Advertisement ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As the hit musical “Come From Away” takes Broadway by storm, Newfoundlanders are getting ready for a potential wave of tourists drawn to the place where those true stories happened. ——— “No doubt we’re going to be expecting an influx of people,” said Debby Yannikidis of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a common thread of human kindness and caring throughout the Newfoundland culture that most do experience when they come to visit,” he said. Exit surveys typically indicate that hiking, birds, icebergs and whales initially drew guests to the island — but encounters with Newfoundlanders were the trip highlights, he added. Advertisement “The majority of people say their best experience was with the people. When people come to Newfoundland, they’re taking a cultural adventure. Advertisement The extraordinary 9/11 hospitality of Gander and nearby communities is celebrated in the big-hearted musical now selling out tickets and racking up accolades — including seven Tony Award nominations. Beulah Cooper, a Gander resident and 9/11 volunteer portrayed in the play, said there’s also talk of her and other locals meeting with visitors who’d like to hear their stories first-hand. The North Atlantic Aviation Museum on the highway through Gander houses a piece of World Trade Center steel donated by firefighters on Long Island, N.Y., as thanks for the province’s generosity. It’s part of a larger 9/11 memorial display. Yannikidis said there are plans for tours that will include locations featured in “Come From Away.” It recounts what happened when the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, closed U.S. air space. Gander nearly doubled in population as 38 planes with almost 6,600 passengers and crew suddenly diverted to the sprawling international airport on the edge of town.Gander and its neighbours in Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood donated food, clothing, prescription drugs and anything else their unexpected guests needed. Churches and a school became makeshift shelters and many residents welcomed “the plane people” into their homes. “The town is preparing. Is it preparing to the degree it should be? We hope so. But we really won’t know until we get through this season.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The scenery is the main attraction, but that soon becomes the backdrop.”BY SUE BAILEY “Come From Away” has been praised for acknowledging the pain that resonates from 9/11 as it also provides a cathartic look at how compassion for strangers helped restore some faith in humanity.Yannikidis said Gander wants to welcome visitors who will arrive as a result. But people are keenly aware that the musical and any resulting economic opportunity stem from tragedy, she added. “I think that’s why it’s important that the aviation museum, a not-for-profit organization, is taking the lead on being able to provide tourists some sort of an experience.” Facebook If You Go… Disoriented, frightened passengers from around the globe were simply taken into the communities over the next five days. For tips on travel to Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/ Ken Sooley, owner of CapeRace Newfoundland Adventures, offers self-managed packages that include the keys to various coastal homes, a rental car and his guide book. He has added a side trip to Gander this year as “Come From Away” buzz grows. For information on the North Atlantic Aviation Museum: https://northatlanticaviationmuseum.com/ “I feel humbled by it all,” she said of the musical’s triumph on Broadway and beyond. “When we were in New York, I said to (Gander Mayor) Claude Elliott: ‘Claude, I’ve invited half of New York to come to my place.’ And he said: ‘Yes, Beulah, and I’ve invited the other half.’” Login/Register With: Twitter
Post a comment 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflix Netflix mind-bender Altered Carbon gets Marvel actors for season 2 Take a five-hour bubble bath with Big Mouth’s Hormone Monstress Jessica Jones season 3 on Netflix: Everything we know so far TV and Movies The OA Part II returns with Brit Marling’s character teaming up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir) to solve an alternate universe mystery. Netflix When we first meet the wounded heroine Prairie (Brit Marling) in season one of Netflix’s sci-fi series The OA, we see what happens when a mad scientist named Hap (Jason Isaacs) kidnaps people and use them for dangerous experiments to test the boundaries of life and death.By the end of the first season, we’re left wondering if Prairie (who renames herself OA — which stands for Original Angel) and her fellow captors ever really figured out how to transport themselves to other dimensions.Or if it was all a fictional adventure she made up to cope with being tortured for seven years. 