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The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

 

 
The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

by Amy Lignor

 

Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you make the memories that last when it comes to ushering in what may just be the best year seen in a long, long time? Well…here are some fantastic locales to pick from which, over time, have shown they are unbeatable when it comes to you and your family having a whole lot of fun!

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Sydney Habour Bridge & Opera House Fireworks New Year Eve 2008 Photo by Hai Linh Truong

 

Valparaíso, Chile offers the largest, most ornate New Year’s Eve show Latin America provides. From a fireworks show that’s launched from 17 different areas along the coast to a party that lasts until the sun rises on that first day of 2017. More than a million travelers make their way to these shores for a beach party that literally has no match.

 

For those who like skiing or the beauty of the white snow to be their background for New Year’s Eve, Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, throws a citywide celebration. The party is more than memorable, with community bonfires set in order to symbolize the destruction of the troubles that the previous year brought along, while a myriad of fireworks light up the sky. Hotels and restaurants offer a fantastic view of the city; there you can spend a New Year’s Eve party with a huge celebratory crowd before perhaps heading to the hot springs for a warm and welcoming bath.

 

If you are into the lush beauty of the California wine country, both Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the locations to travel to if you are interested in a quieter, more romantic New Year’s Eve. Many of the large hotels and wineries put on their unique wine-fueled parties in cellars and wine caves. And from candlelit dinners to masquerade balls, the Valleys host them all.

 

One of the most special and enthusiastic places to spend New Year’s is in Edinburgh. The Scottish put on their Hogmanay celebration lasting four days. Concerts, a huge street party, and a torchlight parade is available to one and all visitors. You will also learn the Scottish way of “first-footing,” where the first guest brings gifts for the rest to celebrate the New Year.

 

To be the very first to ring in 2017, head to Sydney, Australia. Hosting one of the most humongous parties every year, Sydney puts on a Technicolor waterfront show and televises it to billions around the globe. Lasting all day and all night, families also can enjoy air and water shows as well as the Harbour of Light Parade, which is a real stunner with more than 50 illuminated boats and other vessels to be thrilled by.

 

Closer to home, the City of Lights, the City that Never Sleeps, Sin City, whatever you choose to call it, is a place not to be missed. What happens there (on New Year’s Eve, anyway), does not stay there. Las Vegas puts on the ultimate party with so many shows, events, concerts, and casino bashes that it would be impossible to take them all in. The unique “Downtown Countdown” is also held at the Fremont Street Experience, and from atop some of the most famous bars/hotels in the world, you can see fireworks shot off up and down the Strip.

 

You have London, Cape Town, Canada…there are cities out there that put on some of the most amazing and memorable New Year’s Eve events that you can possibly think of. So what is the best one? No matter what list you read or who you talk to, The Big Apple still reigns as being the one that everyone tunes into just in case they can’t be there live and in person. But if you have a choice and can ring in 2017 outside the home, New York City and that famous “ball drop” is truly at the heart of all Americans.

 

But no matter how you and your family choose to celebrate, just remember to have a happy, safe, healthy New Year, and look forward to 2017!

Source:  Baret News

 

Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Settle with NY

 

Daily Fantasy Sports Companies Settle with NY

By Burt Carey

Daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel have discontinued paid contests in New York in settlement struck with New York’s attorney general.
daily fantasy sports, DraftKings, FanDuel, Bonacic’s legislation, New York, gaming“As I’ve said from the start, my job is to enforce the law, and starting today, DraftKings and FanDuel will abide by it,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a prepared statement. “Today’s agreement also creates an expedited path to resolve this litigation should that law change or upon a decision by the appellate division.”

In November Schneiderman issued cease and desist letters to both companies, having defined the fantasy sports operations as “totally unregulated gambling venues,” according to New York state law. The case has been in litigation since then, and the New York Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 25.

 

Under the settlement, both FanDuel and DraftKings have agreed to stop operating paid contests to New York residents with IP addresses originating in the state. The companies also agreed to delay a legal appeal until September, pending legislative action that would allow paid daily fantasy sports. Schneiderman also filed a false advertising suit against both companies. That lawsuit is not affected by the settlement reach Monday.

“We believe this is in the best interest of our company, the fantasy industry and our players while we continue to pursue legal clarity in New York,” said a spokesperson for FanDuel.

A DraftKings corporate statement said the company would continue to work with state lawmakers to enact fantasy sports legislation.

Online users of daily fantasy sports leagues pay an entry fee to select real professional sports athletes. Fantasy players then have a chance to win money based on the performance of those athletes.

