Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals rookie safety Zeke Turner began picking up linebacker duties early in training camp.Taking on a new role remains a work-in-progress for the undrafted product out of Washington, but now it’s a matter of whether Turner did enough in camp and through four preseason games to show that he’s worth further investment.He couldn’t have done much more Thursday in a 21-10 preseason finale loss to the Denver Broncos. Turner led Arizona with 11 tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits. “I just try to be that Swiss Army Knife,” the newly-minted linebacker said Thursday.“Left it all out there on the field so just got to leave it in God’s hands and go from there.”Related LinksCards’ Glennon completes 80 percent of passes for second game in a rowWRs Sherfield, Little leave it on the line in Cardinals preseason finaleWith preseason wrapped, Cards’ Wilks feels team identity has been ‘solidified’A running thread of the Cardinals’ wide receiver performances ThursdayA late hit penalty aside and some fixes to make on special teams, his night was plenty convincing that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.Especially if Arizona continues to value the hybrid position that it has made mainstream in the NFL.The 6-foot-2, 214-pound safety out of Washington profiled similarly to a former safety out of his rival school, Washington State product Deone Bucannon.The Cardinals drafted Bucannon in the first round of the 2014 drafted only to convert him into a $ linebacker. It was a progressive move in the NFL that’s been copied since.Now, Bucannon is the defensive signal-caller, having taken on more responsibilities after the departure of veteran Karlos Dansby this offseason.And behind Bucannon, the Cardinals appear willing to continue work-shopping similar positional changes for prospects they see in similar light.“He embraced it. He accepted the challenge and the change, and he performed well,” head coach Steve Wilks said Thursday. “Very physical, made a lot of tackles. Everything we saw coming out as a priority free agent.” 3 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories This is a 2018 photo of Zeke Turner of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. This image reflects the Arizona Cardinals active roster as of Thursday, May 10, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 17
Go back to the e-newsletter >On 19 August 2015, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours reminded agents it was their last chance to claim their Scenic Rewards points. Scenic reminded agents that all its river cruises along the Rhine-Main-Danube, Rhône and Saône, Seine and Douro rivers, departing May through to September 2016, are guaranteed.Guests can take advantage of Scenic’s Earlybird offers until 31 October 2015 safe in the knowledge that their cruise is 100% guaranteed in 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterTo celebrate their 10 year anniversary, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa hosted a staff appreciation event on the 16 March 2016 in the resort’s Al Midan Amphitheatre.The evening was attended by approx 700 employees of the resort as well as by several invited dignitaries, including H.E. Mohammad Al Zubair, Chairman, The Zubair Holding, H.E Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, H.E Mohamed Hamood Al Tobi, the previous Under Secretary of Tourism, and Mr. Rashad Al Zubair, Chairman, Zubair Corporation.The evening commenced with a variety of performances from employees representing key milestones and events throughout the 10 years since the resort opened. These performances included representations of the first General Manager, Desmond Hatton, through to the current General Manager, Mark Kirk, and events such as the Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran and Sterophonics concerts as well as Jimmy Choo’s fashion show and the breakthrough into the Indian wedding market.After the performances, 145 members of staff that were also working at the resort when it opened in 2006 were invited on stage for a special recognition.Mark Kirk, Area Manager and Hotel General Manager, later addressed his employees with a compelling speech highlighting how much pride he feels to be part of the resort, 10 years after he joined as part of the pre-opening team.During his speech he also conveyed many interesting facts about the resort over the past decade such as employing nearly 2,000 Omani colleagues since opening, with some now holding key positions at the resort and at overseas Shangri-La hotels. He highlighted since opening the resort has had over 1.4 million rooms occupied, bringing approximately 1.1 million international visitors to Oman and contributing approx OMR 23 million in municipality fees and tourism tax.Special recognition and thanks was given to a particular guest of the resort, Ms Laurence Brisbois from Luxemburg, who, in 2015, completed 500 room nights at the resort. Ms Brisbois was also present as an honorary guest at the celebrations.Mr Kirk emphasized the importance of the environmental work that the resort undertakes and that the Turtle Ranger has assisted over 50,000 turtle hatchlings (from just over 1,000 nests) make their way to the ocean.He was also very proud to highlight how Shangri-La Muscat has always been a key contributor to Oman’s tourism sector and have also indirectly created employment for approximately 60 Omani taxi drivers and tour guides with an average of 85,350 independent transports per year.To conclude his address to the employees of the resort, Mr Kirk offered his thanks for the support and drive received from the resort’s owner H.E. Mohammad Al Zubair, the Ministry of Tourism and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for his vision for developing tourism in Oman.