بایگانی ماهیانه: جولای 2020

‘If we are not seen praising iconic players, fans tend to assume that we are antagonistic’

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: August 1, 2020 12:49:38 am

Sanjay Manjrekar Sanjay Manjrekar (File)

Five months after he was removed from the BCCI commentary panel, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has written to Board president Sourav Ganguly and other members of the Apex Council explaining his position and offering to apologise “if I have offended anyone.”

Manjrekar stated that he would be “happy to apologise” and that the sacking has “shaken my confidence” and was a “big jolt”. In this communication accessed by The Indian Express, Manjrekar noted that he was told by a BCCI official on phone that he was sacked because “some players had an issue with me as a commentator”.

The mail was a precursor to another letter the former batsman wrote to Board officials requesting his reinstatement in the commentary panel for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League – most likely to be held in the United Arab Emirates – and promising to abide by the regulations set by the BCCI.

“You are already in receipt of the email I sent to explain my position as commentator. With the IPL dates announced, bcci.tv will pick its commentary panel soon. I will be happy to work as per the guidelines laid by you. After all, we are working on what is essentially your production. Last time, maybe there was not enough clarity on this issue,” he wrote.

It has been speculated that Manjrekar was removed from the panel as a result of his comment calling Ravindra Jadeja a “bits-and-pieces player” during last year’s ODI World Cup and the subsequent reactions from fans and the player himself were an important trigger in him losing his job.

On July 3 last year, Jadeja had tweeted his ire at Manjrekar’s comments: “Still, I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I am still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea @Sanjaymanjrekar”.

After his half-century in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Jadeja had gesticulated angrily towards the commentary studio. The official Twitter handle of the ICC posted a video of a post-match discussion involving Manjrekar. “By bits and by pieces, he just ripped me apart today. Bits of pieces of sheer brilliance, he proved me all wrong,” he had said that day.

In his first mail to Board officials, Manjrekar also flagged the perils of being a commentator in these times. “If we are not seen praising the iconic players all the time, the fans of those players tend to assume that we are antagonistic towards the players they worship … Anyone who has followed my career as a commentator would know that I have no malicious agenda against anyone and that my opinions come from a very pure place that I hold sacred. It’s cricket we are talking about, a sport that’s given me and my father so much,” Manjrekar stated. “I was greatly hurt! Especially because this came as a real shock!” he added.

Manjrekar reiterated his willingness to apologise. “So, really, this sacking for whatever reason, has shaken my confidence as a professional. If unwittingly, I have offended anyone I would be happy to apologise to the concerned party.”

Manjrekar also brought up the Jadeja issue in great detail in his email to the Apex Council, attaching an audio file of his comments. “You will see how benign it is when you hear it in right context”. He also wrote, “The player concerned obviously misunderstood this or was perhaps misinformed. By the way, the player and I have since privately made peace over this issue.”

He stated that the comment was not made during commentary but in an interview. “Please note this comment was not made by me on Twitter or in commentary, it was in an audio interview to a news agency… that got blown out of proportion. It was made as a part of a long media interview but unfortunately was made into an eye-catching headline by just one website and the player reacted sharply to it on Twitter. This got the issue the traction it did not deserve. ‘Bits-and-pieces’ is a cricketing term commonly used for cricketers who are non-specialists. It is regularly used by commentators to describe certain players and it’s never considered to be demeaning.”

In his email, Manjrekar listed out his standing as a commentator until he was “suddenly not found good enough”. “Until this moment I had been the leading commentator on the BCCI panel for many years fulfilling some of the biggest responsibilities there are in live broadcasting: lead commentator, post-match awards presenter, hosting the toss, doing player interviews and yes, impromptu BCCI functions on ground too. I am also one of the first Indian commentators that gets rostered for the World Cups by the ICC. I did my job with great pride and a 100 per cent commitment and suddenly not found to be good enough to be in the panel was a big jolt.”

