Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air...
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Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's comedy "Girls," for which she has recorded several songs. She is the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams and has also appeared on "The Mindy Project" and "The League." NBC recently announced that Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play the villainous pirate Captain Hook. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true," said Williams, who added, "What could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?" This musical version of "Peter Pan" has a long tradition on NBC. It opened on Broadway in 1954, starring Mary Martin as the flying boy and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook in a pair of Tony Award-winning performances. They reprised their Broadway roles in a live telecast of the production that aired on NBC in 1955, revived a year later with a second live telecast — and then, in 1960, with a new, videotaped "Peter Pan" that again starred Martin and Ritchard. The upcoming "Peter Pan Live!" is a follow-up to the success NBC found with a live version of "The Sound of Music" in 2013 with Carrie Underwood. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who produced "The Sound of Music," are also working on "Peter Pan Live!" Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

The company's first standalone app offers one-tap self-destruct messaging but only to smartphone users in New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore.Instagram says that those countries were chosen for the initial launch because of their geographical diversity and because they are regions with high messaging app use. So, once the bugs are ironed out, expect to see Bolt appear in the Apple App Store and on Google Play in other countries. But for now, if you are in Singapore or New Zealand and have either an iPhone or Android device, you'll find Bolt to be a very simple affair. Like SnapChat, still images, video clips and texts sent to friends will automatically disappear the moment they're viewed. However, unlike its main competitor, functionality is pared back. Bolt can't tell stories and can't be used to message whole groups. Although 20 contacts at a time can be imported into the app -- via your phone's contacts book rather than a linked social media account -- backwards and forwards conversations are with one person at a time. At the moment, Bolt's strong point is ease of use -- one tap is all it takes to send a photo and a press and hold to create and send a video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Science of brain signals opens new era for advertising

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial.So say psychologists who on Tuesday unveiled the results of an unusual set of experiments into so-called neural signals. Their idea is that by scanning brain activity in just a few individuals who watch a test commercial or TV programme, this will predict how a wider audience will also react to it. The same method could also be applied to test political ideas on focus groups. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications, a team led by Jacek Dmochowski at Stanford University in California asked 16 volunteers aged 19-32 to watch TV as their brain signals were recorded. They watched the 2010 premiere episode of the popular TV series "The Walking Dead" and a set of commercials which first aired in American football's Super Bowl in 2012 and 2013. The volunteers wore electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to monitor electrical activity in the various parts of the brain. They were also scanned by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which maps brain activity by pinpointing cerebral blood flow. What emerged was a strong correlation in the pattern of signals, showing that the individuals were all focused -- "engaged" -- in what they saw. Their level of interest matched the response of the wider public to the show and to the commercials as measured by Twitter and the Nielsen TV audience rating. Of course, to be focused on something does not necessarily reveal whether you liked it or disliked it. But the experiments with the Super Bowl ads provided a useful clue. - Brain patterns - Hugely expensive commercials for the Super Bowl are usually followed up with lots of research to see whether the ads were a hit with the public or not. "In the Super Bowl study, we observed a strong relationship between the amount of neural agreement in our sample and the popularity rating of a given ad," Dmochowski said in an email exchange with AFP. "This tells us that, in general, stimuli which we prefer are experienced similarly in our brain as that of others." "So at least in this experiment, a high level of neural similarity translates to 'liking' the content. However, further research is needed to fully understand what happens in our brain when we are positively versus negatively engaged." After being fine-tuned, neural signalling could be a useful tool for predicting audience response, said Dmochowski. A common marketing technique today is to try out a prototype product or new idea -- including political -- on a panel chosen to represent the audience which is being targeted. The flaw, though, is that individual responses can be muddied by self-reporting, poor verbal skills or group pressure -- so data that comes direct from the brain could be invaluable. "Marketing firms will likely be the first to adopt this technology, as in this domain even a small predictive edge can translate into large value," Dmochowski said. "It is possible that focus groups that preview new advertisements will soon include measurements of brain signals in addition to subjective self-reports." He added: "Yet another possibility is music production, where multiple versions of a particular song can be evaluated by measuring the neural responses of a group of listeners. "In general, any application in which one seeks to forecast the population response to some content could benefit from the method." ri/rh Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Commercial break: Paris Hilton, Pikachu and Amnesty International
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Commercial break: Paris Hilton, Pikachu and Amnesty International

