Saturday Aug 29, 2015

Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs....
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Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers
Saturday Aug 29, 2015
Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The voice of summer in Los Angeles plans to return next year. Vin Scully will be back for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers, who revealed the news Friday night in the second inning of their game against the Chicago Cubs. Magic Johnson, a co-owner of the team, appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board to tell the crowd that Jimmy Kimmel had a major announcement. Late-night TV host Kimmel appeared and without a sound used cue cards to explain Scully would return for another season "at least," read one of the cards. His last card read: "God bless us everyone." The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer's consecutive years of service make him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history. "I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we've decided to do it again in 2016," Scully said in a statement distributed during the game. "There's no place like home and Dodger Stadium, and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends." Earlier Friday, Scully asked Cubs manager Joe Maddon to visit his booth in the press box. "He was aware of our players, of course, but he wanted to know about a lot of the young guys," the manager said. "I've never asked for my photograph to be taken with anybody, but we did and I'll keep that. It was a very nice meeting and to get my photograph taken with him was pretty special. I was very honored." Scully confided in Maddon that he was going to return. "I was happy," Maddon said. Scully calls all nine innings of the team's home games and road games in California and Arizona for the Dodgers' television home on SportsNet LA, while the first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio. "Vin is a national treasure and the Dodgers couldn't be happier to have him back at the microphone in 2016," team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. "Vin makes every broadcast special and generation after generation of Dodger fans have been blessed to be able to listen to him create his poetic magic since 1950. We look forward to adding many new chapters to that legacy in 2016." However, a dispute between Time Warner Cable and other cable subscribers now in its second year is keeping 70 percent of the Los Angeles television market from seeing the team's games. Only customers of Time Warner and a couple of its partners have been able to watch, while subscribers of major providers such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T have been shut out. Even Scully can't watch road games because he lives in an area not served by Time Warner. Scully began his professional broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He has called three perfect games, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games. He was behind the microphone for Kirk Gibson's Game 1 homer in the 1988 World Series, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th home run and Sandy Koufax's four no-hitters, including a perfect game. Last season, the Dodgers revealed Scully's return on a night when talking microphones featuring his dulcet tones were given away to fans. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Beth Harris from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal

A sincere "Star Trek" spoof that was warmly received in 1999, "Galaxy Quest" is making a return -- as a TV series -- after Amazon Studios struck a deal with the film's Paramount. We take a look at what made the movie special in the first place.The plotAn iconic sci-fi TV series "Galaxy Quest" has been discovered by a far-off alien race who didn't realize it was fiction, based their entire civilization upon the show, recreating its technologies, and then calls upon its original heroes (the actors) to rescue them from galactic oblivion when space war breaks out. The toneKey to its charm was the way that "Galaxy Quest" riffed on its inspiration without any signs of cruelty towards "Star Trek" or its fandom. Though taking on the tone of a light comedy, and in spite of its ridiculous premise, its human characters weren't caricatured -- and it was the somewhat obsessive fans of a fictional "Galaxy Quest" series that helped to save the day. The castAt the time, its on-screen talent pool was a mix of grade-A names, recognizable screen actors, and rising stars. Tim Allen had two "Toy Story" films and nine years as the lead in "Home Improvement" -- a more down-to-earth show about life on and off a TV series' set. Sigourney Weaver had completed four "Alien" films, while Alan Rickman was acclaimed for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Sense and Sensibility"; Tony Shalhoub had 144 episodes of "Wings" and Daryl Mitchell accrued 84 appearances on "The John Larroquette Show." Contrast with Sam Rockwell, who didn't yet have "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or "Moon" on his resumé. Instead, he was on the cusp after "Lawn Dogs" and "The Green Mile." Meanwhile, both Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Rainn Wilson of "The Office" were debutants. Getting the gang back together might be a tough call, and with Amazon having just come on board for the remake, casting has not been announced. Behind the scenes, several core players are still involved: writer Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and two of executive producers to boot. The homagesThe film was, of course, stuffed with references to "Star Trek," but didn't require more than a passing knowledge. There was a send-up of Kirk's fight with a Gorn when Allen's character was pursued by a rock monster (also a William Shatner allusion), plenty of commanding poses, and a crew shaken by a flubbed take-off.Spock-like haircuts adorn the aliens' heads, while production design was cribbed from 30 years of franchise tropes.How much familiarity will be required by Amazon's series is for now a mystery -- perhaps just enough to nudge viewers towards reruns on Prime Instant Video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released
Friday Aug 28, 2015
New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released

