Saturday Nov 1, 2014

Lucy Liu takes lead role in smuggle run 'Snakehead'

Liu will play a Chinese mother who starts off looking for her daughter in New York but soon gets sidetracked into working for a human trafficking outfit in "Snakehead."And the "Elementary," "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill" co-star will be able to drawn on her own cultural background for the...
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Lucy Liu takes lead role in smuggle run 'Snakehead'
Saturday Nov 1, 2014
Lucy Liu takes lead role in smuggle run 'Snakehead'

Liu will play a Chinese mother who starts off looking for her daughter in New York but soon gets sidetracked into working for a human trafficking outfit in "Snakehead."And the "Elementary," "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill" co-star will be able to drawn on her own cultural background for the "Snakehead" portrayal of family values and underworld ambition. "I was drawn to this story and character not only because it ties into my history as a Chinese American but also as a New Yorker," she told Deadline. "After reading Evan's script, the hidden world of human smuggling was exposed to be right here in everyone's backyard and the reality is at the same time fascinating and grotesque." The film's writer and director tells a similar story. "Being a 6th generation Chinese-American, I've always been curious about my past and how my ancestors emigrated to the United States," said Evan Jackson Leong, whose background is in documentary-making, including basketball profile "Linsanity," but who has also worked with "The Fast and the Furious" regular helmer Justin Lin. "New York, and more specifically its Chinatown, is a fascinating backdrop, that is full of hope, yet fraught with danger." Shooting is scheduled to start in spring of 2015. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

YouTube most popular: Rikk Wilde, Daniel Radcliffe and T-Pain
Saturday Nov 1, 2014
YouTube most popular: Rikk Wilde, Daniel Radcliffe and T-Pain

Rikk Wilde struggles speaking on camera at the MLB MVP Trophy presentation, Daniel Radcliffe shows off his seriously impressive rapping skills and T-Pain strips things back with a soulful acoustic gig.YouTube's top five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, October 31 at 2:30pm GMT: Rikk Wilde Has A Tough Time With His Lines While Presenting the MLB MVP Trophy First published: October 29Total views: 999,788Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde seemed to struggle recently when charged with the task of presenting the MLB MVP Trophy to baseball player Madison Bumgarner... Makes for awkward viewing. youtu.be/d3WDcXNSUzEDaniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" First published: October 28Total views: 14.7millionDaniel Radcliffe shows off his secret rap sorcery skills when he belts out Blackalicious's "Alphabet Aerobics" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Pure wizardry. youtu.be/aKdV5FvXLuI T-Pain: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert First published: October 29Total views: 3.1millionRapper T-Pain drops the Auto-Tune to show off his true vocal skills in a live accoustic set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. youtu.be/CIjXUg1s5gc Get a Special Look at Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" First published: October 28Total views: 6.9millionThe release date is May 2015, but "Avengers: Age of Ultron is already causing a stir." Check out the superheros as you've never seen them before in this trailer. youtu.be/eGwuoYKhqx8Giants add 2014 Series title to '10, '12First published: October 29Total views: 312,798The San Francisco Giants win their third World Series title in five seasons -- see the moment Madison Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings to clinch the game. youtu.be/meC19fS7wLM Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Syfy presents new trailer for '12 Monkeys'
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Syfy presents new trailer for '12 Monkeys'

A few months ahead of the premiere, the cable network has shared a new trailer for "12 Monkeys," the series adapted from Terry Gilliam's 1995 film.Twenty years after its release on the silver screen, "12 Monkeys" has been reimagined as a TV series. Syfy, the network specializing in all things science-fiction, will air the new drama from January 16. Like the film, "12 Monkeys" will center on James Cole, a prisoner in the year 2035. The protagonist is sent back in time to prevent an epidemic unleashed 40 years earlier by a mysterious organization known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. Played by Bruce Willis in the feature, the protagonist will be portrayed by Aaron Stanford ("Nikita") in the new series. Amanda Schull ("Suits") will play the role Madeleine Stowe held in the film: Kathryn Railly, a bright doctor who must choose between her ideal life and Cole's mission. Kirk Acevedo ("Fringe") will play Ramse, Cole's close friend. Jon Cassar, formerly the director and producer of "24," helmed the show's pilot episode, which convinced Syfy to greenlight the project. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the writing duo behind "Terra Nova," penned the screenplay for this new version of "12 Monkeys." Watch the new trailer: youtu.be/wbhtDglpsqE Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Ellen Pompeo takes on first producing project for ABC
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Ellen Pompeo takes on first producing project for ABC

