Three trends to watch at the Oscars tonight

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSOscarsthe conversation.com Previous articleJewish Carnival Day calls for light and hopeNext articleThe best news of the week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here By Charlie Keil, Principal of Innis College, Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute and Department of History, University of TorontoEditor’s Note: This article was first published on theconversation.comOver the course of its 90 years, the Academy Awards have been a constant cultural punching bag. Too timid, too mainstream, too predictable, and too white: all of these charges have been leveled at the Oscars, not without justification.Any awards body that decreed the distinctly mediocre The Greatest Show on Earth as the greatest movie of 1952 in the same year that it denied the sublime Singin’ in the Rain a nomination for the same honor clearly knows how to get things monumentally wrong. And anyone who has traced the long line of Oscar missteps can find many additional opportunities for head scratching.In the late 1930s, for example, a high point in Hollywood’s production history, the best the Academy could come up with for its Best Picture winners in the years 1936-38 were The Great Ziegfeld, The Life of Emile Zola, and You Can’t Take it With You (the latter at least a Capra film, but second-rate Capra); meanwhile, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (much better Capra), The Awful Truth, and The Adventures of Robin Hood (not to mention Grand Illusion from France) were never recognized.Going My Way over Double Indemnity? The Sting trumping Cries and Whispers? Rocky KOing Taxi Driver? Forrest Gump the superior of Pulp Fiction? The choices would be lamentable if they weren’t laughable.But we continue to care about the Oscars, to invest in their bad decisions and celebrate when the Academy gets it right.Pulp Fiction lost out to Forrest Gump for Best Picture in 1994. MiramaxAnd for those who care about the future of American movies, and how this particular prize, more so than any other, can aid in promoting the profile of quality filmmaking, it matters that the Academy ultimately makes defendable choices.Assessing this year’s crop of nominees, one can detect certain trends that indicate where the Oscars are heading and why. I offer three, all of them holding out the promise that the Academy is in little danger of making a gaffe on the order of Around the World in 80 Days(1956’s baffling choice for Best Picture) anytime soon.Trend #1: Auteurs ruleBack in the 1950s, when French critics from Cahiers du Cinéma devised la politique des auteurs, it was considered a revolutionary approach to elevate the film director to the status of the creative wellspring of a film, especially when the film in question came from the factories of Hollywood.Time has validated the preferences of the Cahiers writers (many of whom would become the driving force behind la Nouvelle Vague, and auteurs in their own right). Now, even casual moviegoers recognize that the name David Fincher or Wes Anderson attached to a new release automatically elevates it to the status of film art. And the Academy has fallen in line with critical orthodoxy.Rarely does one find that the choices for Best Director are not also the auteurs behind the nominees for Best Picture. If a film is sufficiently accomplished to be a Best Picture contender, it must have been directed by a distinguished filmmaker.Guillermo del Toro, seen here at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is a favourite for Best Director for his film The Shape of Water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher KatsarovTake this year’s crop of nominees: all five have directed films that are considered leading contenders for Best Picture, and the apparent frontrunner, Guillermo del Toro, is the unmistakable visionary responsible for The Shape of Water, the film that received 13 nominations, the most of all the films in contention.In the bad old days, an undeniable auteur like Orson Welles could see his entire career reduced to a single nomination as Best Director (for Citizen Kane, predictably), and one of Cahiers’ great heroes, and the consummate classical craftsman, Howard Hawks, similarly managed to garner only one nomination from the Academy (and that, inexplicably, for Sergeant York). Charlie Chaplin came away empty-handed, if one doesn’t count the Special Award that he received in 1929 for The Circus. Collectively, Fritz Lang, Sam Peckinpah and Spike Lee have zero nominations. (At least Lee, like Hawks before him, finally received an honorary award as a form of atonement from the Academy.)But now, the Academy seems prepared to acknowledge the foremost directors of the current generation with nominations in the category, and idiosyncratic talents as diverse as Richard Linklater, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne and Darren Aronofsky