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Sequel Bits: ‘The Accountant’, ‘Alien’, ‘Jumanji’, ‘John Wick’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Bad Boys’

In this edition of Sequel Bits: Ben Affleck still wants to make an Accountant sequel. Ridley Scott might still be making an Alien: Covenant follow-up. See a new pic from Jumanji 3. Cinematographer Dan Laustsen talks John Wick: Chapter 3. A Game of Thrones actor has joined the cast of the Avatar sequels. Theresa Randle is back for Bad Boys 3. Remember The Accountant? That absolutely wacky movie with about ten different subplots, centered around Ben Affleck as an Autistic assassin? It was a...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Dwayne Johnson, Ben Affleck, Sci-fi, Avatar, Sequels, Chad, Miami, Johnson, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Alien, Jumanji, Scott


Best places to learn to surf in 2019

It’s time. You’ve wanted to learn how to surf since watching Point Break in the early ’90s, and the cold truth is that if Keanu Reeves can do it, you can do it too. Lucky for you, with the opening of new surf schools and cheap flights to popular surf destinations, learning to surf has never been easier. Pack up those boardshorts and grab a wetsuit because 2019 is the year you’re finally going on a surfari. Here’s where to do it. Where to paddle out and get comfortable Santa Cruz, Californi...
Tags: Travel, Bali, California, Mexico, Brooklyn, Morocco, Portugal, Manhattan, Surfing, Nicaragua, Pacific, Costa Rica, Keanu Reeves, Long Island, Ubud, Bay Area


Piano Drop at Seattle’s Jack Straw

Destruction and reclamation, gimmick and avant-garde One of the odder fads bequeathed to us by the 1960s is the ritual destruction of musical instruments. It’s a custom most famously associated with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend. But what bursts out in popular culture often has precedents in the avant-garde, and the origins of this particular brand of onstage iconoclasm can be traced to the Fluxus movement, specifically its founder George Maciunas. In a nod to classical traditio...
Tags: New York, Religion, Jimi Hendrix, West Coast, Piano, Seattle, Experimental music, Jack Straw, Edward, Concert Review, Pacific Northwest, Northwest, Pete Townshend, Ortiz, Dave Knott, Knott


Beyond the 88: A No-Fear Guide to On-the-String Piano Techniques

The beginner’s toolbox of preparations I’ve talked about in the previous two (1, 2) articles might be, in some ways, less scary to many pianists and composers than playing inside the piano because, once the foreign objects (paper, aluminum foil, glass rods, plastic straws, etc.) have been placed on or in between the strings, the pianist plays the instrument pretty much as usual. This is part of the disconnect—or the magical nature—of Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes. The scores for Cage’s little pi...
Tags: Religion, Articles, Piano, Columns, Cage, Harmonics, Harp, Jonas Olsson, Cowell, Henry Cowell, Experimentation, Annea Lockwood, Johan Svensson, NewMusicBox, George Crumb, Extended Techniques


Beyond the 88: A No-Fear Beginner’s Guide to Preparing the Piano

In my university music department, I run a weekly composition colloquium, bringing in guest composers and new music performers, as well as faculty speakers, with the latter often coming to talk about things like idiomatic writing and extended techniques for a particular instrument, or setting up a composer website, or digital publishing. A couple of years ago, some of my composition students asked me if I could spend one of those meetings on extended techniques for piano. I dug through my scores...
Tags: Google, Religion, Articles, Tesla, Piano, Columns, Baldwin, Cowell, Curtis Smith, Crumb, Ashley Fure, Experimentation, Annea Lockwood, NewMusicBox, George Crumb, Extended Techniques


Has ‘America’s Got Talent’ Standout Courtney Hadwin Already Signed a Record Deal?

