Archive for March, 2017


French artist Abraham Poincheval is seen in a vivarium on the first day of his performance in an attempt to incubate chicken eggs, which takes from 21 to 26 days, at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris, France, March 29, 2017.Image copyright
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French artist Abraham Poincheval pictured in his tank, with the chicken eggs underneath his chair

French artist Abraham Poincheval – who has already spent two weeks living inside a stuffed bear – plans to commune with the humble chicken for his latest performance stunt.

How? By incubating 10 eggs with his own body heat.

He will live inside a glass vivarium until his charges hatch, watched by visitors to the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.

Poincheval expects the process to last between 21 and 26 days.

“I will, broadly speaking, become a chicken,” he said.

The artist, 44, began the performance – titled “Oeuf” (Egg) – on Wednesday.

Rather than sitting on the eggs directly, he is deploying a chair with a container under its seat.

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Poincheval will be wrapped in an insulating blanket designed by Korean artist Seglui Lee, to keep his body temperature high.

He also plans to eat “heating” foods like ginger to generate more body warmth – and will have provisions in easy reach.

Lavatorial matters are not so simple. Poincheval will use a box beneath him when nature calls, and will not be able to get up to relieve himself.

To hatch the eggs successfully, he will only be able to stand and leave them for 30 minutes a day. That time will be used for meals.

The egg enterprise comes less than a month after Poincheval’s last effort “Pierre” (Stone), where he lived inside a hollowed-out limestone rock shaped to fit his body.

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Before taking on the egg challenge, the artist lived inside a rock for a week

The Palais de Tokyo said the artist was “trying to escape from human time and experience mineral speed”.

Prior to that, he spent a fortnight in April 2014 living inside a hollowed-out bear in Paris’s Museum of Hunting and Nature, eating worms and beetles to mirror the animal’s diet.

According to Poincheval, the best way to understand objects is not from a distance, but by entering them.

The fate of the unborn chickens should – appropriately – be clear after Easter.

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Poincheval has also spent a week atop a 20m (65-foot) pole outside Paris’s Gard du Nord train station…

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…spent 13 days living inside a hollowed-out bear

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…navigated the Rhone river inside a large plastic bottle with a cork in it

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… and spent a week in an underground hole beneath a bookshop in Marseilles. He also once crossed France in a completely straight line using a compass

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39434313

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George Michael died at his home on Christmas Day

George Michael’s funeral has taken place, three months after his sudden death at the age of 53.

His family said a “small, private ceremony” on Wednesday was attended by “family and close friends”.

In the statement, they thanked his fans for “their many messages of love and support” following the funeral, thought to have been held in London.

Michael died of natural causes at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

The riverside cottage became a focus for fans’ grief in the days after he died, as did his home in Highgate, north London.

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Flowers and posters were among tributes left outside Michael’s London home

The full statement from Michael’s family read: “We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend.

“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.”

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George Michael performing at Wembley in 2007

Michael – whose full name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – first came to fame in the 1980s as a member of Wham! alongside Andrew Ridgeley.

The pair’s pop hits won them thousands of fans before Michael found solo success with hits including Faith and Careless Whisper.

He had a total of seven UK number one singles as a solo artist – including A Different Corner and Jesus to a Child – and the same number of chart-topping albums.

Michael also collaborated with artists including Aretha Franklin and Elton John.

‘Supernova’ George

Ridgeley has been among those to pay tribute to Michael during this year’s awards season.

Alongside Wham! backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie, he made a speech at the Brit Awards last month describing Michael as a “supernova”. His death “felt like the sky had fallen in”, he added.

At the Grammys, Adele sang a version of Michael’s 1996 hit Fastlove, as a video montage of the late singer was shown.

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Michael and Ridgeley, pictured in the 1980s

The coroner’s verdict on Michael’s death only came three weeks ago. Tests were ordered because an initial post-mortem examination was “inconclusive”.

Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, said the star had heart and liver disease.

Many of Michael’s fans took to social media and online forums to pay their respects again on Wednesday when news of his funeral emerged.

While he had mostly stayed out of the limelight in his final years, the singer had been collaborating with Naughty Boy, and producer Nile Rodgers said he had visited Michael’s home two days before his death to work on a project.

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Warning: This story contains spoilers!

