Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly for 'Border Guards'

Reuniting the co-stars of "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights" is "Border Guards," with Adam McKay of "Anchorman" and "Old School" its likely director.Ferrell and Reilly are to play two bungling buddies who volunteer themselves as border patrolmen, with the aim of repelling any illegal...
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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly for 'Border Guards'
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly for 'Border Guards'

Reuniting the co-stars of "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights" is "Border Guards," with Adam McKay of "Anchorman" and "Old School" its likely director.Ferrell and Reilly are to play two bungling buddies who volunteer themselves as border patrolmen, with the aim of repelling any illegal immigration attempts. The twist is that they themselves end up in Mexico without any papers and have to get back to home ground undetected. Though the pair are known for slapstick, goofy humor, "Border Guards" is being written by satirical heavyweight Jesse Armstrong, reports Deadline. Armstrong rose to prominence as co-writer and co-creator of British sitcom "Peep Show" and received an Oscar nomination for his contributions to Armando Iannuci's political satire "In the Loop." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Wesley admits to experiencing jitters on his first day of directing Thursday's episode of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," particularly when it came to saying the word "action." "I had been hearing the word 'action' for 15 years, but it was always from behind-the-camera," explained the 31-year-old actor in a recent interview. "To say it was really a weird feeling." On "The Vampire Diaries," Wesley plays Stefan Salvatore, a 165-year-old vampire with a conscience, who happens to look eternally youthful because he was "turned" at a young age. Wesley has long been fascinated by directing, admiring the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman, and says that after developing a good relationship with the brass at the network and on the show, he got the OK to get behind the camera this fifth season. He was convinced they'd give him a lighter episode to start with but instead was thrown a "cool" challenge. "I did blue screens, I had stunts, I had all sorts of visual effects, I had flashbacks," he said. "I mean it was really an action-packed episode. I was surprised at how much they gave me. I thought they were really gonna go easy on me, it was gonna be incredibly generic but it wasn't." Now that he's experienced it once, Wesley is itching to direct more. "This is not something that is sort of a one-time thing for me ... I'm gonna do more episodes next year, but I think it's about doing other things that aren't 'Vampire Diaries.' There's some cable shows that film during my hiatus which I'd love to direct, so I'd love to take a swing at that." He said it's just a matter of time before he directs a feature film. Wesley is also interested in other aspects of filmmaking. He produced and co-starred in "Before I Disappear" with Emmy Rossum and Richard Schiff, where he helped make creative decisions. "I loved it. For me it was an incredibly gratifying experience." The movie won the Audience Award at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival. Wesley, who keeps an apartment in New York, was in town to serve on the jury of this year's Tribeca Film Festival in the short film category. "I'm really inspired by short films. It's a fascinating medium." ____ Follow Alicia Rancilio online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar ____ Online: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries http://tribecafilm.com/festival Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Snoop Dogg recruited for 'Call of Duty' voiceovers
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Snoop Dogg recruited for 'Call of Duty' voiceovers

US hip hop artist Snoop Dogg is lending his voice to a new voice pack for "Call of Duty: Ghosts" and its multiplayer mode as part of an April 22 rush of custom extras.Along with avatar skins for central characters Soap McTavish and Ghost, and a variety of colorful weapon personalization schemes, two voice packs provide a new narrative voice for "Call of Duty" multiplayer. "I think the writers did a good job in creating the lines specifically for me," the music mogul explains in a brief behind-the-scenes trailer. "They knew my flavor, and they allowed me to do my thing and put a little Snoopism on top of it." His own particular brand of warm, laid-back aggression launches alongside the contrasting Drill Instructor pack voiced by R. Lee Ermey, who is better known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." The voice packs are to go for $2.99 each and, along with the weapon and character customizations, are to be made available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One from April 22, with PlayStation and PC platforms following not long after. Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Video - Snoop Dogg Voice Pack Preview: youtu.be/LT1ycFs618g Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Arnett filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8 citing irreconcilable differences. His filing seeks joint custody of the pair's two sons, who are ages 3 and 5. The actors announced they were separating in September 2012 after nine years of marriage. They were married in 2003 and have maintained successful careers, with Poehler starring in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and Arnett starring in CBS' series "The Millers." The court filing was first reported Wednesday by People magazine. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Disney Channel's 'Jessie' breaks romantic ground

