Monday Aug 3, 2015

'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a...
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'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn
Monday Aug 3, 2015
'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a party. Definitely, that's something she would really like." The former Bruce Jenner is documenting her fledgling public journey into womanhood in an E! reality series and has been feted at the Espy Awards, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and elsewhere. "We love Caitlyn," said Tambor, who's had dinner with Jenner. She's gone on record as loving "Transparent," he said. Tambor was asked to compare his experience playing a man who opens up to his family about his gender identity with Jenner's real-life experience. "If my knees were knocking, you can imagine her knees," he said after the panel. "I think she is courageous and I told her so. The example she is setting is so, so beautiful and it's gonna go very, very far. (It's) not only illustrative but also very inspiring to me." He doesn't think of himself as a spokesman for the transgender cause, he said, "But I think as an ally I can do great good." Tambor said that he didn't foresee Jenner appearing on Amazon's "Transparent." She has her own show, he said, smiling. During what he called "field trips" dressed as Maura, Tambor said he was surprised to find it was easier than he had expected. "It was life changing. ... People don't look at you," he said, aside from a few glances. A highlight came at a restaurant, when a man got up to leave and passed by Tambor's table. "He said, 'Have a good day, ladies.' I said, 'Yes!' I felt so good because I had made it up in my head it's much more." When Tambor was asked about the possibility of more "Arrested Development," he said that "there's been talk." But he's focused strictly on taping season two of "Transparent," he said, and was carrying script pages in his pocket. The series returns Dec. 4 on Amazon, which has greenlighted a third season. "Transparent," which also stars Judith Light and Bradley Whitford, received 11 nominations for next month's Emmy Awards. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

UFC's Ronda Rousey to star in biopic based on her memoir
Monday Aug 3, 2015
UFC's Ronda Rousey to star in biopic based on her memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off her knockout win, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Ronda Rousey is headed to the big screen. Paramount Pictures said Monday that it has acquired the rights to Rousey's autobiography, "My Fight/Your Fight," with plans for Rousey to play herself in the adaptation. The 28-year-old mixed martial artist has emerged as the sport's top female fighter. She's already drawn interest from Hollywood, appearing in the films "Furious 7" and "Entourage." In a bout Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, she won by knockout 34 seconds into the first round. The film will begin development with Mark Bomback penning the script. His credits include co-writing the screenplays to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Wolverine." Variety first reported plans for the film. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Amazon drama 'Hand of God' is actors' delight, stars say
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Amazon drama 'Hand of God' is actors' delight, stars say

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ron Perlman is reveling in his role in Amazon's "The Hand of God" and the expanding TV world. "This is the most exciting period I've ever seen in television and it's probably the most exciting place to be if you're a storyteller," Perlman told a TV critics' meeting Monday. He added a wry postscript: "Ten years from now it will be all (expletive) up, but for now it's a beautiful place." Perlman stars in the 10-episode "Hand of God" as a judge who's seeking vengeance — which he believes is God-directed — for a violent crime against his family. The series is available Sept. 4. Coming off a satisfying run in FX's "Sons of Anarchy," Perlman said he wanted to see if lightning strikes twice. With "the infusion of so many new voices and new venues" like streaming service Amazon, the increased competition has put originality at a premium, Perlman said. "The notion of just having a gig that reflects a bunch of stuff I've already visited ... doesn't have as much resonance as coming into something where there's no playbook," he said. For Andre Royo, "Hand of God" is a chance to break away from his memorable role as drug addict Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins in "The Wire." "I guess I played a junkie really, really, really well," Royo said, recalling the "rabbit-hole" feeling of being typecast. His friend Samuel L. Jackson wisely advised him to take the opportunities that came his way and play every character to the best of his abilities, Royo said. Executive producer Ben Watkins said the actor's talented portrayal of Mayor Robert "Bobo" Boston "forced us to see him as the mayor." "The defining role will not be Bubbles for him. It will be" Bobo, Watkins said. The series also stars Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt and Alona Tal. Guest stars will include Erykah Badu, Lance Bass and Jon Tenney. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral

A video of a daredevil stuntman surfing the waves of Tahiti on a modified motorbike has captured the attention of the internet, attracting more than 3.1 million hits within a day of being uploaded.In the four-minute video, Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison makes history, skipping off the surface of impossibly clear blue waters in French Polynesia, before riding the most iconic waves of Tahiti, Teahupoo and Papara on his two-wheeled surfboard. At one point, Maddison looks dangerously close to being swallowed up by the powerful waves, but a teaser shot shows the biker’s form miraculously emerging from the swell. Though Maddison is no stranger to adrenaline-pumping stunts -- he doubled for Daniel Craig in the James Bond film “Skyfall" -- the biker told Surfer magazine that he feared for his life at one point during the ride. “I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was,” he said. “You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there. It was a near-death experience.” Watch “Robbie Maddison’s ‘Pipe Dream’” at http://bit.ly/1Hj4qUq. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'

In the latest trailer for “The Intern,” Robert De Niro’s character explains why he chose to come out of retirement and work for a woman half his age.“In retirement, there’s an ongoing relentless effort in creativity,” his character Ben Whittaker says. “I tried yoga, learned to cook, bought some plants, took classes in Mandarin. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I just know there’s a hole in my life and I need to fill it. Soon.” So, at the age of 70, at the risk of humiliation, De Niro’s character -- a dinosaur in all things technology  -- volunteers to intern for a successful young entrepreneur (Hathaway) who has founded her own online fashion site. Cue the generational divide, misunderstandings, and modern-day drama. “The Intern” is set for a September 25 release. Watch the latest trailer at http://bit.ly/1MHtAnN. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral

A video of a daredevil stuntman surfing the waves of Tahiti on a modified motorbike has captured the attention of the internet, attracting more than 3.1 million hits within a day of being uploaded.In the four-minute video, Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison makes history, skipping off the surface of impossibly clear blue waters in French Polynesia, before riding the most iconic waves of Tahiti, Teahupoo and Papara on his two-wheeled surfboard. At one point, Maddison looks dangerously close to being swallowed up by the powerful waves, but a teaser shot shows the biker’s form miraculously emerging from the swell. Though Maddison is no stranger to adrenaline-pumping stunts -- he doubled for Daniel Craig in the James Bond film “Skyfall" -- the biker told Surfer magazine that he feared for his life at one point during the ride. “I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was,” he said. “You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there. It was a near-death experience.” Watch “Robbie Maddison’s ‘Pipe Dream’” at http://bit.ly/1Hj4qUq. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'

In the latest trailer for “The Intern,” Robert De Niro’s character explains why he chose to come out of retirement and work for a woman half his age.“In retirement, there’s an ongoing relentless effort in creativity,” his character Ben Whittaker says. “I tried yoga, learned to cook, bought some plants, took classes in Mandarin. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I just know there’s a hole in my life and I need to fill it. Soon.” So, at the age of 70, at the risk of humiliation, De Niro’s character -- a dinosaur in all things technology  -- volunteers to intern for a successful young entrepreneur (Hathaway) who has founded her own online fashion site. Cue the generational divide, misunderstandings, and modern-day drama. “The Intern” is set for a September 25 release. Watch the latest trailer at http://bit.ly/1MHtAnN. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit

Cate Blanchett will be recognized for her cinematic contributions at the upcoming Museum of Modern Art film benefit.Blanchett joins an elite group of actors and filmmakers who’ve been distinguished with honors by MoMa that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Blanchett won the Oscar for best actress at the 2013 Academy Awards for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Jasmine” and has starred in seven Oscar-nominated films. Her next highly anticipated projects include “Carol” and “Truth.” The eighth edition of the MoMA’s 2015 Film Benefit takes place November 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Julie Delpy's romcom 'Lolo' added to independent Venice film festival
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Julie Delpy's romcom 'Lolo' added to independent Venice film festival

