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Morgan Stanley Settles MortgageBond Suit With FDIC

first_imgLess than three weeks after Morgan Stanley announced a substantially higher over-the-year profit in 2015 due to reduced legal costs brought on by mortgage-backed securities settlements, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced on Tuesday that the investment banking firm has agreed to pay $62.95 million to settle claims of selling toxic mortgage-backed securities to FDIC-insured three banks that later failed.According to the FDIC, the amount of the settlement will be distributed between the receiverships for the three failed banks, which are:Security Savings Bank of Henderson, Nevada (failed in February 2009)Colonial Bank of Montgomery, Alabama (failed in August 2009)United Western Bank of Denver, Colorado (failed in February 2011)The FDIC, as receiver for the failed banks, filed four lawsuits against Morgan Stanley and other defendants from February 2012 to January 2014 claiming violations of state and federal laws in connection with the sales of residential mortgage-backed securities to the three failed banks. FDIC alleges there were misrepresentations in the offering documents for 14 securities that Morgan Stanley sold to the three failed banks. The FDIC has now filed 19 RMBS lawsuits on behalf of eight institutions seeking damages for violations of federal and state securities laws; this total includes the four filed against Morgan Stanley.The $62.95 million settlement with the FDIC brings total RBMS claim settlements by the FDIC with Morgan Stanley to $86.95 million, including the $24 million settlement last year of RMBS claims related to Franklin Bank, S.S.B., of Houston, Texas (which failed in November 2008).A spokesman for Morgan Stanley declined to comment on the most recent settlement with the FDIC when reached by email.In February 2015, Morgan Stanley entered into a settlement with the Justice Department for $2.6 billion to resolve claims that the investment firm packaged and sold toxic MBS in the run-up to the crisis. With litigation costs of $3.1 billion reported for 2014 as a result of the settlement, the firm’s earnings for that year took a significant hit. With legal costs significantly lowered for 2015, Morgan Stanley’s net income rose from $3.5 billion in 2015 up to $6.1 billion in 2015. Morgan Stanley Settles Mortgage-Bond Suit With FDIC in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market February 2, 2016 584 Views center_img Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Financial Crisis Morgan Stanley residential mortgage backed securities 2016-02-02 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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Eye on the Industry Updates on Gateway Mortgage More

first_imgGateway Mortgage Group announced it has completed its merger with Farmers Exchange Bank to form Gateway First Bank, an Oklahoma banking corporation.“This acquisition and resulting transformation is a very important achievement for Gateway,” said Stephen Curry, Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer. “By combining two successful Oklahoma companies to form Gateway First Bank we have created a robust foundation for future growth. Over the next year we intend to deliver significant enhancements to the customer experience and new products, while maintaining the superior service, great culture and nationally-recognized workplace we’re known for.”To fund the acquisition and support future growth, Gateway First Bank completed an initial closing of a private placement offering, raising approximately $40 million in equity capital. Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson LLP served as legal counsel to Gateway for the acquisition and the private placement. Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. served as placement agent for the private placement. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP served as legal counsel to the placement agent. Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP served as legal counsel to Farmers Exchange Bank in the acquisition.______Calyx Software, announced that its Path loan origination software (LOS) is now integrated with SimpleCECL from LoanScorecard. SimpleCECL combines the proprietary credit and prepayment forecasting model and related analytics from Andrew Davidson & Co., Inc. (AD&Co) with LoanScorecard technology to provide loan-level analysis for Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) and a calculation of the appropriate loan loss reserves to hold, based on the model’s projected lifetime losses for that loan.Issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, CECL is the new “expected loss” accounting model for estimating the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses. It replaces the current “incurred loss” model and goes into effect in 2020 for SEC-filing institutions and 2022 for all other financial institutions.With this integration, financial institutions can seamlessly generate loan-level CECL analysis to ensure accuracy and compliance for all loans originated, including those with a policy exception, as well as an exact calculation for loan loss reserves under the new regulation—all without ever leaving the LOS._______Blue Water Financial Technologies LLC (Blue Water), the Minneapolis-based provider of asset valuation, MSR distribution, MSR hedging, and electronic solutions to mortgage lenders, has announced the appointment of Joseph A. Grimes III as Senior Advisor.Grimes will join Blue Water’s Advisory Board led by Nicholas Smith, Founder and CEO of Rice Park Capital Management (RPC), Jeff Hilligoss, Senior Advisor to RPC and CEO of Upper Bound, and Brad Farrell, Senior Advisor to RPC and former CFO of Two Harbors Investment Corp.“Joe brings a strong grasp of counterparty risk and vast experience in structured mortgage servicing and capital markets transactions. Blue Water is configuring itself to bring unique mortgage servicing technology and service solutions to the market and an expansive product set to its clients. Joe’s experiences will assist Blue Water in executing this vision. I’m truly excited to have him engaged with our Advisory Board,” said Alan Qureshi, managing Partner at Blue Water. Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News May 23, 2019 479 Views center_img 15-Year Mortgage cloud technology 2019-05-23 Mike Albanese Eye on the Industry: Updates on Gateway Mortgage & Morelast_img read more

