Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

'CSI: Miami' alum Eva LaRue to join cast of "Fuller House"

After solving grisly crimes on “CSI: Miami,” actress Eva LaRue will be taking on a decidedly lighter role as the new wife of Danny Tanner in the Netflix production of “Fuller House.”LaRue, who will play the role of Teri opposite Bob Saget, announced the news on Twitter. The 13-episode series...
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'CSI: Miami' alum Eva LaRue to join cast of "Fuller House"
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'CSI: Miami' alum Eva LaRue to join cast of "Fuller House"

After solving grisly crimes on “CSI: Miami,” actress Eva LaRue will be taking on a decidedly lighter role as the new wife of Danny Tanner in the Netflix production of “Fuller House.”LaRue, who will play the role of Teri opposite Bob Saget, announced the news on Twitter. The 13-episode series is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016 and will center on DJ Tanner-Fuller, played by Candace Cameron Bure, a recently widowed mother pregnant with her third child who turns to her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) for help. LaRue is also known for her role on the soap opera "All My Children." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: Lady Gaga in latest Shiseido ad
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
Watch: Lady Gaga in latest Shiseido ad

In the latest ad for Shiseido, Lady Gaga may start off au naturel, but by the end of the 30-second promo, in true Gaga fashion she ends the ad with beaded curtains hanging off her eyebrows.As only Gaga can do. With the tagline “Be Yourself. That’s what makes you beautiful,” the singer sports a pretty, natural face at the beginning of the ad, and leaves the hotel in a nondescript fringed dress. But once in the limo, the Lady finds her inner self by changing into a blue leather jumpsuit and affixing beaded curtains to her eyebrows. Can’t visualize it? Watch the video at http://bit.ly/1DLynfP. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: Florence and The Machine's latest short film
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
Watch: Florence and The Machine's latest short film

Florence and the Machine have released a 10-minute short film set in the rugged, Scottish countryside.The double feature covers “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost” from her latest album “How Big How Blue How Beautiful.” Directed by Vincent Haycock, the mini film uses the dramatic cliff sides and tempestuous Scottish skies and light to play backdrop to the melancholy tracks. Watch the video at http://bit.ly/1LO0VNI. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters. The Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show's gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon. The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, told The Associated Press that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation, and also brings the creative process full circle. Parker and Stone used to "trip out" on Mormon stuff while taking Temple Square tours in the 1990s. They made their first research trip for the show to Salt Lake City with fellow creator Bobby Lopez in the mid-2000s. They waited to bring the show to Salt Lake City until they were invited by a theater. "It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City," Stone said. "It just feels very much like it's coming home." Though they won't be able to make it to any of the showings, they're hopeful the show's jokes will get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. "It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch of Jews," Parker said. Despite a series of jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, it's not expected to cause much of a stir or any protests. (Prices range from $26-$160, not including fees). Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state's non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon. "It's like going to your own roast ... that goes too far," Gordon said. "Nobody likes to be made fun of, especially with crude humor." Yet the show has actually contributed to a shift in how Americans think of a religion once seen as threatening and looking to undermine the established social order, said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University. "Instead of the presentation of Mormons being very sinister and conniving and corrupt, Mormons are kind of naive, very nice and very dumb," said Bowman, author of the 2012 book, "The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith." Membership stands at 15 million currently from just 5 million members in 1982. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained pretty quiet about the show over the years, just repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ," it reads. Attendees at the 1,876-seat Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City will see church ads in the playbill that show a smiling woman with the words, "The book is always better" and another with a smiling man, "You've seen the play, now read the book." The church has also referred back to a lengthy article it wrote in 2009 when HBO's "Big Love" was touching on sensitive Mormon beliefs. Church leaders said then they choose not to call on boycotts or give much attention to inaccurate portrayals in popular culture to avoid giving the shows the controversy and attention they crave. Parker and Stone aren't surprised by the church's tempered response to their show. They grew up around Mormons and knew it wasn't their style to yell and shout. Parker's fascination with the religion began when he was dating a Mormon girl while growing up in Colorado. He recalls her family inviting him over for a family evening, where they turned off the TV and sang. The musical isn't their first time poking fun at Mormons. They made a South Park episode and a 1997 movie called "Orgazmo," starring Parker as a young Mormon recruited into porn. He's still recognized for that role more in Utah than anywhere else. Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take some ribbing. But he said, "I just wish it didn't go so too far." Bowman said many Mormons, who generally shy away from R-rated movies, are horrified by the vulgarity of the musical. Others are just disappointed that it's the latest in a long line of depictions of them by outsiders that is offensive, Bowman said. But that doesn't mean Mormons don't go see it. Parker and Stone started noticing Mormons, or at least people who knew the religion well, in the crowds on Broadway because they could hear snickers at certain jokes only they would get. "I think it legitimizes them," Stone said. "You're not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you're really, really part of the American fabric." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jay Oakerson to host live Comedy Central show with Dan Soder on SiriusXM
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Jay Oakerson to host live Comedy Central show with Dan Soder on SiriusXM

