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The Bridges of Madison County Musical Will Launch National Tour in November

first_imgJason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s musical The Bridges of Madison County is set to melt hearts all across the country! The touring production will launch on November 28 in Des Moines, Iowa, the state where the show is set, before continuing to more than 15 cities across the country. Casting will be announced at at later date.Directed by Bartlett Sher, who helmed the show’s Broadway run, and based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.The Bridges of Madison County received four 2014 Tony Award nominations, and won awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for Jason Robert Brown.The production’s creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan, costume design by Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Jon Weston and movement by Danny Mefford. View Commentslast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: The Wonderworld

first_imgHocking, Justin (Anna Caitlin Harris)Nothing comes close to the experience of reading The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Justin Hocking’s memoir that weaves together his two obsessions – Moby-Dick and surfing or more appropriately “stoke stroke,” which infers the blissed-out-meditative-feeling that spending time moving with the ocean creates. The way Justin reveals his life experiences one at a time to show his transformation from a mind-and-body-must-always-be-in-motion man by cultivating stillness makes this book universally relatable. From his ambiguous attraction to other men to the dynamics of his dysfunctional family to getting robbed at gunpoint, Justin’s willingness to share his most formative experiences without letting Wonderworld become about those stories creates an intimacy with the reader that makes this book one that I only wanted to put down so I could savor the experience of reading it.New York City might seem like an unlike setting for a memoir about a man who loves the outdoors. Beyond the skyscrapers and graffiti, Justin discovers Rockaway Beach where worries about paying credit card bills and the loneliness of moving to a new city falls away. The water is meditative, allowing him to live in the moment. He writes beautifully about the way nature exists in gritty places and I found myself reading whole paragraphs aloud, rereading phrases like “the skies are beautiful nonetheless, all tagged up with looping swirls of chemical pastels” and the “sand, a grain similar to that found in Florida or California, though more likely littered with chunks of concrete and brick, used syringes, spent .22 shells casings.” Just as the ocean and surfing provides a reprieve from city life for Justin, his writing about nature provides moments of light for the reader as Justin tackles difficult topics like co-dependency rehab and career woes.Wonderworld’s greatest strength is the vulnerability and Justin’s willingness to lay it all out on the page. The book covers a lot of ground, which at times left me scratching my head at the end of a chapter, wondering how it related to the overall story. Justin has this way of engaging the reader by making readers work to link together seemingly incongruous topics and I developed a certain trust that I’d read further along and experience an “ah hah” moment when it all would come together.I slowed down halfway through and although I wanted to get to the happy ending I anticipated for Justin, I hated the idea of saying good-bye to him. By then he felt like a good friend and reading about his surf sessions transported me from the icy world outside my own window into the watery wonder world.These days Justin lives in Portland, Ore., where he surfs, writes, and teaches in the Wilderness Writing MFA program at Eastern Oregon University.last_img read more

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Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa emerging as favourite for Swansea job

