Which Steve Martin Movie Should Come to the Great White Way?

first_img Bright Star The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Welcome to Broadway, Steve Martin! No stranger to the realm of show tunes (he appeared in Little Shop of Horrors on the silver screen), the can’t-stop comedy man’s Bright Star will officially open at the Cort Theatre on March 24. With uproarious roles in films like The Jerk, Parenthood and Father of the Bride, there’s definitely room for a silly, splashy musical adaptation. (Yes, we left off Leap of Faith and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels because they were already silly, splashy Broadway shows.) Which Steve Martin movie should follow in the footsteps of American Psycho, School of Rock and many more screen-to-stage tuners? Broadway.com Producer Lisa Spychala is kicking off the challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Fences’ Denzel Washington & Viola Davis Cover Essence & More

first_imgBernadette Peters Will Host Merrily Doc Q&ASomething is stirring! We were already counting down the days toward Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, the documentary examining the “then” and “now” of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. The film will be released to limited theaters beginning on November 18, and if you choose to see it that night at the IFC Center in New York, you’ll get a Q&A with director (and original Charley Kringas) Lonny Price hosted by none other than Sondheim’s beloved ginger-haired leading lady, Bernadette Peters. Say it with us: It’s our time; breathe it in. Purchase tix here.Every Brilliant Thing to Premiere on HBOAward-winning filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have adapted Duncan Macmillan’s deeply poignant off-Broadway play for the screen. Starring British comedian Jonny Donahoe and produced by Emmy winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the solo show centers on a young boy attempting to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The play received its North American premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre last year following stints in London and Edinburgh. Feel its powerful highs and lows on HBO on December 26.More Hamilton Mixtape Tracks ReleasedWe told you we’d be getting some more Hamil-tracks! In addition to Kelly Clarkson’s chilling “It’s Quiet Uptown” and the anthemic “My Shot” by The Roots, featuring Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz and Nate Ruess, “Satisfied” has received the Sia treatment and Hamil-fans have gained “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” a powerful demo that was likely cut before the Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical’s debut. Miguel and Queen Latifah join Sia for “Satisfied” while K’NAAN, Snow the Product, Riz MC and Residente throw down on the latter track. With Leslie Odom Jr.’s Christmas album release and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest Moana single, we’ll be listening to the Ham fam all weekend long.P.S. We’re not the only ones freaking out about these track teases. Lin-Manuel Miranda posted a video of Jonathan Groff reacting to Sia’s haunting vocals on “Satisfied,” and Groffsauce reacted…well, probably exactly how we all did and all will when the mixtape drops on December 2. Take a look! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Davis & Denzel Are Radiant on the Cover of EssenceFences’ opening credits will not roll until Christmas Day, but Tony winners Viola Davis and Denzel Washington are already in the sweet center of Oscar buzz. Following the release of the intense trailer for the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Tony-winning play, Davis and Denzel are on the cover of Essence. Take a look at what is sure to be the first of many opportunities for the talented pair to get glammed up in light of the film’s release. Photo: Kwaku AlstonStyling: Elizabeth Stewart and Linda MedveneEnchanted 2 Is a ThingWhatever, “True Love’s Kiss”—we’ve been dreaming of a sequel to Disney’s Enchanted, and Amy Adams recently revealed that it’s in the works. She appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and said, “We’ve had conversations, and I’m really into it, and I’m not letting anybody else play Giselle, so I’m like ‘Yeah, let’s do this!’” Amy Adams and Idina Menzel’s fairytale pipes, James Marsden in tights and turquoise tulle galore? We’re so there. View Comments Denzel Washington & Viola Davis in ‘Fences'(Photo: Paramount Pictures)last_img read more

Preparing for CECL data requirements

first_imgThe Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is expected to release the final standard of the current expected credit loss (CECL) model in the first half of 2016.The CECL model is a change in guidance for the allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) that will include, among other provisions, forward-looking requirements, a longer loss horizon and removal of the “probable loss” threshold. While there are still a number of questions and concerns from some in the banking industry about the proposed model and the impact of implementation, some industry professionals are seeing this as an opportunity to refine and improve ALLL processes and methodologies to more accurately account for risk with an eye toward the future.For bankers looking to make the most of the accounting change, the need for accessible, loan-level data is recognized as a key step prior to scenario building with more robust methodologies. The CECL guidance is intentionally not prescriptive, which will allow institutions to use models that work best for their unique portfolio makeup. While there will likely be a range of methodologies used for CECL implementation and some may be better suited than others for certain institution sizes and portfolio types, many in the industry are looking at three methods in particular: migration analysis, vintage analysis and probability of default/loss given default (PD/LGD). These three methodologies range in complexity, and each requires unique data points. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Money is emotional, not transactional

