Scott Ellis Set to Direct NBC’s Live A Few Good Men

first_img Scott Ellis, who received a Tony nomination this year for directing the revival of She Loves Me, will helm NBC’s live broadcast of A Few Good Men. The announcement was made at Variety’s annual TV Summit in Los Angeles.As previously reported, the telecast is set to air on NBC in early 2017. When asked about the choice, according to Variety, playwright and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin said, “I couldn’t be more excited.”Ellis, who serves as Roundabout Theatre Company’s associate artistic director, has helmed the recent revivals of On the Twentieth Century, The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Harvey. He has also directed for the small screen on several occasions and received an Emmy nomination for his work on a season one episode of 30 Rock.The courtroom drama is one of two live theatrical broadcasts the Peacock network has lined up: Hairspray Live!, starring newcomer Maddie Baillio and Harvey Fierstein, will air on December 7. Scott Ellis(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View Commentslast_img read more

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Hughes unhappy with referee Foy

first_img “Thankfully Diouf jumped out of the way, but the referee should have stopped the game there and then. It was a dangerous challenge. “He might argue he tried to play advantage – well, we didn’t gain one. We were at a disadvantage because they go up the other end and score their opening goal. “It is a poor decision from the referee and he needs to do better than that.” Asked whether he thought play would have been stopped if it had been a Stoke player making the challenge, Hughes said: “I can’t say that. But I can think it, maybe.” And then asked if he felt Song should have been red carded, Hughes added: “He didn’t catch him, but there was the potential because he was out of control. “Referees are told – for want of a better phrase – to stamp out those challenges, but he didn’t do anything about it. I don’t think he even talked to him after. “He is one of senior referees and he has to better than that.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce stressed Song’s tackle had happened some way back from where the goal was scored. Stoke boss Mark Hughes was critical of referee Chris Foy after the official did not punish a challenge from Alex Song in the build-up to West Ham’s first goal in their 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Play was allowed to continue in the 60th minute following Song’s rash-looking tackle on Mame Biram Diouf, and the Hammers were able to move the ball upfield with Stewart Downing, from whose cross Enner Valencia headed in to make it 2-1. Hughes said after the Barclays Premier League contest: “It was a poor challenge by Song – he dived in two-footed, with both feet off the ground. Press Association “I could see a lot of challenges that should have gone our way that went theirs, and vice-versa,” Allardyce said. “We had an awful long way to go to score, because that challenge, if I remember correctly, was only about 10 yards outside our box. It wasn’t as if it happened on the edge of theirs and we took it and shot into the net. “We played brilliantly from that ball retention, down the right hand side with a brilliant cross from Stewart Downing and a fantastic header from Enner Valencia.” West Ham subsequently equalised in the 73rd minute through the same combination, Valencia crossing and Downing firing in. Allardyce, whose side had won four of their previous five games and are fifth in the table, felt the Hammers showed great character to salvage a point, and had particular praise for Downing. “It was a point that was well-earned and maybe not deserved, but that’s the way the Premier League is,” Allardyce said. “We haven’t played as well as we want to, but we have got something out of the game, which speaks major volumes for the character of this team. “Downing was outstanding. He has flourished in the hole again. “We started with him out wide, but once we brought him back into the middle again he started getting into the areas much better and was much more dangerous.” Stoke had deservedly led 2-0 thanks to goals from Victor Moses – his first for the club – in the 33rd minute and Diouf in the 56th. Hughes was pleased with the performance in many ways, but ultimately rued his side’s missed chances as he was denied the perfect 51st birthday present. Asked if it counted as happy birthday, Hughes said: “Not particularly. I’m getting old and we didn’t win, so it’s not a good combination. “I thought we were excellent – it was arguably one of our most creative and dynamic performances this season. “But we need to convert more chances than we did, because we were by far the superior team.” Regarding Moses – recently at the centre of controversy when he was branded a diving ”cheat” by Swansea boss Garry Monk – Hughes said: “Victor has done really well ever since he came to the club (on loan for the season from Chelsea over the summer) and it is good for him to get his first goal for us.” Hughes was also happy with the contribution of Bojan Krkic, who was making his first Premier League start since September. “I think he benefitted from the game he had on Wednesday (a start in the Capital One Cup against Southampton),” said Hughes, whose team are 12th in the table. “I thought it was important I gave him confidence and trust today. “You could see the difference in his play from when he started the initial couple of games at the beginning of the season. “The more games he plays, the better he will be. He will be a success here.” last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports April 11, 2020 — The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his fight since 2015 against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him. Associated Press The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005.The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling, while the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery.The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years. He is serving a six-year FIFA ban from soccer.The Swiss prosecution office says a second criminal proceeding against Blatter — for a $2 million payment he authorized to FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011 for uncontracted salary — remains open.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”last_img read more

