Wednesday Jun 8, 2016

'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and...
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'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and died Monday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her longtime friend, Soorya Townley, who called the actress a "warm, caring person who always put others' needs before her own. Saldana co-starred in the 1991-96 drama "The Commish" as the supportive wife of Michael Chiklis' police commissioner. Her most notable big-screen role was opposite Joe Pesci in "Raging Bull," Martin Scorsese's 1980 film starring Robert De Niro. "I have such good memories of working with her on 'Raging Bull,' and I always admired the way that she handled the horrifying attack by a stalker — the good that she made of it," Scorsese said. "She was a wonderful actress and a fine human being." In 1982, Saldana was repeatedly stabbed by an obsessed man in front of her West Hollywood apartment. The attack was stopped by a then-water deliveryman, Jeff Fenn, who held the man for police. Scottish drifter Arthur Jackson served more than a decade in prison for the crime before he was extradited to Great Britain to face charges in a case there. Saldana, who endured a prolonged hospitalization, was both physically and mentally scarred and received treatment for both problems. She went on to found a support and lobbying group, Victims for Victims, and played herself in the 1984 TV movie "Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story." She also wrote "Beyond Survival," a memoir. In a 1992 interview with The Associated Press, Saldana said her recovery was long in coming but complete. "It's been a decade and it's over now, finally," she said. "If someone brings it up I remember, but I don't think about it all the time. It's certainly not a formidable part of my life anymore. I'm happy and excited. I'm doing really well." She and actor Phil Peters, who had a recurring role on "The Commish" as police Sgt. William Frawley, married in 1989 and had a daughter, Tianna. Saldana was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954 and was adopted at five days by an Italian-Puerto Rican family. Her first film appearances came in 1978 with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Nunzio." Other movie credits included "Defiance," ''The Evil That Men Do" and "Gang Warz." Her TV credits included "T.J. Hooker" and "Matlock" in the early and mid-1980s, "Diagnosis Murder" in the '90s and "The Bernie Mac Show" in 2003. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: 'Marco Polo' Season 2 trailer
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Watch: 'Marco Polo' Season 2 trailer

Lorenzo Richelmy returns as the title character and explorer of the Mongolian Empire in a first trailer for July 2016's second season of "Marco Polo" on Netflix.The two-minute reel sets expectations for a 10-episode season due to drop July 1, with Marco Polo conscripted into the order of the Mongol Knights as the Empire's violent growth faces new challenges. Benedict Wong of "The Martian" and "Prometheus" returns as Kublai Khan in a cast that includes Olivia Cheng, Jean Chen, Zhy Zhu, Mahesh Jadu, Michelle Yeoh, Rick Yune and Uli Latukefu. Marco Polo Season 2 trailer: youtu.be/OXfgvcJ5T8E, facebook.com/MarcoPoloMP/videos/1044389592295431 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report

PriceWaterhouseCoopers' "Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020" study estimates that online video consumed 82.1% of data traffic in the USA for 2015.Film, TV/video, music, internet advertising, and video games will change in the most impactful way over the period 2016 to 2020, said PwC. Event cinema, video game adaptations, local-language content will impact film, while China will become the world's top movie market in 2017; in TV, online delivery is "the new normal," with online home video already bigger than the box office. Live music experiences will continue to increase in importance, with digital streaming the predominant form of consumption and subscription services accounting for 80% of industry revenue. Virtual reality was identified as an "exciting area of growth" within video games, and competitive gaming, known as eSports, will benefit from increased local awareness in the US. For advertisers, mobile is of the most interest, with paid search and online video internet advertising to grow rapidly, as long as the challenges of transparency, ad fraud and privacy can be adequately dealt with. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

