Q&A: Billy Crystal on Oscars and ‘little powerhouse’ film

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — After hosting the Oscars nine times, Billy Crystal wouldn’t necessarily rule out a tenth. But the 72-year-old actor would prefer some wider attention for his low-budget indie film, “Standing Up, Falling Down.” He plays an alcoholic dermatologist who befriends a down-on-his-luck comedian, played by Ben Schwartz. Crystal also serves as executive producer on the movie, shot in his childhood hometown of Long Beach, New York. A key scene takes place in the temple where the actor-comedian had his bar mitzvah.last_img

Newmarket ‘twin’ home with old school look to go under the hammer

first_imgReal Estate – Randolph Wijetunge is selling up his Newmarket home. Pic Mark Cranitch.He kept the home more or less untouched over the years, save for a few necessary updates and renovations and a new deck out the back.But he wanted to keep the style of the home more or less with the 1930s style from when it was built. 20 Wilston Road NewmarketWhen it was time for Randolph Wijetunge to buy his first home, he did not need to look very far because the perfect home was just next door.After growing up in a 1930s era character home at 18 Wilston St in Newmarket with his parents and two sisters, he always noticed how similar the house next door was.“It was exactly the same house, just with minor differences,” Mr Wijetunge said. “The exterior was almost exactly the same.” The home is going to auction this weekend.“Even in the kitchen I have kept the VJ panelling so it has kept that look right through,” he said.“The appliances are modern – I like the old and new.”Part of the older design – from the less open floor plan and smaller bedrooms – was very different to modern houses, but he said it added to the overall character.Mr Wijetunge plans to downsize and said it would be an ideal family home. It will be auctioned on-site at 20 Wilston Rd, Newmarket, tomorrow at 2pm through Alan Campbell at One Agency Metro West. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17center_img The vendor did not want to change the retro look of the interiors.He learned that the “twin home” next door was actually constructed by the same builder as his parents’ house, and when number 20 went on the market Mr Wijetunge quickly snapped it up.“I just really loved that area and I liked that house, it just happened that Mum and Dad were next door,” he said.He liked the timber style, which flows from the facade through to the flooring and the VJ walls. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I love the VJ look, I think it has a lot of character,” Mr Wijetunge said. last_img read more

FIFA blames GFA for Frimpong nationality switch delay

first_imgFifa has blamed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the delay of the nationality switch of Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Frimpong.The world’s football governing body told the GNA in a communique that the process has been held up due to the unavailability of documentation from the GFA required to decide the status of the 20-year-old Ghanaian-born midfielder.The revelation by the games governing body absolve it of any form of blame, leaving the matter at the doorsteps of the GFA to answer for the delay in the process which has lasted almost 12 months.Fifa catalogued the progressions reached on the issue, which has become a subject of discussion in local football circles. Frimpong is eligible to play for Ghana, despite representing England at the youth level.“On 13 December, 2011, FIFA received a formal request dated 21 November, 2011 from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the change of association of the player Emmanuel Frimpong. FIFA thereupon requested the GFA the standard documentation needed to process such a request,” the Fifa correspondence to the newswire said.According to Fifa, “to date the GFA has not yet provided Fifa with a complete and updated file reflecting the current situation of the player, although Fifa has always immediately answered to all correspondence of the GFA and informed the latter of the necessary documents still needed.” “Moreover, on November 1, 2012; FIFA confirmed to the GFA that once in possession of the respective documents, it would immediately proceed to submit the matter to the deciding body,” Fifa stated.Frimpong played for the England Under-16 and U17 between 2007 and 2009, but pledged his future with the Black Stars on September 6, 2011 after a meeting with GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi in London.last_img read more