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6. Angelina Jolie Urged the United Nations Security Council to Make the Prevention of War Zone Rape a Priority.
Speaking as a special envoy for refugees, Jolie testified about the “hundreds of thousands” of men, women and children raped during conflicts. The actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador pleaded for the Council to act: “You set the bar…if the … council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue. These crimes happen not because they are inherent to war, but because the global climate allows it.” Following her testimony, the UNSC adopted its most broad resolution encompassing sexual violence during conflict.
5. Nigella Lawson Moved Out.
And speaking of violence against women, I’m thrilled to see Nigella is indeed the strong woman we believe her to be. After that incident where her asshole of a husband, Charles Saatchi brutally grabbed her by the throat (and if he felt comfortable doing that in public, I can’t imagine what happened in private.), Lawson called the movers and left.
4. HBO Films Put Out a “Clear History” Trailer.
People either love or despise Larry David, and this HBO film—in which David looks to be doing his usual schtick—will likely attract the usual crowd. It does have the added talents of pretty, pretty Jon Hamm, starring as David’s boss and the man who “ruins his life.” Shades of The Jerk, anyone? “Clear History” also features Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, JB Smoove and Kate Hudson; it premieres on HBO August 10th.
3. “Game of Thrones” Cast the Red Viper.
* Please, do not refer to future book events in the comments.
Chilean actor Pedro Pascal has landed the role of the Prince of Dorne, Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper. “This was a tough one,” say showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the casting. “The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”
2. The Prisoners Trailer Debuted.
I don’t know what fairy dust Jake Gyllenhaal is sprinkling, but I’m starting to buy what he’s selling. Gyllenhaal stars as a police officer assigned to a kidnapping case involving the six year old daughter (and her friend) of the Dovers (Hugh Jackman as Keller and Maria Bello as Grace). When law enforcement efforts don’t pan out, Keller takes matters into his own hands… Prisoners also stars Melissa Leo, Viola Davis and the ever-creeptastic, Paul Dano; it’s in theaters September 20th.
1. Bryan Fuller Extended An Offer to David Bowie.
Picture me running in circles, waving my arms up and down and generally acting the fool. Though I don’t generally go for stunt casting, this time I am all in. As he mentioned way back in April, “Hannibal” showrunner has formally asked David Bowie to play Mads Mikkelsen’s uncle, Count Robert Lecter—noting that although Thomas Harris’ story *Swipe for book spoiler: killed off the Count, that might not be the case for television Count. Yes please, all the OMFGs and I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep until Bowie answers. Fuller also mentioned he’s looking to cast Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane orderly, “Barney,” and would like to have Chi McBride “if he’s available.” Speaking about Season 2, the showrunner notes that because Red Dragon didn’t go into the whole story of Agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) being institutionalized, Fuller will be able to write the entire season as he wishes—adding his own spin on the backstory. *spoiler ahead!
After seeing the lovely Season 1 ending nod to SotL,
I’m fully confident we’ll be thrilled with whatever twists and turns Fuller adds.