, in 1975. He is joined in the cast by the “Goodfellas” and “Casino” alumnus Joe Pesci, who came out of retirement to play the mob boss Russell Bufalino. Al Pacino — appearing for the first time in a film directed by Mr. Scorsese — portrays Hoffa.

Scott Stuber, the head of Netflix’s film division, is leading talks for the streaming company with at least two large chains, AMC Theatres, which operates 11,000 screens worldwide, and Cineplex, the largest exhibitor in Canada, with over 1,600 screens, according to two people familiar with negotiations. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer and Mr. Stuber’s boss, has also taken part in the talks. The director has been pushing for a robust national theatrical release, two people with knowledge of Mr. Scorsese’s thinking said.

Two other large chains, Regal and Cinemark, told The New York Times that they were not in discussions with Netflix over “The Irishman.”

Adam Aron, the AMC chief executive, said in a statement, “Talks are underway with Netflix about our showing ‘The Irishman’ and other Netflix films, but the outcome of those conversations is not yet clear.”

AMC and Cineplex are negotiating with Netflix separately, the people familiar with the talks said. A crucial sticking point has been the major chains’ insistence that the films they book must play in their theaters for close to three months while not being made for available for streaming at the same time, which does not sit well with Netflix. Talks broke down in July, only to pick up again two weeks ago, the people said.

Netflix, Mr. Scorsese and Cineplex declined to comment for this article.

Because of the impasse over the three-month theatrical window, Netflix has yet to give any of its films the kind of blockbuster theatrical releases that companies like AMC can provide. The streaming giant’s reluctance to concern itself with weekend box-office numbers reflects its laser focus on its main mission: delivering streaming video on demand to its 151 million subscribers worldwide.

Having built itself into an entertainment powerhouse by keeping its subscribers interested and coming back for more, the company does not want to be distracted by the demands of the old-style movie business, even as it makes deals with legendary filmmakers like Mr. Scorsese.

“Netflix is in the subscriber happiness business,” said Richard Greenfield, a tech and media analyst. “They need to attract more members and make current members happier. ‘The Irishman’ is really important.”

Many Netflix movies, like the Adam Sandler vehicle “Murder Mystery,” which Netflix said had 78 million household views in its first four weeks, seem made for living-room viewing. But Netflix has also come out with more ambitious offerings, like “Roma,” the meditative black-and-white film from the director Alfonso Cuarón. “Roma” won praise from critics on its way to three Oscars this year, for best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film.

As Netflix’s movie division has matured, the company has softened its stance on theatrical distribution. Last year, it struck deals with independent movie houses and small theatrical chains like Landmark and Alamo Drafthouse, which have looser requirements than the big exhibitors on exclusive showings, for one-week runs of the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” and the Coen brothers’ Western “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” before they were made available for streaming.

For “Roma,” Netflix went further, giving it a 21-day theatrical release at the independent and small-chain theaters before its subscribers could watch it on devices or TV screens. Netflix has said there will be some kind of theatrical release for “The Irishman,” but has so far resisted going much beyond the 21 days it granted “Roma,” the people familiar with the talks said.

When he agreed to make the film for Netflix, Mr. Scorsese was aware that a wide release was not guaranteed, but he chose the company because it was “actually making our movies, from a place of respect and love for cinema,” he said in an email to The Times last year.

The trailer for “The Irishman,” released last month, has racked up millions of YouTube views, suggesting that it has greater commercial potential than “Roma.” The potential box-office revenue could be a boon for a company that has bet big on a single revenue stream, despite calls from Wall Street to diversify. Netflix stock fell by 12 percent last month after it reported its first decline in domestic subscribers since 2011.

“While direct release of smaller budget films on Netflix makes economic sense, we believe franchise-oriented films will need to include theatrical release on a large scale to optimize returns,” said the financial services company Barclays in a January report.

The coming Scorsese film also has a shot at the prize that eluded “Roma” despite Netflix’s costly awards campaign on its behalf: the Academy Award for best picture.

Oscar eligibility is not much of a factor in how Netflix handles the rollout. To qualify for the Academy Awards, a film must have a 7-day run in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County, according to rules recently confirmed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors; it can even be shown on another platform at the same time. Still, there is an Academy contingent that may look askance at Netflix if it does not play by the old rules for a cinematic feature like “The Irishman.”

Despite its craving for Oscar gold, Netflix does not want to be distracted from its core business — especially now that it will be challenged by the Walt Disney Company, which plans to unveil its Disney Plus streaming service Nov. 12, and Apple, which is starting its equivalent, Apple TV Plus, on an unspecified date this fall. Following those giants into the increasingly crowded digital-video marketplace will be WarnerMedia and Comcast, among others.

In an effort to stay ahead of its current and future rivals, Netflix spent $12 billion on original content in 2018. While the company has paid large sums to star television producers like Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes and the “Game of Thrones” duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, it has not stinted on its movie division, which made 55 films last year, not counting documentaries and animated movies, and has brought aboard A-list directors like Noah Baumbach, Ron Howard, Dee Rees, Steven Soderbergh and Guillermo del Toro.

Even as it works to add subscribers, Netflix cannot afford to alienate top filmmakers. Mr. Stuber is mindful that the way to keep the talent happy is to get their work on the big screen. He recently bolstered the Netflix film arm by hiring two distribution executives from 21st Century Fox, Spencer Klein and Pablo Rico.