Excerpts from Manjrekar’s email to BCCI

Dear esteemed members of the Apex Council,

In February 2020, completely out of the blue, I was told by Dev Shriyan, the head of production, BCCI Tv, that I was being removed from the commentary panel.

I have publicly maintained that — “the BCCI are my employers and they have every right to either have me or not, in their commentary panel. I have never considered being on a commentary panel an entitlement.”

But here, amongst a small circle of important stakeholders of Indian cricket, friends and colleagues, please allow me to open my heart.

I was greatly hurt! Especially because this came as a real shock!

I did my job with great pride and a 100 percent commitment and suddenly not found to be good enough to be in the panel was a big jolt.

Later I was told on phone by a senior office bearer that some players had an issue with me as a commentator . Now here is where our job gets a bit tricky.

If we are not seen praising the iconic players all the time, the fans of those players tend to assume that we are antagonistic towards the players they worship. That’s the professional hazard we have to live with doing our job. Anyone who has followed my career as a commentator would know that I have no malicious agenda against anyone and that my opinions come from a very pure place that I hold sacred. It’s cricket we are talking about, a sport that’s given me and my father so much.

My comments and opinions could be wrong, but they are never personal, derogatory or borne out of prejudice or cunning design, I am only biased towards excellence in performances, whether it’s a team or a player.

Now, let’s take the ‘ bits and pieces’ comment that got blown out of proportion during the last World Cup.

‘Bits and pieces’ is a cricketing term commonly used for cricketers who are non-specialists. It is regularly used by commentators to describe certain players and it’s never considered to be demeaning.

The player concerned obviously misunderstood this or was perhaps misinformed. By the way, the player and I have since privately made peace over this issue.

So, really, this sacking for whatever reason, has shaken my confidence as a professional. If unwittingly, I have offended anyone I would be happy to apologise to the concerned party.


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Khloé Kardashian دختر واقعی باعث می شود یک ظرف غذا با رژ لب

حرکت بیش از, Kylie Jenner: تاپیک جدید رژ لب مغول در خانواده است.

روز جمعه Khloé Kardashian مشترک شیرین Instagram پست از 2-year-old daughter درست تامپسون رقص در آینه در حالی که لکه رژ لب در سراسر چهره او.

“کسی بود که احساس خود” 36 ساله ستاره زیر نویس پست.

“آیا شما نگاه زیبا؟” کارداشیان می پرسد در پس زمینه خنده به عنوان واقعی قرار می دهد و نکات تکمیلی در تخیلی نگاه کنید.

“وجود دارد می رود صندلی!!,” اظهار نظر خوب آمریکایی از بنیانگذاران مادر Kris Jenner, به عنوان عکس نشان داد که کودک نو پا antics چپ رژ لب علائم در مبلمان است.

شور و شوق برای آرایش در خانواده اجرا می شود; کارداشیان همکاری در هر دو #BECCABFFS مجموعه با بهترین دوستان Malika حق و Koko مجموعه برای کایلی آرایشی و بهداشتی با خواهرش کایلی Jenner.

در حالی که ممکن است چندی قبل کمی واقعی کامل زیبایی روال مادرش مطمئنا بود وجود دارد به راهنمای او در طول راه.

“رسانه های اجتماعی یک هدیه و یک لعنت اما من واقعا می خواهید را به دختر من احساس زیبا و تدریس او که آرایش سرگرم کننده است اما در پایان روز هیچ یک از ما به آن نیاز دارید” کارداشیان نشان داد در یک سال 2018 مصاحبه با Refinery29.


Facebook to showcase music videos after inking deal with record labels

Facebook has inked deals with music giants that will let its billions of users watch hit music videos alongside viral cat clips and political rants, the company said Friday.

Official music videos from artists such as Nicki Minaj, Bob Marley and the Jonas Brothers will go live on the social network Saturday thanks to Facebook’s new partnerships with labels including Sony Music Group, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and BMG.

