Saturday Apr 25, 2015

'Adventure Time' games and the crews that made them

With the latest video game tie-in for Pendleton Ward's "Adventure Time"coming from a studio new to the series, we take a quick look at what they and a handful of other devs for Cartoon Network's franchise have been up to before and after stints with inquisitive Finn and dangly dog...
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'Adventure Time' games and the crews that made them
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
'Adventure Time' games and the crews that made them

With the latest video game tie-in for Pendleton Ward's "Adventure Time"coming from a studio new to the series, we take a quick look at what they and a handful of other devs for Cartoon Network's franchise have been up to before and after stints with inquisitive Finn and dangly dog Jake.Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (November 2015: 360 3DS PS3 PS4 WiiU WinPC XBO)by Vicious Cycle SoftwareThe newest assigned to the "Adventure Time" tie-in franchise already has three "Ben 10" games under its belt. Before that it had the challenge of working on a cult franchise with "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon," oversaw two less-well received "Matt Hazard" games, and converted the acclaimed "Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords" for PSP and Xbox Live. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! (2012: 3DS DS)...Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know (2013: 360 3DS PS3 WiiU WinPC)...The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (2014: 360 3DS PS3 Vita WinPC)by WayForward TechnologiesThe studio best-associated with "Adventure Time" games, WayForward had created the well-liked "Shantae" and "Mighty Switch Force" series and a number of above-average licensed games. In between "Adventure Time" titles it made "DuckTales: Remastered," "Transformers" and "Regular Show" games, another "Shantae," and now the Apple Watch gains "Watch Quest! Heroes of Time." Adventure Time: Time Tangle (2014: iOS)by Twinsky GamesOne-man shop Twinsky, aka Tim Winsky, teamed up with artist Winston Powell for this tongue-twisting title. Powell had iOS game "Hello Color" on the App Store as a free download, while Winsky was fresh from completing "Temple Run" spoof "Indiana Stone." As of February, Tim has new project "Scoop'n Birds," while Powell's followers await more news of zen sandbox game "Sprout." Adventure Time: Ski Safari (2013: iOS)by Defiant DevelopmentStraddling contract work and in-house projects, Defiant can count mobile hit "Rocket Bunnies" and monster-slaying action title "Heroes Call" among pre-"Adventure Time" highs. More recently, "Hand of Fate" borrowed inspiration from both card games and action-RPGs for an unusual but well-rated combination on PS4, PC and Xbox One. Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess (2012: iOS, web browsers)by Powerful Robot GamesPrior to picking up its "Adventure Time" gig, Powerful Robot handled "Big Fat Awesome House Party" for Cartoon Network. But there was much more to this shop while it was around, counting noted academic Gonzalo Frasca of the thought-provoking "September 12" on its staff. His new Uraguayan studio Okidoko is now producing a school-age game about long division. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Grey's Anatomy' says goodbye to Dr. McDreamy
Friday Apr 24, 2015
'Grey's Anatomy' says goodbye to Dr. McDreamy

After several days of rumors, it is now official: Patrick Dempsey has left "Grey's Anatomy." His farewell took place on the episode "How to Save a Life," which aired on Thursday, April 23, on ABC.Though his contract runs until 2016, Patrick Dempsey has opted to walk away this year, three weeks before the May 14 finale of the eleventh season. The actor cited his desire for more time to develop his own ideas for television: a fan of automobile racing, as well as lead driver and owner of Dempsey Racing, he is currently working on a series on the subject for Sundance TV. One of the main characters on the medical drama, the Seattle Grace Hospital neurosurgeon has been on the show since it started in 2005. After ten years, he is leaving Meredith Grey, his wife, alone with their two children, once again shrinking what's left of the original cast. There are now only four actors left from the premiere episode; the titular Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Chief Richard Webber (James Picken Jr.). Barring some surprise, all four should return next year for the twelfth season, should the show continue, alongside Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres), Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins), Caterina Scorsone (Amelia Shepherd), Sarah Drew (April Kepner) and Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery). Derek Shepherd, the tenth to leave "Grey's Anatomy" Since 2005, nine series regulars have left the show. The last was Sandra Oh, who played Christina Yang, leaving at the end of the tenth season to run her own hospital in Switzerland. Meredith's best friend was also a part of the original cast, as was Isaiah Washington, aka Preston Burke, fired at the end of the third season after directing homophobic slurs at co-star T.R. Knight. The latter also left the show, in the fifth season. His character, George O'Malley, died after being hit by a bus as he was attempting to save a young woman's life. Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens) waited until the sixth season to turn the page and give feature films a shot. Other notable departures include Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery), who left for he own spin-off series, "Private Practice," Chyler Leigh (Lexie Grey) and Eric Dane (Mark Sloan) whose characters died in a plane crash in the eighth season, Brooke Smith (Erica Kahn) and Kim Raver (Teddy Altman). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nickelodeon nets Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Library
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Nickelodeon nets Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Library

