Tina Fey’s Mean Girls Musical Aiming for Broadway Bow in Spring 2018

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Mean Girlscenter_img Mean Girls has its eye on being the Queen B of the Great White Way! According to The New York Post, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s hilarious 2004 film has its eyes on a Broadway bow in spring 2018. As previously reported, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production will have its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. this fall. Right now, casting is underway for a developmental lab set for April. Get out that Burn Book and start dreamcasting, Broadway fans!Creator Tina Fey, her husband, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin are the heavy-hitters on Mean Girls’ creative team. As announced, Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 film) is set to produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.The official premiere dates, as well as the full cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date.  Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams & Lacey Chabert in ‘Mean Girls'(Photo: Michael Gibson/Paramount Picture)last_img read more

Waimate library removed Into the River before ban

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 September 2015Waimate District Library removed controversial book Into the River more than a year before it was banned nationwide.The award-winning kiwi novel, written by Auckland based novelist Ted Dawe, includes sexually explicit content some organisations say is too racy for its intended teeange audience.An interim ban restricts it from being displayed in libraries or sold in stores anywhere in New Zealand. The fines, for doing so, range from $3000 to $10,000.Waimate assistant librarian Linda Halkett revealed on Tuesday library staff removed the “shocking” novel from its collection in early 2014.The Film and Literature Board of Review placed an interim restriction order on the book on September 3.It bans anyone in New Zealand from displaying or exhibiting the book, which won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year in 2013.http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/71846005/waimate-library-removed-into-the-river-before-banlast_img read more

Aztec dance angers Badgers

first_imgFrom the opening gun, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema knew he was in for a wild ride with the officials. There were a total of four personal foul penalties called against the teams in the first five minutes of play. “Opening kickoff, we were called for a personal foul which was a clean hit 100 percent, I would encourage my guy to do it every time,” said Bielema.Bielema made sure to make his feelings known to the officials. At halftime, Bielema made a beeline across the field to see the striped-shirted men. “I ran over at halftime because that set the tone for the half,” Bielema said.He noted that he believes his arguments were effective, pointing out that punt returner Zach Hampton received a helmet-to-helmet hit early in the game that went uncalled; but later in the game, following much ire from Bielema, SDSU was flagged for 15 yards for delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on the senior. “I think it helped us out,” Bielema said. “I don’t think there was anything wrong with [arguing].”Aztec pow-wowPossibly contributing to the hot tempers and personal foul calls early in the game was a pre-game dance by much of the Aztec team at midfield. “I know this, they were fired up,” Bielema said. “I saw that little Aztec dance they had going on over there before the game got going. Our guys were just kind of looking, seeing what it was all about. I didn’t understand some of those gestures.”It was great to see the response [from our team],” he added. “I liked that, because we came in here and shut that down, crush their hopes,” linebacker DeAndre Levy said. “It motivates a lot of guys. We saw that and took our intensity up and our energy level up to the next level.”DeBausche has off gameWisconsin fans witnessed a very rare sight on Saturday: an off day from punter Ken DeBausche. The junior who is on the Ray Guy Award watch list for the nation’s best punter averaged 39.7 yards on six punts, a far cry from his 44.8-yard average from a year ago. “I did have a bad game, I thought,” DeBausche said, adding that he believed the wind, which was a steady 18 miles an hour at game time, was something of a factor in the punting game. “The wind was a little bit of a factor. I talked to the other punter after the game and he said it bothered him too, but there were punts that could’ve been a lot better.”There were a couple of punts that my drop was affected by the wind, but other than that I think I had an off day.”DeBausche refused to blame the weather conditions, pointing out that there were bad weather games last year where he was generally unaffected. “I am disappointed in the way I punted, I’m not going to blame it on the wind,” DeBausche stated. “I just need to improve some things and improve my drop. I’ll be fine.”Hill Low BlowThe Aztecs couldn’t slow down running back P.J. Hill at all Saturday. That is until they resorted to low blows, though only incidental.At the end of the third quarter Hill was writhing on the Camp Randall turf after a seemingly innocent two-yard carry. The play had men all around the stadium sending silent condolences to Hill, who was accidentally hit a little bit below the belt. “I saw him move all of his limbs, I saw two arms, two legs moving but then I could see that he was holding another part of his body … I encouraged him to stay down,” Bielema joked afterward. Hill returned to the game shortly and was in good spirits. “It did have an impact,” said a jovial Hill, who added that there were no lasting effects from the hit. “I’m feeling good, feeling normal.”last_img read more

