Saturday Jan 31, 2015

Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX. Actors, television sports analysts and sports stars looked on as the...
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Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX. Actors, television sports analysts and sports stars looked on as the "Boom Clap" singer belted out several of her hits, dancing and bounding around the stage. Among the notable guests of the party were "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul, NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick and a host of retired sports figures including former basketball player Rick Fox and football stars Jerome Bettis and Marcellus Wiley. At one point, actor Mekhi Phifer from NBC's "ER" noticed Paul, and the pair exchanged hugs and spent several minutes talking and laughing with each other. In between live music performances by J. Cole and Charli XCX, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson served as one of the party's DJs. He arrived and was photographed with comedian Tom Arnold, but zipped past several interviewers as he dragged a red suitcase of equipment. "I gotta DJ, I'm sorry," he told the reporters. ESPN has devoted extensive coverage to Sunday's championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Many of its top personalities, including Michelle Beadle, Stephen A. Smith and Mike Golic, attended the party, which had a Southwestern theme. Instead of a red carpet, there was a dirt path. Fake rocks and cacti were placed throughout the venue, along with large photos of athletes and celebrities. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

YouTube most popular: Budweiser, Conan O'Brien and Key & Peele
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
YouTube most popular: Budweiser, Conan O'Brien and Key & Peele

Budweiser gets cute, Conan tries his hand at "Mortal Kombat X" and Key and Peele release the trailer for their Super Bowl special. Here are YouTube's five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, January 30 at 14:30 GMT.2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial "Lost Dog" | Budweiser #BestBudsFirst published: January 28Total views: 11.36 millionThe surprise stars of this year's Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial are an adorable puppy and his best buds -- a group of horses, who, like all best friends, are there for him when the chips are down. youtu.be/xAsjRRMMg_Q Clueless Gamer Big Game Showdown: "Mortal Kombat X" - CONAN on TBSFirst published: January 29Total views: 358,458Conan O'Brien goes head to head with Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski for an extreme Super Bowl proxy battle of "Mortal Kombat X."youtu.be/MNpkSyryQz4 Key & Peele - East/West Bowl 3 - Pro Edition - Super Bowl Special Premieres Friday 10/9c First published: January 28Total views: 3,771,319The teaser for the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special is proving popular online... it airs on January 30 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8Inside a Camera at 10,000fps - The Slow Mo Guys First published: January 29Total views: 1.01 millionGet a glimpse of the speed at which things move on the inside of a DSLR camera. youtu.be/CmjeCchGRQo #TheReturn First published: January 29Total views: 369,986Lebron, Kyrie, Marion, Mike Miller... it can only be the Wolves vs. Cavs game happening on Saturday, January 31!youtu.be/8_XhQPasGqk Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Curtis Stone restaurant and bao bun eatery among best new restaurants 2015

Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine have compiled a list of the most exciting new restaurants around the world for 2015, chosen for being based in what the magazine calls 11 of the most compelling food capitals of the world.They’re “neo-traditionalists, upstart iconoclasts, and ingredient obsessives” that are setting new culinary standards, editors write. In Los Angeles, for example, one of the hottest tickets in town is Maude, opened by celebrity TV chef Curtis Stone, perhaps best known for hosting “Top Chef Masters.” Described as a chic, rustic space, multi-course menus are themed around a single ingredient. In winter, for instance, tangerines are used as both a sweet and savory ingredient, perfuming tangerine-glazed chicken terrine. In Hong Kong, editors rave about Little Bao, a small, 20-seater restaurant that reinvents local comfort foods. The steamed bun, for instance, becomes a pork-belly slider with cinnamon. In Sao Paulo, popular chef Rodrigo Oliveira opened Esquina Mocoto, elevating popular rustic dishes like rice and beans into “ethereal risotto.” And in Tokyo, ramen lovers are flocking to the backstreet restaurant Gonokami Suisan, for its tagliatelle-size noodles that come with an uni-infused dipping broth. Other cities listed include New York City, Sydney, London, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mexico City and Philadelphia. For the complete list visit http://tandl.me/1Lj3GVk. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Anna Gunn boards 'Criminal Minds' spin-off