Comedy Central announced the upcoming launch of its first live weekly show, called "The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder."The show, which premieres on Monday, July 27, is Comedy Central's first live weekly show on SiriusXM's Comedy Central Radio channel, Variety reports. The pair will discuss sports, entertainment and comedy, giving listeners the opportunity to call in and share their opinions on the various topics. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
Angelina Jolie film paying tribute to land of her son Maddox

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia helped Angelina Jolie become a film superstar and start a family. To tell the stories of people in the country that touched her, she is directing a Netflix film on location based on a memoir of the country's 1970s holocaust under the communist Khmer Rouge, blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said Tuesday in an email interview with The Associated Press. Jolie's 2001 hit, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," was filmed partly at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and in 2002 she adopted 7-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia. Determined to give something back, she launched a foundation in Cambodia 12 years ago to promote community development alongside conservation. This past weekend she visited some of the projects of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which focuses on programs "to help local families overcome problems associated with poverty in the region and to help preserve the remarkable habitat and wildlife for future generations," she said. She's slated to begin filming in November on the Netflix project, an adaptation of "First they Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," author Loung Ung's memoir of her childhood during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie recently directed the Louis Zamperini biopic "Unbroken" and is in post-production on the drama "By the Sea," in which she also acts alongside her husband, Brad Pitt. During her visit to Cambodia this week, Jolie agreed to answer a few emailed questions from The Associated Press. Here is an edited version of the exchange: — AP: Do you feel a political/social responsibility to tell the stories of Cambodia, since Maddox is from there? — Jolie: I feel a deep connection to Cambodia. I want to respect its history and bring a film to the world that will not only show the hardships of war but the dignity and resilience of a people I deeply respect. As Maddox and I prepare the film we will be side by side learning about his country. He is turning 14 next week and this is a very important time for him to understand who he is. He is my son but he is also a son of Cambodia. This is the time for our family to understand all that that means to him and to us. My desire to tell this story in the most truthful and accurate way possible will be my tribute to the strength and dignity of all Cambodian people. — AP: There are so many gruesome stories of people who lived through the horror of Khmer Rouge. What about this particular story do you feel needs to be told on the big screen? — Jolie: The intent of this project is not to revisit the horrors of the war but to bring to the screen characters that people around the world will empathize with, and to help other people to learn about Cambodia. What is special about this particular story is that it is told from the perspective of a 5-year-old child, and is based on a child's emotional experience of war. It sheds light not only on the experience of children during the genocide in Cambodia but of all children who endure war. — AP: Will Maddox be involved with the film/production? — Jolie: Maddox will be on set every day after school and involved behind the scenes. And yes, Maddox is already involved in the Foundation and will take over my role when he is older. ___ Jolie was in the capital Phnom Penh on Tuesday doing research at the Bophana Center, an audiovisual archive co-founded by Rithy Pan, an acclaimed Cambodian documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge, and who will help with the Netflix project, which will be done in the Khmer language. "We will be spending the next few months scouting for locations, casting the film, but most importantly researching every event to make sure it is historically accurate and will pay respect not only to Loung Ung and her family but to every single individual who suffered under the Khmer Rouge," Jolie said a speech at the center, which distributed the text. "The book is a guide to one young girl's story, and we will complete the story drawing on the experiences of other and adding them to the film. Through her story we will be telling many stories, so that the film is not just based on the memory of one child but on the collective memory of the people of Cambodia." ___ Associated Press writers Angela Chen in Hong Kong and Grant Peck in Bangkok contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sopheng Cheang from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