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterShipbuilder Fincantieri has announced that Virgin Voyages has signed a contract valued at approximately 700 million euros for the construction of a fourth cruise ship, to be delivered at the end of 2023.The new vessel will be a sister ship of the three ships on order with Fincantieri. Construction is underway at the Sestri Ponente shipyard (Genoa) and the first three ships will enter Virgin Voyage’s fleet in 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively.The fourth vessel will be approximately 110,000 gross tons, 278 metres long and 38 meters wide. It will feature over 1,400 guest cabins designed to host more than 2,770 passengers, accompanied by 1,100 crew members on board to deliver the famed Virgin service.Construction of Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, is already full steam ahead. The announcement of the fourth vessel comes almost 12 months to the day from when Virgin Voyages hosted a “ship tease” to reveal details of the cruise line, and some six months after renderings were released to whet the appetite of future cruisers. Last month Virgin Voyages revealed it would be introducing the first tattoo parlour at sea, called Squid Ink.Meanwhile, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson has revealed that Cuba will be one of the first destinations in the Caribbean that Scarlet Lady will visit, saying it happens to be “one of my favourites in the world”.“Get ready sailors for sun, salsa dancing and incredible city sights, the Scarlet Lady is heading to… Havana, Cuba!” Branson revealed.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has revealed the finalists for the 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards. The industry is gearing up for the sold-out ‘night of nights’ to be held at the Star Event Centre Sydney on Saturday 23 February 2019.The 71 finalists from across Australia and New Zealand have been considered under a revamped judging process ahead of next month’s award ceremony and gala dinner, where 18 accolades will be handed out to honour the top achievers of the industry.More than 500 submissions have been considered under the refreshed awards process, in which 12 categories were open for nomination.CLIA Australasia Managing Director Joel Katz congratulated all the finalists and said the standard of submissions this year had been especially high.“The one thing that has become clear from submissions this year is that travel agents are more engaged and dedicated than ever before,” Katz said. “There’s a genuine passion for the industry that shows in the work they are doing, and that’s a big part of the success the cruise sector is experiencing in Australia.”A full list of finalists can be viewed online here.Go back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has just confirmed the first sailing date for Scenic Eclipse has been pushed back until 15 August 2019. Cumulatively, the delays have put the ship nearly 12 months behind its original launch date of 31 August 2018.“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience these delays to the launch of Scenic Eclipse have caused our guests. As a company we have done everything possible to complete the ship within the time limits that were set previously, but a series of events that are outside our control have put us in a position where we must delay,” stated a company spokesperson.Ongoing financial challenges faced by Uljanik Shipyard, where Scenic Eclipse is being built, have caused a range of ongoing impacts, the Australian company said.“Shipyard workers have not been paid full salaries since August 2018, which has led to strikes and manpower shortages as well as several other shipyard disruptions, resulting in months of lost production. To keep the build moving as quickly as possible in these challenging circumstances Scenic has expanded the team within the shipyard by employing Cruise Ship specialists from Finland, Italy, the UK and Norway.“The expanded Scenic team took over the lead role in completing the ship, with in excess of 115 directly employed specialists in cooperation with the shipyard’s remaining management team and more than 500 subcontractors,” Scenic added.There is, however, a silver lining. Scenic has said a “very positive development” for the Scenic Eclipse build – and the Uljanik Group – was a partnership between the Croatian DIV Group and Italian shipyard Fincantieri. This consortium was confirmed as the new owner of Uljanik on 7 February 2019.Scenic said it is now “confident that these new owners will bring stability and focus to current and future ship builds.”Accordingly, the Scenic Group has signed a letter of intent with the new consortium that will lead the shipyard to set up a new Discovery Yacht division within the restructured Uljanik group. This new joint venture will be fully focused on completing Scenic Eclipse and on expediting the build of the second Scenic Eclipse, as well as progressing development of the next generations of Scenic’s Discovery Yachts.Guests impacted by the latest delay are being offered a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with their travel plans. In addition, Scenic will provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise.Scenic has established a dedicated phone number for guests and has begun reaching out to all guests and travel agents to provide details on the process of refunding and offering an opportunity to apply the 25% discount to other voyages.Lead image: Scenic Eclipse as of January 2019 at the Uljanik Shipyard.Go back to the enewsletter
No one is expecting you to be fluent in French or perfect in Portuguese, but barking English at people when you’re in a non-English speaking country is just plain rude.And contrary to popular belief, increasing the volume of your monologue won’t help our foreign friends to understand.Instead of playing the ignorant English-only speaker, take the time to learn a few basic phrases that will at least equip you with a rudimentary level of good manners.‘Hello/goodbye’, ‘please/thank you’ and ‘three beers please’ is the minimum you should have in your foreign vocabulary bag, but if you memorise a few extra lines from your phrase book, you’ll also impress your mates, earn a little respect from the locals and help to rectify the reputation of English speakers as being the most lazy language learners in the world.See our mini language guides for a few quick phrases and check out this week’s Website of the week : Omniglot.com – a site packed full of essential information for those interested in learning a new language or just wanting a few useful phrases before heading abroad.Read more Travel TipsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedIs it all Greek to Brits abroad?UK tourists put off holiday destinations because they can’t speak the language, while men take the lead with the lingo.8 tips how to make friends in a foreign countryDon’t know your ‘buenos días’ from your ‘bonjour’? No problem, here are 8 tips to make friends in a foreign country.10 ways to avoid looking like a touristBin that bumbag and learn the lingo: 10 tips to stop you looking and acting like a tourist when you’re abroad.
