first_imgIII. Budget Size Does Not Determine SuccessImage via United ArtistsThe production of Rocky is as much of an underdog story as the film itself. Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor with a few background character roles under his belt. While broke and unable to find work, Stallone started writing a script in a spiral notebook. He had the first draft of Rocky completed in only three days.The script did find plenty of interested buyers, but no studio was willing to let Stallone star in the film as well. Eventually, Stallone would strike a deal with United Artists. The deal let him star in the film, but the films production budget was cut dramatically. The entire budget was just under $1,000,000.Stallone took the deal, and the movie was shot in 28 days. After its release, Rocky went on to be the highest grossing film of the year — pulling in $225 Million worldwide.IV. Think on Your Toes – Don’t Be Afraid to Make ChangesImage via MGMRocky’s limited budget required the crew and Stallone to work as quickly as possible, which would eventually lead to some minor production issues. For example, the team making the banners for the arena reversed the color of Rocky’s shorts. With the budget they had, there was no way to either fix the banner or even change the fighter’s actual shorts. In a quick moment, Stallone simply added a line to the script making fun of the situation. He did the same when Rocky’s robe was delivered oversized.The film also called for a date scene between Rocky and Adrian. Originally they would go to a popular rink and ice skate. The sequence called for hundreds of extras — which the production couldn’t afford. Instead, the crew filmed an empty rink and added a scene where Rocky bribes a janitor to let them skate after hours.The point is, something unexpected will happen. Don’t try to fix everything, not every problem needs to be solved. A quick fix is often better than losing days or weeks trying to fix a minor issue.V. You Will Make a Bad Film – Go Down, But Not OutImage via United ArtistsRocky V — Enough said.Honestly though, it’s bound to happen. There may be a film you are completely satisfied with, but the audiences don’t like. There are also plenty of times the whole film will be a disaster, and you’ll have to salvage whatever possible. Either way, just finish a project and move on. Every film offers something to learn from. Once this happens, you will then know how not to make a film. VI. Music Sets the ToneImage via United ArtistsAdmit it. You saw this picture and the song already started playing in the back of your head. Bum-Bum-Buuuuum Bum-Bum-Buuuum.Music is a huge part of storytelling, and that should be obvious with this whole franchise. From the original compositions of Bill Conti to the popular radio hits, the Rocky films have always embraced music for montage.Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now is an iconic song in its own right. It has not only become synonymous with Rocky, but with the story of every underdog. The film’s score was a massive hit, and Gonna Fly Now charted on the Billboard 200 for five weeks. Gonna Fly Now earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song.This wasn’t even the only time a song from a Rocky film was nominated. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor also an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Song for Rocky III.Shameless Plug: Did you know this is also a production music site? Just sayin’…VII. Your Work Will Leave a Lasting Impact on SomeoneImage via MGMIt’s been 39 years since the first Rocky hit theaters. Sylvester Stallone had imagined that Rocky Balboa would be the final chapter in the Rocky saga. Then he was approached by up-and-coming director Ryan Coogler.Coogler had grown up on the Rocky franchise, his father watched the films repeatedly. His father would even play scenes from the movies,The scene he would always show was where Rocky is in the chapel of the hospital and Burgess Meredith, in the character of Mickey, comes in and tries to motivate him to get him out of whatever funk he’s in. Even as Rocky’s bent over, his wife is in a coma and he just had a son he hasn’t even held yet. Rocky doesn’t say anything in the scene. He just sits there and listens. Burgess Meredith goes through the gamut of emotions from frustration, to yelling. It’s a beautiful, beautiful scene, and that’s the scene that my dad always would play to get me fired up. – DeadlineCoogler turned to Stallone and asked him about continuing the franchise. The upcoming Creed takes the series in a whole new direction, as the aging Rocky takes on the role of mentor and trainer to the son of Apollo Creed.The true legacy of any artist’s work is the impact it makes. Most of the time, the creator will never even know that they’ve changed someone’s life. That is part of being an artist. Creating work for others, with the hope that what you make will live on. In some way, each project you work on will be a memory for someone. That’s why you should make the best of every project. You never know how you will truly impact others. The story of Rocky – the movie franchise, not the character – is a great source of inspiration and wisdom for anyone interested in making films.Top Image: Sylvester Stallone on the set of Rocky IV via MGMCreed, the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise, is about to hit theaters. Let’s take a look at how one small film used new technology, great music, and incredible editing to create one of the biggest film franchises ever. Here are 7 things filmmakers can learn from the Rocky franchise.I. Montage and Propaganda Are PowerfulImage via MGMThe Rocky films had a huge impact on making the modern movie montage. The first film set the tone with an iconic training montage that went on to be replicated in countless films, including nearly every sports film made