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Odds & Ends: Krysta Rodriguez Tapped for Younger & More

first_imgKrysta Rodriguez(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Krysta Rodriguez Tapped for YoungerBroadway and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez will appear on Younger‘s upcoming third season. TVLine reports that she is set to take on the role of Kim, a no-nonsense publicist (we suspect no statement jewelry); Rodriguez’s episode is scheduled to air on October 12. Headlined by two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, the TV Land series will premiere on September 28.Roundabout to Honor Frank LangellaFour-time Tony winner Frank Langella will be honored with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre at Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2017 Spring Gala. The event is set to take place on February 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. Langella won his fourth Tony this year for his performance in The Father and according to Deadline, he’s currently eyeing a revival of the Broadway-aimed Arthur Kopit’s Oh Dad, Poor Dad Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad. The production is circling a summer bow at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse.Rufus Bonds Jr. Replaces Norm Lewis in ManchaBroadway alum Rufus Bonds Jr. (Rent, Parade) will be tilting at windmills on the 5th Avenue Theatre stage when he takes over the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. He steps in for the previously announced Norm Lewis in the production, who has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. The production will run in Seattle from October 7 through October 30, officially opening on October 13.Memorial Celebration Announced for Irene BunisFamily, friends and the Broadway community will come together to celebrate the life of beloved wardrobe supervisor Irene Bunis on September 26 at 3PM at the Winter Garden Theatre. The venue is the former home of Mamma Mia!, which Bunis kept vibrantly befitted in spandex and platform boots for fourteen years. Donations in her memory can be made to Broadway Cares/Broadway Fights AIDS and Memorial Sloan Kettering.New Sneak Peek of Rocky HorrorVictoria Justice, who will play Janet in Fox’s Rocky Horror remake, has posted the below Twitter video of the iconic “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch-A Touch Me” number. Shivering with antici…pation for the film? Helmed by Kenny Ortega and also starring Laverne Cox, Heathers’ Ryan McCartan, Broadway alum Reeve Carney, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and more, it will first air on October 20. View Commentslast_img read more