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLuxury shoemaker John Lobb and Manhattan’s The Mark hotel have announced an exciting new partnership that promises to keep busy New Yorkers looking their best. Situated on the hotel’s ground floor, The Mark Shine by John Lobb is an exclusive shoeshine kiosk that will offers customers a thorough buff using quality John Lobb brushes, cloth, wax and polish.Manned by a dedicated butler specially trained in shoe care, the service will be available to hotel guests and locals alike. The service will extend to all guestrooms as well, with a new shoe care service menu provided in-room and in the hotel directory. Accessories and gift items will be available for purchase at the kiosk.Visit www.johnlobb.com and www.themarkhotel.com.
Hot Springs, Virginia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineSummer has brought big changes to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. The historic landmark resort dating from 1766 recently unveiled newly renovated guest rooms in its West Wing and Historic Tower, including its first-ever Governor’s Suite. There are also new menus at eight of The Homestead’s dining outlets, as well as new onsite activities and new spa treatments to engage guests of all ages. With a capital investment of $4 million, The Homestead, the birthplace of Southern hospitality, is ready to welcome guests to experience the resort’s renaissance in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains this summer.Historic Tower and West Wing Room Renovations: The Homestead debuts a total of 157 renovated guest rooms and suites this year, 67 of which are in the Historic Tower, and 90 in the West Wing. The Historic Tower celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2010, and along with new guest rooms, features the resort’s first ever Governor’s Suite. Richmond-based interior design firm Beaty and Brown directed the renovations of the Historic Tower and West Wing guest rooms, which feature a new and enhanced interior design. Regency style interiors are reflected in brightly colored, floral bouquet patterned prints and geometric stripes and plaids all of which complement the traditional guestroom elements including crown moldings, presidential style desks, four-poster beds and antique armoires. Other guest room enhancements include new pedestal sinks and wallpaper in the bathrooms.Located on the 17th floor of the Historic Tower, the resort adds a new Governor’s Suite, which is nearly 3,000 square feet. The suite includes a bedroom, a parlor, bathroom and a large exterior porch spanning 1,800 square feet. The porch has new wicker furniture including chaise lounges – the perfect vantage point to take in the stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains and countryside. The Governor’s suite also features a commemorative plaque with a letter from Governor McDonnell, along with a picture of the First Family, displayed on the wall outside of the suite.New Dining Menus: Executive Chef Mark Gallaudet unveils new dining concepts and menus at eight of The Homestead’s onsite restaurants, including the signature Main Dining Room. Famous for its breakfast buffets and nightly dinner and dancing, the Main Dining Room will now feature a very special new dinner menu, which is a celebration of past and present. The two columned menu features “Classics” on the left side – dishes The Homestead has become known for such as Sautéed Mountain Trout “Homestead” with peeled grapes and almonds in lemon butter sauce while “New Classics,” dishes appear on the right-hand side, celebrating fresh twists on traditional American cuisine, like Seared Black Bass with chorizo, littleneck clams, corn custard.New Resort Activities: As if three championship golf courses, a handsome shooting club, four tennis courts, a 48-stall equestrian center and one of the finest private trout streams in the state of Virginia weren’t enough, The Homestead recently added a new opportunities to its mix of recreational and sporting activities. New activities include archery, off-road adventures and Kids Golf on The Old Course, complete with junior tees, scorecards, and kid’s size rental equipment.New Spa Treatments and Services: The European-style Spa at The Homestead is introduces a new treatment menu as well as special new services, including Family Spa packages! Now, parents and kids can enjoy the spa together at The Homestead. New kids treatments include the strawberries and cream manicure and a chocolate pedicure. Adults can indulge in new therapies such as the Southern Harvest Apricot & Sweet Vanilla Wrap with a sweet vanilla sugar scrub and massage or a Buttercup Body Polish usingfresh buttercups that grow indigenously in the resort’s Cascades Gorge.www.thehomestead.com
New York—After the country’s “grand debut” during the Olympics, traveling and doing business in China has become more of a productive and rewarding experience than in the past, but there are still a host of not only logistical, but cultural, challenges that may arise daily. According to Ambassador Concierge founder (and former chairman of Carey International Limousine and the World Travel & Tourism Council)Vincent A. Wolfington, “ While many local guide and assistant services provide knowledgeable staff, most aren’t trained to be in sync with a Western mindset.”Formed as the premier executive concierge service in China, Ambassador Concierge provides expert liaisons in Beijing and Shanghai that not only provide typical translation and business services, but can also serve as cultural guides, door openers to exclusive restaurants, travel logistic experts, facilitators for private art viewings….any number of above-and-beyond concierge services high-powered executives or elite family travelers would need on a visit to China’s key cities.“Our training program is approved and has been integrated into the curriculum of Tsinghua University, one of mainland China’s most prestigious,” Wolfington added. With comprehensive training aimed at orienting local, knowledgeable concierge staff with the needs and expectations of high-end Western travelers, Ambassor Concierge can offer a spectrum of services: From time-saving airport greetings to fashion-forward personal shopping trips to seamless business etiquette services.Contact the company at (202) 237-2900 or on the web at HYPERLINK “http://www.ambassadorconcierge.com” www.ambassadorconcierge.com.
