RE-POSTED: “They’re all replaceable” – so says film critic and broadcaster Barry Norman about the screen icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood.There’s no room for sentiment with the 78-year-old who tells it like it is – and was – as he prepares to take centrestage at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre on Sunday in his show: “Barry Norman’s Favourite Films”.Speaking about his time interviewing Hollywood screen legends, the respected film critic told donegaldaily.com: “They’re all replaceable, well, they are, there are also people who say the stars aren’t as great as they used to be, I don’t believe this is true, in fact, I think the best stars today are certainly as big.” He also didn’t hold back about the current state of the film industry saying that “at least seventy per cent of movies are just about tolerable down to dreadfully awful.”Norman hasn’t seen The Twilight movies, “made for 15-year-old girls” and describes Arnold Schwarzenegger as, “not an actor but a human special effect” and tells us that John Wayne had to be held back from thumping him.Anecdotes about Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman trip off Norman’s tongue matter-of-factly and whet the appetite for what promises to be a gem of a show for any film fan.Best remembered for his BBC ‘Film’ review programme which he hosted for almost thirty years, his current tour is an insight into four classic movies with a second half for Q&As. He says: “I talk about four classic movies and they are the kind of films that most people would have seen and would remember with affection, I hope.”The films are: The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Erroll Flynn), Dirty Harry, Casablanca and Gone With The Wind.Asked if people had moved on from these classics, he said: “Of course people have moved on from them. I’ve moved on from them but they are still terrific movies and if you are interested in good films you can’t just move on from a good film because another one that is slightly different has come along.“A good film is a good film is a good film.“Listen, I’m not one of those that say, ‘oh they don’t make them like that anymore’ because the best movies today are as good as any other made and technically better than many others made before. “What I’m uneasy about is the fact that movies nowadays are aimed at a core audience of 15 – 18 yr olds which is a bit terrifying really.“That mainly lies with the really big Hollywood studios which are now run, not by people who care about film, but by accountants and they just look at the balance sheets.”He has watched around 12,000 movies and might bristle politely at being asked what’s his favourite film or actor for the umpteenth time, and why not?Even the title of his show he says is a “total misnomer”. “I didn’t think of it. Clive Conway my agent did.”(Clive Conway Celebrity Productions and the website www.celebrityproductions.info)Straight-talking Barry Norman is at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkennythis Sunday April 1st at 8pm. Telephone Box Office 074 91 20777 fortickets.FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSICS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Grianan TheatreDONEGALDAILY INTERVIEW: FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSIC MOVIES AND SCREEN ICONSletterkenny
AARP today has unveiled bulletin.aarp.org, the online presence of AARP Bulletin, the association’s news publication.The new site—called AARP Bulletin Today—features daily news, multimedia applications, and original content including columns such as Scam Alert, Save a Buck and Outrage of the Week. The site also includes feeds for breaking news targeted to the association’s members, who are aged 50 and older.The creation of AARP Bulletin Today is part of a larger relaunch of AARP.org. In addition to a redesign, the site now includes content from AARP the Magazine and an online social network. With nearly 40 million members, AARP this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The association was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP the Magazine was launched in 2002.
