Japan On Alert As Typhoon Heads Toward Okinawa
Japan On Alert As Typhoon Heads Toward Okinawa
Nicholas Hoult to Play J.D. Salinger in New Biopic
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Japan was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful typhoon churned Monday toward the southern islands of Okinawa. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Neoguri is expected to reach Okinawa early Tuesday, packing winds up to 250 kilometers (or 154 miles) per hour. It said the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 14 meters (or 46 feet) high. The agency issued a special warning for violent winds and flood tides. Television reports showed workers in Okinawa tying braces onto palm trees to help minimize damage.
British actor Nicholas Hoult will portray American author J.D. Salinger in the upcoming biopic “Rebel in the Rye.” The film will chronicle the acclaimed writer’s life as he begins his most famous novel, “The Catcher in the Rye.” The film will follow Salinger’s rise to success, as well as his subsequent life of seclusion. “Rebel in the Rye” is based on author Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” and the script is being adapted for the screen by Golden Globe-winner Danny Strong.
Japan could be a tough market for Netflix to crack, if a new measurement system for gauging global demand for content is any indication.The desire to watch original series there including “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” pales in comparison to interest levels of other markets the streaming service plans to add in the coming months. According to data from Parrot Analytics Japan finished either last or close to last when Parrot demand ratings are compared with other countries awaiting Netflix’s next entry, including Spain, Portugal and Italy. Netflix is set to make its first Asia-region launch on Sept. 2.
The Venice Film Festival is having a good run with opening films winning Oscars, including best picture last year for "Birdman", and hopes to stay on a winning streak when the mountain disaster film "Everest" kicks off the 72nd edition on Wednesday. "Everest" is directed by the relatively unknown Baltasar Kormakur, from Iceland. It boasts an all-star cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin. The film is re-enacting a real-life disaster that befell several expeditions on the world's highest mountain in 1996 -- filmed in 3D to boot.
Veteran model Janice Dickinson has been given an official warning by bosses of U.K. reality TV show “Celebrity Big Brother” after she got in a nasty argument with a fellow contestant. Dickinson is among the stars competing in the latest series of the fly-on-the-wall show, but she landed in trouble after a fight with model Austin Armacost in an episode that was broadcast on Monday. She has now been given a formal warning by producers after she appeared to spit on her fellow contestant.Dickinson denied spitting on him and apologized for her behavior.
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter activists, black and white, marched outside the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, hoping to bring attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. Inside the fair, a booth had T-shirts bearing the slogans "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter" for sale. Todd Gramenz, who reserved the booth, chatted with fairgoers while the other protesters were kept outside. The competing activities in Minnesota underscore the challenge that Black Lives Matter faces as it evolves from social media hashtag to full-blown movement. Its fluid, organic nature generates confusion about exactly who is in charge, who can legitimately speak for the group, and even whether it can be blamed for violence that some say may have been inspired by its rhetoric.
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