Space opera – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 03:23:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Space opera – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 Learn to trade with Logrolling | CSQ https://star-warz.net/learn-to-trade-with-logrolling-csq/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 03:23:56 +0000 https://star-warz.net/learn-to-trade-with-logrolling-csq/ Early in the American frontier, neighbors recognized the value of helping each other move their wood to a river for transport or to a farm for burning or building cabins. The end result was the same as if each person had worked alone, but the sum total of all the effort required was less. In […]]]>

Early in the American frontier, neighbors recognized the value of helping each other move their wood to a river for transport or to a farm for burning or building cabins. The end result was the same as if each person had worked alone, but the sum total of all the effort required was less. In other words, this particular form of social organization has maximized the cooperative surplus generated by the collective efforts of the community and everyone has improved, sharing this surplus.

Pioneer-turned-US Congressman Davy Crockett is credited with being the first person to borrow the term exchange of give and take of the border and use it to describe the process by which legislators help each other by exchanging votes. By pledging to vote on an issue of less concern in exchange for a colleague’s vote on an issue of greater concern, two lawmakers can achieve more total utility than if each voted [their] preference on both counts. The practice continues to be common in politics, whether legislators trade votes on different pieces of legislation or on parts of the same piece of legislation.

In this way, President Ronald Reagan, who wanted to cut Social Security benefits, and Democratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill, who wanted to expand the reach of this program, came to a famous agreement on legislation to to improve the financial stability of the Social Security Trust. Fund in 1983. Reagan secured support from O’Neill to reduce annual increases in the cost of living in return for Reagan agreeing to require government employees to join the system and taxing a portion of the benefits paid to high earners. Reagan signed the resulting bill after it passed both the House Democrat and the Senate Republican.

President Reagan with Thomas “Tip” O’Neil during a meeting with a group of bipartisan congressional leaders to discuss the 1984 budget in the Oval Office, 1/31/1983. Source: Catalog of the National Archives.

Three years later, the same two opponents reached an agreement on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. O’Neill agreed to Reagan’s demand that the top marginal tax rate be reduced to 28% in exchange for the President’s agreement to equalize the capital gains tax rate. and earned income so that the investor class does not pay a lower rate than the working class.

You don’t have to look at Capitol Hill to see logrolling in action; it is a fundamental principle of deal design in a wide range of negotiation situations. The opportunity for logrolling almost always presents itself whenever a negotiation includes multiple issues, which is what all complex negotiations do. The parties usually have different preferences, different available resources or talents, or different appetites for risk, all of which suggest the possibility of increasing the cooperative surplus of an agreement by trading concessions on several issues.

In 1977, director and producer George Lucas was looking to launch what he then called his “space opera“, which eventually became known as star wars. His available budget did not match his grand ambitions, which forced him to cast many lesser-known actors in key roles, some of whom, of course, became quite famous. For the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, however, Lucas didn’t want to compromise: He wanted Oscar-winning actor Sir Alec Guinness for the part. Of course, Guinness preferred a substantial upfront fee, but its comfortable financial situation opened it up to taking risks on the success of a new film concept and an unknown filmmaker. So Guinness agreed to take a lower than normal salary in exchange for 2% of the gross royalties collected by Lucas, creating a bargaining zone and making a deal possible (and ultimately earning Guinness dozens of dollars). million dollars in the long term).

Logrolling allowed George Lucas to cast Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-wan Kenobi in the original “Star Wars.” Photo by iam_os on Unsplash.

As obvious as the logroll is as a potentially valuable negotiation tactic, and as common as it is in virtually all types of negotiations, several psychological barriers can impede its successful use, leaving negotiators with less win-win deals. parts. Logrolling forces a party to offer a concession that is less important to [them] that of [their] counterpart. Reactive devaluation (Chapter 18), the psychological tendency to want something less if it is available threatens to make negotiators less enamored with concessions once they are offered than if the concessions were analyzed in the abstract. And because negotiators are likely to use the usual deal structure as a benchmark against which they evaluate deal design proposals, loss aversion (Chapter 14) can make the potential sacrifice that is a necessary aspect of logrolling outweigh the compensating benefit.

Another obstacle, called the fixed pie bias by psychologists Max Bazerman and Margaret Neale, leads people to assume, without exploration, that their counterpart will appreciate problems in the same way and to the same extent as they do. In a negotiation simulation I lead in classes and workshops, one negotiator plays the role of a movie studio executive and another the agent of a star actor in a movie contract negotiation. One of the many issues they have to work out is whether the studio or the actor will have control over choosing the director for the film. Negotiators can solve this problem by assigning control to either party or by agreeing to “joint control” (in which case both parties have a veto and must agree on a administrator). The way the simulation is written, the actor is very picky about his directors, and he would much rather have exclusive control of them. The studio would also prefer to have director control, but their preference is low – i.e. they only have a slight preference for sole control over joint control or actor control – because he trusts the star’s judgement.

Quite often, the actor’s agent assumes, wrongly as it turns out, that since his client has a strong preference in choosing the director, the studio must also have a strong preference. When this happens, the parties often agree to the apparent compromise solution of joint control. But the deal can create a more cooperative surplus, and both parties can individually enjoy more utility, if they assign control of the director to the actor, who cares more about the problem, and save that problem in exchange for a concession to another issue or issues where the studio has a stronger preference for a particular outcome.

The antidote to fixed pie bias is to fight the urge to assume that your counterpart values ​​the elements of a deal the way you do. Logrolling opportunities abound. [Well-rounded negotiators] raise for discussion all the potential trades through the questions that even have a slight possibility to increase the total surplus of the cooperative.

