Wednesday Jun 8, 2016

'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and...
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'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and died Monday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her longtime friend, Soorya Townley, who called the actress a "warm, caring person who always put others' needs before her own. Saldana co-starred in the 1991-96 drama "The Commish" as the supportive wife of Michael Chiklis' police commissioner. Her most notable big-screen role was opposite Joe Pesci in "Raging Bull," Martin Scorsese's 1980 film starring Robert De Niro. "I have such good memories of working with her on 'Raging Bull,' and I always admired the way that she handled the horrifying attack by a stalker — the good that she made of it," Scorsese said. "She was a wonderful actress and a fine human being." In 1982, Saldana was repeatedly stabbed by an obsessed man in front of her West Hollywood apartment. The attack was stopped by a then-water deliveryman, Jeff Fenn, who held the man for police. Scottish drifter Arthur Jackson served more than a decade in prison for the crime before he was extradited to Great Britain to face charges in a case there. Saldana, who endured a prolonged hospitalization, was both physically and mentally scarred and received treatment for both problems. She went on to found a support and lobbying group, Victims for Victims, and played herself in the 1984 TV movie "Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story." She also wrote "Beyond Survival," a memoir. In a 1992 interview with The Associated Press, Saldana said her recovery was long in coming but complete. "It's been a decade and it's over now, finally," she said. "If someone brings it up I remember, but I don't think about it all the time. It's certainly not a formidable part of my life anymore. I'm happy and excited. I'm doing really well." She and actor Phil Peters, who had a recurring role on "The Commish" as police Sgt. William Frawley, married in 1989 and had a daughter, Tianna. Saldana was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954 and was adopted at five days by an Italian-Puerto Rican family. Her first film appearances came in 1978 with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Nunzio." Other movie credits included "Defiance," ''The Evil That Men Do" and "Gang Warz." Her TV credits included "T.J. Hooker" and "Matlock" in the early and mid-1980s, "Diagnosis Murder" in the '90s and "The Bernie Mac Show" in 2003. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: 'Marco Polo' Season 2 trailer
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Watch: 'Marco Polo' Season 2 trailer

Lorenzo Richelmy returns as the title character and explorer of the Mongolian Empire in a first trailer for July 2016's second season of "Marco Polo" on Netflix.The two-minute reel sets expectations for a 10-episode season due to drop July 1, with Marco Polo conscripted into the order of the Mongol Knights as the Empire's violent growth faces new challenges. Benedict Wong of "The Martian" and "Prometheus" returns as Kublai Khan in a cast that includes Olivia Cheng, Jean Chen, Zhy Zhu, Mahesh Jadu, Michelle Yeoh, Rick Yune and Uli Latukefu. Marco Polo Season 2 trailer: youtu.be/OXfgvcJ5T8E, facebook.com/MarcoPoloMP/videos/1044389592295431 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report

PriceWaterhouseCoopers' "Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020" study estimates that online video consumed 82.1% of data traffic in the USA for 2015.Film, TV/video, music, internet advertising, and video games will change in the most impactful way over the period 2016 to 2020, said PwC. Event cinema, video game adaptations, local-language content will impact film, while China will become the world's top movie market in 2017; in TV, online delivery is "the new normal," with online home video already bigger than the box office. Live music experiences will continue to increase in importance, with digital streaming the predominant form of consumption and subscription services accounting for 80% of industry revenue. Virtual reality was identified as an "exciting area of growth" within video games, and competitive gaming, known as eSports, will benefit from increased local awareness in the US. For advertisers, mobile is of the most interest, with paid search and online video internet advertising to grow rapidly, as long as the challenges of transparency, ad fraud and privacy can be adequately dealt with. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

