Friday Aug 28, 2015

'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal

A sincere "Star Trek" spoof that was warmly received in 1999, "Galaxy Quest" is making a return -- as a TV series -- after Amazon Studios struck a deal with the film's Paramount. We take a look at what made the movie special in the first place.The plotAn iconic sci-fi TV series "Galaxy Quest"...
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TV

'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal

A sincere "Star Trek" spoof that was warmly received in 1999, "Galaxy Quest" is making a return -- as a TV series -- after Amazon Studios struck a deal with the film's Paramount. We take a look at what made the movie special in the first place.The plotAn iconic sci-fi TV series "Galaxy Quest" has been discovered by a far-off alien race who didn't realize it was fiction, based their entire civilization upon the show, recreating its technologies, and then calls upon its original heroes (the actors) to rescue them from galactic oblivion when space war breaks out. The toneKey to its charm was the way that "Galaxy Quest" riffed on its inspiration without any signs of cruelty towards "Star Trek" or its fandom. Though taking on the tone of a light comedy, and in spite of its ridiculous premise, its human characters weren't caricatured -- and it was the somewhat obsessive fans of a fictional "Galaxy Quest" series that helped to save the day. The castAt the time, its on-screen talent pool was a mix of grade-A names, recognizable screen actors, and rising stars. Tim Allen had two "Toy Story" films and nine years as the lead in "Home Improvement" -- a more down-to-earth show about life on and off a TV series' set. Sigourney Weaver had completed four "Alien" films, while Alan Rickman was acclaimed for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Sense and Sensibility"; Tony Shalhoub had 144 episodes of "Wings" and Daryl Mitchell accrued 84 appearances on "The John Larroquette Show." Contrast with Sam Rockwell, who didn't yet have "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or "Moon" on his resumé. Instead, he was on the cusp after "Lawn Dogs" and "The Green Mile." Meanwhile, both Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Rainn Wilson of "The Office" were debutants. Getting the gang back together might be a tough call, and with Amazon having just come on board for the remake, casting has not been announced. Behind the scenes, several core players are still involved: writer Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and two of executive producers to boot. The homagesThe film was, of course, stuffed with references to "Star Trek," but didn't require more than a passing knowledge. There was a send-up of Kirk's fight with a Gorn when Allen's character was pursued by a rock monster (also a William Shatner allusion), plenty of commanding poses, and a crew shaken by a flubbed take-off.Spock-like haircuts adorn the aliens' heads, while production design was cribbed from 30 years of franchise tropes.How much familiarity will be required by Amazon's series is for now a mystery -- perhaps just enough to nudge viewers towards reruns on Prime Instant Video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released
Friday Aug 28, 2015
New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released

A second teaser has been released for the Bill Murray film "Rock the Kasbah," providing more details on the storyline about a washed-up rock manager who discovers a surprising local talent in Afghanistan.Inspired by a true story, the film includes a solid cast helmed by Murray, and rounded out by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. After landing in Afghanistan with his lone client for a USO tour of Afghanistan, Murray's character Richie Lanz finds himself stranded in the wartorn country. But when he discovers a teenager with immense talent, he offers to manage the girl as she tries to win a local reality show competition equivalent to "American Idol." Watch the trailer at http://bit.ly/1Emzet0. "Rock the Kasbah" opens October 23. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, "brought into the world via gestational carrier." He is her first child and a publicist said both "are healthy and happy." Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama. Her other on-screen credits include "Ally McBeal" and the films "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill." ___ Online: http://lucyliu.net 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.

Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'

Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "Dr. Strange."The Danish actor is in talks with Marvel Studios' to play a villain in an adapted version of the comic series "Dr. Strange," for which Benedict Cumberbatch has already been confirmed to play the eponymous role. "Dr. Strange" is a character from the Marvel Comic series, a sorcerer who protects the Earth from magical threats. If talks are successful, Mikkelsen will join Tilda Swinton and fellow bad guy Chiwetel Ejiofor on the cast list. Mads Mikkelsen rose to international fame as the antagonist in "Casino Royale." He is currently playing the lead role in TV series "Hannibal." "Dr. Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson and will be released on December 6, 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party
Friday Aug 28, 2015
TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under the stars on the warm, breezeless night. In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on the small screen for women, people of color and people with disabilities. Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" or Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category. George said "the 'Empire' effect" and "the Shonda Rhimes effect" have inspired agents and studios to intentionally seek actors "from the diversity categories" for lead roles. Kim and Beauvais said Hollywood has to embrace diversity because viewers are demanding to see people who look like themselves on TV. "We've got a long way to go yet, but there are strides made every year, whether it's for race or gender or sexual orientation," Kim said. "I think television, especially, is leading the way in being more progressive." The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20. ___ 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.

