Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Commercial break: Old Spice, Lexus and Poo-Pourri

Dads rejoice at their sons leaving home thanks to Old Spice, Lexus cars get delivered via a "Christmas train" and Santa gets caught in a compromising position. Here is our pick of the most interesting new ad campaigns happening right now.Old Spice | Dadsong | #SmellcometoManhood The follow-up...
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Commercial break: Old Spice, Lexus and Poo-Pourri
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014
Commercial break: Old Spice, Lexus and Poo-Pourri

Dads rejoice at their sons leaving home thanks to Old Spice, Lexus cars get delivered via a "Christmas train" and Santa gets caught in a compromising position. Here is our pick of the most interesting new ad campaigns happening right now.Old Spice | Dadsong | #SmellcometoManhood The follow-up to Old Spice's "Momsong" ad earlier this year, in which moms emotionally lamented the fact that their little boys had become men. With "Dadsong", the fathers get the chance to chime in and needless to say, their perspective is slightly different. http://youtu.be/cKhqUOncefYNo Reindeer, Just Rails: The Lexus December to Remember Commercial "Christmas Train"Parents get inventive in this "December to Remember" ad from Lexus, which aims to prove that adults can enter into the magic of the storytelling too. http://youtu.be/Af0qBP2g9nU Even Santa Poops - PooPourri.com Poo-Pourri caused a splash last year with its ad "Girls don't poop", and now it's back with a slightly disturbing yet funny clip "Even Santa poops". http://youtu.be/b9TTz3R5SmI Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Michelle MacLaren confirmed as 'Wonder Woman' director
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Michelle MacLaren confirmed as 'Wonder Woman' director

The director known for her work on "Game of Thrones," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "The Leftovers" has signed on to direct the first movie dedicated to the iconic DC superhero Wonder Woman.MacLaren was reportedly in talks with Warner for months but her involvement was just made official. The Wonder Woman movie will likely be the first in a trilogy starting out in the '20s on the character’s Amazonian island. The following installment is set to take place in the '30s-'40s during WWII, with the last film seeing Wonder Woman join the Justice League alongside Batman, Aquaman and Superman. The anticipation will build in the meantime, as Gal Gadot is set to make her debut as Wonder Woman in the 2016 movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" before starring in other Justice League projects. "Wonder Woman" is to start filming by the end of 2015. The movie is slated to release in 2017, one year after "Batman v Superman." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

New Tina Fey-created sitcom headed to Netflix
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
New Tina Fey-created sitcom headed to Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix has picked up two seasons of a new sitcom from Tina Fey. Titled "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," it focuses on a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. It was co-created by Fey and Robert Carlock, who collaborated on "30 Rock." It stars Ellie Kemper of "The Office." Fey isn't scheduled to appear in the series. Netflix says the 13-episode first season will premiere in March. The series had originally been bound for NBC, but that network passed. Universal Television, NBC's corporate sibling, will remain the show's producer. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

Britain led at the International Emmy Awards Monday, with three trophies going to British television series at the ceremony honoring the best TV programming outside the United States."Utopia," the conspiracy series created by Britain's Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden took home the best drama Emmy, while the best actor trophy went to Stephen Dillane for his role as Karl Roebuck in "Tunnel," the Canal+ series that was also nominated for best drama. "Educating Yorkshire," a documentary program directed by David Brindley and narrated by David Clews about life in a school in northern Britain, took home the award for non-scripted entertainment. British programs were nominated in six categories in total. The best actress award went to the Netherland's Bianca Krijgsman, who plays Mirte in "De Nieuwe Wereld," (The New World) about an airport cleaner's relationship with a West African refugee. Belgium took home the best comedy prize for sketch comedy series from Tim Van Aelst and Sofie Peeters, "Wat Als? 2" (What If? 2). Germany's "Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater" (Generation War), a World War Two miniseries by Heike Hempel and Benjamin Benedict, won the top prize in its category. Canada, nominated in three categories, walked away with the statue for best arts programming for "The Exhibition," directed by Damon Vignale and produced by Miho Yamamoto. It follows the public's negative reception of an artist's show of artwork based on a police poster of missing women. The best documentary prize went to Sweden's "Frihet bakom galler" (No Burqas Behind Bars), Maryam Ebrahimi's look at an Afghan women's prison. Brazil, which earned five nominations, won the Emmy for best telenovela for "Precious Pearl," Thelma Guedes and Amora Mautner's show about the son of a millionaire factory owner. The 42nd International Emmys were hosted in downtown New York and presented by British comedian Matt Lucas. Matthew Weiner, the creator of the popular AMC series "Mad Men," received an honorable Emmy, presented by two of his show's actors, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. The International Emmy Directorate Award went to Roberto Irineu Marinho, who heads Brazil's biggest media group Globo. A total of 19 countries competed this year, with 40 nominations in 10 categories. It was also the first time that Spanish-language productions broadcast in the United States were included in the competition. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out the distinctions, includes media and entertainment representatives from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Britain wins 3 International Emmys
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Britain wins 3 International Emmys

NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Stephen Dillane and the Netherlands' Bianca Krijgsman won the top acting prizes Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards in which the honors were spread among eight countries. The highlight of the awards gala at the Hilton New York came when "Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner who's preparing the final episodes of the advertising agency saga to air in spring 2015. British TV productions received three International Emmys at the ceremony hosted by British comedian Matt Lucas, creator of the comedy series "Little Britain." Dillane, best known for portraying Stannis Baratheon in "Game of Thrones," won for his role as a veteran British detective in the Anglo-French crime drama "The Tunnel." Dillane's character teams with a female French detective to hunt down a serial killer who left the bodies of a French politician and British prostitute in the middle of the Channel Tunnel. The British conspiracy thriller "Utopia" received the award for best drama series. The series is about a group of comic-book fans who are pursued by a secretive murderous organization after they discover an unpublished manuscript for the sequel to a cult graphic novel rumored to predict global catastrophes. HBO has ordered an American adaptation to be directed by David Fincher ("Gone Girl"). The other British winner was "Educating Yorkshire," a glimpse into modern school life in a diverse community in northern Britain, for non-scripted entertainment. Krijgsman was chosen best actress for her role in "De Nieuwe Wereld" (The New World) as a disgruntled cleaner at an airport immigration center who forms an unexpected relationship with a West African asylum-seeker. Telemundo's "El Senor de los Cielos" (The Lord of the Skies), loosely based on the life of a powerful Mexican drug lord who died after undergoing plastic surgery to change his appearance, won the Emmy in the newly created category for non-English language U.S. primetime programs. The telenovela award went to Brazil's "Precious Pearl," the story of a girl who may be the reincarnation of a Buddhist spiritual leader. Germany's controversial "Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater" (Generation War), about five friends from a Berlin neighborhood whose paths diverge amid the horrors of World War II, won in the TV movie/mini-series category. Belgium's irreverent "What If? 2" took the Emmy in the comedy category for its sketches on such topics as "What if Jesus was a standup comedian?" In the documentary category, Sweden's "Frihet bakom galler" (No Burqas Behind Bars), about inmates in an Afghan women's prison, took the Emmy. The Emmy for arts programming went to Canada's "The Exhibition," which describes the public opposition faced by an artist mounting an exhibition of paintings based on a police poster of missing women, 26 of whom were found murdered on the farm of Canada's worst serial killer. News Corp. and 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch joined Brazilian telenovela stars Gloria Pires and Milton Goncalves to present the honorary International Emmy Directorate Award to Roberto Irineu Marinho, chairman and CEO of the Globo Group of Companies, Brazil's leading media and entertainment conglomerate. His father founded TV Globo, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. The awards, presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were created to honor excellence in television programming outside the U.S. ____ Online: www.iemmys.tv ____ Follow Charles J. Gans at www.twitter.com/chjgans Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movies

Lebanese diva Sabah dies aged 87
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014
Lebanese diva Sabah dies aged 87

Famed Lebanese singer and actress Sabah, whose seven-decade career made her one of the Arab world's best-known entertainers, died on Wednesday at the age of 87, state media announced.Lebanon's National News Agency gave no immediate cause of death. Born Jeanette Gergi Feghal in the small Lebanese village of Bdadoun, Sabah produced more than 3,000 songs and appeared in more than 90 films. She brought out her first song in 1940, while her parallel screen career began three years later in Egypt, the centre of the Arabic film industry. She held Egyptian, Jordanian and US citizenship as well as Lebanese, and continued to perform and make television appearances into her 80s. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Shia LaBeouf making progress on treatment
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Shia LaBeouf making progress on treatment

