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Daniel Radcliffe wins WhatsOnStage best actor award – The Guardian

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has won the WhatsOnStage best actor award for his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan, part of the star-studded Michael Grandage Company season in the West End, which took 
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Dance Teacher’s Award Illustrates How to Have a Ball After Divorce

(PRWEB) September 17, 2005

Breaking up may well be hard to do but there is increasing evidence of women turning the pain of separation into the gain of success in other areas of their lives.

The latest pointer to this post-relationship prosperity is research from economists at the University of California showing divorced women work longer, earn more and have higher household incomes than wives or Bridget Jones-style singletons.

Perhaps the best-known example is JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. The first lady of fiction married a local journalist while working in Portugal as an English teacher and, after her divorcing, famously moved to Edinburgh, writing her initial blockbusters in a café while her daughter slept.

The begetter of Belinda Bagshot, Arsenius Jigger and Nearly Headless Nick is now worth £280m and wealthier than the Queen, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. She has also overtaken Cherie Blair as the most powerful woman in Britain, if you believe the latest Forbes list of the world’s most influential females.

But there are numerous examples closer to home of similar triumph over trauma. Step into the spotlight, for example, theatre and dance school proprietor Gillian Banks, 49, from Maltby, near Rotherham.

She has just taken a prestigious ATHENA prize for demonstrating business excellence and developing leadership opportunities for women within her company and the community. Hers is the first organisation of its type to receive this honour from the ATHENA Foundation, an American organisation encouraging women into business and leadership roles.

Since her divorce in 2003 from a husband to whom she was married almost 25 years – the relationship producing two now-teenage boys – Ms Banks has focused her energies on developing her business, based off Grange Lane, Maltby. This now has 200 students, from two-year-olds to adults, qualifying through four nationally recognised examining boards.

Her pupils have had parts in TV soaps, toured with teenage heartthrobs Blue and secured recording contracts.

They have also performed at glitzy London venues, such as the Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty’s and Sadlers Wells theatres, as well as in shows in Lille, France, and Disneyland Paris.

Helen Revill, from the family team of national law firm Irwin Mitchell, based at its offices in Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, acted for Ms Banks during her divorce.

Ms Revill says there are several main reasons for women like her being better able to use separation as a springboard to success than in previous eras.

She says: “The landmark cases in the last five years of White and Lambert have made it difficult for the courts not to give a divorcing wife at least 50 per cent of the joint capital, even if the husband was the main breadwinner when they were together.

“The White v White judgment was the first time a home-maker was recognised as contributing as much to the relationship as the person who earned the money.

“The effects of these cases mean more newly-divorced women now have the means to acquire new skills or start a business, for example.”

Ms Revill says a second reason these females fly higher is nine out of 10 women simply have to work after separating, even if they have had a lengthy period at home and need retraining to become marketable. She says their incomes at the time of divorce are often quite low, because they have been working part-time, for example.

She adds: “A more positive side of this ‘needs must’ attitude, which also helps explain success after separation, is the general rise of women in the workplace – we now simply have more opportunities to achieve than in previous eras.”

Ms Banks began her business 28 years ago by hiring a church hall and holding classes for six children from the then-thriving mining village where few were inclined towards the performing arts.

She developed her lessons while gaining qualifications and experience, operating in church and school halls before acquiring her current purpose-built studios.

Her school still caters for people needing help with finance or other support to allow them or their children to attend classes.

Ms Banks said: “Since my divorce, I’ve put a lot of energy into the business and it’s really paid off. Winning the ATHENA award was a great achievement and I’m really pleased.

“The divorce was a very stressful experience but I’m now a much stronger person for everything I went through and am undoubtedly more focused and confident in my ambitions.

“But equally, I don’t think I could have achieved what I have without the support of family, friends and Irwin Mitchell’s team, who were extremely helpful and informative, handling my case with empathy and loyalty while maintaining professionalism throughout.

“So although the opportunities are there for divorced women to thrive like never before, I do believe the support network around you is the other crucial factor if you want to turn a setback into success.”

