10 items from 2015
So does this count? Never Say Never Again stirs many arguments by shaking up the official order, splitting fans on the issue of its legitimacy. Ruins pub quiz questions such as ‘How many actors have played M?’ due to the inevitable argument whether Edward Fox should be numbered. Put such issues aside and enjoy what remains: a sly, witty semi-pastiche that doesn’t attempt to recapture past glories but can easily hold its own alongside Diamonds Are Forever and Octopussy. And with much less swimming than Thunderball.
The Villain: Ignore Emilo: Maximillian Largo is his own maniac. Short, tubby, lanky blond hair receding, Largo is Draco Malfoy gone to seed. Easily visualised shuffling around Comic Con, accompanied by Mr Kidd and the reformed Jaws. Yet Largo is one of the film’s strengths. »
In contrast to film, television and its episodic delivery system enables a long-term style of storytelling to present over the course of several months. Plots unravel. Characters subtly shift. Themes emerge. Designing a season’s worth of material around those assumptions allows creators the chance to build a fully-realized world with fleshed-out inhabitants whose journeys are depicted in a way that approaches a ‘real-time’ perspective. This mode has been a rigid framework for HBO’s Looking, which thus far in its sophomore season has dedicated most of its weekly 30-minute chunks to the relationship struggles of its leading man Patrick. The cute video game designer’s romantic dilemmas have surpassed the experiences of his two co-stars, driving the show’s second season all the way to its conclusion.
To call “Looking For Home” an aggressive finish would be the wrong type of descriptor for a show that’s anything but. »
- Gem Seddon
Salman Rushdie spoke out about the Charlie Hebdo attack Wednesday night, defending the satirical magazine’s journalists right to freedom of speech.
“The French satirical tradition has always been very pointed and very harsh, and still is, you know,” Rushdie said during a speech at the University of Vermont. “The thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades … who died using the same implement that I use — which is a pen or pencil — have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don’t know what else.”
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- Jordan Chariton
Calling sales of Charlie Hebdo's first edition since the terror attack that killed 12 of its own a rousing success would easily be the understatement of the new year. Sky News reports lines to buy the magazine--which defiantly features a weeping Prophet Muhammad and holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign and a caption stating, "All is Forgiven" began forming at 6:00 Am local time and many newsstands had sold out shortly thereafter; AP reports that one newsstand in Paris' Champs Elysee sold out just five minutes after opening. In all, Charlie Hebdo printed a total of three million copies of what is being dubbed its, "Survivor's Edition." And guess what? They're going to need at least another three million to satisfy the masses just today alone. All proceeds, by the way, will go to the victims' families. »
- Joe Concha
A week after 12 people were killed at its office, satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo released an eight-page edition in 16 different languages with a cover featuring the Prophet Muhammad — the image the magazine was targeted at for publishing—with a single tear saying, “All is Forgiven.”
Five million copies are expected to be sold.
Some of the biggest media platforms in the world chose not to show the cover in its coverage.
The New York Times’ story links to French daily Libération Société, describing the cover but not showing it.
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- Jordan Chariton
The terrorist group al-Qaida in Yemen has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in a video released on YouTube Wednesday. The group said the shooting spree at the magazine's offices, which left 12 dead, was in response to the publication's insult of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, The Hollywood Reporter said, citing an 11-minute video that was produced in Arabic with English subtitles. "As for the blessed Battle of Paris, we, the Organization of al-Qaida al Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the Messenger of God," said al-Qaida's »
- Andrea Billups, @princessmouse
George Clooney, Colin Hanks, Helen Mirren and more A-list celebrities are going to bat for French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after terror attacks on their headquarters left 10 journalists dead.
"We both wanted to be in solidarity with them," Clooney told Et at the Golden Globes, referring to himself and wife Amal.
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"Je Suis Charlie seems like an absolute no-brainer," Hanks told Et, after showing his support via Instagram post.
"The pen is mightier than the sword and I think it's a wonderful symbol of free speech," Mirren said, wearing a pen pinned to her dress.
"That's the insanity of the world, isn't it?" Rosamund Pike told Et. "The extremities of life -- it all hurdles at us. That's why we feel privileged and we have to enjoy every moment of it."
The surviving staff members of Charlie Hebdo held an emotional press conference in which »
“I don’t sleep. I dont eat. I just drink some water. I try… I would like to die sometime,” Bougrab said as she opened up about her husband’s violent death at the hands of terrorists. “When I heard some news, I tried calling him but it didn’t understand [sic] — he didn’t answer me and he answers immediately when I call him usually and I don’t understand,” she said.
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- Matt Donnelly
Less than a week after terrorists attacked French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s offices killing 12 people, the surviving staffers have released the cover of the next issue. And it will likely anger terrorist organizations, which have praised the attack on the paper for publishing images mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
The newly released cover features a cartoon of Muhammad shedding a tear and holding a sign saying “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” — the global rallying cry that followed the attack. Above his head it says “Tout Est Pardonné” or “all is forgiven.”
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- Jordan Burchette
Masekela and his musical partner, Sunny Levine — who make up the band Alekesam — released their single “All Is Forgiven” on iTunes on Friday, and it will feature on the comedy-drama on Jan. 11 at 10 p.m.
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Masekela launched his career by becoming the face and voice of action sports as a »
- Debbie Emery
10 items from 2015
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