Actor Julia Roberts is shown in a scene from the s

first_img Actor Julia Roberts is shown in a scene from the series “Homecoming.” When Oscar winner Roberts went to star alongside Toronto native Stephan James in the upcoming Amazon series “Homecoming,” she wanted to make sure their work ethics aligned.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TIFF MANDATORY CREDIT by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 1:52 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Julia Roberts praises Canadian ‘Homecoming’ co-star Stephan Jamescenter_img TORONTO – When Oscar winner Julia Roberts signed up to star alongside Toronto native Stephan James in the upcoming Amazon series “Homecoming,” she wanted to make sure their work ethics aligned.“It was one of those things where — not to feel like the old mother hen — but I remember saying just the last day of rehearsal or hanging out or something, ‘So, how are you with time? Do you come to work on time? Is that something that you like to do?’” she said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the series is premiering.James reassured her that yes, he does show up to work on time.“And it was just so great to be with someone who, and not to sound like I’m stereotyping, but just based on how young Stephan is, you don’t know what their sense of being ready is going to be,” Roberts continued, sitting beside James.“And his ready is my ready — and that made us a pair.”Building a rapport between the two was crucial, as they have many scenes together in “Homecoming,” which debuts exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Nov. 2.“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail directed the noir psychological thriller, which is based on the podcast created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg.Roberts is an executive producer on the show and plays a caseworker at a transitional support centre for soldiers trying to return to civilian life. James, 24, plays one of these soldiers.“I feel like I’m getting to a certain point in my career where I’m becoming more and more comfortable,” said James, whose other projects include the American drama series “Shots Fired” and the Jesse Owens biopic film “Race.”“And being in a space like that and working with those people, I feel like it was just a sweet spot and comfortability for me.”Esmail said they auditioned a bunch of actors for James’s role, looking for someone who could “go toe-to-toe with Julia Roberts.”“There were a lot of complexities to that character and Stephan, he first taped for us and blew us away on the tape, which is so much harder to do than in person,” Esmail said.“Then he came and did a chemistry read with Julia and I think that’s when we knew and we saw the chemistry — and it was electrifying to watch.”James, who grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, also stars in the Barry Jenkins film “If Beale Street Could Talk” at TIFF this year. His brother, Shamier Anderson, is also at the festival this year with “Destroyer.”Roberts gushed about James when asked about the Oscars and if they should create a new category, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has proposed.“Category: best performance by Stephan James in that year,” said Roberts, who also stars in “Ben is Back” at this year’s TIFF. She won an Oscar for best actress in 2000’s “Erin Brockovich.”“I think there would be multiple nominations every year and I think he might win.”last_img read more

ENITotal might extend gas search in blocks 6 and 11

first_imgThe consortium of ENI and Total is considering searching for more natural gas in offshore blocks 6 and 11, a senior executive of the Italian firm said on Wednesday.Speaking at the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference in Nicosia, ENI’s chief exploration officer Luca Bertelli sounded upbeat about the prospects of further gas discoveries inside Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Bertelli underlined the significance of the results of the consortium’s exploratory drills at two targets, dubbed Onisiforos and Calypso – noting that the drills there have confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons formations in carbonate layers similar to Egypt’s massive Zohr gas play.In particular, the Calypso well in block 6 contains “almost pure methane”, confirming the potential for more gas discoveries in the region.Announcing the preliminary results of the drill at Calypso last month, the Italian company said it believed the well could hold around 6 to 8 trillion cubic feet of gas.Should these preliminary results be confirmed, said Bertelli, his company will be exploring options for monetising the find.The fastest and cheapest way to do that is to utilise idle processing plants in Egypt, where the gas would be liquefied for export to Europe or to regional markets like Greece and Turkey.Bertelli noted that more gas discoveries are needed to ensure there will be sufficient quantities over the long term. That would also make planned projects – like a pipeline linking the East Mediterranean with Europe – viable.But he cautioned that “pragmatic, realistic” steps are needed because “the area is geopolitically complex”.He did not elaborate, although it’s understood he was alluding to the dispute over hydrocarbons between Cyprus on the one hand, and Turkey and northern Cyprus on the other.In February Turkish warships, claiming to be carrying out exercises, prevented a drillship contracted by ENI from reaching a site in block 3. The company was eventually forced to cancel the planned drill.Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, nor therefore the latter’s jurisdiction over its EEZ.Ankara has repeatedly warned Cyprus against taking “unilateral steps” in exploring and developing hydrocarbons without factoring in the Turkish Cypriots.In September 2001, Turkey and the north signed a ‘continental shelf delineation agreement’.Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoLonnyThis Is What A Lake House Looks Like When You’re A BillionaireLonnyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more