Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

Moscow Stands with Syria, Says U.S. Downing of Warplane ‘Act of Aggression’

19 Jun, 2017
19 Jun, 2017

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov condemned the United States on Monday for shooting down a Syrian warplane, describing it as an act of aggression.

“This strike has to be seen as a continuation of America’s line to disregard the norms of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow, according to the TASS state news agency.

“What is this if not an act of aggression?” he said in Russia’s first official reaction to the downing of the plane on Sunday.

“It is, if you like, help to those terrorists that the US is fighting against, declaring they are carrying out an anti-terrorism policy,” Ryabkov said.

The US-led coalition said the Syrian plane had dropped bombs on its allies fighting against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

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Christopher Nolan Blasts Netflix’s ‘Mindless’ Film Release Policy

Veteran film director Christopher Nolan has said he will never work with Netflix to produce a film because the streaming company is intent on putting movie theaters out of business.
“Netflix has a bizarre aversion to supporting theatrical films,” Nolan told IndieWire in an interview. “They have this mindless policy of everything having to be simultaneously streamed and released, which is obviously an untenable model for theatrical presentation. So they’re not even getting in the game, and I think they’re missing a huge opportunity.”

He also argued that Netflix’s film strategy is mainly predicated on replacing the theater industry, and therefore lacks the theatrical merit of traditional blockbusters.
“I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren’t being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theaters,” he said. “It’s so pointless. I don’t really get it.”
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Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, has received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, with critics praising it for its cinematography, direction, acting and musical score, composed by Hans Zimmer. During CinemaCon in March, Nolan told the audience that the film was designed to “make you feel like you are there, and the only way to do that is through theatrical distribution.”

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in 2014, Nolan contended that as hard as the technology corporations such as Netflix will try, technology will not kill films as an art form or the love of going to the movies, although he warned that the industry might have to adapt in other ways.
The theaters of the future will be bigger and more beautiful than ever before. They will employ expensive presentation formats that cannot be accessed or reproduced in the home (such as, ironically, film prints).
The projects that most obviously lend themselves to such distinctions are spectacles. But if history is any guide, all genres, all budgets will follow. Because the cinema of the future will depend not just on grander presentation, but on the emergence of filmmakers inventive enough to command the focused attention of a crowd for hours.
The audience experience is distinct from home entertainment, but not so much that people seek it out for its own sake. The experience must distinguish itself in other ways.
His previous films, such as Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), and The Dark Knight trilogy, are also known for their stunning cinematic qualities.
“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition,” he said.
 
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MRC’s Rich Noyes: ‘All-Consumed’ Media ‘Dancing…in the Streets’ Over Donald Trump Jr. Story

On Wednesday afternoon, Media Research Center research director Rich Noyes made his latest appearance on the Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast, taking the media to task over their raucous, premature “dancing…in the streets” over the Donald Trump Jr.-Russian lawyer story.
Host Neil Cavuto set Noyes up by explaining that “depending what you read,” this story signals that this will be “another Watergate-like summer” with “collusion” accusations abound. He also made clear that “this doesn’t look good for the White House which is a fairly good conclusion.”

Noyes agreed that “it’s an important development, but the media development have just been all-consumed with this story” with the best example being Tuesday’s CBS Evening News devoting nearly 70 percent of their newscast to “this one story.”
“I mean, this is — they’re covering this like it’s an airplane crash and an earthquake put together. We look at the CNN morning show this morning, three hours long, two hours and 15 minutes on the Trump Jr. story, 10 minutes on everything else then the rest of that is commercial. So, I mean, this is a media that for months has been consumed with this story,” he added, in a nod to mini-study now published by Alex Xenos.
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Taking issue with the media’s assertion that they now “have some evidence” of collusion, Noyes pointed out: 

What you are talking about for the last several months? It was just conjecture and speculation and let’s see where this goes because it’s just a few e-mails. It might indicate something, but, you know, the investigation has not really gone through its courses on this.

Later, Noyes stated that “the liberal news media has been searching for a justification for their relentless coverage of this,” including repeated instances of “break[ing] into regular programming to cover hearings.”
“I mean, this has been the consuming story of 2017. Now they have something they’re going to use it to justify it. But again, let’s see where this goes. Let’s see what happens when, you know, the evidence is cross examined. Let’s — you know, it’s a little too early to be dancing the way the media are in the streets,” he concluded. 

Here’s the relevant transcript from FBN’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast on July 12:
FBN’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast
July 12, 2017
1:23 p.m. Eastern
NEIL CAVUTO: Alright, well, the media, of course, has been looking at this from a variety of standpoints, but when it comes to Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. more to the point in those e-mails, is it collusion? Well, depending what you read, that seems to be the conclusion here and worse, it’s another Watergate-like summer. Now, it depends what you read, what you follow. At the very least, a lot of media outlets are saying this doesn’t look good for the White House which is a fairly good conclusion and that the son lied. He said that he had no such meetings with Russians and in fact he did arrange this one. So, to the Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes on that. Rich, alright, so a young guy who may as naive as the whole political process misrepresented himself. What did John Dean say? In variance with the facts, but that’s as far as it goes. Now, you wouldn’t read that in the media, but how is it looking to you?
RICH NOYES: Well, I think it’s an important development, but the media development have just been all-consumed with this story. You know, we look at the evening newscast last night, 70 percent of the CBS Evening News was about this one story. I mean, this is — they’re covering this like it’s an airplane crash and an earthquake put together. We look at the CNN morning show this morning, three hours long, two hours and 15 minutes on the Trump Jr. story, 10 minutes on everything else then the rest of that is commercial. So, I mean, this is a media that for months has been consumed with this story. They’ve been talking about collusion for months. Now, they’re trying to say that, well, we have some evidence. What you are talking about for the last several months? It was just conjecture and speculation and let’s see where this goes because it’s just a few e-mails. It might indicate something, but, you know, the investigation has not really gone through its courses on this.
CAVUTO: Yeah and you’re right. History shows that things develop or they can’t develop. One of the things that might’ve happened and maybe this harkens back to remember the David Frost interview that Richard Nixon had after he had left office when he told David Frost I gave them a sword, I gave my enemies a sword, the media wasn’t fair to me, said I think many people would agree. The media didn’t flip over him. It was mutual, apparently, but that the President argued that the whole Watergate, that is Richard Nixon at the time, provided the means by which they could dig that sword through him. Do you think that this is an opportunity to justified the media’s attack on Donald Trump and say, alright, your own son would represent himself and make a bigger deal about this than is warranted. 
NOYES: Well, I mean, I think for months now at least the liberal news media has been searching for a justification for their relentless coverage of this. I mean, they’ve been covering — you know, they’re break into regular programming to cover hearings. They’ve been giving this, you know, hundreds of times more coverage than, say, tax reform, or the health care bill. I mean, this has been the consuming story of 2017. Now they have something they’re going to use it to justify it. But again, let’s see where this goes. Let’s see what happens when, you know, the evidence is cross examined. Let’s — you know, it’s a little too early to be dancing the way the media are in the streets. 
CAVUTO: Yeah. We’ll see. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long summer though. Rich Noyes, thank you. Always good seeing you.
NOYES: Thanks.

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