Wednesday Oct 1, 2014

McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance...
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McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
McAfee names Kimmel its 'most dangerous celebrity'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. Kimmel said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday that he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high school grew up to be the most dangerous celebrity of 2014. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

First ladies get the 'Project Runway' treatment
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
First ladies get the 'Project Runway' treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's first ladies went under Tim Gunn's fashion microscope Tuesday night, and the results weren't always positive. Style guru Gunn and a panel of experts cast a critical eye on first lady fashions at a National Archives forum, and not everyone fared as well as Michelle Obama. The current first lady got top fashion reviews from Gunn and the other panelists, with Gunn rating her style sense as "divine." But he wondered why Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson, felt compelled to play amateur seamstress and remake her dresses over and over. As for possible future administrations, Gunn took note that Hillary Rodham Clinton's been looking "rather presidential lately." But the panelists said it had taken Clinton some time to warm up to the idea that a first lady's style reflects on her husband's administration. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, noted that in the days of Sarah Polk, wife to James Polk, women wanted to show off a tiny waist, hands and feet, but have "plump, voluptuous shoulders and a big, big butt." "That sounds like Nicki Minaj, JLo and Kim K.," designer Tracy Reese declared. Reese eyed a picture of an ivory brocade dress of Polk's with a flouncy bottom and wondered aloud, "Can you imagine Kim Kardashian in that?" Gunn sniffed: "I'd prefer not to." The forum was held at the National Archives, which has "signature" items worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and Mrs. Obama on display as part of its exhibit, "Making their Mark: Stories Through Signatures." Among the items on display: The black and red Narciso Rodriguez dress worn by Mrs. Obama on the night of the 2008 election in Chicago, and a pillbox hat worn by Mrs. Kennedy. The forum was presented in partnership with the White House Historical Association. ___ Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Naomi Campbell boards 'Empire'
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Naomi Campbell boards 'Empire'

The 44-year-old actress and supermodel will play a recurring character on the new hip hop drama "Empire," which premieres early next year on FOX.Hailing from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong ("The Butler"), "Empire" centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a former music star turned hip hop industry mogul. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, he must choose which of his three sons will take his place at the head of his record label. Stopping at nothing to protect his dynasty, he faces additional pressure from his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who is back on the scene after serving close to two decades in jail. Naomi Campbell will play Camilla, a seductive woman having a torrid affair with the potential heir to the Lyon family business, which dominates the global hip hop industry. "Naomi is a beautiful actress. Underrated in my mind," said Daniels. "She will be wonderful as Camilla. I am truly thrilled to have one of my close friends join us." The role will not be Campbell’s first on FOX. In 1995, the actress appeared in multiple episodes of the network’s drama “New York Undercover.”   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Commercial break: Jeff Goldblum, Volvo and Starbucks
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Commercial break: Jeff Goldblum, Volvo and Starbucks

Jeff Goldblum lets us in on the secret of his success in a hilarious new General Electric ad, Volvo gets back to nature and Starbucks captures scenes from its coffee shops all over the world. Here is our pick of the most interesting new ad campaigns happening right now.Enhance Your Lighting - GE In this gloriously over-the-top ad, actor Jeff Goldblum tells us all about how he owes his Hollywood success to good lighting (the GE Link connected LED bulb, specifically). "For an embarrassingly small amount of money, you can kiss your horribly lit, non-successful life goodbye," Goldblum purrs. http://youtu.be/egIY7ushchU Volvo XC60 - The SwellVolvo gets back to basics with its latest ad campaign, using slick surfing footage to urge viewers to "seek feeling".http://vimeo.com/107239345 Meet Me at Starbucks Interactive FilmStarbucks recently unveiled its new advertising tactic with a series of mini commercials comparing the power of text and face-to-face conversations. The new "Meet me at Starbucks" film follows the same concept, but on a much more global scale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9300ZA1z74Y Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture. The university's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-Ga.; "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The medal has been awarded since 2000 and is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies. Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award for author and poet Maya Angelou, who she has called a mentor. The billionaire television host, producer and philanthropist said one of her fondest memories of Angelou, who died earlier this year, was sitting at her table and eating biscuits. Rhimes, creator of hit shows with black female protagonists, said it shouldn't be so unusual, in this day, to expect characters on television shows to "look like the rest of the world." In a recent Associated Press interview about her new ABC show, "How To Get Away With Murder," starring Viola Davis as a criminal lawyer and law professor, Rhimes said "Why did it take somebody black to talk about being black?" Belafonte recalled his days in the civil rights movement with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and actor Paul Robeson. Lewis, who was presented a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama, was introduced Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Introducing the other honorees were novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and American Repertory Theater's artistic director Diane Paulus. Du Bois, a scholar who founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard. Selections from his writings were read at the ceremony. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movies

