Facebook To Remove Some Trump Campaign Ads

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I don’t think there should be any political ads on Facebook, Democrat or Republican Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0NEW YORK – Facebook says it will now remove some trump re-election campaign ads to prevent confusion about the upcoming U.S. Census.Facebook had come under fire for letting the Trump Campaign run ads this week asking people to “respond now” to an “official congressional district census.”In addition to age, name and contact information, the survey includes questions about views on President Trump, Nancy Pelosi and “the radical left” agenda.Democrats have criticized Facebook for its policy of not fact-checking ads run by politicians, a policy that democrats say benefits the President. Earlier Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Facebook for letting the Trump Campaign run the ads, she argued they violated fakebook’s misleading content policy regarding the census.The Trump Campaign declined to comment on Facebook’s move.last_img read more

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12 New Cases Of COVID-19 Reported Wednesday In Chautauqua County

first_imgMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Health officials have reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon with nine of those cases being students at SUNY Fredonia.According to officials, 11 cases were confirmed in Battalion 1 while one was confirmed from Battalion 2.This now brings to the total number of confirmed cases to 534 with 122 of those cases active. There are two people hospitalized. 497 cases remain under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director while 242 cases remain under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory.To date, there have been 402 recoveries, 10 fatalities, and 37,294 negative test results. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I want to start off by stating that your journalism is impeccable… I appreciate the time, effort, and money spent to have a forum of this magnitude… With that being said, I would like to take my own time to explain to you that the cases, the number of deathes, etc… Are a gigantic part of the picture here… However, the real issue comes from who was in charge of making the public aware of this illness to begin with??? Who could’ve made sure there’s was enough of a stockpile of equipment to save a portion of those 190000 people??? Who’s job was it to shut down America to save ( according to cnn ) 82% of those 190000 lives??? The real story here should be weighing out the positives and the negatives about both parties before there’s 4 more years of lies, deceit, back door deals, fraud, and now down right negligent homicide… I understand the delicacy of this subject… However, the journalists have the voice to do something about this, I dont!!! Please take my fear seriously!!!,Ask Cuomo about the nursing homes, his executive order came 2 weeks AFTER Trump closed the borders.Cuomo killed Nana & Papa MGN Imagelast_img read more

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Tickets Now Available for Atomic Off-Broadway

first_img Morton, Kusnier and Gettelfinger will be joined by castmembers David Abeles, Alexis Fishman, Jonathan Hammond, James David Larson, Preston Sadlier and Grace Stockdale. Atomic Atomic blasts open the doors of the Manhattan Project, a Government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb. Leo Szilard is the mastermind behind atomic power, but his heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress, and true love are tested as Leo discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2014 Tickets for the U.S. premiere of Atomic, a new musical by Danny Ginges, Gregory Bonsignore and Philip Foxman, are now on sale. Starring Euan Morton, Jeremy Kushnier and Sara Gettelfinger and under the direction of Damien Gray, the tuner will play from June 26 through August 16. Opening night is set for July 13 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. View Commentslast_img read more

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Bryan Cranston Wants You to Drink More Frozen Margaritas

first_img Bryan Cranston View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 If LBJ told us to drink more frozen margaritas, well, we serve at the pleasure of the President. Tony nominee Bryan Cranston stopped by The Tonight Show to discuss with Jimmy Fallon his transformation into Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, including the signature “Johnson Treatment.” The actor explained the President’s ability to “turn your opinion around to what he wanted you to think,” and proceeded to sweet-talk Fallon to ditch the on the rocks margs on Cinco de Mayo and go frozen. Fallon, unable to hide how impressed he is, exclaims, “that is a Tony Award-winning performance!” Well, Fallon, we’ll have to wait until June 8 to see if that’s true, but if he has a Vitamix and tequila, that might persuade voters! (But seriously, bribery is bad. Don’t do it, Cranston.) Take a look at the clip below, and catch All the Way at the Neil Simon Theatre. Related Shows All the Waylast_img read more