Reprinted with permission from Liveright Publishing, an imprint of WW Norton & Company. Extract of The Five-Tool Negotiator: The Complete Guide to Negotiating Successfully. Copyright 2021 Russell Korobkin. All rights reserved.

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Preview: Dialogues des Carmélites at the Houston Grand Opera https://star-warz.net/preview-dialogues-des-carmelites-at-the-houston-grand-opera/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/preview-dialogues-des-carmelites-at-the-houston-grand-opera/ Christine Goerke visited the graves in Paris – the final resting place of beheaded nuns during the French Revolution because, in fact, it was not just the wealthy who had much to fear from revolutionaries. Goerke, the famous soprano, returns to the Houston Grand Opera to perform the role of Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of […]]]>

Christine Goerke visited the graves in Paris – the final resting place of beheaded nuns during the French Revolution because, in fact, it was not just the wealthy who had much to fear from revolutionaries.

Goerke, the famous soprano, returns to the Houston Grand Opera to perform the role of Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the opera by Francis Poulenc based on the real story of the Carmelites beheaded during the last days of the French Revolution.

“I love this play, it’s heartbreaking. It’s an amazing play in itself because it really is a play.” she says. “It’s not going well. The spoiler is that it really, really isn’t going well for the nuns.”

The story centers on Blanche who comes from an aristocratic family and is terrified of being dragged into chaos and losing her life. She decides to enter a convent, considering it a haven of peace. Once there, Blanche was told by the prioress that she had not come to a refuge but rather to a house of prayer and that she had things to do.

Shortly after the death of the prioress, the French authorities closed the convent and expelled the sisters. “The people have decided that any organized religion is a danger to the state,” Goerke explains. Blanche tries to keep her commitment but remains terrified of death. She wants to be faithful to the nuns and their beliefs, but she is not resolved on the idea of ​​an untimely death.

Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw sings the central role of Blanche (who is in fact not a historical figure) while Goerke plays the role of the new prioress, a role she initiated 20 years ago in Japan where this production was staged for the first time. HGO’s artistic and musical director directs

“The very first time I sang this role was over 20 years ago,” Goerke says. “When I sang this for the first time and it is the Mother Superior, she is responsible for all her ‘children’ and all her daughters. But I was not a mother then. I am now. a mother and my character is the woman I represent, who has lived, she constantly talks about being responsible for her daughters and that she would never throw out her children.

“The hardest part for me is being able to maintain the line between emotionality and vocalism, because if you get too emotional it affects your speaking voice. It’s pretty much the same when it comes to singing. . The line has to be walked very, very carefully in this piece because the emotions are very strong with the content. ”

Asked about COVID precautions and fears, Goerke jokes, “We’re all really living like nuns right now. We’re going from rehearsal to our homes and that’s it.” Even though being a nun has its advantages. “It was cold in the theater last night. I was delighted to put on my coat.”

Given the events of the past two years with the pandemic, Goerke says Dialogues couldn’t be more timely.

“In the past two years, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had to deal with fear and death. It’s not exactly the same. We’re not in the middle of the French Revolution. It’s a fear. But we’ve all been through it, so it’s really, really interesting doing this piece right now.

“There’s that moment of grace at the end of this piece and it’s not as much about religion as you might think. The whole piece focuses on how people relate to fear, this that people fear and what people think about death. ”

Francesca Zambello, the international director of opera and theater, directs the production of HGO as she did years ago at the Matsumoto Festival. “Her and Pat Racette who is the former prioress and I created this production in Japan when it was brand new. So it’s pretty amazing to be able to revisit this with the same people two decades later, ”Goerke said. “It was created for the festival and it’s such a simple and beautiful production that it has stood the test of time. ”

“For me, he’s one of the biggest,” Goerke said. “Music, I’m a big fan of Poulenc. I think it’s lyrical. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s rich from an orchestra.” She says she thinks one of the reasons it’s not done often is because it’s hard to throw. “I think there are a lot of loud voices in there.”

“I have a feeling everyone would like this. If you think this is an article about religion, you are wrong. This is about history. This is about fear. is about managing relationships and your relationship with fear and death and redemption and finding grace in the little things. For me, it’s finding the little beauties of life. And now we have to find the little beauties of the life. ”

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 16, and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 and Saturday, January 22 at the Wortham Center, 500 Texas Avenue. Following COVID-19 security protocols, all members of the public will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth whenever they are in the included building when seated for a performance. For more information call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org. $ 25 to $ 305.

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Wooden boat production slows in Walworth County | Michigan News https://star-warz.net/wooden-boat-production-slows-in-walworth-county-michigan-news/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 06:01:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/wooden-boat-production-slows-in-walworth-county-michigan-news/ By BARRY ADAMS, Wisconsin State Journal GENOA CITY, Wisconsin (AP) – Patrick Gallagher was looking for a change, perhaps as a widget maker. For most of his professional career he worked in the family asphalt business. So, after selling his shares in the suburban Chicago company, Gallagher began looking for a business he could grow […]]]>

By BARRY ADAMS, Wisconsin State Journal

GENOA CITY, Wisconsin (AP) – Patrick Gallagher was looking for a change, perhaps as a widget maker.

For most of his professional career he worked in the family asphalt business. So, after selling his shares in the suburban Chicago company, Gallagher began looking for a business he could grow using his marketing and sales skills. He wasn’t attached to a particular product, but knew he had to involve manufacturing.

He found the answer in Holland, Michigan.

Only, it turns out his gadgets are hand-built mahogany and teak motorboats that can cost anywhere from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000.

