Al Pacino on Returning to B’way in Mamet’s ‘Daunting & Large’ China Doll

first_img View Comments Related Shows Al Pacino is opening up about returning to Broadway this fall in David Mamet’s China Doll. “I’ve gotta do the Mamet play, which is daunting and large,” the legend told Vanity Fair. The playwright is on record as saying that the show, which he penned for Pacino, is “better than oral sex”—so what else can we expect from the production?“It’s just two characters. So I’m right now just coping with that,” said Pacino. He does have a Big Apple support system in place. “I see Bobby [De Niro] every time I go to New York, so I see him a lot…I see Bobby Cannavale a lot. I enjoy spending time with them.” Broadway fave Cannavale, of course, co-starred with him in Danny Collins.Directed by Pam MacKinnon and co-starring Fran Kranz, China Doll will begin performances on October 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially open on November 19. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 China Dolllast_img read more

Tanzania: Former Finance Minister and Former Energy and Mineral Minister Jailed…

first_imgTears and disbelief reigned at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Monday morning, as two former cabinet ministers bid goodbye to their family members whom they will hardly interact with – at least for the next three years.Former Finance Minister Basil Mramba, 75 and his Energy and Mineral counterpart Daniel Yona, 76 will have to spend the next three years behind bars, serving their jail sentence for abuse of office and subjecting the government to 11.7bn/- loss.They were convicted in the historical trial related to the procurement of gold assayers firm, Alex Stewart Government Business Corporation. Observers say this is the first court decision in the judiciary’s history to condemn influential former cabinet ministers to jail on criminal charges.Two members of a panel hearing the historical case, Judge Sam Rumanyika and Mr Saul Kinemela, who is a senior official in the Labour Commission, convicted the two ex-ministers of the offences after they were satisfied by the evidence given by prosecution witnesses.In the judgment, the two members of the court who sat at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court as Principal Resident Magistrates rejected the shield applied by the convicts that President Benjamin Mkapa had authorised the acquisition of the gold assayers company.“We do not think that the president had directed urgent procurement of the Alex Steward Assayers without following the procedure.The president, otherwise, should have so directed in express terms,” Judge Rumanyika, declared when reading the judgment.They further held that the Government Notices that were granted by Mramba for tax exemptions were arbitrarily issued in total disregard of the advice given by the Attorney General (AG) and officers from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), leading to pecuniary loss.The judgment of the court was not commonly reached as one member of the panel, Judge John Utamwa, gave a dissenting judgment. He had differed with others in respect of evidence given to have proved the charges against the two convicts.last_img read more

Nina to have operation

first_img Carberry was replacing her brother Paul on Noel Meade’s Another Palm in the Ulster Grand National, but the grey only got as far as the second fence before unseating his pilot. Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Meade said: “Nina’s going for an operation on her shoulder tomorrow. They are going to put a pin in her collarbone. I don’t know at this stage how long she will be out for. Thankfully she’s not in that much pain now and we’ll know a lot more after the operation.” Press Association Nina Carberry is facing an operation on her shoulder after a nasty incident at Downpatrick on Wednesday.last_img read more