ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013
People & Places
Seen and heard at fest
Docu slams money
flood in US politics
Continued from Page 23 Film Festival with the documentary
Dubbed “Super PACs,” these “Manhunt: The Search for Osama
committees cannot be formally bin Laden,” which premiered
linked to a candidate, but in effect Sunday at the independent-film
support political campaigns through showcase.
television ads. Director Greg Barker’s film
One such committee, Americans chronicles bin Laden’s rise to power
for Prosperity, was founded and during the Soviet occupation of
funded by two Koch brothers, own- Afghanistan and his call for jihad
ers of the conglomerate Koch against the United States in the
Industries. 1990s. Using interviews with CIA
With their Super PAC, the two agents and analysts, the film traces
billionaires support Tea Party candi- the growing evidence that al-Qaeda
dates, the ultra-conservative fringe planned a major assault on the
of the Republican Party. United States in the months leading
“There’s been money in American up to the terrorist attacks on Sept.
elections for a very long time and 11, 2001.
certainly not only in the electoral “Manhunt” then recounts the
system, but in the legislative level, immense increase in resources com-
the lobbying, for public policy,” mitted to the CIA’s hunt for bin
Lessin told AFP. Laden, the story that is dramatized
“But this is sort of a tsunami of in “Zero Dark Thirty.”
money that we’ve never seen before. The documentary includes
That’s a real danger for democracy.” footage of the last-known video of
Lessin and Deal won the 2008 bin Laden, before he was killed in a
Sundance Grand Prix for “Trouble Navy SEALs raid in 2011 in
the Water,” a documentary vividly Pakistan. While al-Qaeda recruited
describing the ravages of Hurricane followers to carry out suicide
Katrina in New Orleans. attacks, CIA analysts said bin Laden
“Citizen Koch” details the never sought to die for his cause
process that led to the creation of himself.
Super PACs, including the alleged “He did everything possible to
conflict of interest surrounding two stay alive,” one analyst said.
Supreme Court justices involved in “Manhunt” will air later this year
on HBO. Doctors Susan Robinson (left), and LeRoy Carhart from the documentary ‘After Tiller’ pose for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender
the case. Music Lodge, on Jan 18, in Park City, Utah. (AP)
The film also looks at the court ■ David Germain
ruling’s direct application on the
ground, particularly in the state of A tipping point for charity Bachmann earns comparisons to Rowling, Dickens
Wisconsin, where Republican The Park City bar Rock &
Governor Scott Walker in 2011 Reilly’s had some high profile help
faced a popular revolt after he decid-
ed to renegotiate collective bargain-
ing agreements and limit the power
of labor unions.
on Sunday — Scooter Braun, man-
ager to Justin Bieber and Psy.
Braun — dressed in pajamas, like
other servers — poured shots,
Teen author reaps adult success
His opponents succeeded in call- served up beers and more at the ZURICH, Jan 21, (AFP): Stefan is know as middle-grade fiction, tar- whole other world,” he said.
ing a new gubernatorial election for party, which was also attended by Bachmann is only 19, but his darkly geting the pre-teen age bracket. It may sound strange coming from a
June 2012, but Walker won this, Mekhi Phifer and San Francisco mysterious debut novel set in a paral- “Don’t get yourself noticed and you 19-year-old, but the way Bachmann
with massive support from a Super Giants pitcher Brian Wilson. lel world of faeries, goblins and child won’t get yourself hanged”: that is a tells it, his was a long road to success.
