Film and Record Producer Kurt Deutsch is Having a Good Week

first_imgEven before winning his record label’s third Grammy Award on Sunday night, Kurt Deutsch was planning on having a big week. The film version of The Last Five Years that he spearheaded is premiering in New York City tonight and Los Angeles on Wednesday, with releases set for both cities (and video on demand) on Friday. And the movie’s soundtrack is also set for release tomorrow on Sh-K-Boom Records, the label that has been his passion project for 15 years. But a Grammy for the original cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical? Icing on the cake. Looking ahead, Deutsch is currently developing a new Alice in Wonderland-inspired musical with Spring Awakening authors Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater called Alice By Heart and is looking forward to watching The Last Five Years in movie theaters with fans. Although it will also be released on TVs via video on demand on Friday, the same day as movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles (before opening wider on February 20), he encourages the “leaving-your-house” option. For Deutsch, the rebirth of The Last Five Years is somewhat bittersweet as he’s now separated from Scott, whom he married in 1998 and has one son with, Elijah. “It’s a private matter, but we’ve been living separately,” he said. “Our main focus is the well-being and nurturing of our son.” Both producers of the film, Deutsch and Scott appear together in The Last Five Years on screen opposite Kendrick in a joint cameo. “It’s become this classic cult record,” he said. And a wildly popular one, thanks to Brown’s powerful songs and the now iconic vocals of its stars. “It’s our most successful off-Broadway album,” Deutsch confirms. “And probably the biggest selling off-Broadway album overall since Little Shop of Horrors. The amazing thing about the cast album business is that every year, there’s a new group of people that discover it.” “I felt our chances were good at winning because we had three albums in the category,” Deutsch said. His sister label, Ghostlight Records, is responsible for the nominated cast album for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and also served as executive producer on Disney’s Aladdin album. “I’m just happy for everyone involved with Beautiful,” he added. “We’re the little independent label always going up against the big guys.” Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight previously won Grammy Awards in the Best Musical Theater Album category for In the Heights and The Book of Mormon. “To me, musicals are meant to be experienced with an audience,” he said. “So if you can go to the theater and see it together, go and have that experience jointly. But if not, invite some friends over and watch it in your living room! I’m just thrilled everyone is going to get to see it.” View Comments Deutsch always had the idea of turning the musical into a movie so, when acclaimed screenwriter and film director Richard LaGravanese told Scott at an audition that he also had the same thought, she hooked the two men up. Interestingly, LaGravanese had never seen the show, only knowing the story of Jamie and Cathy from first date to marriage to divorce from listening to the album. Get the Sh-K-Boom Records original motion picture soundtrack of The Last Five Years here. LaGravanese’s film adaptation, which stars in-demand Hollywood star Anna Kendrick and Tony-nominated Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan, succeeds in ways the stage version of The Last Five Years traditionally struggles, Deutsch said. “The movie enlightens elements that the show can’t. You can actually see Cathy’s reaction to Jamie when he’s singing ‘If I Didn’t Believe in You’ and ‘Schmuel.’ And you can see how in love they are during ‘Shiksa Goddess’ and you see Jamie with other women. I think it makes you feel it all deeper.” Originally an actor (he romanced Kristin Davis on Sex and the City and starred on Broadway in A Few Good Men and in Randy Newman’s Faust at La Jolla Playhouse in 1995), Deutsch started Sh-K-Boom in 2000 with wife Sherie Rene Scott with the plan of releasing rock albums for theater stars like Scott, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley. Cast albums didn’t come into the picture until Scott appeared in the off-Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years in 2002. The show only survived two months at the Minetta Lane Theatre, so making a cast recording wasn’t high on any record label’s to-do list. But Deutsch was determined and did it himself, with the help of the show’s producers.last_img read more