They will live in a dedicated section of the Facebook Watch video platform featuring new and popular videos along with playlists like “Hip Hop MVPs” and “Epic Dance Videos,” the social-media giant said. Users can react to, comment on and share the clips just like any other video on Facebook, company officials said.

“Official music videos on Facebook are about more than just watching a video,” Vijaye Raji, Facebook’s vice president of entertainment, said in a statement. “They’re about social experiences from discovering new artists with friends to connecting more deeply with artists and people you love.”

Facebook will also host exclusive video premieres in the coming weeks from artists including Colombian reggaeton stars J. Balvin and Karol G. The company did not disclose details of its partnerships with music firms, but it said it’s working with independent publishers as well as large conglomerates.

The effort comes as Facebook-owned Instagram reportedly prepares to launch Reels, a short-form video app built to rival TikTok, which has skyrocketed new artists like rapper Lil Nas X to mainstream fame.

Music videos are also among the most popular content on Google-owned YouTube. The video for Luis Fonsi’s 2017 song “Despacito” is the platform’s most-watched clip ever with more than 6.8 billion views.

Facebook cast the launch as a “natural next step” in its efforts to help artists find opportunities and connect with fans. The platform already allows users to add background music to their own videos, while artists have used augmented-reality filters and Facebook Live broadcasts to promote their work.


The mid-innings chat that led to Curtis Campher switching from South Africa to Ireland

By: Sports Desk | Published: August 1, 2020 12:11:20 am

Curtis Curtis Campher became just the third Irish cricketer to score a 50 on ODI debut and then took a wicket with his fourth ball in international cricket. (Twitter/IrelandCricket)

Curtis Campher might have been Ireland’s star performer in the 1st ODI vs England on Thursday, but he is yet to play a match in Ireland. The 21-year-old, born in Johannesburg and an aspiring South Africa cricketer till recently, relocated to Ireland earlier this year. He represents the Irish team by dint of his grandmother being born in Northern Ireland.

Campher had a debut to remember, even though Ireland lost by 6 wickets. His score of 59 not out from 118 balls was the highest score from his side. He is only the third Ireland player to mark his ODI bow with a fifty. The first had been Eoin Morgan in 2006.

The first ball Campher faced in international cricket was a hat-trick chance for David Willey, with Ireland 28-5. He then built partnerships with Kevin O’Brien and Andy McBrine, taking Ireland from 28-5 to 172.

In the second innings, Campher took a wicket with his fourth ball. He had Tom Banton caught off a top edge. This was a curious twist of fate. Campher had dismissed Banton in a match for South Africa Under-19 in 2018.

Campher’s move to Ireland has its roots in a mid-match chat in 2018. Ireland were in Pretoria in 2018, playing a warm-up against an Easterns and Northerns Combined XI before the qualification tournament for the 2019 World Cup. Campher, then 19, impressed with 49 from 39 balls for the South African side.

Ireland’s Niall O’Brien, who had heard of Campher’s Irish ancestry, approached him during the match and told him he should think of a move.

Campher told BBC: “Niall O’Brien said, ‘Listen you’re a good player, I will chat to you after the game.’ And that is where one thing led to another.”

Campher relocated to Dublin earlier this year but has not played a match on Irish soil yet.

“It was as good a debut as I’ve seen in an Irish shirt in the last number of years, and it’s a huge positive to take,” skipper Andrew Balbirnie said of Campher in the post-match press conference on Thursday.

“I thought it was very impressive for a guy who’s not even played a game in Ireland yet to come in as a 21-year-old and put in a performance like that,” he said.

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کمال کلارک جشن سالگرد با عکس Stassi شرودر را سر دست انداز نوزاد

کمال کلارک است اش را جشن نامزدی سالگرد به Stassi شرودر با صمیمی عکس از بارداری.

