Coming Up Roses! Hollywood Resuscitating Barbra Streisand’s Gypsy Film, With Oscar Winner Barry Levinson at the Helm

first_img A new big screen version of Gypsy starring Barbra Streisand could be back on, this time with Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy) at the helm. According to Variety, STX Entertainment is in advanced negotiations to make the movie musical, featuring Streisand as legendary stage mother Mama Rose, a reality.Adam Fogelson, chairman of STX Entertainment, first developed the project while he was studio head of Universal Pictures. “It’s Barbra Streisand doing one more, if not the last, movie musical of her career,” he told Variety, adding that Gypsy was “one of the most famous and satisfying musicals ever.”Universal Pictures put the project in turnaround last fall after five years of well-publicized development. Although the film is now reported to be directed by Levinson, produced by Streisand and Joel Silver and written by Richard LaGravanese (The Fisher King, The Last Five Years), many names have been attached over the years. Streisand herself was once mentioned to direct, as was Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) and Matthew Warchus (Matilda), while Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was mentioned as a possible screenwriter.As for co-stars, John Travolta once said he was Streisand’s pick for the role of onscreen husband Herbie and that Golden Globe Award winning actress and pop star Lady Gaga could play daughter Louise, who becomes burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, but there’s no confirmation of their involvement in the film.According to the report, production on the film could start as soon as this year. View Comments Barbra Streisand (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)last_img read more

Chronicle of Past Administrative Hitches in Nigeria Football

first_imgNigeria’s rising football profile suffered a momentary slip on Tuesday when FIFA hammer fell on Nigeria due to administrative lapses in the final dead rubber group match against Algeria. In this report, Femi Solaja looks back into previous lapses that had set the nation back IICC Shooting Stars versus TP Mazembe of Congo DR Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram (African Champions Cup competition second leg match in Ibadan in 1980)  The Nigerian representatives had lost 1-2 in Lubumbashi a fortnight earlier and only needed a goal to reach the semi final of the competition in Ibadan. The match was delayed for three hours following the inability of the home team to produce the CAF license of the players because the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) forgot the documents in Lagos. Each member of the Nigeria team had to be photographed with the centre referee. Shooting Stars lost the match on penalties after winning 2-1 score line to drag the game into shoot out.IICC Shooting Stars versus Zamalek of Egypt (Final match of African Champions Cup in 1984)It was in similar vein that the Ibadan outfit was rendered impotent after learning on final match day that the highly dependable left winger, Felix Owolabi, was ineligible to play in the crucial return leg match of the 1984 Africa Champions Cup match against Zamalek.The 1989 Two-year Ban of Nigeria from Age-grade Competitions (Mix up in ages of Samson Siasia, Andrew Uwe and Dahiru Sadi)FIFA did not find the mix up in the ages filled in the passports used by Samson Siasia, Andrew Uwe and Dahiru Sadi funny at the men’s football tournament of 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. They were different from the earlier ages in their data for the FIFA’s Under-20 tournaments in Russia.  Nigeria was handed an outright ban. The ban affected the country’s hosting of the under-aged competition scheduled for 1991.Forgotten Jerseys for the Nigeria versus B’Faso Game at Sports-city In 1991, Nigeria needed to defeat Burkina Faso to qualify for the AFCON edition to be hosted by Senegal the following year. The late Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, as the then Chief of General Staff was the special guest of honour at the mainbowl of the National Stadium in Lagos. After two hours of delay, Super Eagles appeared in make-shift pants because the then NFA official in charge of kits left the jerseys at the team’s camp at Obasanjo Farm Otta. The players’ track down had to be cut with scissors for the match to go ahead. Although Nigeria won the tie 7-1 to reach the finals of the tournament, the then Sports Minister, Major General Yohanna Kure, came down hard on football federation with the dissolution of the board led by former Unipetrol Managing Director, Alhaji Yusuf Ali while Secretary General, Momodu Kadiri was relieved of his job. Age Mix up Leading to the Disqualification of Seven Golden Eaglets at African Under-17 Championship (Mali 1995)Nigeria failed to go beyond the group stage of the competition following the disqualification of seven key members of the squad on the ground of being over-aged.NFA officials saddled with compiling the final list sent to CAF muddled up the job withlots of typographical errors. Players who passport ages did not tally with what was in the list were disqualified from the competition.After an inquiry into the immediate and remote cause of the disastrous outing, the then Head of International Department, Bolaji Ojo-Oba was redeployed from the football house back to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports. Golden Eaglets Passports Forgotten in Lagos for African Qualifier against Benin Rep at IbadanNigeria secured a useful goalless outing in Cotonou and looked forward to consolidating on the return leg match in Ibadan two weeks later but due to another administrative ineptitude, NFA officials forgot the International passports of the players in Lagos.The error was discovered barely an hour to the match. Then Oyo State Military Administrator, Chinyere Ike Nwosu ordered his pilot car to race to Lagos to fetch the documents from NFA’s Ogunlana Drive Secretariat in Surulere.  But the Beninoise who knew the implication of such slip, refused to play when the documents arrived long after the kick off time of the match. CAF disqualified both Nigeria and Benin Republic.Enyimba’s Narrow Escape through Boardroom Intervention in 2003The Nigerian representatives defeated Ismail FC of Egypt on aggregate 2-1 in the final of the 2003 African Champions Cup competition but few weeks after the presentation of trophy to the Aba team, news filtered in that the Egyptian club had filed protest against the Nigerian club for fielding second half substitute, Yaro Yaro who was not properly transferred from Kano Pillars same season. But CAF ignored the protest in a bit to avoid bad marketing for its premier African club competition. Nigeria Failed to Qualify to Play at the 2006 World Cup in Germany Due to Poor Interpretation of Head-to-head RuleInability of the then NFA officials to interpret the head-to-head rules concerning the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup in Germany cost Super Eagles the trip to the Mundial and Ibrahim Galadima’s second term bid as NFA chairman.Not until the last minutes, the ‘egg-heads’ in the football house held on to the belief that Nigeria was ahead of Angola on goal difference should both teams clash in Kano end barren. Angola progressed to Germany having won the first leg in Luanda 1-0.Same head-to-head rule knocked out Enugu Rangers same year from the newly created CAF Confederation Cup competition.last_img read more