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There are several characters with a motive to harm Ken

Coronation Street fans were left with a classic soap cliffhanger on Monday after Ken Barlow (William Roache) was found at the bottom of his stairs unconscious.

And fans were left wondering if he fell or if he was pushed.

The long-running Street resident suffered a stroke in the autumn, so many wondered if he was ill again.

But with Barlow having rubbed up family members, neighbours and acquaintances the wrong way in recent weeks, could he have been shoved?

We take a look back at some of the best TV whodunnits from over the past few years.

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The original Dallas ran from 1978 to 1991

Who shot JR?

Who could forget this long-running saga involving the Dallas oil baron we all loved to hate?

It took eight months for viewers to discover that it was JR’s sister-in-law and former mistress, Kristin Shepard. But not before JR’s long-suffering wife Sue Ellen got the blame first and was jailed.

T-shirts printed with the slogans “Who Shot JR?” and “I Shot JR” flew off the shelves in the summer of 1980.

The storyline became one of television’s first big water-cooler moments and prompted pretty much every soap going to get in on the cliffhanger act.

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Everyone was guessing who shot Phil in Albert Square

Who shot Phil Mitchell?

So it didn’t have the glamorous Dallas backdrop but the British answer to the JR mystery was, of course, who shot Phil Mitchell?

The EastEnders bad boy came under fire in 2001 but fans only had to wait a month to find out who it was, although many suspects had come under the spotlight during that time, including Mark Fowler, Ian Beale, Steve Owen and Dan Sullivan.

But in April 2001, it transpired that Phil’s ex, Lisa, had pulled the trigger. She confessed to Phil himself – while also admitting that she still loved him.

EastEnders followed up its successful storyline with several other whodunnits, including “Who killed Lucy Beale?” and “Who killed Archie Mitchell?”.

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The identity of the father of Michelle Fowler’s baby kept EastEnders’ viewers gripped

Who’s the daddy?

Another twist on the whodunnit, this device was first used by EastEnders back in 1985.

This time, the mystery surrounded teenager Michelle Fowler who had become pregnant. But who was the father? There were several suspects, including Tony Carpenter and Ali Osman but of course, we all now know that it was Dirty Den, her best friend’s dad.

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‘Scandi noir’ has grown in popularity in the UK

Who killed Nanna Birk Larsen?

Of course, it’s not just soaps and their fans who love a good old whodunnit. Many crime dramas have centred entire series on finding an elusive killer.

Scandinavian drama The Killing (2007) saw Sophie Grabol’s detective Sarah Lund investigating the rape and murder of teenager Nanna Birk Larsen, whose body was found in the boot of a car submerged in a lake.

Under suspicion on this occasion were Copenhagen mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann, along with his campaign manager Morten Weber, while Larson’s teacher Rama also found himself on Lund’s radar.

In the end, it turned out to be family friend Vagn Saerbaek – and it wasn’t the first time he had killed either, having also murdered Lund’s partner and a former girlfriend, too.

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Laura Palmer’s death gripped the town of Twin Peaks

Who killed Laura Palmer?

David Lynch’s cult 1990s hit series, Twin Peaks, was entirely based on this question.

Was it Laura’s psychiatrist Dr Lawrence Jacoby who was infatuated with the teen? Her boyfriend Bobby? What about Benjamin Horne, who had hired Laura as a prostitute? Drug dealers Leo Johnson and Jaques Renault also came under the spotlight.

But it was Laura’s father who murdered her, while possessed by the demon Killer Bob.

Now fans are excited about series three arriving in May, 27 years after the first season aired. Watch this space.

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The third and final series of Broadchurch has focused on a rape storyline

Who killed Danny Latimer?

The first series of Broadchurch in 2013 was a huge hit for ITV, as crime-fighting duo DI Hardy and DS Miller tried to solve the mystery of who murdered a local schoolboy.

Viewers were addicted to the twists and turns of the plotline as Danny’s dad and the local vicar were among those under investigation. The moment when DS Miller (Olivia Coleman) discovered her husband was the murderer was one of television’s scenes of the year.

Series two couldn’t quite match the original’s dizzy heights but the current third and final series is gripping viewers once again as Hardy (David Tennant) and Miller try to catch a serial rapist.

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David Tennant plays the libertine DJ

David Tennant says his latest play is being constantly tweaked to feature topical jokes – because the news keeps producing such good material.

