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Technically, Ionia has no allegiance towards any of the factions of the Freljord. It’s learning to become less isolationist and more involved in the affairs of the world, but this does not include taking a stand on a civil war. However, I believe that any appeal expressed by Ashe personally would probably garner sympathy in some of the ranks of the Elders. I imagine that Ionia slowly begins to side with the Avarosan.

Irelia herself prefers the Avarosan, but she does her best to not let this bias slip.

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‘The Eichmann Show’ Producer Laurence Bowen Launches Dancing Ledge With FremantleMedia Backing
LONDON — “The Eichmann Show” producer Laurence Bowen has launched scripted production company Dancing Ledge, which has a development deal with “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman.…
By Leo Barraclough

Dancing Ledge has a development deal with ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman

LONDON — “The Eichmann Show” producer Laurence Bowen has launched scripted production company Dancing Ledge, which has a development deal with “The Hobbit” and “Sherlock” star Martin Freeman. The company is backed by global production and distribution giant FremantleMedia, which has taken a 25% stake.

Bowen, previously co-founder and creative director of Feelgood Fiction, has a dozen projects in the pipeline for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters, including dramas written by “Sherlock” co-creator and actor Mark Gatiss, “Eye in the Sky” screenwriter Guy Hibbert, Chris Lunt, Dan Sefton and John Donnelly, as well as a new limited event series development commission for the History Channel written by Simon Block. Bowen is also developing several scripted ideas with Freeman.

Bowen’s past credits also include “Gates,” “The Hello Girls,” “Stone Scissors Paper,” “Suburban Shootout” and “My Life as a Popat.” Bowen also executive produced U.S. pilots of “Gates” and “Suburban Shootout” for Warner Bros./NBC and HBO, respectively.

Bowen will be adding to the Dancing Ledge team in the coming months.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO FremantleMedia, said: “Laurence is a hugely talented producer and he has a unique vision which is reflected in a brilliant development slate. Dancing Ledge is a fantastic addition to our creative network and I look forward to working with Laurence in the future.”

Bowen added, “I wanted to work closely with a top international distributor who could provide investment and help grow the new company.”

FremantleMedia has announced a number of investments and acquisitions in the past 12 months in order to grow its global network. These include Israeli outfit Abot Hameiri; Naked Entertainment, Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, Corona Pictures, Dr Pluto and Wild Blue Media in the UK; Dutch producer No Pictures Please; French indies Fontaram and Kwai; scripted producer Wildside in Italy; and the digital media company, Squawka.

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The New Exclusive Place To Stay On Kauai

In Kauai, the 700 acres on the North Coast, the former Kahu Aina plantation, that Mark Zuckerberg recently bought for a reported $100 million will remain private but on other land, the Discovery Land Company is planning the Hanalei Beach & Golf Club on 8000 acres on the island’s North Coast and Timbers Resorts is transforming a 450 acre stretch with knockout views of the mountains and the ocean into a combination private residence club/hotel/Jack Nicklaus golf course development, Hokuala, slated to open in 2017.

Congress Gothic

You’ve been told not to enter the chamber without a judge present, but it’s only when you look in through the crack in the door as the chamber congregates outside that you understand the precaution.

The docket written on the white board reads ‘damnation’, over and over, neatly numbered one through eight in red dry erase marker.

“Where are you from?” you ask the girl beside you, waiting for the session to begin. Every head in the chamber snaps in your direction. “Florida,” they murmur in unison.

The Presiding Officer stands. She asks, “Is there a motion on the floor?” There is none. The floor is motionless. The chamber is cold and stagnant as a tomb.

A brief recess is called an hour into the session. Flawlessly synchronized, the speakers stand and assemble into a perfect circle.

“I don’t usually judge Congress,” the new judge explains. The Presiding Officer asks her for clarification. She stares numbly at the front of the chamber. “Two down,” she whispers. “Fist at seven.” Her face goes blank.

A speaker requests permission to exit the chamber. He doesn’t return.

The chamber calls a recess for dinner. The halls are empty. The cafeteria is empty. The school has been bought by a developer and is slated to become a shopping mall. Congress is twenty-five years behind the rest of the tournament.

The Presiding Officer’s gavel is not a gavel. Each time she taps it, her desk is dotted with red. A speaker who continued thirty seconds over time appears to be missing his femur.

After the tournament, your coach hands you a stack of ballots. They’re blank, but every speech was scored a 6.

(speech and debate gothic by sail-for-warmer-climes)

Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate to reunite for Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, “Landline” centers around a dysfunctional family coming undone and trying to keep together after a shocking revelation. The youngest daughter, Ali, discovers her father is having an affair, which forces middle child Dana to explore her wild side and mother Pat to confront the truth that her life can’t have it all. 

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Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
Janet Jackson to Exec Produce Lifetime Movie on 1920’s Harlem Mobster, Stephanie St. Clair + Serena Williams to Produce ‘Sister Dance’
By Tambay A. Obenson

Lifetime today unveiled its 2016/2017 development slate. Skimming through the press release, of note, with respect to this blog’s interests, are:

Serena Williams will executive produce on original movie for the network titled “Sister Dance” (a working title), which tells a story that’s inspired by the annual dance-off competition which she hosts with her sister, Venus. In the scripted telepic, two sisters become rivals once they pit themselves against each other and their respective dance teams in an epic dance battle.

– Next, Janet Jackson will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club. Born Stephanie St. Clair (1886–1969), Queenie (photo above) was a mob boss who ran numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century. She even bumped heads with the then Italian mafia, and managed to stay entirely independent. In Bill Duke’s  gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” (1997) she was played by Cicely Tyson, as some of you might recall. Kenny Leon is attached to direct the film.

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1. Ines Garcia, a single mother of four, watches television in her Regent Park apartment during the hour or so in between her morning and afternoon jobs in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. Garcia lives in a low rise community housing development that is slated to be torn down and will be forced to temporarily relocate by August 31, 2014.

2. Old community housing is being torn down along River Street in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums.

3. Signs of life outside a row of houses soon to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums.

4. Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will improve public spaces and see many of the old buildings torn down and replaced by condominiums in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

5. A handprint in paint is smeared on a post outside a house yet to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014. The neighbourhood is in the midst of a five-stage revitalization project that will see many of the old buildings replaced by condominiums. Residents who live in the old buildings are being relocated while construction is underway.

6. Regent Park residents attend a private meeting held in one of the neighbourhood’s new condominiums to discuss their concerns about being forced to temporarily relocate by August 31, 2014, after which their current buildings will be torn down in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

7. Construction workers dig alongside a mural in Regent Park, Monday, May 5, 2014.

8. Old community housing along Gerrard Street is slated to be torn down in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

9. A man exits a Salvation Army building on River Street in Regent Park, a neighbourhood that is home to many low-income families in Toronto, Canada, Monday, May 5, 2014.

10. A man and a woman sit on the grass outside the new aquatic centre in Regent Park, Monday, May 5, 2014.