NFL players who contract the coronavirus through “high-risk” activity away from team facilities can face team discipline and might be at risk of not being paid, according to the league’s new protocol. www.espn.com – TOP
Until there is a proven coronavirus vaccine, a majority of Americans said they will not attend professional sporting events, live concerts and amusement parks when they reopen to the public, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Tuesday (April 28). Freddie Joyner has more.
In response to the continued “stay-at-home” directives from state authorities and the Centers for Disease Control related to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have postponed the XBIZ Miami trade show, originally set for May 26-29, the XBIZ Cam Awards on May 29, and the XBIZ Retail Retreat June 1-5. XBIZ.com – Pleasure & Retail
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, so too its effect on the fashion industry.
COVID-19 has steadily spread globally currently with more than 100 nations affected by the virus, with cases totaling at roughly 135,400 and the death toll at 4,988 as of March 13.
The virus hit Italy in the midst of Milan Fashion Week late February, causing many designers to rethink how they’d present their fall 2020 collections. Giorgio Armani, for one, barred a public audience at his runway show, later posting a video of the collection shown in an empty theater.
The virus continues to have an adverse effect on design houses, many of which have had to cancel or postpone their international resort 2021 shows.
Events are also not immune to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of major gatherings — including SXSW, Coachella and the Tribeca Film Festival — have already been canceled, leading many to speculate the fate of others, such as the Met Gala, CFDA Awards and even the Olympic Games.
Here, WWD compiles a list of the fashion weeks and major events canceled or disrupted because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resort 2021 Collections:
Prada’s resort 2020 show in New York.
The designer house revealed on March 5 that
LONDON — From the Royal Albert Hall to Whitehall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex both spent much of the weekend wearing black for a series of Remembrance Sunday events.
Remembrance Sunday takes place in Britain on the second weekend in November and is meant to honor the men and women who died in World War I, World War II and in conflict during the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Duchess of Sussex at the<br />Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph, in London.
On Sunday morning, royals and members of the British armed forces and their families gathered at Whitehall, near Downing Street, for the laying of memorial wreaths, tributes and prayers at the Cenotaph war memorial.
Queen Elizabeth and members of her family gathered on balconies overlooking the memorial. The Duchess of Cambridge wore an Alexander McQueen coat dress with a zip front, frogging and fringe details, while the Duchess of Sussex donned a Stella McCartney coat with a double D-ring buckle.
On Saturday night, the duchesses and their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, joined other royals and politicians, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, at the Festival of Remembrance, an annual musical event at Royal
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Dear Viewer, If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are looking at the wrong film entirely. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an impostor named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacle more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or outtakes involving nervous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like blue cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
In this issue of XBIZ Cam World, I want to talk about something that is important to both cam models and cam companies: having you attend events. If you have not attended one of the numerous cam-based shows, you are not doing yourself a service. XBIZ.com – Opinion
While the business prowess of pleasure products industry professionals is often put on display at traditional trade shows, the XBIZ Retreat allowed many of them to showcase their other talents. XBIZ.com – Pleasure & Retail
Dear Viewer, If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders, you are holding the wrong DVD entirely. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, an incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an impostor named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacle more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or outtakes involving nervous laughter. I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like blue cheese fondue. With all due respect, Lemony Snicket
This week, I talked with Tony Winner Betty Buckley about her upcoming events presented by Adam Berry at the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, Massachusetts on September 2, 3 and 4. Buckley is doing a “talk back” with the audience after the performance of Carrie the Musical on Sept. 2 and on Sept. 3 and 4, she will be performing songs from her album Ghostlight produced by T Bone Burnett, and material from her musical theater catalogue for a two-night concert event entitled “An Evening With Betty Buckley.”
Betty has been called “the Voice of Broadway” and won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Her career spans across theater, film, television and concert halls around the world and she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2012. Currently, she’s appearing as Big Edie in the musical Grey Gardens now through August 30th at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York. I talked to Betty about her busy summer schedule and as a fierce gay ally she shared her insights on our LGBT issues.
When asked what her personal commitment is to LGBT civil rights Buckley stated:
Everyone in theater is completely committed to that and has great concern because all of our companions are gay. So many artists in the theater are gay men and gay women, that’s been a cause of mine.
