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Bob Saget gets down and 'Dirty' in new memoir

Books - Top Stories - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:38am
A comedian recalls growing up in a family that practiced "survival of the wittiest."

A son tries to understand his drug dealer dad

Books - Top Stories - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:12pm
How Anthony Dokoupil made - and lost - millions smuggling pot.

Mickey Rooney's will details final wishes

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:38pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney signed his last will just weeks before death, leaving a modest estate to a stepson who had been his caretaker, but the actor had no intention of ending his Hollywood career anytime soon, his attorney said Tuesday.


Rooney's estate goes to stepson who was caretaker

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:32pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's will calls for the bulk of his modest estate to go to a stepson who had been caring for him in his final years.


Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movie

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:21pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Thin Man" with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive" is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world, and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker's best work in many years, probably since 1995's "Dead Man," with which it shares a sense of quiet, heady, perilous passage.


'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:03pm

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.


Move over Bollywood: U.S. festival spotlights independent Indian films

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:58pm
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bollywood films often capture the color and beauty of Indian culture through high-profile stars and big-budget blockbusters, but a group of filmmakers is attempting to show a different side of India's people through smaller, independent fare. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, commencing on Tuesday, is bringing the movies made outside of the Bollywood studio system to Hollywood. Kicking off the festival is "Sold," a gritty drama by director Jeffrey D. Brown, about a 13-year-old girl sold into prostitution in India. Brown said he wanted the film to be a call to action globally for people to take a stand against child prostitution and slavery, which as of 2013, involved 115 million around the world, according to the United Nations.

Grand Theft Auto V rumored to be landing on PS4, Xbox One and PC in June

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:45pm

Rumors of next-gen and PC releases for the best-selling Grand Theft Auto V have been floating around since long before the game even launched, but after months of silence from Rockstar, most of us had given up hope for an announcement anytime soon. It’s not much to go on, but considering how long it’s been since the gossip died down, we figured this potential leak was worth covering. TECH-NICK, manager of German retailer Saturn.de, said in a tweet that the release of GTA V for PC, Xbox One and PS4 is expected in June. He clarified in another tweet that the release information is only a rumor. Hopefully we’ll hear more at E3, which also happens to take place in June.


Microsoft confirms plans to bring Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:15pm

For some gamers, one of the main Xbox One issues is its inability of playing Xbox 360 games, and Microsoft is well aware of that. At Build 2014, the company said that it wants to bring Xbox 360 emulation to its next-gen console, but it may not be an easy process, Kotaku Australia reports. In a developer session on the Xbox One’s use of Windows technology, a member of the audience asked whether there are any plans for emulating the Xbox 360 on the Xbox One, with Microsoft’s Frank Savage confirming that the company is interested in bringing old games to the new console. “There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” Savage said. “It turns out


Video Game Controller Can Read Your Emotions

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:27pm

Titles like "The Last of Us" and "Bioshock Infinite" prove that video games can make us emotional, but what if our controllers were aware of that? A group of Stanford University engineers have developed a gamepad modification that can read -- and react to-- the way you feel when playing a game. Stanford doctoral candidate Corey McCall showcases this unique peripheral in a video, where we see a modified version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 controller.


Review: 'Rio 2' dazzling but overloaded

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:45pm

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, "Rio 2" is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.


3 ways Microsoft will make the Xbox One even better in its next big update

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:54pm

Xbox One owners who are interested to know what Microsoft plans to do next to improve their consoles will be happy to know that the company has just announced that it’s testing out three key new features that it will eventually send out in a future update. Right now select Xbox One users can get an invitation-only preview of three future system updates including Blu-ray player support for 50 Hz video output, controller and headset updates that will boost connectivity while reducing static, and a new feature that will let you automatically install updates to your Xbox when it’s in standby mode. In all, Microsoft is working to solve three key annoyances that Xbox One users have reported over the last few


Noomi Rapace to play CIA interrogator in 'Unlocked'

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:10pm

The actress is in talks to headline this spy thriller directed by fellow Swede Michael Hafstrom, Deadline.com reports.


Big new sale makes Xbox One much cheaper than PS4

Gaming News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:10am

Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One video game console has been well-received thus far but there’s no question that sales have been lagging behind Sony’s rival box, the PlayStation 4. A number of industry watchers have suggested that the Xbox One’s price, which at $499 is $100 more than the PS4, was one of the main reasons for the console’s comparatively weak sales — Sony announced last month that PS4 sales had surpasses 6 million units, while the last number we heard from Microsoft was 3 million units as of the end of 2013. If price is indeed the biggest barrier for the Xbox One, a huge new sale that makes the Xbox One much cheaper than the PS4 could be just


'Assassin's Creed' film recruits 'Exodus' writers

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:37am

The scriptwriting pair behind Ridley Scott's upcoming epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is now part of the effort to get Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed" franchise onto the big screen. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who have worked together on "Tower Heist," "Accepted" and a pre-production "Transporter 4," have their plates full with "The Maccabee" for Darren Aronofsky ("Noah," "The Fountain"), having completed writing duties on his George Washington biopic "The General." In addition, Cooper and Collage are already attached to an adaptation of Gilbert King's Pulitzer-winning civil rights thriller "Devil in the Grove," as Deadline reports. But Ubisoft and New Regency have put "Assassin's Creed" on a fast track schedule, with an August 2015 debut planned, and the writing pair could yet reunite with "Tower Heist" helmer Daniel Espinosa should his rumored participation come to pass.


Canada's IMAX sells 20 percent of China subsidiary; eyes IPO

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:35am
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Canada-based cinema chain IMAX Corp said it planned to sell a fifth of its Chinese subsidiary to local investors, in a move that could help it eventually list the unit in Hong Kong. The company, known for 3D projection, will sell 20 percent of IMAX China Holding Inc to investment fund China Media Capital and private equity firm FountainVest Partners as it looks to expand its theatre network in China and strengthen ties with local industry and government. IMAX issued a statement late on Tuesday that confirmed a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier in the day. The two Chinese investors will each pay around $40 million for stakes of 10 percent, with the first of two equal installments due on Tuesday and the second installment by early 2015, the statement said.

'Karate Kid 2' picks Breck Eisner of 'Sahara,' 'The Crazies'

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:35am

With Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reinstated in lead roles, a sequel to 2010's "The Karate Kid" reboot is in the works with Breck Eisner in the director's chair. Eisner's first theatrical feature bombed, with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and William H. Macy taking lead roles in 2005's "Sahara."


'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:29am

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.


'Spider-Man' spin-off nets 'Cabin in the Woods' director

Movie News Headines - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 7:25am

"The Sinister Six," a feature-length look at some of Spider-Man's notable villains, looks like it'll be not just written but also directed by "Cabin in the Woods" man Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote nine episodes of "Lost" over its first four seasons and also had writing credits on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Alias" (including its 100th and final episodes) before making the jump to movies. Having scripted Matt Reeves's "Cloverfield," he then directed and co-wrote the acclaimed satirical horror "Cabin in the Woods" with Joss Whedon, who produced, and provided a reshaped script for Brad Pitt hit "World War Z" before applying his penmanship to "The Sinister Six." Goddard's directorial appointment comes after the formation of a specialist "Spider-Man" cabal of writers and producers within Sony Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


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