Regulatory headwinds contribute to XLMedia 2019 losses

first_imgShare Submit Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has reported that 2019 was a year of ‘limited financial progress’ for the group as it sought to ‘mitigate a number of operationally frustrating scenarios and global sector headwinds’.Publishing its results for the year ended 31 December 2019, XLMedia reported a full-year loss after it wrote down the value of its assets, reporting revenues of $79.7 million, a 14.8% decrease from $93.5 million reported in 2018. XLMedia reported gross profits of $53.7 million, compared to $63.4 million in 2018, while EBITDA saw a 23.2% decrease, falling from $43.6 million in 2018 to $33.5 million in 2019.Meanwhile, pre-tax losses for the year amounted to $57.7 million, compared to a profit of $36.1 million in 2018.Christopher Bell, Non-Executive Chairman of XLMedia, commented: “There is no question that the business is now undergoing a significant period of transformation with our new management team evaluating new geographies and end markets, alongside an improved focus on our efforts to generate greater levels of end-consumer engagement.“To that end, we remain committed to investing in the core business alongside additional organic investment initiatives.Following the decision made by Google to de-rank a number of XLMedia’s online casino sites, the affiliate marketing publisher emphasised that it was optimistic that a number of its premium sites would be re-ranked by Google and fully operational during the second half.In his statement, Stuart Simms, Chief Executive Officer commented: “On 18 January 2020, the Company became aware that a number of its casino sites had been manually demoted by Google, impacting their online ranking and therefore significantly reducing their ability to generate revenues. The Company is continuing to work with Google to restore their rankings as soon as possible.“Currently, 105 sites have been demoted, ranging from ‘premium’ revenue-generating sites to low grade, typically legacy sites, or low commercial value domains. Of the 105 sites demoted by Google, 23 are ‘premium’ sites and are predominantly within the online casino vertical. Currently, Google has not impacted personal finance.“Management understands that the large number of low-grade, typically legacy sites, operated by the Company had a collective negative impact when reviewed by Google. Therefore, we have removed or de-indexed a large number of these sites.”XLMedia has begun to undertake a review of its entire publishing portfolio, focusing on reducing the number of ‘non-revenue’ effective sites, shifting resources to its premium inventory in addition to developing new titles. Simms continued: “Part of this review was to analyse the Groups technology platform strategy, specifically Palcon. As a consequence of this review and analysis, XLMedia is transferring its premium revenue generating sites impacted by the Google demotion to a new operating environment, that supports improved content management, innovative design and more commoditised resources / operational support. “The broader implications for the business will be a shift to a flexible, lower operating cost model, which supports the Company’s aspirations as a premium performance marketing company.”To offset the impact of the Google demotion, XLMedia has outlined plans to make further investments into regulated markets to pursue stable revenue growth. They will also target high revenue growth by looking into US Sports and Personal Finance investment.Simms concluded: “We continue to invest in fully regulated gambling markets which we believe provide a solid framework from which to generate stable revenue growth, with a specific focus on developing our Sports assets and associated technology.“XLMedia has already established a solid revenue foothold within personal finance and will seek to further develop growth opportunities by deploying local resources and increasing localised editorial content. Acquisitions and partnerships remain key vehicles to delivering growth.”last_img read more