کلارک 40 نوشت: در کنار یک عکس از نامزد شرودر 32 در یک مجموعه ای از لباس زیر زنانه سفید: “سالگرد مبارک من شیرینی! یک سال نامزدی! نمی توانید صبر کنید برای یک پدر و مادر با شما.”

شرودر نظر به عقب, “I love youuuu. ما ممکن است به ما فانتزی, کون, عروسی, این سال, اما من به انجام کمی خود را بیگانه نوزاد, بنابراین ما goooood. ❤️❤️❤️”

کلارک پیشنهاد به سابق”Vanderpump قوانین” ستاره در تابستان گذشته در حالی که آرامگاه خرید در هالیوود برای همیشه لطفا برای گورستان. نامزدی خود را و پس از آن جشن دستگیر شدند توسط براوو دوربین.

اما برنامه های عروسی خود را برای این سال از خط خارج شد با این بیماری همه گیر کوروناویروس و اکتبر 2021 nuptials نخواهد بود پخش در شبکه به عنوان شرودر اخراج شد در اوایل این تابستان.

او اجازه رفتن بیش از گذشته نظر است که او ساخته شده بحث در مورد تماس با پلیس در ایمان Stowers سیاه و سفید بازیگران عضو در نشان می دهد برای یک جرم او مرتکب نشده بود. او پس از عذرخواهی از طریق رسانه های اجتماعی.

شرودر بارداری به بیرون درز شد تنها چند روز پس از شلیک با هرزه بعد تایید که او به دلیل تولد در ژانویه 2021.

این زوج در انتظار یک دختر.


Courteney Cox will reprise role in ‘Scream’ reboot

Courteney Cox is returning for the next “Scream” as her famed dogged news reporter character Gale Weathers, we can tell you first.

The “Friends” alum joins previously announced “Scream” castmember David Arquette who is also coming back as Dewey Riley. Cameras will roll on the Spyglass Media Group-Paramount Production in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The next “Scream” is being directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett of the filmmaking group Radio Silence (“Ready or Not,” “V/H/S”) from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (“Murder Mystery,” “Amazing Spider-Man”) and Guy Busick (“Ready or Not,” “Castle Rock”).

Creator Kevin Williamson and the third member of the Radio Silence trio, Chad Villella, are executive producing with Project X Entertainment’s Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein and William Sherak serving as producers.

Radio Silence tells us, “We can’t imagine ‘Scream’ without the iconic Gale Weathers and are so incredibly thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Courteney. We’re absolute mega fans of her work and we’re so excited to join her in the next chapter of the ‘Scream’ saga!”

Courteney Cox in "Scream 3."
Courteney Cox in “Scream 3.”©Dimension Films/Courtesy Everett

In addition to her iconic role as Monica on “Friends,” which landed Cox a SAG ensemble win, she also starred, executive produced and directed 12 episodes of ABC’s “Cougar Town” Cox. Cox serves as an executive producer and host on Facebook Watch’s documentary series, “9 Months with Courteney Cox” via her Hopper Productions banner and Ample Entertainment, which has been on for two seasons.

The actress, who landed a Golden Globe a Best Actress TV Comedy nomination for her work on “Cougar Town,” will soon be seen in the upcoming horror comedy, “Shining Vale,” for Starz.

The “Scream” franchise through four movies that began in 1996 have grossed over $600M at the global box office.  The late Wes Craven directed all four movies. Williamson wrote the original film as well as “Scream 2” and “Scream 4.”

Cox is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Back in June, Justin Kroll reported at Variety that Paramount was partnering with Spyglass on the movie for a theatrical release in 2021. Paramount will market and distribute the film worldwide in all media with select offshore markets territories with domestic pay 1 television being handled by Spyglass.

