Rodgers

23 Feb 19
Rams Wire

The Rams have taken full advantage of the compensatory-pick formula since its introduction in 1994.

23 Feb 19
IndieWire
“Our love will last till the stars turn cold.” That line from “Singin’ in the Rain” perfectly sums up the sensibility of its director, Stanley Donen: absolute sincerity wedded to knowing irony. When Gene Kelly’s Don Lockwood says that to Debbie Reynolds’ Kathy Seldon, he’s actually quoting a line from the cornball movie he’s just made with Jean Hagen for which he has contempt: “The Duelling Cavalier.” But what Lockwood comes to recognize is that, polished just right, hokum can be made to sparkle — and can convey genuine feeling. Is “Our love will last till the stars turn cold” silly? Sure. But it’s beautiful too, and who wants to be so cynical as not to recognize that? Donen, who died February 23 at age 94 after a nearly 70-year career across film and theater, recognized what so few do today: that two seemingly contradictory things can be true at the same time. In this case, that a genre often not taken seriously, the Hollywood musical, could be a form for staggering artistry. Donen wasn’t arrogant enough to think that the genre was worthless or needed a reinvention to make it relevant; he simply loved it so much that he wanted to keep pushing its boundaries. And did he ever. “On the Town,” “Royal Wedding,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “It’s Always Fair Weather,” “Funny Face,” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain,” held up by many critics as the greatest Hollywood musical ever made. It placed at number 20 on Sight & Sound’s poll of the greatest films ever made in 2012, and at #10 on the AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest American Movies in 1998 (and at #5 when AFI released a reconsidered version of the list in 2008). Though officially listed as co-director on that film with Gene Kelly, as was the case on “On the Town,” historians generally agree Kelly focused more on the choreography while Donen shaped the film’s overall look. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.indiewire.com/2019/02/albert-finney-five-time-oscar-nominated-actor-dies-at-82-1202042360/” type=”Read More:” target=”_self”]Albert Finney Dies at 82[/pmc-related-link] Donen was born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1924. When he was nine years old he went to a movie theater and saw “Flying Down to Rio,” the first musical in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers appeared. In his words, he was “transported.” He told his biographer Joseph Casper in 1983, “I must have seen the picture 30 or 40 times. I was transported into some sort of fantasy world where everything seemed to be happy, comfortable, easy, and supported. A sense of well-being filled me.” Donen started making home movies with an 8 mm camera and taking dance lessons. After graduating high school at 16, he left for New York where he earned a spot in the chorus line for Rodgers & Hart’s “Pal Joey” on Broadway, a show that had turned its lead Gene Kelly into a star. They became friends, and Kelly made Donen his assistant choreographer for his next show, “Best Foot Forward.” The two moved to Hollywood in 1943, and Donen quickly adapted the choreography skills he developed to help stage three musical numbers for Kelly in the film “Cover Girl,” starring Rita Hayworth. Donen’s penchant for innovation rose to the fore quickly, when he brainstormed the idea for Kelly to dance with Jerry the Mouse (of “Tom & Jerry” fame) in 1945’s “Anchors Aweigh.” By 1949, MGM’s powerhouse producer Arthur Freed, who led the studio’s most illustrious musical production department, offered Donen and Kelly the chance to adapt Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town” for the big screen. The film would be a game-changer. Never before had a Hollywood musical shot on location in New York City and outside of a soundstage. Admittedly, only seven minutes of the film’s 98-minute runtime would be shot in New York, but those scenes make an extraordinary impact, especially the film’s three-minute opening number “New York, New York (It’s a Wonderful Town).” For his first solo directing effort, Donen got to make a film with his idol Fred Astaire. “Royal Wedding” (1951) is an eye-popping feast, with Donen staging scenes in which Astaire dances on the ceiling (via a rotating set and camera) and shows that he’s such a charismatic performer that he can even dance with a hatrack. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.indiewire.com/2019/01/jonas-mekas-rip-cinephile-obituary-1202037652/” type=”Read More:” target=”_self”]Jonas Mekas RIP: Why this 96-Year-Old Legend Was Our Most Important Cinephile[/pmc-related-link] “Singin’ in the Rain” was next. Viewers today may not be aware of this, but all of the songs in it had appeared in previous MGM musicals, including the title track, and at the time this would have been something musical aficionados would have recognized. It was an early “jukebox musical.” What Kelly and Donen delivered in 1952 was essentially what Baz Luhrmann delivered with “Moulin Rouge!” 49 years later, and its rapid montages and color-splashed frames were almost as overwhelming to the senses. This was a self-conscious attempt to take elements of the musical genre as it had existed before and repackage them in a wholly new way. As Casey Charness wrote in the 1977 book “Hollywood Cine-dance”: “‘Singin’ in the Rain’ marks the first time the Hollywood musical had ever been reflexive, and amused at its own extravagant non-dancing inadequacy, at that.” It was also Donen and Kelly making fun of the Busby Berkeley style that had dominated Hollywood musicals in the 1930s (they had clashed with Berkeley on the making of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in 1949). Charness noted that Berkeley’s Berekeley’s “overhead kaleidoscope floral pattern is predominantly featured [in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’] as is the line of tap-dancing chorines, who are seen only from the knees down.” Stanley Donen with his Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Other