The Latest: Netflix: 'Arrested Development' deal 'complex'
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
The Latest: Netflix: 'Arrested Development' deal 'complex'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs (all times local): 10:04 a.m. There may be another season of "Arrested Development" after all. Netflix, which aired a fourth season of the show in 2013, is planning to bring the cast, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett together for more episodes, but Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the sticking point seems to be coordinating their busy schedules. "We are plugging along," he said. "It's a very long complex deal to make for these guys because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, but also because the show is owned by Fox." "Arrested Development" aired for three seasons on Fox until its cancellation in 2006. ____ 9:59 a.m. Netflix says it's "thrilled" to be working with Adam Sandler, even if he's no longer a titan at the box office. Sandler, whose latest movie, "Pixels," pulled in $24-million in the U.S. in its first weekend — less than analysts expected, stars in "The Ridiculous Six" which premieres on Dec. 11 on the streaming site. The movie is one of four he will star in and produce for Netflix. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, cited Sandler's international appeal as a bonus. "We did our deal with Sandler because he is an enormous international movie star," he said, "We are as encouraged as ever." ___ 9:37 a.m. Netflix will premiere an original documentary on Keith Richards. "Keith Richards - Under the Influence" will be available Sept. 18, the streaming service announced Tuesday. Directed by director Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the documentary will examine Richards' musical influences and the genesis of his sound, and follow him as the 71-year-old Rolling Stone prepares for his first solo album in 23 years. "Under the Influence" will have both new and archival footage. ___ 8:47 a.m. The decision to reboot the ABC comedy "Full House" on Netflix" with most of the original cast came down to the idea of families watching TV together. "We got very excited about the idea of co-viewing the audience which is very rare on television today," Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, said Tuesday as the Television Critics Association summer meeting began. It was also a smart business decision because it's remained a part of popular culture since going off the air in 1995, thanks to syndication. The reboot, called "Fuller House," had its first taping last week. Sarandos said the cast appeared easily slipped back into their characters. As for whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would ever reprise their role of Michelle Tanner, Sarandos said, "the Olsen twins are teetering (over) whether or not they'll be around." ___ 8:40 a.m. Aziz Ansari is getting his own Netflix series. The comic has already headlined comedy specials for the streaming site but, "Master of None,'" is a comedy that will follow the actor as an indecisive 30-year-old named Dev, living in New York. He created the series, announced Tuesday, and will co-executive produce. The cast includes H Jon Benjamin and Eric Wareheim. "Master of None" hits Netflix on Nov. 6. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by The Associated Press from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Martian' to premiere at Toronto, 'Demolition' to open
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Martian' to premiere at Toronto, 'Demolition' to open

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a star-studded lineup for its 40th annual event, including anticipated performances from Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, and Bryan Cranston. Ridley Scott's "The Martian," starring Damon and Jessica Chastain, will have its world premiere at the festival as will the fact-based drama "Freeheld," starring Moore and Ellen Page as a couple fighting for equal marriage rights. The Whitey Bulger thriller "Black Mass," starring Depp, the Lance Armstrong movie "The Program," starring Ben Foster as the cyclist, and "Trumbo," starring Cranston, will also screen. Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition," with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, will open the festival. The festival, which helps set the awards season agenda, runs from September 10-20. More films will be announced in the coming weeks. --- Online: www.tiff.net 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.

