Mike Nichols Gave Me My Start! 8 Stars Who Got Their Big Break from the Late Director

first_img FINN WITTROCK (Death of a Salesman) After noticing Wittrock in The Illusion off-Broadway, Nichols asked the American Horror Story star to audition for Happy in his 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman. “It was so out of this world,” Wittrock told Broadway.com. “I remember hearing the story of Dustin Hoffman getting The Graduate. Mike saw him in some off-Broadway play and called him out to Hollywood to audition for this part, which was the coolest story I have ever heard in my life. To have something similar happen to me was mind-blowing.” SARA RAMIREZ (Spamalot) While she had already appeared on Broadway in The Capeman, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and A Class Act, it was not until Nichols cast Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake that she took the spotlight. Her breakthrough performance garnered her a Tony and two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. Following her Broadway success, she joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Callie Torres. The stage and screen star took to Twitter to call Nichols “an extraordinary man who impacted so many lives with his art, love, wit and humor.” JONATHAN PRYCE (Comedians) Pryce made his Broadway debut and won his first Tony for his performance as Gethin in Trevor Griffith’s play, a role he had previously originated at the Nottingham Playhouse. He remained a stage favorite on both sides of the pond, his credits including Miss Saigon (for which he won the Olivier and Tony), My Fair Lady and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He appeared on stage in the Pirates of the Carribean series, Hysteria and Tomorrow Never Dies. Broadway has lost one of its most legendary directors: Mike Nichols passed away at the age of 83 on November 19. Since the 1963 production of Barefoot in the Park, his Broadway directorial debut, the EGOT winner has been responsible for shaping the careers of several favorites of the stage and screen. Below are just a few of the performers whom Nichols took a chance on when they were relatively unknown, including a fellow EGOT recipient and two stars currently on Broadway. CYNTHIA NIXON (The Real Thing/Hurlyburly) At the age of 18, Nixon appeared in Nichols’ productions of The Real Thing and Hurlyburly simultaneously (a Broadway first). 20 years, a Tony and two Emmys later, Nixon currently headlines the Broadway revival of The Real Thing. Following Nichols’ death, the stage and screen star told the Daily News, “As an actor, there was no greater joy, opportunity or imprimatur than being hired by Mike Nichols. Except being hired by him again.” ROBERT REDFORD (Barefoot in the Park) After bit parts in Sunday in New York and Little Moon of Alban on Broadway, Redford landed his first leading role thanks to Nichols. Though Redford and the director remained close, they did not work together again, despite a few attempts: Redford turned down the role of Nick in the film adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and had expressed interest in starring in Nichols’ next film The Graduate. He would go on to win two Oscars: one for directing Ordinary People and a Lifetime Achievement honor in 2002.center_img ANNA CAMP (The Country Girl) After performing off-Broadway in Columbinus and The Scene, the Pitch Perfect star made her Great White Way debut in The Country Girl, directed by Nichols. Just months after the production, she appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Equus and from there, began lighting up the screen in Mad Men, The Help and more. Soon after the announcement of Nichols’ death, Camp tweeted that she was “forever grateful” to have him as a director for her Broadway debut. WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Whoopi Goldberg) After discovering the comedian during her brief late-night act Spook Show at the Dance Theater Workshop, Nichols produced Goldberg’s eponymous Broadway solo show. Steven Spielberg caught a performance and was so impressed, he cast her in his 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple—the film catapulted her to stardom. On the November 20 episode of The View, an emotional Goldberg was at a loss for words as she attempted to announce her mentor’s passing. “He gave her her entire beginning of her career,” co-host Rosie O’Donnell said, “and recognized her brilliance before anyone else.” CAROLE SHELLEY (The Odd Couple) Shelley, a Tony winner for The Elephant Man, made her Broadway debut in the Nichols-helmed The Odd Couple. She reprised her performance as Gwnedolyn three years later in the film, and again in the first season of the spin-off TV series. In addition to the role that put her on the map, Shelley’s memorable stage credits include Absurd Person Singular, Stepping Out, Billy Elliot and Wicked. She can currently be seen in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. View Commentslast_img read more

