Baldwin requested a rehearsal break, telling Orphans director Dan Sullivan and the show’s stage manager in private that one of the two actors had to leave the production, offering to quit himself. Instead, the decision was made to fire LaBeouf. “He was shocked,” says Baldwin. “He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement. I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in the theater.” Most interesting is the inside look at what happened in the Orphans rehearsal room. In the article, Baldwin says LaBeouf seemed “scattered” when he arrived to start work on the show, “like a lot of young actors today.” He notes tension between them from the start, partly due to the fact that, “LaBeouf seems to carry with him, to put it mildly, a jailhouse mentality wherever he goes.” Baldwin admits that LaBeouf memorized all of his lines prior to rehearsal and was frustrated waiting for his co-star to catch up. Finally, according to the account, he “attacked” Baldwin in front of the company one day, saying Baldwin was slowing him down. “If you don’t say your lines,” he allegedly said, “I’m just going to keep saying my lines.” After being accused of calling a photographer a “f*ggot” on the streets of New York City and a reporter a “toxic little queen,” Baldwin came under attack from openly gay media powerhouses like Anderson Cooper of CNN, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Harvey Levin of TMZ. He even felt the chill at the opening night of Broadway’s Machinal on January 16. “I can’t tell you how frosty the reception was toward me,” he says. “These are all people who are heavy-hitting theatrical artists in that community and many of them are gay. And I was thinking to myself, ‘These people think I’m a homophobe.’ And that makes me incredibly sad.” Baldwin accuses Sullivan of playing both sides, coddling LaBeouf and continuing on with rehearsals with no enthusiasm. “I don’t think Sullivan liked the play,” says Baldwin. “I don’t think he liked me. Sullivan agreed to do something that, once he realized what it was, he had lost interest in it.” Read the entire article on Vulture.com. In a riveting first person article that graces the cover of the February 24, 2014 issue of New York Magazine, Alec Baldwin addresses his recent P.R. problems—being called a homophobe after a fight with paparazzi, his failed MSNBC talk show and his involvement in the firing of Shia LaBeouf from Broadway’s Orphans—and worries that Broadway just doesn’t like him anymore. View Comments
Hamilton Star Files Anthony Ramos from $149.00 View Comments Related Shows What’s more patriotic than George Washington and John Laurens singing the national anthem at a Mets-Phillies game? That’s right: absolutely nothing. Hamilton stars Chris Jackson and Anthony Ramos blew baseball fans away with “The Star-Spangled Banner” to top off the New York City-based team’s home opener. While we would have loved them to have surprised us with some additional tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, the video has definitely got us inspired to play ball! Watch Hamilton’s right hand men belt below!Your browser does not support iframes. Christopher Jackson & Anthony Ramos
Bette Midler(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) In case you’ve been dead for 300 years and missed the news, Bette Midler is coming back to Broadway as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! next spring. At her annual Hulaween Bash benefitting the New York Restoration Project, we spoke to Midler about how rehearsals are going. The Divine Miss M, who was once again dressed as Winifred Sanderson from her 1993 instant Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, sounds thrilled about her return to the Great White Way.”It’s going great; everyone is so excited. All the kids are beautiful, they sing like birds. It’s so marvelous,” Midler told Broadway.com.Does Midler see any similarities between Dolly Levi and Winnie Sanderson? “None. Are you mad? [As Winnie] I’m 700 years old and Dolly was just in her early 50s.”Midler may not see similarities, but went hard on the fun-sized chocolate bars and created this mashup of some of our favorite Hocus Pocus moments with lines from Hello, Dolly! Let these GIFs put a spell on you. Happy Halloween! View Comments
Over the last ten years, Bristol (TN/VA) has become one of my favorite places in the world. Long regarded as the center of the country music world, Bristol is home to my favorite music festival – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – and some of the best mountain music you’ll find this side of the Blue Ridge.It’s been a while since the Trail Mix blog has featured an artist and the Our Town format. When I found out that Bristol troubadour J.P. Parsons was releasing a record, though, it was a no brainer. We are featuring “We Were Once Heroes,” a track Parsons cut with his latest project, The American Bandwagon, for the band’s recent release, Until This Day Is Done.Blessed with a raspy growl reminiscent of Steve Earle or Chris Knight, Parsons has been honing his songwriting craft in and around the Bristol area for fifteen years. An avid supporter of the local scene, Parsons has hosted songwriter showcases, performed with a number of bands – including Hundred Acres, another local favorite – and is a regularly featured local artist at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.Trail Mix caught up with Parsons to chat about Bristol, his hometown. Considering that Bristol was named by this here magazine as the Best Music Town in the Blue Ridge, these places, along with many others, would be worth checking out the next time you buzz down through Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.BRO – Best cup of joe?JP – Andy’s Market on Commonwealth Avenue. It’s strong, truck-stop coffee that’s so thick it’s hard to stir. Plus, the customers make for some interesting fodder for songwriting.BRO – Favorite local band?JP – Steve Gilbert. Steve has a fantastic neo-Townes van Zandt meets a punk rock Bruce Springsteen style. And not only does Steve