50 Photos Tags Share your voice “We think of Part II as very much a noir,” The OA co-creator Zal Batmanglij told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday. “We wanted to come in through the character of a cynical detective. That’s why we thought, ‘What better place than San Francisco and the tech world to set a noir today?'”The returning cast includes Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen and the late actor Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead), who played Prairie’s adoptive father in season 1. Wilson filmed his role for The OA Part II before dying from leukemia last October.The OA Part II premieres on Netflix on March 22. Now with The OA Part II, we see Prairie/OA again but as an alternate-universe version of herself as a wealthy Russian heiress who lives in San Francisco. This version of her was never kidnapped or experimented on.In the new trailer for The OA Part II posted on Wednesday, we see OA team up with PI Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir), who is looking for a missing teen named Michelle Vu. OA and Washington find themselves drawn to a house in San Francisco’s wealthy Nob Hill neighborhood that’s connected to the disappearance of several other teenagers. 0 More Netflix shows
TV and Movies Digital Media 0 Share your voice The Mandalorian is a big-budget series produced by Jon Favreau, which follows a lone gunfighter on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Lucasfilm Disney’s live-action, big-budget Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian will be available at launch when the company’s Netflix-like Disney Plus service rolls out later this year. “We’re trying to make it look like Star Wars — a lot of visual effects, a lot of editing,” Executive Producer Jon Favreau said of his work now that shooting of The Mandalorian has finished. He spoke Thursday at an event in Los Angeles unveiling Disney Plus.A short featurette about The Mandalorian, shown to investors gathered at the Disney studio lot, featured the Mandalorian bounty-hunter character walking across a gray, snowy landscape near an alien outpost. He holds out a beeping tracker with a blinking red light, and the scene cuts to the character entering a bar with drums pounding. In the featurette, Favreau said the series starts with the bounty-hunting Mandalorian tracking down quarries. “This is a character you’ve never met before and period of time you’ve never seen before,” Favreau says. The story takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. High-profile originals like The Mandalorian are a crucial selling point for Disney as it attempt to launch a Netflix rival from scratch. After years of putting streaming in the back seat to protect its big-budget blockbusters and lucrative TV model, Disney has made streaming its top priority this year, even restructuring the company around it. It’s the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood going to extreme lengths to fortify against competition from digital powerhouses like Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple. The Mandalorian will star Pedro Pascal, known for playing Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones (aka the guy who lost that hand-to-hand fight against the Mountain. Yes, that one). The Mandalorian is one of two known Star Wars series planned for Disney Plus, in addition to a Rogue One prequel starring Diego Luna reprising his role of Cassian Andor. The company also has Marvel originals in the pipeline, with programs that center on Avengers characters Loki, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. Disney Star Wars Fox Hulu Netflix Tags Post a comment
Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna’s kissing scene in Dear ComradeScreenshot of YouTube videoActor Vijay Deverakonda has opened up on the controversy surrounding his lip-lock scene in Dear Comrade and expressed his displeasure over fans target Rashmika Mandanna over the video.The makers of Dear Comrade had released its teaser in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada on March 16. This first look video took social media by a storm and registered over five million views in less than 48 hours. It struck a chord with many viewers and generated a lot of hype and curiosity about its release.But some viewers were not happy with the lip-lock scene featured in the teaser of Dear Comrade and they had resorted to troll Rashmika Mandanna on the social media. They said that the movie deals with a serious subject and there was no need for a silly scene like lip-lock between the hero and heroine. They had even said that Vijay Deverakonda is serial kisser Emraan Hashmi of Telugu cinema.Vijay Deverakonda was little bothered about viewers calling Emraan Hashmi. Hence, he stayed away from responding to them. But he was said to be disturbed over his co-star Rashmika Mandanna being targeted with abusive words. “He never expected the Twitterati to go into a rant over a harmless kiss,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a source close to the actor as saying. Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna at Dear Comrade launchTwitterWhile he is used to raising hackles and eyebrows with his unorthodox roles and attitude, Vijay is appalled that his co-star is being targeted with unflattering comments. Dear Comrade has several moments of intimacy between Vijay and Rashmika. Now, he is in two minds as to how to deal with the intimacy quotient in Dear Comrade because he doesn’t want his leading lady to be targeted.”Most of the leading stars in Tollywood said no to intimate scenes with their co-stars as they are scared of being targets for the audience. “Should a kiss even be the reason for debate and discussion in a country plagued with much bigger problems?” asked the source.