Naomi Campbell boards 'Empire'
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Naomi Campbell boards 'Empire'

The 44-year-old actress and supermodel will play a recurring character on the new hip hop drama "Empire," which premieres early next year on FOX.Hailing from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong ("The Butler"), "Empire" centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a former music star turned hip hop industry mogul. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, he must choose which of his three sons will take his place at the head of his record label. Stopping at nothing to protect his dynasty, he faces additional pressure from his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), who is back on the scene after serving close to two decades in jail. Naomi Campbell will play Camilla, a seductive woman having a torrid affair with the potential heir to the Lyon family business, which dominates the global hip hop industry. "Naomi is a beautiful actress. Underrated in my mind," said Daniels. "She will be wonderful as Camilla. I am truly thrilled to have one of my close friends join us." The role will not be Campbell’s first on FOX. In 1995, the actress appeared in multiple episodes of the network’s drama “New York Undercover.”   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

James Gunn heads up Tokyo Film Festival jury
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
James Gunn heads up Tokyo Film Festival jury

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn will lead the prize jury at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where Takeshi Kitano and Tim Burton will receive the inaugural Samurai Awards.Running for nine days from October 23, this year's Tokyo International Film Festival is to open with a screening of Disney's "Big Hero 6" and close with the last of 30 TIFF world premieres, manga adaptation "Parasyte" from prize-winning Takashi Yamazaki of "The Eternal Zero" and the "Always: Sunset on Third Street" trilogy. Gunn and his five fellow jury members have the task of selecting a best director, best actress, best actor and best artistic contribution, as well as the recipient of its Special Jury Prize ($20,000) and the Tokyo Grand Prix ($50,000). The TIFF's 15 films in competition include two French works in Cédric Jimenez's thriller "The Connection," starring Jean Dujardin of "The Artist," and Romain Goupil's drama "The Days Come," as well as the Paris-based "1001 Grams." Among the features joining them are tense Iranian emigration story "Melbourne," Malaysian youth drama "River of Exploding Durians," the Chinese sibling story "River Road," Philippino slum escape "Ruined Heart," which was expanded from a 2012 Berlin International Film Festival-nominated short, and a Japanese literary adaptation in the well-anticipated "Pale Moon." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Tokyo film fest to focus on anime, Asia and Middle East
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Tokyo film fest to focus on anime, Asia and Middle East

Animated features will be in focus at the Tokyo International Film Festival when it kicks off next month, organisers said Tuesday, along with the cinema of Asia and the Middle East.The 27th TIFF, which will run from October 23 through 31, "will have great animation films... and we hope to help promote Japanese animations around the world," festival programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe told a press conference. "A film made in Azerbaijan is one of features this year, a country where the fascinating cinema scene is being influenced by the thriving film industry in neighbouring Turkey," he said. This year, the collected works of Hideaki Anno -- who is seen as the next Hayao Miyazaki, the famed Japanese animation and manga master who retired last year -- will be seen together for the first time, the event secretariat said. Anno is best known for his popular science fiction anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," which became a sensation in Japan in the 1990s. Other programmes include 3D short movies directed by Shigeru Miyamoto, senior managing director of game company Nintendo and renowned game producer for "Sumer Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong." TIFF's principal attraction, the competition section, screens 15 feature films from around the world that were selected from some 1,300 entries. The core events also include a competition for young directors in Asia and the Middle East, the secretariat said. Side events will also include the screening of Chinese and South Korean films, as well as those about Spain and Latin America. kh/hg/jg Nintendo Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture. The university's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-Ga.; "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The medal has been awarded since 2000 and is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies. Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award for author and poet Maya Angelou, who she has called a mentor. The billionaire television host, producer and philanthropist said one of her fondest memories of Angelou, who died earlier this year, was sitting at her table and eating biscuits. Rhimes, creator of hit shows with black female protagonists, said it shouldn't be so unusual, in this day, to expect characters on television shows to "look like the rest of the world." In a recent Associated Press interview about her new ABC show, "How To Get Away With Murder," starring Viola Davis as a criminal lawyer and law professor, Rhimes said "Why did it take somebody black to talk about being black?" Belafonte recalled his days in the civil rights movement with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and actor Paul Robeson. Lewis, who was presented a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama, was introduced Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Introducing the other honorees were novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and American Repertory Theater's artistic director Diane Paulus. Du Bois, a scholar who founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard. Selections from his writings were read at the ceremony. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Linklater gets deal for 'Dazed & Confused' follow-up
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Linklater gets deal for 'Dazed & Confused' follow-up

