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Why Don’t We released their ‘8 Letters’ album two weeks ago, so they came by ‘TRL’ with host Sway Calloway to talk all things about the album and perform the title track.
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OHMYGOSSIP — A collection of Alan Rickman’s personal diaries, scripts and correspondence could fetch £950,000.
The archive – which includes letters from famous names like Prince Charles, ‘Love Actually’ co-star Emma Thompson and Bill Clinton – fills 35 boxes, and is up for sale two years after the legendary actor sadly passed away aged 69.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, ‘Bridget Jones’ actor and memorabilia collector Neil Pearson has worked with the star’s estate to assemble the pieces, which were presented at the ABA Rare Book Fair.
Neil, 59, told the publication: “It’s a fabulous collection. There are 35 boxes of it – there is the ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ script in there and ‘Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves’ is in there.
“Every single script of a play or film, all of his diaries and a massive amount of correspondence from pretty much every one you’ve ever heard of.”
As well as scripts ‘Die Hard’ and his time with the Royal Shakespeare Company – which are heavily annotated – there are also some pieces from the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
In a letter from J.K. Rowling, the author thanks Rickman for “doing justice to my most complex character”, following his stellar performances as Professor Snape in the big screen adaptations of her books.
The scripts have Snape’s lines highlighted, while there is also a letter from producer David Heyman offering him the role – as well as his final call sheet from the ‘Deathly Hallows’ shoot.
Also noteworthy in the collection are notes from Daniel Radcliffe and Nicole Kidman praising his stage performances, and a series of letters from singer Sting offering him a script.
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There are a few legal documents that take the form of letters. A Letter of Intent, a Demand Letter, and a Cease and Desist Letter work similarly in that they serve as notices or declarations that are often used to keep transactions or proceedings due to disputes out of court.
With that in mind, here is a brief look at each of the documents and the circumstances in which they can be used.
What Is a Letter of Intent?
A Letter of Intent (LOI) is a statement or declaration made in writing that expresses the intentions and understandings between two parties. The LOI is usually not a legally-binding document because, in most cases, the drafter will make it clear that they are not making a binding offer. Generally, the letter only serves as a promise to continue negotiations in good faith.
Good faith is a term that refers to two parties’ commitment to act honestly and fairly in an agreement without taking advantage of the other. It means that each party is offering a sincere commitment to keep their promises.
The letter is often considered a foundation for a definitive agreement, but on its own does not usually enforce legal obligations on either agreeing party.
There are many uses for a Letter of Intent, some of the most common ones being:
- During negotiations for the purchase of a business or real estate
- To receive scholarships (athletic scholarships in particular)
- In post-secondary applications
- To receive financing (e.g. loans or grants)
What Is a Demand Letter?
A Demand Letter, also known as a Letter of Demand or LOD, is a formal notice requesting payment or some kind of action (e.g. finishing up a job you hired someone to complete) from another party (usually a person or a business). Generally, demand letters are used to resolve conflicts outside of court so that a solution can be found quickly and without spending money on legal fees.
There are several types of demand letters:
“Debt Owed”: This is a letter used by an individual or creditor trying to collect a payment that is past due. It describes the amount of the debt and a description of the transaction that caused the debt, e.g. money owed for providing freelance writing services. Usually, immediate payment is demanded, but other settlements can be proposed to avoid litigation, like some form of collateral so that the creditor can still get some kind of repayment.
“Action Required”: This letter is used to request that a specific action be performed by the recipient of the letter. It’s usually used to demand that the person or party deliver on a promise they agreed to in an existing contract or agreement that they’ve since neglected. For example, if you paid someone to paint all of the rooms in your house and they didn’t finish the job.
It’s best to back up the demand claim with other documentation, so in the case of painting, you could include a copy of the Service Agreement and highlight the job description.
“Insurance Claim”: Most commonly used by accident victims, this letter serves to reach a settlement with an insurance company. The letter will contain a description of injuries, expenses, and any other information pertinent to the claim. The victim will also include a settlement amount with a deadline that the insurance company can accept in exchange for the victim’s right to sue. If the insurance company doesn’t accept, the claimant can take legal action.
“NSF Check”: This letter is used to request payment after a debtor’s check bounces due to insufficient funds or an account closure. The letter will have the check details (number, date, and payment amount) and the bank’s explanation for the check bouncing. Usually the letter will request payment of the amount plus any bank or mailing fees in order to avoid litigation.
