After Record-Breaking Opening Weekend, Beauty and the Beast to Become Most Successful Movie Musical Ever

first_img Disney’s big-screen remake of Beauty and the Beast is on track to become the most successful live-action movie musical of all time, raking in an estimated $170 million in its opening weekend.That summer-sized box office take makes the film the most successful March opening in history, and the seventh-largest film opening ever. Internationally, Beauty and the Beast earned another $180 million, bringing the global gross to $350 million.Directed by Bill Condon, the film can expect to overtake the highest-grossing movie musical, 1978’s Grease ($188 million lifetime gross) within days. The other top movie musicals domestically are the Oscar-winning Chicago at $170.6 million, La La Land at $149 million, Les Misérables at $148 million and Mamma Mia! at $144 million.It will still need to show box-office muscle to outrank animated movie musicals, however. In that genre, The Lion King has grossed $422 million, with Frozen ($400 million), Moana ($248 million), the animated Beauty and the Beast ($218 million), Aladdin ($217 million) and Tarzan ($171 million) all rounding out the list.This is great news for Disney, which has fast-tracked more popular titles that started as animated films, then went onto Broadway success and are now heading back to cinemas in live-action format; Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King are all in the works.Based on the 1991 animated film, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe. It features the beloved songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.Did you catch the film in theaters this weekend? Rank your favorite performances in our Culturalist challenge! View Comments ‘Beauty and the Beast’last_img read more

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Kristin Chenoweth to Lead The Real Fairy Godmother TV Pilot

first_img View Comments Kristin Chenoweth(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Broadway darling and TV veteran Kristin Chenoweth has landed a new TV pilot! The Real Fairy Godmother, starring Chenoweth and written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (the pair who delighted Broadway audiences with the musical First Date), will be tested out by ABC, according to Deadline. Broadway producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have shepherded many live musicals to the small screen, will serve as executive producers.The Real Fairy Godmother focuses on a self-centered “real housewife” (played by Chenoweth) who finds out that she has descended from a special group of fairy godmothers and is destined to use magical skills to help people in need. The TV show isn’t a musical, but given Zadan and Meron’s past work on musicals with Chenoweth—they produced the 1999 Annie TV remake, the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises and 2016’s Hairspray Live!—it seems likely that Chenoweth could have some moments of singing during The Real Fairy Godmother. Fingers crossed.Chenoweth is no stranger to the small screen, having won an Emmy Award for Pushing Daisies and served as co-host of the Tony Awards. She has also been seen on Younger, BoJack Horseman, Glee and GCB. A Tony winner for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chenoweth’s additional stage credits include Wicked, On the Twentieth Century, The Apple Tree, Epic Proportions, Steel Pier and her 2016 solo concert My Love Letter to Broadway.last_img read more

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PGA program will introduce golf to Shawnee Mission students as part of PE curriculum

first_imgThe PGA’s SNAG program works to introduce the fundamentals of golf to youth. Photo via Midwest Section PGA Facebook.The Shawnee Mission School District announced this week that it would be introducing the Professional Golfers’ Association’s Starting New at Golf (SNAG) program into its physical education curriculum this fall.The district’s physical education teachers on Friday will receive special training from PGA golf coaches on how to teach the fundamentals of the sport. The program will be implemented at district elementary and middle schools.“We are very grateful to the Midwest Section of the PGA for providing this opportunity for our students,” SMSD Athletic Director Matt Johnson said in a statement announcing the partnership. “SNAG in School will enrich and provide a new element to our physical education programs and supports the Shawnee Mission School District’s ongoing efforts to promote activity and a culture of wellness in our schools.”The PGA’s Midwest Section has made a grant to fund the program, which will help provide equipment for the schools as well as the instructor training.last_img read more

