Claire Danes' Tv Spy Series Homeland Aired Showing Graffiti Branding It "Racist" After Artists Employed To Decorate The Set Sabotaged It.
Three artists were hired to add Arabic slogans to the show's 'refugee camp' sets in Berlin, Germany, but they objected to the depiction of the Muslim world and painted slogans criticising the show on walls, which were shown in an episode which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (11Oct15).
Some of the slogans broadcast included "Homeland is racist", "Homeland is not a series", and the popular anti-racism Twitter.com hashtag "#blacklivesmatter".
Homeland has previously been criticised by both Pakistani and Lebanese officials for the way it has portrayed the countries.
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Lars Eidinger - 65th Berlin FIlm Festival (Berlinale) - 'Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents' (Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern) - Photocall - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 12th February 2015
Germany's Pirate Party, whose platform calls for a far-reaching change in copyright laws, suffered a disastrous defeat in the country's parliamentary elections on Sunday, failing to win a single seat in Germany's Bundestag. Four years ago the party won seats in three regional state parliaments and polls had shown them with 10 percent support among the entire national electorate. In 2011, they won almost 9 percent of the vote in Berlin. On Sunday, however, they won just 2.2 percent of the vote versus an outstanding 41.5 percent of the vote for the ruling conservative CDU party headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Many of their previous supporters had complained that the Pirate Party had focused on a single issue and had failed to address such questions as global warming, the German and European economies, and The Middle East.
The Berlin Film Festival is rightly famous for giving exposure to films that mean something. It does so in the face of the fact that most such films rarely achieve significant success at the box office these days. In fact, one of them entered in this year's Golden Bear competition, Matt Damon's Promised Land, has already bombed domestically, and another, Lovelace, entered outside the competition, is being faulted by critics attending the festival for being too even-handed. Damon addressed the situation at a news conference on Friday following the screening of his film. Finding financing for movies not targeted at 13 year-old kids is much more difficult to come by than it was just five years ago, he said. It's getting harder and harder to make movies about things. And ticket sales for Promised Land would seem to provide a reason why investors are unwilling to put their money into so-called message films. While it may only have cost $18 million to make, it has brought in just $7.5 million since its release in December. Part of the reason may have been toxic reviews in which strident environmentalist Damon, who co-wrote the movie, was taken to task for making another film about corporate greed and sidestepping the environmental issue of fracking, the process of blasting underground beds of shale with water and sand to release natural gas (and, in the process, allegedly contaminating underground water supplies). Promised Land seems to lose its nerve a little politically, wrote Britain's Guardian newspaper on Saturday. It isn't about fracking at all, but [another] tract on machiavellian corporate behavior and their employees' self-deception. And ardent environmentalist Damon himself acknowledged that while he was preparing the film he heard persuasive comments from backers and opponents of fracking. We didn't want the film to be a judgment on what to do, he said. Likewise, the film Lovelace also seems averse to taking sides. It takes two views of porn actress Linda Lovelace's relationship with husband and puppet master Chuck Traynor. [Editor's Note: I interviewed Lovelace after the release of Deep Throat and years later when she wrote a book in which she claimed to have been abused by Traynor, who she said, had a gun pointed at her during the making of the sex scenes in Deep Throat. Their relationship during the first interview appeared to me to be relaxed and friendly; Chuck Traynor did not want to sit in on the interview while it was being conducted.] But the writers of Lovelace decided to devote virtually no time at all to the second part of her life as an anti-porn activist. No Doubt this transition could not have been easy for her when the world still knew her as the actress in Deep Throat, so it's a shame that the filmmakers only spend a few minutes on a major portion of her life, wrote Tim Grierson in the British trade publication Screen Daily when the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
London has managed to retain it's most fashionable city in the world title for a second year running thanks to Duchess Catherine and the 2012 London Olympics.
London has been voted the world's most fashionable city for the second year running.
The UK beat off stiff competition from the likes of New York and Barcelona to retain its crown with the recent London Olympics and The Duchess of Cambridge playing a huge part in its success.
US-based analytics company Global Language Monitor conducted the annual poll, compiling the lists after studying various media content, and having Duchess Catherine has been a huge help to London.
