Saturday May 28, 2016

Euro 2016 host cities: things to see and do in Toulouse

After being picked to host the 2016 UEFA European Championship, which runs June 10 to July 10, France will be welcoming soccer fans to matches in 10 of its cities. In Toulouse, players and supporters will be heading to games at the Toulouse Stadium, specially renovated for the event. Here's a look...
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Euro 2016 host cities: things to see and do in Toulouse
Saturday May 28, 2016
Euro 2016 host cities: things to see and do in Toulouse

After being picked to host the 2016 UEFA European Championship, which runs June 10 to July 10, France will be welcoming soccer fans to matches in 10 of its cities. In Toulouse, players and supporters will be heading to games at the Toulouse Stadium, specially renovated for the event. Here's a look at a few things awaiting fans of the beautiful game prior to kick-off in the southwestern city.Where to eat Savory specialties: fans of fine dining should head to the eponymous restaurant of Michel Sarran. This star chef, a native of the region, rose to a new level of fame as a judge on France's "Top Chef" TV cooking show. Sarran has today become a frontman for Languedoc cuisine, giving pride of place to local ingredients in his double Michelin-starred restaurant. Plus, Toulouse is one of France's cities currently seeing a new wave of up-and-coming gastronomic talent break through onto the restaurant scene, thanks to a young generation of chefs, such as Pierre Lambinon. Named "Young Chef of the Year" by France's Champérard guide, Lambinon serves up creative cuisine in the immaculate white décor of the Py-R restaurant, which has one Michelin star. Sweet treats: while cassoulet stew is the most iconic dish of Toulouse, there are plenty of sweet snacks to be sampled in the city. Visitors should head to Maison Pillon for its artisanal chocolates, cakes and pastries. Don't leave without sampling the specialty -- Pavé du Capitole chocolates -- made from dark chocolate, hazelnuts and diced orange. The chef, Yannick Delpech, has also opened an intriguing eatery called "Sandyan," serving up a mixture of sweet treats, cakes and street food. Check out the amusing trompe-l'oeil dishes such as "boiled eggs" made from fresh mango, green tea cream and passion fruit coulis. What to see Must-visit museum: culture vultures should head for the Musée des Augustins. This fine arts museum, located next to the Augustinian Convent, is home to paintings and sculptures. It's also one of the oldest museums in France, opening in August 1795. Visitors can take in works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Courbet, Manet and Delacroix. A full-price adult ticket costs €5. Free sightseeing: the most famous sight in Toulouse has got to be the Capitole. This huge city hall is a neoclassical masterpiece that's unmissable -- in more ways than one -- and it's free to visit. The Capitole has been the heart of municipal administration since the 12th century, and is now also home to a theater. The building is made from the famous pink-colored stone that gives Toulouse its nickname, "the pink city" ("la ville rose"). Next, head to the Saint Sernin basilica, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. When to come back The pink city's favorite sports team, Stade Toulousain, is France's most decorated rugby club, unleashing an electric atmosphere in the city with every game. For a full-on Toulouse experience, head to the Ernest-Wallon stadium to watch Stade Toulousain playing a home match. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Shield' actor's words used against him in murder trial
Friday May 27, 2016
'Shield' actor's words used against him in murder trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor who played a police officer on TV show "The Shield" is guilty of murder because of remarks he made about the killing to detectives, his brother-in-law and in text messages to his dead wife, a prosecutor told a jury Friday. Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef used several statements from Michael Jace to make her case that "The Shield" actor should be convicted of first-degree murder in April Jace's May 2014 death. The prosecutor also cited testimony from their 10-year-old son, who heard his father tell his mother, "'If you like running, then run to heaven.'" She said the statement showed Michael Jace planned to kill his 40-year-old wife of nine years, who was an avid runner. "Who is going to argue that this was not an intent to kill?" Mokayef said. "Where else is heaven?" Jace acknowledges shooting April Jace three times — once in the back and twice in the legs — with his attorneys saying he was caught up in the heat of passion. Defense lawyer Jamon Hicks told jurors that the facts of the shooting were not in dispute and called the details horrible. However, prosecutors were trying to oversell their case, Hicks said, urging the panel to convict the actor of the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter. Hicks said the case hinged on Jace's mindset at the time of the shooting and that prosecutors could not prove the killing was premeditated. "He snapped," the attorney said about Jace. "If you find there was something that provoked this man ... and it created some kind of passion in him, that's manslaughter." The prosecutor urged the panel of six men and six women to reject that argument, telling jurors that Jace fired a revolver that required him to pull a heavy trigger multiple times. "I don't know how you can shoot somebody three times and call it an accident," Mokayef said in a blistering closing argument. Michael Jace, who also had small roles in films such as "Boogie Nights," ''Forrest Gump" and the TV show "Southland," had been out of work for years, and financial struggles put a strain on their marriage. April Jace told her husband she wanted a divorce the day of the shooting, and the couple had argued. She told her husband she was scared in one text message sent hours before her death. "I don't want you throwing things and breaking things and screaming lies to the boys," she wrote to her husband in a message retrieved from her cellphone. "I am afraid to come home." April Jace was killed moments after returning home from a youth baseball game. Text messages presented during trial show Michael Jace had told his wife he had left their home, but instead he was waiting with a loaded handgun. The actor told detectives he planned to kill himself but couldn't follow through. He also said he shot his wife the first time after she lunged at him. "I was just angry," Michael Jace told investigators, according to a transcript released Thursday. "All I intended to do was shoot her in the leg. And then I shot her in the leg, and that was it." He gave a lengthy interview to police and also called his wife's stepbrother explaining his actions. If convicted of first-degree murder, Jace faces 50 years to life in prison. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP . ___ This story has been corrected to show that Michael Jace's name was misspelled Michel. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Full House' property for sale if new family can swing $4M
Friday May 27, 2016
'Full House' property for sale if new family can swing $4M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Victorian that served as the exterior of the iconic 1980s' sitcom "Full House" is for sale, and the price tag for any would-be Tanner family is $4.15 million. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that 1708 Broderick in the wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood is on the market (http://bit.ly/22rezLX ). The 1883 home appears in "Full House" and its recent Netflix sequel, "Fuller House," as the home of Danny Tanner and his fictional family. Real estate agents are stressing the house's Victorian details rather than its TV history. And the off-white exterior with red door that appeared in the TV show is now gone, replaced by a stately purple. The newspaper says the interior looks nothing like the house on the TV show, which was filmed in a studio. 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.

