Tuesday Sep 2, 2014

FOX to bring 'Jack Irish' to US audiences

The network has picked up an American adaptation of the Australian miniseries, which was originally headlined by Guy Pearce.Based on the crime novels of Australian author Peter Temple and the Australian TV movies they inspired, "Jack Irish" focuses on a part-time lawyer, debt collector and...
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FOX to bring 'Jack Irish' to US audiences
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
FOX to bring 'Jack Irish' to US audiences

The network has picked up an American adaptation of the Australian miniseries, which was originally headlined by Guy Pearce.Based on the crime novels of Australian author Peter Temple and the Australian TV movies they inspired, "Jack Irish" focuses on a part-time lawyer, debt collector and apprentice cabinet maker who is trying to get his life back on track after the murder of his wife. The character has a knack for ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first two TV movies on the character, "Jack Irish: Bad Debts" and "Black Tide," aired in Australia in October 2012. The third installment, "Dead Point," still featuring Guy Pearce in the title role, was broadcast last April. Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey ("The Following"), the American version is produced by Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. No details have been released regarding the cast, production timeline or premiere dates. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Lars Von Trier prepping return to TV
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
Lars Von Trier prepping return to TV

Twenty years after creating the groundbreaking miniseries "The Kingdom," the director is preparing to return to the small screen with "The House That Jack Built."The project was announced by Louise Vesth, a producer at Lars von Trier's Zentropa film company, during a press conference for the screening of "Nymphomaniac Volume 2: Director's Cut" at the Venice Film Festival. Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen chimed in to describe the project as "without precedent" and added: "You better hold your breath." The English-language series will have a large international cast, although no individual names have been revealed. Details on the plot are also still under wraps. Known for his avant-garde films, including the 2000 Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Dancer in the Dark," von Trier has also worked in TV as the creator and director of "The Kingdom" ("Riget" in the original Danish). Set in a Copenhagen hospital, the story follows a small number of doctors and patients attempting to understand a series of supernatural events. Since the first season, aired in 1994, left a number of questions unanswered, four additional episodes were made three years later. In 2004, Stephen King adapted the drama for American audiences as "Kingdom Hospital." The Danish filmmaker will begin writing the screenplay for "The House That Jack Built" this fall, and production is slated to begin in 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring. The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning "American Idol." She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November. Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Speaking to the masses: Samsung focuses on affordability for new wireless speakers
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Speaking to the masses: Samsung focuses on affordability for new wireless speakers

Samsung is the latest company to offer a range of affordable wireless speakers in the hopes of cashing in on the growing popularity of music streaming services.The new wedge-shaped units, called the M3 series, will connect to a home's wi-fi network in order to pump out tunes in every room, either from a digital music library or directly from Amazon's Cloud Player, Pandora, Spotify or Rhapsody. And, of course, they can be controlled via a smartphone app. And although Samsung is at pains to describe the new device as both "affordably priced" and "easy" to use, it won't be revealing any specifics about the M3 until its official IFA Press Conference on September 4. All it has confirmed is that users will be able to stream different tracks from Spotify to different speakers in different rooms as well as being able to send the same tune to every speaker. Consumer interest in and demand for wireless speakers is growing at a pretty serious rate. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), one in 10 US consumers already owns a multi-room wireless audio solution that streams music around the home via wi-fi and 16 percent of homes already use at least one Bluetooth speaker that connects to a smartphone, tablet or PC for playing music remotely. Part of the reason for their growing popularity is that music collections have moved from physical copies played on a stereo system to a host of digital files stored on PCs, handsets and in the cloud. However, according to Futuresource Consulting, premium music streaming services, from the aforementioned Spotify to Beats Music, are also having an impact. In the US and Europe, consumers are expected to spend $3 billion in subscriptions to premium music streaming services, which in turn is leading serious music fans to look for equally 21st century ways of enjoying their favorite songs. "Wireless audio hardware is in the driving seat, with devices like wireless speakers key to the development of streaming music subscription services, providing an additional layer to the user experience beyond a personal listening experience via headphones or a standard docking station," says David Sidebottom, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Futuresource claims that the wireless speaker market is growing by some 181 percent annually, a trend which is clearest to see when looking at companies joining the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association, the trade group set up to promote best practice and promote technology standards. Its ranks have swollen from 15 to 30 member companies since January. And as membership has grown, so has the focus on mid-range and entry-level systems. Until 2013 wireless speaker systems were very much a premium product type and a market ruled by Sonos. However, in recent months, Sonos has launched an affordable -- i.e., sub $200 -- range of speakers and Bose, Denon and Samsung have entered the market at the premium end. With the M3, it looks as if Samsung is now looking to build up its market share. However, it will have competition. LG will be officially unveiling its own affordable wireless speaker system, LG Music Flow, at IFA too. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Drama and secrets in 'Downton Abbey' season 5
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Drama and secrets in 'Downton Abbey' season 5

