Friday Jul 3, 2015

HGTV relies on relationships for good TV

NEW YORK (AP) — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding "America's Most Desperate Kitchens," hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of...
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HGTV relies on relationships for good TV
Friday Jul 3, 2015
HGTV relies on relationships for good TV

NEW YORK (AP) — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding "America's Most Desperate Kitchens," hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of shows hosted by spouses, siblings and other assorted relatives. Keeping it all in the family is deliberate: "The natural conversation and exchanges between them as experts with a pre-existing relationship engages audiences," said HGTV general manager Allison Page. The lifestyle network's top show "Brother vs Brother," starring brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott fixing houses for resale, averaged 2.5 million viewers this season — a 47 percent increase over last year's viewership, according to Nielsen ratings. Carrino and Colaneri are back with their fourth HGTV show this summer. In their newest offering, the duo renovates kitchens in homes across the country. Colaneri said they enjoy being able to portray their relationship exactly as it is without any amped-up drama. "We are first cousins, best friends and we are almost like brothers," Colaneri said. Their first HGTV gig hosting "Kitchen Cousins" came out of the blue: They got the surprise call from the network 10 months after a friend sent in a video she made of them. "I don't think for one second we ever thought this is something we can do," Carrino said. Page said the network's audience is mostly women, but they have worked to expand it. Since hosting on HGTV, Carrino said, "Big burly union electrical workers" have come up to him saying, "Can I get a picture? I love your show." Page said the two-host system helps diversify the demographic of the audience, especially when each of the hosts has a different expertise. She said "the shows that focus on physical construction and decoration appeal to both" men and women. "Our fans stretch from young children to adults," Colaneri said. "There is always someone who comes up to you that you would never expect" ____ Online: http://www.hgtv.com ___ Follow Luqman Adeniyi on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/luqman_adeniyi Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Luqman Adeniyi from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Japan broadcaster NHK is testing 8K resolution for Wimbledon
Friday Jul 3, 2015
Japan broadcaster NHK is testing 8K resolution for Wimbledon

In collaboration with the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Japan's public broadcaster NHK is testing its "Super Hi-Vision" 8K resolution system.During the Wimbledon tournament, two matches a day are to be covered by NHK's "Super Hi-Vision" system, 16 times the resolution of HD, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will also include a trial of Sony's F65 4K camera, a model known mostly for its use in feature films. The results of the tests are only available to broadcasters in the Broadcast Center tent at Wimbledon. The trial is part of NHK and the Japanese government's move to bring "Super Hi-Vision" to Japan, and have it ready for use country-wide for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Law and Order' gets Spanish makeover
Friday Jul 3, 2015
'Law and Order' gets Spanish makeover

The crime shows "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Los Angeles" are set to be broadcast in Spanish for the first time.Latino channel NBC Universo will launch the long-running police and courtroom drama in Spanish starting July 6. "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will be aired in the language from July 7. Created by Dick Wolf and starring Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterson, Law & Order ran for 20 seasons on NBC, and has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. "For NBC Universo, it is a privilege to be able to reintroduce this intelligent and riveting series to a whole new Spanish-dominant U.S. audience," said Bilai Joa Silar, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production at the network. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'I Can Do That' competition series renewed for second season
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
'I Can Do That' competition series renewed for second season

NBC has confirmed the renewal of "I Can Do That", a show in which celebrities compete in trying new skills.Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans hosts the Universal Television-produced competition series "I Can Do That", which has just been renewed for a second season. The show first aired on May 26, 2015, and features six celebrities competing for the title of "The Greatest Entertainer". Every week, the stars learn an unknown skill, eventually performing it live in front of an audience who then vote for their favorite. Season one was won by Nicole Scherzinger. NBC has ordered eight episodes for season two, up from six in season one. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'

