Lin-Manuel Miranda Plans ‘Scrappy’ In the Heights Movie

first_img from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton View Comments Star Files Hamilton creator and headliner Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken Broadway by storm as the hip-hop tuner generates buzz well beyond the Great White Way. In addition to discussing Hamilton’s significance during the upcoming presidential election with The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony winner talked about another highly anticipated project: In the Heights on the big screen.“Now we’re aiming for a scrappy $15 million movie,” Miranda said, adding the new scaled-back approach “is more in keeping with the spirit of the show.” The Broadway multi-tasker also said there is a new screenplay.Miranda credits the turnaround to Universal Pictures’ concern that there was no major Latino star attached to the film. “That’s Hollywood being scared,” explained Miranda, “and that’s everyone there having to answer to somebody else. And one of the things I learned was, the less money that’s involved, the more power you have.”Plans for a film adaptation of In the Heights were first announced when Universal acquired the rights in 2008—the same year the musical opened on Broadway and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. “At that point,” said Miranda, “the picture was budgeted at around $37 million.” Kenny Ortega, the man behind such movie musicals as Newsies and High School Musical, was set to direct.And as for Hamilton on the big screen? “That conversation’s a ways off,” Miranda said. “It’s not happening anytime soon.” Until then, you can catch the rapping Founding Father on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

Intercity Transit Operates Regular Schedules on Veterans Day

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit operates on regular schedules on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018. Customer Service, located in the Olympia Transit Center, will be open regular weekend hours, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on the holiday.All route and schedule information is on the Intercity Transit website.As the holiday season approaches, please keep in mind that Intercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. More information will be provided about these closures as they get closer.For information about Intercity Transit services, visit intercitytransit.com or call 360-786-1881.last_img read more

In Fair Haven, Biking and Walkability To Continue As Priorities

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |FAIR HAVEN — At the borough’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli predicted the potential future rehabilitation of the iconic Oceanic Bridge will be one of Fair Haven’s top issues in 2018.The 2,712-foot span linking neighboring Rumson and Middletown became a topic of discussion among locals in December, when area residents were invited by Monmouth County to give input on what should be done about the aging structure, built in 1939.Over 200 responses from area residents have been published on the county’s informal website, MonmouthCountyOceanicBridge.com, with many of the respondents expressing their wishes to maintain the personality of the overpass as a low-altitude drawbridge, rather than a raised, fixed-span construction that could potentially impact the scenic views of Navesink River homeowners.Reports from Monmouth County and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority show the bridge is effectively failing. Combinations of age, deterioration and traffic volume have led both agencies to search for a replacement.Still, others hoped the remodel would not interfere with their ability to bike and walk over the structure.“Fair Haven prides itself on being a walkable and bike-friendly community,” Lucarelli said. “In 2017 we adopted a new transit plan as part of our master plan. So in the new year, we’ll continue to advocate for biking and pedestrian facilities on the new bridge.”“Whether it’s a fixed-span that’s raised or a drawbridge, that’s yet to be seen,” Lucarelli added, stressing that to have a biking and pedestrian-friendly construction “is our main mission.”Christopher Rodriguez is the Borough Council’s liaison to the county committee in charge of the Oceanic Bridge’s reconstruction. The Democratic councilman was due to be sworn in on Tuesday after being elected in November to a three-year term. However, he was out of state and absent from the reorganization session.Rodriguez’s fellow incumbent, Susan Sorensen, was on hand, and the Republican councilwoman was sworn in to a three-year term of her own.The governing body also elected John Peters as Borough Council president. He has served as the head of the finance committee.Lucarelli also oversaw the appointment of a new municipal court judge, Peter Lucas, whose son Peter Lucas Jr. was just named to The Two River Times All-Area Football Team after rushing for 2,196 yards and 31 touchdowns for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Anthony Vecchio was appointed as the new municipal prosecutor.Also recognized at the reorganization session were Fire Company officers Matthew DePonti (Fire Chief), Christopher Schrank (Deputy Chief), Matthew Bufano (First Assistant Chief) and Kevin Countryman (Second Assistant Chief), as were First Aid officers Katy Frissora (Captain), Dan Kane (1st Lieutenant) and Roxanne Keane (2nd Lieutenant). Fire Police officers Douglas Anderson (Captain), Marty Coy (1st Lieutenant) and Daniel Chernavsky (2nd Lieutenant), and Water Rescue Team Members John P. Felsmann (Unit Coordinator), Michael Wiehl (Deputy Coordinator), Jim Cerruti (Operations and Training) and Tim Morrissey (Maintenance and Repair) were also recognized.This article was first published in the Jan. 4-11, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Filly & Mare Sprint – Post-Race Interview Transcript – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

