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Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'

Disney is putting its princesses on the sidelines and making a live-action comedy about the iconic Prince Charming.Mandeville Films and Tripp Vinson are to produce the comedy, for which Matt Fogel wrote the script, according to Variety. The story is told from the perspective of the prince's...
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Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'

Disney is putting its princesses on the sidelines and making a live-action comedy about the iconic Prince Charming.Mandeville Films and Tripp Vinson are to produce the comedy, for which Matt Fogel wrote the script, according to Variety. The story is told from the perspective of the prince's brother who is reportedly his polar opposite. Madeville Films is also produced the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" and given the success of recent Disney movies such as "Maleficent" and "Cinderella," "Prince Charming" could reach large audiences.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Colin Quinn bemoans death of New York personality in show
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Colin Quinn bemoans death of New York personality in show

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Colin Quinn has some sad news about his hometown: New York is dead. The Brooklyn-born Irish-American comedian returns to the stage this month eulogizing the loss of loudmouth, opinionated New Yorkers in his one-man show "The New York Story" at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Previews begin this week and it opens July 23. Quinn's show, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, mourns what he considers a homogenized, cautious city. He's a guy who likes the needy bluntness of former Mayor Ed Koch, pizza slices and listening to cab drivers swear. The former announcer of MTV's late-1980s game show "Remote Control" and who played morose Lenny the Lion on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" uses some of his observations in his new book "The Coloring Book." It's his third one-man show. AP: In your previous shows, you've tackled the history of civilization and the Constitution. Why New York this time? Quinn: It's a good time for it because New York is gone. The New York that I knew is now finished. The New York personality is gone. So it's a good time to look back on it. It's a sad goodbye. AP: What was the nail in the coffin? Hipsters selling artisanal pickles? Insane rents pushing out blue-collar workers? Donald Trump? Quinn: It's nothing anyone's done. I would say this: If you go on the subway right now, all the guys sit down and all the women have to stand. In the old days, that would never have happened. AP: So is it just the loss of civility? Quinn: No. It's the difference between Mayor Bill de Blasio's personality and Ed Koch's personality. Not their intelligence, not their governing style — their personality. With Koch, whether he was great or not, you just knew he was wearing his heart on his sleeve. There were no speechwriters, everybody just spoke more authentically. That's really what the show is about — the loss of authentic emotion and personality and language. AP: Has technology had any role? Quinn: Yes. It's very glib and surface to blame technology, so let me do it: I feel like people have developed this kind of texting personality. That's fine. But not for New York. AP: And this end of in-your-face New Yorkers is a sad thing? Quinn: If it was working, and everybody said, 'Wow, things are getting better! Everything's improving societally!' I'd shut up. But it's not. Don't pretend it is. AP: Is New York the last city in America to be homogenized or the first? Quinn: That's the sad thing — we're the last one. All this non-judgmental positivity, all that stuff, that's how the rest of the country was supposed to be. New York was not supposed to be like that. But we follow them now. AP: You've teamed up again with a classic New Yorker — Seinfeld. Quinn: I love it. I don't know why the hell he does it. He's just an artistic guy who, I guess, likes the way I think. He was born to direct stage things, in my opinion. It's something he's just great at. He just really understands movement and he understands editing. He understands cutting language down and just makes everything about behavior. AP: When was New York at its best? Quinn: I would say Brooklyn from 1648 to 1760 was probably good. I would say the Bronx was at its best during the Dutch phase, probably. Brooklyn in the 1970s. Manhattan in the '40s and '50s. Staten Island from probably 1905 to 1923. AP: Not to be argumentative, but New York of the past was violent and filthy. These days, the main bus station is so clean you can eat off the floor and people can walk safely anywhere. Quinn: You're 100 percent right. It's definitely better, but the thing that got lost was some part of the human character that I miss. Now, everybody speaks in this qualifying way. There's something about it that's very strange. AP: You're also looking at race. This is an interesting time to bring up racial differences. Quinn: It's one of those things where I'm watching these conversations that never have changed since I was a little kid. Everybody's coming to the conversation with their ideas already formed. So I feel like if I can add my two cents in before I die, that would be nice, too. ___ Online: http://www.ColinQuinnTheNewYorkStory.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.