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In early 2021, Gallagher and his wife, Rose, purchased Grand Craft Boats. In June, the couple moved the business to this Walworth County village that daytime viewers associate with the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” set in a fictional version of the community just north of the UK border. ‘State.

But instead of building just one or two boats a year like the previous owner did, the Gallagheres are ramping up production dramatically and building boats before there are any orders, Wisconsin reported. State Journal. The sparkling luxury boats will be marketed to those who live in high-end properties like those bordering nearby lakes Geneva, Delavan and Como. Homeowners of lakeside homes in the Lake District of Waukesha County, some lakes in northern Wisconsin and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Lake Minnetonka, just west of the Twin Cities, are also seen.

“It’s a distilled and identifiable audience,” said Patrick Gallagher of his potential clients.

Grand Craft is believed to be one of the few wooden boat manufacturing companies in the country, including Hacker-Craft, established in 1908 in Lake George, New York, and StanCraft, founded in 1933 on Flathead Lake in Montana. but now based in Hayden, Idaho.

Streblow Custom Boats, founded in 1950 in Kenosha but located since 1987 on Lake Geneva, stopped producing boats about ten years ago and has since focused on restoration and storage work. Now, under a new owner, the company has just started building a 26-foot twin-engine boat at its facilities east of the Bay of Geneva. The boat, built to spec, will ultimately cost around $ 400,000 with its engines combined to produce over 800 horsepower.

“We’re back in the game,” said Ed Cox, who worked at Streblow for 15 years before buying the company in 2020. “We’ve put down the keel and the transom is laid. It’s gonna be awesome when it gets done.

The name Streblow is synonymous with the culture of wooden boating on Lake Geneva, where Cox estimates that, of the 870 piers on the lake, more than 170 are connected to a Streblow boat. Like Gallagher, Cox is keen to expand his boatbuilding business but follows a less ambitious pace.

” I wish him good luck. It’s a tough business, ”Cox said. “And, when you build handmade wooden boats, that particular customer is very knowledgeable and aware of the quality that they are getting.”

Patrick Gallagher is familiar with Streblow boats and the quality craftsmanship that goes into a handmade motorboat. He spent his summers in his family’s second home on Lake Geneva where, as a teenager, he often drove a Streblow. These memories fueled his passion and desire to buy the Grand Craft company and move it to southern Wisconsin.

The Gallagher’s small team of craftsmen have completed one boat, which was largely finished when they bought the company, are working on two more and plan to build 32 more boats over the next three years. The company also has an order from a Florida resort for a 36-foot-long commuter boat that can accommodate 19 people to ferry guests to and from Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida Keys. Unlike most other Grand Craft boats, its hull is fiberglass and built in Florida. Once the hull is complete, the boat will be shipped to Genoa City, where it will be completed.

But the majority of boats are in the 22 to 26 foot range, designed for non-commercial use and inspired by the classic wooden boats made by Chris-Craft, which switched to fiberglass boats in the early 1970s.

“I think it’s going to work because we have our priorities in line,” said Gallagher. “We recognize that in order to grow the operation and sell more boats, we need to develop the culture of the company and make sure we hire the right people.”

According to the Holland Sentinel, Grand Craft was founded in 1979 by Steve Northuis and Chris Smith, grandson of Christopher Columbus Smith, the founder of Chris-Craft. The company had multiple owners and actually ceased production in 2009, a year after a glowing profile in Forbes in which the magazine reported that the company was in negotiations with the Abu Dhabi Royal Family to build a fleet of at less 100 boats.

The company was bought in 2010 by Jeff Cavanagh, owner of a nearby boat service and restoration business, and began manufacturing the prototype of his sports powerboat in 2016. But in recent years, the company he company only made one or two boats a year. and only had two dedicated employees.

In February, Gallagher cold called Cavanagh about the sale of the business. Less than a month later, he and Rose owned it. From the start, their plan was to move the business to Wisconsin, as the Chicago couple had a second home on Lake Geneva and knew the landscape and culture of the area.

“We knew the finished carpentry, boat building, upholstery, marine technicians – all of these skills are in the DNA of Walworth County,” said Gallagher. “Lake Geneva can and probably will be our biggest market, hands down for customers. He has always had a great legacy of wooden boat owners and enthusiasts, and that really cemented him so that we were in the backyard of a warm market.

The two employees of Grand Craft in Michigan moved to Wisconsin, but Gallagher has since hired three more finish carpenters, two marine technicians, and Jeff Podhajsky, who is vice president of operations. He spent 20 years with Bombardier Recreational Products of Sturtevant, manufacturer of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and Alumacraft, Manitou and Quintrex boats.

By 2025, the Gallagheres hope to have 20 to 22 employees and have successfully resurrected a brand in a state where shipbuilding has a long tradition.

Wisconsin is where Native Americans over 1,200 years ago made pirogues and canoes out of birch bark, and in the 1830s white settlers began building boats along Lake Michigan . Today huge Littoral combat ships are produced at Marinette, luxury $ 50 million yachts are handcrafted by Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, and barges, ferries and dredges are built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding at Sturgeon Bay.

Grand Craft’s production facility occupies 25,000 square feet of leased space in a new building on the east side of Highway 12. The main production facility is essentially a huge carpentry shop, while an adjoining space is devoid of sawdust. This is where the boats are finished by marine technicians who install the 430 horsepower engines, electronics, chrome hardware, and brass propellers. Each boat receives several coats of epoxy which makes them waterproof.

The rebranding effort includes the renaming of all boats in the company’s catalog. For example, the Grand Sport is now the Dearborn; the Luxury Sport is the Wrightwood; Super Sport is Burnham; and the Classic, a triple cockpit boat that resembles a boat driven by former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is now the Roosevelt.