Nickelodeon has secured the rights to four series, seven TV movies and two music video specials from the actresses' library as it moves to re-engage the market.According to Variety, the kids' cable network will be bringing the programs from 1994-2003 to a new generation of viewers, rolling out titles over the year. The catalog includes popular films like "Our Lips Are Sealed," "The Challenge," "Winning London," "Holiday in the Sun" and "When in Rome" as well as the television series "So Little Time" and the sisters' animated series "Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action!" The acquisition follows news that Netflix is set to release a "Full House" sequel series, the oroiginal of which starred the Olsen twins. The reportedly named "Fuller House" will consist of 13 episodes, although the Olsens have not confirmed their involvment in the project. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Smithsonian series chronicles lives of oil patch residents
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Smithsonian series chronicles lives of oil patch residents

A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel. The six-episode "Boomtowners" is the latest television project aimed at capturing the complexities of life in the Bakken shale region that has attracted thousands of workers from around the country and their families as they seek high-paying jobs in the oil fields. The series focuses on several people including a judge whose caseload has soared, a Phoenix-native trucker who hauls oil across the region, and an oil field worker who's a street preacher on his days off. "What's happening in the Bakken is one of the most important economic developments of our time. It has had a huge impact on people's lives across America and a huge impact on the economy," said David Royle, executive vice president of programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel. "It's an incredibly important story ... and I think it's a matter of great curiosity to people in other parts of the country." The Bakken oil boom began less than a decade ago and has grown exponentially with the development of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rocks to allow oil and gas to flow. Oil Production in the area has since grown to more than 1 million barrels of oil a day, despite plunging oil prices. Ben and Phoebe Moorhead are among the oil patch residents featured in the series. The parents of two young boys left Phoenix in 2013 for steady work in the Bakken. Ben is a truck driver for an oil company, while Phoebe began her career as a court reporter in Sidney, Montana, after seeing a flier with the job opening. "I've been driving a truck for 12 years now and I was doing that down in Phoenix, but the ends weren't meeting. Something had to change," said Ben Moorhead, who originally planned to return to Phoenix at some point, but is now thinking about buying a house in Montana. "We knew about the oil boom up here and figured I'd come up here, we'd get some bills paid off and then go back down there." But there's a darker side to the story of the high-paying jobs, and Judge Greg Mohr witnesses the pitfalls of the boom on a daily basis. The money flowing from the Bakken fields has fueled everything from methamphetamine and heroin networks to prostitution rings operating out of motels. Mohr, who also is featured in the series, can see up to 80 cases on a Monday — his busiest day. "No one could sit there and predict what was going to happen," said Mohr, a judge in Sidney for nearly three decades. "We woke up and here's an 800-pound gorilla in bed with us called the Bakken." "Boomtowners" isn't the first docu-series to explore the oil boom. "Boomtown," which aired on Planet Green in 2011, focused on the people of Parshall, North Dakota, and the oil discovered deep beneath their feet. It tracked the transformative effect of oil on a town in economic distress when, almost overnight, some of the citizens struck it rich — but others didn't. The first of the six one-hour episodes of "Boomtowners" will air at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel. That will be the series' weekly time slot. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by REGINA GARCIA CANO from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Spoiler alert: Shocking 'Grey's Anatomy' episode!
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Spoiler alert: Shocking 'Grey's Anatomy' episode!

NEW YORK (AP) — If you haven't seen Thursday's "Grey's Anatomy" and plan to — spoiler alert! Out of nowhere, the episode walloped viewers with the shocking exit of — wait for it — Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, the reigning heart-throb and a charter member of the long-running ABC medical drama. Played by Patrick Dempsey, making a surprise departure from the series, Shepherd died from injuries suffered when he was blindsided by a truck. This was after he had stopped while on the road to administer aid to four people injured in a gruesome two-car crash. He had stabilized them all by the time medics arrived and whisked them away to a small, local hospital. Moments later, Shepherd's own car was struck, and — irony of ironies — he was dispatched to that same hospital. There, viewers were privy to Shepherd's thoughts as, gravely injured but unable to speak, this veteran neurosurgeon realized his treatment was being botched and that he was doomed. His undiagnosed head trauma left him comatose. Summoned to the hospital, Meredith Grey, his loving doctor-wife, made the awful decision to turn off the machines in a tear-jerking deathbed scene. Dr. Grey lashed out at one of the attending physicians who tried to apologize for failing to save her husband. "Yes, you did fail. You weren't good enough," Grey snapped. "Learn from this. Better yourself. And you will be better for next time." The episode, written by series creator Shonda Rhimes, leaves Grey, played by series star Ellen Pompeo, facing life as a single mother of two as "Grey's Anatomy" heads toward its 12th season next fall. Its 11th-season finale airs May 14. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Frazier Moore from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute

NEW YORK (AP) — Today they reign as elder statesman of cerebral silliness, these alumni of the Monty Python comedy troupe and, some would argue, the funniest men who ever lived. This weekend, the surviving Pythons — John Cleese and fellow Brits Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, plus Yankee interloper Terry Gilliam (the sixth member, Graham Chapman, died in 1989) — reunited in New York for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, with a 40th anniversary screening of their masterpiece, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and other Pythonalia. During a session with reporters Friday afternoon, the Pythons recalled that, back in 1975, "Holy Grail" opened in New York with free coconuts (which comically figure into the film) presented to the first 2,000 ticketholders. Idle: "We'd give them a coconut. Then we'd have to sign them. And it's virtually impossible to sign a coconut." Gilliam: "John Belushi was in that crowd. Gilda Radner. Wasn't Bill Murray there? They were just starting out. They swwwwept past us in their careers and left us in the dust." "Holy Grail" was a hit. But four years earlier, the Pythons' first film, "And Now for Something Completely Different," was a financial disaster in the U.S., perhaps partly due to producers' meddling. Idle: "We had a note that said we had to lose the fart in the Hungarian phrasebook sketch. The producer said, 'If you keep the fart, we'll lose Disneyland.'" They did. And consequently did. __ Once barely understood by the Establishment, the Pythons are today celebrated. They even appear on a Royal Mail stamp, "a big deal in England," said Idle. "It's nice to be on a stamp when no one sends mail anymore." __ Asked if they could have foreseen their success and longevity when starting out, Jones erupted with, "No, no, no!" "You don't ever, ever know if something is going to be successful or not," Cleese chimed in. But Gilliam added that, with their BBC television series, they were indulged: "We got to do what we wanted to do. And there were six of us, so we were a big enough gang that we could beat up the execs" if one ever got in their way. The series, "Monty Python's Flying Circus," had a very strange beginning, said Cleese, recounting how a BBC exec commissioned it: "He asked us in to the meeting and he said, 'What are you going to do?' And we didn't know and we couldn't tell him. And he said, 'Go away and make 13 programs.' Thank you, God!" __ Although Python fans have long pondered how much this sometimes-fractious team might actually hate one another ("We LOVE each other," declared Jones), they insisted their fights centered on the material, not personalities. Cleese: "Remember the candelabra in the sketch in the girls' dormitory? There were light bulbs in the feet of a farm animal, and there was a big argument about whether it should be a sheep or a goat. And it got quite nasty!" __ Idle: "Comedy is a theorem. You write it, and think, 'In theory if I say this like that, and I wear that, and I stand in that place, the result will be laughter.' So it's a theorem. And then you actually prove it. And that's the nice thing about comedy: They laugh or they don't. So I think of it as algebra." Palin: "But sometimes they giggle. That half-laugh: Then you're never quite sure." Cleese: "If you're asking about comedy now, the answer is, I don't begin to understand contemporary society. Nobody yet has been able to explain Facebook to me. I just don't know why anybody would do it. And that's quite scary, because you've got to be in some sort of touch with your audience." Not that they don't appreciate the current generation of comedians. "There are a lot of funny comedians, a hundred of them," said Idle. "They came out of 'SNL,' the University of Comedy, for 40 years. It's the best training there can be, to be out there live every Saturday" — he chuckled — "doing rotten material." _____ EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore _____ Online: http://www.montypython.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Frazier Moore from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New Jessica Biel film to be unveiled in Cannes
Friday Apr 24, 2015
New Jessica Biel film to be unveiled in Cannes

Content Media has acquired international sales rights to romantic drama "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea," starring Jessica Biel.The film, reportedly in post-production to date, is expected to be unveiled in Cannes when Content introduces it to international distributors for the first time. Biel produced the film through her Iron Ocean Films banner with partner Michelle Purple, Mike Landry and Carlos Velazquez of C Plus Pictures and Chuck Pacheco of Nine Nights. The actress's husband Justin Timberlake is reportedly scoring the film, according to Variety. "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea" is said to explore themes of love and friendship, grief and laughter and also stars Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams. The cast is rounded out by Orlando Jones, Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First look at  'Fifty Shades Darker' - official still released
Friday Apr 24, 2015
First look at 'Fifty Shades Darker' - official still released

