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

'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dead at 77
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dead at 77

Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who made the "Ocean's Eleven" movies and managed artists including Frank Sinatra, has died aged 77, a spokeswoman said Monday.George Clooney and former US president George H.W. Bush were among the first to mourn Weintraub, whose credits also included "Diner," "The Karate Kid" and 1998's "The Avengers." "In the coming days there will be tributes... We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments," Clooney said in a statement. "And in the years to come, the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died." Weintraub originally worked as a talent manager, representing stars such as Sinatra, Neil Diamond and John Denver. He briefly led United Artists, but left to head up his own production house, Weintraub Entertainment Group. The producer, who eventually landed at Warner Bros studios, died of heart failure in Santa Barbara, California, spokeswoman Michelle Bega told AFP. "Jerry was an American original, who earned his success by the sheer force of his instinct, drive, and larger-than-life personality. He had a passion for life," Bush said. "And throughout the ups and downs of his prolific career it was clear just how much he loved show business." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Inside Out' edges 'Jurassic' to top N. American box office
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Inside Out' edges 'Jurassic' to top N. American box office

Animated flick "Inside Out" edged out "Jurassic World" to top the North American box office over the weekend with a solid $29.8 million in ticket sales, figures released Monday showed. The Pixar film features the voice of comedian Amy Poehler and follows young Riley as her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness battle it out internally as she copes with a move to a new city. The movie beat the fourth film in the popular "Jurassic Park" series, which earned $29.2 million on its fourth week in theaters, according to box officer tracker Exhibitor Relations. Steven Spielberg -- who directed the first two Jurassic films -- returns as executive producer for the action adventure about a genetically modified killer dinosaur on the loose. In third was action-packed sci-fi film "Terminator Genisys," which features Arnold Schwarzenegger and brought in $27 million in its debut weekend. Following in fourth was another debut, "Magic Mike XXL," a dance-themed drama about a former stripper starring Channing Tatum. It raked in $12.9 million in theaters over the weekend. "Ted 2," the raunchy sequel to Seth MacFarlane's comedy about a foul-mouthed teddy bear came in fifth in its second week in theaters, bringing in $11.2 million. In sixth with $6.6 million was "Max," a family-friendly feel good movie about a service dog who worked with US Marines in Afghanistan and is adopted by his handler after he was deemed too traumatized to remain in service. The CIA comedy "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy took the seventh spot with $5.1 million. In eighth was earthquake thriller "San Andreas" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with $2.8 million. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," about an awkward high school kid whose life is changed when a classmate is diagnosed with cancer, came in at ninth, earning $1.2 million. Rounding out the top ten was the coming-of-age comedy "Dope" with $1.1 million. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Live eGaming contest coming to US cinema screens
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Live eGaming contest coming to US cinema screens

To mark the US premiere of eSports documentary: "All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory" a group of gaming legends have signed up to compete in a special tournament that will be streamed live into cinemas across America.Chris "Huk" Loranger, Kevin "qxc" Riley, Brandon "puCK" Loranger, and Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson will challenge each other to a game of Blizzard Entertainment's ‘StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void'. The tournament, organised by BY Experience, will also feature live commentary, a live Q and A with the gamers, and will be broadcast live immediately before "All Work All Play" receives its world premiere. "Having legendary gamers like Huk, qxc, puCK and iNcontroL playing StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void really punctuates the event for fans," said Julie Borchard-Young, Co-President of BY Experience. "With 'All Work All Play', fans across the spectrum of gaming will have a unique opportunity to celebrate in a true, local eSports experience together at their local cinema." Tickets for the screening, which will take place live on July 21 at 5:30PM PT/6:30PM MT/7:30PM CT/8:30PM ET are on sale now. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck
Monday Jul 6, 2015
New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck

Hong Kong's mixed martial arts film star Donnie Yen has been named in a casting report on "Star Wars Episode VII," due May 2017.The Chinese territory's Apple Daily named Yen as one of the first actors associated with "Star Wars Episode VIII," even while "Episode VII" is yet five months away and "Star Wars: Rogue One" arrives December 2016. Yen has a host of prominent films to his name, with an acclaimed lead role in award-winning Wing Chun biographical drama "Ip Man" (2008) and its two sequels among them. As a stunt choreographer, he has a keen understanding of the craft, having accrued four Hong Kong Film Awards in eleven years, contributing behind the scenes to another HKFA favorite in "Ip Man." So if "Star Wars Episode VII" is looking to kick off its casting with a titan of Hong Kong and Chinese action cinema, Yen would be a good shout. And Apple Daily seems to think it is, with Yen named winner of a casting round that had also been looking at Jet Li ("The Expendables"), Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero") and Daniel Wu ("The Heavenly Kings") among others. The suggestion is supported by Twitchfilm which, while cautious about taking Apple Daily at its word, had heard that "Rogue One" had also been pursuing Chinese talent. Plus, the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise had already recruited several significant names from Asian cinema for December 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII" in the formidable form of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman -- all seen in Indonesia's "The Raid 2." Already announced for "Rogue One" had been Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Diego Luna ("Elysium"), Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodlines"), with Gareth Edwards of "Godzilla" as director. Shooting is now said to have started on the 2016 release, nearly two months sooner than expected -- one possible reason might be the creation of a teaser trailer. But British website Star Wars Aficionado reminds us that positive confirmation from Lucasfilm is not likely until after "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits cinemas on July 31; that's thanks to a deal between Disney and "Mission: Impossible" studio Paramount. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

James Bond comic confirmed for November
Monday Jul 6, 2015
James Bond comic confirmed for November

The world's best-known British spy is about to get his first on-going comic series in over two decades.Set to be written by Warren Ellis, whose past works include the graphic novel RED (which became the Bruce Willis action film) artwork will be handled by Jason Masters (Guardians of the Galaxy). Published by Dynamite, the comics will be based on the Bond as portrayed in Fleming's original novels, something that Ellis is clearly excited by. "Ian Fleming's James Bond is an icon, and it's a delight to tell visual narratives with the original, brutal, damaged Bond of the books," he said in a statement. The comics will be called James Bond 007 and the first story, ‘VAGAR' will follow Bond tracking down the killer of a fellow 00 agent. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck
Monday Jul 6, 2015
New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck

Hong Kong's mixed martial arts film star Donnie Yen has been named in a casting report on "Star Wars Episode VII," due May 2017.The Chinese territory's Apple Daily named Yen as one of the first actors associated with "Star Wars Episode VIII," even while "Episode VII" is yet five months away and "Star Wars: Rogue One" arrives December 2016. Yen has a host of prominent films to his name, with an acclaimed lead role in award-winning Wing Chun biographical drama "Ip Man" (2008) and its two sequels among them. As a stunt choreographer, he has a keen understanding of the craft, having accrued four Hong Kong Film Awards in eleven years, contributing behind the scenes to another HKFA favorite in "Ip Man." So if "Star Wars Episode VII" is looking to kick off its casting with a titan of Hong Kong and Chinese action cinema, Yen would be a good shout. And Apple Daily seems to think it is, with Yen named winner of a casting round that had also been looking at Jet Li ("The Expendables"), Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero") and Daniel Wu ("The Heavenly Kings") among others. The suggestion is supported by Twitchfilm which, while cautious about taking Apple Daily at its word, had heard that "Rogue One" had also been pursuing Chinese talent. Plus, the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise had already recruited several significant names from Asian cinema for December 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII" in the formidable form of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman -- all seen in Indonesia's "The Raid 2." Already announced for "Rogue One" had been Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Diego Luna ("Elysium"), Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodlines"), with Gareth Edwards of "Godzilla" as director. Shooting is now said to have started on the 2016 release, nearly two months sooner than expected -- one possible reason might be the creation of a teaser trailer. But British website Star Wars Aficionado reminds us that positive confirmation from Lucasfilm is not likely until after "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits cinemas on July 31; that's thanks to a deal between Disney and "Mission: Impossible" studio Paramount. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of "On the Town" said Sunday that Copeland will join the show from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying a few hours of shore leave in 1940s New York. "I don't know if I know what I'm in for. It's going to be a huge challenge for me. It's quite a departure from what I'm used to. But I love a challenge and I think it's going to help me grow as an artist," Copeland said. The role requires both acting and singing, in addition to plenty of dancing, including a 15-minute ballet at the end. The role is currently filled by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet. "I can carry a tune. We'll see what happens," she said. "I'm excited. I'm a Virgo and we're a little bit anal and we're definitely hard workers, so I'm going to put my all into this." Copeland saw the show a few months ago with her boyfriend, knowing the offer of replacing Fairchild was on the table. "It's probably the best show I've ever seen, I think," she said. "I was just blown away." The ballerina will play six performances during the eight-show week, including the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows, as well as the matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Copeland has been named by Time magazine one of the most influential figures of 2015, and written both a children's book, "Firebird," and a best-selling memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina." She's also performed in a music video with Prince and was featured in a hugely popular online ad for Under Armour sportswear. The dancer also has appeared as a guest host on the Fox show "So You Think You Can Dance" and was a presenter at this year's Tony Awards. Copeland, 32, said she relishes bringing dance to an audience in any form she can. "Whether it's Broadway or ballet, that's always been my goal: to just bring more people into it," she said. "Because I think it's so special and I think the arts can do so much for a person, not just a child. It's completely changed and altered my life in so many amazing ways." ___ Online: http://www.onthetownbroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con
Sunday Jul 5, 2015
Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con