A summer bounty of TV drama, comedies and even a 'Hamilton'
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
A summer bounty of TV drama, comedies and even a 'Hamilton'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Summer travel packing list: swimsuit, sunblock, television. In this portable TV era, there's no reason to leave small-screen entertainment at home when cable channels, streaming services and networks are eager to keep you connected online with top-notch fare from, among others, Oscar-owning filmmakers. So hit the road with your smartphone, laptop or tablet — or, heck, stay put in front of an actual TV set — and check out this steamy-weather menu of hot picks (all times EDT). — "BrainDead," CBS, 10 p.m. Monday, June 13. A different political show from "The Good Wife" creators Robert and Michelle King, with Washington beset by brain-eating bugs and a bipartisan coalition out to stop them. Tony Shalhoub and Broadway and TV "Grease" heartthrob Aaron Tveit are among the comic thriller's stars. — "Animal Kingdom," TNT, 9 p.m. Monday, June 14. A teenager (Finn Cole) loses his mother to a heroin overdose and gains a violent family that includes a tough matriarch (Ellen Barkin) and her offspring in the drama series based on the Australian movie of the same name. — "Raised by Wolves," Acorn TV streaming service, Monday, June 20. A bluntly funny take on the lives of an unconventional single mother and her six home-schooled kids from writers Caitlin and Caroline Moran, sisters who lived a version of the comedy series. — "Queen of the South," USA, 10 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Drawn from the best-selling novel "La Reina Del Sur," which already spawned a hit telenovela, the drama stars Alice Braga ("I Am Legend") as a woman on the run in the U.S. from a drug trafficking ring after her boyfriend's murder. —"Dancing On the Edge," PBS, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26. An eight-part drama about a black jazz band that finds success and tragedy in 1930s London. Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") and Matthew Goode (aka Lady Mary's squeeze in "Downton Abbey") are part of the cast. — "Alexander Hamilton," History Channel, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Finding tickets to the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" too pricey? This two-hour documentary detailing his national legacy may leave you singing the founding father's praises. — "Roadies," Showtime, 10 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Rock stars ruled in filmmaker Cameron Crowe's Oscar-winning "Almost Famous," but it's the crew members who shine in the comedy series written and directed by Crowe. Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Keisha Castle-Hughes are part of the ensemble cast. — "Hello World!" Discovery Channel, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The family friendly series enlists the narration and tunes of Christina Aguilera, Usher, Joan Jett and others to educate us about wild animals and their habitats. — "The Night Of," HBO, 9 p.m. Sunday, July 10. A start-to-finish murder case as created by one Oscar-winning writer, Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and one Oscar-nominated one, Richard Price ("The Color of Money"), with an assist from Peter Moffat, whose original U.K. series it's adapted from. John Turturro, Riz Ahmed star. — "The A Word," SundanceTV, 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Both autism and adultery figure in this series, described as both thoughtful and humorous, about a 5-year-old boy and his extended family. — "The Get Down," Netflix, Friday, Aug. 12. New York circa 1970s is the setting for this music-saturated drama about South Bronx teenagers in a harsh and changing world. Extravagant filmmaker Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge!") directed and produced the series with young actors (Justice Smith, Shameik Moore) and veterans (Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito). ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lawsuit: Ellen DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Lawsuit: Ellen DeGeneres mocked woman's name for breast joke

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia real estate agent is suing the producer of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming the comedian mispronounced her name to make a joke about breasts. Titi (TEE'-tee) Pierce alleges in the lawsuit filed against Warner Bros. last week that DeGeneres displayed one of Pierce's real estate signs during the Feb. 22 show that was rerun April 15. It says DeGeneres led into the joke about Pierce's name after showing a sign for the unrelated Nipple Convalescent Home. The suit also says the sign included Pierce's cellphone number and she was subjected to "ridiculing and harassing" phone calls. The suit claims invasion of privacy, defamation and emotional distress. It seeks unspecified monetary damages. Warner Bros. declined to comment on the suit. 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.

