The Wayside Motor Inn Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The Wayside Motor Inn Outside Boston, ten people—some strangers, some not—struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to the Wayside Motor Inn. With old grudges and new feuds threatening the travelers’ peace, the play examines the tenuous space between loneliness and connection, and the fragile framework of the American Dream. The Wayside Motor Inn, starring Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, has extended its off-Broadway run. Originally set to run through September 21, the A.R. Gurney play will now play its final performance on September 28 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The Lila Neugebauer-helmed production will begin performances on August 12 and open officially on September 4. Joining Kudisch as Vince will be Kelly AuCoin as Andy, Jon DeVries as Frank, Quincy Dunn-Baker as Ray, Rebecca Henderson as Ruth, Jenn Lyon as Sharon, Lizbeth Mackay as Jessie, David McElwee as Phil, Ismenia Mendes as Sally and Will Pullen as Mark. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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Raiders mailbag: Happily moving on without Antonio Brown

first_imgALAMEDA — It’s like covering a normal NFL team again. No more wondering and waiting for the next Antonio Brown social media blast or behavioral quirk. And if Brown was that much of a pain for the media, it’s hard to comprehend what it was like for the Raiders, coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock in particular.Which makes it all the more impressive how Gruden, Mayock and Co. successfully navigated the Raiders through an impressive Week 1 win over Denver that exceeded pretty much …last_img read more

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South African firms ‘cutting emissions’

first_img26 November 2012South Africa’s top 100 listed companies have materially reduced their reported greenhouse gas emissions, according to the 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project’s sixth annual report for the South African business sector.“Total reported direct (scope one) emissions for 2012 decreased from 137-million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) in 2011 to 132-million tCO2e in 2012,” the London-based organisation said in a statement on Thursday.The CDP surveys more than 5 000 companies worldwide on behalf of 655 institutional investors (CDP signatories), representing US$78-trillion in assets.Indirect (scope two) emissions reduced from 98.4-million tCO2e in 2011 to 86.6- million tCO2e in 2012.South Africa’s direct greenhouse gas emissions were still dominated by a few carbon-intensive companies, including Sasol with reported annual direct emissions of 61.4-million tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases (CO2e).Arcelor Mittal South Africa recorded emissions of 10.9-million tons of CO2e, BHP Billiton 3.2-million tons, Anglo American 3-million tons, and Sappi 2.8-million tons.Eskom’s carbon dioxide emissions for the year ending March 2012 reached 231.9- million tons of CO2e, while Transnet’s total greenhouse gas emissions for 2011/12 were reported at 4.3-million tons.Together with Eskom, CDP respondents accounted for two thirds of South Africa’s total emissions, estimated at 521-million tons of CO2e.Long-standing partnershipThe CDP in South Africa is a long-standing partnership between the London- based non-profit organisation and the National Business Initiative (NBI).It is supported by auditing firm KPMG as the lead sponsor, Element Investment Management, the Industrial Development Corporation and the SA Post Office.Companies are ranked on two levels.A Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) rated companies in terms of the levels of transparency and quality of disclosure of their greenhouse gas emissions and a Carbon Performance Leadership Index ranked the companies in terms of their emission reduction targets and progress in meeting them.Twelve companies qualified for the 2012 CDLI. Exxaro Resources was the local leader, with 100 normalised points, followed by Gold Fields with 99 and Harmony Gold with 98.Gold Fields was the winner the previous year, with 98 points.Corporates leading on climate changeThe energy and materials sector achieved the highest average disclosure score, followed closely by industrials and health care.The number of companies qualifying for the CPLI had increased, with six qualifying in 2012. They were: Anglo American, Barloworld, FirstRand, Gold Fields, Mondi, and Woolworths.Last year, only two companies qualified – British American Tobacco and Gold Fields.The number of companies with greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets continued to increase, with 43 companies this year compared to 40 in 2011.KPMG director Neil Morris said corporates were leading the way on climate change.“Whilst a global deal on climate change at the upcoming COP18 at Doha remains worth fighting for, the real momentum for action on climate change comes from the increasing groundswell of corporate initiatives reflected in this year’s CDP results,” he said.“In the context of challenging economic conditions and weak political resolve in international negotiations, we can take a lot of heart from the leadership shown by South African companies in driving positive action on climate change.”Anticipating, responding to climate change issuesSouth Africa’s CDP results showed a trend of increasing engagement by the business sector in anticipating and responding to climate change issues, the CDP said.The average carbon disclosure score of all publicly responding companies was 82, up from 76 in 2011, 74 in 2010, and 62 in 2009. This compared favourably with the average disclosure score of 77 for the Global 500, which is the CDP survey of the world’s 500 largest companies.This acknowledgement of climate change as a genuine business risk reflected positively on South African companies, said the report.NBI head Joanne Yawitch said South African transparency and performance in an investor-led initiative was a shining light.“It would appear that South African businesses have also entered an implementation phase and have been focusing on practical steps to improve disclosure and are also addressing performance.”Climate change was also only one aspect of sustainability, she said. “We need a holistic, participative approach as we consider how to transition to a green and sustainable economy.”“The South African CDP response rate of 78 percent is the second highest internationally by geographic region reaffirming local business as a global leader in terms of their participation,” the CDP said.This compared positively to other developing countries such as Brazil with a 65% response rate, China 23% response rate, India 26%, and Russia 8%.“The comparative leadership being demonstrated by South African business parallels the leading role that it is seen to be playing internationally on issues such as corporate governance standards, sustainability and integrated reporting,” the CDP said.Sapalast_img read more

