Over the weekend, Kobe Bryant’s former teammate Pau Gasol and his wife Catherine McDonnell welcomed their first child.
Along with posting a series of photos, Gasol wrote on Instagram, “Our little one has finally arrived!! The delivery went really well and we couldn’t be happier!! Elisabet Gianna Gasol 😍, a very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!! ❤️👨👩👧 .”
Gasol also hashtagged “girldad.” Kobe once referred to himself as a girldad with four daughters.
In response to the news, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant wrote on Instagram, “My goddaughter is here!!!! [email protected] @catmcdonnell7 Love you 3 so much! So touched by your request to honor my Gigi. Can’t wait to hold Elisabet Gianna Gasol.”
Kobe and Natalia’s oldest daughter Natalia added, “Forever God Sisters.”
Last month, Pau and Catherine spent time with Vanessa and her girls. Referring to everyone as “family,” he wrote on Instagram, “My wife, my future baby, my sister and my nieces. So much beauty in one picture.”
Since Kobe and Gianna’s death in late January, Pau and Catherine have been part of Vanessa’s support system, sending her flowers and gifts during special occasions like Valentine’s Day and her birthday.
Kobe and Paul were teammates for six years, from 2008-2014. They won two NBA championship rings as members of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fox moves up premiere for U.S. version of “I Can See Your Voice”
Fox has fast-tracked the premiere of its latest music-themed entertainment format I Can See Your Voice to its fall programming slate.
Hosted and executive produced by comedic actor Ken Jeong, the “mystery music guessing game” will debut on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the season four premiere of The Masked Singer at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
With the back-to-back premieres, Fox will create a two-hour Wednesday night block of South Korean-originated formats. I Can See Your Voice is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM.
“Safely filming I Can See Your Voice this summer was a win in itself, but when we saw the pure magic of the show and felt the palpable suspense in the room before that first note hit, we knew we had to share it with audiences this season,” said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment, in a statement. “It’s no secret that viewers need a little fun and escape now and, as a companion to an all-new season of The Masked Singer, this will be a fantastic night of family entertainment – and a fantastic night of Ken Jeong.”
Jeong will be joined on set by Emmy-nominated actress Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Daytime Emmy Award winner Adrienne Bailon-Houghton as part of a rotating panel of celebrities – including comedians, pop culture experts, and a musical superstar – to help identify the good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note.
Contestants will attempt to determine the bad “Secret Voices” from the good based on clues, interrogations and lip synch challenges, all for the chance to win a US$100,000 cash prize.
Episodes will culminate with the selected vocalist revealing their real singing talent, or lack thereof, in a duet performance with the musical superstar.
James Mckinlay , Craig Plestis and Ken Jeong serve as executive producers.
Photo credit: Michael Becker / Fox
Exclusive: “Time”, “I Am Greta” to bookend CIFF ’20
Nathan Grossman’s cinéma verité feature I Am Greta and Garrett Bradley’s award-winning Time are among the feature and short documentaries to screen at the 2020 edition of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).
The full festival program, presented by non-fiction creative hub the Points North Institute, includes 30 features, three mid-length films and 27 shorts from 27 countries, with more than half of the feature films presented as major premieres. In addition, 55% of this year’s films are directed or co-directed by women, and 48% of films are directed by filmmakers of color.
For the full list of feature-length films playing at this year’s festival, click here.
“There’s no question this has been a challenging and strange year for independent filmmakers and film festivals, but the bold and creative ways in which these films were constructed, reminded us time and again that nothing has changed when it comes to the power of storytelling,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute, and founder of the Camden International Film Festival, in a statement. “We feel compelled to do all we can to ensure these imaginative and essential portraits of our world are experienced. The show must always find a way to go on.”
CIFF will launch its 16th annual edition with Garrett Bradley’s Time, which follows the intimate story of a wife fighting for the release of her husband, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Closing out the festival will be Nathan Grossman’s I Am Greta (pictured), Hulu’s latest feature documentary about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and her rise to prominence.
The festival will also present new work by documentary luminary Victor Kossakovsky (Gunda, chronicling the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens and a herd of cows) and Academy Award-winning directors Frederick Wiseman (City Hall, examining the inner workings of Boston government) and Steve James (City So Real, a complex portrait of contemporary Chicago).
Three films will also make their world premieres at the festival, including The Long Coast by Ian Cheney, which provides an artful portrait of seafolk and seafood producers along the coast of Maine; The Mystery of D.B. Cooper by John Dower, which takes a look at the greatest unsolved heist in American history; and Bicentenario by Pablo Álvarez Mesa, which charts Simon Bolivar’s liberation journey across Colombia on the 200th anniversary.
The digital event — taking place Oct. 1 to 12 — will see the launch of the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund and a new Points North partnership offering US$30,000 in funding for short documentaries.
The event will culminate with a special program to honor Indigenous People’s Day in partnership with Nia Tero and Big Sky Documentary Festival.
The 2020 edition of CIFF takes place virtually from Oct. 1-12, with an in-person experience occurring at CIFF’s recently constructed Shotwell Drive-In Theater in Rockport, Maine.
