Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Millennium sequel hits bookstores as author admits ‘total fear’ <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">The eagerly-awaited sequel to Stieg Larsson&#39;s best-selling Millennium crime trilogy hit store shelves in 25 countries on Thursday, as the author admitted he wrote the book in a manic depressive state.</span></p><div>Speaking to reporters just hours ahead of the launch, David Lagercrantz said he was &quot;terrified&quot; as he wrote &quot;The Girl in the Spider&#39;s Web&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I used to say that I was bipolar, manic depressive all the time, and I think it was kind of a good thing to write&quot; in this condition, he said of the 500-page thriller which picks up the trail of tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The sequel went on sale in 25 countries on Thursday, including Sweden where a Stockholm bookstore opened at midnight to sell the first copies to around 50 fans who showed up to get their books signed by the author.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I came on the subway, that way I can start reading on my way home,&quot; said Millennium fan Rickard de Boussard, 57.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lagercrantz meanwhile told AFP in an interview that he was &quot;obsessive&quot; during the writing process, poring over Larsson&#39;s trilogy, reading and re-reading it, doing endless hours of research, questioning his ability the whole time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The writing process was a combination of an enormous desire and total fear,&quot; he says with a laugh. &quot;The fear of not doing Stieg Larsson justice kept me going.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I was not the easiest person to live with because I was thinking about it all the time,&quot; he told AFP, saying he was &quot;scared to death&quot; that his book would not live up to the trilogy written by Larsson, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2004 at age 50, before the series gained global fame.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Larsson&#39;s three books, published in 2005-2007, have sold 80 million copies worldwide and inspired a series of films in Swedish as well as a Hollywood version.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This was the passion of my life and now you can judge if I succeeded,&quot; said Lagercrantz, who gesticulates wildly while speaking and is fond of superlatives.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Despite the overwhelming fear of failure, Lagercrantz says that being given the opportunity to write the book was &quot;an incredible privilege, an enormous joy&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While many fans craved a fourth instalment, some are not happy &ndash; among them Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson&#39;s partner for 32 years until his death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The couple were not married and Larsson left no will, so his estate went to his brother and father. Gabrielsson, 61, lost a bitter battle with them to manage his work.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She has criticized both the decision to continue the trilogy and to pick Lagercrantz as author, calling him &quot;a totally idiotic choice&quot; in an AFP interview in March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Larsson had no plans for a continuation of Mikael&#39;s and Lisbeth&#39;s adventures, and Lagercrantz lacked his left-wing activist background, knowing nothing of the milieu described in the books, she said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;They say heroes are supposed to live forever. That&#39;s a load of crap, this is about money,&quot; Gabrielsson said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But publishing house Norstedts defended Lagercrantz, a journalist from Stockholm&#39;s intelligentsia who penned football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic&#39;s official biography, saying he had a &quot;special talent for depicting the world of others.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s my novel in his universe,&quot; Lagercrantz told AFP.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;His world, his characters, but I put some of me in it too.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Larsson&#39;s father and brother say the book&#39;s royalties will go to the anti-racist magazine Expo co-founded by the late writer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The pair are among the few who have already read the thriller, which they lavishly praised.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I kept it on my nightstand for a week before I opened it. I was a little afraid. But once I started, it was impossible to stop,&quot; Larsson&#39;s brother Joakim told AFP.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The writing was shrouded in secrecy with the author, editors and translators all working on computers disconnected from the Internet to prevent hackers from leaking the plot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Despite the precautions, a newspaper kiosk at Stockholm&#39;s central station put the book on sale on Wednesday, a day early, before being ordered by Norstedts to remove it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A total of 2.7 million copies have been printed, including 500,000 in the US.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 AFP 2456568 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/27/43/screen_shot_2015-08-27_at_1.26.36_pm.png Fast & Furious ride racing to Universal Orlando Resort <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="line-height: normal;">A Fast &amp; Furious-themed ride will be racing over to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2017.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After debuting at Universal Studios Hollywood in California this summer, the Fast &amp; Furious Supercharged thrill ride will also open on the east coast, at sister site Universal Orlando Resort.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Built to simulate high-speed car chases that exceed 193 kph, the immersive experience features 3D-HD imagery projected onto an world&#39;s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The hydraulic, motion-based ride will include an original storyline to accompany the special effects.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A sprawling backlot will also feature some of the car props from the film.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:59:00 +0000 AFP 2456565 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/06/43/ik.jpg 15 Fall 2015 TV shows to watch <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>It&#39;s that time of the year again.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>New fall shows are coming, and there will be familiar faces and plot lines that make you say &quot;This reminds me of...&quot; We present to you the 15 shows you probably want to check out for Fall 2015 TV season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Narcos&quot; (Netflix)</div><div>Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel get their story told in this new series that pits drug kingpins against the authorities trying to take them down in the 1980s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You can binge watch the 10 episodes or let them stretch out over the fall TV season.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em>&quot;Narcos&quot; premieres on August 28.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>&quot;Hand of God&quot; (Amazon Prime)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A corrupt judge finds himself on a path of seeking his own brand of justice after tragedy strikes his family in this psychological drama. Is he crazy or is God really speaking to him?</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em><span style="line-height: normal;">&quot;Hand of God&quot; premieres on September 4.</span></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>&quot;Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris&quot; (NBC)</div><div>Who better to host a live variety-type show than Neil Patrick Harris, the man who appears to be able to do anything.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>NBC promises that &quot;anything could happen.&quot; Isn&#39;t that exciting?</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris&quot; premieres on September 15.</em></div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Minority Report&quot; (Fox)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Set more than a decade after the events in 2002 film of the same name starring Tom Cruise, the series will feature a &quot;Precog&quot; who is hiding his ability to predict crimes as he works with a detective.