Paris Hilton and Hannah Ferguson sizzle in the new Carl's ad, Pikachus (yes, plural) run wild in Japan and Amnesty International launches an interactive kissing campaign. Here is our round-up of the most interesting ad campaigns this week.I Love Texas - Texas BBQ ThickburgerParis Hilton is back on our TV screens in this new raunchy, all-American Carl's Jr ad for the Texas BBQ Thickburger. She sizzles alongside swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvKuhpZjA4M PokemonThe Pok√©mon company has brought out this adorable ad featuring a hoard of Pikachu characters taking over a building, cramming themselves into elevators and manning reception. According to Kotaku, it was released ahead of the upcoming "Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chuu" event in Yokohama.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aVcisdS8X0 Amnesty International: Kiss against homophobiaAmnesty International has launched a new interactive campaign aiming to combat homophobia. The organization is inviting people from all over the world to ‘send a kiss' to the website www.kissagainsthomophobia.com for it to be paired with a stranger in an image shared on the site and aims to collect 365 kisses by October 11.www.kissagainsthomophobia.com   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Lea Michele joins 'Sons of Anarchy' for final season
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Lea Michele joins 'Sons of Anarchy' for final season

Known for her lyrical stylings on "Glee," the actress is shifting gears for a role in an episode in the gritty biker series' seventh season.Lea Michele shared her big news on Twitter (@msleamichele): "I'll be appearing on an episode of my favorite show @SonsofAnarchy! Thank you so much @Harparbar & @sutterink #SOAFX," she tweeted, just before posting a selfie with director Paris Barclay. The 27-year-old actress will play Gertie, a single mother and waitress. The character strikes up a friendship with Gemma (Katey Sagal), who is going through a rough time. Lea Michele is not the only musical star to join the bikers of the SAMCRO for their last season on FX. Marilyn Manson will play the leader of a gang of white supremacists who help Jax (Charlie Human) to consolidate his power, while Courtney Love will play Jax's son's preschool teacher. Former "Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner was also recently added to the cast as Sticky, a member of the Grim Bastards and right-hand man to T.O. Cross (Michael Beach). The seventh and final season of "Sons of Anarchy" premieres September 9 on FX. Lea Michele will return to FOX as the star of "Glee" when season six of the musical series premieres during the mid-season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Jason Bateman steals Olivia Wilde from his best friend in 'The Longest Week'
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Jason Bateman steals Olivia Wilde from his best friend in 'The Longest Week'

The trailer has arrived for the new romantic comedy, which is the feature debut of writer and director Peter Glanz.The new video introduces the love triangle between the characters played by Jason Bateman ("Horrible Bosses," "Identity Thief"), Olivia Wilde ("House") and Billy Crudup ("Blood Ties," "Public Enemies"). In "The Longest Week," Bateman stars as Conrad, a deadbeat living off of his family's fortune. When his parents decide to cut off his allowance without warning, he decides to move in with his best friend Dylan (Crudup). Things get complicated when he meets Dylan's new girlfriend Beatrice (Wilde). Conrad has one week to find an apartment and a job, all while trying to woo the lovely Beatrice away from his best friend. Judging by the trailer, things won't be easy for the character. "The Longest Week" is due in US theaters on September 5. Bateman will also be seen this fall in "This Is Where I Leave You" (September 19) and "Horrible Bosses 2" (November 26). Watch the trailer: youtu.be/DBMV1ndl3Ww Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Paul Greengrass headed for new terrorism thriller
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Paul Greengrass headed for new terrorism thriller

