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  • Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
In this image released by HBO, Mayor Michael Tubbs, center, with students Isaiah Evans, left, and Joy Almendarez in Stockton, Calif., in a scene from the documentary "Stockton On My Mind." The film dives into the dreams of an unlikely mayor, who became the community’s youngest and first Black mayor in 2016, and who defied odds to lead his impoverished, Central California city. (HBO via AP)

Walk into the Stockton, Calfornia, city offices and you might hear Drake's "God's Plan" coming from the mayor's office. There, Mayor Michael Tubbs could be bobbing his head to the lyrics, "I can't do this one my own, ayy, no, ayy." Outside those walls sits one of the poorest, least literate communities in the nation.

And yet there's nowhere else this 30-year-old Stanford University graduate would rather find himself, even amid the hate and ridicule critics throw at him.

"Stockton on My Mind," a new HBO documentary available to stream for free beginning Friday, dives into the dreams of this unlikely mayor who defied odds in 2016 to lead his impoverished city. The son of a single mother and a father serving time in prison, Tubbs defeated Republican incumbent Anthony Silva to become the community's youngest and first Black mayor. That same night Donald Trump shocked the nation and won the presidency.

Tubbs immediately shot to national More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Lorenzo Soria speaks at the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68.

Soria died peacefully at his Los Angeles home, the association said in a statement, lauding his "generosity, passion" and sense of humor.

"He was deeply committed to the movie industry's power to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice," said the group that awards the annual Golden Globes for excellence in TV and movies.

The Argentinian-born Soria grew up and worked in Italy for L'Espresso before becoming a Los Angeles resident in 1982. Continuing to write for the weekly and for the daily La Stampa, he covered a wide variety of topics including politics and technology.

But his real love was interviewing "Hollywood talent and reporting about trends and changes in the film and television industry," the organization said.

A member of the More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Nathan Young

Nathan Young, group strategy director at Periscope, has stepped down from the presidency of 600 & Rising, the organization he co-founded in order to give a strong voice to Black advertising professionals, advocating for their hiring and advancement. 

Young resigned during a special meeting of the 600 & Rising board of directors and officers on Thursday (8/6). The move came after “careful consideration and deliberation with the board members,” according to an industry letter sent out by 600 & Rising. There had been some controversy over Young questioning the efforts of the longstanding ADCOLOR Awards Fest, which reportedly wasn’t well received among factions within and outside 600 & Rising.

This in turn has caused 600 & Rising to reassess its approach while remaining steadfast in its mission of dismantling systemic racism in the advertising and public relations industries. Board members and officers thus are dissolving More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The filmmakers behind the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” have had to regroup twice ahead of its Sunday premiere. First was after Epstein died by suicide in his prison cell last August after his arrest on sex trafficking charges. And again one month ago when Ghilaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier. The producers added more of Maxwell's story and changed the final episode to focus on her alleged grooming of potential victims. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

The filmmakers behind "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein" moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier's sexual abuse.

The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a round-table with survivors, was redone to focus on Maxwell's alleged crimes and her grooming of potential victims. 

Filmmakers also incorporated more of Maxwell's story into the series overall and conducted additional interviews. The four-part series will be delivered at Lifetime just days before its Sunday premiere.

"If your timing can be great, our timing was great," said executive producer Robert Friedman.

This wasn't the first time the filmmakers had to regroup. Production was underway when the 66-year-old Epstein killed himself in his New York City prison cell last August after his arrest on sex trafficking charges. He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing More

  • Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
Lizzo wins the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Amazon Studios has signed a new first look deal with Grammy Award-winning artist Lizzo. The music superstar will work with Amazon Studios to create television projects that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

“Lizzo is one of the most exciting, creative, joyful artists in the industry, and it is such a pleasure to announce this new deal with her,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “She has such a unique perspective and we’re so excited to hear her ideas for new content that our Prime Video customers are sure to love.”

Lizzo stated, “Thank you to Jen Salke and the rest of the team for making this dream come true. I can’t wait to get started and share my vision with the world.”

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lizzo has become a household name with over 4 billion global streams and a platinum-selling debut album to date. With the help of anthemic smash hits like the 5- More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
This combination of images shows actors Sarah Paulson (l) and Issa Rae. (AP Photo)

For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO's "Coastal Elites" in pandemic-forced isolation proved an unsettling challenge.