first_imgIan KruljacMike SmithWayne SeltzerTyler SeltzerEric KruljacPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint is Finest City. Congratulations to all of you gentlemen. Incredible performance. We want to start with Mike Smith, the all-time winningest Breeders’ Cup jockey, because he’s got to ride some more today as we all know. So, Mike, we want to cut you loose. But maybe you can just describe the trip for us, your impressions of this race?MIKE SMITH: Let’s start out with, man, he has just done a tremendous job getting this mare ready for this race. I love going along on the turf, back to middle distance sprint on the dirt. Why he chose me to ride her, I don’t know, but I’m sure happy he did. I was able to get on her a few times for him, and she was really going into this race great. He did a wonderful job of getting her ready. She jumped very well today. I was able to just kind of put my hands down. Once they go a mile and an 1/8th they learn to relax, like Mr. Kruljac, we were talking about it earlier. She was well within herself. I knew she had her air in her being that she was running the distance. So it was just a matter if we could hold them off, and she did a great job of doing that. Again, just happy that I was part of the team today.Q. Mike, I think we know why they chose you to ride her. Does it ever get old being on the stage here at the Breeders’ Cup?MIKE SMITH: No, it doesn’t. No, it doesn’t. We’re getting toward the end of my career, so every one of these means a whole lot to me. I’ve got to get that Breeders’ Cup record as high as I can. Because these young guys behind me, man, they’ll catch me so quick. So trying to get it as high as I can, and thank you all so much for giving me the opportunity. I appreciate it.THE MODERATOR: Good luck in the Classic today, and if you need to go, by all means.MIKE SMITH: Thank you, thank you.THE MODERATOR: Ian Kruljac is the winning trainer. Ian, congratulations to you.IAN KRULJAC: Thank you.THE MODERATOR: If I’m not mistaken, she’s your only winner on the year, correct?IAN KRULJAC: Yes. I’ve had a couple seconds, I believe.THE MODERATOR: Yeah, you’ve had two wins with her this year, and now you’ve got a Breeders’ Cup victory. You’ve been training for, what, five years on your own?IAN KRULJAC: A year.THE MODERATOR: Oh, a year on your own.IAN KRULJAC: Or so. Who is counting (laughing)?THE MODERATOR: Tell us what was going through your mind when she hit the wire and you won the Breeders’ Cup Race?IAN KRULJAC: I saw the 10 coming at her, and she dug down and started to pull away more, so I know she’s got a lot of heart, and definitely a fighter.THE MODERATOR: Just talk about your feelings on her coming into today and the way that she prepared for this race? How live did you think you were?IAN KRULJAC: Well, to get a Group 1 for a filly is everything you can do in this game, especially on this stage. There’s nothing more you can dream for. So I’m very happy for her.THE MODERATOR: Very good. We’re also joined by the winning owners Tyler and Wayne Seltzer. Tyler on the left, Wayne in the middle. Tyler, congratulations to you.TYLER SELTZER: Thank you very much.THE MODERATOR: Give us your impressions of this race today.TYLER SELTZER: Well, I’ve got to tell you, my wife will tell I talk too much, so if I talk too much, just cut me off.THE MODERATOR: No, by all means.TYLER SELTZER: Last night when I couldn’t sleep, I went upstairs to my office in my house, and I found a mug from the first time I ever attended a Breeders’ Cup when I was 11 years old. It was November 1st, 1986, 30 years ago this month here at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. And I came with my mom. My mom’s no longer alive. And her initials are on the back of our silks. She’s been deceased for about nine years now. But I fell in love with horseracing at a very young age. To be back here 30 years later at a place like this in a race like this, with people like this and a horse like that, is just beyond belief. It’s really — I’m probably going to get too emotional, but it’s really special to be here. And I have my wife, my kids, in-laws, family friends, it’s a fantastic day. I’ve got to thank the Kruljacs, as I said out there. An honor to have a Hall of Fame legend to ride her, is pretty special.THE MODERATOR: Can you talk about the connection between you guys and the Kruljac family and how you came to send this horse to Ian?TYLER SELTZER: Sure, absolutely. So about 9 or 10 years ago, my father-in-law, who I should shout out to him as well, he’s back home in San Diego, he has some health problems, but he’s been going to the horse races at Del Mar for 40-plus years. So he was going to be here today, but he couldn’t come. So hopefully he’s watching at home. Lloyd, shout out to you if you are watching. He has known a lot of people in this game. So he introduced us to the Kruljacs, and I met Eric. We bought our very first yearling with him, a colt by the name of Triumphant Flight. We had some success. I actually was on my own at that time. And after one good horse my dad, Wayne, thought this seems like an easy game. You buy one horse with a trainer, you win Stakes races, let me get in on this as well. So we started with thoroughbreds and here we are ten years later. So through that time obviously got to know Ian really well. Have a tremendous amount of faith and trust in him, Eric, the whole family. Obviously it’s a family business, as owners, to deal with a wonderful family like that. I feel weird calling him a young man. I guess I am older than he is. But still he and his wife, just tremendous people. It’s nice to see — I guess I have to be careful how I say this, it’s nice to see some of the good guys win in this game. So it’s an honor to be here with them.THE MODERATOR: Eric Kruljac is here in the corner. Ian, can you talk about what you learned from your father and the decision to go out on your own when you did?ERIC KRULJAC: Well, I’m very fortunate to get a filly like this. So I’ve just taken her and she’s taken me and hopefully we keep going.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more