ITV has unveiled the first trailer for its period drama's next season, which premieres September 21 in the UK.The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" is poised to be an eventful one for the protagonists of the popular series. In its new video, the British network hints at romance -- as Lady Mary grows closer to Lord Gillingham and the footman Jimmy Kent pursues his forbidden love affairs -- as well as drama, as Lord Grantham fears that his grandson is about to be stolen from the family. There is also a shot that hints that a terrible fire may break out at the estate. The new season, written once again by the show's creator Julian Fellowes, is set in 1924 and finds the family coping with reforms carried out by the first Labour government. "Downton Abbey" has added a number of new cast members for the coming episodes. Anna Chancellor, Sue Johnston, Richard E. Grant, Rade Šerbedžija and Emma Lowndes join the show's stars Maggie Smith, Tom Cullen, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Elizabeth McGovern. Watch the new trailer: http://youtu.be/4FZdk7LHQ0o Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

VENICE WATCH: Editor honored; surreal Swede shines
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
VENICE WATCH: Editor honored; surreal Swede shines

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press. ___ HONOREE SCHOONMAKER TALKS SCORSESE The Venice Film Festival celebrated what has been called the "hidden art" of film editing on Tuesday, bestowing a Golden Lion for career achievement on Martin Scorsese's longtime collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker. Schoonmaker, who has edited all Scorsese's films since "Raging Bull" in 1980, credited the director for her success — "He taught me everything I know." She said it was "the most amazing luck" that she'd meet Scorsese at New York University after being thwarted in her original aim of becoming a U.S. diplomat. "They said I was way too liberal and would be very unhappy in the foreign service," Schoonmaker said. She said her early work on documentaries — including Scorsese's "Woodstock" — gave her the skills to edit the improvisations Scorsese draws from his actors, most recently in "The Wolf of Wall Street." "It was wonderful when Marty realized that Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill and Leo (DiCaprio) could improvise," she said. "He just let them fly. And so I had tons of wonderful improvisation I had to shape." She and Scorsese remain one of the most productive partnerships in the movies. Schoonmaker said their next project will be "so different from 'Wolf of Wall Street' you can't imagine." —By Jill Lawless, http://Twitter.com/JillLawless ___ SWEDISH SURREALISM STORMS VENICE The title was enough to get people talking, and "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" has become one of the hits of the Venice Film Festival. Swedish director Roy Andersson's film is a series of surreal, bleakly comic vignettes that mix the mundane with deadpan humor and unthinking cruelty. Wandering through the film are two sad-sacks who sell vampire teeth and other jokey novelties. They're the least jolly salesmen imaginable, and no one is buying. The movie had audience members laughing and scratching their heads in equal measure Tuesday. The Guardian newspaper called it "a glorious metaphysical burlesque," while the Daily Telegraph called Andersson's work "sublime, ridiculous" and untranslatable. Andersson said he wanted to explore the cruelty humans are able to inflict on one another, and how it persists down the ages. The movie is set in a drab corner of modern Sweden, but the country's 18th-century King Charles XII and his army burst into proceedings. "I hope that people can see that daily life can also be poetic even when it's banal," Andersson said. "That's my ambition — that banal life can also be poetic." The film, which took four years to make, is shot with a static camera in a series of deep-focus tableaux. Andersson, 71, said he was inspired by the social vision of painters including Peter Brueghel and Otto Dix to abandon the traditional narratives of his early films for the fragmented vignettes of this film and its predecessors "You, the Living" and "Songs From the Second Floor." "I don't tell stories. I want to make pictures," he said. "It's boring for me to look at cinema with stories." Some have compared Andersson to the great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. But he sees one essential difference. "As I see it, Ingmar Bergman had no humor." —By Louise Dixon and Jill Lawless Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? "Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky," said Robin Hazel, who was visiting the city recently from Ottawa, Canada. "Rocky is great, it's a movie. But Joe Frazier's real. And he's Philadelphia." Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of "Smokin' Joe" that captures Philly's local hero in mid-punch. Frazier became the first fighter to beat Muhammad Ali when he outslugged "The Greatest" for the heavyweight title in 1971. The effort to memorialize Frazier, first announced two years ago, was almost knocked out by fundraising problems and the sudden death of the original sculptor. Layne, 46, won the commission the second time around and began working in March. Steering clear of the victorious, raised arms stance of the Rocky statue — which was originally a prop in "Rocky III" — Layne instead found his spark in a photo of Frazier flooring Ali with his powerful left hook. The moment captured in the sculpture reflects the work ethic of Frazier and the city he called home, said Layne. "That pose of glory ... the Rocky pose, I don't think that's quite the vibe of Philadelphia," Layne said while working in his studio in the Fishtown neighborhood. Layne, who was raised here, both attended and taught at the city's esteemed Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He said he felt drawn to the Frazier project because of the shared Philadelphia connection and a sense that artists, too, must be fighters to survive in their field. "It was so obvious that (Frazier) was completely willing to get beat up ... so that he could achieve what he wanted," Layne said. "And I thought that was just an inspirational thing to watch." Frazier won the 1964 Olympic gold medal in Tokyo and later finished with a professional record of 32-4-1, with 27 knockouts. Two of the losses were epic rematches with Ali, including the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975. When Frazier died of liver cancer three years ago at age 67, his place had long been cemented in sports history. Still, a public fundraising campaign for his memorial generated few contributions, so four major donors ponied up most of the $160,000 needed for the statue and its maintenance fund. Two of Frazier's daughters, Weatta Collins and Renae Martin, said they are thrilled with Layne's work, noting the artist has been receptive to feedback from family members as the piece progressed. "It's really long overdue," Collins said. "We're very happy that it's finally being done." Layne plans to finish the clay work by the end of September. The statue will then go through a molding process before being cast in bronze and installed at Xfinity Live, an entertainment complex by the city's three sports stadiums. Frazier fought near the site at the now-demolished Spectrum. The unveiling of the 1,800-pound likeness is expected next spring, probably in April, said Richard Hayden, an attorney for Xfinity Live. The sculpture's location will be off the beaten path for visitors — about five miles south of the Rocky statue, which stands by the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps that Stallone famously ran up. Collins said her family is working with tourism officials to ensure sightseeing maps include the Frazier memorial. Arnaud du Croix, of Veenendaal, the Netherlands, took a picture with Rocky recently because the movies were "part of my youth." He questioned how many foreign tourists would recognize Frazier's name, though as a boxing fan he enthusiastically supports the Smokin' Joe tribute. "It's a bit silly to have a statue of someone that was never a professional boxer," du Croix said of Rocky. "It made the city of Philadelphia very famous, but they should have a statue of a great boxer — of Joe Frazier." ___ Follow Kathy Matheson at www.twitter.com/kmatheson Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Lars Von Trier prepping return to TV
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
Lars Von Trier prepping return to TV

Twenty years after creating the groundbreaking miniseries "The Kingdom," the director is preparing to return to the small screen with "The House That Jack Built."The project was announced by Louise Vesth, a producer at Lars von Trier's Zentropa film company, during a press conference for the screening of "Nymphomaniac Volume 2: Director's Cut" at the Venice Film Festival. Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen chimed in to describe the project as "without precedent" and added: "You better hold your breath." The English-language series will have a large international cast, although no individual names have been revealed. Details on the plot are also still under wraps. Known for his avant-garde films, including the 2000 Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Dancer in the Dark," von Trier has also worked in TV as the creator and director of "The Kingdom" ("Riget" in the original Danish). Set in a Copenhagen hospital, the story follows a small number of doctors and patients attempting to understand a series of supernatural events. Since the first season, aired in 1994, left a number of questions unanswered, four additional episodes were made three years later. In 2004, Stephen King adapted the drama for American audiences as "Kingdom Hospital." The Danish filmmaker will begin writing the screenplay for "The House That Jack Built" this fall, and production is slated to begin in 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Doll from 'The Conjuring' coming to toy stores
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
Doll from 'The Conjuring' coming to toy stores

