Thursday Jul 2, 2015

Viacom 18 to launch two new English TV channels

Indian TV network Viacom 18 is set to launch two new channels in English.The company is preparing to launch the general entertainment channels "Colors Infinity" and "Colors Infinity HD", Variety reports. The channels will show a broad cross-section of shows, from crime and drama to comedy and...
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Viacom 18 to launch two new English TV channels
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
Viacom 18 to launch two new English TV channels

Indian TV network Viacom 18 is set to launch two new channels in English.The company is preparing to launch the general entertainment channels "Colors Infinity" and "Colors Infinity HD", Variety reports. The channels will show a broad cross-section of shows, from crime and drama to comedy and superhero programs. The group has teamed up with big names including Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television and Twentieth Century Fox on the new venture. The channels will be co-curated by actress Alia Bhatt and writer, director and presenter Karan Johar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Fatal Attraction' to get TV makeover
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
'Fatal Attraction' to get TV makeover

Cult movie "Fatal Attraction" is set to return to screens as a one-hour event TV series.The reimagining of the classic psycho-sexual thriller, originally released in 1987, is being led by Paramount Television Production, Deadline reports. The script will be penned and executively produced by Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, known for their work on "Mad Men". It is thought that the show will tell the tale of a married man who has an affair he lives to regret. It mimics the plot of the original film, which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close and became an instant hit, often referenced for its infamous "bunny boiler" scene. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurence Fishburne is joining the "Roots" miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries. The new project will draw on the late Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation. Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor ("Two Trains Running") and Oscar nominee ("What's Love Got to Do With It"). He's become a familiar presence on TV in series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Hannibal" and ABC's comedy "black-ish." No air date or other casting has been announced for the "Roots" remake that will debut simultaneously on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels. 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.

Anthony Mackie cast as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'All The Way'
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Anthony Mackie cast as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'All The Way'

HBO movie "All the Way," directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, will star Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr.Known most recently for his role as Captain America's friend Falcon in "The Winter Soldier," Anthony Mackie now has a new challenge: playing the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming HBO movie All the Way. Mackie will star opposite Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," who will be playing US president Lyndon B. Johnson. Cranston has already played this role in the original stage, version of "All the Way" from 2013-2014. "All the Way" is set to start filming in September 2015, and there remain some key roles to be filled. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jim Caviezel to receive award from Jimmy Stewart Museum
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Jim Caviezel to receive award from Jimmy Stewart Museum

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — Jim Caviezel is being honored by a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. Caviezel stars in the TV series "Person of Interest" and became widely known for his role in the movie "The Passion of the Christ." He will receive the Harvey Award at an Aug. 29 fundraiser by the Jimmy Stewart foundation. The foundation and museum are based in Stewart's hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania, about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Past winners include Carol Burnett, Janet Leigh and Shirley Jones. The Harvey Award is named for the 1950 film in which Stewart befriends an invisible rabbit. It's typically given to someone with connections to Stewart. The foundation says "Caviezel's personal relationship with Jimmy Stewart acted as a catalyst to his own success as an actor." ___ Online: http://www.jimmy.org 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.

Movies

'Fatal Attraction' to get TV makeover
Thursday Jul 2, 2015
'Fatal Attraction' to get TV makeover

Cult movie "Fatal Attraction" is set to return to screens as a one-hour event TV series.The reimagining of the classic psycho-sexual thriller, originally released in 1987, is being led by Paramount Television Production, Deadline reports. The script will be penned and executively produced by Maria and Andre Jacquemetton, known for their work on "Mad Men". It is thought that the show will tell the tale of a married man who has an affair he lives to regret. It mimics the plot of the original film, which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close and became an instant hit, often referenced for its infamous "bunny boiler" scene. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'A Gay Girl in Damascus' trailer now available
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
'A Gay Girl in Damascus' trailer now available

