Saturday Feb 28, 2015

Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of 'Finding Neverland'

NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" has found a new producer to join its ranks — Bryan Cranston. Lead producer Harvey Weinstein said Friday that the Tony Award-winning former "Breaking Bad" star had signed up after being enchanted by an...
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Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of 'Finding Neverland'
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of 'Finding Neverland'

NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" has found a new producer to join its ranks — Bryan Cranston. Lead producer Harvey Weinstein said Friday that the Tony Award-winning former "Breaking Bad" star had signed up after being enchanted by an early workshop. The show, directed by Diane Paulus, explores the Peter Pan book's back story and stars Matthew Morrison of "Glee" and former "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer. Performances begin March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Morrison will play J.M. Barrie, the "Peter Pan" author, and Grammer will play his producer. The musical is adapted from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired Barrie to write the children's classic. The show has a book by British playwright James Graham, whose "This House" premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and music and lyrics by Gary Barlow of the pop band Take That, and songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy. Cranston last year made his Broadway debut playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way" and won the Tony for best leading man in a play. In a statement, Weinstein said: "We were so thrilled that he wanted to come on board as an investor — having him as an ally and offering his overall support of this production means the world. He has given Diane and me such smart, constructive creative advice." ___ Online: http://findingneverlandthemusical.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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.

Leonard Nimoy and Mr Spock, in their own words
Friday Feb 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy and Mr Spock, in their own words

