Pamela Adlon found a niche in Hollywood on her own terms

Pamela Adlon
Updated 06 October 2017
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Pamela Adlon found a niche in Hollywood on her own terms

NEW YORK: Pamela Adlon jokes that she knew she was not going to take home an Emmy Award by her seating placement at this year’s show.
The co-creator, director, writer and star of FX’s “Better Things” was nominated for lead comedic actress. She was seated near Jimmy Kimmel and Stanley Tucci, who also did not win.
Adlon found her mind wandering to a possible consolation prize: a gift basket. “I tapped Tucci and was like, ‘Do you know if nominees get like a big gift basket or whatever?’ He was like, ‘I think we used to.’ I was like, ‘OK, I just want to make sure.’”
She brings that realness and perspective to “Better Things,” which airs on Thursday nights (10 p.m. Eastern). The semi-autobiographical series, now in its second season, is based on her life as a single mom raising three girls.
Adlon works steadily in Hollywood but does not have the level of fame that makes her a paparazzi magnet and says she often finds herself making sacrifices to mother those around her.
Adlon says she is always had a maternal instinct.
“It is never turned off,” she said in a recent interview. “When I was 19, my friends used to call me ‘mother and care unit’ because people would be crashing on my couch. On (the) set, everybody calls me mommy or commander. I like commander.”
Adlon, also known for her roles on “Californication” and “Louie,” directed every episode of the second season of “Better Things.”
“It is the ultimate. I got to do four or five jobs on my show. I got to produce, write with Louis C.K., direct and act. And I got to wear my own clothes and decide what people would not do to my face and hair, which is my favorite,” she said with a laugh.
She also makes sure to look after her TV daughters, well, like a mom.
“I am always considering where they are that day. Did you eat? This one is flat-lining, go get some food in it. This one is texting, let us take the phone away ... Things like that.”


Belgian court rules against extradition of Spanish rapper

Spanish rapper Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran, also known as Valtonyc, leaves the courthouse in Ghent, Belgium, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (AP)
Updated 18 September 2018
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Belgian court rules against extradition of Spanish rapper

  • Bekaert added though that a European warrant could be issued for his arrest in other countries that he might visit in the future

GHENT, Belgium: A Belgian court ruled on Monday against an extradition request from Spain for a rapper sentenced to prison for charges including insulting the monarchy, a spokesman for the public prosecutor in the city of Ghent said.
The 24-year-old rapper, known as Valtonyc, and whose real name is Josep Miquel Arenas, fled to Belgium in May after being sentenced in Spain to three and a half years for also praising terror groups.
“For the moment he is free and he is free definitively in Belgium,” his lawyer Paul Bekaert told Reuters TV in Ghent.
Bekaert added though that a European warrant could be issued for his arrest in other countries that he might visit in the future.
Valtonyc’s case has sparked criticism from international organizations, such as Amnesty International, that claim Spanish authorities are cracking down on free speech.
“I am very happy as finally we have found justice. We have been looking for it for a long time, and in Spain we did not get it,” Valtonyc said to Reuters TV.
“So it’s good that here they ruled in our favor, that here freedom of expression is important, but I’m very sad that in Spain justice is not evolving,” he said.
Spanish sentences are based on article 578 of the Spanish penal code.
Since 2015 with the approval of a new legislation on security, popularly known as “gag law,” the number of people charged has risen exponentially, leading to 84 convictions in the last three years, according to Amnesty.
In 2017, 39 people were brought before courts on charges of praising terrorism on social networks.
Spain’s new Socialist government has publicly said that one of its priorities is the revision of the “gag law.”