Friday Aug 22, 2014

Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows

Fans of Emmy-nominated TV series like "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards" can get psyched for the awards show Monday by making virtual visits to filming locations and TV sets via Google Maps.Fans of the period drama "Downton Abbey," for instance, can parachute into West...
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Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows

Fans of Emmy-nominated TV series like "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards" can get psyched for the awards show Monday by making virtual visits to filming locations and TV sets via Google Maps.Fans of the period drama "Downton Abbey," for instance, can parachute into West Berkshire, England and take a virtual tour of Highclere Castle where the series is filmed. Images capture different sides of the set location: under a melancholy British sky, and a spurt of summer sunshine. While Freddy’s BBQ Rib Joint may be fictional, the storefront of Frank Underwood’s favorite restaurant in "House of Cards" is real, and exists on a derelict street in Baltimore. Thanks to the hit series "Breaking Bad," a fast food restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico that serves burritos, burgers and enchiladas has become a pilgrimage site for fans. If you, like many diehard fans, are planning a pilgrimage to the restaurant that played Los Pollos Hermanos in the series -- a fried chicken restaurant that served as a front for a crystal meth empire -- get a preview of the area with Google Street View. And "Game of Thrones" fans may recognize the scenery of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Marrakech as the setting of Yunkai, or Yellow City, conquered by the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. For the collection of images and footage visit http://bit.ly/1l0d9a3. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

MAC unveils 'The Simpsons' makeup collection
Friday Aug 22, 2014
MAC unveils 'The Simpsons' makeup collection

Announced some time ago, the makeup line inspired by America's longest-running animated series has finally made its debut. MAC presents the highly anticipated collection in a series of new photos.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved yellow family, MAC has created a makeup collection devoted to its matriarch, Marge Simpson. And like the world of "The Simpsons," the new line is brimming with color. There are eyeshadows in shades of blue or green, depending on the palette chosen ($44), along with pink and coral blushes to suit a wide range of skin tones ($24). Nail art fans will find stickers with the show's characters ($16.50), while those who like trying out original lip gloss shades will have their pick of yellow, orange, fuchsia and purple ($16.50). Finally, for anyone who's dreamed of having long, thick lashes like the mother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie, a false pair will be available for $18.50. The MAC x The Simpsons collection goes on sale in September in MAC stores and online. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Elizabeth Hurley takes the reigns in 'The Royals'
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Elizabeth Hurley takes the reigns in 'The Royals'

LONDON (AP) — Move over Helen Mirren, there's a new queen in town — Elizabeth Hurley. The English actress is on the British throne for new E! drama series "The Royals," playing the fictional Queen Helena, a sharply dressed mother of three grooming her son to be king and dealing with public opinion. It's the E! Channel's first foray out of reality TV into scripted drama. Hurley reckons that fans of "Gossip Girl and "Dynasty" will enjoy the decadent lifestyles of these tabloid-friendly royals. Talking recently with The Associated Press on the set in east London, Hurley was in glittering jewels and a cream ball gown on the royal private jet — a hint of how the show will focus on lavish parties, international summits and secret romances. "There's no correlation at all between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and my Queen Helena," Hurley explained. "If Princess Diana, for example, had become queen of England, that would be a more similar age group." Hurley, in fact, claimed that real royalty have it easier than celebrities. "The royal family have a lot more privacy behind their closed doors than other actors or politicians have because we don't have the resources that they have to keep us private," she noted. William Moseley, best known for playing Peter in "The Chronicles of Narnia" films, takes on the role of Prince Liam — the second son thrown into the spotlight after the death of his brother. Australian actress Alexandra Park stars as the wild Princess Eleanor and Merritt Patterson as Liam's American love interest. "It's like (if) Prince Harry was thrown into being the next King of England," Mosley explained. Moseley has met the queen and her husband Prince Philip at galas for the "Narnia" films and he's not too worried about them disliking the show. "If they tune in and they want to watch it and they like it, good for them. If they never want to speak to any of us ever again, well, that's that. So, who cares?" he said. The show is still filming and is set to be broadcast in early 2015. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Foo Fighters reveal star-studded 'Sonic Highways' trailer
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Foo Fighters reveal star-studded 'Sonic Highways' trailer

Dave Grohl and company are marking the 20th anniversary of Foo Fighters with "Sonic Highways," an HBO miniseries to accompany their upcoming eighth studio album."Sonic Highways" the album, due out November 10, was recorded in eight different US cities -- Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington DC and New York -- with each track featuring a "local legend" to create what frontman Dave Grohl calls "a musical map of America." Grohl is directing the HBO miniseries of the same name, which is to air beginning on October 17 and will follow the band as they trek across the country. The three-and-a-half minute trailer features Dolly Parton, Slash, Willie Nelson, LL Cool J, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Macklemore, Pharrell Williams and President Barack Obama, among many others. Also revealed is a snippet of the band's opening track, "Something from Nothing." Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0TrqXHoL10 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

ABC prepping series based on Richard Castle novels
Friday Aug 22, 2014
ABC prepping series based on Richard Castle novels

