Odds & Ends: Mark Rylance is Spielberg’s BFG & More

first_img View Comments Mark Rylance is Spielberg’s BFG Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance has been tapped by Steven Spielberg to lead his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel The BFG. “As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” said the legendary director in a statement. While we wait for a first look at Rylance’s Big Friendly Giant, we’ve got his upcoming star turn in Wolf Hall on the small screen to look forward to. Emma Stone’s Bedroom Practice Emma Stone has been opening up about stepping into the iconic role of Sally Bowles—and turns out she’s been practicing Cabaret’s title song for some time. “I’ve been singing it in my bedroom or in my head for 16 years,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I don’t really know yet where it will land or how it will all end up, but it’s just the coolest, coolest thing, and I’m really happy and excited.” We’re happy to see you on Broadway, too, Ms. Stone! The star begins performances at the Kit Kat Klub on November 11. Related Shows Is Clinton, The Musical, Eyeing 2016 Run? Since a certain former Secretary of State seems to be eyeing a 2016 run, it makes perfect sense for this show to as well! Tony Nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu) will play Hillary Rodham Clinton opposite Tony Nominee Alan Campbell (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard) as WJ Clinton in a workshop of NYMT hit Clinton, The Musical. The industry-only presentation will take place on November 6 and 7 and also feature Duke LaFoon, two-time Emmy Winner Judy Gold, Kevin Zaks, Veronica Kuehn, Darren Bluestone, Josh Lamon and Kara Guy. Cabaret Watch Pan Tease Us Some More Good News! The trailers for Peter Pan Live! are getting slightly longer. We now have a 30 second teaser for the telecast, which involves glimpses of Allison Williams and Christopher Walken in costume while dramatic music plays in the background. Hopefully we’ll get a sneak peek of what Broadway faves Christian Borle, Kelli O’Hara and all those Newsies will be getting up to on December 4 soon! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more


Ings ‘not looking to leave Burnley’

first_img The 21-year-old netted 26 goals last season to help the Clarets to an unexpected promotion and was voted Championship Player of the Year. Ings also won his first caps for England Under-21s and has been consistently linked with a move away from Burnley this summer. Press Association Other Premier League clubs and teams in Europe have been rumoured destinations, but Ings told Clarets Player: “I don’t understand why it has gone crazy on social media and the like. “I signed a four-year contract when I came here and obviously I still have a year left. I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football and going into my last year of my contract. “As far as I am concerned, Burnley Football Club and the Premier League is where I am, 100 per cent. Everybody knows I enjoy playing for Burnley Football Club. It’s a fantastic family club and I am not looking to leave.” Ings is currently with his team-mates at a pre-season training camp in Austria, and he believes Sean Dyche’s side can hold their own in the top flight. He said: “We were such a fit squad anyway but to come back this year as we have shows that the lads really want to have a right go and mix it with the best players in the world. “One thing I know is we will work as hard as we can from start to finish and just try our best against the top teams, and hopefully we can surprise a few people. “And the way the lads look, and how hungry they look, I think we will do that.” center_img Burnley striker Danny Ings insists he is committed to the club despite only having a year left on his contract.last_img read more


Cohen: In return to field, Sales proves he can be counted on to be consistent weapon for 2012 season

first_img Related Stories ONE TOO MANY: Costly mistakes by Syracuse waste comeback bid in 42-41 lossDominant performance by Nassib still not enough for Syracuse to pull out victoryNorthwestern running back Mark powers rushing attack; Smith, Gulley give Syracuse strong performances out of backfieldCohen: In return to field, Sales proves he can be counted on to be consistent weapon for 2012 seasonSyracuse loses to Northwestern 42-41 There was a sort of mysticism swirling around Marcus Sales, the player whose football career seemed more mythical than anything else.He was the local boy, the former high school All-American and four-star recruit who stayed at home to play for Syracuse, and whose commitment was the crowning jewel for a struggling program.It meant his story was written early, his tale of triumph penned before the ink used to sign his scholarship even dried.But no one foresees the bumps in the road that cause the fairytale to veer off into uncertainty, disaster even. In Sales’ case, those bumps were work ethic problems, poor on-field performances, and an arrest and subsequent suspension that took away his 2011 season.Saturday against Northwestern was Sales’ shot at redemption, and he seized it. The storm was weathered, the suspension served and Sales turned in an outstanding 11-catch, 117-yard, one-touchdown performance in his first football game in more than a year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe cast aside doubts on whether his legendary Pinstripe Bowl performance was a fluke and firmly cemented himself as one of Syracuse’s most dangerous weapons for the 2012 season, even though the Orange eventually fell to the Wildcats 42-41.“I have trusted Marcus since we came here together,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “He made my job a lot easier. … I was really happy with how we connected today.”On what was a record-setting day for Nassib, who threw for 470 yards and four touchdowns, Sales was undoubtedly his favorite target. Twenty-five percent of his completions were hauled in by Sales, including the seven-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that ignited the Syracuse comeback.Most impressive, though, was how sharp Sales looked in other aspects of the game beyond simply catching the football, in which his natural abilities could often overshadow rust following his year off.His beautiful block on Northwestern cornerback Nick VanHoose in the second quarter sealed the edge for Jerome Smith on a toss play to the outside that gained six yards. Then, on the very next snap, he caught a play-action pass from Nassib and cut to the outside with a move that caused linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo’s knee to buckle, forcing him to walk gingerly off the field.“Marcus looked like he had been here before, he wasn’t nervous,” Syracuse defensive end Brandon Sharpe said. “He was ready for the game and came out fired up.”It took until his junior year for Sales to truly burst onto the scene the way SU fans and coaches expected he would after a standout career at Christian Brothers Academy. And, even then, it was only in the final game of the season in which Sales 2.0 was born.Running back Delone Carter took home Pinstripe Bowl Most Valuable Player honors, but it could certainly be argued that Sales stole the show. He caught five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns in Syracuse’s 36-34 win over Kansas State after hauling in only four touchdowns in the previous two years combined.Nathaniel Hackett, who was the quarterbacks coach at the time and is currently SU’s offensive coordinator, said Sales had finally bought into the system in the month leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl. His practice habits improved, he was putting in the effort and everyone saw the results.So when Sales posted another impressive performance on Saturday — he’s caught 16 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns over his last two games — it confirmed his new identity and erased the memories of the player whose first catch of the 2010 season didn’t come until week five.Shockingly, both Hackett and Marrone said their budding star is capable of even more production.“I think that Marcus can do a better job. I really do,” Marrone said. “He’s come back; I think he got himself off to a good start. But, each week, we have to get better each day and raise our level.”It’s a fantastic sign considering Syracuse played on Saturday without its most consistent wide receiver in senior Alec Lemon. That means Sales was still able to haul in 10-plus passes, despite the fact that he was the focal point of the Northwestern secondary.Sales said himself that he can’t be satisfied with 11 catches — four more than his previous career high — since Syracuse still wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.“Maybe I need to get 13 next time to get the victory,” he quipped.And it certainly seems possible with his recommitment to the game and the suddenly pass-happy SU offense.That he could miss a year but not miss a beat is a testament to his talent, a reflection of the above-average work ethic that once eluded him.It only took one game to show that Sales 2.0 is here to stay, and Syracuse is much better off for it.Myth debunked.Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Comments Published on September 2, 2012 at 4:28 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more