Thursday Jul 30, 2015

2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque. A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine. The...
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2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque
Thursday Jul 30, 2015
2 houses from 'Breaking Bad' for sale in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two houses featured on the hit AMC-TV series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque. A mother-daughter realty team said this week they are helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine. The two-story, 3,500-square foot, four-bedroom home in Albuquerque's Country Club area is listed for $1.6 million. The sales team created a website to promote the houses, which includes the caveat "Meth lab not included." Susan C. Feil and Alicia Feil Peterson of Coldwell Banker Legacy list another house that appeared in the series finale in Albuquerque's North Valley for $2.65 million. That home is where the show's main character, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, threatened his former business partner with two fake assassins. "Breaking Bad" follows former high school teacher Walter White as he manufactures meth with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul. The show ended in 2013, but tourism companies in Albuquerque still embrace the drug-addled series and give "Breaking Bad" tours showcasing spots made popular in the show. The city's visitors bureau even includes a map of the show's famous locations on its website. A prequel to the show, "Better Call Saul," is filming its second season and recently shot scenes near the Albuquerque bureau of The Associated Press. "Better Call Saul" follows a struggling lawyer, played by Bob Odenkirk, as he defends drug lords, petty criminals and people who claim they were injured in traffic accidents. ___ Follow Russell Contreras at http://twitter.com/russcontreras . Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Russell Contreras from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Vincent Kartheiser's next role is opposite of 'Mad Men' part
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Vincent Kartheiser's next role is opposite of 'Mad Men' part

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Vincent Kartheiser (KARTH'-eyes-er) plays the antithesis of his smarmy "Mad Men" character Pete Campbell in the upcoming NatGeo miniseries "Saints & Strangers." The four-hour movie is about the men and women who crossed over on the Mayflower and their first year in America. Cast members including Natascha McElhone, Barry Sloane and Ron Livingston addressed TV critics Wednesday at the annual summer press tour. Kartheiser plays William Bradford, who was the second governor of the Plymouth Colony and is described as the moral compass of the story. "Pete Campbell was the opposite of that," a bearded, long-haired Kartheiser said via satellite from South Africa, where production is underway. "It was a wonderful opportunity to dive into a different era and a different type of character. I also thought being on NatGeo, that they would honor this story and they would bring historical accuracy to it," he said. Gina Matthews, an executive producer, added, "He has this quality to draw you in as an actor, and you can't take your eyes off him." When a reporter asked the panel of actors and producers whether any of the American cast have ancestors who were on the Mayflower, Kartheiser responded, "No, but I think Pete Campbell did." "Saints & Strangers" premieres Nov. 26 on National Geographic Channel. ___ Online: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com 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.

New 'Daily Host' host says tenor will change, not targets
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
New 'Daily Host' host says tenor will change, not targets

