Monday May 25, 2015

Chinese web firm sculpts Star Trek office block

China's online gaming operator NetDragon has its headquarters modeled after the Star Trek's Starship Enterprise, new reports have confirmed.The Y600m ($97m USD), six-floor building near Changle, southeast China, was made with the agreement of US rights holder CBS, reports the Wall Street...
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Chinese web firm sculpts Star Trek office block
Monday May 25, 2015
Chinese web firm sculpts Star Trek office block

China's online gaming operator NetDragon has its headquarters modeled after the Star Trek's Starship Enterprise, new reports have confirmed.The Y600m ($97m USD), six-floor building near Changle, southeast China, was made with the agreement of US rights holder CBS, reports the Wall Street Journal; NetDragon founder Liu Dejian is a big fan of the series. Construction started in 2010, with the building opening in May 2014; also contained within its halls is a full-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The company runs a number of MMOs, including "Disney Fantasy Online," as well as mobile apps that cover enterprise productivity, 3D home remodeling and weather reports. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!
Monday May 25, 2015
It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!

A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise.The office block in the eastern city of Fuzhou has the emblematic circular contours and tubular features of the show's spaceship, according to images on the website of the People's Daily newspaper. It was built by "Trekkie" Liu Dejian, the boss of mobile Internet app developer NetDragon Websoft, at a cost of $160 million, the newspaper said. "An informed source at NetDragon told reporters that the building is called 'Enterprise'," the report added. "It is understood that NetDragon chairman Liu Dejian, himself a Star Trek fan, bought the USS Enterprise copyright from CBS," it said, referring to the US broadcaster. The USS Enterprise explored strange new worlds and sought out new life and new civilisations in death-defying odysseys in the Star Trek television series and films. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival
Monday May 25, 2015
Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival

A special tribute to filmmaker Alexander Payne is to take place at this year's installment of the Munich Film Festival, to be held between June 25 and July 4.The festival would honor him with a retrospective of his films including "Election," which launched Reese Witherspoon's career, "About Schmidt" starring Jack Nicholson, California wine-country film "Sideways" starring Paul Giamatti, "The Descendents" starring George Clooney and "Nebraska," in which Bruce Dern stars, reports Variety. A gala is to take place in his honor on June 25 and the retrospective would show a selection of Payne's shorts, features and TV movies.  Payne's last appearance at the Munich Film Festival was in 1997, when he was presented the High Hopes Award for his film "Citizen Run," staring Laura Dern. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Actress, comedian Anne Meara, winner of 4 Emmys, dies
Sunday May 24, 2015
Actress, comedian Anne Meara, winner of 4 Emmys, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. Born in Brooklyn on Sept. 20, 1929, she was a red-haired, Irish-Catholic girl who struck a vivid contrast to Stiller, a Jewish guy from Manhattan's Lower East Side who was two years older and four inches shorter. As Stiller and Meara, they appeared in comedy routines that joked about married life and their respective ethnic backgrounds. They logged 36 appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and were a successful team in Las Vegas, major nightclubs, on records and in commercials (scoring big for Blue Nun wine with their sketches on radio). They were beloved New Yorkers, well known to their Upper West Side neighbors. The marriage lasted, but the act was dissolved in the 1970s as Meara resumed the acting career she had originally sought. She appeared in such films as "The Out-of-Towners," ''Fame," ''Awakenings" and, directed by her son, "Reality Bites." Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on "Archie Bunker's Place," along with two other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on "Homicide." She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie "The Other Woman." She also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on "All My Children" and appearances on "Rhoda," ''Alf" and "The King of Queens." She shared the screen with her son in 2006's "Night at the Museum." Meara also had a recurring role on CBS' "Murphy Brown" and on HBO's "Sex and the City." In 1975, she starred in CBS' "Kate McShane," which, though short-lived, had the distinction of being the first network drama to feature a woman lawyer. She made her off-Broadway debut in 1971 in John Guare's award-winning play "The House of Blue Leaves." A quarter-century later, she made her off-Broadway bow as a playwright with her comedy-drama, "After-Play." Meara was an aspiring 23-year-old actress in 1953 when she responded to a "cattle call" by a New York agent casting for summer stock. After the agent chased her around his office, she burst into the waiting room, crying and out of breath, where she found Stiller, a fellow out-of-work actor then 25. "I took her out for coffee," Stiller recalled decades later for The Associated Press. "She seemed to sense I had no money, so she just ordered coffee. Then she took all the silverware. I picked up her check for 10 cents and thought, 'This is a girl I'd like to hang out with.'" Within a few months, they were wed. But this was a mixed marriage — referring to their respective families, Meara said, "Nobody was thrilled when we got married, absolutely nobody." But they accepted it, she added with perfect comic timing: "Nobody sat shiva." Despite her theater background, Meara, with her bright eyes and cheeky smile, was a quick study as a comedian when she and Stiller performed in improv groups. Her ability to adapt was all the more remarkable since, back then, "I was down on comedians. Growing up, I loved drama and fantasies. I hated the Marx Brothers. I took all that confusion seriously." The couple had an old-fashioned appeal not unlike that of Burns and Allen, but Stiller and Meara were thick into the 1950s Beat Generation, an edgy, innovative arts scene based in New York's Greenwich Village, where they had an apartment. "But WE thought that when the Village was REALLY happening was in the '20s, the F. Scott Fitzgerald days, before our time," she said. "People never know what's going on while it's happening. You think, during the Renaissance, people called it 'The Renaissance'?" The husband-and-wife act was born of desperation shortly after the birth of their first child, Amy, in 1961. There still was insufficient work in legitimate theater, and improv wasn't paying the bills. As Stiller and Meara, they drew on their own lives and the world they saw around them for laughs. They created routines and began touring, as well as landing gigs in New York clubs and coffee houses. Then, in 1963, Stiller and Meara struck gold. They snagged a booking on "The Ed Sullivan Show," CBS' top-rated Sunday night variety show. "He scared the stuff out of me," Meara recalled in a 2010 interview. "I wasn't the only one. There were international favorites from all over the world throwing up in the wings — singers and tenors and guys who spin plates. It was live. We were scared!" But that initial "Sullivan" appearance made them stars, and during the next decade they made 35 more. In one routine, which Stiller considered "a breakthrough," they played two single people (a Jewish lad and Catholic gal) matched by a computer — and discovering what, in those days, were the sort of problematic differences they had surmounted in real life: Jerry: "You have a lot of sisters?" Anne: "I got plenty of sisters: Sister Mary Monica, Sister Bernadette Marie, Sister Mary Virginia. Do you have any brothers?" Jerry: "Buch, Bujie and Sol." Then quickly the pair realize they have plenty in common: They live on the same New York City block, and both love to dance. They decide to go dancing. Anne (approvingly): "This computer, it really ..." Jerry: "Oh yeah, it really did a job on us there, didn't it?" In 2010, the pair reunited on-screen for "Stiller & Meara: A Show About Everything," a chatty Web series produced by their son and shot in their longtime home on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their off-the-cuff banter was informed by their lifetime partnership: Mearer: "You know there's a new movie coming out about the guy who invented Facebook?" Stiller: "Somebody INVENTED Facebook? What kind of a person would that be?" Mearer: "A person who is very bright, and figured a lot of people want to share the mundane, miserable moments of their lives with other people: 'I'm your friend, and I just came back from going to the john. I thought you'd want to know.'" Not for the first time, Stiller flinched at her words, while any viewer had to laugh. Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren. The family statement said: "Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne." ___ Moore reported from New York. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen and Frazier Moore from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Actress Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies
Sunday May 24, 2015
Actress Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life." "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said. The couple performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other programs in the 1960s and won awards for the radio and TV commercials they made together. Meara also appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, including a longtime role on "All My Children" and recurring appearances on "Rhoda," ''Alf," ''Sex and the City" and "The King of Queens." She shared the screen with her son in 2006's "Night at the Museum." Meara was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on "Archie Bunker's Place," along with two other Emmy nods, most recently in 1997 for her guest-starring role on "Homicide." She won a Writers Guild Award for co-writing the 1983 TV movie "The Other Woman." Besides her husband and son, Meara is survived by her daughter, Amy, and several grandchildren. The family statement said: "Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne." Copyright (2015) 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.

Movies

Is ‘Mission: Impossible 6' already in development?
Monday May 25, 2015
Is ‘Mission: Impossible 6' already in development?

The fifth instalment of the action-packed Tom Cruise franchise is yet to hit the cinema, but Paramount is reportedly readying its sequelAccording to Tracking Board, no cast members have yet been decided upon and all that is clear is that J.J. Abrams would continue his involvement - he joined for the third instalment - and that Cruise would remain as a producer. "Mission: Impossible - Rouge Nation" is set to hit cinema screens on July 31st and promises to be the most adrenaline-fueled in the series to date. And there are whispers that if a sixth film is green lit quickly, that it could be because it will be the final instalment with Tom Cruise as its leading man and would see him hand the baton to a new super spy. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Complete 'Star Wars' to screen in a Chinese first
Monday May 25, 2015
Complete 'Star Wars' to screen in a Chinese first

This year's Shanghai Film Festival will show the six existing "Star Wars" films in a cinematic premiere this June.The SFF organizers and Walt Disney are collaborating for the saga's theatrical debut, during which "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" will be shown for the first time on the big screen. Several stars from the original trilogy are to make appearances in December 18's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which sees Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) among those handing over to a new generation of heroes -- and actors. The Shanghai Film Festival, now in its 18th edition, spans June 13-21, and hosts the prestigious Golden Goblet award ceremony, alongside the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week and the Asian New Talent Award. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Tomorrowland' takes top spot at box office on slow weekend
Monday May 25, 2015
'Tomorrowland' takes top spot at box office on slow weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future doesn't look so bright for "Tomorrowland." Disney's expensive fantasy adventure essentially had Memorial Day weekend to itself, and still only pulled in a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters according to Rentrak estimates on Monday. It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million to produce. Disney put their full weight behind the Brad Bird-directed film with an ambitious George Clooney-led promotional campaign. "It's not ever ideal to be below your estimate before the weekend starts, but it feels like it's too early to judge the run," said Disney's Distribution EVP Dave Hollis. Going into the weekend, tracking put the film in the $40 to $50 million range. And yet, he said, this is the gamble that studios must take when trying to introduce an original film to the marketplace. Hollis noted that "Tomorrowland" will be one of the only PG-rated family films in theaters until Disney and Pixar's "Inside Out" opens on June 19, which could be promising for its longevity — especially considering that many schools have yet to close for the summer. "We are optimistic that originality and the vision that Brad Bird put on the screen is something that people will find and evangelize and hopefully get other folks to show up," said Hollis. Rentrak's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said that the mystery behind "Tomorrowland's" plot might have hurt the film. "When audiences are spending their hard earned cash on a blockbuster or tent-pole movie, they kind of want to know what they're getting going in, for better or worse," he said. Last weekend's well-received holdovers "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" helped prop up the holiday weekend totals. Both films experienced modest drops and earned $38.5 million and $32.1 million respectively. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" placed fourth with $27.8 million. Meanwhile, Fox's "Poltergeist" remake debuted in fifth place, with an estimated $26.5 million. Director Gil Kenan's update of Tobe Hooper's 1982 horror classic cost $35 million to produce. The studio expected an opening in the low $20 million range. "I think for our filmmakers, who had set out not to just remake a classic but to introduce a new generation of fans to the genre, it was very successful," said Fox's domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson. Audiences for the PG-13 rated film were 59 percent under the age of 25. Overall, though, there wasn't much to celebrate over this holiday weekend. Memorial Day weekends are usually reserved for high-earning franchise fare. The past two years saw the over $100 million debuts of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Fast & Furious 6." When box office totals are finalized on Tuesday, this could prove to be one of the worst performing in recent years. "The industry went into this weekend knowing we weren't going to break any records," said Dergarabedian. "This is more of a case of audiences, somewhat, turning their back on original content when it comes to big blockbusters." But, hope is certainly not lost for a banner 2015 at the box office, with more surefire blockbusters like "Jurassic World" and "Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation" yet to open. "Summer is not going to be a bummer this year. This is a bump in the box office road," said Dergarabedian. ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday. 1. "Tomorrowland," $41.7 million. 2. "Pitch Perfect 2," $38.5 million. 3. "Mad Max: Fury Road,"$32.1 million. 4. "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $27.8 million. 5. "Poltergeist," $26.5 million. 6. "Hot Pursuit," $4.6 million. 7. "Far From the Madding Crowd," $3 million. 8. "Furious 7,"$2.8 million. 9. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," $2.5 million. 10. "Home," $2.4 million. ___ Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!
Monday May 25, 2015
It's a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!

