Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

Watch: Florence and The Machine's latest short film

Florence and the Machine have released a 10-minute short film set in the rugged, Scottish countryside.The double feature covers “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost” from her latest album “How Big How Blue How Beautiful.” Directed by Vincent Haycock, the mini film uses the dramatic cliff...
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Watch: Florence and The Machine's latest short film
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
Watch: Florence and The Machine's latest short film

Florence and the Machine have released a 10-minute short film set in the rugged, Scottish countryside.The double feature covers “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost” from her latest album “How Big How Blue How Beautiful.” Directed by Vincent Haycock, the mini film uses the dramatic cliff sides and tempestuous Scottish skies and light to play backdrop to the melancholy tracks. Watch the video at http://bit.ly/1LO0VNI. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters. The Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show's gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon. The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, told The Associated Press that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation, and also brings the creative process full circle. Parker and Stone used to "trip out" on Mormon stuff while taking Temple Square tours in the 1990s. They made their first research trip for the show to Salt Lake City with fellow creator Bobby Lopez in the mid-2000s. They waited to bring the show to Salt Lake City until they were invited by a theater. "It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City," Stone said. "It just feels very much like it's coming home." Though they won't be able to make it to any of the showings, they're hopeful the show's jokes will get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. "It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch Jews," Parker said. Despite a series of jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, it's not expected to cause much of a stir or any protests. Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state's non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon. "It's like going to your own roast . . . that goes too far," Gordon said. "Nobody likes to be made fun of, especially with crude humor." Yet the show has actually contributed to a shift in how Americans think of a religion once seen as threatening and looking to undermine the established social order, said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University. "Instead of the presentation of Mormons being very sinister and conniving and corrupt, Mormons are kind of naive, very nice and very dumb," said Bowman, author of the 2012 book, "The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith." Membership stands at 15 million currently from just 5 million members in 1982. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained pretty quiet about the show over the years, just repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ," it reads. Attendees at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City will see church ads in the playbill that show a smiling woman with the words, "The book is always better" and another with a smiling man, "You've seen the play, now read the book." The church has also referred back to a lengthy article it wrote in 2009 when HBO's "Big Love" was touching on sensitive Mormon beliefs. Church leaders said then they choose not to call on boycotts or give much attention to inaccurate portrayals in popular culture to avoid giving the shows the controversy and attention they crave. Parker and Stone aren't surprised by the church's tempered response to their show. They grew up around Mormons and knew it wasn't their style to yell and shout. Parker's fascination with the religion began when he was dating a Mormon girl while growing up in Colorado. He recalls her family inviting him over for a family evening, where they turned off the TV and sang. The musical isn't their first time poking fun at Mormons. They made a South Park episode and a 1997 movie called "Orgazmo," staring Parker as young Mormon recruited into porn. He's still recognized for that role more in Utah than anywhere else. Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take same ribbing. But he said, "I just wish it didn't go so too far." Bowman said many Mormons, who generally shy away from R-rated movies, are horrified by the vulgarity of the musical. Others are just disappointed that it's the latest in a long line of depictions of them by outsiders that is offensive, Bowman said. But that doesn't mean Mormons don't go see it. Parker and Stone started noticing Mormons, or at least people who knew the religion well, in the crowds on Broadway because they could hear snickers at certain jokes only they would get. "I think it legitimizes them," Stone said. "You're not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you're really, really part of the American fabric." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jay Oakerson to host live Comedy Central show with Dan Soder on SiriusXM
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Jay Oakerson to host live Comedy Central show with Dan Soder on SiriusXM

Comedy Central announced the upcoming launch of its first live weekly show, called "The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder."The show, which premieres on Monday, July 27, is Comedy Central's first live weekly show on SiriusXM's Comedy Central Radio channel, Variety reports. The pair will discuss sports, entertainment and comedy, giving listeners the opportunity to call in and share their opinions on the various topics. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Disclosure releases video in collaboration with Sam Smith
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Disclosure releases video in collaboration with Sam Smith

Pop music group Disclosure has aired the video "Omen," the fruit of their recent collaboration with Sam Smith.It features on "Caracal," their upcoming second album, which releases in September. The new single is expected to soar, for the two acts have already produced the hit "Latch" which peaked in the UK at Number 11 on their Official Singles Chart in 2012 and in the US at Number 7. To watch the video: http://youtu.be/fB63ztKnGvo Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Food Network star Katie Lee shares her recipe for strawberry brownie cake
Sunday Jul 26, 2015
Food Network star Katie Lee shares her recipe for strawberry brownie cake

