UNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Elsewhere:— The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing.—French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium. March 9, 2020 Two officials’ review at the end of the first overtime produced different results. Following their first review, officials ruled Terry Rozier was fouled by Atlanta’s Treveon Graham with 0.8 seconds remaining. A second review following a protest by Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce produced a reversal.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENuggets beat short-handed Bucks, Hawks outlast HornetsUNDATED (AP) — The Denver Nuggets sent the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks to their third straight loss and fourth in five games with a 109-95 victory. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a siimilar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner. He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014.NHL-SCHEDULECaps salvage point, lose to Sabres in shootoutBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dominik Kahun scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of a shootout and the Buffalo Sabres snapped a six-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. —The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others. Associated Press — The Winnipeg Jets over the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 in a matchup critical to the crowded Western Conference playoff race. Cody Eakin broke a 2-all tie for the Jets at 11:33 of the third period with his first goal since being acquired from Vegas on Feb. 21. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added an empty-netter, and defenseman Tucker Poolman had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves.NHL-NEWSSharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. Joel Ayayi scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Bulldogs. Killian Tillie had 19 points and Ryan Woolrdige had 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting to pace Gonzaga, which will play in its 26th WCC final and seeking its 17th championship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton. Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races. Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch on opening day at home against the Angels on March 26. Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons. — The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with BillsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal. Jamal Murray scored 21 points, Paul Millsap had 20 and Jerami Grant added 19 as Murray led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver swept the two-game season series from the NBA-leading Bucks.Milwaukee was without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) as well as its next five leading scorers. Kyle Korver led a valiant effort by the backups with 23 points.Elsewhere in the NBA:— Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam each scored 27 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 101-92 for their fourth straight victory. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and seven assists as Toronto used a 52-33 advantage on the glass to improve to 21-4 since Jan. 15. Ibaka grabbed 13 rebounds, and Siakam finished with 11 boards and eight assists.— De’Andre Hunter broke a tie by sinking three free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and the Hawks beat the Charlotte Hornets 143-138. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists for Atlanta and Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare MIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAKMore sporting events affected by spread of virus Update on the latest in sports: In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 2 Gonzaga outlasts San Francisco in WCC semiUNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Gonzaga survived a scare to beat San Francisco 81-77 in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals. Linus Ullmark stopped 33 shots through overtime and six of seven shootout attempts in his first game in six weeks. Jack Eichel snapped a career-worst seven-game point drought and rookie Victor Olofsson also scored for Buffalo.Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, and Dmitry Orlov also scored as Washington erased a 2-0 deficit in the third period. Ovechkin’s goal was his 48th of the season, tying him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the NHL lead. Despite the loss, the Capitals earned a point to move one ahead of idle Philadelphia atop the Metropolitan Division.In other NHL action:— Brett Connolly scored early in the third period and Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots, leading the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Aleksi Surreal assisted on both Florida goals, the first two assists of his career. Driedger made his third consecutive start after being held out of the lineup for almost two months with a lower-body injury. Florida moved within one point of the idle Carolina Hurricanes for the final playoff spot in the East.
The Warriors are winning but not exactly cruising.As Mark Medina spells out right here, Sunday’s matinee in Brooklyn might not have looked so good in the aftermath without the work of two guys named Curry and Durant.Dieter Kurtenbach broke things downs another notch, dubbing the Curry/Durant pick-and-roll the Warriors (6-1) refuse to label as The Play That Shall Not Be Named.Ultimately it was good for a 120-116 win over the Nets. But there is little time for rest as the Warriors take on …
SAN JOSE — Some tickets can still be had on the secondary market for the NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition this weekend at SAP Center — although fans will certainly have to dig deep into their pocketbooks if they want to be close to the action.Both events are sold out, but a few full strip tickets to both Friday’s skills competition and Saturday’s game were available on StubHub and other ticket resale websites as of early Thursday. They ranged in price from $335 (before fees) for a seat …
