Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. A spokeswoman for the "Tron: Legacy" actress confirms the couple welcomed son Otis Alexander on Sunday. Wilde posted a message on Twitter Wednesday with a photo of her cuddling the newborn....
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Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. A spokeswoman for the "Tron: Legacy" actress confirms the couple welcomed son Otis Alexander on Sunday. Wilde posted a message on Twitter Wednesday with a photo of her cuddling the newborn. It says, "Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building!" and then notes in parentheses that she's the building. The 30-year-old "Rush" and "House" actress is engaged to the 38-year-old "We're the Millers" actor and former star of "Saturday Night Live." It's the couple's first child. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair to team up for Amazon Studios
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Sarah Chalke and Selma Blair to team up for Amazon Studios

The two actresses will co-star in "Really," a new comedy pilot in development at the online retailer's content development division. The series will follow a group of thirty-something friends living in Chicago.At the center of "Really" will be Lori, a lawyer played by Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs," "How I Met Your Mother") and her husband Jed, a neurologist played by Jay Chandrasekhar. Their friends include three other couples: Joanna and Fred, Margaret and Mike and Hayes and Alison. When Jed finds out that Mike and Joanna are having an affair, the dynamics within the group are thrown off balance. Selma Blair, who has been honing her comedy skills recently in the series "Anger Management" alongside Charlie Sheen, will appear in the role of Joanna, who is cheating on her husband with Mike, played by Travis Schuldt ("Scrubs"). Luka Jones ("Her"), Lindsay Sloane ("Weeds"), Hayes Macarthur ("Go On") and Collette Wolfe ("Cougar Town") will round out the cast. "Really" joins the ranks of several other pilots in development at Amazon Studios, including "The Cosmopolitans" with Adam Brody and Chloë Sevigny, "Red Oaks" produced by Steven Soderbergh, "Hand of God" directed by Marc Forster ("World War Z"), "Hysteria" with Mena Suvari ("American Beauty") and "Cocked" from "Lie to Me" creator Samuel Baum. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Arianna Huffington to write well-being content for Westin Hotels
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Arianna Huffington to write well-being content for Westin Hotels

Westin Hotels has tapped media mogul Arianna Huffington to serve as an ambassador for the professional and work pillar of the brand's wide-sweeping well-being movement, an ambitious and holistic campaign aimed at improving guests’ overall health across six channels.After launching the mental and mindfulness arm of the program last month, the international hotel chain announced that Huffington will sit on its well-being council as an ambassador for professional careers. That means that Huffington will contribute content to the hotel’s well-being portal. Her first contributions on the site include excerpts and ideas from her new book “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder.” Tips include everything from getting more sleep and starting a gratitude list to letting go of unproductive and destructive thought patterns. “When we include well-being in our definition of success, we see the benefits in every aspect of our lives,” Huffington said in a statement. “Westin’s advocacy of holistic well-being taps into a real longing in people to live their lives with less burnout and more aliveness. So together we’ll be helping Westin associates and guests around the world take steps to practice well-being in their professional lives, by moving from knowing what to do to actually doing it.” As chair and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, it would be no exaggeration to call the media mogul a trailblazer in the industry. But after collapsing from exhaustion in 2007, Huffington re-examined the definition of success and learned how to bring balance back in her life, a journey she chronicles in her new book. In addition to the 'Work Well' pillar, Westin's well-being movement includes Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well principles. Check out Huffington's Work Well page at http://bit.ly/1ifbdIo. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Modern Family' star opens beer bar in Utah
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
'Modern Family' star opens beer bar in Utah

The actor who plays a bumbling but lovable TV dad on the US comedy series "Modern Family" has opened the doors to a new beer hall in Utah.Ty Burrell, best known for his role as Phil Dunphy on the award-winning TV show, has teamed up with local food celebrity and Salt Lake City chef Viet Pham to open Beer Bar, Burrell’s second bar in the city he’s called home since 2008. Beer Bar has opened next door to Bar-X, a speakeasy the actor restored with his wife and other members of the family. The historic bar opened in 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed, and serves artisanal cocktail recipes from the same era. According to Food & Wine magazine, the idea for Beer Bar was born after Burrell dined at Pham’s restaurant Forage in Salt Lake City and became enamored with his cooking. Turns out Pham was also a fan of Burrell’s Bar-X, paving the way for their future collaboration. Punters at Beer Bar, meanwhile, will be able to wash down artisanal sausages and bratwursts, breads and Belgian-style fries with 150 different craft beers. Burrell is the latest celebrity to parlay his fame into the beer business. The Hanson brothers released their Mmmhops brand out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, while folk band Mumford & Sons also helped an independent brewery in Sussex, England create a craft beer that was sold at a two-day music festival last summer. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

AllSaints joins fashion's 'Hack Pack'
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
AllSaints joins fashion's 'Hack Pack'