PAC set up by the Koch brothers. Wilson was glued to the TV, snatchers has already earned him com- motto Bachmann’s hero, a peculiar “This is my first published book,
The group poured tens of millions cheering on the New England parisons to J.K. Rowling, Dickens and named Bartholomew Kettle, leaves to but I wrote three before it,” he confid-
of dollars into the campaign, but the Patriots, playing the Baltimore Dostoyevsky. one side as he is swept into a cata- ed. He began his first book aged just
Super PAC was not required to dis- Ravens in the AFC championship “I didn’t realise it would get pub- 11.
close the names of donors or how clysmic adventure which sees other
game. lished,” Bachmann told AFP, tapping “But they were definitely 11- to 12-
much they contributed. Meanwhile, Braun was getting his peculiar children snatched and killed,
“A lot of this happens in secret, share of tips — which went to the
the yellow, mechanical bird depicted their insides drained and their skin left year-old books. They were not very
behind closed doors,” Deal said. charity Pencils of Promise. To get on the cover of “The Peculiar”, which floating in the Thames. good,” he laughed, adding that he had
“Nobody knows how much more people to show the love, he first hit shelves in the United States “I know it’s dark,” Bachmann not tried to get any of his youthful
money really pours into these elec- pledged to match every donation, last September. admitted, cradling a cup of hot tea in works published.
tions.” dollar for dollar. “I just really, really hoped some- his hands in a crowded book store cafe It was also at 11 that Bachmann
The film follows three Rock & Reilly’s is a Los Angeles thing would happen with it,” the lanky, in the heart of Zurich. began pursuing his second passion in
Republican voters — a prison guard, bar that has opened up an outpost in blond Swiss-American with rectangu- “I’m not sure why. I think I just real- life, when he was enrolled in the
a librarian and a nurse — who were Park City. Stefan Bachman poses with his book lar steel-rimmed glasses added with ly liked scary stories when I was a kid. Zurich Conservatory.
disgusted by the politics of ■ Nekesa Mumbi Moody, ‘The Peculiar’ on Jan 5, in Zurich. boyish enthusiasm. I wanted to write a story that I would Now majoring in composition, he
Governor Walker and decided to Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ Bachmann is only 19, but his dark and And something certainly did. After like to read,” he said. hopes to one day also be a film com-
vote Democrat because they did not nekesamumbi mysterious debut novel set in an alter- spending a year trying to find a literary poser, he said, “but that is kind of like
like the Tea Party. nate world of faeries and goblins and agent, the book he began writing in his
‘Steampunk’ writing, a lot of people want to break
“It’s not about Republicans versus Delayed reaction child snatchers has already earned bedroom at 16 was suddenly the object He said he decided early on that his in... I don’t know if I will have the
Democrats,” Lessin said. “It’s about him comparisons to JK Rowling, of a publisher bidding-war before it book needed to be in the “steampunk” same luck twice.”
the voices of the one percent and the “Twilight” author Stephenie Dickens and Dostoevsky. (AFP)
Meyer was not an early adopter of was snapped up by the US publishing tradition — a sub-genre of science fic- But as he works on a third book and
wealthiest among us versus the voic- giant Harper Collins. tion inspired by 19th century Western continues to dash around to promote
es of working people, and whose one of the biggest hits to come out of
the Sundance Film Festival, the With a first print of 100,000 copies civilisation and typically featuring “The Peculiar”, he says his teachers
voices gets heard.” steam-powered machinery — and that
For the filmmakers, this power of 2004 world-of-weirdoes comedy and rights sold in seven languages are not always understanding.
corporations and lobbying groups “Napoleon Dynamite.” besides the original English, his it be set in his favourite period: “They are intense maestros who are
deprives Americans of candidates Meyer’s at Sundance this time adventure set in a bleak version of Victorian England. not really impressed by the hype. To
who do not have the financial mus- with “Napoleon Dynamite” co- Victorian England where faeries and Bachmann, who has lived most of them, music is the most important
cle to enter the game. writer Jerusha Hess, whose directing humans unwillingly live side by side his life on the outskirts of thing ever, and everything else is
But the system also puts political debut “Austenland” premiered at the has met rosy reviews, including from Switzerland’s largest city, was home- peripheral.”
parties in the service of private inter- festival. A producer on the Los Angeles Times which dubbed schooled by his American mother, Asked if he sometimes wishes he
ests. “Austenland,” Meyer said she and him an “unusually gifted young who he said had always encouraged had more time to just be a regular
According to Lessin, after again Hess hit it off right away and have a writer”. him to read all different kinds of teenager, he shrugged: “You win
losing to Democrat Barack Obama, lot in common, even though she did- His second book, “The Whatnot” — books. some, you lose some.”
