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‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins inks deal with Netflix

‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins inks deal with Netflix

Entertainment
Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Wonder Woman and Monster filmmaker Patty Jenkins has signed a multi-year deal to produce new shows exclusively at Netflix. Jenkins' TV credits include The Killing, Entourage and I Am the Night. Her next movie is Wonder Woman 1984, which is set for release in theaters in 2020. Channing Dungey, the streaming service's vice president of original series, welcomed Jenkins to Netflix in a statement on Thursday. "Her trailblazing work has pushed boundaries and she confidently tells stories that leave an unforgettable mark. We look forward to fostering her many ideas and helping them come to life," Dungey said. "I'm so excited to embark on a great journey of making the new world of television with a company and group of people I admire," added Jenkins. "I look forward to digging...
Evita director: ‘Charismatic despots are back in fashion’

Evita director: ‘Charismatic despots are back in fashion’

Entertainment
The director of a new staging of Evita says its depiction of a populist leader and his wife has parallels with some of today's political personalities."We clearly have a strange desire for big characters in politics in the UK and US," said Jamie Lloyd. "Charismatic despots are back in fashion."Evita, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, tells of Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952.The show has many fans, among them US president Donald Trump.In his 2004 book Think Like a Billionaire, Mr Trump called Evita his "favourite Broadway show" and said he had seen it six times. First staged in 1978, Evita was Lloyd Webber and Rice's third hit musical after...
Chris Kraft: Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary

Chris Kraft: Key Apollo 11 director dies days after anniversary

Science
The first flight director of US space agency Nasa has died at the age of 95 - days after 50th anniversary celebrations of the first Moon landing.Chris Kraft, who joined Nasa in 1958, developed the planning and control processes for crewed space missions.He set up Nasa's Mission Control operations to manage America's first manned space flight and the subsequent Apollo missions to the Moon."His legacy is immeasurable," Nasa chief Jim Bridenstine said. "America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of Nasa's earliest pioneers," he said in a statement announcing Kraft's passing. "Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the Moon." The 1969 Moon landing was mar...
Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Entertainment
Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli has died aged 96.The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet.Italian media said Zeffirelli died after a long illness which had grown worse in recent months.The two-time Oscar nominee also served in the Italian senate for two terms as a member of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party.He is perhaps best known to many as the director of the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet – starring a then-unknown Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. It was viewed by generations of school students studying the Shakespearean drama. The illegitimat
Young pop stars ‘get crucified’ by media says Portman director

Young pop stars ‘get crucified’ by media says Portman director

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Young music stars can be "crucified" in the media as they burn out from the demands of their career, says the director of a new film about a troubled pop singer.Vox Lux, directed by Brady Corbet, stars Natalie Portman as Celeste, a global celebrity and icon on the verge of a breakdown.Rising British star Raffey Cassidy plays the young Celeste, who is "discovered" in 1999 after getting caught up in a high school shooting.Portman plays the older Celeste in scenes that show her mounting a comeback after a scandal that has derailed her career.Corbet, whose previous film, The Childhood of a Leader, starred Robert Pattinson, says Vox Lux is "about the crossing point of fame and infamy and how they have increasingly become one and the s...