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Chile film shot with mobile phones screens

The first Chilean film shot with mobile phones – 09 La Pelicula – is a suspense movie produced by Martin Carcamo and filmed with the telephones of its leading characters.

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“Three (mobile) phones are filming at the same time during the movie,” Carcamo said in an interview with EFE.

Carcamo, a television host, is making his debut as a screenwriter and executive producer with this creation.

The film, hyperrealistic in style, tells the story from the subjective points of view of Carolina, played by actress Juanita Ringeling, Andrea (Isidora Cabezon) and Florencia (Catalina Gonzalez).

“It’s a different kind of story, a little dirty in style and was filmed by the actresses themselves,” Carcamo said.

The plot follows the experiences of three journalism students who shut themselves up in a house to work on a university project, when suddenly police warn them that just a few kilometres away, a couple has been murdered.

The college girls, forced to stay in the house, decide to do a report on the psychological processes they suffer throughout that day.

“It’s a realistic film that could really have happened. Youths use their mobile phones to make videos of themselves at a party or when they’re engaged in some activity, but these girls are filming each other during an entire day,” said Carcamo, who took part in the production of Gloria, a prizewinning movie at the Berlin International Film Festival.

09 La Pelicula, the first work by director Javier Aguirrezabal, will screen in Chilean cinemas starting March 13. Its creators foresee the movie doing the rounds of international film festivals in the near future.

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Fulham confirm Meulensteen exit

English Premier League strugglers Fulham bowed to the inevitable by confirming the departure of former manager Rene Meulensteen.

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The west London club took dramatic action last Friday in a bid to preserve their top-flight status by bringing in Felix Magath as their new manager with just 12 games of the season left.

However, at the time Fulham made no mention of Meulensteen’s fate or that of assistant manager Ray Wilkins and technical director Alan Curbishley.

But a Fulham statement issued on Tuesday says the trio have all left Craven Cottage as Magath brought in his own backroom staff.

“Fulham Football Club have officially announced the appointments of Tomas Oral as first-team coach and Werner Leuthard as conditioning coach, both reporting to new first-team manager Felix Magath, effective immediately,” the statement said.

“The club simultaneously made the formal announcement that Rene Meulensteen, Alan Curbishley, Ray Wilkins, (coaches) Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill have departed Fulham. Terms of the parting are complete and confidential.”

Former Manchester United coach Meulensteen had been in charge of the Cottagers for little more than two months after being promoted from within the west London club’s backroom staff to replace fellow-Dutchman Martin Jol on December 1.

However, Wednesday’s 3-2 home defeat by Liverpool — where Fulham twice took the lead before losing out to Steven Gerrard’s stoppage-time penalty — left the Cottagers bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety.

And that was enough for Fulham chairman Shahid Khan, a Pakistan-born US-based businessman, to sack Meulensteen.

It was the second time this season Meulensteen had been dismissed after he was fired just 16 days into his time in charge of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in August.

Meulensteen responded to his effective sacking Friday by accusing Fulham of “freaking out” and “hitting the panic button on the emotions of fear”.

Former Bayern Munich manager Magath’s first match as Fulham boss will be away to West Bromwich Albion, themselves just above the relegation zone, on Saturday.

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US minimum wage hike ‘would cost jobs’

Boosting the federal minimum wage as US President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.

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5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, congress’ nonpartisan budget analyst says.

In a report containing ammunition for both supporters and opponents of the Democratic election-year proposal, the Congressional Budget Office said gradually raising the minimum from $US7.25 ($A8.05) hourly to $US10.10 would lift 900,000 people above the federal poverty level by 2016.

That is out of 45 million who would otherwise live in poverty without an increase.

But the analysis also noted a downside – about 0.3 per cent fewer jobs, especially for low-income workers; higher costs for business owners and higher prices for consumers.

The study was unveiled as the senate prepares for a March debate on a plan by Democrat Senator Tom Harkin, ramping up the minimum in three steps to $US10.10 by 2016.

The proposal is backed by Obama and is a keystone of Democrats’ campaign-season plans to highlight their effort to make incomes more equitable, but it faces strong Republican opposition and long odds of approval by congress.

The analysis, which examined increases very similar to Harkin’s, immediately added fuel to the partisan dispute over the proposal.

It put authoritative weight behind longtime Republican claims that increasing the minimum wage would cost jobs by forcing companies to spend more on wages, putting Democrats on the defensive.

“This report confirms what we’ve long known – while helping some, mandating higher wages has real costs, including fewer people working,” said Brendan Buck, spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

“With unemployment Americans’ top concern, our focus should be creating – not destroying – jobs for those who need them most.”

