A rare first edition of T.S. Eliot's epic poem The Waste Land that was donated to a charity book shop has sold at auction for $7,000 (£4,500). The book was donated to Oxfam's Turl Street branch in Oxford, England and was expected to go under the hammer for between $3,100 (£2,000) and $4,650 (£3,000).
The tome dates from 1923, when it was published by Eliot's friends Leonard and Virginia Woolf.
Reggae icon Frederick 'toots' Hibbert is suing a fan who allegedly hurled a bottle at him during a concert in Virginia last month (May13). The Toots and the Maytals frontman has filed a $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action suit against William Connor Lewis, who the singer claims threw a vodka bottle at him during the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond.
Hibbert called off the remainder of his U.S. acoustic concert tour after the incident, and claims he has suffered "continuing medical issues" ever since.
In a statement, Hibbert's lawyer Michael R. Shapiro argues Lewis is "unquestionably" responsible for his client's injuries, insisting, "This tragic incident that caused serious injury to Toots is the subject of an going investigation in terms of responsibility. Toots and his management team share with me the view that we should only sue those who we know to have responsibility for this vicious attack. At this moment in time, the bottle thrower, Mr Lewis unquestionably falls in that category and thus the $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action against him. As we investigate the matter fuller and that investigation indicates other responsible parties, I can assure you that we will respond in an appropriate manner."
Lewis is facing a charge of felony assault, and a grand jury indictment has been scheduled for 1 July (13).
Meanwhile, Hibbert has thanked fans for their concern and messages of support.
Country star Sheryl Crow has postponed a concert in Virginia on Thursday (13Jun13) due to extreme weather warnings. The All I Wanna Do hitmaker was booked to perform in Glen Allen, near the city of Richmond, but severe thunderstorms have been forecast for the night of the show, prompting the singer to reschedule the gig for next month (Jul13).
Alerting her Twitter.com fans to the date change, she writes, "Due to potential extreme weather in the Richmond area & with safety of the audience in mind, tomorrow's show has been moved to Thurs July 11...
"I am so bummed to cancel the Richmond show tomorrow due to potential weather. Please save your tickets for July 11! Can't wait to see y'all (sic)!"
All other dates on Crow's tour remain unaffected.
Mother Nature has caused a number of concert cancellations in the past week - Kings of Leon's headlining set at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York last Friday (07Jun13) was rained out and had to be moved to Saturday (08Jun13), while country singer Jake Owen's Sunday (09Jun13) performance at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee was cut short after just one song due to an approaching storm.
Actress Eva Longoria has offered her support to a transgender employee at her Los Angeles restaurant after he was brutally beaten in an alleged hate crime on Thursday (30May13). Victor Diego, who is in the process of becoming a woman, was heading home after his shift at Longoria's Hollywood eaterie Beso when he was allegedly attacked by a group of men.
The 22 year old was hospitalised at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and treated for two fractured ribs, a shattered cheekbone, a broken jaw and damage to his temple.
His sister Virginia believes Diego's attackers could have been Beso diners upset when they discovered the woman they were trying to flirt with was really a man.
She told CBS News, "Sometimes men try to talk to him and they get humiliated in front of their friends when they realise it’s a man, because he looks really good, he looks like a woman, you couldn’t tell the difference... He was basically left for dead just because of who he is."
Longoria, who opened the restaurant with chef Todd English in 2008, opened up about the attack via Twitter.com on Monday (03Jun13), posting, "My heart and prayers are with Victor Diego and his family."
According to Fox News Latino, police are investigating the incident as a hate crime as Diego is both gay and transgender.
Reggae icon Frederick 'toots' Hibbert has filed a lawsuit against his former manager amid allegations he was conned into signing away half of his song rights. The Toots and the Maytals frontman claims Marc-Antoine Chetata took advantage of his lack of business acumen after being hired in 1994 to take care of the band's professional affairs, and he persuaded the singer to agree to handing over 50 per cent of his copyright ownership.
The Pressure Drop star and his band have more than 30 albums in its discography, which dates back to the early 1960s.
Hibbert is demanding the return of the song rights, in addition to at least $1.25 million (£806,452), reports TMZ.com.
The litigation is the latest headache for the 70 year old - he axed the remainder of his U.S. tour this week (begs27May13) after sustaining a serious head injury when a man hurled a bottle at the stage during a concert in Virginia on 18 May (13). A 19-year-old suspect has been charged with aggravated assault over the incident.