'Maya & Marty' aims to show variety still the spice of life
Friday May 27, 2016
'Maya & Marty' aims to show variety still the spice of life

NEW YORK (AP) — If you doubt that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are funny together — indeed, a match made in heaven — just recall their memorable number on the 40th anniversary special for "Saturday Night Live." Rudolph revived her uncanny impersonation of Beyonce, resplendent in her lace bodysuit, her tresses billowing from a wind machine that threatened to blow Short offstage. Their duet was one of the highlights of the broadcast. Now these multitalented stars of TV and film have partnered for a six-week NBC run that promises to whip up the same level of hilarity. Debuting Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT, right after the two-hour season premiere of "America's Got Talent," "Maya & Marty" is a variety show whose first outing will welcome guests Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon and Tom Hanks as well as series regular Kenan Thompson. A day before that first show would be taped one floor down in Studio 6A, the two hosts greeted a reporter in the conference room of their 30 Rockefeller Plaza offices as Rudolph, casual in jeans and an oxford-cloth shirt, pulled on a sweater against the overwrought air conditioning. Rudolph: "Sometimes, you gotta layer!" Associated Press: You'll be shedding that sweater when you go outside this building! Rudolph (laughing): "We'll NEVER leave this building!" Short (comfy in blue blazer, plaid shirt and jeans): "Is it warm today?" Rudolph: "It's supposed to be 90! It's exceptionally gorgeous outside, which is still a treat for me. The beautiful thing about different seasons for someone from L.A. is —" Short (feigning impatience): "Yeah, yeah. Let's move on!" Rudolph: "Sorry. I forgot I was talking to a Canadian." AP: You both seem very composed for this to be the day before you do your first show. Rudolph (with a slight shrug): "I can tell, you WANT us to be nervous. But I think this is it." Short: "Long ago, I realized that to be nervous or scared did NO good when I perform. So I zen myself into a state of great relaxation." It turns out this easygoing twosome have known each other for a dozen years, but had never worked together until the "SNL" anniversary show in February 2015. They clicked. Short: "Sometimes you find an immediate chemistry with somebody, like you've known each other for many decades. Mama!" Rudolph: "Dadda!" Soon after, they began talks with the network and Lorne Michaels (executive producer of "SNL" and well as the new series) about teaming up for a weekly TV show. Then, last summer, Short invited Rudolph and her husband, director Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood"), and their four children up to his cottage in Canada, along with some writers, to brainstorm. Short: "We just sat on the dock and drank Rum-and-Ting and talked about what the show might be." Rudolph: "Nothing's better than Rum-and-Ting." Short: "Part of the creative process!" Rudolph: "And what we came away with was, we want work be a joy, with the best possible people." Short: "On our show, there will be singing and dancing and sketches and characters." Rudolph: "We're entertainers! Or, as some like to call it: ham-bones!" Two years ago, Rudolph headlined a variety special on NBC, which allowed her to get her feet wet with what was a dream project. Rudolph: "I did it to show myself I could do it. I knew it was the next direction I wanted to go in." Since then, she's been waiting for the moment she could jump in all the way. But then, as now with "Maya & Marty," a bit of skepticism has greeted what she aims to do. That's because of the term applied to it, "variety," which many observers think of fondly (thanks to bygone classics like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show"), but others may consider passe (supporting this view: the Neil Patrick Harris "Best Time Ever" variety show, which survived just one cycle last fall.) Rudolph: "Other people are more concerned about the idea of 'variety' than we are. For some reason, there's an expectation that our show is meant to be something we've all seen before. But we're NEVER gonna see what we saw before again. We're gonna see what we're seeing today: Marty and my show — today!" Short: "We're not trying to bring back a form, because I don't think the variety form ever went away: 'America's Got Talent' and 'The Voice' are variety shows. ('Tonight Show' host) Jimmy Fallon