masterpieces would follow, such as “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “It’s Always Fair Weather,” which serves as a poignant unofficial sequel to “On the Town” about three soldiers who were buddies during the war reconnecting 10 years later and finding they have nothing in common, and “Funny Face.” The whole idea of the “Cine-dance” that Charness wrote about is that Donen created in these films dances that could not exist in real life, that required the interrogation of the camera and aggressive editing techniques to realize. As the Hollywood musical declined, Donen expanded the type of films he’d direct. His 1963 caper “Charade” is a self-conscious riff on the Alfred Hitchcock style starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Its location photography in Paris is superb, and Donen found a way to make this light, ultimately derivative thriller still pop like a fizzy cocktail. He and Hepburn would reteam for the far more ambitious “Two for the Road,” a time-period-toggling love story following Hepburn and her husband Albert Finney at the beginning and end of their relationship. Linklater’s “Before” trilogy would not exist without “Two for the Road,” a film that also set the stage for the all the flashback- and parallel-editing-heavy movies to come. Missteps followed for Donen, including 1980’s sci-fi disaster “Saturn 3,” starring Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett. But he’d win praise for producing the 1986 Oscars ceremony and win a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1998, having never won one competitively. His last filmed work was the made-for-TV movie “Love Letters,” starring Steven Weber and Laura Linney, which he directed in 1999. For the last 20 years, Donen had been in a romantic relationship with comedy legend and director Elaine May. In 2013 and 2014, he was trying to get a script he had co-written with May produced, with him directing. A table read was staged with Charles Grodin, Christopher Walken, Jeannie Berlin, and Ron Rifkin, and Mike Nichols was attached to produce, but investors ultimately didn’t appear to fund the project. Donen was married five times and had three children, including visual effects supervisor Peter Donen (who died in 2003) and Joshua Donen, a producer on “House of Cards” and “Mindhunter.” His partner May is 86 years old and just wrapped a run on Broadway. If you love movies, you love Stanley Donen. And though he’d probably find this both corny and touching, it’s also true that cinephiles the world over will keep on loving the films of Stanley Donen “until the stars turn cold” indeed.
23 Feb 19
The Denver Post
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jeff Bridich is generally a man who’s cautious with his words. Indeed, he has mastered “GM speak.” So when Bridich said the following to Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla the other day, my antenna went up: “Now it’s really about what it actually feels like for this group to be a playoff team, be a playoff contender, have a legitimate chance to win the N.L. West and be a real World Series threat. Those are real things for this team.” I praise the Rockies for their lofty goals. It’s not often that this franchise begins a season looking to scale the summit. But as the Cactus League season opens this weekend, I’ve come up with 10 things the must happen in order for the Rockies to win the National League West, something they have never done: RELATED: Rockies Insider: Why Colorado fans should be happy the Padres signed Manny Machado 1. Stay healthy. This has a good chance to be the best rotation in franchise history, but Kyle Freeland and German Marquez each need to make 25 starts. Shortstop Trevor Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado each need to play in at least 140 games. 2. A third pitcher, be it Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson or someone else, must give the Rockies at least 20 quality starts. 3. Hit more consistently. Colorado’s offense was fire and ice last season. Hot streaks and blowout wins filled with home runs and bushels of base hits obscured the fact that the Rockies’ offense was a paper tiger. Last season, Colorado’s OPS+ (which accounts for league and park factors and sets the scale such that 100 is average) was only 90. Arenado (133), Story (127), and Charlie Blackmon (115) performed well, but everyone else finished around 100 or below. The addition of Daniel Murphy at first base will help, and David Dahl is a star in the making, but did the club do enough in the offseason? The jury is still out. 4. Hit better on the road. Although the Rockies had a winning road record for just the second time in franchise history (44-38), they batted .225 (632-for-2,806), their lowest road batting average in franchise history. 5. Replace DJ LeMahieu at second base. Manager Bud Black believes the defense up the middle is crucial for a winning team. LeMahieu’s Gold Glove, extraordinary range and baseball savvy will be missed. Can Peter Lambert, Ryan McMahon or Brendan Rodgers fill the void? 6. Bolster the bullpen. Scott Oberg and Seunghwan Oh need repeat performances. Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee and Chris Rusin must shake off the 2018 nightmare. Bottom line: Someone needs to replace Adam Ottavino. 7. Dominate at Coors Field. After a sluggish start (10-17), the Rockies rebounded to finish 47-34 at home. That was solid, but 50 or more wins in LoDo could well be the difference between an NL West crown and another wild card. 8. Coax a career year out of Ian Desmond. The Rockies are counting on him to be a full-time center fielder, at age 33. At the plate, they need to see more line drives to the gaps, fewer groundouts and an OPS above .800 (it was .729 last year). 9. Beat the Dodgers. Colorado was 7-13 vs. Los Angeles last season, a team that has won six consecutive division titles. During that six-year stretch, the Rockies are 48-67 vs. L.A. 10. Find a productive, quality fourth outfielder. Will it finally be Ramel Tapia’s time to shine? Is Noel Cuevas or Mike Tauchman the answer? Spring training will provide some clues.
23 Feb 19
IK fooball 24