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The title character of "Jessie" heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, 22-year-old Jessie Prescott dives into a whirlwind romance and accepts her boyfriend's proposal of marriage. It's the first time a lead character on the children's TV channel has become engaged, said Adam Bonnett, Disney Channel executive vice president of original programming. "Jessie is an adult, and we felt we could tackle this in a way that still feels appropriate for our audience," Bonnett said. The Disney Channel focuses on children ages 6 to 11, with "Jessie" also attracting 9-to-14-year-old "tween" viewers among its average weekly audience of 2.9 million viewers. It ranks among the top five series for children and younger teenagers, according to Nielsen company figures. Debby Ryan stars as the young Texas woman who moves to New York City to pursue acting and becomes the nanny for an affluent family with children adopted from India, Africa and America. The comedy, in its third season, airs a mix of new and repeat episodes at 8 p.m. EDT Friday. The budding relationship between Jessie and her new love, 25-year-old Brooks (Pierson Fode), is handled chastely, as befits a Disney project aimed at youngsters. The couple is shown bonding over picnics in Central Park and on movie dates and in other such innocent moments. "The way we deal with this romance is very pure Disney fairy tale," Bonnett said, and one with a surprise ending. Ryan, who will turn 21 on May 13, said she is far from tying the knot with her boyfriend of a year, Twenty One Pilots musician Josh Dun. Her focus is on her career, including directing her first episode of "Jessie" this season and finishing an album she plans to release in June. But Jessie's decision to marry young is not out of step with her and Dun's social circle. "In the last year, we have seen close friends, five of them, get engaged, five. ... One couple is getting married next month and they are both 20, a year younger than me," Ryan said. She sees marriage and commitment as "delicate" topics for the young viewers who watch her character for clues to growing up: "Your principal character is deciding whether or not she should start her life with a man." Although romance is not something young viewers necessarily can relate to, Bonnett said, there are elements of the story that can have meaning for them. "Our audience isn't dealing with somebody proposing to them, but they are dealing with choices they have to make in their life, and thinking things through, following their heart and wanting to make the right choice," he said. Jessie and Ryan were the right combination to break ground for the channel, he said. Viewers have watched Jessie "blossom" and have seen the actress grow up over the past half-dozen years on Disney Channel programs including "The Suite Life on Deck" and the TV movie "16 Wishes." The actress has her own firm views on what saying "I do" represents. "It's not about the dress, it's not about the wedding. It's about the marriage. That's something we lose sight of when we're so young and all we want to do is dress up and play fairy tale," Ryan said. ___ Online: http://www.disneychannel.disney.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movies

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly for 'Border Guards'
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly for 'Border Guards'

Reuniting the co-stars of "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights" is "Border Guards," with Adam McKay of "Anchorman" and "Old School" its likely director.Ferrell and Reilly are to play two bungling buddies who volunteer themselves as border patrolmen, with the aim of repelling any illegal immigration attempts. The twist is that they themselves end up in Mexico without any papers and have to get back to home ground undetected. Though the pair are known for slapstick, goofy humor, "Border Guards" is being written by satirical heavyweight Jesse Armstrong, reports Deadline. Armstrong rose to prominence as co-writer and co-creator of British sitcom "Peep Show" and received an Oscar nomination for his contributions to Armando Iannuci's political satire "In the Loop." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert

NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat. Tribeca opened Wednesday night with the premiere of "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary about the creation of Nas' landmark 1994 debut album, "Illmatic." The Queens native Nas followed the screening at New York's Beacon Theatre with a performance of the nine-track album, widely considered a rap classic for its angry but earnest street poetry. Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro introduced the film as not just about the making of an album, but "about the making of an artist here in our hometown." Whereas many films about an album have stuck largely to the song-writing process and track recording, "Time Is Illmatic," directed by the filmmaker One9, summons the Queensbridge housing projects upbringing of Nas and the forces — his parents, 1980s Queens, early hip-hop — that shaped his music. The movie takes to heart a lyric of the rapper's: "Now let me take a trip down memory lane/ Comin' outta Queensbridge." "I was trying to make you experience my life," Nas says of the album in the film. Later he adds, "It's still me." Performing afterward with an assist from Alicia Keys on piano, Nas appeared to be inspired by the recollection of his roots. He rapped emotionally with a constant flow of gratitude for his family, friends and collaborators, calling them out in the front rows of the audience. Nas pulled his brother, Jabari, also known as "Jungle," up on stage for one song, along with his young nephews. He joked that his brother, a wry and candid voice throughout the film, was "the star of the movie." Nas also profusely thanked Tribeca (the Tribeca Film Institute helped produce the film) and remarked that De Niro — known for New York tough guys — "plays me in all his movies." Tribeca has often turned to music to energize its festival, with recent opening nights featuring Elton John (Cameron Crowe's "The Union") and the National ("Mistaken For Strangers"). This year's slate is full of music-themed films, including documentaries on James Brown (Alex Gibney's untitled film), Bjork ("Bjork: Biophilia Live"), Alice Cooper ("Super Duper Alice Cooper"), the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir ("The Other One") and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry ("Keep on Keepin' On"). Tribeca, which runs through April 27, also closes with "Begin Again," a film about a music executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) from director John Carney ("Once"). But Nas and "Time Is Illmatic" opened Tribeca on a distinctly New York note, one struck two decades ago by a kid from the projects, and still reverberating. "Whoever you are," Nas told the audience, "you can be anything." ___ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