Beukes has a head for hoarding

first_imgBeukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.” (Image: Lauren Beukes)• Brand South Africa+ 27 11 483 [email protected] Jane CookA woman of many talents, Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, bestselling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and, occasionally, journalism.Playing her part for South Africa, she is raising the profile of the nation internationally through her novels. Beukes has been described as South Africa’s most inspired new literary voice, writing imaginative fiction with a crazy twist. But her fantastical stories also shine a light on real issues with which people grapple. Beukes’ work is wildly entertaining, and richly nuanced. She says: “I like cute. I like dark. I like rugby-tackling social issues through fiction.”Her ideas develop like Polaroids in her head, she explains. “I always know my beginnings and my endings.”Beukes was born in Johannesburg on 5 June 1976 and lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter. She graduated with a Master’s degree in creative writing in 2006 from the University of Cape Town, spending the first decade of her writing career as a freelance journalist, including two years in New York and Chicago. It was during these years that she got her real education, meeting interesting people and having out-of-the-ordinary experiences, from diving with sharks to hanging out with wannabe teen vampires and township vigilantes.It was a time that set her on a path to award-winning fiction. She gets her ideas for her work “from stuff I’ve read or seen or overheard, or a news story or an advertising billboard or something half-glanced from the car windows – and I use that as a jumping-off point. The inside of my head looks like a crazy person hoarder house. Full of useless things that sometimes, if I’m lucky, come together in interesting and surprising ways.”Beukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.”AwardsIn 2010, Beukes won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award, followed by the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award the following year for her energetic, phantasmagorical Zoo City, a hardboiled thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption, set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. The latter award is for the best science fiction novel and is bestowed annually on a book that has been published in the United Kingdom. The award is presented at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London, in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers, academics and fans.The Red Tentacle is awarded annually to the novel containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfils the criteria of intelligent, progressive and entertaining. The winner receives a £1 000 (R17 982) prize, a hand-crafted tentacular trophy and a bottle of the Kraken’s finest black rum.Zoo City was also long-listed for the Impac Award. The International Impac Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction, jointly sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland and the company Impac. In South Africa, the novel was short-listed for several prizes, including the 2010-2011 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize, the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards and the Nielsen’s Booksellers’ Choice Award 2011. It was also long-listed for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel.The novel was also been short-listed for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France for best foreign novel, best translation by Laurent Philibert-Caillat and best cover by Joey Hi-Fi. The cover artwork received the 2010 British Science Fiction Association Award for best art. The film rights have been optioned by the South African producer, Helena Spring.The Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesWriting the fantasticAmong Beukes’s works are Moxyland, Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past, the graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, with Inaki Miranda and most recently, The Shining Girls, which was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in May. The winner will be announced on 28 June.The Shining Girls is about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around. The novel is set to become a TV series, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood star bought the rights to Beukes’ novel through his Appian Way Production company with MCR. The group is looking to adapt the novel for television.Harper, a serial killer in 1932 Chicago, finds a house that lets him travel to various points in history, where he kills women of talent and potential. Kirby, the one girl who got away, is an intern at a Chicago newspaper in 1992, attempting to find the man who nearly killed her. As Harper jumps in and out of history, Kirby starts to realise that she’s not dealing with an ordinary monster.Moxyland is a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. It is a dystopian, corporate-apartheid political thriller in which cellphones are used for social control. Her first book, published in 2005, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, is a non-fiction work of short biographies of remarkable raconteurs, renegades and rebels. It was long-listed for the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.Her graphic novel with artist Inaki Miranda, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, is a dark Tokyo twist on the fairy tale legend of Rapunzel, set in Bill Willingham’s multi-award-winning Fables series universe. It debuted at number two on The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List in August 2013.Children’s writerAs a TV writer, Beukes has written for various children’s shows, including Florrie’s Dragons (Disney UK) and Mouk (Millimages); and as head-writer, she co-created South Africa’s first half-hour animated show, The Adventures of Pax Afrika, which ran for three years on SABC3; she wrote the pilot episode for the political satire puppet show, Z News, and episodes of the Desmond Tutu travel show, The South African Story.She has directed episodes of Pax Afrika and her debut documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, about South Africa’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, has shown at festivals internationally. It won Best LGBT Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival in 2012. It is irreverent, fun, glamorous, hard-hitting and ultimately a feel-good film about acceptance and tolerance.Comic shorts under her belt are All the Pretty Ponies, with Inaki Miranda in Vertigo’s Strange Adventures, and Birdie with Gerhard Human in The Witching Hour. She has also published short stories in several anthologies and as a journalist, her articles have been published in a wide range of local and international magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter, Nature Medicine and Colors as well as The Sunday Times Lifestyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and SL Magazine. She won Best Columnist Western Cape in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008.last_img read more

Sixers’ No. 1 overall pick Fultz injures left ankle

first_imgFultz will not play Sunday, but there is no timetable for his return to action.“We’ll be as cautious as we can, making sure he’s healthy,” Pierce said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared to be ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.“Oh no no no,” Embiid tweeted, “don’t do this to us.” Markelle Fultz. APLAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the Philadelphia 76ers’ summer league game Saturday night against Golden State.Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in the second half and was helped to the locker room by two teammates. Sixers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce said Fultz has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and “will be treated accordingly.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img MOST READ Fultz, who signed his contract earlier in the day, was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.“I’m a little bit punch-drunk with the injuries that we’ve had with our first players selected over the years,” head coach Brett Brown said during the ESPN telecast.But Pierce said he was trying not to look at it that way.“It’s easy to put that on the history that we’ve gone through, but no, it’s just part of the game,” Pierce said.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft in June to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that GM Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robert Whittaker edges Romero, grabs interim belt at UFC 213 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The move energized a fan base that had been worn down by years of tanking under previous GM Sam Hinkie, though his oft-criticized strategy was finally starting to pay off with the accumulation of talent in Philly.The Sixers also added veterans J.J. Redick and Amir Johnson to supplement the young core and appeared poised to get rolling in the wide-open Eastern Conference.Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season for the Huskies, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats.“I think that he has a tremendous feel for the game,” Brown said. “I think that the way he plays and the pace he plays with is going to allow him to play multiple positions. He has proven to be a better shooter than personally I expected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Okaka set for Udinese switch

