Money ‘taken from Cambodian child’ in casting game for Angelina Jolie movie

‘Srey Moch [above, with Jolie] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,’ the US star, who directed First They Killed My Father, told Vanity Fair. Photograph: Roland Neveu/Netflix

A casting technique used in Angelina Jolie’s new film involved giving money to, then taking it away from an impoverished Cambodian child – who was awarded the part when she became “overwhelmed with emotion”.

Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), recounted the method in an interview with Vanity Fair. Her made-for-Netflix film First They Killed My Father, tells the story of life under the regime of Cambodian dictator Pol Pot. According to the article, Jolie looked in “orphanages, circuses and slum schools” for children “who had experienced hardship” to audition for the role of Loung Ung, from whose memoir the film is adapted.

Evgenia Peretz, the article’s author, wrote that the casting directors then “set up a game, disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then [for the child] to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie.”

“Srey Moch [the girl ultimately chosen for the part] was the only child that stared at the money for a very, very long time,” Jolie told Peretz. “When she was forced to give it back, she became overwhelmed with emotion. All these different things came flooding back.”

“When she was asked later what the money was for, she said her grandfather had died, and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral,” Jolie added.

In the interview Jolie also revealed that she was diagnosed last year with Bell’s palsy, which causes temporary paralysis of the facial muscles. Jolie credits acupuncture for helping her to recover from the condition, which had caused one side of her face to droop. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last, until it manifests itself in their own health,” she said of the illness.

Jolie also discussed the surgery she underwent after learning that she had a gene mutation that increases her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. In 2013 the actor underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and later wrote about the experience for the New York Times. She has since had her ovaries removed, a decision she says she made after blood tests indicated she might have cancer. When Jolie learnt that she didn’t have cancer, she says, “I dropped to my knees. I went into the actual [ovarian] surgery happy as they come. I was skipping. Because at that point it was just preventative,” she said.

First They Killed My Father will be shown at the Toronto international film festival, and is expected to be released later this year.


Marketing Tech Company Neustar to Be Taken Private by Golden Gate Capital

The logo for Neustar appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. ENLARGE
The logo for Neustar appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. PHOTO: RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Neustar Inc., an advertising-technology company that provides data and analytics to marketers, on Wednesday said it agreed to be bought by a private investment group led by Golden Gate Capital for about $1.8 billion.

Stockholders will receive $33.50 per share in cash, a 21% premium to Tuesday’s closing price and a 45% premium to Neustar’s closing stock price on Nov. 11—the day before private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital’s disclosure of an equity position in the company.

The deal is valued at $2.9 billion including debt and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017.

“We believe this transaction will enable us to continue to execute against our strategy and strengthen our market position as a leader in marketing, risk, security and communication solutions,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar’s president and chief executive, in a statement.

Over the past few years, Neustar has aggressively moved into the marketing technology space with the help of several acquisitions, as it seeks to become a major player in the information services market and compete with the likes of Oracle, Adobe and Salesforce.

Last year, it bought MarketShare, a marketing analytics company that helps advertisers plan and analyze their ad spending and figure out which channels will drive the most sales, for $450 million.

Neustar has also hired several high-profile advertising executives including Steven Wolfe Pereira, who was named chief marketing officer of the firm earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Neustar had announced it was seeking to split its company to separate its number portability business, which helps carriers and businesses switch customer phone numbers between companies, from its information management and marketing businesses. That split is now off the table, according to a person familiar with matter.

Neustar said it has “built a robust market position around unique, hard-to-replicate data sets and the data science that provides authoritative identities, updated in real time.”

The transaction is another sign of the consolidation taking place in the marketing and ad tech space. Last month, for example, Adobe acquired video ad buying software company TubeMogul for about $450 million.

Neustar’s shares jumped 20% to $33.08 in morning trading. Before the offer was made public, the shares were down 43% from three years ago but were up 12% in the past year.

The terms of the deal to be taken private include a 30-day period for Neustar to solicit alternative proposals.

Write to Suzanne Vranica at [email protected] and Anne Steele at [email protected]


Measures Taken To Relief Student Off Their Debts

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Making colleges more affordable is the first step towards helping students toward their aim of getting a higher education. Reduced college rates would mean that number of students can enroll them in a higher education program and can, in turn, take their first step towards a better life. Numerous understudy credit borrowers are working and attempting to make their regularly scheduled installments dependable, however, are in any case battling with oppressive obligation. However, there are ways which if you follow sincerely can reduce your debt oppression and get debt free faster.

Better incentive for loan contractors

The Department of Education regulates the government understudy advance project through execution based contracts with privately owned businesses granted through a competitive process. The Department reported that it would renegotiate its agreements with elected credit servicers to fortify money related motivating forces to help borrowers reimburse their advances on time, lower installments for servicers when advances enter misconduct or default and increment the estimation of borrowers’ consumer loyalty while assigning new advance volume. These progressions will enhance the way that servicers are remunerated to guarantee brilliant adjusting better for understudy advance borrowers.

Guide the student loan debtors

Numerous borrowers are still uninformed of the adaptable reimbursement choices right now accessible to them, particularly when they keep running into challenges in dealing with their installments. The Department of Education is trying hard to recognize borrowers who might battle to reimburse and give them auspicious data about alternatives to help them dodge or escape default. The Department of Education will test better approaches to achieving borrowers with the most danger of experiencing installment trouble, for example, borrowers who have left school without finishing their training, missed their first credit installment or defaulted on low adjust advances, and get them back on track with their advance installments.

Debt management solutions

All student borrowers are required to get credit advising when they first acquire government understudy advances and when they leave school, however little is thought about the adequacy of these projects. Working with student loan specialists and advocates, the Department of Education and the Department of Treasury will likewise create and dispatch a pilot task to test the viability of credit advising assets, including the Department of Education’s Financial Awareness Counseling Tool. Another approach to achieve understudy borrowers is by working with expert relationship to give data about reimbursement alternatives. The department of education and treasury likewise provide with options of consolidation of debts. It is so because debt consolidation is the best way to pay off credit card debts and student debts. Know more on the topic online and check out for some useful information on credit consolidation loans as well.

Transparency helps with choosing

The Administration has made new devices and assets that give data to help understudies and families look for and select a school using key markers of moderateness and esteem, and the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet help families settle on sound school financing choices by effectively contrasting money related guide grants from various universities before choosing where to enlist. This method has been accepted and is thoroughly followed by many organizations. The results of these have been a more informed choice regarding debt and loans and a more prepared student debtor.

Odd-Even Scheme: Delhi Says Action Will Be Taken Against ‘Surge Pricing’

Odd-Even Scheme: Delhi Says Action Will Be Taken Against 'Surge Pricing'

The Delhi government on Thursday said app-based taxi operators will be restrained from levying ‘peak time charges’ when the second round of the odd-even scheme will be in force.

The scheme aims at cutting down on the number of vehicles plying on the city’s roads. Taxis have been exempted under the road-rationing plan and are in demand when it is in force.

“Action will be taken if we receive complaints of app-based taxis charging exorbitant fares when the scheme is in force,” Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai warned.

“Commercial vehicles bearing yellow number plates, including CNG-run taxis, three-wheeler and four-wheeler tempos, autos and taxis will be allowed to ply under the scheme,” said a senior government official.

The official said that commercial vehicles of other states running on CNG have also been exempted from the road-rationing experiment.

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