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Vote for the Broadway.com Star of the Year!

first_imgIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, it’s your turn to choose Broadway.com’s 2014 Star of the Year! We’ve expanded the list this year to a dirty dozen of talented powerhouses that can act and/or sing and/or dance and/or box and/or rock a blazer/gardenia/head full of glitter/tattoo/peasant skirt/pair of fishnets with style. KELLI O’HARA For pouring her heart and soul into playing a lovestruck farmer’s wife in The Bridges of Madison County, showing off her pipes in Peter Pan Live!, earning her fifth Tony nom and lining up her next gig fast. View Comments NEIL PATRICK HARRIS For quickly losing his HIMYM persona to take Broadway by storm as the title East German transgender rock goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and always having fun despite a very busy schedule. IDINA MENZEL For conquering the world with her mega-hit “Let It Go” from Frozen while playing dual roles in If/Then, putting out a holiday album, selling out Radio City, being everywhere at once and answering to a new name. Cast your vote by 11:59 PM (EST) on December 21 and crown one of the following nominees with the coveted title of Broadway.com Star of the Year! Vote below! AUDRA MCDONALD For earning her sixth Tony Award (!) for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day, making everyone cry with her acceptance speech, killing it on Twitter and being game for almost anything. BRADLEY COOPER For skipping a post-Oscar nom diva act in favor of fulfilling his long-standing dream of playing the challenging role of John Merrick, the deformed yet charming Englishman, in The Elephant Man. TONY YAZBECK For being a helluva triple threat in On the Town, reminding us what a debonair leading man is like, getting married on his day off and filling out his sailor suit quite well. SUTTON FOSTER For digging deep (and going makeup-free!) to play a scarred young woman in Violet, for which the Tony winner nabbed her sixth nom (and for getting married and landing a new TV show to boot!). RAMIN KARIMLOO For bringing home Les Miserables with his masterful performance as Jean Valjean all while keeping himself fit, keeping fans happy and keeping a musical instrument (and video camera) at the ready. JESSIE MUELLER For winning a Tony Award for her killer portrayal of Carole King, which won raves and enthusiastic support from King herself all while staying humble, funny and lovable. ANDY KARL For bulking up and wowing crowds as the knockout headliner in Rocky, which earned him his first Tony nomination and a stamp of approval from Sly himself. BRYAN CRANSTON For winning just about everyone’s vote—and a Tony Award—for his portrayal of LBJ in All the Way, all while fielding endless questions about Breaking Bad and keeping his wicked sense of humor intact. JAMES MONROE IGLEHART For reinventing the beloved Genie role on stage in the new Disney musical blockbuster Aladdin, and for being an all-around sweet vlogger/Tony winner/guy.last_img read more

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Anna Chlumsky & More Will Join Renee Fleming for Living on Love

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Chlumsky received Emmy nominations in 2013 and 2014 for her performance as Amy in the HBO series Veep. Her additional screen credits include Hannibal, My Girl and In the Loop. She appeared off-Broadway in Love, Loss and What I Wore and Unconditional. Sills, a Tony nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, also appeared on Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors; his additional stage credits include The Addams Family on tour and Moonlight and Magnolias off-Broadway. In addition to Fleming, Chlumsky and Sills, the cast will feature Blake Hammond—who most recently appeared on the Great White Way in First Date—as Bruce and Broadway alum Scott Robertson as Eric. Both also appeared in the Williamstown mounting. Casting for the role of Robert Samson will be announced later. Broadway alum and screen star Justin Long played the role in the Williamstown mounting. Bravi tutti! Current You Can’t Take It With You star Anna Chlumsky and Douglas Sills will return to Broadway in Living on Love. They join the previously announced opera star Renee Fleming; the three had appeared in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production together in summer 2014. Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the Joe DiPietro comedy will begin performances at the Longacre Theatre on April 1. Opening night is set for April 20. The comedy will feature set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Michael Krass, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Scott Lehrer.center_img View Comments Related Shows Living on Love In Living on Love, Fleming plays celebrated diva Raquel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis (Sills), becomes enamored with the lovely Iris Peabody (Chlumsky) hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own—and very handsome—ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms. The comedy is adapted from Garson Kanin’s Peccadillo.last_img read more

