Beyond The Headline
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline9 hrs ago
It is one of the most iconic moments in cinema -- a fanfare of trumpets slowly building as Rocky runs up the steep stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, jabbing and punching the air before lifting his arms in victory.
Now Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer is fighting his way out of the 1976 film and headlining in a most unexpected venue; Broadway. The musical-theater adaptation of Rocky is currently in previews at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City.
Fans of the heavyweight champion expecting to see Sylvester Stallone singing and dancing onstage may disappointed. Rocky will be played by theater veteran Andy Karl who’s appeared in a long list of Broadway hits like Jersey Boys, Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Legally Blonde.
Karl says that he personally identifies with Rocky as a small-time, not well-known boxer fighting for his shot at a world heavyweight title. “I have had some great success in theater playing a lot of character roles,” says Karl, “but now I’m sort of thrust into the lead of the show.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 hrs ago
Deana Valorose knows that each click of the camera on her smartphone could mean money in her bank account.
Valorose, of Hollywood, Fla., said she’s made more than $300 from selling 68 of her pictures – from breakfast to sports and nature – through a free app called Foap.
The app sells the photographs to big brands like MasterCard for use in their advertisements.
Each photograph on Foap sells for $10. The owner gets $5 and Foap gets $5.
“The picture that I’ve sold the most of is parasailing – people parasailing,” Valorose said.
Business is booming, according to Foap, because it’s much cheaper for companies to buy stock photos from sites like Foap than from the professionals.
Foap said that half of its users were making money and that half were raking it in.
The app’s user base has grown 25 percent in the last financial quarter as the company seeks to win a share of the $4 billion market for stock photos, competing against longtime stakeholders iStock, Getty and The Associated Press.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline2 days ago
Watching loved ones wrestle with the symptoms of dementia is heartbreaking. As our loved one’s brain cells are ravaged by dementia their memory may start to fade, they may lose the ability to communicate, even the simplest tasks like keeping track of personal possessions or preparing meals can become impossible. No matter how many family photos we show or personal stories we recount, as dementia takes hold, the connections to our loved one becomes increasingly harder and painful to make.
But what if we could use music to reach those that suffering from the debilitating effects of dementia? It was a theory posed by Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of Music and Memory, an organization that takes donated iPods to nursing homes to provide music therapy to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related illnesses. And according to Cohen, it appears to be working.
“The impact of music . . . grows over time. So somebody after ten months of having their own music, let’s say three hours a week will score 50% better on their cognitive exams,” says Cohen.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline3 days ago
Brandon Stanton has gained notoriety for his photography blog and subsequent book, Humans of New York , a visual record that captures and celebrates the diversity of people living and working in New York City. But now it’s his girlfriend, Erin O’Sullivan who’s making headlines with her pet adoption website called “Susie’s Senior Dogs.”
Two years ago, Stanton adopted a 13-year-old dog named Susie with big brown eyes and wispy white hair. Immediately the pair began to form a strong bond and that inspired Erin O’Sullivan to start a Facebook webpage so that other people could find and adopt other elderly dogs in need.
Stanton says that he is thankful he met Susie while photographing people for his blog, “I had never seen a dog that was that interesting . . . she’s old and she just wants to be with me.”
But not all senior dogs are as lucky when it comes to finding loving homes and caring human companions. Must people prefer adopting puppies and for the older dogs, that often means ending up in shelters or worse.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline4 days ago
If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a collection of items or appliances sitting around the house unused, collecting dust.
Now, resourceful individuals and families are putting those unused items to work and generating extra income by renting them to their peers for a fee.
It’s known as the ‘Sharing Economy,’ a variety of internet platforms designed for peer-to-peer transactions that range from renting personal items from bicycles, automobiles, to even an empty garage for people in need of a secure place to park their vehicles.
Most Americans who own a car are probably unaware that their car sits idle 92% of the time. Now families like the Sakof family in Chicago are making roughly $25o every weekend by renting their car during those times when they aren’t using the vehicle.
For the Sakof family renting their car for extra money was an easy decision. “What did we have to lose?” says Justin Sakof, “for us the car is sitting idle for 25 hours every weekend and on Sunday, it gives us another opportunity to be a family and spend quality time together.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline7 days ago
With 49 Academy Awards nominations and 5 Oscar wins, John Williams is the most Oscar nominated person alive. The only person with more nominations than Williams is Walt Disney, who holds a record total of 59 nominations.