Spyglass launched as a partnership between Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment. The company has strategic investment backing from Warner Bros. leaders in the motion picture industry; Eagle Pictures, the largest independent distributor in Italy; and Cineworld Group, the second largest theater chain in the world. Spyglass is home to more than 250 film library titles, scripted and unscripted television series, including Oscar winners “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist;” box office hits “The Upside,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained,” “Lee Daniel’s The Butler,” “Spy Kids” and “Paddington;” genre franchises “Hellraiser” and “Scream,” and the television series, “Project Runway.”

Cox also posted this AM on Instagram about the news following Deadline’s break about her return.


First FA Cup final without fans becomes campaigning platform

By: AP | London | Published: July 31, 2020 10:49:13 pm

Wembley Only 300 people will be allowed in the Wembley stadium that fits 90,000. (File Photo/AP)

There will be no walk up to the royal box. No Prince William to hand over the trophy.

Either Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Chelsea counterpart César Azpilicueta will have to pick it up themselves on the pitch.

Even the traditional pre-match “Abide With Me” hymn will be a prerecorded version by Emeli Sandé at Wembley Stadium.

Played without any crowd due to pandemic restrictions, the 139th FA Cup final on Saturday will be the most unusual in the history of the world’s oldest football competition.

And it will be played more than two months after it was originally scheduled, on an August day when England would usually be preparing for the start of a new domestic season rather than completing the last one.

“It’s definitely been a crazy season for everyone,” Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic said.

The American will be one of only up to 300 people allowed in a stadium that fits 90,000.

Fans will still be heard ahead of kickoff for a minute when conversations about mental health involving fans and players are played out as part of a soundscape.

Before kickoff — like every English game in the last six weeks — players will take a knee to show solidarity with campaigns against racial injustice.

It’s why this is being called the Heads Up FA Cup final — with Emirates airline handing over the title sponsorship to the mental wellbeing campaign spearheaded by Prince William.

“I believe more than ever that football can be the catalyst that drives this change and brings us closer together,” said the second-in-line to the British throne.

And in a rare moment of footballing candor this week, the Aston Villa-supporting Duke of Cambridge said he would previously have been a “bit concerned” about his son, Prince George, supporting Chelsea.

“But now,” he said. “Frank’s come in I feel the culture’s a bit different at Chelsea and I’d be OK with it.”

Chelsea’s all-time top-scorer, Lampard has exceeded expectations in his first season back at the west London club as manager.

The former midfielder was unable to make any signings when he took charge a year ago due to a FIFA transfer ban, with Pulisic the only addition to the squad before the deal was already in place.

But Lampard led Chelsea to a fourth-place finish to ensure Champions League qualification and now has an early chance to pick up a cup.

“At this stage in my career, my first year at Chelsea then of course I’d love to do that,” Lampard said. “Many a great manager over periods of time have not been able to win things.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has certainly been impressed by the 42-year-old Lampard’s introduction to the Premier League.

“The consistency he was able to play for that many years, in the position that he played at such a big club, and doing what he did, was incredible,” Arteta said. “Big credit to him on that. As a manager he has shown, since he went to Derby (before Chelsea), the kind of person and ambition that he has, and the way he encourages his team to play.

“Again this season he has done a really good job. We are both young, we are both trying to learn as well our positions.”

Arteta left Manchester City, where he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant, in December to replace Unai Emery after the north London club struggled in the post-Arsene Wenger era.

Arteta was Arsenal captain for two of Wenger’s seven FA Cup wins.

“I have been in touch in the last few months a few times with him but not before the final,” the 38-year-old Arteta said. “It is private conversations but it is great to have him on board. He gives you great advice … He has got such a knowledge and he is such an intelligent person, that just knowing he is there and he is going to be supporting us and supporting me, I feel calmer.”

While Chelsea has already secured European qualification, winning the FA Cup is the only route into the Europa League for Arsenal after finishing eighth in the Premier League — 10 points behind Chelsea.

“We’ve worked so hard since I joined here to try to bring this club back to winning titles, so if we can achieve that I will be delighted,” Arteta said. “But not for myself. For the players and the club.

