Monday Feb 8, 2016

The Latest: Broncos beat Panthers to win Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl Sunday from AP reporters covering the game, the telecast, the commercials and fans around the world (All times local): 10:22 p.m. Thanks to Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and the Orange Rush, Peyton Manning can...
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The Latest: Broncos beat Panthers to win Super Bowl
Monday Feb 8, 2016
The Latest: Broncos beat Panthers to win Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl Sunday from AP reporters covering the game, the telecast, the commercials and fans around the world (All times local): 10:22 p.m. Thanks to Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and the Orange Rush, Peyton Manning can go out on top. Miller had 2 1/2 sacks, forced Cam Newton to fumble twice and the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 to win the franchise's third Super Bowl title Sunday night. Newton, the NFL MVP, was harassed by Denver's smothering, top-ranked defense all game. He was visibly frustrated after throwing an interception and slammed his hand on the turf when a referee didn't call a late hit in the fourth. Manning was 13 of 23 for 141 yards and one interception. The victory was his 200th career win, second Super Bowl championship and he became the first QB to win an NFL title with two teams. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ Denver's D did it again. Von Miller forced Cam Newton to fumble for the second time and T.J. Ward recovered it at the Panthers 4, setting up C.J. Anderson's 2-yard touchdown run. Peyton Manning connected with Bennie Fowler for the 2-point conversion and a 24-10 lead with 3:08 left. Miller has 2 1/2 of Denver's seven sacks. Manning has just 141 yards passing, but is a few minutes away from winning his second Super Bowl title in perhaps his final game. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 6:42 p.m. Carolina's Graham Gano kicked a 39-yard field goal to cut Denver's lead to 16-10 with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter. Cam Newton drove the Panthers into field-goal range after Charles Johnson recovered Peyton Manning's fumble at midfield. The Panthers are playing the final quarter without wide receiver Philly Brown, who left with a concussion after a 42-yard catch in the third quarter. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 6:30 p.m. Peyton Manning is 15 minutes away from his second Super Bowl title. Brandon McManus kicked his third field goal, a swarming defense smothered Cam Newton and the Broncos led the Panthers 16-7 after three quarters. Trailing 16-7, the Panthers appeared to be going in for a score before another turnover cost them. On second down from the Broncos 28, Newton's pass sailed through Ted Ginn Jr.'s hands and was intercepted by T.J. Ward. He returned it 4 yards, but was stripped by Mike Tolbert. Denver's Danny Trevathan fell on it at the 7. The teams traded punts after that and the Broncos had the ball to the start the fourth. Von Miller had 1 ½ sacks of Denver's five sacks and he also forced a fumble recovered by Mailk Jackson for a TD. Newton was 14 of 31 for 218 yards and one pick. The NFL MVP was visibly frustrated after the interception. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 6:06 p.m. Call Brandon McManus "Mr. Reliable." McManus hit a 30-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 16-7 lead over the Panthers in the third quarter. McManus is 3 for 3 in the Super Bowl and 10 for 10 in the playoffs. After Graham Gano hit the upright on a 44-yard field goal attempt for the Panthers, Peyton Manning connected with Emmanuel Sanders for 25 yards. Manning then hit Sanders for a 22-yard gain to the Panthers 17. But the drive stalled and McManus hit another one. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 5:59 p.m. Doink. Carolina's Graham Gano hit the right upright on a 44-yard field-goal try on the first possession of the second half and the Broncos still led the Panthers 13-7. Cam Newton connected with Ted Ginn Jr. for a 45-yard gain to the Broncos 38 and Ginn caught a 14-yard pass to the 25. But the drive stalled and Gano missed the kick. Gano was 3 for 3 in the playoffs and 30 of 36 in the regular season. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 5:25 p.m. Defense and mistakes dominated the first half. Cam Newton hardly looked like the NFL MVP and Peyton Manning played like a 39-year-old quarterback at the end of his career. Thanks to Von Miller and the Orange Rush, the Broncos led the Panthers 13-7 at halftime of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. Newton was 8 of 19 for 95 yards and was sacked three times. He ran for 46 yards. Manning was 9 of 16 for 76 yards and one interception. The offenses combined to go three-and-out seven times in 15 possessions. The Panthers also lost two fumbles on third-down plays. Manning threw a pick from the Panthers 24, costing Denver a chance at a field goal. Miller forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a score by Malik Jackson. Brandon McManus made field goals of 34 and 33 yards. Jordan Norwood's 61-yard punt return — the longest in Super Bowl history — set up McManus' second field goal. Jonathan Stewart had a 1-yard TD dive for the Panthers. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ 4:50 p.m. Special teams are doing their part to help Peyton Manning. Jordan Norwood set up Brandon McManus' 33-yard field goal with the longest punt return in Super Bowl history. Norwood fielded a short punt that appeared to be deflected. After a Panthers player bumped into him, Norwood bounced it outside and went 61 yards down the right sideline before Mario Addison caught him from behind at Carolina's 14. But Manning and the offense stalled again. A holding call on Louis Vazquez nullified C.J. Anderson's 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 and McManus kicked his second field goal to make it 13-7. San Francisco's John Taylor had the previous longest punt return, 45 yards in the 1989 Super Bowl against Cincinnati. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ 4:32 p.m. Superman showed up in the second quarter. Cam Newton started scrambling and led the Carolina Panthers on a scoring drive to cut Denver's lead to 10-7. Newton, sacked twice already, had runs of 11 and 12 yards on the drive before connecting with Corey Brown for 13 yards to the 2. Jonathan Stewart then leaped in from the 1 for the score. Newton hit Brown for 20 yards and Greg Olsen for 19 yards on the drive. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 4:25 p.m. All zeroes won the first quarter pool. The Broncos led the Panthers 10-0 after a defensive touchdown. Peyton Manning was 7 of 9 for 61 yards. Cam Newton was 4 of 8 for 31 yards and was sacked twice. The first sack by Von Miller resulted in a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Malik Jackson for a score. Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal on Denver's first possession. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 4:21 p.m. Panthers Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart has returned to the game after missing one series with a foot injury. Stewart hobbled off the field midway through the first quarter after it appeared his foot got twisted under the pile. — Steve Reed reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ 4:07 p.m. The Orange Rush strikes first. Von Miller sacked Cam Newton, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Malik Jackson in the end zone for a touchdown that gave Denver a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. After the Panthers lost the first challenge when Jerricho Cotchery couldn't control Newton's pass over the middle, the Broncos' top-ranked defense made its presence felt quickly. On third-and-10 from the 15, Miller blew past a blocker and stripped the ball from Newton's hand. The Panthers had outscored opponents 55-7 in the first half this season in the playoffs entering the game. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ 3:45 p.m. Peyton Manning came out firing and the Broncos scored first. Denver took the opening kick and the first four plays were passes for 46 yards. C.J. Anderson then ran for 8 and 12 yards. After Ronnie Hillman lost 3 yards, Manning threw two incomplete passes and the Broncos settled for a 34-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to take a 3-0 lead. Manning got away with a poor pass that Robert McClain nearly picked near the sideline. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will get the ball first to start the Super Bowl. The Panthers won the coin toss when Thomas Davis called tails but elected to defer so NFL MVP Cam Newton has to wait to take the field. The team captains were joined by past Super Bowl MVPs from Bay Area teams and Hall of Famer Joe Montana flipped the special coin. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara, California ___ 3:10 p.m. Bettors liked the Carolina Panthers all the way to kickoff in the legal sports books in Las Vegas. The Panthers were 5.5 point favorites to win the Super Bowl at some books, and 5 point favorites at others in a betting line that barely budged for two weeks. "It's been Carolina from the beginning to the end," said Nick Bogdanovich, the oddsmaker at the William Hill chain. "We've been at 5.5 points forever." Bettors also loved the so-called "props" in the game, which books put on the board by the hundreds. Bettors could bet anything from whether the first score of the game was a safety to whether Peyton Manning would take the last offensive snap of the game for the Denver Broncos. Bogdanovich said professional gamblers liked the under in the game, prompting his book to drop it from 45 to 44 points before game day. Bettors stood in lines 10-15 deep much of Sunday waiting to place their bets. Most bookmakers said they expect the game to have a chance to surpass the record total of $119.4 million wagered legally in Nevada books two years ago. ___ 2:55 p.m. Peyton Manning's best receiver joined him on the field before the big game. Marvin Harrison, who was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, greeted Manning during pre-game warmups. Harrison played his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts, including 11 seasons with Manning. Harrison was joined on the field by Tony Dungy, who also was elected into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Dungy, Manning and Harrison led the Colts to a Super Bowl title nine years ago. — Rob Maaddi reporting from Santa Clara. ___ 5:07 p.m. (EST) The "Let's Move" campaign is taking a short hiatus at the White House for the Super Bowl. The campaign, led by First Lady Michelle Obama, is focused on curbing obesity, but she acknowledges that the first family takes "Let's Move" rules off the table for the big game. President Barack Obama says the Obamas will watch the game with a regular group of friends. The president says they'll eat wings, pizza and nachos. He says there's also a vegetable tray "that nobody touches." Michelle Obama says the football game's serious watchers go to the Treaty Room of the White House. She also says there's a champagne room "where you really don't know what's going on, but you're close to the champagne." The president and first lady spoke before the game to CBS News' Gayle King. — Will Lester reporting from Washington. ___ 1:12 p.m. Both teams have arrived at Levi's Stadium for the Super Bowl. MVP quarterback Cam Newton walked in decked out in his typical flashy style. He wore black pants, a black shirt with a bow tie and a black-and-white sports coat along with sparkly black loafers — with no socks, of course. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning arrived with a more traditional and conservative blue blazer with a white shirt, orange tie and gray pants. — Steve Reed reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 12:29 p.m. There will be two reigning MVPs on hand at Levi's Stadium today for Super Bowl 50. Golden State Warriors guard and NBA MVP Stephen Curry will bang the "Keep Pounding" drum for the Panthers, the team confirmed Sunday. Curry, who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and played at nearby Davidson College, remains a huge Panthers fan. He even wore Panthers gear at Warriors practice the day of the NFC championship. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was named the NFL's MVP on Saturday night. Curry also hit the drum before the team's home opener against the Houston Texans. The Panthers viewed it as a good luck since they didn't lose at home all season. Hitting the drum before the game is a tradition honoring the late Sam Mills, a former Panthers linebacker and coach who died of intestinal cancer inspired the message of "Keep Pounding." — Steve Reed reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 12:20 p.m. Team spokesman Steven Drummond said the Panthers had no problems with curfew on Saturday night and there have been no off-the-field issues leading up the Super Bowl. "We have checked all of the boxes and we're good to go," Drummond said. — Steve Reed reporting from Santa Clara, California. ___ 12:05 p.m. You can follow the Super Bowl on the Empire State Building. The building will become a virtual scoreboard, tracking the game action. At kickoff, the building's tower lights will be split in the colors of the Broncos and Panthers. Each score, the building will sparkle in the scoring team's colors and remain lit for the team holding the lead. After the game, the building will sparkle in the winning team's colors for one hour. It will remain lit for the Super Bowl champion until sunrise. ___ 11:40 a.m. Security was heavy and visible Sunday around Super Bowl locations, from hotels in San Francisco to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Drones are banned around the stadium and there are overall flight restrictions. And San Francisco will not have large-scale public viewing spot downtown, unlike the way the city offered such opportunities for the baseball San Francisco Giants' World Series championship runs in 2010, '12 and '14. The FBI opened a multi-agency command post last week about six miles from Levi's Stadium that will be continuously staffed. ___ 11:30 a.m. Fleets of buses carrying fans and media to Levi's Stadium left San Francisco — where many of the Super Bowl week events took place — around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, arriving in Santa Clara about an hour later. The West Coast location means the game starts at 3:30 p.m. local, and the tailgating started around 10:30 a.m. A little early for beer and sausage, although that probably won't stop anyone. Some of the tailgates also offered breakfast fare. Copyright (2016) 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.

