Tuesday May 31, 2016

Intel goes from one extreme to another at Computex

During its Computex 2016 keynote address Intel showed that its future lies in offering consumers and companies more bang for their bucks, with its most efficient, affordable Apollo Lake processors or its first ever 10-core processors built for ‘mega-tasking gamers and filmmakers.Apollo Lake are...
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Intel goes from one extreme to another at Computex
Tuesday May 31, 2016
Intel goes from one extreme to another at Computex

During its Computex 2016 keynote address Intel showed that its future lies in offering consumers and companies more bang for their bucks, with its most efficient, affordable Apollo Lake processors or its first ever 10-core processors built for ‘mega-tasking gamers and filmmakers.Apollo Lake are system on a chip (SoC) processors designed for smaller, portable devices like tablets or basic laptops. And while SoC processors are great for making technology affordable, there are usually a number of compromises that consumers have to accept -- from limited multimedia performance to poor battery life. However, all of that is about to change. According to Intel, video content represents 80% of internet traffic and the quality, as well as quantity is going up. Therefore the Apollo Lake chips will be able to handle 4K video playback, USB Type C ports and will run more efficiently than any previous Intel Atom SoC processor. This in turn will mean less strain on batteries, and, because the manufacturing process is also more efficient, the chips will be cheaper too. Therefore within the next year, we'll be seeing affordable 2-in-1 Windows PCs at the $300 mark that are slimline rather than built like a brick and that offer a decent battery life. But as well as promising its most impressive affordable chips, Intel also showcased its most powerful desktop processors in history at this year's event. According to Gregory Bryant, corporate vice president and general manager of the Connected Home and Commercial Client at Intel Corporation, the Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition will "Transform the way people play, work and create." The first chips with 10 cores, they're for what Bryant calls mega-tasking, not multi-tasking and while they will cost in excess of $1000 each they will be capable of handling gaming in 4K while simultaneously streaming a player's progress, live. Bryant also says that with the right accompanying hardware components one of these processors will provide enough bang for a small production company to work on every aspect of a film -- from editing in 4K to composing the score -- simultaneously. "We can't wait to see what gamers, content creators, VR developers and enthusiasts are able to do with the Intel Core i7 processor Extreme Edition," said Bryant. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Obama's tango partner dances to lofty record
Tuesday May 31, 2016
Obama's tango partner dances to lofty record

An Argentine tango dancer who made headlines for a sultry dance with US President Barack Obama has set a Guinness world record for tangoing on a platform suspended 60 meters (200 feet) in the air.Perched at eye level with the downtown Buenos Aires skyline, Mora Godoy took a whirl on a platform hanging mid-air beside the Argentine capital's famed Obelisk monument, setting a new record for tango dancing at height. Attached by harnesses, Godoy and a partner spun around the small square platform to the beats of a contemporary electronic tango number Monday night as Guinness Book of World Records representatives looked on. Godoy shot to fame when she asked Obama to dance during his visit to Argentina in March. The video of the US president strutting his stuff with her at a state dinner made world news and went viral online. Godoy, who called Obama a "very good dancer," undertook her latest stunt for the season premiere of the television variety program Showmatch. No record for tango dancing at height previously existed. The organization had set a minimum height of 50 meters to establish it as a category, Guinness representative Sarah Casson said. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend
Monday May 30, 2016
George Clooney and YouTube stars among guests of Pope Francis over weekend

Pope Francis met with George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek and 11 international YouTube creators Sunday at an event that promotes social integration and peace through technology, art and sport.The event took place at the Sixth World Congress of Pontifical Foundation Scholas at the Vatican over the weekend. The 11 YouTube creators represented more than 27 million subscribers around the world and come from 10 different countries and religious backgrounds who use the platform to promote understanding between diverse communities. They included Louise Pentland (United Kingdom); Lucas Castel (Argentina); Matemática Río (Brazil); Hayla Ghazal (United Arab Emirates); Dulce Candy (United States); Matthew Patrick (United States); Jamie and Nikki (Australia and Sudan/Egypt); Greta Menchi (Italy); Los Polinesios (Mexico); and Anna RF (Israel). Topics covered during the meeting with the Pope included immigrant rights, gender equality, loneliness and self-esteem. Also in attendance at the event were George Clooney, Richard Gere, and Salma Hayek who received medals for their contribution to the work of the Scholas Occurentes foundation. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry
Sunday May 29, 2016
Connecticut focuses on developing TV and digital industry