Movies

'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Raging Bull' actress Theresa Saldana dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Theresa Saldana, the "Raging Bull" actress who survived a stalker's brutal attack to become a crime victim's advocate and reclaimed her entertainment career with "The Commish" and other TV shows, has died. She was 61. Saldana had been suffering from pneumonia and died Monday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to her longtime friend, Soorya Townley, who called the actress a "warm, caring person who always put others' needs before her own. Saldana co-starred in the 1991-96 drama "The Commish" as the supportive wife of Michael Chiklis' police commissioner. Her most notable big-screen role was opposite Joe Pesci in "Raging Bull," Martin Scorsese's 1980 film starring Robert De Niro. "I have such good memories of working with her on 'Raging Bull,' and I always admired the way that she handled the horrifying attack by a stalker — the good that she made of it," Scorsese said. "She was a wonderful actress and a fine human being." In 1982, Saldana was repeatedly stabbed by an obsessed man in front of her West Hollywood apartment. The attack was stopped by a then-water deliveryman, Jeff Fenn, who held the man for police. Scottish drifter Arthur Jackson served more than a decade in prison for the crime before he was extradited to Great Britain to face charges in a case there. Saldana, who endured a prolonged hospitalization, was both physically and mentally scarred and received treatment for both problems. She went on to found a support and lobbying group, Victims for Victims, and played herself in the 1984 TV movie "Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story." She also wrote "Beyond Survival," a memoir. In a 1992 interview with The Associated Press, Saldana said her recovery was long in coming but complete. "It's been a decade and it's over now, finally," she said. "If someone brings it up I remember, but I don't think about it all the time. It's certainly not a formidable part of my life anymore. I'm happy and excited. I'm doing really well." She and actor Phil Peters, who had a recurring role on "The Commish" as police Sgt. William Frawley, married in 1989 and had a daughter, Tianna. Saldana was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954 and was adopted at five days by an Italian-Puerto Rican family. Her first film appearances came in 1978 with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and "Nunzio." Other movie credits included "Defiance," ''The Evil That Men Do" and "Gang Warz." Her TV credits included "T.J. Hooker" and "Matlock" in the early and mid-1980s, "Diagnosis Murder" in the '90s and "The Bernie Mac Show" in 2003. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Video consumes vast majority of US data traffic: report

PriceWaterhouseCoopers' "Global entertainment and media outlook 2016-2020" study estimates that online video consumed 82.1% of data traffic in the USA for 2015.Film, TV/video, music, internet advertising, and video games will change in the most impactful way over the period 2016 to 2020, said PwC. Event cinema, video game adaptations, local-language content will impact film, while China will become the world's top movie market in 2017; in TV, online delivery is "the new normal," with online home video already bigger than the box office. Live music experiences will continue to increase in importance, with digital streaming the predominant form of consumption and subscription services accounting for 80% of industry revenue. Virtual reality was identified as an "exciting area of growth" within video games, and competitive gaming, known as eSports, will benefit from increased local awareness in the US. For advertisers, mobile is of the most interest, with paid search and online video internet advertising to grow rapidly, as long as the challenges of transparency, ad fraud and privacy can be adequately dealt with. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Suicide Squad' hits PG-13 target
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Suicide Squad' hits PG-13 target

August anti-hero movie "Suicide Squad" has nailed its anticipated PG-13 rating for US cinemas, even after February's "Deadpool" became a blockbuster with its rare R-rating.The Warner Bros movie has a host of DC Comics super villains recruited by a secret government agency; they'll be set free should they manage to somehow complete and survive their suicide mission. Jared Leto is the newest incarnation of The Joker, with cast members also including Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (Killer Croc) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress); Ben Affleck is also set to appear as Batman, and Viola Davis as the crew's agency boss. While "Deadpool" romped to a $772m box office on the back of a rare superhero movie R-rating -- 2008's "Punisher: War Zone" developed a noteworthy following only after its time in theaters had drawn to a close -- and "Batman v. Superman" being prepared for an R-rated Ultimate Edition on DVD from June 28, there was some speculation that "Suicide Squad" might go the same route. But the PG-13 rating enables Warner's August tentpole to reach as wide an audience as possible, establishing a stronger platform for more movies further down the line. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Harry Potter play gets rave reviews
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
Harry Potter play gets rave reviews

