Morad Tahbaz one of at least nine environmental activists detained last month in Iran, his family and activists said Feb.12, 2018 6:43 p.
CONFIRMED: Michael Dell really is thinking about going public again, maybe through a 'merger' with VMware (VMW)
Michael DellOracle PR/FlickrVMware has confirmed the rumors from earlier this week that Michael Dell is thinking of taking his massive company, Dell Technologies, public.Remember, the go-private scheme involved a yearlong fight with the activist investor Carl Icahn, who was trying to gain control of Dell's board.
19-year-old Canadian actor Hayden Christensen has been confirmed by Lucasfilm as the star of the next two Star Wars films (as rumoured on May 5) , and has been talking about the moment when he knew he was to be an international star.The unknown actor, who was selected from 442 candidates tapped for the part, recalls that "it was only about a week ago that it started to hit me that I was testing for Anakin - Darth Vader!
Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge was last night confirmed as the opening night film at this year's Cannes International Film Festival.A big-budget musical set at the turn of the 20th century and played out around the famed Paris cabaret, Moulin Rouge is Luhrmann's first feature since Romeo + Juliet in 1996.
Antonio Banderas's role in the movie of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera has been confirmed.Speaking to the Daily Express, Banderas took issue with fans who have campaigned for Michael Crawford to be reinstated as the principal character.
•: After much speculation, Nicole Kidman has signed to star in Lars von Trier's Dogville after all.As reported in yesterday's Guardian Unlimited Film, uncertainty hung over Kidman's role after she delayed signing.
Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican director responsible for the sexually charged road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien, will indeed direct the third in the Harry Potter series.After much speculation, Warner Bros have finally confirmed that Cuaron, who also made the children's classic A Little Princess, will start filming Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban in spring next year.
Rumours of a return of 1970s television cops Starsky and Hutch in a feature film have been confirmed.Variety reports that Warner Bros has given the project a green light to begin production in February.
The English National Opera yesterday confirmed the appointment of Sean Doran, currently in Australia as director of the Perth international arts festival, to start almost immediately as the new artistic director of the troubled company.Yesterday, in a statement released from Perth where the festival is in full swing, he sounded dauntlessly optimistic.
An announcement on the division of responsibility within the department of culture has confirmed that Estelle Morris as arts minister will look after film policy.The recent reshuffle saw Ms Morris return to the government at the DCMS, replacing Kim Howells, who moved to transport.
Following the lead of this year's event, next year's Academy Awards season will again run to a truncated calendar, wrapping with an Oscar presentation on Sunday February 27.Previously the traditional date for Oscar night has been the end of March.
Deck the Hogwarts Great Hall with Gryffindor colours, because it looks like all three main actors in the Harry Potter saga are to complete the saga after all.There had been speculation that Watson, 16, was umming and aahing about appearing in the final two films despite having been offered a whopping £2m, but it seems any outstanding contract issues have now been wrapped up.
Harvey Goldsmith, the man who alongside Bob Geldof was responsible for Live Aid, issued the unusual public statement after adverts appeared in the press over the weekend offering tickets for Led Zeppelin at the O2, a venue whose launch Mr Goldsmith was closely involved with.Back in June, the band were said to have agreed to play a gig in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year.
The relatively unknown actor Chris Pine has been confirmed as the new Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams's forthcoming Star Trek reboot, ironically by the director whose project he has quit to take up the post.I've been talking to him this past week and knew how tough the decision had to be for him.
The Glastonbury Festival is set to exhume another monster talent from the vaults.For its legendary wrinkly rockers slot, the festival founder, Michael Eavis, announced last night he had managed to get Neil Diamond - and had got him cheap.
A licence for the marriage of Jay-Z and Beyoncé has been filed with New York authorities, seemingly confirming the nuptials of a couple who have yet to acknowledge they are even an item.After silver candelabras and white flowers were delivered to the rapper's New York apartment on April 4 and guests including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Rowland arrived to party, it was widely assumed that one of music's premier couples had tied the knot.
Now we know why the Glastonbury tickets took ages to shift - and it's not down to the mud or Jay-Z.Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert takes place on June 27th, the same day as festivities begin at Pilton farm.
Emily Eavis announced today that the singer will be playing the main stage prior to Jay Z's headline performance on Saturday night, June 28.We can't wait!
It may have taken him 15 years to produce just five movies, but Quentin Tarantino certainly isn't hanging about on new project Inglorious Bastards.Having already secured the services of the likes of Hostel director Eli Roth and The Office's BJ Novak to play two of his Nazi-hunting soldiers in what is likely to be QT's tribute to the Dirty Dozen movies, the film-maker has now signed Brad Pitt to the starring role.
Mystery surrounds the future of the forthcoming Tintin trilogy.Or at least it did until this morning, when Dreamworks confirmed that Steven Spielberg is still on board to direct the first film in the series.