Los Angeles, Jun 28(AP/UNB) — Stephen Curry may be a sharpshooting three-time NBA champion, but he is quickly building a career away from the court to inspire the masses through his burgeoning production company.
The Golden State Warriors superstar is strategically producing content that focuses on sports, family and faith through Unanimous Media , which he co-founded with Jeron Smith and Erick Peyton. The newly formed production company already has several projects under its belt including a major studio film, network television show and a couple documentaries in just a year.
The 31-year-old player said he wants to "uplift people who need to be uplifted."
"We've been very selective about the things we want to bring to our audience," he said. "In our first year, we really wanted to make people think, feel, laugh, cry and challenge them. When I'm out on the court, I'm all about inspiring people with my faith — win or lose. I try to do it with glory and with a smile on my face. We're trying to take that same idea to our projects."
One of Curry's latest projects features himself in his original docuseries "Stephen vs. The Game " on Facebook Watch, a video-on-demand service.
The six-episode series chronicles his journey through this past season, featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Curry's intense training regiment, family life and old videos from his youth basketball career. He and his wife, Ayesha, open up about their first date, and the reasoning behind his ritual of writing the partial Bible verse "I can do all things" on his basketball shoes since his days at Davidson College. The Currys have three children.
The upcoming season finale will focus on the Warriors' injury-riddled playoff run that ended in the back-to-back champs losing the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors this month.
"The finish this season was one of the most vulnerable ones," he said. "Everybody wants the storybook ending where you have all these challenges and bumps in the road, but you end up at the finish line holding up the trophy, but it doesn't always work out like that. But I learned a lot along the way, and I hope others can learn from watching my walk too."
Smith said it's all a part of Curry's plan to impact the world in a positive manner through media.
"Everything is definitely by design," said Smith, a former Nike brand manager and White House deputy of digital strategy during the Obama administration. He is the CEO, and Peyton serves as CCO for the production company.
"The first thing executives at Sony told us was that this is a tough business," he said. "But what has helped us be successful is that everything we're doing is rooted in purpose. That purpose gives us a point of view as you're moving forward, as opposed to how a traditional media company would do it."
The docuseries is among a slew of projects from Curry's Unanimous Media, which is a play off him becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2016.
Last year, Unanimous Media struck a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce television and film projects. The production company will have its production headquarters on the Sony backlot in Culver City, California.
So far, Curry has received executive producer credits with actress Viola Davis for the new documentary "Emanuel," which explored life after a tragic South Carolina church shooting in 2015, and the inspirational film "Breakthrough," a modestly budget faith-based movie that opened third at the box office earning $11.1 million in the first week.
"It was powerful movie, but it wasn't just about the money it made," Curry said. "It was about the people who text, DM and texted me to get their take on life and faith. Those moments are special."
Unanimous is also behind a mini-golf competition show on ABC called "Holey Moley," which drew 4.87 million viewers after it premiered June 20. The company is working on a docuseries about a storied high school basketball program in New Jersey called "Benedict Men," which is expected to release when the streaming platform Quibi launches next year, and a documentary "JUMP SHOT," which tells the story of Kenny Sailors, who developed the modern day jump shot in basketball.
Curry is a part of a movement of NBA players who are creating production companies including LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for his animated short "Dear Basketball." The Warriors point guard said he was inspired to move into the TV and film production space after seeing their success, but he wants to pave his own way with his own message.
"Everybody needs examples," Curry said. "But I'm going to do this my way. They're doing amazing stuff. This space is big enough for everybody to win. In terms of our projects, we are going to stay true to ourselves. It's all about changing people's lives. I never want to get away from inspiring people."
Los Angeles, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — There are more days ahead for "One Day at a Time."
The CBS Corp.-owned cable channel Pop TV says Thursday it's greenlighted a new season of the reboot canceled by Netflix.
In a statement, Pop TV President Brad Schwartz called the series both "culturally significant" and funny.
The original 1975-84 sitcom about a single white mom was reimagined with a Latino family at its center, a TV rarity.
