Sunday Feb 1, 2015

Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million. The pair served as celebrity hosts for the Big Game Big Give event held at the luxurious...
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Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million. The pair served as celebrity hosts for the Big Game Big Give event held at the luxurious home of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams on the eve of the Super Bowl. Williams and wife Erika greeted guests at the gates of their Paradise Valley home. Items up for auction included a VIP experience with the Nationals, jewelry and other high-end goods. Wahlberg and Bay held private sessions with donors after their arrival, with the director showing a reel of behind-the-scenes footage. "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks also performed for guests. "I think it's important that when you're doing a huge gluttonous (event) — there are parties everywhere and it's just about stuff — and this is the one party that's about charity," Bay said. The pair worked together on the fourth installment of the "Transformers" franchise. Bay's frequent collaborator, Jerry Bruckheimer, also attended the event. Erika Williams said the event had raised at least $1 million. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Giving Back Fund, which handles charitable efforts for celebrities and athletes, Wahlberg's foundation for at-risk youth, and Phoenix-area Boys & Girls clubs. Wahlberg's allegiance to the New England Patriots is well known. Asked how thought Sunday's championship game would go, Wahlberg responded, "The Patriots are going to win, and if not, we'll dry our tears and go home." ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

George R.R. Martin recalls TV pilot with alien at Super Bowl
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
George R.R. Martin recalls TV pilot with alien at Super Bowl

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The creator of "Game of Thrones" says he once wrote a TV pilot with a plot focused on an alien landing at the Super Bowl. George R.R. Martin is now a famous author who has the clout to go to the Super Bowl. Martin attended the Rolling Stone party on the eve of the Super Bowl and plans to attend the game Sunday, his first ever trip to the big game. He is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks because "the opposing team is the evil Patriots. The deflaters, the spygate-rs." Martin grew up in New York and is no fan of the team that is the Jets archrival and faced the Giants twice in the Super Bowl. He still hopes that his alien Super Bowl idea sees the light of day as he plans to make the concept into a graphic novel. 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.

Jimmy Fallon set for Super Bowl Sunday show in Phoenix
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Jimmy Fallon set for Super Bowl Sunday show in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — Jimmy Fallon is planning his own match-up on Super Bowl Sunday. The host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" is set to wage a lip sync contest with actors Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart during a special post-game episode at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The contest is just one of the acts planned for the show. Pop singer Ariana Grande is also slated to perform. The show will air live following the game pitting the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, an episode of "The Blacklist" and local newscasts. Show representatives say tickets sold out online in less than three minutes with more than 42,000 people trying to snag one. This marks the second time Fallon has taken "The Tonight Show" on the road. 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.

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize for her 1989 performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London and made her stage debut at 14, moving into starring roles just four years later. She excelled at Shakespeare, playing major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet," and directing one of the Bard's plays. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008, stepping down at the end of a hugely successful run as the fictional detective. When she announced she was leaving the show, she said it had been "a marvelous experience to inhabit" the role and that she was leaving with fond memories of playing Miss Marple, one of the most enduring figures of mystery fiction. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," in which she played an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died in 2002. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia. 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.

Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Sports, entertainment stars converge for ESPN party

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Stars from the sports and entertainment world mingled Friday night at ESPN's lavish pre-Super Bowl party, which featured an energetic performance from pop newcomer Charli XCX. Actors, television sports analysts and sports stars looked on as the "Boom Clap" singer belted out several of her hits, dancing and bounding around the stage. Among the notable guests of the party were "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul, NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick and a host of retired sports figures including former basketball player Rick Fox and football stars Jerome Bettis and Marcellus Wiley. At one point, actor Mekhi Phifer from NBC's "ER" noticed Paul, and the pair exchanged hugs and spent several minutes talking and laughing with each other. In between live music performances by J. Cole and Charli XCX, Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson served as one of the party's DJs. He arrived and was photographed with comedian Tom Arnold, but zipped past several interviewers as he dragged a red suitcase of equipment. "I gotta DJ, I'm sorry," he told the reporters. ESPN has devoted extensive coverage to Sunday's championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. Many of its top personalities, including Michelle Beadle, Stephen A. Smith and Mike Golic, attended the party, which had a Southwestern theme. Instead of a red carpet, there was a dirt path. Fake rocks and cacti were placed throughout the venue, along with large photos of athletes and celebrities. ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation. In the Saturday night ceremony hosted at the Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, "How to Train Your Dragon" won five awards in all. It also took best director for Dean DeBlois, as well as prizes for feature character design, storyboarding and music. "Dragon" bested Disney's top contender, the superhero tale "Big Hero 6." But the film that preceded "Hero" in theaters, "Feast," won best short film. Warner Bros.' acclaimed but Oscar-snubbed "The Lego Movie" won for the Annie best feature writing. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will head to the Feb. 22 Oscars as the best-animation favorite. 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.

Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday.Sundance winners regularly go on to critical and awards success at Hollywood's main prize-giving ceremonies. Last year's top winner, "Whiplash," is nominated for best picture at this year's Oscars. The US documentary award meanwhile went to "The Wolfpack," while in the non-US categories the main prizes went to a Scottish filmmaker and a movie about Ukraine's ongoing struggle in the shadow of its former Soviet masters. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon took the Grand Jury Prize for a US drama at the end of a two-hour awards ceremony in the Utah mountain resort Park City. It also took the US drama audience prize -- the third year in row that the top US film has won both Grand Jury and audience awards, following "Whiplash" last year and "Fruitvale Station" in 2013. The best director for US drama was named as Robert Eggers for his horror movie "The Witch." - Stiff competition - The win for "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" came against what was considered strong competition this year from other entries that stirred considerable buzz at Sundance, including "The Witch" and the coming-of-age hip hop drama "Dope." Among US documentaries, "The Wolfpack" by Crystal Moselle took the Grand Jury Prize, while best director went to Matthew Heineman for "Cartel Land" about drug wars in Mexico. In the world cinema categories, the Grand Jury Prize for a drama went to "Slow West" by Scottish filmmaker John Maclean, which follows a teenager on a journey across 19th century frontier America in search of the woman he loves. "Thanks to dad for taking me to see Westerns when I was a wee boy," he said in a message to the festival. The movie co-stars Michael Fassbender. The world documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to "The Russian Woodpecker," which takes a stab at Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a story about the revolution in Ukraine and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. "I don't think we can stop Russia with bombs, but I think with a little bit of art and truth maybe we can make some progress," said the movie's American director Chad Gracia. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival opened on January 22 and officially ends on Sunday. Here is a full list of prize winners from Saturday's awards: - US DRAMA - Grand Jury Prize: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" Directing: Robert Eggers, "The Witch" Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Tim Talbott, "The Stanford Prison Experiment" Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Brandon Trost, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" Special Jury Award for Excellence in Editing: Lee Haugen, "Dope" Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision: Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, "Advantageous" Audience Award: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" - US DOCUMENTARY- Grand Jury Prize: "The Wolfpack" Directing: Matthew Heineman, "Cartel Land" Special Jury Award for Social Impact: "3 1/2 Minutes" Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking: "Western" Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature: "(T)ERROR" Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll, "Cartel Land" Audience Award: "Meru" - WORLD CINEMA DRAMA - Grand Jury Prize: "Slow West" Directing: Alante Kavaite, "The Summer of Sangaile" Special Award for Cinematography: Germain McMicking, "Partisan" Acting: Jack Reynor ("Glassland") and Regina Case and Camila Mardila ("The Second Mother") Audience Award: "Umrika" - WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY - Grand Jury Prize: "The Russian Woodpecker" Directing: Kim Longinotto, "Dreamcatcher" Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access: "The Chinese Mayor" Special Jury Award for Impact: "Pervert Park" Special Jury Award for Editing: Jim Scott, "How to Change the World" Audience Award: "Dark Horse" Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Wahlberg and Bay reunite for pre-Super Bowl charity event