In an exclusive on Deadline, it was announced that actors Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey will star in Amin Matalqa’s action adventure "The Rendezvous".The movie is to be an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book "A New Song". Set in Jordan, the plot involves Katic and Jaffrey's characters' search for a sacred Dead Sea scroll hidden somewhere in Petra. Katic is known for her lead role in TV series "Castle". Jaffrey is also known for his work on the silver screen, notably in "Homeland" and "Spooks". Director Amin Matalqa is of Jordanian descent, and has already made a name for himself in the film industry. His debut film, "Captain Abu Raed" (2007) won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator'
Friday Jul 3, 2015
'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even with the flashy competition of Terminators and male strippers, the little feelings inside a young girl's head proved to be more of a draw for moviegoers going into the holiday weekend. Disney and Pixar's "Inside Out" earned a chart-topping $7.7 million on Thursday, according to Rentrak estimates. The animated family film has grossed $216.1 million to date and could become the first film since "Argo" to climb to No. 1 during its third weekend in release. "Inside Out" had been trailing the gargantuan grosses of "Jurassic World" for two weeks, but might have the edge finally. Universal's record-busting dino film brought in $6.9 million Thursday, bringing its domestic total to $527.2 million. New openers "Terminator Genisys" and "Magic Mike XXL" held the third and fourth spots, respectively with $6.5 million and $5.7 million. But, this narrow advantage doesn't mean much for "Terminator's" bottom line, which looks destined for disappointment. The Skydance-Paramount movie was produced for an estimated $155 million. The "Magic Mike" sequel, meanwhile, only cost around $15 million. With daily grosses this close, the long holiday weekend is still anyone's game. While no film will be reaching the $80 million-plus heights of 2013's "Despicable Me 2," 2004's "Spider-Man 2" or 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," this weekend is solid improvement over last year's disastrous Fourth of July weekend. The 2014 Independence Day box office was the weakest in decades thanks in part to lackluster options, like "Tammy," and "Earth to Echo," bad weather and the competition of the World Cup. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

iQIYI buys online rights to 800 Paramount titles
Friday Jul 3, 2015
iQIYI buys online rights to 800 Paramount titles

Baidu's film unit, iQIYI, has signed for the internet broadcasting rights of 800 movies.iQIYI now has the rights to market, promote and distribute 800 movies (including future films) of Paramount Pictures, it was announced on July 3. The movies will be available on the iQIYU platform, which announced last month that it had broken the five million paid subscribers mark in a press release: "As iQIYI continues to enrich its content and to improve services for our members, we are confident that iQIYI's subscription business will continue to experience rapid development." This latest purchase is part of iQIYI's expansion plan. iQIYI was founded in 2010 by China's biggest search engine Baidu. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke
Friday Jul 3, 2015
Illinois city condemns childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The childhood home of actor Dick Van Dyke could be torn down after a central Illinois city condemned the dilapidated building. The (Champaign) News-Gazette (bit.ly/1HB0pzJ ) reports that the 89-year-old actor took to Twitter this week to call attention to the Danville home he and brother Jerry lived in during high school after relocating from Missouri. The star of "Mary Poppins" and television's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" recalled the "happy memories drifting around in there" in a tweet to his 85,200 followers. Van Dyke told the (Danville) Commercial-News (http://bit.ly/1f9iFpq ) he'd like to know if the home is fixable. "If it could be fixed maybe we could do something like take a collection up or something," he said. "Danville is my home and I do still care." Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said the city didn't know the Van Dyke connection when it condemned the house in December. The property's last owner died in 2011. Eisenhauer expressed a willingness to donate the property as part of a prospective rehabilitation project, should the city eventually gain ownership. ___ This story has been corrected to include the full name of "The Dick Van Dyke Show." ___ Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.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.

APNewsBreak: New details on alleged Emile Hirsch assault
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
APNewsBreak: New details on alleged Emile Hirsch assault