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AccorHotels will take over the management of Crown

first_imgAccorHotels will take over the management of Crowne Plaza Adelaide and rebrand the hotel to Pullman Adelaide, the 15th Pullman Hotel in Australia, as of 1 October 2017, making Pullman the largest 5-star hotel brand in Australia in just under 10 years since its launch into the market. Pullman Adelaide is in the heart of the CBD at 16 Hindmarsh Square and features 308 guestrooms, restaurant and bar space, and top floor meeting room facilities, and AccorHotels will add an Executive Club Lounge to Pullman Adelaide and implement signature Pullman elements within the hotel. “We are very proud to be partnering again with Hines Property to bring such a prominent, well respected brand to the city of Adelaide which continues to see strong levels of tourism growth, thanks to strong leadership by the Weatherill government and investment in infrastructure,” said Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific.“For some time we have been looking to bring the Pullman brand to South Australia, and through our relationship with the Hines Property we are thrilled to be operating Pullman Adelaide.” AccorHotelsPullman Adelaidelast_img read more

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Albatross ToursEurope 2019preregister

first_imgAlbatross ToursEurope 2019pre-register Albatross Tours has just released its 2019 European Summer Tour dates, inviting agents to pre-register their clients to secure travel dates.New for 2019 is ‘Scandinavia, in the Footsteps of the Vikings’, a 21-day tour travelling from Copenhagen to Oslo; and ‘Sardinia and Corsica, the Lands of Myths and Legends’ 14 day tour.Pre-registration is free, with deposits due in August to secure tour dates. Travel agents are encouraged to lock in their clients’ 2019 tour dates by contacting Albatross Tours on 1300 135 015 or CLICK HERE. IMAGE: New for 2019 – Scandinavia, in the Footsteps of the Vikingslast_img read more

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first_imgHopes to improve their return game“It’s huge. Any time your starting field position is behind the 20 or 25 or lower, you’re not doing real good in your return game. The more you can get first downs in your return game the better off you are.”How much freedom will you give Ted Ginn Jr. on returning kicks “We’ll have design plays. He doesn’t have any freedom just to catch it and run. (Run) where you’re supposed to run, where your blockers are. As far as bringing it out (of the end zone), it’s the depth and heighth of the kick. You just got to have a good feel for it. We didn’t do a very good job of deciding those things last year.” “It was an excellent practice [Tuesday]. One thing I’m very enthused about is, I think, offensively we ran the ball fairly well at times. Any time we can run the ball fairly well against our defense, that’s saying a lot being that we’re outstanding against the run. That speaks volume for the offensive line and the backs and tight ends, especially the tight ends. Darren Fells really got my attention [Tuesday] for the first time; saw him rock some heads back blocking. For a basketball player, that’s a huge step forward.”How is the competition going at back-up running back“We have all of the confidence in the world in Stepfan [Taylor] and Jonathan [Dwyer]. Jonathan had a big, long run [Tuesday] and Steph did an unbelievable job in pass protection. It’s an on-going thing, and we’ll use them both. We really won’t have a ‘2′ and a ‘3′. They’ll have roles and go into the games with roles so that everybody knows exactly what to expect; and then of course when your number is called to increase your role, you better be ready.”The league experimenting with 15-yard extra points“It’ll be fun. Originally, it was 20 and then outdoor teams wanted to move it up to 15. I think it’ll add a little bit of excitement to the play. Game-winner will be a whole lot more gritting of the teeth over there (on the sidelines) I know that.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“Nothing new really injury-front wise. We came out pretty clean [Tuesday]. Lorenzo Alexander has a scheduled day off on his foot so we get back-to-back rest days for him. Everybody else is good to go (mentioned Andre Ellington and Dan Williams will return to practice Friday). Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — The Arizona Cardinals franchise was

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals franchise was founded in 1898, and their media guide has records dating back to 1920. Over all that time, the team has never won 12 games in a single season.On Sunday in San Francisco against the 49ers, the 11-4 Cardinals will have a chance to reach that mark. “It’s what we’re after,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “It guarantees us not only that record, but if something were to happen in Seattle, then we would have the bye. So we want to do both those things.” That the Cardinals can even talk about setting records and postseason byes is pretty impressive, especially when you think about all the injuries the team has suffered. The most high-profile have come at quarterback, where four different players have led the way at various points this season.“I’d have taken it,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald responded when asked what he would have said if told in the preseason the team would use four different quarterbacks but still have a chance to win 12 games. “Without a question you take that every day because you know you’re going into the playoffs.”It’s not exactly how it was drawn up, though. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ErrorOK ErrorOK Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo INJURY UPDATE: #AZCardinals WR J.J. Nelson (right shoulder) will not return.#AZvsCHI— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 20, 2015Nelson does not have a catch this season. He was on punt return duty in the second quarter and muffed his return. – / 44 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   center_img Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver J.J. Nelson injured his right shoulder against the Chicago Bears and did not return. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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Obviously thats why you have the game timed for