AMC and other large chains worry that if they grant Netflix a shorter theatrical window, they will have to do the same for other studios. In his statement, Mr. Aron added that he would be “delighted” to show Netflix movies, but he had a caveat: “We can only do so, however, on terms that respect AMC’s important and close relationships with our longstanding studio partners, including Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony, Paramount, Lionsgate and so many other filmmakers who are the lifeblood of our substantial business.”

Some Hollywood executives have said the theater chains must adapt if the cinematic experience is going to compete with the convenience of streaming. “Both the studios and the exhibitors have to look at every aspect of how we do business together and figure out different paradigms to move it forward,” said Chris Aronson, the former chief distribution executive at Twentieth Century Fox.

More than 95 percent of movies stop earning their keep in theaters at the 42-day mark, well short of the three-month window demanded by major chains, according to Mr. Aronson. That suggests the need for change, he said.

“The movie theaters feel that if they blink at all, it will all blow up,” said Jeff Blake, the former chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures.

Netflix’s unwillingness to promise wide releases has come with a cost. The company lost out on the rights to “Crazy Rich Asians,” the 2018 romantic comedy that grossed nearly $240 million at worldwide box offices. The director, Jon M. Chu, and the author of the novel it was based on, Kevin Kwan, decided to go with Warner Bros., saying they wanted the movie to play in as many theaters as possible.

Netflix’s stance has also put it at odds with the theatrical chain Regal, which said in a statement to The Times: “Currently, we are not in any discussion with Netflix on ‘The Irishman’ nor on any other movie. Of course, if Netflix will decide to respect the industry business model and release the movie with a proper theatrical window, we will be more than happy to discuss the booking of the movie in Regal theaters.”

Mr. Scorsese directed another film for Netflix, “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,” a playful documentary released simultaneously in select theaters and on the streaming service in June, but he plans to make his next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, at Paramount.

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“I’m in the process of putting together a team of people that feel the exact same way that I do. This is not a ‘Never Trump’ situation, this is not just screeching rhetoric. This is, ‘OK, the guy’s unstable, everyone inside knows it, everyone outside knows it, let’s see if we can find a viable alternative,’” Scaramucci said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“Moreover, I’ve got to get some of these former Cabinet officials in unity to speak up about it.”

Scaramucci would not reveal names of former officials that he said feel that Trump is unstable. But he said he expects more to come out publicly in upcoming months.

“I predict in middle or late fall there will be a trove of people that will come together in unity to say this is what’s going on. This is how the person’s acting. This is why there’s nobody inside the White House he’s taking any advice from,” Scaramucci said.

He also did not disclose names of possible candidates he’s looking to back along with the team he’s looking to assemble.

“I don’t think it’s fair to those people,” he said.

Around the same time Scaramucci spoke on CNN, Trump renewed an attack on his former staffer. He tweeted that Scaramucci is a “nut job” that he “barely knew.”

“He was a mental wreck. We didn’t want him around. Now Fake News puts him on like he was my buddy!” Trump tweeted.

Trump also tweeted that there is “great cohesion” inside the Republican Party.

Scaramucci had long defended Trump but in recent weeks has spoken out against the president’s rhetoric and actions.

Trump has drawn one official Republican primary challenger so far, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

Weld previously appeared on the Libertarian Party presidential ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016.

Former GOP Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.) has also said he is weighing a possible challenge against Trump.

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Water cannon trucks were kept on standby by as pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong marched through the dense city centre after assembling at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on a rain-soaked Sunday afternoon, reported South China Morning Post.

The demonstrators filled the streets as there was not enough space at the park. The police approved the rally but objected to plans to march to the central district because of previous clashes that had occurred there. However, protestors defied the police instructions and marched anyway, reported The New York Times.

By mid-afternoon, the park was filled with tens of thousands of people. Protestors brought traffic on a multilane main road in the Causeway Bay shopping district to a halt. As the crowd inched toward the park, they shouted: “People of Hong Kong, keep fighting.”

Small crowds gathered outside the Legislative Council building. Harcourt Road, a key thoroughfare that passes by Hong Kong’s legislature, has been the site of multiple clashes between the police and the protestors since the anti-government protests began in June. As streams of protestors carrying umbrellas continued to march, some people unfurled a banner from a walkway that read: “We want democracy”, reported CNN.

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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for China’s legislature condemned statements from US legislators supporting the protestors. You Wenze called the statements by senators and Congress representatives “a gross violation of the spirit of the rule of law, a blatant double standard and a gross interference in China’s internal affairs”.

A number of senators and Congress members, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have talked of the country’s commitment to human rights and urged Hong Kong’s government to end the standoff.

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Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday supported the Centre’s Jammu and Kashmir decisions, going against the party’s stand on the matter. He said the party had “lost its way a bit” and was not the “old Congress” anymore, NDTV reported.

On August 5, the government hollowed out Article 370 of Constitution, removing Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, and split the state into two Union Territories. Eight parties had opposed the government’s move in Parliament. However, Congress leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Janardan Dwivedi, Karan Singh, Jaiveer Shergill, Milind Deora, Aditi Singh and Bhubaneswar Kalita backed the government.

“[Article] 370 was removed and many of my colleagues opposed it,” Hooda said. “When it comes to issues of patriotism and self-respect, I will never compromise.” He added he will always support the Centre when it does something right.

The former Haryana chief minister said he was born in a patriotic family, ANI reported. In a message to those who opposed the Centre, Hooda said: “Usulon par jahan aanch aaye, vahan takrana zaruri hai, jo zinda hai to zinda dikhna zaruri hai [When principles are affected, conflict arises; if you are alive then you have to show it].”…

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