A summer bounty of TV drama, comedies and even a 'Hamilton'
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
A summer bounty of TV drama, comedies and even a 'Hamilton'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer travel packing list: swimsuit, sunblock, television. In this portable TV era, there's no reason to leave small-screen entertainment at home when cable channels, streaming services and networks are eager to keep you connected online with top-notch fare from, among others, Oscar-owning filmmakers. So hit the road with your smartphone, laptop or tablet — or, heck, stay put in front of an actual TV set — and check out this steamy-weather menu of hot picks (all times EDT). — "BrainDead," CBS, 10 p.m. Monday, June 13. A different political show from "The Good Wife" creators Robert and Michelle King, with Washington beset by brain-eating bugs and a bipartisan coalition out to stop them. Tony Shalhoub and Broadway and TV "Grease" heartthrob Aaron Tveit are among the comic thriller's stars. — "Animal Kingdom," TNT, 9 p.m. Monday, June 14. A teenager (Finn Cole) loses his mother to a heroin overdose and gains a violent family that includes a tough matriarch (Ellen Barkin) and her offspring in the drama series based on the Australian movie of the same name. — "Raised by Wolves," Acorn TV streaming service, Monday, June 20. A bluntly funny take on the lives of an unconventional single mother and her six home-schooled kids from writers Caitlin and Caroline Moran, sisters who lived a version of the comedy series. — "Queen of the South," USA, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Drawn from the best-selling novel "La Reina Del Sur," which already spawned a hit telenovela, the drama stars Alice Braga ("I Am Legend") as a woman on the run in the U.S. from a drug trafficking ring after her boyfriend's murder. —"Dancing On the Edge," PBS, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26. An eight-part drama about a black jazz band that finds success and tragedy in 1930s London. Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") and Matthew Goode (aka Lady Mary's squeeze in "Downton Abbey") are part of the cast. — "Alexander Hamilton," History Channel, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Finding tickets to the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" too pricey? This two-hour documentary detailing his national legacy may leave you singing the founding father's praises. — "Roadies," Showtime, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Rock stars ruled in filmmaker Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning "Almost Famous," but it's the crew members who shine in the comedy series written and directed by Crowe. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Keisha Castle-Hughes are part of the ensemble cast. — "Hello World!" Discovery Channel, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The family friendly series enlists the narration and tunes of Christina Aguilera, Usher, Joan Jett and others to educate us about wild animals and their habitats. — "The Night Of," HBO, 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10. A start-to-finish murder case as created by one Oscar-winning writer, Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and one Oscar-nominated one, Richard Price ("The Color of Money"), with an assist from Peter Moffat, whose original U.K. series it's adapted from. John Turturro, Riz Ahmed star. — "The A Word," SundanceTV, 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Both autism and adultery figure in this series, described as both thoughtful and humorous, about a 5-year-old boy and his extended family. — "The Get Down," Netflix, Friday, Aug. 12. New York circa 1970s is the setting for this music-saturated drama about South Bronx teenagers in a harsh and changing world. Extravagant filmmaker Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!") directed and produced the series with young actors (Justice Smith, Shameik Moore) and veterans (Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito). ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lawsuit: Ellen DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Lawsuit: Ellen DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia real estate agent is suing the producer of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming the comedian mispronounced her name to make a joke about breasts. Titi (TEE'-tee) Pierce alleges in the lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. last week that DeGeneres displayed one of Pierce's real estate signs during the Feb. 22 show that was rerun April 15. It says DeGeneres led into the joke about Pierce's name after showing a sign for the unrelated Nipple Convalescent Home. The suit also says the sign included Pierce's cellphone number and she was subjected to "ridiculing and harassing" phone calls. The suit claims invasion of privacy, defamation and emotional distress. It seeks unspecified monetary damages. Warner Bros. declined to comment on the suit. 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.

