Sunday Feb 7, 2016

Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm always ready to play my heart out," Flea told The Associated Press backstage on Saturday night before the...
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Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm always ready to play my heart out," Flea told The Associated Press backstage on Saturday night before the band took the stage at a San Francisco venue as part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities. "I'm coming here, and I'm going to rock like a feral beast. Then I'm going to leave and go home," said Flea, whose offstage name is Michael Peter Balzary. The show was part of the Direct TV SuperSaturday concert series. Run DMC opened for them at the Pier 70 stage, and then Snoop Dogg played DJ in between. Later, the rapper came out at the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set to perform with them. It was the band's second night in a row, and they're not even on tour yet. "Last night, we played for Bernie Sanders. That was really cool," Flea said of their "Feel the Bern" concert in Los Angeles for the presidential candidate. "I'm really honored and grateful to play for a presidential candidate that I actually believe in," Flea said. The band performed the show at the Theater at the Ace Hotel and was willing to pay for the space. "It was like 30-grand to rent it . he wouldn't accept it because he only accepts private donations," Flea said. The 53-year old musician also spoke of the criticism he has heard over his support of Sanders. "The big thing that I get on social media and stuff from people that don't like him is that he's a socialist, and socialism leads to communism. It's the stupidest thing I ever heard," Flea said. "There's nothing wrong with wanting to become successful financially if that is what we want to dedicate our lives to. But some people don't have that opportunity to be successful if they choose to, because they don't get a chance . the playing field is rigged right now, and it's about evening the playing field." He added: "I like to be a part of everyone pitching in and helping out with each other and knowing that we're all connected with empathy, compassion, and the strength of kindness." The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the studio finishing up their latest album, and the band plans a world tour to support it. In 2014, the band performed with Bruno Mars at the Pepsi Halftime show. But things will be different this year. "I don't think I'm going to have the Super Bowl experience outside of my television set at home," Flea said. "I confess that I am going to be a sucker like everyone else and watch it. It should be a good football game." ___ Online: http://www.redhotchilipeppers.com ___ Twitter: Follow John Carucci at http://www.twitter.com/jacarucci Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by John Carucci from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bernie Sanders makes 'SNL' appearance with Larry David
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders makes 'SNL' appearance with Larry David

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a cameo appearance on "Saturday Night Live" three days before the New Hampshire primary, appearing in a skit with host Larry David, the comic who has done a dead-on impersonation of him. The NBC comedy show resisted the temptation to have the Vermont U.S. senator appear next to David as he was playing him, however. Sanders portrayed a passenger on an endangered ship who argued with David about who should be allowed on a lifeboat. Sanders is the third presidential candidate to appear on "SNL" this season. Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton made an appearance last fall, and Republican Donald Trump hosted in November. In Saturday's skit, David played a ship crew member angry about women and children getting the first seats in lifeboats. Finally, David said he deserved a seat because he was richer than the other passengers. At that, Sanders appeared, saying he was sick of the top 1 percent getting all of the advantages, echoing his campaign's call for the super-rich not to get so many benefits in society. "We need to unite and work together if we're all going to get through this," Sanders said. "Sounds like socialism to me," David said. "Democratic socialism," Sanders said. Responded David: "What's the difference?" "YUGE difference," Sanders replied, imitating how Trump often pronounces "huge" as though it begins with a Y. Sanders said his name was Bernie Sanderswitzky but he was going to change it when he got to America so it wouldn't sound so Jewish. David suggested it wouldn't make much difference. Later, Sanders stood beside David as he announced the show's musical guest, the 1975. David had made two earlier appearances on "SNL" portraying Sanders in Democratic debate skits. He reprised his Sanders impersonation this time in a pre-filmed segment, "Bern Your Enthusiasm," which echoed David's character in the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm." David, playing Sanders, refused to shake a woman's hand at a campaign event because she had just coughed into it, and he denied a woman's request that he help pop her separated shoulder back into place so she could vote for him in the Iowa caucus. The people he slighted were then showed voting for Clinton in a caucus she won in real life by a razor-thin margin. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by David Bauder from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Julia Child's summer home in south of France to open to guests this summer