first_img“Obviously, that’s why you have the game timed for 60 minutes,” Arians said. “The (defense) made some good adjustments and we just started tackling better. We didn’t tackle very well in the first half.”After Atlanta’s surprising home loss to Tampa Bay, the Cardinals are tied for the third-best record in the NFC behind Green Bay and Carolina. They also have a two-game lead over the New York Giants for the No. 3 seed in the conference, and a game-and-a-half lead over St. Louis for first place in the NFC West.The Cardinals are clearly capable of scoring points. Their 263 points are the most in the NFL and their 32.7 points per game are second to New England’s 35.6. The second half of the season gets much more challenging, however. The Cardinals will face two-time defending NFC champ Seattle twice, Cincinnati (7-0), St. Louis (4-3), Minnesota (5-2) and Green Bay (6-0 entering play Sunday).To achieve the ultimate goal before this team’s window closes, they’ll need more efforts like the one they got in the second half on Sunday over the aforementioned 60 minutes of “timed” football.“That’s our goal every week, to get better and improve,” Mathieu said. “There’s been too many times this season we’ve started a game like that. As you all know, after this bye week, the teams get tougher. For us, we have to start playing in the first quarter, playing how we played in the second half.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Kevin Minter (51) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) Top Stories Turnovers forced: 0Points allowed: 20“The first half (we were) sluggish,” defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said. “I don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t our type of football.”Arizona’s fourth-ranked defense was nearly unrecognizable against the Browns, so the Cardinals took a look at one another, offered a self-critique that may have involved some harsh language from Arians, and took the field for the second-half wearing their normal game faces.Arizona forced two turnovers (one thanks to Browns running back Robert Turbin’s butter fingers), it held Cleveland to 3 of 8 on third down, it held the Browns out of the red zone altogether and it allowed zero second-half points in a 34-20 win.The Cardinals also generated good pressure (it was non-existent in the first half against a Browns offensive line that had allowed the third most sacks in NFL), sacking quarterback Josh McCown once, but moving him off his spots and making him uncomfortable on numerous occasions, including Kevin Minter’s big hit that left McCown grimacing for the rest of the game.Once the offense decided to hang into the ball – at least for a while — Arizona pulled away for an expected 34-20 win over the Browns that pushed the team to 6-2 at the halfway point of the season as it heads into its bye week. Like most NFL coaches, Bruce Arians measures the effectiveness of his defense through four main statistics: third-down defense, red-zone defense, turnovers forced and points allowed.Here’s how the Cardinals defense fared against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium.Third-down conversions allowed: 6 of 8Red-zone defense: 0 for 3, with 3 TDs allowed (all on third down). Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 18 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img The Arizona Cardinals are having one of the best seasons of any team in the NFL, so it should come as no surprise they are well represented in this year’s Pro Bowl voting as quarterback Carson Palmer, receiver Larry Fitzgerald, cornerback Patrick Peterson, defensive lineman Calais Campbell, special teams star/cornerback Justin Bethel, guard Mike Iupati and safety Tyrann Mathieu were all selected to play in the game. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, is congratulated by quarterback Carson Palmer after catching a pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Ram on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. With the reception, Fitzgerald has surpassed Andre Johnson as the youngest player to reach 1,000 career receptions in NFL history. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Comments   Share   In total, six Cardinals were selected to play in the game, which will take place in Hawaii the week before Super Bowl 50 on Jan. 31. If the Cardinals reach the championship game, their players will not participate.Palmer is in the midst of a career-best season, throwing for 4,277 yards and 32 touchdowns with just nine interceptions in 14 games. He has set a Cardinals single-season franchise record for touchdown passes, and needs 338 yards over the Cardinals’ final two games to set the mark for passing yards, too. Palmer has been to two other Pro Bowls, in 2005 and 2006, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.On the receiving end of many of Palmer’s passes this season is Fitzgerald, who has tallied 99 receptions for 1,131 yards and seven touchdowns, all marks that lead the team. The 32-year-old has been to the Pro Bowl eight times in his career, most recently in 2013.This is the fifth time in five seasons Peterson has been selected for the game, though this is easily his best campaign as a pro. The 25-year-old has just two interceptions, but that number is low because opposing quarterbacks have generally shied away from throwing to his man, no matter who it has been.Campbell was named to the game for the second time in his career, with the first being last season. A defensive lineman who has seen time mostly on the interior this season, he has notched 2.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. This is the third selection for Bethel, all for his work on special teams. He leads Arizona with 13 special teams tackles this season.Iupati, a free agent pickup this offseason, has helped solidify the left side of Arizona’s offensive line and paved the way for an improved running game. It is his fourth straight Pro Bowl nod, with the first three coming while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers.A safety, Mathieu was named to the team for the first time. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn ACL, but this season he had notched 89 total tackles, five interceptions, 11 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and 16 passes defensed. He was selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November and was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Cardinals’ Week 3 win over the 49ers.Along with those seven, which is the most for the team since 1977, running back Chris Johnson was selected as an alternate. Prior to suffering a leg injury, the first-year Cardinal ran for 814 yards and three touchdowns on 196 carries.