Justina Machado stars as Penelope Alvarez, a Cuban American parent and military veteran, with Rita Moreno playing her mother, Lydia.
"One Day at a Time" was dropped by Netflix earlier this year after three seasons, prompting an outcry from fans. The streaming service said not enough people watched the show to justify renewing it.
Famed producer Norman Lear, who co-created the original series and is executive producer on the remake, said he was "heartbroken" when it was canceled.
"Today, I'm overwhelmed with joy to know the Alvarez family will live on," Lear said in a statement.
Pop TV says the new 13-episode season is planned for 2020.
Paris, June 27 (AP/UNB) — It's been hanging on people's walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye.
The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by 19th century French Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix.
"A woman walked into the gallery with a painting under her arm, telling me she'd just visited the Delacroix exhibit at the Louvre Museum ... and that she thought her painting shared some resemblance" with the artist's "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," said Philippe Mendes, director of the Mendes Gallery in Paris.
"I took a look at the painting, which was dirty and with a very thick yellow varnish, but I felt it had Delacroix's very particular style. So I said, let's clean the painting and let's see what comes out of it," he told The Associated Press in an interview.
"After we cleaned it, the radiant and extraordinary colors typical of Delacroix really stood out and we knew we had to start doing some real research."
The painting, now hanging in Mendes' gallery as he negotiates with a U.S. museum seeking to buy it, shows a pale woman seated and an African slave standing next to her, looking at the other woman over her shoulder. The same scene is captured in "Women of Algiers in their Apartment," which was painted after in 1833-34 after Delacroix visited North Africa. That painting now lives in the Louvre.
Art historian and Delacroix expert Virginie Cauchi-Fatiga investigated the curious canvas at Mendes' request. She analyzed the technique and use of colors, compared it with other Delacroix paintings, then used infrared and X-ray images to look deeper.
After more than a year of examination, her verdict: She says with "absolute certainty" that the painting is a Delacroix work, a study for "Women of Algiers." The study was sold at auction in 1850 and hadn't been shown in public since.
She called it a discovery "of prime importance, because it really is a gateway into the artist's mind right at the moment" he was working on "Women of Algiers."
"The colors are distinctive of Delacroix's work, but it's also about how they are associated," she said. "He doesn't use color in the same way as other big classical painters - color is not an accessory for him. He shapes his painting around colors."
The painting bears no Delacroix signature, since it is only a study, she said — but does bear a stamp at the back of the canvas reading "118."
That matches the number listed for the study in the catalog of paintings sold at auction in 1850 by the Count de Mornay, a diplomat who sponsored Delacroix's trip to North Africa, Mendes said. Lot 118 was bought for a private collection, and its subsequent movements aren't known.
The Parisian woman bought the painting about 10 years ago with her father, but does not want to be publicly identified, Mendes said.
He also showed the canvas to experts at French museums that hold Delacroix paintings and received an export certificate from the Culture Ministry identifying it as a Delacroix work.
The National Eugene Delacroix Museum in Paris and its parent, the Louvre, would not comment on the painting because it is on the open market, but did not question its authenticity. The Metropolitan Museum in New York, which hosted a Delacroix exhibit in 2018, would not comment on a work outside its collection.
No one would comment on the possible value of the painting.
Paul Exbrayat of the Britain-based Art Loss Register said the painting had not been listed on international databases as missing or stolen, and described it as just long-dormant. "It has woken up from a long slumber, like Sleeping Beauty," he said.
Seoul, Jun 27 (AP/UNB) — South Korean superstar couple Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are seeking a divorce to end their celebrity marriage of less than two years.
Dubbed as "Song-Song couple," both have huge followings across Asia and elsewhere. They married in October 2017 after falling in love while co-starring in the mega-hit TV drama, "Descendants of the Sun." They are one of the highest-profile star couples in South Korea's entertainment world.
A law firm representing Song Joong-ki confirmed that he was taking legal steps to divorce actress Song Hye-kyo.