The former "Breaking Bad" actress has joined the new "Criminal Minds" team, which will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the mothership series on CBS.The spin-off on the hit crime series is rounding out its cast. After announcing Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY") as the leader of the new FBI unit and Tyler James Williams ("The Walking Dead") as its tech analyst, CBS has added Anna Gunn, who is best known to TV viewers for her role as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad." Bryan Cranston's former co-star will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and a brilliant linguist who plays a vital role on the team led by Jack Garrett (Sinise). The agents in this special FBI unit will be tasked with helping US citizens in trouble overseas. Anna Gunn won two Emmy Awards for her role on "Breaking Bad." More recently, she co-starred with David Tennant in "Gracepoint," Fox's US remake of the British detective series "Broadchurch." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nickelodeon to launch stand-alone streaming service
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Nickelodeon to launch stand-alone streaming service

Nickelodeon, the children's cable channel known for "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Dora the Explorer," will launch an online streaming video channel this year, parent company Viacom said Thursday.The announcement is the latest by a media group to connect directly with consumers without a cable or satellite subscription, and follows announcements by CBS, Time Warner's HBO and others. Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman told an earnings conference call the new "direct-to-consumer subscription service" would be launched in March. "We believe this innovative service, which will have a distinct brand and will target the fast-growing mobile market, will be very attractive for parents and children," Dauman said, noting that details will be announced next month. The Nickelodeon channel is aimed at children, with offerings such as "SpongeBob" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The move comes amid growing interest in Web-based services to deliver television such as Netflix, allowing viewers to bypass traditional cable or satellite services. "New digital entrants are providing expansion opportunities as well as sparking industry-wide innovation," Dauman said, noting the Viacom expanded an agreement with Hulu and renewed a deal with Amazon. Two Viacom channels, MTV and Comedy Central, are working with the online service Snapchat for its service offering short videos. In the past quarter, Viacom reported a profit of $500 million on revenues of $3.3 billion. The company also operates the Paramount studios, Britain's Channel 5 and a number of other cable television channels. soe-rl/sg VIACOM Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale

Chinese filmmaker Zhao Qi is not a newcomer to the Sundance Film Festival. He's had four films here in the last five years. That's pretty impressive, for the uninitiated.But the Emmy winner hopes his latest one, "The Chinese Mayor," will finally win some silverware at the independent movie showcase event, held annually in the Utah mountains, ending this coming weekend. The 40-year-old also wants the film to counter Western misconceptions of his homeland, and show the reality of the modern country with a rare portrait of life in a provincial Chinese city. "I always think that there's a misunderstanding about China, especially for the Chinese government and Chinese party," he told AFP in an interview, while insisting he was not a supporter as such of the Beijing government. "I would not say a fan," cautioned the producer, but added: "At least he's doing something more than the previous administration, which gives more expectations for people." "The Chinese Mayor" tells the tale of Geng Yanbo, dubbed "Demolition Geng" after he became mayor in 2008 of former imperial jewel Datong, some 350 km (220 miles) west of Beijing. The city served as the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty during its heyday 1,600 years ago. But decades of mining in the 20th century has left it dubbed one of China's most polluted regions. - Attracting tourists - Geng earned his name from his campaign to demolish much of the city center, relocating 40,000 of its 140,000 households, before rebuilding it in ancient style, with a view to attracting tourists. He is shown dealing with the complaints of ordinary residents on the street, regularly deciding individual cases on the spot, while berating his city contractors for their incompetence. The downtrodden locals are shown lambasting Geng and other party and city leaders as being out-of-touch with reality, ignoring their plight in his drive to push through his overall city renewal plan. But bizarrely, after the mayor is promoted to a bigger provincial capital and leaves much of the projects half done, there is a massive popular outcry calling for him to stay. "Through making the film we learn it is never only a black and white world, or simply good and bad," said Zhao. The stereotypical view of corruption-plagued government is unfair, he argues, or at least is only part of the whole story -- which the producer says has not been told enough. "The audience here (in the US) they get most of their information from the mainstream media, which is always a quite stereotyped one. I don't think they cover most parts of China," he said. In fact, he said, even Chinese central TV "don't cover most parts of China either," he added. "There is this (story), it needs to be delivered to people. And nobody is doing that job. I hope that as independent observers, we're able to deliver that message." Zhao's previous films at Sundance include "Last Train Home" in 2010, "China Heavy Weight" in 2012 and "Fallen City," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in 2013. He has also won two Emmy Awards in 2012 for his television documentary "P.O.V." "The Chinese Mayor" is competing in the World Documentary contest at this year's Sundance festival, which wraps up on February 1. The prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday around 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday

Celebrate awe-inspiring adventure footage and interact with the stars of extreme sports for the entire month of February with the first annual Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, to be held online.The lineup features over 40 films including "An American Ascent," the story of the first African American to summit Alaska's Denali mountain range, narrated by Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson. Famed British climber and director Alastair Lee's "All My Own Stunts" tells the emotion-stirring story of downhill mountain bike specialist Rob Jarman as he narrowly escapes death while trying to set the UK record for downhill speed.  It also includes "Autana," about a team led by British climber Leo Houlding that ventures into the Amazon, through the Venezuelan jungle in an attempt to summit Cerro Autana for the first time. Other titles include "DamNation," "North of the Sun" and "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago." Categories include Features, Short, Sport (non-climbing), Climbing (rock, ice, mountaineering and alpine), Environment and Adventure. Not only is the online event highly portable, it's also interactive, offering a series of Athlete & Filmmaker Q & A's, Expert Panels and Twitter Chats online that give viewers the chance to talk to filmmakers and athletes. A total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded within the seven categories of the competition and the winning films -- to be announced March 5 -- will be distributed on Film Festival Flix and their affiliates. A streaming pass can be purchased for $19.99. filmfestivalflix.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sundance closing-night film, 'Grandma' showcases Lily Tomlin
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Sundance closing-night film, 'Grandma' showcases Lily Tomlin

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Writer-director Paul Weitz knew what he was after when he was writing "Grandma," the official closing-night selection at the Sundance Film Festival. "I just wanted to see a movie where (Lily Tomlin) was in every scene," he said after the film's premiere Friday. "So I wrote it." Tomlin is the titular grandmother in this heartfelt comedy. A professor and onetime well-known poet, she becomes bitter and ornery after her partner of 38 years dies. Though judging by the stream of profanity she uses throughout the film, one presumes she may have already been on the ornery side. "The script was really blue," Weitz said. "Lily was like, 'Does she have to swear so much?' Then on set — no problem." Tomlin's character rediscovers her softer side when her granddaughter, unexpectedly pregnant while in high school, comes to her for help. The two women embark on a mission to find funds for the teenager, connecting with various people from their past along the way. Among them are characters played by Marcia Gay Harden and Sam Elliott. John Cho and Laverne Cox play smaller roles. Sony Pictures Classics picked up distribution rights to the film earlier this week, though no release date has been announced. ___ Contact Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy 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.

Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Mark Walhberg's bear still behaving badly in 'Ted 2'

Universal Pictures has revealed the first trailer for the sequel about the vulgar teddy bear and his best friend John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg.Released in 2012, "Ted" exceeded expectations at the box office, raking in $549.2 million. "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane has returned to helm the sequel, which will no doubt be just as off-color as the first movie. Wahlberg returns as John Bennett, a man who wished as a child that his teddy bear would come to life. Thirty years later, the bear is still very much alive, and after marrying the woman of his dreams, he wants to become a father. His buddy John provides a little help with the artificial insemination, but when the bear's right to be a father is called into question by the law, the two decide to go to court to defend it. "Ted 2" opens in the US on June 26. Watch the trailer: youtu.be/S3AVcCggRnU Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an aging Terminator in new 'Genisys' teaser
Friday Jan 30, 2015
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an aging Terminator in new 'Genisys' teaser

Ahead of the Super Bowl, Paramount Pictures has released a new TV ad for "Terminator Genisys."It's that time of year again. As Americans gets ready to gather around the small screen for the Super Bowl, Hollywood studios are busy coming out with short teasers for their upcoming movies. Paramount, for one, chose to share its video for "Terminator: Genisys" ahead of the game. The trailer for the sequel/reboot shows Arnold Schwarzenegger as the famous Terminator T800 cyborg, who has clearly aged since 1984. While the original plot remains in place -- John Connor sends one of his soldiers into the past to save his mother -- the passage of time has been altered, and the protagonists face new enemies. Directed by Alan Taylor, who has helmed several episodes of "Game of Thrones," the new movie also features Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Jai Courtney ("A Good Day to Die Hard"), Jason Clarke ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Matt Smith ("Dr. Who") and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). "Terminator: Genisys" is due in US theaters on July 1. Watch the teaser: youtu.be/864tLQG4RY0 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Cumberbatch, Fry, others urge UK to pardon gay men

