Cameron Crowe Says ‘Almost Famous’ Will Make Its Stage Debut “In The Coming Months”

first_imgCameron Crowe‘s Oscar-winning 2000 film, Almost Famous, is being adapted into a new stage musical. According to Rolling Stone, the production has been in development for the last couple of years and is expected to hit Broadway “in the near future.”After Crowe posted a video of composer Tom Kitt performing at the piano, it’s been confirmed that the American Idiot composer penned the original music for the upcoming production. Alongside Crowe’s stage book, Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) will be the production’s director.Almost Famous, the movie, is set in 1973 and chronicles the start of a 15-year-old journalist’s career in music, specifically his first assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, in which he fakes his age in order to go on tour with a band that’s about to enter the peak of their career. The storyline itself is a fictionalized version of Crowe’s own experience writing for the same publication as a teenager in the early 1970s.“I remember the first day of filming Almost Famous,” Crowe recalled to Rolling Stone. “We were standing in downtown San Diego, shooting a scene with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on the very same street where I’d first met Lester Bangs [who Hoffman plays in the scene]. It felt surreal. It felt like a miracle. I called a friend of mine and said, ‘How did I get here?’ He laughed and said, ‘Enjoy it, this won’t happen again.’ The current miracle is that the feeling is coming alive again.”While details remain unconfirmed as to where or when the production will make its debut, Crowe does profess his commitment by saying that “it doesn’t even feel like work.” He continues, “It feels like a new adventure, a natural progression but still true to the question that started it all. ‘What do you love about music?’. Can’t wait to bring it to you in the coming months.”Take a peek at the video Crowe posted of Tom Kitt performing at the piano in preparation of the new musical:last_img read more

Johnson to guard judicial independence

first_imgJohnson to guard judicial independence July 15, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Johnson to guard judicial independence Jan Pudlow Associate Editor “Expect a lot of straight talk and truth-telling” from The Florida Bar’s new president, longtime friend and colleague Mary Sweet told the audience at the swearing-in ceremony at Annual Meeting.Those expectations were soon realized when 46-year-old Kelly Overstreet Johnson, the Bar’s 56th president and leader of the state’s 74,000 lawyers, addressed the General Assembly in Boca Raton June 25.“Several years ago, the legislature provided the governor with the power to make all of the appointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. This change has resulted in a strain on judicial independence and the perception of an increase in politically based appointments — from the commissioners to the judges themselves,” Johnson said in her inaugural speech.“We must work to return balanced, nonpartisan voices to our Judicial Nominating Commissions and preserve the independence of our judiciary, the most important component of our system of justice. Judges must be selected based on what they know — not who they know or their particular political views.”As for Revision 7 to Art. V, the constitutional amendment that shifted funding of the court system from the counties to the state July 1, Johnson called it well-intended, “but it has not worked as envisioned.. . . Not a single new judgeship was funded, despite a certification by the Supreme Court for the last two years of a need for many new judges around the state. This is not acceptable.”Sweet also described her friend Johnson — with a long list of professional activities and varied legal career including government lawyer and solo practitioner before becoming a partner at Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee — as possessing “the ability to listen with educated ears.”“This year, she is going to be committed to listening to lawyers.. . and being part of the solution for them,” Sweet said.Among Johnson’s commitments as Bar president are to: • Review lawyer advertising rules and revise them as necessary.“I am committed, as Bar president, to maintaining and protecting what I think is the proper balance between a lawyer’s right to inform the consuming public, and the Bar’s duty to help ensure a fair, dignified, and impartial legal system.” • Work to increase funding for legal assistance for children.Praising past President Miles McGrane for his accomplishments during the “Year of the Children,” Johnson said she “would like to continue the strides he has made in bringing greater access to the courts for Florida’s lower-income, disabled, abused, and neglected children.”She encouraged everyone to purchase the Bar’s new specialty license tag, “Kids Deserve Justice,” that will provide a constant source of funding for children’s legal aid, to be administered by The Florida Bar Foundation. • Encourage diverse members of the legal profession to get more involved in Bar activities.“It wasn’t too long ago that women presidents of The Florida Bar were still an unheard of phenomenon, and we have yet to have our first president of color. Nevertheless, I stand before you as evidence of a profession that can and continues to embrace inclusiveness,” said Johnson, the Bar’s third woman president (after Pat Seitz, 1993, and Edith Osman, 1999).“Our courts, law schools, and law offices must continue to strive to find ways to include instead of exclude each other in our legal and professional activities. Won’t it be nice when we no longer notice or comment upon a ‘first,’ ‘second,’ or ‘third’?” Johnson asked.“I urge each of you to reach out to someone who is not like you and begin a dialogue with him or her about improving Florida’s legal profession and making our system more open for all attorneys.”With that goal in mind, Johnson appointed President-elect Alan Bookman to chair a membership outreach initiative.“In this great melting pot we call home, it is imperative that the legal profession serve as the bridge linking all members of society to the protections afforded by the rule of law. Let’s open our horizons and broaden our outlook. Let’s be stewards of a more inclusive society and a more inclusive Bar.”With rows and rows of family, friends, colleagues, past Bar presidents, judges, and Supreme Court justices witnessing the event, Johnson was joined at the podium by her husband, Hal Johnson, general counsel of the Florida Police Benevolent Association. Placing her hand on a thick Bible, she solemnly repeated the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.The Johnsons’ 3-year-old twin daughters, Alex and Haley, watched from the front row, squirming in Sunday-best white dresses and matching hair bows. And Tallahassee Bar President Nina Ashenafi rushed up to present a tropical bouquet of flowers to the hometown gal made good.There was a moment to acknowledge that Johnson’s hero, her father Tom Overstreet who died almost two years ago of cancer, was certainly present in spirit on this joyous occasion.With a ceremonial banging of the gavel, Johnson declared the General Assembly adjourned. As she stepped down to the floor, well-wishers swarmed around Johnson with hugs and kisses and flashing cameras, as she hoisted a twin to her hip.Paraphrasing Betty Davis in “All About Eve,” Sweet told those gathered: “Let’s fasten our seatbelts. It’s going to be an exciting year!”last_img read more

How will debt collection proposal affect CUs?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the CFPB considers a rulemaking related to third-party debt collection, NAFCU would like to know how it could impact credit unions that use third-party vendors or credit union service organizations (CUSOs) to collect debts owed.Although rulemakings for both first- and third-party debt collection were initially contemplated, the bureau’s focus shifted to just third-party. However, a first-party debt collection rule is still possible in the future. NAFCU previously urged the bureau to exempt credit unions from any rules related to first- and third-party debt collection, as credit unions are not the bad actors in this space.In a Regulatory Alert sent to member credit unions Thursday, NAFCU outlined that the proposal would:create a new limited-content message and allow debt collectors to communicate with consumers through email, text message and social media (only through private messaging functions), though the debt collector must include instructions to opt-out of receiving communications via email or text message;last_img read more