You could call Katie Lee the younger version of Ina Garten, with her shingled, beach house in the Hamptons, love of all things French, and penchant for throwing easy, breezy summer soirees in her elegant garden. This summer Lee shares some of the recipes that make recurring appearances in her kitchen and backyard patio every year.After hosting countless, sunset dinner parties for friends and family, Lee, co-host of The Food Network's "The Kitchen," compiled some of her favorite summer recipes and entertaining tips into the "Endless Summer Cookbook" released earlier this year.  "I am a notorious doctorer of brownie mixes. Every year when strawberries came into season, my grandma would make a strawberry shortcake, and I have followed her tradition. Then I got to thinking . . . I love chocolate, I love strawberries, and I especially love chocolate and strawberries, so why not do a chocolate shortcake? And why not just use a brownie mix? This is so good and ridiculously simple to make and people go c-r-a-z-y for it." -- Katie Lee Serves 8-10 2 boxes brownie mix 4 large eggs 2⁄3 cup (165 ml) canola oil 1 cup (240 ml) sour cream 1 cup (240 ml) prepared whipped cream (I have been known to use Cool Whip on occasion) 1 pint (335 g) strawberries, hulled and sliced Preheat the oven to the temperature indicated on the brownie mix box. Spray two 8-inch (20-cm) round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Using an electric mixer, combine the brownie mix, eggs, 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, and the oil. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake according to the box instructions. Let cool on wire racks, then turn out of the pans. Put one brownie on a serving platter for the bottom layer. Fold the sour cream into the whipped cream. Spread the brownie with about half of the whipped cream mixture and half of the berries. Place the second brownie layer on top. Add a scoop of the whipped cream mixture and a few berries. Slice and serve with the remaining berries and whipped cream mixture. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Box Office Top 20: 'Ant-Man' beats 'Pixels' by a tentacle
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Box Office Top 20: 'Ant-Man' beats 'Pixels' by a tentacle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He might be tiny and one of Marvel's lesser-known properties, but "Ant-Man" has power — especially at the box office. The superhero pic held the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row with $24.9 million, bumping its domestic total over the $100 million mark. The Marvel/Disney pic proved slightly more of a draw than Pac-Man and his 1980s arcade counterparts in "Pixels," which debuted to $24 million. The Adam Sandler end-of-the-world comedy cost $88 million to produce and has a rocky path toward domestic profitability ahead. Boasting the smallest screen count in the top five, the R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surprised with a healthy $16.7 million weekend, while the YA adaptation of John Green's "Paper Towns" proved that it hasn't quite found its audience yet. The film earned only $12.7 million. It's already passed its $12 million budget, but it clearly doesn't have the expected widespread appeal of last year's "The Fault in Our Stars." The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak: 1. "Ant-Man," Disney, $24,909,332, 3,868 locations, $6,440 average, $106,219,861, 2 weeks. 2. "Pixels," Sony, $24,011,616, 3,723 locations, $6,450 average, $24,011,616, 1 week. 3. "Minions," Universal, $22,933,960, 4,066 locations, $5,640 average, $262,454,370, 3 weeks. 4. "Trainwreck," Universal, $17,281,950, 3,171 locations, $5,450 average, $61,526,975, 2 weeks. 5. "Southpaw," The Weinstein Company, $16,701,294, 2,772 locations, $6,025 average, $16,701,294, 1 week. 6. "Paper Towns," 20th Century Fox, $12,650,140, 3,031 locations, $4,174 average, $12,650,140, 1 week. 7. "Inside Out," Disney, $7,414,528, 2,717 locations, $2,729 average, $320,393,339, 6 weeks. 8. "Jurassic World," Universal, $7,181,175, 2,645 locations, $2,715 average, $624,083,950, 7 weeks. 9. "Mr. Holmes," Roadside Attractions, $2,868,335, 686 locations, $4,181 average, $6,451,225, 2 weeks. 10. "Terminator Genisys," Paramount, $2,417,910, 1,702 locations, $1,421 average, $85,683,524, 4 weeks. 11. "Magic Mike XXL," Warner Bros., $1,877,169, 1,440 locations, $1,304 average, $63,144,247, 4 weeks. 12. "Gallows, The," Warner Bros., $1,181,120, 1,202 locations, $983 average, $21,355,856, 3 weeks. 13. "Ted 2," Universal, $970,920, 696 locations, $1,395 average, $79,627,410, 5 weeks. 14. "The Vatican Tapes," Lionsgate, $832,271, 427 locations, $1,949 average, $832,271, 1 week. 15. "Max," Warner Bros., $771,151, 665 locations, $1,160 average, $39,779,691, 5 weeks. 16. "Spy," 20th Century Fox, $767,938, 539 locations, $1,425 average, $108,107,713, 8 weeks. 17. "Amy," A24 Films, $726,680, 370 locations, $1,964 average, $5,543,072, 4 weeks. 18. "Mad Max: Fury Road," Warner Bros., $418,192, 345 locations, $1,212 average, $151,622,298, 11 week. 19. "Baahubali (Telugu)," BlueSky Cinemas, $346,724, 125 locations, $2,774 average, $6,680,280, 3 weeks. 20. "San Andreas," Warner Bros., $333,701, 266 locations, $1,255 average, $151,885,432, 9 weeks. --- 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. 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.

'Minions' tops global box office
Monday Jul 27, 2015
'Minions' tops global box office

The little guys are taking the big slice of global box office estimates, edging out Disney's "Ant-Man" for the weekend of July 26.It's a battle between adorable animated characters as "Minions" tops global box office estimates with a total of $66.1 million in the bank just ahead of "Ant-Man," which earned $60.2 million over the weekend, according to Rentrak. Universal's "Minions" now counts a grand total of $759.4 million, and the Disney-Marvel produced "Ant-Man" counts 48 international territories and North America in which it was viewed over the weekend. Fantasy-adventure-themed 3D film "Monster Hunt" came in third, earning $46 million in only five territories, according to Rentrak. Global box office estimates for the weekend of July 26 are as follows: 1. Minions - Universal - $66.1M 2. Ant-Man - Disney - $60.2M 3. Monster Hunt - Multiple - $46.0M 4. Pixels - Sony - $45.4M 5. Inside Out - Disney - $35.7M 6. Jian Bing Man (Pancake Man) - Multiple - $25.0M 7. Paper Towns - 20th Century Fox - $20.5M 8. Southpaw - Multiple - $20.0M 9. Assassination, The - Showbox - $19.5M 10. Trainwreck - Universal - $17.5M 11. Monkey King: Hero is Back - Multiple - $17.0M 12. Jurassic World - Universal - $14.5M Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first-place spot
Sunday Jul 26, 2015
'Ant-Man' inches past 'Pixels' to take first-place spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ant-Man" crept past new opener "Pixels" to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend by an ant-sized margin. The Disney and Marvel superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. "Pixels," meanwhile, just barely missed first place with a $24 million debut. While studios always hope for the bragging rights of a No. 1 debut, the real issue here is whether or not the Adam Sandler end of the world comedy will make up its $88 million production budget. "It's been a little competitive in the marketplace when you consider the extent of the performance of 'Jurassic' and 'Inside Out,'" said Sony's President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer. "To get to where we opened to was quite good." Critics were not fond of "Pixels," which shows 1980s video arcade game characters attacking Earth, but younger audiences still turned out to theaters — an estimated 62 percent were under the age of 25. Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak's senior media analyst, said Sandler can still attract an audience, but the expensive film has a lot of ground to make up. "They're really going to have to count on the international component. That's going to be key," he said. Overall, the box office is down 3 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Lucy" opened particularly strong. Dergarabedian said that though some are attempting to link last week's theater shootings to any dip in the box office this weekend, "the numbers just don't bear it out." Holdovers "Minions" and "Trainwreck" took the third and fourth spots with $22.1 million and $17.3 million, respectively. Meanwhile, the R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surpassed expectations and landed a place in the top five with its $16.5 million opening. Dergarabedian said that its performance is likely due to star Jake Gyllenhaal's enthusiastic promotion of the film and also the fact that it provides an alternative to the standard summer blockbuster fare. "'Southpaw' felt like a really good fall movie," he said. "Paper Towns," an adaptation of John Green's coming-of-age novel, opened in sixth place with $12.5 million. The Fox film only cost $12 million to produce, but considering Green's fan base and last year's massive $48 million debut of "The Fault in Our Stars," which Green also wrote, it's a bit disappointing. A straight comparison isn't entirely fair, though. "The Fault in Our Stars" had a much bigger following and transcended age and gender groups with its story of two teens dying of cancer and falling in love. "Paper Towns" is a more narrow and lighthearted high school tale. According to exit polls, 71 percent of the "Paper Towns" audience was female and 78 percent were under age 25. Also, Shailene Woodley was a much bigger name when "The Fault in Our Stars" came out, whereas Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff are somewhat lesser known. Woodley's "Divergent" association took the modest film "to another level," Dergarabedian said. "I think we have a job ahead of us in the coming weeks to find more of our potential audience who we weren't able to reach this weekend. But I think we can do that," said Chris Aronson, Fox's domestic distribution president. 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. "Ant-Man," $24.8 million ($35.4 million international). 2. "Pixels," $24 million ($21.4 million international). 3. "Minions," $22.1 million ($44 million international). 4. "Trainwreck," $17.3 million ($220,000 international). 5. "Southpaw," $16.5 million ($3.5 million international). 6. "Paper Towns," $12.5 million ($8 million international). 7. "Inside Out," $7.4 million ($28.3 million international). 8. "Jurassic World," $6.9 million (47.6 million international). 9. "Mr. Holmes," $2.8 million. 10. "Terminator Genisys," $2.4 million ($10.7 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak: 1. "Monster Hunt," $46 million. 2. "Minions," $44 million. 3. "Ant-Man," $35.4 million. 4. "Inside Out," $28.3 million. 5. "Jian Bing Man (Pancake Man)," $25 million. 6. "Pixels," $21.4 million. 7. "The Assassination," $19.5 million. 8. "Monkey King: Hero is Back," $17 million. 9. "Terminator Genisys," $10.7 million. 10. "Paper Towns," $8 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.

