Bradley Cooper & His Co-Stars Discuss Bringing The Elephant Man to B’way

first_img View Comments The Elephant Man Related Shows It’s no laughing matter: Bradley Cooper is a serious actor. The Audience Choice Award winner, alongside The Elephant Man co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, stopped by The Today Show on October 21 to chat with Matt Lauer about bringing the Bernard Pomerance play back to the Great White Way. Take a look below as the trio discusses the remarkable prosthetic-less transformation Cooper undergoes, the importance of recognizing John Merrick’s humanity and, yes, the Tonight Show giggle attack. Then catch The Elephant Man on Broadway at the Booth Theatre beginning November 7! Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Discusses Looking’s ‘Enjoyable’ Sex Scenes

first_img Star Files #Groffsauce, indeed! Hamilton’s Jonathan Groff recently opened up to SiriusXM about dick socks, anal covers and why he enjoyed filming sex scenes in HBO’s Looking. Yes, you read that right.”When you first get there and you take off the robes and you’re in your weird little dick sock and your anal cover, there’s usually some, like, laughter.” We can only imagine, Mr. Groff. Broadway’s King George then went on to say about taping these, uhm, intimate situations: “I find them really fun and enjoyable and funny and weird and hilarious.” Although, fortunately: “I’ve never done a sex scene with someone that smells bad or I didn’t like something about them.”Groff won three Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in Spring Awakening. Other stage credits include Hair, The Bacchae, The Submission, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, A New Brain, Deathtrap and Red.As if you didn’t know already, Hamilton is playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Looking’s final feature length episode will air early in 2016. Jonathan Groffcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

State of Vermont employees to explore online marketing tactics through Champlain College and EpikOne/

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center and EpikOne, an online marketing consultancy in Williston, will deliver two days of customized training this fall to State of Vermont employees from 13 different departments whose responsibilities range from tourism and economic development to vocational rehabilitation and fish and wildlife.On the Champlain College campus on October 5 and November 2, the state employees will explore podcasting, blogging, online visibility, search engine optimization (SEO), Web ads, YouTube, and social networking.In almost every state outreach and marketing effort, we are seeing the Internet grow in importance and use. We all agreed that we need to be better informed on how to take advantage of these new tools, said Christine Werneke, the State of Vermont’s chief marketing officer. Champlain’s Workforce Development Center and EpikOne developed a customized training to specifically meet the State’s needs.This area of marketing is burgeoning and weve seen increased interest in training, said Melissa Hersh, Champlains director of workforce development and strategic growth. “With our on-campus expertise and partners such as EpikOne, we’re able to tailor business and technology training for clients of all sizes so they can put the latest tactics to work in their organizations.This training will provide state employees with an understanding about various online media, how it works and how it can help us promote Vermont to tourists, new businesses, and to deliver online services to Vermont citizens, Werneke said. The Rutland Economic Development Corporation and the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center will also participate in the training.Due to popular demand, Champlain’s Workforce Development Center will offer a second intensive Online Marketing Boot Camp open to the public from November 12 16 at the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel. Attendees are expected from throughout Vermont, the U.S. and Canada. Registration is available at is external). Topics include: moving business online, effective online strategies, forecasting online growth, maximizing online ad revenue, choosing the right media mix and Google AdWords training. Seminars will be delivered by instructors from Vermont, New York City, and Denmark.Champlain College’s Workforce Development Center was established in January 2006 to deliver professional education and training including new master’s degrees, bachelors degrees, professional certificates, non-credit customized training, boot camps, and industry certification. For more information about the Workforce Development Center at Champlain College, visit is external) or contact Melissa Hersh at (802) 865-5402 and sends e-mail).# # #last_img read more