the Republican Party might think of n’t appreciate “Napoleon Dynamite” Hathaway Crowe He lists Charles Dickens, J.R.R.
when she first saw it. which picks up from the first book’s “I do go out with my friends some-
changing course. cliffhanger ending and completes its Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and times, but a lot of times I have to say,
“They may think that they need, “I was with another thirty-some-
thing mom in a theater full of harrowing tale of two young peculiars, C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of no, sorry, I have a deadline,” he said.
to get elected, to be more focused on
the middle class,” she said. “But teenage kids, and they’re laughing Variety half-human, half-faery changelings Narnia” among his favourites. “But then you get to go on book
their butts off. And we’re sitting despised by both sides — is set to be “I really like it when writers can tours and go to New York and make
who’s funding them? published in September. Both are what make you feel like you’re in this new friends. It’s worth it.”
there going, ‘Am I that old? I don’t
❑ ❑ ❑ get it,’” Meyer said. “I kind of was LONDON: The soundtrack of the Oscar-
Associated Press journalists open like, wow, I feel bad. I didn’t get nominated movie “Les Miserables” from testicular cancer, his seven consecu- LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles County calling it “dangerous” and “not a joke.”
their notebooks at the Sundance this. climbed to the top spot in the UK albums tive Tour de France titles and ongoing sheriff’s officials were looking Sunday for Kardashian said her mother called her
Film Festival in Park City, Utah: “And then I went home, and the chart, the first film cast recording to do so speculation about his use of performance the person who falsely reported an emer- after at least 15 officers arrived on their
Who needs a film in the fest? next day, I started quoting it, and I’m since Madonna’s “Evita” in 1997, the enhancing drugs. gency at a former residence of the doorstep.
snickering to myself all day. ‘Tina, Official Charts Company said on Sunday. After years of strident denials, Kardashian family. Whitmore said sheriff’s officials and
Corey Feldman doesn’t have a A film version of a hugely successful
you fat lard,’” Meyer said, quoting a Armstrong capitulated this month, sitting Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore other California law enforcement agen-
movie at the Sundance Film stage musical based on a novel by 19th cies will lobby state lawmakers to make
Festival, but that doesn’t mean he’s favorite “Napoleon Dynamite” line. down with Oprah Winfrey for a said it’s too soon to tell whether the reali-
“It was like this weird delayed reac- century French writer Victor Hugo, “Les ty TV stars are the latest victims of so- “swatting” a felony.
not making the most of his time in Miserables” has already picked up a marathon interview on Winfrey’s titular
tion. And the funny lasts longer than called “swatting,” a hoax intended to get Authorities are investigating “scores”
Park City. Golden Globe award for best movie musi- network. The first part ran Thursday of similar cases across the state, he said.
On Friday night, Feldman and a a regular joke. It’s funny forever.” cal, and is nominated for a best picture night; it completes on Friday night. officers, including specialized so-called
In some instances, the hoaxers use tech-
bevy of beauties danced as Dave ■ David Germain Oscar. For the first time, Armstrong admitted SWAT teams, sent to a home.
nology that makes it appear that the calls
Grohl and his Sound City Players The recording of songs performed by to Winfrey that he’d used a cocktail of Deputies responded to the call Friday at
a house where the Kardashians formerly are made from the homes where police are
performed a marathon concert at Wild about Dan, not so much the actors in the movie, including Anne drugs for all seven of his wins and apolo- sent, according to Whitmore.
about Harry Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Hugh gized for the years of deception. lived, Whitmore said. After finding the
Park City Live. And on Saturday, house empty, the deputies contacted the
Police last week responded to a false
Feldman got into the act himself, Dane DeHaan, one of Daniel Jackman, had entered the UK albums There have been many potential proj- report of an armed robbery at Tom
chart in fifth position a week ago. It family and went to their new home, he Cruise’s Beverly Hills home. In
giving a concert of sorts at the Radcliffe’s co-stars in the Sundance ects between Armstrong and Hollywood,
knocked Emeli Sande’s “Our Version Of said. They found no crime had been com- December, a boy was arrested after police
Fender Music Lodge in front of a premiere “Kill Your Darlings,” shared including one at Sony, but none ever mitted. No arrests were made.
