I cannot stand small talk, because I feel like there’s an elephant standing in the room shitting all over everything and nobody is saying anything. I’m just dying to say, “Hey, do you ever feel like jumping off a bridge?” or “Do you feel an emptiness inside your chest at night that is going to swallow you?” But you can’t say that at a cocktail party.
The Happy Prince chronicles Wilde in the last days of his life.
Rupert Everett’s long-gestating Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince has commenced principal photography in Bavaria, Germany.
Everett directs from his own screenplay and will star alongside Colin Firth (The King’s Speech).
The cast is rounded out by Edwin Thomas (Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Emily Watson (War Horse), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Beatrice Dalle (Betty Blue), and John Standing (The Elephant Man).
biopic tells the story of the last days of famed playwright Wilde. As
he lies on his death bed, the past floods back to him, transporting him
to other times and places.
The project will also shoot in France, Belgium and Italy.
Maze Pictures is producing with Entre Chien et Loup in co-production with Palomar. Beta Cinemas is handling worldwide sales.
project is produced in association with BBC Films, Lionsgate UK,
Concorde Filmverleih, Dreamtouch, Raindog Films, Movie Management
Corporation, Zielke GmbH, Daryl Prince Productions, Strat et Go
International and co-produced by cine plus Filmproduktion, Tele München
Group, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone and Proximus.
Africa’s elephants have just gotten a powerful new supporter –music
legend, Billy Joel. Joel’s voice is heard in a series of new ads
supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) 96 Elephants
campaign – so named for the number of elephants slaughtered each day by
With the backdrop of computer-animated elephants
coming to life from shards of ivory, Joel’s voiceover warns: “We can’t
turn back time, but we can reverse this trend. Don’t be the generation
that allowed elephants to go extinct.”
The “Take a Stand for
Elephants,” campaign was conceived and developed for 96 Elephants by pro
bono partner, Steve Harper, founder of ThisisBonaFide.com
“That first elephant roar sounded close. But I was so focused on the settings on my recorder that I didn’t bother to look around. The second roar sounded a lot closer. I thought, this is so cool! What I didn’t realize was, there was this huge bull elephant standing right underneath me — pointing his trunk up at me, just a few feet away. Apparently he was making a ‘dominance display.’ The thing is, I was so busy listening, I never looked up. I never saw him. The scientists on the other platform saw the whole thing.”
“A collection of five precious objects designed as jewellery boxes. The box becomes the jewels.
A greenhouse of enamel plique-à-jour with gold structures forming geometric motifs [first two photos]. A small bird on the roof is ready to fly away. The walls taken apart form two identical cuffs for the wrist and the roof becomes a bowl for marshmallows [third photo]. The floor is paved with diamond, opal
and obsidian and, when pulled out, its centre becomes a pendant [fifth photo]. This
miniature Orangerie has trees, statuary and a bench to sit on and
contemplate life. Some shoes have been left behind after a party. An
umbrella is left in an elephant foot stand in case it is raining when
you leave [fourth photo].This hothouse sits on a lotus leaf made of rose quartz and
“You’ll never watch an elephant standing on her head
You will see amazing acrobats and painted clowns instead.
You’ll never color Easter eggs or eat a “Happy” Meal
Instead you’ll give pigs belly rubs – You’ll know chickens dream and feel.
The clamor from the ice cream truck won’t be music to your ears
You will know your Soy Delicious caused no suffering or tears.
You may hear a gentle gobble as you softly stroke a turkey
And give thanks that she’s alive as you’re eating your Tofurky.
While other kids buy leather shoes and eat at Chuck E. Cheese
You’ll be kissing cows and feeding goats and saying “soy please!”
Being different can be hard I know - This world is often cruel
Maybe you’ll be laughed at by the other kids at school.
But compassion is a vital gift that too few share with others
And your heart will not be filled with guilt the way it plagues your mother’s.
So don’t ever be embarrassed or ashamed because you care
You’ll be uniquely beautiful with an empathy that’s rare.
And when you see a rescued lamb and touch his thick warm fleece
You’ll feel no sadness or remorse – You can look at him in peace.
What took so long for me to learn, I’ll start teaching you from birth
And your footprint will be much tinier on this fragile earth.”