Chicago's Driehaus marks final season of 'Downton Abbey' with special exhibition
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Chicago's Driehaus marks final season of 'Downton Abbey' with special exhibition

The Driehaus Museum in Chicago is marking the sixth and final season of the television series "Downton Abbey" with a special exhibition entitled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times". Featuring more than 35 costumes from the popular British period drama, the exhibition opens on February 9 and runs through May 8.The exhibition highlights changes in fashion over the course of four seasons of the series set in England in the early 20th century and based around the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The award-winning costumes were created by London costume house, Cosprop Ltd. Many of the garments were made with original fabrics and embellishments from the early 20th century. Cosprop creators also used photographs, paintings, patterns and magazine pictures to re-create the period looks. The garments will be presented in an immersive context in the luxurious interiors of the Driehaus Museum, which was once the home of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago."It's fascinating to see the evolution of fashion over the course of four seasons of Downton Abbey," says Driehaus Museum Guest Curator Ruta Saliklis. "Throughout the exhibition, visitors learn about the historical and cultural influences evident in these visually stunning costumes. These remarkable costumes imbue the Museum's galleries with a powerful sense of that life, reminding us of what it was like for the Nickerson and Fisher families to socialize and entertain in grand Downton Abbey style right here in Chicago."The Driehaus museum is also hosting a series of public programs to coincide with the "Dressing Downton" exhibition. On February 27 Driehaus presents the 1926 film "The General" at the "Mix and Mingle at the Movies" program. A session entitled "Author Encounters: Carol Wallace" will take place on March 5: it was Wallace's novel, "To Marry an English Lord" (1989) that was "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes's inspiration for the show's character Cora Crawley. The program also includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing with the author. On April 7, the museum hosts "Downton Abbey" set designer Judd Farr who will present a behind-the-scenes lecture followed by a Q&A. For a complete list of public programs visit: http://www.driehausmuseum.org/programs "Downton Abbey" the series has already come to a close in the UK, with the final episode having  aired on December 25, 2015. The show was first broadcast in the United States in January 2011 and the sixth season began airing last month on PBS. The show's final episode will get its US broadcast on March 6. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Backstage with Flea on Super Bowl, Bernie Sanders

