We’re counting down the (25) days until Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show broadcast! Between donning fishnets, filming the “Time Warp” and becoming behind-the-scenes BFFs, the star-studded cast has been busy. Reeve Carney, Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan attended the Broadway Flea Market on September 25 with theater legend Ben Vereen, who will appear in the broadcast as Dr. Everett Scott. Carney, Justice and McCarten then met the press on September 26. We’re shivering with antici…pation to watch Broadway alum Reeve Carney, screen fave Victoria Justice, Heathers star Ryan McCartan and the rest of the cast re-vamp this cult classic for its 40th anniversary on October 20. View Comments Reeve Carney, Victoria Justice & Ryan McCartan(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)
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Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:05 p.m. as the Raiders try to straighten things out at the Coliseum when they face the Los Angeles Chargers.The Raiders can’t help but play better than their last game, when they were embarrassed on national television in an indescribably bad 34-3 loss to the 49ers last Thursday. Oakland’s defense was torched by Nick Mullens, who was taking his first NFL snaps. The defeat sent the Raiders into a tie with the New York Giants with the …
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… The University of Washington Bothell (UWB) wants tricycles to be part of the self-driving conversation, providing smart cities with a cheaper and smaller alternative to cars and buses.The team started with a remote-controlled tricycle, but moved to a self-driving system last week. It is only able to drive in a circle at the moment, but the team is confident it can reach miles autonomously in the future.See Also: Shoka Bell rings up a new connected commuteAfter the tricycle becomes fully autonomous, the team wants to sell it for $10,000. Another route could be a self-driving fleet of tricycles, similar to Uber’s self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh, taking commuters across the city.Autonomous tricycle has its upsidesThe tricycle has plenty of advantages when compared to cars, it takes up less space on the road, weighs less, and is more environmentally friendly than the fuel chugging automotives on our roads today.“We’re using things much less powerful than a smartphone,” Tyler Folsom, head of the team at UWB. “Part of the concept is that you don’t have to spend as much money as the big car companies are spending. My contention is you don’t need all that much processing power to make autonomy happen.”Smart cities require innovative transport ideas, and while autonomous tricycles seem like a longshot, it could be a way to reduce the road size, providing more space for businesses, parks, and green space.“The big thing for me is the effect this could have on global warming,” said Folsom. “If we can push transportation in this direction—very light vehicles—it’s a major win for the environment. I want to have the technology that lets people make that choice if we decide, yes, by the way, survival would be a nice thing.” IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … David Curry Tags:#Autonomous#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-hailing#Self-Driving#tricycle#UWB
Rockstar pro colorist Mark Todd Osborne shares stories and insight from his celebrated career in color. If you want to know how to break into the big leagues, start here.All images via Mark Todd OsborneMark Todd Osborne is a rockstar colorist who started at one of the most respected color houses in the business, Company 3, where he learned under the tutelage of the legendary Stefan Sonnenfeld. Osborne has been coloring for nearly eighteen years, seven of which have been freelance. Here’s a look at some of his recent work:He’s worked with an impressive list of clients, grading commercial work for brands like Audi, BMW, Nikon, and Target and on feature films Capote, Need for Speed, and It Follows. He has worked on five different color systems, including Pablo, Lustre and Nucoda, and recently has circled back to DaVinci Resolve due to the system’s high-end correction capabilities. Talk about the experience of cutting your teeth at Company 3.I started at Company 3 two months after it first opened, when there were only about seven of us in the Santa Monica office. I quickly became Stefan Sonnenfeld’s protege. I was doing dailies in a bay beside him, working with all of his A-list clients. It was intense and exciting to be working with such talented professionals and they truly helped shape me as a colorist. In those days we pretty much did near-final dailies. The DPs would call me each day and tell me how they were planning to light the set, what lenses they were using and how they wanted things to look in telecine. During my eleven years at Company 3, I colored numerous commercials, music videos and several feature films, including Capote [which won an Academy Award for Best Actor] and Sunshine Clearing, to name a few.Working alongside Stefan must have been incredible. The guy is a juggernaut in the field. What kind of encouragement did he give you?Stefan was the one who told me I had an “eye for color” and that encouraged me to grow whatever talent I had. He told me, “Anyone can learn how to work the DaVinci, but very few recognize where colors should go.”When I left Company 3, I worked at Light Iron on something like ten movies my first year. There I worked on a Pablo system. I was excited to expand my talents as a finishing artist by learning to incorporate a little bit of paint and sky replacements to my work.Today, I’m excited to incorporate Fusion into my color grading skills. I hear clients say, “We have forty-five effects shots. It would be great if you could take even five off our hands.” So I help out when I can as long as it makes sense for me to do so.It becomes a worth thing. Your typical producer knows a ton of editors but not that many colorists, so they’d rather use you for what you’re best at. Part of it is also the tools. Your dabbling colorist is not walking around with a control surface, which definitely