Friday Aug 28, 2015

Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'

Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "Dr. Strange."The Danish actor is in talks with Marvel Studios' to play a villain in an adapted version of the comic series "Dr. Strange," for which Benedict Cumberbatch has already...
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Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'

Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "Dr. Strange."The Danish actor is in talks with Marvel Studios' to play a villain in an adapted version of the comic series "Dr. Strange," for which Benedict Cumberbatch has already been confirmed to play the eponymous role. "Dr. Strange" is a character from the Marvel Comic series, a sorcerer who protects the Earth from magical threats. If talks are successful, Mikkelsen will join Tilda Swinton and fellow bad guy Chiwetel Ejiofor on the cast list. Mads Mikkelsen rose to international fame as the antagonist in "Casino Royale." He is currently playing the lead role in TV series "Hannibal." "Dr. Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson and will be released on December 6, 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party
Friday Aug 28, 2015
TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under the stars on the warm, breezeless night. In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on the small screen for women, people of color and people with disabilities. Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" or Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category. George said "the 'Empire' effect" and "the Shonda Rhimes effect" have inspired agents and studios to intentionally seek actors "from the diversity categories" for lead roles. Kim and Beauvais said Hollywood has to embrace diversity because viewers are demanding to see people who look like themselves on TV. "We've got a long way to go yet, but there are strides made every year, whether it's for race or gender or sexual orientation," Kim said. "I think television, especially, is leading the way in being more progressive." The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

U2 drops new video that expires in 24 hours
Friday Aug 28, 2015
U2 drops new video that expires in 24 hours

U2 has dropped a new music video for their latest single which will be streamed online for just 24 hours.Fans have until 4 pm GMT (11 am EST), Friday, Aug. 28 to watch the video for "Song For Someone" from their album ‘Songs of Innocence,' which was posted on Facebook Thursday. Directed by Matt Mahurin, the video is described as a "visual meditation" on the song, which plays with shadows, clouds, silhouettes and light. The new video is a shorter version of a nine-minute short film released in August that starred Woody Harrelson. Watch the video on the band's Facebook page. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Maria Bello added to cast of Amazon series 'Trial'
Thursday Aug 27, 2015
Maria Bello added to cast of Amazon series 'Trial'

Maria Bello will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in David E. Kelley's new legal drama for Amazon.In "Trial," Thornton plays a once high-powered attorney, Billy McBride, who falls into drink after losing a case involving an innocently murdered child. Bello plays Thornton's ex-wife, also a lawyer. In the series, McBride seeks redemption by taking on a new wrongful death case that pits him against his old nemesis attorney. "Trial" marks" Amazon's first, straight-to-series order. Olivia Thirlby, William Hurt and Tania Raymonde have also been cast for the show. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cate Blanchett to be honored at London Film Festival
Thursday Aug 27, 2015
Cate Blanchett to be honored at London Film Festival

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will receive a major career honor at this year's London Film festival, where two of her latest films are screening. The Australian actress will be presented with the British Film Institute Fellowship at an Oct. 17 ceremony. BFI chairman Greg Dyke said Thursday that Blanchett was "a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles." Blanchett has won Oscars for "The Aviator" and "Blue Jasmine." She'll appear at the London festival in Todd Haynes' 1950s lesbian romance "Carol," as well as in James Vanderbilt's "Truth," which stars Blanchett as TV news producer Mary Mapes, who was fired over a story about former U.S. President George W. Bush's military service. The London Film Festival runs Oct. 7-18. 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.

Movies

Slash is producing a slasher movie
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Slash is producing a slasher movie

It takes one, to know one. Rocker Slash, will be producing a slasher movie.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Guns ‘n Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist has been tapped to produce a horror flick with Revolver Picture Company. Though plot details aren't yet available, the script is being penned by Brian Sieve, the writer behind 1980s cult classics "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th." It won't be the first time Slash has produced a movie. In 2013, he worked on the 2013 horror film "Nothing Left to Fear," points out THR. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'

Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "Dr. Strange."The Danish actor is in talks with Marvel Studios' to play a villain in an adapted version of the comic series "Dr. Strange," for which Benedict Cumberbatch has already been confirmed to play the eponymous role. "Dr. Strange" is a character from the Marvel Comic series, a sorcerer who protects the Earth from magical threats. If talks are successful, Mikkelsen will join Tilda Swinton and fellow bad guy Chiwetel Ejiofor on the cast list. Mads Mikkelsen rose to international fame as the antagonist in "Casino Royale." He is currently playing the lead role in TV series "Hannibal." "Dr. Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson and will be released on December 6, 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First look at Michael Fassbender in 'Assassin's Creed'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
First look at Michael Fassbender in 'Assassin's Creed'