Few characters in American television left more of a mark that Mr Spock from "Star Trek", but actor Leonard Nimoy himself had many remarkable thoughts to share as well. Here is a selection of Nimoy's best quotes, from both his "Star Trek" character and his own rich and varied life, following his death Friday at the age of 83. -- "Without followers, evil cannot spread." (Spock) -- "My folks came to the US as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien." (Nimoy) -- "Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them." (Spock) -- "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."(Nimoy) -- "I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question." (Spock) -- "Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special." (Nimoy) -- "Change is the essential process of all existence." (Spock) -- "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." (Spock, to Captain Kirk) -- "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." (Nimoy, in his last Twitter post) -- "Live long and prosper." (Spock) Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Star Trek' actor Leonard Nimoy dead at 83
Friday Feb 27, 2015
'Star Trek' actor Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won fans worldwide for his generations-spanning role as the pointy-eared half-human half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television and film franchise, died Friday at age 83.Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the death to the New York Times. Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Nimoy left for Hollywood at the age of 18, winning a sprinkling of small parts in 1950s television series. With his squared jaw and serious features, Nimoy worked his way into showbiz playing cowboy characters and lawmen before he found a niche that would last a lifetime in science fiction flicks. In 1966, he was cast in his greatest role as the ever-logical Spock, in the television show "Star Trek." Aboard the spaceship USS Enterprise, science officer Spock and its crew ventured around the galaxy exploring new worlds in death-defying odysseys. Spock was the cool counterpoint to hot-headed Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, and the even-tempered sparring partner of ship doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, played by DeForest Kelley. The trinity had ratings-boosting chemistry that sustained "Star Trek" during its initial four-year run. The character Spock would be resurrected for several feature films after "Star Trek" snowballed into a cultural phenomenon in the 70s and 80s, making Spock's Vulcan salute and salutation "live long and prosper" -- a touchstone of the science-fiction world. Nimoy would later reveal he based the hand gesture on a Jewish blessing. In addition to acting, Nimoy was an accomplished director. He directed two of the Star Trek films including one of the most well received, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." Nimoy also directed 1987 box-office hit "3 Men and a Baby" starring Tom Selleck. - Role model for geeks - Nimoy, along with some of his co-stars, struggled with the type-casting he was thrown into by legions of earnest and attentive "Star Trek" fans. In 1975, he authored the book "I am Not Spock" attempting to open up space between himself and the character that had so captured people's imaginations. While "Star Trek" fever built, Nimoy starred alongside Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" in 1978, and then alongside Ingrid Bergman in 1982's "A Woman Called Golda." Nimoy would eventually embrace his role as an authority figure in the sci-fi world. He wrote a rebuttal to his earlier memoir in "I am Spock" in 1995. As Spock, Nimoy became a role model for nerds and geeks: he was calm under pressure with a logical response always at the ready. He related an "embarrassing" anecdote to The New York Times in 2009 where he toured a California university with scientists who looked to Spock for approval. "Then they'd say to me, 'What do you think?' Expecting me to have some very sound advice. And I would nod very quietly and very sagely I would say, 'You're on the right track,'" he said about his adulation in the science community. Nimoy had two children with his first wife, and was married to his second wife Susan since 1989. Nimoy built off his sci-fi and Spock fame for the rest of his career, lending his voice to documentaries, video games and television shows. He sold "Live Long and Prosper" apparel, and waved the Vulcan salute at "Star Trek" conventions. He returned to "Star Trek" and an older version of his Spock character in the franchise's reboot directed by J.J Abrams in 2009 and in a 2013 sequel. Nimoy remained active in his later years, releasing photography books and poetry. He also took a role on "Fringe," a sci-fi TV series that ran from 2008 to 2013 and also directed by Abrams. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor
Friday Feb 27, 2015
Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. Schock paid $35,000 earlier this month to the owner of the Illinois decorating firm Euro Trash, and $5,000 more on Thursday, the records showed. His official House expense account had previously paid the group for its services. Schock, a rising star in the Republican Party, has been under scrutiny for using taxpayer money to pay for the redecorating, as well as using his official and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets. The Washington Post was first to describe the office decorations in early February. A watchdog group has since requested a House ethics review of the congressman's spending. Schock's office said Friday his payments made good on an earlier promise to personally shoulder the costs of the office renovation. Schock wrote two checks — for $25,000 on Feb. 4 and $10,000 on Feb. 6 — to Tracy "Annie" Brahler, owner of Euro Trash. He wrote a third check for $5,000 on Thursday. "Congressman Schock has fulfilled his commitment to pay for all the renovation costs," his office said Friday in a prepared statement. It said that while congressional office costs are usually paid from office expense accounts, "the congressman believed it appropriate to pay these costs himself." Schock, 33, is in his fourth term representing the Peoria and Springfield areas. This week, Schock brought on board a team of campaign finance lawyers and public relations experts to address the controversy about his expenses. His financial charges — including the use of his donors' private aircraft and concert tickets — were detailed by the AP and other news organizations since news of the decoration work became public. An AP review this week identified at least a dozen flights worth more than $40,000 on contributors' planes since mid-2011, tracking Schock's reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman's pictures uploaded to his Instagram account. The AP extracted hidden location data associated with each image; it then correlated it with flight records showing airport stopovers and expenses later billed for air travel against Schock's office and campaign records. Lawmakers can use office funds for private flights as long as payments cover their share of the costs. But most of the flights Schock covered with office funds occurred before the House changed its rules in January 2013. Those earlier rules prohibited lawmakers from using those accounts to pay for flights on private aircraft, allowing payments only for federally licensed charter and commercial flights. Schock previously told the AP he travels frequently throughout his Peoria-area district "to stay connected with my constituents," and that he takes compliance with congressional funding rules seriously. Schock also spent thousands more on tickets for concerts, car mileage reimbursements — among the highest in Congress — and took his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert last June. His office is still reviewing those transportation and entertainment charges. The Post first reported that Brahler donated her services as she decorated Schock's Washington office with red carpet and red walls accented with antique-looking frames and sconces reminiscent of "Downton Abbey." The popular PBS show depicts the lives of aristocratic families and their servants in 1920s England. Brahler refunded to the U.S. government $35,000 paid to her from Schock's congressional office expense account, records show, within days of the Post's report. A liberal-leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, had requested an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, an outside panel that reviews ethics complaints against House members. ___ Follow Jack Gillum on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackgillum Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jack Gillum and STEPHEN BRAUN from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stark Sands, Meagan Good on board for ‘Minority Report'
Friday Feb 27, 2015
Stark Sands, Meagan Good on board for ‘Minority Report'