does a full-fledged variety show every night." AP: Yes, but can a variety show stand on its own without an element of competition, or a talk-show's couch and sofa? Short: "It's like when the sitcom was considered dead. Then Bill Cosby created a hit show (his legendary 'The Cosby Show' in 1984) that was a sitcom — and, by the way, was really well-written and (well)-acted. Suddenly: 'We were wrong! The sitcom is BACK!'" AP: That's true. Every faded program genre is just one hit away from a comeback. Short: "I think our show has a good shot. But I never assume when I start something that, 'Oh, I bet I'm gonna be on for eight years. Or, I bet this is gonna win the Oscarrrrrr!' If our show is a success, fantastic! And if not, we'll do just six shows. And we'll be fine." Rudolph: "But do you think there is a possibility that we might win an Oscar from this?" Short: "We could win a Daytime Oscar." Rudolph (all smiles): "I would like one of those on my mantle!" _____ 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. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore _____ Online: http://www.nbc.com Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Frazier Moore from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer and North American release date unveiled for the 'The Little Prince'
Friday May 27, 2016
New trailer and North American release date unveiled for the 'The Little Prince'

Netflix has released the trailer and release date for animated film "The Little Prince."The adaptation of Antoine Saint-Exupery's beloved book will be released in select theaters and streamed on Netflix in the US on August 5. The film follows The Little Girl as her mother tries to plan her whole life for her in order to prepare her for the world in which they live. However her mother's plans are interrupted by their kindly neighbor The Aviator, who befriends The Little Girl and introduces her to his new friend The Little Prince, and encourages her to never forget her youth or her imagination. The star-studded voice cast includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, and Ricky Gervais. The trailer can be viewed now on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gARHWfXE40 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director
Saturday May 28, 2016
Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director

HAY-ON-WYE, Wales (AP) — Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond. The acclaimed British director of "Skyfall" and "Spectre" said Saturday he will not direct the next installment in the popular spy series that started with Sean Connery's startling 1962 performance in "Dr. No." "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," Mendes said of his five years working on the thriller franchise. "But I think it's time for somebody else." Mendes revealed his plans to step down from the series to an audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales. A former theatre director whose films include the Oscar-winner "American Beauty" and the somber "Revolutionary Road," Mendes said he hoped the next Bond director would come from an "unexpected direction," just as he had. His first effort, "Skyfall," was a huge hit with critics and fans alike, with many saying he brought new depth to the characters. "Spectre" was also a substantial success, although some critics said it seemed a bit tired. Mendes himself indicated a desire to work on something fresh. "I'm a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters," he said. Mendes' announcement clarifies that he won't direct the next film, but it's not yet clear if Daniel Craig will return for a fifth turn as 007. Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are among his rumored replacements. Both are popular with moviegoers, but Mendes said lobbying by fans is pointless because the decision will be made solely by the series' producer, Barbara Broccoli. "It's not a democracy ... Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story," he said. Mendes said that worked out well when Broccoli chose Craig, a little-known actor, for the key role at a time when he had "zero" support from fans. Many fans now consider Craig's portrayal of the suave spy as having revitalized the Bond series. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jill Lawless from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Croatia's Pula Film Festival reveals Hollywood additions to set program
Friday May 27, 2016
Croatia's Pula Film Festival reveals Hollywood additions to set program

