The Daily Populous

Thursday October 15th, 2020 evening edition

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An inaugural screenwriting lab co-founded by Margot Robbie, designed to help women writers break into the action and franchise film market, has seen a stunning 100% sales return on six original pitches.

It’s not only a win for representation in a male-dominated space, it’s a victory for feature film sales at a time when coronavirus has plunged the theatrical market into chaos.

The program is titled The Lucky Exports Pitch Program, and was created by Christina Hodson and Morgan Howell of Hodson Exports and Robbie, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap Entertainment.

The six writers include Sue Chung, Charmaine DeGraté, Eileen Jones, Faith Liu, Dagny Looper, and Maria Sten.

Almost all projects were sold in a week-long roadshow to major buyers across the industry.

The feature is in development and has been acquired for distribution by Sony with development by Blumhouse.

Dagny Looper (See, Brave New World, Strange Angel): HIJACKED is in development as a feature at Warner Bros. »

Alabama football coach Nick Saban, athletic director Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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"I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19," Saban said in a statement.

The 68-year-old Saban said he was feeling fine before the positive test result, which he said surprised him.

play 1:28 Saban addresses his positive COVID-19 test Alabama head coach Nick Saban explains how he received news of his positive COVID-19 test and is able to continue coaching his team from home. »

First look: PlayStation 5’s next-generation user experience

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With less than a month until launch, we’re thrilled to share our very first look at the PlayStation 5 console’s user experience (UX).

The new UX is completely centered on the player – to provide you a truly next-generation experience with deeper immersion that quickly connects you to great games and a passionate gaming community.

The new UX introduces several new features designed to make your gaming experiences more fun, engaging, personalized and social. »

White House economic advisers warned investors about pandemic, but not American public

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Senior White House economic advisors warned conservative donors and investors about their pandemic concerns as Donald Trump promised Americans coronavirus would “disappear”, according to reports.

Those details were outlined in a memo The Times obtained, which was written by a Hoover Institution board member and hedge fund consultant, William Callanan, amid three days of meetings with White House advisers.

Mr Callanan noted how J. Philipson, a senior economic adviser to the US president, told investors on 24 February that he could not yet estimate the effects of the virus on the American economy. »

Possible Link Between Blood Type and COVID-19

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Individuals with blood type O may have lowest risk of infection; individuals with A and AB may have increased risk of severe clinical outcomes.

The potential role of blood type in predicting risk and complications of COVID-19 infection has emerged as an important scientific question.

Among the COVID-19 positive, they found fewer people with blood type O and more people with A, B, and AB types. »