Review: McCarthy, Feig set their sights on 007 in ‘Spy’

first_img This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Melissa McCarthy, left, facing off against a knife-wielding adversary, Nargis Fakhri, in a scene from the film, “Spy.” (Larry Horricks/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Melissa McCarthy, right, receiving her new spy marching orders from boss Allison Janney, in a scene from the film, “Spy.” (Larry Horricks/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) Ridiculous questions about the funniness and bankability of women have clouded exactly what’s going on here: Nobody is a better comedic actor right now than Melissa McCarthy.She’s a combustible ball of comic fury rolled up in Chaplinesque sweetness, equally capable of profanity-laced verbal virtuosity as perfectly timed pratfalls. In her latest, the espionage comedy “Spy,” McCarthy dons a host of identities, a closet full of wigs and — in order to stay undercover but really just to switch things up — essentially changes her entire performance midway through.It’s a globe-trotting tour of McCarthy’s talent, throughout which she’s practically always kicking butt. Who was that double-O-what’s-his-face, anyway?“Spy” is the third collaboration between McCarthy and director Paul Feig, who first came together on “Bridesmaids,” and followed that up with the very solid buddy comedy “The Heat,” with Sandra Bullock. They’re soon to embark on a female-led update of “Ghostbusters,” too, which is fitting because their partnership is beginning to resemble that of Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman.Everything they’ve done, starting with the sensation of “Bridesmaids,” has been surrounded with both justified praise and tiresome overemphasis on the female-ness of their enterprise. “Spy,” too, is in many ways a great inversion of the Bond world, casting men like Jude Law as the eye candy on the side while the center of the movie is played out between women: McCarthy and Rose Byrne’s snobbish, high-couture villain. McCarthy plays Susan Cooper, a contentedly desk-bound CIA operative accustom to aiding far more elegant and suave field agents like the tuxedo-clad Bradley Fine (Law, a one-time Bond candidate enjoying the brief fantasy of virtually playing the super spy). While Fine pursues supervillains at a Bulgaria casino, she’s whispering in his earpiece, monitoring above from a drone and swooning over his out-of-reach glamour.Cooper, though, is far away in a Langley headquarters cubical, where the immediate concerns are more humdrum: mouse droppings and birthday cakes. Feig lingers perhaps a tad too long in the film’s first section, but it’s to a purpose: “Spy” is in many ways a workplace comedy about the indignities a capable women must suffer in a male-dominated profession.When well-to-do arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Byrne) outs all of the CIA’s field agents, Cooper volunteers to go undercover. But the big promotion isn’t all she dreamed of: When prepared for her covert gig, she’s handed no poison-firing Rolex or a souped-up Porsche, but gadgets hidden in fungal spray and hemorrhoid wipes. Her fake identity isn’t much more exotic: Carole Jenkins, mother of four.Once in Europe, Cooper, outfitted as a tourist, is completely out of place in the “Casino Royale”-like realm of elite espionage. It’s a world that surely doubles for superficial Hollywood, where those who resemble McCarthy are seldom let under the velvet rope.At one high-priced dinner, she blurts an order of wine “with the grit of a hummus.” An agent shadowing her, Richard Ford (Jason Statham) resents her intrusion, while another, the absurdly passionate Italian agent Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz) continually gropes her.Statham nearly steals the film by playing a parody of his own grave, gonzo persona, popping up occasionally to attempt wildly unsuccessful feats of action stardom. The cast, generally, is likable, rounded out with British comedian Miranda Hart as a fellow desk agent and Bobby Cannavale as a terrorist trying to acquire a nuke.Cooper, it turns out, is surprisingly gifted in combat (the jokes, thankfully, aren’t about her bumbling inadequacy), and she steadily thrives by capitalizing on the underestimations of others. Particularly good is the interplay between McCarthy and Byrne, who deliciously oozes disgust at McCarthy’s unrefined Cooper.“Spy” is the biggest budget for Feig and the action sequences are unexpectedly robust — perhaps too much. While entirely enjoyable, it ought to be a tad funnier; the set pieces clunk it up at times. It’s almost as if Feig is actually gunning for Bond territory. But with McCarthy in tow, why not?“Spy,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated R for “language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity. Running time: 122 minutes. Three stars out of four. This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Melissa McCarthy, second right, infiltrating an arms dealing ring led by Rose Byrne, left, in a scene from the film, “Spy.” (Larry Horricks/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)last_img read more

