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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     But the new film, which will premier
      Film                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on March 10, focuses on the rise of Palin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  as McCain’s 2008 Republican Party run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ning mate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “We felt that story of Sarah Palin is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  truly one of the great American political
 Hanks picks Yahoo                                                                                                                                                                                                                stories of our time,” writer Danny Strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  told television reporters on Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Moore said that she spent hours work-

 ‘Ecosystem                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing with a vocal coach to master Palin’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “idiosyncratic way of speaking” as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reading Palin’s book and watching her TV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
 is changing’                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “It’s a daunting task to play somebody
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  who’s not only a living figure but also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hugely well known. So for me, the most
 LAS VEGAS, Jan 14, (RTRS):                                                                                                                                                                                                       important thing was accuracy. We’re all
 Why did Tom Hanks choose to                                                                                                                                                                                                      very familiar with her and those iconic
 partner with Yahoo for his next cre-                                                                                                                                                                                             moments four years ago,” said Moore,
 ative venture, “Electric City”?                                                                                                                                                                                                  who starred in movie drama “The Hours”
    It appears the Hollywood icon                                                                                                                                                                                                 and “The Kids Are Alright”.
 has tired of the industry’s lack of                                                                                                                                                                                                 Strong said he was given interviews
                      creative flexi-                                                                                                                                                                                             with everyone he wrote into the film.
                      bility and its                                                                                                                                                                                              Except for Palin. Instead, he used the for-
                      limits on sto-                                                                                                                                                                                              mer Alaska governor’s own book “Going
                      rytelling     —                                                                                                                                                                                             Rogue” as one of his main sources.
                      not to mention                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Her (Palin’s) situation was an extraor-
                      the diminish-                                                                                                                                                                                               dinary one. She was someone who was
                      ing profit mar-                                                                                                                                                                                             involved in state politics and suddenly
                      gins.                                                                                                                                                                                                       thrust into international politics, and clear-
                         “We can tell                                                                                                                                                                                             ly wasn’t prepared,” said Moore. (RTRS)
                      this story as                                                                                                                                                                                                             ❑       ❑       ❑
                      long as we                                                                                                                                                                                                  THOUSAND OAKS, California:
                      keep it alive                                                                                                                                                                                               Heather Locklear was released Friday
       Hanks          and        fresh                                                                                                                                                                                            from a hospital after she was treated in the
                      online.      We                                                                                                                                                                                             intensive care unit for an unknown ail-
 can’t exhaust the theme,” Hanks                                                                                                                                                                                                  ment.
 said during a private event at Las                                                                                                                                                                                                  She was discharged in the afternoon,
 Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel as part of the                                                                                                                                                                                             Los Robles Hospital spokeswoman Kris
 Consumer Electronics Show.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carraway-Bowman told The Associated
    “We’re trying to make ambigu-                                                                                                                                                                                                 Press. The 50-year-old “Melrose Place”
 ous attractive. Ambiguity is anathe-                                                                                                                                                                                             actress was hospitalized Thursday.
 ma to them,” Hanks said in refer-                                                                                                                                                                                                   The hospital in the Los Angeles suburb
 ence to Hollywood marketing                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Thousand Oaks said earlier in the day
 types.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that Locklear was medically stable and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  being cared for one-on-one in the ICU.
    This is not to say that Hanks is                                                                                                                                                                                              Paramedics transported her from her home
 done making movies, or that he dis-                                                                                                                                                                                              in Westlake Village, 35 miles northwest
 likes Hollywood. He vowed to keep                                                                                                                                                                                                of Los Angeles.
 bringing in those paychecks once or                                                                                                                                                                                                 Locklear has been hospitalized several
 twice a year, making movies that                                                                                                                                                                                                 times over the years. In 2009, she pleaded
 expose the viewer to the “unexpect-                                                                                                                                                                                              no contest to reckless driving after being
 ed.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                             arrested on suspicion of driving under the
                  Top                                                                                                                                                                                                             influence of prescription medication.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Locklear also starred in such TV series
    However, the Hollywood star                                                                                                                                                                                                   as “Dynasty” and “T.J. Hooker.”
