Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Confirmed network debuts for fall 2015

Of the dozens of projects pitched to US networks for the 2015-2016 season, a handful of them have already been given the green light. Starting in September, viewers will witness the return of Eva Longoria and "X-Files" as well as the arrival of Jennifer Lopez.US networks will officially...
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Confirmed network debuts for fall 2015
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
Confirmed network debuts for fall 2015

Of the dozens of projects pitched to US networks for the 2015-2016 season, a handful of them have already been given the green light. Starting in September, viewers will witness the return of Eva Longoria and "X-Files" as well as the arrival of Jennifer Lopez.US networks will officially announce, the week of May 11, which new shows will make up their programming for next season. NBC and Fox have already revealed a portion of their selections. Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez on NBC Fall 2015 is kicking off strong with the premieres of "Telenovela" and "Shades of Blue," two NBC series that will star Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez respectively. The former "Desperate Housewives" star will be back in front of the cameras as a soap opera star whose life off-screen is as tumultuous as on her show. J-Lo will play a single mother and detective recruited by the FBI for an anti-corruption taskforce. Opposite her, Ray Liotta will play a shady police chief. Rob Lowe, already star of the small screen, will have to deal with the end of the world in "Apocalypse Slough," a show about the last days of mankind. When they learn that a comet is on a collision course with Earth, a group of ordinary people hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television. The network will also air "Emerald City," a project it had already attempted to premiere last year. Originally envisioned as a modern and dramatic reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz," the show will take 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 dog to a dark Oz, closer in feel to "Game of Thrones" than the land of the yellow brick road, where she will find herself at the heart of an epic battle. "X-Files" returns to Fox Like "Heroes," "Twin Peaks" and "Full House," "X-Files" is also readying its return to television. In the summer of 2016, agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder will once again investigate paranormal activity in what is being billed as a six-episode event series. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles. After "Glee," Ryan Murphy will continue his collaboration with the network via "Scream Queens." Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin will star in this horror anthology set on a campus rocked by a wave of murders. Fox is also adding "Houdini and Doyle" to the program, a crime drama inspired by the real life friendship between the illusionist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes. For the sake of fiction, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will team up to solve cases peppered with supernatural elements. David Shore, the creator of "House," will helm the 10-episode first season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner hailed for coming out as transgender
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner hailed for coming out as transgender

US Olympic champion turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner won praise Saturday from celebrities and activists for revealing he is transitioning from male to female, ending long-running speculation he identifies as a woman.In a highly anticipated, two-hour television interview aired Friday -- hailed by transgender rights' campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family -- the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid. "I've always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big," he told ABC's celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer.  "Here I am, stuck -- and I hate the word -- (a) girl stuck in a guy's body... As of now I have all the male parts and all that kind of stuff." But asked point blank if he was a woman, Jenner said: "Yes. For all intents and purposes, I'm a woman." Speculation that the actor, race-car enthusiast and 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist was undergoing a sex change has been rich fodder for supermarket tabloids for months. Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt.   - 'I am not gay' -   Jenner said he identifies himself as "her," but not by a specific name. The ABC interviewer used "he" and "him" throughout, without causing any apparent discomfort for the former Olympian. He stressed the difference between gender identity and sexuality.  "I am not gay," Jenner said. "I am, as far as I know, heterosexual. I've always been with a woman, raising kids." Just before making the long-expected announcement, Jenner symbolically let his hair down. "Let's take the damn ponytail out," he told Sawyer, smiling. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group GLAAD welcomed Jenner's announcement.  "Though Jenner's journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world," GLAAD head Sarah Kate Ellis said. Singer Miley Cyrus gushed on Twitter: "I LOOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE Bruce Jenner!!!!!!!" Born outside New York in October 1949, thrice-married Jenner became an American sports hero when he set a world record with his Montreal decathlon victory. Leveraging his fame, he appeared on boxes of Wheaties, a popular American cereal known as "the breakfast of champions," then tried his hand as a movie actor, with less than stellar results. But it was through his marriage to the former Kris Kardashian that he once again became a household name in "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" in which he appeared as the sometimes bemused stepfather of her flamboyant daughters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe. The couple have two daughters of their own, but they obtained a divorce in December, 14 months after separating -- although he has been seen still wearing a wedding ring.   - Hero once again -   "Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero," Kris Jenner tweeted. Jenner's 89-year-old mother Esther hailed her son's announcement, comparing her pride to that when he won at the Olympics.  "I never thought I could be more proud of you. But I'm learning I can be," she wrote. Jenner's son Brandon tweeted simply: "Proud son," along with an Instagram picture of himself as a young boy perched on his smiling father's shoulders. Step-daughter Kim Kardashian trumpeted:  "Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce.#ProudDaughter." Her sister Khloe wrote: "Bruzer, I'm soooo proud of you! Dads really are heros." National Center for Transgender Equality advocacy group executive director Mara Keisling called Jenner's declaration "one of the most profound displays of bravery and courage I've seen." Jenner, clearly relieved to have finally come clean, said: "I'm saying goodbye to people's perceptions of me and who I am. "I'm not saying goodbye to me because this has always been me." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for a healthy dose of political barbs and celebrity-gazing in the nation' capital. If it's spring in Washington, it's time for the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner. President Barack Obama had it marked on his Saturday night schedule, so expect some verbal jabs aimed at his political rivals and the reporters who cover him. And maybe even a few at his own expense. Cecily Strong from "Saturday Night Live" was the professional hired to provide the laughs. Don't expect to find many of the politicians who are hoping to succeed Obama as president — most, it seems, are staying away from the gathering. The dinner helps fund scholarships and awards that recognize journalists. This year's award winners include: —Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and Jim Avila of ABC News, the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. —Peter Baker of The New York Times, the Aldo Beckman Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage. —The Edgar A. Poe Award, recognizing coverage of news of national or regional significance, to The Washington Post's Carol A. Leonnig and The Wall Street Journal team of Gary Fields, John R. Emshwiller, Rob Barry and Coulter Jones. Scott Horsley of National Public Radio received a special mention in the Beckman Award category for his coverage of White House policies and politics. 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.

