Friday Oct 24, 2014

Steve Coogan to headline 'Happyish' for Showtime

The British actor will star in this black comedy, taking over the role initially held by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.In July 2013, Showtime announced Philip Seymour Hoffman as the star of "Happyish," an original series set in the advertising industry. Following the actor's death last...
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Steve Coogan to headline 'Happyish' for Showtime
Friday Oct 24, 2014
Steve Coogan to headline 'Happyish' for Showtime

The British actor will star in this black comedy, taking over the role initially held by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.In July 2013, Showtime announced Philip Seymour Hoffman as the star of "Happyish," an original series set in the advertising industry. Following the actor's death last February, the network suspended development on the project, leaving its future uncertain. Now Showtime has returned to "Happyish" with a new leading man: Steve Coogan. The British actor recently seen in Stephen Frears's "Philomena" will head to New York this December to shoot a new pilot. Coogan, who also appeared in the "Percy Jackson" and "Night at the Museum" movies, will play Thom Payne, an aging advertising executive whose firm has been bought out, and who is being upstaged by young talent. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Spanish town hopes for 'Game of Thrones' tourism boost
Friday Oct 24, 2014
Spanish town hopes for 'Game of Thrones' tourism boost

Fans of the "Game of Thrones" fantasy TV series are flocking to the historic Spanish town of Osuna, where part of its fifth season is being filmed, fuelling hopes the show will deliver a lasting tourism boost.The tourism information centre in the southern town has extended its hours since filming began on October 16 to deal with the influx and hotels are fully booked until the end of the month when filming ends. "It's crazy. Everyone is very excited. They want to take photos with the actors, at the locations used in filming," the owner of the 30-room Hotel Esmeralda in Osuna, Alberto Piedra, told AFP. Officials hope the show will continue to spur interest in visiting Osuna, with its 16th century palazzos and steepled churches, long after the episodes filmed in the town air around the world next year. To attract fans of the series after film crews have left, Osuna's business association plans to offer special location tours while one restaurant will redecorate in a "Game of Thrones" theme. The town hall is also thinking of setting up a museum dedicated to the film shoot and will update its tourism web page to highlight the sites featured in the series, Osuna mayor Rosario Andujar said. "We want to make the most of the fact that part of the fifth season of this series was filmed here," she told AFP. Producers of the series plan to film in Spain for 17 days, until the 30, mostly in Osuna, a hillside town surrounded by olive groves that is home to around 18,000 people. Film crews moved to Osuna after shooting for a few days at the Real Alcazar palace, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture packed with columned courtyards, in Seville, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) away. Producers have kept details of the shoot in Osuna a secret but the town's bull ring will reportedly be used for a battle scene involving hundreds of extras. - Tapas named after characters - Other cities and towns in Croatia, Malta, Northern Ireland and Iceland all reported a sharp rise in visitor numbers after serving as a backdrop for "Game of Thrones". The series has a dedicated fan base and is one of the most watched shows on television. Season four of "Game of Thrones", a tale of battles and betrayal mixed with a generous helping of sex and bloodshed, averaged 18 million weekly viewers in the United States. The US ambassador to Spain, James Costos, a former executive at HBO, the channel which produces the series, predicts visitor numbers in Seville and the surrounding area will rise by 15 percent. Visitor numbers to Osuna rose by 15 percent in August, and by 30 percent in September, compared to the same period last year, Andujar said. But the mayor would not predict by how much tourism could rise over the next few years, saying only that she was sure more people would visit because of the series. "There are going to be many followers of this who are going to want to come to Osuna to see where the actors stayed, where the filming was done and to sit where the actors sat," she said. While the long-term tourism impact for the town is unknown, the shoot has already generated hundreds of much-needed short term jobs in the southern region of Andalucia, which has been especially hard hit by Spain's economic downturn. Producer Fresco Film services based in Malaga has hired 550 people to work as extras during the filming at a series who will be paid 50 euros ($65) per day. Andalucia is struggling with an unemployment rate of 34.7 percent, the highest of Spain's 17 autonomous regions. The series has already provided a windfall for a restaurant in Osuna, Casa Curro, which introduced a special menu of tapas inspired by characters of the show. The "Joffrey" -- named after King Joffrey Baratheon, a character played in the first four seasons by Irish actor Jack Gleeson -- consists of trout with bacon garnished with mulled wine. "It has been very successful. I did not expect the menu to have so much success. People really like it," the owner of the 17-year-old restaurant, Teresa Jimenez, told AFP. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Christian Slater to play anarchist hacker on TV
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Christian Slater to play anarchist hacker on TV