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Corofin looking forward to Ballintubber challenge

first_imgCorofin’s record in Connacht Club Finals: Pld 13 Won 8 Lost 51977 St Marys (Sligo) 4-6 Corofin 1-91991 Corofin 2-5 Clan na nGael (Roscommon) 0-91995 Corofin 2-11 St Marys (Leitrim) 0-101997 Corofin 2-10 Allen Gaels (Leitrim) 0-112000 Crossmolina (Mayo) 1-10 Corofin 0-52006 St Brigids (Roscommon) 1-10 Corofin 3-32008 Corofin 0-11 Eastern Harps (Sligo) 0-62009 Corofin 2-14 Charlestown (Mayo) 0-72011 St Brigids (Roscommon) 0-11 Corofin 0-102014 Corofin 2-13 Ballintubber (Mayo) 1-72015 Castlebar (Mayo) 2-10 Corofin 0-112016 Corofin 2-13 St Brigids (Roscommon) 0-52017 Corofin 2-13 Castlebar (Mayo) 1-12 AET Audio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/6zzgnj/Kevin_O_BRIEN_pre_Connacht_Final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Corofin go in search of a first ever provincial 3 in a row this Sunday in MacHale Park (2pm) when they take on a Ballintubber outfit going in search of their first ever Connacht title. The sides last meeting came in 2014 when Corofin were far too strong at the same venue, winning by 9 points on their way to claiming the All Ireland club title the following March, while the only other Corofin-Ballintubber clash came in the 2011 semi final when the Galway champions squeezed home by 1-11 to 2-7 in a game also played in Castlebar. Ahead of Sunday’s game Corofin manager Kevin O’Brien has been telling Kevin O’Dwyer that his sides huge semi final win over Clan na nGael will have little bearing this Sunday…last_img read more

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Finals first-timer Terrence Romeo ‘serious’ about mulling retirement if Beermen win title

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Terrence Romeo’s first PBA finals could be also be his last if San Miguel Beer ends up winning the Philippine Cup title for the fifth consecutive time.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books View comments NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu (I’m still thinking about it because winning a PBA championship is my only dream because I never won a championship ever since my high school days.)SMB head coach Leo Austria said he had already known about Romeo’s plan of possibly retiring after winning a title the moment he joined the Beermen via trade four months ago.But assuming San Miguel wins the title, Austria doesn’t think Romeo will call it quits.“Players who don’t even have a chance of cracking a lineup keep on playing. It’s tough for players to let their careers go even if they don’t have a chance what more with the likes of Terrence who has yet to reach his full potential. He still has a lot more to show,” Austria said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Scratch from stray cat affects Des Cheng’s play in loss to FEU MOST READ Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chiefcenter_img Romeo said he’s “serious” about contemplating early retirement if he wins his maiden championship as a key member of the Beermen.The 27-year-old Romeo has won a handful accolades throughout his career but not one of those is a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss (Of course I’m excited to have a chance at winning my first championship but I can’t just think about that every time. I still need to play the game and it’s a best-of-seven series, we can’t win it right away.)“Kumbaga, one game at a time tapos kung makukuha namin yun, kahit papaano nakuha ko na yung pinakakulang para sakin. I mean, kulang na award para sa sarili ko. Tapos yun, baka magretire na ko after. Hindi na ako magbabasketbol, retire na pag nag-champion kami. Isang championship lang.”(We need to approach it one game at a time and if we get it, that would the only thing that’s missing in my career and I guess I can retire after and not play basketball if we win just one championship.)San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRomeo, who is only in his first conference with the Beermen, said winning a championship is his ultimate dream, which something he has to get a taste of even in his varsity days.“Pag-iisipan ko pa, pag-iisipan ko pa kasi yun lang talaga yung pinaka-dream ko eh, mag-champion sa PBA kasi wala nga akong championship simula college days ko, high school days tapos nagchachampion ako kumbaga sa barangay lang,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card SPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAt least not yet with San Miguel Beer taking on Magnolia in the All-Filipino finals for the second straight year beginning Wednesday. The Beermen needed only five games to dispose of the Hotshots in last year’s Philippine Cup finals despite not having Romeo and Fil-German big Christian Standhardinger back then.“Ayun, excited pero syempre hindi ko naman pwedeng isipin lang yun palagi eh. Syempre kailangan pa rin namin maglaro ng yun nga, game, kumbaga best-of-seven so hindi pupwedeng champion na kaagad,” Romeo told reporters during the 2019 Philippine Cup Finals press conference at Eastwood in Libis. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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‘The English are girls’, says Russian hooligan