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MBB : Surprise teams, powerhouse programs fill rest of Sweet 16 outside East Region

first_img Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img A look at the teams remaining in the other regions in the Sweet 16.West Region – PhoenixNo. 1 Michigan State (29-7) vs. No. 4 Louisville (28-9)Thursday, 7:47 p.m., TBSMichigan State has been to the Final Four six times in the last 13 years, and Tom Izzo’s Spartans are still the favorite to do it again out of the West Region. Not many teams can stop Draymond Green. The Spartans senior forward posted a triple-double in the second round against Long Island-Brooklyn and is averaging 20 points, 12.5 rebounds and eight assists for the tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeanwhile, after losing two in a row to finish the regular season, Louisville has now won six straight. The Cardinals are trying to do what Connecticut did a season ago: go on an extended winning streak to win a national championship a few weeks after winning the Big East tournament.No. 3 Marquette (27-7) vs. No. 7 Florida (25-10)Thursday, 10:17 p.m., TBSJust like Draymond Green for Michigan State, Marquette’s Jae Crowder has been a double-double machine down the stretch. He followed up a mammoth 25-point, 16-rebound effort against Brigham Young on Thursday by putting up 17 points and 13 rebounds against Murray State on Saturday.This is Florida’s first tournament game against a single-digit seed, after blowing out No. 10 Virginia and No. 15 Norfolk State. The Gators found their 3-point shooting stroke against Norfolk State, burying 10-of-28 3s after a 4-of-23 performance from long range against Virginia.South Region – AtlantaNo. 3 Baylor (29-7) vs. No. 10 Xavier (23-12)Friday, 7:15 p.m., CBSOn an athletic Baylor squad, sharpshooter Brady Heslip stole the show in the team’s third-round win against Colorado. The sophomore hit 9-of-12 3-pointers, accounting for all 27 of his points. Thus, BU has advanced despite getting nine points total in two games from Perry Jones III.Xavier edged out Notre Dame in the Musketeers’ second-round game and came back from a double-digit, first-half deficit to defeat No. 15 Lehigh on Sunday. Xavier center Kenny Frease scored 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting against the Mountain Hawks.No. 1 Kentucky (34-2) vs. No. 4 Indiana (27-8)Friday, 9:45 p.m., CBSKentucky and Indiana meet in a rematch of one of the most memorable games of the regular season. IU forward Christian Watford’s buzzer-beater 3 on Dec. 10 handed UK the first of its two losses and showed that the Hoosiers were for real this season.So far in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky’s offense has been on point. The Wildcats are averaging 84 points per game in the tourney, shooting 55.5 percent from the field.Midwest Region – St. LouisNo. 1 North Carolina (31-5) vs. No. 13 Ohio (29-7)Friday, 7:47 p.m., TBSNorth Carolina was cruising through the first weekend until Kendall Marshall got hurt. The sophomore point guard, who had 21 assists in UNC’s two NCAA Tournament games, fractured his right wrist against Creighton and had a screw inserted in it Monday, but his status for Friday is up in the air.Ohio is the highest-seeded team left in the tournament. The Bobcats, who defeated Georgetown in the tourney two years ago, upset Michigan and then defeated South Florida to reach the Sweet 16. Guard D.J. Cooper, who has 20 points and six assists per game in the tournament, is Ohio’s leader.No. 2 Kansas (29-6) vs. No. 11 North Carolina State (24-12)Friday, 10:17 p.m., TBSKansas barely avoided being the third No. 2 seed to lose in the first weekend, squeaking past No. 10 Purdue in a three-point victory. The Jayhawks haven’t gotten their offense going yet in the tourney, scoring 65 and 63 points in the two rounds, respectively.North Carolina State entered the NCAA Tournament having won four of five and beat No. 6 San Diego State by 14 in the second round. The Wolfpack then upset No. 3 Georgetown, 66-63. An NC State-UNC Elite Eight matchup would be the fourth meeting between the two teams this year, and the Tar Heels have won the first three.-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, [email protected]last_img read more

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