True Blood’s Jim Parrack Joins Broadway’s Of Mice and Men

first_img Of Mice and Men, directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, will play a limited Broadway engagement through July 27. Parrack, who plays Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s True Blood, will take on the role of Slim, a dignified and respected mule driver, in the play. The actor’s other credits include appearing in Battle Los Angeles, Fury and Annapolis among others. Of Mice and Men will reunite Parrack with Franco, who directed him in As I Lay Dying. Related Shows View Comments Adapted from Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: the sharp but uneducated and short-tempered George (Franco) and Lennie (O’Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend and continuing to strive for the American dream.center_img True Blood’s Jim Parrack will join James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new mounting of the John Steinbeck classic begins performances March 19 at the Longacre Theatre; opening night is set for April 16. Of Mice and Men Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

Shelly Burch & More Tapped for In the Secret Sea

first_img Broadway vet Shelly Burch and more have boarded the cast for the previously reported In The Secret Sea off-Broadway. Directed by Martin Charnin, Cate Ryan’s new American play is scheduled to run April 15 through May 21. Opening night is set for April 21 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.Joining Burch (Nine) as Audrey in the company will be Paul Carlin (Temporal Powers) as Gil, Malachy Cleary (The Field) as Jack, Glynnis O’Connor (Our Town) as Joyce, and Adam Petherbridge (Da) as Kenny.In the play, a newly married couple and their parents confront a life and death decision. The outcome will change all of their lives forever. In the Secret Sea Related Shows Shelly Burchcenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2016last_img read more

Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup

first_imgTiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 8th tee during the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Thursday July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods’ words instead of his actions.Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he were healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldn’t rule him out Monday.“I can’t assess his medical condition and I honestly can’t assess how he’s playing,” Watson said. “It really is going to be having to come from information from Tiger himself. But, again, I don’t make this comment loosely. He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team — if he has the ability to play and he’s healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I’d be a fool not to consider him.”Nine players qualified for the American team after the PGA Championship. Watson has three weeks before he announces his three picks for the Ryder Cup, which is Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.Woods’ season ended when he missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship, where he said he played through the pain of a nagging back injury. He is not playing the Wyndham Championship this week in North Carolina, and Woods is not eligible for the two FedEx Cup playoff events that will serve as an audition for Watson.“I’ll be very, very focused on the players who are high up in the ranks,” Watson said.As for Woods?He made it sound as if he would have a telephone glued to his ear.“I will continue to speak with Tiger over the next three weeks to monitor his situation,” Watson said. “Obviously, he has not been playing well. But I think it’s been a result, as you well know, of his injury and his coming back from back surgery.”Woods has gone more than a year without winning, and this injury-filled year has been like no other. He played eight tournaments and completed 72 holes only three times. He missed two cuts, withdrew from the final round of two other tournaments and missed a 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines, where he is an eight-time winner. His best finish was a tie for 25th at Doral, where Woods played in the next-to-last group on Sunday and posted his highest score ever (78) in the final round.He finished at No. 70 in the Ryder Cup standings.Woods hurt his back again at Firestone, though he said it was unrelated to his microdiscectomy surgery in March. He said a trainer popped a joint back into place and he was pain free Wednesday at the PGA. He reported stiffness Thursday and his back “went out on me” while warming up for the second round.Can he be trusted to be forthcoming with Watson?“Absolutely,” Watson replied sternly, looking away to make his point.The 64-year-old captain was asked if Woods’ might want to play so badly that he might tell Watson he is better than he really is.“Again, I trust Tiger to give me the straight skinny,” Watson said. “I trust him inherently.”It was difficult to read Watson’s plans for Woods — if any — on this Ryder Cup team because they have never been close. Paul Azinger, captain of the only U.S. team that won the Ryder Cup in the last 15 years, said over the weekend he would not pick Woods because he was injured, not playing well and didn’t know where the golf ball was going.Watson made it sound as if he were leaning more on Woods’ past than the current state of his game, not to mention his health.“He is Tiger Woods. He brings something to the team in a big way,” Watson said. “He’s been really good in the team room of recent and he’s a factor with the players. I know that for a fact. He’s a very positive influence on the players. But the most important thing is can he play? Can he physically play and is he playing well? Get back to those two points. Like I said, I’ll monitor that situation in the next three weeks.”The American team already is missing Dustin Johnson, who has taken a “voluntary leave” for what he described as “personal challenges.” Matt Kuchar withdrew from the final major of the year with a back injury. Bubba Watson has finished in the top 10 only once in the four months since winning the Masters.Tom Watson said he was happy with the nine players who made the team — Watson, Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson. For his picks, he said he wants players in good form and with guts.“We have got players that can get the job done,” he said.Qualifying for Europe’s team does not end until Aug. 31 after the Italian Open, and captain Paul McGinley will make his picks Sept. 2.last_img read more