Cara Delevingne takes 'joy ride' from fashion to film
Saturday Jul 25, 2015
Cara Delevingne takes 'joy ride' from fashion to film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cara Delevingne wants you to know she didn't strut directly from the fashion runway onto Hollywood movie sets. The British model wasn't hand-picked by studio executives for her lead role in "Paper Towns," which opened this weekend. She won the part after an audition process that included 100 other actresses. "Cara killed it in the chemistry read. We all knew as soon as she walked in," co-star Nat Wolff said in a recent interview. "I killed all the other actresses that went up for the role," Delevingne joked, laughing alongside Wolff. The 22-year-old may no longer need to be quite so aggressive in Hollywood. She appears in four more films expected to be released this year, including "Pan." She plays DC Comics villain-slash-heroine Enchantress in the dark "Suicide Squad," out next summer, then co-stars with Dane DeHaan in director Luc Besson's big-budget sci-fi film "Valerian." "The whole thing has been a joy ride. This is my dream so I'm kind of following it now," she said. "I don't feel like I'm stopping modeling. It's just definitely slowing down and so I'm just happy to be doing this." In "Paper Towns," adapted from John Green's popular young adult novel, Delevingne plays the enigmatic Margo, who wrangles Wolff's character into an all-night adventure, then disappears. "Cara understands better than anyone I've ever know what it's like to be Margo, what it's like to have people project images onto you and not really know you," said Green, an executive producer on the film. "Margo is a character in the story who everybody's paying attention to, but nobody's ever listening to. And I think that's probably something Cara can also relate to." Indeed, Delevingne says that while the promotional grind of releasing a movie isn't so different from modeling — plenty of posing for photographers — she's intrigued by the media megaphone provided by movie stardom. "It's a platform for me to be honest and to talk about issues and stuff that I think is important," she said on the red carpet at a Los Angeles "Paper Towns" screening attended by modeling friends Kendall and Kylie Jenner. ___ AP writer Marcela Isaza 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 Michael Cidoni Lennox from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Wet Hot American Summer': Netflix turns the cult classic into a new series
Saturday Jul 25, 2015
'Wet Hot American Summer': Netflix turns the cult classic into a new series

A prequel to the 2001 sleeper hit, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" will make Netflix subscribers some very happy campers starting July 31. The original cast is reunited for eight episodes of goofy hilarity centered on camp counselor rivalries, hot summer trysts and the usual scatalogical gags.In 2001, "Wet Hot American Summer" assembled a cast of talented unknowns who made their debut on the big screen in a screwball comedy chronicling camp counselors' attempts to get lucky on the last day of summer camp in 1981.  Fourteen years later, these unknowns have all become bankable stars. Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks and Christopher Meloni, just to name a few, have all gone on to hugely successful careers. The entire cast was game for the reunion, which takes them back to their first day at Camp Firewood. Although 14 years have lapsed, the actors all reprise their original roles. Impossible wigs and ridiculous 80s costumes set the tone in this satiric take on the summer camp genre.  A star-studded cast The eight-episode series features a handful of new characters interpreted by some big stars of the small screen. Chris Pine, Jon Hamm and John Slattery of "Mad Men", Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera and John Charles ("The Good Wife") round out the original, star-studded cast.  Released in 2001 in the United States, the comedy originally tanked at the box office but went on to achieve a cult following due to the runaway success of movies cast members later would go on to make. "Wet Hot American Summer" will be available for streaming on Netflix starting July 31. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/PLlMTn_Jzok Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah
Tuesday Jul 28, 2015
'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters. The Tony Award-winning "The Book of Mormon" has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show's gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon. The show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, told The Associated Press that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation, and also brings the creative process full circle. Parker and Stone used to "trip out" on Mormon stuff while taking Temple Square tours in the 1990s. They made their first research trip for the show to Salt Lake City with fellow creator Bobby Lopez in the mid-2000s. They waited to bring the show to Salt Lake City until they were invited by a theater. "It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City," Stone said. "It just feels very much like it's coming home." Though they won't be able to make it to any of the showings, they're hopeful the show's jokes will get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. "It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch Jews," Parker said. Despite a series of jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, it's not expected to cause much of a stir or any protests. Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state's non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon. "It's like going to your own roast . . . that goes too far," Gordon said. "Nobody likes to be made fun of, especially with crude humor." Yet the show has actually contributed to a shift in how Americans think of a religion once seen as threatening and looking to undermine the established social order, said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University. "Instead of the presentation of Mormons being very sinister and conniving and corrupt, Mormons are kind of naive, very nice and very dumb," said Bowman, author of the 2012 book, "The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith." Membership stands at 15 million currently from just 5 million members in 1982. Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained pretty quiet about the show over the years, just repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ," it reads. Attendees at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City will see church ads in the playbill that show a smiling woman with the words, "The book is always better" and another with a smiling man, "You've seen the play, now read the book." The church has also referred back to a lengthy article it wrote in 2009 when HBO's "Big Love" was touching on sensitive Mormon beliefs. Church leaders said then they choose not to call on boycotts or give much attention to inaccurate portrayals in popular culture to avoid giving the shows the controversy and attention they crave. Parker and Stone aren't surprised by the church's tempered response to their show. They grew up around Mormons and knew it wasn't their style to yell and shout. Parker's fascination with the religion began when he was dating a Mormon girl while growing up in Colorado. He recalls her family inviting him over for a family evening, where they turned off the TV and sang. The musical isn't their first time poking fun at Mormons. They made a South Park episode and a 1997 movie called "Orgazmo," staring Parker as young Mormon recruited into porn. He's still recognized for that role more in Utah than anywhere else. Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take same ribbing. But he said, "I just wish it didn't go so too far." Bowman said many Mormons, who generally shy away from R-rated movies, are horrified by the vulgarity of the musical. Others are just disappointed that it's the latest in a long line of depictions of them by outsiders that is offensive, Bowman said. But that doesn't mean Mormons don't go see it. Parker and Stone started noticing Mormons, or at least people who knew the religion well, in the crowds on Broadway because they could hear snickers at certain jokes only they would get. "I think it legitimizes them," Stone said. "You're not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you're really, really part of the American fabric." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Brady McCombs from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Gigi Hadid teases new Calvin Harris music video
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Gigi Hadid teases new Calvin Harris music video

