May 11, 2013
Film New This Week: Midnight's Children (*** out of four stars) Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel tells the parallel stories of Saleem (Satya Bhabha) and his subcontinent. Born in 1947 as India and Pakistan become independent, his colorful, partitioned turbulent life mirrors his nation(s). 2 hrs., 6 mins. No MPAA rating (brief nudity, discreet sex, violence) - Carrie Rickey Music James Blake. James Blake caused a stir with his 2010 self-titled debut when he took lessons learned as a dubstep DJ producer and applied them to a sensitively soulful singer-songwriter approach.
May 10, 2013 |
THE WEEK'S other major novel-to-screen project is "Midnight's Children," with a screenplay by Salman Rushdie, who wrote the prize-winning book. It's a sprawling, whimsical epic about the partition of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in 1947 that had me wondering if Rushdie is an "X-Men" fan. The title characters are children born at the stroke of midnight on the date of Britain's abdication - they arrive the same moment as the newly minted nations, and because of it, are magically blessed with special powers.
April 26, 2013 |
M AYOR NUTTER hobnobbed with the stars on Tuesday night at the Time 100 gala, honoring the hundo people the weekly magazine deemed influential. Beyonce and Jay-Z (who made the list) bailed on the party, so Nutter was clearly the next best thing. I hear the mayor chatted it up with Oprah 's BFF and "This Morning" co-host Gayle King , Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef," Vice President Joe Biden , White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett , U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and all-time great actress, activist and Marian Anderson award winner Mia Farrow . The gala didn't make it onto the mayor's itinerary for Tuesday, though, and the only tweet Nutter sent out that day read, "In NYC w/ @joshk & @bobmoul meeting w/ investors & entrepreneurs to promote Philly & #StartupPHL," which got me curious.
April 30, 2011 |
Emma Watson , familiar to fans of the Harry Potter film series as the boy wizard's brainy gal pal Hermione Granger, denies media reports that bullying chased her out of Brown University. In a statement on her website Friday, the British thesp said her decision to take the spring semester off had "nothing to do with bullying. " Fact, nobody has ever bullied her, she says - at Brown or elsewhere. The accusation "seems beyond unfair," she adds. Media reports of the bullying were attributed to an anonymous Brown "insider.
June 26, 2008 |
East can be West can be East. At least it can in Salman Rushdie's latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, a chronicle of two journeys, one to Florence and one to India. The novel, like its Indian-born creator, begins in the East. Rushdie's own journey - which includes a knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II yesterday - brings him to the Free Library of Philadelphia at 7 tonight to promote his latest work. The Enchantress begins in the 16th century and features the Mogor dell'Amore, a storyteller with an enchanting tongue.
July 3, 2007 |
INTERESTED in sinking your teeth into speculative real estate? An heir of Romania's former royals put "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania up for sale yesterday. The Bran Castle, perched on a cliff in central Romania, is a top tourist attraction because of its ties to Prince Vlad the Impaler, whose cruelty inspired Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, "Dracula. " Legend has it that Vlad, who made Guantanamo seem like preschool, spent one night in the 1400s at the castle. Oh, but what a night.
October 8, 2006 |
World-renowned author, essayist and free-speech advocate Salman Rushdie has been granted a five-year appointment as distinguished writer in residence in the English department at Atlanta's Emory University beginning in the spring. "Salman Rushdie is not only one of the foremost writers of our generation, he is also a courageous champion of human rights and freedom," Emory president James Wagner said. The Indian-born Booker Prize winner, a virgin to academe, also has donated to Emory his archive, which includes journals, letters, notebooks, photographs, and manuscripts of all of his writings, including two early unpublished novels.
September 25, 2005 |
In the cramped office of his Random House publicist, Salman Rushdie sits alone before tall stacks of his ninth novel, Shalimar the Clown (Random House, $25.95). The rectangular piles form a kind of mini-skyline as Rushdie, Kong-like behind them, does his duty. Signing. There will always be signing. It's what counts for heavy lifting in the generally cerebral life of a mainstream author - the little touch aimed at forging a personal bond between writer and reader. Just one sign of normality.
March 10, 2004 |
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses author once hunted like an animal after a fatwah was issued against his life by Iranian religious leaders, is now in charge of the PEN. That would be PEN the international writers' organization, which has named the Indian-born writer president of the PEN American Center. PEN supported him while he was on the run. "I'm very grateful for what PEN did, and it's nice to put something back in," Rushdie said. Rushdie, 56, said he aims to attract more young people to PEN and to focus more on concerns within the United States: "We've spent a lot of time highlighting abuses from all over the world, and now I think it's appropriate to look at what's going on in this country.
September 23, 2001 |
More noted names have tales to tell about air travel. Four days before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the FAA reportedly banned author Salman Rushdie from boarding any flights to or from the United States. Rushdie, who lives in London and was in Houston the day of the attacks, was beginning a tour to promote Fury, his newest book. Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini set a bounty on Rushdie's life after the publication of his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. The death edict was lifted three years ago, however, and Rushdie has been freely appearing in public.