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's been a busy weekend mixed with football and politics for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and bassist Flea wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm always ready to play my heart out," Flea told The Associated Press backstage on Saturday night before the band took the stage at a San Francisco venue as part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities. "I'm coming here, and I'm going to rock like a feral beast. Then I'm going to leave and go home," said Flea, whose offstage name is Michael Peter Balzary. The show was part of the Direct TV SuperSaturday concert series. Run DMC opened for them at the Pier 70 stage, and then Snoop Dogg played DJ in between. Later, the rapper came out at the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers set to perform with them. It was the band's second night in a row, and they're not even on tour yet. "Last night, we played for Bernie Sanders. That was really cool," Flea said of their "Feel the Bern" concert in Los Angeles for the presidential candidate. "I'm really honored and grateful to play for a presidential candidate that I actually believe in," Flea said. The band performed the show at the Theater at the Ace Hotel and was willing to pay for the space. "It was like 30-grand to rent it . he wouldn't accept it because he only accepts private donations," Flea said. The 53-year old musician also spoke of the criticism he has heard over his support of Sanders. "The big thing that I get on social media and stuff from people that don't like him is that he's a socialist, and socialism leads to communism. It's the stupidest thing I ever heard," Flea said. "There's nothing wrong with wanting to become successful financially if that is what we want to dedicate our lives to. But some people don't have that opportunity to be successful if they choose to, because they don't get a chance . the playing field is rigged right now, and it's about evening the playing field." He added: "I like to be a part of everyone pitching in and helping out with each other and knowing that we're all connected with empathy, compassion, and the strength of kindness." The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the studio finishing up their latest album, and the band plans a world tour to support it. In 2014, the band performed with Bruno Mars at the Pepsi Halftime show. But things will be different this year. "I don't think I'm going to have the Super Bowl experience outside of my television set at home," Flea said. "I confess that I am going to be a sucker like everyone else and watch it. It should be a good football game." ___ Online: http://www.redhotchilipeppers.com ___ Twitter: Follow John Carucci at http://www.twitter.com/jacarucci Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by John Carucci from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bernie Sanders makes 'SNL' appearance with Larry David
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders makes 'SNL' appearance with Larry David

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a cameo appearance on "Saturday Night Live" three days before the New Hampshire primary, appearing in a skit with host Larry David, the comic who has done a dead-on impersonation of him. The NBC comedy show resisted the temptation to have the Vermont U.S. senator appear next to David as he was playing him, however. Sanders portrayed a passenger on an endangered ship who argued with David about who should be allowed on a lifeboat. Sanders is the third presidential candidate to appear on "SNL" this season. Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton made an appearance last fall, and Republican Donald Trump hosted in November. In Saturday's skit, David played a ship crew member angry about women and children getting the first seats in lifeboats. Finally, David said he deserved a seat because he was richer than the other passengers. At that, Sanders appeared, saying he was sick of the top 1 percent getting all of the advantages, echoing his campaign's call for the super-rich not to get so many benefits in society. "We need to unite and work together if we're all going to get through this," Sanders said. "Sounds like socialism to me," David said. "Democratic socialism," Sanders said. Responded David: "What's the difference?" "YUGE difference," Sanders replied, imitating how Trump often pronounces "huge" as though it begins with a Y. Sanders said his name was Bernie Sanderswitzky but he was going to change it when he got to America so it wouldn't sound so Jewish. David suggested it wouldn't make much difference. Later, Sanders stood beside David as he announced the show's musical guest, the 1975. David had made two earlier appearances on "SNL" portraying Sanders in Democratic debate skits. He reprised his Sanders impersonation this time in a pre-filmed segment, "Bern Your Enthusiasm," which echoed David's character in the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm." David, playing Sanders, refused to shake a woman's hand at a campaign event because she had just coughed into it, and he denied a woman's request that he help pop her separated shoulder back into place so she could vote for him in the Iowa caucus. The people he slighted were then showed voting for Clinton in a caucus she won in real life by a razor-thin margin. Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by David Bauder from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Julia Child's summer home in south of France to open to guests this summer
Saturday Feb 6, 2016
Julia Child's summer home in south of France to open to guests this summer

Julia Child fans will soon be able to potter about in the cooking legend’s kitchen and sleep under the same roof she did when the chef’s vacation home in France opens to visitors this summer.For nearly three decades, Child and her husband Paul spent their summers at La Pitchoune, or La Peetch as she nicknamed it, located in Provence. In the 1990s, the house was turned into a cooking school by owner Kathie Alex. But after changing hands again under the ownership of Boston couple Makenna and Yvonne Johnston and friend Wendy Timmons recently, the house is set to embark on a new chapter, this time as a guest house that opens in June, and a ‘culinary retreat,’ which will serve up cooking lessons. Bookings for the house start in June on Airbnb. Its biggest selling point? The possibility of cooking in Child’s customized kitchen which has been kept intact over the years, with extra-tall countertops and the iconic pegboard from which hang copper pots, pans, measuring cups and assorted kitchen utensils -- some of which are Child originals. The kitchen is similar to the one preserved at the Smithsonian museum. Beginning in 2017, the cottage will also host a cooking school led by Yvonne, a former Air Force Captain who is currently enrolled at the International Culinary Center. The weeklong Courageous Cooking classes will be limited to six guests, and include breakfasts and lunches, excursions throughout the local area and yoga. Sessions will start in April 2017. In an interview with Boston magazine, Yvonne said the philosophy behind Courageous Cooking will be to adopt Child’s casual, unpretentious attitude towards food. “The focus is on cooking French food, for sure, and really, on the Julia Child way of cooking: The no-holds barred, ‘Look at that omelet!’ style of cooking. Our goal is to really take out some of the anxiety that comes with big messes, especially for new-ish cooks.” The house sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. Rates start at $590 USD a night and the cooking course starts at $2,550. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