“We wanted to give them beautiful, majestic sounding names,” said Gallagher. “They are no longer going to be confused with Pontiacs now.”

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7 ’80s movies that deserve a’ Cobra Kai ‘style continuation https://star-warz.net/7-80s-movies-that-deserve-a-cobra-kai-style-continuation/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/7-80s-movies-that-deserve-a-cobra-kai-style-continuation/ Cobra Kai has flown like an eagle in Netflix’s Top 10 list over and over again. Its success is made even more impressive by the fact that it is a franchise that peaked in popularity almost forty years ago, as well as its launch in an era saturated with nostalgia and reboots. On paper, it […]]]>

Cobra Kai has flown like an eagle in Netflix’s Top 10 list over and over again. Its success is made even more impressive by the fact that it is a franchise that peaked in popularity almost forty years ago, as well as its launch in an era saturated with nostalgia and reboots. On paper, it seemed like this series could easily get lost in the noise. Again, Cobra Kai never Dies and he fought to get back into pop culture domination!

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Often times, reboots and resumes appear to the public as seizures of money, but Cobra Kai has a lot of heart and you can tell everyone involved loves what they create. The show’s nostalgia attracts old fans while still being easily accessible to newcomers. This awe-inspiring feat produced a hilarious, heartfelt, and action-packed show that appeals to generations of viewers. Although almost everything has been rebooted, there are still films from the 80s that could see a successful revival in the Cobra Kai style.


The silhouette of Elliott and ET riding a bicycle in front of the moon in ET

This classic Steven spielberg The film depicts a boy named Elliott befriending an alien botanist who was left behind when government agents nearly captured his crew. The alien is named ET and establishes a friendship with Elliott that turns into a deep telepathic bond. As government agents attempt to capture ET, Elliott saves his life and helps him return home.

It’s hard to imagine that Elliott could live a normal life after these experiences. Henri thomas could reprise the role of Elliott who built a career trying to make contact with his childhood friend. Shows in which humans have to defend themselves against violent aliens are a dime a dozen, but it would be interesting to see a human fight for acceptance and oppose fear as he struggles to build bridges between two worlds.

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Fighting spirit (1982)


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Steven Spielberg wrote this story, but he was linked to the filming HEY, so he picked a legendary horror filmmaker, Tobe Hooper, to lead. The two cinema icons gave birth to one of the greatest horror films ever made. Illustrate the way hauntings draw on subconscious fears, Fighting spirit lives in pop culture every time someone gives the warning, “Don’t go into the light!” “

The walking dead demonstrated the ability of horror shows to bring together large audiences while american horror story prepared audiences for seasonal anthologies with varying degrees of connectivity. Fighting spirit could live on in the anthology format, exploring a new haunt every season. It could also be a great place for modern filmmakers to collaborate in the spirit of Spielberg’s original team with Hooper.

Ferris Bueller’s day off (1986)


Ferris, Sloane and Cameron at the Ferris Bueller's Day Off Art Gallery.

This iconic John Hugues movie follows the cool and laid back Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) when he decides to interrupt classes and take a day off. He takes his girlfriend, Sloane (Mia Sara), and his tense best friend, Cameron (Alain ruck), going on an adventure while his sister and director try to catch him. The film is a work of art demonstrating the need to find wonder and joy in the simple things in life.

A wake-up call might find an older Cameron struggling on a daily basis when his old friend Ferris comes into his life. Bueller’s carefree collision with his anxious friend could provide plenty of fun moments as well as much-needed reminders in an age of endless work. Everyone needs the occasional nudge to remember, “Life moves fast enough. If you don’t stop and look around every now and then, you might miss it.

The thing (1982)


Kurt Russell by a fire in The Thing.

Jean CharpentierThe classic sci-fi horror film tells the story of a group of researchers in Antarctica who encounter an alien parasite. This “thing” can consume other organisms and then mimic them, which means that anyone could in fact be the thing. Paranoia grows and tension mounts until the film’s iconic ending. MacReady, played by Kurt russel, and Childs, played by Keith david, share a bottle of scotch in the Antarctic night near their burning research station with no details on which of them the Thing is.

What if they weren’t to freeze to death? Their survival and rescue could open a paranoia-provoking miniseries in which the Thing was rescued from Antarctica, but you don’t know who is really responsible for transporting it to civilization. The original film’s exploration of the destructive power of mistrust is a topic that still deserves consideration today.

The last star hunter (1984)


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This space opera tells the story of Alex Rogan (Launch guest), a teenager who feels stuck in the trailer park where he grew up. He excels in an arcade game called “Starfighter” and one day his performance earns him a visit from the game’s creator. The arcade game turns out to be a recruiting program to identify talented fighter pilots who can help out. defend the border against evil invaders. Alex initially rejects the call to join the Star League, but ends up undergoing training and saves the day.

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The escape the game offers from a life that lacks adventure resonates with people even more decades later. This is especially true now that a good performance can really attract recruiters and change the course of your life. A reminder to add real adventure to your digital adventures might be appropriate. The film ended with Alex preparing to help rebuild Star League. A show could easily resume as the rebuilt Star League finally sees the day of Xur’s vengeance.

Robocop (1987)


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After police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is murdered, a company uses his body to build Robocop. He is destined to have no memory so that he can enforce the law with brutal efficiency beyond standard humans. However, Murphy’s memories begin to resurface, causing him to function with more freedom than society had expected. The movie grapples with Murphy’s humanity and the power we really have to hold everyone accountable.

