UK urged to drop ex-Australia PM Abbott from trade envoy job
LONDON Prominent equality and environmental activists, including Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen, have urged the British government to drop plans to make former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott a U.K. trade adviser. Prime Minister Boris Johnsons government faced growing criticism Friday over reports it will appoint Abbott, who led a conservative Australian government between 2013 and 2015, to the U.K.s Board of Trade. Opponents cite Abbott's opposition to same-sex marriage, persistent allegations of sexism and statements downplaying the impact of climate change. In power, his government repealed a carbon tax paid by polluting Australian industries. Abbott has been in London in recent days and said he has spoken to the government about a roleThe U.K. is seeking to boost trade with countries around the world in the wake of its departure from the European Union.
Viggo Mortensen's career to be honored by Spanish festival
MADRID The career of Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn in the popular trilogy Lord of the Rings and a protagonist in the Academy Award-winning Green Book, will be honored at this years San Sebastian Film Festival. The festival announced Monday that this year's recipient of its Donostia Award" will be Mortensen. For the moment, organizers are planning to hold the festival as normal, with film stars flying in from around the world. The Danish-American actor will also present the European premiere of Falling, his directorial debut, at the prestigious festival in northern Spain between Sept. 18-26. The movie closed the Sundance Festival and has been selected for the Cannes Festival.