Monday May 30, 2016

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The...
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Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend
Monday May 30, 2016
George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend

Pope Francis met with George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek and 11 international YouTube creators Sunday at an event that promotes social integration and peace through technology, art and sport.The event took place at the Sixth World Congress of Pontifical Foundation Scholas at the Vatican over the weekend. The 11 YouTube creators represented more than 27 million subscribers around the world and come from 10 different countries and religious backgrounds who use the platform to promote understanding between diverse communities. They included Louise Pentland (United Kingdom); Lucas Castel (Argentina); Matemática Río (Brazil); Hayla Ghazal (United Arab Emirates); Dulce Candy (United States); Matthew Patrick (United States); Jamie and Nikki (Australia and Sudan/Egypt); Greta Menchi (Italy); Los Polinesios (Mexico); and Anna RF (Israel). Topics covered during the meeting with the Pope included immigrant rights, gender equality, loneliness and self-esteem. Also in attendance at the event were George Clooney, Richard Gere, and Salma Hayek who received medals for their contribution to the work of the Scholas Occurentes foundation. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry
Sunday May 29, 2016
Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Once hoping to be known as Hollywood East, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms, from cable TV's TLC to the Internet's YouTube. The push comes about a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, considering so many actors, directors and crew already lived in the state. Connecticut created a new tax incentive program and built up a trained crew base that attracted big-name movie directors like Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Sam Mendes and others to the state. But in recent years, the state has focused more on productions that appear on much smaller screens. "We still have films that are shooting here, but really the lion's share of the production activity in the state is split between television and digital media. It's sort of our niche. That's sort of where we hunt," said George Norfleet, director of Connecticut's Office of Film, Television and Digital Media. Some Connecticut-based filmmakers are disappointed with the change in focus. They point to the decision to stop funding the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, which trained workers in film and TV production from 2008 to 2012. The state originally invested $1 million in the program, hoping to help create a trained crew base. Filmmakers are also dismayed by the decision to suspend the state tax credits for feature films for two years, starting July 1, 2015. A group urged state legislators this year to exempt small productions that cost less than $2 million from the suspension. While the provision didn't make it into the final budget deal this year, it will likely be resurrected in the next legislative session. "The new language ensures that these smaller films will be made mainly by Connecticut residents and that will keep Connecticut's film industry growing," Wallingford film producer and director A.D. Calvo, owner of Goodnight Film, LLC, told state lawmakers in March. "These smaller films serve as incubators for a thriving workforce, a workforce that will attract larger budget, studio-level, film and television projects." Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said the state has tried to "shift away from short-term gains" and encourage studios to be established here, making them part of "our entire economic industry base." She and Norfleet point to the growth of ESPN, World Wrestling Entertainment, NBC Sports and NBCUniversal, which tapes Maury and the Jerry Springer Show at the Stamford Media Production Center, as examples of some bigger successes for Connecticut. The state is also now home to Blue Sky Studios, the digital animation studio in Greenwich. Connecticut is also working with smaller companies that produce varied programming such as television cooking shows, infomercials, video games for cell phones, audio books, online action movies and parodies, and even 3D animated science videos used by pharmaceutical and biotech companies. In April, Connecticut's film office co-sponsored the inaugural Tribeca Digital Creators Market in New York City. The event was billed as the first marketplace for digital and online content, where creators could connect with buyers, producers and agents. At that event, Connecticut highlighted the tax credit program, which provided $91.5 million in tax credits to 36 production companies that spent an estimated $348 million in fiscal year 2015 in the state on qualified digital and TV productions. The credit covers up to 30 percent of what's spent in Connecticut, ranging from salaries to rental equipment. The film office has also refocused its job training efforts on digital media production. This summer will mark the second year of The Digital Media CT, a training program the office developed with the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus. James Amann was Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007 when the effort to grow both the film and digital media industries began. While he's happy with the state's progress made with the digital industry, he says Connecticut "fell very short" on continuing to bring movies to the state. Now a lobbyist, Amann represents about 900 small filmmakers. He said one could someday open a studio and "be the next big deal." "There was a bridge built," he said. "But unfortunately, one lane has been completed on the digital end. But the other lane is sitting dormant in mothballs." Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Susan Haigh from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Euro 2016 host cities: things to see and do in Toulouse
Saturday May 28, 2016
Euro 2016 host cities: things to see and do in Toulouse