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Extron NAV Series Meets Cryptographic Requirements from US Government

first_imgExtron says its NAV Series integrates the Extron cryptographic module that meets NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) guidelines for FIPS 140-2 certification. FIPS 140-2 is an information technology security accreditation program that validates cryptographic modules meet well-defined security standards required by federal government agencies.“We are excited to announce that our NAV Pro AV over IP Series meets the FIPS 140-2 standard, ensuring that sensitive data is protected,” said Casey Hall, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Extron. “This update to the Extron NAV platform is just one of the ways that we are continually improving the product line for secure applications, including those of the federal government.”NAV is a Pro AV-over-IP solution for distribution and switching of ultra-low latency, high quality video and audio signals over an Ethernet network at low bit rates. It delivers real-time, lossless video-over-IP at resolutions up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) and ultra-low latency.last_img read more

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Florida Bar seeks a public member to serve on the Board of Governors

first_img December 15, 2010 Regular News Florida Bar seeks a public member to serve on the Board of Governors Continuing its practice of public involvement, The Florida Bar seeks a new member of the public to serve on its governing board.The board member will replace Arnell Bryant-Willis of Tallahassee whose second two-year term expires June 2011.Since 1987, two public members have served on the Bar’s 53-member governing board, after the Supreme Court of Florida approved the organization’s request to have nonlawyer representation on the board. Only 12 other state bars have public members on their governing boards.A screening committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors has been appointed to review the applications for the public member position, conduct final interviews, and make recommendations to the Bar’s governing board during its March meeting in Orlando. The board will then recommend three persons to the Supreme Court, which will appoint one of the three nominees to the board. The Board of Governors oversees the Bar’s lawyer discipline program, continuing legal education programs, legislative activities, and the overall administration of The Florida Bar.In addition to the two public members on the Board of Governors, one-third of all members of the 80 local grievance committees, which hear complaints against attorneys, are nonlawyers, as are one-third of the members of the 31 committees, which oversee the Bar’s unlicensed practice of law investigations. These committees report to the Board of Governors, which in turn reports to the Supreme Court.Board members average 200-300 hours per year on Bar business depending on committee assignments. Although attorney members of the Bar’s governing board pay their own expenses related to their attendance at six board meetings and other events held each year, nonlawyer board members are reimbursed for “reasonable travel and related expenses for attending official bar functions.”The new board member will serve a two-year term commencing June 24, 2011. Public members are not allowed by rule to serve more than two consecutive terms. Most of the Bar’s board is apportioned according to Florida’s 20 judicial circuits, with attorney members elected by lawyers in their locality. There are four additional out-of-state representations. The other public member currently serving on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors is Alvin V. Alsobrook of Gainesville.Persons interested in serving as a public member may obtain the application form from the Bar’s website at or call The Florida Bar at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to request an application. Completed applications should be mailed to John F. Harkness, Jr., The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300. The deadline for submission of completed applications is January 31, 2011.center_img Florida Bar seeks a public member to serve on the Board of Governorslast_img read more

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‘Developed Countries Should Pay For Disasters Linked To Climate…

