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“After Life: más allá de mi mujer”: Ricky Gervais y su humor negro regresan a Netflix

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¿Una serie que nos haga reír y llorar al mismo tiempo? ¿Es posible? Pareciera que After Life, la serie creada, escrita y protagonizada por Ricky Gervais lo puede lograr sin mucho esfuerzo. Y ahora regresa una de las joyitas de Netflix con su tercera temporada. En esta, el humorista inglés interpreta a Tony, un hombre en duelo luego de que su esposa Lisa (Kerry Godliman) muriera tras una larga enfermedad. Del llanto al humor en un paso casi imperceptible, Tony milita en la idea de que vivir es casi una obligación.

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Era marzo de 2019 cuando se estrenó la primera temporada (al año siguiente llegó la segunda parte) y los consumidores de series de Netflix se enfrentaban a una nueva propuesta que invitaba a sumarse sin más.

Gervais manejó a la perfección todos los momentos que enfrenta un hombre solo cuando su esposa lo abandona para siempre dejando este mundo. La etapa de depresión luego de este evento traumático es el eje de la serie, pero todo es contado en tono de comedia. Su único compañero en esta tragedia es su perro, que lo acompaña al cementerio para “pasar un rato” visitando la tumba de su esposa. Allí dialoga con una mujer, viuda también y llamada Anne (Penelope Wilton), sobre el sentido de la vida y de la muerte, y sobre cómo rearmarse y seguir adelante. Mientras tanto, Tony divide sus horas en un periódico local en el que trabaja rodeado de colegas particulares, pintorescos y dignos de una comedia inglesa.

After Life: confirmada la fecha de estreno de la tercera temporada
«Cada final implica un nuevo comienzo», es la frase que acompaña la nueva temporada de «After Life». (Netflix)

Todos parecen ser parias de la sociedad pero cada uno se reconoce como los más talentosos del mundo. Esa seguridad y autoestima que presentan cada uno de ellos, que ante la mirada de Tony parecen una banda de perdedores, le transmiten a este viudo la capacidad de olvidarse al menos por un momento de su drama personal.

A eso se suma que Lisa se encargó de dejarle unos videos antes de morir, en los que lo anima a seguir con su vida y que forman parte de lo único que mira cuando la soledad y la tristeza lo hunden en su cama o su sillón preferido.

Pero, ¿Qué veremos en la tercera temporada de After Life? (ATENCIÓN SPOILERS). En la última temporada vimos cómo el padre de Tony (Gervais), interpretado por David Bradley, fallece finalmente en el hogar de ancianos donde vive hace unos años ya que padece de demencia senil. Pero no hemos visto un funeral al estilo Tony aún. Ese será un punto álgido en esta temporada en la que este hombre deberá lidiar con otro duelo y cómo a partir de este hecho continúa la relación con Emma (Ashley Jensen).

El elenco lo vuelven a conformar: Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Earl, Joe. Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Jo Hartley y Diane Morgan, David Bradley, Peter Egan, Ethan Lawrence, Colin Hoult y Michelle Greenidge.

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Así se anunciaba el comienzo de las grabaciones de la tercera temporada de «After Life» en abril del año pasado.

En esta nueva temporada se unirán al grupo estable Kath Hughes, Tim Key, Dave Hill, Wendy Albiston, Ricky Grover, Ben Hull, Cole Anderson-James y Kate Robbins.

After Life emociona, nos lleva a reflexionar sobre el sentido de la vida, y por supuesto, nos hace reír. Con respecto a una continuidad Gervais no dio muchas esperanzas en una entrevista otorgada al diario inglés The Mirror: “Ya me hice a la idea de que no habrá una cuarta temporada. Así que me puse eso en mente para recordar que sería tentador hacerla, aunque hay un viejo dicho que dice: ‘Para liderar a una orquesta hay que darle la espalda al público’. Y eso es verdad, así que prefiero ser precavido y terminar en este nivel”.

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Actress Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died at 26: «Our family is devastated at the deepest level»

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Regina King’s 26-year-old son, Ian Alexander Jr., has died, a spokesperson for the actor confirmed Saturday morning. 

«Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,» the statement read. «He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time.»

Alexander Jr. — King’s only child, whom she shared with ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr. — died by suicide, a spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press.

The two were very close, with Alexander Jr. often accompanying his mother on the red carpet. They even had matching tattoos reading «unconditional love» in Aramaic, the AP reported.