“They’ve been through some very difficult moments in the last few seasons and as well for our fans, because they really deserve … some joy and some nice moments.”

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Kanye West آدرس وضعیت روانی و در مرحله تفکیک

پس از یک هفته برای Kanye West, رپر و ریاست جمهوری امیدوار است در حال حاضر گفت که نباید “نگران” در مورد او.

43 سال در زمان به توییتر به آدرس چه همسرش, کیم کارداشیان, تلقی یک قسمت دو قطبی پس از او ساخته شده ادعا می کند در مورد خانواده و در اشک را شکست در یک رالی در کارولینای جنوبی گفت: در حالی که این زن و شوهر در نظر گرفته فسخ کارداشیان بارداری با شرکت 7 ساله دختر شمالی.

“من در فکر سقط من متولد اول و هر کس پس نگران من” در غرب توییتی صبح جمعه. “من نگران هستم برای جهان احساس می کند که شما نباید گریه در مورد این موضوع.”

غرب رفت و در به اضافه کردن که او معتقد است که ممکن است بزرگتر عامل در محل کار به نگه داشتن او را از تامین امنیت انتخابات ریاست جمهوری.

“وجود دارد یک تاکتیک از 4 D: منحرف بی اعتبار, اخراج, از بین بردن” او ادامه داد. “من کاملا خوبه. دوم را و فکر می کنم در مورد آنچه که پیش بینی شده در اینجا.”

تولید کننده قبلا عذرخواهی به همسر خود زیر نظرات خود را در این تجمع است. علاوه بر این او گفت که او می خواهم تلاش برای طلاق کارداشیان در حالی که همچنین متهم مادرش, Kris Jenner, از درگیر شدن در “سفید برتری.”

“من می خواهم برای معذرت خواهی به جهنم همسر من, کیم برای رفتن با چیزی که یک موضوع خصوصی” او در نوشته های قبلی صدای جیر جیر.

“من را پوشش نمی دهد و او را مانند او تحت پوشش من است. کیم من می خواهم به می گویند من می دانم که من به شما صدمه دیده است. لطفا مرا ببخش. با تشکر از شما برای اینکه همیشه وجود دارد برای من.”

فقط زمان خواهد شد بگویید اگر مغرب آن را به عنوان منبع به ما گفت ستاره ها زندگی زندگی جداگانه به عنوان آینده خود را آویزان در تعادل می باشد.


Alan Parker, director of ‘Fame,’ ‘Midnight Express’ and ‘Evita,’ dead at 76

Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker, a towering figure in the UK industry, passed away this morning following a lengthy illness, the British Film Institute has confirmed.

Two-time Oscar nominee Parker was best known for directing classic films including “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” “Mississippi Burning” and “The Commitments,” as well as big-budget Madonna movie “Evita.”

Parker was a passionate supporter of the UK film industry and a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He was the founding Chairman of the UK Film Council in 2000, (a position he held for five years), Parker implemented a vision to put the UK film industry on a new road to creative and commercial success. Prior to that he was Chairman of the BFI.  Sir Alan received the CBE in 1995 and a knighthood in 2002. He was also an Officier des Arts et Letters (France).

Parker was also generous in sharing his time, knowledge and experience with young and developing film talent. He was a long-time supporter of the National Film and Television School, and in later years he taught there occasionally as well as at other film schools around the world.

In recent years, after retiring from the industry, Parker renewed his artistic passion with silk screen printing and painting.

Alan Parker was born in Islington, London, February 14, 1944. He began his career in advertising as a copywriter but quickly graduated to writing and directing commercials. By the late 1960s he was one of the small, but hugely influential, group of British directors (including Ridley Scott and Hugh Hudson and Adrian Lyne) who revolutionized the look, quality and reputation of TV advertising by combining sophisticated, witty storytelling with cinema aesthetics for the first time. In 1980 he received the D&AD Gold President’s Award.

die Foster and pie, Pinewood Studios, 1975

In 1974, Parker moved into long-form drama when he directed the BBC film, “The Evacuees,” written by Jack Rosenthal, which won the International Emmy Award and a BAFTA award for direction; the first of Parker’s seven BAFTA awards.

