Friday Nov 28, 2014

YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, Thanksgiving prank and 'Call of Duty'

"The Hunger Games" gets a "Bad Lip Reading" re-write, members of the public get lucky in the "Blowing Cash Prank" and the "Elders" play their first game of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare."YouTube's top five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, November 28 at...
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YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, Thanksgiving prank and 'Call of Duty'
Friday Nov 28, 2014
YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, Thanksgiving prank and 'Call of Duty'

"The Hunger Games" gets a "Bad Lip Reading" re-write, members of the public get lucky in the "Blowing Cash Prank" and the "Elders" play their first game of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare."YouTube's top five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, November 28 at 1:45pm GMT: "MORE HUNGER GAMES" -- A Bad Lip Reading of Catching Fire First published: November 27Total views: 1.37 millionBad Lip Reading is back, and this time the victim is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Featuring lines you never thought you'd hear from Katniss, including: "I know you stole my yellow fanny pack."youtu.be/RKOZgQy8qrwBlowing Cash Prank!! - HONESTY TEST First published: November 27Total views: 724,734This feel-good Thanksgiving prank sees two charitable guys "handing out" money in the community by getting it to blow out of an open suitcase and seeing how the public reacts. youtu.be/WL06z1MPtGACALL OF DUTY: Advanced Warfare (Elders React: Gaming) First published: November 26Total views: 1.99 millionThe "Elders" get their first taste of playing the gaming sensation "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" with hilarious reactions. youtu.be/F457iJ2C8JYJurassic World - Official Trailer (HD)First published: November 25Total views: 29.49 millionThe sequel to Steven Spielberg's epic "Jurassic Park," "Jurassic World" hits cinemas in 3D in June. Set seven years on from "Jurassic Park," the film features a new breed of genetically modified dinosaur -- but things don't go as planned...youtu.be/RFinNxS5KN4Quintavious Johnson sings national anthem First published: November 27Total views: 62,188The "America's Got Talent" superstar, 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson sings the national anthem for the NFL on Thanksgiving. youtu.be/CwGvP4qC-es Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement. This year, bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik's Cube took their place alongside past winners including Monopoly and Silly Putty. But is the road to such playtime immortality really all fun and games? According to the judges, well, yes. Sure, there's occasional lobbying. The Hess gas station's Facebook page suggested this 50th anniversary year was the perfect time to include its toy truck, and Raggedy Ann fans in yarn wigs picketed for her inclusion in 2002. But Hall of Fame judges say any real pressure is nostalgia driven, a matter of balancing head versus heart. Take Star Wars action figures, which were on the ballot last year, said Jeff Gomez, chief executive at Starlight Runner Entertainment. "What I have to do is separate a little bit from my own childhood and take a look and see if I could argue for them," the media consultant says. It turns out he could, because of the way the figures let children tell their own stories within the movie mythology. In they went. Before making the ballot, toys first have to survive a panel of historians and curators at The Strong museum, where the 16-year-old hall of fame is housed. The group meets several times to choose 12 finalists from nominees that pour in online all year and via postcard and petition. The finalists are then sent to the 24 judges, who include inventors, educators, psychologists and others. This year, 434 toys were nominated within 5,000 submissions. Only toys with longevity, icon status and the ability to inspire kids are seriously considered. But that only narrows the list so much. "There's always a give-and-take," says Chris Bensch, vice president for collections. This year, Bensch went in thinking electric football could be on the ballot. "I have to say my colleagues rapidly disabused me that that was worth including this year," Bensch says. "It didn't have enough play value. It was all about chance. It hadn't been on the market long enough." For this year's finalists, the panel came up with American Girl dolls, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess toy trucks, My Little Pony, Operation, paper airplanes, pots and pans, Slip 'N Slide, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the three winners. "I try to pull back and look at the big picture — How much did this toy impact our culture, impact our country?" ESPN producer and judge Amy Rosenfeld says. "It's impossible not to apply your own personal experiences." Some choices have stirred debate. Matchbox fans weren't happy with the enshrinement of Hot Wheels, Bensch says, and in a tongue-in-cheek rant, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart took the hall to task for inducting the stick and cardboard box before the ball. Those unconventional nominees, like this year's pots and pans, always raise a few eyebrows. But, Gomez notes, "Not all of us are well off and not all of us had the wonderful things we saw in TV commercials." Toy analyst Chris Byrne says the hall of fame helps memorialize a place in the nation's culture but doesn't necessarily propel the toy onto kids' Christmas lists. The Rubik's Cube, while still well-known, had its heyday in the early 1980s, he notes. "These are things that generations from now, people will say, 'What was that?'" he said. "It's a nice piece of cultural history." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Are GoPro camera drones coming?
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
Are GoPro camera drones coming?