Universal has released the first official still from the highly anticipated sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey."The second installment, "Fifty Shades Darker," will continue the tumultuous love story between mysterious billionaire Christian Grey and the main character, college graduate Anastasia Steele, and focuses on the deepening relationship between the two. The film is slated for release on February 10, 2017. "Fifty Shades Freer" will complete the trilogy and is set for release in February 2018. The film series has been adapted from the erotic novels by author E.L James. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Official trailer released for 'The Visit'
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Official trailer released for 'The Visit'

The trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's horror film "The Visit" is finally out."The Visit" is the latest film from writer/director Shyamalan, also responsible for "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "Signs." The clip provides a eerie insight into the story of a brother and sister that begins to unfold after they are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm and soon after are confronted with a terrifying truth. The film is is produced by Jason Blum and Blumhouse Pictures and stars Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie and Olivia DeJonge. "The Visit" hits US theaters on September 11, 2015. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfQnRjkuvaY Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: 'Black Mass' trailer starring Johnny Depp
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Watch: 'Black Mass' trailer starring Johnny Depp

Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed an official UK trailer for the Johnny Depp movie "Black Mass."The chilling clip shows Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger, a violent Boston gangster who became an FBI informant to eliminate a Mafia family invading his turf. Depp donned a bald cap for the role, which tells the story of one of the most nortorious criminals in US history. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Sienna Miller and Adam Scott, according to ComingSoon. Black Mass is scheduled for release on September 25, 2015. Watch the official trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWsbqshD5TE Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some 12 million people over 1,300 productions. Its alumni include Paul Newman, Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and "The Wizard of Oz" wicked witch Margaret Hamilton. "This is thrilling," said Laura Kepley, the artistic director of the Play House. "We're so proud and happy for the recognition. Obviously, it's in recognition of our great legacy and our forward-looking vision." Plays that have made their premiers at the Playhouse include Tennessee Williams' "You Touched Me"; Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage"; "The Pleasure of Honesty" by Luigi Pirandello; and Arthur Miller's "The Archbishop's Ceiling." The theater company has nurtured the Broadway-bound "A Night With Janis Joplin" and Pulitzer-prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes. Next season it will offer a new play by Rajiv Joseph and a world premiere of a new Hudes piece for actors and musicians. In 2011, it moved into its new 500-seat home at Playhouse Square. It also runs two smaller venues, the Outcalt Theatre and the Helen. Kepley said the award is also a reflection of her city's revitalization and transformation. "The same collaborative spirit and hardworking spirit that fuels our region, is fueling us," she said. ___ Online: http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com Copyright (2015) 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.

Glenn Close, Lena Dunham strike emotional chord at event
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Glenn Close, Lena Dunham strike emotional chord at event

NEW YORK (AP) — Using her own family and Robin Williams as an example, a tearful Glenn Close urged some of the most powerful women in entertainment to help society shed its fear of those fighting mental illness in an emotional speech Friday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon. Close was among the honorees, who also included Kim Kardashian and Whoopi Goldberg. Close's speech was a tear-jerker for many in the crowd. She started off with a joke: "As an actress, I've terrified men, and I've certainly terrified children, but I have yet to terrify women. Contrary to the cliche, there's little that frightens us." But she went on to talk about how the specter of mental illness scares her most, and the need for greater awareness. Her sister has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her nephew has schizo-affective disorder, and she recalled that her mother, who died two months ago, struggled with depression. As she fought through tears, Close said, "Whoopi, I feel Robin here today. He would be whispering in my ear, 'A couple of jokes would help right now.'" Williams, Close's co-star in "The World According to Garp," committed suicide last year. Referencing Williams and others who have killed themselves, Close said: "We have lost so many." She urged support of the mentally ill through her charity, Bring Change2Mind. Lena Dunham, who also was honored, talked about her experience as a rape survivor and how it led her to support GEMS, an organization that helps girls caught in the sex trafficking trade. She praised GEMS for championing those girls, and recalled when she too was in a vulnerable situation. "When I was raped, I felt powerless. I felt my value had been determined by someone else, someone who sent me the message that body was not my own my choices were meaningless," she said. "It took years to recognize my personal worth was not tied to my assault, that the voices telling me I deserved this were phantoms, they were liars." Kardashian choked up as she talked about her late father, famed attorney Robert Kardashian, who died of cancer. His death, she said, led her to become a supporter of the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Actress Rachel Weisz shared success stories from the Opportunity Network, which provides support for underprivileged backgrounds so they can get a college degree. Colbie Smulders received a special Samsung Galaxy Edge Award for her work with the Oceana group (Trisha Yearwood, Ava DuVernay and Emmy Rossum got separate Barbie honors). Goldberg, who was cited for her support of Figure Skating in Harlem, brought laughter to the event, noting it ran a bit long (three hours) and admitting it wasn't exactly her thing. "We don't need to talk about it — do it," she said. "Women are not good at helping each other, we talk (stuff) about women like that. "If you are in power, look around and see what's missing . pretty soon, it won't be about empowering women, it will be about empowering men." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Nekesa Mumbi Moody from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Springsteen to honor The Who on 50th anniversary
Friday Apr 24, 2015
Springsteen to honor The Who on 50th anniversary