Pecan Scab Resistance

first_imgA major disease plaguing Georgia’s pecan crop, scab is a growing problem for state producers due to increasing resistance to the fungicides used to control the disease.“I do think it’s something farmers need to be concerned about,” said Katherine Stevenson, a University of Georgia plant pathologist based in Tifton. “We’re always recommending that they don’t use the same product over and over again because that’s just asking for trouble, that’s just asking for resistance to develop. We’re always encouraging growers to use different products and rotate the several different chemistries that are available to them.”The fungal pathogen that causes scab overwinters in the tree, as lesions on stems and old nut shucks remain in the tree after harvest. When temperatures start to warm in the spring, the fungus becomes active and starts to produce new spores, which are spread by rain and wind. Farmers repeatedly use fungicide treatments to try to combat scab disease during rainy growing seasons, like that of 2013. This repeated exposure is causing scab to develop resistance to certain chemicals, making an already difficult-to-control disease much more challenging to treat.“Scab — we’ve always had it, and it’s always out there, but the severity of it is very environmentally dependent,” said Tim Brenneman, UGA scientist in Tifton.“Last year we had a wet summer into the fall. We had a lot of scab carrying over. This year we had a wet spring — April and May were very wet — so it’s kind of a worst case scenario in that scab really exploded.”“With the heavy use of fungicides on the pecan crop, we know that resistance is a potential risk. We’ve seen shifts in the sensitivity of the pathogen to some of our main fungicides. It’s becoming less sensitive,” he continued.Scab disease is not usually a tree killer, but it will reduce yields. Farmers expected a yield of more than 90 million pounds in 2013, but their trees only produced a little more than 60 million pounds. One big reason was scab. If scab infects the nut in the early stages of development, the pecan may fall off. Scab can cause leaf loss and also produce black lesions on the pecan shucks any time during the season, which can reduce nut size and, therefore, yield.Brenneman and Stevenson have known that scab resistance could be a problem for more than a decade. However, during a fungicide sensitivity monitoring program in the summer of 2014, more than 200 samples of pecan leaves from around the state were tested, and the plant pathologists’ concerns were confirmed.“We have a lot more issues with resistant scab than we realized,” Brenneman said. “We’d have growers coming back with resistance to three different chemicals and some levels of very high resistance.”The goal of the program, which is ongoing, is for UGA to test the scab samples against six different fungicides to determine which fungicides are still working.“We’re really trying to get a feel for what the sensitivity is to these different fungicides. How bad is the resistance problem out there? How widespread is it?” Stevenson said.The long growing season of early April through late September is another reason treatment applications are a challenge. Growers typically spray for scab at least every two weeks, but during an extremely wet growing season like last year, producers are more often on a seven- to 10-day spraying schedule.“In wet years like last year and this year, farmers are spraying a lot, and they’re spraying everything they can spray. It puts a lot of pressure on the pathogen populations. It’s an ideal situation to get resistance if you spray every week or (every) 10 days all season long,” Stevenson said.Due to their ability to produce a high-quality nut, the Desirable cultivar is the main variety of pecan grown in Georgia. Unfortunately, they are also the most susceptible to scab, Brenneman said.Adding to the challenge of spraying for scab disease are the pecan trees themselves. Pecans are a perennial crop, meaning they’re not replanted every year, like peanuts or corn. Farmers rotate their peanut and corn crops every two or three years, so they don’t use the same chemicals each year. For pecan orchards, there is no rotational cycle. The same grove is receiving the same chemical application year after year, allowing naturally present fungi to develop resistance.Also, pecan trees can reach 60 to 70 feet or more, making them very challenging to spray. “You have areas that don’t get sprayed effectively,” said Brenneman. “Any time that you have pockets that don’t get sprayed as well or just get a partial dose, you could potentially select resistance in those areas.”last_img read more