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Incoming "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah said politics and the media will remain targets of the program but the perspective will be distinctively his. "The show still has its voice. It's just I'm at the helm taking things in a slightly different direction, but still trying to get to the same end place," Noah said Wednesday during a Q&A session with TV critics. Outgoing host Jon Stewart is a middle-aged Jewish man from New Jersey, Noah said, while he's a 31-year-old half-black, half-white South African man who's spent about five years in America as he's pursued his comedy career. "Look at issues in America right now, say just about racial inequality, Jon and I come from totally different points of view," he said. "Jon would have to empathize; I myself come from a totally different place." The show is retaining its senior producing staff, Comedy Central has said and which channel executive Kent Alterman reaffirmed at the Television Critics Association session. The emphasis on stability makes sense: "Daily Show" with Stewart has been a cornerstone of the channel's success. Noah said he'll be looking for affirmation from Stewart that he's doing right by the program. Stewart leaves Aug. 6 and Noah takes over Sept. 28. "The biggest pressure ... is living up to the expectations that Jon has of me. Jon believes in me," he said. There will be comparisons made between them, he acknowledged, but it's not his intent to immediately match what Stewart has built over a period of years. "I have a foundation set up by a wonderfully smart, funny man," he said. While the show's emphasis on domestic issues will remain, including how the media addresses them, Noah said he will broaden the long-time emphasis on Fox News Channel because the sources of news in the online era are far more extensive. He also intends to address international issues that are resonating in America, said Noah, who said he speaks seven languages. The comedian was well-received by fans and critics when he performed his stand-up act Tuesday night at a theater in Santa Monica, California. He put the emphasis on topics including black deaths at the hands of law enforcement rather than politics. During Wednesday's Q&A, he was self-assured and relaxed as he fielded questions that included the backlash to jokes that the comedian had tweeted several years ago, including ones that mocked Jews and women. Noah politely dismissed the tweets as a few among many, suggesting they were judged harshly in part because Americans were unfamiliar with him and his comedic perspective. Before coming to the United States, he'd developed an international fan base. "Luckily, Comedy Central hasn't limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to (speak) in a better, well-formed way," he said. When Noah was asked why he appeared to be so unflappable, he traced it back to a difficult early life that included a household beset by domestic violence and a native country fighting to break free from apartheid. Both his family and country are better off now, he said. "Maybe I've been tainted by hope and optimism. Maybe that's why I'm unflappable. I'm mixed now only in my blood but my life," he said. There are issues that get him "riled up," he added, but he likes to think before he acts. ___ Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real. The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once the animal actors retire, he brings them home to join his 30 dogs, one cat, farm animals and singing macaw that swears like a sailor. He is bringing the motley crew to reality TV in "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," the Discovery Family Channel's first original series, debuting next week. Berloni's stable of stars — all found from shelters — have appeared in Broadway shows, touring companies, special events, the New York City Ballet, movies, television and commercials. He estimates he's rescued 150 dogs since 1977. Berloni, 58, who was recognized by the Tony Awards for excellence in the theater, has been approached about a reality series before. He says he gave this one the green light because "there aren't many shows about good people doing good things." Some animal-welfare groups denounce animals in entertainment, but Berloni believes dogs were made for show business. He says he would never train a wild animal, but he does transform rough-and-tumble pooches into top actors. He rescued a Chihuahua named Chico, who went on to play Bruiser in "Legally Blonde: The Musical," when he was prone to biting and about to be euthanized at the pound. Berloni worked with Chico until he could bark on cue and run into his carrier whenever an actress says, "White shoes after Labor Day." Now, the tiny pooch that sleeps in the crook of his arm. "Chico lives for me, and you can't help but respond to that. It is a huge responsibility," the self-taught trainer said. Dogs are hardest to train for the stage, Berloni said. Unlike TV and film, there is no editing button, and it's impossible to mask distractions from audiences and actors. The dog he trained to play Sandy in the original stage production of "Annie" in 1977 eyeballed the audience as theatergoers in the front row were munching on fried chicken. But Sandy didn't leave the stage, Berloni said. "Annie" was a huge hit, and Sandy became the longest-running dog actor on Broadway — she didn't miss a performance in seven years. Sandy gave Berloni his start training celebrity dogs. He was working at an opera house in Connecticut, where he and his family live on a farm in Higganum, when a producer asked him to find and train the dog for "Annie." Things are a bit less glamorous on the reality show, which is wrapping up its first four episodes. At home, Berloni's salty macaw rules the roost. The bird named Kevin turns the kitchen sink into his stage, belting out tunes such as "Tomorrow" and "It's Raining Men." Despite his outrageous personality, Kevin has never acted, unlike his fellow pets. "He is only a star in our living room," Berloni said. Co-executive producer Sarah T. Davies says the show stands out for its simple moments: A group of dogs playing in the snow; a massive St. Bernard getting a bath; his wife and daughter competing to bake the best dog biscuits. "I do regard him as a real-life Dr. Doolittle," Davies said. Berloni says he's focused on improving animals' lives rather than the camera crews, but fame is nothing new. He had to confront it even at his daughter's preschool about a decade ago. "They called us in and said our daughter had a vivid imagination. They said she told them I was at 'Sesame Street' playing with Elmo. I told them I was," Berloni said. ___ Watch: — "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," 9 p.m. EDT Aug. 6, Discovery Family Channel. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by SUE MANNING from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nokia enters the virtual reality world with the OZO camera
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Nokia enters the virtual reality world with the OZO camera

