Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

'South Park' goes gluten-free

In the next episode of the irreverent animated series, the residents of the Colorado town take on a new public enemy: gluten.Since he gave given up gluten, Mr. Mackey feels incredibly good and is really getting on everyone's nerves. But after watching a demonstration of the effects of gluten...
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'South Park' goes gluten-free
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
'South Park' goes gluten-free

In the next episode of the irreverent animated series, the residents of the Colorado town take on a new public enemy: gluten.Since he gave given up gluten, Mr. Mackey feels incredibly good and is really getting on everyone's nerves. But after watching a demonstration of the effects of gluten on the body, South Park's residents decide to make their hometown the first gluten-free city in the US. Slated to air on October 1 on Comedy Central, the episode is titled "South Park Gluten Free Ebola" and will send up the growing trend of gluten-free eating. On air since 1997, the animated series continues to draw from current events and cultural trends to amuse its approximately 2 million viewers.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Viola Davis learns underbelly of law on new show
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Viola Davis learns underbelly of law on new show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing an attorney on TV has shown Viola Davis there's a slim — and slippery — divide between guilt and innocence. The 49-year-old actress stars as a defense attorney and law professor on the new ABC show "How to Get Away With Murder," which premiered Thursday to an impressive 14 million viewers. Davis' character, Annalise Keating, comes off in the first episode as sharp, intimidating and not all the way righteous. Davis said the role taught her "just how fine the line is between guilt and innocence, and a lie and the truth, and good and bad." "I'm not just talking about the cases," she said. "I mean being a defense attorney!" Davis has had recurring roles on TV series including "Law & Order: SVU" and "United States of Tara," but it's a new experience for the Oscar-nominated and Tony-winning star to work full-time in TV. "I'm tired, but I'm liking it. I'm liking the pace of it," she said. "I'm liking the quick decisions you have to make. I feel alive as an artist." She also appreciates the chance to stay in one place and sleep in her own bed each night. "Having a 4-year-old, that's fabulous," she said. Davis discussed her new show Sunday at a benefit for the Rape Treatment Center, which she became acquainted with through research for a role. "That whole facility just moved me," she said. "It is just geared toward helping the victim... and I wanted to be a part of that. My heart was moved by it." ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

AP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
AP PHOTOS: Rush-hour keeps billions on the move

On packed subways and crowded highways, billions of people participate in a short-distance population shift twice a day: the rhythmic ritual of the daily commute to and from work. More than 300 million people use the United States' transport systems every day, and in 2012 a whopping 76 percent of them got to work by driving alone, a U.S. Department of Transportation report out last week noted. That can make for a lot of gridlock. Highways clogged with bumper-to-bumper cars may be the go-to image of rush-hour traffic. But peer deeper and you'll find others. In South Africa, brave commuters risk life and limb by hitching a ride on the front of a train. Sleek elevated metro trains slither past Dubai's futuristic skyscrapers, their bellies packed with migrant workers who keep the city's fancy hotels, shopping malls and construction sites humming. In Taiwan, some cling to old ways with old bicycles, jostling for road space with hundreds of buzzing scooters. Associated Press photographers the world over set out to see how workers on five continents endure their morning and evening rush-hour commutes. This collection of 20 photos shows what they found. ___ Follow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP/lists/ap-photographers/members Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamschreck Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash
Monday Sep 29, 2014
Wal-Mart: Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in crash

