Monday Apr 27, 2015

Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres. "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top...
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Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres. "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners Sunday with three trophies each, while the latter shared the best drama series award with "Days of Our Lives." The ceremony opened with a pretaped segment in which Lauer and DeGeneres agreed to end their faux feud. The punchline: DeGeneres had sneakily edited the tape to put Lauer's head atop a man's chiseled body clad only in tasseled pasties, briefs and lace-topped stockings. It was reminiscent of a previous DeGeneres prank on her talk show in which she doctored a Lauer "Fifty Shades of Grey" cast interview to show him in a similar outfit, whip and all. The "Today" host, or his shimmying facsimile, agreed to donate a thousand dollars to an unspecified charity each time he was thanked by winners during the ceremony. "CBS Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood, whose show was honored as best morning program, offered a heartfelt shoutout to Lauer. "Thank you for doing what you did because, God knows, I don't want to do that," said the 82-year-old Osgood. The ceremony took a dignified turn when Betty White was honored with a lifetime achievement award. "Hello, beautiful," she said to her trophy. "When I started in 1949 I had no idea that I'd still be around at this point, for one thing, or that I'd still be privileged enough to still be in this business. And it is such a privilege." Tyra Banks hosted the ceremony that aired on the Pop cable channel. The Daytime Emmys, which once had a secure home on the broadcast networks, settled for streaming online last year after a two-year turn on the cable news channel HLN. On Sunday, the Pop channel was forced to fend off the ceremony's unauthorized streaming after discovering its server had been hacked, a spokesman said. In a statement, the channel warned that any streaming was not sanctioned by the TV academy. The issue apparently was resolved during the ceremony, the spokesman said. The show's year-to-year change in location is a reflection of the dwindling daytime audience and programming shifts, but that didn't diminish the winners' enthusiasm. A beaming Craig Ferguson, replaced by James Corden as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," accepted the trophy for best game show host for "Celebrity Name Game." "I never win anything. This is fantastic," Ferguson said, adding, "Thank you, Hollywood, for a job." Freddie Smith was honored as best younger actor in a drama for his role as Sonny in "Days of Our Lives." His character and that of Will (played by Guy Wilson) were part of daytime TV's first gay wedding with two men. Smith paid tribute to "the LGBT community for showing strength and courage. You're an inspiration to all of us." The ceremony featured the reunion of Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, the former "General Hospital" couple of Luke and Laura, who presented the trophy for best drama series, a tie, to "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless." Geary was a winner as well, accepting his eighth Emmy for his "General Hospital" role, while fellow series star Maura West was named best lead drama actress. Other winners included Amelia Heinle, best supporting actress in a drama series for "The Young and the Beautiful," and Chad Duell, best supporting actor for "General Hospital." "Un Nuevo Dia" received the award for best Spanish-language morning program at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards. An in memoriam tribute was introduced by Melissa Rivers, who said her mother's career was reinvigorated by a daytime talk show after her late-night show was canceled. "The Joan Rivers Show" won a Daytime Emmy in 1990, the only Emmy her mother ever got, Melissa Rivers noted. Among the winners Sunday were "Jeopardy!," best game show; Steve Harvey, host of an informative talk show; "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," entertainment talk show; "Entertainment Tonight," entertainment news program; Hunter King, younger actress in a drama series, "The Young and the Restless"; and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, entertainment talk show hosts, for "Live! with Kelly and Michael." ___ Online: http://emmyonline.com/daytime ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — The best commercial for a Broadway show this season isn't on TV. It's on Broadway itself, in the stunning, deeply moving "Fun Home." Three siblings ranging in age from 6 to 10, whose father runs a funeral home in Pennsylvania, perform a mock ad with a handwritten, Motown-flavored song that is sheer exuberance itself. "Our caskets/Are satin lined/And we got so many models guaranteed to blow your mind," the 10-year-old sings into a can of lemon Pledge acting as a microphone, while his sister boogies and his 6-year-old brother shimmies. "Come to the Fun Home/Ample parking down the street/Here at the Fun Home/Body prep that