Odds & Ends: Ben Platt Will Serve Streep, Jersey Boys Go Wild & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Ben Platt Will Get Meryl Streep DrunkThe Book of Mormon star Ben Platt already has his next big screen project lined up. According to Deadline, Platt has joined the cast of Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme. He will appear opposite Meryl Streep, her daughter Mamie Gummer and Kevin Kline. The Pitch Perfect star will play Daniel, the bartender at the titular duo’s regular hangout. Streep is set to star as Ricki, a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic who gets one last chance to have it all.Ohhhhhhh, What a Night?!No, who really loves you, pretty mama? Porn star Tommy Pistol will play Frankie Valli in an upcoming adult film version of Jersey Boys, aptly titled Jersey Boys XXX: The Porn Musical. The seasoned sex-thespian says he is a huge fan of the show, and has been listening to The Four Seasons nonstop for the past couple months. Read more on the adult entertainment news site XBiz. Needless to say, NSFW. You know, because of language.Betty Buckley Brings Ghosts to Joe’s PubWhen a theater is unoccupied, a single light bulb—a ghostlight—illimuniates the stage to keep away the spirits. But when Betty Buckley takes to Joe’s Pub to celebrate the launch of her album Ghostlight, there will surely be plenty of (live) spectators cheering on the Broadway legend. The Tony winner will play the venue on October 7 and October 9-11.Wicked Continues to Fly High Across the PondAnd no one’s gonna bring it down. The London production of Wicked has become the 14th longest-running musical in West End history, surpassing Me and My Girl. It is also now the 10th longest-running show currently playing the West End. The U.K. hit opened on September 27, 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre with the show’s Tony-winning star Idina Menzel. Whoever that is. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kerry Ellis and Savannah Stevenson currently play Elphaba and Glinda in the London production.Those Scoundrels Better Werk, BitchYou wanna hot body? You wanna Bugatti? Just want “great big stuff” in general? Well, as Britney, the cast of the West End’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell say, you better work, bitch. Oh, Jerry, you drive us crazy and we just can’t sleep. Check out their fun video below, and happy Friday! Ben Platt Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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A question of sport

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Jamie Vardy eyes record as he helps Leicester beat West Brom

first_img Riyad Mahrez had already scored twice – although his second should have been disallowed for offside – as the visitors remain unbeaten on the road. Salomon Rondon’s second goal in two games put the Baggies ahead but they missed the chance to record three successive wins for the first time since 2012. Rickie Lambert scored his first goal for Albion from the penalty spot late on but it could not rescue the hosts. Leicester were the better side throughout and Vardy sent the Baggies an early warning when he was inches away from the opening goal after eight minutes. The England striker lost Craig Dawson before turning Gareth McAuley only to hit the inside of the post and see the ball fly out. It was the only early chance during a tepid start where the Foxes made the running without making the crucial breakthrough. The one-dimensional Baggies had rarely looked like creating from open play with their only threat coming from Chris Brunt’s free kick which hit the wall. But they took the lead on 30 minutes when Leicester switched off from a corner and Danny Simpson allowed Rondon to edge ahead and glance in at the near post. It at least roused a subdued Hawthorns although the Foxes remained the more dangerous. Boaz Myhill saved from Leonardo Ulloa, making his first league start of the season as the rusty striker searched for his first goal since May. But they remained without an equaliser and were indebted to Simpson when he denied James McClean when the winger was ready to pounce two minutes after the break. The Foxes always looked likely to score, though, and they deservedly levelled on 57 minutes thanks to Mahrez’s seventh goal of the season. Marc Albrighton was given far too much time and space to put in a dangerous cross and Mahrez arrived to slot past Myhill from six yards. It was sloppy from Albion and they suffered again seven minutes later. Vardy had already gone close before Mahrez struck again when he combined with Albrighton to volley in from close range. It was again deserved but the winger was offside before he made contact and it got worse for Albion with 13 minutes left when Vardy continued his remarkable record. With West Brom pressing Danny Drinkwater split the Baggies for Vardy to outpace the floundering defence and rifle past Myhill. It set up a grandstand finish as Lambert made it 3-2 from the spot when Callum McManaman was felled by N’Golo Kante with five minutes left. McManaman curled wide and Kasper Schmeichel saved from Lambert in injury time as Leicester held on. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Vardy strikes for the 8th consecutive @premierleague game. Game’s gone mad!” – Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reacts after Jamie Vardy’s goal against West Brom. RATINGS West Brom: Boaz Myhill: 6/10 Craig Dawson: 6 Gareth McAuley: 6 Jonny Evans: 6 Chris Brunt: 6 Darren Fletcher: 6 Claudio Yacob: 6 James McClean: 6 Saido Berahino: 6 Stephane Sessegnon: 6 Salomon Rondon: 7 Subs: Rickie Lambert: 6 James Morrison: 6 Callum McManaman: 7 Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Danny Simpson: 7 Robert Huth: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Jeff Schlupp: 6 Marc Albrighton: 7 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 7 Riyad Mahrez: 8 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Jamie Vardy: 7 Subs: Andy King: 6 Nathan Dyer: 6 Shinji Okazaki: 6 STAR MAN: Riyad Mahrez The winger changed the game inside seven minutes with clinical finishes – although he profited from poor defending and officiating. The Foxes were the more dangerous and in Mahrez they have someone who can change a game when they need him. He now has three goals in his last two games and his creativity and intelligence are things West Brom were crying out for. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Leicester always looked the better side and they rubber stamped the victory – before surviving a few late scares – with Jamie Vardy’s goal. The striker outpaced the Albion defence and his ruthless finish showed he is at the top of his game. It made it 11 goals for the season in the Barclays Premier League and Vardy has now scored in eight straight games – just two matches away from equalling the league’s all-time record. VIEW FROM THE BENCH West Brom were searching for three straight wins for the first time since 2012 and boss Pulis will be unhappy they failed to build on a first-half lead. Albion were second best for much of the contest and they never looked comfortable even with the goal from Salomon Rondon. Claudio Ranieri would have been frustrated with his side, despite being the better team in the first half, but they showed their character and in Mahrez and Vardy he has match winners. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Tony Pulis will be rightfully angry about Mahrez’s second goal after replays showed the winger was offside before he scored. It will be a massive bone of contention with the game delicately poised at 1-1 before the Algerian struck. How the officials missed it will also be questioned with Mahrez clearly beyond the Baggies’ backline when Marc Albrighton crossed for him. WHO’S UP NEXT? Leicester v Watford (Premier League, Saturday November 7). Man Utd v West Brom (Premier League, Saturday November 7). Press Association Jamie Vardy continued his stunning form as Leicester edged past West Brom. The England striker has now scored in eight straight Barclays Premier League games as he sealed the Foxes’ 3-2 win at The Hawthorns. He is now just two games away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s all-time record set in 2003 and is the league’s top scorer with 11 goals in as many matches. last_img read more