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Remember all that Raiders’ momentum coming out of last Monday’s win over the Broncos?Well, forget all about it.That win over Denver wasn’t a mirage or a fluke, but neither was Week 2’s 28-10 loss to the Chiefs. Kansas City showed the Raiders the difference between good and great, Sunday, smacking the Raiders around and exerting their dominance in all three phases.The Raiders had no answer to the …
Southern Sudan is set to become Africa’s new country. (Image: Final Gear) Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s recent visit to the country’s south region is being seen as a possible sign that the upcoming referendum will be peaceful, and its outcomes will be accepted by the different parties. It’s all systems go for the January 2011 landmark referendum, which is expected to result in Southern Sudan becoming a country of its own. The predominantly Christian population there is in favour of breaking away from the Arab-dominated north.Thousands of citizens have to return home to take part in the vote. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 400 000 Southern Sudanese have travelled back from camps for displaced people in and around Khartoum, while others have returned from exile in neighbouring countries.The referendum, which will take place over seven days from 9 to 15 January, is an outcome of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005. This ended a two-decade-long war between the north and south.Al-Bashir visited Southern Sudan’s capital Juba on 4 January, just five days before voting kicked off, and was warmly welcomed by the region’s President Salva Kiir. International media reported that the visit was seen as Al-Bashir’s farewell to the region.Al-Bashir, who’s wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, vowed to “congratulate and celebrate” with the south should its people vote for secession. He will recognise a new Southern Sudan state, he promised.There had been fears that Al-Bashir’s government would not support the breakaway, as the south is important to the broader country’s economy. About three-quarters of the country’s oil reserves are located there.Although unity between the two regions is desirable, Al-Bashir’s Khartoum-based government will respect the outcome of the referendum, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported.“Imposing unity by force doesn’t work … We want unity between the north and the south, but this doesn’t mean opposing the desire of the southern citizen,” said Al-Bashir.Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who’s in Sudan at the moment, was encouraged by Al-Bashir’s visit to the south.Mbeki, who’s highly active in the Sudanese negotiations as chairperson of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, said Al-Bashir has show that he’s committed to the peace process.“Speaking in Juba, President Bashir displayed once again his commitment to the CPA and his qualities of national leadership,” Mbeki said in a speech at the University of Khartoum on 5 January.“There is no greater test of statesmanship than to accept, in a graceful, generous and humane manner, the decision of those of your people who have the opportunity to choose secession.“President Bashir’s Juba speech demonstrated that he, and the Sudanese leadership, are rising to the occasion, meeting the challenge of the exercise of self-determination by the Southern Sudanese.”Credible referendum predictedVoter registration has been completed and any remaining challenges regarding this will be dealt with through the courts before the final list of eligible voters is published, according to the UN.More than 3-million people have registered for the poll, with 51% of the portion being female.The UN panel tasked with monitoring the referendum is confident of a smooth voting process. “Based on our observations so far, we believe that a credible referendum can take place,” said the panel’s head Benjamin Mkapa, according to a UN statement.“The eyes of the world will be watching this referendum, and we hope that all the hard work that has gone into preparing for it will culminate in a vote that is smooth, transparent and a credit to all,” added Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania.The panel also includes António Monteiro, Portugal’s former minister of foreign affairs, and Bhojraj Pokharel, a former chairperson of the Election Commission of Nepal. The UN appointed the trio to ensure a credible referendum on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.It has been facilitating talks with opposing parties and other authorities, and encouraging them to resolve problems and disputes, the UN said.International and local observersAbout 3 000 observers from different parts of the world will travel to Southern Sudan to monitor the referendum. The Carter Centre, established by former US President Jimmy Carter, will lead a 100-strong observation delegation, which will include respected figures like former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.The African Union will also send in a team of observers.“The referendum is a critical step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Carter said in a statement. “We hope this process will help the people of Sudan work for a peaceful future, regardless of the outcome.”Former US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is said to have already arrived in Southern Sudan. The European Union is expected to deploy 110 observers from its 27 member countries.Russia said it will relocate four helicopters from Chad to Sudan to help the UN guarantee security during the referendum, according to an Al Jazeera report. China will also send a team of observers.
