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Bruce Almighty director Tom Shadyac chats with scientists, poets and elder statesmen including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and the late Howard Zinn about life, the universe and everything. His philosophical lines of inquiry came after he fell off his bike, leaving him with debilitating post-concussion syndrome and an acute awareness of his own mortality. After recovery, he set out to answer the questions: What's wrong with our world and what can we do about it? »
The Netherlands' Prince Friso has showed 'minimal signs of consciousness'. The royal has been in a coma since a skiing accident when he was buried by an avalanche in Austria eight months ago, and has shown little improvement in his condition since being hospitalised in London until this week. A statement from the Dutch royal house was guarded, saying only 'it will take many months before there is more clarity' about the prince's chances of recovery, and asking the media 'to continue to respect the privacy of the family'. Prince Friso - who is thought to have suffered a severe brain injury - briefly woke from his coma in September. Family friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu revealed the prince's wife, »
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will represent Bollywood in an interview with Sir David Frost. The actress has been chosen to feature in a series called The Frost Interview, which focuses on an individual who has made a significant contribution to their own industry, Ndtv reports. Frost is expected to visit Mumbai this week for an hour-long interview with the newly appointed Unaids ambassador. Frost, who is famed for his interviews with former Us President Richard Nixon, will also interview seven other renowned personalities including former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Rai Bachchan has previously been interviewed by David Letterman and twice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. An ambassador (more) »
- By Priya Joshi
Holland's Prince Johan Friso woke briefly from his coma last week. The royal, who turned 44 today (25.09.12), suffered a severe brain injury in a skiing accident that left him buried in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps for 20 minutes in February and has been in a coma ever since but recently moved for the first time since the tragedy. Family friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu revealed the prince's wife, Princess Mabel, witnessed a 'miracle' that saw her husband open his eyes and smile at her, before falling back into a coma. Prince Friso was initially treated at the intensive care unit of the Innsbruck State Hospital after the accident in Austria. He was later transferred to London's Wellington hospital, »
Nine prize-winners write open letter condemning Us TV show in which celebrities perform simulated military challenges
Nine Nobel peace prize-winners have written an open letter condemning a Us reality TV series that they say treats military manoeuvres like athletic events.
The series, which premiered on NBC on Monday night, pairs celebrities with Us military personnel for simulated military challenges. Celebrity participants include boxing champion Laila Ali, Superman actor Dean Cain, Olympic skiing gold medallist Picabo Street and Todd Palin, the husband of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The programme is hosted by retired army general Wesley Clark.
"I'm doing this series for one reason," says Clark at the beginning of the show, "to introduce you, the American people, to the individuals that sacrifice so much for »
After years of apathy toward the rampant skirmishes and squalid living conditions of Flavor Of Love, a coalition of Nobel Peace laureates has finally come together to protest another reality show—NBC's Stars Earn Stripes, the competition in which myriad, loosely defined "stars" engage in military exercises under the watchful eye of retired U.S. General Wesley Clark, who went through all that for this, apparently. The collective, led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recently wrote a letter to NBC president Bob Greenblatt (who read it while astride a nuclear missile plummeting to earth) decrying the show for comparing war »
CNN is looking to add reality "nonfiction" programs to its weekend lineup. A CNN exec tried to make the move sound not-so-bad by pointing out that MSNBC has long aired "nonfiction" programming in the form of Lockup. I don't think that made anyone feel better.
Desmond Tutu and eight other Nobel Peace laureates are protesting NBC's military themed reality series Stars Earn Stripes, accusing the series of trivializing war and presenting it as entertainment.
Thank goodness. The Voice is changing the unpopular battle rounds for its third season. This time, the other coaches will get a chance to steal the losing singer for their team. Unfortunately, they're also adding a knockout round that sounds like a chance to make sure one part of the show is really frustrating.