Movies

'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and died Monday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her longtime friend, Soorya Townley, who called the actress a "warm, caring person who always put others' needs before her own. Saldana co-starred in the 1991-96 drama "The Commish" as the supportive wife of Michael Chiklis' police commissioner. Her most notable big-screen role was opposite Joe Pesci in "Raging Bull," Martin Scorsese's 1980 film starring Robert De Niro. "I have such good memories of working with her on 'Raging Bull,' and I always admired the way that she handled the horrifying attack by a stalker — the good that she made of it," Scorsese said. "She was a wonderful actress and a fine human being." In 1982, Saldana was repeatedly stabbed by an obsessed man in front of her West Hollywood apartment. The attack was stopped by a then-water deliveryman, Jeff Fenn, who held the man for police. Scottish drifter Arthur Jackson served more than a decade in prison for the crime before he was extradited to Great Britain to face charges in a case there. Saldana, who endured a prolonged hospitalization, was both physically and mentally scarred and received treatment for both problems. She went on to found a support and lobbying group, Victims for Victims, and played herself in the 1984 TV movie "Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story." She also wrote "Beyond Survival," a memoir. In a 1992 interview with The Associated Press, Saldana said her recovery was long in coming but complete. "It's been a decade and it's over now, finally," she said. "If someone brings it up I remember, but I don't think about it all the time. It's certainly not a formidable part of my life anymore. I'm happy and excited. I'm doing really well." She and actor Phil Peters, who had a recurring role on "The Commish" as police Sgt. William Frawley, married in 1989 and had a daughter, Tianna. Saldana was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954 and was adopted at five days by an Italian-Puerto Rican family. Her first film appearances came in 1978 with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Nunzio." Other movie credits included "Defiance," ''The Evil That Men Do" and "Gang Warz." Her TV credits included "T.J. Hooker" and "Matlock" in the early and mid-1980s, "Diagnosis Murder" in the '90s and "The Bernie Mac Show" in 2003. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report

PriceWaterhouseCoopers' "Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020" study estimates that online video consumed 82.1% of data traffic in the USA for 2015.Film, TV/video, music, internet advertising, and video games will change in the most impactful way over the period 2016 to 2020, said PwC. Event cinema, video game adaptations, local-language content will impact film, while China will become the world's top movie market in 2017; in TV, online delivery is "the new normal," with online home video already bigger than the box office. Live music experiences will continue to increase in importance, with digital streaming the predominant form of consumption and subscription services accounting for 80% of industry revenue. Virtual reality was identified as an "exciting area of growth" within video games, and competitive gaming, known as eSports, will benefit from increased local awareness in the US. For advertisers, mobile is of the most interest, with paid search and online video internet advertising to grow rapidly, as long as the challenges of transparency, ad fraud and privacy can be adequately dealt with. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Suicide Squad' hits PG-13 target
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Suicide Squad' hits PG-13 target

August anti-hero movie "Suicide Squad" has nailed its anticipated PG-13 rating for US cinemas, even after February's "Deadpool" became a blockbuster with its rare R-rating.The Warner Bros movie has a host of DC Comics super villains recruited by a secret government agency; they'll be set free should they manage to somehow complete and survive their suicide mission. Jared Leto is the newest incarnation of The Joker, with cast members also including Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress); Ben Affleck is also set to appear as Batman, and Viola Davis as the crew's agency boss. While "Deadpool" romped to a $772m box office on the back of a rare superhero movie R-rating -- 2008's "Punisher: War Zone" developed a noteworthy following only after its time in theaters had drawn to a close -- and "Batman v. Superman" being prepared for an R-rated Ultimate Edition on DVD from June 28, there was some speculation that "Suicide Squad" might go the same route. But the PG-13 rating enables Warner's August tentpole to reach as wide an audience as possible, establishing a stronger platform for more movies further down the line. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Harry Potter play gets rave reviews
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Harry Potter play gets rave reviews