Geocacher of the MonthThe nominees for the May Geocacher of the Month deliver geocaches that wow geocachers on three continents. From Canada to Europe to Australia they deliver creative geocaches based on Snow White, Reindeer and some that even require batteries. Each geocacher named below is already a winner. They will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will then use your comments to help guide the decision of which geocacher is awarded the Geocacher of the Month honor.Each Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, hat and profile icon. They’ll also get a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.MulderNScully – April 2013 Geocachers of the MonthIn April, MulderNScully were named the Featured Geocachers of the Month. MulderNScully have been geocaching since 2008. They’re known for challenging geocachers with inventive Puzzle Geocaches. One geocacher who commented about MulderNScully wrote, “They have been mentors to many new cachers and are always willing to give a helping hand to a fellow cacher and some of my most memorable caching adventures are because of them. They aren’t about the numbers, they are about the places geocaching takes us to.”Now it’s your turn to help us select the next Featured Geocacher of the Month. Write a supportive comment at the bottom of this blog for the geocacher you feel should be awarded the title.Here are your nominees for the May Featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.Pele53Pele53 – Geocacher of the Month NomineeGöran “McBack” Back nominated Esko Aspholm alias “Pele53.” Pele53 has won several awards for best geocaches, and hosted regular Event Caches throughout 2012 and into 2013. McBack says one series in Finland demonstrates Pele53’s geocaching ingenuity. McBack says, “He has made many caches with a lot of work behind them. He had 4 nightcaches, with a lot of work behind, with the theme Snowwhite and the seven dwarfs. The first of them is the house where they live, where Sleepy and Snowwhite is, the second was The hunters cabin, the third The princes castle and the last was the mine where the rest of the dwarfs where. The whole trail was tracked by “diamonds” in the forest, just in case Snowwhite had to find them. The first of these actually won the Ostrobothnian best other cache 2011.One of the latest mystery “Eihän tässä ole mitään järkeä!” (translated like “After all, this makes no sense!”) that was voted the best cache of 2012 in Finland. This has also been mentioned in magazines and even the local radio station. It needs something special to be opened, that many of us has with us when geocaching. But with about 20 geocachers at site for the First to Find hunt, they needed to call help to get it opened. =D So many of his caches are made with lot of work, and he still have many ideas to new caches.” Share with your Friends:More roymercroymerc – nominee for Geocacher of the MonthPeter Dose, TeamDose nominated, roymerc. He says, “Roymerc may be the best “cache placer” in Western Australia. We have travelled from the far North down to the deep South of WA, and when we came across Roy’s cache’s in the Denmark area, we knew we had found something special. He puts an exceptional amount of time and effort into the design and creation of these cache masterpieces – and as a result has attracted a large number of favourite points. There is not one of Roy’s active caches which do not have at least 1 favourite point – fairly unique we would think in the caching world.Each cache is unique and special in its own way. Some of the caches involve electricity, other of the caches involve complex machinery. Roy’s “Bring Your Own Battery” series is also unique, and has inspired copies further afield in places like Perth.Denmark is a very beautiful part of Australia, and with Roy living there it is also extra special for all geocachers. We think roymerc is awesome, and so do many other cachers judging by the number of favourite points he has accumulated in such a remote part of the world! For these reasons, we believe he deserves to be recognised as a cacher of the month!” OHMICOhmic – Geocacher of the Month NomineeJosh Bernier (username Stonagal) nominates OHMIC. He says, “With close to 15,000 finds, Jacques, OHMIC has found more geocaches than any other geocacher in the Canadian province of Manitoba. He has more than 130 published caches, over six cache types. But the biggest reason I think he should be the Geocacher of the Month is because of the great work he has done in providing quality events for local geocachers. OHMIC is an interpreter at the Oak Hammock Marsh. For the past seven years, he has hosted an event in May called “Cache the Marsh“. Geocachers split into teams and explore the Interpretive Centre’s numerous exhibits to get clues as to the locations of several caches. It’s a mad race for some new FTFs, and along the way cachers learn about wetlands ecosystems and wildlife. It’s a great family-friendly competitive event that ends with a barbecue. This was the seventh year OHMIC has planned and hosted the event, and it lived up to the great things I had heard other cachers say about it. OHMIC is also a Platinum-level Earthcache Master, and the owner of a local favourite series of caches named for Santa’s reindeer.” SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the April 2013 Geocacher of the MonthMay 20, 2013In “Community”Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your CommentsApril 25, 2013In “Community”Announcing the May 2013 Geocacher of the MonthJune 18, 2013In “Community” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the May Featured Geocacher of the Month. We will be accepting comments through June, 17.If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month should be received by June 14. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other.
