Music

Birdeater starts like a successor to Wake In Fright – but ends up like an episode of Home and Away

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Friday, July 19, 2024

In an early scene in Jack Clark and Jim Weir’s Birdeater, we catch a glimpse of a poster of Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright (1971).

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  • In an early scene in Jack Clark and Jim Weir’s Birdeater, we catch a glimpse of a poster of Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright (1971).
  • As the epigraph of Kenneth Cook’s eponymous novel suggests: “May you dream of the devil and wake in fright.” The Australian cinematic landscape seems primed for a return to this theme.
  • Horror cinema is more popular now than it’s been for years, and more critically acclaimed than it’s ever been.

A stellar opening – and then it fizzles

  • The core trio of old friends involves bungling, hen-pecked Christian virgin Charlie (Jack Bannister), loose cannon Dylan (Ben Hunter) and good guy control freak Louie.
  • After a stellar opening 40 minutes, it fizzles out.
  • The spare, elegant cinematography, the hypnotic score and sound design, the weird associative logic of the opening taper off into a dreary two hours.
  • Kudos for this to all involved in the film – it just works from the opening shot, following its own compulsive logic.
  • It is undeniably better made than most new films, even if it plays far worse than many more old ones.

China Matters' Feature: How Does the Culture of Ming Dynasty Come to Life?

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Friday, July 19, 2024

Ming Dynasty , from 1368 A.D. to 1644 A.D., is deemed a flourishing period of economy, culture and technology.

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  • Ming Dynasty , from 1368 A.D. to 1644 A.D., is deemed a flourishing period of economy, culture and technology.
  • Putting on the Ming Dynasty armor, he turns himself into a soldier of that time.
  • The elegance of Ming Dynasty Hanfu, or Chinese costume, is showcased by Marina, a journalist and vlogger who tries on two styles of female clothing.
  • The majestic court music of the Ming Dynasty, or Zhonghe Shaoyue in Chinese, is introduced by Ekaterina Kaligaeva, an internet influencer.

Travellers' Choice Awards Recognize Ocean Adventures, Columbus, and Selvatica for the Excellence

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

CANCUN, Mexico, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- We are very proud to announce that Ocean Adventures, our marina in Punta Cana; Columbus Romantic Dinner Cruise at Marina Aquatours in Cancun; and Selvatica, our adventure park in Puerto Morelos, have been recognized during the Travelers' Choice Awards 2024 due to the excellent reviews received from their visitors on the Tripadvisor platform.

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  • "We are committed to creating unforgettable experiences in harmony with the environment and ensuring fair workspaces.
  • This is the sixth time that Ocean Adventures has been part of this prestigious award, thanks to the diversity of its activities and the excellent service provided.
  • Our recognition stems from the diligent work we have undertaken, both internally and externally, across every aspect of our brands.
  • While the activities we offer are highly attractive, it is they who make these moments truly unforgettable.

Gishzidda Releases New Album ‘144,000,’ Resonating with Music Lovers Worldwide

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

The fully instrumental album, blending funky, old-school vibes with ancient, mystical sounds, is now available on all streaming platforms.

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  • The fully instrumental album, blending funky, old-school vibes with ancient, mystical sounds, is now available on all streaming platforms.
  • A song that features transcendent frequencies concludes the album, connecting listeners to higher consciousness and spiritual enlightenment.
  • He explored incorporating its principles into dance music, intending to produce an album that is both invigorating and therapeutic.
  • All music lovers are invited to witness this new chapter in Gishzidda’s musical journey.

THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATIONⓇ REVEALS THE NOMINEES FOR THE 2024 CCMA AWARDS PRESENTED BY TD

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

VISIT CTV.CA TO CONFIRM LOCAL BROADCAST TIMES

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  • VISIT CTV.CA TO CONFIRM LOCAL BROADCAST TIMES
    TORONTO, July 18, 2024 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is thrilled to reveal the official nominees for the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD.
  • CTV is the exclusive home to catch Canada's biggest night in country music on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m.
  • This year's Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year nominees include Hailey Benedict , Dax , Teigen Gayse , Matt Lang , and Owen Riegling .
  • Country music fans across Canada can help choose the winner by casting their vote at ccmafanvote.com or by using the appropriate hashtag on X (formerly Twitter).

UNLV to Launch Immersive Learning Center to Support Student STEM Engagement and Success

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

LAS VEGAS, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- UNLV has announced a new strategic partnership with Dreamscape Learn to bring the university's introductory STEM courses to life for students using the company's innovative story-driven virtual reality (VR) courseware.