Daily fantasy sports operators are facing legal challenges in a number of states, including Nevada and Texas. Both DraftKings and FanDuel have characterized their operations as games of skill. Schneiderman and other attorneys general disagree, saying daily fantasy sports schemes are games of chance.

The games are popular throughout the country and across the globe. Both DraftKings and FanDuel are multi-billion corporations.

Several New York lawmakers have filed legislation to accommodate daily fantasy sports. Among them, Senate Bill 6793, sponsored by Sen. John Bonacic, appears to be the most likely to move forward. Bonacic chairs the Senate Racing and Gaming Committee.

“Previously, I stated that regulation of interactive fantasy sports was one of my budget priorities,” Bonacic said this week. “The announcement of the settlement today between the attorney general and two of the largest fantasy sports operators brings this issue to the forefront and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor, to see it addressed during the budget process.”

Bonacic’s legislation would create a Fantasy Sports Contest Division within New York’s Financial Frauds and Consumer Protection Unit, which would be charged with regulating and licensing, and daily fantasy sports companies that were operating in the state prior to Nov. 10 would be allowed to continue operations while their application is under consideration. New York would charge a one-time fee of $500,000 to any daily fantasy sports company applying for a license, and 15 percent of gross revenue generated by New York players would be assessed. Players would have to be a minimum of 18 years old.

 

 

New York Film Critic Annual Film Awards Voting Results

 

New York Film Critic Annual Film Awards Voting Results
 New York, Film Critics, 2015, Top Ten Pictures, Documentary, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography


New York Film Critics Online members held their annual awards meeting on

December 6, 2015, at the Furman Gallery inside Lincoln Center.

 

The following awards for films that opened in 2015 were voted:

PICTURE: Spotlight (Open Road)

DIRECTOR: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (Open Road)

SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight (Open Road)

ACTRESS: Brie Larson, Room (A24)

ACTOR: Paul Dano, Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rooney Mara, Carol (The Weinstein Company)

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE: Son of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY: Amy (A24)

ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out (Disney/Pixar)

ENSEMBLE CAST: Spotlight (Open Road)

DEBUT AS DIRECTOR: Alex Garland, Ex Machina (A24)

USE OF MUSIC: Love & Mercy (Roadside Attractions); Atticus Ross, Composer; Featuring the Music of Brian Wilson

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina (A24), The Danish Girl (Focus Features)

TOP TEN PICTURES OF 2015 (Alphabetical)
45 Years (IFC Films)

The Big Short (Paramount)

Bridge of Spies (DreamWorks)

Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight)

Carol (The Weinstein Company)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

Sicario (Lionsgate)

Spotlight (Open Road)

Steve Jobs (Universal)

Trumbo (Bleecker Street)

 

Source:  Baret News

Cubs V. Mets: Youth, Predictions & A Whole Lot of Fun

 

Cubs V. Mets: Youth, Predictions & A Whole Lot of Fun

By Amy Lignor

 

Yes, the Mets lead. Game 1 is in their win column, but if they think those Cubs are going down easily, they should think again.

 

Cubs vs MetsThis is one of the very first times in the sports nation where baseball may just be garnering as many headlines as football (the real American pastime), which is almost never seen. Not to bash baseball, of course, but the football hype, rivalries, and teams yapping at each other all the time leave sports reporters with no space left to place an article about baseball. But the Cubs v. Mets have changed all that. No surprise, this is one rivalry that will always be one of the best stories ever written.

 

The Cubs are in the most amazing drought of all time. This, we know. They are still surrounded by jinxes and hexes, etc. This, too, we know. But now they are surrounded by odd predictions coming from the strangest of places; predictions that happen to be on their side. Not experts in sports, mind you, but a writer in Hollywood who actually made a “joke” way back when on the big screen in one of the best franchise series ever made, Back to the Future. In the sequel to this high-grossing movie, there was a moment in the future (AKA: 2015) that said the Cubs did win it all. Could a Hollywood writer have been psychic?

 

Actually…no. It was in 1989 that he stated in “Back to the Future, II” that the Cubs would win the 2015 World Series, but the man was making a huge joke. He is actually a major St. Louis Cardinals fan. But wouldn’t it be funny…or perhaps fate, itself, to have this one prediction come true?

This has created such a vibe for Cubs fans that many will most likely run out to a special showing on Wednesday of this week when “Part II” returns to theaters. It is just for this one day – the exact same day of the NL Championship Game 4 with the Cubs hosting the Mets.

