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Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14

Mobile trends will be the subject of Flurry's one-day Souce14 conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. The city will then host the Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology conference from April 23-25.Source14: Living Mobile by FlurryApril 22San Francisco, California, USA No one understands better...
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Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14

Mobile trends will be the subject of Flurry's one-day Souce14 conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. The city will then host the Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology conference from April 23-25.Source14: Living Mobile by FlurryApril 22San Francisco, California, USA No one understands better than Flurry the impact of the smartphone and the tablet over the past five years, or how companies and individuals can best take advantage of the growing mobile trends that they are driving. As well as insights, the fast-paced, one-day summit will include speakers from Samsung, Pinterest, Walmart, Pebble, Evernote, Yahoo, Glow, Waze, Skype and Whisper.http://www.flurrysource14.com Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology 2014 April 23-25San Francisco, California, USA Topics up for discussion will include interactive fashion, the future of nanotechnology and even the use of smart fabrics in baby diapers.http://www.smartfabricsconference.com/home.aspx Infosecurity EuropeApril 29-May 1London, UK The biggest, free-to-attend event in Europe focused on the growing issue of online safety and security. This year’s show is expected to attract over 13,000 people.http://www.infosec.co.uk Facebook F8April 30San Francisco, California, USA The world's leading social network is resurrecting its flagship developer conference that has been on hiatus since 2011. Expect hackathons, displays, discussions and debates all focused purely on mobile.https://fbf8.com/ CeBIT AustraliaMay 5-7Sydney, Australia The Antipodean version of the trade show is split into a tech expo and a series of focused conferences, seminars and workshops for aspiring business leaders and innovators.http://www.cebit.com.au/ IoT Dev ConMay 7-8Santa Clara, California, USA An event that aims to help attendees overcome the obstacles to connecting with the Internet of Things, it promises a mix of technical sessions, expert panels and a focus on helping those with an idea bring it to business fruition.http://iot-devcon.com/ Crowds 2.0: New Frontiers in Crowdfunding + CrowdsourcingMay 9New York, USA Hosted by the NYU Stern Center for Business Analytics, the conference will examine the current trends in the phenomenon and try to pinpoint where crowdfunding and crowdsourcing are heading next and will feature speakers from the Carlson School of Management, CrowdFlower, CrowdWatch, GiveForward, Harvard Business School, Indiegogo and Kickstarter among others.http://www.crowdsnyustern.com/ Microsoft TechEd North AmericaMay 12–15Houston, Texas, USA The Windows maker’s premier technology conference in the US and a must for anyone within the industry keen to enhance their skills, test the next big thing hands-on and get a taste of some of the things that Microsoft has up its sleeve for the future.http://northamerica.msteched.com/#fbid=RSAAVKP05Bb BITSMay 13-15Porto Alegre, Brazil Now in its fourth year, this Latin version of CeBIT promises over 600 exhibitors and a wealth of conferences and networking opportunities to help South American tech innovators find the right investors or partners. http://www.bitsouthamerica.com.br/_en/index.php Japan IT WeekMay 14 - 16Tokyo, Japan Billed as Japan's largest IT show, its organizers claim it is the meeting place for all tech executives on the continent and a leading showcase of new innovations, systems and technologies. http://www.japan-it.jp/en/haru/ Open Mobile SummitMay 19- 20London, UK A show that will attempt to define what's next for mobile ecosystems and what the next mobile opportunities will be. As well as smartphones, there will be a focus on wearable technology devices.http://www.openmobilemedia.com/london/ Augmented World ExpoMay 27-29Santa Clara, California, USA Thanks to the growing interest in wearable technology, immersive gaming and everything from Google Glass to the Oculus Rift, this event is getting bigger and bigger and more and more important with every passing year. Expect most of the Fortune 500 to attend and expect augmented reality, digital eyewear and gesture control to be high on the agenda. http://augmentedworldexpo.com/ The Code Conference May 27-29Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA The first headline event from Re/Code, a new online publication born from the ashes of All Things D, the event promises the same all-star names and heavy hitters that the All Things D conferences of old attracted, including appearances by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to name but a few.http://recode.net/events/the-code-conference/ Apple's WWDCJune 2-6San Francisco, California, USA Apple's annual developers conference will see the company demonstrate its latest software innovations and the improvements it has planned for its desktop and smartphone operating systems. However there's a chance that it could also use the event to launch a phablet or even a smartwatch. https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/ Computex TaipeiJune 3-7Taipei, Taiwan One of the standout tech events of 2013, when a host of the world’s leading PC and mobile device manufacturers chose Taipei as the venue for unveiling their latest designs, technologies and features. Will 2014 bring a similar slew of new products?http://www.computextaipei.com.tw CES Unveiled WARSAWJune 5Warsaw, Poland A chance for European tech companies to showcase their wares ahead of the 2015 International CES which, as usual, will kick off in Las Vegas next January. As well as Warsaw, the Consumer Electronics Association is bringing the CES Unveiled roadshow to China and Brazil this year in addition to its established shows in New York and Paris.http://www.cesweb.org/Events-Awards/Events/2015-CES-Unveiled Mobile Asia Expo 2014June 11 - 13Shanghai, China Almost as big as its sister event, the Mobile World Congress, this is a showcase of the newest technologies and most innovative products available in the mobile industry.http://www.mobileasiaexpo.com/ Interop JapanJune 12-14Tokyo, Japan A host of keynote speakers, showcases, workshops and educational sessions all focused on trying to define the future of information communication technology.http://www.interop.jp/2013/ InfoComm14June 14-20Las Vegas, Nevada, USAPromising to wow attendees with the coolness of the technology on display, InfoComm is one of the leading events for anyone with even a passing interest in audio and video. The show combines tech showcases with training sessions, workshops and keynote addresses and over 35,000 people are expected from over 100 countries this year.http://www.infocommshow.org/indexAtt.asp Tech Connect WorldJune 15-19Washington DC, USA A summit and innovation showcase that aims to take revolutionary ideas and concepts across all sectors out of labs and into an increasingly global marketplace. Little wonder that its sponsors range from NASA and the US Army to IBM, Bosch and Boeing.http://www.techconnectworld.com/World2014/ Future Insights Live June 16 - 20, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada A space for designers, developers, and product people to come together to analyze and understand how to launch their next big thing. The event promises inspiration, education and of course a chance to network.http://futureinsightslive.com/las-vegas-2014/ The Connected Conference June 18-19Paris, France Marketed as the first event dedicated to the connected hardware industry, it is hosted by Rude Media, and will cover everything from the internet of things to 3D printing.http://connectedconference.co/ CE Week June 23-27New York, USA Presented by the same Consumer Electronics Association that brings us the International CES every year, CE Week is a showcase of all that's happening in the world of consumer electronics, from connected cars to television technology and digital consumer healthcare.http://www.ceweekny.com/ Google I/OJune 25-26San Francisco, California, USA The company's annual developer conference will be using a lottery to hand out tickets, so overwhelming was the demand last year. Rumors are already rife that this is where Google will finally take the wraps off a consumer-ready retail version of its much-hyped Google Glass headset. https://developers.google.com/events/io/ Wearable Tech ExpoJuly 23-24New York, USA Topics will include augmented reality, smart appliances and clothes and trying to identify use cases for some of the more challenging wearable technology devices that are in the pipeline.http://www.wearabletechworld.com/conference/newyork-2014/ GrowthBeat August 5-6San Francisco, California, USA A new event from tech publication ventureBeat, GrowthBeat is focused on the data, apps, and science of successful marketing and has attracted a host of top-tier sponsors including Adobe and IBM.http://venturebeat.com/events/growthbeat2014/ Bluetooth Asia 2014August 19-20Shanghai, China One of a series of events organized this year analyzing the role that Bluetooth wireless technology is set to play in smart homes and as the Internet of Things becomes a reality. http://bluetoothworldevent.com/ Social Mobile EngagementSeptember 4-5Tampa, Florida, USA A conference and a coding challenge, the event is all about how to engage with connected customers and how to make the most of emerging social media trends to draw customers to your brand and offerings. http://www.socialmobileengagement.com/ IFA 2014September 5 - 10Berlin, Germany Fast becoming one of the key consumer technology events and starting to rival CeBIT in terms of its size and importance in Europe, expect a host of new products and devices to make their debut at this year's show. http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/en/ 4G WorldSeptember 9-11Las Vegas, Nevada, USABilled as the world's largest "unbiased" mobile industry event, the three-day exhibition, marketplace and conference will see broadband, hardware and software companies coming together to examine the current state of the global wireless communication ecosystem. http://www.4gworld.com/lasvegas/ CTIA 2014September 9 -11Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Promising a "super mobility week" this CITA show promises to be the largest in the US dedicated to mobile innovations that enhance the connected life across business, home, health and even cars.http://www.ctia.org/ctia-shows CES Unveiled SAO PAULO 2014September 23,Sao Paulo, Brazil The Consumer Electronics Association is bringing its travelling showcase to South America and with it an opportunity to see the innovations and gadgets that could steal the show in 2015 that originate from or are funded by Brazilian businesses. http://www.cesweb.org/Events-Awards/Events/2015-CES-Unveiled Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'GMA' promotes Lara Spencer to co-host billing
Friday Apr 18, 2014
'GMA' promotes Lara Spencer to co-host billing

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says it has promoted Lara Spencer to co-host status on "Good Morning America." Lifestyle anchor since returning to the show in 2011, Spencer now has billing parity with Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. She was the show's national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of "The Insider." Her promotion comes as "GMA" continues to beat NBC's "Today" show in the ratings, but after it recently lost two members of its team: Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. The other current members of the "GMA" family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. This week, "GMA" welcomed Michael Strahan, a co-host of the daily "Live with Kelly and Michael," as a contributor. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show
Friday Apr 18, 2014
A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

NEW YORK (AP) — "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity. Thursday's third-season finale was a reminder of its tasty kookiness. Not as jaw-dropping as some (or many) episodes, it still was a display of how this show routinely shakes things up almost, though somehow not quite, beyond belief or recognition. Read no further if you're immune to FOMO and haven't yet watched the episode. ABC's "Scandal," of course, centers on Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), a Washington fixer at the highest level. She has had an on-again, off-again affair with the dashing President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), whose wife, the first lady (Bellamy Young), puts up with it with varying degrees of tolerance and bitterness while, recently, having her own fling with her husband's choice for his new vice president. It's that kind of White House. And that's just for starters. But how did the season end? Olivia, realizing every terrible thing that happens is due to her (no wonder: She's the lead character!), concluded, "I'm the scandal! And the best way to deal with a scandal is to shut it down." So she ditched