The London-based men's and womenswear brand will be playing a key role in the Decoded Fashion event where the worlds of fashion and tech collide. Set to take place May 10-11, Decoded Fashion will see 250 top coders and tech entrepreneurs organized into teams working through night and day to create innovative problem-solving applications designed for the fashion and retail spheres. "Hackathons...attract the most passionate," Jen Rubio, global head of innovation at AllSaints explained to WWD. "Those are the people we want to work with." The slickest product will be picked from a shortlist of five finalists by a panel headed by British Fashion Council chief executive Caroline Rush at the Decoded Fashion Summit on May 13. The team will then be sent by AllSaints on a five-day trip to the global tech capital San Francisco, where they'll network with some of the industry's top talents. In addition, the top three app-building teams will get the chance to test out their digital creations via the AllSaints website and at the brand's stores around the globe (currently numbering over 100).  Founded by Liz Bacelar in 2011, Decoded Fashion is the world's first Fashion Hackathon, designed to reflect the way technology is increasingly becoming part of the fashion mainstream. This year's Decoded Fashion Summit in London will feature talks from AllSaints chief executive officer William Kim, Facebook's Tracy Yaverbaun (the social media giant's group director for fashion and luxury) Intel's Elaine Cook, and Dolly Jones, editor of Vogue.co.uk.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis welcome baby boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. A spokeswoman for the "Tron: Legacy" actress confirms the couple welcomed son Otis Alexander on Sunday. Wilde posted a message on Twitter Wednesday with a photo of her cuddling the newborn. It says, "Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building!" and then notes in parentheses that she's the building. The 30-year-old "Rush" and "House" actress is engaged to the 38-year-old "We're the Millers" actor and former star of "Saturday Night Live." It's the couple's first child. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Theater producer denies sex abuse claim
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Theater producer denies sex abuse claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a theater producer on Wednesday denied sexual abuse claims made against their client in a lawsuit by a man who has leveled similar allegations against other entertainment industry figures. Attorneys Alan Grodin and Paul Gaspari issued a statement on behalf of producer Gary Goddard, saying he was not in Hawaii when the alleged acts occurred more than a decade ago. Goddard is one of four people, including "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, who was sued this month by former aspiring actor and model Michael Egan III. The lawsuit alleges Egan, who is now 30, was sexually abused on a trip to Hawaii in 1999. Singer also denied he was in Hawaii at the time of the alleged acts. Louise Ann Fernandez, an attorney for former television executive Garth Ancier, previously said Ancier had never visited the estate in Hawaii where Egan claims he was molested. Goddard "did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged," Grodin and Gaspari wrote. "Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time." An email seeking comment from Egan's attorney Jeff Herman was not immediately returned. The statement by Grodin and Gaspari also referred to a 2000 lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by Egan against a man later convicted of transporting minors across state lines to have sex. That lawsuit did not mention Goddard, Singer, Ancier or David Alexander Neuman, another former TV executive sued by Egan. Attempts to reach Neuman for comment have been unsuccessful. Ancier was a founding programmer at Fox who later created programming for The WB and was a top executive at NBC Entertainment. Gary Goddard Entertainment, which has co-produced Broadway plays and musicals, including Neil LaBute's "Reasons To Be Pretty" in 2009 and Diane Paulus' recent revival of "Hair" that same year. The lawsuits were filed in Hawaii under a law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in civil sex abuse cases. None of the men has been criminally charged, and the statute of limitations for any such charges has passed. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, has denied the director abused Egan and called the allegations defamatory. Egan claims he was lured into a sex ring run by a former digital entertainment company executive with promises of auditions for acting, modeling and commercial jobs. He was put on the company's payroll as an actor and forced to have sex with adult men at parties within Hollywood's entertainment industry, he claims. The Associated Press does not typically name victims of sex abuse but is naming Egan because he is speaking publicly about his allegations. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Brooks has seemingly done it all in his illustrious show biz career. But there's one thing he's tackled only recently — a one-man show. Brooks will star in his first solo show Monday at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It's being billed as an "an introspective retrospective." The sold-out show will have only one performance. The 87-year-old writer and director of comedy classics including "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles," ''Young Frankenstein" and "History of the World: Part I" has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. ___ Online: http://geffenplayhouse.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Summer Preview: Jon Favreau cooks up 'Chef'
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Summer Preview: Jon Favreau cooks up 'Chef'

NEW YORK (AP) — On "Chef," Jon Favreau got to cook with his own ingredients and set his own menu. The parallels for Favreau and the film are unmistakable. In the movie, which he wrote and directed, he plays a creativity-stifled restaurant chef who's fired for going off-menu, but is reborn when he opens his own food truck. After years directing big summer blockbusters ("Iron Man," ''Iron Man 2," ''Cowboys & Aliens"), "Chef" is a return to Favreau's indie roots. (He wrote and starred in 1996's "Swingers.") "Chef" is Favreau's own personal food truck. "After doing a lot of big movies with a lot of concerns revolving around the studios and the politics of marketing and release schedules, it was nice to do something very small where I didn't have to answer to anybody but myself," says Favreau. The 47-year-old filmmaker says it was a relief not having to justify a story point, a joke or a piece of casting to studio executives. He says "Chef," which opens May 9, is "like singing right from your heart." "When you're hung up on marketing, tracking, budgets and box office, it can steal the satisfaction from doing for a living what you've always dreamed of doing," says Favreau. Favreau, though, has returned to tentpole making. He's currently on pre-production for Disney's live-action remake of "The Jungle Book." But making "Chef" has clearly altered Favreau, rejuvenating him as a filmmaker and inspiring him as an aspiring cook. In the film, his truck makes stops at foodie destinations like Franklin's Barbeque in Austin, Texas. "It's a quest," he says. "When I get off the phone with you and go home, I will once again be trying to recreate Franklin's smoked brisket." ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sigur Rós singer Jónsi to score TV show 'Manhattan'
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Sigur Rós singer Jónsi to score TV show 'Manhattan'