Parker wrote and directed his first feature film, “Bugsy Malone,” in 1975, a unique musical pastiche of Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s with a cast comprised entirely of children. The film received eight BAFTA film nominations and five awards. The film was produced by Alan Marshall and co-executive produced by David Puttnam, (both of whom had started their careers with Parker in advertising).

Parker’s second film was the hugely successful and controversial “Midnight Express” (1977) which won two Oscars® and six Academy Award nominations, including for Parker as Best Director. The film received six Golden Globe Awards and four BAFTA awards.

This was followed, in 1979, by “Fame,” a joyful and diverse celebration of youthful ambition in the arts, which won two Academy Awards®, six nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and was subsequently adapted into a long-running television series.

Alan Parker on the set of "Fame."
Alan Parker on the set of “Fame.”©MGM/Everett Collection

In 1981 Parker directed the powerful family drama, “Shoot the Moon,” starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney. That same year he also directed the seminal “Pink Floyd – The Wall,” the feature film adaptation of the phenomenally successful rock album, which has become a classic of the rock-opera film genre.

In 1984, Parker directed “Birdy” based on the William Wharton novel, starring Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, which won the Grand Prix Special Du Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.

Parker’s next film, the occult thriller “Angel Heart,” made in 1986 and starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet, opened in the US amidst a storm of controversy caused by the ‘X’ rating imposed on the film by the MPAA.

In 1988 Parker directed the civil rights drama, “Mississippi Burning,” starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Director for Parker and winning for Best Cinematography. Parker was also awarded the D.W. Griffith Award for directing by the National Board of Review. The film was nominated for five BAFTA film awards, winning three. It also won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

In 1989 Parker wrote and directed “Come See the Paradise,” a moving family story about the treatment of forcibly interned Japanese-Americans during World War II, starring Dennis Quaid and Tamlyn Tomita.

In 1990 Parker directed “The Commitments,” the story of a young, Irish, working-class soul band, which was awarded a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture and won Parker the Best Director prize at the Tokyo Film Festival, as well as BAFTA film awards for Editing, Screenplay, Director and Best Picture.

In 1993, Parker wrote and directed comedy-drama, “The Road to Wellville,” based on the novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, and starring Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack and Dana Carvey.

In 1996, Parker directed, wrote and produced “Evita,” based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. The film won three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture.

Alan Parker directs Madonna on the set of "Evita" in 1996.
Alan Parker directs Madonna on the set of “Evita” in 1996.Everett Collection

In 1999 Parker wrote and directed “Angela’s Ashes,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling memoir by Frank McCourt, starring Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle. Parker’s final film was “The Life of David Gale,” the 2003 thriller about the cruel politics of capital punishment in the US, starring Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.

Alongside his movie career Parker also proved highly adept at working across other art forms:

In 1984, to celebrate ‘British Film Year’, Parker was commissioned by ITV to make a personal documentary feature about the industry he loved. The ensuing film, “A Turnip Head’s Guide To The British Cinema,” underlined Parker’s credentials as an outspoken champion of British cinema. The film was a big success for ITV when it was broadcast and it annoyed the British film establishment tremendously. Subsequently, the film went on to win the British Press Guild Award for the year’s best TV documentary.

Parker was also the author of the best-selling novel written from his own screenplay of “Bugsy Malone,” published by HarperCollins. In addition, he wrote two other published novels, “Puddles In The Lane,” (1977) and “The Sucker’s Kiss” (2003). He was also renowned as the film industry’s own cartoonist with a satirical and biting, wit. Three collections of his cartoons have been published: “Hares in the Gate,” (1982), “Making Movies,” (1998) and “Will Write and Direct for Food,” (2005), a compendium of 20 years of observations on making films in Britain and in Hollywood.