her firm, her city and her president-squeeze in a private jet with her backup beau (played by Scott Foley), a sexy, shadowy figure who, for his own reasons, also chose to part ways with the capital city. It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict they'll be back as quickly as the jet can be refueled. No less predictably, Fitzgerald Grant was elected to a second term, inching by his opponent thanks to sympathy votes when his teenage son collapsed and died during an eleventh-hour political rally. Turns out Olivia's terrorist mom (Khandi Alexander) engineered the bomb that nearly took out Fitz. But — surprise! — it was Rowan Pope, Olivia's megalomaniac dad (Joe Morton), who murdered the president's son. Pope was scheming to guarantee Fitz's re-election and then seal his trust after wreaking vengeance on the widely assumed killer, Pope's own ex-wife and Olivia's mom. Introduced as an evil guy then revealed to be a good guy during the past year, now Rowan Pope has been restored to monster status — as he claims his place at the side of the unwitting chief executive. Meanwhile, the loss of their son has helped bring Fitz and his wife back together (yet again), just days after he was ready to lose the election and retire to a small town in Vermont with Olivia. (He would be mayor. She would make jam.) It's just another narrative ricochet. But "Scandal" packs more twists and turn-arounds than a testing ground for boomerangs. People complain that nothing gets done in Washington. "Scandal" dramatizes an opposite kind of city, where the action never stops. Except (painfully for "Scandal" fans) the next few months, while the show is on break. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier ___ Online: http://www.abc.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist."The vape pen has changed my life. No, I'm not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy." wrote Goldberg, 58, about her pocket vaporizer on "The Cannabist," a pot-friendly website run by the Denver Post newspaper in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain state was the second in the United States, after Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But Goldberg opted to focus on how pot, inhaled through Sippy, has helped her cope with massive headaches induced by glaucoma, an eye disorder suffered by more than three million Americans that can potentially lead to blindness. "It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said. "The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It's like someone undoing a vise grip, very slowly. It's not overpowering - and I'm certainly not looking for that high high. I'm looking for relief." But in a country where, at the federal level, marijuana is classified as an illegal drug on a par with heroin, Goldberg said Sippy's compact proportions helps maintain discretion. "I'm respectful when I'm in a city that may not understand what I have, so I don't flaunt her.... She's easy and discreet to use, and for folks like myself who use marijuana medicinally, it's ideal," she said. The sale, possession and consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes -- though not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration -- is legal in 21 states. Maryland on Monday was the latest to join the growing list. Goldberg, who took the Academy Award in 1991 for best supporting actress in "Ghost," co-hosts the ABC syndicated daytime talk show "The View," which featured Denver Post weed editor Ricardo Baca as a guest in January. Three years ago, video emerged of Goldberg at a 1992 recording session, recalling with her characteristic sense of humor how she inhaled some of her own homegrown marijuana before going up on stage to collect her Oscar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem. "I don't know how to read music, but I can still play. So I don't really give a (expletive) about formal training or going to school," said Levine in an interview Thursday at an event for his latest Kmart collection. "You don't have to be trained in everything to be good at it." "The Voice" coach said skepticism of some celebrity designers is warranted, but insisted his collection is not "your average, celebrity-hawked fashion line." "I didn't want it to just be something that I phoned in," Levine said. "So I was really involved in the process." The collection, which retails for $30 or less, includes colorful, casual printed T-shirts, mini crop tops, twill and jean shorts and patterned maxi dresses. Levine's menswear line for Kmart launched last fall. "I kind of know what I like for both men and women. I think that it's a little more difficult and challenging when you're not, it's not something you can conceptualize, or it's not something you can conceive of wearing," he said of designing for the opposite sex. "So I needed to get a little bit of help." Levine's Victoria's Secret model fiancee Behati Prinsloo (bay-AHT'-ee PRINS'-lo) lent him a hand. He looked through Prinsloo's closet for inspiration and the couple collaborated on a few pieces. The clothes are "ideally what you want to see, I guess selfishly, on a lady," he said. ___ Follow Nicole Evatt at http://twitter.com/NicoleEvatt Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movies

In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden
Friday Apr 18, 2014
In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden

NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of government documents reveals widespread domestic surveillance of Americans. Leaked revelations hit the front pages of newspapers. A powerful governmental agency is brought under scrutiny. Sound familiar? It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. They found files that proved the extensive spying that J. Edgar Hoover's FBI was conducting on dissident groups, civil rights leaders and anti-Vietnam War activists. It was the initial revelation of Hoover's covert Cointelpro (counterintelligence) program. If "1971" was a blockbuster, it would be called a prequel. In many ways, the story is an early echo of the National Security Agency and the Edward Snowden affair, only in a less technologically sophisticated time. (The manhunt for the burglars focused partly on tracing the photocopy machine they used.) "My concern all along prior to Snowden was that people would view it as this quaint bit of history," says director Johanna Hamilton, who began working on the film four years ago. "Now, that's much less easy to do. I've always sort of laughed that they're the analog version." The connection between "1971" and the NSA revelations isn't just historical metaphor. Laura Poitras, the journalist and documentarian, is a producer on the