can't be beat," the three sing in a song that rhymes "satisfied" with "formaldehyde." Was it mentioned that they're dancing over and around a coffin? The song "Come to the Fun Home" is one of many highlights in a fresh musical that seems like an impossible sell on Broadway but hooks you instantly with its honesty and beauty. It's actually the best commercial for what Broadway can do. "Fun Home" is an adaptation from Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay dad. A closeted gay dad who has an untimely death. It should be theatrical suicide, and yet few shows are as moving, relatable and funny. The 100-minute musical — the title is an abbreviation for the business Bechdel's father runs — played for four months off-Broadway last year in a traditional proscenium stage with much of the same cast and opened Sunday at Circle in the Square Theatre with a seven-piece band. It has only gotten better in its theater-in-the-round format, with director Sam Gold using every inch of the stage and even the aisles. Furniture — sinks, doors and coffins — by designer David Zinn pops up from below the stage and sofas, a car and a bed are spun about. In a play that lingers on death, sometimes the show just has actors onstage amid empty spaces, the voids speaking volumes. (Zinn also nails the '70s costumes, from bowl cuts to awkward plaid to the ill-fitting pants.) "Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, switches between three Alison Bechdels — as a 9-year-old (Sydney Lucas), as a 19-year-old college student (Emily Skeggs) and at 43 (Beth Malone), the artist looking back. The adult Alison is our guide, walking like a ghost through her own past, sifting her memory for clues about her father's secrets. Her father, Bruce, is played by Michael Cerveris, who offers one of the most complex, heartbreaking performances of the season. Bruce is fussy, exacting, weak, loving, caring and very anxious, like a trapped animal. He has a simmering anger and also a deep romanticism and sometimes both fire at the same time. Cerveris manages to make him utterly sympathetic. Bruce's descent into suicidal depression happens as Alison is flowering into a woman and her realization that she's a lesbian. Lucas gets to sing "Ring of Keys" about her first longing for another woman, and Skeggs has the hysterically lovesick "Changing My Major," after her first sexual encounter. The adult Alison, Malone, sings "Telephone Wire," a wry lament about missed conversations with a parent that any child can relate to. And Judy Kuhn, who plays the mother, sings the heartbreaking "Days and Days" to her daughter, with the warning, "I didn't raise you to give away your days like me." There are sweeping love stories on Broadway this season and light comedies, too. That's fine, but make sure "Fun Home" is on your list as well. Rarely do you find a funeral home you're unhappy to leave. ___ Online: http://funhomebroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival

At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, chefs Yves Camdeborde, Christophe Dufau and Florent Ladeyn will produce their culinary reinterpretations of three cinematic masterpieces that have previously been nominated for the festival's highest award, the Palme d'Or.Nespresso will invite cinephiles at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a culinary experience that won't stray far from their passion. Gourmet dinners will be prepared by three popular chefs: Yves Camdeborde, Florent Ladeyn and Christophe Dufau have been tapped to head operation "Les chefs font leur cinéma" (Chefs Create Their Cinema). Childhood memories to savor Each chef was given carte blanche to select a film that marked the history of France's premiere festival. Chef Camdeborde, former judge on France's version of Master Chef and chef of the celebrated Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain in Paris, reminisced on his childhood faith and drew inspiration from the Maurice Pialat film "Sous le soleil de Satan" ("Under the Sun of Satan"). He will transform the winner of 1987's top prize into dishes drawing on religious themes, such as a "poularde à la diable," a variation of chicken fra diavolo, and a "religieuse," a traditional French pastry of two cream filled choux whose name means "nun." Christophe Dufau's culinary creations grace the Michelin-starred Les Bacchanales restaurant in Vence, a village nestled in the hills between Nice and Antibes overlooking the Mediterranean. A passionate scuba diving enthusiast, the chef will present an ode to the sea with his offerings. He has chosen to pay homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's "Le monde du silence" ("The Silent World"), winner of the Palme d'Or in 1956, through dishes like "langoustines drunk on coffee." And for his part, Florent Ladeyn, former finalist of France's version of Top Chef and the new champion of Northern French cuisine, has chosen to get back in touch with his wild youth and rebel spirit. François Truffaut's "Les 400 coups" ("The 400 Blows") is obviously dear to his heart. "What I looked for in this menu was to find that connection to childhood and to those memories you can bring to the kitchen. Creating emotions by recalling memories, reworking them, reinventing them, revisiting, for example, school cafeteria meals, as a nod to childhood," remarks the chef of l'Auberge du Vert Mont in Boeschepe, near the Belgian border in the north of France.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Players from politics, Hollywood mix it up at 'Nerd Prom'
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Players from politics, Hollywood mix it up at 'Nerd Prom'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two secretaries of state, Tea Leoni and Madeleine Albright, arrived arm in arm Saturday as a wide mix of Hollywood and Washington players gathered for the national "Nerd Prom." The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has become a celebrity magnet, this year drawing some big names from television, sports and movies to rub shoulders with members of Congress and to hear the president speak. It has grown to become one of Washington's biggest events since its smaller origins in 1914 when journalists gathered to push for greater access to the president. Leoni, who plays the nation's chief diplomat on TV's "Madam Secretary," was part of an entourage with Albright, the first female secretary of state. The two joked that they trade notes on acting. They arrived with CBS' Bob Schieffer and Leoni's TV husband, Tim Daly. But Daly claimed Albright as his own. "She's my White House Correspondents' Dinner girlfriend," he said. "We met here, and we sat together one year, and now she's officially my date, so I'm a lucky guy." The wide array of celebrity guests included actors from other popular political dramas as well, including Kerry Washington and Darby Stanchfield from ABC's "Scandal." The mix of politicians, the media and Hollywood celebrities was surreal, Stanchfield said. "I've been taking notes, actually," she said. Alfre Woodard, who plays the president on NBC's "State of Affairs," said she enjoys hearing President Barack Obama's humor because "with him, it comes out of nowhere and it's very dry, and he does have a wicked sense of humor." Much of ABC's "Modern Family" cast also joined the party, along with would-be presidential candidate and reality TV star Donald Trump. Recent news was also the talk of the red carpet, including the TV special where Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner revealed on national television that he identifies as a woman. Laverne Cox, a transgender actress known for her role on "Orange is the New Black," said viewers who saw Jenner's story saw "a beautiful human being who cares deeply about their family, who's a parent and at 65 can no longer live a lie. "I think that's someone everyone can relate to," Cox said. "Stepping and living into our truths is something all of us must do." Politics was also on the mind for attendees as another presidential election approaches. Jane Fonda said she thinks it will be a tough campaign but that Hillary Clinton is strong, "and she can take it." Newswoman Katie Couric said she warned her husband the dinner would be a crazy mob scene "full of a lot of great people, a lot of self-important people, some celebrities, and it's fun." Gayle King of CBS This Morning said she doesn't understand why people call this the "nerd prom," though. "I'm thinking 'where are the nerds?'" she said. "These are people who are at the top of their game who really enjoy meeting other people. It's great." Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, who have become popular commentators for NBC's Olympic coverage, joined the peacock network for the Washington event for the first time and walked carefully on the red carpet. Lipinski said she was honored to attend, and Weir said the entire spectacle was "pretty amazing." "We're just so excited to be here to celebrate being one with our media brothers and sisters and really celebrating the spirit of the night and the spirit of what we all do in entertaining and educating the world," Weir said. The dinner also drew attention on social media, though some pointed out news networks were ignoring protests that turned violent just 40 miles north in Baltimore where a man died in police custody. The featured performer for the night was Cecily Strong from "Saturday Night Live." She poked fun at many media organizations in the room, but when it came to NBC's Brian Williams, she stopped short and said she had "nothing — because I work for NBC." When he finally took the stage, Obama joked it was the night when "Washington celebrates itself. Somebody's got to do it." Later, Obama brought out comedian Keegan-Michael Key as his "anger translator" to wonder aloud why he had to be there at all. ___ AP Video's Lauri Neff contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brett Zongker from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Confirmed network debuts for fall 2015
Saturday Apr 25, 2015
Confirmed network debuts for fall 2015

Of the dozens of projects pitched to US networks for the 2015-2016 season, a handful of them have already been given the green light. Starting in September, viewers will witness the return of Eva Longoria and "X-Files" as well as the arrival of Jennifer Lopez.US networks will officially announce, the week of May 11, which new shows will make up their programming for next season. NBC and Fox have already revealed a portion of their selections. Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez on NBC Fall 2015 is kicking off strong with the premieres of "Telenovela" and "Shades of Blue," two NBC series that will star Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez respectively. The former "Desperate Housewives" star will be back in front of the cameras as a soap opera star whose life off-screen is as tumultuous as on her show. J-Lo will play a single mother and detective recruited by the FBI for an anti-corruption taskforce. Opposite her, Ray Liotta will play a shady police chief. Rob Lowe, already star of the small screen, will have to deal with the end of the world in "Apocalypse Slough," a show about the last days of mankind. When they learn that a comet is on a collision course with Earth, a group of ordinary people hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television. The network will also air "Emerald City," a project it had already attempted to premiere last year. Originally envisioned as a modern and dramatic reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz," the show will take 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 dog to a dark Oz, closer in feel to "Game of Thrones" than the land of the yellow brick road, where she will find herself at the heart of an epic battle. "X-Files" returns to Fox Like "Heroes," "Twin Peaks" and "Full House," "X-Files" is also readying its return to television. In the summer of 2016, agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder will once again investigate paranormal activity in what is being billed as a six-episode event series. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reprise their roles. After "Glee," Ryan Murphy will continue his collaboration with the network via "Scream Queens." Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and Abigail Breslin will star in this horror anthology set on a campus rocked by a wave of murders. Fox is also adding "Houdini and Doyle" to the program, a crime drama inspired by the real life friendship between the illusionist and the creator of Sherlock Holmes. For the sake of fiction, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will team up to solve cases peppered with supernatural elements. David Shore, the creator of "House," will helm the 10-episode first season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'

Disney released the first trailer for its highly anticipated "The Descendants" on Sunday evening during the Radio Disney Music Awards telecast.While only glimpses of its contemporary villainous cast were shown before, the trailer introduces the teenage offspring of classic Disney crooks and mischief-makers. The troublemaking teens include Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) -- the spawn of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Executive producer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs and choreographs the TV movie, which premieres summer 2015 on the Disney Channel, says Variety. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UUQqefajc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer

LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival. A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths." The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011 at age 27 of accidental alcohol poisoning. The soul diva, whose 2006 album "Back to Black" won five Grammy Awards, had battled drug and alcohol abuse for years. The family statement said the movie did not reflect the "huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages." "Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction," it said. The filmmakers said in a statement that they began work with "total objectivity" and the support of the Winehouse family. They said the documentary was the result of interviews with about 100 people who knew the singer, including "friends, family, former partners and members of the music industry that worked with her." Kapadia won wide acclaim with "Senna," a documentary about the late motor racing champion Ayrton Senna. "Amy" is due to screen out of competition at the May 13-24 Cannes festival. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival

At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, chefs Yves Camdeborde, Christophe Dufau and Florent Ladeyn will produce their culinary reinterpretations of three cinematic masterpieces that have previously been nominated for the festival's highest award, the Palme d'Or.Nespresso will invite cinephiles at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a culinary experience that won't stray far from their passion. Gourmet dinners will be prepared by three popular chefs: Yves Camdeborde, Florent Ladeyn and Christophe Dufau have been tapped to head operation "Les chefs font leur cinéma" (Chefs Create Their Cinema). Childhood memories to savor Each chef was given carte blanche to select a film that marked the history of France's premiere festival. Chef Camdeborde, former judge on France's version of Master Chef and chef of the celebrated Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain in Paris, reminisced on his childhood faith and drew inspiration from the Maurice Pialat film "Sous le soleil de Satan" ("Under the Sun of Satan"). He will transform the winner of 1987's top prize into dishes drawing on religious themes, such as a "poularde à la diable," a variation of chicken fra diavolo, and a "religieuse," a traditional French pastry of two cream filled choux whose name means "nun." Christophe Dufau's culinary creations grace the Michelin-starred Les Bacchanales restaurant in Vence, a village nestled in the hills between Nice and Antibes overlooking the Mediterranean. A passionate scuba diving enthusiast, the chef will present an ode to the sea with his offerings. He has chosen to pay homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's "Le monde du silence" ("The Silent World"), winner of the Palme d'Or in 1956, through dishes like "langoustines drunk on coffee." And for his part, Florent Ladeyn, former finalist of France's version of Top Chef and the new champion of Northern French cuisine, has chosen to get back in touch with his wild youth and rebel spirit. François Truffaut's "Les 400 coups" ("The 400 Blows") is obviously dear to his heart. "What I looked for in this menu was to find that connection to childhood and to those memories you can bring to the kitchen. Creating emotions by recalling memories, reworking them, reinventing them, revisiting, for example, school cafeteria meals, as a nod to childhood," remarks the chef of l'Auberge du Vert Mont in Boeschepe, near the Belgian border in the north of France.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Furious 7' holds on to box office; 'Age of Ultron' looms
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
'Furious 7' holds on to box office; 'Age of Ultron' looms

NEW YORK (AP) — "Furious 7" enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," revved up overseas with a massive $201.2 million debut. In North American theaters, "Furious 7" had enough left in the tank to top all films with an estimated $18.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. While the film has been a huge domestic hit, it's been even bigger abroad — particularly in China, where it's set a record with $323 million. "Furious 7," a film whose fate was once in doubt after the death of star Paul Walker midway through shooting, has now made $1.3 billion globally. Only two other films, both by James Cameron — "Avatar" and "Titanic" — have made more money internationally than "Furious 7." "Furious 7" has had little competition to challenge it throughout April. This weekend, the only new wide release was the Blake Lively fantasy romance "The Age of Adaline." The Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment release came in third with $13.4 million. The Sony comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" held up stronger than expected to take second place with $15.5 million in its second week. But the reign of "Furious 7" is effectively over now that the highly anticipated "Avengers" sequel is on the way. Though it doesn't open in North America until Thursday night, it debuted in 44 countries and territories this weekend. That represents about half of its international rollout. Disney said the film is exceeding the pace of 2012's "The Avengers" by 44 percent in the places it has opened. Joss Whedon's first installment of the superhero team-up franchise, starring Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and many others, made $1.5 billion worldwide, good for third all-time. With two enormous blockbusters covering much of the globe, the summer movie season is ready to officially begin next weekend. In the meantime, a few smaller films carved out more limited releases. Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner," opened in 320 locations with $1.3 million. The critically acclaimed indie science-fiction drama "Ex Machina" expanded to 1,255 screens in its second week of release and earned $5.4 million. ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. "Furious 7," $18.3 million ($69.7 million international). 2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $15.5 million ($5.3 million international). 3. "The Age of Adaline," $13.4 million ($1.3 million international). 4. "Home," $8.3 million ($13.7 million international). 5. "Unfriended," $6.2 million. 6. "Ex Machina," $5.4 million ($500,000 international). 7. "The Longest Ride," $4.4 million ($1.1 million international). 8. "Get Hard," $3.9 million. 9. "Monkey Kingdom," $3.5 million. 10. "Woman in Gold," $3.5 million. ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak: 1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $201.2 million. 2. "Furious 7," $69.7 million. 3. "The Left Ear," $27 million. 4. "Home," $13.7 million. 5. "Cinderella," $8.5 million. 6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $5.3 million. 7. "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of Frieza," $3.8 million. 8. "Run All Night," $3.3 million. 9. "Insurgent: The Divergent Series," $1.5 million. 10. "The Age of Adaline," $1.3 million. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

With new material, an intimate look at Kurt Cobain
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
With new material, an intimate look at Kurt Cobain

Twenty-one years after the music legend killed himself, a more intimate picture of Kurt Cobain has emerged with a new documentary revealing early recordings by the future Nirvana frontman."Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" seeks to humanise Cobain from his now mythic status by offering unvarnished snapshots of his life along with interviews with those close to him, but ultimately it leaves room for viewers to make judgements. "I believe that this intimacy adds power to the film," said director Brett Morgen, who called the production an "immersive ride into Kurt's life." Cobain, consumed by heroin addiction and chronic depression, suddenly became a cultural icon in the early 1990s as the visceral sound of Nirvana turned the page on the previous decade's pop sounds. Cobain, who had thought about suicide since his childhood, shot himself in the head in April 1994 at his home in Seattle. He was 27. Morgen -- whose earlier works included 2012's "Crossfire Hurricane" about the Rolling Stones -- made the film with the blessing of Cobain's widow, fellow rocker Courtney Love, who handed the director 15 boxes of the singer-guitarist's belongings. Morgen said that Love did not have editorial control. But the famously volatile Love has voiced approval of the film, shedding tears at recent screenings and making a rare joint appearance at the Los Angeles premiere Wednesday night with the couple's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain, with whom she has had a rocky relationship. Frances appears in one of the most haunting scenes of "Montage of Heck" as Cobain, high on heroin, holds her and Love -- also known for her drug use -- tries to cut the baby's hair. "He's between his love for his daughter and his addiction -- the struggle you see all in a one shot. It's an incredibly uncomfortable scene. It was authorised by Frances," Morgen told AFP on the sidelines of the film's Paris premiere. He said that Frances watched the footage in his office, where he left her with a box of tissues. "'You gave me a couple of hours with my father. That meant everything,'" he recalled her saying. - 'The most pure expressions' - Cobain rarely threw out his belongings and when Morgen sifted through the boxes, he found notebooks filled with song lyrics and drawings, as well as paintings, guitars and even shoes. Among the most striking findings were more than 100 cassette tapes recorded by the rocker, who grew up in the lumber town of Aberdeen, Washington, where his parents' divorce had a crushing effect on him. One tape reveals a young Cobain both experimenting with his own songwriting and covering earlier songs including the Beatles' "And I Love Her." "When I first heard it, I was in the storage facility and I had no prior knowledge of it. I put it on and I immediately felt like there was some sort of portal into his mind, like it was one of the most pure expressions of Kurt that I encountered -- maybe more than in most of his songs ," Morgen said. "I felt that within these mixtapes, all the different sides of Kurt were displayed -- the romanticism, the honesty, all of these different emotions." "Montage of Heck" will be accompanied by a soundtrack, in which Morgen has promised previously unreleased material. - 'Kitschy, funny, scary' - A month before his death, Cobain had tried to kill himself when Love and Frances joined him at a luxury hotel in Rome. Love said that Cobain had taken 67 Rohypnols, the relaxant drug often used to treat insomnia, because he suspected that she was having an affair. "I had said Kurt was very sensitive to critics and then she said that he was so sensitive that he could have been a psychic," Morgen said. "Montage of Heck" -- the title is an allusion to a Cobain mixtape -- took eight years to make as Morgen researched and produced the film and then sorted out potential legal issues. The film will come out in the coming months in cinemas around the world and will also be broadcast in the United States on HBO. Morgen believes that the film presents different facets of Cobain -- "kitschy, funny, scary." But ultimately it does not seek to address his death directly. "There's a lot of subtext in this film. But I ask the audience to conclude on their own," he said. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'

Disney released the first trailer for its highly anticipated "The Descendants" on Sunday evening during the Radio Disney Music Awards telecast.While only glimpses of its contemporary villainous cast were shown before, the trailer introduces the teenage offspring of classic Disney crooks and mischief-makers. The troublemaking teens include Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) -- the spawn of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Executive producer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs and choreographs the TV movie, which premieres summer 2015 on the Disney Channel, says Variety. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UUQqefajc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Singer Jamie Barton wins the 'Heisman Trophy' of music
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Singer Jamie Barton wins the 'Heisman Trophy' of music

NEW YORK (AP) — The prize dubbed the Heisman Trophy for singers is going to a Georgia native with an earth-shattering voice — and an earthy style. Announced Sunday, the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award is mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. The opera star recently appeared barefoot in jeans, giggling and cradling a glass of Oregon wine — offstage, chatting with a friend on YouTube. Onstage in costume, she's being compared to the past century's finest vocalists. The $50,000 prize goes to a major young American singer. It's named after Tucker, the late tenor and Brooklyn native who started out as a cantor in synagogues. Barton said she started out listening to bluegrass, the Grateful Dead and The Beatles "in the middle of nowhere" — a small farmhouse near Rome, Georgia, at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. "My parents were hippies." Her teenage rebellion was to dip into opera — and discover she had a voice. But she said half her iPod is still filled with bluegrass. "There are many stigmas attached to opera: that it's only for people who have a lot of money, that it's more boring than church," she said with a laugh. Not true, insisted Barton, speaking by phone from Houston, Texas, where she's singing in a production of Wagner's "Die Walkure." She said it's as exciting as "going to a Pink Floyd concert; it's an experience." Of the people she's convinced to see their first opera, "I have a 90 percent survival rate; they return," she said. "But the hardest thing is to get their butt in the seats." ____ Online: Jamie Barton official website: http://www.jamiebartonmezzo.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Verena Dobnik from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres. "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners Sunday with three trophies each, while the latter shared the best drama series award with "Days of Our Lives." The ceremony opened with a pretaped segment in which Lauer and DeGeneres agreed to end their faux feud. The punchline: DeGeneres had sneakily edited the tape to put Lauer's head atop a man's chiseled body clad only in tasseled pasties, briefs and lace-topped stockings. It was reminiscent of a previous DeGeneres prank on her talk show in which she doctored a Lauer "Fifty Shades of Grey" cast interview to show him in a similar outfit, whip and all. The "Today" host, or his shimmying facsimile, agreed to donate a thousand dollars to an unspecified charity each time he was thanked by winners during the ceremony. "CBS Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood, whose show was honored as best morning program, offered a heartfelt shoutout to Lauer. "Thank you for doing what you did because, God knows, I don't want to do that," said the 82-year-old Osgood. The ceremony took a dignified turn when Betty White was honored with a lifetime achievement award. "Hello, beautiful," she said to her trophy. "When I started in 1949 I had no idea that I'd still be around at this point, for one thing, or that I'd still be privileged enough to still be in this business. And it is such a privilege." Tyra Banks hosted the ceremony that aired on the Pop cable channel. The Daytime Emmys, which once had a secure home on the broadcast networks, settled for streaming online last year after a two-year turn on the cable news channel HLN. On Sunday, the Pop channel was forced to fend off the ceremony's unauthorized streaming after discovering its server had been hacked, a spokesman said. In a statement, the channel warned that any streaming was not sanctioned by the TV academy. The issue apparently was resolved during the ceremony, the spokesman said. The show's year-to-year change in location is a reflection of the dwindling daytime audience and programming shifts, but that didn't diminish the winners' enthusiasm. A beaming Craig Ferguson, replaced by James Corden as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," accepted the trophy for best game show host for "Celebrity Name Game." "I never win anything. This is fantastic," Ferguson said, adding, "Thank you, Hollywood, for a job." Freddie Smith was honored as best younger actor in a drama for his role as Sonny in "Days of Our Lives." His character and that of Will (played by Guy Wilson) were part of daytime TV's first gay wedding with two men. Smith paid tribute to "the LGBT community for showing strength and courage. You're an inspiration to all of us." The ceremony featured the reunion of Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, the