Saturday Jan 31, 2015

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two...
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British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize for her 1989 performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London and made her stage debut at 14, moving into starring roles just four years later. She excelled at Shakespeare, playing major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet," and directing one of the Bard's plays. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008, stepping down at the end of a hugely successful run as the fictional detective. When she announced she was leaving the show, she said it had been "a marvelous experience to inhabit" the role and that she was leaving with fond memories of playing Miss Marple, one of the most enduring figures of mystery fiction. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," in which she played an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died in 2002. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia. Copyright (2015) 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.

Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX. Actors, television sports analysts and sports stars looked on as the "Boom Clap" singer belted out several of her hits, dancing and bounding around the stage. Among the notable guests of the party were "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul, NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick and a host of retired sports figures including former basketball player Rick Fox and football stars Jerome Bettis and Marcellus Wiley. At one point, actor Mekhi Phifer from NBC's "ER" noticed Paul, and the pair exchanged hugs and spent several minutes talking and laughing with each other. In between live music performances by J. Cole and Charli XCX, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson served as one of the party's DJs. He arrived and was photographed with comedian Tom Arnold, but zipped past several interviewers as he dragged a red suitcase of equipment. "I gotta DJ, I'm sorry," he told the reporters. ESPN has devoted extensive coverage to Sunday's championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Many of its top personalities, including Michelle Beadle, Stephen A. Smith and Mike Golic, attended the party, which had a Southwestern theme. Instead of a red carpet, there was a dirt path. Fake rocks and cacti were placed throughout the venue, along with large photos of athletes and celebrities. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

YouTube most popular: Budweiser, Conan O'Brien and Key & Peele
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
YouTube most popular: Budweiser, Conan O'Brien and Key & Peele

Budweiser gets cute, Conan tries his hand at "Mortal Kombat X" and Key and Peele release the trailer for their Super Bowl special. Here are YouTube's five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, January 30 at 14:30 GMT.2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial "Lost Dog" | Budweiser #BestBudsFirst published: January 28Total views: 11.36 millionThe surprise stars of this year's Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial are an adorable puppy and his best buds -- a group of horses, who, like all best friends, are there for him when the chips are down. youtu.be/xAsjRRMMg_Q Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown: "Mortal Kombat X" - CONAN on TBSFirst published: January 29Total views: 358,458Conan O'Brien goes head to head with Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski for an extreme Super Bowl proxy battle of "Mortal Kombat X."youtu.be/MNpkSyryQz4 Key & Peele - East/West Bowl 3 - Pro Edition - Super Bowl Special Premieres Friday 10/9c First published: January 28Total views: 3,771,319The teaser for the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special is proving popular online... it airs on January 30 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8Inside a Camera at 10,000fps - The Slow Mo Guys First published: January 29Total views: 1.01 millionGet a glimpse of the speed at which things move on the inside of a DSLR camera. youtu.be/CmjeCchGRQo #TheReturn First published: January 29Total views: 369,986Lebron, Kyrie, Marion, Mike Miller... it can only be the Wolves vs. Cavs game happening on Saturday, January 31!youtu.be/8_XhQPasGqk Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015

Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have compiled a list of the most exciting new restaurants around the world for 2015, chosen for being based in what the magazine calls 11 of the most compelling food capitals of the world.They’re “neo-traditionalists, upstart iconoclasts, and ingredient obsessives” that are setting new culinary standards, editors write. In Los Angeles, for example, one of the hottest tickets in town is Maude, opened by celebrity TV chef Curtis Stone, perhaps best known for hosting “Top Chef Masters.” Described as a chic, rustic space, multi-course menus are themed around a single ingredient. In winter, for instance, tangerines are used as both a sweet and savory ingredient, perfuming tangerine-glazed chicken terrine. In Hong Kong, editors rave about Little Bao, a small, 20-seater restaurant that reinvents local comfort foods. The steamed bun, for instance, becomes a pork-belly slider with cinnamon. In Sao Paulo, popular chef Rodrigo Oliveira opened Esquina Mocoto, elevating popular rustic dishes like rice and beans into “ethereal risotto.” And in Tokyo, ramen lovers are flocking to the backstreet restaurant Gonokami Suisan, for its tagliatelle-size noodles that come with an uni-infused dipping broth. Other cities listed include New York City, Sydney, London, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mexico City and Philadelphia. For the complete list visit http://tandl.me/1Lj3GVk. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