won’t suffer the fate of never-nominated Sergio Leone.Trend #2: Film festivals matterIf you ever doubted the predictive power of film festival success, dispel that thought immediately. The Toronto International Film Festival has successfully bestowed its People’s Choice Award winner on five films that eventually also became the Oscar Best Picture of their respective years. It could happen again this year if strong contender (and TIFF victor) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pulls ahead of The Shape of Water.Frances McDormand speaks during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival for her movie Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris DonovanThe Shape of Water, for its part, triumphed at Venice, while Sundance, in an impressive showing, featured the premieres of Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound and Call Me by Your Name, while Telluride featured Lady Bird and The Darkest Hour. Even Dunkirk managed to squeeze out a film festival appearance via a special IMAX encore at TIFF. Only last-minute entries in the awards race, like Phantom Thread and The Post, bypassed the royal road of pre-release festival premieres, leading to critical hosannas. (And even they got into the act by appearing at the Palm Springs Film Festival after opening commercially, albeit in 2018.)What this should tell us is that no film that hopes to have a chance of a Best Picture nomination dares skip a berth at a prominent film festival. (Are you listening, Black Panther?) It also signals that the Academy is declaring its allegiance to festival fare, abandoning with ever more steely determination any dalliances with high-budget quality filmmaking.The Academy is pretty much committed to the festival circuit at this point, and that seems unlikely to change.Trend #3: Critics’ awards matter even moreAs important as film festivals may be to a film’s ultimate Oscar chances, it is the awards from critics’ organizations that tend to determine whether the festival springboard will result in a swan dive or a belly flop. It was not always so.Beginning in the 1970s, for example, the New York Film Critics Circle began to demonstrate its critical autonomy, often opting for edgier, more auteur-oriented fare, while the Academy stuck to the middlebrow lane.So, from 1970 to 1979, another high-water mark for American filmmaking, the NYFCC differed from the Academy in their choices seven years in a row, before coming to agreement with Annie Hall. If the taste of the two organizations began to converge with greater regularity in the 1980s, by the mid-1990s they were at variance again.And even if the winners for Best Picture often diverge about two years out of three on average, the point is that now the Academy’s choices don’t seem any less informed by critical consensus than those of the NYFCC. In other words, if one were to stack up the Academy’s recent choices for Best Picture against those of the NYFCC, one would be hard-pressed to guess which group picked which film.When the NYFCC went with American Hustle, the Academy opted for 12 Years a Slave, scarcely the more commercial or less critically revered choice. Similarly, last year (to the surprise of many), the Oscar went to Moonlight, with the NYFCC choosing Oscar-bait musical La La Land.Lady Bird has been chosen by the New York Film Critics Circle as the Best Picture of 2017. Will the Oscars follow suit?This year, the NYFCC has already cast its lot with Lady Bird, as did the even more choosy National Society of Film Critics. Yet one can scarcely claim the Academy has ignored that critical darling, bestowing five nominations upon Greta Gerwig’s film, all of them in major categories.The take-away is this: the membership of the Academy is becoming more like that of a critics’ association with every passing year. Looking at this year’s list of nominees, it’s hard to find one glaring misstep.The inclusion of questionable choices like The Blind Side and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (I had to check the internet to verify that one, because even now it seems like an Extremely Obvious Mistake) from several years ago is now a thing of the past, and it will likely stay that way.Now, some may bemoan the Academy’s shift away from supporting the Marvel universe or the latest Star Wars installment. (If you fall in that camp, not to worry, there will always be Visual Effects and those two Sound awards that are hard to tell apart.) But ultimately, this is good news for moviegoers.If people are unlikely to rely on film critics in the digital world order where social media create a din of clashing opinions, then perhaps the viewer looking for guidance can finally trust the Academy Awards. And that means we will never have to worry about a remake of The Greatest Show on Earth making a visit to the Oscars. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman to Serve as Commencement Speaker of Caltech’s Commencement Ceremony