At age 82, Williams is one of the most prolific movie composers in the music industry, earning his 49 th Academy Award nomination this year for his original musical score to The Book Thief .
With a body of work that consists of E.T. , Jaws , Schindler’s List , Star Wars , Superman , and Lincoln , Williams is the man behind the music to some of the most memorable movie themes of all time.
But how is it possible to find the inspiration not only to compose such a large volume of music, but also score diverse genres that span from science fiction to historical period pieces? Williams says he often looks to nature, “I’ve always felt there is more music in trees than anywhere else.”
After working on films that have become embedded in our cultural sub-consciousness, one scene in particular stands out as one of William’s favorites, “certainly one of my favorite scenes is that bicycle scene in E.T.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline9 days ago
Do you spend half the night tossing and turning, dreaming of a good night’s sleep? If yes, you’re not alone. Roughly 1 in 10 Americans suffer from chronic insomnia, and now some are finding relief in an unexpected place; the internet.
Ilse Blansert is a sleep whisperer and part of an exploding online phenomenon known as ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Blansert creates and posts online videos of her whispering, tapping on book covers, and gently rearranging crayons with the goal of putting her viewers to sleep.
But what exactly is ASMR? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is characterized as a pleasurable tingling sensation in the scalp in response to visual, auditory, or cognitive stimuli that often helps people feel more relaxed and thereby, able to fall asleep.
Blansert describes why she thinks people are so interested in watching her pour water into a glass or gently run her fingers over a brush, “I think . . . it has to do with the combination of sounds and voices. It’s a calming relaxing voice because if it’s too fast you don’t really have a chance to experience those tingles.”
Those “tingles” are generating Blansert millions of clicks.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline11 days ago
Each year thousands of Penn State University students, pediatric cancer patients, and family members converge on the Bryce Jordan Center to attend THON, a 46-hour dance marathon that culminates a year-long fundraising campaign to combat pediatric cancer.
The event – which benefits The Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
For the 700 student dancers who participate in the dance marathon, the rules are simple. For 46-hours, dancers aren’t allowed to sit or to sleep.
As the adrenaline fades and the fatigue starts to set-in, most students like Allison Lederer find motivation from friends, family members, and even young cancer patients applauding and shouting encouragement from the side-lines.
Lederer says, “Every year there is over 700 people that do this. They made the ultimate sacrifice to dance for these kids and we can too . . . you just have fun all weekend.”
Ryan Cusack, a student and marathon dancer, says his motivation is the kids, “The pain kind of just goes to the back of your mind. You don’t really think about it. And if you don’t think about it . . . then it’s not there.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 days ago
The "Miracle on Ice" hockey game, named after broadcaster Al Michaels' famous call, is one of the most famous moments in Olympic history.
The story of the mighty Russian's taken down a bunch of college hockey players is retold and remembered every four years as the United States men's hockey team hits the ice.
Playing on that United States gold medal team was the blonde haired defenseman Bob Suter, whose son Ryan is looking to follow in his fathers footsteps as a member of the United States men's hockey team in Sochi.
Bob Suter is in Russia to support his son and ABC's Amy Robach met up with him and Ryan to discuss what it means for Ryan to play for gold.
"When I was younger my teachers, they would always ask me to bring it in," says Ryan. "I had no clue what it was."
That's because Bob has always been modest about his accomplishment and would love for his son to win gold so people would stop talking about the 1980 team.
It's been 34 years and every four years it comes up, says Bob, and a United States win in Sochi would help people move on.
Even if the United States won this year, that is unlikely to happen outside the Suter home.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 days ago
Dogs are "man's best friend" and a team of Hungarian scientists have discovered that our connection to canines may be related to the way we process and respond to emotions in the voice.
The bond between humans and dogs goes back centuries when they were our partners in survival, and our ability to work together may have to do with the way we respond to sound.
To study our response to sound the scientists exposed humans and dogs to the same sounds in an MRI machine, everything from whining and crying to laughter.
To do that the scientists had to train the dogs to sit still in the MRI machine for 8 minutes at a time, probably the most difficult part of the assignment.
The results concluded that similar sounds activated the same part of the dog brain as it did with the human brain.
This proves what so many dog owners already know, that somehow their pets just understand them.