Harry Potter's stage debut got a standing ovation from a packed theatre audience in a new London play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, British media reported on Wednesday."Judging by the whooping and cheering, nobody was disappointed," Clare Fitzimons wrote in The Mirror after the first showing of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Palace Theatre. "It was phenomenal, it really was. It lived up to all the hype," said one fan interviewed by the BBC, while another in a Potter-style cape said: "This completely blew me away. J. K. Rowling did an amazing job." Potter creator Rowling made a special request for fans to keep the plot secret and the 1,500 audience members were handed badges reading "#KeepTheSecrets". "The storyline, a hymn to friendship and teenage misfits, contains enough twists to please the most knowledgeable of fans," Hannah Furness wrote in The Daily Telegraph. "Any fears that the world of Hogwarts on stage would struggle to compete with the multimillion-dollar special effects of film were quickly kicked into touch". "Has Rowling done it again? The audience was in no doubt," she wrote. The plot for the play reads: "While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places," it said. The show officially opens on July 30 and is set to be published as a book on July 31, which is Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthday. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. The show is written by English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne, based on an original story co-written with Rowling and the play's director John Tiffany. Given the millions of fans around the world, the decision to move the characters on two decades was seen as risky. Like many of his fans, Potter has now grown up in the play and has three children with his wife Ginny Weasley, the sister of his friend Ron. He is working at the Ministry of Magic. He still has his trademark round-rimmed glasses and the scar on his head, a permanent reminder of his nemesis Lord Voldemort, but must now help his youngest son Albus confront the family's dark past. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Jason Bourne' movie issues explosive TV spot
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Jason Bourne' movie issues explosive TV spot

A 30-second clip for July's fifth entry to the Bourne franchise promises an all-action movie whose plot calls rogue agent Jason Bourne out of the shadows one more time.Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons who, having been his agency handler at one point, lets him know that the secretive training programs he sought to dismantle have returned with a vengeance. Fortunately for fans of the franchise, so has Bourne himself, and this time he's got an advantage -- "I know everything," says the former amnesiac. Some viewers feel that they too now know too much, identifying what could be a potential spoiler halfway through the clip. Also involved in the film are Tommy Lee Jones ("Captain America: Civil War"), Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina"), Ato Essandoh ("Django Unchained"), Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"), and Vincent Cassel ("Black Swan.") "Jason Bourne" starts its international rollout the week of July 29, 2016, including territories such as the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Singapore. Japanese showings commence from October 7. Jason Bourne TV spot: youtu.be/ApNnmNNvW8o, twitter.com/jasonbourne/status/740236183569997824, facebook.com/TheBourneSeries/videos/1219039824802806 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

'American Hustle,' 'Sausage Party' film co gets into games with 'Edith Finch'
Saturday Dec 3, 2016
'American Hustle,' 'Sausage Party' film co gets into games with 'Edith Finch'

Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind a number of box office hits and critically acclaimed films, is expanding its media coverage with the formation of a video game label whose first titles look to blend high concept with mainstream appeal.Set up in 2011, Annapurna Pictures made a splash by co-financing four impressive picks for 2012: Kathryn Bigelow's hugely acclaimed five-time Academy Award nominee "Zero Dark Thirty," Paul Thomas Anderson's triple Oscar nominee, post-World War II drama "The Master," and two crime dramas and Cannes contenders in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" and John Hillcoat's "Lawless." Annapurna continued its tradition of working with outstanding directors with a unique vision. The company has since co-produced "Foxcatcher" (5 Oscar noms, 1 Cannes award), "Joy" (a Golden Globe for Jennifer Lawrence), Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!," Academy Award winner "Her," and "American Hustle," which entered the Oscar ceremony with an astonishing ten nominations and left the Golden Globes with three accolades. Not to say it stays away from mainstream fare with adult animated comedy "Sausage Party," another Annapurna success, and controversial comedy "Spring Breakers" passing $30m worldwide on a $5m budget. A similar approach appears to be in evidence as Annapurna enters the video game industry under the banner of Annapurna Interactive. The newly announced venture has named short story collection "What Remains of Edith Finch," previously premiered as a PlayStation 4 title, and hand-illustrated perspective puzzle story "Gorogoa" as its first two releases. Both are well anticipated for different reasons. "Edith Finch" studio Giant Sparrow already made a mark with another PlayStation exclusive in paint-splattering, BAFTA award-winning fairy tale narrative "The Unfinished Swan." Initially shown at the tail end of 2013, the atmospheric, tone-shifting exploration game has promised a unique look at the stories held by family homes. Visual feast "Gorogoa," expected on iOS, Android, Mac and PC and which has already received accolades from the Independent Games Festival and from the Indiecade awards, blends illustrative art with interactive puzzles and a gradually unfurling narrative. Both have been re-announced at Annapurna for release during the first three months of 2017. In addition, Annapurna Interactive has also reached agreements with Funomena and its creative director Keita Takahashi, best known for "Katamari Damacy" as well as Ken Wong, director on the upcoming "Mountains" and previously of mobile revelation "Monument Valley." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Spielberg right-hand Frank Marshall on his best year yet
Saturday Dec 3, 2016
Spielberg right-hand Frank Marshall on his best year yet

