Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser & More Will Star in Billy & Ray Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The production will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Russell Champa, costume design by Michael Krass and sound design by David Van Tieghem. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine (Casa Valentina) will play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, respectively, in the previously announced New York premiere of Billy & Ray. Mike Bencivenga’s new play, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will begin previews on October 1. Opening night is set for October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre. Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg (The Cat and the Canary) as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys) as a beleaguered studio chief.center_img Related Shows Billy & Ray Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen.  Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic.last_img read more

Government allocates $209m for electricity discounts

first_imgThe government has allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (US$209.8 million) to provide free electricity and discounts to Indonesia’s lower-income households to help them get through the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday the funds, which are to come from the state budget, comprised about Rp 2.59 trillion for 25 million of Indonesia’s poorest households, Rp 630 billion for 7 million second-poorest households and Rp 280 billion for an anticipated spike in domestic electricity consumption.“This way we will have space or room to accommodate higher consumption than recorded in 2019, prior to the warnings related to COVID-19,” he said, noting that the ministry was also ready to adjust the scheme over time.The poorest households are defined as those within the 450-volt ampere (VA) category, while the second-poorest as those within the 900-VA range. State-owned electricity company PLN is to give free electricity to the 450VA homes for three months starting in April and a 50 percent discount to 900VA homes over the same period.The electricity discount was one of six social safety net programs, including unemployment benefits and food aid, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday after he declared a COVID-19 public health emergency. Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsThe safety nets are meant to help Indonesia’s lower-income families for whom electricity bills represents their fifth-highest non-food spending. Many of such families have been hit hard by business closures. The government also seeks to prevent Greater Jakarta’s unemployed from migrating out of the virus-ridden capital, potentially spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus to other provinces.Explaining the discount distribution mechanism, the energy ministry’s director of electricity business development, Hendra Iswahyudi, said PLN would use a mobile app to distribute free or discounted electricity vouchers to eligible prepaid consumers.He said the electricity company would waive the bills of postpaid 450VA customers and halve the monthly bills of postpaid 900VA customers. For the latter category, PLN will start with halving bills issued this month for power consumed last month.Topics :last_img read more

Cashed up and searching for a better deal, Sydney and Melbourne buyers hunt for Brisbane houses

first_imgSouthern buyers are fuelling demand for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.But while demand for houses is heating up, the Herron Todd White report reveals the Brisbane apartment market is a different story.It’s declining, along with Canberra, Perth, Gippsland and South West Western Australia, according to the report.Owner-occupier designed units in Brisbane are still doing well if priced appropriately, but demand from interstate and overseas investors is cooling rapidly.“In our experience, new units are off about 5 per cent from their market highs if they were purchased in the past three years,” the report said. Houses in New Farm, like this one for sale at 255 Moray Street, are in high demand.Steve Condon from Place Estate Agents – Coorparoo said Camp Hill and the surrounding suburbs of Coorparoo and Holland Park were attracting strong interest from southern residents.“I’ve actually got an interstate buyer coming up this Thursday I’ll be showing properties to,” he said. “They’ve made the decision they don’t want to spend their money in Sydney anymore and instead spend money in Brisbane and eventually move here.”Mr Condon said Camp Hill’s proximity to the CBD, large parcels of land and good capital growth made it attractive to interstate investors and owner-occupiers.Another market trend Herron Todd White has uncovered is in Bulimba, in Brisbane’s inner east.“Where it used to be cool to acquire a large double block with a classic cottage, many are looking to get a post-war and enjoy more flexible options when it comes to a possible demolition and rebuild.”The report said there was strong demand for both renovated Queenslanders and modern homes completed to a high standard. Houses in Camp Hill, like this one for sale at 121 Martha Street, are in high demand.Herron Todd White Queensland managing director Gavin Hulcombe said there seemed to be a strong correlation between interstate migration and sales volumes.“The spread between Sydney and Brisbane prices is arguably as wide as it has been for the past 12 to 15 years,” Mr Hulcombe said.“We’re seeing southern buyers come here and see value within some of Brisbane’s better suburbs close to the city.”According to the latest ABS data, Queensland recorded positive net interstate migration of 11,581 in 2015-16 – only second to Victoria.The Herron Todd White report said buyers should be prepared to fork out more than $1 million to snap up a quality house close to the CBD. In West End, stock is in scarce supply, but for between $1 million and $1.3 million, you can find a 4-bedroom home on a 200sq m to 300sq m lot.In Camp Hill, $1.25 million to $1.75 million will get you a decent sized house on a standard 405sq m block, according to the report.Expect to pay between $900,000 and $1.5 million to get in the door in New Farm or Teneriffe – and even then the house will still need some work. Demand is heating up for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.WE knew they were coming, but it appears southern property buyers have finally arrived in Brisbane.Cashed up and after more bang for their buck, Sydney and Melbourne suitors are on the hunt for houses close to Brisbane’s CBD.The latest Herron Todd White Month in Review reveals buyers are willing to pay big bucks for quality properties close to the city, particularly in the suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Camp Hill and West End.Demand is coming from owner-occupiers and local investors who are competing with Sydney and Melbourne buyers, who think nothing of dropping between $1 million and $1.5 million on a house.“For that sort of money they’re barely getting a garage the same distance from the CBD in Sydney,” the report said. Houses in Teneriffe, like this one for sale at 30 Waverley Street, is in high demand.“Sydney and Melbourne buyers moving to Brisbane are conditioned to paying much higher prices than perhaps the local market,” Mr Hulcombe said.“But they are still competing with the local market because these suburbs are still highly regarded areas.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoAnd it’s not the just ready-to-move in stock that’s attracting attention.The report said inner-city houses with the potential to renovate or demolish and rebuild had investors and owner occupiers in a frenzy. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said more than 80 per cent of inquiries about Brisbane properties came from Sydney and Melbourne residents looking to invest.Mr Pressley said they usually fit two demographics – the long-standing resident or the “rentvestor”.“There’s the long-standing Sydney or Melbourne resident whose home has grown in value in the last three to four years and want to do something with it as they’re hearing the warnings Sydney and Melbourne won’t always be like this,” he said.“And then there’s the “rentvestor” – the younger, Gen Y millennial.”Mr Pressley said their first home was often an investment property in a more affordable city and Brisbane was the next alternative.last_img read more