It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service The company’s revamped TV app will be on Macs, iPads and, of course, iPhones. The app brings together various streaming services — except, notably, Netflix — in one place and serves up recommendations for what you should watch next. “Everything you saw is amazing on iPhone,” said Peter Stern, Apple vice president of services. The TV app even will come to smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio and streaming video boxes from Roku and Amazon. “Now that you’ve seen the new Apple TV app, you’re going to want it on all of your screens,” Stern added.Apple didn’t specify where its biggest news of the day, its TV Plus streaming video service, will be available when it goes live, but it’s likely to be found in the same places as the TV app, a feature of iOS, MacOS and smart TVs. Even Oprah made an appearance to promote why she’s working with Apple on Apple TV Plus. Hint: It has a lot to do with the iPhone. “A billion devices, y’all!” Oprah told the crowd. Apple remains the iPhone company. Colin Gillis, analyst, Chatham Road Partners CNET editors break down Apple’s TV Plus event For now, though, those people are out of luck. On Monday, Apple didn’t say a word about any of its services coming to Android or Windows devices. It didn’t even say if its TV content could be accessed through a desktop web browser. And an Apple spokesperson said the company didn’t have more information to share beyond what it said on stage Monday.”People are used to watching content on any device they have at the time, and it’s not always on Apple devices,” Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell said. “Apple can’t make services truly successful if it’s only on its own devices.”Tiptoeing outside the walled gardenThere are signs Apple may not be a completely walled garden for long. The company has long created a version of its iTunes service that works on Windows computers. That proved to be a smart move from the start, with downloads jumping when iTunes became available on Windows PCs in late 2003, about six months after the service launched on Macs.Since then, however, Apple’s services have primarily stayed inside the Apple ecosystem, aside from Apple Music. There’s an Apple Music app for Android, which Apple first offered as a beta before rolling it out broadly. And in December, the company rolled out Apple Music for Amazon Echo speakers, allowing users to ask the Alexa voice assistant to play tracks from Apple’s streaming service.But Apple’s Android app doesn’t work as flawlessly as the iOS version, and new features often appear months or even years after they hit the iOS app. In January at CES, Apple made yet another step into putting its services on rival devices by partnering with major TV makers. Samsung’s smart TVs will offer support for iTunes movies and TV shows beginning this spring. Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and other content directly to their TV from an Apple device.While Samsung is the only TV maker to offer iTunes TV and videos on its sets, other companies — LG, Vizio and Sony — will let users stream content from their iPhones, iPads and Macs to their televisions. Phones Tablets Computers Digital Media TV and Movies Overall, Monday’s event was big on hype and short on details. Aside from Apple News Plus, nothing announced could be accessed right away. Apple touted partner after partner for its gaming and TV services, but it didn’t give many details about pricing or when we can subscribe to them. One thing, however, was supremely clear: Despite Apple’s declarations that it wants to become a services powerhouse, at heart it’s still “the iPhone company.”About two-thirds of the company’s revenue comes from its smartphone, an influx of money that helped it become the first trillion-dollar US company. That reliance has become a problem because people have upgraded their devices less often. Apple’s no longer valued at over a trillion dollars, and earlier this year, it reported a rare miss in quarterly sales because of weaker iPhone demand. Apple has an opportunity with its new services to woo people who just like to watch TV, read the news or play games on their mobile devices. People who own iPhones, iPads and Macs already buy into Apple’s message. It’s everyone else, those Android and Windows device owners, who Apple could target as an opportunity for real expansion. • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors At its event Monday, Apple went even further. Its redesigned TV app will land on Samsung smart TVs this spring, then move to LG, Sony and Vizio TVs. Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming-video devices also will be supported.But that’s where its openness ends. At least in the beginning, none of the services appear to work with Android or Windows.Closing itself off from Android and Windows devices shuts Apple off from a significant percentage of the phone, tablet and PC markets. About 85 percent of all smartphones run Android, according to IDC, and that’s not changing for the foreseeable future. More than half of the world’s tablets also use Android, according to Net Applications, and over 85 percent of all desktop and laptop computers in the world run Windows, the researcher said.Apple likely will eventually make its services run on rival devices. If it’s serious about becoming more than an iPhone maker, it has to.But no matter how much it does in services, Apple’s reliance on the iPhone isn’t ending anytime soon.”Video