Wednesday Feb 10, 2016

Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys

Surviving members of classic rock group The Eagles will honor late bandmate Glenn Frey with a performance at next week's Grammys, organizers said Wednesday.The band members will team up with the folk rocker Jackson Browne -- the co-writer of Eagles hit "Take It Easy" -- during the award show...
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Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys

Surviving members of classic rock group The Eagles will honor late bandmate Glenn Frey with a performance at next week's Grammys, organizers said Wednesday.The band members will team up with the folk rocker Jackson Browne -- the co-writer of Eagles hit "Take It Easy" -- during the award show on Monday. Announcing the appearance, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that Frey's death left "a huge loss for the entire creative community." "For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape," he said in a statement. The Eagles who will perform include drummer-vocalist Don Henley, who went on to a successful solo career and has won eight Grammys, with a nomination for a ninth award on Monday. The Eagles, who pioneered the laid-back, country-tinged West Coast rock of the 1970s, are one of the most successful bands of rock history, with hits including "Hotel California." The band's 1975 greatest hits collection is the second-best selling album in US history after Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the band had been playing together until last year. Frey died on January 18 at age 67 from a mix of illnesses including pneumonia. He was one of a number of major artists who have died in recent weeks. The Grammys will also feature tributes to rock legend David Bowie and "King of the Blues" B.B. King. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Thunderbirds go to Amazon
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Thunderbirds go to Amazon

The classic puppet-based children's TV show from the 1960s is being reimagined for the 21st century"Thunderbirds Are Go" is an ITV Studios animated show that blends live-action models and CGI and Amazon has secured the rights to exclusively show four 13-episode seasons in the US via its Prime service.  "We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds Are Go in the US; their position as an innovative content provider and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner," said Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. "Thunderbirds Are Go" follows the adventures of the Tracy brothers, their special air, space, land and sea craft and the organisation they work for, International Rescue. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Target sponsors 4-minute video during Grammys
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Target sponsors 4-minute video during Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Target has its bullseye on the "Hollaback Girl" singer. Target is sponsoring a four-minute live video by Gwen Stefani during The Grammy Awards on CBS on Monday, an unprecedented move that capitalizes on the current vogue for live TV events. She'll perform the song "Make Me Like You," which is being released Friday. It's a gamble for Target, since four minutes of prime-time ad time costs millions. And most TV ads are only about 30 or 60 seconds. It is unclear how much Target spent on the video, but a 30-second spot cost $952,000 in the Grammys in 2014, according to Kantar Media. Ad experts say the money could be well spent in an age of short attention spans, with more people shifting to watching TV on demand and on their smartphones, capturing people's attention during big live events like The Grammys is crucial. And attaching a star's name to a company can have huge returns: For instance, Red Lobster said sales rose 33 percent the day after megastar Beyonce released a video mentioning the restaurant chain. Live musical TV events, in particular, recently have been a hit. Fox's "Grease Live" on Jan. 31 and NBC's "The Wiz Live!" in December both scored huge ratings and much chatter on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. "These days, people can double click and delete you, so advertisers are under pressure to make their content more engaging and relevant to their audience," said brand consultant Allen Adamson, founder of Brand Simple Consulting. "I think it's a gamble that will pay off." Of course, there's no guarantee that people will sit through the video, said VCU Brandcenter marketing professor Kelly O'Keefe. "It's definitely risky, but the upside is you really create a stir," he said. "Whether or not they get that upside will depend on how good the music segment is." Additionally, the reach of the Grammys is fading. Grammys had an audience of 25.3 million last year, its lowest turnout since 2009, according to Nielsen. But Target is betting on Stefani, which collaborated with the company on the Harajuku Mini clothing line for several years starting in 2011. Her third studio album, "This Is What the Truth Feels Like," which will be released March 18. Target has been trying to stage a comeback after some major setbacks in recent years, including a major debit and credit card hack that impacted sales for several months and a misstep that led it to focus on groceries instead of the cheap chic fashions its customers craved. But it has been turning itself around, with five consecutive quarters of increases in stores open at least one year, a key sales measure. The sales improvements come as Target continues a turnaround plan it started after it hired CEO Brian Cornell in 2014. As part of the plan, Target got rid of its money-losing Canadian operations and revamped its management team. "For a large brand like Target that has faded a little bit since the recession ... this could be a really great step back to a higher level of relevance, to look fresher, younger and more trend-centric," said O'Keefe. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mae Anderson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Donald Trump skewered in Funny or Die film

NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the more elaborate and unexpected spoofs of Donald Trump, Johnny Depp has joined the ranks of the combed-over, starring in a mock documentary released the morning after the GOP candidate's primary victory in New Hampshire. The comedy website Funny or Die on Wednesday unveiled "Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie," a 50-minute video styled as Trump's own self-made TV movie adaptation of his 1987 best-selling advice book. The film, shot clandestinely, stars Depp as Trump in a startling transformation for even the actor known for outlandish metamorphoses, like the Mad Hatter and Whitey Bulger. After Owen Burke, Funny or Die's editor in chief, came up with the concept, the site's co-founder Adam McKay (and director of the Oscar-nominated "The Big Short") called Depp and ran the idea by him. "I pitched it to Johnny right there," said Burke. "The fact that Johnny said yes, we were just so excited. We couldn't believe it." Along with Depp's leading performance, the movie is narrated by Ron Howard (who claims the film was discovered after "the Cybill Shepherd blouse fire of 1989"), features a theme song from Kenny Loggins and includes a cast of Alfred Molina, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Merchant, Henry Winkler and Andy Richter. With '80 video graphics, "The Art of the Deal" is presented as written, directed and edited by Trump, himself — a relic of earlier brand-building propaganda by the businessman, long before his abrupt turn into politics. "Successful people are always on the phone — even if there's no one on the other end," the fake Trump lectures a boy in one scene. "We wanted to make it '80s cheesy, but we knew he would have the classiest of the '80s graphic packages," says Burke. "It couldn't look that good, but it couldn't look cheap." Written by Joe Randazzo, the former editor of The Onion, and directed by "Drunk History" co-creator Jeremy Konner, the film, Burke says, is about Trump "as this strange product of American celebrity worship and entrepreneurship." Depp, who filmed his scenes over four days in December, impressed the filmmakers with his dedication to the role and ability to improvise. "If you watch his eyes, he does these little things," says Burke. "He's self-assured but there's also so much dark doubt underneath it all." "The Art of the Deal: The Movie," was first planned in August, when many didn't expect Trump's ascendance to last into the primaries. Trump commandingly won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich a distant second. "We were thinking: We've got to get this movie out before he goes away," says Burke. "And it doesn't seem like he's going away." ___ Online: http://www.funnyordie.com/trump_movie Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Coming soon: weddings shot in VR
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Coming soon: weddings shot in VR

US company Cinemersia is launching a new consumer service VR Being There that will bring a new angle to preserving that special day. "With the eruption of VR into the consumer market," said David Marlett, principal of Cinemersia, "it makes sense for every wedding to now be captured in full spherical 360 degrees. Brides and grooms will forever be able to return to the middle of their ceremonies, effectively 'being there' again and again, looking around, seeing their attendants and guests." Cinemersia is a live-action VR cinema production company and the aim of the new service is to work with wedding planners plus traditional photographers and film crews to record the event from every angle in an unobtrusive manner. "Wedding photography and videography are terrific for what they are, but nothing short of VR can place you back there, in the moment, preserving that forever," said Marlett. Even without a proper VR headset, VR footage can still be viewed on traditional PC monitors and now, via YouTube as a 360-degree video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

New ‘Harry Potter' book arriving this summer
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
New ‘Harry Potter' book arriving this summer

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II" will be going on sale in the US and Canada on July 1Published by Scholastic, the latest book in the wizardry series is in essence a script to the upcoming Jack Thorne play of the same name. However, the book is still officially the eighth in the series as it is based on a new, original story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. "As the U.S. print publisher, Scholastic introduced Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World to American readers nearly 20 years ago and experienced firsthand the anticipation and excitement of the publication of each of the books over the years. We are thrilled to publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer," said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade. The play of the same title won't be receiving its world premiere until July 30 when it is performed for the first time in London's West End. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jack Huston: The 'Ben-Hur' remake was an epic undertaking
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Jack Huston: The 'Ben-Hur' remake was an epic undertaking

NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Huston is surrounded by the undead in his new movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," but this summer the stakes are even higher. He stars in the role made famous by Charlton Heston in a remake of "Ben-Hur." Huston recently watched an early cut of the film and despite the expected jitters from an actor watching his work, he liked what he saw. "I think the lovely thing is I was seeing it as the big picture. ...I was so taken by everything and all the work that everyone had done," said Huston in a recent interview. In the 1959 version, the filmmakers used thousands of animals and roughly 10,000 extras. In this remake, they have technology on their side. But Huston says they used special effects judiciously. "All of us were very interested in trying to do as little CGI as possible in the moments where you didn't need it," he said. The film's famed chariot scene involved shooting six days a week for two months. "The chariot scenes, all the slave ship stuff, that's all us. That's all me there. ...We were very conscious of that and we tried to make it as real as possible, as immersive as possible. ... We really wanted to give everyone the real experience because that's what 'Ben-Hur' is. When you associate 'Ben-Hur' you see the chariot as well as this incredible character and this arc. Everyone's gonna be waiting, 'OK, when's the chariot scene?' We knew we had to outdo everything on that." "Ben-Hur" is scheduled for an Aug. 12 opening. ___ Follow Alicia Rancilio online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Alicia Rancilio from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Aaron Sorkin to adapt ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' for Broadway
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Aaron Sorkin to adapt ‘To Kill a Mockingbird' for Broadway

Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin is turning his attention from the cinema screen to the stage for his latest venture.Sorkin's take on Harper Lee's classic novel is scheduled to premiere during the 2017-18 Broadway season.  Although most famous for his TV and movie work - Sorkin created "The West Wing" and scripted Moneyball and The Social Network, the latter of which won the 2011 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay - he began his career as a playwright. His original plays include "A Few Good Men" which was the basis for the film of the same name staring Jack Nicolson and Tom Cruise. Sorkin's most recent script, for the 2015 film "Jobs" based on the life of the Apple co-founder is also in contention for this year's Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New Potter play coming out in book form
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
New Potter play coming out in book form

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a "script book" of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London on July 30. Rowling's Potter web site www.pottermore.com will release an edition. The first seven Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, according to Scholastic, the series' U.S. publisher. Copyright (2016) 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.

Natalie Portman Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton all set to star in ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Natalie Portman Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton all set to star in ‘The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan’

Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton have all been confirmed to star in the upcoming film "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan", reports Deadline. The film is the English-language debut of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, and will see the trio join what is already a star-studded cast, with Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, and Michael Gambon some of the high-profile names already confirmed. The film will centre around an American TV star, John F Donovan, played by Harrington, and his relationship with British penpal Robert Turner, an aspiring actor still living at home with his mother in England. The film will see their lives take a turn for the worse when their relationship is exposed, and will later see Turner reflects back on the relationship a decade later during the course of an interview. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Eagles to pay tribute to Glenn Frey at Grammys

Surviving members of classic rock group The Eagles will honor late bandmate Glenn Frey with a performance at next week's Grammys, organizers said Wednesday.The band members will team up with the folk rocker Jackson Browne -- the co-writer of Eagles hit "Take It Easy" -- during the award show on Monday. Announcing the appearance, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that Frey's death left "a huge loss for the entire creative community." "For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape," he said in a statement. The Eagles who will perform include drummer-vocalist Don Henley, who went on to a successful solo career and has won eight Grammys, with a nomination for a ninth award on Monday. The Eagles, who pioneered the laid-back, country-tinged West Coast rock of the 1970s, are one of the most successful bands of rock history, with hits including "Hotel California." The band's 1975 greatest hits collection is the second-best selling album in US history after Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the band had been playing together until last year. Frey died on January 18 at age 67 from a mix of illnesses including pneumonia. He was one of a number of major artists who have died in recent weeks. The Grammys will also feature tributes to rock legend David Bowie and "King of the Blues" B.B. King. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Target sponsors 4-minute video during Grammys
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Target sponsors 4-minute video during Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Target has its bullseye on the "Hollaback Girl" singer. Target is sponsoring a four-minute live video by Gwen Stefani during The Grammy Awards on CBS on Monday, an unprecedented move that capitalizes on the current vogue for live TV events. She'll perform the song "Make Me Like You," which is being released Friday. It's a gamble for Target, since four minutes of prime-time ad time costs millions. And most TV ads are only about 30 or 60 seconds. It is unclear how much Target spent on the video, but a 30-second spot cost $952,000 in the Grammys in 2014, according to Kantar Media. Ad experts say the money could be well spent in an age of short attention spans, with more people shifting to watching TV on demand and on their smartphones, capturing people's attention during big live events like The Grammys is crucial. And attaching a star's name to a company can have huge returns: For instance, Red Lobster said sales rose 33 percent the day after megastar Beyonce released a video mentioning the restaurant chain. Live musical TV events, in particular, recently have been a hit. Fox's "Grease Live" on Jan. 31 and NBC's "The Wiz Live!" in December both scored huge ratings and much chatter on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. "These days, people can double click and delete you, so advertisers are under pressure to make their content more engaging and relevant to their audience," said brand consultant Allen Adamson, founder of Brand Simple Consulting. "I think it's a gamble that will pay off." Of course, there's no guarantee that people will sit through the video, said VCU Brandcenter marketing professor Kelly O'Keefe. "It's definitely risky, but the upside is you really create a stir," he said. "Whether or not they get that upside will depend on how good the music segment is." Additionally, the reach of the Grammys is fading. Grammys had an audience of 25.3 million last year, its lowest turnout since 2009, according to Nielsen. But Target is betting on Stefani, which collaborated with the company on the Harajuku Mini clothing line for several years starting in 2011. Her third studio album, "This Is What the Truth Feels Like," which will be released March 18. Target has been trying to stage a comeback after some major setbacks in recent years, including a major debit and credit card hack that impacted sales for several months and a misstep that led it to focus on groceries instead of the cheap chic fashions its customers craved. But it has been turning itself around, with five consecutive quarters of increases in stores open at least one year, a key sales measure. The sales improvements come as Target continues a turnaround plan it started after it hired CEO Brian Cornell in 2014. As part of the plan, Target got rid of its money-losing Canadian operations and revamped its management team. "For a large brand like Target that has faded a little bit since the recession ... this could be a really great step back to a higher level of relevance, to look fresher, younger and more trend-centric," said O'Keefe. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mae Anderson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Eagles band members to honor Glenn Frey at Grammys
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Eagles band members to honor Glenn Frey at Grammys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne will join members of the Eagles in a tribute to the band's founding member Glenn Frey during Monday's 58th annual Grammy Awards. Frey died Jan. 18 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia at the age of 67. Browne will join the Eagles' Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon during a special performance during the show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Browne and Frey wrote together early on in their careers, including the Eagles' first single in 1972 and one of their signature songs, "Take It Easy." The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. Copyright (2016) 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.

Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he'll be back
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he'll be back

TOKYO (AP) — Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia more than 20 years ago. The early-stage cancer was found in a medical checkup, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor said on his Japanese Twitter account. His publicist confirmed the sickness Tuesday, noting the 56-year-old actor will be forced to delay his return to Broadway's "The King and I." But Watanabe said he'd be back. "I hate to worry you, but please wait," he tweeted in Japanese. He had been scheduled to return to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical from March 1-April 17. He also said he was grateful to his wife, actress Kaho Minami, for having recommended a checkup, and to his daughter, also an actress, for recommending a doctor. Craig Bankey, Watanabe's press agent, said Tuesday in New York the actor underwent endoscopic surgery and is recuperating. Watanabe, who has appeared in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" and "Inception," also starred in the reboot of "Godzilla" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," directed by Clint Eastwood, and lent his voice to the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction." He earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in the Tom Cruise-led film "The Last Samurai." ''The King and I" was named best musical revival at last year's Tonys and is also nominated for a Grammy for best musical theater album. Before his arrival in Hollywood, Watanabe acted in a range of Japanese films, including 1986's "The Sea and Poison," which focused on the serious topic of biological experiments the Japanese carried out on American prisoners of war. The film won an award at the Berlin film festival. Watanabe took part in more light-hearted works, such as Juzo Itami's "Tampopo," a deliciously colorful film about a noodle restaurant, and Japanese samurai films and TV shows as well. He had leukemia in the late 1980s and a relapse but has worked regularly since. Watanabe has long stressed his pride in being part of the legacy of Japanese films — a legacy he has helped create in a career spanning more than three decades, following predecessors like Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai, who were in Akira Kurosawa films. In an interview with The Associated Press in 2013, Watanabe said his move into U.S. movies refreshed him, allowing him to relive that same uncertainty and thrill when he started out in the movies in his 20s, he said. "Actors are always afraid of ending up like overcooked old soup over time. What's risky is that you don't realize this has happened, and you just get thick and boring," said Watanabe. "Going abroad was like getting a new pot to cook everything again. I was a rookie, a new self. And they were asking me: Who are you?" ___ AP Drama Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report. Follow Yuri Kageyama at: https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Her work can be found at: http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Yuri Kageyama from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize
Wednesday Feb 10, 2016
Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back "long-lost music" to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday. They will be invited to accept the award, which includes 1 million kronor ($120,000) each in prize money, at a ceremony in Stockholm in June. Max Martin, whose real name is Martin Sandberg, has written and produced a string of songs for various artists, including Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time", and hits for Katy Perry, Pink and the Backstreet Boys. Describing the Stockholm-born artist as "one of the most gifted song writers of modern times" together with John Lennon and the first Polar Music laureate Paul McCartney in 1992, the panel said that "no composer in the world has written melodies as sustainable and widespread" in the past 20 years. "Right now, at this very moment, someone, somewhere in the world will be singing a hit song written and produced by Max Martin," the citation said. Bartoli, a mezzo-soprano from Rome with a vocal range of three octaves who has sung in the world's leading opera houses was cited for "a unique ability to live a role with fullness of expression" and developing singing as an art form. The prize panel said she was not content with the well-known repertoire and "dug deeply into the history of music and presented long-lost music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that is completely new to today's audiences." The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award and is typically shared by a pop artist and a classical musician. It was founded in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA. Last year's award went to singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Copyright (2016) 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.