For the first time in her career, the star of "Grey's Anatomy" will take on the title of producer. The new role will expand her collaboration with ABC, the network that has aired the medical drama series since 2005.Ellen Pompeo is among the producers of "American Marriage," a drama soap on the wedding preparations of a young, in-love couple whose families are diametrically opposed. The bride and groom-to-be are forced to deal with the multiple cultural and generational conflicts that could ruin the celebration. The series will be co-written by Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, the duo behind the 2001 romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner," which starred Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez. Ellen Pompeo rose to fame on "Grey's Anatomy" in the role of the surgeon Meredith Grey, whose love story with Doctor McDreamy has riveted millions of TV viewers worldwide since 2005. ABC is currently airing the show's 11th season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV
Friday Oct 31, 2014
'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV

The 1980 psychological thriller that made Richard Gere a star is headed for a small screen remake at Paramount Television.Ten years before the immensely popular "Pretty Woman," Richard Gere made a name for himself in the title role of "American Gigolo." The actor played Julian, a young man who funds his luxurious lifestyle by working as an escort for older women in Los Angeles. When one of his wealthy clients is murdered, he becomes the primary suspect. To adapt the thriller into a series, Paramount Television has teamed with Jerry Bruckheimer and Paul Schrader, respectively producer and screenwriter/director on the original feature. The project joins a growing list of Paramount movies currently being remade for the small screen. The studio has a series based on "Minority Report" in the works at Fox, while "Shooter," which starred Mark Wahlberg, is due to be adapted for TNT. Paramount's strongest play in this vein could likely be "Ashecliffe," a series in development at HBO and based on the thriller "Shutter Island." Scripted by Dennis Lehane, the author whose novel inspired the feature, the pilot is set to be helmed by the film's director Martin Scorsese. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Lucy Liu takes lead role in smuggle run 'Snakehead'
Saturday Nov 1, 2014
Lucy Liu takes lead role in smuggle run 'Snakehead'

Liu will play a Chinese mother who starts off looking for her daughter in New York but soon gets sidetracked into working for a human trafficking outfit in "Snakehead."And the "Elementary," "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill" co-star will be able to drawn on her own cultural background for the "Snakehead" portrayal of family values and underworld ambition. "I was drawn to this story and character not only because it ties into my history as a Chinese American but also as a New Yorker," she told Deadline. "After reading Evan's script, the hidden world of human smuggling was exposed to be right here in everyone's backyard and the reality is at the same time fascinating and grotesque." The film's writer and director tells a similar story. "Being a 6th generation Chinese-American, I've always been curious about my past and how my ancestors emigrated to the United States," said Evan Jackson Leong, whose background is in documentary-making, including basketball profile "Linsanity," but who has also worked with "The Fast and the Furious" regular helmer Justin Lin. "New York, and more specifically its Chinatown, is a fascinating backdrop, that is full of hope, yet fraught with danger." Shooting is scheduled to start in spring of 2015. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts to play mother and daughter in 'Three Generations'
Saturday Nov 1, 2014
Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts to play mother and daughter in 'Three Generations'

The duo will be joined by Elle Fanning in the drama to be helmed by Gaby Dellal, according to The Hollywood Reporter."Three Generations" will explore questions of identity and family ties, centering on the life of a New York teen, her mother and her grandmother. Elle Fanning, who recently played Princess Aurora in "Maleficent," will play the youngest of the three title characters, Ray, who has decided to transition from female to male. Naomi Watts will play Ray's single mother, Maggie, who must come to terms with raising her only daughter as a son. Susan Sarandon will play Maggie's mother Dolly, a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner and has a hard time understanding her grandchild's decision. Production is slated to begin in New York in early November. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

YouTube most popular: Rikk Wilde, Daniel Radcliffe and T-Pain
Saturday Nov 1, 2014
YouTube most popular: Rikk Wilde, Daniel Radcliffe and T-Pain