NEW YORK — Artisans of Leisure, a luxury tour operator, has incorporated a private jet option into its travel programs to India.The New York-based company caters to a very affluent clientele, arranging only private, highly personalized tours in the world’s most fascinating destinations. In addition to the finest luxury hotels and top local guides, their tours feature exclusive experiences such as access to private dining clubs in Spain’s Basque Country, entry into Australia’s private golf clubs, visits to private gardens in Japan, and much more. Best of India & Bhutan, an 18-day private tour that includes the Taj Mahal, a game reserve in Rajasthan, high-end shopping, UNESCO World Heritage sites, incredible spas, romantic dinners, exclusive palace-style hotels, and private hiking in the Himalayas. Private jet charters can be incorporated into this tour. The program uses hotels by Taj and Oberoi.Visit www.artisansofleisure.com for more information or call (800) 214-8144.
by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 12:43 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Natalie Wood’s drowning now considered a ‘suspicious death’ actress|drowning|natalie wood|suspicious death LOS ANGELES, Calif. – New witnesses emerged in the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood, which has prompted investigators to deem it a “suspicious death” and to name her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, as a “person of interest” in the case, Los Angeles sheriff’s officials said Thursday.For nearly four decades, mystery and speculation have swirled around the death of the actress who had been nominated for three Academy Awards and appeared in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”She was on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981. After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the water off California’s Catalina Island. She was 43.Investigators initially ruled it an accident but reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role after the boat’s captain said he heard the couple arguing the night of her disappearance. The coroner’s office amended Wood’s death certificate the next year to include “drowning and other undetermined factors.”In a statement Thursday evening, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said that new witnesses interviewed since the case was reopened have given statements that “portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night.”The sheriff’s department said Wagner is considered a person of interest in the case.One of the witnesses described hearing yelling and crashing sounds coming from the couple’s stateroom, she said. Shortly after that, separate witnesses heard a man and woman arguing on the back of the boat and believe the voices were those of Wood and Wagner, Nishida said in the statement.The statements differed from the original version of events that were provided by witnesses, including those who were on the boat, officials said.“Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment? No,” the statement said.Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, who identified Wagner as a “person of interest,” told CBS News in an interview that aired Thursday that he doesn’t believe Wagner has told the whole story about what happened during the boat trip.Investigators have said Wagner has not been interviewed since the probe was reopened. They said in 2013 that they had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused. Wagner has denied any involvement in his wife’s death and no charges have been filed. His publicist, Alan Nierob, declined to comment Thursday.Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of her death. Wood, Wagner and Walken had all been drinking heavily in the hours before the actress disappeared.Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night. He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy that had been attached to the yacht were missing.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 . Natalie Wood was found floating in the water after a night of drinking on a yacht over Thanksgiving weekend in 1981Her death was initially ruled an accident but the case was reopened in 2011Her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, has been named a “person of interest” in the case FILE – A Dec. 1, 1981 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. Investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a “person of interest” in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood’s death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role. (AP Photo/File) Summary
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2018 12:40 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – An HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will premiere April 7.HBO tweeted the premiere date Friday, along with a trailer to the film directed by Barry Levinson.HBO has said the film will focus on Paterno dealing with fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest and died two months later at age 85.A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.The three administrators were sentenced to jail. Former university President Graham Spanier is appealing his conviction. HBO biopic about Penn State’s Joe Paterno premieres April 7 In this image released by HBO, Kathy Baker, left, and Al Pacino portray Sue and Joe Paterno in a scene from “Paterno,” a film about the late Penn State football coach. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85. (Atsushi Nishijima/HBO via AP)
by The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 9:06 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – A convention focused on gaming, animation, music and other art forms is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Atlanta.MomoCon 2018 runs Thursday through Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center and the nearby Omni Atlanta Hotel.Organizers say 90,000 attendees are expected at the 14th MomoCon, a multi-genre convention for fans of music, costuming, comics, visual arts and voice acting.Organizers have prepared a 180,000-square-foot (16,700 square meters) gaming floor, billed as the largest in the southeast United States. Another 150,000 square feet (14,000 square meters) of space will be for vendors, game developers and celebrity autographs.An entertainment and media career fair that runs through 2 p.m. Thursday kicks off the convention. MomoCon to draw fans of gaming, other forms of entertainment
