Olympic dream alive, say Harambee Starlets

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players line up before their Olympic qualification match against Ghana at the Kasarani Stadium on October 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9 – Victory over Ghana’s Black Queens has given Harambee Starlets hope of a first ever qualification to the Olympic Games, with only two teams now standing between them and a historic place in Tokyo 2020.Starlets beat the Ghanaians 1-0 via a Gentrix Shikangwa extra time penalty to progress to the penultimate qualification round where a tie against Zambia awaits. With giants Nigeria, South Africa and now Ghana ousted from the race to represent Africa in Rio, Starlets believe they have an opportunity to progress.“We really wanted to beat Ghana to qualify and now that we have, I don’t think there is any other team that we fear. I believe as a team we have what it takes to beat anyone and our confidence is now at an all time high. We are focused on the Olympics and we will work hard to achieve it,” a confident Shikangwa told Capital Sport.She added; “We don’t fear anyone. If we can beat Ghana, then we are confident of beating anyone. Our secret has been training hard and ensuring we do everything the correct way.”Skipper Dorcas Shikobe has meanwhile asker her teammates not to let their guards down and keep working hard to ensure they achieve history.“Everyone has a chance and we also have a chance. This is behind our backs now and we have to focus on the next assignment. We have the ability, we are working together as ateam and everyone wants the same thing,” the skipper stated.Victory over Starlets against Zambia will put them into a good position of qualifying to the Olympics. They will face the winner between Ivory Coast and Cameroon in the final. Winning the final gives them a direct ticket to Tokyo.A loss will mean they head into the repacharge where they face off with the losing team from the South American qualifiers.“We are bridging the gap between Kenya and the rest of the continent and we are showing the world that we are growing. What we have invested in terms of scouting for talent is clearly visible. We will continue working, continue fighting because the work is not yet finished. We still have a long way to go,” head coach David Ouma stated.Meanwhile, the team has called on the government to give them support in their quest to qualify for the Olympics. The team did not receive any financial backing from the government for the current qualifiers while they are owed allowances dating back to 2017.“The federation is doing what it can but the government has to come in and support the girls. We are now close to history and we need all the support we can,” the tactician offered.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Comcast shares fall on earnings projections

first_imgComcast is considering offering lower-priced services, such as an Internet and phone bundle, for customers who don’t get its cable TV. This is a “cultural shift” for the company, Angelakis said. Comcast has decided to spend heavily on advanced set-top boxes. That higher spending doesn’t necessarily bring in new customers since it tends to be marketed as an upgrade to current subscribers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe stock lost $1.81, or 8.7 percent, to close at $18.92 after earlier trading as low as $18.08. In the past year, the stock has ranged from $18.83 to $30.18. The news also pressured other cable stocks: Time Warner Cable Inc. slid 4.4 percent to $25.87 while shares of Cablevision Systems Corp. fell 4.2 percent to $25.76. “We’ve seen a real softness in the business related to a combination of … macroeconomic issues and markets, and you’ve seen some competitive intensity,” Michael Angelakis, Comcast’s co-chief financial officer, said Wednesday at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. Cable stocks have struggled in 2007 on worries of stricter regulations, a slowing economy and competition from phone companies as they lured customers with their video services. Cable had enjoyed an advantage of being able to deliver video, Internet and phone services through one provider. “Competition has increased and we’ve got to respond,” Angelakis said. But “the expectation that I have is, over the next couple of years, we will lose some share on the video side.” PHILADELPHIA – In a bad year for cable stocks, Comcast’s fall has been downright ugly. Shares tumbled to a 20-month low Wednesday after the nation’s largest cable operator disclosed that this year’s revenue growth and cash flow will come in lower than expected. Comcast said consumers were balking at increasing their spending in a slowing economy, and phone companies had stepped up competition. Comcast also raised capital spending to push its advanced digital set-top boxes and its digital services. “Comcast’s announcement today is the worst of all possible worlds,” said Craig Moffett, senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein. “The promise of the cable stocks has always been as growth decelerates, so too will capital intensity, and free cash flow will rise.” last_img read more

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Things To Do

first_imgSwazzle Puppet Show, “Harry and the Tyrannosaurus Rex,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “Cabaret” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Moonlight Hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Waterfall Hike, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 42 Smack Classic will present a comedy show, 8 p.m. Friday in the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Proceeds will benefit the VHS Speech and Drama departments. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522. Jimmy Brogan and Greg Vaccarella will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. last_img read more