Nkana FC Coach Beston Chambeshi has won 50 matches , 16 loses and 16 draws in all competition since June 2017 from 82 matches in charge .

23 Feb 19
Archy news nety

Arsenal chief Sanllehi, alongside Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat, appointed Emery as the club's replacement for Arsene Wenger back in the summer. The Spaniard has endured a mixed season in North London. Arsenal is set to make it to the summer league. And Football London have reported on how Emery got the job in the […]

23 Feb 19
CBS Chicago

(CBS/AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back to 1998, marking the latest charges against a man trailed for decades by lurid rumors. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a […]

23 Feb 19
Variety

Stanley Donen, the director of such stylish and exuberant films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Funny Face” and “Two for the Road” and the last surviving helmer of note from Hollywood’s golden age, has died at 94. The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips tweeted that one of his sons had confirmed the news to him. Confirmed […]

23 Feb 19
The Blog

Photo: Tyler Eisenreich, Kaitlyn Mayse and Gage Martin in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. By Carol Rosegg   Fairy tales. We hear them often. We read them to our children. They were read to us as children. But very rarely do we get the opportunity to see them unfold before our eyes. The Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella you’ll […]

23 Feb 19
Otaku no Culture

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest) Fan Expo Vancouver (March 1-3, 2019) is returning to form, and that’s to offer a mecca of delights to kickstart the first weekend of March with. This includes a larger than usual list of talents behind many a fan favourite comic book, television show or internet streaming channel. There are […]

23 Feb 19
Packers Fuel

Over the next few posts, I will be writing a series of profiles on the new coaching staff that has been entrusted to run the 2019 installment of the Green Bay Packers. My intentions are not to bore you to death with stats or quotes (but there will be some stats), but simply to try […]

23 Feb 19
Sports360AZ

Even though the 2019 recruiting class is still tying up some loose ends, the focus has already landed on the class of 2020. Some athletes such as Chaparral quarterback, Jack Miller, and Pinnacle QB, J.D. Johnson have already committed heading into their senior years with many more to come. The recruiting process is often a […]

23 Feb 19
"I'm not racist, my wife is Asian!" What will happen when racist, anti-black, alt-right, anti-feminist, anti-Asian, far-right, conservative white men marry extremely racist, status-obsessed, asian women that hate asian men and hope their children look white - and have a son or daughter who looks asian? What happens when half-Asian men hear "i don't date asian guys?", face extreme racism, and their parents are mocking Asians and Asian men?