since. Rocky went on to win an Oscar for Best Film Editing.Outside of the first film, Rocky IV is known for an incredible amount of montages. Heck, 31.9% of the entire film is just montages, and the movie is still awesome. The Rocky IV montages tie closely to the original Soviet Montage Theory.Sergei Eisenstein first developed the intellectual montage in Battleship Potemkin. The film was a propaganda piece designed to influence an audience with a tertium quid, or a third thing people associated with two elements. In the infamous Odessa Steps sequence, the audience would see soldiers firing among a crowd and immediately feel helpless and oppressed. That feeling of oppression is the tertium quid.Rocky IV is an incredible piece of American propaganda. The film features Rocky training in a cabin out in the wilderness, while his opponent trains in high-tech facilities with a whole team of scientists. Those two images give American audiences a feeling of perseverance no matter the opponent, a tertium quid of strength.You may think that a montage is cheating, but it really is a great technique to use. You can control your audience’s emotions with a powerful montage. It’s all in the edit.II. Embrace New TechnologyImage via NPRWhen Rocky director John G. Avildsen wanted to film part of the original training montage, he wanted the audience to move with Rocky. To accomplish this, Avildsen turned to camera operator Garret Brown. Brown had recently created a new camera stabilizer, which he called the Steadicam.Garret Brown had recently used the device on two other films, and the footage had absolutely blown everyone away. Rocky was one of the first films to use the Steadicam, which has since become a standard piece of filmmaking equipment.last_img read more

first_imgAs a section of the Congress is against any move to support the Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra if its help is sought, past instances show that though the two parties have never shared power, they have helped each other on several occasions. Sena was among the few political parties to support the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi in 1975. The then party chief, the late Bal Thackeray, had said the move was in the interest of the country. Two years later, when the Emergency was called off, neither the Congress nor the Sena could win a majority in the Mumbai municipal polls, with the Janata Party winning more seats. Thackeray had then lent support to the late Murli Deora to become the mayor of Mumbai. To justify this decision, the Sena had said the Congress leader was married to a Marathi woman and was the son-in-law of the Marathi community. In 1980, the Congress again received the Sena’s help in the Assembly elections as a result of the personal bond between Thackeray and senior Congress leader Abdul Rehman Antulay, the then chief minister. Senior journalist and political commentator Abhay Deshpande said there have been many instances where both the Congress and Sena made moves benefiting each other. “They have never shared power. But there is a history of both helping each other out,” he said.The Sena rarely extended open support to the Congress after joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late 1980s and turning to hardcore Hindutva ideology. In 2007, however, it went against the BJP by supporting the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) candidate, Pratibha Patil, in the presidential election. The Sena had played the Marathi card then too, saying it couldn’t oppose a Maharashtrian. Five years later, the party again backed the UPA candidate, Pranab Mukherjee, for the President’s post. This time, Mr. Mukherjee’s personal visit to Matoshree, the Thackeray family residence, did the trick. Despite being political opponents all their lives, Thackeray had also sided with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who was with the Congress before forming the NCP in 1999. The Sena founder had gone to the extent of saying that his party would support Mr. Pawar if he were to become prime minister.last_img read more

first_imgPadma Shri-awardee Dhrupad vocalist Ramakant Gundecha was cremated in Bhopal on Saturday, a day after he died of a heart attack in the city. The younger among the famous Gundecha brothers (Umakant-Ramakant), the 57-year-old vocalist suffered a heart attack while waiting for a train for Pune at Habibganj railway station here. “Ramakant Gundecha died on his way to hospital,” his brother Umakant Gundecha said. His last rites were performed at Bhadbhada cremation ground in the city. The deceased maestro is survived by his wife and a son.last_img read more

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates a point win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia— Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she’s hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell.She showed she’s ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Russian missed the tournament in 2017 during a 15-month doping suspension that was triggered by a positive doping test during the previous year’s Australian Open.Wozniacki was the No. 3 seed in Australia, a year after beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her first major championship.Next for Sharapova is a matchup against Australia’s Ash Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 to equal her best showing at any major tournament.“I know,” Sharapova said, “it’s going to be a tough crowd.”No. 15-seeded Barty took two nearly years off from the tennis tour after the 2014 U.S. Open and played cricket during that time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Behind Kyle Kuzma’s heroics, Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sharapova grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in nearly 2½ hours Friday and reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park, building the statement-making victory with aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners.“I haven’t played many matches in the last year, especially against top players,” Sharapova said. “And these are the kinds of matches I train for.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with her surgically repaired right shoulder.Sharapova is seeded only 30th at Melbourne Park, where she won the 2008 title for one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2015. “Her story is phenomenal,” Sharapova said. “I know she took a little break and came back and just resurged.”Against Wozniacki, Sharapova hung in there in a back-and-forth contest.Wozniacki led 3-2 in the third set after holding at love. But Sharapova finally gained the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead, clinched with that big forehand she was so excited about.After holding to go up 5-3, Sharapova broke yet again to end it, closing with a big cross-court backhand.“The level was quite high,” Sharapaova said. “I knew I was going to get a tough match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

first_imgTop seed Agnieszka Radwanska put on a dominant performance against double defending champion Petra Kvitova to ease into the final of the Connecticut Open with a 6-1 6-1 triumph on Friday.Kvitova, who also won the event in 2012, was looking to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as four-time winners of the tournament but the sixth-seeded Czech was completely overwhelmed by the Polish world number four.The two-time Wimbledon champion committed 17 unforced errors in the first set and never got into the match, which was completed in 77 minutes.The fast-starting Radwanska won the first five games of the match and then reeled off the opening four of the second set to stay in control throughout.The Pole advances to face Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who overcame Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-2 to reach the final. (Also read: Petra Kvitova advances, Roberta Vinci ousted in Connecticut Open)Larsson enjoyed an improbable run in the tournament after reaching the main draw when other players withdrew, the Swede upsetting Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals before coming up short against the 21-year-old Svitolina.The 10th-seeded Svitolina shocked Serena Williams on her way to a quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics and a victory in this warm-up event for next week’s U.S. Open would be her second of the year after she triumphed in Malaysia in May.last_img read more

first_imgBhopal, Nov 23 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh government is organising the second “Jal-Mahotsava”- on Hanuwantiya island in the backwaters of Punasa Dam in Khandwa district from December 15.Two house boats for visitors will be the special feature of this month-long tourist festival, a MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) official said, adding that online booking for the event has started on www.jalmahotsav.com.Various events like water sports, island camping, adventure activities – hot air ballooning, para sailing, para motors, star gazing, water skiing, jet skiing, water Burma bridge, artificial climbing wall, bird watching, trekking, treasure hunt and night camping will be other added attractions.More than 100 islands have come up in the backwaters of the Punasa dam, which is one of the biggest reservoirs in Asia.The Island formation starts from Hanuwantiya, which is surrounded by backwaters of dam on river Narmada from three sides.In February this year, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also organised a cabinet meeting in a cruise boat at Hanuwantiya in a bid to promote water tourism at the site.The first Jal-Mahotsava for 10 days was organised in February this year. PTI MAS LAL DK IKA BASlast_img read more

first_imgNayan Shah an under-19 cricketer from Maharashtra arrested by the Kanpur police in connection with a betting racket in connection with the ongoing Indian Premier League is a prized catch but just a cog in the wheel. Investigations have revealed that he was just acting as per the orders of several handles spread in at least four states.The cellphone records of Nayan indicated that he was in touch with over 12 bookies spread in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.The most prominent face that has emerged in the investigation with whom Nayan was in regular touch and providing vital information about pitch was Bunty Khandelwal. A team of Kanpur police with the help of Ajmer police had conducted a raid in Ajmer at the suspected hideout of Bunty. While the team managed to get vital evidence apart from 25 cellphones, Bunty managed to give the police a slip moments before the raid. Now the Kanpur police is suspecting a spill over of the information.A lookout notice has been issued against Bunty Khandelwal and all the airports have been alerted. Nayan could be interrogated just for six hours after the arrest by the Kanpur police and now the police will move for his police custody remand.It’s learnt that Nayan was given a contract for all the IPL matches and he was tasked not just to provide information about the pitch but also ensure it was tampered by excessive watering. The design was simple — over water the pitch to make it slow and pass on the information to the bookies who would bet in hundreds of crore knowing well if the pitch in question was a bowlers pitch or that of a batsman.advertisementNayan was in touch with Ramesh Bihari, who was an employee of Green Park stadium in Kanpur, where the matches were to be played. Ramesh was paid Rs 20000 to put additional water on pitch to make it slow by Nayan and also click photographs of the pitch. The police have recovered photographs of the pitch sent by Ramesh to Nayan who in turn forwarded it to bookies