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Craig confirmed for 007’s 25th outing

After years of rumour and speculation, Daniel Craig’s return to the role of James Bond — and Danny Boyle’s appointment as director of the new 007 movie — have been confirmed. Production will begin at the start of December 2018, with the film released in the UK on October 25, 2019, and in the US a fortnight later.

“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise,” said EON Productions’ Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the custodians of the Bond movies, in a statement on Friday. “We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and are thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.”

Universal’s involvement marks a change: in the UK, Sony Pictures have previously handled distribution. MGM will still release in the US, in partnership with Annapurna Pictures, owned by Megan Ellison, which has bankrolled films by the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze and David O Russell. In March, Boyle — who is currently shooting a Richard Curtis comedy in the UK — said he was working on a Bond script, with a view to filming at the end of the year. The writer of Bond 25, John Hodge, is a long-time collaborator of Boyle’s, having worked with him on Trainspotting and its sequel, as well as The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary and Boyle’s debut, Shallow Grave.

Bust of Peace to go under hammer

Peace was never exactly lost, but over 150 years and five generations the sculpture, an original work by  that is now to be auctioned and expected to fetch well over £1m, was gradually forgotten by the family in Wales who owned it. Canova (1757-1822), whose patrons included the pope, Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, was one of the most celebrated and expensive sculptors of the early 19th century.

The newly identified piece, one of a handful of original works by the neoclassical artist outside museum collections, will go on display at Sotheby’s in London next week in its first public outing since it was at the Royal Academy in 1817. It will be auctioned on 4 July.

In 1814 the theme of peace seemed appropriate as a gift to Canova’s friend John Campbell, aka Lord Cawdor, with Napoleon safely in exile and Europe hoping for tranquility after years of war. The dream was short-lived: in 1815 Napoleon escaped from Elba and launched an attempt to restore his empire.

The white marble representation of peace as a beautiful young woman was one of Canova’s Ideal Heads, which were often made as gifts to his friends and patrons. Campbell was both — he introduced Canova to one of his most valuable customers, the sixth duke of Bedford, who commissioned the monumental Three Graces for his mansion at Woburn.

K-pop album tops American charts

A Korean pop group has topped the album sales charts in the US for the first time, a milestone for the genre that has seen an explosion in global popularity in recent years. BTS, a seven-member all male group from South Korea, beat Post Malone with their album Love Yourself: Tear to take the No 1 spot on the Billboard 200, which ranks albums by sales in the US. The group’s third full-length record sold 135,000 equivalent units, which includes a combination of traditional sales and streaming, in its first week. It is the first album sung predominantly in a language other than English to top the Billboard 200 in 12 years. It coincides with furious diplomatic efforts to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, though the band’s devoted fans — known as the “army” — were unlikely to have been motivated by that to buy the album. Korean pop, or K-pop, groups are known for droves of devoted fans, with scenes reminiscent of Beatlemania of the 1960s when band members are spotted on the street. It is part of a global phenomenon of “Hallyu”, or Korean Wave, which has promoted the country’s culture in the past eight years.

 
 
 
 
 

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UTC to use 180 buses to ferry Yoga participants

21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...

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