The TV adaptation of "Minority Report" has cast Stark Sands and Meagan Good in lead roles.Sands ("NYC-22," "Inside Llewyn Davis"), revealed the Hollywood Reporter, will play identical twin brothers Dash and Arthur, "Precogs" who are able to see into the future, while Good ("Think Like a Man") will play a detective "who just may help him find a purpose to his gift." As previously reported, Fox is launching the pilot based on Steven Spielberg's 2002 sfi-fi film, with Spielberg bringing in "Godzilla" screenwriter Max Borenstein to work on the series. The TV drama will be set 10 years after the events of the film. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all. The collection belonging to real estate lawyer Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has been certified by Guinness Awards as the largest anywhere. And it is on display at the Mexican Museum of Antique Toys in Mexico City. Silva Vargas started collecting Harry Potter items 15 years ago, when he was 12. He started with toys, then branched out to all sorts of things, from scarves to soda cans from Japan and Chinese language editions of Rowling's books. He has 3,097 items in all. The exhibit formally opens Saturday. 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.

Leonard Nimoy and Mr Spock, in their own words
Friday Feb 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy and Mr Spock, in their own words

Few characters in American television left more of a mark that Mr Spock from "Star Trek", but actor Leonard Nimoy himself had many remarkable thoughts to share as well. Here is a selection of Nimoy's best quotes, from both his "Star Trek" character and his own rich and varied life, following his death Friday at the age of 83. -- "Without followers, evil cannot spread." (Spock) -- "My folks came to the US as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien." (Nimoy) -- "Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them." (Spock) -- "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."(Nimoy) -- "I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question." (Spock) -- "Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it's not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special." (Nimoy) -- "Change is the essential process of all existence." (Spock) -- "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." (Spock, to Captain Kirk) -- "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory." (Nimoy, in his last Twitter post) -- "Live long and prosper." (Spock) Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Star Trek' actor Leonard Nimoy dead at 83
Friday Feb 27, 2015
'Star Trek' actor Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who won fans worldwide for his generations-spanning role as the pointy-eared half-human half-Vulcan Mr Spock in the "Star Trek" television and film franchise, died Friday at age 83.Nimoy, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, died at his home in Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the death to the New York Times. Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Nimoy left for Hollywood at the age of 18, winning a sprinkling of small parts in 1950s television series. With his squared jaw and serious features, Nimoy worked his way into showbiz playing cowboy characters and lawmen before he found a niche that would last a lifetime in science fiction flicks. In 1966, he was cast in his greatest role as the ever-logical Spock, in the television show "Star Trek." Aboard the spaceship USS Enterprise, science officer Spock and its crew ventured around the galaxy exploring new worlds in death-defying odysseys. Spock was the cool counterpoint to hot-headed Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner, and the even-tempered sparring partner of ship doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, played by DeForest Kelley. The trinity had ratings-boosting chemistry that sustained "Star Trek" during its initial four-year run. The character Spock would be resurrected for several feature films after "Star Trek" snowballed into a cultural phenomenon in the 70s and 80s, making Spock's Vulcan salute and salutation "live long and prosper" -- a touchstone of the science-fiction world. Nimoy would later reveal he based the hand gesture on a Jewish blessing. In addition to acting, Nimoy was an accomplished director. He directed two of the Star Trek films including one of the most well received, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." Nimoy also directed 1987 box-office hit "3 Men and a Baby" starring Tom Selleck. - Role model for geeks - Nimoy, along with some of his co-stars, struggled with the type-casting he was thrown into by legions of earnest and attentive "Star Trek" fans. In 1975, he authored the book "I am Not Spock" attempting to open up space between himself and the character that had so captured people's imaginations. While "Star Trek" fever built, Nimoy starred alongside Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" in 1978, and then alongside Ingrid Bergman in 1982's "A Woman Called Golda." Nimoy would eventually embrace his role as an authority figure in the sci-fi world. He wrote a rebuttal to his earlier memoir in "I am Spock" in 1995. As Spock, Nimoy became a role model for nerds and geeks: he was calm under pressure with a logical response always at the ready. He related an "embarrassing" anecdote to The New York Times in 2009 where he toured a California university with scientists who looked to Spock for approval. "Then they'd say to me, 'What do you think?' Expecting me to have some very sound advice. And I would nod very quietly and very sagely I would say, 'You're on the right track,'" he said about his adulation in the science community. Nimoy had two children with his first wife, and was married to his second wife Susan since 1989. Nimoy built off his sci-fi and Spock fame for the rest of his career, lending his voice to documentaries, video games and television shows. He sold "Live Long and Prosper" apparel, and waved the Vulcan salute at "Star Trek" conventions. He returned to "Star Trek" and an older version of his Spock character in the franchise's reboot directed by J.J Abrams in 2009 and in a 2013 sequel. Nimoy remained active in his later years, releasing photography books and poetry. He also took a role on "Fringe," a sci-fi TV series that ran from 2008 to 2013 and also directed by Abrams. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First photo: Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'
Friday Feb 27, 2015
First photo: Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