“Stop Payment”: If a debtor pays a creditor in the form of a check but then instructs their bank to stop the check, thereby preventing the creditor from receiving the funds, the creditor can issue a “Stop Payment” Demand Letter. The letter will request full payment and to cover costs of bank and mailing fees.
In each of these demand letters, the recipient is advised that if they don’t comply with the demands, legal action will be pursued so the demands are met.
What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?
Simply put, a Cease and Desist Letter (C&D) is a formal notice that requests that a party (an individual, several individuals, or a business) stop a specified action. The letter informs the recipients that if they don’t comply, the issue will be taken to court.
A Cease and Desist Letter can be issued for a variety of reasons. Generally, they are used to demand that someone quit harassing, stalking, libeling, or slandering someone else, but they can also be used to resolve property disputes, e.g. a neighbor’s unkempt tree branches encroaching on another neighbor’s property.
There are some specialized forms of C&Ds:
- A “Debt Collection” letter can be used to cease inappropriate harassment from debt collectors. For example, if a debt collector calls you nonstop at all hours of the day or becomes abusive with profane language to intimidate you into paying.
- A “Copyright Infringement” letter can be used to demand another party (a person or an organization) stop infringing on the intellectual rights of your copyrighted work. This could range anywhere from someone posting your photos on their Instagram or website without giving credit to a competing business stealing your trademarked product ideas.
It should be noted that a Cease and Desist Letter is different than a Cease and Desist Order, which is a legally-binding order issued by a judge to halt illegal activity.
Which Letter Suits Your Situation?
As mentioned above, each letter has its own purpose to fit a variety of scenarios from securing payment to halting harassment. What’s important to remember is that these letters are used to avoid litigation, and, because of their nature as settlement documents, the recipient isn’t required to comply with your demands.
Usually most people are willing to settle out of court because it saves everyone time and money on legal fees, but if you do end up with someone who isn’t satisfied with a letter, you’ll either need to try and negotiate or you’ll have to take your claim to court. If you find yourself in the latter case, be sure you’re prepared with documentation and a good attorney.
Have you ever had to use one of these letters before?
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Inside the boxes, Irene Lusztig found secrets and stories kept safe for forty years. Inside each envelope was the voice of a woman she had never met, yet in their midst she felt solidarity and sisterhood. Nearly a half-century after they were sent, she opened and read thousands of letters sent by readers to Ms. during its first decade on newsstands—and discovered, in the process, how interconnected feminists could remain across long stretches of time.
Among the correspondence was a 1973 letter from an angry woman forbidden to wear a pantsuit to work, a 1975 letter from a woman who left her family life behind to find herself and a 1976 letter from a teenager wherein she comes out for the very first time. “Collectively,” Lusztig wrote on the film’s website, “the letters feel like an encyclopedia of both the 70s and the women’s movement–an almost literal invocation of the second-wave feminist slogan ‘the personal is political.’”
Lusztig, an award-winning feminist filmmaker, archival researcher and professor, used the mostly-unpublished letters, stored at the Schlesinger Library, to connect over 300 women from across the country to their feminist co-conspirators across generations. The film for which that process gave way, Yours in Sisterhood, is a collective portrait of feminism across four decades—built uniquely through time travel and postage stamps.
For the project, Lusztig took the letters on the road and took them home—traveling for over two years to 32 states with a camera and portable teleprompter to return to the cities where they were written and record a belated response from a feminist stranger. Participants in each city read a letter from their hometown sent nearly a half-century earlier on camera and then engaged in a dialogue with the original sender in a response recorded live.
Lusztig also found five of the original letter writers—women who had the rare opportunity to see correspondence long since surrendered to the postal service decades earlier and in a much different world. In the film, one woman named Yvonne revisits her first-ever letter to Ms., which sparked years of correspondence between her and Ms. editor Valerie Monroe. In her initial letter, Yvonne declared her intentions to build a cabin and live mostly alone in the forest. Forty years later, she read that letter on the steps of her cabin.
Forty years later, Lusztig has finally located the feminist communities and counterparts Ms. readers sought and fostered in their letters to editors and staff. Four decades after the launch of a magazine that finally gave voice to the women’s movement, the stories and struggles of Ms. readers are now building bridges between feminist history and the feminist future.