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A studio executive who authorities say was assaulted by actor Emile Hirsch during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year described the incident as being "insanely painful and absolutely terrifying," according to public records obtained by The Associated Press. Daniele Bernfeld, an executive for the Paramount Pictures subsidiary Insurge Pictures, told police that Hirsch put her in a chokehold from behind, dragged her across a table and body slammed her to the floor, investigative documents obtained Thursday through a public records request showed. Hirsch said he didn't remember exactly what happened, saying only that she came at him and he was defending himself. Bernfeld was initially apprehensive about pursuing charges the night of the Jan. 25 incident Tao Nightclub in Park City due to the "sensitive nature" of her work and Hirsch's high profile, reports show. She said the next day that she decided to pursue charges because word of the incident, and her name, had already leaked out to the public and media. "I am fundamentally not OK with what happened," Bernfeld said the night of the incident, red marks visible on her neck. "It was insanely painful and absolutely terrifying." Hirsch was questioned and handcuffed the night of the incident, but released and not formally charged until nearly three weeks later. He was charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. The felony assault is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. That night, slurring his words and struggling to balance, Hirsch said he had three or four drinks. He acknowledged "mouthing off" a bit with Bernfeld, but said he couldn't remember exactly what happened. "She started kind of causing a ruckus and I sort of started getting intervening and this happened," said Hirsch. "I don't think it was much more than that to be honest.... I think she had a go at me and I probably defended myself." The 30-year-old from Encino, California has made two court appearances in Park City, but has not entered a plea or made any comments outside court. Hirsch is due back in court in Park City on Aug. 17 at a hearing in which prosecutors will lay out the evidence or, possibly, announce a plea deal. Hirsch's attorney, Neil Kaplan, was not immediately available for comment. He has previously said Hirsch entered rehab within days of the incident. Paramount spokeswoman Katie Martin Kelley was not immediately available for comment either. She has declined to comment previously about the incident. Hirsch was at Sundance for the premiere of the drama "Ten Thousand Saints." He is best-known for his starring role in "Into the Wild" and has also appeared in Universal's Navy SEAL drama "Lone Survivor," Peter Berg's account of a disastrous 2005 military operation in Afghanistan. In the lead up to the attack at the club, Bernfeld said Hirsch was super aggressive and in her face. He told her she was a rich kid who "has never done anything" and was just at Sundance to party. She said Hirsch told her, "Your parents are rich and you don't know what it's like." Bernfeld said she pushed him away, and told him she was a studio executive in town for work and that her mother was a public school principal. Several minutes passed before he came back and blindsided her, she said. "He basically grabbed me at the curve of the elbow, choked me up, threw me across the table, and I felt the front of my throat hit the back of my throat," Bernfeld said in an interview recorded by a police officer's body camera. A waitress told police Hirsch was really drunk and was grabbing Bernfeld's hair and touching her prior to the attack. A friend of Bernfeld who witnessed it told police he and another person pulled Hirsch off of Bernfeld while he was choking her. "I have seen quite a few fights in my life, but this was pretty violent," said the witness, whose name is redacted from the report but is identified as a film director. Bernfeld said she hadn't met Hirsch prior to that night. Hirsch couldn't remember her name after the incident but said he thinks they might have known each other. Before being released the night of the incident, Hirsch said he was surprised by what had happened and told police he tries to stay out of trouble. He said he has a young son and a woman he lives with that he cares about. "I've always respected the law and been a law-abiding citizen," Hirsch said. "To have it bite me is surprising but at the same time, you can never be surprised when dealing with the law." After the officer told Hirsch he had made some poor decisions, Hirsch apologized but asked again what he had done. He seemed unaware of the severity of the situation, telling the officer, "I feel like I could patch it up with her." ___ Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst 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 Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'

In an exclusive on Deadline, it was announced that actors Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey will star in Amin Matalqa’s action adventure "The Rendezvous".The movie is to be an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book "A New Song". Set in Jordan, the plot involves Katic and Jaffrey's characters' search for a sacred Dead Sea scroll hidden somewhere in Petra. Katic is known for her lead role in TV series "Castle". Jaffrey is also known for his work on the silver screen, notably in "Homeland" and "Spooks". Director Amin Matalqa is of Jordanian descent, and has already made a name for himself in the film industry. His debut film, "Captain Abu Raed" (2007) won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Rarely seen color photos by Robert Capa in Budapest exhibit
Friday Jul 3, 2015
Rarely seen color photos by Robert Capa in Budapest exhibit

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rarely seen color photographs by Robert Capa, the legendary Hungarian photographer best known for his battlefield pictures from the Spanish Civil War and D-Day, are being shown for the first time in Europe at the Budapest institution which bears his name. Capa, born Endre Friedmann in Budapest in 1913, began experimenting with color photography in 1938 and it soon became an integral, though seldom published, part of his work. . Afterward, he always carried two cameras, one loaded with color film, the other with black and white. "This allows a very good comparison and how he approaches color photography in a totally different manner," said Istvan Viragvolgyi, deputy director of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center. "He turns his camera in other directions, looking for themes where color really adds a lot to it." The exhibit containing 136 color photographs, as well as film and sound recordings of Capa, runs until Sep. 20 and was first shown last year in New York, at the International Center of Photography founded by Cornell Capa, Robert's late brother. Consisting mostly of photos taken in peacetime, it includes pictures for a 1947 magazine feature about the Soviet Union written by John Steinbeck; Hollywood stars like Humphrey Bogart, Orson Wells and Ingrid Bergman on location; a series on post-World War II youth called Generation X, a term often attributed to Capa; Israel soon after its 1948 creation; and playful images of Pablo Picasso rejected by a magazine in favor of similar pictures in black and white. "He is one of the most humanist photographers who worked on the battlefields," said Zoltan Szalay, an award-winning Hungarian photographer. Some of the originals in the collection of 4,200 color slides had faded over the decades and were digitally restored. "We can see how easily he adapted the new techniques and immediately delved into color photography," Viragvolgyi said. "He did not hesitate. He always went forward." For Viragvolgyi, Capa's legacy for photographers revolves around his continual renewal, which "is needed not only today but was indispensable already 70 years ago." Capa was killed by a land mine in 1954 while covering the Indochina War in what is now Vietnam. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Pablo Gorondi from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Law and Order' gets Spanish makeover
Friday Jul 3, 2015
'Law and Order' gets Spanish makeover