Poorly-organised felicitation function at National Stadium in Delhi mars Olympic celebrations

first_imgAn event meant to honour India’s Olympic heroes turned out to be chaotic. It was an eventful day for London medal winners who hopped from one function to the other, but the felicitation by the Sports Ministry at the National Stadium left a lot to be desired.It had all the makings of a hastily arranged programme without much thought going into it. One wondered why the stadium was not used for the venue, and instead a makeshift dais was put up near the gate. Hundreds of people strolled in without any security checks, making it a nightmare for police officials. Youngsters enrolled in the “Come and play scheme” of the Sports Authority of India and schoolchildren were called to attend the function. Besides, fans got too close to the dais, giving security officials a headache.Many of the athletes who were part of the India’s Olympic contingent had no place to sit and even the coaches were left to rue the mismanagement. Boxers Vijender Kumar and Manoj Kumar left in a huff while the hockey team quietly moved to a corner.”This isn’t the way to organise an event of this scale. We were felicitated after the Commonwealth Games at the same venue but that happened inside the stadium not in an open area like this,” said one of the athletes, part of India’s contingent in London.”It was a completely chaotic function. This could have been a security issue for everyone present here,” he added.Silver medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar, Saina Nehwal, MC Mary Kom and Gagan Narang all wore broad smiles as they were greeted by ministry officials. They were later taken in open jeeps to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate where they paid floral tributes to the martyrs. All the while the crowd followed them along with a strong media contingent.advertisementAt the stadium, Maken handed cheques of Rs30 lakh each to the silver medallists while the bronze medalists received Rs20 lakh each. Maken said that the government would continue its support to the athletes under the ‘Operation Excellence’ 2010 scheme.”We aim to win 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics. We will provide all assistance,” he said.A faux pax during the event spelled embarrassment for the medallists. Eyebrows were raised, jokes did the rounds when the master of ceremonies called Saina Nehwal ‘Sania Nehwal’.That was not all. Yogeshwar Dutt was welcomed as ‘Yogendra Dutt’, shooter Joydeep Karmakar was identified as an ‘archer’ and Gagan Narang’s bronze medal changed colour to ‘silver’. The athletes somehow maintained their poise.Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh slammed the ministry. “This is not the way to treat the national heroes and their family,” he told Mail Today. “There was no place to sit. There were four disciplines that earned us medals, but the names of federations were not mentioned,” he said.last_img read more

10 months agoAgent of departing Arsenal midfielder Ramsey set for mega windfall

first_imgAgent of departing Arsenal midfielder Ramsey set for mega windfallby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a mega windfall from his move to Juventus.The Sun says Ramsey’s agent is set to pocket a massive £7million from the Arsenal star’s move to Juventus in the summer.The Welshman, 28, will rake in a reported £8m signing-on fee while taking home a further £145,000-a-week at the Serie A giants.Ramsey will be out of contract at Arsenal this summer and is said to have signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Old Lady.The Gunners withdrew their offer for a contract extension last summer, with Unai Emery seeing him as surplus to requirements.But despite his impending move, Emery has claimed he will continue to play the Wales international. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more

Government Partners With UNDP to Implement Early Warning Systems

first_imgAs part of the mitigation efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in vulnerable communities, the Government is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement early warning systems in four parishes.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the initiative will be undertaken in St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas.The US$1-million project is slated to come on stream in early 2019, the Minister said, as he launched the national hurricane preparedness campaign at Jamaica House, recently.“We’re going to be the third country outside of Cuba and the Dominican Republic that will benefit from this programme with the UNDP, where they will help us to create a National Climate Information and Early Warning Service for Disaster Risk Reduction,” he said.The early warning system will serve as a means of informing citizens in vulnerable areas before a disaster strikes.last_img read more

Five meals a week Scientists audit garbage to assess household food waste

first_imgA team of scientists spent weeks combing through the garbage of dozens of households to come up with what the researchers say is the most accurate measure yet of how much food is wasted in Canadian kitchens.Michael Von Massow at the University of Guelph acknowledged it was, at times, messy.But he adds it was the best way to find out how much food that could have been eaten wound up in the garbage.The team calculated that so much fruit, vegetables, bread and meat got tossed that the families could have had a guest for supper five nights a week.That amounts to about six kilograms of food a week, worth about $18.Von Massow says producing and disposing of that wasted food generated about 23 kilograms of greenhouse gases every week.He looked at 94 families in Guelph, Ont., over three- and four-week periods in 2017 and 2018.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes Whitehorse his first northern stop

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off his annual tour of the north in Whitehorse, Yukon.The visit comes as a leaked report from Ottawa says the federal government’s much touted campaign for northern development has stalled. That could be one reason why the usual speeches about sovereignty seem to be shelved for this trip.And as Shirley McLean reports, the focus now appears to be on getting the north’s rich natural resources out of the ground.last_img