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

When it comes to property plenty of investors are still breaking this golden rule

first_imgPlenty of property investors are breaking the first golden rule of property when they choose what to buy.WHEN it comes to buying property new research shows plenty of investors are still breaking the golden rule.Analysis by lender ME has found plenty of investors are just relying on past performance as a guarantee of future success.In fact more than half of those investors surveyed were doing exactly that.When asked what made them most confident that they had made the right investment, 56 per cent of respondents said it was that house prices had always gone up in the past.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by About 11 per cent admitted they were just following the crowed. They said with so many people buying investment properties they assumed it must be safe.Only about a third of property investors admitted they had sought expert advice or analysis of the market.ME head of home loans, Patrick Nolan, warned investors should be cautious and objective when buying.“Australia’s property market is diverse and not all properties are performing equally at any one time,’’ he said.“Your investment timeline is another important factor: the longer you’re able and prepared to remain invested the more likely you are to see growth.He said the best basis for making an investment decision was analysis and advice.last_img read more

Wawrinka Deserves a Place amongst Tennis’ Big Five’, Says Djokovic

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic has said that tennis now has a ‘big five’ following Stan Wawrinka’s US Open triumph at the weekend.Wawrinka beat Djokovic in four sets on Sunday to win his third Grand Slam.“He plays best in the big matches and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players,” said Djokovic.But world number three Wawrinka, who said he was crying with nerves before the final, insisted he was “really far” from the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.That illustrious quartet have won 42 of the past 47 Grand Slams, though Wawrinka now has the same number of major titles as Olympic champion Murray. In head-to-head matches against them, Wawrinka trails Djokovic 19-5, against Murray he is 9-7 down, Federer leads 18-3 while Nadal is 15-3.Wawrinka also only has one Masters 1000 title compared with Murray’s 12.“Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they’ve been there,” said Wawrinka, who has now won his past 11 finals.“If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there 10 years.“They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That’s why I’m not there.”At 31, Wawrinka is the oldest male US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and only the fifth man in the Open era to win more than one major tournament after turning 30, following Rosewall, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors.He now needs the Wimbledon title to complete a clean sweep of the Grand Slams.In reaching the US Open final, Wawrinka spent almost nine hours longer on court than Djokovic, a beneficiary of three retirements during the event in New York.“He’s a very complete player. If he feels right he doesn’t miss much and he makes a lot of winners so it’s hard to play him,” said Djokovic, who also lost to Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final.Wawrinka’s confident performance was at odds with his pre-match nerves, when he broke down in tears while speaking to his coach Magnus Norman.“Before the final I was really nervous like never before. I was shaking in the locker-room,” said the Swiss, who was match point down against Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round.“When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with Magnus, I start to cry,” he said. “I was completely shaking.“But the only thing I was convinced with myself was that my game was there.“Physically I was there. My game was there. Just put the fight on the court and you will have a chance to win.“And that’s what happened, after a few games when I start to believe in myself, I start to be in the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

How Bryce Cartwright switch affects Titans, Panthers, and changes NRL futures of two halves