Actors Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin are set to play husband and wife after signing up to star in a new drama about former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The former The West Wing hunk will play the assassinated politician, while Goodwin will portray First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in upcoming TV movie Killing Kennedy.
Michelle Trachtenberg will round out the cast as Russian-born Marina Oswald, the wife of accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby before he could face trial.
Production on the project, based on author Bill O'Reilly's bestselling novel of the same name, is set to begin in Richmond, Virginia next month (Jun13). It will air on the National Geographic Channel later this year (13) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Excited about the prospect of showing off her foreign language skills in the role, Trachtenberg took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (28May13) to share the news with fans, writing, "Excited to FINALLY announce I'm starring with @RobLowe in @natgeochannel movie KILLINGKENNEDY as Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald's wife! This will be my first role speaking entirely in Russian."
Reggae star Frederick 'toots' Hibbert has cut short his tour of the U.S. to undergo treatment for injuries sustained when he was hit in the face with a bottle during a concert in Virginia earlier this month (May13). The Toots and the Maytals singer was performing with his band at the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond on 18 May (13) when an audience member hurled the bottle at the stage, striking him on the head.
Hibbert was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but it has now emerged he requires further medical attention - and as a result, he has cancelled the remainder of his shows.
A statement from the star's management company reads, "All the concerts on this tour which have been cancelled, will be rescheduled for later in the year after Toots has been given a clean bill of health from his doctors. Toots regrets having to disappoint any of his fans but this serious head injury requires he return home to attend to his medical issues.
"In that Toots is still undergoing tests and treatment, no definite date for the continuation of touring can be determined as of today. Toots appreciates all of the well wishes and support from his fans and looks forward to performing for them again soon."
Police have charged a 19-year-old man with aggravated assault in connection with the incident.
Broadway hit Matilda has picked up steam ahead of the Tony Awards next month (Jun13) by scooping five top prizes at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards on Sunday (19May13). Matilda will be one of the frontrunners at the prestigious Tonys with 13 nominations, and the family-friendly show proved a favourite at the 58th annual Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate the best in New York theatre.
The show nabbed the coveted Outstanding Musical trophy, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel, as well as honours for best book, lyrics and set design.
Hollywood stars Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy) and Nathan Lane (The Nance) missed out on winning the Outstanding Actor in a Play prize, which went to Tracy Letts for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while Cicely Tyson was named Outstanding Actress for The Trip to Bountiful, seeing off competition from Vanessa Redgrave (The Revisionist).
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was crowned Outstanding Play at the ceremony, held at Town Hall in Manhattan.
Reggae star Frederick 'toots' Hibbert is nursing a cut to his head after he was hit in the face with a bottle during a concert in Virginia. The Toots and the Maytals singer was performing with his band at the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond on Saturday night (18May13) when one audience member hurled the missile at the stage, striking the 67 year old in the head.
The group to cut short its set so Hibbert could receive medical attention at a local hospital, where he was treated and subsequently released.
Police have since arrested and charged a 19-year-old man with aggravated assault in connection to the incident.
If Harmony Korine's candy coated debauchery fest Spring Breakers was every parent's worst nightmare realized, then Noah Baumbach's sublime Frances Ha, a love letter to New York City and truly finding yourself in it is just the opposite of that, in every way possible.
Greta Gerwig — who plays the titular Frances, a 20-something dancer working through the ups and downs of careers, apartments, and friendships in the Big Apple — explains, "I feel like the people who have most pulled me aside [after seeing the film] have honestly been parents in their 50s and 60s who are like, 'My daughter is in New York and I understand this.' And they feel it as parents in this way that's very intense, and they feel grateful because the movie took care of these characters. They feel like the world will take care of their children."
It probably doesn't hurt that Gerwig — who co-wrote the funny, heartfelt, and blisteringly honest (parents might have an easier time getting through Frances Ha than the 20-somethings it reflects will, as it hits all too close to home sometimes) along with Baumbach — claims to be something of an old soul herself. "I've never felt young in my whole life, so that helped," Gerwig says of making Frances Ha, a film that can often feel like if Girls met Woody Allen.
