View Comments Tony Winner Mel Brooks Reflects on Gene WilderThe Producers mastermind Mel Brooks appeared on The Tonight Show on August 30, and of course, he discussed his Young Frankenstein partner and Producers film star Gene Wilder. “He was sick, and I knew it. And he was such a dear friend,” Brooks told Jimmy Fallon. “I expected it. But I’m still reeling from that no more Gene…He was such a wonderful part of my life.” Want to hear the story of how these two comedy kings met? Check out the interview below! Michael Shannon & Taylor Kitsch to Star in WacoLast seen on Broadway in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 2016 Tony nominee Michael Shannon is heading to the small screen alongside The Normal Heart star Taylor Kitsch. The television series focusing on the 1993 siege in Waco, Texas is currently being developed by the Weinstein Company, according to Deadline. Shannon will portray the role of FBI heavy-hitter Gary Noesner to Kitsch’s David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians, a religious group that was holed up in a compound for several months. (Glad to see Shannon is taking on additional “happy-go-lucky” projects.)Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ayad Akhtar & More to Judge ObiesAward season already?! Nah, we just happen to know who will be judging the 62nd annual Obie Awards. The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that longtime Obie Judges Chair Michael Feingold will be joined by Obie-winning actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, Obie and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, Entertainment Weekly theater critic Melissa Rose Bernardo, Obie-winning actress J. Smith Cameron, Obie-winning actor-singer Darius de Haas and Village Voice theater critic Miriam Felton-Dansky to form the 2016-2017 judges panel. (Question: can Daphne wear her leopard print coat from Rent? Nothing says “official” like a leopard print coat.)Javier Muñoz Speaks at NYU Welcome WeekSchool is back in session, and some very lucky New York University students were able to get some tips from Alexander Hamilton himself. Hamilton frontman (and NYU alum) Javier Muñoz took the podium for the university’s Presidential Welcome. “There’s dollar pizza everywhere,” he said. This Founding Father is definitely speaking college students’ language. Take a look at the fun video below! Cynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Cynthia Erivo Defies ExplanationWanna change the world? There’s nothing to it for The Color Purple Tony winner and certified runner Cynthia Erivo. She posted a touching tribute to Gene Wilder, who passed away on August 29 at the age of 83. Her take on “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is beautiful, and it’s here. Watch below!
Tweet Sharing is caring! ** Tourism Awareness Month 2012 Climax***The Discover Dominica Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association culminated a successful Tourism Awareness Month in May. From all reports the activties undertaken throughout the month were very well excuted; and would therefore like to extend a heart –felt gratitude to the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this year’s Tourism Awareness Month a major success. The intended purpose of the month of activities were to raise awareness, inform, educate, promote and entertain the general public on the role and importance of the tourism industry to the people and economy of Dominica. It is our hope that Tourism Awarnes Month 2013 will be even bigger and better.**Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2012**From general public reports and Prime Minister Skerrit’s glowing media review a fantastic full jazz weekend happened! Patrons of all jazz events enjoyed the best music and ambience the Commonwealth of Dominica had to offer! The 3rd edition of Jazz n’ Creole gave patrons the chance of an extended full week-end offering Creole and Jazz at several venues across the island. Jazz ‘n Creole is a production of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and worked with several tourism entities to create more fringe benefits enjoyed by visitors and guests on the island.Events ran from Thursday through Sunday. DOMINICA’s Jazz n Creole has become a key event on the tourism’s office calendar of event and is meant to attract jazz lovers from our nearest neighbours in the French islands and our friends from the Caribbean islands. The crowd doubled and families young and old came together to enjoy the great ambience of the picturesque and magnificent looking Cabrits, Fort Shirley, reveling in the fun and thrill of vibrant jazz music. From all reports the enchantment of Creole and Jazz fusion music went down like local honey this 2012 and the experience of top class musicians over the four days of events will be a heart memory. See you in 2013!**Access Strategy Plan for Dominica**Mr. Ian Bertand, air access consultant and his team conducted part two of the Access Strategy Plan for Dominica at the Fort Young Hotel on May 29th.The working session inlcluded particpation from the Discover Dominica Authority staff and other key private sector stakeholders. Having agreed to an overall approach, this session sought to finalize the marketing strategies which needed to be employed to support the overall objective of increasing visitor revenues to EC$350 million by 2015 and getting visitor numbers back to 2007 figures.This session particularly focused on the air access issues and what the Dominica needs to do from a marketing standpoint in partnership with other destinations as well as to attract airlines. Dominica to be promoted at a Mall Exhibition in MartiniqueDiscover Dominica Authority will promote visits to Dominica at the La Galleria Mall in Martinique from June 7 – 9, 2012. The mall exhibition is being organized to encourage more visitors from Martinique to travel to Dominica for summer vacation. Participating hotels at the mall exhibition are Fort Young Hotel, La Flamboyant Hotel, Anchorage Hotel and Sunset Bay Club. **Discover Dominica Authority launches Staycation 2012**Ten tourism companies will participate in Staycation 2012. Fort Young Hotel, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Anchorage Hotel, Comfortel de Champ, Rosalie Beach Resort, Seacliff Cottages, Comfort Cottages, Picard Beach Cottages, Portsmouth Hotel and Rejens Hotel will offer special rates to Dominican residents from June 1 – September 30. Rainforest Riding which offers horseback riding will also offer special rates to locals. The Staycation programme is geared at increasing local hotel occupancy during what is traditionally the slow period, by encouraging locals to get to know Dominica and patronize local tourism service providers. **Dominica to be featured in 2013 edition of French guidebook**Dominica will be featured in the 2013 edition of the French guidebook le Petit Futé. Petit Futé journalist Johann Chabert visited Dominica from May 24 – 31 to obtain information which will be used to update the Dominica segment of the guidebook. While in Dominica, Mr. Chabert visited a number of properties which will be featured in the guide book as well as various sites and attractions. He also attended the Jazz ‘n Creole festival and hiked segment one of the Waitukubuli National Trail. **Discover Dominica Authority host US journalist**Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalist Brooke Morton from May 20-26, 2012. Brooke was on assignment for the US publication Destination Weddings & Honeymoon. This was an opportunity for Dominica to be featured as a Weddings & Honeymoon destination to the 100,000 readers and 639,000 monthly page viewers. Visits were made to wedding locations throughout the island which would provide visitors of the possible wedding options on the island for their destination weddings.With the new amended Marriage Act which now allows visitors to be married on the island in 24hrs, the process is now hassle free and allows persons to obtain their marriage license even on a weekend. This will assist the visitors in choosing the destination of choice without having too many concerns on the process involved.Brooke also writes for other publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Islands and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines. This advantage allows for the destination to be featured in a variety of publications, increasing the awareness of the island and the value of the trip. While on island Brooke also got the opportunity to dive, whale watch and hike.Press Release Share Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012 by: – June 8, 2012 24 Views no discussions