Croatia's Pula Film Festival has confirmed "Independence Day: Resurgence," "Ice Age: Collision Course" and the rebooted "Ghostbusters" film to screen at the event as out-of-competition titles.The festival, now in its 63rd edition and recognized as the country's top film event, will launch 16 feature films, six of which are minority co-productions, with a record 105 Croatian entries to feature, including shorts. The core lineup will include some of the year's fest-circuit standouts, such as "Chevalier," by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari; Carlos del Castillo's "Between Sea and Land," critically acclaimed at Sundance; and "Things to Come," by France's Mia Hansen-Love, which won the Silver Bear for best director in Berlin (via Variety). The 2016 Pula Film Festival will run July 9-16, with an impressive Roman amphitheater to serve as its main screening venue.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

What the Star Wars Celebration poster wants you to know about 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
Friday May 27, 2016
What the Star Wars Celebration poster wants you to know about 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

In advance of London's European Star Wars fan convention, a promotional poster blends character art from "Star Wars: A Force Awakens," this year's upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and, tantalizingly, perhaps even "Star Wars Episode VIII."It's the event's US iterations which have become more well known, aided by the fact that 2015's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, debuted the second teaser for a hugely anticipated "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" due out the same year. But the Star Wars Celebration train has been on something of a world tour since 2007, when Celebration Europe first took place in London; since then, it's added Japan and Germany to an international itinerary while settling on Orlando, Florida as a more regular North American stop-off. Celebration Europe III takes place July 15-17 at the ExCeL center in London and, in advance of the three-day fan expo, key art for the gathering has been revealed by Disney and through Lucasfilm's official, weekly "Star Wars Show" (youtu.be/-IVW0aIO2Lg). Characters seen in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" fill the top half of the composite artwork, while others seen in the first trailer for "Rogue One" (youtu.be/Wji-BZ0oCwg) occupy the bottom half. The poster follows an accidentally leaked spread of text and illustrations from the official visual story guide for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" mid-May. That had provided extra background information not only on the characters shown in the "Rogue One" trailer, but also on others yet to be discovered via official channels. It's not known yet whether Disney and Lucasfilm planned to unveil each of those characters, vehicles and locations before the movie's arrival, but this Star Wars Celebration reveal provides some extra detail. The Stormtrooper lexicon is expanding, with the Star Wars Show naming the sheet's black-armored soldiers as Death Troopers, alongside an armor-and-cloth clad infantry type called the Shoretrooper. There's also a better look at the new AT-ACT, a four-legged piece of mobile armor based on the iconic AT-ATs first seen in 1980's "Star Wars: Episode V." The "Star Wars Show" describes the images as featuring the cast of "The Force Awakens" and that of "Rogue One," but one line of thinking -- based on secretive reports from the set of 2017's franchise entry -- says that the top half is actually just as much a reference to "Star Wars: Episode VIII" as to its 2015 predecessor. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch the official trailer for Greta Gerwig's 'Weiner-Dog'
Friday May 27, 2016
Watch the official trailer for Greta Gerwig's 'Weiner-Dog'

The official trailer has been released for Greta Gerwig's upcoming film "Weiner-Dog."The movie is Todd Solondz's follow-up semi-sequel to "Welcome to the Dollhouse," which sees Dawn Wiener now played by Gerwig. The film follows the life of one dog and the many people around her, whose lives she touches in different ways, including teaching a young boy some life lessons, reuniting Dawn Weiner with someone from her past, and becoming the companion to an embittered old woman. The dark comedy also stars Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Tracy Letts, and Zosia Mamet. "Wiener-Dog" hits down in theaters on June 24. You can watch the official trailer now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBNKaQQYMWE Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jamie Bell as James Bond? New rumors on the next 007 surface
Friday May 27, 2016
Jamie Bell as James Bond? New rumors on the next 007 surface

The rumor mill is turning again regarding who will be the next James Bond, with Jamie Bell's name now added to the list of possible contenders for the role.Daniel Craig's future as 007 is still uncertain, with the actor reporting that he is not keen to return to the role, although he is still under contract for one more sequel. However it has now been confirmed by Deadline that Bell has been in talks with producer Barbara Broccoli about taking on the role. Bell and Broccoli are also already working together on "Film Stars Don't Die," which Bell will start filming next month. However how serious these talks are is not yet confirmed. Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, and even Gillian Anderson, are also touted as candidates for the role. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