bemused crowd. Events” off the top spot. made it to production. (RTRS) said he made calls that reported violence
a deep, dark secret with the “Harry Hathaway, who plays a character called Kim Kardashian, who was not home at the homes of Justin Bieber and
Feldman, dressed in what Potter” star at the festival: DeHaan’s Fantine, also had the 22nd spot in the sin- ❑ ❑ ❑ at the time, decried the hoax on Twitter,
appeared to be a leather-like suit Ashton Kutcher.
just now getting around to catching gles chart with her performance of “I Kim Kardashian is the star of the E!
reminiscent of former friend and the flicks about the young wizard. Dreamed A Dream”, one of the most pop-
idol Michael Jackson, lip-synched Entertainment Television series “Keeping
“Dan, I never told you,” DeHaan ular songs from the musical. Up with the Kardashians,” the network’s
some of his high-energy perform- confessed in an interview Saturday At the very top of the singles chart, US top-rated show. She also appears on other
ance. He was accompanied by alongside Radcliffe. “I started producer will.i.am’s collaboration with shows involving her family. (AP)
women dressed in white, like angels, watching them when we got finished Britney Spears, “Scream & Shout”, held
and sporting angel-wings and halos. ❑ ❑ ❑
filming” on “Kill Your Darlings.” onto the number one ranking, fending off
“This is a new form of entertain- Radcliffe asked how many stiff competition from new entrants 50 LOS ANGELES: The Batmobile, the
ment,” Feldman said. DeHaan had watched and was dis- Cent and Justin Timberlake. futuristic car used in the “Batman” televi-
Feldman admitted his perform- heartened that his co-star so far had US rapper 50 Cent’s new release, “My sion show, has been sold at auction for
ance might be a little rusty. At one Life”, featuring Eminem and Maroon 5’s $4.62 million, US media reported
just caught the first few, when the Monday.
point, he told the crowd, “This is “Potter” star was a kid still learning Adam Levine, came in at number two
one I don’t know the words to” and while Timberlake, the former ’N Sync The crime-fighting vehicle was built by
his craft. George Barris, who bought a 1955
asked for help. star, nabbed the number three spot with
“Oh, no, you’ve only done the his “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z. Lincoln Futura at a junk yard for just $1
■ Nekesa Mumbi Moody, early ones. Why are you doing and transformed it into one of the most
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ (RTRS)
them?” said Radcliffe, who stars as a recognizable vehicles in entertainment
nekesamumbi young Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your ❑ ❑ ❑
history, the ABC television network said.
Darlings.” NEW YORK: Paramount and J.J. It was used on the “Batman” television
Hunt for OBL chronicled yet DeHaan promised that he eventu- Abrams’ Bad Robot have acquired the show from 1966 to 1968.
again ally would watch all the “Harry film rights to “Cycle of Lies: the Fall of The ABC said the sale took place at the
Osama bin Laden remains big box Potter” films but said his real admi- Lance Armstrong,” a book proposal Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale,
ration was for the actor playing the about the disgraced cyclist by New York Arizona, on Saturday.
office with the manhunt thriller Times reporter Juliet Macur, according The buyer has not been formally identi-
“Zero Dark Thirty.” Hogwarts hero.
“I’m a Dan fan,” DeHaan said. to two individuals with knowledge of the fied, but the Hollywood Reporter newspa-
The story of the al-Qaeda leader deal. Helena Bonham-Carter seen at the 33rd London Critics Circle Film Awards at per said it was Rick Champagne, owner
also is being told at the Sundance ■ David Germain Macur has written about Armstrong for the May Fair Hotel on Jan 20, in London. Bonham-Carter won the Dilys Powell of a Tempe, Arizona-based logistics com-
more than a decade, covering his recovery Award for Excellence in Film (AP) pany. (AFP)