first_img Bielsa is a surprise contender to succeed Monk, who was sacked last week after a run of one win in 11 games, and is now set to hold talks with Jenkins in his native Argentina. The 60-year-old has been out of work since quitting as Marseille coach just one match into the new season, following a 1-0 home defeat to Caen, and his dramatic resignation fitted in with his volatile reputation and his n ickname of ‘El Loco’. Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa has emerged as the favourite to succeed Garry Monk, with Swansea’s search for a new manager taking club chairman Huw Jenkins to South America. Press Association While landing the 55-year-old who guided Chile to their maiden Copa America triumph last summer would seem unlikely, Sampaoli has been unsettled in recent months after the head of the national federation, Sergio Jadue, pleaded guilty in the United States to FIFA corruption charges. Sampaoli said in a statement last week that he is waiting until early next year to determine the direction of the Chilean federation before deciding his future. Both Bielsa and Sampaoli favour an energetic and high-pressing game and that is something the Swansea board are keen to return to following the players’ lethargy towards the end of Monk’s 22-month reign. Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet remains a possible candidate, but the Uruguayan’s club AEK Athens insist he will remain in Greece until the end of his contract next summer. “We have not been approached by Swansea, there is no need for us to be approached and no propositions have been made from Swansea,” an AEK spokesman told BBC Wales. “Mr Poyet is happy at the club and will be our manager at least until the end of the season.” Sevilla’s Unai Emery is also admired by the Swansea hierarchy but the board accept persuading the double Europa League winner to leave Spain might prove difficult, if not impossible. Caretaker manager Alan Curtis took charge of the team at Manchester City and will be in the dug-out again for the league visit of West Ham on Sunday if a new manager is not appointed in time. He had joined Marseille at the start of the 2014-15 season when they led the Ligue 1 standings for much of the first half of the campaign before fading badly to finish fourth. Bielsa, who was linked to Swansea’s Welsh neighbours Cardiff when Malky Mackay was sacked two years ago, has a hugely impressive CV having coached both Argentina and Chile at respective 2002 and 2010 World Cup finals. The Rosario-born coach also steered Spanish top-flight club Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals in 2013. He w as once described by Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola as the “best manager in the world” but his appointment would represent a risk for Swansea, who only lie outside the relegation zone on goal difference following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City. Bielsa does not speak English, has never managed in the Premier League and his colourful style of management might upset some players. He has lasted barely beyond two years at any of his former clubs in Argentina, Mexico and Spain, with his longer stints only coming in his international roles. But Jenkins’ primary concern is finding a coach who will provide a short-term fix and leading the club away from relegation bother, especially as the anxiety over missing out on the massive £5 billion Premier League television deal, which kicks in next season, played such a major part in Monk’s departure. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli remains on Swansea’s radar and could also be the subject of a Jenkins visit in South America. last_img read more

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Joy Sports Transfer Daily: Friday’s top 21 stories