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf (SHY'-uh luh-BUF') is complying with treatment ordered as part of a plea deal stemming from a bizarre episode during the Broadway show "Cabaret." The 28-year-old "Transformers" star appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday to show proof that he's been at the Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles. Attorney G. Robert Gage says his client has done a "terrific job" complying. LaBeouf is due back in court March 20. While attending the June 24 performance, LaBeouf smoked cigarettes, yelled at the actors, swore at security guards and hollered as he was escorted out. If he stays in treatment for at least three months and out of trouble for six months, he'll be allowed to withdraw the guilty plea and the case will be dismissed. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Michelle MacLaren confirmed as 'Wonder Woman' director
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Michelle MacLaren confirmed as 'Wonder Woman' director

The director known for her work on "Game of Thrones," "Breaking Bad," "The Walking Dead" and "The Leftovers" has signed on to direct the first movie dedicated to the iconic DC superhero Wonder Woman.MacLaren was reportedly in talks with Warner for months but her involvement was just made official. The Wonder Woman movie will likely be the first in a trilogy starting out in the '20s on the character’s Amazonian island. The following installment is set to take place in the '30s-'40s during WWII, with the last film seeing Wonder Woman join the Justice League alongside Batman, Aquaman and Superman. The anticipation will build in the meantime, as Gal Gadot is set to make her debut as Wonder Woman in the 2016 movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" before starring in other Justice League projects. "Wonder Woman" is to start filming by the end of 2015. The movie is slated to release in 2017, one year after "Batman v Superman." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Review: 'Horrible Bosses 2' doesn't work
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Review: 'Horrible Bosses 2' doesn't work

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don't know how to make a living anymore. Having haplessly tried to murder their bosses in the first "Horrible Bosses," Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis return in "Horrible Bosses 2" as hopeful inventors. "Let's bet on ourselves," they tell each other, making a clearly questionable wager. They go into business with a bath product dubbed "Shower Buddy," and with their abysmal guest spot on a morning show promoting it, it's clear they may have backed the wrong horse. It's become a familiar genre trope of recent years: The idealistic self-starter business that almost certainly wouldn't stand a chance in real life. Dwarfed by corporations or left behind by the digital economy, comedies are routinely littered with plucky upstarts, from Kristen Wiig's would-be baker in "Bridesmaids" to Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's middle-aged Google aspirants of "The Internship." While the first "Horrible Bosses" tried to tap into the widely held fantasy of killing the overloads of the office, its sequel mines the farce in being your own boss. The entrepreneurial efforts of the film's ever-yammering trio, of course, fail, and the film descends into a thinly sketched kidnapping plot that serves mainly to space its celebrity cameos. Hoodwinked by a rich distributor (Christoph Waltz), the guys — Nick, Kurt and Dale — plan to kidnap the executive's playboy son (Chris Pine). The ill-conceived scheme returns them to their criminal adviser (Jamie Foxx, who the film could have used more of), Nick's now imprisoned former boss (Kevin Spacey) and Dale's old torturer dentist (Jennifer Aniston). "Horrible Bosses 2," directed and co-written by Sean Anders, is built on its hydra-headed leads who appear almost tethered together, crowding the frame like the Three Stooges. Bateman, Day and Sudeikis are each talented comic actors who have their riffing rhythm down, skillfully weaving and overlapping their idiotic antics. But this gratuitous sequel fails most because their triangle offense, while smooth, isn't dynamic enough. With Bateman playing the straight man and Sudeikis' smiley, glib shtick wearing thin, the only source of laughs is the slapstick of Day — a reliably funny, high-pitched ball of anxiety. The "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star is like an electrocuted chipmunk, his fearful eyes always darting. So "Horrible Bosses 2" goes for whatever cheap, vulgar gags it can collide into. Most unfortunate is the sex-crazed debasement of Aniston, who lights up the movie but suffers some of its lowest jokes. Really, it's an altogether likable cast, all of whom appear quite game despite the lacking material. That the film skitters aimlessly away from the office is a wasted opportunity, too, since today's workplaces could use the levity. Someone should have given "Horrible Bosses" a real job. "Horrible Bosses 2," a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking." Running time: 108 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. ___ MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Rome wins cameo role in new Bond film
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Rome wins cameo role in new Bond film

