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2014 Bayleys National Sevens

The 2014 New Zealand National Rugby Sevens Tournament known as the Bayleys National Sevens will be hosted in Rotorua, New Zealand, on the 11 and 12 January 2014. Matches are to be played at the Rotorua International Stadium. Sixteen men's and ten women’s provincial teams will qualify to compete in the annual national tournament following three regional tournaments in November and December. Teams from the 26 Provincial Unions have to qualify to attend at the National Event in Rotorua; the teams are divided into pools of four teams. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the Cup competition; the four quarterfinal losers dropped into the bracket for the Plate. The Bowl was contested by the third- and fourth-place finishers in each pool, with the losers in the Bowl quarterfinals dropping into the bracket for the Shield. Teams from each Provincial Unions have to qualify to attend at the National Event in Rotorua; the qualification series started off at Alpine Energy Stadium in Timaru on the 23 November 2013 for the Southern region.

The Central region qualification was played on 7 December 2013 at the Massey University Rugby Institute in Palmerston North. The series the finished in Hamilton at Waikato Stadium on 14 December 2013 for the Northern region qualification; the first round, or pool stage, sees 16 men's teams divided into four pools of four teams. Each pool was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams were awarded two points for a draw and one for a defeat; the teams finishing in the top two of each pool advanced to the cup quarterfinals. Official site NZ Sevens Magazine

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (film)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a drama television film directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, it is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, whose cancer cells would change the course of cancer treatment. The film premiered on HBO on April 22, 2017; the film was announced on May 2016 with Alan Ball and Oprah Winfrey as executive producers. George C. Wolfe would direct the film, with Winfrey taking the role of Lacks' daughter Deborah. In July, Rose Byrne was cast as Rebecca Skloot, the author of the book about Henrietta, who befriends Deborah while reporting on her mother's life, Renée Elise Goldsberry was cast as the titular Henrietta Lacks; the core supporting cast was rounded out in August 2016, with Courtney B. Vance, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Reg E. Cathey and Leslie Uggams amongst them. After several weeks of shooting in Atlanta, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks began filming in Baltimore in September, 2016.

Two of Henrietta Lacks's sons and Sonny, were consultants on the film. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with Winfrey's performance gaining high praise; the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 65%, based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. On Metacritic the film has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews"; the film was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards held September 17, 2017. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on IMDb