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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Make Musical Theater Debut in Little Shop of Horrors

first_imgAfter Jake Gyllenhaal conquered Broadway in Constellations he’s now making his musical theater debut in Little Shop of Horrors. The Oscar nominee will play Seymour the nerdy florist in the previously announced Encores! Off-Center production. SNL’s Taran Killam is also set to make his musical debut, as the psychotic dentist and romantic rival, Orin Scrivello, and Tony winner Chuck Cooper will voice the blood-thirsty plant. Directed by Dick Scanlan and choreographed by Patricia Wilcox, the cult fave will play July 1 and now two performances on July 2 at City Center.Gyllenhaal made his New York stage debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet and starred in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth in London’s West End in 2002. He earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in Brokeback Mountain and his additional film credits include Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code, Love and Other Drugs, End of Watch, Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler and Everest. Killam’s screen credits also include Casual Encounters, The Heat, Grown Ups 2, 12 Years a Slave, How I Met Your Mother, Community, Scrubs and he voices the character of Frantic in the Hulu original animated series The Awesomes. Cooper won the Tony for The Life. His extensive Broadway credits also include Act One, Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow and Caroline, or Change.Gyllenhaal, Killam and Cooper join the sci-fi musical’s original headliner Ellen Greene in the production. The tuner has a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, and follows a hapless florist shop worker who acquires an R&B-singing plant that feeds on human blood. An R&B girl’s trio, The Urchins, provides commentary on the action and will feature Tracy Nicole Chapman, Marva Hicks and Ramona Keller.Little Shop is based on Roger Corman’s 1960 black comedy film by the same name and premiered off-off-Broadway in 1982 before moving off-Broadway to the Orpheum Theatre where it played 2,209 performances. It was revived on Broadway in 2003, playing 372 performances at the Virginia Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Billy Magnussen is Kato Kaelin & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Sutton Fostercenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Billy Magnussen is Kato KaelinBilly Magnussen is the latest stage fave tapped for Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson, reports thebacklot.com. The Into the Woods movie star will play Kato Kaelin, Simpson’s infamous houseguest. With John Travolta appearing as Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian and of course Steve Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman, this is defining must-see TV!Sutton Foster Will Take on a StadiumSutton Foster is set to perform with The New York Pops on August 6 as part of the orchestra’s inaugural season at its new summer home, Forest Hills Stadium. Led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, the two-time Tony winner will serenade the audience with standards and some of her favorite tunes. We love her in Younger but we can’t wait to see her back on the boards!David Hare’s New Play Sets DatesDavid Hare, currently represented on Broadway by the Tony nominated revival of Skylight, is looking to the world of opera for his next project. The Moderate Soprano will explore the tale behind the founding of Glyndebourne opera house in 1930s Britain. Roger Allam will lead the production under the direction of Jeremy Herrin; the show will play a limited engagement October 23 through November 28 at London’s Hampstead Theatre. Next stop the West End?Broderick & Stock on Tony Love…& Snubs It’s Only a Play’s Matthew Broderick and Micah Stock stopped by The Today Show on May 15 and much hilarity ensued. Stock, of course, received a Tony nod for his performance in the Terrence McNally comedy—how did the rest of the cast react? Tony winner Broderick joked: “Nathan (Lane) and me were both—why isn’t it us?'” An hysterical game of “Who knows Broadway better?” followed. Check out the video below then It’s Only a Play through June 7 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.last_img read more