first_img0Shares0000Supporters fight at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B match between England vs Russia, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, on June 11, 2016 (AFP Photo/Valery Hache)MOSCOW, Russia, June 13 – Russia are just 29th in the world football rankings but fighting for top spot in the hooligan stakes thanks to the efforts of characters like Vladimir, a Moscow public relations manager who considers violence a sport.Vladimir, who is married with two children, returned Sunday from the latest battleground at the European Championship finals in France and declared “the English are girls”. He does not care that European governing body UEFA threatened to throw Russia, hosts of the World Cup in 2018, out of Euro 2016 if there is a repeat of the battles surrounding Saturday’s 1-1 draw with England in Marseille.UEFA, which voiced “utter disgust” at the disturbances, has opened an investigation into the Russian fans’ behaviour and could announce sanctions on Tuesday.Tensions between supporters came to a head inside the Stade Velodrome when Russian hooligans rushed the England supporters’ section, sending people fleeing.Before the match, hundreds of English and Russian fans fought pitched battles in the Vieux-Port area of Marseille.Thirty-five people were injured in the worst violence at an international tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France, with three still in a serious condition.Vladimir, who spoke to AFP on condition that his family name is not used, spent less than 48 hours in Marseille but said he “saw all the main events and took part to some extent”.He estimated about 150 of Russia’s “strongest” hooligans flew to Marseille for the day for the England-Russia match.The Lokomotiv Moscow follower said 500-600 of the team’s fans take part in hooliganism at “important events like the Euro”.Spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg also have hooligan groups with hundreds of members each.Their grounds have been notorious for racist chants against black players.– Shirt and tie hooligans –A man injured after a street brawl is carried to a recue squad ahead of the Euro 2016 match England vs Russia, in Marseille, on June 11, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jean Christophe Magnenet).Up to 15,000 Russians were said to be in France for Euro 2016 and Vladimir said team loyalties are forgotten for such events.“It doesn’t matter which city fans come from or which team they support. It’s important that we’re all from Russia. We are going to fight the English.”Russian hardcore fans give their gangs English names such as “mob” or “crew” but consider themselves bitter rivals of English fans.“The English always say they are the main football hooligans. We went to show that the English are girls,” Vladimir said.Many hooligans have little interest in the games and will not care if UEFA disqualifies their team, he added.“I think it’s a decision that won’t influence in any way what hooligans do next,” he said. “Nothing will stop these people.”He contrasted Russian hooligans with England fans, who he described as “big older men who drink a lot of beer”.“Fans or hooligans from Russia are mainly younger, aged 20-30 and at home most of them are into sports. They do sports like boxing or all kinds of martial arts,” he said.“The aim is to come and prove that English fans aren’t hooligans, they don’t know how to fight. A lot of Russian guys come specially with this aim.”– ‘It’s like sport’ –A man injured after a street brawl is carried to a recue squad ahead of the Euro 2016 match England vs Russia, in Marseille, on June 11, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jean Christophe Magnenet).Russian hooligans will try to provoke fights with a group of England fans at a bar by trying to grab their team banner, he said.He stressed that while “the English use chairs and bottles (to fight), the Russian style is only fists”.Using weapons “causes a lot of unnecessary injuries,” he said. “For us it’s like sport.”“We don’t have a desire to kill or injure. There is a desire to show our strength.”The head of Britain’s Euro 2016 policing operation said Russian fans prepared for battle by bringing gum shields, martial arts gloves and knives.Pictures showed dozens of youths rushing down Marseille streets with cafe chairs over their heads, ready to throw them, as the situation descended into chaos.Vladimir said he thought that French police were passive during the outbreaks of violence.“I got the sense it was interesting for them to see the Russians fight the English. They intervened at the last moment.”He added that Russian hooligans do their best to blend into the crowd, and never wear the team shirt or carry the national flag.“If you see a guy wearing a Russian flag or a Russian T-shirt, he’ll never be a hooligan,” Vladimir said.“A hooligan must dress to fit in with the crowd. I wore a shirt, trousers and leather shoes.”He said he would only go back to France if Russia play in the final, and predicted that the other matches will be “a lot calmer”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Paulinho under fire in China over ads with porn star