After being picked to host the 2016 UEFA European Championship, which runs June 10 to July 10, France will be welcoming soccer fans to matches in 10 of its cities. In Toulouse, players and supporters will be heading to games at the Toulouse Stadium, specially renovated for the event. Here's a look at a few things awaiting fans of the beautiful game prior to kick-off in the southwestern city.Where to eat Savory specialties: fans of fine dining should head to the eponymous restaurant of Michel Sarran. This star chef, a native of the region, rose to a new level of fame as a judge on France's "Top Chef" TV cooking show. Sarran has today become a frontman for Languedoc cuisine, giving pride of place to local ingredients in his double Michelin-starred restaurant. Plus, Toulouse is one of France's cities currently seeing a new wave of up-and-coming gastronomic talent break through onto the restaurant scene, thanks to a young generation of chefs, such as Pierre Lambinon. Named "Young Chef of the Year" by France's Champérard guide, Lambinon serves up creative cuisine in the immaculate white décor of the Py-R restaurant, which has one Michelin star. Sweet treats: while cassoulet stew is the most iconic dish of Toulouse, there are plenty of sweet snacks to be sampled in the city. Visitors should head to Maison Pillon for its artisanal chocolates, cakes and pastries. Don't leave without sampling the specialty -- Pavé du Capitole chocolates -- made from dark chocolate, hazelnuts and diced orange. The chef, Yannick Delpech, has also opened an intriguing eatery called "Sandyan," serving up a mixture of sweet treats, cakes and street food. Check out the amusing trompe-l'oeil dishes such as "boiled eggs" made from fresh mango, green tea cream and passion fruit coulis. What to see Must-visit museum: culture vultures should head for the Musée des Augustins. This fine arts museum, located next to the Augustinian Convent, is home to paintings and sculptures. It's also one of the oldest museums in France, opening in August 1795. Visitors can take in works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, Manet and Delacroix. A full-price adult ticket costs €5. Free sightseeing: the most famous sight in Toulouse has got to be the Capitole. This huge city hall is a neoclassical masterpiece that's unmissable -- in more ways than one -- and it's free to visit. The Capitole has been the heart of municipal administration since the 12th century, and is now also home to a theater. The building is made from the famous pink-colored stone that gives Toulouse its nickname, "the pink city" ("la ville rose"). Next, head to the Saint Sernin basilica, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. When to come back The pink city's favorite sports team, Stade Toulousain, is France's most decorated rugby club, unleashing an electric atmosphere in the city with every game. For a full-on Toulouse experience, head to the Ernest-Wallon stadium to watch Stade Toulousain playing a home match. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living
Saturday May 28, 2016
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living