Broadchurch star Tennant plays the debauched lead character in Don Juan in Soho.

Patrick Marber’s play – first seen in 2006 – has been updated and now includes references to US President Donald Trump and vlogging.

Speaking after Tuesday’s opening night, Tennant revealed that Marber had written in a line about the Daily Mail’s controversial “Legs-it” headline, but it didn’t make the show.

“We chickened out at the last second!” he told the BBC.

“We are sprinkling occasional contemporary references as we go. We add them on the day. Prince George is in his third day now. George Osborne lasted for a weekend. Donald Trump is in there.”

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The play is written and directed by Patrick Marber

Tennant added: “Obviously it has to relate to Don Juan and his world view. He’s got this fury about the hypocrisy of the world that he’s in.

“The world keeps presenting itself with fresh material and we can’t really resist.”

Marber’s play is a loose adaptation of Moliere’s 17th Century tragi-comedy Don Juan that transports the legendary womaniser to contemporary London.

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Adrian Scarborough and David Tennant in Don Juan in Soho

Tennant’s character – known as DJ – describes himself in the play as the “Dalai Lama of debauchery”.

At one point his servant Stan, played by Adrian Scarborough, urges the audience: “Please don’t be charmed, he’s not a lovable rogue…”

“It’s a delicious role,” Tennant said, adding that he hadn’t done a play that wasn’t Shakespeare in about 14 years.

“I adore Shakespeare – I feel like it’s in my DNA – but I’m just loving doing something that is this contemporary and that has this bite and extraordinary language.”

Don Juan in Soho is at Wyndham’s Theatre until 10 June.

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British actress Emma Thompson has said she never moved to Los Angeles because she felt she was deemed “too fat” when she visited.

“It is a strange place and I couldn’t live there,” she told Swedish chat show Skavlan.

The Oscar winner also condemned the pressure on actresses to be thin.

“The anorexia – there are so many kids, girls and boys now, and actresses who are very, very thin, who are into their 30s, [and] simply don’t eat,” she said.

‘It’s getting worse’

The star also revealed she threatened to quit working on 2008 film Brideshead Revisited in reaction to a co-star who had been told to shed the pounds.

She said: “The producers said to her, ‘Will you lose some weight?’. She was absolutely exquisite.

“I said to them, ‘If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture. You are never to do that’.

“It’s evil, what’s happening, what’s going on out there, and it’s getting worse.”

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This male glass frog is still waiting for his invitation to the Bafta Craft Awards

Planet Earth II was a hit with viewers when it aired last year – and now it seems to have wowed Bafta as well.

The BBC One nature documentary has received nine nominations ahead of its annual Craft Awards, which celebrate behind the scenes talent in television.

Netflix drama The Crown follows with seven nominations, while the BBC’s The Night Manager gets six.

The winners will be announced on 23 April, three weeks ahead of the Bafta Television Awards on 14 May.

Here’s a rundown of which programmes are up for what.

The landmark natural history series receives two nominations apiece in the editing: factual and sound: factual categories and is also up for the original music prize.

Its remaining four nominations are all in the photography: factual category, which means the show is guaranteed to take home at least one award.

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Netflix’s epic chronicle of the early years in The Queen’s reign sees Stephen Daldry and Peter Morgan recognised for their direction and writing respectively.

It’s also got nominations for its costume design, production design and its photography and lighting, with additional nods going to its visual effects and titles.

The BBC’s gripping adaptation of John le Carre’s novel gets a best director nod for Susanne Bier and is also recognised for its sound and editing.

Like The Crown, it has also landed nominations for its production design, visual effects and titles.

With mutton chops like the ones Paul Dano sported in the series, it is hardly surprising the BBC’s lavish adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel is up for best make up and hair design.

Its other nominations come for its music, sound, production design and visual effects.

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Charlie Brooker’s nightmarish satire moved from Channel 4 to Netflix last year, a move that’s clearly gone down well with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Seamus McGarvey gets a nomination for his photography on the Nosedive episode that starred Bryce Dallas Howard (above), while other instalments get shout-outs for their costume design, their visual effects and their make up and hair design.

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Channel 4′s topical drama about a TV personality accused of historical sex crimes gets recognised for its direction, editing, music and photography.

Check out the full list of nominations here.