A second teaser has been released for the Bill Murray film "Rock the Kasbah," providing more details on the storyline about a washed-up rock manager who discovers a surprising local talent in Afghanistan.Inspired by a true story, the film includes a solid cast helmed by Murray, and rounded out by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. After landing in Afghanistan with his lone client for a USO tour of Afghanistan, Murray's character Richie Lanz finds himself stranded in the wartorn country. But when he discovers a teenager with immense talent, he offers to manage the girl as she tries to win a local reality show competition equivalent to "American Idol." Watch the trailer at http://bit.ly/1Emzet0. "Rock the Kasbah" opens October 23. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, "brought into the world via gestational carrier." He is her first child and a publicist said both "are healthy and happy." Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama. Her other on-screen credits include "Ally McBeal" and the films "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill." ___ Online: http://lucyliu.net 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.

Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play villain in 'Dr. Strange'

Variety reports that Mads Mikkelsen ("Hannibal") is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in "Dr. Strange."The Danish actor is in talks with Marvel Studios' to play a villain in an adapted version of the comic series "Dr. Strange," for which Benedict Cumberbatch has already been confirmed to play the eponymous role. "Dr. Strange" is a character from the Marvel Comic series, a sorcerer who protects the Earth from magical threats. If talks are successful, Mikkelsen will join Tilda Swinton and fellow bad guy Chiwetel Ejiofor on the cast list. Mads Mikkelsen rose to international fame as the antagonist in "Casino Royale." He is currently playing the lead role in TV series "Hannibal." "Dr. Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson and will be released on December 6, 2016. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Galaxy Quest' takes off with series deal

A sincere "Star Trek" spoof that was warmly received in 1999, "Galaxy Quest" is making a return -- as a TV series -- after Amazon Studios struck a deal with the film's Paramount. We take a look at what made the movie special in the first place.The plotAn iconic sci-fi TV series "Galaxy Quest" has been discovered by a far-off alien race who didn't realize it was fiction, based their entire civilization upon the show, recreating its technologies, and then calls upon its original heroes (the actors) to rescue them from galactic oblivion when space war breaks out. The toneKey to its charm was the way that "Galaxy Quest" riffed on its inspiration without any signs of cruelty towards "Star Trek" or its fandom. Though taking on the tone of a light comedy, and in spite of its ridiculous premise, its human characters weren't caricatured -- and it was the somewhat obsessive fans of a fictional "Galaxy Quest" series that helped to save the day. The castAt the time, its on-screen talent pool was a mix of grade-A names, recognizable screen actors, and rising stars. Tim Allen had two "Toy Story" films and nine years as the lead in "Home Improvement" -- a more down-to-earth show about life on and off a TV series' set. Sigourney Weaver had completed four "Alien" films, while Alan Rickman was acclaimed for "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Sense and Sensibility"; Tony Shalhoub had 144 episodes of "Wings" and Daryl Mitchell accrued 84 appearances on "The John Larroquette Show." Contrast with Sam Rockwell, who didn't yet have "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" or "Moon" on his resumé. Instead, he was on the cusp after "Lawn Dogs" and "The Green Mile." Meanwhile, both Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard") and Rainn Wilson of "The Office" were debutants. Getting the gang back together might be a tough call, and with Amazon having just come on board for the remake, casting has not been announced. Behind the scenes, several core players are still involved: writer Robert Gordon, director Dean Parisot, and two of executive producers to boot. The homagesThe film was, of course, stuffed with references to "Star Trek," but didn't require more than a passing knowledge. There was a send-up of Kirk's fight with a Gorn when Allen's character was pursued by a rock monster (also a William Shatner allusion), plenty of commanding poses, and a crew shaken by a flubbed take-off.Spock-like haircuts adorn the aliens' heads, while production design was cribbed from 30 years of franchise tropes.How much familiarity will be required by Amazon's series is for now a mystery -- perhaps just enough to nudge viewers towards reruns on Prime Instant Video. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Borderlands' to be adapted for the silver screen
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Borderlands' to be adapted for the silver screen