– / 4 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4. Marcel Shipp, RB, Massachusetts (2001) – The Cardinals nabbed Shipp in ’01 and the former UMass Minuteman made the team. However, Shipp didn’t make an immediate impact. As a rookie, he played on special teams, seeing action in 11 games. But in his second year, he stepped into the starting running back role, taking over for former first-round pick Thomas Jones. Shipp ran for 834 yards on 188 carries while scoring six touchdowns that season to lead the Cardinals in each category. He ran for 830 yards the next season. In 2004, Shipp suffered a devastating knee injury on the astroturf of the Walkup Skydome at training camp in Flagstaff, which sidelined him for the entire season. He’d play three more years with the Cardinals, but was never as effective. Shipp ranks fourth on the Cardinals’ all-time rushing list (since 1988) with 2,197 yards.3. Kwamie Lassiter, S, Kansas (1995) – After an injury-plagued college career that lasted six years, Lassiter went undrafted in 1995. However, the hard-hitting safety made an impact in training camp and secured a spot on the Cardinals’ roster. Lassiter was a part-time player for his first three seasons, but elevated his game in 1998, intercepting eight passes, which tied for second-most in the league. He saved his best for last that year. Needing a win over the San Diego Chargers to secure the team’s first playoff berth since moving to Arizona, Lassiter picked off quarterback Craig Whelihan four times — all of which came deep in Arizona territory — to help the Cardinals to a 16-13 win. Lassiter was a fixture in the secondary until 2002, and finished his Cardinals career with 24 interceptions, which ranks third on the franchise list. The amount of study, scouting and preparation that goes into any NFL Draft is staggering.Teams have files on hundreds of players — scouting reports, interview results, personality profiles.However, the draft is only part of filling out a roster every year. When “Mr. Irrelevant’s” name is called to end each draft, NFL front offices go into scramble mode to attract undrafted free agents to come to rookie minicamp, and hopefully, training camp. The only quarterback to ever lead the Arizona Cardinals, Kurt Warner, is one of the best undrafted free agent stories in NFL history. He was not drafted out of Northern Iowa in 1994 and went to camp with the Green Bay Packers. He didn’t make the team, but eventually caught on with the St. Louis Rams, leading them to two Super Bowls while winning two Most Valuable Player awards. He recaptured some of that magic in finishing his career in Arizona.But he wasn’t “discovered” by the Cardinals.With rookie minicamp starting in Tempe Friday, we thought it was a perfect time to look back on some of the hidden gems unearthed by the Cardinals after the draft.In this edition of “The 5,” we’ll focus on the five best undrafted free agents in Cardinals history.5. Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma (2013) – Jefferson got a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board which only fortified his decision to leave Oklahoma after his junior season. He didn’t hear his name called among the 2013 draft class, so the Cardinals signed him. Jefferson made his mark in training camp and had two interceptions in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. He ended up making the team and has become an integral part of one of the NFL’s best secondaries over the last three seasons. Jefferson has racked up 147 total tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and six pass break-ups in his career. 2. Lyle Sendlein, C, Texas (2007) – The Cardinals signed the former Chaparral Firebird as an undrafted free agent in 2007 after a distinguished career in Austin. Sendlein played sparingly as a rookie, but did start two games at center. In his second season, he took over as the full-time starter in what turned out to be a magical season in franchise history. The Cardinals won nine games, earning an NFC Wild Card berth and won three straight playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sendlein held down the center position for eight years, starting 122 of a possible 128 regular-season games in that span. In 2015, the Cardinals brought back the free agent center during training camp and he once again claimed the first-string spot, helping Arizona to a franchise-record 13 wins and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.1. Ronald McKinnon, LB, North Alabama (1996) – The Cardinals’ 1996 draft class was highlighted by the selection of Illinois defensive end Simeon Rice with the third-overll pick. After the draft, they got another valuable piece on defense in McKinnon, who won the Harlon Hill Trophy — Division II’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy — in 1995 at North Alabama. (Side note: McKinnon is the only defensive player to win that award since its inception in 1986.) McKinnon made the roster in training camp of 1996 and saw action in all 16 games as a rookie. In 1997, he stepped in as the starting middle linebacker — a position he kept until 2004. In 2001, McKinnon registered a career-high 145 total tackles, two sacks and scored his one and only touchdown — a 24-yard return in a 17-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Devil Stadium. 0 Comments   Share   New York Giants’ Tiki Barber, top, is thrown down by Arizona Cardinals’ Ronald McKinnon during the fourth quarter at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 21-7 to improve to 2-2. (AP Photo/Matt York) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After a short walk, officers found a woman who was bleeding from her nose and mouth. A witness said the woman had been knocked out and hit her head on the ground after falling backwards. He identified Clemons, 30, as the suspect.The report noted in a June 11 interview Clemons denied assaulting the woman, saying he believed she had been punched by a woman she had been confronting. Former Cardinals defensive back Brandon Person, who was with Clemons that night, gave a similar account to detectives.A pretrial conference for Clemons is scheduled for Sept. 16.Clemons appeared in seven games for the Cardinals last season, notching four tackles on defense and three on special teams. He appeared in both of the team’s postseason contests, recording one special teams tackle. Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton runs for a first down past Arizona Cardinals’ Chris Clemons (29) during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) The Scottsdale Police Department is recommending that city prosecutors charge Arizona Cardinals safety Chris Clemons with assault with reckless injury and disorderly conduct from an incident that occurred on May 8 outside a Scottsdale nightclub.According to the report by AZCentral.com, at around 2:30 a.m. police officers heard a commotion outside the International Boutique Nightclub, and upon walking over to investigate saw a scuffle between a man and a woman. The man and another woman attempted to drive off after, but were stopped for questioning by the officers before being allowed to leave. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 5-foot 9-inch, 196-pound speedster played four years with the Tar Heels, known for his speed and ability to run the ball, catch the ball and make plays on special teams.He was named to the All-ACC Specialist Second-Team for his senior year play.In 2016, he tallied 650 yards on 120 carries (5.4 yards per carry) and seven rushing touchdowns. He also had 29 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns, while posting 1,584 all-purpose yards.Logan played in all 13 games in 2016, leading the ACC with a 32.9 kickoff return average. North Carolina’s T.J. Logan (8) dives past Georgia Tech’s Lance Austin (17) for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 48-20. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown) The whole league is on notice that Cardinals’ running back David Johnson might just be the best at his position in the league. With Arizona’s second fifth round pick on Saturday, Johnson should be getting some depth behind him.The Cardinals drafted T.J. Logan, a running back from North Carolina, with the 179th overall pick.Logan showed at the NFL Combine that he will be able to break away from defenders in the open field, posting a 4.37-second mark at the 40-yard dash. It was the fastest mark at the Combine at the running back position, and sixth-fastest overall. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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GLENDALE Ariz — The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday unveiled their new menu of food items at University of Phoenix Stadium for the 2018 season. And it includes plenty of new options.The headliner is clearly the Gridiron Burger Challenge where, for $75, fans take on a seven-pound “burger” made up of five 1/3 pound patties, five hot dogs, five brats, 20 slices of cheese, eight pieces of bacon, eight chicken tenders and 12 ounces of fries. Then, just to make sure they get their vegetables, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes are piled onto the 10-inch bun as well. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s covered in tanker sauce. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – Taco-dilla ($15) – a cheese quesadilla cut in fourths and topped with four tacos that are either red chile beef or pollo asada.– Spiked Seltzer ($9) – Cape Cod Cranberry or Indian River Grapefruit flavors.– Sausage ($7) – Italian sausage served with sauteed peppers and onions. Smoked and hot varieties are available too.– Baked Potato ($8) – loaded with red chile beef or pollo asada, along with butter, sour cream, chives and shredded cheese. – / 15 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo If a fan can somehow eat the whole thing in under an hour, they get a free jersey and their picture goes on the scoreboard. According to chef Sean Kavanaugh, no one behind the scenes has been able to do it yet.The Gridiron Burger joins smaller, more familiar selections like the Cardiac Cards Dog ($14) and Fire Dog ($6), in addition to a number of Family Fan Value Packs. The Cardiac Cards Dog is made up a of a foot-long all beef hot dog wrapped in a Smash Burger patty and then wrapped again in maple peppered bacon. Cotija cheese, pico de gallo and roasted Poblano Queso are all thrown on top, too.Related LinksCards camp notebook: QB Sam Bradford ready for preseason footballCardinals place A.Q. Shipley on IR with torn ACLCorey Peters: Cardinals’ Mason Cole ‘has physical talent’ to start at centerThe Fire Dog is a little more simple. Relatively, at least. Nacho cheese, Flaming Hot Cheetos and jalapenos are all piled on to an all-beef hot dog.Other new items on the menu for 2018 include:– Gridzilla Burger ($22) – essentially a smaller version of the Gridiron Burger.– Dirty Fry Bird ($21) – a pound of fries covered with queso, pico, jalapenos … and six fried chicken legs.– Churro Donut Sundae ($11) – vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with a hot churro donut and served in a waffle cone cup with caramel and chocolate syrup poured over the whole thing. Top Stories 24 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterColorado is open for business was the key message at the Wednesday’s VIP media lunch held  in the George room at the QT in Sydney.Guests – Pamela Wright, Aleney de Winter and Helen Hayes.Caroline Davidson of Davidson Communications and Kylee Kay from Travel Marketing Services hosted the event wanting to introduce Colorado to Australia’s as not just a winter destination and aiming to encourage Australians to visit during all four seasons.Colorado boasts four national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park, eight monuments, eight historic railroads and 26 scenic byways. Around 75,000 Australian’s travelling to the US annually include a visit to the state and Colorado Tourism is urging visitors to visit in seasons other than winter. Warmer season activities include visiting dude ranches, hiking, cycling, canyoning, playing golf and visiting the breweries. Davidson and Kay will be hosting media lunches in Brisbane and Melbourne and travel advisers will be invited to learn more about  the destination at the Visit USA trade shows.For more information on the destination visit colorado.com or download the official visitor guide here.Lead image: Great Sand Dunes National Park © courtesy Colorado Tourism Pamela Wright, Aleney de Winter and Helen Hayes The table setting in the George Room at the QT Sydney Hikers at Snowmass Resort last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Corporate travel paymen