The first image of Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in 1930s transgender biopic "The Danish Girl" has been published by production company Working Title.Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe, a successful artist born in 1880s Denmark as Einar Wegener, and who then, in the early 1930s, became one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. The film adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper of "The King's Speech" and "Les Misérables," is based on a fictionalized biography written by David Ebershoff, and has Alicia Vikander ("Anna Karenina," "Testament of Youth") starring opposite Redmayne as Elbe's wife, illustrator Gerda Wegener. A theatrical release is expected in 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Eternal Zero' scoops Japanese Academy Awards, 'Frozen' recognized
Friday Feb 27, 2015
'The Eternal Zero' scoops Japanese Academy Awards, 'Frozen' recognized

Takashi Yamazaki's touching tale of a young man searching for family truth was a winner at the 2015 Japanese Academy Prize awards, just as it was at the box office the year before.Announced on Friday, February 27, the awards saw "The Eternal Zero" count among its prizes those for Best Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor, Director of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, and Most Popular Actor. Leading male Junichi Okada was also awarded with Best Supporting Actor for his part in "A Samurai Chronicle," while director Takashi Yamazaki received the prize for Best Animated Film, "Stand By Me Doraemon." Best Actress went to Rie Miyazawa in "Pale Moon," adapted from a novel about a bank employee who ends up embezzling funds from rich clients. It also starred one of six best newcomers at the Japan Academy Prize, Sosuke Ikematsu of 2003 Tom Cruise film "The Last Samurai." Best Supporting Actress went to Haru Kuroki in "The Little House," while Disney musical fantasy "Frozen" was awarded Outstanding Foreign Language Film, an award that ties in with popular sentiment after it topped the Japanese Box Office for a 16-week stretch. http://www.japan-academy-prize.jp/prizes/38.html Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91. Kemal died at Istanbul's Capa Hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 14 and was being treated in its intensive care unit for multiple organ failure, Dr. Mehmet Akif Karan said. Kemal was the author of "Memed, My Hawk" a story about feudal relations in Turkey's traditional southern regions in 1955. It was widely translated, like most of the three dozen novels he has written. The character of Memed was drawn in part from Kemal's memory of his mother's brother, an outlaw named Mayro — "the best-known outlaw in the eastern Anatolia, Iran and Caucasus areas." "I am having difficulties finding the words to describe the sorrow I feel at the loss of the great writer and artist Yasar Kemal," Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a statement. Davutoglu praised Kemal's ability to "maintain his dissident attitude and express the truth without holding back at times when speaking the truth was hard." Kemal's ability to delve into human nature and bring out the universal traits in his characters has made his novels widely accessible. Nine of his novels were made into films. "My adventures are aimed at exploring the mystery of the human," he said during an award ceremony at the presidential palace in December 2008. When he was a boy, he listened to his father sing Kurdish songs on a hilltop overlooking their village in the southern province of Adana. These were sagas of Kurdish heroism — of wars, lost sons and migrations in past centuries; of nostalgia for lands left behind. Kemal never promoted his Kurdish background. Few people actually knew he was a Kurd. "I'm a Turkish writer — of Kurdish origin," he once said. However, he felt the push to speak during heydays of clashes between autonomy seeking Kurdish guerrillas and Turkish troops in the mid-1990s. But he was convicted for an article denouncing racism against minorities in Turkey, especially Kurds. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison for "inciting hatred and promoting racism." The sentence was suspended. "I couldn't sleep at nights for a year," Kemal said. "I had pangs of conscience. 'You are a writer. You have to speak up,' I kept telling myself."  Kemal is survived by his son, Rasit Gokceli, and his second wife, Ayse Semiha Baban. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Suzan Fraser from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown recovered
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
Dress that 'greatly resembles' stolen Nyong'o gown recovered

