February 1, 2003 On the Move

first_img Franklin Zemel has become a partner with Broad & Cassel, at 1 Financial Plaza, Suite 2700, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954)764-7060. He concentrates in appellate practice, business law, complex civil litigation, and labor and employment law. Brian S. Adler and Deborah R. Mayo have been named partners of Bilzin, Sumberg, Dunn, Baena, Price & Axelrod, LLP, with offices at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2500, Miami 33131, telephone (305)374-7580. Adler concentrates on municipal zoning and land use processes, while Mayo is an associate with the firm’s corporate and securities department. David W. Henry has become a shareholder with Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath, & Gilchrist, P.A., with offices at 255 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1401, Orlando 32801, telephone (407)841-2330. He concentrates in intellectual property, professional liability, and insurance litigation. Brian G. Rich has become a shareholder with Berger Singerman, with offices at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 2950, Miami 33131, telephone (954)4944828. He practices in reorganization, bankruptcy, and avoidance action litigation. Monica Roisman has joined Coane and Associates, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., 28th floor, Miami 33131, telephone (305)913-7533. The firm concentrates in immigration law and labor and employment law. Mark Mohler has been elected as a partner of Baker & Hostetler, LLP, with offices at 200 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 2300, Orlando 32801, telephone (407)6494031. He practices in business transactions, taxation, and mergers and acquisitions. Angela B. Green announces the relocation of Angela B. Green, P.A., to 8527 S.E. 71st Ave., Ocala 34472, telephone (352)347-9038. She concentrates in telecommunications law. Matthew J. Conigliaro, former deputy solicitor general for the state of Florida, has re-joined Carlton Fields, with offices at 200 Central Ave., Ste. 2300, St. Petersburg 33701, telephone (727)821-7000. Beth Ann Cronin has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602, telephone (813)222-6630. She concentrates in general commercial litigation. Paul B. Ranis has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33302, telephone (954)764-6660. He concentrates in employment and commercial litigation. Jon L. Swergold has been named a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 222 Lakeview Ave., Ste. 800, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561)838-4521. He practices in commercial and general civil litigation. Michael S. Budwick has become a partner with Meland, Russin, Hellinger & Budwick, P.A., with offices at 3000 Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131. He practices in real estate, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. R. Eric Bilik has become a partner with McGuire Woods, LLP, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3300, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904)798-3200. He practices in litigating and arbitrating business torts, distribution and franchising disputes, and commercial contract matters. Rodger L. Hochman has become of counsel to Ferrell, Schultz, Carter, Zumpano & Fertel, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 3400, Miami 33131, telephone (305)371-8585. He practices in health care matters and corporate transactions. G. Andrew Gracy has joined Peebles & Gracy, P.A., with offices located at 826 Broadway, Dunedin 34698, telephone (727)736-1411. He practices in estate planning, probate, real estate, and family law. Jacob C. Dykxhoorn has become a shareholder with Peterson & Myers, P.A., with offices located at 130 E. Central Avenue, Lake Wales 33859, telephone (863)676-7611. He practices in the areas of real estate, condominiums, mobile home law, and estate and tax planning. Mark A. Humphrey, Lynn S. Alfano, Soobadra C. Gauthier, and Joseph L. Larrinaga have become associated with Kingsford and Rock, P.A., with new offices located at Westshore Place I, 4350 W. Cypress St., Ste. 200, Tampa 33607, telephone (813)874-0222. The firm concentrates in insurance defense cases. Edward J. Carbone and Scott C. Davis have been promoted to shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll, with offices at 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602-5233, telephone (813)222-8180. Carbone concentrates in healthcare, medical malpractice, and residents’ rights litigation. Davis practices in general business and contract litigation, intellectual property litigation, and employment litigation. Arthur Graham has become a shareholder with Landis Graham French, P.A., with offices located at 543 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach 32114, telephone (386)252-4717. He concentrates in civil litigation, insurance defense, and mediation. Marc M. Mayo, former senior vice president and general counsel of MPS Group, Inc., has become a shareholder with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay, P.A., with offices at 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 1500, Jacksonville 32207, telephone (904)398-3911. He practices in labor and employment law, equal opportunity law, and civil rights law. JC Miller has joined Haynsworth Baldwin Johnson & Greaves LLC, with offices at 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 800, Jacksonville 32207. She has also been appointed as the managing partner of the Jacksonville office. She concentrates in labor and employment law, including sexual harassment, race discrimination, and civil rights. February 1, 2003 On the Move February 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Gay film a test for industry