Legislature using budget bill to save St Johnsbury prison

first_imgThe Legislature has included in the state budget language intended to keep open the prison in St Johnsbury. Among the Douglas Administration’s budget reduction proposals was closing the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility and laying off most of the employees. The inmates likely would be sent to prisons out of state. It costs the state less to pay another state to house inmates than to incarcerate them in Vermont. The House and Senate Appropriations Conference Committee included language that would require the governor to get legislative approval before he could close the prison. The prison in St Johnsbury is a vital part of our economy in the Northeast Kingdom, which is why I worked closely with the conference committee to make sure this language was included in the budget, said Representative Robert South, D-St. Johnsbury.  Our region is one of the hardest hit by the current economic crisis and it s critical the state do everything it can to keep Vermonters working, our businesses open and our communities vibrant.The budget language stipulates that the Douglas Administration cannot close or significantly reduce operations at the St Johnsbury facility without approval from both the legislative Joint Corrections Oversight Committee and the Joint Fiscal Committee. The Northeast Kingdom has among the highest unemployment rates in the state already, said Representative Lucy Leriche, D-Hardwick. With so many families in the region relying on jobs at the prison and so many local businesses counting on the facilities positive impact on our local economies, I am happy to follow Rep. South s lead fighting for these jobs.The House is expected to take the final vote on the budget on Saturday.last_img read more

Cybersecurity woes to intensify in 2016

first_imgIn 2015, hackers exposed 170 million personal records in the U.S., according to the Identify Theft Resource Center. The attacks cost businesses worldwide more than $400 billion, British insurance company Lloyd’s revealed.So what’s the data breach forecast for 2016? It’s not looking good, according to cybersecurity experts. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

‘Friendly fraud’ at the root of almost half of merchant chargebacks, study finds

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More and more shoppers are filing bogus card disputes that frequently leave merchants holding the bag on chargebacks, according to new data from technology and consulting firm Chargebacks911.The survey of more than 200 online, multichannel and mobile commerce merchants found that 56% of respondents saw an increase over the last three years in “friendly fraud,” which occurs when customers file fraudulent disputes with their card issuers for various reasons, such as to get something for free or for convenience.Now nearly half (46%) of merchants’ chargebacks came from friendly fraud. Only a third (33%) was from criminal fraud, the data said.Many merchants don’t fight the chargebacks, and those that do often lose, according to the study. continue reading »last_img read more

Indonesian telecom companies enjoy data traffic surge during Idul Fitri

first_imgTelkomsel president director Setyanto Hantoro said many customers celebrated Idul Fitri differently this year amid the outbreak.Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), also noted unusually high data traffic in Greater Jakarta, which typically emptied during the holiday as people leave for their hometowns. Instead, it recorded a 60.9 percent yoy surge in data traffic in the area during this year’s Muslim holiday celebration.Jakarta is the hardest hit region in the country as and accounted for some 7,000 of more than 24,000 people infected with the coronavirus across Indonesia as of Thursday afternoon, official data show. The city administration has extended the PSBB in the capital for a third time until June 4.Meanwhile, publicly listed PT XL Axiata recorded a 25 percent surge in data traffic during the celebration compared to normal days prior to the pandemic.Data use through instant messaging services rose 32 percent, video call services jumped 26 percent, social network services increased 22 percent and streaming services, which include game, video, music and movie streaming, climbed 14 percent.XL acting chief technology officer I Gede Darmayusa said the services and data consumption patterns during this year’s Idul Fitri related with the pandemic, which forced people to spend more time at home.”Probably, the customers’ activity of uploading pictures or videos showing their travel experiences is no longer possible as the tourist objects are closed. Instead, now family gatherings are replaced with virtual ways using video call services,” he said in a statement on Thursday, as quoted by (prm)Topics : She went on to say that the data traffic had risen because customers were staying at home, adhering to the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban.Stocks of Indosat have lost almost 29 percent of their value so far this year, after recovering a loss of more than 58 percent in late March.The government banned the mudik, which usually sees dozens of millions of people travel nationwide, to prevent further spread of the disease. At the same time, as many as four provinces and 26 regencies/cities across Indonesia, including Greater Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Surabaya in East Java, are implementing the PSBB, shutting schools, factories and offices, except for essentials services, and limiting people’s movement.Telkomsel also recorded a steep hike of 75.4 percent in mobile data use during the Idul Fitri celebration compared to normal days, with WhatsApp usage jumping by 49.2 percent. Social media platforms still dominated data use at 30.8 percent, showing an uptick of 3.6 percent from normal use.  Indonesia’s telecommunication companies have enjoyed a surge in data traffic during this year’s Idul Fitri celebration as customers connected with family and friends online amid large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and a ban on the traditional holiday exodus to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.Publicly listed PT Indosat has reported that its data traffic rose 27 percent in the period compared to the average traffic prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its customers were using more messaging, social media, video streaming and gaming applications.“Since we partnered with [streaming service] Viu in May, we have also seen a significant increase in our user engagement and data traffic from the video streaming app,” said Indosat Ooredoo group head of corporate communications Turina Farouk in a statement on Friday.last_img read more