DiCaprio to go from Wall Street to the wilderness
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
DiCaprio to go from Wall Street to the wilderness

The actor has accepted the title role in the forthcoming drama from Alejandro González Iñárritu.After winning a Golden Globe in January for "The Wolf of Wall Street," Leonardo DiCaprio has chosen his next project. According to Deadline.com, the actor will headline this revenge movie from Regency Studios, which the Mexican filmmaker was already eyeing in 2011. The feature is set to begin lensing this fall for release in late 2015. "The Revenant" will explore the theme of survival in a hostile environment, which has been somewhat in vogue in Hollywood lately, as seen in "Gravity." The feature will be set in 1820s America. The plot will be based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper whose fellow travelers stripped him of his belongings and left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear. The feature will explore the protagonist's survival, his trek of nearly 5,000km, and his revenge on his former companions. Christian Bale and Sean Penn had been attached to the project in the past, although there is no indication of whether this is still the case. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Jaden Smith to play slave in adaptation of James McBride novel
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Jaden Smith to play slave in adaptation of James McBride novel

The young actor will co-star with Liev Schreiber in the adaptation of James McBride's satirical novel "The Good Lord Bird."Fifteen-year-old Jaden Smith will play Henry Schackleford, a slave who comes into contact with the famous abolitionist John Brown, Deadline.com reports. Nicknamed Onion and mistaken for a girl because of his dress, Henry witnesses Brown's campaign and later spearheads a revolt among slaves in the late 1850s. Liev Schreiber ("The Butler") will play the abolitionist, whose 1859 attempt to overtake the US arsenal located in Harpers Ferry, Virginia is seen as one of the events that sparked the Civil War. Author James McBride will be among the producers of this adaptation of his work, which won the 2013 National Book Award in the Fiction category. A director has yet to be selected for "The Good Lord Bird." Before shooting this project, Jaden Smith will be busy on the set of a sequel to "The Karate Kid," the remake in which he starred in 2010. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

X-Men: Channing Tatum could play Gambit in spin-off
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
X-Men: Channing Tatum could play Gambit in spin-off

The actor could play the mutant once again in a spin-off of the "X-Men" franchise, he confirmed in an interview with MTV.Channing Tatum announced that he had met with Lauren Shuler Donner, the producer of the previous "X-Men" movies, to discuss the possibility of playing Gambit in a forthcoming film. The 33-year-old actor has often expressed his interest in playing the Cajun mutant, a mysterious and seductive character who is capable of manipulating kinetic energy. Gambit was played by Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch in the 2009 movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman.  Bryan Singer reportedly plans to incorporate the character into "X-Men: Apocalypse." Due in theaters in 2016, the feature will be a direct sequel to "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which is slated for release this summer. Before possibly moving on to a superhero role, Tatum will appear in at least three features set to bow before the end of 2014: the police comedy "22 Jump Street," the fantasy thriller "Jupiter Ascending" and the drama "Foxcatcher." The actor will soon join director Gregory Jacobs on the set of "Magic Mike XXL," due in theaters in July 2015. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing
Thursday Apr 17, 2014
'Vampire Diaries' star sinks teeth into directing