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. Their letter published Saturday in the Guardian praises the government for the 2013 pardon of World War II code breaker Alan Turing, whom Cumberbatch portrays in the movie "The Imitation Game." Turing, who played a vital role in breaking the German wartime code, was praised by Winston Churchill as having made "the single biggest contribution" to the Allied victory in World War II. But Turing, a gay man in an era when homosexuality was illegal, was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and committed suicide two years later. These events are at the core of "The Imitation Game," which chronicles the role Turing played in cracking the Germans' "Enigma" code machine. It has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cumberbatch's performance. Turing was pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II at the recommendation of the government, but the letter points out that 49,000 other men convicted under the same law also merit pardons. "The UK's homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable," the letter said. The letter was also signed by Rachel Barnes, Turing's niece; Morten Tyldum, director of "The Imitation Game," actor Stephen Fry and longtime rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The letter calls on Prince William, his wife Kate and other "young leaders of today" to take steps to pardon all of the men, including an estimated 15,000 thought to still be alive. A spokesman for the royal couple said they wouldn't make any public comment on the issue because it's a government matter. Thousands have signed an online petition calling for mass pardons. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Gregory Katz from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale

Chinese filmmaker Zhao Qi is not a newcomer to the Sundance Film Festival. He's had four films here in the last five years. That's pretty impressive, for the uninitiated.But the Emmy winner hopes his latest one, "The Chinese Mayor," will finally win some silverware at the independent movie showcase event, held annually in the Utah mountains, ending this coming weekend. The 40-year-old also wants the film to counter Western misconceptions of his homeland, and show the reality of the modern country with a rare portrait of life in a provincial Chinese city. "I always think that there's a misunderstanding about China, especially for the Chinese government and Chinese party," he told AFP in an interview, while insisting he was not a supporter as such of the Beijing government. "I would not say a fan," cautioned the producer, but added: "At least he's doing something more than the previous administration, which gives more expectations for people." "The Chinese Mayor" tells the tale of Geng Yanbo, dubbed "Demolition Geng" after he became mayor in 2008 of former imperial jewel Datong, some 350 km (220 miles) west of Beijing. The city served as the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty during its heyday 1,600 years ago. But decades of mining in the 20th century has left it dubbed one of China's most polluted regions. - Attracting tourists - Geng earned his name from his campaign to demolish much of the city center, relocating 40,000 of its 140,000 households, before rebuilding it in ancient style, with a view to attracting tourists. He is shown dealing with the complaints of ordinary residents on the street, regularly deciding individual cases on the spot, while berating his city contractors for their incompetence. The downtrodden locals are shown lambasting Geng and other party and city leaders as being out-of-touch with reality, ignoring their plight in his drive to push through his overall city renewal plan. But bizarrely, after the mayor is promoted to a bigger provincial capital and leaves much of the projects half done, there is a massive popular outcry calling for him to stay. "Through making the film we learn it is never only a black and white world, or simply good and bad," said Zhao. The stereotypical view of corruption-plagued government is unfair, he argues, or at least is only part of the whole story -- which the producer says has not been told enough. "The audience here (in the US) they get most of their information from the mainstream media, which is always a quite stereotyped one. I don't think they cover most parts of China," he said. In fact, he said, even Chinese central TV "don't cover most parts of China either," he added. "There is this (story), it needs to be delivered to people. And nobody is doing that job. I hope that as independent observers, we're able to deliver that message." Zhao's previous films at Sundance include "Last Train Home" in 2010, "China Heavy Weight" in 2012 and "Fallen City," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in 2013. He has also won two Emmy Awards in 2012 for his television documentary "P.O.V." "The Chinese Mayor" is competing in the World Documentary contest at this year's Sundance festival, which wraps up on February 1. The prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday around 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
First-ever Online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival begins Sunday

