David Bowie’s First Major Film to Mark 40th Anniversary with UK Re-release


Vanessa Obioha

Plans are underway to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1976 classic sci-fi film ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, with a re-release in the UK.
The film, which marked the sporadic acting debut of the late iconic singer David Bowie, will be in a 4K restoration film by the time it hits the cinemas on September 9. Created by Nicolas Roeg, Bowie played the enigmatic role of a humanoid alien, Thomas Jerome Newton who comes to earth to bring water to his drought stricken world.

Since its original release on DVD in 1998, the classic has undergone various re-releases in different formats. For its September release, StudioCanal has been working on a 4K restoration since late last year. Distributed by Park Circus, the restored film will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray on October 10, as well as released in US and Germany.

After signing controversial pop singer, Miley Cyrus for his first-ever TV production, celebrity Hollywood film-maker, Woody Allen signed pop sensation Justin Timberlake for his next movie.
Although the movie is shrouded in secrecy, it parades some of on-screen big-weights like Kate Winslet, Juno Temple, and Jim Belushi. Shooting is expected to kick off this fall in New York. The film is the first of a kind for Justin Timberlake who has never worked with the filmmaker before. He will be playing a supporting role alongside Juno Temple.

In a very private wedding in England, ‘I bet’ crooner Ciara said ‘I do’ to Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson. The duo started dating in April 2015 and took a solemn oath to abstain from sex till their wedding night. They got engaged in March while on vacation in Seychelles.

Their marital union was witnessed by 100 guests at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, UK. Ciara opted for a fairy-tale look, dressed in a Roberto Cavalli custom-made lace gown with a long train while Wilson looked stunning in Gorgio Armani’s Made-to-Measure Ensemble. Her bridesmaids which included Kelly Rowland also sported long black dresses specifically designed for each of them by Michael Costello.

The newly-weds who barred guests from using phones at the ceremony posted their first wedding picture on Instagram on Wednesday night. They couldn’t stop gushing about their steamy love-making the following day on Snapchat. The 30 year-old singer was formerly engaged to Rapper, Future. They both have a son Future Zahir.

‘Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, also known as Khaleesi, stunning jewellery are now available for sale. The HBO TV series costume designer Michele Clapton teamed up with Yunus Ascott & Eliza Higginbottom to launch MEY Designs, a collection of jewellery that includes Khaleesi’s cool hardware.
In partnership with HBO Global Licensing, the brand boasts of 20-piece collection of rings, cuffs, neck sculptures, earrings and pendants both worn on and inspired by the hardware from the show. The solid silver pieces range in price from $95 for stackable rings to $2,730 for the iconic Daenerys Drogon Neck Sculpture worn in seasons five and six.
“The pieces reflect (Daenerys’) character – bold, rebellious, beautiful,” said Clapton, who added that some pieces were more subtly influenced by the Mother of Dragons. “There are everyday pieces inspired by (the show) for adding a hint of Khaleesi rebellion to every day.”

As more comics embrace more female characters and minorities for their Superhero archetype, Marvel has also taken the bold step to cast a 15-year old girl as the New Invincible Iron Man.

Named Riri Williams, the new character is a black female teenager who impressed Tony Stark with her homemade Iron Man Suit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The creator and writer, Brian Michael Bendis revealed in an interview with TIME magazine that Tony already riddled with the sorrow of losing a best friend, a collapsed business and revelation of his true biological parents, deemed the black teenage science genius worthy to take up his superhero role.

He also revealed that the character was inspired by the story of a young black woman who faced random street violence and made it to college. At the time, he was working on a TV show in Chicago.
Riri is the latest attempt by the comics company to diversify its iconic heroes. Bendis had previously introduced black Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Pakistani-American Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel and Jane Foster as female Thor. This diversity, expectedly stirred a controversial debate on racism among fans.

The argument majorly centres on the lack of female creators in the industry while strong-opinionated critics like Mildred Louis, an illustrator in Boston blatantly rejected the idea that a black character should be the work of a white writer.
Bendis however said, “I don’t think people even realise how racist they sound. I’m not saying if you criticise you’re a racist, but if someone writes, ‘Why do we need Riri Williams we already have Miles?’ that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character, and maybe they’ll realise over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking.”

Fox News ‘Real Story’ host and former Miss America, Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network’s Chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes. She claimed she was fired for rejecting Ailes sexual advances.
Married to a sports agent and former professional baseball player, Casey Close, Carlson said the CEO denied her of fair compensation, desirable assignments and other career-enhancing opportunities in retaliation for her complaint of harassment and discrimination. Her appointment with the network was eventually terminated on June 23.

Her suit also fingers Carlson ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-host, Steve Doocy whom she said created a hostile work environment by treating her in a sexist and condescending way in 2009. When she complained to Ailes about this treatment, he merely shrugged it off and asked her to learn how to get along with the boys.
The hostess who joined the Network in 2005 seeks a trial by jury and compensatory damages, including lost wages and damage to her career path.