A Wall Street Journal report claims that the leading action camera company is planning to take its product range to another level, literally.Adrenaline junkies are already strapping action cameras to drones in order to capture even better footage of their extreme exploits and so it makes perfect sense that GoPro would want to cut out the middleman so to speak and offer a drone of its own, with its own camera technology built in. The Wall Street Journal's sources claim that the drones will be multi-colored and are expected to touch down in time for the 2015 holiday season. Unlike the commercial drones that Amazon and Google are toying with, the same restrictive laws do not regulate consumer models. This lack of restriction is why there is already a burgeoning market for consumer drones which French company Parrot and China-based DJI currently lead but don't dominate. GoPro's drones are expected to go head-to-head with the best offering from both companies and are expected to retail for between $500 and $1000. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

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.

Movies

YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, Thanksgiving prank and 'Call of Duty'
Friday Nov 28, 2014
YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, Thanksgiving prank and 'Call of Duty'

"The Hunger Games" gets a "Bad Lip Reading" re-write, members of the public get lucky in the "Blowing Cash Prank" and the "Elders" play their first game of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare."YouTube's top five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, November 28 at 1:45pm GMT: "MORE HUNGER GAMES" -- A Bad Lip Reading of Catching Fire First published: November 27Total views: 1.37 millionBad Lip Reading is back, and this time the victim is "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Featuring lines you never thought you'd hear from Katniss, including: "I know you stole my yellow fanny pack."youtu.be/RKOZgQy8qrwBlowing Cash Prank!! - HONESTY TEST First published: November 27Total views: 724,734This feel-good Thanksgiving prank sees two charitable guys "handing out" money in the community by getting it to blow out of an open suitcase and seeing how the public reacts. youtu.be/WL06z1MPtGACALL OF DUTY: Advanced Warfare (Elders React: Gaming) First published: November 26Total views: 1.99 millionThe "Elders" get their first taste of playing the gaming sensation "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" with hilarious reactions. youtu.be/F457iJ2C8JYJurassic World - Official Trailer (HD)First published: November 25Total views: 29.49 millionThe sequel to Steven Spielberg's epic "Jurassic Park," "Jurassic World" hits cinemas in 3D in June. Set seven years on from "Jurassic Park," the film features a new breed of genetically modified dinosaur -- but things don't go as planned...youtu.be/RFinNxS5KN4Quintavious Johnson sings national anthem First published: November 27Total views: 62,188The "America's Got Talent" superstar, 12-year-old Quintavious Johnson sings the national anthem for the NFL on Thanksgiving. youtu.be/CwGvP4qC-es Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

First teaser trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' debuts online
Friday Nov 28, 2014
First teaser trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' debuts online

The long-awaited first images from J.J. Abrams' movie have arrived in the form of a highly anticipated teaser trailer.While none of the celebrities starring in the movie appear on screen, the first quick glimpses convey a rather dark atmosphere, with Stormtroopers ready to fight, X-wing starfighters equally ready for battle and a mysterious character seen from behind and holding a lightsaber. Fans will have to wait another year for the Force to actually awaken, as the movie starring John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will not release until December 2015. Watch the teaser trailer on the Apple website -- strw.rs/TFAteaser  -- or on YouTube: youtu.be/OMOVFvcNfvE Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Four last copies of Magna Carta united for first time
Friday Nov 28, 2014
Four last copies of Magna Carta united for first time

The British Library will bring together the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta for the first time in February as Britain celebrates the 800-year anniversary of the famous constitutional charter.Two copies of the document -- seen as a precursor for modern constitutions and human rights laws -- come from the library's archive and the others are held in Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral. The jealously-guarded parchments will only be in the one place for public viewing on a single day, February 3, before the biggest-ever exhibition about the document and its interpretation through the centuries opens at the library in March. The library, which will have only its two copies for viewing during the show, will hand out 1,215 tickets by ballot to see the four documents -- the number picked to evoke the year 1215 when the charter was drawn up. The Magna Carta was issued by King John of England to resolve a political crisis with rebel barons by agreeing to curbs on his powers such as agreeing that the king should be subject to the law and granting all "free men" the right to a fair trial. It was originally a verbal agreement by the king that was transcribed and distributed across the kingdom. Some of its core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights of 1791 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Night Call' director Dan Gilroy adapting Fuqua's 'Storming Las Vegas'
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
'Night Call' director Dan Gilroy adapting Fuqua's 'Storming Las Vegas'