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?And the Winner Is?!? Special Award Season Exhibit Presented by the Hollywood Museum and The Hollywood Reporter


Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

The Hollywood Museum and The Hollywood Reporter present the opening of the ?And The Winner Is?!? exhibit, celebrating the 2012 Hollywood Awards Season, on Thursday, February 16, 2012. This exhibit showcases the largest selection of costumes and props from over twenty films and television shows nominated for awards. Honoring the magic of movies, television and music excellence, the exhibit will be on display through the end of April and is located in the Historic Max Factor Building, 1660 N. Highland Avenue at Hollywood Blvd.

?And The Winner Is?!? includes selected items from 2012 Academy Award nominees including Hugo, The Artist, The Help, Midnight in Paris, The Descendants, Harry Potter, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Ides of March, and other popular films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, J. Edgar, Young Adult, Footloose, Super 8 and others.

Television shows spotlighted in the awards campaigns are also on display in ?And The Winner Is?!? exhibit including costumes and props from The Good Wife, The Walking Dead, Justified, Spartacus, Modern Family, Glee, American Horror Story, Boss, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Camelot, 50/50.

?As The Hollywood Museum is a showcase reflecting Hollywood’s history, the ?And The Winner Is?!? exhibit is the perfect stage to spotlight the Hollywood Award Season,? says museum president and founder Donelle Dadigan. ?It is a tribute to each studio and Guild that contributed to this years? Oscars

Minister Is Finalist for Bram Stoker Horror Award

(PRWEB) April 9, 2004

Once Rev. Steve Burt finishes writing his sermon for Sunday, he sets it aside and turns his attention to writing spooky stories.

“It’s fun,” says Pastor Burt, a 25-year United Church of Christ clergyman in Norwich, Connecticut. “I grew up on Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Weird Tales, and loved those strange stories. And as a church camp director, I often told the scary stories around the campfire in the evening.”

Dr. Burt’s passion for fun-and-scary stories has become more than just a hobby, though. He is one of the rising stars in dark fiction for young readers. On March 31 the Horror Writers Association named his second collection, “Even Odder: More Stories to Chill the Heart”, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. The Stokers, the horror genre’s answer to Hollywood’s Oscars, are given annually in 12 categories (including novel, first novel, short story, screenplay, graphic novel, etc.) for excellence in horror writing. Past winners include Peter Straub and Stephen King (Burt’s former neighbor in Bangor during his seminary years). Winners will be announced at the HWA’s Stoker Banquet in New York City on June 5.

“Even Odder” is one of four books competing in the Young Readers category with J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.

“My stories are fun scary, not keep-you-up-at-night scary,” Rev. Burt says. “I read them aloud on author visits to Middle Schools and High Schools. Kids and teachers love it.”

“Steve Burt enthralled our 6th through 8th grade students,” says media center coordinator Fran Johnson of Newfound Memorial Middle School in Bristol, NH. “Preparing students by reading a few of his stories created a real exctement and anticipationof his visit. The stories are well written and ignited much discussion in every class. These are stories kids want to read and talk about! And teachers have told me what a great day it was. This was the most successful author visit we have ever had.”

Rev. Burt’s first collection, Odd Lot: Stories to Chill the Heart, won Sole Honorable Mention for Best Horror Book of 2001 at the ForeWord Magazine Awards, grabbed the Publishers Marketing Association’s silver Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Mystery/Suspense Book, was Writer’s Digest’s runner-up for Best Genre Fiction Book. Six stories were honorable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror.

How do Burt’s parishioners feel about having a bestselling horror writer as their pastor? “Most of them have read my books and love the stories. They’re not blood-and-gore tales, they’re fun, they’re imaginative. And teachers and parents tell me they inspire kids to read and write. What more could I ask for?”

Dr. Burt’s newest collection, Oddest Yet: Even More Stories to Chill the Heart, will be out in July.



HBOs Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winning Mini-Series ‘Band of Brothers’ Filmed Through Cooke Lenses

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2005 –

“Band Of Brothers,” HBOs highly acclaimed 2001 ten-part epic television miniseries event now available in DVD for home viewing, combined the directorial talents of Tom Hanks, production by Steven Spielberg and the DreamWorks production staff, a superb ensemble cast, and a realism that has to be seen to be believed. The story, based on renowned WWII historian Stephen Ambrose’s non-fiction book about Easy Company, an Army rifle company that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge, and captured Hitler’s Eagle Nest at Berchtesgaden, was brought to life with stunning realism and breathtaking clarity by cinematographers using award-winning, innovative Cooke cinema lenses.