It has been a busy few weeks for Gigi Hadid. The supermodel was unveiled as the new face of Topshop's latest fashion campaign, and she is also about to set the music industry alight with her starring role in Calvin Harris's new video.The American beauty took to her Instagram account to break the news that the video for Harris's new single "How Deep Is Your Love" is almost here. She published a doubly exposed still from the clip showing her caught in between two poses, hands up and lips pouting. Her hair is pulled over in a side parting and her makeup look has been kept minimal. "HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE @calvinharris @disciples_ldn : video on its way.." was the caption the star chose to accompany the image, which has since been liked over 345,000 times. Earlier this summer Gigi was pictured in Malibu on set for the new video wearing a black crochet crop top and bikini bottoms. Her hair was worn loose in beachy waves, with a few rings and bracelets her only accessories. It isn't the first music video for the starlet, who has also previously appeared in the mega hit "Bad Blood" for her friend (and the current squeeze of Calvin Harris) Taylor Swift. That video has been viewed over 381 million times on YouTube since its release in May and was recently nominated for an MTV VMA Video of the Year Award. Gigi has also been in the headlines this week after it was revealed she will front Topshop's new Autumn / Winter 2015 fashion campaign. She worked with photographer Tyrone Lebon on the project, which was shot in London.  She will also be appearing in Max Mara's Autumn / Winter 2015 ads, styled as a modern-day Marilyn Monroe, WWD reports. Additional recent projects by the Californian bombshell include acting as the face of the Australian swimwear company Seafolly and starring in a recent racy Balmain campaign alongside her younger sister Bella. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Mariah Carey to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Mariah Carey to receive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Carey will get the 2,556th star on Aug. 5. Guest speakers will include directors Lee Daniels and Brett Ratner, as well as Epic Records CEO and longtime Carey collaborator L.A. Reid. Carey is one of the most successful acts in music. She has 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sold millions of albums and won a number of awards, including five Grammys. She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including "Vision of Love," ''Hero" and "We Belong Together." ___ Online: http://www.mariahcarey.com/ 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.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22
Monday Jul 27, 2015
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of pop legend Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her home."She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," a short family statement said, adding she was surrounded by loved ones as she slipped away. Bobbi Kristina -- sole heir to Houston's estate -- was discovered face down and unresponsive in her bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia home on January 31. She was revived by emergency crews but lost significant brain function and was placed in a medically induced coma. She died at a hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She passed away, according to the TMZ celebrity website, after her family decided to "take her off all meds." Her death -- which a source told Entertainment Tonight was linked to an apparent drug overdose -- drew eerie parallels to that of her mother, who was found face down in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel on February 11, 2012, on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Many Houston fans sent messages of support for the family on Twitter, saying Bobbi Kristina would be reunited with her mother. "Rest In Heaven. You were loved, Bobbi Kristina Brown," actress and singer Holly Robinson Peete said on Twitter. Oprah Winfrey tweeted: "Peace at Last!" Grammy-winning performer Missy Elliott tweeted: "My heart is truly heavy. May u rest in peace with your mommy." - Murky circumstances - Bobbi Kristina's parents separated in 2006 and divorced in 2007, with Houston awarded custody of their daughter, amid claims of abuse and drug use in the high-profile relationship. They were by all accounts extremely close, with Bobbi Kristina accompanying her mother to events and awards shows. Her parents appeared in a 2005 reality show "Being Bobby Brown" that shed some light on their personal struggles and family challenges. After her mother's death, Bobbi Kristina -- who had hoped to follow in Houston's footsteps as a singer -- and several relatives appeared in another reality show, discussing their grieving and working on picking up the pieces. A final coroner's report said Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning, and that drug-related heart damage played a part in her death. The circumstances that led to Bobbi Kristina being pulled unconscious from a bathtub are similarly murky. In February, US media reported that police had opened a criminal probe into Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend Nick Gordon, who reportedly said that it was he who found her in the bathtub. The reports said that Bobbi Kristina sustained unexplained injuries prior to the incident, while there are also claims of a drug overdose, but no criminal charges have been brought. Gordon spent years being raised by Houston in her home and grew up alongside Bobbi Kristina, although he was never formally adopted by the pop singer. He and Bobbi Kristina revealed their romantic relationship after her mother's death. - Outpouring of grief - There had been growing fears for Bobbi Kristina's long-term health after she was moved to the Duluth hospice a month ago. "Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, her condition has continued to deteriorate," her aunt, Pat Houston, said in a statement at the time. "As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now." News of her death sparked an outpouring of grief on social media. "Maybe you just wanted to be with your mother. Now, you can be with her forever. R.I.P. Bobbi Kristina," said Twitter user @carochoa, expressing the sentiments of many. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia
Monday Jul 27, 2015
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown sang at a packed concert in Manila, but wasn't allowed to leave the Philippines the following day because of a fraud complaint over a canceled concert last New Year's Eve. The three-day ordeal finally ended on Friday, when the 26-year-old R&B singer flew to Macau in his private jet for a nightclub performance. In other images from across Asia last week, Indian opposition parties disrupted Parliament to demand the resignation of two key ruling party leaders for allegedly helping a former Indian cricket official facing investigation for financial irregularities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party denies any wrongdoing by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or the top elected leader of Rajasthan state, Vasundhararaje Scindia. The scandal is the first to hit Modi's government since it came to power last year. China's capital might seem an unlikely place to find American football, but interest among China's youth is growing, according to Shen Yu, marketing director for Great Stone Gridiron. The private football club was Beijing's first when it was founded three years ago. Around 500 children participate, including about 150 in tackle football programs. After a prolonged dry spell, monsoon rains — crucial for India's agriculture industry — returned to Mumbai, bringing much-needed relief from the hot and humid weather to India's financial capital. ___ This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by The Associated Press from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.