Monday, September 01, 2014
Sky News reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter that Virgin Money, the British financial services company partly owned by Sir Richard Branson, is in talks over a possible 2 billion pound (or $3.32 billion) stock market listing as early as next month. Sky News said a final decision on the timing of an initial public offering has yet to be taken and the company may opt to wait until next year, adding that Virgin Group, which owns more than 46.5 percent of Virgin Money, may retain its ownership after an IPO. Virgin Group could not be reached for comment outside of normal business hours.

Kristen Stewart doesn't waste time getting back to her normal routine. One day after she touched down at LAX following a long flight from Japan, the actress looked fresh faced while hanging out with her friends. Kristen's downtime in LA comes after weeks of production on her upcoming film, Equals, with her costar Nicholas Hoult in Tokyo. When they weren't busy filming scenes, the duo took the plunge in their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video and stepped out on the town together.

More than three months before it is due to open in cinemas, Chinese director Jiang Wen launched his latest movie, "Gone With the Bullets", on Monday. The film is a 3-D sequel to Jiang's 2010 political satire "Let the Bullets Fly," which featured a bandit posing as a mayor. It grossed $103 million in mainland China. With an estimated budget of $20 million, "Gone With the Bullets" is set in 1920s Shanghai and revolves around a beauty pageant.   [READ MORE]
Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier is returning to TV for the first time in 20 years. The filmmaker behind Melancholia, Dancer in the Dark and the two-part erotic epic Nymphomaniac will write and direct The House That Jack Built as a high-end TV drama series. Von Trier's producer Louise Vesth, who has worked with the director since Melancholia in 2011, announced the project during the press conference at the Venice Film Festival for the director's cut of von Trier's Nymphomaniac Vol.   [READ MORE]
History Channel's magical miniseries Houdini begins tonight, starring Adrien Brody as the death-defying escape artist in a TV event that traces the arc of Houdini's life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. The Lionsgate/A&E Studios four-hour event also stars Kristen Connolly as Bess, Harry Houdini's stage assistant and wife. Houdini airs Sept. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m. on History.

Apple was today under scrutiny after nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and '100 other celebrities' were leaked online by a hacker who allegedly broke into their iCloud accounts. The phone photos, reportedly obtained through the widely-used online service, were published on 4chan, the anonymous image-sharing forum. A list of the alleged victims - 101 in total - posted by the hacker has also appeared. Most of those named have not seen any photographs leaked by the hacker.   [READ MORE]

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