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Once hoping to be known as Hollywood East, Connecticut is now actively courting the television and digital media industry, working to attract and grow companies that can meet the burgeoning demand for the content used across multiple platforms, from cable TV's TLC to the Internet's YouTube. The push comes about a decade after the state had high hopes of luring major movies, considering so many actors, directors and crew already lived in the state. Connecticut created a new tax incentive program and built up a trained crew base that attracted big-name movie directors like Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Sam Mendes and others to the state. But in recent years, the state has focused more on productions that appear on much smaller screens. "We still have films that are shooting here, but really the lion's share of the production activity in the state is split between television and digital media. It's sort of our niche. That's sort of where we hunt," said George Norfleet, director of Connecticut's Office of Film, Television and Digital Media. Some Connecticut-based filmmakers are disappointed with the change in focus. They point to the decision to stop funding the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program, which trained workers in film and TV production from 2008 to 2012. The state originally invested $1 million in the program, hoping to help create a trained crew base. Filmmakers are also dismayed by the decision to suspend the state tax credits for feature films for two years, starting July 1, 2015. A group urged state legislators this year to exempt small productions that cost less than $2 million from the suspension. While the provision didn't make it into the final budget deal this year, it will likely be resurrected in the next legislative session. "The new language ensures that these smaller films will be made mainly by Connecticut residents and that will keep Connecticut's film industry growing," Wallingford film producer and director A.D. Calvo, owner of Goodnight Film, LLC, told state lawmakers in March. "These smaller films serve as incubators for a thriving workforce, a workforce that will attract larger budget, studio-level, film and television projects." Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said the state has tried to "shift away from short-term gains" and encourage studios to be established here, making them part of "our entire economic industry base." She and Norfleet point to the growth of ESPN, World Wrestling Entertainment, NBC Sports and NBCUniversal, which tapes Maury and the Jerry Springer Show at the Stamford Media Production Center, as examples of some bigger successes for Connecticut. The state is also now home to Blue Sky Studios, the digital animation studio in Greenwich. Connecticut is also working with smaller companies that produce varied programming such as television cooking shows, infomercials, video games for cell phones, audio books, online action movies and parodies, and even 3D animated science videos used by pharmaceutical and biotech companies. In April, Connecticut's film office co-sponsored the inaugural Tribeca Digital Creators Market in New York City. The event was billed as the first marketplace for digital and online content, where creators could connect with buyers, producers and agents. At that event, Connecticut highlighted the tax credit program, which provided $91.5 million in tax credits to 36 production companies that spent an estimated $348 million in fiscal year 2015 in the state on qualified digital and TV productions. The credit covers up to 30 percent of what's spent in Connecticut, ranging from salaries to rental equipment. The film office has also refocused its job training efforts on digital media production. This summer will mark the second year of The Digital Media CT, a training program the office developed with the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus. James Amann was Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2007 when the effort to grow both the film and digital media industries began. While he's happy with the state's progress made with the digital industry, he says Connecticut "fell very short" on continuing to bring movies to the state. Now a lobbyist, Amann represents about 900 small filmmakers. He said one could someday open a studio and "be the next big deal." "There was a bridge built," he said. "But unfortunately, one lane has been completed on the digital end. But the other lane is sitting dormant in mothballs." Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Susan Haigh from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

New cast family portrait of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' released
Tuesday May 31, 2016
New cast family portrait of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' released

New cast photos have been released for the hotly anticipated theatrical staging of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" a week before its premiere in London.The first family portrait was released on Twitter Tuesday, and provides a glimpse of the Potter family in costume. Sam Clemmett plays the title role of the ‘Cursed Child' Albus Severus Potter. Jamie Parker plays an adult Potter, while Poppy Miller plays wife and mom Ginny Potter. In the photo, Parker sports Potter's signature spectacles and thunder bolt scar on the forehead. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" takes place 19 years after the last book. Potter is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, husband, and father of three school-aged children. Albus struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places," reads the play synopsis. The play is presented in two parts and intended to be seen in order either on the same day as a matinee and evening show, or on two consecutive nights. The first preview performance takes place June 7. The script was written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Check out more of the photos on https://twitter.com/HPPlayLDN. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Wolverine' actor Boyd Holbrook to front new men's Diesel fragrance
Tuesday May 31, 2016
'Wolverine' actor Boyd Holbrook to front new men's Diesel fragrance

Diesel Parfums has tapped actor Boyd Holbrook to be the new face of their men's fragrance line.To be launched in August, Diesel's latest men's fragrance will be fronted by the Kentucky-born actor whose film credits include "Gone Girl," "A Walk among Tombstones," "Weightless" and "Skeleton Twins." He was recently seen in "The Free World" opposite Elisabeth Moss and is set to star as the main villain in the next Wolverine installment. He is also an avid sculptor and his work is exhibited in galleries such as the Rare Gallery in New York. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Dwayne Johnson to play Doc Savage in upcoming Shane Black adaptation
Monday May 30, 2016
Dwayne Johnson to play Doc Savage in upcoming Shane Black adaptation