with his own comments.The syndicate did not stop here. Nayan also tried contacting some players who stayed in the same Hotel where Nayan checked in and was even adjusted in room No. 1733 on the 17th floor.Nayan in a voice message to Bunty Khandelwal indicated and which is now with the police that he had established his contacts with two IPL players who were allegedly ready to influence 7 to 8 matches for them. The police is not divulging any information on the identity of these players and is neither ruling out the possibility of their interrogation in the near future.On the other hand, the police is under the impression that Nayan is a goldmine of information so he is likely to be taken on police custody remand for interrogation on Monday.Meanwhile raids are expected in several parts if the country in the days to come. The syndicate had deep roots and Nayan had got contract for all the IPL matches.last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored just eight minutes after putting on the Juventus shirt in a traditional intimate pre-season friendly against the Juventus ‘B’ side on Sunday.Ronaldo, who was playing as the No.9, latched onto a looping pass over the midfield from Federico Bernardeschi and finished it off easily just eight minutes into the game. Ronaldo took one touch to control the ball and then casually slotted it past the goalkeeper into the left corner. Ten minutes later, he pressured Riccardo Capellini into an own-goal to make it 2-0 to the Bianconero.The senior team won the match 5-0 in the final pre-season friendly game before the Serie A season starts.Old Lady fans gathered in decent numbers to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Villar Perosa — in a rural area of Piedmont in northern Italy and cheered him on as Ronaldo showed his full array of tricks and impressed on his Juve debut.Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus = #UCL pic.twitter.com/DIHDMqOE5mUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 13, 2018Ronaldo stunned Madrid fans last month when he joined Juventus for an Italian league record sum of 112 million euros (now $128 million). The 33-year-old Portugal international will likely make his proper debut in Juve’s first league match of the season at Chievo Verona next Saturday.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Juventus after 9 years at Real MadridHe moved from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009, and became the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He helped Madrid win four Champions Leagues titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017 — and also won La Liga and the Copa del Rey twice.advertisementRonaldo, who led Portugal to the European Championship in 2016, also won the Champions League at Manchester United as well as three Premier League titles and the FA Cup with the Red Devils.Juventus has won the last seven league titles but has fallen just short in Europe, also losing the Champions League final in 2015 to Barcelona.The storied Italian club hopes signing Ronaldo will help it add to the European Cups it won in 1985 and ’96. Juventus has lost five finals since its last European Cup success.Juventus will open their season against Chievo on Saturday at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 15:03 IST A man ran towards the pitch during the second T20 international (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has warned hosting associations against any security lapseACU chief has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in MohaliThe first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were battingWith the first game in Dharamsala on September 15 washed off, the Indian and South Africa team arrived in Mohali on September 16 only to realise that there was no security arrangement made for the players by Chandigarh Police — due to non-payment of dues. While the team hotel provided for security for the teams on the first day, the police were back in charge on the second day. But Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has warned hosting associations against any security lapse — on and off the field.Speaking to IANS, a board functionary said that a mail has been sent to all the hosting associations and they have been told that such a lapse will not be tolerated as it can lead to a dangerous situation.”ACU chief Ajit Singh has written to all the hosting associations and has made it clear that such a lapse will not be tolerated in the future. Lack of security arrangement can be a major issue and can even lead to a dangerous situation because we are all aware that fans can sometimes go overboard in order to show their love for their favourite players,” the functionary said.In fact, in the mail, accessed by IANS, the ACU chief has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in Mohali when two fans invaded the pitch.”To deter pitch invasions, security staff should be positioned between the boundary rope and the public fencing. The security staff should be positioned to face the crowd. The security personnel should be placed at equidistant intervals around the boundary and be placed in the immediate vicinity of traditional boundary fielding positions including long off, long on, deep fine leg, deep third man, deep mid-wicket and deep cover,” the mail read.advertisementThe first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were batting. The invader was chased down by the security guards and taken away.The second incident took place with India skipper Virat Kohli at the crease and a die-hard fan breaking the security cordon to come in and shake hands with the batsman. Kohli was clearly taken aback by the turn of events and before the fan could reach him, the guards caught hold of the fan and took him away.In fact, this isn’t the first time that such a thing has happened in India and the likes of M.S. Dhoni and Kohli often face this when out in the middle. But the BCCI doesn’t wish to take any chance and the ACU chief has made it clear that these lapses should be stopped with immediate effect.