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  • Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
This photo released by the Sundance Institute shows Ariel Gulchin in the documentary film, "Fed Up." The Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 16-26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Scott Sinkler)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

Along with her soon-to-end daytime talk show, fall engagement and recent move from TV to the web as Yahoo's global anchor, Katie Couric also made a documentary feature shown at Sundance.

"Fed Up" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Couric linked up with "An Inconvenient Truth" producer Laurie David to make a film that explores the epidemic of childhood obesity and its not-so-obvious causes. Couric produced and narrates the film.

The 57-year-old TV anchor said she pitched David her idea over email, "and it took her about 10 seconds to say, 'I'm in.'"

"Three seconds," David said.

Couric said documentaries "are replacing journalism in some cases" because budget cuts and a taste for quick news bites means "nobody invests the time to really investigate some of the biggest social issues." A collection of headlines doesn't illuminate can't illuminate an issue the way a More

  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Following up on the success of "The Sound of Music" last month, NBC said Sunday that it will broadcast a live version of "Peter Pan" in December.

It will be produced by the same team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, that made "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood. The live musical reached 19 million viewers, surprising even NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt.

No cast members were announced on Sunday.

"I have some dream choices, but I don't want to talk about it before approaching them," Greenblatt said.

"Peter Pan," which opened on Broadway in 1954, has a strong history with NBC. The network aired a live broadcast of the show from its own studios in 1955 with Tony Award-winner Mary Martin in the title role and most of the original Broadway cast, reaching 65 million viewers. That was a record for television at the time.

NBC broadcast the show live again in 1956 and 1960 More

  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuaron is trying television for the first time, teaming with producer J.J. Abrams on a new series.

The two have known each other for about 20 years, and Abrams was eager to work with Cuaron. Cuaron is up for a best director Oscar for "Gravity," the category he won at the Golden Globes.

Cuaron concocted the idea for "Believe," debuting March 10 on NBC, while shooting "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. He contacted Abrams, who came aboard as co-executive producer for the series starring Delroy Lindo, Kyle MacLachlan and Jamie Chung.

Cuaron joked Sunday to the Television Critics Association that after working in space, he wanted to do something where people weren't floating. The series revolves around a 10-year-old girl with supernatural powers who's pursued by sinister forces.

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  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
This photo provided by the Sundance Institute shows Bill Hader, left, and Kristen Wiig, in a scene from the film, "The Skeleton Twins," directed by Craig Johnson. The Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 16-26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Reed Morano)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are accustomed to sharing the same stage — and keeping a crowd in stitches — since starring on "Saturday Night Live" together from 2005 to 2013. But in their new film "Skeleton Twins," they get melodramatic.

Playing estranged, suicidal twins in the film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, the pair tackles heavy inner demons. Milo (Hader) is a newly single aspiring actor, while Maggie (Wiig) can't seem to settle into her first healthy marriage with Lance (Luke Wilson).

"This being my first drama and also the biggest role I've had in a movie, it was nice having her there supporting me and keeping me relaxed," said Hader at the film's post-premiere party of reuniting with Wiig.

Hader, who is making a successful push toward film, as many "SNL" alums have also done, says he likes shooting a film more than live television.

"I love that you have More

  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

Richard Ayoade says his connection to Sundance founder Robert Redford runs deeper than most filmmakers.

"I think Robert is grateful that I came. Now he's too proud to say that. But you can see in his eyes," Ayoade joked in an interview. "He doesn't want to focus the whole thing on me at this stage. It's kind of between us."

Ayoade, a British comedic actor, made his feature directing debut with the 2011 Sundance coming-of-age movie "Submarine." He claims a warm welcome from the 77-year-old Redford after returning this year with "The Double," which he directed and co-wrote.

