Tuesday Aug 4, 2015

'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a...
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'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn
Tuesday Aug 4, 2015
'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a party. Definitely, that's something she would really like." The former Bruce Jenner is documenting her fledgling public journey into womanhood in an E! reality series and has been feted at the Espy Awards, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and elsewhere. "We love Caitlyn," said Tambor, who's had dinner with Jenner. She's gone on record as loving "Transparent," he said. Tambor was asked to compare his experience playing a man who opens up to his family about his gender identity with Jenner's real-life experience. "If my knees were knocking, you can imagine her knees," he said after the panel. "I think she is courageous and I told her so. The example she is setting is so, so beautiful and it's gonna go very, very far. (It's) not only illustrative but also very inspiring to me." He doesn't think of himself as a spokesman for the transgender cause, he said, "But I think as an ally I can do great good." Tambor said that he didn't foresee Jenner appearing on Amazon's "Transparent." She has her own show, he said, smiling. During what he called "field trips" dressed as Maura, Tambor said he was surprised to find it was easier than he had expected. "It was life changing. ... People don't look at you," he said, aside from a few glances. A highlight came at a restaurant, when a man got up to leave and passed by Tambor's table. "He said, 'Have a good day, ladies.' I said, 'Yes!' I felt so good because I had made it up in my head it's much more." When Tambor was asked about the possibility of more "Arrested Development," he said that "there's been talk." But he's focused strictly on taping season two of "Transparent," he said, and was carrying script pages in his pocket. The series returns Dec. 4 on Amazon, which has greenlighted a third season. "Transparent," which also stars Judith Light and Bradley Whitford, received 11 nominations for next month's Emmy Awards. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

UFC's Ronda Rousey to star in biopic based on her memoir
Monday Aug 3, 2015
UFC's Ronda Rousey to star in biopic based on her memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off her knockout win, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Ronda Rousey is headed to the big screen. Paramount Pictures said Monday that it has acquired the rights to Rousey's autobiography, "My Fight/Your Fight," with plans for Rousey to play herself in the adaptation. The 28-year-old mixed martial artist has emerged as the sport's top female fighter. She's already drawn interest from Hollywood, appearing in the films "Furious 7" and "Entourage." In a bout Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, she won by knockout 34 seconds into the first round. The film will begin development with Mark Bomback penning the script. His credits include co-writing the screenplays to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Wolverine." Variety first reported plans for the film. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Amazon drama imagines a conquered America
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Amazon drama imagines a conquered America

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Rufus Sewell said his first reaction to playing a post-World War II Nazi in the new Amazon drama "The Man in the High Castle" was reluctance. In the pilot script, "you didn't see a lot of him outside strutting up and down corridors and torturing people," Sewell told a TV critics' meeting Monday. "I wouldn't necessarily be interested in playing that, especially for a long period of time." But his character becomes more layered in episode two of the drama, which is set in a circa 1960s America that has lost World War II and is under oppressive rule by Germany and Japan. A resistance movement struggles for freedom. In this alternate history, Sewell's John Smith is an "all-American hero," said Swell ("Killing Jesus," ''The Pillars of the Earth"). The drama explores how people can turn a blind eye to reality and how a cruel man can convince himself he is just, the English-born actor said. The 10-part series, based on Philip K. Dick's novel, is available Nov. 20. Other cast members include Alexa Davalos and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Frank Spotnitz ("The X-Files"), who developed and produces "The Man in the High Castle," said he hopes it makes viewers take stock. "What are your values? What do you stand for? How do you differ from the people you see in this show?" he said. The novel, he recalled, compelled him to re-examine the expectation that "the good guys are going to win." "I think we as Americans, because we are used to winning and because all of our movies and TV shows have us winning, we just have this, 'Of course we are going to win,'" he said. "Well, no, not of course. It's up to us if we are going to win. ... I hope this show makes people think about that." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Amazon drama 'Hand of God' is actors' delight, stars say
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Amazon drama 'Hand of God' is actors' delight, stars say