Caitlyn Jenner to write weekly editorials on LGBT issues
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner to write weekly editorials on LGBT issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner will be writing weekly online editorials about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and issues. Jenner's spokesman, Alan Nierob, said Monday that the editorials on the celebrity content website WhoSay are part of Jenner's effort to explore matters of concern to the LGBT community. Nierob declined to comment on other aspects of the effort, saying it's too early to discuss them. This month, the former Bruce Jenner will be featured in an eight-episode series depicting her transition to a new life as a woman. The series, titled "I Am Cait," debuts July 26 on the E! Entertainment channel. The Olympic champion has been part of the E! reality series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," about the extended family that includes Jenner's ex-wife, Kris Jenner, and stepdaughter Kim Kardashian. 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.

HGTV relies on relationships for good TV
Friday Jul 3, 2015
HGTV relies on relationships for good TV

NEW YORK (AP) — HGTV is working the buddy system. The home-and-garden network has upped the number of shows with co-hosts who are related or married to five, adding "America's Most Desperate Kitchens," hosted by cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, to its lineup of shows hosted by spouses, siblings and other assorted relatives. Keeping it all in the family is deliberate: "The natural conversation and exchanges between them as experts with a pre-existing relationship engages audiences," said HGTV general manager Allison Page. The lifestyle network's top show "Brother vs Brother," starring brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott fixing houses for resale, averaged 2.5 million viewers this season — a 47 percent increase over last year's viewership, according to Nielsen ratings. Carrino and Colaneri are back with their fourth HGTV show this summer. In their newest offering, the duo renovates kitchens in homes across the country. Colaneri said they enjoy being able to portray their relationship exactly as it is without any amped-up drama. "We are first cousins, best friends and we are almost like brothers," Colaneri said. Their first HGTV gig hosting "Kitchen Cousins" came out of the blue: They got the surprise call from the network 10 months after a friend sent in a video she made of them. "I don't think for one second we ever thought this is something we can do," Carrino said. Page said the network's audience is mostly women, but they have worked to expand it. Since hosting on HGTV, Carrino said, "Big burly union electrical workers" have come up to him saying, "Can I get a picture? I love your show." Page said the two-host system helps diversify the demographic of the audience, especially when each of the hosts has a different expertise. She said "the shows that focus on physical construction and decoration appeal to both" men and women. "Our fans stretch from young children to adults," Colaneri said. "There is always someone who comes up to you that you would never expect" ____ Online: http://www.hgtv.com ___ Follow Luqman Adeniyi on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/luqman_adeniyi Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Luqman Adeniyi from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Japan broadcaster NHK is testing 8K resolution for Wimbledon
Friday Jul 3, 2015
Japan broadcaster NHK is testing 8K resolution for Wimbledon

In collaboration with the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Japan's public broadcaster NHK is testing its "Super Hi-Vision" 8K resolution system.During the Wimbledon tournament, two matches a day are to be covered by NHK's "Super Hi-Vision" system, 16 times the resolution of HD, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will also include a trial of Sony's F65 4K camera, a model known mostly for its use in feature films. The results of the tests are only available to broadcasters in the Broadcast Center tent at Wimbledon. The trial is part of NHK and the Japanese government's move to bring "Super Hi-Vision" to Japan, and have it ready for use country-wide for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Disney to produce 'Prince Charming'

Disney is putting its princesses on the sidelines and making a live-action comedy about the iconic Prince Charming.Mandeville Films and Tripp Vinson are to produce the comedy, for which Matt Fogel wrote the script, according to Variety. The story is told from the perspective of the prince's brother who is reportedly his polar opposite. Madeville Films is also produced the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast" and given the success of recent Disney movies such as "Maleficent" and "Cinderella," "Prince Charming" could reach large audiences.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dead at 77
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Ocean's Eleven' producer Jerry Weintraub dead at 77

Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub, who made the "Ocean's Eleven" movies and managed artists including Frank Sinatra, has died aged 77, a spokeswoman said Monday.George Clooney and former US president George H.W. Bush were among the first to mourn Weintraub, whose credits also included "Diner," "The Karate Kid" and 1998's "The Avengers." "In the coming days there will be tributes... We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments," Clooney said in a statement. "And in the years to come, the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died." Weintraub originally worked as a talent manager, representing stars such as Sinatra, Neil Diamond and John Denver. He briefly led United Artists, but left to head up his own production house, Weintraub Entertainment Group. The producer, who eventually landed at Warner Bros studios, died of heart failure in Santa Barbara, California, spokeswoman Michelle Bega told AFP. "Jerry was an American original, who earned his success by the sheer force of his instinct, drive, and larger-than-life personality. He had a passion for life," Bush said. "And throughout the ups and downs of his prolific career it was clear just how much he loved show business." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Inside Out' edges 'Jurassic' to top N. American box office
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
'Inside Out' edges 'Jurassic' to top N. American box office