Sherwood seeks clarity over future

first_img Former Tottenham and England boss Glenn Hoddle is second favourite among bookmakers for the post – behind Sherwood – and confirmed his interest in the job before the match, while Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal continue to be mentioned as potential appointments. “Whoever takes this job is in a good position,” Sherwood said. “Andre has left the club in a good state, to be honest. There’s nothing wrong with the job he’s done. “If you look at the league table, we’re right up there. We’re also in the European competition next stage. “You can’t knock what he has done at the club, but it is just up to someone now to take it on and hopefully take it onto the next step.” If Sherwood ends up only being at the helm for a short period, whoever comes in will be thanking him for rejuvenating Adebayor. Having been cast aside by Villas-Boas, the Togo striker has scored three goals in two starts under the interim manager and was superb throughout at St Mary’s. “Listen, we all know Adebayor, we all know he’s a top player,” Sherwood said. “He doesn’t need any motivating to go and play now because he’s not played for a long time. He’s a top player and is certainly warranting his place in the team at the moment. “I’ve not said anything to him. Nothing. It’s down to him. “I’ve not had to gee him up. All I’ve said is: ‘There you go Ade, you are going to play and I want you to attack. I want the defenders to defend and the midfielders to play in midfield. Go out there, crack on and do what you do.’ It’s a simple game. “That’s how I’ve always viewed it; it’s about getting the ball to your top players in the right areas of the field. That’s what the players did with us.” The victory stops the rot at Spurs, but continues Southampton’s frustrating recent form. Saints, who took the lead through Adam Lallana and made it 2-2 through Rickie Lambert, have now gone six matches with a win – hardly the best preparation for trips to Cardiff and Everton. “It was very frustrating, we are very angry about the result,” said manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with the vacant Spurs post. “We actually dressed up as Santa Claus today and gifted them so many goals and so many chances. “We started off quite well in the first half, we got the 1-0 and we were very close to getting the 2-0 but then when we conceded the equaliser it was very hard to get back in the game, especially in the second half it was very tough.” The Portuguese was sacked less than 24 hours after last weekend’s 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, with head of football development Sherwood handed temporary control. Sherwood’s first match at the helm resulted in a Capital One Cup exit to West Ham, but on Sunday he oversaw his first victory with an attack-minded display at Southampton. Tim Sherwood is hoping for talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Monday to find out whether he will stay on as Andre Villas-Boas’ successor. Emmanuel Adebayor netted either side of a Jos Hooiveld own goal as Spurs ran out 3-2 victors, resulting in bookmakers immediately shortening odds on the former midfielder being handed the reins on a permanent basis. The win will certainly not do those chances any harm and Sherwood hopes to take control of the Boxing Day clash with West Brom with a clearer idea on his future. Asked what happens next for him, Sherwood said: “Ideal for me is to have a chat with the chairman and see what’s best for the football club moving forward. “I need to know what they’re thinking moving forwards. I don’t want this job for five minutes. That’s no interest to me. “It is either are we going to move it forward or not? That’s where we are. “There are some great candidates out there for this job. It’s a massive club with history and tradition. “It is fantastic, a great honour to represent them, but it needs to be right for me and, first and foremost, right for the football club. “I need to talk to the chairman and see what he’s got planned. I’ll see him tomorrow because I’m in at the training ground. I’m sure it won’t be before that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

March Madness bracket 2019: Ryan Fagan’s expert NCAA Tournament predictions

first_imgThe Fagans take our NCAA Tournament bracket seriously. If you finish dead last in the Team Fagan challenge, you have to wear the pink bunny suit — you know, Ralphie’s nightmare from the classic movie ‘A Christmas Story’ — for the following year’s St. Patrick’s Day five-mile run. And no excuses are allowed.  (SN illustration) West region (SN illustration) SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsMy brother Seth scheduled his honeymoon during that weekend (saving thousands of dollars to avoid spring break travel fare hikes) but we punished him by making him wear the bunny suit two years in a row. I say all this to let you know I don’t fill out this bracket lightly. And I only fill out one bracket. None of this “different picks for different brackets” nonsense. I go with the picks I feel good about, because of strengths and weaknesses of the teams involved. I love an upset as much as anyone, but with the bunny suit on the line, I’m not going to get stupid just to say “I picked that one!” at the office, y’know?So without further delay, my NCAA Tournament picks for the 2019 dance. MORE BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | KenPom (Duke)NCAA Tournament bracket picksEast region (SN illustration) South region (SN illustration) … And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” Final Four picks  Midwest region March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament.  (SN illustration) read more