20th Century Fox has released the first official image of actor Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in the film version of the video game franchise "Assassin's Creed."The movie version, which also stars Fassbender's "Macbeth" co-star Marion Cotillard, will introduce new characters and a new storyline, reports Yahoo! Movies. As the descendant of a mysterious secret society from 15th century Spain, Lynch sets off on a journey unlocking the knowledge and skills needed to fight the oppressive Templar organization. In addition to Cotillard, the film also reunites Fassbender with "Macbeth" director Justin Kurzel. "Assassin's Creed" opens worldwide December 21, 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Michelle Pfeiffer to star in Bernie Madoff film
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Michelle Pfeiffer to star in Bernie Madoff film

Michelle Pfeiffer will play opposite Robert De Niro in the big screen adaptation of "Wizard of Lies," which delves into investment advisor Bernie Madoff's unprecedented Ponzi scheme.Pfeiffer has been tapped to play Madoff's wife, Ruth, reports Variety. Based on the 2012 book "Wizard of Lies" by New York Times writer Diana Henriques, the book goes behind the scenes of the largest financial fraud in US history. De Niro will also serve as executive producer, with Barry Levinson directing. The film has also cast Alessandro Nivola as son Mark Madoff, who hanged himself in the wake of the scandal. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Is Antonio Banderas going into fashion?
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Is Antonio Banderas going into fashion?

After movies and wine, fashion seems to be next on Spanish film star Antonio Banderas's radar.This week, Banderas shared a photo of himself on Instagram, standing between tailor mannequins. "The 2nd week of studies at Central St Martins begins. Intense, exciting, serious and fun all at the same time," he wrote. Central Saint Martins is a leading arts and design school in London. The school confirmed with WWD that the actor has enrolled in a four-week bespoke tailoring course. In addition to movies, Banderas also owns a winery in Spain, Anta Banderas. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party
Friday Aug 28, 2015
TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under the stars on the warm, breezeless night. In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on the small screen for women, people of color and people with disabilities. Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" or Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category. George said "the 'Empire' effect" and "the Shonda Rhimes effect" have inspired agents and studios to intentionally seek actors "from the diversity categories" for lead roles. Kim and Beauvais said Hollywood has to embrace diversity because viewers are demanding to see people who look like themselves on TV. "We've got a long way to go yet, but there are strides made every year, whether it's for race or gender or sexual orientation," Kim said. "I think television, especially, is leading the way in being more progressive." The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands, Debbie Reynolds to receive honorary Oscars

Director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive honorary Oscar awards this year and film star Debbie Reynolds will be awarded a humanitarian prize, Academy Award organizers said Thursday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences emphasized the "extraordinary contribution" that the three legends have made to show business throughout their long careers. "We'll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished -- with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference -- will also enrich future generations," Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. The honorees will receive the awards -- which look just like the Oscars that will be given out at the Academy Awards in February -- at the Governors Awards in November. It will be the seventh annual Governors Awards, held in Hollywood. None of the honorees have won an Oscar, though they have all been nominated. Lee, 58, earned a best screenplay nomination for 1989's "Do the Right Thing," and his 1997 "4 Little Girls" earned a best documentary nomination. His influence on the film industry has extended from mainstream hits such as "Malcolm X" and "He Got Game" to cutting examinations of contemporary urban American life in dozens of independent films. Rowlands received best actress nominations for 1974's "A Woman under the Influence" and 1980's "Gloria." Reynolds, who will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, first captivated audiences in 1952's "Singin' in the Rain." She was later was nominated for an Oscar for her lead role in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and helped found a group that works to combat mental health issues. Last year, singer Harry Belafonte earned the humanitarian award. Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and French director Jean-Claude Carriere took home the honorary awards. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Goodyear retiring blimps, rolling out new cigar-shaped craft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp. But that's OK, too, because from the ground it won't look much different from Goodyear's Spirit of America, which was deflated and disassembled earlier this month after a farewell flight across California. "It's a brand new design. It is a much larger airship. It's a semi-rigid dirigible," Goodyear's Priscilla Tasker said of the new fleet of non-blimps replacing the company's three aging U.S. airships. In air-speak that means the new model has a fixed structure holding its big, gassy balloon in place. That's unlike a blimp, which goes flat when the helium is removed. "But the most impressive features are the glass cockpit that is all fly-by-wire, the most state-of-the-art avionics in airships today," Tasker said. The first of the new models, Ohio-based Wingfoot One, took to the sky last year, replacing the 14-year-old Spirit of Goodyear. The last of the old ones, Florida-based Spirit of Innovation, will fly to California next month to replace Spirit of America while its replacement is being built. After that, Spirit of Innovation will be retired. The new ships, with three engines instead of two, will be able to hit freeway speeds of 73 mph and make less racket getting from place to place. They'll also be more maneuverable. And they'll still be carried aloft by helium. The overhaul comes on the 90th anniversary of Goodyear's entry into the dirigible business, but there's more than a birthday bash involved. Most people who see the iconic blimp hovering overhead are at a sporting event or major entertainment show like the Academy Awards. But the ship isn't there just to show off. The people inside its gondola are filming the bird's-eye-view scenes you see on television, and they say they'll be able to do that better with a faster, more maneuverable craft. With quieter engines you might not hear the new one coming. But it will be harder to miss once it gets there: The replacement models are 246 feet long, nearly the length of a football field and 50 feet longer than the old ones. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by John Rogers and JAE C. HONG from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

