1. “Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi.” The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.
“Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, ’Children must go to school, not be financially exploited.’ Yousafzai came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban—two years ago Thursday—for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan. Since then, after recovering from surgery, she has taken her campaign to the world stage, notably with a speech last year at the United Nations. Through her heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokeswoman for girls’ rights to education, said Jagland… Meanwhile, Satyarthi, age 60, has shown great personal courage in heading peaceful demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, the committee said. Satyarthi told reporters that the award was about many more people than him—and that credit should go to all those ’sacrificing their time and their lives for the cause of child rights’ and fighting child slavery.”
2. ”Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks dead at 57.” The 57-year-old actress had been struggling with an undisclosed illness, said TMZ, which first reported her death. A versatile performer, Hooks worked alongside some of the SNL greats and held her own. She recently had a bit role on 30 Rock.
“Jan Hooks, who shot to fame in the 1980s on Saturday Night Live, died Thursday, according to reports. The 57-year-old actress had been struggling with an undisclosed illness, said TMZ.com, which first reported her death. Hooks died Thursday morning, the website reported. A versatile performer, Hooks worked alongside some of the SNL greats and held her own. She was most recognized for her signature skit playing an acid-tongued Southern belle with an improbable twang.”
3. “Geoffrey Holder, Dancer, Actor, Painer and More, Dies at 84.” Holder, who died of complications of pneumonia on Sunday at the age of 84, will honored on Friday when the lights are dimmed at 7:45 p.m. He made his Broadway debut in 1954.
“Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. Charles M. Mirotznik, a spokesman for the family, said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Few cultural figures of the last half of the 20th century were as multifaceted as Mr. Holder, and few had a public presence as unmistakable as his, with his gleaming pate atop a 6-foot-6 frame, full-bodied laugh and bassoon of a voice laced with the lilting cadences of the Caribbean. Mr. Holder directed a dance troupe from his native Trinidad and Tobago, danced on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera and won Tony Awards in 1975 for direction of a musical and costume design for The Wiz, a rollicking, all-black version of The Wizard of Oz. His choreography was in the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He acted onstage and in films and was an accomplished painter, photographer and sculptor whose works have been shown in galleries and museums. He published a cookbook.”
4. “The 50 Best David Lynch Characters.” Time Out counts down the greatest characters in David Lynch films.
“Naomi Watts was a relative unknown prior to her spectacular, multi-textured turn as the sparkly-eyed young actress and hometown Jitterbug champion who comes to Hollywood in search of her dreams. The central narrative thread of [Mulholland Drive] concerns Betty’s attempts to help the bewildered bombshell Rita find out who she really is. Watts’s best moment in the film sees her character performing a love scene with perma-tanned TV actor Chad Everett for an audition in a cramped office. Her performance is so erotic, disturbing and completely detached from the reality of the room, that—in true Lynch style—the only explanation for it is that she had been momentarily possessed. By Rita, perhaps?”
5. “The World’s Greatest Docs, All in One Video.” Watch the thirty greatest documentaries of all time in six minutes.
“’Truth’ is, indeed, stranger than fiction—and purveyors of the documentary form are finding increasingly exciting ways to turn true stories, be they personal histories, actual investigations or longform observations, into our most fascinating films. There is no handbook for the making of documentary films, a category that was once as easy to file as it was to dismiss: ’documentary’ filmmakers are folding in as much if not more innovative craft into their pieces as their siblings on the fiction side. October is offering Fandor a chance to celebrate the documentary genre through a concentration on a few of Fandor’s FIX filmmakers working in the arena, Featured films of a nonfiction stripe and through a series of Keyframe articles on documentary film. With this video, Keyframe’s chief video essayist, Kevin B. Lee, engages with the topic via a moving mashup of the films that reached the top of Sight & Sound’s first-ever documentary poll.”
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