Harry Potter's stage debut got a standing ovation from a packed theatre audience in a new London play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, British media reported on Wednesday."Judging by the whooping and cheering, nobody was disappointed," Clare Fitzimons wrote in The Mirror after the first showing of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" at the Palace Theatre. "It was phenomenal, it really was. It lived up to all the hype," said one fan interviewed by the BBC, while another in a Potter-style cape said: "This completely blew me away. J. K. Rowling did an amazing job." Potter creator Rowling made a special request for fans to keep the plot secret and the 1,500 audience members were handed badges reading "#KeepTheSecrets". "The storyline, a hymn to friendship and teenage misfits, contains enough twists to please the most knowledgeable of fans," Hannah Furness wrote in The Daily Telegraph. "Any fears that the world of Hogwarts on stage would struggle to compete with the multimillion-dollar special effects of film were quickly kicked into touch". "Has Rowling done it again? The audience was in no doubt," she wrote. The plot for the play reads: "While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places," it said. The show officially opens on July 30 and is set to be published as a book on July 31, which is Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthday. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. The show is written by English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne, based on an original story co-written with Rowling and the play's director John Tiffany. Given the millions of fans around the world, the decision to move the characters on two decades was seen as risky. Like many of his fans, Potter has now grown up in the play and has three children with his wife Ginny Weasley, the sister of his friend Ron. He is working at the Ministry of Magic. He still has his trademark round-rimmed glasses and the scar on his head, a permanent reminder of his nemesis Lord Voldemort, but must now help his youngest son Albus confront the family's dark past. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Jason Bourne' movie issues explosive TV spot
Wednesday Jun 8, 2016
'Jason Bourne' movie issues explosive TV spot

A 30-second clip for July's fifth entry to the Bourne franchise promises an all-action movie whose plot calls rogue agent Jason Bourne out of the shadows one more time.Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons who, having been his agency handler at one point, lets him know that the secretive training programs he sought to dismantle have returned with a vengeance. Fortunately for fans of the franchise, so has Bourne himself, and this time he's got an advantage -- "I know everything," says the former amnesiac. Some viewers feel that they too now know too much, identifying what could be a potential spoiler halfway through the clip. Also involved in the film are Tommy Lee Jones ("Captain America: Civil War"), Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina"), Ato Essandoh ("Django Unchained"), Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"), and Vincent Cassel ("Black Swan.") "Jason Bourne" starts its international rollout the week of July 29, 2016, including territories such as the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Singapore. Japanese showings commence from October 7. Jason Bourne TV spot: youtu.be/ApNnmNNvW8o, twitter.com/jasonbourne/status/740236183569997824, facebook.com/TheBourneSeries/videos/1219039824802806 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Creator of Broadway hit 'Hamilton' visits Puerto Rico
Wednesday Jul 27, 2016
Creator of Broadway hit 'Hamilton' visits Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly compared himself to a hard-to-catch Pokemon as fans pursued him with cellphones on Wednesday during a visit to his parents' native Puerto Rico shortly after the end of his run on the Broadway hit "Hamilton." Cheers broke out as Miranda promised to bring the show that won 11 Tony Awards to the U.S. territory, adding that he would like to turn it into a movie in the near future. "I will be your Hamilton!" he said with a wide smile as he arrived in the north coastal town of Vega Alta, where he spent his childhood summers selling ice cream, eating avocados and enlisting neighbors to star in his skits. Miranda credited his Puerto Rico roots for making him a writer, one whose most recent Broadway production earned a Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Grammy and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. "When you're born in the United States but your parents are from here, you always live a double life," he said in Spanish. "And that's a good way to be a writer. You're always observing the differences between Puerto Rico and New York." As an artist, Miranda said it is also his responsibility to create empathy. He recently spoke out about Puerto Rico's dire economic crisis, calling it a "life or death issue" for his family. He said he was allergic to politics, but praised a rescue package that U.S. President Barack Obama recently signed into law to help the U.S. territory emerge from a decade-long economic crisis. Miranda also urged Puerto Ricans to analyze what they want for the island's future. "We have to keep having that conversation. We have to figure out who we are," he said, adding that he supports granting people living in Puerto Rico the right to vote for U.S. president because they are U.S. citizens. After meeting with the press, Miranda went on a tour of cherished childhood spots, including the home of Margot Rodriguez, who was his grandfather's neighbor. In an interview with The Associated Press, the 83-year-old homemaker recalled how Miranda would thrust a broom handle into her hands and make her pretend to play the guitar while he sang. He also enlisted her as an actress, urging her to scream as he threw a makeshift puppet from a tree pretending it was he who had fallen. "He would come up with the craziest things," she recalled with a laugh. "I love that boy." Miranda was scheduled to receive several honors in Puerto Rico, including a star on the island's Walk of Fame. Upon returning to the U.S. mainland, Miranda said he plans to become involved in whatever projects are "too cool to say 'no' to." One fantasy is to write a song for Star Wars, he said. Miranda will appear next in Disney's sequel to "Mary Poppins," and he wrote the music for the upcoming animated film "Moana" that features a Polynesian princess. He said he made Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sing for the film and learned some diet tips from the chiseled star, including not sitting down to eat. "That was my little calorie secret from 'The Rock,'" Miranda said with a laugh. He said he loves the film in part because it's about a girl who learns that her ancestors are voyagers who sailed from island to island without maps or compasses. "You had to memorize where you were from to know where you were going," he said. "This is the best metaphor in the world for Puerto Ricans." ___ Danica Coto on Twitter: www.twitter.com/danicacoto Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Danica Coto from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards nominees are ...
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards nominees are ...