An expose on BlackPigeonSpeaks can be seen at Kiwifarms. A discussion of his racism. The most repugnant, racist white men on the planet specifically target “traditional, family oriented” Asian women who will not sleep with black men or embrace feminism. At the same time, these men promote white male supremacy, especially over Asian men, who […]

23 Feb 19

Four score and 15 long years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a veteran quarterback that everybody questioned on a daily basis. The two-time Super Bowl-winning passer is out to secure yet another Lombardi trophy in what might be his final season with the New York Giants. While I wish Eli Manning’s […]

23 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
AFTER an action-packed Aberdeen v Rangers game a few weeks ago — all the fun was sucked out of it the very next morning with a full-blown post-mortem. Totally fed-up with appeals, compliance, retrospective disciplinary action, and all that tiresome nonsense, I wished we could stop re- refereeing games, and just try to enjoy the fitba’. Neil Doncaster has held talks with government officials and those at the SFA about Strict Liability In fact, forget ‘petty & ill-informed’ — our new motto on Off The Ball (and it’s a phrase we all had drummed into us as kids) is Play To The Whistle. No harm to Clare Whyte but the referee’s decision (hopefully aided sooner rather than later by VAR) is final. Sounds great, eh? And starting on today’s programme — in a valiant effort to give us a welcome break from tit-for-tat tedium — we’re also banning the W-word . . . WHATABOUTERY. Both Killie manager Steve Clarke and striker Kris Boyd have been targeted by bigots this week This week we had two well-documented events — Kris Boyd being struck with a coin and called a “sad orange b*****d” by Celtic fans before his Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke was given the “sad Fenian b*****d” treatment by the crowd at Ibrox. This presents us with the perfect opportunity to put this tosh to bed. Whataboutery? Nope, there’s no need to dredge up ancient history and go over the same old ground, thanks very much. Let’s just act on the two unsavoury episodes that occurred in the past six days. And (deep breath) let’s have a bash at Strict Liability. Dave King released a strongly worded statement to condemn the Gers fans who sang about Steve Clarke Yep, I know the very notion of our clubs being directly responsible for their fans’ behaviour was booted out in 2013. And in terms of turkeys voting for Christmas, I doubt Peter Lawwell and Dave King would sign up for Strict Liability. Quite frankly, there’s more chance of the Old Firm chiefs signing up for Strictly Come Dancing. However, at the end of a hellish few days, please tell me Kilmarnock will be happy to bring it back to the table? To be honest, I don’t know what Rangers and Celtic have to fear. Both clubs continually insist the sectarian stuff comes from a “tiny minority” of their support (no giggling at the back, please). Peter Lawell is the Celtic Chief Executive With Strict Liability in place — and a wee bit of self-policing — surely the “vast majority” won’t stand back and allow their club to be heavily fined or docked points? And you know what? With a few teething problems guaranteed, I’d even allow a “three strikes and you’re out” approach. Surely the decent fans on both sides of the Old Firm divide want to emerge from the “dark ages” as Clarke called it? If we humour the fantasists who insist the Glasgow derby is the biggest fixture on Planet Football (for the last time, stop giggling at the back!) you can only imagine what the rest of the world thinks of both clubs this week. Kris Boyd was also struck by a coin from a Celtic fan last Sunday It all came to a head on Wednesday night when we SHOULD have been waxing lyrical about Alfredo Morelos’ incredible four-goal haul against Killie. The wee Colombian gets a hard time for his moody demeanour — but he was entitled to be as crabbit as hell when the spotlight switched to the silly stuff. Rangers made all the right noises the following morning about not tolerating unacceptable behaviour at Ibrox and doing everything to eradicate this kind of behaviour. But we’ve heard it all before, from both sides of the Old Firm, and that could have been a statement from 30 years ago. Fair play to Dave King and Steven Gerrard for making their own feelings crystal clear, but we need action — NOW — starting with an immediate ban on the “cheer up” song that’s caused so much grief. The headlines should’ve been about Alfredo Morelos on Wednesday night not sectarianism If it’s not stopped on sectarian/bigotry grounds, then perhaps — and I’m now clutching at straws — as a mark of respect to Peter Tork of The Monkees