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said. The dress found at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly resembles" the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress the actress wore to Sunday's Academy Awards, sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. Detectives were trying to verify whether the recovered dress is the same one Nyong'o wore, she said. One of the actress' representatives reported the dress was stolen from her room at the London Hotel late Wednesday. Authorities placed its value at $150,000, although experts say it could have fetched more on the black market. The recovery of the dress was first reported by TMZ.com, which said that a person claiming to have taken the gown gave the celebrity website information about where to find the dress. Detectives found it in a black garment bag stashed underneath the bathroom counter. Nyong'o won an Oscar in 2014 for her role in "Twelve Years a Slave" and was a presenter at Sunday's ceremony. Her publicists declined comment Friday evening. The 31-year-old actress has become a darling of Hollywood's red carpets in the past two years, with commenters and fans praising her fashion choices. She accessorized the dress with Chopard diamond earrings and diamond rings. "There are a lot of collectors out there who are very private and have private collections of stolen merchandise," said style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson. "Some of these dresses have global fame as big as any Van Gogh." ___ Tami Abdollah can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/latams. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Tami Abdollah from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of 'Finding Neverland'
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
Bryan Cranston becomes a producer of 'Finding Neverland'

NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway musical "Finding Neverland" has found a new producer to join its ranks — Bryan Cranston. Lead producer Harvey Weinstein said Friday that the Tony Award-winning former "Breaking Bad" star had signed up after being enchanted by an early workshop. The show, directed by Diane Paulus, explores the Peter Pan book's back story and stars Matthew Morrison of "Glee" and former "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer. Performances begin March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Morrison will play J.M. Barrie, the "Peter Pan" author, and Grammer will play his producer. The musical is adapted from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired Barrie to write the children's classic. The show has a book by British playwright James Graham, whose "This House" premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and music and lyrics by Gary Barlow of the pop band Take That, and songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy. Cranston last year made his Broadway debut playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way" and won the Tony for best leading man in a play. In a statement, Weinstein said: "We were so thrilled that he wanted to come on board as an investor — having him as an ally and offering his overall support of this production means the world. He has given Diane and me such smart, constructive creative advice." ___ Online: http://findingneverlandthemusical.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.

World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
World's biggest private Harry Potter collection on display

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all. The collection belonging to real estate lawyer Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has been certified by Guinness Awards as the largest anywhere. And it is on display at the Mexican Museum of Antique Toys in Mexico City. Silva Vargas started collecting Harry Potter items 15 years ago, when he was 12. He started with toys, then branched out to all sorts of things, from scarves to soda cans from Japan and Chinese language editions of Rowling's books. He has 3,097 items in all. The exhibit formally opens Saturday. 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.

'The Eternal Zero' scoops Japanese Academy Awards, 'Frozen' recognized
Friday Feb 27, 2015
'The Eternal Zero' scoops Japanese Academy Awards, 'Frozen' recognized

Takashi Yamazaki's touching tale of a young man searching for family truth was a winner at the 2015 Japanese Academy Prize awards, just as it was at the box office the year before.Announced on Friday, February 27, the awards saw "The Eternal Zero" count among its prizes those for Best Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actor, Director of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, and Most Popular Actor. Leading male Junichi Okada was also awarded with Best Supporting Actor for his part in "A Samurai Chronicle," while director Takashi Yamazaki received the prize for Best Animated Film, "Stand By Me Doraemon." Best Actress went to Rie Miyazawa in "Pale Moon," adapted from a novel about a bank employee who ends up embezzling funds from rich clients. It also starred one of six best newcomers at the Japan Academy Prize, Sosuke Ikematsu of 2003 Tom Cruise film "The Last Samurai." Best Supporting Actress went to Haru Kuroki in "The Little House," while Disney musical fantasy "Frozen" was awarded Outstanding Foreign Language Film, an award that ties in with popular sentiment after it topped the Japanese Box Office for a 16-week stretch. http://www.japan-academy-prize.jp/prizes/38.html Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.