The crime shows "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Los Angeles" are set to be broadcast in Spanish for the first time.Latino channel NBC Universo will launch the long-running police and courtroom drama in Spanish starting July 6. "Law & Order: Los Angeles" will be aired in the language from July 7. Created by Dick Wolf and starring Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterson, Law & Order ran for 20 seasons on NBC, and has been nominated for the most consecutive Emmy Awards of any primetime drama series. "For NBC Universo, it is a privilege to be able to reintroduce this intelligent and riveting series to a whole new Spanish-dominant U.S. audience," said Bilai Joa Silar, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production at the network. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'
Friday Jul 3, 2015
Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump's 'idiocy'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump's characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Several 2016 contenders have brushed off Trump's comments while others have ignored them. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who is Hispanic, denounced them as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive," after declining for two weeks to address the matter directly. Another Hispanic in the race, Ted Cruz, said Trump is "terrific," ''brash" and "speaks the truth." It's an uncomfortable moment for Republicans, who want more votes from the surging Latino population. And it could be a costly moment if more candidates don't go beyond their Donald-will-be-Donald response and condemn him directly, said Alfonso Aguilar, a Republican who leads the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership. "The time has come for the candidates to distance themselves from Trump and call his comments what they are: ludicrous, baseless and insulting," Aguilar said. "Sadly, it hurts the party with Hispanic voters. It's a level of idiocy I haven't seen in a long time." So far, Trump has paid less of a political price than a commercial one. The leading Hispanic television network, Univision, has backed out of televising the Miss USA pageant, a joint venture between Trump and NBC, which also cut ties with Trump. On Wednesday, the Macy's department store chain, which carried a Donald Trump menswear line, said it was ending its relationship with him. Other retailers are facing pressure to follow suit. On Friday, the NASCAR motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. The CEO of a top NASCAR sponsor, Camping World's Marcus Lemonis, had said he would not participate in the awards ceremony if it were held at a property owned by Trump, whom he criticized for "recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments ... in regards to immigrants." In his speech last month marking his entry into the Republican race, Trump said Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." The businessman has refused to back down, although he insists his remarks were misconstrued. "My statements have been contorted to seem racist and discriminatory," he wrote in a message to supporters on Thursday. "What I want is for legal immigrants to not be unfairly punished because others are coming into America illegally, flooding the labor market and not paying taxes." His original comments, though, did not make a distinction between Mexicans who came to U.S. legally and those here illegally. His rhetoric may resonate with some of the Republican Party's most passionate voters, who have long viewed illegal immigration as one of the nation's most pressing problems. But the 2016 contest brings opportunity for the party to make inroads with Hispanics, with several Latino candidates and a former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who has deep Latino ties and speaks Spanish and hasn't been shy about using it in the campaign. Even so, Bush has said little more about Trump's comments than that they were "wrong." "Maybe we'll have a chance to have an honest discussion about it onstage," Bush said last weekend while campaigning in Nevada, referring to Republican presidential debates. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, is paying keen attention to how the candidates respond to Trump's "xenophobic rhetoric." "We're listening very, very closely, not just what candidates say but what they don't say — the sins of commission and the sins of omission," he said. Among 2016 contenders: —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Trump's comments "wholly inappropriate." But in a subsequent radio interview, he said Trump is "a really wonderful guy (who's) always been a good friend." —Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said: "I don't think Donald Trump's remarks reflect the Republican Party." —Cruz said he likes Trump and thinks NBC "is engaging in political correctness" in breaking ties with him. —Rubio said the next president "needs to be someone who brings Americans together — not someone who continues to divide." —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former technology executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson have been silent. Not since the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush has a Republican presidential candidate earned as much as 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. Mitt Romney got a dismal 27 percent in the 2012 contest against President Barack Obama. ___ Associated Press writers Ken Thomas in Washington, Hillel Italie in New York and Jill Colvin in Ashland, New Hampshire, 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 STEVE PEOPLES from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jhene Aiko in a pop culture moment thanks to 'Post to Be'
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
Jhene Aiko in a pop culture moment thanks to 'Post to Be'