The seven hills of Rome will provide the backdrop to 007's latest adventures as producers of the 24th James Bond film shoot scenes in the Italian capital next year.In his fourth reprisal of the silver screen's most famous secret agent, British actor Daniel Craig is set to get caught up in several high-speed chases around the city's history-lined alleyways, main thoroughfares and river banks. But the highlight of his trip to Rome will reportedly be a pinpoint landing, after parachuting out of a helicopter, on the Ponte Sisto, a narrow 15th-century pedestrian bridge across the River Tiber that is itself a replacement for an earlier walkway dating back to the fourth century. Details of Rome's cameo role in the upcoming blockbuster, which is due to start filming at London's Pinewood Studios before the end of the year, were leaked to Italian media. The film is to be directed by Britain's Sam Mendes, the acclaimed theatre director responsible for the phenomenally successful 23rd installment of the Bond story, "Skyfall". The still untitled 24th chapter is expected to be released at the end of next year. The shooting of scenes in Rome represents another boost for the capital's Cinecitta Studios, which is currently undergoing a revival of its fortunes. Anne Rice's "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" and "Everest" starring Keira Knightley were both shot there recently and there are plans for a remake of the epic Ben Hur to be partly filmed at the iconic studios early next year. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Nominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014
Nominee questions fairness of Taiwan film awards

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The golden horse statues have been awarded, but drama hasn't ended from one of Asia's biggest film festivals. Chinese actress Gong Li called Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Festival unprofessional after she lost the best actress category to Taiwanese actress Chen Shiang Chyi. Sometimes called the Chinese Oscars, the Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious for Mandarin-language films. While the festival home is Taiwan, the filmmakers and stars who make up the jury and compete for the awards hail from all over the region. In a statement via her manager Monday, Gong questioned the awards' impartiality and said an "unfair" festival would be looked down upon in the film industry. Speaking to The Associated Press, Gong's manager Christophe Tseng said her criticism wasn't aimed at a particular award category or any individual, rather, she wanted to bring attention to the voting process. At the Golden Horse festival, the jurors who select the nominees are asked back for the final vote. Together, the two panels choose for the winners. Tseng said that his client doesn't understand why the nominating panel is invited to vote for the winners. The festival executive committee responded in a statement that the "judging process and the result of the Golden Horse has always been independent and fair. It is not influenced by any external factor ..." The committee also called this year's 17 jurors "outstanding professionals" who voted anonymously under the watch of lawyers. The jury president, Chinese actress Joan Chen, said it's inevitable someone will think any festival's awards results are unfair and the Golden Horse is no exception. Chen called the judging process "transparent and democratic" and not interfered with or influenced by others. Saturday's big winner was Chinese-French film "Blind Massage," which won best feature and five other categories. Gong was nominated for "Coming Home" from director Zhang Yimou. Their previous collaborations include "Curse of the Golden Flower," ''To Live" and "Raise the Red Lantern." She's also appeared in "Miami Vice" and "Memoirs of a Geisha." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'Birdman' leads Spirit Awards nominations
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
'Birdman' leads Spirit Awards nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Birdman," a dark comedy about show business, took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Star Michael Keaton and director Alejandro González Iñárritu picked up nominations for the film from Fox Searchlight. Nods also went to its supporting actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton and to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Collecting five nominations each were the coming-of-age drama "Boyhood," the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma," and the noir thriller "Nightcrawler." Other films recognized in the best feature category included "Whiplash" and "Love is Strange," both of which received four nominations. Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna announced the nominees live from the W Hotel in Hollywood. The awards recognize achievements in independent film, and Oscar hopefuls are sprinkled throughout each category. Nods in the male lead category went to David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma;" Jake Gyllenhall for his turn as a sociopathic freelance reporter in "Nightcrawler;" John Lithgow for "Love is Strange;" and AndrĂ© Benjamin for "Jimi: All Is By My Side." Female lead nominations included Julianne Moore for her role as an Alzheimer's patient in "Still Alice;" Marion Cotillard for the turn of the century drama "The Immigrant;" Tilda Swinton for the vampire pic "Only Lovers Left Alive;" Jenny Slate for the abortion comedy "Obvious Child;" and Rinko Kikuchi for "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter." In addition to Iñárritu, directing nominations went to Ava DuVernay ("Selma"), Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") and David Zellner ("Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"). Noticeably absent from the slate was the Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon, both of which are expected to be contenders for other major awards. Film Independent would not comment on whether "The Imitation Game" was eligible for nominations. It did honor "Foxcatcher" with its Special Distinction Award and "Inherent Vice" with the Robert Altman Award. For unspecified reasons, neither film was eligible for individual nominations. The Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, was also missing from the slate because it is not an American film The Spirit Awards tries to recognize films outside the mainstream, but recent winners have tended to overlap with Academy Awards nominees. Last year, the Spirit Awards winners matched the Academy Awards winners in several top categories, including best picture ("12 Years a Slave"), best actor (Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"), and best actress (Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"). Winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Feb. 21. 2015, a day before the Academy Awards. The Spirit Awards ceremony will air live on IFC from Santa Monica. This year's 341 submissions were judged on such guidelines as uniqueness of vision, originality of subject matter, economy of means, and percentage of financing from independent sources. Only films with a budget of $20 million or lower are considered. Nominations are decided by members of Film Independent, which include critics, filmmakers, actors, festival programmers, past winners and nominees, and members of Film Independent's board of directors. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'Casablanca' piano sold for $3.4 million at US auction
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
'Casablanca' piano sold for $3.4 million at US auction