Veteran producer Frank Marshall says 2016 is shaping up to be his biggest year -- quite a claim for the man who, alongside Steven Spielberg, gave the world "Indiana Jones" and "Back to the Future."The five-time Oscar nominee defined the blockbuster for a generation of cinemagoers alongside the legendary director and their artistic partner Kathleen Kennedy -- whom Marshall went on to marry. As the founders of Amblin Entertainment, the trio reigned supreme from 1982's "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial" through a string of milestones including "Gremlins," "The Goonies" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." He'd be forgiven for resting on his laurels at age 70, but Marshall revealed he is busier than ever as AFP caught up with him to discuss the release of "Jason Bourne" on DVD and Blu-ray. "We're just finishing 'Assassin's Creed' and we're talking about how we're going to sell the movie and the publicity campaign," he responded when asked about his schedule for the day. "And we're working on 'Sully' for the awards season so I'm pretty busy. The other thing: 'Jurassic World II' is in pre-production so I work on that early in the morning because they are in London." Add Spielberg's "The BFG" to all that work and it's been a packed year for the father of two. Film finance website Box Office Mojo attributes worldwide ticket receipts of just under $10 billion for Marshall's body of work, which includes directing stints, most notably on "Arachnophobia" and "Congo." - Sportsman - "When I direct, it's a 24/7 focus and I have a couple of projects that I'm considering directing, but I love producing," he tells AFP. "This is really my biggest year with four movies out so that's been exciting and very satisfying." Born in Los Angeles, Marshall excelled in both music and sport, running track and cross-country for UCLA before entering his film career as an assistant to director Peter Bogdanovich. His 1980s output alongside Spielberg and Kennedy include critical hits such as "The Color Purple," "Empire of the Sun" and "Always," which featured a cameo by Audrey Hepburn in her last role. In 1991, Kennedy and Marshall branched out to form the prosaically-titled Kennedy/Marshall Company, producing 35 movies including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" and the "Bourne" franchise. Among the extras for "Jason Bourne," released on DVD and Blu-ray next week, is a behind-the-scenes featurette about filming a car chase on the Las Vegas Strip that Marshall describes as among his most challenging. "For 12 nights in a row we had two crews working 24 hours a day," he told AFP. "It actually took four hours just to close down the Strip before we could even shoot. It was quite a large undertaking." Marshall became sole head of the couple's company when Kennedy was made chairwoman of Lucasfilm in 2012, taking on responsibility for the "Star Wars" sequels and spin-offs. - 'Comfortable' - The couple -- who have 13 Oscar nominations between them and yet no statuettes -- live in a $10 million beachfront pad in Malibu, in what Marshall describes as a "very comfortable home life." His next big project -- perhaps his biggest ever -- will be "Jurassic World II," which begins shooting in London in February. Co-written by Colin Trevorrow -- who helmed "Jurassic World" and is slated to direct 2019's "Star Wars IX" -- the film carries a weight of expectation after its predecessor made an astonishing $1.7 billion. The internet has been abuzz with rumors of a darker episode than previous movies in the "Jurassic" stable, featuring weaponized dinosaurs. "Nothing to report," was Marshall's judicious response to questions about the direction of the new movie, although he revealed a "Jurassic World III" was already "at the ideas stage." Marshall will also be producing as Harrison Ford picks up the famous fedora and bullwhip for "Indiana Jones V" in 2019. Whatever the filmmaker goes on to do after that, he intends to remain faithful to his formula for blockbuster success. "It sounds really simple but you have to have a good story, one that people want to continue to see... Certainly that's the case with both Indiana Jones and Jason Bourne," he says. "They love these characters and they want to see what they are going to do next. For me that's the key - the story." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Q&A: Sonia Braga plays the role of her life at 66
Friday Dec 2, 2016
Q&A: Sonia Braga plays the role of her life at 66