It’s important to remember, however, that in reality the Cubs did have a 7-0 record against the Mets this year heading into this rivalry of all rivalries. The Mets were swept by the Cubs, and on July 2nd of this year they managed only one run against the Cubs in the three-game series that was played.

 

But…is it that easy when it comes to the Championship Series? The Mets have already racked up that first one, and chances are they are not about to believe some Hollywood prediction made decades ago. In fact, they will stick to the jinxes and the hexes when it comes to their rivals, and keep moving forward as fast as possible.

 

The biggest story about this matchup should be when it comes to age. These are young, vibrant players facing off. There are no “old fogies” getting ready for the Hall of Fame out there. The Mets have the young pitchers with arms that send the ball out like a rocket shooting through the sky. They have made headlines all their own. What they are faced with is the Cubs who have the best young hitters in the business.

 

Breakdown for the Mets, is Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. These pitchers are all under the age of twenty-eight, with two making their MLB debuts this season. Heck, they’re barely out of high school when you think about it. They went from Little League to the Big League as if it was only yesterday. Combined, they have struck out 593 batters in 566 innings when this series first began.

 

But…bring on the hitters. The Cubs are not without massive weapons when it comes to their young hitters who led baseball – all of baseball – with over 1,500 strikeouts in the regular season.

 

No matter what, this series that will go down in the history books alongside all the rest, is going to be a whole lot of fun to watch; with most people (no offense to Mets’ fans out there) eager to see the Cubs break the jinx, and cause a Hollywood writer (AKA: St. Louis fan) to cry over ever making the joke that the Cubs won the World Series in 2015. If they do beat the Mets when all is said and done, this will definitely be a note to all writers out there to think before you speak.

Source:  Baret News

Felon-Attorney

 

Felon-Attorney

by TheArthur Duncan II, Esquire

Mascot Books

Paperback, $19.95

244 pages

ISBN: 978-1-63177-187-3

Book Review by Kam Williams

“From hustling crack on a corner to practicing law in a courtroom… this is my story! I am living proof that despite your past, your dreams can still come true…

Felon-Attorney, TheArthur Duncan II, Esquire, Book Review, Crips and Bloods, Los Angeles, Buffalo, New YorkMy story begins as I escape the violence of the Crips and Bloods street gangs in South Central LA and the abuse of a cocaine-addicted stepfather, only to go back to Buffalo, New York and perpetuate both ills by becoming a drug dealer myself. Ironically, I became a part of what victimized my family and me in Los Angeles…

I wound up in prison and had to put my life back together. While incarcerated, I found the God in me that I had long buried. After 3 years, I was released back into society and tempted by my old lifestyle, but… I succeeded.”

— Excerpted from the Book jacket

Probably the most popular genre of non-fiction being written by black folks  nowadays is the overcoming-the-odds autobiography. I mostly pass politely when asked to review these titles because, hey, just about everybody has faced their share of adversity. However, I made an exception for TheArthur Duncan’s memoir, “Felon-Attorney.” This opus is special, given how low he sank before bottoming out, and how high he has risen since turning his life around.

The brother’s story starts in Los Angeles, where he was born in 1969, though he was raised in Buffalo, New York by his maternal grandparents, Mary Jane and the Reverend James Smith. After graduating from the 8th grade, TheArthur went back to L.A. to spend his summer vacation with his mother.

However, he decided to stay, which on the surface seemed to make sense since both his parents resided there. However, in the process, he had to leave behind in Buffalo his grandparents, friends and a tight-knit community. And, unfortunately, he would have a tough time making the adjustment to the heart of the ‘hood   

Of course, it didn’t help that TheArthur didn’t live with his dad but with his drug addicted step-father. In the absence of a solid male role model to
emulate, he ended up dropping out of school to pursue a trio of dubious pipe dreams: pro basketball, rap music and drug dealing, which eventually landed him in prison.

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TheArthur was born again behind bars, where he began to turn his life around. He has made the most of that second chance, not only graduating from college, but law school to boot. He’s also married the love of his life, Latisha, and the two are raising their five children back in Buffalo. Furthermore, he currently serves as a Deacon at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church where he mentors at-risk kids and counsels married couples in crisis.

In Felon-Attorney, TheArthur recounts in very compelling fashion how he lifted himself from the societal scrap heap to morph into a pillar of the community. An uplifting, modern parable about a real-life Prodigal Son proving that anything is possible with faith in the Lord.   