play in multiple projects, he is also CEO of Self-Destruct Buttons . . . . and he’s my neighbor.BRO – Favorite place to catch some live music?JP – The Pickin’ Porch, which is located in the Event Foundation at 620 State Street. It’s a weekly two hour bluegrass and old time music show featuring some of the best musicians in the region. The Mountain Music Museum is also right next door.BRO – Favorite place to play some live music?JP – O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grille, right here on State Street. It’s dark, smoky, and rowdy, with a fantastic outdoor stage during the summer and fall. I did my first album release there. The owner, Dave Manning, is a big – if not the biggest – supporter of local original music in Bristol.BRO – Interesting tidbit about Bristol that an out-of-towner should know?JP – The most recognizable landmark in Bristol, the Bristol Sign, was originally erected on top of the Interstate Hardware Company building on the Tennessee side of State Street in 1910. The original slogan said, “Push! That’s Bristol!” Sometimes, the bulbs would burn out and it would read “Pu ! That’s Bristol!” or “ sh! That’s Bristol.”J.P. Parsons will be out and about with his guitar on Thursday, August 7, at the aforementioned O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grille in Bristol. He will be at the Holston River Brewing Company, also in Bristol, on Friday, August 15, and at the Sleepy Owl Brewery in Kingsport, Tennessee, on Saturday, August 16.For more information on J.P. Parsons & The American Bandwagon, surf over to www.reverbnation.com/jpparsons.
Caldwell said the family’s favorite trail in the area was the Sawmill Trail, almost eight miles long. It includes sights like Slave Falls, Needle Arch, and the Twin Arches. Caldwell said his family prefers half-day or day-long hikes, but those aren’t the only trails in the area and aren’t required in order to get to the lodge. White said he plans to continue restorative work like clearing invasive species and preserving the natural and historic landscape of the lodge. He is also dedicated to ensuring its future, and spends many hours developing environmentally-friendly recycling and compost plans. One compost pile on the property won’t be ready for at least three decades, a timeframe White has no trouble considering spending if he’s allowed. The hard work has paid off, and guests are eager to show their enthusiasm for the lodge. One family staying at the lodge said they are repeat customers, and had converted their daughter’s boyfriend to come for their latest trip. In the past, they celebrated Thanksgiving at the lodge as a way to stay active and avoid the annual task of cooking for the family. Charit Creek, just outside Jamestown, TN, is among the oldest lodges in the United States, estimated to have been built in 1817 by Jonathan Blevins, a long hunter searching for a good location to hunt bears, deer, and other wildlife. By some accounts and due to a lack of proper records of its exact opening date, it may be the oldest in the country. This Off-Grid Lodge in Tennessee’s Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Can Only Be Reached Via Trail Photo-by-Nichole-Newport-courtesy-of-Charit-Creek-Lodge-scaled Cover Photo by Abby Lee Hood Guests are served dinner in the dining hall, socially distanced and without staff present. The food is prepared and served before guests arrive in the hall, and masks are mandatory for staff. Guests are encouraged to wear them, and there is hand sanitizer in every room, plus sinks to wash hands frequently both in the bath house and on the porch of the main cabin. White said the lodge has experienced incredible growth since his first visit, and since his first few months of running the business. In the beginning, days might pass without guests, but that doesn’t happen anymore. The crew has grown from only himself to eight employees who assist with meals, work around the property, upkeep of the facilities, and more. With the addition of new cabins, White said the lodge is able to offer a connection to nature with the added benefits of a comfortable bed, hot meals and hot showers. “I make jokes when I give tours of the gravesite and I say, ‘Now, this is my spot right here,’” White said. “It’s hard not to call this place home.” “Hiring the first person was a big deal,” White said in an interview. “Days without guests are a thing of the past.” Photo-courtesy-of-Charit-Creek-Lodge Charit Creek Lodge was, at one time, a place where even a Hatfield—of the famed Hatfield and McCoy family drama—could go to find peace and isolation. William Riley Hatfield was born in 1829 and buried at Charit Creek in Eastern Tennessee in 1892. His grave leans a little crookedly, one of the few still legible, in a small plot just outside the main portion of the lodge. White’s background is in hospitality. He spent his 30s starting restaurants and running a catering business in nearby Knoxville, Tenn., where he still owns a home and frequently visits. White said he has always loved traveling throughout the Great Smoky Mountains, and first visited the lodge in 2010 with his then-6-year-old daughter. The connection to the land was instant for White. In the spring of 2012, he worked as on-site manager for the season and further saw its potential, learning a lot of living off-the-grid and cultivating a passion for his unique hospitality brand. In 2014, White and his business partner won a contract with the National Park Service to run Charit Creek, and recently, White bought out his partner to run the business on his own. Charit Creek Lodge is heavy with two centuries of history—it was named after Blevins’ daughter, Charity, who drowned in the creek outside the entrance. There is still no electricity or cell phone service, a welcome respite for many of its guests, and the off-grid lodge can only be reached via a one-mile hiking trail or a 1.5-mile horse trail. But it isn’t without amenities; there are hot home-cooked meals for breakfast and dinner, a shower house complete with propane-heated water and