The 33-year-old actor offered an apology to his fans because he had to deliver "not good news," according to the Seoul-based Lee & Ko law firm.
Song Joong-ki said he won't disclose details about why he and 37-year-old Song Hye-kyo want to end their marriage. He said both want to end their divorce proceedings smoothly rather than blame each other.
Song Hye-kyo's management agency, the United Artists Agency, said "a personality difference" is the reason for the divorce.
"Song Hye-kyo is taking steps for divorce after cautious considerations with her husband," the company said, according to Yonhap news agency. "The reason is a personality difference, and the two sides inevitably made this decision, unable to overcome their differences."
The names of the couple were the most searched words on main portal sites in South Korea and China for much of Thursday. Many fans issued messages on online sites expressing their sadness over the divorce.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) - Annabelle Comes Home is the third iteration in the Annabelle franchise, which itself is a part of the Conjuring universe. Launched and overseen by James Wan, the universe is something of a miss and hit when it comes to critical reception, but every single movie in this horror universe has been commercially successful, reports The Indian Express.
For example, The Nun earned only a 26 per cent rating at Rotten Tomatoes. But it grossed 365 million dollars on a mere 22 million dollar budget.
This explains why the titular doll is coming to terrify us for the third time. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman, known for his work on the Conjuring universe itself and Stephen King’s It, is making his directorial debut with this horror film.
The Conjuring: The movie that began it all, The Conjuring is still the best film in the franchise. It was based on the supposedly real story of an experience the demonologist couple Ed and Lorraine Warren went through. While they were accomplished paranormal experts, they were not prepared for what happened in Harrisville, Rhode Island. A family – a couple and their five unruly daughters – begin to notice strange occurrences, smells and so on, soon after shifting into a new house. A long-dead Satanic witch was deemed to be the cause of all the trouble and she was exorcised from the lady of the house.
The Conjuring 2: Just like The Conjuring set up Annabelle films, The Conjuring 2 set up The Nun film(s). James Wan returned to direct. A demonic woman dressed as a nun appears to Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) in the beginning of the movie, and shows Lorraine a vision of her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) being impaled by a wooden stake. The Warrens go to help a family in London suburb of Enfield and it is revealed that the Nun was using a spirit inside their house as a pawn. While not as strong as the original, The Conjuring 2 was quite scary, especially towards the end, and featured great performances from Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.
Annabelle Creation: This was the origin of the demonic doll. In this David S Sandberg directorial, a dollmaker and his wife take in a bunch of homeless girls, but one of them enters the room of their dead daughter, releasing a powerful demon in the form of a porcelain doll. After a lot of chaos, the girl who entered the room is shown to be Annabelle Higgins who murdered her adoptive parents in the first Annabelle’s beginning, thus tying up the two films. This film differed from the prequel in that it relied more on mood and atmosphere than cheap jump scares.
Annabelle: Released just a year after The Conjuring, the John R Leonetti directorial Annabelle did not go back to the beginning (that is, how the doll came to be possessed by the demon) and left that task to the subsequently released prequel, Annabelle: Creation. It instead narrated how the doll was wreaking havoc in every place it was found or discarded, and only a self-sacrifice could beat it, but even then it would just switch places and do its evil stuff somewhere else. The film was full of jump scares and disappointed anybody looking to watch a Conjuring-esque film.
The Curse of La Llorona: The latest addition to the Conjuring universe, the film is based on a Mexican legend about a weeping woman who lost her children, and her sight or proximity is enough to cause misfortune. She now searches for lost children and makes them “her own”, meaning she kills them. Many felt the film did not go much beyond simply a spirit killing children (something The Women in Black had done better) and had a thin storyline and characters.
The Nun: The look of Valak, also known as the Nun, created by make-up and VFX artists was quite scary, but sadly that was the only thing scary about The Nun. It had the problem that most horror films have: a surplus of jump scares and not enough storyline and character work. It remains the weakest film in the Conjuring universe.
Annabelle Comes Home releases on June 26.