Actress Meryl Streep unveiled a poster in London on Monday promoting her upcoming big-screen portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which one early review described as "magnificent." When details of the screenplay became public over a year ago, Thatcher's children were quoted in the press as being "appalled" at the concept. Questions were also raised as to whether an American actress should play one of the towering figures of British politics. "The Iron Lady," which hits British cinemas on January 6, depicts an aging Thatcher looking back on the highs and lows of her career and the personal price she paid for power. Streep attended the photocall against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, and was joined by the movie's director Phyllida Lloyd, who also worked with Streep on the hit musical "Mamma Mia!" The Iron Lady is likely to be a major media talking point over the coming weeks in Britain, where former conservative leader Thatcher is still a … [Read more...] about Meryl Streep promotes Thatcher biopic in London
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Rice is an Asian staple, an indispensable part of every meal for millions. And Asia's diverse cultures have distinct rice varieties and rice dishes that they favor. Korea has Korean mixed rice, China is proud of Yangzhou fried rice, Vietnam has cơm chiên cá mặn (fried rice with salted fish), and so on. With the huge worldwide popularity and recognition that pizza and pasta have attained, it is sometimes overlooked that Italy has superb rice dishes as well. Italian chefs pay a lot of attention to their rice dishes, known as risotto. Risotto is a dish that Asian customers will enjoy, because it has rich flavors and tastes different from their own delectable dishes. The rice used to prepare risotto must be short, round and rich in high-starch (amylopectin), having the ability to absorb liquids and release starch and so they get stickier and more delicious than the long grain varieties. Italian rice dishes, cooked right, are crunchy. Risotto can be cooked in many ways. Typical … [Read more...] about Rice, Mamma Mia!
The film adaptation of the famed musical acts well enough to overcome its slapdash production, delivering whimsical joys to the uninitiated. The stage is set for Sophie's dream wedding on a beautiful Greek island to the man she loves. The one thing that would make it perfect would be to have her father walk her down the aisle. The only problem is she doesn't know who her father is! After sneaking through her mother's diary, she finds three men that could be her father. Not sure who to invite, she simply invites all of them - without telling her mother! When her mother finds these three remnants from the wild days of her past at the wedding, sparks and hilarity ensue. From where I'm sitting "Mamma Mia!" is the big-screen adaptation of the West End musical smash of the same name. In 1997, Catherine Johnson was commissioned to write the script for a musical that collected Swedish pop-group ABBA's hit songs into one story. Stage veteran Phyllida Lloyd was brought on to direct, and a … [Read more...] about Mamma Mia! Messy but marvelous
Nguyen Thi Hong, 33, from the central Quang Tri Province, has never considered herself to be a disabled person, though the weightlifter grew up with paralysis in her legs. Her optimistic outlook on life has won her a 'ticket' to compete in the 2012 Paralympics in London. When Hong turned four, a serious illness shrunk and completely paralyzed her legs. Faced with illness, poverty, and illiteracy, Hong dared to dream of a brighter future for herself. The girl decided to live and grow up like a cactus trees in the desert. When Hong was 15, she opened a small coffee shop near her house to earn a living and support herself. The literate choice Fortune came to her life in 1996, when the staff of the Greentree Peace Humanitarian Program offered her one of two choices - go to school, or receive a sewing machine. After careful thinking, the eight-year-old girl chose the scholarship to begin her education, though family members and friends advised her to choose the sewing … [Read more...] about Disabled weightlifter eager for London competition
Leading artists from all over the world will come together for a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation while the first group of commissions and special projects for the London 2012 Festival were announced on Tuesday. Cate Blanchett, Toni Morrison, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney, Mike Leigh, Jude Law head the line-up of artists featured in the first group of commissions and special projects for the London 2012 Festival, which as the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, will be a 12-week UK-wide cultural celebration. Opening on Midsummer's Day 21 June 2012 and running until the last day of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012. Tony Hall, chairman of the Cultural Olympiad Board said, "This is an exciting first group of commissions for the London 2012 Festival and there is much more to come which will be announced next year. Leading artists from all over the world will come … [Read more...] about Leading artists head up first commissions for the London 2012 Festival