streaming is not going to save shares of [Apple] if the iPhone market declines,” Chatham Road Partners analyst Colin Gillis noted. “Apple remains the iPhone company.”The story originally ran at 5 a.m. PT. Tags 97 Photos 10 Apple is expanding the services it offers, but most of its sales still come from the iPhone. Screenshot by CNET Apple just can’t shake that iPhone addiction.At a flashy event on Monday, the company time and time again stressed how great its services will work on its mobile devices. For its premium Apple News Plus subscription package, magazines have been designed to take advantage of the iPhone or iPad, adding animated covers and automatically downloading content for convenience. “I can read full magazine issues no matter where or when, right from my phone,” said Wyatt Mitchell, Apple’s director of design for applications, during Monday’s event.The Apple Arcade game subscription service will give Apple device users unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games. “You won’t find these games on any other mobile platform or any other subscription service,” said Ann Thai, a senior product manager for the App Store.And Apple’s new no-fee credit card, Apple Card, requires an iPhone to work. “It can do all sorts of things no other credit card can do,” said Jennifer Bailey, head of Apple Pay. “For starters, you don’t have to wait days to get your card. Just sign up on your iPhone.” Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple See also reading • Apple Card, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade: It’s just another way to say iPhone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:58 Now playing: Watch this: See All Apple TV Plus is the ultimate test of Apple’s brand magic Apple event 2019: Apple Card, TV Plus, News Plus, Arcade and everything just announced Apple TV app coming to Macs, Roku, smart TVs in 2019 Share your voice iOS 12 Android 10 (Android Q) Amazon Google LG Microsoft Roku Samsung Sony Vizio Apple Windows 10
There is little doubt that the Indian team will miss the services of their opener Shikhar Dhawan in the upcoming matches. What this also means is that the top order which consists of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli will have to step up and take up the mantle, and this extra responsibility might just spur the skipper to peel off a century against Afghanistan.Also, Kohli has an incentive or two when he steps out to bat against the Afghans. The Indian captain is 104 runs away from reaching 20,000 international runs. If he breaches the mark against Afghanistan, he will be the 12th batsman to this landmark and the 3rd Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs) and Rahul Dravid (24,208 runs) to do so.Currently, he sits on 11,020 runs in ODIs, 6,613 in Tests and 2,263 runs in T20Is, and will be the fastest batsmen to reach 20,000 international runs in the world. Sachin shares record with Brian Lara Virat KohliGetty imagesSachin Tendulkar shares this record with West Indies batting legend Brian Lara. Both Sachin and Lara had taken 453 innings to complete 20,000 international runs. The Indian skipper, on the other hand, has played only 415 innings so far – 131 in Tests, 222 in ODIs and 62 in T20Is. If he does get to this landmark, he will breeze past Tendulkar and Lara by a comprehensive margin.The third on the list is former Australia World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting, who had taken 468 innings to get to the feat. It has to be said here that the Indian captain has not been at his best at the World Cup, but despite this has scores of Australia (82) and Pakistan (77) and now with the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, he could well get to the elusive triple digit mark against Afghanistan on Sunday. In the match against Afghanistan, Australian opener David Warner slammed his 16th ODI hundred as he became only the second batsman to complete 16 ODI tons in 110 innings. Hashim Amla, who scored his 16th ODI century in 94 innings, holds the record for fewest innings to this feat. File photo: David WarnerDaniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesKohli has been winning hearts with his remarkable sportsman gesture. In the match against Australia, he prevented the Indian crowd from booing Steve Smith and instead, asked them to applaud the former Australian captain.”It was a lovely gesture by Virat. It doesn’t really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest. I am just blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from him” Smith told reporters after Australia’s victory against Sri Lanka.
Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Daganbhuiya of Feni early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased were Mohammad Asad, 42, son of Toru and Emamul Akond 24, son of Manik Akond of Rajoir upazila in Madaripur district.A team of RAB-7 gave signal to a covered van to stop around 2:30am, said squadron leader Shafayet Jamil Fahim of RAB-7 Feni camp.Defying the directive, the criminals then opened fire on the elite force members, forcing them to fire back in self-defence.At one stage, Asad and Emamul caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.The RAB team also recovered a one shutter gun, 13 bullets and 250 kgs of hemp from the spot. The team also seized the covered van.The law enforcement’s version of the incident, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incident were available immediately either from any witness or from the victim’s family.