NEW YORK (AP) — Nominees for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards , to air live on MTV from Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 28, were announced Tuesday. The nominees are: — Video of the year: Adele, "Hello"; Beyonce, "Formation"; Drake, "Hotline Bling"; Justin Bieber, "Sorry"; Kanye West, "Famous." — Best female video: Adele, "Hello"; BeyoncĂ©, "Hold Up"; Sia, "Cheap Thrills"; Ariana Grande, "Into You"; Rihanna featuring Drake, "Work." — Best male video: Drake, "Hotline Bling"; Bryson Tiller, "Don't"; Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For"; Kanye West, "Famous"; The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face." — Best new artist: Bryson Tiller; Desiigner; Zara Larsson; Lukas Graham; DNCE. — Best pop video: Adele, "Hello"; Beyonce, "Formation"; Justin Bieber, "Sorry"; Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"; Ariana Grande, "Into You." — Best hip hop video: Drake, "Hotline Bling"; Desiigner, "Panda"; Bryson Tiller, "Don't"; Chance the Rapper featuring Saba, "Angels"; 2 Chainz, "Watch Out." — Best rock video: All Time Low, "Missing You"; Coldplay, "Adventure of a Lifetime"; Fall Out Boy featuring Demi Lovato, "Irresistible"; twenty one pilots, "Heathens"; Panic! at the Disco, "Victorious." — Best electronic video: Calvin Harris & Disciples, "How Deep Is Your Love"; 99 Souls featuring Destiny's Child and Brandy, "The Girl Is Mine"; Mike Posner, "I Took A Pill In Ibiza"; Afrojack, "SummerThing!"; The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, "Don't Let Me Down." — Best collaboration: Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Freedom"; Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign, "Work from Home"; Ariana Grande featuring Lil Wayne, "Let Me Love You"; Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For"; Rihanna featuring Drake, "Work." — Breakthrough long form video: Florence + the Machine, "The Odyssey"; Beyonce, "Lemonade"; Justin Bieber, "PURPOSE: The Movement"; Chris Brown, "Royalty"; Troye Sivan, "Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy." — Best art direction: Beyonce, "Hold Up"; Fergie, "M.I.L.F. $"; Drake, "Hotline Bling"; David Bowie, "Blackstar"; Adele, "Hello." — Best choreography: Beyonce, "Formation"; Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell, "WTF (Where They From)"; Beyonce, "Sorry"; FKA Twigs, "M3LL155X"; Florence + the Machine, "Delilah." — Best direction: Beyonce, "Formation"; Coldplay, "Up&Up"; Adele, "Hello"; David Bowie, "Lazarus"; Tame Impala, "The Less I Know the Better." — Best cinematography: Beyonce, "Formation"; Adele, "Hello"; David Bowie, "Lazarus"; Alesso, "I Wanna Know"; Ariana Grande, "Into You." — Best editing: Beyonce, "Formation"; Adele, "Hello"; Fergie, "M.I.L.F. $"; David Bowie, "Lazarus"; Ariana Grande, "Into You." — Best visual effects: Coldplay, "Up&Up"; FKA Twigs, "M3LL155X"; Adele, "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"; The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"; Zayn, "PILLOWTALK." _____ Online: http://vma.mtv.com/ 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.