even S’mores kits for purchase. Despite its remote location in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and long, often strange story, business owner Gregg White, the lodge’s current facilitator, is dedicated to both its history and its future. Hikers can easily take a mile-long trail downhill from the closest parking area in Big South Fork, a moderately easy journey that takes about 40 minutes. It’s also relatively easy to see one of the largest attractions in the area, the Twin Arches. According to the National Park Service, the North Arch is 62 feet tall and 93 feet long. Its sibling, the South Arch, is 103 feet high and 135 feet long. The two rock formations are made of sandstone, making the ground nearby soft with sand eroded from their base and top. They are only a one-mile hike from the lodge, making it a location for a variety of travelers regardless of their hiking abilities. “We absolutely love this place,” Neal Caldwell, the family’s father and group leader said. “[The lodge] did a huge feast for Thanksgiving. It was sold out.” Although he won the last contract to run the lodge, there’s no guarantee he will continue to do so. The National Park Service can choose anyone who bids, and White is worried about increasing competition in the future, likely a direct result of the attention, profit and increased traffic he brought about himself. But that doesn’t mean he plans to give up any time soon. The turnaround wasn’t easy. White estimated that at least 1,800 man hours were spent cleaning out the old horse barn constructed in the 90s, outfitting it with rooms to sleep in and a safe place for travelers to stable their horses. Another 2,000 hours was spent clearing the surrounding field of invasive species, revealing the graveyard, more of the original fencing, and a ditch White was unaware of. He introduced tree tents to the property, available to book April to October, nestled beside the quietly running creek. White also offers an impeccable menu including dishes like carrot souffle, garlic mashed potatoes, vegan chocolate cake, homemade pancakes, and much more. After briefly shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lodge is back up and running with new safety measures in place.
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to assess the state of the automotive industry. Factors impacting the automotive industry reveal good and bad news for the industry, while also identifying growth opportunities for credit unions. The U.S. economy continues to be strong as evidenced by a record high stock market, robust GNP growth, low inflation and record low unemployment. Those factors, combined with record low interest rates that have lasted almost a decade, have resulted in a strong automotive market. Car and truck sales in the U.S. that bottomed out to only 11 million annual units at the height of the great recession in 2009, steadily increased to 18 million units in 2016, and have remained at that level. Put simply, the auto market has never been stronger than the past decade. However, these stable times are at risk. Automakers are reporting declining sales in the United States. Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Honda reported sales declines in September of 11.2%, 10.4%, 12.2% and 7.0%, respectively. The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates three times in 2018 and is expected to increase them further in 2019. This has increased the average APR on a vehicle loan in September to 5.8%, compared with 4.8% a year ago. Another factor to a diminishing automotive industry is the increased tariffs on foreign goods, including steel, that will increase vehicle costs and impact sales. If tariff levels increase again next year, costs will rise more. This may put additional pressure on finance rates.However, all hope is not lost. Even as the overall automotive market may be shrinking, credit unions are in a good place to thrive as they continue to grab a greater share of vehicle loans. In only five years, the percentage of loans made by credit unions has increased from 14.7% to 20.4% – a 39% increase. One area credit unions can expand their market share can be found within the highly attractive auto lease market. Rising interest rates increases the monthly cost of a new vehicle, making leases a more appealing option. Leasing among car buyers continues to grow with over 30 percent of all new vehicles being leased. Leasing allows customers perks that include driving a new vehicle every three years with no-money down, and a lower monthly cost that provides the ability to afford a more expensive vehicle with newer technology. These factors are important to millennials, who are the fastest-growing market in the auto business. Credit unions that offer a lease product will benefit for multiple reasons, such as: In summary, a rising rate environment can be challenging for many credit union’s traditional growth plans as they enter 2019. Auto leasing is an opportunity that should be strongly considered in any evolving rate environment. Leasing is only going to continue to grab more market share. Plus, with a greater emphasis on lower payments that accompany a rising rate environment, leasing will continue to strengthen profitability for a credit union. 102SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert O’Hara Robert O’Hara, vice president of strategic alliances at GrooveCar, is a veteran of the credit union industry having worked as director of lending and operations at a Long Island … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Details Zero-percent offers at POS dealers are sharply declining, increasing the monthly payment and in turn, pushing more consumers towards leasing; The first half of 2016 experienced highest lease volume in history. Many of these leases are maturing in early 2019, so the opportunity is there for new auto leasing;Credit union leasing members are typically high-quality customers with A+ credit that prefer shorter terms, thereby lowering the credit and interest rate risk associated with any loan portfolio.