The actor has joined "Mr. Robot," a pilot in development at the cable channel USA Network.   The potential series centers on Elliot, a young programmer with an anti-social disorder who sees hacking and pirating as his only way of connecting with other people. Despite efforts to keep to himself, he finds himself at a crossroads between the cybersecurity firm he works for and the underground organizations recruiting him to their case of taking down corporate America. Christian Slater has landed the title role of Mr. Robot, an anarchist programmer who convinces Elliot to join his hacker group. Eliot will be played by Rami Malek ("24," "Believe") in this cyber-crime drama. "Mr. Robot" will be Slater's latest attempt at small screen success after a series of short-lived productions. Following the quickly cancelled series "Breaking In," "The Forgotten" and "My Own Worst Enemy," his last vehicle "Mind Games" was particularly unsuccessful. Aired on ABC, the series was axed after just five episodes. "Mr. Robot" is one of four projects currently in development at USA. The network is also working on "Colony" with Josh Holloway ("Lost") and Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead"), "Stanistan" with Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") and "Queen of the South," an adaptation of the novel "La Reina Del Sur" by Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Iggy Azalea, 'Gone Girl' up for Logo TV awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Iggy Azalea, actor Bryan Cranston and the film "Gone Girl" are nominees for Logo TV's 2014 New Now Next Awards. The network announced Thursday that singer Sam Smith, the ABC series "How to Get Away With Murder" and the play "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" are also up for awards. The show will tape Dec. 2 in Miami, and air Dec. 7 on Logo and Dec. 12 on MTV. The New Now Next Awards honor musicians, TV shows, films and Broadway productions that have had breakthroughs in the past year. Gwen Stefani is nominated for best new television personality for her role on NBC's "The Voice." Michael Cera will compete with Cranston for best new Broadway lead actor. Fan voting begins Thursday. ___ Online: http://www.logotv.com/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Spooky Halloween ads putting the fright on this fall
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Spooky Halloween ads putting the fright on this fall

Ikea has recreated a scene from classic horror movie "The Shining," in what could be its scariest advert yet just in time for Halloween. Here we take a look at some of the best frightening ads to hit screens so far this year.IKEA Halloween Ikea Singapore has recreated the famous hallway scene from Stanley Kubrick's spine-tinglingly scary film "The Shining" featuring a little boy riding a trike around one of its darkened warehouses. How does it end? See if you dare watch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqsonfSQk2I Skittles Web - Extended Version The extended version of the #SkittlesWeb commercial tells the touching tale of a giant spider adapting to family life... but there's a twist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPt0x0uJ1H8 Horror Movie: It's What You Do - GEICO Horror movie clich├ęs are a dime a dozen but it doesn't stop Hollywood from churning them out, or cinemagoers from lapping them up. Now insurance brand Geico has turned them into a clever commercial.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWv-dIUP9oc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film
Friday Oct 24, 2014
Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film