French actress Julie Delpy’s latest romcom, “Lolo” will be screened at the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days as the 11th addition to the lineup.Delpy, whose film credits include “2 Days in Paris,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” also wrote, directed and stars in the film. In “Lolo,” Delpy plays Violette, a chic Parisian who falls unexpectedly in love with a provincial computer geek (played by Dany Boon) during a holiday in the south of France. Things run amok, however, when her son Lolo tries to sabotage the pending romance. After screening in Venice, the film heads to the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Venice Days runs September 2 to 12. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Confirmed: Channing Tatum to lead next 'X-Men' spinoff
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Confirmed: Channing Tatum to lead next 'X-Men' spinoff

Channing Tatum will appear in the “X-Men” spinoff film “Gambit.”Despite reports to the contrary, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Magic Mike star has closed a deal to lead the action film and play the role of a mutant whose superpower lies in kinetic energy. An earlier report cast doubt on the project, saying the deal was in danger of falling through. The deal could mean that Tatum reprises the role of Gambit in numerous instalments, just as Hugh Jackman starred in multiple X-Men films as Wolverine. "Gambit" is scheduled to be released in October 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn
Monday Aug 3, 2015
'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a party. Definitely, that's something she would really like." The former Bruce Jenner is documenting her fledgling public journey into womanhood in an E! reality series and has been feted at the Espy Awards, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and elsewhere. "We love Caitlyn," said Tambor, who's had dinner with Jenner. She's gone on record as loving "Transparent," he said. Tambor was asked to compare his experience playing a man who opens up to his family about his gender identity with Jenner's real-life experience. "If my knees were knocking, you can imagine her knees," he said after the panel. "I think she is courageous and I told her so. The example she is setting is so, so beautiful and it's gonna go very, very far. (It's) not only illustrative but also very inspiring to me." He doesn't think of himself as a spokesman for the transgender cause, he said, "But I think as an ally I can do great good." Tambor said that he didn't foresee Jenner appearing on Amazon's "Transparent." She has her own show, he said, smiling. During what he called "field trips" dressed as Maura, Tambor said he was surprised to find it was easier than he had expected. "It was life changing. ... People don't look at you," he said, aside from a few glances. A highlight came at a restaurant, when a man got up to leave and passed by Tambor's table. "He said, 'Have a good day, ladies.' I said, 'Yes!' I felt so good because I had made it up in my head it's much more." When Tambor was asked about the possibility of more "Arrested Development," he said that "there's been talk." But he's focused strictly on taping season two of "Transparent," he said, and was carrying script pages in his pocket. The series returns Dec. 4 on Amazon, which has greenlighted a third season. "Transparent," which also stars Judith Light and Bradley Whitford, received 11 nominations for next month's Emmy Awards. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemetery
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Hearse with Bobbi Kristina Brown's body arrives at cemetery

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The body of Bobbi Kristina Brown was carried by a hearse Monday to her final resting place next to her famous mother. The hearse carrying the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown left a funeral home in Newark late Monday morning followed by two SUVs carrying relatives, including cousin Dionne Warwick. The casket arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. and made the short trip to Whigham Funeral Home, the same facility that handled Houston's funeral arrangements three years ago. Police closed the road leading to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Bobbi Kristina died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. Her death was similar to the way her mother died. Whitney Houston's body was found face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in her body but determined her death was an accidental drowning. Bobbi Kristina was found in the townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina referred to him as her husband. A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning, and authorities are investigating her death. Bobbi Kristina grew up in the shadow of her famous parents. She appeared with them in 2005 on the Bravo reality show "Being Bobby Brown" and attended award shows with her mother and father. Houston and Brown were married 15 years before their relationship ended in 2007. Bobbi Kristina was their only child together. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit

Cate Blanchett will be recognized for her cinematic contributions at the upcoming Museum of Modern Art film benefit.Blanchett joins an elite group of actors and filmmakers who’ve been distinguished with honors by MoMa that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Blanchett won the Oscar for best actress at the 2013 Academy Awards for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Jasmine” and has starred in seven Oscar-nominated films. Her next highly anticipated projects include “Carol” and “Truth.” The eighth edition of the MoMA’s 2015 Film Benefit takes place November 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chita Rivera tells young performers to lose the lip-syncing
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Chita Rivera tells young performers to lose the lip-syncing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Musical theater great Chita Rivera has friendly advice for young stars who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. Rivera, at a TV critics' meeting Sunday to promote her upcoming PBS special, was asked what she thinks of those performers who say they have to rely on lip-syncing. The 82-year-old, with a disdainful look fixed on her face, replied: "Couldn't you tell?" Rivera, who won Tony Awards for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "The Rink," said she's still on stage because she was properly trained in breath control. She received her 10th Tony nomination earlier this year, for "The Visit." "It's a pity, because they could be so much stronger because they're so gifted," she said, not calling out any junior performers by name. The Broadway production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "The Visit" had a brief run, but Rivera said the musical is bound for Beijing and Singapore and "there's talk about London." A cast album was completed and includes her co-star Roger Rees, who died in July after a brief illness. "Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do," an hour-long career retrospective, will air Nov. 6 as part of PBS' "Great Performances" showcase. It includes interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and other colleagues; archival performance footage, and newly filmed Broadway tunes that Rivera performs in concert, including "All That Jazz" and "A Boy Like That." Rivera gave critics a taste of the program and her undimmed star power, sharing songs and anecdotes and charming the group. She was asked about a clip from the PBS tribute in which "The Visit" director John Doyle describes her as "naughty." Asked to explain in what ways, a smiling Rivera replied: "Every way you can think." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Upcoming video games: 'Rare Replay,' 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture'
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Upcoming video games: 'Rare Replay,' 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture'

Among titles releasing the week of August 4, "Rare Replay" proposes a compendium of 30 games from a 25-year span of video game history; the following week "Everybody's Gone to the Rapture" defies its name to represent an uptick in volume for the otherwise unhurried summer release schedule.Rare Replay (XBO)August 4 Thirty games sharing the same disc, all plucked from the back catalogue of fondly regarded game studio, Rare. The collection spans a 25-year period, from "Jetpac" and "Knight Lore" on the ZX Spectrum through console icons "Battletoads," "Killer Instinct Gold," and "Jet Force Gemini" to Xbox and Xbox 360 faves "Perfect Dark," "Viva Piñata" and "Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts."xbox.com/games/rare-replay Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)August 11 After tackling survival horror in "Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs," award-winning studio TheChineseRoom returns to mystery adventure that takes place during an apparent apocalypse, is set in a remote English village, and mines mid-20th century British sci-fi tales for inspiration.thechineseroom.co.uk/games/everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture Toy Soldiers: War Chest (PS4 WinPC XBO)August 11 Building on two Xbox 360 games from 2010 and 2011, "War Chest" sees tanks, cannons, teddies, ponies, dragons, drones and pixies collide in a battle for supremacy. A deluxe Hall of Fame version includes licensed characters from cartoon series "He-Man" and "G.I. Joe" as well as Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed" games.toysoldiers.ubi.com Goat Simulator (PS3, PS4)August 11 Having already been made available on Windows PCs, Mac and Linux, iOS and Android, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One, 2014 breakout / genre spoof "Goat Simulator" arrives in all its goofy glory on PlayStation, goading players into high-scoring stunts and neighborhood wrecking antics. Includes 4-player local co-op play and jokey GoatVR mode.goat-simulator.com Fallout Shelter (Android)August 13 An immediate hit on iOS, "Fallout Shelter" offers a thematically appropriate survivor curation experience, as players plan and build an underground bunker for their growing band of citizens, allocating them tasks and self-development opportunities in order to keep everybody happy in a peculiar retro-futuristic 1950s way. All in keeping with the iconography of the "Fallout" series and November's "Fallout 4."bethsoft.com/en-us/games/fallout_shelter Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.