first_img Oct 7, 2020 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Bahamas PM warns region at great risk of climate changeNASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change. The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the…December 5, 2017In “Anguilla”UN Secretary General Visits The Bahamas to Assess Damage from Hurricane Dorian(The Bahamas Government Information Service) NASSAU, The Bahamas – United Nations Secretary General  expressed the solidarity of the United Nations and the international community with the government and people of The Bahamas after the unrelenting onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. “I bring our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved…September 16, 2019In “CCCCC”PM Minnis urges ACP countries to intensify response to climate emergency(Bahamas Information Service) , BRUSSELS, Belgium – Vulnerable areas in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States must collectively and urgently intensify its response to the climate emergency Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told ACP Ambassadors today. The Prime Minister made the plea while addressing…November 15, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 29, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… (Bahamas Tribune)  PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he urged stakeholders of developed countries during meetings in New York last week to establish a fund to aid developing countries who suffer climate change-related natural disasters. Speaking during a press conference he held on Saturday upon his return home, Dr Minnis recounted telling leaders this country faces threats from “three hurricanes”: literal storms, ever-changing demands from bodies like the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development and illegal immigration. “We must deal with all three hurricanes or The Bahamas we see today will be completely different tomorrow,” he said. Sep 4, 2020center_img ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Sep 10, 2020 “We will deal with the migratory hurricane very aggressively; however we will respect the humanitarian rules of the international sector. We pointed out that The Bahamas and other Third World countries are being treated unfairly. They look at our GDP per capita and therefore we do not qualify for any grants for assistance. We are a poor nation. We are not a rich, wealthy nation. Yes we have wealthy people, but we have a high incidence of poverty, 12 percent within our country which is very high. “Because of our financial outlook, we don’t qualify and therefore when we borrow money that affects our debt-to-GDP and therefore the UN must look at it more differently in that the war that we’re fighting in terms of hurricanes, is not our war, it’s a war caused by climate change as a result of first world nations. We make very little contribution to the climate change as we see it but we’re the ones who feel all the effects. We’re the ones that is attacked by a war that was not created by us and therefore it was pointed out to them that because it was their war that’s attacking us then the time has come that they should provide an independent funding that would deal with our infrastructure that is damaged by the hurricanes so it would have no impact on the debt-to-GDP ratio and our borrowing. That loan grant, borrowing would be treated completely differently from our debt-to-GDP ratio so that is not affected and that is something we’re going to look at.” Recounting details of a meeting he had in New York, Dr Minnis said: “I would’ve discussed the problems that we face. Climate change is a big problem that all small island states face, Caribbean inclusive. We were concerned with the strength of the hurricanes today as opposed to yesterday and the damages they inflict on Caribbean nations. Most importantly what was discussed both at the UN level and at the Bloomberg forum where many banking representatives were in agreement with me and in agreement with the representative of the CARICOM is we both spoke with the same voices, at least we have the same views moving forward and that is, The Bahamas, I explained to them that in The Bahamas we face three hurricanes. “The world is familiar with Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Andrew etc, that’s hurricane we can see, you can make preparation for, that’s the hurricanes which cause overt and extensive damage to your infrastructure resulting in monies being moved from your consolidated fund to repair your infrastructure, resulting in less monies to repair your educational system, your national security, your health system, etc and obviously a deterioration in the quality of like. That’s one of the hurricanes we see. “The other hurricane we face is the OECD and the blacklisting and the goalpost being changed repeatedly so we were in overt discussions with seeing how we can deal with that. But the third hurricane no one thinks about is the hurricane of migration, all the illegals that we face and they are causing repeated, increased cost to our healthcare system that we cannot keep up with, increased cost to our educational system, increased cost to our social system, increased cost to our security system and increased cost to our country at large so when you combine those three hurricanes The Bahamas is under great assault and we pointed those out and we seek some assistance moving forward. It was pointed out to them that under no circumstance would we relent on our immigration policy. That hurricane we can deal with and we will aggressively pursue. With the first two we get hit every six months, but with migration it’s a year-round threat and will devastate us.” Dr Minnis also said he met the CEO of Airbnb, an online accommodation booking service, last week as well and two discussed a business opportunity related to the hospitality service. “We face challenges,” he said, “especially in the Family Islands with second home residences renting their facilities and the tourist product is changing. As opposed to hotel rooms you have bed and breakfast and rental facilities. Unless we take charge of that arena now we will lose the Family Islands. Therefore I had a very interesting and productive discussion with the CEO of Airbnb and discussed the challenges that we face and he offered that what they would do for us is they would keep a register of all rental facilities within The Bahamas and if at any point we introduce any taxation so that we could have some type of funds generated from these rental facilities, then they would do the collection for us, after which they would repatriate the necessary funds to The Bahamas and the minister for Grand Bahama was also in attendance in that meeting and he would follow that through.” Nonetheless, the government has already been engaged with Airbnb to accomplish what Dr Minnis discussed with that company’s CEO. Last year, the Ministry of Tourism and Airbnb signed a memorandum of understanding to regularise vacation home rentals. Areas the two sides hope to cooperate on include “sharing of aggregate Airbnb Bahamas data, provision of information to Airbnb on Bahamas industry-related laws and exploration of Airbnb’s collection and remittance of any applicable taxes,” according to a press release last year from Bahamas Information Services. Last week, Dr Minnis and a delegation attended the 2018 Bloomberg Global Business Forum hosted by Michael Bloomberg in New York. Dr Minnis also gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly while in New York. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in…last_img read more