In a Facebook post spotted by IGN, Mezco Toys announced it will soon market a version of Annabelle, the terrifying doll introduced in the horror movie and set to return in the sequel.Released in 2013, "The Conjuring" focused on the Warrens, a husband-and-wife paranormal detective team, and their attempt to help a family terrorized by a demon. The prequel "Annabelle," which is due in theaters on October 3, focuses on the origin story of the eponymous doll. Naturally the toy, which Mezco Toys will launch in late 2014, isn't the sort of rosy-cheeked baby doll that might make you nostalgic for playing house. It's more likely to make you want to sleep with the lights on, or else lock the doll in a closet. For anyone considering buying the doll for their kids, the trailer for "Annabelle" might help make up your mind: youtu.be/AA2pFq9pFTA The toy company, which also markets "Batman" and "Breaking Bad" dolls, has also shown its ability to create more frightening models, including its "Chucky" and "Living Dead" dolls. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Wesley Snipes to return in 'Blade 4'
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Wesley Snipes to return in 'Blade 4'

New York Daily News reports that the actor, who is currently in theaters in "The Expendables 3," could reprise his role as the famous vampire hunter.Despite the critical and commercial flop of "Blade Trinity," the last movie in the franchise to date, and despite weak box office earnings for the third "Expendables" movie, in which the actor joined Sylvester Stallone's team of musclemen, New Line Cinema is still willing to bet on Wesley Snipes. Released from prison in April 2013 after serving two and a half years for tax evasion, the actor is "looking good," according to the New York Daily News's sources, and is set to make $3 million plus a share of profits as the star of "Blade 4." Created in 1998, the "Blade" franchise centers on a "dhampir," or a human with vampire genes, who devotes his life to fighting the blood-sucking creatures. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. They said the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan "engaged in a physical altercation." Bieber, 20, went to a police station and was arrested, then released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29, a spokesman for Perth County OPP said. OPP Constable Kees Wijnands said there were no injuries as a result of the collision, but could not say whether there were any injuries from the altercation. Bieber was photographed recently in southwestern Ontario riding on an ATV vehicle with actress and singer Selena Gomez. "Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi," Brian Greenspan, Bieber's Toronto lawyer, said Tuesday. "This has regrettably resulted in charges of dangerous driving and assault. Mr. Bieber and Ms. Gomez have fully cooperated in the police investigation. We are hopeful that this matter will be quickly resolved." Bieber tweeted about an incident with paparazzi last week. "There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana," Bieber tweeted. He also tweeted: "I don't have a problem with Paparazzi but when they act recklessly they put us all in danger." Earlier this month, Bieber pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race. Bieber is also charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver in late December. Police allege Bieber hit a limousine driver several times in the back of the head after he and five others were picked up by a limo in the early hours of Dec. 30. His lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case. Also in Miami, Bieber faces a lawsuit by a photographer who alleges he was roughed up while shooting pictures of the singer outside a recording studio. Bieber rocketed to fame at age 15. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut "My World 2.0," but sales of his latest records have fallen off. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington
Tuesday Sep 2, 2014
Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in the case, one that further tarnished the image of the Grammy-winning singer. Brown, 25, admitted that he hit a man who tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women outside the W hotel a few blocks from the White House last October. The victim, Parker Adams, suffered a broken nose. At the time of the arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case for attacking pop star Rihanna hours before the 2009 Grammy awards. The arrest led a judge in California to revoke his probation, and he was ordered in May to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June. Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already suffered extensive consequences from the Washington case, noting the additional jail time in California and the four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling. He said that Brown's career has been on hold for nearly a year and that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album. "To say that he's been punished severely in this matter is an understatement," Onorato said. Brown spoke only briefly, saying: "I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry." He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans. Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. A trial scheduled for April was delayed, and two previous attempts to reach a plea deal fell through. Oronato said there were "nuances" of difference in the potential deals. "As Chris Brown himself has now finally acknowledged, he punched a man in the face without provocation," U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement. "No matter your status or celebrity, you will be held accountable for such conduct in our city." Brown had a squeaky-clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 "Good Morning America" interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman's cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean's entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio. He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have hurt his public standing. Nonetheless, legions of fans, including many of his more than 13 million Twitter followers, continue to support him. Following the hearing, he tweeted "#XTheAlbum," a reference to his new recording, due out Sept. 16. Oronato said his client has learned to "be more judicious" in his dealings with the public. "He's an incredibly talented and charismatic kid," Oronato said. "I think he's misperceived a lot. He's a wonderful person, and I'm glad this is behind him." Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April for his role in the same scuffle. He has not yet been sentenced. The victim, Adams, has also filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Brown and Hollosy. ___ Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring. The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning "American Idol." She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award. She will be co-hosting the upcoming Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley this November. Fisher, a 34-year-old center for the Nashville Predators, is recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the start of the season. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premieres
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premieres