Avast me hearties! It’s time to plan, for the pirate events must be prepared before the geocachers land! The last day to submit events for July 15 and 16 is July 1, 2017 so start yer planning now so as not to miss out on all the fun!There are really only three things every geocaching event needs in order to stand out: a theme, entertaining games, and geocachers! Follow some of the pirate themed ideas below and you’ll be leading the crew in no time, Cap’n!First, let your attendees know they’re in the right spot by hoisting a Jolly Roger flag or marking the spot with an X using sidewalk chalk. It’s not everyday that you get to host a pirate event, so go all in and create your own weathered and aged log book in a bottle!A pirates life isn’t always easy but there’s always time for fun and games! Try organizing a treasure hunt within the event! Give all guests a series of clues that will lead to a supply of treasure maps. Make the treasure maps lead to the buried treasure which could be anything your budget allows, such as chocolate coins, Mary Hyde tags, or even the logbook!Alas, you’ve planned your event, and got it approved, so now you’re thinking, “What’s left to do?” Well my friend, you spread the word! Tell your friends and muggles too, for the search for lost treasure you’ll want a crew. The more the merrier on July 15 or 16, 2017. Don’t forget to visit Shop Geocaching for the entire lost treasure of Mary Hyde collection!If you prefer to cache alone don’t fret! You can go it alone and fare the seas but sailing alone means you’re never at ease… Anchors aweigh! It’s time to start planning, so share your pirate event ideas in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPirates of the High Seas GeoTour (GT66)February 19, 2019In “GeoTours”Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day — Pirate’s Quest Stolen Treasure (GC28T4Y) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 18, 2013In “Community”Shop Geocaching September NewsletterSeptember 4, 2012In “GeoTours”
If you thought Netflix and Amazon changed the game, MoviePass may rock the industry from the ground up. So how should filmmakers adjust?Cover image via Air Images.Following up on the big numbers in a recent New York Times feature, MoviePass apparently has big plans for its 1 million subscribers. The company, which markets itself as “America’s #1 movie subscription service,” is, for now, the only major player to offer theatergoers a monthly subscription model. However, as BusinessWire reports, the company unveiled newer, even more ambitious plans at the Sundance Film Festival.MoviePass VenturesImage via Stock-Asso.The blistering growth has prompted new criticism from theaters and studio owners — namely that MoviePass will never be able to make money by charging $9.95 a month when a single ticket can cost almost twice that amount. They say that will cause MoviePass to either raise prices or go out of business, disappointing audiences and ultimately hurting the fragile multiplex business. (NYT)In the NYT article, written before the release of the new distribution plans, author Brooks Barnes is quick to point out that at the current monthly subscription offering rate, it’s ridiculous to think that MoviePass will do anything but lose money hand over fist. Yet, just as the ink dried on the article over the weekend, MoviePass Ventures, a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., seemed to find a way to parlay their rapid growth numbers against their lack of profit for a play in distribution partnerships:We’ve experienced enormous success bringing people back into the theaters since our launch in August and with an influx of business from distributors, have proven the impact of our marketing over and over again, giving them an incremental lift in ticket sales. Given the successes we have demonstrated for our distributor partners in ensuring strong box office in the theatrical window, it’s only natural for us to double down and want to play alongside them — and share in the upside. —Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass.This is, seemingly, good news for filmmakers (and great news for Helios and Matheson investors), but what does it really mean for theater owners and audiences?Theater Owners’ ReactionImage via Chuleeporn.AMC believes that holding out to consumers that first run movies can be watched in theatres at great quantities for a monthly price of $9.95 isn’t doing moviegoers any favors. In AMC’s view, that price level is unsustainable and only sets up consumers for ultimate disappointment down the road if or when the product can no longer be fulfilled. AMC also believes that promising essentially unlimited first-run movie content at a price below $10 per month over time will not provide sufficient revenue to operate quality theatres nor will it produce enough income to provide film makers with sufficient incentive to make great new movies. Therefore, AMC will not be able to offer discounts to MoviePass in the future, which seems to be among their aims. (AMC)At this point in history, movie theater attendance is at record lows, so it’s difficult to argue that anything is necessarily that bad for an industry apparently in free fall. However, for MoviePass to truly re-energize theatergoing audiences, they will first need to find a way to coax theaters into even giving them a seat at the table. AMC has adamantly stated that MoviePass will not be welcome in its establishments. For MoviePass to truly change the industry, it will need to work hard to build some mutually beneficial relationships with these big chains, which may just be part of the distribution partnership play.How Should Filmmakers Adjust?Image via Fer Gregory.If MoviePass can figure things out and stay relevant, filmmakers will potentially need to adjust — or at least know about the changing environment and what it means for their distribution options. Here are five things that we can anticipate from MoviePass’s monthly subscription play that may affect films and filmmakers.Consistent Earnings for TheatersIf things work out, the monthly subscription model for theaters could mirror Netflix and Amazon in several ways. The most important, perhaps, would be a leveling-out of earnings year-over-year, rather than simply earning during blockbuster and awards seasons. This could make room for films based on general watchability and enjoyment, rather than how they fit on seasonal calendars.Emphasis on 3D and IMAXAs it stands, MoviePass does not cover theatergoers