Movies

'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal

A sincere "Star Trek" spoof that was warmly received in 1999, "Galaxy Quest" is making a return -- as a TV series -- after Amazon Studios struck a deal with the film's Paramount. We take a look at what made the movie special in the first place.The plotAn iconic sci-fi TV series "Galaxy Quest" has been discovered by a far-off alien race who didn't realize it was fiction, based their entire civilization upon the show, recreating its technologies, and then calls upon its original heroes (the actors) to rescue them from galactic oblivion when space war breaks out. The toneKey to its charm was the way that "Galaxy Quest" riffed on its inspiration without any signs of cruelty towards "Star Trek" or its fandom. Though taking on the tone of a light comedy, and in spite of its ridiculous premise, its human characters weren't caricatured -- and it was the somewhat obsessive fans of a fictional "Galaxy Quest" series that helped to save the day. The castAt the time, its on-screen talent pool was a mix of grade-A names, recognizable screen actors, and rising stars. Tim Allen had two "Toy Story" films and nine years as the lead in "Home Improvement" -- a more down-to-earth show about life on and off a TV series' set. Sigourney Weaver had completed four "Alien" films, while Alan Rickman was acclaimed for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Sense and Sensibility"; Tony Shalhoub had 144 episodes of "Wings" and Daryl Mitchell accrued 84 appearances on "The John Larroquette Show." Contrast with Sam Rockwell, who didn't yet have "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or "Moon" on his resumé. Instead, he was on the cusp after "Lawn Dogs" and "The Green Mile." Meanwhile, both Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Rainn Wilson of "The Office" were debutants. Getting the gang back together might be a tough call, and with Amazon having just come on board for the remake, casting has not been announced. Behind the scenes, several core players are still involved: writer Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and two of executive producers to boot. The homagesThe film was, of course, stuffed with references to "Star Trek," but didn't require more than a passing knowledge. There was a send-up of Kirk's fight with a Gorn when Allen's character was pursued by a rock monster (also a William Shatner allusion), plenty of commanding poses, and a crew shaken by a flubbed take-off.Spock-like haircuts adorn the aliens' heads, while production design was cribbed from 30 years of franchise tropes.How much familiarity will be required by Amazon's series is for now a mystery -- perhaps just enough to nudge viewers towards reruns on Prime Instant Video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Borderlands' to be adapted for the silver screen
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Borderlands' to be adapted for the silver screen

Lionsgate is developing a movie of the "Borderlands" video game franchise.The movie company behind "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent," has announced that it will be taking on an adaptation of the successful sci-fi shooter "Borderlands". Producers Avi and Ari Arad ("Iron Man," "Blade," "The Amazing Spider-Man" among many) are on board. "Borderlands" has built up a mass cult following, and has shipped over 26 million copies since its launch in 2009. Fans appreciate the games' sense of humor and comic-book art style. The game is a four-player, first-person shooter, available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. CEO of Take-Two (behind "Borderlands") Strauss Zelnick says of the deal: "This alliance is ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands' current legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released
Friday Aug 28, 2015
New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released

A second teaser has been released for the Bill Murray film "Rock the Kasbah," providing more details on the storyline about a washed-up rock manager who discovers a surprising local talent in Afghanistan.Inspired by a true story, the film includes a solid cast helmed by Murray, and rounded out by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. After landing in Afghanistan with his lone client for a USO tour of Afghanistan, Murray's character Richie Lanz finds himself stranded in the wartorn country. But when he discovers a teenager with immense talent, he offers to manage the girl as she tries to win a local reality show competition equivalent to "American Idol." Watch the trailer at http://bit.ly/1Emzet0. "Rock the Kasbah" opens October 23. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday.Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in the Seventies" and who was capable of moving easily between studio and independent productions, and from fiction to documentary work. The 71-year-old is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this year's festival which runs September 2-12 in the city of canals. Demme has made over 30 films in a career spanning five decades, including 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," for which he won the best director Oscar, the acclaimed "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Married to the Mob" (1988). His latest film, "Ricki and the Flash", starring Meryl Streep, was released in the United States earlier this month. Last year's Visionary Talent award went to US actress Frances McDormand in recognition of her 30-year career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, "brought into the world via gestational carrier." He is her first child and a publicist said both "are healthy and happy." Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama. Her other on-screen credits include "Ally McBeal" and the films "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill." ___ Online: http://lucyliu.net 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.