TOKYO (AP) — Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can't get enough of animation, especially Disney's. Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of "Frozen." The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo. "Frozen" is third of all time in Japan, behind "Titanic" and Japanese animation classic "Spirited Away," delivering success that even Disney executives acknowledge was surprising. Following "Frozen" into theaters in the country that is the birthplace of manga and Hello Kitty is "Big Hero 6," which stars a Japanese whiz kid as its hero, aptly named Hiro. Disney shows its love for Japan by setting the story in a picturesque town that's a cross between Tokyo and San Francisco, San Fransokyo, complete with cable cars and futuristic trains. "Big Hero 6" opened the Tokyo Film Festival on Thursday night — the first Disney animation film to have its global premiere in Japan. It opens at theaters around the world in November and December. Its directors, Don Hall of "Winnie the Pooh" and Chris Williams of "Bolt," did a lot of research and tapped Japanese sources to help make San Fransokyo authentic, down to signposts, manhole covers and faces of passersby. Williams said the world they created was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, the animation legend who won an Oscar for "Spirited Away." Hall said the mouth-less face of Baymax, the inflatable marshmallow-like robot, was inspired by a bell he saw at a Japanese temple. "I saw a smile," Hall told reporters recently while in town for the Tokyo Film Festival. "I thought it would be the perfect face for Baymax." The rubbery Baymax, designed to be a health care robot by Hiro's older brother Tadashi, becomes a companion for Hiro, and an embodiment not only of Tadashi's charming and loving persona but also of his message of peace, even after Tadashi dies in an explosion. Despite Tadashi's intentions to devote Baymax to healing and cuddling, Hiro adds some of his own more conventional robotic-design touches, such as a powerful fist, metallic ware and sky-soaring rockets, as Hiro embarks on his mission of solving the mystery of Tadashi's death. It's a safe bet that Japanese are enamored of all things Disney — and that they are willing to spend. Disneyland and DisneySea parks, outside Tokyo, had 31 million visitors last year, up 14 percent from the previous year, nearly all Japanese. Each spent an average of about $100, or 10,000 yen, on admission tickets, eating out and goods purchases. Mickey Mouse is so popular here the rodent's image is sold as traditional festival dolls, is a mascot wearing the blue uniform of the World Cup soccer team and is a familiar pattern on fashionable clothing in collaboration with design brands. But can the new film duplicate the success of "Frozen"? It might take a super-Hiro. "Big Hero 6" features fantastic music by Henry Jackman but not a potential smash single like "Let It Go." It also lacks fairy-tale princesses, which were a big part of the "Frozen" merchandising frenzy. The new film is about brotherly love and a little boy's perennial fantasy, a loyal robot friend. But even in robot-innovator Japan, Disney half-heartedly showed a fluffy stuffed doll in Baymax's likeness. It wasn't even inflatable. Roy Conli, who also produced "Frozen," was unfazed, emphasizing "Big Hero 6" was "a love letter to Japanese culture." "We hope that Japan loves it," he said. ___ Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Graphic novel 'Polar' heading for film adaptation
Friday Oct 24, 2014
Graphic novel 'Polar' heading for film adaptation

Dark Horse Comics is looking to take its graphic novel "Polar: Came In From The Cold" and adapt it for cinema, with production slated to start in 2015.Black Kaiser is the focus of the hit spy story, a retired but deadly spy whose personal mission sends him into the heart of Cold War conspiracy. Victor Santos originally published "Polar" as a free web comic, using a distinctive style and palette, eschewing dialogue to emphasize artistic proficiency. But its potential saw Dark Horse pick up the story, integrate a text-based script, and republish in 2013. A film script has already been provided by Jayson Rothwell (horror comedy "Silent Night," fairytale update "Malice in Wonderland") and production company Constantin Film, which stands behind adaptations of young adult fiction series "The Mortal Instruments" and four "Resident Evil" films, based on the influential video game, is partnering with Dark Horse Comics with a spring 2015 shooting date in mind. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Steve Coogan to headline 'Happyish' for Showtime
Friday Oct 24, 2014
Steve Coogan to headline 'Happyish' for Showtime

The British actor will star in this black comedy, taking over the role initially held by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.In July 2013, Showtime announced Philip Seymour Hoffman as the star of "Happyish," an original series set in the advertising industry. Following the actor's death last February, the network suspended development on the project, leaving its future uncertain. Now Showtime has returned to "Happyish" with a new leading man: Steve Coogan. The British actor recently seen in Stephen Frears's "Philomena" will head to New York this December to shoot a new pilot. Coogan, who also appeared in the "Percy Jackson" and "Night at the Museum" movies, will play Thom Payne, an aging advertising executive whose firm has been bought out, and who is being upstaged by young talent. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Actual hoverboard advertised for $10,000
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Actual hoverboard advertised for $10,000

On Kickstarter, a new project aims to launch a real hoverboard not unlike the one Marty McFly rides in "Back to the Future 2." Unlike a number of failed attempts at levitating skateboards, the Hendo Over is said to be real and already operational. For a pledge of $10,000, funders can reserve one of the first hoverboards, which are due to ship in fall 2015.For now, the latest Hendo Over prototype (the 18th so far) hardly resembles the hoverboard in the movie. But the final model is expected to come a little closer. Using its four motors, the Hendo Over creates a magnetic field to generate lift and levitate just above the ground. However, the technique only works on a surface covered with metal sheets, so riders won't be zipping through the streets like Michael J. Fox's character anytime soon. Moreover, the contraption is also noisy and somewhat unwieldy in its present state. The final Hendo Over is expected to ship from October 2015, and the first 10 models, priced at $10,000 each, have already been reserved. For those who can't afford the real thing, there is also the option of reserving a motor-less replica (for a $449 pledge) or booking a five-minute test session on the board ($100). Watch a video on the Hendo Over: youtu.be/plwX5NtF530Contribute to the Hendo Over campaign: kck.st/ZMd9AA Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show." Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits on Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles. Corden, a 36-year-old British star, won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" and appeared in the recent film "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series "The Wrong Mans." His arrival is part of CBS's late-night overhaul, which also next year will see David Letterman depart the "Late Show" (which airs an hour earlier), to be replaced by Stephen Colbert. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Events