first_imgIn today’s edition…GODIN REJECTS MAN CITYThere’s something about Spain-based defenders moving to Manchester today.There are reports that Diego Godin has snubbed a move to solve Man City’s defensive crisis and will instead pen a new deal with Atletico Madrid.Reports suggests that City had been willing to trigger the 29-year-old’s €40m release clause and offer him a €6.5m-a-year contract, although the Uruguay international will reportedly opt to stay at the Calderon. Both the club and the player are appreciative of each other’s respective attempts to prolong their relationship, and Godin will sign a new deal in the coming days. That’s how you make it work, people!BUT DE BRUYNE GIVES BIGGEST HINT HE IS OFF TO CITYKevin De Bruyne has offered the biggest hint yet he is on the way to Manchester City. The Belgium international was awarded Germany’s footballer of the year trophy at a ceremony on Thursday, and afterwards, he admitted he simply couldn’t commit his future to his club Wolfsberg. City boss Manuel Pellegrini said on Thursday he hopes to make one more signing before the transfer window closes… and it wouldn’t be a striker. UNITED HAVE NOT BID FOR PEDROManchester United have still to make a formal offer for Pedro… after refusing to meet his buy-out clause. The Old Trafford club have money to burn after finally completing the £46m sale of Angel Di Maria, but they want to negotiate down on the near £23m Barcelona asking price. Boss Louis van Gaal has identified the Spain international as his primary target after offloading Premier League flop Di Maria. But at 28-years-old, Pedro will have little resale value beyond this summer, and the United board are determined to negotiate better value for the forward.BUT GUESS WHO’S BACK…Back again. Sergio’s back. Tell a friend. Sergio Ramos isn’t budging on his contract demands – a healthy £7m-a-year – so expect a wave of “United handed lifeline in Ramos pursuit” articles. NEW DEAL!Ashley Young has penned a new deal at Old Trafford – and he looks very chuffed in the tweeted photo. “We’re delighted Ashley has signed a new contract,” says Louis van Gaal. “He’s very professional and a great presence in the dressing room.” Hmmm. No mention of his on-pitch talents from the boss. The gaffer basically said: “He tries his best and doesn’t mind being the punchline of every joke.”RONDON SET FOR PREMIER LEAGUESolomon Rondon is currently in the United Kingdom talking to an unnamed Premier League club, according to Venezuelan reports. The front man, thought to be worth around £10million, has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton. And now it appears that a transfer could be close to completion as the Zenit man is in England hoping to tie up a summer move.LACAZETTE SNUBS UNITED? Alexandre Lacazette has snubbed Manchester United in order to stay at Lyon. The striker, who was the top goalscorer in Ligue 1 last season, was thought to be one of Louis van Gaal’s top transfer targets this summer. But reports suggest that he has opted to remain in France and will put pen to paper in a four-year deal in the coming days.WEST HAM AND EVERTON DEALT LOAN BLOWEverton and West Ham target Alen Halilovic is wanted by Sporting Gijon. The Barcelona wonderkid is being considered for loan this season by Nou Camp bosses in order to aid his development. Moves to the Premier League could have been on the cards for the Croatian, but he could now be offered the chance to stay in Spain. However, it is believed that Halilovic will not be tempted by a move to Gijon as he has already set his sights on a season in the Premier League.BALOTELLI REJECTS DUBAI CHANCE Al Ahli Club had reportedly offered not-quite-super Mario an escape route from Liverpool. Probably smartly, he’s swerved that one.SALAH SIGNS FOR ROMA ON LOANChelsea have loaned midfielder Mohamed Salah to Roma for the duration of next season. Salah, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, remains out of Jose Mourinho’s plans. Roma can exercise the option to buy Salah at any point during the loan spell.AND DZEKO ARIVES IN ITALYManchester City striker Edin Dzeko is in Italy ahead of his £14million move to Roma.The