Wednesday May 25, 2016

Disney sets eyes on 'The Little Mermaid' live-action remake

A live-action remake of Hans Christian Anderson's iconic "The Little Mermaid" tale is in the early stages of development by Disney, according to Deadline.The report suggests that "Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea," with...
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Disney sets eyes on 'The Little Mermaid' live-action remake
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Disney sets eyes on 'The Little Mermaid' live-action remake

A live-action remake of Hans Christian Anderson's iconic "The Little Mermaid" tale is in the early stages of development by Disney, according to Deadline.The report suggests that "Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea," with the studio now vetting some major producers for the task. The story of Ariel the singing mermaid, adopted by Disney in 1989, became an instant hit and was a turning point for the studio which went on to find success in similarly executed animated films such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." The news of the project follows the recent release of the live-action interpretation of "The Jungle Book," with a worldwide gross to date of $860 million, and the phenomenal success of the teaser trailer for the live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," unveiled earlier this week and viewed almost 92 million times in its first 24 hours alone.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Top Gear' roars back with Matt LeBlanc, high expectations
Wednesday May 25, 2016
'Top Gear' roars back with Matt LeBlanc, high expectations

LONDON (AP) — "Top Gear" doesn't do understatement. If it were a car, the BBC's hit auto show would be a flashy, precision-tooled racer. Co-host Chris Evans calls it "a car-show nuclear bomb" — and it returns to the screen facing the fallout of former host Jeremy Clarkson's explosive exit. The show's fusion of blokey banter, consumer advice and adrenaline-fueled automotive stunts in far-flung locations made it a huge hit, watched — according to the BBC — by 350 million people around the world. The "Top Gear " formula, fine-tuned over many years under the brash Clarkson, has brought both success and controversy. Clarkson and his fellow presenters left last year after an off-set dustup in which Clarkson punched a producer (he later apologized and paid damages). Now the show is back, fronted by Evans and actor Matt LeBlanc, zooming away from his best-known incarnation as Joey Tribbiani in long-running sitcom "Friends." "When I was first starting out, I always wanted my career to take me to exotic places," LeBlanc said during an interview in London. "And I ended up in a building in Burbank for 12 years with no windows." He's making up for it now. Filming for the six-episode season of "Top Gear" has taken the crew to Morocco, South Africa, Italy, Kazakhstan, the U.S. and the gaudy English seaside resort of Blackpool. LeBlanc has driven an Ariel Nomad dune buggy in the Moroccan desert and raced Evans up South Africa's treacherous Sani Pass — one of several hair-raising experiences. "Some of the things we do, it was like, 'Really? This is all insured? Huh. Because that's a big cliff right there,'" LeBlanc said. "You're constantly fighting (between) 'I want to win' and 'it's just a TV show,'" he said. "You want to make it entertaining, but you also want to make it." In the new-look "Top Gear" — premiering Sunday in Britain and Monday on BBC America — main presenters LeBlanc and Evans are joined by German driver Sabine Schmitz, former motorsport boss Eddie Jordan, automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid and anonymous, helmeted driver The Stig. Evans, a veteran British TV and radio host, says the format has been tweaked, but the essence of the program remains. He say fans — he counts himself among them — "don't want us to reinvent the wheel." Clarkson and his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have decamped to Amazon's TV service for a rival show, "The Grand Tour," debuting later this year. Evans says he is relaxed about the competition, and pays credit to Clarkson and his colleagues for fusing car journalism with the wild spirit of rock 'n' roll. "They took the component parts of a car show, and they said, 'OK, we could build this, or we could build a nuclear bomb,'" he said. "They assembled a car-show nuclear bomb. And they were just about to detonate it, but they're not there anymore so now we've got to do it." Clarkson, a self-styled enemy of political correctness, regularly generated headlines with his dismissive views on cyclists, environmentalists and vegetarians, and insensitive statements about a host of nationalities. It all made "Top Gear" a cultural touchstone as much as a TV show, and the returning show is under intense scrutiny in Britain. There were outraged tabloid headlines when LeBlanc was filmed performing spins near the Cenotaph memorial to Britain's war dead. There have been media reports that LeBlanc and Evans don't get along — firmly denied by the duo. "We have a great time, and hopefully that translates on screen," LeBlanc said. "I've been involved in projects that were high-pressure situations before, so for me that's not really anything new. It's when they stop talking about you that you have to worry." Clarkson was a polarizing figure, and Evans acknowledges the show has some "bridges to build." A sought-after trip to the Tesla factory may take some delicate diplomacy: The electric-car company sued the BBC for libel after Clarkson slated the Tesla Roadster's performance. Evans says the new hosts will take a less ideological approach than the combative Clarkson. "If it's no good, we'll say it's no good, and if it is a good car then we'll say that too," he said. "But we won't start out with an agenda on a car or a company or an ideology. Because that was his act, and it remains his act, not ours." LeBlanc says he just wants to drive, any kind of vehicle — small or large, petrol or electric. "If it's got wheels on it, I'm in." ___ Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Copyright (2016) 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.