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Education University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman to Serve as Commencement Speaker of Caltech’s Commencement Ceremony From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | 5:39 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Top of the News center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman will serve as the commencement speaker for the California Institute of Technology’s 119th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, it was announced today.Since becoming president at the University of Michigan in 2002, Coleman has become known as a leading champion of interdisciplinary education, a proponent of international educational partnerships, according to a news statement.She has become a technology pioneer through her collaboration with Google that will open the University of Michigan’s seven-million-volume library to people around the world, according to the news statement.Coleman is also one of six university presidents to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government around investment and development of emerging technologies.Caltech’s 119th Commencement Ceremony takes place 10 a.m. Friday at Beckman Hall, at Michigan Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, where the school will honor approximately 261 Bachelor of Science graduates, 95 Master of Science graduates, two engineers and 236 Doctor of Philosophy graduates, according to the news statement.For full details on Caltech’s 119th commencement ceremony go to http://commencement.caltech.edu. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

CGTN:Xi Jinping adresse ses vœux pour le Nouvel an chinois dans un contexte prospère…

first_img TAGS  Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp PÉKIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–févr. 9, 2021– Le président chinois Xi Jinping a fait part de ses vœux de nouvelle année au peuple chinois de tous horizons ethniques, en souhaitant bonheur et prospérité pour tous. Ce communiqué de presse contient des éléments multimédias. Voir le communiqué complet ici : https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005962/fr/ Le président Xi, également secrétaire général du Parti communiqué du Comité central chinois, a adressé ses vœux durant une visite d’observation dans la province du Guizhou à l’occasion du Nouvel an chinois, qui tombe le 12 février cette année. “Je tiens à faire part de mes meilleurs vœux pour le festival de printemps aux personnes de tous les groupes ethniques dans le pays. Je leur souhaite la santé, le bonheur pour leurs familles, une carrière enrichissante et une année du Bœuf sous les meilleurs auspices. Je souhaite également une prospérité pérenne pour notre grand patrie, avec ses montagnes et fleuves magnifiques”, ajoute Xi. Durant sa visite, le président Xi s’est notamment rendu dans la ville de Bijie et dans la capitale provinciale Guiyang, ainsi que dans un village, une communauté résidentielle et un supermarché, entre mercredi et vendredi. Il a également rencontré des chefs de projet et des scientifiques du projet Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) à Guizhou. Destiné à être le télescope radio le plus sensible au monde, le projet FAST est entré en activité le 11 janvier 2020. Lors de la rencontre de vendredi avec des scientifiques, le président Xi a encouragé l’innovation scientifique et rappelé qu’il s’agit là d’une force incontournable du développement de la Chine. Le président Xi a également parlé en termes élogieux des progrès réalisés l’année précédente dans la province de Guizhou, après avoir écouté, vendredi, un rapport de travail élaboré par le Comité du Parti communiste chinois de la province de Guizhou et le gouvernement provincial. Il a rappelé que le développement innovant est un prérequis nécessaire pour promouvoir les nouveaux paradigmes de développement de la Chine et a encouragé l’accélération des efforts d’intégration du big data et de l’économie réelle afin de renforcer les industries convergentes stratégiques. Des efforts supplémentaires doivent être réalisés pour stimuler la demande de la consommation et pour développer de nouveaux modèles de consommation, dans l’optique de libérer pleinement le potentiel dans ce domaine, a ajouté Xi Jinping. Il a invité à la mise en place d’une transition efficace pour consolider les progrès en matière d’atténuation de la pauvreté et de revitalisation rurale. Le président Xi a également exprimé toute sa confiance en l’avenir de la région, et a prôné de nouveaux accomplissements en termes de construction de la civilisation écologique. Il convient de poursuivre sur la voie d’un développement de haute qualité donnant la priorité à l’écologie et mettant en valeur un développement respectueux de l’environnement, a ajouté le président, tout en rappelant que la prospérité commune reste un des principaux objectifs de la modernisation sociale; et que le gouvernement se doit d’accompagner les minorités ethniques dans la promotion des industries compétitives et l’épanouissement des cultures. Le président a mis en exergue plusieurs aspects sur lesquels le gouvernement doit travailler en matière de prestations sociales, notamment l’enseignement, le logement, l’emploi, la prévention des maladies, le système contrôle et la production sécurisée. Xi a également souligné que l’Armée rouge a passé le plus de temps à Guizhou durant la Longue Marche, et qu’elle y a laissé des trésors spirituels inestimables. Et d’ajouter que la Conférence Zunyi, qui se tient dans la municipalité de Zunyi, représente un point d’orgue dans l’histoire du Parti. La rencontre a porté sur la rectification des erreurs et déployé un leadership adapté pour le nouveau Comité central, à l’image de Mao Zedong, a conclut le président Xi, qui a souligné que ces engagements sont encore d’actualité. Pour l’article original, veuillez cliquer ici. Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence. Consultez la version source sur businesswire.com :https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005962/fr/ CONTACT: Médias: Jiang Simin [email protected] +86 18826553286 KEYWORD: CHINA ASIA PACIFIC INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY OTHER TECHNOLOGY OTHER GOVERNMENT OTHER SCIENCE SCIENCE SOURCE: CGTN Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 12:57 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 12:57 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005962/fr Facebook Facebook CGTN:Xi Jinping adresse ses vœux pour le Nouvel an chinois dans un contexte prospère pour la Chinecenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleCGTN:Xi Jinping sendet chinesische Neujahrsgrüße und wünscht ein prosperierendes ChinaNext articleAroma Bit erhält zusätzliches Investitionskapital von Epson X Investment, Kyocera und TechAccel Ventures Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Security alert in Strabane