bosnian striker has been pictured with a Roma scarf while being mobbed by passionate supporters greeting their new arrival. Dzeko is expected to complete a medical on Friday before the club officially announce the move as done. SPURS STEUP UP WERNER INTERESTReports in Germany suggest that Tottenham are upping their interest in Stuttgart striker Timo Werner. The young front man is expected to be the subject of an offer from the Premier League club in the coming days. Reports also believe that Werner would like to stay at his boyhood club and at least see out his contract that runs until 2018.POTTERS EYE BARCA STARLETStoke City are in contention to make their 10th summer signing, and the man in question is Barcelona youngster Adama Traore. Manager Mark Hughes says the club have been in talks to bring the winger to the Britannia and if the deal does go through, the Spaniard would become the fifth player they’ve bought from the Catalan club. MIRALLAS PENS NEW TOFFEES DEAL Everton  winger Kevin Mirallas has signed a new three-year contract at the club.The Belgium international, who joined the Toffees from Olympiakos in 2012, had just 12 months remaining on his original deal at Goodison Park.BERAHINO TO SPURS?Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t ruled out a move for Saido Berahino. “But this is private, our target, and I hope it can happen quick.” Hardly the most inspiring signing, but Spurs are desperate for additions up top.NEW DEAL!Marc Muniesa pens a new four-year deal at Stoke City. Wasn’t too much speculation linking him with a switch away from the Britannia Stadium, but the Potters have acted anyway.WHERE’S VALBUENA?At Dynamo Moscow, still. But apparently they want rid of the diminutive Frenchman. Super agent Jorge Mendes is on the case. A switch to the Premier League or La Liga, perhaps?WEST HAM BUSY AGAIN.Atletico Madrid’s Raul Jimenez could be ready to join the Hammers on a season-long loan. Numerous reports littering the internet today suggesting it will happen. He would become West Ham’s ninth signing of the summer.DONE DEAL!And it’s the one we’ve all been waiting for. Brazil’s Somalia has joined Toulouse, making them unstoppable ahead of the new Ligue 1 season.ADEBAYOR DEAL BACK ON?Tim Sherwood reaaaaaally wants to sign Emmanuel Adebayor. Tottenham fans reaaaaaally really want him gone. Predictably, talks have stalled BUT Sherwood has suggested a deal could be revived. “If it can be revived and we think it’s necessary two parties have got to agree on it. At the moment there’s no agreement and he’s a Tottenham player.” Not the most thrilling statement, but it’s certainly not a deal-ender. Why Villa would want him though. The lad is absolute pain.FER’S BLACK CATS DEAL OFF Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has confirmed that the club’s move for QPR’s Leroy Fer is definitely off. The midfielder failed a medical on Wearside on Wednesday and Advocaat has expressed his disappointment at the deal falling through. This series is from the team at 99.7FM, tracking the latest moves in the window. We call it the #JoySports Transfer Daily. Here, we summarize all the moves and rumours in a quick, easy to read format.The series started in July 1 and ends on August 31.When does the transfer window open?The Premier League season wrapped up on May 24 and there has been a slew of confirmed transfers since – including James Milner and Danny Ings to Liverpool and Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United. But the window did not officially open until 12am on Wednesday 1 July 2015.Is that the same across Europe?No it is not. The transfer window dates for the major European leagues have yet to be finalised, but France, Germany, Spain and Italy’s tends to open at the beginning of June rather than July. This means players from those leagues can agree moves into England, but transfers will not be ratified until July 1. The Dutch summer transfer window tends to open in the second week of June.–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. The Joy Sports hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Bašić in Second Round of Qualifications in Bucharest