COVID-19 testing at Binghamton University postponed until May 1

first_imgFrom May 2 and onward, testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. On May 1, the testing site will open at 10 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Tests are by appointment only. Call 888-364-3065 or click here to set up an appointment. (WBNG) — COVID-19 testing for essential employees at Binghamton University has been postponed until May 1. A deputy communications director with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office says the postponement is weather related. Heavy rain is expected in our area for Thursday evening into Friday morning.last_img

Manchester United open to selling Eric Bailly to Arsenal in £30m deal

first_imgManchester United open to selling Eric Bailly to Arsenal in £30m deal Unai Emery is keen on signing Bailly (Picture: Getty)While Bailly possesses main of the traits Solskjaer wants in a centre-back, his injury record makes him an unreliable partner for Victor Lindelof.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have been alerted to Bailly’s availability and are ready to test United’s resolve to keep him in the summer as the search for a long-term replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who is set to leave the club in 2020.Solskjaer won’t block Bailly’s exit and though the club would rather the defender moved abroad, the Norwegian’s willing to let the defender join a direct rival.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal’s transfer budget could be boosted by around £25m should they gain entry into the Champions League with a win in the Europa League finalUnited want to recoup the £30m they paid for Bailly almost three years ago and the club expect La Liga sides to compete with Arsenal for the 25-year-old’s signature.The Red Devils feared a knee injury sustained by Bailly during a 1-1 draw against Chelsea last month would rule him out for six months but the defender is expected to return in pre-season and is available for transfer. Advertisement Comment Sean KearnsThursday 9 May 2019 11:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link354Sharescenter_img Eric Bailly is set to leave Manchester United this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are willing to let Eric Bailly join Premier League rivals Arsenal this summer provided they can recoup the £30million they paid for the defender, Metro.co.uk understands.The Ivorian joined United in 2016 from Villarreal as Jose Mourinho’s first signing at the club and his form was encouraging during an impressive debut campaign.However, injuries and a drastic drop in form has seen Bailly plummet down the pecking order at Old Trafford and the 25-year-old is questioning his future at the Theatre of Dreams.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed to settle on a centre-back partnership since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho and Bailly’s injury problems have made it hard for the Norwegian to warm to the defender.ADVERTISEMENT Bailly is expected to return for pre-season (Picture: Getty)Bailly is expected to be one of a number of significant departures at Old Trafford this summer with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata all set to leave.Solskjaer sees no future for Alexis Sanchez at the club but United may have to take a significant financial hit to get the Chilean off the books.United will also listen to offers for Romelu Lukaku.MORE: Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen leaves Ajax stadium on crutches after incredible Champions League comeback Advertisementlast_img read more

David Luiz boosts morale at Arsenal, reckons Mark Schwarzer after Brazilian handed new contract

first_img Comment Advertisement David Luiz was handed a one-year contract extension by Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)David Luiz is a bubbly character who boosts the morale of the Arsenal squad, which will have been a reason behind his contract extension at the club, reckons his former teammate Mark Schwarzer.The 33-year-old was handed a one-year contract extension by the Gunners on Wednesday, a week after his calamitous performance against Manchester City in the Premier League, which saw him make a glaring error leading to a goal, give away a penalty and get sent off.Many thought that the Brazilian’s career in the Premier League was coming to a close after that display, and with his contract expiring at the end of this season, but Arsenal have chosen to keep hold of him for another 12 months.AdvertisementAdvertisementHaving played with Luiz at Chelsea, Schwarzer feels there are reasons beyond football for this as the centre-back has a positive impact on the squad because everybody likes him.ADVERTISEMENT‘He’s a great guy to have around the group,’ Schwarzer told Sky Sports. ‘He’s actually a really likeable person, he’s got a great sense of humour, he’s great for team morale, when things are going really well he’s brilliant.‘Am I surprised he’s been offered a new deal? They’re obviously not basing it off the last performance. There’s no doubt about that, they’ve been in discussions with him for a while. I think it was an activation of an extension of the contract.‘Listen, he’s got some really good qualities. I know he’s made some high-profile errors that have led to goals and been costly for Arsenal but when you get him right and he’s mentally on song he can be a very valuable asset to the team. Mark Schwarzer is a fan of David Luiz off the field (Picture: Getty Images)‘He’s a likeable character within the group. I don’t know many people who didn’t get on with him or didn’t like him.‘He’s always bubbly [but] there’s no doubt he would have been down after the game against Man City. He wears his heart on his sleeve so that would have affected him.‘I know that within the group he’s generally very well liked and considered an important member of the squad in terms of morale.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn the announcement of Luiz’s new deal, Arsenal technical director, Edu, said the defender has been an integral part of the team since his arrival from Chelsea last summer.‘David is a really important player for us,’ said Edu. ‘He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. ‘His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone.’Luiz misses the trip to Southampton on Thursday night through suspension.MORE: Emmanuel Petit slams ‘average’ Arsenal and tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to quitMORE: Former transfer chief Sven Mislintat telling people Arsenal is an ‘absolute mess’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jun 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link358Shares David Luiz boosts morale at Arsenal, reckons Mark Schwarzer after Brazilian handed new contractlast_img read more