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Mahrez or Sane? Man City predicted line-up to face United

first_img RANKED 2 Pep Guardiola, therefore, has a selection headache ahead of the visit of bitter rivals Manchester United.Gabriel Jesus, who has very-much been second-choice to Sergio Aguero this season, bagged a hat-trick in midweek.And there is little to separate Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, both of whom scored when picked against Saints and Shakhtar respectively.The good news for Guardiola is that he has no fresh injury concerns. Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and second-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are the only major absentees for City.So who will start in the all-important derby? Here is how talkSPORT.com expects City to line up… Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; B. Silva, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow REVEALED BEST OF ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED 2 Mahrez and Sane are both pushing to start on Sunday Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Manchester City have shown this past week they can blow teams away regardless of which eleven players start the game.A heavily-rotated side battered Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, just four days after a stunning 6-1 victory over Southampton in the Premier League. no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

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Massive clearance sale at Donegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors this weekend

first_imgAre you looking to renovate your home or looking for that special piece of furniture?Then look no further than the Donegal Tile Centre in Letterkenny this weekend.In conjunction with Rossview Interiors, the Donegal Tile Centre is holding a massive Marquee Clearance Sale of discounted and display stock. To make way for many new lines, they’re having a massive, once-off sale which is not to be missed.There is literally something for everyone including a huge range of both wall and floor tiles, all first quality and most at less than half price.If you are looking to renovate your bathroom then they have a huge range of accessories including shower doors, Whirlpool baths and bathroom suites and bathroom furniture, all at low, low prices.If that wasn’t enough there are also great reductions on light fittings as well as huge savings on a stunning range of dining tables, chairs as well as reclining suites. For all opening times see the enclosed poster.Massive clearance sale at Donegal Tile Centre and Rossview Interiors this weekend was last modified: April 17th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Tile Centremassive clearance saleRossview Interiorslast_img read more

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Schonland: African son of science

first_img15 May 2007He developed radar in Africa in 1939, launched the continent’s premier science council and was a world expert on lightning. Basil Schonland served as advisor to Field Marshal Montgomery in World War II, led atomic energy research in the UK and was knighted by the Queen. This Eastern Cape son of science finally received recognition as “Scientist of the Century” in South Africa in 1999, was granted a posthumous award and sparked a biography.‘Mighty Atom’St Andrew’s College in the Frontier Country town of Grahamstown at the turn of the century could not have foreseen the child prodigy on their hands when 10-year-old Basil Schonland entered the foyer in 1907. He matriculated four years later at the tender age of 14 – with the highest mark in the country. Notably bright but small of stature, his prophetic nickname at school was “Mighty Atom”.With a BA (Physics) from Rhodes University College under his belt and an OBE for service in France in WWI, Schonland enrolled as a research student at Cambridge University in the UK. Pioneering nuclear physics research was under way, and Schonland made a name for himself with research on the scattering of Beta particles.But the call of Africa propelled him to Cape Town in 1922 to take up the post of lecturer and soon professor of physics at the University of Cape Town.As Brian Austin puts it in his biography Schonland: Scientist and Soldier, facilities for research in South Africa at that time were very primitive compared to what Schonland was used to in the UK. Isolated from the international research community, he turned to something completely different.Chasing stormsHe pursued the study of lightning, and the exciting period between 1937 and 1939 (at the University of the Witswatersrand and as director of the Bernard Price Institute) saw him chasing storms, photographing lightning and measuring the electrical fields under thunderclouds.His work was internationally regarded as the biggest advance in the field since Benjamin Franklin’s work in the late 18th century.When war clouds gathered in Europe in the late 1930s, the need to develop radar was urgent. Commmonwealth countries were secretly invited to send scientists to the UK for a briefing on the new concept of radar. No one went from South Africa.However, Schonland met distinguished New Zealand scientist Sir Ernest Marsden on a ship in Cape Town after the UK briefing. Copies of vague documents and notes made during the UK discussions were all Schonland had to work on.South Africa’s own radar systemIncredibly, he and his team developed their own radar system, which was fully functional in South Africa just three months after the outbreak of World War II. “All they really received from the UK . was that it could be done and ‘how’,” wrote Military History Journal author Dr FJ Hewitt.In 1941, while on a special visit to England, Schonland was asked to stay. He became a member of the famous “Blackett Circus” – a group of scientists who scientifically addressed problems and worked with generals in the field. It was the start of operations research as we know it today.With the invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944, Schonland was appointed personal scientific advisor to Field Marshal Montgomery.There was a happy post-war sequel. Schonland’s early African radar team remained in touch, and when Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957, they improvised tracking equipment and established its orbit in just two days.The expected lifetime of Sputnik was published in Nature – giving the world the first accurate prediction of Sputnik’s expected lifespan, which proved correct to within 15%.Pan-African scienceIn December 1944, Schonland was recalled to South Africa by General Jan Smuts to establish and become first president of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR’s first pan-African programme of scientific collaboration was a historic event, held in Johannesburg in 1949 and attended by 100 delegates from 25 countries south of the Sahara.Representatives from Europe, the US and Australia were also there in a “panoply of nations never before seen under one roof in South Africa”, wrote Brian Austin in his essay “African Science and One Man’s Vision”.They formed the Scientific Council for Africa South of the Sahara (CSA), which convened over 10 years until apartheid and the growth of independence movements got in the way. The “winds of change” had begun blowing across the country by 1960, and colonial links were starting to sever.Anti-apartheid protestIn 1962, Schonland resigned his then post of Rhodes University’s first Chancellor in protest at South Africa’s apartheid legislation, which segregated previously “open” universities.South Africa was no longer able to lead, apartheid was anathema to the world, and in 1965, riven with political differences, the CSA was disbanded.By then, Schonland had already returned to England as the director of an atomic energy research unit at Harwell. He was knighted by the Queen in 1960 for his services to British science, and was a Faraday Medallist for 1962.Schonland was voted South Africa’s Scientist of the Century in 1999, and was posthumously awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (in the gold class) in 2002.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2007 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

