Legendary novelist C.s. Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey. The writer, best-known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia, was remembered in a ceremony at the cathedral on Friday (22Nov13), exactly 50 years after his death at the age of 64.
A memorial honouring Lewis was placed in a section of the building known as Poets' Corner, where literary figures such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes have floor stones.
Several hundred people, including family, friends and former students of Lewis, turned out for the event.
Lewis' death on 22 November, 1963 received minimal media attention because it happened on the same day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Steven Spielberg and Jane Fonda have recalled their memories of John F. Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago (22Nov63) for a U.S. TV news special which will be aired to mark the sad anniversary. Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw, who wrote the book Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination, sat down with celebrities, politicians and dignitaries to discuss the day President Kennedy died - and their memories of it.
Fonda said, "It just seemed impossible that this great president... was dead. It's like everything became unsafe... It shook my world view."
The news special will air on Friday night (22Nov13) in America.
The mystery surrounding Kennedy's death remains but it is believed he was killed when gunman Lee Harvey Oswald opened fire on the presidential motorcade as it weaved through Dallas, Texas.
A moment of silence following the tolling of bells in Dallas as part of ceremonies to honour President Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination was staged on Friday morning at 11.30am local time.
Mary Poppins star Karen Dotrice has finally watched the film nearly 50 years after she shot to fame as young Jane Banks. The British actress became well known for playing the magical nanny's young charge in the 1964 Walt Disney musical film opposite Dame Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
However, Dotrice, now 58, admits she had never watched the movie all the way through until last week (ends17Nov13) when she was invited to a screening to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the film's release.
She says, "The amazing thing is I've never actually seen Mary Poppins all the way through until last week at this 50th anniversary premiere. And it's absolutely a corker... I took my kids. They've never seen the film either... They were proud and I think they were a little bit shocked, actually, because that was their mum. I think it was a bit discombobulating, but they loved the film."
Dotrice insists the reason she never saw the whole film was because she was forced to leave the 1964 premiere early as she had to go to school the next day.
She adds, "I was a little girl and I had to go to school the next morning. My parents were very good at keeping (my) feet on the ground. I think I got away with not doing homework that night, but I had to go back to school so I only stayed for about a half an hour... I was sitting in between Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth. I just couldn't believe I was looking at real jewellery and real royalty. I wasn't watching the film at all."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Administrators of Rick James' estate have launched legal action to block a reunion by two members of the Mary Jane Girls, the 1980s girl group put together by the funk legend. The band was formed by James and went on to have hits with In My House, All Night Long and Candy Man.
Two of the group's stars, Kimberly 'Maxi' Wuletich and Cheri 'Candy' Wells-Chez, recently reformed for a small tour, but executors of James' estate insist the singers did not ask permission.
In a lawsuit, the estate administrators have asked a judge to ban the pair from performing under the name Mary Jane Girls, which they claim was owned by the late singer.
They are also asking for all profits from the tour.
James died in 2004 at the age of 56.
Gabrielle Union's basketballing beau Dwayne Wade is venturing on to the small screen with a semi-autobiographical sitcom based on his life as an athlete and single father. The Miami Heat superstar is following in the footsteps of his actress girlfriend and making his mark on television with his own show.
Wade has sold a half-hour comedy based on his New York Times bestselling book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball to U.S. network bosses at Fox.
The sitcom, titled Three the Hard Way, will chronicle a basketball star's struggled to balance his busy career with life as a single father to two young sons.
Union is also enjoying a little TV good luck in the U.S. - her drama Being Mary Jane was picked up for a second season before the first one even began airing earlier this year (13).
Lady Gaga / InterscopeDespite all the pretentious talk of 'putting art culture into pop music,' the majority of Lady Gaga's third studio album, ARTPOP, sticks to the same kind of EDM-lite blueprint that has defined the charts during her two-year absence. However, there are at least a handful of occasions where the 27-year-old offers something more in keeping with her self-hyped creative vision. Here's a look at five of the most leftfield moments from the 'reverse Warholian expedition.'"Aura"Recently used in the trailer for her big-screen debut Machete Kills, album opener "Aura" begins with an intriguing Spaghetti Western-style intro and an even more intriguing murder confession before disappointingly veering off into generic dubstep territory."Jewels N' Drugs"Gaga has flirted with rap before on hook-ups with Kid Cudi and Wall-E, but she's never approached it with as much gusto as on "Jewels N' Drugs," a trap-hop collaboration with Too Short, T.I. and a warp speed-breaking Twista which will no doubt utterly bewilder most of her Little Monsters."My ARTPOP could mean anything"After clubbing everyone over the head with her artistic intentions, Gaga now claims that the real message behind ARTPOP is entirely open to interpretation on the album's slightly contradictory title track."Mary Jane Holland"Gaga certainly hasn't been afraid to admit to her experiences with illicit substances in the past but she takes it to new levels on a rave-pop pro-weed anthem which almost makes Snoop Dogg appear anti-drug."Dope"Despite vowing to give up her vices in order to save her relationship, Gaga sounds suspiciously inebriated as she bizarrely slurs her way through the album's obligatory Broadway-style ballad.
Bryan Cranston has recruited his former Malcolm In The Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek to film an alternative spoof finale for his hit TV show Breaking Bad. The actor reunites with his other TV wife Kaczmarek in the comedy clip, which was reportedly filmed for inclusion on a Breaking Bad boxset, in a sequence which suggests the whole five seasons of the hit drama was simply a bad dream suffered by Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character, Hal.
Lying in bed as Hal, beside Kaczmarek as his wife, Lois, he says of his drug-dealing character Walter White, "I had the scariest dream... I was this meth dealer. I was this world-class chemist", while Lois retorts that she can't believe her husband would be capable of "cooking anything".
He goes on to cry as he recalls dreaming about how he "made bombs" and "killed people", prompting Kaczmarek to respond, "If you think this nightmare is going to keep you from driving the kids to school, you have another thing coming."
After the onscreen couple turns off the lights, the camera pans to a shot of the iconic black hat worn by Walter White, which is placed on a bedside chair.
Lou Reed's widow Laurie Anderson attended a stirring memorial to her late husband in New York City on Thursday (14Nov13). Fans were invited to pay their respects to the rock legend, who lost his battle with liver disease on 27 October (13), at a sombre event near Lincoln Center's Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace on Tuesday (12Nov13) via a post on Reed's Facebook.com page.
New York: Lou Reed at Lincoln Center was advertised as "a gathering open to the public - no speeches, no live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs - playing the recordings selected by his family and friends".
Fans turned up in their droves as loudspeakers pumped out classic Reed tunes like Sally Can't Dance, Heroin, I'm Waiting for the Man and Sweet Jane, and they were treated to an appearance by Anderson, who briefly walked among them and stopped to chat with a few mourning devotees.
Actress Alice Englert had no idea how erotic her director mother Jane Campion's movies were as a child because she was always sheltered from her mum's work. The Australian star admits it was only when a friend broke the news to her that she learned the truth about the type of movies the Oscar-winning filmmaker made, which include erotic thriller In The Cut and classic romance The Piano.
She tells Britain's Guide magazine, "I was 13, and these boys had said, 'Your mum makes sexy films,' and I said, 'She doesn't.' Then I watched them and my mum makes sexy films."
Englert has since grown to love her mother's work, but admits she struggles to take any criticism about her work.
She adds, "I'm a huge fan of my mum. I only recently realised that if someone was to say something bad about her, I can't punch them. That that's not appropriate behaviour. I'm very protective."