Who is the best friend you met while shooting The Last Five Years? I met a lot of great people, but it’s a tie. Richard LaGravenese, who was the director and adaptor, was incredibly collaborative and helped me to feel like I really was a part of this movie. Georgia Stitt, who was our musical director, is just an amazing person and I loved being around her. And then Kurt Deutsch, who was our producer and produced the album. He’s helped me a lot with my own music, so that’s been great. What is your favorite memory of working with Anna Kendrick? After we shot “If I Didn’t Believe In You,” which was towards the end of the run. Anna was kind of quiet and we got along great, but we just didn’t have enough time together to get really close. But after we finished shooting that scene, we came together and shared a really big hug, and it was a tender connection moment. It meant a lot to me. Which Valentine’s Day movie is the best to take a date to? This is the one, clearly. If you have a great relationship, The Last Five Years strengthens it. If you have a crappy relationship, then it makes you look at all the crappy stuff that’s going on and take a second look at it. Ditch that zero and find yourself a hero! See The Last Five Years in theaters and on demand February 13. Which scene were you most excited to see on the big screen? The most surprising scene for me was “The Schmuel Song.” We had no idea how it was gonna turn out. We threw it together at the last minute, but we put a lot of heart into it and it turned into one of the best moments. What was the worst filming location? We were in Harlem, that’s where our apartment location was, and we had a problem on the last week of shooting. We had all our stuff out on the street, and during a lunch break, somebody didn’t lock the costume truck. A thief opened the truck, grabbed a giant armload of costumes and ran off with them. And they were all mine. I lost about 90 percent of my costumes and it was pretty horrible. Plus, I was planning on stealing some of those pants myself! What was the best filming location? Staten Island! Who goes to Staten Island? But we were filming our “Summer in Ohio” stuff—all of our Ohio things were filmed on Staten Island—at this beautiful lake lodge. There’s a Boy Scout camp there and they have this beautiful lake and a pier, it was gorgeous. It was fun and we went fishing! What was the easiest song to sing? Vocally, “Goodbye Until Tomorrow / I Can Never Rescue You.” That was vocally the easiest. Although emotionally? Not so much. What is your favorite line in The Last Five Years? For me, the line “If I didn’t believe in you I wouldn’t have loved you at all” is my favorite. It holds a lot of personal meaning to me. Before I met my wife [Ashley Spencer], I’d tell myself that I had to find the perfect woman. But there is no such thing as perfection and all you have to do is believe in someone. When you find that person, that you can’t help but no matter what believe in them and love them and always go back to them, then that’s the person that you love for the rest of your life. And if you don’t find that, then it’s not really the best that it could possibly be. What was the toughest song to sing? Oh man. “The Schmuel Song,” just because of the theatricality of it. I was constantly out of breath and it was 95 degrees inside that apartment during the summer, and I was wearing a Christmas sweater and props everywhere. It was a pain in the butt. View Comments Which scene were you nervous to watch on the big screen? Any scene that I’m in, because I just look at myself and cringe and say, “Is that what I really look like? That’s unfortunate.” Which scene was your favorite to shoot? The “Shiksa Goddess” scene. It was so random and silly and stupid and fun. When we threw open the doors and all my past girlfriends were there, and it was so silly and weird with the making out and stumbling, it was a chance to have fun and be silly and youthful. I don’t usually get to do a lot of that kind of stuff. Which scene took you the longest to film? The “A Miracle Would Happen” scene. We had to film that one over the course of the shoot because we were in a bunch of different locations. After playing “Moving Too Fast” on a loop and eating our weight in prosciutto, The Last Five Years movie is finally, officially hitting the big screen on February 13, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick. (And if movie theaters aren’t your thing, it’s available on demand, too!) To celebrate the release, we asked Jordan, who plays on-the-rise author Jamie, 12 questions about the movie we were dying to know, including what song was “a pain in the butt” to shoot and which costume he wanted to steal.
Corruption Risk Seen in Australian Coal Deals FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A new report shines a critical light on the links between mining companies, lobbyists and politicians, pointing to the Indian mining giant Adani as an example of how a company with a questionable record overseas can still gain mining approval in Australia.It warns the political mining complex in Australia’s two biggest mining states, Western Australian and Queensland, is “susceptible to corruption” due to key weaknesses in their approvals regimes, including inadequate due diligence investigation into the companies and individuals applying for mining leases.It also criticises the “revolving doors” of personnel between government and industry broadly, and political donations regimes.The report, published by Transparency International Australia (TIA), Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia, was released on Wednesday.Its authors conducted 47 interviews with experts from government, industry, civil society, academics, Indigenous traditional owners and consultants in Perth and Brisbane to gather its evidence. Its list of key weaknesses in the mining approvals regimes is long.The researchers says “industry influence” is a corruption risk in Australia, particularly with regard to large infrastructure project approvals in Queensland and WA.It notes the mining industry has disclosed donations of $16.6m to major political parties over the past 10 years (2006-07 to 2015-16), and warns the under-regulated system of political donations can allow special interest groups to attempt to influence policy-making at all levels of government.It highlights the “revolving doors” of personnel between government an industry as a risk in Australia generally.It points out 191 of 538 lobbyists (35.5%) registered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as of September 2016, were former government representatives.The researchers also warn government departments involved in the mining approvals process in Queensland and WA do not undertake adequate due diligence into the character and integrity of applicants for mining leases, including companies’ track records overseas, and investigations of their financial capacity do not involve an examination of beneficial ownership to understand who the real owners are.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis also warned this week that Adani’s ambitions in Queensland faced a new risk, with the company having to refinance more than $2bn in debt on the Abbot Point coal terminal – more than it paid for the port in 2011.More: Mining companies’ links with politicians ‘susceptible to corruption’ – report
Burundi: the United Nations refugee agency has said that over 110- thousand people have fled Burundi over the past few weeks. The refugees are said to have crossed into Rwanda , Tanzania and the DRC. Outbreaks of malaria and cholera though have been recorded in some refugee camps. This has led to worries over whether the countries can cope with the influx. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu with more.