first_imgWith Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as its stars and Ang Lee as the director, “Brokeback Mountain” is generating the kind of Oscar buzz and media exposure that studios typically expect will translate into strong box office numbers. But in “Brokeback,” distributor Focus Features – the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures – has on its hands a movie that will put to the test whether the moviegoing public at large is ready to embrace an unabashedly gay love story that includes physical intimacy between its two leading men. “To help sell this movie, it’s important to have critical support, award nominations and to be on as many top 10 lists as possible,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of the BoxOfficeGuru.com. “A movie like this, which already has a lot of buzz coming out of film festivals, can do some great business in the biggest art markets.” But how will the film, adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name, fare outside the art-house circuit? One way to try and gain widespread appeal has been to put an emphasis on the film being a love story. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The thought around here is it’s a great movie, a very human movie,” said Jack Foley, Focus Features’ president of distribution. “It’s a film that deals very honestly with human situations and human conditions dealing with love, not just love between two men.” Focus has planned a careful platform release for “Brokeback” that begins with selected screens on Friday in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. “To get an opening in those markets is quite important,” Foley said. “The reality of the situation is that we are appealing to the core demographic that we think the film has which are women and, needless to say, the gay population.” Focus is limiting the first week to five theaters totaling about a dozen screens. One of the New York theaters is in the heavily gay-populated Chelsea neighborhood while the Los Angeles engagement will be at The Grove multiplex. Those engagements plus the San Francisco booking were designed to get a strong per-screen gross opening weekend and to generate positive word of mouth “so when we expand, it will sort of be a grass-roots front-runner to build even more excitement about the film,” said Foley. On Dec. 16, “Brokeback” will face its real box office test when it opens in 21 more big cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C. and a trio of smaller markets where the film is expected to be well-received: Austin, Texas; Palm Springs; and Santa Barbara. “It’s very, very careful and clearly not overreaching,” Foley said. “What we want out of the second wave is to make this a national film in terms of awareness.” In all, the film will be booked into about 60 theaters by its second week. But Focus will stay at that level until Jan. 6, 2006, before expanding to 20 additional markets in order to avoid competing with such anticipated holiday blockbusters as “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” “Chances are, this movie will be on a lot of (Top 10) lists at the end of December so by the time January comes around and it widens, everyone in those markets will have heard of this movie,” Pandya said. By Jan. 13, “Brokeback” will be playing in just over 100 markets. Regardless of how “Brokeback” fares at the box office or at the Oscars, it is already a “watershed” for gay and lesbian cinema, said Stephen Gutwillig, executive director of Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian film festival. “It’s a big deal,” Gutwillig said. “That it took Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and (Focus Features President) James Schamus coming together to make this really illustrates how hard it is for high-profile gay and lesbian material to be addressed. Studios just don’t make gay-themed films. The exceptions are high-end glossy stuff like ‘The Birdcage’ and ‘In & Out.”‘ Released in 1996, “The Birdcage” a comedy starring Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and Nathan Lane as his drag queen spouse, grossed just under $124 million domestically. “In & Out,” a comedy about a middle-aged Indiana schoolteacher (Kevin Kline) who finally realizes he’s gay after being kissed by a gay reporter (Tom Selleck), earned a solid $63.8 million at the domestic box office. “Birdcage,” “In & Out” and the 1993 drama “Philadelphia,” which won an Oscar for Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer with AIDS and grossed $77.3 million, all had one thing in common: They featured major stars in gay roles that required little or no physical intimacy. That was not the case more than a decade earlier when 20th Century Fox released “Making Love,” with love scenes between Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean. The story about a seemingly happy married young doctor who finally confronts his long-repressed attraction to other men grossed just under $12 million at the box office and was considered groundbreaking for its time. But “Making Love” did not lead to more gay films from the studios. Even last year’s expensive epic “Alexander,” directed by Oliver Stone and distributed by Warner Bros., shied away from any graphic love scenes between Colin Farrell’s Alexander the Great and Jared Leto’s character of Hephaestion. It has been the independent film industry, the film festival circuit and now DVD that has allowed the genre to grow. In last year’s “A Home at the End of the World,” Farrell had the physically intimate scenes with another man that “Alexander” lacked. But for the most part, even the most popular gay movies typically peak with about a $2 million gross or less. Farrell’s “Home,” for example, grossed just over $1 million. Other notable titles include 2000’s “The Broken Hearts Club” with Zach Braff, Timothy Olyphant and Dean Cain ($1.7 million); 1997’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” ($2.9 million); 2000’s “Sordid Lives” ($1 million); and 1995’s “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love” ($1.9 million). “There are really just handful of movies that have made more than $2 million,” said Gutwillig. “Most are independent films that have that threshold in part because they don’t have studio machines behind them.” From the independent film world, the highest grossers have included 1994’s “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” ($11 million) and 2001’s “Kissing Jessica Stein” ($7 million). “Brokeback” director Lee has already had some measure of success with gay-themed material with 1993’s “The Wedding Banquet,” his film about an closeted gay man who enters into a marriage of convenience to please his Chinese parents. “Banquet” grossed $6.9 million domestically and was a solid hit in foreign markets with an international take of $30 million. Even before its opening day, Gutwillig said “Brokeback” has already made an impact “to the extent everyone recognizes quality films deserve to be made and find an audience. Now it’s in the hands of the able marketers at Focus. But there are so few projects like this that you won’t really be able to blame anybody if it doesn’t work because they are inventing a wheel.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 [email protected]!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Government fills 34 job vacancies more to come