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson spent his Memorial Day weekend finalizing plans for his participation in the upcoming film "Doc Savage," after posting a message about it on his Instagram account.In a relaxed photo with director Shane Black and his writing team and producers, Johnson posted: "It's OFFICIAL: For all comic book fans you already know the world's first superhero (pre-dating Superman) is the 'Man of Bronze' himself Clark 'Doc' Savage. The big-screen adaptation of "Doc Savage" will spin off from the 1930s and 40s novel "The Man of Bronze." Sony made the deal with Black to co-write and direct the film back in 2013, according to Deadline. Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry co-wrote the screenplay with Black, while Johnson will produce with his Seven Bucks Productions, alongside Hiram Garcia.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Netflix releases 'The Fundamentals of Caring' trailer
Monday May 30, 2016
Netflix releases 'The Fundamentals of Caring' trailer

Netflix released the trailer for "The Fundamentals of Caring" on Monday, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez.In the film, Ben (Rudd) is a retired writer who becomes a caregiver following a personal tragedy. He decides to take his first client, Trevor (Roberts) -- an 18 year-old with muscular distrophy -- on a road trip, where the pair meet a spunky runaway (Gomez) that shakes up their calculated existence. The film, which will be available on Netflix on June 24, first premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the Closing Night selection. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSXn-lIs4Y0  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Snoop Dogg calls for boycott of 'Roots' remake
Tuesday May 31, 2016
Snoop Dogg calls for boycott of 'Roots' remake

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Count Snoop Dogg out when it comes to watching the History Channel's remake of "Roots." In an expletive-filled rant posted on Instagram , the rapper calls for a boycott of the remake of the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about an African slave and his descendants. Of "Roots" and recent Academy Award Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave," Snoop says "they just want to keeping showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago." He says black people are taking the "same abuse" today. He questions when a series will be made about successful black people and suggests black people tune out "Roots" and create a show about "how we live and how we inspire people today." Snoop Dogg is currently starring in AOL's reality series "Coach Snoop." 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.

Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive
Tuesday May 31, 2016
Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister on Tuesday revived an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's office said he asked Poland's Supreme Court to annul a ruling in October by a court in Krakow which found that Polish law forbids Polanski's extradition. In November, prosecutors said they found no grounds to challenge the decision. Ziobro took office late last year, after the ruling, as part of a new conservative government. The minister, who is also the country's chief prosecutor, argues that celebrity status is shielding Oscar-winning director Polanski in Poland, where he grew up and which he often visits. The Krakow court's decision was at odds with a Polish-U.S. extradition agreement, Ziobro's office argued in a statement. It said that, "according to the extradition agreement, the defendant should be handed over to the United States." The director pleaded guilty in 1977 to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. In a deal with the judge, he served 42 days in prison, but then fled the U.S. fearing the judge would have him imprisoned again for much longer. The U.S. has been seeking to bring Polanski back and put him before a court. Last year, the Krakow judge ruling on the case found that Polanski served his punishment in confinement in the U.S., and later for 10 months — partly under house arrest — in Switzerland in 2009-2010 when the U.S. unsuccessfully sought his extradition there. He argued that U.S. judges and prosecutors in the case violated legal procedures, broke the plea bargain in 1977, denied Polanski the right to proper defense and appeared biased. Jan Olszewski, Polanski's lawyer in Krakow, where the filmmaker has an apartment, told The Associated Press he had contacted the director about Ziobro's decision, which "we had been expecting." "The court's verdict stands and Mr. Polanski is a free man," he said. "But I cannot exclude that this situation will affect his decisions as to visiting Poland." Paris-born Polanski, 83, has Polish and French citizenship. He lives in Paris but often visits Poland, where he is popular and is preparing to make a film. Polanski's artistic output is deeply admired in Poland, where he spent his World War II childhood and later went into filmmaking. His mother died at the Auschwitz death camp. The filmmaker's movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he has avoided extradition by traveling only between France, Poland and Switzerland, which in 2011 rejected a U.S. request to extradite Polanski. Ziobro's move could now make Poland a risky destination for him. Polanski won an Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist," which he filmed in Warsaw, and was nominated for his 1970s movies "Chinatown" and "Tess." Copyright (2016) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Monika Scislowska from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award
Monday May 30, 2016
Munich Film Festival to bestow Ellen Burstyn with lifetime achievement award

Oscar award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Munich Film Festival next month.Burstyn will be given the spotlight for her life's work in TV, theater and film with a tribute that will replay some of her most notable roles in productions like "The Last Picture Show, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Exorcist," and her most recent role as Elizabeth Hale in "House of Cards." Burstyn has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe, two Emmys and a BAFTA, in addition to over 20 major international prizes. She is the co-director of the famed Actors Studio in New York, encouraging and training young actors in the craft. She was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2013. She will receive her award in Munich June 27. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Nibali wins 2nd Giro d'Italia title and 4th Grand Tour
Sunday May 29, 2016
Nibali wins 2nd Giro d'Italia title and 4th Grand Tour