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCorporate travel payments provider, AirPlus International, has partnered with travel management system provider, Tramada Systems, to offer more convenience for travel agencies and better quality service for corporates.Tramada’s mission is to automate travel workflows to increase agents’ productivity and optimise solutions and integration with the entire travel ecosystem. Tramada provides plug-and-play modules that reduce manual handling and ensure seamless feeds between applications.With the most recent release of the Tramada technology platform, corporate travel agencies are now able to capture better quality data for AirPlus customers, improving the management of their travel programs.The Tramada AirPlus File Export now offers 10 variable data fields to AirPlus customers, giving them unmatched capability to capture the data a company needs for expense management. Companies benefit from configurable data fields as they are able to capture specific information for each transaction that assists to identify and code it for accounts payable and the general ledger. This includes project and matter numbers, cost centres and authorisation codes. Companies now have full flexibility on the data they require their TMC to capture in order to simplify their reconciliation process.Setting up customers with the appropriate data is also made easier for the travel agency, rendering a streamlined collection of data. The agent will now be able to flexibly select the field configuration based on each client’s requirements.David Newington, Commercial Director APAC for AirPlus International said: “Variable fields were an important factor in the enhancement of the booking process from the travel agency side and we are delighted to have solved this with Tramada. This is a great news for our customers and partner travel agencies in Australia and New Zealand.”Susan Enners, Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand of Tramada Systems, said: “Our agencies’ corporate clients have ever-increasing data requirements when it comes to expense management. We are delighted to partner with AirPlus to deliver additional enhanced data fields to meet and exceed those customer requirements. Furthermore, it reaffirms our commitment to integrating with world-class technologies that streamline processes, saving agents time and money.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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The study abroad checklist Scholarships student visas and flights