first_img TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:anya williams, civil service, government, job vacancies Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Aug 2015 – Thirty four job vacancies were advertised by government and 27 individuals were found suitable to perhaps take on careers within the Civil Service. In a third recruitment drive for this fiscal year, TCIG explains that there were key roles advertised including Director positions, like: Culture, Gaming and Trade as well as Deputy Director positions in Road Safety, Social Development and for the Crown Land Unit. Several teaching and other support positions are currently being promoted and about a dozen roles are still being short listed according to the release issued today. The Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who heads the Civil Service from the Governor’s Office said: “TCIG is committed to strengthening its resource base through attracting the best talent available… the creation of our new Jobs Webpage has greatly assisted in attracting more applicants to the civil service.” Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better processlast_img read more

TCI PDM Chairman Blows Harder

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 4, 2018 – Providenciales – In a shameless effort to distract from the real matter at hand which is the New Years Day incident at Taylor Bay, one must remind the PDM and its Chairman that they have control of the reins of government!  How foolish do you have to be to blame the PNP for your very own unofficial/official public relations officer running with a false story about the Second All Island Elected Member joining the PNP?   Nice to see you remember she is on your team.  We of course would welcome Hon. Connolly and others back home with open arms, as the PNP is the only Big Tent Party in the Turks and Caicos Islands.We have now heard from the Minister of Tourism, and latterly from the Member for Cheshire Hall.   What has happened to the Premier and Minister of Finance at whose desk the buck stops?   Has the “BEST MAN FOR THE JOB” gone into hiding or is it because the offender is a dear friend of her favourite Ministerial Colleague? Premier, it is your responsibility to govern and not just make excuses for your lack of ability.You all are being paid handsomely to do the country’s business, so please put your shoulders to the wheel and execute.   If you need help, just ask, since you are still seem dumfounded as to what to do except play the blame game.   Otherwise, as the saying goes, “if you cant do it then get up off the pot”!Royal S. RobinsonChairman, PNP4.1.17 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Karanka feels Nottingham Forest fans support

first_imgThe former Jose Mourinho assistant is trying his best to coach in the English Championship and his team won for the first time after five consecutive defeats.Aitor Karanka was forever under the shadow of Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, especially in Real Madrid.But now he’s managing Nottingham Forest in the English Championship and has thanked fans after a five-game winless run.“[The fans’ support is] Nothing new since I arrived here,” he told Sky Sports.“They are supporting me. Last season was a difficult season because the last game we were playing for nothing, but they understood there is a problem behind [the scenes].”Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“In the worst moment they were with me so the only thing I can say is thanks so much again,” he commented.“I don’t care about statements. I care about my job, my players and the things that are in my hands.”“I didn’t have any doubts. We’ve competed against every single top team this season,” he added.“We’ve always had a good reaction after a bad defeat so I was full of confidence because when you have a group of players like I have here you can fully trust them.”last_img read more