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday. The filing was made in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair, who was accompanying the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star back from a show in Delaware. Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, said in the filing that the passengers' injuries were caused "in whole or in part" by their "failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device," which it said constitutes unreasonable conduct. An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs called Wal-Mart's contentions "surprising and appalling." "It's disingenuous," attorney Benedict Morelli said. "It's not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility. I'm very upset, not for myself but for the families I represent." The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages. It says the retail giant should have known that its truck driver had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable." It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said in an email that the company "continues to stand willing to work with Mr. Morgan and the other plaintiffs to resolve this matter." Passengers Ardley Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea and Millea's wife, Krista Millea, also are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Krista Millea was not in the limousine when the crash occurred but is a plaintiff because she has a related loss-of-services lawsuit stemming from the crash. Truck driver Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges in state court. A criminal complaint also accuses him of not sleeping for more than 24 hours before the crash, a violation of New Jersey law. A report by federal transportation safety investigators said Roper was driving 65 mph in the minute before he slammed into the limo van. The speed limit on that stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike is 55 mph and was lowered to 45 mph that night because of construction. Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash, the report concluded. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Football commands highest TV ad prices
Monday Sep 29, 2014
Football commands highest TV ad prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Pro football pays the bills in prime-time television. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" charges $627,300 for a 30-second advertisement, more than any other program in prime-time broadcast television, according to a survey by Advertising Age. On its heels is CBS' new Thursday night football telecast, being shown this fall for the first time, at $483,333. Television's top-rated comedy, "The Big Bang Theory," is the scripted show with the priciest ads, at $344,827, Advertising Age said. Otherwise, ad prices don't always mesh with the Nielsen company's measurements of which programs get the biggest audience. That's because advertisers pay a premium to reach a younger audience For instance, CBS' "NCIS" is often television's most-watched scripted show each week, certainly the most popular drama. But with an ad price of $170,948, it didn't make the top 10 of Advertising Age's most expensive shows in which to buy commercial time. NBC's "The Black List," a hit in its second season, is the priciest drama with an ad price of $285,975. NBC's "The Voice" on Monday night gets $274,157 per 30-second spot. ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" is competitive with "The Voice" in viewership, but is penalized by advertisers for having an audience heavy with older women. The show is commanding an ad price of $118,606, Advertising Age said. "Modern Family" commands a higher ad price than any other ABC show, at $239,650, while "Sleepy Hollow" is tops at Fox, at $202,500, the magazine said. "American Idol" isn't included in the calculations because it doesn't start until January. Advertising Age bases its numbers on ad sales this spring. They can vary depending on sales taking place closer to airtime, and some advertisers get a discount if they buy a large volume of ads. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Movies

'Inherent Vice' first trailer: Phoenix, Brolin, Witherspoon
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
'Inherent Vice' first trailer: Phoenix, Brolin, Witherspoon

Joaquin Phoenix stars as private investigator Doc in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," stumbling through Los Angeles on the trail of missing persons as conspiracy whirls around him.The trailer comes ahead of a world premiere at the New York International Film Festival on October 4, and then a limited release from December 12, pending general availability from January 9 in the USA. It marks the first time that a Thomas Pynchon novel has been adapted for film, though there have been suggestions that Anderson has altered the book's ending for his version, and with the author's apparent permission. Alongside Phoenix is Josh Brolin ("No Country For Old Men"), Katherine Waterston ("Boardwalk Empire"), Reese Witherspoon (whom he co-starred with in "Walk The Line"), Owen Wilson ("The Royal Tenenbaums") and another navigator of offbeat, substance-fueled plotlines, Benicio del Toro ("Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas"). "Inherent Vice" - Official Trailer: youtu.be/wZfs22E7JmI Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards

The prizes at this year's Rome international film festival will be decided by a vote by the viewing public as organisers move to cut costs by doing away with expensive star juries.Under the novel system unveiled Monday, festival goers at the October 16-25 cinema fest will receive tickets with a code enabling them to vote online for the five main prizes, previously handed out by a committee of industry insiders who had to be fed, watered and lodged over the course of the festival, at considerable expense. With all forms of public spending under review in cash-strapped Italy, the organisers had no option but to find savings. "The essential is that the festival goes on and is self-financing for half its budget," said Lamberto Mancini, the director general of organising body, Cinema per Roma. The annual festival, now in its ninth year, will this year host 51 feature length films from 21 countries, 24 of them making their international premiere. Among the stars expected to attend are Clive Owen, the British actor who will present Steven Soderbergh's 10-part TV mini-series about a New York hospital, "The Knick", and Kevin Costner, who stars in Mike Binder's "Black and White". The only 'professional' jury at the festival will be tasked with selecting the winner of the award for best first work and will be chaired by US filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, best known for the documentary "Mondovino". Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Nicole Kidman reveals heartbreak at father's death

