How ‘Knives Out’ and a fan page for Ana de Armas harness the power of stan Twitter

Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera in "Knives Out." <span class="copyright">(Lionsgate)</span>
Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera in “Knives Out.” (Lionsgate)

The “Knives Out” social media team and the Twitter account @ArmasUpdates have a common goal: to celebrate last year’s hit whodunit and, by extension, the movie’s breakout star, Ana de Armas.

But two of the actress’s biggest Twitter cheerleaders found themselves at odds this month after the 23-year-old cinephile behind @ArmasUpdates publicly exposed the @KnivesOut account for blocking him on the platform. The resulting feud went somewhat viral — albeit among a niche audience — even catching the attention of director Rian Johnson who, like many others, wondered what was afoot.

When examined with a detective’s magnifying glass, the clash is a case study of the intersection of film marketing and stan Twitter — a subset of social media devoted to championing, or “stanning,” a certain celebrity, film, TV series, etc. In their approaches to audience engagement, movie studios and

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Trump leans on 2016 tactic to crack Biden support

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump’s campaign is pouring millions of dollars into a plan to weaken Joe Biden among swing state voters of color — and it’s creating a sense of déjà vu among Democratic operatives.

Trump’s team is airing TV advertisements aimed at Black and Latino voters that attack the presumptive Democratic nominee over his past support of the 1994 crime bill, which led to increased incarceration, particularly among people of color, as well as his mental fitness in Spanish-language spots. It’s a sign that Trump aides, while struggling to find a consistent and effective line of attack against Biden, have settled on at least one strategy: dilute Biden’s strength among minority voters.

“It’s very clear the Trump campaign is trying to use much of the same playbook from 2016,” said Karen Finney, Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson during that campaign. “This should be a blaring call to all Democrats running

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Atlanta lowering flags indefinitely to honor Rep. John Lewis

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta will lower flags to half-staff indefinitely to honor Rep. John Lewis, who represented the city for more than 30 years in Congress before his death, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Saturday.

Bottoms made the announcement in a statement that said words can’t describe the loss of Lewis, who made a career of politics in the city after years as one of the nation’s premier civil rights leaders.

“The people of Atlanta often called upon Congressman Lewis for counsel, guidance, and assistance with getting into good trouble. No matter how busy his schedule, or important his Washington duties were, he answered,” she said.

Arthur Blank, the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, noted the city lost two civil rights icons in a single day: Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and important adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.

Vivian died Friday at the age of

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East Bay Zoo To Reopen

It was a pretty intense week in California. If you are searching for some lighter news this weekend, these sweet Northern California stories will make you smile.

Oakland Zoo Sets Opening Date

  • You must make reservations online in advance. Here’s when tickets go on sale.

Food Bank Delivers Groceries To COVID-19 Patients

  • The Alameda County Community Food Bank partnered with Amazon to make the deliveries of healthy food.

Wear Your Mask, Win A Prize: Napa Radio Personalities Hit Streets

  • Lucky mask-wearing winners were given prizes as DJs took a road trip around Napa Valley to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Comet Neowise: How To See It In The Bay Area

  • Comet Neowise is going prime time, moving into the evening sky. You’ll be able to see it with the naked eye in the Bay Area.

National Ice Cream Day 2020: Don’t Miss Freebies & Deals In CA

  • Save the

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The Music Moments That Have Defined M.I.A.’s Career

There’s no one else quite like M.I.A.

Since her arrival on the music scene nearly 20 years ago, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam has acted as one of the industry’s chief provocateur’s, challenging Western ideals as only a Sri Lankan Tamil born in London, but raised the Northern Province of the country can. With an upbringing shaped by increasing displacement from the country’s decades long civil war, she’s used her art to shed light on human rights violations and the plight of refugees, crouching her heavy subject matter within a uniquely global electro/hip-hop sound.

She’ll have you dancing, and once you are, she’s going to make sure you’re thinking, too. 