Events

Justin Bieber releases new song from next studio album
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Justin Bieber releases new song from next studio album

After being leaked early on Friday, August 28, Justin Bieber has now officially released his new song, "What Do You Mean?"Two years after his last tour ended, Justin Bieber has released a new song from his upcoming studio album. Bieber will also be performing "What Do You Mean?" at the Video Music Awards on August 20, 2015. For the past seven days, Bieber's fans and celebrities have been counting down until the release on Twitter, using the hastage #WhatDoYouMean. The song was produced by Cali The Producer and Skrillex, making it Bieber's second collaboration with the latter. It is seen as a comeback bid and a statement about the direction Bieber's musical career will take. The name of the full album is yet to be disclosed. Listen to the track: https://youtu.be/NywWB67Z7zQ Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday.Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in the Seventies" and who was capable of moving easily between studio and independent productions, and from fiction to documentary work. The 71-year-old is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this year's festival which runs September 2-12 in the city of canals. Demme has made over 30 films in a career spanning five decades, including 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," for which he won the best director Oscar, the acclaimed "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Married to the Mob" (1988). His latest film, "Ricki and the Flash", starring Meryl Streep, was released in the United States earlier this month. Last year's Visionary Talent award went to US actress Frances McDormand in recognition of her 30-year career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party
Friday Aug 28, 2015
TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under the stars on the warm, breezeless night. In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on the small screen for women, people of color and people with disabilities. Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" or Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category. George said "the 'Empire' effect" and "the Shonda Rhimes effect" have inspired agents and studios to intentionally seek actors "from the diversity categories" for lead roles. Kim and Beauvais said Hollywood has to embrace diversity because viewers are demanding to see people who look like themselves on TV. "We've got a long way to go yet, but there are strides made every year, whether it's for race or gender or sexual orientation," Kim said. "I think television, especially, is leading the way in being more progressive." The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20. ___ 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.

Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars

Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards this year and film star Debbie Reynolds will be awarded a humanitarian prize, Academy Award organizers said Thursday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences emphasized the "extraordinary contribution" that the three legends have made to show business throughout their long careers. "We'll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished -- with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference -- will also enrich future generations," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. The honorees will receive the awards -- which look just like the Oscars that will be given out at the Academy Awards in February -- at the Governors Awards in November. It will be the seventh annual Governors Awards, held in Hollywood. None of the honorees have won an Oscar, though they have all been nominated. Lee, 58, earned a best screenplay nomination for 1989's "Do the Right Thing," and his 1997 "4 Little Girls" earned a best documentary nomination. His influence on the film industry has extended from mainstream hits such as "Malcolm X" and "He Got Game" to cutting examinations of contemporary urban American life in dozens of independent films. Rowlands received best actress nominations for 1974's "A Woman under the Influence" and 1980's "Gloria." Reynolds, who will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, first captivated audiences in 1952's "Singin' in the Rain." She was later was nominated for an Oscar for her lead role in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and helped found a group that works to combat mental health issues. Last year, singer Harry Belafonte earned the humanitarian award. Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and French director Jean-Claude Carriere took home the honorary awards. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp. But that's OK, too, because from the ground it won't look much different from Goodyear's Spirit of America, which was deflated and disassembled earlier this month after a farewell flight across California. "It's a brand new design. It is a much larger airship. It's a semi-rigid dirigible," Goodyear's Priscilla Tasker said of the new fleet of non-blimps replacing the company's three aging U.S. airships. In air-speak that means the new model has a fixed structure holding its big, gassy balloon in place. That's unlike a blimp, which goes flat when the helium is removed. "But the most impressive features are the glass cockpit that is all fly-by-wire, the most state-of-the-art avionics in airships today," Tasker said. The first of the new models, Ohio-based Wingfoot One, took to the sky last year, replacing the 14-year-old Spirit of Goodyear. The last of the old ones, Florida-based Spirit of Innovation, will fly to California next month to replace Spirit of America while its replacement is being built. After that, Spirit of Innovation will be retired. The new ships, with three engines instead of two, will be able to hit freeway speeds of 73 mph and make less racket getting from place to place. They'll also be more maneuverable. And they'll still be carried aloft by helium. The overhaul comes on the 90th anniversary of Goodyear's entry into the dirigible business, but there's more than a birthday bash involved. Most people who see the iconic blimp hovering overhead are at a sporting event or major entertainment show like the Academy Awards. But the ship isn't there just to show off. The people inside its gondola are filming the bird's-eye-view scenes you see on television, and they say they'll be able to do that better with a faster, more maneuverable craft. With quieter engines you might not hear the new one coming. But it will be harder to miss once it gets there: The replacement models are 246 feet long, nearly the length of a football field and 50 feet longer than the old ones. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by John Rogers and JAE C. HONG from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.