first_imgWatford striker Stefano Okaka is expected to complete a switch to Serie A side Udinese in the next few days according to reports in Italy.Football Italia reports Okaka will arrive in Udine on Sunday and undergo his medical 24 hours later with the deal set to be wrapped up by Monday.Rumours are rife in Italy that the 29-year-old will join the Zebrette on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.The former Italy international last played in Serie A with Sampdoria, leaving in the summer of 2015 to sign for Anderlecht and then Watford.Okaka has only played a cameo role for the Hornets’ in the first half of the season, managing just 47 minutes of competitive football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, making this a straightforward deal.#Udinese, medical visits for #Watford’s #Okaka set for Monday https://t.co/YX9oDszMYy— Pablito (@ilcano22) January 4, 2019last_img read more

SC seeks details of cases lodged in trafficking of girls

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) to furnish details to the Centre of cases registered by them for the offence of trafficking of girls for sexual exploitation during 2014 to September 30, 2015.Expressing concern over trafficking of girls, a three judge bench headed by Justice A R Dave asked the Union Cabinet Secretary to set up a high-powered inter-ministerial committee to deal with the issue.The bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, sought a report by November 15 on the progress made in setting up of the Organised Crimes Investigating Agency (OCIA) for investigating the cases of human trafficking as such offences involve many states.It asked all states and UTs to provide the data of FIRs, registered between 2014 to September 30, 2015 with regard to girl child trafficking under certain provisions of the IPC and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) within a fortnight. The MHA will collate the data and will file an affidavit before November 18, the next date of hearing, the court said.During the hearing, the court hailed the steps taken by the Centre and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) on issues like prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking for commercial and sexual exploitation.The counsel for the Centre on Tuesday referred to the recent Central Advisory Committee meeting in which states and UTs were invited and they discussed the report of NALSA.NALSA had suggested roles of various stakeholders in the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking for commercial and sexual exploitation and had sought a direction to the Centre that the OCIA be set up to investigate the cases of human trafficking and organised crime.last_img read more

Grand Circle announces new small ship itineraries in 2017

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 21, 2016 BOSTON — Alan E. Lewis, chairman of Grand Circle Cruise Line, announced four new small ship itineraries for 2017 today. The itineraries will operate along the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, cruising along the coastlines of Italy, Malta, Slovenia, and Croatia aboard Grand Circle’s 50-passenger sister ships—the M/V Athena, M/V Arethusa, and M/V Artemis. Each itinerary includes international airfare from New York and offers limited free Single Supplements for solo travellers.“We are excited to offer itineraries that explore a popular region of the world through a popular mode of travel—small ship,” said Lewis. “Our 50-passenger ships can access small ports that larger ships cannot, and our travellers will be able to explore the cities, towns, and villages beyond these ports to engage firsthand with local people, their cultures, and ways of life.”Grand Circle Cruise Line’s four new Small Ship itineraries are:Italy’s Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to VallettaAboard the award-winning, 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Aeolian Islands, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Mdina16 days from $5995 ($375/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementsMore news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsUndiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & MaltaAboard the award-winning 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Venice, Ravenna • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Urbino, L’Aquila, Tremiti Islands, Monopoli, Alberobello, Otranto, Stilo, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, and Mdina17 days from$7495 ($441/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementVoyage to Istria: Italy, Slovenia & CroatiaAboard the award-winning 50-passenger M/V ArethusaVisits Italy: Venice • Slovenia: Piran • Croatia: Pula, Rovinj • Italy: Aquileia, Trieste12 days from $3695 ($308/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementItalian Coastal Odyssey: Hidden Italy, Sicily & MaltaAboard the award-winning, 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Salina, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Mdina • Italy: Riace, Stilo, Otranto, Alberobello, Monopoli, Tremiti Islands, L’Aquila, Urbino • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Ravenna, Venice27 days from $13,990 ($519/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free single supplement The Canadian Press Grand Circle announces new small ship itineraries in 2017 Sharelast_img read more