"It was just bizarre, completely bizarre, because it leads you ... down all these rabbit holes of 'What's next? I mean, what else could happen to me?'" Midler said during an online news conference Wednesday about the social satire. It debuts Sept. 12. 

For Midler, the unusual working conditions reinforced how hard the pandemic has slammed the entertainment industry. Most TV and film production came to a standstill in March and is trying to recover, including with socially distanced approaches to taping.

"People used to say that showbiz was depression-proof," Midler said, with moviegoers keeping it afloat during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Turns out it's not, she said, and "now we discovered that we're all out of work!"

"Coastal Elites," a series of monologues written by Paul Rudnick ("Sister More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
Dee Bryant (l) and Olivia Summers

Billed as being the first-ever all female stunt driving team, AWD (The Association of Women Drivers), has launched in Los Angeles with a trio of seasoned female stunt drivers sharing over 15 years of professional stunt driving experience in 500+ commercials and more than 300 films and TV shows. The collective is made up of Olivia Summers, Dee Bryant and Angela Meryl, and offers a diverse range of expertise across all styles and types of driving as well as stunt coordination, working on projects for such top clients as Lexus, Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW, Nike, Pepsi, Jeep, Sony, Adidas, Ford and assorted others. All together, Summers, Bryant and Meryl have doubled for top celebrity talent including Beyonce, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Vivica A. Fox, Kristin Wiig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sarah Paulson, among numerous others.

In addition to offering their expert stunt driving talents to commercial and entertainment clients, AWD will provide More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
Ngardy Conteh George (foregound) and Alison Duke

The OYA Media Group, headed by Alison Duke and Ngardy Conteh George, has reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing support, education and promotion of young Black filmmakers.  The OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program (formally known as Black Youth! Pathway to Industry) is a three-year initiative that provides 20 post-secondary graduated Black youth per year with networking, mentoring, essential skills training alongside industry pros and creative partnerships with TIFF Education, Regent Parks Film Festival Live it to Learn it, NABET 700, VTape, Charles Street Video, LIFT and Trinity Square Video. OYA makes a point of employing emerging Black youth in their original productions such as Mr. Jane and Finch and encourages producers to hire Black youth in projects they direct such as Cool Black North. This year Canadian Screen Award Winning Director Alicia K. Harris will be the Program’s Filmmaker in Residence. Harris will be working with year 3 More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
This Jan. 25, 2011 file photo shows a Kodak slide projector in Philadelphia. Photography company Eastman Kodak is set to receive a $765 million government loan to create a new division that will help make ingredients for use in generic drugs. Kodak Pharmaceuticals will make critical pharmaceutical ingredients that have been identified as essential but have lapsed into chronic national shortage, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Eastman Kodak's potentially lucrative deal to help the U.S. government make more generic drugs domestically is threatening to turn into a regulatory headache for the fallen photography giant.

Kodak's depressed stock price surged last week before the company announced its plans to work with President Donald Trump's administration in exchange for a $765 million loan. That prompted Sen. Elizabeth Warren to send a Monday letter asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether insider trading laws have been broken.

The SEC is now in the early stages of a probe, according to a report published Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper cited unidentified people familiar with the matter.

The SEC declined to comment on the report.

Kodak said Tuesday that the Rochester, New York, company intends to cooperate with any potential inquiries, without saying whether it has been contacted by the SEC.

The More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
In this combination photo, Alyssa Milano, left, arrives at the premiere of "Insatiable" on Aug. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles and Tony Danza arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons on Jan. 27, 2018, in New York. A sequel to “Who’s the Boss?” is in the works at Sony Pictures Television, with Danza and Milano set to reprise their father-daughter roles from the 1980s-'90s sitcom. (AP Photo)

A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom "Who's the Boss?" and its devoted fans.

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their father-daughter roles for a sequel that's in the works at Sony Pictures Television, the studio said Tuesday.

The original series created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter ran from 1984 to 1992 and was a hit for ABC, if not a critical darling. A total of 196 episodes aired over its eight seasons.

The modern-day reboot revolves around Danza's Tony Micelli, a former ballplayer and now retired housekeeper, and Milano's Samantha. The daughter lives in the home where the original series was set and is a single mother, Sony said.

Veteran producer Norman Lear, part of the remake of his original series "One Day at a Time," is among the "Who's the Boss?" producers, as are Danza and Milano.

The new comedy "will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting More

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