Iceland's enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Jón Birgisson aka Jónsi and American visual artist Alex Somers are to collaborate on the soundtrack to 1940s period TV drama "Manhattan."The network TV show is to debut in July on WGN America. As for Jónsi and Alex, the pair have been working together since 2003, with debut album "Riceboy Sleeps" released in 2009 and Somers forming part of the creative group working on Jónsi's 2010 solo work, "Go." Previous Sigur Rós soundtracks accompanied award-winning documentary "Hlemmur" and Season 24, Episode 21 of "The Simpsons," while Jónsi created the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's 2011 comedy drama "We Bought A Zoo." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

'Modern Family' star opens beer bar in Utah
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
'Modern Family' star opens beer bar in Utah

The actor who plays a bumbling but lovable TV dad on the US comedy series "Modern Family" has opened the doors to a new beer hall in Utah.Ty Burrell, best known for his role as Phil Dunphy on the award-winning TV show, has teamed up with local food celebrity and Salt Lake City chef Viet Pham to open Beer Bar, Burrell’s second bar in the city he’s called home since 2008. Beer Bar has opened next door to Bar-X, a speakeasy the actor restored with his wife and other members of the family. The historic bar opened in 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed, and serves artisanal cocktail recipes from the same era. According to Food & Wine magazine, the idea for Beer Bar was born after Burrell dined at Pham’s restaurant Forage in Salt Lake City and became enamored with his cooking. Turns out Pham was also a fan of Burrell’s Bar-X, paving the way for their future collaboration. Punters at Beer Bar, meanwhile, will be able to wash down artisanal sausages and bratwursts, breads and Belgian-style fries with 150 different craft beers. Burrell is the latest celebrity to parlay his fame into the beer business. The Hanson brothers released their Mmmhops brand out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, while folk band Mumford & Sons also helped an independent brewery in Sussex, England create a craft beer that was sold at a two-day music festival last summer. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him. Willie Myrick recounted the story at a recent gathering in his honor. He says as he sang, the man drove around and was cursing before eventually letting him go unharmed last month. WXIA-TV reports (http://on.11alive.com/1h9tLnb) that Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker, who performed the song, traveled to Atlanta to meet the boy. Walker says he believes God spoke through him to save the boy's life. Police have a sketch of the suspect and are searching for him. More details on what the boy told police about what happened on March 31 weren't available. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Brooks has seemingly done it all in his illustrious show biz career. But there's one thing he's tackled only recently — a one-man show. Brooks will star in his first solo show Monday at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It's being billed as an "an introspective retrospective." The sold-out show will have only one performance. The 87-year-old writer and director of comedy classics including "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles," ''Young Frankenstein" and "History of the World: Part I" has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. ___ Online: http://geffenplayhouse.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is a married woman. The 51-year-old Oscar winner wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, Foster's publicist confirmed Wednesday. Jennifer Allen offered no other details. E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with Hedison, a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles. It's the first marriage for Foster, who came out publicly in a rambling, heartfelt speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, where she accepted lifetime achievement honors. After saying she planned to make a big announcement that would make her publicist nervous, Foster jokingly revealed that she was single. "I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight," she said, "because I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age." She said celebrities are now expected to reveal they're gay "with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show," but her approach had been more personal. Foster acknowledged longtime partner Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons. The couple ended their 20-year relationship in 2008. While Foster never hid the relationship, she kept her sexuality private until the Globes speech. E! says Foster and Hedison have been dating since last summer. Hedison, who was previously linked to Ellen DeGeneres, is also an actress with TV credits including "Nash Bridges" and "The L Word." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sigur Rós singer Jónsi to score TV show 'Manhattan'
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
Sigur Rós singer Jónsi to score TV show 'Manhattan'

Iceland's enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Jón Birgisson aka Jónsi and American visual artist Alex Somers are to collaborate on the soundtrack to 1940s period TV drama "Manhattan."The network TV show is to debut in July on WGN America. As for Jónsi and Alex, the pair have been working together since 2003, with debut album "Riceboy Sleeps" released in 2009 and Somers forming part of the creative group working on Jónsi's 2010 solo work, "Go." Previous Sigur Rós soundtracks accompanied award-winning documentary "Hlemmur" and Season 24, Episode 21 of "The Simpsons," while Jónsi created the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's 2011 comedy drama "We Bought A Zoo." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.