27 January 2015

Russian spies center stage in 'The Americans'

Actors Keri Russell (L) and Matthew Rhys speak onstage during the 'The Americans' panel discussion at the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour, at Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, on January 18, 2015The Cold War is officially over, so the concept of husband-and-wife KGB operatives killing, lying and spying in Washington -- under the nose of their FBI agent neighbor -- may seem a bit far-fetched. Evgeny Buryakov, 39, was captured following more than two years of FBI surveillance as he allegedly fed economic intelligence to Moscow and sought to recruit US residents as sources. One of the central questions in "The Americans" -- which is set in the 1980s -- is whether the FBI will ever cotton onto Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.


27 January 2015

Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, flowers and photos are on display during a vigil for the Strack family at Pioneer Park in Provo, Utah. Police say five members of the Utah family found dead last fall died from methadone and other drugs, and interviews with people who knew them revealed the parents worried about a "pending apocalypse." Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson said Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, authorities have concluded their investigation into the September deaths of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children, ages 11, 12 and 14. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Grant Hindsley, File) MANDATORY CREDITSPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.


27 January 2015

Belichick and The Beast talk but don't say much at Media Day

Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch's seat, far right, remains empty after he left during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)PHOENIX (AP) — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn't mean he had to say anything.


27 January 2015

Diversity at Sundance doesn't carry over to Hollywood

In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, Shameik Moore, from top left, director Rick Famuyiwa, Quincy Brown, and from bottom left, Chanel Iman and Kiersey Clemons pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Dope", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival n Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — One of the most buzzed-about movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Dope," a coming-of-age story about three outcasts in the inner city.


27 January 2015

"H is for Hawk" memoir scoops Britain's Costa Prize

British author Helen Macdonald poses with her book 'H is for Hawk' as she arrives for the 2014 Costa Book Awards in London on January 27, 2015An academic's memoir of training a hawk while grieving the death of her father won Britain's prestigious Costa Book Award on Tuesday. It is the second leading award given to Helen Macdonald's "H is for Hawk", after the book became the first ever memoir to win the non-fiction Samuel Johnson Prize in November. Macdonald, 44, a Cambridge University historian and illustrator, said it was an "extraordinary privilege" to have been shortlisted and thanked readers who had shared their stories of grief. Formerly called the Whitbread award, the Costa Book Award was established in 1971 to celebrate British and Irish writing and £30,000 is awarded to the winner ($46,000, 40,000 euros).


27 January 2015

Domingo to sing in Woody Allen-directed opera in LA

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Placido Domingo performs on stage at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, as he closes this year's iTunes festival. Domingo will take on his 146th role when he sings the title character of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in a Woody Allen production on Sept. 12, the opening night of the Los Angeles Opera 2015-16 season. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Placido Domingo will take on his 146th role when he sings the title character of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" in a Woody Allen production on Sept. 12, the opening night of the Los Angeles Opera 2015-16 season.


27 January 2015

Sundance Watch: Celebs talk fest, iPhone film premieres

Actor Ethan Hawke is interviewed at the premiere of "Ten Thousand Saints" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Associated Press is all over the Sundance Film Festival, from its premieres to the Hollywood glitz. Here's what they've seen and heard:


27 January 2015

Kristen Stewart, Robin Wright hit politically-minded couture

Actress Kristen Stewart poses for photographers as she arrives for Chanel 's Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart stunned crowds at Chanel's Paris couture show Tuesday, revealing an edgy bob in a white Chanel sleeveless mini-dress that showed the 24-year-old is fashion savvy beyond her age.


27 January 2015

Huntington acquires Louis Pasteur's notes on brewing beer

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — People interested in what kind of beer the guy who invented pasteurization kicked back with after work will want to pay a visit to San Marino's Huntington Library.

27 January 2015

Sundance Watch: 'Tangerine' shot entirely with iPhones

This photo provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute shows a scene from the film, "Tangerine," directed by Sean Baker. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Radium)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — One Sundance movie was literally phoned in — the transgender prostitute tale "Tangerine."