first_imgAccording to the Federal Reserve, over 14 TRILLION financial transactions are conducted every single day. Making a deposit. Applying for a loan. Withdrawing money. Writing a check (wait, does anyone still do that?).Those are not just transactions—they are emotional decisions. Why? Because money is emotional. Talk to anyone about money and watch how emotional they get. Feelings like sadness, happiness, frustration, anger, disappointment and joy often enter the conversation.A Gallup survey showed a customer who is “emotionally connected” to your place of business is likely to spend 46% more money than a customer who is merely “satisfied” but not emotionally bonded. Other research indicates that as much as 70% of purchase decisions are made on emotional, not economic, criteria.So not only is money emotional—emotions bring money. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Clinical trial of West Nile DNA vaccine starts

first_imgApr 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A small, preliminary clinical trial of a vaccine for West Nile virus (WNV) was launched this week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).The vaccine is being tested for safety and immunogenicity in 15 healthy adult volunteers at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the NIAID announced Apr 18. The vaccine is one of three West Nile virus vaccines being developed with federal support. No vaccine for the disease has yet been licensed.The NIAID said it developed the vaccine jointly with Vical, Inc., of San Diego. It is based on an animal vaccine tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Vical news release said the company has an option for exclusive rights to market the vaccine.Whereas conventional vaccines use a whole, killed version of the target virus, the NIAID-Vical vaccine uses a small ring of WNV DNA, according to the NIAID. The ring, called a plasmid, contains genes that code for two key surface proteins from the virus.”When the vaccine is injected into the muscle, the inner machinery of the muscle cells ‘reads’ the DNA and converts it into two WNV proteins,” the NIAID said. “Recognizing that the proteins are foreign, the muscle cells display them on their surface to alert the body’s immune system—both helper T cells, which spur the production of antibodies to block the WNV from gaining entry into cells, and killer T cells, which kill WNV-infected cells outright.””The DNA vaccine’s exploitation of both cellular and antibody immunity offers a potentially potent defense against West Nile virus,” said Barney Graham, MD, PhD, chief of the NIAID Vaccine Research Center’s Clinical Trials Core Laboratory, in the NIAID release. “In our experience in clinical trials, DNA vaccines generally cause few side effects, making them a promising alternative to conventional vaccines.”Vical said conventional vaccines using whole WNV are available for horses and some species of birds. But developing a conventional human vaccine against WNV could take “many years” of development and testing to verify safety and effectiveness, the company said.Although no DNA vaccine has yet been licensed, the NIAID has developed and is testing DNA vaccines against HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).In the phase 1 WNV vaccine trial, the 15 volunteers will receive three injections with a needle-free injector about 4 weeks apart, the NIAID said. They will be monitored for 32 weeks for side effects and for WNV-specific antibodies and T cells.The vaccine being tested is based on one developed by CDC researcher Jeff Chang, DVM, PhD, of Fort Collins, Colo. That vaccine has been tested successfully in a variety of animals, including mice, horses, and crows, officials said.The NIAID said two other human WNV vaccines developed with its support are already in phase 1 trials. Called chimeric vaccines, they combine WNV genes with genes from a closely related virus. A vaccine developed by Acambis uses genes from WNV and the yellow fever virus, while the NIAID’s own researchers made a vaccine that combines dengue virus with WNV.WNV was discovered in Uganda in 1937 and was first identified in the United States in New York City in 1999. There were 2,470 cases of WNV disease in the country in 2004, including 88 deaths. People usually catch the virus from the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the pathogen from an infected bird or animal. Most people experience no symptoms or only mild illness, but the virus can cause serious infections of the brain and nervous system.See also:Apr 18 NIAID news releaselast_img read more

