Holly to Bolly: Rihanna launches fashion line for Puma, Netflix series Godless to star Jeff Daniels, and more

Plus: Young Frankenstein to hit theatres next month, Beloved children’s author Anna Dewdney dies, Wanted: Employees to protect and manage Prince’s Paisley Park, Chevy Chase checks into rehab, Mother Teresa International Film Festival kicks off, and exhibition honours late president Václav Havel.
Robert Altman / Invision / AP
Robert Altman / Invision / AP


Rihanna launches fashion line for Puma

Rihanna says her new collection for Puma was inspired by Japanese street culture. The pop star launched the autumn/winter 2016 Fenty Puma by Rihanna line this week in New York City. Rihanna says she remembers exploring fashion during her first trip to Japan years ago and leaving in awe. Her edgy collection, mostly in black and white, includes loose sweaters and pants, dresses, skirts, sneakers and sneaker heels. At the launch, fans screamed as Rihanna entered the venue, singing her songs that played in the background. -AP


Young Frankenstein to hit theatres next month

Young Frankenstein will come alive in theatres once again on October 5 with a live introduction from writer-director Mel Brooks, who will pay tribute to the classic spoof’s late star Gene Wilder. The intro will be broadcast from the 20th Century Fox Lot in 500 theatres across the United States. In addition to touring the studio lot where much of the movie was filmed, Brooks is expected to reminisce about his friend and collaborator Wilder, who died last week from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Young Frankenstein is one of Wilder’s most fondly remembered films. The announcement comes on the heels of AMC Theaters bringing other Wilder favourites — Blazing Saddles, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — back to theatres this past weekend. -AP


Beloved children’s author Anna Dewdney dies

Anna Dewdney, a best-selling children’s author and illustrator who gained fame with her series of Baby Llama stories, has died. She was 50. Dewdney died at her home over the weekend after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. Dewdney gained success in the 1990s as the illustrator of The Peppermint Race by Dian Curtis Regan and other children’s books. But she gained her greatest success with the series that began with the 2005 launch of Llama Llama Red Pajama. That story of Baby Llama’s difficulties getting to sleep at bedtime was a hit with critics and readers alike. Dewdney was also a well-known advocate for children’s literacy. - AP


Wanted: Employees to protect and manage Prince’s Paisley Park

Paisley Park needs employees to handle the hordes of fans expected to visit Prince’s private estate and studio complex in suburban Minneapolis when it opens for public tours October 6. Management company Graceland Holdings is holding a job fair today and tomorrow to fill positions including general manager, tour operations, security, sales and marketing at the property. Paisley Park includes the rock star’s home and studios where he recorded, produced and mixed most of his biggest hits. It also features the soundstage where he rehearsed for tours and hosted private concerts. Prince died of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl at Paisley Park in April. - AP


Netflix series Godless to star Jeff Daniels

A new Netflix television series, called Godless, starring Jeff Daniels is in production in New Mexico. Godless is set in the expansive landscape of the great western frontier. The six-episode period drama is scheduled to premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2017. Steven Soderbergh, director of Traffic, is one of the series’ executive producers. -AP


Chevy Chase checks into rehab

Actor Chevy Chase has checked himself into a rehab centre in Minnesota for treatment of an alcohol-related problem. According to People.com, the 72-year-old Chase has checked into Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center. A spokesperson for the actor says Chase “wants to be the best that he can be”. Chase received previous treatment for addiction in the 1980s. The actor is currently filming a movie with Burt Reyolds, called Dog Years. Another recent project — The Christmas Apprentice — has already wrapped. -People


Mother Teresa International Film Festival kicks off

Days after Mother Teresa was declared a saint, the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) 2016, a four-day event highlighting her life and work kicked off this week. MTIFF 2016 celebrates the canonisation of Mother Teresa and will move to Jowai, the district headquarters of West Jaintia Hills on September 14 for another four-day festival. Twenty films, documentaries and short films showcasing the life and work of St Teresa will be screened at the festival. Similar festivals are held in different cities in India and in about 50 countries around the world. Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan said: “Mother Teresa represents the message of love, peace, enduring strength, hope and service to the world at large. She served the destitute, lepers, abandoned children, old people, the poorest of the poor and the downtrodden because she understood their pain. She was a solace, a helping hand and a source of comfort to them.” The Festival opened with Mother Teresa and Me made by photographer and filmmaker Gautam Lewis who was raised by Mother Teresa after his parents abandoned him while he was a young infant in Kolkata. -IANS


Exhibition honours late president Václav Havel

An exhibition is opening in Prague with caricatures of Václav Havel to mark the 80th anniversary of the late Czech president’s birth. The organisers from the Czech Union of Cartoonists say 80 portraits contributed by artists from 30 countries have been put on display at Malostranská beseda, a music club in a square at the heart of the Czech capital’s picturesque Little Quarter neighbourhood. Havel was a dissident playwright who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that toppled four decades of communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia before becoming the country’s president. He died on December 18, 2011, at age 75. The exhibit, called The World Draws Havel, runs until September 30. -AP

Published: September 7, 2016 04:00 AM


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