by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 9, 2018 file photo, actress Carey Mulligan poses for a portrait to promote her film “Wildlife” at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. A year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations first surfaced, Hollywood is still sifting through the wreckage. For many, the Weinstein case laid bare the movie industry’s systemic gender inequalities. Mulligan says there’s been “a seismic shift” in the movie industry, though much work remains to be done. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File) A year after Weinstein, Hollywood is still soul-searching NEW YORK, N.Y. – After Rashida Jones exited Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” in 2017 she noted that the studio, after 25 years in business, had not made a single feature film directed by a woman, calling it “a culture where women and people of colour do not have an equal creative voice.”So when Pixar co-founder and CEO John Lasseter stepped down earlier this year after acknowledging “missteps” in his behaviour with employees, he was more than another casualty in the long list of film industry power players toppled by the #MeToo movement. He was a symbol of a Hollywood culture that is dying — or at least under siege.“These giant, multi-billion-dollar companies, they all need a makeover,” Jones now says. “And I think people are starting to recognize that. To me, that is a victory. Brave people have come forward and made this whole machine start to question itself.”In the year since sexual assault allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has been soul-searching. The Weinstein case — along with those of Kevin Spacey, CBS’ Les Moonves, Amazon Studios’ Roy Price and many others — laid bare the painful reality for countless women in a movie industry where gender inequality was systematic and pervasive.The #MeToo movement has gone far beyond the movies, but Hollywood remains ground zero in a cultural eruption that began 12 months ago with the Weinstein revelations, published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. Through interviews with actresses, filmmakers, producers and others, The Associated Press sought to assess whether it is a palpably different place today than a year ago.“Definitely there’s been a seismic shift,” says Carey Mulligan, the British actress. “I feel like if I was walking down the street and someone said something or did something outside the bounds of appropriate, I would feel so much more empowered to tell them to f— off while before I probably wouldn’t. Those sort of grey area things are now no longer grey areas.”Mulligan, who played an early 20th century women’s rights activist in 2015’s “Suffragette” and has herself been vocal about Hollywood’s pay gap, says that in every job she’s had for the last year, there’s been a well-known code of conduct on set. She’s optimistic that more change is coming.Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have not yet found any marked difference in female representation on screen, behind the camera or in the boardroom. More data after the end of the year will give a clearer picture of 2018, but the previous 20 years have shown almost zero change. At least anecdotally, studios and production companies are more aggressively hunting for female filmmakers. Salma Hayek has said her production company has been struggling to find female writers and directors. They’re all already booked.“Everybody’s looking for their female content,” says Jones, whose documentary “Quincy” was recently released by Netflix. “They’re starting to understand that content that’s created by and shepherded by women and people of colour is super underrepresented in the business. And everybody’s scrambling to try to fix that.”Measuring cultural change in a far-flung, $50 billion industry is difficult. Many of the epicenters of the movie business — red carpets, film festivals, award shows — have struck a different tone in the wake of Weinstein. While “who are you wearing” has steadily crept back into the red-carpet lexicon a year after women wore black to the Golden Globes, protest has engulfed many of the frothiest events on the movie calendar, from the Oscars to the Cannes Film Festival .But some see a limit to what such demonstrations can accomplish.“It’s a great thing when you’re on the red carpet and people are talking about sexual assault. At least it’s out in the open,” says actress Viola Davis. “My fear is that people feel like the focus of sexual assault is just on actresses in Hollywood and studio execs like Weinstein.”She worries about the movement becoming limited to “outing the men, putting them in the court of public opinion and just destroying their careers. It’s way bigger than that. One out of every 4 women — and there’s some statistics that say it’s 1 out of 3 — will be sexually assaulted by the time they’re 18.”Like many revolutions before it, #MeToo has sought to codify permanent changes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituted a code of conduct and booted not only Weinstein but Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.In addition, “inclusion riders” — contractual agreements to try to hire diverse casts and crews — have proliferated. Last month, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to make a similar pledge. Many prominent film festival directors have also signed agreements to push their executive boards to gender parity.In an attempt to abolish the “casting couch” culture that Weinstein allegedly exploited, The Screen Actors Guild created guidelines — supported by the producers’ guild — instructing producers and executives to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and homes. It urged members not to agree to meetings in “high-risk locations.”