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Concerns about corporations wielding too much power, corruption and the pursuit of justice continue to resonate. If you haven’t seen Robocop, it’s easy to get it wrong like just another action movie from the 80s. A revival of the Robocop world could explore those deeper themes that people continue to grapple with.

The breakfast club (1985)


The group of teens from the Breakfast Club stand behind bars, looking distraught.

This powerful coming-of-age film by John Hughes centered around five teenage boys stranded in custody on Saturdays. They clash first because they each belong to a different clique, but during the day they start to bond. The film explores the pressures teens face from their peers, the struggle to be true to themselves, and the disconnect between teens and adults. Hughes’ brilliance as a filmmaker is fully visible in The breakfast club. He remembered the struggles of his teenage years and was able to capture them in a deeply impactful way. Watching this movie in adolescence and adulthood are different experiences, highlighting how adults tend to forget how difficult these years can be.

This film should not be remade. However, continuing the stories of these characters could be an amazing experience if the original actors (Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy) were ready to resume their roles. Hughes envisioned a The breakfast club to restart before his death. The disconnect between adults could be explored more deeply by watching each of these characters go through the same struggles with their own children. It could touch that Cobra Kai Balance the act of appealing to multiple generations while helping people learn to communicate better with each other.

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Actors Almost Thrown In Star Wars Movies https://star-warz.net/actors-almost-thrown-in-star-wars-movies/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 17:10:14 +0000 https://star-warz.net/actors-almost-thrown-in-star-wars-movies/ Star Wars was created by filmmaker George Lucas. It’s a space opera franchise and its films involve a struggle between heroes and evil dictatorships. Star Wars and its characters and actors have gained a large number of fans. Some actors were almost cast in movies but dropped out for reasons. Here is the list of […]]]>

Star Wars was created by filmmaker George Lucas. It’s a space opera franchise and its films involve a struggle between heroes and evil dictatorships. Star Wars and its characters and actors have gained a large number of fans. Some actors were almost cast in movies but dropped out for reasons. Here is the list of actors who almost got cast in Star Wars Movies.

Source: IMDb

Leonardo DiCaprio

Anakin Skywalker was played by Hayden Christensen but initially the role was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo turned down the role because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play Anakin Skywalker as he was still not done with the huge success and fame he had achieved with the Titanic.

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Michael jackson

He wanted to play the character of Jar Jar Binks and wanted to play him in prosthetic makeup effects, but George Lucas wanted it to be completely CGI.

Source: BBC

Jodie foster

Jodie was one of Lucas’ best choices for the role of Princess Leia, even though she was in her early teens at the time. She turned down the role because her schedules conflicted because she was playing in Taxi Driver.

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Billie Lourd

When Billie appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she said she met JJ Abrams and they discussed Rey’s role in The Force Awakens movie.

Source: GQ

Gary oldman

English actor and filmmaker Gary Oldman interviewed General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith, as it was not a Screen Actors Guild film. The character would have been better if he had been voiced by Gary.

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Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune’s daughter said he turned down the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi because he believed Star Wars would not properly describe the role of the samurai. He is best known for his roles as Japanese warriors in movies.

Source: Time Magazine

Benicio Del Toro

He was first chosen to play Darth Maul in the movie The Phantom Menace. Benicio Del Toro chooses to decline the role after Lucas cuts his many dialogues. Later, martial artist Ray Park received the role and did it justice


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Historic Homes You May Own in the Tucson Area Local news https://star-warz.net/historic-homes-you-may-own-in-the-tucson-area-local-news/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/historic-homes-you-may-own-in-the-tucson-area-local-news/ Welcome to Eleven Arches, also known as Grace Mansion. The historic trophy property was built in 1937, by famous architect Josias Joesler, as a winter residence for Louise N. Grace, the heir to the eastern shipping tycoon WRGrace. The private and gated enclave is located on 4.38 acres, in the prestigious gated community of The […]]]>

Welcome to Eleven Arches, also known as Grace Mansion. The historic trophy property was built in 1937, by famous architect Josias Joesler, as a winter residence for Louise N. Grace, the heir to the eastern shipping tycoon WRGrace. The private and gated enclave is located on 4.38 acres, in the prestigious gated community of The Estates at Eleven Arches, a prime location in the heart of the Catalina foothills. After a five year restoration by the current owners, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent Tucson Landmark exemplifies the iconic architectural style of Joesler’s renaissance in the late 19th and 20th centuries and is famous for its residents, guests, events, architecture, and location. The distinctive estate is a world unto itself, offering 15,502 square feet of living space, resort-style grounds, complete privacy, unrivaled city views, and majestic mountain views. Exceptionally restored to capture its history, combined with today’s amenities, the estate exudes a warm and intimate atmosphere for everyday living, while providing the perfect venue for large-scale receptions. The majestic south courtyard offers panoramic views of the city, an oversized swimming pool, several seating areas, covered patios, a picturesque covered walkway and ample space to accommodate over 250 guests. The area between the property wall and the property line on this oversized lot has room to build, measuring an incredible 2,389 acres and can accommodate over 70 parked cars. The gated private promenade reveals the first sight of prominent elegance. A true masterpiece, built mostly in adobe, with 24 “exterior walls. The bright interior spaces are gracefully scaled, with access to the terrace from almost every room. The main residence includes living rooms. 14 “interior walls with fully colored platinum grade gypsum plaster. The formal dining room features exquisite Italian lime-waxed and marbled plaster. The residence is an art collector’s dream, coupled with a hanging system and gallery-quality lighting. Notable features of the property include a private 600-foot-deep steel water well in addition to city water, 9,948 square feet. main residence, 5553 sf. independent guest rooms and a total of 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. At a glance in the main residence, the main level comprises a large entrance hall, a two-story foyer, a formal living room, a formal dining room, a chef’s kitchen with dining area, a pantry , a laundry room and two shower rooms for the guests. The master bedroom wing, also on the main level, features a media room with a full bathroom, an office, bathrooms and closets, as well as a serene private terrace. The second level features two generously sized guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, each with a private balcony offering endless city views. The spectacular staircase in the large entrance hall leads to the guest rooms, which can also be accessed by a lift. The guest quarters casitas offer endless possibilities: home office, gym, art studio, wine cellar, staff quarters. The storage quarters can easily be converted into an additional casita. Casita One offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, fireplace, and private patio. Casita Two has two bedrooms, one full bathroom. Casita Three has one bedroom, one bathroom. Additional amenities include: Zoned HVAC, Sonos sound system in primary residence, commercial grade water softener. Oversized detached garage for 4 cars with workshop, detached garage for 1 car for guest rooms. The chef’s kitchen includes appliances from Viking, Fisher & Paykel, Miele and Sub-Zero. A truly inspiring lifestyle awaits you, come and see it for yourself. See the Video and Documents tab for more information, including floor plans and video. Historical documents, restoration and list of notable features available. Recent survey available on request.