K-pop star T.O.P. to curate Sotheby's art auction of contemporary art
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
K-pop star T.O.P. to curate Sotheby's art auction of contemporary art

The singer Choi Seung-hyun, better known by his stage name T.O.P., from the South Korean band Big Bang, will be curating a contemporary art sale on October 3, 2016, for Sotheby's Hong Kong.Choi Seung-hyun/T.O.P. makes up one of the five members of kpop rapper/boyband Big Bang, who first shot to fame in 2007. They have since amassed an enormous fan base, which brands such as Sotheby's are now looking to benefit from in order to encourage a younger audience to get interested and involved in the art market. Entitled #TTTOP in recognition of his Instagram handle, followed by 5 million people, the Sotheby's sale is aimed at young art buyers of the same generation as T.O.P. although details about exactly what the contents of the auction will be have not yet been announced. More known for his singing and rapping, T.O.P. is apparently a fan and collector of modern art as well, especially contemporary furniture, explaining that "All the women in my family, including my mother, majored in art. They were all either artists or art teachers." Instead of picking up a paintbrush, however, T.O.P "preferred looking at art -- and immersing (himself) in it -- to actually painting things." The collaboration marks the first time that Sotheby's Hong Kong has invited a young collector to curate, as well as T.O.P.'s curatorial debut. However, the musician is already familiar with the arts scene, co-curating the contemporary Asian art exhibition "The Eye Zone" at ArtScience Museum in Singapore, 2015. He was also awarded the Visual Culture prize at the Prudential Eye Awards in the same year. A portion of the proceeds raised during the auction will go towards the Asian Cultural Council, which offers grants, programs and support to artists in order to encourage cultural exchange. Watch a video about the sale: https://youtu.be/rzISclfRUQw Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West earn top nominations at MTV VMAs
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
Beyonce, Adele, Kanye West earn top nominations at MTV VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce and Adele are the top nominees at the MTV Video Music Awards, where their music videos will compete against Kanye West's controversial "Famous" for video of the year. "Famous," Beyonce's "Formation" and Adele's "Hello" will battle Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and Drake's "Hotline Bling" for the top prize when the VMAs air live Aug. 28 from New York's Madison Square Garden. The nominations were announced Tuesday. West's infamous "Famous" features what appears to be naked images of the rapper and other celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby. The song is at the center of his current war with Swift: Kardashian recently leaked audio of Swift giving West her blessing after he told her the lyric, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex." But Swift later said she was upset because West did not play her the entire track or tell her the full lyric regarding her, which included the line, "Why? I made that bitch famous." Beyonce, though, is the overall VMA leader with 11 nominations — marking a career best for the pop diva, who released her Emmy-nominated "Lemonade" visual album this year. Adele is behind her with eight nominations. The songstresses will compete for best female video along with Rihanna, Sia and Ariana Grande. West is nominated for best male video against Drake, the Weeknd, Bryson Tiller and Calvin Harris, whose nomination is for "This is What You Came For," which he co-wrote with former girlfriend Swift. David Bowie, who died from cancer earlier this year, is nominated for best direction, cinematography, art direction and editing for "Lazarus" — a video that showed him frail and lying in bed, eyes bandaged. It was released several days before the icon's Jan. 10 death. Others who earned multiple nominations include Coldplay, Desiigner, Fergie and Alessia Cara. Fans can start voting online Tuesday. Nominees for best song of summer will be announced at a later date. Swift won last year's video of the year with "Bad Blood," which featured Kendrick Lamar and included cameos from Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham and others. ____ Online: http://vma.mtv.com/ Copyright (2016) 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.