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — "Transformers" star Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay reunited Saturday night for a charity event that organizers said raised more than $1 million. The pair served as celebrity hosts for the Big Game Big Give event held at the luxurious home of Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams on the eve of the Super Bowl. Williams and wife Erika greeted guests at the gates of their Paradise Valley home. Items up for auction included a VIP experience with the Nationals, jewelry and other high-end goods. Wahlberg and Bay held private sessions with donors after their arrival, with the director showing a reel of behind-the-scenes footage. "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks also performed for guests. "I think it's important that when you're doing a huge gluttonous (event) — there are parties everywhere and it's just about stuff — and this is the one party that's about charity," Bay said. The pair worked together on the fourth installment of the "Transformers" franchise. Bay's frequent collaborator, Jerry Bruckheimer, also attended the event. Erika Williams said the event had raised at least $1 million. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Giving Back Fund, which handles charitable efforts for celebrities and athletes, Wahlberg's foundation for at-risk youth, and Phoenix-area Boys & Girls clubs. Wahlberg's allegiance to the New England Patriots is well known. Asked how thought Sunday's championship game would go, Wahlberg responded, "The Patriots are going to win, and if not, we'll dry our tears and go home." ___ Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Anthony Mccartney from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
British actress Geraldine McEwan dies at age 82

LONDON (AP) — The family of longtime actress Geraldine McEwan says she has died following treatment for a stroke. She was 82. McEwan was known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes. Her two children said in a statement that she died Friday after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October. She had been hospitalized extensively since then. McEwan worked for many years in theater, television and films, sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, and other top British stars. She won numerous awards, including a BAFTA Best Actress prize for her 1989 performance in "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit." McEwan was born in Old Windsor, 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of London and made her stage debut at 14, moving into starring roles just four years later. She excelled at Shakespeare, playing major roles in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet," and directing one of the Bard's plays. She played Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes from 2004 to 2008, stepping down at the end of a hugely successful run as the fictional detective. When she announced she was leaving the show, she said it had been "a marvelous experience to inhabit" the role and that she was leaving with fond memories of playing Miss Marple, one of the most enduring figures of mystery fiction. Her career also included movies like "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," in which she played an evil witch alongside Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. She was married for nearly 50 years to Hugh Cruttwell, a former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died in 2002. She is survived by their two children, Greg and Claudia. 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.

Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale
Saturday Jan 31, 2015
Chinese filmmaker eyes Sundance glory with city tale

Chinese filmmaker Zhao Qi is not a newcomer to the Sundance Film Festival. He's had four films here in the last five years. That's pretty impressive, for the uninitiated.But the Emmy winner hopes his latest one, "The Chinese Mayor," will finally win some silverware at the independent movie showcase event, held annually in the Utah mountains, ending this coming weekend. The 40-year-old also wants the film to counter Western misconceptions of his homeland, and show the reality of the modern country with a rare portrait of life in a provincial Chinese city. "I always think that there's a misunderstanding about China, especially for the Chinese government and Chinese party," he told AFP in an interview, while insisting he was not a supporter as such of the Beijing government. "I would not say a fan," cautioned the producer, but added: "At least he's doing something more than the previous administration, which gives more expectations for people." "The Chinese Mayor" tells the tale of Geng Yanbo, dubbed "Demolition Geng" after he became mayor in 2008 of former imperial jewel Datong, some 350 km (220 miles) west of Beijing. The city served as the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty during its heyday 1,600 years ago. But decades of mining in the 20th century has left it dubbed one of China's most polluted regions. - Attracting tourists - Geng earned his name from his campaign to demolish much of the city center, relocating 40,000 of its 140,000 households, before rebuilding it in ancient style, with a view to attracting tourists. He is shown dealing with the complaints of ordinary residents on the street, regularly deciding individual cases on the spot, while berating his city contractors for their incompetence. The downtrodden locals are shown lambasting Geng and other party and city leaders as being out-of-touch with reality, ignoring their plight in his drive to push through his overall city renewal plan. But bizarrely, after the mayor is promoted to a bigger provincial capital and leaves much of the projects half done, there is a massive popular outcry calling for him to stay. "Through making the film we learn it is never only a black and white world, or simply good and bad," said Zhao. The stereotypical view of corruption-plagued government is unfair, he argues, or at least is only part of the whole story -- which the producer says has not been told enough. "The audience here (in the US) they get most of their information from the mainstream media, which is always a quite stereotyped one. I don't think they cover most parts of China," he said. In fact, he said, even Chinese central TV "don't cover most parts of China either," he added. "There is this (story), it needs to be delivered to people. And nobody is doing that job. I hope that as independent observers, we're able to deliver that message." Zhao's previous films at Sundance include "Last Train Home" in 2010, "China Heavy Weight" in 2012 and "Fallen City," which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in 2013. He has also won two Emmy Awards in 2012 for his television documentary "P.O.V." "The Chinese Mayor" is competing in the World Documentary contest at this year's Sundance festival, which wraps up on February 1. The prize winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday around 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Sunday). Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tops Annie Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" topped the 42nd Annie Awards, taking best feature at the annual honors for animation. In the Saturday night ceremony hosted at the Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, "How to Train Your Dragon" won five awards in all. It also took best director for Dean DeBlois, as well as prizes for feature character design, storyboarding and music. "Dragon" bested Disney's top contender, the superhero tale "Big Hero 6." But the film that preceded "Hero" in theaters, "Feast," won best short film. Warner Bros.' acclaimed but Oscar-snubbed "The Lego Movie" won for the Annie best feature writing. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" will head to the Feb. 22 Oscars as the best-animation favorite. 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.

Stoppard's 'last' play asks if humans are capable of good
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Stoppard's 'last' play asks if humans are capable of good

Famous for his erudite works blending science, history and literature, Oscar-winning playwright Tom Stoppard addresses some of humanity's most profound questions in what he has said may be his final play.Its title "The Hard Problem" refers to scientists and philosophers' difficulty in explaining consciousness, and central to the play is whether there is something more than the material world, such as God. Performed at London's National Theatre, it is the 77-year-old Czech-born British playwright's first stage play since "Rock 'n' Roll" in 2006, and has been sold out months in advance. The question "Where do thoughts occur?" literally hovered above the set, posed by a brain-shaped mass of wires where lights evoked a neurological scan. The first scene opens as the main character, Hilary, a student, is belittled by her tutor, Spike, for believing that altruism exists without self-interest. The play highlights potential examples to counter his argument: a mother's love for her child, or those who take the blame to protect others. Woven into Hilary's journey is an exploration of selfishness in financial markets and the danger of automated trading in an irrational world. Stoppard is one of Britain's best known playwrights and received an Oscar for his screenplay for the film "Shakespeare in Love" in 1998, as well as four Tony awards for his Broadway productions. In an interview in Paris last year, Stoppard said this play could be his last and he might now devote himself to reading books and screenwriting instead. Audience members at the play's premiere this week were overwhelmingly positive but the reviews were mixed. - 'Beautiful brainache' - "I thought the writing was beautiful, it unfolded like a watch, or a clock. It was very cerebral," said filmmaker David Rocksavage, 54. Box office worker Nadira Hussein, 26, said she enjoyed the play but thought its relationships could have been developed. "They are talking about consciousness and what it means to be human, but I thought the human side could have been brought out more," Hussein said. Writer Joe Murphy, 24, praised actress Olivia Vinall's portrayal of Hilary as "startling" and called the play's span of ideas "incredible". "I think about life. I don't think we as human beings can answer everything and it's beautiful to see on stage someone grappling with that," Murphy said. Critic Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail called it "brilliant brainache" but The Daily Telegraph's Dominic Cavendish branded it a "major disappointment", while Dominic Maxwell in The Times said Stoppard was "too clever for his own good". Running until the end of May, the production will be broadcast live in 550 cinemas in Britain on April 16. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Cancer movie wins top prize at Sundance