A complete list of the feature films screening at CIFF follows:
Hao Wu, Weixi Chen & Anonymous | USA, China | 2020
A SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Lisa Marie Malloy & JP Sniadecki | USA | 2020
A WORLD NOT OURS (screens as part of the Mahdi Fleifel retrospective) Mahdi Fleifel | UK, Lebanon, Denmark, United Arab Emirates | 2013
Three generations of a family live in exile in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
THE AMERICAN SECTOR
Courtney Stephens & Pacho Velez | USA | 2 020
The American Sector takes viewers on a roadtrip to visit fragments of The Berlin Wall, scattered across the United States.
BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING LEFT BEHIND
Katrine Philp | Denmark | 2020
Pablo Álvarez Mesa | Colombia, Canada | 2020
BOTTLED SONGS 1-4
Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee | USA, Germany, France | 2 020
Todd Chandler | USA | 2020
Frederick Wiseman | USA | 2020
CITY SO REAL (Episodes 1-4)
Steve James | USA | 2020
THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE
Iryna Tsilyk | Ukraine, Lithuania | 2020
FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor | USA | 2020
Victor Kossakovsky | Norway | 2020
I AM GRETA
Nathan Grossman | Sweden, France, USA | 2020
Jessica Earnshaw | USA | 2020
THIS LAND, OUR VOICES
Julia Thompson & Kevin Bay | USA | 2020
Cecilia Aldarondo | USA | 2020
THE LONG COAST
Ian Cheney | USA | 2020
David Osit | UK, USA, Palestine | 2020
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
Catarina Vasconcelos | Portugal | 2020
THE MYSTERY OF DB COOPER
John Dower | UK, USA | 2020
NIGHT SHOT (VISION NOCTURNA)
Carolina Moscoso Briceno | Chile | 2019
Leslie Lagier | Canada | 2019
David Byars | USA | 2020
Amel Alzakout & Khaled Abdulwahed | Germany | 2020
SHADY RIVER (RÍO TURBIO)
Tatiana Mazú Gonzalez | Argentina | 2020
SONGS OF REPRESSION
Estephan Wagner & Marianne Hougen-Moraga | Denmark, Netherlands | 2020
THERE WILL BE NO MORE NIGHT
Eléonore Weber | France | 2020
THROUGH THE NIGHT
Loira Limbal | USA | 2020
Garrett Bradley | USA | 2020
TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE
Sky Hopinka | USA | 2020
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES
Hannah Jayanti | USA | 2020
Zeshawn Ali | USA | 2020
THE VIEWING BOOTH
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz | Israel | 2019
VOICES FROM THE BARRENS: NATIVE PEOPLE, BLUEBERRIES, AND SOVEREIGNTY
Nancy Ghertner | USA, Canada | 2020
Alex Winter | USA | 2020
Will a New Royal Biography Finally Reveal Everything About the Sandringham Summit?
In January, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry caught the palace off-guard when they announced their plans to step down as senior royals in an Instagram post. Because the couple hadn’t been able to hash out their future beforehand, the palace immediately went into crisis mode and invited Harry to Sandringham, the Norfolk estate where the royal family spends the winter holidays, for talks to discuss the couple’s future. (At that point, Meghan had already returned to Canada to reunite with Archie.) Since then, multiple outlets have reported that Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William were all in attendance, but plenty of details about what came to be known as the “Sandringham summit” have never been made public.
According to Tatler, an October book by Robert Lacey, The Crown’s historical consultant, will delve into previously unknown details about the meeting at Sandringham, including Queen Elizabeth’s “angry response.”
Back in June, Lacey announced his new book, Battle of Brothers: William and Harry—The Friendships and the Feuds, and said in a press release that the book intended to discuss their childhoods and the dynamics of their parents’ marriage. Though Harry admitted to tensions between him and William in an interview with Tom Bradby in October 2019, the brothers’ relationship reportedly grew even worse after the royal exit. This summer, royal journalist Omid Scobie claimed that the pair weren’t even on speaking terms until Charles was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March.
On Monday, Tatler reported that the book will also analyze William and Harry’s relationship during the royal exit, drawing on interviews with sources close to the royals. “It also includes details from a high level insider who has never spoken before about the confrontation between Prince Harry and the palace,” the magazine added.
A few details about the day did make it out to the public in the days after the Sandringham summit. Immediately afterward, the queen released a statement that said the Sussexes would transition out of their royal roles, adding that she was “entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.” Later that same day, the Telegraph reported that the royals began their talks with lunch and were eventually joined by three of their aides. The next day, sources told Vanity Fair that the queen was privately devastated about Meghan and Harry’s exit.
Even though the bombshell royal biography Finding Freedom reported on much of the drama behind the scenes when Meghan and Harry announced their exit, what really happened at the meeting was still shrouded in mystery. Authors Scobie and Carolyn Durand only discuss what a source described as the meeting’s “practical workmanlike approach,” Charles’s assurance that Meghan and Harry were still a part of the family regardless of what happened, and the queen’s insistence that a “half-in, half-out” solution was not acceptable.
Though the existence of a royal “Fab Four” was probably only wishful thinking, reports that the real conflict was between Harry and William, not Kate Middleton and Meghan, date back to the fall of 2018. In Finding Freedom, plenty of attention was paid to the way that William’s reaction to Meghan and Harry’s relationship from the very beginning might have impacted the previously-close brothers. In Lacey’s book, we’ll most likely get some more understanding of where things unfolded from there—and what that means for the future of the monarchy.
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