Spurred by the success of its crime drama "Castle," the network is developing "Derrick Storm," a new series adapted from the books published under the Richard Castle pen name.While the crime-solving author played by Nathan Fillion is indeed a fictional character, his books actually exist in real life. A series of best-selling novels published under the Richard Castle name follows the adventures of Derrick Storm, a former CIA spy turned private investigator. ABC hopes to cash in on the popularity of its original series and of the books with a new drama on its character's character. The pilot for "Derrick Storm" is to be penned by Gregory Poirier, who will also co-produce the series with "Castle" producers Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller. According to Variety, the show is not envisioned as a "Castle" spin-off, however. While waiting for this potential new series, fans of "Castle" can look forward to the seventh season, which is scheduled to premiere on September 29. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Stallone and stars promote 'Expendables' in Asia
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Stallone and stars promote 'Expendables' in Asia

MACAU, China (AP) — Sylvester Stallone says that he hopes to film the next "The Expendables" movie in Asia. The 68-year-old action star is in Macau on Friday to promote the third and latest installment of the action film series. Stallone was joined by his co-star and former-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The two received a hero's welcome on the red carpet in the gambling mecca as about 200 fans waited for hours to get a glimpse of them. Stallone drew loud cheers from admirers when he said the franchise would keep adding stars and athletes. "They'll be from all parts of the world," he said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to film in Asia very soon." "The Expendables" movies follow a team of mercenaries as they try to fight evil and save the world. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Bérénice Béjo joins Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of the Leader'
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Bérénice Béjo joins Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of the Leader'

The actress replaces Juliette Binoche, who was forced to step down from the project due to a scheduling conflict, Variety reports.For his directing debut, Brady Corbet -- the actor seen in films by Lars Von Trier and Michael Haneke -- is assembling a prestigious cast. The latest recruit is Bérénice Béjo, who won a César award for her role in "The Artist" and was honored in Cannes for her performance in the 2013 film "The Past." The French actress will share the screen with Robert Pattinson, whose breakthrough came via the "Twilight" films and who more recently starred in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," and with veteran actor Tim Roth. Co-written by Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold, "The Childhood of the Leader" will depict the childhood of a political ruler who comes to power after World War I. Bérenice Béjo will play a matriarch, according to Variety. Production is slated to begin in November in Budapest. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that the groups reaching the tentative contracts include camera operators, box office treasurers and scene artists and designers. The contracts must still be ratified, as must the contracts reached Wednesday with the union representing its stagehands and the agreements on Monday between the Met and its orchestra and chorus. Fifteen unions had been negotiating for new agreements, representing about 2,500 workers. The deadline had been approaching some weeks ago, and a federal mediator came in to try to help. Met general manager Peter Gelb had wanted the workers to take pay cuts of about 17 percent. He pointed to increasing production costs and declining audiences. The union members protested, saying it wasn't necessary and pointing to a deficit of $2.8 million on a $326 million budget. Details of the contracts haven't been released, and terms vary among the unions. Negotiations had been going on since February. The Met's season begins Sept. 22. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal

HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit — not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him. Michael Egan III said in a court filing Wednesday that he previously sought the dismissal in sealed documents in federal court in Honolulu. He wants the case dismissed without prejudice, meaning he could file it again later. His motion to dismiss "has little to do with the strength of (Singer's) defense, but rather, it is a consequence of the current circumstances regarding my case, my lack of legal counsel, and my inability to proceed in this matter acting on my own behalf," Egan said in his latest filing. Egan's former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated. Singer has filed papers saying he wants the case dismissed with prejudice, with costs and fees imposed against Egan. "By allowing Egan to walk away from this lawsuit now — without any consequences whatsoever — would be inherently prejudicial to Singer," his attorneys said in court papers. The attorneys said Singer must be given the opportunity to clear his name and "dispose of Egan's malicious lawsuit once and for all." Egan, 31, accuses Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii when Egan was 17 in 1999. Singer has denied the allegations. Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures. The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed. One of Singer's Los Angeles lawyers, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director, previously said in a statement that Egan's lawyers were willing to settle the case for a low amount, demonstrating a lack of confidence in their chances for success. The amount was not specified. "The bottom line is this: Egan recognized he's going to lose this case," Marty Singer said Thursday. "The real question is does the case get dismissed without prejudice or does the case gets dismissed on the merits? ... He should be accountable for filing this frivolous suit." Egan's latest filing lists a phone number for Vince Finaldi, an attorney in Irvine, California, who Egan said has advised him but is not officially representing him. That lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. A judge denied a request by Egan for a 180-day continuance of a hearing set for next month on Singer's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. ___ Follow Jennifer Sinco Kelleher at http://www.twitter.com/JenHapa . Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Julianne Hough dances back to 'Dancing' as judge
Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Julianne Hough dances back to 'Dancing' as judge

NEW YORK (AP) — "Dancing With the Stars" says two-time champion Julianne Hough is returning to the ballroom as a judge this season. She will preside alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. After serving as a company dancer-choreographer, Hough left the show in 2009 to focus on acting and music. Her films include "Safe Haven," ''Paradise," ''Rock of Ages" and the 2011 remake of "Footloose." She released a best-selling album in 2008. "Dancing With the Stars" is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Its new season launches Sept. 15 on ABC. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Events

Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows

Fans of Emmy-nominated TV series like "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards" can get psyched for the awards show Monday by making virtual visits to filming locations and TV sets via Google Maps.Fans of the period drama "Downton Abbey," for instance, can parachute into West Berkshire, England and take a virtual tour of Highclere Castle where the series is filmed. Images capture different sides of the set location: under a melancholy British sky, and a spurt of summer sunshine. While Freddy’s BBQ Rib Joint may be fictional, the storefront of Frank Underwood’s favorite restaurant in "House of Cards" is real, and exists on a derelict street in Baltimore. Thanks to the hit series "Breaking Bad," a fast food restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico that serves burritos, burgers and enchiladas has become a pilgrimage site for fans. If you, like many diehard fans, are planning a pilgrimage to the restaurant that played Los Pollos Hermanos in the series -- a fried chicken restaurant that served as a front for a crystal meth empire -- get a preview of the area with Google Street View. And "Game of Thrones" fans may recognize the scenery of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Marrakech as the setting of Yunkai, or Yellow City, conquered by the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. For the collection of images and footage visit http://bit.ly/1l0d9a3. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Kathy Griffin to Minaj: I want a booty challenge
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Kathy Griffin to Minaj: I want a booty challenge

NEW YORK (AP) — While most people are inviting friends to complete the ice bucket challenge, Kathy Griffin has another proposal for Nicki Minaj: a booty challenge. The 53-year-old comedian said after watching the eye-popping, rump-shaking music video for Minaj's new hit single, "Anaconda," she wants to go toe-to-toe with the rap diva. "Of course, everyone's talking about that 'Anaconda' video and it's fantastic. It's a lot of boo-tay and I would like to challenge Nicki to a boo-tay-off," Griffin said in an interview this week. The "Anaconda" video has racked in 35 million views since its Tuesday release and has trended on Twitter throughout the week. "It's like the ice bucket challenge, but it doesn't even have any charity associated with it at all," Griffin continued. "It's completely gratuitous." Griffin also has some stiff competition when it comes to the music world apart from Minaj: She released a comedy album last week, and she hopes to mirror her success at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, where she won best comedy album for "Calm Down Gurrl" after five consecutive losses in the category. "I'm going for another nomination, shamelessly," said Griffin, who is only one of five women to win the honor. Her likely opponents: "Weird Al" Yankovic, who had a pop culture moment this year with the chart-topping "Mandatory Fun," which featured a stream of highly viewed — and highly praised — music videos. There's also Sarah Silverman, who will release "We Are Miracles" on Sept. 23. "We know each other's game," she said of Silverman. "Mine is two hours. I have a standing comedy disorder. Once I get onstage I can't stop talking." Griffin's new album, "Look at My (Expletive)," is currently being sold at Amazon for just 99 cents. ___ Online: http://www.kathygriffin.net/ Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Bérénice Béjo joins Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of the Leader'
Friday Aug 22, 2014
Bérénice Béjo joins Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of the Leader'

The actress replaces Juliette Binoche, who was forced to step down from the project due to a scheduling conflict, Variety reports.For his directing debut, Brady Corbet -- the actor seen in films by Lars Von Trier and Michael Haneke -- is assembling a prestigious cast. The latest recruit is Bérénice Béjo, who won a César award for her role in "The Artist" and was honored in Cannes for her performance in the 2013 film "The Past." The French actress will share the screen with Robert Pattinson, whose breakthrough came via the "Twilight" films and who more recently starred in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," and with veteran actor Tim Roth. Co-written by Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold, "The Childhood of the Leader" will depict the childhood of a political ruler who comes to power after World War I. Bérenice Béjo will play a matriarch, according to Variety. Production is slated to begin in November in Budapest. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Amy Winehouse to be honoured with hometown statue
Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Amy Winehouse to be honoured with hometown statue

The late singer Amy Winehouse will be honoured with a lifesize statue in her old London neighbourhood on what would have been her 31st birthday, her family said Thursday.The bronze of the "Back to Black" singer, complete with her famous beehive hairdo, will go on display September 14 at Camden's Stable Markets. "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her hometown forever," her father Mitch Winehouse said. The six-time Grammy award winner died nearby at her Camden home in 2011, aged 27, after years of drug and alcohol abuse. The statue, designed by artist Scott Eaton, is the result of a collaboration between the Amy Winehouse Foundation, set up by her family to help young people with problems including addiction, and camdenmarket.com. "Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with," Mitch Winehouse said. "The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Joel, Wonder, Brooks to receive ASCAP honors
Thursday Aug 21, 2014
Joel, Wonder, Brooks to receive ASCAP honors

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim will also receive the top honor Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria gala in New York, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced Thursday. The event will celebrate ASCAP's 100th anniversary. It's also the first fundraiser benefiting the ASCAP Foundation. The five honorees will attend the gala, where other artists will perform in tribute. ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, who recently won Grammy Awards for co-writing Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," will host the event. Williams says in a statement the honorees have created songs "that have touched the lives of people across the globe." ___ Online: http://www.ascapfoundation.org/centennial Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.