PARIS (AP) — He's a fugitive on Interpol's Red List and a marine vigilante who's done jail time for extradition requests. Yet to many, he's also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. Love him or loathe him, Paul Watson, the 65-year-old, silver-haired founder of Sea Shepherd and co-founder of Greenpeace is now a celebrity because of his job: ramming whaling boats for a living. Watson has a hit U.S. reality TV series, "Whale Wars," that has aired on the Discovery Channel since 2008 about his organization's fight against Japanese whalers. And his influence reached new heights with the award-winning documentary "Sharkwater," which conservationists say resulted in shark finning being banned worldwide. Both have attracted a new legion of global fans to Sea Shepherd's controversial approach of battering whaling and fishing ships. The tactics have landed him in the legal hot water even as they boost his renown. During an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, Watson — a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen — was stopped four times in the street by fans of all nationalities who asked for autographs. "The camera is the most powerful weapon we've ever invented, so we had to utilize that weapon. That's why we created the (reality) show," he said. France has granted Watson political asylum, shielding him from extradition requests by Costa Rica and Japan on charges that he asserts are trumped up. Watson now lives as an international fugitive in a luxurious 18th-century chateau near Bordeaux. "It's not bad," he said with a smile. Japan says Watson allegedly masterminded Sea Shepherd's disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean and thus put whalers' lives at risk during the hunt. Watson's career has been as stormy as the seas he's travelled. Co-founder of Greenpeace in 1969, he left the organization eight years later. "I left Greenpeace because protesting is submissive. Like 'Please, please, please don't kill the whales,'" he said. The same year he founded Sea Shepherd with the mantra using "aggressive non-violence" to protect marine life. "We've never caused a single injury to anyone but all the stories of ramming ships are true," he said, his eyes sparkling. Getting celebrities on board has boosted his cause. It was not until the 1970s, when he got blond bombshell Brigitte Bardot to pose "cheek-to-cheek" with a baby seal on the ice, that he first realized the "power of celebrity." "It got us the cover of every major publication in the world," he said. Now it's an integral part of his organization's outreach. A scary-looking Sea Shepherd ship — a camouflaged vessel painted with jagged shark's teeth — was docked in front of the world's media at the celebrity-filled Cannes Film Festival this month with activist Pamela Anderson in tow, drawing attention to the campaign against Antibes' Marineland, Europe's largest Sea World-style theme park. Sea Shepherd is suing the marine park for negligence that they claim led to the deaths of an orca and other animals — allegations that Marineland officials deny. "I don't love the celebrity thing, but it's what gets the message across," Watson said, citing supporters including Christian Bale, William Shatner, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and Richard Dean Anderson. "We can't lose because we've got two James Bonds, Batman, Captain Kirk and MacGyver on our advisory board." Isn't he forgetting Robert Redford, who is also on the board? "Robert Redford wasn't a superhero in 'Captain America,' he was a villain," he laughed. Humor is just the veneer on a focused, dogged determination that's carried him through six decades of fighting for the rights of marine life. An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today — the police organization circulates those notices to member countries listing people who are wanted for extradition. Watson said the original charges from Japan — the world's biggest whaling nation — date from 2010, when a Japanese whaling vessel cut a $2 million Sea Shepherd boat in half. The Sea Shepherd captain then boarded the Japanese ship — "to confront the whaler who just destroyed his boat" — and was summarily arrested. Watson claims the captain "made a deal" with the Japanese to suspend his sentence "in return for him saying that I ordered him to board." Watson says the captain wrote an affidavit to the U.S. State Department a year later admitting that he'd lied to Japan, which led the U.S. to ignore the extradition request — after briefly handcuffing him when he when crossed the border from Canada. He says the Costa Rica request is also trumped up and is linked to the Japanese charges. Watson's charm comes from his effortless way of making extreme positions seem highly reasonable. He says all the property that Sea Shepherd destroys by ramming it at sea is being used for criminal activity. "So we don't see a problem with that," he explained. ___ Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Thomas Adamson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Dwayne Johnson to play Doc Savage in upcoming Shane Black adaptation
Monday May 30, 2016
Dwayne Johnson to play Doc Savage in upcoming Shane Black adaptation

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson spent his Memorial Day weekend finalizing plans for his participation in the upcoming film "Doc Savage," after posting a message about it on his Instagram account.In a relaxed photo with director Shane Black and his writing team and producers, Johnson posted: "It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the 'Man of Bronze' himself Clark 'Doc' Savage. The big-screen adaptation of "Doc Savage" will spin off from the 1930s and 40s novel "The Man of Bronze." Sony made the deal with Black to co-write and direct the film back in 2013, according to Deadline. Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry co-wrote the screenplay with Black, while Johnson will produce with his Seven Bucks Productions, alongside Hiram Garcia.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Netflix releases 'The Fundamentals of Caring' trailer
Monday May 30, 2016
Netflix releases 'The Fundamentals of Caring' trailer

Netflix released the trailer for "The Fundamentals of Caring" on Monday, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez.In the film, Ben (Rudd) is a retired writer who becomes a caregiver following a personal tragedy. He decides to take his first client, Trevor (Roberts) -- an 18 year-old with muscular distrophy -- on a road trip, where the pair meet a spunky runaway (Gomez) that shakes up their calculated existence. The film, which will be available on Netflix on June 24, first premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the Closing Night selection. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSXn-lIs4Y0  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New photo shows Cara Delevingne on 'Valerian' set
Monday May 30, 2016
New photo shows Cara Delevingne on 'Valerian' set

