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Mike Myers had to rewrite Waynes World 2 at the last minute

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Funnyman Mike Myers had to rewrite the script for Wayne’s World 2 after movie boss Sherry Lansing realized he had based the whole plot on a 1949 British comedy.In an extract from Stephen Galloway’s new Lansing biopic, Leading Lady, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the writer reveals the then-Paramount chief was furious to learn the sequel was a rip-off of Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico and laid into Myers.Producer Lorne Michaels tells Galloway, “I think he (Myers) believed they (studio bosses) had bought the rights to the other movie so that he was free to use it.” Advertisement To avoid production delays, Lansing demanded Myers rewrite his script.One source tells the author, “She said, ‘How dare you? How dare you put us in this position?’ She turned to Mike and said, ‘We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f—ing house. You won’t even own a f—ing home’.“(She added), ‘If I were you, Mike, I’d go to Lorne’s office right now, and stay there until you come up with a new script. We’ll slide food under the door’.”Galloway points out Myers did as he was told and rewrote the script. He never worked for Lansing again. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Small Publishers and Marketing Services

first_imgFor some publishers, acquiring their way into marketing services (in March, Penton bought online marketing firm EyeTraffic Media) may be the best option. Referencing the development of Meredith Integrated Marketing, Tom Stein, president and founder of b-to-b agency Stein Rogan + Partners, said it was based on six acquisitions and that former Meredith National Media group president Jack Griffin told him, “If we decided to do this in-house, we’d still be just talking about it.” However, most smaller publishers don’t have the war chest for six marketing acquisitions (or spending $350 million on a digital agency the way Hearst did for iCrossing). For them, entering marketing services requires a mix of in-house development and strategic partnering. Last week, Northstar Travel Media announced a marketing solutions division based around two internal staffers (a VP of marketing solutions in former TravelAge West publisher Michelle Rosenberg and a dedicated project manager), and a strategic tech partner in Decision Counsel to execute programs. American Business Media’s annual meeting this year took a single theme approach, focusing on the opportunity for b-to-b publishers to offer marketing services. While the core of marketing services is based on many things publishers already offer (content, data, lead gen), it’s also a different business with longer sales cycles, potentially lower margins, and a different sales and editorial mentality. It’s the latest example of publishers “chasing new money in a hurry,” according to Mitch Rouda, president of e-media at Farm Journal Media. Stage 1: Status quo—no projects. Customers should be addressed with best practices and industry trends. Stage 2: Discovery—the customer knows they need a project but isn’t sure what to do. Here, white papers and Webinars are applicable. Stage 3: Vendor selection. Here Summit presents customer testimonials, assessment tools in which prospects can enter data and increasing use of video. “For our market, they want to see the machines in action, says Newcorn. Stage 4: Short list. Vendor comparison charts. “Here, they need something downloadable,” says Newcorn. “A chart indicates they’re pretty far down the path. A boardroom PowerPoint is something junior execs can show to more senior, maybe less tech savvy execs.” The Summit proposal package includes a kick-off meeting with the content creators, written analysis and recommendations and a 12-month road map. “Now that we have the infrastructure to produce custom packages, now we have to look at how we sell it,” says Newcorn. Summit Media also debuted a new dedicated custom media group (“custom” is increasingly becoming a dirty word that marketing can’t relate too—hence the rise of “marketing solutions.”) with seven full-time people and multiple freelancers. “What’s interesting is [clients] want our expertise as content producers, not our audience,” said Dave Newcorn, vice president of digital and custom media. center_img Many of the services now falling under the umbrella of “marketing solutions” have previously been offered as value-added. “We need to change the nature of free with things like copywriting, consulting, white papers and surveys,” says Newcorn. “We charged one client $7,500 to put together a survey and send it. In any other kind of work, that’s consulting.” Summit came up with a price calculator that deducts hard costs but also incentivizes salespeople to sell high. Part of getting the new custom group off the ground was a “lunch & learn” campaign in which Newcorn and his group visited 108 customers in 15 cities, explaining the concept of lead nurturing. The publisher also did research identifying four stages of the buying process and what solutions to offer. They include:last_img read more