To order a copy of Felon-Attorney, visit:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1631771876/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Five and Time

 

FIVE AND TIME
by Peter Brav
 

Woolworth Sit-In

Went to the Woolworth Building

Downtown Manhattan

To return some do-hickey

And enjoy a lime rickey

Maybe join a sit-in

For civil rights of brothers now long dead

Found four thousand dollar square foot condos instead

PETER BRAV of Princeton, New Jersey is the author of the novels SNEAKING IN and THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSING, both available on Amazon.Frank Woolworth opened his first successful Woolworth’s Great Five Cent Store in Lancaster, PA in 1879. The Woolworth Buildingensuing chain of stores with aisles of beauty products and clothing and lunch counters where shoppers might break for
grilled cheese and lime rickeys enjoyed unprecedented success. Frank and his partners reportedly paid $13.5 million in cash to build New York City’s Woolworth Building which opened in 1913, the tallest building in the world until 1930. On February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University were refused service at stools reserved for whites only at a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s lunch counter. Their courage, and that of those who joined them in the days that followed, resulted in the desegregation of the lunch counter now housed at the Smithsonian Institution, with the
Greensboro building itself now home to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Today more than one hundred years old, New York City’s Woolworth Building is being partially converted to residential condominiums from the 29th Floor up where individual apartment prices range from $3.9 million to $110 million. 

Source:  Baret News Wire

If ‘Green’ is Not Taken Seriously ‘White’ Will Take Over

 

If ‘Green’ is Not Taken Seriously ‘White’ Will Take Over

~ Samantha Lewis

 

Climate change is an issue that comes and goes in the headlines. At some points throughout the past and present the faltering climate is major news, with people like Al Gore attempting to shine the spotlight on the huge problems that mankind has created that brought havoc to Mother Nature. At other times, the headlines are so difficult to handle in other areas that climate change – and the debate on whether or not it’s even a reality – takes a backseat.

A winter storm hit areas south of Buffalo, New York during the third week of November, 2014, bringing lake-effect snow to the region. Some areas received over five feet of snow, with some reports exceeding seven feet.
A winter storm hit areas south of Buffalo, New York during the third week of November, 2014, bringing lake-effect snow to the region. Some areas received over five feet of snow, with some reports exceeding seven feet.

Look at the pictures… The incredible snow white images of Buffalo and the surrounding areas certainly thrusts climate change back into the public minds. Yes, it is definitely a fact that northern New York state, as well as places like Fargo, ND, Green Bay, WI, etc., are known for their snow and ice. Their winters are the epitome of a polar vortex that causes horror in many lives when it comes to rooftops caving in, car accidents on ice-covered roads, and a constant snowfall that locks people into their houses only to have to deal with a warm-up the next day which causes major flooding.

But when a pro football team that actually lives and reigns in Buffalo has to vacate their own stadium and play a game somewhere else because the snow is so horrific they can’t stay in their home base, than this ‘normal’ winter weather escalates into some major concerns that have people on edge wondering what’s about to be delivered over the next few months.

When speaking about New York, the experts call it a mega storm, with totals that are ridiculously high (70 to 100 inches in some areas). This is a direct result of lake-effect snowfall that is not about to end anytime soon. Although temps warm up, the climate change condition causing the lake-effect snow continues on, with Mother Nature expected to deliver feet after feet of snow for the rest of the winter.

There is a book that people still rely on; a book published long ago for the farm and ranch people in order to prepare for what was coming. This,

2014_ofa_cvr1_rgbThe Old Farmer’s Almanac, is still printed to this day (and still holds a record for 80+% accuracy when it comes to forecasts). According to the Almanac, this winter will be arctic blast upon arctic blast with above-normal snowfall across the nation. After Buffalo’s storm, I would say they are still very much correct in their estimations. From blizzards to continued droughts; from tornado activity to hurricanes, everyone must be prepared.

But here is where the oddity of climate change comes into play. California will most likely stay in a drought condition even though they will see some winter downfalls off and on. This is just one area that confuses people: After all, how on earth does it make sense that having more snow will come with an ever-increasing warm climate? The answers are a bit hard to follow:

Warmer climate is from warmer water in Lake Erie. Arctic warming will be caused by a jet stream pushing unseasonably arctic air into the eastern U.S. Strange cold air masses mixed with unusually warm lake water temps will cause an extreme temperature change of approximately 45-50 degrees between the lake surface and the air. Just attempting to understand this is like figuring out why on earth people throw themselves into speed-dating.