first_imgThe move has the potential to elevate rookie coach Garth Brennan’s side into playoff contention, although the injuries and personal demons that have littered Cartwright’s young career adds an obvious layer of risk.For the Panthers there are also ramifications, with the contender losing game breaking ability on the negative side but gaining salary cap space to balance the ledger.Foxsports.com.au answers five burning questions that linger over the deal.Why did the Panthers release him?He’s one of the most talented young players in the competition but the Panthers hierarchy was growing frustrated with his failure to meet his potential on a regular basis.After a 2016 season that threw him into the mix for a NSW jersey, Cartwright regressed last year, with his season dogged by personal issues and injuries.That didn’t stop him from dominating the Panthers’ win over Manly to spearhead their progression to the second week of finals, scoring two tries in a game breaking performance off the bench.However, the very fact that he wasn’t a starter tells you all you need to know about his standing within the side — not good enough for a player of his rare talents and his top tier pay packet.That message was delivered to Cartwright during this off-season but Phil Gould and Anthony Griffin were not convinced that he could overcome his off-field issues and justify the faith the club had shown him in the form of a long-term deal.That Cartwright has an extremely close relationship with Garth Brennan, forged when the Titans’ rookie coach was at Penrith, helped seal the release on the basis that Gould wanted to give the 23-year-old the best chance to succeed, both as a player and a person.What are the flow-on effects at Penrith?The obvious negative for the Panthers is the X-factor they lose, with Cartwright’s package of size, speed and skill virtually unmatched across the competition.But what they lose in game breaking ability they gain in salary cap space and that could turn out to be hugely valuable as they try to keep together a young and highly rated roster going forward.To start with Josh Mansour, one of the best wingers in the game, is off-contract and will attract plenty of interest from NRL rivals.And come November 1, gun half Nathan Cleary is likely to be on the open market and the Panthers will need a significant war chest to be a chance of keeping him long-term.So good have the first two years of Cleary’s career been, some believe he could be worth as much as $1.5 million-a-season when he signs his next deal — the cap space that Cartwright was chewing up would have made that kind of deal very difficult for the Panthers to accommodate.On the field, Cartwright’s departure gives the Panthers a gap to fill in the back-row this season. It looms as a huge opportunity for talented youngster Corey Harawira-Naera who was impressive as a regular starter in 2017.He is likely to get the first shot on one edge with Isaah Yeo on the other, although a left-field option could come into play with Villiame Kikau hugely impressive on an edge for Fiji in last year’s World Cup.What does he bring to the Titans?When Brennan arrived on the Gold Coast one of the biggest holes in the roster he inherited was in the back-row, with several off-season departures forcing him to contemplate a shift for Ryan James.What the Cartwright deal does for the Titans is provide Brennan with the flexibility to play his skipper in the middle if that’s his preferred option, increasing the competition for places in the forward pack.It also fills the gap that was created by Tyrone Roberts’ departure, with Cartwright capable of playing as a five-eighth if required.Most of all though, it gives the Titans big attacking weapons on both edges, with Kevin Proctor and Cartwright both capable of creating tryscoring opportunities and finishing them off themselves.What position will he play?More than likely Cartwright will start out in the back-row, particularly with injuries to middle forwards Jarrod Wallace and Jack Stockwell testing the Titans’ depth in that department.Accomplished front-rower James will likely fill that hole, with Cartwright and Proctor to start either side of Jai Arrow in the back-row.However Kane Elgey’s poor 2017 has put him under pressure to lift in a big way this season and if he doesn’t start the year well, Brennan may be tempted to give Cartwright the No.6 jersey.He has spent plenty of time in that role for the Panthers and a playmaker of his size is a rare commodity that can give opposition defences all kinds of headaches.Ash Taylor is a very natural game manager, so the prospect of using Cartwright as a running five-eighth inside Proctor and James has to be a tempting prospect for the coach.Are the Titans finished recruiting?The Jarryd Hayne money hasn’t been completely exhausted just yet, so if the right player becomes available Brennan may look to pull the trigger again.The intriguing subplot to the Cartwright deal is how it may or may not affect the Titans’ ability and desire to bring Tyrone Peachey to the club — with Gold Coast tabling a three-year $1.5 million offer to bring him to the Glitter Strip in 2019.Cartwright’s teammate at the Panthers is one of the few players in the game with similar attributes — he’s a back-rower with utility value, capable of playing at centre and even pinch-hitting at hooker.With Cartwright on their books do the Titans still need him? Peachey’s contract with Penrith does not expire until the end of the 2019 season, so with Cartwright gone will the Panthers block the deal anyway?Perhaps more pressing for Brennan and his recruitment team is his backline, with a handful of starters coming off contract this year.Dale Copley, Anthony Don, Brendan Elliot, Brenko Lee and Tyronne Roberts-Davis are all on the open market, so Brennan will need to make a call on which ones he’d like to keep around next year and beyond and start locking up his backline of the future.last_img read more