Described as the first commercially available virtual reality camera for professional filmmakers, the OZO is a ball-shaped device with eight synchronized lenses and eight synchronized microphones for true 360° sound and vision."We're thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "OZO aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world." Now that it is free of its smartphone business, Nokia has set its sights on breaking into and being at the forefront of virtual reality entertainment. The OZO is the first of a planned range of devices, and its launch comes at a time when interest in VR is beginning to pique. ABI Research forecasts that VR headsets aimed at consumers could hit shipment levels of 43 million units annually by 2020 as more and more mainstream uses, such as cinematic and live event viewing become popular. "Sales of VR Head Mounted Displays, including mobile-based devices like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, as well as tethered devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus, will be driven by the release of high-profile devices and a growing awareness and interest in the technology from consumers," says Eric Abbruzzese, Research Analyst. "Platform agnostic content like video will serve as a strong driver of growth for both platforms." However, according to research and consultancy firm Tractica this growth will all hinge on how well the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus -- both tipped for release within the next 12 months, perform. "The stakes are high for VR given the huge amount of money invested in the industry by some of the world's biggest companies," says principal analyst Craig Foster. "Getting users to experience VR technology firsthand, and therefore truly understand its potential, remains a challenge." The emergence of Google's do-it-yourself Project Cardboard headsets has helped enormously in giving consumers a taste of VR -- shipping 500,000 headsets in just four months. As well as courting games studios, since its acquisition of Oculus VR (the makers of the Oculus Rift) Facebook has also been touring Hollywood studios showcasing VR's immersive storytelling and cinematic capabilities. YouTube already supports 360° video viewing, and Nokia is betting heavily that it's simply a matter of time before VR becomes an integral part of the visual creative process. "We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world," said Haidamus. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Keith Richards, Roger Waters, Frank Zappa: music docs on the way
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Keith Richards, Roger Waters, Frank Zappa: music docs on the way

It seems to be the year of the music documentary, and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Rogers Waters recently revealed the trailer for his upcoming film, a movie about Frank Zappa has been announced, and now Keith Richards is to feature in a documentary coming to Netflix in September."Under the Influence"The documentary about the Rolling Stones guitarist is to release September 18 on Netflix. That is the same day Richards will release his first solo album first solo album in more than 20 years, "Crosseyed Heart."Directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville ("20 Feet from Stardom"), the film is said to be an "unprecedented look into the sounds and influences" of the iconic musician, following him as he prepares his album and looking at the music that inspires him, from electric blues to country honky-tonk and southern soul, via visits to Chicago, Nashville and New York. Intimate conversations with Richards and rare archival materials are promised."The Wall"Richards joins Pink Floyd's Roger Waters in releasing a film in September. "The Wall" is slated for global cinematic release on September 29 and is being called equal parts live concert, rock documentary and personal journey.At its center will be the three-year tour Waters undertook to bring a live performance of Pink Floyd's 1979 album to fans around the globe. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, we will watch a personal story unfold, as Waters comes to terms with the death of his father in 1944.A trailer for "The Wall" premiered earlier this month. Watch it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKMJ6H9SSms Next up: Frank ZappaAnnounced last week, a documentary on the innovative musician Frank Zappa, with the approval of his family trust, is expected to see the light of day in 2017.  Variety reported that Alex Winter ("Deep Web") is set to direct from a script he wrote and has already begun production, although few details are known for now. The singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and composer, who died in 1993, innovated and experimented with rock, jazz and classical music over the course of his career. His 100th and final album, "Dance Me This," released earlier this year. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new 'MI' flick
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new 'MI' flick