27 January 2015

Sundance Watch: 'Partisan' spotlights child assassins

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Vincent Cassel, left, and Jeremy Chabriel pose for a portrait to promote the film, "Partisan", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — French actor Vincent Cassel is linking his Sundance movie "Partisan" — about the training of child assassins — to the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.


27 January 2015

Sundance Quick Quote: Spike Lee discovers crowd funding

In this Jan. 25, 2015 photo, writer-director Spike Lee poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "I'm a professor of film in the graduate film school NYU and my students were the ones who introduced me to crowdfunding, crowd sourcing. I had never heard of Indiegogo. I'd never heard of Kickstarter until they told me this is how they were financing their films."


27 January 2015

Sundance Watch: Redford brings film to his own festival

FILE -- In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Robert Redford attends the premiere of "A Walk In The Woods" during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Diverse voices and stories are an inherent part of an independent festival, said Sundance founder Redford. “We believe in diversity and freedom of expression is very much fundamental to us,” he said. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Robert Redford took "A Walk in the Woods" to his own Sundance Film Festival.


27 January 2015

Stieg Larsson sequel 'That Which Does Not Kill Us' out in August

People look at books of the Millenium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson at the Paris yearly book fair, on March 14, 2008A sequel to late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millenium crime trilogy will go on sale in at least 35 countries from August, the book's publishers said Tuesday. "That Which Does Not kill" was completed in November by David Lagercrantz, known for co-authoring Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography. The book will continue the story of the troubled but resourceful heroine Lisbeth Salander first made famous in Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". "What I wanted to make use of in the book was the vast mythology that Stieg Larsson left behind, the world he created," Lagercrantz told daily Dagens Nyheter, adding that he remained loyal to Larsson's writing style which weaved criticism of social and political issues with criminal intrigue.


27 January 2015

Private jets, mega yachts marketed at Sundance Film Festival

In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, a Brikk Lux Nikon Kit camera finished in 24k Yellow Gold is displayed at the official ICM Cocktail Reception hosted by The Rand Luxury Suite at St. Regis during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — There's swag, and then there's SWAG.


27 January 2015

Common, John Legend to perform 'Glory' at Academy Awards

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, performers John Legend, left, and Common pose in the press room after the award for best original song “Glory” in a film for “Selma” at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The pair will perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at the Academy Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Glory" at the Academy Awards.


27 January 2015

Sundance Quick Quote: Rashida Jones on porn, sex and women

Rashida Jones poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Hot Girls Wanted," at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "There's something of a protection of people's private sexual fantasies, I think, which is kind of a funny contrast in this country cause everybody's like obsessed with sex. I personally have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is that the tipping point — it became that it was so pro-forma for women to be sexualized on a mainstream level that it's the only way to be sexy. It's just this one way and it's the porn way, it's the stripper way."


27 January 2015

Adrian Grenier enjoys anonymity on empty slopes at Sundance

Actor and producer Adrian Grenier snowboards in Neffland terrain park at Park City Mountain Resort during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Park City, Utah. While celebrities are consistently swarmed by fans at the Sundance Film Festival, there's one place they can find anonymity: On the slopes, which are empty as most out-of-towners are holed up in screenings. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Stars are consistently swarmed by fans at the Sundance Film Festival, but there's one place they can find anonymity: On the slopes.


27 January 2015

Memoir 'H is for Hawk' wins Britain's Costa book prize

LONDON (AP) — Helen Macdonald's account of how training a hawk helped her cope with grief has won Britain's Costa Book of the Year prize.

27 January 2015

Sundance Watch: 'Me and Earl' becomes breakout hit at fest

Connie Britton, a cast member in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," works the press line at the premiere of the film at the Eccles Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The tale of a loner who befriends a fellow high school student with leukemia has become the breakout hit of the Sundance Film Festival.