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan set ‘squad goals’ with India teammates at NCA gymAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Ind vs SA BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief orders hosting associations to beef up security for IND, SA playersACU chief Ajit Singh has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in Mohali when two fans invaded the pitchadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – An upcoming Manitoba Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” has sparked debate over how the more than century-old tale of a doomed marriage between a Japanese teenager and an older American man fits with modern views about race.The opera company’s website describes Giacomo Puccini’s famous work as “the intensely moving story of a devoted young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer.”“Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, East meets West in this clash of values and traditions.”Jenny Heijun Wills, an associate professor in the University of Winnipeg’s English department, has raised concerns about staging an opera she says reinforces harmful stereotypes of Asian women.“We may not be able to hold Puccini to our contemporary standards, but we can hold each other accountable in our contemporary moment,” she said.The female protagonist, young geisha Cio-Cio San, believes her marriage to the naval officer will last forever, but he leaves her to return to the United States shortly after they are wed. She bears their son, but the child is taken away from her years later when the officer returns to Japan with his American wife. Cio-Cio San kills herself for reasons of honour.“There are actual material consequences to this narrative of Asian women … always being patient, always being submissive, being sexually available for mostly European white foreigners to overtake,” said Wills, who is also director of the university’s Critical Race Network.Larry Desrochers, executive director of Manitoba Opera, said some concerns with the story are valid.“The original story is really influenced with this kind of imperialistic attitude and obviously there’s still vestiges of it in the opera today,” he said.But many of its themes are universal and timeless, he added.“It tells the story of a young girl who’s misled and mistreated by an older man that’s still relevant today.”Desrochers said it was important to cast a Japanese woman as lead. Renowned soprano Hiromi Omura will be playing the part of Cio-Cio San for three shows next month. When the opera company did “Madama Butterfly” eight years ago, a Chinese singer had the role.Omura, who lives in France, has performed in “Madama Butterfly” 100 times around the world since 2004. The singer, who remembers singing arias in her family’s traditional Japanese garden as a child, said the story resonates with her.“For me, it’s a story of a woman who lived with all of her might, even in a very hard situation,” she said. “Maybe somebody in the audience can be moved, can be touched by her way of life.”In the lead-up to the production, the opera has organized a talk about interracial relationships and a panel discussion on cultural appropriation.Wills said she takes issue with the panel partly because Omura is the only Asian voice on it and, as a member of the cast, is unlikely to have a critical take.The professor also said cultural appropriation isn’t the main issue with “Madama Butterfly,” because the opera is not telling a Japanese story through a white lens and capitalizing from it. Rather, she said, it tells a western story that happens to be set in Japan.Desrochers said the goal is to have a wide-ranging discussion with people in Winnipeg’s broader arts community.The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba was invited early on to partner with Manitoba Opera on “Madama Butterfly,” said president Art Miki.The group is holding a sake and sushi night next week and will have information booths and crafts for sale during the shows. Proceeds go toward the association’s fundraising efforts.“It’s a way of promoting our culture here with a wider audience,” said Miki, who also said he takes no issue with the staging of “Madama Butterfly” because it reflects attitudes from a different time.“I have to say, ‘Well, that’s the way it was,’” he said. “Otherwise, we’re in the position of trying to censor everything that exists that may appear to be not acceptable today.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Rabat – The agenda of the 2018 Mawazine Festival Rythmes of the World makes today eventful as Moroccan international hip hop star French Montana will rock the OLM Souissi stage tonight starting at 10 p.m.French Montana is joining a rich star lineup set to perform in several stars across the cities of Rabat and Sale. French Montana, who officially earned his US citizenship recently, is set to charm his fans tonight with some of his famous hits, including Unforgettable, Welcome to the Party, Pop That, and Famous.The list of today’s agenda will feature a mixture of music rhymes, including Moroccan, pop, hip hop, street shows, African, and oriental music. French music lovers will have a rendezvous with Hiba Tawaji in the Mohamed V National Theater at 7:30 p.m. The star offered a stunning performance of the “Les Moulin de mon coeur” song during the 4th season of the Voice France.Hiba also played the role of Esmeralda in the musical “Notre-Dame de Paris,” in 2016.Oriental music admirers can enjoy the charming voices of Lebanese stars Saad Ramadan and Marwan Khoury at 10 p.m. in the Nahda Space Stage.Iranian traditional vocalist Alireza Ghorbani is set to charm his fans at 5 p.m. in the