SYDNEY (AP) — Nicole Kidman revealed she was heartbroken over the death of her father this month and thanked well-wishers for their comforting thoughts and prayers. "We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks," the actress and her singer husband Keith Urban said in a joint statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. "We are all heartbroken, but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting," they added. They signed off: "Sending love, Nic and Keith xx." The Australian star of this year's "Grace of Monaco" returned to her home of Sydney after her psychologist father Tony Kidman died during a vacation in Singapore on Sept. 12. The 75-year-old was in Singapore to visit his other daughter, Antonia, and her family. Authorities did not reveal the cause of his death. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest
Monday Sep 29, 2014
Mexican's 'Harry Potter' hoard is world's biggest

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" memorabilia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding all things related to British author J.K. Rowling's young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films. His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms. Guinness World Records officially recognized it Monday as the world No. 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807. Silva Vargas said he began with no intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell. He laughingly called his obsession both a blessing and a curse: "My salary, my bonuses ... it all ended up here." Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Littlefinger of 'Game of Thrones' to play antagonist in 'Maze Runner' sequel
Monday Sep 29, 2014
Littlefinger of 'Game of Thrones' to play antagonist in 'Maze Runner' sequel

Aidan Gillen, known for playing a notorious manipulator on "Game of Thrones," has been cast as Janson in "The Scorch Trials."Announced for a 2015 release last week, just after "The Maze Runner" opened on top of the worldwide box office, the sequel to the young-adult sci-fi feature is starting to put together its cast. In the first movie, the young protagonist Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up to find that he and a group of other teenage boys are trapped in a giant maze that shifts its shape each night. While he has no memory of his past or of the outside world, he frequently dreams about a strange organization called WKCD. "The Maze Runner" joins "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" in the dystopian young-adult movie genre that seems to be having its heyday in Hollywood. All are adapted from young-adult novels which, as a general rule, depict young protagonists and bleak societies devoid of any hope for future happiness. Published in 2008, "The Maze Runner" is the first book in James Dashner's eponymous trilogy, which also includes "The Scorch Trial" and "The Death Cure." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Events

Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Luvvies sacked as Rome film festival puts viewers in charge of awards

The prizes at this year's Rome international film festival will be decided by a vote by the viewing public as organisers move to cut costs by doing away with expensive star juries.Under the novel system unveiled Monday, festival goers at the October 16-25 cinema fest will receive tickets with a code enabling them to vote online for the five main prizes, previously handed out by a committee of industry insiders who had to be fed, watered and lodged over the course of the festival, at considerable expense. With all forms of public spending under review in cash-strapped Italy, the organisers had no option but to find savings. "The essential is that the festival goes on and is self-financing for half its budget," said Lamberto Mancini, the director general of organising body, Cinema per Roma. The annual festival, now in its ninth year, will this year host 51 feature length films from 21 countries, 24 of them making their international premiere. Among the stars expected to attend are Clive Owen, the British actor who will present Steven Soderbergh's 10-part TV mini-series about a New York hospital, "The Knick", and Kevin Costner, who stars in Mike Binder's "Black and White". The only 'professional' jury at the festival will be tasked with selecting the winner of the award for best first work and will be chaired by US filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, best known for the documentary "Mondovino". Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Broadway version of 'The Audience' imports actors
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Broadway version of 'The Audience' imports actors

NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Mirren will be seeing some familiar faces when she brings "The Audience" to Broadway. Producers of the play said Tuesday that Michael Elwyn will reprise his role as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe will return as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright has been again cast as David Cameron. Geoffrey Beevers will also reprise his role as the Queen's snooty attendant. Mirren will be Queen Elizabeth II. "The Audience" imagines the private weekly meetings between the monarch and Britain's prime ministers — 12 in all — over her six-decade reign. It was a smash hit in London last year. More cast members will be revealed later. Previews start Feb. 17 and it will run through June at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Tate Britain opens three-month Turner Prize 2014 exhibition
Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Tate Britain opens three-month Turner Prize 2014 exhibition