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Julia Child's summer home in south of France to open to guests this summer

Julia Child fans will soon be able to potter about in the cooking legend’s kitchen and sleep under the same roof she did when the chef’s vacation home in France opens to visitors this summer.For nearly three decades, Child and her husband Paul spent their summers at La Pitchoune, or La Peetch as she nicknamed it, located in Provence. In the 1990s, the house was turned into a cooking school by owner Kathie Alex. But after changing hands again under the ownership of Boston couple Makenna and Yvonne Johnston and friend Wendy Timmons recently, the house is set to embark on a new chapter, this time as a guest house that opens in June, and a ‘culinary retreat,’ which will serve up cooking lessons. Bookings for the house start in June on Airbnb. Its biggest selling point? The possibility of cooking in Child’s customized kitchen which has been kept intact over the years, with extra-tall countertops and the iconic pegboard from which hang copper pots, pans, measuring cups and assorted kitchen utensils -- some of which are Child originals. The kitchen is similar to the one preserved at the Smithsonian museum. Beginning in 2017, the cottage will also host a cooking school led by Yvonne, a former Air Force Captain who is currently enrolled at the International Culinary Center. The weeklong Courageous Cooking classes will be limited to six guests, and include breakfasts and lunches, excursions throughout the local area and yoga. Sessions will start in April 2017. In an interview with Boston magazine, Yvonne said the philosophy behind Courageous Cooking will be to adopt Child’s casual, unpretentious attitude towards food. “The focus is on cooking French food, for sure, and really, on the Julia Child way of cooking: The no-holds barred, ‘Look at that omelet!’ style of cooking. Our goal is to really take out some of the anxiety that comes with big messes, especially for new-ish cooks.” The house sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. Rates start at $590 USD a night and the cooking course starts at $2,550. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'MacGyver' adds film to TV series plans
Friday Feb 5, 2016
'MacGyver' adds film to TV series plans

Hot on the heels of a TV series announcement, the ingenious adventuring of "MacGyver" is also headed for cinema screens.The project has the blessing of seven-season TV series creator Lee David Zlotoff, who is on board for the Lionsgate production. Made famous in the 1980s and early 90s, "MacGyver" starred Richard Dean Anderson as a secret agent armed only with his wits, craftsmanship, and a very practical understanding of scientific principles. MacGyver, then, would worm his way out of dangerous situations using nothing more than the discarded things around him and, quite often, a trusty Swiss Army knife. Neal H. Mortiz, who has all eight films in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise on his resumé, will produce for Lionsgate Entertainment. Earlier in the same week, television network CBS had announced its intentions to create a new series based on the original property, having tapped "Saw" and "Furious 7" helmer James Wan to direct, with Henry Winkler, a producer of the 1980s and 90s show, also attached. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stiller sets selfie stick record for 'Zoolander 2'
Friday Feb 5, 2016
Stiller sets selfie stick record for 'Zoolander 2'

Celebrating the world premiere of fashion comedy "Zoolander No. 2," Ben Stiller whipped out an 8.56m (28ft 1in) selfie stick and broke a world record in the process.At the February 4th premiere for the ensemble film in London, UK, Ben Stiller put himself in pole positiong for a Guinness World Records entry, thanks to the towering selfie stick he used to photograph the "Zoolander No. 2" entourage. Over 20 cast members and special guests featured in the selfie, which was taken not on a red carpet, but a blue one, in reference the signature pose of Stiller's character, a fictional male model named Derek Zoolander. Mingling with the film's stars -- Stiller, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and more -- were the likes of "Star Wars" cast members Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, real world models Lara Stone, Portia Freeman and Neelam Gill, veritable fashion institutions Valentino and Mario Testino, and even Holly Johnson of iconic synth band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The film is set to start an international roll-out the week of February 11, when it goes on general release in numerous territories including the USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and several countries across continental Europe, with a wider global release to follow. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Angelina Jolie's film 'Unbroken' finally opens in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" opened Saturday more than a year after the rest of the world in Japan, where the main character endures as a prisoner of war and where some have called for a boycott of the movie. There were concerns that right-wing extremists may try to disrupt the opening. But the crowd at Theatre Image Forum in Tokyo, a small theater that specializes in independent films and documentaries, was peaceful, appearing engrossed in the film, flinching at the torture scenes and sympathizing with the hero, Louis Zamperini. The distributor said in a statement that it decided to go ahead with the showing because various views on war should be expressed, and because it was unnatural for a movie about Japan not to be shown in the country. A publicity official said the company had received some angry calls when it first announced the film's showing in October. Other than that, nothing unusual happened, and the film is scheduled to be shown in other theaters throughout Japan. "Unbroken" is based on the true story of Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who gets shot down in a U.S. bomber and survives by floating in the ocean on an inflatable boat, but gets captured by the Japanese. He survives horrible torture in World War II camps until Japan's defeat in 1945. Much of the negative chatter on social media in Japan about "Unbroken," which still continues to some extent, alleges that the movie is "anti-Japanese." Many taking offense at the film are outraged that the book on which the movie is based mentions that Japanese soldiers engaged in cannibalism, although the film does not touch on the subject at all. Some historians say some Japanese soldiers did engage in cannibalism. The anger over "Unbroken" has brewed despite Japan boasting a long list of directors who made distinguished anti-war movies, including Akira Kurosawa and Kihachi Okamoto. Nagisa Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," starring David Bowie, has a plot similar to "Unbroken," taking place in a POW camp. But some in Japan have also had a hard time coming to terms with the country's brutal past of colonizing Asian neighbors and the barbaric acts carried out by the Imperial Army, such as the Rape of Nanjing, which began in 1937 and left 300,000 Chinese dead. Similarly, they reject historical studies that show women from several Asian countries, especially Korea, were forced into prostitution by the Japanese military. Some oppose the term "sex slave," which the U.N. uses, preferring the euphemistic "comfort women." In "Unbroken," Japanese characters do little but grunt, scream, punch and kick. Still, the film ends on a reconciliatory note, showing an elderly Zamperini proudly carrying the torch for the 1998 Nagano Olympics, and Japanese on the streets cheering. As a young man, Zamperini had competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a runner, and had hopes to go to the next games, set to be held in Tokyo. But by then the war had started. After seeing "Unbroken," Katsuyuki Miyata, a member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, said that the closing scene was the best part of the film. "I'd heard it was an anti-Japanese movie," Miyata said. "But it was a good movie." __ Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Her work can be found at: http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Yuri Kageyama from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Michael B. Jordan wins big at NAACP Image Awards
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Michael B. Jordan wins big at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jabs at Hollywood for the lack of racial diversity. The star of the boxing drama "Creed" was honored Friday as both the entertainer of the year and outstanding actor in a motion picture for his role as Apollo Creed's son. "I used to sneak into the Image Awards, and now I'm standing here as the entertainer of the year, which is mind-blowing," he said. "Straight Outta Compton," which tells the story of the pioneering rap group N.W.A., picked up the outstanding motion picture prize. "I want to thank the NAACP for this because without you riding for us for the last 100 years, we would not be standing here," director F. Gary Gray said. Image Awards host Anthony Anderson kicked off the ceremony by invoking N.W.A. for a rap about the lack of racial diversity at other awards shows. The "black-ish" star donned a gold chain and a baseball cap with the words "Nominees With Attitude" to sing about such snubs as "Beasts of No Nation" and Jordan at the Academy Awards. "Listen, y'all, I don't mean to sound cocky, but the movie's called 'Creed,' not 'Rocky,' " he rapped. Anderson later joked during his opening monologue that he didn't want the Academy Awards to go overboard in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy by honoring a movie like "Madea Goes Trick or Treating in Compton" as best picture or handing out Kevin Harts instead of Oscars. "Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like," a more serious Anderson told the crowd at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. When he walked on stage to present "Creed" as an outstanding motion picture contender, Sylvester Stallone was surprised to be greeted warmly by the audience. "I certainly didn't expect that," said the "Rocky" star, who failed to recognize Jordan and "Creed" filmmaker Ryan Coogler in his acceptance speech at last month's Golden Globes. He later returned to the stage to thank them and apologized on Twitter. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among this year's Image Awards attendees who said they won't attend this year's Oscar ceremony after a second year of mostly white nominees. Despite several comments — both mocking and thoughtful — about the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood, it was mostly show business as usual for the 47th Image Awards, which are presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor people of color in entertainment. "black-ish" swept the TV comedy categories with Anderson winning the award for outstanding actor, while the show was selected as outstanding comedy series and his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross was honored as outstanding actress. On the TV drama side, "Empire" dominated with wins for outstanding drama series, actor and actress for Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. "We don't need to ask for acceptance from anyone," Henson said. "We are enough." Sanaa Lathan was awarded the trophy for best actress in a motion picture for her role as a terrorized lobbyist in "The Perfect Guy." John Legend received the NAACP President's Award, which recognizes those who have achieved career success and public service. In his speech, the singer-songwriter lauded activists who fight for social justice. "Despite the daunting problems, I am hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime," said Legend after he performed "All of Me." For the first time, the NAACP Chairman's Award, which honors distinguished public service, was presented to eight recipients, including pastor Jamal Bryant, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and the activist group Concerned Student Collective 1950 at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The winners joined together on stage with their fists raised in the air. "I think Hollywood should take notes from this awards show," said "Scandal" actor Guillermo Diaz on the red carpet before the show. ___ Online: http://www.naacpimageawards.net ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/derrik-j-lang . Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Derrik J. Lang from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'MacGyver' adds film to TV series plans
Friday Feb 5, 2016
'MacGyver' adds film to TV series plans

Hot on the heels of a TV series announcement, the ingenious adventuring of "MacGyver" is also headed for cinema screens.The project has the blessing of seven-season TV series creator Lee David Zlotoff, who is on board for the Lionsgate production. Made famous in the 1980s and early 90s, "MacGyver" starred Richard Dean Anderson as a secret agent armed only with his wits, craftsmanship, and a very practical understanding of scientific principles. MacGyver, then, would worm his way out of dangerous situations using nothing more than the discarded things around him and, quite often, a trusty Swiss Army knife. Neal H. Mortiz, who has all eight films in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise on his resumé, will produce for Lionsgate Entertainment. Earlier in the same week, television network CBS had announced its intentions to create a new series based on the original property, having tapped "Saw" and "Furious 7" helmer James Wan to direct, with Henry Winkler, a producer of the 1980s and 90s show, also attached. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Stiller sets selfie stick record for 'Zoolander 2'
Friday Feb 5, 2016
Stiller sets selfie stick record for 'Zoolander 2'

Celebrating the world premiere of fashion comedy "Zoolander No. 2," Ben Stiller whipped out an 8.56m (28ft 1in) selfie stick and broke a world record in the process.At the February 4th premiere for the ensemble film in London, UK, Ben Stiller put himself in pole positiong for a Guinness World Records entry, thanks to the towering selfie stick he used to photograph the "Zoolander No. 2" entourage. Over 20 cast members and special guests featured in the selfie, which was taken not on a red carpet, but a blue one, in reference the signature pose of Stiller's character, a fictional male model named Derek Zoolander. Mingling with the film's stars -- Stiller, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and more -- were the likes of "Star Wars" cast members Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, real world models Lara Stone, Portia Freeman and Neelam Gill, veritable fashion institutions Valentino and Mario Testino, and even Holly Johnson of iconic synth band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The film is set to start an international roll-out the week of February 11, when it goes on general release in numerous territories including the USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and several countries across continental Europe, with a wider global release to follow. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Michael Pitt in talks for 'Ghost In The Shell'
Friday Feb 5, 2016
Michael Pitt in talks for 'Ghost In The Shell'

Michael Pitt could be the latest big star to sign up to "Ghost In The Shell".The actor is in talks to play a key role in the Japanese manga adaptation alongside Scarlett Johanson, Deadline reports. The movie tells the tale of a cyborg police woman who is a member of an anti-criminal elite that hunts down human cybercriminals, robots, and cyborgs. The long-awaited project is currently scheduled for a March 2017 release. It will be helmed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, the director and will also star Sam Riley. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. "Spotlight," the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" picked up the Producers Guild Award. The DGA win for "The Revenant" is not insignificant. Inarritu won last year for the showbiz sendup "Birdman," which went on to win the best picture and best director Oscar. In fact, only seven times in the history of the DGAs has a director who won the guild's top award not gone on to win the Academy Award. The Mexican-born Inarritu was teary-eyed as he accepted the Directors Guild prize, which he characterized as "a hug from my peers." "This hug, this embrace you are giving me today goes to a small country, to a whole Latin American community in this country," he said. "Your embrace makes me feel proud." Both "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy and "The Big Short" director Adam McKay were nominated for the DGA prize and will be competing for the best director Oscar too. Others in competition included George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Ridley Scott for "The Martian." Scott is the only one of the bunch without a directing Oscar nomination. Saturday's ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel also offered a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity. The guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories, and this year many eyes were on the representation of both women and directors of color. While more women were nominated this year than ever before — 14 of the 47 nominees — only one took home an award. Dee Rees accepted the DGA prize in the television movie or miniseries category for HBO's "Bessie." "There's a million reasons why I shouldn't be in this room, and there are a million more reasons why I shouldn't be on this stage," Rees said in her acceptance speech. "It all comes down to 10 or 15 people (who are) the reason why I am in this room and the reason why I am on this stage." Eleven awards were presented to recognize outstanding directing in various formats, from commercials and live TV shows to drama series and feature films. Nine were claimed by white men. Filmmaker Marielle Heller, who was nominated for achievement by a first-time feature filmmaker for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," noted that she was the only woman among the guild's feature-film nominees. "That feels like a lot of responsibility," she said. "I'm hoping that next year we'll be at least half of that list, and then by the next year, there shouldn't be any men on that list, right?" Heller lost to "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland. Jane Lynch hosted the four-hour, untelevised dinner program, where stars such as Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Regina King, James Corden, Nate Parker and Kathy Griffin served as presenters. Other winners Saturday included Kenny Ortega for Disney's "Descendants," Don Roy King for the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special," David Nutter for "Game of Thrones" and Matthew Heineman for his documentary "Cartel Land." While the dearth female winners was glaring, especially amid the all-male nominees for the top prize, Adam McKay was able to find some relevant poetry in the batch of top competitors this awards season. "Our movie is about white men wrecking Wall Street. And 'Spotlight' is about a Catholic church that is dominated by certain types of people. They're both movies that kind of call out lack of diversity," McKay said. But beyond even that, McKay noted "The Big Short" will be screening for Congress soon and "Spotlight" will be shown at the Vatican. "People, when they know the truth, they do the right thing," McKay said. ___ AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Mike Cidoni Lennox contributed to this report. ___ Online: www.dga.org Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kindred-spirit QBs Favre, Stabler voted into Hall of Fame
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Kindred-spirit QBs Favre, Stabler voted into Hall of Fame

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first NFL game Brett Favre ever attended, as a teenager growing up in Mississippi, was the final home game of Ken "The Snake" Stabler's career. Favre, a New Orleans Saints fan, traveled the hour-or-so drive from home to the Superdome on that Sunday in 1984 with his father, older brother and uncle — and it was a thrill to watch a guy who electrified a stadium the way Favre himself would one day. "All of a sudden, the crowd goes crazy, and it's because Ken Stabler poked his head out of the locker room. He had hair like mine. His was just a lot longer, kind of aged and gray," recounted Favre, wearing an all-black outfit and sporting a full white beard. "And I thought: Man, that's cool. ... It's got to be cool to be 'The Snake.' And then they lost. My dad was throwing popcorn and beer. ... I thought: Maybe it's not so good to be 'The Snake.'" Favre and the late Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame together on Saturday. Also voted in for the class of 2016 a day before the Super Bowl were modern-day players Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr., and senior selection Dick Stanfel. The freewheeling Favre, as expected, was a first-ballot entry, a reward for a long and distinguished career, mostly with the Green Bay Packers, that included three consecutive NFL MVP awards from 1995-97 and a championship in the 1997 Super Bowl. "As a kid, all I ever dreamed of was to play pro football, to be Roger Staubach or to be Archie Manning. That's what I dreamed of. I hated Terry Bradshaw, which I told him," Favre said with a smile. Stabler, a left-hander who earned his nickname for his ability to slither past defenders, goes into the Hall as a senior selection about six