According to the Hollywood Reporter, director Paul Greengrass will produce and direct an adaptation of "Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda," a memoir by Morten Storm. The book will be published in the US on September 2.A Danish citizen, Morten Storm converted to a radical branch of Islam and travelled to Yemen in 2001 to study the Koran. There he met Jihadists and worked with them before experiencing a loss of faith and turning away from extremism. He then started working as a double agent for the CIA and the British and Danish secret services. Storm wrote his memoir with the help of Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. Sony acquired the movie rights to the book, and Scott Rudin and Paul Greengrass will co-produce the adaptation. The two men have already worked together on the set of the 2013 thriller "Captain Phillips" and are also currently developing "Memphis," a feature on the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination.  Greengrass has become something of a specialist when it comes to thrillers, particularly when they involve spies or terrorism. The director's body of work includes "Green Zone," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Bourne Supremacy," all starring Matt Damon, as well as "United 93" on one of the planes hijacked on September 11, 2001. In a similar vein, "Captain Phillips" depicts how a ship was hijacked and its crew taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Script for 'Mad Max: Fury Road' sequel already written
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Script for 'Mad Max: Fury Road' sequel already written

George Miller has announced that the script has already been written for a follow-up to his new apocalyptic action movie, which is due to bow in May 2015.With its mind-blowing trailer and a series of character-focused posters, "Mad Max: Fury Road" emerged as one of the most talked about films at Comic-Con. While the reboot of the cult movie franchise is not due out until next year, the director revealed that the groundwork is already in place for a second and possibly even a third movie. "In order to tell this story, we came up with two others," said Miller at a press conference. "We've written the screenplay to one and the novelization of another -- but it's a very rough novel. We kept working on them while we were working on other things." Several sources speculate that the second feature could be "Furiosa," which would focus on the character played by Charlize Theron. The original plan was to film "Furiosa" and "Fury Road" at the same time and to release the two movies back to back, but Warner Bros ultimately decided to focus entirely on the first production before lensing the sequel. As a result, after the release of "Mad Max: Fury Road" on May 15, 2015 (USA), fans will have to wait at least a year or two before a potential sequel. Watch the trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road": youtu.be/uEyigf9VvfQ Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Interested in even longer versions of 'Kill Bill' and 'Lord of the Rings'?
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Interested in even longer versions of 'Kill Bill' and 'Lord of the Rings'?

After Peter Jackson revealed at Comic-Con that there are still a few unreleased scenes from the set of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Quentin Tarantino announced that the two volumes of "Kill Bill" will likely be re-released in theaters as a single feature.Initially made as one movie, "Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair" was presented at Cannes in 2003 before returning to the editing room, where it was eventually split into two parts. When asked at a panel in San Diego about the possibility of a release in the film's original format, Tarantino said he is in talks with the Weinstein Company for a limited release as early as 2015. In addition to placing the two volumes side by side, this potential new version would include scenes that were cut before the film's theatrical release. A number of these deleted scenes have already been released through "Kill Bill" DVD and Blu-ray editions. Earlier at the same event, Peter Jackson made a similar revelation, admitting that he still had a few unused scenes from "The Lord of the Rings." Already relatively long at 2:51, 2:52 and 3:12 respectively, the three films in the trilogy are also available in extended versions of 3:48, 3:55 and 4:23 on DVD and Blu-ray. According to the director, if there is sufficient interest in these additional scenes, they could be edited in to create a third, extra-long version of the trilogy.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Christopher Walken to voice King Louie in Disney's 'Jungle Book'
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Christopher Walken to voice King Louie in Disney's 'Jungle Book'