First trailer for Zac Efron's 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' released during the Super Bowl
Monday Feb 8, 2016
First trailer for Zac Efron's 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' released during the Super Bowl

The first trailer for Zac Efron's new movie "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' aired Sunday during the Super Bowl.The comedy stars Efron alongside "Pitch Perfect" actor Adam Devine as two brothers looking for dates to take to their sister's wedding, finding that they have met their matches in the form of Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" will be released in theaters on July 8.  You can watch the official trailer now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33MtR-g4Jcg Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer for 'X-Men: Apocalypse' airs during the Super Bowl
Monday Feb 8, 2016
New trailer for 'X-Men: Apocalypse' airs during the Super Bowl

An new trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse" aired during Sunday's Super Bowl, giving us a new look at what to expect from the superheroes. The sequel to 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" will see James McAvoy's Charles Xavier bringing together the X-Men in an effort to protect humanity against the movie's villain Apocalypse, played by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" actor Oscar Isaac. As well as McAvoy the movie will also see the return of Jennfier Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. They will be joined by X-Men newcomers Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Lana Condor as Jubilee, and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner as Jean Frey. The first trailer for the movie was released back in December 2015, with the film due to hit theatres May 27 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

First look at 'Jason Bourne' as new trailer drops during the Super Bowl
Monday Feb 8, 2016
First look at 'Jason Bourne' as new trailer drops during the Super Bowl

The long-awaited "Jason Bourne" movie dropped its new trailer during Sunday's Super bowl, giving us a first look at what to expect from Bourne's next adventure."Jason Bourne" will be the fifth installment in the Bourne series, and will see Matt Damon back in action as Jason Bourne after Jeremy Renner appeared in the lead role in 2012's "The Bourne Legacy". The movie will also see the return of Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, who will also be joined by 'Bourne' newcomers Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel. The movie is due to be release July 29 2016. Take a first look at the new trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gBnmKOixDM Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Hottest tickets at the Berlin film festival
Monday Feb 8, 2016
Hottest tickets at the Berlin film festival

The Berlin film festival, one of Europe's top cinema showcases, will get underway Thursday, bringing a galaxy of stars to the wintry German capital.More than 400 films will be screened during the 11-day gathering, alongside a slew of special events. Here's a list of Berlinale highlights already generating buzz: CLOONEY IN A MINISKIRT: Germany harbours a special love for Hollywood charmer George Clooney, a frequent and honoured guest at the Berlinale. The festival will open with a gala screening of his new movie, Joel and Ethan Coen's "Hail, Caesar!", and Clooney is expected on the red carpet with his wife Amal along with co-stars Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and this year's jury president Meryl Streep. In what the Coens have called the third in a "Numbskull Trilogy" with Clooney, the actor plays a dimwitted 1950s movie star appearing in a swords-and-sandals epic. The German papers say hearts are already aflutter at the prospect of Gorgeous George in a Roman soldier's metal miniskirt. MASTER CLASS WITH MERYL: Streep will be doing her first stint at film festival jury duty. But on February 14, Valentine's Day no less, she will take a break from sizing up the 18 contenders for the Golden Bear top prize to give a master class to a few hundred lucky young actors. The festival's Talent Campus says the three-time Oscar winner, master of accents and feminist icon will impart "her experience from decades at the top of the acting profession". CINEMA AS ENDURANCE SPORT: The German language, of course, has a word to describe the patience and perseverance required to sit through something extremely long: Sitzfleisch. A Filipino contender by director Lav Diaz weighs in at more than eight hours long, with an hour's break scheduled around the halfway mark. It is the longest entry ever to vie for the Golden Bear in the festival's 66-year history. "A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery" is described as a tableau of the tumultuous political history of the Philippines and will occupy the Berlinale Palast main venue for an entire day. Streep may be pronouncing Sitzfleisch with an impeccable German accent before the screening is out. FALLADA RETURNS: Many call Hans Fallada's 1947 novel "Alone in Berlin" the greatest work of fiction ever set in the German capital. The Nazi-era thriller, based on a true story, depicts German parents whose only son falls in battle, prompting them to mount a daring resistance campaign against Hitler. The first English-language film adaptation of the international bestseller stars two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson and Irish actor Brendan Gleeson as the pair who risk everything to take a principled stand. ONE-TWO PUNCH: Two of the most outspoken voices in US filmmaking, Spike Lee and Michael Moore, will give back-to-back press conferences on February 16 after the European premieres of their latest films. Lee will sit down with reporters to discuss "Chi-Raq", a music-infused satire of gun violence in Chicago. But no prizes for guessing that the conversation will also hit the Oscars race controversy, gun violence and the US presidential race. And while Moore will be plugging his documentary "Where to Invade Next", expect him to hold forth on the Syrian refugees he has taken in to his Michigan home and the Flint water contamination scandal, to name just two issues. PERSONAL STORIES: Biopics are all the rage this year so expect long queues for these high-profile releases: Don Cheadle, perhaps best known as Robert Downey Jr's sidekick in the "Iron Man" films, will appear in his own passion project about jazz icon Miles Davis, "Miles Ahead", for which he raised a large chunk of the financing on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. In "A Quiet Passion", "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon takes an unlikely turn as mysterious 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson. Meanwhile Germany's first feature on the Jewish teenage diarist Anne Frank, who died at Bergen-Belsen, will have its world premiere. And Oscar winner Colin Firth leads an all-star cast in "Genius" portraying American literary editor Max Perkins who polished the manuscripts of Thomas Wolfe (played by Jude Law), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
'Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 43rd annual Annie Awards were a joyous affair for "Inside Out." The Pixar release won the Annies' top honor and 10 awards altogether at the ceremony Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Along with best animated feature, the film won best director for Peter Docter, best screenplay for Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, and outstanding achievement in voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who voiced Sadness. The wins further solidify "Inside Out" as the Oscar favorite. "The Good Dinosaur" gave Pixar an 11th Annie award for best animated effects in an animated movie. Another Academy Awards nominee, "The Revenant," earned outstanding character animation in a live production for its bear that mauled Leonardo DiCaprio's character. The Oscar-nominated short film "World of Tomorrow" took the short subject award. ___ Online: http://annieawards.org/ Copyright (2016) 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.