Director Luc Besson has shared a new photo from the set of his upcoming film "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" with Cara Delevingne.Besson snapped a photo showing Delevingne and co-star Dane DeHaan in their spaceship the "Intruder" and posted it to his Facebook page. The pair star as time-traveling agents in the 28th century who are charged with protecting the interests of the human species through space and time. The film is based on the French graphic novel series "Valerian" by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mezieres. Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, John Goodman, Clive Owen, and Rutger Hauer also star in the film. "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" hits theaters July 17, 2017. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend
Monday May 30, 2016
George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend

Pope Francis met with George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek and 11 international YouTube creators Sunday at an event that promotes social integration and peace through technology, art and sport.The event took place at the Sixth World Congress of Pontifical Foundation Scholas at the Vatican over the weekend. The 11 YouTube creators represented more than 27 million subscribers around the world and come from 10 different countries and religious backgrounds who use the platform to promote understanding between diverse communities. They included Louise Pentland (United Kingdom); Lucas Castel (Argentina); Matemática Río (Brazil); Hayla Ghazal (United Arab Emirates); Dulce Candy (United States); Matthew Patrick (United States); Jamie and Nikki (Australia and Sudan/Egypt); Greta Menchi (Italy); Los Polinesios (Mexico); and Anna RF (Israel). Topics covered during the meeting with the Pope included immigrant rights, gender equality, loneliness and self-esteem. Also in attendance at the event were George Clooney, Richard Gere, and Salma Hayek who received medals for their contribution to the work of the Scholas Occurentes foundation. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nibali wins 2nd Giro d'Italia title and 4th Grand Tour
Sunday May 29, 2016
Nibali wins 2nd Giro d'Italia title and 4th Grand Tour

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Riding a completely pink bicycle and patting his teammates, home favorite Vincenzo Nibali clinched a second Giro d'Italia victory and a fourth Grand Tour title on Sunday but Giacomo Nizzolo's hopes of a first stage win were again dashed as he was disqualified. Nibali's chances of repeating his 2013 feat seemed impossible on Friday — as he started the stage nearly five minutes behind leader Steven Kruijswijk — before a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian classic saw the Astana cyclist surge into the lead, helped by the Dutch rider's crash into a snowbank. "It's been an extremely difficult Giro but there is great joy now," Nibali said. "It was a beautiful emotion for the whole route, then coming into this circuit, with this enormous crazy crowd ... I'm speechless. "The hardest day was the time trial, it didn't go as I wanted, the feelings weren't great, I wasn't going well, I had a few stomach problems, then had a bit of a down moment, But in the last week I started to feel better and now I'm at the top of the GC. To be here today with all my family is amazing." Sunday's final leg, a flat 163-kilometer (101-mile) route from Cuneo to Turin, should have been mostly a coronation procession but it was also not short of drama — although this time not in the overall standings. With several crashes and the rain falling heavily, the race was neutralized and Nibali knew he just had to finish safely to secure the pink jersey. And a few meters short of the finish line, he acknowledged his achievement, patting his teammates on the back and bumping fists with them before sitting up in his saddle, pulling down the jersey to show it off fully and then lifting his arms into the air. Nibali finished with a total time of 86 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds, 52 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves. Alejandro Valverde was third, 1.17 behind Nibali, with Kruijswijk finishing outside the podium, nearly two minutes off the pace. It appeared to be a double celebration for Italy as Nizzolo, so often the Giro's nearly man, sprinted to victory but he was declassified after the race jury reviewed the sprint and judged he had veered into the line of Sacha Modolo, impeding his compatriot. The win was awarded to Nikias Arndt with Matteo Trentin second and Modolo third. "This is not the way I would have wanted to win a stage at the Giro," Arndt said. "I wish I had won one before today. I've been hunting a win for three weeks. But the jury has made its decision and there's nothing we, as riders, can do about it. I'm happy that I have a Giro stage win under my belt. I did a good sprint today anyway." Nizzolo has finished second nine times at the Giro, and third a further four times. "Today I had crowned a dream to win a stage and instead that dream has been transformed into a nightmare," Nizzolo said. "I have to accept the jury's decision even if in my opinion it is an unjust one. "Tonight I will go home not happy but with the knowledge that I have won because I'm worth a Giro stage. Modolo wasn't even second and wasn't even half a bike length behind." His Trek-Segafredo team posted a series of tweets, culminating with: "In our hearts we know who was the fastest in stage 21 at the 2016 #Giro." Copyright (2016) 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.