OJK approves South Korea’s Kookmin as Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholder

first_imgThe Financial Services Authority (OJK) has approved South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank to be one of publicly listed Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholders.The OJK announced the decision on Wednesday after Bank Bukopin concluded its rights issue process on Tuesday, in which Kookmin injected Rp 1.46 trillion (US$100.12 million) in fresh funds to Bukopin to strengthen the latter’s capital and support its business.The injection also increases Kookmin Bank’s stake in Bank Bukopin to 33.9 percent from previously 22 percent. “This decision also makes Kookmin Bank’s parent company, South Korea’s biggest financial firm KB Financial Group (KBFG), Bank Bukopin’s ultimate shareholder,” the OJK said in a statement.Bukopin has been facing liquidity issues as several customers reportedly faced difficulties in withdrawing their money in June. The bank’s consolidated short-term liquidity coverage, known as the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), stood at 112.03 percent in the first three months of the year, while its consolidated long-term liquidity coverage, known as the net stable funding rate (NSFR), stood at 100.31 percent.Both figures were nearing the OJK’s minimum threshold of 100 percent.The bank later issued a statement on June 25, explaining the implementation of withdrawal limits at several branches were “situational” so that the bank could still allow customers to make transactions. The OJK then instructed the shareholders to solve the issues and told controlling shareholder Bosowa Corporindo to support Kookmin Bank’s plan to become the controlling investor and shareholder in Bukopin. The shareholders then agreed to carry out a rights issue, which was approved by the OJK in July.The latest approval on Wednesday also made Kookmin Bank along with Bosowa Corporindo, which maintained its 23.4 percent ownership, Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholders.Meanwhile, the government’s ownership in Bank Bukopin was diluted to 6.37 percent from the previous 8.92 percent and the public’s ownership was also reduced to 36.33 percent from the previous 45.69 percent.The OJK said Kookmin Bank’s role as Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholder could provide support for the BUKU III bank’s development and contribute to the national economic recovery effort.Read also: Bukopin inches closer to solving liquidity problems, regaining customer trustIn a statement to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), Bukopin said the change in controlling shareholder would not affect the bank’s operational and business continuity.“However, [the addition of Kookmin Bank as the controlling shareholder] will change our strategy and policy aimed to strengthen our performance in a sustainable manner,” Bukopin said in the statement.Bank Bukopin’s shares, traded on the IDX with the code BBKP, had weakened 0.56 percent as of 1:24 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday as the benchmark, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) gained 0.17 percent. The stock has lost 16.28 percent of its value so far this year.Topics :last_img read more