NEW YORK (AP) — While female actors are fighting for more and better roles in Hollywood, Sonia Braga got the part of her life at 66 in Kleber Mendonça Filho's "Aquarius". The Brazilian star is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of Clara, a widow and retired music critic reluctant to sell the seaside apartment that holds her most cherished memories. "Ms. Braga is a living embodiment of the glories of Brazilian cinema," said The New York Times. "A breathtakingly intuitive actress, she's beautifully aged into an aristocratically sensual physicality, and makes Clara's firmness mingle with tenderness," said Variety. "When I got the screenplay it was one of the most beautiful gifts I was getting in my whole life," Braga told The Associated Press in a recent interview in New York, where she lives. "I was reading the best screenplay that I ever read. Every word made sense. Scene to scene made sense to me, through the end." On top of that, "Kleber was giving me a movie that I was going to do in my mother tongue after 20 years working in the United States, I was going to be speaking in Portuguese again," she said. "I called him immediately. Well, I didn't call him IMMEDIATELY because I had to breathe before I could call." "Aquarius " debuted last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the only Latin American production competing for the Palm d'Or, and was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Although many considered it a natural contender for the foreign film Oscar, Brazil submitted David Schurmann's "Little Secret" instead, reportedly because of the "Aquarius" cast's protest against the interim administration of Brazil's Michel Temer at Cannes. Braga said she and her cast-mates had no regrets about the protest and that she would do it over again without question. As Mendonça Filho put it, "Aquarius," which had a limited U.S. release in October and is still opening in different cities around the country, represents Brazil, regardless. Braga talks more about the film, and her life: AP: In the film Clara has gone through a lot, including breast cancer, yet she can be as subtle as strong. How was it to play such a complex character? Braga: Clara and I would come from different places: she is academic, I am intuitive; she has a family and I'm not married, I don't have kids. So we had a lot to negotiate, but the basics of the character, it was there. So we're talking, Clara and I, but at the same time we are commemorating this opportunity that Kleber was giving us to play this for the audiences. AP: Kleber said you were very generous with the cast and crew and that you were delighted to work with non-actors. Braga: He said, "Sonia, there's something that I need to tell you: sometimes I work with non-actors". And I said, "Really? That's fantastic! Because I'm not an actress either!" He said, "What do you mean?" ''I'm scared of rehearsals, I'm scared of doing all this because I don't feel like I'm an actress. I never went to school for actors, I'm not academic, as a matter of fact academic actors intimidate me a little bit, so you are gonna work with people!" The way I see it, I belong to the film as any other department. I like visual arts, and what I love doing is participating in the making of it. AP: It is very refreshing to see an actress leading in her 60s. Do you hope it will open the doors to more and better female roles? Braga: Well, the doors are there, and they closed. A reporter told me it is very rare to see a woman of my age in the movies. Right! In the movies! But they have been for so long in very serious and important positions in life: scientists, prime ministers, candidates to be the president. ... There is a barrier with the languages also, and with the accents as well. Today we find many actors, they are Latin, they are Hispanic, they are living in the Unites States, they are American, but very rarely you find them in a lead role. AP: It is evident from the movie how comfortable you feel in your own skin. Braga: I did things in the movie that I usually don't do and that had a little anxiety about: I had to sing and I can't sing, unfortunately. I can't play the piano, and I cannot swim. But sex, I think I've been there before (laughs.) It's not so difficult to do. ... To be naked or even making love in a scene to me is very important if this is a movie about a couple or sensuality. It's a sort of moralism to think that this shouldn't be seen in the film. When was it that people decided as a society that your body is in one place and your sexuality in another place, something like a hat, or a coat, that when you leave home you hang it and when you come back home you say, "Ah! Let's wear my sexuality! I might wear it tonight"? It is something that belongs to your body. Women at my age they are making love, they are feeling sensual, they flirt, they have boyfriends, they have a sexual life. They are just not being represented in the movies. ___ Follow Sigal Ratner-Arias on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/sigalratner Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sigal Ratner-Arias from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The Game Awards trailers: from "Assassin's Creed" to "Zelda"
Friday Dec 2, 2016
The Game Awards trailers: from "Assassin's Creed" to "Zelda"