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The Visit Scribe Terrence McNally on Avoiding Writer’s Block & Getting Dirty with ‘Theater Dust’

first_img View Comments What’s the secret to being so prolific?I live in a fascinating city at a fascinating time in history. When people say they have writer’s block, I say, “Go take a walk around the block! Read the paper! Open your window!” How can you have a block when there’s so much going on? I love what I do, so I don’t think of it as a job that you finish. It’s like breathing.How do you know when you’re done with a draft?I just know when I’m done with a draft. There’s no point in showing someone an absolute first draft. I certainly can’t write with people looking over my shoulder. What I very often do is invite friends who are good actors over to sit and just have them read it cold. You can sort of tell if it’s alive or if it’s dead or if it’s got energy. It doesn’t even have to be particularly well cast. I remember the first reading we did of Frankie and Johnny. Stockard Channing read Frankie, and she hadn’t read the play. On about page six, she said, “Oh, shit! She’s a waitress!” She had started reading it like the performance she was giving in Six Degrees of Separation—not like she was playing a coffee shop waitress. You could still tell if the scene had life.What most appealed to you about working on The Visit?Working with John and Fred. It’s also a story that I cared about. It’s a musical that makes you feel but it also makes you think, and it raises really important moral issues. It’s one of the most beautiful scores John Kander has ever written. So there was a lot that was appealing in the mix. I never doubted the show would get to New York. It’s too good not to be here.What writers inspire you?What book or play do you reread the most?There are several: King Lear, all the Chekhov plays, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest. Hamlet is a play I see a lot, so I don’t have to read it as much. I was very lucky I had a teacher in high school that made Shakespeare friendly, so I was never afraid of Shakespeare. If he’s the only playwright you ever read, I think you can learn all you need to know about playwriting. I know people are usually a little surprised when I say he’s the playwright I’ve learned the most from, but learn from the best! If I were a composer, I’d be studying my Bach. I mean I go to contemporary theater all the time, and I love contemporary writers. But I learn from Shakespeare.What is the most important thing to keep in mind when adapting a work?You have to respect the tone of the original. I would hope Dürrenmatt would approve of what I’ve done with The Visit. It’s a very bold adaptation—I’ve made it a love story. A play just about revenge is not very interesting for an actor or an actress to play. To me it’s Romeo and Juliet grown up—what would have happened if they got to live to their 80s. The script Dürrenmatt wrote is very poetic, expressionistic—there are talking animals and talking trees. I didn’t like any of that, but I saw a great love story. When I did Ragtime, I showed my treatment of it to [novelist E.L.] Doctorow. If he hadn’t liked it, I probably would not have gone ahead with it. What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a playwright no one ever told you?For a musical it’s the rewrites. The composer might say, “I can’t cut a bar or I’m not adding a bar.” Suddenly you only have 18 seconds to that. That I didn’t know until I did musicals. Most people don’t know what a profound collaboration theater is. You can have the best script in the world, but if Shakespeare had had lousy actors, those plays never would have been written—or they would have disappeared. You don’t have parts like King Lear and Hamlet unless you have an actor to inspire you to write them. I’ve been very lucky that I’ve worked with such great actors. The more your hands are dirty with theater dust, the better you’re going to be. It’s not an ivory tower profession. A poet, a novelist, an essayist—they can all live in their lily white pure kingdoms and only deal with one editor. A playwright deals with everyone that enters the room. If you don’t enjoy the real, practical rough and tumble of bouncing off your fellow human being, you’re not going to enjoy working in the theater.What’s your favorite line in The Visit? The Visit marks Terrence McNally’s 22nd Broadway production. He wrote the book for the Tony-nominated musical, which features a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. The writer, who is the recipient of the Dramatists Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, glides easily between working on original plays and writing the librettos for musicals. He has won four Tony Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class and Ragtime). Here, McNally invites us into his art-filled Greenwich Village apartment to talk about the joys of collaboration and why he never suffers from writer’s block.What are some essential items you like to have on hand when you write?A full glass of ice water. That’s about it. Just tap water all day, but it has to be iced. It’s from growing up in the South without air conditioning, I guess.What time of day do you get your best work done?No particular time. I just turn on the computer and do the work.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I don’t have any rituals. I just put my fingers on the keys. It’s like second nature. I don’t think about brushing my teeth or shaving—it’s just something I do. I don’t have a need for preparation. I don’t turn on the computer before I know what I’m going to write. I don’t believe in staring at a blank screen. Sometimes I jot things down, but I don’t keep a notebook. I tend to remember good ideas. Related Shows What advice do you wish your younger self had followed or been given?I got such good advice on my second play. I got it young. It was from Elaine May. She said, “I don’t care what your characters are saying. What are they doing?” At first I was very insulted by that. I mean that’s what a playwright does—he writes dialogue. The play was called Next. It was very successful. Jimmy Coco did it. I learned from Elaine that a playwright has to know what his characters are doing. If you know what they’re doing, then the dialogue follows as surely the day, the night as Polonius says. And that’s true. People don’t sit around and talk to one another in real life. They are doing something. That’s what the playwright’s job is and that’s where Chekhov is really important—the unconscious, the subtext of a scene.What play(s) changed your life? What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from working with Kander and Ebb?Choose your collaborators as carefully as you choose a life partner because you’re going to spend what will seem like a lifetime with them. You better enjoy each other’s company and enjoy each other’s work a lot.What should all aspiring writers should do?I think they should go to the theater as much as they can. I know for young writers, tickets can be expensive, but there are programs that get you in at less of a rate. I think you learn the most about theater by going to it and doing it. People say, “I need an agent.” No! You need to write a play. If you’re serious about playwriting, stay in New York City or maybe Chicago—that’s a theater town. Seattle’s a bit of a theater town. L.A. never feels like a theater town. I know there’s theater, but it seems to be what people do between getting booked in a movie or TV show. Hang out with other theater people. Surround yourself with people who are better and smarter than you. You don’t learn anything by always being the smartest guy in the room. The Visit Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