The trailer for "A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile," the acclaimed documentary by Canadian director Sophie Deraspe, is now available for viewing.A teaser for the cautionary tale about the internet is has been released by IFC Films. The film portrays Sandra Bagaria, a woman living in Montreal who develops an online relationship with a Syrian girl named Amina. As she blogs about life in a country where homosexuality is outlawed, Amina soon becomes an internet sensation. It is only when Amina goes missing that an international search exposes her true identity. The compelling documentary takes viewers on a number of twists and turns in a story whose ending may still come as a surprise to those who have not followed the real-life story. "A Gay Girl in Damascus" will be released in cinemas and digitally on Sundance Now on July 24. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/fwjBvII-Qws Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New Mall of Qatar to equal the size of 50 soccer fields
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
New Mall of Qatar to equal the size of 50 soccer fields

More details have emerged on a new luxury mall set to open in Doha, Qatar that will feature the biggest 3D IMAX theater in the world.Set to open its doors in 2016, Mall of Qatar will become the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Qatar and aims to become a premier shopping destination in the Middle East. At the core of the of 500,000-square meter complex is the Oasis, a glass-domed space equal to the size of three football fields, specifically designed to bring light and greenery to the indoor retail center. The Oasis will include restaurants, 17 cinemas, what’s being billed as the world’s largest 3D IMAX theater in the world, as well as gardens, caf├ęs, fountains and artistic programs. Other features include zones dedicated to families and children, a Hilton Curio Collection hotel, and 100 restaurants. Located near the Al Rayyan stadium for the FIFA World Cup 2022, in total the Mall of Qatar will house 500 boutiques, restaurants and tourist attractions, and is expected to attract 20 million visitors in its first year. The construction of a mall equal to the size of 50 FIFA soccer fields will fill the need not yet met in the area for modern, luxury retail and entertainment facilities, said director general Rony Mourani in a statement. The 3 billion Qatari Riyal project ($823.8 million USD) is set to open in 2016. When complete, the Mall of Qatar will join The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping center in the world, in catering to affluent locals and visitors in the Middle East. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Monopoly the board game, headed for the big screen
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Monopoly the board game, headed for the big screen

Lionsgate and manufacturer Hasbro have announced that the popular trading board game Monopoly will have its very own movie.It was announced on July 1 that one of the world's favorite family board games, Monopoly, is set to have its name in lights. Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning writer/producer/director Andrew Niccol will write a screenplay based on the adventures of a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses Chance and Community along his journey. Niccol was the screenwriter behind "The Truman Show," "Gattaca" and "The Terminal." The movie will be produced by Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and financed by Lionsgate. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Anthony Mackie cast as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'All The Way'
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Anthony Mackie cast as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'All The Way'

HBO movie "All the Way," directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, will star Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr.Known most recently for his role as Captain America's friend Falcon in "The Winter Soldier," Anthony Mackie now has a new challenge: playing the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming HBO movie All the Way. Mackie will star opposite Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," who will be playing US president Lyndon B. Johnson. Cranston has already played this role in the original stage, version of "All the Way" from 2013-2014. "All the Way" is set to start filming in September 2015, and there remain some key roles to be filled. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Laurence Fishburne to star in 'Roots' miniseries remake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurence Fishburne is joining the "Roots" miniseries remake. A&E Networks said Wednesday that Fishburne will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries. The new project will draw on the late Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," along with new research, A&E said. The 1977 ABC miniseries was a ratings sensation. Fishburne is a Tony Award-winning stage actor ("Two Trains Running") and Oscar nominee ("What's Love Got to Do With It"). He's become a familiar presence on TV in series including "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," ''Hannibal" and ABC's comedy "black-ish." No air date or other casting has been announced for the "Roots" remake that will debut simultaneously on the History, A&E and Lifetime channels. 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.