Lionsgate is developing a movie of the "Borderlands" video game franchise.The movie company behind "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent," has announced that it will be taking on an adaptation of the successful sci-fi shooter "Borderlands". Producers Avi and Ari Arad ("Iron Man," "Blade," "The Amazing Spider-Man" among many) are on board. "Borderlands" has built up a mass cult following, and has shipped over 26 million copies since its launch in 2009. Fans appreciate the games' sense of humor and comic-book art style. The game is a four-player, first-person shooter, available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. CEO of Take-Two (behind "Borderlands") Strauss Zelnick says of the deal: "This alliance is ideally positioned to create a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon that will delight Borderlands' current legions of fans and captivate moviegoers around the world." Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released
Friday Aug 28, 2015
New trailer for Bill Murray's star-studded 'Rock the Kasbah' released

A second teaser has been released for the Bill Murray film "Rock the Kasbah," providing more details on the storyline about a washed-up rock manager who discovers a surprising local talent in Afghanistan.Inspired by a true story, the film includes a solid cast helmed by Murray, and rounded out by Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel. After landing in Afghanistan with his lone client for a USO tour of Afghanistan, Murray's character Richie Lanz finds himself stranded in the wartorn country. But when he discovers a teenager with immense talent, he offers to manage the girl as she tries to win a local reality show competition equivalent to "American Idol." Watch the trailer at http://bit.ly/1Emzet0. "Rock the Kasbah" opens October 23. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday.Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in the Seventies" and who was capable of moving easily between studio and independent productions, and from fiction to documentary work. The 71-year-old is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this year's festival which runs September 2-12 in the city of canals. Demme has made over 30 films in a career spanning five decades, including 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," for which he won the best director Oscar, the acclaimed "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Married to the Mob" (1988). His latest film, "Ricki and the Flash", starring Meryl Streep, was released in the United States earlier this month. Last year's Visionary Talent award went to US actress Frances McDormand in recognition of her 30-year career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell
Friday Aug 28, 2015
'Elementary' star Lucy Liu is a first-time mom to Rockwell

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's a new guy in "Elementary" star Lucy Liu's life and he won't be hard to detect — a bouncing baby boy. The actress took to Instagram and Twitter on Thursday to reveal that the 46-year-old is a new mom to Rockwell Lloyd Liu, "brought into the world via gestational carrier." He is her first child and a publicist said both "are healthy and happy." Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the CBS crime drama. Her other on-screen credits include "Ally McBeal" and the films "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill." ___ Online: http://lucyliu.net 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.