The Venice film festival feted the career of Frances McDormand Monday, the Oscar winning actress of "Fargo" fame, ahead of the premier of a new HBO mini-series she called the culmination of her life's work.McDormand, who is married to director Joel Coen and has starred in several Coen brothers films including "Fargo" and "Burn After Reading", was presented with the Visionary Talent Award for a career that began on Broadway in 1984. The 57-year-old American told journalists ahead of the ceremony that she felt developing, producing and acting in the four-part mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" was "the culmination of everything that I have attempted to do." McDormand plays a witty, acerbic maths teacher in a New England town in a story that spans 25 years, based on a Pulitzer prize-winning collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout, and directed by Lisa Cholodenko. "It was a holy bitch to adapt," writer Jane Anderson said. "I was utterly terrified. We worked on it for three to four years and originally HBO wanted a television series, but we persuade them to make it a mini-series so we could better develop Olive's character," she added. McDormand, who won Best Actress for her role as a pregnant local police chief in the 1996 dark thriller "Fargo", said she was "gratified to be at a film festival with 'Olive Kitteridge'. Television had "allowed all of us to reinvent on our own terms what we want our professional lives to be," she said. "For a female elder, action roles in films are limited, but television opens up new possibilities." - The Wild West - Director Cholodenko described it as "a golden age, changing every minute." "Every season there are more and more channels -- Sundance, Netflix, Amazon -- moving into production, it's kind of the Wild West. You can be as adventurous or subversive as you want to be." Themes of love, friendship and death in "Olive" are pinned together by humour-rich scenes around the kitchen table in the house Kitteridge shares with her husband Henry (Richard Jenkins) and teenage son Christopher. "I've made an entire career of supporting male protagonists in films. What I love about Kitteridge is she's a peripheral character in the short stories but accumulatively you realise the strength of her character," McDormand said. "I think 90 minutes is not enough to tell a female story. I think four hours is enough, six hours is better, 10 hours, two years... Our stories are circular, complex and need more than 90 minutes," she added. McDormand said she started taking out options on material to develop when her son was 13 years old, "and I knew that in five years he would be leaving home and I would need something that would distract me from crying all day." "I've since become addicted to long-term projects and love producing," she said, explaining that her skills came from years of housekeeping. "I'm as good a housewife as I am an actor. I have relocated our family around the world, I've given dinner parties, redecorated houses, I'm very good at ironing: all of these skills equate to producing film very closely," she joked. "It's almost like I've been rehearsing for this all my career." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Nicki Minaj tops, Iggy Azalea climbs global social media chart: Starcount
Monday Sep 1, 2014
Nicki Minaj tops, Iggy Azalea climbs global social media chart: Starcount

After taking a spot on last week's social media chart by Starcount, Micki Minaj climbs to the top spot for the week of Augut 25-31, riding the wave of the popularity of her new "Anaconda" video and her success at last week's MTV VMAs. Australian artist Iggy Azalea is a new addition to the chart, thanks to her own VMA buzz.As Nicki Minaj's video for "Anaconda" continues to get views -- she pulled in 70 million YouTube views over the past week -- the rapper is also grabbing headlines after her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside Jessie J and Ariana Grande, which included a "wardrobe malfunction" that may have been a planned stunt. Minaj got nearly 300,000 Facebook likes and was talked about by 830,000 on the site, while on Instagram she earned 365,365 new followers. Another highlight of August 24th's VMAs ceremony was Iggy Azalea's performance of her new single "Black Widow" with Rita Ora. The recording artist is enjoying a surge in sales thanks to the performance and is also seeing her star rise on social media. She was talked about by 2.25 million people on Facebook over the course of the week, also earning 300,000 likes on the site and pulling in more than 100,000 new Twitter followers. Starcount's global social media chart for August 25-31:1. Nicki Minaj2. PewDiePie3. Ariana Grande4. Katy Perry5. Taylor Swift6. Shakira7. Iggy Azalea8. Beyoncé9. Enrique Iglesias10. Justin BieberStarcount.com, the social media leaderboard, tracks data across 12 global social networks to provide an aggregated measure of social media popularity for stars and brands. Its Fan Chart application is available on Android and iOS. For more on Starcount's data go to www.starcount.com/pages/score. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.