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ron Perlman is reveling in his role in Amazon's "The Hand of God" and the expanding TV world. "This is the most exciting period I've ever seen in television and it's probably the most exciting place to be if you're a storyteller," Perlman told a TV critics' meeting Monday. He added a wry postscript: "Ten years from now it will be all (expletive) up, but for now it's a beautiful place." Perlman stars in the 10-episode "Hand of God" as a judge who's seeking vengeance — which he believes is God-directed — for a violent crime against his family. The series is available Sept. 4. Coming off a satisfying run in FX's "Sons of Anarchy," Perlman said he wanted to see if lightning strikes twice. With "the infusion of so many new voices and new venues" like streaming service Amazon, the increased competition has put originality at a premium, Perlman said. "The notion of just having a gig that reflects a bunch of stuff I've already visited ... doesn't have as much resonance as coming into something where there's no playbook," he said. For Andre Royo, "Hand of God" is a chance to break away from his memorable role as drug addict Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins in "The Wire." "I guess I played a junkie really, really, really well," Royo said, recalling the "rabbit-hole" feeling of being typecast. His friend Samuel L. Jackson wisely advised him to take the opportunities that came his way and play every character to the best of his abilities, Royo said. Executive producer Ben Watkins said the actor's talented portrayal of Mayor Robert "Bobo" Boston "forced us to see him as the mayor." "The defining role will not be Bubbles for him. It will be" Bobo, Watkins said. The series also stars Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt and Alona Tal. Guest stars will include Erykah Badu, Lance Bass and Jon Tenney. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral

A video of a daredevil stuntman surfing the waves of Tahiti on a modified motorbike has captured the attention of the internet, attracting more than 3.1 million hits within a day of being uploaded.In the four-minute video, Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison makes history, skipping off the surface of impossibly clear blue waters in French Polynesia, before riding the most iconic waves of Tahiti, Teahupoo and Papara on his two-wheeled surfboard. At one point, Maddison looks dangerously close to being swallowed up by the powerful waves, but a teaser shot shows the biker’s form miraculously emerging from the swell. Though Maddison is no stranger to adrenaline-pumping stunts -- he doubled for Daniel Craig in the James Bond film “Skyfall" -- the biker told Surfer magazine that he feared for his life at one point during the ride. “I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was,” he said. “You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there. It was a near-death experience.” Watch “Robbie Maddison’s ‘Pipe Dream’” at http://bit.ly/1Hj4qUq. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Sweet! Pez candies to get the movie treatment
Tuesday Aug 4, 2015
Sweet! Pez candies to get the movie treatment

Thought that news of an emoji-themed film couldn’t be topped? How about a film based entirely on the Pez dispenser?That’s right. The pastel-colored candies that are really just fillers for the iconic Pez dispenser are being given their own animated movie treatment, reports The Hollywood Reporter. An Austrian invention, the pocket-sized, mechanical candy dispensers were invented 83 years ago in Vienna and have since become collectibles, with the heads of everyone from the Duke of Cambridge to Bilbo Baggins topping the candy conveyors. The film will be produced by Envision Media Arts, and the screenplay penned by Cameron Fay. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Video of motorbike rider surfing monster waves goes viral

A video of a daredevil stuntman surfing the waves of Tahiti on a modified motorbike has captured the attention of the internet, attracting more than 3.1 million hits within a day of being uploaded.In the four-minute video, Australian motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison makes history, skipping off the surface of impossibly clear blue waters in French Polynesia, before riding the most iconic waves of Tahiti, Teahupoo and Papara on his two-wheeled surfboard. At one point, Maddison looks dangerously close to being swallowed up by the powerful waves, but a teaser shot shows the biker’s form miraculously emerging from the swell. Though Maddison is no stranger to adrenaline-pumping stunts -- he doubled for Daniel Craig in the James Bond film “Skyfall" -- the biker told Surfer magazine that he feared for his life at one point during the ride. “I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was,” he said. “You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there. It was a near-death experience.” Watch “Robbie Maddison’s ‘Pipe Dream’” at http://bit.ly/1Hj4qUq. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Watch the latest trailer for Robert De Niro's comedy 'The Intern'