Launch trailer released for latest 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' video game
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Launch trailer released for latest 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' video game

The launch trailer has been released for the latest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" video game, "Mutants in Manhattan."The latest video game featuring the mutant hero turtles has been made by Japanese studio PlatinumGames, known for its success with fast-paced action titles including, "Bayonetta," "Vanquish," "The Legend of Korra," and "Transformers: Devastation." The trailer for the game was released on Tuesday along with the game itself, which is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The latest in the movie series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows", is also due to be released in cinemas June 3. You can view the trailer now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F31jmH654Ks&feature=youtu.be Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Google confirms it has discontinued the Nexus Player
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Google confirms it has discontinued the Nexus Player

Google has confirmed that it has discontinued its Nexus Player set-top box reports The Verge.The set-top box has already been unavailable for months from major third-party retailers, with Google now confirming that the item has been discontinued entirely. However for those still wanting to get their hands on one a Google spokesperson told The Verge that "Nexus Player is still available on some retail sites." The Nexus Player was first launched back in late 2014. Google's follow-up to Google TV, it was also the first set-top box to run Android TV.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Ariana Grande replaces Whitney Houston hologram on 'Voice'
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Ariana Grande replaces Whitney Houston hologram on 'Voice'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ariana Grande has filled in for a hologram version of Whitney Houston in a duet with Christina Aguilera on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice." Grande's performance comes days after the planned hologram appearance of Houston was scrapped due to technical reasons. The late singer's family said last week the hologram fell short of perfection and shouldn't air. Instead, Grande joined Aguilera, one of show's celebrity coaches, in singing the title track off of Grande's new album, "Dangerous Woman" on Tuesday. Former child actress Alisan Porter was crowned champion of Season 10 of the singing competition. Porter played the title role in the 1991 John Hughes film, "Curly Sue." Copyright (2016) 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.

Movies

'Fast & Furious' revs up for 15th anniversary re-release
Wednesday May 25, 2016
'Fast & Furious' revs up for 15th anniversary re-release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Fast and the Furious" is speeding back into theaters this summer in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the film that launched the improbable $3.9 billion franchise. Tickets are now on sale for the nationwide June 22 re-release, Universal Pictures said Wednesday. The 2001 film about East Los Angeles street racers starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker was a big box office success, earning over $200 million worldwide, but no one at the time could have imagined its potential longevity. In the years and films since, the franchise has only grown in profitability and audience goodwill. The most recent, "Furious 7," earned over $1.5 billion globally in 2015. The eighth film is in production for a 2017 release, with 9 and 10 scheduled through 2021. Copyright (2016) 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.

Edinburgh Film Festival unveils full program for landmark 70th edition
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Edinburgh Film Festival unveils full program for landmark 70th edition

The selection for the 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival has emerged, with the itinerary set to "challenge, provoke and entertain audiences," according to Artistic Director Mark Adams.Among the selection is the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation "Finding Dory," along with the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic "Highlander," and in-person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall. In total, the event will include 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres, with several films to also compete for awards such as the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film and best performance in a British feature film. The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival will take place June 15-26, and will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries. More on the full program can be found here: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/news/2016/05/eiff-2016-programme-launch Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Disney sets eyes on 'The Little Mermaid' live-action remake
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Disney sets eyes on 'The Little Mermaid' live-action remake

A live-action remake of Hans Christian Anderson's iconic "The Little Mermaid" tale is in the early stages of development by Disney, according to Deadline.The report suggests that "Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea," with the studio now vetting some major producers for the task. The story of Ariel the singing mermaid, adopted by Disney in 1989, became an instant hit and was a turning point for the studio which went on to find success in similarly executed animated films such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." The news of the project follows the recent release of the live-action interpretation of "The Jungle Book," with a worldwide gross to date of $860 million, and the phenomenal success of the teaser trailer for the live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast," unveiled earlier this week and viewed almost 92 million times in its first 24 hours alone.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Launch trailer released for latest 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' video game
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Launch trailer released for latest 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' video game