What to watch for at Art Basel 2016
Sunday May 29, 2016
What to watch for at Art Basel 2016

The international art fair will be taking place in Basel, Switzerland from June 16 through 19. The show is divided into eight sectors featuring a wide range of art forms, from paintings and sculptures to installations, films and photography as well as live performances.Founded in 1970 by three Swiss gallery owners, Art Basel is now the one of the world's most internationally-recognized art fairs, bringing together artists, collectors, museum directors and curators during a multi-day event. The fair now also has sister events that take place in Miami and Hong Kong. Art Basel is divided into eight sectors: Galleries, Feature, Statement, Edition, Unlimited, Parcours, Film and Magazines. This year, 287 art dealers wil make their way to the French-German-Swiss border city, which welcomed 92,000 visitors in 2014. Highlights of Art Basel 2016 Parcours The popular Parcours sector is site-specific. This year, 19 artworks will be on display around the city and neighboring districts. Basel native Samuel Leuenberger will be curating the event for the first time. Highlights include American artist Sam Durant's steel chain maze "Labyrinth" and Chilean sculptor Iván Navarro's "Traffic", set in a disused sewage tunnel. The Bâloise Art Prize The prestigious prize will be awarded to two emerging contemporary artists from the Statement section. Winners receive over 30,000 dollars, and will see their work exhibited in solo shows around Europe. Anticipated showings Eighty-two-year-old Alison Knowles, the celebrated American performance artist, will show her interactive piece "Make A Salad" during the fair. Rare pieces by the late American artist Robert Smithson -- known for his land art -- will be exhibited, and American artist Jim Dine will return to Art Basel again with his immersive installation "Muscle and Salt" piece. Los Angeles-based Oscar Tuazon's new installation "Alloy" will house a series of talks on engineering and architecture throughout the week. Find out more about who and what's on at Art Basel 2016 here: www.artbasel.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The Latest: Real Madrid celebrate with Champs League win
Saturday May 28, 2016
The Latest: Real Madrid celebrate with Champs League win