February 16, 2012 Brought to you by Business on Main Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. As a small-business owner or manager, it’s not easy keeping up with technology — particularly if your business isn’t data- or technology-driven. In our second installation in this series, we look at a few more buzzwords — and why you should care about them.Consumer ITIt wasn’t long ago when most of the products that you bought or craved at Best Buy weren’t allowed at the office. You were issued a standard, sluggish PC, installed with pre-approved, cumbersome applications. Wireless networks inside the building? Forget about it. Well, that’s all changed, and now people bring their latest hot-off-the-shelf tools to work.”Consumer IT” refers to how companies are adopting technology based on what employees want, instead of forcing tools on them. This CIO article explains why employees won’t use “clunky enterprise software” anymore, demonstrating how the tide has changed in favor of workers.For a small business, this is fantastic news. You no longer have the pressure to invest in and support costly customer-relationship-management or collaboration applications. Instead, for a much smaller chunk of change, you can subscribe on the Web to get all the tools you need to run your business. You may not even need to buy PCs or phones for your employees — they’d probably rather bring their own. The BYOD (bring your own device) culture is here to stay, so go with it! Big dataJust as happened with “the cloud,” it seems as if every major tech vendor has a “big data” strategy and product. The philosophy behind big data is that companies and organizations have been steadily acquiring mountains of data, and they want to make some use of it.Usually, the existing infrastructure of even a large company may not be able to handle crunching large data sets to provide quick and useful analysis that could save money or direct a new product strategy. So, application developers are using a free open-source platform called Hadoop (from Apache) to help companies more cheaply do the job using parallel processing and cluster computing.That may sound like a project more suited for Bank of America or NASA rather than your small business, but someday, small companies will be able to take advantage of this supercharged form of business analytics. This recent Business on Main article discusses how big data could spark new innovations and startups. Malware/spyware/virusYou’ve seen the above security terms before — in fact, they’ve been around for quite some time. But is there any real need for so many terms to describe what’s essentially a piece of malicious code that attacks your computer and sometimes spreads to other computers, disabling your network and even taking down your entire business?SearchSecurity defines a virus as “code that replicates by being copied or initiating its copying to another program, computer boot sector or document.” Cisco classifies viruses (along with worms, Trojans and bots) as “malware,” which the company defines as code or software that is designed “to damage, disrupt, steal or in general inflict some other bad or illegitimate action on data, hosts or networks.” Cisco notes that most malware is triggered by users downloading files or forwarding e-mails. That’s right — it’s all your fault!Then there’s spyware, which downloads to your PC to collect information about you and your online behavior so marketers can target you. Spyware can also do a bunch of other weird things while you’re surfing, just to get you to buy something you probably don’t want. Shame on you for surfing the Web!All you really need to know is that there are easy, cheap ways to prevent these nasty programs from infecting your PC, through regular cleansing sweeps using antivirus and anti-spyware software. Most tools are free and can run in the background on your PC.4GThe wireless industry is notorious for creating highly technical terminology to describe its products and specifications. There’s probably a conspiracy here — is there something these big companies don’t want us to know?The fourth generation of cellular communications technology, 4G, is one example. “I understand how fast Gigabit Ethernet can transfer data,” remarks Lee Schlesinger, an application specialist with the New York Botanical Garden. “How fast is 4G? I know the answer, but the label doesn’t say it.” This reporter from Mashable sums it up well: “4G promises faster speed and better coverage. But it also represents a confusing mish-mash of competing standards and marketing speak — there’s no single 4G technology.”Whether it’s worth upgrading to 4G depends on how frustrated you are with your 3G phone. It’s probably wise to thoroughly research the model of phone you want since real speed will depend on the hardware, plus other factors, such as network congestion in your area. Here’s just one of many demos of 4G speeds.GamificationWhat do games have to do with work, unless you’re a gaming company? Companies are increasingly integrating gaming concepts into their websites to add some fun to their marketing, offering visitors status and rewards for playing games.It’s the kind of supercharged loyalty program that typically only large companies can afford, says Gabe Zichermann, an author of gamification books and chair of the annual Gamification Summit. In his blog, Zichermann describes this emerging area as “the use of game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems.”Can you afford it? There are a slew of gamification companies that offer free or low-cost gaming tools you can integrate into your online marketing or employee motivation programs. If you think you have a playful, digitally motivated audience, gamification could help you grow your business.In case you missed the first article in this series, check out how we define cloud, crowdsourcing and other confusing buzzwords. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »