Friday Sep 19, 2014

Watch: First Australian to snag an iPhone drops it

Thanks to its global geographic position, Australia became the first country to get its hands on the new iPhone 6. Unfortunately, it also means that an Australian, known only as "some bloke called Jack," has become the first person to officially drop the latest Apple smartphone onto...
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Watch: First Australian to snag an iPhone drops it
Friday Sep 19, 2014
Watch: First Australian to snag an iPhone drops it

Thanks to its global geographic position, Australia became the first country to get its hands on the new iPhone 6. Unfortunately, it also means that an Australian, known only as "some bloke called Jack," has become the first person to officially drop the latest Apple smartphone onto concrete.As the first person to leave the Perth Apple Store with an iPhone 6 in hand, he was hounded by the local media who had come to cover the event. When he attempted to open the iPhone's box, the handset flipped out of its container and bounced on the pavement, provoking a huge reaction from the crowd and for the reporter to double over laughing. It's unclear how much damage the phone sustained as 'Jack' scooped it up immediately, put it back in the box and tried to change the subject.  As embarrassing as the video will be for ‘Jack' it is also very instructive for other would-be iPhone owners. The packaging is very snug so better wait until you're home and the box is sitting on the table before trying to open it. 'Jack' isn't the first person to break the new iPhone -- iFixit, the online gadget analysis and repair site has torn down the new phablet sized iPhone 6 Plus to see what's inside and find out how easy it would be to repair if, like Jack, you've managed to drop it on concrete. Jack will be happy to learn that the latest-generation Apple smartphone is also the easiest to repair, especially when it comes to replacing the screen, and that most of the internal space is taken up by a monster battery. Watch the iPhone fall in Perth: http://youtu.be/YbehPQfu3K0 Watch the iFixit video: http://youtu.be/65yYqoX_1As Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality. A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday. Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he began working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass." Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013. He said Minaj took his designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line. Minaj's lawyers countered that Davidson "is upset because he lost his most famous client" and was seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Minaj and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he didn't earn. The judge wrote in his order that the verbal promises of future business Davidson said he got from Minaj and her team were too vague and that it was unreasonable for Davidson to rely on them as a done deal. The judge also wrote that Davidson claims his wigs are distinctive because of their design and color and that there's no evidence that he made any attempt to connect them to himself in the public mind or that anyone was confusing the wigs sold by him with wigs sold by Minaj. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New 'NCIS' spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
New 'NCIS' spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful "NCIS" TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots. But the stars and producers of "NCIS: New Orleans" also are betting that the crime drama's setting, one of America's most distinctive cities, will exert its own magic with viewers. The series debuts at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday on CBS, drafting on TV's top-rated drama "NCIS" that airs at 8 p.m. "It's really about the DNA of the city and the whole Gulf Coast," said executive producer Jeffrey Lieber. "The mysteries are sort of infused with a kind of culture and soul — which is not to say anything about 'NCIS' — but you feel the city in every beat and starting to inform the characters as well," Lieber said during a panel discussion with TV critics. "NCIS: New Orleans" is taped, both on location and at a studio, in the Big Easy and its surroundings. CBS offered viewers a taste last season, using a two-episode arc on "NCIS" to test its potential and then greenlighting the new series with star Scott Bakula. The original "NCIS," starring Mark Harmon and set in Washington, D.C., is shot at a studio north of Los Angeles. The LL Cool J-Chris O'Donnell spinoff is taped on the Paramount lot and on location in LA. In "NCIS: NOLA," to use its network nickname, Bakula plays Dwayne Pride, a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. He's based in the New Orleans field office that handles cases involving military personnel. He's not taking success for granted, Bakula said recently on the set. "We're killing ourselves trying to make a great show and provide a great hour of entertainment. Obviously, people have many, many choices these days to turn to," he said. "We want them to stay and watch 'NCIS' and then follow with us." Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich also star. The other cast member, New Orleans, won't be shown only in its jazziest, most alluring guise. Members of the production staff based in the city have told the home office, "'Don't be shy. Don't be afraid to take us to these places that at the end of the day are an integral part of New Orleans,'" said executive producer Gary Glasberg. "So are there neighborhoods, are there areas that are struggling? Yes, of course. And we want to address that, and we want to be as true to it as possible," he said. Black appreciates the city and those who call it home. "I'm a proud Southerner and most people in New Orleans are as well," said the Alabama native. "They love their city and love where they come from." New Orleans brings its "flavor and flair and unique culture and fun" to the series, he said during a break in taping. It can also come with strings: Hot, sticky weather. "I'm used to this heat out here," Black said, grinning. "It's kind of fun for me to see some of the people that come from Los Angeles. They struggle out here in this humid weather." ___ Associated Press reporter Gerald Herbert in New Orleans contributed to this report. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'

NEW YORK (AP) — A familiar face — former cast member Darrell Hammond — is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Hammond, who acted on the long-running comedy show from 1995 to 2009, is replacing announcer Don Pardo. He spent three hours in the announcing booth practicing on Thursday for the Sept. 27 season opener. For all but one year of the NBC show's 40-year history, it was Pardo's voice that would announce the host, musical guest and cast members every week, and the veteran broadcaster continued the job even after he retired to Arizona. Pardo died at age 96 on Aug. 18. Pardo's role, and his link to the show's storied history, is so important at Rockefeller Plaza that Hammond is walking a delicate line in replacing him. He wants to replicate the sound of that iconic opening without doing an outright impersonation. "It's an homage to what a presence he was, because you're not just going to do away with that sound," he said. In his three hours of rehearsal Thursday, Hammond felt he'd nailed six words: the names of three cast members. "It's Don, but it's not Don," he said. "It's Pardoesque but it's not Don Pardo." While he was on the show, Hammond filled in for Pardo six times. NBC never announced the change, and although a few bloggers may have noticed something different, the sound was so similar that his role wasn't widely known. "I felt a little weird about it," Hammond said. "I didn't feel good about it. I didn't want Don to feel that he could be replaced, because he can't be." Hammond will even do his announcer's job from a remote location on occasion, since he'll be in the San Diego area this winter performing in a play based upon his 2011 book about his career. The longest-running cast member of "Saturday Night Live" said it's uncertain if his role on the show will be broader. He's well known for his impersonation of Bill Clinton, and if Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, her husband is likely to be in the news again. "I'm not ruling anything out, but we haven't discussed it," Hammond said. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Amazon's new tablets offer something for everyone
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Amazon's new tablets offer something for everyone

The online retailer's latest Fire devices could have been billed as the slate of the nation as each new model is the result of customer feedback and of consumer buying and preference trends observed across the company's website.So, as well as a new range-topping Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet that wants to be a serious alternative to the iPad Air -- it's lighter than Apple's current full-size tablet, its screen has more pixels and it even boasts Dolby sound -- there is also a new line of seriously affordable ($99) tablets and even a new Kindle Fire aimed directly at children. The jury may still be out on the pros and cons of giving kids tablets but one thing that is clear is that most devices currently on the market aren't sufficiently robust to cope with the sort of accidental beating that children tend to mete out to high-tech products. The Fire Kids Edition is built to take a beating. It has a ruggedized external design. And if that's still not enough protection, Amazon will replace the tablet free of charge if it somehow gets broken within the first two years of ownership. The other potentially nasty surprise that can with kids' tablet use is hefty bills for in-app purchases. Amazon has managed to eliminate this by bundling in a year's free subscription to something called FreeTime Unlimited, which will give users complete access to age-appropriate apps, books and other content. It will even support multiple users so parents can set up different accounts for different children and the content they can access will be based on their age and interests. Away from the child-friendly features, the new Kindle is a proper tablet, with proper tablet specifications and a full HD 6-inch or 7-inch display. The 6-inch version will cost $149 when it goes on sale in October in the US and the 7-inch version will cost $40 more. Amazon's new premium 8.9-inch Fire HDX will cost $379; $120 less than an iPad Air despite very similar specifications, while its new affordable Fire HD range will cost just $99 for the 6-inch model and $139 for the 7-inch version. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Sophia Loren, almost 80, opens life exhibit in Mexico
Friday Sep 19, 2014
Sophia Loren, almost 80, opens life exhibit in Mexico

Italian film legend Sophia Loren inaugurated Thursday an exhibition in Mexico showing off personal treasures including glamorous dresses, silk purses and her Oscar, to mark her upcoming 80th birthday.The trove, which includes jewelry, high-heel shoes and portraits of the diva, is being displayed at the Soumaya Museum of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in Mexico City. "This is not a celebration of the past but the prologue of a beautiful life that has given me a lot," Loren told a news conference alongside Slim and her son Carlo Ponti. Wearing a red pantsuit, Loren walked through the exhibition dubbed "Sophia Loren: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," which will open to the public on September 22 in the modern hourglass-shaped museum. Visitors will get a glimpse of her personal and professional life, including original screenplays and clips of famous romantic movie scenes with legendary leading men such as Marcello Mastroianni, Cary Grant and Marlon Brando. She said her best actress Oscar for the 1960 Italian World War II drama "Two Women" is her favorite item on display. "One feels out of this world, it's like falling in love," Loren said as she recalled receiving the Academy Award. The actress was emotional at times in recalling her life. "I've had a very difficult life but it has been a fruitful life," said Loren, who married film director Carlo Ponti in 1957 and was by his side until his death aged 94 in 2007. They had two sons, Carlo and Edoardo. Slim will host a dinner in honor of Loren on her birthday on Saturday with guests including artists and business leaders. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Trailer: Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever in 'Men, Women & Children'
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Trailer: Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever in 'Men, Women & Children'

Jason Reitman's October film "Men, Women & Children" looks at the pros and cons of using tech to connect.Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars") plays Tim Mooney, a lad looking to find his place in the world, and kindle a hopeful romance with Brandy, played by Kaitlyn Dever ("Short Term 12"). But factoring into how the relationship plays out are Brandy's protective, cautious mother, Patricia (Jennifer Garner), and Tim's dad Kent (Dean Norris, "Breaking Bad"). Reitman has become something of a specialist in directing films about unusual relationships after "Labor Day," "Up in the Air" and "Juno," and here explores the lives of a group of high school seniors and their parents, with Chad Kultgen's original novel providing a route into an examination of objectification and its consequences. Limited theaters are to show the film from October 1 before an October 17 general release date arrives, while the UK gets "Men, Women & Children" a week later on the 24th and other Central European territories benefit come mid-December. Men, Women & Children - international trailer: youtu.be/DS7uc8OF6Rs Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Trailer: Robert Downey Jr defends 'The Judge'
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Trailer: Robert Downey Jr defends 'The Judge'

A few weeks ahead of its release, Warner Bros has shared a new trailer for "The Judge," a drama headlined by the "Iron Man" star as a big city lawyer coming to term with his small town past.Over a decade after "Ally McBeal," Robert Downey Jr. plays another successful attorney in "The Judge." The character returns to his hometown to bury his mother, and when his father, a judge, is accused of murder, he stays in town to put together a defense. Along the way, he reconnects with his roots and his estranged family. Downey Jr. co-stars with another Hollywood heavyweight, Robert Duvall, who plays the titular judge. Vincent D'Onofrio, in the role of the lawyer's brother, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Leighton Meester and Sarah Lancaster round out the cast. "The Judge" will bow in US theaters on October 10. Watch the new trailer: http://youtu.be/7TA5Y86yAo4 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Mackenzie Davis in line for key role in 'The Martian'
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Mackenzie Davis in line for key role in 'The Martian'

Rising star Mackenzie Davis of Canadian romcom "The F Word" is on the verge of signing for Ridley Scott film "The Martian" opposite lead character Matt Damon.Davis's role is "a small but crucial role," according to TheWrap, which reports that final negotiations with the "Halt and Catch Fire" actress are underway. Adapted from the self-published Andy Weir novel which was pîcked up and republished by Random House subsidiary Crown in March 2014, "The Martian" has Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded alone on the red planet. Having been nominated for her supporting role in Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan movie "The F Word" (aka "What If" outside of Canada), Davis took the role of computer whizz Cameron Howe in 1980s IT industry drama "Halt and Catch Fire" which premiered on US TV in June of 2014. Jessica Chastain of "The Help" and "Zero Dark Thirty" has already been cast as female lead, while Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids") has also been attached to the production in an unconfirmed capacity; "The Martian" is due late November 2015. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Cara Delevingne lands lead in 'Paper Towns'
Wednesday Sep 17, 2014
Cara Delevingne lands lead in 'Paper Towns'

The adaptation will see British model Cara Delevingne play female lead Margo in the 2015 adaptation of John Green novel "Paper Towns."Despite her status as a relative unknown in acting terms, Delevingne "blew everyone away" at audition, and demonstrated a perfect understanding of lead character Margo, said "The Fault in Our Stars" author Green, via Twitter. The Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY and Stella McCartney model started her segue into film with a minor part in Joe Wright's 2012 interpretation of "Anna Karenina," a main role in Michael Winterbottom's recent literary adaptation "The Face of an Angel," and again with Wright on 2015 fairy tale "Pan." For "Paper Towns," directed by Jake Schreier of the award-winning crime comedy "Robot & Frank," Cara will become a mysterious, mischevious classmate of Quentin (Nat Wolff, "The Fault in Our Stars"), who incites him to indulge his most vengeful urges before she makes a sudden disappearance. A July 2015 debut has been fixed by Fox and Temple Hill, and Cara joins a long line of models-turned-actresses; company that includes Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa L. Williams, Uma Thurman and Charlize Theron. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Sophia Loren, almost 80, opens life exhibit in Mexico
Friday Sep 19, 2014
Sophia Loren, almost 80, opens life exhibit in Mexico

Italian film legend Sophia Loren inaugurated Thursday an exhibition in Mexico showing off personal treasures including glamorous dresses, silk purses and her Oscar, to mark her upcoming 80th birthday.The trove, which includes jewelry, high-heel shoes and portraits of the diva, is being displayed at the Soumaya Museum of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in Mexico City. "This is not a celebration of the past but the prologue of a beautiful life that has given me a lot," Loren told a news conference alongside Slim and her son Carlo Ponti. Wearing a red pantsuit, Loren walked through the exhibition dubbed "Sophia Loren: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," which will open to the public on September 22 in the modern hourglass-shaped museum. Visitors will get a glimpse of her personal and professional life, including original screenplays and clips of famous romantic movie scenes with legendary leading men such as Marcello Mastroianni, Cary Grant and Marlon Brando. She said her best actress Oscar for the 1960 Italian World War II drama "Two Women" is her favorite item on display. "One feels out of this world, it's like falling in love," Loren said as she recalled receiving the Academy Award. The actress was emotional at times in recalling her life. "I've had a very difficult life but it has been a fruitful life," said Loren, who married film director Carlo Ponti in 1957 and was by his side until his death aged 94 in 2007. They had two sons, Carlo and Edoardo. Slim will host a dinner in honor of Loren on her birthday on Saturday with guests including artists and business leaders. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy
Friday Sep 19, 2014
Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power. The Emmy award-winning actor who has appeared on film, stage and television spoke at a reception Thursday night to celebrate the launch of a book entitled "Addressing Climate Change" featuring the work of award-winning English photographer Henry Dallal, who has often photographed Queen Elizabeth II. Its contributors include U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, who attended the launch. "We've been talking about this for 25 years," Baldwin told The Associated Press. "We need to learn the lessons that other people are learning — no nukes, less coal ... reduce, reduce, not eliminate." He singled out Germany's increasing use of solar and wind power. The reception was hosted by Peter Brown, the onetime manager of the Beatles who is now chairman and CEO of BLJ Worldwide, a global public relations firm. Baldwin made clear his opposition to fracking, which involves injecting water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground rocks to release oil and gas — even if it does lead the U.S. to energy independence. "For me energy independence comes from renewables," he said. "We have to fan those flames ... and teach another generation of young people that this is the vital issue — renewable energy," he said. Baldwin said he can't attend the climate summit Ban is hosting next day because he will be flying to London that day to start filming "Mission Impossible Part 5" with Tom Cruise, where he will be playing the director of the CIA. "Me the director of the CIA?," he asked. "I think it's perfect!" Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Wig designer's suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality. A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday. Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he began working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass." Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013. He said Minaj took his designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line. Minaj's lawyers countered that Davidson "is upset because he lost his most famous client" and was seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Minaj and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he didn't earn. The judge wrote in his order that the verbal promises of future business Davidson said he got from Minaj and her team were too vague and that it was unreasonable for Davidson to rely on them as a done deal. The judge also wrote that Davidson claims his wigs are distinctive because of their design and color and that there's no evidence that he made any attempt to connect them to himself in the public mind or that anyone was confusing the wigs sold by him with wigs sold by Minaj. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
Backup dancers sue Cher for alleged discrimination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three backup dancers sued Cher on Thursday claiming they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination to prevent another black dancer from joining her onstage. The dancers claim Cher remarked that her successful "Dressed to Kill" tour had "too much color" and instructed choreographer Kevin Wilson not to hire any more dark skinned dancers. Wilson, who is black and also danced onstage on the tour, was fired in July along with two other dancers who claim they were discriminated against. Wilson and dancer Suzanne Easter, who are both African-American, are suing Cher along with former colleague Jacquelyn Dowsett Ballinger claiming they were wrongfully fired after complaining to managers that another dancer assaulted an unidentified woman in a hotel room while on tour. Wilson and Easter say race was a motivating factor in their dismissal, while Ballinger, 42, is alleging age discrimination. "The accusations are ridiculous," Cher's publicist Liz Rosenberg said Thursday. "They couldn't be further from the truth." The 68-year-old singer-actress had to postpone three weeks of shows due a viral infection earlier this month. Her "Dressed to Kill" tour has been ranked among the top-10 grossing tours of 2014 by the trade publication Pollstar. The lawsuit states the dancers were told they were being fired to save costs on the tour. Their wrongful termination lawsuit seeks more than $10 million in damages, although any award would have to be determined by a jury. The dancers' attorney, Perry C. Wander, said he believes the claims have merit. "The allegations are made by long term employees who have been on tour with Cher for over a decade," he said. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

California bill increases Hollywood tax credits
Thursday Sep 18, 2014
California bill increases Hollywood tax credits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown headed to the cradle of the Hollywood film industry Thursday to sign legislation that more than triples the state's tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California. Warren Beatty joined prop makers, producers and others in the entertainment industry to watch Brown ink Assembly Bill 1839 as he sat at a desk in the courtyard of Hollywood's historic Chinese Theatre. The law, which takes effect next year, increases the annual film and TV tax credit offered by California and eliminates a selection process producers complained is arbitrary and flawed. Advocates say the new law is crucial to preventing other states and countries from continuing to lure away film and TV production by offering their own lucrative incentives. "California is on the move and Hollywood is a very important part of that," an animated Brown said as he stood near the concrete-embedded footprints of Peter O'Toole and Mary Pickford before signing the bill. He lavished praise on Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats for getting the measure passed, saying it will create thousands of jobs. "It isn't just government, it isn't just people in business, it isn't just labor unions, it's all of us working together," Brown said. Under the new law, a lottery system used to award tax credits is being replaced by one based on the number of jobs a production creates and its overall positive impact on the state. Tax credits will also be allowed for bigger-budget productions than in the past. Nearly a dozen speakers preceded Brown to the podium at the TLC Chinese Theatre IMAX as people dressed as Superman and other movie characters strolled by on Hollywood Boulevard. Renata Ray, a prop master on TV's "Pretty Little Liars," tearfully recounted having to work out of state while her mother was at home dying of cancer because there were no jobs available in Hollywood at the time. State Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, has said that in-state film production has dropped by nearly half during the past 15 years. This year, California approved 26 projects for tax credits after nearly 500 applied. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.