The project was meticulously crafted to ensure that this incredible story of heroism and the human spirit were told faithfully, and with attention to even the most minute detail. Almost all of the main characters were cast as a result of their close physical resemblances to the real-life soldiers they were portraying. Prior to shooting, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Ambrose showed each of the scripts to the real-life soldiers of Easy Company for authenticity.

Cinematography duties were split between Remi Adefarasin, BSC and Joel Ransom, CSC. Award winning cinematographer, Adefarasin, chose Cooke 20-100mm, the precursor of the Cooke 18-100mm, and Cooke 25-250mm zoom lenses. Adefarasin said he used Cooke lenses to capture the clean, crisp images needed for many of the scenes shot in segments of ‘Day of Days,’ ‘Crossroads,’ ‘Bastogne,’ ‘The Last Patrol,’ and ‘Why We Fight.’

In an interview given to Kodak InCamera, honesty was the watchword for Adefarasin, who shot five of the ten episodes. “We wanted it to look as if a modern documentary team had dropped into the war zone and covered events as they were unfolding,” he said. “We limited crane shots and other devices that distance the audience from the feeling that it is actually happening. I used color correction filters but hardly anything else on the lenses. The directors, my operators and I viewed hours of documentary footage and read books documenting the war to prepare. Some of the most memorable moments come during a spectacular event that we witness through a single person’s plight.”

More than 2,000 extras worked on this miniseries during the course of production. Approximately 700 authentic weapons and almost 400 rubber prop weapons were used in production. A heavy day of filming required 14,000 rounds of ammunition.

The Los Angeles Times said that Band of Brothers was “The best-ever film depiction of war in the trenches, large screen or small.” The mini-series went on two win both Golden Globe and Emmy awards as Outstanding Miniseries, and was nominated for a total of 19 Emmy Awards.

Cooke is a storied name in both cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the most renowned directors of photography and cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique and innovative mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most renowned and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally. Recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include Cinderella Man, Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Under the Tuscan Sun, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the extraordinarily beautiful Girl With a Pearl Earring.

For more information about Cooke lenses, visit their website at http://www.cookeoptics.com

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ViewGuide Announces 2011 SAFER Movie Award Winners


Silicon Valley, CA (PRWEB) January 17, 2012

ViewGuide is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 SAFER movie awards. The SAFER awards honor movies across the categories of Summary/Overall, Acting, Film, Edginess & Reality. Fifteen total movies are being honored. Seven of them are honored in more than one category, with Senna and The Devil’s Double each recognized in three categories.

The Summary/Overall winners are:

Buck
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Devil’s Double
Senna
Young Adult

The Acting winners are:

The Devil’s Double
The Tree of Life
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Drive
Young Adult

The Film winners are:

The Last Lions
The Tree of Life
The Descendents
Senna
The Adventures of Tintin

Edginess notables include:

The Descendents
The Skin I Live In
J. Edgar
Dolphin Tale
Drive

Reality notables include:

Warrior
Senna
The Devil’s Double
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Descendents

Commentary about each winner can be found at the ViewGuide SAFER Awards page.

Commenting on the 2011 SAFER Awards, D. Benjamin Wickowitz, founder of ViewGuide, stated “We just concluded a great year for movies, disappointing box office and and sour professional critics notwithstanding. Many of these movies are already available On Demand, so our hope is that the SAFER awards and ViewGuide’s On Demand listings will help them find grateful new viewers.”

About ViewGuide

ViewGuide is a customizable movie & TV guide featuring Netflix, iTunes, Amazon & YouTube on-demand listings. ViewGuide offers trustworthy movie recommendations and interesting movie commentary based on the SAFER review system, trust-weighted scoring and user created ViewLists. ViewGuide is free and can be found at http://www.ViewGuide.com.

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THE 12th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 03, 2011

Nominations for the 12th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS

Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Announces 17th Annual Thea Award Recipients

Burbank, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2010

“The annual Thea Awards, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), recognize and honor excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places,” says incoming TEA president Rick Rothschild of FAR Out! Creative Direction. “Storytelling and teamwork are the heart of the Experience Design Industry and its projects. TEA’s Thea Awards celebrate storytelling across the globe – educational and entertaining stories of heritage, history, fiction, fantasy, magic and even hard science – delivered with artistry and the appropriate use of technology at museums, theme parks, world expos, special events and other settings. The Thea Awards also honor teamwork at its very best – the creative handshake between the visionary project owner and the multidisciplinary collective of designers, artisans and technicians who realize the vision. Also, this year we commemorate the late Harrison “Buzz” Price, who at the very first Thea Awards in 1994 was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his honor, we’ve renamed it the ‘Buzz Price Award, recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements.’