Monopoly the board game, headed for the big screen
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Monopoly the board game, headed for the big screen

Lionsgate and manufacturer Hasbro have announced that the popular trading board game Monopoly will have its very own movie.It was announced on July 1 that one of the world's favorite family board games, Monopoly, is set to have its name in lights. Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning writer/producer/director Andrew Niccol will write a screenplay based on the adventures of a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses Chance and Community along his journey. Niccol was the screenwriter behind "The Truman Show," "Gattaca" and "The Terminal." The movie will be produced by Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and financed by Lionsgate. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106

LONDON (AP) — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization. The country was in danger and no one was saving its Jewish children. Winton would almost single-handedly save more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler." He died Wednesday at age 106 in a hospital near Maidenhead, his hometown west of London, his family said. Winton arranged trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends and saving them from almost certain death. He then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century. His daughter, Barbara, said she hoped her father would be remembered for his wicked sense of humor and charity work as well as his wartime heroism. And she hoped his legacy would be inspiring people to believe that even difficult things were possible. "He believed that if there was something that needed to be done you should do it," she said. "Let's not spend too long agonizing about stuff. Let's get it done." British Prime Minister David Cameron said "the world has lost a great man." Jonathan Sacks, Britain's former chief rabbi, said Winton "was a giant of moral courage and determination, and he will be mourned by Jewish people around the world." In Israel, President Reuven Rivlin said Winton will be remembered as a hero from "those darkest of times." "(He) was a man who valued human life above all else, and there are those who are alive today who are testament to his dedication and sacrifice," Rivlin said. Born in London on May 19, 1909, to parents of German Jewish descent, Winton himself was raised as a Christian. Late in 1938, a friend contacted him and told him to cancel the skiing holiday they had planned and travel instead to Czechoslovakia. Alarmed by the influx of refugees from the Sudetenland region recently annexed by Germany, Winton and his friend feared — correctly — that Czechoslovakia soon would be invaded by the Nazis and that its Jewish residents would be sent to concentration camps. While some in Britain were working to get Jewish intellectuals and communists out of Czechoslovakia, no one was trying to save the children — so Winton took that task upon himself. Returning to Britain, Winton persuaded British officials to accept children, as long as foster homes were found and a 50-pound guarantee was paid for each one to ensure they had enough money to return home later. At the time, their stays were only expected to be temporary. Setting himself up as the one-man children's section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, Winton set about finding homes and guarantors, drawing up lists of about 6,000 children, publishing pictures to encourage British families to agree to take them. The first 20 children arrived by plane, but once the German army reached Prague in March 1939, they could only be brought out by train. In the months before the outbreak of World War II, eight trains carried children from Czechoslovakia through Germany to Britain. In all, Winton got 669 children out. The largest evacuation was scheduled for Sept. 3, 1939 — the day that Britain declared war on Germany. That train never left, and almost none of the 250 children trying to flee on it survived the war. The children from Prague were among some 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain on what were known as the Kindertransports (children's transports). Few of them would see their parents again. Although many more Jewish children were saved from Berlin and Vienna, those operations were better organized and better financed. Winton's operation was unique because he worked almost alone. "Maybe a lot more could have been done. But much more time would have been needed, much more help would have been needed from other countries, much more money would have been needed, much more organization," Winton later said. He also acknowledged that not all the children who made it to Britain were well-treated in their foster homes — sometimes they were used as cheap domestic servants. "I wouldn't claim that it was 100 percent successful. But I would claim that everybody who came over was alive at the end of the war," he was quoted as saying in the book about the Kindertransports "Into the Arms of Strangers." Several of the children he saved grew up to have prominent careers, including filmmaker Karel Reisz, British politician Alf Dubs and Canadian journalist Joe Schlesinger. Winton served in the Royal Air Force during the war and continued to support refugee organizations. After the war, he became involved in numerous other charitable organizations, especially in Maidenhead. A keen fencer who lost his chance to compete at the Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, Winton worked with his younger brother Bobby to found the Winton Cup, still a major team fencing competition in Britain. But for almost 50 years, Winton said nothing about what he had done before the war. It only emerged in 1988 when his wife Grete found documents in the attic of their home. "There are all kinds of things you don't talk about, even with your family," Winton said in 1999. "Everything that happened before the war actually didn't feel important in the light of the war itself." Winton's wife persuaded him to have his story documented. It became well-known in Britain after the BBC tracked down dozens of "Nicky's Children" and arranged an emotional reunion on prime-time television. A film about his heroism, "Nicholas Winton — The Power of Good," won an International Emmy Award in 2002. Then-Prime Minister Tony Blair praised him as "Britain's Schindler," after German businessman Oskar Schindler, who also saved Jewish lives during the war. Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and also honored in the Czech Republic, where last year he received the country's highest state honor, the Order of the White Lion. "He was a person I admired for his personal bravery," said Czech President Milos Zeman. A statue of Winton stands at Prague's central station, while a statue commemorating the children of the Kindertransport is a popular sight at London's Liverpool Street Station. Winton continued to attend Kindertransport events in Britain and the Czech Republic well beyond his 100th birthday. Still, he rejected the description of himself as a hero, insisting that unlike Schindler, his life had never been in danger. "At the time, everybody said, 'Isn't it wonderful what you've done for the Jews? You saved all these Jewish people,'" Winton said. "When it was first said to me, it came almost as a revelation. Because I didn't do it particularly for that reason. I was there to save children." Winton's wife Grete died in 1999. He is survived by his daughter Barbara, his son Nick and several grandchildren. ___ Associated Press writers Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless in London, Karel Janicek in Prague and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem contributed. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Naomi Koppel from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years
Wednesday Jul 1, 2015
Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years

