Julian Assange, Cyber-transparency activist and creator of ‘WikiLeaks’, is launching what he calls a “new brand of talk show”, built around the theme of “the world of tomorrow.”
Assange has yet to disclose any of his guests, but promises viewers that it will involve plenty of controversy!
In a statement posted on Monday, the WikiLeaks site said that “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders” would be brought on the show so that Assange could challenge them on their vision of world affairs, as well as have them share their ideas on “how to secure a better future.”
“Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths? This is an exciting opportunity to discuss the vision of my guests in a new style of show that examines their philosophies and struggles in a deeper and clearer way than has been done before,” said Assange.
The series is said to begin airing in mid-March, although there are some questions regarding how it will be produced and who will distribute the talk show.
It is even unclear if Assange himself will be able to host the show, as he is currently fighting extradition to Sweden for sex crime allegations, and US officials are still deciding on whether to charge him based on his ‘leaks’ of US Government classified documents.
To get a good understanding on what Assange may or may not be charged for, click here for an interesting article that debates whether or not he should be considered a journalist.
Jim Carrey’s Daughter Auditions on ‘Idol’
The daughter of Canadian funny man, Jim Carrey, won her golden ticket on Sunday night to ‘American Idol’s’ Hollywood round!
Jane, the 24-year old kid of Carrey, auditioned in San Diego for the singing competition in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.
When Jane stepped into the audition room, J.Lo. was slightly stunned; having remembered Jane from back when Lopez and Carrey Sr. worked together on ‘In Living Color’ in the 90’s - Lopez was a ‘Fly Girl’ at the time.
“I remember you when you were little,” Lopez said.
“I think I was two,” replied Jane before she launched into a rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.’
This is a fantastic step for Jane, who is currently working at an LA restaurant as a waitress, taking care of her 2-year old son Jackson, and is leading her own alternative rock quartet called, ‘The Jane Carrey Band.’
Jane – whose actual first name is Erin, but has gone by her middle name since she was little – studied jazz at the Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences in California.
In her pre-audition tape that she shot for ‘Idol’, Jane said “It’s difficult growing up in a shadow trying to find your way.”
Well, thanks to judges at ‘Idol’, Jane may well be on her path!
The judges also gave Jane a few tips before she left the audition room to call her dad: to work on her volume and to keep her eyes open so as to connect with the audience for her next performance… in Hollywood!
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Finally a film that gives Jason Segel a chance to show off his acting chops!
Segel has made a career out of playing the role of an emotionally stunted man-child, and his child-like energy has taken him far in his many roles from ‘How I Met Your Mother’, ‘I Love You Man’, and his breakout role in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’.
So who better to play the part of a pot-smoking slacker, who lives at home with his mother (Susan Sarandon), and looks for signs of which path he should follow to discover his destiny?
Ed Helms plays Segel’s brother, who has been given the task by mom to help his bro move forward with his life; that is until he discovers that his wife (Pam Greer) is cheating on him!
The two brothers decide to follow the wife and confront her on the affair, discovering new things about each other along the way.