 also said that while feature films                                                                                                                                                                                                  Her engagement to “Melrose Place” co-
 are “supposedly the top of the pyra-                                                                                                                                                                                             star Jack Wagner recently ended. She
 mid,” the ecosystem is changing.                                                                                                                                                                                                 was previously married to Bon Jovi gui-
 The process of film production is                                                                                                                                                                                                tarist Richie Sambora, and they have a
 “sloppy,” he said, making them                                                                                                                                                                                                   daughter together. (AP)
 “more expensive than ever” and                                                                                                                                                                                                                ❑       ❑       ❑
 fewer people — at least in America
 — are watching them.                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEW YORK: Richard Threlkeld, a far-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ranging and award-winning correspondent
    By contrast, his production com-                                                                                                                                                                                              who worked for both CBS and ABC News
 pany, Playtone, along with Reliance                                                                                                                                                                                              during a long career, has been killed in a
 Entertainment, has already made 90                                                                                                                                                                                               car crash on New York’s Long Island.
 minutes of “Electric City” for just                                                                                                                                                                                                 The 74-year-old Threlkeld died Friday
 $2.5 million.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    morning in Amagansett, New York, when
    The show, which is animated and                                                                                                                                                                                               his car collided with a propane tanker. He
 features the voices of Hanks,                                                                                                                                                                                                    was pronounced dead at Southampton
 Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chris Parnell                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospital, according to the East Hampton,
 and others, will air in 4-6 minute                                                                                                                                                                                               New York, Police Department. He lived in
 segments. It can also be viewed                                                                                                                                                                                                  nearby East Hampton.
 contiguously.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The driver of the tanker was not
    Erin McPhereson, Yahoo’s VP                                                                                                                                                                                                   injured, said police, who are investigating
 and Head of Video Programming                                                                                                                                                                                                    the accident.
 and Originals, told TheWrap they                                                                                                                                                                                                    Threlkeld spent more than 25 years at
 have locked up three to four spon-                                                                                                                                                                                               CBS News before retiring in 1998. He
 sors, and that Tuesday’s event                                                                                                                                                                                                   was a reporter, anchor and bureau chief
 should help lure more since adver-                                                                                                                                                                                               who covered the Arabian Gulf War and
 tisers were the primary target.                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Vietnam War, the Patty Hearst kid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  napping and trial, the assassination of
    This show, inspired by an anec-                                                                                                                                                                                               Robert F. Kennedy, and the execution of
 dote about the Soviet Union’s dra-                                                                                                                                                                                               Gary Gilmore.
 conian control over resources and                                                                                                                                                                                                   He was one of the last journalists evac-
 communication, remains a risk for                                                                                                                                                                                                uated from Phnom Penh and Saigon
 Hanks — not to his credibility, but                                                                                                                                                                                              when those cities fell to the Communists
 in the sense that he is embracing a                                                                                                                                                                                              in 1975.
 new platform with a newcomer to                                                                                                                                                                                                     CBS News correspondent Bob Simon
 scripted programming. While                                                                                                                                                                                                      was with him when Saigon fell.
 Hanks has won almost every major                                                                                                                                                                                                    Threlkeld covered the presidential cam-
 acting award out there, this is                                                                                                                                                                                                  paigns of candidates ranging from Barry
 Yahoo’s initial foray into scripted                                                                                                                                                                                              Goldwater and Lyndon Johnson in the
 programming.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1960s to Bill Clinton in the 1990s. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  worked alongside Lesley Stahl as co-
               Comedy                                                                                                                                                                                                             anchor of “The CBS Morning News”
     Yahoo has been building up its                                                                                                                                                                                               from 1977-79, and reported for “CBS
 original programming online with a                                                                                                                                                                                               Sunday Morning” from its inception in
 new comedy channel and a slate of                                                                                                                                                                                                1979, as well as for “The CBS Evening
 women’s programming.                                                                                                                                                                                                             News With Dan Rather.” (AP)
     “I don’t think anyone has been                                                                                                                                                                                                             ❑       ❑       ❑
 able to crack that nut really well,”                                                                                                                                                                                             LOS ANGELES: Lady Gaga has been up
 McPhereson said in reference to                                                                                                                                                                                                  front about her admiration for Madonna.
 online scripted programming. “It’s                                                                                                                                                                                               But does Madonna share the love?