Earlier today, several antiwar groups banded together to protest Stars Earn Stripes, NBC's latest reality show (er, "war-o-tainment") in which eight "celebrities" get paired with real military men and put through military-style training, which premiered tonight. Rustling up the signatures of eight Nobel Peace laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a coalition made up of Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, and Peace Action sent Peacock chairman Bob Greenblatt a letter pleading with him to cancel the show because it "sanitize(s) war by likening it to an athletic competition" and "continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence."Ultimately, the network chose to go ahead with tonight's premiere, which featured the likes of former NFL player Terry Crews and former Alaskan First Husband Todd Palin "swimming in full gear, shooting targets, crawling in the mud, and blowing up a building," recapped Reality TV Magazine. »
- Andre Tartar
Nine Nobel Peace laureates are calling on NBC to cancel its competition show Stars Earn Striples as the network aired the first episode tonight. The show hosted by retired U.S. General Wesley Clark puts eight celebrities such as singer Nick Lachey and Sarah Palin’s husband Todd through military-style training including helicopter drops and long-range weapons firing. Celebrities are paired with former members of the U.S. Marines, Green Berets and other forces to compete for a cash prize that goes to a charity of their choosing. In addition to Palin and Lachey, the show’s contestants include actors Dean Cain and Terry Crews, wrestler Eve Torres, TV fitness trainer Dolvett Quince, former Olympic skier Picabo Street and boxer Laila Ali, daughter of former champion Muhammad Ali. In an open letter to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, the Nobel Prize winners said “preparing for war is neither amusing nor »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
NBC debuts a new reality show Monday night (Aug. 13) called "Stars Earn Stripes," which pairs celebrities with U.S. military personnel and puts them through simulated military training. But nine Nobel Peace Laureates want the show pulled by NBC because "war isn't entertainment," reports the Washington Post.
In a letter to NBC entertainment chariman Bob Greenblatt, producer Mark Burnett and General Wesley Clark, the host of the series, the Laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, write, "This program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence."
They continue that the show is a "massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent."
"NBC is working with the military to attempt to turn deadly military training into a sanitized 'reality' TV show that reveals absolutely nothing »
NBC is defending its new series “Stars Earn Stripes” after nine Nobel Peace Prize winners complained the show treats military maneuvers like athletic events.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates protested Monday in an open letter that the show glorifies war and armed violence.
NBC says the show isn’t “a glorification of war, but a glorification of service.”
The series premiered Monday night. It pairs celebrity participants with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.
The letter was sent to NBC boss Robert Greenblatt and others connected with the show. It declares “preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining. »
- Associated Press
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sharon Osbourne finally have something in common: Neither of them are too fond of NBC's upcoming reality competition "Stars Earn Stripes." The show, which was blasted by Osbourne for barring her son Jack from competition after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is now under attack from Tutu and eight other Nobel Peace laureates, who claim that the show does "a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent." Also read: Sharon Osbourne »
- Tim Kenneally
'If I could bring something extinct back to life, what would I choose? The steaks I tried to cook on Sunday'
Tamsin Greig was born in Kent in 1966. She studied drama at Birmingham University, and in 1991 was cast as Debbie Aldridge in The Archers. Her television work includes the comedy series Black Books, Green Wing and Episodes. At the RSC, she played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and won Olivier and Critics' Circle awards. From 16 August, she will reprise her critically acclaimed role in Jumpy at the Duke of York's Theatre, London. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
When were you happiest?
On my wedding day.
What is your greatest fear?
Not having enough money put aside to pay the tax bill.
What is your earliest memory?
Being left in the big hall at primary school on my first day.
Which living person do you most admire and why? »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
The award is reportedly given to “leaders of the international business, entertainment, and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change,” states TheCelebrityCafe.com.
She is reportedly receiving the award due to her work in “the movement for arts education, her generosity to communities devastated by natural disaster, and especially the compassion she’s shown as a proud defender against bullying and Lgbti discrimination.”
Do you think she is deserving?
