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Viola Davis,the 45-year-old actress,who was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Doubt,is now widely regarded as likely to be nominated again.

Viola Davis,

the 45-year-old actress,who was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Doubt,is now widely regarded as likely to be nominated again this year for her performance as a maid in the segregated American South of the 1950s in The Help. Based on the best seller by Kathryn Stockett,the film casts her as Aibileen Clark,a domestic who dares to talk to a young Southern belle (Emma Stone),a friend of her employer,an aspiring journalist who is writing a magazine story about the plight of the city’s black servant class. Davis says,“This film asks,how do you live a life,and how do you gain respect for yourself,when everyone around you is telling you that you’re less—and when the culture is telling you you’re nothing?”

Adele,

the singer and songwriter,who has dominated the album charts in the United States and Britain with her second album,21,has told The Sun in Britain last week that she became hooked on American country music while touring in the US earlier this year and wants to write the songs on her next album in that vein.”The melodies and to-the-point lyrics I have found in a lot of American styles of music is definitely something I’m going to be pursuing heavily from now on,” she said. Her work so far has tended to echo classic R&B singers and 1960s girl groups,with some gospel strands,but she said that during her recent US tour,she “was exposed to a lot of country and rockabilly ”and it captured her imagination.

Seth MacFarlane,

the creator,producer,co-star and animating spirit of Family Guy,the irreverent Fox cartoon sitcom will now be one of the executive producers of Cosmos,the 1980 documentary mini series that encouraged a generation of viewers to contemplate the origins of the universe and their place in it. The Fox network has planned the return of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey as a 13-episode-series,expected to be broadcast in 2013. “We’re obsessed with angels and vampires and what not,” MacFarlane,said “when there are many more exciting and very real and much more spectacular things to be excited about,that are right in our own planetary backyard.”