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Pictures: Maya Cinemas, the vision of activist Moctesuma Esparza, opens in North Las Vegas

Maya Cinemas Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Christopher DeVargas A first look at the new modern Maya Movie theaters throughout their

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019|2 a.m.

Maya Cinemas Ribbon Cutting Event Launch slideshow” Mariachi music flooded the air, members of the dance team Xochipilli Danza Azteca Las Vegas stood by all set to carry out and Las Vegas Paiute People authorities blessed the premises as part of an event Thursday to open the Maya Cinemas in North Las Vegas. The theater, anchoring the North Las Vegas downtown redevelopment task at 2195 Las Vegas Blvd.

. North, weds the classic movie theater experience of CEO Moctesuma Esparza’s childhood with technological improvements.”I wish to share a bit about why this building is here and about the dedication that we have actually made as a company

, Maya Cinemas, to having the absolute modern innovation and style and development as part of this theater, “said Esparza, the Mexican-American entertainment executive and community activist. “For me, movie-going is connected to the most cherished memories that I had as a kid, being with my dad and my household. We used to go to the movies every week.”Participating in the films has sentimental worth for Esparza, who would use the movie-going experience to

spend time with his working-class father as a child. Those formative memories motivated him to create swallowing up experiences in his theater for others. The two-story, 14-screen North Las Vegas theater uses features such as D-Box seating, RealD 3D and Maya MPX

while likewise commemorating older theatrical components by including weeping rooms in its style. Maya Movie theaters, which likewise has places in California, is the only theater chain in the U.S. to have an entire space of D-Box

seating. The North Las Vegas theater is just the 2nd area to have them. The appeal of D-BOX seats is that they replicate the action in a film by vibrating or moving and develop a more immersive film experience, said D-Box CEO Claude McMaster, who went to the opening. RealD 3D works with films displayed in three measurements, and the Maya MPX experience is used in both 2D and 3D but consists of other technological functions, like 360-degree sound. Purchasing technology like this, Esparza hopes to offer the neighborhood a location to produce memories like his. That’s why he made the theater family-friendly, with sobbing rooms for parents to be able to see a movie while tending to their young children. “These moments where we would go to the movie theater are cherished; they are the moments that I keep in mind about family, about being together, about learning more about the world,” Esparza said.”That all was achieved

in the conversations with my papa, my family and viewing motion pictures– and enjoying with a huge crowd where we all chuckled together, wept together, we got terrified together. … That’s the beauty and the promise of storytelling in the 21st century.”

Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault grievance


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/ > Matt Sayles/ AP In this Might 17, 2009, file photo, Italian starlet Asia Argento arrives on the red carpet for the screening of “Revenge” throughout the 62nd International movie celebration in Cannes, France.

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New York City– Italian actress Asia Argento– one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo motion against unwanted sexual advances– just recently settled a grievance filed against her by a young star and musician who said she sexually attacked him when he was 17, the New york city Times reported.

Argento, 42, settled the notice of intent to take legal action against filed by Jimmy Bennett, who is now 22, for $380,000 quickly after she said last October that movie magnate Harvey Weinstein raped her, the Times reported.

Argento and Bennett co-starred in a 2004 movie called “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” in which Argento played Bennett’s woman of the street mom.

Bennett states in the notice that he made love with Argento in a California hotel in 2013. The age of permission in California is 18.

The notice states the encounter shocked Bennett and harm his profession, the Times reported.

The newspaper said it received court files that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. 3 people familiar with the case said the files were genuine, the Times reported.

In a declaration to The Associated Press on Monday, an attorney for Bennett said the actor “does not want to comment on the documents or the events” at this time.

The statement asked for privacy and kept in mind that Bennett would take “the next 24 Hr, or longer, to prepare his action.”

Argento became one of the most popular activists of the #MeToo motion after she told the New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at the Cannes Movie Festival in 1997 when she was 21. Argento told the publication that she continued to have a relationship with Weinstein due to the fact that she was afraid of outraging him.

Weinstein has been prosecuted on sex criminal activity accusations including 3 females, but not including Argento.

Representatives for Argento did not respond to a request from The Associated Press for remark.

Activist Financier Litt Improves Stake in Mack-Cali

101 Hudson St., where Mack-Cali lost AIG as a tenant.Jonathan Litt made his name on Wall Street, and with the financial press, as a spirited activist financier who targets real estate financial investment trust funds, called REITs. Now his hedge fund has actually enhanced its stake in Mack-Cali Real estate Corp., triggering speculation about what changes it might require at New Jersey’s largest REIT and greatest office-building proprietor. Litt is the founder of Land & Structures Financial Investment Management, which on Monday said it purchased 1.26 million shares of Mack-Cali stock, bringing its holdings to roughly 1.85 percent of the Jersey City, NJ-based company. Since Litt’s relocation was revealed, Mack-Cali’s stock has increased, closing Wednesday at$21.50 a share, up 6.4 percent from Tuesday’s close. The stock’s 52-week high is$24.17 a share. Pointing out unnamed sources, Bloomberg News reported that Litt is likely to push Mack-Cali to sell all or some of its parts, which has been his technique at other underperforming REITs. And his track record, and track record, would appear to possibly point to such a circumstance. “He has built L&B into the premier activist hedge fund in the realty space, effectively affecting change and unlocking shareholder worth at many public real estate business, including BRE Residences, Associated Estates, and MGM Resorts,”Land & Buildings’ site states in its bio of Litt. Mack-Cali puts the net asset value of its property holdings at$35.93 a share, but there is a big variety of such quotes, with Stifel Nicholaus in the mid -$20 range, said John Guinee III, a handling director at the brokerage and financial investment banking company.”Financier net-asset-value quotes vary extensively, and it is unknown whether the split value(of Mack-Cali)is$25 a share of$35 a share,”he stated.” Nevertheless, the one thing we can say with confidence is that we question Mr. Litt is a client person.”Stamford, CT-based Land & Buildings couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, but Litt is no complete stranger to Mack-Cali and its travails as it has fought with its portfolio’s efficiency. Litt– a previous Wall Street research analyst at locations such as PaineWebber Group Inc., Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup– invested a number of years as a Mack-Cali board member, a span