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- Molly Sullivan
The wife of Netherlands' Prince Johan Friso has quit her job to care for him. The 43-year-old royal continues to be in a critical condition following a skiing accident in Austria in February, and his wife Princess Mabel has now quit human rights group The Elders to focus on his full-time care. Chairman of The Elders Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: 'Mabel has earned the respect and affection of The Elders and of everyone she has met and worked with around the world. 'We share her sorrow and heartache at this terrible time. She and Friso and their daughters, will always be in our hearts and prayers.' Johan's brain starved of oxygen when he was buried in an avalanche for »
It can cost £2,000 to interview Brad Pitt for 20 minutes – I'd want some proper exclusives for that, not the usual recycled claptrap
Two grand for a 20-minute interview with Brad Pitt at Cannes. That's what film company Alliance is charging some journalists for the privilege. So if I took an hour and 20 minutes at £8,000, how many bangs would I expect for my buck? Quite a few, as it happens.
Alliance is quick to point out that we will not be paying Pitt Ltd per se. The payment is just a means of covering its star's costs – for example, flying from America to France in one's private jet with one's own army of hairdressers, makeup artists and agents, never mind the matching suits of armour for you and your son Maddox … well, it soon mounts up. And nobody would want Brad, estimated to be worth a paltry $150m last year, to suffer financially for his art. »
- Simon Hattenstone
Still from Jai Bhim Comrade
Fire in the Blood is an 84-minute documentary in English, Hindi, Manipuri and Xhosa.
‘Fire in the Blood examines the battle that a number of inspiring players – including the government of India – waged to level the playing field for AIDS sufferers. Success would mean overcoming the will of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, determined to maximise its profits at all cost. Interviews with campaigners, including Bill Clinton and Desmond Tutu shed light on the aggressiveness of the drugs industry in preventing the distribution of readily available low-cost drugs, and the profoundly restricting patent laws which prevent countries from providing their own treatment.’ (from the festival’s official website)
‘A 14-year labour of will, Jai Bhim Comrade is an epic eye-opener for those who »
Mimi Steinbauer, President / CEO of Radiant Films International announced today that Tom Shadyac.s life affirming documentary feature film .I Am. has been acquired for all worldwide distribution rights (excluding Us and Canada) by Universal Pictures International Entertainment.
.I Am. is a film that resonates beautifully with audiences looking for a smart and entertaining look at life themes that affect all of us. We are delighted that Universal Pictures International Entertainment has recognized the potential of this film,. said Steinbauer.
.Universal Pictures International Entertainment is pleased to be working with Radiant Films to release .I Am. internationally. This inspirational feature is a welcome addition to our documentary collection,. said Eddie Cunningham, President of Universal International Entertainment.
“I Am” is the result of a life-changing biking accident in 2007 suffered by acclaimed director Shadyac which compelled him to re-evaluate his Hollywood lifestyle and seek the answers to the following questions: what’s »
- Michelle McCue
Between the C-span sketch, "The Manuel Ortiz Talk Show," the Santa Barbara news anchors sketch, and this parody of "What What Happens Live," most of the sketches tonight felt the same. Because they were the same! This bit was anchored by Taran Killam as Andy Cohen, a more maniacal, self-obsessed and over the top version than the one usually seen on the late night talk show. He chatted with two of the "Shahs of Sunset," played by Nasim Pedrad and Sofia Vergara, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who he met in the Hamptons, and some kind of rent boy played by Andy Samberg, who was in charge of mixing the drinks. »
- Sarah Devlin
If Sean Bean has a hole in his schedule, Andrew has a few film pitches that might interest him...
What can you say about Sean Bean that hasn't been said before? He's like a Moomin Shaman. His love is deeper than the sun and he's as gentle as a mother's kiss.
Apologies if your mother sometimes gets a bit carried away. No one needs those flashbacks.
While Robert Carlyle selfishly took the lead role in Sawney Bean, there are still movies out there, potentially, with a Sean Bean shaped hole in them. The Hobbit is set about 78 years before The Fellowship Of The Ring, but maybe Ecthelion II looks quite like his grandson. And maybe, what with it being a Fantasy film, Ecthelion II can somehow have an even more spectacular death than his son. Who can have a baby with Sean Bean's face. I'm fairly sure Weta could »
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