former "General Hospital" couple of Luke and Laura, who presented the trophy for best drama series, a tie, to "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless." Geary was a winner as well, accepting his eighth Emmy for his "General Hospital" role, while fellow series star Maura West was named best lead drama actress. Other winners included Amelia Heinle, best supporting actress in a drama series for "The Young and the Beautiful," and Chad Duell, best supporting actor for "General Hospital." "Un Nuevo Dia" received the award for best Spanish-language morning program at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards. An in memoriam tribute was introduced by Melissa Rivers, who said her mother's career was reinvigorated by a daytime talk show after her late-night show was canceled. "The Joan Rivers Show" won a Daytime Emmy in 1990, the only Emmy her mother ever got, Melissa Rivers noted. Among the winners Sunday were "Jeopardy!," best game show; Steve Harvey, host of an informative talk show; "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," entertainment talk show; "Entertainment Tonight," entertainment news program; Hunter King, younger actress in a drama series, "The Young and the Restless"; and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, entertainment talk show hosts, for "Live! with Kelly and Michael." ___ Online: http://emmyonline.com/daytime ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer

LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival. A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths." The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011 at age 27 of accidental alcohol poisoning. The soul diva, whose 2006 album "Back to Black" won five Grammy Awards, had battled drug and alcohol abuse for years. The family statement said the movie did not reflect the "huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages." "Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction," it said. The filmmakers said in a statement that they began work with "total objectivity" and the support of the Winehouse family. They said the documentary was the result of interviews with about 100 people who knew the singer, including "friends, family, former partners and members of the music industry that worked with her." Kapadia won wide acclaim with "Senna," a documentary about the late motor racing champion Ayrton Senna. "Amy" is due to screen out of competition at the May 13-24 Cannes festival. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Chefs Camdeborde, Dufau and Ladeyn inspired by the Cannes Film Festival

At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, chefs Yves Camdeborde, Christophe Dufau and Florent Ladeyn will produce their culinary reinterpretations of three cinematic masterpieces that have previously been nominated for the festival's highest award, the Palme d'Or.Nespresso will invite cinephiles at this year's Cannes Film Festival to a culinary experience that won't stray far from their passion. Gourmet dinners will be prepared by three popular chefs: Yves Camdeborde, Florent Ladeyn and Christophe Dufau have been tapped to head operation "Les chefs font leur cinéma" (Chefs Create Their Cinema). Childhood memories to savor Each chef was given carte blanche to select a film that marked the history of France's premiere festival. Chef Camdeborde, former judge on France's version of Master Chef and chef of the celebrated Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain in Paris, reminisced on his childhood faith and drew inspiration from the Maurice Pialat film "Sous le soleil de Satan" ("Under the Sun of Satan"). He will transform the winner of 1987's top prize into dishes drawing on religious themes, such as a "poularde à la diable," a variation of chicken fra diavolo, and a "religieuse," a traditional French pastry of two cream filled choux whose name means "nun." Christophe Dufau's culinary creations grace the Michelin-starred Les Bacchanales restaurant in Vence, a village nestled in the hills between Nice and Antibes overlooking the Mediterranean. A passionate scuba diving enthusiast, the chef will present an ode to the sea with his offerings. He has chosen to pay homage to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's "Le monde du silence" ("The Silent World"), winner of the Palme d'Or in 1956, through dishes like "langoustines drunk on coffee." And for his part, Florent Ladeyn, former finalist of France's version of Top Chef and the new champion of Northern French cuisine, has chosen to get back in touch with his wild youth and rebel spirit. François Truffaut's "Les 400 coups" ("The 400 Blows") is obviously dear to his heart. "What I looked for in this menu was to find that connection to childhood and to those memories you can bring to the kitchen. Creating emotions by recalling memories, reworking them, reinventing them, revisiting, for example, school cafeteria meals, as a nod to childhood," remarks the chef of l'Auberge du Vert Mont in Boeschepe, near the Belgian border in the north of France.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.