The New Group in association with John Ridley’s Nō Studios are joining forces through The New Group Off Stage division, and have announced an upcoming slate of projects. The New Group Off Stage will feature theatrical expressions in different media. This new venture will develop and present original projects at the intersection of art and social engagement, and explore the possibilities of cross-pollination among forms. Within the offerings from The New Group Off Stage, select projects will be co-produced with MiLa Media. The slate of projects below begins production and filming in early 2021 and will be available as they are completed throughout the year.
“Adversity breeds innovation. And often exciting things come of it,” says The New Group Artistic Director Scott Elliott, “When I finally emerged from shock, I found myself surrounded by artists and producer friends with ‘what’s next – let’s take risks like we always do’ looks
Fans now have unprecedented access to their favorite stars. But just as the internet loves the ability to reach out to a celebrity, the ones who retain some mystery are just as popular. Take Keanu Reeves, for example. The actor saw a significant career boost in the late 2010s, as his fan base continues to grow. But an unexpected actor similarly has taken off online.
Keanu Reeves fans consider him the ‘internet’s boyfriend’
Somewhere between Reeves’ resurgence in 2014’s John Wick and the public reveal of his relationship with Alexandra Grant, fans gained a whole new appreciation for the actor. Of course, Reeves already had a track record of big-screen hits and an established fan base. However, his fame has dwindled in recent years, due largely to less successful movie roles.
But even Talking Pictures, aimed as it is at those with a keen interest in social history, has been compelled by the regulator Ofcom to caution its viewers that much of its programming reflects the “language and values of the past”. Such warnings demonstrate how commonplace it has become to regard the values of previous generations with contempt. Programmes such as It Was Alright In The 70s invite viewers to express synthetic outrage at footage from old TV comedies.
Such are the sensitivities of liberal broadcasters that comic gems such as Fawlty Towers are never now shown.
Presumably Manuel (Andrew Sachs) being bullied by Basil (John Cleese) is just too much for the snowflake generation to bear.
But do the makers of programmes based on derisive sniggering at the entertainment of yesteryear ever stop to wonder how past generations would regard what we do and view now? Certainly, they appear
John Stewart, the former host of Comedy Central series The Daily Show, has been signed to a multi-season deal by Apple for the company’s Apple TV+ streaming service, according to an article this afternoon by The Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose that did not cite any sources.
The show, which has not yet been named, is “expected to begin rolling out next year,” and will feature Stewart as both an anchor and as executive producer. Stewart’s efforts on the program will be joined by former HBO president Richard Plepler, Rose reports.
Stewart ended his run on The Daily Show in 2015 and has produced a variety of projects — writing, producing, and directing — since then, mostly out of the spotlight. His producing role for the Apple show will be through his production company, Busboy Productions.
Apple TV+, which debuted a year ago, has been steadily adding more and more
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Google’s John Mueller at his session at PubCon Virtual 2020 offered his thoughts on where SEO is or should be going for the future, beginning with diversity in SEO hiring practices.
On Diversity in SEO
John Mueller’s first point was encouragement for more diversity. It didn’t really emphasize race but rather just diversity in general.
Here’s what Mueller said:
“I think the first one is something that’s really dear on my heart, is all about diversity in SEO. And this is something that from my point of view is something that you should be thinking about not just because it’s the right thing to do but also because it can really positively affect your business.”
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What wasn’t emphasized in his keynote was that diversity makes sense because hiring people on merit rather than because they “fit in” results in a better workforce.
The newly released Oculus Quest 2 VR device doesn’t support games for the discontinued Oculus Go
Oculus’ consulting CTO John Carmack said he pushed for it but lost the “internal debate”
Although Quest 2 has more degrees of movement, it does not have backward compatibility
The Oculus Quest 2 has been released, but the new VR device apparently lacks support for titles of the now-discontinued Oculus Go.
Priced at $299, the powerful hardware and improved virtual reality experience are key selling points for the Oculus Quest 2. However, the library of apps and games that the Oculus Go could previously access is now inaccessible with the new device, Oculus’ consulting CTO John Carmack confirmed on Twitter.
When asked on Twitter why the drop-down menu that lets players access the Go library could not be found, Carmack replied that the support for the Go library on the Oculus
If you bought a new Oculus Quest 2 with the hopes of experiencing games from the now-discontinued Oculus Go, I have bad news: the company has decided not to include support for Go titles on the Quest 2, Oculus’ consulting CTO John Carmack confirms on Twitter.
When the Oculus Quest 2 launched three days ago, some people noticed there was no feature on the UI that allowed users to access Go apps and games, something the original Quest headset featured. Carmack did not go into much detail on why support was not added other than “[he] totally lost the internal debate over backwards compatibility.”
The Oculus Go was discontinued in June, but last year, Carmack tweeted out that Oculus planned to bring Go emulation to the Quest, allowing users to play games originally released on the Go onto its then-flagship virtual