Rikk Wilde struggles speaking on camera at the MLB MVP Trophy presentation, Daniel Radcliffe shows off his seriously impressive rapping skills and T-Pain strips things back with a soulful acoustic gig.YouTube's top five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, October 31 at 2:30pm GMT: Rikk Wilde Has A Tough Time With His Lines While Presenting the MLB MVP Trophy First published: October 29Total views: 999,788Chevrolet executive Rikk Wilde seemed to struggle recently when charged with the task of presenting the MLB MVP Trophy to baseball player Madison Bumgarner... Makes for awkward viewing. youtu.be/d3WDcXNSUzEDaniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" First published: October 28Total views: 14.7millionDaniel Radcliffe shows off his secret rap sorcery skills when he belts out Blackalicious's "Alphabet Aerobics" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Pure wizardry. youtu.be/aKdV5FvXLuI T-Pain: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert First published: October 29Total views: 3.1millionRapper T-Pain drops the Auto-Tune to show off his true vocal skills in a live accoustic set for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. youtu.be/CIjXUg1s5gc Get a Special Look at Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" First published: October 28Total views: 6.9millionThe release date is May 2015, but "Avengers: Age of Ultron is already causing a stir." Check out the superheros as you've never seen them before in this trailer. youtu.be/eGwuoYKhqx8Giants add 2014 Series title to '10, '12First published: October 29Total views: 312,798The San Francisco Giants win their third World Series title in five seasons -- see the moment Madison Bumgarner pitched five shutout innings to clinch the game. youtu.be/meC19fS7wLM Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Gal Gadot passes on 'Ben-Hur' remake
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Gal Gadot passes on 'Ben-Hur' remake

"Batman v. Superman" remains a priority for Gadot, as scheduling priorities mean she's passed on a role in "Ben-Hur."Russian director Timur Bekmambetov is steering the remake of "Ben-Hur" towards February 2016 and already has Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") in the lead role, with Toby Kebbell of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" as Ben-Hur's disloyal former friend and Morgan Freeman also on board. Gadot, too, was wanted for the film, but a pre-existing commitment to 2016's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" has put an end to that particular round of discussions, reports TheWrap, even if smaller parts in heist film "Triple Nine" and crime thriller Criminal (both 2015) had been feasible. As iconic DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman, Gadot is to star in a number of other Warner Bros movies after "Batman v. Superman," with the lead role in "Wonder Woman" and further appearances in ensemble movie "Justice League" both scheduled for 2017. Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool is reporting that the "Wonder Woman" film, part of a planned trilogy, will be set not in present times but in the 1920s, with the super-powered Amazon discovering America at the time that women had just been granted voting rights. "A planned sequel would then take place during World War II in the thirties and forties," the speculation reads, "and a threequel would then take place in the modern day, with the Justice League Of America." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Evil Dead' team picks up 'A Man in the Dark'
Friday Oct 31, 2014
'Evil Dead' team picks up 'A Man in the Dark'

"Evil Dead" directors Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are backing "A Man in the Dark," which comes from the writers behind a 2013 remake of their horror classic.Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues provided the screenplay for 2013's "Evil Dead," with Alvarez also making his directorial debut, while Raimi and Tapert produced alongside original star Bruce Campbell. The resulting release was generally well reviewed and went on to accumulate international box office earnings of $97.5m on a $17m budget. Now, the quartet are repeating their collaborative arrangement with Alvarez in the hot seat for "A Man in the Dark," which has its three teenage protagonists attempting to rob the home of a blind millionaire only to face disastrous consequences, reports Screen Daily. "A Man in the Dark" is expected to find international distribution during the American Film Market, which runs November 5-12 in Santa Monica, California. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Russia's Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Russia's Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

The 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize has been awarded to the restoration of Alvar Aalto's seminal Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia.The project, which took two decades to complete, was masterminded by the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library with the help of the Central City Alvar Aalto Library, Vyborg, the Russian Federation. Constructed between 1927 and 1935 in what was at the time the Finnish city of Viipuri, the library embodies Aalto's signature organic form and clear functionalist expression. As Viipuri became Vyborg, part of the expanded territory of the USSR, the library fell into disrepair, but the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 presented the opportunity to restore it. Completed in 2013, the restoration project symbolizes cooperation between Finnish and Russian governments. The World Monuments Fund, which works to protect 20th century architecture, launched its World Monuments Watch program in 1996 bringing more than 20 endangered modern buildings back to life. It launched its Modernism at Risk initiative with design studio Knoll in 2006. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of "The Audience." Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan's play, which explores the monarch's relationships with the dozen prime ministers who have served during her six-decade reign. The Mirren production, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, is due to open on Broadway in February. Daldry will also direct the new London production, which begins previews April 21 at the Apollo Theatre. Scott Thomas, whose films include "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Only God Forgives," is currently starring in Sophocles' "Electra" at London's Old Vic Theatre. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Toronto hit romance 'Meet Me In Montenegro' given 2015 ETA
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Toronto hit romance 'Meet Me In Montenegro' given 2015 ETA