first_img Security alert in Strabane Facebook Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal students Leaving and Junior cert exams begin todayNext articleDonegal based company closes three paper titles News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 9, 2010 A security alert is underway in Strabane following the discovery of a suspicious device in the town.The device, believed to be a pipe bomb, was found on Carlton Drive in Melmount Road area of town.It was discovered in a parking bay close to a children’s play area shortly after 10am. Facebook Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Four motorists clocked speeding in Donegal

first_img Google+ Google+ Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Four motorists clocked speeding in Donegal Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Four drivers have been clocked speeding in Donegal over the weekend. Gardai in Buncrana clocked a motorist driving at almost 90km in a 50 zone while three motorists were caught driving in excess of the 100km in the Letterkenny area.The three were driving at 134km, 127km and 126km respectively.Gardai are reminding people that speeding kills and to slow down. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 6, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleFurther calls for pop-up testing centres in DonegalNext articleWeekend break-in while Mass underway at Cathedral News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitterlast_img read more

PRS expels member

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » PRS expels member previous nextAssociations & BodiesPRS expels memberThe Negotiator7th October 20160724 Views Carter Stones Limited of 1A Connaught Road, Ilford, IG1 1RL has been expelled from the Property Redress Scheme after failing to make awards totaling £15,406 to four complainants.The decision to expel this agent from the scheme began following complaints from landlords and tenants. All of the complaints were similar in nature, relating to delay and/or failure in paying money owed to the complainants and poor or non-existent service.Sean Hooker at the PRS said, “Failure to pay an award, however large or small, is a serious breach of our Terms of Reference. Agents must not assume that the complaint will go away if they remain silent and refuse to engage with the scheme.”Paul Shamplina, member of the advisory panel of the PRS said, “Having been instructed by complainants who have not had their complaints resolved, I was shocked to discover Carter Stones are still trading out of the same premises with a slightly different name – Carter Stones Practical Living.”One landlord who filed a complaint against them said, “They made a complete mess of the management of my property, purposely it seems, illegally sub-letting, not registering rent security deposits and defrauding me out of £8,928 of rent, £745 fees/ charges and security deposit.”redress Property Redress Scheme landlords and tenants PRS October 7, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Solicitors’ regulator closes down 16-branch conveyancing group