Work from the four shortlisted Turner Prize 2014 artists goes on display for three months from September 30, with the prize itself announced December 1.The London exhibition, on the occasion of the Turner Prize's 30th edition, represents an opportunity to become acquainted with the work of the four finalists, who have on display a selection of artworks. Tris Vonna-Michell focuses on the personal and biographical with "Postscript II (Berlin) 2014" and "Finding Chopin: Dans l'Essex 2014," while Ciara Phillips displays screenprint work "Things Shared 2014" across gallery walls. Duncan Campbell has "It for Others 2013," responding to Chris Marker and Alan Resnais's 1953 film essay "Statues Also Die," as well as "Sigmar 2008," which references German artist Sigmar Polke, while James Richards has three works: "Rosebud 2013," "The Screens 2013" and the Keith Haring-related "Untitled Merchandise (Lovers and Dealers) 2007." Academy Award and BAFTA nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of "12 Years a Slave" will be on hand to announce the winner of this year's £25,000 ($40k) prize on December 1, with £5,000 ($8k) allocated to the remaining shortlistees. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2014 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network
Monday Sep 29, 2014
Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network

CBS officials talked about an all-women sports show for more than a year, and now they're set to make television history. The network announced Tuesday that "We Need to Talk" will premiere Sept. 30 on CBS Sports Network. The weekly, hour-long, prime-time program on the cable channel will be the first of its kind. The panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers: Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce. Other contributors include Andrea Kremer and former athletes Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash and Summer Sanders. "I think it's long overdue," CBS Sports president David Berson said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "We're excited to be the home for it, and all these women have such meaningful roles already within CBS or in various other places. I know they're all excited." "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King will appear as guests. Visser, who started covering sports in 1974, considers the show "a cultural pivot point." "There are many shows that have a woman on, but not one that has a table filled with women," Visser said in a release. Trask was the first female chief executive officer in the NFL and worked for the Oakland Raiders for nearly 30 years. She noted each woman brings her own perspective and experience, ranging from the former athletes on the show to Wolfson as a sideline reporter, Visser as a Hall of Fame reporter and Kremer as a reporter for HBO's Real Sports. "We each view things uniquely as well," Trask told the AP. "I believe we will offer a different perspective than is currently available on television. We'll approach issues with our own different perspectives and that will make the show even richer." Visser recalled sports media credentials often said, 'No women or children in the press box.' "Forty years later we are accepted as members of the media, assistant coaches (San Antonio Spurs' Becky Hammon) college officials and executives," she said. "We have learned to love sports the same way boys and men do — not all of them played the game either. I'm proud to play for CBS." The show will be led by Emmy Award-winning coordinating producers Emilie Deutsch and Suzanne Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games. Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc will produce with Smith directing. The show will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT, although on a relatively new network that's in just under half of U.S. homes with televisions. "It also underscores our commitment to this that we're putting it in such a marquee time slot," Berson said. Berson isn't worried about sports fans finding the show, and he said hopefully people will ask for the network if they don't have it. Ali, the daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, said in the release she's "honored to have a seat at the table for meaningful conversation with so many accomplished women in the sports world." Trask sees the show as innovative and creative, despite the long wait. "It's exciting that this is happening now," she said. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'Children of a Lesser God' heads to Broadway
Monday Sep 29, 2014
'Children of a Lesser God' heads to Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The romantic story "Children of a Lesser God," which has been a hit already onstage and on film, is heading back to Broadway. Producer Hal Luftig said Monday that a revival is in the works for the 2015-2016 Broadway season. Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon will direct. No cast was announced. "Children of a Lesser God," by Mark Medoff, follows the relationship between a deaf woman and a teacher at a school for the deaf. Medoff's other plays include "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" ''In the Hands of Its Enemy" and "Stumps." He also wrote the HBO movie "Apology" and the film "City of Joy." Phyllis Frelich won a Tony in 1980 for her Broadway portrayal of Sarah Norman, the deaf woman at the heart of the play, which also won a Tony. "Children of a Lesser God" was later made into a movie, which won an Academy Award for deaf actress Marlee Matlin. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.