"Boyhood" director Richard Linklater has a new project in the works, with "That's What I'm Talking About" focusing on college baseball.Where high school memoir "Dazed & Confused" was inspired by Linklater's time in high school during the 70s, "That's What I'm Talking About" moves forward a decade into his college period. Half a dozen actors and actressess have already been booked and named in time for the announcement by Annapurna Pictures, with the film itself very close to production according to Deadline. Blake Jenner ("Glee") is the freshman baseball player who has just joined his nationally-ranked college team as a pitcher. Surrounding him are the likes of Will Brittain ("A Teacher"), Zoey Deutch ("Vampire Academy"), Ryan Guzman ("Jem and the Holograms"), Tyler Hoechlin ("Teen Wolf"), Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3") and Wyatt Russell ("22 Jump Street"). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

James Gunn heads up Tokyo Film Festival jury
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
James Gunn heads up Tokyo Film Festival jury

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn will lead the prize jury at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where Takeshi Kitano and Tim Burton will receive the inaugural Samurai Awards.Running for nine days from October 23, this year's Tokyo International Film Festival is to open with a screening of Disney's "Big Hero 6" and close with the last of 30 TIFF world premieres, manga adaptation "Parasyte" from prize-winning Takashi Yamazaki of "The Eternal Zero" and the "Always: Sunset on Third Street" trilogy. Gunn and his five fellow jury members have the task of selecting a best director, best actress, best actor and best artistic contribution, as well as the recipient of its Special Jury Prize ($20,000) and the Tokyo Grand Prix ($50,000). The TIFF's 15 films in competition include two French works in Cédric Jimenez's thriller "The Connection," starring Jean Dujardin of "The Artist," and Romain Goupil's drama "The Days Come," as well as the Paris-based "1001 Grams." Among the features joining them are tense Iranian emigration story "Melbourne," Malaysian youth drama "River of Exploding Durians," the Chinese sibling story "River Road," Philippino slum escape "Ruined Heart," which was expanded from a 2012 Berlin International Film Festival-nominated short, and a Japanese literary adaptation in the well-anticipated "Pale Moon." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard
Wednesday Oct 1, 2014
Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte honored by Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and performer-activist Harry Belafonte were among those honored at Harvard University on Tuesday at its annual celebration of African American culture. The university's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research presented its annual W.E.B. Du Bois Medals to eight people at the ceremony, also including British architect David Adjaye, civil rights hero U.S. Rep John Lewis, D-Ga.; "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The medal has been awarded since 2000 and is Harvard's highest honor in the field of African and African American Studies. Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award for author and poet Maya Angelou, who she has called a mentor. The billionaire television host, producer and philanthropist said one of her fondest memories of Angelou, who died earlier this year, was sitting at her table and eating biscuits. Rhimes, creator of hit shows with black female protagonists, said it shouldn't be so unusual, in this day, to expect characters on television shows to "look like the rest of the world." In a recent Associated Press interview about her new ABC show, "How To Get Away With Murder," starring Viola Davis as a criminal lawyer and law professor, Rhimes said "Why did it take somebody black to talk about being black?" Belafonte recalled his days in the civil rights movement with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and actor Paul Robeson. Lewis, who was presented a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama, was introduced Tuesday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Introducing the other honorees were novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, and American Repertory Theater's artistic director Diane Paulus. Du Bois, a scholar who founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard. Selections from his writings were read at the ceremony. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Netflix takes aim at the theatrical window
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Netflix takes aim at the theatrical window