Animated flick "Inside Out" edged out "Jurassic World" to top the North American box office over the weekend with a solid $29.8 million in ticket sales, figures released Monday showed. The Pixar film features the voice of comedian Amy Poehler and follows young Riley as her emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness battle it out internally as she copes with a move to a new city. The movie beat the fourth film in the popular "Jurassic Park" series, which earned $29.2 million on its fourth week in theaters, according to box officer tracker Exhibitor Relations. Steven Spielberg -- who directed the first two Jurassic films -- returns as executive producer for the action adventure about a genetically modified killer dinosaur on the loose. In third was action-packed sci-fi film "Terminator Genisys," which features Arnold Schwarzenegger and brought in $27 million in its debut weekend. Following in fourth was another debut, "Magic Mike XXL," a dance-themed drama about a former stripper starring Channing Tatum. It raked in $12.9 million in theaters over the weekend. "Ted 2," the raunchy sequel to Seth MacFarlane's comedy about a foul-mouthed teddy bear came in fifth in its second week in theaters, bringing in $11.2 million. In sixth with $6.6 million was "Max," a family-friendly feel good movie about a service dog who worked with US Marines in Afghanistan and is adopted by his handler after he was deemed too traumatized to remain in service. The CIA comedy "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy took the seventh spot with $5.1 million. In eighth was earthquake thriller "San Andreas" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with $2.8 million. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," about an awkward high school kid whose life is changed when a classmate is diagnosed with cancer, came in at ninth, earning $1.2 million. Rounding out the top ten was the coming-of-age comedy "Dope" with $1.1 million. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Live eGaming contest coming to US cinema screens
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Live eGaming contest coming to US cinema screens

To mark the US premiere of eSports documentary: "All Work All Play: The Pursuit of eSports Glory" a group of gaming legends have signed up to compete in a special tournament that will be streamed live into cinemas across America.Chris "Huk" Loranger, Kevin "qxc" Riley, Brandon "puCK" Loranger, and Geoff "iNcontroL" Robinson will challenge each other to a game of Blizzard Entertainment's ‘StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void'. The tournament, organised by BY Experience, will also feature live commentary, a live Q and A with the gamers, and will be broadcast live immediately before "All Work All Play" receives its world premiere. "Having legendary gamers like Huk, qxc, puCK and iNcontroL playing StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void really punctuates the event for fans," said Julie Borchard-Young, Co-President of BY Experience. "With 'All Work All Play', fans across the spectrum of gaming will have a unique opportunity to celebrate in a true, local eSports experience together at their local cinema." Tickets for the screening, which will take place live on July 21 at 5:30PM PT/6:30PM MT/7:30PM CT/8:30PM ET are on sale now. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck
Monday Jul 6, 2015
New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck

Hong Kong's mixed martial arts film star Donnie Yen has been named in a casting report on "Star Wars Episode VII," due May 2017.The Chinese territory's Apple Daily named Yen as one of the first actors associated with "Star Wars Episode VIII," even while "Episode VII" is yet five months away and "Star Wars: Rogue One" arrives December 2016. Yen has a host of prominent films to his name, with an acclaimed lead role in award-winning Wing Chun biographical drama "Ip Man" (2008) and its two sequels among them. As a stunt choreographer, he has a keen understanding of the craft, having accrued four Hong Kong Film Awards in eleven years, contributing behind the scenes to another HKFA favorite in "Ip Man." So if "Star Wars Episode VII" is looking to kick off its casting with a titan of Hong Kong and Chinese action cinema, Yen would be a good shout. And Apple Daily seems to think it is, with Yen named winner of a casting round that had also been looking at Jet Li ("The Expendables"), Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero") and Daniel Wu ("The Heavenly Kings") among others. The suggestion is supported by Twitchfilm which, while cautious about taking Apple Daily at its word, had heard that "Rogue One" had also been pursuing Chinese talent. Plus, the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise had already recruited several significant names from Asian cinema for December 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII" in the formidable form of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman -- all seen in Indonesia's "The Raid 2." Already announced for "Rogue One" had been Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Diego Luna ("Elysium"), Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodlines"), with Gareth Edwards of "Godzilla" as director. Shooting is now said to have started on the 2016 release, nearly two months sooner than expected -- one possible reason might be the creation of a teaser trailer. But British website Star Wars Aficionado reminds us that positive confirmation from Lucasfilm is not likely until after "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits cinemas on July 31; that's thanks to a deal between Disney and "Mission: Impossible" studio Paramount. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
Tuesday Jul 7, 2015
Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

