Petra Mayer, NPR books editor, dies at 46
Apple Store Soho Presents: Meet The Authors: Gillian Anderson And Jeff Rovin NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Journalist Petra Mayer attends 'Meet The Authors' at Apple Store Soho on October 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images/Getty Images)Petra Mayer, who was a books editor for National Public Radio, died Saturday., according to the news organization. In addition to her duties as a books editor, Mayer reported on Comic-Con, an annual comics convention, and worked on NPR’s Book Concierge, a yearly interactive guide that filters titles based on interest to recommend to readers. Fellow books editor Meghan Sullivan described Mayer as a proud nerd with a penchant for science fiction, comics and cats. Mayer first joined NPR in 1994, left after a few years and came back to the organization in 2000.wftv.com
Chloe attracts the stars at outdoor eco-show in Paris
A far cry from the huddled, indoor seating of many Paris Fashion Week shows so far, Chloe’s open air venue -- on the river’s edge -- gave virus-conscious fashion editors a breath of fresh air. The house said it had increased the number of garments handmade by artisans, denoted by a sewn-on spiral symbol. Stylish metal talismans were made from dead-stock jewelry, while multicolored fabrics on slim-fitting patchwork jackets or multicolored scale-like dresses were upcycled from previous Chloe collections. That contrasted with structured detailing, his typical sharp shoulders, and thick jewelry that gave the show a stylish, otherworldly air. The garment’s clean lines —- repeated with a black number — gave it, like many looks in the show, a crisp and sporty feel.wftv.com
The glam was back at the Golden Globes, albeit at a distance
And they were ready, style wise, as the Globes split hosts, with Amy Poehler at the Beverly Hilton and Tina Fey at the Rainbow Room in New York. Backstage after the show, Sudeikis told reporters he owns a multitude of hoodies but chose the one emblazoned with “Forward” on the front and “Listen + Lead” on the back as fitting for the unusual night. “I wanted to feel festive and go for it,” she told NBC. Sarah Paulson held her little black pooch on screen and Emma Corrin's fluffy white cat grabbed a moment for itself. AdLydia Marks, a New York set decorator, told The Associated Press the evening's technical challenges were many.
Netflix once again dominates Golden Globe TV nominations
(Liam Daniel/Netflix via AP)NEW YORK – Netflix rode the voracious hunger for TV content during a year of pandemic viewership to a dominant showing at the Golden Globe nominations. The streaming giant scooped up 20 small-screen nods — nearly three times as many as its closest competitor, HBO, and beating the 17 TV nominations it got last year. Streaming newcomer HBO Max scored two nominations with “The Flight Attendant,” a best comedy TV berth and also earned “The Big Bang Theory” veteran Kaley Cuoco her first Globe nod. Little-known Pop TV earned five nominations — all for the Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek,” which swept the comedy Emmy Awards last year. Ad“The Great” now faces “The Flight Attendant,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “Emily in Paris” and “Ted Lasso” for bragging rights to best comedy TV series.
Netflix rejects calls to add disclaimer to The Crown
LONDON – Netflix has “no plans” to add a disclaimer to “The Crown” stating that its lavish drama about Britain's royal family is a work of fiction. In a statement Saturday, Netflix said it has always presented the drama, as just that — a drama. “We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events," it said. “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan, whose work also includes recent-history dramas “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, saying it is thoroughly researched and true in spirit. Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, was one who called on Netflix to add a disclaimer.
Fact or fiction? UK govt says 'The Crown' should be clear
LONDON – Britain’s culture minister thinks the Netflix TV series “The Crown” should come with a disclaimer: It’s a work of fiction. “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction. So as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,” Dowden told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. “Mixing historical fact and fiction has been around since Shakespeare. “Nobody’s bothered if fact and fiction are all mangled up, so long as it’s saying nice things,” he added.
Gillian Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in 'The Crown' Season 4
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images(CNN) - Gillian Anderson will play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of "The Crown," Netflix confirmed Saturday. "I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of 'The Crown' and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman," Anderson said in a tweet. Thatcher, who died in 2013, was Great Britain's first female prime minister and served from from 1979 to 1990. Netflix announced in April Emma Corrin also will join the Season 4 cast as Lady Diana Spencer, the eventual first wife of Prince Charles. The fourth season of "The Crown" is in production.