Fall was slow to arrive, but in the Northeast winter will bring about some huge snow amounts…Buffalo and what happened this past week is only a preview. But the South will not be left untouched. In fact, ice storms and snow events are on tap to cause everything from the Tennessee Valley to Florida some severe annoyance. With constant back-and-forth temperatures, this is one winter season that will most likely make the history books in many ways under many categories.

Can climate change be turned around? Is it too late to fix or at least better the errors we’ve made when it comes to industry, gas, oil, pollution, suburbanization, etcetera, in order to correct the climate? Some say yes; others still believe that we (mankind) had no control over what’s happening now. And still others laugh climate change off as being nothing more than a political issue that people use in order to get elected.

No matter what your belief may be, the weather that’s coming in for 2015 is about to prove that Mother Nature is still in charge; and if we don’t start taking this seriously we may just find ourselves attempting to survive on a dying planet.

 

Earth_Eastern_HemisphereSource: Baret News Wire

 

The Brother’s: One Grimm & One Happy

The Brother’s: One Grimm & One Happy

~Amy Lignor

Yes, we all hear about Peyton and his Broncos almost every minute of the day. But it seems, thus far, that his little bro (the one with more rings than his brother, but far less press), is having the time of his life right now. He is setting the Giants up to look good – very good – as contenders this season. And he has one thing his poor brother doesn’t have, receivers he knows and can work with.

 

2012_Packers_vs_Giants_-_Eli_Manning_3Last preseason there were targets of Eli’s missing for one reason or the other, but this year it’s all changed. Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham are back and learning the new offense right along with Eli, making things a whole lot better for the team.

 

Manning spoke about the new ‘West Coast’ offense they are learning, and was incredibly encouraged that all of his guys are able to study and practice with him. It means good, solid preparation is happening in the Giants’ locker room, which should lead to a promising season for New York.

 

And, yes, the preseason has shown the Giants to be good. I know, I know…preseason doesn’t count and things are not the way they will be when the real kickoff begins. BUT, even though Tom Brady – the master of all he surveys – was not on the field last Thursday night (except to hold on a field goal) when the Giants won 16-13 over the Patriots, it was a resounding celebration for the Giants who have now delivered their first undefeated preseason since 2006.

 

Missing the playoffs for the past two seasons is not something the Giants have enjoyed – and if they continue like they are now, third time should be the charm, allowing New York to be back in the hunt where they belong. Monday night, September 8th, the Giants will begin that long road against Detroit – but an undefeated preseason is still something to talk about.

 

As always…the other Manning bro is getting the airtime, so to speak. He’s already been on every sports broadcast imaginable, with people speaking about the fact that Peyton is not happy with losing his receivers to other teams (namely San Francisco). I’m not going to talk about the fact that if he gave up some of his salary there may have been enough in the coffers to keep some of the guys he wants back – but, I am going to say that Peyton does not exactly look like the calm, poised Peyton of previous years.

 

He has now been docked $8,268 for ‘taunting’ Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game held last week. Peyton said it was justified (“Money well spent,” were his exact words), because the safety hit Wes Welker in the head, giving the slot receiver his third concussion in only ten months. Manning yelled an ‘expletive’ at the safety, supposedly, which led to the fine. I have to agree with Peyton on this one, though. Give me a break! This is football. Manziel of the Browns gets fined for offering a one-finger salute (even though Pittsburgh was not fined for their one-finger foam fingers that they waved in the air at their game), and now Peyton is fined for screaming an ‘expletive’? What does the NFL think this is…a cooking class?

Yes, this is a man’s game. Yes, there are rules and regulations. But if you’re going to fine people for simplistic things like this, and then keep players on the team who have broken actual laws, then you look ridiculous.

 

Whatever happens with the Broncos this year will be interesting – to see if Peyton can get back the ease of working with his receivers in order to make the big scores. Chances are, he will be just fine. But never forget that there is another Manning out there who deserves the limelight. And he may just get the ‘big spotlight’ shone on him when the season comes to a close, and the Giants head to the Super Bowl.

 

You go, Eli! We’re looking forward to it!

Source: Baret News Wire

The Combo of Great Outdoors & Great Baseball!

The Combo of Great Outdoors & Great Baseball!

 ~ ZZ Troutski

The baseball season has once again begun. People are heading to the stands with their sons and daughters; purchasing rubber hot dogs to enjoy while watching the ‘coolest of cool’ slide, hit, strike out, and create home runs out of the blue. The eyes of children grow wider – Marlins_First_Pitch_at_Marlins_Park,_April_4,_2012_especially those owned by the kids who dream of one day being a professional baseball player in action. And baseball also brings along a way to rest and relax in the Great Outdoors.