first_imgApply for a scholarshipMany students aren’t aware of scholarships that are on offer at many UK universities and colleges, but the financial help is there for you if you apply early and you meet any particular terms and conditions upon application. Search your university’s website, ask your tutor, and search online for specific scholarships – there tends to be tailored financial loans for international students, degrees where women are in the minority, or nursing. Don’t forget your adaptersInternational adapters can be used in both the UK and all over Europe, so buy a few before you leave. The UK uses a three point plug, whereas most of Europe uses a rounded, two point plug. UK power points tend to be around 220 Volts, and 50Hz. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Prepare for studying in the UK and pack sensiblyIt’s not as sunny in Sheffield as it is in Sydney, nor is it as cold in Northampton as it is during New York’s winters. But it sure does know how to rain in the UK! Pack warm layers, waterproofs, and weather-proof shoes. You should also consider where you’ll be travelling to while you’re over this way. Will you take the opportunity of having Europe on your doorstep to prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or will you be heading north to see the Northern Lights? Ski weekends in Val D’Isere? Weekend sun in Barcelona? Bring basics, and any specialist equipment you might need, like a skiing jacket or swimwear you can always buy here – we’re pretty good at high street shopping and have loads of vintage boutiques to rummage around in. Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Book your flights in advanceEnsure you have your flights booked early, and you know how to get to your university from the airport. You’re probably going to have a lot of baggage, so make sure you know the easiest, quickest route, or see whether your university offers transfers for new international students. Find out when the best time to book the cheapest flights is with our handy guide. Print and prepare your documentsAlthough your flight ticket and visa are probably electronic, consider printing off the following: your offer letter from the university you’re going to be studying at, proof of address for the last five years (or letters from previous landlords), travel insurance documents, and copies of your passport. That way, if your phone runs out of battery, you can’t access WiFi or need printed proof, you’ve got it, and can easily set things up like a bank account in the UK when you land. You should also make sure your passport has plenty of validity for your trip. Check when you need to arrive and when you can start living thereUsually the term date is later than the start of your contract in your new halls. You can benefit from this by spending those two or three weeks orienting yourself to your new home, making friends, and checking out the city. There are usually welcome parties and meetings for new students too, and that’s before Fresher’s Week has even started. Knowing your dates also allows you to book your return home in advance, which is usually cheaper than booking two one way tickets – even if you need to change the date. Find out if you need a student visaWhether or not you need a student visa depends on your citizenship. If you are a citizen of a country in the EU (like Spain, Germany, or Greece – see the full list here), you will not currently need a visa. This may change in future, so it’s always best to check before applying.If you’re from outside of Europe, you will need one, which you can apply for here. You can apply for this 90 days before your course starts and you should hear back within three weeks of applying. The visa costs £348 (€387).*Apply for your particular study abroad programmeMany of the top universities in the UK offer international study programmes, including Erasmus. For example, University College London allows students to study in London for the summer, a term, or the year, and offers many different types of financial help. If you’re choosing to complete your degree in the UK, you will need to apply through UCAS. Although you can apply independently or through an advisor, UCAS is the main body in the UK for university applications. The deadline for international applications is October 15th, but universities usually accept applications well into the new year. Find accommodationUsually you can apply for most of the student halls at your university with no problem, but some require signing long-term contracts and leases you may want to avoid. See if your university offers any specialised accommodation for international students and apply early as often this gets booked up quickly! Living with other international students is a great way to build a community with whom you can study, party and travel with. But, if you’re in need of temporary accommodation then stay in one of the best hostels in Europe. Want to learn more about saving money for studying abroad? Check out these travel hacks:20 travel tips and secrets that will save you more money than you thinkFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel?How to holiday on hand luggage only and avoid paying baggage feesFed up with waiting for your luggage at the carousel so you can get your holiday started, don’t want the added hassle of lugging heavy cases around, or even the prospect of unpacking it all at the end of your trip? Well we’ve got a few top tips for travelling with hand luggage only.7 secrets to finding cheap flightsThere are a few ways of finding low cost flights that everyone knows about – like using a flight comparison site such as Skyscanner, of course. But if you really want to find the best low cost flights you have to know the tricks of the trade.*Prices correct at time of publication.Visa information correct as of 18th July 2019, obtained from https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Please always check the latest guidance at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice before booking a trip.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, and car hire. Know exactly what your airline’s baggage allowance isIf you’re on an international flight, you’ll usually be permitted between 23kg and 30kg of hold luggage, plus a bit of hand luggage – find out exactly how much you can take onboard with you before you fly. Doesn’t sound like enough? Remember, you might be sharing a room or living in a small space, so you won’t have much room for endless pairs of shoes or all your favourite jackets. If you’d still like to pack absolutely everything you own then make sure you check with the airline you’re flying with for their specific hold luggage limits. Alternatively, learn to travel light with with these 15 top tips. RelatedFantastic gap year destinationsSo you’ve finished your exams and fancy seeing some of the big, wide world before you think about your next career step. We’ve pulled together some all-important reading material (the enjoyable kind) about which destinations to put at the top of your list.10 awesome student holidays that will boost your CVSee the world and get work experience that will look great on your CV in one fell swoop, with these brilliant volunteering and working holiday ideas for savvy student travellers.Working hard or hardly working? Here’s 9 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western Australia​In partnership with Fancy getting paid to swim with wild dolphins? Or wrangle camels? How about being able to contribute to conservation projects in stunning national parks while you earn money to spend on craft beer and cocktails? Finding your dream job could be as simple as applying for a…last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 6:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Box Office Top 20: ‘Jumanji’ knocks ‘Star Wars’ to No. 3 FILE – This file image released by Sony Pictures shows Kevin Hart, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Columbia Pictures says Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, that the Johnson-led “Jumanji” is estimated to have earned an additional $36 million, bringing its total to $244.4 million. (Frank Masi/Sony Pictures via AP, File) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Insidious: The Last Key” knocked the reigning box office champ “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to third place this weekend. “Jumanji,” in its third weekend in theatres, earned $37.2 million while the fourth film in the “Insidious” franchise launched with $29.6 million.“The Last Jedi,” now in its fourth weekend in theatres, fell to third place with $23.7 million. The film has earned $572.7 million to date.“The Greatest Showman” took fourth with $13.8 million and “Pitch Perfect 3” landed in fifth with $10.3 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle,” Sony, $37,233,653, 3,801 locations, $9,796 average, $245,606,319, 3 Weeks.2. “Insidious: The Last Key,” Universal, $29,581,355, 3,116 locations, $9,493 average, $29,581,355, 1 Week.3. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney, $23,728,944, 4,232 locations, $5,607 average, $572,691,546, 4 Weeks.4. “The Greatest Showman,” 20th Century Fox, $13,770,951, 3,342 locations, $4,121 average, $76,875,323, 3 Weeks.5. “Pitch Perfect 3,” Universal, $10,298,345, 3,458 locations, $2,978 average, $86,055,435, 3 Weeks.6. “Ferdinand,” 20th Century Fox, $7,697,773, 3,156 locations, $2,439 average, $70,466,891, 4 Weeks.7. “Molly’s Game,” STX Entertainment, $6,856,578, 1,608 locations, $4,264 average, $14,073,138, 2 Weeks.8. “Darkest Hour,” Focus Features, $6,050,225, 1,733 locations, $3,491 average, $28,086,332, 7 Weeks.9. “Coco,” Disney, $5,382,651, 1,894 locations, $2,842 average, $191,925,612, 7 Weeks.10. “All The Money In The World,” Sony, $3,571,226, 2,123 locations, $1,682 average, $20,153,135, 2 Weeks.11. “The Shape Of Water,” Fox Searchlight, $3,139,084, 804 locations, $3,904 average, $21,692,548, 6 Weeks.12. “I, Tonya,” Neon Rated, $2,445,877, 242 locations, $10,107 average, $5,419,569, 5 Weeks.13. “Wonder,” Lionsgate, $2,381,646, 1,258 locations, $1,893 average, $126,638,732, 8 Weeks.14. “Downsizing,” Paramount, $2,202,311, 2,020 locations, $1,090 average, $22,932,429, 3 Weeks.15. “The Post,” 20th Century Fox, $1,698,027, 36 locations, $47,167 average, $3,847,683, 3 Weeks.16. “Lady Bird,” A24, $1,572,031, 562 locations, $2,797 average, $34,128,122, 10 Weeks.17. “Father Figures,” Warner Bros., $1,262,474, 1,717 locations, $735 average, $16,772,934, 3 Weeks.18. “Call Me By Your Name,” Sony Pictures Classics, $747,129, 117 locations, $6,386 average, $6,073,057, 7 Weeks.19. “The Disaster Artist,” A24, $746,034, 478 locations, $1,561 average, $19,431,782, 6 Weeks.20. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Fox Searchlight, $705,188, 310 locations, $2,275 average, $25,392,902, 9 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