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Wesley admits to experiencing jitters on his first day of directing Thursday's episode of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries," particularly when it came to saying the word "action." "I had been hearing the word 'action' for 15 years, but it was always from behind-the-camera," explained the 31-year-old actor in a recent interview. "To say it was really a weird feeling." On "The Vampire Diaries," Wesley plays Stefan Salvatore, a 165-year-old vampire with a conscience, who happens to look eternally youthful because he was "turned" at a young age. Wesley has long been fascinated by directing, admiring the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman, and says that after developing a good relationship with the brass at the network and on the show, he got the OK to get behind the camera this fifth season. He was convinced they'd give him a lighter episode to start with but instead was thrown a "cool" challenge. "I did blue screens, I had stunts, I had all sorts of visual effects, I had flashbacks," he said. "I mean it was really an action-packed episode. I was surprised at how much they gave me. I thought they were really gonna go easy on me, it was gonna be incredibly generic but it wasn't." Now that he's experienced it once, Wesley is itching to direct more. "This is not something that is sort of a one-time thing for me ... I'm gonna do more episodes next year, but I think it's about doing other things that aren't 'Vampire Diaries.' There's some cable shows that film during my hiatus which I'd love to direct, so I'd love to take a swing at that." He said it's just a matter of time before he directs a feature film. Wesley is also interested in other aspects of filmmaking. He produced and co-starred in "Before I Disappear" with Emmy Rossum and Richard Schiff, where he helped make creative decisions. "I loved it. For me it was an incredibly gratifying experience." The movie won the Audience Award at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival. Wesley, who keeps an apartment in New York, was in town to serve on the jury of this year's Tribeca Film Festival in the short film category. "I'm really inspired by short films. It's a fascinating medium." ____ Follow Alicia Rancilio online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar ____ Online: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries http://tribecafilm.com/festival Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Jaden Smith to play slave in adaptation of James McBride novel
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Jaden Smith to play slave in adaptation of James McBride novel

The young actor will co-star with Liev Schreiber in the adaptation of James McBride's satirical novel "The Good Lord Bird."Fifteen-year-old Jaden Smith will play Henry Schackleford, a slave who comes into contact with the famous abolitionist John Brown, Deadline.com reports. Nicknamed Onion and mistaken for a girl because of his dress, Henry witnesses Brown's campaign and later spearheads a revolt among slaves in the late 1850s. Liev Schreiber ("The Butler") will play the abolitionist, whose 1859 attempt to overtake the US arsenal located in Harpers Ferry, Virginia is seen as one of the events that sparked the Civil War. Author James McBride will be among the producers of this adaptation of his work, which won the 2013 National Book Award in the Fiction category. A director has yet to be selected for "The Good Lord Bird." Before shooting this project, Jaden Smith will be busy on the set of a sequel to "The Karate Kid," the remake in which he starred in 2010. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Shorter and Schneider each win 3 Jazz Awards
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Shorter and Schneider each win 3 Jazz Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer-arranger Maria Schneider are each triple winners in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association. Pianist Herbie Hancock is being honored for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz. As a UNESCO goodwill ambassador, Hancock is organizing International Jazz Day celebrations April 30 in Osaka, Japan. Shorter has won for musician of the year, best album ("Without A Net") and top midsize ensemble. Schneider tops the balloting in the composer, arranger and large ensemble categories. Other multiple winners announced by the JJA on Tuesday include newcomer Cecile McLorin Salvant (up-and-coming artist and female singer) and veteran Joe Lovano (multi-reeds and tenor saxophone). ____ Online: www.jjajazzawards.org Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

EL Doctorow to receive Library of Congress Prize
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
EL Doctorow to receive Library of Congress Prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist E.L. Doctorow will be honored with the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made the announcement Wednesday. Billington said each of Doctorow's books is a "vivid canvas" filled with "color and drama." He likens Doctorow to Charles Dickens. Doctorow says novelists live with self-doubt. He says the honor confers "a blessed moment of peace and resolution." Works from his five-decade career include "Ragtime," ''World's Fair," ''Billy Bathgate," ''The March" and his current book, "Andrew's Brain." The Bronx-born novelist majored in philosophy at Kenyon College in Ohio. The award will be presented Aug. 30 in Washington. ___ Online: http://eldoctorow.com/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Paul Weller's children win lawsuit over pictures
Wednesday Apr 16, 2014
Paul Weller's children win lawsuit over pictures

LONDON (AP) — The children of musician Paul Weller won a privacy lawsuit Wednesday over paparazzi pictures published on a newspaper website. Lawyers for the former front man of The Jam and his family sued Associated Newspapers over images of daughter Dylan and twin sons John Paul and Bowie that appeared on its MailOnline site. Dylan was 16 and the twins 10 months old when the pictures, taken during a shopping trip in Santa Monica, were published in 2012.Judge James Dingemans ruled that although publishing the pictures was legal in California, they "were published in circumstances where Dylan, Bowie and John Paul had a reasonable expectation of privacy" — a status protected in British human rights law. He awarded a total of 10,000 pounds ($17,000) to the children. Paul Weller told the High Court in London that the photographer was asked to stop but persisted, "taking photos of a very frightened 16-year-old holding her baby brother." "What kind of person is that anyway?" he said. MailOnline said it was "deeply disturbed" by the judgment and would appeal. It said it was in competition with U.S-based websites protected by the First Amendment, and called the privacy ruling "a worrying development in our law, as it has conferred unfettered image rights on all the children." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.