months after dying of colon cancer at age 69 — and just days after researchers said his brain showed widespread signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Stabler, the 1974 NFL MVP, was represented at Saturday's announcement by two of his grandsons, 17-year-old twins Justin and Jack Moyes. Each brother wore one of Grandpa's bling-filled rings: Justin's was from the 1977 Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders; Jack's was from a college national championship with Alabama. "One thing he didn't really talk to us much about was the Hall of Fame. I know it would mean a lot to him if he got in, which he finally did," Justin Moyes said. "I know he's smiling right now." CTE is a disease linked to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. It has been found in the brains of dozens of former football players, including one of last year's Hall inductees, Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at 43. Favre played for 20 seasons, eventually retiring — after famously vacillating about whether to walk away from the game — as the NFL's career leader with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards and 508 TDs. He never met a pass he was afraid to throw, no matter how ill-advised it might have seemed, and wound up with a record 336 interceptions, the trade-off for his high-risk, high-reward, entertaining style. Before Green Bay, he briefly was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Afterward, he had short stints with the New York Jets and the Packers' chief rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. "It was awkward," Favre said of going from the Packers to the Vikings. "I had people tell me all the time, 'You really divided my house.' And I take pride in that, sort of." In discussing Stabler, Favre called him "crafty," choosing a word plenty might use for No. 4 himself. Favre brought up the Holy Roller play from 1978, when Stabler fumbled the ball in the closing seconds, and it rolled forward into the end zone, where one of his Raiders teammates recovered it for the winning touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. It's one of the most famous plays in NFL history — and one that would be illegal today. "That was something I would have tried to pull off," Favre said. "But I think that only he could get it done. I just think the good ones find ways to get it done, no matter what." Harrison, Peyton Manning's top receiver while with the Indianapolis Colts from 1996-08, holds the record for most catches in a season: a hard-to-fathom 143 in 2002. At the time of his retirement, Harrison ranked second only to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in NFL history with 1,102 catches and most consecutive games with a catch (190). Harrison was not present at the announcement and engaged in an awkward conference call during the news conference for other inductees. Dungy called Harrison "the most artistic receiver I've ever been around." Dungy coached Manning, Harrison and the rest of the Colts to victory in the 2006 Super Bowl, becoming the first black head coach to win the championship. When he started out his coaching career, Dungy said, there were only a half-dozen or so other black assistants. "It wasn't a situation," he said, "where you had a lot of role models." ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Howard Fendrich from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

300 rare and famous guitars coming to NYC auction
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
300 rare and famous guitars coming to NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — About 300 guitars, including instruments associated with Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and Eddie Van Halen, are heading to a New York City auction. Also on tap at Guernsey's sale Feb. 27 are acoustic guitars from the late 1800s and one played by actor Robert Blake in the film "In Cold Blood." Among the top highlights is a 1952 Gibson Super 400 CES 7-String made for late studio guitarist Tony Mottola that could bring as much as $100,000. Mottola worked with such music greats as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis and Rosemary Clooney. There are two "In Cold Blood" guitars. One was used by Blake in the role of killer Perry Edward Smith in the 1967 Academy Award-winning movie based on the blockbuster book by Truman Capote, and the other is the actual guitar owned by Smith. They are being offered as one lot with a pre-sale estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. A yellow-and-black Charvel guitar, customized for Eddie Van Halen in the 1980s, could bring $60,000 to $80,000. The original bill of sale made out to Van Halen is included. A 1959 Gibson owned by Franny Beecher, the lead guitarist for the rock and roll band Bill Haley & His Comets, could fetch $20,000 to $25,000. It's one of only 57 made in 1959 in the natural finish. Also in the auction catalog are four guitars associated with Eric Clapton, two of them signed; several Elvis Presley items, including a signed guitar; and Jimi Hendrix's guitar strap from Woodstock. The sale also includes vintage guitars and mandolins made by string instrument maker Joseph Bohmann and more than 40 guitars from the late arranger and jazz musician Robert Yelin. About two dozen instruments owned by guitarist and singer-songwriter George Benson also are being offered. ___ Online: www.guerneys.com Copyright (2016) 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.