There's some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it talent, work, or dumb luck? Whatever you decide about that, let's be clear about this: When it comes to Tom Cruise and his durability as an action hero, luck has little to do with it. The guy's an action star extraordinaire, and it's not luck or chance but work and smarts and yes, some swashbuckling derring-do that get him there. Whatever you may think of Cruise and his complex off-screen persona, let's give him this: At age 53, he and his Ethan Hunt are, if anything, getting more fun to watch. And they make "Rogue Nation" not merely a serviceable summer flick, but an entertainment well worth your inflated ticket price. Let's give kudos to a few other folks, too, starting with director-writer Christopher McQuarrie, who, like each director in the franchise, puts his own stamp on the proceedings. McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") does this with both a wry script that often makes fun of what's happening, and some seriously entertaining action pieces, including a complicated assassination sequence set in Vienna's glittering opera house during a lavish production of Puccini's "Turandot." (Parents: here's a chance to get some opera into your kids' summer — sort of like hiding the broccoli in the brownie mix.) Also invaluable is returning "MI" vet Simon Pegg as Benji, the wise-cracking (and safe-cracking) computer whiz who provides a crucial dose not only of humor but also of humanity here. Welcome newcomers include Alec Baldwin, as a pompous CIA boss with deliciously dry delivery, and Rebecca Ferguson, making the most and then some of the obligatory female role. Ferguson is — get this — Swedish-born, named Ilsa here, and, yes, shows up in Casablanca, too. "Rogue Nation" doesn't start slowly. In fact, it begins with the scene you're most likely to have heard about, because it involves Cruise's own stunt work, in which the actor actually places himself on the wing of an airborne jet, and then — why not? — lets his legs slip, hanging on by only his hands as the landscape beneath gets tinier and tinier. Why is Hunt on the wing? Well, that's what can happen, annoyingly, when you try to board a plane AFTER takeoff. He manages to successfully remove a case of nerve gas canisters, but we're just getting started. We soon learn that the IMF is being disbanded, and the timing is terrible. Hunt is onto something really bad: the Syndicate, a nefarious group of former spies led by a vague, sinister leader (Sean Harris). That the Syndicate is not attached to one particular nation — it is the "Rogue Nation" of the title — has eerie resonance in today's world. Hunt soon finds himself chained to a ceiling in a London dungeon. Enter Ilsa (Ferguson) who obviously has some attraction to Hunt, and a tendency to save his life, but also is clearly not working with him, either. The two meet again in Vienna, and eventually in Morocco, where Hunt and his friends take on a mission that involves, for one thing, Hunt holding his breath underwater for an impossibly long time while fighting an impossibly strong water current and many other things. It shouldn't surprise you by now to hear that Cruise apparently flirted with on-set danger here, too. And it's impossible to deny that this knowledge adds to the fun. Early on, when Hunt was hanging off that plane, my 12-year-old companion — who's grown up in the age of computer-generated wizardry — confidently whispered: "Ha, that's totally a green screen." And I was happy to be able to whisper back: "Nope. That's just Tom Cruise." "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation," a Paramount release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "sequences of intense action and violence." Running time: 131 minutes. Three stars out of four. _ Follow AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jocelyn Noveck from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nokia enters the virtual reality world with the OZO camera
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Nokia enters the virtual reality world with the OZO camera

Described as the first commercially available virtual reality camera for professional filmmakers, the OZO is a ball-shaped device with eight synchronized lenses and eight synchronized microphones for true 360° sound and vision."We're thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "OZO aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world." Now that it is free of its smartphone business, Nokia has set its sights on breaking into and being at the forefront of virtual reality entertainment. The OZO is the first of a planned range of devices, and its launch comes at a time when interest in VR is beginning to pique. ABI Research forecasts that VR headsets aimed at consumers could hit shipment levels of 43 million units annually by 2020 as more and more mainstream uses, such as cinematic and live event viewing become popular. "Sales of VR Head Mounted Displays, including mobile-based devices like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, as well as tethered devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus, will be driven by the release of high-profile devices and a growing awareness and interest in the technology from consumers," says Eric Abbruzzese, Research Analyst. "Platform agnostic content like video will serve as a strong driver of growth for both platforms." However, according to research and consultancy firm Tractica this growth will all hinge on how well the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus -- both tipped for release within the next 12 months, perform. "The stakes are high for VR given the huge amount of money invested in the industry by some of the world's biggest companies," says principal analyst Craig Foster. "Getting users to experience VR technology firsthand, and therefore truly understand its potential, remains a challenge." The emergence of Google's do-it-yourself Project Cardboard headsets has helped enormously in giving consumers a taste of VR -- shipping 500,000 headsets in just four months. As well as courting games studios, since its acquisition of Oculus VR (the makers of the Oculus Rift) Facebook has also been touring Hollywood studios showcasing VR's immersive storytelling and cinematic capabilities. YouTube already supports 360° video viewing, and Nokia is betting heavily that it's simply a matter of time before VR becomes an integral part of the visual creative process. "We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world," said Haidamus. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes top Venice film fest line-up
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes top Venice film fest line-up

Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Ralph Fiennes top a powerful line-up at this year's Venice film festival, with US and Italian films dominating the competition for the Golden Lion, from war dramas to rock-star thrillers.Hearthrob Jake Gyllenhaal of "Brokeback Mountain" fame opens the world's oldest competition, which runs from September 2 to 12, with Baltasar Kormakur's 3D mountain thriller "Everest" from Universal, also starring Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. Picked to open the season with a bang, the film is based on the true story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster and is bound to thrill as much as the 2013 festival's hit opener "Gravity" -- though it will have to fight to top the popularity of 2014's opener "Birdman". Festival director Alberto Barbera has fought hard this year, the 72nd edition of the festival, to bring films to Venice before they head to Toronto. His hopes will be pinned on A-lister Depp gracing the red carpet for "Black Mass", in which he plays one of the most famous US gangsters. Director Scott Cooper's biopic depicts the true story of mobster Whitey Bulger and his attempts to take down a rival mafia family by helping out the FBI, and also stars Kevin Bacon, and Britain's Sienna Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. The 21 films in competition include offers from Australia, China, France, Israel, Poland, South Africa and Venezuela. They face a jury headed by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, and nine jurors including actresses Diane Kruger and Elizabeth Banks, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and British director Lynne Ramsay. The line-up includes "great films by auteurs, the return of great masters and many directors showing in the competition for the first time," Barbera told a press conference on Wednesday, promising "surprising, particularly innovative" flicks this year. - Sex, rock stars and revenge - Competing for the US, director Cary Fukunaga will show child soldier drama "Beasts of No Nation," while Drake Doremus presents "Equals", a futuristic love story said to echo George Orwell's novel "1984", in which emotions have been eradicated. All eyes will also be on stop-motion animated film "Anomalisa" written by Charlie Kaufman -- the Oscar winning screenwriter behind "Being John Malkovich" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -- about a man who is crippled by a mundane life. There is already a buzz about Britain's Eddie Redmayne, who stunned critics with his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything", and his performance as one of the first people to have sex reassignment surgery in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl". Michael Keaton will be back on the Venetian Lido island after his "Birdman" triumph with Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight", playing out of competition, based on the true story of the Boston Globe's investigative coverage of the Catholic child abuse scandal. Italy is also a strong contender for the coveted Lion this year with a new horror flick from Marco Bellocchio -- whose "Dormant Beauty" competed in 2012 -- called "Blood of My Blood", about a man who is seduced by a nun and her grisly fate. French actress Juliette Binoche will star in "The Wait" by first-timer Piero Messina, who has studied under Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino and appears to have picked up many of his visual tricks in his Sicily-set story about the relationship between two women. Italian director Luca Guadagnino is also in the running with US thriller "A Bigger Splash", starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, about a famous rock star and a filmmaker whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of an old friend and his daughter. Other high-calibre international auteurs this year include Amos Gitai, Alexander Sokurov, Pablo Trapero and Atom Egoyan. Egoyan will be presenting "Remember", a revenge drama starring Christopher Plummer, in which he plays a man who hunts down a Nazi guard who murdered his family 70 years earlier and is now living in the United States under an assumed identity. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

‘Black-ish’ creator to remake ‘Shaft’
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
‘Black-ish’ creator to remake ‘Shaft’

Scriptwriters Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow have been tapped to pen New Line Cinema's upcoming remake of "Shaft."John Davis, who is at work on the upcoming "Man from UNCLE" remake, and Ira Napoliello are to produce the film. The original 1971 "Shaft" film tells the story of a private detective named John Shaft as he takes on a job to find a girl missing from her Harlem home. Barris is the creator of sitcom "Black-ish," which airs on US network ABC. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival lineup
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Kristen Stewart, Idris Elba in Venice Film Festival lineup