Judge: Chris Brown following probation rules
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Judge: Chris Brown following probation rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his last hearing in August. The Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared in a Los Angeles court Thursday for a progress report. Judge James Brandlin told Brown he's shown good cooperation with the probation department. Brandlin bumped Brown's community labor requirement from three days to four, but said that was only to ensure that he met his work requirement by the end of his probation in January. Another hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15. Brown was jailed for nearly three months earlier this year for violating his probation by getting into an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year. He was on probation after he attacked pop singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
'Little Dancer' musical readies for opening in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," a famous sculpture by Edgar Degas that can be seen in museums around the world, is coming to life in a new musical exploring the story of a mysterious 14-year-old dancer and the artist who portrayed her. The production imagines the story of Marie van Goethem, a struggling dancer in the world of the Paris Opera Ballet in the late 1800s when dancing represented a chance at escaping poverty. Degas took an interest in dancers for his paintings and sculptures, leaving behind images of young ballerinas popular more than a century later. The $7 million Kennedy Center musical opens Saturday for previews and runs through Nov. 20 in Washington. It's the brainchild of the Broadway team of playwright and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, composer Stephen Flaherty and director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The show was born out of their love of dance and an interest in one of the most important sculptures at the National Gallery of Art. "I would wonder about that little girl," Stroman said during a recent visit to the museum. "Like, 'Who was she? Why did he choose her?' She looked different from all the other ballerinas that he would paint, and you could tell that she had spirit, she had character." Degas, played by Tony Award-winning actor Boyd Gaines, made the wax-and-clay sculpture between 1878 and 1881 as his eyesight began to fade. The piece was cast in bronze and circulated widely after the artist died, making it a fixture in museums. Parts of the story are based on writings left by Degas and American artist Mary Cassatt, who collaborated with him and who figures in the story as a strong woman amid a rising feminist movement. When Degas exhibited his sculpture, critics disapproved, saying he created a homely specimen. Later, his young subject was fired from the ballet, though it's not clear why. She disappears from the records, curators said. That gave Ahrens an opening to create the rest of Marie's story. Stroman and Ahrens said they grew up seeing Degas' images of dancers. Ahrens would pose like the "Little Dancer" as a girl. "For every little girl, every dancer, everybody who loves art ... they know the face of that tough little girl," Ahrens said. "But they don't know her name." The story is a unique concept, crossing art forms with a music-and-dance-infused story inspired by a 130-year-old artwork that was inspired by the ballet. It's a risk for the Kennedy Center in seeking to draw a crowd and to recoup its costs from often disparate audiences for theater, dance and fine art. Stroman — whose Broadway credits include "The Producers," ''Contact" and "The Music Man" — said she is one of the few people bridging genres as a lover of both ballet and musical theater. But she hopes "Little Dancer" will appeal more widely. "What I'm hoping for is that someone who loves the ballet will want to come see a story about a ballet dancer in Paris and then someone who loves art will come to see the real story about the sculpture and then someone who loves musical theater will come because of that," she said. Tiler Peck, the New York City Ballet principal dancer who plays the young Marie, has visited the sculpture twice since rehearsals moved to Washington. "I want to make sure I get it as perfectly as possible and to be as true to the sculpture as I can," she said. "To be able to see exactly how her hands are clasped and what her hair looked like, where the ribbon was placed." The role is emotionally exhausting, Peck said, because Marie's life was traumatic. "She was a complete survivor, and she'll do whatever she can to make her dreams of becoming a ballerina come true," Peck said. "I feel like that's the one hope she has." ___ Follow Brett Zongker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DCArtBeat . Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
James Corden to take over 'Late Late Show' March 9

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has set March 9 for the debut of James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show." Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson, who after a decade in the host chair exits on Dec. 18. The show will continue to originate from Los Angeles. Corden, a 36-year-old British star, won a Tony Award in 2012 for his role in the play "One Man, Two Guvnors" and appeared in the recent film "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. He hosts a sports-oriented game show in Britain, and also acts in and writes the BBC series "The Wrong Mans." His arrival is part of CBS's late-night overhaul, which also next year will see David Letterman depart the "Late Show" (which airs an hour earlier), to be replaced by Stephen Colbert. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Halle Berry: Underneath, most women love underwear
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
Halle Berry: Underneath, most women love underwear