makes you better. Do you worry about the ubiquity of color grading software?When Avid and Final Cut became more available, everyone suddenly became an editor. It was the same with the free version of DaVinci Lite. When it came out, I had to let a few clients go to the “new to Resolve” colorists because it was cheaper. It was a good exercise for them to learn why they needed a professional with years of experience to helm their projects.Is there something you like about DaVinci Resolve over the other tools?There are many fine color systems out there. They all make pretty pictures. Today, it’s about the artist, not the kit. There’s a lot of pressure on colorists to deliver 100% of the expectations of the client and keep it within the time and budget allowed. I need a tool that keeps me in the creative flow and work fast, at the touch of a button. Resolve is very user-friendly in that respect.Any features of Resolve 12.5 you’re excited about?I like the Fusion connection with Resolve and I’m really digging the expanded noise reduction tools.I like the new Temperature and Tint sliders. I’m going to try them out on my next job.There are so many different ways of achieving a certain look or effect. As long as you get a pleasing image and the client likes it, that’s all that matters. I love hearing how everybody else does things, because it just expands my knowledge that much more. Art is basically imitating those you’re impressed with and then adding your own personal taste to it. That’s how it becomes yours.Where do you see the industry heading in the next few years?Freelancers will be used more and more as some agencies choose to perform color in-house, rather than at a traditional post house.Any advice to young colorists starting out?There’s more to the job than just making the picture look pretty. Client management and running the room confidently is such a large part of the job. There are a lot of talented people out there, but sometimes it comes down to who the client wants to work with for ten hours a day. Personality is such a big part of it.Matching shots is also a really big thing. You can throw a cool look on one shot, but a lot of people don’t have the ability to match the shot consistently throughout the course of a scene.Skin tones and matching is probably eighty percent of what we do. The thing that matters the most in a session’s first few minutes is translating what the client is saying into pleasing images. Good communication with your client is essential. You have to gain their confidence right from the beginning.What are you working on next?I’m on a Universal Studios/Imagine Ent/Blumhouse production now called Lowriders that Brian Grazer and Jason Blumhouse produced. They gave me a good amount of time on that film and I’m very proud of the results.Read more interviews with pro colorists Alexis van Hurkman, Patrick Inhofer, and Rob Bessette.Follow Tristan on Twitter.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to splash out on Liverpool striker Divock Origiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are ready to splash out on Liverpool striker Divock Origi.The Sun says Cottagers boss Claudio Ranieri is ready to pay £15million for Origi.Ranieri has been given money to strengthen his struggling side and hopes to agree a fee for Anfield fringe man Origi, 23, this week.The Belgian scored a last-gasp winner in last month’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, but he will be allowed to leave if the deal is right as his first-team chances are slim.Fulham will have to throw big money at Origi as he has other interested clubs on his trail — and the Cottagers, one off the foot of the Premier League table, are staring at relegation.However, owner Shahid Khan is willing to spend again and will let Ranieri strengthen in four or five areas of his squad.
Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier have traded barbs over the years, given the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina, but as you’ll see below, they have nothing but respect for each other off of the field. Tuesday, Swinney, the day after it was announced that Spurrier would be retiring as head coach of the Gamecocks, had some heartfelt words for his adversary. Swinney told reporters during his weekly press conference that Spurrier is “one of the best to ever walk the sideline.” Check it out, via TigerNet.com:Spurrier certainly made his mark on college football. It’s great to see that even his biggest rivals recognize it.[TigerNet.com]
NEW YORK, N.Y. – One of the owners of several high-profile New York restaurants is taking a leave of absence after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women who worked for him.The New York Times reported the allegations against Ken Friedman Tuesday. According to the report, several women who worked for Friedman at the Spotted Pig restaurant said he regularly subjected them to unwanted sexual advances and groping.The Spotted Pig regularly attracted celebrity guests since it opened in 2004 with its VIP floor. And Friedman won the James Beard Foundation’s outstanding restaurateur of the year award in 2016.Friedman, who co-owns the Spotted Pig and four other New York restaurants with chef April Bloomfield, apologized for his actions in a statement that the Times uploaded to its website.An email to Friedman’s representatives was not immediately answered.Natalie Saibel, a longtime server at the Spotted Pig, told the Times about how in 2015 Friedman ran his hands over her buttocks and groin while saying he was searching for a forbidden cellphone.Another longtime waitress, Trish Nelson, told the Times Friedman grabbed her head and pulled it toward his crotch as she knelt to collect glasses from a low shelf.In addition to the New York restaurants, Friedman’s company owns Tosca Cafe in San Francisco and recently opened the Hearth & Hound in Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON – Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, climate-changing tailpipe emissions.If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal government’s chief weapons against climate change — regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.The proposal itself estimates it could cost tens of thousands of jobs — auto workers who deal with making vehicles more fuel efficient.The administration also said it wants to revoke an authority granted to California under the half-century-old Clean Air Act to set its own, tougher mileage standards. California and 16 other states already have filed suit to block any change in the fuel efficiency rules.