Aflter directing the movie "Night Call" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Gilroy is set to adapt the book "Storming Las Vegas" with Antoine Fuqua to direct, The Wrap reveals.The book, by John Huddy, was published in 2008. It follows the true story of Jose Vigoa, a soviet-trained Cuban immigrant who led daring high-profile robberies in Las Vegas. Enlisting a group of criminals, Vigoa ran amok on the Strip between 1999 and 2000. Leading series of attacks on armored cars, the team eventually robbed the main cashier’s desk at the Bellagio.  Antoine Fuqua recently directed "The Equalizer" starring Denzel Washington. Filming schedule and release dates have yet to be announced. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Roland Emmerich confirms 'Independence Day 2'
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
Roland Emmerich confirms 'Independence Day 2'

The director announced that 20th Century Fox had given its go-ahead for the follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster."Independence Day 2" has been in the pipeline for years. In October, Jeff Goldblum, who played MIT graduate David Levinson in the original movie, revealed that he had a part in the sequel. Emmerich himself officially announced the beginning of the production via Instagram. "I've waited a long time to share this news with you," he wrote. "Independence Day 2 has officially been greenlit by FOX. I couldn't have done this without the help of brilliant writers, Nicolas Wright and James Woods!" "Independence Day," which starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman, earned $816.9 million at the worldwide box office in 1996. Is Will Smith going to be part of this follow-up? No announcement has been made regarding his participation, but we do know that the film is expected to premiere in July 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

British detective writer P. D. James dies aged 94
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
British detective writer P. D. James dies aged 94

British detective writer P. D. James, who was best known for her mystery series featuring policeman and poet Adam Dalgliesh, died on Thursday at the age of 94."It is with great sadness that the family of author P. D. James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE... announce that she died peacefully at her home in Oxford on the morning of 27 November 2014, aged 94," Faber & Faber said in a statement. The Oxford-born author drew inspiration from working for three decades as a civil servant, first in the National Health Service and then the police and criminal policy departments of the Home Office or interior ministry. She began writing in the 1950s and her works were adapted into popular television series in Britain and the United States from the 1980s. She has won multiple international awards for crime writing. Her book "The Children of Men", a dystopian novel set in England in 2021, was turned into a 2006 film starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. Faber & Faber hailed her as "one of the world's great writers". "She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all," it said. "Working with her was always the best of times." She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) honour in 1983 and was named as a life peer in the House of Lords, the British parliament's upper chamber, in 1991. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94
Thursday Nov 27, 2014
Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94

LONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature. James, who has died aged 94, is best known as the creator of sensitive Scotland Yard sleuth Adam Dalgliesh. But her wickedly acute imagination ranged widely, inserting a murder into the mannered world of Jane Austen in "Death Comes to Pemberley" and creating a bleak dystopian future in "The Children of Men." James told the Associated Press in 2006 that she was drawn to mystery novels because they "tell us more ... about the social mores about the time in which they were written than the more prestigious literature." Publisher Faber and Faber said James died peacefully on Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. Faber, James' publisher for more than 50 years, said in a statement that she had been "so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all." James' books sold millions of copies around the world, and most were just as popular when adapted for television. Because of the quality and careful structure of her writing — and her elegant, intellectual detective Dalgliesh — she was at first seen as a natural successor to writers like Dorothy L. Sayers, creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, in the between-the-wars "Golden Age" of the mystery novel. But James' books were strong on character, avoided stereotype and touched on distinctly modern problems including drugs, child abuse, terrorism and nuclear contamination. Novelist A.S Byatt said the realism of James' writing was one of its strengths. "When people in her books died the other characters' lives changed as they would in real life," Byatt told the BBC. "Phyllis (James) was working with real people that she cared about. "The world will be a worse place without her." Although there was nothing remotely genteel about P.D. James' writing, she was criticized by some younger writers of gritty urban crime novels. They accused her of snobbery because she liked to write about middle-class murderers, preferably intelligent and well-educated, who agonize over right and wrong and spend time planning and justifying their crimes. Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, hero of more than a dozen of James' 20 novels, is a decidedly gentlemanly detective, who writes poetry, loves jazz and drives a Jaguar. James was unapologetic. She said her interest was in what made people tick. "The greatest mystery of all is the human heart," she said in a 1997 interview, "and that is the mystery with which all good novelists, I think, are concerned. I'm always interested in what makes people the sort of people they are." Phyllis Dorothy James was born in Oxford on Aug. 3, 1920. Her father was a tax collector and there was not enough money for her to go to college, a fact she always regretted. Even as a child, she said, she had been interested in death. As a little girl, when someone read "Humpty Dumpty" to her, she asked, "Did he fall or was he pushed?" But she did not start producing her mysteries until she was nearly 40, and then wrote only early in the morning before going to the civil service job with which she supported her family. Her husband, Connor Bantry White, had returned from World War II mentally broken and remained so until his death in 1964. "It was a late beginning for someone who knew from early childhood that she wanted to be a novelist, and, looking back, I can't help regret what I now see as some wasted years," James wrote in a 1999 autobiography, "Time to Be Earnest." James worked as a filing clerk, hospital administrator and in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Britain's Home Office. Her first novel, "Cover Her Face," was published in 1962 and was an immediate critical success, but she continued to work as a civil servant until 1979. In 1980, with the publication of her eighth book, "Innocent Blood," her small but loyal following exploded into mass international popularity. "Monday, I was ticking along as usual, and by Friday I was a millionaire," she once said. The Crime Writers' Association gave James its Diamond Dagger award in 1987 for lifetime achievement, and in 2005 the National Arts Club honored her with its Medal of Honor for Literature. As well as Dalgliesh, James created the female detective Cordelia Gray, protagonist of "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" and "The Skull Beneath the Skin." Her work was not confined to the mystery genre. Her 1992 science fiction novel "The Children of Men," about a dystopian future in which humanity has become infertile, was turned into a critically praised 2006 movie by Alfonso Cuaron. In 2013 she published "Death Comes to Pemberley," introducing a murder mystery into the world of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Queen Elizabeth II made her Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991, in recognition of her work as a governor of the BBC, a position she held from 1988 to 1993. James represented the Conservative Party in the House of Lords, but in many ways she was anything but conservative. James was often spoken of as an heir to classic mystery icons Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, but her admirers thought she transcended both. "Doyle and Christie are genre writers — clever, yes, but one must suspend considerable disbelief right from the get-go when reading their works," said author Anita Shreve. "No such acrobatics are necessary with a James novel." James is survived by two daughters and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Diddy fragrance coming in 2015
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014
New Diddy fragrance coming in 2015

Rapper Sean Combs, aka Sean John or Diddy, is to unveil a new men’s scent next year, according to WWD.Since 2006, the entertainer turned businessman has created a dozen perfumes. The name of the upcoming scent hasn’t been revealed, nor has its composition. WWD seems to know that it will be a men’s scent, the first one since his "I Am King," dating back to 2009. This latest addition will be sold in the US around the end of April, beginning of May 2015. In nearly a decade, Combs has become a successful scent maker for both men and women. His hit perfume Unforgivable won Fragrance of the Year in the FiFi Awards' Men’s Luxe category in 2006. The rapper's latest studio album, "Last Train to Paris," was released in 2010. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Trailer: Jennifer Aniston transformed for indie drama 'Cake'
Wednesday Nov 26, 2014
Trailer: Jennifer Aniston transformed for indie drama 'Cake'

Jennifer Aniston is physically transformed as a woman suffering from chronic pain in the upcoming drama "Cake,” as seen in a new trailer released by ABC News.In an effort to depart from her rom-com roles, Jennifer Aniston took on the task of portraying a woman hooked on pills to deal with the pain caused by an accident that left her scarred. The role has been hyped since its Toronto film festival screening and early Oscar talk suggests Aniston could wind up in the running for Best Actress. Her transformation brings to mind Charlize Theron’s in "Monster," for which the actress earned a 2004 Academy Award. Directed by Daniel Barnz and starring Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, "Cake" has yet to get a release date, although it would need to hit the big screen before the end of the year to qualify for next year's Oscars. Watch the trailer: abcn.ws/1vIPDmO Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

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.