Bosnian director: Movie’s human-rights focus resonates now

first_imgSARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic says she is used to improvising. And she says that came in handy this year while finishing a film during the pandemic. Zbanic’s latest film — “Quo Vadis, Aida?” — has no promotional budget but does have Oscar buzz as a possible nominee for best international film. Zbanic will know next week whether the movie made the shortlist of 15 international films. “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is based on true events from Bosnia’s 1992-95 inter-ethnic war. It took the writer-director more than a decade to put together and create. Post-production had to be done remotely across Europe. Zbanic thinks the movie’s focus on human rights resonates even more because of the pandemic.last_img

NYS On Pause Extended Until April 29

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo).ALBANY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State on Pause has been extended until April 29.Statewide, schools and the continued closure of non-essential businesses are included in the extension of the order.“We still have to extend New York Pause because if that curve is turning, it’s turning because the rate of infection is going down,” Cuomo said. “One of the reasons why the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working.”Previously, schools had been ordered to be closed until April 15. Now, students will have to continue with distance learning. The Governor acknowledged potential economic impacts with the extended closures.“I know that’s a negative for many, many reasons,” he said. “I know what it does to the economy, but as I said from day one, I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity.”Also Monday, the New York State Department of Education made the decision to cancel Regents exams that were scheduled for June. During his daily press conference, the Governor was asked about the cancellation of the Regents exam.“I haven’t even looked at their decision on the Regents,” he responded. “It sounds right, but I haven’t even looked at it.”In addition to canceling Regents, the Board of Regents also adopted a series of emergency regulations because of the coronavirus, including no school and district evaluations. That means next school year’s grade will be the same as the current year’s.Also, there will be no reduction in state aid for schools that have less than 180 days of instruction, and the Department will provide an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction.last_img read more

Norm Lewis on Starring Opposite Former Onstage Daughter Sierra Boggess in Phantom: ‘Just Go with It’

first_img Related Shows View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera When we found out that Broadway heartthrob Norm Lewis had finally landed his dream role, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera opposite his former Little Mermaid daughter Sierra Boggess, we just had to congratulate him ourselves. So we called him up!Is this the Phantom of the Opera?It depends on who’s calling!Congrats! What exciting news.I’m so glad it’s out now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy for a month!How did this happen? Did you get on your knees and beg at the 25th Anniversary Gala?Yes, exactly. Got right down on my knees! [Laughs.] Actually, I did a symposium called American Voices at the Kennedy Center in November. I was on a panel with [music director] David Caddick and [conductor] David Lai and a question about diversity on Broadway was asked to me. I talked about how blessed I was, but mentioned that I wanted to do Phantom. David and David are both high up in the Phantom world so when Hugh Panaro decided he didn’t want to renew, they said, “How about Norm Lewis?” And I auditioned for Hal Prince and then Cameron Mackintosh, and it just kind of happened!You told me on Show People last year that this was your dream role. Did you have a secret board at home to make this happen?I just kept putting it out there. After 26 years, I just wanted someone of color to play that role on Broadway. It didn’t have to me. I just wanted to see somebody do it.Why the Phantom? What about this part draws you?It’s a lot of things. It’s iconic. It’s one of those characters, like Sweeney Todd, who I was also able to play, that is so misunderstood. You want to bring some truth to it. I’ve seen it done so many times by Hugh Panaro, who’s one of the quintessential Phantoms out there. And also Howard McGillin, or my first Phantom up in Toronto, Colm Wilkinson. I already knew the music, but when I finally saw the show, I thought, “This is intriguing.”Hugh Panaro was your co-star on Side Show. Have you ever gone backstage and tried on his mask?I’ve never put the mask on! Hugh is more than a friend—he’s like my brother. It’s almost like a rite of passage for me that he’s handing the baton to me. He’s ready to move on and is passing the role onto me. Hopefully, he’ll give me some great clues and tips. I’m just looking forward to hanging out with him in the last few weeks of his run. And getting on that stage!What scenes are you dying to actually get up there and perform?That’s a good question! The ones with Sierra Boggess. I’m anxious to do the lair scene with “Music of the Night.” There are so many things. And running up and down those stairs singing “The Phantom of the Opera.”Spoiler! I don’t think all of those “Phantoms” are you in that scene!Oh, really? I was so sure! [Laughs.]Is it weird that Triton and Ariel are playing The Phantom and Christine together or do we just go with it?I think we should just go with it. Sierra and I talked about it. We actually call each other “Daddy” and “Daughter.” In a way, the Phantom is kind of a father figure and there’s a mystique to their relationship that hopefully adds some contextual flavor to the role.Yeah, yeah, but I saw the sequel, Norm. He is not just a father figure![Laughs.] OK, but we’re not blood related, so…Final question. Since saying you wanted to be The Phantom on Broadway.com helped make it come true, what else do you want? Dream big and let’s get it out there.I want as much money as Oprah Winfrey has in the bank right now. Or Tyler Perry. I want that empire!last_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img