The former "Breaking Bad" actress has joined the new "Criminal Minds" team, which will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the mothership series on CBS.The spin-off on the hit crime series is rounding out its cast. After announcing Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY") as the leader of the new FBI unit and Tyler James Williams ("The Walking Dead") as its tech analyst, CBS has added Anna Gunn, who is best known to TV viewers for her role as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad." Bryan Cranston's former co-star will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and a brilliant linguist who plays a vital role on the team led by Jack Garrett (Sinise). The agents in this special FBI unit will be tasked with helping US citizens in trouble overseas. Anna Gunn won two Emmy Awards for her role on "Breaking Bad." More recently, she co-starred with David Tennant in "Gracepoint," Fox's US remake of the British detective series "Broadchurch." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize for her 1989 performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London and made her stage debut at 14, moving into starring roles just four years later. She excelled at Shakespeare, playing major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet," and directing one of the Bard's plays. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008, stepping down at the end of a hugely successful run as the fictional detective. When she announced she was leaving the show, she said it had been "a marvelous experience to inhabit" the role and that she was leaving with fond memories of playing Miss Marple, one of the most enduring figures of mystery fiction. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," in which she played an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died in 2002. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia. Copyright (2015) 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.

Rep: Val Kilmer undergoing tests for a tumor
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Rep: Val Kilmer undergoing tests for a tumor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Val Kilmer is undergoing tests for a possible tumor, according to his representative. Liz Rosenberg confirmed Saturday that the 55-year-old actor is at a Los Angeles hospital and that doctors are "encouraged by his progress" and hopeful he will make a full recovery. Rosenberg says the actor's two children, 23-year-old Mercedes and 19-year-old Jack, are caring for him. Kilmer is known for roles in movies ranging from "Top Gun" to "Heat" to "Tombstone." Kilmer's condition was first reported by TMZ.com. Copyright (2015) 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.

Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale

Chinese filmmaker Zhao Qi is not a newcomer to the Sundance Film Festival. He's had four films here in the last five years. That's pretty impressive, for the uninitiated.But the Emmy winner hopes his latest one, "The Chinese Mayor," will finally win some silverware at the independent movie showcase event, held annually in the Utah mountains, ending this coming weekend. The 40-year-old also wants the film to counter Western misconceptions of his homeland, and show the reality of the modern country with a rare portrait of life in a provincial Chinese city. "I always think that there's a misunderstanding about China, especially for the Chinese government and Chinese party," he told AFP in an interview, while insisting he was not a supporter as such of the Beijing government. "I would not say a fan," cautioned the producer, but added: "At least he's doing something more than the previous administration, which gives more expectations for people." "The Chinese Mayor" tells the tale of Geng Yanbo, dubbed "Demolition Geng" after he became mayor in 2008 of former imperial jewel Datong, some 350 km (220 miles) west of Beijing. The city served as the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty during its heyday 1,600 years ago. But decades of mining in the 20th century has left it dubbed one of China's most polluted regions. - Attracting tourists - Geng earned his name from his campaign to demolish much of the city center, relocating 40,000 of its 140,000 households, before rebuilding it in ancient style, with a view to attracting tourists. He is shown dealing with the complaints of ordinary residents on the street, regularly deciding individual cases on the spot, while berating his city contractors for their incompetence. The downtrodden locals are shown lambasting Geng and other party and city leaders as being out-of-touch with reality, ignoring their plight in his drive to push through his overall city renewal plan. But bizarrely, after the mayor is promoted to a bigger provincial capital and leaves much of the projects half done, there is a massive popular outcry calling for him to stay. "Through making the film we learn it is never only a black and white world, or simply good and bad," said Zhao. The stereotypical view of corruption-plagued government is unfair, he argues, or at least is only part of the whole story -- which the producer says has not been told enough. "The audience here (in the US) they get most of their information from the mainstream media, which is always a quite stereotyped one. I don't think they cover most parts of China," he said. In fact, he said, even Chinese central TV "don't cover most parts of China either," he added. "There is this (story), it needs to be delivered to people. And nobody is doing that job. I hope that as independent observers, we're able to deliver that message." Zhao's previous films at Sundance include "Last Train Home" in 2010, "China Heavy Weight" in 2012 and "Fallen City," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in 2013. He has also won two Emmy Awards in 2012 for his television documentary "P.O.V." "The Chinese Mayor" is competing in the World Documentary contest at this year's Sundance festival, which wraps up on February 1. The prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday around 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday

Celebrate awe-inspiring adventure footage and interact with the stars of extreme sports for the entire month of February with the first annual Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, to be held online.The lineup features over 40 films including "An American Ascent," the story of the first African American to summit Alaska's Denali mountain range, narrated by Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson. Famed British climber and director Alastair Lee's "All My Own Stunts" tells the emotion-stirring story of downhill mountain bike specialist Rob Jarman as he narrowly escapes death while trying to set the UK record for downhill speed.  It also includes "Autana," about a team led by British climber Leo Houlding that ventures into the Amazon, through the Venezuelan jungle in an attempt to summit Cerro Autana for the first time. Other titles include "DamNation," "North of the Sun" and "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago." Categories include Features, Short, Sport (non-climbing), Climbing (rock, ice, mountaineering and alpine), Environment and Adventure. Not only is the online event highly portable, it's also interactive, offering a series of Athlete & Filmmaker Q & A's, Expert Panels and Twitter Chats online that give viewers the chance to talk to filmmakers and athletes. A total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded within the seven categories of the competition and the winning films -- to be announced March 5 -- will be distributed on Film Festival Flix and their affiliates. A streaming pass can be purchased for $19.99. filmfestivalflix.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First Look: Viola Davis goes vigilante in 'Lila and Eve'
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
First Look: Viola Davis goes vigilante in 'Lila and Eve'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez are grief-stricken mothers in "Lila and Eve," which premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Lila Wolcott (Davis) is broken when her 18-year-old son is gunned down in the street — an innocent victim in the wrong place at the wrong time. At a support group for parents of murdered children, she finds a kindred spirit in Eve (Lopez), who's more interested in getting justice than talking through her problems. While the local police established a task force to find the killer of a blond-haired cheerleader, Lila's son is among dozens of young black men caught in the drug-trade crossfire. "They don't even see us," Eve says. She and Lila start their own investigation, which gradually becomes more like a revenge mission. As the two women delve deeper into their search for the boy's killer, Lila begins to lose herself in increasingly risky behavior. The leader of the support group warns: "The grief of your loss can be so debilitating it can cloud your judgment." Grief motivates the two women to become vigilantes, and an unexpected twist in the story shows just how deep their pain runs. Davis, who is also a producer of the film, said she was drawn to the role because it brings to light something rarely discussed in violent American culture: How do parents whose children have been killed move on? "I thought it was a really honest depiction of the emotional journey that a parent would go through after having a child who was murdered," Davis said. "It didn't feel sensationalized to me. It felt real." She said the film is homage to these surviving parents. "We hear about murdered children all the time; and we see the pictures or the news reports of the parents and they cry and then it's over. You don't see them anymore," she said. "They're just forgotten. This film to me was a film that said: Where are they and what are they going through and what is their daily torture like?" ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2015) 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.

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British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize for her 1989 performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London and made her stage debut at 14, moving into starring roles just four years later. She excelled at Shakespeare, playing major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet," and directing one of the Bard's plays. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008, stepping down at the end of a hugely successful run as the fictional detective. When she announced she was leaving the show, she said it had been "a marvelous experience to inhabit" the role and that she was leaving with fond memories of playing Miss Marple, one of the most enduring figures of mystery fiction. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," in which she played an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died in 2002. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia. Copyright (2015) 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.

Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Bobbi Kristina Brown was found by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend. The friend called 911 while her husband performed CPR on Brown because they did not believe she was breathing nor had a pulse, said Officer Lisa Holland, a spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. When police arrived, they gave Brown additional care until she was taken alive to North Fulton Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman did not return repeated messages seeking comment on Brown's condition. "Right now she's still alive at the hospital," Holland said. Detectives were still at the home Saturday afternoon trying to determine what occurred. Police were called to the home Jan. 23 for a report of a fight, Holland said. When officers arrived, they found no one there. Brown, 21, is the only child of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown. A representative for the family did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. The 48-year-old Houston had struggled for years with cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her behavior had become erratic. Authorities examining Houston's death found a dozen prescription drug bottles in the hotel suite. They concluded that Houston accidentally drowned. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors in Houston's death. Over her career, Houston sold more than 50 million records in the United States alone. Her voice, an ideal blend of power, grace and beauty, made classics out of songs like "Saving All My Love For You," ''I Will Always Love You," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I'm Every Woman." Her six Grammys were only a fraction of her many awards. Houston had her first No. 1 hit by the time she was 22, followed by a flurry of No. 1 songs and multiplatinum records. Houston left her entire estate to her daughter. ___ Associated Press reporter Johnny Clark contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kate Brumback from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. Their letter published Saturday in the Guardian praises the government for the 2013 pardon of World War II code breaker Alan Turing, whom Cumberbatch portrays in the movie "The Imitation Game." Turing, who played a vital role in breaking the German wartime code, was praised by Winston Churchill as having made "the single biggest contribution" to the Allied victory in World War II. But Turing, a gay man in an era when homosexuality was illegal, was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and committed suicide two years later. These events are at the core of "The Imitation Game," which chronicles the role Turing played in cracking the Germans' "Enigma" code machine. It has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cumberbatch's performance. Turing was pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II at the recommendation of the government, but the letter points out that 49,000 other men convicted under the same law also merit pardons. "The UK's homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable," the letter said. The letter was also signed by Rachel Barnes, Turing's niece; Morten Tyldum, director of "The Imitation Game," actor Stephen Fry and longtime rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The letter calls on Prince William, his wife Kate and other "young leaders of today" to take steps to pardon all of the men, including an estimated 15,000 thought to still be alive. A spokesman for the royal couple said they wouldn't make any public comment on the issue because it's a government matter. Thousands have signed an online petition calling for mass pardons. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Gregory Katz from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale

Chinese filmmaker Zhao Qi is not a newcomer to the Sundance Film Festival. He's had four films here in the last five years. That's pretty impressive, for the uninitiated.But the Emmy winner hopes his latest one, "The Chinese Mayor," will finally win some silverware at the independent movie showcase event, held annually in the Utah mountains, ending this coming weekend. The 40-year-old also wants the film to counter Western misconceptions of his homeland, and show the reality of the modern country with a rare portrait of life in a provincial Chinese city. "I always think that there's a misunderstanding about China, especially for the Chinese government and Chinese party," he told AFP in an interview, while insisting he was not a supporter as such of the Beijing government. "I would not say a fan," cautioned the producer, but added: "At least he's doing something more than the previous administration, which gives more expectations for people." "The Chinese Mayor" tells the tale of Geng Yanbo, dubbed "Demolition Geng" after he became mayor in 2008 of former imperial jewel Datong, some 350 km (220 miles) west of Beijing. The city served as the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty during its heyday 1,600 years ago. But decades of mining in the 20th century has left it dubbed one of China's most polluted regions. - Attracting tourists - Geng earned his name from his campaign to demolish much of the city center, relocating 40,000 of its 140,000 households, before rebuilding it in ancient style, with a view to attracting tourists. He is shown dealing with the complaints of ordinary residents on the street, regularly deciding individual cases on the spot, while berating his city contractors for their incompetence. The downtrodden locals are shown lambasting Geng and other party and city leaders as being out-of-touch with reality, ignoring their plight in his drive to push through his overall city renewal plan. But bizarrely, after the mayor is promoted to a bigger provincial capital and leaves much of the projects half done, there is a massive popular outcry calling for him to stay. "Through making the film we learn it is never only a black and white world, or simply good and bad," said Zhao. The stereotypical view of corruption-plagued government is unfair, he argues, or at least is only part of the whole story -- which the producer says has not been told enough. "The audience here (in the US) they get most of their information from the mainstream media, which is always a quite stereotyped one. I don't think they cover most parts of China," he said. In fact, he said, even Chinese central TV "don't cover most parts of China either," he added. "There is this (story), it needs to be delivered to people. And nobody is doing that job. I hope that as independent observers, we're able to deliver that message." Zhao's previous films at Sundance include "Last Train Home" in 2010, "China Heavy Weight" in 2012 and "Fallen City," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in 2013. He has also won two Emmy Awards in 2012 for his television documentary "P.O.V." "The Chinese Mayor" is competing in the World Documentary contest at this year's Sundance festival, which wraps up on February 1. The prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday around 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday

Celebrate awe-inspiring adventure footage and interact with the stars of extreme sports for the entire month of February with the first annual Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, to be held online.The lineup features over 40 films including "An American Ascent," the story of the first African American to summit Alaska's Denali mountain range, narrated by Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson. Famed British climber and director Alastair Lee's "All My Own Stunts" tells the emotion-stirring story of downhill mountain bike specialist Rob Jarman as he narrowly escapes death while trying to set the UK record for downhill speed.  It also includes "Autana," about a team led by British climber Leo Houlding that ventures into the Amazon, through the Venezuelan jungle in an attempt to summit Cerro Autana for the first time. Other titles include "DamNation," "North of the Sun" and "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago." Categories include Features, Short, Sport (non-climbing), Climbing (rock, ice, mountaineering and alpine), Environment and Adventure. Not only is the online event highly portable, it's also interactive, offering a series of Athlete & Filmmaker Q & A's, Expert Panels and Twitter Chats online that give viewers the chance to talk to filmmakers and athletes. A total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded within the seven categories of the competition and the winning films -- to be announced March 5 -- will be distributed on Film Festival Flix and their affiliates. A streaming pass can be purchased for $19.99. filmfestivalflix.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.