 a challenging model.”                       In this Jan 6, 2012 file photo, actor David Duchovny poses for a portrait in New York. Duchovny stars in the Showtime comedy series ‘Californication.’ (AP)                             The “Material Girl” sounded lukewarm
     She promised a “robust market-                                                                                                                                                                                               in US interviews released on Friday, call-
 ing campaign” both on and off                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing her influence on Gaga’s music “inter-
 Yahoo, including TV spots. She                                                                                                                                                                                                   esting” and “amusing.” Sometimes.
 also saw opportunities to link a
 show that touches on topics like
                                                                                                                         Actor’s roundabout way into showbiz                                                                         “I certainly think she references me a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s
 social unrest and green energy to                                                                                                                                                                                                amusing and flattering and well done,”


                                                                                              Duchovny takes off late
 ongoing news.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a televi-
     Hanks, aware of Yahoo’s relative                                                                                                                                                                                             sion interview.
 inexperience , and somewhat out of                                                                                                                                                                                                  “There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I
 place at a scene like CES, took                                                                                                                                                                                                  can’t really be annoyed by it...because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  obviously, I’ve influenced her,” the pop
 every shot he could at Yahoo —                                                                                                                                                                                                   star told ABC.
 playfully, of course.                                                                        NEW YORK, Jan 14, (AP): David              “Twin Peaks,” ‘’Red Shoe Diaries”         Files” episodes, they remind him of
                                                                                              Duchovny has starred in two hit TV         and, of course, “The X-Files,” which      home movies.                                      The comparisons between the two
     After Ross Levinson, Yahoo’s                                                                                                                                                                                                 divas, both known for combining
 EVP of the Americas and the                                                                  shows,      “The       X-Files”    and     made him a star and a sex symbol.            “I’ll remember the day, you know            provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop
 night’s emcee, opened by describ-                                                            “Californication,” and yet the thought       “I was kind of blissfully overconfi-    I’ll remember the lunch, I’ll remem-           hits, came to a head when Gaga released
 ing Yahoo’s 700 million unique vis-                                                          of going into showbiz never occurred       dent at first and I don’t say that as a   ber the weather ... and, as I said, I will     her “Born This Way” single last February.
 itors a month, Hanks joked about its                                                         to him when he was growing up.             joke,” he said. “I knew I thought I was   laugh at how bad I am or stuff like               The song was instantly likened to
 20,000 cafes in Latin America.                                                                  “I never even had the wayward           good. Not great. Not in a conceited or    that. It used to come on and I’d say to        Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself”.
     Perhaps the best jab of all came                                                         thought. It never even entered even        cocky way, but in a way like, ‘Yes, I     (wife) Tea (Leoni), ‘Can you just see             “When I heard it on the radio, said that
 towards the end, after Levinson                                                              the furthest reaches of my imagina-        can do this.’ You need in a way to        how bad I am?’ and she’d never agree           sounds very familiar,” Madonna said.
 acknowledged new Yahoo CEO                                                                   tion. ... I never thought about the        believe sometimes.”                       but it’s kind of funny embarrassing.           Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna
 Scott Thompson, who was in atten-                                                            actors on television or film like what                    Acting                     Like home movies.”                             responded, “It felt reductive.”
 dance.                                                                                       kind of life they had,” he said in a                                                    “Californication” is now in its fifth          Pressed by ABC interviewer Cynthia
                                                                                              recent interview.                             Duchovny credits “The X-Files”         season on Showtime.                            McFadden whether that was a good or
     For Hanks’ sake, Thompson bet-                                                                                                      with helping him with acting.                                                            bad thing, Madonna replied “look it up”.
 ter know a little, or be a fast learn-                                                          Duchovny, 51, said he didn’t begin                                                   Duchovny plays Hank Moody, a
                                                                                              acting until his late twenties.               “Every day I had to go to work         sharp-tongued writer who consistent-           (RTRS)
 er.