Events

'Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
'Inside Out' sweeps Annie Awards, wins best animated picture

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 43rd annual Annie Awards were a joyous affair for "Inside Out." The Pixar release won the Annies' top honor and 10 awards altogether at the ceremony Saturday evening at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Along with best animated feature, the film won best director for Peter Docter, best screenplay for Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, and outstanding achievement in voice acting for Phyllis Smith, who voiced Sadness. The wins further solidify "Inside Out" as the Oscar favorite. "The Good Dinosaur" gave Pixar an 11th Annie award for best animated effects in an animated movie. Another Academy Awards nominee, "The Revenant," earned outstanding character animation in a live production for its bear that mauled Leonardo DiCaprio's character. The Oscar-nominated short film "World of Tomorrow" took the short subject award. ___ Online: http://annieawards.org/ Copyright (2016) 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.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' tops Super Bowl weekend at box office
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
'Kung Fu Panda 3' tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend. DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Joel and Ethan Coen's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million in North American theaters for Universal Pictures. The two other major new releases struggled. The Nicholas Sparks' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate. Despite expectations of a No. 2 opening, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," bankrolled by Cross Creek Picture and released by Sony's Screen Gems, eked out a meager $5.2 million. Though the majority of weekend grosses are made on Fridays and Saturdays, Hollywood generally seeks to avoid competing with the football broadcast and instead sticks largely to counterprogramming. The best Super Bowl weekend remains the 2008 concert film "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus" ($31.1 million) followed by an earlier Sparks adaption, 2010's "Dear John" ($30.5 million). Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, called Super Bowl weekend a trade-off for studios that sacrifice a day of moviegoing for the promotional benefit of the game's mass audience. A number of movie previews were set to play during the broadcast. "It's one of those weekends that Hollywood braces for but they know how to course correct before it happens," Dergarabedian said. Playing in 2,232 theaters, "Hail, Caesar!" is one of the Coen brothers' more wide-opening movies, but it earned a dismal C-minus CinemaScore from audiences. Starring Josh Brolin as a studio fixer in the classic Hollywood era and featuring George Clooney and Channing Tatum as '50s stars, "Hail, Caesar!" is the Coens' most broad comedy since their 2008 "Burn After Reading." That film opened with $19.1 million. Alejandro Inarritu's Oscar-nominated "The Revenant" continues to roll. Its global total is up to $325 million, and "The Revenant" led overseas business with $24 million internationally over the weekend. On Saturday, Inarritu also won best director from the Directors Guild Awards. In its eight week of release, Walt Disney Co.'s "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" celebrated a pair of milestones over the weekend. It surpassed $900 million at the North American box office and crossed $2 billion globally. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. "Kung Fu Panda 3," $21 million ($23 million international). 2. "Hail, Caesar!" $11.4 million. 3. "The Revenant," $7.1 million ($24 million international). 4. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $6.9 million ($7 million international). 5. "The Choice," $6.1 million ($750,000 international). 6. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," $5.2 million. 7. "The Finest Hours," $4.7 million ($2.8 million international). 8. "Ride Along 2," $4.5 million ($2.9 million international). 9. "The Boy," $4.1 million ($2.7 million international). 10. "Dirty Grandpa," $4.1 million ($4.5 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore: 1. "The Revenant," $24 million. 2. "Kung Fu Panda 3," $23 million. 3. "A Violent Prosecutor," $19.5 million. 4. "Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip," $12.8 million. 5. "The Hateful Eight," $8.5 million. 6. "Les Tuche 2," $8.5 million. 7. "The 5th Wave," $7.7 million. 8. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $7 million. 9. "Goosebumps," $6.5 million. 10. "Daddy's Home," $5.4 million. ___ Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chicago's Driehaus marks final season of 'Downton Abbey' with special exhibition
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Chicago's Driehaus marks final season of 'Downton Abbey' with special exhibition