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The Evolution of Product Placement in Film

first_imgWhat product placement stands out in your mind? Let us know in the comments below. Fire up your Apple MacBook Pro, pop open an ice-cold Pepsi Cola, and learn all about the evolution of product placement in film.Top image via Turkish AirlinesIt’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! Yup, It’s Definitely a Plane. I’ll admit to this: I had never heard of Turkish Airlines until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, as the film heads into theaters, I can’t think of anything else but Turkish Airlines. (I wasn’t paid by Turkish Airlines to write this.)Turkish Airlines went to incredible lengths with their insanely multi-layered product placement. You can go to the Turkish Airlines website and choose both Gotham City and Metropolis as destinations. Not only that, you can buy travel guides, apply for travel insurance, and a fake work VISA.Image: Work VISA via Turkish AirlinesHere’s the issue with all of this: it’s super weird. Usually these type of viral promotions are handled by the studio — but in this instance, it falls under the advertiser. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the evolution of product placement. A Brief History of Product Placement in FilmOne of the earliest documented cases of product placement comes from 1920’s The Garage, starring Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton. A sign for Firestone tires was on the wall of the auto shop, but Red Crown Gasoline was featured constantly on the walls and equipment.It was never officially announced if Red Crown Gasoline paid for the placement, but its constant appearance caught enough attention to cause some controversy.Images via WikipediaThe first Academy Award-winning film to feature product placement was Wings in 1927. The film featured several shots of Hershey’s chocolate bars, as well as several scenes with actors eating the candy.Images via Business PunditThis was Hershey’s first appearance on the silver screen, but it certainly wouldn’t be the company’s last. In the 1980s, Hershey made a blockbuster deal for Reese’s Pieces to be the candy of choice for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; the candy giant paid $1,000,000 in tie-ins and cross-promotional advertising. The script actually called for M&M’s, but parent company Mars, Inc passed on the deal.Within two weeks of the film’s release, Reese’s Pieces sales more than doubled.Images: E.T. via Amblin Entertainment, Reese’s Pieces via Collecting CandyAfter the success of E.T., product placement became big business. Corporate giants started fighting for placement in the biggest blockbusters.Exxon paid $300,000 for its name to appear in Days of Thunder. Pampers paid $50,000 to be featured in Three Men and a Baby, and Cuervo Gold spent $150,000 for placement in Tequila Sunrise, according to Danny Thompson, president of Creative Entertainment Services, in a 1993 New York magazine interview. As for how effective the practice of product placement is, that same article quotes Joel Henrie, a partner at Motion Picture Placement, as saying: “Look what happened to Hermes scarves after Basic Instinct, Ray-Ban sunglasses after Risky Business, and suspenders after Michael Douglas wore them in Wall Street.” — SnopesThree Types of Product PlacementTraditionally there have been three main types of product placement; screen placement, script placement, and plot placement.1. Screen Placement Screen placement uses a product in the foreground or background of a shot. The product is not mentioned by name, but does garner some decent screen time.Director Michael Bay is a master of using screen product placement in his films. He currently holds the record of featuring 55 different brands in Transformers: Age of Extinction, a film already based on a product itself. In this video, you will see 50 seconds of Bud Light products without the product being mentioned. The