Groves’ trainer Fitzpatrick convinced Froch wanted to avoid rematch

first_imgGeorge Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick questions whether Carl Froch wanted a world title rematch to take place after the champion’s controversial win against the Hammersmith man in November.The super-middleweight rivals will do battle again at Wembley Stadium on 31 May.Video courtesy of iFLTV. See also:Groves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Froch ‘mentally more switched on’ for rematch, says HearnFroch sees rematch with Groves as the biggest fight of his careerGroves predicts ‘changing of the guard’ in rematch with FrochDeGale eyes world title after joining HearnGroves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

There was a time for the Giants to bring in the fences, but that was 58 years ago

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Giants officials, including team president Farhan​ Zaidi​, are entertaining the notion of reconfiguring Oracle Park. As in bringing in the fences.They have one unassailable talking point: removing the bullpens from the field of play. That was an injury waiting to happen. A year ago next week it happened. Giants outfielder Mac Williamson, while chasing a fly ball, tripped over the bullpen mound and suffered a profound …last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress: Wet Conditions Hindered Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rainfall continued to stall planting progress and kept producers out of the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 1.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 12. Soils were saturated and some standing water was present in fields. Fields have been too wet for tillage equipment in some areas. Some corn and soybeans were planted but progress was still well behind last year and the five-year average. There was also a little progress in oat planting despite less than ideal planting conditions. Winter wheat condition remained guarded as wet soils have drowned out some wheat and prevented herbicide application in fields. There were some reports of producers applying fertilizer by airplane. Wet and cold weather was inhibiting field dry out and preventing fieldwork.Ohio Crop Progress coverage on Ohio Ag Net sponsored by Bane-Welker.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

3 Ways to Virtualize Applications with Distributed Computing

first_imgThe explosion of data driven by sensors, data mining and social media and other Web-based interactions means that more and more companies will need to find ways of dealing with massive data sets – even companies that haven’t typically been data driven before. But new business analytics applications may require more processing power than your organization has ever needed before, requiring you to find ways to handle data as efficiently as possible. Infrastructure-as-a-service providers and inexpensive data warehousing appliances with in-memory analytics will provide options for many organizations. But some may find distributed computing a better fit for their organization’s big data needs.Scientists and academics have been taking advantage of distributed computing for years, but it’s an approach that can benefit information workers in other areas. Here are some methods of running applications in distributed environments, including some newer approaches. Beowulf ClusteringMade popular by NASA in 1993, cluster computing uses commodity hardware to pool resources for virtual applications. Pooling multiple systems allows you to take advantage of parallel processing. Parallel processing puts multiple processors to work on a problem simultaneously – multiple slower processors working in parallel are generally more efficient than a single fast processor working alone. Supercomputers use multiple processors for parallel processing, but a cluster of low-end machines working in unison can become the equivalent of a large supercomputer.Beowulf clustering is a popular architecture for cluster computing. The open source Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) software package and Message Passing Interface (MPI) implementations, such as OpenMPI or MPICH, are common software for building these clusters.The advantage of using this approach is that you can run an application on a large number of inexpensive pieces of hardware, including systems with completely different hardware. However, some of the newer methods we’ll discuss next may be preferable.Server AggregationAlthough a Beowulf cluster attempts to mimic the behavior of a single machine with multiple processors, each part of the cluster still has its own operating system and software stack installed. Instead of having a virtual application that runs across several machines with each running an operating system, the server aggregation approach runs a single instance of an OS across all the servers in a cluster. Therefore, all the physical resources go to the virtual machine.This can be a real cost saver. The cost of servers is non-linear, so it’s generally cheaper to buy several two-socket systems than a single multi-socket system. And since you’ll have multiple servers, they can be used for other purposes when you don’t need them for massive number crunching jobs.Server aggregation is a relatively new approach to virtualization. As far as we know the only company to offer server aggregation solutions is ScaleMP. However, we expect to see this approach take off over the next few years.Server aggregation makes sense if you want to use your own hardware. But what if you want to use a public infrastructure-as-a-service?Virtual Cluster AppliancesA virtual appliance is typically a VM designed to do a specific function with minimal configuration. Virtual cluster appliances are VMs designed for cluster computing right of the out of the box. You can learn more about the approach here.One of the advantages here is that these VMs can be deployed to a cloud service like Amazon EC2. Instead of hosting several physical servers running virtualization or aggregation software, you can have many virtual servers running in parallel in the cloud. You still get the advantage of massively parallel computing, but without the hassle of running physical infrastructure.The Nimbus Project is an open source toolkit for creating virtual infrastructure for cluster computing. It was used by the STAR project build a 100 VM cluster on EC2. Another source for virtual cluster appliances is Grid Appliance, which offers both a general purpose cluster appliance and one built specifically for Apache Hadoop.Photo by hutch Tags:#Server Virtualization#solution-series Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finleylast_img read more