A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise.The office block in the eastern city of Fuzhou has the emblematic circular contours and tubular features of the show's spaceship, according to images on the website of the People's Daily newspaper. It was built by "Trekkie" Liu Dejian, the boss of mobile Internet app developer NetDragon Websoft, at a cost of $160 million, the newspaper said. "An informed source at NetDragon told reporters that the building is called 'Enterprise'," the report added. "It is understood that NetDragon chairman Liu Dejian, himself a Star Trek fan, bought the USS Enterprise copyright from CBS," it said, referring to the US broadcaster. The USS Enterprise explored strange new worlds and sought out new life and new civilisations in death-defying odysseys in the Star Trek television series and films. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival
Monday May 25, 2015
Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival

A special tribute to filmmaker Alexander Payne is to take place at this year's installment of the Munich Film Festival, to be held between June 25 and July 4.The festival would honor him with a retrospective of his films including "Election," which launched Reese Witherspoon's career, "About Schmidt" starring Jack Nicholson, California wine-country film "Sideways" starring Paul Giamatti, "The Descendents" starring George Clooney and "Nebraska," in which Bruce Dern stars, reports Variety. A gala is to take place in his honor on June 25 and the retrospective would show a selection of Payne's shorts, features and TV movies.  Payne's last appearance at the Munich Film Festival was in 1997, when he was presented the High Hopes Award for his film "Citizen Run," staring Laura Dern. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Trailer: 'What Remains of Edith Finch' explores family mansion
Monday May 25, 2015
Trailer: 'What Remains of Edith Finch' explores family mansion

The follow-up game from award-winning studio Giant Sparrow invites viewers into a world of criss-crossing fantasy narratives.Its previous and debut effort, "The Unfinished Swan," was a pared-down, mostly black and white affair from Giant Sparrow which had players use a motion controller to fling paint around a bleached-out fairytale world. This time around, "What Remains of Edith Finch" embraces color, layered textures and a different sort of narrative sophistication, with the Finch family home hosting a selection of astonishing stories. The game was first announced in December 2014 but now looks like a centerpiece for Sony's PlayStation presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. "We'll be demoing the beginning of the game and our first story," creative director Ian Dallas wrote on the PlayStation Blog. The studio, incubated inside Sony Santa Monica, chose to focus on the Finch house as it remains a constant throughout the inter-generational exploration game: "the family has been living here for the last 100 years and each generation adds on to it," Dallas explained. "Our goal has been to make the house feel fantastical but at the same time like it was all made out of stuff you could buy at Home Depot." A 2016 release is expected, with the PlayStation 4 announced as target platform. "What Remains of Edith Finch - House Introduction Trailer": youtu.be/Dc_2NOLQNIg Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Complete 'Star Wars' to screen in a Chinese first
Monday May 25, 2015
Complete 'Star Wars' to screen in a Chinese first

This year's Shanghai Film Festival will show the six existing "Star Wars" films in a cinematic premiere this June.The SFF organizers and Walt Disney are collaborating for the saga's theatrical debut, during which "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" will be shown for the first time on the big screen. Several stars from the original trilogy are to make appearances in December 18's release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which sees Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) among those handing over to a new generation of heroes -- and actors. The Shanghai Film Festival, now in its 18th edition, spans June 13-21, and hosts the prestigious Golden Goblet award ceremony, alongside the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week and the Asian New Talent Award. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival
Monday May 25, 2015
Alexander Payne to be honored at Munich Film Festival

A special tribute to filmmaker Alexander Payne is to take place at this year's installment of the Munich Film Festival, to be held between June 25 and July 4.The festival would honor him with a retrospective of his films including "Election," which launched Reese Witherspoon's career, "About Schmidt" starring Jack Nicholson, California wine-country film "Sideways" starring Paul Giamatti, "The Descendents" starring George Clooney and "Nebraska," in which Bruce Dern stars, reports Variety. A gala is to take place in his honor on June 25 and the retrospective would show a selection of Payne's shorts, features and TV movies.  Payne's last appearance at the Munich Film Festival was in 1997, when he was presented the High Hopes Award for his film "Citizen Run," staring Laura Dern. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Actress and comedian Anne Meara dies at 85
Monday May 25, 2015
Actress and comedian Anne Meara dies at 85

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, who appeared in dozens of films and television shows and is the mother of Hollywood star Ben Stiller, has died.She was 85. Meara, who with her husband Jerry Stiller formed a popular comedy duo in the 1960s, died Saturday, according to US media. The cause of death was not immediately known. Film producer Michael Skolnik said on Twitter: "The great actress, Anne Meara (Ben Stiller's mom) who I had the pleasure of working with 20 yrs ago, has passed away." The redhead featured in everything from crime dramas to soap operas, but is best known for her comedic work. She had recurring roles on "Archie Bunker's Place" -- a sequel to "All in the Family" -- and "The King of Queens." She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on "Rhoda," and was a four-time Emmy nominee. Meara and her husband were part of "The Compass Players" improv group that later became "Second City." In reviewing Meara's performance in "The Daytrippers" two decades ago, renowned film critic Roger Ebert said: "she is, almost by definition, superb at her assignment here, which is to create an insufferable mother." "The film's problem is that she does it so well," he added. In 1984, Meara shared a Writers Guild Award with Lila Garrett for "The Other Woman," a romantic comedy television film. Tributes poured in from fellow actors as news of her death filtered through. "I always loved Anne Meara: funny forever, a terrific actress, & a really fine human being. RIP," actor-comedian Michael McKean tweeted. Actress Patty Duke wrote: "RIP Anne Meara. Sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers and love to her family and friends." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless
Monday May 25, 2015
Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford is encouraging college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators with others and the environment to overcome life's daunting difficulties. Redford was the commencement speaker Sunday at Maine's Colby College. He received an honorary degree of fine arts from the school before an audience of thousands, including nearly 500 graduates. "You're stepping into a world that's, well, pretty rough. It's pretty chaotic, pretty divisive," Redford told them. "You've got climate change, you've got debt, you've got wars, you've got political paralysis. It's kind of a grim story. But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you're the ones to do it." The 78-year-old actor, director, and producer told the graduates they have been given the tools to make a difference. "Don't be afraid to take a risk, don't be afraid of failure, be bold," he said, adding that what the world needs is "collaboration and connection," not only between people and people but also between people and the environment. Redford's grandson was among the class of 2015, the Morning Sentinel reported. Redford, whose speech appeared on the college's website, is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He is known for such films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," ''Quiz Show," ''All The President's Men," and "The Way We Were." He received an Oscar for his directorial debut of "Ordinary People," as well as one for Lifetime Achievement. 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.