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South African research team make a breakthrough in cardiology

first_imgA mutation in a gene has been identified by South African researchers as the cause of heart disease and cardiac arrest. It affects the young who are sporty and athletic. An all-female team of researchers, Maryam Fish‚ Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Kraus‚ from UCT, discovered the CDH2 gene, which can lead to early cardiac arrest. (Image: Michael Hammond, via UCT)Brand South Africa reporterAn all-female team of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have identified a gene that increases the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest.Maryam Fish‚ Gasnat Shaboodien and Sarah Kraus discovered the CDH2 gene. It is found in everyone but if it mutates, it “causes a genetic disorder known as arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC )‚ which increases the risk of heart disease and cardiac arrest”, said the university.The young and the sporty and active are more at risk. The result is sudden death.It took time and a global effortThis study, an international collaboration, began 20 years ago. It was led by a South African team headed by Professor Bongani Mayosi, dean of UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, along with researchers from the Italian Auxologico Institute in Milan and the University of Pavia.“This is probably the biggest breakthrough in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard’s first heart transplant,” said Prof Mayosi.“This discovery is a first in the world – on our soil – and will permit the diagnosis and possible targeted treatment of heart muscle disease in the future.”Researchers kept track of a South African family affected by ARVC and who had experienced cases of sudden death.Shaboodien says the whole exome sequencing, the technique the researchers used to find the gene, was not known seven to eight years ago.“In the old days it used to take two to three years to screen one gene … Suddenly with technology you are able to screen 19,000 genes within a matter of hours. We called it genetics on steroids.”Listen to the interview with Shaboodien on Talk Radio 702:PreventionThe discovery of the gene will make early detection possible. “We can implant devices inside your heart to shock you when you have abnormal heart rhythm and prevent you from dying,” Prof Mayosi told Eyewitness News.“We learnt that it’s important if someone has the disease, intensive sports [should] be avoided,” said Professor Peter Schwartz of the Auxologico Institute.“Athletes should be screened carefully. The disease can be treated, so that’s why it’s important to make the diagnosis early.”Source: UCTWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Will Microsoft’s New Xbox Event In May Reveal Always-Online Requirements?