World Cup Qualifier: Olowookere picks 18 for Guinea

first_imgStand–in Coach of Nigeria’s Under-17 girls, Bankole Olowookere has selected 18 players who will tackle their Guinean counterparts in a 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup second round qualifying fixture later this month. 18 FLAMINGOS FOR GUINEA Nelly Ekeh (Ibom Angels); Chinyere Kalu (Rivers Angels); Chidinma Ogbuchi (FC Robo); Oluwabunmi Oladeji (Dream Stars); Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angels); Miracle Ohaeri (Ibom Angels); Blessing Sunday (Osun Babes); Taiwo Lawal (Aseyori Queens); Olusola Sobowale (FC Robo); Oluwayemisi Samuel (Osun Babes); Adoo Yina Read Also:Prioritise good character,ability in players’ selection – Sanusi charges coaches of U-17 girls (Confluence Queens); Rofiat Imuran (Sunshine Queens); Amarachi Odoma (Nasarawa Amazons); Anuoluwapo Salisu (Dream Stars); Hannah Yusuf (Nasarawa Amazons); Olamide Bolaji (Osun Babes); Alvine Dahz (Bayelsa Queens); Sukura Bakare (Dream Stars) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Loading… Olowookere’s charges will fly to Conakry on Thursday for Saturday’s first leg encounter, which was postponed by a week as a result of the Guinean legislative election that held last Saturday. The return leg will take place at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Saturday, 14th March. There are two goalkeepers, five defenders, six midfielders and five forwards on the roster.Advertisementlast_img read more

Murder try suspects arrested

first_imgJohn Mark Estilloro and Jan Gentizon,both residents of Barangay Oracon, Nueva Valencia, were caught on the strengthof an arrest warrant around 2 p.m. on Monday, police said. ILOILO City – Two men facing frustratedmurder charges were arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Officers of the Nueva Valencia policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Rosario Abegail Dris-Villanueva ofthe Regional Trial Court. Estilloro and Gentizon were detained inthe custodial facility of the municipal police station. The court recommended a P250,000 bail bondfor their temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Napoleon Fire Department fights chimney fire

first_imgNAPOLEON, Ind. — The Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chimney fire yesterday morning.Just before 10:00 AM, firefighters responded to a 911 call regarding a chimney fire, in a residence near the corner of Jackson and Harrison Streets in Napoleon.When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the fire had already entered the attic space of the home, and the fire was upgraded to a working structure fire.The Osgood Fire Department and Batesville EMS responded as mutual aid.Firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior until an entry team could gain access to the attic.The Osgood Fire Department and Batesville EMS responded as mutual aid.Firefighters battled the blaze from the exterior until an entry team could gain access to the attic.Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the primary fire, and then personnel worked to chase hot spots in the attic and walls that were smoldering behind the chimney.No one was injured, but the house suffered extensive damage in the area near the chimney.Fire officials remind residents with wood stoves or fireplaces to have them cleaned and inspected regularly to reduce the risk of fire.last_img read more