Is Simon Cowell looking to sign “America’s Got Talent” finalist Courtney Hadwin to a record deal? Several news outlets, including the U.K.’s Daily Mail, are reporting that Cowell — formerly of “American Idol” and a current judge on “AGT” as well as “X Factor U.K.” — is looking to add the 14-year old rocker to […]
Tags: News, America, Simon Cowell, Cowell, America's Got Talent, U K s Daily Mail, Courtney Hadwin, X Factor U K


Kelowna Rockets Passing Torch to Top Draft Prospects

Gone are the big three. Now it’s all about the next three for the Kelowna Rockets. The big three — Cal Foote, Dillon Dube and Kole Lind — are graduating to the pro ranks this fall, be it the NHL or AHL. The next three — Nolan Foote, Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson — are entering their draft year as potential first-round picks, each projected among the top-50 prospects for 2019 on a variety of preseason rankings. “They’re going to be high-end talents, they’re going to be NHL players in the futur...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Canada, Finland, Ferguson, Dallas, Rockets, Vancouver, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Smith, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Hamilton


Simon Cowell Renews ‘America’s Got Talent’ Deal With NBC

Simon Cowell has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC to remain a judge and and executive producer on “America’s Got Talent.” Cowell joined “America’s Got Talent” as a judge in 2016. He is also set to serve as executive producer and judge on America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which will premiere this winter and air […]
Tags: News, Nbc, America, Simon Cowell, Cowell


Women Crash Wall Street With Skills Honed at Financial Boot Camp

(Bloomberg) — Rachel Simpson’s phone blew up with good-luck texts on the first day of her internship at Vista Equity Partners, most from other young women she’d met through Girls Who Invest. Now that the internship is over, she expects her new friends, and the lessons learned at the innovative training program, will help propel her into a career in finance. Girls Who Invest is a three-year-old program pushing to increase gender diversity in finance. It is expanding its reach, enrolling more stud...
Tags: Personal Finance, Business, New York, New York City, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, University of Pennsylvania, Morningstar, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Simpson, Duke University, JPMorgan Chase Co, Vista Equity Partners, Comcast Corp, Wharton School of Business


Nia Wilson, Killed at BART Station, Is Remembered: ‘No Peace Without Justice’

The family of Ms. Wilson, who was 18, plans to sue BART next week. Her death has become a flash point in discussions about race in Oakland.
Tags: News, Blacks, Bart, Wilson, Murders, NIA, John Lee, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Cowell, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Oakland (Calif, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Nia Wilson


‘No Peace Without Justice’: Nia Wilson, Killed at BART Station, Is Remembered

The family of Ms. Wilson, who was 18, plans to sue BART next week. Her death has become a flash point in discussions about race in Oakland.
Tags: News, Blacks, Bart, Wilson, Murders, NIA, John Lee, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Cowell, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Oakland (Calif, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Nia Wilson


How should advocates for reduced prison populations respond to deadly actions by released violent offenders?

In response to recent posts about clemency here and about reducing prison populations here, commentator federalist has flagged two local stories of violent offenders released after relatively short periods of incarceration gong on to commit murder.  One story, out of Atlanta, and is discussed in this newspaper piece under the headlined "‘Visionary’ didn’t keep promises to help violent teenager."  Here is a snippet: One day last August, Gwendolyn Sands stood before a Fulton County judge and prom...
Tags: Law, Washington, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cnn, Wilson, Oakland California, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Doug, California Department of Corrections, Cowell, Fulton County, Myrick, Douglas A Berman, Robert McBurney, John Cowell


Nia Wilson Had Big Plans. Then She Was Killed in a BART Station.

Nia, 18, had an upcoming job interview, a sister said. As her family planned her funeral on Wednesday, the suspect in the attack was charged with murder and attempted murder.
Tags: News, Wilson, Murders, NIA, John Lee, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Cowell, Bart Station, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Oakland (Calif, Transit Systems, Nia Wilson


What You Need To Know About The Murder Of Nia Wilson

An 18-year-old Black woman died after a man allegedly stabbed her without provocation Sunday night on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station in Oakland, CA.Nia Wilson and her sister Letifah, 26, were traveling home from a family event when they were reportedly attacked by John Lee Cowell, a 27-year-old white felon with a history of violence, at the BART MacArthur Station. Both Nia and Letifah were stabbed in the neck, but only Nia's wounds were fatal. She died at the scene."She's just yelling m...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Oakland, Bart, NIA, MacArthur BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Cowell, Rojas, Libby Schaaf, Oakland High School, Carlos Rojas, Amy Hollyfield, Frederick Joseph, Nia Wilson, John Lee Cowell


Singing Dog Wows Simon Cowell On ‘America’s Got Talent’

"I always said if we could find a dog that could sing, that would be everything to me," Cowell said.
Tags: News, America, Simon Cowell, Cowell


