Dan Stevens May Play the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

first_img Stevens is best known as Matthew Crawley on TV’s Downton Abbey. He appeared on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in 2012’s The Heiress and his West End credits include Arcadia, The Vortex and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Stevens’ additional TV and film credits include The Guest, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Hide, The Turn of the Screw, Dracula and Summer in February. View Comments Other stage and screen stars reportedly in negotiations to appear in the Disney flick include Luke Evans as the villain Gaston and Emma Thompson, who may take on the role of Mrs. Potts.center_img Dan Stevens is in talks to take on the role of the Beast/Prince in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Broadway alum and former Downton star may join the previously reported Emma Watson as Belle and more in the Bill Condon-helmed project.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Leslie Odom Jr. Rocks the U.S. Open & More

first_img Leslie Odom Jr. Leslie Odom Jr. & Phil Collins(Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Grammy Winner Joyce DiDonato Slated for RabbitIt’s opera sensation Joyce DiDonato’s turn to perform from that mysterious script! DiDonato will step into White Rabbit Red Rabbit on October 3. She joins previously announced stars like Tony winner Billy Porter, Justin Bartha and Stana Katic, who will perform on September 12, September 19 and September 26, respectively. Nathan Lane, Darren Criss and Ramin Karimloo are just a few of the faves who have already taken their turn at the Westside Theatre. Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage.Melissa McCarthy Joins Babs in the Recording StudioOur ears were blessed with Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway on August 26. Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jamie Foxx are just a few of the starry friends Babs collaborated with for the album, but one star was particularly was surprised to be asked to record with Streisand: Funny girl Melissa McCarthy hit the studio with the stage and screen legend—and it’s clear she’s a fan (maybe not quite a Barbra-Streisand-candle-level fan, but one of us nonetheless). Enjoy their behind-the-scenes shenanigans below! Star Files Matt Bomer to Star in Transgender DramaAmerican Horror Story fave Matt Bomer has his next gig lined up, Variety reports. He will reunite with his The Normal Heart co-star Mark Ruffalo, who is producing the transgender drama Anything alongside Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve. Timothy McNeil will make his debut directing the feature film, which is based on his play of the same name. Bomer will take on the role of a trans sex worker who begins a relationship with fellow AHS actor John Carroll Lynch’s character, who moves to Los Angeles after the painful loss of his wife.Josh Groban Faces Off with James CordenHe’s just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake! Before Josh Groban makes his highly anticipated Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, the Stages singer visited 2016 Tony host James Corden on The Late Late Show. The two went head-to-head in a game of First Line, Every Line, in which each vocalist has to sing the first line of a song all the way through said song. Groban responded to Corden’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” (entirely sung as “Tommy used to work on the docks”) with Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Watch the hilarity ensue below! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Leslie Odom Jr. Performs with Phil CollinsDang, can these two serve! Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. joined chart-topping artist Phil Collins to perform at the U.S. Open’s kick-off ceremony on August 29 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Collins began with his smash hit “In the Air Tonight” (which those of us at Broadway.com HQ have become obsessed with since American Psycho bowed on the Great White Red Way). Odom Jr. joins him onstage around 6:30 to smash “Easy Lover” if you’re not willing to wait for it. Enjoy the performance below! View Commentslast_img read more

Boxer from a Slum in Haiti Is Invited to Participate in the Peace Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 05, 2011 In order to participate in the Military World Games, an athlete needs to be a member of the Armed Forces of his or her country of origin. However, an exception has been granted for this 5th edition. Haitian boxer Evens Pierre was invited by the Organizing Committee to compete in the Rio 2011 Games, even though his country of origin does not maintain an official military force. The organizers decided to invite him because he has used sports to help young people affected by violence. Born in one of the most violent slums in Haiti, “Cité Soleil,” on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Pierre saw in sports the chance to have a different destiny than the majority of people who grow up amid violence and poverty. After losing his home in the 2010 earthquake, the athlete continued to train with determination, thanks to the support of members of the Brazilian military. In Panama, with transportation offered by the Brazilian Army, the boxer became the Central American champion, winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in the featherweight category, up to 61 kg. “My victories here serve to demonstrate to people that trading punches is better than trading bullets,” the boxer said. Even without an adequate ring, the fighter is not discouraged and aspires to serve as a role model for thousands of Haitian children. In an interview with Rede Globo television last year, Pierre showed his potential for influence in that part of the country.last_img read more