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Reuters Global News Summary | Entertainment https://star-warz.net/reuters-global-news-summary-entertainment/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:57:08 +0000 https://star-warz.net/reuters-global-news-summary-entertainment/ Here is a summary of the news in the world. New Year’s celebrations are muffled by Omicron, but South Africa offers hope Although the farewell celebrations to the pandemic year 2021 were almost as stifled as those that ushered in, news that the Omicron variant wave appeared to be starting to recede has raised hopes […]]]>

Here is a summary of the news in the world.

New Year’s celebrations are muffled by Omicron, but South Africa offers hope

Although the farewell celebrations to the pandemic year 2021 were almost as stifled as those that ushered in, news that the Omicron variant wave appeared to be starting to recede has raised hopes for a new year. Happier. The Australian city of Sydney was a place where the New Years loaded with something like full bluster, as spectacular fireworks sparkled in the harbor above the Opera House.

Biden says he warned Putin about Ukraine’s ‘high price’

President Joe Biden said on Friday that he told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that a move on Ukraine would lead to sanctions and an increased US presence in Europe, where tensions are high after Russia’s military build-up on the border.

U.S. and Russian leaders on Thursday exchanged warnings over Ukraine during a 50-minute call to address Russian military actions.

France says Iran space launch “regrettable” amid nuclear talks

France condemned Iran’s satellite rocket launch on Friday and said it was “all the more regrettable” as nuclear talks with world powers progressed, echoing concerns expressed by the United States and the United States. ‘Germany. Iran said Thursday it used a satellite launch rocket to send three research devices into space, as indirect talks between the United States and Iran take place in Austria to try to salvage a nuclear deal from 2015.

Iranian space launch fails to put payloads into orbit, official says

Iran’s space launch on Thursday failed to put its three payloads into orbit after the rocket failed to reach required speed, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said in remarks on Friday. broadcast on state television. The launch attempt, which comes as indirect US-Iran talks take place in Austria in an attempt to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal, has drawn criticism from the United States, Germany and France.

US, EU condemn move to shut down Russian human rights group Memorial

The United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Britain on Friday condemned Russian court decisions to shut down the country’s oldest human rights group, Memorial and its sister organization, the Memorial Human Rights Center. “For more than three decades, Memorial has played a unique role in documenting historic crimes and retrieving for posterity the memory of tens of millions of victims of political repression in the country,” the countries said in a statement. spouse released Friday evening.

North Korea’s Kim talks about food, not nuclear weapons for 2022

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un closed his 10th year in office with a speech that made more mention of tractor factories and school uniforms than nuclear weapons or the United States, according to summaries released by state media on Saturday. . North Korea’s main goals for 2022 will be to jumpstart economic development and improve people’s lives as it faces a “great struggle to the death,” Kim said in a speech at the Friday. from the 4th plenary meeting of the 8th Central Committee. of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), which kicked off on Monday.

Activists salute South Africa’s Tutu legacy as they pay final tribute

Young activists hailed Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a role model in the fight against global injustice as they lined up on Friday to pay their last respects to the anti-apartheid hero whose body lay in St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate widely revered across racial and cultural divisions in South Africa for his moral righteousness and principled fight against the white minority regime, died on Sunday https: //www.reuters .com / world / africa / tears-tutu-giant-struggle-neighbor-who-brought-the-groceries-2021-12-29 years old 90.

Canada to resettle Afghan women judges and families living in limbo

Canada will host female Afghan judges and their families who have been living in limbo, mostly in Greece, since their evacuation from Afghanistan in the fall, a spokesperson for the immigration minister said on Friday. In addition to the judges and their families, a group totaling approximately 230, Canada will also resettle an unknown number of Afghans from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities who had been referred by a third-party aid agency, the said the spokesperson.

UK pays tribute to COVID scientists and doctors, Bond actor Daniel Craig

Britain has recognized scientists and medical leaders at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 in Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s list of honors, while James Bond actor Daniel Craig received the same award as his famous on-screen character. Craig, who stepped down from the role of the fictional British spy after five outings following the release of “No Time to Die” this year, has been appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in recognition of his exceptional contribution to film.

Biden says he made it clear to Putin that Russia cannot act against Ukraine

US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he had made it clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his appeal a day earlier that he could “move on to Ukraine”.