NEW YORK (AP) — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more. It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and leather handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. The seller is Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur who orchestrated the Tahoe leg of the torch relay and secured Jenner's participation. "This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive," said Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions. "The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully." Jenner was approached to carry the torch as part of the Los Angles Summer Olympic Games to help support Caesars Tahoe's agenda of giving back to the local community and promoting area youth programs, said Lorsch. The hotel casino held a drawing for a chance to win a place in the relay and sponsored 50 kilometers or about 31 miles of the Nevada route. Seven went to individuals and 42 to local organizations. Jenner was asked to run the remaining kilometer or 1,000 meters. "Caesars saw it as a tremendous opportunity ... to do something more special, never realizing that we would be creating what is truly a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then evolved as a piece of entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and becoming a cultural phenomenon through the transition to Caitlyn," said Lorsch. "Other than trinkets and signed memorabilia, this is the first piece of what I would consider significant Jenner memorabilia to reach the auction block," said Ivy. Better known to a younger generation as the patriarch on "Keeping up With the Kardashians," Jenner, 65, announced earlier this year that he was transitioning to become a woman. Vanity Fair ran glamour photos of him as Caitlyn. A spokesman for Jenner did not respond to a request for comment. Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPY Awards on July 15 for her bravery for publicly coming out as a transgender woman. An E! Entertainment network documentary series "I Am Cait," depicting Jenner's transition from a man to a woman, will debut July 26. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Ula Ilnytzky from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck
Monday Jul 6, 2015
New 'Star Wars' rumors start with Donnie Yen namecheck

Hong Kong's mixed martial arts film star Donnie Yen has been named in a casting report on "Star Wars Episode VII," due May 2017.The Chinese territory's Apple Daily named Yen as one of the first actors associated with "Star Wars Episode VIII," even while "Episode VII" is yet five months away and "Star Wars: Rogue One" arrives December 2016. Yen has a host of prominent films to his name, with an acclaimed lead role in award-winning Wing Chun biographical drama "Ip Man" (2008) and its two sequels among them. As a stunt choreographer, he has a keen understanding of the craft, having accrued four Hong Kong Film Awards in eleven years, contributing behind the scenes to another HKFA favorite in "Ip Man." So if "Star Wars Episode VII" is looking to kick off its casting with a titan of Hong Kong and Chinese action cinema, Yen would be a good shout. And Apple Daily seems to think it is, with Yen named winner of a casting round that had also been looking at Jet Li ("The Expendables"), Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle"), Tony Leung Chiu Wai ("Hero") and Daniel Wu ("The Heavenly Kings") among others. The suggestion is supported by Twitchfilm which, while cautious about taking Apple Daily at its word, had heard that "Rogue One" had also been pursuing Chinese talent. Plus, the rebooted "Star Wars" franchise had already recruited several significant names from Asian cinema for December 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII" in the formidable form of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman -- all seen in Indonesia's "The Raid 2." Already announced for "Rogue One" had been Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Diego Luna ("Elysium"), Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler") and Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodlines"), with Gareth Edwards of "Godzilla" as director. Shooting is now said to have started on the 2016 release, nearly two months sooner than expected -- one possible reason might be the creation of a teaser trailer. But British website Star Wars Aficionado reminds us that positive confirmation from Lucasfilm is not likely until after "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" hits cinemas on July 31; that's thanks to a deal between Disney and "Mission: Impossible" studio Paramount. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'
Monday Jul 6, 2015
Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of "On the Town" said Sunday that Copeland will join the show from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying a few hours of shore leave in 1940s New York. "I don't know if I know what I'm in for. It's going to be a huge challenge for me. It's quite a departure from what I'm used to. But I love a challenge and I think it's going to help me grow as an artist," Copeland said. The role requires both acting and singing, in addition to plenty of dancing, including a 15-minute ballet at the end. The role is currently filled by Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at the prestigious New York City Ballet. "I can carry a tune. We'll see what happens," she said. "I'm excited. I'm a Virgo and we're a little bit anal and we're definitely hard workers, so I'm going to put my all into this." Copeland saw the show a few months ago with her boyfriend, knowing the offer of replacing Fairchild was on the table. "It's probably the best show I've ever seen, I think," she said. "I was just blown away." The ballerina will play six performances during the eight-show week, including the Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening shows, as well as the matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Copeland has been named by Time magazine one of the most influential figures of 2015, and written both a children's book, "Firebird," and a best-selling memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina." She's also performed in a music video with Prince and was featured in a hugely popular online ad for Under Armour sportswear. The dancer also has appeared as a guest host on the Fox show "So You Think You Can Dance" and was a presenter at this year's Tony Awards. Copeland, 32, said she relishes bringing dance to an audience in any form she can. "Whether it's Broadway or ballet, that's always been my goal: to just bring more people into it," she said. "Because I think it's so special and I think the arts can do so much for a person, not just a child. It's completely changed and altered my life in so many amazing ways." ___ Online: http://www.onthetownbroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits 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.

Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con
Sunday Jul 5, 2015
Comics collectibles hitting the booths at Comic-Con

Comics publishers have revealed some of the special items they plan to bring with them to the annual Comic-Con in San Diego next week, from special edition posters to event-exclusive collectibles.Marvel has revealed plans to sell a set of 28 exclusive collectible enamel pins designed by the Eisner-winning artist Skottie Young and based on his existing cover designs. Per MTV, they will include "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers," "Spider-Man" and "Women of Marvel" four-packs plus others featuring Hulk/Banner, Loki, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and more.The four-packs will be priced at $25.DC Collectibles will be bringing three "con exclusive" products to the event, including limited edition DC Comics Blue Edition Jim Lee action figures ($300 each), sculpted by Jack Mathews, encased in intricate packaging, including an original sketch signed by Jim Lee and available in 150 examples that feature Batman, The Joker or Harley Quinn.A standard edition of the action figures comes with an exclusive Jim Lee print, is made in larger quantities and goes for $40. Lastly, there's DC Super Pets Krypto Plush Toy ($9.95), based on the style of comic book artist Art Baltazar.Poster producers Mondo have a number of exclusives lined up. An Ant-Man screen print from artist Kevin Tong, printed on the reflective surface holofoil, comes in an edition of 175 and goes for $85. Mondo says it will release a non-holofoil version of the poster on its website at a later date.A set of 1/6-scale Teenage Mutant Nunja Turles figures, price TBD, will also go on display, each featuring 25+ points of articulation and inspired by the original 1980s comic book.A 12" polystone Hellboy statue will include all the details of the original character drawing and is currently available for pre-order for $200 at MondoTees.com.Mondo wil also offer a vinyl edition of James Horner's Academy Award-nominated "Aliens" score for $35.Comic-Con runs from July 9-12 with a preview night on July 8.www.comic-con.org/cci Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival
Sunday Jul 5, 2015
Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival

NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered Sam Smith. The performers headlined the inaugural Fourth of July Freedom Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which organizers plan to hold annually. Latifah closed the event benefiting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which began Saturday night and went into Sunday morning. She was versatile, going from jazz standards to Broadway tunes to rap — mirroring her adaptable career. "Shout-out to all of our men and women in uniform. Shout-out to my father, Vietnam veteran. Thank you so much daddy," she said. She ended with her hip-hop anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." and thanked the crowd for allowing her to move from music to Broadway to TV and film. Schumer was also a crowd favorite, and she warned parents with little ones early on: "Take a lap." The comedian — who had a breakthrough this year thanks to her popular Comedy Central series, hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards and upcoming film that she wrote — told jokes about sex, dating and Hollywood, which earned her numerous laughs. Though most comedians go the stage with water, Schumer brought a bottle of wine, which she chugged throughout her set. She performed longer than planned. "I'm supposed to get off stage, but I'm not going anywhere. This (ended) up being fun. I thought this was going to suck," she said. Evans, who has multiple hits on the country chart, impressed with a cover of Smith's "Lay Me Down" that quieted the audience — in a good way. She ended by singing Walk the Moon's current Top 5 hit, the upbeat and colorful "Shut Up and Dance." Other performers included country singer Will Hoge, rock band the Alternate Routes and rising pop singer Rachel Platten, who sang her anthemic hit, "Fight Song." Schumer's film, "Trainwreck," is in theaters July 17. She will open for three New York dates on Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour this fall. ___ Online: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mesfin Fekadu from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.