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the Champions League final (all times local): ___ 11.55. p.m. Silver confetti is floating in the air above the San Siro pitch after raining down on the Real Madrid players as they lifted the Champions League trophy. "Penalties are always a lottery," said Cristiano Ronaldo on BT Sport, shortly after scoring the winning penalty. "You never know what's going to happen. "But we showed that our team has more experience and we scored all the penalties. It was unbelievable. A fantastic night." The players are now posing for pictures with their children and the trophy in the center circle. Heartbroken Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres stood on the sidelines gazing at his team's fans, with tears streaming down his face. The Madrid end of San Siro is still full of white shirts, while the Atletico end is swiftly emptying out. ___ 11.35 p.m. Cristiano Ronaldo converts the final penalty to hand Real Madrid an 11th title. Both teams had scored their opening three penalties and Real Madrid was leading 4-3 on spotkicks when Juanfran's effort hit the left post. Ronaldo, who had done little of note all night, stepped up in front of his team's fans and fired home a powerful penalty to secure his team the trophy. ___ 11.23 p.m. The Champions League final is heading to penalties after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid failed to score in extra time. Both sets of players were clearly tired during the additional 30 minutes and struggled to carve out opportunities. Cristiano Ronaldo had the best chance of the extra period, four minutes after the restart, with a header which came off his leg and looped into the arms of a grateful Jan Oblak. ___ 10.42 p.m. The Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is going into extra time after another late equalizer was scored between the two clubs. Yannick Carrasco's 79th minute leveler for Atletico cancelled out Sergio Ramos' opener. In the final in 2014, Ramos' stoppage-time equalizer meant an added 30 minutes in the match. Real Madrid went on to win 4-1. ___ 10.28 p.m. Once again a Champions League final between the two teams could be heading into extra time as Atletico equalizes with 11 minutes remaining. Halftime substitute Yannick Carrasco turned home Juanfran's cross from close range to send the Atletico fans wild. Real Madrid could have killed off the match moments earlier as Gareth Bale's effort was cleared off the line, moments after Cristiano Ronaldo had two attempts saved. Karim Benzema was also denied by Jan Oblak, with Ronaldo unmarked in the center of the penalty area. ___ 10.15 p.m. Nearly 60,000 Real Madrid fans are in their home stadium in the Spanish capital watching their team play in the Champions League final. Despite steady rain during most of the match, fans packed much of the 81,000-capacity stadium to watch the final against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. Four huge video screens were placed at midfield so fans could get an up-close view of the game in Milan. Before the match started at the San Siro, the crowd in Spain sang the team's anthem and loudly chanted as each player's name appeared on the big screens. The club said the exact attendance would be announced later Saturday. ___ 9.55 p.m. Fernando Torres, who was poor in the first half, won a penalty for Atletico after he was barged over by Pepe soon after the game re-started. However, Antoine Griezmann squandered Atletico's chance to level as he smashed his effort onto the crossbar, much to the despair of his team's own supporters packed behind that goal. Griezmann is the first player to miss a penalty in the Champions League final since Arjen Robben in 2012. Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas was booked for delaying the penalty before Griezmann stepped up. ___ 9.38 p.m. Atletico Madrid has got more into the game as the match has progressed but Real Madrid still deservedly lead 1-0 at halftime. Real Madrid dominated the opening stages but Atletico are now edging possession and have also had more shots on target — three to Madrid's two. Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was called into action early on, blocking the ball from point-blank range after a free kick was deflected toward goal by Karim Benzema and Casemiro. Antoine Griezmann had Atletico's best chance of the match three minutes from the break when his effort flew just past the left post. It was Griezmann's third shot in seven minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo is bidding to break his own record of Champions League goals scored in a season but it appears to be Gareth Bale's night instead. The Wales international won the free kick which led to the opening goal, and headed it on for Sergio Ramos to bundle in. It is a nightmare night for Atletico forward Fernando Torres, who has only had 10 touches in the first 45 minutes and has completed none of his five passes so far. ___ 9.05 p.m. Sergio Ramos, whose stoppage-time leveler took the 2014 final to extra time, has put Real Madrid 1-0 up after 15 minutes. The Real Madrid captain was on hand to bundle in after Gareth Bale flicked on Toni Kroos' free kick. ___ 8.49 p.m. The Champions League final has kicked off four minutes late. ___ 8.40 p.m. Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is headlining the first-ever live music performance for the opening ceremony. There are also more than 300 volunteer performers, 12 professional dancers and 100 people who bring in and take away the props in a glitzy 9-minute act. Andrea Bocelli will sing the Champions League anthem. The world-famous Italian tenor, who supports Inter Milan, sang at Leicester's stadium earlier this month before the team was presented with the Premier League trophy. ___ 8.05 p.m. Both teams are unchanged from their last league fixtures. Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Subs: Kiko Casilla, Nacho, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez, Jese, Isco, Danilo. Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak, Filipe Luis, Diego Godin, Stefan Savic, Juanfran, Gabi, Augusto Fernandez, Koke, Saul Niguez, Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann. Subs: Miguel Angel Moya, Tiago, Angel Correa, Lucas Hernandez, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Partey, Jose Maria Gimenez. ___ 7.55pm Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have arrived at the San Siro ahead of the Champions League final. Atletico — which lost to its city rival in the 2014 final — is looking for revenge and a first title, while Madrid is bidding to win the tournament for the 11th time. The pitch is getting a final watering ahead of kickoff at 2045. The trophy was dropped off earlier following a police escort from Milan's center, where it had been on display outside the city's famous cathedral. There was a friendly atmosphere between both sets of fans in the center and outside the stadium, with supporters in high spirits and happy to pose for pictures with each other. Copyright (2016) 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.