first_imgAccording to the Chinese media, the woman with the former Tottenham player is Tsukasa Aoi, a Japanese adult film star.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has said they condemn these “illegal activities” and called for the Brazilian to “respect the rules” in a statement on their website.Gambling and casinos are illegal in mainland China, as is the sale of pornographic films.“As a professional player and role model to young players and the public, he needs to excercise self-discipline and be careful about his image and be a positive example,” the federation said.The body said Paulinho, 28, had never asked permission from his club to collaborate with a betting company.“The club has already chastised the player and demanded he end his collaboration with the company immediately,” they added.Sina Sports, a Chinese website, cited an “assistant” to Paulinho as saying the footballer didn’t know Tsukasa Aoi was an adult film star.The Brazilian had done publicity for a betting company based in the Philippines and it was not supposed to be shown in China, it said.Sina Sports said Paulinho is considering suing the company for broadcasting the images without his permission.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s Paulinho pictured during a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in Montevideo on March 23, 2017 © AFP/File / DANTE FERNANDEZBEIJING, China, Apr 15 – Brazilian international Paulinho was chastised Saturday by the Chinese football federation after promoting a betting company with a porn star — two sectors banned in the communist country.In the photographs online that have been an embarrassment for his Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, Paulinho, smiling and clutching a wad of cash, is shown standing next to a woman in a white bikini top and shorts.last_img read more

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Teens take over theater

first_img“Everything in the show has been written from their perspective on culture, society or how adults view teens,” said Steve Cisneros, founder and producing artistic director for Phantom Projects. “The whole idea was to get kids to speak to themselves,” Cisneros said. “Hence, that’s why you have topics from self-mutilation to crummy jobs.” This show will be unique in the performance world because no other theater company would produce a piece from a teenager, Cisneros said. Saturday’s show will be the result of the last three weeks of five to six hours of daily work, including one session that ended at sunrise. They developed one-act plays and other performances – some of which include music. The process started when 25 people applied to be in the show. After interviews, the number was narrowed to 13. LA MIRADA – For the last 10 years Phantom Projects has put on plays dealing with teenage issues ranging from underage sex to drugs and alcohol to eating disorders. But these performances always were written by adults about teenagers. On Saturday, there were be another performance, but this time the writers are the young people themselves. Thirteen young artists between the ages of 15 and 21 will combine to put on 18 different pieces as part of a nearly two-hour show at 7 p.m. at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. Selection was based on talent and experience, Cisneros said. Every individual had at least five years of experience performing. Then on July 16, the 13 got together at the Phantom Projects warehouse in La Mirada and began brainstorming. “By the end of the first night, they had an outline of the show they wanted,” Cisneros said. “It was a matter of figuring out what their talents were and what they wanted to bring to the table.” Each brought many different written pieces – from dance to monologues to songs. Eighteen were chosen. In almost every case, they’re not one-person acts, but a combination of two to as many as four. “It’s not a talent show,” Cisneros said. “They’ve made an effort to make these pieces show where they are in their lives and what’s important to them right now.” For example, Ryan Wade, 15, of Anaheim wrote about a job he had. “My main monologue is about a job I had as a construction worker and how I didn’t like it,” Wade said. Johanna Middleton, 17, of Los Angeles wrote about her first pop-punk rock music festival. “What drew me to this was the opportunity to work with other kids my age, who are so passionate, and the creative environment,” Middleton said. The pieces will range from a couple of minutes to as long as eight or nine minutes and from comedy to drama. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for high school students and $5 for middle school students. They can be purchased by calling (562) 944-9801 or going online at www.phantomprojects.com mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pochettino responds to link with Chelsea managerial job