The Latest: European artists win for cartoons on migrants
Saturday May 28, 2016
The Latest: European artists win for cartoons on migrants

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Artists from France, Italy and Belgium have won the Niels Bugge Cartoons Awards, which focused this year on Europe's migrant crisis. Jury chairman Lars Refn says Anne Derenne got a 3,000-euro ($3,335) check Saturday for her interpretation of the "Utopia" theme in "a terrific way." Her cartoon shows an ecstatic couple in a rowing boat approaching a bountiful green island. However, under the water line, it appears it is made up of industrial waste. Runner-up Marco d'Agostino got 2,000 euros ($2,220) while the third prize went to Luc Vernimmen. Refn said Saturday the "Utopia" theme was picked "after Europe almost entered a state of shock over the wave of migrants." The contest was named for the inn near Viborg, 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of Copenhagen, where it was held. ___ 4:05 p.m. Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by an Irish naval vessel, have saved more than 540 migrants from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya. The rescues Saturday are the latest by a multi-national patrol south of Sicily that has saved thousands this week. The Irish military said the vessel Le Roisin saved 123 migrants from a 12-meter-long (40-foot) rubber dinghy and recovered a male body. An Italian navy ship saved 101 migrants on another rubber dinghy, and a ship of the Italian coast guard, which coordinates all the rescues by various navies, cargo vessels and humanitarian organization boats, reported rescuing 322 migrants from a boat in distress. Meanwhile, with migrant shelters filling up in Sicily, the Italian navy vessel Vega headed toward Reggio Calabria, a southern Italian mainland port, bringing 135 survivors, along with 45 bodies, from a rescue a day earlier. The Vega was due to dock on Sunday. ___ 1 p.m. At the Vatican on Saturday, Pope Francis told several hundred children, among them many migrants, who came from the Italian south to see him that migrants "aren't a danger but they are in danger." Among the audience was a Nigerian youth, who lost his parents in 2014 as the family tried to reach Italy by sea. Francis has repeatedly expressed dismay that some European nations have refused to accept migrants, fleeing poverty or war, and have even thrown up fences and other barriers to thwart the arrivals from journeying northward after reaching the continent's southern shores. 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.

Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges
Saturday May 28, 2016
Ex-'Glee' star Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy "Glee," was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography. The 33-year-old actor was charged with two counts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Federal officials said he has agreed to surrender to authorities next Friday, at which time he's also expected to be arraigned in federal court. His publicist did not immediately respond to phone and email messages. Salling was arrested at his home in Shadow Hills last December after Los Angeles police officers and federal agents seized a laptop, hard drive and flash drive they say contained images and videos depicting child pornography. He was charged with one count of using the Internet to obtain a pornographic still image and video of young girls and a second count of possessing two other child porn videos that also featured young girls. If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison on each of the charges. "Those who download and possess child pornography create a market that causes more children to be harmed," U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement announcing the indictments. "Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed and every time it is viewed." Although best known for his long-running role on "Glee," which aired from 2009 to 2015, Salling is also a musician. He released his debut album, "Pipe Dreams," in 2010. He shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the "Glee" cast in 2010 when the show was honored for outstanding TV comedy ensemble. 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.

NBC's 'Red Nose Day Special' promises many stars
Saturday May 28, 2016
NBC's 'Red Nose Day Special' promises many stars

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — With music by Elton John and Blake Shelton, comedy from Tracy Morgan and appearances by more than 60 other celebrities, the "Red Nose Day Special," to air live Thursday night on NBC, promises to be as starry as a Hollywood awards show — only the winners are children's charities around the world. Julia Roberts, Kobe Bryant, Tyler Perry, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Celine Dion, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges are among those expected to appear during the two-hour show, to air from Universal Studios near Los Angeles. The show starts at 9 p.m. Eastern. A U.K. tradition that launched in the U.S. last year, Red Nose Day aims to raise money and awareness for organizations such as Save the Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Viewers are encouraged to participate by buying red clown noses at Walgreens and hosting their own "fun-raisers ." ___ Online: http://www.nbc.com/the-red-nose-day-special Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74
Thursday May 26, 2016
Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," has died. She was 74. Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, told The Associated Press that Howland died Dec. 31 of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He said there had been no announcement, funeral or memorial service because that's how she wanted it. "That was her choice," he said. Howland was born May 28, 1941, in Boston. At 16, she landed a role on Broadway alongside Dick Van Dyke in "Bye Bye Birdie." CBS later noticed Howland on stage in the 1970 production of "Company" and brought her to Hollywood for a bit part on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Small roles on "The Love Boat" and "Little House on the Prairie" followed and a major break came when she was cast as Vera Louise Gorman on "Alice," a comedy set in an Arizona greasy spoon diner based on the 1974 Martin Scorsese film, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Howland earned four Golden Globe nominations during the comedy's 1976-85 run for her performance as the naive Vera. Howland described herself in a 1979 AP profile as "very shy" and said she saw something of herself in the character. "I'm a little naive sometimes but not as much as Vera. I guess I'm really a cynic," she said. After "Alice" ended, Howland largely disappeared from television acting, aside from bit parts on series including "Murder, She Wrote" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Howland created Tiger Rose Productions with actress Jennifer Warren. The company produced "You Don't Have to Die," a 1988 HBO documentary about a boy's battle against cancer that won an Academy Award for best short-subject documentary. Howland is survived by a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard. ___ This story has been corrected to show Howland was on "The Love Boat" after "Alice," not before, and that "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" was directed by Martin Scorsese, not Scorcese. 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.