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Michelle Williams & Jeff Daniels Will Star in Blackbird on B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 Jeff Daniels Michelle Williams Related Shows Star Filescenter_img Blackbird View Comments Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams and Emmy winner Jeff Daniels will headline the Broadway premiere of Blackbird. The 2005 drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower will begin previews on February 5, 2016 at the Belasco Theatre and officially open on March 10. Directed by Joe Mantello, the limited engagement is scheduled to play through June 12.Since first winning over audiences as Jen Lindley on the hit TV show Dawson’s Creek, Williams has built an extensive film resume with roles in Brokeback Mountain (Oscar nomination), Synecdoche, New York, Blue Valentine (Oscar nomination), Shutter Island, I’m Not There., Take This Waltz, My Week with Marilyn (Oscar nomination), and Oz the Great and Powerful. On stage, Williams appeared off-Broadway in Smelling a Rat and Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe and in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard opposite Jessica Chastain at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Williams made her Broadway debut in the recent revival of Cabaret.Daniels received a Tony nod for God of Carnage. His other Broadway credits include Redwood Curtain, The Golden Age, Fifth of July and Gemini. Daniels’ film resume includes Dumb and Dumber, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Squid and the Whale, The Hours, Good Night and Good Luck and Terms of Endearment. He received an Emmy for his role of Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom.Blackbird explores the relationship between the middle-aged Ray and the now 27-year-old Una. The two last encountered each other 15 years earlier, when Ray was taken into custody following their illegal sexual affair. Despite Ray’s attempts to form a new identity, Una finds him and confronts him at his office.The drama premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 before transferring to the West End. After winning the 2007 Olivier Award, the play made its off-Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theater Club with The Newsroom co-stars Daniels and Alison Pill. A film adaptation starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn is in the early stages of development.Blackbird will feature sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Ann Roth and lighting by Brian MacDevitt.last_img read more

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