first_imgHome » News » Solicitors’ regulator closes down 16-branch conveyancing group previous nextRegulation & LawSolicitors’ regulator closes down 16-branch conveyancing groupGroup with four trading names and over 180 employees has been closed down after suspected staff dishonesty and a failure to comply with regulatory rules.Nigel Lewis14th August 20202 Comments8,361 Views A large conveyancing solicitors group trading under five different names and with 16 offices has been closed down by the Solicitors Regulations Authority (SRA).The practice involved is run by Simon Hutcheson, Simon Peacock and Champika Ratnayake as Kingly Solicitors Limited, which as a group employs over 180 people.The trading names involved are Richard Herne & Co in Bristol, Hancock Quins in Watford, Austin Ray in Milton Keynes, Ray Nixon Brown (which has nine offices across Yorkshire and County Durham) and Giffen, Couch & Archer in Leighton Buzzard.An SRA spokesperson would only say that breaches of a serious nature had led the authority to close down all of Kingly Solicitors’ operations. This includes a failure by Hutcheson, Peacock and Ratnayake to comply with SRA rules, and a reason to suspect dishonesty on behalf of Nural Miah, who is a manager at Kingly Solicitors.SuspendedThe practising certificates of all three have been automatically suspended.The closure by the SRA of a company is a serious sanction; it cannot trade, all its documents and papers taken away and all its money and client funds seized.Two of its local agents will step in if house sales handled by the company are at crucial stages, or recommend vendors and buyers find new solicitors if they are earlier stages of the conveyancing process.These agents are James Dunn of Devonshires Solicitors and John Owen of Gordons.“The SRA will now investigate further the issues raised that have led to this intervention to see if any additional action is necessary. At this stage of the SRA’s work, no further details can be disclosed,” a statement says.This case comes just ten months after the SRA closed down another firm of solicitors involved in conveyancing.SRA Kingly Solicitors Hancock Quins Richard Herne & Co Austin Ray Nixon Brown Couch & Archer Solicitors Regulation Authority August 14, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 14th August 2020 at 12:26 pmThese are just the Solicitors that have been caught, and the SRA are not known for their Tenacity in taking up complaints against solicitors.Then you have the ‘Ambulance-chasers’ and those that wouldn’t exist without living off Legal Aid( Tax-payers money paid out to serial offenders. Fair enough give someone legal aid the FIRST time they’re accused of something, but not recidivists – bit like putting Illegal migrants in 4* hotels instead of detention centres )Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 14th August 2020 at 9:44 amA sad day, many of these solicitors I dealt with over many years; some really great first rate professionals in those practices, though clearly not all, as the Solicitors Regulatory Authority would not have taken such draconian measures. It just shows that not all solicitors, just as in other professions can not all be trusted, hopefully all the ongoing business will be safeguarded, especially anyone looking to get exchanged or completed.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

In Short

first_imgFood plan unveiled Last week, the Government published its new food strategy, Food 2030, which sets out its goals for long-term food security and sustainability. One of the main aims of the strategy is for well-informed consumers to be able to choose healthy and affordable food, produced and supplied by highly skilled, profitable and resilient farming, fishing and food businesses. To view the strategy visit: www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/ food/strategy.Sarnies in SandwichAn event to celebrate the sandwich is to be held in Sandwich, Kent, in May this year. The Ultimate Sandwich will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, on the weekend leading up to British Sandwich Week, organised by the British Sandwich Association. Local cafés, pubs and bars in the area will be competing against each other in a bid to create the ultimate sandwich.Wales pie PR triumphA life-sized pie of international rugby player of the year, Shane Williams, who plays for Wales, has been named as one of the best PR campaigns of 2009 by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The life-sized Shane pie was launched at the Millennium Stadium in February 2009 in the week building up to the Wales vs England game in the RBS Six Nations.Bakery helps heroesAccording to website guideandgazette.co.uk, bakery staff at Caroustie’s JM Bakery in Scotland raised a total of £1,215 for the charity Help for Heroes, which was set up to help the wounded in Britain’s current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money was raised through a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.last_img read more

Major Attaway Is Aladdin’s Next Genie

first_img Related Shows View Comments Aladdin from $57.50 James Monroe Iglehart Major Attaway is poised to become a full-time wish granter. Attaway, who is currently the standby for Genie, Sultan and Babkak in Aladdin on Broadway, will assume the role of Genie beginning February 21. James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony for originating the role in the Disney musical, will take his final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 19 before joining the cast of Hamilton.Aladdin marks Attaway’s Broadway debut. His regional credits include Ragtime, Big River, The Mikado, Hand on a Hardbody, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin and Rent.“Making my Broadway debut in Aladdin was an affirmation beyond imagining,” Attaway, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, said in a statement. “I get to play a catalyst for joy and hope, and I’m really looking forward to moving into the lamp on a full-time basis; I’ve got some BIG TEX-an ideas for redecorating!”Five of the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production’s original stars have extended their contracts for another year; audiences can still catch Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Brian Gonzales as Babkak, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago through February 18, 2018. The current cast also includes Steel Burkhardt as Kassim and Brad Weinstock as Omar. Deonté L. Warren will make his Broadway debut standing by for Genie and Babkak once Attaway assumes the former full-time.As previously reported, Adam Jacobs will reprise his performance as Aladdin on the show’s national tour. He concludes his stint in the Broadway production on February 12. Current understudy Joshua Dela Cruz will assume the title role temporarily until a permanent replacement is announced. Major Attaway as Genie in ‘Aladdin'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Star Files Major Attawaylast_img read more