Weather Holds Peanuts’ Fate

first_img John Beasley, UGA CAES Peanut plants produce pegs, a kind of elongated stem, that enter the ground and swell to produce peanuts. White mold on a peanut plant (in circle.) As dry and hot as the summer has been, a Universityof Georgia scientist says peanuts still stand a chance to make a good crop.”Overall, the crop looks good,” said JohnBeasley, an Extension Servicepeanut agronomist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s getting late in the season. Butwith good weather — even less than ideal weather — we could still harvest a good crop ofpeanuts.”center_img Beasley said the temperature has affected peanuts as much or more than the drought.”Even irrigated peanuts have suffered in the extremely high temperatures we saw allover the state through June and July,” he said.He calls 1998 an “almost bizarre year.” Too much water in the spring keptfarmers from planting. Then too little water in the summer has kept the plants fromblooming and pegging.And for Georgia’s peanuts, valued in 1997 at $360 million, the blooms and pegs are thecrop. The blooms form pegs, or elongated stems, that enter the ground, swell and producethe fruit we know as peanuts. The weather from the first of August through October is what will make or break thepeanut crop, Beasley said. Growers hope for warm days and a late frost to keep the cropmaturing.But other factors are complicating the maturity of the crop. Late planting meant theharvest was already delayed. Rain through the last week of July and into early Augustprovided water for peanuts and for weeds, insects and diseases.”All of those factors can harm plants and delay maturity,” Beasley said.”Worst of all is the white mold we’re seeing.”Tim Brenneman, a CAES plantpathologist, said white mold is the worst he’s seen in the state in five years.”We’re seeing (white mold) the worst in irrigated fields,” he said, “wherethe high temperatures and available water provided ideal conditions for the mold to begindevelopment earlier than we’re accustomed to treating for it.” Brenneman said fungicides are available to decrease the fungus’ presence and impact inthe field. But once the fungus is there, it’s hard to control. The good news is that onlyabout 40 percent of Georgia peanut fields are under permanent irrigation, and drylandfields aren’t as susceptible to the fungus.The last “really bad” year was 1991, Brenneman said, when white mold cutyields by $57 million. “We don’t think it will be that bad this year, since we’ve gotgood fungicides,” he said. “But it has still caused, and will continue causing,some losses.”Beasley remains optimistic, though.”There’s still a very good chance the peanut crop can set and be harvested,”he said. “Peanuts have an ability to withstand early-season drought and then put on agood crop during the last half of the season. We’re betting that’s going to be the casethis year.”last_img read more

CUNA seeks real-life reg. burden examples for Senate Banking Committee

first_imgCUNA is launching a new tool today to help credit unions collect real-life examples of how the growing regulatory burden results in reduced service for members or increased costs to credit unions–a request made last week by the Senate Banking Committee.At a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, at which CUNA testified, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) asked credit unions and community banks to submit concrete examples of how regulations negatively affect service to consumers. Several other senators echoed the Senate Banking Committee chair’s request for more information.CUNA believes that the committee’s interest in learning more about regulatory environment signals a serious and welcome attempt to roll back some of the tide of regulatory and compliance burden that credit unions have been subjected to over the past decade.It is vital that the Senate receives real examples of the negative consequences of unnecessary regulation, and CUNA requests that credit unions use the form to provide examples of how the regulatory burden has caused the credit union to: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I was on American Airlines today – great plane. The best in a longtime – I was flying out of Hartford and not New Haven or Westchester – not knocking those airports but this was a nice plane – and on time. On my way to Greenville to hang with #teamymc. Best seats ever, pleather, extra cushioned. Charging stations, an EMPTY seat next to me, and, I swear they reclined extra far, and I could have laid out on a beach blanket with all the leg room in front of me. That last part might be a slight exaggeration of course.Flight fantastic. A+Pilot announcement. FAIL. D- at best.Intrusions. I am NOT a fan. I like my peace and quiet when I am traveling. I want to go into my bubble and watch a movie uninterrupted by children, enjoy a cocktail (err, um….coffee) or a chat with my seatmate if they seem normal (well comparatively speaking of course) or maybe even work. What I don’t want is what was LITERALLY a 96 second audio infomercial on the American Airlines Barclays Mastercard (I really shouldn’t give them any sort of shout out so you can pretend I bleeped it out if you want). Anyway, after what seemed like a 3-second, “Thank you for flying. The weather is fan-f’ing-tasic out there today greeting,” the pilot proceeded to begin speaking in what can only be described as a game show prize announcer voice to get the “audience” – or, passengers trapped at 35,000 feet with nowhere to go – riled up to apply for the BEST EVER piece of plastic you can put in your wallet today. What do you get? Not one, not two but 4 – yes 4 – round trip tickets for any destination in the Continental United States that will never expire. OMG. Please just STOP. Oh, and then after he finished and turned off the mike so we could get back to make our prize selections of Biscoff cookies or pretzels, he came back. He totally forgot to tell us that you also earn 1% cash back on all your purchases! Thank God he did – cash back is such a new concept AND 1%??? I get 5% on my unmentionable card, which, by the way I have loaded into my digital wallet (plug for awesome technology)!last_img read more

Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snub

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jul 2019 3:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link506Shares Advertisement Xavier Amaechi has not been included in Arsenal’s squad for the pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)Xavier Amaechi has deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account after he was left out of Unai Emery’s 29-man squad for the upcoming pre-season tour of America.The 18-year-old impressed for Freddie Ljungberg’s Under-23 side last season and with the Swede having recently been promoted to Emery’s first team coaching set-up, Arsenal promising crop of youngsters are expected to be given chances to stake claims for first team opportunities.Emery included the likes of Reiss Nelson, who spent last season on loan at Hoffenheim, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Tyreece John-Jules in the touring party ahead of matches against Colorado Rapids, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.AdvertisementAdvertisementAmaechi, however, has been left behind and will remain with the U23 side now coached by Steve Bould.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentcenter_img Xavier Amaechi deleted all traces of Arsenal from his Instagram account (Picture: Getty)The talented winger was reportedly annoyed with Emery after he was included in Arsenal’s Europa League final squad but snubbed for a place on the bench despite the Spaniard being permitted to name 12 replacements.Amaechi’s current contract expires at the end of next season but Bayern Munich are already said to be plotting a move.Arsenal have lost other promising talents in recent years, such as Chris Willock and Marcus McGuane to Benfica and Barcelona respectively, and would expect a decent fee should any club try to prise Amaechi away this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Xavier Amaechi travelled with the Arsenal squad to Baku for the Europa League final but failed to make the bench (Picture: Getty) Xavier Amaechi deletes all trace of Arsenal from Instagram after Unai Emery snublast_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse achieved Qld’s highest sale price last week

first_imgAttention to detail was a must in the design. Soak up the view.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Unwind while you soak up the Gold Coast’s spectacular skyline. Relax in the luxe bedroom. Cook up a storm in this kitchen.It was originally put on the market at $12.5 million in 2016, with the price later cut to $9.95 million.Mr Bakir bought the ex-Raptis offices from receivers to a company linked to failed share-trading firm chief “Aussie Rob” Wilson for $1.2 million in 2014.He then spent several million dollars turning the space into a penthouse with a “‘wow” factor, aided by design tips from Sunland Group chairman Soheil Abedian. Luxury at every turn. There is no shortage of luxury features here. It even has a lift.It was Queensland’s top sale price last week.The sale tops the city’s previous penthouse high of $9.2 million, set six years ago when Melbourne builder Peter Devitt bought the apartment that crowns Main Beach’s Liberty Panorama tower.The luxurious skyhome at the Towers of Chevron Renaissance, which spans the 39th and 40th floors, is on one of the most popular tourists strips in the country and took two years to build.It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 21 car spaces and panoramic views over the city, beaches, main river and Gold Coast hinterland. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise was Qld’s top sale last week.THE ink is dry on the sale of a palatial Surfers Paradise apartment, which now holds the Gold Coast penthouse sale record.Property development company owner Ron Bakir sold his apartment at 3250/23 Ferny Avenue for $9.5 million in January but it settled on March 12.last_img read more

REDjet wages by next week

first_img Share Share LifestyleTravel REDjet wages by next week by: – April 13, 2012 19 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img After more than two weeks of waiting for their pay, REDjet workers have been told they’ll get at least some of their money by next week.But passengers affected by the suspension of REDjet flights announced on March 16 are still awaiting their refunds.Frustrated employees who were paid up to February 25, said yesterday they had been informed that payment for February 26 to March 16 would be ready next Tuesday.Some spoke to the WEEKEND NATION on condition of anonymity because management had instructed workers not to talk to the media.By Dawne ParrisNation News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Scheffler scores at SpeedZone

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 15) – The first challenge on Saturday night at Oshkosh SpeedZone was to pare the 34-car Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified field to 20 for the main event.Adam Reed made the front row and led the first two laps before Taylor Scheffler took the top sot away and started to pull away. A lap five caution quickly regrouped the field but Scheffler again pulled away, leaving the race for second.Josh Zdroik ended a five-lap battle with Reed, moving into second on lap nine before the final caution for a tire on the track slowed the race on lap 10. Scheffler had the field on his rear bumper, but again, was able to pull away on the restart. Zdroik, Tim Robbiins, Mike Klenz, Eddie Muenster and point leader, Sean Jerovetz were in line.As the laps clicked off, Scheffelr was able to maintain his lead while the field strung out behind. Scheffler drove off with his first SpeedZone feature win with Zdroik taking the runner-up spot.Jerovetz padded his point lead with the third-place finish. Klenz, Mike Wedelstadt and Jeff Steenbergen rounded out the top six. The 2014 Walk of Fame inductees were honored at intermission and recipients included Wayne Wechwerth, Wilmer Schoppenhorst, who accepted his plaque and for his late brother, Willy, and Sharon Gracyalny, who accepted for her late husband Stan. An opening lap melee in the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car main was the only stop in feature action with Mark Schoenemann leading the opening circuit before John Heinz took over.Once in front, Heinz ran alone for the rest of the race and as able to cruise to his third feature win of the season. Dylan Heilmann prevailed in the tight race for second. Jon Schultz sped off with his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win of the season with Jeff Schmuhl second.last_img read more