Events

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
Sunday Aug 30, 2015
'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, has died. He was 82. Sacks died Sunday at his home in New York City, his assistant, Kate Edgar, said. Sacks had announced in February 2015 that he was terminally ill with a rare eye cancer that had spread to his liver. As a practicing neurologist, Sacks looked at some of his patients with a writer's eye and found publishing gold. In his best-selling 1985 book, he described a man who really did mistake his wife's face for his hat while visiting Sacks' office, because his brain had difficulty interpreting what he saw. Another story in the book featured autistic twins who had trouble with ordinary math but who could perform other amazing calculations. Discover magazine ranked it among the 25 greatest science books of all time in 2006, declaring, "Legions of neuroscientists now probing the mysteries of the human brain cite this book as their greatest inspiration." Sacks' 1973 book, "Awakenings," about hospital patients who'd spent decades in a kind of frozen state until Sacks tried a new treatment, led to a 1990 movie in which Sacks was portrayed by Robin Williams. It was nominated for three Academy Awards. Still another book, "An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales," published in 1995, described cases like a painter who lost color vision in a car accident but found new creative power in black-and-white. It also told of a 50-year-old man who suddenly regained sight after nearly a lifetime of blindness. The experience was a disaster; the man's brain could not make sense of the visual world. It perceived the human face as a shifting mass of meaningless colors and textures. After a full and rich life as a blind person, he became "a very disabled and miserable partially sighted man," Sacks recalled later. "When he went blind again, he was rather glad of it." Despite the drama and unusual stories, his books were not literary freak shows. "Oliver Sacks humanizes illness ... he writes of body and mind, and from every one of his case studies there radiates a feeling of respect for the patient and for the illness," Roald Hoffmann, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, said in 2001. "What others consider unmitigated tragedy or dysfunction, Sacks sees, and makes us see, as a human being coping with dignity with a biological problem." When Sacks received the prestigious Lewis Thomas Prize for science writing in 2002, the citation declared, "Sacks presses us to follow him into uncharted regions of human experience — and compels us to realize, once there, that we are confronting only ourselves." In a 1998 interview with The Associated Press, Sacks said he tries to make "visits to other people, to other interiors, seeing the world through their eyes." His 2007 book, "Musicophilia," looked at the relationship between music and the brain, including its healing effect on people suffering from such diseases as Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson's, autism and Alzheimer's. "Even with advanced dementia, when powers of memory and language are lost, people will respond to music," he told the AP in 2008. Oliver Wolf Sacks was born in 1933 in London, son of husband-and-wife physicians. Both were skilled at recounting medical stories, and Sack's own writing impulse "seems to have come directly from them," he said in his 2015 memoir, "On the Move." In childhood he was drawn to chemistry (his 2001 memoir is called, "Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood") and biology. Around age 11, fascinated by how ferns slowly unfurl, he set up a camera to take pictures every hour or so of a fern and then assembled a flip book to compress the process into a few seconds. "I became a doctor a little belatedly and a little reluctantly," he told one interviewer. "In a sense, I was a naturalist first and I only came to individuals relatively late." After earning a medical degree at Oxford, Sacks moved to the United States in 1960 and completed a medical internship in San Francisco and a neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He moved to New York in 1965 and began decades of neurology practice. At a Bronx hospital he met the profoundly disabled patients he described in "Awakenings." Among his other books were "The Island of the Colorblind" (1997) about a society where congenital colorblindness was common, "Seeing Voices" (1989) about the world of deaf culture, and "Hallucinations" (2012), in which Sacks discussed his own hallucinations as well as those of some patients. In the AP interview, Sacks was asked what he'd learned from peering into lives much different from the norm. "People will make a life in their own terms, whether they are deaf or colorblind or autistic or whatever," he replied. "And their world will be quite as rich and interesting and full as our world." Sacks reflected on his own life in 2015 when he wrote in the New York Times that he was terminally ill. "I am a man of vehement disposition, with violent enthusiasms, and extreme immoderation in all my passions," he wrote. In the time he had remaining, he said, he would no longer pay attention to matters like politics and global warming because they "are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people. ... I feel the future is in good hands." "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. ... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." ___ Associated Press writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report. ___ Online: http://www.oliversacks.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Malcolm Ritter from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift set for MTV VMAs
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift set for MTV VMAs