The painted upright piano that adorned Rick's Cafe in the classic movie "Casablanca" fetched $3.4 million at auction Monday after a frenzied sale in New York.The orange piano -- on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) famously plays "As Time Goes By" at the request of his one-time love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) -- was among 200 items from Hollywood's golden age that went under the hammer at Bonham's in New York. The piano featured prominently in the Oscar-winning 1942 romantic drama, with leading man Humphrey Bogart using it as a hiding place for the letters of transit that ultimately secure his former lover's safe passage to the United States. Dresses worn by Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Rita Hayworth were also auctioned, as well as a jacket worn by Clark Gable in "Gone With the Wind." The Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in "The Wizard of Oz" was also put up for sale. Auctioneers had declined to estimate the Casablanca piano's likely price, saying only that they expected it to fetch "the low- to mid-seven figures." Bidding opened at $1.6 million and escalated rapidly before closing three minutes later at $3.4 million including taxes. The piano was specially adapted to allow Bogart's character to perform his sleight of hand with the transit papers, hiding them in plain sight of the clientele at Rick's. The writers decided that the papers should be stashed in the top of the piano, but had to alter its lid to make it work on camera. "The only way this works, however, is if the lid opens from the rear, otherwise Rick would have to reach over Sam's shoulder to hide the papers, a hardly subtle move," the auction house said. "The solution to this staging problem was to have the prop department completely remove the top of the piano, leaving the piece secured by a hook and eye only." - Chewing gum included - Most likely made in 1927, the piano also has only 58 keys, 30 fewer than a classic piano. It had been owned by a dentist in Los Angeles since the 1980s. Bonham's said the painted Moroccan designs were restored about three decades ago under the direction of Warner Bros. The piano was offered for sale with a signed photograph of actor Dooley Wilson and a copy of "Casablanca," and even came with a wad of petrified chewing gum found stuck beneath the keyboard. A faint outline of a fingerprint could be seen on the gum, but its owner was unknown. A winner of three Academy Awards, "Casablanca" is ranked as the second greatest movie of all time by the American Film Institute, behind "Citizen Kane" and just ahead of "The Godfather." Items related to the film generated snappy business at Bonham's, with a draft screenplay entitled "Everybody Come to Rick's" fetching $106,250, well above its $40,000-$60,000 estimate. The doors featured in the entrance of Rick's Cafe sold for $115,000, having been estimated at $75,000 to $100,000. The famous letters of transit at the heart of the film, estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000, sold for $118,750. One of the chairs from Rick's Cafe fetched $5,000. Several dresses featured in other movies fetched hefty sums as well, including a gown worn by Garland in "Easter Parade" that sold for $11,875 and another worn by Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were" that earned $8,750. A gown worn by Hayworth in "The Loves of Carmen" fetched $6,000. However, a dress worn by Grace Kelly in "Mogambo" estimated to be worth between $15,000 and $20,000, failed to secure a buyer at the auction. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
British TV wins big at International Emmy Awards