                                           Actress Nicole Kidman poses for a                     “I wanted to write plays. I was at      and every day for 14 hours year after     ly finds himself embroiled in outra-                         ❑       ❑       ❑
                 Also:                     portrait while promoting the new                   Yale graduate school at the time for       year after year I don’t know if I         geous and often sexual situations.             LOS ANGELES: Ever wondered whether
 BERLIN: Pistol dueling in print and       HBO film ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ at                 English literature not for acting. ... I   would’ve made it to this point if I          He says it’s not easy to pull off the       single life in New York is really like “Sex
 energetic postings of “applause”          the Television Critics Association                 liked the idea of collaboration and I      would’ve just gone from movie to          show’s quick-witted dialogue.                  and the City?”
 accompanied the Facebook premier          Winter Press Tour in Pasadena,                     thought if I’m gonna write plays I         movie to movie like a three-month            “Sometimes the better the writing,             “Girls,” written, directed and starring
 of Theodor Fontane’s “Effi                     California, on Jan 13. (AP)                   should learn something about speak-        stint here and a three-month stint        the harder it is to play because you           Lena Dunham, is a bittersweet homage
 Briest,” which organizers said was                                                           ing the lines that I might try to write.   there. It was very good for me and        really want to service it,” he said.           to HBO’s influential hit TV series “Sex
 the first live staging of a play on the                                                      It might help me as a writer to actual-    my particular sense of myself or my       “It’s hard to be that quick and articu-        and the City”.
 social networking site.                           Variety                                    ly know it from that side,” he said.       craft to have to go in every day and      late in life. You’ve got to try to make           It follows the lives of four young col-
    Fontane’s classic work, first pub-                                                        “So that’s pretty much how it started.”    do it.”                                   it seem discovered, you know, not              lege graduates trying to find jobs and love
 lished as a serial novel in 1894, was                                                           His career took off with roles on          Now when he looks back at old “X-      rehearsed.”                                    in a big city but who find it’s not quite the
 specially adapted to be performed on      PASADENA, California: Nicole                                                                                                                                                           fairytale life enjoyed by Carrie, Samantha,
 the Maxim Gorki Theatre’s “online         Kidman and Clive Owen play writers                                                                                                                                                     Miranda and Charlotte in the freewheeling
 Facebook stage” on Monday.                Martha Gellhorn and Ernest                                                                                                                                                             1990s.
    The play used status updates,                                                                                                                                                                                                    “This is about girls who aren’t from
                                           Hemingway in a new HBO film, but                                                                                                                                                       New York, but they grew up watching
 photo uploads and wall postings           they’d prefer to keep their own lives off-        “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is set to air                                                   ing up for the 2012 presidential elections,   ‘Sex and the City’ and thought they were
 from characters to relate protago-        screen.                                        in May. It’s about the passionate, short-                                                 but HBO is revisiting the drama of the        going to live the dream, and now that
 nist Effi Briest’s descent into disre-       At a news conference Friday promoting       lived relationship of Gellhorn, a daring                                                  2008 race to the White House in a TV          they’ve arrived, it’s something decidedly
 pute.                                     “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Kidman said            war correspondent, and the great novelist.                                                film about Sarah Palin and John               different,” Dunham told television critics
    “We were really pleased to try         she likes her privacy and protects it “quite      Kidman says she enjoys portraying                                                      McCain.                                       on Friday.
 something new and innovative, and         diligently.” She and husband Keith             inspirational women “who defy the odds                                                       “Game Change,” starring Julianne              Dunham, 25, first made an impact in
 have learned a lot about how we           Urban live in Nashville, Tennessee, with       and that burn bright,” as Gellhorn did.                                                   Moore as Palin and Ed Harris as               2010 with her debut independent film,
 can use the Internet for our produc-      their two daughters.                           (AP)                                                                                      McCain, is based on the 2010 book by          “Tiny Furniture,” which she wrote, direct-
 tions,” a spokeswoman for the the-           Kidman’s British co-star shares her
                                                                                                        ❑      ❑       ❑                                                            John Heilemann and Mark Halperin              ed and starred in as a young graduate
 atre told Reuters.                        viewpoint. Of a Clive Owen biopic, he                                                                                                    that documented the behind-the-scenes         struggling to adapt after returning home to
                                           said, “I wouldn’t want to see it.”             LOS ANGELES: Americans may be gear-                Moore                  Palin           action of the presidential campaign four      New York City after college. (RTRS)

				
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