“People have been talking for decades about how terrible the casting coach is. Even with that knowledge, it was still going on. There was nothing concrete, written down saying: unacceptable,” says Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA. “Us putting that in a guideline was so empowering for members because we’ve all been put in that situation. And I really want to salute the studios because we did it really in partnership with them.”The guidelines will soon be expanded to establish rules around nudity on set.“The kind of work we do is so intimate. It’s different than being a lawyer or a doctor or a dentist,” Carteris says. “But there are rules for workers in this country, and it was really important to define what those rules are.”The movie business still lacks a single, industry-wide reporting system for sexual harassment and assault, though a committee led by Anita Hill is working to create one. Time’s Up , which is spearheading much of the pressure put on Hollywood, has also amassed a $21 million legal-defence fund for women who suffer from harassment and assault at work in any industry.Yet with everything that has happened in the last year, most observers say not nearly enough has been done to address long-term inequalities in Hollywood.“It feels like we’re moving in the right direction, but women and minorities are such a tiny percentage of this industry,” says filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, whose latest is “The Land of Steady Habits.” ”I open up my Director’s Guild magazine, and it has films that the DGA is screening and sometimes there’s not one woman, not one black person. They are all white male directors and my jaw is on the floor. I think: How can this still be?”Holofcener has mixed feelings about all the attention on gender.“It’s a good thing to highlight our work, but I wish we didn’t have to,” she says.Julia Roberts, who was once among the highest paid movie stars, agrees.“Every year that it’s ‘the year of the woman,’ let’s just have it always be the year of the artists,” Roberts says. “If we have to keep spotlighting the gender of this and the gender of that, we’re kind of blowing it.”There are plenty of others in Hollywood who have misgivings about #MeToo. Sean Penn derided what he called the movement’s “salacious” quality, saying its spirit is “to divide men and women.”But as the recent re-editing of “The Predator” showed, some behaviour remains a work-in-progress. Shane Black called his casting of an old friend, Steven Wilder Striegel, a previously convicted sex offender, an “irresponsible” decision . Striegel was cut the from the film only after actress Olivia Munn alerted 20th Century Fox to Striegel’s past.Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of the advocacy group Women in Film , believes that the path to ending harassment is through parity. Evidence backs her up.“The more women we have in leadership positions, the less likely the incidents of harassment. So we have a lot of work to do on that front,” Schaffer says.“We’ve been living in a sexist, racist society for hundreds of thousands of years,” she adds. “We’re not going to undo it in a year.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP .
Capri Everitt holds a sign as she poses in this recent handout photo. Fourteen-year-old Capri Everitt of Vancouver bought two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s performance in Vancouver with money she’d earned busking. She planned to give them away to fans based on their singing of O Canada outside Rogers Arena tomorrow night before show time. But then she was given 80 tickets to give away. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Capri Everitt B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome VANCOUVER – A 14-year-old girl’s quest to give away two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s appearance in Vancouver has turned into an 82-ticket giveaway complete with all the “winners” singing O Canada before show time.Capri Everitt had planned to award two tickets to the “best Canadian fans” based on their performance of the national anthem with her outside Rogers Arena on Friday night.Everitt says she earned the money for the tickets by busking in downtown Vancouver and wanted to pass them on to others as part of a pre-show performance to welcome the American entertainer.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade heard about her idea and donated 80 tickets, and the teen has given them to various multicultural societies so kids they serve can have a chance to see Degeneres.Everitt says everyone who’s already been given a ticket will join her to sing O Canada before they enter the arena, and their own little show will include the flags of 80 countries where she has travelled with her family.The Grade 9 student says she sang the national anthem of each country she visited, and in the native language, during a nine-month trip two years ago as part of her “Around the World in 80 Anthems” tour.She says her global trip to raise money for a children’s charity helped her feel grateful about Canada’s multiculturalism.“I really learned to appreciate that because it’s such a beautiful thing and not every country has it,” she says.Everitt, 14, says she wanted to give away tickets to Degeneres’s show because “she believes in welcoming everyone no matter what their sexual orientation is or their culture and I believe her fans and her supporters do too.“I want Ellen to know that Vancouver, and Canada in general, is such a multicultural and amazing place to live. And I want her to know we’re very welcoming.”Everitt says youth groups singing the national anthem of their native country, including Colombia, Croatia, China, Israel and the Philippines, will also be joining her outside Rogers Arena, along with the 80 ticket holders singing O Canada and those vying to win the two original tickets to see Degeneres.She says she learned the anthems of each country before leaving on her trip by contacting staff at various embassies and through people in Vancouver’s diverse community.Everitt says she’ll decide who gets the original two tickets when they sing the anthem together. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2018 1:05 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NEW YORK — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are now co-hosts and spouses.The network says the couple wed Saturday in a small ceremony attended by family and friends in Washington.They tied the knot at the National Archives with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, officiating.Scarborough and Brzezinski announced their engagement in May 2017. They don’t talk a lot about their personal relationship on air but have relaxed about it over time.In a September talk in New York for her book “Know Your Value,” Brzezinski teased that the wedding was coming up and that it was “going to be awesome.”This is Scarborough’s third marriage and Brzezinski’s second.Vanity Fair was first to report the wedding.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2018 3:54 pm PDT ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski marry
