Ailing South African leader Nelson Mandela has been awarded the freedom of a London borough in recognition of his contributions to the civil rights movement. The former South African President, who is currently in a critical condition in hospital, has visited Brent a number of times, including a stop in 1990 for a concert at Wembley Stadium hosted by bosses of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM).
Campaigners first proposed the honour in 1990, but it has finally been agreed after a "unanimous vote" by councillors of Brent.
Suresh Kamath, who worked with the AAM and introduced Mandela at Wembley, says, "Across the world people have recognised the importance of Nelson Mandela, the contribution that he's made to transform the society of South Africa, but also this contribution he's made to help Africa and the rest of the world.
"I'm really pleased and proud that the borough I live in is prepared to bestow this honour on Nelson Mandela."
The 94 year old has been under doctors' care at a hospital in Pretoria since 8 June (13), and his health is said to have taken a turn for the worse over the weekend (22-23Jun13).
Fox has a lot going for it nowadays. Reality competitions. Wildly popular high school musicomedramas. Zooey Deschanel. But there's one huge, gaping hole in the Fox network. Something Fox used to hold dear to its heart: Kiefer Sutherland. Ever since 24 left the air, there has been a palpable absence of Sutherland in Fox's programming schedule. But the glory days will return for the network and its viewers—Fox has ordered a new pilot, Touch, starring the former Jack Bauer himself.
Touch is a supernatural drama, as is the specialty of its creator Tim Kring, who also created Heroes. In the series, Sutherland will play father to a boy (David Mazouz) who has developed precognitive psychic abilities. Considering the creator, Sutherland and his son will likely come to eventually embrace the power so that they can use it to predict, and possibly prevent, tragic events.
More points in the show's corner: Danny Glover is part of the cast, and will play the part of a child psychologist type with "this sort of thing" as his specialty.
There was a time that 24 and Heroes were mortal enemies, facing off once a week for a valued time slot. Now, they have joined forces to create a super-show. Both series had terrific strengths when they started out, but went downhill after time (for 24, this was gradual and never too much of a bummer, but Heroes' descent was more catastrophic). Let's hope Touch can harness the high points of the exploits of Jack Bauer and Mohinder Suresh to leave us with an interesting, original and, probably, action-packed new show.
Leaders from the entertainment powerhouses met in Los Angeles this week (beg08Nov10) for two days of talks in a bid to strengthen ties between the American film studios and those in India.
Representatives from both sides signed a historic pact which will see them share technology, production and distribution deals, while it will also see more Bollywood productions filmed in Hollywood.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says, "This declaration reinforces our city's commitment to attracting international production. In the past year, we have already seen Hindi movies such as My Name is Khan and Kites filmed in Los Angeles, and we enthusiastically welcome further Indian production in Los Angeles."
Film Federation of India President L. Suresh adds, "(We) welcome the opportunity to work hand and hand with Hollywood."