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Why Star Wars is better when it doesn’t put its hopes in the Jedi https://star-warz.net/why-star-wars-is-better-when-it-doesnt-put-its-hopes-in-the-jedi/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:00:39 +0000 https://star-warz.net/why-star-wars-is-better-when-it-doesnt-put-its-hopes-in-the-jedi/ When Obi-Wan Kenobi met Darth Vader in the first Star Wars, it was undeniably a big deal. After all, this was the moment Old Ben reunited with his ex-protégé gone wrong, a chance for a distant couple of friends to solve a bunch of unresolved issues and – historically – the first time anyone ‘one […]]]>

When Obi-Wan Kenobi met Darth Vader in the first Star Wars, it was undeniably a big deal. After all, this was the moment Old Ben reunited with his ex-protégé gone wrong, a chance for a distant couple of friends to solve a bunch of unresolved issues and – historically – the first time anyone ‘one laid eyes on a lightsaber duel.

And yet, despite the duo’s alleged mastery of the Jedi trade, their fencing is the least memorable thing about one of the most crucial scenes in A New Hope.


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Black Hills Mining Museum Presents Plans for New Building | Local news https://star-warz.net/black-hills-mining-museum-presents-plans-for-new-building-local-news/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:07:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/black-hills-mining-museum-presents-plans-for-new-building-local-news/ LEAD – For 35 years, an old grocery store that took 17,000 volunteer hours to grow into a historic gold mine has served the community well. But recently, members of the Black Hills Mining Museum pleaded for a new building they hope to build at Gold Run Park. Members of the Black Hills Mining Museum […]]]>

LEAD – For 35 years, an old grocery store that took 17,000 volunteer hours to grow into a historic gold mine has served the community well. But recently, members of the Black Hills Mining Museum pleaded for a new building they hope to build at Gold Run Park.

Members of the Black Hills Mining Museum Board of Trustees hosted the community meeting at the Homestake Opera House to discuss the museum’s importance in preserving the history of Lead and the history of mining , as well as to talk about their need for a new facility and the preliminary plans that have been made for two new buildings – one on Main Street and one in Gold Run Park.

The Board of Directors began the meeting with a brief history of Homestake – which was the deepest gold mine in the Western Hemisphere for 125 years, before closing in 2001. During its operation, the mining company produced 41 million troy ounces of gold, which was 900 ounces of gold every day. Black Hills Mining Museum’s new facility coordinator Gordon Phillips said based on today’s gold prices it would be $ 1.6 million a day.

“It’s pretty important,” he said. “So when I talk about the importance of the Black Hills Mining Museum, it’s because we have a treasure trove of irreplaceable community treasures.”

The museum, he explained, serves to tell the story of the Homestake Mining Company, as well as tell the story of lead and other mining practices around the Black Hills. It also contains irreplaceable and valuable artefacts and documents from the region, which many people use for their research. Phillips said the museum regularly receives five-star ratings from travel agencies such as AAA and TripAdvisor, and that in 2014 the SD legislature designated it as the state’s official mining museum.

“This mining museum is the lead gold mine,” said board chairman Mike Stahl as he opened the meeting to discuss the museum’s future.

Phillips reported that almost every week someone walks into the museum with a new relic or recording to keep in a safe place. Recently, he said that a woman donated 20 maps of Lawrence County’s earliest drainage descriptions from 1896, and this is just one example of donations that arrive regularly.

But all of these must be kept in a temperature-controlled, dust-free filing space in order to be properly preserved, Phillips said. The Black Hills Mining Museum does not currently have such space, and that is one of the many reasons for a new building.

“Clothing and paper must be stored in a suitable environment, otherwise they will disintegrate over time,” he said.

Other reasons for a new building, Phillips said, include making the museum fully ADA accessible with an elevator. Parking is also a major issue, as the Black Hills Mining Museum does not have ample parking for bus tours, caravans and caravans, or disabled spaces. Additional storage for the museum’s growing collection is also needed, he said.

“We could spend a fair amount of change to fix this building and not meet those goals,” Phillips said of the current facility.

In an effort to develop preliminary plans for a new building, Phillips contacted Tim Palone, an architect from Oklahoma City. Phillips, who met Palone while his family was on vacation in the Black Hills, said the architect offered to create the preliminary plans at no cost. Palone explained that the proposed facility would have two levels. The main level would be flush with the car park, allowing accessibility for disabled people. It would include a reception area, the public museum, a café area with gold panning, toilets and a space dedicated to underground mining simulation tours. Conference rooms and additional offices would also be included. An elevator and stairs would lead to a second level, where the museum would store its archival materials for research, along with support areas for staff and more storage.

“The design and intention is to represent the heritage and history of this community while providing a functional and efficient space that meets the needs of the museum,” he said. “It’s a concept. This is the start of a discussion. It is not representative of a final design. We also think the design could add a catwalk effect as you enter Lead and draw visitors into the museum.

A new city building that is proposed to be installed where the existing museum and library is currently located is another reason the Black Hills Mining Museum is looking for new space. Phillips, who also sits on the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Town Planning and Zoning Council, said he reached out to Dream Designs, of Rapid City, to make what has long been a dream for the city – news library.

Mike Stanley of Dream Designs outlined the company’s proposed plans to construct a brand new building that would replace the existing mining museum and library. The new building would include a two-level parking garage that would be accessible from Julius Street. A lift from the car park to the main building, as well as a grand staircase connecting Julius Street to Main. The new library, he said, would be located on one level, on the Julius Street side of the building, with windows, ample space and ADA accessibility. Three commercial dwellings and a public plaza would be located on the main street side of the building, on the main level. At the top level, Stanley said the company offers around 14 apartments or condominiums.