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The home at 18 Cosway St, Hillcrest.A three-bedroom fixer-upper in Hillcrest attracted three offers after just one open house.Marketing agent Robert Ryan of LJ Hooker Browns Plains said the property at 18 Cosway St sold for $321,000 before it could go to auction as planned.Mr Ryan said there was high interest at the first open home and he was able to present the vendor with three offers.After some negotiations between the buyers and the seller, the property sold to a family who had recently sold their home and were keen to take on a project.“The vendor had owned the home for 17 years and had a long-term tenant in place,” Mr Ryan said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“When the tenant decided to move out, the owner decided to sell.“The property needed work but it had loads of potential.“All three buyers who presented offers wanted it for its renovation potential.”The Cosway St home has an in-ground swimming pool, covered entertaining space, fenced yard and space for a potential fourth bedroom.Mr Ryan said the Hillcrest market was performing reasonably well.“We recently sold two renovation properties — the market for that type of property is really going off,” he said.“There is still a good mix of investors and owner-occupiers looking to buy in the area but investor numbers have dropped off a bit and there are probably more owner-occupiers.”
The second lot is to find a firm to help the pension fund design a methodology to measure and analyse exposure to climate change-related challenges in its real estate, infrastructure and private equity portfolios. “These portfolios’ exposure to climate change-related challenges will then be evaluated based on the developed methodology,” ERAFP said.The contracts will last for three years, and the deadline for submitting bids is 30 November.Earlier this week, the French pension fund announced an award of two contracts to ESG corporate analysis firm Vigeo.One is to assess ERAFP’s equity and corporate bond investments against the pension fund’s SRI criteria, and the other is to assess the fund’s sovereign, supranational and sub-sovereign bonds (SSA) portfolio on the same basis.At the same time, ERAFP warded three-year shareholder voting advisory contracts to Proxinvest and ISS.Proxinvest was awarded the mandate to analyse the shareholder meetings of French companies, while ISS won the mandate to analyse the shareholder meetings of international companies.The tenders for these mandates were announced by ERAFP in June.In other news, the Ethos Foundation and six Swiss pension funds have launched a programme to “engage” with companies listed abroad about governance, environmental and other matters.The initiative has been named the Ethos Engagement Pool International (EEP International).The group said it was aiming to raise companies’ awareness about corporate governance, as well as environmental and social responsibility best practice.The pension funds and Ethos said the move followed the dialogue programme that had already been set up with companies listed in Switzerland and was meant to facilitate the talks between investors and the companies they invested in internationally.The six pension funds are Caisse Inter-Entreprises de Prévoyance Professionnelle (CIEPP); Caisse de pension d’UNIA; CAP Prévoyance; Prosperita Stiftung für die berufliche Vorsorge; Abendrot Stiftung and Prévoyance.ne and Caisse de pensions de la fonction publique du canton de Neuchâtel.Collectively, they have assets under management of CHF15bn (€13.8bn).The Ethos Foundation is made up of more than 200 Swiss pension funds and other tax-exempt institutions, and says it aims to promote socially responsible investment and “a stable and prosperous socio-economic environment”. France’s ERAFP is launching a tender to find one or more specialist consulting firms to assess climate change-related risks and opportunities.The €23.5bn mandatory pension scheme for civil servants said the tender was being carried out to measure the exposure to climate risks in its portfolios, and that the task would be split into two lots.The first lot is to measure the exposure of ERAFP’s equity and bond portfolios to climate change-related risks and opportunities.This assessment will be based on indicators such as carbon footprint or contribution to the energy transition, and will evaluate the European, North American, Pacific and French equity portfolios, the international convertible bonds portfolio and the euro and US dollar-denominated corporate bond portfolios, as well as the pension fund’s government bond portfolios.