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a moving drama about a teenager who befriends a classmate with cancer, won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday.Sundance winners regularly go on to critical and awards success at Hollywood's main prize-giving ceremonies. Last year's top winner, "Whiplash," is nominated for best picture at this year's Oscars. The US documentary award meanwhile went to "The Wolfpack," while in the non-US categories the main prizes went to a Scottish filmmaker and a movie about Ukraine's ongoing struggle in the shadow of its former Soviet masters. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon took the Grand Jury Prize for a US drama at the end of a two-hour awards ceremony in the Utah mountain resort Park City. It also took the US drama audience prize -- the third year in row that the top US film has won both Grand Jury and audience awards, following "Whiplash" last year and "Fruitvale Station" in 2013. The best director for US drama was named as Robert Eggers for his horror movie "The Witch." - Stiff competition - The win for "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" came against what was considered strong competition this year from other entries that stirred considerable buzz at Sundance, including "The Witch" and the coming-of-age hip hop drama "Dope." Among US documentaries, "The Wolfpack" by Crystal Moselle took the Grand Jury Prize, while best director went to Matthew Heineman for "Cartel Land" about drug wars in Mexico. In the world cinema categories, the Grand Jury Prize for a drama went to "Slow West" by Scottish filmmaker John Maclean, which follows a teenager on a journey across 19th century frontier America in search of the woman he loves. "Thanks to dad for taking me to see Westerns when I was a wee boy," he said in a message to the festival. The movie co-stars Michael Fassbender. The world documentary Grand Jury Prize was given to "The Russian Woodpecker," which takes a stab at Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a story about the revolution in Ukraine and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. "I don't think we can stop Russia with bombs, but I think with a little bit of art and truth maybe we can make some progress," said the movie's American director Chad Gracia. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival opened on January 22 and officially ends on Sunday. Here is a full list of prize winners from Saturday's awards: - US DRAMA - Grand Jury Prize: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" Directing: Robert Eggers, "The Witch" Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Tim Talbott, "The Stanford Prison Experiment" Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Brandon Trost, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" Special Jury Award for Excellence in Editing: Lee Haugen, "Dope" Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision: Jacqueline Kim and Jennifer Phang, "Advantageous" Audience Award: "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" - US DOCUMENTARY- Grand Jury Prize: "The Wolfpack" Directing: Matthew Heineman, "Cartel Land" Special Jury Award for Social Impact: "3 1/2 Minutes" Special Jury Award for Verite Filmmaking: "Western" Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature: "(T)ERROR" Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Matthew Heineman and Matt Porwoll, "Cartel Land" Audience Award: "Meru" - WORLD CINEMA DRAMA - Grand Jury Prize: "Slow West" Directing: Alante Kavaite, "The Summer of Sangaile" Special Award for Cinematography: Germain McMicking, "Partisan" Acting: Jack Reynor ("Glassland") and Regina Case and Camila Mardila ("The Second Mother") Audience Award: "Umrika" - WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY - Grand Jury Prize: "The Russian Woodpecker" Directing: Kim Longinotto, "Dreamcatcher" Special Jury Award for Unparalleled Access: "The Chinese Mayor" Special Jury Award for Impact: "Pervert Park" Special Jury Award for Editing: Jim Scott, "How to Change the World" Audience Award: "Dark Horse" Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Rodgers wins MVP, Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

PHOENIX (AP) — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, took this one in somewhat surprisingly easy fashion over Watt. The Packers quarterback received 31 votes for the 2014 award from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. Houston's Watt, seeking to become the first defensive player to win MVP since 1986, got 13 votes. Rodgers threw for 38 touchdowns and a league-low five interceptions; he has thrown 512 passes at home without a pick. He led the Packers to two victories at season's end despite playing with a severe calf injury. "I feel so fortunate to live out my dreams, year after year," Rodgers said Saturday night. " "It can't help but sink in when you play for the Packers. When you live in Green Bay you know about the Lombardi years, Bart Starr and all the guys who made those teams special. You like to be part of something special yourself." Watt, the ultra-energetic and versatile Texans end, is the first unanimous choice for an AP award since Tom Brady won Most Valuable Player in 2007, and the first for top defensive player under the current voting setup. "I'm always trying to raise the bar," he said. "The moment you get complacent is the moment you begin your decline. When you start to feel like you've made it, when you feel like you're doing pretty good, that's when you start to fall back." NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray of Dallas won Offensive Player, while the Arizona Cardinals swept coaching honors. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took the Comeback Player award, but was not on hand because, well, New England has a rather important date with Seattle on Sunday in the Super Bowl. Murray, who ran away with the rushing title with 1,845 yards — nearly 500 more than any other player — also topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage. He scored 13 touchdowns in helping the Cowboys win the NFC East. That overwhelming performance earned him 26 votes as Murray easily outdistanced Rodgers (15 votes). "I want to say thank you to the Jones family for taking a chance on me four years ago out of Oklahoma," Murray said. "It's been a privilege to play there. Hopefully we can continue that." Murray's contract is up. "I don't think it's any surprise or any secret where I want to play next year," he said. Arians took his second Coach of the Year award in three seasons after leading his injury-ravaged Cardinals to an 11-5 record and a wild-card playoff berth. He was the top coach in 2012 as an interim, stepping in for the ill Chuck Pagano and leading the Colts to the postseason. His defensive coordinator in Arizona, Todd Bowles, won the first Assistant Coach of the Year award. Bowles has parlayed his work with the Cardinals into a head coaching job with the Jets. "I wouldn't be head coach of the year if it wasn't for him and the job he did," Arians said. "I'm so happy that we started that award and he got it for the first time. Now he's going to do a great job for the Jets." Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who made the play of the year against the Cowboys with a one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward, was voted top offensive rookie. Beckham tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs. "This is a great class that I came in," Beckham said. "Part of the reason that I wanted to come out (early from LSU) was to be included in this class." Rams tackle Aaron Donald won top defensive rookie honors. A force against the run and the pass, Donald had 37 tackles, nine assists, and led all rookies with nine sacks. He was one of three rookies initially selected for the Pro Bowl. "Hard work pays off," Donald explained. In his fourth pro season, Watt earned his second such honor with 20 1-2 sacks, 78 tackles — 29 for losses — 50 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and 10 blocked passes. He is the first NFL player with multiple 20-sack seasons. Watt also had 20 1-2 sacks in 2012, his other top defensive player season. The AP awards were given out during the "NFL Honors" TV program. Also during the show, Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. "This award means a great deal to me, as it symbolizes the valued work that the NFL, its players, and its 32 teams do in the community," said Davis, a 10-year veteran. Bears defensive end Jared Allen won the Salute to Service Award. USAA will contribute $25,000 in Allen's honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Barry Wilner from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Arians and Bowles sweep AP coaching awards
Sunday Feb 1, 2015
Arians and Bowles sweep AP coaching awards

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray of Dallas won The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award for 2014, while the Arizona Cardinals swept coaching honors Saturday night. Murray ran away with the rushing title with 1,845 yards — nearly 500 more than any other player — and also topped the NFL with 2,261 yards from scrimmage. He scored 13 touchdowns in helping the Cowboys win the NFC East. That overwhelming performance earned him 26 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Murray easily outdistanced Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (15 votes). "I want to say thank you to the Jones family for taking a chance on me four years ago out of Oklahoma," Murray said. "It's been a privilege to play there. Hopefully we can continue that." Arians took his second Coach of the Year award in three seasons after leading his injury-ravaged Cardinals to an 11-5 record and a wild-card playoff berth. He was the top coach in 2012 as an interim, stepping in for the ill Chuck Pagano and leading the Colts to the postseason. His defensive coordinator in Arizona, Todd Bowles, won the first Assistant Coach of the Year award. Bowles has parlayed his work with the Cardinals into a head coaching job with the Jets. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who made the play of the year against the Cowboys with a one-handed snag of a touchdown pass while falling backward, was voted top offensive rookie. Beckham tied Michael Irvin's NFL mark with nine consecutive games of 90 yards receiving and finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs. The AP awards were given out during the NFL Honors TV program. Also during the show, Bears defensive end Jared Allen won the Salute to Service Award. USAA will contribute $25,000 in Allen's honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Barry Wilner from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.