The Driehaus Museum in Chicago is marking the sixth and final season of the television series "Downton Abbey" with a special exhibition entitled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times". Featuring more than 35 costumes from the popular British period drama, the exhibition opens on February 9 and runs through May 8.The exhibition highlights changes in fashion over the course of four seasons of the series set in England in the early 20th century and based around the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The award-winning costumes were created by London costume house, Cosprop Ltd. Many of the garments were made with original fabrics and embellishments from the early 20th century. Cosprop creators also used photographs, paintings, patterns and magazine pictures to re-create the period looks. The garments will be presented in an immersive context in the luxurious interiors of the Driehaus Museum, which was once the home of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago."It's fascinating to see the evolution of fashion over the course of four seasons of Downton Abbey," says Driehaus Museum Guest Curator Ruta Saliklis. "Throughout the exhibition, visitors learn about the historical and cultural influences evident in these visually stunning costumes. These remarkable costumes imbue the Museum's galleries with a powerful sense of that life, reminding us of what it was like for the Nickerson and Fisher families to socialize and entertain in grand Downton Abbey style right here in Chicago."The Driehaus museum is also hosting a series of public programs to coincide with the "Dressing Downton" exhibition. On February 27 Driehaus presents the 1926 film "The General" at the "Mix and Mingle at the Movies" program. A session entitled "Author Encounters: Carol Wallace" will take place on March 5: it was Wallace's novel, "To Marry an English Lord" (1989) that was "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes's inspiration for the show's character Cora Crawley. The program also includes a 45-minute presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing with the author. On April 7, the museum hosts "Downton Abbey" set designer Judd Farr who will present a behind-the-scenes lecture followed by a Q&A. For a complete list of public programs visit: http://www.driehausmuseum.org/programs "Downton Abbey" the series has already come to a close in the UK, with the final episode having  aired on December 25, 2015. The show was first broadcast in the United States in January 2011 and the sixth season began airing last month on PBS. The show's final episode will get its US broadcast on March 6. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even the guilds are divided in their top awards. "Spotlight," the drama detailing the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuses in the Catholic Church, won the Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble, while the financial crisis dramedy "The Big Short" picked up the Producers Guild Award. The DGA win for "The Revenant" is not insignificant. Inarritu won last year for the showbiz sendup "Birdman," which went on to win the best picture and best director Oscar. In fact, only seven times in the history of the DGAs has a director who won the guild's top award not gone on to win the Academy Award. The Mexican-born Inarritu was teary-eyed as he accepted the Directors Guild prize, which he characterized as "a hug from my peers." "This hug, this embrace you are giving me today goes to a small country, to a whole Latin American community in this country," he said. "Your embrace makes me feel proud." Both "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy and "The Big Short" director Adam McKay were nominated for the DGA prize and will be competing for the best director Oscar too. Others in competition included George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" and Ridley Scott for "The Martian." Scott is the only one of the bunch without a directing Oscar nomination. Saturday's ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel also offered a telling look at who's working behind the camera in Hollywood amid the industry's ongoing discussion about diversity. The guild dispenses awards to directors in TV and movie categories, and this year many eyes were on the representation of both women and directors of color. While more women were nominated this year than ever before — 14 of the 47 nominees — only one took home an award. Dee Rees accepted the DGA prize in the television movie or miniseries category for HBO's "Bessie." "There's a million reasons why I shouldn't be in this room, and there are a million more reasons why I shouldn't be on this stage," Rees said in her acceptance speech. "It all comes down to 10 or 15 people (who are) the reason why I am in this room and the reason why I am on this stage." Eleven awards were presented to recognize outstanding directing in various formats, from commercials and live TV shows to drama series and feature films. Nine were claimed by white men. Filmmaker Marielle Heller, who was nominated for achievement by a first-time feature filmmaker for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," noted that she was the only woman among the guild's feature-film nominees. "That feels like a lot of responsibility," she said. "I'm hoping that next year we'll be at least half of that list, and then by the next year, there shouldn't be any men on that list, right?" Heller lost to "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland. Jane Lynch hosted the four-hour, untelevised dinner program, where stars such as Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Regina King, James Corden, Nate Parker and Kathy Griffin served as presenters. Other winners Saturday included Kenny Ortega for Disney's "Descendants," Don Roy King for the "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special," David Nutter for "Game of Thrones" and Matthew Heineman for his documentary "Cartel Land." While the dearth female winners was glaring, especially amid the all-male nominees for the top prize, Adam McKay was able to find some relevant poetry in the batch of top competitors this awards season. "Our movie is about white men wrecking Wall Street. And 'Spotlight' is about a Catholic church that is dominated by certain types of people. They're both movies that kind of call out lack of diversity," McKay said. But beyond even that, McKay noted "The Big Short" will be screening for Congress soon and "Spotlight" will be shown at the Vatican. "People, when they know the truth, they do the right thing," McKay said. ___ AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Mike Cidoni Lennox contributed to this report. ___ Online: www.dga.org Copyright (2016) 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.