With five albums under her belt, and a sixth rumored to be on the way, her journey has been marked some soaring highs and a few controversial lows. In honor of her 45th birthday on July 18, we thought we’d take a

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How to find out if you are being underpaid

Being underpaid can have a serious impact on your wellbeing and job satisfaction. Photo: Getty
Being underpaid can have a serious impact on your wellbeing and job satisfaction. Photo: Getty

Nobody wants to be paid less than their colleagues or than their worth, but it’s not always easy to tell if you are. And it’s pretty unlikely that your employer is going to come forward and say you should be on a higher salary.

Being underpaid can have a serious impact on your wellbeing, job satisfaction and engagement, so it’s important to make sure you are being paid fairly. Luckily, there are several ways you can find out.

First, it’s important to know how much you should be being paid for your job. “Research your worth, under the market, identify similar roles to benchmark against your current role so you have a reference point,” Emma Louise O’Brien, a career coach from Renovo.

There are several online salary tools that are helpful, including a Glassdoor version

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Master the fundamentals of videography with this training bundle

Master the fundamentals of videography with this training bundle
Master the fundamentals of videography with this training bundle

TL;DR: The Complete Videography Bundle: Beginner to Expert is on sale for £23.90 as of July 18, saving you 98% on list price.

Do you have the vision, drive, and talent to become an Oscar-winning director?

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Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but if you are looking to improve your skills in videography — we’re talking production, after effects, editing — then this 10-course bundle will help you get up to speed. Across 410 lessons and almost 50 hours of online instruction, you’ll receive in-depth training in widely used industry standards like Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC (it’s worth noting that the aforementioned software is not included with the course bundle).

The lessons are immersive and thorough, and

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Patricia Heaton shares 5 tips for creating a second act after raising kids

Patricia Heaton played the role of TV mom on sitcoms for nearly 20 years as Debra Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” followed by Frankie Heck on “The Middle.” Off camera during that time, she was busy being a real-life mom, raising four sons while balancing a demanding career.

Once “The Middle” wrapped in 2018, Heaton found some down time, but she also became an empty nester. With a quiet house and empty calendar, she reflected on some of the things she had placed on hold while building a family.

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“So many of us have had to make sacrifices in order to be there for our kids and to raise our kids, and they’re sacrifices that most of us have happily made,” Heaton told TODAY Parents. “We didn’t want to be anywhere else. We didn’t

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Music Magnate Jimmy Iovine Is Wading Into the Fashion Business

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Will music business icon Jimmy Iovine become fashion’s next mogul? Iovine announced this week that he and his wife Liberty Ross, a model and actress, have made a majority investment in ready-to-wear women’s fashion brand The Vampire’s Wife. The news comes three months after FaZe Clan, an online retailer of sports-centric clothing, closed a $40 million round of funding led by Iovine.

The Vampire’s Wife is a U.K.-based company created by model-turned-designer Susie Cave, wife of beloved alternative rock troubadour Nick Cave, who helps name her dresses. “I know more about music and tech and different things like that than I know about fashion, but I do know a bankable artist when I see one,” Iovine tells Rolling Stone. “Susie is as much of an artist as the great women I’ve worked with, including Stevie Nicks and Patti Smith.”

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Anti-Trump ads are all the rage. But they work better as comedy than politics

Commercials sell dreams — good dreams, bad dreams, sometimes both at once. Advertising, which runs the world to an extraordinary extent, is powered by hope and fear, drawing you toward the light, chasing you with darkness — the hope for the good life the product promises, the fear that without it, you’re sunk. Use this cream and become beautiful; buy this car and be a man; take this pill and live forever. Vote for me and all will be well; vote for my opponent and open the Hellmouth.

Nowadays, of course, many feel that the Hellmouth is open about as wide as it can go. The chaotic singularity of the Trump administration (and the moderate acceptability of Joe Biden) has led to organized opposition from within the ranks of the Republican party, groups with names like the Right Side PAC and Republican Voters Against Trump, which counts conservative columnist Bill

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