“The EPA has handed decision making over to the fossil fuel lobbyists … the flat-Earthers, the climate change deniers,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.The proposal would freeze U.S. mileage standards at levels mandated by the Obama administration for 2020, when the new vehicle fleet will be required to hit an average of 30 miles per gallon in real-world driving.The proposed change, halting further improvement requirements, stakes its case on consumer choice and on highway safety claims challenged by many transportation experts.The administration says waiving requirements for greater fuel efficiency would make cars and light trucks somewhat more affordable. And that, it said, would get vehicles with the latest technology into the hands of consumers more quickly.It’s got “everything to do with just trying to turn over the fleet … and get more clean and safe cars on the road,” said Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.The administration will now seek public comment on its proposal and a range of other options, including leaving the tighter, Obama fuel standards in place.Some Republican lawmakers supported the mileage freeze, but environmental groups and many states assailed it.“This has to be absolutely one of the most harmful and dumbest actions that the EPA has taken,” said Healey of Massachusetts, one of the attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia objecting to the change. “It’s going to cost drivers here and across the country hundreds of millions of dollars more at the pump.”The EPA under President Barack Obama had proposed mileage standards that gradually would become tougher, rising to 36 miles per gallon in 2025, 10 mpg higher than the current requirement. California and the automakers agreed to the rules in 2012, setting a single national fuel economy standard.Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump called for a rollback, urging “common sense changes” if the mileage requirements threatened auto industry jobs.However, his administration’s report on Thursday projects that relaxing mileage standards would cost 60,000 auto jobs by 2030. Those losses would hit the estimated 200,000 U.S. jobs that deal with making vehicles more fuel efficient, said Simon Mui of the Natural Resources Defence Council.A Transportation Department spokesperson called the estimate of job losses “rough approximations.”Two former EPA mileage officials said the administration’s proposal departed from years of findings on fuel efficiency, car safety, exhaust emissions and costs.“They don’t offer any meaningful example of what has changed so dramatically” to warrant the reversal, said Jeff Alson, who until this spring was a senior engineer in the EPA’s transportation and air quality office. “In my opinion the only way they got there was, they knew what kind of results they were told to get and they cooked the books to get that result.”Chet France, an EPA senior executive until his retirement in 2012, called the administration’s contention that the mileage freeze would cause only a tiny increase in climate-changing exhaust emissions “bogus.”California Gov. Jerry Brown said his state “will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible.”The Obama administration had planned to keep toughening fuel requirements through 2026, saying those and other regulations on vehicles would save 40,000 lives annually through cleaner air. That argument remained on the EPA’s website Thursday.According to Trump administration estimates, the Obama fuel efficiency standards would raise the price of vehicles by an average of $2,340. That would price many buyers out of the new-vehicle market, forcing them to drive older, less-safe vehicles that pollute more, the administration says.Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the freeze would reduce highway deaths by 1,000 per year “by reducing these barriers that prevent consumers from getting into the newer, safer, cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars.”But private transportation experts say there are so many factors involved that the 1,000-lives figure is questionable. The affordability argument also ignores thousands of dollars of saving in fuel costs for each driver over the life of a car, opponents of the rollbacks said.Longstanding federal legislation has allowed California to set its own mileage standards given the choking smog that still sometimes blankets Los Angeles and other central and Southern California valley cities.More than a dozen states follow California’s standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country’s new-vehicle market.A drawn-out legal battle over the standards could hurt the auto industry as it tries to plan for coming model years.The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a main industry group, sought to stave off any dispute between California and the federal government that could split the U.S. car market: “We urge California and the federal government to find a common sense solution that sets continued increases in vehicle efficiency standards while also meeting the needs of American drivers.”In 2012, when the standards were first adopted, cars were about 50 per cent of new-vehicle sales. Now they’re only about one-third, with less-efficient trucks and SUVS making up the rest.___Tom Krisher reported from Detroit. Don Thompson contributed from Sacramento.
See the full warning below.Issued at 2019-06-27 00:19 UTC by Environment Canada: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details: An area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATE – The watch has been updated to a warning with the following information added to the warning: At 5:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the BC Peace.The watch says an area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.