Hollywood-style Sting Nabs Alleged Pirate Kingpin

Hollywood’s 2013 (Surprising) Rules of Power Dressing

Wednesday’s day in photos Sabine, a professor of literary, cultural and religious studies at the University of Hong Kong, fielded several questions from Religion News Service about her book, which examines portrayals of nuns in more than 60 years of film. The interview was edited for length and clarity. Q: When and why did you first become interested in this topic? A: My core research interests in sex and religion, and theology and sexuality, led over time to a correlative interest in women, their gender representation and history. From a personal point of view, I was influenced by the nuns who taught me: the Dominicans in grade school, and the Ursulines in high school. Both orders have a distinguished history as gifted educators. I grew up in the era of Betty Friedans Feminine Mystique. My mother and her friends and neighbors were college-educated but had left the city workforce to raise families in American House Beautiful suburbs. The nuns who taught me were feminist role models, though I did not realize it at the time. They were highly educated evidently smarter than the parish priests. They instilled an ethic of hard and meaningful work, of social conscience, of a responsibility to develop ones talents not only for a life of purpose, but in service to others. I admired their strong faith, dedication and care, sense of fulfillment and energy. A rare few were genuinely holy people, and there is nothing more attractive.

A dog chases a mock intruder during a function to celebrate the 29th Raising Day of the Indian National Security Guard (NSG) in Manesar, about 60 km (38 miles) south of New Delhi, October 16, 2013. The NSG is a federal contingency force established in 1984 and a quick reaction elite force for neutralizing militants, hijackers and kidnappers in situations which are beyond the capability of local forces to handle. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

You get to think about something other than work.” Says UTA partner and motion picture agent Blair Kohan (Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham): “Fashion is an expression of emotion and creativity. The moment you dress for ‘power,’ it stops being fun. It’s not about power anymore — it’s about confidence.” Below: Stephanie Herman For Hollywood women, confidence is in the heel height. “They’re my executive armor!” laughs Klein, referring to her 6-inch purple Alexander McQueens. “I have these in many colors. They make me feel tougher.” Same for Liz Paulson, casting and talent vp of 20th Century Fox TV. “I wear Stella McCartney black clothes and Louboutins in every color. Six-inch ones. And I’m tall!” STORY:Valentino, THR Host 2nd Annual ‘Power of Style’ Luncheon Summing up: black clothes with white, colorful heels and for finishing accents, Prada, Balenciaga or Givenchy bags, with jewelry. “Accessories are the personal detail,” says 20th Century Fox TV vp casting Stephanie Herman, who dresses up her cream and black clothes with delicate diamonds from Switch — and long, wavy blond hair. Hair, it seems, is the final touch, an element of softness worn by stylish insiders across the board: Think Farrah Fawcett running a studio. “It infuses personality,” says Klein. Even Leslie Cao, assistant to WME business affairs’ June Horton, attests to its financial impact for industry beginners: “You can skip a lot of shopping if you change up your hair.” Shoes, jewelry, hair: It looks like power, as with God, is all in the details.

But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N. report last year that called him “one of the most notorious and influential” leaders of a piracy ring that has netted millions in ransom. So Belgian authorities decided to go undercover to get him, because they knew he traveled very little and that an international arrest warrant would produce no results in unstable Somalia. They approached an accomplice known as Tiiceey, dangling a fake job as an adviser to a fake movie about piracy, Delmulle said. The two men took the bait.