NEW YORK (AP) — Hollywood's carefully controlled system of movie rollouts is officially under siege. Windowing — the practice of opening a movie first in theaters and then in other stages of home video, streaming and television release — has been under increasing pressure as smaller screens fight against the prominence of the theatrical big screen. Now, Netflix has sounded the most notable blow against windowing, announcing plans to release a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" on the day it hits Imax theaters next August. The film, produced by the Weinstein Co., isn't a studio production, so it's in many ways only marginally more significant than the plethora of independent films regularly released on video-on-demand. But the announcement constitutes the biggest move yet by a major digital outlet to blow up Hollywood's traditional release pattern. "This is a very unique opportunity for somebody from the outside coming in to shake up what appears to be an increasingly antiquated release strategy," says Rich Greenfield, a media analyst for BTIG Research. "They had to get into the movie business to reduce windowing, and I think this is an important Step 1 for Netflix." Exhibitors, in tandem with the major studios, have long sought to guard the theatrical window. On Tuesday, two of the country's largest theater chains, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, which both included some Imax theaters, promptly refused to carry the film. "We will not participate in an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying from three stories tall to 3 inches wide on a smartphone," said Regal spokesman Russ Nunley. "We believe the choice for truly enjoying a magnificent movie is clear." The same chains also declined to screen Warner Bros.' day-and-date release "Veronica Mars" earlier this year. Warner Bros. instead bought up the 270 AMC theaters it played in while it was also released on VOD. The sequel "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" is no sure bet despite the sensation of its 2000 precursor. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four Oscars, including best foreign-language film, and earned $214 million worldwide. The film's international appeal surely also motivated the ever-expanding Netflix, which has recently made inroads into Europe. But sequels released so long after the original often struggle to keep audience interest. And, perhaps most importantly, "The Green Legend" will not be helmed by the acclaimed director of "Crouching Tiger," Ang Lee. Instead, it's directed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the martial arts choreographer of "The Matrix" and both parts of "Kill Bill." It's currently being shot in New Zealand. Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement, "The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement." Netflix has dabbled in releasing movies before, including distributing the 2013 documentary about the Egyptian revolution "The Square," which was nominated for a best-documentary Academy Award. And its most celebrated entry into original television, "House of Cards," too, has had a widespread effect in the movie business, alerting the industry to a new avenue for big-name talents such as Kevin Spacey and David Fincher. Netflix's entry into the movie business comes at a potentially fragile time for the movie industry, following a summer in which the box office was down 15 percent from last year. But one of the summer's buzziest successes was a smaller science-fiction thriller, "Snowpiercer," released by the Weinstein Co.' boutique label, Radius. It made nearly $11 million on VOD, more than double its theatrical revenue. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

First lady praises National Design Award winners
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
First lady praises National Design Award winners

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she speaks for all women in saying she's glad that Narciso Rodriguez became a fashion designer. Rodriguez is among winners of the 2014 National Design Awards and attended an annual White House luncheon the first lady held Tuesday for the group. She also wore one of Rodriguez's designs: a sleeveless, eggplant-colored sheath dress. Mrs. Obama saluted the winners for having some of the "most daring and creative minds in the world." But as important as it is to celebrate the best designers in America today, the first lady says it's also necessary to cultivate the best designers of tomorrow. The National Design Awards were begun in 2000 by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, to honor lasting achievement in American design. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards

The prizes at this year's Rome international film festival will be decided by a vote by the viewing public as organisers move to cut costs by doing away with expensive star juries.Under the novel system unveiled Monday, festival goers at the October 16-25 cinema fest will receive tickets with a code enabling them to vote online for the five main prizes, previously handed out by a committee of industry insiders who had to be fed, watered and lodged over the course of the festival, at considerable expense. With all forms of public spending under review in cash-strapped Italy, the organisers had no option but to find savings. "The essential is that the festival goes on and is self-financing for half its budget," said Lamberto Mancini, the director general of organising body, Cinema per Roma. The annual festival, now in its ninth year, will this year host 51 feature length films from 21 countries, 24 of them making their international premiere. Among the stars expected to attend are Clive Owen, the British actor who will present Steven Soderbergh's 10-part TV mini-series about a New York hospital, "The Knick", and Kevin Costner, who stars in Mike Binder's "Black and White". The only 'professional' jury at the festival will be tasked with selecting the winner of the award for best first work and will be chaired by US filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, best known for the documentary "Mondovino". Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.