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Mort Schwartz Named to RepairPal Advisory Board

first_imgEMERYVILLE, Calif. — RepairPal has announced the addition of Mort Schwartz to its advisory board. Schwartz, an accomplished executive and leader in the automotive industry, was recently inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last month in Dearborn, Mich.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement RepairPal is a free online auto resource that provides accurate and complete auto maintenance and repair information to consumers. RepairPal’s service provides consumers with fair service price estimates, a comprehensive auto shop directory with user reviews and expert insights from ASE-certified mechanics. RepairPal’s unique, patent-pending system relies on multiple sources of proprietary data to provide accurate repair price estimates for most major and minor repairs on 98 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S. Other RepairPal advisors include Hal Logan, senior vice president of strategic planning and industry relations for Manheim Inc.; Christopher Michel, founder and former CEO of Affinity Labs and Military.com; James Currier, founder and former CEO of Tickle.com and co-founder of Ooga Labs; Stan Chudnovsky, former CEO of Tickle.com and co-founder of Ooga Labs; and David Potts, principal of Cascade 10, an industry veteran and strategic consultant to the online automotive industry. Schwartz’s 40-year career includes directorships and chairmanships of several major industry organizations including the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the California Automotive Wholesalers Association. He is a founder of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium. Schwartz currently serves on the board of directors of WORLDPAC, a major aftermarket parts distributor, is a consultant to General Parts Inc., and serves as a Trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Advertisement Schwartz served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and taught at Rutgers University. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in industrial engineering from New York University. He was the recipient of a doctor of laws honoris causa from Northwood University in 2007.last_img read more

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FBI To Hold Diversity Recruiting Event In Albuquerque

first_imgIn particular, the FBI is looking for applicants who are fluent in a second language; have the ability to think critically; and come from a science/computer/technological background.  The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event next month to encourage members of underrepresented communities – especially women and minorities – to consider becoming Special Agents. FBI News: Pre-registration is required at: https://www.fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents/diversity-agent-recruitment-program With the evolving threats that the United States faces, the Bureau has prioritized the need to hire those who are both highly skilled and representative of the wider community.  Attendees will travel at their own expense. Those unable to attend this event are encourage to apply for a special agent position by going to https://fbijobs.gov The FBI’s DAR event will allow potential applicants the opportunity to talk to special agents to learn more about job opportunities inside the Bureau. They will have the opportunity to hear about and ask questions related to: Life as a new agent (including training at the FBI Academy); Balancing a high-energy job with family; Typical day in the life of an FBI Special Agent (hint: there isn’t one!);Working cases that make a difference in your community; andOpportunities to travel the world. Although this event highlights diversity, all eligible candidates are welcome to attend. Special Agent applicants must be between the ages of 23-36; hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree; have a minimum of two years of work experience (one year with a Master’s Degree) and be a U.S. citizen. The Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 20 in Albuquerque. “The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves,” said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in New Mexico. “America looks to FBI Special Agents to protect them every day, and we want our Special Agents to look like America.”last_img read more

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Imbert: Taxes Removed on Computers, Laptops, Tablets – CARICOM Business News

first_img Cruise Ships Banned Until 2021- CARICOM Business News Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. Bermuda Dives Deeper Into Crypto With Stimulus Coin Test… LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Aug 17, 2020 CARICOM-Business-4-September-2020Download CARICOM-Business-4-September-2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 12, 2020center_img You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 Sep 1, 2020 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod… Regional Tourism Rebounded in 2019 – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 28 February 2020March 3, 2020In “Agriculture”Tourism set to soar in the Cayman Islands – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.August 6, 2018In “Barbados”Belize tourism growing at 8.6% per year – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.December 9, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Linde enters preliminary agreement with Wesfarmers

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