Easter Sunday and market in Barcelona

first_imgWhile the fire mounted by the ex-vice president Emili Rousaud, from which the also resigners Maria Teixidor and Jordi Calsamiglia have also unmarked, the covers recover the ‘normal’ sport and dawn with future names this Easter Sunday, April 12 .Mundo Deportivo reports that, in addition to Neymar, Barça wants to strengthen three positions. In defense, he ensures that Laporte (Manchester City) is once again on the list (another left-handed central defender, a position where Lenglet and Umtiti are already). In the midfield, the favorites are Ndombele and Fabián. And it goes without saying that Setién’s favorite is the former Betis player. Up front, Barça will do it all for Lautaro, who has already offered, according to some sources, a contract until 2025 that can be extended to two more. Everything, with Neymar’s cherry. Bartomeu is willing to throw the house out the window to see the Brazilian back and, thus, Messi happy. The photo would go around the world Sport, meanwhile, focuses on bartering right-backs. Semedo would go to Manchester City and, instead, Cancelo would arrive. However, the option that cannot be ruled out and which is preferred by the technicians is the signing of the Emeticon Betic, of whom Barça has 50 percent.last_img read more

Vessel with 95kg cocaine nabbed in Pomeroon River

first_imgTwo men were taken into custody by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) following the discovery of more than 95 kilograms of cocaine in a vessel that was intercepted along the Pomeroon River on Monday.Based on reports received, the vessel was stopped and searched by members ofThe cocaine that was intercepted in the vessel along the Pomeroon Riverthe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and it was during that operation that several well wrapped packages were unearthed and upon checking, the illegal substance detected.The men and the suspected cocaine were transported to CANU’s headquarters as investigations continue. According to a release issued by the drug enforcement unit, the men are being interrogated and charges are likely to be instituted shortly.However, it is not clear if the vessel is owned by Guyanese or originated from neighbouring Venezuela, since the information provided by CANU was limited.Earlier in the year, a vessel was discovered in Guyana suspected to have been carrying cocaine but was allegedly released.However, one month after its release, President David Granger ordered that a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) be launched to determine the role played by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the GDF Coast Guard in the detention and release of the vessel.The findings of the CoI were later handed over to Minister of State Joseph Harmon by Chairman, Brigadier (Retired) Bruce Lovell.Brigadier Lovell, in an invited comment, stated that inquiries are important particularly in matters of national interest.The report that was presented, he noted, will assist Guyana in making some important decisions in the security architecture of this country and that it will assist in making decisions, particularly as it relates to the fight against narcotics trafficking.“Inquiries do what any good journalist would do and that is to answer the Five W’s and the one H; the Who, the What, the Where, the Why and the When and it also goes a bit further and seeks to recommend what should be done to prevent any further occurrence,” he noted.He further noted that in the recommendations, the Committee looked at a number of systematic issues, doctrine, organisation, training, leadership, personnel, facilities and, of course, policies.The other members of the Commission were former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Winston Cosbert and Christine Bailey.Meanwhile, at the commencement of the CoI, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, James Singh was asked to proceed on annual leave and Major General Retired, Michael Artherly assumed the post at the helm of the Unit.Singh however, was subsequently relieved of his duties as the head drug enforcement body. It is believed that based on the findings during the COI, recommendations were made for him to be relived from his post.last_img read more