Kindred-spirit QBs Favre, Stabler voted into Hall of Fame
Sunday Feb 7, 2016
Kindred-spirit QBs Favre, Stabler voted into Hall of Fame

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first NFL game Brett Favre ever attended, as a teenager growing up in Mississippi, was the final home game of Ken "The Snake" Stabler's career. Favre, a New Orleans Saints fan, traveled the hour-or-so drive from home to the Superdome on that Sunday in 1984 with his father, older brother and uncle — and it was a thrill to watch a guy who electrified a stadium the way Favre himself would one day. "All of a sudden, the crowd goes crazy, and it's because Ken Stabler poked his head out of the locker room. He had hair like mine. His was just a lot longer, kind of aged and gray," recounted Favre, wearing an all-black outfit and sporting a full white beard. "And I thought: Man, that's cool. ... It's got to be cool to be 'The Snake.' And then they lost. My dad was throwing popcorn and beer. ... I thought: Maybe it's not so good to be 'The Snake.'" Favre and the late Stabler, a pair of kindred-spirit QBs who each won a Super Bowl, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame together on Saturday. Also voted in for the class of 2016 a day before the Super Bowl were modern-day players Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Orlando Pace, coach Tony Dungy, contributor Ed DeBartolo Jr., and senior selection Dick Stanfel. The freewheeling Favre, as expected, was a first-ballot entry, a reward for a long and distinguished career, mostly with the Green Bay Packers, that included three consecutive NFL MVP awards from 1995-97 and a championship in the 1997 Super Bowl. "As a kid, all I ever dreamed of was to play pro football, to be Roger Staubach or to be Archie Manning. That's what I dreamed of. I hated Terry Bradshaw, which I told him," Favre said with a smile. Stabler, a left-hander who earned his nickname for his ability to slither past defenders, goes into the Hall as a senior selection about six months after dying of colon cancer at age 69 — and just days after researchers said his brain showed widespread signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Stabler, the 1974 NFL MVP, was represented at Saturday's announcement by two of his grandsons, 17-year-old twins Justin and Jack Moyes. Each brother wore one of Grandpa's bling-filled rings: Justin's was from the 1977 Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders; Jack's was from a college national championship with Alabama. "One thing he didn't really talk to us much about was the Hall of Fame. I know it would mean a lot to him if he got in, which he finally did," Justin Moyes said. "I know he's smiling right now." CTE is a disease linked to repeated brain trauma and associated with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and progressive dementia. It has been found in the brains of dozens of former football players, including one of last year's Hall inductees, Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at 43. Favre played for 20 seasons, eventually retiring — after famously vacillating about whether to walk away from the game — as the NFL's career leader with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards and 508 TDs. He never met a pass he was afraid to throw, no matter how ill-advised it might have seemed, and wound up with a record 336 interceptions, the trade-off for his high-risk, high-reward, entertaining style. Before Green Bay, he briefly was a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Afterward, he had short stints with the New York Jets and the Packers' chief rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. "It was awkward," Favre said of going from the Packers to the Vikings. "I had people tell me all the time, 'You really divided my house.' And I take pride in that, sort of." In discussing Stabler, Favre called him "crafty," choosing a word plenty might use for No. 4 himself. Favre brought up the Holy Roller play from 1978, when Stabler fumbled the ball in the closing seconds, and it rolled forward into the end zone, where one of his Raiders teammates recovered it for the winning touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. It's one of the most famous plays in NFL history — and one that would be illegal today. "That was something I would have tried to pull off," Favre said. "But I think that only he could get it done. I just think the good ones find ways to get it done, no matter what." Harrison, Peyton Manning's top receiver while with the Indianapolis Colts from 1996-08, holds the record for most catches in a season: a hard-to-fathom 143 in 2002. At the time of his retirement, Harrison ranked second only to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice in NFL history with 1,102 catches and most consecutive games with a catch (190). Harrison was not present at the announcement and engaged in an awkward conference call during the news conference for other inductees. Dungy called Harrison "the most artistic receiver I've ever been around." Dungy coached Manning, Harrison and the rest of the Colts to victory in the 2006 Super Bowl, becoming the first black head coach to win the championship. When he started out his coaching career, Dungy said, there were only a half-dozen or so other black assistants. "It wasn't a situation," he said, "where you had a lot of role models." ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Howard Fendrich from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.