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CIID detains man with 1625kg gold

first_imgThe arrestee was identified as Rabiul Islam, 22. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) on Saturday arrested a young man along with 140 gold bars weighing 16.25 kg from Baitul Mukarram Market in the city, reports UNB. DG Moinul also sought assistance from Bangladesh Jewellers Samity and some jewellery ornament traders to seize the consignment, said CIID assistant director Shahiduzzaman. On Saturday morning, a CIID team, led by assistant director Zakaria, arrested Rabiul in association with the local traders along with the gold consignment around 5:20pm. Following a secret information that a big consignment of gold bars would come to the market illegally, CIID director general Moinul Khan directed a team to start vigilance there.last_img read more

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Man killed in Barishal gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Fultola of Barishal’s Ujirpur upazila early Tuesday.News agency UNB quoted police as saying that the deceased was Robiul Alam, 35, a resident of Madaripur district town and accused in six murder casesSaiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal police, said a team of police arrested Robiul from Madaripur district on Monday night in a case filed for killing Jalla union chairman Bishwajit Gosh Nantu.After gleaning information in primary interrogation, a team of police along with Rabiul conducted a drive in the area to recover arms.When the team reached there, his cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Rabiul injured with bullet.Later, he was taken to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a firearm and several sharp weapons from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Decoding cosmological data could shed light on neutrinos modified gravity

first_img Explore further More information: Fergus Simpson, et al. “Clipping the Cosmos: The Bias and Bispectrum of Large Scale Structure.” Physical Review Letters 107, 271301 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.271301 Copyright 2012 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This Hubble Ultra-Deep Field image of the distant universe contains approximately 10,000 galaxies. Image credit: NASA and the ESA (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s most powerful telescopes collect huge amounts of data from the most distant locations of the universe – yet much of the information is simply discarded because it involves small length scales that are difficult to model. In an effort to waste less data from cosmological surveys, a team of scientists has developed a new technique that allows researchers to use otherwise unusable data by “clipping” some of the highest density peaks, which present the greatest challenge to models. This data could provide a way to address some unsolved problems in physics, including estimating the neutrino mass and investigating theories of modified gravity. The scientists, Fergus Simpson, Alan Heavens, and Catherine Heymans from the University of Edinburgh, and J. Berian James from the Dark Cosmology Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the University of California, Berkeley, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“The pattern formed by galaxies in our Universe is often referred to as the cosmic web, as it bears some resemblance to the structures seen in an intricate spider web,” Simpson told PhysOrg.com. “Within the detailed nature of this pattern is encoded various pieces of information regarding the composition of the Universe, the conditions in the early Universe, and the laws of gravity. However, when we try to study the fine detail on ‘small’ scales (around 100 million light years or less), it appears to be very unpredictable since the Universe is particularly lumpy on these scales, so the physics becomes very complex and nonlinear. In other words, we don’t know how to decode that information, and it’s particularly frustrating since most of the useful information is buried in these smaller scales.”In an attempt to decode this small-scale data, the researchers developed the density “clipping” technique, which makes the data accessible to modeling.“By applying a simple correction to the very densest regions of a simulated patch of the Universe, just 0.1% of the volume, we found that this removes most of this unpredictable behavior,” Simpson said. “We have now demonstrated that a great deal of information from these smaller scales can be successfully extracted.”He explained that this extra data could prove useful for scientists studying a wide range of areas, such as calculating a better estimate of the neutrino mass.“It is these ‘small’ cosmological scales that neutrinos are thought to have influenced in the early Universe, at a time when they were travelling very close to the speed of light,” he said. “The extent of their influence depends on how much time they spent at these very high speeds, which in turn is determined by their mass. So it’s possible that our technique will allow the neutrino masses to be determined from the distribution of galaxies.“Neutrinos can tell us about fundamental physics as well as cosmology. In the Standard Model of particle physics, neutrinos do not have mass, so neutrino masses tell us about extensions of the Standard Model. In principle, measurements from cosmology can be significantly more precise than laboratory experiments.”In addition, the small-scale data enables researchers to better understand the relationship between galaxies and dark matter, which could potential lead to methods for investigating theories of modified gravity with observations.“The discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating has led many cosmologists to wonder if this is an indication that the laws of gravity need to be modified,” Simpson said. “If there is some new gravitational physics, it is expected to change the rate at which dark matter clusters together. A major difficulty in measuring the dark matter’s behavior is that we don’t know how the distribution of galaxies (which is what we can measure directly) relates to the distribution of dark matter. In our study we demonstrated that our technique allows the relationship between galaxies and dark matter (‘galaxy bias’) to be determined with much greater accuracy. Once the galaxy bias is known, we can determine how fast the dark matter has been clustering, and see whether that matches our expectation from Einstein’s laws of gravity.”center_img Andromeda dwarf galaxies help unravel the mysteries of dark matter Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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Xray burst spotted in the galactic bulge