The M in MTV will stand for Miley on Sunday night. Miley Cyrus is set to host the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — two years after she stole the show with a risque, but memorable performance with Robin Thicke, and a year after winning the top prize for "Wrecking Ball." The 22-year-old will be in good company: Justin Bieber will perform his new single, "What Do You Mean," and Taylor Swift, the leader with 10 nominations, will attend the show. Nicki Minaj will open the show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles — just like she did last year. Kanye West will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his illustrious video career, and Pharrell, the Weeknd, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Demi Lovato will hit the stage during the two-hour show, which kicks off at 8 p.m. EST. Presenters include Britney Spears, Rebel Wilson, Kylie Jenner, John Legend, Ice Cube and his son, O'Shea Jackson, Jr., one of the stars of "Straight Outta Compton." Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Nick Jonas and Fifth Harmony will attend the show. Swift will debut her music video for her next single, "Wildest Dreams," during the VMA pre-show. Her hit songs "Bad Blood" and "Blank Space" earned her a whopping 10 nominations, including video of the year, best female video, pop video, song of summer and more. "Bad Blood" will compete with Beyonce's "7/11," Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Ronson's "Uptown Funk" for video of the year. Minaj, who had one of the most viewed videos of the year with "Anaconda," is not up for the top prize, and she expressed her anger with the snub when the nominees were announced in July. She tweeted that slim women easily earn top nominations and later said black female entertainers don't get enough credit for their influence on pop culture. Swift thought the rapper was referring to her and they traded words online. Swift later apologized. Minaj is nominated for three awards, including best female video and hip-hop video for "Anaconda." Beyonce, Sia and Ellie Goulding will battle Minaj and Swift for best female video. Best male video nominees include the Weeknd, Lamar, Sheeran, Ronson and Jonas. A$AP Rocky, Tori Kelly and Twenty One Pilots will also perform during the live show. ___ Online: http://vma.mtv.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mesfin Fekadu from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Justin Bieber releases new song from next studio album
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Justin Bieber releases new song from next studio album

After being leaked early on Friday, August 28, Justin Bieber has now officially released his new song, "What Do You Mean?"Two years after his last tour ended, Justin Bieber has released a new song from his upcoming studio album. Bieber will also be performing "What Do You Mean?" at the Video Music Awards on August 20, 2015. For the past seven days, Bieber's fans and celebrities have been counting down until the release on Twitter, using the hastage #WhatDoYouMean. The song was produced by Cali The Producer and Skrillex, making it Bieber's second collaboration with the latter. It is seen as a comeback bid and a statement about the direction Bieber's musical career will take. The name of the full album is yet to be disclosed. Listen to the track: https://youtu.be/NywWB67Z7zQ Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Silence of the Lambs director to get Venice award

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday.Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in the Seventies" and who was capable of moving easily between studio and independent productions, and from fiction to documentary work. The 71-year-old is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this year's festival which runs September 2-12 in the city of canals. Demme has made over 30 films in a career spanning five decades, including 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs," for which he won the best director Oscar, the acclaimed "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Married to the Mob" (1988). His latest film, "Ricki and the Flash", starring Meryl Streep, was released in the United States earlier this month. Last year's Visionary Talent award went to US actress Frances McDormand in recognition of her 30-year career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party
Friday Aug 28, 2015
TV academy, actors union toast diversity at pre-Emmy party

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — With hit shows like "Empire," ''black-ish" and "How to Get Away With Murder," diversity is the new normal in TV. That was the message at a pre-Emmy party celebrating the industry's diverse talent on both sides of the camera. "Diversity no longer means niche," said Jason George, head of diversity efforts for the actors union. "Diversity is mainstream." The TV academy and the SAG-AFTRA actors union held its third annual pre-Emmy diversity reception Thursday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With little on the agenda other than to celebrate, stars including Daniel Dae Kim, Garcelle Beauvais and "American Crime" supporting actor nominee Richard Cabral ate, drank and mingled under the stars on the warm, breezeless night. In a year when the Academy Awards were criticized for an all-white slate of acting nominees, TV actors are toasting the opportunities on the small screen for women, people of color and people with disabilities. Diverse casting could even make history on Emmy night: If either Taraji P. Henson of "Empire" or Viola Davis of "How to Get Away With Murder" win for lead dramatic actress, she will be the first black woman to do so in that category. George said "the 'Empire' effect" and "the Shonda Rhimes effect" have inspired agents and studios to intentionally seek actors "from the diversity categories" for lead roles. Kim and Beauvais said Hollywood has to embrace diversity because viewers are demanding to see people who look like themselves on TV. "We've got a long way to go yet, but there are strides made every year, whether it's for race or gender or sexual orientation," Kim said. "I think television, especially, is leading the way in being more progressive." The Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 20. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.