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Professor Cox will voice a character called Professor Ryan Farrow (left)

Professor Brian Cox may know his way around a black hole and a Higgs boson particle, but how will he fare on Postman Pat’s home turf of Greendale?

Find out this week when he appears on the CBeebies cartoon show as Professor Ryan Farrow, a space expert friend of Greendale’s resident inventor Ted Glen.

The professor’s arrival is especially big news for Pat, who’s always wanted to be an astronaut.

Postman Pat and the Space Suit airs on Wednesday at 07:25 BST.

Pictures have been released of Brian holding models of Postman Pat and his black and white cat Jess – as well as one of how he’ll appear himself in animated form.

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Only 30 of the channel’s staff are currently based outside London

Proposals on whether to move Channel 4 out of London will be considered as part of a government consultation.

Plans to privatise the TV company have been shelved, but where it spends its money is also under review, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced.

She said the government wants “the benefits of this national asset to be spread far and wide, not just in London”.

Channel 4 said a “substantial relocation would be highly damaging”.

The government carried out an 18-month review of the publicly-owned channel, which has more than 800 staff but fewer than 30 based outside central London.

Ms Bradley will outline the consultation plans at the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford on Wednesday.

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Karen Bradley will say: ‘There is a great deal of talent outside London and too much of it is being overlooked’

Channel 4 is “precious public asset”, she will say, but it must “provide a platform for unheard voices and untold stories from right across the United Kingdom”.

The consultation will look at whether the company should relocate all or some of its staff outside London, including the possibility of moving its headquarters.

It will also review whether the amount of money spent on productions outside the M25, which is set at 35% of original British commissions, should increase to 50%.

“I am unsympathetic towards those who recoil in horror at the very idea of media jobs being based outside the capital,” Ms Bradley will say.

“Or for those who insist that people with ideas in the West Midlands, west country or west Wales must travel to Westminster to get their programmes made.”

Too much talent outside London was being overlooked, she will add.

TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp, who fronts the Channel 4 programme Location, Location, Location, said moving the broadcaster would be “idiotic”.

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Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said ruling out privatisation was the “right decision” but it had taken the government “far too long” to reach the decision.

“Moving some or all of Channel 4 outside London is an idea worth considering, but the most important thing is not where it is based but where it makes its programmes, creates jobs and spends money,” he added.

Channel 4 welcomed the decision not to privatise the company but said a substantial relocation would hit investment in the creative industries.

A spokesman added: “The most important factor in supporting the nations and regions is where we spend our money rather than where Channel 4 is headquartered.”

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Are selfies art? A new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London is seeking to find out.

One of the artists involved, Laura Pannack discusses whether or not they are an art form.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39412375

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Musician Pharrell Williams’ is venturing more into making movies

He’s familiar as an award-winning music producer and singer-songwriter but what is known about Pharrell Williams’ early life?

If the answer is “not much”, that could soon change as Williams’ youth is to inspire a big-screen musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams, 43, will produce Atlantis – described as Romeo and Juliet with songs.

Broadway director Michael Mayer will act as the project’s guiding hand.

Mayer is best known for productions such Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony award, as well as American Idiot, based on the music of Green Day.

Atlantis’ writer will be Martin Hynes, who is currently working on the fourth Toy Story film.

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Hidden Figures, produced by Williams, was nominated for three Oscars including best picture

But when finished with fictional animated childhoods, Hynes will turn his focus to Williams’ real one, which saw him growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the eldest of three sons.

His father, Pharaoh, worked as a handyman and his mother Carolyn was a teacher.

The young Williams was first involved in music via the school band. At 12, he was sent to a school for gifted children where he met Chad Hugo and formed the Neptunes, releasing his first single at 19.

He has gone on to win 10 Grammys, has had hits including the Oscar-nominated Happy, featured in the animated film Despicable Me 2, and released solo albums In My Mind and Girl. He’s also collaborated with artists including Jay-Z, Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke.

Recently Williams has been venturing into movies, most notably as a producer on Hidden Figures.

The film was nominated for three Oscars and told the story of the African-American women who played a pivotal role in the Nasa space programme.

Willliams also produced the film Roxanne Roxanne.

And with the renewed La La Land and Beauty and the Beast-inspired interest in screen musicals, Atlantis could be riding on a wave to further success.


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