• Kurt Cobain documentary gets emotional reception in Seattle

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    SEATTLE — Director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture,” “Crossfire Hurricane”) brought his new documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” to Seattle recently. The HBO film makes use of home movies from Cobain’s childhood, his time with his wife, Courtney Love, and later their infant daughter, Frances Bean. It also relies heavily on his journals, art and personal recordings. HBO hosted a screening last week in Seattle for a crowd that included the press, but also those close to Cobain such as Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt; producer Steve Fisk; Nirvana publicist Susie Tennant; rock photographer Charles Peterson; and Marco Collins, a longtime Seattle DJ and friend of Cobain’s.

  • A look at judge, lawyers in Colorado theater shooting trial

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    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Key players in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes: ___ THE JUDGE Carlos A. Samour Jr. became a district court judge in 2007 after working as a private defense attorney, then a Denver prosecutor. Samour moved to the United States from El Salvador in 1979, when he was 13. He received his law degree from the University of Denver. This is Samour's first death penalty trial. ___ THE DEFENSE Tamara Brady and Daniel King are chief trial deputies for the state public defender office and handle death penalty cases like this one. King, a law graduate of the University of Denver, defended Sir Mario Owens, one of three people now on Colorado's death row.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse reveals first look at Nightcrawler

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    X-Men: Apocalypse has revealed a first look at Nightcrawler.  Kodi Smit-McPhee will play a younger version of the teleporting mutant, who first appeared in 1975’s “Giant Size X-Men” No. 1. Alan Cumming played the role in “X-Men 2: X-Men United.” Director Bryan Singer posted on instagram with a video: “First day on set!  Here is […]

  • The Dallas Morning News Evan Grant column

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Official records will show that the Rangers through 18 games have not had anything that constitutes a winning streak, which officially makes it the longest the team has ever gone without winning consecutive games at the start of a season. With all due respect, the Rangers would beg to differ on the “winning streak.” Consider for a moment their current two-day stretch. It began Sunday with a ninth-inning rally that led to a 5-4 11-inning, road-trip ending win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all likelihood, by the time they arrive at Globe Life Park in Arlington, they will have added Josh Hamilton for the previously lagging offense.

  • Review: 'Age of Ultron' is an Avengers overdose

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    It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director's filmography that in between Joss Whedon's two "Avengers" films there reads "Much Ado About Nothing": a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," there is definitely aplenty ado-ing. Too much, certainly, but then again, we come to the Avengers for their clown-car excess of superheroes, their colorful coterie of capes. What binds Whedon's spectacles with his Shakespeare are the quips, which sail in iambic pentameter in one and zigzag between explosions in the others.

  • Review: 'Age of Ultron' is an Avengers overdose

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director's filmography that in between Joss Whedon's two "Avengers" films there reads "Much Ado About Nothing": a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched between two of the most gargantuan blockbusters ever made. In "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Whedon (and Marvel's) sequel to the third highest grossing film of all-time, there is definitely aplenty ado-ing. Too much, certainly, but then again, we come to the Avengers for their clown-car excess of superheros, their colorful coterie of capes. What binds Whedon's spectacles with his Shakespeare are the quips, which sail in iambic pentameter in one and zigzag between explosions in t

  • Movie review: Spandau Ballet gets its due in “Soul Boys” documentary

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Spandau Ballet launched the “New Romantics” movement in pop’s New Wave, the music that blended punk and disco and fashion and paved the way for the “hair metal” and hip hop that followed as reactions to it. But Duran Duran, Culture Club and Rick Astley followed and stole their thunder and outlasted the Islington quintet. So “Soul Boys of the Western World,” the documentary about their rise and fall, serves as a corrective, as well as a time machine trip without the hot tub back to the era of jackboots and jodhpurs, berets and ballads, an era in pop much derided for its MTV friendly fashions, its “soaring synthesizers,” synth drums and synthetic fabrics.

  • Don Mankiewicz, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, dies at 93

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don M. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter from a legendary Hollywood family who created the television shows "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Ironside," has died in California. He was 93. Mankiewicz died Saturday of congestive heart failure at his home near Los Angeles, his son John told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1GpfUpH) . The son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, co-writer of "Citizen Kane," Don Mankiewicz grew up in Beverly Hills, where his parents' dinner guests included the Marx Brothers and Greta Garbo. His uncle was Joseph Mankiewicz, director of "All About Eve" and other classic films.

  • Movie review: “Skin Trade” rarely rises to the level of “B-movie”

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Reputation suggests you could conjure a half-decent B-movie out of Dolph Lundgren and martial arts dynamo Tony “Ong Bak” Jaa. Especially if their supporting cast includes Ron Perlman as a Slavic mobster, Peter Weller as a Jersey-accented cop, Michael Jai White as a Fed and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (“Memoirs of a Geisha,”“47 Ronin”) as a corrupt Thai official mixed up in the “Skin Trade.” The subject and setting (Thailand, Cambodia, New Jersey) mean there are plenty of scenes of scantily-clad (schoolgirl stripper outfits) and unclad sex slaves and pole dancers to interrupt the shootouts, explosions and athletic Jaa-brawls.

  • Equestrian aims for more nations competing at Olympics

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Equestrian Federation could cut team sizes at the Olympics to create space for more competing countries. The FEI will also consider relaxing rider dress codes and using more music in dressage to help attract broadcasters and non-expert viewers. Ideas to modernize equestrian were aired Monday at an FEI forum discussing Olympic reforms promoted by IOC President Thomas Bach. "We need to get a product that is easier to sell on television," FEI President Ingmar de Vos told The Associated Press. Bach has promoted the "Olympic Agenda 2020" program to make the games easier and cheaper to host and more attractive to young audiences.

