Friday Oct 31, 2014

Ellen Pompeo takes on first producing project for ABC

For the first time in her career, the star of "Grey's Anatomy" will take on the title of producer. The new role will expand her collaboration with ABC, the network that has aired the medical drama series since 2005.Ellen Pompeo is among the producers of "American Marriage," a drama soap on...
Read More

TV

Ellen Pompeo takes on first producing project for ABC
Friday Oct 31, 2014
Ellen Pompeo takes on first producing project for ABC

For the first time in her career, the star of "Grey's Anatomy" will take on the title of producer. The new role will expand her collaboration with ABC, the network that has aired the medical drama series since 2005.Ellen Pompeo is among the producers of "American Marriage," a drama soap on the wedding preparations of a young, in-love couple whose families are diametrically opposed. The bride and groom-to-be are forced to deal with the multiple cultural and generational conflicts that could ruin the celebration. The series will be co-written by Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, the duo behind the 2001 romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner," which starred Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez. Ellen Pompeo rose to fame on "Grey's Anatomy" in the role of the surgeon Meredith Grey, whose love story with Doctor McDreamy has riveted millions of TV viewers worldwide since 2005. ABC is currently airing the show's 11th season. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV
Friday Oct 31, 2014
'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV

The 1980 psychological thriller that made Richard Gere a star is headed for a small screen remake at Paramount Television.Ten years before the immensely popular "Pretty Woman," Richard Gere made a name for himself in the title role of "American Gigolo." The actor played Julian, a young man who funds his luxurious lifestyle by working as an escort for older women in Los Angeles. When one of his wealthy clients is murdered, he becomes the primary suspect. To adapt the thriller into a series, Paramount Television has teamed with Jerry Bruckheimer and Paul Schrader, respectively producer and screenwriter/director on the original feature. The project joins a growing list of Paramount movies currently being remade for the small screen. The studio has a series based on "Minority Report" in the works at Fox, while "Shooter," which starred Mark Wahlberg, is due to be adapted for TNT. Paramount's strongest play in this vein could likely be "Ashecliffe," a series in development at HBO and based on the thriller "Shutter Island." Scripted by Dennis Lehane, the author whose novel inspired the feature, the pilot is set to be helmed by the film's director Martin Scorsese. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

Jorge Garcia makes the most of 'Hawaii Five-0'
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Jorge Garcia makes the most of 'Hawaii Five-0'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on "Lost," Jorge Garcia's career has moved along nicely from "Alcatraz" to "Hawaii Five-0" and upcoming big-screen movies. It's logical that he might indulge himself in, say, a fast car or pricey wristwatch. But to think that is to badly misjudge the man and, if you happen to see him decked out on Halloween night, you'll understand why. "Oh, man, do I admit this?" Garcia said. "I always wanted to have an Elvis jumpsuit made and always found reasons not to do it. But getting the job on 'Five-0,' I said, 'OK, I'm doing it.'" Specifically a $3,700 "Dragon" jumpsuit — a white version with colorful dragons embroidered front and back — from a costume design company that also offers, among many others, the Burning Love and Aloha from Hawaii versions for Elvis impersonators and admirers like Garcia. If the custom-tailored suit arrives before Halloween he's definitely wearing it, said Garcia, 41, a fan of the holiday as demonstrated by his Instagram postings. It would also be a nice way to mark Friday's episode of "Hawaii Five-0," in which his character, Jerry Ortega, has a featured role. Conspiracy theorist Jerry has been spying on a suspicious bookstore and "it turns out they're also spying on him," Garcia said. "Perhaps he poked his nose in where he shouldn't." This season represents Garcia's move up from recurring guest star to series regular on "Hawaii Five-0," the revamped version of the 1968-80 police drama. Among the show's stars is Daniel Dae Kim, who as Jin Kwon was stranded with Garcia on the Hawaii-based "Lost." "Half the (production) crew are people I already know" from "Lost," Garcia said. "When I came back and did the show as a guest star it definitely had this feeling of coming home." Paradise is only rented, however. He still has a house in the Los Angeles area, where he can stay on top of job opportunities. "It's better to be in the room for certain meetings then do things remotely. You can get a better feel for the personalities," said Garcia, who comes across as drolly funny but also much more focused than his often free-spirited characters. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Southern California's Orange County, he found youthful career inspiration in two very different films. "It was seeing 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' that made me first want to be an actor. I just loved Tevye so much; I used to sing 'If I Were a Rich Man' when I was little," he recalled. Was that accompanied by Topol's exuberant, hip-shaking dance from the 1971 movie? Of course, Garcia said. "If you're gonna play it, play it." As a fledgling performer, the roles he expected to get were along the lines of the funny neighbor in a three-camera sitcom. "I knew I wasn't a usual type," said the round-faced, bushy-haired Garcia. His first big role came in the Ted Danson sitcom "Becker" in 2003-04, followed by small roles in other shows and movies. Then came Hugo "Hurley" Reyes in 2004, a welcome chance to play a character with dimension. He's adding more movie credits to his resume, including two set for 2015 release: "The Wedding Ringer" starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, and "Cooties," a horror-comedy featuring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson. As for his distinctive mane, he's more than ready to part with it ("I've had long hair for so long, I need to start feeling like a grown-up") and step into what he calls "real suit-and-tie guy" roles. He plans a serious trim after "Hawaii Five-0," with his Elvis Presley suit as added inducement. He and friends are planning an indie film that would include a scene with a couple of Elvis impersonators. But there will be other uses for his treasured outfit. "It's not like I wouldn't walk around my house in the Elvis suit with a gorilla mask on, just for entertainment," Garcia said. ___ Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber . ___ Online: http://www.cbs.com Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
'The View' now under ABC News as further revamping