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LOS ANGELES Calif – Leonardo DiCaprio will prese

first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Leonardo DiCaprio will present his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant.Turner Classic Movies says Tuesday that DiCaprio will present the award on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater.DiCaprio has starred in five of Scorsese’s films starting with “Gangs of New York” in 2002. Their other collaborations include “The Departed,” ”The Aviator,” ”Shutter Island” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”The TCM Classic Film Festival is now in its ninth year. The event kicks off with the Robert Osborne Award presentation followed by a special screening of “The Producers,” which Mel Brooks will be on hand to introduce.___Online: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 12:01 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DiCaprio to present Scorsese with award at TCM Film Festivalcenter_img FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Leonardo Di Caprio, left, and director Martin Scorsese arrive for the screening of their film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, in Paris. DiCaprio is stepping out to give his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant. Turner Classic Movies says Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that DiCaprio will present the award on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) last_img read more

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In Solo a battle for the soul and tone of St

first_imgIn ‘Solo,’ a battle for the soul, and tone, of ‘Star Wars’ This image released by Lucasfilm shows Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in a scene from “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 12:13 pm PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img CANNES, France – When J.J. Abrams was a “Star Wars” novice, Lawrence Kasdan, the writer of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the Jedi,” had some advice for him: “Star Wars” is not important.“But what is important is the way people feel about it,” said Kasdan. “And they are very committed to it. What they’re committed to is a certain kind of film.”The question of what constitutes a “Star Wars” film — how it should feel and what it should sound like — was at the centre of the battle over the Han Solo spinoff “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and the dispute that resulted in directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord being replaced in mid-production with Ron Howard. Though the pace and improvisational manner of Lord and Miller’s direction was part of the clash, the main issue was, simply, tone.Lord and Miller, the filmmaking duo of irreverent, highly meta comedies like “21 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” wanted to push “Solo” into “Guardians of the Galaxy” territory. Kasdan did not.“You can have fun with the tone but you never make fun of the tone, in my world,” Kasdan said in an interview alongside his son and co-writer John Kasdan, the morning after the “Solo” premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “We live in a very meta culture and there’s a tendency to make fun of these things before they’re even anything.”The pains of finding the balance between recapturing the feel of George Lucas’ original trilogy and allowing a new generation of filmmakers to put their own stamp on “Star Wars” may be the most pressing creative issue before Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Beneath the billions of dollars in box office and merchandise, there are hints of a growing existential crisis in the far, far away galaxy as it gets further and further removed from Lucas’ original vision.The first spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” saw Gareth Edwards booted for Tony Gilroy. Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) was to helm 2019’s Episode IX before “Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams was brought back in the fold. And even Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” which according to critics succeeded the most in freshening up “Star Wars” with a distinct filmmaking sensibility, was very divisive among fans.Some applauded Johnson’s changes and some reviled them — and the split hurt business. “The Last Jedi” grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, but ticket sales fell sharply after the first two weeks of release and it made only $42.6 million in China. “Solo” came to Cannes — the world’s largest film festival — with an eye toward boosting global awareness.Much of the conversation leading up to the release of “Solo” has been estimating how much of the film is Lord and Miller’s and how much is Howard’s. But the highest per cent might belong to Kasdan, who initiated the film’s premise years ago, and who — when the comic tenor started shifting — felt some ownership of the film.“There is that, no question. I got excited because I wanted it to sound like a certain thing. It’s all about sound and tone and voice,” Kasdan said. “We were very excited to get Phil and Chris onto the movie. It was a very difficult movie and they shot a lot of it. And it was a struggle to maintain that voice and hear that tone.”When George Lucas exited any active role in the science-fiction soap opera he created, that left Kasdan as the primary — and most widely respected — connective tissue between the past and present of “Star Wars.” The 69-year-old Kasdan, who also co-wrote “The Force Awakens,” has emerged as something of a guardian of the soul of “Star Wars.”“Larry, having had written ‘Empire’ and ‘Jedi,’ just figures into this equation differently than any writer could,” said John Kasdan. “He’s in a very funny and challenging position, to be kind of the keeper of the flame and to help usher it into a new era with new filmmakers.”Lord and Miller, who have taken executive producer credits, have only spoken publicly once about the fallout. In November, Lord said there was simply a “really big gap to bridge and it proved to be too big. Sometimes people break up and it’s really sad and it’s really disappointing, but it happens and we learned a lot from our collaborators.”Reviews for “Solo” have been a little tepid (70 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday) but critics have been impressed by how little evidence there is of the film’s schizophrenic production. John Kasdan believes the finished product is actually aided by “the tension between Larry’s sensibility and Chris and Phil’s sensibility.”“It was brutal and painful but what also came out of it are moments like the Han and Chewbacca meeting,” says the 38-year-old writer.Advance tracking has estimated a possible weekend opening of around $170 million, suggesting fans remain excited for the film starring Alden Ehrenreich in Harrison Ford’s iconic role — and perhaps more crucially, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. (Kennedy, sensing the clamour for Glover, has naturally suggested a Lando spinoff could happen.)The popular Howard also helped stabilize “Solo.” He shares some continuity with Lucas, too, having worked with him on 1973’s “American Graffiti” and 1998’s “Willow.” A longtime friend of Howard’s, Lucas even stopped by the set on the director’s first day.“George has a real understanding of what the medium can do in terms of really transporting audiences — which I discovered in great detail when I came onto ‘Solo.’ I began to see how dimensionalized the tone is,” said Howard. “It’s playful but it’s also thematically centred and serious. It’s visual and imaginative and yet there’s something connected to our past experience, in a way.”Ultimately, the elder Kasdan doesn’t think the soul of “Star Wars” is anything too deep — nothing about the Force or political metaphor, anyway.“What drew me to it was there was this guy who walked into the cantina,” says Kasdan. “A gunslinger with a great sidekick.”___Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

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first_img by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2018 2:40 pm PDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shannade Clermont, left, and her twin sister Shannon leave Federal court in New York after her arraignment, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Shannade Clermont, a former cast member of the television reality series “Bad Girls Club,” was arrested on charges alleging she stole debit card information from a man who died shortly after a date with her. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Shannade Clermont from ‘Bad Girls Club’ charged in theftcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – A former cast member of the television reality series “Bad Girls Club” was arrested Wednesday on charges alleging she stole debit card information from a man who died shortly after a “prostitution date” with her.Shannade Clermont, 24, was freed on $100,000 bail after she was charged with wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. She was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after she arrived on a flight.Prosecutors said the man she visited in January 2017 was found dead of a drug overdose the next morning in his midtown Manhattan apartment. A loose and broken condom was found on the victim’s bed, according to court papers.Her lawyer, Donald Duboulay, declined comment after representing Clermont at a brief initial appearance in Manhattan federal court.As Clermont waited for Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn to enter the courtroom, Clermont looked toward her twin sister, Shannon, who was seated among spectators on a courtroom bench, and quietly mouthed “sorry.” She then sobbed. The sisters both dabbed at tears.Authorities said Clermont used stolen debit card information to try to obtain over $20,000. They said she used the money to pay her rent and phone bills, buy plane tickets and make online purchases of clothing and other merchandise.U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a release that Clermont “lived up to her reality series reputation.”He credited investigators with the New York Police Department for the investigation, saying: “Clermont’s new reality is federal prosecution for her alleged nefarious conduct.”In a criminal complaint, prosecutors included text messages between the victim’s phone and Clermont’s phone prior to what the government described as a “prostitution date.”“What do you want to do?” the victim was quoted as saying.“I want to see you for the amount we agreed on. So you tell me,” Clermont allegedly said.“Let’s do $400,” the government said the victim said. It said he later added: “I’m a cool dude. You’ll have fun. What type of booze do you like? Wine!”Investigators also said in court papers that she created an “Exotic Doll” email account on July 9, 2013, that they say Clermont “used to solicit dates for prostitution and other sexual encounters through various websites.”Clermont appeared on the Oxygen network’s reality series “Bad Girls Club” in 2015 along with her twin sister. She has amassed a large social media following, with over 100,000 followers on Twitter. An Instagram account belonging to the twins has over 800,000 followers. The twins have also appeared in music videos and have modeled for Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, appearing in the Yeezy Season 6 campaign.last_img read more

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