The launch trailer has been released for the latest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" video game, "Mutants in Manhattan."The latest video game featuring the mutant hero turtles has been made by Japanese studio PlatinumGames, known for its success with fast-paced action titles including, "Bayonetta," "Vanquish," "The Legend of Korra," and "Transformers: Devastation." The trailer for the game was released on Tuesday along with the game itself, which is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The latest in the movie series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows", is also due to be released in cinemas June 3. You can view the trailer now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F31jmH654Ks&feature=youtu.be Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Francis Ford Coppola to publish his notebook on 'The Godfather'
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Francis Ford Coppola to publish his notebook on 'The Godfather'

Francis Ford Coppola is to publish the notebook he kept during making his classic film "The Godfather" reports Rolling Stone.The 720-page "The Godfather Notebook" will detail the creative process behind the 1971 film, and will include Coppola's own annotations and directions, casting notes, and never-before-published photos. Commenting on the news Coppola said, "This notebook was my private work reference to 'The Godfather' film, and after many years, I'm excited to share it with those who may be interested. It is the key to understanding what went into making the film from Mario Puzo's novel." "The Godfather Notebook" will be priced at $50, while a limited number of signed copies will also be available for $250. The book is due to be released November 15 via Regan Arts. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," has died. She was 74. Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, told The Associated Press that Howland died Dec. 31 of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He said there had been no announcement, funeral or memorial service because that's how she wanted it. "That was her choice," he said. Howland was born May 28, 1941, in Boston. At 16, she landed a role on Broadway alongside Dick Van Dyke in "Bye Bye Birdie." CBS later noticed Howland on stage in the 1970 production of "Company" and brought her to Hollywood for a bit part on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Small roles on "The Love Boat" and "Little House on the Prairie" followed and a major break came when she was cast as Vera Louise Gorman on "Alice," a comedy set in an Arizona greasy spoon diner based on the 1974 Martin Scorsese film, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Howland earned four Golden Globe nominations during the comedy's 1976-85 run for her performance as the naive Vera. Howland described herself in a 1979 AP profile as "very shy" and said she saw something of herself in the character. "I'm a little naive sometimes but not as much as Vera. I guess I'm really a cynic," she said. After "Alice" ended, Howland largely disappeared from television acting, aside from bit parts on series including "Murder, She Wrote" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Howland created Tiger Rose Productions with actress Jennifer Warren. The company produced "You Don't Have to Die," a 1988 HBO documentary about a boy's battle against cancer that won an Academy Award for best short-subject documentary. Howland is survived by a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard. ___ This story has been corrected to show Howland was on "The Love Boat" after "Alice," not before, and that "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was directed by Martin Scorsese, not Scorcese. Copyright (2016) 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.

Edinburgh Film Festival unveils full program for landmark 70th edition
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Edinburgh Film Festival unveils full program for landmark 70th edition

The selection for the 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival has emerged, with the itinerary set to "challenge, provoke and entertain audiences," according to Artistic Director Mark Adams.Among the selection is the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation "Finding Dory," along with the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic "Highlander," and in-person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall. In total, the event will include 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres, with several films to also compete for awards such as the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film and best performance in a British feature film. The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival will take place June 15-26, and will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries. More on the full program can be found here: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/news/2016/05/eiff-2016-programme-launch Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Wolf Alice named Saturday headliner for Margate's By The Sea music festival
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Wolf Alice named Saturday headliner for Margate's By The Sea music festival