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Grammy nominations didn't hurt, but it's a bit of naughty lyric offering new meaning to the consumption of groceries that has propelled Jhene Aiko's popularity. The soulful singer with the big future has achieved something relatively unusual in the world of Internet memes, a lasting presence beyond 15 fame-filled minutes thanks to her contribution on Omarion's "Post to Be," a chill but explicit song that has reached No. 13 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. But the song, also featuring Chris Brown, is buzzy beyond the charts, with some calling it a warm-weather, feel-good anthem due in large part to Aiko's verse about a specific sex act, of the "booty" and "eating" variety. Like "groceries." "Jhene has the standout lyric. She may have the lyric of the summer, or the lyric of the year," said Rob Markman, senior hip-hop editor for MTV News. "The healthy thing about it is that music opens a conversation about sex in a way that a lot of people aren't comfortable with otherwise." Eight months after the song dropped, followed by a video, the groceries line is the GIF that keeps on giving among social media users, playing on the lead-in: "I might let your boy chauffeur me, but he gotta eat the ..." You get the picture. At the recent BET Awards, Omarion and Brown performed the hit song and during Aiko's verse, they made its meaning clear in dance. Even Rihanna sang along. "It works for so many reasons," Markman said of the verse. "One, it's just funny. And it's really catchy. And it touches on something that's maybe a little bit taboo, maybe something that we're not supposed to sing about, but she takes it and does it in a cute way." Twitter's had a good time with Aiko's turn of phrase. So have Facebookers and Instagramers who have captioned and hunted down photos ranging from pleasantly punny to downright X-rated. One involves SpongeBob doing to an ice cream cone what she suggests for the booty. All of that is just fine with Aiko, who released her debut EP in 2013 and first full-length album last year. "It was a fun song. ... I wanted my part to be funny and unexpected, and ironically 'groceries' rhymes with 'Post to Be,' so it works," Aiko told MTV News (she could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment). And Aiko's certainly not the first to sing about sex. Marvin Gaye treated the world to some "Sexual Healing" and Olivia Newton-John rubbed up against some barely dressed hunks in a shower in her video for "Physical," a song that ends with: "Let's get animal, animal" and "Let me hear your body talk." The '90s were a veritable feast of oral sex in song, while Nicki Minaj likened the booty act described by Aiko to a cupcake in her hit, "Only," and comedienne Amy Schumer parodied the backside craze in her popular video, "Milk Milk Lemonade." Aiko said she was inspired to take on the subject by the explicit short videos on Vine of Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates — and that while she sings "gotta," she personally considers what she's describing as optional in life. Radio stations have been mixed on bleeping the line, Markman said. So far, the song has sold 656,387 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 27-year-old Aiko, known more for serious, introspective and personal songs, is best known for the Grammy-nominated R&B hit, "The Worst." She has collaborated with a number of artists, including Drake, Nick Jonas and Kendrick Lamar. Andrew Hampp, senior correspondent for Billboard, sees her "Post to Be" verse in a broader context. "We're definitely in a new moment for female sexual expression in hip-hop right now," he said, thanks also to Janelle Monae's "Yoga" and Minaj's "Get On Your Knees," which features Ariana Grande singing a hook dedicated exclusively to oral sex. "The feminist in me is happy." ___ Online: "Post to Be" music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPxVSCfoYnU Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Leanne Italie from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey cast in 'The Rendezvous'

In an exclusive on Deadline, it was announced that actors Stana Katic and Raza Jaffrey will star in Amin Matalqa’s action adventure "The Rendezvous".The movie is to be an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book "A New Song". Set in Jordan, the plot involves Katic and Jaffrey's characters' search for a sacred Dead Sea scroll hidden somewhere in Petra. Katic is known for her lead role in TV series "Castle". Jaffrey is also known for his work on the silver screen, notably in "Homeland" and "Spooks". Director Amin Matalqa is of Jordanian descent, and has already made a name for himself in the film industry. His debut film, "Captain Abu Raed" (2007) won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.