My original dance teachers from the time I was eleven in Fort Worth, Texas were a gay couple. Thank God for gay people in the arts and in theater and design. What would we do otherwise? Some of the great fashion, great theatrical minds are persons from the gay community.
My brother Norman Buckley who’s a brilliant director in television, he directed Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Mysteries of Laura and Rizzoli & Isles amongst other TV shows is a gay man who just lost his husband last fall to suicide. His husband Davyd Whaley was a brilliant painter who had been very abused in his childhood for being gay.
It’s a profound and necessary concern of our community. We’ve all raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through the years, which has been an honor and a privilege. I was just at a friend’s house in East Hampton and their little six year old son has been persistent about saying that he is a girl and they finally in recent months have allowed him to assume the identity that is obviously most naturally his.
It’s good that all this information is coming to our consciousness the way it is now. The bullying and the scare that people feel about not being part of the mainstream is such a sad thing and we have to stop because its uniqueness, its individuality that’s created all good things and we should praise that and celebrate it wherever it occurs in our world.
Betty Buckley other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Carrie. Her films include her debut in Brian de Palma’s screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shymalan’s The Happening. On television Buckley starred for three seasons in the HBO series Oz and as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight is Enough. She has also appeared as a guest star in numerous television series, miniseries and films for television. For information and tickets for her upcoming events in Provincetown, Massachusetts on September 2, 3 and 4th: peregrinetheatre.com For More Info: bettybuckley.com
The Book Expo Of America (BEA) and BookCon 2.0 just ended this weekend in New York City. If you love books, you should have been there. Actually, if you love movies or TV shows, you should have been there too, since lots of your favorite movies and TV shows are based on books or spin-off books. And if you love sports or food or astronomy or gardening or mysteries or history or just about anything else, you should have been there. An app? Pshaw! They’ve got a much better book about that.
The BEA is where the publishing industry talks to itself. Editors and writers and publicists and librarians and bookstore owners and marketers all get together and take casual meetings and attend panels and go cheer on authors so they can jazz each other up about the many books just out or coming up this summer and fall.
BookCon is where the publishing industry talks to the world, offering more panels (but FUN ones) and author signings and movie screenings. It’s like ComicCon’s smarter kid brother. And a big star at both of them is John Green, the best-selling author of The Fault In Our Stars and Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns, which has been turned into a movie that opens July 24th. Green chatted with BookFilter and seemed positively abashed about having no new book on the horizon but perked up considerably when talking about the movie and public education and his passion for soccer. (For those not following the FIFA scandal, “Blatter” is the name of the head of that troubled org.) Check it out:
And here’s the trailer to the movie.
If you haven’t read Paper Towns, don’t fear — it’s virtually cancer free and filled with witty dialogue teens only wish they could spout out on command. Green’s a rock star because he does naturally what so many authors are attempting: using social media to stay in touch with their fans. It works for Green because he’s not doing it to promote his books; he’s doing it because he loves it. Check out his website, and Crash Course, terrific online videos about history and math and science and literature and more, all designed to be great resources for students, teachers and anyone who wants to learn something fun. (Anyone, that is, except the Mongols.) John and his brother Hank created it and have now partnered with PBS and hope to make educational resources available for free to everyone around the world.
As you can see, Green’s multi-media career is going full bore. But BookCon is just getting started. The big Comic-Cons reach more than 100,000 people. This year was the second edition of BookCon and they’re hoping to hit 15,000 to 20,000. Yet with care and smart moves, the sky is the limit. Book tours have become increasingly difficult for publishers to fund. So instead of sending out each other individually, why not bring the fans to them? I can easily imagine BookCons on the east and west coast, north and south some four times a year: every season has great books, every season a big movie or TV show linked to a book is getting launched or enjoying a new season, and every big name author like Judy Blume and Stephen King and David Sedaris and Diana Gabaldon and John Grisham and yes John Green can draw passionate fans. With them as anchors, a lot of newer authors these name brands respect and support can reach tons of fans all at once. Brien McDonald, the show manager of BookCon 2015 for ReedPOP talked with me about what was happening at this year’s event and their plans for the future. (The sound is iffy, but that’s because unlike John Green, I’m pretty new to all this video-ing stuff.)