Alternative rock band Wolf Alice has been announced as the first Saturday headliner at the second installment of the By The Sea music festival.The event, which runs from September 30 to October 1, will take place at Margate's Dreamland in Kent in the UK with tickets from £37.50 (about US$55) to be available online from Friday morning (May 27). Wolf Alice, famous for tracks such as "Moaning Lisa Smile" and "We're Not The Same," joins acts such as Welsh rock band The Super Furry Animals, Mercury award-nominated band Wild Beasts and indie-pop act The Mystery Jets, also taking the stage at By The Sea. The event will mark the group's first ever headline set at a festival, with Wolf Alice's companion headliner to be announced on July 1, according to NME.       Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Dylan Fest honors a still living legend
Wednesday May 25, 2016
Dylan Fest honors a still living legend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a year when the musical world is still mourning icons Prince, David Bowie and Merle Haggard, musicians of all genres and generations have been celebrating a still active legend — Bob Dylan — in an annual all-star concert series for 15 years. This year's two-day Dylan Fest, held in Nashville, Tennessee, includes classics like "Like a Rolling Stone," ''Tangled Up in Blue" and "All Along the Watchtower," and performers such as Ann Wilson of Heart, Wynonna Judd, Emmylou Harris, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker and Kesha. The festivities kicked off Monday and more performers are slated for Tuesday — Dylan's 75th birthday — at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The performances are being livestreamed on AOL.com. The Dylan Fest started at a bar the Lower East Side with a small group of friends getting together to sing his songs on his 60th birthday. Since then, the concert series has expanded to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin and Chicago, raised money for charities and included musical celebrations of other icons including Tom Petty, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys. "It's quite a trend when someone dies to try to pay tribute to them," said Dylan Fest organizer Austin Scaggs, a music writer and musician. "I like to celebrate when these people ...are alive and I want them to know there is another generation behind them, or two generations now, that are feeling the same feeling about their music." A day after her impressive performance of Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" at the Billboard Music Awards, pop singer Kesha was back in Nashville on Monday to deliver a standout version of Dylan's gospel song "I Shall Be Released," and got a standing ovation. She performed barefoot in a sparkly light blue suit. The singer, who had hits with "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R," is part of what Scaggs likes to call the "Fest Family," which also includes the Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison and Jakob Dylan. "I sense a specialness about her, a uniqueness," Scaggs of Kesha. "And I know that manifests itself with her acting crazy or acting wild, but the bottom line is she has an incredible voice and she has a real passion for music." Backstage the crowd of musicians waiting to perform was mostly young millennials from Americana, folk, indie rock and country, a second generation of Dylan fans. "If you want to listen to great songs, instead of going to a thousand artists, you can just go to his catalog and find so many great ones," said singer-songwriter Holly Williams, who sang his classic "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Monday night. "No matter how old, how young you are, we can all relate to the lines, 'Come gather round people wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown,'" she said. _____ Online: http://thebestfest.com/dylan-fest-nashville/ Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Kristin M. Hall from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's new honor is as sweet at dessert
Tuesday May 24, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda's new honor is as sweet at dessert

NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda has already this year won a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. What more could he get? The answer came Tuesday when the composer and writer of the Broadway smash "Hamilton" got a portrait unveiled at Sardi's, the legendary Broadway watering hole . The drawing will now hang alongside those of Whoopi Goldberg, Lucille Ball and Sally Field. When asked how this honor was different, Miranda joked: "You can enjoy this with the best baked Alaska in town is the difference." His show is gunning for the best musical Tony Award on June 12. Sardi's, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan's theater district, has been a magnet for celebrities, particularly in the years before and after World War II, and many of them, especially when they were appearing on Broadway, had their caricatures on its walls. The one featuring Miranda — pictured wearing his Alexander Hamilton costume and a stern expression — will be placed near the entrance. (He inscribed it with a shard of one of his lyrics: "Look around, look around.") Over time, it will migrate up to higher floors as portraits get retired. Some "Hamilton" cast members including Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo as well as designer David Korins were on hand to celebrate the unveiling, including members of Miranda's family. The groundbreaking, biographical hip-hop show tells the true story of an orphan immigrant from the Caribbean who rises to the highest ranks of American society, told by a young African-American and Latino cast. Luz Towns-Miranda, his mother, said the walls packed with frames reminded her of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "This is Broadway's equivalent," she said. "Basically, he's being honored by Broadway." Mom gave the drawing her thumbs-up: "I think it captures Hamilton's reflective, tortured self and his vision of this complicated, traumatized and genius individual, who was just non-stop," she said. Miranda said he remembers coming to the restaurant for the first time at age 12 to celebrate his sister's high school graduation. "I remember looking up at the faces — the ones I knew and the ones I didn't," he said. "So it's very surreal. Very surreal." Max Klimavicius, the restaurant's managing partner, said it wanted to honor Miranda back when he had success with "In the Heights" but scheduling never worked out. "He is special to me in particular because I'm also an immigrant. I came here with nothing and ended up owning this place,' he said. "So to me, it has a lot of significance." Copyright (2016) 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.