“I’ve filmed readings with people of all ages, gender identities, shapes, colors and backgrounds on both coasts, in the Midwest, the Rockies and the South, in remote rural areas and major cities,” Lusztig wrote to supporters. “Along the way, I’ve built an incredible network of readers and supporters. Filming these conversations with strangers alongside the election, its aftermath, the #MeToo movement and much more, this project has felt increasingly timely and resonant—the stakes for how we create conversations about feminism right now are higher and more urgent than ever.”
In advance of the film’s world premiere at Berlinale, Lusztig is raising money to cover costs of production. Donations will be accepted through the month.
Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
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When FLOTUS Michelle Obama said President Barack Obama has always been “swagalicious,” we were more than willing to believe her. Look at the guy!
But in a new interview with former senior adviser David Axelrod, the president himself admits he wasn’t always so cool ― and definitely not smooth with the ladies.
Obama tells Axelrod that he was a partier during his time at Occidental College in California, studying social policy and advocating for the anti-apartheid movement through the “haze of a hangover.”
When he moved to New York to attend Columbia University, young Obama left his partying ways behind, becoming “wildly pretentious” and “humorless” in the process.
“Physically I remove myself from my old life, I go to New York. And it’s true, I live[d] like a monk for three or four years, took myself way too seriously,” Obama says in the podcast, which was released Monday.
Unsurprisingly, monkdom didn’t bode well for Barry O’s social life.
“I’m humorless, and you know, have one plate and one towel and ― and fasting on Sundays,” Obama recalls. “Friends start noticing that I’m begging off going out at night because I have to, you know, read Sartre or something.”
Obama said that reading through his old journals reminded him just how badly he stumbled with women.
“Letters that I’ve written to girls [I’m] courting or something, they’re impenetrable,” Obama admits. “I mean, I don’t understand what I’m saying.”
“The [pickup lines] didn’t work, I think, because people were all like, ‘Wow, this guy is just too intense,’” he adds, “I should’ve tried like, you know, ‘Wanna go to a movie?’”
Luckily, POTUS realized a movie date was the way to go before meeting Michelle Obama (née Robinson) in 1989.
For their first date ― fictionalized in the movie “Southside With You” ― Barack took Michelle to the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a walk down Michigan Avenue and a showing of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” The future first couple rounded things off with ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.
“He showed all the sides ― he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive,” Michelle said of the date in a 2012 video.
Now that’s the “swagalicious” Obama we know today.
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“Are these your wedding pictures?” Annie asked, lifting a gorgeous sculpted velvet album off the bookshelf. Yolanda set the tea tray on the coffee table, then looked over. “Mmm-hmm.” “May I look?” Yolanda laugheda husky chuckle that sounded like it should come out of a six-foot-tall dominatrix, not the tiny woman passing Annie a plate of miniature tarts. “If you wish. Don and I hired an artiste , don’t you know, so almost all the formal photos are backlit or shot from some crazy angle. Luckily, our friend Tony had his camera with him. Most of what’s in there is by him.” Annie ignored her tea as she turned the pages. “I see what you mean,” she murmured as she flipped quickly through arty shots so pretentious and blurry she recognized Yolanda only by the large expanse of white gown. Halfway along, the photos started to show sun-filled historic architecture and people who actually had faces. “The venue is gorgeous,” Annie said, turning the pages more slowly. “Where is this?” “The Lyman Estate in Waltham. Don’s family is all in the Boston area, and we loved the venue.” “Ooh…” Annie pointed to one guest. “Who’s this?” Yolanda leaned over to check. “Stefan Cox? He’s Don’s boss.” Seriously? An architect could look like that? Somehow it seemed too plebeian a profession for a man who’d apparently left Mount Olympus to join the wedding party. Curly black hair, eyes so light Annie couldn’t stop staring at them, and a gorgeous skin tone. Tanned? “I thought you got married on New Year’s Eve,” she said. “We did. Why?” “Don’s boss looks so tanned.” Yolanda glanced at the photo. “Oh, no, that’s his normal skin tone. Multiracial background, I think. Don says Stefan’s parents are quite colorful in their own right. His mother’s Italian-Swedish, I believe, and his father is English but with ancestors from the Caribbean.” Annie raced through the rest of the photos, looking for the luscious Stefan in all the group shots. She sighed as she closed the album. “He’s single,” Yolanda said. Her knowing smile widened when Annie’s eyebrows shot up. “You’re kidding. He’s gorgeous.” Yolanda shrugged. “Gorgeous but picky, I gather. Don says Stefan won’t date anyone in the office, won’t date their clients, suppliers or pretty much anyone else. I think he’d like you, though,” Yolanda said, giving Annie a once-over. “Me?” She was pretty, but Stefan Cox was in a class by himself. “You. He likes your work.” “HowI mean, when did he see my work?” She’d been one of Yolanda’s jewelry designers for barely eight months. A few of Annie’s pieces were on display at the store, but they weren’t labeled as hers specifically. “I wore your black keshi pearl earrings to the firm’s Christmas party. Stefan remarked on them.” Yolanda collected shortbread crumbs with the pad of her pinkie. “I explained that you’d graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and had your choice of employers. He wants to meet you.” Annie si
