Review: Polanski’s “The Tenant” on DVD.

Roman Polanski's movie "The Tenant" was released on June 11, 1976.

Roman Polanski’s movie “The Tenant” was released on June 11, 1976.

Editor’s Note: Roman Polanski’s movie “The Tenant” was released in the United States on June 11, 1976 — and flopped. More than 30 years later, the movie is now considered one of the director’s best. Here, editor Michael Freeman looks back the movie and how well it has aged over the years.

When Trelkovsky, a mild-mannered and soft-spoken office clerk, learns of a vacant apartment in housing-strapped Paris, he quickly goes to look at it. But he ignores the early warning signs about the building.
The concierge is rude and will only show him the apartment after he places some cash on her table. Her dog snaps at him. The landlord asks plenty of nosy questions before deciding Trelkovsky is acceptable.
The apartment is vacant because the previous tenant, a woman named Simone Choule, threw herself out the window.
Anxious about getting this badly needed space, Trelkovsky visits Simone in the hospital to gage her chances of recovery. He gets his answer when the woman, so badly injured she’s wrapped in bandages like a mummy, lets out a horrifying scream. She dies shortly afterwards, and the apartment is his. Continue reading

Orlando Venues honors its employees at the Amway.

The Amway Center in Orlando recently got global recognition for outstanding service.

The Amway Center in Orlando recently got global recognition for outstanding service.

ORLANDO — There are a lot of things that make the Amway Center in downtown Orlando a great place for live entertainment, said Alex Martins.
The Amway Center has hosted concerts, sports competitions and special events, and of course is home to the Orlando Magic, the basketball team that Martins serves as its chief executive officer.
But something else that truly makes the Amway Center so special, Martins said, is the people who work there — the teams providing security, guest relations, parking, cleaning, and other services there.
If it wasn’t for them, Martins said, the Amway would have a much more difficult time being the first-rate entertainment venue that it is today. Continue reading

Where is the world’s most visited theme park? Right here in Orlando.

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom ranks as the world's No. 1 most visited park.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ranks as the world’s No. 1 most visited park.

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There are theme parks all over the world, and one of them has to rank at the top, as the No. 1 most frequently visited.
And the one that attracts more visitors than any other just happens to be in Central Florida.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom got that title, according to a new report by the Themed Entertainment Association. Magic Kingdom held the No. 1 spot, attracting more than 17.5 million people in 2012. That’s up 2.3 percent from 2011.
The Themed Entertainment Association is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of theme parks, museums, zoos, casinos and other leading entertainment venues around the world. The association publishes The Global Attractions Attendance Report, which is considered the definitive annual attendance study for the theme entertainment industry. Continue reading

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