And while the the actress is as vibrant and fashionable and beautiful as anyone in their 20s (she is 29-years-old), she does have the grace and wisdom of someone well beyond her years, or her generation, for that matter. She can discuss classic literature and modern sexism, often in the same breath.
"I just re-read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, and I think that people get really angry when it's women doing it, to be totally honest," Gerwigs says when on the subject of why female-lead entertainment like Frances Ha or Girls get unfairly criticized, while their male counterparts can go largely unscathed. "There's something that feels threatening about it and they have to be doing something other than being thoughtful," she continues. "It has to be somehow an exercise in narcissism, because why else would you make anything about women? I think that the violence of the reaction has more to do with something that's not to do with the art."
Social injustices aside, Gerwig takes no credit away from her on and off-screen collaborator Baumbach (whom she is dating) in the telling of Frances' story.
"He's a man in his 40s and I'm a woman in her 20s, but I feel like, in a way, I wouldn't have written this unless I was writing it with him," she says. "It felt like he almost gave me permission to tell my story. Or, not my story, but the story of this woman. Because it validated it, because it was outside eyes. I think if I were left alone I wouldn't have the courage to say, 'I'm going to tell the story of a 27-year-old dancer and her best friend and their money troubles.' That wouldn't feel like enough of a story for me, and it was the fact that he said, 'Oh, I think this can be really good, and I have a lot of empathy for this.' That allowed me to feel more magnanimous towards my generation than I might be otherwise, because I can be just as critical as anyone else."
It's true that Frances Ha doesn't shy away from truthfully telling a 20-something woman's story, particularly one set in New York City. While the core of Frances' story may be a universal one, it is one that is quintessentially New York. Missed late night F trains, outrageous ATM fees, and even more outrageous rent rates are just as critical to telling Frances' story as the relationships in it. As any New Yorker will tell you, the highs and lows alike are an almost daily occurrence, often taking place within seconds of each other.
Take it from Gerwig, a New Yorker herself, who recalls one of those very New York moments you assume one only sees on screen. "One day I was walking down the street and I was so happy and wearing a cute outfit and a cab went by and did the thing where the water splashes on you and I was like, 'Am I in Sex and the City? Am I Carrie Bradshaw? What is happening?' It was so absurd," Gerwig says, adding, "You can't get the romance of the city without having the hardship of the city, and it's totally built into the romance, too. That's part of the idealization of it, I think."
Again, don't be fooled into thinking that Frances Ha only reaches out to the demographic of young, urban women. As Gerwig's co-star Mickey Sumner, who plays Frances' best friend Sophie, notes, it's a film that strikes just as strong a chord with men of any age. "I think the reactions that I've had the pleasure of experiencing from people coming out of seeing the movie is that this is not a chick flick," she says. "Grown men, boys my age, coming out [of the theater] crying. This English guy, maybe 65-years-old, came up to me and said, 'That is the first movie in a really long time that I understood. People relate to it, because it's not about girls who are 27. It's about friendship."
Sumner is right. More than any other aspect of Frances Ha — doomed relationships, neurotic New York City life, financial woes, professional setbacks — it is a movie, at its very core, about friendship. Particularly the phase of close friendships in which one person goes one way, and the other person goes sharply towards another. In the case of former roommates and best friends Frances and Sophie, one struggles to keep her head above water while pursuing her passion, while the other embarks on a whirlwind romance with a guy named Patch.
"[Noah and I] discovered that it was a love story between Frances and Sophie, and it activated everything," Gerwig recalls. "As soon as we realized it was that, that was the story. There was not a romantic story. It wasn't a sad story. It wasn't an extra story. It was the story. It felt very right for me because I've been through it with friends."
If the friendship on screen between Frances and Sophie feels so authentic (the ups, the downs, the little moments and tics only you and your best friend can share or understand) it's because Gerwig and Sumner have such a solid, loving friendship off screen. Take this this witty, heartfelt exchange between the two actresses, which feels like it could have been a page directly out of Frances Ha's script:
Greta: "My friendship with Mickey is all just light and happiness."Mickey: "I hope we never break up."Greta: "We met as adults, though, which is different. I feel like it changes it. I'll never be like, 'Mickey, why do you have dinner with anyone else besides me?'"Mickey: "Although, secretly, I'm waiting for that moment. I'd actually be like, 'Yes! ... We're real friends.'"
Frances Ha is currently playing in limited release.
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