Beats Pill is an example of script placement.2. Script PlacementScript placement literally puts a product in the script, where a character in the film will mention the product by name. Example: Marty McFly orders a Pepsi in the Back to the Future Part II. 3. Plot PlacementPlot placement makes a product a part of the film. These are products that are always connected to characters, like the many gadgets of James Bond. Aston Martin has been a huge part of the Bond franchise for decades. Even the latest installments feature classic and new Aston Martin cars.Image via Screen RantThe Blockbuster Deals of Marsha R. LevineImage via Turkish AirlinesThe Turkish Airlines product placement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will end up being a record breaking tie-in, even though official numbers have not been released. The sponsorship actually transcends the three types of product placement.Not only will the airline receive screen time in the film, they also scored original commercials starring actors Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg. Not only that, they scored a promotional piece with director Zack Snyder talking about the benefits of the sponsorship. On top of all of that, the original commercials premiered as TWO SEPARATE SUPER BOWL ADS! THAT IS CRAZY! A deal like that just doesn’t happen everyday.The Batman v Superman placement was managed by Marsha R. Levine of A List Entertainment. While her name may not ring a bell, I guarantee you know her work. Some of her biggest product placements were for Duracell in The Matrix, Dr. Pepper in Spider-Man, Sennheiser in The Departed, and 7UP in Friends.Images via A List EntertainmentDoes Product Placement Work?Absolutely! While there can be negative backlash (like Spider-Man using Bing as his search engine of choice), most product placement can go unnoticed. Many audience members actually prefer to see real products rather than fake brands. In the end, it also benefits the movie itself by bringing in extra money for production or advertising.Even television studios are pushing product placement like never before. Shows that have made their way into syndication now feature digital product placement. Products are added to the show years after the show aired.Personally, I now know more about Turkish Airlines than ever before. The product placement was so great at establishing a real company in this cinematic reality. It’s almost as great as the music found on PremiumBeat.com. PremiumBeat has an amazing catalog of music and SFX. Be sure to visit PremiumBeat.com for all your music needs.Finally, I’ll leave you with one of my all time favorite uses of product placement: the wonderfully meta use in Wayne’s World.last_img read more

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Dilshan, Upul create history at 2011 World Cup

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga starred in a record 282-run opening stand to guide Sri Lanka to a mammoth 327 for six against Zimbabwe in a group A match of the World Cup at Pallekele International Stadium in Sri Lanka on Thursday.Dilshan was elected Man of the Match.Dilshan smashed 144 before taking 4-4 to help Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 139 runs and reach the World Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.Dilshan blasted 16 fours and a six to score a 131-ball 144, while Tharanga plundered 17 fours en route to his 133, to guide the 1996 winners to a mammoth 327 for six in a group A encounter at the Pellekele stadium here.Dilshan also missed the record for the highest runs in an innings by a Sri Lankan in a World Cup by a whisker as he finished one short of Aravinda de Silva’s 145 against Kenya in 1996 World Cup.last_img read more

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Eden Hazard reveals his greatest player of alltime

first_imgChelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”last_img read more

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