Kossuth County hosts IMCA North Star Touring Series on Thursday

first_imgALGONA, Iowa (June 1) – IMCA’s North Star Touring Series makes its first venture outside the State of Minnesota, when Kossuth County Speedway hosts the June 4 show.Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts race at Algona on Thursday evening. All applicable points, including special series points, will be awarded.They’ll be joined by IMCA Late Models running for IMCA Speedway Motors National and Allstar Performance State points.Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $10. More information is available on Facebook and at the www.kossuthcountyspeedway.com website.The series is at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minn., on Saturday, June 6.last_img read more

Keep the faith, urges Wenger

first_img Press Association Nevertheless, Wenger still disagreed with the decision. He said: “It has to be the last man and that is not proven to me – also the foul was not obvious.” Arteta also felt he had been hard done by, telling Arsenal Player: “It was a very harsh decision to send me off. Chamakh kicks my fight foot. I have seen it on television. It is 40 yards away from goal too. “It is true that I tried to block him with my hand but then he came with his left foot into my right calf and then we were both on the floor. It was never a tackle from me.” Palace briefly rallied as they looked for a positive end to a week which started with a 4-1 home defeat by Fulham that resulted in the departure of Ian Holloway. Defender Joel Ward saw his shot from 20 yards tipped onto the bar by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who quickly produced an even better save to deny Mile Jedinak from the resulting corner. It was, though, the Gunners who went on to secure all three points with a second goal on 87 minutes when Aaron Ramsey broke down the left, his perfectly timed cross headed past Julian Speroni by the hard-working Olivier Giroud. Wenger said: “Crystal Palace put a shift in, they were determined to fight very hard, we needed to be patient and we were. “Many times now this season away from home we have won the game in the second half because we are mature, do not make a mistake and we do not rush our game.” The full extent of Flamini’s injury is yet to be assessed, but there have been suggestions it could sideline the industrious French midfielder – who had missed the Dortmund game as a precaution following concussion – for up to a month. For Palace, top of the agenda for Monday’s debrief will be the search for a new manager. Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who made six changes to Holloway’s final starting XI, feels the Eagles remain an attractive proposition despite the fact they have lost eight of their opening nine games back in the top flight. “It is a great club in a good financial position with four great owners who really want to achieve something at this club,” he said. “But also when you look at the group of players against Arsenal, people that are interested in the job would look at that and think ‘I’ve got something to work with there’.” “However, the players know if they keep going like that they will get points. “Whether they can get enough points you don’t know, do you? But you have to just work from week to week and enjoy what you are doing.” Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal side to focus on strengthening their own belief in the quest for a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title. “It is people who do not believe that we have a chance, but the only thing we can do is win our games,” Wenger said. “The only thing which is important is every win makes you a bit stronger and strengthens the belief. “We have difficult games coming up, and that will be a good test, but I am confident.” Arsenal had started brightly at Selhurst Park, where England midfielder Jack Wilshere was put on the bench as a precaution after aggravating his troublesome ankle on Tuesday night. However, the Gunners were made to work for their victory, and there were long spells where Palace pressed the league leaders onto the back foot. Arsenal’s breakthrough came at the start of the second half when Serge Gnabry – on as an early substitute for Mathieu Flamini, who limped off with a groin problem – was taken out by a rash challenge from Adlene Guedioura to concede a needless penalty, which Arteta coolly dispatched. However, just after the hour mark, the Spaniard was off back down the tunnel when referee Chris Foy brandished a red card after he had clashed with former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh some 35 yards out, the pair falling in a heap following what looked like a 50/50 challenge. Following consultation with his assistant, Foy viewed it as denying a clear goalscoring opportunity and the midfielder must now serve a one-match ban, the midweek Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea he was unlikely to be involved in anyway. The Gunners consolidated their position at the top of the table by securing a 2-0 win at managerless Crystal Palace, where captain Mikel Arteta was sent off not long after scoring a penalty at the start of the second half. It was the ideal response from Wenger’s men to the midweek Champions League home defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which had seen questions raised about how far Arsenal could go this season. last_img read more