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 20, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. A Star Is Born (2018)2. Once Upon a Deadpool3. Unbreakable4. A Simple Favor5. The Old Man & the Gun6. Split (2017)7. Hunter Killer8. Crazy Rich Asians9. Juliet, Naked10. Bad Times At the El RoyaleiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Old Man & the Gun2. Juliet, Naked3. Mid90s4. Suspiria5. Eighth Grade6. Rust Creek7. Colette8. Wildlife9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Rewrite__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 12:36 pm PDT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honoree Gigi Hadid attends Variety’s Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2019 8:47 am PDT April 21: Actress Elaine May is 87. Actor Charles Grodin is 84. Singer Iggy Pop is 72. Actress Patti LuPone is 70. Actor Tony Danza is 68. Actress Andie MacDowell is 61. Singer Robert Smith of The Cure is 60. Guitarist Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 60. Actor-director John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 56. Rapper Michael Franti of Spearhead is 53. Actress Leslie Silva (“In the Dark,” ”Providence”) is 51. Singer Glen Hansard is 49. Comedian Nicole Sullivan (“King of Queens”) is 49. Guitarist David Brenner of Theory of a Deadman is 41. Actor James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland,” ”The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 40. Actor Terrence J (“Think Like A Man”) is 37. Actor Frank Dillane (“Fear the Walking Dead”) is 28. Singer Sydney Sierota of Echosmith is 22.April 22: Actress Estelle Harris (“Seinfeld”) is 91. Actor Jack Nicholson is 82. Singer Mel Carter is 80. Country singer Cleve Francis is 74. Director John Waters is 73. Singer Peter Frampton is 69. Singer Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics) is 68. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 65. Actor Ryan Stiles (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 60. Comedian Byron Allen (“Real People”) is 58. Actor Chris Makepeace is 55. Guitarist Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise is 53. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Good Wife,” ”Grey’s Anatomy”) is 53. Actress Sheryl Lee (“Twin Peaks”) is 52. TV personality Sherri Shepherd (“The View”) is 52. Country singer Heath Wright of Ricochet is 52. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 48. Actor Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”) is 48. Bassist Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down is 45. Singer-guitarist Daniel Johns of Silverchair is 40. Actress Amber Heard is 33. Drummer Tripp Howell of LANCO is 30. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly is 29.April 23: Actor David Birney is 80. Actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”) is 80. Actress Blair Brown is 72. Actress Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”) is 70. Actor James Russo is 66. Director Michael Moore is 65. Actress Judy Davis is 64. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 59. Actor Craig Sheffer (“One Tree Hill,” ”Into the West”) is 59. Comedian George Lopez is 58. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (“Providence”) is 52. Drummer Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray is 51. Guitarist Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert is 51. Actor Scott Bairstow (“Party of Five”) is 49. Actor John Lutz (“30 Rock”) is 46. Musicians Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National are 43. Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena (“The Marine”) is 42. Actor-comedian John Oliver is 42. Actor Kal Penn (“House M.D.,” ”Harold and Kumar”) is 42. Singer Taio Cruz is 36. Actor Jesse Lee Soffer (“Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire”) is 35. Guitarist Anthony LaMarca of The War On Drugs is 32. Actor Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 29. Actor Matthew Underwood (“Zoey 101”) is 29. Model Gigi Hadid is 24. Musicians Jake and Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet are 23. Actor Charlie Rowe (“Salvation”) is 23.April 24: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 85. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 77. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 76. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 74. Singer Ann Peebles is 72. Singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman of The Hooters is 69. Actor Eric Bogosian is 66. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 65. Actor Michael O’Keefe (“Roseanne”) is 64. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 62. Actor Glenn Morshower (“24”) is 60. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 56. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 55. Actor Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” ”Amistad”) is 55. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 52. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 51. Actor Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) is 51. Actress Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”) is 50. Actor Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”) is 50. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 46. Actor Derek Luke (“Madea Goes To Jail,” ”Friday Night Lights”) is 45. Actor Thad Luckinbill (“12 Strong,” ”The Young and the Restless”) is 44. Actor Eric Balfour (“24”) is 42. Actress Rebecca Mader (“No Ordinary Family,” ”Lost”) is 42. Actress Reagan Gomez (“Queen Sugar,” ”The Parent ‘Hood”) is 39. Actor Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill”) is 39. Actress Sasha Barrese (“The Hangover”) is 38. Singer Kelly Clarkson (“American Idol”) is 37. Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 35. Country singer Carly Pearce is 29. Actor Joe Keery (“Stranger Things”) is 27. Actor Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) is 27. Actor Jordan Fisher (“Liv and Maddie,” ”Rent: Live”) is 25.April 25: Actor Al Pacino is 79. “Dancing With The Stars” judge Len Goodman is 75. Bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revisited is 74. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA is 74. Actress Talia Shire is 74. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn (“The Green Mile”) is 72. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 65. Actor Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 55. Singer Andy Bell of Erasure is 55. Bassist Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction) is 54. Guitarist Rory Feek of Joey and Rory is 54. Former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 52. Actress Gina Torres (“I Think I Love My Wife”) is 50. Actress Renee Zellweger is 50. Actor Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl,” ”Almost Famous”) is 49. Actor Jason Wiles (“Third Watch”) is 49. Actress Emily Bergl (“Southland”) is 44. Actress Marguerite Moreau (“The O.C.,” ”Life As We Know It”) is 42. Singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is 39. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Sonny With A Chance”) is 23. Actress Jayden Rey (“The Conners”) is 10.April 26: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 86. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 81. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 81. Singer Bobby Rydell is 77. Singer Gary Wright is 76. Actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Revolution,” ”Breaking Bad”) is 61. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 59. Actress Joan Chen (“Twin Peaks”) is 58. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 58. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 57. Actor Jet Li is 56. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 55. Actor-comedian Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” ”The King of Queens”) is 54. Keyboardist Jeff Huskins of Little Texas is 53. Fiddler Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 51. Singer T-Boz of TLC is 49. Actress Shondrella Avery (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is 48. Bassist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 48. Actress Simbi Kali (“3rd Rock From The Sun”) is 48. Bassist Michael Jeffers of Pinmonkey is 47. Drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus is 43. Actor Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) is 42. Actor Leonard Earl Howze (“Barbershop”) is 42. Actor Amin Joseph (“Snowfall”) is 42. Actor Tom Welling (“Smallville”) is 42. Actor Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black,” ”Weeds”) is 41. Actor Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”) is 40. Actress Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and The Furious”) is 39. Actress Stana Katic (“Castle”) is 39. Actress Marnette Patterson (“Something So Right”) is 39. Actor Channing Tatum (“Step Up”) is 39. Actress Emily Wickersham (“NCIS”) is 35. Musician James Sunderland of Frenship is 32.April 27: Actress Anouk Aimee is 87. Singer Kate Pierson of The B-52’s is 71. Singer Herbie Murrell of The Stylistics is 70. Actor Douglas Sheehan (“Knots Landing”) is 70. Guitarist Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 68. Singer Sheena Easton is 60. Actor James Le Gros (“Ally McBeal”) is 57. Bassist Rob Squires of Big Head Todd and the Monsters is 54. Singer Mica Paris is 50. Drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket is 41. Singer Jim James of My Morning Jacket is 41. Singer-guitarist Travis Meeks of Days of the New is 40. Bassist Joseph Pope the Third of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 40. Guitarist John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne is 37. Actor Francis Capra (“Veronica Mars”) is 36. Actress Ari Graynor (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) is 36. Singer-guitarist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is 35. Actress Sheila Vand (“24: Legacy”) is 34. Actress Jenna Coleman (“Victoria,” ”Doctor Who”) is 33. Singer Nick Noonan of Karmin is 33. Actor William Moseley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 32. Actress Emily Rios (“Breaking Bad”) is 30.The Associated Press
by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 10:50 am PDT Remembering when Prince wrote that song for you NEW YORK — Susanna Hoffs knows how much “Manic Monday,” written by Prince, impacted the career of the Bangles when the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. So when Hoffs thinks about how she didn’t get a chance to thank Prince years later for the gift he gave her band, she feels emotional.Tearing up during a phone interview with The Associated Press, she says, “As an adult I wanted to thank him and I just didn’t get around to it.”Prince wrote the song under the moniker “Christopher” and his demo version appears on his posthumous album, “Originals.” Other demo versions of tracks he’s penned for singers appear on the 15-track album, available on Tidal starting Friday.The album will be widely available on June 21.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this March 29, 2019, file photo, singer Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles poses in the press room at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hoffs recalls the huge impact of “Manic Monday,” written by Prince, on the career of the Bangles when the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. Prince’s demo version of the song appears on his posthumous album, “Originals,” due out this month. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email