film. Snowden, an NSA contractor, initially contacted Poitras about leaking thousands of documents that revealed the NSA's collecting of Americans' phone and email records. On Monday, she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for public service given to The Washington Post and The Guardian for the NSA revelations. In an exclusive interview, Poitras and Hamilton reflected on the connections between the two eras, both times of privacy intrusions revealed by government document theft. Though "1971" never explicitly refers to the NSA or Snowden, its thick contemporary relevance is hard to miss. "You would have to be living in a cave not to pick up on it," says Poitras. The burglars of Media, who anonymously mailed copies of the stolen documents to three newspapers, were never caught. "1971" was made in tandem with a book by Betty Medsger, "The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI," published earlier this year. (Medsger was the Washington Post reporter who broke the story in 1971.) At the publication of the book, five of the eight revealed their identities and they're featured on camera in the film. (They likely can no longer be tried for the break-in.) Led by then-Haverford College physics professor Bill Davidon (who died last year), they're a collection of regular citizens, including a cab driver and a social worker. Two of them, Bonnie and John Raines, had three kids at the time. With family photos and old video, "1971" presents the burglars not as political firebrands, but as typical Americans. "They're ordinary Americans who decided to take a stand," says Hamilton, a producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." To Poitras, the Citizens' Commission is similar to Snowden in that they took great risk for a cause they believed in. "It's obviously an act of conscience," she says. "They didn't want to leave such a world to their kids. The sacrifice is extraordinary and obviously parallels with the sacrifice that Snowden has also made. A young man who really puts his life on the line to reveal to the public what the government is doing is exactly the choice that they made." But to Poitras, much has changed, as well. The publication of the NSA material was far more labored. (Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, who would publish the Pentagon Papers just months later, published within a day of receiving the stolen FBI documents.) She has been chilled by the legal pursuit of whistle-blowers and journalists, citing New York Times journalist James Risen. He risks jail for refusing to testify in a case revolving around the leaking of CIA information. Snowden has been charged with espionage and other offenses in the U.S. and could get 30 years in prison if convicted. He has received asylum in Russia. President Barack Obama has assigned two panels to conduct reviews of the NSA surveillance programs. Poitras has been working on a documentary of her own on post-9/11 surveillance. (It was what led Snowden, who had seen a short film by Poitras on NSA whistle-blower William Binney, to contact her.) She has been editing it in Berlin because, she says, she doesn't feel she can protect her source material inside the U.S. Last week, she and Glenn Greenwald cautiously returned to the U.S. for the first time since publication. They traveled with a lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union. "It feels good to be home," says Poitras, who fears she'll be subpoenaed to reveal sources or turn over evidence. "That risk is substantial because I'm not going to participate in a grand jury." Poitras and Greenwald returned, she says, "partly to make a statement that we weren't going to be intimidated." Hamilton is seeking distribution for the film at Tribeca. Her early worry that "1971" might not be considered relevant now seems laughable. "People say the documentary gods are smiling," she says. "It's thanks to Laura here, frankly, that we're engaged in this national conversation again." ___ Online: http://www.1971film.com ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist."The vape pen has changed my life. No, I'm not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy." wrote Goldberg, 58, about her pocket vaporizer on "The Cannabist," a pot-friendly website run by the Denver Post newspaper in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain state was the second in the United States, after Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But Goldberg opted to focus on how pot, inhaled through Sippy, has helped her cope with massive headaches induced by glaucoma, an eye disorder suffered by more than three million Americans that can potentially lead to blindness. "It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said. "The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It's like someone undoing a vise grip, very slowly. It's not overpowering - and I'm certainly not looking for that high high. I'm looking for relief." But in a country where, at the federal level, marijuana is classified as an illegal drug on a par with heroin, Goldberg said Sippy's compact proportions helps maintain discretion. "I'm respectful when I'm in a city that may not understand what I have, so I don't flaunt her.... She's easy and discreet to use, and for folks like myself who use marijuana medicinally, it's ideal," she said. The sale, possession and consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes -- though not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration -- is legal in 21 states. Maryland on Monday was the latest to join the growing list. Goldberg, who took the Academy Award in 1991 for best supporting actress in "Ghost," co-hosts the ABC syndicated daytime talk show "The View," which featured Denver Post weed editor Ricardo Baca as a guest in January. Three years ago, video emerged of Goldberg at a 1992 recording session, recalling with her characteristic sense of humor how she inhaled some of her own homegrown marijuana before going up on stage to collect her Oscar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

First trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'
Friday Apr 18, 2014
First trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Clint Eastwood's period piece "Jersey Boys" charts the phenomenal success of 1960s rock 'n' roll vocal group The Four Seasons.Based on the multithreaded Tony-winning musical play, "Jersey Boys" was reworked for cinema by "Gladiator," "The Aviator" and "Hugo" screenplay writer John Logan. It wasn't just talent that got Valli and his lads to the top; a keen-eyed underworld investor made sure they had the right connections, and there were plenty of ups and downs along the way: secret debts and strained relationships threaten to wreck the band along the way. Slipping into the shoes of charismatic lead singer Frankie Valli is John Lloyd Young, who already won a Tony and a Grammy for the same portrayal in the Broadway musical. Christopher Walken appears as crime boss Angelo DeCarlo, while "Boardwalk Empire" actor Vincent Piazza can be seen as Tommy DeVito, part of Valli's group, alongside two other vocalists from the stage production, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda. "Jersey Boys" is set for a June 20 release in the USA and UK, with preliminary dates indicating that a same-week distribution for Europe is on the cards (June 18 in Belgium, June 19 in the Netherlands) and that South America will follow not long after (June 26 for Argentina). "Jersey Boys" trailer: youtu.be/DbURfiUWVtg Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Cannes 2014: Nicole Garcia to judge debut films
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Cannes 2014: Nicole Garcia to judge debut films

The actress and director will preside over the jury for the Caméra d'Or, which is awarded annually to a debut feature, festival organizers announced April 18.Nicole Garcia will take the torch from Agnès Varda, who headed the Caméra d'Or jury in 2013. "I hope to be worthy of the honor, bask in the joy and do my best to deliver on the mission," Garcia stated. Created in 1978, the Caméra d'Or was awarded last year to "Ilo Ilo," the first feature from Singaporean director Anthony Chen. The 2014 winner will be named on Saturday, May 24 during the awards ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The jury of the Caméra d'Or considers the debut feature films screened in the official selection as well as in the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight parallel sections. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Original Jesus Ted Neeley brings 'Superstar' to Rome
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Original Jesus Ted Neeley brings 'Superstar' to Rome

Ted Neeley, the original lead in "Jesus Christ Superstar", is back four decades on as the son of God in the hit musical in Rome, and hopes Pope Francis will be in the audience.The pontiff will be "just down the street and we're hoping he's going to come visit us and see the show. I think he's a wonderful, wonderful man," an enthusiastic 70-year-old Neely told AFP between rehearsals of the world-famous rock opera. The Texan musician and actor has appeared in other works, including Quentin Tarantino's 2013 film "Django Unchained", but his heart still lies in the role of 33-year-old Christ, which "gets better and better each time", he said. The 1973 film was controversial with Catholic groups, but even before pope Paul VI watched and blessed it, Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's catchy melodies and lyrics had won a wide following -- as had blue-eyed, fair-haired Neeley. "So many people saw the film as children when it came out in the '70s, and watch it every year at Easter time and Christmas time, that they tell me when they think of Jesus they see my face!" Neeley says with a grin. "I'm not Jesus, I'm a rock-and-roll drummer who screams high notes for a living," he adds, belting out a long high note to prove his point. The director of the Italian production, Massimo Romeo Piparo, said Good Friday had been chosen for opening night because "it's an ideal show for Easter because it brings together lay people and Catholics." Piparo said he was honoured to have got Neeley on board for a production which marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the film in Italy. "I wanted to do something memorable. Neeley accepted with enthusiasm and has made this production really important," he said, adding that German and Dutch tourists have already booked tickets to come to Rome for the show. - 'Still hippy at heart' - While Neeley no longer captures the youthful energy and sexuality of the original Christ character, his performance is given added depth by his maturity and a greater sense of the suffering the Biblical son of God faced. As dancers in '70s-style outfits sporting flower motifs and flares backflip across the stage and pop out of coloured boxes, a bearded Neeley in his beige robes emits an extraordinary sense of peace, often placing his hands together in prayer even off stage. Flicking back his thinning, shoulder-length hair, Neeley admits he still feels "like a hippy at heart". He won his original part as Jesus in the 1971 Broadway show after playing the lead role in a 1969 production of "Hair" -- an irreverent anthem for the revolutionary 1960s -- and says the two musicals are entwined for him. Over the decades, he has done some 5,000 performances as Jesus, with one production which had been tapped to run for three months going on for five years. "I got lucky. I got asked to do this role, and it's the most wonderful blessing of my life," he says, explaining that he met his wife, dancer Leeyan Granger, in one of the productions. He had two children with her. Neeley, a practising Baptist who had a spiritual upbringing -- leading Bible readings for children at just nine years old -- said the show's appeal is its ability to speak across generations. "It's a wonderful piece. Children love it, they learn the story, they adore the melodies," he said. "We are all connected to this spirituality, it is magical." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Tech agenda: Flurry's Source14

Mobile trends will be the subject of Flurry's one-day Souce14 conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. The city will then host the Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology conference from April 23-25.Source14: Living Mobile by FlurryApril 22San Francisco, California, USA No one understands better than Flurry the impact of the smartphone and the tablet over the past five years, or how companies and individuals can best take advantage of the growing mobile trends that they are driving. As well as insights, the fast-paced, one-day summit will include speakers from Samsung, Pinterest, Walmart, Pebble, Evernote, Yahoo, Glow, Waze, Skype and Whisper.http://www.flurrysource14.com Smart Fabrics and Wearable Technology 2014 April 23-25San Francisco, California, USA Topics up for discussion will include interactive fashion, the future of nanotechnology and even the use of smart fabrics in baby diapers.http://www.smartfabricsconference.com/home.aspx Infosecurity EuropeApril 29-May 1London, UK The biggest, free-to-attend event in Europe focused on the growing issue of online safety and security. This year’s show is expected to attract over 13,000 people.http://www.infosec.co.uk Facebook F8April 30San