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Using the JEM-X telescope onboard the INTEGRAL space observatory, astronomers have discovered a new X-ray burst in the galactic bulge. The X-ray burst was detected from the faint unidentified transient source know as IGR J17445-2747. The discovery is reported in a paper published Sept. 8 on arXiv.org. First detected in 2003 by the IBIS/ISGRI gamma-ray telescope, IGR J17445-2747 was initially classified as a faint, unidentified persistent source. Subsequent observations of this source were conducted with the aim of detecting any outbursts that could be helpful in determining its nature. However, no such outbursts were discovered to date.This situation changed in April 2017 when a team of Russian astronomers from the Space Research Institute in Moscow spotted a type I X-ray burst from IGR J17445-2747. The group, led by Ilya Mereminskiy, discovered the burst by analyzing the data obtained during scanning observations of the galactic center region with the Joint European X-ray Monitor (JEM-X) telescope onboard ESA’s INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) space mission. “We reported the detection of a type I X-ray burst from the poorly studied transient X-ray source IGR J17445-2747 in the galactic bulge,” the researchers wrote in the paper.X-ray bursts are among the most energetic events observed in the universe. They are believed to be thermonuclear explosions occurring near the surface of accreting neutron stars. Such events occur in low-mass X-ray binary systems where a neutron star and low-mass main sequence star are in orbit around one another.Astronomers divide X-ray bursts into two categories: type I and type II. Type I bursts have a sharp rise followed by a slow and gradual decline of the luminosity profile, while type II bursts are characterized by a quick pulse shape, and may have many fast bursts separated by minutes. First X-ray burst was discovered in 1975 and so far, almost all of the detected X-ray bursts were found to be of type I.New observations from the JEM-X instrument show that IGR J17445-2747 is another source exhibiting type I X-ray bursts. The newly detected burst has a shape typical for type I bursts, including a fast rise shorter than five seconds and a much slower decay lasting about 15 seconds. The findings indicate that IGR J17445-2747 is an accreting neutron star with a weak magnetic field in a low-mass X-ray binary.”Such bursts are a sign of a thermonuclear explosion of accreted matter on the surface of a neutron star with a weak magnetic field in a low-mass X-ray binary. This is also confirmed by the almost blackbody spectrum detected during the burst,” the paper reads.Furthermore, few days after the discovery of the burst from IGR J17445-2747, the source was observed with the X-Ray Telescope (XRT) onboard NASA’s Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission in order to estimate its accurate position. These observations allowed the researchers to determine that IGR J17445-2747 is most likely located in the galactic bulge, between 16,300 and 40,000 light years away from the Earth. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org JEM-X sky images (S/N maps) in the 3–20 keV band obtained on April 10, 2017: (a) over the entire observation during which the burst was detected; (b) within 13 s near the burst maximum. The detected bright persistent sources are indicated in the left image. The white circle marks IGR J17445-2747. Credit: Mereminskiy et al., 2017. New accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar discovered More information: IGR J17445-2747 – yet another X-ray burster in the Galactic bulge, arXiv:1709.02775 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1709.02775AbstractThe discovery of a type I X-ray burst from the faint unidentified transient source IGR J17445-2747 in the Galactic bulge by the JEM-X telescope onboard the INTEGRAL observatory is reported. Type I bursts are believed to be associated with thermonuclear explosions of accreted matter on the surface of a neutron star with a weak magnetic field in a low-mass X-ray binary. Thus, this observation allows the nature of this source to be established. Citation: X-ray burst spotted in the galactic bulge (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-x-ray-galactic-bulge.htmllast_img read more