Celebrate awe-inspiring adventure footage and interact with the stars of extreme sports for the entire month of February with the first annual Film Festival Flix Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, to be held online.The lineup features over 40 films including "An American Ascent," the story of the first African American to summit Alaska's Denali mountain range, narrated by Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson. Famed British climber and director Alastair Lee's "All My Own Stunts" tells the emotion-stirring story of downhill mountain bike specialist Rob Jarman as he narrowly escapes death while trying to set the UK record for downhill speed.  It also includes "Autana," about a team led by British climber Leo Houlding that ventures into the Amazon, through the Venezuelan jungle in an attempt to summit Cerro Autana for the first time. Other titles include "DamNation," "North of the Sun" and "Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago." Categories include Features, Short, Sport (non-climbing), Climbing (rock, ice, mountaineering and alpine), Environment and Adventure. Not only is the online event highly portable, it's also interactive, offering a series of Athlete & Filmmaker Q & A's, Expert Panels and Twitter Chats online that give viewers the chance to talk to filmmakers and athletes. A total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded within the seven categories of the competition and the winning films -- to be announced March 5 -- will be distributed on Film Festival Flix and their affiliates. A streaming pass can be purchased for $19.99. filmfestivalflix.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Imagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Imagine Dragons' bassist: Don't make Seahawks the hero

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee has a simple reason he wants the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl — he doesn't want to see the Seattle Seahawks made into heroes. McKee is a native of Forestville in Northern California and roots for the San Francisco 49ers. He doesn't want to see any good fortune visit a division rival, even if the Patriots have been criticized by some for playing an entire half of their last game with underinflated footballs. "I would hate to see the Seahawks as heroes," McKee said on Friday before he and his band played the DirecTV Super Fan Fest in Glendale, Ariz. Imagine Dragons won a Grammy Award for their song "Radioactive," and their next album, "Smoke + Mirrors," will be released on Feb. 17. The following week, the band will play a show on a Southwest Airlines jet flying at 35,000 feet. A contest will begin next week in which a fan and three friends will be chosen for the airborne performance. "We've definitely played stranger venues," McKee joked. His bandmates chimed in with more quips, noting that they had played smaller venues and this time will have a captive audience. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. The Australian newspaper's obituary of Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide and who died on Thursday at age 77 after a long illness, opened not with a list of her myriad accomplishments, but with a description of her appearance. "Colleen McCullough, Australia's best-selling author, was a charmer," the obituary began. "Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: "I've never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men." Soon, the hashtag myozobituary was trending on Twitter, as people across the world mocked the publication for what many viewed as a blatantly sexist treatment of a lauded literary figure. British author Neil Gaiman, who is married to singer Amanda Palmer, tweeted: "Although his beard looked like someone had glued it on & his hair would have been unconvincing as a wig, he married a rockstar. (hashtag)myozobituary" Criticism of the obituary was twofold: One, that the paper chose to focus the top of its story on McCullough's appearance rather than her achievements, which included spending 10 years working as a neuroscientist at Yale Medical School in the United States, establishing the neurophysiology department at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, and writing 25 novels. The other critique was the implication that someone who was plain and overweight could "nevertheless" be witty and warm. "A person of warmth and wit DESPITE being overweight? That's incredible!!!! (also talent and stuff) (hashtag)everydaysexism," tweeted Kerri Sackville, columnist for the rival Fairfax newspapers. "I did not realize that this was how we were doing obituary ledes, now," The Washington Post wrote. "Now that I know, here are some obituaries for men, updated lest we fall behind the new standard. Teddy Roosevelt: Resembling a fat walrus in little spectacles, he was, nevertheless, president at one point or another." The Australian's editor Clive Mathieson declined comment Saturday when contacted by The Associated Press. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on Australia's remote Norfolk Island, and had continued producing books in recent years despite a string of health and eyesight problems by using dictation, HarperCollins Australia publishing director Shona Martyn said. Her final book "Bittersweet" was released in 2013. Her second novel, "The Thorn Birds," published in 1977, became a U.S. television miniseries in 1983 starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Christopher Plummer. The Outback melodrama about a priest's struggle between church and love won four Golden Globe awards. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kristen Gelineau from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.