Box Office Top 20: 'Ant-Man' beats 'Pixels' by a tentacle
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Box Office Top 20: 'Ant-Man' beats 'Pixels' by a tentacle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He might be tiny and one of Marvel's lesser-known properties, but "Ant-Man" has power — especially at the box office. The superhero pic held the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row with $24.9 million, bumping its domestic total over the $100 million mark. The Marvel/Disney pic proved slightly more of a draw than Pac-Man and his 1980s arcade counterparts in "Pixels," which debuted to $24 million. The Adam Sandler end-of-the-world comedy cost $88 million to produce and has a rocky path toward domestic profitability ahead. Boasting the smallest screen count in the top five, the R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surprised with a healthy $16.7 million weekend, while the YA adaptation of John Green's "Paper Towns" proved that it hasn't quite found its audience yet. The film earned only $12.7 million. It's already passed its $12 million budget, but it clearly doesn't have the expected widespread appeal of last year's "The Fault in Our Stars." The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak: 1. "Ant-Man," Disney, $24,909,332, 3,868 locations, $6,440 average, $106,219,861, 2 weeks. 2. "Pixels," Sony, $24,011,616, 3,723 locations, $6,450 average, $24,011,616, 1 week. 3. "Minions," Universal, $22,933,960, 4,066 locations, $5,640 average, $262,454,370, 3 weeks. 4. "Trainwreck," Universal, $17,281,950, 3,171 locations, $5,450 average, $61,526,975, 2 weeks. 5. "Southpaw," The Weinstein Company, $16,701,294, 2,772 locations, $6,025 average, $16,701,294, 1 week. 6. "Paper Towns," 20th Century Fox, $12,650,140, 3,031 locations, $4,174 average, $12,650,140, 1 week. 7. "Inside Out," Disney, $7,414,528, 2,717 locations, $2,729 average, $320,393,339, 6 weeks. 8. "Jurassic World," Universal, $7,181,175, 2,645 locations, $2,715 average, $624,083,950, 7 weeks. 9. "Mr. Holmes," Roadside Attractions, $2,868,335, 686 locations, $4,181 average, $6,451,225, 2 weeks. 10. "Terminator Genisys," Paramount, $2,417,910, 1,702 locations, $1,421 average, $85,683,524, 4 weeks. 11. "Magic Mike XXL," Warner Bros., $1,877,169, 1,440 locations, $1,304 average, $63,144,247, 4 weeks. 12. "Gallows, The," Warner Bros., $1,181,120, 1,202 locations, $983 average, $21,355,856, 3 weeks. 13. "Ted 2," Universal, $970,920, 696 locations, $1,395 average, $79,627,410, 5 weeks. 14. "The Vatican Tapes," Lionsgate, $832,271, 427 locations, $1,949 average, $832,271, 1 week. 15. "Max," Warner Bros., $771,151, 665 locations, $1,160 average, $39,779,691, 5 weeks. 16. "Spy," 20th Century Fox, $767,938, 539 locations, $1,425 average, $108,107,713, 8 weeks. 17. "Amy," A24 Films, $726,680, 370 locations, $1,964 average, $5,543,072, 4 weeks. 18. "Mad Max: Fury Road," Warner Bros., $418,192, 345 locations, $1,212 average, $151,622,298, 11 week. 19. "Baahubali (Telugu)," BlueSky Cinemas, $346,724, 125 locations, $2,774 average, $6,680,280, 3 weeks. 20. "San Andreas," Warner Bros., $333,701, 266 locations, $1,255 average, $151,885,432, 9 weeks. --- Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. 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.

'Minions' tops global box office
Monday Jul 27, 2015
'Minions' tops global box office

