April 19, 2014

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“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane [...]

Hollywood Beckons Young Star From Kabul – Do Some Good Today!

Efforts to raise money to bring the young star of the Oscar®-nominated live action short Buzkashi Boys from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan to Hollywood for the Big Event are well on their way to a goal of $10,000.
After just two days, $6,845, one or two dollars at a time, has been donated through an Internet campaign on the website www.rally.org/buzkashiboys. Fourteen-year-old Fawad Mohammadi hopes to make it to the Academy Awards® ceremony on February 24. He is excited at the chance to meet Hollywood’s stars and filmmakers.
Fawad was discovered while selling maps and chewing gum on Chicken Street, Kabul’s main shopping district. His father died when he was young and to help his mother he gave up on school and started working at the age of seven.
The filmmakers also hope to bring Fawad’s 14-year-old co-star Jawanmard Paiz to Los Angeles through these donations. Any donations in excess will go into a college fund for Fawad.

Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries divorce case hearing

HollywoodNews.com: Today will apparently be a big day for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries as it is reported that their lawyers will be going to court today to update the judge about the case.
It is rumored that both must tell a judge what they have done to settle the case, which on Kris’ part is allegedly nothing, states TMZ. He has reportedly refused to settle, and his lawyers have allegedly not even moved forward with taking Kim’s deposition.
Now, Kris’ time may be up as the judge will likely force the case to move forward in some way. If Kris doesn’t want the divorce, a trial will allegedly be set no matter how unprepared Kris’ team is at this time.
What do you think will happen here?
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Katie Holmes’ daughter apparently headed to school

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Katie Holmes wants Suri Cruise to have as normal a life as possible as the young girl has allegedly just been enrolled in school.
It is reported that Suri has recently been enrolled in an all-girls school in New York City, states UsMagazine.com. Suri will allegedly attend school at Convent of the Sacred Heart where tuition is about $38,000 per year.
While at the school, Suri will reportedly attend Catholic mass every Thursday. Previous to this enrollment, Suri has been homeschooled.
Do you think this will be good for her?
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Marie Colvin: Syrian Government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!

HollywoodNews.com: Syrian government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’
“Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice,” said Marie Colvin. “The Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
Today it was confirmed that the war correspondent Marie Colvin has died in the Syrian city of Homs.
Marie Colvin was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, in a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs.
What is the world waiting for? We keep watching women and children being killed and we do NOTHING. Call/email your congressman/senator… do something to put pressure on the White House… the killings MUST STOP
R.I.P Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik
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Lindsay Lohan reportedly worried about younger sister’s modeling career

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is reportedly concerned about her sister, Ali Lohan, and her modeling career, something she allegedly expressed to Janice Dickinson.
Lindsay reportedly told Dickinson she was worried because her sister was being sent to Asia to work, something she wasn’t sure was a good move, states RadarOnline.com. “She doesn’t want Ali going away, but worse still, she doesn’t want her to lose more weight,” Dickinson commented.
Dickinson is certainly making it sound like Ali’s recent weight loss isn’t exactly natural.
What do you think about Ali’s appearance?
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Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries had allegedly been talking divorce

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian’s divorce filing from Kris Humphries may not have been a complete surprise to him as the two had allegedly talked about the possibility.
It is rumored that divorce had come up in conversation as the two were going through difficult times, states People. Kim eventually reportedly made the decision to file at the last minute because she had been going back and forth about doing it.
Kim had reportedly been telling Kris that the marriage wasn’t going to work, but he still allegedly didn’t see it coming when it happened so soon.
Kris allegedly found out about the divorce over the Internet which is probably not how he expected to find out.
Do you think they really tried to make it work?
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Kim Kardashian’s hunger for fame may have caused divorce

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian seems to really enjoy being in the spotlight, which may be great for her career, but not so great for her love life.
It is rumored that Kim’s desire to be famous came in the middle of her marriage with Kris Humphries, states RadarOnline.com. She is reportedly not ready to live her life away from the cameras which is what Kris thought would happen once they settled down together.
Kim allegedly didn’t want the same life as Kris as she isn’t ready to put anything on hold to focus on her marriage and children.
It is believed that the two got swept up in the whirlwind relationship, but really didn’t have much in common.
Now, it is rumored that Kim will just be looking to turn this divorce into another way to get more attention.
Do you think she is too focused on fame?
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Justin Bieber reportedly a brat on a recent flight

HollywoodNews.com: There have been a few random rumors that Justin Bieber is a bit of a brat, but now those rumors are getting even bigger.
It is reported that Bieber was a brat on a recent flight from Los Angeles to Asia, states FOX. Not only did he not cooperate with staff when preparing for takeoff, he also was allegedly a problem throughout the flight.
And then, when the captain of the flight allegedly asked for an autograph after the flight, Bieber reportedly flat out refused.
This isn’t Bieber’s first problem as ‘CSI’ star Marg Helgenberger also commented that the young singer was a brat while working on the show for guest role.
Do you think Justin Bieber seems like a brat?
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Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” banned in Lebanon

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: What the heck is happening overseas? The United States are supposed to be conservative, with the rest of the world loosening its restrictions on modern media. But first we get a story that Britain has banned a sequel to “The Human Centipede” because of lewd and graphic sexual behavior, and now Lady Gaga is being banned in Lebanon.
Officials in Lebanon banned Gaga’s latest album “Born This Way,” saying that the record is “offensive to Christianity,” according to The Guardian. Copies of the album were “impounded” by the office of general security when they arrived at Beirut’s airport, the paper adds.
“Distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs,” officials said.
Maybe Gaga’s single, “Judas,” ticked them off? How on Earth will her tour survive without Lebanon’s support?

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