A few weeks ago, NBC announced that the veteran actor will play Captain Hook in "Peter Pan Live," the musical coming to the small screen this December. Now Disney reveals that Christopher Walken is set to play another iconic children's book character, this time in a new film adaptation of "The Jungle Book."After casting the young actor Neel Sethi in the role of Mowgli, Disney is fleshing out the voice cast of "The Jungle Book," which will combine live-action and animation. Christopher Walken will lend his voice to Louie, king of the apes, while Giancarlo Esposito ("Once Upon a Time") will voice Akera, leader of the wolf pack. Scarlett Johansson ("Avengers"), Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") and Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3") are also cast in the new movie, which will be helmed by Jon Favreau. Disney isn't the only one working on a new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book. Warner Bros has announced a rival project to be directed by performance capture specialist Andy Serkis, who is known for playing Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" and Caesar in the latest "Planet of the Apes" movies.   Following the success of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Maleficent," Disney is betting big on live action remakes of its animated classics. In addition to "The Jungle Book," the studio is preparing live action versions of "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Dumbo." Disney's new adaptation of "The Jungle Book" will arrive in US theaters on October 9, 2015, while the Warner Bros version is undated for the time being. In the meantime, American audiences will be able to see Christopher Walken singing and dancing in the musical "Peter Pan Live," which NBC will broadcast live on December 4. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan
Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4. The 26-year-old actress-comedian plays Marnie Michaels on HBO's comedy "Girls," for which she has recorded several songs. She is the daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams and has also appeared on "The Mindy Project" and "The League." NBC recently announced that Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play the villainous pirate Captain Hook. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true," said Williams, who added, "What could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?" This musical version of "Peter Pan" has a long tradition on NBC. It opened on Broadway in 1954, starring Mary Martin as the flying boy and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook in a pair of Tony Award-winning performances. They reprised their Broadway roles in a live telecast of the production that aired on NBC in 1955, revived a year later with a second live telecast — and then, in 1960, with a new, videotaped "Peter Pan" that again starred Martin and Ritchard. The upcoming "Peter Pan Live!" is a follow-up to the success NBC found with a live version of "The Sound of Music" in 2013 with Carrie Underwood. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who produced "The Sound of Music," are also working on "Peter Pan Live!" Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Audra McDonald helps 'Lady Day' turn a profit

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. In the show, McDonald portrays Billie Holiday in one of her last concerts, offering stories and performing about a dozen of Holiday's best-known songs, including "God Bless the Child," ''What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and "Strange Fruit." In June, McDonald won her sixth Tony Award for the role, making her the awards' most decorated actress and the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. Other recent Broadway shows that have recouped include "Of Mice and Men," ''All the Way" and "The Glass Menagerie." ___ Online: http://ladydayonbroadway.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress. The singer and actress on Sunday won her sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress. The latest win — for best lead actress in a play — also makes McDonald the first grand-slam performance winner. She previously won as best featured actress in a play ("A Raisin in the Sun" and "Master Class"), best lead actress in a musical ("The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess") and best featured actress in a musical ("Ragtime" and "Carousel"). She also has two Grammys. She beat Tyne Daly, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Cherry Jones and Estelle Parsons. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Kristen Bell gets back to her 'Hair' roots
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Kristen Bell gets back to her 'Hair' roots