Promotional film “Dubrovnik Riviera” included in the selection of the best tourist film in the world

first_imgThe promotional film of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board “Dubrovnik Riviera” has been shortlisted for the best touristfilm in the world.  NEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY COUNTY PRESENTED The four-minute film harmoniously intertwines authentic gastronomy, magical beaches of our islands, natural beauty, eno-gastronomy, sports and recreation, entertainment, cultural and historical heritage and all the benefits of the destination that are recognized by many tourists of all generations, and the concept were jointly designed by Balduči film and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board.  RELATED NEWS: TOMAS SUMMER 2017 SURVEY FOR DUBROVNIK-NERETVA COUNTY PUBLISHED CIFFT (The International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals) was founded in 1989 in Vienna to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in tourism video marketing. CIFFT includes 18 different festivals around the world. The “Festival of All Festivals” Grand Prix will be held in Vienna on November 12, 2019, where the awards for the best tourist film and the best tourist advertisement in the world will be presented at a solemn ceremony. Voting is open January 1-25. October 2019, and from the same address it is possible to vote once a day.last_img read more

Top IMCA Modified, Stock Car rookies earn FAST awards

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Fastest first-year drivers in two IMCA divisions earn awards from FAST again in 2019.  National IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car rookies of the year receive FAST ignition boxes from the Memphis, Tenn., manufacturer and third-year IMCA sponsor.  Information about that product line is available at the www.fuelairspark.com website, by calling 877 334-8355 and on Facebook.  Part of the COMP Performance Group since 2001, FAST is a leading developer in electronic fuel injection technology. In addition to ignition components, FAST manufactures a complete line of intake manifolds, throttle bodies and other EFI components. center_img The other four Modified and the other Stock Car regional rookie of the year get $100 product certificates. All FAST awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. “The FAST awards are a nice complement to our complete rookie of the year program and something racers notice when making the decision to step into a new division,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their support of IMCA adds depth to a solid program.”last_img read more

Hodgson hails Wembley success

first_imgRoy Hodgson hailed “a great opportunity” for England after Wembley won the right to host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020. Press Association It will be the first time since Euro 96 that a major men’s football tournament has been held in England and Wembley’s bid was confirmed at a UEFA meeting in Geneva after Germany withdrew Munich’s rival bid just before the vote. Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will both stage three group games and a last-16 match, but there was bitter disappointment for the Welsh after Cardiff’s bid was beaten by a single ranking point by the Scots. Dyke also praised UEFA for the idea of hosting the tournament across 13 cities in Europe and said hosting the final would be “a great incentive” for the England team. He said: “We would love to host the finals and semi-finals but we would also like to be there. “Some of the current players will still be around in 2020 and this will be a great ambition for them to take us to Wembley. It is a great incentive.” UEFA president Michel Platini said that Wembley would live up to expectation. He said: “I know how London can throw a party and the way the English welcome people. London will be up to the responsibility of hosting three exceptional matches in an extremely well-known stadium. “We know it very well after two Champions League finals and now it will receive the cream of the crop of European football.” The group game hosts will be guaranteed to play at least two games at home – if they qualify – but England’s group matches will be down to the luck of the draw, and they could even be drawn to play in Scotland. England will also have to qualify for the tournament. Dyke added: “I’m not sure we would have fancied playing in Glasgow on Thursday night but we would have no problem playing in Scotland or Ireland. If that’s where we play then that’s where we play, that’s football.” Hodgson said England had benefited hugely when it had previously hosted the 1966 World Cup and Euro 96. He said: “It’s a great reward for a lot of hard work which has gone into achieving this success. It is a major honour and great boost for us. “If we look back historically in ’66 it went very well for us when we hosted a tournament and in 1996 I thought we were very unlucky to lose the semi-final on penalties and we could quite easily have gone on to win it with Terry Venables’ team. “Young players of today have got to be thinking this is a great opportunity for us to not only to be a part of a wonderful tournament but maybe there at the end when the prizes are being dished out.” UEFA is staging the tournament in 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship. The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich, Baku, Roma and St Petersburg. The other host cities, which will hold three group games and a last-16 game, are Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Budapest and Brussels. Germany withdrew Munich’s bid just before the vote in order not to harm their chances of winning the right to host the entire Euro 2024 tournament, leaving the field clear for London. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said: “We are delighted – it’s nice to win one! Wembley is a great stadium and we are delighted to be holding the finals of this tournament. “Wembley has been completely rebuilt since 1996 and it is a wonderful stadium.” last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini predicts bright future for Kelechi Iheanacho