5 things to know about 'Z for Zachariah'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
5 things to know about 'Z for Zachariah'

Margot Robbie stars in the sci-fi drama "Z for Zachariah," set within a secluded valley that has survived global catastrophe. Here are five things you might not have known.Where did it get its name?Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine star in the adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's award-winning 1974 novel. But none of the principal characters in the book, nor the film, were named Zachariah. Instead, the title refers to a children's ABC book belonging to main character Ann (Robbie), which has the letter A corresponding to Biblical character Adam, and Z to Zechariah -- who Ann imagines will be the name of the last man alive. Who's the director?Despite its tone as a tense post-apocalyptic drama, the film's director Craig Zobel has his own past history with children's books -- he founded classic internet animated series Homestar Runner as a spoof of popular kids literature. "Z for Zachariah" is his fourth feature, following 2012's dramatic "Compliance," which was based on the true story of a fast food chain prank call. Who's he working with?Behind the scenes, and helping to build the atmosphere of "Z for Zachariah," is instrumentalist (and musical brain behind The Instruments) Heather McIntosh, who made her feature debut as a composer in "Compliance." Like Zobel, cinematographer Tim Orr is also well experienced in comedy, having worked on "Pineapple Express," "Stuck in Love," episodes of "Eastbound & Down," and the Steve Carell and Keira Knightly comedy drama "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." What are critics saying?With a clutch of reviews following its Sundance premiere in January, "Z for Zachariah" was generally well received, and at the festival itself was one of 16 contenders nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. That award went to "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," also based on a novel. What's next?All three actors have a heroic future ahead of them: Margot Robbie has been cast as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad" (August 2016) opposite Jared Leto's Joker, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" (November 2016) opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's titular character, and Chris Pine as romantic interst Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman" (June 2017). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died
Thursday Aug 27, 2015
Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins' game. "A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 televised interview, "gave me the name 'Chocolate Thunder.'" The name stuck, and the rim-wrecking, glass-shattering dunks remain unforgettable — as will the giant of a man who changed the game with them. Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to the Lehigh County coroner's office. He was 58, and even though officials said an autopsy would be performed on Friday his family released a statement saying the cause of death was a heart attack. "Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart," his family said. "His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss. "More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable 'Chocolate Thunder,' he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father," his family added. Dawkins, the first player to go from high school into the first round of the NBA draft, spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Dawkins was "beloved around the league." "The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins," Silver said. "We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity. He played the game with passion, integrity and joy, never forgetting how great an influence he had on his legions of fans, young and old." Dawkins was selected No. 5 in the 1975 draft by the 76ers. His two backboard-shattering dunks came about a month apart early in the 1979-80 season, one against Kansas City, the other against San Antonio. "You were one of my favorite players of all time," Houston center Dwight Howard posted Thursday on Instagram under a photo of Dawkins dunking in a game. "You were very inspirational to a lot of young players. Thank u for the long talks and great memories. I can't believe that you're gone. But you are in a better place. You were the originator of the dunk." Dawkins' shows of force unquestionably changed the game. The NBA soon went to breakaway rims and mandated that backboards be shatter-resistant. "Simply put, Darryl Dawkins was beloved-by his family, friends, former teammates and his fans all over the globe," 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said. "His endearing charm, infectious smile and unparalleled sense of humor will be sorely missed. 'Chocolate Thunder' will always have a special place in our hearts. His family is in our thoughts and prayers." Dawkins was, by any measure, a character. His love for the game was unquestioned and unwavering — he appeared at an 76ers alumni event earlier this month and recently posted a photo to his Twitter account of him coaching a summer-league girls team. Dawkins was as revered off the court as he was on it. He remained enormously popular after his playing days were done, even during his stint as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He would name his dunks — the "look out below," the "yo-mama" and the "rim wrecker" among them — and often boasted that he hailed from the "Planet Lovetron." In actuality, he was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, growing up impoverished with dreams of giving his mother and grandmother better lives. "A great man, entertainer, athlete and ferocious dunker," former NBA guard Kevin Johnson wrote on Twitter. "He will be missed but not forgotten." Injuries plagued Dawkins late in his NBA career, and he went overseas for several more years to play in the Italian league. He also briefly had stints in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball Association. He also coached at times, at both the minor-league and junior-college levels. He averaged double digits in nine consecutive NBA seasons, with his best year likely being the 1983-84 campaign for New Jersey. He averaged a career-best 16.8 points that year, with only foul trouble — 386 that season, still a league record — holding him back. "Darryl Dawkins is the father of power dunking," Shaquille O'Neal once said. "I'm just one of his sons." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Tim Reynolds from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.