View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Frozen Co-Creator Talks Adapting the Film for B’wayA little more information has come to light about the Broadway adaptation of the Disney megahit Frozen. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, is working on the book of the stage version and told Buzzfeed: “there are so many great things that in the scope of a 90-minute [film] you can’t do, emotional parts of the story you can’t draw out. And a musical is perfect for that. Everyone’s very excited for the potential for what we could do.” So are we! And what about Frozen 2? “Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big,” she said. Good things come to those who wait!Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale Team-UpBroadway faves Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale will lead the cast of a benefit performance of Tennessee Williams’ Tony-winning play The Rose Tattoo. Directed by Doug Hughes, the one-night-only event will take place on April 27 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Why this project for LuPone? “This is a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion,” the two-time Tony winner said in a statement.All the Way Finds Its DirectorThe upcoming HBO screen adaptation of the Bryan Cranston-led All the Way will be helmed by Jay Roach (Game Change), writes The Hollywood Reporter. Cranston won a Tony for his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning All The Way; the production’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan will pen the screenplay. No word yet on timing.First Look at Jonathan Groff’s Return to GleeBroadway and Hamilton fave Jonathan Groff is returning to Glee for the Fox show’s final series and we finally have our first glimpse of his star turn. Check out the teaser trailer for the 11th episode below, where Rachel (Lea Michele) must choose between returning to NYADA and doing another Broadway show with her past love, Jesse St. James (Groff). “We Built This Glee Club” will air on March 13, so time to set your DVR! Star Files Jonathan Groff
Stuff co.nz 17 September 2015Zoo Weekly has become the latest men’s magazine to leave news stands, with publisher Bauer Media on Thursday confirming that poor sales will see its final edition published on October 12.“With tough retail conditions in the men’s market, Bauer has made the call to close Zoo’s operations. I would like to thank the teams here at Bauer, as well as the advertisers and retailers who have supported the brand,” Bauer chief executive David Goodchild said.Associate publisher Ewen Page said it was a tough decision to close the Australian magazine, which is sold in New Zealand and was targeted this week by Family First. A different edition of the magazine is printed in the United Kingdom.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie had called for the supermarket to ban the magazine and said on Thursday he welcomed its demise.“We give some of the credit to groups in both Australia and here in New Zealand who spoke up and highlighted the misogynistic messages which were being normalised in the publication. It’s disappointing that Countdown and other retailers weren’t willing to take a moral lead rather than put up a commercially-driven ‘white flag’.”It was a sign of a confused society when rape culture and the sexual objectification of men, women and children was promoted under the guise of freedom of speech “while at the same time expressing an abhorrence of the ‘Roastbusters’ mentality and lament our unacceptable rates of sexual violence in New Zealand. We can either speak up or remain silent. We won’t be silent,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/72173586/Racy-lad-mag-Zoo-Weekly-to-close-last-edition-October-12?cid=app-iPhoneZoo to come off NZ shelves – but it won’t be because retailers pulled itOneNewsNow 18 September 2015Zoo Weekly magazine will shut down – and a New Zealand family values group says good riddance.The final edition of the lads’ mag, which is published by Bauer Media, will be released on October 12 this year, with the magazine saying in a statement that its closure was due to “tough retail conditions”.Family First NZ welcomed the closure, after it this week campaigned for the magazine to be removed from supermarket and store shelves. “The magazine normalises the sexualisation and objectification of women, teaches boys to be predatory, encourages sexual harassment and violence, and is harmful to young people,” director Bob McCroskrie said in a statement.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/zoo-to-come-off-nz-shelves-but-it-won-t-be-because-retailers-pulled-q11289Zoo magazine to shut doorsNewsTalk ZB 18 September 2015Another ‘lads magazine’ is calling it quits.Bauer Media has announced it will publish its final edition of Zoo Australia on October 12.The publisher said the decision’s driven by what it calls “tough retail conditions”.Ralph Australia finished in 2010 and FHM Australia stopped being published in 2012.Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie welcomes Zoo’s demise, and said the community is sick of misogynistic magazines.He believes the next step to combating rape culture is to stop young people being exposed to negative sexual messages online.“We know that the internet is awash with this type of stuff and the question we’ve got to ask ourselves is ‘Are we willing to take action to stem some of that flow’.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/business/zoo-magazine-to-shut-doors/