NEW YORK (AP) — What's in a bra? Femininity, sexiness and self-empowerment, says Halle Berry, who is launching a lingerie line she says will do it all. The Oscar-winning actress is reviving Scandale, a lingerie label born in France in 1932. "We've taken this brand and revamped it," Berry said in an interview Thursday. "But we've kept all the qualities of the Parisian sort of style intact." The collection of 10 bras and panties will be sold by Target, and while "rich with history and heritage," will boast "a very good price," said Berry, who, beneath her lacy dress displayed a black Illusion demi bra (less than $20). Berry is an owner of the Scandale Paris line and said she plays a hands-on role in design, declaring, "I think I have a pulse on what American women want." She agreed that, for guys, the choice of undergarments is largely a question of boxers or briefs. "But most women know that what you put under your clothes is the first step in making yourself feel good about yourself." Women buy lingerie mainly for themselves, she went on, quickly adding, "When they find something they feel good in, and that makes them feel sexy and feminine and empowered, their partners also reap the benefits." Berry, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for the 2001 drama "Monster's Ball," came to television last summer in the CBS sci-fi series "Extant." For this film veteran, series TV, with its faster-than-film pace and longer-than-film hours, was "a rude awakening," she confessed. But now she's braced to resume production for next season in February. Despite the excitement her entry into series TV ignited, reviews for "Extant" were mixed and ratings less than spectacular. "That was disappointing, you might say," she admitted, "but at least we got picked up. I think we learned a lot from the first season." She noted that many series take time to break through into long-running hits. "I hope that will be our case," she said. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Mexico wants home of noted artist recognized
Thursday Oct 23, 2014
New Mexico wants home of noted artist recognized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Artist Luis Jimenez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures. Now, state preservation officials are pushing to get the home and studios of the late artist in southern New Mexico on the National Register of Historic Places after the sites were added to the state's list of significant cultural properties earlier this week. "Even though his work is relatively recent, there's really a consensus among art historians and museum curators and art critics on his importance in late 20th century American art," said Steven Moffson, state and national register coordinator with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. New Mexico has forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service. A decision is expected before the end of the year. Known for his colorful and massive sculptures of Mexican cowboys, fiesta dancers and wild mustangs, Jimenez helped open the door for other Mexican-American artists. He was sought out by dozens of cities to create public art and now he's represented everywhere from a busy walkway at the University of New Mexico to the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Born the son of an award-winning craftsman, Jimenez helped fabricate and paint the neon signs his father's shop sold to businesses throughout the U.S. But it was the trips he took to Mexico City with his family when he was young that started his artistic wheels spinning. "He was always amazed how art was accessible to everyone," said his widow, Susan Jimenez. "That really helped, I think, to form his opinion of art, that it doesn't have to be locked up in a museum. It can be on the street and it can influence people in a positive way." Jimenez found success with the New York gallery scene during the 1960s and became a master at blending his Mexican-American heritage with the political and social issues of the day. But it wasn't until he moved back to the Southwest that he began creating his large sculptures. More than 40 cities have commissioned his art. Most of those works were drawn, sculpted with clay and eventually molded into large fiberglass forms at his studios in the village of Hondo, at the edge of the Sierra Blanca and Capitan mountain ranges. Jimenez and his wife converted a 1902 adobe school house and New Deal-era gymnasium into their home. Two miles down the road was a separate property known as the Apple Shed, where he applied finishes to his monumental works. During his more than 20 years living and working in Hondo, Jimenez created nearly all his public sculptures in the studios, including "Sodbuster," ''Southwest Pieta," ''Border Crossing" and his largest and last piece, "Mustang," a blue horse with fiery eyes that sits outside Denver International Airport. A portion of that sculpture fell in his studio and killed him in 2006. Susan Jimenez has left the studios much as they were when Jimenez was alive. "You walk through and see hundreds of paint cans and all the equipment for spray-painting and casting fiberglass molds. You see all the raw rolls of fiberglass. Even drums of raw clay are still there," Moffson said. That's rare, Moffson said, because most historic and cultural properties date back several decades, if not centuries, and much of the materials and stories that were once inside the bricks and mortar are long gone. Jimenez taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Houston, mentoring many young artists along the way. Despite his rejections of labels such as Mexican-American, Chicano and Hispanic, his wife said he was proud of his heritage and liked to focus on depicting daily life. "My working-class roots have a lot to do with it," Luis Jimenez said once during an interview. "I want to create a popular art that ordinary people can relate to as well as people who have degrees in art." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.