VIRGINIA BEACHTwo years ago, Pharrell Williams co-produced the movie “Hidden Figures.”It’s the true story of three African-American women – mathematicians from Virginia – whose efforts enabled a then-segregated NASA to launch astronaut John Glenn into Earth's orbit.The Oscar-nominated movie portrays NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton in the 1960s. But it wasn't filmed on site, or even in Virginia.It was shot in Georgia, where film tax incentives are more favorable.Pharrell, a Virginia Beach native, found it odd that while the events took place in his home state, it was being filmed elsewhere."As I stood on set among all of this positivity and productive energy, I asked myself: Why were we telling a Hampton Roads story in Atlanta?"Pharrell poses this question in a new video now being shared around Virginia's state capitol.His solution is to create a film and sound stage campus, possibly in Virginia Beach."Virginia … [Read more...] about Pharrell Williams wants to help make Virginia Beach a film, TV destination
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VIRGINIA BEACHBy now, Cheryl Turpin is easily recognized.The high school science teacher has filled mailboxes in Virginia Beach's 85th House District with flyers featuring her picture.And she’s been knocking on residents’ doors since early 2017, after losing a special election to Republican Rocky Holcomb.In a Starbucks near Town Center recently, a woman recognized her and bought her an iced tea.“This is what it’s all about,” Turpin said.And it’s not just Virginia Beach. Turpin’s name has traveled as far as the West Coast. She’s hauled in tens of thousands of dollars from people across the country to fund a campaign that paints Holcomb, a Virginia Beach Sheriff’s deputy, as an extremist .It’s the “Trump Effect” in full swing. Democrats are making small, local races around the country a “referendum on Donald Trump,” said Jesse Richman, a political science professor at Old Dominion University.The 85th … [Read more...] about This costly Virginia Beach House of Delegates race has drawn national attention, thanks to Donald Trump
VIRGINIA BEACHBecoming a Virginia Beach police officer is hard.It involves days of Crossfit-like exercise sessions, being tased and taking tests on constitutional law.Other parts are like being in high school again: You hope the smartest kid will let you in his study group and you’re punished for showing up to class late.It’s all documented in a new series of videos that followed 59 police recruits in Virginia Beach’s 62nd Academy class late last year. They debuted on YouTube May 13.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_C1wjHabSw&feature=youtu.beThe videos are well-produced, dramatic and sometimes even funny – like when recruits conspire to make sure one of their colleagues always gets a car without a horn in driving class.And while it is a docuseries in the technical sense, the 10-part web video series is really a recruitment ad.Virginia Beach paid $19,687 to the local ad agency Jpixx LLC for the videos to “generate momentum and retention … [Read more...] about Virginia Beach’s 10-part video series on police recruits isn’t just for fun. It’s an ad.
The folks at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau owe David Boreanaz and Mark Ruffalo a great big thank you.The actors and their co-stars have given Virginia Beach tourism a boost by talking about the city on network TV not once, not twice, but four times .The latest mention came Wednesday in the season finale of “SEAL Team” on CBS. In the episode, a former SEAL had become addicted to drugs after a combat injury and then overdosed. Word reaches the SEALs at their base in Afghanistan.“Danny has had a relapse,” says an officer. “The Virginia Beach cops found him in his car with a needle in his arm. He’s in a VA hospital over in Hampton.”A scene outside the Hampton VA Medical Center pops up on the TV.In “SEAL Team,” which has been renewed for a second season, Boreanaz plays no-nonsense Master Chief Jason Hayes. As season one ended, we saw Hayes and his comrades boarding a “freedom bird” that returned them to … [Read more...] about SEALs show, Mark Ruffalo give PR boost to Virginia Beach
VIRGINIA BEACHThe Colonial-era cabinet that used to adorn the Thoroughgood House is almost in pristine condition. The dark brown wood is polished, and the checkered inlay pattern on the doors is beige and black, just like it was centuries ago.But the top of the cabinet is warped from years of humidity and temperature changes in its former home.This week, it got a new placement in a glass case highlighted by museum-style lighting. In its new spot, the cabinet should be safe from the elements.The new Thoroughgood House Education Center opened Friday after two years of work. It provides a climate-controlled space for Colonial-era artifacts that were getting damaged in the centuries-old home next door.The $2.2 million project also included improvements to the Thoroughgood House, near Pleasure House Road and Independence Boulevard. The inside of the home got a new coat of paint to make it lighter, and the stairs, which have been unusable since a 2011 renovation, have been fixed so visitors … [Read more...] about Thoroughgood House Education Center in Virginia Beach opens after 2-year project