first_imgB&H tennis player Mirza Bašić has qualified for the second round of the qualifications for the ATP tournament in Bucharest, which is being played for an award of 426.605 Euros.In the first round of qualifications, Bašić beat Victor Crivoi with 7:5, 4:6, 6:4.In the second round of qualifications, the 22 year old from Sarajevo will play Pere Riba and Rumun Andrei Patrui from Spain.Damir Džumhur and Aldin Šetkić were defeated at the start of qualifications.The best B&H tennis player Damir Džumhur, who was fifth in the qualifying carrier, was defeated in the first round by Swiss Henri Laaksonen with 4:6, 1:6, while Šetkić lost to Egor Gerasimov from Belaraus with 4:6, 4:6.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Why Twitter Buzz ≠ Movie Ticket Sales

first_imgMost film studios operate under the assumption that the more buzz and positive sentiment a movie has on Twitter, the better the movie will perform at the box office. It ain’t necessarily so…Instead, it’s quality over quantity. Or maybe, influencers over volume. That is the basic formula for determining what works when it comes to whether or not the number of tweets equals movie ticket sales. As studios fork over big money for their end-of-year Oscar runs and social media campaigns, new research by the social advertising company 140 Proof is threatening to poke a gaping hole in those marketing plans. 140 Proof looked at 25 major Hollywood films released in 2012, compiling data on each movie’s social media activity (mentions and hashtags) two weeks before, and two weeks after the release. It found that the number of overall Twitter mentions is a poor predictor of box office sales (unlike tweet volume and Television ratings). What did correlate to box office success was the number of tweets from influential tastemakers – those films had greater potential for positive revenue. In other words, just creating more overall tweets can be ineffective in getting people into theatres, unless those tweets come from people whose voices have weight. Based on these findings, 140 Proof has partnered with Sony Pictures, Universal, AMC and HBO to analyze and forecast anticipated ticket sales and reach targeted audiences through social ads.  Not All Movie Lovers Are Created EqualJon Elvekrog, the chief executive of 140 Proof, says what’s really going on here is movie marketers employing the same tactics on Twitter that they’ve been using for online advertising: Aiming for reach instead of engaging with key influencers. His model turns that around. “For studios that are looking at social, it comes down to making sure your efforts reach tastemakers, whether that’s through influencer programs or using targeted social ads.”“Driving ticket sales is direct advertising,” Elvekrog said. “While movies typically aim for mass market appeal, the findings in our data showed that if you get specific influencers to talk about the movie, that conversation has more bearing on ticket sales than a massive volume of conversation from the broader market.”Suranga Chandratillake, the founder and chief strategy officer at video search engine blinkx, thinks this model works – based on his own analysis of how blinkx monitors social channels. “You can look at all tweets to know if your marketing is working, and you can look at influencer tweets to know if your product is working,” he said. “Movie Marketing Is DifferentSo is this model specifically suited to work for films, and just on Twitter, or is there a larger message here? Elvekrog says the tactics used for deciphering film may not be as effective for traditional marketing, but it’s a field he admits his data hasn’t focused on. Instead, he thinks the model would be perfect for predicting sales of retail items. And he thinks predicting the success of television content would fall into the same category as films (although data from Nielsen suggests that television success is more volume based, perhaps because most of it is free). A more likely use of his model is a direct link between reaching influencers to drive consumer sales, rather than increasing overall visibility. “The tactics and approach that may work for a typical marketer, like Coke or GM to raise brand visibility, is proving not to be as effective for movie studios who need to get people to take an immediate action: Buy movie tickets,” Elvekrog said. “Product release: Games, autos, consumer goods, we see the phenomenon being particularly transferable to any event-based promotion where you’re working within a specific timeframe,” he said.Managing The Hype CycleKelly Lux, a social media strategist at Syracuse University’s iSchool agrees that model can work for retail. But she warns that an important determining factor for success is a less controllable variable, consumer sentiment, which can make or break sales. “This is transferable on a smaller scale to any kind of product launch that you can create hype around,” Lux said. “Sentiment is what’s important, and that can be much more difficult to parse out… Once the product lands in consumer hands it’s much more difficult for the brand to direct the sentiment the way they want.”Chandratillake also supported this reasoning and the predictive potential of influential tweets.“Whether you can apply this method to other industries, I think the answer is absolutely yes,” he said. “Adoption, i.e. actual purchases or actions, a bit like the box office numbers, correlate best to tweet volume by influencers, while buzz, i.e. people being aware of the product or campaign, correlate quite well to tweet mentions in general. “Leveraging TwitterElvekrog says the key to making Twitter work to drive sales is getting marketers to target the right people to help make the product known. His tip: Use the tools social-media offers. “Awareness is huge for marketers, especially those tasked with cultivating a long-lasting brand,” he said. “Social is amazing for brand awareness, particularly when you’re incorporating social data such as Likes, Pins and Twitter followers to deliver a brand message.”On the horizon, there’s been a lot of talk about using Twitter for stock picking. Small businesses are already doing it, so why not Wall St. firms? ETF Trends reports that investors are turning to social media over traditional news and the largest firms are working to create meaningful online relationships and communities. That could open opportunities for sentiment and analysis companies such as Boston-based Crimson Hexagon, and Indianapolis’ Fizziology. But according to Elvekrog, it’s not the same: “This could be because stock trading seems like it is sentiment driven when it is actually more fact driven,” Elvekrog said. “Or perhaps it is just because consumer sentiment and investing don’t have strong correlations. However, as the findings of our analysis show, consumer sentiment and consumer product acceptance are clearly correlated.”Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit adam popescu Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#entertainment#film#social media center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

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25 days agoDutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldum

first_imgDutch pundit Derksen: No comparing Vilhena with Liverpool ace Wijnaldumby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDutch pundit Johan Derksen has slammed the Holland call of FK Krasnodar midfielder Tonny Vilhena.Comparing Vilhena with Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, Derksen blasted Ronald Koeman’s selection.The former FC Cambuur star told Veronica Inside: “I don’t think Hateboer is international. I don’t think Vilhena is an international either. I think that is a run-your-rot show. He plays simple football running with the ball and then a bit wide. You can’t do it anymore. “A player like Georginio Wijnaldum is corrected by ten other players at Liverpool. Vilhena was able to run and fly at Feyenoord. People in the media said he was doing so well, so he started to believe in himself. You don’t have time for that at a club like Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Watch: UNC Seniors Marcus Paige And Brice Johnson’s Emotional Interview After Beating Duke

first_imgMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson hug after Duke game.YouTube/UNCTarHeelsAthleticsOnce the final buzzer sounded and UNC had officially closed out a 76-72 win at Duke, the ESPN cameras made a bee-line for Tar Heel seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds led the way, while Paige (11 points, six boards, three assists) hit four clutch free throws to seal the victory. This was the first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium for either player. Both guys talked about how much this win meant and what it means to be ACC regular season champs. last_img read more

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