first_imgTags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360, currently code named ‘Durango,’ will likely be unveiled on May 21 at a “small venue” with a focus on initial details and a 2013 company roadmap, sources tell The Verge.  Because this May event is only one month from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, its likely Microsoft won’t actually show the physical console and will instead focus on hardware specs, social and online gaming features and a timeline for release. Perhaps most important, there’s no word on whether Microsoft will require always-on Internet connectivity to use the the new platform.Putting aside the decision to keep the event small, this move appears to parrot the steps taken by Sony in February when it unveiled the PlayStation 4 at an extravagant showing in New York City. Company executives spent a lot of time talking PlayStation philosophy but never displayed a physical console. With E3 right around the corner, Microsoft has no reason to jump the gun either. In another move seemingly cribbed from Sony, Microsoft is reportedly outfitting the new Xbox with an AMD x86 chip, giving it a PC architecture that will not play old games. Other notable specs rumored for the new console include a 1.6GHz 8-core CPU, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. Always-Online Rumors Take Center StageMore pressing than any hardware spec, confirmed launch title or release date is the rumor that Microsoft will bake in so called “always-online functionality” to its new Xbox. Always-online functionality would require players to maintain an active Internet connection at all times just to use the new console.The benefits of this are unclear – at least for players – while the negatives have been argued time and again and even displayed in real-time with debacles like Electronic Arts’ SimCity launch disaster, which has contributed to the game publisher reaching the finals of The Consumerist’s Worst Company In America Poll for the second year in a row. It’s hard to imagine Microsoft thinks it can get away with enforcing such a monumental shift on Xbox players. By restricting console use to the quality and reliability of the players’ Internet connections, Microsoft would make players  beholden to company servers and whatever digital content management restrictions publishers decide to impose. Such a move would be a disaster waiting to happen, though it illustrates the contentious future of an industry stuck in a constant in a tug-of-war between big gaming companies and committed, tech-savvy gamers. If Microsoft is smart, it will keep quiet in May on the always-online rumors, but even that won’t soothe the angry mob. Image of current Xbox suite courtesy of Microsoft. center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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One Number That Shows The Reason For Microsoft’s Upheaval

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Apple#Google#Internet Explorer#Microsoft center_img brian proffitt In an effort to give us a glimpse into how well they are transitioning from a software company to “a devices and services company,” Microsoft revealed a By the Numbers site yesterday. But one fact may have revealed a little too much information from Microsoft: the desktop browser share for Internet Explorer.The tile is crystal clear: the Internet Explorer icon with the words 56.5 percent. Click the tile and it opens to reveal “Internet Explorer’s usage share was over 56 percent worldwide in July 2013.”That may sound great, but if you follow the browser market at all, then your first reaction might echo mine: only 56.5%?There was a time, after all, that Internet Explorer once held a far greater market share, with 78.42% of the market share in January 2008, according to the same source Microsoft cited on its Numbers page, Net Market Share. In those days, it was mostly IE vs. Mozilla Firefox vs. Opera. But five years ago next month, Chrome entered the game, and slowly but surely took market share away from IE and the other browsers.To its credit, this is not the worst IE’s market share has been—to date, that low mark was hit in December 2011, when IE browser share was 51.87%, Chrome 19.11% and Firefox 21.83%.The latest full month figures for July 2013 reveal a slightly better leadership position for IE, which has slowly climbed to 56.61%, with Firefox down to 18.29% and Chrome at 17.76%. Looking at the trend over time, it does indeed appear that IE has recaptured some share away from Chrome and Firefox, with Safari also picking up some growth on the other side as well.No one can take away from Microsoft that it has been a market leader for browsers since practically day one of its existence, and as such, you can’t knock 56% of the desktop market share too much.But this is desktop market share, which doesn’t reflect how Microsoft is doing on the fastest-growing platform sector: mobile. And there, if you poke around the Net Market Share site a little more, things are far less pretty.Here, Microsoft is barely on the map of browsers, hanging around at the 1.88% share mark for July. In this world, Safari is the clear winner with 58.75% share, Android browser at 20.59%, Opera Mini with 9.42% and Chrome at 4.44%.Those are numbers that don’t bode well for a Microsoft that’s trying to remake itself as devices and services company. Browsers, are very much the gateway software into the services that companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft provide. Sure, you can access Google services with Safari, and Apple cloud services with Chrome, but generally the trends for services tend to follow the browser, especially for mobile users who just want all their apps to live harmoniously. In that light, this means that Apple services benefit from 58.75% of the market and Google services get 25.03% of browser share, since Android Browser and Chrome will point to Google.So while Microsoft is still dominant in the desktop sector for its browser, that is a sector that is showing strong evidence of contraction, or at the very least slowing sales. In the sector that is exploding—mobile—Microsoft is barely a blip as a browser presence.There are ways to fix this, of course, and we are seeing it now: Microsoft has built apps that will tie directly into their services like SkyDrive (iOS, Android) and Office 365 (iOS, Android). These apps aren’t completely polished, but they will have to be improved soon.Microsoft may also end up building web services that are far more standards compliant than they ever have in the past.We are witnessing a huge metamorphosis in action: Microsoft was long the dominant player on the dominant platform, and now that is no longer the case in any sense of the word. So, they embrace mobile, with their own platform and re-tooled services for all devices. They embrace cloud with Windows Azure, trying to capture disenfranchised IT shops before they shift to Linux or Solaris in the cloud. They (re)embrace embedded, this time with an eye on making an impact in the nascent Internet of Things.This is time of great change for Microsoft as it strains to hang on to an enterprise and consumer market that is moving out from under them every day. The numbers don’t lie. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy Wiseau