How credit unions can ‘think big’ and ‘act small’

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anca VoineaIn order to thrive and be relevant, small and medium sized credit unions will have to find new ways to pull resources where they can.Speaking at the World Credit Union Conference in Denver, Mollie Bell, chief engagement officer at the Filene Research Institute looked at the state of credit union collaboration in the US. The session also explored the “Network” credit union concept model.Filene has conducted a series of research studies that examined the notion of collaboration, not only among credit unions, but also between credit unions and the wider co-operative sector.One of the key challenges facing credit unions is embracing new technologies. By pulling resources, credit unions can achieve more. Ms. Bell explained how technological collaboration was easier than 20 years ago. continue reading »last_img read more

Planning: impact of car parking restrictions and residential demand

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Innovators wanted to shape future of tropical home building

first_imgStockland’s Project Director Andrew Astorquia and Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay pictured on the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.EXPRESSIONS of Interest for the supply of the latest and greatest home and garden products and materials for Townsville’s most futuristic house close next week.In the design phase, The Innovation Home Project will be built as part of North Shore’s newest display village, and will be a showcase of innovation and sustainable living. Stockland North Shore Project Director, Andrew Astorquia said that more than 30 local and national suppliers had already signed up to be part of the project.“This is a really exciting project as it incorporates cutting-edge design and technology products that are available now,” he said.“We are working with everyone from JCU researchers who are using plastic cuts from old nappies to create sustainable concrete, manufacturers of airconditioning systems that completely eliminate mould to electric vehicle charging and more. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“But what is more important is that much of the product and building materials that we incorporate are affordable for people to adapt to their own homes — and it helps them understand how to future proof their biggest investments.”Mr Darren Finlay, the creator of the Innovation House concept said the Innovation Home Project was increasing its scope to touch on all of the facets of sustainability including, design, water, energy, products, healthy house and technology.Project co-ordinator Rowan Blizzard said that over 1000 hours of research into best practice design has been invested by product suppliers to help create what will be the future of home building for the tropics. “Bunnings, Reece and many more local suppliers have put their hands up to be part of this exciting project,” he said.“Over 10,000 people are expected to visit the house once constructed so it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best and most innovative products on the market.“We encourage anyone who is developing sustainable and innovation projects to contact us to be part of this project.” Any suppliers interested in being part of The Innovation Home Project are encourage to contact Rowan Blizzard from Innovation House by calling 0412 997 754 or by emailing rowan@innovationhouse.com.aulast_img read more

AP4 calls on government to open door to unlisted direct investments

first_imgThe fourth of Sweden’s state pension buffer funds has called on the country’s government to allow the funds to add unlisted direct investments to their portfolios.In July, the Swedish Finance Ministry proposed to amend the mandate for the AP funds. In a lengthy response to the consultation, AP4 said it welcomed the increased flexibility the new rules would give it to allocate between asset classes, but said allocation options should be accompanied by additional opportunities for unlisted direct investments.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4, said: “AP4 believes it is important that the increased allocation capabilities be supplemented with opportunities for direct investment in unlisted companies and credit.“The memo does not include this, which is unfortunate as it would allow more long-term and cost-effective investment rather than just investing indirectly in funds.” Including direct unlisted investments was also in line with prevailing market trends and practices, he said.Ekvall cited examples such as co-investments in unlisted companies alongside venture capital funds, major institutional owners or other investment consortia, and infrastructure companies. The latter should be possible in the same way as the AP funds currently invest in real estate companies, he said.These two asset types were very similar and adding infrastructure would give exposure to an attractive and socially-beneficial investment area in a cost-effective manner, Ekvall added.The CEO cited private credit as an emerging and socially important area of investment since the 2008 financial crisis.He also highlighted sustainability-orientated investment opportunities and initiatives, which were likely to increase in importance in the future. “Most of these are unlisted and therefore not investable according to the memo,” Ekvall said.AP4’s sister fund, AP6, was set up in 1996 to invest solely in private equity. Sweden’s government had proposed merging AP6 with AP2, but this idea – part of a wider restructuring proposal for the AP fund system – was rejected in 2015.Regarding the most recent investment guidelines proposals, the Finance Ministry’s draft of the amended mandate puts in place a new 40% ceiling on illiquid investments, replacing the current 5% cap on unlisted instruments.The 40% ceiling is to include real estate, an asset class that is not restricted under the current rules.Among other proposed changes to the mandate is a reduction in the minimum allocation to interest-bearing securities with low credit and liquidity risk to 20%, from 30%.last_img read more