In the latest trailer for “The Intern,” Robert De Niro’s character explains why he chose to come out of retirement and work for a woman half his age.“In retirement, there’s an ongoing relentless effort in creativity,” his character Ben Whittaker says. “I tried yoga, learned to cook, bought some plants, took classes in Mandarin. Believe me, I’ve tried everything. I just know there’s a hole in my life and I need to fill it. Soon.” So, at the age of 70, at the risk of humiliation, De Niro’s character -- a dinosaur in all things technology  -- volunteers to intern for a successful young entrepreneur (Hathaway) who has founded her own online fashion site. Cue the generational divide, misunderstandings, and modern-day drama. “The Intern” is set for a September 25 release. Watch the latest trailer at http://bit.ly/1MHtAnN. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit

Cate Blanchett will be recognized for her cinematic contributions at the upcoming Museum of Modern Art film benefit.Blanchett joins an elite group of actors and filmmakers who’ve been distinguished with honors by MoMa that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Blanchett won the Oscar for best actress at the 2013 Academy Awards for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Jasmine” and has starred in seven Oscar-nominated films. Her next highly anticipated projects include “Carol” and “Truth.” The eighth edition of the MoMA’s 2015 Film Benefit takes place November 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jackie Chan wants to work with son Jaycee on album, movie
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Jackie Chan wants to work with son Jaycee on album, movie

BEIJING (AP) — Action star Jackie Chan says he wants to work with his son Jaycee on a movie and an album as they mend their relationship after Jaycee was imprisoned on a drug charge. Jaycee Chan was released from a 6-month prison sentence in February after pleading guilty to allowing others to use marijuana at his Beijing apartment. Jackie Chan, 61, said late Monday that prison was good for his son because it made him mature and that their relationship has changed for the better. Before, "I was too Chinese, traditional — you, son, go away, I don't want to help you, you have to help yourself," Chan said in an interview in Beijing. When filming the remake of "The Karate Kid" alongside Will Smith's teenage son Jaden Smith, Chan said he was struck seeing Will "helping his son to be in a movie, every day on the set." "I say why am I so stubborn? I have to help my son," Chan told The Associated Press. The Hong Kong actor said he was looking for suitable movie projects for Jaycee, 32, and in the meantime his son would produce one of his records, expected out at the end of the year. He also said he hoped Jaycee would sing a duet with him on one of the tracks. "Probably there is one song that we will sing to each other," said Chan, adding that in it he would apologize for ignoring Jaycee when he was young. "I say 'sorry, I was busy at that time.'" Chan said he wasn't sure his actor-singer son would go for it, and that he might have to find somebody to sing it for him. He said Jaycee wrote songs and scripts and read a lot of books in prison, and joked that a bit of prison time might be good for a lot of people. "So many rich people, like some of my friends, they take 10 days or a month to the mountain to purify," Chan said, adding that his busy schedule doesn't allow him to relax for 10 days. "I think sometimes I should set up the jail holiday, force some rich people, even myself, to go to jail," he said. "These days all the people need to do this because they're so busy." After the detention of Jaycee Chan and other actors on drugs charges, Chinese authorities said they would ban celebrities linked to drugs from appearing in movies and TV shows in China. However, the younger Chan still appeared in a small role in Chen Kaige's recent "Monk comes down a Mountain," which had already finished filming when Chan was detained. Jackie Chan's latest film, "Dragon Blade," is a $65 million action movie set 2,000 years ago featuring Roman soldiers and a Chinese force that protects the Silk Road. It was a big success in China, pulling in more than $115 million earlier this year, and debuts in the United States on Sept. 4. Chan plays a squad commander who strikes up a friendship with Roman general Lucius, played by John Cusack, who has fled his homeland because of ruthless ruler Tiberius, portrayed by Adrien Brody. Chan, who choreographed the fight scenes, said Cusack knew how to free fight but not how to use a sword. "He cut me so many times in the finger, again and again, and Adrien Brody same thing, but I had to pretend nothing happened, OK, continue." Chan's movies in the pipeline include a China-Bollywood action comedy called "Kung Fu Yoga," a World War II drama titled "Railroad Tigers," and "The Karate Kid 2." The "Karate Kid" script is still being written as Will Smith isn't comfortable with it, Chan said. "I said 'hurry up or otherwise Jaden will be taller than me,'" Chan said. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Louise Watt from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn
Tuesday Aug 4, 2015
'Transparent' star says transgender Maura would envy Caitlyn