The semi-autobiographical romantic drama "Meet Me In Montenegro," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is heading for a 2015 release after Sony's specialist distributor The Orchard tied up a deal.Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen co-star in and co-direct the film, which also has Rupert Friend of "Homeland" and Jennifer Ulrich of German vampire film "We Are the Night" in supporting roles. It follows an aspiring Californian director and a Norwegian dancer who, after being separated for many years, finally find each other again. It's Friend and Ulrich who help Holdridge's character forget about a failed project when he seeks solace in Berlin away from the hustle and bustle of LA. But there he bumps into Saasen and the pair must decide if and how they can continue their relationship. Holdridge's previous film was the very well received independent romantic comedy "In Search of a Midnight Kiss," which was among the winners at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. Holdridge and Saasen join "Big Bang Theory" star Simon Helberg and wife Jocelyn Towne in directing a film about their own unlikely courtship -- though for Helberg's upcoming "We'll Never Have Paris," it's Geoffrey Cantor and Melanie Lynskey who star, rather than the real world subjects themselves. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr. But most of the attendees Thursday night were Brits -- no surprise, given the party was thrown by the L.A. branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Downey received the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film, named after the legendary director of such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey" "(The award) means a heck of a lot to me," said Downey. "I love British filmmakers, and they have such a great talent pool." Oscar-winning actress Dench was honored with Albert R. ("Cubby") Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution in Entertainment, named after one of the original producers of the James Bond films. Noted Dench, "Well, I'm rather overwhelmed by (the award), because I didn't ever expect to have a film career at all. I never knew Cubby Broccoli, although I know, of course, (Albert's daughter) Barbara Broccoli and (Barbara's half-brother and Bond-series producer) Michael Wilson very well. And I've had 17 years of doing Bond, which has been just wonderful. So, I'm very, very proud that I shall have something that is named after Cubby." Dench and fellow honoree Watson posed together for photographers on the arrivals line. Watson, named Britannia British Artist of the Year, said Dench is "just all soul and all grace and strength and beauty, and she really, for me, she's an iconic British actor. She's what you aspire to be." The 79-year-old Dench is currently on a box-office roll, with her 2012 releases "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Skyfall" and her Oscar-nominated 2013 "Philomena" all boasting worldwide grosses of more than $100 million each. Dench's next film is the sequel "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," hitting cinemas in February. Dench said, "People like to say, 'When are you retiring?' Or 'When are you going to slow down?' That's all very rude in my family. We don't say any of that. I think if I stop, it'll be like a car: I shall run out of petrol and fall over. So, I plan not to that, if possible." The BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards are set to air on BBC America 2 November. Online: http://www.bafta.org/los-angeles Follow Mike Cidoni Lennox on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CidoniLennox Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the Coen brothers' historical comedy "Hail Caesar!," which will be released on February 5, 2016.This ensemble comedy harks back to 1950s Hollywood, as one studio's fixer attempts to solve a whole host of problems brought about by movieland's various demanding personalities. Alongside Clooney and Brolin will be the likes of Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The Coens will be credited as both writers and directors on the film but, as The Hollywood Reporter observes, the February date means "Hail Caesar!" neatly sidestep January awards buzz. Both "True Grit" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," critically acclaimed and award show favorites at the Oscars and Golden Globes, were subject to December release dates; 2004's less rapturously received "The Ladykillers" was the last Coen brothers directorial feature to launch in the first three months of a calendar year. "Hail Caesar!" distributor Universal Pictures already has Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy "The Nest" set for December 2015, with all-star Guillermo del Toro horror "Crimson Peak" in October and another Josh Brolin film, "Everest," for September. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.