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HackSC brings entrepreneurs together

first_imgUSC hosted HackSC, a student-run 36-hour hackathon that promotes quick learning and rapid prototyping this weekend at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.High flying · Harris Christiansen, a freshman at Purdue University, presents the iDrone at HackSC, which was held at USC this weekend. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanWith over 700 participants, including students from Stanford and the University of California Berkeley, HackSC was the biggest hackathon ever held on the USC campus. Participants had access to a variety of resources, including hardware and software tools, and were encouraged to build applications in the fields of game, iOS, Android, web and hardware.“We wanted to create a community for people who are interested in creating apps and all these projects and who are interested in computer science,” said Ruyan Chen, a junior majoring in computer science who led the marketing efforts for the event.She said the goal of HackSC is to build a supportive hacker community in the Southern California area.“We feel like SoCal is going to be a region where tech is growing really fast, so we want to help it move along the right direction,” Chen said.The weekend-long hackathon began on Friday evening with keynote speaker Pamela Fox, who creates programming curriculum at Khan Academy to teach the next generation of computer science programmers. Fox is a graduate of USC’s computer science department and has worked at Coursera and Google.After the opening ceremony, participants were able to form teams and pitch ideas to the mentors sent by the industry sponsors of the event. The event also hosted workshops in multiple fields of leading technology, including game development and hardware.“We started Hacker SChool, which was targeted at new hackers who want to build products in the five major domains, whether it’s iOS, Android, games, web or hardware,” said junior Brian Kim, a founder of HackSC. “The goal was for the participants to learn the full process of building an app after the five hours of training.”Calvin LeGassick, a project lead for HackSC and a sophomore majoring in computer science and electrical engineering, said he wants to continue Hack SChool for the next year because it’s never been done before at a hackathon and that it did exactly what he and the planning team wanted it to do.“The feedback we got from the students was that they were able to build cool stuff afterwards, and that’s what the event is about. We want to expand it next year and make sure that all the workshops we did this year are better and more interactive, as well as adding another workshop about 3D printing,” LeGassick said.LeGassick hopes to expand the hackathon to students in other majors as well.“Right now, hackathons are primarily for computer science students,” he said. “Something that we’re interested in opening up is for hackathons to be a place to build cool stuff, and that doesn’t necessarily mean software.”HackSC had over 1,800 people register, but the coordinators had to cut down on the number of participants due to the limited space and budget.“Though we are bigger than most hackathons, we are still trying to keep the small hackathon feeling in which people are supported and cared for,” Kim said.Kim said the current computer science curriculum is too theoretical and not application-oriented enough.“Currently, the computer science curriculum is very theoretical, and it’s very important to have the foundational basis, but if you’re supplementing that with real-life building for [actual] users, that’s extremely important. And that’s definitely something that’s under-emphasized and something we want to bring up,” Kim said.Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor of professional practice at the Annenberg School, was one of the faculty advisors for HackSC.“I helped mentor two teams that [were] composed of Annenberg students and who never have done hackathons before,” Hernandez said. “It’s really important for us to be involved in this movement and to also host it as much as we can.”Hernandez said the hackathon fostered teamwork, collaboration and problem solving, which are skills necessary to succeed in today’s society.“It’s working under a deadline, it’s problem solving, it’s learning digital skills and applying them, and also coming up with solutions that they didn’t think was possible,” he said. “These are important skills that you don’t necessarily get out of the classroom. This is a different type of environment that should be part of our toolbox and curriculum.”Samir Ghosh, a freshman majoring in cognitive science, was a first-time participant at the hackathon.“My project is called Beatbot, and it’s a dynamic drum machine that follows you as you play the guitar,” Ghosh said. “So as you speed up or slow down it keeps tempo with you.”He and his team used a Myo, which is a motion control and gesture control armband bracelet that utilizes arm muscle activity to control digital devices over Bluetooth, and an Arduino to show a light display of the beat.“I think events like HackSC will inspire a culture of innovation at USC. We have a ton of brilliant minds, and it’s really cool to see what happens when you put creative people together,” Ghosh said.last_img read more

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