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jeffrey Tambor says Maura Pfefferman, his transgender character in "Transparent," would be envious of the attention Caitlyn Jenner's getting. "You bet," Tambor told a TV critics' Q&A session Monday. "Maura loves a red carpet and loves a party. Definitely, that's something she would really like." The former Bruce Jenner is documenting her fledgling public journey into womanhood in an E! reality series and has been feted at the Espy Awards, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine and elsewhere. "We love Caitlyn," said Tambor, who's had dinner with Jenner. She's gone on record as loving "Transparent," he said. Tambor was asked to compare his experience playing a man who opens up to his family about his gender identity with Jenner's real-life experience. "If my knees were knocking, you can imagine her knees," he said after the panel. "I think she is courageous and I told her so. The example she is setting is so, so beautiful and it's gonna go very, very far. (It's) not only illustrative but also very inspiring to me." He doesn't think of himself as a spokesman for the transgender cause, he said, "But I think as an ally I can do great good." Tambor said that he didn't foresee Jenner appearing on Amazon's "Transparent." She has her own show, he said, smiling. During what he called "field trips" dressed as Maura, Tambor said he was surprised to find it was easier than he had expected. "It was life changing. ... People don't look at you," he said, aside from a few glances. A highlight came at a restaurant, when a man got up to leave and passed by Tambor's table. "He said, 'Have a good day, ladies.' I said, 'Yes!' I felt so good because I had made it up in my head it's much more." When Tambor was asked about the possibility of more "Arrested Development," he said that "there's been talk." But he's focused strictly on taping season two of "Transparent," he said, and was carrying script pages in his pocket. The series returns Dec. 4 on Amazon, which has greenlighted a third season. "Transparent," which also stars Judith Light and Bradley Whitford, received 11 nominations for next month's Emmy Awards. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Budapest readies for music- and art-filled Sziget Festival
Tuesday Aug 4, 2015
Budapest readies for music- and art-filled Sziget Festival

The Sziget Festival, one of Europe's biggest open-air music festivals, is opening on August 10 and is to feature headliners Robbie Williams, Kings of Leon, Avicii and Florence & the Machine over the course of the week-long event.Hosted every year on Obuda Island on the Danube River, the festival was earlier this year named Best Major Festival in the European Festival Awards, a title it reclaimed after a previous win in 2012. The 2015 edition is welcoming more than 400,000 music fans, known as 'Szitizens,' from 89 countries to hear a line-up that also includes Ellie Goulding, Alt-J, Foals, Kasabian and Major Lazer -- around 1,000 programs in all, according to organizers, spread out across numerous venues. On the BK Europe Stage, promising artists from more than 20 European countries will get a chance to showcase their music. Art is a major component of the festival, and the ArtZone is a hub for that, with various art schools, galleries and designers offering workshops to make bags, jewelry, posters and more. One of the event's installation highlights is its Luminarium, which this year will be the Miracoco, an 800-square-meter inflatable sculpture made up of tunnels and domes with various lighting and colors to explore.The Hungaricum Village offers a distinctly different experience, offering a venue that gives a sense of Hungarian tradition, centered around a wooden barn and this year focusing on "cifra," a reference to the pattern found in Hungarian folk art. As in years past, the Sziget-Budapest Citypass is giving tourists access to various perks such as free public transport, free and reduced spa entrance, free shuttle buses, a free boat to Sziget, half-off museum entrance, reduced prices on sightseeing buses and "pay 2, get 1" deals.Tickets are still available, with a 7-day pass running €269, while a 5-day pass is €239 and day tickets are €60-€65.szigetfestival.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Bobbi Kristina Brown buried next to her mother
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Bobbi Kristina Brown buried next to her mother