who sadly passed away this week. Also, if the clubs are serious about weeding out the eejits who shame their name, surely that’s an easy process in the era of all-ticket matches and CCTV? Intervention. SFA chief Ian Maxwell and his SPFL counterpart Neil Doncaster apparently had recent talks with the Cabinet Secretary and the Sports Minister, but the time for chit-chat is over. I think political intervention will only work if the Scottish Government INSISTS on Strict Liability. And then we can all just get back to talking about the football. [article-rail-curated title=”RELATED STORIES ” selected_posts=”3914332,3915622,3914398,3913738,3914474,3915603″ /] Or do you think I’m just a Daydream Believer . . . ? PS Don’t know about you, but I still can’t make my mind up on the Eamonn Brophy penalty claim for Kilmarnock or goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann’s red card. So, if there’s one other thing to take out of the game at Ibrox it’s that we must introduce VAR. And here’s a crazy idea. Let’s finance the expensive new technology with all the fines from Strict Liability. PPS I read yesterday that a lion who was called MoJo had died after being attacked at a safari park in Merseyside. MoJo? Please tell me this wasn’t another sectarian attack! A NINE-MONTH gap in his playing career for Scott McDonald, who hung up his boots at Dundee United in May 2018 and returned to goalscoring form with Partick Thistle last Saturday. But here’s one for my fellow SunSport columnist Jim Duffy. Neil emailed to say: “I was at Duff’s testimonial when he retired through injury in 1988. Two years later, he was back playing. I never did get my cash back . . . ” IN recent years at Parkhead, I must admit that Motherwell have been rogered more often than a policeman’s walkie-talkie. And it’s foolish to even think about getting a result tomorrow when you consider the HUGE financial gap between the clubs. But after making it six league wins on the bounce against Hearts last Sunday — thanks to headline-grabbing displays from Jake Hastie, David Turnbull and Jambos’ goalie Colin Doyle (a hideous, late blunder in The Cammy Bell End) — I fancy our chances. In fact, with one eye on the visit to Rugby Park in midweek, I’m going to stick my neck out and predict we’ll do Eight-in-a-Row before Celtic . . . What an amazing achievement that would be! Memo to Well boss Stevie Robinson: Do you realise we still have one remaining stand at Fir Park not named after anyone? WALK ON Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he had to hide from Orange walk a week after moving to Glasgow BEST debut I’ve ever witnessed from a footballer? Ex-Motherwell keeper Craig McLean’s performance when he trod the boards for the very first time this week at A Play, A Pie and A Pint in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. A number of players have dabbled in the acting profession — Jordan Jones, Scott Sinclair, Jermain Defoe — but I reckon young Craig will make a career of it after his dazzling display in A Respectable Widow Takes To Vulgarity. It ends in Glasgow today before enjoying a run at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen from Tuesday and I urge you to give it a bash. NO losers in Valencia this week. Celtic returned home with their pride intact after a very decent performance, the fans got a bit of sun on their backs and plenty of beer in their bellies . . . and the club even got a wee financial bonus. Yep, with the travelling support having nothing to celebrate, no bill for any broken seats! PS. As the culture vultures in the large travelling support will know, Valencia lays claim to being the home of the chalice that JC used to serve wine to his disciples at The Last Supper. According to legend, the Big Man stood up and said: “I shall now turn the water into wine . . . ” And a voice at the back shouted: “Haw! Get your fiver in the kitty like everybody else!” COURTESY of regular readers Ian Taylor and John Bookless, here’s a few more sitcoms starring footballers . . . Rangers and Celtic — Love Thy Neighbour. Stevie May — Whatever Happened To The Likely Lad? Scott McDonald and Kenny Miller — Still Game. The Rangers’ forward line when Morelos is suspended — The Thin Blue Line. VAR — You Are Being Swerved. Also, not really a sitcom, but Alex Peddie says: “Don’t forget Jamie Carragher and Spitting Image . . . ” And finally CHELSEA have been banned from bringing in any new players until next summer. A bit harsh, but I’m sure they’ll get by with the 584 players who are already on their books, eh? Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6005214673001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers fan tells talkSPORT’s Jim White it’s acceptable to be sectarian during 90-minute football match “]