First there was the furor over their capture. Then the backlash when they were released. But no drama is ever complete without an accompanying movie, and Wednesday Iran beat Hollywood to the mark by pledging to recount the entire 13-day affair of the recently released British naval captives in a film.
A book will also tell the story of the British sailors, accounts that are likely to dwell on the hospitality and fun they had, rather than the imprisonment and isolation.
What the producers will make of UK sailor Arthur Batchelor's claim that he lost his iPod and was traumatized by taunts that he resembled Mr. Bean was unclear yesterday.
Iran's armed forces HQ said the idea was hatched partly as a riposte to the sailors' selling their stories to the British media, greeted with bewilderment in Iran. It is also a response to a UK Ministry of Defense press conference at which six sailors said their admissions of illegally entering Iranian waters, screened on state TV, were extracted under psychological pressure.
The book and film will challenge that view by "documenting" the sailors' arrest, interrogations and alleged confessions.
Iranian officials have accused Britain of forcing the sailors to retract the admissions.
Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek has announced a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to form a new film company specializing in Latino movies appealing to wider, mainstream audiences.
The company, Ventanazul, will have Hayek as president and chief executive and aims to repeat the success she found in championing projects like the movie Frida, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and the hit TV series Ugly Betty about a fish-out-of water working at a fashion magazine.
"We have been developing for months a plan to create an identity for the company that specializes in the Latino market without isolating the rest of the audience," Hayak said in a statement. "I'm confident to say that with the help and support of MGM, Ventanazul has a specific vision that sets it apart from some of the stereotypical efforts made in the past."
US pop singer Willa Ford is set to play Anna Nicole Smith in an independent film about the late former Playboy model's life, it was reported on Wednesday.
Ford, who became known as the "Bad Girl of Pop" after the release of her first album in 2001, will begin filming the biopic next week, entertainment daily Variety reported.
The 26-year-old bears a striking physical resemblance to Smith and like the blonde tabloid icon she will play, has also posed for Playboy and taken part in reality television shows.
Leonardo DiCaprio is to star in an adaptation of the new David Ignatius novel, Body of Lies, to be directed by Ridley Scott, Variety reported. The movie will reunite DiCaprio with screenwriter William Monahan, the Oscar-winning writer of The Departed.
In the movie DiCaprio will play an ex-journalist-turned CIA agent who's sent to Amman to work with Jordan's intelligence chief to track an al-Qaeda leader rumored to be planning attacks against the US.
DiCaprio will make the film this fall after first reteaming with Titanic co-star Kate Winslet on Revolutionary Road, the Sam Mendes-directed DreamWorks drama that shoots this month.
A family-film audience was stunned to get an unintended glimpse of a horror movie, which left some parents shaken and the theater chain apologizing for the movie mix-up.
The moviegoers were expecting to see The Last Mimzy, the PG-rated tale of a brother and sister who discover a mysterious box of toys and become endowed with superhuman powers to help preserve humanity's future.
Instead, the crowd saw the opening scene of The Hills Have Eyes 2, the R-rated sequel to a recent remake of a 1977 horror classic by the genre's renowned Wes Craven. The Hills Have Eyes 2, which centers on National Guard troops who stumble on a clan of mutant cannibals, starts with a chained woman giving birth to a mutant.
"There were kids that were crying, there were people trying to cover the kids' eyes, they were caught off guard," said Anthony Rasco, who was in the audience when the scene was unexpectedly shown in one of the theaters at the Island 16 multiplex last week. "By the time we could react and pull the kids together and figure out what was happening, we pulled them out of the theater.'' Another patron said the episode had left his 3-year-old son with lingering, and unsettling, questions.
"My wife is eight months pregnant, and he's been asking, 'Is that what mommy's going to have?''' said Frank Doll, 31, of Mastic.
Theater staffers soon stopped the movie, gave the patrons free ticket vouchers, and started The Last Mimzy about a half-hour late, according to parents. — agencies
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
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A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.
Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations. At least 7.6cm of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy.” One of the best-known beach inspectors was Aubrey Laidlaw, who had already laid down the law when the first bikini debuted on the beach in 1946. By the turn of the 1960s, the “Bikini Wars” were