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Sheila Mills came from a sheltered middle class upbringing before she joined the WRNS in 1940. The working life of a women’s naval officer in World War II was a hard one. The discipline and trials of living and working as a "Wren" plunged her head first into a life of bed bugs, last minute travel, secrecy, and huge responsibility. But while Sheila met with hard and exciting work during one of the world’s most dangerous conflicts, she also found love, friendship, fun, and the human spirit. Her fascinating encounters, assignments, events, and, of course, the many loves she found and lost, are all seen through her eyes in this lively collection of letters home. A unique insight into the coming of age of a young girl in the 1940s, Sheila’s letters will have readers laughing—and crying—at the extraordinary life of a young girl who traveled all over the world and witnessed key events in the war.
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Ask any mother and she will tell you there are just not enough hours in the day. By the time she has fed, clothed, and bathed the children, readÂ Curious GeorgeÂ for the 100th time, cut the crusts off the PB&J sandwiches, and removed the ground-in dirt from the play clothes, she does not have time to create a detailed scrapbook of each of her children''s lives. It''s no wonder that so many elaborate baby books remain incomplete, their pristine pages adding to the guilt and inadequacy that many moms already feel.That is whyÂ The Mommy JournalÂ is so perfect for today''s moms. It offers a quick and guilt-free way to record the special moments of childhood. Space for each entry is only about three inches long and undated, so there is no pressure to write lengthy narratives or to journal every day. In less than five minutes, mothers can quickly jot down the moments they want to remember forever. Plus, unlike traditional baby books,Â The Mommy JournalÂ lets mothers record memories of all their children in one place.Charming illustrations of toys, hearts, and animals grace each page. Every few pages contain a bit of parenting wisdom such as, The best thing you can give children next to good habits are good memories. Instructions for fun activities moms can do with their children, such as make edible finger paint from instant pudding, are included as well.Â The Mommy JournalÂ will become a treasured keepsake, both for the mom who creates it and for the child who receives this precious record of childhood.
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The art of travelling is only a branch of the art of thinking,” Mary Wollstonecraft wrote in one of her many reviews of works of travel writing. A Short Residence is her own travel memoir. In a series of letters addressed to an unnamed lover, the work narrates Wollstonecraft’s journey through Scandinavia in 1795, on much of which she was accompanied by her infant daughter. Passionate and personal, A Short Residence is at once a moving epistolary travel narrative, a politically-motivated ethnographic tract, a work of scenic tourism, and a sentimental journey. It is both as much a work of political thought as Wollstonecraft’s better known treatises, and a brilliant, innovative, and influential work in the genre.This Broadview edition provides a helpful introduction and extensive appendices that contextualize this remarkable text in relation to key political and aesthetic debates. It also includes a significant selection from Wollstonecraft’s travel reviews.
Kindergarten children often struggle with learning the alphabet. The letters are easy enough to remember, but the variety of letter sounds can be a troublesome thing for a child to overcome. Forcing a child to study these letters can be time consuming and a challenge in itself, as most children (perhaps in a foreshadowing of their teenage and college years) will not enjoy studying word sounds when they could be playing. The perfect solution to this is an educational game, like First Letters for Fun! which provides a much more fun and enjoyable way to learn than traditional books about the alphabet. Designed as a cooperative and interactive experience, First Letters for Fun! is presented in a fun game-like format for young children to play with their parents or someone else who can read. Letters are presented as pictures of common objects, and the child is prompted to select the correct letter from a list of choices. The appropriate letter sounds, A-L in this book, are often presented in many of the choices, whether right or wrong. While the book is designed as a learning experience for the alphabet for kids, an adult is preferred to help the child work through the book. Luckily though, after a few read-throughs of the book, and with the help of picture recognition and repetitive letter sounds, a child may even be able to go through the book themselves!
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