Seven trailers from The Game Awards 2016, inlcuding the "Assassin's Creed" movie, expansions for "Rocket League" and "Shovel Knight," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Walking Dead 3," and "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."There's no "Assassin's Creed" game this year -- no new core entry, that is, allowing us to discount two "Assassin's Creed Chronicles" releases and the three-game "Ezio Collection." Instead, December 21 brings with it the Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard feature film adaptation, directed by Justin Kurzel of "Macbeth" and "Snowtown." An extended action sequence from the film was debuted by 20th Century Fox (youtu.be/mCmmzQfOzgU) showing Fassbender's cloaked assassin in pursuit of a kidnapped child. "Rocket League" helped redefine online mutliplayer and eSports in one swoop, its oddball but supremely accessible blend of soccer and remote control cars an instant hit in 2015. New arena Starbase Arc adds a fresh injection of novelty and the free extra goes live from December 7, with a futuristic looking car optional at $1.99 (youtu.be/cF9Y6FgkEZs). Speaking of small-team successes, another 2015 darling is back in "Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment" (youtu.be/BRwP0P5j05g). Powered by randomly generated level layouts and the idea that each generation's Shovel Knight is better than the last, early 2017's "Specter of Torment" add-on introduces a new hero, new enemies, and new moves. A considerable makeover. Narrative adventure specialists Telltale debuted two trailers at The Game Awards. A five-episode "Guardians of the Galaxy" was formally announced for computers, consoles and mobiles with a short scene-setting clip (youtu.be/Koy_e_ipwng) after a November leak, while "The Walking Dead: Season 3" was given nearly three full minutes (youtu.be/8PO5g0vVPlM) of the sort of crucial decisions awaiting a new batch of survivors (and a cameo from previous seasons' Clementine). Episodes 1 and 2 are due December 20. Eagerly awaited for 2017 is "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," Nintendo emphasizing its importance with two videos: one a general, story-driven montage (youtu.be/vDFZIUdo764), the other almost four minutes' worth of gameplay edited down from a lengthier, commentated session (youtu.be/vDFZIUdo764). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cicely Tyson performs Langston Hughes at Ebony gala
Friday Dec 2, 2016
Cicely Tyson performs Langston Hughes at Ebony gala

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cicely Tyson performed a Langston Hughes poem as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from Ebony magazine. Adding years and grit to her voice, Tyson recited "Mother to Son" from memory, telling the audience at the magazine's annual Power 100 gala Thursday that "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair." When she got to the line about "don't you turn back," people cheered. It was a moving moment in a jubilant evening celebrating the achievements of black leaders in business, science, education and entertainment. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tyson said that while she's grateful for the lifetime achievement honors and "indebted" to late Ebony founder John Johnson, it may be too soon for her to receive such recognition. "How do these people know that I've already lived my life?" quipped the 91-year-old actress, whose recent credits include "How to Get Away With Murder" and "House of Cards." Actress Regina King, who presented Tyson's award, introduced her as "a national treasure." The surviving members of Earth, Wind & Fire also received lifetime achievement honors. Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson dedicated the award to band founder Maurice White, who died earlier this year. Actor Craig Robinson presented a special award to musician and composer Nile Rodgers, who accepted by performing a hit-packed set of songs from his catalog. "We play music to make you dance, so I want you to get up," Rodgers said. Backed by an eight-piece band, he brought the crowd to its feet with the Daft Punk/Pharrell smash "Get Lucky," the Diana Ross disco jam "I'm Coming Out," David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and the Chic hits "Freak Out" and "Good Times." Ebony's list of Power 100 honorees — which includes Beyonce, LeBron James, Simone Biles and the Obamas — appears in the December-January issue. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.