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Riding a completely pink bicycle and patting his teammates, home favorite Vincenzo Nibali clinched a second Giro d'Italia victory and a fourth Grand Tour title on Sunday but Giacomo Nizzolo's hopes of a first stage win were again dashed as he was disqualified. Nibali's chances of repeating his 2013 feat seemed impossible on Friday — as he started the stage nearly five minutes behind leader Steven Kruijswijk — before a dramatic two days in the 99th edition of the Italian classic saw the Astana cyclist surge into the lead, helped by the Dutch rider's crash into a snowbank. "It's been an extremely difficult Giro but there is great joy now," Nibali said. "It was a beautiful emotion for the whole route, then coming into this circuit, with this enormous crazy crowd ... I'm speechless. "The hardest day was the time trial, it didn't go as I wanted, the feelings weren't great, I wasn't going well, I had a few stomach problems, then had a bit of a down moment, But in the last week I started to feel better and now I'm at the top of the GC. To be here today with all my family is amazing." Sunday's final leg, a flat 163-kilometer (101-mile) route from Cuneo to Turin, should have been mostly a coronation procession but it was also not short of drama — although this time not in the overall standings. With several crashes and the rain falling heavily, the race was neutralized and Nibali knew he just had to finish safely to secure the pink jersey. And a few meters short of the finish line, he acknowledged his achievement, patting his teammates on the back and bumping fists with them before sitting up in his saddle, pulling down the jersey to show it off fully and then lifting his arms into the air. Nibali finished with a total time of 86 hours, 32 minutes and 49 seconds, 52 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves. Alejandro Valverde was third, 1.17 behind Nibali, with Kruijswijk finishing outside the podium, nearly two minutes off the pace. It appeared to be a double celebration for Italy as Nizzolo, so often the Giro's nearly man, sprinted to victory but he was declassified after the race jury reviewed the sprint and judged he had veered into the line of Sacha Modolo, impeding his compatriot. The win was awarded to Nikias Arndt with Matteo Trentin second and Modolo third. "This is not the way I would have wanted to win a stage at the Giro," Arndt said. "I wish I had won one before today. I've been hunting a win for three weeks. But the jury has made its decision and there's nothing we, as riders, can do about it. I'm happy that I have a Giro stage win under my belt. I did a good sprint today anyway." Nizzolo has finished second nine times at the Giro, and third a further four times. "Today I had crowned a dream to win a stage and instead that dream has been transformed into a nightmare," Nizzolo said. "I have to accept the jury's decision even if in my opinion it is an unjust one. "Tonight I will go home not happy but with the knowledge that I have won because I'm worth a Giro stage. Modolo wasn't even second and wasn't even half a bike length behind." His Trek-Segafredo team posted a series of tweets, culminating with: "In our hearts we know who was the fastest in stage 21 at the 2016 #Giro." 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.

What to watch for at Art Basel 2016
Sunday May 29, 2016
What to watch for at Art Basel 2016

The international art fair will be taking place in Basel, Switzerland from June 16 through 19. The show is divided into eight sectors featuring a wide range of art forms, from paintings and sculptures to installations, films and photography as well as live performances.Founded in 1970 by three Swiss gallery owners, Art Basel is now the one of the world's most internationally-recognized art fairs, bringing together artists, collectors, museum directors and curators during a multi-day event. The fair now also has sister events that take place in Miami and Hong Kong. Art Basel is divided into eight sectors: Galleries, Feature, Statement, Edition, Unlimited, Parcours, Film and Magazines. This year, 287 art dealers wil make their way to the French-German-Swiss border city, which welcomed 92,000 visitors in 2014. Highlights of Art Basel 2016 Parcours The popular Parcours sector is site-specific. This year, 19 artworks will be on display around the city and neighboring districts. Basel native Samuel Leuenberger will be curating the event for the first time. Highlights include American artist Sam Durant's steel chain maze "Labyrinth" and Chilean sculptor Iván Navarro's "Traffic", set in a disused sewage tunnel. The Bâloise Art Prize The prestigious prize will be awarded to two emerging contemporary artists from the Statement section. Winners receive over 30,000 dollars, and will see their work exhibited in solo shows around Europe. Anticipated showings Eighty-two-year-old Alison Knowles, the celebrated American performance artist, will show her interactive piece "Make A Salad" during the fair. Rare pieces by the late American artist Robert Smithson -- known for his land art -- will be exhibited, and American artist Jim Dine will return to Art Basel again with his immersive installation "Muscle and Salt" piece. Los Angeles-based Oscar Tuazon's new installation "Alloy" will house a series of talks on engineering and architecture throughout the week. Find out more about who and what's on at Art Basel 2016 here: www.artbasel.com Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2016. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.