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  • UNLV partners with Dreamscape Learn to infuse virtual reality into curriculum; immersive learning facility expected to debut at university's Lied Library in 2025.
  • UNLV is among the first R1 research universities to explore incorporating the high-tech interactive platform into STEM courses to boost student success, following Arizona State University's (ASU) recent premiere of the nation's first Dreamscape Learn facility.
  • This component of UNLV's Immersive Learning Initiative is expected to debut at the university's main campus on the second floor of Lied Library in 2025.
  • As one of our first R-1 partners, we're looking forward to working with, and learning alongside, UNLV."

MATCHBOX TWENTY HONORED WITH SOUNDEXCHANGE HALL OF FAME AWARD

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, announced today that Matchbox Twenty has been honored with the SoundExchange Hall of Fame Award. The honor for the band responsible for such hits as "Push," "3AM," "Unwell," "Bent," and "If You're Gone" recognizes their stature as one of the most streamed creators in the organization's 20+ year history of administering digital performance royalties.

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  • WASHINGTON, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- SoundExchange, the premier music tech organization powering the future of music, announced today that Matchbox Twenty has been honored with the SoundExchange Hall of Fame Award.
  • "We are thrilled and honored to present Matchbox Twenty with the SoundExchange Hall of Fame Award."
  • "What a great honor it is to have Sound Exchange bestow us with their Hall of Fame award," said Matchbox Twenty guitarist Kyle Cook.
  • "To me it affirms through earnings the hard work and dedication we in Matchbox Twenty put into the music we make."

Soccer and religion have more in common than you might think

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Soccer creates connections between players and the spectators alike — they feel unified when they participate in the activity together.

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  • Soccer creates connections between players and the spectators alike — they feel unified when they participate in the activity together.
  • This experience, which scholars call “collective effervescence,” fosters a sense of unity among participants, even if they don’t know each other personally.
  • This emotion — that you are a part of something bigger that transforms lives, that the sport offers — is similar to the feeling religion gives.

Sport and religion

  • Another ancient sport, the Mesoamerican Ball Game, also likely had religious significance for its participants.
  • While visible religious symbols are absent from the soccer field (but alive elsewhere), the fervour of fans attending soccer matches is often compared to religious worship.
  • Rituals, defined as “patterned, repetitive, and symbolic enactment of cultural (or individual) beliefs and values,” are an important aspect of both religion and sport.

Demonstrations of faith

  • Players also make demonstrations of their faith while playing.
  • Some players make religious signs when they enter or exit the field, seeking support from their faith during the game.
  • During the 2022 World Cup, the Moroccan team recited Surah Al-Fatiha, the first chapter from the Quran, before penalty shootouts.

Fan behaviour

  • Fans also engage in ritualized behaviour, expressing their collective identity through their clothing and cheers.
  • The soccer scarf, historically a practical item, became a widespread symbol of unity and support because of how easy they were to make by hand.

Superstitious minds

Less Than 90 Days Until 32nd Annual Biketoberfest® Rally In Daytona Beach on Oct. 17-20

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than 90 days, motorcycle enthusiasts will gather in the Daytona Beach area and Volusia County on Oct. 17-20 for the 32nd annual Biketoberfest® rally.

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  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than 90 days, motorcycle enthusiasts will gather in the Daytona Beach area and Volusia County on Oct. 17-20 for the 32nd annual Biketoberfest® rally.
  • "From the iconic Main Street and Daytona International Speedway to Destination Daytona, Midtown and the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop, riders will find a diverse selection of experiences to make long-lasting memories.
  • The Official Biketoberfest® Welcome Center will once again be located trackside this year at Daytona International Speedway's Fall Cycle Scene display area (1801 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114).
  • In preparation for this year's event, the Daytona Beach Area CVB's inaugural Harley Dream Giveaway, which began during last year's Biketoberfest®, continues through Sept. 3, 2024.

Scientific Games Continues as Primary Scratch-offs Partner as Louisiana Lottery Tracks for Great Year

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

ATLANTA, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games will continue as the primary provider of Louisiana Lottery's scratch-off games following a contract extension.

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  • ATLANTA, July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Games will continue as the primary provider of Louisiana Lottery's scratch-off games following a contract extension.
  • The Louisiana Lottery is pacing for one of the highest instant games sales performance years since its first scratch-off game was sold in 1991.
  • "This has been a collaborative partnership to responsibly grow our scratch-off products for the benefit of K-12 public education in Louisiana," said Rose Hudson, President and CEO of the Louisiana Lottery.
  • Scientific Games began working with the Louisiana Lottery in 2004, most recently launching games with new play styles and Louisiana-centric themes, including music, crawfish, Mardi Gras, king cake and a licensed- New Orleans Saints game.