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will honor The Who as the British band marks a half-century at a star-studded charity concert next month.Springsteen will present an award and fellow 1980s-era rockers Joan Jett and Billy Idol will perform at the May 28 event in New York, the Recording Academy said. The Recording Academy, best known for the music industry's annual Grammy Awards, announced the concert as its latest benefit for MusiCares, its program to support musicians in need. The Who -- led by frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend -- were behind some of the rock era's best-known anthems including "My Generation" and "I Can't Explain." The band is playing widely this year on what it says will be its final tour. The Who performs Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. MusiCares said that the New York concert would honor Townshend and The Who's longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, for their support of addiction recovery programs. Townshend and other Who members will perform, although Daltrey was not listed. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Top iPad apps: 'djay2,' 'Mortal Kombat X,' 'TLMJ'
Thursday Apr 23, 2015
Top iPad apps: 'djay2,' 'Mortal Kombat X,' 'TLMJ'

Digital DJing suite "djay2," glossy console conversion "Mortal Kombat X" and French interactive game show app "TMLJ" crown territorial charts.More details on these and other top free iPhone applications by country for the week, by number of downloads and recorded on April 23, 2015, can be found below. USAYouTube (Photo and Video)Videos, channels, playlists, song discovery and sharing.itunes.apple.com/app/id544007664 UKYouTube (Photo and Video)itunes.apple.com/app/id544007664 AustraliaNetflix (Entertainment)Subscription-based video for shows and movies, with browsing, search, user ratings and automated recommendations.itunes.apple.com/app/id363590051 China脑力达人 [~en. Brain Up!] (Games)Tencent's social, mobile quiz lets players test their powers against a circle of friends or the nation in a variety of subject areas.itunes.apple.com/app/id904195435 Germanydjay2 (Music)Award-winning digital turntabling app with iTunes and Spotify integration, effects, cueing, mixing and more. Top in-app purchase is the $9.99 Complete FX Pack Collection.itunes.apple.com/app/id669196929 FranceTLMJ, Tout Le Monde Joue [en. Everyone Plays] (Games)Interactive app for French TV game show that aired April 21, focusing on memory and recall abilities.itunes.apple.com/app/id980594437 South Korea네이버 미디어 플레이어 - Naver Media Player (Entertainment)Live video, an audio-only mode, gesture controls and even an alarm and notification function for can't-miss programs and event broadcasts.itunes.apple.com/app/id925205585 CanadaFacebook Messenger (Social Networking)Multimedia messaging via wifi or data connection, group or personal chat, works with existing phone contacts lists as well as Facebook friends, group chats.itunes.apple.com/app/id454638411 BrazilMortal Kombat X (Games)Glossy and gory fighting game with leaderboard-based online mode and console crossover content. Top in-app purchase is a $1.99 caché of virtual currency.itunes.apple.com/app/id949701151 IndiaYouTube (Photo and Video)itunes.apple.com/app/id544007664 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lady Gaga to get first 'icon' award at Songwriters Hall
Thursday Apr 23, 2015
Lady Gaga to get first 'icon' award at Songwriters Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's icon status is being reaffirmed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 29-year-old pop superstar will receive the inaugural Contemporary Icon Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18. The award is to honor a performing songwriter "who has attained an iconic status in pop culture," according to a Thursday statement from the hall. Gaga has had a hand writing most of her hits, including "Poker Face," ''Applause" and "Just Dance," although her latest album, "Cheek to Cheek" with Tony Bennett, is all covers. The Grammy winner is the latest to be honored at the New York ceremony: Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry are being inducted into the hall. Van Morrison will receive the Johnny Mercer Award and fun.'s Nate Ruess will receive the Hal David Starlight Award, given to young songwriters. ___ Online: http://songhall.org/join Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.