  • Celebrity Baby Scoop: Lisa Ling’s Jett speaks three languages

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Lisa Ling, the “Our America” star, 41, opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood, her 2-year-old daughter Jett who “speaks three languages,” and some of her must-have baby items. The proud mom gave us an update on her growing girl. “She is a big girl now,” says Lisa of her toddler. “She just turned two — she’s talking now and speaks three languages.” The TV personality is simply amazed by her tot’s developments. “Jett is so smart it’s scary,” Lisa shares. “She loves books.” As for motherhood, it sounds like Jett has inspired her mom’s career development. “I have always focused on girl empowerment, but now I really focus on topics I can be a voice

  • Kim Kardashian: supports Bruce Jenner's gender transition

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian says she and her family support her stepfather Bruce Jenner 100 percent as he goes through gender transition, even though family members are still adjusting to that news in what she called "a daily process." Her appearance on NBC's "Today" show Monday followed Jenner's much-watched interview Friday on ABC's "20/20" when he publicly declared that he identifies as a woman. Kardashian said that in going public, Jenner has found "inner peace and just pure happiness." She congratulated him for his ability to be his "true self." She said she is happy that he is living his life the way he wants to live it. She said, "It's not something that you or I could fully understand, but I don't eve

  • News guide: Movie theater shooting trial opens in Colorado

    Yesterday

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case: ___ THE CRIME: About 420 people were watching a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, 2012, in the Denver suburb of Aurora when Holmes tossed gas canisters into the audience and opened fire. Holmes surrendered to police outside the theater. His attorneys acknowledged he was the gunman but said he was in the grip of a psychotic episode. ___ THE CHARGES: Holmes is charged with 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder — two counts for each person killed and two for each person injured.

  • CM Punk to write Drax comic starring character from Guardians of the Galaxy

    Matthew Price | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    This fall, wrestling superstar CM Punk will write “Drax” No. 1, starring the green supercharacter played by Dave Bautista in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Marvel announced at C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, that Punk would make his return to Marvel Comics with this story. CM Punk made his Marvel Comics debut with a […]

  • Artistic director of American Ballet Theatre has his own ‘Billy Elliot’ story

    Yesterday

    PASADENA, Calif. — When Kevin McKenzie was only 18 he found himself dancing with prima ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn. While he was just one of the cavaliers, it was a coup for the kid who’d goofed up his tap dancing class when he was in the seventh grade. It was one long leap that led McKenzie to where he is today: artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre. But it didn’t begin fortuitously. His father was in the meat packing business and McKenzie was the youngest of 11 children. “We were not well off and my journey was a little like the ‘Billy Elliot’ story,” he says, seated in an overly air-conditioned conference room of a hotel here. “I had a friend . . . who was going on and on about these tap

  • The niche blockbuster: If it’s summer movie fun you’re after, look to the breakouts, not the pre-ordained hits

    Yesterday

    Already killing it in England, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and beyond, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in the U.S. with evening screenings Thursday and an official May 1 bow. Expectations couldn’t be larger. Its success is predestined; it will be one of those mass-market blockbusters stockholders enjoy so much. Some are predicting an opening weekend box office take of $240 million. The first “Avengers” movie started off with a $207 million opening weekend en route to a $1.5 billion total worldwide. Might “Age of Ultron” overtake the reigning money champs, “Avatar” ($2.7 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.

  • A new Vision for Paul Bettany in 'Avengers'

    Yesterday

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Paul Bettany couldn't hear anything. When the 43-year-old actor initially donned a noggin-encasing headpiece to portray the mysterious Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in theaters Friday, Bettany could barely make out what anyone was saying around him. That isolation ended up fueling his imposing performance in the follow-up to the 2012 smash that brought together Marvel's mightiest heroes. "I would go to a place of real Zen, where I meditated on the line of thousands and thousands of actors that would love to be in my position in an uncomfortable suit," said Bettany in a recent interview at Disney Studios. "However, I would be lying to say it didn't take a great deal of (expletive) effort not to

  • Hot summer movies, from ‘Avengers’ to ‘Minions’

    Yesterday

    Everything old is new again this summer, as many familiar characters and beloved titles — some more than 50 years old — return to the big screen. That means superheroes, of course, and so summer officially begins with the second “Avengers” film on Friday and continues with “Ant-Man” and “Fantastic Four.” We’ll also see sequels to Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted,” the a cappella rom-com “Pitch Perfect” and the Channing Tatum vehicle “Magic Mike.” Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” will get a new sequel; his “Poltergeist” will get an update. George Miller, the action-pulp auteur behind the “Mad Max” franchise, delivers a new one starring Tom Hardy in the title role.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 27, 2015: See Shevaun Williams' 'Women of the World' exhibit at the state Capitol

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Today’s featured event: In her exhibit “Women of the World,” Norman photographer Shevaun Williams offers a taste of her well-recognized architectural images in addition to expressing her admiration for the women she has photographed during her travels around the world. Williams’ exhibit is on view through June 21 in the North Gallery of the state […]

  • The Netherlands turns all orange for King's Day

    Yesterday

    DORDRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands turned out in orange on Monday and the famed national football team wasn't even playing. Monarch Willem-Alexander turned 48 and the whole country celebrated King's Day. The national holiday brought the king to Dordrecht, a city close to the port of Rotterdam, to set off a full day of celebrations under sunny skies among thousands of well-wishers in orange-colored outfits. The celebrations will end with hundreds of evening parties across the nation of 16.8 million. The highlight of the daytime celebrations was an armada of pleasure boats going down the river as Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters were taken around in a vessel turned out with orange flowers.




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