first_imgGreg Sestero chats about his recent collaboration with his real life best friend Tommy Wiseau at the Marfa Film Festival.It’s 20 years to the day that Greg Sestero first met Tommy Wiseau in an acting class in Los Angeles. Sestero laughs at the memory now — a meeting which has now landed them in the middle of nowhere for a screening of their latest collaboration Best F[r]iends at the Marfa Film Festival.Not a duo to do anything by the norms, they insisted on conducting the Q&A to their film before the screening. Many in the audience to asked about their lives since the release of their cult classic best-worst-movie The Room, as well as their thoughts on James Franco and crew portraying their feats in the recent film The Disaster Artist.Sestero in particular has been busy. Besides penning the memoir The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made which the movie is based on, Sestero also wrote and produced Best F[r]iends (which is currently being released by Lionsgate in two volumes, with Volume One going On Digital and On Demand September 25th).After their screening, Sestero chatted about collaborating with his now longtime buddy Tommy Wiseau — who co-stars in Best F[r]iends with Sestero — and the advantages as well as challenges of creating a film with your best friend.Write What You Know“I had been writing a lot of projects for TV and series where I was working on longer storylines, but was having trouble coming up with endings. However, after Tommy and I took a road trip together to Vegas, the idea of Best F[r]iends and having Tommy and I co-star everything just came together.”In a particularly amazing feat, Sestero wrote the majority of Best F[r]iends in just four days. He wrote the two lead characters, Jon and Harvey, specifically for Sestero and Wiseau to reunite onscreen for the first time since The Room. Specifically, Sestero wrote Harvey’s dialogue with Wiseau’s delivery and tone in mind for Wiseau to use in his performance.Spend Time Together“This screening in Marfa in particular has been awesome. Getting out here is similar to the original trip we took to Vegas where the whole idea came together. When you spend that much time together you really get to know one another. If you didn’t like each other it wouldn’t work and you wouldn’t keep doing it.”Coming from LA, getting to Marfa or Vegas means a long travel through the desert. In Best F[r]iends, Sestero’s characters Harvey and Jon travel is used to build their relationship and develop a bond which is stressed throughout the rest of the film.Learn From Each Other“Since making The Room, we’ve both grown as artists and filmmakers. Obviously there were things we did differently from The Room, but we also were able to pick up a thing or two seeing them shooting The Disaster Artist with James Franco and Seth Rogen and those guys. This time around everything was a little more fluid.”For fans of The Room, the lore about its production runs deep. While Sestero is quick to point out that both he and Tommy decided early on to shoot Best F[r]iends on just one camera this time, it was actually a scaled-back production with a tighter and leaner crew who was there give Sestero and Wiseau the support they needed to concentrate on their performances.Push Through the Challenges of Filming“It’s filmmaking, by its nature you’re going to have challenges on any set. However, we had a great crew and we were able to plow through. Unlike The Room, we had a lot of locations on this one. Volume Two in particular was mostly shot out in the desert almost near here in Marfa. It took a good deal of trust in having the right team behind you.”Even in the hot, high-altitude Marfa sun, Sestero and Wiseau pal around a morning cocktail hour with filmmakers and local fans. The overall production of Best F[r]iends took around six months, Sestero estimates. It’s finally beginning to culminate with the Marfa Film Festival as they wrap up the edit on Volume Two (where they screened a condensed version).The Importance of Sincerity“The biggest thing I take away from The Room is that the film did have a very unique and sincere voice. That’s what we’ve pushed for with Best F[r]iends. It’s a project we really believe in, and hope its a fresh take on both our friendship, as well as friendship in general.”Perhaps the biggest takeaway from chatting with Sestero, their wild pre-screening Q&A, and watching Best F[r]iends at the festival, is the importance of sincere filmmaking and character. Sestero’s goal was not to push for laughs, but to let his and Wiseau’s chemistry and relationship shape their onscreen interactions. It creates some humor and some very odd moments, of course, but it stays true throughout — which Sestero stresses has been the most important aspect of his and Wisaeu’s now two decades of friendship.You can learn more about Best F[r]iends on the film’s website, or check it out when it hits digital on demand September 25th for Volume One. Volume Two is set for release in early 2019.For more interviews and filmmaking articles, check out our interview with the editor of The Disaster Artist on editing a film about making a film, or some of the other articles below.Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film InsightsInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceFilmmaker Wendy McColm on the Meisner Technique and her Feature Birds Without FeathersA Conversation with Lucian Read, Cinematographer of America DividedInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic Videolast_img read more

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