Bishops and dioceses explore new models of ministry together

In the Diocese of West Kansas, the new bishop-elect is busy. The vicar of two parishes, the Revd Mark Cowell also works as a municipal prosecutor and elected county attorney in Hodgeman County. Cowell was elected to become the sixth Bishop of Western Kansas on Saturday, the Episcopal News Service reports. While helping oversee the process that resulted in the election of current Bishop Michael P. Milliken, Cowell met with then-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to discuss the idea of a d...
Tags: Religion, Bishops, Buffalo, Bishop, Bethlehem, Niagara Falls, Hutchinson, Sean Rowe, Episcopal Church, Erie, Rio Grande, Western New York, Milliken, Rowe, Cowell, Western Kansas


Yerma - Where Need Becomes A Dangerous Obsession

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Director Simon Stone's reinterpretation of Federico García Lorca's Yerma is, quite simply, one of the best shows of this or any other theatre season. Enjoying its North American premiere at the Park Avenue Armory, and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Billie Piper, the work examines the unraveling of a relationship where those involved are each hoping for a markedly different outcome. Set in present day London , Piper's character, referred to s...
Tags: Theatre, John, Federico García Lorca, Victor, Piper, Simon, Mary, Cowell, CDG, Park Avenue Armory, Beattie, Billie Piper, Lorca, Lizzie Clachan, Kate Hewitt, Judd Hollander


*Cozy home in quiet neighborhood* (concord / pleasant hill / martinez) $700

Our home is located off Treat Blvd and Cowell in a quiet neighborhood, at the end of a Cul De Sac so there is no through traffic which is nice. It is less than 3 miles form BART. This a 4 bedroom house with 3 renters total. The downstairs bathroom wi ...
Tags: Rent, Room, Bart, Cul de Sac, Cowell


BBC, Simon Cowell Team Up on ‘The Greatest Dancer’

“The Greatest Dancer” will sashay onto British primetime TV after the BBC ordered the talent competition series from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Thames. It is the first deal between the pubcaster and Cowell’s Sony-backed company, which makes the “Got Talent” and “The X Factor” shows that go out on ITV in the U.K. Both […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, Sony, American Idol, Simon Cowell, Syco, Cowell, Simon Cowell Team


‘American Idol’ returns on a new network with Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as its new judges and a format that’s still familiar

Grace Walker of San Juan Capistrano auditions on “American Idol” which after a one-year absence returns to TV on Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Photo by Eddy Chen, ABC) Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on “American Idol.” (Photo by Eric Liebowitz, ABC) Sound Ron Bultongez of Plano, Texas plays and sings for the judges on “American Idol” on Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Photo by Eric Liebowitz, ABC) Catie Turner of Langhorne, Pennsylvania kicks off the return of “American Idol” ...
Tags: TV, Hollywood, Nbc, Abc, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Seacrest, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson


How Data Unearthed An Unlikely Million Selling Song

[UPDATE 2] In this piece the team at We Are Instrumental explains how they were able to utilize TalentAI to identify a dark horse single performed by Britain's Got Talent alum Calum Scott that found massive commercial success. _________________________ Guest post by Conrad Withey, CEO of We Are Instrumental It’s coming up to 2 years since we first saw the power and potential of (what is now called) TalentAI in unearthing high potential new artists and singles online. That moment came...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, UK, Youtube, US, Social Media, Britain, Streaming, Music Business, Simon, Robyn, Bruce Houghton, Scott, Luke, Syco


Prince Charles, Simon Cowell Had An Awkward Run-In At An Awards Show

Prince Charles and Simon Cowell both attended the Princes Trust Awards and had an awkward run-in with each other. The incident was detailed by Anna Williamson, a Side presenter, who was also at the awards show. During a recent interview, Williamson revealed that she was interviewing Cowell on the red carpet when she saw Prince Charles walking towards her. She wanted to interview the prince, but Cowell just couldn’t stop talking.
Tags: News, Prince Charles, Simon Cowell, Williamson, Cowell, Charles Simon Cowell, Anna Williamson


aworks current top ten - feb 8, 2018 @davidlangmusic @nagymusic @petridisch @philipglass @johncagetrust