NEW YORK (AP) — Before she was Princess Anna in "Frozen" or even Veronica Mars, Kristen Bell was a musical theater geek. Now she's letting her roots show. Bell is starring in the irreverent, anti-establishment rock musical "Hair" at the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl amphitheater in Los Angeles for three shows starting Friday. "Performing again onstage is wonderful — especially at a venue like the Bowl. It's enormous, dynamic and terrifying," she wrote this week via email. "I never thought I would perform in a place so big!" Bell, who attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and made her Broadway debut in 2001 in the musical "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," will play the hippie love interest Sheila and will get to sing "Easy To Be Hard" and "Good Morning Starshine." Her co-stars include Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family"), Hunter Parrish ("Weeds"), Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz (both of "Glee"), Benjamin Walker ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") Beverly D'Angelo ("Coal Miner's Daughter") and Kevin Chamberlin ("In and Out"). "The process is so alive and energizing and terrifying," said Adam Shankman, who directs and choreographs. He's prepared a staggering 42 numbers for the show, including some nudity, in a rehearsal time that's less than two weeks. "This isn't easy in any shape or form, but it can be very, very fun and very rewarding." For Bell, who was in a production of "Hair" in college, the move is a welcome one since she's now known more for her roles in Showtime's "House of Lies" and the feature "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." "I definitely missed singing live and music in general," Bell wrote. "Music heightens any emotion so it is a wonderful tool to use when performing and storytelling." "Hair," which has book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, tells the story of two best buddies who find freedom in the 1960s preoccupation with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The hit songs include "Aquarius" and "Let the Sun Shine In." Bell together with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel made her own monster hits while recording the soundtrack to the animated film "Frozen." She says she's proud she got a chance to sing in such a landmark movie. "It's hard for me to conceptualize how many people have seen 'Frozen' — it's been such a whirlwind," she wrote. "I would love it just the same if no one had seen it at all — but the fact that kids are connecting to the idea of choosing love over fear makes me so happy." ___ Online: http://www.HollywoodBowl.com ___ Follow Mark Kennedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014
Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight. Kyle — reputed to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history — said in his memoir that he punched Ventura in California in 2006 after Ventura said the SEALs "deserved to lose a few" in Iraq. Ventura disputed that the confrontation, including the punch, ever happened. Ventura wasn't present for the verdict and didn't immediately return messages left at his home. His attorney, David Bradley Olson, said Ventura felt there were "no real winners in this trial." "He's certainly grateful for the verdict, but his reputation with an entire generation of young SEALs may never be repaired," Olsen said, adding, "It is a victory in the sense that the jury did tell the world that Chris Kyle's story is a lie and was a fabrication." Jurors declined to comment to reporters as they left the courthouse. They deliberated for five days before telling the judge Monday they didn't believe they could reach a unanimous verdict, but were told to keep trying. Tuesday's resolution came only after attorneys for both sides agreed to allow a verdict if eight of 10 jurors agreed. John Borger, an attorney for Kyle's estate, said the family would consider an appeal. He faced questions about why he agreed to a non-unanimous verdict when the jury appeared close to being hung. "That was a strategic call, which seemed appropriate at the time," Borger said. Legal experts had said Ventura had to clear a high legal bar to win, because as a public figure he had to prove actual malice. The jury was instructed that Ventura had to prove that Kyle either knew or believed what he wrote was untrue, or that he harbored serious doubts about its truth. After Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range, Ventura's lawsuit moved forward with Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, as the defendant. She wasn't in court to hear the verdict. Borger said she was "surprised and upset" when he gave her the news by phone. The jury awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment. Borger said the latter figure was subject to review and potential adjustment by U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle, no relation to Chris Kyle. At least some of that money will be covered by "American Sniper" publisher HarperCollins' insurance policy. Borger said the $1.3 million for unjust enrichment will have to come from the book profits, but Olsen believes the policy will cover all the damages. Borger said he expects both sides will file papers on that and other issues soon. Olsen also said Ventura's side will ask HarperCollins to remove the disputed section from the book. The section recounts an October 2006 confrontation that Chris Kyle said he had at a bar in Coronado, California, with a man called "Scruff Face." In promotional interviews, Kyle identified the man as Ventura, who was in Coronado for a SEAL reunion and graduation ceremony. Kyle was at the bar for a wake for a fallen SEAL. Olsen suggested in his closing argument that the jury award Ventura $5 million to $15 million to compensate him for damage to his reputation. He said Kyle's claims that Ventura said he hated America, thought the U.S. military was killing innocent civilians in Iraq and that the SEALs "deserve to lose a few" had made him a pariah in the community that mattered most to him — the brotherhood of current and former SEALs. Borger argued that 11 witnesses presented by the defense told a "compelling and consistent story" that backed Kyle's account. Ventura testified that his income as a television personality fell sharply as job offers dried up in the wake of "American Sniper." Borger said Ventura's career as an entertainer was in decline well before that. ___ Associated Press writer Brian Bakst contributed to this report. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.