The little guys are taking the big slice of global box office estimates, edging out Disney's "Ant-Man" for the weekend of July 26.It's a battle between adorable animated characters as "Minions" tops global box office estimates with a total of $66.1 million in the bank just ahead of "Ant-Man," which earned $60.2 million over the weekend, according to Rentrak. Universal's "Minions" now counts a grand total of $759.4 million, and the Disney-Marvel produced "Ant-Man" counts 48 international territories and North America in which it was viewed over the weekend. Fantasy-adventure-themed 3D film "Monster Hunt" came in third, earning $46 million in only five territories, according to Rentrak. Global box office estimates for the weekend of July 26 are as follows: 1. Minions - Universal - $66.1M 2. Ant-Man - Disney - $60.2M 3. Monster Hunt - Multiple - $46.0M 4. Pixels - Sony - $45.4M 5. Inside Out - Disney - $35.7M 6. Jian Bing Man (Pancake Man) - Multiple - $25.0M 7. Paper Towns - 20th Century Fox - $20.5M 8. Southpaw - Multiple - $20.0M 9. Assassination, The - Showbox - $19.5M 10. Trainwreck - Universal - $17.5M 11. Monkey King: Hero is Back - Multiple - $17.0M 12. Jurassic World - Universal - $14.5M Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters. The Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show's gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon. The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, told The Associated Press that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation, and also brings the creative process full circle. Parker and Stone used to "trip out" on Mormon stuff while taking Temple Square tours in the 1990s. They made their first research trip for the show to Salt Lake City with fellow creator Bobby Lopez in the mid-2000s. They waited to bring the show to Salt Lake City until they were invited by a theater. "It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City," Stone said. "It just feels very much like it's coming home." Though they won't be able to make it to any of the showings, they're hopeful the show's jokes will get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. "It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch of Jews," Parker said. Despite a series of jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, it's not expected to cause much of a stir or any protests. (Prices range from $26-$160, not including fees). Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state's non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon. "It's like going to your own roast ... that goes too far," Gordon said. "Nobody likes to be made fun of, especially with crude humor." Yet the show has actually contributed to a shift in how Americans think of a religion once seen as threatening and looking to undermine the established social order, said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University. "Instead of the presentation of Mormons being very sinister and conniving and corrupt, Mormons are kind of naive, very nice and very dumb," said Bowman, author of the 2012 book, "The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith." Membership stands at 15 million currently from just 5 million members in 1982. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained pretty quiet about the show over the years, just repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ," it reads. Attendees at the 1,876-seat Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City will see church ads in the playbill that show a smiling woman with the words, "The book is always better" and another with a smiling man, "You've seen the play, now read the book." The church has also referred back to a lengthy article it wrote in 2009 when HBO's "Big Love" was touching on sensitive Mormon beliefs. Church leaders said then they choose not to call on boycotts or give much attention to inaccurate portrayals in popular culture to avoid giving the shows the controversy and attention they crave. Parker and Stone aren't surprised by the church's tempered response to their show. They grew up around Mormons and knew it wasn't their style to yell and shout. Parker's fascination with the religion began when he was dating a Mormon girl while growing up in Colorado. He recalls her family inviting him over for a family evening, where they turned off the TV and sang. The musical isn't their first time poking fun at Mormons. They made a South Park episode and a 1997 movie called "Orgazmo," starring Parker as a young Mormon recruited into porn. He's still recognized for that role more in Utah than anywhere else. Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take some ribbing. But he said, "I just wish it didn't go so too far." Bowman said many Mormons, who generally shy away from R-rated movies, are horrified by the vulgarity of the musical. Others are just disappointed that it's the latest in a long line of depictions of them by outsiders that is offensive, Bowman said. But that doesn't mean Mormons don't go see it. Parker and Stone started noticing Mormons, or at least people who knew the religion well, in the crowds on Broadway because they could hear snickers at certain jokes only they would get. "I think it legitimizes them," Stone said. "You're not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you're really, really part of the American fabric." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Martian' to premiere at Toronto, 'Demolition' to open
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Martian' to premiere at Toronto, 'Demolition' to open

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a star-studded lineup for its 40th annual event, including anticipated performances from Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, and Bryan Cranston. Ridley Scott's "The Martian," starring Damon and Jessica Chastain, will have its world premiere at the festival as will the fact-based drama "Freeheld," starring Moore and Ellen Page as a couple fighting for equal marriage rights. The Whitey Bulger thriller "Black Mass," starring Depp, the Lance Armstrong movie "The Program," starring Ben Foster as the cyclist, and "Trumbo," starring Cranston, will also screen. Jean-Marc Vallee's "Demolition," with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, will open the festival. The festival, which helps set the awards season agenda, runs from September 10-20. More films will be announced in the coming weeks. --- Online: www.tiff.net 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.