After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me? PLAY LIST 01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READ “I got my degree just to make my dad proud. My dad is a police officer but I really did not want to be a policeman. Maybe, I would have been a fireman and the degree in criminal justice would’ve helped, but I’ve decided to just focus on basketball, get back to the Philippines, and try to make it here,” Herndon said, whose father Robert Sr. traces his roots to Mactan, Cebu.“The decision to move here was tough but I love the country and I love the basketball even more.”A virtual unknown when he made the leap of fate, it didn’t take long before Herndon started making his mark, ruling the Philippine leg of the 2016 Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at the expense of two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, before joining the PBA D-League where he saw action for Victoria Sports-MLQU, Wangs Basketball, and finally, Marinerong Pilipino.Of the three teams he suited up for, Herndon takes the most pride playing for the Couriers, which he led to contend for a playoff spot this past PBA D-League season.“It’s good basketball and I learned a lot there. And that’s just the D-League. For sure, the PBA will be better. There’s just a lot of good players here, good teams, great coaches here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESIn just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines.And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase his deadly game in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “I’ve been waiting for two years for this moment. I’m just glad that I’m eligible because I’ve put a lot of hard work into this. I’m ready to get it going,” said the 24-year-old.Herndon had shelved his hoop dreams to focus on his education at San Francisco State and almost gave up on basketball a few years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played two years there and then, I wanted to just focus on my studies,” he said. “That was humbling for me because basketball was the only thing I wanted to do my whole life. In college, I went through a phase when it was hard juggling school and sports. I wanted to get my degree so losing my passion for basketball, I stopped playing after my second year.”But after getting his criminal justice degree much to the delight of his family, the 6-foot-3 guard felt that it was time for him to take the chance and fly to his father’s homeland. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But Herndon is not just an offensive-minded player as he also takes pride in his playmaking and defensive capabilities, something which he displayed in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and earned him a spot in the pre-draft workout’s Mythical Five.“The scoring just comes, but I think I really do well when it comes to rebounding because I like to rebound a lot. I also feel like I can get my teammates going, make the right pass, and also defense. It’s not just the scoring that I can do. I like to take it inside and bang bodies. I can shoot but I can also go with the drive and bang down low. I feel like I’m a good two-way player,” he said.Looking back, Herndon couldn’t help but feel emotional over the path he took to make it this far on his journey.“I think about the draft every day and I wanted this for a long time. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but most of all, I’m ready,” he said.last_img read more

13 days agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Foden

first_imgChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi backed for senior England return by Fodenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is being backed for a senior England return.Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes Hudson-Odoi will be knocking on Gareth Southgate’s door ahead of the senior internationals next month.”Callum’s a special talent and I’ve known him for a long time now,” Foden said. “We played together in the youth teams and I’m positive he’ll be back up to the first team in the next camp. I’m hoping so.”He actually looks even sharper. That’s just Callum for you. He’s always got a smile on his face and just loves the game. He hasn’t dropped standards in any way. He’ll obviously feel like his sharpness isn’t quite there but you can see the signs.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For All 41 Bowl Games

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for all 41 bowl games.Believe it or not, college football’s bowl season is just two days away. This Saturday at 2 PM ET, Arizona and New Mexico will kick things off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In fact, there are five contests in total on the day. And as you’re probably aware, there are 41 postseason contests this year – the most in college football history.We’ve gone through and made our picks – including the national championship game. Who will be crowned the College Spun bowl game king? We’ll find out in the coming month.Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.33 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.43 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-17 at 1.58.51 PMlast_img read more