Last year, Alexander Jr. posted a tribute to his mother on her birthday, writing, «To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for. But to have you as my mother is the greatest gift I could ask for. To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable.»

Alexander Jr. was a DJ who went by desduné. He had just recently released a song called «Green Eyes,» which King posted about on her Instagram last week. According to Alexander Jr.’s Instagram, he had a show scheduled for January 28 in Los Angeles.

King is known for her roles in the movie «If Beale Street Could Talk» and on the television show «Watchmen.» She also directed the 2020 film «One Night in Miami…» She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, four Primetime Emmy Awards and two NAACP Image Awards over the course of her more than 30-year career.





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German navy chief resigns over Putin comments

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Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht visits the navy base in Warnemuende, Germany, December 17, 2021. Bernd Wuestneck/Pool via REUTERS

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BERLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s navy chief stepped down on Saturday after drawing criticism for saying Russian President Vladimir Putin deserved respect and that Kyiv would never win back annexed Crimea from Moscow.

«I have asked Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht to relieve me from my duties with immediate effect,» Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach said in a statement. «The minister has accepted my request.»

Schoenbach made the remarks to a think-tank discussion in India on Friday, and video was published on social media. The comments came at a sensitive time as Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine’s borders.

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Diplomatic efforts are focused on preventing an escalation. Russia denies it is planning to invade Ukraine.

In New Delhi, Schoenbach, speaking in English, said Putin seeks to be treated as an equal by the West.

«What he (Putin) really wants is respect,» Schoenbach said.

«And my God, giving someone respect is low cost, even no cost… It is easy to give him the respect he really demands – and probably also deserves,» Schoenbach said, calling Russia an old and important country.

Schoenbach conceded Russia’s actions in Ukraine needed to be addressed. But he added that «the Crimea peninsula is gone, it will never come back, this is a fact,» contradicting the joint Western position that Moscow’s annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 cannot be accepted and must be reversed.

Prior to Schoenbach’s resignation, the defence ministry publicly criticised his remarks, saying they did not reflect Germany’s position in either content or wording.

Schoenbach apologized for his comments.

«My rash remarks in India … are increasingly putting a strain on my office,» he said. «I consider this step (the resignation) necessary to avert further damage to the German navy, the German forces, and, in particular, the Federal Republic of Germany.»

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had called on Germany to publicly reject the navy chief’s comments. Schoenbach’s comments could impair Western efforts to de-escalate the situation, Ukraine said in a statement.

«Ukraine is grateful to Germany for the support it has already provided since 2014, as well as for the diplomatic efforts to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict. But Germany’s current statements are disappointing and run counter to that support and effort,» Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said separately in tweet.

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Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Catherine Evans and Cynthia Osterman

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Butler announces retirement

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Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler announced his retirement on Saturday evening in a statement released by the team.

«It is an emotional day as I announce I am retiring from my football coaching career,» said Butler. «I have spent every year since 1990 as a coach in the NFL and the NCAA, but the time is right for me to walk away after a successful career both playing and coaching the game I love.

«I want to thank the Rooney Family, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin and all the coaches and players that I have been involved with over my entire coaching career. I look forward to spending more time with my family, whom have been so supportive of me throughout the years. I wish nothing but the best to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and I will be cheering them on during my retirement.»

Butler served as the team’s defensive coordinator since being promoted to that role in January 2015. He had previously served as the team’s linebackers coach for 12 seasons from 2003-14. Butler was a part of two Super Bowl winning teams with the Steelers (Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII).

The Steelers lead, or tied for the lead, in overall sacks for the last five years under Butler, setting an NFL record in 2020 when they did it a league-high four years in a row.

In 2020 the Steelers broke an NFL record with a streak of 70 games with at least one sack, breaking the record set by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of 69 straight games with at least one sack (1999-2003). The team extended the streak to 75 games, which is still the NFL record.

He came to the Steelers after an NFL coaching career that began with the Cleveland Browns (1999-2002) and before that in the college ranks at Arkansas State (1998) and Memphis (1990-97).

Butler played in the NFL for 10 seasons (1978-87) for the Seattle Seahawks.

Butler was a three-year starter at inside linebacker for the University of Memphis, leading the team in tackles his junior and senior seasons and being named as Associated Press All-American in 1977.



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