from 2014 to 2016. Less than a year after his arrival, long-time Mack-Cali Chief Executive Mitchell Hersh revealed that he was exiting the company. Present Mack-Cali CEO Michael DeMarco Wednesday downplayed the significance of Litt increase his stake in the REIT.”John Litt has been a consistent shareholder for five years,”DeMarco said in a declaration

.”When he served on the Mack-Cali board to select a brand-new management group and craft forward technique for our organisation, he was not

able to trade his holdings because of his position. Since he has actually left the board our company believe he has traded his holdings in CLI(Mack-Cali )based upon his belief in relative worth. He has consistently expressed self-confidence in the stock having a genuine NAV [net possession worth] above its present trading cost.” Guinee said the REIT has 3 organisations, particularly its 11 million square feet of office properties, with a heavy concentration on the Jersey City, NJ, waterfront on the Hudson River; flex residential or commercial properties amounting to 3.5 million square feet that Mack-Cali

prepares to divest by the end of the year; and aggressive multifamily development that falls under its Roseland Residential Trust unit. In some methods, the REIT has actually suffered by owning homes in the wrong place at the incorrect time. Under Hersh’s helm, Mack-Cali’s portfolio consisted of a large number of workplace properties in rural New Jersey that were experiencing high job rates in the aftermath of the

2008 financial decline and the waning popularity of such facilities in corporate America. Under Hersh the REIT acquired what is now called Roseland Residential Trust to bolster its investment in multi-family residential or commercial properties, but some critics at the time said the business waited too long to go full-steam ahead with that diversification. DeMarco has actually spent the past couple of years rearranging

Mack-Cali’s portfolio, selling off many rural office complex, remodeling the more attractive office properties, and investing in metropolitan Jersey City office space and North Jersey property holdings. However the Jersey City Gold Coast office buildings have actually taken a hit, and job rates have actually increased to about 70 percent, especially after a number of big renters left this year, inning accordance with Guinee. The companies that rolled off their leases included insurer AIG, which left 271,000 square feet at 101 Hudson St. in Jersey City, and publisher Wiley, which left 92,000 square feet at 111 River St. in Hoboken.”It’s clearly a cheap stock, but whether he’s going to be truly, truly aggressive and make something occur, or not, is a different story,”Guinee said of Litt, who he stated he has actually known for about a lots years.

Rev. Donald Clark, civil rights activist in Las Vegas, dies at 84


Sun archives From left, Fletcher Jones Jr., Jerry Mack, Clark County Commissioner Donald Clark and Robert Mayer Evans participate in an Israel Bonds event at the Riviera on Dec. 9, 1984.

When Rev. Donald Clark didn’t show up for Sunday services at Life Care Center, his friends sensed something was wrong. In 18 years at the center, he was rarely absent.

They called the fire department to his home on Tonopah Drive, the very same West Las Vegas house he had actually lived in since the 1960s, to find an ailing Clark. He died 6 days in the future Saturday at age 84.

Clark, who pertained to Southern Nevada in 1952 from his native New Orleans when he was stationed at Nellis Flying force Base, made his mark as a civil liberties activist. He was the head of the local NAACP, served on the Clark County commission and worked tirelessly for equal rights, including the combination of black employees on the Strip.

Clark, together with other activists James McMillan and Charles West, lobbied Gov. Grant Sawyer and other authorities to start integration in Las Vegas. It became his life’s work– and a responsibility he desired little credit for.

Clark was designated to the Clark County Commission in 1984 to fill the unexpired regard to Woodrow Wilson, who had resigned after being founded guilty in an FBI bribery sting called Operation Yobo. Clark served out the term but did not look for election to the commission.

“To this day he [Donald Clark] remains steadfast in his refusal to accept public acknowledgment for his pioneering activities that have contributed so strongly to black development in Nevada,” wrote Everett Louis Overstreet in his 1999 book “Black Steps in the Desert Sands” that narrated African-American influence in the development of Las Vegas.

Clark was the owning force behind the local Economic Opportunity Board, which introduced the Operation Independence program under his management. That used day-care services, a head start program for young children and legal aid to bad households.

To fulfill westside families and to comprehend their requirements, Clark in the 1960s took a job as a milkman with Anderson Dairy.

“That is how he was familiar with people. That was a method to become knowledgeable about people,” stated Yolanda Clark Brandon, his daughter. “He came to Las Vegas and struck the ground running.”

Clark was preceded in death by his spouse of 53 years, Louise. She was his high school sweetie. The had four children — Donna Clark, Cornell Clark, Yolanda Clark Brandon and Betty Clark Crane.

“The focus was constantly education and being the very best person we could be,” Brandon said. “He demanded quality. He constantly stated you have to know your helpful purpose– when you go someplace, why are you there and what are you doing.”

Clark, among six children, is endured by his sis, Lois Washington. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Miles Brandon, Taylor Brandon, Tiffani Peoples and Anastasia Dextra.

Providers are arranged for 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 500 Madison Ave. Visitation is 3 p.m-7 p.m. at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd.