Thursday Oct 30, 2014

'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says "The View" is being claimed by the network's news division after 18 seasons under ABC's entertainment side. In its announcement Thursday morning, ABC said the shift will allow "The View" to "fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News."...
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'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says "The View" is being claimed by the network's news division after 18 seasons under ABC's entertainment side. In its announcement Thursday morning, ABC said the shift will allow "The View" to "fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News." This move is the latest in a drastic makeover for the daytime chat show, whose ratings have slipped in recent years. At this season's start, three new co-hosts — Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace — joined moderator Whoopi Goldberg. Barbara Walters, a founder of the program, retired last summer from on-camera participation. The shift recalls a similar move by "Good Morning America," which for 20 years was produced by ABC's entertainment division before being taken over by ABC News in the mid-1990s. ___ Online: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-view Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
'Big Bang Theory' actress Cuoco gets Hollywood star

"The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco was joined by fellow cast members from the hit TV sitcom as she received a star on Hollywood's storied Walk of Fame.Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj), as well as the show's co-creator Chuck Lorre, were on hand for the star-unveiling ceremony on Tinseltown's famous sidewalk. "This cast has changed my life in many ways," said the 28-year-old, who plays Penny in the series, which has been running since 2007 and is in its eighth season. "We laugh a lot (doing the show). This is a testament to the hard work and the dedication and the joy of doing something we love," said Lorre, as crowds gathered for the morning ceremony. "Big Bang" averaged about 20 million viewers an episode last season, making it the most-watched comedy in America. Earlier this year the three main stars of the sitcom reportedly reached lucrative new pay deals, ending a delay to the start of production on the show's latest season. Emmy winner Parsons, along with co-stars Galecki and Cuoco, roughly tripled their salaries and will now be earning about $1 million an episode, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The trio signed three-year deals, meaning they will stay with "Big Bang" through its 10th season, the industry journals said. Cuoco was accompanied by her tennis player husband Ryan Sweeting to Wednesday's ceremony. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Halloween beauty tips: the best celebrity looks
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Halloween beauty tips: the best celebrity looks

In Tinseltown Halloween isn't just one night. Oh no! As with everything in Hollywood the stars don't do things by halves, and some major names have already hit the party circuit in some cool looks. Here are some of the best so far.Kate Hudson - instagram.com/p/ukbgHVpclp The actress posted this Halloween look four days ago with a shout out to makeup artist Christian, who put the colorful Mexican theme together. We're big fans of Hudson's bright Day of the Dead style decoration, which she finished off with a flower behind her ear.  Ashley Madekwe - instagram.com/p/umpxk1qhbZ Rising star Ashley Madekwe was inspired by Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" this week. The British actress donned a green wig and slicked some red lipstick over her cheeks in a creepy grin.  Lucy Hale - instagram.com/p/umf4dqQuo0 "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale went for a meta-twist on social media at a Halloween party this week, by dressing as yup, you guessed it, the Twitter Bird. She wore bright blue glasses, a blue wig and blue lipstick to get the look.  Colton Haynes - instagram.com/p/uq43snjTFD Actor and model Colton Haynes is known as one of Hollywood's hunkiest stars, but you would be forgiven for not recognizing him in his Halloween outfit this year. Haynes donned facial prosthetics, a wig and plenty of green face paint for his Princess Fiona costume.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Carla Hall hits Kickstarter goal to open eatery
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Carla Hall hits Kickstarter goal to open eatery

Carla Hall had two conditions for opening her first restaurant: The menu had to be Nashville hot chicken and the money had to be crowdsourced. The co-host of ABC's daytime food fest "The Chew" says it took years for friends and family to convince her to open her own eatery — "Restaurants are like a money pit," she says. "There's nothing glamorous about it." — but once she'd committed she knew she'd only be happy doing it in a way that kept her in control. In late September she launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 toward the opening of Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen by summer 2015 in Midtown Manhattan. The campaign ended Wednesday with 1,550 people pledging a total of $264,703 in exchange for everything from getting their names on a brick in the wall ($25 pledge) to hanging with Hall for a day in the kitchen ($10,000). "I could have gone with hedge fund guys, but I wanted to be in control," she said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "You give up control for that money." On the advice of restaurateur and fellow "Chew" co-host Mario Batali, Hall will keep the menu narrow and close to her heart. "It had to be Nashville hot chicken and Southern sides," Hall said of that city's signature fried chicken that's bathed in a fiery sauce. "I just kept thinking about the Sunday suppers at my grandmother's house." Hall says other private investors, as well as a business partner, will help raise a total of several million dollars for the restaurant. "It's like you're not in it by yourself," she says of using Kickstarter. "It's one thing to have partners, but it's another thing to have affirmation by the community that 'Yes, we want this thing.'" Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Fashion films of the week: Paul Smith, Chloé, Topshop
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Fashion films of the week: Paul Smith, Chloé, Topshop

Here's our latest selection of cool fashion films from the past seven days, which includes a stunning cycling-inspired short, some fashionable partying and a look at New York City. Paul Smith  This sharp film from Paul Smith (himself a big fan of pedal power) was created to celebrate the launch of the new Paul Smith 531 performance cycling collection from the brand. Pro cyclist David Millar stars in the piece as the pack gets whittled down from 5, to 3, to 1. http://youtu.be/_3ETSvI1RKI Chloé  This short clip, set to a soundtrack by Say Lou Lou x Lindstrom's "Games for Girls," showcases the pop-up 'Chloé Club' the brand created during the recent Paris fashion week. Marianne Faithfull and Anna Calvi both took to the stage to entertain the assembled fashionistas. http://youtu.be/RuKjgKSZ0SE Topshop Tophop and Topman are landing in New York City with a new flagship set to open on 5th Avenue at the start of next month. In this film, stylist and creative consultant Kate Foley shows off some of the brand's clothes and explains her relationship with her city. http://youtu.be/2gCx4Ocij1c Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Movies

Trailer: Katniss rises in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Trailer: Katniss rises in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

As "The Hunger Games" trilogy approaches its tumultuous climax, Lionsgate has issued a new trailer ahead of the "Mockingjay" cinematic release on November 21.Setting the scene for a terrible conflict between Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow, this montage sees Lionsgate gear up for November's big release, even naming it the "Final Trailer" -- though it would seem strange to go an entire month without further supplementary material. Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore play Everdeen's powerful allies, Plutarch Heavensbee and President Alma Coin, while Donald Sutherland remains the despotic President Snow who seeks to crush the Panem city rebellion. Josh Hutcherson returns as the imprisoned Peeta Mellark, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Aberthay and Liam Hemsworth as rebel soldier Gale Hawthorne. Francis Lawrence again directs "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," with its second part due for release in November 2015. The week of November 21 marks the theatrical debut of "Mockingjay - Part 1" not only in the USA but in almost every territory covered by the film's release, including France, Belgium, Brazil and the Philippines (November 19), Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and much of Latin America (November 20), and the UK, Ireland, Canada, China, Spain and Mexico on the same day as the USA. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Final Trailer - 'Burn'" : youtu.be/IXshQ5mv1K8 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the Coen brothers' historical comedy "Hail Caesar!," which will be released on February 5, 2016.This ensemble comedy harks back to 1950s Hollywood, as one studio's fixer attempts to solve a whole host of problems brought about by movieland's various demanding personalities. Alongside Clooney and Brolin will be the likes of Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The Coens will be credited as both writers and directors on the film but, as The Hollywood Reporter observes, the February date means "Hail Caesar!" neatly sidestep January awards buzz. Both "True Grit" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," critically acclaimed and award show favorites at the Oscars and Golden Globes, were subject to December release dates; 2004's less rapturously received "The Ladykillers" was the last Coen brothers directorial feature to launch in the first three months of a calendar year. "Hail Caesar!" distributor Universal Pictures already has Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy "The Nest" set for December 2015, with all-star Guillermo del Toro horror "Crimson Peak" in October and another Josh Brolin film, "Everest," for September. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'Exodus Gods & Kings' trailer sets up epic sibling rivalry
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
'Exodus Gods & Kings' trailer sets up epic sibling rivalry

A new trailer for "Exodus: Gods and Kings" sets up the sibling bond between Moses and Ramses, before two nations clash under a plague-filled sky.Moses' challenge -- the granting of freedom to a country's slavebound underclass -- threatens to destabilize not only a nation's economy and its cultural ambitions, but also his brother's regal status as the ultimate authority, a veritable god among men. But Moses believes the real God is an entirely more dangerous being, capable of turning the very earth against its human residents, and urges Ramses to relinquish control before it is taken from him. Christian Bale stars as Moses, with Joel Edgerton opposite as step-brother and heir to the Egyptian throne Ramses in Ridley Scott's biblical epic. "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opens on December 12 in the USA, following earlier releases in Central and South America, South Korea, Hong Kong, South East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe in the preceeding week; France gets it on December 24, Brazil on December 25 and the UK on the 26th, with Australian domestic audiences privy from January 1. "Exodus: Gods and Kings | Something Is Coming" trailer: youtu.be/ZezYe4rbVdo Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glasses
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glasses

A pair of influential US film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies.The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners updated a film-theft prevention policy to recommend zero-tolerance when it comes to movie goers wearing "intelligent" devices with video-recording capabilities. Best practices guidelines, which theater operators are free to embrace or ignore, were modified to say that "wearable devices" as well as smartphones must be "turned off and put away at show time." The two associations did not specifically mention Google Glass or any other gadget in the policy update released after an anti-piracy joint task force meeting at an annual ShowEast gathering of theater owners in Florida. "Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave," the policy stated. "If theater managers have indications that illegal recording activity is taking place, they will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate." Google Glass -- hotly anticipated by some, feared by others -- became available in the United States in May to anyone with $1,500 to spare and a desire to become an "explorer." Google has been working to burnish the image of Glass, which has triggered concerns about privacy since the devices are capable of capturing pictures and video. Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video may be shared through the Google Plus social network. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Halloween beauty tips: the best celebrity looks
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Halloween beauty tips: the best celebrity looks

In Tinseltown Halloween isn't just one night. Oh no! As with everything in Hollywood the stars don't do things by halves, and some major names have already hit the party circuit in some cool looks. Here are some of the best so far.Kate Hudson - instagram.com/p/ukbgHVpclp The actress posted this Halloween look four days ago with a shout out to makeup artist Christian, who put the colorful Mexican theme together. We're big fans of Hudson's bright Day of the Dead style decoration, which she finished off with a flower behind her ear.  Ashley Madekwe - instagram.com/p/umpxk1qhbZ Rising star Ashley Madekwe was inspired by Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" this week. The British actress donned a green wig and slicked some red lipstick over her cheeks in a creepy grin.  Lucy Hale - instagram.com/p/umf4dqQuo0 "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale went for a meta-twist on social media at a Halloween party this week, by dressing as yup, you guessed it, the Twitter Bird. She wore bright blue glasses, a blue wig and blue lipstick to get the look.  Colton Haynes - instagram.com/p/uq43snjTFD Actor and model Colton Haynes is known as one of Hollywood's hunkiest stars, but you would be forgiven for not recognizing him in his Halloween outfit this year. Haynes donned facial prosthetics, a wig and plenty of green face paint for his Princess Fiona costume.   Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Coen brothers comedy 'Hail Caesar!' set for 2016

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the Coen brothers' historical comedy "Hail Caesar!," which will be released on February 5, 2016.This ensemble comedy harks back to 1950s Hollywood, as one studio's fixer attempts to solve a whole host of problems brought about by movieland's various demanding personalities. Alongside Clooney and Brolin will be the likes of Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. The Coens will be credited as both writers and directors on the film but, as The Hollywood Reporter observes, the February date means "Hail Caesar!" neatly sidestep January awards buzz. Both "True Grit" and "Inside Llewyn Davis," critically acclaimed and award show favorites at the Oscars and Golden Globes, were subject to December release dates; 2004's less rapturously received "The Ladykillers" was the last Coen brothers directorial feature to launch in the first three months of a calendar year. "Hail Caesar!" distributor Universal Pictures already has Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy "The Nest" set for December 2015, with all-star Guillermo del Toro horror "Crimson Peak" in October and another Josh Brolin film, "Everest," for September. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Hip-hop trio Young Fathers surprise Mercury winners
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Hip-hop trio Young Fathers surprise Mercury winners

Young Fathers, an underground hip-hop trio from Scotland with roots in Liberia and Nigeria, won the prestigious Mercury Prize Wednesday, beating out far better-selling British artists.Young Fathers' first studio album "Dead" topped a field that included Blur frontman Damon Albarn, as well as increasingly popular artists such as poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest and R&B-influenced trip-hopper FKA twigs. Young Fathers took home the 20,000-pound ($32,000) award, given each year for the best British or Irish album, even though "Dead" had sold fewer than 2,400 copies by this week. "Young Fathers have a unique take on urban British music, brimming with ideas -- forceful, unexpected and moving," said Simon Frith, the chair of the judging panel. Based in Edinburgh, the trio features Alloysious Massaquoi, who was born in Liberia; Kayus Bankole, whose parents were from Nigeria and who grew up partly in the United States, as well as locally rooted Graham ("G") Hastings. With a rap lyrical delivery set to non-traditional bass arrangements and occasional African influences, Young Fathers have struggled to put labels on their genre. Critics' descriptions have included "psychedelic hip hop" and a "boy band through the bottom of a glass of crystal meth". In an interview before the awards, Hastings said the band believed that easy definition would amount to artistic failure. "Most bands exist because they think they can make money and have a laugh. So they try and fit in somewhere, but that's not fun for us," Hastings told online music magazine Drowned in Sound. Massaquoi said that most bands tried simply to emulate artists that they enjoyed. "We know the stuff that's influenced us has already been done, so we question how we can do it differently," he said. Young Fathers, who earlier released two EPs, have played two straight years at the influential South by Southwest festival and have signed to California's independent Anticon label. The band is planning to spend a month in Berlin to record a new album. The award for Young Fathers comes after criticism in recent years that the Mercury Prize has put too much of a focus on mainstream artists. The shortlist included a number of relatively obscure artists, with Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club among the only well-known names to receive nominations. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Hong Kong gets 14 new Michelin-starred restaurants for 2015
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Hong Kong gets 14 new Michelin-starred restaurants for 2015

Michelin's most affordable gourmet dining scene has become a richer and more diverse destination with the addition of 14 new starred addresses.In the iconic red guide’s latest 2015 edition for Hong Kong and Macau, Michelin inspectors awarded three new restaurants with two stars, and 11 new addresses with their first star. Restaurants Yan Toh Heen, The Principal, and Duddell’s helped expand Hong Kong’s two-starred club to 16. At the Hotel Intercontinental’s Yan Toh Heen, chef Lau Yiu Fai serves authentic Cantonese cuisine. Chef Siu Hin Chi also serves traditional Cantonese cooking at Duddell’s, a contemporary and innovative space that describes itself as a cultural and social destination for arty, creative types. At The Principal, chef Jonay Armas brings international flavors and culinary styles -- notably from Spain and Denmark -- to Hong Kong with a menu that focuses on color, texture and elegance. In the one-star category, notable inductees include Akrame by chef Akrame Benallal, just a few months after gaining a second star for his flagship Paris restaurant of the same name which serves contemporary French cuisine. Likewise, another French chef gained a Michelin star for his Hong Kong outpost. Chef Olivier Elzer, who worked with Joel Robuchon and Pierre Gagnaire, reinterprets classic French dishes at Seasons. More than 50 types of cuisine are represented in the latest Michelin guide for Hong Kong and Macau, including 21 styles of regional Chinese cooking and starred meal for less than 10 euros. Here is the final star count: ***7 restaurants** 16 restaurants (3 of which are new)*52 restaurants (11 of which are new)Bib Gourmand (good value eats)78 The Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2015 goes on sale October 31. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Opera star falls after singing anthem at Series
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Opera star falls after singing anthem at Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series. Opera star Joyce DiDonato did just fine singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 7 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Then, as the longtime Royals fan from Kansas was walking off the field, she tripped in the batter's box and managed to catch herself. But after regaining her balance, the Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano took another step or two and fell to the dirt, as dramatically as she might on the stages of the world's greatest opera houses. The 45-year-old DiDonato laughed at her misstep and the Kansas City crowd cheered her effort. Before Game 5 in San Francisco, county singer Aaron Lewis messed up the lyrics to the anthem. Lewis, acclaimed as the lead singer of the metal band Staind, later apologized for the mistake. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies
Wednesday Oct 29, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87. Kinnell's wife, Bobbie Bristol, said he died Tuesday afternoon at their home in Sheffield, Vermont. He had leukemia. Among the most celebrated poets of his time, he won the Pulitzer and National Book Award for the 1982 release "Selected Poems" and later received a MacArthur Genius Fellowship. In 1989, he was named Vermont's poet laureate, and the Academy of American Poets gave him the 2010 Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. His other books included "Body Rags," ''Mortal Acts, Mortal Words," ''The Past" and his final book of poetry, "Strong Is Your Hold," released in 2006. Kinnell's style blended the physical and the philosophical, not shying from the most tactile and jarring details of humans and nature exploring their greater dimensions. He once told the Los Angeles Times that his intention was to "dwell on the ugly as fully, as far, and as long" as he "could stomach it." In one of his most famous poems, "The Bear," he imagines a hunter who consumes animal blood and excrement and comes to identify with his prey, wondering "what, anyway, was that sticky infusion, that rank flavor of blood, that poetry, by which I lived?" A native of Providence, Rhode Island, and graduate of Princeton University, Kinnell was influenced in childhood by Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe among others, but was also shaped by his experiences as an adult. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, traveled everywhere from Paris to Iran, opposed the Vietnam War and served as a field worker for the civil rights organization CORE (Congress of Racial Equality). Like his longtime friend and contemporary W.S. Merwin, he began weaving in the events of the time into his poetry. In "Vapor Trail Reflected in the Frog Pond," from the 1968 collection "Body Rags," he invokes the chanting style of Walt Whitman to condemn American violence: And I hear, coming over the hills, America singing, her varied carols I hear: crack of deputies' rifles practicing their aim on stray dogs at night, sput of cattleprod, TV going on about the smells of the human body, curses of the soldier as he poisons, burns, grinds, and stabs the rice of the world, with open mouth, crying strong, hysterical curses. Merwin, during a telephone interview Wednesday night, said that he and Kinnell had been "like brothers" and remembered his friend as a "very generous soul." He praised Kinnell's work as "warm-hearted," the creations of "someone who was independent but felt sympathy with other people." University of Vermont poet and English Professor Major Jackson, who read one of Kinnell's poems during an August ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse honoring Kinnell, called him one of "the great quintessential poets of his generation." "In my mind he comes behind that other great New England poet Robert Frost in his ability to write about, not only the landscape of New England, but also its people," said Jackson. "Without any great effort it was almost as if the people and the land were one and he acknowledged what I like to call a romantic consciousness." Kinnell taught at numerous schools, including Reed College and New York University, and for several years was a visiting poet at Sarah Lawrence College. From 2001-2007, he served as chancellor of the poets academy. Bristol said her husband will be buried on the hill behind their home. ____ AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this story from New York. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.