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Jason Donovan will return to 'The War Of The World...The New Generation!' musical in the new role of Parson Nathaniel.
Jason Donovan will return to 'The War Of The World...The New Generation!' musical in a new role.
The 43-year-old singer and actor - who previously starred as The Artilleryman - will return as Parson Nathaniel, The Disturbed holy man driven to insanity by the Martian invasion of earth and Jason revealed he is most excited about the full body hologram of Liam Neeson, which will narrate the story.
He said: ''I am delighted and very excited to be going back on tour with 'The War of the Worlds' and taking on the new role of Parson Nathaniel. 'The New Generation' is going to have some fantastic effects and I, for one, can't wait to see the 3D hologram of Liam Neeson! It's going to be a whole new show and a whole new experience.''
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A new biopic will focus on the tumultuous relationship between Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as they recorded The Rolling Stones' 1972 double album, 'Exile on Main Street'.
The film will follow the singer and the guitarist through the volatile period in which they made 1972 double album, 'Exile on Main Street', in France.
The movie will be made by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Produced, and be based on Robert Greenfield's 2008 book 'Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell'.
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Katy Perry has revealed she goes out in wigs and various other disguises to avoid being spotted by the paparazzi.
Katy Perry goes out in wigs and hats to avoid being seen when she isn't working.
The 27-year-old singer - who split from Russell Brand in December 2011 after 14 months of marriage - tries her best to shy away from her fame by donning disguises when she doesn't want to be spotted, but she accepts all the attention is a natural outcome of her celebrity status.
She said: ''I didn't really ask for that but it's just a product of all this. I deal with it when I'm working, but when I'm not working, they can 'f' off.
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Angelina Jolie vigorously defended her first film as a writer/director at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday. While she was greeted with customary applause when she entered a packed news conference auditorium, boos could be heard from some members of the press following the screening of her film, In the Land of Blood and Honey , about the genocidal war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. And while the film appears to side with Muslim women who were raped and tortured by Christian soldiers during the war, a journalist from Iran -- a Muslim-ruled country -- opened the news conference by accusing Jolie of painting a "black and white" picture of the conflict. Jolie responded that such a judgment was the journalist's, but that had sought to present an accurate account of what had occurred. "I didn't want to point fingers -- maybe at the international community, but other than that, not at anyone else," she said. Another female reporter remarked that she had considered walking out of the movie because of its stark brutality but decided to stay and was glad she did. Jolie acknowledged that she had wrestled with questions about the degree of vicious behavior by the Serbian army she could depict -- she pointed out that the murder of a child is not actually seen but that the audience is left with No Doubt that it has occurred. However, she added, "It should be hard to watch; if I see a war film that's too easy to watch I don't feel comfortable." Jolie said she had devoted two years of her life to making In the Land of Blood and Honey and is now considering a 180-degree turn, saying that she wants to make a movie now that her children will enjoy. "The next thing I'm looking at is a Disney movie," she said. (She has previously said that she is considering the role of Malificent in a live-action version of 101 Dalmatians , a role in which the "black and white" description would be taken for granted.)
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Gary Oldman is set to star as a villain in 'Motor City' alongside Amber Heard and Dominic Cooper.
Gary Oldman is set to star as a villain in 'Motor City'.
The 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' actor is in talks to take on a role alongside Dominic Cooper and Amber Heard in the movie which tells the story of a small time criminal (Cooper) who upon his release from prison after being framed vows revenge and tries to win back the woman he loves (Heard).
Gary will play the role of the shady kingpin who has control over Amber's character.
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The Ting Tings deleted an entire album of material recorded in Berlin so it will never be heard, before making 'Sounds from Nowheresville'.
The Ting Tings deleted everything they had been working on before moving to Spain to make 'Sounds from Nowheresville'.
The 'Hang it Up' duo lived in Berlin, Germany, during their first attempt at writing their second album, but were unsatisfied with the results and ensured they will never be heard by deleting them before starting over fresh.
Singer and guitarist Katie White exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "It was quite a tough decision, but not creatively. We're quite brutal with our songs anyway. Even if it's an idea and someone goes 'that's amazing,' we'll be like, 'no I don't like it, delete,' and literally wipe it off.
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