‘Why do we need to offer people gratuitous sex in film? There’s plenty of porn online’


Timothy Dalton has a laugh like a pantomime villain. Rich, deep and playfully thespy, it booms from our Zoom chat as his press team asks me to pivot my camera away from a nice blank wall towards a pile of unwashed laundry, to improve the lighting. The laughter erupts again when he spots my broken hoover.

I’m rewarded with a third, expansive peal when I tell the 74-year-old actor that my 10-year-old son – eavesdropping from the hall earlier as I watched the delectably surreal but 18-rated series Doom Patrol – said of Dalton’s performance as Niles “Chief” Caulder: “His voice is a massive spoiler! I mean, the posh English guy in an American action thing? You just know he’s going to turn out to be a baddie! Even if he’s a good guy for now.”

“Good for your son!” Dalton chuckles. “After I shot my very first scene

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Students among first to return offer lessons for reopening schools

NASHVILLE — Abigail Alexander shuffled through a stack of papers trying to find instructions for logging in to her school-issued laptop. 

The 10-year-old chatted with her best friend, a fellow fifth grader, about who is in their classes this year at Head Middle Magnet Prep in Nashville and what period they have a specific teacher.

Their conversation Tuesday sounded like a typical one between excited, anxious students on the first day at a new school — except this year’s first day of school was like no other.

Abigail was seated in the dining room of her North Nashville home while her two younger foster siblings played around the table. Her friend was on FaceTime, the phone propped up against the side of Abigail’s laptop.

The girls were among more than 86,000 Nashville students who started the school year virtually while their schools remained closed due the ongoing spread of the

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North Penn To Offer Three Options In School Reopening Plan

LANSDALE, PA — The North Penn School District will offer a multi-option plan for students heading into the 2020-21 school year, with families given a choice of in-person, virtual, or hybrid instruction, officials announced.

The announcement comes as Montgomery County officials recently issued their countywide school reopening guidelines, which require masks and discourage large gatherings, field trips and extracurricular activities.

Families must return a School Reopening Selection Form indicating which of the three options their student has selected. The deadline to return the form is Monday, July 27 at noon. The form can be accessed here.

The instruction will be a combination of “synchronous” and “asynchronous” classrooms, with some, but not all activities taught to in-person and online students at the same time.

The recommendations are the result of the work of more than 20 committees over a period of weeks who have been analyzing educational options, safety, and going

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Central Bucks Amends Fall Options, Will Offer Hybrid Or Online

DOYLESTOWN, PA — The Central Bucks School District has adjusted its plans for the fall school year, and now will offer two options for learning: hybrid or online only.

Superintendent John J. Kopicki said Friday families will be asked to choose their preferred option for the start of the 2020-21 school year, which will begin on Aug. 31.

The district had initially intended to offer a full in-person learning option, but new guidelines from the state Department of Education released Thursday will prevent that plan from being feasible, officials said.

“While our planning teams were working to finalize plans to offer families a traditional option that would have students in school five days per week, revised recommendations and procedures were released from the governor and the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” Kopicki said.

“As a result, it became clear to our leadership that given the space limitations within our 23 schools,

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International students must leave USA if universities offer only online classes this fall

The Trump administration announced international students will have to leave the USA, or face possible deportation, if the college or university they attend switches to online-only classes in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, international students enrolled in colleges or universities offering only online courses this fall will be barred from entering the USA.

In the spring, international students were allowed to attend online-only classes. The reversal could be a major economic blow to colleges and universities, as well as  communities, over the loss of tuition and other revenue from international students who typically pay full price.

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The new policy, issued

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