Sunday 19 January 2020

Dutch special effects artist up for Oscar

Dutch special effects make-up artist Arjen Tuiten has been nominated for an Oscar for his work on the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil. Tuiten spent 2.5 hours a day transforming Jolie into the character of Maleficent, the central figure in the film, which has won mixed reviews from the critics since its release last October. He is one of three make-up artists in the film team who are jointly nominated for the award. ‘It is a real... More >

Godfather of Dutch children's tv dies

Aart Staartjes, considered to be one of the founders of children’s television in the Netherlands, has died at the age of 81 after a road accident. Staartjes devised popular shows in the 1970s and 1980s such as Stratemakeropzeeshow and De film van Ome Willem and for years took the role of  Mr Aart in Sesamstraat. ‘Staartjes was the godfather of Dutch youth television,’ tv writer Jan Kok told broadcaster NOS. ‘He made so much possible. He saw opportunities in Hilversum... More >

Maastricht University 'paid off hackers'

The University of Maastricht paid ‘several hundred thousand euros’ to hackers who broke into the computer system shortly before the Christmas break, according to university news website Observant. After making the payment the hackers gave university cyber experts the key to get back access to the system, sources told the magazine. The university itself has not commented on the claims. The university was hit on December 24 and the hack resulted in the email and Windows systems being frozen. Cyber... More >

Telecom, internet takeovers need approval

The Dutch government will intervene if the takeover of smaller internet and telecoms companies, hosting firms and server farms is a risk to national security, junior economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer has told MPs. Companies will fall under the law if the takeover involves internet or telephony services to more than 100,000 people. In that case the deal must be referred to the economic affairs ministry for approval. ‘The cabinet wants to prevent national security being affected if untrustworthy, criminal... More >

Chris Rea dominates Christmas airwaves

Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas was the most played Christmas record on the radio last year, with 710 spins in December, broadcaster NOS reports. Band Aid’s Do they know its Christmas was in second place on the list, followed by Wham’s Last Christmas, Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is You and the Andy Williams classic It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year. ‘There are lots of new Christmas hits… but these are the ones you will... More >