Anthony Hopkins overcomes his stage fright in 'The Dresser'
Thursday May 26, 2016
Anthony Hopkins overcomes his stage fright in 'The Dresser'

LONDON (AP) — He's a much-lauded Academy Award-winning performer and his Hannibal Lecter is one of the all-time great movie villains. But as he reflects on playing a fading stage star in TV movie "The Dresser," Anthony Hopkins says: "I wasn't cut out to be an actor." "I wanted to be a musician, but I drifted into this business by mistake," Hopkins told the AP. "I'm still looking over my shoulder thinking somebody will say, 'Sorry, Tony, you're in the wrong business.'" The business has no such doubts. Hopkins gained Oscar nominations for playing the titular president in "Nixon," John Quincy Adams in slavery drama "Amistad" and the loyal butler Stevens in "The Remains of the Day." He won a best-actor Oscar in 1991 for cannibalistic serial killer Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." In "The Dresser" — airing Monday in the U.S. on Starz — the 78-year-old Welsh actor plays Sir, a cranky, creaky old thespian mounting a threadbare wartime production of "King Lear" and battling the infirmities of age. Ian McKellen co-stars as Norman, his devoted dresser, in a juicy display of skill by two British acting aristocrats (both men have been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II). Adapted from Ronald Harwood's play, "The Dresser," is a bittersweet ode to the theater, with its feuds, camaraderie and magical stage transformations. Hopkins has no such fond memories of his own early experiences in the fabled National Theatre company of Laurence Olivier. "I found it absolute purgatory," he said. "All those endless tours as a walk-on, running on in wrinkled tights to Olivier's Othello. "I'm not a good team player. I'm a bit wild and a bit crazy. I just want to break out and do something else, and I just couldn't take the routine of it. Wet Wednesday afternoons in the Waterloo Road — I just thought, God, what a depressing life." Hopkins focused on movie roles after getting his screen break playing Richard the Lionheart in "The Lion in Winter" in 1968. He infamously walked out of a 1973 stage production of "Macbeth" in mid-run, and has not performed for the theater in almost 30 years. One of his last stage roles was a 1986 National Theatre production of "King Lear." He says it was not a great success — he was "too young, too confused and too unsettled" to play Shakespeare's fallen king. "I just wanted to get the hell out of the theater," he said. "It was nobody's fault — David Hare did a fine production, but I just wasn't up to it." Producer Colin Callender said the TV movie started as an attempt to lure Hopkins back onto the stage in a revival of "The Dresser." Callender flew to meet Hopkins in Los Angeles, and "as I sat down he said, 'I'm never going to do this on stage. But I will do it for television.'" Hopkins said filming "The Dresser" — shot at Ealing Studios and London's grand old Hackney Empire theater — was "the best time" he's had as an actor. "The play is so well-written, and Ronald Harwood addresses the very make-up of the actor," he said. "And I thought, 'Yeah, I know this guy.' I knew exactly how to play the man. Because I've been that. I am that." Hopkins gets to perform chunks of "King Lear" in "The Dresser," and the experience has emboldened him to tackle Shakespeare's tragedy again. He will play the king in a television version made by Callender's company for the BBC. And it has made him rethink his aversion to the stage. "Ian's trying to get me to go back to the stage, but I don't think I've got the courage to do it," he said. "I don't think so. I'm not sure. It's something I just let waft around in my head. Maybe one day." ___ Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jill Lawless from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.