'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.

Movies

With new material, an intimate look at Kurt Cobain
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
With new material, an intimate look at Kurt Cobain

Twenty-one years after the music legend killed himself, a more intimate picture of Kurt Cobain has emerged with a new documentary revealing early recordings by the future Nirvana frontman."Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" seeks to humanise Cobain from his now mythic status by offering unvarnished snapshots of his life along with interviews with those close to him, but ultimately it leaves room for viewers to make judgements. "I believe that this intimacy adds power to the film," said director Brett Morgen, who called the production an "immersive ride into Kurt's life." Cobain, consumed by heroin addiction and chronic depression, suddenly became a cultural icon in the early 1990s as the visceral sound of Nirvana turned the page on the previous decade's pop sounds. Cobain, who had thought about suicide since his childhood, shot himself in the head in April 1994 at his home in Seattle. He was 27. Morgen -- whose earlier works included 2012's "Crossfire Hurricane" about the Rolling Stones -- made the film with the blessing of Cobain's widow, fellow rocker Courtney Love, who handed the director 15 boxes of the singer-guitarist's belongings. Morgen said that Love did not have editorial control. But the famously volatile Love has voiced approval of the film, shedding tears at recent screenings and making a rare joint appearance at the Los Angeles premiere Wednesday night with the couple's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain, with whom she has had a rocky relationship. Frances appears in one of the most haunting scenes of "Montage of Heck" as Cobain, high on heroin, holds her and Love -- also known for her drug use -- tries to cut the baby's hair. "He's between his love for his daughter and his addiction -- the struggle you see all in a one shot. It's an incredibly uncomfortable scene. It was authorised by Frances," Morgen told AFP on the sidelines of the film's Paris premiere. He said that Frances watched the footage in his office, where he left her with a box of tissues. "'You gave me a couple of hours with my father. That meant everything,'" he recalled her saying. - 'The most pure expressions' - Cobain rarely threw out his belongings and when Morgen sifted through the boxes, he found notebooks filled with song lyrics and drawings, as well as paintings, guitars and even shoes. Among the most striking findings were more than 100 cassette tapes recorded by the rocker, who grew up in the lumber town of Aberdeen, Washington, where his parents' divorce had a crushing effect on him. One tape reveals a young Cobain both experimenting with his own songwriting and covering earlier songs including the Beatles' "And I Love Her." "When I first heard it, I was in the storage facility and I had no prior knowledge of it. I put it on and I immediately felt like there was some sort of portal into his mind, like it was one of the most pure expressions of Kurt that I encountered -- maybe more than in most of his songs ," Morgen said. "I felt that within these mixtapes, all the different sides of Kurt were displayed -- the romanticism, the honesty, all of these different emotions." "Montage of Heck" will be accompanied by a soundtrack, in which Morgen has promised previously unreleased material. - 'Kitschy, funny, scary' - A month before his death, Cobain had tried to kill himself when Love and Frances joined him at a luxury hotel in Rome. Love said that Cobain had taken 67 Rohypnols, the relaxant drug often used to treat insomnia, because he suspected that she was having an affair. "I had said Kurt was very sensitive to critics and then she said that he was so sensitive that he could have been a psychic," Morgen said. "Montage of Heck" -- the title is an allusion to a Cobain mixtape -- took eight years to make as Morgen researched and produced the film and then sorted out potential legal issues. The film will come out in the coming months in cinemas around the world and will also be broadcast in the United States on HBO. Morgen believes that the film presents different facets of Cobain -- "kitschy, funny, scary." But ultimately it does not seek to address his death directly. "There's a lot of subtext in this film. But I ask the audience to conclude on their own," he said. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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.

Events

Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
Political barbs, celebrity-gazing main course at DC dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready for a healthy dose of political barbs and celebrity-gazing in the nation' capital. If it's spring in Washington, it's time for the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner. President Barack Obama had it marked on his Saturday night schedule, so expect some verbal jabs aimed at his political rivals and the reporters who cover him. And maybe even a few at his own expense. Cecily Strong from "Saturday Night Live" was the professional hired to provide the laughs. Don't expect to find many of the politicians who are hoping to succeed Obama as president — most, it seems, are staying away from the gathering. The dinner helps fund scholarships and awards that recognize journalists. This year's award winners include: —Josh Lederman of The Associated Press and Jim Avila of ABC News, the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. —Peter Baker of The New York Times, the Aldo Beckman Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage. —The Edgar A. Poe Award, recognizing coverage of news of national or regional significance, to The Washington Post's Carol A. Leonnig and The Wall Street Journal team of Gary Fields, John R. Emshwiller, Rob Barry and Coulter Jones. Scott Horsley of National Public Radio received a special mention in the Beckman Award category for his coverage of White House policies and politics. 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.

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.