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC's daytime chat show "The View," which has failed to catch fire following an overhaul this fall, is switching to the network's news side after being part of ABC's entertainment operation for 18 years. ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday assigned Tom Cibrowski, the producer responsible for the "Good Morning America" rise to the top of the ratings, and colleagues Barbara Fedida and David Sloan to work on "The View." Following the retirement of Barbara Walters from an on-air role at the show she started, ABC brought in Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez to join holdover Whoopi Goldberg. A new production team was named led by Bill Wolff, Rachel Maddow's former producer. The new "View" got off to a fast start with people sampling but ratings have flattened, said Bill Carroll, an expert on the syndication market for Katz Media. Through the end of last week, "The View" has averaged 2.9 million viewers, similar to the 2.92 million average during the same period last year, the Nielsen company said. There's a sharper drop (712,000 to 652,000) among viewers aged 18-to-49 years old, a group prized by advertisers. It may have something to do with a new group trying to gel or a slow news period, but the show "doesn't have the same energy, the same spark," Carroll said. The move was not made in response to ratings concerns, said Julie Townsend, ABC News spokeswoman. Goldston, in fact, offered advice to the new "View" team this summer and was in the audience for the season opener on Sept. 15. It makes logistical sense, in that the head of daytime TV for ABC entertainment, Lisa Hackner, is based in California. "The View" airs from a Manhattan studio next-door to ABC News headquarters. ABC News is also boosting Lincoln Square Productions, its division that makes non-fiction programming. That division produced the summer series "NY Med" and a recent documentary on Ebola that Dr. Richard Besser made for Discovery. Such programming has "broadened our perspective on how we better explain the world to our audience and draw new viewers to ABC News," Goldston wrote in a memo to ABC staff members. A chief competitor to "The View," CBS' "The Talk" has seen its ratings dip slightly from 2.67 million to 2.6 million, Nielsen said. Copyright (2014) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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

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

Movies

'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV
Friday Oct 31, 2014
'American Gigolo' to be adapted for TV

The 1980 psychological thriller that made Richard Gere a star is headed for a small screen remake at Paramount Television.Ten years before the immensely popular "Pretty Woman," Richard Gere made a name for himself in the title role of "American Gigolo." The actor played Julian, a young man who funds his luxurious lifestyle by working as an escort for older women in Los Angeles. When one of his wealthy clients is murdered, he becomes the primary suspect. To adapt the thriller into a series, Paramount Television has teamed with Jerry Bruckheimer and Paul Schrader, respectively producer and screenwriter/director on the original feature. The project joins a growing list of Paramount movies currently being remade for the small screen. The studio has a series based on "Minority Report" in the works at Fox, while "Shooter," which starred Mark Wahlberg, is due to be adapted for TNT. Paramount's strongest play in this vein could likely be "Ashecliffe," a series in development at HBO and based on the thriller "Shutter Island." Scripted by Dennis Lehane, the author whose novel inspired the feature, the pilot is set to be helmed by the film's director Martin Scorsese. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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