Francisco, California, USA The world's leading social network is resurrecting its flagship developer conference that has been on hiatus since 2011. Expect hackathons, displays, discussions and debates all focused purely on mobile.https://fbf8.com/ CeBIT AustraliaMay 5-7Sydney, Australia The Antipodean version of the trade show is split into a tech expo and a series of focused conferences, seminars and workshops for aspiring business leaders and innovators.http://www.cebit.com.au/ IoT Dev ConMay 7-8Santa Clara, California, USA An event that aims to help attendees overcome the obstacles to connecting with the Internet of Things, it promises a mix of technical sessions, expert panels and a focus on helping those with an idea bring it to business fruition.http://iot-devcon.com/ Crowds 2.0: New Frontiers in Crowdfunding + CrowdsourcingMay 9New York, USA Hosted by the NYU Stern Center for Business Analytics, the conference will examine the current trends in the phenomenon and try to pinpoint where crowdfunding and crowdsourcing are heading next and will feature speakers from the Carlson School of Management, CrowdFlower, CrowdWatch, GiveForward, Harvard Business School, Indiegogo and Kickstarter among others.http://www.crowdsnyustern.com/ Microsoft TechEd North AmericaMay 12–15Houston, Texas, USA The Windows maker’s premier technology conference in the US and a must for anyone within the industry keen to enhance their skills, test the next big thing hands-on and get a taste of some of the things that Microsoft has up its sleeve for the future.http://northamerica.msteched.com/#fbid=RSAAVKP05Bb BITSMay 13-15Porto Alegre, Brazil Now in its fourth year, this Latin version of CeBIT promises over 600 exhibitors and a wealth of conferences and networking opportunities to help South American tech innovators find the right investors or partners. http://www.bitsouthamerica.com.br/_en/index.php Japan IT WeekMay 14 - 16Tokyo, Japan Billed as Japan's largest IT show, its organizers claim it is the meeting place for all tech executives on the continent and a leading showcase of new innovations, systems and technologies. http://www.japan-it.jp/en/haru/ Open Mobile SummitMay 19- 20London, UK A show that will attempt to define what's next for mobile ecosystems and what the next mobile opportunities will be. As well as smartphones, there will be a focus on wearable technology devices.http://www.openmobilemedia.com/london/ Augmented World ExpoMay 27-29Santa Clara, California, USA Thanks to the growing interest in wearable technology, immersive gaming and everything from Google Glass to the Oculus Rift, this event is getting bigger and bigger and more and more important with every passing year. Expect most of the Fortune 500 to attend and expect augmented reality, digital eyewear and gesture control to be high on the agenda. http://augmentedworldexpo.com/ The Code Conference May 27-29Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA The first headline event from Re/Code, a new online publication born from the ashes of All Things D, the event promises the same all-star names and heavy hitters that the All Things D conferences of old attracted, including appearances by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich to name but a few.http://recode.net/events/the-code-conference/ Apple's WWDCJune 2-6San Francisco, California, USA Apple's annual developers conference will see the company demonstrate its latest software innovations and the improvements it has planned for its desktop and smartphone operating systems. However there's a chance that it could also use the event to launch a phablet or even a smartwatch. https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/ Computex TaipeiJune 3-7Taipei, Taiwan One of the standout tech events of 2013, when a host of the world’s leading PC and mobile device manufacturers chose Taipei as the venue for unveiling their latest designs, technologies and features. Will 2014 bring a similar slew of new products?http://www.computextaipei.com.tw CES Unveiled WARSAWJune 5Warsaw, Poland A chance for European tech companies to showcase their wares ahead of the 2015 International CES which, as usual, will kick off in Las Vegas next January. As well as Warsaw, the Consumer Electronics Association is bringing the CES Unveiled roadshow to China and Brazil this year in addition to its established shows in New York and Paris.http://www.cesweb.org/Events-Awards/Events/2015-CES-Unveiled Mobile Asia Expo 2014June 11 - 13Shanghai, China Almost as big as its sister event, the Mobile World Congress, this is a showcase of the newest technologies and most innovative products available in the mobile industry.http://www.mobileasiaexpo.com/ Interop JapanJune 12-14Tokyo, Japan A host of keynote speakers, showcases, workshops and educational sessions all focused on trying to define the future of information communication technology.http://www.interop.jp/2013/ InfoComm14June 14-20Las Vegas, Nevada, USAPromising to wow attendees with the coolness of the technology on display, InfoComm is one of the leading events for anyone with even a passing interest in audio and video. The show combines tech showcases with training sessions, workshops and keynote addresses and over 35,000 people are expected from over 100 countries this year.http://www.infocommshow.org/indexAtt.asp Tech Connect WorldJune 15-19Washington DC, USA A summit and innovation showcase that aims to take revolutionary ideas and concepts across all sectors out of labs and into an increasingly global marketplace. Little wonder that its sponsors range from NASA and the US Army to IBM, Bosch and Boeing.http://www.techconnectworld.com/World2014/ Future Insights Live June 16 - 20, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada A space for designers, developers, and product people to come together to analyze and understand how to launch their next big thing. The event promises inspiration, education and of course a chance to network.http://futureinsightslive.com/las-vegas-2014/ The Connected Conference June 18-19Paris, France Marketed as the first event dedicated to the connected hardware industry, it is hosted by Rude Media, and will cover everything from the internet of things to 3D printing.http://connectedconference.co/ CE Week June 23-27New York, USA Presented by the same Consumer Electronics Association that brings us the International CES every year, CE Week is a showcase of all that's happening in the world of consumer electronics, from connected cars to television technology and digital consumer healthcare.http://www.ceweekny.com/ Google I/OJune 25-26San Francisco, California, USA The company's annual developer conference will be using a lottery to hand out