LONDON (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal. Organizers announced a 21-strong competition lineup Wednesday for the festival, which takes over the Italian maritime city's Lido island for 11 days in September. It includes Drake Doremus' futuristic "Equals," with Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Luca Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash," with Swinton, Johnson and Ralph Fiennes; and Cary Fukunaga's African child-soldier story "Beasts of No Nation," starring Elba. Competition for the top Golden Lion prize also includes Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's animated feature "Anomalisa"; musician Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog"; and "The Danish Girl," from "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper, which stars 2014 Oscar-winner Redmayne as a transgender woman in the 1920s. Also among the contenders: "Rabin, The Last Day," Amos Gitai's depiction of the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzakh Rabin; South African director Oliver Hermanus' crime drama "The Endless River"; Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski's "11 Minutes," which follows several characters over the titular timeframe; and Argentine director Pablo Trapero's family crime drama "The Clan." There are also new films from Canada's Atom Egoyan ("Remember," a Nazi-hunting thriller starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau), Russia's Aleksandr Sokurov (the Paris-set "Francofonia") and Italy's Marco Bellocchio (vampire-themed "Blood of My Blood"). Out-of-competition entries — which are not in the running for festival prizes but could be Academy Awards contenders — include Scott Cooper's "Black Mass," starring Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, and Thomas McCarthy's "Spotlight," which features Michael Keaton as the editor of a Boston Globe team investigating clerical sex abuse. Martin Scorsese will bring "The Audition," a short starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, while documentaries include Amy Berg's Janis Joplin biopic "Janis." The 72nd Venice festival opens Sept. 2 with the world premiere of Baltasar Kormakur's mountain drama "Everest," starring Gyllenhaal and Robin Wright. It runs to Sept. 12, when a jury led by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron will award the Golden Lion for best film and other prizes. Venice vies as an awards-season springboard with the overlapping Toronto Film Festival, which this year runs Sept. 10-20. Several titles, including "Black Mass" and "The Danish Girl," play at both events. Online: http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/ Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jill Lawless from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater. The audience cheered wildly as the Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" began, with the show's gleefully naive missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple that resembles the real one just two blocks away. They laughed loudly as the jokes played out, many touching on Mormon lingo and culture that is intimately familiar in Utah. Some of the most raucous applause came during a scene when an African character sings, "Salt Lake City, the most perfect place on Earth." At the conclusion, attendees at the Capitol Theater crowd gave the actors a standing ovation. Despite the jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, there were no protests outside and no mass walkouts during opening night. The playbill did include three advertisements from the Mormon church, including a picture of a smiling man with the words, "You've seen the play, now read the book." The audience included a cross-section of non-Mormons, ex-Mormons and some practicing Latter-day Saints like Omar Ledezma Soto, a student at Mormon-owned BYU. He drew attention by coming dressed as a missionary, wearing a white shirt, tie and the name tag he wore when he was an actual missionary. He said he knew other BYU students who were planning to attend other showings. "The humor is crude and offensive, but I don't think it's meant to attack or belittle Mormons," said Soto. "It's just a means to talk about the silly situations we put ourselves in. That's why I think this is so funny and lethargic and freeing to me." The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, weren't at the show but told The Associated Press this week that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation and also brings the creative process full circle. "It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City," Stone said. "It just feels very much like it's coming home." They were hopeful that the show's jokes would get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. "It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch of Jews," Parker said. That certainly seemed to be the case, as audience howled at jokes about Mormon beliefs, practices and idiosyncrasies. "It pokes fun without being mean," said Eric Kriss, of Draper, after the show. Two hours before the opening, about 100 people lined up in a ticket lottery, a group that included ex-Mormon Brandon Haden. The 26-year-old theater teacher, hoped to see the show again after attending a production in Los Angeles, but he said his parents have no plans to attend. (Prices range from $26-$160, not including fees). "My parents said they wouldn't come see something that makes fun of their religion, which I totally get," Haden said, adding, "I don't think they make any like sacred, doctrinal jokes, they just poke fun at the stereotypes." He didn't win tickets, but 24-year-old Kate Hickam did. Hickam, who isn't Mormon, had seen the show in Denver but was anxious to watch the hometown crowd's reaction. "They have so many inside jokes that Utahans will appreciate," Hickam said. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been quiet about the musical over the years, repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ," it reads. Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about during the run in Salt Lake City, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state's non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon. Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take some ribbing. But he said, "I just wish it didn't go so far." Parker and Stone said they've never received any blowback from Mormon leaders or church members, which they say proves a theme that carries through the musical about Mormons being so darn polite all the time. In a way, they said they think church members might have appreciated the extra attention. "I think it legitimizes them," Stone said. "You're not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you're really, really part of the American fabric." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Mike Holmes: Buy a home using intelligence, not illusion
Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Mike Holmes: Buy a home using intelligence, not illusion

