Two-time Defending NBA Champions Miami Heat are set to go up against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, April 11. With the top seeds still up for grabs, Friday’s game should give a clearer picture as to who will be sitting atop the Eastern Conference come playoff time.
A victory for the Heat would mean that they’ll move a half-game ahead of the Pacers in the conference battle for pole position—something the players understand well.
“It’s going to be a hard-fought game. There’s something at stake. Heat forward Chris Bosh said.
Both teams still find themselves atop the Eastern Conference despite struggling as of late to keep their winning ways. The Heat have faltered to an 11-10 record recently due mostly to injuries to Dwyane Wade, Greg Oden, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Andersen. The Pacers on the other hand suffered a humiliating home-loss to the Atlanta Hawks which prompted coach Frank Vogul to bench all of his starters for their next game against league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. It turned out to be a 104-102 victory courtesy of reserve guard Chris Copeland’s game-winning shot.
Epic, this is.
American TV show “The Big Bang Theory” is set to shoot a special episode with the theme of Star Wars, and the sitcom has collaborated with Lucasfilm for its production.
The Proton Transmogrification
The episode, titled “The Proton Transmogrification,” would follow the celebrations of the nerdy cast of the show in their celebration of Star Wars Day.
Lucasfilm helped the studio recreate the location of a harsh, swampy planet called Dagobah, which was the exile location of Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
‘May the fourth be with you’
The special episode will air on May 1, which coincides with the observance of Star Wars Day on the fourth of May, as in “May the fourth be with you.”
“The Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre commented on the special show, “We were approached by the Lucasfilm people to do something to celebrate Star Wars Day, which was nice.”
The horror box-office hit “The Conjuring” was reportedly going to have a sequel, until legal battles between studio and producers stalled the project.
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Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund is locked in a legal tussle with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema over the rights to the original film. The actions stalled progress for any spin-offs or content related to the Conjuring trademark as decided by both DeRosa-Grund and New Line.
DeRosa-Grund filed the suit for an alleged breach of contract and “other charges” for failing to pay for the underlying rights for the Conjuring sequel as well as a spin-off movie entitled “Annabelle.”
Where it All Began
The legal battles began when DeRosa-Grund accused New Line of blocking his deal with studio rival Lionsgate for a Conjuring series. The producer says he developed the stories from 8,000 case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, to whom the original movie is based.
Travel bookings between China and Malaysia had fallen severely, travel agents report. Many Chinese tourists had cancelled their trip, angry at the perceived lack of information provided by the Malaysian government to the families of the passengers of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
Travel agents said they used to have about 30-40 tourists a month for a group tour in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. But now, there isn’t anyone inquiring about this booking. “Tourists don’t even consider going there. Many also have a negative impression of the country now,” said a travel agent from Comfort Travel, which focuses heavily on Southeast Asia tours.
Impact on Tourism
Many Chinese have expressed their anger over the missing MH370. One micro blogger wrote, “Originally I was considering travelling in Malaysia this year, now I think their country is so disgusting. They lied to everyone for half a month.”
The decline of Chinese travels to Malaysia could hurt the country’s goal of boosting tourism. According to Merrill Lynch of the Bank of America, Chinese tourists arrival account for about 12 percent of Malaysia’s total tourists and 0.4 percent of the its gross domestic product.
Billy Crystal is officially returning to television, as FX announced it has given a series order to Billy titled “The Comedians.”
New FX comedy
The 66-year-old actor will play a veteran star of the comedy world, while Frozen actor Josh Gad will play the younger comedian in the 13-part shows.
“The Comedians” marks Crystal’s first regular starring role in a TV series since his performance more than 30 years ago.
“We’re incredibly excited about The Comedians and the fact that Billy Crystal will be making his return to series television on FX,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming for Fox TV.
“The Comedians” is based on a Swedish format of the same title.
He said Gad and Crystal had “amazing” chemistry, and claimed it was “certain to become one of the best comedies on TV.”
The network has been continually building its standing in the comedy industry, most notably with critics and awards.
Walt Disney Company has announced that there will be two new Pixar films on the works: The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3.
The news was made by Chief Executive Bob Iger during the company’s stockholders meeting, providing further details.
Disney Pixar also spread the good news on social media site Twitter, saying: “It’s official: we’re currently working on new films featuring your favorite characters from The Incredibles and Cars!”
New Pixar films
Iger said that director Brad Bird will work on “The Incredibles 2,” who directed the first.
He will work on the script while directing Disney’s live action film, “Tomorrowland,” which stars George Clooney.
Apart from “Cars 3” and “The Incredibles 2,” Walt Disney announced the new Pixar films for 2015 and 2016. This includes a second “Planes” film, “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” and a “Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory.”