Chellah; while African songs will hit the Bouregreg stage by Oumou Sangaré at 10 p.m.Moroccan singer Nadia Laaroussi, who combines Moroccan rhythms in her songs, will share her music with her fans at the Sale stage at 10 p.m.Tonight’s lineup will also feature Moroccan singers Ibtissam Tiskat and Badr Sultan at the Salé stage tonight at 10 p.m.Two street shows will color the streets of Rabat. Timing Boys Batucada will perform in Avenue Fal Ould Oumeir at 5 p.m., while Groupe Soleil will be down in the El Haouz Avenue to share their art with pedestrians at 5 p.m.The 17th annual international festival kicked off yesterday, with several international stars opening the musical event successfully.The OLM Stage was rocked by international Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, generating thousands of attendees, while Iraqi star Kazem El Saher charmed his fans at Nahda Space.The festival will continue until June 30. read more

MONTREAL — Flight simulator company CAE is moving ahead with a $700-million project to develop its next generation of simulation platforms over five years — with help from the federal government.Denis Lebel, the minister responsible for economic development for Quebec, announced a $250 million loan.In making the announcement during a visit to CAE’s Montreal headquarters Thursday, Lebel said the money will help the world’s largest maker of aircraft simulators to keep its competitive edge.“The market is changing quickly and with this support, they will be able to play the game against any competitors,” he told reporters.Stephane Lefebvre, CAE’s chief financial officer, said there’s a 15-year repayment period for the $250 million loan, but it is not interest free.He said the company will begin to repay the loan over 15 years, starting after 2020.Lefebvre was evasive when asked if the project would create any additional jobs.“It’s highly dependent on the market and the number of simulators that we’ll be able to sell over the next few years,” he said. “We’ll maintain highly skilled employees, but we believe we’ll also create some jobs.”The money is being provided under Canada’s Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative. Better known as SADI, the program supports research and development in the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.CAE flight simulators are used around the world to train airline and military pilots and cockpit crews.The company also provides other training equipment and services for the civil aviation and defence markets.CAE employs 4,000 people in 15 locations across Canada, most of them in Montreal, and around 4,000 in the rest of the world.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CAE’s shares (TSX:CAE) were little-changed on Thursday. read more

The three European Union (EU) countries, Britain, France and Germany, known as the European Three, who have been trying to resolve the issue, said they would seek a special session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, to discuss the way ahead. They called on Iran not to resume nuclear activities and warned that any resumption would end their negotiations.The Board, as part of its mandate to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, has the power to refer the matter to the UN Security Council, which could impose political and economic sanctions. Iran has told the IAEA that it would resume activities at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Esfahan as of yesterday. Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful purposes such as generating energy or for making nuclear weapons.Several countries, including the United States, insist that Iran is seeking such weapons, but Iran denies this and last year suspended all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities as a good-will gesture while the European Three sought to resolve the issue.”The Secretary-General urges restraint and patience on the part of the Iranian authorities,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told the daily briefing today. “He very much believes that they should wait for the latest proposals from the European Three before making any attempts to restart their nuclear activities.””In his dealings with the three European countries, the Secretary-General is convinced that they are very much constructively engaged in a search for a solution and therefore encourages the Iranian authorities to continue to work with them. The Secretary-General very much supports the dialogue between the European Three and the Iranian authorities,” Mr. Dujarric added.The IAEA has also called on Iran to continue the dialogue and not take any action that could undermine agency inspections. It said yesterday that in order to implement effective safeguards it would need to install additional surveillance equipment at the UCF in Esfahan and would not be able to do so until some time next week.In a letter to Iran today, which they also transmitted to the Vienna-based IAEA, the European Three said a resumption of activities would breach agreements Iran had reached with them as well as the IAEA Board’s resolution last November calling for a continued moratorium.”It will also further heighten international concern about the real objective of Iran’s nuclear programme,” they said, noting that they had already informed Iran that they would be presenting their ideas for a long-term agreement covering political, security, economic and technological issues by 7 August.”We will be seeking a special session of the IAEA Board of Governors in the next few days to discuss the way ahead,” they wrote. “Were Iran to resume currently suspended activities, our negotiations would be brought to an end, and we would have no option but to pursue other courses of action.”Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the IAEA determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). read more