tickets, so overwhelming was the demand last year. Rumors are already rife that this is where Google will finally take the wraps off a consumer-ready retail version of its much-hyped Google Glass headset. https://developers.google.com/events/io/ Wearable Tech ExpoJuly 23-24New York, USA Topics will include augmented reality, smart appliances and clothes and trying to identify use cases for some of the more challenging wearable technology devices that are in the pipeline.http://www.wearabletechworld.com/conference/newyork-2014/ GrowthBeat August 5-6San Francisco, California, USA A new event from tech publication ventureBeat, GrowthBeat is focused on the data, apps, and science of successful marketing and has attracted a host of top-tier sponsors including Adobe and IBM.http://venturebeat.com/events/growthbeat2014/ Bluetooth Asia 2014August 19-20Shanghai, China One of a series of events organized this year analyzing the role that Bluetooth wireless technology is set to play in smart homes and as the Internet of Things becomes a reality. http://bluetoothworldevent.com/ Social Mobile EngagementSeptember 4-5Tampa, Florida, USA A conference and a coding challenge, the event is all about how to engage with connected customers and how to make the most of emerging social media trends to draw customers to your brand and offerings. http://www.socialmobileengagement.com/ IFA 2014September 5 - 10Berlin, Germany Fast becoming one of the key consumer technology events and starting to rival CeBIT in terms of its size and importance in Europe, expect a host of new products and devices to make their debut at this year's show. http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/en/ 4G WorldSeptember 9-11Las Vegas, Nevada, USABilled as the world's largest "unbiased" mobile industry event, the three-day exhibition, marketplace and conference will see broadband, hardware and software companies coming together to examine the current state of the global wireless communication ecosystem. http://www.4gworld.com/lasvegas/ CTIA 2014September 9 -11Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Promising a "super mobility week" this CITA show promises to be the largest in the US dedicated to mobile innovations that enhance the connected life across business, home, health and even cars.http://www.ctia.org/ctia-shows CES Unveiled SAO PAULO 2014September 23,Sao Paulo, Brazil The Consumer Electronics Association is bringing its travelling showcase to South America and with it an opportunity to see the innovations and gadgets that could steal the show in 2015 that originate from or are funded by Brazilian businesses. http://www.cesweb.org/Events-Awards/Events/2015-CES-Unveiled Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist."The vape pen has changed my life. No, I'm not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy." wrote Goldberg, 58, about her pocket vaporizer on "The Cannabist," a pot-friendly website run by the Denver Post newspaper in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain state was the second in the United States, after Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But Goldberg opted to focus on how pot, inhaled through Sippy, has helped her cope with massive headaches induced by glaucoma, an eye disorder suffered by more than three million Americans that can potentially lead to blindness. "It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said. "The high is different, too. It feels like a gentle, warm breeze at the beach. It's like someone undoing a vise grip, very slowly. It's not overpowering - and I'm certainly not looking for that high high. I'm looking for relief." But in a country where, at the federal level, marijuana is classified as an illegal drug on a par with heroin, Goldberg said Sippy's compact proportions helps maintain discretion. "I'm respectful when I'm in a city that may not understand what I have, so I don't flaunt her.... She's easy and discreet to use, and for folks like myself who use marijuana medicinally, it's ideal," she said. The sale, possession and consumption of cannabis for medicinal purposes -- though not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration -- is legal in 21 states. Maryland on Monday was the latest to join the growing list. Goldberg, who took the Academy Award in 1991 for best supporting actress in "Ghost," co-hosts the ABC syndicated daytime talk show "The View," which featured Denver Post weed editor Ricardo Baca as a guest in January. Three years ago, video emerged of Goldberg at a 1992 recording session, recalling with her characteristic sense of humor how she inhaled some of her own homegrown marijuana before going up on stage to collect her Oscar. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Cannes 2014: Nicole Garcia to judge debut films
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Cannes 2014: Nicole Garcia to judge debut films

The actress and director will preside over the jury for the Caméra d'Or, which is awarded annually to a debut feature, festival organizers announced April 18.Nicole Garcia will take the torch from Agnès Varda, who headed the Caméra d'Or jury in 2013. "I hope to be worthy of the honor, bask in the joy and do my best to deliver on the mission," Garcia stated. Created in 1978, the Caméra d'Or was awarded last year to "Ilo Ilo," the first feature from Singaporean director Anthony Chen. The 2014 winner will be named on Saturday, May 24 during the awards ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The jury of the Caméra d'Or considers the debut feature films screened in the official selection as well as in the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight parallel sections. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'
Friday Apr 18, 2014
Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest. "It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance. In her letter, Novak said: "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives." She had initially remained silent after serving as a presenter with Matthew McConaughey at the March 2 Academy Awards because the comments were so painful, Novak said from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. "For days, I didn't leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers" who are attacked, she said. Trump tweeted during the Oscars that Novak should "sue her plastic surgeon," while others noted how unnaturally smooth-faced the veteran star of "Vertigo" and other classic films looked — even though actresses are pressured to look forever young. "I'm not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face. They seemed far less invasive than a face lift," Novak wrote in her letter, adding, "In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better." Novak's Oscar night speech, which some observers characterized as halting, was the result of a pill she had taken to relax and a three-day fast, she said in her letter. Novak wasn't the only older actress targeted at the Oscars. She was disturbed, she said, when ceremony host Ellen DeGeneres singled out audience member Liza Minnelli, 68, and pretended to mistake her for a male impersonator. "Good job, sir," DeGeneres said. Novak said she retains dark memories of her years as a young actress in Hollywood, when she suffered from untreated bipolar disorder and was acutely sensitive to the industry's casual snideness and harsh reviews of her lesser films. But the Oscar sniping took her aback, Novak said, because she had been given such a gracious welcome during a visit last year to Cannes, France, and gets warm notes from fans. "I thought, 'Perhaps Hollywood is ready to receive me in a different way.' I was just not prepared for such a negative reaction and it just caught me off guard," she said. Comments spread fast and far online, she said, and people don't realize you're listening. "It goes over in such a public way now," she said. It was a commitment to appear at the TCM Film Festival last week that changed her mind about going public with her concerns. Novak, an artist with an upcoming exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, also showed one of her works, a "Vertigo"-related painting, at the festival. She was well received during her initial appearance but felt she had to "take the bull by the horns" and deal openly with the treatment of her and Minnelli, she said. Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne agreed to discuss it during an interview that preceded a festival screening Saturday of her film "Bell, Book and Candle." Novak, who said she takes medication for her disorder, decided afterward that she wanted to spread her message more widely and asked her longtime manager, Sue Cameron, to release the letter. "I realized that I had to stand up not only for myself but for other people that don't have the courage to do so," Novak said. "I feel like I have a mission." ___ Online: http://www.kimnovakartist.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
'The Boondocks' back for final 'offensive' season

NEW YORK (AP) — The brash animated series "The Boondocks" returns to Adult Swim for its fourth and final season without Aaron McGruder, the man who spawned it, but with its brashness intact. A future episode even spoofs "Breaking Bad." The weekly episodes air Mondays at 10:30 p.m. EDT. Adapted by McGruder in 2005 from his comic strip of the same name, "The Boondocks" quickly distinguished itself for its pull-no-punches exploration of the black experience in the U.S., where living, making a living and just growing up can pose special challenges for African-Americans. With its beautiful anime style but tough subjects and rough language, the series ruffled feathers while winning acclaim, including an NAACP Image Award. It also won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2007 for an episode that found Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awakening from a decades-long "coma" into a modern world that both disturbed and disappointed him for its lack of social progress. The series "throws edgy, irreverent comment at some of the thorniest issues of our time," the Peabody committee said in its citation. "Race relations, racial identity, juvenile delinquency — there are no sacred topics here." "The Boondocks" centers on cranky, self-involved Robert "Granddad" Freeman, the legal (but highly irresponsible) guardian of two grandsons who has moved them from Chicago's inner city to what he fancies as the trouble-free "boondocks" of a comfortable suburb. In those sedate surroundings, Granddad hopes he can shirk his child-raising burdens in favor of full-time sloth and partying. Needless to say, his grandkids disrupt those plans. Riley is a rambunctious 8-year-old product of rap culture. His 10-year-old brother, Huey, is a budding revolutionary, a dead-serious left-wing radical who serves as the series' conscience. (Regina King of "Southland" and "Ray" voices the brothers, while John Witherspoon of "Friday After Next" is Granddad.) "It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons," McGruder explained on Facebook last month, speaking of the series' first three seasons, when "I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy." McGruder has since departed after "a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined," according to Adult Swim. But he's preparing something new for the network as he puts "a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me," he said — surely with tongue in cheek — in his Facebook statement. His new project: a live-action scripted comedy called "Black Jesus," with Jesus living in modern-day Compton, Calif., as he attempts to spread love and kindness through this troubled neighborhood. It is scheduled to premiere later this year. Meanwhile, even in McGruder's absence, "The Boondocks" isn't playing it safe or just for laughs. In a future episode, Granddad learns he's broke. "I'd say you have six months before you and your grandkids are homeless and starving," his financial planner informs him, then, pondering what funds Granddad might generate, inquires, "How many kidneys do you have?" Huey's chemistry project (which in fact is an effort to make an explosive material for building bombs) turns out to be the goldmine Granddad has dreamed of: This pink goop turns out to be the world's best hair-wave cream. It doesn't just straighten existing hair, it's mega-Rogaine, growing beautifully lustrous straight hair overnight. There's just one hitch, as Huey is quick to warn Granddad: With a single spark, the stuff explodes on your head. Will this stop Granddad from cashing in on his miracle product — or getting tangled up in the dangerous black market of the hair-care industry? It's a clever parable with a lot to say about human vanity (the risk of death pales beside the promise of great hair), and about the readiness of consumer products to exploit that vanity. And it's told as an homage to the crystal-meth underworld explored by "Breaking Bad," including some shot-for-shot sequences borrowed from that AMC drama's famous pilot episode, here with Granddad (not Walter White) as a would-be drug lord in his tighty-whities, cooking contraband wave cream (not "blue sky" meth) in the desert in his motor home. As ever on "The Boondocks," the sparks will fly. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier ___ Online: http://www.adultswim.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.