The budget office said its estimate of employment losses was approximate.

It said the actual impact would likely range from a very slight employment reduction to a loss of 1 million workers.

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Waratahs star Beale fittest he’s been

The penny has finally dropped for Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale that he can no longer rely on talent alone.

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Beale is the fittest he’s been heading into a Super Rugby season, as he prepares for his new running role at inside centre.

Coming back from off-season shoulder surgery, Beale has trained hard and according to coach Michael Cheika has even surprised himself with the benefits.

“Kurtley is starting to learn that hard work is actually quite rewarding,” Cheika told AAP.

“He’s seeing it on the field. He’s come back from his shoulder op early and played 70 minutes and 65 minutes in the trials, and he’s wanted to play more.

“I didn’t know him before, but he’s in good shape.

“He’s pushed himself hard. Every time it looks like he’s going to walk, there’s someone kicking him saying ‘run.'”

Beale’s prodigious talent carried him so far so early that fitness and discipline has often run a clear second.

Last year he was sacked by Melbourne with his behaviour hardly deserving of teammate of the year honours.

But so impressed has Cheika been with Beale’s attitude since arriving back at the Waratahs, he’s paid him the ultimate compliment of being “a real team player”.

Rather than kick up a stink at being a marquee signing and missing out on his preferred position of five-eighth, Beale has embraced Cheika’s plan for him to play outside Bernard Foley at No.12.

“His application to the game has been great. He’s learnt a new way to play, he’s fitting in well … and he’s just got that X-factor in his game,” said Cheika.

“You saw a moment in the (trial) against the Blues where he went to first receiver and Foley went out wide and threw him a ball and he went straight through. You can’t coach that.

“That’s just two guys that know how to play footy.”

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TV highlights for Thurs, Feb 20

THE CHECKOUT – ABC1, 8.

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The Checkout isn’t done with exposing companies that rip off and trick Australian consumers – clearly, there’s a lot more shonky business to expose yet and audiences have proved eager to lap it up and find out just how they are being scammed. The Chaser stalwarts Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel are back with a second season to poke fun at and embarrass those who don’t heed the saying that the customer is always right. Armed with its irreverent style and humour, the team have successfully turned what could be a dry subject into something that is both entertaining and truly informative, giving customers the upper hand.

ITALY UNPACKED (PG) – SBS ONE, 8.30pm

British historian and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon and revered Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli wrap up their Italian cultural adventure tonight in the northern region of Piedmont, which boasts a beautiful landscape featuring mountains and thriving forests. The good friends’ level of expertise lifts this travelogue above mere exclamations, with the art and cookery bent proving to be pleasingly entertaining and intelligent. The pair go truffle hunting and prepare a decadent breakfast with their riches straight from the soil. Andrew explores the baroque architecture which characterises Turin and the pilgrimage site of Sacro Monte in Varallo is explored.

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (2005) – 7TWO, 7.30pm

Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel. The late Douglas Adams’ literary favourite finally materialised in this bright, booming, bizarre film that perfectly captures the essence of his tales. Martin Freeman (Sherlock) plays the Brit everyman who hitches a ride to outer space with his incognito alien buddy (Mos Def) just before the destruction of Earth. Hooking up with the last remaining female human (Zooey Deschanel), the trio becomes involved in the wild schemes of the galaxy’s zany president (Sam Rockwell). A wonderfully wry sci-fi comedy with jaw-dropping effects and shrewd pondering of the “meaning of life”.

xXx: THE NEXT LEVEL (2005) – GO!, 8.30pm

Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson. Owing to a contract dispute, Vin Diesel did not reprise his role of knucklehead secret agent Xander Cage for this sequel. Clearly not the man to fill Diesel’s boots (c’mon, we’re talking about a tubby, pioneering rap star who’s better known for clipping hair in Barbershop), Ice Cube plays ex-Navy SEAL Darius Stone. Poached from prison by the shadowy Agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), Stone is inducted into the xXx program and forced to stop the assassination of the US president. This desperately mindless action spectacle is so bad – we’re not talking “gangsta” bad – it’s funny.

STAYING ALIVE (1983) – ELEVEN, 9.30pm

John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes. When not plotting how to get Rocky Balboa back in the ring for another sequel, Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed this monstrously entertaining camp-athon. Many people forget that this is actually a sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Yep, Tony Manero (John Travolta) becomes a Broadway dancer! Keep an eye out for an amusing blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Sly, and an ear out for his brother Frank who shares an equal, but entirely forgettable, number of songs with The Bee Gees on the soundtrack. Perplexing, but then again, most of the ’80s was.

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