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino insists he is focused on succeeding Tottenham amid links with the Chelsea job.Guus Hiddink is currently interim manager at Stamford Bridge following the departure of Jose Mourinho last month.But Chelsea have drawn up a shortlist of possible candidates to take over in the summer – and Pochettino is said to be on it.But the Argentinian, who was appointed Spurs manager in May 2014 following a successful spell in charge at Southampton, says he is happy in his current position.He said: “It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now.“My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. That’s all about rumours.“I don’t mind, we are supposed to receive the rumours and we are in a media that all is about rumours.“But I don’t care about that. I always work for the present and the future.“I’m very happy here. We’ve created after 18 months a very good group, with a strong basis for success in the future and I’m very happy.“My job is to be focused, not to hear rumours. The most important thing is that I’m focused on my job.” Mauricio Pochettino last_img read more

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TD CHARLIE: VAN CLAMPDOWN WILL LEAD TO JOB LOSSES

first_imgDonegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to adopt a common sense approach to the use of commercially registered vehicles for private purposes.Deputy McConalogue said today: “There is real concern among the public following recent reports of a clampdown on people using commercially registered vehicles outside of work hours.“Self-employed people who are finding things tight at the moment don’t need the added stress of constantly worrying that their vehicles may be seized. I have written to the Minister asking that he clarify the position and ensure that a common sense approach is adopted. “When this first became an issue last year, a public commitment was secured from then Minister for Environment John Gormley who stated that the occasional use of commercially registered vehicles, to bring children to school, travel to church or transport groceries should not bring motorists into conflict with the law.“However we now seem to be in a position where there is once again confusion over this and it is vital that the Minister for Finance makes the position clear.“Many people who have commercially registered vehicles for their business are understandably concerned that they may soon be forced to register their vehicles as private, in order to use them for any task outside of work. This could see many already financially stretched people having to consider selling their vehicle due to the high cost of registering it as private. If people are forced to do this in the current market, they would inevitably have to accept a knock down price.“This is not an acceptable scenario. Putting people in a position where they may be forced to make a call between taxing their commercial vehicle as private or selling it simply doesn’t make sense,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. Also hit in the clampdown have been a number of van drivers with Northern-registered vehicles which they use for work – and then to travel home to Donegal after work.They have had them seized by Customs.endsTD CHARLIE: VAN CLAMPDOWN WILL LEAD TO JOB LOSSES was last modified: April 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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`Evil will not have the final say,’ Bush says

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWithout commenting on the jury’s decision, Bush declared in the statement, “Evil will not have the final say. This great nation will prevail.” Bush was asked about the verdict after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Mr. Moussaoui got a fair trial,” Bush said. “The jury convicted him to life in prison, where he will spend the rest of his life. In so doing, they spared his life, which is something that he evidently wasn’t willing to do for innocent American citizens.” “As I think about the trial, I can’t help but think about the families who lost a loved one on September the 11th,” Bush said. “I think about the rescuers who tried to save lives in the burning buildings. “And I know that it’s really important for the United States to stay on the offense against these killers and bring them to justice.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President Bush said Wednesday a federal jury that spared the life of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui did “something that he evidently wasn’t willing to do for innocent American citizens.” Bush declined to say whether he was satisfied with the jury’s decision to reject the death penalty in favor of a sentence of life imprisonment. The government had sought the death penalty. The president commented on the case during a brief question-and-answer session in the Oval Office. He also issued a written statement in which he said the verdict “represents the end of this case but not an end to the fight against terror.” Moussaoui was the only person charged in this country in the four suicide jetliner hijackings that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001. Three jurors decided Moussaoui had only limited knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot and three described his role in the attacks as minor, if he had any role at all. last_img read more

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UTLA won’t host anti-Israel session

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under pressure from the Jewish community, United Teachers Los Angeles decided Thursday not to allow the use of its headquarters for a meeting hosting a group that is calling for a campaign to boycott Israel. The meeting, hosted by UTLA’s human rights committee and sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of Movement for a Democratic Society, was scheduled at the headquarters on Oct. 14, but will now move to a new venue. The announcement sparked sharp feelings among union members Thursday, and the Anti-Defamation League denounced the meeting, calling the group’s campaign to promote boycott, divestment and sanctions against the state of Israel “deplorable and offensive.” “It caused such a furor with our members that we felt for the good of the organization, it was critically important that we not host it at UTLA headquarters,” UTLA President A.J. Duffy said. “We would like to see a more balanced dialogue that would bring together groups of varying opinions to have this kind of meeting and to start talking about what’s going on in the Middle East.”last_img read more

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