The Thea Awards Nominating Committee recommended the current slate of 15 Thea recipients, with final approval by the TEA International Board of Directors. The Awards will be formally presented March 12, 2011 at the 17th Annual Thea Awards Gala, to be held at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood. The Awards Gala, sponsored by Economics at AECOM, is an elegant, black-tie dinner event and is open to the public. Tickets/more information: http://www.teaconnect.org.

17th Annual Thea Award Recipients

The Buzz Price Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

(formerly the Thea Lifetime Achievement Award)

Kim Irvine, Art Director, Disneyland

Thea Classic Award

HBOs Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winning Mini-Series ‘Band of Brothers’ Filmed Through Cooke Lenses

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) September 1, 2005

“Band Of Brothers,” HBOs highly acclaimed 2001 ten-part epic television miniseries event now available in DVD for home viewing, combined the directorial talents of Tom Hanks, production by Steven Spielberg and the DreamWorks production staff, a superb ensemble cast, and a realism that has to be seen to be believed. The story, based on renowned WWII historian Stephen Ambrose’s non-fiction book about Easy Company, an Army rifle company that parachuted into France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge, and captured Hitler’s Eagle Nest at Berchtesgaden, was brought to life with stunning realism and breathtaking clarity by cinematographers using award-winning, innovative Cooke cinema lenses.

The project was meticulously crafted to ensure that this incredible story of heroism and the human spirit were told faithfully, and with attention to even the most minute detail. Almost all of the main characters were cast as a result of their close physical resemblances to the real-life soldiers they were portraying. Prior to shooting, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Stephen Ambrose showed each of the scripts to the real-life soldiers of Easy Company for authenticity.

Cinematography duties were split between Remi Adefarasin, BSC and Joel Ransom, CSC. Award winning cinematographer, Adefarasin, chose Cooke 20-100mm, the precursor of the Cooke 18-100mm, and Cooke 25-250mm zoom lenses. Adefarasin said he used Cooke lenses to capture the clean, crisp images needed for many of the scenes shot in segments of ‘Day of Days,’ ‘Crossroads,’ ‘Bastogne,’ ‘The Last Patrol,’ and ‘Why We Fight.’

In an interview given to Kodak InCamera, honesty was the watchword for Adefarasin, who shot five of the ten episodes. “We wanted it to look as if a modern documentary team had dropped into the war zone and covered events as they were unfolding,” he said. “We limited crane shots and other devices that distance the audience from the feeling that it is actually happening. I used color correction filters but hardly anything else on the lenses. The directors, my operators and I viewed hours of documentary footage and read books documenting the war to prepare. Some of the most memorable moments come during a spectacular event that we witness through a single person’s plight.”

More than 2,000 extras worked on this miniseries during the course of production. Approximately 700 authentic weapons and almost 400 rubber prop weapons were used in production. A heavy day of filming required 14,000 rounds of ammunition.

The Los Angeles Times said that Band of Brothers was “The best-ever film depiction of war in the trenches, large screen or small.” The mini-series went on two win both Golden Globe and Emmy awards as Outstanding Miniseries, and was nominated for a total of 19 Emmy Awards.

Cooke is a storied name in both cinemagraphic and the ultra-high-end professional photography markets. Known worldwide for their precision, exacting tolerances and superior quality, Cooke lenses are specified by many of the most renowned directors of photography and cinematographers in Hollywood. Cooke S4 Prime lenses, acclaimed for their unique and innovative mechanical design and extraordinary photographic qualities, have been used to shoot several of the most renowned and visually beautiful motion pictures of all time, both in Hollywood and internationally. Recent box office releases shot with Cooke lenses include Cinderella Man, Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Under the Tuscan Sun, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the extraordinarily beautiful Girl With a Pearl Earring.

For more information about Cooke lenses, visit their website at http://www.cookeoptics.com

Media contact:

Kyle Kappmeier

R&J Public Relations, LLC

(908) 722-5757

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