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Sir David Attenborough: ‘People thought we were cranks’

Sir David Attenborough: ‘People thought we were cranks’

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Ahead of the launch of his most ambitious series yet, broadcaster Sir David Attenborough talks to the BBC about his cult status, a lifetime protecting the planet and finally finding its most elusive animal.This year's Glastonbury Festival was headlined by Stormzy, The Killers, Kylie and The Cure, but the highlight for many was the surprise appearance of a 93-year-old knight of the realm.Sir David Attenborough, who was there to promote his new series Seven Worlds, One Planet, walked out on to the Pyramid Stage to rapturous applause, thanked everybody on Worthy Farm for not drinking out of plastic bottles and urged them to keep looking out for all creatures great and small.Several months on, he admits he finds his growing influence on the environmentally wo...
Ashanti to star in ‘Christmas Winter Song’ for Lifetime

Ashanti to star in ‘Christmas Winter Song’ for Lifetime

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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Ashanti is set to star in and executive produce the Lifetime holiday movie, A Christmas Winter Song. Also featuring Stan Shaw and Sashani Nichole, the film will debut Dec. 14. "Clio, a Christmas shop owner, forms a special musical bond with Fred, a former jazz singer down on his luck," a synopsis said. "Having just lost her own father, Clio helps Fred reconnect with his own daughter and grandchildren, just in time for the town's annual Christmas concert." A Christmas Winter Song will be part of the cable network's It's a Wonderful Lifetime slate of holiday programming, which is to begin Oct. 25. Ashanti, 39, is a Grammy winner who is also known for her acting roles in Army Wives, Mothers and Daughters, Coach Carter, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, John Tucke...
Foals: ‘We relish the potency of a big, knuckle-dragging riff’

Foals: ‘We relish the potency of a big, knuckle-dragging riff’

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Double albums are a notoriously risky prospect. For every classic like Sign O' The Times or Exile On Main Street, there's a skip-load of failed experiments and self-indulgent nonsense. Even The Beatles' White Album could have done with a quick trim (Piggies, anyone?)So it was with trepidation that fans greeted the announcement of Foals' newest project, a sprawling, double-disc epic that promised to address crumbling political systems, ecological crises and social isolation with hyperspace rhythms and arena-sized rock riffs.Even more nerve-wracking, it was the Oxford band's first record without bassist Walter Gervers; and, for the first time in their 15-year history, they decided to produce the whole thing by themselves,"It could ...
‘Bless the Harts’: Fox renews Kristen Wiig series for Season 2

‘Bless the Harts’: Fox renews Kristen Wiig series for Season 2

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Bless the Harts will return for a second season on Fox. The network announced in a tweet Friday that it has renewed the animated series for Season 2. The post shows Kristen Wiig's character, Jenny, celebrating as Jesus (Kumail Nanjiani) looks on. "Who cares what time it is?! Crack open a cold one and celebrate with us because #BlesstheHarts will be back for Season 2!" the caption reads. Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz co-star on the show. The series follows Jenny Hart (Wiig), a poor single mom living in North Carolina with her daughter (Bell), mother (Rudolph) and boyfriend (Barinholtz). Bless the Harts is created and executive produced by Emily Spivey, with Wiig also serving as an executive producer. "Bless the Harts is an incredibly sharp, yet sweet, seri...
Anne Hathaway lost equilibrium with bipolar role for ‘Modern Love’

Anne Hathaway lost equilibrium with bipolar role for ‘Modern Love’

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NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway said playing a bipolar lawyer in Amazon's anthology series Modern Love was one of the most difficult experiences of her career. Written and directed by John Carney (Once, Sing Street,) the show is based on an iconic New York Times column written by different people each week. It begins streaming Friday. Hathaway's episode casts her as Lexi, a brilliant, vivacious lawyer who has spent most of her life hiding her condition. Lexi meets handsome, sweet Jeff (Gary Carr) in a grocery store when she is at her lovable best, but the date they arrange for later in the week finds her in the deepest of depressions. Her chronic absences at work also are putting her job in jeopardy. "I wasn't fully prepared for what it was going to take to represen...