South Korean club FC Seoul have been fined 100 million Korean won, or $82,000, for placing sex dolls in the stands in place of fans during a league match.With fans barred from the stadium for their K-League match against Gwangju FC due to the coronavirus, FC Seoul decided to spice things up a bit by placing about 20 dolls in the stands.Some of the dolls were dressed up in the club’s colours and were wearing face masks as well while others bore the name of a sex doll manufacturer.The move sparked outrage, within and outside South Korea with the club coming in for a lot of criticism.The Korean League is strictly against rules inappropriate or sexual advertisements and to serve as a deterrent the record fine was imposed on Seoul.Authorities said the incident had “damaged the prestige and integrity of the league”The club apologised for their actions saying their intention “provide entertainment” during the closed-off game.“We are sincerely sorry for causing deep concern to fans,’ they said in a statement to supporters. We have confirmed from the very beginning that they had no connection to sex toys. Our intention from the start was to provide even a small entertainment after it was decided that the games would be hosted behind closed doors due to coronavirus,” the club said in a statement.“Regardless of that, we would like to apologise once again to everyone who loves and supports FC Seoul. We will be holding further discussions on how we can review potential problems in similar matters. We will put forth our due diligence to prevent such issues in the future.”An official of Seoul Facilities Corporation, the body that operates Seoul World Cup Stadium,has reportedly said that displaying unpermitted advertising in the stadium could lead to Seoul being barred from using it for future games.
by Qingdao Haier Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Kill at Least 49 PeoplePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern identified the shootings as a terrorist attack. ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:03/Duration 2:18Loaded: 29.01%0:03Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglish Sponsored Content Haier Smart Home Has the Solutions Captions Audio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFacebook said it struggled to identify the video of the New Zealand mosque shootings because of the use of a head-mounted camera by the gunman, which made it harder for its systems to automatically detect the nature of the video.“This was a first-person shooter video, one where we have someone using a GoPro helmet with a camera focused from their perspective of shooting,” Neil Potts, Facebook’s public policy director, told British lawmakers Wednesday.Terror footage from a first-person perspective “was a type of video we had not seen before,” he added. Because of the nature of the video, Facebook’s artificial intelligence—used to detect and prioritize videos that are likely to contain suicidal or harmful acts—did not work.Potts was giving evidence Wednesday to a committee of senior lawmakers in the U.K. as part of a parliamentary inquiry into hate crime. Representatives for Twitter and Alphabet’s Google and YouTube also gave evidence.Social media platforms, such as Facebook, have been facing scrutiny after the shooter accused of killing dozens of people in two mosques in New Zealand live-streamed the murders over the internet. The social media company came under sharp criticism for not taking the video down fast enough and for letting it be circulated and uploaded to other platforms like YouTube.At congressional hearings in the U.S. over the past two years, executives from Facebook and YouTube said they were investing heavily in artificial intelligence that would be able to find and block violent and graphic videos before anyone saw them. In a blog post following the attack, Facebook said that its AI systems are based on using many thousands of examples of content to train a system to detect certain types of text, imagery or video.Potts was also chastised by the committee’s chair, the Labour party’s Yvette Cooper, for not knowing the senior officer in charge of counter terrorism policing in the U.K., Neil Basu.“We’ve been told by the counter terrorism chief that social companies don’t report to the police incidents that clearly are breaking the law,” Cooper told Potts. “You may remove it, but you don’t report it.”Potts responded that he was “not familiar with the person you mentioned, or his statement,” and later apologized for not knowing him. He said, however, that Facebook doesn’t report all crimes to police but does report “imminent threats.”“These are places where government could be giving us more guidance,” Potts said.The committee investigating hate crime is separate to the one that recently recommended the British government take tougher measures to keep technology companies like Facebook in check, following a year-long inquiry into fake news and its impact on elections.Stephen Doughty, a Labour party lawmaker, directed broad and strongly-worded criticism at all three witnesses.“Your systems are simply not working and quite frankly it’s a cesspit,” he said, referring to the collective platforms’ content. “It feels like your companies don’t give a damn. You give a lot of rhetoric but you don’t take action.”Marco Pancini, director of public policy for YouTube, responded that “we need to do a better job and we are doing a better job,” adding that since an earlier hearing “we introduced a team that helps us better understand trends of violations of our policies by far-right organisations.”“That’s all wonderful but they’re clearly not doing a very good job,” Doughty replied.You May Like HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4