Some of Brisbane’s top homes are in the same street as this one

first_img233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.Mr Cornish said that from the main bedroom deck there were views of the city.“They are very obvious at night time, with lovely sparkling lights,” he said.The property is being sold via expressions of interest. 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.Designed and constructed by H4Living, leaders in sustainable housing construction, the home has a practical open-plan design.The home has high ceilings and expansive living areas filled with natural light. Belle Property – Toowong selling agent Russ Cornish said floor-to-ceiling glass in the living areas created a seamless transition to the outdoor surrounds.The main bedroom has a large walk-in robe and wide wraparound deck. There’s plenty of space to spread out at 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019There is a casual lounge perfect for watching movies or listening to music at the end of a busy day.Mr Cornish said Jesmond Rd housed some of the top homes in Brisbane.“This one is a very nice, brand new home,” he said.“This property is very much sitting on over an acre of land.“It provides privacy and separation from other homes.“There’s a beautiful bushland outlook and it’s in a rustic setting.” 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.This architecturally designed home on an elevated block at Fig Tree Pocket has hit the market and is one of a kind.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 233 Jesmond Rd is only 10km from Brisbane’s CBD and just minutes to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. 233 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.He said Fig Tree Pocket was a very sought after area.Mr Cornish said the home would be best suited for bigger families.“It’s perfect for an executive-style family who have teenage children or younger children,” Mr Cornish said.“There is good separation for younger children.”last_img read more

The multimillion-dollar sale price of this Brisbane “Hollywood Hills” mansion has been revealed

first_imgGood morning sunshine! That’s a lot of time with the polishing cloth.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe property includes a separate guest wing where visitors have their own private balcony, lounge, sitting room and kitchen.But the top level is the jewel on this crown, with the expansive master bedroom, complete with custom walk-in dressing room and marble tiled ensuite with spa.Best of all, the bed has its own stage and directly faces the windows so you can wake up with a 180 degree view. The views never stop.The ground floor is also built for fun.There’s a lounge with adjoining marble-top bar while room-length sliding glass doors which allow the space to merge with the enclosed deck.Keeping with the LA vibe is a uniquely shaped saltwater pool, which appears to hang from the hilltop. It’s been a multimillion-dollar payday for the owner of this Hollywood Hill type mansion in Brisbane’s south.PRESTIGE property spotters can finally take a breath as the contract price of 6 Pine Mountain Court, Carina Heights is revealed.The property’s $3.2 million sale is now unconditional.The home’s selling agent, James Curtain of Place Estate Agents, said houses of that scale in the suburb were rare.“It was a solid outcome — there are not too many houses that sell above $3 million in Carina Heights,” he said.“It’s a beautiful spot with incredible views. A unique location — Hollywood in Brisbane,” Mr Curtain said.The stunning home was purchased by an interstate buyer looking to establish themselves in the Sunshine State capital — and they’ve done that in grand style.The luxurious 1000sq m five-bedroom, five-bathroom home sits high among the trophy properties in this exclusive enclave.center_img A home fit for an LA Hip Hop party.And for those who appreciate indoor indulgences, there’s a fully equipped home cinema with tiered seating and surround sound system.You’ll never be stuck for parking either, with a six-car garage ensuring your collectables are well protected.According to CoreLogic information, the home was available for rent for $2400 per week as recently as November 2 this year.CoreLogic records also showed there’s only been two other sales above $3 million in the suburb, the most recent being a 7 Pine Mountain Court for $3.4 million in December 2014.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair A towering position for a superstar home.The home’s owner, Nick Valente, has enjoyed this vista for the last 26 years.Mr Valente, a retired local builder, bought the 1416sq m hilltop block in 1991 for $325,000 from Crazy Clark’s discount store founder, Robert Clark, after falling in love with the view.Eight years later, he started building his palatial residence.The home boasts an unbelievable 40 metre northeast facing frontage, allowing uninterrupted views across Brisbane’s CBD, the Glasshouse Mountains, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.The home is awash with marble tiling, glass and polished bamboo, but the centrepiece is a stainless steel staircase which took 300 hours of polishing to achieve its mirror-like lustre, according to Mr Valente.last_img read more