LONDON (AP) — "Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life". Around the elderly man, sitting with his wife in the front row of the audience, more than 30 people got to their feet. The man stood to acknowledge them, wiping tears from his eyes. It was 1988, some 50 years since young stockbroker Nicholas Winton found himself in Prague as the Nazis marched on Czechoslovakia and all around him Jewish parents desperately looked for a means of escape, if not for themselves then at least for their children. Virtually single-handedly, Winton saved more than 650 of those children from almost certain death in the Holocaust. But he didn't talk about it for decades, until his wife discovered documents in their attic that revealed the story and for the first time allowed the rescued children to know and thank their savior. "There are all kinds of things you don't talk about, even with your family," Winton said later. "Everything that happened before the war actually didn't feel important in the light of the war itself." Winton's death Wednesday at the age of 106 brought tributes from leaders and Jewish groups in Britain, the Czech Republic and Israel. "In a world plagued by evil and indifference, Winton dedicated himself to saving the innocent and the defenseless. His exceptional moral leadership serves as an example to all humanity," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu said Thursday. "Winton knew how to correctly read the harsh reality and chose to leave his comfortable life and follow the voice of his conscience," added Avner Shalev, chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. The story of Winton's exploits led former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to dub him "Britain's Schindler", in reference to the German businessman Oskar Schindler, who famously saved Jewish lives during the war. Returning to Britain and finding there was no one working on the problem of how to get the children out, Winton borrowed the headed paper of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia and underneath typed the words "Children's Section." He approached the British government, and eventually got a promise that it would let the children in, provided he had a foster home arranged for each of them, and upon payment of a guarantee — the substantial sum of 50 pounds per child. He drew up lists of some 6,000 suitable children, publishing their photographs to try to encourage British families to agree to take them. He arranged trains from Prague to the Netherlands, ferries to take the children across the North Sea. Eight trains and one plane carried 669 children to Britain in the months before the outbreak of war. The largest evacuation was scheduled for Sept. 3, 1939, the day Britain declared war on Germany. That train never left, and almost none of the 250 children trying to flee that day survived the war. "At the time, everybody said, 'Isn't it wonderful what you've done for the Jews? You saved all these Jewish people,'" Winton said. "When it was first said to me, it came almost as a revelation because I didn't do it particularly for that reason. I was there to save children." The children from Prague were among some 10,000 mostly Jewish children who made it to Britain on what were known as the Kindertransports (children's transports). Few of them would see their parents again. Though many more children were saved from Berlin and Vienna, those operations were better-organized and better-financed. Winton's operation was unique because he worked almost alone. "Maybe a lot more could have been done, but much more time would have been needed, much more help would have been needed from other countries, much more money would have been needed, much more organization," Winton later said. He also acknowledged that not all the children who made it to Britain were well-treated in their foster homes, and some foster parents used them as cheap domestic servants. He also faced criticism in some quarters for placing Jewish children with Christian families. "I wouldn't claim that it was 100 percent successful, but I would claim that everybody who came over was alive at the end of the war," he said, quoted in the book "Into the Arms of Strangers." After the story came to light, Winton's wife Grete persuaded him to talk about what had happened, and many of the children — now parents and grandparents themselves — contacted him to thank him for saving their lives. Among the well-known people saved by Winton were American scientist Ben Abeles, British film director Karel Reisz and Canadian journalist Joe Schlesinger. A film about his heroism by Slovak director Matej Minac, "Nicholas Winton — The Power of Good," won an International Emmy Award in 2002. Minac made a second documentary, "Nicky's Family", in 2011. Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 and also honored in the Czech Republic. A statue of Winton stands at Prague's central station, while a statue commemorating the children of the Kindertransport is a popular sight at London's Liverpool Street Station. He continued to attend Kindertransport events in Britain and the Czech Republic well beyond his 100th birthday. Winton served in the Royal Air Force during the war and continued to support refugee organizations. After the war, he became involved in numerous other charitable organizations, especially in his home town of Maidenhead, west of London. He was president of the Maidenhead branch of the learning disability charity Mencap for more than 40 years until his death, and worked with the Abbeyfields organization to set up homes for the elderly in the town — two of which are named Nicholas House and Winton House. A keen fencer who lost his chance to compete at the Olympics because of the outbreak of war, Winton worked with his younger brother Bobby to found the Winton Cup, still Britain's main team fencing competition. Winton's wife died in 1999. He is survived by his son Nicholas and daughter Barbara. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Naomi Koppel from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer for her company
Tuesday Jun 30, 2015
Donna Karan stepping down as chief designer for her company