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Family and friends gathered at a cemetery Monday to pay their final respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown as she was buried next to her mother, singer Whitney Houston. Police closed the road into Fairview Cemetery for the private ceremony. Outside the cemetery, well-wishers gathered to wave to the motorcade and hold up pictures. The casket holding the 22-year-old daughter of Houston and singer Bobby Brown arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 10 a.m. and made the short trip to Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, the same facility that handled Houston's funeral arrangements three years ago. About 90 minutes later, the hearse drove to the cemetery in Westfield, followed by black SUVs carrying relatives including cousin Dionne Warwick. Bobbi Kristina died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. Her death was similar to the way her mother died. Whitney Houston's body was found face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the 2012 Grammy Awards. Authorities found prescription drugs in the suite and evidence of heart disease and cocaine in her body but determined her death was an accidental drowning. Bobbi Kristina was found in the townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, an orphan three years older whom Houston had raised as her own. Bobbi Kristina referred to him as her husband. A police report earlier this year described the incident as a drowning, and authorities are investigating her death. Bobbi Kristina grew up in the shadow of her famous parents. She appeared with them in 2005 on the Bravo reality show "Being Bobby Brown" and attended award shows with her mother and father. Houston and Brown were married 15 years before their relationship ended in 2007. Bobbi Kristina was their only child together. ___ This story has been corrected to show the deceased's first name is spelled Bobbi, not Bobby. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Cate Blanchett to be honored at MoMa's 2015 Film Benefit

Cate Blanchett will be recognized for her cinematic contributions at the upcoming Museum of Modern Art film benefit.Blanchett joins an elite group of actors and filmmakers who’ve been distinguished with honors by MoMa that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Blanchett won the Oscar for best actress at the 2013 Academy Awards for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Jasmine” and has starred in seven Oscar-nominated films. Her next highly anticipated projects include “Carol” and “Truth.” The eighth edition of the MoMA’s 2015 Film Benefit takes place November 17. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Chita Rivera tells young performers to lose the lip-syncing
Monday Aug 3, 2015
Chita Rivera tells young performers to lose the lip-syncing

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Musical theater great Chita Rivera has friendly advice for young stars who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. Rivera, at a TV critics' meeting Sunday to promote her upcoming PBS special, was asked what she thinks of those performers who say they have to rely on lip-syncing. The 82-year-old, with a disdainful look fixed on her face, replied: "Couldn't you tell?" Rivera, who won Tony Awards for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "The Rink," said she's still on stage because she was properly trained in breath control. She received her 10th Tony nomination earlier this year, for "The Visit." "It's a pity, because they could be so much stronger because they're so gifted," she said, not calling out any junior performers by name. The Broadway production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's "The Visit" had a brief run, but Rivera said the musical is bound for Beijing and Singapore and "there's talk about London." A cast album was completed and includes her co-star Roger Rees, who died in July after a brief illness. "Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin' to Do," an hour-long career retrospective, will air Nov. 6 as part of PBS' "Great Performances" showcase. It includes interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and other colleagues; archival performance footage, and newly filmed Broadway tunes that Rivera performs in concert, including "All That Jazz" and "A Boy Like That." Rivera gave critics a taste of the program and her undimmed star power, sharing songs and anecdotes and charming the group. She was asked about a clip from the PBS tribute in which "The Visit" director John Doyle describes her as "naughty." Asked to explain in what ways, a smiling Rivera replied: "Every way you can think." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.