 

Now is the time to get out of the living room on a Saturday afternoon. Now is the time to brush off that layer of polar vortex ice and snow that has rained down for longer than you want to remember (in fact, you probably feel a lot like the Abominable Snowman’s twin right about now…) And now is the time to go back to that grandstand and attempt to catch a fly ball, as you think back on the historical moments that happened in the stadium you may, right now, be sitting in.

 

As with everything in this world – from sports, to religion, to politics, etcetera – baseball has had its ‘hits’. A-Rod seems to be the one most talked about at the moment, but teams and their owners want nothing more than to bring everyone back to the ball game. They know that the NFL has outdone them in the past couple of decades, making pro football ‘America’s Game’ instead of what it was always meant to be. So it was not a huge surprise that MLB has ramped up the energy this season by signing on and creating advertising campaigns that will remind everyone out there that baseball is what the real ‘love’ is when it comes to American sports.

 

BBDO New York is a big-name advertising agency that is responsible for some of the most memorable campaigns ever created for brands and much-beloved companies. And they are taking that emotion this season by using ‘love’ to bring fans back!

 

Most have seen the beginnings of this campaign. “For the love of baseball” came about on opening day as the men took the field, waving to their fans and spitting their chew on the diamond. And from here on out, that love of baseball will consistently and constantly be seen and heard about by the fans. Commercial after commercial, ad after ad, will resurrect the big names and the ultimate unforgettable moments that baseball brought to the United States since its inception.

 

Brand new players who are definitely on the path to become future big-name stars will be shown. BBDO will make sure that each and every one of us who never missed a baseball game, but turned away for the gridiron a while back, comes back to the game in order to bring back memories we loved as children, and place new memories into the minds of this generation.

 

As we all know, BBDO and MLB certainly understands and will utilize fully the social media world. After all, most of our children (as well as parents) are consistently and constantly heading to Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo – you name it – and the

‘love’ of baseball will be appearing on it all! The biggest supporter of sports – Budweiser – will also be part of these huge initiatives to get people back outdoors and into the stands. They are always the brand in the top-ten (usually #1), for sports commercials that express the heart, mind and soul of the American.

 

Is there a moment during the 2014 season that we will remember for the rest of our lives? Will BBDO create the next Budweiser commercial that talks about our veteran’s coming home, or has their stunning, signature horses kneeling, showing the strength that is owned by the U.S. of A.? It’s certainly possible.

 

The passion for baseball may have waned a bit, but the memories, the all-stars, Babe Ruth, the criminal activities, the brilliance of hearing who ‘WON THE PENNANT’ screamed across the globe – this is a sport that can claim a rich and exciting history that will always make it the elite.

 

So get outside and enjoy the best afternoon you’ve had in a very long time!

NY Film Critics Online Awards 2013

 

by Kam Williams

New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) held its fourteenth annual awards meeting on December 8, 2013 in Lincoln Center’s Furman Gallery.  Founded in 2000, NYFCO is our country’s most prestigious group of internet critics.  Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won three awards, including an extremely close Best Picture race: Best Actor article-2424697-1BE5507B000005DC-804_306x488went to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Supporting Actress to Lupita Nyong’o.  Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity picked up two awards, with Cuarón winning  Best Director and Emmanuelle Lubezki picking up Best Cinematography.  Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color also won two awards: Best Foreign Language Film and Breakthrough Performance for its star, Adèle Exarchopoulos.

 
Others include Spike Jonze, receiving honors in the Best Screenplay category for Her, while the all-star cast of David O. Russell’s American Hustle won for Best Ensemble.   The Wind Rises, the final feature from Hayao Miyazaki, won Best Animated Feature and Inside Llewyn Davis was recognized in the Best Use of Music category.  Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing was named Best Documentary.
 
These are the awards selected by the 36-member organization in fifteen categories.

 
FILM
12 Years a Slave
 
DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón(Gravity)
 
ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
 
ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
 
SCREENPLAY
Her (Spike Jonze)
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
 
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
 
ENSEMBLE CAST
American Hustle
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Blue is the Warmest Color
 
DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing
 
ANIMATED FEATURE
The Wind Rises
 
DEBUT AS DIRECTOR
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
 
USE OF MUSIC
Inside Llewyn Davis (T. Bone Burnett)
 
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color)
 
TOP ELEVEN PICTURES
12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Blue is the Warmest Color
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Philomena
Prisoners
The Wolf of Wall Street