For me, the BEA was pretty sleepy this year. In years past, people would trundle around luggage on wheels so they could pile up on galleys, the advance copies of big releases. Now with so many books available as e-galleys online, that intense drive to “get” a certain book right away so you could read it and judge for yourself just wasn’t there. The aisles seemed less crowded — especially in the vast area where a huge contingent from China laid out elaborate displays of books published in China and Chinese books they hoped to promote in the US. It was impressive, but with faux grass and small shrubbery in the middle of mini-plazas they’d created, the displays looked like quiet public gardens for private contemplation whenever you stumbled into that area of the show floor.
BookCon was more exciting. The fans weren’t nearly as overwhelming as the aisle-clogging crowd at Comic-Con in the fall But they were just as passionate. Starry celebs included Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Jason Segal, Judy Blume and R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame. But just as many fans were excited to see vloggers turned authors like Connor Franta or attending panels like the Rotten Tomatoes event where the audience squared off with critics like Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News and voted on the best and worst movies based on books. (I know Neumaier and happily booed when he said The Golden Compass was good. And kudos to the young woman who amusingly and correctly said the worst book into film was The Cat In The Hat.)
The event still needs a lot of TLC to grow. I wish the floors were filled with indie sellers just like Comic-Con. Specialized booksellers and self-published authors and vendors of pulp fiction collectables and contests and give-aways (a lot more give-aways) would help give fans a lot more to do than roam the aisles of booths publishers mounted for BEA and then mostly abandoned once BookCon began. BookCon is such a no-brainer — people spend some $ 16 billion a year on books (not counting textbooks and the like or that number would be much bigger). Every season brings great books. And every season deserves an event with a lot of hoopla to let people know those books are coming out. Next year BookCon takes place in Chicago. Hopefully some day soon it’ll come to a city near you.
Thanks for reading. Michael Giltz is the founder and CEO of BookFilter, a book lover’s best friend. Head to BookFilter if you want to find more great picks in every category. You’ll discover smart picks by our crackerjack staff, not crowd-sourced reviews saying — yet again — hey, you should read “The Girl On A Train!” (I mean, you should, but you knew that already, didn’t you?) You’ll know what just came out in stores, get great ideas for what to read next or find a smart and affordable gift in every category. If you’re a super-fan of cookbooks or history or mystery or you name it, come to BookFilter and you can browse through lists of every release in every category and do your own filtering!
Note: Michael Giltz is provided with free galleys and final copies of books in the hope that he’ll review or write a story on them. He receives far more copies of books than he could ever cover.
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An Oregon town that hosted filming for the 1985 movie “The Goonies” is gearing up for a 30th-anniversary weekend that’s sure to make fanatics do the Truffle Shuffle or shout, “It’s our time!” (Or both. Why choose?)
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It happened here: the first major appearances of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and more. No we’re not talking about Woodstock. Before Woodstock. In a quiet seaside town known more for sardines than kissing the sky.Monterey, California.The Monterey Pop Festival was a sold-out music event in June 1967. Among the notables… Music News Headlines – Yahoo News
That followed a tweet from Benioff on Wednesday, saying that the San Francisco-based cloud-computing company would reduce its investment in Indiana as a result of “outrage” over the bill, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law will let individuals and corporations use their religious beliefs as a defense if they are sued for denying service to LGBT customers.
We are forced to dramatically reduce our investment in IN based on our employee’s & customer’s outrage over the Religious Freedom Bill.
Benioff did not immediately return requests for further comment.
Benioff, along with top executives from six other tech companies in Indiana, had sent a letter last week to Pence, urging him to veto the bill.
“We firmly believe in the separation of church and state as provisioned in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” the letter reads. “The RFRA clearly blurs that line and opens the door to blatant discrimination.”
The National Collegiate Athletic Association also expressed concern over the law and reiterated its pursuit of “an inclusive environment,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.
“Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce,” Emmert said.
Pence defended freedom of religion in a statement announcing his signing of the bill on Thursday. “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” Pence said. Gay Voices – The Huffington Post
Tim sits down with April Simpson, a local Fox News reporter, as the community in Ferguson awaits a verdict in the Michael Brown shooting case. Having grown up in the area, Tim offers his opinion and the wisdom he’s gained from his own personal experience.
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