for 3D or IMAX movies. This could lead to big film companies doubling down on these premium offerings as a way to get both consistent monthly revenue, as well as additional profits from big event tickets. This would also mean a greater divide between big budget super blockbusters and smaller films and indies.Loopholes for Major BlockbustersThe big players don’t have to worry about the advanced ticket sales game. MoviePass doesn’t offer advanced ticket purchases; rather, to use your MoviePass, you must arrive at a theater and use your account at the ticket booth. For major blockbusters, midnight openings, and weekend crowds, MoviePass would prove almost impossible to use without camping out for hours. Again, MoviePass subscribers would need to purchase tickets on top of their monthly subscription, which further incentivizes big franchise films.Not Targeted for Family FilmsSimilarly, MoviePass does not offer family or group memberships. Buying individual passes for each member of your family can get quite expensive, which may mean greater incentives for family-focused content — or less as families refuse to pay for both. That could shift the family film market strictly to streaming platforms.Support for Indie Films and TheatersPerhaps the most promising part of MoviePass’s offering, especially for filmmakers, is the potential support for indie theaters (and, ergo, indie films). MoviePass is already available at several indie chains and one-off theaters (more could follow in the future). Depending on how MoviePass distributes its wholesale payments to theaters, this may result in greater numbers for indie theaters. It could also stand to reason that the biggest beneficiaries of a monthly subscription pass would be the cinephiles and movie geeks who routinely make several trips to the theater each month — while being subsidized by the busy mainstream audiences who underutilize the monthly service.The Future Is ChangingImage via Rafael Ramirez Lee.MoviePass is currently purchasing approximately 3% of domestic box office. However, it is purchasing in excess of 10% of a particular title’s domestic box office when it uses a series of levers within its app and marketing-based platform to impact a consumer’s selection of a particular independent film. Examples of having impacted 10%+ box office performance include: The Post, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water. (BusinessWire)According to their own estimations (and those cited in the BusinessWire article), MoviePass has already made a small-but-positive impact on the box office performance of several recent films. The films highlighted above vary in budget, but they are all of the lower- to indie scale, which is encouraging for the up-and-coming markets. For filmmakers looking at distribution options, MoviePass is definitely worth some attention. Their heavy presence at Sundance (and the promise of a footprint at SXSW) this year should turn some heads, but until their partnerships come together completely, and a solid profit plan reveals itself, we may see some volatility as the industry continues to change.For more industry news about filmmaking and video production, check out some of these resources below.5 Brands That Raised the Bar for Virtual Reality Content3 Things You can Learn about Video Marketing from Wipster’s CEOCES 2018: DJI Releases New Gear Lineup, Including a $99 Drone
Monaco have signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.The 21-year-old right-back, who can also play on the left and in midfield, has signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reached an agreement worth a reported €20 million (£18m/$23m) with €5m more in add-ons.The three-time Germany international made 76 appearances for Leverkusen’s first team after rising through their youth academy to make his debut in August 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Henrichs said he is excited to make the switch to Ligue 1, telling the club’s website: “I am very proud to be involved with AS Monaco, a European top club for many years. I will do everything to adapt quickly and help the team win many victories. I cannot wait to work with the staff and my new teammates.”He spent 14 years with Leverkusen overall, and left with best wishes from the German side’s sporting director Rudi Voller.”Benny has kicked the ball under the Bayer cross since childhood and celebrated great success,” he said. “We wish him all the best in his new life abroad.”Meanwhile, Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said he is expecting a lot from the versatile player.”Benjamin Henrichs is a talented defender with solid national experience and experience at the very highest international level. His arrival reinforces the quality of our workforce,” he said. “I am sure he will contribute to the good results of the team.” Monaco have had a busy transfer period, having already signed Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA and Willem Geubbels from Lyon among others after selling Fabinho to Liverpool and seeing Thomas Lemar join Atletico Madrid.
On a recent evening at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, the baths of a few (real) sheep intermingle with the classical music played by a string sextet. It was the group’s first of eight summer performances.“It was so joyful,” said Myra Handy of Shelburne, Vermont, who had been waiting to see the ballet since she heard about it last summer. The talent, music and exuberance exceeded her and her husband’s expectations, she said. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook CHARLOTTE, VT.—At the height of the summer, corn fields are getting taller, tomatoes are starting to ripen, cows are grazing — and ballet dancers are pirouetting and leaping across the grass.The Farm to Ballet project is trading a stuffy auditorium for the open air and evening skies of farms around the state of Vermont. The goal is to expand the audience for classical ballet while helping raise funds for local agriculture, organizers said.The 25 dancers — some professional but many of them amateurs and ranging in age from 18 to 74 — prance and twirl on the grass in colourful costumes. Dressed as lettuce, tomatoes, bees, a cow, pig or farmer, they tell the tale of the growing season. “It was a highlight of our summer.”The idea for the farm-based ballet grew out of a summer class the dancers took outdoors with Chatch Pregger, a professional dancer-turned-teacher at Spotlight Vermont, a performing arts school. Twitter