Britain led at the International Emmy Awards Monday, with three trophies going to British television series at the ceremony honoring the best TV programming outside the United States."Utopia," the conspiracy series created by Britain's Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden took home the best drama Emmy, while the best actor trophy went to Stephen Dillane for his role as Karl Roebuck in "Tunnel," the Canal+ series that was also nominated for best drama. "Educating Yorkshire," a documentary program directed by David Brindley and narrated by David Clews about life in a school in northern Britain, took home the award for non-scripted entertainment. British programs were nominated in six categories in total. The best actress award went to the Netherland's Bianca Krijgsman, who plays Mirte in "De Nieuwe Wereld," (The New World) about an airport cleaner's relationship with a West African refugee. Belgium took home the best comedy prize for sketch comedy series from Tim Van Aelst and Sofie Peeters, "Wat Als? 2" (What If? 2). Germany's "Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater" (Generation War), a World War Two miniseries by Heike Hempel and Benjamin Benedict, won the top prize in its category. Canada, nominated in three categories, walked away with the statue for best arts programming for "The Exhibition," directed by Damon Vignale and produced by Miho Yamamoto. It follows the public's negative reception of an artist's show of artwork based on a police poster of missing women. The best documentary prize went to Sweden's "Frihet bakom galler" (No Burqas Behind Bars), Maryam Ebrahimi's look at an Afghan women's prison. Brazil, which earned five nominations, won the Emmy for best telenovela for "Precious Pearl," Thelma Guedes and Amora Mautner's show about the son of a millionaire factory owner. The 42nd International Emmys were hosted in downtown New York and presented by British comedian Matt Lucas. Matthew Weiner, the creator of the popular AMC series "Mad Men," received an honorable Emmy, presented by two of his show's actors, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. The International Emmy Directorate Award went to Roberto Irineu Marinho, who heads Brazil's biggest media group Globo. A total of 19 countries competed this year, with 40 nominations in 10 categories. It was also the first time that Spanish-language productions broadcast in the United States were included in the competition. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out the distinctions, includes media and entertainment representatives from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Life no easier with Oscars, says actor Waltz
Tuesday Nov 25, 2014
Life no easier with Oscars, says actor Waltz

For nearly three decades, Austrian-born Christoph Waltz was a jobbing actor in Europe. He finally came to Hollywood in 2009, and in the next four years he won two Oscars.On December 1 he will receive his star on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not bad for a boy from Vienna. But despite his evident success, the 58-year-old insists life is no simpler now he's on the Tinseltown A-list. "This is a fight ... life isn't easier now with two Oscars," he told AFP in an interview, while promoting his latest film "Horrible Bosses 2," out next Wednesday. Cultivated, attentive, and with a piercing gaze, Waltz is nonetheless enjoying the fruits of his success. His career began in 1979 in his native Austria, after catching the acting bug from his parents: his mother Elisabeth was a costume designer and father Johannes a stage builder. His grandparents had been actors, and he followed them by studying at the Max Reinhart Seminar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, followed by the celebrated Lee Strasberg institute in New York. His small-screen debut was in TV movies and German-language series like "Tanz Mit Dem Teufel" ("Dance with the Devil") or "Feuer und Schwert" ("Fire and Sword") based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde. Over the following years he combined work in film, TV and theater. "I really was constantly moving from countries, places, mentalities, languages," he said. "You move out as a young man, you conquer this and conquer that." Conscious that the German language was limiting his range, he decided to leave for London and Paris, where he said he "discovered tourism of a very, very high level." "I discovered the place to live really is where you do what you do, with the people you like to do it with. And this place is here, of course," he said, speaking in Hollywood. - Oscars left in corner - His most important new friend in Hollywood was Quentin Tarantino, the director of "unorthodox methods of navigation" as Waltz describes him. The "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" filmmaker gave Waltz the "gift" of his two most famous roles so far: Colonel Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) and doctor King Schultz in "Django Unchained" (2012). In both cases he won the Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actor, prizes which catapulted him into the Hollywood stratosphere. Winning the prizes "is an honor, it's flattering, and a wonderful thing to be awarded," he said. "But yet you have to keep doing what you do, and try to do it well. Keep fighting for getting good roles. "That's all it is about," he added. He added that he keeps his golden statuettes in a corner. "If you don't put it somewhere and leave it there, if you always carry it in front of you, you will end having a problem," he said. Since "Inglourious Basterds," he has appeared notably in "Carnage" by Roman Polanski and "The Green Hornet" by Michel Gondry (both in 2011), and given his voice to animated films "Epic" (2013) and this year's "Muppets Most Wanted." He will soon be seen in Tim Burton's new movie, "Big Eyes." Today he is promoting the comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" with Jennifer Aniston. He plays Bert Hanson, a businessman at odds with trio Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), Nick (Jason Bateman) and Dale (Charlie Day). Of comedy, he quips: "As long as you take it seriously, you can do it." "But in a movie, because comedy is so much timing and rhythm, all of that is most established in editing. "I can say a complete straight sentence, just neutral and straight, and a good editor can turn it into a funny or sad thing. Because that's the beauty of movies, nothing works in itself." Over his long career Waltz said he has had some horrible bosses himself. "I had more than horrible, abusive, degrading, really brutal, bad directors," he said. But he added: "Now it would be different because I would tell them to get lost." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.