Stanley said the new building will be designed to complement the Homestake Opera House.

There has been no official city plan to move forward with this project, and it is still in discussion with city officials.

While the plans presented remain conceptual, Phillips asked the community to come together to help make the new museum a reality. Individuals combined generally donate more funds than corporations, so he asked the community to consider becoming a member of the Black Hills Mining Museum by making donations. He also said that there are opportunities for the community to help in other ways, including volunteering and raising awareness about the project.

“While it’s easy to think that others will have to give big, don’t overlook what you can do,” he said. “There were 17,000 hours of volunteer work to put together the original museum. We really won’t be able to move forward until we know we have community support, business support, grants, etc. It is also important to get the word out. The more people there are who hear about this and learn what we are thinking about, it helps us identify people who can help.

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Rebecca Yerger, Memory Lane: Big Balls, Misadventures & Pranks: How the Napans Celebrated New Years | Story https://star-warz.net/rebecca-yerger-memory-lane-big-balls-misadventures-pranks-how-the-napans-celebrated-new-years-story/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 23:42:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/rebecca-yerger-memory-lane-big-balls-misadventures-pranks-how-the-napans-celebrated-new-years-story/ As another year draws to a close, many Napa County residents plan to ring the New Year’s Eve 2022. This tradition has been practiced locally since the earliest days of Napa County’s pioneer settlement era of 1836. to the 1840s. In this mix of traditional New Year’s celebrations, there were occasional moments that turned out […]]]>

As another year draws to a close, many Napa County residents plan to ring the New Year’s Eve 2022. This tradition has been practiced locally since the earliest days of Napa County’s pioneer settlement era of 1836. to the 1840s. In this mix of traditional New Year’s celebrations, there were occasional moments that turned out to be awkward and even embarrassing.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the place to see was the great New Years Ball, many of which were masquerades. Prior to the completion in 1880 of the Napa Opera House on Main Street, the Maple Skating Rink in downtown Napa was the site of these exuberant parties. To add to the excitement, masked and costumed participants also wore roller skates. Can you imagine the challenge of trying to maintain social decency by skating, wearing a visually impaired mask and tight corsets as well as petticoats and pants?

Part of the Napa Opera House’s inauguration in January 1880 was a grand masked ball – no skates, however. Based on The Napa Registry article reviewing the extravagance, it was quite the sight to see. In grand Victorian style, the interior of the opera house was decorated with floral garlands and gilded cages filled with songbirds. The following years were not so ornate in their decor. In addition, they were frequently fundraisers for local volunteer firefighting companies. But, regardless of these differences, they were equal in the degree of creativity of the costumes of the participants. For example, one year, The Napa Daily Journal devoted a lot of space to the description of a young lady’s handmade masquerade dress. It had been created entirely from the journals of the Journal.

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All of these big balls started at 9 p.m. and ended shortly before the first sunrise of each new year. To keep the celebrants in shape, many midnight buffets were available to supply the attendees so that they could continue dancing to the tunes performed by local bands or orchestras.

These large, exuberant events have become outdated, as have their venues with the growing popularity of films. In addition, the younger generations of the new and modern 20th century have rebelled against the old-fashioned tradition of outdated 19th century balls.

While all this chic but socially acceptable grandeur has been enjoyed by many Napa County residents and their guests, other locals have chosen different options, intentionally or not, to celebrate a New Year. The following examples, which took place in Napa in the 1870s, were reported by local newspapers without identifying their subjects by name. However, with the local population being so small, newspaper readers of the time were fully aware of the identity of these individuals.

The first is quite brief Journalist article. It appears that a very respected and widely known man indulged in the holiday cheer a little too much at a fraternal organization party. When he arrived home in the early hours of the morning, his family was sleeping soundly. Before retiring for the night, the gentleman felt he needed one last, but few, drink “for the sake of his stomach,” the newspaper wrote. So he walked over to the cupboard where his tonic was usually stored. But the bottle was empty. Not wanting to wake his family, he chose not to light a lamp and, in the dark, rummaged through the pantry until he reached what he thought was a new bottle of his tonic. He then poured himself a large dose, but to his dismay he could not hold it back. Soon after, he started to feel absolutely horrible. Thinking that someone had poisoned him, he went upstairs to wake his wife. The reporter continued, “She gasped and exclaimed, ‘Oh my God! It’s our daughter’s medicine. Her doctor said she could only have one tablespoon per day. She added: “No wonder you feel so bad!” “After a few days of recovery, this Napan is back to his usual routine and to a lot of criticism from his friends.

The Napa Register article reported on another New Years getaway with the headline “The Wild Woman of East Napa”. The story began at a local bar where a group of a dozen young Napa men gathered. A few of these young people in their twenties shared with their contemporaries their recent and strange experience of meeting a savage woman living in the hills east of Napa, now known as Alta Heights. They spoke about his situation and his dire state. About half of this group felt compelled to come to the aid of this poor soul by capturing her and bringing her to town. The rest of the group, including the storytellers, turned this noble quest into a gamble. It was agreed that whoever can catch a wild woman is the winner and can name his reward at the expense of the losers.

Much to the surprise of the noble men, their damsel in distress was exceptionally agile, quick and strong for a woman of their time. Finally, these noble young people cornered the “wild woman” to be surprised to discover that “she” was not a woman but one of their buddies in disguise. With the bet making it clear that a woman was to be captured, the pranksters were the winners. As a result, they really enjoyed having their favorite libations served at the expense of their counterparts.

I wish you a New Year filled with laughter, happiness and good health!

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