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show "Holmes on Homes," says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems. Holmes has a new show on Fox called "Home Free" (airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EDT.) It's a competition show on which nine couples are challenged each week to restore a run-down home in Atlanta. They must live on the job site and follow Holmes' no-nonsense instruction. Couples whose work isn't up to code are gradually eliminated, with the surprise twist that they are then awarded the home. Here, Holmes offers some advice for people looking to buy a home. The answers have been edited for clarity and brevity. ___ Associated Press: What's the biggest mistake people make when looking to buy a home? Holmes: We buy based on illusion. We don't buy with intelligence. We trust a real estate agent that we don't even know. More than anything, we buy by what we see. 'Oh my god, it's got new paint. Look at the curb appeal.' I'm trying to impress on people that you need to do as much homework as possible. It's you that gets caught holding the bag. Education is the key to everything. Once you buy that house, it is yours. Nobody else's. AP: Take me through a typical scenario of someone buying a home. Holmes: Take a couple we'll call Mary and Joe. They decide to buy a house and they get excited, so all of a sudden their emotions change. Mary and Joe start looking on the Internet, they start driving around and picking a property, and then they look for a real estate agent. And when they pick the house they want, then they start looking for a home inspector. If you plan on buying a property, you should look for a real estate agent first. Find the best real estate agent on the market. Before you start looking at a house, find the best home inspector there is. AP: How do you find the right real estate agent or home inspector? Holmes: Ask, 'How long have you been in the business? What areas have you worked in? How many houses have you sold?' In other words, you start by asking a ton of questions, and you want answers. 'Do you have a list of references?' Call the references and ask, 'Were they good? Were they courteous? Did you get (taken advantage of) in any way?' To a home inspector, ask, 'How long have you been in the business? Did you do construction before you did inspection?' AP: What's the biggest problem in home construction today? Holmes: Mold is the No. 1 problem everywhere. You can't see it, and if you can't see it, you don't know what you're breathing in, and I believe it's the reason for the rise of asthma and allergies. ___ Follow Alicia Rancilio at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar ___ Online: http://www.fox.com/home-free/ http://www.http://makeitright.ca/ Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Alicia Rancilio from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Martian' to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Martian' to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season. One of the fall's most hyped films, Ridley Scott's space epic "The Martian," starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, will have its world premiere at the festival in advance of its Oct. 2 release. Other premieres in the biopic heavy schedule include "The Program," Stephen Frears' film on Lance Armstrong starring Ben Foster as the disgraced athlete; Jay Roach's "Trumbo," with Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted screenwriter; and Peter Sollett's fact-based, marriage rights drama "Freeheld," with last year's best actress winner Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. The festival will kick off its 40th year Sept. 10 with the romantic drama "Demolition," starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal. "Demolition," from "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc VallĂ©e, is not set for release until April and will not be among award contenders later this year. In addition to Foster's turn as Armstrong, other powerhouse performances are expected from Eddie Redmayne as the transgender artist Lili Elbe in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," and Johnny Depp, who takes an unglamorous, sinister turn as notorious gangster Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's "Black Mass." "Black Mass" will first screen at the Venice Film Festival a week before the Toronto event. "The Theory of Everything," which won Redmayne a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, showed at Toronto last year. Other anticipated titles include Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall," about 1969 riots; Cary Fukunaga's Netflix drama "Beasts of No Nation"; the Catholic Church abuse scandal film "Spotlight," with Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton; and Michael Moore's documentary "Where to Invade Next." Denis Villeneuve's border drama "Sicaro," starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival and will screen in Toronto in advance of its Sept. 18 release. Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan" will also play. More films, including the closing night selection, will be announced in the coming weeks. The festival runs through Sept. 20 and features more than 300 films. ___ Online: http://www.tiff.net Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Matthew Broderick joins Broadway's 'Sylvia'
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
Matthew Broderick joins Broadway's 'Sylvia'

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick has joined the upcoming cast of A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia" on Broadway. Broderick, who recently appeared in "It's Only a Play," joins previously announced Tony-winners Julie White and Annaleigh Ashford. Performances begin Oct. 2 at the Cort Theatre. In this 1995 comic howler, Gurney wrote about a dog who seduces the attentions and affection of a hard-working, middle class husband. The dog will be played by Ashford, whose credits include "Kinky Boots" and "You Can't Take It With You." The director is Daniel Sullivan. David Rockwell will build the sets. "Sylvia" was first produced off-Broadway with Sarah Jessica Parker — Broderick's wife — in the doggie role. The producers of the revival are Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Daryl Roth. ___ Online: http://www.sylviabroadway.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.