Broadway giant James 'Jimmy' Nederlander dies at 94
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016
Broadway giant James 'Jimmy' Nederlander dies at 94

NEW YORK (AP) — James M. Nederlander, who took over the fledgling Nederlander Organization from his father and built it into one of the largest producers of live entertainment and a dominant national theater chain that includes nine Broadway houses, has died. He was 94. "The world has lost one of its great impresarios," said his son, James L. Nederlander, who confirmed his father died on Monday. A cause was not disclosed. Known as Jimmy, the elder Nederlander produced or co-produced more than 100 shows including "Annie," ''Copenhagen," ''The Will Rogers Follies," ''Les Liaisons Dangereuses," ''La Cage aux Folles," ''Nine," ''Noises Off" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby." Nederlander famously rejected anyone who claimed to have a rational way to predict which shows would be hits as opposed to flops. "Nobody can," he would say. "I trust my gut." He won a dozen Tony Awards as a producer or co-producer — including a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004 — and has presented operas, ballets, concerts and artists ranging from Rudolf Nureyev to Frank Sinatra to U2. Condolences were quick to arrive. Theater icon Andrew Lloyd Webber tweeted: "Farewell Jimmy, truly the end of a great theatrical era." Kate Shindle, the president of the Actors Equity Association union wrote: "RIP to a true titan." The Nederlander Organization is one of three big theater chains on Broadway. The Shubert Organization owns 16 theaters outright, and Jujamcyn Theaters owns five. Nederlander's stable is bigger than its rivals once its theaters nationwide and in London are added to the mix. One of Nederlander's most lucrative business collaborations is with the Walt Disney Co., which started in 1994 when Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened at the Palace Theatre. Since then, "Aida," ''Tarzan," ''The Little Mermaid" and "Newsies" all found a home at a Nederlander house. Nederlander's Minskoff Theatre is the home of Disney's "The Lion King." Founded by David T. Nederlander, the Nederlander Organization began in 1912 with the purchase of a 99-year lease on the old Detroit Opera House. In 1939, the then-17-year-old Jimmy left school to join the family business — sweeping the lobby, working as an usher and a stagehand and selling tickets in the box office. By 1943, Jimmy Nederlander was in New York City as a serviceman in the Army Air Forces and worked as box-office treasurer for a production of Moss Hart's "Winged Victory." In 1964, his father bought the Palace Theatre, a historic vaudeville house that had gone into decline. After a two-year renovation, Nederlander's reopened the Palace with Bob Fosse's production of "Sweet Charity," starring Gwen Verdon. After his father died in 1967, Nederlander took over running the family business. In addition to the Palace, Nederlander's eight other Broadway venues in New York are the Brooks Atkinson, Gershwin, Lunt-Fontanne, Marquis, Minskoff, Nederlander, Richard Rodgers and Neil Simon theaters. Outside New York, its venues include the Auditorium and Bank of America theatres, the Broadway Playhouse, Cadillac Palace and Oriental theatres, all in Chicago; the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles; and the Adelphi, Aldwych and Dominion theatres in London. Innovative ways to get people into those arenas prompted changes to the industry that continue to be felt. In 1992, Nederlander's and Ticketmaster were the first to give Broadway theatergoers the ability to select their own seat location. The concept of the student lottery ticket was reimagined at the David T. Nederlander Theatre when young fans of "Rent" could get seats in the first two rows of the theatre for just $20. With Nederlander's son Jimmy Jr. currently overseeing the organization's daily operation, the Nederlander Organization has passed the baton to a third generation. His nephew, Robert Nederlander Jr., is president of Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, which manages theaters and presents Broadway productions in international markets. Nederlander is also survived by his wife, Charlene S. Nederlander; daughter-in-law Margo M. Nederlander; his grandchildren, James M. Nederlander II and Kathleen M. Nederlander; his stepdaughter, Kristina Gustafson; and her children, Gunnar and Krisanna Gustafson. Funeral services will be Thursday. One of Jimmy Nederlander's legacies was his backing of the next generation of Broadway stars, through sponsoring The National High School Musical Theater Awards. The annual competition culminates each June with a trip to New York, mentoring from veterans and then a night of performances from dozens of hopefuls from across the country. They are called The Jimmy Awards. ___ Follow Mark Kennedy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits ___ This story has been corrected to identify Robert Nederlander Jr. as a nephew, not a son, of Jimmy Nederlander. Copyright (2016) 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.