first_img Pellegrini said: “Sometimes you must show the red card immediately because you know the intention of the player, just to make him fall down. I don’t like protesting every decision, like Alan does from the first minute, but that was an important decision. “He (Pardew) came into my technical zone, complaining about every decision of the referee. I think the referee had made an important mistake but that doesn’t matter, it’s just part of the game.” Pardew, no doubt mindful of his history of touchline misdemeanours, said: “I was a bit incensed by the tackle, I went past Manuel’s box and he wasn’t very pleased. But I went back quickly like a very good boy.” Palace had chances to extend their fine run and draw level at the top with City, but Joe Hart denied Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon while Bakary Sako put a presentable far-post volley wide. City new boy Kevin De Bruyne, on in place of Aguero, came up with one defence-splitting pass to send Jesus Navas clear but the Spaniard put his finish into the side-netting. That looked likely to be City’s best chance of registering a fifth straight win until Iheanacho’s unlikely heroics, which even had Pardew admitting he “had to check the back of his shirt to see who it was”. “Of course, we feel hard done by,” added Pardew. “To get so far in a real battle of two good sides and concede in the last minute really hurts. “Our goalie is kicking himself a bit but it was a good hit from Nasri and the young boy was quick to it. “But maybe they did enough to snatch a last-minute winner.” Aguero took to Twitter after the match to allay fears over his fitness and thank fans who contacted him on social media after he went off. “Thanks everyone for your concern. I got a hard hit and it prevented me from playing more. It doesn’t seem to be a serious injury though,” he said. The 27-year-old also congratulated his team-mates for securing the victory in his absence and reserved special praise for Iheanacho, adding: ” Great win and a brilliant job by the team on a difficult turf. Congrats @67Kelechi for the goal!” Press Association The 18-year-old Nigerian, thrown on as a substitute moments earlier, announced himself to the Premier League in style with the strike which sank Crystal Palace 1-0. And City boss Manuel Pellegrini said afterwards: “I told him to go on and score a goal!” Iheanacho, who only made his City debut against Watford a fortnight ago, reacted quickest to tuck in the rebound after Samir Nasri’s shot was blocked by Palace keeper Alex McCarthy. And Pellegrini is predicting a bright future for the previously unheralded youngster. “He’s just 18 and started working with our squad last season, but he was unlucky and had a big injury in the last three months of the season,” he said. “This year he started pre-season with the squad and will be a very important player for the future. He’s one of the reasons I didn’t bring another striker in when we sold Edin Dzeko. He deserves that chance.” Until Iheanacho’s intervention City were enduring a frustrating afternoon, having lost key striker Sergio Aguero to a first-half knee injury after a cynical trip by Scott Dann. The Palace skipper escaped with a yellow card for a tackle which set the tone for a feisty first half as moments later Yaya Toure clattered into James McArthur. That challenged incensed Eagles boss Alan Pardew, who stormed past Pellegrini and was tugged back by the City manager. Pardew, of course, has previous with the Chilean following an infamous, foul-mouthed touchline spat when he was in charge at Newcastle two seasons ago. But he was less industrial with his language this time before the minor skirmish ended with a handshake between the rival bosses. Kelechi Iheanacho followed his manager’s instructions to the letter by grabbing a dramatic last-minute winner to preserve Manchester City’s 100 per cent start to the season.last_img read more

Limited number of fans in the stands for Dolphins home opener

first_imgSports fans rejoice! The Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes have reported that they will be allowing a limited amount of fans in the stands during the season opener next month.According to the report, a maximum of 13,000 fans will be allow at the Hard Rock Stadium for their game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 20th.“The prospect of us having full stadiums in the fall was not very high,”  Vice chairman, President and CEO of the Dolphins Tom Garfinkel, said during a press conference on Monday.  ” So I asked the question of the team, I said, ‘You know, is it possible to create a stadium environment where people can be socially distant and socially present at the same time?”The Miami Hurricanes made a similar announcement stating that 13,000 fans will be allowed to attending their game against UAB on Sept. 10th.Those who decide to attend the games will have to abide by Hardrock Stadium social distancing protocols. Those protocols include wearing a mask when not actively eating or drinking, no tailgating, social distancing in seating clusters, and staggered gate entry times.The Dolphins also announced that season ticket holders will have first priority to purchase tickets to the game and that it is based on their tenure.  Ticket holders will also have the option to roll their payment into the 2021 season to keep their status.last_img read more