Let's see. Two Symphony No. 2's recorded by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a composer new to me, an old Cowell favorite, interpretations of Cage and Glass by Petridisch, some touching piano music by David Del Tredici, the Grammy-winning Higdon piece, and a captivating voice and cello piece by David Lang ("I remember the day..."). The Day (2016). David Lang - Maya Beiser Kaleidoscope II (2015). Zvonimir Nagy Viola Concerto (2014). Jennifer Higdon - James Button, Roberto Diaz, Nashville Symp...
Tags: Religion, David Lang, Cowell, Jennifer Higdon, Higdon, Rgable, David Del Tredici, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Petridisch, David Lang Maya Beiser, John Cage Petridisch Symphony No, Alan Hovhaness Anthony Plog Hans Ola Ericsson, Henry Cowell Chris


Girls Who Invest appoints ex-North Carolina State Treasurer as new CEO

Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership roles in asset management, has named Janet Cowell as CEO. Cowell is the former North Carolina State Treasurer. She is succeeding Kathleen Powers Dunlap who is stepping down. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Girls Who Invest (“GWI”), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the a...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, Southeast Asia, Trends, People, Hsbc, University of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Lehman Brothers, Democratic, Wharton School, Janet, Cowell, North Carolina Senate, State School Board, GWI


Grant Morrison on Happy! "the world is a nihilistic hellhole plunging toward screaming entropy, but ... we have hope"

For three decades, Grant Morrison has been the most prominent voice of the avant-garde in the world of graphic novels. His work has redefined every landmark comic book title from Batman and Superman to the Justice League and the X-Men, and he has written more books that redefined the boundaries of the genre than could be comfortably listed here. While his creative stamp is visible all over the cinematic landscape (The Matrix films borrowed heavily from Morrison’s book The Invisibles, and ch...
Tags: Post, Video, Television, News, Superman, Happy, Simon Cowell, Pegasus, Justice League, Batman, Morrison, Grant Morrison, Thomas Negovan, Cowell, Darick Robertson, Chris Meloni


Mercedes’ Formula 1 Car May Break 1,000 HP This Season

Since Formula 1 made the switch to turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6 hybrids, no other team has been able to hold a candle to Mercedes. It’s won four constructors’ championships in a row, and its drivers have taken both first and second place in three out of the last four drivers’ championships. Part of that success can be attributed to the drivers, but Mercedes has also been able to get incredible power out of these new power units. In fact, engineers are reportedly close to exceeding the 1,000 hp mar...
Tags: News, Mercedes, Cowell, Mercedes Formula, Andy Cowell Mercedes


Luke Bryan Teases ‘Tough Love’ Approach On ‘American Idol’ Reboot

Luke Bryan recently opened up about judging “American Idol” reboot and shared how different he would be from former judge Simon Cowell. While at the CMA Awards on Wednesday (via People), Bryad told “American Idol” alum Kelli Pickler that he, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie could not be compared to Cowell because they are not music executives. Rather, they are performers so their approach when dealing with those that will audition will be different.
Tags: News, Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan, Cowell, People Bryad, Kelli Pickler


Why Didn’t Simon Cowell Tell His Son Eric About His ‘Scary’ Fall?

Simon Cowell decided to not tell his 3-year-old son, Eric, that he recently fell down the stairs. While speaking with The Sun, the music mogul said, “He probably would have told me off, and I didn’t want to worry him. He’s only three.” After recovering from his fall, Cowell managed to return to the second week of live shows for “X-Factor” UK, and his son accompanied him during rehearsals.
Tags: News, Simon Cowell, Eric, Cowell


Simon Cowell Misses First Live ‘X Factor’ Season 14 Show Following Accident

Simon Cowell missed the first live show for “X Factor” Season 14 on Saturday after he fell down the stairs in his home on Friday. The music mogul was spotted lying on a stretcher with a neck brace as he was transported to an ambulance and brought to a hospital. Hours later, Cowell returned home and gave the cameras thumbs up sign, according to Sky.
Tags: News, Simon Cowell, Cowell


What Happened To Simon Cowell? ‘X-Factor’ Judge Rushed To The Hospital

“X Factor UK” and “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell was hurried to a hospital on Friday morning in London. The 58-year-old hurt himself after falling down the stairs in his London home and was seen boarding an ambulance on a stretcher with a brace around his neck, according to People. This all happened between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. local time and Cowell’s significant other, Lauren Silverman, boarded a flight from New York City to London upon hearing about his accident.
Tags: UK, London, News, New York City, Simon Cowell, Cowell, Lauren Silverman