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Pasadena Publisher Signs with Ovation TV for ‘Chronicles of Ara’ Series

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Authors Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard of Pasadena-based Incorgnito Publishing Press have signed a development deal with Ovation TV for the development and airing of a mini-series based on their “Chronicles of Ara” series.The eight-hour mini-series will be based on the first two novels of the duo’s eight volume series, with an option to explore the remaining books for a possible ongoing series and further spinoffs.The books center on Ara, a muse who inspires all of art and invention, but who is corrupted upon a tragic loss. Using parallel storylines, the characters include some of history’s more renowned “darker authors” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe – as they write their greatest creations.“’The Chronicles of Ara’ is a fantastically imaginative series that explores the origins and repercussions of artistic creation,” said Scoot Woodward, Executive Vice President of programming and production at Ovation TV. “Its theme, of course, is perfectly suited for the only television network dedicated to the arts, but the story itself is so engaging and visual in its telling that it seems destined for a series.”“The end of the world begins when man is betrayed by his greatest creation: his art,” Eisenberg says. “What better outlet than Ovation, a network devoted to the arts and culture, to explore this concept?”Hillard adds that “we run with the concept of dangerous art — all those video games, novels, music, lyrics and so on that parents and teachers say are bad for you — and we respond, ‘Okay, we agree. All art is dangerous. Now what? What of the wars and cultures art inspires. What then?’”Ovation TV, based in Santa Monica, is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Make a comment Business Districts News Pasadena Publisher Signs with Ovation TV for ‘Chronicles of Ara’ Series From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 26, 2015 | 11:36 amlast_img read more

Ichiro Suzuki: the secretive superstar who defied baseball’s steroid era

first_imgBaseball … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Since you’re here… Facebook Reuse this content The baseball world into which Ichiro Suzuki walked in 2001 was one of swagger, bravado and brawn. Only two years before, Nike marketed baseball with an unfortunate slogan: “Chicks dig the long ball.” Everything was about home runs. The game’s steroid era was at its peak, still a year away from a scandal that would expose sluggers’ muscles as chemically gained.Ichiro, who essentially retired from playing at the age of 44 on Thursday, cast a diminutive figure in that time of giants. He was slender, almost frail, insisting he should be called by his first name only, something rarely done in American sports. The best baseball fans knew about his nine-year career in Japan, one in which he had 1,278 hits and had established himself as his country’s most electric player. But watching him early that first season with the Seattle Mariners, lunging at pitches with a spinning, awkward swing that looked like a mini-tornado, you had to wonder if he would ever hit a good, hard fastball. He leaves the field with a trail of jaw-dropping highlights, the ones everyone mentions. The laser throw to third base that caught Oakland’s Terrence Long. The inside-the-park home run at the 2007 All Star Game. But the moments I remember most are not from the games. They came hours before in empty stadiums, when I observed him practice his bunts over and over until he had found the perfect feeling of ball deadening against bat. I loved his batting practice because it was when this slight player would unleash the slugger he kept tucked inside and launch booming home runs off the restaurant on Safeco Field’s second deck. It was an Ichiro few got to see. It was the one I could watch all night. In the end, though, his career stands as a monument against the era in which he arrived. He was the superstar who did not have to turn his body into a bloated, cartoonish replica of a muscle man. He didn’t have to hit home runs. He didn’t need to be big. At a time when baseball had lost the simplicity of what made the game great, he was a reminder that a ground ball to shortstop could be more exciting than a home run. Twitter Share on Pinterest MLB Topics London Stadium set to host Red Sox-Yankees games next year Pinterest Read more Seattle Mariners US sports Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp features That was until he hit those fastballs. And the sliders and curves and splitters too. It turned out the brilliance of his game came in the fact he didn’t take mighty swings like all the muscle-bound home-run hitters of his time. Instead he slapped grounders and bloops that he turned into hits with his electric speed. The most exciting play in baseball that season wasn’t a blast to the bleachers, it was Ichiro hitting a ground ball to shortstop and beating the throw to first base. The outfielder who appeared too small to survive a league bloated on steroids was baseball’s best player in 2001. He hit .350, had 242 hits, stole 52 bases and threw out runners from right field with throws so long and true they were almost impossible to believe, even as he made them. In each of the three years before Ichiro arrived, the Mariners had lost a superstar (Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr and finally Alex Rodriguez respectively). He made Seattle forget them all, leading the team to a major league record 116 victories. Who could have imagined a player who was already 27 with a game built on speed would still be playing nearly two decades and 3,089 hits later? But that was Ichiro. He forever defied expectations and continued to play into his mid-40s, a mystery to the end with a need for privacy that bordered on obsessive. Ichiro distrusted the mob of Japanese journalists who followed him from game-to-game, rarely seemed to relax in the clubhouse and – until relenting later in his career – hid behind a veneer of secrecy. Because Ichiro was big news in those early years, I spent a good amount of time writing about him, picking away at the wall he erected. There was the afternoon I sat in the empty, hilltop ballpark above Kobe that had been his home stadium for nine years in Japan, imagining what it must have been like to watch him in those days at the start. There was the night spent in an Osaka hotel bar with the gregarious hitting coach who had preserved a young Ichiro’s swing when everyone else thought it too awkward and demanded it be changed. Each conversation, each visit came with a warning from those close to Ichiro: these intrusions would displease him. Ultimately, the warnings were flares thrown up to chase away the curious. Ichiro never pushed back against the stories about his life. Instead, he ignored them, batting them away, the way he seemed to swat at an imaginary fly before assuming his batting stance. Support The Guardian Share on Twitterlast_img read more