Fans angry at United ‘shambles’

first_img Although many fans wanted Moyes out after such a woeful season, the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) believes it was wrong for the story to leak nearly 24 hours before an official announcement was made. “It’s a PR shambles,” said MUST vice-chair Sean Bones. “Manchester United’s history shows they deal with things with class and dignity but that has not been the case here. “The story leaked before David Moyes has been spoken to, and that’s not the Manchester United way. There was no dignity or class in the way they went about it.” Although United fans never called for Moyes’ head during games, it was clear that support for the manager was eroding with each of the 11 league defeats suffered by the club this term. It was therefore no surprise that many chose to hail the news of his sacking when it was announced on the club’s official Twitter feed. Bones feels appointing Moyes was always going to be a gamble considering that the Scot’s only previous experience came managing Everton and Preston. “The appointment of David Moyes was seen by a lot of supporters as a risk,” he said. Moyes’ nine-month reign at Old Trafford came to an end on Tuesday when he was sacked following a meeting at 8am with vice-chairman Ed Woodward at Carrington. The dismissal did not come as a surprise as many national media outlets reported on Monday afternoon that Moyes was to be dismissed. “Moyes wasn’t proven at the very highest level, and Manchester United should be attracting the best and most proven managers in the world.” Ryan Giggs will take charge of the first team on a temporary basis but speculation has already begun about who United want as a long-term successor to Moyes. Most fans appear to want Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, although he is not thought to be high on United’s wanted list. Whoever succeeds Moyes, Bones fears for the future of the club while the Glazer family are in charge. “The problems lie a lot deeper than David Moyes,” he said. “They lie with the Glazers and how they run the club.” Manchester United have been accused of turning themselves into a laughing stock with their handling of David Moyes’ departure. Press Associationlast_img read more

Olympic Games Tickets at Stake as Team Nigeria, Egypt Battle for…

first_imgOlufunke Oshonaike and Aruna Quadri hold the key to Nigeria’s qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games table tennis team events today at the ongoing 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco as Nigeria and Egypt battle for gold medals in both the men and women categories.Aruna Quadri was ranked as Africa’s best player going into the New Year yesterday at 26th position by ITTFTrue to bookmakers predictions, the two best table tennis playing nations in Africa – Nigeria and Egypt will come against each other in the final for the precious medals. The gold medal and the ticket to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are at stake in the encounter involving West and North African nations in Morocco.As top seeds, the two teams had flawless passages to the final without dropping a match with Nigeria men team beating host-Morocco and Congo Brazzaville to seal their place in the final while Egypt also humbled Ghana and Tunisia in their bid to make it to the final.Egypt as the top seed in the women event was without much worries on their passage to the final as took down Ethiopia and Algeria while Olufunke Oshonaike led Nigeria in their unbeaten run to the final with a convincing 3-0 bashing of Morocco and Tunisia to set up another consecutive final against the Egyptians.For Oshonaike, nothing can stop Nigeria from clinching the ticket to Tokyo. “We are set for the Egyptians and we are just looking to grab the gold medal and the ticket to Japan. We have been unlucky against them in most of our previous meetings but this time around I hope the luck will come our way. My teammates are in good shape and we are all playing well. We had dreamt the ticket and gold medal and nothing can stop us from mounting the podium,” Oshonaike said.However, Egypt’s Yousra Helmy believes it promises to be an exciting and tough encounter considering the present form of the two teams.“It is going to be tough match because we have been meeting in final in the last five years and I hope we can overcome the Nigeria this year again just like we did in Congo Brazzaville four years ago. It is a double pressure for the two teams because the gold medal and the ticket to Tokyo will be at stake. We are indeed sure of our victory but it will be a tough match for both teams,” she added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more