Archive for “May, 2012”

Sundance Channel to Premiere Critically Acclaimed Film The Missing Person Exclusively in France

The Missing Person, a critically acclaimed drama, will debut exclusively on Sundance Channel on 19 June at 23h CET. The premiere highlights the network’s commitment to offering audiences high quality independent films.

Michael Shannon stars in The Missing Person.

Starring Academy Award nominees Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), The Missing Person is the third feature from writer-director Noel Buschel. Shannon plays John Rosow, a private detective hired to follow a man, Harold Fullmer (played by Tony Award winner Frank Wood), on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold’s identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Continue Reading…

Shannen Says Premieres Exclusively on WE tv in Taiwan

Take a hilarious peek into Shannen Doherty’s world as she attempts to pull together the wedding of her dreams to the man of her dreams as the series premieres across Taiwan, Singapore, Korea & Hong Kong simultaneously.

She is perhaps best remembered for her roles as Brenda Walsh on TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and Prue Halliwell on Charmed, but there is just as much drama in real life for Shannen Doherty. Continue Reading…

Is anonymity on Gawker a positive development?

Gawker Media recently launched a new commenting system to develop a more robust conversation around its stories. One element of this new system is to allow anonymity when commenting on a story.

This replaced the tiered approach Gawker used previously that favoured frequent contributors. Founder Nick Denton recently said that previous approach – used by several other sites – doesn’t necessarily work because sometimes the best insights come from people commenting for the first time or through an anonymous source. It’s an interesting development because the recent trend online has been towards attributing comments to the real people who make them.

Of course, this is also of tremendous benefit to Gawker’s sites because they publish a lot of gossip. Web traffic equals advertising dollars, but maybe that’s just the cynic in me. Anyway, the new feature is called a “Burner” account and it allows you to create an anonymous identity on the site in a secure environment. It’s a reference from the popular TV show The Wire. “Burners” were the disposable mobiles that the drug dealers used to communicate with each other.

It’s a clever name, but is it a clever development? Do you think total anonymity online will help the conversation develop? Or will it draw focus to the mean-spirited side of human beings – similar to how someone’s temperament can change when he or she gets behind the wheel of a car?

I’d love to know what others think. Feel free to leave your comments below.

Antony Hegarty announces first acts for Meltdown

When Mercury Prize winner Antony Hegarty was announced as director of Meltdown, the line-up was always guaranteed to be intriguing. The annual celebration where distinguished musicians create their own ultimate music and arts festival is one of the most prestigious events at London’s Southbank Centre. Past directors have included Patti Smith, David Bowie, Ray Davies, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker and John Peel.

This year’s line-up was just released, and there is much to be excited about for the 1-12 August festival. It’s not surprising that there is a heavy New York influence throughout the festivities since the city is British-born Hegarty’s home base. Cabaret performer Joey Arias will sing Billie Holiday songs in a show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall called Strange Fruit, which ran for over a year in the early 1990s in downtown Manhattan. Acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson will perform a piece called Dirtday, lending her quirky humour and angelic voice to the proceedings with a collection of songs and stories. Anderson is a former director of Meltdown.

Another theme in Hegarty’s Meltdown is to offer events featuring a wide selection of multidisciplinary artists. Hegarty is a visual artist, in addition to a composer and singer for the band Antony and the Johnsons. American avant-garde vocalist, composer and painter Diamanda Galás will bring her three-and-a-half octave voice to the Royal Festival Hall for a show called The Hour Will Come. The politically charged artist, who has tackled subjects such as AIDS, dementia and genocide, will also screen a film collaboration, Schrei 27, created in partnership with Italian filmmaker Davide Pepe. Based on original compositions and a radio piece by Galás, the challenging film examines a person being tortured in a medical facility. Like most of her work, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Two of the most anticipated performances will come from this side of the pond, however. Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins will make a rare live appearance for two shows on 6 and 7 August that will include new and classic songs. Marc Almond (of Soft Cell fame) will perform his 1983 Marc and the Mambas album Torment and Toreros in its entirety on 9 August.

Full info on Antony’s Meltdown can be found at http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/, and there will be more acts announced soon. Below is a classic Marc and the Mambas performance of In My Room from Torment and Toreros.

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