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living
Saturday May 28, 2016
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson rams whalers for a living

PARIS (AP) — He's a fugitive on Interpol's Red List and a marine vigilante who's done jail time for extradition requests. Yet to many, he's also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. Love him or loathe him, Paul Watson, the 65-year-old, silver-haired founder of Sea Shepherd and co-founder of Greenpeace is now a celebrity because of his job: ramming whaling boats for a living. Watson has a hit U.S. reality TV series, "Whale Wars," that has aired on the Discovery Channel since 2008 about his organization's fight against Japanese whalers. And his influence reached new heights with the award-winning documentary "Sharkwater," which conservationists say resulted in shark finning being banned worldwide. Both have attracted a new legion of global fans to Sea Shepherd's controversial approach of battering whaling and fishing ships. The tactics have landed him in the legal hot water even as they boost his renown. During an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, Watson — a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen — was stopped four times in the street by fans of all nationalities who asked for autographs. "The camera is the most powerful weapon we've ever invented, so we had to utilize that weapon. That's why we created the (reality) show," he said. France has granted Watson political asylum, shielding him from extradition requests by Costa Rica and Japan on charges that he asserts are trumped up. Watson now lives as an international fugitive in a luxurious 18th-century chateau near Bordeaux. "It's not bad," he said with a smile. Japan says Watson allegedly masterminded Sea Shepherd's disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean and thus put whalers' lives at risk during the hunt. Watson's career has been as stormy as the seas he's travelled. Co-founder of Greenpeace in 1969, he left the organization eight years later. "I left Greenpeace because protesting is submissive. Like 'Please, please, please don't kill the whales,'" he said. The same year he founded Sea Shepherd with the mantra using "aggressive non-violence" to protect marine life. "We've never caused a single injury to anyone but all the stories of ramming ships are true," he said, his eyes sparkling. Getting celebrities on board has boosted his cause. It was not until the 1970s, when he got blond bombshell Brigitte Bardot to pose "cheek-to-cheek" with a baby seal on the ice, that he first realized the "power of celebrity." "It got us the cover of every major publication in the world," he said. Now it's an integral part of his organization's outreach. A scary-looking Sea Shepherd ship — a camouflaged vessel painted with jagged shark's teeth — was docked in front of the world's media at the celebrity-filled Cannes Film Festival this month with activist Pamela Anderson in tow, drawing attention to the campaign against Antibes' Marineland, Europe's largest Sea World-style theme park. Sea Shepherd is suing the marine park for negligence that they claim led to the deaths of an orca and other animals — allegations that Marineland officials deny. "I don't love the celebrity thing, but it's what gets the message across," Watson said, citing supporters including Christian Bale, William Shatner, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and Richard Dean Anderson. "We can't lose because we've got two James Bonds, Batman, Captain Kirk and MacGyver on our advisory board." Isn't he forgetting Robert Redford, who is also on the board? "Robert Redford wasn't a superhero in 'Captain America,' he was a villain," he laughed. Humor is just the veneer on a focused, dogged determination that's carried him through six decades of fighting for the rights of marine life. An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today — the police organization circulates those notices to member countries listing people who are wanted for extradition. Watson said the original charges from Japan — the world's biggest whaling nation — date from 2010, when a Japanese whaling vessel cut a $2 million Sea Shepherd boat in half. The Sea Shepherd captain then boarded the Japanese ship — "to confront the whaler who just destroyed his boat" — and was summarily arrested. Watson claims the captain "made a deal" with the Japanese to suspend his sentence "in return for him saying that I ordered him to board." Watson says the captain wrote an affidavit to the U.S. State Department a year later admitting that he'd lied to Japan, which led the U.S. to ignore the extradition request — after briefly handcuffing him when he when crossed the border from Canada. He says the Costa Rica request is also trumped up and is linked to the Japanese charges. Watson's charm comes from his effortless way of making extreme positions seem highly reasonable. He says all the property that Sea Shepherd destroys by ramming it at sea is being used for criminal activity. "So we don't see a problem with that," he explained. ___ Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Thomas Adamson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.