Comics publishers have revealed some of the special items they plan to bring with them to the annual Comic-Con in San Diego next week, from special edition posters to event-exclusive collectibles.Marvel has revealed plans to sell a set of 28 exclusive collectible enamel pins designed by the Eisner-winning artist Skottie Young and based on his existing cover designs. Per MTV, they will include "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers," "Spider-Man" and "Women of Marvel" four-packs plus others featuring Hulk/Banner, Loki, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and more.The four-packs will be priced at $25.DC Collectibles will be bringing three "con exclusive" products to the event, including limited edition DC Comics Blue Edition Jim Lee action figures ($300 each), sculpted by Jack Mathews, encased in intricate packaging, including an original sketch signed by Jim Lee and available in 150 examples that feature Batman, The Joker or Harley Quinn.A standard edition of the action figures comes with an exclusive Jim Lee print, is made in larger quantities and goes for $40. Lastly, there's DC Super Pets Krypto Plush Toy ($9.95), based on the style of comic book artist Art Baltazar.Poster producers Mondo have a number of exclusives lined up. An Ant-Man screen print from artist Kevin Tong, printed on the reflective surface holofoil, comes in an edition of 175 and goes for $85. Mondo says it will release a non-holofoil version of the poster on its website at a later date.A set of 1/6-scale Teenage Mutant Nunja Turles figures, price TBD, will also go on display, each featuring 25+ points of articulation and inspired by the original 1980s comic book.A 12" polystone Hellboy statue will include all the details of the original character drawing and is currently available for pre-order for $200 at MondoTees.com.Mondo wil also offer a vinyl edition of James Horner's Academy Award-nominated "Aliens" score for $35.Comic-Con runs from July 9-12 with a preview night on July 8.www.comic-con.org/cci Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival
Sunday Jul 5, 2015
Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered Sam Smith. The performers headlined the inaugural Fourth of July Freedom Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which organizers plan to hold annually. Latifah closed the event benefiting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which began Saturday night and went into Sunday morning. She was versatile, going from jazz standards to Broadway tunes to rap — mirroring her adaptable career. "Shout-out to all of our men and women in uniform. Shout-out to my father, Vietnam veteran. Thank you so much daddy," she said. She ended with her hip-hop anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." and thanked the crowd for allowing her to move from music to Broadway to TV and film. Schumer was also a crowd favorite, and she warned parents with little ones early on: "Take a lap." The comedian — who had a breakthrough this year thanks to her popular Comedy Central series, hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards and upcoming film that she wrote — told jokes about sex, dating and Hollywood, which earned her numerous laughs. Though most comedians go the stage with water, Schumer brought a bottle of wine, which she chugged throughout her set. She performed longer than planned. "I'm supposed to get off stage, but I'm not going anywhere. This (ended) up being fun. I thought this was going to suck," she said. Evans, who has multiple hits on the country chart, impressed with a cover of Smith's "Lay Me Down" that quieted the audience — in a good way. She ended by singing Walk the Moon's current Top 5 hit, the upbeat and colorful "Shut Up and Dance." Other performers included country singer Will Hoge, rock band the Alternate Routes and rising pop singer Rachel Platten, who sang her anthemic hit, "Fight Song." Schumer's film, "Trainwreck," is in theaters July 17. She will open for three New York dates on Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour this fall. ___ Online: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mesfin Fekadu from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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.