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Karan will step down from daily duties as chief designer at her namesake company, Donna Karan International, to devote more time to her philanthropic foundation. She'll remain a close adviser, according to a company statement released Tuesday. Karan, 66, co-founded the company in 1984. It went public in 1996. And in 2001, LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton invested and helped grow it globally. It now sells apparel, sportswear, accessories and shoes under the Donna Karan New York and DKNY brands. The company said it will not immediately seek to replace Karan as designer, suspending runway shows and collections for a "period of time." Karan, known for helping women streamline their look through basic pieces, expressed gratitude and "my deepest feelings" to colleagues. "Donna Karan New York is a part of me, past, present and future," she said in the statement. "It has been an honor to speak woman to woman about seven easy pieces that forever changed the way women dress." Reaction was swift as insiders lauded Karan as a visionary, with the Council of Fashion Designers of America tweeting: "The end of an era! Donna Karan departs DKI." Karan said she made the decision after much "soul-searching," adding: "I have arrived at a point in my life where I need to spend more time to pursue my Urban Zen commitment to its fullest potential." She was referring to Urban Zen Company and Foundation, a philanthropy that works around the world on health care and education. Urban Zen sells luxury goods in partnership with artisans, with proceeds benefiting projects. Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group, called it a privilege to collaborate with Karan and said LVMH was committed to "staying true to the spirit and value Donna has championed" for more than three decades. Early on, Karan's seven easy pieces provided a modern system for women with the goal of simplifying their wardrobes without sacrificing elegance or sensuality. With a younger, urban customer in mind, she added DKNY five years after starting the company. Among numerous accolades, the CFDA has honored her with its lifetime achievement award. Former President Bill Clinton presented her the Clinton Global Citizen Award. 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.