Michael B. Jordan wins big at NAACP Image Awards
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Michael B. Jordan wins big at NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jabs at Hollywood for the lack of racial diversity. The star of the boxing drama "Creed" was honored Friday as both the entertainer of the year and outstanding actor in a motion picture for his role as Apollo Creed's son. "I used to sneak into the Image Awards, and now I'm standing here as the entertainer of the year, which is mind-blowing," he said. "Straight Outta Compton," which tells the story of the pioneering rap group N.W.A., picked up the outstanding motion picture prize. "I want to thank the NAACP for this because without you riding for us for the last 100 years, we would not be standing here," director F. Gary Gray said. Image Awards host Anthony Anderson kicked off the ceremony by invoking N.W.A. for a rap about the lack of racial diversity at other awards shows. The "black-ish" star donned a gold chain and a baseball cap with the words "Nominees With Attitude" to sing about such snubs as "Beasts of No Nation" and Jordan at the Academy Awards. "Listen, y'all, I don't mean to sound cocky, but the movie's called 'Creed,' not 'Rocky,' " he rapped. Anderson later joked during his opening monologue that he didn't want the Academy Awards to go overboard in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy by honoring a movie like "Madea Goes Trick or Treating in Compton" as best picture or handing out Kevin Harts instead of Oscars. "Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like," a more serious Anderson told the crowd at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. When he walked on stage to present "Creed" as an outstanding motion picture contender, Sylvester Stallone was surprised to be greeted warmly by the audience. "I certainly didn't expect that," said the "Rocky" star, who failed to recognize Jordan and "Creed" filmmaker Ryan Coogler in his acceptance speech at last month's Golden Globes. He later returned to the stage to thank them and apologized on Twitter. Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among this year's Image Awards attendees who said they won't attend this year's Oscar ceremony after a second year of mostly white nominees. Despite several comments — both mocking and thoughtful — about the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood, it was mostly show business as usual for the 47th Image Awards, which are presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor people of color in entertainment. "black-ish" swept the TV comedy categories with Anderson winning the award for outstanding actor, while the show was selected as outstanding comedy series and his co-star Tracee Ellis Ross was honored as outstanding actress. On the TV drama side, "Empire" dominated with wins for outstanding drama series, actor and actress for Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. "We don't need to ask for acceptance from anyone," Henson said. "We are enough." Sanaa Lathan was awarded the trophy for best actress in a motion picture for her role as a terrorized lobbyist in "The Perfect Guy." John Legend received the NAACP President's Award, which recognizes those who have achieved career success and public service. In his speech, the singer-songwriter lauded activists who fight for social justice. "Despite the daunting problems, I am hopeful that our generation will demand and achieve radical change in our lifetime," said Legend after he performed "All of Me." For the first time, the NAACP Chairman's Award, which honors distinguished public service, was presented to eight recipients, including pastor Jamal Bryant, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and the activist group Concerned Student Collective 1950 at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The winners joined together on stage with their fists raised in the air. "I think Hollywood should take notes from this awards show," said "Scandal" actor Guillermo Diaz on the red carpet before the show. ___ Online: http://www.naacpimageawards.net ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/derrik-j-lang . Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Derrik J. Lang from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Woody Harrelson applies for Hawaii marijuana dispensary
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Woody Harrelson applies for Hawaii marijuana dispensary

HONOLULU (AP) — Actor and marijuana advocate Woody Harrelson was one of nearly 60 applicants to apply to open one of Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensaries. Harrelson, 54, applied for a license in Honolulu County under his company, Simple Organic Living. The Hawaii Department of Health posted the list of 66 applications on its website Friday. The state is now reviewing applications for dispensary permits, which they will award in April. Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers also applied for a license under his company, Blue Planet Foundation, which advocates for energy independence across the state. Rogers, 61, is famous for discovering the video game "Tetris" more than 20 years ago, and lives in Hawaii in an entirely solar-powered home. Among other applicants include Dirk Fukushima, producer of the local television show, "Hawaii Stars," and former University of Hawaii Regent Charles Kawakami. If selected, dispensary applicants must have $1 million cash before applying for a licenses, plus $100,000 for each dispensary location. All applicants must have been Hawaii residents for more than five years. Under a law passed in 2015, the state will grant eight licenses for marijuana business owners across the islands. The law allows medical marijuana businesses to have two production centers and two retail dispensaries, for a total of 16 dispensaries statewide. Six are allowed on Oahu, four on Hawaii Island, four on Maui and two on Kauai. Dispensaries are set to open in July. Hawaii became the first to legalize medical marijuana through the legislative process 16 years ago. Lawmakers have introduced laws to legalize recreational marijuana; however they don't think they're likely to pass this year. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Marina Riker from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.