Subsea 7 to work on CNOOC’s gas field project offshore China

first_imgUK subsea engineering and construction services company Subsea 7 has been awarded a sizeable contract by COOEC for CNOOC’s Lingshui 17-2 gas field development project offshore China.Source: Subsea 7Subsea 7 defines a sizeable contract as being between $50 million and $150 million.The Lingshui 17-2 field is located in the South China Sea approximately 150km offshore Sanya, Hainan province. The field water depth ranges from 1450m to 1560m.Subsea 7 said on Tuesday that the contract scope includes transportation and installation of five steel catenary risers with diameters ranging from 10″ to 18″.Project management and engineering will start immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with offshore operations taking place in the first half of 2021.Christopher Ratajczak, Vice President Asia, said: “We recognize the importance of this project to both COOEC and the operator, CNOOC. We are delighted that they have selected Subsea 7 as their partner. It further demonstrates the trust that clients put in our ability to deliver technically challenging projects in deep water.”Several contracts have already been awarded for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field development project.Aker Solutions was hired last year to deliver the subsea production system and umbilicals for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field. The subsea production system consists of 11 horizontal subsea trees, four manifolds, topside and subsea control system and a vertical tie-in connection system. Aker Solutions started fabrication work on the project in September 2019 with the first steel cutting of subsea manifold in Tianjin, China.In April 2019, COOEC hired Keppel O&M subsidiary, Keppel FloaTEC, for the provision of engineering services in support of the construction of the Lingshui 17-2 production semi-submersible unit. Keppel FloaTEC said that the Lingshui 17-2 would be the world’s first deep-water semi-submersible production floater with condensate storage facilities.In addition, InterMoor signed a contract to install deepwater mooring systems for the Liuhua 16-2 and Lingshui 17-2 floating production units.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Gail Ann Hodge, age 61

first_imgGail Ann Hodge, age 61, of Brookville, Indiana died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Indiana University Hospital Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Born May 31, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of William & Dorothy Juanita (Price) Watkins. On October 25, 1980 she was united in marriage to Gene Hodge, and he survives.Gail was a QMA, and had been employed at The Waters of Batesville for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brookville, and had attended Cross Point Church in St. Leon, Indiana. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, family vacations to Disneyworld, and most of all just being with her family and grandchildren.Besides Gene, her loving husband of over 35 years, survivors include her father, William Watkins Sr., of Brookville, Indiana; a daughter & son-in-law, Stephanie & Rick Rouse of Brookville, Indiana, a son & daughter-in-law, Bill & Julie Hodge of Metamora, Indiana; two grandchildren, Abigail Rouse & Kendall Rouse; two brothers & sisters-in-law, Jim & Patty Watkins of Brookville, Indiana, Terry & Misty Watkins of Brookville, Indiana; and nieces & nephews, Shelly (Jeremy) Walker, Jessie (Brad) Bergin, Jeana (Jude) Fuchs, Evan Watkins, T.J. Watkins, Hannah Watkins, Amanda (Gregg) Sells.She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Juanita “Nita” Watkins who died October 29, 2013, and a brother William Watkins Jr., who died November 8, 2013.Rev. Mike Holman, Pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gail Hodge Benefit Account at FCN Bank. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hodge family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Lady Cats Victorious Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Franklin County traveled to Greensburg for an EIAC conference match on Thursday (4-26). Heading into the match, both teams found themselves tied atop the conference with undefeated records. Neither team had much rest or time to prepare for this match due to matches on Wednesday. Franklin County fortunately showed no signs of fatigue as they kept the pressure up on their opponents throughout the match. After yet another three hour match at #2 singles, Franklin County was able to come out with a 4-1 victory and take sole possession of the top spot in the conference. The team along with #1 Singles Lilli Stewart and #3 Singles Lauren Klei are now 10-0 (5-0 in EIAC).Franklin County will be back on the courts again Friday, April 27, at home against another conference opponent, East Central.Scores.#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Raegan Rigney (G) 6-2, 6-1#2 Singles Megan Routh (FC) beat Bailey Menkedick (G) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Ellie Acra (G) 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles Claudia Westhafer and Kirsten Fong (G) beat Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder (FC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Emma Hellmich and Sarah Schneider (G) 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Braydon Ertel.last_img read more