"He's there turning down the beds, making sure everyone's got enough eggs. He's all over it. He's just there. But that's just Robert. He does too much, I tell him. He won't listen. It keeps him busy, that's the thing. Because otherwise the mind goes," Ayoade said in an interview, maintaining a deadpan face while his film's More

  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Writer and director Ira Sachs, center, poses with cast members John Lithgow, left, and Alfred Molina, right, at the premiere of the film "Love is Strange" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

John Lithgow said playing Alfred Molina's longtime lover in the film "Love is Strange" was "just like falling in love with this man."

The veteran actors portray a couple who marry after 39 years together in the Ira Sachs film that premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Once wed, one of the men loses his job as a music instructor at a Catholic school and the couple is forced to sell their apartment to survive financially. They end up living apart, staying with friends and family until they can remedy their situation. All the while, the couple comforts each other and has fun together.

"What I feel is really a success of the film," Sachs said, "is that these two men create the history of a 40 year relationship with all the texture."

Lithgow and Molina have been friends for 20 years but this is the first time they have worked together.

"I just knew this was going to work so More

  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

New York Festivals Breaks All Advertising Trophy Molds!

 

New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising competition breaks all advertising molds by unveiling five newly crafted trophies designed by New York design firm Sagmeister & Walsh, and inspired by New York City’s classic Art Deco skyscrapers. “We’ve always hated those little glued on metal name plates,” said Stefan Sagmeister. Each NYF trophy contains a Pico type video projector that projects digital video credits onto any nearby viewing surface. Winners will see their names in lights…from the agency creatives to the client side…the entire production team can be included in the credit roll just like at the end of a feature film. 

“New York Festivals new advertising trophy has smashed the mold for advertising trophies.  The trophy’s innovative Pico projector displays an unlimited number of credits, everyone involved on the winning campaign can be recognized for their More

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

Jerry Lewis, actor, writer, producer, director, humanitarian and all-around funny man, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills on February 28. Equally funny woman and longtime pal, Carol Burnett, will make the presentation.

Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG said, "Lewis is a national treasure who has provided generations worldwide with decades of laughs. Jerry is also one of the main reasons I wanted to get into show business when I was a child."

"Jerry Lewis has achieved what few other performers have - success in movies, television and live performances," said Awards Committee chairman Henri Bollinger. "This is due in large measure to his enormous talent, of course, but also because of his uncanny appreciation and knowledge of the importance of publicity in attracting audiences."

In a recent More

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

NBC and Facebook announced a deal Thursday to share content on the upcoming Winter Olympics, both hoping to boost interest on what promises to be a big event for social media.

One of NBC's short Olympic profiles, on the relationship between American speed skater J.R. Celski and Seattle rapper Macklemore, premiered Thursday on Facebook's site.

The Olympics begin Feb. 6 in Sochi, Russia, and NBC is the American rights holder to broadcast the games. The network believes, through its experience with the London Summer Olympics in 2012, that social media helps drive more viewers to their telecasts. Facebook wants to establish itself as the place to have those conversations.

The NBC Olympics page on Facebook will feature video like the Celski story and other content. American figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes will be available to answer questions from fans online during NBC's prime-time More

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
The Sept. 10, 2013 file photo shows Argentina's Lionel Messi on during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Paraguay in Asuncion, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Pepsi and Coke are slugging it out around the most global of stages: this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

With Coca-Cola as an ongoing main sponsor for the World Cup, Pepsi is again launching an attempt to draw attention to its own brand with major figures from the sport — without mentioning the every-four-year event, of course.

For the third tournament, Coca-Cola has been taking the World Cup trophy around the world in a highly publicized tour. Pepsi announced Thursday that its campaign would include Argentina forward Lionel Messi and 18 rivals including Brazil defender David Luiz, Netherlands striker Robin Van Persie and U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey. The superstars also include England midfielder Jack Wilshere, Spain defender Sergio Ramos and Belgium defender Vincent Kompany.

Some of the stars play together for their clubs as well as joining in the advertising campaign. Argentina striker Sergio More

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