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em>&#39;Minority Report&quot; premieres on September 21.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Blindspot&quot; (NBC)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A naked, tattooed woman is found in a bag in Times Square and that&#39;s when the action begins.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Who is this &quot;female Jason Bourne&quot; (even she doesn&#39;t know), what&#39;s her story, and why does she have the name of the FBI agent investigating her case inked on her body? Producers are hoping you will tune in this fall to find out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Blindspot&quot; premieres on September 21.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;The Muppets&quot; (ABC)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This reboot may or may not make fans of &quot;The Muppets&quot; happy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There&#39;s no spoiler to let you know the series starts off with our favorite couple split up. Yep, in case you haven&#39;t heard, Kermit and Miss Piggy are no more. So look for plenty of romantic tension in this series as they both have moved on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em>&quot;The Muppets&quot; premieres on September 22.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Scream Queens&quot; (Fox)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Scream Queens&quot; features a star with quite the pedigree.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Emma Roberts, niece of Julia and daughter of Eric, appears as the head of a sorority who is being stalked by a murderer. Fans of horror and mystery are looking forward to it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Scream Queens&quot; premieres on September 22.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;The Player&quot; (NBC)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It&#39;s a high stakes game where lives are literally on the line in this fast paced drama set in Las Vegas. But really, we are just excited to see Wesley Snipes in his network debut.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em><span style="line-height: normal;">&quot;The Player&quot; premieres on September 24.</span></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Heroes Reborn&quot; (NBC)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The original &quot;Heroes&quot; was on the air from 2006 to 2010 and had a cult following. The new show shares the same creator, Tim Kring, and is touted as &quot;an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The fan boys and fan girls will determine if it lives up to the &quot;epic&quot; description or not.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Heroes Reborn&quot; premieres on September 24.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Blood and Oil&quot; (ABC)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Oh hey Don Johnson.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The &quot;Miami Vice&quot; star is back on the small screen as a oil baron in this drama about a couple chasing their dreams of being business owners in economically booming North Dakota.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It may sound a bit like &quot;Dallas,&quot; but trust us. The first episode&#39;s ending might have you on the edge of your seat.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em style="line-height: normal;">&quot;Blood and Oil&quot; premieres on September 27.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Grandfathered&quot; (Fox)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>John Stamos just may be the hottest grandfather ever in this comedy about a restauranteur who discovers he has an adult son - and a granddaughter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Grandfathered&quot; premieres on September 29.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;American Horror Story: Hotel&quot; (FX)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yes, it kind of sucks that Jessica Lange isn&#39;t in the cast of the latest in the &quot;American Horror Story&quot; franchise, but we have two words for you: Lady Gaga as the Countess.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;American Horror Story: Hotel&quot; premieres on October 7.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Crazy Ex-Girlfriend&quot; (CW)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Would you give up your great life in New York City and move cross country to pursue a former summer love? And that&#39;s not even the craziest part of this new musical comedy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><em style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;"><span style="line-height: normal;">&quot;Crazy Ex-Girlfriend&quot; premieres on October 12.</span></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Supergirl&quot; (CBS)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Raise your hand if you were one of millions that flocked to the first look of this new show.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Superman&#39;s cousin, Kara Zor-El, is the center of this new fall show based on the DC Comics character. Like her more famous cousin, she too ends up on Earth hiding behind a pair of glasses and a &quot;normal&quot; persona--at least initially.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="" width="536"></iframe></div><div><div><em>&quot;Supergirl&quot; premiers on October 26.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&quot;Master of None&quot; (Netflix)</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Aziz Ansari reunited with his &quot;Parks and Rec&quot; costar Alan Yang to create this scripted comedy starring Ansari about the adventures of a 30-year-old actor. Expect the cutting edge humor the star is best known for, and some nods to his standup routines.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Master of None&quot; premieres on November 6.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:24:00 +0000 CNN 2456542 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/26/501184/the_muppet.jpg Time for black or gay 007, says Brosnan <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Sure. Why not?&quot; the Irish star was quoted as telling men&#39;s magazine Details when asked if he could picture a gay Bond.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brosnan said he doubted Bond producer Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;But it would certainly make for interesting viewing,&quot; he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Let&#39;s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elba, 42, is seen as a frontrunner to succeed Daniel Craig, who has played the suave British agent for the last 10 years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brosnan played Bond in movies Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day in the 1990s.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His remarks were published five months after another previous 007 actor, Roger Moore, was blasted on social media for suggesting race should be a factor when casting the next Bond.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>French magazine Paris Match quoted him as saying: &quot;Though James has been played by a Scot, a Welshman, an Irishman, I think he should be English-English. It&#39;s nonetheless an interesting idea, but unrealistic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 87-year-old star, who played 007 in seven films from 1973 to 1985, said his remarks were lost in translation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;An interview I gave to Paris Match implies I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue,&quot; Moore wrote on Twitter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;When a journalist asks if &#39;Bond should be English&#39; and you agree, then quotes you saying it about Idris Elba, it&#39;s out of context,&quot; he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>London-born Elba is the son of a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His most famous role to date is playing former South African president Nelson Mandela in &quot;Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ian Fleming&#39;s original Bond novels say the secret agent was the son of a Scottish father and a Swiss mother and spent much of his early life outside Britain.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Orphaned at 11, the fictional hero then lives with an aunt in southeast England and is educated in Edinburgh.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:16:00 +0000 AFP 2456534 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/26/43/screen_shot_2015-08-26_at_2.43.39_pm.png