In 1984 Parker was honored by the British Academy with the prestigious Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema.

In 1998 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain and the Lumiere Medal from the Royal Photographic Society.

Parker has also received Lifetime Achievement awards in Chicago, Munich, Prague, Warsaw and Lodz. He holds honorary doctorates from Sunderland University, the University of East Anglia, Southampton Solent University and University Council of Arts, Spain.

In January 1998, Parker was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Film Institute, and in August 1999 he was appointed first Chairman of the UK Film Council, a position he held for five years.

In November 1995 Parker was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen for services to the British film industry and he received his knighthood in 2002. He was also made Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

He was awarded the 2013 BAFTA Fellowship.

The same year he succeeded István Szabó as President of the European Federation of Film Directors: FERA.

In 2018 Parker donated his significant private archive of scripts and working papers to the BFI National Archive.

Alan Parker passed away on 31 July 2020 after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Moran-Parker, his children Lucy, Alexander, Jake, Nathan and Henry, and seven grandchildren.


UAE cricket board plans to fill 30-50 per cent of stadiums during IPL 2020

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 31, 2020 8:15:28 pm

UAE IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had said the decision on letting in fans during the September 19-November 8 event will be taken by the UAE government. (File Photo/BCCI)

The Emirates Cricket Board is eager to fill up 30-50 per cent of the stadiums with spectators when the IPL is held in the UAE provided the government there approves, its secretary Mubashshir Usmani told PTI on Friday.

While announcing the dates of the IPL, its chairman Brijesh Patel had told PTI that the decision on letting in fans during the September 19-November 8 event will be taken by the UAE government.

Having announced the dates, the BCCI too is awaiting the final approval from the Indian government to host the IPL in the UAE.

“Once we get the confirmation from the BCCI (on Indian government’s approval), we will go to our government with the complete proposal and SOPs which will be prepared by us and the BCCI,” said Usmani over phone.

“We will definitely want our people to experience this prestigious event but it is totally the government’s decision. For most events here, the number ranges from thirty to 50 percent capacity, we are looking at a similar number.

“We are hopeful of getting our government’s approval on that,” he added.

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The UAE has little over 6000 active cases of COVID-19 and the overall situation around the pandemic is under control.

However, the 2020 Dubai Rugby Sevens event, scheduled in November, has been cancelled for the first time sine 1970 due to the coronavirus threat.

Usmani allayed concerns over the safety of the IPL.

“The UAE government has been very efficient in bringing down the case numbers. We are almost living a normal life with certain rules and protocols to be followed.

“And with the IPL still some time way, we will be in an even better place than what it is right now.”

The IPL Governing Council will meet on Sunday to finalise the logistics and SOP for the world’s biggest T20 league.

Usmani said the UAE is ready to host the event and is only awaiting the Indian government’s approval, “which should come through soon”, going by what Patel said at the time of announcing the tournament dates.

“We are still waiting to hear from the BCCI on the Indian government’s approval. Having said that, we are ready,” Usmani said.

“We have plug and play facilities here and have informed them (officials at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah stadiums) to be ready and they are fully aware of it.”

Teams will be arriving in the UAE three-four weeks in advance for training.

Most players have not had proper training in India since the lockdown was enforced in March.

Asked if managing the training schedules of eight teams will be a challenge, Usmani said: “UAE is blessed with the support of private infrastructure. We are able to deliver such events and have delivered before. Last year, we hosted the T20 World Cup qualifier which had 14 teams.”

The UAE had partially hosted the IPL in 2014 due to the general elections in India.

“Last time also, it contributed significantly to the UAE economy. With the full tournament taking place this time, it will be a much bigger boost,” added Usmani.

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