Gigi Hadid teases new Calvin Harris music video
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Gigi Hadid teases new Calvin Harris music video

It has been a busy few weeks for Gigi Hadid. The supermodel was unveiled as the new face of Topshop's latest fashion campaign, and she is also about to set the music industry alight with her starring role in Calvin Harris's new video.The American beauty took to her Instagram account to break the news that the video for Harris's new single "How Deep Is Your Love" is almost here. She published a doubly exposed still from the clip showing her caught in between two poses, hands up and lips pouting. Her hair is pulled over in a side parting and her makeup look has been kept minimal. "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE @calvinharris @disciples_ldn : video on its way.." was the caption the star chose to accompany the image, which has since been liked over 345,000 times. Earlier this summer Gigi was pictured in Malibu on set for the new video wearing a black crochet crop top and bikini bottoms. Her hair was worn loose in beachy waves, with a few rings and bracelets her only accessories. It isn't the first music video for the starlet, who has also previously appeared in the mega hit "Bad Blood" for her friend (and the current squeeze of Calvin Harris) Taylor Swift. That video has been viewed over 381 million times on YouTube since its release in May and was recently nominated for an MTV VMA Video of the Year Award. Gigi has also been in the headlines this week after it was revealed she will front Topshop's new Autumn / Winter 2015 fashion campaign. She worked with photographer Tyrone Lebon on the project, which was shot in London.  She will also be appearing in Max Mara's Autumn / Winter 2015 ads, styled as a modern-day Marilyn Monroe, WWD reports. Additional recent projects by the Californian bombshell include acting as the face of the Australian swimwear company Seafolly and starring in a recent racy Balmain campaign alongside her younger sister Bella. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Mariah Carey to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Mariah Carey to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Carey will get the 2,556th star on Aug. 5. Guest speakers will include directors Lee Daniels and Brett Ratner, as well as Epic Records CEO and longtime Carey collaborator L.A. Reid. Carey is one of the most successful acts in music. She has 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sold millions of albums and won a number of awards, including five Grammys. She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including "Vision of Love," ''Hero" and "We Belong Together." ___ Online: http://www.mariahcarey.com/ Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home."She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a short family statement said, adding she was surrounded by loved ones as she slipped away. Bobbi Kristina -- sole heir to Houston's estate -- was discovered face down and unresponsive in her bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia home on January 31. She was revived by emergency crews but lost significant brain function and was placed in a medically induced coma. She died at a hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She passed away, according to the TMZ celebrity website, after her family decided to "take her off all meds." Her death -- which a source told Entertainment Tonight was linked to an apparent drug overdose -- drew eerie parallels to that of her mother, who was found face down in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel on February 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Many Houston fans sent messages of support for the family on Twitter, saying Bobbi Kristina would be reunited with her mother. "Rest In Heaven. You were loved, Bobbi Kristina Brown," actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete said on Twitter. Oprah Winfrey tweeted: "Peace at Last!" Grammy-winning performer Missy Elliott tweeted: "My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy." - Murky circumstances - Bobbi Kristina's parents separated in 2006 and divorced in 2007, with Houston awarded custody of their daughter, amid claims of abuse and drug use in the high-profile relationship. They were by all accounts extremely close, with Bobbi Kristina accompanying her mother to events and awards shows. Her parents appeared in a 2005 reality show "Being Bobby Brown" that shed some light on their personal struggles and family challenges. After her mother's death, Bobbi Kristina -- who had hoped to follow in Houston's footsteps as a singer -- and several relatives appeared in another reality show, discussing their grieving and working on picking up the pieces. A final coroner's report said Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning, and that drug-related heart damage played a part in her death. The circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina being pulled unconscious from a bathtub are similarly murky. In February, US media reported that police had opened a criminal probe into Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend Nick Gordon, who reportedly said that it was he who found her in the bathtub. The reports said that Bobbi Kristina sustained unexplained injuries prior to the incident, while there are also claims of a drug overdose, but no criminal charges have been brought. Gordon spent years being raised by Houston in her home and grew up alongside Bobbi Kristina, although he was never formally adopted by the pop singer. He and Bobbi Kristina revealed their romantic relationship after her mother's death. - Outpouring of grief - There had been growing fears for Bobbi Kristina's long-term health after she was moved to the Duluth hospice a month ago. "Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, her condition has continued to deteriorate," her aunt, Pat Houston, said in a statement at the time. "As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now." News of her death sparked an outpouring of grief on social media. "Maybe you just wanted to be with your mother. Now, you can be with her forever. R.I.P. Bobbi Kristina," said Twitter user @carochoa, expressing the sentiments of many. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.